Monday, August 28, 2017

INWD at 15: Let’s start growing trees

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Ilocos Norte Water District General Manager John Teodoro called on its concessionaires in Ilocos Norte and some parts of Ilocos Sur and Cagayan to help conserve water and start growing trees now.

In time for its 15th year anniversary on August 16, 2017, Mr. Teodoro said there is no better way to help INWD sustain its mandate than to observe water conservation and to report any leaks in water system.

On its 15th anniversary, INWD management and staff conducted a replanting activity around the Paoay Lake, where the government-run water district and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources jointly developed a forest project in partnership with some private lot owners at the lake.

According to Mr. Teodoro, about 8,500 mahogany saplings were planted during the first phase of the project. To sustain it, the INWD closely monitors its growth.

“For every tree planting, we cannot avoid there are some mortality. So, from time to time, we are conducting replanting activities,” said Mr. Teodoro.

About 900 more mahogany saplings were planted again around Paoay Lake to preserve its forest cover.

In previous years, the DENR helped INWD in negotiating with private lot owners in Paoay for the water conservation management of the legendary lake. Part of it is to ensure the growing of trees around it.

Batac rescue training



RESCUE TRAINING. Batac mayor Albert Chua welcomes the participants for the basic rescue and medical emergency training on August 2, 2017 at the Kalipi Training Center. The first batch of trainees include the barangay peacekeeping action teams. The Philippine Red Cross and the Bureau of Fire Protection supervised the training  (Batac CDRRMO photo)

Friday, August 25, 2017

Ilocos Norte schools strengthen child protection policy

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Owing to the increasing number of bullying cases in public schools here, the Ilocos Norte Schools Division Office (INSDO) through its Legal Division Office has mandated the creation of child protection committees in all elementary and secondary schools here.

For the school year 2015-2016, Atty. Marshall Ellis Diego, INSDO legal counselor reported that they have received about 50 reports of bullying in school compared to 20 similar cases in the previous year. 

Mr. Diego explained violence takes many forms. It could be peer-to-peer bullying, gender-based discrimination, physical assault, psychological punishment, public ridicule, and sexual harassment as the most common types of violence in schools.

In view of this, a forum on child protection policy and anti-bullying is being conducted in the different schools here to instill public awareness and promote safer environment for children.

Republic Act 10627 or the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013 mandates the creation of Child Protection Committees in schools. The committee shall be composed of school officials, teachers, parents, students, and community representatives. 

In Ilocos Norte, public schools here are just starting to boost its child protection policy by training school personnel on how to properly handle child abuse and bullying cases.

Meanwhile, the DepEd has reiterated that under Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act (RA 7610), teachers who humiliate students will face administrative sanctions. 

The public is also enjoined to participate actively in reporting cases of bullying against students in public schools for appropriate action. 

Notices for August 14, 2017

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF ILOCOS NORTE
FIRST JUDICIAL REGION
BRANCH 12 – LAOAG CITY

IN RE: PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF ENTRIES IN THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF JOVANY GUILLERMO PASCUAL

JOVANY GUILLERMOP PASCUAL
Petitioner,

-versus-

THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR of the CITY OF LAOAG, ILOCOS NORTE,
CIVIL REGISTRAR GENERAL, National Statistics Office, Manila, And any and/or all person/s whose Interest/s may be affected thereby,
Respondents, 

SP. PROC. NO. 17136-12
for
CORRECTION OF ENTRIES

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ORDER

Filed with this Court is a verified petition for correction of entries in the birth certificate of Jovany Guillermo Pascual by the petitioner through counsel.
Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, notice is hereby given that this petition is set for hearing on August 30, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. before the Regional Trial Court, Branch 12, Laoag City, at which time, date and place, any interested person who is adversely affected may appear and show cause why said petition should not be granted.
Let this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in any newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Ilocos Norte and Laoag City at the expense of the petitioner, the last date of publication being at least one (1) week prior to the date of the scheduled hearing.
Let copies of this Order and the Petition be furnished the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Laoag City, the Office of the City Prosecutor, the Civil Registrar General, Manila and the Office of the Solicitor General, Manila.
SO ORDERED.
Done in the City of Laoag, this 28th day of July 2017.

(SGD) NIDA B. ALEJANDRO
Presiding Judge
August, 14, 21, 28, 2017*IT
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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
REGIONAL TRIAL COURT
FIRST JUDICIAL REGION
BRANCH 11, LAOAG CITY

IN RE: PETITION FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE MINOR TYRELL GEOSEFF GALLARDO BRUNO,

SPOUSES AXELL JOSEPH R. BRUNO AND ANA LORRAINE G. BRUNO,
Petitioners.

Spec. Proc. No. 17094
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O R D E R
Filed with this Court is a verified petition for the adoption of the minor Tyrell Geoseff Gallardo Bruno by Spouses Axell Joseph R. Bruno and Ana Lorraine G. Bruno  of Brgy. 1, Sta. Rita, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
Finding the verified petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the Court hereby sets the hearing of the petition on October 23, 2017 at 8:30 A.M. at the Regional Trial Court, Marcos Hall of Justice, Branch 11, Laoag City at which date, time and place, any interested person may appear and show cause why the petition should not be granted.
Let a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the province of Ilocos Norte and Laoag City at petitioners’ expense.
Let a copy of this Order be furnished the Office of the Solicitor General.
SO ORDERED.
Done in the City of Laoag, this 7th day of August, 2017.

(SGD) NIDA B. ALEJANDRO
Acting Presiding Judge
Aug. 14, 21, 28, 2017*IT
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Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province of Ilocos Norte
Municipality of Paoay

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION
In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that EMELY L. CABANOS has filed with this office a petition for Change of First Name from EMILY EMELY to EMELY in the certificate of live birth of EMILY EMELY BUQIRENTE LABUCAY who was born on November 6, 1966 at Paoay, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are FLORENTINO ALCANTARA LABUCAY and ANITA PUTOLAN BUQIRENTE.
Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition to this office not later than August 28, 2017.

(SGD) ROBERT M. GUIEB
Municipal Civil Registrar
Aug. 14-20, 21-27, 2017*IT
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R.A. 9048 Form No.10.1. (LCRO)
Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province: Ilocos Norte
Municipality: Pasuquin

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION
In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048 a notice is hereby served to the public that NOBLETO R. JARAMILLO has filed with this office a petition for change of first name from EFREN TACLIN NOBLETO to NOBLETO in the birth certificate of EFREN TACLIN NOBLETO JARAMILLO who was born on February 1, 1953 at Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are TEODORO JARAMILLO and ZENAIDA ROBIANES.
Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than August 28, 2017.

(SGD) FELIZA C. RATUITA
Municipal Civil Registrar
Aug. 14-20, 21-27, 2017*IT
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R.A. 9048 Form No.10.1. (LCRO)
Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province: Ilocos Norte
Municipality: Pasuquin

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION
In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048 a notice is hereby served to the public that ROSALINDA T. GANOTICE has filed with this office a petition for change of first name from PAULA to ROSALINDA in the birth certificate of PAULA TANGONAN who was born on February 20, 1948 at Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are PEDRO TANGONAN and SALVACION SALVADOR.
Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than August 28, 2017.

(SGD) FELIZA C. RATUITA
Municipal Civil Registrar
Aug. 14-20, 21-27, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased BABY NENA DELA CRUZ DEUS consisting of a bank account maintained at CHINA BANK, Laoag City under Account No. PHP 1680921012 has been adjudicated by her heir ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public MEERA JOY M. GALING-LUNA as per Doc. No. 109; Page No. 13; Bk. No. IX; S. of 2017.
August, 14, 21, 28, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH QUITCLAIM
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased PATROCINO J. MIGUEL consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot 37449-A, Psd-01-0066155 being a portion of Lot 37449, Cad 195, Laoag Cadastre L.R.C. Rec. No. __ with improvements erected thereon covered by TCT No. 021-2011000398 containing an area of 184.00 sq.m. situated at Brgy. Sta. Joaquina, City of Laoag has been the subject of Deed of Adjudication with Quitclaim executed by her heirs in favor of their co-heirs ARCELI J. MIGUEL and JONATHAN J. MIGUEL ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public FRANCISCO A. MUSNI as per Doc. No. 158; Page No. 32; Bk. No. LXXXIX; S. of 2017.
August, 14, 21, 28, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH QUITCLAIM
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased EDITA G. MARISTELA consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot 60086, CAD 578 of the Pasuquin Cadastre covered by OCT No. 2014000004 containing an area of 415 sq.m. situated at Brgy. 3, Pasuquin Ilocos Norte has been the subject of Deed of Adjudication with Quitclaim executed by her heirs in favor of LITO MARISTELA ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public BRIAN JAY CORPUZ as per Doc. No. 64; Page No. 13; Bk. No. XXIII; S. of 2017.
August, 14, 21, 28, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH ABSOLUTE SALE
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late EMILIO L. ALVAREZ consisting of a portion of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 8093-A-1 of the subdivision plan  (LRC) Psd-21266, G.L.R.O Cad. Record No. 1154 covered by TCT No. (T-2832)-1262 containing an area of 50,002 sq.m. situated in the Barrio of But-tong before but now within the territorial jurisdiction of Brgy. 49-B, Raraburan, Laoag City has been adjudicated by his heirs the 8,334 sq.m. and simultaneously sold a portion of the above described parcel of land containing an rea of 200 sq.m. to MARIBEL M. FORMANTES ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public JASON BADER LL. PERERA as per Doc. No. 272; Page No. 55; Bk. No. 231; S. of 2017.
August, 14, 21, 28, 2017*IT
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DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late IRENIO MAHOR GAMAYO a.k.a. IRINEO MAHOR GAMAYO a.k.a IRENEO MAHOR GAMAYO consisting of PNBIG Savings Account No. 1526373400000018 has been adjudicated by his heirs extrajudicially ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public ADEL CRISTINA Z. DIÑO as per Doc. No. 181; Page No. 37; Bk. No. XVI; S. of 2017.
August, 14, 21, 28, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH ABSOLUTE SALE
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late CONRADO ACOSTA consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 3286 of the San Nicolas Cadastre covered by OCT No. P-23634 containing an area of 30,606 sq.m. situated at Brgy. 16 San Marcos, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by his heirs and simultaneously sold to the SPS. ANDREI B. TAYLAN and DAISY S. TAYLAN, AIRA DYANNE S. TAYLAN, ANDRIANNE DANE S. TAYLAN and ANDREW DRIAN S. TAYLAN, minors, duly assisted by their parents ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public MICHAEL M. GARCES as per Doc. No. 372; Page No. 75; Bk. No. XXVIII; S. of 2017.
August, 14, 21, 28, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH ABSOLUTE SALE
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late SPS. NICOLAS CORPUZ and JULIANA VILLANUEFVA consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 11830-A, of the Psd-66278, being a portion of Lot 11830 of the Laoag Cadastre covered by TCT No. T-8960 containing an area of 659 sq.m. situated in the Barrio of San Lorenzo, Laoag City has been adjudicated by their heirs and simultaneously sold to JOEBEL B. ERIN married to FLORA BEL BALENO ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public ERME S. LABAYOG as per Doc. No. 258; Page No. 51; Bk. No. XXXIV; S. of 2017.
August, 14, 21, 28, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH ABSOLUTE SALE
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late NERLIE A. CARAANG consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 13958, Cad. 307-D covered by TCT No. 022-2016000287 containing an area of 5,285 sq.m. situated at Brgy. Payas, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by her heir and simultaneously sold to MARK JOSEPH R. CASTRO ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public REYNALDO A. CORPUZ as per Doc. No. 308; Page No. 62; Bk. No. VI; S. of 2017.
August, 14, 21, 28, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH QUITCLAIM
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late PRUDENCIO CASTRO and FELIZA CORPUZ consisting of three (3) parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 14159, 14258 and 14213 all of the San Nicolas Cadastre covered by TCT Nos. T-12729 and C-10285 under TD Nos. 2014-19-021-01075, 2014-19-021-01769 and 2014-19-021-01131 containing an area of 944 sq.m., 978 sq.m. and 645 sq.m. all located at Brgy. 16, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte has been the subject of Deed of Adjudication with Quitclaim executed by their heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public REYNALDO A. CORPUZ as per Doc. No. 311; Page No. 63; Bk. No. VI; S. of 2017.
August, 14, 21, 28, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH ABSOLUTE SALE
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late ROMEO ABAD consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 11111-A of the Laoag Cadastre covered by TCT No. T-18392 containing an area of 268 sq.m. situated at Brgy. 15 San Catalino, Laoag City has been adjudicated by his heir and simultaneously sold to SPS. ERNANI LAGOC ARQUILLO and MARIE CLAIRE ABAD ARQUILLO ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public ISIDRO CORPUZ as per Doc. No. 219; Page No. 44; Bk. No. CCCIII; S. of 2017.
August, 14, 21, 28, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH ABSOLUTE SALE
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late SPS. PAULO ESTAVILLO and BERNARDA BAGAOISAN, PRESCILLANO ESTAVILLO married to ISABEL D. ESTAVILLO and DANIEL D. ESTAVILLO married to ZAPHYRINES ESTAVILLO consisting of undivided portion containing an area of 1,272 sq.m. of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 25513 of the Laoag Cadastre with improvements thereon covered by OCT No. 0-1598 containing an area of 2,692 sq.m. situated in the Barrio of Vira (now Barit), Municipality (now City) of Laoag has been adjudicated by their heir and simultaneously sold the 1,272 sq.m. to HELEN JOSEPHINE CADELINA married to ARTEMIO RAMISCAL CADELINA ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public JOSE ROY B. RAVAL as per Doc. No. 206; Page No. 42; Bk. No. XXII; S. of 2017.
August, 14, 21, 28, 2017*IT
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DEED OF SELF-ADJUDICATION AND ABSOLUTE SALE
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late SPS. TIBURCIO CASTILLO and DOMINGA TUMANENG consisting of one-half (1/2) portion of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 25513 of the Laoag Cadastre with improvements thereon covered by OCT No. 0-1598 containing an area of 2,692 sq.m. situated in the Barrio of Vira (now Barit), Municipality (now City) of Laoag has been adjudicated by their heir and simultaneously sold to JAMES BRYAN Q. ALCID married to JOJAMI LEI T. ALCID ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public BRIAN JAY CORPUZ as per Doc. No. 124; Page No. 25; Bk. No. XXIII; S. of 2017.
August, 14, 21, 28, 2017*IT
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LC gov’t shows respect for LGTBs

By Dominic Dela Cruz & Jannahry Ann Campos

Laoag City—The city government here has issued a memorandum calling for the proper treatment of members of the LGBT (Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and) community.

City government administrator John Michael V. Fariñas issued a memorandum on July 11, 2017 to all head of offices and employees to “firmly show respect by properly addressing persons who belong to the LGBTQ community”. 

Congress’ first transgender member Rep. Geraldine Roman (Bataan, 1st district) introduced House Bill 267, the LGTB anti-discriminatory bill.

The said memorandum explained that it is not a “result of any experience encountered as well as any complaints faced but purposely to promote professionalism in the office”. 

“Not really. No experience. I didn’t hear anything bad. No complaints. I just want and wanted to have a healthier environment to where I’m working. I’m working in the City Government of Laoag in the City Hall, so might as well be professional being employees of the government,” Mr. Fariñas said. 

Mr. Fariñas added that city hall employees should strictly practice and put it into their heart a simple way of showing respect by not using the term “bakla, tomboy or transgender” to address or describe persons of the LGBT community. 

He stated further that a person’s gender preference shall be addressed accordingly when called or dealt with emphasizing that it is not necessarily for the employees and head offices to immediately recognize a person’s gender preference. 

“It doesn’t mean that if the person who was born a male and then he wants to be treated as a woman, it doesn’t follow that you call him immediately ma’am,” Mr. Fariñas explained adding that it won’t hurt a person to ask as to what he or she wants to be called. There are some members of the LGBT community that still prefers to be called a he or a she.

Any employee who will violate the said directive, Mr. Fariñas said will be recommended to face the disciplinary board first for further exploration on how the employee used derogatory terms against the other party. 

A violation, however, can only be made known by the offended party, who then is expected to report it to concerned authorities.

Mr. Fariñas expounded that should there be a report, the two parties will be called to face each other and to explain why the derogatory remark was used and how the offended party took it,

“It’s not an immediate sanction. It doesn’t follow if you call the person an immediately say bakla or tomboy. I’m just trying at least show or be an example to be professional to each and every one,” Mr. Fariñas pointed out. 

Mr. Fariñas stressed that the memorandum will only covers employees of Laoag City Hall.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Former Laoag City police chief gunned down in Sarrat

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

Sarrat, Ilocos Norte—An unknown assailant gunned the former Laoag City police chief at Brgy. San Manuel in this municipality on the evening of August 8, 2017.

Retired P/Sr. Supt. Jeffrey Gorospe, 55 years old, married and a resident of Brgy. San Antonio here, was with four other companions when the unknown assailant shot him.

Mr. Gorospe sustained gunshot wounds in his lower back and left thigh. He was rushed to the nearby Black Nazarene hospital in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte but was pronounced “dead on arrival” by attending physician, Dr. Marjorie Fariñas.

At about 10:35 pm on August 8, 2017, witnesses said they were having a drinking spree in a nipa hut near the residence of Engr. Rodennis Sanchez when they heard successive gun shots. The victim, who was just about 10 meters away from them shouted that he was hit. He then requested them to turn off the light and they heard a motorcycle fleeing away.

Police recovered 11 empty shells of M16 armalite rifle.

Police Chief Insp. Roldan Suitos, Sarrat police chief said in a radio interview that the former Laoag chief was a well-accomplished police officer.

“We are conducting a deep investigation to establish all possible motives of the crime,” said Mr. Suitos as he enjoined all those who have any information to help resolve the killing.

To family, friends and co-workers, Mr. Gorospe was known as a devoted family man and outstanding police officer.


During his stint as police chief of Laoag, the Laoag Philippine National Police was adjudged as best performing city police station, most presentable police station and best Barangay Peace Keeping Action Team City Police Station.

Execs declares Pasuquin under ‘state of calamity’

Staff reporter

Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte—Residents in the coastal barangay of Davila, Pasuquin were caught off guard late last month as a storm surge hit more than a hundred fishing boats worth more than Php50,000 each. It also damaged about 17 houses made of lightweight materials.

As this developed, town councilors immediately convened an emergency session, declaring Pasuquin under a state of calamity. 

Pasuquin mayor Ferdinand Aguinaldo said in a radio interview that about six percent of the town's coastal villages were affected by the storm surge brought about by the howling winds of tropical storm “Huaning” while typhoon “Gorio” exited with the Philippine area of responsibility.

As of this posting, some of the affected families are now back to their homes while the others are still trying to figure how they could recover from losses.

At the height of strong winds with light to moderate rainfall, Randy Baay, 32 of Cavintaran, Brgy. Davila in Pasuquin town went out of the house to rescue his cow but he was electrocuted, said in a report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council.

In Laoag City, four year-old Anthony Barcena Jr. of Sitio Dungtal, Brgy. 23, this city was drowned on Sunday as tropical storm “Huaning” entered the Philippine area of responsibility and typhoon “Gorio” exited on the same day.

Anthony’s father relayed in a radio interview that he was not aware his son went to the irrigation canal near their house and found him drowning at about 9:00 am, Sunday. The victim was rushed to the hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council had immediately dispatch relief goods to the victims. 

7th MMSU prexy takes oath




By Leilanie G. Adriano & Reynaldo E. Andres
Staff reporter & contributor

Batac CITY—Dr. Shirley C. Agrupis became the seventh president of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) when she took her oath on July 31.

The Board of Regents at the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) unanimously voted for the 52-year-old Professor III of MMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences on the same day.

Dr. Agrupis also became the first MMSU graduate to hold the university’s highest post.

Shortlisted among six applicants for the position vacated in 2015, Dr. Agrupis will serve as MMSU president until July 31, 2021.

Leading student rallies to leading the university
More than 30 years ago, this fearless campus leader led rallies against Dr. Consuelo S. Blanco, MMSU’s first president for alleged suppression of student organizations and student publications.

On August 2, 2017 she entered the president’s office no longer armed with protest placards and leaflets, but with an “agenda for change and a clear vision for the 39-year-old state university”.

“God is so good. I am overwhelmed by what is happening to me right now,” the teary-eyed new MMSU president told her well-wishers as she approached the entrance of the administration building lobby. She remarked that she stepped into the building “not to wield power but to become a university president for all.”


Dr. Agrupis arrived at the administration building at 8:00 am. Just after she alighted from her vehicle, she embraced and hugged the small crowd of about 50 employees who gave her bouquets of flowers and smiles. The group was composed of faculty members, administrative and non-teaching personnel, security guards, researchers, and laborers.

The new president said the first thing she must do as she begins a herculean task of leading a big university is to meet all the vice presidents and heads of offices to discuss her plans for the first 100 days. Marching forward to attain her vision for MMSU, she requested all employees to support her in bringing in positive change to the university.

Hitting the ground running
At the president’s office, Dr. Prima Fe Franco, MMSU’s officer-in-charge and VP for academic affairs, gave the office’s key and the university mace to Dr. Agrupis as a gesture of turning over to her the leadership which she held for two years.

The two other vice presidents, Dr. Nathaniel Alibuyog, research and extension, and Atty. Ramon Leaño, administration and business, were also present to welcome the new president. Both Messrs. Leaño and Alibuyog also ran for the presidency.

After that, Dr. Agrupis proceeded to the Teatro Ilocandia to deliver her first keynote speech before the guests and participants in the 4th Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Extension Network (RAFEN) symposium.

At noon, she had working lunch with the heads of offices in the administration building. “Let’s improve our services by thinking out of the box,” the new president urged the university personnel. It was followed by a brief press conference with the members of the local media.

At day’s end, she had her meeting with the representatives of various stakeholders for the MMSU bio-ethanol project.

The president hopes that this pet project, which is now in full swing, will start to maneuver for the successful implementation of the country’s bio-ethanol program.

“I have so many things to do in my first day of office, but I will see to it that I will do a short retreat for my mother in Aparri, Cagayan who just passed away last July 31,” she said adding that despite this tragedy, she, too, is very much excited because “I know that God will guide me all the way until beyond the end of my four-year term.”  

Prexy’s history
Before her appointment as the 7th MMSU president, Dr. Agrupis was a professor from CAS. She is a researcher, teacher, and scholar with 30 years of diversified work experiences in research, teaching, and administration. She is the project leader of the MMSU Bioethanol project which has reaped various national awards, and for which MMSU has tied up with industry partners.

Before joining MMSU in 2000, she was science research specialist at the National Tobacco Administration (NTA) where she pioneered alternative uses of tobacco as particleboard, pulp, and paper material. At MMSU, she rose through the ranks to become full professor in 2012.
She finished BS Biology from MMSU in 1985, MS Botany from UPLB in 1992, and PhD in Agricultural Sciences from the Shizuoka University, Japan, in 2000. Her vision for MMSU is to become one of the country’s top 10 universities, recognized for its innovative approaches to teaching, research, community outreach, and income generation.

Part of her vision as the new president is to make MMSU as one of the countrys top 10 universities, recognized for its innovative approaches to teaching, research, community outreach, and income generation.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Cops bust drug personality, partner

The Laoag City PNP investigation division interrogates Arnel Reyes and Norma Michelle Llacuna after the buy-bust operation. (Laoag police photo)
By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Laoag City—The Laoag police arrested a known drug personality who earlier surrendered in the ongoing “war on drugs”; and her partner in a buy-bust operation.

Identified as Arnel Reyes, 40 years old, married, cellphone technician, and a resident of Brgy. 50 (Buttong) this city, the police nabbed the suspect at Brgy. 2 (San Andres) in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.

The police also arrested Mr. Reyes’ live-in partner, identified as Norma Michelle Llacuna, 39 years old, single, self-employed, and resident of Brgy. 15 in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, who was also at the operation’s site.

Mr. Reyes is under the Laoag police watch list as a “street-level target” (STL). He is already facing illegal drugs case in court.

Ms. Llacuna, on the other hand is under the drug watch list of the Bacarra Municipal Police.

The police said the suspected shabu confiscated weighs 61.1 grams, including its plastic packaging. It has an estimated P611,000 street value.

NCCA calls for proposals for 2018 grants

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Representatives from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) visited the province recently to call for proposals for arts and culture projects for next year.

For 2018, Ferdinand Isleta of the NCCA Arts Section said there are at least eight priority projects which qualified groups and individuals could pursue for funding. These are categorized per sub-commission which include: arts, heritage, cultural dissemination, cultural communities and traditional arts.

While in Ilocos Norte, the NCCA enjoined all civil society organizations (CSOs), peoples’ organizations (POs), indigenous peoples’ organizations (IPOs), individuals, local government units (LGUs), government agencies (GAs), state universities/colleges and public schools to submit their project proposals not later than August 31, 2017.

“We encourage empowered artists and cultural workers in Ilocos Norte to share their bright ideas and knowledge in promoting our rich culture as well as preserve our identities through arts,” Mr. Isleta said citing a number of proposals particularly about festivals and heritage sites preservation had been approved for funding in previous years.

Proponents interested in implementing projects in each category shall submit letters of intent and proposals to the Planning, Policy Formulation and Programming Division led by its division chief, Bernan Corpuz, at Room 5-B, fifth floor, NCCA Building, 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila.

Project Proposals may also be submitted via the following emails: arts@ncca.gov.ph, heritage@ncca.gov.ph, dissemination@ncca.gov.ph and traditional_arts@ncca.gov.ph.


Project briefs as well as guidelines and requirements can be viewed and downloaded also at the NCCA website.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Batac asks PNP chief for a type ‘A’ police station

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Batac City—The Sangguniang Panlungsod here passed another resolution asking Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa to allocate funds for the construction of a type “A” police station here.

In 2015, Batac’s 3rd Sangguniang Panlungsod passed a similar resolution. At that time, then Batac mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta initiated the conveyance of a city government-owned property along Brgy. Billoca here to the PNP. Conveyed through a deed of donation, the lot has an area of “more or less 1,000 sq. meters; it was intended for the construction of the said police building.

Mr. Nalupta officially executed the deed of donation on February 18, 2016, for the city government; then PNP Region I director P/Chief Supt. Ericson T. Velasquez acted as “donee” for the PNP.

Currently, the Batac police station is one-storey building. Officials here said the building is “deteriorating” and “with very limited space, hence, the need for an immediate replacement.”

Batac councilors Macarthur Aguinaldo, Avelard Ibarra Crisostomo, and Batac Liga ng mga Barangay president and ex-officio councilor Johann Nalupta sponsored the measure. They said the proposed type “A” PNP station “would usher better comfort and convenience to the police personnel and their clients as well as promote more efficient and effective delivery of service”.

Meanwhile, Batac mayor Albert D. Nalupta welcomed the council’s move.

He disclosed that the funding for the project is ready. He said the amount allocated is PHP14 million.

However, he added that they now need to turn over the legal title of the donated land to the PNP. The titling process though is still underway.

Like other national government agency projects, the local government unit provides the lot for the building; the government agency, on the other hand provides the funding. This is the case for this project.


Mr. Chua expressed hopes that the PNP would consider starting the bidding process for the project while awaiting the titling process’ completion.

Mango growers now need license to buy potassium nitrate

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Owing to occurrence of bombing incidents and terrorist threats around the country, the government now requires licenses to purchase potassium nitrate.

This development affects mango growers as the said chemical is important to induce more flowers for mango trees.

Potassium nitrate, however, is an active ingredient in manufacturing improvised explosive devices (IEDs); thus, the license requirement to ensure that the chemical will not land in terrorists’ hands.

Previously, anyone can buy potassium nitrate or even calcium nitrate in farm supply stores. This, however, is no longer the case as the Philippine National Police started regulating the sale of the said chemicals.

Even the chemicals’ sellers need to secure their own permits to sell them.

Appropriate charges and penalties await violators of this regulation, the police said. They added that the legal charges will be “non-bailable.

In view of this, Ricardo Tolentino, president of the mango growers’ association in this northern part of Luzon said they made an appeal to local authorities here if they could secure a license as an association to avoid adding more burden to individual farmers.

Mr. Tolentino said mango growers here have become dependent on using potassium nitrate in their mango plantations as it is more convenient for them to use instead of the traditional “smoking” technique which take about 25 days to induce the flowers of mango trees.

“In Ilocos Norte, I am the only one yet who have secured a license from [Camp] Crame [PNP national headquarters]. Only the members of our association can avail of it subject to monthly audit and monitoring from the PNP,” said Mr. Tolentino.


The Ilocos region covering Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan is one of the country’s major exporters of quality mangoes to Hongkong, Japan and other neighboring Southeast Asian nations. Hence, regulating the use of potassium nitrate may affect the mango industry, he said citing mango growers here are still recovering from previous losses due to typhoon and infestation of fruit flies.