Sunday, November 26, 2017

Batac City drowning



Batac rescue. The search, rescue and retrieval (SRR) team composed of the City Risk Disaster and Management Office, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fire Protection-Batac retrieve the body of the drowned victim identified as Brian Rabanal, 29 years old, single, and resident of Brgy. Quiling Norte last October 16 at 1:00 pm. The victim, along with his family were on a picnic at the Garasgas River bank in the morning of October 15 where he got drunk. By noontime, they decided to go home but he took a shortcut by swimming across the Garasgas River where authorities believed he drowned. The SRR Team went on a full search and rescue operations right after the family reported the incident but they had to halt at 6 pm. The barangay tanods of Quiling Norte were on guard at the area until the resumption of the search and retrieval operations on the morning of October 16 when they retrieved the victim. (Photos courtesy of Arvin Francis Lumang)

GSSSC holds leadership seminar



Youth leaders from AMA Laoag and Sirib Ilocano Kabataan Association (SIKA) actively participated in the Seminar on Leadership and Parliamentary Procedure (SLPP) of the Graduate School Supreme Student Council (GSSSC) of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) Graduate School.
The Graduate School Supreme Student Council (GSSSC) recently held its first Seminar on Leadership and Parliamentary Procedure (SLPP) at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) Graduate School.

The GSSSC organized the activity with the following objectives: to give an orientation for those who are new in the field of community and student leadership; to deliver a refresher lecture for experienced community and campus leaders; and to provide a venue for planning programs and projects.

In his message to the participants, Dr. Virgilio Julius P. Manzano, Jr., dean of MMSU Graduate School, underscored that proper, careful and detailed planning is so important when starting a project.

“Proper prior planning prevents poor performance,” Mr. Manzano said.

GSSSC officers, leaders of the component organizations of MMSU Graduate School and youth leaders from AMA Laoag and Sirib Ilocano Kabataan Association (SIKA) attended the said seminar.

The main SLPP modules include leadership theories, duties and responsibilities of organization officers, project proposal and resolution writing and the basic principles of parliamentary procedure.

During the seminar, the participating organizations proposed some possible projects in collaboration with the GSSSC and the MMSU Graduate School.
The GSSSC will also sponsor a lecture on financial literacy in November.

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BARD NOTES: Happy bard-reading to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos, Laoag City Mayor Chevylle V. Farinas, Laoag City Vice Mayor Michael V. Farinas, Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer Josephine P. Calajate, INWD General Manager John Teodoro, Dr. Miramar Bumanglag, DAR-Ilocos Norte PARPO II Vic M. Ines, DAR-Ilocos Norte CAO Rudy Acacio and PNB Laoag Branch Manager Metty V. Guerrero.

Greetings also to the employees of AMA Laoag, Laoag City PNP, DAR Ilocos Norte, DepEd Laoag, DepEd Ilocos Norte, PNB Laoag and to the residents of Barangay 6, San Agustin, Laoag City.

Pagudpud windfarm grows 205,000 trees in 3 years

NLREC officials and the people of Pagudpud led by mayor Marlon Sales join the ceremonial planting of the 205,000th seedling which marks the three-year implementation of the Pagudpud windfarm's reforestation program. (Photo courtesy of Joey Quiaoit)

Staff reporter

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte—Over the past three years, the North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation (NLREC), which operates an 81-megawatt wind farm at Brgy. Caparispisan in this town, has been growing forest trees as part of its greening program.

On October 26, 2017, local officials and residents here witnessed the ceremonial planting of the 205,000th seedling within the 625-hectare windfarm.

In 2014, the NLREC started to plant indigenous trees in a once barren area where they installed the towering windmills.

“The first major goal of this effort was to produce 350,000 seedlings and plant 205,000 within three years,” said Maria Meliza Tuba-Principe, senior manager for stakeholder relations and corporate social responsibility of the NLREC.

As part of the company’s commitment to provide livelihood opportunities to the host communities and to advocate environment protection, NLREC launched the reforestation program.

The NLREC hired a forester to directly supervise the setting up of tree nurseries and ensure that they grow healthy and robust. They also hired people form the host communities as plant nursery staff, forest and forest-fire suppression guards, and reforestation workers.

They also trained at least 36 community partners to provide indigenous seedlings for the company. Upon request, the NLREC also provides seedlings to other local government units and nearby communities in support of the national government’s expanded greening program.

Now on its third year, Roman Miguel De Jesus, NLREC president along with Pagudpud town officials led by mayor Marlon Sales and other representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources participated in the tree planting activity as an expression of commitment and continuing efforts to grow more trees within the 293-hectare reforestation program of the Ayala wind farm.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

2 Ilocos Norte towns, 80 barangays now drug-free—PDEA


Results of a PDEA Ilocos Norte drug raid. (Alaric A. Yanos)

By Edison Justin Deus
PGIN-CMO

Laoag City—The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Ilocos Norte declared the towns of Carasi and Marcos, and 80 other barangays in Ilocos Norte as “completely drug-free.”

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) considers a local community as “drug-free” if supply of illegal drugs, transit and trade, drug laboratories and warehouses, drug dens, marijuana cultivation sites, users and pushers, protectors, and financiers are absent.

Lanibel Ancheta, PDEA Ilocos Norte provincial officer, said the most effective method to eradicate illegal drugs in the province is through the implementation of barangay clearings and community-based rehabilitation programs.

Earlier this month, President Rodrigo R. Duterte issued a memorandum directing PDEA to lead anti-drug operations after initially mandating the Philippine National Police (PNP) to spearhead the said campaign at the beginning of his term last year. The latest directive was in accordance with the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or Republic Act (RA) 9165 which mandates PDEA to enforce the provisions of the law and serve as the implementing arm of the DDB.

Despite having only six officers in Ilocos Norte, PDEA continues to coordinate with the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO) in conducting drug-clearing operations and supply reduction measures.

In its continuing campaign for a livable, sustainable, and resilient Ilocos Norte, the provincial government lead by governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos strongly supports the anti-drug operations: “Sumusugod ang anti-private firearms group (PFAG) natin, PDEA at PNP. Kailangan ang tulong ng barangay, ng kabataan, upang mabuwag ang mga malalaking sindikato. Salakniban ti biag dagiti annaktayo!”

PDEA Ilocos Norte and the PNP continue to conduct lectures on illegal drugs and community-based rehabilitation programs to achieve a drug-free province in line with the principle of Ms.  Marcos that “peace and order are the requisite of development.”

In addition, a pilot rehabilitation clinic at the Vintar District Hospital in Vintar, Ilocos Norte will open next year. The project is in conjunction with Mr. Duterte’s ongoing anti-drug campaign.

"Ti gobierno ti sanggir iti umili", Ms. Marcos said, "By investing in Ilocano families, we can overcome the unbearable social cost of reckless migration… We must confront our youth in crisis, and provide solutions to substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, suicide, and other social ills wrought within heartbroken families."

Aside from the drug rehabilitation clinic, the provincial government also plans a pilot family shelter at the Doña Josefa E. Marcos District Hospital in Marcos, Ilocos Norte.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Piddig cares: A movie date with senior citizens

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

English: Map of Ilocos Norte showing the locat...
English: Map of Ilocos Norte showing the location of Piddig (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte—Every month, members of the senior citizens association of Piddig, Ilocos Norte queue at a mall’s movie house in this town. They receive free movie passes by presenting their senior citizen’s identification card.

Republic Act 9994 or, the “Expanded Senior Citizen’s Act of 2010,” gives elders aged 60 and above additional recreational benefits such as free movie passes in cinemas.

In recognition of the important contribution of senior citizens in nation-building, Piddig mayor Georgina S. Guillen accompanied 150 seniors to the movie cinema this month; after the movie the mayor treated them to a fast food restaurant.

Mrs. Guillen said this is just one way of expressing their gratitude to Piddig senior citizens for their great contribution to the development of the community.

In 1994, then President Fidel V. Ramos declared the first week of October as Linggo ng Katandaang Filipino (Elderly Filipino Week) through Proclamation No. 470.

Every year since, local government units in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and other government and non-government organizations lead the celebration of Elderly Filipino Week.


Based on the 2010 census, there are more than 3.4 million Filipino senior citizens.

Sarrat gov’t employees set receive ‘loyalty cash award’


English: Map of Ilocos Norte showing the locat...
English: Map of Ilocos Norte showing the location of Sarrat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sarrat, Ilocos Norte—Town mayor Remigio Medrano guaranteed the distribution of loyalty cash award (LCA) for all municipal government employees here.

Mr. Medrano said all Sarrat government employees will receive the cash award before the end of October.

The municipal government allocated at least PHP 400,000 for the said award. This is based on Commission on Audit (COA) Circular No. 2013-003.

As per the circular order the cash award is dependent on the years of service rendered in a local government unit (LGU) and detailed as follows:

10th year from P5,000.00 to P10,000.00; 15th year from P2,500.00 to P5,000.00; 20th year - from P2,500.00 to P5,000.00; 25th year - from P2,500.00 to P5,000.00; 30th year - from P2,500.00 to P5,000.00; 35th year - from P2,500.00 to P5,000.00; 40th year - from P2,500.00to P5,000.00


“This is good enough in acknowledging their [government employees] efforts and sacrifices on their service for the people, yet, they should be rest-assured to do their job accordingly of what they’d pledged on their oath of office,” said Mr. Medrano. (Bernard Ver)

Notices for October 23, 2017

Publication Notice
R.A. 10172
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
October 19, 2017
CFN-0223-2017
CCE-0074-2017 R.A. 10172

          In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that JUANITA I. UDAUNDO has filed with this Office, a petition for change of First Name from AQUILENIA to JUANITA and a petition for Correction of Entry in the child’s date of birth from JUNE 25, 1957 to JUNE 24, 1957 and the mother’s first name from ALICIA to ELICIA in the Certificate of Live Birth of AQUILENIA I. UDAUNDO at Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are LOPE UDAUNDO and ALICIA IBALE.
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than November 7, 2017.

(SGD) FELIZA C. RATUITA
Municipal Civil Registrar
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RA Form No. 10.1 (LCRO)
Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province: ILOCOS NORTE
City/Municipality: VINTAR

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION
          In compliance with Section 5 of RA Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that THELMA A. VIDAD has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from MARCELITA to THELMA in the birth certificate of THELMA A. VIDAD who was born on November 10, 1963 at Vintar, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are MARCIANO AGRA and LOLITA GAMIAO.
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than November 6, 2017.

(SGD) MENELEO JOEY J. LEAÑO
Municipal Civil Registrar
Oct. 23-29, Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017*IT
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Publication Notice
R.A. 10172
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
October 18, 2017
CCE – 0077-2017

          In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation and Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that LESLIE CYRILLE KEITH AGNO GANAL has filed with this Office, a petition for correction of entry in sex from FEMALE to MALE and whose parents are ASHLEY VICENTE GANAL and MARIA GLADYS BATINGA AGNO.
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than November 6, 2017.

(SGD) JOAN A. DUQUE
Municipal Civil Registrar
Oct. 23-29, Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH ABSOLUTE SALE
          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late IRENEO CRISTOBAL and NATALIA JULIAN CRISTOBAL consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 4113-B-6, Psd-01-069946, being a portion of Lot 4113-B (LRC) Psd-209982, LRC Cad. Rec. No. 1151 covered by TCT No. 021-2010000623 containing an area of 162 sq.m. situated at Brgy. Mangato, Laoag City has been adjudicated by their heir and simultaneously sold to VICTORINA A. SUGUITAN and FELICIANA A. SUGUITAN ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public FRANCISCO A. MUSNI as per Doc. No. 313; Page No. 63; Bk. No. XCI; S. of 2017.
Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 2017*IT

DEED OF ADJUDICATION AND ABSOLUTE SALE
          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late GREGORIO P. CABARAL consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 2 of Ccs-01-002054 now Identical to Lot No. 60312 cad-578 of the Pasuquin Cadastre covered by OCT No. P-79785 containing an area of 335 sq.m. located in Poblacion #03, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by his heir and simultaneously sold the northernmost portion of the above-described parcel of land with an area of 230 sq.m. designated as Lot 2-A of Psd-01-095989, identical to Lot No. 60312 to LUDWIG DULAY GONZALES, GIAN DULAY GONZALES and BODI DULAY GONZALES ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public ERME S. LABAYOG as per Doc. No. 242; Page No. 49; Bk. No. XXXVI; S. of 2017.
Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION AND QUITCLAIM
          NOTICE IS HEREBY given that the intestate estate of the late RUFINO PEDRO, consisting of a parcel of residential land designated as Lot No. 21841 covered by TCT No. T-17847 situated at Brgy. 28 San Bernabe, Laoag City has been adjudicated executed by BIBIANA A. PEDRO and DANILO A. PEDRO simultaneously BIBIANA A. PEDRO quitclaim all her share to DANILO A. PEDRO as per Doc. No. 155; Page No. 31; Book No. XCII; series of 2017 duly acknowledged before Notary Public Atty. FRANCISCO A. MUSNI of Laoag City dated October 9, 2017.
Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 2017*IT
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AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION
          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased SANTIAGO P. ORPILLA consisting of a bank deposit at BDO-LAOAG CASTRO BRANCH under Savings Account No. 000960148108 has been adjudicated by his heir ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public MICHAEL D. DOMINGO as per Doc. No. 363; Page No. 37; Bk. No. CL; S. of 2017.
Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 2017*IT
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          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late ANGELA RUPISAN consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 1129 of the Batac Cadastre, Cadastral Case No. N-I-IV, LRC Cad. Record No. N-523 covered by OCT No. 0-3321 containing an area of 140.18 sq.m. situated in Barrio No. 7, Caunayan, Municipality of Batac, Province of Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by her heirs and simultaneously sold to DAVID GUILLERMO TIONGSON married to LUCIA BENSAN TIONGSON ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public WINDELL D. CHUA as per Doc. No. 344; Page No. 70; Bk. No. LVII; S. of 2017.
Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 2017*IT
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AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION BY SOLE HEIR
          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late LUIS GABRIEL ANTONIO RAMOS CHUA consisting of Cocolife Asset Management Mutual Funds proceeds with Account No. ID No. 2943 and Metrobank Unit Investment Trust Fund with Account No. UT150000038635 and Settlement Account No. 1403140480836 has been adjudicated by his heir ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Adel Cristina Z. Diño as per Doc. No. 460; Page No. 92; Bk. No. XVI; S. of 2017.
Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH PARTITION AND ABSOLUTE SALE
          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late SIMEON CORPUZ, CRISANTA COLOMA and ESTRELLA CORPUZ-ALONZO consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 7082 of the Laoag Cadastre, covered by TCT No. T-4222 containing an area of 832 sq.m. situated in the Barrio of But-tong, Municipality (now City) of Laoag, has been the subject of Deed of Adjudication with Partition and Absolute Sale executed by their heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Brian Jay Corpuz as per Doc. No. 26; Page No. 06; Bk. No. XXIV; S. of 2017.
Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION AND ABOLUTE SALE
          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late DAISY A. MORALES, ANGELITA A. MORALES and JACINTO A. MORALES JR. consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 11642-B of the subdivision plan Psd-67598, being a portion of Lot 11642 of the Laoag Cadastre covered by TCT No. T-23960 containing an area of 480 sq.m. with improvements thereon situated in the Poblacion (San Agustin), City of Laoag, has been adjudicated by their heirs and simultaneously sold to Sps. Marcelo V. Domingo and Evelyn L. Domingo ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Brian Jay Corpuz as per Doc. No. 28; Page No. 06; Bk. No. XXIV; S. of 2017.
Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 2017*IT
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Batac eyes rehab of farm-to-market rods, bridges

English: Map of Ilocos Norte showing the locat...
English: Map of Ilocos Norte showing the location of Batac (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Batac City—City mayor Albert D. Chua announced the impending rehabilitation of the road connecting this city and Sarrat town.

The project forms part of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) dubbed “Rehabilitation of Billoca-San Juan Farm-To-Market Road and 8 Bridges”.

The PRDP under the Department of Agriculture aims to establish a modern, value-chain oriented and climate resilient agriculture and fisheries sector.

Mr. Chua said the Batac government has allocated PHP7,036,607.00 from the city’s 2017 annual budget as i’s counterpart to augment the share of the Ilocos Norte provincial government, a requirement for f the project.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod here also earlier approved a resolution authorizing Mr. Chua, as mayor, and for and in behalf of the city government to enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the provincial government for the rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads and six bridges within the city’s the territorial jurisdiction.

According to the mayor, funds for the project are foreign sources and is worth PHP170 million for infrastructure projects. He added that the DA may increase the funding up to PHP200 million as the project also includes training programs and livelihood projects for the barangays concerned.

He identified Brgys. Billoca, Baoa West, Rayuray, Camandingan, Nagbacalan, Cangrunaan and Nagirangan as main beneficiaries of the said projects.

Two of the bridges are at Brgy. San Juan in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte.


The mayor hopes that the 12-kilometer farm-to-market project will start soon. He disclosed that the winning bidder for project has received the notice to proceed. The project’s groundbreaking occurred on September 8, 2017.

RCF distributes farm machineries


THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) thru regional director Lucrecio Alviar assists Rep. Rodolfo “Rudy” C. Fariñas (Ilocos Norte, 1st district) in the distribution of farm machineries/equipment worth PHP27 million to Zanjeras of all towns of the 1st district of Ilocos Norte including Laoag City. Funding of said equipment comes from the DA in coordination with the Congressman. The equipment distributed are four-wheel tractor, combine harvester, rice/corn transplanter, water pumps, and hand tractors among others.
Doms dela Cruz 


Saturday, November 11, 2017

SN is in top 10 Galing Pook awardee


SAN NICOLAS Mayor Alfredo Valdez Jr. (5th from right) poses with the other LGU chief executives as one of the top ten Galing Pook Awardee (Photo Courtesy of SN Municipality.)

By Dominic B. dela Cruz

San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte—The municipal government here barged into the top 10 local government units recognized as Galing Pook awardee in the entire country.
In the awarding ceremony held October 12, 2017 in Manila, San Nicolas mayor Alfredo “Boying” P. Valdez Jr. thanked all the people behind the prestigious award in their contributions to innovate practices in local governance of the municipality.
The San Nicolas entry “Catching Rain” seeks to adopt viable and responsive measures to shifting weather patterns brought about by climate change through safe, indigenous and environment friendly means.
Mr. Valdez said that without a natural body of water to irrigate its agricultural lands, this municipality found its solution in an indigenous technique by way of “catching the rain”.
One of the project’s strategies the mayor said is to expand and maximize the construction of earth dams, water reservoirs and irrigation systems since the municipality already has two earth dams or Small Water Impounding Projects (SWIP) established in 1998 and 2000.
To date mayor said that the municipality has seven SWIPs, one in an on-going construction and three more funded for future implementation, 56 small farm reservoirs, 227 shallow tube wells, seven creeks, two (2) diversion dams, and one completed catchment dam devoted for agricultural production.
Study shows that SWIPs, water reservoirs and irrigation systems prevent siltation and soil erosion. It also serves as recreational areas and tourist spots when migratory birds flocks.
The program also improved agricultural literacy of its farmers and other beneficiaries with the establishment of 24 community learning centers in the all the barangays and eight farmer field schools.
To sustain the project the mayor said that they passed various legislations such as an ordinance “Prescribing the Utilization and Sustainability of Irrigation Waters and Conservation of Irrigation Facilities and Services (PUSWAC)” to integrate program in the municipal plans.
The Sanggunian Bayan also authorized the mayor to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the different institutions to further strengthen and improve the project implementation.
It was learned that six of the 10 Galing Pook Foundation awardees came from Luzon: Angono in Rizal—“Participatory and Systemic Governance for Socio-economic Development; Pasig City— “Bayanihan sa Daan” Sustainable Transport Program; San Felipe, Zambales—"Monthly Search for Galing Barangay and Galing Purok; San Luis, Aurora—“Luntiang Pamayanan ng San Luis; San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte—“Catching Rain; and Valenzuela City— “Disiplina Village.
Palompon, Leyte for their “Integrated Community-Based Eco-Tourism and Coastal Resource Management” was the lone awardee in the Visayas Region.
While Cagayan de Oro City’s “Rising Up from the Mud”; Davao del Norte’s “Community-Based Road Maintenance Contracting”; and General Santos City’s “Lingap sa Kabataang Ayaw sa Droga (LIKAY DROGA)” were the awardees from Mindanao.
All finalists received plaques from the foundation, while each winning LGU received a PHP100,000-check and Galing Pook marker.
Mr. Valdez said that he will still be conducting a meeting with the municipal officials and heads of offices on where to put the cash prize. 
Launched in 1993, the Galing Pook Foundation’s awards has already recognized hundreds of LGU programs that serve as models of good governance for other communities to adopt. These programs serve as examples of how to provide innovative solutions to common problems.
The group evaluated winning programs based on "positive results and impact, promotion of people's participation and empowerment, innovation, transferability and sustainability, and efficiency of program service delivery."

Piddig launches food factory school, agro-tourism farm

Piddig, Ilocos Norte—The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Region 1 of the Department of Agriculture (DA) inaugurated the community-based food factory school and agro-tourism farm on October 2, 2017 held at Brgy. Cabaroan in this town.

ATI Region I director Rogelio C. Evangelista served as the launching guest. He told Piddig officials and residents the importance of transforming old methodology of farming from sowing to crop season.

“We need to teach them modern techniques to improve their products and at the same time, certified to handle farm machineries,” Mr. Evangelista emphasized.

The school will be a learning site assisted and funded by ATI and DA, guided by the Piddig municipal agriculture office. The project offers farming courses especially rice-machine operators with National Certificate-level II (NC-II).

Gracing the occasion is former Piddig mayor, now Piddig consultant Engr. Eduardo “Eddie” G. Guillen who represented Piddig mayor Georgina Salazar-Guillen. Cresencio M. Figuracion, President of the Piddig Organic Practitioners Association (POPA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Ilocos Norte chapter joined Mr. Guillen.


Meanwhile, Mr. Evangelista also handed-over the certificate of accreditation and a financial assistance amounting to PHP80,000 to Dr. Cresencio M. Figuracion and the Piddig government.  (Bernard Ver)

Batac council passes 2 environment-friendly measures


Batac City—The Sangguniang Panlungsod here passed two ordinances that will help the environment.

In support of Republic Act 9003, the solid waste management law, the council approved ordinances regulating the sale and use of non-biodegradable plastic bags and styrofoam food packaging.

Batac councilor Mary Coleen Columbia Cajigal said the ordinances promote and protect the health, safety and the general welfare of the public through the reduction of litter and wastes.

Ms. Cajigal, who authored the said ordinances, added that this measure will regulate the sale and use of non-biodegradable plastic bags as carry out bags in all commercial establishments in this.

Another ordinance will also regulate the use and sale of Styrofoam food packaging in all food establishments here.

Since Batac is now a center of education, trade and industry in the province’s second district, Ms. Cajigal said this creates large volume of food packaging materials from food establishments catering to the people’s need.

The two ordinances, she continued, will help reduce harmful wastes that can further harm the environment.

She said the use of polystyrene material, or styrofoam and plastic bags, have a component of styrene which is known to carcinogenic effects to humans.

Studies further showed, according to the author, that the process of making said styrofoam pollutes the air that results in the destruction of the environment; and at the same time, it also takes a long time for the material to decompose.

The ordinances tasked the Office of Mayor and the Office of the City Treasurer particularly at the Business and Licensing Division and Market Section as main implementors of the law.

Violators of said two ordinances will face fines of P2,000, P3,500, and P5,000 for the first, second and third offenses, respectively. A third offense may also result in the cancellation of the establishment’s business permit.

Ms. Cajigal further disclosed that the city government will create trust fund for the fines and penalties from those ordinances. The said fund will only be accessible for environment and solid waste management projects in the city.

Batac Vice mayor and presiding officer Jeffrey Jubal C. Nalupta finally confirmed the approval of said ordinances after thorough deliberations and discussions made as compared with other localities in Metro Manila and in the province that already these kinds of ordinances.

However, the vice mayor said they still need to give business establishments here at least six months to use and sell their styrofoam and plastic bags. After the six-month grace period, Mr. Nalupta said the city government will then strictly implement the ordinances.


The said ordinances, however, still need the approval of both Batac mayor Albert D. Chua and the Sangguniang Panlalwigan before they become local laws.

TESDA unveils free skills training to ex-drug users

LAOAG CITY—The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is rolling out free skills training for former drug dependents in Ilocos Norte as part of the government’s community-based rehabilitation program.

In partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government units, TESDA provincial director Charito Santos said the skills training aims to help drug surrenders cope up from their bad habits and reform themselves for the better.

Based on the needs of the community and the capacity of learners, former drug users in various parts of the province may avail of the free courses offered by TESDA. Some of the most in demand skills training they availed include carpentry, motorcycle and small engine servicing for men and cookery and bread and pastry for women. Some chose mushroom production.

In Batac City for example, they rained drug users who surrendered on large and small ruminants raising. They later gave successful trainees three goats each and cow as start-up capital.

For Batac City mayor Albert D. Chua, he said the Batac government unit along with the PNP, TESDA, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Health are working together to allow drug surrenders to be more active and make them productive by giving them alternative employment opportunities.

“We are grateful for the government’s support to us. To those who have not surrendered yet, we encourage you to surrender now and start a new life free from drugs,” said one of the beneficiaries in Batac City during the distribution of livestock.


Meanwhile, authorities conduct surprise drug testing to those who earlier surrendered here to ensure that they are already free from drugs. (Leilanie G. Adriano)

Imee steps up monitoring of any extremist infiltration in IN

Ilocos Norte governor Imee R. Marcos

Staff reporter
LAOAG CITY—After 15 years of being insurgency-free, provincial officials are warning Ilocos Norte residents of possible extremist infiltration with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s declaration of war against members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

In a joint Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council meeting held at the Capitol auditorium, Ilocos Norte governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos who presided over the meeting urged concerned local authorities and residents here to report any suspicious activity happening in their respective area of jurisdiction.

Citing the on-going war in Mindanao where the military sent a great number of soldiers in this northern part of Luzon to augment government troops there, Ms. Marcos cautioned that the NPA may take this opportunity to expand in the province.

“We should never take this too lightly and let us not be complacent after we have been declared insurgency-free for the past 15 years,” Ms. Marcos said.

She likewise urged local chief executives in the province to actively participate in any initiative preventing the entry of NPA here.

In a power point presentation, Maj. Amado Gutierrez of the 81st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (PA) based in Sta. Cruz, Ilocos sur, he confirmed that there are at least two considered threat groups near the Ilocos-Cordillera area.

As a precautionary measure, the PA in cooperation with the Department of Education and local government units here had intensified information drive in public schools for students to be aware of the presence of the enemy.

According to Mr. Gutierrez, these threat groups are targeting young individuals for recruitment.

Earlier this year in Ilocos Norte, Mr. Gutierrez reported there had been sightings of unknown armed groups in the mountainous towns of Nueva Era and Solsona.


The PA also monitored based on a recovered video on the presence of about 70 hardened NPA cadres in Ilocos region.