Friday, June 22, 2018

Ilocos Norte senior HS program needs more teachers

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—The Department of Education in Ilocos Norte said they need more professionals to fill in job vacancies for senior high school (SHS) this school year.

According to schools division superintendent Vilma Eda, there specialized subjects in SHS which they need to fill up. Among these include technical vocational, Filipino, English, social studies, and music, arts, physical education and health (MAPEH) among others.

“We ask our college graduates even those who do not have license yet to file their applications as we need more teachers for senior high program,” said Ms. Eda as she urged interested applicants to go the Ilocos Norte Schools Division Office in Laoag City to file their applications.

Like in various parts of the country, Ilocos Norte is also facing the same challenge of filling up teaching positions for various tracks.

Out of the 1.517 million students enrolled in Grade 11, DepEd records show majority or 60.27 percent signed up in the academic track; while 39.15 percent enlisted in the technical-vocational-livelihood track.

Under the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, DepEd can hire graduates of science, mathematics, engineering, music and other degree courses to teach specialized subjects in elementary and secondary education schools with shortages in qualified applicants who have passed the licensure exam for teachers.

According to Ms. Eda, they have received previous applications but these are not enough yet.

Pagudpud resort vows to create new order for sustainable tourism

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte—The largest resort in this town vows to lead the way in ensuring clean and sustainable tourism.

“It’s a lesson learned to all of us in the tourism industry. We need to create a new order for tourism. One that is environment-friendly and sustainable in the years to come,” said retired Philippine Air Force Col. Ricardo Nolasco, proprietor of a Pagudpud resort.

To strengthen its eco-tourism advocacy, the resort is on the forefront of organizing world-class beauty pageants which primarily aims to develop men and women who make it to their mission to help others change their habits for the good of the planet.

Referring to the temporary closure of Boracay island as a sad event in the country’s tourism industry, Mr. Nolasco said all other tourism stakeholders need to develop and strengthen it without disregarding the environment.

 “Generally, it is sad note for Philippine tourism, baka isipin nila lahat ng beaches dito sa atin ay ganon. It’s a lesson learned to all of us. I hope that within 6 months, it will be back to normal and the glory of Boracay will be restored,” he added.

Since the closure of Boracay, tourists have flocked to northern Luzon beaches including beaches here daily. Travel tours, van rentals and other resorts and homestays here reported they are all fully-booked this summer.

Nagulat nga kami kasi we are receiving a thousand guests every day. All the more that we should support the ideals of our president and advocate for sustainable tourism,” he pointed out.

To strengthen the promotion of sustainable eco-tourism, the seven-year old resort hosted 20 male and 20 female candidates on Saturday evening for the conduct of Mr. and Miss Hannah’s World Tourism Philippines, rebranding its regular hosting of local pageants that has now turned global.

“This is one of our ways to promote an icon of beauty and purpose. By having a voice to create a new order of a sustainable tourist destination in Pagudpud,” he said.

Undersecretary of Tourism Advocacy and Public Affairs Katherine de Castro of the Department of Tourism, Philippine fashion designer Renee Salud, Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray, master shoe man Jojo Bragais along with other regional and local officials who served as part of the board of judges attended the preliminary event which featured costume and swimwear competition.

Group renews vow to save environment

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has renewed its commitment enjoining all stakeholders to become responsible stewards of nature.

Attended by about 1,500 participants from the different regions of the country, the DENR launched Tayo ang Kalikasan Movement at a hotel in this city on April 24, 2018 with a symbolic signing of covenant to take an active role in the preservation of the environment.

“The aim of this movement is to improve our environmental condition. It is not just the DENR who is doing it, all of us should help each other to show that we are concern about our environment,” said Atty. Jonas Leones, DENR undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs who is also the co-chairman of the Task Force Tayo ang Kalikasan.

Highlighting the movement as collaborative endeavor between the government and the people, DENR Usec. Rodolfo Garcia and chief of staff said mobilizing the citizenry to promote environmental stewardship is a tedious and challenging process but for the sake of the environment and for the future generation, the time is now to act on it.

Meanwhile, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu reiterated to all concerned groups and individuals to abide by the law and prevent environmental degradation.

As chairperson of the newly-created committee on sustainable tourism, Mr. Cimatu told participants that all resorts all over the country should have their own separate sewage and drainage system and ensure that they are following proper waste segregation and disposal.

He added that the DENR will soon close Boracay Island to give way for its 6-month rehabilitation.

“The improper utilization of environment led to the closure of Boracay. We are there to restore it because the water around the island is dirty. The sewage system is already old and needs to be replaced and connected to the drainage so that it will not go directly to the sea,” said Mr. Cimatu.

He hopes that that with a renewed commitment to save planet earth, everyone will adhere to participatory democracy for the future.

PCC-Ilocos Norte maintains ISO certification

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) at the Mariano Marcos State University (PCC-MMSU) in Batac City continues to improve its organization to better serve its customers.

Following a series of processes, the PPC is among the latest government organizations in the province to pass a re-certification audit by the TUV SUD PSB Philippines on April 16, 2018.

 “To God be the glory,” Grace Recta, PCC director said in excitement after the successful conduct of the fifth surveillance transition audit and the PCC have satisfactorily complied to all the requirements of the standard.

During the presentation, auditor Eunice Sol Pimentel-Diamante recommended that they issue PCC a certification-ISO 9001:2015.

Ms. Recta said this is now the third time that they got a certification as it holds the distinction of being the first regional center of the PCC to have been ISO-certified since 2011.

An ISO-certified organization conforms to the eight quality management principles required for certification which include: leadership, involvement of people, factual approach to decision-making, mutually beneficial supplier relationship, process approach, customer focus, continual improvement, and system approach to management.

The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies. It promotes the adoption of a process approach when developing, implementing and improving the effectiveness of a quality management system and enhancing customer satisfaction by meeting customer requirements.

In a telephone interview, Ms. Recta assured the PCC at the MMSU will continue its commitment to deliver quality products and services for its customers in the Ilocos region including its nearby provinces.

Among PCC’s best practices include its continuing Carabao Development Program particularly in addressing concerns related to genetic improvement, carabao-based enterprise development, and research and development.

Piddig gov’t shares good governance ideas to MinDA

Piddig LGU consultant Eddie Guillen shares some good governance ideas to MinDA. (Berong Ver)
Piddig, Ilocos Norte—The municipal government here recently provided ideas on good governance and convergence project for Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) in Davao City.

Piddig mayor Georgina Salazar-Guillen and Piddig consultant Engr. Eduardo “Eddie” Guillen led the team in reaching out to different government officials in Mindanao.

Mr. Guillen shared to them the proper way to prepare project proposals to the national government offices—leading to its successful downloading of funds to the LGUs.

In the interim, Mr. Guillen introduced convergence project that serves Piddig town’s economic sustainable development. Foremost of which is the training of farmers in the rural areas to use cropping calendar to avoid wasting of yields.

The MinDA) is a government agency of the Philippines created through Republic Act 9996, or the Mindanao Development Authority Act of 2010.

The law mandates the said office to promote, coordinate and facilitate the active and extensive participation of all sectors to effect socioeconomic development of Mindanao. (Bernard Ver)

Thursday, June 21, 2018

PhilRice helps IPs conserve traditional rice varieties

By Allan Biwang Jr.

The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is assisting the indigenous people (IP) in Sarangani to protect their traditional rice varieties (TRVs).

“We have been waiting for this move from the government to conserve our traditional varieties. The entire IP community fully supports this project,” expressed Celito C. Terando, provincial government project manager of Sulong Tribu.

As Sarangani is one of the areas most vulnerable to drought, preserving the seeds is important in breeding new climate-change ready seeds for the area. Blaan, Tagakaolo, Tboli, Manobo, Ubo, and Kalagan tribes live in its upland areas where they plan most of the TVRs.

Starting this year, the locals and PhilRice’s genetic resources team will collect, conserve, survey, and document the varieties in a project, “Conservation of Sarangani Traditional Rice Germplasm (SaTRice).” The team will also evaluate the grain quality, level of resistance to pest and diseases, and level of tolerance to drought or submergence stress.

Jess Bryan Alvariño, project staff, said the farmers noted the TRVs resistance to pests and drought. They also produce good yield even without fertilizer and pesticide intervention.

Mr. Alvariño also said Sarangani has no records of germplasm collection in the PhilRice Genebank. Germplasm are genetic materials used for breeding new rice varieties.

“As Sarangani has a significant number of estimated [107] TRVs [with unique traits], it is our foremost initiative to conserve and protect all their rice germplasm,” he said. Phil Rice will use the results from the ident cation and testing of the TRVs to recommend the best variety suited in the province. They will store high quality TRVs at PhilRice Genebank, which houses more than 5,000 Philippine TRVs and more than 16,000 germplasm collections.

Based on the study conducted by Mindanao State University-Gensan, they identified 107 TRVs with unique traits in the area.

PhilRice expects to gather more comprehensive data on morphological and molecular profiles of TRVs, specifically those that pertain to size, shape, and structure of seed components.

Farmers, mostly indigenous people (IP), can also utilize these data in adding value/price to their varieties if they decided to commercialize it.

Other than conservation and characterization, the said project also aims to establish and strengthen community-based seed banks for IP communities in partnership with the Provincial Government of Sarangani and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

Batac celebrates 10th Farmers Festival

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Batac City—Thousands of residents here and visitors from nearby towns witnessed this year’s Farmers Festival 2018 celebration with the theme “Honoring the Pride and Delight of the Soil—The Farmers” held May 1-5, 2108.

A motorcade around the city and a thanksgiving mass headed by Batac mayor Albert D. Chua and vice mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta held at the Immaculate Conception Parish thanking the fruitful agricultural blessings from Almighty kicked off this year’s celebration.

During the same day, the festival’s opening ceremony featured the pre-judging of farmer’s booths and exhibits and the zanjera dance competition.

The following day saw the judging of the PINAKA HVCDP, indigenous shells, aquatic foods and fresh water fish; dog show; RIC dance competition and the coronation night of the Search for Farmers Festival Queen 2018, otherwise known as the “Balasang Ti Away 2018”.

The Balasang Ti Away of Magnuang, Katrina Ancheta emerged as the Farmers Festival Queen 2018; with Jazerl Erna Corpuz (Baoa East), Maria Therese Aglipay (Billoca), Leazyl Casauran (Pimentel), and Patricia Butay (Bungon), finishing first, second, third, and fourth runners-up respectively.

The festival also featured the city agriculture and fishery council day and 4-H club dance competition, which also showcased the oath-taking of the new 4H Club set of officers.

Among the festival’s highlights was the Farmers Festival Grand Parade wherein all the rural barangays showcased their respective carosas and muses with their barangay officials, farmers, women and youths.

The academe, the Dept. of Science and Technology, Dept. of Agriculture, private companies and the Romaine Organics Agriculture Academy, the first TESDA-accredited farm business school in Ilocos Norte also joined the parade. 

Decorated cattle and carabaos. and dogs also joined the parade.

Mr. Chua thanked all the participants in the five-day event; he especially thanked the city’s farmers and zanjeras for their full support in the festival’s 10th edition.

Tay kuna dan, saan a maudin ti away. Kasla maiyarig ton nga awanen tay makun-kunan nga ili ken awayen agsipud ta iti adminstrasyon iti Batac ket ikarkarigatan mi a pabilgen iti Batacqueño tapnu agsapasap iti progreso,” Mr. Chua said. 

Masintir yo siguro nga ti away ket saanen a paudi no iti panagdur-as no ikumperar tayo ti ili,” he added.

Likewise, Mr. Chua also thanked Ang Pangkabuhayan Party-List Rep. Dennis Laogan for attending the coronation night of the Balasang Ti Away 2018 and thanked him for the projects he gave to this city.