Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Notices for June 22, 2015

Publication Notice
R.A. 10172


CCE- 0033-2015 RA 10172                June 10, 2015

          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 CLARENCE MARTINEZ EDU has filed with this Office, a petition for correction of GENDER from FEMALE to MALE, in the certificate of Live Birth of CLARENCE MARTINEZ EDU at Subec, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are RODOLFO EDU and LEONARDA MARTINEZ.
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than July 6, 2015.

Municipal Civil Registrar
June 22-28, June 29-July 5, 2015 *IT

Publication Notice
R.A. 10172
CCE – 0029-2015 R.A. 10172                                                    June 15, 2015

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 ERENESTO BATUGAL OBADO has filed with Office, a petition for change of first name from “ERNESTO, PEDRO” to “ERNESTO” and correction of entry in the date of birth from “January 31, 1952” to  “January 30, 1952” in the certificate of live birth of ERNESTO, PEDRO BATUGAL OBADO at Bo. #13, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are ALEJANDRO OBADO and LOURDES BATUGAL.
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than July 6, 2015.

Municipal Civil Registrar
June 22 - 28, June 29 – July 5, 2015 *IT


SP. PROC. No. 16720-12
Correction of Entry

          Filed with this Court is a verified petition for the correction of entry in the certificate of live birth of petitioner Nora Burigsay Cadiente in the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte and the Civil Registrar General of the National Statistics Office, Manila and all other persons who may have interests filed by the herein petitioners through counsel.
          Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, notice is hereby given that this petition  is set for hearing on July 17, 2015 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 the City of Laoag at the expense of the petitioners, the last date of publication being at least one week prior to the date of the scheduled hearing.
          Let copies of this Order and the Petition be furnished the Offices of the Local Civil Registrar of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte; the Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office, Manila; and the Solicitor General, Manila.
          SO ORDERED.
          Done in the City of Laoag, this 1st day of June 2015.
Presiding Judge
June 22, 29, July 6, 2015. *IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased JOSEFINA L. RANADA consisting of one-half (1/2) shares of two (2) parcels of land covered by TCT/OCT Nos. T18110 and T-17772 containing an area of 1,763 sq. m. and 5,711 sq.m. both situated at Brgy. 48-A, Laoag City and fourteen (14) parcels of land covered by TCT/OCT Nos. EO-504, EO-512, EO-508, EO-506, EO-505, RO-507, EO-510, EO-509, EO-511, EO-513, EO-514, EO-204, EO-205, and EO-206 containing an area of 284 sq.m., 354 sqm., 117 sq.m., 1722 sq.m., 1774 sq.m., 1665 sq.m., 494 sq.m., 439 sq.m., 435 sq.m. 387 sq.m., 705 sq.m., 76 sq.m., 86 sq.m. and 140 sq.m. all situated at Brgy. Francisco, Dingras, Ilocos Norte and a bank deposit with the BDO LAOAG-CASTRO BRANCH under Acct. No. 100960092951 has been adjudicated by her heirs extrajudicially ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Elegio G. Cabasug as per Doc. No. 212; Page No. 43; Bk. No. I; S. of 2012.
June 22, 29, July 6, 2015 *IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late SPOUSES RODOLFO F. PABLO and ROSALINA T. PABLO consisting of two (2) parcels of land designated as Lot. Nos. 1286, Cad 252 (F-3-1655) and 1288 both of the Burgos Cad. covered by TCT No. T-20098 and T-20104 containing an area of 3,525 sq.m. and 1,643 sq.m. situated at Burgos, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by their heirs and simultaneously sold to Rodigilio Ignacio married to Arceli E. Ignacio ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Adel Cristina Z. Diño as per Doc. No. 131; Page No. 27; Bk. No. VII; S. of 2015.
June 22, 29, July 6, 2015 *IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late LOURDES M. MENDOZA consisting of a motor vehicle with franchise more particularly described as follows: Make-Honda; Model-2008; Type-Tricycle; Color-Red; Chassis No. KB508050899; Engine No. KB508E050887; Plate No. QI 2093 and MV File No. 0124-00000074676 has been the subject of Deed of Adjudication with Quitclaim executed by her heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Noel Domingo Concepcion as per Doc. No. 192; Page No. 39; Bk. No. LX; S. of 2014.
June 22, 29, July 6, 2015 *IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late SPOUSES PEDRO MADULI and CLAUDIA LOPINTO-MADULI consisting of two (2) parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 14194 and 14195 both of Cad-398 under TD Nos. 05-037-04595 and 05-037-04596 covered by OCT No. P-8838 containing an area of 46 sq.m. and 1745 sq.m. both located at Brgy. 16 S. Quiling Sur, Batac, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by their heir ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Da Vinci M. Crisostomo as per Doc. No. 496; Page No. 101; Bk. CCXCIV; S. of 2015
June 22, 29, July 6, 2015 *IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late ALEJANDRO A. TAMBIO and MARIA L. TAMBIO consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot. No. 140456. Cad 578 covered by OCT No. P-71984 containing an area of 4,113 sq.m. located at B rgy. 25 Pragata, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by their heir and simultaneously sold to Rodrigo L. Curammeng married to Consuelo F. Curammeng an area of 964 sq.m. designated as Lot No. 140456-B of PSD-01-079512 ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Bernie Francis B. Constantino as per Doc. 1877; Page No. 74; Bk. No. XXIV; S. of 2013.
June 22, 29, July 6, 2015 *IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late ALEJANDRO A. TAMBIO and MARIA L. TAMBIO consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 140456, Cad 578 covered by OCT No. P-71984 containing an area of 4,113  sq.m. located at Brgy. 25 Pragata, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by their heir and simultaneously sold to Leonora Curammeng an area of 965 sq.m. designated as Lot No. 140456-C of PSD-01-079512 ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Bernie Francis B. Constantino as per Doc. No. 1882; Page No. 75; Bk. No. XXIV; S. of 2012.
June 22, 29, July 6, 2015 *IT


Indispensable who?

THE cemeteries of the world are full of indispensable men,” French President Charles de Gaulle once said. That was, of course, before Vice President Jejomar Binay, began acting as if he were indispensable.

Mr. Binay this week indicated, believe it nor not, the make-up of his Cabinet when “president.” Was the man conscious of the arrogance? He'd not sign on politicians, added Mr. Binay, who assumed Filipinos would vote him into Malacañang.

Will we?

Thousands of protesters, led by entertainers Jim Paredes and Cynthia Patag hoofed through Makati’s business district Wednesday [June 11]. They demanded Mr. Binay jettison his campaign. Sen. Aquillino “Koko” Pimentel vowed to help shatter the Binay political dynasty.

“We expected about 200,” Mr. Paredes said. “But they brought hundreds of others along... When the Binays talk, it is as they were already winners. We want them to know there are many people who will not vote for them...?

“As a candidate, the least Binay can do is answer charges against him,” the rallyists said. Saying the raps are "politically motivated is a lame answer."

The latest completed Social Weather Station (SWS) poll (first quarter of 2015) documented a statistical tie between Binay and Sen. Grace Poe.

“Considering the survey’s three percent margin of error, Mr. Binay and Ms. Poe are, technically, tied statistically in the March 15 survey,” SWS said. Poe has not yet announced she’d bid for the presidency. The betting odds are Binay’s slide will continue.

No one volunteered to run as vice–president with Mr. Binay. So he sighed for a team mate who would be a businessman.

This bubbling political cauldron reminds us of the Bicolano proverb: Daing tagong hilom na di mahayag sa dacol. [There is no hidden secret that will later not be known.]

“Presidential” pretensions cannot exorcise plunder charges filed by the Ombudsman in the multi-million-peso Makati City parking building contract by the Binays.

This is an 11-story building with a roof deck, one-level basement parking and 5 floors of parking area. Total area is 31,928 square meters.

National Statistics Office data show average construction cost should have been P7,691/sq. m. In fact, it was overpriced by more than P1.314 billion, Rappler reports. “The final price was pegged at P1.56 billion."

The nine-page Ombudsman rap sheet accuses Mr. Binay of sleaze in the contract for “the most expensive parking building in the entire country, if not the world.”

Mr. Binay and son, incumbent Makati Mayor Erwin "Junjun" Binay, "violated every rule in construction manuals and government procedures. (These resulted) over six times the official cost, the charges claimed.

Mayor Binay rejected the raps as “fabricated and clearly connected to the 2016 elections.” But the Binays did not address the allegations head-on.

The Binays will face the complaint. That’s all he said. Why? Do they have a choice?

The source of Mr. Binay’s “personal funds is a puzzle,” ABS-CBN’s Inday Espina Varona wrote. Deduct payments to Canadian research firms plus excess of campaign contributions. What still remains in the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) report “raise awkward questions.”

They led the Court of Appeals to freeze Binay’s and his wife Elenita’s bank accounts. These ballooned from P3,293,307 in 2006 to P28,738,008 in 2013.

In contrast, President Benigno Aquino III’s personal income increased by P1.8 million last year. Did PNoy lack Mr. Binay’s “Midas touch?”

Bloated funds came from “excess from campaign contributions,” shrug Binay spokesmen. They were capped by divestment proceeds from JCB Farms, a piggery business in Batangas.

“Up until 2010, the Binays’ statement of assets and liabilities looked like that of any middle class family with some land holdings: comfortable but not that liquid,” adds Ms. Varona. “Certainly, not rolling in cash.”

Reeling meanwhile from Court and AMLC charges, Mr. Binay Sr. hit out at “inexperienced leaders.” Did Mr. Binay mean Ms. Poe? No? Perhaps, Mr. Binay meant his inexperienced daughter and novice senator Nancy.

Responding to Mr. Binay’s barely disguised dig, Ms. Poe snapped back: “It is also important to have honest leaders.” True. But Mr. Binay and his UNA spokespersons dodged that one. Is it because “honesty” is not in their dictionary?

In 2008, Mr. Binay’s financial officer Gerardo Limlingan Jr. emerged as vice president of Agrifortuna, which the Binays incorporated in 1992.

The corporation’s administrator until 2011 was a Binay employee: Lily Hernandez Crystal. Both scrammed.

AMLC names Mr. Limlingan and Ms. Crystal as Binay’s partners in five joint accounts. It also lists seven more accounts solely under the name of the Vice President—who protests he has only five accounts.

As early as 2008, when he left Agrifortuna, Mr. Binay’s joint accounts with Mr. Limlingan moved big amounts of cash, says the AMLC tally.

But the sudden movement of money, within a span of a month and a half, with no commensurate income to report, needs to be explained by the Vice President.

In the years thereafter, Binay-Limlingan joint accounts showed P10 million moved, either as debit (P2.5 million on May 25, 2011), credit (P4.1 million, Nov. 20, 2012) or outright withdrawal (P4 million, Feb. 4, 2013.), Ms. Varona documents.

The Vice President’s cash in bank had by then breached P20 million.

He declared P3 million in receivables in 2011 and P6 million in 2012. By 2013, he listed only P500,000 in receivables. His liabilities for 2011 and 2012 were at P6 million and in 2013, P5.6 million, for a lease-to-own vehicle.

During the May 2010 elections and after, Mr. Binay was shifting bursts of cash often on the same day, in his overflowing personal accounts.

“The big sums moved are not commensurate to the Vice President’s salary,” Ms. Varona noted.

“In 1988, Binay only declared a net worth of P2.5 million net worth. If he had other businesses earning income for him all these years, why doesn’t his SALN reflect this?” Ms. Varona wonders.

The Senate, meanwhile, ordered the arrest of Mr. Limlingan, Ms. Crystal and 15 others in connection with Court order and its own probe of the Binays. “You are bullying my friends,” Mr. Binay fumed.

The Senate sergeant-at-arms and arresting teams returned empty handed. Mr. Limlingan, Ms. Crystal and cohorts had flown the coop, they told Senate President Franklin Drilon.

“Political vendetta” sneered the “indispensable man”.

New Batac police station to rise soon

Slaughterhouse modernization next

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Batac City—Mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta announced that a new police station building will soon rise at the city government-owned lot within the Batac Public Market compound.

On June 8, 2015, members of the city council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to donate an area of 1,000 square meters of the city owned lot in favor of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Mr. Nalupta said a surveyor assisted by Batac police chief P/Supt. Reynaldo Ogay surveyed the area for a type A police station building.

Mr. Nalupta said the resolution passed by the city council will be the basis in the donation of the lot.

He added that a deed of usufruct is not allowed by the PNP as it was the first concern of the city government. The PNP explained that they cannot build a PNP building unless the lot is under the name of the PNP.

Therefore, the mayor thru the city council passed a measure for a deed of donation for a type A police station building.

It was learned that then municipal government of Batac executed a deed of donation equivalent to 1,300 square meters in favor of the PNP but since it was not legally transferred, there was a re-conveyance on the property.

Reacting to this, Mr. Ogay thanked the city government for this project. He said the type A station is intended for a city compared to the present police station which is small and congested.

Mr. Ogay expects that a building official from the PNP regional office will arrive very soon for inspection of the proposed building.

Meanwhile, the mayor disclosed that the lot would serves as the city government’s counterpart for the project unless the PNP asks for additional assistance. He also stressed that it would be the PNP which will be in charge of the construction.

Slaughterhouse modernization
Meanwhile, the Batac government is also pursuing the modernization or construction of a new slaughterhouse at Barangay Barani here.

The mayor personally visited the existing city-owned slaughterhouse on its current location since as of this time, the city government has no record of any deed of donation of the lot where it is situated. The heirs or survivors of the heirs are reportedly still willing to donate the lot.

However, at the back of the lot, the city government owns lot with an area of 2,200 square meters.

The mayor said the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) is expected to give a grant for the modernization of the city’s slaughterhouse.

He further stated that this would be the first and most modern slaughterhouse in Ilocos Norte if it will materialize.

Aside from the NMIS grant, the city government has also allocated a budget under the capital outlay in 2013 or 2014 for the said purpose with the amount of P5 million.

In behalf of the meat vendors here, Batac councilor Elmer Pungtilan who chairs the committee on market and slaughterhouse, also expressed their gratitude to the city government for this proposed project.

Mr. Pungtilan revealed that presently, the city slaughterhouse lacks water supply though the city government is presently looking for the possibility of adding wells because of the heat and effect of summer.

Mr. Pungtilan added that the problem has already reached the mayor and as this developed, the mayor made a request letter directed to the Bureau of Fire Protection to deliver water at least twice a week to the city slaughterhouse to augment their water supply. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

RCF distributes scholarship checks

Representative Rudy C, Fariñas (Ilocos Norte, 1st district) assisted by Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Ria Fariñas distribute checks for the 116 Tulong Dunong Scholarship and 45 Special Students Grant Program. The grant is for P6,000 and P2,500, respectively thru the Commission on Higher Education as the implementing agency. (Doms dela Cruz)

PhilRice responds to El Niño challenges

The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), country`s lead agency in rice research and development, continues its efforts to roll-out information materials to help the farmers cope with the onslaught of El Niño.

Said communication resources are available for download from the institute’s website.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) recently reported in its advisory that recent analyses from global climate models suggest that the on-going El Niño condition is likely to continue until mid-2015 with chances of strengthening toward the end of the year.

Pagasa identified the provinces affected by dry spell: Luzon (Albay, Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Masbate, Nueva Ecija, Sorsogon), Visayas (Biliran, Eastern Samar, Negros Oriental, Samar, Southern Leyte), and Mindanao (Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Leyte, Maguindanao, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Sarangani, Siquijor, South Cotabato, Surigao del Norte, Sultan Kudarat, Surigao del Sur, Zamboanga del Sur).

The materials are mostly in Filipino and produced in forms that Filipino readers can easily understand. In preparation for the wet season, PhilRice will also release an information kit to properly assist farmers.

Farmers can also contact the PhilRice Text Center (0920-911-1398) should they want to know more about El Niño and the technologies that can reduce the losses brought about by the phenomenon. (PhilRice News)

Order amid today’s clutter

WE cannot deny that today’s clutter has grown a lot more than in the previous generations. It has gone ballistic and viral, as they say, because the clutter mentality is highly contagious. It has become something like an epidemic. There are just too many things around, small and big, ordinary and very important. You look around, and almost always that’s what you see—clutter.

This is not only in the field of the material and the physical. More serious than that is the mental clutter which can betray an even deeper disorder. Many of us are so overloaded with data and pieces of information, with plans and concerns, often without connection with each other, that they would not know anymore what to do with them.

If ever there is some concern for order, it is often pegged on shallow and highly ephemeral reasons if not self-serving motives. Today’s idea of order does not go much further than mere window-dressing or sweeping things under the rug.

Because of this, we also see a lot of waste around. Recycling waste helps very little, since what is recycled goes back to the vicious cycle of producing too many things that often are just junks. We need to examine more closely the wisdom behind recycling, since whatever economic and ecological benefits recycling can achieve may already be outweighed by its contribution to the vicious cycle.

Anyway, there are many other bad consequences of clutter and disorder. We would not know, for example, which task to do first, since our sense of priority would already have gone haywire.

We would be prone to give knee-jerk reactions, and raw, unprocessed responses to things and events. We would easily be at the mercy of passing conditionings, fads and trends. We become forgetful of many things. We can develop the vices of improvisations, shallow and narrow-minded considerations, precipitated actions that often show rash judgments and lack of thoughtfulness.

We need to launch a big campaign to reinstall the sense of order in everyone. It seems this virtue has been taken for granted. And people do not know anymore the value of order, nor its basis and purpose, and much less the ways to live it.

Some techniques at keeping order, of course, are helpful. The habit of acting on things immediately without unnecessary delay is one of them. Keeping schedules and knowing to put things in their proper places is another. Making plans or thinking ahead before acting is still another.

But all these techniques can only go so far. What is most basic about this whole business about order is to know where order starts from. We just should not content ourselves with our own idea of order. That would often lead to a certain and subtle form of disorder sooner or later.

We need to understand that order starts always with God, and is kept and developed properly with him. After all, God is our Creator and supreme lawgiver, who maintains everything in order, not only physical and worldly order, but also and more importantly, moral and spiritual order. Outside of him, there can only be disorder that unavoidably causes clutter.

This is a very important consideration because many times our idea of order is based only on some worldly values like efficiency, effectiveness, profitability, convenience, aesthetics, etc. These obviously have their importance, but if not founded on God and his laws, these can only give us a false or incomplete if not deceptive sense of order.

We have to disabuse ourselves from the thought that God has nothing to do with our duty to keep order and avoid clutter. Or that God can only get in the way of our work and pursuits for order. Or that his requirements and conditions for order are too idealistic and are undoable.

These have no basis at all. If there’s anyone who is most interested in order, and knows how to achieve it, what it involves, who enables us to live and develop it, etc., it is God. He even expands our idea of order to include not only physical and worldly order but also spiritual and moral order.

It is an order that would bring us to our eternal life, and not just something pragmatic that no matter how useful will only have a shelf life. A God-inspired sense of order will always make use of whatever human, natural and worldly criteria of order there are, but will purify and elevate them to the supernatural level where our destiny is.

We have to be vitally united with God if we need to live order amid today’s clutter.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Ilocos Times June 22-28, 2015

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Guangdong-Laoag chartered flights resume at Laoag airport

DOT's Milagros Gonzales at the Laoag International Airport (DOT photo)

Staff reporters

Laoag City—Amidst on-going territorial dispute between China and the Philippines on the West Philippine Sea, Chinese tourists are likely to be visible again in this northern gateway of Luzon following the resumption of chartered flights ferrying passengers from Guangdong, China to Laoag on June 13.

Carrying 156 confirmed passengers, the maiden flight of China Eastern Airlines on June 13 is a welcome development for the local tourism industry, said Ma. Milagros Gonzales, provincial director of the Department of Tourism Laoag sub-office.

Initiated by the Guangdong International Travel Group, Ms. Gonzales said the DOT is now preparing an airport grand reception and welcome dinner at a hotel in Laoag City for Guangdong tourists to attract more charterers to the city.

Beginning June 13, chartered flight from Guangdong to Laoag and vice versa will be on a twice weekly basis.

With the resumption of chartered flights from Guangdong to Laoag, Ms. Gonzales hopes that more tourists will come to the Philippines particularly Laoag and Ilocos Norte and see for themselves that indeed, “it’s more fun to be in Ilocos.”

Guangdong, China is one of the closest neighbor of the Philippines in northern part of Luzon.

Previously, the Laoag International Airport used to serve Chinese and Taiwanese tourists on chartered flights from Guangdong and Guangzhou, China and Kaohsiung, Taiwan but due to the issuance of black travel alert to the Philippines caused by 2010 Manila hostage crisis, the arrival of foreign tourists particularly Chinese, Korean and Taiwanese tourists in Laoag City significantly declined over the years.

Regaining tourist arrivals record
MS. Gonzales is hopeful the resumption of chartered flights from mainland China will allow the province to recover and regain lost ground in terms of Chinese tourism arrivals in the province.

She added that this development can also serve as an “eye-opener” for other tourism markets in the world to visit the Ilocos Region which boasts of countless tourist attractions as well as having one of the Seven Wonder Cities of the World in Vigan City.

Regular flights
Meanwhile, Laoag International Airport manager Godfrey Ragudo said the Guangzhou-Laoag flights have been included in their regular flight schedules. The said flight is scheduled every Tuesday and Saturday.

Mr. Ragudo added that with the resumption of international flights, LIA will now intensify its quarantine operations to detect various diseases, especially the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-COV).

Guangzhou also known as Canton, is the capital and largest city of Guangdong province of South China.

It is also the largest and most flourishing industrial and foreign trade center in south China. A China Export Commodities Fair is held in Guangzhou in the spring and autumn every year.

Guangzhou has a humid climate, and flowers bloom there all year round; hence its name as the City of Flowers.

Guangzhou is a famous historical city. It is said that in ancient times, five immortals wearing colorful clothes and riding colorful immortal sheep who hold rice stalk in their mouths arrived in Guangzhou.

Hence, the City of Laoag is projected to become a Primary Urban Center A in the Seven Level Hierarchy Settlements.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Batac mayor vetoes ordinance giving incentive to 3-term brgy chiefs

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Batac City—Citing the high amount that would have been given to barangay chairpersons and kagawads who served for three consecutive terms, Batac Mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta vetoed City Ordinance No. 3 SP2015-03.

The said ordinance would have authorized the conferment of Exemplary Public Service Award (EPSA) to the city’s barangay officials who have served three consecutive terms.

Mr. Nalupta pointed out that the P50,000 for barangay chairperson and P30,000 for kagawad are too high and the city government would again have difficulties in producing the said amounts.

The three-term mayor also said there are many other programs and activities in the City Development Plan (CDP) that also needs funding. He stressed that the CDP is a five-year plan and all programs, projects and activities for that time span have been incorporated along with their estimated costs.

He also stressed that the vetoed ordinance may also become a source of dissension in the barangay as other barangay officials and workers may demand the same.

City government officials may also request for the same, he added, since retiring local government employees are not given retirement pays by the city government.

He further disclosed that the amended ordinance also called for the inclusion of financial grants retroactive to 1997, which he said would become an additional burden for the city government.

Should the authors of the ordinance revisit it and substantially decrease the amounts involved, Mr. Nalupta said he “might consider it.”

“It would be unfair if I’m giving P50,000 to a kapitan and P35,000 to a kagawad and I am giving P10,000 to a retired teacher and I am giving nothing to city employees, barangay tanod, BHW, BNS and BSPO,” Mr. Nalupta explained.

Meanwhile, Batac Vice Mayor and council Sangguniang Panlungsod presiding officer Ronald Allan M. Nalupta lamented the rejection of the said ordinance.

Nakalaladingit appo ta umuna unay, haan met a kasdiay kadakkel na daytoy ti ited tayo ken maikadwa, daytoy ket saan a unique iti Batac appo ta adda metten it ited ken agdama a proyekto ken programa nga it ited iti Quezon City ken Parañaque”, the vice mayor said.

Vice Mayor Nalupta, who is the main author of the ordinance said that the elected barangay officials only receive honoraria and what they receive are just tokens and very far compared to the  rate of a job-orders employed in a local government unit.

The vice mayor added that despite the gap in payment rates, barangay officials are also the first responders in all events of the city government.

The vice mayor said he will definitely re-file the measure based on the recommendations and suggestions made by the city mayor.

The measure was unanimously approved by all members of the city council and co–authored by councilors Winet Quidang, Ibarra Crisostomo, Elmer Pungtilan and the committee on barangay affairs.

Search is on for new MMSU prexy

By Reynaldo E. Andres
BATAC City—The winds of change are now blowing over the Mariano Marcos State University in this city, one of the top universities in the country.

Since May, a search committee organized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) through Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan began to scrutinize and evaluate the documents of the five candidates for the top MMSU post.

The candidates, who will present themselves in a public forum at the University Teatro Ilocandia on June 15 are Dr. Joselito L. Lolinco, dean of the MMSU Graduate School (GS); Atty. Ramon A. Leaño, MMSU’s vice president for administration and business; Dr. Shirley C. Agrupis, a professor and concurrent project leader of MMSU’s bio-ethanol project; Dr. Carmelo J. Esteban, former dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Sustainable Development (CAFSD) and the MMSU GS; and Dr. Ricardo S. Guanzon, a medical officer of the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center.

During the public forum, the candidates are expected to present their vision and mission programs for the university in the next four years before a crowd of students, faculty, staff, and private individuals in the community.

Meanwhile, Dr. Prima Fe R. Franco, MMSU’s vice president for academic affairs, has assumed her designation as ad interim president through Special Order No. 32 signed by Ms. Licuanan during a special meeting by the members of the Board of Regents (BOR) on May 28. Her designation shall remain in effect until the appointment of a new university president by the CHED leadership which shall be based on a recommendation of the members of a search committee.

In BOR resolution no. 1383, the board ad hoc committee decided to temporarily appoint Dr. Franco due to the exigency of the service because no president was appointed as of May 31 which was the last day of Dr. Miriam E. Pascua, the sixth president. Dr. Pascua served as MMSU president from May 3, 2005 to May 31, 2015.

The BOR’s decision to recommend Dr. Franco as OIC president was based on the provision of Article VII, Section 30 of Republic Act 8292, otherwise known as the Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997, wherein the most senior vice president of the university who is not a candidate to the presidency should be appointed ad interim.

As acting president, Dr. Franco is directed to discharge her “day-to-day routine duties and responsibilities of the Office of the President and shall be entitled to allowances and other benefits allowed by law which are applicable to position, except the basic salary thereof.”

She is further required to give reports to the BOR on actions taken in the performance of her duties as OIC and shall try at all times to maintain the stability and regularity of academic as well as administrative operations of MMSU.

Online fixing

Writer Eion Colfer hit the bull’s eye when he said: “Illegal is always faster”.

Well, obviously, haste is the root of all evil.

The devil extinguishes patience in man’s heart and replaces it with the different shades of darkness, like greed. The transformation is fast, and when circumstances require, it can even upgrade its speed to conform to the demands of hell.

Let’s take for example the issue of driver’s license fixing in the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

For faster processing of their license, drivers transact their application through a fixer. But those who are in a hurry to have a driver’s license turn to makers of fake licenses. And now—with ease and convenience—you can shop for a fake driver’s license online.

Some reports disclosed that a counterfeit driver’s license scam is now active in the internet.

Vernon Sarne, a writer for a motoring online site, bared that one of his readers sent him screenshoots of a driver’s license which was bought online. It was released without the need of taking an examination, drug test and personal application.

Mr. Sarne said, his reader paid P1,500. And after one day, the driver’s license was sent to him along with an alleged LTO official receipt.

Mr. Sarne believes that this illegal activity is a proof that the LTO has lost control of the licensing process. Thus, the LTO can also be blamed for the numerous road accidents because of the increasing number of unqualified drivers who are able to place themselves behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

In the report of Mr. Sarne, these cases of online sale of counterfeit driver’s license took place in Iloilo.

In Laoag City, we have not yet heard of a case of online sale of driver’s license that transpired in our own place.

Mr. Hipolito Arde, chief of LTO Laoag, said that such illegal activity does not yet exist in his area of responsibility.

But he admitted that a counterfeit driver’s license scam can be easily done via internet.

The LTO chief believes that although there are multiple security features in the driver’s license, syndicates have their way to make a fake license appear authentic. And this modus can easily attract clients because it can bring results much faster than the transaction made through a “fixer”.

Alarmed with this new and faster evil, Mr. Arde vowed that his office will be stricter in the implementation of programs against fixing and other illegal transactions.

A laudable objective that needs support not only from the employees of LTO Laoag but also from all sectors of the community.


BARD NOTES: Happy bard-reading to Mayor Chevylle Farinas, Vice Mayor Michael V. Farinas, Provincial Treasurer Josephine Calajate, INWD General Manager John Teodoro, Dr. Miramar Bumanglag and PNB Laoag Branch Manager Metty V. Guerrero. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

DOT, DPWH tabs road convergence projects in Ilocos Norte

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Laoag City—The Departments of Public Works and Highways, and Tourism have identified at least six road projects in Ilocos Norte for 2015.

Ma. Milagros R. Gonzales, Laoag sub-office senior tourism operations officer made this announcement saying the road projects would lead to tourist spots in the province.

Among the projects are the 3-kilometer concreting of the Tangaoan-Pallas road leading to the Paraiso Ecotourism Project and Reforestation Project in Piddig; the concreting of the Laoag-La Paz Sand Dunes road measuring 0.9 kilometer; the construction and improvement of the gravel road with bridge leading to the Bantoc-Suyo-Baruyen Windmill in Bangui measuring 2.7 kilometers; the construction and improvement of earth and trail road leading to the Napidad view deck and water falls of Takulao Mataltala and Pao in Dumalneg measuring 3.5 kilometers; the construction and improvement of the Lanao-San Isidro road leading to Bolo River and Darna Falls Road in Dumalneg measuring 1.62 kilometers; and the upgrading and improvement of road along poblacion junction to Abot Falls to Lading view deck to Tubeg view deck to campsite to “Siudad sa Gubat” to Mt. Sicapoo in Nueva Era measuring 34 kilometers.

In 2013, the construction, widening and upgrading of the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation road and the Maoini-Baduang-Saud road in Burgos and Pagudpud respectively were fully implemented.

The Pancian-Pagudpud-Adams road leading to different waterfalls in Adams measuring 12.7 kilometers and with a funding of P254 million was completed in 2014.

Ms. Gonzales said the funding came from both national agencies serving as their road convergence projects.

Ms. Gonzales also announced that a bottom-up budgeting between the DOT and the DILG projects are also in progress.

These projects are the Visitors Information Center in Burgos with a P3 million funding; P3 million Improvement of Tribal Haal Cum Museum in Dumalneg; P1 million Visitors Information Center in Nueva Era; P800,000 Improvement of Visitors Information Center in San Nicolas and the P2 million Tourism Development One Stop Pasalubong/Souvenir Center in Sarrat which are all ready for implementation.

Meanwhile, Ms. Gonzales said the DOT conducted a four-day tourist reception and guiding technique seminar and training to local residents in Adams on May 12-15.

Staff from the DOT-Laoag also went in Palawan for an online accreditation seminar in case problems may arise from their online accreditation.

A surfing clinic in Paoay from the La Union surfers was also on May 30-31.

On May 20, the maiden voyage of MV Caledonian Sky with 150 passengers and 70 crew from Britain are expected to arrive in Ilocos Norte at the Currimao Port to visit Laoag and Vigan Cities.

Ms. Gonzales said this is one of the DOTs main thrust, the promotion of cruise tourism in the Philippines.

With the tourist attractions in Ilocos Norte, Ms. Gonzales said the province is a multi-faceted tourism destination rich in nature, adventure, historical, cultural, pilgrimage and now going to a cruise tourism area.

During peak season, Ms. Gonzales admitted though that hotels and accommodation facilities in the province becomes a problem.