Monday, October 31, 2016

Ilocano role model in Hawaii

By Alfredo C. Garvida, Jr.

The province of Ilocos Norte has produced notable people who have become part of Philippine history. Of the 16 presidents we have had, 3 of them, or 18.75%, come from or trace their roots to Ilocos Norte: Ferdinand Marcos, who was from Batac, Fidel V. Ramos, whose mother was from Batac likewise, and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, whose mother's roots were from Bacarra. Of course we have the two Luna brothers, Antonio and Juan, coming from Badoc; Gen. Artemio Ricarte and Bishop Gregorio Aglipay, the founder of the Philippine Independent Church, both from Batac; Josefa Llanes Escoda, the founder of the Girls Scout of the Philippines who was executed by the Japanese Army during World War II for spying for her native country, from Dingras; Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred Ruiz Castro, from Bacarra; and adding flavor to the notables that are now etched in Philippine history are the five Armed Forces Chiefs of Staff coming from the province, namely, Gen. Fabian Ver from Sarrat, Gen. Fidel Ramos from Batac, Gen. Segundo Velasco from Bacarra, Gen. Roy Cimatu from my hometown, Bangui, and Gen. Ricardo Visayas, the current AFP Chief of Staff, from Bacarra.

These people are all considered heroes in our country for their varying contributions to the socio-political evolution of the Philippines and their names will live eternally in our history book. Unbeknownst to most Filipinos, living here and abroad—except in the paradise island State of Hawaii—an Ilocano, described as a " diffident, soft-spoken man with a reputation for the highest integrity " has made waves in the 50th state of the United States of America for his contributions in social, political and legal endeavors for and in behalf of people living in Hawaii.

His name is Artemio C. Baxa, a retired judge of the 2nd Circuit Court of the State of Hawaii, who had gone through multitudes of challenges in life before getting to the pinnacle of his career. Judge Baxa, "the first Filipino-American of immigrant roots to become a judge in the State Circuit Court," was born in Barrio Teppang in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte on December 16, 1937 to humble farmers, Juan Eda Baxa and Maria Constantino Baxa. His grandparents never went to school and his parents " barely attended the primary grades."

Artemio came to learn the values of hard work and independence at a very tender age, when, in 1946, his father left for the United States to work in the sugar plantations in Hawaii. He suffered the first setback in his life a year after his father left when his mother died, which left him and his only sibling, a brother, put in the care of their aunt. At age 15, he composed an Ilocano poem, Nailet A Dalan, which the Bannawag published in 1953 and reprinted in its publication in February, 2008. The poem conveyed the message that " if man has the power of will and choice, he must choose not the narrow path and dark side of life, but the path of the beautiful expanse before him, just as the bird chooses its freedom in the wilds rather than to be a prisoner in a cage."

His poem must have served as his beacon light towards becoming what he has become. After graduating from high school in 1954, he took up pre-law at the University of Santo Tomas and took his proper at the Ateneo de Manila where he graduated in 1960 and passed the bar exams in 1961. The expanse of his future was not left un-minded by him that in 1964, he went to Chicago to complete a master's degree in Comparative Law. He came back to the Philippines and practiced law until 1967 when he moved to Hawaii and settled in the Island of Maui with his brother to join their father. 

Yes, he was a practicing lawyer in the Philippines and a master's degree holder in Comparative Law, but he could not practice his profession in the State of Hawaii. To start from scratch, therefore, was his only option to blaze his own trail in the vast expanse of opportunities laid before him in the so-called land of milk and honey. His first job in Maui was that of a bellhop, and sometimes a yard man. His laborious experience in the rice and tobacco fields in his native town, Bacarra, during his formative years had made his new jobs in Maui easier for him to undertake, despite his law degree. His only fear during that time was the thought that his father might have thought that he was a failure, given the educational attainments he had under his belt. All he did then was to "gather strength and fortitude, . . .  and walked the untraveled road and confront the reverses of fortune," for, in the judge's introspection, " the test of a man is not revealed in the triumph that comes at the end of the day. Rather, it is how he tries to confront the setbacks that come his way."

After the bellhop job, he was employed as a community aide in an anti-poverty agency, which enriched his "perspective to his understanding of American life… and a broader understanding of poverty and social deprivation." During this time, he was awarded a grant with combined funds from the County-State-Federal offices to study in the University of Hawaii Urban and Regional Planning Program. Accordingly, he helped to design a countrywide survey for Maui County on the problems and needs of the Filipino immigrant, which helped him as well in drafting a comprehensive "Report on Filipino Immigrants and Social Challenges in Maui County," that later became the basis for the implementation of the Maui County Immigration Services Program where, fittingly, Judge Baxa became the first employee to be hired under it.

Artemio was insatiable for advancement, however. Because his first love was law, he and his wife decided in 1975 to move to Oahu, Hawaii's biggest Island where Honolulu sits, to enroll in law at the University of Hawaii. At law school, he was made to translate from English to Ilocano," The Report of the Maui Commission and the Proposed Revised Charter of the County of Maui," This was very significant to Artemio as the translation had to enable the less English-literate Ilocano Filipino-Americans in Maui understand and participate in " the greatest political process of American democracy," that is the right to vote.

He moved his family back to Maui and practiced law for five years until he was appointed--for one year--in the Department of Corporation Council. He was later appointed as director of the Department of Human Concerns, then as deputy prosecutor for the County of Maui. With sheer fortitude and industry, his career continued to move up until he was appointed as judge of the 2nd State Circuit Court by then Gov. Benjamin Cayetano, himself a Filipino descendant. This appointment carried historical significance being that he was the first naturalized American and first American of Filipino ancestry to hold this position. 

In 2008, he was appointed as a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, perhaps the most prestigious position he has ever held throughout his career. The Board of Regents is an unpaid nonpartisan body of 15 members comprised of community leaders of impeccable background to manage the affairs of the university and decide on major policies. His vast experience in public service and "gift of speech and solid grounding in the world of ideas" had to be his credentials to this prestigious position. It is in this position that opened up for him the opportunity to ensuring that "education is not alone the prerogative of the few."

Judge Baxa's sterling career was always entwined with his noble principle that no matter where you situate, you have to give something back to your community. He has held numerous jobs in and out of government, from a bellhop, to a yard man, to a simple County employee, to deputy prosecutor, to judge and to a college Regent, but his heart is always open to people in need. 

Fittingly, Dr. Elizabeth Ayson wrote of him, thus: "We thank Judge Artemio C. Baxa for his quite service to the people of Hawaii, for his continuing desire to communicate clearly both in written and spoken words of prose and poetry, for standing up as role model for Filipino-American achievement in an internationally admired democracy and most of all, for his dedication, devotion and ongoing practice of being a student of life for his lifelong commitment to be our voice for justice."

Friday, October 28, 2016

Notices for October 10, 2016

September 29, 2016

Minor Jolina Rabang, 4 years old, was abandoned by her mother, Jacqueline Mabalatan “aka Camille” formerly lives in Barangay 1, San Lorenzo, Laoag City and originated from Bienvenido Bohol. Her mother left her under the care and custody of Mrs. Celedonia Rabang of Barangay 1, San Lorenzo, Laoag City since September 2012. The child is now under the custody of Shekinah Home Dingras Ilocos Norte Inc. located at National Highway, Barangay Cali, Dingras, Ilocos Norte.

Therefore, we earnestly request the public especially those who knows the whereabouts of the minor’s mother or relatives to relay this message. Failure to appear would mean disinterest on their part hence the Shekinah Home Dingras Ilocos Norte Inc. will initiate legal proceedings for the minor’s declaration of abandonment and adoption.

Interested parties may contact Ms. Jandarille Ibana, Registered Social Worker or Daniel A. Joseph Eclarin, General Manager of Shekinah Home Dingras Ilocos Norte Inc. with contact numbers 09214465118 and 09479927456.

Daniel Joseph A. Eclarin
General Manager
Oct. 10, 2016*IT


SP. PROC. NO. 16979-16

          A verified petition has been filed by the petitioners thru counsel wherein they prayed that after due notice and hearing, the Court issues an order granting the permission to the parents/guardians of minor JOHANNA LOUISE CARMENETTE DOMINGO CALACAL to mortgage the parcel of land registered under the said minor’s name.
          Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the hearing of the same is set on November 18, 2016 at 8:30 in the morning before this Court sitting at the ground floor of the Marcos Hall of Justice, Laoag City.
          Let a copy of this order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation and furnish the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Ilocos Norte, Office of the Register of Deeds, Ilocos Norte, Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, Laoag City, and the Office of the Solicitor General at 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City and posted in the Bulletin Board of this Court, Bulletin Board of the Provincial Capitol, Laoag City and in the conspicuous place at Brgy. 5, San Vicente, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte.
          SO ORDERED.
          DONE in the City of Laoag, Philippines this 4th day of October, 2016.

Oct. 10, 17, 24, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late KON HIAN TIU consisting of his rights and interest in the following Deposit Accounts maintained at CHINABANK, LAOAG CITY BRANCH, more particularly described as follows: Money Plus Savings under Account No. PHP 1681286815, Peso Savings Account under Account No. PHP 1680037719 and Checking Account under Account No. 1680221415 has been adjudicated by his heirs extrajudicially ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public ARTEMIO VENDIVO as per Doc. No. 122; Page No. 26; Bk. No. 59; S. of 2016.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late BERNICE ELIZABETH L. MINIANO consisting of her share of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 18271, Cad-398. VLT covered by TCT No. TC-1800 under TD No. 05-015-01546 containing an area of 3,419 sq.m. situated at Brgy. #13, Baay, Batac, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by her heir and simultaneously sold 1,699 sq.m. to Sps. DENCIO P. ORTAL and LIZA R. ORTAL, 860 sq.m. to Sps. MARIO S. CARIDA and ELVIRA O. CARIDA and 860 sq.m. to NOIRENE M. ADDUCUL and PRINCESS FEBE O. MANDAC ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public DA VINCI M. CRISOSTOMO as per Doc. No. 123; Page No. 26; Bk. No. CCCXXII; S. of 2016.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased depositor 2LT. EMETERIO C. BARENG consisting of a Savings Deposit Account with the PHILIPPINE VETERANS BANK-LAOAG CITY BRANCH under Savings Account No. 0044-329128-121 has been the subject of Affidavit of Claim with Waiver of Rights executed by his heirs in favor of ESTRELLA NACION BARENG ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public CHERRIE GRACE P. BARENG as per Doc. No. 42; Page No. 9; Bk. No. XX; S. of 2016.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late SPOUSES LEONCIO M. PASCUAL and CRESENCIA JACINTO consisting of Lot No. 10148-B, with an area of 51.83 square meters situated at Brgy. 22 San Andres, Laoag City. This lot is a portion of No. 10148 has been adjudicated executed by MAXIMA P. TOMAS, ROBERT FLOR J. PASCUAL, MEDARD RODOLFO J. PASCUAL and FRANCISCO J. PASCUAL simultaneously sold to MELVIN P. TOMAS, married to ELVIE R. TOMAS as per Doc. No. 11; Page No. 3; Book No. LXXXII; Series of 2016 before Notary Public Atty. FRANCISO A. MUSNI dated August 26, 2016.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of CRISTINA A. DAQUIOAG who resided in Brgy. Valdez, Marcos, I.N., consisting of the eastern portion with an area of 1,077 sq.m., of Lot 6673 of the Dingras Cad. Survey, with T.C.T. No. T-18833, has been adjudicated by her heirs pursuant to Sec. 1, Rule 74, of the Rules of Court, subject to Sec. 4. thereof,  and making a simultaneous confirmation and sale in favor of MAGDALENA INES LEAÑO, per that instrument dated Nov. 20, 1993, bearing Doc. No. 1180; Page No. 41; Book No. XXX; Series of 1993, notarized by Notary Public PASCUAL C. BARBA, for Ilocos Norte and Laoag City.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late JIMENA F. AGUSTIN who died on December 12, 2000 in Batac, Ilocos Norte (now Batac City), consisting of a parcel of land (Lot 393 of the Cadastral Survey of Batac, Cad Case No. 1-IV, L.R.C. Record No. N523), covered and described under TCT No. T-16754, issued by the Registry of Deeds for the Province of Ilocos Norte, Batac City, Ilocos Norte, including the improvements found thereon, declared for taxation purposes under Tax Declaration No. 05-014-00193, has been adjudicated by his only legal heir, MAMERTA F. AGUSTIN, in which she executed and ratified on July 9, 2015 before Notary Public, Atty. WINDELL D. CHUA of Batac City, Ilocos Norte, designated as Doc. No. 193; Page No. 40; Book No. XXXIV; Series of 2015.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 2016*IT
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late SPOUSES TEODORICO DULDULAO and MAURA GASPAR of Laoag City consisting of their interest in Lot No. 21901 of the Laoag Cadastre covered by T.C.T. No. 688, has been the subject of Extra-judicial Settlement and Absolute Sale dated December 1, 2015, designated as Doc. No. 45; Page No. 9; Book No. CDXII; Series of 2015 of Notary Public ATTY. JUAN CONRADO A. RESPICIO II and dated December 15, 2015, designated as Doc. No. 306; Page No. 62; Book No. CDXII; Series of 2015 of Notary Public ATTY. JUAN CONRADO A. RESPICIO II.
ct. 10, 17, 24, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late SPS. IRENEO C. SORIA and ESPERANZA F. SORIA, FELIX C. FRANCO and JOSEFA Q. FRANCO and JUAN C. FRANCO and SOLEDAD C. FRANCO consisting of their undivided three-fourth (3/4) share of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 518-A covered by TCT No. T-4672 containing an area of 372.46 sq.m. located at Brgy. Aglipay, Batac City, Province of Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by their heirs and simultaneously sold to MARILYN Q. RAMIREZ ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public DA VINCI M. CRISOSTOMO as per Doc. No. 413; Page No. 84; Bk. No. CCCXXII; S. of 2016.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late GIL V. VELCHEZ consisting of his rights, participations and interest of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 7790-C, Psd-1-007289, being a portion of Lot 7790, Laoag Cadastre, L.R.C. Rec. No. 1154 covered by TCT No. T-36341 containing an area of 231 sq.m. situated at Brgy. No. 46, Nalbo, Laoag City has been adjudicated by his heir ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public FRANCISCO A. MUSNI as per Doc. No. 35; Page No. 7; Bk. No. LXXXII; S. of 2016.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late ADELINA TOMAS CASTRO consisting of an undivided ½ share of the parcel of land Lot No. 8466, with an area of 1,006 square meters situated at Barrio Buttong, Laoag City has been adjudicated by FELIX CASTRO, JAMIRA C. PADAGAS and LORETO CASTRO simultaneously sold to the SPOUSES ALBERT RICARDOS and MELBA CORAZON TOMAS RICARDOS as per Doc. 292; Page No. 59; Book No. LXXXII; Series of 2016 before Notary Public Atty. FRANCISCO A. MUSNI dated October 6, 2016.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late OLIVA CIRIDON consisting of parcels of land Lot Nos. 7888-A, 7888-B, 7888-C, 7888-D, 7888-E, 7888-G, 7888-H, 7888-I, and 7888-J, with the total area of 5,548 square meters. These parcels of land are portions of Lot No. 7888 are subject of Deed of Adjudication executed by PACITA J. HERNANDO, RUMELIA H. AGTARAP, HERMINIA H. RUIZ, JOHN R. WONG, TERESITA W. KITMA and CAROLINE R. WONG simultaneously the parcel of land Lot No. 7888-A with an area of 700 square meters sold to the SPOUSES GERWIN N. AGCARACAR and JENNIFER A. AGCARACAR as per Doc. No. 429; Page No 87; Book No. LVII; Series of 2016 before Notary Public ATTY. NORBERTO A. MANUEL dated September 16, 2016.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late CATALINA BUENO consisting of an undivided share of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 7152-F-1, PSD-01-089089 being a portion of Lot 7152-F PSD-01-051743; 1153 covered by TCT No. 021-2016000048 containing an area of 900 sq.m. situated at Brgy. But-tong, City of Laoag has been adjudicated by her heirs and simultaneously sold to MAUREEN H. BONOAN ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public JASON BADER LL. PERERA as per Doc. No. 361; Page No. 73; Bk. No. 190; S. of 2016.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late CATALINA BUENO consisting of her undivided share of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 7152-F-2, PSD-01-089089 being a portion of Lot 7152-F PSD-01-051743; 1153 covered by TCT No. 021-2016000049 containing an area of 4586 sq.m situated at Brgy. But-tong, City of Laoag has been adjudicated by her heir and simultaneously sold a portion of the above-described parcel of land containing an area of 340 sq.m. to ROSALIA A. FULIAR ratified an acknowledged before Notary Public JASON BADER LL. PERERA as per Doc. No. 359; Page No. 72; Bk. No. 190; S. of 2016.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 2016*IT

Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province of Ilocos Norte
Municipality of Badoc


            In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that eddie Lorenzo Fagarang has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from edgardo to Eddie and correction of the child’s middle name and the mother’s misplaced last name from F. and Tabuyo, respectively, to Lorenzo in the birth certificate of Edgardo F. fagarang who was born on June 16, 1964 at Badoc, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are Lorenzo Fagarang and Erlinda Tabuyo.
            Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than October 17, 2016.

(SGD) Pablo M. Reyes
Municipal Civil Registrar
Oct. 3-9, 10-16, 2016*IT

Mangrove planting in Badoc

Around 4,000 mangrove propagules planted by various government and non-government organizations on September 30 at Gabut Norte in Badoc, Ilocos Norte. (Lei Adriano)

Imee seeks help of religious group, health experts to help drug dependents

LAOAG chief of police superintendent Edwin Balles speaks to the 710 drug users who voluntarily surrendered during the first spiritual healing and mass oath-taking ceremony held at the Laoag City Hall Auditorium recently. (Doms dela Cruz)

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—With the increasing number of drug dependents who are voluntarily submitting themselves to local authorities, Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos is seeking the help of the religious sector and medical health workers including those who specialize in psychiatry and guidance counseling to help out in the rehabilitation efforts.

According to Ms. Marcos, the provincial government has already identified some local assets while considering the establishment of a drug rehabilitation center in some government hospitals here that are underutilized.

“We know that the religious group have the best record in any drug rehab, ang mga pastor at religious group talaga ang pinakamasusing mag-counsel. We are enjoying their help—the doctors, psychiatrists and guidance counselors para sa katakot-takot na training,” said Marcos as she proposed the conversion of a portion of the Tamdagan hospital for treatment and rehabilitation of drug dependents. Tamdagan is located in Vintar, Ilocos Norte.

In previous years, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has allocated some funds for the construction of a drug rehabilitation center at Brgy. Tadao in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte; but up to this time, the project has not materialized.

Meanwhile, a multi-sectoral anti-illegal drug summit will also be conducted in support of the intensified drug campaign of the Duterte administration.

Organized by the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office in cooperation with the provincial government, around 20 inter-government agencies and organizations, the Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association, Rotary Club of Laoag-Ilocos Norte and the Diocese of Laoag were invited to attend the summit to be held at the Plaza Del Norte Hotel and Convention Center at the soonest possible time.

Highlights of the activity include the signing of a memorandum of understanding defining the specific roles and each agency and organization, drafting of specific plans, guidelines and procedures in support of a drug-free province declaration before the end of this year and the passage of relevant resolutions and ordinances to strengthen the nationwide anti-illegal drugs campaign.

To date, a total of 5,505 drug personalities have already surrendered based on the latest report of the provincial police office.

Escoda Day 2016

Dingras mayor Erdio Valenzuela leads the wreath-laying ceremony to celebrate the 188th Escoda Day. A native of Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Josefa Llanes-Escoda is the founder of the Girl Scout of the Philippines. Joining Mr. Valenzuela are Oliva Marie Albano, chief girl scout medalist and other Dingras municipal officials. (Doms dela Cruz)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ilocos Region workers get P20.70 average daily wage increase

Staff reporter

Minimum wage earners in the region will receive a pay hike ranging from P12 to 27 per day following the effectivity of Wage Order No. RB1-18. The new wage order took effect on October 2, 2016, or 15 days after its publication in the Ilocos Herald on September 17.

Wage Order RB1-18 increased the minimum daily wage of workers as follows: large non-agriculture, from P253 to P280 with P27 increment; medium non-agriculture, from P253 and P244 to P266 with P12  
and P21 increase; small non-agriculture, from P233 to P252 with P19 daily pay hike; micro non-agriculture, from P227 to P243 with P16 increase; agriculture plantation, from P233 to P252 with P19 increment; agriculture non-plantation, from P227 to P243 with a raise of  P16; and commercial fishing, from P253 to 280 with P27 difference.

The new wage order will benefit 208,296 workers and employees working in 48,955 micro establishments in the region.

Schedule for the orientations on the wage order is as follows: October 17 – Dagupan City for Pangasinan; October 19 – City of San Fernando for La Union and October 21 – Laoag City for Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

Excluded in the increase are the kasambahays or domestic workers, persons employed in the personal service of another including family drivers, and workers and employees of registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) with Certifications of Authority. 

The new wage order also provides exemptions to distressed establishments, new business establishments, retail/service establishments employing not more than ten workers, and establishments adversely affected by calamities such as natural and/or human induced disasters.

Deadline in the filing of exemptions from the coverage of the wage order will be announced later pending the approval of its Implementing Rules by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III. Application for exemption shall be filed at the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-I or at the field offices of the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I. 

The RTWPB-I is composed of DOLE-RO I Director Henry John S. Jalbuena, Chairperson; DTI-RO I Director Florante O. Leal and NEDA-RO I Director Nestor G. Rillon, Vice-Chairpersons representing the government sector; Mr. Jerry V. Parlan and Salvador R. Poserio representing the management sector; and Mr. Eliseo P. Flora and Mrs. Catherine Q. Pangan representing the labor sector.

PGIN distributes stipend to academic scholars

Senior Sangguniang Panlalawigan Matthew M. Manotoc distributes stipends to PGIN scholars. (Alaric Yanos)

By Jennifer T. Pambid

Laoag City—More than 600 scholars of the provincial government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) received their first stipend for the school year on September 20, 2016 at the Centennial Arena here.

Senior Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Matthew M. Manotoc led the distribution to the recipients, comprising of 459 academic scholars and 200 young leaders-scholars.

Stressing that “education is a shared commitment,” Mr. Manotoc assured that the provincial government will continue supporting deserving students to finish their studies.

Graduating student Mary Tamayo of Marcos, Ilocos Norte, thanked the PGIN for the help she is getting from the program.

Nagpapasalamat po ako sa provincial government of Ilocos Norte at kay Governor Imee Marcos dahil kung wala po itong proyekto na ito, siguro hindi ako makakapagtapos ngayong taon,” Ms. Tamayo said.

Ms. Tamayo, who is taking up BS Accounting Technology at the Mariano Marcos State University, has been a beneficiary of the program since she was in first year college.

Malaking tulong po itong binibigay nilang stipend sa ‘kin para sa allowance ko at sa pagbili ng mga libro kasi sa kurso po namin, maraming nire-require na libro at ‘yung mga bayad umaabot sa P700. Kaya kapag may stipend na, bumibili kami ng mga libro,” she added.

Her 69-year old father, Roberto said: “Hindi ko mapapag-aral yung anak ko kung wala si Ma’am Imee [Marcos]. (Nasayaat) ta adda isuna a tumultulong kaniami a marigrigat ket agyamanak kaniana ta isuna laeng ti makabalin a mangtulong kadakami manipud idi nagbasa ti anakko.”

For Princess Peralta, the scholarship program is her way of supporting her studies because her father died few years ago and her mother retired from work due to kidney malfunction.

Through the scholarship program, her worries of not finishing her studies are eased.

A fourth year BA Communication student, Ms. Peralta said she strives hard in order to help her mother and six siblings in the future.

Under the PGIN scholarship program, students may apply for the Sirib Academic Scholarship, Sirib Young Leadership Scholarship, and Sirib Community Leadership Scholarship.

Academic scholars should maintain a general weighted average of 2.25 while the two leadership scholars should have a minimum of 2.50. Beneficiaries are also required to serve 50 hours of community service per semester.

DENR stops Paoay treasure hunters; files raps

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

PAOAY, Ilocos Norte—The Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the province stopped an alleged treasure hunting activity along Culili Point at Brgy. Masintoc in this town.

Aside from the activity’s stoppage, the DENR has also filed criminal and administrative charges against 20 people, whom they said were involved in the said activity.

Based on DENR’s initial investigation, Oliver Cadang, development management officer under the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), the alleged treasure hunters dug tunnels and has damaged a geological monument in the said area.

Mr. Cadang, who led the team that stopped the activity, said they confiscated equipment and other machineries and tools at the site.

Assisted by the Paoay police, the team found four dug holes measuring 17 meters deep and some tunnels constructed as passageway for diggers. The dig area is on top of a mountain-like corral rock formation, which offers a panoramic view of the West Philippine Sea.

Upon verification by concerned authorities, the document presented by the treasure hunters appears to be fictitious and there was also no signage at the excavation area.

The DENR also noted that the land classification is a timberland which means the hunters illegally occupied it, hence, violating Section 79 of Presidential Decree 705 otherwise known as the Forestry Code of the Philippines. The amount of estimated damage has yet to be determined by the DENR personnel.

Prior to the confiscation of the hunters’ equipment now impounded at the DENR-Ilocos Norte, the same group has been forewarned in late August to vacate the area when they were still setting up equipment but apparently, the group returned and proceeded digging holes without the necessary permit.

According to local residents, there had been several attempts in previous years to excavate the area as it was believed there was gold in it.

"This is just so brazen! Ang sama naman nitong mga taong ito said Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Mariano “Nonong” Marcos II who chairs the board's committee on environment. 

The DENR did not identify any of the suspects.

For his part, Paoay mayor Jessie Galano said the group merely requested to dig up a well until he found out the illegal treasure hunting operation.

Across the Southeast Asian region, Ilocos Norte is gifted with a natural desert environment, which is attracting thousands of tourists to visit the Ilocos Norte sand dunes that spans across the municipalities of Currimao, Paoay, Laoag, and Pasuquin. Due to its natural beauty, geological uniqueness, and scientific relevance, the Ilocos Norte sand dunes has been declared as a national geological monument (NGM) on Nov. 26, 1993, through a presidential proclamation.

Records show that the only three other sites that have been declared as NGM in the country are: the Hundred Islands National Park off-coast Pangasinan, the Taal Lake and Volcano Protected Landscape in Batangas, and the Chocolate Hills in the island of Bohol.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Imee urges groups to come up with ‘significant projects’ for IN’s bi-centennial anniversary

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Following the mass oath-taking of the different government-led organizations here, Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos challenged its new set of officers to come up with significant projects in their respective towns and cities as the province gears up for its bi-centennial anniversary on February 2, 2018.

These projects that are worthy of significance could range from improvement of irrigation system, community livelihood, infrastructure and school development among others which were once a priority program of then former President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Held at the Ilocos Norte Capitol Session Hall, the governor led the oath-taking of the newly-elected officers of the local Philippine Councilors League, National Movement for Young Legislators, Ilocos Norte ABC Federation, League of Municipalities of the Philippines, and the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines-Ilocos Norte Chapter.

“This term will be a significant turning point and historical benchmark for our province. How far have we gone in 200 years? Sana tulungan ninyo kami na makapaglagay ng makabuluhang project sa lahat ng municipio lalong lalo na sa mga maliliit na municipio tulad ng Adams, Dumalneg at Carasi,” she said citing these bicentennial projects may not only include preservation of heritage churches and old houses but may also include biodiversity, environment, renewable energy and other new and unique projects that benefits the entire citizenry.

The 2018 bicentennial celebration kicked-off on the centennial birthday celebration of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos on Sept. 17, 2017.

“We are counting on you to make it a memorable and important one. Sa September 11, 2017 ay 100 anibersaryo ng tatay ko. Sana may presence ng konti sa bawat municipio. Hindi naman kailangan na rebulto a kaya ay portrait niya. Mas kailangan ang mga projects na importante rin sa tatang ko,” said Ms. Marcos.

As early as 2012, the locos Norte government has already been preparing for a grand celebration for the province’s 200th founding anniversary.

Police forms task force to probe cop murder

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—A special task force was formed to conduct a deeper investigation on the killing of another police officer on September 19, making him the second police victim attacked by motorcycle-riding men last month.

Police Officer 1 Perfecto Mike Joaquin Jr., 43, was shot on by still unidentified assailants while he was about to park his motorcycle in front of his house at Brgy. San Pablo in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte. 

Barely two weeks ago, 40-year old PO3 Fernando Sacatrapos of Barangay 15 Santa Rita in nearby Paoay town was also gunned down in broad daylight while driving to work.

Alarmed by the series of attacks against law enforcers, a special task force group was formed immediately on through General Order No. 122 signed by P/Chief Insp. Jaime Quiocho Jr. of the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office based in Camp Capt. Valentin S. Juan here. 

Based on initial police report, PO2 Gerome Ruiz said they are looking at all possible angles of the crime as he confirmed reports the latest police victim has alleged involvement in illegal drugs, causing his transfer and re-assignment to Adams, Ilocos Norte.

In a recent drug testing of the PNP, Mr. Joaquin was also one of those who had been absent without official leave. 

After he was shot, Mr. Joaquin was rushed to the nearby Black Nazarene Hospital but his attending physician failed to revive him.

Investigators recovered at least eight empty shells of .45 caliber at the crime scene.

Prior to his assignment at the Adams police station two years ago, P/Chief Insp. Dexter Diovic Corpuz, chief provincial public information officer said the victim was a former member of the Police Community Relations at Camp before he was assigned at the Adams police station.

“This is another unfortunate event in the PNP. May we call on the public that if they know any information about the killing, they should not hesitate to inform us to help in the investigation,” Mr. Corpuz said in a radio interview. 

According to Mr. Corpuz, Mr. Joaquin has been active in organizing Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs).

The Ilocos Times October 17-23 2016, 2016

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DSWD to intensify services to Bajaus

By Iryn D. Cubangbang and Kim Dyan Calderon
Almeda Quinluman, one of the Bajaus who attended the consultation dialogue spearheaded by DSWD Field Office 1. (DSWD)

The Dept. of Social Work and Development (DSWD), through the Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) sub-committee on social protection, is considering various situations of Bajau families wandering in the cities of Region 1 for identification of proper and longer-term assistance.

Initially, Bajau communities in the City of San Fernando were reached out to establish linkage and benchmark on their well-being. 

A consultation dialogue and focus group discussion with some Bajau families was held with representatives from the Cities of Laoag, Batac, Vigan, Candon, San Fernando, Alaminos, San Carlos, and Dagupan. Partner agencies were also present such as DILG, PNP RO1, CHR-1, NEDA-1, and NCIP.

This effort will collect responsive activities done by these concerned cities and agencies to improve the lives of these Bajau families living under vulnerable conditions.

Accordingly, the results of these early social preparations will become the basis for appropriate interventions and/ or help them establish a community with sustainable livelihoods.

As Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo posed a challenged to partner stakeholders, he also recognizes the complex social environment of Bajaus that require an open mind and responsive design of social protection program for them.

Hopeful Bajaus like Jerry Biri, 39, from Zamboanga City, said, “Malaking pasalamat namin na may dadating na tulong sa amin, para sa amin ang gagawin ng gobiyerno para gumanda ang buhay namin [We are very grateful of this help for us to experience an improved life].”

Roaming the streets was never an easy situation. Such was what happened to Almeda Quinluman, four-month pregnant Bajau who was teary-eyed as she recalled how they were driven away from their temporary shelters or even demolished without prior notice.

“Sa awa ng Diyos masaya na kaming mga Bajau at may mga nakikinig na sa amin na kagaya ng DSWD [With God’s help, we are now happy since there are already those who attend to us like the DSWD],” said Ms. Quinluman.

Getting out of line

By Alfredo C. Garvida, Jr.

This writer expresses its deepest condolences to the family of the late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago who passed away last Sept. 29, 2016. She was a bigger than life political leader of extraordinary intellect: known for her biting and fearless rhetoric, sense of humor, awe-striking command of the dictionary, transcending performances in public service, be it in the judiciary or the legislature, legal prowess and deep-seated understanding of her nation's socio-political truths. We will surely miss her presence in the social and political arenas, especially on occasions such as where we are in these days.

Definitely, the fierce and fearless talking intellectual Miriam would not waste a second before injecting her strong views on what is transpiring in our political field now, were she in good health, and perhaps her intercession's impact could steer certain people in government to be not so radical and out of line in their style of governance.

Surely, Miriam would not want to dare western investors to take their businesses out of the country, "if they so desire," and treat them as trade mendicants with childish rhetoric such as " China and Russia are on deck waiting to take your places." Surely, the legal luminary Miriam would not agree with the Philippines' latest stand that the Philippines will no longer join the United States in future military exercises if the Mutual Defense Treaty between the two countries calls for such joint military exercises held at certain scheduled time. Surely, the Christianity-redeemed Miriam would oppose the president and his minions' intent to show in public an alleged sex video tape of Sen. Leila De Lima with her purported driver-lover given its lurid impact on the youth and our women, and more importantly its unlawfulness and non-relevance to the "aid in legislation only" mandate of Congress to conduct investigations. 

This writer has called for Ms. De Lima's resignation on account of her adulterous past, and we stand by this call, but for House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House Committee On Justice chairman Umali and other Duterte-blinkers-wearing politicians, the likes of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Alvarez—who was once fiercely castigated by the late Senator Santiago during the Corona trial in the senate for displaying a scornful act of disrespect to the senate—to threaten to show in public that alleged sex video tape of Ms. De Lima, "in aid of legislation" is just extremely way out of line. This congressional hearing's mandate is merely to determine how government officials got involved in illegal drug activities as well as how lax the national penitentiary has been in managing the incarceration of criminals so that congress, in the end, could form a hypothesis and address it accordingly. These jokers it seems are out to prosecute and persecute Ms. De Lima, not to determine facts and scenarios, be they real or imagined, so that they could correct whatever faulty parts they could find via the treadmill of legislation. Messrs. Alvarez, Aguirre and Umali are united in saying that they want to prove to the public that Ms. De Lima indeed had an adulterous relationship with her driver-lover, which merely unmasked the depth of these jokers' intellect, if we may—because you don't need the public's prior judgment on a matter that is not germane to the issue before you legislate the corresponding measure to this issue.

These out-of-line directions of our government dearly miss the presence of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago in the political spectrum. President Duterte is drastically redefining our foreign policy, as he has now drastically redefined our traditional process of democratic governance. His provocative, profanity-ridden words against the United States, the United Nations and the European Union have put this country into a spinning trance, uncertain of its fate—the future of its children—shrouded by the specter of a communist-allied regime coming its way. We are living in the fast lane on account of our president's foreign policy directions, and imprudent utterances.

Just two days ago, on the very day of the late former Israel Prime Minister Shimon Peres' burial that was attended by world dignitaries, led by U.S. President Obama, which epitomizes the global esteem on this former leader of the Jewish State, President Duterte made an insensitive, uncalled for public pronouncement that he wanted to be called the Hitler of the Philippines. Adolf Hitler, as the world knows, is the most despicable creation of God on planet earth for having waged an unpardonable genocidal campaign against Jews. He put 6 million innocent, defenseless Jews to the gas chamber all because of his personal hatred to this race and Duterte wanted people to regard him as the modern Hitler because he intends likewise to put, according to his count, the remaining 3 million drug-using Filipinos to death. 

Batac education execs undergo int’l benchmarking in Singapore

By Dominic Dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Batac City—Education officials in this city are scheduled to undergo their first international benchmarking activity in Singapore from October 6-9, 2016.

The delegation, numbering 30, includes education superintendent Vilma Eda along with education program supervisors, principals, school heads and teachers.

Ms. Eda explained that the benchmarking is annual requisite for all education division offices in the country. She added that the said activity will determine their priorities and flagship programs.

She said that since their first three benchmarking activity were held local, they decided to hold their fourth in Singapore. She pointed out that Singapore was chosen as it has one of the highest academic standards in the world. She further said that Singapore also uses information and communication technology (ICT) in their educational system.

In addition, Ms. Eda said the benchmarking aims to gain relevant strategies in the operation and systems of curriculum implementation on ICT integration; attain exposure and understanding on school-based management practices of schools; examine programs and projects that can be linked to the improvement of education system; and establishment of partnership and linkages with international organizations.

The Batac education chief also disclosed that they coordinated with Singapore’s Ministry of Education and the Infocomm Development Authority.

Participants will shoulder all expenses, except for bus fares to Manila and back, which was sponsored by the Batac government.

Ms. Eda also assured that classes will not be disturbed during the activity; only selected supervisors, principals and school heads were choses. Those who were not chosen for this year will have their opportunity in the next benchmarking activity.

Earlier benchmarking activities paved the way for the formulation and implementation of various programs and projects here.

The newly launched organic gardening and Farming in all the elementary and secondary schools came from the benchmarking conducted in Bayawan City, Negros Occidental.

Public School’s District Supervisor Rogelio Asiao reported that of the 30 schools in Batac, 24 of them have already established their own vermibeds, 20 of them have composting beds and 26 have their own nurseries.

The elementary schools in Baay and Camandingan started selling fruits and fresh vegetables from their “Gulayan Sa Paaralan” and proceeds were used for feeding program and maintenance of their school garden. 

Moreover, the continuous programs on ICT integration, innovation and localization are likewise product of the study visit.

As a result, schools’ divisions of Bayawan City, Cotabato City, Mountain province, Ilocos Norte and even Laoag City visited the division of Batac to observe the on-going online and offline strategies on the utilization of ICT in the classroom instruction.