Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tingguian tribe celebrates Tadek festival

By Leilanie G, Adriano
Staff reporter

NUEVA ERA, Ilocos Norte—A decade-long celebration of merriment showcasing this town’s rich culture and traditions has come earlier this year as local residents welcome 2017 in a festive mood.

Held on January 9-12, this year’s Tadek Festival of Nueva Era derived from the Tingguian tribe’s cultural dance highlights a variety show of local talents participated both by young and old generations.

“Nueva Era’s Got Talent” and a variety show which was held January 10 is an added attraction this year with at least nine competitors representing various organizations here.

Running for 12 years now, town Nueva Era vice mayor Aldrin Garvida said the main event was held on January 11 Community and Tribal Day, showcasing a day with the community, parade of carabao-drawn carrier or the so called “Parada ti karison” and the coronation night of Miss Nueva Era 2017.

Poised to become the next “summer capital” of Ilocos Norte, its local government unit here has initiated the construction of an eco-cultural park featuring the distinct traditions of the Tingguian community—from tribal huts, tree houses connecting to hanging bridge with swimming pool amenities, and nature hikes. Established in 2013, the area is a must see place when visiting the province and it is now being flock by thousands of local and foreign tourists.

Unknown to many, Nueva Era town located about 43 kilometers from Laoag City is endowed with verdant mountains and crystal clear rivers and it has an upland area with the same climate or probably colder than Baguio nowadays.

A development masterplan is now on its way for the construction of more tourism-related facilities in the area as investors had already committed to partner with the government to lure more visitors in this part of Luzon.

PDIC continues processing of Claveria bank depositors’ claims

The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) announced that deposit insurance claims from depositors of the closed Rural Bank of Claveria (Cagayan), Inc. who have not filed their claims may be filed at the PDIC Public Assistance Center, 3rd Floor, SSS Bldg., 6782 Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino Street, Makati City. Claims for deposit insurance may be filed until August 20, 2018.  Claims may also be filed by mail.

When filing deposit insurance claims at the PDIC Public Assistance Center, depositors are required to submit their original evidence of deposit and present two (2) valid photo-bearing IDs with signature of the depositor directly to PDIC. Depositors may also file their claims through mail and enclose their original evidence of deposit and photocopy of two (2) valid photo-bearing IDs with signature together with a duly accomplished Claim Form which can be downloaded from the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph. PDIC reminds depositors to deal only with PDIC authorized officers.

Depositors who are below 18 years old should submit either a photocopy of their Birth Certificate issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or a duly certified copy issued by the Local Civil Registrar as an additional requirement, with the Claim Form signed by the parent.  Claimants who are not the signatories in the bank records are required to submit an original copy of a notarized Special Power of Attorney.  In the case of a minor depositor, the Special Power of Attorney must be executed by the parent. The format of the Special Power of Attorney may be downloaded from the PDIC website.

In addition, all depositors who have outstanding loans or payables to the bank have to coordinate with the duly authorized PDIC Loans officer prior to the settlement of their deposit insurance claim.

The procedures and requirements for filing deposit insurance claims are likewise posted in the PDIC website.

Rural Bank of Claveria was ordered closed by the Monetary Board through Resolution No. 1464.A dated August 18, 2016. It is a single-unit rural bank with head office located at #43, Gen. Claveria St., Brgy. Centro III, Claveria, Cagayan.

For more information, depositors may contact the Public Assistance Department at telephone numbers (02) 841-4630 to 31, or e-mail PDIC at pad@pdic.gov.ph. Depositors outside Metro Manila may call the PDIC Toll Free Hotline at 1-800-1-888-PDIC (7342).

The Ilocos Times March 20-26, 2017

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Laoag City runners’ group implements new projects

ACEYORK P. Guerrero, president of Bad Circle Runners, leads the group’s annual outreach program at West Riverside, Laoag City. (Jopo Guerrero)
Laoag City—Around 300 residents of West Riverside in this city benefited from the recent outreach program of the Bad Circle Runners (BAD), an organization of runners in Laoag City and Ilocos Norte.

Members of indigent families were given free rice, canned goods and other grocery items. The children were also treated with healthy snacks and some games.

The activity was supported by Laoag mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas, Laoag vice mayor Michael V. Fariñas, PNB Laoag branch manager Metty V. Guerrero, Arnel Nacino, Blessie Rose Esteban Bolusan, barangay chairperson Marlon Blanco, kagawad Mary Jane Guillermo, Paulo Blanco, Macky Guerrero, Mark Ryan Rosal, Jane Nehz Vinarao and some anonymous donors.

The said runners group, headed by Aceyork P. Guerrero, is also set to hold a medical mission and a sports festival this coming summer season. (Jorge Richard P. Guerrero)

PDIC welcomes new director

Atty. Eduardo M. Pangan (right) takes his oath of office before Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III as the newest member of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Board of Directors. (PDIC)

The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) welcomed Atty. Eduardo M. Pangan, newly appointed member of the PDIC Board of Directors, representing the Private Sector.

As a partner at the Mendoza & Pangan law firm, Atty. Pangan brings with him more than two decades of experience in corporate law, negotiating and structuring acquisitions and divestments, investments and joint ventures in various industries.

The new PDIC Director graduated from the Ateneo Law School in 1991 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1992. He is a member of the Alliance of M&A Advisors.

Atty. Pangan joins Mr. Rogelio Guadalquiver as newly appointed member of the PDIC Board of Directors.

Under Republic Act No. 10846, the amended PDIC Charter that took effect on June 11, 2016, PDIC’s Board composition increased from five to seven, with the addition of two more directors from the private sector. PDIC is headed by the Secretary of the Department of Finance (DOF) as ex-officio Chairman. The PDIC President serves as Board Vice Chairman and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor is ex-officio member of the Board.

Prosthesis donation

The Peter Bertelout and Fernando (PBF) Prosthesis and Braces Center and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) turn over to the Laoag City mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas through the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development Officer 10 prosthesis for use for differently abled persons in the city. (Doms dela Cruz)

Duterte ouster plot won’t succeed

By Alfredo C. Garvida, Jr.

The grapevine is ripe with a circulating news that a conspiracy to oust President Rodrigo Duterte from office by the “Yellows” and a Fil-Am woman named, Loida Lewis, has been hatched—formalized when Vice President Leni Robredo made an abrupt trip to the United States last Christmas, even in the face of a superstorm that was to hit her home province of Camarines Sur in a couple of days.  

Mrs. Robredo's denial of insinuations that her U.S. trip was agenda-based was of course understandable, although her admission of having met with Ms. Lewis during her stay in America has raised some eyebrows, in the wake of Ms. Lewis' unequivocal demand for President Duterte's ouster from office. Loida Lewis of course if a Filipina U.S. citizen multi-billionaire residing in America. This lady from Sorsogon is a lawyer, here and in the United States. Her fortune came from her husband's estate. Reginald Lewis, her husband, was an African-American billionaire businessman who died some years ago and whose main businesses were based in Europe. Loida took over his business empire after his death, the TLC Beatrice International, and as CEO and President, she has run it rather successfully according to sources. Her fame is world-known, in politics, finance and philanthropy. She is a well-known Liberal Party supporter and her sister, Imelda, is a former political protégée of former President Benigno Aquino III, having held the chairmanship of the Commission On Filipino Overseas during his presidency. 

Ms. Lewis wants to take over the political shape of the Philippines by steering the oust-Duterte conspiracy through certain amateurish moves that can no longer respond to the passions of the time. 

Firstly, she is invoking the Marcos card to rally public support in her fruitless hope that the so-called "people power revolution" would rear its ugly face once more to depose a duly and popularly elected president of the Philippines. Behind her law education from U.P. and her business successes, it defies logic and ordinary intelligence why she has to accuse former Senator Bongbong Marcos as the one who is "causing political instability, and causing destabilization in the country for not accepting defeat to Leni Robredo." Now, what does Bongbong have to do with their case against President Digong? A resounding NONE! is the answer.

But Ms. Lewis has that evil agenda behind her tirade to Bongbong: She wants to steer a public outcry in her misguided belief that the Filipinos are still hateful about the Marcoses that perhaps by using the Marcos card, she and her Yellow minions could once again stage a "people power" at the EDSA Shrine or somewhere else to force President Duterte to step down. On this score, I don't want to call Loida Lewis stupid, because I know she is smart, but if someone else calls her that, I won't object.

Secondly, she is so oblivious about the role of the military in deposing a constitutional president. With all her billions, she may muster all the “Yellow” die-hards in the street, complete with the blessings and political assertiveness of the Catholic bishops, supported by the nuns and students from Catholic schools, and the regular anti-establishment street activists, but she will never succeed to depose Digong without the support and active participation of the military against him.

Thirdly, and most importantly, Ms. Lewis must have the support of the people. Obviously she does not have that—because President Duterte is still overwhelmingly loved by the Filipino people, if the last surveys don't lie. 

Of course Lewis and company will have the backing of the United States, but will this be enough to subvert the people's will to retain Mr. Duterte as their President at this time? This writer submits it will not be.

The President is pragmatic, and his unorthodox style of governance is what his constituents desire to maintain—and it is hard to disagree with that—because it is now moving the country out from political and economic gridlocks. Loida Lewis, in our view, better place her bet on Mr. Duterte and his massive support from the people than parlaying for the “Yellows” and her fellow Bicolana's dream to become President soon. After all, she is a proven businesswoman, unproven nonetheless as a politician.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Paoay eyes own embalming facility

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

PAOAY, Ilocos Norte—The local government unit here is planning to establish a centralized embalming facility located at the town’s public cemetery.

With the municipal government providing the funding, the proposed new embalming facility aims to provide a common center for licensed embalmers and funeral parlors to treat human remains prior to public display or final viewing.

According to Paoay mayor Jessie Galano, he is set to meet with funeral parlor owners to discuss the establishment of an embalming site away from residential houses.

For the safety of the public and to contain any disease which may be come from a dead person, Mr. Galano said the embalming facility regulation is one of his administration’s major priority this year.

Once completed, licensed embalmers in Paoay shall only be allowed to treat human remains at the government-owned embalming facility for a minimal fee.

Mr. Galano said some residents living near funeral parlors had been complaining about it hence, his administration thought of constructing a new embalming site for Paoay residents.

“I hope our funeral parlor owners will understand this urgent move because our town is located in the lowland and it is prone to flooding. We only want to promote health and environment sanitation,” Mr. Galano said.

‘ALS E-skwela’ in Batac

Batac City—“Ang e-Skwela and kwelang Eskwela ng ALS”.                

City division education program specialist II Mrs. Dolores Ubina said the ALS E-skwela is a community based e-learning center where ALS learners use computers.

Ms. Ubina said the center has 21 computer units loaded with digital modules that include videos and animations.

The E-skwela learners no longer need pens, papers and notebooks or even attend school every day to finish their secondary education. Instead, they only need three hours per week and their learning progress depend on their need and speed.

The digitized modules follow the ALS learning strands, which are communication skills, critical thinking and problem-solving, sustainable use of resources and productivity, development of self and sense of community and expanding world of vision.

Ms. Ubina said that the ALS strands are the same subjects in formal schools. (Dominic B. dela Cruz)

Batac DepEd inaugurates new senior HS building

Batac City—Representatives from the Dept. of Public Works and Highways personally turned over to Batac city schools’ division superintendent Vilma Eda the Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Building intended for senior high school students.

Ms. Eda thanked the DPWH for the immediate construction of the building for senior high school students’ use.

Batac DepEd project development officer I George Manuel said the 6 million two-storey building consists of four “big classrooms” that can contain about 172 students.

The turn over ceremony was attended by Batac mayor Albert D. Chua and Batac vice mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta. (Dominic B. dela Cruz)

The Ilocos Times February 27-March 5, 2017

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Ilocos Norte launches ‘House of Inabel’ to strengthen local textile industry

PINILI, Ilocos Norte—To further strengthen the Ilocano weaving tradition called “pinagabel”, locals here established the ‘House of Inabel’ by Magdalena Gamayo on December 26, 2016.

A Spanish-style brick house had been renovated to provide a space for ‘abel’ weavers and their products, including Gamayo's nationally-acclaimed inabel, a hand-woven textile done on traditional wooden looms using unique and diverse weaving techniques.

Magdalena Gamayo, 93 years old, is recognized by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts in 2012 as a national living treasure because of her excellent skills in textile weaving.

According to Dr. Joven Cuanang, one of the founders of the House of Inabel, he said it was launched to engage people, especially young individuals, to learn the tradition of Ilocano weaving and to ensure sustainability of the inabel industry. 

As an active supporter of the industry, Mr. Cuanang encourages schools, organizations, private sectors and local government units to utilize inabel products as uniforms and primary source of clothing, since inabel is known for its good designs and durability. 

“The aim of this project is to create products which are organic, ecologically-sensitive, and handcrafted by people,” Mr. Cuanang said.

Meanwhile, Ms. Gamayo thanked Mr. Cuanang for taking the initiative to have a permanent establishment wherein their products can be displayed. 

Ms. Gamayo, who started weaving when she was 16, is still active in abel-making and is currently teaching at least 20 native weavers including a 13-year-old girl named Arabela Gampong.

The provincial government has expressed its support to the endeavor as it is a way to boost the tourism industry and livelihood of the locals.

Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos earlier pledged to create more public spaces where Ilocanos can exercise their creativity while upholding their own culture and heritage. (PNA)

Batac DepEd unveils ‘Teacher’s Lounge’

Batac City—The Department of Education (DepEd) local office here formally unveiled the Teacher’s Lounge before 2016 ended.

City schools’ division superintendent Vilma Eda said the projects were inaugurated during the Batac fiesta’s “DepEd Day” last December.

Ms. Eda said the “Teacher’s Lounge” will serve as training center for teachers in the division level.

A part of DepEd’s rationalization program, the lounge is located at the Gabaldon building of Batac Central Elementary School; which is situated in the center of the city. The location, Ms. Eda said, gives more accessibility for teachers.

The “Teacher’s Lounge” will serve as mentoring site for teachers if they need additional skills, competencies and knowledge they need to develop.

With this development, Ms. Eda requests stakeholders to donate additional books and reading materials for teachers.

A librarian will man the said lounge. (Dominic B. dela Cruz)

Laoag City, Batac, Dingras 2017 annual budgets approved

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Laoag City—City budget officer Carlina Cumigad said Laoag’s total budget for 2017 is P747,625,399.00.

She said this covers the city’s estimated annual general fund of 557,772,000.00 and from the economic enterprise of 189,493,000.00.

Ms. Cumigad made the announcement during the first regular staff meeting for 2017.

She added that there is an 18% increase compared to last year’s budget.

She highlighted the inclusion of the “SSL4 tranche 1” or the salary increase, mid-and end-year bonuses for city government employees. On top of this, the employees will also receive extra cash gifts of 5,000 each, and productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) of 5,000 each.

The budget also includes the allocation of public health workers (PHW) positions in compliance with Local Budget Circular No. 2009-92 and the creation of several positions at the city hospital, information technology and city general services office.

The city also allocated, under the BUB projects, the amounts of 2,220,000.00 and 13,744,000.00 for three about-to-retire employees’ this year.

Ms. Cumigad also announced an increase of 12 percent, or 44,821,294, in the city’s internal revenue allotment (IRA)with the of P416,848,199.00 for this year compared to that of last year.

Under this year’s annual budget, Laoag mayor Chevylle V. Farinas hopes that all projects that are included in the annual investment plan would be completed before the year ends, and that some of those are infrastructure projects like the continuation and interconnection of farm-to-market roads; continuation of the Saluadak program of the city government; proposed expansion of the city general hospital with additional dialysis center unit; completion of the city health office building and three rural health centers; distribution of solar street lights first at Barangay La Paz, among others.

The mayor is also hopeful that bridge along Brgy. Lataag under the “Tulay ng Pangulo” project of President Rodrigo R. Duterte and with the help of Rep. Rodolfo “Rudy” C. Fariñas (1st district, Ilocos Norte) will also be completed soon.

Batac’s annual budget
In Batac City, the city council there unanimously approved the proposed annual budget on December 27, 2016.

The approved annual budget totals 474,751,213.00.

The budget was approved in a special session requested by Batac mayor Albert D. Chua.

After its approval, Mr. Chua thanked the members of the council presided then by Batac councilor Winet Quidang in lieu of Batac vice mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta. He thanked them for convening even if they were already on their Christmas break.

Daytoy budget ket awan sabali a panggep na no di ket para pagsayaatan iti siyudad tayo and the budget is open for scrutiny because all the department heads had attended the committee hearings and questions were all answered”, Mr. Chua said.

He added that he wanted the earlier approval of the budget for the city government to maintain its Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG). The approval of the annual budget on time is one of the requirements.

In the past, Batac failed to approve its annual budget before the end of the year.

Batac’s 2017 budget decreased by at least 33 million compared to the 2016 budget. The decrease was reported to be due to the failure to actually earn the estimated income for 2016.

For this reason, Mr. Chua advised the local finance committee to allocate budget only for the estimated income that can be collected.

During the same special session, Batac councilor Mary Coleen Columbia Cajigal said that an ordinance reverting the amount of 18,096,481.16 was also approved.

The amount came from the savings under the 20 percent Development Fund for the years 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015; and savings under the personal services and maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) to the unappropriated surplus and appropriating the same for terminal leave pay, completion of the multi-purpose building, construction of gymnasium/evacuation center, construction of comfort room at the public market, aid to tanods, aid to barangay health workers (BHW), aid to barangay nutrition scholars (BNS), and the city mayor’s office’s MOOE.

In addition, Batac councilor Avelard Crisostomo also announced the approval of two long over-due franchise ordinances during the said special session.

Mr. Crisostomo said about 50 tricycle franchises were approved. It was learned that their motorized tricycle operator’s permits (MTOPs) had not been released since August 2016.

Dingras’ budget
In Dingras, Ilocos Norte, mayor Erdio Valenzuela announced that their annual budget for 2017 in the amount of P170,985,000.43 was also approved before the year ended.

The mayor said that priorities in the budget allocation includes farm-to-market roads.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Biomass energy for rice farming

Rice farming is a good source of biomass energy.

Engr. Alexis T. Belonio, in a lecture given at PhilRice Los Baños on July 15, said rice husks and straws, found in the rice farming environment have so much potential as energy sources.

For an average harvest of 4.5 t/ha, there are around 900 kg of rice husks and 4,500 kg of rice straws. 

“At 3,000 kcal/kg of rice husks and 4,000 kcal/kg of rice straws, there are about 20, 700, 000 kcal of energy available per hectare of rice farms.  When gasified, it can provide 600 to 1,200 kcal/m3 of gas per kg of rice biomass,” Belonio explained.     

Annually, around 2-3 M metric tons of rice husk and 15-17 M metric tons of rice straw are produced in the country.

Rice biomass does not only provide energy but also help in the restoration of the soil. It also contributes to carbon sequestration for GHG mitigation.

Biomass technologies
Mr. Belonio shared that there are many technologies developed using biomass energy to provide farmers alternative ways to improve rice farming operations.

Among these technologies are the rice husk conical grate, gasifier stoves, combustors for paddy drying, crude and hydrous bioethanol distillers, and retrofitted spark-ignition engines.

The conical grate rice husk stove is a direct combustion device for household cooking and small-scale industries using rice husks as fuel. The typical household-size stove requires 1-2 kg/hr and boils 2 L of water in 14-18 min.  Price ranges from P500-2,000 per unit.

The rice husk gas stove requires a small fan (either AC or DC) to supply the air required in gasifying rice husks. 1 kg of rice husk can supply heat for boiling 2 L of water in 8-14 min.  Price ranges from P2, 000-5,000 per unit.

Gasifiers provide clean energy for domestic and cottage industry.

Mr. Belonio hopes that with the growing demand for energy and declining supply of fossil fuel, research and academic institutions will work together to develop and improve further energy technologies. 

BJMP Batac implements operation greyhound

A K9 dog checks for illegal drugs in the Batac jail. (BJMP Batac)

Staff reporter

Batac City—The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) here conducted “operation greyhound” late last year to check if illegal drugs are in the jail compound.

With K9 drug-sniffing dogs searching for illegal contraband inside the jail complex, Mr. Sapaden said they did not find any illegal drugs.

The Batac police also joined the said operation.

Mr. Sapaden added that all belongings of inmates—both male and female—were thoroughly searched.

He also disclosed that they usually conduct daily searches; however other law enforcement agencies also conduct unannounced searches. He added that the BJMP can also request for such search.

Operation greyhound, Mr. Sapaden explained was conducted through the request of several municipal police stations including Batac.

He stressed that the operation primarily aims to clear up the BJMP’s image which was tarnished by reports that illegal drug operations emanate from the National Penitentiary in Metro Manila.

There were 228 detainees at the time of the operation.

Batac police chief P/Supt. Marlon Paiste confirmed that no illegal contraband was found in the operation.

In Laoag City, police chief P/Supt. Edwin Balles also conducted a similar search in the Laoag jail.

Mr. Balles said he coordinated with warden J/Insp. Herminigildo Rivera prior to the operation.

Mr. Balles also reported that no illegal contraband was found,

Aside from illegal drugs, the two operations also looked for firearms, weapons as well as prohibited items in the jail including breakable glasses and bottles and bladed objects.

Dagitoy ngamin ket mablin a pangdangran iti pada da a balod isu nga inikkat mi iti possession da”, Mr. Balles said

DTI launches e-Presyo app in Ilocos Norte

Participants to the e-Presyo launching

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—The Department of Trade and Industry launched on December 27, 2016 an Online Price Monitoring System in this city that seeks to strengthen consumer protection here.

Attended by consumer groups, retailers, and other business organizations in the entire province, the price app can be downloaded in smartphones where consumers can readily access when shopping for groceries. The app can also be access via personal computer or the DTI website if you have internet at home. 

Robert Baniqued, DTI regional director told consumers during the launching held at a function hall of a Laoag hotel that it is very important that consumers are aware of the prevailing prices of basic and prime commodities and for them to identify owners of department stores or any commercial establishments who are not following the suggested retail price being monitored by the DTI.

Once a province or municipality is declared under a state calamity, Mr. Baniqued added the app is also useful for consumers to compare prices with other areas as the prices of basic and prime commodities are freeze based on the latest price before a typhoon.

The DTI officially launched the e-Presyo program on October 2016 in Metro Manila and later on followed suit in various part of the country.

“The OPMS covers a nationwide price data which can be accessed anytime and anywhere through its mobile application,” Mr. Baniqued explained.

During the launching, the consumer and price act as embodied under the Constitution of the Philippines were discussed to the participants for them to become fully aware of their rights and ensure full compliance of the law.

Ilocano domestic helper stars in MMFF

Sunday beauty queen Hazel Perdido

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

PAOAY, Ilocos Norte—A 33-year old single mom and domestic helper in Hong Kong who hails from this town has captured the hearts and admiration of Ilocanos here as her life story has been featured in a documentary film entitled, “Sunday Beauty Queen”, which is one of the entries in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

A graduate of Computer Science at the Mariano Marcos State University, Hazel decided to apply as a domestic helper in Hong Kong in 2008 to sustain the needs of her three growing boys—Jaylord, 13, Daniel,12, and Genesis, 9. 

Leaving behind her three boys to her 66-year old mom, Rosita at Brgy. Pambaran here to find her fortune abroad is one of the toughest decisions she had ever made. Fortunately, she landed a good employer who supported her when she was asked to join a beauty pageant in Honking.

Hong Kong’s annual search for ‘Sunday Beauty Queen’, exclusive for Pinay Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) inspired Director Baby Ruth Villarama to document the story of some Pinay OFWs, featuring their resilient beauty and personal struggles abroad.

“Having [been] chosen as one of the five OFWs whose life story was featured in the big screen is quite overwhelming,” said Hazel as it opened more opportunities for her to grow.

“I hope more families and children of OFWs will be able to watch the film. It’s a very touching movie as we share our struggles working 24-hour a day as all-around domestic helper,” said Ms. Perdido citing some of those who have seen the movie in Manila while having a theater tour recognized and praised them as a ‘real-life hero’.

For the first time after eight years working in Hong Kong, Ms. Perdido is delighted to have Christmas with her children in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

“I’m so grateful for being featured in the film. I hope this would inspire more people specially the children of OFWs,” Ms. Perdido ended as she bared her plan to go on a “cross-country’ expedition once her contract with her Honking employer expires.

For his part, Paoay mayor Jessie Galano who met with Ms. Perdido during her stay in the province said the people of Paoay takes pride of her for giving honor to her hometown.

“As a native of this town, we congratulate her for her achievement and for giving honor to Paoay,” said Mr. Galano.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Police, DENR return turtle eggs to breeding site

By Dominic dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Laoag City—Police officers here and representatives from the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) led the return of at least 19 sea turtle eggs.

The said eggs were returned to their natural breeding sites along the seas shores of Brgy. La Paz in this city.

On December 7, 2016, the Laoag police in coordination with the local DENR office responded to an information that a fisherman was selling “marine turtle eggs” at the Laoag City Commercial Complex.

The fisherman was identified as Jayson Antonio Pascual alias “Mang Jesse.”

The group confiscated the said eggs placed in a plastic container.; the DENR later identified them as sea turtle eggs.

Mr. Pascual was brought to the police station for questioning while the eggs were turned over to the DENR.

DENR is encouraging all people, especially those in coastal areas, to stay vigilant and support their wildlife conservation advocacy.

After the questioning, Mr. Pascual was brought to the Laoag City prosecutor’s office for inquest proceedings. He was later charged with violating Republic Act 9417, or “An act providing for the conservation and protection of wildlife resources and their habitats.”

Gift giving project

THE Laoag, Laoag-Castro, Batac and Pasuquin branches of Philippine National Bank (PNB) hold a gift giving activity for the patients of the maternity and paediatrics wards of the Gov. Roque B. Ablan, Sr. Memorial Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Aceyork P. Guerrero)
More than 40 patients of Gov. Roque B. Ablan, Sr. Memorial Hospital (GRBASMH) received gifts from the different branches of Philippine National Bank (PNB) in Ilocos Norte.

As part of their annual gift giving project, the Laoag, Laoag-Castro, Batac and Pasuquin branches of PNB distributed packages containing baby soaps, baby powder, baby oil, diapers, tissue papers and health products.

The beneficiaries were charity patients of the maternity and pediatrics wards recommended by Dr. Roger Braceros, chief of hospital, and the social welfare representative of GRBASMH.

The annual gift giving, which is now in its 11th year, was led by Ms. Christine Marie M. Rillera, senior assistant vice president of PNB.

Meanwhile, PNB Laoag, headed by branch manager Maria Goretti Paz V. Guerrero, held an outreach program at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Laoag City.

More than 250 residents of BJMP Laoag were given free rice, grocery products and toiletries.

DAR PROJECTS: The provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Ilocos Norte has recently conducted more training on Agri-Extension Services (AES) and Business Development Services (BDS) to hundreds of farmers in the province.

Engr. Vic M. Ines, OIC Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II, said these projects were conducted to improve rice production through the introduction of modern farm technologies.

 “We established demonstration farms in Piddig, Burgos and Currimao where we held the training and workshops to the farmers,” he disclosed.

He added that the participants in the BDS training were instructed on policy formulation, marketing and business management.

The AES and BDS training were conducted by the Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) and implemented under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS).
BARD NOTES: Happy bard-reading to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos, Laoag City Mayor Chevylle V. Farinas, Laoag City Vice Mayor Michael V. Farinas, Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer Josephine P. Calajate, INWD General Manager John Teodoro, Dr. Miramar Bumanglag, DAR-Ilocos Norte OIC PARO Vic M. Ines, DAR-Ilocos Norte CAO Rudy Acacio and PNB Laoag Branch Manager Metty V. Guerrero.

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

DTI calls for Singapore-based Filipinos to join the Philippine startup ecosystem

The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) represented by Philippine Trade and Investment Center Commercial Counsellor Glenn Peñaranda urged Filipinos in Singapore to join the country’s emerging startup community in a recent seminar organized by FilTreps, a group of Filipino entrepreneurs in Singapore that holds networking and information sessions for Filipinos on setting up business, prospects for joint venture and collaborations.

“Find inspiration in events like this to get that idea off the ground.  Think about a solution that is original and differentiated.  There is a new breed of businesses that thrive in the innovation economy.  Do your research,” said Mr. Peñaranda.

Mr. Peñaranda also shared the strategies and policies of the Philippine government, particularly of the DTI and the recently formed Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship and enabling the development of startup businesses to stimulate economic and job growth.  Taking a collaborative approach with the industry, DICT launched the Philippine Roadmap for Digital Startups with key industry players in 2015. 

For DTI, the agency introduced the SlingShot Philippines, an event held for startups during the Philippines’ hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. It was then followed by SlingShot in Manila and Cebu in 2016.  Several dialogues with the community and seminars were held under the SlingShot Philippines program of the DTI. A Slingshot ASEAN is being planned for in late 2017. The goal is to be the platform for public dialogue and partnerships with key industry players including venture capitalists, government, academe, and the private sector in building and nurturing the ecosystem.

“It is our intention to be a central participant, working with the private sector, the startup community and other stakeholders to support the vibrant Philippine innovation ecosystem," highlighted Mr. Peñaranda.

Earlier this year, DTI unveiled the Startup Ecosystem Development Program (SEDP), an industry cluster program to foster linkages among MSMEs and strengthen collaborative networks within the ecosystem.   SEDP has a five-point action agenda with short, medium and long-term impact.

One of the immediate response of the DTI to the growing sector is the establishment of the QBO Innovation Hub located at the DTI International Building in partnership with Ideaspace Foundation, a leading incubator-accelerator of startups in the Philippines. Under the Negosyo (business) Centers Plus program, the hub aims to serve technology startups and engage the local community through relevant activities such as mentoring, networking and pitching.

One of the key partners of the DTI in forwarding the Startup and Innovation agenda is the Office of the Senator Bam Aquino who authored the Innovation Startup Act.  The bill provides registration benefits, subsidies and tax incentives for those planning to establish their own startups. 

The seminar with the Filipino community in Singapore further included discussions with industry influencer Joey Gurango of Gurango Software, SPRING.ph and Xurpas. He provided tips for starting out and creating traction based from his vast experience.  Mr. Gurango also shared the current landscape of the Philippine startup ecosystem, insights and factors which contributed to the successes of some local startups. 

Mr. Gurango’s SPRING.ph is one of the proponents of the DTI’s Launchpad program, a quarterly selection and mentoring project designed for startups that have already established ideas but need mentoring and support to scale up their business.  With several participants from Singapore, a Launchpad Singapore run is being considered in 2017.

The event finished with a pitch and mentoring session, giving the featured Filipino groups opportunity to present to Messrs. Peñaranda and Gurango and receive valuable feedback. (DTI)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Notices for January 9, 2017

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late PABLITO C. PAÑARES consisting of six (6) parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 20894, 20920, 20891 all of Cad-398, 19 Blk. 24 of the consolidation-subdivision plan Pcs-4790 being a portion of Lot 731 of the Davao Cadastre, ½ undivided share of Lot Nos. 3644-C of Cad-6563-D and 184-B-2-A-2-D, Psd-11-006224, being a portion of Lot 184-B-2-A-2, (LRC) Psd-125695 under OCT/TCT Nos. P-42548, P-42549, P-42878, T-154515, T-130498 and T-118074 containing an area of 897 sq.m., 811 sq.m., 945 sq.m., 608 sq.m., 150,000 sq. and 115 sq.m situated at Brgy. Tabug, Batac, Ilocos Norte, Dist. of Toril, Brgy. Catigan and Barrio of Torril all of City of Davao, Island of Mindanao respectively has been adjudicated by his heir ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public DA VINCI M. CRISOSTOMO as per Doc. No. 103; Page No. 22; Bk. No. CCCXXVIII; S. of 2017.

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late HERMINIGILDA DULDULAO, LEONA DULDULAO, MONICA DULDULAO, GERTRUDIS DULDULAO, SEVERINO BARTOLOME, BERNARDA DULDULAO-SIMEON, AURELIO SIMEON and FEDELINO DULDULAO SIMEON consisting of their rights and interest of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 25385 of the Laoag Cadastre with improvements thereon, (if any), covered by OCT No. 0-15 containing an area of 5,955 sq.m. situated in the Barrio of Vira, Municipality (now City) of Laoag has been adjudicated by their heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public BRIAN JAY CORPUZ as per Doc. No. 132; Page No. 27; Bk. No. XXI; S. of 2016.
Jan. 9, 16, 23, 2017*IT

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late ALFREDA GAOIRAN and husband IGNACIO CORPUZ, VICTORIA CORPUZ-SIMEON married to SIMPLICIO SIMEON, SIMEON GAOIRAN, CATALINA GAOIRAN-JULIAN, CIPRIANO GAOIRAN and wife IGNACIA SAMPAYAN-GAOIRAN, MARCIANO GAOIRAN and wife DOMINGA CRUZ, ANGEL GAOIRAN and wife JUANA SIMEON GAOIRAN, AMADOR SIMEON GAOIRAN, MARCELA GAOIRAN MARCOS, ANGELA GAOIRAN-SIMEON, MANUELA GAOIRAN-AGCAOILI, LEON GAOIRAN and wife CASIMIRA JUAN-GAOIRAN and TIBURCIO GAOIRAN consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 25386 of the Laoag Cadastre with improvements thereon (if any) covered by OCT No. 0-1596 containing an area of 7,835 sq.m. situated in the Barrio of Vira, Municipality (now City) of Laoag has been adjudicated by their heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public BRIAN JAY CORPUZ as per Doc. No. 133; Page No. 27; Bk. No. XXI; S. of 2016.
Jan. 9, 16, 23, 2017*IT

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late ISMAEL PACUNAYEN consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 25705 covered by OCT No. P-17515 containing an area of 2,786 sq.m. situated at Brgy. Magnuang, Batac, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by his heir and simultaneously sold a portion of the above-described parcel of land containing an area of 2,072 sq.m. designated as Lot No. 25705-A to AGRIPINO A. PUGAT ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public DA VINCI M. CRISOSTOMO as per Doc. No. 394; Page No. 80; Bk. No. CCCXXVI; S. of 2016.
Jan. 9, 16, 23, 2017*IT

Notice is hereby given that the intestate testate of the late ESPERANZA AGUSTIN, SPS. DIEGO BARTOLOME, SR. (a.k.a BARTOLOME DIEGO) and MARCELINA DAQUIOAG and GENEROSA BARTOLOME consisting of three (3) parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 15853, 15596 and 11840 all of the Laoag Cadastre covered by TCT/OCT Nos. (T-492)-176, T-6488 and 23273 containing an area 2,322 sq.m., 1,233 sq.m. and 858 sq.m. situated in the Barrio of Vira (before) now Brgy. 57-Pila, Laoag City, Barrio of Sta. Maria, Municipality of Laoag and Barrio of San Lorenzo, Municipality of Laoag (before) now Brgy. 1, San Lorenzo, Laoag City, respectively has been adjudicated by their heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public ERME S. LABAYOG as per Doc. No. 448; Page No. 90; Bk. No. XXVI; S. of 2016.

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late FERNANDO A. MATIAS consisting of a bank deposit with PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK-LAOAG BRANCH under Time Deposit Account No. 2000839400000014 has been adjudicated by his heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public EDWARD M. ULEP as per Doc. No. 32; Page No. 7; Bk. No. CIX; S. of 2014.
Jan. 9, 16, 23, 2017*IT

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late FERNANDO AGLUGOB MATIAS consisting of a residential house erected on Lot 1 (CSD of Lots 11634-A and 11635) containing an area of 94 sq.m. situated at Brgy. 7-B, A. Castro Avenue, Laoag City and undivided shares and rights of a parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 26870, 26855, 26919, 26915, 4558, 5314-B-1 of the subdivision plan, Psd-01-036300, being a portion of Lot 5314-B, Psd-01-029133, L.R.C. Cad. Rec. No. 1151 and 5314-B-3-E Psd-01-041355, being a portion of Lot 5314-B-3, Psd-01-036300, L.R.C. Rec. No. 1151 covered by  TCT Nos. T-8541, T-9018, T-13133, T-13290, (T-3688)-1693, T-28544 and T-31314 containing an area of 1,153 sq.m., 251 sq.m., 2,975 sq.m., 1,179 sq.m., 139,692 sq.m., 151 sq.m., and 727 sq.m., situated in the Barrio of San Mateo, Barrio of Mangato and Brgy. 48-A Cabungaan North all of Laoag City respectively has been adjudicated by his heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public NOEL DOMINGO CONCEPCION as per Doc. No. 197; Page No. 40; Bk. No. XLIV; S. of 2014.
Jan. 9, 16, 23, 2017*IT


Sp. Proc. No. 5551-18


          This is a verified Petition filed by petitioner Marianne R. Garcia of 472, Violet St., Rainbow Village, Angono, Rizal. Impleaded as parties-respondents are Bruce L. Garcia, the petitioner’s legal husband, a citizen of the United States of America, a resident of 22407, Halldale Avenue, Torrance, California, 90501, USA and his Philippine address is Brgy. 15, Baligat, Batac City; the Local Civil Registrar of Batac City and the Civil Registrar-General, National Statistics Office (NSO), Quezon City.
          The petitioner alleged in her petition that they got married with the private respondent on August 30, 2002 in Batac City and they were both Filipino citizens. Private respondent migrated to USA and eventually acquired American citizenship on November 22, 2004. In August 13, 2015, private respondent filed a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage against the petitioner and was eventually granted by the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. On the Dissolution Decree, their marriage was terminated effective October 15, 2015. She further alleged that the State of California allows dissolution of marriage, particularly the California Family Code, Division 6, Part 3, under Sections 2300 to 2542. The Decree of Dissolution secured by the private respondent, as granted, conforms to said Family Law of the State of California, particularly Section 2310, laying irreconcilable differences as the ground relied upon in the petition. Consistent with Article 26 of the Family code of the Philippines and the ruling of the Supreme Court in the case, Corpuz vs. Sto. Tomas (GR No. 186571), she filed this petition and prayed that after due notice and hearing the Dissolution Decree obtained by the private respondent be judicially recognized and enforced as valid; that an order be issued directing the public respondents Local Civil Registrar of Batac City and NSO Civil Registrar General to annotate the fact of the Dissolution Decree in the marriage certificate of the petitioner and private respondent and declare the petitioner capacitated to remarry.
          Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the same is hereby given due course by setting it for hearing on March 31, 2017 at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon. Any person/s who may have an interest in or maybe adversely affected by the petition may file his, her or their written opposition to the petition or may personally appear in Court on such dates of hearing to signify their opposition thereto and to show cause why the petition should not be granted.
          Let copies of the petition and this Order be separately furnished the Office of the Solicitor General, Manila; the Office of the City Prosecutor, Batac City; respondents Local Civil Registrar of Batac City and the Office of the Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office, Manila.
          And further, let this Order be published in any newspaper of general circulation in the entire province once a week, for three (3) consecutive weeks, at the expense of the petitioner.
          Let also a copy of the Petition and its Annexes together with  a copy of this Order be furnished the respondent at his given address at 22407, Halldale Avenue, Torrance, California 90501, USA by registered air mail with return card, and at this Philippine address at Brgy. 15, Baligat, Bataac City.
          The respondent is hereby given a period of sixty (60) days from the last publication within which to submit his Answer/Comments to the petition.
          SO ORDERED.
          Batac City, November 25, 2016.
Acting Presiding Judge
Copy furnished:
Bruce L. Garcia
22407, Halldale, Avenue, Torrance, California 90501 USA
and at Brgy. 15 Baligat, Batac City

The Office of the Solicitor General
134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City

Office of the City Prosecutor
Batac City
Office of the Civil Registrar General
NSO, Quezon City

The Local Civil Registrar
Batac City

Atty. Brian Jay Corpuz
Davila, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte

January 9, 16, 23, 2017*IT