Tuesday, December 26, 2017

BFAR eyes unloading fee for fishery products

LAOAG CITY—Following the construction of community fish landing centers (CFLC) in the province, the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has proposed the collection of unloading fee for fishery products.

Arthur Valente, fishery regulatory coordinator of the Provincial Agriculture Office said they are now conducting public consultation with coastal communities here to solicit their support.

Pegged at one peso per kilo of freshly caught fish unloaded at the CFLC, Mr. Valente said whatever amount collected from the fishermen will return to them in the form of government projects and services.

In Ilocos Norte, the government has already constructed seven fish landing sites to monitor fishery catch here. They are in Laoag City and in the coastal towns of Badoc, Paoay, Pasuquin, Bangui, Burgos and Pagudpud.

Mr. Valente said data collection is very important to determine the right government intervention to improve the socio-economic conditions of fisherfolk communities with high poverty incidence.

Other rental fees and charges are also being prepared for the use of post-harvest equipment and tools the BFAR recently turned over to CFLC beneficiaries.

Once the CFLCs are fully operational, government officials expect local consumers to benefit from it as they will have better access to safe and quality fishery commodities. (Leilanie G. Adriano)

Piddig town to revitalize carabao industry

Piddig, Ilocos Norte—Carabao, or water buffalo, was once a farmer’s best friend in Ilocos Norte. Farming families highly depended on it for draft. But as heavy infrastructure developments and agricultural modernization took place, the carabao industry has waned over the years.

In Piddig town, the local government unit here is trying to save water buffalo from extinction.

Recognizing its potential as a local source of milk and meat, Piddig mayor Georgina Salazar-Guillen believes the need to develop and conserve water buffalo production.

“We need carabaos, not just to help farmers to plow the land but they also give us milk and meat. They exist to balance our ecosystem,” Ms. Guillen said in an interview.

As baby steps to revive the industry, the Piddig local government moved to conduct an inventory of the remaining water buffalo in every rural village here.

Under the animal health program here, the local government unit will focus on the health welfare of water buffalo by ensuring that they get proper nutrition.

Based on the carabao situation report published by the Philippine Carabao Center in its website, the Philippine carabao has a total of 2.88 million heads as of July 1, 2017. Compared with the stocks of the same period in previous year, it decreased by 0.18 percent. Commercial stocks also decreased by 5.50 percent while inventory in backyard farms decreased by 0.16 percent.

Ms. Guillen also urged local farmers here to help in revitalizing the carabao industry and increase production.

Water buffaloes according to the PCC have inherently longer gestation period than any other domesticated farm animal. The average gestation length is 310 to 315 days.

Given a post-partum service period of 60 to 90 days, yearly production of calf is not achievable even under the best conditions. This characteristic has a major effect on the measure of the overall reproduction efficiency over a given period. (Leilanie G. Adriano)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Suzuki introduces new-generation Vitara to PH market

Leveraging the compact car maker’s SUV heritage, equipped with features Suzuki Philippines’ new subcompact SUV encourages individuality, personalization, safer driving and fuel efficiency.

Pioneer compact car maker Suzuki Philippines launches the all-new Vitara in the PH market during an event at the Metrotent Convention Center in Pasig City on November 9. (From left) Suzuki Philippines (SPH) managing director and treasurer Norminio Mojica, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) Asia automobile department general manager Shigeo Takezawa, SPH president Hiroshi Suzuki, SPH general manager for automobile Shuzo Hoshikura, SMC global automobile planning department general manager Nobutaka Suzuki, SPH assistant general manager Cecil Capacete.
MANILA, Philippines—Leading compact car maker Suzuki Philippines (SPH) finally ends the wait today with the official launch of the new Vitara. Designed to match the growing automotive market in the country, the new-generation Vitara encapsulates the Suzuki SUV legacy while capturing modern design trends to target the millennial market.

With a history of more than three decades, the Vitara has been known for enhanced driving performance, and off-road capabilities. In addition to the technological innovations, the Vitara has upgraded the heritage design of the Suzuki SUV through incorporating modern elements and making the subcompact SUV perfect for city driving while enabling Filipino drivers, specifically millennials, the individuality and personalization they look for in a vehicle.

Held at the Metrotent Convention Center in Pasig City, 450 representatives from various motoring media, dealers, bank partners and Vitara Club of the Philippines officers attended the Vitara launch.

“Equipped with the longest, and widest dimension in its class with the best radius performance, the features of the new Vitara are aimed at providing the best value in terms of design, performance and fuel efficiency. Setting it apart from competition, the subcompact SUV allows drivers to freely express their individuality and personalize their vehicles with its wide array of colors and accessory packages,” said SPH automobile division general manager Shuzo Hoshikura.

He shares, “Through these, we believe we will enhance the Filipino driving experience, which is at the core of bringing drivers closer to the Suzuki Way of Life. Millennials can look forward to a safe, comfortable and optimum driving experience that for many years Filipinos have anticipated with the next-generation Vitara.”

Modern and sophisticated design
Faithful to Suzuki SUV’s original styling, the exterior design of the new Vitara exudes a strong yet sophisticated presence achieved through the modernized Suzuki SUV signature clamshell bonnet. The side press lines and smooth roofline suggest a youthful, rugged look, and strong aerodynamic performance, respectively, complemented by the rear that gives off a stable look.

The new Vitara has an overall width of 1,775mm, height of 1,610mm, length of 4,175mm and a minimum ground clearance of 185mm, making it the longest and widest in its class with the best turning radius performance.  

Unique daytime running lamps with vertically placed LEDs are standard in the GLX model. Energy-saving LED headlamps with a blue projector cover come standard with the GLX model, while Suzuki uses projector halogen headlamps featuring good light distribution for the low beam in the GL and GL+ models. Polished alloy wheels that complete the sleek vibe of the SUV is available in 17 inches for GLX variant, 16 inches alloy wheel for GL+ and 16 inches steel wheel with full caps for GL variants.

The interiors combine muscular contours and a sporty feel. The instrument panel conveys a youthful look with its upper linear design that includes a round clock and a round air outlet. The seats use high-quality fabric, with the GLX model featuring a combination of leather and suede-type fabric for an even classier feel. The Vitara GLX also features a panoramic sunroof designed with two glass panels that can be both slid to provide the biggest opening in its class and added premium to the unit.

The interior design fuses comfort and utility. All variants feature 6-speed automatic transmission, paddle shifter and audio steering control.

The GL+ and GLX models also feature a footwell lamp and keyless push start system.

The new Vitara’s Infotainment audio system ensures a more enjoyable ride. Besides handsfree connectivity, the system packs navigation, Bluetooth audio and a USB port. The GLX variant enable on-the-go connectivity through its Wi-Fi support while the MirrorLink function links the rider’s smartphone with the SUV’s Android-based infotainment system. Available in 10 inches for GLX, the biggest in its class, while GL+ and GL variants may enjoy the same features at 7 inches.

The luggage space can accommodate up to 375L, expandable by lowering the luggage board or removing the dividers on both sides of the luggage area. To accommodate large suitcases, the rear seats is foldable to make way for up to 710L.

Top-tier personalization, individuality
To allow millennials to express their individuality, the Vitara comes in various colors and designs. With two-tone options available for the roof, pillars and door mirrors for GLX and monotone colors for GL + and GL models, the Vitara offers accessory packages meant for the adventurous and urban drivers.

Safe and comfortable ride
The new Suzuki Vitara GLX delivers enhanced safety on the road. It model’s6-point airbag system comprising of dual, curtain and side airbags for the driver and passenger provides greater protection.

The Vitara also features cruise control system and speed limiter, ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers with reverse camera that detect obstacles during parking, an automatic light system that turns headlamps and tail lamps on and off, and automatic wipers triggered depending on the extent of rainfall and vehicle speed.

The SUV’s electronic stability program (ESP) automatically controls the engine torque and brakes upon detection of a wheel slip to ensure the driver maintains directional control. The hill hold control helps the driver to prevent the vehicle from rolling backward on an upward climb.

In the event of a collision, the new Vitara has an impact-absorbing design focused on the front bumpers. The brake pedal release system limits the pedal’s movement toward the driver in case of a frontal impact. For further protection for the occupants, the Vitara’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) absorbs impact and the seatbelts use force limiter to mitigate impact to the chest.

Superior fuel efficiency
Boasting the lightest curb weight in its category, the new Vitara delivers enhanced fuel efficiency. Suzuki designed the SUV’s updated 1.6-liter engine to deliver the highest torque performance of 156Nm at 4,400rpm and best maximum output in its class at 115hp at 6,000rpm. The newly developed 6-speed AT system ensures better response to the 1.6L-petrol engine. These combined, address the challenges of city driving and traffic through reduced friction, weight and idling speed, all toward achieving better fuel economy.

“Equipped with top of the line features, the new Vitara will enable the Filipino driving public to freely express their individuality through its unique design and a wide selection of colors to choose from. Apart from this, Suzuki designed Vitara with enhanced safety features and superior fuel efficiency. Backed by all these features, we are hopeful that the new Vitara will appeal to the Philippine market especially among millennials,” Suzuki motor corporation global automobile planning department general manager Nobutaka Suzuki says.

Asia automobile department general manager Shigeo Takezawa shares, “On behalf of the Suzuki Motor Corporation, I would like to congratulate Suzuki Philippines for successfully bringing in the new Vitara. May the launch of the new Vitara inspire you to show the same level of commitment and dedication to share with more Filipinos the Suzuki Way of Life. We have high hopes that the addition of the new Vitara to the Suzuki Philippines’s lineup of vehicles will drive more sales and increase customer satisfaction.”

Availability and pricing
The new Vitara comes in the following prices: (GLX – PHP1,048,000.00; GL+ PHP938,000.00 and GL (TBA).

GLX variants are available in two-tone colors, namely Atlantis Turquoise Pearl, Horizon Orange Metallic, and Bright Red Metallic. GL+ and GL variants are available in Cool White Pearl, Silky Silver Metallic, Galactic Gray Metallic, Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic and Atlantis Turquoise Pearl Metallic.

About Suzuki Philippines Incorporated
Suzuki Philippines Incorporated is a wholly-owned Japanese multinational firm highly recognized in the automotive industry. The company specializes in the manufacture and sale of motorcycle and distribution of compact vehicles.

Suzuki has established its reputation worldwide for quality, versatility, and innovation and has created a heritage of trust and reliability. Its Philippine website is www.suzuki.com.ph

Sarrat, Pagudpud mayors finish agribusiness executive program

Sarrat mayor Remigio Medrano and Pagudpud mayor Marlon Sales. (Berong Ver)

By Bernard Ver

Manila—Sarrat mayor Remigio B. Medrano and Pagudpud mayor Marlon Ferdinand T. Sales graduated in the Agribusiness Executive Program of University of Asia & the Pacific (UA&P) on November 11, 2017.

Dr. Rolando Dy, Center for Food and Agribusiness-University of Asia and the Pacific executive director administered the commencement exercises.

A total 46 students completed the six-month Agribusiness Executives’ Program (AEP). UA&P conducted three-day classes every month, from Thursdays to Saturdays.

The school designed the program to develop the managerial, analytical and strategic thinking skills of executives and managers in their own community in collaboration with agribusiness industry practitioners and experts. Both content and design are based on a comprehensive needs analysis and innovative design process done in collaboration with agribusiness industry practitioners and experts.

The Center for Food and Agri Business is the agri-food research and instruction arm of the School of Management of UA&P. Started in 1983 as a research unit, it is now a leading center for agri-food economics and agribusiness research in the Philippines.

After completion, UA&P expects them to apply the management tools of benchmarking and competitiveness analyses and provides an in-depth understanding of global markets and supply/value chains.

The school also considers AEP graduates as alumni and are eligible for lifetime membership with endless opportunities for further learning, networking, and enjoyment.

Ilocos Norte governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos expressed her warm congratulatory message to Mayor Medrano and Mayor Sales: “It is indeed a great opportunity for our town mayors in availing this kind of program. A continuous development to strengthen their core management skills and leadership.”

The University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) is a private, not-for-profit institution of higher learning that offers some of the most outstanding academic programs in Asia. It provides a powerful combination of liberal education and professional specialization. An environment conducive to learning, qualified and dedicated teachers, a superior faculty-to-student ratio, and well-maintained facilities facilitates the formation of UA&P students.

Laoag City Pamulinawen Festival 2018 preparations in full swing

Laoag City—With still over two months to go, the city government here has begun preparations for next year’s Pamulinawen Festival.

Over-all festival coordinator Lilian Abijero announced that next fiesta’s theme is “Transcending”, as unanimously approved by all fiesta committees.

Ms. Abijero explained that the theme must be continuance of what was Achieved, which was the theme for the 2017 edition.

“Kasi no naka achieve kan, siyempre you don’t rest on your laurels. You keep on moving forward. Transcending means you can break barriers. You can overcome problems and struggles. You address challenges,Ms. Abijero expounded.

Ms. Abijero also confirmed several changes for the fiesta, foremost is the removal of “street pageantry” as a fiesta highlight. She said it is because it is only a redundancy of the province’s “Tan-ok Festival of Festivals” which also features dance parades.

The Tan-ok Festival is set for February 2, 2018, in time for Ilocos Norte’s bi-centennial celebration.

Ms. Abijero, however, said a surprise activity will take the place of the event.

She also said that the Mr. Laoag will push through along with the Miss Laoag City Pamulinawen Festival Queen and the Miss ABC. Miss Mujeres, on the other hand, will be absent next year; the city government will now conduct the said event every other year.

Another innovation will be the holding of the Dulang Festival at the Laoag City Commercial Complex to complement the Calesa Festival.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Ilocanos urged to learn third language

Keyboard-of-Japanese-language (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Ilocanos wanting to improve their knowledge and skills for better work opportunities here and abroad may consider learning a third language.

In Laoag, a company is set to inaugurate a one-stop shop language center by January next year to offer Nihongo, German and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) review. The language center will rise in the city’s business district.

Initiated by a Piddig-born specialist nurse who is now based in London, United Kingdom, the Talaytayan Language Center-Laoag branch is now ready to accept new enrollees.

“The world is changing in a way that familiarity of a foreign language is needed before deployment for work abroad. And the people of the north should not [fall] behind compared to other parts of the country,” said Riza Tongson-Espe, a technical consultant of Bison Management Corporation and the current managing director of Tongson Specialist Services Ltd.

Taking advantage of the 380,000 jobs that await caregivers to Japan, Mrs. Espe said the language training in partnership with the Philippine Human Resource Global Information Center (PHRGIC) and SAGE Asian Language and Education Center (SALAEC) offers an edge to Ilocanos should they consider applying for work abroad.

“What we are trying to advocate here in the north is to educate everyone about the importance of acquiring multi-language education,” Mrs. Espe said in a press interview in Laoag.

Suzette Vicencio, SALAEC general manager based in Bulacan said their company is ready to team up with Ilocos Norte to provide learners with quality education for Nihongo.

The SALAEC maintains branches in Manila and Bulacan that specializes in Japanese Language and Culture.

Prior to the deployment of caregivers in Japan, Ms. Vicencio reiterated that there is a need to pass the Japanese language proficiency test or N4 from the country of origin.

“Filipino caregivers, even if they possess the necessary skills cannot be hired in Japan if they do not pass N4,” she said citing being proficient with Nihongo and other languages has numerous advantages not only for caregivers but also for language translators or interpreters among others.

Following a meeting at the Japan Diet with House Representative Congressman Hiromichi Watanabe, chairperson of the special committee for regional revitalization and Congressman Yoshitaka Sakurada with the business delegates and dignitaries from the Philippines, Japanese investors are now eyeing to set up training facility in the Philippines to enhance the employability of Filipino healthcare professionals such as Japan-bound nurses and caregivers.

Mrs. Espe, who is a part of the Philippine delegation, said it is high time for Ilocos residents to take advantage of this big opportunity.

Clark Dexter Badaran, PHRGIC president said scholarship grants are also available for applicants should they wish to pursue the Japanese language course for a period of three months and one week or equivalent to 320 hours.

Mr. Badaran assured that graduates of this short-term language training course have a hundred percent employment assistance.

Ang problema lang namin ngayon ay wala pa kaming gaanong kalaking graduates para suportahan yung market ng Japan,” Mr. Badaran said as he reported the new language training course has so far produced at least 60 N4 passers from SALAEC.

As of 2017, the total population in Japan is 127,000,000. The Japanese government projected their population to decrease to 107,000,000 in 2050, with most of those older Japanese.

In view of this, Japan needs of a lot of care-workers to work for them. But to qualify, applicants should pass the Japanese language proficiency test and interview with the Japanese employer.

Ilocos Norte residents avail cash-for-work program

Map of the Philippines with Ilocos Norte highl...
Map of the Philippines with Ilocos Norte highlighted (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
LAOAG CITY—With the continuing implementation of Ilocos Norte’s cash-for-work program, hundreds of residents who are looking for additional source of livelihood are taking advantage of it.

In Vintar town, Arlene Rosario, a full-time mom of three growing children said was trying to figure what to cook for lunch when she learned a roving team from the Capitol Express was at the town’s gymnasium offering various government services.

Out of curiosity, she checked on the list of services and tried to apply for a cash-for-work, a continuing program of the Ilocos Norte government in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Initially, the program is meant for calamity victims. Then it expanded to marginalized earners or indigents.

For a few hours of rendering community service in their respective barangays, they receive cash based on the prevailing regional wages in their areas. Some of these community projects include cleaning of roads, collecting garbage and repairing community facilities among others.

According to Ms. Rosario, she was thankful she participated in the latest batch of 250 cash-for-work beneficiaries in Barangays Dipilat and Visaya both in Vintar, Ilocos Norte.

Earlier, the government allocated about PHP15 million for the continuing implementation of the cash-or-work program meant to generate local employment in the province. (Leilanie G. Adriano)

Ilocos Norte boosts awareness for children with special needs

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

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Children’s rights advocates both from the public and private sectors gathered at the Ilocos Norte Capitol auditorium recently to increase awareness on the rights of children with disability.

With the help of the Philippine Association of Children with Developmental Learning Disabilities, Inc. (PACDLD) in partnership with the Department Health and the Ilocos Norte government, Felicite Jean Gonzales encouraged participants to continue educating parents on their vital role in promoting the welfare of children with specials needs.

Over the years, Mr. Gonzales said there had been many laws and resolutions protecting the rights of children but there is poor implementation.

Having a child with autism, Jean and husband Octavio had been reaching out to the different provinces nationwide to meet with Day Care teachers and barangay health workers to share their knowledge on raising a child with special needs.

The Gonzales couple established PACDLD in 1999, which provides counseling and livelihood programs for parents of children with autism as well as art workshops for kids.

he hopes that by raising the awareness level of advocates, this will transform to a better understanding of children with disabilities.

In Ilocos Norte, there are some parents who are ashamed of their special children. Hence, there is need to continue increasing the awareness on the rights of children with special needs.

“Our special children have the same rights as other children. We have to do something and one way of doing so is to reach out and give support to families of persons with disability,” said Ms. Gonzales.

MMSU promotes climate resilient rice varieties

Dr. Shirley Agrupis, MMSU President leads the farmers' field day in Batac City. (MMSU Research Directorate)
Staff reporter

BATAC CITY—The state-run Mariano Marcos State University is encouraging farmers to plant new climate resilient rice varieties to increase their productivity.

This planting season, MMSU in collaboration with the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) set up a 1,600-square meter demo farm showcasing its 14 varieties that are resilient to prolonged drought or wet season.

“But no matter how good the variety is or no matter how advance the technology to improve rice productivity in the country, it is nothing without your heart in managing the rice field. Like a person, you should talk to your plants,” MMSU president Dr. Shirley Agrupis said during a farmer’s field day held at the demonstration site.

Dubbed as the “President’s farm”, the program featuring climate resilient crops hopes to inspire farmers to adopt new technologies. Dr. Santiago Obien, a former president of MMSU who collected the 14 varieties, initiated the program.

The President’s farm is open to all stakeholders where they can see for themselves the different characteristics of the selected 14 rice varieties.

“With the advancement of science and technology, agriculture is no longer a least choice but a primary choice,” said Ms. Agrupis as she lauded agriculture students for pursuing the subject which will ensure the sustainable development of the industry.

“I hope the field day will not just be an ordinary field day but something you will nurture in your hearts,” Ms. Agrupis added.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

IBP-Ilocos Norte holds free legal aid in Piddig

Piddig, Ilocos Norte – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Ilocos Norte Chapter spearheaded by Atty. Cherrie Grace Bareng-Asistin initiated a legal aid consultation for town folks here for free.

At least 20 participants attended the said activity with most of their queries concerning land disputes and ownership. Other participants availed of the free public notary on their legal documents.

Ms. Asistin emphasized that this activity is part of the local bar association on their Law Week Celebration. This year’s is “IBP: Promoting Justice through the Rule of Law.”

“We [IBP] are here to help our kababayans [countrymen] in the entire province [Ilocos Norte] with their dilemmas and other concerns on the laws of the land—under the Republic of the Philippines and our office is open for everyone,” Ms. Asistin added.

As part of their other notable projects, the IBP is active in safeguarding the integrity of the bar exams; promoting ethical practices of lawyers, judges, lawyer-politicians, and lawyer-government officials; refraining from any partisan political activity especially during local and national elections; developing legal education and research in law schools and continuing legal education centers; and expanding legal aid offices throughout the country to provide free legal services to indigent Filipinos.(Bernard Ver)

Filipino-Hawaiian group shop for biz ideas in PH

LAOAG CITY—Over 50 delegates from the Hawaii State Government and the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (FCCH) visited Ilocos Norte to shop for business ideas to benefit both Filipinos and Americans.

In a media interview upon the group’s arrival at the Laoag International Airport, Brandon Dela Cruz, FCCH president said he has heard so much about Ilocos Norte and it feels great that finally, they are now in Laoag.

From Hawaii, the group led by Hawaii governor David Ige stayed in Manila for two days as they met with the United States Ambassador prior to their visit in this northern gateway of Luzon.

As part of the annual goodwill and trade mission to the Philippines, Mr. Dela Cruz said they are here to help support and uplift Filipino business.

“We travel in the Philippines and try to find where we can strengthen ties between Hawaii and the Philippines. Perhaps, it can be done through export of goods from the Philippines to Hawaii and vice versa. Let’s find out where we can cooperate and share knowledge and collaborate on a variety of projects and opportunities here,” he shared.

“We would like to help Filipinos to become more business savvy and to have more business network,” said Dela Cruz citing Ilocos Norte’s weather is much like Hawaii. “There are great opportunities if we just try to work together,” Mr. Dela Cruz added as he shared his roots are from Pangasinan and Tarlac.

The FCCH is composed of about 200 active members representing various companies such as large to small and micro enterprises.

While in Ilocos Norte, Provincial and city officials here led by governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos gave them a warm welcome at the airport. They also met with other mayors and local officials in the province before they visited the heritage city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur.

Ilocos Norte-PDC re-programs P113.7M 2017 development fund

Provincial seal of Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
Provincial seal of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LAOAG CITY—The Ilocos Norte Provincial Development Council convened a meeting at the provincial auditorium to re-program some PHP113.7 million of the development fund for 2017.

Following the new guidelines from the Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Interior and Local Government, seeking to enhance transparency and accountability of the local government units in the utilization of the 20 percent development fund, this compelled the Ilocos Norte government to make new listings in utilizing its remaining development fund this year. 

This is pursuant to Section 287 of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991, which states that: “each (LGU) shall appropriate in its annual budget no less than 20 percent of its annual (IRA) for development projects.”

Under the updated guidelines, the approved local development plans and annual investment program (AIP), which should be directly supportive of the Philippine Development Plan and the Public Investment Program should reflect the LGUs’ priority development projects.

For Ilocos Norte’s annual investment program this year, over PHP68.8 million were for its economic development projects. These include the construction and improvement of provincial roads, additional construction of farm to market roads and purchase of hauling or delivery trucks for onion production, marketing and trading enterprise, provision of farm equipment and facilities, upgrade of four fish facilities, procurement of refrigerated vans, wing vans and establishments of fish and soils laboratory.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Development Council also enacted a budget of more than PHP23.1 million for its social services ranging from improvement and rehabilitation of district hospitals, multi-purpose halls, acquisition of medical equipment and provision of street lights.

On environment management aspect, the PDC also re-appropriated a total of PHP21,770,713 for the greening of Ilocos Norte highway particularly around the Currimao port-fly in cruise route, including the Laoag airport connecting to major tourism sites here.

Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos explained that they can no longer use the 20 percent development funds to pay personnel salaries and benefits; administrative expenses and allowances among others.

Nueva Era mayor asks provincial board help for bridge problem

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

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte—Local officials of the Tingguian community of this town, about 38 kilometers from Laoag City assailed the Department of Public Works and Highways and a contractor for not finishing the construction of a bridge, which supposed completion was last year.

Nueva Era mayor Aldrin Garvida said the delayed completion of the PHP250 million Bonggo bridge project connecting Nueva Era and Banna is causing great inconvenience among commuters for over a year now since it commenced in 2015.

Mr. Garvida said almost a year had passed since the Bonggo bridge supposed completion in time for the town’s centennial celebration but up to this date, the project is still “half-done”.

So, when the Sangguniang Panlalawigan conducted an out-of-town session here, Mr. Garvida sought the help of Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Eugenio Angelo M. Barba and the SP members expedite the bridge construction.

He also lamented that during the construction process of project, the contractor made some changes from the original design.

Responding to this, Mr. Barba assured the people of Nueva Era that they will look into the matter.

SP member Vicentito “Toto” M. Lazo added they will call on the contractor as well as the DPWH regional office to explain the delay on the target completion of the Bonggo bridge.

Before the year ends, the Ilocos Norte board had been going out of Capitol sessions as their way of reaching out to the various towns of Ilocos Norte so they could listen personally to the people’s concerns and grievances.

Apart from the Nueva Era bridge, other bridge projects in various parts of Ilocos Norte are having the same delayed completion such as in Batac City, Currimao, Pasuquin and Pagudpud.

To date, commuters experience heavy traffic using a detour road as they could hardly pass through it during heavy rains.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Notices for November 13, 2017

RA Form No. 10.1 (LCRO)
Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province of Ilocos Norte
Municipality of Sarrat

In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that NERIC CASTILLO MATEO has filed with this office a petition for Change of First Name from TIMON to ARTEMIO in the birth certificate of TIMON GANUT CRISTOBAL who was born on 19 April 1953 at Sarrat, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are PEDRO CRISTOBAL and ISABEL GANUT.
Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than Nov 27, 2017.

Municipal Civil Registrar
Nov. 13-19, 20-26, 2017*IT

Publication Notice
R.A. 10172
CCE-0082-2017 RA10172
CFN-0018-2017 RA No. 9048
November 10, 2017

In compliance with publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that ESTRELITA AGORILLA DOMINGO has filed with this Office, a petition for change of first name from ESMERALDA to ESTRELITA and correction of entry in the date of birth from FEBRUARY 16, 1963 to JANUARY 28, 1963 in the certificate of live birth of ESMERALDA AGORILLA at Sarrat, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are ANGEL AGORILLA and ISABEL  AGTANG.
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than November 27, 2017.

Municipal Civil Registrar
Nov. 13-19, 20-26, 2017*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late PERLA BASCOS QUERUBIN consisting of a Policy Insurance issued by the GOVERNMENT INSURANCE SYSTEM (GSIS) under CM No. 25622 has been adjudicated by her heirs extrajudicially ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public MHELYGEN D. TESORO-RAMOS as per Doc. No. 460; Page No. 93; Bk. No. 4; S. of 2016.
Nov.  13, 20, 27, 2017*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late SANTIAGO GARO, married to LUISA REYES, JUSTO CRISTOBAL and MARTINA GARO consisting of their respective shares of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 24269 of the Laoag Cadastre covered by TCT No. 11637 containing an area of 1,034 sq.m. situated in the Poblacion (Barrio of San Francisco), Municipality of Laoag has been adjudicated by their heirs and simultaneously sold to SPS. MARCELO V. DOMINGO JR. and EVELYN L. DOMINGO ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public BRIAN JAY CORPUZ as per Doc. No. 184; Page No. 37; Bk. No. XXIV; S. of 2017.
Nov.  13, 20, 27, 2017*IT

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late VALENTIN R. GANAL consisting of three (3) parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 8007, 12682 and 12685-C covered by TD Nos. 14-0018-02622, 14-0016-01137 and 14-0016-01130 containing an area of 4,363.13 sq.m.,520 sq.m. and 160 sq.m. with improvements thereon situated at Brgy. Sinamar, Banna, Ilocos Norte and Brgy. 7, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte respectively has been the subject of Extra-judicial Settlement of Real Estate with Waiver and Renunciation of Rights executed by her heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public GEMINO C. BAGAREN as per Doc. No. 218; Page No. 163; Bk. No. X; S. of 2017.
Nov.  13, 20, 27, 2017*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late CANUTO POJAS consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 2047-B-1-A, Psd-01-035493, being a portion of Lot 2047-B-1, Psd-1-02547, L.R.C. Rec. No. N-523 covered by TCT No. T-722 containing an area of 113.00 sq.m. with a residential house erected thereon situated in Brgy. No. 5 Callaguip, Mun. of Batac, Province of Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by his heirs extrajudicially and simultaneously sold to SPS. ARTURO E. DE LA CRUZ and AIDA AGBANNAOAG-DE LA CRUZ ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public ANTONIO R. CAJIGAL as per Doc. No. 408; Page No. 83; Bk. No. LVI; S. of 2017.
Nov.  13, 20, 27, 2017*IT

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late SPS. MELECIO VALERIANO and FLORENDA LORENZO consisting of seven (7) parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 5701-B, 5740, 5741-A, 5719-A, 5702-B, 5710 and 5711-A covered by TCT Nos. T-17583, T-13644, T-13739,T-20072, T-16442, T-6124 and T-13089 containing an area of 1,361.33 sq.m., 1,173 sq.m., 278 sq.m., 483.5 sq.m., 329 sq.m., 610 sq.m. and 619 sq.m. including all the  improvements erected on Lot 5701-B situated in the Barrio of Mang-ngato (now Brgy. 48-A, Cabungaan North), City of Laoag and Barrio of Bengcag, Laoag City and machineries declared under TD Nos. 08-061-00757, 08-081-00758 and 08-061-01726 has been adjudicated by their heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public NORBERTO A. MANUEL as per Doc. No. 67; Page No. 15; Bk. No. LXIII; S. of 2017.
Nov.  13, 20, 27, 2017*IT

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late DEOMEDES SALILENG consisting of a tricycle herein described to wit: Make & Type-Honda Tricycle; Engine No. KB509E332426; Serial/Chassis No. KB509332410; File No. 0112-00000037916 and Cert. of Reg. No. 13364700-6 has been adjudicated by his heir and simultaneously sold to HERMINIA F. CARRASCA ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public WINDELL D. CHUA as per Doc. No. 172; Page No. 36; Bk. No. LXI; S. of 2017.
Nov.  13, 20, 27, 2017*IT

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late BERNARDA ANCHETA and VICENTE ANCHETA consisting of two parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 14740-C and 14740-D both of Psd-01-028546, being a portion of Lot 14740, Cad-195, Laoag Cadastre, L.R.C. Rec. No. 1779 covered by TCT Nos. T-26435 and T-26436 containing an area of 264 sq.m. and 264 sq.m. both situated at Brgy. Vira, City of Laoag has been adjudicated by their heirs and simultaneously sold to SPS. RICHARD O. GUERRERO and CECILIA A. GUERRERO ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public JOSE ROY B. RAVAL as per Doc. No. 076; Page No. 16; Bk. No. XVII; S. of 2016.
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Laoag City’s Brgy 15 seniors celebrates senior citizens week

The early morning walk around the barangay led by: L-R: Maria Borromeo, member; kagawad Pat Eugenio, board member Aning Fernandez, reception host Geling Toribio; board members, Velen Alipio, Rogelio Domingo, and Ramon Tumaneng.

The crowning of Lola Queen Pepita Tabor, 2017 Barangay 15 Senior Citizens Association Week crowned by Ernesto S. Tamayo, president, with the members clapping while they sing, "Dayta Nagsaway a Fintasmo

The reception full of good cheer and merrymaking, singing and dancing, hosted by Geling Toribio.

The cleaning and greening of the community.
The Barangay 15 Senior Citizens Association of Laoag City, Incorporated, took time to celebrate Senior Citizens Week on October 1-7, in honor of our co-elders who labored hard for the things we are enjoying now. Let us enjoy with our Lolos and Lolas while they are still with us, while we still can see, hold, embrace them while they still can celebrate with us. Let us lavish them with love. Let us talk to them visit them now, and wait not for the time when they hear us no more, our visits made before they bid us adieu. Also, to express our gratitude to others who helped will cost us nothing and take a moment of our time. Just a good tree will bring forth good fruits, so a loving heart will express itself in courtesy of conduct. Such activities make them feel stronger and prolong life to serve others and the community.

The opening day is an early morning walk around the barangay, a time to feel good, to feel cozy and nice while walking, singing, and conversing about happy times. At the finish line a reception full of good cheer and merrymaking singing and dancing, hosted by Geling Toribio.

The next three days, visited the sick, praying in grace to sustain through their most difficulties and bringing joy, much consolation and comfort to go on in spite of their lonely moments.

The other three days, we dedicated to cleaning and greening the community, clearing ditches and street adjacent our properties, beside our own yard. The whole afternoon of October 7, is the culminating activity. Highlights is the crowning of Lola Queen of 2017 Senior Citizens Week, with Pepita Tabor, as queen, crowned by the president Ernesto S. Tamayo, a retired bank manager; Celestia Tumaneng, retired staff of DSWD pinned the sash; and Merlene S. Alvarez, retired manager of the Government Service Insurance System of Vigan, I locos Sur handed the bundle of roses.