Saturday, September 29, 2018

Piddig installs AC units in its trading center

By Leilanie G. Adriano & Bernard Ver

Piddig, Ilocos Norte—The municipal government here installed 14 air-conditioning units in the town’s Farmers’ Trading Center.

The office of Rep. Rodolfo “Rudy” C. Fariñas (1st district, Ilocos Norte) provided the PHP15 million funding after Piddig Mayor Georgina Salazar-Guillen lobbied the Ilocos Norte representative.

The funding includes a makeover for the building for the air-conditioning units to function well. The Dept. of Public Works and Highways implemented the project.

The trading center is a multipurpose building serving not only farmers, but is also a venue for the municipal and school activities, especially sports and seminar workshops.
“I am glad for these building improvements; it will be more convenient for the people of Piddig, Ilocos Norte, and the visitors as well,” said Mrs. Guillen.

Built during the previous administration, the center, formerly known as Gakki center, also becomes an evacuation area during calamities.

With this development, residents here are excited to attend public gatherings at the center as they no longer need to bear with the heat particularly during summer months where temperature is high.

“We are thankful for the government support. It makes life easier,” said Domingo de Leon, a farmer from Brgy. Maruaya, this town.

Of the 22 towns and 2 cities of Ilocos Norte, the historic Piddig town is the first to implement consolidated farming systems to boost farmers’ productivity and achieve sustainable inclusive growth.

As of this posting, more than 200 farmers have consolidated their farm lots in this town where they have already started planting hybrid rice.

In time for the harvest season, organized farmers will have a better chance to negotiate for a higher market price of their products to palay traders or they may opt for a kilo deposit which is expected to be higher when supply is low.

Laoag City folks seek help to save Spanish-era bridge

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY — A bridge dating back to the Spanish colonial era is under threat from a government road project; and local history advocates are urging the preservation of the historical landmark.

The Puente de Barit at Brgy. Barit, this city, is among the heritage structures in the province, according to Fr. Ericson Josue of the Diocese of Laoag.

A historian, Mr. Josue said three other bridges designed with the same three arches were built at Brgys. Tupec, Bulangon and San Mateo.

He said the bridges might be as old as the Spanish churches in Ilocos Norte province that were built before 1888.

But, just like some surviving colonial bridges in Ilocos Norte, the Barit Bridge never became the subject of extensive conservation efforts, he said.

Order to stop
On August 10, 2018, social media posts reported that workers undertaking a road widening project there tried to demolish the approaches of the bridge.

A post said in Ilocano: “This is a grave violation of heritage; this bridge is the last among the most intact Filipino-Hispanic bridges in Ilocos Norte.”

“[Public Works] Secretary Mark Villar has already ordered the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the first district of Ilocos Norte to stop the demolition of the bridge or any part of it,” said Aianree Raquel, Ilocos Norte tourism officer.

In another post, Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas (1st district, Ilocos Norte), who hails from Brgy. Barit, said he has also intervened.

“As early as the other week when I saw the barricades due to the impending construction work on the bridge, I asked the district engineer to stop the construction [for] the meantime until they show me the complete plans,” Mr. Fariñas said.

Help sought
Mr. Raquel said the provincial government has asked the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the National Museum to also intervene.

“We have been assured by our top cultural agencies that they will send experts to assess the damage done and determine actions to be taken,” Mr. Raquel said.

Bernard Joseph Guerrero, a heritage advocate based in Paoay, Ilocos Norte said the bridge falls under the coverage of Republic Act No. 10066 [National Cultural Heritage Act] that protects structures of historic importance which are 50 years old and older.

“Where historic importance is presumed by default [as in Barit Bridge], the local government will be liable for its unwarranted destruction,” he said.

Mr. Guerrero said a DPWH circular has barred the demolition of “historically important structures,” and urged the “local cultural council and the building officer to negotiate the terms of road widening on the Barit Bridge and its landings.”

A new bridge “Does not justify the destruction of one that carries and symbolizes memories of the city and its town folk, as well as its history for over 200 years,” he added.

Loida Alimboyoguen Yamamoto ti baro a presidente ti Ilocos Surian

Ni Loida Alimboyoguen Yamamoto ti nagkaykaysaan Ilocos Surian Association of Hawaii [ISAH]  a baro a presidente para iti 2018-2020 babaen iti napalabas nga eleksion idi Hunio 5, 2018 iti Susannah Wesley Community Center.

Ni Yamamoto ti umuna a babai a mangidaulo ti ISAH kalpasan dagiti immuna a nagpresidente  sipud pay nabangon idi Pebrero 27, 1977, kas kada: Atty Peter Aduja [Vigan]; John Quiocho [Caoayan-Narvacan]; Mario Albalos [Vigan]; Dr. Sid Villafuerte [Sto Domingo]; Peping Billena [Caoayan-Santa]; Rey Custodio [Candon]; Ben Cabreros [Narvacan], Julio Quiocho, Jr. [Caoayan]; Danny Villaruz [Santa] kapautan a president 2001-2018.

Agdama a bise presidente ti Vigan Assn of Hawaii & Associates ni Yamamoto; nag-OFCC ken secretary; nag-runner-up iti Mrs. ISAH 2008, ken aktibo iti komunidad. Tubo iti Vigan City, maikatlo a tubo ti Vigan a mangidaulo iti ISAH.

Dagiti dadduma a nabotosan iti nasao nga eleksion nga inturong ni Amado Yoro, ken kakaduana, isu da: Ben Cabreros, [Narvacan], umuna a bise; Davelyn Quijano [Sinait], maikadua a bise.; recording secretary, Josefina Degamo Takamoto; corresponding secretary, Nena Empleo; treasurer, Lina Mercado; asst. treasurer, Tessie Teresita Fallet Aganon; Alice Castaneda, auditor; assistant auditor Myrna Peralta; PRO Heidie Agbulos, Emelyn Damo

sergeant at arms: Art Abinsay, Jaime Dalit, Roman Saupan, Tom Quintos, Jun Abalos

Ni Rep. Romy Cachola ti namagsapata kadakuada apaman a naammuan ti resulta ti eleksion.

Dagiti mangbukel ti hunta derektiba a pakairamanan dagiti president ti unit member organizations: Danny Villaruz, the Immediate past president/Adviser; Gus Concepcion, Annak Ti Sinait Iti Hawaii; Myrna Peralta, Cabugao Sons & Daughters Assn of Hawaii; Alice Castaneda, San Juan Lapog Assn of Hawaii; Tessie Aganon, Vigan Assn of Hawaii & Associates; Jenny Quezon, Annac Ti Caoayan 2002; Antonio Nartatez, Jr, Santanians Assn of Hawaii-USA; Louie Funtanilla, Narvacan Assn of Hawaii; Lety Dalit, Santa Marians of Hawaii; Thomas Quintos, Santiaguenians Assn of Hawaii; Romulo Basuel, Sinait National High School Alumni Assn of Hawaii; Imelda Ulangca Formoso, Magsingal Assn of Hawaii-unable to attend;  Helen Grace Go, Candonians of Hawaii-unable to attend.

Advisers: Felipe P. Abinsay, Jr., Rep. Romy Cachola,  Maria Etrata; Louie Funtanilla,  Rose Mendoza, Al Sabangan; Dr. Charlie Y. Sonido, Carlito Soria; Amado Yoro.

Election committee members: Amado Yoro, chairperson; Al Sabangan, Ben Cabreros, Art Abinsay, Rose Sabangan, co- chairpersons; Emmie Villaruz, Alice Castaneda, and Lina Mercado, members.

Maangay ti re-affirmation ken panagsapata  dagitoy nga opisiales intono Nobiembre 23, 2018 idiay Ala Moana Hotel.

Ilocos Norte DepEd reshuffles execs

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAOG CITY—The Ilocos Norte schools supervisors and principals will undergo reshuffling effective August 1., 2018

Ilocos Norte schools division superintendent Vilma Eda said reshuffling is “good as it provides school heads the opportunity to share their home-grown expertise to other schools”.

Under a Department order, it states that school heads in the province who have served five years in their assigned school must move out to also serve in other schools.

“When you go out of your comfort zone, the more that you will be trained and developed other competencies for the betterment of schools,” said Mrs. Eda in a press conference held at the division office.

According to Ms. Eda, reshuffling is also a way of sharing management skills and applying good practices when one is exposed to different areas. Among these include improvement the physical conditions of the school and development of better relationships with the community.

While there are some who refuse to leave their schools after introducing so many improvements which are dear to them, Ms. Eda reiterated it is the department’s mandate to promote efficient and effective services and one way of doing so is to implement reshuffling.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Ilocos Norte dad pushes anti-littering ordinance

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—To intensify the campaign on proper waste disposal, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is urging concerned local government units from the provincial, municipal and barangay levels to support the proposed “Ilocos Norte Anti-Littering Ordinance.”

Sponsored by senior SP member Matthew Joseph M. Manotoc, he expects the simultaneous implementation of anti-littering campaigns in the 21 towns and two cities of the province to send a strong signal to the public that Ilocos Norte means business.

“We need to standardize because we don’t want any garbage scattered elsewhere,” said Mr. Manotoc following the conduct of a public hearing held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan session hall.

Long before the passage of the provincial ordinance, Brgy. Sungadan (Paoay) chairperson Efren Valdez said his constituents are already practicing proper waste disposal.

Mr. Valdez, however noted that there are some erring public transport buses with toilet which are allegedly flushing dirt along the national highway.

During the rainy season, several water canals in the city are flooded due to clogged plastic wastes.

In view of this, the local chief executives shall deputize apprehending officers other than police officers in the barangays to implement said ordinance.

Under the proposed ordinance, the throwing, littering and disposing of garbage or waste matter in public places and other areas not duly designated as disposal sites shall be fined between PHP500 to PHP1,500 in addition to rendering community service.

At the barangay levels, the ordinance also encourages concerned local authorities to have their own materials recovery facility where villagers can put their garbage ready for pick up by garbage collectors.

Vatican grants Ilocos Norte its 1st IP priest

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—The Catholic Church ordained a 29-year-old deacon on July 31, 2018 in his home-parish of Saint Gabriel in Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte.

The first mass of Rev. Metchell Valdepeña was at 3:pm after his presbyterial ordination in the morning.

For the Diocese of Laoag led by Bishop Renato Mayugba, parishioners said they are “excited and thankful for the rare privilege granted” by the Vatican to a deacon. This refers to a special plenary indulgence, the Vaticans Apostolic Penitentiary granted to whoever attends his first mass.

The decree was signed on June 28, 2018, in the name and authority of Pope Francis, by His Eminence, Mauro Cardinal Piacenza, the Major Penitentiary.

The decree mandates that whoever attends the first mass of Fr. Valdepeña shall receive a special plenary indulgence.

For a devout Catholic like Rommel Sagucio, he said “A plenary indulgence is believed to remove all the temporal punishment due for sins already forgiven.” 

This is a special privilege the Apostolic Penitentiary accords to deacons who request for such privilege.

For his part, Fr. Valdepeña said he is grateful for receiving the privilege. He likewise expressed gratitude to Bishop Mayugba “for his full support and fatherly concern to him and his fellow members of the Clergy.”

Oplan Linis Piitan

The K-9 unit of the BJMPRO-I and PDEA regional office I conducted a surprise and massive “greyhound operation” in all the dormitories of the Laoag City jail on July 31, 2018. The operation aims to totally eradicate any contraband inside the jail facility. Jail warden Herminigildo Rivera said this is in line with the thrust of the jail bureau of drug-free jail facilities nationwide. The operation did not yield any illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, communication devices, firearms and other contraband materials. (Doms dela Cruz)

Region I PNP relieves 13 police chiefs

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—The Philippine National Police (PNP) Region I office sacked 13 police chiefs in the region for poor performance in the anti-illegal drugs campaign.

Region I police director P/Chief Supt. Romulo E Sapitula said the 13 police chiefs “failed to pass their monthly evaluation rating”.

While visiting the different police stations in Region 1, Mr. Sapitula has reminded the police to perform well and double their efforts in the fight against illegal drugs.

“As head of office, it is your responsibility to improve crime clearance and efficiency in the locality,” Mr. Sapitula said.

In Ilocos Norte, Mr. Sapitula relieved the police chiefs in Batac City, Pinili and Nueva Era and Carasi effective July 31. He also relieved nine others, including the police chiefs in Candon, Narvacan, Santa, Alilem, Salcedo and Sugpon in Ilocos Sur; and Santol, San Gabriel and Burgos in La Union.

The PNP Regional Office said they have reassigned the relieved officers as checkpoint supervisors.

In the meantime, the regional office appointed the deputy chiefs in the said police stations as officers-in-charge.

In view of the recent typhoon that contributed to heavy damages in Pangasinan, the regional office gave the said provincial police office an additional one week to improve their performance.

“A way to ensure that the organization is working well is to see to it that the heads of units and offices are capable of doing the same,” said Mr. Sapitula as he pointed out the PNP have set standards to continuously improve the performance of police officers in Region 1.

“We will not tolerate any act of laxity and incompetence with our mandate,’’ he underscored.

During his recent State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo R. Duterte, pointed out that the war against illegal drugs is far from over despite criticisms from human rights advocates.

Under the Duterte administration, the Philippine National Police reported over 102,000 anti-drug operations were conducted during the first two years of the Philippine drug war. A total of 147,000 drug personalities were arrested, while PHP14.66 billion worth of prohibited drugs were seized.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Ilocos Norte peace, drug councils meet for 2nd quarter report

By Bernard Ver

LAOAG CITY—The Provincial Peace and Order Council and Anti-Drug Abuse Council held a joint meeting for the second quarter review at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Session Hall.

Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Eugenio Angelo M. Barba presided over the conference in lieu of Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos.

The Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO), with P/Senior Superintendent Cesar R. Pasiwen leading, presented updated data of illegal drugs-cleared municipalities which includes Marcos, Carasi, Dumalneg, Adams, Burgos, Currimao, Banna, Vintar and Piddig, and a total of 518 barangays out of the 559 barangays in the province.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) represented by agent Lanibelle C. Ancheta said that from April 1 to June 30, 2018, they seized a total of 4.9758 grams of shabu and 7.0996 grams marijuana.

The Philippine Army’s 702nd Brigade, through Lt. Col. Jearie Boy Familian, reported the significant reduction of the New People’s Army rebels’ strength, including the Kilusang Guerilla in terms of firepower and manpower and their movements in the province of Abra, a neighboring province.

In the forum, SP member Atty. DaVinci Crisostomo ordered the Provincial DILG officer Engr. Samuel Borja to prepare program of works for the PPOC and PADAC. The council has funded approximately PHP10 million for projects and programs in-line with the objectives of the two councils.

Also in attendance were top military and police officials in the province as well as from various government agencies.


Ni Amado I. Yoro
Ewa, Hawaii

Adda anniniwan ditoy
ditoy kadaratan mapukawda met laeng
kas kadagitoy a tugot, saanda nga agtalinaed ditoy
saanda a taga ditoy
ganggannaetda iti apagdarikmat
iti panagmaymaysa
a panagbirok iti kinaasino
iti lansad ti barukong adda ulimek iti kararua
dagiti dalluyon a dumuprak ken maburak
denggen ti kanta ti angin
saan nga agtalinaed ti dalluyon iti kadaratan agsublisublida a kas met iti anniniwan a
lemmesen ti dalluyon
punasen ti dalluyon dagiti tugot iti kadaratan
awanan nagan a pakasaritaan
inton agtabon ti init
agtabonto metten ti anniniwan
iti awan naganna nga ipapanaw..


Laoag City receives 2 farm equipment grants from DA

Laoag Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas speaks during the turnover ceremony of the farm equipment from the Dept. of Agriculture. (Doms dela Cruz)

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Laoag City – Mayor Chevylle V. Farinas thanked the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the two farm equipment grants for two rural barangays in the city.

The Sta. Rosa Farmers Association of Barangay 39 Sta Rosa received a recirculating dryer worth PHP3.4 million; and a solar-powered irrigation farm facility worth PHP650,000 for the Bacsil South Farmers Association of Barangay Bacsil South.

These two grants were launched and blessed in the turned over ceremonies on August 1, 2018 under the Corn Banner Program and High Value Crops Program of the Department of Agriculture.

Mrs. Fariñas said the barangay’s equity is the location and housing of said equipment for its protection.

Importante daytoy nga equipment ta inna pamagaan dagiti produkto iti talon a saan ketdi a maiyur-uray iti kaadda ti init aglalo iti tiempo iti pinagtutudo”, the mayor said.

She added: “Panawenen tapnu arakupen tayo iti pannakapabaro ken panagbalbaliw kadagiti tradisyonal wennu kannawidan nga aramid ken kagamitan iti panagtalon.”.

The solar-powered irrigation facility helps generate and produce water to augment water coming from shallow tube wells.

Mrs. Fariñas said this facility can provide water for at least 3 to 5 hectares of farms.

The mayor said she believes the DA grants will help alleviate the farmers’ lives towards modern farming.

New IN ABC prexy vows support to Marcos admin

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—The newly-elected Provincial Federated President of the Association of Barangay Council in Ilocos Norte has vowed support to the current projects and programs of the Ilocos Norte government led by Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa Marcos.

San Lorenzo village Chief Elmer Faylogna of Bangui town secured his seat as ex-officio provincial board member of the 10th Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) on Monday afternoon as he run unopposed as ABC Federated President in the province.

Mr. Faylogna is an engineer-contractor of various infrastructure projects in the province. He is also on his third and final term as Barangay Chairman of San Lorenzo in Bangui town.

After the ABC Ilocos Norte Chapter election, Mr. Faylogna immediately took his oath and replaced former ex-officio board member Paulino Baltazar, also a civil engineer from Sarrat town.

The newly-minted board member said, “I will do my best to fulfill my duty as the newly-elected ABC Federated President and to serve my constituents in the entire province.”

During a privilege speech at the SP session hall, Mr. Faylogna expressed gratitude to Governor Marcos and to all members of the SP for their trust and confidence to lead the village chairmen association from the 21 towns and two cities of the province.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

‘Starbooks’ now accessible for more Ilocos Norte learners

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—The Department of Science and Technology continuously reaches out to more learners in the province with a better access to various information even without internet connection.

Joven Viernes, DOST provincial director based in Batac City said they have turned over at least one unit of Starbooks (Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station) to the provincial library located at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena.

As the first Philippine science digital library of the DOST, provincial library users can now access it anytime.

“The stand-alone onsite research kiosk provides free science and technology (S&T) information for academic and livelihood use even without internet connection,” said Ms. Viernes.

Specifically, the kiosk contains thousands of digitized scientific information sourced-out from local and foreign linkages, subscription, archive collections, and in-house publications contained at the DOSTs Science Information Network.

It also features science and technology information on food and nutrition, health and medicine, emerging technologies, energy, environment, appropriate livelihood technologies, investigatory projects and theses in different fields that exist in the country. These are accessible in various formats with text, video and audio.

Aside from the provincial library, at least 11 units were also distributed to selected schools in the province.

Ilocos Norte set to host 2018 Milo Marathon nat’l finals

Laoag City—The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through the Ilocos Norte Sports and Development Council (INSPDC) has begun preparations for the 42nd Milo Marathon-National Finals, which will take place in Laoag City on December 9, 2018.

Sports consultant Faivo Bartolome said the province is continuously preparing to ensure the smooth flow of the said event.

Nakahanda na ang rota para sa darating na marathon. Ang dapat na lang napagtuunan ng pansin ay kung paano yung magagawang coordination,” he stated.

A total of 12,000 visitors are expected to come for the marathon’s national finals. With this, the INSDPC are coordinating with local hotels to ensure that there is enough accommodation for the expected participants.

Mr. Bartolome remains hopeful for a successful and flawless national final as the province had already hosted for a leg of the Milo marathon last year.

“Our province competed with many cities just to hold this kind of event. Luckily, we were given the privilege. Naranasan na nating mag-host and they appreciate naman kung paano tayo nag-organize noon. For sure, we can do it again. Kaya nating mag-host ulit,” he added.

The Milo Marathon is considered as the biggest, grandest, and most prestigious running event in the country. It serves as an avenue for local runners to be scouted, discovered, and chosen to represent the country internationally. (Jesslyn Keith Valite)

SK Ilocos Norte prexy assumes prov’l board seat

Laoag City—Newly elected Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federated President Rafael Salvador Chua Medina assumed his seat as the newest ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP).

The board later gave him the chairpersonship of the Committee on Youth and Sports during the 93rd SP Regular Session on July 16, 2018.

As the representative for the youth at the SP, he guaranteed that he will always support advocacies that will develop the youth for a better future.

On youth involvement with illegal drugs, he wants to “[H]elp them realize that there is no good that comes from using drugs. Wala tayong makukuha diyan. Pwede pa ngang ika-baliw iyan. Sa mga kabataang nakagamit na ng drugs, we will seek the help of the Department of Health (DOH) for their rehabilitation and conduct seminars," adding that after their rehabilitation period, "Bigyan natin sila ng livelihood projects, nang pagkakaabalahan nila para hindi na sila bumalik sa maling landas."

Furthermore, he desires to address issues of mental health such as depression, suicide, and problems faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community.

He proposes that at least one SK kagawad per barangay should take on the role of peer counselor, to assure the youth that they always have someone whom they can talk to and who will willingly listen to them if they have problems. They need to be reminded of the importance of life, Medina said.

He further pointed out the importance of mental health among for men, citing “[A]ng mga babae, very open sila sa ibang babae, pero sa lalaki kasi, mas kinikimkim nila hanggang hindi na nila makaya. Doon nati-trigger ang suicide."

In addition, Mr. Medina emphasized the need for proper use of social media. He said that the youth must realize the gravity of bullying and cyber-bullying, which are also factors in mental health, as well as the criminal liability of such acts.

He ended, "We must enforce the law properly. Education of the law ang dapat nating gawin para madisiplina ang ating bayan."

Mr. Medina is a young entrepreneur from Brgy. Valdez in Batac City.

He is the nephew of Batac Mayor Albert D. Chua and former provincial administrator Atty. Wendell D. Chua.

He graduated with a BS hotel and restaurant management degree and he’s currently managing a restaurant with three branches. (Stiffany Glydel Acacia and Ray Mark Paul C. Matias)

DepEd oks Batac school’s double shift classes

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Batac City—The Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office temporarily approved the double shifting of classes of the City of Batac National High School (CBNHS) Poblacion Campus.

The first shift will be from 6 am to 12 noon, while the second shift starts at 12 noon until 6 pm.

Batac schools division superintendent Joanne A. Corpuz made the announcement.

She said the double shift was necessary due to the high number of enrollees in the said school.

Records show that CBNHS poblacion campus had an abrupt increase of 149 junior high school enrollees for SY 2018-2019, compared to only 85 students last school year.

To solve the problem on classrooms shortage, the DepEd regional office considered the double shifting of classes until the availability of classrooms.

Ms. Corpuz said the school has now a buildable space for 12 classrooms and the construction will start soon as DepEd considers it as a “priority project”.

For the first shift from 6 am to 12 noon, students from the grade 7 together with the special program in the arts and special science until 2 pm while the second shift from 12 noon to 6 pm are the students from the Grades 8 to 10. There are 20 classes each in the morning and afternoon.

Ms. Corpuz said they conducted a general assembly meeting and a series of consultations with all the parents, and they also sent the matter to the local government unit for information dissemination to the tricycle associations on the needs of students and teachers’ available transportation.

On July 6,2018, they held a dry run of the said double shifting and found out it to be effective with the help and cooperation of the tricycle transportation and the police for the peace and order situation.

Mr. Corpuz said the full implementation started on July 9, 2018.

With the implementation, Ms. Corpuz said the students and parents found it beneficial because they have more time to help their families as they only go to school for a half a day only.

Tapnu kanu makatulong pay dagitoy ubbing iti balbalay da ta half day laengen iti klase da ken basbassit payen iti gastos dagiti nagannak ta imbes a mamintallo iti ipabalun dan gapu iti mirienda iti bigat, pangaldaw ken mirienda manen iti malem, itan ket mirienda laengen iti bigat wennu iti malem ta managan da met pangaldaw idiay balbalay dan,” Ms. Corpuz said.

School records also show that there are also students here from the different municipalities, including 41 from Currimao, 35 from Paoay, seven from Pinili and one from Laoag City.

Meanwhile, Batac DepEd official Nemalyn Ulep announced that the City of Batac National High School (CBNHS)-Rayuray formally opened this SY 2018-2019 with 35 Grade 7 students.

Ms. Ulep said the newly opened school borrowed four teachers from the different schools in Batac.

The school temporarily occupies a building at Rayuray Elementary School while waiting for the construction of a four-classroom building which completion is scheduled on the third quarter of this year.

The CBNHS Rayuray was conceived in 2014 through Guilermo Quemquem and the five neighboring barangays: Nagbacalan, Camandingan, Baoa West, Baoa East and Palompong.

This is to solve the issue of elementary graduates who could hardly afford to travel and study at the poblacion for secondary level.

Former city DepEd superintendent and now the provincial schools superintendent Vilma Eda presented the proposal to the city council. She earlier proposed for the creation of Baoa Integrated School but said concept failed to materialize.

With the desire of former Batac Mayor Jeffrey Nalupta for the creation of high school in the area, a resolution from the city council was approved for the conduct of feasibility study.

The city government supported the outcome of the study through a resolution for the establishment of CBNHS Rayuray and that the city government appropriated funds for the acquisition of lot for the construction of school building.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Ilocos Norte gov’t equips public schools with laptops, projectors, TV sets

SP member Matthew Manotoc and other Ilocos Norte officials distribute laptops, projectors and television sets to various Ilocos Norte primary schools. (Photos courtesy of CMO)

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Some 245 primary schools in the province became the latest recipients of 118 laptops, 100 projectors and 181 Smart LED television sets courtesy of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte.

Funded under the Special Education Fund of the province, provincial government officials distributed the school equipment on August 30, 2018 in time for the management committee meeting and oath-taking of the new set of officers of the School Division of Ilocos Norte Federated Parents Teachers Association with Sangguniang Panlalawigan senior member Matthew Joseph M. Manotoc as inducting officer.

In his speech, Mr. Manotoc expressed gratitude to the parent-representatives and to the teaching and non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education Ilocos Norte for their effective and efficient service to the children of the province.

“On behalf of the provincial government, I thank you all for the great service you do for our community and school. Education in Ilocos Norte is in good hands because of the things you do,” Mr. Manotoc said.

Under the new set of guidelines in the SEF tax utilization, the Ilocos Norte government continues to distribute projects related to early childhood development and sports facilities for both elementary and high school.

Among the first lucky beneficiaries of state-of-the art school equipment for this year include the Peralta Elementary School in Dingras, Santa Rosa Elementary School in Sarrat and the Evangelista Elementary School in Paoay.

With Ilocos Norte’s average annual growth of 30 percent, the Provincial Development Council reported a significant increase in its collection of special education fund tax from PHP130 million in 2017 to more than Php 222 million, this year.

Other projects funded under the SEF in previous years include the construction of more Day Care Centers, laboratory schools, comfort rooms and establishment of three-generation playgrounds in public parks.

Text message asks Laoag City dads to legalize gambling in wakes

By Bernard Ver

LAOAG CITY—A text message from a Laoag resident has asked the Sangguniang Panlungsod here to consider gambling in wakes.

The text message, with the sender not identified, specifically asked for the council to legalize mahjong during wakes.

The text was forwarded to Laoag Vice Mayor Franklin Respicio; who then endorsed it Laoag councilor Handy Lao, who chairs the council’s committee on games and amusement.

Mr. Lao said they will study it further but stressed that Presidential Decree 1602, or the Philippine Gambling Laws, will serve as their guide.

The said law states that the operation of gambling like 'Mahjong' as an example in P.D. 1602 section 1 paragraph (a); will be considered illegal if wagers or bet is consisting of money, articles of value or representative of value are at stake or made.

Gambling in wakes is ingrained in the Filipino culture; however, it has also lately become an avenue for some people to take advantage of it.

The so-called “Atong King” or “Atong Queen” provides free caskets and burial for the dead. In exchange, they take over gambling operations during the wake’s duration. They also ask for the wake’s extension if they have yet to recoup their investments.

These freebies became helpful for the dead’s family, especially to those who cannot afford decent caskets and burials.