Monday, December 24, 2018

SSS cracks down on erring Laoag City employers

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Laoag City—The Social Security System (SSS) intensified its campaign against erring employers in the city in line with the 8th Regional leg of the Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE).

SSS president and chief executive officer Emmanuel F. Dooc, along with other SSS officials, personally visited some reported delinquent establishments and employers in the city to instill awareness of their obligations under Republic Act   8282 otherwise known as the Social Security Law.

Ang RACE ay nakatuon sa mga employers na hindi tumutupad sa kanilang mga obligasyon para mabigyan ng social security protection ang mga mangagawang Pilipino sa pribadong sektor,” Mr. Dooc said.

He stressed that this is also to educate employers to become responsible through full compliance to the Social Security Law and focus this strategy in order to create a significant impact on contribution collection.

Under the said law, employers should be registered with SSS on the first day of their operation of business and report their employees within 30 days from their first day of work.

Employers should also submit their employee records to the SSS account officer for payroll audit and pay their employees contributions regularly.

Mr. Dooc said that the task force has gone to the different parts of the country to strictly implement the RACE campaign.

Puwede namin silang kasuhan sapagkat yan ay kriminal na gawain kasi nasa batas yan na maaaring ang kaukulang parusa ay anim na taon hanggang labindalawang taon na pagkakakulong,” he added.

The SSS gave visited establishments 15 days to settle based on the “show cause” order which indicates that the agency have conducted a preliminary inspection and which is displayed in front of the establishments.

Failure to comply shall subject the violator to criminal prosecution and upon conviction, a penalty of up to 12 years imprisonment without the benefit of probation.

Records show that the “show cause” orders were posted at Asia One General Merchandise, Silver Touch Flower Shop, Madrid’s Sari-Sari Store and Vegetable, Epoh’s Eatery, Xegent Net Solutions, and C&M Aluminum and Glass Supply due to non-remittance of SSS contributions with a total delinquency of P803,928.41.

In addition, Khay Kiddie Blocks and Kiddie Riders received the same notice as they failed to register their business with the SSS while Synergy Global Services also abandoned their duty to produce their employee records for payroll audit and with no remittance of contributions that resulted to a delinquency of P348,168.41.

Queen Solah Pasion Palaraoan


A Damilian, born in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, aka “Siudad Ti Banga” or paglakuan ti daga nga awan ti titulona; a St. Paulian as an active member of St. Paul’s Church of Honolulu under the stewardship of Rev. Canon Randolph VN Albano, vicar, a native of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.
Solah won the title of Mrs. St. Paul’s Church as part of the 59th anniversary celebration of the church organized in August 1959.

“My goal is to win the title; and to help the church,” Solah said this before and during the canvassing on July 7, 2018. And it was done; her dream came true.

Solah with her Royal Court Princess Trinity Gabriel Cabigon and Princess Jannette Agustin were crowned during the coronation was held at the Hawaii Okinawa Center on August 26, 2018. Also part of the program was the awarding of the 5 Bishop’s Awardees 2018: Carlos Viernes, Nenita Agbayani, Phyllis Miller, Paul Cyrus Adapon and Danilo Duldulao.

The well attended program with about 500 guests was emceed by Dwayne Bueno. Singing the national anthems by the Coro Filipino. Invocation by Rev. Canon Albano followed welcome address by Bishop’s Warden Fay De Jesus.

Keynote speaker was Rev. Canon David Kennedy a longtime church leader in Episcopal Hawaii Diocese.

Family award was given to Mr. and Mrs. Marcelino and Eliza Marquez.

Acknowledgment was given by Junior Warden Maribel Duldulao.

The 59th Anniversary Celebration Planning and Steering Committee comprised of the Bishop Committee members: Fay De Jesus, Maribel Duldulao, Dwayne Bueno, Marcelo Acopan, Jr. Nenita Agbayani, Julie Aguinaldo, Felonila Casino, Lanie Dela Cruz, Julie Dureg, Fely Mariano, Phyllis Miller, Lolita Peralta, the 3 legs: WOSP, Phyllis Miller, president, LOSP, Marcelo Acopan, Jr, president;  YOSP, Eugene Tunac Marquez, president, BASP Emma Valdez, Eddie Agullana, Albina Gamponia and  Amado Yoro, a former Bishop’s Warden and now Vice Chair for the Board of Advisers served a general chairperson and co-chaired by Fay De Jesus and Maribel Duldulao.

Queen Solah Pasion Palaroan and her king Adelino (“Lino”) Acierto Palaroan have long been faithful and constant servants of St. Paul’s Church. Married in the church on December 6th 1986 by the late Father Timoteo Quintero.

Solah and Lino celebrated their 31 years of marriage. All baptized in the church, daughters Ashley Anne (29) and Alyssa Lynne (21), along with grandchildren Rylee Anne and Aysten Rane, share Solah and Lino’s faith in the Lord within the St. Paul’s community.

Who is Solah
At St. Paul’s Church, Solah and Lino are active participants in fundraising; she is one of the lay readers, and Lino as officer of Laymen of St. Paul’s [LOSP].

Solah was born on December 8th, 1963 to Venancia Duldulao and Conrado Pasion in San Pablo, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Solah is the youngest daughter of eight siblings. She attended Bingao Elementary School before immigrating to Hawai’i on September 23rd 1973 with sister Erlinda and brother Joe.

Solah is an alumnus of Likelike Elementary School, Central Intermediate, and McKinley High School.  Prior to graduating from McKinley, Solah diligently held jobs both at the Bank of Hawai’i during the week and on weekends at Chunky’s Drive Inn.

Solah developed a loyal career with the Bank of Hawai’i where she was offered positions with their Credit Department and Student Loan Center. After taking additional course work, Solah earned an Executive Secretary position at the bank’s Facilities Department. In 2002, she transitioned to Heide & Cook for two years. Solah currently takes pride in her career at Island Controls, Inc. as Office Manager/Notary Public and Partner, and appreciates the support and camaraderie they have offered her and her family in her tenure.

Family Matters!
Solah believes that faith and a strong family bond are important! She and her family keep a weekly dinner outing to catch up and support each other. They enjoy traveling together and strive to schedule yearly adventure trips. This fun-loving woman loves to entertain and regularly (and spontaneously) opens her home to family and community members. She can often be found bouncing between whipping up delicious dishes in the kitchen, the dance floor, and chatting with guests! She, and her husband Lino are proud members of the San Nicolas Goodwill Foundation, Inc. (Damilians) where Solah currently holds the office of President.

Nothing makes Solah happier than being a great wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend! As a dedicated lay-reader within the church community, Solah’s biggest hope is to continue her service and fellowship with others in and outside of the St. Paul’s community for years to come!

No Maugotanen Ti Daga iti Asin 2

No Maugotanen Ti Daga iti Asin
Amado Yoro
Senario Dos:panagsursuro ken pannakatubay

Inayatdaka kas tarabay ken sanggir
dagiti nabangon a rangtay a kamang
ti ungto ti bullalayaw iti panagsukisok
iti karaberan dagiti nabunga nga ubas
dagiti natubbog ken nasam-it
nga unas ken pinia
uray iti panagkallautang
iti ibabangon kas kadagiti mapaamo a karnero
Dagiti mapaamo nga urbon a sumrek iti koral
Imasenda ti makapagsepsep iti asin
Iti daga ket kunnotenda ti mungay
Iti panagsursuro ken pannakatubay
Ngem anian, anian dagiti gundaway
Ti anag ti asin napukawen kas iti nagpsepsepan
Dagiti immuna a nagtagi-aklo main-inutdan
A maipaigid ti dalan
Iti panagmaymaysada malnaawandan
Nga agkutkutimermer
Iti pannakabaybay-a
Ken pannakaipusing
Ta awanen ti anag ti asin
A nagkunnotan
Dagiti kattungbol a parmata
Iti panagsursuro nga umaskaw
Kadagiti dalan iti kasamekan
ta nanglaylayen ti sabong nga ukkor
dagiti kassangpet
naibasuradan iti igid iti ngilngilawen a
karinderia ken abong-abong
iti tugpatugpa a nagturogan toy agsansana
iti darugsoy ti awan ti patinggana
a panagarubos ti ling-et
iti darang ti anawang
iti sidiran ti kalapaw
a nalipatandan ti ridawna
ket tugotda pinunas ti atab
ken dalluyon dagiti panaginkukuna
ti panawen
ti damsak
ti ugot
ti atab
dagiti makiraos
nga ipisok iti banga
dagiti makarudkod nga ittip
iti panagintutleng ken
iti nalikudan
ditoy, saanto nga agkir-in
ti kinaasino ni agsansana
ta isunto latta daydi immuna
a nagkurob iti karaang iti igid
daytoy a sangkakelleng a kadaratan
dagiti masagat a danum a
maisaang iti siliasi ken sinublan
asin no asin; tinapay no tinapay
kastoy ti kinapudno: adda rugi
adda puon, adda kalman
adda agdama, adda sumaruno a bigat.

No Maugotanen Ti Daga iti Asin

Setiembre 3, 2018 Labor Day
Amado Yoro
Senario Uno:  panangrugi ti panagsana

Ala, anusam Angkuan Deppa
Kutkotem ti kadaratan igid ti sabangan
Mangimuntarka ti dalikan ken karaang
Isamiram latta a kuroban ti kadaratan
Pakaurnongan ti masagat a danum baybay
Itakom ti sudo wenno sabot ti niog
Yallatiwmo iti sinublan wenno siliasi
A paglutuan ti aramidentayo nga asin.
Kiwar, ala, kiwarem pay
Agburbureken ti nasagat a danum
Iti kinuroban a kadaratan
Kasta ti biagtayo nga agsansana iti
igid ti baybay iti sirok ti kalapaw
karuantayo ti agaramid ti asin
imbag la nga intayo imaro
iti kaarrubatayo a barbario
dagiti sitio ken purok
asin ti nabirtud a rekado
pakbet man, dinengdeng wenno inabraw
paimasenna la ketdi ti pammigat, pangaldaw
ken pangrabii man

Nabannog kadin dagiti agsansana iti sabangan
 awanen ti rangen ti anawang ken
karaangda nga agpaburek iti nasagat a danum
nabannogda kadin kadagiti panagpuyat
iti kaltaang ti rabii

Natamnayen dagiti lutuenda a pinakbet ti kinakisang ti asin iti sagumbida
insaluketdan dagiti aklo iti kamalig;
napakleb kadin dagiti sinublan ken siliasi

iti suli ti abong abong- adda mangeg nga urok
nabannogan a nagkiwar iti pannakasisi
dagiti arig kristal nga asin

piman ni agsansana
impaklebda payen ti alludan ken bigao
iti laem ti abong abong
awandan iti dalan a mapan makimaro
iti kaarruba a barangay
iti inggudua, kaka; insubor, kabsat
uray bagas, nateng, mabalinen a kasukat ti asin.
(adda tuloyna)

Monday, December 10, 2018

Power company donates 15 laptops for Ilocos Norte public schools

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—The Lopez-led Energy Development Corporation (EDC) based in Burgos, Ilocos Norte donated at least 15 brand new units of laptop computer to several schools in the province hardly hit typhoon Mangkhut [Ompong].

Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Mariano “Nonong” V. Marcos II, who received the donation from the wind power company said it is a good start for several schools in the province with damaged computers.

Over a hundred students at the Bingao National High School are attending their classes at the covered court while there is an on-going repair at the newly-constructed Senior High School Building 2.

Marilou Pasalo, BNHS officer-in-charge reported, that the second floor of the building which was just constructed last year was affected with 42 computer units destroyed at the height of typhoon Mangkhut when strong winds blew away its roofing and smashed its glass windows.

Earlier, provincial officials here led by Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos called on big firms in the province to extend assistance to typhoon victims so they could immediately cope up after the calamity.

Ms. Marcos reported they also requested established call center companies in the province to just donate their used computers to schools as these companies regularly replenish their computers every two to three years.

Based on data from the Department of Education-Ilocos Norte, about PHP21 million worth of damages were recorded in public schools which include a total of 43 schools with major and minor damages, 145 computer sets destroyed, 388 learning materials and 20 pieces of school furniture.

Laoag City council passes measure that bans contrabands at city jail

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Laoag City—In a move to further shore up Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte’s “war on drugs,” the Sangguniang Panlungsod here passed an ordinance that prohibits the entry of illegal drugs and paraphernalia; firearms and ammunitions; bladed weapons; cellular phones and similar devices for communication; cigarettes, tobaccos and electric cigarettes; and liquor and other intoxicating beverages on October 22, 2018.

The prohibition ordinance carries penalties for violators.

Laoag councilor Roger John C. Fariñas, principal author of the ordinance, said violators of the ordinance concerning illegal drugs and deadly weapons face a six-month imprisonment, a one-year ban from the penal institution and a PHP5,000 fine for first-time offenders. Succeeding violations carry a PHP5,000 ban, one-year imprisonment and lifetime ban from entering the jail premises.

On the other hand, persons caught smuggling cellular phones and similar devices used for communication, cigarettes or tobaccos, electronic cigarettes and liquor or other forms of intoxicating beverages face a fine of PHP5,000 and a one-month ban at the penal institution; and PHP5,000 plus one-year ban at the penal institution for the first and second offenses, respectively.

While a fine of PHP5,000.00 and a lifetime ban at the BJMP will be imposed for the third offense.

Mr. Farinas explained that the enactment of this ordinance “maintains peace and order situation and in order to prevent and suppress lawlessness, disorder, riot, violence, rebellion or sedition at the city jail”.

The measure also strengthens and empowers the BJMP to penalize the entry of said illegal contrabands and activities.

He stressed that prohibiting the entry of cellular phones and similar devices used for communication would prevent the inmates from coercing, intimidating, threatening complainants and witnesses or other forms of retaliation.

Reacting to this, city jail warden Herminigildo Rivera thanked the city council for the enactment of said ordinance.

PDIC to continue processing claims of Rural Bank of Luna (Apayao), Inc. depositors

The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) announced that depositors of the closed Rural Bank of Luna (Apayao), Inc. who have not filed their claims for deposit insurance may do so at the PDIC Public Assistance Center, 3rd Floor, SSS Bldg., 6782 Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino Street, Makati City until August 17, 2020. Claims may also be filed by mail.

When filing deposit insurance claims at the PDIC Public Assistance Center, depositors are required to submit directly to PDIC their original evidence of deposit and present one (1) valid photo-bearing ID with signature of the depositor. It is recommended, however, to bring at least two (2) valid IDs in case of discrepancies in signature. Depositors may also file their claims through mail and enclose their original evidence of deposit and photocopy of one (1) valid photo-bearing ID with signature together with a duly accomplished and notarized Claim Form which can be downloaded from the PDIC website, 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 Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) 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.

PDIC, as deposit insurer, requires personal data from depositors to be able to process their claims and protects these data in compliance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012.

Rural Bank of Luna (Apayao) was ordered closed by the Monetary Board through Resolution No. 1332.A dated August 16, 2018. It is a five-unit rural bank with Head Office located in San Isidro Sur, Luna, Apayao. Its four branches are Abulug, Alcala, Allacapan and Buguey, all in Cagayan, Cagayan Valley.

For more information, depositors may contact the Public Assistance Department at telephone numbers (02) 841-4630 to 31, or e-mail PDIC at Depositors outside Metro Manila may call the PDIC Toll Free Hotline at 1-800-1-888-7342 (PDIC). Inquiries may also be sent to the official PDIC Facebook account at

PCS celebrates 118th anniversary

Length of Service Award.  Assistant Secretary Presidential Communications Operations Officer Atty. Mitchel Kristian Ablan hands over a certificate of recognition to Genedine D. Jambaro, an employee of the provincial government during the 118th anniversary of the Philippine Service Commission held at the Laoag City Hall Auditorium. Mr. Ablan served as the guest of honor and speaker for the 1st district of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Norte vice Governor Angelo M. Barba (AM) for the second district. At least 900 government officials and employees were given certificates during the awarding ceremony. (Doms dela Cruz)

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Laoag City—In celebration of the 118th Philippine Civil Service (PCS) anniversary, at least 900 government officials and employees in the province of Ilocos Norte received a certificate of recognition for the “Length of Service Award” in a program held at the Laoag City Hall Auditorium on September 27, 2018.

PCS regional director Hedy Jose Lardizabal said the awarding was divided into two: the 2nd district in the morning; and first district in the afternoon to accommodate them all in an orderly fashion and to shorten the period of the awarding.

The award is given to all government officials and employees who rendered their services starting from 15 years and every 5 years thereafter.

Each of the awardees received a certificate of recognition though just a piece of paper, but it is a symbolic thing and the thought behind it, Mr. Lardizabal said.

He added that the “Length of Service Award” was based on the cumulative number of services he/she rendered regardless of the gap in services—cases in court whether suspension or dismissal—which is separate from the Loyalty Award which is also given by the local government units or agencies.

“Let’s say na-suspenso isuna iti three months, mabalin latta a makaawat iti Length of Service Award ngem ma-delay lang nukwa inggana na a maiserbi na didiay lackings na a three months”, Mr. Lardizabal explained.

The Loyalty Award includes cash incentives aside from the certificate of recognition.

He said that the “Length of Service” award encourages other government officials and employees to remain faithful and committed to their oath as public servants.

This is also one way to encourage them and to also as an example to others to follow their footsteps to remain loyal and committed to their jobs, he added.

Laoag Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas also congratulated to all the awardees for reaching milestones in their respective careers in the government service.

Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Eugenio Angelo M. Barba and Assistant Secretary Presidential Communications Operations Officer Mitchel Kristian Ablan were the guest of honor and speakers for the second and first districts respectively.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Imee eyes senate seat

Laoag City—Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos filed her certificate of candidacy for senator at the Commission on Elections office in Intramuros, Manila on October 16, 2018.

In filing her candidacy for the May 19, 2019 midterm elections, she said, “Naniniwala tayo na malaki ang maitutulong natin sa bansa sa usapin ng ekonomiya lalo na ngayon na halos walang patid ang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin. Inflation ang pangunahin nating problema sa kasalukuyan at nasasaktan lalo ang mahihirap dahilan sa 60% ng kanilang kita ay napupunta sa pagkain.”

Kaya naman ipinaglalaban ko ang agarang pagsuspindi sa VAT kahit isang taon lamang, para agad-agad na mapagaan ang bigat ng sobrang taas ng presyo ng petroleo at pagkain na nagpapahirap sa ating mga kababayan,” the governor added.

She also showcased Ilocos Norte as a proof of her public service after the province became one of the fastest and most efficient in reducing poverty rates in the whole country.

The governor said, they attained this even without any industrial or freeport zones as well as not hosting any big cities and being very far from Metro Manila.

Dadalhin ko ang tinig ng mga probinsya at kanayunan sa Senadobilang beteranong lider ng pamahalaang lokal, titiyakin ko na tutugunan ng ating mga batas ang mga kagyat na pangangailangan ng ating mga local na pamayanan sa kabuhayan, edukasyon at kalusugan na siyang mga susi ng kanilang paglaya sa kahirapan,” Ms. Marcos stressed.

Ms. Marcos served three terms as Ilocos Norte second district representative before serving another three term as Ilocos Norte governor. (MTE)

Laoag City police says kidnapping reports are ‘fake news’

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Laoag City—Police Chief Supt. Dominic Guerrero warned the public against believing several attempted kidnapping reports posted on social media recently.

He dubbed such social media posts as “fake news”.

He said all the alleged kidnapping reports are unverified and no alleged victim has reported such to the police.

In view of this, Mr. Guerrero appealed to the public to be more vigilant on the veracity of information and not to disinform and misinform anyone so as not to create panic and anxiety among citizens.

He vowed that the Laoag police will always be on top of these issues and matters specially for the safety and security of everyone in the city of Laoag.

Relative to this, the Laoag police issued anti kidnapping tips in order to avoid this kind of reports and these are: avoid same routines; screen and choose your personal staff; make friends with neighbors; secure your home; keep emergency numbers accessible; check house surroundings before leaving; avoid walking alone in isolated and dark areas; do not talk to strangers and avoid conspicuous and luxurious lifestyle like wearing expensive jewelries or displaying expensive gadgets.

The Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO) issued a press release also appealing to the public not to believe in such rumors that emanates from social media.

It stressed that Ilocos Norte is “generally peaceful with no reported incidents like kidnapping targeting students”.

The two police offices also asked anyone to immediately report suspicious activities to the nearest police station or call emergency hotline “911”.

Ilocos Norte gov't gives books to Dingras schools

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

Dingras, Ilocos Norte—Provincial officials want learners in the province to remember that reading books is sometimes better than relying on information from the internet.

Om October 12, 2018, the provincial government turned over at least 8,000 books featuring various subjects over to the 24 public elementary schools of this town.

Led by senior Sangguniang Panlalawigan Matthew Joseph M. Manotoc, chairperson of the committee on education, he said he hopes the distribution of more books for public schools in the province will develop children’s love for reading and learning.

Speaking at the Dingras West Central Elementary School, Mr. Manotoc challenged teachers and students to maximize the use of the reading and instructional materials.

 “In the age of computers and cellphones, I hope that the children will develop healthy and strong reading habits,” Mr. Manotoc said citing this is just the first step for students to learn the “extra mile”.

According to Mr. Manotoc, the distribution could have been made earlier in time for the opening of classes but the delivery of the items was delayed.

“It’s better late than never,” said Mr. Manotoc as he also informed them that the “Kuryente Mo, Sagot Mo” program of the provincial government continues to shoulder the electric utility bills of public schools in the province to help achieve universal free education among Filipinos.

Funder under Special Education Fund of the province, the Ilocos Norte government is distributing school equipment like computers, laptops, books and other instructional materials to boost the Ilocano youth’s global competitiveness.

The “Kuryente Mo, Sagot Ko” program covers the payment of electric bills of over 300 primary schools from the 21 towns and two cities of the province, which are receiving below PHP400,000 maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) annually.