Sunday, April 28, 2019

Darepdep: Maysa a Soneto

nagimnas a darepdepen dagiti banag
a kayat a pasudien ta ti tarigagay
a mapalugodan nga agbariw-as.

adu dagiti madalapusna iti langalang
adda baresbes a palalo't litnawna
a mangdepdep waw ni karayo.

adda rangkis a masapul a kalay-aten
agingga a magteng iti pantokna
anian a kinapintas ti aglawlaw;

maidarnap ti darepdep a kayat nga ikutan
nawada, awanen dagiti batbato ken gabat
nainayad a pannagna ti naannayas a darepdep.

sika ken siak nagtengtan iti kinaimnas
pateg ti dayaw a kinalikagumanta a magteng.

ni Elizabeth Madarang Raquel
Brgy 3, Laoag City

Dagupan tops 2019 R1AA anew

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff Reporter

LAOAG CITY—The Department of Education Schools Division of Dagupan City sustained its run as the grand champion in this year’s Region 1 Athletic Association meet held March 6 to 11, 2019 in this city.

Though there is no overall ranking for this year’s R1AA meet, the official medal tally results show Dagupan City received the most gold medal with a total of 87, 64 silver and 55 bronze.

This is followed by Pangasinan 2 whose delegates dominated archery, badminton, table tennis, volleyball and wushu. They took home 57 gold medals, 52 silver and 43 bronze while Ilocos Norte had a close finish of 56 gold medals, 39 silver and 61 bronze respectively.

Since the start of the sports competition, the Dagupan City powerhouse has displayed its might to defend its title from last year’s regional competition as it showed its best in arnis, boxing, swimming and aero-gymnastics competitions.

As champion, it will field most of the athletes who will represent Region 1 in the Palarong Pambansa in Davao City on April 2019.

Nominations for inspiring role models open in ‘The Many Faces of the Teacher’

The teacher portrays different roles to students—as parent, disciplinarian, sibling, friend, or an idol. These are the faces from whom inspiration can be drawn by the youth and help shape the character of students willing to learn.

Teachers, who have made a significant difference in the lives of students, deserve to be recognized. Bato Balani Foundation Inc. (BFFI), with the support of Diwa Learning Systems Inc. (Diwa) searches the nation afresh for exceptional teachers who have made outstanding contributions in their profession with “The Many Faces of the Teacher” program.

For 17 years, the program has celebrated educators who have molded the character and built the capabilities of future leaders. This 2019, “The Many Faces of the Teacher” continues its search to give Filipino teachers a bigger voice to be heard.

The search is open to educators of all ages who are actively teaching in private or public, elementary or secondary schools, colleges, and universities. The nominee must demonstrate exceptional performance in teaching; has employed creativity, innovation, and resourcefulness in teaching; and importantly, lives out his esteemed values in teaching, family, and personal life.

Nominees should also have a deep sense of nationalism and are committed to teaching for the benefit of the country and its people. He or she must be respected in the school and community, and is a role model for students, colleagues, and family. He or she must also be an active member of the community and be engaged in socio-civic activities.

The organizers evaluate the nominees based on their integrity and morality; relationship with students, colleagues, community members, and family; commitment and dedication to the teaching vocation; the strength of values/principles applied in teaching and personal life; and involvement in school and community activities.

Nominations from partner organizations, school associations, religious organizations, the Department of Education, as well as school heads, students, and teachers are accepted.

To nominate a candidate, download the form and the search mechanics at and send to, batobalanifoundation@gmail.comor at BBFI office, 6/F PDCP Bank Center, V.A. Rufino cor. Leviste Streets, Salcedo Village, 1227 Makati City.

Marcos widow substitutes for vice gov

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff Reporter

LAOAG CITY—Cecile Araneta-Marcos, the widow of the late Sangguniang Panlalawigan member and Ilocos Norte vice gubernatorial candidate Mariano ‘Nonong’ V. Marcos II, who died of cardiac arrest last month is substituting in for her late husband’s candidacy.

As the official campaign for local elections started on March 29, 2019, Mrs. Araneta-Marcos was accompanied by her sons and the Marcos family at the Commission on Elections on the same day to personally file her certificate of substitution candidacy.

Commission on Elections Resolution 10420 allows substitute candidates for those who withdraw their candidacies—and not just for those who die or get disqualified—until midday of election day.

The substitute, however, should share the surname of the original candidate. No substitution is allowed for independent candidates.

"The substitute for a candidate who died, withdrew his candidacy, or was disqualified by final judgment may file a COC up to midday of Election Day; provided that, the substitute and the substituted have the same surnames," said Comelec Resolution 10420.

In effect, the Marcos widow, who was nominated by the Nacionalista Party, will run in tandem with her nephew, senior SP member Matthew Joseph M. Manotoc, who is running for governor.

Earlier, Ferdinand Alexander ‘Sandro’ Marcos, the son of former senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos with wife Louise Araneta has been eyed to substitute for his uncle. This, however, did not push through.

DepEd lauds Ilocos NorteN as R1AA ‘best host

Laoag City—Department of Education Region I director Dr. Malcolm Garma praised Ilocos Norte as the “best host” among all regional sports events he has attended; commending the “spectacular” opening program, well-organized playing venues, and comfortable billeting venues.

Senior Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Matthew Joseph M. Manotoc also extended his gratitude to the people behind the success of R1AA Meet, saying: “I would like to thank the DepEd for allowing the province to host the R1AA this year and I also thank all our delegations for coming and staying as a very dignified and reasonable guests here in Ilocos Norte.”

He also stressed that the delegates are “always welcome” to visit again and appreciate the beauty of Ilocos Norte. (Blessing Angel V. Agliam)

Execs urge Ilocos Norte residents to save water

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff Reporter

LAOAG CITY—Residents in the province of Ilocos Norte are urged to save water before they experience the same in the metro where there is an on-going water shortage.

In a water summit held at the Centennial Arena on March 19, 2019, around 250 participants composed of farmers, policymakers, academicians, disaster risk reduction and management officers and water resource management experts participated in the formulation of a strategic plan to address environmental issues particularly on the lingering effect of El Niño.

With the looming water scarcity from the unpredictable weather conditions caused by climate change, Ilocanos have been told to save water as an immediate solution.

In a presentation of Engr. John Teodoro, manager of the Ilocos Norte Water District, he reiterated that “Water is life and everybody has to do its part to use water wisely.”

Organized by the provincial government of Ilocos Norte, the third water summit has invited seven speakers in various fields who gave lectures on climate change issues and concerns, potable water, environmental protection, water management and conservation, good agricultural practices, organic fertilizer utilization, planting of early maturing and drought resistant crops, ecological solid waste management and updates on support facilities such as water impounding dams, water harvester etc.

For Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Domingo Ambrocio Jr., in his capacity as chair of the committee on agriculture, he said, “The only way to beat climate change is to be prepared and open for change in order to develop resiliency.”

To date, farmers have raised the alarm of irrigation systems drying up.

At the end of the workshop, the Ilocos Norte government distributed water pumps and sprayers to farmers organizations who attended the summit.

Imee wants audit of water concessionaires in MM
Meanwhile, Ilocos Norte Governor and senatorial candidate Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos called on the government to restudy the existing situation of the two concessionaires managing water supply delivery in Metro Manila.

“Can we continue to leave the system in the hands of only two players? Given the billions the concessionaires make yearly from water resources built with public funds, government needs to conduct a performance review in terms of efficiency of services," she explained.

As an immediate solution, MWSS has requested the National Water Resources Board to allow Manila Water to activate 101 deep wells which can supply 101 MLD to its consumers. Manila Water has also been directed to activate and operationalize its Cardona, Rizal treatment plant to provide an additional 100 MLD to its consumers.

On a personal level, Ms. Marcos said our people can help conserve water to ease the water shortage problem especially in the looming onslaught of the El Niño phenomenon.

“A few small changes in our routine can go a long way when it comes to conserving water. Tandaan, pwedeng mawalan ng lovelife, huwag lang ng tubig,” Ms. Marcos quipped.

She also cited the following water-saving tips: use of a shower bucket to re-use water for flushing the toilet or watering plants; turning off the tap while washing your hands; fixing leaks; re-using gray water to avoid wastage and maximizing supply use, among others.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Laoag City’s Agserbi 24/7 resumes

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Laoag City—The city government here has resumed its “Agserbi 24/7” program.

The said program, a pet project of Laoag Mayor Chevelle V. Fariñas, brings the city government closer to the people as they visit barangays around the city.

With the program’s resumption, Mrs. Fariñas led the visit at Brgys. 54-B Camanggaan and 53 Rioeng.

The Barangay Entrepreneurial Services (BES), otherwise known as the mobile market for the sale of goods and agricultural products. Vendors from the market and the barangays are invited.

Aside from the mobile market, the city government also gives free snacks called “Pa-chill ni Chevylle”, “Pa-miki ni Mikee”, “Pa-mami ni Jamie” and “Pa-popsikel ni Jan Michael”; named after the mayor and her children.

The city also gives the traditional birthday parties with free individual cakes to senior citizens. 

All department office heads were advised and encouraged to participate in case there are some queries or problems that the residents want to ask or inquire.

As usual, Mrs. Fariñas said the “blockbuster services” are in the field of health with free check-ups and free medicines.

The new innovation, Mrs. Fariñas said, are the requests of the barangays are given ahead to her office so that these requests will be handed over during the Agserbi 24/7.

Before the Agserbi 24/7 ends, a public forum is held for residents to have the opportunity to talk with all city officials present.

Mrs. Fariñas assured that all of the city’s 80 barangays will be visited before the end of the year.

Earlier, Rep. Geraldine B. Roman (Bataan, 1st district) said she was inspired by the “Agserbi 24/7” program after she personally joined the Laoag government officials in 2017.

The first openly transgender congresswoman said in her last visit to Laoag during the recent Pamulinawen Festival, that the project should be adopted by other local government units in the country to bring their services closer to the people.

During the city’s recently concluded month-long fiesta celebration, Ms. Roman served as crowning guest of Mujeres 2019.

Pasuquin mayor still a no-show

By Bernardo B. Ver II

Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte—This town’s mayor, Ferdinand ‘Kilo’ Aguinaldo continues to be a “no-show” at the municipal hall after his name was again included in President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s “narco-list”.

Reports says that Mr. Aguinaldo was seen last om March 20, 2019 inside the municipal hall. But he reportedly stayed only for a short time and left in a hurry.

This town’s municipal officials and employees claim they have no knowledge of the mayor’s whereabouts.

Earlier, Mr. Aguinaldo was involved in a drug buy-bust operation in Metro Manila on July 8, 2016. He denied his involvement.

Mr. Duterte, however, still included him on his “narco-list”.

Birkog ken pedestrian lane

Iti benneg ti lokal a pulitika, arigna taltallo laeng dagiti mangmangngegan nga issue. Ania a pamilya't nabilbileg? Siasinno't nabirbirkog? Siasinno't ad-adu't aliporesna? Ala, balido dagitoy a topiko. Ngem ibuksilan koma met dagiti pulitiko no ania't maitedda a solusyon kadagiti inaldaw a sagsagabaen dagiti umili: trapik, abusado a driver, umang-angdod nga aglawlaw, panagsigarilyo iti publiko, agkaiwara a bulos nga aso, naariwawa a videoke uray kaltaangen ti rabii ken dadduma pay. Mabalin a kunaenda a sitsitik ken babassit laeng dagitoy nga issue. Wen, nalabit mapan a kasta. Ngem saantay koma a liplipatan a ti lider a saan a mapagtalkan iti bassit a banag ket saan met a mapagtalkan iti dakkel a banag.

Ay, piman a pedestrian lane iti amiananen ti maysa a dakkel a grocery iti ciudad ti Laoag! Awan serserbinan ta nagbalin metten a garahe dagiti delivery truck ti murdongna! Ngem napimpiman dagiti pada a magmagna, ta ditoy koma ti pagpwestuanda a lumasat iti kalsada. Uray koma no agpark dagitoy a dadakkel a lugan no wadaanda koma met ta pedestrian lane! Makaulaw, apo!

Amin a traysikel iti Vigan City, addaan ti natibker a pagkaptan ken pagbatayan. Iti Laoag City, manmano dagiti traysikel nga addaan kadagiti kastoy a pakanam-ayan dagiti pasahero. Isu a marigatan a dumsaag dagiti pada a botit, ket dagiti nakapalda, agkuyangyang a bumaba. Awan la't konsehalen ti Laoag a nakapanunot a mangisingasig a rumbeng nga addaan ti pagkaptan ken pagbatayan kadagiti sidecar? Sabagay, awan sa met konsehal nga agluglugan ti traysikel. Wenno, talaga nga awan panangiyalikakada kadagiti pasahero?

Lima a pagsasao para kenni pangas:

1. No ibanbandom ti nagappuanam, awan pudno a respeto a maramanam.

2. Dumakdakkel ti maselna ta bukodna a bangko kanayun a bagbagkatenna.

3. Adu’t mangayat a mangipakni kenni “feeling celebrity”.

4. Saan a dakes ti agpangas no sagpaminsan. Ngem no masansan, dakeskan.

5. Masansan, dagiti kawaw isuda't pug-aw a pug-aw.

BARD NOTES: Happy bard-reading to Badoc ABC President Virgilio Calajate, Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer Josephine P. Calajate, INEC President Enrico Ruiz, INEC Director Joseph Vergel P. Calajate, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Vic M. Ines, DAR Chief Administrative Officer Rudy Acacio, Ms. Genedine Domingo Jambaro and PNB Pasuquin Branch Manager Metty V. Guerrero.

Greetings also to the employees of JVC Consortium, AMA Laoag, Ilocos Norte Regional School of Fisheries, Laoag City PNP, DAR Ilocos Norte, DepEd Laoag, DepEd Ilocos Norte and PNB Pasuquin.

Netizens rise up vs Currimao reclamation project

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff Reporter

Currimao, Ilocos Norte—The local government unit here found some ally in opposing the proposed reclamation project as the issue has been posted in Facebook to promote greater awareness about the issue.

The “Save Currimao Cove From Reclamation” page created by an environmental conservation organization in Manila on March 14, 2019 has generated an almost 1,500 likes as of March 22, 2019 and the number of shares keeps on increasing daily.

To date, a global sand exporter which has been exporting construction sand from Ilocos Norte to Japan and Singapore since 2009 is pushing for the development of a 112-hectare private seaport reclamation project at Brgy. Maglaoi, here.

As part of its long-term master plan for seaport expansion and development, Omnico Natural Resources Inc. wants to reclaim over a hundred hectares of the sea using imported furnace slag aggregates from Taiwan.

The Phase 1 of the project has already started, which is located within the boundary of Badoc and Currimao towns.

“As a key biodiversity area, Currimao is threatened by a huge reclamation project. I can’t forgive myself if we allow this to happen,” said Currimao Mayor Gladys Go-Cue following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Currimao government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on the protection of marine life and natural resources.

Living near the ocean since the 1970’s, Mrs. Cue recalled her dad releasing sea turtles.

Over the years, the Currimao beach remains as one of the unspoiled beaches in the province until officials and residents raised the alarm on the furnace slag aggregates which will be used in the reclamation project may have toxic contents that could probably harm marine resources in the area.

This imported material is a residue or a by-product of iron and steel-making from a blast furnace in water or steam to produce a glassy, granular product that is then dried and ground into a fine powder.

But for some residents like Janine Pascua, she said Currimao is a beautiful place but it is a laid-back town in the province.

“We all know that Currimao is a third-class municipality. Why can’t we make our town more competitive by opening our minds to welcome improvement?” Ms. Pascua said saying the proposed seaport expansion could offer more opportunities for local employment and economic growth.

“It may damage some coral reefs and endanger some sea creatures but if we want to improve, we have to sacrifice or surrender something,” she explained.

Batac hospital brings hope to kids with cancer

(From left) Lawyer Ferdinand Nicolas, president of Northwestern University; Dr. Ma. Lourdes K. Otayza, medical center chief II; Batac City Mayor Albert Chua; Aurea Nolasco, LandBank Batac branch manager; Salun-at Foundation chair Dr. Alfredo Valdez; and Dr. Jose B. Orosa III, project head of Arapaap Photo Exhibit, award the Arapaap portrait to one of the cancer patients of the hospital. (Photo by David James C. Aniñon)

BATAC CITY—When seven-year-old Princess Chloe Ramos was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer associated with the blood and bone marrow in 2015, her mother, Melimar Miguel, thought that her daughter would not survive and have a normal childhood.

However, four years have passed and Princess is now at the maintenance stage of her medications for ALL.

Her improved condition became evident as she was beaming when she stood side-by-side with princesses and mythical creatures in her photograph as part of the "Arapaap: A child’s dream photography exhibit and fashion show" of the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMHMC).

 “This is my daughter’s second chance in life and we remain hopeful that Princess will continue to show improvement. We would not make it without the support of all the people and this hospital who always comes up with activities and projects to help our children in their treatment,” said Melimar as she recounted her struggles as an unemployed single mother in 2015.

Under the Arapaap project, the support of the Ilocano community, including photographers, make-up artists, and fashion designers as well as some non-government organizations such as the Limitless Team, Salun-at Foundation, and the Ilocos Norte Medical Society, was harnessed in organizing a photo-exhibit last December 2018 at the Robinson’s Mall San Nicolas.

Through the activity, the MMMHMC was able to raise more than PHP200,000 which shall be used to put-up a trust fund for children with cancer and establish a Pedia-Oncology Play Center, a worthy endeavor that gives the young cancer patients to feel like they are children.

During the thanksgiving program, one of the highlights of the 51st foundation anniversary of the MMMHMC last Feb. 17, 2019, Dr. Jose B. Orosa III, the project head, said that such efforts as Arapaap will eventually lead to the overall goal of the hospital in building the hospital’s Cancer Center by 2020, which is a part of its commitment under the Performance Governance System.

"The Cancer Center will not only focus on bringing treatments but also on the promotion of research and community involvement,’’ Mr. Orosa said.

He said Arapaap creates a great impact in the province as it makes people realize that they have so much to contribute, most specially their talents, to improve the healthcare system in Ilocos Norte.

Recent studies conducted by the St. Jude Hospital in United States of America showed that almost no kid die of cancer in developing countries as a result of the support and access to high-quality but affordable treatment.

The same study shows that only one out of five cancer patients are cured and this situation continues to be a growing concern in public health care in the Philippines.

Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, medical center chief II, lamented that there is no full support given to cancer patients in the Philippines.

Kung suporta lang pala yung kailangan, bakit hindi natin ito [kayang] pagtulung-tulungan? [If support is only needed, why don't we pool our resources?],” she said as vowed to boost efforts to more support to cancer research and treatment.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has recently signed the Republic Act 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act, which will also make medicines affordable to cancer patients.

Mr. Orosa assured that the hospital will continue opening its doors to the people in the community who are willing to help through projects such as Arapaap, saying, “the provision of universal and quality healthcare service is best achieved with the help of the community.”

To date, the MMMHMC continues to receive donations in line with the Arapaap project.

Those interested to participate in the project may contact Dr. Jhoan Tubon-Galano at +63917 772 7157 or visit their website at (John Michael Mugas)

Friday, April 19, 2019

Burgos schools set up more rainwater harvesting tanks

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff Reporter

Burgos, Ilocos Norte—Several public elementary schools in this town have put up their own rainwater harvesting tanks courtesy of the Energy Development Corporation which operates the largest wind power farm in the country here.

In time for the summer season, some schools in drought-stricken Ilocos Norte experience water scarcity hence the need to install low-cost water, sanitation and hygiene facilities particularly among school children.

Using a simple technology, the water is filtered through a facility that removes sediments like iron, harmful bacteria and odor that may be detrimental to the consumers health.

Recognizing this, EDCs corporate social responsibility program head Deborah Melchor said they are happy to see pupils enjoying the rainwater harvesting system, providing them adequate source of water for toilet flushing and for washing their hands and feet while in school.

“For 2019, we have already installed rainwater harvesting tanks in the public elementary schools of Nagsurot, Tanap, Agaga, Bliss, Ablan, Bobon, Bayog, Paayas and Burgos Central Elementary School including a Day Care Center in Bayog,” Ms. Melchor narrated in an interview.

Over the past two years, the Burgos wind farm through its CSR program has embarked on addressing water and sanitation issues in Burgos town starting with three pilot areas in Brgys. Paayas, Bobon and Bayog.

As part of its water and sanitation project, Ms. Mechor said EDC has also established a waste water treatment facility which simulates the natural filter process.

“It utilizes an oil and grease trap as a first layer of filter, a rapid sand filter which screens out sediments and other suspended particles in the water making it visibly clearer, a planted gravel filter in which aquatic plants serve as an additional filter, a collecting chamber with fish as an indicator of the efficiency of the filtration process and the collecting chamber where filtered water can be reused for domestic purposes,” she explained.

The low-cost waste water treatment facility is connected to an existing hand washing facility and placed in an area easily accessible to the pupils so that the facility can serve as an educational material how water is being filtered naturally in the environment while teaching students about the importance of recycling waste water.

In the future, Ms. Melchor hopes to replicate this initiative in other schools as a way of promoting water conservation and sanitation for a healthier community.

For Tanap school officials, they reported that their school have difficulty getting water during the months of February to May. But with the installation of a rainwater harvester, their students no longer need to go far to fetch water or seek the help of a water station provider.

Ilocos Norte, ballaigi ti pannakaisayangkat ti R1AA

Laoag City—Dakkel a ballaigi iti gobierno probinsial ken Schools Division of Ilocos Norte (SDOIN) iti pannakaisayangkat ti 2019 Region I Athletic Association (R1AA) Meet idi Marso 6 ingana 11. Nagtalinaed a naurnos ken nabunga dagiti napasamak nga aktibidad, ken nagawid dagiti delegado nga addaan adu a napipintas a pakalaglagipan iti probinsia ti Ilocos Norte.

Indauloan ni senior Sangguniang Panlungsod member Matthew Marcos Manotoc ken ni Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Angelo Marcos Barba dagiti kameng iti gobierno probinsial bayat iti pananglukat a program iti R1AA. Ni SBM Manotoc ken Vice Governor Barba iti nangawat ti bandera iti R1AA nga aggapo iti ofisiales iti Alaminos City a nakaangayan met ti R1AA iti napalabas a tawen.

Pinasangbay ti probinsia iti nasurok 10,300 a delegasion dagiti atleta, mangisursuro, ofisiales ken dagiti mangidadaulo manipud iti agbibinnalubal a schools division: Alaminos City, Batac City, Candon City, Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Laoag City, La Union, Pangasinan I, Pangasinan II, San Carlos City, San Fernando City, Urdaneta City, and Vigan City.

Pinasingkedan ni Mr. Manotoc bayat ti opening program a napasamak idiay Ferdinand E. Marcos Memorial Stadium idi Marso 6 a indiaya ti Ilocos Norte dagiti maipagpannakkel a kababalin ken kannawidanna tapnu agtultuloy iti pinagkikinnamayet dagiti amin a umili. Innayonna a nasken a mapalagipan dagiti agbibinnalubal nga atleta nga agtultuloy a makisalip nga addaan respeto, dignidad ken kinamanagpakumbaba.

Malaksid iti pannakaisayangkat iti sporting events, nagkakaysa pay dagiti delegasion babaen iti pannakipagpasetda a nagmula iti mangrove iti Brgy. Davila idiay Pasuquin. Kangrunaan a gagem daytoy nga aktibidad ti pannakatagiben ti aglawlaw. Kas paset pay ti panagsaluad iti aglawlaw bayat a maararamid iti R1AA, nagbalakad iti SDOIN iti pannakalimitar iti pinagusar iti plastik.

Sakbay pay iti pinangrugi ti R1AA, naruayen dagiti addang ti gobierno probinsial tapno maipasigurado ti pinagballaigi ti programa, kas kuma iti pannakaisagana dagiti quarters a pagyanan dagiti delegado ken pannakatarimaan ken pannakadalus dagiti pakaangayn dagiti ay-ayam. Naiget met ti pannakikoordinar ti gobierno probinsial ti Philippine National Police tapno agbalin a natalinaay ti pannakaisayangkat ti R1AA 2019. Kasta met a dinawatda pay ti suporta dagiti gobierno local. Maipalagip a naisayangkat pay iti vaccination dagiti makisalip nga atleta tapnu malappedan iti measles outbreak.

Dakkelen ti nagbaliwan ti Ilocos Norte sipud iti kaudian a panag-host ti probinsia iti Region One Athletic Association meet idi tawen 2009.

Impasingked ni Mr. Manotoc a nabayagen a sinagaan daytoy ti probinsia kangrunaanna ti Ilocos Norte Sports and Development Office.

Inlawlawagna a nangisayangkatda ti meeting ken koordinasion kadagiti maseknan a departamento iti Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte kas panangsuporta iti Department of Education (DepEd).

Maysa ni Mr. Manotoc kadagiti napalaus a mangitantandudo kadagiti pagsayaatan dagiti agtutubo nga umili. Maibilang kadagiti gakat nga ipangpangrunana ket dagiti mainaig ti pagsayaatan ken pudno a pannakamuli dagiti agtutubo tapnu magun-odda ti makunkuna nga holistic development.

Ni Mr. Manotoc ti maysa kadagiti kaubingan a bokal, gapu nu apay isuna ti mangibagi kadagiti agtutubo iti Sangguniang Panlalawigan. Malaksid ti pinagidaulo na a kas Chairman ti Movement of Young Legislators-Ilocos Norte Chapter, maysa pay isuna a basketball coach ti International School Manila ken sports agent ken co-founder ti Espiritu-Manotoc Basketball Management nga addaan iti nasurok 80 a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) players.

Inpangpangrunana a buinangay iti provincial athletic scholarship babaen ti Ordinance No. 005-2016b a mangited ti cash incentives kadagiti student athletes a makisalip ti regional ken national athletic meets. Intultuloyna iti panangipangpangruna ti pagsayaatan dagiti agtutubo babaen ti Ordinance No. 049- 2018 a namangpaymaysa kadagiti nagduduma nga scholarship iti gobierno probinsial pakairamananen ti senior high school (SHS) scholarship.

Babaen met ti pinutar ni Mr. Manotoc nga Ordinance No. 008-2016, nabuangay dagiti city and municipal youth development offices a katulungan ti Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office (INYDO) tapno maipasigurado a sapasap iti serbisio ken tulong a maipaay kadagiti agtutubo.

Tapnu ad-adda pay a mamuli dagiti agtutubo iti benneg ti isports, nabuangay ti Ilocos Norte Youth (INYo) Games babaen ken SBM Marcos. Ti INYo Games ket maysa a summer youth sporting event a tinawen a danggayan ti rinibu-ribo nga agtutubo manipod iti 21 a munisipio ken dua a siudad ti Ilocos Norte. Kangrunaan a gagem daytoy a pay-ayam ti pannakaital-o ken pannakapreserba dagiti traditional Filipino games kas koma ti patintero ken agawan-base.

Babaen met iti pannakaipatakder ti three-generational or “3G” playgrounds ken fitness parks iti intero a probinsia, gagem ni SBM Manotoc a gutiguten dagiti umili a maadaanda iti lugar para iti active lifestyle babaen iti outdoor play ken recreation. Dagitoy a parke ket addaan playground equipment, stationary bikes ken naduma-duma nga exercise apparatus.

Gagem na a saluadan iti kinasalun-at dagiti umili tapnu agbalin met a natalged iti probinsia. Kas maysa kadagiti “The Ilocos Times 2019 Outstanding Ilocano Awardee for Public Service,” agtultuloy a “Mangbiag, Mangpapigsa, ken Mangidaulo” ni SBM Marcos. Iti tinawidna a sirmata para iti idudur-as ti sibubuo a Ilocos Norte ket agnanayon a narimat.

Kinatan-ok ni Ilokano, napasingkedan manen
Naduma-duma dagiti pakasaritaan a napan inparangarang dagiti nakipagpaset iti opening program. Kangrunaanna, inpakitada ti pakasaritaan dagiti dua nga Ilokano a ni Lam-ang ken Teofilo Yldefonso.

Naipalagip ti pakaistoryaan ti kinatured, kinaandur ken kinamangipateg a kababalin ti dua a bannuar. Ni Lam-ang iti nangipasumudaag a iti kinabileg ken kinatured ket maipakita babaen ti pinangipateg ti pamilya, panang-aklon dagiti kinapudno ti biag ken panangsaluad ti dayaw ken talugading ti bukod a komunidad.

Ni Mr. Yldefonso a maaw-awagan ti “Ilocano Shark”  ti nangipasingked iti napabaro a kinabileg ken kinatan-ok dagiti atleta nga Ilokano gapu ta isuna ti kaunaan a Filipino a nangabak idi sumagmamano a medalia iti Olimpiks.

Nayon a parte iti programa iti Tadek Festival iti ili a Nueva Era ken Empanada festival iti ili a Batac ken kasta pay ti performance ti Samiweng Singers. Kasta met a rinubu-ribo ang mangisursuro manipod iti Department of Education- Ilocos Norte ti nakipagpaset iti programa babaen iti speech choir ken pinagsalada.

Imbunannag ni Ilocos Norte Schools Division Superintendent Vilma Eda ti intero a probinsia para ti R1AA ket tanda iti panagayat haan laeng para iti isports nu di ketdi amin a nakipaset a delegado.

Sinaluduan met ni DepEd Assistant Secretary Revsee Escobedo iti narambak ken naurnos a seremonia ken kasta pay a dinayawna iti “solid performance” ti sibubukel a Region I. Kuna dagiti delegado, ti R1AA 2019 ket maysa kadagiti kababallaigian, nu haan man a kababalaigian, nga edision iti nasao a pay-ayam. (EJD)

Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Barba, ipangpangrunana ti pagsayaatan dagiti mannalon ken babassit a negosiante

Laoag City—Pagsayaatan dagiti mannalon ken dagiti babassit a negosiante ti ipangpangruna ni Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Angelo Marcos Barba para iti nabunga ken agtultuloy a panagserbina iti publiko.

Daytoy ket babaen ti panangipaay ti nagduduma nga ayuda a kasapulan dagiti mannalon ken panangpabulod iti kasapulan a pagpuonan dagiti babassit a negosiante ditoy probinsia.

Ni Vice Governor Barba ti immunan a nagibunong kadagiti nagduduma nga ayuda ken ramit a kasapulan dagiti mannalon tapno adda ti nayon nga usarenda.

Malaksid iti daytoy, timmulong ti bise gobernador tapno maisagana ken maipasa dagiti kasapulan a gakat tapno maipatungpal ti programa a panangipaay ti pagpuonan kadagiti gagangay a negosiante tapnon kabaelanda ti makilaban iti napigsa a kompetision.

Malaksid iti pagsayaatan dagiti mannalon, ti bise gobernador ti mangiyal-alikaka ti pagsayaatan ken pannakapreserbar ti aglawlaw.

AMBag sa Kalikasan
Pinasingkedan ni Vice Governor Angelo Marcos Barba (AMB) ti pannakabukel ti “AMBag sa Kalikasan” (My Contribution to Nature), a mangitantandudo ti pannakigamulo dagiti umili kadagiti maisaysayangkat a cleanup activities ken panangliklik iti panagusar ti single-use plastic.

Nakipaset ti Office of the Vice Governor (OVG) iti National Cleanup Day idi Setiembre 29-30. Idi met Oktubre 6, 2018, kaduada ti Movement Against Plastic Pollution (MAPP) – Ilocos Norte, Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association (SIKA) Inc., Liga ti Agtutubo Managayat ti Barangay (LAMB), Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) ofisiales ti Seguindo Distrito ti Ilocos Norte, ken dadduma pay a grupo dagiti agtutubo ken pribado nga indibidual.

Paset ti “AMBag” ket ti pannakaibunong ti reusable “eco-bags” kas pananggutigot kadagiti umili a saanen nga agusar pay kadagiti produkto a naaramid iti plastic.

Idi Agosto ti napalabas a tawen, nangipababa ni AMB ti memorandum a mangimplementar ti “No Single-Use Plastic Policy” iti opisina ti bise gobernador ken iti Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

“The use of single-use utensils, plastic bottled drinks, and food wraps during meetings and celebrations shall be avoided,” kuna iti paset iti nasao a memorandum.

“Disiplina laeng ti masapul a buyogantayo iti panagayat iti aglawlaw,”kuna ni Barba a mangnamnama a maituloy daytoy a rinugiananna, nangruna kadagiti sumarsaruno nga agserbi iti OVG ken SP. (EJD)

Pinili: Ili ti balligi

Pinili ti umuna nga ili ditoy Ilocos Norte a makaipatakder iti multi-purpose hall kada barangay.

Pinili, Ilocos Norte—Iti umabagatan a paset ti Ilocos Norte, iti ili ti Pinili ti kangrunaan a mabigbigbig kas “Garlic Capital” iti probinsia. Naiyugeden iti dakkel a paset dagiti mannalon ken kasta met dagiti mangidadaulo ti idudur-as saan laeng iti nasao nga ili ngem ti sibubukel a probinsia.

Babaen ti pinangidaulo ni Ret. Col. Mayor Samuel S. Pagdilao Sr. ken ti nabileg a suporta da Bise Mayor Rommel T. Labasan, konsehal Maynard Francis “Mayo” R. Bumanglag ken dagiti dadduma pay a konsehales ken ofisiales ti ili, maipangpangruna ti pagsayaatan dagiti mannalon. Manipod tawen 2016 inggana ti agdama ket sumurok dua gasut a milion a pisos ti ti nailatang a pondo para ti pannakapadur-as ti benneg ti agrikultura. Kangrunaan a nagbalin a proyekto ti gobierno munisipal ket dagiti farm-to- market roads (FMRs) a naaramid para kadagiti umili. Nagserbi dagitoy a kalsada para kadagiti mannalon aglalo iti nasusulimek a paset ti ili ta nagbalin a naannayas ti panangibiaheda ken alaliston a malako dagiti apitda.

Kasta met a nailatang ti lima a milion a pondo para iti abono a maibunong kadagiti mannalon. Malaksid kadagiti FMRs ken abono, inpasigurado pay ti agdama nga administrasion nga addaan pondo para ti flood control projects, ken kasta payen ti pannakatarimaan kadagiti irrigation canal. Kasta met a narugianen a maipaayan dagiti mannalon ti solar-powered water pumps a mausar iti kataltalunan para iti gagem a lalo pay a mapasayaat dagiti daga a pagmulaan dagiti naduma-duma a klase a maimula.

Tapno agbalin pay a nabungbunga iti apit dagiti mannalon, nangipaay ti gobierno munisipal ti maysa a traktor kada barangay. Addaan ti ili ti post-harvest facilities a mangpaimbag kadagiti naapit. Kasta met nga agtultuloy a sarsaranayen ti gobierno munisipal ti pondo dagiti kooperatiba ti mannalon tapno adda sidadaan a mangtulong kadagiti agkasapulan a miembro.

Ita, adda pay nailatang a pondo para ti organic agriculture a manamnama a lalo pay a makatulong kadagiti mannalon nu kasta a kayatda a padasen iti sabali a wagas ti panagtalon. Tapnu masigurado nga agtultuyloy a dumur-as ti benneg ti agrikultura, inyalnag iti gobierno munisipal ti Integrated Crop and Livestock Farming System nga isu ti mangmangted ti nayon nga adal kadagiti mannalon maipanggep dagiti rumbeng a wagas ti panangpatanor kadagiti mulmula ken panagtaraken kadagiti dinguen.

Ditoy intero a probinsia ti Ilocos Norte, iti ili ti Pinili laeng iti kakaisuna nga agdama a mangipatpatakder ti multi-purpose hall iti kada barangay. Agdagop dagitoy iti P2.5M ken napundoan babaen iti RA7171.

Agtultuloy a matagtagiben ti linak, urnos ken talna. Maipasiguradon ti seguridad dagiti umili ta insayangkat ti gobierno municipal ti installation dagiti CCTV cameras iti sumagmamano a paset ti ili. Kasta met a nayawat dagiti service motorcycles kadagiti kameng ti Philippine National Police tapno adda usarenda iti panagronda ken panagresponde. Malaksid iti dayta, manayunan ken mamentenar pay dagiti street light.

Sapasap iti panagdur-as ta kasta nga agtultuloy ti pannakaited ti Social Pension kadagiti senior citizen ken maikkan ti umno a tulong dagiti persons with disabilities (PWDs). Babaen ti Centenarian Ordinance, maikkan ti P50,000 dagiti kualipikado nga umili. Adda tinawen a programa ti munisipio para kadagiti PWD ken kasta met a maikkan ti tulong medikal dagiti agkasapulan. Kalikagum pay ti gobierno munisipal a matulungan dagiti mannalon a nadadael dagiti pugonda gapu iti uram wenno didigra.

Iti benneg iti edukasion, agtultuloy dagiti scholarship program para kadagiti adalan, manipud elementaria aginggana iti kolehio. Manamnama ti pannakaleppas ti covered hall ti kada barangay tapno adda pakaisayangkatan dagiti nadumaduma nga sports activities. Nayon a gagem dagiti ofisiales ti pannakaited ti insentibo kadagiti nasiglat nga estudiante a nangipakita iti laingda ti benneg ti eskwela wenno iti sports.

Iti tiempo ti layos, gingined ken bagyo, sisasagana dagiti kameng ti Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Office (MDRRO) a mangprotektar iti biag ken sanikua dagiti umili ta addaandan iti naan-anay a gamit a mangtulong kadagiti maapektaran kas koma iti wang-wang a pangballaag kadagiti umili. Babaen ti panagtitinnulong dagiti mangidadaulo ken dagiti kameng ti komunidad, addan evacuation centers a mabalinen a mausar. Maang-angay dagiti seminar ken training tapnon sisasagana iti sibubukel nga ili nu adda man dumteng a didigra.

Iti benneg ti turismo, kangrunaan a naripar dagiti dalan nga agturong kadagiti tourist spots ti ili. Napatalged metten ti Pinili Tourist and Garlic Center tapno adadda pay a maay-ayo dagiti turista a bumisita. Adda pay linawas a night market a mabalin a pagpasiaran dagiti umili ken bisbisita.

Kinalikaguman dagiti mangidadaulo ti Pinili a maaddaan ti nayon a pagsapulan dagiti kailianda rason nga nagisayangkatda iti cattle ken swine dispersal. Maysa pay a paset iti livelihood programs ti munisipio ket iti panagaramid ti kandela. Malinlinay iti pannakapatakder iti livelihood center para kadagiti umili tapno matulunganda a mangirugi iti mataginayon a pagsapulanda ken kasta metten tapno adda pangilakuanda dagiti produkto a partuatenda.

Kalikagum ti agdama nga administrasion a maitultuloy dagiti pagsayaatan a naipaaydan kadagiti umili tapnu adadda pay a maragpat ti mataginayon a panagdur-as. Iti isasangbay ti maika-100 a tawen iti ili a Pinili, manamnama a rumusing pay ti adadu a pagnam-ayan dagiti Pinileño. (EJD)