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‘SAGIP BUHAY’ BLOODLETTING SET ON JAN 21

BAGUIO CITY (PIA) -- A mass bloodletting donation activity dubbed “Tambalang Sagip Buhay, Karamay Habang Buhay Part III” will be conducted at the city’s Malcolm Square on Saturday,

BENGUET OFFICIALS OPPOSE HB 5518 GRANTING FRANCHISE TO SEPARATE ELECTRIC COOP FOR BAGUIO

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet(PIA)-- Provincial officials expressed their opposition to the proposed separation of franchise on the distribution of electric power from the existing Benguet Electric

DOT TARGETS TO BRING IN 10M FOREIGN TOURISTS BY 2016

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) - - To become the ‘must experience’ destination in Asia, is the strategic vision of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) National Tourism Development Plan

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE OF NHTS-PR POOR FAMILIES EXTENDED UNTIL DEC. 2012

BAGUIO CITY, Jan 13 (PIA) - - The health insurance coverage of Philhealth sponsored members under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is extended up to December

1,121 INDIVIDUALS IN CAR BENEFIT FROM DOLE’S EMERGENCY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM IN 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 10 (PIA) - - Around 1,121 individuals from typhoon-stricken areas in the region were benefitted by the emergency employment program of the Department of Labor and Employment

DENR OFFICIAL SUPPORTS LAW ON STIFFER PENALTY ON ILLEGAL LOGGING

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 10 (PIA)-- Department of Environment and Natural Resources(DENR)- Cordillera executive director Clarence Baguilat believes that the bill seeking the imposition of life

ENVIRONMENT IS A MAIN CONCERN FOR BENGUET

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet. Jan.9 (PIA)-- Environment protection will be a top priority of this vegetable producing province for the year 2012. Governor Nestor B. Fongwan said they will intensify the

DOLE-CAR DISPOSES 188 CASES OF INSPECTION-RELATED LABOR VIOLATIONS IN 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 9 (PIA) - - The Department of Labor and Employment- Cordillera Regional Office (DOLE-CAR), through the inspections they made to 736 establishments in the different parts of the

‘DSWD-CORDILLERA ROSE ABOVE CHALLENGES’ –SEC. SOLIMAN

BAGUIO CITY-- Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman commended the DSWD-Cordillera personnel Wednesday saying the regional office has ‘risen

SAVING THE WATERSHED OF THE CORDILLERA THRU PES

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 3(PIA)-- There is an urgent need to revive and to sustain the source of water which is necessity for the survival of all living creatures that include human, plants and

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MAY 2010 IS NATIONAL CENSUS MONTH
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | April 26, 2010

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently signed Proclamation No. 2028 which declares May this year as National Census Month.

Citing Batas Pambansa Blg. 72 which provides for the taking of an integrated census every 10 years beginning in 1980 and the requirement for an up-to-date and comprehensive data of the population at the local levels in line with the national government's thrust to decentralize functions to the local government units (LGUs), President Arroyo enjoined all departments and other government agencies to implement and execute the operational plans, directives and order for the nationwide conduct of the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH).

The National Statistics Office (NSO) is the lead agency in the conduct of the 2010 CPH that shall commence on May 17. The census will take an inventory of the total population and housing units in the country and collect information about their characteristics. The data that will be collected by the undertaking will be useful in the formulation of policies, plans and programs of the government relative to the delivery of basic health and social services to target beneficiaries and the general public, in determining business opportunities and industry status, in research and development, and in academic studies.

More specifically, data obtained from the census provides government basis for redistricting and apportionment of congressional seats, allocation of resources and revenues, and creation of political and administrative units.

The Philippines population was 76.5 million as of May 1, 2000 based on the 2000 CPH. In 2007, a census of population (POPCEN 2007) was conducted by the NSO in order to get an updated population count for all barangays to serve as basis for the Internal Revenue Allocation (IRA) of the LGUs, among others. Presidential Proclamation No. 1489 issued on April 16, 2008 made the results of POPCEN 2007 official and the country’s population was placed at 88,574,614 persons as of August 1, 2007.

The NSO will submit to the President of the Philippines for proclamation the population counts by barangay based on the 2010 CPH before the end of the year. These data will be made available in print and electronic copies.

OWWA LIVELIHOOD LOAN NOW AVAILABLE FOR BAGUIO-BENGUET AND IFUGAO
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | April 26, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – The Overseas Worker Welfare Administration’s (OWWA) National Livelihood Support Fund (NLSF) is now available for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Baguio, Benguet and Ifugao.

According to OWWA-CAR Director Evelyn Laranang, the NLSF is a national loan program with a P100 Million fund which aims to support OFWs, active or returnees, who want to augment their source of income by engaging in business or expand their existing business.

“This livelihood loan program aims to support OFWs who want to go into business or expand their existing business. OFWs, active or returnees, in Baguio City, Benguet and Ifugao could now avail,” Laranang said.

Laranang explained that OFWs could now get their application from OWWA-NLSF conduit partner banks. Applicants will only need a Certificate of Eligibility from OWWA, and afterwards they will be given orientation and social preparation training.

Immediate dependents of active OFWs can also avail of the said livelihood loan project if they can get an authorization from the next of kin OFW.

Under the collateralized loan, OWWA-NLSF Livelihood Loan offers a maximum of P200,000.00 which may be granted to bonafide OFWs and /or their dependents to start , revive or expand their existing business.

Cooperative Bank of Benguet, the newly accredited conduit partner for the implementation of the livelihood loan, will only cater to OFWs and / or their dependents from Baguio City and adjacent municipalities of Benguet.

In Ifugao, the accredited conduit partners in implementing said program are the Piwong Multi Purpose Cooperative (PMPC) in Hingyon, and the Lamut Grassroots and Savings Development Cooperative (LAGSADECO) in Lamut. Accreditation for other conduit partners for other provinces is still in process.

For more information, call or text Ms. Loreta B. Vergara, of OWWA-CAR, at mobile number 09205913658 or at the OWWA land line numbers (074) 445-2260 or (074)300-3658. **Lito Dar/PIA

HANDBOOK ON LGU SOURCES OF REVENUE LAUNCHED
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | April 26, 2010

BAGUIO CITY - A handbook on “Local Government Units Sources of Revenue” intended to guide LGUs in generating resources and empowering them to be financially capable and innovative in sustaining government operations was launched here last week.

The handbook is an output of the Development Administration Committee of the Regional Development Council (DevAdCom-RDC) funded under the Special Autonomy Fund.

The handbook contains the traditional sources of revenues and other various forms which the LGU may adopt. LGU fund sources include shares of LGUs in national taxes such as the Internal Revenue Allotment, revenues under the local revenue code, transfers from special lumpsum funds under the General Appropriations Act, private sector financing, Build-Operate-Transfer scheme, bond flotations from government and private banks, grants under the overseas development assistance, and loans under the ODA and private and government banks.

The handbook will be initially piloted in 11 municipalities in the region namely Sablan and Kabayan in Benguet; Daguioman and San Juan in Abra; Sagada and Tadian in Mt. Province; Hingyon and Tinoc in Ifugao; Lubuagan and Pasil in Kalinga, and Luna in Apayao. They were selected based on the limited revenues being generated.

National Economic and Development Authority OIC Assistant Regional Director Florida Faculo said almost all LGUs in the region are dependent on the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), hence, the handbook would assist them in sourcing out revenues and other funding sources.

NEDA Policy and Plan Formulation Division Chief Rodolfo Labarinto said the handbook will enable LGUs in pursuing regional development and autonomy by preparing them to become entrepreneurs in their own way and adopt a corporate concept of accessing funds in the delivery of services to their constituents.

Laberinto said the government is hand tied in the delivery of socio-economic services which is the reason why the RDC intended to come up with a compilation of financial sources worth adopting that would assist LGUs in sustaining their finances.

After the launching activities, the municipal personnel of the pilot municipalities attended a three-day workshop that would aid them in sourcing out funds from various sources other than the existing traditional ones, the processes and procedures among other related concerns.

The participants were given a series of lectures on taxation, strengthening of local impositions of LGUs, strategies on the collection of revenues, loans and other financing options, ODA assistance and Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT)/Joint venture/clustering, and general appropriations act and shares in the national taxes. ** S.C. Aro/PIA

PRICES OF RICE IN THE MARKET REMAIN STABLE
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | April 26, 2010

Prices of rice remain stable at the Baguio Public Market as reported by the Baguio Rice Section Dealers Association (BRSDA).

According to BRSDA President Angelita Gayados, the price of rice in the public market is stable. Even cheaper.

Commercial rice being sold in the market at P28 to P40 per kilogram depending on the variety. Special rice varieties are sold on higher price.

The National Food Authority rice is being sold at P30 per kilogram for the long grain variety and P25 s per kilogram for the mixed grains.

Gayados said that the NFA rice being sold in the Bigasang Bayan is fixed at P25 per kilo only and it has no limit.

According to NFA economist Celia Soriano, the NFA rice being supplied in the public market is sufficient. The NFA delivers 150 sacks of rice per week for dealers at the market and 50 sacks for the individual retailers.

Tindahan Natin in barangays are also being provided by the NFA with rice sold at 18.25 pesos per kilogram. The Department of Social Welfare and Development identifies beneficiaries for this cheaper rice. **Redjie Cawis /PIA

DENR CALLS ON THE PUBLIC TO HELP SAVE MOTHER EARTH
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | April 26, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) joins the worldwide celebration of Earth Day on April 22 and a 10 Million Signature Movement, a campaign which aims to gather 10 million signatories to commit million acts to save Mother Earth.

In a Kapihan forum last week, DENR Regional Executive Director Clarence Baguilat stressed that with the people’s own doing or human activities, Mother Earth is already suffering as can be attested by the present problems of global warming and climate change.

Under the 10 Million Movement, Baguilat said people are invited not only to sign and be made aware of the condition and the state of the environment, but to commit at least four activities wherein they can show their concern and participate in environmental protection activities, such as household solid waste management and conservation and energy.

According to Baguilat, it is also high time that the people of Cordillera face the environmental challenges in the region. Aside from being the watershed cradle of the North, our environment is also fragile and the conditions of our region’s forests and biodiversity are also being threatened, up to a point that it is already alarming, he urged.

Citing forest fire as an example, Baguilat stressed that at present there are already 6,723 hectares of forest that are burned with an estimated damage cost of around P12 million. Almost all of the provinces have reported forest fires. Most of the damages are in the pine forests of Benguet and Mt. Province.

Baguilat also confirmed that based on their evaluation, forest fires are more frequent and with larger areas affected during long dry spells like the El Niño being experienced now. Thus he also enjoined the public and the local communities to help the prevention of forest fires.

Baguilat admitted that the DENR alone cannot address the problem of forest fires as they have depleted manpower and that their forest guards and rangers are now aging. According to Baguilat, in the past six years DENR-CAR is not filling-up positions because of the moratorium under the department’s rationalization plan. Also, the DENR has no budget this year to hire additional forest guards under the “Bantay Gubat” program.

“We would really like the communities, especially in areas where forest fires frequently occur, to come around and help us protect our forests from fires. The key here is prevention, it is really difficult and almost impossible to stop them,“ Baguilat said.

The DENR is also taking the lead in water conservation especially in the wake of the El Nino. Baguilat bared that they have issued instructions to their attached agencies and offices to reduce the consumption of water by 10 percent. DENR is also calling on other government agencies to come out with similar instruction as well.

On the region’s watershed, Baguilat also stressed that some of the watersheds are in critical state which is why the DENR is involved in a massive Upland Development Program and Reforestations. The DENR is also trying to provide livelihood for the upland or forest people, to somehow address the poverty problem in those areas, which is also a key factor in forest or environmental protection.

Baguilat also explained that dumping of solid waste in river basins as well as the dumping of landslides or road widening materials in slopes are also harmful to the watersheds. **Lito Dar/PIA

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2010 ALS A&E EXAM STARTS ON MAY 3
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | April 26, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – The registration for the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (DepED - ALS) 2010 Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Examination is set to start on May 3 up to June 15.

According to ALS Baguio head Arthur Tiongan, those who are interested to avail of the 2010 National A&E examination must pre-register any day within the prescribed registration period. The National A&E examination is set on August 1, while the examination for Metro Manila and National Capital Region is set on August 15.

Tiongan informed that they will also conduct a screening of A&E takers through an evaluation test before the 2010 national exam to determine who are capable of taking the 2010 A&E exam.

In the November 2009 A&E examination, the Cordillera was no. 5 in the national standing with ALS Baguio registering the highest passing percentage in the region. “ALS-Baguio got a 36 percent passing rate, which gives us the highest passing rate in the region for the seventh year now,” Tiongan said.

In CAR, 49 passed the elementary level, while 902 passed the secondary level. In Baguio City 286 passed the A&E examination out of more than 700 takers. A total of 25,487 examinees passed nationwide.

ALS A&E Registration and Testing Center for Baguio City is at the Quezon Elementary School, while for Benguet is at the Benguet National High School in Wangal, La Trinidad.

The ALS A&E Test is a national government program that aims to provide an “Education for All,”. It is a free paper and pencil test which is designed to measure the competencies of those who have not finished either the formal elementary or secondary education.

Passers of this test are given a certificate/diploma certifying their competencies as comparable to graduates of the formal school system, which makes them qualified to enroll in high school for elementary level passers, and to enroll in any college course for secondary level passers. **Lito Dar/PIA

MALARIA CASES IN CAR WENT DOWN IN 2009
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | April 26, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease which half of the world's population is at risk of acquiring. It kills around one million people with most of these deaths occurring in Africa.

Locally, malaria cases in the region went down dramatically in 2009. According to Department of Health’s Center of Health and Development (CHD-CAR) Regional Entymologist Ursula Segundo, there are 149 Malaria cases recorded in 2009, or a 62 percent decrease compared to the 397 cases recorded in 2008.

Of the total, 78 cases were recorded in Mountain Province with most of the cases reported from the municipality of Paracelis. Kalinga had 55 cases, 11 cases in Apayao and five in Ifugao.

Segundo also stressed that the CHD-CAR is continuously engaging in massive health education activities and advocacy. DOH, with the assistance of the Global Fund Malaria, through the Pilipinas Shell Foundation, is also giving long lasting pesticide nets, to malaria endemic municipalities like Paracelis.

Malaria is a disease transmitted by an infected female “Anopheles” mosquito, it signs and symptoms include: chills, high grade fever, sweating and severe headache.
For prevention and control, the DOH advises the people residing in malaria-endemic areas to sleep inside insecticide-treated mosquito nets, have their blood examined when they encounter signs and symptoms of malaria and not to self-medicate.

Meanwhile, the third World Malaria Day is celebrated on April 25. This is to recognize the global effort to provide effective control of malaria and to mobilize civil society in the fight against malaria. This is also an opportune time to work together to meet the 2010 target of universal mosquito net coverage for all populations at risk and a reduction in the number of malaria cases and deaths by 50%.

To commemorate this, Segundo confirmed that CHD-CAR, in coordination with their counterparts from regions I and II, will be having Inter-area conference, to be held in three batches from April 28-30 in Kalinga, apayao and Tuguegarao.

“The inter-area conference aims to have a consultation with our counterparts from regions I and II, especially those along boarder area of the provinces in CAR in terms of malaria surveillance and referral system and as well as to present the malaria situation in the respective areas,” Segundo said.

“There were also individual activities scheduled in Bucay, Abra, Paracelis and Natonin in Mt. Province and in the municipality of Aguinaldo in Ifugao,” Segundo added.

The Health Department enjoins the public to join the fight toward a Malaria-free Cordillera, Segundo said **Lito Dar/PIA

CORDILLERA HEALTH WORKERS TO GET AH1N1 VACCINATION
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | April 26, 2010

BAGUIO CITY - The Department of Health (DOH) announced Wednesday that health workers all over the country will be vaccinated against the A(H1N1) virus during the latter part of this month as part of the country’s response to the pandemic.

“Our frontline health workers are at higher risk for getting the disease than ordinary people due to their larger probability of exposure. In addition, they may also transmit the infection to other patients, as well as their families and co-workers, so it is appropriate that they be given priority now that the vaccines are ready for deployment”, Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral said.

The Health Chief noted that more than 420,000 health workers at the national and local levels and the public and private sectors will benefit from the vaccine. The 1.9 million doses of the vaccine arrived during the last week of March and are being shipped to the different regions of the country. Health workers from the regional health offices and local government units have been oriented prior to the distribution of the vaccine.

The vaccines represent the first tranche of the promised 9 million doses by the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of an agreement with the Philippine government signed on November 25 last year.

Cabral said that next in the priority list for vaccination are about 2.5 million pregnant women. Subsequent shipments will be given to other priority groups such as children six months to five years old, those 60 years old and above, and those with chronic medical conditions.

Locally, the DOH Center for Health and Development (CHD-CAR) has just received 39,500 doses of A H1N1 vaccines from Manila last Tuesday, April 20.

A regional orientation on Pandemic H1N1 vaccination was conducted last April 22 for the CHD H1N1 Task Force, selected health workers of H1N1 referral hospitals (public and private) in the region including Baguio City plus the City Health services Office.

On April 26, vaccination program will be launched at 8 AM at the City Health Services Office and at 2 PM, venue is at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) Delta Building.

According to CHD-CAR Medical Officer III, Dr. Alexei Marrero, A H1N1 still continues to be a health threat to the community.

“This will be on a voluntary basis and free of charge. The vaccination program aims to protect the integrity of the health care system and the country's critical health infrastructure against pandemic (H1N1) virus infections, to reduce the morbidity and mortality due to pandemic (H1N1) virus infections and to reduce the transmission of the pandemic (H1N1) virus strain within communities,” Marrero said.

After the health workers, next priority will be pregnant women, children six months to five years old, persons 60 years old and above, and those with underlying chronic conditions.

Marrero also confirmed that from May 2009 to Feb 2010, CHD-CAR recorded 266 confirmed cases of A H1N1 with nine deaths. For the first quarter of 2010, there were 10 confirmed cases recorded, with all of them already recovered. **Lito Dar/PIA
 

NEA FORGES ALLIANCE WITH MULTI-SECTORAL GOVERNANCE COALITION FOR TOTAL ELECTRIFICATION
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | April 26, 2010

Total electrification of the country needs the cooperation of all.

Thus, NEA has forged an alliance with a Multi-Sectoral Governance Coalition (MSGC) composed of associations which work for and with the Rural Electrification Program. This Coalition was organized to support the attainment of NEA’s vision of total electrification on an area coverage basis by 2020 and in line with its pursuit of excellence through good governance.

With the end-goal of providing adequate and reliable service to electricity consumers, the MSGC has developed its own scorecard specifying its Objectives, Measures, Targets and Initiatives.

The MSGC is comprised of the Electric Cooperatives Advocacy of the Philippines (Ecap), Multi-Sectoral Electrification Advisory Council (MSEAC), Philippine Association of Electric Cooperatives Internal Auditors (PHILAECIA), Philippine Association of Institutional Managers (PHILAIM), National Solidarity of Associations (NSA), National Solidarity of Unions (NSU), National Association of General Managers of Electric Cooperatives (NAGMEC), Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (Philreca) and Mindanao Institutional Managers.

The Coalition was formally recognized and affirmed in a ceremony held at the Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City on April 9, 2010 as part of the 2010 NEA-EC Conference and Recognition. In the said ceremony, the members of the MSGC took their pledge of commitment in support of NEA’s goal to attain its targets on the PGS Scorecard.

D.A. LIFTS BAN ON IMPORTS OF BIRDS, POULTRY FROM GERMANY
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | April 26, 2010

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has lifted a temporary ban imposed earlier on the entry of birds and poultry, including their by-products, from Germany following official confirmation by global animal health authorities of the eradication of the avian influenza (AI) or bird flu virus in that European country.

A report to the World Organization on Animal Health or Office Internationaldes Epizooties (OIE) by Dr. Karin Schwabenbauer, the Chief Veterinary Officer of Germany , showed that the incidence of Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) has been successfully eradicated in infected premises of the country since Dec. 21 last year.

DA Secretary Bernie Fondevilla lifted the ban after the OIE had restored Germany's avian-flu free status and the DA's Bureau of Animal Industry had confirmed that the risk of contamination from importing poultry and poultry products from Germany is negligible.

The Philippines along with Brunei and Singapore are the only AI-free countries in Southeast Asia.

The World Health Organization has reported that as of mid-April, there were 493 laboratory-confirme d cases of bird flu and 292 fatalities from the disease since the H5N1 strain of the virus broke out in Southeast Asia in 2003 and then spread across the rest of the continent, Europe, the Middle East and Africa .

In other Asian countries like Indonesia , 135 deaths have been recorded so far, while 25 fatalities from the AI virus were reported in China ; 17 in Thailand ; and 59 in Vietnam .

The DA has set up Community-Based Early Warning Systems (CBEWS) in selected barangays identified as in high risk of contracting the AI virus as part of its continuing measures to keep the Philippines free of this animal disease.

These CBEWs were established to orient Barangay AI Task Forces on the bird flu and the reporting process for AI suspects (both in poultry and humans) as well as the possible smuggling of poultry and exotic birds in their localities.

Under its Avian Influenza Protection Program (AIPP), the DA is also implementing an Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (AVET) Program to strengthen the capacity of the field veterinary services, especially at the local level, in designing and managing disease surveillance, conducting outbreak investigation and effective outbreak containment measures.

The government currently has four avian flu testing facilities located in Zamboanga City , Cagayan de Oro, Cebu City and San Fernando in Pampanga.

The laboratories in Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga and Cebu complement the ongoing work being done at the Regional Avian Influenza Diagnostic Laboratory (RAIDL), in San Fernando , Pampanga, which is the country's first diagnostic facility meant to promptly detect the AI virus. ### (DA PRESS OFFICE).

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