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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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PENRO TO SET UP NURSERY AT THE DISTRICT JAIL IN MT. PROVINCE
Posted by: Joseph B Zambrano | April 11, 2011

BONTOC,  Mt. Province - The Provincial of Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) District Office recently agreed  in principle to put up a fruit bearing and pine tree nursery inside the compound of the District Jail here.
 
According to Maximo Macli-ing of the PENRO, the project is aimed to have  livelihood project to provide additional income for the inmates, and   as their support to the environmental programs of the government.

Our foresters  will provide the technical assistance on how to put up a nursery  and all the materials needed, Macli-ing said.

To make it more significant and meaningful we can officially launched it on April 22 in celebration of Earth Day, he said.

At present the inmates are maintaining a backyard garden producing green leafy vegetables and they are selling them to the public market as reformatory  income.

They are into handicrafts making  picture frames, broom making and assembling concrete hollow blocks. They are also fabricating rubber chairs and tables, flower pots using recycled materials.*(PIA CAR)

35 FARMERS GRADUATE FROM FIELD SCHOOL
Posted by: Larry Lopez | April 11, 2011

TANUDAN, Kalinga - 35 corn farmers graduate from the Integrated Pest Management Course on corn production in barangays Baccong and Lay-asan, here, after completing the 120-day field course.
 
Alfredo Addatu of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG), who is the facilitator of the farmer’s field school, said the course involvedindoor and actual outdoor class where farmers were taught the natural method of eliminating corn pests.

 This technology discourages outright chemical spraying on corn plants as a system to eliminate corn plant enemies.

During the period of the course, farmers were exposed to the demonstration farm where they gathered actual situations on the kinds of friendly insects and enemy insects.  They were taught the natural method of eliminating enemy insects not necessarily through immediate chemical spraying but through the introduction of friendly insects, Addatu said.

 Right in the field, we always find two kinds of insects – one that is friendly to plants and the other the enemy, he stressed. Immediate spraying kills both and at times is not necessarily advantageous to the plant, he claimed.

 One very common enemy to corn is corn borers, a type of insect that produces massive eggs that later develop into worms that prey on corn leaves and stems.  Addatu said once the corn plantation is attacked by this kind of pest, it can cut the production level to below 50% of the average yield.

 This pest causes very heavy damage to the corn plant that even outright chemical spraying to affected portions renders futile result as the pest imbeds into the corn itself.

 Addatu said farmers are taught to do situation analysis on their production area to check which kind of insects is dominant.  If friendly types are dominant, they don’t suggest spraying, but when it is necessary, they recommend organic inputs like neem tree and tobacco.

Friendly insects, Addatu said, are spiders, lady beetles and ear wigs. *(PIA-CAR/Kalinga)

144 FAMILIES GET HOUSING MATERIALS FROM SRK2 OF RED CROSS
Posted by: Larry Lopez | April 11, 2011

TABUK, Kalinga – 144 families in the province got free housing materials, as initial recipients, under the shelter repair kit 2 rehabilitation project of the International Federation of the Red Cross.

Loraine Marcos of the Philippine Red Cross, Kalinga Chapter, said the rehabilitation package is intended for typhoons Juan victims. Repair materials under the project fall under two types, the voucher materials worth P10,000 and fixed materials.

Beneficiaries can choose their needed materials under the voucher materials for a total amount of P10,000 while they get six pieces 6x6 coco-lumber, four pieces 8mm steel bars, four pieces 10mm steel bars and three bags cement as fixed materials.

 As part of the project guideline, recipients are given 30 days to complete the rehabilitation work, starting on the day they received their materials.

Marcos said a total of 263 families qualified as SRK2 beneficiaries after the evaluation. They come from 23 barangays of Tabuk, 10 in Rizal and three in Pinukpuk.

Before SRK2, Red Cross had an earlier project under SRK1 completed last January that provided P7,000 worth of construction materials per family and benefitted 1,217 typhoon victims. Amount of aid under SRK2 is higher.

The initial 114 families come from Tabuk and Pinukpuk while delivery for Rizal shall follow immediately, Marcos said. *(PIA-CAR/Kalinga)

3 REBEL DEPENDENT SCHOLARS GRADUATE THIS APRIL
Posted by: Larry Lopez | April 11, 2011

TABUK, Kalinga – Life for Ferdilyn Sallaya, Claribel Dupali and Nympha Bawingan would entirely be different after their graduation from college this April.

The three dependents of former rebels acquired college scholarship under the government’s Social Integration Program (SIP) to former rebels. The scholarship component of SIP is jointly sponsored by the Office of Presidential Assistance on Peace Process (OPAPP) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

 Eusebia Haddac of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) said Sallaya is graduating Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the St Tonis College, here, Dupali finishes Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology at St. Louis University, Baguio City and Bawingan graduates Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Baguio, Baguio City.

 The three , who are all from Tanudan, join the roll of OPAPP-CHED scholars in the province, who finished college courses.
The first two successful grantees of the program are Shirley Mae Balutoc, now employed as nurse at the local government of Pinukpuk and Jocephine Sibayan, employed as teacher at the Kalinga Apayao State College, Laboratory High School.

 Haddac stressed on the significance of finishing a career as prime factor for an individual to lead a normal life.

 When dependents of former rebels finished college and find jobs, we expect them to be a big contribution to their respective families, Haddac said. The assistance they received from the program would cause domino effect on their families, relatives and in their communities, she added.

 While one of the identified root causes of insurgency is poverty, Haddac said let us address that cause and this is answered through proper education.

Many of the youth from poor families are easily persuaded to join the insurgency movement because of false promises. Through education, a family member later finds job and becomes part of the answer to the social problems besetting the family. This Haddac claimed is effective as solution to the insurgency problem. *(PIA-CAR/Kalinga)   

PANANATILI NG MGA NPA SA MT. PROVINCE RAMDAM PA RIN
Posted by: Joseph B Zambrano | April 11, 2011

BONTOC, Mt. Province - Nararamdaman pa rin sa Mountain Province ang pananatili ng mga pwersa ng New People’s Army (NPA).

Kinumpirma ito ni  Mountain Province Police Office,  Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Fortunato Albas. Partikular na tinukoy ng opisyal and bayan ng Natonin at Paracelis na madalas na nakikitang gumagala ng mga armadong rebelde.

 Ayon sa kanilang intelligence report ay patuloy na nagsasagawa ng kanilang pangre-recruit ang mga ito para madagdagan umano ng kanilang mass base sa lugar.

Sinabi ni Albas na meron ding hindi armadong kaanib ng NPA, and pang-organisa sa mga komunidad sa lugar na naglalayong himukin ang residente at suportahan and kanilang kilusan.

Gayun pa man, binigyan diin ni Albas na katuwang sila ng Philippine Army na nakabase sa Mt. Province sa counter-insurgency operation laban sa mga kagawad ng NPA.

Sa katunayan aniya, isang Memorandum of Understanding on Partnership for Peace and Development and kanilang linagdaan noong March 17, 2011 sa pagitan ng 501st Infantry Brigade, 5th Infantry Division ng Philippine Army, Mt. Province Provincial Police Office at religious sector.

Sa layuning makamit ang kapakanan ng mga mamamayan, katahimikan at kaunlaran,binuo nila and Church-Military-Police Advisory Group-Mt. Province.

Magsisilbing itong formal at informal venue para maresolba ang mga umusbong na issues at di pagkakaunwaan na dulot ng suliranin hinggil sa insurgency sa Mt. Province. (PIA CAR)

DSWD: CCT PROGRAM REACHES OUT TO 47% OF POOR FAMILIES IN CAR
Posted by: Lito Dar | April 11, 2011

BAGUIO CITY – The government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is already covering 47 percent of the listed poor families in Cordillera.


This was affirmed by the newly assumed DSWD-CAR Regional Director Leonardo Reynoso, during the Regional Development Council (RDC) en banc meeting in Bontoc Mountain Province Wednesday.


According to Reynoso, based on 2009 National Statistics and Coordination Board (NSCB) Poverty Statistics, there are 54,949 poor families in the Cordillera. The CCT qualified beneficiaries totaled to 25, 832 families of which it already covered 47% of the said number.


Reynoso cited that in the scenario, that if in 2012, the P-Noy administration decides to increase the number of CCT beneficiaries by 500,000 (nationwide), then additional 18,407 families in CAR and adding this to the present beneficiaries, it will be equivalent to about 80.5 percent of the 54,949 poor families listed by the NSCB.


On a much better scenario, if the government decides to add 1 million more beneficiaries, then the CCT program by then will have about 54,624 beneficiaries in the region, which is 99.4 percent of the listed poor families in Cordillera, Reynoso added.


On the issue of inclusion error on the CCT program, Reynoso reported that as of April 6, they have already delisted and no longer included in the pay/cash out 164 households from the program.

For other complaints or grievances of inclusion error, Reynoso also calls on the public to inform the DSWD, fill up a Grievance Form or if not interested to fill up grievance form, should provide information to DSWD personnel, as he also assured that all households who are subject of complaints shall be reassessed and complainant shall be informed of the results of the action taken on the complaint.

For further discussion of the concerns of the local chief executives on the CCT program, Reynoso also assured that once informed, he will gladly negotiate to schedule a visit to the concerned LGUs, for a consultation. *(PIA CAR)

CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT RECORDS 3 NEW HIV IN BAGUIO
Posted by: Lito Dar | April 11, 2011

BAGUIO CITY – City Health Services Office (HSO) Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (RHWC) head Dr. Celia Flor Brillantes, affirmed that there are three new cases of HIV recorded this first quarter of 2011 bringing the total number of HIV/AIDS cases in the city to 44, with 17 deaths, since surveillance started in 1992.

According to Brillantes, the three new cases involve two males aged 22 and 32 years old who are both categorized as MSM (Men having Sex with Men) and a 39 years old female.

Brillantes affirmed the increasing cases of HIV/AIDS, especially among the MSM groups, which is why they are intensifying the surveillance and IEC campaign to the said groups as they are now the vulnerable sector to HIV infections.

Based on the City’s HSO-RHWC HIV/AIDS Registry data, in 2007, out of the five cases recorded, two were MSMs; two HIV cases recorded in 2008 were both MSM; In 2009, two of five recorded cases were MSM; and last year there were four MSM cases out of the six HIV cases recorded.

Of the total 44 HIV cases, 30 were males with the youngest just 17 years old; 19 were Overseas Contract Workers, 12 MSMs, four are blood donors, three were wives of Person with HIV (PWH), two foreigners, a sexually active male and a female and a female who still has an unknown cause of contracting the disease.

As for the RHWC, Brillantes stressed that aside from the continuous advocacy and IEC campaign, they are also regularly conducting HIV/AIDS surveillance, conducting trainings to new entertainers, conducting night inspections and contact tracing.

The HSO and RHWC, is also at the forefront of the city’s AIDS Watch Council (AWAC), a multi-sectoral group headed by Dr. Charles Cheng, a long time partner of the city government in combating HIV/AIDS. AWAC’s framework focuses on the prevention, service delivery, advocacy, IEC campaign and research. *(PIA CAR)

CHARMP AREAS UNDERGO GENDER-BASED PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT
Posted by: Maritess B. Beñas | April 11, 2011

BANGUED, Abra, April 8 (PIA) – A special training for Barangay Development Council (BDC) members on gender-based participatory development for the municipality of Malibcong was conducted on April 4-5, here.

Representatives from the BDCs of the other municipalities within the service areas of the Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resources Management Program, Phase 2 (CHARMP2) were also included such as the municipalities of Luba and Bucloc.

The training aimed to help the BDCs organize themselves as working councils to be able to participate in the formulation of their Barangay Investment Plan and in the prioritization of their needs and projects in their respective barangays.

This way, the BDCs can prove their ownership of the projects they plan to implement by integrating their plans and projects into their barangay budgets as well as get the support and participation of the community people most especially the poor and all the sectors to whom their projects are intended.

The seminar likewise aimed to train the participants in the technicalities of monitoring and evaluation to ensure proper and transparent implementation of programs and projects in their barangay wherever their funds are sourced out.

In order to realize the seminar objectives, topical inputs on the roles and functions of the Barangay Council as well as the participation of Non-government Organizations (NGOs) and Peoples’ Organizations (POs) were discussed by Jimmy Daoaten of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). This gave the trainees more insights on how the BDCs would operate more effectively in support of participatory local governance.

Belmore Pacapac of the Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG) talked on the organization, roles and functions of participatory monitoring and evaluation team. Monitoring and evaluation is a necessary tool in project management in order to ensure that programs and projects are implemented as planned, and to ensure as well, transparency and accountability in projects implementation.

The mainstreaming of the CHARMP2 into the Barangay Governance was discussed by Provincial Planning and Development Officer Philip Tingonong, while his staff, Arnel Valdez presented how Gender and Development could be integrated into the CHARMP2. Cornelio Adame discussed the utilization of the project proposal forms, also for the CHARMP2.

The seminar was sponsored by CHARMP2 in collaboration with the partner agencies, DILG, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the PPDO, and the CCAGG, its partner-NGO. *(PIA CAR/Abra)
 

LGU ADDRESSES WATER PROBLEM IN LICUAN-BAAY
Posted by: Maritess B. Beñas | April 11, 2011

LICUAN-BAAY, Abra –The municipal government here has allocated funds for the repair of the existing water system in Sitio Baquero, Brgy. Nalbuan to address the problem of potable water supply in the area.

Mayor Christopher L. Millare, Sr said the LGU appropriated funds not only for the repair of the existing water system but also to provide faucets for the household connections in order to control the flow of water. He also called on the residents to observe discipline in the utilization of water.

Mallare explained that the problem of potable water supply in this community is not merely on the scarcity of water supply.

While it is undeniable that water becomes scarce during summer because the springs and streams start to dry, the main and real cause of the scarcity of water supply in the area is the lack of discipline, lack of concern of others’ needs, and the misuse of potable water supply by some residents.

The mayor had observed a lot of households do not have faucets and the water is simply left running all day and night. This is one reason why water cannot reach all the households that are supposed to be serviced by the said water system.

Another cause of the problem of scarcity of water supply to the households is greed and lack of concern for others’ needs. The mayor noted that there are some families who misuse the potable water supply diverting it for the irrigation of their fish ponds. Because of this, water no longer reach households located at the far-end of the water system.

The mayor emphasized the need for community cooperation that they be more considerate of the needs of the other water users and not be greedy because water is life and it has to be shared by everyone.

‘ The excess water may be utilized for other purposes other than domestic use, but let its primary purpose of providing drinking water be used first and foremost before drawing the water down to the fishponds. Or better yet, draw water from the creeks for irrigation purposes,’ Mallare advised.

The existing water system was constructed way back during the administration of then mayor and now Vice-Mayor Aunnielyne A. Castillo.

The LGU is also looking for additional sources of water supply to augment the existing supply.*(PIA CAR/Abra)

IFUGAO TOWN TRAINS OWN BARANGAY POLICE
Posted by: Dan Codamon | April 11, 2011

KIANGAN, Ifugao -To augment the small number of police assigned in this municipality, the first batch 30 trainees who will become barangay police or tanod underwent a five -day basic search and rescue and police work training at the Kiangan Youth Hostel here recently.

The trainees came from the first cluster of eleven barangays who will be deputized after their graduation and be assigned to their respective areas to assist the police in maintaining peace and order and implementing the various local ordinances.

Another training has also been scheduled for the second cluster of five barangays from the so-called riverside area of Mungayang, Bokiawan, Lingay, Dalligan and Nungkigadan next month, according to Municipal Coordinator Anne Dumangeng.

The training given to the future barangay policemen by the Kiangan Police Force and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) include search and rescue, first aid, self-defense and basic police procedures.

The BFP shouldered the training expenses and accommodation of the participants as a show of support and cooperation to the local government unit.

They will be formally deputized in a ceremony to be administered by Mayor Joselito Guyguyon and the Chief of Police, Inspector Armando Bongtayon after their last day of training

Guyguyon said said that the barangay police or tanod will receive incentives from the municipal government amounting to P250/day aside from other incentives that their own barangay will give them.

They will work on a day and night shift like a policeman and be put under the control of the Mayor but under the supervision of the Barangay Captains and the police.*(PIA- CAR Ifugao)

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