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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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SP CONDUCTS PUBLIC HEARING FOR SMALL SCALE MINING ORDINANCE
Posted by: S.C. Aro/PIA-Benguet | February 23, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A proposed ordinance for the establishment of small scale miners framework for operation was brought to life in a public consultation held last week at the Ben Palispis Auditorium last week.
As can be recalled, there was a proposed measure in 2006 dubbed, “Establishing the Framework for the Operation of Small Scale Mining in the Province of Benguet and Establishing implementing mechanisms for the purpose” that would pave the way in addressing the concerns of the underground industry and economy as well.

Former Board Member Aloysius Kato, who then chaired the committee on environment authored the proposed ordinance. A public hearing took place in 2007 and was on standstill since then.

Prompted with the compounding issues and concerns on the industry, the present administration resurrected the measure.

Vice Governor Crescencio Pacalso, who facilitated the public hearing held last week attended by small scale miners of the province, assured approval of the ordinance before June should the small scale miners cooperate in giving additional inputs the soonest aside from those already inputted for review and for final integration.

Benguet Small Scale Miner Federation President Engr. Lomino Kaniteng, who also supported the localization of the Small Scale Mining Act, witnessed the activity together with incumbent committee chair on environment Board Member Eddie Amuasen.

Prior to the presentation of the ordinance, Pacalso presented Republic Act 7076 otherwise known as the Small Scale Mining Act and Administrative Order 34 or its implementing Rules and Regulations as legal basis in localizing measure. He also presented other related mining laws.
There were issues raised for consideration and clarification such as qualifications to become small scale miner. It may be individually or as a group. However, group application should organize as a cooperative to apply for a “Minahang Bayan” where they will undertake operations limited to only one municipality as provided for, Kaniteng stressed.

There were also issues raised on the utilization of forest products for mining operations. Pacalso said they will look into the integration of appropriate forestry laws such as applying the concept of Integrated Social Forestry or the Community-based Management System (CBMS) covering their activities.

Pacalso pushed on giving more teeth on the evaluation of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau on the identification of active or inactive mining areas. If inactive as suggested by Kaniteng this will be a basis in petitioning for declaring the area as “Minahang Baya

Other proposed provisions for inclusion are on mining tenement holders, on the area being applied for with existing claimants with prior rights, and on the issue of mining rights and surface rights.

Kaniteng said there are about 22,000 small scale miners in the province affiliated with 62 associations. They produce an average of three tons of gold annually. For the last 15 years, Kaniteng said small scale miners sold a total of P125 billion worth of gold compared to the production of one large mining company amounting to P51billion.

The province is currently having an inventory and profiling of small scale miners expected to be completed this June.

ABOITIZ SAYS BINGA AND MAGAT DAMS HAVE CRITICAL WATER LEVELS
Posted by: S.C. Aro/PIA-Benguet | February 23, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet –Binga and Magat dams reached critical water levels in the absence of rains brought about by the El Niño phenomenon adversely affecting power generation, according to SN Aboitiz Power which operates both power plants.

SN Aboitiz Power Vice President for Corporate Services Atty. Mike Hosillos said they have to operate as scheduled by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) as both power plants operated by their company reached critical levels.

During shutdown operations, Hosillos said they are reserving water in time for the succeeding schedule of operations. He said Binga, Magat and Ambuklao dams are only part of the Luzon Grid. Ambuklo dam which is expected to operate end of the year is still undergoing rehabilitation, he added.

Hosillos assured the continuous supply of power until the summer season as there is still reserve supply according to NGCP. The NGCP is looking into the power plants at one time to meet the critical demand.
The NGCP is a private corporation which won the bidding for the franchise to operate and maintain the country’s transmission network. It has the crucial task of delivering safe and reliable electricity nationwide formerly the responsibility of the National Transmission Corporation or TransCo.

Under normal conditions, the Binga dam producing 100 megawatt power at 565 meters above sea level (MASL) height of dam water but the minimum level should be 560 MASL according to Hosillos.

For Magat dam which normally produces 360 megawatts at 170 MASL has reached below critical level varying from 158 MASL to 160 MASL.
Hosillos said the company is prepared and factored in the periods from March to May of low water level due to the absence of rainfall from March, April until May as they have studied the hydrological profile of Benguet.
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Meteorologist Engr Danny Galaty said El Niño is expected to end June 28 with a prolonged summer season.
Due to El Niño phenomenon, the province is experiencing dry spell according to Galaty. If there will be no rains this month we will be experiencing drought, he added.

Among the mitigating measures SNAP is undertaking include the efficient use of irrigation water particularly in the Magat dam plant and assisting the Department of Agriculture in coordination with the Bureau of Soil and Water Management (SWMB) in the conduct of cloud seeding operations.
Hosillos said as part of their environment and social responsibility, they are coordinating with government and non-government organizations in environmental protection and offering alternative livelihood for the community that would directly benefit them.

The company has assumed one million tree challenge which initially took off last year and had substantially distributed 100,000 seedlings across each subsidiary where there plants are located according to Hosillos. He said this is the company’s way of taking on climate change challenge.
Galaty on the other hand said mitigating measures to be considered by concerned sectors should be the prioritization of water impounding projects for agriculture and the continuing cloud seeding operations when necessary. However, he suggested that cloud seeding which is an expensive venture should be done early morning around five to six o’clock
 

DTI DESTROYS DEFECTIVE LPG TANKS
Posted by: S.C. Aro/PIA-Benguet | February 23, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Department of Trade and Industry made initial destruction of a number of substandard or defective liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanks confiscated from various establishments.
Initial destruction was undertaken in Shilan last February 17 from among the 91 LPG tanks which could no longer be reclassified or are already subject for destruction as these are no longer safe. If such condition is tolerated, this will be enough cause of fire.

DTI Provincial Director Freda Gawisan said there were actually 688 tanks found defective and confiscated from various establishments from March 23-27 last year in the province and Baguio City. The bulk or a total of 611 came from Baguio and 77 from the province. The remaining 597 tanks were subjected for reclassification.

Gawisan said some of those reclassified were brought to Tarlac subject for further scrutiny whether they pass the standards or not. If still in good condition and passed the standards, she said these will be given back to owners charging them with transport and other expenses while those which did not pass will be again subject for destruction.

The Baguio-Benguet Task Force forming composite teams, two each for Baguio and the province conducted a joint monitoring of 34 establishments in the city and 42 in the province.

The Task Force is composed of the Department of Energy as the lead agency, DTI, local government unit the Philippine National Police, Department of Interior and Local Government , and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

DTI also issued notice of violations for uncertified LPG cylinders to 23 establishments in both areas.
After the Task Force’s monitoring activity, Gawisan said series of IEC seminars were conducted in this town and Baguio City.

Comelec conducts voters’ education in Apayao
Posted by: Redjie Cawis/PIA | February 23, 2010

PUDTOL, Apayao- The Commission on Elections conducts Voter’s Education in the municipality of Pudtol in Apayao last week.
COMELEC Regional Director Julius Torres personally conducted the voter’s education for the Iapayaos as part of the Say- am Festival in celebration of the 15th Founding Anniversary of the province of Apayao last February 14.

More than 300 participants joined the activity that was held at the Pudtol old gymnasium. Local government officials from the different municipalities lead their constituents to have a glimpse of the automated elections process.

Torres showed the process of voting during the forum using the PCOS machines. Local officials even had the hands on trial on the PCOS and making sure that their votes were counted by the machine.
People during the forum questioned whether their province will be automated during the May 10 election. Torres assured the province will be fully automated come May 10.

The seven municipalities of Apayao namely Pudtol, Calanasan, Conner, Flora, Kabugao, Santa Marcela and Luna have cell phone signals and voting precincts where the Precinct Count Optical Scan machines will be placed in areas that have cell signals, Torrers said.
Torres also cleared that the senior citizens and people with disabilities will have special treatments during the election.

 

PNP leads ‘Operation Baklas’
Posted by: Redjie Cawis/ PIA | February 23, 2010

BAGUIO CITY - The Commission on Elections has deputized the Baguio City Police Office to lead the ‘Operation Baklas’ in the city of Baguio.

BCPO Director PSSupt. . Agripino Javier said that the COMELEC has tasked the city’s police force to remove and take down campaign materials and paraphernalia that are hang or placed on areas which are not designated common posting areas of the COMELEC and the city local government units.

Here in city, barangays have identified just one area in their locality as a common posting area for all the running candidates in the local and national level.

Javier added that he has reckoned the police force look on areas in the city that are not designated by COMELEC as posting areas but still is used by politicians to their advantage.

The Central Business District particularly Session Road is being closely monitored by the police as establishments will be used by politicians to place their elections paraphernalias, Javier added.

The COMELEC is also giving special attention to the trees in the city. Politicians are warned not to place any elections materials on trees. Nailing and tying of campaign materials is illegal and is closely guarded in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Meanwhile, the Baguio Flower Festival grand street and float will also be guarded by the BFF executive committee and the police so that no politicking would be done by running candidates.

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT AWARDS DENGUE- FREE BARANGAYS
Posted by: Redjie Cawis/ PIA | February 23, 2010

BAGUIO CITY - The Department of Health (DOH) and the Baguio Health Services Office (HSO) awarded plaques of recognition to barangays with the best sanitation practices.

During the Regional Launching of Dengue Awareness Campaign at the Baguio City Multipurpose Hall, Mayor Peter Rey Bautista and DOH Cordillera officials lead by Regional Director Dr. Myrna Cabotaje awarded barangays with the best practice in the prevention and control of dengue cases.

The barangay awardees were SLU-SVP, MRR-Queen of Peace, Atok Trail, Kabayanihan, Andres Bonifacio, South Drive, Middle Quezon Hill and West Bayan Park.

There were four criteria set for the selection of these barangays. First, the barangays should have no cases of dengue for the whole year of 2009.Secondly, the barangays should also be among the top 20 cleanest and greenest barangay in the city.

Barangay officials should have social mobilization aspect is the third criteria. Officials must have characteristics to convince their constituents to conduct their regular clean up drive in their community and mobilize their barangay dengue brigade.

Lastly there must also evidence in the barangay that they are implementing the 4-S campaign of dengue in the prevention and control of dengue.

The DOH intensified the 4-S campaign against dengue which are Search and destroy dengue mosquito breeding grounds, Self protection, Seek early treatment and Say no to indiscriminate fogging and yes to fogging if there is an outbreak or epidemic.

Meanwhile, Bautista commended the DOH and the HSO in the early launching of the anti dengue campaign to let the people prepare for the danger of dengue.

Cabotaje said that the early launching of the Anti dengue campaign is a response of the DOH to the changing climate that could lead to the adaptation of mosquitoes to the warm weather.
Dengue now is not only the rainy season disease but is now a year- round sickness, Cabotaje said.

4TH GAGAYAM FESTIVAL SET ON MARCH 19-21
Posted by: Juliet B. Saley/PIA-MP | February 23, 2010

SABANGAN, Mt. Province – Preparations are now underway for the fourth staging of the Gagayam Festival in this municipality this March with the theme, “Nan Kultura,” Ipatawid Isnan Unga.

On this occasion, the e-Sabangan will be showcasing their rich culture, traditions and arts hand to them by their forefathers.
This culture-based festival will coincide with the town fiesta on March 19 – 21, in time with the commemoration of the feast of the town’s patron saint, Saint Joseph , The Worker.

Based on the draft activities, the festival consists of a series of events including street dancing, cultural presentation, indigenous games, indigenous literacy musical competitions among the 15 different barangays.
In the street dancing, dance shall depict everything/anything that is ethnic including theme, costume and ethnic implements. Participants shall be not lesser than 30 and shall be a combination of all ages from all walks of life.
In the cultural presentation (choreographed), each barangay will present a traditional ritual practiced by the local tribes. The following cultural practices/rituals will be presented per barangay: “munpabey” by barangay Bao-angan, ‘awil’ by Bun-ayan, ‘Begnas’ by Busa, ‘segep di baey” by Camatagan, ‘senga’ by Capinitan, ‘begnas’ by Data, ‘daw-es’ by Gayang, , ‘ug-ugbo’ by Lagan, ‘pakde’ by Losad, ‘bayas’ by Namatec, “sapon di baey” by Napua, ‘kenta/ated di unga’ by barangay Poblacion, , ‘sedey’ by Pingad, ‘lepas‘ by Supang, and ‘waned/wakley’ by Tambingan.

Competition in indigenous literacy musical category, participants for the Dad-dad-at, Day-eng, Uggayam, and Tantandak are high school and elementary students while Buyag and Liw-liwa shall be competed among the secondary students.

Indigenous games on ‘laga di biki’, “ginnuyudan”, and sanggol will be competed among adult men; “sapo di buko”, and “Kunes” by adult women; “bawwet” by adult/high school (men); ‘sagking sinelas’ by secondary and grade four pupils (female); “ak-akkad and “coconut shells” by secondary and grade 6 (male and female); ‘pakpaka-ak’ by secondary/grades 5 and 6 pupils (female); ‘lumba ay menwanes’ by secondary/grade 5 pupils (male); lumba ay menlagayan’ by secondary/grade pupils (female); ‘penpenek’ by adults/secondary/elementary (male); ‘depap di besa-ang’ by adults Male/female) who are 40 years old and above; “depap di manok” by adult (male/female).

Other activities include sports like basketball, volleyball, table tennis, chess, marathon and parlor games

7 LGUS TO PARTICIPATE IN SUMMER JOBS FOR STUDENTS IN MP
Posted by: Juliet B. Saley/PIA-MP | February 23, 2010

BONTOC, Mt. Province – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has allotted P445,000.00 for this year’s Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) in the province.

Jocelyn Culaling of DOLE Mt. Province said the amount represents the 40 percent counterpart of the agency.

Culaling said this year’s SPES program is participated by the provincial government and six local government units.

The provincial government together with the six LGUs have committed a total amount of P1,249,784.00 representing their 60 percent counterpart.
Of the total amount, the provincial government has committed P750,000.00; followed by the municipality of Natonin, P133,584.00; Bontoc, P100,000.00; Sagada, P91,200.00; Tadian, P80,000.00; Barlig, P60,000.00; and Besao, P35,000.00.

The students are hired for 20 days each. Their daily wage will be computed based on the income classification of the municipality and the province.

Students from the municipalities of Barlig, Besao and Sagada shall be paid P168.00 per student per day; students of Tadian, Natonin and Bontoc will receive a daily wage of P173.27. Students hired by the provincial government are entitled to a daily wage of P207.91.

Culaling said this year, the DOLE will conduct a pre-qualifying exams to all SPES applicants which will be conducted by DOLE personnel only. It will be conducted in the different municipalities between March and April before the start of the Summer Job.

The qualifying exam is composed of two parts namely, the English Language Proficiency and the Quantitative Analysis and Numerical Reasoning. This is administered to provide equal opportunities to all interested applicants for the program and remove discriminatory selection of SPES beneficiaries; inculcate and advocate the value of competition among the youth.

The results of the exams shall be arranged by score from highest to lowest. This shall be the basis of the final selection of the LGU/employers, especially if there are more applicants than the available SPES slots. Selection shall be done through ranking method.**

GUV BATS FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN IEC CAMPAIGN ON AUTONOMY
Posted by: joseph b zambrano/PIA-CAR | February 23, 2010

TABUK CITY, Kalinga - In a bid to attain self determination and sovereignty for the creation of an autonomous region in the Cordillera, the private sector should carry out an active role in the information, education campaign on autonomy.

Thus urged Ifugao Governor Teddy Baguilat Jr adding that it is not only the Regional Development Council and the government line agencies who are supposed to do the information dissemination to the people. Each single individual can help in rekindling our pursuit for autonomy, he pointed out.

‘I am for autonomy and I am doing my part in educating our people, telling them the advantages derived from it and most especially, we should also learn from the autonomous region in Muslim Mindanao, instilling their best practices and leaving away the inaccuracies’, Baguilat said.

For Kalinga Governor Floydelia Diasen, she is very much concerned on the issue on the environment and the rich mineral resources of the province. It should not be exploited by multi-companies, stakeholders should be the one to manage all the rich natural wealth of region.

‘I advocate for a genuine autonomy for our region. There will be progress and growth thereby improving our standard of living’, Diasen said.

We can have our own laws, taxation and others for our own benefits, what we really want to do for the development of our region and our people, Diasen added.

Meanwhile, Usec. Vilma Labrador of the Department of Education and Culture (DepEd) and Chairman of the National Commission Culture and the Arts (NCCA) said that autonomy will preserve the rich culture and traditions of the Cordillerans. It also provides for the adopting of indigenous practices as part of its laws, applying home grown methods in agriculture and managing the native resources of the region.

Labrador was one of the keynote speakers in the week-long 15th Ulalim Festival of Kalinga coinciding the 1st quarter meeting of the RDC

DOST INTRODUCES A SIMPLIFIED LANDSLIDES ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE
Posted by: MC Acmo and Teody Vedarosaga/PIA interns | February 23, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - A simplified rating system for landslide hazard assessment has been introduced by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to various Cordillera Stakeholders during the 2010 Northern Luzon Cluster Science and Technology Fair held at Gladiola Hall of Benguet State University last February 16.

The simplified landslide assessment is part of the DOST Grant-In-Aid Landslide project, which aims at developing a simplified and graphical hazard assessment procedure for rain-induced, shallow-depth landslides that can be used by non-experts. The proposed rating system can be applied to shallow land which slope is not beyond three meters.
The project team has already used the assessment procedure during its survey conducted on 230 landslides sites affecting communities in Kalinga and Mountain Province.

According to DOST Scientist Dr. Daniel Peckley, Jr., an individual can assess the susceptibility of his real estate property to determine its stability in terms of landslide incidents using the system. “The assessment procedure is helpful to individuals who are not familiar with assessing landslides, even a certain government agency they can adopt it and use it for their own,” he said.

The said assessment procedure involves slope angle rating, material strength rating, vegetation factor, frequency of failure, land stability reduction due to presence of spring, land stability reduction based on drainage condition, and other land use factors.

“By measuring the stability of our lands, we would be able to find some ways to remedy the flaws and save our lands from erosion especially during the wet season,” Peckley added.

Peckley also stressed that they will be coordinating with other government agencies and institutions, for the adoptation or utilization of the said landslide hazard assessment procedure.

“We are also open on the idea of tying up with other institutions in improving the said project, ” Peckley said. The DOST is also planning to conduct training seminars on different communities, to introduce this simplified landslides assessment

The project presentation is part of the DOST’s program which also aims to educate Cordillerans on how they can contribute on climate change mitigation and adaptation procedure
 

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