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Scientists Develop Crops To Withstand Climate Change
Posted by: Redjie Cawis/ PIA | January 25, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - As the problem of climate change worsens, agriculturists and experts are working very hard to keep up with the challenges this phenomenon may pose to food supply.

University of the Philippines – Los Banos Soil Conservation Technology and Weed Management research team head Dr. Gil Magsino said that several agriculturists and scientists are developing new breed of seeds that can withstand climate change.

Magsino said that they have developed in partnership with the Philippine Rice Research Institute and the International Rice Research Institute. palay or rice seeds that could survive in any condition or weather . These rice seeds could survive with less water during dry season and could survive even after being flooded under water, he explained.

‘Pag napagerminate na ung palay tapos bumaha, pag nawala ung tubig buhay pa ung palay’ Magsino said.

The rice varieties we have are very much water sensitive, Magsino said as he bared that they have developed rice seeds that are less water dependent in preparation of the threat of El Niño and extreme heat.
Magsino also disclosed that they are developing highland vegetable seeds that can survive and keep up with the climate change. He noted that highland vegetables being grown here in Benguet and the Mountain Provinces are very much sensitive to temperature.

Magsino added that contributors to climate change are highly urbanized cities with more carbon dioxide emission. He advised fast tracking of reforestation to help combat the situation

BFF Execom Says ‘Strictly No Politicking’ In Panagbenga 2010
Posted by: Redjie Cawis/ PIA | January 25, 2010

The Baguio Flower Festival Executive Committee will not allow politicians to campaign during the Panagbenga celebrations especially during the grand parades.

BFF chairman Anthony De Leon announced ‘strictly no politicking ‘ for aspiring candidates for the May 2010 elections during the Panagbenga. He said they will allow politicians to join the Float Parade only on February 28 but with several guidelines with respect to their participation.
Candidates who wish to be part of the float parade are required to provide their own float in accordance with the float specifications and parade guidelines of Panagbenga 2010.

De Leon added that the number of people aboard the float is only limited to ten individuals only. People in the float should also be in costumes and must be keep up with the theme of the Panagbenga Float Parade.
Bodyguards, escort vehicles and other personal assistants are not allowed to accompany the politicians on the float.

Stickers, posters and other campaign materials are not allowed to be displayed as part of the float design aside from the company name or logo that should be rendered with flowers and other natural materials, De Leon added.

Distribution of flyers and other campaign materials and throwing of any object from the float is strictly prohibited. Politicians are also cannot go down the float and shake hands with the crowd.
De Leon said politicians should comply with the guidelines set by the BFF and if any politician fails to do so, he will be peacefully ejected from the parade.

During the recent Sinulog Festival in Cebu, they suffered set backs during their street parade because of politicians campaigning and we do not wish that incident to happen in our Flower Festival, De Leon added.

La Trinidad, Kabayan Institutionalize Senior Citizens Officer For A Day
Posted by: S.C. Aro/PIA-Benguet | January 25, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Two towns crafted separate measures giving senior citizens privilege to act as officials for a day in the month of October in observance of Elderly Filipino Week.

This capital town enacted Ordinance No. 4-2009 otherwise known as “La Trinidad SCOFAD” institutionalizing the senior citizens officer for a day (SCOFAD) while Kabayan municipality enacted Ordinance No. 42-09 providing opportunity to senior citizens who have a vital role in nation building, to act as officials for a day.

As per definition, senior citizens are those are 60 years old and above.
In the La Trinidad ordinance, to qualify for the screening of the SCOFAD will be the Municipal Federation of Senior Citizens of the 16 barangays of this town. They will be occupying the posts of mayor, vice mayor, sangguniang bayan members and secretary to the Sangguniang Bayan.
Those selected for this town will be receiving a minimal honorarium as their incentive.

The measure as stated in the Kabayan Ordinance is intended to put value on the contribution, role and welfare of the elderly Filipinos and to extend to them opportunities and benefits that give flesh to existing policies.
This will further encourage the elderly to have an active role and participation and contribution to nation building.

In their twilight years, this will give them an opportunity to experience or have a chance in running the affairs of the local government in their capacity as counterparts of elected officials even for a day.
Just like in La Trinidad, the members of the Federation of Senior Citizens from the 13 barangays are qualified as aspirants to mayoralty, vice mayoralty and sangunnian posts.

They will also be given an honorarium equivalent to one-day salary of the concerned officials.

The measures are in line with RA No. 7432 otherwise known as “An Act to Maximize the Contribution of Senior Citizens to Nation Building, Grants, Benefits and Special Privileges and for other Purposes.”

Itogon Grants Tax Relief To Business Establishments
Posted by: S.C. Aro/PIA-Benguet | January 25, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - Business establishments in the town of Itogon will be granted tax relief of their penalties of business taxes starting this month.

The Sangguniang Bayan enacted an ordinance granting tax relief of their penalties of business taxes from January to December 2010 because they were greatly affected by the past typhoons

As can be recalled, Itogon was one of the hardest hit municipalities of the province destroying lives and properties and left some families homeless.
As per review of the Provincial Board, Municipal Ordinance No. 44, series 2009 was approved on final reading last week on the premise that it is within the authority of the local sanggunian to enact based on the provisions of Republic Act 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.

Based on RA 7160, the local sanggunian through an ordinance could grant tax exemption, tax incentives or tax relief to all business similarly situated, in cases of natural calamities, civil disturbance, general failure of crops, or adverse economic conditions in the locality such as substantial decrease in the prices of agricultural or agri-based products as indicated in Article 282, Part 11, Rule XXX of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the LGC.

Bontoc Amends Its Municipal Scholarship Program
Posted by: Juliet B. Saley/PIA-MP | January 25, 2010

BONTOC, Mt. Province - To give more poor but deserving students a chance to finish college, members of the Sangguniang Bayan has amended certain provisions of Ordinance No. 86, s. 2005 establishing a Municipal Scholarship Program.

In Municipal Ordinance No. 141, s. 2009 introduced by councilors Cyril Bacala, Sr., Pascual Sacgaca, Ignacio Afidchao and Wilbert Padnangaran, municipal scholars can enroll at the Xijen College of Mt. Province, a private institution and other colleges in the future.
Under Ordinance No. 86, the Municipal Scholarship Program covers only the Mt. Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) being the only college existing in the municipality at the time of the enactment of the ordinance in 2005.

The equal sharing of three scholars per barangay is also amended. Each barangay shall have two additional scholars in addition to the existing three allotment totaling to five scholars and maybe increased subject to availability of funds.

This ordinance shall take effect the first semester of 2010 after each publication in the newspaper of local circulation

Bontoc Lgu Requires Couples Applying For Marriage License To Plant 10 Trees
Posted by: Juliet B. Saley/PIA-MP | January 25, 2010

BONTOC, Mt. Province – In support to the “Plant a Million Tree” program of the provincial government and to help mitigate the impact of Climate, couples applying for marriage licensed are required to plant ten trees.

Under Municipal Ordinance No. 144, s. 2009 known as newly –wed couples civic and community service program in the municipality of Bontoc applicants for marriage license/contract are mandated to plant ten trees each as a civic and community service in their respective barangays.

Authored by Councilor Wilbert A. Padngaran, the ordinance was and approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan under Resolution No. 290,
The ordinance requires newly wed couple to submit to the Office of the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) a certification issued by the barangay captain certifying that they have satisfactorily complied with the requirement before they can get their marriage license.

It is also provided in this ordinance that the municipal government of Bontoc provides the seedlings either forest trees or fruit bearing trees to be planted in their own land or in any communal land in their own locality

Comelec-Abra Reiterates Observance Of Total Gun Ban
Posted by: Maritess Beñas/PIA-Abra | January 25, 2010

BANGEUD, Abra – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) had tightened the implementation of the gun ban and conduct of checkpoints in the entire province during the six-month election period from January 10 to June 9, 2010.

In a radio interview, Abra’s Provincial Election Supervisor Vanessa Roncal she stressed that all permits to carry firearms are now suspended as provided for by COMELEC Resolution No. 8714.

Said resolution provides the guidelines on the implementation of a total gun ban during the election period. The resolution specifically prohibits anyone except the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines , the Philippine Army in particular, and other law
enforcement agencies like the Civilian Armed Forces Geographic Unit (CAFGU) who are under the direct supervision and command by the Philippine Army, and the Provincial Security Group to carry firearms or any deadly weapons like pistols, knives, grenade and any explosives especially in public places.

Roncal explained that all permits to carry firearms are now suspended since the election period had started. She also clarified that even if the PNP and AFP and other law enforcement agencies are exempted, they may only be allowed to carry their firearms when they are in uniform and in the actual performance of their duty which includes their travels to and from their place of assignment.

The COMELEC Resolution likewise provides limitation on the number of security escorts allowed to every politician who have threats on their life. Only two to four escorts are allowed, depending on the degree of the threat based on the threat assessment carried out by the Joint Security Control Center of the PNP and AFP that is chaired by the COMELEC itself.
According to P/Supt Lawrence Coop, OIC Provincial Director, there are now checkpoints at Tangadan, San Quintin, Sinalang intersection in Bangued, and in Brgy Bangbangar, also in Bangued. He explained the rules in the conduct of the checkpoints in order to avert human rights violations.
Abra is still included in the hot list of the PNP due to the records of criminality and the proliferation of guns and goons of the politicians

Nfa Assures Abrenios Enough Rice Supply
Posted by: Maritess Beñas/PIA-Abra | January 25, 2010

BANGUED, Abra –The National Food Authority (NFA) assured the Abrenios of adequate supply of rice in the province amidst warnings that El Niño will strike the country this year.

NFA Manager Cecilia A. Concubierta said NFA has 82,000 bags of palay grains stocked in the eight bodegas in the province. She also assured that these palay grains will be milled right here in the province and outside like what happened in the past.

Aside from the existing palay grains on stock, there is also about 65,000 cavans of clean rice to be delivered in addition to the 40,000 cavans on hand.

Concubierta shared her observation that there is no more problem with rice supply in Abra even in the past years because the farmers have already learned to sell their palay to the government as well as buy rice from accredited NFA outlets like the Tindahan Natin and the Bagsakan Center in the barangays because the price of rice there are a lot cheaper than in other retailers.

NFA also maintains its Rolling Store, hence the allotment of the municipalities for rice are not affected especially in times of calamities.
The Food for School Program is also continuing since the allocation for this has already been in place.

TESDA – Abra Partners With Rotary Club Of Bangued For Its Continued Service To Abrenios
Posted by: Maritess Beñas/PIA-Abra | January 25, 2010

PIDIGAN, Abra – Lack of funds does not deter the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to continue its service delivery in the province.

TESDA-Abra headed by Director Conrado Maraan, Jr. partnered with the Rotary Club of Bangued in order to accede to the request of the people of Bucay for training on massage therapy.

The series of training on massage therapy conducted at the Cristina Gonzales B. Memorial High School (CBGMHS) for two months last year was not part of the regular-funded training program of the agency. But because the people themselves had asked for it, TESDA sought sponsorship of a volunteer organization that is willing to shoulder the costs of the training.

The Rotary Club of Bangued headed by Architect Antonio Go readily agreed to sponsor the training since one of the outreach programs of the Rotary Club is to help develop entrepreneurs in the countryside and help generate income and livelihood.

According to Freddie Barona of TESDA-Abra, there were 41 participants who completed the training on massage therapy last month. The participants who were mostly youth and women age 17 to 42 came from the different barangays of Bucay namely Labon, Layugan, Poblacion East and West, Banglolao, BLISS, and San Miguel.

Daisy Berce, a graduate of TESDA in massage therapy served as the trainer.

Aside from sponsoring the training costs, the Rotary Club of Bangued also gave the trainees massage kit which contained T-Shirt, efficacent oil, alcohol and bag.

Meanwhile, the regular in-house training program of TESDA-Abra is still on-going. Courses offered are automotive mechanics, driving and welding. There is a free dormitory where trainees from far-flung municipalities can stay for free during the duration of their training

Ifugao Rice Farmers Already Feeling Effects Of El Nino
Posted by: Dan B. Codamon/PIA-Ifugao | January 25, 2010

LAGAWE, Ifugao- More than a thousand rice farmers here reported that they are already experiencing the negative effects of the predicted El Nino phenomenon or long dry spell that is expected to hit the country from February to July this year.

The farmers expressed their fear and anxiety that if the dry spell continue and no early intervention is provided then they will stand to suffer huge economic losses for their damaged rice crops.

They said that as early as the month of December, they observed that the rivers, streams, springs and irrigation systems are drying up coupled with the scarcity of potable water supply.

Acting on this report, Engineer Michael Tegui-in of the Ifugao Provincial Agriculture Office went to investigate and made assessment of the situation confirming the report of the farmers.

He said that based on his assessment there are 6,051 hectares of irrigated and 674 hectares of rain-fed rice fields that are already affected in their vegetative, reproductive and maturity stages in the entire province.
The report indicated that there are 3,660 hectares of rice fields in their vegetative stage, 1,287 hectares in their productive stage and 1,449 hectares in their maturity stage which are lacking their irrigation supplies.
If these areas of planted rice will be totally damaged by the drought then it will affect the vital Rice Self-Sufficiency Program of Ifugao and the Department of Agriculture.

Worst hit is the municipality of Alfonso Lista with 1,450 hectares of rice farms affected followed by Aguinaldo with 1,022 hectares, Lamut with 963 hectares, Lagawe with 513 hectares and Asipulo with 467 hectares.
Tegui-in said that these areas are highly vulnerable to the El Nino hence they are preparing proposed interventions for funding and immediate implementation to prevent and mitigate the suffering and losses of the rice farmers.

Among the proposed projects and activities are the conduct of information campaign to the farmers and the people to enlighten them about the el Nino so they can in their own way cope with it.

Furthermore, their office will recommend to the DA and the Provincial Government the provision of small farm reservoirs, small water impounding projects, water pumps and advise the farmers to plant drought resistant crops such as leguminous crops, onions, garlic, squash, cassava, melon and others to earn income during the dry season


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