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Abra to launch "Botosko, Dayawko, Bantayak !"
Posted by: Maritess Benas - PIA-Abra | October 31, 2009

BANGUED, Abra - The local media and college students here have come up with the localized version of “Boto Ko, Ipatrol Ko” , as their participation in peace-building in the province in the 2010 elections.

In a special meeting of the local press people called by the Philippine Information Agency last October 17, the group will launch this program dubbed “Botosko, Dayawko, Bantayak!” on December 4, 2009 during the opening program of this year’s celebration of the Abra Week for Peace.

The Abra Week for Peace 2009 (AWP) is now on its second year. The AWP was launched last year as an offshoot of the Local Peace Special Assembly (LPSA) which was conducted in the province and attended by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo herself.

The AWP was conceived as a response mechanism to the ‘unpeaceful’ condition in the province brought about not only by insurgency but more by political wardlordism.

As a sustained effort towards peace-building especially that the election period is nearing again, the program “Botosko…” is conceived for youth participation with the hope that this could be a preemptive measure to thwart election-related violence. Ultimately, it aims to scrap the name of Abra province in the list of election hot spots of the Philippine National Police.

Meanwhile, the UGNAYAN Committee came up with this rooster of activities during the celebration of the AWP 2009 from December 4 to December 10.

Day 1 will have a “Peace parade” around the Bangued Town Proper followed by an ecumenical celebration at the Bangued Town Plaza. The “Botosko, Dayawko, Bantayak!” will be launched together with the Trade Fair to be facilitated by the Department of Trade and Industry.

The next day will have the inter-collegiate forum/debate on election-related violence.
The third day is the conduct the 2nd LGU-Tribal Elders Symposium. Simultaneous with this is the conduct of a medical/dental mission in the flood stricken areas particularly the flood-prone barangays of Isit and Cardona in Dolores, and Aguet in Lagangilang. These areas were chosen in favor of Sta. Rosa and Cabuloan in Bangued because of the difficulty of access to the provincial center for medical assistance.

The fourth day will have the Youth Forum on the “Role of the Youth in Good Governance” and a dance drama competition based on the theme of the AWP 2009 celebration. The third batch of the Youth Leadership Summit will also be launched on this day.

On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, will be the inter-agency action in a rural municipality. This year, the Action will be conducted in Malibcong.

December 9 will host the Ateneo School of Governance. The researchers will present the result of their action research on the election-related violence committed in the province of Abra. The presentation will form part of the 2nd Leaders Peace Summit in the province. The Leaders Peace Summit will be participated by all candidates for elective positions during the 2010 elections.

In the afternoon, there will be a Rock Concert by the YLS and the Band of the 41st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.

The AWP 2009 will culminate on December 10 with the signing of a Covenant on Non-Violence during the election in 2010.

Oplan kaluluwa '09, traffic scheme
Posted by: Julie G. Fianza | October 28, 2009

The Oplan Kaluluwa executive committee, in coordination with the Baguio City Police Office Traffic Management Bureau, has issued a traffic re-routing scheme for the annual exodus to the city’s cemeteries on Nov. 1.
Oplan Kaluluwa action officer Gregorio Deligero, said traffic personnel will be deployed in the Central Business District up to the Baguio Cemetery from 5:00 a.m. of Nov. 1, until the activity is over.

A one-way scheme will also be strictly implemented during the same period along Naguilian Road, from junction of Bokawkan Road up to Dominican Road.

Along Dominican road, from junction of Naguilian road up to Queen of Apostles road and Queen of Peace Road up to Legarda/Palma St. Intersection.

One-way scheme will also take place on the whole stretch of San Luis Road, from junction of Naguilian Road up to San Roque Road, whole stretch of San Roque Road going up towards Naguilian/Dominican.
The whole stretch of Sofia de Vera St will only be opened to vehicles going u only and also along the first road of Quezon Hill (from junction of Naguilian rod up to Ponce St., and the whole stretch of Hamada Road (from Naguilian towards Queen of Peace road).

As in previous years, public utility vehicles will be re-routed along Guisad, Fairview and other PUJ associations taking Ferguson Road. Those going to the CBD should take Dangwa St. or Roman Ayson to Bokawkan towards their designated loading terminal. Same route will apply when they go back to their point of origin.

Trucks and buses are banned along Quirino Highway from Bokawkan, Naguilian junction up to 2nd road San Carlos Heights junction. Trucks and buses are advised to take alternate routes along Marcos Highway, Lamtang, Longlong and Sta. Lucia Circumferential road from 5 a.m. of Nov. 1 up to midnight of the same day.
Only water delivery, ambulance and police vehicles are allowed inside the Baguio Cemetery during the same period.

Private vehicles are allowed to pass in front of the Baguio Cemetery and allowed to turn around at the junction of San Carlos Heights and shall be then be allowed to unload/load passengers in front of Baguio Cemetery then pass through Quirino highway, turn right to Lourdes/Dominican in going back to the CBD.

Taxicabs delivering passengers to the cemetery shall go around at 2nd road, San Carlos Heights and are allowed to unload passengers before the Baguio Memorial Cemetery Gate, go through Quirino highway, turn right to Dominican road towards Queen of Peace or Queen of Apostles St. In going back to the CBD.

Irisan, San Carlos Heights, NPC, and other Naguilian PUJs Association who are going to the CBD are advised to take Naguilian Road, turn right to Dominican down to either Queen of Peace or Queen of Apostles Road and take their usual route in going back to point of origin. Unloading of passengers shall be at the junction of San Carlos Heights first road.

San Luis, San Roque, Asin, Nangalisan and other PUJs association shall take Asin Rd. in going to the CBD shall take San Roque Rd., turn right to Dominican down to Queen of Peace or Queen of Apostles to their terminal, and take the usual route in going back to point of origin. Unloading of passengers shall be at the back of Station 1, BCPO.

Dominican PUJs, in going to the CBD, shall take Queen of Peace or Queen of Apostles to their designated loading/unloading terminal. Usual route will be used in going back to the point of origin. Unloading will be before the ark, left side of the road going to Baguio Cemetery.

Quezon Hill PUJs in going to the CBD shall take first road, Quezon Hill, turn right towards Naguilian, turn left to Dominican road down to Queen of Peace or Queen of Apostles to their designated loading/unloading terminal. Usual routes shall be used in going back to point of origin. Unloading of passengers shall be nine meters from the junction of 2nd road Quezon Hill.

A “No Parking” policy shall be strictly implemented inside Baguio Cemetery; Naguilian road, from junction of Bokawkan rd up to the first road San Carlos Hts.; whole stretch of San Roque Rd; San Luis road, from junction of Naguilian rd up to Queen of Angels St., both sides.
Vehicles are also banned to park along the whole stretch of Queen of Peace road, Queen of Apostles road Sofia de Veyra St.

Recommended parking areas are the pay parking area inside Cooyesan Plaza; inside Shangrila subdivision; inside Recoletos compound; Naguilian road, from opposite side of 1st Rd San Carlos Hts. up to main gate of Bermuda subdivision, parallel parking for light vehicles only; whole stretch of Ponce St. along Quezon Hill; right side of 2nd Rd., San Carlos Hts. going down.

Like in the previous years, about 140 stalls were approved by the City Treasurers Office to sell flowers and candles along Harrison road from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1.
Among other rules given to the vendors include the uniform-sized stalls to face the sidewalk, and no other goods shall be sold in the area.

City Treasurer Thelma Manaois cautioned the vendors to follow the regulations as their violation would mean a disqualification for the next years.

Bontoc launches Oplan Pera sa Basura
Posted by: Juliet B. Saley - PIA MP | October 28, 2009

BONTOC, Mt. Province – The municipal government here launched the “Oplan Pera Sa Basura” last August in efforts to heighten awareness and participation in proper waste management.

This program is a contest among the elementary and secondary schools, private as well as public, in this municipality on the collection and segregation of recyclable wastes.

A team composed of Councilor Eva Mila Fanaang, SB Chair on Health; Rural Sanitary Inspector Roger Agcapen of Bontoc Rural Health Unit; Gwyncel Kay Bacwaden, CO-UNFPA; and Clifford Kilakil, Manager-Omfeg Junk Shop went to the different schools to weigh the collected recyclable wastes which were bought right away by Mr. Kilakil. They conducted monitoring and weighing two times until September 30.

According to Fanaang, sales derived from the collected recyclable wastes will go to the school. Some schools used the sales from these recyclable wastes in buying some school supplies which were given to the pupils, she added.

Based on the data recorded during the monitoring and weighing of collected recyclable wastes per school, the Saint Vincent’s High School ranked first. It has a total weight of 11,796.85 kilos of collected wastes. The school received a cash prize of P20,000.00 from the municipal government. The other 20 participatory schools were given P5,000.00 each.

Other recyclable wastes which were not bought like wrappers of candies, biscuit and others were recycled by the students into purse. A pupil also recycled sando bags into a rope, Fanaang said.

Fanaang said this activity aims to instill in the minds of the children that there is money in wastes so that they will not just throw their waste.

To sustain this program, the team continues to monitor how the different schools manage their waste. The school still continues collecting recyclable wastes and if they have collected much, the school can contact Kilakil to buy them.

With this program, garbage collectors noticed that there was a decrease of collection of garbage. The students were also trained to segregate wastes in the schools which they can also apply in their homes

City begins talks with Sablan on garbage landfill
Posted by: Ramon Dacawi | October 28, 2009

Representatives of the city began last Tuesday talks with residents of Sablan, Benguet on Baguio’s proposal to build an engineered sanitary landfill (ESL) on a private lot in the town to solve the city’s garbage disposal problem and eventually prevent a similar one from occurring in the municipality.

Officials of both local government units stressed during the initial forum in front of the town hall that it will take a long process, starting with the series of dialogues towards “social acceptability”, on whether Sablan residents would allow the project to proceed.

City administrator Peter Fianza, designated by city mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. as point person in the efforts to solve the city’s trash problem, said the project would even be stopped despite its prior acceptance should it fall below the standards and agreements set during the negotiations.

“This is just the beginning of a series of dialogues for us here and our neighbors in Baguio,” town mayor Bonny Tacio told his constituents as he asked them to raise all their concerns relative to the proposal under an atmosphere of transparency.
City councilor Antonio Tabora Jr., chair of the city council’s public works committee, noted the project, if pushed through, would redound to economic benefits for the host town, including job opportunities for its residents.

Colleen Lacsamana, head of the city environment and parks management office, presented a bird’s eye-view of the ESL structure as established in and being managed by other local government units complying with the provisions of Republic Act 9003, which mandates the closure of open dumpsites and adoption of ESL and other environment-friendly waste disposal systems.

She said the ESL system includes proper transport and containment of odor, leach and other pollutants and opens the probability for harnessing methane for fuel or to generate electricity.
Her presentation triggered a suggestion from mayor Jose Abansi of neighboring Burgos town in La Union for a look-see into the operation of ESL facilities. “Kita-pati (to see is to believe),” he pointed out.

Jay Co, executive assistant to mayor Bautista, said the city will transport sector representatives of Sablan, from town and barangay officials, non-government organizations and other groups to a field visit to the ESL of San Fernando, La Union.
The 22-hectare proposed site in Sablan is one of several the city is considering for the establishment of an ESL system following the closure of the open dumpsite at Irisan Barangay in July last year.

Since then, the city has been hauling its solid waste to an ESL facility in Capas, Tarlac as a temporary measure

DOH intensifies campaign against Leptospirosis
Posted by: Lito Dar - PIA | October 28, 2009

BAGUIO CITY – Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III issued a memorandum - to all DOH bureaus, services, Center for Health Development Directors, hospitals and other attached agencies – to work for the prevention and control of “leptospirosis,”. This was announced by Center for Health and Development (CHD-CAR) Director Dr Myrna Cabotaje during a kapihan forum Wednesday.

“Due to the alarming number of cases of Leptospirosis in some areas of the country, we have an immediate instruction from the Secretary of Health on giving Prophylaxis, to possible Leptospirosis cases and we have just received the guidelines on giving it. The Office of the Health Secretary is also set to provide us with medicine stocks for such purpose,” Cabotaje said.

Cabotaje also confirmed that that there are three cases of leptospirosis monitored in Cordillera. She informed that they are still looking for the details of the cases. n.

“We would look into our evacuees and responders na nababad sa baha at hindi lang sa baha, dahil maaari din na makuha ang naturang sakit sa lupa at halaman na na-contaminate,” Dr Cabotaje added.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease affecting both humans and animals. The stages of the disease may include fever, severe headache, muscle pains, chills, redness in the eyes, abdominal pain, jaundice, hemorrhages in skin and mucous membrane (including pulmonary bleeding), vomiting, diarrhea and rash.

Antibiotic prophylaxis (Doxycycline) is reported to give some degree of protection to exposed individuals from non-endemic areas. Identified cases of human infection must be confirmed, or a large number of cases suspected, before the general population is issued prophylactic medication.

Prophylaxis is begun one to two days before and continuing through the period of exposure. A full prophylactic course of treatment is required if exposure is known to have occurred. Prophylaxis for Leptospirosis may be achieved by the administration of doxcycline to frontline responders (such as rescue personnel and health workers) in areas with a high risk of exposure to Leptospirosis.

In a related news, the DOH, Thursday, signed a memorandum of agreement with five PhilHealth-accredited private medical facilities where the government, can refer leptospirosis patients that state hospitals can no longer accommodate. The DOH, through the MOA, will subsidize the financial requirements of patients that it will refer to these hospitals.

The five private-owned medical facilities that signed the MOA today are: Capitol Medical Center, MCU-F.D. Tanchoco Medical Foundation Hospital, Manila Doctors Hospital, Los Baños Doctors Hospital, and The Medical City


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