Sports news: DBL holds basketball play-off in Dagupan

By April Montes

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) — The 17th season of the city’s Developmental Basketball League (DBL) held its championship play-off last January 22 at the city Astrodome.


The Divine Word Academy of Dagupan (DWAD) faced St. Albert the Great School (SAGS) during the season’s fina


DWAD won the championship three years ago and for two consecutive years landed second next to St. John’s Cathedral School (SJCS). On the other hand, SAGS is deemed as the season’s dark horse as it is the first time that the school made it to the semi-finals.


DWAD retained the championship trophy beating SAGS, 83-75.. Education Program Supervisor Edilberto Abalos said, DWAD prepared better than SAGS but SAGS can’t be underestimated because it’s the first time that they entered the finals. It is the team that spectators should look forward to in the next season.


The players that will compose the mythical team representing Dagupan City division in the upcoming Ilocos Region Athletic Association (IRAA) were chosen from the participating schools.


Awarded as the Best Coach was Rev. Fr. Edsel R. Demillo, SVD; Most Valuable Player Jed Biascan; and Most Improved Player, Kenneth Meneses; all coming from the winning team.


The contest that kicked-off last September 2011 was participated in by both public and private schools. The game develops physical fitness and strengthens camaraderie and friendship among players, schools, and officials, said Abalos.


The Department of Education (DepEd) recognizes the need to provide pupils and students with learning opportunities that is not solely focusing in academics. Thus, it is important that youths are exposed to various programs and activities like sports where they can channel their interests and potentials to help them become holistically capable individuals. (ANL/AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan)



Intensity 4 tremor hits Northern Luzon

by Freddie G. Lazaro

VIGAN CITY, Jan. 28 (PIA) — An intensity 4 earthquake hit Ilocos Norte and its nearby areas this Saturday noon but no damages to either life or property was reported by the Phippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) based in Sinait.

Local Phivolcs Rerearcher Porferio De Peralta said that the tremor registered a magnitude of 5.2 on the ritcher scale. It occurred at 12:46

p.m. with epicenter located at 48 kilometers northwest of Calayan, Cagayan.

Intensity 4 was felt in Pasuquin and Sarrat towns and Laoag City; all in Ilocos Norte; and intensity 1 in Sinait, Ilocos Sur. He said that the tremor was tectonic in origin. (JCR/FGL-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)


Tagalog News: Kaso ng illegal logging sa IN bumaba


by Carlo P. Canares

LAOAG CITY, Jan. 28 (PIA) — Kumonti ang kaso ng pagsusunog at pagpuputol ng mga puno na walang permit sa Ilocos Norte, ayon kay Engr. Juan delos Reyes Jr., hepe ng Kagawaran ng Kapaligiran at Likas na Yaman (Department of Environment and Natural Resouces) sa lalawigan.

“Nakikita natin na sa mga nakaraang taon ay marami ang sinamapahan ng kaso sa korte. Subalit itong mga huling taon ay bumaba ang mga kaso sa korte,” pahayag ni delos Reyes.

Bukod sa pagpuputol ng puno ng walang permit ay ang kaingin o pagsusunog ng mga kagubatan ang sanhi ng pagkawala ng mga puno sa lalawigan, paliwanag ni delos Reyes.

Bagamat walang binanggit na datos hinggil sa dami ng kaso, sinabi ni delos Reyes na ang dahilan ng pagbaba ng mga kaso ay dahil sa pagtutulungan lokal at nasyonal na pamahalaan.

“Aktibo ang ating mga kasama, lalo na ang mga kapulisan – ang mga ‘station commander’, mga ‘chief of police; pati na din ang ating mga alkalde. Dahil aktibo na sila ay nakikita natin na natutugunan na ang problema ng ‘illegal logging at poaching,’ sabi ni delos Reyes.

Inamin ng hepe ng DENR sa Ilocos Norte na may mga munisipyo na ang kailangang kagubatan ay hindi na kasing dami ng mga puno kagaya ng dati.

“Nandiyan ang mga bayan ng Marcos, Dingras, Carasi na nakikita natin na kaunti na lamang ang puno,” ani delos Reyes.

Dahil dito ipinapatupad sa lalawigan ang programa ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III na National Greening Program.

“Sa ilalim ng programa ay dapat lahat tayo ay magtanim ng mga puno sa ating mga kagubatan o sa mga bakuran, plaza, paaralan. Kapit-bisig nating panindigan ang pangangalaga sa ating Inang Kalikasan para sa kinabukasan,” sabi pa ni delos Reyes.

Layunin ng National Greening Program na makapagtanim ng 1.5 bilyon na puno sa buong bansa hanggang taon 2016. Sa Ilocos Norte ay kinakailangan magtanim ng 25,000 na puno bawat taon ang lahat ng 557 na barangay. (ANL/CPC-PIA Ilocos Norte)

Major PNP reform, accomplishments cited

by Jennilyne C. RoleSAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 30 (PIA) – Undersecretary for Peace and Order Rico Puno of the Department of Interior and Local Government said on Friday that the Philippine National Police has adopted a new fund distribution scheme where only 15 percent goes to national headquarters and the 85 percent goes to field operating units to ensure an efficient and responsive service to the people.

Puno was guest here during the 21st PNP Anniversary with the theme “PRO 1: May Serbisyong Pagkukusa, Kaibigan ng Mamamayan at Tagapagtanggol ng Karapatan.”

This he said was among the major accomplishments of the PNP, specifically in fiscal reform.

He also cited the zero backlog program launched last year which demonstrated the PNP’s seriousness in implementing disciplinary measures, including the PNP Integrated Transformation Program-Performance Government System.

Puno also cited the 39 percent positive approval ratings of the office of the chief PNP in 2011. He was very optimistic that the rating would be sustained if not surpassed given the present leadership this year.

He said that the police integrated patrol system has helped bring down crime rate in Region 1 wehre index and non-index crimes have decreased and crime solution efficiency has improved.

In 2011, total crimes against persons went down by 30.4 percent and total crimes against person dropped by 17.8 percent compared with that of 2010.

“These positive results can be attributed, in a large measure, to increase PNP operations against riding in tandem criminals,” Puno said.

The PNP, likewise, has made progress in mainstreaming human rights and international humanitarian law in the police organizations.

In Region 1, the Commission on Human Rights – Region 1 recorded a considerable drop of 12.5 percent on alleged human rights violation involving PNP personnel. Puno urged uniformed PNP personnel to work more in the implementation of human rights-based policing concepts and approaches to law enforcement.

“I am confident that PRO-1, being the home of the most citizen-friendly and most human rights conscious police personnel would set the pace for other police offices to follow,” Puno disclosed. (JCR-PIA 1 La Union)

DSWD-1’s partner agencies offer programs, services to 100 4Ps beneficiaries in Ilocos Sur

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 30 (PIA) — In response to the Millenium Development Goal to eradicate poverty incidence in the country, various partner agencies of the Department of Social and Welfare Development 1 (DSWD R1) offered their programs and projects to 100 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P) beneficiaries in the municipality of Sugpon, Ilocos Sur during the Convergence Caravan held recently in said municipality.According to Alan Lulu, DSWD-1 info officer, this convergence seeks to provide adequate livelihood opportunities or projects to 4P’s to increase their household income.

Among its partner agencies include Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources offering 500 fingerlings to persons who are members of organizations and have available fish cages; and college scholarships for fishermen’s children.

Department of Labor and Employment, on the other hand, introduced its Student Program Employment Service or SPES available to children ages 15 to 25 years old.

The Department of Trade and Industry offered skills training, processing and manufacturing of raw materials for livelihood, market promotion, market product matching and financial facilitation.

Agustina Abluyen, one of the 4P’s beneficiaries said, “Idi, haan kami nakapag Day Care ken haan mi pay makita ti ruangan ti RHU. Ita maited ti kasapulanen ti ubbing gapu ti Pantawid Pamilya”(Before, we did not have the opportunity to avail of Day Care Services and we did not even see the RHU doors. But now, children’s needs are being provided because of Pantawid Pamilya).

Convergence Regional Project Coordinator Virginia Sesay commended the Local Government Unit here and 3 agencies for their support and partnership with the DSWD1 in providing services for the Pantawid Pamilya claim holders.

Sesay encouraged the beneficiaries to continue complying with the conditions of the program for them to continuously access it for the improvement of their lives. (ANL/MHH PIA1 La Union with reports from DSWD1)

55 members of SEA-K in Santol receive capital assistance

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 30 (PIA) -– A total of P470,000 was awarded recently to 55 recipients of the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran Capital Assistance in Santol town to build the capacities of poor households in starting small enterprise in order to become economically active and self-sufficient.

The capital assistance is from the poverty-reduction convergence strategy of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It is for the development and sustainability of the micro enterprise, according to DSWD Management Division chief Benjamin Baldo.

Poor families were given a capital to start up small-scale business or micro enterprise such as soft broom making; root-crop buy and sell; and “sari-sari” stores, as part of government’s continued effort to mitigate poverty.

Before the awarding, the beneficiaries had undergone orientation on SEA-K and assessment profiling process in terms of readiness to avail the program.

The field office also conducted environmental scanning and social preparation to identified priority beneficiaries with feasible business proposals.

Baldo also reminded the claim holders to perform their duties as members and recipients. (EMR-PIA-1/La Union with report from DSWD)

OFWs treated fairly in Taiwan, says MECO chief

By Alex Romeo R. Fernandez

URDANETA CITY, Jan. 29 (PIA) — Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) enjoy greater working condition and better treatment in Taiwan than in other countries.

Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chief Amadeo R. Perez Jr. bared this fact during the Media in Action Forum of the Pangasinan Press Club held at the city hall on Friday.

“Maganda ang working condition sa Taiwan. All OFWs are treated fairly,” he stressed.

Perez, who was a former mayor of this city, said that the MECO and Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor achieved this by promptly working on cases filed by the OFWs.

“Only one complaint has been filed with the ministry since I took office,” he said.

OFWs in Taiwan number about 90,000, of which around 15 percent are caregivers and domestic helpers, while the remaining are factory workers, he said.

Perez added that workers in Taiwan also enjoy higher salaries compared to other countries, stating that an employee can earn an initial salary equivalent to P26,000 which can reach up to P45,000 if they work overtime.

The Philippines ranks third, after Indonesia and Vietnam, among the countries with the highest number of workers in Taiwan.

Filipino workers are preferred over other nationalities to work in the electronics sector because they have superior skills, he said.

MECO was established in 1975 to take care of the relationship, particularly economic, between the Philippines and Taiwan without compromising the One China Policy. (JCR/ARRF-PIA 1 Pangasinan)