Tagalog news: Kainan sa Laoag, itinataguyod ang kultura ng Ilocos para sa turismo

LAOAG CITY, March 29 (PIA) — Sa larangan ng kultura at kasaysayan, isang kapihan ang tumutulong sa pagsulong ng turismo sa Ilocos Norte sa pamamagitan ng masasarap na pagkaing Ilokano.

Ang Johnny Moon Café ay ipinangalan sa premyadong Ilokanong pintor na si Juan Luna. Dahil dito, marami sa mga pagkain o yaong mga nakalista sa ‘menu’ ay mayroon kaugnayan sa buhay ng sikat na pintor.

Sinabi ni Aian Raquel ng tanggapan ng turismo sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Ilocos Norte, naging inspirasyon si Luna sa paggawa ng mga pagkain na handog sa cafe.

“Halimbawa, mayroong inumin na may pangalang ‘Mi Passion Drink’ na hango sa painting ni Luna at kaparehas din ng pangalan nito. Isa pang halimbawa ay mayroon pagkain na ipinangalan sa ina ni Juan Luna, ang ‘Laureana,’ na isang ‘pasta dish’ na hinaluan ng malunggay,” paliwanag ni Raquel.

Dahil na din sa inspirasyon na ibinigay ni Juan Luna, naipapaalam sa publiko ang talambuhay at kasaysayan ng bayani at ng lalawigan ng Ilocos Norte.

Si Juan Luna ay mula sa bayan ng Badoc na sumikat dahil sa obra na “Spolarium.”

Ayon pa kay Raquel, mga pagkain na Ilokano ang mga inihahain sa Johnny Moon Café, “subalit, nilalagyan namin ito ng ‘twist’ o iniiba ng bahagya upang magkaroon ng banyagang panlasa.”

“Halimbawa, ang ‘bagnet’ o ‘chicharon’ ay inihahalo na namin sa salad at palaman sa tinapay. Ang ‘empanada’ ay hindi na lamang Iloko longganiza ang laman kundi makakapili na din ng ibang palaman na bagnet o sisig,” sabi pa ni Raquel.

At sa paghahanda ng mga pinasarap at ginawang sosyal na Ilokanong pagkain ay gumagamit ang kainan ng mga panghalo na galing sa mga iba’t-ibang bayan ng lalawigan.

Ang ‘Mi Passion Drink’, halimbawa, ay gumagamit ng ‘passion fruit extract’ na nagmumula sa bayan ng Adams; at ang ‘Heneral Blanco’ (pangalan ng isa pang obra ni Luna) ay kape na mula sa Adams na hinaluan ng ‘basi,’ ang alak sa Iloko. Ang miki pansit na ginagamit sa ‘Batac Miki con Gipang’ ay gawa mismo sa bayan ng Batac.

Ang Johnny Moon Café ay pinupuntahan, ayon kay Raquel, ng mga balikbayan at iba pang mga turista, mga sikat na personalidad at ng mga mahihilig sa sining at kultura.

“Pagkatapos mamasyal sa mga tanawin sa Laoag City at Ilocos Norte, ay masarap kumain at magpahinga sa Johnny Moon Café,” sabi ni Raquel.

Ito ay matatagpuan sa La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center, sa Museo Iloko sa lungsod ng Laoag.

Samantala, patuloy naman ang pagpapaigting ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Ilocos Norte sa industriya ng turismo dito. Kamakailan, nailunsad ang mga patalastas ng “Paoay Kumakaway,” ang pangalan ng kampanyang-turismo, sa merkado sa lokal at ibayong dagat. (JCR/CPC-PIA1 Ilocos Norte)

42 DSWD training graduates get job thru placement services

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, March 29 (PIA) — A total of 42 persons with disabilities (PWDs), who recently found jobs after completed a training course sponsored by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The PWDs graduated from a training course from the Area 1 Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC), which also held a Job Placement Services graduation rites were held this month in Dagupan City, according to AVRC Center Head Elizabeth C. Manuel.

DSWD Region 1 Information Officer Iryn de los Reyes said the graduates are orthopedically handicapped, visually impaired and hearing impaired were trained on massage therapy, food service and canteen management, commercial cooking, tailoring, dressmaking, hairdressing and beauty culture and basic computer.

Psychological interventions were provided to them to socially prepare them for their mainstreaming and reintegration in the society, de los Reyes added.

According DSWD 1 report, among the establishment where these AVRC trainees were employed today include Visually Impaired Brotherhood for Excellent Services (VIBES), Camp Allen Massage, Stimulating Therapeutic Center, VOV massage all in Baguio City, San Rafael Garments Factory in Tarlac City, Elwyns and JHN Tailoring in this city; Refined Square Garments in Dagupan City and Bhogs Tailoring Shop in Calasiao, Pangasinan.

DSWD further said that the basic salary of these persons employed with disabilities depends on its employer but still relative or closer to the minimum wage of cities where they are working.

Graduation ceremony guest speaker Artemio Bragado, former AVRC trainee and now Supervisor of one of the branches of VIBES, stressed that AVRC is the first door that opened everything for them. (ANL/MHH PIA 1 La Union with reports from DSWD 1)

Feature: Proper sanitation equals healthy living

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, March 29 (PIA) — This city continues to implement the Septage Management Program to help protect people and the environment. A local ordinance mandates septic tanks in the city are dislodged on a five year schedule.

Other areas in the country implementing this, in compliance with the Clean Water Act of 2004, are Metro Manila, Dumaguete City, Alabel, and Sarangani.

The City Environment and Natural Resources Office has conducted information dissemination activities among residents on the new sewerage and septage management program.

According to report, participants were given a brief background on septage management, including basic definitions, an overview of the current situation in San Fernando, the laws governing sanitation in the Philippines, proper septic tank construction, and the relationship between septage management, health and the environment.

As a result, development of small sewage treatment systems called ‘Eco-tanks’ was seen in the following barangays: Poro, Catbangen and San Francisco.s

Moreover, regular emptying of septic tanks was observed as an affordable, short-term solution to the Philippines’ sanitation challenges since 55 people are dying per day due to poor sanitation, according to a study of the World Bank.

Aside from that, the program will reduce contamination of well water since it was showed in a study of well water in San Fernando City that 56 out of 59 wells are contaminated with fecal bacteria causing serious diseases.

Septic tank maintenance will also result in cleaner rivers and lakes, reduction of foul odor caused by overflowing septic tanks and especially improved image of the city.

The USAID, Rotary Club of San Fernando La Union Chapter, Rotary International, Sustainable Cities International in Canada today continues to provide assistance to places like San Fernando City.

Thus San Fernando City has stepped initiatives on health and sanitation as manifested by the recent launching of its Septage Treatment Facility located in Barangay Mameltac, for a healthy life along with proper sanitation.(JCR/MHH-PIA1 La Union with reports from http://www.citynet-ap.org) .

KBP bares updates on broadcast code in journ seminar

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan, March 29 (PIA) — The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) has updated its code for broadcasters nationwide after the media was criticized during the coverage of the hostage crisis at the Luneta Park in 2010 and some controversies that hounded television programs involving children.

KBP legal counsel Rudolph ‘Rejie’ Jularbal stressed the importance of the safety and security of human life above anything else during the Seminar on Broadcast Journalism held at the Asian Fisheries Academy, this city, on Saturday.

“No human life is worth any story or coverage,” he said to almost 200 journalism students and media practitioners who attended the forum, adding that if a journalist dies because of a coverage, “he will just be remembered as such, but he will no longer (be aware of) it.”

Revisions and updates on Article 6 of the said code or the Crisis and Crime Situations spawned by the coverage on the hostage crisis on August 26, 2010 primarily dealt with considering the safety and security of human life above any public information.

Section 2 of Article 6 states that the coverage of crime and crisis situations shall not provide vital information, or offer comfort or support to the perpetrator.

It also states that broadcast stations should desist from showing or reporting the strategies, plans, and tactics employed by the authorities to resolve the situation, especially live footages.

“It is not wrong to cover an event, what is wrong is when you air it at a critical moment,” Jularbal explained, noting that the suspect in the Luneta hostage-taking had the opportunity to view what is going on outside and where the troops are positioned by watching a live footage from the television set inside the hi-jacked bus.

Jularbal said neither should stations communicate or negotiate with the perpetrator or victim without coordinating with the ground commander.

They should also consider the preservation of evidence and comply with the restrictions and guidelines of the code, said Jularbal.

Article 2 or the rules pertaining to Children’s Program and Welfare encourages broadcast stations to air programs which would help children develop their full physical, mental, and social potential as well as attain psychological, emotional and spiritual maturity.

The notable update here is that children should not be made to perform acts, use language, or put on attire that are vulgar, obscene, indecent or inappropriate for children, he said.

Jularbal also informed the audience of the new classification guidelines of the Movie Television Review and Classification Board. Aside from ‘G’ or general patronage and ’PG’ or parental guidance, the ‘SPG’ or strong parental guidance was introduced for films and shows unfit for children. (PIA Pangasinan)

$800K Septage Treatment Facility launched in San Fernando City

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Mar 29 (PIA) — The San Fernando City Septage Treatment Facility (STF), which aims to improve water sanitation in the city and ensure a healthy family and a clean environment, was finally launched on March 26.

Located in Barangay Dallangayan Oeste, the STF is a collaborative project of the city government of San Fernando with the USAID – Philippine Sanitation Alliance (USAID-PSA), the Rotary International, the Rotary Club of San Fernando La Union Chapter, and Congressman Victor F. Ortega, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environment and Management Bureau and the Department of Health.

“This is a project we long to realize to avoid water contamination in the household, thus improving the water sanitation in the city by requiring every household and business establishments to dislodge their respective septic tanks every five years pursuant to the Environmental Code of the Philippines,” city mayor Pablo C. Ortega said during the launching.

On her part, Gloria Steele, Mission Director of the USAID said that the U.S. government has given grant to the city government of San Fernando for the STF project and she commended the leadership extolled by the city mayor for having such a noble project for the people of the city of San Fernando which will serve as a model to other local government units.

“The USAID is looking forward to work more with the city government on projects related to health, environment, disaster mitigation, and others,” Steele said.

This is now a challenge for the city government to maintain the STF. “There is nothing we cannot do if we put our hearts and efforts together,” Cong. Victor F. Ortega of the first district of La Union said who donated P2 million for the project.

The city government budgeted around P25 million for the purchase of the 1.2 hectares lot for the project; concreting of the access road; fencing; and the construction of deep wells, administration building.

The STF primarily aims to develop a comprehensive septage collection, treatment and re-use program for the city and surrounding area. Secondarily, it aims to model a septage management for other communities that will further help the goal of improving environmental health throughout the country.

Project ground breaking was held in July 16, 2010, and was led by US Ambassador Harry Thomas. (JCR-PIA 1 La Union)

NTA identifies other beneficial uses of tobacco

NARVACAN, Ilocos Sur, March 23 (PIA) — Tobacco is not only for smoking but this versatile crop has other beneficial uses and industrial products which could generate employment and livelihood.

According to Administrator Edgardo Zaragoza of the National Tobacco Administration (NTA), the  environment-friendly tobacco dust was proven to be an effective “molluscicide” against snails and other fishpond pests without any residue in fish harvests.

“This organic pesticide  will not harm the environment  but it will boost the aquaculture program of the government,” Zaragoza stressed. Also, the tobacco dust will enhance the growth of the “lablab,” a pond fishfood.

Based on the findings of the NTA Research Center in Batac City, the tobacco virgin pulp from tobacco stalks is needed for the manufacture of handmade and commercial paper, he said.

Even during the term of former NTA Administrator Carlitos Encarnacion, the agency’s researchers have formulated tobacco extract concentrates that are helpful against sucking insects that damage vegetables and mango fruits.

Rex Antonio Teoxon, deputy administrator for operations of NTA, bared that the organic concentrate is  effective against pests found in  broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, eggplants, okra, sitao, watermelon, and ornamentals.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is batting for the  application  of  organic farming to improve farm profitability as well as protect the environment because vegetables harvested in many areas in the country have high pesticide residue level due to wide spread use of toxic chemical pesticides.

The Deputy Administrator also reported that another discovery from the crop is ethanol, the alcohol extracted from tobacco  which was found to have up to 92 percent purity for biofuel especially now that the uncontrolled oil price adjustments are triggering grave impact on the power, water, and telecommunications sectors.

The NTA researchers discovered that the ethanol content holds great promise for the country’s biofuel requirements, Teoxon added.

The NTA, in coordination with the Cottage Industry Technology Center, also identified cottage industry items from tobacco like paper/gift bags, baskets, belts, floor tiles, lampshades, and particle and panel boards.  (JCR/BPP-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur).

Tagalog news: Uusbong ang industriya ng tabako sa kabila ng pandaigdig na banta-Chavit

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur, Mar 26 (PIA) — Sa kabila ng masigasig at malawakang kampanya ng World Health Organization (WHO) kabilang na ang mga Anti- Tobacco Advocates laban sa paninigarilyo, “uusbong pa rin ang industriya ng tabako na pangunahing tanim ng mga Ilokano dahil may positibong bentahe rin sa bansa”

Ito ang idiniin ng gobernador ng Ilocos Sur, Luis “Chavit” Singson, at national chairman ng League of Provinces of the Philippines at may-akda ng “Tobacco Excise Tax Law” o RA 7171, sa naganap na press conference sa Baluarte sa Heritage City noong nakaraang Linggo.

Sinabi ni Singson na hindi dapat mabahala ang mga kababayan niyang nagtatanim ng tabakong birhinya (virginia tobacco) na kahit maigting ang kampanya laban sa paninigarilyo in demand pa rin ito sa world market at hindi pa rin malalanta o mawawala ang industriyang ito.

Kahit ikinakampanya ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan ang pagbabawal sa paninigarilyo dahil sa masamang apekto sa kalusugan tulad ng cancer sa baga, hindi basta maipatitigil ng anumang bansa ang industriyang ito dahil may mga naitutulong din sa ekonomiya at pati sa paglikha ng trabaho, paliwanag ni Singson.

“Mahigit na tatlong milyong mamamayan ang nagdedepende ng pamumuhay sa industriya ng tabako tulad ng mga magsasaka, trabahador sa mga paktorya ng sigarilyo pati mga trading centers, mga nagtitinda ng sigarilyo, at mga miyembro ng pamilya nila: Bilyon-bilyong piso ang napupuntang buwis ng sigarilyo sa kaha ng national government,” dagdag ni Singson.

Sinabi pa niya na kahit itataas pa ang singil sa buwis ng sigarilyo hindi ito ang kikitil sa industriya ng tabako “dahil nakakatulong ito na madagdagan ang pundo ng pamahalaan na babalik din sa mga mamamayan sa pamamagitan ng mga programa at serbisyo.”

Iginiit ni Gob. Chavit na sa pamamagitan ng RA 7171 naging Primera Klaseng Probinsiya ang Ilocos Sur, kabilang na ang Ilocos Norte at La Union at dahil sa pangunahing industriyang ito ng mga Ilokano. (ANL/BPP-PIA 1, Ilocos Sur)