Heavy rains cause flashflood in Bugallon town

PANGASINAN, July 30 (PIA) — Heavy rains lasting more than two hours brought a flashflood in the town of Bugallon last night.

Avenix Arenas, spokesperson of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council told the Philippine Information Agency that the provincial government immediately dispatched its rescue team as soon as they received the call at around 6 p.m. yesterday to attend to the residents.

More than 220 families were evacuated to higher grounds. Of this families, 80 came from Barangay Umanday, 70 from Barangay Portic, and another 70 from Barangay Hacienda.

Relief goods were distributed to the affected families, said Arenas.

No casualty was reported.

Rains continued to pour in the province yesterday leaving some towns, including Dagupan City under water. (ANL/VHS-PIA1, Pangasinan)

‘Oh My Gulay!’ cookfest held in Dagupan City

DAGUPAN CITY, July 30 (PIA) — The Nutrition Month celebration in this city was highlighted by a cooking contest using vegetable recipes dubbed as “Oh My Gulay!” recently.

Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) from the 31 barangays of the city were divided into 10 groups to showcase their skills in cooking nutritious food held at the Senior Citizens Gym in Barangay Poblacion Oeste Friday.

City Nutrition officer Leah Aquino said the competitors were judged on the originality of their recipe, which is, low in cost and nutritious.

Winners received cash prizes and gift packs from the Rotary Club of Dagupan.

Other activities conducted by the city for the month-long nutrition celebration include a thanksgiving mass; micronutrient supplementation of vitamin A, iron, salt testing for iodine in markets and households; deworming of 12-71 months old; home gardening; nutrition education classes: lecture on the importance of vegetables; physical fitness and planting of malunggay cuttings; and nut jingles.

In schools, nutrition month was celebrated with essay writing and poster making contests, distribution of seeds, and seedlings and food processing.

Schools in the city also had their campus celebration of the nutrition month revolving on this year’s them: “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain!” (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan/reports from CIO)

Vigan City govt launches 5th Vigan food and trade fair

VIGAN CITY, July 30 (PIA) — The city government of Vigan launched the 5th Vigan Food and Trade Fair in Metro Manila to boost its small and medium scale enterprises and attain economic growth.

The eight-day trade fair launched recently in Taguig City, Metro Manila netted P1.2 million in gross sales from different local crafts and traditional products, City Mayor Eva Marie Singson Medina said.

About 25 exhibitors composed of 10 furniture shops, six souvenir stores, and nine food stalls participated in the fair.

The natives of Ilocos Sur and Vigan, residing and working in Metro Manila, and other customers including foreign and local tourists feasted on the mouth-watering Vigan longganisa, Vigan’s One Town One Product (OTOP)’ ‘sinanglao (Ilocano Bulalo),’ empanada, okoy, bagnet or chicharon, and other native delicacies, the mayor added.

The Bel-Air ‘Pasinaya (Thanksgiving) 2012’ held in Makati City last April 30 marked the opening of the Vigan Trade Fair focusing on the heritage of Vigan with its native food and handicrafts on sale during its annual bazaar.

Rep. Mar-len Abigail Binay, who was the guest of honor and speaker, also commended the Ilocano culture and products during the trade fair attended by the members of the Bel-Air Village association, Women of Bel-Air Foundation Inc., and the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) councils headed by Barangay Chairman Nene Lichauco.

“Umaykayon Diay Vigan (Come to Vigan)” said Mayor Medina aims to sell Vigan and boost its tourism potentials even as she added that the former Ciudad Fernandina is the only UNESCO World Heritage City in the Philippines and awarded as the “Most Child Friendly City” nationwide.

The Vigan Heritage Village is a national treasure that must be protected and Ilocanos around the world are campaigning to include Vigan as one of the “Seven Wonder Cities of the World” because of its uniqueness in history. (ANL/BPP-PIA1, Ilocos Sur)

Tagalog news: SK sa Ilocos Sur, itinataguyod ang kultura, tradisyon, at wika

LUNGSOD NG VIGAN, Hulyo 30 (PIA) — Hindi lang mga proyekto ng komunidad na nakatutulong sa pamumuhay ng mga mamamayan ang binigyang pansin ng mga kasapi ng Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) sa Ilocos Sur pati na rin ang preserbasyon at pagtataguyod ng mga kultura at tradisyon ng mga ilokano kabilang ang pambansang wika.

Ayon kay Gabrielle Kayla Mendoza, pangulo ng pederasyon ng mga SK sa lalawigan, pagsapit ng “Buwan ng Wika” ng Agosto, naglulunsad ang mga kabataan ng mga aktibidad at programa na nagbibigay diin sa kultura, tradisyon, at pati na ang wikang Ilokano at Filipino upang mapreserba ang mga ito para sa mga susunod pang henerasyon.

Sinabi ng Bokal na kumakatawan sa mga kabataan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan na pipiliin ng pederasyon ang “Natatanging Manunulat ng Ilocos Sur” na pinagkalooban ng “Gawad Mena Crisologo” para sa 2012 bilang parangal sa naiambag na “obra-maestra” o premyadong akda na nakatulong sa pag-unlad o pag-usbong ng Literatura Ilokana.

Dating gobernador si Mena Crisologo na pamoso rin sa mga sinulat niyang “daniw” o tulang iloko na binibigkas noon sa mga entablado o dulaan kung may pista sa probinsiya na pinagmulan ng mga zarzuela sa Ilocos.

Sinabi ni Bokal Mendoza na mailulunsad ng Agosto ang mga patimpalak ng pagsusulat ng “daniw” o tula, “ababa a sarita” o maikling kuwento at “salaysay” o essay na lalahukan ng mga mag-aaral ng elementarya at sekundarya.

Ang DWSR Foundation ay naglunsad din ng palighasan ng tula ng mga iskolar na ang mga mananalong akda ay bibigkasin sa ere ng naturang himpilan ng radyo.

Sinabi ni Mendoza, na maliban sa mga paligsahan, maglulunsad din ang iba’t ibang aktibidad tulad ng pagpapalabas ng mga “nakaugalian a salsala” o katutubong sayaw at “samiweng iti Kailokuan” o awiting Iluko.

“Sama-sama kaming mga kabataan, nagkakaisa hindi lamang para sa kaunlaran kundi para makapag-ambag din para mapanatili at mapausbong ang mga ipinagmamalaking kultura at tradisyon ng mga kapuwa Ilokano pati na rin ang ating pambansang wika ay dapat ding mapangalagaan at maitaguyod,” dagdag ni Mendoza.

Bilang tugon sa panawagan laban sa “climate change” o pagbabago ng klima, tumulong din ang mga SK sa paglilinis at pagtatanim ng bakawan sa mga tabi ng ilog at dagat sa bayan ng Sinait at Sto. Domingo kabilang na ang pagtatanim ng puno sa kabundukan sa ikalawang distrito. (ANL/BPP-PIA 1, Ilocos Sur)

Health office advises families to prepare veggies for the children

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, July 30 (PIA) — City Health Office advised every family, especially mothers here, to prepare local vegetables for their children in every meal.

Nutrition officer Jeanne L. Meredor of San Fernando said the daily intake of malunggay, saluyot, labong, and other veggies from their backyards are much healthy to eat since these vegetables contain lots of nutrients.

Iron, calcium, vitamin A and C are the minerals and vitamins that we can benefit from malunggay, Meredor added.

In adopting the theme, “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain,” we can be healthy and avoid common diseases that spread today, she explained.

She also encouraged the public to use natural foods rather than those manufactured ones such as frozen foods due to the chemicals used in the preparation.

To persuade and capture the interest of the kids in eating vegetables, she advised that meals should be attractive or eye-catching.

Salty noodles are not advisable for children because these may cause urinary tract infection (UTI).

Likewise, too much ingestion of soft drinks, chocolates, and other carbohydrates which are rich in sugar are not also good to their overall well being, she said.

In a related development, the health office conducted a training dubbed as “Pabasa sa Nutrisyon” in the barangays in this city to improve the nutrition practices in their homes.

Parents were given leaflets and tips on how to prepare nutritious food to address malnutrition during the event.

Moreover, to highlight more on nutrition campaign, several activities were prepared for four Fridays of the month.

On the first Friday of the month, a pre-school got talent was conducted, while a supplementary feeding program was conducted on the second Friday, July 13, in Barangay San Agustin. On the third Friday, the CHO hosted a quiz on nutrition to both public and private schools, while on the last Friday, a poster slogan contest depicting the said theme was carried out by CHO to high school students. (ANL/MHH-PIA 1, La Union)

Dagupan SP re-organizes committees

DAGUPAN CITY, 24 July — Various committees of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) here have been reorganized in a special session last Wednesday.

Acting on a motion of minority Councilor Red Erfe Mejia, five SP majority bloc members — Jesus Canto, Ma. Librada Fe Reyna, Karlos Liberator Reyna, Luis Chito Samson Jr. and Alvin Coquia and four minority members — Councilors Marc Brian Lim, Mejia, Guillermo Vallejos and Chester Gonzales — went for the approval of the measure.

Mejia raised the motion as an offshoot of the earlier resolution approved during last Monday’s regular session that sought to declare all committee chairmanships and memberships vacant.

Councilor Brian Lim told mediamen in a forum hosted by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) held at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) last Thursday that a unified, more responsive and productive Sangguniang Panlungsod is to be expected on the last year of their current term.

“This is the perfect chance to show the council’s unity as our colleagues finally disregard political affiliation to make the most out of the remaining months of our term,” he said.

The newly-elected officers and chairmen are as follows:

Pro tempore: . Alfie Fernandez; Deputy Pro tempore: . Ma. Librada Fe Reyna; Majority Floor leader: . Karlos Reyna IV; Asst. Majority Floor leader: . Red Erfe-Mejia; Minority Floor leader: (deferred)

The committee chairpersons are: arranged alphabetically as follows:

Agriculture and Fisheries: Alvin Coquia; Appropriations: Jess Canto; Art, Culture, and Heritage: Brian Lim; Barangay Affairs: Guillermo Vallejos; Cooperatives and Livelihood Development: Red Erfe-Mejia; Dangerous Drugs: . Red Erfe-Mejia; Economic Affairs: Brian Lim; Education: . Chito Samson Jr.; Environment and Natural Resources: . Brian Lim
Health and Sanitation: . Jess Canto; Housing and Urban Development: Karlos Reyna IV
Labor and Employment: (deferred); Land Utilization: Alvin Coquia; Laws, Ordinances, and Judiciary: . Alfie Fernandez; Local and International Relations: Alvin Coquia;

Peace and Order: Chito Samson; People’s Participation: (deferred); Population and Demography: (deferred); Poverty Alleviation: . John Chester Gonzales; Public Information and Mass Media: Red Erfe-Mejia; Public Markets: Alvin Coquia; Public Works and Infrastructure: Karlos Reyna IV; Rules and Procedure: . Brian Lim; Senior Citizens Affairs: Jess Canto

Social Welfare and Community Development: . Jess Canto; Tourism: . Alfie Fernandez; Trade and Industry: Chito Samson Jr.; Transportation and Public Utilities: . Karlos Reyna IV; Women, Children and Family Affairs: Ma. Librada Reyna; Youth and Sports Development: John Chester Gonzales

The filling-up of four seats were deferred since two of the 12 councilors, namely Coun. Maybelyn Rose Fernandez and Coun. Jigs Seen, abstained during the special session. City Information Officer Anna Velasco said there is no schedule yet as to when the deferred seats will be filled-up.

Lim said that the reorganization paved way for creating a new set of house rules in sync with parliamentary procedures observed all over the world and existing laws such as the local government code.

The amended rules, as Lim mentioned, were authorizing all the members of the plenary session to move for suspension of the rules, holding of special sessions even without the presiding officer’s consent and procedures in conducting inquiries in aid of legislation.

“One of the main objectives of the reformist councilors is to pass the 2013 budget before December 31 of this year… By establishing open communication with the executive branch, it would be much easier to coordinate with the department heads that will speed up the preparation of proposals, hearing and the passage of the budget. That’s part of the democratic process,” he bared.

Aside from the committee revamp, also approved in the session was Draft Resolution No. R-4952 entitled “Adopting a New Comprehensive Set of Internal Rules and Procedures for the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Dagupan” and the filling up of vacant seats through voting and nomination.

Lim said the resolution also adopted new amendments on some provisions of the newly adopted internal rules and procedures of the SP to avoid conflict with the local government code and parliamentary rules and procedures.

The Liga ng mga Barangay in the city has thrown its full support to the reorganization of various committees of the SP even as it expressed hopes that the move would redound to more effective, harmonious, and beneficial working relationships between the city government’s legislative and executive branches.

In a resolution approved recently, the Liga said the benefits derived from the reorganization will trickle down to better local governance and more efficient and satisfactory delivery of basic services. (PIA-Pangasinan with reports from CIO)

Sual Power plant is clean, says admin

DAGUPAN CITY, July 27 (PIA) — The Sual Power Plant remains environment-friendly despite its emission of gases and waste water.

Team Energy (Tokyo Electric Power Company and Marubeni Corporation), which manages the coal-fired power plant, assured Thursday, saying that all emissions from the plant are filtered and treated before they are released or disposed.

Training manager Nicanor Ramos Jr. said there are numerous environmental concerns involved in the operation of the plant but management addresses them well.

“We have never received a negative citation from the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources),” he said during the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency office.

By burning coal, the plant turns water into steam that drives generator turbines, which generate electricity, he explained.

The waste water undergoes two phases of treatment and is sampled before being discharged to the sea, he said, adding that part of the waste water is also used to irrigate the vegetation within the power plant compound.

Burnt coal, meanwhile, produces bottom and fly ashes as by-products.

Bottom ashes, which accumulate below the boiler, are directly stored into the 140-hectare ash disposal area. Fly ashes, meanwhile, are extracted from smoke through an electrostatic precipitator before it comes out of the chimney.

The smoke, he said, contains nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide (known air pollutants) but they are within the limits set by the DENR, he assured.

Sual Power Plant, the country’s biggest coal-fired power plant, generates about 1,200 megawatts of power, equivalent to 20 percent of the total demand of the Luzon power grid, he said. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1, Pangasinan)