News feature: PH Population Report way to go in achieving better environment, better health

SAN FERNANDO, La Union,  (PIA) — Population, health and environment (PHE) are all interconnected that needs to be addressed for better quality of life, according to development experts.

The Commission on Population (PopCom) has always viewed the population problem in relation to the other aspects of development – health and basic services, human development, environment, and social and economic development – this is why said agency will be introducing the fifth State of the Philippine Population Report (SPPR5) on December 17 here.

The SPPR5 is a periodic publication of PopCom that explores the interrelationships among population, people’s health and quality of life, and the environment. It draws attention to the need to integrate efforts to address these issues considering their close linkages in order to arrive at efficient, effective and practical solutions.

It also gives recommendations on how public officials from the national down to the barangay level and their constituents can apply this approach in improving their lives and the health and wealth of the surrounding aside from recognizing the government measures from protecting the environment, managing the population and developing the health of Filipinos based, PopCom cited.

Erma R. Yapit, regional director of PopCom-1 said there is a need for a population management program in the region in order not to lose current resources and achieve a sustainable environment since many are still affected by their culture and values that they have.

The Catholic Church must be enlightened and comprehensive in the dissemination of information related to our family programs for complete promotion of a healthy and balance family size, Yapit said.

Citing as example the Muslim brothers in San Fernando City who support responsible parenthood while expressing hope for a partnership with the Catholic religion.

We expect that program planners, policy makers, managers including those in government and the different sectors to find a convergence and make PHE integrated actions towards what people need to know for the present and future generations based from the SPPR5, she said. (ANL/MHH-PIA 1 La Union)

Pangasinan news: Agew na Propesyonal nagawa no Disyembre 15

DAGUPAN CITY,  (PIA) — Nagawa so “Agew na Propesyonal” no Sabado, Disyembre 15 ed Dagupan City National High School diad sayan siyudad ya pangidaoloan na Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Pilalek na PRC ed sayan programa ya iyasingger iray nandoroman serbisyo ed saray propesyonal diad luyag na Pangasinan.

Onong ed PRC, ag la mangastos na pasahe tan arom ni ran panggastosan iray propesyonal insan ag met la ra nakesawan ya maong lapud ag la kaokolan ya onla ra ed siyudad na Baguio ya kawalan to may opisina ya PRC pian gaween iray transaksiyon da.

Kaiba ed saray serbisyo ya iter na PRC et say panlista na saray pinmasa ed nandoroman eksamin; pan-“renew” na lisensiya; pangiter na lisensiya, “board certificate” tan “certification of good standing;” tan pangawat na saray aplikasyon parad Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) ya nagawa no Marso 2013 tan aplikasyon parad saray arom ni ya eksamin.

Onggapo yan programa no alas-nuwebe ya kabwasan tan nasompal na alas-kuatro ya ngarem.

Ipapanonot na PRC ed saray mangala na lisensiya tan “board certificate” ya man-“e-mail” diad prcbaguio.regulations.renewal@gmail.com o man-teks diad 0921-969-3919 o diad 0916-627-9338 na pasen ya pangalaan da; ngaran; propesyon; “registration number;” tan petsa no kapigan ira nanpalista. (ANL/AM-PIA1 Pangasinan)

Tagalog news: Araw ng mga Propesyonal isasagawa ng PRC sa lungsod ng Dagupan

LUNGSOD NG DAGUPAN,  (PIA) — Isasagawa ng Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ang programang “Araw ng mga Propesyonal” sa Sabado, ika-15 ng Disyembre sa Dagupan City National High School dito sa lungsod.

Hangad ng PRC na mailapit ang iba’t ibang serbisyo nito sa mga prospeyonal sa lalawigan ng Pangasinan.

Bukod sa makatitipid sila sa pamasahe at iba pang gastusin, hindi na rin sila masyadong mapapagod dahil hindi na nila kailangang magtungo pa sa lungsod ng Baguio kung saan naroon ang tanggapan ng PRC upang magsagawa ng kanilang mga transaksyon.

Kabilang sa mga serbisyong iaabot ng PRC ay ang pagtatala ng mga pumasa sa iba’t ibang pagsusulit; pag-“renew” ng lisensya; pagbibigay ng lisensya, “board certificate,” at “certification of good standing,” at pagtanggap ng mga aplikasyon para sa Licensure Examination for Teachers na gaganapin sa Marso 2013 at mga aplikasyon para sa iba pang mga pagsusulit.

Magsisimula ang nabanggit na programa ng ika-siyam ng umaga at magtatapos sa ika-apat ng hapon.

Paalala ng PRC sa mga nais kumuha ng kanilang mga lisensya at “board certificate,” mag-e-mail sa prcbaguio.regulations.renewal@gmail.com o ipadala sa pamamagitan ng “text message” sa numerong 0921-969-3919 o sa 0916-627-9338 ang mga sumusunod na impormasyon: lugar kung saan ito kukunin, pangalan, propesyon,“registration number;” at petsa kung kailan nagpatala. (ANL/AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

SP approves Dagupan City’s P612-M budget for 2013

DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 14 (PIA) — The Sangguniang Panlungsod here approved on Monday the P612 million city budget for 2013 without any cut after a unanimous approval from the local council members.

After advancing to the second reading, Ordinance No. 0475, which calls for the approval of the coming year’s appropriation, was adopted to third reading right after.

The session was presided by Councilor and SP Presiding Officer Protempore Alfie Fernandez.

Councilor Jesus Canto who heads the committee on appropriations, assured that all of the requirements as requested by the Department of Budget were submitted and that all of the department heads together with the local finance committee had convened and came up with the amount, a statement from the City Information Office said.

The statement further said he guaranteed that the appropriation was made in conformity with the RA 7160 or the Comprehensive Local Government Code’s budgeting limit and that he had conferred with City Treasurer Romelita Alcantara, affirming the said amount is at hand.

In a separate interview, Mayor Benjamin Lim said he was thankful to members of the SP because they heeded the call of the people that they would pass the budget as soon as possible.

“I expected it to be passed this December but I didn’t expect it to be so soon,” he said after the graduation ceremonies for the General First Aid and Life Support Training.

He said that for the first time in three years as mayor, the budget was passed before the December 15 deadline adding that the passage of the budget will be of great help for the people, especially the poor. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

RLECC garners best law enforcement coordinating committee in Luzon

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Dec. 14 (PIA) — The Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC1) in Ilocos Region has garnered the best regional law enforcement coordinating committee for Luzon to its immeasurable contribution in attaining the National Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee goals and objectives for the period July 16, 2011 to July 15, 2012.

This is due to their successful conduct of programs and projects and activities that are of high impact to achieve NLECC target.

According to Police Chief Supt. Franklin Jesus Bucayu, this only shows that what they have done are relevant and effective.

It served as their inspiration to further intensify their campaign for public safety even though three of the provinces in Region 1 were earlier tagged as election priority areas, Bucayu said.

The plaque of recognition was awarded last December 5 at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

On the incoming 2012 polls, Bucayu said the PNP in Ilocos will implement “Oplan Spikes” which means stop private armies in the Ilocos region.

Oplan Spikes aims to eliminate partisan armed groups and ensure a secure and fair national and local election in the region. (ANL/EMR-PIA 1 La Union with report from PRO1/PSupt. Jovencio S. Badua Jr.)

Region 1 police creates group to ensure peace in 2013 elections

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO, San Fernando City, La Union, (PIA) — As an immediate response to the inclusion of the three provinces (Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur) in the national list of “high risk” areas in connection with the May 13 elections, the Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) led by PCSupt. Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu, launched the Regional Special Operations Task Groups (RSOTGs) late last week.

Leading the RSOTG are PCSupt James B. Bucayu, designated as Task Group Commander for Pangasinan, PSSupt Manolito C. Labador, TG Commander for Ilocos Sur, and PSSupt Reynaldo G. Biay, Battalion Commander of the Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 (RPSB 1) for La Union.

According to Bucayu, the objectives of creating the group is to probe and address partisan armed groups (PAGs), crime groups, recovery of loose firearms (FA), arrest of most wanted persons, and other threat groups in an aim for a secure and fair elections (SAFE) 2013.

“Dapat fair tayo, as much as possible we wanted the candidates to know that the RSOTG is neutral/non-partisan,” Bucayu said.

The creation of the group means that it is at the higher level. It is composed of senior police officers from the regional office and DIPO as prime role-players/designated commanders and most members are from the region, while the provincial directors will act as deputy SOTG commanders in their respective areas of assignment.

RSOTG members with the assistance of local police stations earlier sent letters informing/encouraging all gun owners with unrenewed/unregistered license to be wary of their deadlines. For those whose license have expired, it is a must that they surrender said FA to the local police station for temporary custody or if not, it will be confiscated and considered as loose firearm, he added.

Based on data as of November 20 there was a total of 28,004 unrenewed FAs in the region, with recorded number per province as follows: 3,763 in Ilocos Norte, 3,785 in Ilocos Sur, 3,549 in La Union and 16,907 for Pangasinan.

Also part of the activity was the presentation of Commission on Elections Resolution No. 9561-A-the rules and regulations on the ban on bearing, carrying or transporting of firearms or other deadly weapons, the employment, availment or engagement of the services of security personnel or bodyguards during the election by Attorney Reddy Balarbar, Comelec 1 Assistant Regional Director.

The RSOTG operation started Dec 10, 2012 to June 12, 2013 (PIA1 La Union with reports from PIO-PRO1)

City tourism seeks cultural mapping of communities

DAGUPAN CITY, Dec (PIA) — The tourism office will conduct a study to identify the culture of every community in this city.

“If there is one project that I wanted to do next year, it is the cultural mapping of every barangay in the city,” City Tourism Officer Mary Rose Teng Mejia said on Thursday.

“I am a staunch believer in cultural mapping. If we know where we came from, we will also know where we can go,” she added.

Stressing the importance of studying the flora and fauna, delicacy, folklore and history and origin of the names of the communities, Mejia said, “If we will observe, the provinces and towns that have conducted cultural mapping are now progressive.”

The study will determine the strength of each community based on its roots, she said during this week’s KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency office.

Among the things that would be researched include determining whether Gen. Douglas McArthur landed in Bonuan or in Lingayen town and the origin of bukayo-making in what is now Barangay Bacayao, she said.

This city launched earlier this year the Dagupan’s Best campaign to improve the quality, and thus the marketability of the products unique in each community. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1 Pangasinan)