‘1st Pamana ng Lahi’ Nat’l Award: DILG commends Vigan for promoting good governance

VIGAN CITY, Jan 26 (PIA) — Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas commended the city government of Vigan for winning the 1st National Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award for the city category saying the efforts of the local government in advancing and valuing the principles of performance, accountability, and transparency for excellence in local governance.

Regional Director Corazon Guray of DILG – Region 1 said the agency is proud of the outstanding achievements of the Heritage City under the stewardship of Mayor Eva Marie Singson- Medina as a model LGU in good governance in line with the “Matuwid na Daan” (Straight Path) battlecry of President Aquino.

Guray explained that this prestigious award is conferred to a province, city or town for outstanding performance in administrative, social, economic and environmental aspects of governance.

Assistant Regional Director Eloisa Pastor of DILG- Region 1 said that 13 cities were thoroughly screened or validated for the NGPL award by the Regional Awards Committee through documentary review, interview of key informants and on –site inspection of various facilities .

Pastor said that the screening committee has validated the Solid Waste Management Center, Maternity Lying-in Clinic, Vigan Skills Training Institute, Simulation and Therapeutic Activity Center, Buridek Children’s Museum, and the Vigan Convention Center.

The “Raniag ti Masakbayan” project which aims to alleviate poverty through the creation of more job opportunities for the poorest of the poor in the Heritage City was also commended in line with the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

As part of its thrust to promote transparency and accountability, the city government, which was also awarded the Unesco’s Best Practices in Heritage Conservation, published its financial report including statement of appropriations, allotments, obligations, and balances and abstract of bids for infrastructure projects in the Vigan Chronicle, its official publication. (ANL/BPP-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)

NGCP assures stable power supply for 2013 polls

PANGASINAN, Jan. 30 (PIA) — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) commits to the public that the country’s power supply will remain reliable and stable during the May 2013 elections.

NGCP Spokesperson Atty. Cynthia Alabanza said that NGCP formed a special task force which will be responsible for the smooth transmission of electricity and creation of contingency plans and measures during the election.

The task force, she said, will commence its operation as early as February and will work 24 hours a day from May 10-17.

“NGCP creates a task force every election season to guarantee uninterrupted power transmission, and this election will be no different. Part of the task force’s mandate is to secure the lines and substations from any threats to avoid unplanned outages,” explained Alabanza.

Lilibeth Gaydowen, NGCP Corporate Communications Officer for North Luzon, however clarified that NGCP can only guarantee that there will be no transmission-related interruptions.

Gaydowen said that any power interruption caused by other factors, such as generation deficiencies or those pertaining to distribution utility operations are beyond the power grid’s control.

“NGCP will make sure that power delivery is excellent and transmission lines and equipment are at their best to ensure that the country will have electricity for the voting machines,” Gaydowen added.

As part of its preparations, the NGCP will defer its regular maintenance activities one week before and one week after the election to make all the transmission assets available for power delivery.

For regular updates and announcements, consumers may follow NGCP on Twitter at @NGCP_ALERT or connect with them on Facebook through http://www.facebook.com/1NGCP. (ANL/VHS- PIA 1 Pangasinan with reports from NGCP)#

PNP La Union stages ‘Bike for SAFE 2013’

CAMP DIEGO SILANG, CARLATAN, SAN FENANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 30 (PIA) — The La Union Police Provincial Office (PPO) staged on January 27, a bike run dubbed “Bike for SAFE 2013” as one way of preserving peace and order in the province in preparation for the coming elections.

PCInsp. Marlon C. Paiste, Police Community Relations Chief and Public Information Officer said the bike run signals the desire and strong commitment of the La Union police in crusading peace in the province.

This bike run was led by Provincial Director PSSupt. Ramon L. Rafael and was participated by three contingents of Philippine National Police (PNP) bike enthusiasts.

“We want to inform the public that the PNP is doing all its best to make the 2013 national and local elections secure and fair,” PSSupt. Rafael said.

The bike run started at the respective stations of the PNP bikers and ended at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University in Agoo in a program attended by PNP and Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials, civic and religious organizations, concerned stakeholders, and students from the different schools in Agoo with an estimated number of 800 participants.

Meanwhile, PSSupt. Reynaldo G. Biay, Regional Public Safety Battalion Commander and Chief for Regional Special Operations Task Group (RSOTG), said the Department of Interior and Local Government listed La Union among 15 provinces considered as “election areas of concern” due to the presence of threat groups, history of election-related violent incidents in previous elections and activities of partisan armed groups.

PSSupt. Biay said the RSOTG was created not only to assist La Union PPO in maintaining a peaceful election but also to create awareness in the community regarding their vital role to attain a credible election.

For his part, Provincial Election Supervisor II Joel Atty. Gines also said that La Union PPO, RSOTG and Comelec is hoping that all candidates will focus on their platform of government, to refrain from attacking the personal lives of their fellow candidates during the campaign period, and to avoid vote buying, election fraud, and the use of threats.

Atty. Gines expressed his hope that all candidates would nobly accept the results of the election and that they would respect the decision of the people this coming May 13, 2013 elections. (ANL/MPA-PIA 1 La Union with reports from La Union PPO)#

locano news: Kuarta iti Basura: Proyekto ti Vigan para kadagiti awanan pagsapulan

SIUDAD TI VIGAN, Enero 30- Saan laeng a prioridad ti turismo ti Heritage City a maibilang a “Hall of Fame” kas “Cleanest and Greenest City” iti Ilokos, no di pay ti panangpataud ti pagtrabahuan manipud iti basura nga agbalin a kuarta.

Kinuna ni Mayor Eva Medina a mangisaysayangkat ti training ti Vigan Skills Training
Institute para kadagiti agtutubo nga awanan pagsapulan pakairamanan dagiti grupo ti babbai ken senior citizens “tapno makatulong a mamgpasayaat ti panagbiagda.”

“Manipud iti waste materials kas kadagiti daan a diaryo ken magazines mapagbalinda a rosario, bag ken paper mache décor items,” kinuna ti Alkalde. “Uray pay dagiti tumtumpaw a water lily iti karayan mapagbalinda a tsinelas wenno bag ken furniture,” innayonnna.

Naangayen ti dua a panagsanay iti Training Institute itay 2012 maipapan iti panagaramid ti rosario a mailako iti Vigan City a maibilang a relihioso a siudad a paborito dagiti turista a pagpaspasiaran. Nagatendar iti training dagiti Barangay Nutrition Scholars ken dagiti kameng ti Balikatan sa Vigan.

Kinuna ni Mary Sumabat, presidente ti Federation of Senior Citizens iti Vigan a nakipag-training pay dagiti padana a babbaket no kasano ti agaramid ti rosario, kurtina, necklace ken sinan- shell a pang-display a nausar iti daan a newspaper ken magazines. “Nagpipintas dagitoy a produkto a naaramid manipud iti recycled paper.,,”kinuna ni Sumabat.

Bayat iti Christmas Festival of the Arts, naangay pay ti panagsanay dagiti 22 a lumugar iti Barangay 9 iti Vigan Skills Training Institute a naisuro ti panagaramid ti “Taka” wenno “ paper mache”.Naangay pay ti training para kadagiti mangisursuro, inna iti taeng ken dagiti kameng ti 4 H Club a naisuro kadakuada ti panagaramid ti handbag, shoulder bag iti nadumaduma a rukod ken disenio. Inisponsoran ti Batch 1977 ti Ilocos Sur National High School nga nidauluan ni Dr. Esperanza Lahoz.

Nagsanay pay dagiti kameng ti Vigan City Furniture Makers Association ken dagiti babbai nga awanan pagsapulan iti Barangay Pantay Daya no kasano ti panagaramid ti nalagalaga a drawer ti lamisaan a mausar ti ungkay ti water lily wenno “water hyacinth”. Timmulong met ditoy ti Villar Foundation babaen ken ni dati a Congresswoman Cynthia Villar. (ANL/BPP-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)

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Tagalog news: 731 nabenepisyuhan sa programang pangkabuhayan ng DOLE

LUNGSOD NG LAOAG, Enero 25 (PIA) — Tinatayang nasa 731 ang nabaenepisyuhan ng programang pangkabuhayan ng Department of Labor and Employment o DOLE sa lalawigan ng Ilocos Norte sa taong 2012.

Kabilang sa mga ito ay nasa sektor ng mga kababaihan, pagsasaka, pangingisda, mga kabataan at mga mangagawa na kabilang sa mga mahihirap na pamilya.

Layunin ng programang ito na DOLE na mabigyan ng tulong-pangkabuhayan ang mga mahihirap na mamamayan para sa tuluyang pag-abot ng Millennium Development Goals o MDG ng bansa.

“Mas maraming komunidad na natutulungan ng DOLE, mas maraming mahihirap, lokal na pamahalaan at ahensya ng gobyerno ang mapapabilang sa mga stakeholders ng pamahalaan para sa layunin nitong puksain ang kahirapan at paghahandog ng kabuhayan” sabi ni Grace Ursua, regional director ng DOLE 1.

Sa nakaraang taon, naglaan ang DOLE ng P13,869,138 na pondo para sa 59 na pangkabuyan kung saan ang sektor ng magsasaka ang may pinakamalaking bilang na natulungan.

Sa taong ito, mayroong nakalaan ng P16,982,000 na pondo na inaasahang makatutulong sa humigit-kumulang na 2,816 katao.

Umaasa ang DOLE na sa lahat ng mabibigyan ng tulong-pangkabuhayan ay magiging matagumpay sa pagpapalago nito para sa kanilang sariling kapakanan. (ANL/CDG-PIA1 Ilocos Norte)

Tagalog news: Buwis ng sigarilyo nakatutulong din sa iba pang mga bayan

SAN ILDEFONSO, Ilocos Sur, Jan 24 (PIA) — Ang maliit na bayang ito na bagama’t hindi nagtatanim ng tabakong birhinya ay unti-unti na ring umuunlad dahil sa tulong ng buwis ng sigarilyo.

Ayon kay Mayor Mark Anthony Purisima umaabot lamang ng P8.4 milyon ang income ng bayan kada taon ngunit dahil sa tulong ng pondo mula sa R.A. 7171 o “Tobacco Excise Tax Law” unti-unti nang tinatamasa ng mga kababayan ang katas ng progreso.

“Kahit walang nagtatanim ng tabako sa bayan namin, nagkaroon ito ng di-inaasahang pag-asenso dahil sa buwis ng sigarilyo,” idiniin ng abogadong alkalde.

Iniulat ng alkalde na dahil sa naturang batas na pinirmahan noon ni dating Pangulong Corazon Aquino, tumatanggap ng P15 milyon na municipal share ang San Ildefonso bawat taon para sa pagpapatayo ng mga farm-to-market roads; Barangay Health Center; Barangay Hall; at proyektong pangkabuhyan, pang-kalusugan at pang-agrikultura.

“Wala ang mga kaunlarang ito kung wala ang RA 7171,” iginiit ni Purisima “kaya mapalad din ang Ilocos Sur na itinuturing na First Class province dahil ang ibang lalawigan ay walang natatanggap na pondo mula sa buwis ng sigarilyo.

Sinabi pa ni Purisima na sa tulong din ni Gov. Chavit Singson at Congressman Ryan Singson nabiyayaan din ang mga magsasaka sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng mga farm tractors o “kuliglig” sa bawat barangay, livelihood projects, pagpapaunlad ng “basi” industry sa pagbibigay ng puhunan, social services at PhilHealth cards sa mga mahihirap na pamilya.

Ang pagpapatupad ng Sin Tax Law sa 2013 sa administrasyon ni Pres. Benigno Aquino III inaasahang tataas ang pondo mula sa RA 7171 fund na matatanggap ng lalawigan at iba pang lugar na nagtatanim ng Virginia tobacco, sinabi ni Purisima, at bagamat maigting ang kampanya laban sa paninigarilyo mananatili pa rin ang pangunahing industriya ng mga Ilokano.

Nabanggit pa ng alkalde na dahil malapit lang ang San Ildefonso sa Heritage City ng Vigan na nakaukit sa World Heritage Sites, prayoridad ng kanyang administrasyon ang turismo sa pamamagitan ng pagpapatayo ng dancing fountain sa harap ng munisipyo, resto bar at mapaunlad ang mga “Basi Kubo” sa makasaysayang bayang ito na kung saan naganap ang madugong “Basi Revolt” noong Setyembre 1807. (ANL/BPP-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)

Promotion, higher rank come with greater responsibility, discipline, says PNP Region 1 Director

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 24 (PIA) — Promotion is an acknowledgement of professional competence and higher rank not merely implies greater authority but also greater responsibility and discipline.

This is what Police Chief Superintendent Ricardo C. Marquez emphasized during the mass oath-taking and donning of ranks of 326 newly-promoted police personnel on January 22 in Camp Florendo in this city.

PCSupt. Marquez is the new Police Regional Office I Director.

PCSupt. Marquez urged his men to always abide by the PNP core values and continue to inspire others by becoming model police officers.

PCSupt. Marquez also urged his men to do their job properly, especially in the upcoming election period so that voters could exercise their rights as Filipino citizens to make free choices and give support to the candidates whom they know would best fit the position, free from any force, intimidation, and reservation.

Out of the 326 newly-promoted policemen, seven were promoted as Police Superintendent, twelve as Police Chief Inspector, two as Police Senior Inspector and nine as Police Inspector.

For the police non-commissioned officers, four were promoted to the rank of Senior Police Officer 4, 56 to Senior Police Officer 3, 17 to Senior Police Officer 2, 28 to Senior Police Officer 1, 93 to Police Officer 3, and 98 to Police Officer 2. (ANL/MPA-PIA 1 La Union with reports from PIO-PRO1)#