Dagupan vows to screen out colorum trikes

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA) — The city government here heeded the concerns of a group of tricycle drivers and operators regarding colorum tricycles and vowed to exert all efforts to screen them out of the streets.

Mayor Benjamin Lim assured the complaining Dagupan City Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association-Multi-Purpose Cooperative in a recent meeting with them that the city government will exert its best to prevent illegal tricycle operators from ferrying passengers in the city’s streets, statement from the City Information Office said.

On the matter of the granting tricycle operation franchise, the mayor also assured that group this will be granted only to Dagupeños.

The mayor reminded the group to always adhere to traffic rules to avoid incurring the burden of paying penalty fees or worse, have their franchise suspended or even cancelled. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan with reports from CIO)#

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News Feature: La Union welcomes its new bishop

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 24 (PIA) — Bishop Rodolfo F. Beltran got a rousing welcome on January 18 as a large number of Catholic devotees assembled to witness his installation as the new head of the Diocese of San Fernando City at the St. William the Hermit Cathedral here.

Bishop Beltran was born on November 13, 1948 at Gattaran, Cagayan and was ordained as priest on March 25, 1976 in the same town.

On March 18, 2006, he became Vicar Apostolic of Bontoc-Lagawe and was ordained bishop on May 16, 2006 at the St. Peter’s Cathedral in Tuguegarao, Cagayan.

According to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, Beltran was officially installed Apostolic Vicar of Bontoc-Lagawe on May 29, 2006.

Bishop Beltran also served as Dean at the San Jacinto Minor Seminary in Tuguegarao and Dean of Studies and Rector at the San Pablo Regional College Seminary in Baguio City.

Pope Benedict XVI has chosen Bishop Beltran to head the Diocese of San Fernando City after the death of the La Union Bishop Artemio Rillera on November 2011.

The 63-year old bishop’s appointment was made public in the Vatican on October 30, 2012.

“To all local officials in the province, I thank you for welcoming me and I foresee that you have a beautiful service to the people of La Union and I hope that the almighty God may continue to renew and strengthen our faith”, said Bishop Beltran. (ANL/MHH-PIA 1 La Union)#

Tagalog news: 300,000 mahihirap sa Ilokos natulungan ng JCS Medical Mission

LUNGSOD NG VIGAN, Enero 24 (PIA) — Mahigit kumulang na 300,000 Ilokano mula sa mga dukhang pamilya o ang mga tinatawag na “poorest of the poor” lalo na sa mga liblib na pook ang natulungan ng isang misyong pangmedikal.

Ang JCS Medical Mission ay nakatulong sa mga mamamayan ng Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte at Abra bilang bahagi ng kanilang programa na may temang, “Para Kadagiti Marigrigat” (Para sa mga mahihirap).

Ito ang masayang ibinalita ni Jeremias Singson, pangulo ng JCS Foundation at miyembro ng Sangguniang Panglalawigan, sa naganap na “Kapihan iti Amianan” Media Forum noong nakaraang Linggo na napanood sa Iluko Heritage Channel (IHC) Cable at napakinggan sa DWRS Commando.

Ang JCS Foundation, isang non-profit, non-political organization.

Mula noong 2007 na nagsimula ang misyon ng JCS Foundation, tinatayang 300,000 na ang natulungang mga kapus-palad sa Ilokos, sa pakikipagtulungan ng pamahalaang probinsyal, Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) at ang mga boluntaryong doktor at nurses mula sa iba’t ibang panig ng bansa at ibayong dagat.

“Bayanihan ito ng mga nasa pribadang sektor at ang mga nasa pamahalaan upang madugtungan ang buhay at matulungan na mapanatili ang kalusugan ng ating mga mahihirap na kapwang mga Ilokano,” ayon sa coordinator ng medical mission.

Sinabi pa ni Singson na nailunsad na ang mahigit na 100 misyong pangmedikal sa iba’t ibang panig ng Ilocos Sur lalong-lalo na sa mga liblib na bayan sa mga kabundukan at mga lugar na nasa tabi ng dagat.

Nakapagsagawa ng mga malalaki at maliliit na operasyon sa mga mayroong sakit sa puso, bato, atay, gayundin ang mga may katarata at mga may bingot sa Gabriela Silang General Hospital sa Heritage City ng Vigan at iba pang ospital ng gobyerno sa lalalwigan, ayon sa Bokal.

Nagbibiigay din ang JCS Foundation ng mga reading glasses, bitamina o gamot, mga gamit nang damit, tungkod para sa mga matatanda at mga upuan at mesa para sa mga Day Care Centers sa mga malalayong pook, idinagdag pa ng miyembro ng Provincial Board na ch airman ng Committee on Health.

Tumutulong din ang JCS sa mga indigents mula sa Ilocos Norte at Abra na nagasisilbing tulay para maiparating sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office ang kanilang karaingan na mapagkalooban sila ng financial assistance para sa kanilang pagpapagamot.

Malaki na rin ang naitulong ng mga dalubhasang doktor mula sa mga sikat na pribado at pampublikong ospital sa Metro Manila kabilang na ang mga kababayang manggagamot na mula pa sa Hawaii, California at New York.

Samantala, sa pakikipagtulungan ng Philippine Medical Association (PMA) sa New York, USA, sa pamumuno ni Dr. Rocky Singson, isang taga-Vigan, maglulunsad muli ang JCS Foundation at provincial government ng Medical Mission sa Pebrero 18-19, 2013 sa Gabriela Silang General Hospital sa Heritage City. (ANL/BPP-PIA1 Ilocos Sur)

Laoag City’s business one-stop-shop extended

LAOAG CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA) — Mayor Michael V. Fariñas announced the extension in the city’s operation of the business one-stop-shop in Laoag.

From its original cut-off date of January 20, the city government will be extending their service until the 30th of this month.

“We want to provide business owners ample time to secure licenses and renew them to avoid accumulation of penalty,” Farinas said.

The business one-stop-shop which started on January 1 provides a speedy and more convenient business licensing application process.

This will facilitate faster transaction in applying and renewing business permits through an integrated system called Business Permit License System (BPLS) introduced by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

National agencies like PhilHealth, Social Security System, and Bureau of Internal Revenue are in attendance for the one-stop-shop licensing program. Also present are local bodies like city health office, fire department, governor’s office, and others for the validation and issuance of clearances.

The business one-stop-shop is in line with DTI’s program where business owners can have their application and renewal for their license faster. (ANL/CDG-PIA 1, Ilocos Norte)

News Feature: Ilocos Norte carries load of property registration for land claimants

LAOAG CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) — For decades, land disputes between claimants over choice locations in Ilocos Norte were a commonplace.

The disputes are more pronounced in the province’s coveted zones principally the beach properties in Pagudpud – the Ilocanos’ original poster image for tourism.

The situation was not lost in Governor Imee Marcos who, in 2011, embarked on an inventory of conflicting claims and untitled lots within the province with the intention of conferring ownership to rightful owners.

Based on the records of the Provincial Assessor’s Office, more than 300,000 parcels of lands in Ilocos Norte are without titles.

To her dismay, Marcos found that even properties that belong to the provincial government were untitled. The properties include the land where the Capitol sits and those occupied by public offices namely the Marcos Hall of Justice where courtrooms are housed, the Ilocano Hero’s Hall where most national agencies were holding office until it was turned to a supermart of a mall chain and a commercial land occupied by homegrown food stalls, the Dap-Ayan Center.

Marcos agrees that untitled properties pose a serious deterrent to growth let alone the unconscionable zonal values of lands in some town centers that include Laoag.

“Without infallible title, our beachfronts and scenic zones will remain idle and vulnerable to those who arrogate property for themselves flagrantly against the law,” the governor said in her 2011 State of the Province Address.

As a precursor to the comprehensive land titling process, Marcos created a law that would serve as a basis for the registration of lands in the province. She issued Executive Order 50-11 creating the task force “Titulo a Natalged, (secure land title)” which took effect on August 2, 2011. The law was immediately implemented in Pagudpud where land disputes abound.

Through the Assessors Office, the task force then plowed through untitled lands across the province, conducted surveys and took over the processing of land parcels claimed by residents until the coveted original certificates of title were handed to rightful owners.

To top it all, the provincial government processed the documents free of charge.

The provincial government partnered with the Land Registration Authority, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Agrarian Reform, the Geodetic Engineers Association and Private Realtors Association of Ilocos Norte in implementing the program.

To date, the task force has already processed 3,922 land titles. The province began distributing the certificates in 2011. (ANL/CCA-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)

136 human trafficking victims in Region 1 get assistance

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 23 (PIA) — A total of 136 trafficked persons in the Ilocos Region were assisted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development-I (DSWD-I) last year.

DSWD-I Information Officer Iryn D. Cubangbang said the victims were assessed for possible package of services like skills training, economic assistance for livelihood, and legal support through the Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons.

“With the inclusion of economic assistance to them, new opportunities lie ahead for the beneficiaries as their cases are on-going,” said Cubangbang.

Cubangbang also assured that DSWD-I will give appropriate assistance toward full recovery and reintegration of victims in their respective communities.

Meanwhile, DSWD-I and local government unit social workers here enhanced their technical expertise in giving psychological interventions, and social and economic reintegration services to victims-survivors of human trafficking through series of trainings and consultation dialogues. (ANL/MHH-PIA 1 La Union)#

Experts to address climate change feat, draw action plan for 2013

LAOAG CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) – Experts from the public and private sector are coming together for a planning workshop to look at the previous year’s targets and achievements in the campaign to address climate change.

Representatives from the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau (DOE-REMB) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) will be reviewing last year’s accomplishments as their basis to draw up targets for this year’s action plan.

The group will sit down from January 22 to 25 at the Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel here to look at their programs and chart a new direction.

The DOE-REMB, for example, has been providing support to the CCC since last year in the areas of adaption and mitigation measures including raising public awareness on climate change.

The DOE also found an ally in Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for International Cooperation) or GIZ which primarily works for the public sector in its advocacies.

Director Mario Marasigan said the bureau has been the CCC’s partner in implementing a section of an action plan devoted to renewable energy development.

Part of the four-day workshop is a visit to the first renewable energy showcase in Southeast Asia, the Bangui wind farm in the northern town of Bangui.

Marasigan said the workshop will include an exchange of valuable baseline education among the project partners.

The government meant business when it created the Commission to draw programs and actions plans that would address climate change.

And since its creation by virtue of RA 9729 in 2009, the Commission has made inroads in formulating action plans and strategies in the national and local levels.

The strategies include the National Framework Strategy on Climate Change NFSCC), the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and guidelines for a counterpart Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP).

Under the national action plan, seven priorities were identified to address climate change, namely: food security, water sufficiency, environmental and ecological stability, human security, sustainable energy, climate-smart industries and services and knowledge and capacity development. (ANL/CCA-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte) #