La Union police seize arms cache

CARLATAN, San Fernando City, La Union Feb 26 (PIA) – The police provincial office has confiscated assorted guns and ammunitions in Balaoan town in line with its campaign against loose firearms.

Police Supt. Marlon D. Paiste, chief of the La Union police community relations and public relations office, said the firearms were seized by virtue of separate search warrants that Executive Judge Marino Dela Cruz, of Branch 22 of the National Capital Judicial Region, issued.

Paiste said that the search warrants were issued separately against Daniel Viloria in Barangay Sablut and against Rogelio Concepcion in Barangay Nagsabaran Norte both in Balaoan town.

Seized were one Taurus 9mm with ammunition; one Akkar 12 gauge shotgun with ammunition; several .45 .cal pistols and ammunitions; one .22 .cal revolver with ammunitions; an empty shell for cal 5.56; and an empty shell for gauge 12 shotgun.

The search warrants were in line with the provisions RA 8294 or the law on illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

The seized items are now in the custody of the La Union criminal Investigation and Detection Group for documentation and proper disposition, Paiste said.

Sr. Supt. Reynaldo Biay, task group commander, said the police will continue to impose search and seizure operations to achieve the objectives of the law on gun ban.

The operations were jointly implemented by the Regional Special Operations Task Group, the CIDG, the Provincial Investigation and Detection Management Branch, the Regional Public Safety Battalion, La Union Provincial Public Safety Company, Regional Intelligence Division and the Balaoan Police Station. (MCA/MPA-PIA1 La Union with reports from LUPPO)

Feature:Sillag Festival: an inroad for tourism, investment in the North

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Feb 26 (PIA) – Festival organizers have set the stage for one of the biggest summer events in this city – the Sillag Poro Point festival of lights.

“Sillag,” which means moonbeam, was launched on April 28 by the Poro Point Management Corporation (PPMC), a member of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority Group inside the Poro Point Freeport Zone (PPFZ).

The festival is meant to draw local and foreign tourists and, in the process, promote Freeport zone as a beacon for tourism and investment projects in the North PPMC Board Chairman Ives Nisce said during the launch.

Organizers hope to promote the lights festival as one of the crowd-drawing events during summer similar to the “Panagbenga festival” in Baguio City.

“What makes it unique from other festivals is that all activities are focused at night. The festival will bring light,” Nisce said.

Florante S. Gerdan, PPMC president and chief executive officer, said this year’s festival is part of La Union’s 163rd foundation anniversary.

“We hope to bring in more tourist through the festival and make the province an investment destination in Northern Luzon,” he said.

The festival promises an array of events that will suit every viewer’s needs.

On March 9, a one-hour live performance of marching bands from PPMC main gate to Thunderbird Amphitheater will be conducted alongside the first Sillag Fun Run (Sunset Run for Hope).

A sure crowd-drawer will be the un-identified flying object (UFO) formation ceremonial lighting of the Sillag village at the PPMC grounds.

Nature lovers can have a pick of the best plants and flowers at a garden show along with a food fair and local bands concert at night.

Professional golfers will also have a field day at the first Sillag Golf Cup which will be held on March 10 at the Thunderbird.

To sustain festival-goers’ interest , an air show from hot air balloon, para-gliding, ultralight show, UFO formation and children’s show are being eyed to wow the crowd.

Another festival highlight is the street dancing competition where participants will be garbed with light-emitting costumes.

The festival will not be complete without the most anticipated part, the lantern fluvial parade at the Thunderbird Boardwalk.

According to PPMC, the parade will feature illuminated and decorated boats from participating government agencies, business firms and various organizations.

To completely satisfy tourists, there will be a release of hope lanterns followed by a pyromusical and variety show after the fluvial parade. (MCA/MHH – PIA1 La Union)

Cinematography workshop hones Ilocanos’ film-making skills

CITY, Feb. 26 (PIA) — Film directors and enthusiasts shared their expertise in a 3-day workshop on basic cinematography here paving the way for Ilocano youth to sharpen their skills on media arts.

Over 40 participants showed interest in film developing and media manipulation under the direction of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ferdinand Balanag and photography specialist Waffy Casem.

Balanag is behind the Golden Ace awardee documentary film ‘Walking the Walking Journey,’ which was an entry in the Las Vegas Film Festival in 2010.

After the workshops, participants came up with a presentation in groups applying the techniques they learned.

Balanag commended the participants for coming up with good presentations despite the limited time they had to work on.

“They are commendable for the kind of discipline they had exerted in composing and producing their films. They perfectly employed the different elements they learned,” Balanag said.

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte together with the Film Development Council of the Philippines have been partners for three years in providing media art education to Ilocanos since the launching of the provincial government’s art festival, “Looking for Johnny Moon”.

The festival, yearly undertaken by the local government, intends to develop budding artists especially the youth who draw inspiration from Ilocano artist Juan Luna.

The provincial government has been nurturing young Ilocanos’ media arts skills in competitions like film-making during the ‘Semana ti Ar-aria’ (Feast of the Dead) celebration.

This has been the third occasion that the provincial government staged a workshop on cinematography. In previous years, “the Johnny Moon arts festival” featured a wide variety of creative media art forms from film directing, script writing, film editing, sound design, graphics design, animation and game development.

Governor Imee R. Marcos, the prime mover of the Johnny Moon Series, said, “Spread the news! We will be conducting more activities like this to come up with more opportunities for Ilocanos’ homegrown talents.”(MCA/CJDG-PIA1 Ilocos Norte)

Priority projects identified at poverty reduction workshop in Dagupan

DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 26 (PIA) — Priority projects were identified by a mixed group of government and civil society heads in a poverty reduction workshop conducted here.

The orientation workshop for the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT), composed of 13 government agencies and 13 civil society organizations, was spearheaded by the local Department of Interior and Local Government.

The workshop aimed at consulting all the sectors in this city and to prepare the priority programs and projects coming from the grass-roots level.

“The consultation and participation among all sectors is important to elevate the city’s needs to the national level,” said DILG-Dagupan Director Roderick Dawis.

The projects identified by the group will cater to various sectors of the society to benefit all Dagupenos.

These include technical vocational training to give Dagupenos more chances on employment, promotion of organic production, One Town-One Product, P-Trace (product marking to distinguish Dagupan-made products or Dagupan-based products like Bonuan Bangus), sustainable livelihood program for women’s groups, feeding programs for elementary students, spiritual enhancement program, capacity skills training program, Gulayan sa Paaralan, and literacy mapping, among others.

“The local government and civil society organizations planned for projects that are doable and could be funded and implemented, all for the benefit of the people and the city,” Dawis said during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency office on Thursday, February 21.

The projects aim to decrease, if not totally eradicate, poverty incidence in the city which is pegged by the Department of Social Work and Development at 10.82 percent. (JCR/VHS-PIA1 Pangasinan)#

Tagalog news: 50 residente sa Pangasinan nabiyayaan ng proyektong-pangkabuhayan

BALUNGAO, Pangasinan, Peb 27 (PIA) — Limampung mga residente mula sa pitong bayan sa Pangasinan ang nabiyayaan ng Negosyo sa Kariton o NegoKart, isang proyektong-pangkabuhayan na handog ng Department of Labor and Employment o DOLE.

Ayon kay Arly Valdez, labor communications officer ng DOLE sa Rehiyon Uno, ang pamamahagi ng NegoKart ay isinusulong ng kagawaran upang mabigyan ng produktibo at mapapakinabangang hanapbuhay ang mga marginalisadong manggagawa at ang mga manggagawa na nasa impormal na sektor.

Tinanggap ng mga benepisyaryo ang kani-kaniyang mga kariton at iba pang kagamitan na nagkakahalaga ng P750,000 sa bayang ito nitong Huwebes. Ani Valdez, sasailalim din ang mga benepisyaryo sa pagsasanay tungkol sa produksyon, pagsasagawa ng isang negosyo at pagpapatakbo ng maayos nito para umunlad.

Nagmula ang mga benepisyaryo sa mga bayan ng Asingan (14), Sta. Maria (14), Balungao (9), Natividad (8), San Manuel (3), Tayug (1) at Rosales (1). Gamit ang natanggap na kariton, maaari silang magbenta ng pagkain na gaya ng “fish ball,” gulay, balut, mani at iba’t ibang kakanin.

Inihayag ni Grace Ursua, direktor ng DOLE sa Rehiyon Uno, na alay ng NegoKart sa mga benepisyaryo ang mas disente at pangmatagalang pagkakakitaan kung saan ay pwede silang makapagbenta ng legal dahil mayroon silang “business permit.”

Sa katunayan, nagbahagi ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Balungao ng halagang P209,510 na ilalaan para sa “value added taxes” at bayad sa “business permit” ng mga benepisyaryo.

“Sa tulong ng mga gamit na ibinigay sa kanila, mapapalago ng mga benepisyaryo ang kanilang kabuhayan sa higit na kumikitang negosyo na magbubunga ng kita na katumbas ng sa mga minimum wage earners,” pahayag ni Ursua.

Bukod sa ibinigay na kagamitan, tutulungan din ang mga benepisyaryo sa pagbuo ng isang organisasyon upang magkaroon ng benepisyo ang bawat kasapi sa Social Security System, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, at iba pa.

Pinasalamatan ni Ursua si Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, ang kongresista ng ika-anim na distrito ng Pangasinan; si Philipp Peralta, alkalde sa bayan ng Balungao; at ang tanggapan ng DOLE sa bayan ng Rosales para sa kanilang mga kontribusyon upang maisakatuparan ang nabanggit na proyekto. (JCR/AMM-PIA1 Pangasinan kalakip ang ulat mula sa DOLE)

50 Pangasinenses receive vending carts from DOLE

BALUNGAO, Pangasinan, Feb. 27 (PIA) — Fifty individuals from eastern Pangasinan will no longer walk around selling their goods exposed to grime and dust, thanks to the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) livelihood assistance dubbed “Negosyo sa Kariton” (NegoKart).

The NegoKart is part of DOLE’s thrust of providing productive and gainful employment opportunities to marginalized workers and informal sector workers through livelihood projects, said DOLE Region 1 Labor Communications Officer, Arly Valdez.

“The individual beneficiaries received their vending carts and raw materials amounting to P750,000 in this town last Thursday. Training on production, entrepreneurship, and business management will also be given to them,” said Valdez.

The beneficiaries come from the municipalities of Asingan, 14; Balungao, 9; Natividad 8; Sta. Maria, 14; San Manuel, 3; Tayug, 1; and Rosales, 1.

From these beautifully-designed carts, the vendors will be selling fish balls, vegetables, general merchandize, balut, peanuts, native delicacies, and scrap metals.

DOLE Regional Director Grace Ursua, who led the awarding, said that the NegoKart affords the beneficiaries a more decent and viable source of income where they can peddle their commodities legally because they are issued business permits.

The local government unit of Balungao, which is the accredited co-partner for the project, shared P209,510 for the value added taxes and business permit fees.

“With the package of assistance given to them, the ambulant vendors can make their existing livelihood grow into more profitable business that will yield profits at par with minimum wage earners,” Ursua said.

Aside from the resource assistance, the ambulant vendors will also be assisted in forming their association for mutual aid such as collective savings mobilization for social protection coverage under the Social Security System, PhilHealth, and others. (JCR/AMM-PIA1, Pangasinan with reports from DOLE)#

Bayani Challenge 2013 kicks off in Pangasinan

ALAMINOS CITY, Feb. 27 (PIA) — A multi-sectoral movement to end poverty through volunteerism was launched in Pangasinan last Monday.

The the “Bayani Challenge 2013” aims to activate the spirit of volunteerism with 3,000 volunteers expected to arrive in the city during the main event on March 23-27, said Dr. Eric Cayabyab of the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Foundation, the project proponent.

“The program, dubbed ‘Isang Bayan, Isang Bayanihan’ offers a unique opportunity for partners to be part of nation-building movement in a relevant way. It will challenge more volunteers and partners to change lives, bring hope to others and build sustainable communities,” he said.

Eddie Cera, head of Gawad Kalinga in Pangasinan, urged the public to participate in the heroic event.

“We are challenging everyone to care and share, not only in helping build houses but also in showing love for other people,” Cera said.

The main event will be held simultaneously in 33 provinces nationwide. This would give opportunity to the volunteers to help build houses, plant trees and mangroves, repaint and rebuild school buildings, and perform other activities in the barangays.

The Bayani Challenge 2013 is conducted in partnership with the local government units, the private sector, and government agencies like the Philippine Information Agency whose current head, Director- General Jose Mari Oquiňena, is himself a GK volunteer. (JCR/VHS-PIA1 Pangasinan)#

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