Pangasinense UP students give back to province thru Padunungan 2016

VENUS MAY H. SARMIENTO

DAGUPAN CITY – Students of the University of the Philippines (UP) who trace their roots to Pangasinan have returned to the province to ‘give back’ to their hometown.

Some 60 UP students from the Diliman and Baguio chapters and members of the UP-Subol Society spearheaded a two-day academic and literary contest for Pangasinan elementary and high school students dubbed ‘Padunungan 2016.’

Chem Gallardo, president of the UP Subol Society-Baguio chapter, said the Padunungan is one of  UP Subol’s services that gives empowerment to students and provides an avenue where they can showcase and further develop their talents.

Aside from the quiz show, UP Subol  have integrated contests on impromptu speaking, poster making, poem recitals , singing contest and folk dance competitions.

“Padunungan is our way of giving back to our province through various activities. We believe that a student must not be honed only intellectually. They have to be honed also in other skills,” Gallardo said who hails from Mangaldan town.

 

Michael Carane, a native of Dagupan City and president of the UP–Subol Diliman chapter, said the Padunungan also aims to preserve and promote the Pangasinan and Ilocano dialects that are being spoken in the province.

“It makes me happy to see competitive students. Ang standards na dapat nilang malaman ay dapat  tumaas pa at makakatulong ang Padunungan,” Carane said.

‘Subol’ is a Pangasinan word for spring and the society continues to be a wellspring of ideas, talents, socio-civic mindedness and academic consciousness among its members, he added.

UP Subol Society was formed originally in the Diliman campus in 1975. It branched out to the Baguio campus in 1977. The Padunungan, a yearly activity, is now on its 36th year. (MCA/VHS/PIA-1Pangasinan)

 

Pangasinan eyes malaria-free province in 2016

April M. Montes

DAGUPAN CITY – The declaration of Pangasinan as a malaria-free province this 2016 has become achievable following the current trend of no indigenous malaria case reported by health authorities for five consecutive years.

According to Provincial Health Officer Anna Maria Teresa De Guzman, participation of local government units (LGUs) and increased awareness of people in communities for the sustainable implementation of programs and strategies to eradicate malaria have contributed in attaining Pangasinan’s zero malaria status from 2011 to 2015.

De Guzman noted that malaria-free Pangasinan is virtually attained as reflected in reports gathered by the Malaria Control Program team of the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

A certification which shall be issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Department of Health (DOH) officials who will validate malaria situation in Pangasinan this first quarter of 2016 will be the basis for the declaration of a malaria-free Pangasinan.

Malaria remains a public health concern in the Philippines being ranked as 9th major cause of diseases nationwide, threatening the lives of about 12 million Filipinos with a rough estimate of 110 people getting sick of malaria every day, a DOH report stated.

 

An anopheles mosquito has been identified as malaria-carrier.

De Guzman assured that despite no single indigenous malaria case was monitored, malaria surveillance teams continue to monitor endemic or high-risk areas which include 28 barangays in towns of Agno, Bani, Burgos, Dasol, Infanta, Mabini, Mangatarem, San Nicolas, Sison and Sual.

An indigenous malaria case implies that malaria was acquired through mosquito-borne local transmission.

Provincial Malaria Coordinator Eugenio Carlos Paragas noted that strategies shifting from control to total eradication of malaria have been adopted in high-risk areas where education and information campaigns (EICs) on malaria prevention, which include distribution of mosquito nets and clearing of surroundings, have been regularly conducted.

Paragas added that fogging have been jointly-conducted by LGUs on their border operations in mountainous areas within the territorial jurisdictions.

Owing to the support of LGUs for the sustainable implementation of malaria control programs, De Guzman said that municipal and city LGUs have already passed local ordinances with appropriate funding for malaria control programs in their respective communities.

“There is really a big change with the practices of people living in areas endemic of malaria, particularly on their increased awareness for malaria prevention,” she added. (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan with reports from PIO)

San Fernando City’s Poro Point baywalk project to open on February 14

Joanne Namnama P. Dilim

SAN FERNANDO CITY – The P59.81 million-worth Poro Point baywalk and events center project inside the freeport zone here will have its soft opening on February 14, an official from the Poro Point Management Corporation (PPMC).

Chairman of the board Ives Q. Nisce said during the 13th anniversary of PPMC and launching of the Sillag (Ilocano for moonbeam) on Wednesday that the baywalk project will be initially opened to the public on Valentine’s Day.

“The baywalk is PPMC’s contribution to the local community. It will be a place to be visited for free by residents in the city and in the province,” said Nisce.

The baywalk is a 1.3 kilometer-stretch that boasts of an events center which includes an amphitheater, playground and parks. Some 44 cut lots are open for lease for tourism and commercial-related establishments.

 

It faces the San Fernando Bay where nature enthusiasts, locals and visitors can view the evening lights across the bay and the whole of San Fernando City while enjoying the sea breeze.

Nisce encourages local business owners and small and medium enterprises to locate inside the zone through this project.

“We invite also local businessmen to participate in activities inside the zone. They may want to invest and put up a small refreshment parlor or souvenir shop here. They are welcome to locate inside the zone,” he added.

As of January 6, four locators have signified their intent to lease.

Meanwhile, PPMC president and chief executive officer Florante S. Gerdan said they expected the project to be completed by January this year but some typhoons that hit the province and additional details on the architecture of the area caused the delay.

He assured, however, that the area will be fully constructed in time for Sillag Festival of Lights slated on April 8 to 10.

“The baywalk spot will be the events area for the upcoming festival. By then, the place will be fit for the event,” Gerdan said.

The Sillag Festival is on its fifth year of celebration this year. It is an annual crowd drawer in the Ilocos region. Highlights of the festival include fluvial parade, street dancing, exciting competitions and pyromusical show. (MCA/JNPD/PIA-1 La Union)

San Fernando City police has new chief

Joanne Namnama P. Dilim

SAN FERNANDO CITY – The San Fernando City police community welcomed Supt. Bryant Demot as the new officer in charge replacing Supt. Julius Suriben.

Suriben served as the city police chief for more than two years beginning September 23, 2013. He was assigned as the chief of the intelligence division of the La Union Provincial Police Office (LUPPO) here effective January 9.

According to city mayor Pablo C. Ortega, Suriben is highly commendable for his contributions in securing peace and order.

“As far as I am concerned, he is the best chief of police San Fernando City ever had. He has done a lot for the city,” said Ortega.

He also cited that one of the greatest high-impact accomplishments of Suriben is the declaration of 50 out of 59 barangays in the city as drug-free villages.

Meanwhile, LUPPO director Senior Supt. Angelito Dumangeng said Demot was the best choice for the city PNP post.

Before his appointment, Demot served as Special Action Forces (SAF) trooper for eight years, commander of the Pangasinan Public Safety Company and deputy provincial director for operations also of Pangasinan police.

For his part, Demot said his initial plan is to ensure security for the upcoming elections.

“Plans have been in place by the former COP. What I will do is to study them and if they are for the betterment of the city then I will sustain them. However, I will check if improvements can also be done,” he said. (MCA/JNPD/PIA-1 La Union)