Kabataang Pangasinense hinikayat ng Comelec na magparehistro para makaboto sa SK election

April M. Montes

PANGASINAN – Hinihikayat ng Commission on Elections (Comelec) and mga kabataang Pangasinense na magparehistro mula ika-15 hanggang ika-30 Hulyo para sa gaganaping Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election sa Oktubre 31 ngayong taon.

Ayon kay Atty. Marino Salas, provincial election supervisor, ang mga kabataang Pangasinense na may gulang na 15 hanggang 30 taon na hindi pa rehistradong botante ay maaring magtungo sa  tanggapan ng Comelec sa kanilang lugar upang sila ay makapagparehistro.

Aniya, ang pagbabago sa edad ng mga botante para sa SK election ay naaayon sa Comelec Resolution No. 10148 na kung saan, mula sa edad na 15 hanggang 17 ay pinalawig na sa edad na 30 ang mga maaaring makaboto sa nabanggit na halalan.

Nilinaw niya na ang mga rehistradong botante na nakaboto sa naganap na eleksyon noong ika-siyam ng Mayo na may edad na 18 hanggang 30 taon ay hindi na kinakailangan pang muling magparehistro dahil otomatiko na silang kabilang sa listahan ng mga botante sa SK election.

Dagdap pa ni Salas, may sistemang gagamitin ang Comelec na siyang tutukoy mula sa kanilang rekord kung sinu-sino sa mga nakarehistrong mga botante ang may edad na 18 hanggang 30 taon at kwalipikadong makaboto sa SK election.

Inabisuhan nito ang mga nais magparehistro na magdala ng dalawang valid ID gaya ng office ID, PWD discount ID, driver’s license, SSS/GSIS ID, student ID, passport, NBI clearance o anumang dokumento na nagpapakita ng petsa ng kapanganakan at kasalukuyang address.

Ang mga tanggapan ng Comelec ay bukas araw-araw mula alas-otso ng umaga hanggang alas-singko ng hapon kahit pa weekend o holiday upang magsagawa ng voters’ registration. (JNPD/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

 

 

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DOST-1 conducts disaster preparedness forum

Joanne Namnama P. Dilim

SAN FERNANDO CITY- The Department of Science and Technology in Ilocos region conducts a regional forum on disaster preparedness at the Oasis Country Resort here from 9 a.m to 5 p.m on Tuesday.

The wholeday event billed “Forum on Environment and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation” is part of this year’s celebration of National Science and Technology Week observed from July 25 to July 29.

Provincial Director Racquel M. Espiritu of DOST-La Union said participants to the forum are mainly from local government units, academe, line agencies and members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC-1).

“The forum is aimed primarily to arm local governments and other stakeholders with necessary knowledge in understanding hazard communication tools which are  government’s initiatives to provide early warning in line with disaster prevention and mitigation,” said Espiritu.

Espiritu added,”Local officials are the forefront in informing their constituents and media the information on the ground before, during and after disasters, so they must be able to interpret data from these hazard tools.”

Topics discussed in the wholeday event include lecture and hands-on training on Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), Hydromet and Deployment of Early Warning Systems (DEWS) Project, La Nina phenomenon in region one, Coastal Hazards and Storm Surge Assessment and Mitigation, Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS), among others.

Resources speakers who are experts on their respective field were invited to provide the lectures such as from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and DOST.

All activities that mark the 2016 National Science and Technology Week are DOST-initiated and are anchored to the theme, “Juan Science, One Nation.” (PIA-1, La Union)

 

Ilocos Norte eyes national award as ‘rabies-free’ province

Cherry Joy. D. Garma

LAOAG CITY – The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) in their bid to a rabies-free community is now preparing for a series of evaluation for the national rabies-free declaration through the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) has recently met with the Provincial Rabies Control Council (PRCC) to solicit support in finalizing some reports to include the documentation for the rabies program in the local government units (LGUs).

According to Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Loida Valenzuela, the first leg of regional evaluation was held on July 22 while the national evaluation is in August.

“Ilocos Norte will be the first landlocked province in the Philippines to have the national rabies-free declaration, if ever we will pass the evaluation,” Valenzuela said.

One of the major criteria for the declaration is that the province has sustained zero mortality both in human and animals particularly dogs in the past two years.

 

It is also important that the province must show that its support to attain a rabies-free community was established through legislation, execution, and vaccination to the different communities.

As of 2013, the Provincial Veterinary Office has recorded zero case of rabies infection in human while rabies cases in animals have been brought down to zero since 2014.

Current situation of rabies cases in the province has proven that the provincial government has been successful in eradicating rabies for three consecutive years with the help of its officials and the community.

“The biggest challenge in the province would be the sustainability because when a place is declared as rabies-free, we have to sustain the program and make sure that the province is negative from rabies infection. We will be evaluated annually to maintain our post,” said Valenzuela

This early, the province, through the PVET, PRCC and the Provincial Health Office, (PHO) is gearing towards the intensified massive vaccination as one of the most effective campaigns to prevent the spread of the infection.

To make sure that animals are properly monitored, the province also established a Provincial Rabies Diagnostic Laboratory where head samples of suspected rabies-infected animals are being tested for possible rabies proliferation.

Also, the PGIN is closely monitoring the border control in transporting animals in-and-out the province to make sure that animals from neighbouring provinces were properly vaccinated before shipping.

The integration of the curriculum in preschool level about rabies is also one of the key features of the anti-rabies campaign program of the provincial government.

Through the partnership of the PGIN and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) with funding assistance from the UBS Optimus Foundation, the program Community Against Rabies Exposure (CARE) has been a successful fight against rabies for four years following its launching on April 27, 2012.

“Once the province has been declared a rabies-free community by the national government, tourism industry here is expected to boost since tourists are most likely to visit free-rabies places for their safety,” said Valenzuela. (JNPD/CJDG,PIA-1,Ilocos Norte)

Ilocanos weigh in on Duterte’s first SONA

Cherry Joy. D. Garma

LAOAG CITY –  Most of the Ilocanos from the province of Ilocos Norte have given high marks for the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday.

Ariel Paolo Tejada, a local government worker in Piddig town, said that he is optimistic with the President’s announcement on the unilateral ceasefire with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

He said the declaration on the immediate implementation of the ceasefire is a big step towards ending rebel insurgency in the Philippines.

Tejada, however, said that Duterte should also focus on agricultural sector aside from criminality and corruption given that agriculture is the backbone of the econonomy.

“Food availability and sustainability must be achieved in the country,” said Tejada.

Lawyer Brian Jay Corpuz of Laoag City, on his official Facebook account, said that Duterte’s speech is the most unconventional of all the SONA seen on national television which he described further as ‘blockbuster sa masa’.

“I love this man from Mindanao. Despite some flaws on his eloquence, one thing will linger – sincerity and conviction to serve the Filipinos, especially the underprivileged,” Corpuz said.

Despite addressing all pressing issues in his SONA, a public teacher of Laoag City, Adelyn Domingo said that she failed to hear the President tackle education issues like the plans of his administration on the K to 12 program.

Meanwhile, Bernard Ver, a media practitioner said that some of Duterte’s agenda in his SONA have already been addressed like providing Wi-Fi access for free in selected public areas but full implementation is highly needed.

Ver added, “His plans are good but implementation is really the issue. I commend his guts to fight all drug personalities but problems on drugs will never stop as long as there are big personalities backing them up.”

 

Unlike the past administration, the SONA of Duterte is simpler and without any fanfare. It was evident when attendees adhered to the new dress code from extravagant clothing to business attire or knee-length Filipiniana, as suggested by the President.

The SONA marked the opening of each regular session of Congress.

After the message of the President, the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate closed the Joint Session of Congress for their respective Chambers. (JNPD/CJDG,PIA1-Ilocos Norte)

 

DOST-1 conducts disaster preparedness forum today

DSC_0140.JPGBy Joanne Namnama P. Dilim

 

SAN FERNANDO CITY, July 26 (PIA)- The Department of Science and Technology in Ilocos region conducts a regional forum on disaster preparedness at the Oasis Country Resort here from 9 a.m to 5 p.m on Tuesday.

 

The wholeday event billed “Forum on Environment and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation” is part of this year’s celebration of National Science and Technology Week observed from July 25 to July 29.

 

Provincial Director Racquel M. Espiritu of DOST-La Union said participants to the forum are mainly from local government units, academe, line agencies and members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC-1).

 

“The forum is aimed primarily to arm local governments and other stakeholders with necessary knowledge in understanding hazard communication tools which are  government’s initiatives to provide early warning in line with disaster prevention and mitigation,” said Espiritu.

 

Espiritu added,”Local officials are the forefront in informing their constituents and media the information on the ground before, during and after disasters, so they must be able to interpret data from these hazard tools.”

 

Topics discussed in the wholeday event include lecture and hands-on training on Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), Hydromet and Deployment of Early Warning Systems (DEWS) Project, La Nina phenomenon in region one, Coastal Hazards and Storm Surge Assessment and Mitigation, Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS), among others.

 

Resources speakers who are experts on their respective field were invited to provide the lecture such as from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and DOST.

 

All activities that mark the 2016 National Science and Technology Week are DOST-initiated and are anchored to the theme, “Juan Science, One Nation.” (PIA-1, La Union)