DTI holds training for food processors in Pangasinan

April M. Montes

ROSALES, Pangasinan – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has rolled out anew its mobile training program to promote the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in eastern Pangasinan.

On August 18, DTI, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the local government of Rosales, conducted a training on packaging and labelling in support to MSMEs engaged in food processing.

Natalia Dalaten, chief trade and industry development specialist of DTI-Pangasinan, said their agency provides such productivity training under the SME Roving Academy, a program for the development of MSMEs so, they become competitive in the domestic and international markets.

“Through the SME Roving Academy, a series of entrepreneurship briefing and sessions are conducted to assist entrepreneurs in making meaningful progress toward business success and sustain business growth,” she told the Philippine Information Agency.

Dalaten said another training which will focus on the current good manufacturing practices is also scheduled on August 24 in Rosales town.

For training registration and inquiries, she said that interested participants may visit the DTI-Pangasinan office at the second floor of Star Building in Arellano Street, Dagupan City or call (075) 515-3183 or text 0947-497-7889.

“They can also visit the Negosyo Center in Rosales town located at the ground floor of Robert Estrella Gym. Acceptance of participants will be screened and on a first come, first served basis,” she added. (JNPD/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)






A first in SE Asia: Ilocos Norte univ opens graduate course on renewable energy for engineers

Cherry Joy D. Garma

BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte – State-run Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City, Ilocos Norte is now accepting engineering graduates who would like to enroll for the Professional Science Master’s in Renewable Energy Engineering (PSM-REE) program.

A first in Southeast Asia, the program was established in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC).

Dr. Prima Fe Franco, officer-in-charge of MMSU, said the two-year program will provide advanced skills professional training and managerial capability building for industry and academic personnel.


“This program is designed for the needs of the industry, we send them to school for masters in science so that they will be a part of the renewable energy industry,” said Franco.

According to Franco, they are ready to accommodate enrollees for academic year 2016-2017 who will pay the same fee as the other graduate school programs.

“We have already informed all our stakeholders, we conducted a survey to those who are interested with the programs, including other schools, universities and the industry and their response is positive,” she said.

Franco guaranteed that graduates of the program do not have to worry on employment. More so, finishers of the curriculum are expected to spearhead researches, programs, and projects that harness the development of alternative energy for national self-sufficiency, self-reliance and self-sustainability, Franco added.

During the launching program on August 11, a memorandum of understanding was signed between officials of the university together with Research Triangle Institute (RTI) and EDC for the development of the master’s program.

RTI is the main implementer of the USAID-STRIDE project, which aims to realize and boost economic development goals and objectives in the country through science and technology research.

“This collaboration is a significant achievement that supports our mutual goal to propel the Philippines to achieve and sustain broad-based economic growth and development,” said Dr. Susan Brems, USAID mission director for the Philippines, Pacific Islands and Mongolia.

The program is expected to further strengthen the reputation of the MMSU and the province of Ilocos Norte as advocates of renewable energy.

Ilocos Norte is considered the heart of renewable energy facilities as well as the renewable energy and windmill capital in Southeast Asia. (JNPD/CJDG, PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)






P84-M rehab center, maitatayo sa Ilocos

Ben P. Pacris

VIGAN CITY –  Para lubusang mareporma at makapagbagong buhay ang  tinatayang 4,000 drug surrenderees sa Ilocos Sur, maitatayo ang rehabilitation center na nagkakahalaga ng P84 milyon sa tulong ng Department of Health.

Ito ang iniulat ni Bise Gobernador Jeremias Singson sa naganap na “Kapihan iti Amianan” Media Forum sa  Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall sa Kapitolyo noong nakaraang Linggo.

Aniya, 290  dito ay mga tulak at 30 sa kanila ay apektado na ang pag-iisp at kalusugan.

“Hindi inaasahan na ganito na pala karami ang mga drug users sa lalawigan at marami pa sigurong susuko kaya nararapat lang na maitayo na ang isang rehabilitation enter sa lalawigan,” diin ni Singson.

Ayon pa sa presiding officer ng Provincial Board, ang naturang imprastraktura na maitatayo sa Camp Elpidio Quirino ay magsisilbing gabay ng mga sumukong gumagamit at tulak ng droga sa pamamagitan ng lubusang rehabilitasyon.

Ngunit, habang hindi pa naitatayo ang rehab center, sinabi ni Singson na pansamantalang dadalhin ang ilang malala na ang kalagayan sa pribadong center sa Vigan City at Cabugao kung saan siguradong tutulong ang provincial government para maisalba ang mga kababayang ito.

Hinikyat din niya ang iba’t ibang lokal na pamahalaan sa probinsiya na magpatupad ng drug test sa lahat ng mga opisyal at empleyado pati ang mga opisyal ng  barangay para matanto kung sino ang mga gumagamit ng droga at para din maipakita sa taong bayan na walang bahid ang kanilang pagsisilbi.

Dagdag pa nito, kailangang maging aktibo ang Provincial, Municipal at Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils para mapaigting ang kampanya laban sa illegal drugs sa pamamagitan ng barangay dialogue, intel network, Ronda System at sports development program.

Tutulong din ang provincial government sa pakikipag-ugnayan sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) para mapagkalooban ng livelihood projects at skills trainings ang mga marerepormang drug users para lubusang makapag-bagong buhay. (JNPD/BPP/PIA-1,Ilocos Sur)


Malacanang bares regular, special holidays in 2017

April Montes

DAGUPAN CITY – Malacañang on Thursday released Proclamation No. 50 declaring the national holidays to be observed in 2017 to allow the businessmen, various offices (both public and private) and schools to decisively plan their activities.

Under Proclamation 50, the following are the regular holidays and special non-working days to observed nationwide:

  1. Regular Holidays

January 1 (Sunday) – New Year’s Day

April 9 (Sunday) – Araw ng Kagitingan

April 13 – Maundy Thursday

April 14 – Good Friday

May 1 (Monday) – Labor Day

June 12 (Monday) – Independence Day

August 28 (Monday) – National Heroes Day

November 30 (Thursday) – Bonifacio Day

December 25 (Monday) – Christmas Day

December 30 (Saturday) – Rizal Day

  1. Special (Non-Working) Days

January 28 (Saturday) – Chinese New Year

February 25 (Saturday) – EDSA Revolution Anniversary

April 15 – Black Saturday

August 21 (Monday) – Ninoy Aquino Day

October 31 (Tuesday) – Additional special (non-working) day

November 1 (Wednesday) – All Saints Day

December 31 (Sunday) – Last day of the year

Meanwhile, Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as national holidays once the exact dates are determined in the Islamic calendar.

The Department of Labor and Employment will mandate the implementation of pay rules on these dates. (JNPD/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DSWD identifies 165,235 poor households Ilocos region

Freddie G. Lazaro

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte – The Department of Social Welfare and Development through its National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) or Listahanan has identified a total 165,235 poor households in region one based on the result of the second round of household assessment in 2015.


Of the 165,235 households, Pangasinan has the highest number of poor households with 113,580 followed by La Union with 22,595, Ilocos Sur with 16,944 and 12,116 households are from Ilocos Norte.

During the regional launching of the 2015 Listahanan in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte on July 22, former National Project Manager now the DSWD-National Capital Region Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson explained the accuracy in getting the result of the assessment using the Proxy Means Test.

Leyson also said that the second round of Listahanan was based on the guidelines stipulated in Republic Act 10173 otherwise known as the Data Privacy Act of 2012.

“The purpose in gathering the data through the Listahanan program is not just identifying the poor households but it is a result is the baseline data for the government agencies and local government units (LGUs) in formulating plans and project for implementation addressing the needs of the poor families,” Leyson said.

Undersecretary Florita R. Villar, the Listahanan National Deputy Project Director and head of the DSWD Policy and Plans Group, and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos also graced the launching ceremony.

For her part, Governor Marcos cited the reliability of the Listahanan database and said that it is her basis in identifying her pro-poor programs in her province.

Marcos likewise urged other local governments in the country to utilize the result of the Listahanan for better implementation of developmental projects.  (JNPD/FGL,PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)





Phl Red Cross advocates disaster management at school level

Joanna Diaz Sabado

SAN FERNANDO CITY –Elementary and high school students in La Union recently participated in various inter-school competitions organized by the Philippine Red Cross-La Union Chapter.

The contests namely the Search for the Most Creative Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Corner, Jingle Making Contest and a Brain Quest were in line with the monthlong celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month in July.

“We have conducted trainings in the different schools, equipping these students with necessary skills not only to save themselves but others as well, from as simple as sharing to others what to do and not-to-do before and during disasters,” Julie Anne Hipona, chapter project coordinator, said.

She added, “What we propose to project areas is for them to know the risks and vulnerabilities to prevent being at risk and reduce the risk brought by natural hazards.”

Based on its record, PRC-La Union has a total of 52 identified schools in the province under their Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) program.

During the awarding ceremony on July 27, emerging the top three best among the participating schools in the Jing Making Contest were Tubao Elementary School, San Fernando City South Central Elementary School and Caba Elementary School for the elementary level. Castor Z. Concepcion National High School, San Fernando City South Integrated High School and Aringay National High School were also declared winners in the secondary level.

For the Most Creative Corner, portraying the effectiveness of their DRR areas in terms of providing information, resourceful use of materials, availability of first aid and early warning equipment in their schools, Lingsat Elementary School in San Fernando City and Castor Z. Concepcion National High School in Balaoan were proclaimed winners.

Further on the Brain Quest, out of 22 participants in the elementary level, Justin Campos from San Juan Elementary School in Aringay town was the champion while in the secondary level, Jose Mari Christian Vitales of Felkris Academy Inc. here bested 19 other contestants.

Aside from the prizes, all winning schools received emergency disaster containers and jerry cans made of plastic.

“It is good that more and more schools have initiative in mainstreaming DRR projects and what is more challenging is the sustainability of these projects, Alvin Cruz, Civil Defense Officer II of the La Union Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said.

He also added, “I urge school heads and principals to involve their community in their drills and the other way around, for local government-initiated drills to involve the schools, because during actual earthquake and disaster situations, preparedness is vital.”

This year’s National Disaster Consciousness Month theme billed “Kahandaan at pagtugon sa sakuna, tungkulin ng bawat isa” highlights the core intention to make the Filipino people realize that Disaster Risk Reduction and Management is a personal responsibility and that surviving, outlasting the ravages of any hazard and making communities resilient is a duty of every Filipino.

Meanwhile, the Office of Civil Defense in Ilocos also conducted its second year of “OCD Maging Handa Video Making Contest” as part of its information, education and communication campaign on disaster management and to discover talents of many Ilocanos in creating innovative videos and short clips. A total of five entries from the Ilocos region showcased creative and effective video clips conveying their messages on disaster resiliency.  (JNPD/JDS/PIA1, La Union)

PWDs in Pangasinan receive assistive devices

Elsha Marie B. Soriano

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan –To enhance the mobility of some 30 persons with disabilities (PWDs) from Pangasinan, the provincial government has provided them with assistive devices.

The distribution of assistive devices like wheelchairs, crutches and adult walkers were personally handed over by Governor Amado Espino III and Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) Officer Emilio Samson to the PWD-beneficiaries who attended the PWD Sensitivity Training held recently at the President Hotel here.

The event was in observance of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week in July.

Espino said the provision of assistive technologies is a way to help the PWDs and their families as it is the provincial government’s focus since the past administration.

“Let us do our best to other people especially PWDs if we are able,” he said appealing to representatives from the education and private sectors who also participated in the training.

Judith Cabillo, PSWDO focal person on NPDR, said the 30 assistive devices comprise only the first batch of distribution but their office is still set to distribute and deliver the remaining 153 assistive devices right at the doorsteps of other PWD-recipients.

Aside from the assistive devices, the provincial government also awarded cash incentives to PWDs who participated in the Philippine Sports for Differently Abled (PHILSPADA) – National Paralympic Games held last March.

Winners received cash incentives amounting to P8,000 for gold medalists, P6,000 for silver medalists, and P4,000 for bronze medalists while non-winners received P2, 000 each.

Pangasinan PWDs competed in meter relay, shot put, javelin throw, discus throw, high jump, chess, power lifting, bowling and tennis.

Based on the Convention on the Rights of PWDs, 10 percent of the world population live with disability while based on records of the PSWDO, at least 10,039 Pangasinense are registered as PWDs. (JNDP/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)