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)


Third win in a row: Urdaneta school, champion in ‘Pisay Pinnasiriban’

Miriam P. Aquino

SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Mother Goose Special School System, Inc. (MGSSSI)-Urdaneta campus has made it as this year’s regional champion of “Pisay Pinnasiriban” Quiz Bee, getting its third win in a row since 2014.

Campus Director Ronnalee N. Orteza of the Philippine Science High School- Ilocos Region Campus said MGSSI-Urdaneta campus has been a consistent winner since the event was first launched in 2014.

“If they are to win again for the next two consecutive years, they will be proclaimed as Hall of Famer as the PSHS gives such award for consistent five-consecutive year winners,” Orteza said.

MGSSSI-Urdaneta was represented by three grade six students- Bernadette Prado, Jansen Rein Peňa and Annika Bonifacio.

When asked on the experience and how they feel for winning the regional quiz bee, Peňa said that after surviving the intense competition, their team was happy with the turn-out having them declared as the regional winner.

He added that they were only third place at the provincial level and but in high spirits after they have won.

“Through God’s grace, we bounced back to the first place. The top three teams at the provincial level were qualified to the next level and we were part of the top three so, we made it here at the regional finals,” Peňa said.

He also shares his plans on pursuing his studies at the PSHS and said he will take up the qualifying exam to the main campus.

The three teams with the highest scores were declared winners of the regional quiz bee. Winning teams received cash prize- P4,000 for the champion, P3,000 for the second placer and 2,000 for third placer. Winning teams were also given medals, plaque, and certificates. (JNPD/MPA/PIA-1, La Union)



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)