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On Rice Importation The decision of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala not to import rice this year is commendable. It speaks not only of a strong political will on the part of the Secretary but likewise that of the President. It should be recalled that the government does not need to import rice as there is a surplus production based on the first to third quarter production reports. As an aftermath of the last two typhoons Pedring and Quiel, nonagriculture officials recommended to Pnoy the immediate importation but the good secretary intervened. If only for this, Alcala is a Secretary who got balls between his legs. Importation drains the dollar reserves of a country that the government decided that instead of it, those farmers heavily devastated should be assisted to ensure that the target on selfsufficiency in rice will be attained by 2013. Worldwide, climate change has affected agricultural productivity and with this, Filipino farmers are advised to start planting a month ahead to ensure that all crops are already harvested before the typhoon months. In the Cagayan Valley region, while the Department reported some 57,778 hectares damaged crops, the region has still a surplus production sufficient to feed the people until the next cropping season. The “people� here is not confine only to residents of Cagayan Valley but likewise those of Metro Manila and other regions as we are the second biggest producer of the staple next to Central Luzon which was likewise devastated by previous calamities. The government may have earned the ire of some sectors who constantly push for rice importation but it will come as a blessing to the country's producers who, time and again, have to struggle if only to feed the nation. Never mind if some sectors will be disgruntled. Never mind if rice cartels will be richer by a few millions. The most important thing in this decision if the welfare of the farmer and that of the entire Filipino people, and not only of a few. RD Purita S. Licas, PIA-2

Frank Cimatu, PDI - North Luzon Bureau

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2011 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony Hotel Ariana, Bauang, La Union

Philippine National Red Cross Million Volunteer Run in Cagayan, Isabela, and Nueva Vizcaya


Anti-illegal Drugs campaign in Barangay Pulung Cacutud, Angeles City, Pampanga

TESDA DDG Milagros Dawa – Hernandez meeting with TESDA-CAR Family in Baguio City


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Nov. 28/ 7:30 am Nov. 28/ 8:00 am

Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “Morning Sky” Television Program over SKYCABLE Ilocos Sur Infocen’s “For Your Info” TV Program over Iloco heritage Channel (IHC) 16 Laoag City Staff Meeting Vigan City Council Session Sangguniang Panlungsod (Pangasinan) Regular Session La Union Infocen’s PIA News Desk Seminar-Workshop on Philippine Development Plan Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “Morning Sky” Television Program over SKYCABLE Ilocos Sur Infocen’s “For Your Info” TV Program over Iloco heritage Channel (IHC) 16 Pangasinan Infocen’s “Pantongtongan Tayo” Radio Program over DZMQ Pangasinan Infocen’s Basketball Goodwill Games and Entertainment Sangguniang Panlungsod (Vigan City) Regular Session Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “PIA HOUR” Radio Program over DWFB La Union Infocen’s Population and Development Week La Union Infocen’s PIA News Desk Seminar-Workshop on Philippine Development Plan Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “Morning Sky” Television Program over SKYCABLE Ilocos Sur Infocen’s “For Your Info” TV Program over Iloco heritage Channel (IHC) 16 Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “PIA HOUR” Radio Program over DWFB Pangasinan Infocen’s Monitoring of Celebration of Bonifacio Day La Union Infocen’s PIA News Desk Seminar-Workshop on Philippine Development Plan Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “Morning Sky” Television Program over SKYCABLE Ilocos Sur Infocen’s “For Your Info” TV Program over Iloco heritage Channel (IHC) 16 Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “PIA HOUR” Radio Program over DWFB La Union’s Infocen’s “Ammuentayo” Radio Program over DZNL Pangasinan Infocen’s KBP Forum Pangasinan Infocen’s Journalism Seminar for DepED Ilocos Norte Infocen’s “Morning Sky” Television Program over SKYCABLE Ilocos Sur Infocen’s “For Your Info” TV Program over Iloco heritage Channel (IHC) 16 Pangasinan Infocen’s Media in Action Forum

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November 28

RDC2-Committee on Development and Administration 3rd quarter meeting, NEDA-R2, Tug. City

November 28-29

DOST orientaion seminar on Intelectual property, CSU Carig, Tug. City

November 29

DOST orientation on automatic rain gauge, DOST-R2, Tug. City

November 29

Joint Regional Development Council (RDC) and Cagayan Valley- Regional Peace and Order Council (CV-RPOC) meeting, Crown Pavillion

November 29

EMB- establishment of Regional Ecology Center meeting, EMB Regional Office 2, Tuguegarao City

November 27-30

Cagayan GSP- RD Licas travel to Macau-Hongkong

December 1

LGU Lal-lo lighting of Funtastic ChristMasterpieces and inauguration and grand opening of a "A Christmas Story", Lallo, Cagayan

December 1

Regional Consultation for the Philippines' Preparation and Participation to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20 - RD Licas to give Synthesis, Crown Pavillion

December 1-2

December 2

1st National Occupational Safety and Health Networks (OSHNet) Conference, Ickhinawa Hall, OSCHC Cmpg, QC

POPCOM Regional Executive Board (RPEB) - Regional Inter-Collegiate Population Debate

3 Dec 5

10:00AM-12:00NN

Dec 6

9:30AM

Dec 6

3:00-6:00PM

Focus Group Discussion on the Study of the Knowledge and Utilization of Iodized Salt in Region 3, Hotel Gracelane, San Agustin, City of San Fernando Used Paper Project Year-End Regular Project Coordinators Meeting, DepEd-R3, Diosdado Macapagal Government Center, Maimpis City of San Fernando Business Conference for the micro, Small and Medium Enterpris (MSMEs) of Pampanga, Benigno Aquino Hall, Capitol Compound, City of San Fernando

Dec 6-8

First Luzon Council of Human Resource Management Practitioners (CHRMP) Convention, Fontana Leisure Park, Clarkfield, Pampanga

December 6-11

440th Aldo ning Kapampangan (Pampanga Day), Province of Pampanga

Dec 7

6:00AM

Press Briefing on RP Energy's Coal-Fired Power PlantMeat Plus Café, Subic Bay Freeport Zone Bldg. 65 Sampson Road, Olongapo, Zambales

Dec 6

Dec7

8:00AM

4th Quarterly Meeting of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Health (RIACEH), Pampanga Provincial Capitol, City of San Fernando

Dec 7 Dec 12

Dec7

9:00AM

DTI Kapihan

Dec 15 Pre-Retirement Counseling Seminar, DTI-R3, Angeles City CSC-R3 Training Room, Diosdado Macapagal Gov't Center, Maimpis, City of San Fdo

Dec 7-8

Dec 16 Dec 16

Dec 11

5:00PM

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, Session Road, Bagu

Dec 1

Lighting of Christmas Tree

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111th Itogon Foundation

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Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards 2011, Bren Z. Guaio Convention Center, City of San Fernando, Pampanga

Every Thursday ifacio St. Baguio

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