From Lef to Right (bottom): Juan B. Calajate, Mark Lester A. Doronio, Michael A. Lardizabal, Hon. Paulino R. Baltazar (ABC Pres.) Governor Imee R. Marcos, Vice Mayor Esteban O. Agoy, Evangeline M. Ucol, Manolito Ga単o, Elybert Flojo, Mario Tuliao and Agustin C. Tamayo. From left to right (middle) Bernardo Ganitano, Jonathan BasiIio and Elmer Doronio. From left to right (top) Jawors T. Salapungol, Egipto Barcarse, Nelson Ballesteros, Wenceslao Valdez and Alex Salvador.
ating KALENDARYO, pagsapit ng “BUWAN ng PEBRERO” ating pinagdidiriwang ang ARAW ng mga PUSO...Araw na naiiba para sa MAGSING-IROG, VALENTINES DAY Ika nga… VALENTINES DAY na kung saan iba’tibang pamamaraan ang ginagawa upang maipahayag lamang ang SALOOBIN. Batid natin ang “PAGBABAGO ng PAMAMARAAN ng pagpapahayag ng DAMDAMIN natin sa ating MINAMAHAL, lalo na sa mga KABATAAN. Noong kapanahonan ng kung saan uso ang “LOVE LETTERS”, ramdam ng mga “EBA” kung ano ang gustong ipahiwatig ni “ADAN” sa LOVE LETTER ang pagkatago-tagong silakbo ng damdamin, masungkit lang ang matamis na “OO” ni EBA… Hindi ba’t ika nga, may kakaibang kiliti sa damdamin ng sinumang “EBA” na nakakatanggap ng LOVE LETTER. Sa panahon din iyon, hindi nakakasawang ulit-uliting basahin ang LOVE LETTER. Sa panahon ngayon na kung saan “hi-tech” na ang lahat at sa pamamagitan ng TEXT MESSAGE, maipaparating na natin agadagaran ang I♥U… Ika nga ng mga Modernong KABATAAN bakit kailangan patagalin pa ang LIGAWAN… daanin na lang sa TEXT!... Hindi lang I LOVE YOU kundi I♥U lang na kung saan simpleng I♥U 2 ang kasagutan! Sa pamamagitan din ng text na pamamaraan ng panunuyo, hindi ba’t sa mga text din nagkakadate sa Araw ng mga puso ang magON o MU na tinatawag… Sa text message… diretsahang Tanong - Mahal mo ba ako? Sa deretsahang SAGOT - sa MINUTOS o ORAS lang na paghihintay kumpara sa LOVE LETTER na kung saan ARAW at BUWAN pa ang hihintayin. Sa ARAW ng mga PUSO, nawa’y iparating natin at sambitin ang salitan I LOVE YOU hindi lang sa ating mga KASINTAHAN bagkus sa ating mga MAGULANG, KAPATID, ANAK, KAIBIGAN at KAKILALA… Mula sa PUBLISHER DESK - A Blessed LOVE Month sa bumubuo ng IVP News Magazine, lalung-lalo sa aming mga itinuturing na kabahagi - sa mga naniniwala at patuloy na maniniwalang ADVERTISERS, Government Offices, LGUsmaraming salamat po sa pinagkaisang pagbubuklod ng ating mga puso...
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Editorial - p2. Sentido Kumon - p3. Talk of the Town - p3. Lets Face It! - page 4. Doodle Time! - p9. Potch Corner - p9. Sports - p11. Krosword - p7. DPWH Improves Way to Ilocos Region - p4. Feature Story: Craddle of Success - New La Moda Panciteria Long Life… a continuing success through the years. - p4. Valentine Day Special: The History of Valentine's Day Innovations - Page 5 DOST firms up small businesses in Ilocos Norte - p5. Ilocos Norte’s Paoay Lake is new international rowing site -p6. Authorities seize P.5M worth of dried marijuana - p6. Ilocano athlete eyes Olympics after hurdling SEA games - p6. New wage rates for private sector in Region 1 starts Feb 5 - p7. BFAR opens scholarship grants for fisher folk children - p7. DSWD Employees, Media Partners Advocate Listahanan 2nd Round of HH Assessment - p8. DSWD’s SuppleDSWD’s Supplementary Feeding Causes Convergence in Santo Domingo, Ilocos Surmentary Feeding Causes Convergence in Santo Domingo, Ilocos Sur p8. KBP-Pangasinan bags 3rd spot as best local chapter - p9. Pangasinan prov'l hospital to increase bed capacity - p9. OWWA offers scholarship to OFWs' dependents - p10. Pangasinan puts cap on dwindling carabao population - p10.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Luke 6:35
maabot na sa mahigit 3.5 netizens ang TUMUTUTOK sa TRIANGGULONG kinasasangkutan nina VHONG, DENIECE, CEDRIC at ilan pang Dawit dito sa “BUGBUGAN” isyu na TRENDING ngayon. Tutok na tutok ang SAMBAYANAN sa naturang ISYU, TALK OF THE TOWN ika nga… Dito sa trianggulong VHONG, DENIECE at CEDRIC, hindi masamang “ MAKIALAM” basta may kinalaman sa ISYU ng BAYAN. At ang naturang ISYU o usap -usapan na NAILATHALA sa iba’t-ibang PAMAMARAAN, bilang TAGAMASID na MAMAMAYAN, maraming ANGGULO ang “NAPAG-ALAMAN ni JUAN ORDINARYO…” Hindi na lingid sa kaalaman ng MADLA ang mga kinasasangkutan ng tatlong tao na sangkot sa naturang isyu. Sa pamamagitan NG MEDIA na araw-araw ding mayroong PASABOG sa PAGKATAO lalung-lalo na ang isang CEDRIC LEE na kung saan di umano’y karamihan sa kanyang KASOSYO sa NEGOSYO ay mga KILALANG TAO. Kilalang tao na dawit din sa mga MANOMALYANG GAWAIN na kung saan KUMAMAL ng SANDAMAKMAK na SALAPI… SALAPI ng TAONG-BAYAN.. Sa puntong ito, hindi NAKAPAGTATAKA kung bakit ang isang CEDRIC LEE ay kayang-kayang LUSUTAN ang mga ISYUNG kanyang KINASASANGKUTAN… Ika nga ng KARAMIHAN… iba na ang may KONEKSYON… Kung iuugnay natin ang mga NAGSILABASANG KONEKSYON hindi ba’t dito rin sa SARILI nating lugar ay may mga tinaguriang UNTOUCHABLES, na kung saan PILIT isinasaksak ang MALING PAMAMARAAN, KAMALIAN na TUMATAGLAY sa kanilang mga KALAMNAN. Hindi ba’t, may mga nasa ALTA de SIUDAD na pinapairal ang KONEKSYON?? Aminin man natin sa TRABAHO, lalong-lalo na sa government offices, umiiral ang “IT’S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW BUT WHOM YOU KNOW… for POLITICAL CONNECTION matters… maging sa mga LGUs na sangkot sa PANGUNGURAKOT katulad ng ilang… connection matters??? Kahit sa mismong simpleng ELEKSYON… hindi ba “CASH your VOTES ang umiiral hindi CAST your VOTES”… koneksyon din kay KAPITAN… Maraming klaseng KONEKSYON… umiiral ito basta may PERA… KONEKSYON! … KONEKSYON!... TSK! TSK! TSK! Sa totoo lang, marahil MAHIHIRAPAN tayong IPATUPAD ang TUWID na PAMAMARAAN hanggang andiyan ang KONEKSYON… meron ka ba nun. JUAN ORDINARYO??? Upang BATAS NG TAO ay iyong MALUSUTAN??? Pero… IISA LANG ang walang PALAKASAN ng KONEKSYON… ang BATAS ng DIYOS...
AKAPARENG-RENG! MAKATI-TILENG! AYSUS! Teng-nga ti rabiin, abus a DISPALINGHADO la ngaruden, nasakit pay iti lapayag a DING-GEN! AYSUSSS!!! Daytoy iti masansan nga ibag-baga ni Juan, tunggal agreport wenno ag-REKLAMO kenni BRGY. KAPITAN… ngem, kas iti sigud, IYALENG-ALENG ni Brgy. Kapitan a NGIR-NGIR ti idatag ni JUAN a reklamo (puera de los Buenos)… Idiay DAVAO CITY, ti nalatak a lugar dagiti “BIMMATO A DUTERTE” ket maysa kadagiti trat-tratarenda ti maipapan iti “KARAOKE BAN”… Mangrugi a maipatungpal iti alasnuebe ti rabii nga agpatingga agingga alas-sais ti agsapa. Segun iti damag, napanunutan daytoy ti konseho-syudad ti Davao agsipudta “naadalda wenno naobserbaranda” a MAKASINGA ken SAAN a FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT ti addaan iti nasao a kita iti KINA-RINGGOR, idinto a maysa kadagiti kalkalikaguman iti gobyerno-syudad ti Davao nga agbalin a “PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENTAL FREE” ti nadakamat a lugar. Kanayunan iti daytoy, ti pannakaidarirag iti KARAOKE BAN ket pabor kadagiti umili gaputa kas SENTIDO KUMON, saan ketdi a makaring-gor kangrunaanna iti disoras iti rabii dagiti kumananta iti KARAOKE? Tumpuar ti panagka-kantiaw a makagapu ti pangruggian iti riribuk banag pay a saan a panagkikina-awatan dagiti agkaka-arruba? Nu dagiti agindeg iti DAVAO CITY key ilunglungalong daytoy ti KARAOKE BAN, Apay! Apay! Ditoy Ilocos Region, saan tayo ketdi mabalin nga ilungalong? What do you think JUAN? You did it your way!
DPWH IMPROVES WAY TO ILOCOS REGION Level of quality and safety of national roads leading to Ilocos Region continues to improve with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) able to increase total length of paved highway to 1,576 kilometers. In his report to DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH Region 1 Director Melanio C. Briosos said that the paving of 31 kilometers of national roads in 2013 has reduced the unpaved roads in Northern Luzon to 47 kilometers which is included in budget priorities and will be completed between 2014 to 2016. Also completed are national bridges with a total length of 366 lineal meters. DPWH Region 1 together with its ten (10) District Engineering Offices work hand-in-hand in the implementation of 853 projects consisting of roads, bridges, flood control and drainage, and public buildings worth P5.190 Billion in CY 2013 and attained the completion of 611 projects or accomplishment rate of 77 percent. Notable major projects completed is the 180 lineal meter Aluling Bridge constructed along Cervantes – Bontoc Road crossing the Abra River connecting the towns of Cervantes, Ilocos Sur and Tadian, Mountain Province. The bridge provides faster and safer movement of people and goods between Region I and the Cordillera Administrative Region, reducing travel time from one hour to thirty minutes. Aluling Bridge bridge was completed on March 25, 2013 and formally inaugurated on August 15, 2013. It was originally started sometime in 1978 and funded on staggered basis but the works accomplished were subsequently damaged by rampaging flood water in the 1990’s. The Lingayen-Binmaley Road project which provides an alternate route bypassing the busy town proper of Binmaley and Lingayen for motorists heading to eastern and western Pangasinan known for beaches was also completed with no less than President Benigno S. Aquino formally opening to vehicular traffic. With the right project, right cost, right quality principle in project implementation, the widening of AgooAringay Road Section of the Manila North Road (MNR) not only improves vehicular traffic flow but also addresses flooding problem in the area. The project was also completed four (4) months ahead of schedule and generated fund savings of P3.7million which was utilized in the construction of sidewalk with railings along the Elementary School located within the area for the safety of school children. In support to the national tourism development program, completed are the construction construction/ widening/upgrading/rehabilitation of Maoini-Baduang-Saud Road leading to beaches of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and the access road to distinctive white limestone formation known as Kapurpurawan Rock Formation along the coast of Burgos, Ilocos Norte. The improvement of Manila North Road, Bantay-San Ildefonso-Section in Ilocos Sur was also completed. Two (2) more projects nearing completion to provide access to declared tourism destinations in Pangasinan include Bangrin Mangrove Road with an accomplishment of 99%, and Napudot Access Road with a 92% accomplishment. (Source:dpwh.gov.ph)
New La Moda Panciteria Long Life... a continuing success through the years
! Pancit! Or noodles as we all know, is a well known food that everybody believe in, it is for a long life. Indeed we all crave for it specially if it is made from “La Moda Restaurant”. Who doesn’t know about La Moda Restaurant particularly Ilocanos here and abroad and for almost more than five (5) decades. What’s the “magic” behind its “continuing success”...thr u IVP News Magazine, let us read the inspiring story of La Moda Restaurant. ‘La Moda Restaurant was established way back in 1953 with my late parents in law Enrique Gee and Visitacion Acacio Gee, Proprietor and Manager. La Moda Restaurant is famous in Ilocos Norte and “balikbayans” keeps on coming back fo its very delicious noodles. The noodles has no food coloring and preservatives, as well so there is nothing detrimental to our health. As other business would experiences ups and downs, La Moda went through its innovation in February 13, 1989, and change its name into “New La Moda Panciteria” under new management and supervision of my late husband Roberto A. Gee. Since, I was a school teacher , my son Ricky and her Maila tool its supervision until 1992. But, in July 1993 while I am on leave, I took over its management until at present. We always and forever be thankful to the Lord cause despite of tough competition as different kind of “food courts” arises, “New La Moda Panciteria” is still in the limelight.’ - By Evelyn D. Lee.
Valentine's Day has r oots in sever al differ ent legends that have found their way to us through the ages. One of the earliest popular symbols of the Valentine's day is Cupid, the Roman god of love, who is represented by the image of a young boy with bow and arrow. Several theories surround the history of Valentine's Day. Was There a Real Valentine? Three hundred years after the death of Jesus Christ, the Roman emperors still demanded that everyone believe in the Roman gods. Valentine, a Christian priest, had been thrown in prison for his teachings. On February 14, Valentine was beheaded, not only because he was a Christian, but also because he had performed a miracle. He supposedly cured the jailer's daughter of her blindness. The night before he was executed, he wrote the jailer's daughter a farewell letter, signing it "From Your Valentine." Another legend tells us that this same Valentine, wellloved by all, received notes to his jail cell from children and friends who missed him. Bishop Valentine? Another Valentine was an Italian bishop who lived at about the same time, AD 200. He was imprisoned because he secretly married couples, contrary to the laws of the Roman emperor. Some legends say he was burned at the stake. Feast of Lupercalia The ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the 15th of February, held in honor of a goddess. Young men randomly chose the name of a young girl to escort to the festivities. With the introduction of Christianity, the holiday moved to the 14th of February. The Christians had come to celebrate February 14 as the saint day that celebrated the several early Christian martyrs named Valentine.
Iti kada tawen a PANANGRAMBAK ti “ANIBERSARYO iti PROBINSYA ti ILOCOS NORTE”… Nasam-it nga intay LAGIPEN dagiti NAGAP-PUANAN tayo iti NAPALABAS. Sangkamaysa a naaramidan tayo a mangipas-pasimudaag iti KINATAN-OK ni ILOKANO… Naigid-gidiato unay nga ita a bulan ti Pebrero ket nairanta a bulan iti PANAGI-INNAYAT iti tunggal maysa gaputa ALDAW iti PUSO (Valentine’s day) kangrunaanna ti intay pananglagip iti NAISANGSANGAYAN a SELEBRASYON para iti maika 196th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY iti ILOCOS NORTE Kas maysa nga umili iti ILOCOS NORTE, ken agdama a “Napakumbaba nga adipenyo”, babaen iti nagan ti sibubukel a miembro iti pamilyak, iyabrasak ti NABARA ken NAIMPAPUSOAN a KABLAAW ko kadakayo amin kangrunaanna dagiti kalugarak iti ili a Sarrat, Ilocos Norte.
Choosing a Sweetheart on Valentine's Day The custom of choosing a sweetheart on this date spread through Europe in the Middle Ages, and then to the early American colonies. Throughout the ages, people also believed that birds picked their mates on February 14! In AD 496 Sain Pope Gelasius I declared February 14 as "Valentine's Day". Although it's not an official holiday, most Americans observe this day. Whatever the odd mixture of origins, St Valentine's Day is now a day for sweethearts. It is the day that you show your friend or loved one that you care. You can send candy to someone you think is special. Or you can send roses, the flower of love. Most people send "valentine" a greeting card named after the notes that St Valentine received in jail. Greeting Cards Probably the first greeting cards, handmade valentines, appeared in the 16th century. As early as 1800, companies began mass-producing cards. Initially these cards were hand-colored by factory workers. By the early 20th century even fancy lace and ribbon-strewn cards were created by machine. (Mary Bellis. about .com)
DOST firms up small businesses in Ilocos Norte By: Freddie G. Lazaro LAOAG CITY, Febury 3 (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Ilocos Norte is set to strengthen its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) this year targeting at least seven Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) here. DOST Provincial Head Jonathan Viernes said his office is presently assisting 33 SMEs all over the province. These 33 SMEs were classified as business venturing on food, retail, agriculture and furniture in which six (6) were established in 2013. DOST’s Science Research Specialist Benjamin Mercado revealed that potential SET–UP recipients should be active and must be a registered business enterprise for at least two years. During the PIA’s weekly radio program entitled “Pannaki-uman, Isyu ken Aksion” aired over DWFB Radyo ng Bayan, Mercado stressed that the SET-UP is a government response to the call for more focused programs of assistance for SMEs. “SET–UP is a nationwide strategy to encourage and assists SMEs to adopt technological innovations to improve their (SMEs) operations and boost their productivity and competitiveness,” Mercado said. He explained that the program enable firms to address their technical problems through technology transfer and technological interventions to improve productivity through better product quality, human resources development, cost minimization and waste management, and other operation related activities. “The province has a lot of opportunities for growth and development being the well-known producer of exotic dragon fruit, the “bugnay wine”, and other crops having export quality potential. Thus, DOST will help upgrade the quality of these local crops and products to become more competitive in the world market,” he added. Meanwhile, Viernes reported the continuing program of their agency to grant soft loan with “zero” interest rate to all qualified SMEs in the province. The program is dubbed “Grant–In–Aid” (GIA) which aims to provide financial assistance to Science and Technology (S&T) project to spur economic growth by harnessing the country’s scientific and technological capabilities. “A grantee can avail the financial assistance ranging from P50,000.00 to P200,000.00 depending on the size of the enterprise. The soft loan will be paid by the borrower within a period of three years,” Viernes said. Last year, a total of 16 SMEs in the province were recipients of the GIA program being assisted by the DOST. (JCR/FGL PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)
Ilocos Norte’s Paoay Lake is new international rowing site By: Cherry Joy S. Discaya PAOAY, Ilocos Norte, Feb. 6 (PIA) – Once again, the town’s legendary Paoay Lake came back to life during the three-day invitational rowing event last week. The panoramic lake has become popular among athletes as a rowing site following the holding of the International Regatta here last year, The three-day event was organized by the Paoay Boat Club (PBC), the first boat club in the province. The group was simultaneously launched during the event. The competition was participated in by various international boat clubs and rowing personalities in the country. These were the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, the Manila Boat Club (MBC), representatives from the Philippine Rowing Association, the Ateneo Rowing Team and other delegates from Singapore and Australia. Quintin Pastrana, the director for the MBC and one of the event’s core organizers, said the competition served as a training ground for participants especially the youth for a larger scale of rowing competition. “The event aims to maximize the emerging potential of Paoay Lake as an international rowing center which is possible due to the upbeat tourism industry in the province, the scenic nature surrounding the lake and its size which is good for Olympic competition,” Pastrana said. On the other hand, Mike Diaz of the Manila Boat Club said that Paoay Lake is very ideal for rowing events. “The site is very apt for an international competition because it is close to the airport, very wide and meets international standard,” Diaz said. Diaz, who is also a PBC co-founder, said that the group has purchased 20 world-class rowing boats that were used for the invitational regatta. “Paoay Lake is a natural reservoir. This is a very ideal place to row so this even gives more potential for more rowers to come in and at the same time we have a lot of good boats for everybody,” Pastrana added. The participants including locals were trained by top coaches from the international team and the Philippine Rowing Team which recently won silver and gold in the recent SEA Games. Paoay Lake, a 387-hectare body of water located a few kilometers south of Laoag City, is a host to diverse biodiversity and some migratory birds including the Great Cormorants. Its potential as a premier venue for water sports was first realized during 1970s where the opportunity to do ‘kayak’ was entertained. “This Paoay Invitational Regatta is just a preparation for a bigger event, a major international regatta we are planning to have here in June,” Pastrana said. (MCA/CJDG, PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)
Authorities seize P.5M worth of dried marijuana By: Miriam P. Aquino SAN FERNANDO CITY, February 6 (PIA) – The government’s anti-drug campaign scored anew after authorities intercepted P500,000-worth of high quality dried marijuana during a buy-bust operation along the national road in barangay Mameltac, Diversion Road this city last week. Agent Bismarck Bengwayan, of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, said the suspect identified as Moises Cortez, 31 and a native of Sitio Lib-Libo, Kayapa, Bakun, Benguet, was arrested during the buy-bust. Bengwayan said the suspect tried to evade arrest but was later captured by joint operatives from PDEA, the Police Regional Office 1 Regional Intelligence Division and the San Fernando City Police. The suspect told the police he was merely ordered to deliver the drugs in exchange for a fee. “The mere fact that he knew the contraband he was carrying and the money involved makes him responsible,” PDEA Regional Director Adrian G. Alvarino said. Cortez was detained at the San Fernando City Jail and faces charges of violating the Dangerous Drugs law. (MCA/ MPA/PIA1 La Union)
Ilocano athlete eyes Olympics after hurdling SEA games By: Freddie G. Lazaro LAOAG CITY, February 6 (PIA) – Decathlete Jesson Ramil Cid of Dingras, Ilocos Norte is setting his sights on the Olympic Games after winning the gold medal in the 27th South East Asian Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in December last year. Cid, who just returned from training, expressed optimism he will compete in the Olympic decathlon noting that he needs to gain enough points to qualify to the event. “I am very much happy to represent our country in the 27th SEA Games. But I still need to work hard to join bigger competitions. I will not stop. Instead I will work hard and pray and hopefully someday, I can compete in the Olympics,” he said. After setting a new record of 7, 038 points in the field of decathlon, Cid was named as the “New Iron Man” of SEA Games. He broke the national mark of 6,963 points set by Fidel Gallenero in 2001. According to Cid, decathlon was his chosen field as it challenges him to do multiple events. “Multiple events challenge me that’s why I chose decathlon,” he said. Joining the decathlete had opened the doors for Cid to compete for bigger events, such as the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) where he was awarded as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for three consecutive years and the recently concluded 27th SEAG. Cid led the awardees of the first ever Sirib Youth Awards in the celebration of the 196th foundation anniversary of Ilocos Norte last February 2. The Sirib Youth Awards is a tribute to young Ilocanos whose contributions made the province and the country proud. (MCA/ FGL PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)
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LAOAG CITY, February 4 (PIA) - Workers from the private sector in Region 1 expect higher wages with the implementation of a new wage order on February 5, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said. DOLE Regional Director Grace Ursua, chairperson of the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWP), said the new wage rates cover the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan and the cities of Laoag, Batac, Vigan, Candon, San Fernando, Urdaneta, Dagupan, Alaminos and San Carlos. Wage Order No. RB1-16 has set the minimum daily wage rate from P205 to P213 or additional pay of P8 a day. Ursua said the new wage order provides for a mandatory floor wage (Tier One) and a voluntary incentive scheme (Tier Two) based on labor productivity and business performance. “Our new wage fixing tool operates to protect the right of our workers to decent pay and remuneration while encouraging productivity which could redound to the benefit of both the business and the employees,” she said. The wage order simplifies the wage structure from industry classification to asset size as basis in the classification of establishments, benefitting mainly those who were previously receiving a daily minimum wage of P205 in micro establishments and non-plantation agriculture. Based on latest data, micro establishments employ around 55.1 percent of the total workforce in the region, or roughly 118,847 workers. “The purpose of the increase is to adjust the floor wage closer to the present poverty threshold level computed at P227 per day,” Ursua said. Meanwhile, other workers in non-agriculture sector will receive P9, P11 or P20 increase in their daily wages depending on the company’s asset size. Excluded from the coverage of the new wage order are household or domestic workers, persons employed in the personal service of another, including family drivers and workers and employees of registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises with Certificate of Authority pursuant to Republic Act 9178. (MCA/FGL PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)
SAN FERNANDO CITY, February 4 (PIA) - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the Ilocos region has offered scholarship grants to any high school graduate or incoming college students. The bureau said ten slots are available exclusively to children of small-scale fisher folk who are interested to pursue a degree in Fisheries or any related four-year course starting on the first semester of school year 2014-2015. Nestor D. Domenden, BFAR regional director, said the Fisheries Scholarship Program through the Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant (FCEG) is a program that helps produce graduates who can easily land a job. “The program aims to help children from marginalized fisher folk families to earn a degree that is in demand,” said Domenden. Qualified applicants are those who can meet the criteria set by the bureau. For a high school graduate, he/she must not be presently enrolled or have not yet taken any units in any course and the general weighted average is not lower than 80 percent or its equivalent. “Also, applicants must not be more than 20 years old,” Domenden said. Parents of the applicant must be a member of any fishing association or cooperative in their area. Further, the family’s gross income must not be more than P25,000 per year and that they must be residents in their municipality for at least four years prior to the application for the scholarship. Documentary requirements must also be submitted along with the application form namely a copy of diploma, transcript of records, birth certificate, income tax return of parents, certification of residency and good moral character and parents’ certificate of membership to a fishing association or cooperative. FCEG scholars are entitled to free matriculation and other school fees, monthly stipend of P2,500, P2,000 semestral book allowance, research/thesis/special problem support of P3,000 and a graduation support of P500. The deadline of submission of the required documents and application forms is on February 21 while the qualifying exam is set on March 22. For interested applicants, they may visit BFAR regional office in this city or call (072) 242-1559 for further details. (JCR/JNP/PIA-1 La Union)
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DSWD Employees, Media Partners Advocate Listahanan 2nd Round of HH Assessment The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) continuously inform the public regarding the upcoming second round of Household (HH) Assessment of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) Project. All the employees of the entire region were oriented on the new brand name of the NHTS-PR, the “Listahanan”, Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan so with the processes concerning the second round of HH assessment. For easy recall, its new brand name ensures that all poor households in our region are properly identified as to who they are and where they live during the conduct of the second round of HH assessment. “Listahanan” features the complete and legitimate database of poor families deserving to be beneficiaries of social protection programs and services from the government. It is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. All employees also planned their actions or activities on how they could help in advocating “Listahanan” and the second round of HH assessment basing on their own functions in the office. For larger coverage of information dissemination to the public about the said nationwide activity, media partners region wide were also invited for a short press conference. During the press conference, the media partners signify their support in educating the public through responsible broadcasting of right and true information. In her official statement, Assistant Regional Director Marlene Febes D. Peralta, Deputy Regional Project Manager emphasized the importance of media in imparting and sharing the right information to the public about “Listahanan”. She said that through the media, continuous promotion on the usability of the database of poor households will be achieved. ARD Peralta also underscored that the Listahanan database will be updated every after four years as being mandated by Executive Order 867 which gives chances to the poor HHs not assessed in 2009 to undergo assessment and be included in the database if qualified. The issues on exclusion and inclusion errors of the first round of HH assessment will be properly addressed in the second round of HH assessment. Saturation approach in the HH assessment will be employed to all rural barangays while pockets of poverty shall be the strategy for all urban barangays. A total target of 928, 633 HHs will undergo HH assessment this year: 111,464 HHs-Ilocos Norte, 138,769 HHs -Ilocos Sur, 143, 262 HHs-La Union, and 525,138 HHsPangasinan (By Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant III, Listahanan/NHTS-PR).
DSWD’s SuppleDSWD’s Supplementary Feeding Causes Convergence in Santo Domingo, Ilocos Surmentary Feeding Causes Convergence in Santo Domingo, Ilocos Sur Camestizoan, Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur- A community packed with volunteers, responsive Barangay Council, and enthusiast parents continued the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) scheme after its 120-day implementation because of seen good results among the Day Care Children. Also, the Camestizoan Day Care Center takes pride of its Php 150,000-worth kitchen dedicated to the feeding activities of the Day Care children that was established and funded by the Barangay Council only this year. Accordingly, the children are now more convenient during feeding whether rainy or hot summer days. After the 120- Day Care Child Kate Salabsab during day Supplementary Feeding the Supplementary Feeding Program in Camestizoan Day Care Center activity which ended on January 10, 2014, the feeding pursued for at least three times a week with twenty-nine parents’who provided counterpart for food in the amount of Php 20.00 per month, while sponsors were tapped to cover the food stuff expenses until the classes ends by March 2014. More importantly, Day Care Workers, Barangay Nutrition Scholar, Barangay Health Workers and some Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders were trained on Parents Effectiveness Service to serve as advocates/trainers on PES where sessions are conducted monthly. Php 13.00 a Day Boosts A Family Budget With all the positive comments from the implementers and parents, a Php 13.00 budget per child a day under the SFP goes a long way in helping the poor families cope with their tight budget. According to Head Social Worker Fe Valencia, most of the parents are no longer giving extra allowance to their Day Care children and at the same time healthy food served is assured. “Pakalag-anan dagiti parents daytoy a programa (The SFP feeding eases the burden of giving allowance to the children), Valencia further said. This also means extra savings for the poor families (Php 286.00 a month). Severely Nourished Child Turns Healthy Of the 740 Day Care Children in Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur, there are 78 (severely underweight and underweight) prior to the SFP implementation. After 120 days feeding, only 30 children are now underweight. Weight increases with increased consumption on vegetable and other nutritious viand among the SFP beneficiaries. Day Care child Kate Salabsab who used to weigh 9.5 kilograms now weighs 11.3 kilograms after 6 months. Kate’s mother revealed that she used to eat just plain soup of any viand and rice which led her to be severely underweight. . With the SFP Kate is encouraged to eat healthy food along with her classmates. Aside from this, she now practices healthy habits such as washing hands regularly before eating and saying-no to ‘junk foods and soft drinks. Her mother Jonalyn is very thankful of the SFP. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Regl. Information Officer)
KBP-Pangasinan bags 3rd spot as best local chapter By: April Montes DAGUPAN CITY, February 5 (PIA) – The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) has recognized its Pangasinan chapter as one of the best local chapters in the country. Pangasinan tied with Iloilo chapter in third place while Bacolod won as second place. Bukidnon chapter took home the first place award as KBP’s Best Local Chapter for 2013. The winners received a cash incentive of P50,000 (1st place); P20,000 (2nd place); and P12,500 (3rd place). The four local chapters were awarded for faithfully complying with the following: (1) implementation of the KBP Radio Broadcast Code as a selfregulatory body; (2) having local chapter activities like sports fest during Broadcaster's Month; (3) holding Christmas party and others; (4) joining the program of the KBP like the “broadcastreeing,” a tree planting activity held nationwide every year; and (5) regular submission of up-to-date monthly meeting minutes and also having a sound financial standing. Jay Mendoza, chairman
of KBP-Pangasinan chapter, said he feels happy and grateful for the recognition. “It is the product of the support, unity and trust of KBP members and other media outlets to the endeavors of the group especially to the weekly KBP Forum,” Mendoza said. He added that Pangasinenses can expect for better service from KBP member stations as they continue to abide by the KBP broadcast standards. KBP holds a regular forum at the PIA office here where government officials and some private people are invited as guests every Thursday for information dissemination. The KBP or Association of Broadcasters of the Philippines is the foremost broadcast media organization in the country. It was organized to elevate professional and ethical standards in Philippine broadcasting, promote social responsibility in broadcasting, work for the advancement of the broadcast industry and protect the rights and interests of broadcasters. (JCR/AMM/PIA-1 Pangasinan)
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Pangasinan prov'l hospital to increase bed capacity By: Elsha Marie B. Soriano
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, February 5 (PIA) – The Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) will soon increase its bed capacity from 150 to 400 to accommodate more patients in the province. The Sannguniang Panlalawigan passed a resolution on Monday endorsing to the Department of Health (DOH) the application for a license to operate a 400-bed capacity of the PPH in San Carlos City. Board Member Antonio Sison said the resolution is required by the DOH to facilitate the issuance of the permit to construct or upgrade a health facility. Sison said the board supports the plans of the PPH to provide a sufficient and higher level of medical and health services to its patients by increasing its bed capacity from 150 to 400. For her part, Provincial Health Officer Anna Maria Teresa de Guzman said the
Provincial Health Office has been reviewing previous statistics on the increase of occupancy rate of the different government hospitals in Pangasinan, not only the PPH, to be able to provide quality health care. “In order to provide quality health care, we also need to complement our hospital personnel, budget, and the infrastructure. We are now ready and we are now serving about 400-500 patients daily," disclosed De Guzman. "Since it is a government hospital, the DOH allowed the PPH to operate beyond the 150 capacity," De Guzman explained. She said the license is needed so that PPH will no longer submit justification for PhilHealth claims that is more than the authorized bed capacity. Meanwhile, PPH is now qualified for the expansion in terms of its manpower with about 555 personnel, including its equipment and infrastructure, said De Guzman. (JCR/EMBS/ PIA-1, Pangasinan)
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OWWA offers scholarship to OFWs' dependents By: April Montes DAGUPAN CITY, February 4 (PIA) – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is offering financial assistance to dependents of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to help them pursue their tertiary education. Sheila Mae Aguilar, labor communication officer, said that applications under the OFWs’ Dependent Scholarship Program (OSDP) are now being accepted at the OWWA regional office in San Fernando City, La Union and in the agency’s satellite offices. She urged interested applicants to hurry as the scholarship program has only nine slots for Pangasinan on a first come first serve basis. Qualified applicants for the scholarship program include children of married OFWs and siblings of unmarried OFWs who are single and not more than 21 years old, said Aguilar. Applicants should also be a high school graduate and an incoming college freshman for the school year 2014-2015, she added. “Once the applicant has been evaluated and has completed the documentary requirements, the applicant can enroll in any four to fiveyear baccalaureate course or associate degree in a state college or university or any CHED-accredited school,” Aguilar said. “No qualifying exam is needed to avail the program as long as the OFW
is an active OWWA member, has a monthly salary of not more than US $400 as per valid work contract, and the applicant should pass the qualifying or entrance examination to be conducted by an OWWA-partner state college or university or any CHED-recognized and accredited educational institution in the region or province where the applicant belongs,” she said. She said that a financial assistance of P20, 000 per year or P10, 000 per semester will be enjoyed by the scholar which covers tuition fees and other academic-related expenses to be released on a semestral basis. For more details, interested OFW’s dependents who desire to apply for the scholarship grant are advised to visit and inquire from the OWWA regional office or in its satellite offices in the province. The satellite offices’ schedule and venue where applicants can submit their applications or inquire about the scholarship program are as follows: DOLE at barangay Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City every Wednesdays (9am to 3pm); DOLE at barangay Carmay, Rosales, Pangasinan every Fridays (9am to 3pm); 3/F CB Mall at Mc Arthur Highway, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan every Fridays (9am to 3pm); and DOLE at 2/F Ranoy Arcade, Ungson Street, Poblacion, Alaminos City, Pangasinan every Fridays (9am to 3pm). (JCR/ AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)
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Pangasinan puts cap on dwindling carabao population By: Elsha Marie B. Soriano LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, February 5 (PIA) – The Pangasinan provincial government has started regulating the sale and slaughter of female carabaos to address the dwindling carabao population in the province. Pangasinan was the first province in the country to pass and implement a regulation on the sale and slaughter of female carabao. Gloria dela Cruz, Philippine Carabao Center director, said the number of female carabaos is diminishing in Pangasinan and in the entire country. “Pangasinan’s carabao population comprises 60 percent of the carabao population in Region I,” de la Cruz said. Based from the data of the Philippine Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, the total carabao inventory in the country has decreased by 1.62 percent from 2.93 million in 2012 to 2.88 million as of July 2013. Records from the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office (PVO) showed that the carabao population in Pangasinan decreased by 29.5 percent from 110, 268 in 2010 to 77, 794 in 2013. The PPC and PVO jointly conduct supervision and regular monitoring of carabao registry to address the decreasing rate of carabao and help save the carabao industry in the province. De la Cruz said the PPC has chosen Pangasinan as point of development of the genetic improvement program (GIP) to increase its carabao population rate as the center eyes the province to be the Center of Carabao Dairy of the North. The program includes artificial insemination and bull loan. Dela Cruz added that the members of the two dairy cooperative in the province will undergo training and seminar on
carabao raising and will be given cross bred Italian carabaos. The regulation prescribes guidelines and procedures that will ensure continuous herd build-up as production base for the carabao -based enterprise development. Eric Perez, officer-incharge provincial veterinarian, said Provincial Ordinance No. 170 will provide the establishment and maintenance of provincial and municipal animal registry for carabaos, riverine buffaloes and crossbreds carabaos for carabaobased enterprise development. Under the ordinance, an owner of a female breedable carabao shall obtain clearance from the City or Municipal Agricultural Office before the animal is sold or slaughtered. The law also imposes a penalty on the failure to register carabaos to the Province Carabao Herd Registry (PCHR) and noncooperation in the monitoring of status and performance of carabaos. The agricultural office shall issue a prescribed form approved by the committee to be filled-up by the owner. Perez said a livestock inspector will determine whether the animal is breedable or not, if so, prospective seller will be offered with a buy-back scheme within two days. Those who fail to comply with the rules and regulations set by the ordinance will receive a reprimand from the City or Municipal Agriculture Office, Provincial Veterinarian Office (PVO) and the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) in La Union and a one hour-orientation regarding carabao development plan. A second offense means revocation or cancellation of license to transport livestock. Copies of the ordinance will be distributed to all cities and municipalities of the province through a two-day caravan that will start in Western Pangasinan on February 13-14. (MCA/EMS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)
10 Exercise Myths Busted! Fact or Fiction: Is Swimming Really the Best Workout for Your Body? Is swimming really the best workout for you? Swimming as a form of exercise has many advantages. Whether or not swimming is the best workout for your particular body depends on your unique needs and preferences. The Benefits of Swimming One of the often repeated comments about swimming is that it exercises your entire body. The truth of this really depends on how you approach swimming. It is possible to get in a pool and swim on your back without exerting much energy at all. However, if you are swimming laps using a stroke such as the front crawl or the breast stroke, you will use the muscles of your legs, arms, shoulders, buttocks and more. If you are swimming at a fast pace, racing others for example, or racing against your personal best, you will experience the cardiovascular benefits of swimming. Your heart will work harder and faster to generate energy. Your lungs will also strengthen as you breathe more quickly and intensely. Swimming is an ideal form of exercise if you are dealing with injuries. For example, if you are a runner and your knees can no longer endure the impact of running, swimming will be a more manageable way to get your daily exercise. You can also use swimming to warm up and cool down before or after running, cycling or another form of fitness activity. Swimming allows you to gradually increase your heart rate, increase your blood circulation and warm up your muscles. You can also isolate particular muscles in swimming. For example, you may want to hang on to the edge of the pool and only kick your legs. You could lie on a flutter board and move only your arms. As a form of exercise, swimming can be very meditative. It may be very soothing and relaxing for you to swim laps at a leisurely speed or float on your back and look at the sky. The Limitations of Swimming If your goal is to bulk up and build larger muscles, swimming may not be your ideal form of exercise. You will need to lift weights to increase bulk. Additionally, if your goal is to strengthen your bones, you will need to do weight training or similar weight bearing exercise. Swimming intensely does burn off many calories. However, when you swim, you burn off calories while in the water. The work of calorie burning slows and quickly stops after you stop swimming. This is in contrast to other types of exercise where your body continues to burn calories while it returns your body temperature to normal. All in all, swimming is a great workout for your body. It works your lungs, heart and the muscles of your entire body. It is not the ideal activity if your goal is to bulk up or strengthen your bones. It is, however, a fun fitness activity that you can do alone or with others. You may also enjoy the meditative aspect of exercising in water. (SOURCE: www.fitday.com)
It's amazing how incredibly wrong some beliefs about fitness really are. People think the craziest things about their exercise, diet and fitness habits, and they'd be surprised to learn that all they are are myths--which have long since been discredited. Let's take a look at a few of the top fitness myths, as well as the real truthâ€Ś Myth 1: Stretching Before Workout Prevents Pulling Muscles Truth: Stretching before a workout just gets the blood flowing to the muscles, enabling them to work hard. It's not going to prevent injuries--using the proper form for your exercise will do that--but it will ensure that the muscles are ready to work. Myth 2: Sports Drinks are Good for You After Exercise Truth: Unless you do more than 60 to 90 minutes of exercise, sports drinks are basically just sugary sodium water. They contain more calories than are good for you, and they'll end up adding a lot of sugar into your body. Myth 3: Protein Bars and Shakes are Top-Notch Nutrition Truth: Protein bars and shakes do have good protein, but they're often higher in calories and sugar than you think. Many protein bars are more like candy bars, so they're not really all that they're cracked up to be. It's better to get protein from a natural source, and only supplement your protein requirements with these foods. Myth 4: Women Shouldn't Lift Weights Truth: Women should lift weights, as it helps to burn fat, tone the muscles, and keep their body from wearing out. As long as it's not power lifting, any woman can lift weights safely. Myth 5: The Scale is Your Sign of Progress Truth: Your scale just tells you how much your total weight is, not how much your lean body weight is. Your goal should be to increase your lean body weight and decrease your body fat percentage-something the scale won't be able to tell you. Myth 6: LISS Cardio is the Way to Get in Shape Truth: Low Intensity Steady State (LISS) cardio alone isn't going to burn much fat, but it will actually end up cannibalizing your muscle tissue. You need to add resistance training into the mix to stop your body from using muscle tissue for energy. Myth 7: Target Your Belly to Burn the Flab Truth: You can't " spot reduce" your body fat, despite what you may have heard. You have to work on the body as a whole, and your body will eventually burn away the fat around your entire body-including an inner tube around the waist. Myth 8: Exercise Allows Me to Skip Out on Dieting Truth: A healthy body is made 40 percent in the gym and 60 percent in the kitchen. If you train hard but don't eat properly, you'll not only stay hefty, but you can actually injure your body because you're not giving it the proper nourishment. Myth 9: Pain is a Part of Training Truth: The pain of burning muscles is caused by lactic acid being released as your muscles work, and that is the pain they're talking about when they say "No pain, no gain." If there's any other type of pain (sore muscles, achy joints, tired body, hurting bones, etc.), you're doing something wrong. Myth 10: "I Can Work Out for Three Hours Once a Week and Still Get in Shape." Truth: Fitness takes time every day--even just 15 to 30 minutes. If you don't do something daily (even a walk around the block), that oncea-week workout isn't going to do much. You need to burn those calories every day to make a difference. (SOURCE:www.fitday.com)