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Angat Buhay Hope Cards, Bili Na!

Ipadama ang pakikiisa, #IpasaAngPagasa gamit ang ating ✨ Angat Buhay Hope Cards ✨ We have partnered with Robert Alejandro to create hope cards that you can share to family and friends, perfect for all seasons!  For every purchase, Iskaparate will donate 100% of its sales to Angat Buhay for our partner communities and advocacies.  Sulit na sulit ang bawat set na mayroong 12 hope cards at 4 na design, sa halagang 899Php! Available na ito sa: 🛒 Iskaparate ( 🛒 Museo ng Pag-asa Gift Shop  Magkakaroon din tayo ng single hope cards sa halagang 80Php, abangan lang ang ibang detalye sa ating page.  I-add to cart na, at i-share mo na rin sa mga kakilala! 😊

PCA COVID-19 response: Plant for a fee, seedlings for free

TAKE YOUR PICK. PCA Bohol Manager Engr. Emiliano Romero said Boholanos who want to join the PCA planting and replanting program can opt to germinate any coconut variety and get paid, transplant them and get paid again, or get free 72 hybrid or dwarf seedlings, which are expensive when bought from private nurseries. They also incentivize bananas, cacao, vegetables, and other crops planted in between coconuts, he said. (PIA Bohol)  CORTES, Bohol, Aug. 29 (PIA) -- There is no better time for Boholanos to join the Philippine Coconut Authority’s (PCA) replanting project of the "tree of life" than now. Due to the threat of COVID-19 and with restrictions in movement, people have resorted to planting all kinds of plants imaginable, some going for the ornamentals that do not offer much in terms of return of investment.  Because of the COVID-19 response from the PCA, people can germinate coconuts and the government will pay them. According to PCA Bohol Manager Engr. Emiliano Rom

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Cebuano News: DTI mikompirmar sa sugyot nga inaton ang tingbayad sa DTI CARES

CORTES, Bohol, Aug. 30 (PIA) -- Gikompirmar sa local nga Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) dinhi sa Bohol ang hangyo sa mga negosyante ngadto sa kagamhanan nga ipa-uswag unta ang termino sa pagbayad sa walay interest nga pahuwam nga gipaagi sa DTI Small Business Corporation SB Corp. Didto sa labing bag-o nga tigum sa InterAgency Task Force on Management of Emerging Infectious Disease Strategic Communications Cluster (StratCom) nga ilawom sa DTI Covid Assistance to Restart Enterprises 2 (CARES) nga gipundohan sa Pundo sa Pag-babago at Pag-aasenso (P3) , nga patas-on pa unta ang lanat sa pagbayad sa pahuwam. Aron mas makatabang sa mga negosyante nga apektado sa  pagsira sa mga negosyo tungod sa hulga sa COVID-19, gisugyot sa mga negosyante nga sakop sa B ohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) nga inay bayaran sa 18 ngadto sa 30 ka buwan, himoon kining bayaran sa maximum term nga 5 ka tuig o 60 ka buwan. Kini dungan sa pagbukas sa ika duha nga hugna sa DTI CARES nga gib

Karagdagang isolation facility ng Pateros bubuksan sa Setyembre

LUNGSOD PASIG, Agosto 31 (PIA) -- Bubuksan na sa Setyembre ang ginagawang karagdagang isolation facility, ayon sa Pamahalaang Bayan ng Pateros. Photo courtesy of MMDA Facebook page Ang naturang pasilidad ay matatagpuan  sa loob ng Pateros Elementary School sa P. Herrera Street.  Photo courtesy of IsangPateros Facebook page Ang isolation facility na may 62 na karagdagang isolation beds ay bahagi ng mga isolation facilities na itinatayo ng Interagency Task Force (IATF) sa pamamagitan ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) sa iba’t ibang lugar sa National Capital Region, at sa pamamagitan ni House Speaker Allan Cayetano upang makatulong sa pagpigil sa pagkalat ng COVID-19.  Kamakailan ay nagsagawa rin inspeksyon ang mga miyembro ng Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) na pinangunahan nina Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Danilo Lim, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo, Department of Social Welfare and Development (

LGU Allen implements trace, test and isolate strategy to contain COVID-19

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, Aug. 31 (PIA) -- As COVID-19 contagion threatens the town of Allen, the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force (MIATF) and Municipal Task Force (MTF) headed by Mayor Joey Suan conduct intensive contact tracing, COVID testing and isolation of probable cases to contain further spread of the disease. This was learned from Allen Berbon, Provincial Information Officer of LGU Northern Samar. As of August 29, Mayor Suan reported to have traced all contacts of their confirmed cases, a total of 365. All of them were ordered to observe strict home quarantine, including contacts of probable cases, until September 3, 2020. “For easy identification, the doors of their homes were tagged with yellow ribbons and no one is allowed to go out. The LGU sent food packs as assistance to those under quarantine. Close contacts have been swabbed and tested, and most turned negative of COVID-19,” said, Mayor Suan. Municipal councilors and barangay chairmen who may have been exposed to t

DTI warns public of text scam

PASIG CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is warning the public anew against a scam circulating through text messages.  In an advisory, the DTI warned that the text scam is relative to sim numbers being selected and winning prizes from the "Villar Foundation Handog Pangkabuhayan Program. The messages reportedly advise the public to call a certain number claiming to be that of DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, the DTI added. The DTI advised the recipients of such messages to avoid replying to the sender, and instead, to just ignore the message, block the number, and file a complaint to the National Telecommnunications Commission (NTC) through its website  to alert the government agency of such SMS scam. To help the public determine whether the message received is a text scam, the DTI said legitimate promos use only three or four-digit mobile number instead of an 11-digit mobile number. For further clarification, please contac

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peewah: Palabra del día: August 31, 2020

peewah , n : The peach palm (Bactris gasipaes), a South American palm tree. The edible fruit of this plant, which has an orange or red skin when ripe, orange pulp which turns floury when cooked, and a single large seed. Today is the Independence Day of Trinidad and Tobago.

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NV BFP bares increased bldg code fee collection

Nueva Vizcaya BFP workers provide disinfection support activities against the COVID-19. The agency also reported an increase in their fire code fees collection during the third quarter of this year.# Photo from NV BFP FB Post BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Aug. 30 (PIA) - The fire code fee collection of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in this province has increased during the third quarter of this year. Senior Fire Officer Joseph Torres said they have collected more than P1 million fire code fees from May to July this year. He said their current collection showed 73.10 percent performance efficiency compared to the same period in last year's collection of more than P562,000. "Our sustained information education and communication campaign contributed to the compliance of various establishments in paying the required fire code fees," Torres said. Fire code fees are required by the Fire Code of the Philippines which is being implemented and enforced by the BFP. Torres

Rediscover sustainable practices ingrained in PH local traditions

This Climate Change Commission (CCC) photo shows an example of practical sustainability by using recycled containers for urban gardening. (PIA NCR) CALOOCAN CITY, Aug. 30 (PIA) -- Young sustainability advocates over the weekend shared traditional, home-based practices of thriftiness, consuming less, and reducing wastage, and encouraged younger generations of Filipinos to rediscover knowledge embedded in our own culture, during the 15th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways” with the topic “Practical Sustainability.” The online conversation hosted by House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda featured resource persons Ms. Carol Malasig, journalist and content writer of the blog ‘Almost Diplomatic’; Ms. Niña Opida and Mr. Josef Werker, co-founders of Humble Sustainability; Ms. Armi Millare, founder and creative director at Stoa Studios; and Ms. Aimee Oliveros, a Climate Reality Leader and owner of RE-Store MNL, a zero-waste store (Refill-Reuse-Recycle). Asid

NV solon tells brgys: Monitor your infra projects

Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Luisa Cuaresma has urged MLGUs and BLGUs in the province to monitor various infrastructure projects in their respective communities for transparency and acountability purposes.  BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Aug. 30 (PIA) - Representative Luisa Cuaresma has urged barangay officials in the province to monitor infrastructure projects being done in their respective barangays for transparency and accountability purposes. "We are engouraging our barangay officials to monitor the implementation of various infrastructure projects in their respective barangays. This should also be your counterpart to see to it that these projects are implemented properly," she said. Cuaresma, vice chairperson of the Congress' Committee on Appropriations said she has sourced out fund for various infrastructure projects for the municipal and barangay local government units (LGUs) in th province. These are multi-purpose buildings, barangay halls, Farm-to-Market Roads (FMRs) and

'Mask Para sa Masa' launched in QC

CALOOCAN CITY, Aug. 30 (PIA) --The Quezon City government with the assistance of Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) team launched on Saturday the Mask Para sa Masa campaign to provide the poor and vulnerable families with free face masks as one way to protect them from Covid-19. Mayor Joy Belmonte thanked the national government for choosing her city to host the launch of the Mask Para sa Masa campaign, during yesterday’s CODE team visit led by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, National Action Plan Against Covid-19 deputy chief implementer, Secretary Vince Dizon, and Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Danilo Lim. In a meeting with the CODE team, Belmonte also shared the city’s best practices on prevention, which entails pro-active 48 special concern lockdowns that led to the discovery of 1,056 confirmed cases, to contact tracing and treatment. The mayor highlighted the city’s increased recovery rate of 96 percent as of August 27. Duque said the role of th

PRO 2 intensifies security measures amid lockdown of Tug. City PS

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Aug. 30 (PIA) - - -The Police Regional Office 2 in coordination with the Regional Task Force (RTF) and City Government of Tuguegarao has intensified its security measures amid lockdown of Tuguegarao City Police Station (TCPS) due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the said police station. To temporarily replace the PNP personnel of Tuguegarao City Police Station (TCPS) who were tested positive for COVID-19, Regional Director PBGen. Crizaldo Nieves has ordered the deployment of 63 police officers in the said police station. The personnel who were directed to augment are graduates of the Basic Internal Security Operations Course (BISOC) composed of 48 male and 15 female who are from Enrile, Solana, Peñablanca and Iguig towns to include Tuguegarao City. As they will be deployed in TCPS, they are expected to perform the respective tasks of the organic personnel of said police station. Additional 74 senior PNCOs coming from different police stations

Arnel F. de Jesus now heads PhilHealth

New Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) officer-in-charge-President and Chief Executive Officer Arnel F. De Jesus CALOOCAN CITY, Aug. 30 (PIA) -- Arnel F. De Jesus is the new officer-in-charge, president, and chief executive officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) following the resignation of former chief Ricardo C. Morales due to his health conditions.  In a statement, PhilHealth said its  Board of Directors has appointed De Jesus on Aug. 26, 2020 as of the national state health insurer effective upon the acceptance of the resignation of retired, and until a new permanent president and CEO is appointed upon recommendation by the Board. As caretaker of the largest social health insurance agency, De Jesus vows to carry out several reform measures that he helped initiate during the incumbency of former chief Morales when he first joined PhilHealth in July 2019 as Corporate Executive Officer IV. Among these reforms is “to improve the agen

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Andanar says UNHRC need not probe PH rights situation

CALOOCAN CITY, Aug. 30 (PIA) -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said over the weekend that there is no need for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to look into the human rights situation in the Philippines. Andanar issued the statement amid 62 civil society organizations have urged the UNHRC to launch an immediate and independent “international investigative mechanism” on the supposed human rights violations committed in the Philippines since 2016. “The Philippines’ human rights situation does not merit any external investigative mechanism being called for on the basis of specific cases where investigations are ongoing,” Andanar said . A joint letter dated Aug. 27 and addressed to the UNHRC revealed that some 62 civil society groups expressed their “continued grave concern” over the alleged “ongoing extrajudicial executions and other serious human rights violations in the context of the 'war on drugs' in the Philipp

P5,000 multa sa mga lalabag sa'face shield' ordinance ng Pasig

LUNGSOD PASIG, Agosto 30 (PIA) -- Pasado na ang face shield ordinance sa lungsod na nagpapataw nang hanggang P5,000 na multa sa mga lalabag dito. Ayon kay Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, naipasa na ng Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Pasig ang Ordinance No. 38, Series of 2020 o “An Ordinance Requiring all Residents of the City of Pasig to Wear Proper Face Shields in all Enclosed Public Places, Places of Work, Commercial Areas, and in Public Transportation, Providing Penalties and Violation Thereof and for Other Purposes.” Batay sa naturang ordinansa, kailangan na ang pagsusuot ng face shield sa lahat ng enclosed public places, mga lugar ng trabaho o komersyo, at pampublikong transportasyon. Kailangang nakasuot ng face mask at face shield sa mga nabanggit na lugar sa lahat ng pagkakataon bilang karagdagang protkesyon laban sa COVID-19. Ang paglabag sa ordinansa ay may karampatang multa na P500 - P5,000 bukod pa sa community service. Layon ng naturang kautusan na gawing mandatory ang pagsusuo

BFAR pushes for aquaculture in urban, farmlands and IP areas

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 30 (PIA) - - The Bureau of Aquatic Resources (BFAR),  in support to the Department of Agriculture’s “Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) Kontra sa COVID – 19” or the Plant Plant Plant program, is advocating   local aquaculture or fish production down to the community level  especially in areas that are far from fish sources. DA Undersecretary for Fisheries and BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongono, in an interview during his visit here Thursday, disclosed that the bureau is undertaking a program with the National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP) for possible aquaculture or fish farm project areas in IP communities. Gongono said they are looking into a total of 100,000 hectares of fish farms in the different IP communities in the country wherein the government through BFAR will help indigenous communities set – up an aquaculture project and this will help a lot in ensuring food availability, particularly of fish products in their areas. He also outlined the i

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DPWH-10 resumes 394 projects in NorMin amid COVID-19 pandemic

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA)--With the economic boosts and job generation rooting from continued infrastructure projects amid the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 pandemic, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-10 now works on 394 out of the 583 projects in Northern Mindanao. "Despite sa crisis, padayon ang proyekto sa DPWH ug nakahatag ni ug dugang trabaho sa 8,326 construction workers. Para dili makompromiso ang health nila, gasunod ta sa minimum health requirements gikan sa Regional Inter Agency Task Force on COVID-19," DPWH-10 Regional Director Zenaida Tan said during the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS)-X Podcast with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, August 29. (Despite the crisis, DPWH-10 continues to implement its projects and such gave additional jobs to 8,326 construction workers. We are following the minimum health requirements set by the Regional Inter Agency Task Force on COVID-19 so as not to compromise the worke

DPWH-10 allocates P2.2-B for health facilities program

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA)--A total of P2,210,618,730 is allocated for the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-10's augmentation on health facilities program in response to coronavirus diseases (COVID)-19 pandemic. During the Cabinet Officers for Regional Development and Security (CORDS)-X Podcast with Presidential Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, August 29, DPWH-10 Regional Director Zenaida Tan said P1,263,344,930 is allocated for the 2,230 bed-capacity isolation facilities while P717,500,000 is allocated for the 2,302 bed-capacity for the quarantine facilities in the region. DPWH-10 also set a budget for 312 off-site dormitories and a P12,550,000 budget for the region's testing centers.  "We have a total budget of P2.2 billion for the 3,169 bed capacity facilities in the region," Tan added. In Iligan City, P10 million is allocated for the 120-bed capacity isolation and quarantine facilities in Poblacion, Tomas Cabili and Acmac. "Ang D

266 CDO moms join in 'Hakab Na' amid COVID-19 contagion

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA)--Bringing 266 breastfeeding mothers, here, together in a 'big latch on' annual event to underscore the importance of breastfeeding to children's nutrition and development especially during the COVID-19 contagion, the Modern Nanays of Mindanao (MNM) held the first-ever virtual Hakab Na 2020, August 29. Emphasizing the need to provide breast milk to children 0-6 months old, MNM Founder Nadine Casiño said mothers need not worry on milk suply. "Mu-flow gihapon ang milk bisag unsa ka kakapoy or stressed. Naa mo’y gatas tungod sa hormones ninyo, tungod kay babae mo, makabreastfeed gyud mo." (The milk will still flow no matter how tired or stressed you are. You will really have milk [to feed your baby] because of your hormones, because you are women, you can really practice breastfeeding) Giving tips on promoting mother and child care during a contagion, Dr. Maria Asuncion Silvestre, member of the Independent Review Group for the WHO

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PRC develops program for career progression, specialization

QUEZON CITY, Aug. 30  (PIA) -- The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is in the process of formulating and implementing a program for career progression and specialization to elevate the Filipino professionals  professional standards, even during this challenging time.   Working in consultation with the Accredited Professional Organization/ Accredited Integrated Professional Organization, the Civil Service Commission, and other concerned government agencies and stakeholders, the PRC, through the various Professional Regulatory Boards (PRB), will  create career roadmaps for professionals to possess higher proficiency and advanced skills set recognition for local and overseas opportunities. The PRC initially mandated creating the Career Progression and Specialization Program and Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (CPSP-CATS) Committee for each of the regulated professions.   Further, the PRB CPSP-CATS Committee will provide assured quality standards consistent with the Phi

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DPWH turns-over new disaster-resilient school building to Maasin City DepEd

MAASIN CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed and turned-over recently a three-classroom building to the Department of Education (DepEd) - Maasin City Division. The completed multi-grade school located in Barangay Agustin, this city was realized   under the Basic Educational Facilities Fund of the education department, Engineer Ma. Margarita of the DPWH-Southern Leyte District Engineering Office said. The P8.79 million new school building is disaster-resilient based on the upgraded design agreed between DPWH and DepEd, Engr. Junia said. The turnover ceremony was participated in by Mayor Nacional V. Mercado; Engr. Vincent Sy, DPWH planning and design section chief; Dr. Genis Murallos, DepEd Maasin City Division Superintendent, education department heads, local/barangay officials and some barangay residents. With the completion of the said school building, teachers can now use the classrooms instead of holding their classes with their

Enumerators to observe health protocol on 2020 CPH data gathering

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Aug. 29 (PIA) - - All enumerators for the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) will strictly observe the health protocol against COVID-19 on the census’ data gathering that will start on September 1, according to Attorney Shiela O. De Guzman, the Officer – In – Charge of the Philippine Statistics Authority- Regional Statistical Services Office Region 1 (PSA RSSO 1).   In a press briefing on Friday, De Guzman said that one of the components of the training conducted for the qualified enumerators was the health and safety protocol amid the COVID-19 pandemic. An image of the “Sama Na, Census Na” PSA’s jingle promoting the participation of every Filipino to the 2020 CPH captures the attention of the participants in the virtual press conference on Friday.  Attorney Shiela O. De Guzman, the Officer – In – Charge of the Philippine Statistics Authority- Regional Statistical Services Office Region 1 (PSA-RSSO 1), encourages the involvement of the resident

5 sitios in Kayapa town energized

Gov. Carlos Padilla expresses his gratitude to the NEA and NUEVLCO during the energization program in Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya. He said more projects will be done in remote sitios to provide power in the IP communities.# Photo from Solido Kapadailla FB Post BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Aug. 29 (PIA) - Five sitios (sub-barangays) in the upland town of Kayapa were recently energized under the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) of the National Electrification Administration (NEA). Governor Carlos Padilla led the inaugral switchings of the SEP with the officials of the NEA, Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative (NUVELCO) and the municipal and barangay local government units of Kayapa. The SEP beneficiaries were sitios Pao, Tengeteng, Nilog, Adon-Beneng and Boaca, all of barangays Pingkian ang Catillo Village in Kayapa. According to NUVELCO officials, the said sitios were among those on the list submitted for funding and facilitated by Padilla to the NEA when he was still the Representative o

COVID-19 task force lauds Parañaque LGU for beefing up isolation facilities

PARAÑAQUE CITY, Aug. 29 --- National Action Plan (NAP) against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. lauded the local government of Parañaque for building more isolation facilities dedicated for patients stricken by the corona virus disease. “This move is among the best practices LGUs across the country can replicate as they scale up their respective COVID-19 response efforts,” Galvez said during a visit to the city on Friday. The chief implementer, together with Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, Parañaque First District Representative Eric Olivarez, and City Health Officer Dr. Olga Virtusio, led the inauguration of a 56-bed quarantine facility located at the Parañaque City College. “Nakita natin na madaling gagaling ang pasyente dito kasi maganda ang accomodation, may sariling CR (comfort room) at bidet pa,” he said. The group also inspected the ongoing construction of a 200-bed isolation facility for novel coronavirus-positive patients located within the compound of the

Ilocos region's rice production increases by 1.23 percent

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA)- The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 1 (DA-RFO1) has reported that the rice production in the Ilocos region increased by 1.23 percent for the first semester of 2020. According to the DA-RFO1, it was recorded that the volume of the production is at 494,887.85 metric tons, an increase of 6,033 metric tons compared to the same period last year which is at 488,855. “Our rice product in the province of La Union recorded the highest which is at 19.83 percent,” said DA-RFO1 Rice Banner Program (RBP) focal person Analiza Ramos. Further, the province of Ilocos Sur’s data showed a 2.42 percent increase, while Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan provinces are at 2.42 percent and 0.91 percent, respectively. "Though Pangasinan’s increase is not very significant, it is still the major producer of rice in the Ilocos region, it still comprises 69 percent to the regional aggregate,” Ramos added. In addition, the DA-RFO1 expressed that the yield of metr

NV PPOC seeks PRRD, OPAPP's help on road dev't for Ambaguio

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Aug. 29 (PIA) - Officials and members of a peace and order body here have asked President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to consider the funding of a Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) in the upland town of Ambaguio to uplift its socio-economic and agri-tourism potentials. Governor Carlos Padilla said they have recommended the continuation of the ongoing road project from barangay Camandag in Asipulo, Ifugao to barangay Camandag in Ambaguio town to bring in more progress and development among the villagers. "This was recommended through the Office of Presidential Affairs on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in the hope that it can get the necessary funding priority considering its impact to our convergence program to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC)," he said. Padilla also said other proposed major infrastructure projects for Ambaguio town also need funding through the assistance of President Duterte. Jason Fajardo, DILG's Local Government Operations Officer

Coconut industry gets boost with a reg'l office for north Luzon

STA, BARBARA, Pangasinan, Aug. 29 (PIA) - The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) aims to boost the coconut industry with the establishment of a regional office in this town that will cover four regions in north Luzon. Regional Manager Dennis Andres said the regional office will cover Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and Regions 1 (Ilocos), 2 (Cagayan Valley) and 3 (Central Luzon) which aims  to promote the planting of coconuts and also advance it as an important economic and valuable industry, which will address food security. “Magandang adhikain na ma-base kami para mas mapalapit ang PCA sa mga coconut farmers natin at sa sinumang interesado na magtanim ng niyog,” Andres said in his speech on Tuesday during the National Coconut Month celebration program. Andres noticed that many Pangasineses and Ilocanos  sell coconut but import it from as far as Bicol, Aurora and Quezon province and this is one situation that PCA would like to address. COCONUT INDUSTRY.    Philippine Coc

Gatchalian pinuri ang desisyon ng ERC laban sa Meralco

LUNGSOD CALOOCAN, Agosto  29 (PIA) -- Pinuri ni Senator Win Gatchalian ang Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) sa agrang desisyon nito na pagmultahin ang Meralco dahil sa umano'y hindi pagsunod sa direktiba nito at sa naranasang "bill shock" ng mga konsyumer nito noong panahon ng enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). “Naging maagap ang ERC sa pagtugon sa mga hinaing ng ating mga kababayan at hindi nila tayo binigo sa pagtupad sa kanilang tungkulin. Ang mga ganitong agarang aksyon ang kailangan upang maibalik ang kumpiyansa at tiwala ng tao sa ating gobyerno,” papuri ni Gatchalian sa PIA-NCR. Nakikiisa ang senador sa milyung-milyong konsyumer ng Meralco na labis na naapektuhan ng bill shock nuong panahon ng ECQ. Siya rin aniya ay na-bill shock. Kaugnay nito, binalaan din niya ang ibang distribution utilities (DUs) sa bansa na maaaring sapitin din ang nangyari sa power utility. Ayon kay Gatchalian, lumalabas na halos P300-milyon ang multa ng Meralco. Bukod sa P19-milyon a

NCPW observance in Ilocos Region to kick off Sept. 1

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA ) – The annual observance for the National Crime Prevention Week, virtually kicks-off simultaneously on September 1, among the national and regional offices of the National Police Commission (Napolcom). In the region, a program will be attended by  representatives of Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and other members of the Inter-Agency Technical Working Group, livestreamed in the official Facebook page of Napolcom. Activities for this year include a gift-giving in a daycare center in Caba town, coastal clean-up in San Fernando City, and distribution of personal protective equipment among frontliners in an identified barangay in Bauang town. They will likewise conduct webinar among the youth on relevant topics such as cyberbullying, crime prevention, and community service-policing system. Theme for the 26th year celebratio

QC government acquires parcels of land for distribution to informal settler families

CALOOCAN CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) --The Quezon City government on Friday has officially acquired several parcels of land that will be distributed to various urban poor associations. Mayor Joy Belmonte, on behalf of the city government, signed two deeds of sale for the purchase of lots owned by Tofemi Realty Corporation and Kanejin Corporation. “Ito’y umpisa ng hangarin nating mabigyan ng katiyakan sa paninirahan ang mga informal settlers sa ating siyudad,” Belmonte said. According to the mayor, part of her 14-point agenda is to address the concerns of the city’s informal settlers, by providing them the opportunity to own the land on which their homes are erected. The city purchased from Tofemi seven parcels of land located at Area 3, Sitio Veterans in Barangay Bagong Silangan worth around P110 million. With a total land area of 36,651 square meters, the parcels of land will have 530 families from six homeowners associations as beneficiaries. To benefit from the city acquired lands are

Nueva Vizcaya has now 3 COVID-19 deaths

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Aug. 26 (PIA) - The COVID-19 has already claimed three deaths in this province since March this year, health officials said. "We now have three mortalities. The first was in Solano town and the latest two deaths came from Dupax del Norte and Bayombong towns," said Dr. Edwin Galapon, Provincial COVID-19 Task Force chairperson. He said the latest COVID-19 death was CV 572 from barangay Don Mariano Marcos in Bayombong town with 36 active COVID-19 cases in the province as of Aug. 26. John Tugadi, Department of Health Provincial Coordinator said that from March to Aug. 26, the province has recorded 57 cases. He said from these active cases, 7 were asymptomatic, 11 mild, 2 severe and 1 critical while there were also recorded 37 recoveries. Governor Carlos Padilla said the spike of COVID-19 cases in the province is alarming and reiterated barangays to make the first move and decide in their respective areas. He said one of the recent proposals of the

Vizcaya PLGU employs 134 SPES beneficiaries

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Aug. 29 (PIA) - The provincial government here has employed 134 beneficiaries of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) in various municipalities of the province. Governor Carlos Padilla said the employment of the SPES beneficiaries was initiated in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). He said the beneficiaries were already oriented on their job description and benefits, among others through the Public Employment Service Division (PESD) of the provincial government. Nueva Vizcaya SPES beneficiaries get oriented in an office of a LGU. The SPES beneficiaries were absorbed by the PLGU despite lack of funds from the DOLE to defray their salaries.# Photo from PESD FB Post "They were deployed in the municipalities of Bayombong, Bambang, Kasibu, Bagabag, Sta. Fe, Villaverde, Castaneda, Diadi, Quezon, Dupax del Norte and Dupax del Sur," Padilla said. The governor said the salary was shouldered by the PLGU beca

PCG deploys K9 Units to augment security forces at LRT1

CALOOCAN CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) -- Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr has ordered the deployment of K9 teams to augment the implementation of stricter security measures at the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) in line with the recent terror attacks in Jolo, Sulu that led to loss of lives and damage to properties in such a time when the country continues to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The deployment of Coast Guard K9 Teams, composed of K9 handlers, working dogs, veterinarians, and explosive ordnance disposal specialists from Roosevelt to Baclaran stations of the LRT-1, is in response to the directive of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade for the PCG to help ensure safety and security in various public transportation hubs in Metro Manila, most especially in train stations that cater to thousands of passengers on a daily basis. “Since August 26, our K9 teams have been assisting security forces at the LRT-1 to deter criminal acti

MMDA to provide new shuttle buses for employees

PASIG CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) -- As transportation continues to be limited during the general community quarantine, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to provide shuttle service to their employees who commute to work. Four brand new fully air conditioned buses will be dispatched on the following various areas to ferry personnel for free in the morning on the way to the office and after office hours: -         Monumento-MCU in Caloocan -         Coastal Mall in Parañaque -         Robinsons’ Fairview in Quezon City -         Sta. Lucia Mall in Pasig Knowing the transportation limitations during the pandemic, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said that the new shuttle buses will greatly help employees and give them comfortability as they go to work. “We hope that the daily work commute of our workers will no longer be a burden and be much easier with these shuttle services,” the Chairman said. Basic health protocols such as the following will be strictly observed: -