August 25, 2008 in general
Ni BRENDA S. DACPANO
Soybean paste: miso ti awag da iti Japan nga isu met ti inadaw tayo kadakuada; huangjiang iti China ken doenjang iti Korea.
Photo by Brenda S. Dacpano/NORDIS
Ti raman, banglo ken langa daytoy ket segun iti usaren – soybeans, mais, barley, millet, wheat, garbanzos ken adu pay. Daytoy ket medyo naalsem ken naapgad. Read the rest of this entry →
O kaibigan ko, wala ka bang ginagawa?
Isa ka ba sa mga nagtatanong
nag-uusisa at nagtataka?
May nais ka bang malaman,
matutunan at maunawaan?
Kung bakit ganito at ganyan
ang kalagayan ng ating lipunan? Read the rest of this entry →
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Office of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary Jesus Terry F. Adevoso, who is in town Friday for the 63rd Anniversary of Benguet Liberation, urged war veterans and their respective families to take a position on the proposal to remove Value Added Tax (VAT) and Expanded Value Added Tax (E-VAT).
AGED, ALIVE AND KICKING. Benguet veterans, mostly in their eighties, flash wide smiles as Gov. Nestor Fongwan greeted them saying a provincial resolution grants them, or their kin, burial benefits. The vets celebrated the 63rd year of the province’s liberation on August 15. Photo by Lyn V. Ramo/NORDIS
Adevoso quipped the P7 billion paid in pension arrears to war vets and their widows came from the taxes added on the cost of most consumer products. Read the rest of this entry →
QUEZON CITY — Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) Representative Liza Maza last week criticized the Arroyo administration and called for the immediate passage of bills removing Value Added Tax (VAT) on oil and the repeal of Reformed Value Added Tax (RVAT).
Maza also called for price intervention from the Arroyo government with runaway inflation, now at 12.2%, hitting the poor hardest. Read the rest of this entry →
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Announcements of viable financial gains from the impending passing of a US veterans equity law came as a good-news-bad-news for almost a thousand local veterans and their dependents, most find it unfair and absurd.
Benguet veterans, their wives or widows, sons, daughters and grandchildren gathered at the Ben Palispis Hall here Friday to remember their (kin’s) travails for Benguet’s liberation from the Japanese imperial forces. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY — A human rights lawyer urges the head of the Philippine National Police Regional Office in the Cordillera (PRO-COR) to cause the immediate arrest and prosecution of an official of Mountain Province identified to be involved in the killing of a human rights worker.
Lawyer Jose Mencio Molintas said that Mateo or Mathew Fanao was charged of a heinous crime 15 years ago and managed to remain at large and at present a public official continuously evading prosecution. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY — In celebration of the 14th World’s Indigenous Peoples Day, more than 150 indigenous youth of the Cordillera gathered to learn, understand, unite and commit in promoting the rights of indigenous peoples (IPs) on August 9 at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the University of the Philippines Baguio, Philippines.
Photo courtesy of Joy Siapno
The Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN) organized the event with the support of various local youth organizations that includes the Progressive Igorots for Social Action (Pigsa), Pinatud, Program for Indigenous Culture-Pagawisan Tako Am-in, Salidummay-University of Cordillera and Benguet State University, Cordillera Cultural Performing Group-Saint Louis University, University of the Philippines Baguio University Student Council-Indigenous Peoples Desk, Student Parliament-Baguio Central University, Anakbayan-Kordilyera, Dap-ayan ti Kultura iti Kordilyera (DKK) and Cordillera Youth Center. Read the rest of this entry →
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Mountain Province abaca farmers and other producers of natural fibers like Kapangan’s raw silk producers are the focus of the recently inaugurated regional office of the Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA), a government official said.
“The farmers are the most important stakeholders for whom we are here for,” said FIDA Administrator Cecilia Gloria J. Soriano during the opening ceremonies of the regional office which covers the Ilocos, Cordillera and Cagayan regions. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY — A new feeding program has come to provinces in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) that aims to to correct any nutrient deficiencies and thereby promote healthy growth and development. A women’s group, however, criticized it.
Named “Vitameal,” it is supposedly a new hope for nutritionally challenged children in the Cordilleras. This school year, provinces in CAR started receiving their rations of Vitameal thru day care and Grade One pupils. Read the rest of this entry →
Nakasuan ti libelo
BAGUIO CITY — “Not guilty” ti insapata ni Cecile Afable, editor ti Baguio Midland Courier a nakasuan ti libelo. Naangay ti arraignment ti kaso idi Huwebes iti sala ni Judge Antonio Esteves iti Regional Trial Court Baguio Justice Hall.
RP’S OLDEST LIBEL “VICTIM”! Perhaps the oldest journalist in the Philippines facing libel, 91 year-old journalist Cecille Afable (middle) walks with with her cane and is assisted by lawyer Joris Dacawi (right) and Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) Chairman Pablito Sanidad (back of Afable) out from the Regional Trial Court Branch 5 on August 14 morning after pleading not guilty of libel charges lodged by Atty. Leticia Clemente. Photo courtesy of Ace Alegre
Ti kaso ket insampa ni city budget officer Atty. Leticia Clemente gapu kadagiti insurat ni Afable idi Enero 2006 nga adda pakainaigan ni Clemente iti makunkuna a mafia iti syudad ken dakkel ti naala da manipud iti pondo ti panagbenga. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY — “Hindi tayo nauubusan ng pamamaraan para sa tumataas na presyo ng langis, ang may problema lamang ay ang hindi sensitibong pamahalaan.”
Ito ang ipinahayag ni Mandy Felicia, pangulo ng pool of speakers ng IBON Foundation sa Forum ng Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (Piston) noong Agosto 14, sa Sangkabalayan Hall ng Immaculate Conception Cathedral dito. Read the rest of this entry →
Task force to select landfill site
BAGUIO CITY – A task force to study the offers and decide on the final site of the planned engineered sanitary landfill for the city will be formed by the city mayor soon.
City Administrator Peter Fianza, tasked to oversee the garbage management concerns, announced that the city mayor will create the body to decide on a timetable for the selection process starting with imposing the cut-off date for receiving offers for possible sites, assess and investigate all the offered sites, implement a selection process based on the guidelines and point systems established by the Solid Waste Management Board and select the most appropriate site. The result of the selection will be submitted to the city council for confirmation.
Meanwhile, the Baguio City Council approved the allotment of P15 million for the development of the city government property in Irisan as temporary garbage residual containment area and another P7.4 million for the acquisition or lease of a lot for a permanent residual site. # Aileen P. Refuerzo /PIA
TESDA registration as requisite to vocational schools permit
BAGUIO CITY – Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda proposed an ordinance requiring a Unified Technical Vocational Education and Training Program Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS) for the grant of business permits for technical, vocational and foreign language schools in the city.
The UTPRAS is seen to guarantee school programs meet the minimum requirements for quality for formal and non-formal education. The Business and Permits Licensing Division and the City Treasurerfs Office shall require the submission of a copy of UTPRAS registration before processing new or renewal of business permits. Read the rest of this entry →
BFAD warns consumers on fake flour and food supplements
TUGUEGARAO CITY – The Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) Region 2 warned public consumers on misbranded flour and food supplements being sold in the market after the entrapment of a truck loaded with misbranded flour recently.
Leni Perez said the local price coordinating council of the Tuguegarao, composed of the BFAD, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and local government units, successfully caught the truck with less than 900 bags of misbranded flour.
According to Perez, the confiscated flour, after laboratory testing in BFAD Manila, contained ‘bromide’ a chemical that may cause cancer and is a health risk. Furthermore, the manufacturers of the flour may face charges of violating the Food Fortification Act because no Iron and Vitamin A was detected in the said product. The case is now pending before the court. # PIA-Cagayan
MTWD celebrates 30th Founding Anniversary
TUGUEGARAO CITY – The Metropolitan Tuguegarao Water District (MTWD) celebrated its 30th founding anniversary last week in time with the inauguration and unveiling of its new building marker.
The greatest accomplishment of the MTWD is the expansion of its production wheels that widened the scope of water distribution and the construction of the five-storey building office at Brgy. San Gabriel which cost P21.9 million, MTWD General Manager Arnulfo Villania said.
The MTWD caters to the residents of Tuguegarao City, Piat and Solana with more or less 24,000 consumers. Villania assured that the water supply from the MTWD is safe and potable and has the lowest rate in the entire country. # PIA Cagayan
“Di pay didiay intedda kaniami ket naggapu met laeng kaniami?” (Does that means that what was given to us (as pension) came from us just the same?)
This was a realization expressed by one World War II veteran’s widow when the Value Added Tax (VAT) and Expanded Vallue Added Tax (EVAT) was explained as the source of their pension as WWII vets gathered on the 63rd commemoration of Benguet’s liberation from the Japanese Imperial army invaders. Read the rest of this entry →
By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW
The newly erupted skirmishes between the government troops and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao reportedly made homeless at least some 160,000 civilians from 56 villages. The escaping civilians took refuge among their relatives in other parts of Mindanao away from the conflict or sought solace in 33 evacuation centers.
Among the victims was Maryjane Blaza whose house in Dualing, Aleosan, North Cotabato was destroyed by the war between the MILF and government troops. The wanton destruction of properties are registered from other towns of Midsayap and Kidapawan. Read the rest of this entry →