NL at a glance: 27 Jan. 2008
Isabela LGU warns logging firm on encroachment
SAN MARIANO, Isabela (Jan. 14) — Local officials here threatened to file charges against Luzon Mahogany Timber Corporation (Luzmatim)for illegally operating in Barangays Buyusan and Tappa here.
Local officials said the logging firm should refrain from logging activities in the said San Mariano barangays. They claimed that the firm’s logging permit does not cover the two barangays.
A composite team from City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and barangay officials confirmed that Luzmatim entered and cut logs. The team documented four bulldozers and a five toner 6×6 truck with undetermined volume of cut logs during their fact finding mission. # PIA Isabela
N. Vizcaya BIR bares tax collection
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (Jan. 21) — The Bureau of Internal Revenue’s tax collection in the province in 2007 increased by more than eight percent compared to its tax collection in 2006.
Revenue District Officer Nerissa Agraam said their collection goal for 2007 was higher by 21.76 percent compared to the 11.94 percent increase of the 2006 collection goal.
Agraam said the majority of big businesses operating in the province are mere branches, thus making it difficult for this district to absorb any substantial increase of collection goal that may be assigned to their district. # PIA Nvizcaya
Hydro electric plant in Isabela coastal town eyed
DINAPIGUE, Isabela (Jan. 14) — Local officials said a proposal to build a hydro-electric power plant at the Dibulo falls, a tourist destination here was billed as this year’s top priority.
As envisioned, the hydro power plant will generate electricity from the Dibulo waterfalls, which would be capable of supplying electricity to the whole town. At present, the irrigation water supply of farmers comes from the Dibulo river where the falls finds its way.
Local officials here said that Dinapiguefs electricity is being supplied by Maria Aurora Electric Cooperative of Casiguran, Aurora province. # PIA Isabela
Quake hits northern Luzon areas
DAGUPAN CITY (Jan. 21) — An earthquake rocked Dagupan City and Pangasinan at about 8:15 P.M. Sunday, no damages were reported.
It registered a magnitude of 5.2 in the Richter scale, according to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs). The third earthquake felt in Dagupan City and Pangasinan since November 26 last year.
The epicenter of the earthquake was reported to be in Abra. Some towns in Ilocos Sur reportedly experienced a power blackout after the earthquake. Jun De Peralta, Philvolcs officer based in Sinait, Ilocos Sur, reported that the earthquake occurred as a result of the movement of the tectonic fault line in the Abra river. # PIA-Pangasinan