Friday, June 27, 2008

Kalinga to build mini hydro under the Clean Development Mechanism


Tabuk City, Kalinga (20 June) -- Members of Provincial Board of Kalinga have given authority to Governor Floydelia Diasen to enter into an agreement with the Development Bank of the Philippine (DBP) to place the Kalinga mini-hydro power plant project under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

Through a resolution, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) cited that this supports the country's endeavor in protecting the environment being a signatory of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol.

Said international agreements are designed to encourage investments by industrialized nations in developing countries to implement the utilization of new and renewable forms of energy, carbon sequestration and those involving sustainable an environmentally sound technologies.

The SP said that the agreement will be doubly beneficial as it promotes economic development through investments and emphasizes the need to protect the environment as a key consideration to sustain development.

In a previous resolution dated April 29, 2008, the SP authorized the provincial government to enter into loan agreement with the DBP in the amount of P36,900,000.00 for the construction of a mini-hydro that will supply electricity to government owned facilities and a number of households within the capital town.

Said development project is seen as a way of conserving and cutting the cost of the increasing high price of power rates and will minimize the rotating brownouts that disrupt government and business operations in the province due to the preventive maintenance being undertaken by the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR).

This also supports the call of the Arroyo Administration to construct more power plants and come up with renewable forms of energy generators to avert the looming power shortage in the near future. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Napolcom inspects anew police offices in Kalinga

PIA Kalinga

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The National Police Commission (Napolcom) is conducting its annual inspection on the city and municipal police offices to know if they are operating according to their mandate.

Fernando Cosidon, Kalinga Napolcom provincial officer, said the yearly checking of police stations is in accordance with the mandate of their office as overseer of the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement branches under its watch.

Partly to be checked, Cosidon said, is the health status of police officers, whether they are all the time capable of discharging their duties; and their facilities and logistics available for quick response upon call of duty.
“The on-the-spot inspection will verify if law enforcing systems within a police station are working and responsive to their needs as law enforcers and to the needs of the citizens they serve,” Cosidon said.

Included during the inspection conducted this month are firearms inventory and their serviceability, the building, and equipment. Thus far, only Tabuk City, Pinukpuk, Tinglayan, and Balbalan have built their own buildings jointly funded by the local government unit and the national government.

Other municipalities, he said, are in the process of requesting financial assistance from PNP national headquarters and other sources. “The lot where to build a police office is also an important consideration before the approval of any request for a building,” Cosidon added.
He said his office acts on findings that need immediate action and refer to higher authorities those that cannot be addressed at his level.

“Recommendations will also be made for the LGUs and other local partners asking them fund assistance to improve police stations or intercede in the solutions of problems,” he said.

Meanwhile, a monthly report of the provincial PNP office submitted to Napolcom shows that police personnel adhere to civil service rules and regulations. Absent police officers have filed their approved leave of absence, the report reveals.
One senior police officer was reported incapable and applied for permanent disability to claim benefits. An administrative charge was filed against a senior inspector and endorsed by Napolcom-Kalinga to PRO-CAR while his criminal case is being handled by the prosecutor’s office.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Tabuk City braces for Guinness Book record

by L. Lopez

Tabuk City, Kalinga (13 June) -- This newly created city of the Cordillera Region is eyeing for a title in the Guinness Book of World records by its Longest Hybrid Rice Linudag to be shown on its first foundation day anniversary, June 24.

The Longest Hybrid Rice Linudag will be set on the 7-kilometer thoroughfare entrance of the city stretching from Barangay Bulanao to the poblacion.

Linudag is the Kalinga indigenous way of cooking rice in bamboo tubes.

Organizers of the show wanted to ask the formal handing down of the title to Tabuk City as the Hybrid Rice Capital of the Philippines, having been informally alluded to in past several occasions.

Since the introduction of hybrid rice technology by the Department of Agriculture (DA) sometime in the early ninety's, then to a group of rice farmers here, hybrid rice production in the province spread like contagious disease among farmers.

Today, hybrid rice farming is a major industry in the city and has reached commercial level, with Tabuk City once winning a national award as Top Hybrid Rice Seeds Producer of the country.

That was the time when Tabuk became a top supplier of hybrid rice seeds to other provinces like Ilocos Norte, Nueva Ecija, Isabela and Pangasinan.

Earlier study conducted by the PhilRice confirmed that the city is conducive to production of hybrid rice and other certified rice varieties because of its naturally blended climatic and soil conditions.

Because of the booming hybrid rice industry, DA has identified the province one of its areas for hybrid rice commercialization program.

Because of this, DA is pouring down package of support to the program like provision of pre and post-harvest facilities, additional hybrid and certified rice seeds subsidies and more farm interventions.

Among the latest support facilities delivered to the province by DA includes 23 units flatbed dryers, multi-purpose drying pavements (MPDPs), seed laboratory and Bio-N laboratory.

Government through the DA is now introducing a farming technology to help farmers cut the cost of their inputs, under the Modified Rapid Composting Program (MRCP), making use of farm "waste materials" in the production of organic compost fertilizer. (PIA-Kalinga)

Tabuk City sets 1st founding anniversary activities

Tabuk City (14 June) -- Getting ready to celebrate the Tabuk City's 1st Founding Anniversary celebration, the City Government laid down a four-day affair from June 23 to June 26, 2008.

With the theme "Abante Tabuk, the City of Life", the event will highlight the promotion of the city's potentials in tourism and agriculture.

As a start, jobs seekers will have the opportunity to look for employment both here and abroad with the conduct of jobs fair and skills demo from day one to day four where spectators will have a glimpse of actual demonstration of various skills in Barista, Bartending, Massage and Beauty Care, Information Technology, Rice Wine Making, Electronics Application, Cookery and Flower Arrangement several others.

This will be followed by a dog show competition to be participated by entries from the City and nearby provinces. And in the evening will be highlighted with the Search for the Mutya ng Tabuk and Mr. Matagoan 2008.

The second day will feature the Agro-Industrial Day to start early at 6 AM with the Longest Hybrid Rice Linudag Show where participants will be cooking rice in bamboo along the seven kilometer stretch from Barangay Bulanao to Dagupan.

At 7 AM a civic parade will follow before the program at 10AM which Secretary Arthur C. Yap of the Department of Agriculture (DA) will be gracing as the Guest Speaker. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will likewise be formally opening the Agro-Industrial Trade Fair with a Ribbon Cutting to be spearheaded by the Secretary.

The afternoon of the second day will feature a concert and the Matagoan Games composed of coffee drinking contest, unoy rice pounding, palay relay, catching pig, horse racing, carabao race, Most Macho Carabao and several indigenous games.

The Cultural Day on June 25 will start with the Matagoan Run, Cultural Street Dancing, Cultural Competition, Gabi ng Parangal, Variety Show and Concert. The day will be graced by Director Purificacion Molintas of the Department of Tourism-CAR and National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) Commissioner Domingo Bakilan.

The third day will give focus on promoting the tourism industry of the city with the conduct of a White Water Rafting Adventure to be participated by high school students in the city, Trekking from the foot of Talama to the Globe Tower and City Tour visiting the Talama View Deck, Helen's Farm, Ryan's Farm and the Tabuk Agro-Food Center. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga)

Kalinga gov recalls heroes' sacrifices on Independence Day

Tabuk City, Kalinga (14 June) -- Governor Floydelia R. Diasen said that we need to relive the traits of the country's heroes and patriots who sacrificed and fought for independence that shaped the nation today.

"The strength of character, strong sense of patriotism and nationalism is now a rare commodity, and so let us live up to the ideals, visions and aspiration of our uncompromising and selfless heroes and patriots who have fought and died for our liberation or independence towards self determination," the governor expressed.

"Let those vision and ideals reverberate among us especially among the young and serve as a guiding path in doing our share in shaping our nation to be great again," she said in her speech keynoting the 110th Independence Day celebration in the province.

She said that this year's theme "Republic Service tungo sa Ganap na Kalayaan at Kaunaran is "timely since we are again confronted with another formidable battle - the battle against poverty."

"Year in and year out, still some of our constituents remain under the bondage of poverty," she said pointing out that "we need to respond immediately and focus our concerted efforts in improving our food security programs."

She stressed that "It is true that we won our political independence but sad to say that we are still fighting for economic progress, so we need to form a powerful human chain for our economic advancement."

She added, "we should not always put the blame to the president, to our local leaders or officials for every problem and crisis that we are facing but instead do our part and share to help solve the problem and unite towards the progress of every family, community, municipality, province and the country."

"We should not be always asking what the country or government can do for us, instead ask ourselves what we could do for our country," the governor underscored concluding her message. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Kalinga officials endorse conversion of public school

PIA Kalinga

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The sangguniang panlalawigan deliberated on the legislation by Congress of two vital projects that would pave the way for the nationalization of the Magtoma-Pangol National High School, Bawac Annex and the conversion of the Catabbogan-Buluan-Daga provincial road into a national road.

The Bawac Annex High School caters to students from the sitios along the Donglayan River in Tanudan which is growing in population because of the influx of people seeking high agricultural productivity with its improved infrastructure facilities.

Board member Antonio Bakilan said the parents-teachers-community association asked the intercession of the SP to endorse the independence of the annex school into the Western Pangol National High School to serve the educational needs of students in far-flung villages who could not attend schooling at the mother school and in central districts.

“Establishing mobile schools and hiring mobile teachers is costly and the teaching-learning process could not be fully implemented because of disorganized classes,” Bakilan said, adding that a centralized and independent high school can formally gather students in organized classrooms with a proper curriculum.

Board member Fernando Abay said the provincial government cannot maintain all the provincial roads existing in the municipalities due to meager resources. He said the province depends much on its Internal Revenue Allotment.
“Since the road is a vital link of the barangays of Pinukpuk to those in Conner, Apayao, its conversion is urgent to have a regular source of a maintenance fund to keep the agriculture competitiveness of the area,” Abay said in his defense of the bill.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Remembering Another Kalinga Top Notcher

MANILA, March 30, 2006 - "Hard work and maturity" were the secrets of this mestizo from bekel, Benguet and Lubo Tanudan Kalinga for making it to the top of the graduating 2006 "Bagsay Lahi" Class of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA).

Today, Cadet Benjamin Balais along with 177 cadets will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety at the PNPA, which is under the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC).

President Arroyo is the guest honor and speaker at the graduation rites to be held at Camp Mariano CastaƱeda in Silang, Cavite. Security measures are expected to be strict to ensure peaceful and orderly commencement exercises.

Balais will receive the Presidential Kampilan Award from the President.

"My secret is hard work and maturity and my submissiveness to the duly constituted authorities here in the PNPA," the 25-year-old Balais told The STAR. He completed the four-year course in the camp.

Balais is among 162 graduates to join the PNP, while nine others will join the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and five to Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

"I believe the PNP is in dire need of personnel to help polish its image. I promise to perform well as a police officer to be able to help the PNP regain the trust and confidence of the public," Balais said.

Balais pointed out that a "police officer should insulate (himself) from getting involved in politics" amid accusations that the PNP as well as the military had become politicized.

Just like other graduates, Balais said four years in the academy helped "instill the values of honor, discipline and excellence."

The PNPA cadet is the eldest of five children of Dimas Balais and Nora Dinamling. His 21-year-old brother, Dimas Jun, is a member of the Philippine Military Academy’s Mandala Class of 2006.

The PNPA is one of the seven schools and 15 regional training centers under the PPSC. It is headed by Senior Superintendent Balligi Agnanayon Tira.

From the number one spot, Balais is followed by Lemuel Josef Clarete of Upi, Maguindanao who will receive the Vice Presidential Kampilan Award. Third among the Top 10 PNPA graduates is Stephen George Antonio of Tadian, Mountain Province.

The 25-year-old Antonio, assistant editor of PNPA’s Kalasag magazine, will receive the Secretary of Interior and Local Government Kampilan Award.

The four female cadets in the Top 10 awardees are Neva Renchie De Chavez of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro; Arlene Abuan of Calamba City, Laguna; Anabel Davocol of Balire, Tunga, Leyte; and Grade Jamila of Digos, Davao del Sur.

The Bagsay-Lahi Class of 2006 consists of 177 cadets who will graduate with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Safety. Twenty are female who will be given a rank of inspector in the PNP, Bureau of Jail and Bureau of Fire.

Kalinga woman tops New York university class

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - A woman from Kalinga province graduated at the top of her class at the State University of New York Plattsburg Campus last week.

Phillyne Rhaiza Sugguiyao Shiu topped her hotel, restaurant and tourism management class, graduating magna cum laude with the highest general percentile average (GPA) of 3.7-3.89 during the College Spring Commencement Exercises.

Shiu was also conferred the Faculty Excellence Award by the department of hotel, restaurant and tourism management (HRTM) faculty and the Honor Society Graduating Seniors Award of the Eta Sigma Delta.

Shiu's mother is Natividad Sugguiyao, who is the Kalinga provincial director of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. Rhaiza and her siblings, however, have migrated to the US.

Even in the Philippines, Shiu was always at the top of her class. She was enrolled at the University of the Philippines in Diliman Quezon City and went to the US on a scholarship grant from the SUNY Plattsburg College of Business and Economics. She also became an exchange student to the University of Hilo in Hawaii. - GMANews.TV

Friday, June 6, 2008

Another Stupid Filipina Racist

here is your comment when some people being offended by your blog requested to omit the word igorot from your blog "Hinding hindi..!Opo, ganun na po ang takbo ng mundo.

No harm intent.

No excuses,no apologies, no deletion in my blog post, Im expressing my thoughts as an author, and I dont mean to be nasty to the Igorots.I even wrote: Maybe...

We all experienced to be critizised, it has been part of our culture.

Igorot na to!
bisaya ka!
taga bundok ka!
timang ka!
napa ka okray mo!
jologs ka!
taga tondong to!
stupid ka,
saudi ka lang pala galing eh...
katulong ka lang hoy
etc etc."

ok no problem, if people are not responsible enough with their blogs so am i, this is great, you want it so... i am trying to be irresponsible also...

here's what this filipina guy married to a French living in moroco the place of rich people as she stated in her blog..

I have an internet shop in Philippines. And it has been running for five years.
It experienced raids, black out for a week, or no internet connection for three weeks...conned by persons who try to stop/spoil the business... Storm... Attacking drug addicts...
A lot to mention.

But I stay within the law, paying my liscences and obey the city ordinances on operating an internet shop.
So far so good.

As my daughter is the one managing it since I left for France 2004, Michel and I decided to give her the rights to run the business of 24computers. Tough job. She has to deal all.
Including the problems she faced in applying a BIR(Bureau of Internal Revenue) Registration.

She went to Antipolo cityhall to inquire about it.

Requirements are:
Mayors Permit and Dept of Trade and Industry.
But the thing is, they discovered that I didnt register at BIR my shop for five years since it existed!
Voila, penalty ang Lola.
Ayoko. I dont want to pay.
Di daw pwede.
So I hired an accountant.
The one who will not do me up.
I inquire the net. Wow, there are lots.But, I dont trust them.
I could have hired Mr Lazarus. He seems honest and inspired confidence.
But he is in Cebu!
I contacted Atty Pulido.
She endorsed me her accountant.
Eh voila, accountant send me an email about her service fees and what she will be doing.She will audit my shop monthly.
She told Loraine to email her all business documents.
After two days, she emailed me:
She noticed that we had the DTI permit expiring on September 2008.

She proposed this:
"As you didnt register your business after 30days of DTI Liscence last year 2003, you will be paying a lot based on the income of the shop."
But,you dont have any records of sales since 2003,to show how much you earned for five years, so I advice Lorraine to apply the DTI under her name. All liscences will be under her name. You as the previous owner will sign a document called Deed of Assignment to prove that it is now Lorraine's business.
We must start the business properly.

Okey ako don... She seems good in what she's doing.

She sent me her service fees. I negotiate a bit her price,via emails and she said, ok.

Deed of Assignment was signed by me, witnessed by Michel and Maghie.We sent it via scan email.

Loraine applied first the DTI in her name.
Then Lorraine negotiate at Antipolo Business Liscence,that it is the same business, but now under her name, so they just change names of all our Business Liscence. No charges.

When DTI papers are ready, the accountant went to BIR at Antipolo cityhall to do the work.

But, BIR Registration office said to her, I as the shop owner, must pay them a penalty for not registering the business five years ago.
I stumped my feet like a high horse, but Lolo said, its better than 100,000 pesos or more ow!
Okey, I told the accountant, green light to that.

We faced another problem.

Lorraine's tax account number is in Quirino Province near Isabela Region.
We were all surprised, she never been there, how come she got one applied in Quirino?
It was discovered that she applied her tax account number online and it went to Quirino Province.
Thats how, high tech Computer of BIR is?!!

The Marikina BIR, handling Antipolo business registrations, said, they need the original copy of the Tax Account application form with her number,to be transfered and to be put in their data base, then Lorraine can register as a tax payer in Antipolo.
Lorraine can then apply a BIR Registration for her business.

The accountant called the Quirino BIR office. The chief there said, he will send one copy to Marikina. (Oh Promise Me.) A week past, nothing arrived.

Accountant called again, Chief BIR said: "there was a storm here, all LBC and fax are out of order. We are waiting for another week."

Another week past, still no records sent.

Accountant informed me via emails, she followed it up constantly to the Chief Bir, he said he sent it already. I was annoyed. Just a piece of paper, it took nearly a month?????!!!!!! I took the BIR's celphone number and call him via long distance.

I was imagining how far from civilisation is Quirino Province?
Is it on the top of the mountain?
Is it a remote area going down from a mountain,where you get a carabao ride to go to the city?
Is he an igorot, thats why he doesnt understand the importance of paper works and time?!!!

If he still do not want to send the paper by fax or LBC(speed mail),after a week, I am willing to send Lorraine there, advising her, she must bring a rope and rubberboots,and a (compass, Michel added) in case she has to climb trees and cross rivers, haha.
And if it is that bad the road, SWAT Team na lang kaya papuntahin ko don???!

(Out of desperation girls, my brain runs wild!)

Im blah blah to Michel: "The Bir Head of Quirino must be sacked,for delaying money for the Government!!!!"
(There, I am really that desperate!)

I talked to the Quirino BIR head, and he was very polite, so my anger subsided.

He said, "A week storm strucked the area, all phones are cut, some services do not function."
I was thinking, he must had to attend to his family and his carabaos and goats and hens. You see, sometimes, we have to understand that at least, HE stayed in that area, to look after BIR tax office, when he could have been in Manila in a cozy Makati Building in Rockwell...
I changed gear of my anger and congratulated him of his dedication to his work.
Bah, they are heros in their own way pala?!

I offered him to pay his troubles in sending us the paper in Isabela 37kms away from Quirino Province. He doesnt want to.
I insisted that I am discussing with him in a business manner, and it is not because of other reasons. I just dont want the papers to be delayed.
He said, he will do it today.

I adviced him to text message the details of his bank account in Quirino, so that the accountant will reimburse him his expenses. He said:
Wag na Mam, ok na po. Wala po charges.

I started to guess, baka nga Igorot eto? I dont have any goat or hen to pay him, if he doesnt want money haha.I said, I will inform the accountant to send you the money,please send her your bank details. He said, thank you mam, but really, its not a big thing.

The next day, the accountant inform me she recieved a call from Marikina BIR that the LBC arrived. And a text from a Mr in Quirino about his bank details. He said, the cost doesnt exceed 500pesos.I told Lorraine to transfer cash via internet from her bank to Quirino bank for Sir, BIR Chief.

With that, I relaxed.Okey na.

Then last Monday, BIR informed us, from 6000pesos, we must pay 7000pesos penalty due to a month delay.


Reminding those in France, May 31 is the last day to file our taxes to the Govt.
Yes, we must "support" them, they need money too...
Especially France...

So thats a looong story of Lorraine's Tax account Number. One day, I will go to that area, Quirirno Province. Maybe Michel can experience riding on a carabao.

What do you think?

you can visit her blog here
sorry francesca stupid din kasi ako e