Vigan, the cleanest, safest, greenest city in Ilocos region for 2017

by Imelda C. Rivero

VIGAN CITY, May 18 (PIA) – The Heritage City of Vigan is the cleanest, safest, and greenest city of Ilocos Region for 2016, as rated by the evaluating team composed of various agencies in the region.

The award was received by City Mayor Juan Carlo S. Medina, Vice Mayor Maria Lourdes Baquiran and the City Council, and concerned department heads of the city government, during the annual awards and recognition program of the Regional Development Council – Region 1at the Vigan Convention Center recently.

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Online petition urges recall of ‘error-ridden’ Ilocano books

by Leilanie G. Adriano

LAOAG CITY, May 22 — An online petition was launched urging the recall of alleged error-ridden books for use in the Ilokano Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) of the Department of Education’s K-12 program.

Since 2014, there have been numerous criticisms about these error-ridden books, which are being sold in local and national book stores and in various schools in Ilokano-speaking provinces.

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NAST-DOST holds Luzon Regional scientific meeting

By Carlito Dar

BAGUIO CITY, May 17(PIA) – – The National Academy of Science and Technology, in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology just completed at CAP John Hay Convention Center here the Luzon Regional Scientific Meeting, a pre-activity for the 39th Annual Scientific Meeting set in Manila this July.

The NAST – led Regional Scientific Meetinge had the theme, “Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Philippine Fisheries and Other Aquatic Resources 20/20”, to focus on water or marine and coastal resources in bringing in inclusive growth to Filipino people and sustainable development to the country.

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UC highlights Cordilleran culture in COR de MAYO Festival

BAGUIO CITY, May 17(PIA) — The University of the Cordilleras is inviting the public to experience the rich culture and tradition of the Cordilleras in the “COR de MAYO” festival set on May 17 to 20 at the UC in Baguio City.

This is part of its commitment to uphold the vision of its founder, Atty. Benjamin Romero Salvosa – who envisioned UC to be in the forefront of the preservation and promotion of Filipino culture .

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Nueva Vizcaya opens museum, library

By Ben Moses Ebreo

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, May 10 (PIA) – Provincial officials here led by Governor Carlos Padilla recently opened the Provincial Museum and Library (PML) in this town.

The PML has been declared recently by the National Museum as one of the Important Cultural Properties (ICP) in the country.

The building has been repaired and developed through the initiative of former Governor Ruth Padilla who allocated funds for its improvement and facilitated its declaration as ICP.

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Mindanaoan clothing designs showcased in country’s ecotourism pageant

By Freddie G. Lazaro

PAGUDPUD, Ilocos Norte, May 17 (PIA) -The unique Mindanaoan tapestry was showcased during the search for Mr. and Miss Hannah’s Ecotourism Philippines 2017 at the Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center in Barangay Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte on Saturday.

This developed as the 12 pairs of beautiful ladies and handsome gentlemen, who were the finalist to the pageant, worn these Mindanaoan clothing designs during their casual wear and formal gown attire.

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DA rolls out plan to encourage backyard chicken raising nationwide

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, May 15 – – Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol is seeking to revive the traditional raising of chickens in the farms through a Nationwide Backyard Chicken Raising (NBCR) Program.

Piñol announced during a farmers’ forum last May 10 here that the Department of Agriculture would encourage Filipinos to raise their own food to lessen the country’s dependence on imported food.

“It is ironic that even upland people need to go to the city to buy eggs, when they can raise their own chickens,” Piñol said.

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‘End Hunger Summit’ to fight poverty, malnutrition

By Anne Hazel Fajardo-Flores

SAN FERNANDO CITY, May 12 (PIA)- With an end goal to raise awareness on fighting poverty and addressing hunger, the city government of San Fernando has partnered with several groups for a noble cause recently.

The activity dubbed as “End Hunger Summit” gathered different organizations and government agencies from Manila, La Union, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, and Isabela to launch a feeding program targeting malnourished children in this city.

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2017 Grand Ammungan Festival Activities & Schedule

The Grand Ammungan Festival will be held on May 22-24 and it is meant to celebrate the cultural practices and traditions of the province.

The expected highlights of the festival include:

Cultural Day: Panagpasangbay 2017
Agro-Industrial FAir
Partuat ken Patanur 2017
Laro ng Lahi
3rd Ragragsak ti Sangka-ilian 2017
1st Literatura Ilokano ti Nueva Vizcaya
The Voice of Nueva Vizcaya Season 2
NV Got Talent Season 4
Paddek ken Samiweng iti Daldalan (Street Dancing Competition)

There will also be a Search for Bayabay ken Saniata ti Nueva Vizcaya, as well as other activities such as Medical and Dental Mission, Special Children’s Day, Nueva Vizcaya Fun Day, Musical Pyrotechnics Display, Senior Citizens’ Day, and Job Fair among others.

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TRO vs error-ridden Ilokano books sought

By Reynaldo E. Andres

BATAC, Ilocos Norte, May 16 — The coordinator of the Ilokano Language Program of the University of Hawaii (UH) is assailing the publication of some Ilokano books that are allegedly replete with errors in grammar and language orthography and urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to stop its distribution, sale, and use for DepEd’s Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) program.

Dr. Aurelio S. Agcaoili, a veteran Ilokano writer and author of Ilokano and English books, said Region 1 DepEd Director Alma Ruby Torio should seek the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop those who bought the materials from using them in classrooms and save the pupils in Grades 1, 2, and 3 from learning faulty Ilokano syntax and grammar.

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