Region 2 bags 10 awards in Gawad KALASAG

By Oliver T. Baccay

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, May 22 (PIA) – – The Cagayan Valley region brought home at least 10 different awards in the recently concluded 2017 National Gawad Kalasag search.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Isabela was declared best PDRRMC this year. The province also received its Hall of Fame award for winning the category for three consecutive years.

Other winners include Santiago City DRRMC in the independent/component city category; Barangay Alinguigan 2nd, Ilagan City in the rural barangay category; Rescue 922 of Cauayan City in the government emergency management advanced category; Raniag High School in Ramon, Isabela for the school urban category; Bintawan National High School in Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya for the school rural category; and Isabela Provincial Capitol Day Care Center for the early learning category.

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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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5th Himala sa Buhangin: A celebration of music, arts, history

Ni Ma. Joreina Therese A. Blanco

PAOAY, Ilocos Norte, May 18 (PIA) – Ilocanos are not just known for their richness in culture and arts, but also of legendary history that are passed on from generation to generation.

In Ilocos Norte, iconic tales of the province’s origin are relived through the celebration of “Himala sa Buhangin.”

The Himala sa Buhangin is an annual music and arts festival in the Paoay Sand Dunes, initiated by the provincial government as part of its La Milagrosa Provincial Fiesta. It is known for its grand tribute to classic films such as “Ang Panday (1980).” “Himala (1981),” and “Temptation Island (1980, 2011).” Historic statutes are built in honor of the films that were shot in the renowned Paoay Sand Dunes.

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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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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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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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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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