PANGASINAN POLICE CELEBRATES 26TH NATIONAL CHILDREN’S MONTH
In celebration of the 26th National Children’s Month, the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPO) visited the Libsong Elementary School in Lingayen, Pangasinan last November 16. With the theme “Isulong: Tamang Pag-aaruga Para sa Lahat ng Bata,” a fun walk was held to begin the program and to encourage proper child care. Afterwards, the PPO discussed the Anti-Child Abuse Law, Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Law, Anti-Rape Law, Anti-Bullying Law, the dangerous effects of illegal drugs, and overall crime prevention through a series of lectures.
Led by Senior Supt. Wilson Lopez, acting police provincial director of Pangasinan, the PPO also distributed school supplies, slippers, and snacks to the school children. With a total of 1,000 attendees, including parents and teachers, the outreach program was also attended by Police Inspector Norman Florentino, Police Community Relations Branch (PCRB) chief.
BULACAN HONORS BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF GREGORIO DEL PILAR
In a celebration called “Catorse de Noviembre,” the Provincial Government of Bulacan commemorated the 143rd birth anniversary of local hero, General Gregorio H. Del Pilar, of the Philippine Revolutionary Army. Residents offered flowers at the shrine of “Heneral Goyo” who was born on November 14, 1875 in San Jose, Bulacan.
The annual event, which began 13 years ago, was opened by Mayor Patrick Meneses and other local officials. Fourteen local barangays participated in the street-dancing competition called Indakan sa Kalye with a P50,000 cash prize for the champion. The event also showcased the cultural heritage of the province as well as famous products from different barangays such as dried fish, embroidery, and farming.
EVACUATION CENTER OPENS IN BAGO CITY
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) finished the construction of the P36-million, two-storey evacuation center in Barangay Lag-asan, Bago City, Negros Occidental. A turnover ceremony was held last November 16, with Mayor Nicholas Ulo in attendance, alongside Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, who is the administrator of the OCD and executive director of the National Risk Reduction and Management. A Memorandum of Agreement for the operation of the evacuation center was also signed between the city government and the implementing agencies.
This is the first of nine regional evacuation centers slated for construction in Western Visayas. The total cost for all nine centers is said to reach around P310 million. The center includes an infirmary, a pharmacy, and an area designed to accommodate at least 33 families or 130 individuals, with toilets and bathrooms. Aside from this, there is a laundry area, generator room for emergency, pump room, water tank, cistern tank, and materials recovery facilities.
ANTIQUE RESIDENTS AND PEACEKEEPING BODIES RECEIVE AID
The Provincial Government of Antique, presided by Governor Rhodora “Dodod” Cadiao, led the food supply and financial assistance program last November 13. The food was given to members of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, and other related agencies tasked with keeping the peace and order and public safety of Antique. There were P500,000 worth of food supplies, consisting of 120 bags of rice, noodles, canned goods, biscuits, coffee, and candies. Advocating for the continued peace and order of the province, Governor Cadiao allocates budget for the peacekeeping bodies who go to mountainous areas in Antique.
On the other hand, the financial aid amounting to P84,000 was awarded to 29 recipients of the Kabalaka Kang Gobernadora sa mga Lolo kag Lola Program and to the five chosen recipients of the Aid to Individual in Crisis Situation (AICS). A wheelchair was also given to a disabled resident of Patnongon, Antique.
PALAWAN HOLDS 5TH UNDERGROUND RIVER DAY
Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan located in Puerto Princesa, Palawan was proud to host the annual event in honor of the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR). The city government and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRP) participated in the Subaraw Biodiversity Festival. Subaraw comes from the word suba (river) and taraw (limestone cliff). On its fifth year, the theme was “Keeping the Balance of Transformative Tourism and Ecological Integrity.” The festivities serve to promote sustainable tourism, and ensure the conservation and protection of the PPUR.
The weeklong festival, which began on November 3 and culminated on November 11, has been declared as Puerto Princesa Underground River Day based on Proclamation No. 816. The PPUR, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been named as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.
DILG AWARDS 74 LGUS AT PERFORMANCE CHALLENGE SUMMIT
Last November 8, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) held the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) Summit at the Sulo Riviera Hotel in Diliman, Quezon City. It was titled “Sharing the Best Practices of Good Local Governance: The PCF Summit 2018.” DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año gave a speech, with Senator JV Ejercito as the keynote speaker. Senator Ejercito, along with six other speakers, shared the best practices of their respective LGUs in completing PCF projects. To date, 2,981 of the 3,391 PCF projects have been implemented.
A total of 74 local government units (LGUs) were awarded, along with DILG regional field personnel nationwide for their exemplary performance in their respective PCF projects. The PCF is a financial incentive awarded to LGUs, who also received the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG). Sixty-two of the 74 LGUs, who have received the PCF for six to seven years and have been SGLC consistent awardees from 2015-2017, also received the Masidhing Paghanga Award. Twelve LGUs, who have received the PCF three to five times and SGLC awardees from 2015-2017 were given the Katangi-Tanging Pagpupugay sa Lokal na Pamahalaan sa Pagsasakatuparan ng PCF. On the other hand, seven DILG personnel received the Pagkilala sa Matikas na Paglilingkod Bilang PCF Focal Person, and all 17 DILG Regional Directors were given the Pagkilala sa Rehiyon sa Masigasig na Implementasyon ng PCF.
EDUCATING ILOCOS FARMERS
The Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Batac City partnered with the Ilocos Agriculture, Aquatic Resources Research and Development Consortium (ILAARRDEC) to teach 575 farmers from 16 municipalities the latest farming production technologies and farming management best practices. The School-on-the-Air (SOA) Program ran for six months from May to November on the government-owned DWFC Radyo Pilipinas in Laoag City and DWCI Radyo Piddig.
Together with the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), the Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Philippine Broadcasting Services (PBS), the local farmers were taught how to improve crop production practices and livestock raising management. The graduation ceremony was held last November 14, 2018, at the MMSU Teatro Ilocandia. Achievers and top-notchers of the class were awarded with medals and plaques of appreciation during the ceremony.
INAUGURATION OF SOUTHERN QUEZON CONVENTION CENTER
As part of its ongoing infrastructure project, in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” program, the Province of Quezon built the Southern Quezon Convention Center in Gumaca. The blessing and inauguration was held on November 8 with Quezon Governor David C. Suarez, House Minority Floor Leader Rep. Danilo Suarez, ALONA Party-list Rep. Anna V. Suarez, and Gumaca Mayor Erwin Caralian in attendance. Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP), Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go, was also present.
The high-capacity Convention Center is largely beneficial for residents of the third and fourth districts of Quezon as they no longer have to travel to Lucena City for large gatherings, conventions, and similar events. It will also help boost economic activities within the Municipality of Gumaca.