Sunday, January 14, 2018

Ilocos Norte board finalizes quarry ordinance revision

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan is finalizing its revision of the provincial quarry ordinance.

The revisions aim to provide a more systematic and comprehensive implementation of the said ordinance.

The revisions also seek to improve the implementing rules and regulations of the ordinance for the stakeholders’ benefit, particularly to the granting of quarry permits.

The board will also try to address the continuous decrease of quarry revenues that began in 2015. They believe the among the factors that precipitated the revenue decrease is the process in the renewal of permits and illegal quarry operations.

SP member Vicentito “Toto” M. Lazo stressed that quarry permittees must pay their taxes based on their respective total area of excavation, instead of based on their finished products from their quarry. (Frances Alegre)

Batac gov't eyes MOA with MMMH for complicated pregnancies

By Dominic Dela Cruz

Batac City—The city government here expects to enter an agreement with the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center MMMH-MC to tackle complicated pregnancies here.

To achieve this, the Sangguniang Panlungsod here authorized Batac mayor Albert D. Chua to represent the city government in negotiating a memorandum of agreement with the Batac hospital. Dr. Ma. Lourdes Otayza, MMMH chief of hospital, will represent the hospital.

Batac councilor Dr. Medeldorf Gaoat, who moved for the authorization, said the hospital should provide more advanced maternal and newborn care for complicated pregnancies referred by the Batac City Maternal and Child Health Care Clinic (BEMONC)/Lying Inn Clinic.

Mr. Gaoat, who chairs the committee on health, said that the BEMONC is a certified health facility which provides obstetric and neonatal care only to normal or uncomplicated cases.

In view of this, they will refer high-risk pregnancies identified during prenatal consultation to MMMH, Mr. Gaoat explained. He added that BEMONC does not have the facility and expertise to deal with complicated pregnancies.

He added that BEMONC is still applying for its accreditation for the Maternity Care Package (MCP) at the Philippine Insurance Corporation and to avail of this accreditation, there is a need for a MOA between the two parties to admit referred cases from the City Health Office (CHO).

After which, the city government of Batac will also apply for its accreditation from PhilHealth, Mr. Gaoat stated.

Kayat mi met kuma nga no adda pannakabalin nan to ket dagitay saan a kumplikado a pasiente mi ket umay dan to kuma metla aganak idiay lying-in clinic,” Mr. Gaoat said.

Batac vice mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta, for his part said PhilHealth already granted an accreditation to the lying-in clinic and it also has a license to operate. However, he stressed that the clinic still needs an accreditation a provider for the birthing facility.

Tapnu dagitay normal nga aganak ket ditoy da lattan tapnu ma-decongest dita hospital tayo,” Mr. Nalupta stressed.

He also disclosed that the Batac government has invested millions for PhilHealth enrollees, and in this process, he said the city government needs the capitation fund to return to the city through the lying-in clinic.

Ngem iti problema, dakdakkel kuma iti sumrek a capitation fund no agop-operate daytoy lying-in clinic tayon imbes a mapmapan da iti sabali nga hospital ket dumakkel kuma met iti income iti city health office tayo ket mabalin nga usaren para iti pangpa istilo ken paggatang kadagiti facilities and equipment iti clinic tayo,” he stated.

Sarrat mayor suspends SB secretary

Sarrat, Ilocos Norte—Mayor Remigio B. Medrano ordered the preventive suspension of Sangguniang Bayan (SB) secretary Dennis Ribuyaco.

The preventive suspension, according to the mayor, is to protect the municipal government, especially the SB’s integrity from Mr. Ribuyaco’s “misconduct.”
The issue stemmed from an alleged existing Sarrat ordinance that granted permits to 22 quarry firms to excavate gravel and sand along this town’s Padsan River. The mayor apparently discovered that the official ordinance only granted permits to 5 of the 22 quarry firms.

Mr. Ribuyaco was on leave when the suspension the police served the suspension order on November 17, 2017. (Bernard Ver)

Laoag City World AIDS day commemoration

In support of the World AIDS Day, the city government of Laoag thru the City Health Office joins the commemoration through a walk-for-a-cause; “The Right to Health” campaign; HIV symposium and a media forum for HIV Awareness on December 1, 2017. (Doms dela Cruz)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

MMSU GSSSC conducts a seminar on financial literacy

Noel Rosales Argana, regional business manager of Allianz PNB Life, lectures on financial literacy during the lecture series of the Graduate School Supreme Student Council (GSSSC) of the Mariano Marcos State University.

As part of its year-long lecture series, the Graduate School Supreme Student Council (GSSSC) of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) held a financial literacy seminar on November 26 at the MMSU Graduate School Audio–Visual Room.

The main speaker for the seminar was Mr. Noel Rosales Argana, regional business manager of Allianz PNB Life, one of the major life insurers in the Philippines.

Mr. Argana’s talk focused on personal finance management and giving very useful tips on saving and handling money, investing and insurance.

“The richer people are those who took more risk,” he said.

Students of MMSU Graduate School, student leaders of AMA Laoag, members of the Sirib Ilocano Kabataan Association (SIKA) and employees of the city government of Laoag attended the seminar.

The lecture series of GSSSC aims to hold seminars and trainings on matters affecting personal development and community involvement.

Just recently, the group conducted lectures on leadership, project proposal writing, federalism, team building, planning, management and the comprehensive anti-discrimination ordinance of Laoag.

The GSSSC is also set to implement outreach activities, sports projects and student development programs.

BARD NOTES: Happy bard-reading to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos, Laoag City Mayor Chevylle V. Farinas, Laoag City Vice Mayor Michael V. Farinas, Badoc ABC President Virgilio Calajate, Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer Josephine P. Calajate, Dr. Miramar Bumanglag, DAR-Ilocos Norte PARPO II Vic M. Ines, DAR-Ilocos Norte CAO Rudy Acacio and PNB Laoag Branch Manager Metty V. Guerrero.
Greetings also to the employees of AMA Laoag, Laoag City PNP, DAR Ilocos Norte, DepEd Laoag, DepEd Ilocos Norte, PNB Laoag and to the members of Sirib Ilocano Kabataan Association (SIKA).

Ilocos Norte dad questions Laoag cockpit operation

By Dominic Dela Cruz

Laoag City—Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Vicentito “Toto” M. Lazo questioned the operation of the Laoag City Cockpit Arena without the needed permits and approval.

Mr. Lazo stressed that the provincial board has yet to review the franchise ordinance passed by the Laoag City council granted to the operator.

The cockpit arena conducted a derby on November 10, 2017.

Laoag mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas reasoned that she gave the operator a “special permit” to operate. She added that she based this on the opinion and advise of the city government’s legal officer.

She stated further that the permit she granted contained provisions that abide by all the requirements set forth by the franchise ordinance passed by the council.

The permit specifically states: “This permit is subject to the condition that all laws, ordinances, resolutions, general orders, Presidential Decrees, letters of instructions and letters of implementation governing the matter shall be strictly complied with”.

Ms. Fariñas went on to say that the person granted the permit may not have analyzed and interpreted the last portion of the permit properly. She said the last portion contained the condition.

She expressed hopes that all concerned will settle the problem soon. She added that the permittee, Alejandro B. Taylan, is “Very vocal, open and willing to whatever suggestions and recommendations to be made”.

Meanwhile, Laoag government’s business permit and licensing officer (BPLO) Melvin Manuel also confirmed that the special permit issued was only for the November 10 derby.

Earlier, the Laoag Sangguniang Panlungsod passed the franchise ordinance for Mr. Taylan to “establish, operate and maintain the conduct of cockfighting in the city of Laoag”. They passed the ordinance on October 30, 2017.

After the passage, Mr. Taylan immediately asked for a special permit for the November 10, 2017 derby from the mayor.       

On November 20, 2017. During their regular session, the council received another letter received endorsed by the office of the city mayor requesting again another special permit for the conduct of Derby on November 17, December 8, 15 and 26, 2017. All the requests were from Mr. Taylan.

Laoag councilor Atty. Franklin Respicio, who was then the temporary presiding officer, referred the request to the committee on games and amusement for further study.

Laoag councilor Edison Bonoan, in his individual report as vice chairman of the committee on games and amusement, said that he and committee chairperson councilor Handy agreed to defer the requests for the meantime until the higher sanggunian approved the franchise ordinance.

Miss Batac 2017