Sunday, March 18, 2018

Upland farmers get a boost at Ilocos Norte open exhibit

Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Upland farmers engaged in the planting of ginger, tugi and other root crops got a boost in an open trade fair the Ilocos Norte government organized to promote various products of Ilocos Norte.

Like 52-year old Ronnie Paguyo of Solsona, Ilocos Norte, he said they harvested sacks of ginger, tugi and taro from the integrated social forestry program of the government and these were all sold out during the February 14 ‘Open Capitol’ where thousands of visitors gathered.

Pegged at PHP40 per kilo, the ISF products displayed sold out in front of the Capitol. The sellers priced their products cheaper by 20% compared to the same products sold at the public market.

According to Estrella Sacro of the Environment and Natural Resources Office, she said upland farmers were very happy that they made some money during the open exhibit of agriculture products.

To assist upland farmers to market their products, the Ilocos Norte government through ENRO has linked local farmers to traders outside the province to market their products.

The ISF program of the government aims to alleviate the quality of life of upland communities by letting them cultivate public domains and at the same protect the environment they live.

Through the conduct of trade fairs and exhibits, upland farmers also get a chance to promote their products.

INWD-PrimeWater breaks ground on new Laoag City deep well

Laoag mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas delivers her message during the groundbreaking ceremony for a new deep well at Brgy. 29, Laoag City.

By Dominic B. dela Cruz

LAOAG CITY—In pursuit of providing the most number of Laoagueños with standard-based and sustainable water supply and services, the partnership between the Ilocos Norte Water District (INWD) and PrimeWater Infrastructure Corp. (PrimeWater) took another huge step as it celebrated on January 30, 2018 the groundbreaking of its new source development project at Brgy. 29.

The partnership will soon construct a new deep well (PS11) with a capacity of 2,000 cubic meters per, which will benefit 6,000 concessionaires of the Laoag City proper through increased water pressure and water availability, especially in preparation for the upcoming summer season.

Water is very essential to everyday life, from the needs of a household up to the operations of different businesses,” Laoag mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas said during the event.

She added that she is “very supportive” and “confident” that the partnership can provide for the water needs of the people of Laoag and to that of the Province of Ilocos Norte.
Brgy. 29 chairperson Marcelina Oliva Pascual was also present during the said event.

(From left). Godofredo P. Arcellana, Lala Fabella, Engr. Jan Joseph C. Sta. Barbara, John M. Teodoro, Laoag mayor Chevylle V.  Fariñas, Zenaida N. Mariano, Ameurfina A. Respicio, Rodrigo T. Pagtulingan, and Engr. Jovito S. Viray.
Additionally, general managers from other water districts also visited and witnessed such ceremony: Marline Bonilla of the San Nicolas Water District, Corazon Guira of the Dingras Water District, Mary Ann Ripotola of the Pagudpud Water District, and Florence Gelacio of the Sarrat Water District. Members of the local media was also present during the event.

By the same token, officials and officers of the INWD and PrimeWater partook in such significant event: INWD Board of Directors chairperson Zenaida Mariano, together with board directors Ameurfina Respicio and Rodrigo Pagtulingan; INWD general manager John Teodoro INWD; PrimeWater Wastewater and Sanitation department head Lala Fabella; and PrimeWater Ilocos Norte branch manager Engr. Jan Joseph Sta. Barbara.

This Groundbreaking Event was the second in a row for the partnership.

On January 16, 2018, the joint venture kicked-off its 2,200-meter pipelaying project at Brgy. Buyon in Bacarra. This project will benefit 5,000 concessionaires of Laoag and Bacarra.

Improving the quality of life of Ilocanos through the provision of quality and sustainable water supply and services is the joint goal of the INWD and PrimeWater, and they remain resolute that they will achieve such vision through continuous hard work and of course, through everyone’s cooperative efforts.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Cops raid former Paoay mayor’s farm house

Staff reporter
Paoay, Ilocos Norte—Police raided the farm house of former Paoay mayor Dolores Clemente at Brgy. San Roque village in this town on February 8, 2018.

Armed with a search warrant operation, personnel of the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office and the Paoay police led by P/Insp. Grandeur Tangonan found various firearms in some cottages within the compound.

In a radio interview, the 68-year old widow of Bonifacio Clemente, also a long time Paoay mayor, she explained that her late husband was the name registered for the recovered firearms and she was about to transfer them under her name.

Nagulat po ako dahil bigla na lamang silang pumunta. Walang problema kasi lisensiado naman,” said Mrs. Clemente, citing she has license to carry and possess firearms.

But while on the process of searching all the cottages made up of light materials, the police further recovered several loose firearms.

In view of this, the police arrested Mrs. Clemente for violating of Republic Act 10591 or the so-called Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.