Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Ilocos Times August 22-28, 2016

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Batac seeks permanent declaration of Charter Day holiday

Staff reporter

Batac City—Officials here are seeking the permanent declaration of their Charter Day as a special non-working holiday in the city.

Batac mayor Albert D. Chua said he has signed the resolution requesting Rep. Imelda R. Marcos (Ilocos Norte, 2nd district) to file a bill at the House of Representatives declaring June 23 as Batac’s Charter Day and as a non-working holiday in the city.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod here earlier unanimously approved the said resolution. Batac councilors Bernardo K. Marders, Joel R. Garcia and Mary Coleen Columbia L. Cajigal were the main sponsors of the resolution.

The sponsors said Batac “deserves the declaration of its cityhood to be a non-working holiday for the people of Batac to have the chance to witness and participate in all the activities during the said celebration.”

In signing the resolution, Mr. Chua said the city needs a permanent declaration of the non-working holiday so everyone can join the celebration.

In the past years after its conversion into a city, the sitting mayor had to request the Philippine President yearly for the declaration of the celebration as a special non-working holiday in this city. The request is always granted.


Batac became a city in 2007, with then-mayor Jesus Nalupta Sr. the prime mover of its conversion. This year, the city celebrated its 9th Charter Day.

Monday, August 22, 2016

What politics needs most

THE immediate answer is to humanize and Christianize it. Politics all over the world has been at the mercy of man’s baser passions for so long that it now screams to high heavens for its humanization and Christianization.

And this can only mean that it is in dire need of charity. It has to be guided by the requirements of charity, which should not be considered as some kind of drag or hindrance but rather as the perfection and fulfillment of politics. It just cannot be left alone, fully under the power of our passions, brute force and worldly forces. In fact, it can and should be a massive way of sanctification of the people.

Politics ought to be pursued always in charity. It cannot be any other way, since charity is the mother of all virtues and good values. If we want justice, truth and fairness, charity has them all. If we want competence, order, discipline, etc., again charity has them. If we want objectivity, charity has it. And that’s because charity covers all our needs.

Politics, as a human necessity and as a free act of man, is definitely subject to the moral law, and as such, should also have a proper spirituality to animate it. This is a truth of our faith that should never be lost in our mind, and much less, in our culture. The autonomy we enjoy in our politics is never to be taken to mean that God has nothing to do with it.

Politics just cannot be left to the raw forces of our human nature, which has the capability of detaching itself from its creator and his law. It just cannot be subject to the law of the jungle. Without God, politics would be left to our own ideologies, historico-cultural conditions, our own personal hunches of how things ought to be, etc.

The way politics is practiced today, we need nothing less than a revolution, a drastic, radical conversion of heart among our political leaders and the citizenry in general.

We need to redeem politics from being a devil’s game and to recover its true lofty nature and character based on our innate dignity as human persons created in the image and likeness of God, and made children of his.

In many Church teachings, we are reminded that while the technical formation of politicians does not enter into the mission of the Church, the Church has the mission of giving “moral judgment also on things that pertain to the political order, when this is required by the fundament rights of the person and the salvation of souls…using only those means that conform to the Gospel and the good of all, according to the diversity of the times and situations” (Gaudium et Spes 76)

Commenting on this part of the above-cited Church document, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI once said:

“The Church concentrates particularly on educating the disciples of Christ, so that, increasingly they will be witnesses of his presence everywhere. It is up to the laity to show concretely in personal and family life, in social, cultural and political life, that the faith enables one to read reality in a new and profound way and to transform it”

He batted for a unity of life, a consistency in peoples’ behavior based on faith that would go together with hope and charity. In fact, he added that “Christian hope extends the limited horizon of man and points him to the true of loftiness of his being, to God, and that charity in truth is the most effective force to change the world.”

He also said that the “Gospel is the guarantee of liberty and message of liberation; that the fundamental principles of the Social Doctrine of the Church, such as the dignity of the human person, subsidiarity and solidarity, are very timely and of value for the promotion of new ways of development at the service of every man and of all men.”

To translate all this wonderful doctrine about politics into reality, we should realize that all of us who are in different ways involved in politics should not avoid the cross, but rather look for it and embrace it. We need to realize that the cross would comprise the fullness of any political work, and indicate the authenticity of one’s motives in politics.


Just as the cross is the summit of Christ’s redemptive work, and also the life of every Christian believer, the cross has to be the crown of this human affair we call politics. It cannot be any other way.

Ilocos Norte eyes fish landing centers

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Fisher folks in the coastal municipalities of Ilocos Norte will soon have fully operational Community Fish Landing Centers (CFLC) courtesy of the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Pegged at P3 million per CFLC, Arthur Valente, Fishery Regulatory Coordinator of the Provincial Agriculture Office said the construction of fish landing sites in five of the six municipalities here had already been completed while the remaining two are almost done.

Meant to improve the socio-economic conditions of fisher folk communities with high poverty incidence, the recipient municipalities include the towns of Badoc, Paoay, Pasuquin, Bangui, Burgos, Pagudpud, and Laoag City.

Upon completion, Mr. Valente said these will be turned over to local government units and later on to fisher folk cooperatives. The CFLCs will also house post-harvest equipment and tools that will enable fishers to preserve the quality of their fish and fishery products, which they could sell for a higher price.

Local consumers will also benefit from the fish landing centers as they will have better access to safe and quality fishery commodities.

The facilities will also be opened as venues for skills trainings on disaster-resilient fisheries-based livelihoods and resource management such as monitoring fish catch and stock assessment.


Launched in early 2015, the CFLCs are under BFAR’s umbrella program Targeted Actions to Reduce Poverty and Generate Economic Transformation (TARGET). The establishment of more fish landing sites nationwide is expected to reduce fisheries post-harvest spoilage.

Surprise drug test yields zero result for Piddig officials, employees

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

PIDDIG, Ilocos Norte—At least 120 municipal employees and elected officials of this town can be the first to claim, they are clean and free from illegal drugs.

In a surprise mandatory drug testing activity held at the municipal hall, newly-elected town mayor Georgina Guillen said the result turned out all negative.

Led by Ms. Guillen, she invited representatives of the Philippine National Police Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) Crime Laboratory and the Department of Health and ordered all local government employees and officials here to undergo drug testing right away.

“Our municipal mayor is doing everything she can to make our town drug free. A number of drug pushers has been arrested, some are in jail already and other cases are still undergoing court proceedings,” said former town mayor Eduardo Guillen, now acting as consultant to the mayor.

In Piddig, police reported more than 20 drug users who surrendered while the local government unit here is taking responsibility for their immediate rehabilitation and do away from drugs.

“Police authorities has also identified all of the alleged pushers in Piddig because the surrenders identified their source of drugs. It is only matter of time now that we can totally eradicate illegal drugs in our town,” said Mr. Guillen in support of the Duterte administration to eradicate drugs the soonest possible time.

“We all share the same concern about the problem of illegal drugs. Even the mighty United States is not spared with this problem. But at least the whole country has been experiencing unbelievable positive accomplishment in our fight against drug addiction. Please help us by including our town in your prayers,” he added.

Workers at the municipal hall were surprised as they were asked one by one to undergo drug testing.


“I know myself that I'm not a drug user but in case positive ang drug test ko magre-resign ako,” said Joel Madamba, a radio host at the municipal government-run radio station at the Piddig municipal hall just after he gave his urine sample to a DOH representative. 

The Ilocos Times August 15-21, 2016

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

CA denies doctor’s bid to be reinstated to gov’t service

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY — A government doctor dismissed from government service failed to persuade the Court of Appeals that he should be reinstated after he was found guilty of leaving his post ahead of his end of duty without any replacement.

In a two-page resolution signed by CA Associate Justice Francisco P. Acosta promulgated on May 18, 2016 and later received by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte on June 3, the petition of Dr. Baldomero C. Tapia Jr. versus the Ilocos Norte government has been denied as it affirmed the October 9, 2012 decision of the Civil Service Commission.

The appeal was meant to lessen his offense for neglecting a patient at the Gov. Roque B. Ablan Memorial Hospital (GRBASMH).

Like an earlier resolution of the CSC, the CA favored the decision of the provincial government through a recommendation of the hospital management council dismissing Mr. Tapia from government service.

Though the petitioner reiterated that his act of leaving prior to the end of his duty is only an “undertime”, the CA underscored that such act was not a simple case of “undertime” because he left his post ahead of his end of duty without replacement.

“His argument that he directed the nurse-on-duty to contact another doctor, Dr. Roger Braceros, should there be emergency and his contention that he informed said doctor via text message that he would be leaving early cannot be given weight by this court,” said in the resolution as the other doctor whom Mr. Tapia requested was on vacation leave at that time and he did not actually replace the petitioner.

As a result, Mr. Tapia, an orthopedic specialist, can no longer hold any public office along with the cancellation of his civil service eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits and barred from taking civil service exams.

The complaint arose from a 2009 incident at the provincial hospital wherein a comatose patient was admitted at the emergency room.


Relatives alleged that doctors on duty were not at their respective posts during the crucial period when their patient badly needed medical attention.

Travel blog group to feature Ilocos historical, cultural sites

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Laoag City—The Philippines is set to host the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) on October 13-16m 2016 in Metro Manila. Expected to be featured is Ilocos Norte’s historical and cultural destinations.

TBEX is the largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators, social media and other industry professionals attracting more than a thousand participants mainly from North America and Europe.

TBEX was first introduced to Asia particularly in Bangkok, Thailand on October 15-17, 2015 and the Philippines bided for the second edition for TBEX Asia and was selected this year’s host destination. 

Department of Tourism (DOT) chief operations officer Modesto Baloloy announced that TBEX will promote the tourism industries of Ilocos and Vigan globally.

Mr. Baloloy said the TBEX press trip visited the province on June 6-10 wherein historical and cultural destinations in the province were visited.

The event will feature several familiarization trips in selected Philippine destinations.

The press trip was an arranged familiarization trip for selected bloggers from North America, Europe and the Philippines to explore some destinations that will part of the post-BEX tours, and familiarization trips in October.

Meanwhile, the DOT conducted Tourism Establishment Forum on Accommodation Standards and Visitor Arrival Tracking on May 31-June 2, 2016 in the municipalities of Adams, Pagudpud and Laoag.

Mr. Baloloy said the DOT is currently in the process of revising the existing rules and regulations to govern the accreditation of tour guides.

This is in line with the department’s thrust of implementing the mandatory accreditation of primary tourism establishments and to strengthen the visitors’ arrival tracking system in the region.

According to Mr. Baloloy, the forum focused on the issues and concerns of the present system gathering visitor arrivals statistics and orientation on the standards for accommodation and accreditation process.


Relative to this, LGU tourism officers, hotel owners and travel agencies attended the forum where they were informed about the proper accommodation of tourists with the proper list and submission of tourist statistics arrivals to be submitted to the DOT. 

The Ilocos Times August 8-14, 2016

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Batac welcomes new jail warden

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Batac City—A new old face.

This is the best way to described newly appointed Batac jail warden J/Sr. Insp. Antonio Sapaden.

Mr. Sapaden earlier served as acting jail officer in this city. He was also a former regional admin officer and deputy jail warden in Laoag City.

He succeeds J/Sr. Insp. Jerry Palalay who will retire in July.

Mr. Sapaden actually became the full-pledged Batac city jail warden on May 16, 2016.

New female dorm and male dorm expansion
With the beginning of his reign, Mr. Sapaden said the jail dormitories will be increased and expanded.

He is hopeful the new female dormitory will be finished soon. The male dormitory expansion, on the other hand, is still under construction.

The expansion, Mr. Sapaden explained is due to the increasing number of inmates. As of this posting, the Batac jail holds 190 inmates. Currently, the Batac jail complex has five cells for male and two cells for females.

The Batac jail caters to the towns of Badoc, Currimao, Pinili, Paoay and Batac.

Lack of water supply
MR. Sapaden also said they are facing lack of water difficulties. Though this has been a perennial problem, jail officials have yet to find the right solution.

He said they tried digging a well but there was no water available. To solve the problem temporarily, the jail van is being used to ferry water from outside sources.

He said they have already sought the assistance of Ilocos Norte Governor Maria Imelda “Imee” R. Marcos to help them with this problem.

He added that this problem is known to the Bureau of Jail Management central office; however, no action has been taken as of press time.

Use of cellphone
Mr. Sapaden also revealed that inmates here are allowed to use the BJMP cellphone to contact their relatives, legal counsels and other loved ones.

He explained that this is their communication privilege. He however, stressed that the cellphone is used under strict supervision by jail officials.


He also clarified that inmates can only call following a strict schedule. Only one phone is available for their use.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Laoag gov’t set to construct additional cells at City Jail

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Laoag City—The city government here is set to construct additional jail cells at the Laoag City Jail.

Congestion has long been a problem at the said jail.

Jail/Sr. Insp. Herminigildo Rivera said the city government has approved the construction of four additional cells. One cell is already being constructed.

Mr. Rivera is hopeful the additional cells would ease congestion problems at the jail. He explained that one jail cell can contain 20-30 detainees.

He thanked reelected Laoag mayor Chevylle V.  Fariñas for her help.

Meanwhile, an inmate was released recently through the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) program. The GCTA program lessens time served for inmates.

Pursuant to Section 2 and 3 of Republic Act No. 10592 (An Act Amending Articles 29, 94, 97, 98 and 99 of Act. No. 3815, as amended, otherwise known as the Revised Penal Code) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, subject prisoner, having exemplified satisfactory behavior and demonstrated active involvement in various rehabilitation programs, productive participation in authorized work activities and/or accomplishment of exemplary deeds coupled with faithful obedience to all jail rules and regulations, is entitled for the grant of Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA).

The released inmate was serving time for violation of Republic Act 10591, or illegal possession of firearms. Through the GCTA, his sentenced was reduced. The release order of the inmate, who requested anonymity, was signed by Regional Trial Court Branch 14 Judge Francisco Quilala.

Currently, the Laoag jail has a population of 218. Of the said number, 194 are males and 24 are females.

Most of the detainees and inmates are facing drug-related cases, specifically, 157 of them. These are followed by rape, homicide and murder cases.

In a related development, Mr. Rivera also announced that former provincial legal consultant Atty. Jaime Agtang and Melody Felipe have been transferred to the national penitentiary in Metro Manila.


Earlier, their transfer to the national penitentiary was delayed due to health reasons.

DOST eyes more rain gauges in Ilocos Norte’s river basins

Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) plans to install additional automatic rain gauges (ARGs) in Ilocos Norte’s major river basins.

ARGs collect rainfall data which aids authorities to effectively decide during typhoon emergencies. The additional ARGs would intensify data-collection around the province.

DOST-Batac director Jonathan Viernes said2-in-1 automatic level system with rain gauge will be installed in most parts of the second district of Ilocos Norte. These include the towns of Solsona, Dingras, Batac, and Badoc; as well as the northern town of Bangui in the province’s first district.

Automatic rain gauges have already been installed in the towns of Carasi, Nueva Era and Pasuquin.

With the installation of more rain gauges, Mr. Viernes said this will help in gathering accurate rainfall data to assist the weather bureau in monitoring and forecasting.

Through the ARGs, the amount of rainfall can be easily monitored and the occurrence of floods within a six-hour span can be predicted. Flood prediction is essential in helping low-lying communities to prepare during typhoon events.

He added that the equipment and markers are now at the DOST office in Batac City ready for deployment.


“We hope to finish the installation just in time for the rainy season or before President [Benigno Simeon C.] Aquino’s term expires.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), a useful tool in coping with climate change

A Japanese professor from Tohoku University recommended the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool to rice researchers in helping farmers cope with climate change.

LCA, according to Professor Masanori Sato, is a technique that enables industries to identify the resource flows (water and energy inputs), and environmental impacts (GHG emissions) associated with the provision of products and services.

Researchers and decision makers will find LCA useful in giving concrete recommendations to farmers on what alternative technologies, products, processes, or services that they can use in climate change mitigation.

“Nowadays, industries like farming use resources such as water and energy as inputs. The common misconception is that we tend to focus on the first and last parts of the whole farming system, without knowing that a large chunk of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions occur in the production stage. Using LCA as a tool, we can evaluate the environmental effects of a product throughout its life cycle, from cradle to grave,” Mr. Saito said during a lecture at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), 17 Feb.

Aside from LCA’s environmental benefits, Saito also mentioned how it contributed to the improvement of rice production in Japan. His team discovered that most carbon dioxide and GHG emissions occur in the middle of the production and drying stage. Their rice industry responded by changing from a conventional tillage to a reduced tillage system where CO2 and GHG emissions are relatively low.

“Using LCA is now a necessity as it helps businesses and industries better understand the environmental impacts of their practices. It aids in making informed decisions in process improvement as they reduce production costs, while also mitigating adverse impacts to the environment,” Mr. Saito added.

LCA can be a great tool for decision makers to make sound recommendations for farmers to adapt or follow, and to become resourceful and strategic in finding less GHG-emitting processes to substitute their current conventional practices.

Meanwhile, Engr. Elmer Bautista of PhilRice, also conducted a study on LCA titled, ‘Evaluation of the energy input-output and greenhouse gas emissions of rice production systems in the Philippines and possible mitigation technologies.’

“When you do LCA, you will know each step in the rice production process. You can identify which step produces the most emissions. From there, we plan our actions,” Mr. Bautista said.

He also mentioned that LCA is not widely used in the country because people are not informed about it.

Messrs. Saito and Bautista encouraged more Filipino researchers to use LCA like what Japan and Australia did to reduce the harmful gas emissions during production.


“Climate change is now affecting all industries, not only in the agricultural sector. This is a call for everyone to be responsible in their practices. Since climate change is inevitable, the most we can do is not to contribute to its effects,” Mr. Saito concluded. (PhilRice news)

DepEd: Historic SY 2016-17

By Dominic Dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Batac City—Department of Education (DepEd) regional director Dr. Alma Ruby C. Torio described schoolyear 2016-17 as “historic.”

The current school year marks the formal implementation of the senior high school program in the country.

Ms. Torio lauded the two education heads in Laoag and Batac Cities for their active participation in the implementation of the new education program.

She also expressed her delight for the orderly and peaceful opening of classes on June 13 in the province.

She explained that, based on initial field reports, school children are excited to start the new school year. She also pointed out the increase in the number of enrollees.

Senior high school kinks
MS. Torio however admitted that some schools still do not have building for senior high school students. Some tracks are also still being studied at the DepEd regional office. Laoag City, for one, still needs additional teachers for senior high school.

To remedy the problems, she said the Education department created Task Force Balik Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela Action Committee. The said groups tackle problems faced by public schools. They also take suggestions to improve the education system.

In Batac, Ms. Torio said education superintendent Vilma Eda offered one track or field of specialization for every school offering the senior high school program. Ms. Torio said she “appreciates this move very much.”

One secondary school here, however, did not offer the senior high school program due to lack of space. To correct this, the DepEd office built a standalone high schools within the areas of Mariano Marcos Memorial School and Billoca Elementary School.

Batac offers all senior high school tracks except for sports, and arts and design.

In Laoag City, acting superintendent Joel Lopez said they still need to hire additional senior high school teachers due to the unexpected increase in the number of enrollees.


Laoag schools offer all senior high school tracks.

The Ilocos Times August 1-7, 2016

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Piddig give free Wi-Fi access to locals, visitors

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

PIDDIG, Ilocos Norte—Visitors and local residents here now have a free access to the internet following the rollout of Wi-Fi zone here.

The Piddig government, in the process, has become of the first local government units in Ilocos Norte to have its own dedicated server that offers free and better connectivity to their constituents and visitors.

The Wi-Fi zone is currently limited to the Piddig plaza. Since last month, Piddig residents and visitors are given free internet access at the area. Students do research work in the said area while others connect to their family members abroad.

From the current 2 megabits per second (Mbps) speed, Piddig officials say they plan to upgrade this to 5 Mbps. The faster speed would allow more users as well as to expand its Wi-Fi coverage.

People at the Piddig municipal hall can also access the free Wi-Fi.

The Piddig government also plans to centralize the Wi-Fi operation to cut cost on communications and internet expenses.


Residents here lauded this initiative of the Piddig government. They said the project has brought them closer to their families abroad; business people said it increased their competitiveness; others said it gave them more opportunities to explore the digital world through their own personal devices.

INEC holds AGMA in 3 sites

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Dingras, Ilocos Norte—The locos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) conducted its 42nd Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) meetings in three sites in Ilocos Norte—Batac City, Bacarra and Dingras.

The AGMA events were held May 22, 28 and June 4, respectively.

National Electrification Administration (NEA) public affairs office department manager Dir. Judith T. Alvarez served as guest of honor and speaker in Batac; NEA Legal Services V Atty. Ricardo C. Orias Jr. in Bacarra; and NEA Deputy Administrator for Legal Services Atty. Rossan SJ. Rosero-Lee in Dingras.

INEC general manager Felino Herbert Agdigos said the AGMA aims to inform all member-consumers about INEC’s accomplishments for the past year and to present plans and programs for the coming year.

Mr. Agdigos announced that as of May 2016, INEC has a total of 153,503 house connections with 141,891 member-consumers.

Aside from the Dingras main office, INEC also has six sub-offices and eight sub-stations. INEC is also among the highly rated electric cooperatives and a Mega Large AAA cooperative in the country.

Earlier, INEC accomplished energization of the whole Ilocos Norte following the power connection at Sitio Bucarot in Adams, Ilocos Norte.

Mr. Agdigos also stressed during the meetings that INEC also looks after the welfare of its member-consumers. Among the INEC projects for them include pro-poor programs, Brigada Eskwela program, and the burial assistance program.

Last year, INEC welcomed two newly elected directors, Dr. Julito Catubay for District VI and Maria Teresa Orcino for District II.

Meanwhile, INEC board president Reynaldo M. Lazo said he always consider the member-consumers as the “pillars and source of strength and security of INEC”.

He emphasized that the member-consumers are INEC’s co-owners; as he also recognized their continued participation in all of INEC’s programs and for paying their bills promptly.


Mr. Lazo also announced that power rates in the province will be lower in 2019. The lower power rates are supposedly due to a 20-year power supply agreement with Masinloc Power Partners Co. The agreement was signed last year.

Laoag City gears for rainy season; clears drainage canals

By Dominic dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Laoag City—As the rainy season officially starts, the City Engineering and Community Affairs Offices here have stepped up efforts to clear drainage canals around the city.

Acting City engineer Roy Tomas said his office have begun clearing main drainage canals in the city.

During their operations, he said drainage canals around the city are still being used as garbage dumps. He stressed that this situation clogs canals, thus flooding occurs when strong rains hit the city.

Mr. Tomas appealed to all barangay officials in the city to help and cooperate with the clearing operation to speed up the process.

Community affairs officer Bernardino Rodillas said they have informed barangay chairpersons in the city about the need for their help in clearing drainage canals.

Meanwhile, reelected Laoag Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas has also instructed the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for the pre-disaster proposed budget.

She said the city government needs to allocate funds before disasters hit so they can also find ways to minimize and mitigate the disasters’ effects.


Ms. Fariñas stressed that as of now, their best option is to clear and dredge drainage canals. Replacing existing drainage canals around the city is not advisable, she added; they are more expensive and would entail a lot of time to construct.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Cloud of death!

We commend Mr. Faivo Bartolome of the Ilocos Norte Sports Development Council (INSDC) for posting “No Smoking” signs inside the Marcos Stadium. But there are some individuals who are seriously pushing for the establishment of “Smoking Areas” in the stadium. To the INSDC: Please, junk this move!
 
To ensure strict implementation of the “No Smoking Policy”, there must be roving guards during peak hours in the stadium. Per our observation, more people are using the sports facilities in the said place from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. During these hours, “guard visibility” is needed to deter smokers from doing their thing.

Why do we hate smoking? Read the following material from the American Lung Association.

There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 7,000 chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous.

Many of these chemicals are found in consumer products, but these products have warning labels. While the public is warned about the danger of the poisons in these products, there is no such warning for the toxins in tobacco smoke.

Here are a few of the chemicals in tobacco smoke: Acetone – found in nail polish remover; Acetic Acid—an ingredient in hair dye; Ammonia—a common household cleaner; Arsenic—used in rat poison; Benzene—found in rubber cement; Butane—used in lighter fluid; Cadmium—active component in battery acid; Carbon Monoxide—released in car exhaust fumes; Formaldehyde—embalming fluid; Hexamine—found in barbeque lighter fluid; Lead—used in batteries; Naphthalene—an ingredient in mothballs; Methanol—a main component in rocket fuel; Nicotine—used as insecticide; Tar—material for paving road; and Toluene—used in paint manufacturing;

Need we say more?

The American Lung Association added that the smoking of tobacco products—including cigars and smokeless tobacco—causes or worsens numerous diseases and conditions. Some products also expose nearby non-smokers to toxic secondhand smoke.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., causing almost half a million deaths per year. While, secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard for people of all ages, causing more than 41,000 deaths annually.

In Davao City, smoking is prohibited in public conveyances, government-owned vehicles, accommodation and entertainment establishments, workplaces, enclosed or partially enclosed public places, public buildings and public outdoor spaces including cemetery, markets and terminals.

People are not even allowed to smoke in public gatherings such as concerts, rallies, parades and other events. Aside from cigarettes, the smoking of any tobacco product, e-cigarettes, shishas and the like in public places is also prohibited in Davao City.

We hope that a similar law will soon be strictly implemented nationwide.

Simply put, smoking kills the smoker and the non-smoker. We really hope smokers quit their deadly vice. But if they can’t or won’t, we pray that they spare non-smokers from their cloud of death.

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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, Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer Josephine P. Calajate, INWD General Manager John Teodoro, Dr. Miramar Bumanglag, DAR-Ilocos Norte OIC PARO Vic M. Ines, DAR-Ilocos Norte CAO Rudy Acacio and PNB Laoag Branch Manager Metty V. Guerrero.


Greeting also to the employees of AMA Laoag, DAR Ilocos Norte, DepEd Laoag, Vertext Handyphones, PNB Laoag and the residents of Barangay 6, San Agustin, Laoag City.

Notices for June 13, 2016

Publication Notice
R.A. 10172
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
CCE-52-2016 R.A. 10172                                                                     June 7, 2016

          In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172) Notice is hereby served to the public that FREZNEL RAMORAN has filed with this Office, a petition for correction of entry in sex from FEMALE to MALE in the certificate of live birth of FREZNEL RAMORAN at Vintar, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are FLORO FLORES and LERMA RAMORAN.
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than June 27, 2016.

(SGD) MENELEO JOEY J. LEAÑO
Municipal Civil Registrar
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RA Form No. 10.1 (LCRO)
Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province of Ilocos Norte
Municipality of Sarrat

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION
          In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that DELFINA DIEGO RASALAN ERIVE has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from LOVINIA DELFINA to DELFINA in the birth certificate of LOVINIA DELFINA DIEGO RASALAN who was born on 26 November 1958 at Sarrat, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are VICENTE NAGAYO RASALAN and FLORENCIA CALICALIN DIEGO.
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than June 27, 2016.

(SGD) JOAN A. DUQUE
Municipal Civil Registrar
June 13-19, 20-26, 2016*IT
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Publication Notice
R.A. 10172
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
CCE-0032-2016                                                                            June 4, 2016

          In Compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172) Notice is hereby served to the public that MADELYNE MERCADO AGABIN has filed with this Office, a petition for corrections of entries in date of birth  from May 24, 1967 to May 27, 1967, the child’s first name from MADELINE toMADELYNE and the parents’ date of marriage from April 19, 1965 to December 29, 1964 in the certificate of live birth of MADELINE MERCADO at Badoc, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are ANTONIO MERCADO and TERESITA DAHILIG.
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than June 27, 2016.

(SGD)PABLO M. REYES
Municipal Civil Registrar
June 13-19, 20-26, 2016*IT
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Publication Notice
R.A. 9048
R.A. 10172
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
CFN-0009-2016                                                                            June 4, 2016
CCE-0033-2016 R.A. 10172

          In Compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172) Notice is hereby served to the public that MARTY CAJUDOY VERTIDO has filed with this Office, a petition for change of first name from MONCITO to MARTY and correction of entry in date of birth from April 4, 1972 to January 4, 1972 in the certificate of live birth of MONCITO C. VERTIDO at Badoc, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are MARIO VERTIDO and ROSALINA CAJUDOY
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than June 27, 2016.

(SGD) PABLO M. REYES
Municipal Civil Registrar
June 13-19, 20-26, 2016*IT
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RA Form No. 10.1 (LCRO)

Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province of Ilocos Norte
Municipality of Badoc

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION
          In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that BONIFACIO BAUTISTA CAJIGAL has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from LIBRADO to BONIFACIO in the birth certificate of LIBRADO B. CAJIGAL who was born on August 17, 1959 at Badoc, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are RICARDO CAJIGAL and VICTORIA BAUTISTA.
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than June 27, 2016.

(SGD) PABLO M. REYES
Municipal Civil Registrar
June 13-19, 20-26, 2016*IT
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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF ILOCOS NORTE
FIRST JUDICIAL REGION
BRANCH XVI-LAOAG CITY

IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY OF BIRTH RECORDS IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE AND CIVIL REGISTRY OF LAOAG CITY OF TEODORO JULIANE BAPTISA, JR.,
TEODORO JULIANE BAPTISTA, JR.,
Petitioner
-vs-

THE CIVIL REGISTRAR GENERAL, THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF LAOAG CITY AND ALL OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES,
Respondents.

SP. PROC. NO. 16917-16
For
Correction of Entry

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ORDER
          A verified petition has been filed by the petitioner thru counsel wherein he prayed that after due notice, publication and hearing, the Court issues an order granting the correction prayed for and directing the Local Civil Registrar of Laoag City and the National Statistics Office to make or cause the necessary corrections in the date and place of marriage of parents in the birth certificate of petitioner from December 22, 1984, Laoag City to March 16, 1989, Kabacan, Cotabato.
          Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the hearing of the same is set on August 4, 2016 at 8:30 in the morning before this Court sitting at the ground floor of the Marcos Hall of Justice, Laoag City.
          The Local Civil Registrar of Laoag City, the Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office, Manila and any person having or claiming interest under the entries whose corrections are sought may, within fifteen (15) days from notice of the publication or from the last date of publication of this order file his opposition thereto.
          Let a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation, and copy of this Order and Petition be furnished to the Office of the City Prosecutor, Laoag City, the Local Civil Registrar of Laoag City, the Civil Registrar General, the National Statistics Office, Manila and the Office of the Solicitor General, 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.
SO ORDERED.
DONE in the City of Laoag, Philippines, this 24th day of May, 2016.

(SGD) CONRADO A. RAGUCOS
JUDGE
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF ILOCOS NORTE
FIRST JUDICIAL REGION
BRANCH XVI-LAOAG CITY

IN RE: PETITION FOR THE CANCELLATION/CORRECTION OF ENTRIES IN THE BIRTH RECORD OF ANTON JOHN BARENG IN THE OFFICE OF THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF LAOAG CITY AND THE CIVIL REGISTRAR GENERAL, PHILIPPINE STATISTICS AUTHORITY, MANILA.
ANTON JOHN BARENG,
A.K.A ANTON JOHN BARENG
TAYAG,
Petitioner,
-vs-
THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF LAOAG CITY AND THE CIVIL REGISTRAR GENERAL, PHILIPPINE STATISTICS AUTHORITY, MANILA AND ALL OTHER PERSONS WHO HAVE OR CLAIM TO HAVE ANY INTEREST THAT WOULD BE AFFECTED THEREBY,
Respondents,

SP. PROC. NO. 16874-16
For
Cancellation / Correction
Of Entries
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ORDER
          A verified Amended Petition has been filed by the petitioner thru counsel wherein he prayed that after due notice and hearing, judgment be rendered directing the Local Civil Registrar of Laoag City to make corrections in the birth certificate of the petitioner by correcting the date of marriage of his parents appearing thereon from December 22, 1999 to February 8, 1983; and the Civil Registrar General, Philippine Statistics Authority, Manila to make corrections in the birth record of petitioner by correcting his name appearing thereon from ANTON JOHN BARENG to ANTON JOHN BARENG TAYAG; by deleting the words “NOT MARRIED” and enter therein the date and place of marriage of his parents which should be February 8, 1983 at Dingras, Ilocos Norte; and by correcting his name appearing in the Affidavit for Delayed Registration of Birth from ANTON JOHN BARENG to ANTON JOHN BARENG TAYAG.
          Finding the Amended Petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the hearing of the same is set on August 4, 2016 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning before this court sitting at the ground floor of the Marcos Hall of Justice, Laoag City.
          The Local Civil Registrar of Laoag City, The Civil Registrar General, Philippine Statistics Authority, Manila and any person having or claiming any interest under the entries whose cancellation/corrections are sought may, within fifteen (15) days from notice of the publication or from the last date of publication of this order file his opposition thereto.
          Let a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation, a copy of this Order and the Petition be furnished to the Office of the City Prosecutor, the Local Civil Registrar of Laoag City, the Civil Registrar General, Philippine Statistics Authority, Manila and the Office of the Solicitor General, 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.
          SO ORDERED
          DONE in the City of Laoag this 26th day of May, 2016.
(SGD) CONRADO A. RAGUCOS
JUDGE
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
REGIONAL TRIAL COURT
FIRST JUDICIAL REGION
BRANCH 11, LAOAG CITY

IN THE MATTER OF ADOPTION OF MINOR ELLAH ASIS TO BE NAMED ELLAH ASIS AGCAOILI,
AMOR C. AGCAOILI,
Petitioner,
Sp. Proc. No. 16631
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O R D E R
          Filed with this Court is an amended petition for the adoption of minor Ellah Asis to be named Ellah Asis Agcaoili by Amor C. Agcaoili of Barangay #1, San Roque, Vintar, Ilocos Norte.
          Finding the amended petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the Court hereby sets the hearing of the petition on August 8, 2016 at 8:30 A.M. at the Regional Trial Court, Marcos Hall of Justice, Branch 11, Laoag City at which date, time and place, any interested person may appear and show cause why the petition should not be granted.
          Let a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in any newspaper of general circulation in the province of Ilocos Norte and Laoag City at the expense of the petitioner.
          Let a copy of this Order be furnished the Solicitor General through the Provincial Prosecutor.
          SO ORDERED.
          Done in the City of Laoag this 17th day of May, 2016.

(SGD) NIDA B. ALEJANDRO
Pairing Judge
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased MONICA T. BUGAOISAN consisting of a Savings Deposit Account with the PHILIPPINE VETERANS BANK-LAOAG BRANCH under Savings Account No. 044050005767 has been the subject of Affidavit of Claim with Waiver of Rights executed by her heir ARTHUR C. BUGAOISAN ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public JASON BADER ll. PERERA as per Doc. No. 351; Page No. 71; Bk. No. 170; S. of 2016.
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION
          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late MONICA TANGONAN-BUGAOISAN consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 2685 of the Laoag Cadastre covered by TCT No. 021-2013000542 containg an area of 5,733 sq.m. situated in the Barrio of Mangato, (Municipality) now City of Laoag has been adjudicated by her heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public MELVYN T. GUILLERMO as per Doc. No. 776; Page No. 156; Bk. No. XXXIX; S. of 2016.
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION AND SALE UNSEGRATED PORTION OF LAND
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late CORAZON MANGAPIT consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 1323 under TD. No. 05-001-00242 containing an area of 1445.46 sq.m located at Brgy. 1-N Ricarte, Batac City, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by her heir and simultaneously sold to unsegregated eastern portion of the whole lot 1323 with an area of 200 sq.m.to RUSHEL A. CADELINA and WENDELL S. BAPTISTA ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public WINDELL D. CHUA as per Doc. No. 82; Page No. 18; Bk. No. XXXIX; S. of 2016.
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH SALE OF A PORTION OF A PARCEL OF LAND
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late CORAZON MANGAPIT consisting of a parcel of land designated as Cad. Lot No. 1323 under TD. No. 05-001-00242 containing an area of 1,445.46 situated at Brgy. 1-N Ricarte, Batac, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by her heir and simultaneously sold the northwest portion of the above-described parcel of land containing an area of 520 sq.m. to GLAIZA ABUY, SERG FRANCIS A. CALUYA and JESSALIE FRANCES A. CALUYA, both minors assisted herein by their biological mother GLAIZA ABUY ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public DA VINCI M. CRISOSTOMO as per Doc. No. 263; Page No. 54; Bk. No. CCXIV; S. of 2016.
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late PACIFICO AGAG SUGUITAN SR., consisting of a tricycle and more particularly described as follows: Make-Honda TMX; Body Type-Motorcycle; Plate No. 1150 AW; Franchise No. _____; Motor No. KB509E425670; Chassis No. KB509425662 and Side Car No. 209 has been adjudicated by his heir ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public ERME S. LABAYOG as per Doc. No. 199; Page No. 40; Bk. No. XXIII; S. of 2016.
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased CATALINA S. ABULUYAN consisting of a bank deposit with the BDO-UNIBANK, INC.-ROBINSON’S PLACE, SAN NICOLAS, ILOCOS NORTE BRANCH under Savings Account No. 007460017008 has been adjudicated by her heir ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public KRISTOFFERSON E. BADUA as per Doc. No. 154; Page No. 31; Bk. No. I; S. of 2016.
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION AND SIMULTANEOUS ABSOLUTE SALE
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late JOSE P. PONCE SR. married to the late CECILIA DE LEON consisting of two (2) parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 38574 and 27962 both of Cad-731-D covered by Katibayan ng Orihinal na Titulo Blg. P-68078 and P-67837 containing an area of 1,612 sq.m. and 494 sq.m. situated in Pasngal and Cabusligan, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte respectively has been adjudicated by their heir and simultaneously sold to ALFREDO M. ACIDERA married to BRIGIDA ACIDERA ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public ELENA MAYE S. QUITOLA as per Doc. No. 194; Page No. 39; Bk. Nio. II; S. of 2013.
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH ABSOLUTE SALE
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late JUAN TABIOS and DOLORES TABIOS consisting of two (2) parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 8641 and 8647 covered by TD Nos. 97-001-00702 and 97-001-00701 containing an area of 2,724 sq.m. and 2,861 sq.m. both situated at Brgy. 3, San Ildefonso, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by their heirs and simultaneously sold to ZENAIDA T. STUNT ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public FERDINAND M. AGUSTIN as per Doc. No. 85; Page No. 17; Bk. No. VI; S. of 2008.
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH SALE
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late SPS. NICOLAS PAJINAG and MANUELA D. PAJINAG consisting of eight (8) parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 7667-C Csd-1-002884 OLT, being a portion of Lot 7667 PLS 859-D, 7582-P, 7938-P, 7938-P, 7837-P, 7666-P, 7517 and 7076 covered by OCT No. E-8700 and TD Nos. 14-0022-01202, 14-0022-00806, 14-0022-00855, 14-0022-00858, 14-0022-00975, 14-0022-01161, 14-0022-01494 and 14-0022-00553 containing an area of  853 sq.m., 372 sq.m., 443 sq.m., 1,212 sq.m., 7,647 sq.m., 928 sq.m., 628 sq.m., and 3,436 sq.m. all situated at Brgy. #19 Napu, Badoc, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by their heirs extrajudicially and simultaneously sold the whole of Lot 7667-C Pls 859-D of the subdivision plan to SPS. ULYSSES S. TOLENTINO and GRACE TOLENTINO ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public ANGEL G. RUBIO as per Doc. No. 202; Page No. 106; Bk. No. III; S. of 2015.
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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ADDENDUM EXTRA JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS AND SALE
Notice is hereby given that the estate of LILIA S. ARQUELADA who died intestate on December 20, 2008 consisting of her undivided one-half (1/2) share of two (2) parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 17044 and 21212 both of Cad-445-D covered by OCT Nos. P-53170 and P-35658 containg an area of 581 sq.m. and 865 sq.m. situated in Cabangaran and Salbang both of Paoay, Ilocos Norte was the subject of extrajudicial settlement by and between her heirs with waiver of rights and sale as per Doc. No. 10; Page No. 3; Bk. No. XXI; S. of 2015 of Notary Public KEITH ANDREW MUSICO of San Fernando City, La Union.
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH ABSOLUTE SALE
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late LIBERATA TUNGPALAN and COLUMBA TUNGPALAN consisting of their shares, interest, rights and participation over Lot No. 11813 of the Laoag Cadastre situated at Brgy. San Lorenzo, Laoag City and covered by TCT No. 021-2010000372 had been the subject of adjudication by heir and simultaneously sold to DANILO M. TOLEDANES as per Doc. No. 377; Page No. 76; Book No. 81; Series of 2013 of Notary Public JASON BADER Ll. PERERA
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH QUITCLAIM
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late ALEJANDRO GANAL consisting of a Motor Vehicle, an Isuzu Jitney covered by Certificate of Registration No. 49895008, with Franchise plying Laoag City-Calayab, and more particularly described as follows; to wit; Make-Isuzu; Motor No. 549456; Type of Body-Jitney; Chassis No. SPMM 26224 90C; Year Model-1990; MV File No. 5k 45016 and Plate No. DGU 146 has been the subject of Deed of Adjudication with Quitclaim executed by his heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public MELCHOR B. GUILLEN as per Doc. No. 120; Page No. 25; Bk. No. XLVIII; S. of 2012.
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION AND ABSOLUTE SALE
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late DOLORES C. VALIENTE and PEDRO VALIENTE consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 11360, Cad-578 Pasuquin Cadastre covered by KOT Blg. P-70755 with a total area of 4,473 sq.m. located in Brgy. #13 Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by their heirs and simultaneously sold a portion of the above-described parcel of land containing an area of 3,107 sq.m. to DOMINADOR M. GERVACIO ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public ERME S. LABAYOG as per Doc. No. 139; Page No. 28; Bk. No. XXIII; S. of 2016.
June 13, 20, 27, 2016*IT
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LOT FOR SALE
Pila Lot 6,366 sq.m. near Diversion Road and Pila Brgy. Hall. Contact: ELY MORALES with Cell Nos. 09088660217 and 09065588223
1”x2 col. (box)
June 13, 20, 2016*IT

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
M.G. Bismonte Pawnshop will hold an Auction Sale on July 7, 2016 from 8AM to 5PM at Gen. Segundo Ave. cor. Gen. Luna St., Laoag City.
Expired Items from May - June 2016 will be displayed on the said Auction.
June 13, 20, 2016*IT