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9 Dagupan schools to get free wi-fi under "Juan, Konek!" program

By Leonardo V. Micua [(PNA), CTB/LVMICUA/RMA]

DAGUPAN CITY, Aug. 31 (PNA) -- Nine public schools in Dagupan will soon enjoy free wi-fi connection under the program " Juan, Konek!" to be launched here soon by the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO).

This was bared by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez who is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding ( MOU) on September 15 with the DOST - ICTO on the implementation of the program at the CSI Stadia in Dagupan City. The signing will signal the start of the DOST - ICTO program in the city.

The program was outlined by Elvis E. Cayabyab and Armando F. Rillera, both of the DOST - ICTO when they called on Mayor Fernandez on August 26 at the city museum.

The signing of the MOU will coincide with the holding of the DOST-ICTO Multi-stakeholders ICT Forum in Dagupan City to be attended by representatives from the city government and other municipalities of Pangasinan.

The nine public high schools to benefit from "Juan, Konek!" program are the Dagupan City National High School, Carael National High School, East Central Integrated School, Federico N. Ceralde Integrated School, Judge Jose De Venecia Sr. Memorial National High School, Salapingao National High School, Pugaro Integrated School and Bonuan Boquig National High School.

"Juan, Konek!" is a campaign of the DOST-ICTO in line with the nationwide implementation of the Television White Space (TVWS) Technology and free wi-fi in public places project.

DOST-ICTO will also introduce other programs like eBusiness and Tech4ED to participants attending the forum.

eBusiness aims to ensure the sustained growth and competitiveness of ICT industry segments and support the growth of the ICT industry in the city. It also collaborates with the industry, government and academe to enhance the competitiveness of the ICT workforce and works on a harmonized ICT promotions and advocacy program.

Tech4ED, on the other hand, provides access points for individuals and communities to bridge the digital and education divide. It promotes grassroots development and opportunities for inclusive growth and poverty reduction. It will give communities access to information, communication, technology, government services, non-formal education, skills training, telehealth, job markets and business portals.

Lauding the peogram, Mayor Fernandez said, “This is a dream come true for our city just as we have envisioned that our city will be a Smart City by 2016."

She said this will allow students easier access to the internet for them to source out valuable information in connection with their assignments and studies, saying they no longer need to go to internet cafes in search of these knowledges.

NIA to extend irrigation water for rice fields in Dagupan City


DAGUPAN CITY (PNA) -- The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is set to extend irrigation water for the first time in the city.

City Agriculturist Emma Molina said this project which costs PHP15 million will be a big boon to at least 97 farmers who till these rice fields once a year when water from the rains is plentiful.

The project is expected to benefit an estimated area of 100 hectares of farm lands in Barangays Salisay and Mangin. These are the only two out of the 31 villages in the city which produces rice.

Molina said there are 70 hectare of rice fields in these two villages that are already enjoying irrigation provided by the farmers themselves. However, with the construction of the Oriao Irrigation System that will draw water from the Bayaoas river, some 60 to 100 hectares more will be irrigated.

Speaking during the organization of the Irrigator’s Association from the two villages, Molina said NIA through Director John Celeste agreed to construct a lateral canal that will convey irrigation out from the Bayaoas river going to the farm lands of the said barangays.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez sought this project in her recent talk NIA Region 1 manager John Celeste in her desire to help boost the harvest of the few rice farmers in the city. With this, she learned from NIA that before the facility could be built, there ought to be an association in the two farming villages that will co-manage the irrigation system.

Fernandez expressed confidence that if the rice production from the two villages is maximized, the city will attain rice self-sufficiency for the whole year.

Most of the land areas of Dagupan are devoted for fishponds which produces the tasty Bonuan bangus as well as residential and commercial areas, being the center of trade and education in Pangasinan, with only little left for agriculture.

The mayor also assured it will work together with NIA for the conduct of free special skills training for farmers which will teahc them on how to produce more bountiful harvests the whole year-round.

She vowed to also make representation with Fourth District Congresswoman Gina de Venecia to include the newly- formed irrigators' association of Salisay and Mangin as beneficiaries of a four-wheel tractor under the Department of Agriculture's Farm Modernization and Mechanization Program to be used by them alternately in cultivating their farms.

Fernandez thanked NIA Region 1 for immediately granting her request to provide irrigation water to the two barangays which will greatly help them improve their livelihood and income.

DOST offers technology upgrading assistance to local entrepreneurs

By APRIL M. MONTES (VHS/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, August 29 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has called on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Pangasinan to take advantage of its funding assistance to improve their business.

Provincial Director Felicidad Gan of DOST-Pangasinan said the agency has established the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) to facilitate science and technology interventions for MSMEs to boost their productivity and competitiveness.

“For this year, at least 24 MSMEs in the province are set to benefit from the DOST’s SETUP assistance,” Gan said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Pangasinan on Tuesday.

She said the program focuses on assistance to various sectors such as food processing; furniture; gifts, housewares, decors; marine and aquatic resources; horticulture and agriculture; metals and engineering; health products and services/pharmaceuticals; information and communication technology (ICT) and electronics.

“Aside from financial help, the DOST also provides technical help on product manufacturing, packaging up to market placement, to ensure the sustainability and competitiveness of the enterprise,” she added.

Gan said that any micro, small and medium scale business firm willing to apply technological innovations to their existing products, services and/or operations can apply for the SETUP assistance to the nearest DOST regional or field offices in their area.

In a statement, DOST Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro said the SETUP assists 3,000 small enterprises responsible for creating 115,000 new sustainable jobs for the last five years.

“Jobs were created because of improved capacity of the enterprises. From 2010 up to June 2015, the DOST gave funding assistance of P2.2 billion for 29,401 technology interventions. This is payable in up to five years, zero-interest,” Liboro said.

Pangasinan, 19 towns, cities receive Seal of Good Local Governance

By Hilda Martin Austria [(PNA), CTB/LVM/HMA/RMA]

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan Aug. 28 (PNA)— The province of Pangasinan and its 19 cities and municipalities are this year's recipients of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Reggie Colisao, DILG provincial director, said the result of the SGLG assessment last year was received by their office last week.

She explained SGLG was formerly known as the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) brainchild by then Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.

“It is almost the same except that SGLG has only two options whether the local government unit (LGU) pass or fail in the assessment unlike in the SGH with bronze, silver and gold categories”, said Colisao.

She admitted that SGLG is also stricter compared with SGH.

Colisao explained the evaluation was based on six basic elements, good financial keeping, disaster preparedness, social protection, business friendliness and competitiveness, environment management, and peace and order.

Pangasinan including the towns of Dasol, Burgos, Mabini, Alaminos City, Sual, Bugallon, Dagupan City, Mangaldan, San Fabian, San Carlos City, Malasiqui, Bayambang, Basista, Laoac, Binalonan, Bautista, Alcala, Sto. Tomas and Sta. Maria all pass these criteria.

Colisao said the LGU passers in SGLG were awarded with performance challenge fund (PCF), seven million pesos for the province, five million pesos for the cities and three million pesos for the municipalities.

She clarified that DILG provided guidelines on how the passers will use the PCF or the menu of valid projects to choose from.

“We wanted them to be encouraged by this incentive program of the DILG”, said Colisao.

JICA picks Pangasinan as pilot area for GeoCloud project

By Leonardo V. Micua [(PNA), SCS/LVM/LVMICUA/RMA]

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 27 (PNA) -- The province of Pangasinan has been chosen among the 87 provinces in the entire country by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to pilot the GeoCloud Integrated Geographical Information System (GIS).

This was bared by representatives from JICA, Informatix Inc. and PHILINITS Foundation who arrived here last August 25 and held meeting at Capitol Resort Hotel with department heads of the provincial government as well as with representatives from Dagupan City, and the municipalities of Lingayen and Binmaley.

Geo Cloud is a geographic information system (GIS) middle ware with a new concept which has outstanding functionality and operability with quick responses.

A project grant from JICA, it is an integrated geographic information system which will mainly help in the advancement of disaster prevention in the regions.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center officer Rhodyn Luchinvar O. Oro said that the provincial government is happy and proud for the selection of Pangasinan as the pilot province for the GIS project.

Through the GIS, JICA aims to put up a software and help Pangasinan and the other recipients to improve on its data and come up with a good decision making instrument especially in times of disasters or calamities.

Oro stressed the importance of the GIS project when he said “it will help us pinpoint the areas considered prone to disaster, including the critical infrastructure and where to find the elevation of high level areas in times of tsunami.”

"This will also help us come up with a detailed hazard mapping and risk assessment based on reliable data and analysis," he said.

Through the GIS, JICA aims to put up a software to help Pangasinan and the other recipients to improve on its data collection and distribution, and to come up with a good decision making instrument, especially in times of disasters or calamities.

Oro said the project is expected to start in September while awaiting for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for its implementation.

The province and the three LGU project beneficiaries are advised to prepare the baseline data which will be fed into the software.

Noriki Ishibashi, a Japanese representative of the Informatix Inc., said they will train point persons who will maintain the software after the project has been completed.

Oro said the project will run for 18 months but it would be better if they finish it earlier.

Normally found in temperate regions, blue mussels discovered in Dagupan City

By Johanne Margarette R. Macob (Philippines News Agency)

DAGUPAN CITY -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is looking into the possibility of propagating blue mussels commercially, following their discovery along the inland river of Sitio Tocok in Barangay Lucao.

The bureau's National Integrated Fisheries Technology and Development Center (NIFTDC) said it wanted to develop and expand the culture of the aquatic creatures' population.

"If that happens, this will mean another livelihood source for our people as our city will be the only source of blue mussels in the Philippines," said Dr. Westly Rosario, NIFTDC chief.

Rosario admitted he was the first person in the entire Southeast Asia to report the existence of blue mussels in a tropical area. It is because these creatures are endemic in temperate regions.

According to the website, blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) are found in the coastal areas of the northern Atlantic Ocean, including North America, Europe, and the northern Palearctic as well as in Russia, southern France, British Isles, Morecambe Bay, Conway Bay and southwest England, north Wales, and west Scotland.

However, American fish scientist Dr. Michael Rice has confirmed that the samples were indeed blue mussels.

At present, the BFAR is waiting for the results of the examination undertaken on tissue samples of collected blue mussels which were brought to the United States for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis and profiling.

For its part, the NIFTDC is now undergoing analysis and profiling of the area where the blue mussels were discovered.

"Through GPS (global positioning system), we are trying to know the blue mussels' extent of distribution in Dagupan," said Rosario.

Prior to this, the country has only two types of mussels: the brown and the green-lipped.

Brown mussels, which are very small in size, have no economic value and are usually fed to crabs and ducks. Green-lipped, on the other hand, are the ones being sold in markets.

Unlike the green-lipped mussel, which has pearl white color in the internal of its shell, blue mussels, said Rosario, is pearl black in color.

He also said that blue mussel is expensive in countries where these can be found.

Previous reports said blue mussels are sold in the city at P50-60 per kilogram.

Poe to visit Pangasinan on Wednesday


DAGUPAN CITY, Aug. 25 (PNA)--Senator Grace Poe is set to visit Pangasinan on Wednesday to spearhead various activities in the province.

Poe is expected to speak before students in different universities and with the local business community.

The senator, who just came from Cebu, will speak before students of the Lyceum Northwestern University, University of Luzon on Wednesday morning. After the said events, she is also set to have a luncheon meeting with the members of the local chamber of commerce and industries.

The senator will then proceed to San Carlos City, the home town of his late father Fernando Poe Jr., also to speak with students of the Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation.

It will be Poe's second visit to Pangasinan. Earlier in July, she also visited the province for a series of speaking engagements.

Pangasinan to institutionalize scholarship program


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 24 (PNA)-- The provincial government of Pangasinan is keen on institutionalizing its various scholarship programs.

This was the subject of the proposed Provincial Ordinance No. 29-2015, an ordinance that seeks to institutionalize the provincial scholarship program of Pangasinan and appropriating funds therefore" in their regular session.

The ordinance, which was referred to the Committee on Education for further deliberations, cited an urgent need to institutionalize the various scholarship grants of the province, in collaboration with other officials and institutions, to pursue further the provision of higher education to poor but deserving Pangasinan students.

"One of the primordial concerns of the present administration is to provide an alternative means of equipping its people, especially the youth, to face life and molding them to become productive citizens of the community and the nation through the achievement of better education," said ordinance authors, SP members Danilo Uy and Raul Sison.

Once the ordinance is approved, it would institutionalize the Academic Scholarship Assistance Program, Scholarship Assistance Program for Pangasinan State University (PSU) students, Joint Scholarship Program of the Provincial Government and the Congressional District Offices of Pangasinan, and the Tech-Voc Financial Assistance Program.

The Academic Scholarship Assistance Program sponsors indigent high school graduates who qualify through a competitive examination administered by the Provincial Scholarship Fund Board (PSFB) headed by the provincial governor.

The scholarship grants will grant every scholar at least Php 8,000 per semester, as long as he or she maintains a general weighted average of not lower than 85%.

Automatic qualifiers are valedictorians of Department of Education-recognized secondary schools with graduates of at least 500.

Meanwhile, scholars of the Scholarship Assistance Program for Pangasinan State University (PSU) students enrolled in one of the nine PSU campuses will receive Php 5,000 per semester, provided they have no failing grade.

Tech-Voc Financial Assistance Program, on the other hand, is managed by the provincial government through the Provincial Employment and Services Office.

Grantees of this program are those enrolled in technical and vocational or other short-term training programs like those under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. The program provides a maximum of Php 7,000 per course.

The policy shall be implemented by the PSFB, which shall be supported yearly by one percent of the internal revenue allotment (IRA) of the province, donations, and contributions.

The proposed ordinance also cited that it was in 1992 when an ordinance, Provincial Ordinance No. 17-1992, was ratified re-establishing the Pangasinan Provincial College Scholarship Assistance Program of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan granting scholarship benefits.

DOH urges parents to support school-based immunization

By APRIL M. MONTES (VHS/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, August 23 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) urged parents to support the school-based immunization program of the government that seeks to prevent and eliminate the emergence of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Dr. Maria Wilda Silva of the DOH in the Ilocos, said the health department has started the implementation of its nationwide vaccination program in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) this August.

“Children in Grades 1 and 7 are given free booster doses for tetanus, diphtheria, measles and rubella (German measles) to protect them from these infectious diseases,” she said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Pangasinan office here on Thursday.

Silva allayed fears of parents of possible risks associated with the vaccines saying that the DOH only uses vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) which are safe, effective and used worldwide.

She encouraged parents and guardians to give their consent and let their children be vaccinated as these medicines will provide additional protection for children from diseases such as measles rubella and tetanus diphtheria.

Ninoy's paper cut arts exhibit till Aug. 23 at SM Rosales


ROSALES, Pangasinan, Aug. 22 (PNA)--A three-day exhibit is being held at SM City Rosales here starting Aug. 21 to commemorate the 32nd death anniversary of former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., marked as Ninoy Aquino Day.

Up until Aug. 23, the creative and meaningful by an arts exhibit is highlighted by paper cut portraits of the former senator, father and namesake of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and husband of democracy icon, formerPresident Corazon Aquino.

The arts exhibit is being considered as the expression of appreciation of the Pangasinan young artists of the noble deeds of former Senator Aquino , particularly on his belief that the "Filipinos are worth dying for."

The elder Aquino was shot and killed at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport (MIA) which was eventually named after him while returning home from exile in the United States 32 years ago on Aug. 21.

The group of young artists holding the arts exhibit is led by Peterson Manzano.

Meanwhile, SM City Rosales Assistant Mall Manager Catherine Garcia said that through the paper cut arts exhibit, the martyrdom of Ninoy (nicknamed of Aquino)is immortalized.

"Like arts, Ninoy’s contribution to Philippine History is timeless,” she said.

Ninoy Aquino Day is a national non-working holiday in the Philippines observed annually on Aug. 21, commemorating the assassination of the elder Aquino.

Line tripping due to 'Ineng' interrupts power in Pangasinan


URDANETA CITY, Aug. 21 (PNA) -- Power transmission service was restored at 8:25 a.m. in areas affected by the auto-tripping of a 69-kV line of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) at 7:05 a.m. Friday caused by gusty winds of Typhoon "Ineng".

The NGCP said affected by the auto-tripping of the line from San Manuel to Urdaneta were service areas of the Pangasinan Electric Cooperative III (Panelco III) and Central Pangasinan Electric Cooperative (Cenpelco).

Towns whose electricity was already restored were San Manuel, Binalonan, Pozorrubio, Laoac, Mapandan, San Jacinto, San Fabian, Mangaldan and parts of Sison and Urdaneta .

After the auto-tripping, it took NGCP linemen just more than one hour to restore the transmission line.

'Jobs and Livelihood' fair set Sept. 2 in Pangasinan town


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 20 (PNA)-- The Provincial Employment Services Office (PESO) will hold a Jobs and Livelihood Fair in Mangaldan town on Sept. 2.

The job fair will be held side-by-side with the holding of One Stop Shop for Government Programs and Services.

PESO Manager Alex F. Ferrer said the event would be held at the Macario Ydia Development Center (MYDC) starting at 8 a.m.

He said the project was part of the provincial government’s Bantay Barangay, Tulong-Hanapbuhay Program, which seeks to provide employment assistance and livelihood opportunities to the people especially those in the barangays.

It is also a convergence project with the Mangaldan loical government unit and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Returnees and their Dependents Organization (MORADO) in support to the "I Love Pangasinan Movement," which shares the common goal of helping the Pangasinenses uplift their living conditions

Ferrer said the Jobs and Livelihood Fair, which expects at least 1,000 participants, would be held hand-in-hand with the Special Membership Day for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Mangaldan to register and become members of the association.

Ferrer noted that the association invited not only the OFWs to become part of the organization but also other members of their family including the spouse, children and parents as he urged family members of immigrants who wanted to register with the association to participate in the event.

He said that this would also enjoin wider participation to the anti-drug, illegal recruitment and human trafficking campaign of the provincial government.

The One-Stop Shop services for government programs and services will include provincial government offices, which cater livelihood and employment opportunities and government agencies like the Social Security System, PAGIBIG, and PhilHealth to provide service to the people.

Pangasinan capitol vendors get 'negokarts'


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 19 (PNA) -- At least 20 ambulant vendors at the provincial capitol compound received free bicycle-carts which they can use in their small businesses to boost their incomes.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 1 Director Grace Ursua led the turnover of the "negokarts" in a ceremony held August 18 at the Provincial Employment and Services Office (PESO) in Lingayen.

The negokart is joint project of the DOLE and the provincial government of Pangasinan.

Recipients of the project are existing ambulant vendors who passed the screening made by PESO.

Prior the turnover of the carts, the recipients were given various trainings on basic entrepreneurship, food preparation hygiene and marketing.

One of the recipients was 75-year-old Rosario Rañola who has been selling packed goods to Capitol employees for 20 years now.

According to her daughter, Gina, her mother does not want to stop doing her job despite her age and her Alzheimer's disease.

"By selling boiled banana, soup and rice cakes, all her children were able to graduate," she said.

Gina, then, took it as a responsibility to help out her mother in her small business. They are not only selling snacks, but also started making and offering home-made goods like "longganisa" and "embutido".

Since Rosario, mother of six, could no longer drive the cart, her grandson will pedal it for her.

She added, the carts could not only help out in easing the heavy and bulky loads being carried by the vendors, but also in expanding the reach of the small-scale businessmen's respective markets.

Meanwhile, PESO head Alex Ferrer vowed continuous assistance and monitoring of the recipients.

Pangasinan to hold Tourism Quiz Bee in September


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 18 (PNA) -- The provincial government, through the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, will hold Tourism Quiz Bee on September 28 to promote further awareness on Pangasinan culture among the youth.

Ma. Luisa Elduayan, provincial tourism officer, said the provincial Tourism Quiz Bee, in partnership with towns and the Department of Education (DepEd) will be held as a concluding activity of the 2015 Tourism Month Celebration of the province.

The Quiz Bee will be a component activity of the Tourism Month Celebration every September starting this year, she added.

Scope of questions in the event is on Pangasinan’s history, tourism, facts and figures, and general knowledge.

Prior to the provincial level competition, local government units (LGUs) are encouraged to stage a municipal/city level quiz bee to be participated in by schools within their respective jurisdicfions.

As of August 12, at least 27 LGUs have committed to hold the town level tourism quiz bee among Grade 10 students.

Top two contenders in the municipal/city level will advance as a team, representing not their school but their respective towns in the provincial level.

Winners will get cash prizes, trophies, and medals.

Meanwhile, all provincial level contestants will be entitled to a “lakbay-aral” (educational) tour in the top tourist destinations of Pangasinan.

Further, another component activity of the tourism-month celebration is the skills competition among college students, in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Pag-IBIG Fund loyalty card now available in Pangasinan

By APRIL M. MONTES (VHS/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, August 17 (PIA) – The Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund encouraged members in Pangasinan to get hold of a loyalty card to avail of discounts and rewards on the purchase of products and services from its partner-merchants.

Member Services Officer Becker Van Ramos said that for only P100 application fee, each member could use the Pag-IBIG lifetime loyalty card for various discounts on anything they buy or from any services they ought to have from establishments which are considered as Pag-IBIG partners.

“Loyalty card holders in Pangasinan can avail of up to 10 to 15 percent discount from Pag-IBIG Fund partner-merchants which include Pfizer, The Generics Pharmacy, KServico and Petron to name a few,” he said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of PIA-Pangasinan on Tuesday.

Ramos said his office is still negotiating for more establishments in Pangasinan to add as the Fund’s merchant partners.

“The loyalty card can also function as a valid identification card as it is issued by Pag-IBIG and it has a photo of the member in it,” he said adding that the card is eyed to become the single card that members could use for any Pag-IBIG transaction.

Ramos said only 25, 000 members in Pangasinan can avail of the card for this year.

“We are prioritizing now those with many employees. We are, however, encouraging everyone to maximize this additional benefit. You can initiate it in your company and get your human resource to get in touch with us,” he said.

An individual Pag-IBIG Fund member can also avail of the loyalty card by going to the nearest Pag-IBIG Fund office in his area. Pag-IBIG Fund-Dagupan branch is processing loyalty card application every Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ramos reminded loyalty card holders to inform the Pag-IBIG Fund if the partner establishments in the province will not honor the said card so the appropriate sanctions can be imposed.

The next great hires could come from Pangasinan, La Union - Villanueva


MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) -- Companies could just find their next great hire or see the future business bigwigs in the provinces of La Union and Pangasinan.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has poured in millions of funds for the two provinces in the north to train and initial 11,500 beneficiaries and make them ready for employment or to start a business.

"For too long, technical vocational education has been stigmatized. The truth is many tech-voc trained people reach the heights of success in a wide-range of profession," TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said.

"Thousands of rewarding, skilled jobs go unfilled. TESDA and technical vocational institutions, through our various programs, hold an important key to addressing the skills shortages," he added.

As the agency prepared to make available more scholarship slots, a fresh batch of trainees completed their training.

In ceremonies at the St. Louis College of San Fernando, La Union Gymnasium, Villanueva led in feting around 300 graduates of the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP).

A total of 100 graduates coming from Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte were also recognized. The graduates received toolkits to help them start their livelihood.

The ceremony also saw the launch of TESDAMAN@Your Service, which featured the services offered by TESDA graduates sponsored by the association of private institutions in the province. The free services included manicure/pedicure, massage, haircutting, hair/foot spa and demonstration on food processing.

The scholarship slots will be available to residents of La Union (1,504) and Pangasinan (9,931).

All scholarships will be implemented through the following TESDA programs: Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP), Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA); Special Training for Employment Program (STEP); and Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB).

”We hope that the youth of these provinces can take the lead in pushing the growth of their respective provinces. Through their skills, they can get employed, improve the living condition of their families and their communities," Villanueva said.

DOH boosts service delivery with Hi-5 launch

By Elsha Marie Soriano (VHS/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY (PIA) –To achieve its goal to provide universal health care for all Filipinos, the Department of Health (DOH) has launched its High Impact Five (Hi-5) for hospitals on Monday at the Region 1 Medical Center Conference Hall in this city.

Assistant Secretary Elmer Punzalan of the DOH, said the Hi-5 program for hospitals aims to improve access to quality hospital and health care facilities by all Filipinos through the DOH operational strategy called Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (KP).

Punzalan said the Hi-5 focuses on maternal health care, infant health care, child care, HIV-AIDS, and service delivery network.

Edwin Sanchez, assistant regional director of DOH-Regional Office 1, said through the Hi-5, the health department seeks to utilize all hospitals to complement with the efforts of the DOH regional offices for the achievement of universal health system goals.

Sanchez said under the Hospital Hi-5, there are four strategies expected to be implemented by all government owned and operated hospitals.

The four strategies are Alagang Pinoy Brand, Kapit-Bisig para sa Kalusugang Pangkalahatan, strengthening service delivery network, and ensuring availability of drugs and medicines.

“Under the Alagang Pinoy Brand, the health department aims to improve client experience and perceptions to government- owned and operated hospitals,” said Sanchez adding that hospital staff will be trained with patient-centered approached and good customer service dubbed as ‘Kuya Dok and Ate Nars.’

He said through the Kuya Dok and Ate Nars approach, each hospital personnel is expected to exemplify commitment competence, compassion and creativity.

For the Kapit-Bisig para sa Kalusugang Pangkalahatan, DOH hospitals and regional offices, including local government- operated hospitals, will jointly conduct medical and surgical caravans to extend health care services to the people, Sanchez added.

He said hospitals will strengthen their service delivery network and ensure availability of drugs and medicines to uphold the ‘no balance billing’ for indigent families.

He added that through the Hi-5 program, DOH hopes to reduce maternal and child mortality as well as ensure that every ill person whose life is in need of health care is attended to.

PCSO doles out support devices to Pangasinan PWDs


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 14 (PNA) -– Five persons with disability (PWDs) in Pangasinan received prosthesis and another, a wheelchair courtesy of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in partnership with the provincial government in an awarding program on Thursday.

All these PWD support gadgets cost P175,000.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Emil Samson said that prior to the awarding rites, an assessment of the beneficiaries was conducted by the PBF Prosthetics and Brace Center, a non-government organization (NGO) of the Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, which manufactures the artificial devices.

Prosthesis is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part which may be lost because of trauma, disease or congenital conditions.

Recipients of the prosthesis were: Noly Tabucol (Bolinao), Orlando Mapili (Bolinao), Elymar Ramos (Lingayen), Ronnie dela Cruz (Lingayen) and Roger de Guzman (Mangatarem). John Vincent Castro, on the other hand, received a wheelchair.

During the awarding, other PWDs from various parts of Pangasinan underwent assessment so that they can also avail of prosthesis.

The activity formed part of the provincial administration’s commitment for the promotion and protection, and equal serving of human rights and freedom for Pangasinan PWDs.

Various programs were implemented and being maintained by the province to escalate the self-esteem and capabilities of Pangasinense PWDs as partners for the over-all development of Pangasinan, PSWDO Samson said.

Pangasinense PWDs were also formed into municipal and city–based associations and a provincial federation for them to have better representations who will amplify matters concerning them, he added.

DOLE boosts bamboo craft industry in Pangasinan town

By APRIL M. MONTES (VHS/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan with reports from DOLE)

URBIZTONDO, Pangasinan, August 14 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Ilocos recently turned over a check worth P400, 000 to the local government of Urbiztondo, signaling a new partnership on the government’s Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB).

In a statement, DOLE-1 Regional Director Grace Ursua said the assistance aims to boost the bamboo handicrafts-making business of the Urbiztondo Bamboo Handicrafts Workers composed of 80 members.

She said it will be used for the purchase of tools and equipment needed for bamboo handicraft production.

The LGU will shoulder P90, 000 for the beneficiaries’ micro insurance and skills training, while the beneficiary association will provide the working area and will shoulder the electricity costs.

For someone who grew up in a family that depended mainly on bamboo handicraft making for income, 34-year-old Armel Gumangan, the association president, said the livelihood intervention brings several opportunities for small-time handicraft workers like them.

First, with the needed equipment and tools, they will be able to hasten production.

Second, with a skills training from the TESDA, they will be able to expand and improve their basic products like “bilao”, “tiklis”, basket and “duyan” into bamboo furniture, kitchen utensils, wall decorations, decorative packages for condiments, laundry basket, “alkansiya”, wine holder, fruit basket and many others.

Third, with marketing assistance from the LGU, they need not remain at the mercy of middlemen who buy their products at cheap price. The LGU assures them a stable market such as pasalubong centers, department stores, boutiques, trade centers and trade fairs. It also commits to support the association’s marketing activities through its media and web links.

Fourth, with a converged stakeholders’ support, their products will be able to command higher price which will eventually increase their incomes.

“Lubos po ang aming pasasalamat dahil ang isang maliit na kabuhayan na minana pa namin sa aming mga magulang at ninuno ay magkakaroon ng mas magandang hinaharap sa wakas,” Gumangan said.

The BUB is a poverty reduction strategy which allows more participatory planning and budgeting of both local and national governments through the involvement of grassroots organizations and communities.

Since 2013, the DOLE in the Ilocos has already implemented 17 projects worth P5,369,998 under the BUB.

First children's health summit mulled in Dagupan


DAGUPAN CITY, Aug. 12 (PNA) -- Plans are afoot for the holding of the first-ever Children’s Health Summit here on a date still to be determined by the city government and its partners, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DOH).

This was discussed by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez when she met Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Lourdes D. Servito and DOH Region 1 representative Loida C. Tantiado along with Dr. Sheila C. Sabado of the City Health Office and City Social Welfare and Development officer-in-charge Leah T. Aquino.

Fernandez stressed her concerns in protecting the children from non-communicable lifestyle-related diseases that usually attack the lungs, liver, heart and kidney of children due to the kind of food that they take daily while in school or even at home.

“The proposed summit seeks to educate our children and create awareness among parents on the importance of giving their children the proper nutrition, as well as the foods that they should eat and the foods that they should avoid while in school to protect them from getting sick or getting poisoned,” said Fernandez.

The Children’s Health Summit will also focus on teaching the children to be always conscious in observing proper hygiene and to be fully aware of the ill-effects of too much exposure to modern gadgets.

The city has already taken an initial step on proper hygiene with its "Paligo sa Barangay" that teaches children to give utmost importance to personal hygiene.

The Children’s Health Summit will involve school children from grades 1 to high school.

“Our teens will also be properly oriented on teenage sexuality for them to be able to understand the changes and developments that take place in their body when they reach the age of puberty,” said Fernandez.

The city government will also tap the assistance of the Philippine Medical Society–Pangasinan Chapter and the Philippine Pediatrics Society–Pangasinan Chapter, aside from the DOH.

Pangasinan to avail of catastrophe insurance


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 11 (PNA) -- The provincial government of Pangasinan vies to avail the Joint Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot Program for local government units (LGUs) to strengthen its operational preparedness, readiness, and early recovery in times of disasters.

Provincial Resolution no. 1490-2015, tackled during the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) regular session Monday, noted that Pangasinan is among the disaster-prone provinces in the country, thus, the need to have insurance against damages.

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will serve as the insurance provider under this program, which is a joint project of the Department of Finance (DOF) and the World Bank (WB).

Once approved, the Resolution will authorize the payment of the annual insurance premium of the province for 2015-2016, which would be sourced from the unexpected balances of Calamity Fund for 2012-14.

Under the program, the province’s vital infrastructure facilities will have a Php 20-million insurance coverage.

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