Tuesday, December 29, 2015


THE YEAR 2015 saw the increasing efforts of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to achieve its strategic goals aimed at uplifting the lives of poor Filipinos, and empowering the sectors that it serves, as well as its stakeholders.

These strategic goals are: to raise 2.3 million Pantawid Pamilya families with a capacity for improving their level of well-being by 2016; increase the number of National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR)-identified poor families covered by at least two social welfare and development programs/services from 3.9 to 5.2 million by 2016; and, increase the number of provinces with majority of their cities/municipalities having fully-functioning Local Social Welfare and Development Offices (LSWDO) to 40 provinces by 2016.

To achieve these goals, the Department will continue to implement the convergence approach of its core poverty programs such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino; Sustainable Livelihood; and, Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), and the harmonization of its promotive and rehabilitative programs and services to more effectively reach its intended beneficiaries.

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, the Department’s thrusts and priorities for 2016 contribute to the achievement of the agency’s strategic goals and organizational outcomes which are to improve capacity of targeted poor families to access opportunities to improve their level of well-being, and to promote the rights of vulnerable sectors, such as poor families and victims of disasters, indigent senior citizens, women and children, solo parents, and persons with disabilities (PWDs).

To ensure that these outcomes are met, Sec. Soliman stated that all the clusters in the DSWD Central Office – namely, the Policy and Plans Group (PPG), Operations and Programs Group (OPG), Institutional Development Group (IDG), Office of the Secretary Group (OSG), and the General Administration and Support Services Group (GASSG), together with its 16 Field Offices, will work closely to render “Matapat, mabilis, mahusay, at magiliw na paglilingkod sa iba’t ibang sector na nangangailangan ng ating tulong (Honest, fast, efficient, and passionate service to the different sectors that need our assistance).”

Moreover, the DSWD’s strengthened partnership with international organizations such as the United Nations-World Food Programme (WFP) will result to an improved and more efficient system of disaster operations.

Aligned with this is the establishment of the Department-wide Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) protocols/system/capacity building guidelines as part of scenario planning to prepare for disasters with the scale and magnitude of Typhoon Yolanda.

The DSWD will also focus on the full implementation of the recovery and rehabilitation efforts in disaster stricken areas of the Visayas Earthquake, Zamboanga Conflict, and Typhoons Sendong, Pablo, Glenda, and Yolanda.

Enhanced social protection programs

Included in the Department’s priorities for 2016 is to reach out to more vulnerable sectors through the expanded coverage of the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens which will cover poor older persons 60 years old and above by 2016.

Another priority is the streamlining of processes for immediate placement of eligible children for adoption, foster care, and other alternative care strategies.

“We believe that every child needs a loving and stable family, and institutionalization should be the last resort,” the Secretary expounded.

The DSWD will also continue to assist distressed overseas Filipinos avail of social services by deploying Social Welfare Attaches in countries where there are large numbers of overseas Filipino workers and migrants.

“The DSWD will likewise continue to ensure the continuing compliance of social welfare and development agencies (SWDAs) to standards in the delivery of social welfare services, as well as render technical assistance to local government units (LGUs) to improve their delivery of social welfare programs,” Sec. Soliman added.

The Department will also intensify its advocacy, social marketing, and networking activities to effectively communicate its plans and policies with its publics and stakeholders. # Source – www.dswd.gov.ph


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur - Naaramid ti 4rth   Quarter General Assembly and Christmas Program 2015  dagiti kameng ti Association of AFP/Police  Retirees of Northern Luzon (ARNIS), Inc. a pakabuklan opisiales ti Militar nga idauluan ni Brigadier General Dionisio A. Torina, AFP Ret. sadiay Covered Court, Brgy. Bonifacio, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur idi Disiembre 28, 2015.

Sakbay ti programa, naidaton ti Nasantuan a Misa babaen ti panangannong ni_ Rev. Fr. Florencio R. Rebebes, ARNIS Chaplain.

Simmaganad ti Mass Singing of Pambansang Awit babaen ti panangidaulo ni ENS Alberto T. Tindoc, PCG Ret., Conducting.

Nag-Welcome Address ni Colonel Constante E. Pante, PA Ret., Post Commander, Sinait, Cabugao, San Juan, Ilocos Sur. 

Kinablaawanna dagiti padana a retirado, opisiales ti barangay nga idauluan ni Brgy. Capt. Valentin S. Tuyor, Jr.,  sangaili ken maipangruna ti LGU-Cabugao nga idauluan  ni Mayor Edgardo “Ediboy” S. Cobangbang, Jr. a namasangbay ti asosasionda. 

Imbatad ti opisial, kas nagkameng ti Armada,  a maiduma nga asosasion ti ARNIS ta imetda ti disiplina, dignidad ken integridad a nangdepender ti demokrasia, ket nadigem ti panagkakaduada a retirado a tumulong iti sosial ken sibiko a tignay babaen  iti rukod ti kabaelanda. Innayonna a lima a tawenen a nabukel ti ARNIS ket maikadua a gundaway ita nga agselebrarda ditoy Cabugao iti Paskua ket umuna idi 2011 idiay Barangay Dardarat, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.

Innayonna a naaramid ti Community Service dagiti kameng ti ARNIS iti Sinait, San Juan ken Cabugao iti Mangrove Plantation idiay Barangay Sabang, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur idi Disiembrte 26, 2015.

Roll Call ti binagi ni 2Lt Edgar T. Tacata, PA Ret., ARNIS Secretary. Naisaganad ti Oath-taking dagiti baro a kameng ti ARNIS. Naisaganad ti Financial Report ni SSG Ruben M. Antonio, PA Ret., ARNIS Treasurer.

Nangipaay ti Special Message ni Rev. Fr. Florencio R. Rebebes, ARNIS Chaplain.

Naisaganad ti Surprise Number.

Nagmensahe ni Brig. Gen. Dionisio A. Torina, AFP Ret., ARNIS Chairman & President.

Simmaruno ti pannakaipresentar dagiti baro a miembros ti ARNIS.

Nasangaili ni Mayor Edgardo “Ediboy” S. Cobangbang, Jr.  Kimmablaaw ken binigbig ti Municipal Chief Executive  ti disiplina ken kinapudno dagiti retirado ta naturposda ti panagserbida  ket maibilangda a kangatuan nga  ulidan dagiti nagapuananda iti imatang ti sangkagimongan.

Nagyaman met ni Col. Constante E. Pante, ARNIS Post Commander  iti dakkel a suporta ni Mayor Ediboy iti asosasionda a retirees  kasta metten  kadagiti opisiales ken agig-iggem ti linak ken talna  iti Barangay Bonifacio a nangdanggay kadakuada iti panagselebrarda ti Paskua 2015 ken panagtitiponda a pamilia ti Retirees (Reunion).

Nasangaili pay ken nangted met ti Mensahena ni Mr. Josh Edward S. Cobangbang kadagiti Retirado ken kadagiti  amin a nagatendar iti nadakamat a Christmas Program.

Naileppas ti maikadua a parang ti programa kalpasan a naaramid ti “Mass Singing, Pilipinas Kong Mahal” babaen ti panangidaulo ni Ret. TSG Perfecto G. Cumuyog, PA Ret.

Kalpasan ti Fellowship Lunch, naaramid ti Raffle Draw/Parlor Games for Dependents (3 Major Prizes & 20 Consolation Prizes). Naangay pay ti exchange gift and  Happy Hour kalpasanna. 

Nagpaay nga Emcee da 2Lt Jose T. Tabangay, PA Ret. ken ni 2Lt Aniceto R. Ruaquin, PA Ret. # (Web In-Action)


The Department of Agriculture recently conducted a manufacturers forum which gathered different manufacturers from different industries like plastic, steel, and other raw materials in the aim to create synergy between manufacturers and producers and reap the benefits of farm and fisheries mechanization in the Philippines.

Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization Executive Director Rex L. Bingabing presented the current challenges of the Philippine agriculture to the manufacturers, stressing the need for farm mechanization.

“We are aiming to localize the manufacturing of agri machineries to address the high initial cost and labor displacement that agri mechanization presents,” he said.

Bingabing plans to put up various service centers of farm machineries as soon as the mechanization program has been fully rolled out.

The centers, in effect, will generate more jobs especially to those who will be displaced due to farm mechanization.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala presented possible solutions to address the concerns of the manufacturers, which included bidding process, challenges in distribution, and conflicting laws that hinders the local manufacturers and producers.

“I hope that all stakeholders will partner with PhilMech so we can mass produce farm machineries,” Alcala added.

Alcala also urged the participants to find a way to lower the production cost of corn so the country may be able to push corn as a champion crop to countries with very high demand. # Source - (Carlos Baldoza/AFID)/www.da.gov.ph

Monday, December 28, 2015


Mr. Anselmo R. Aludino, designated as Officer in Charge, Office of the City Schools Division Superintendent (CSDS) of Vigan received a warm welcome as he delivered his acceptance message in a turnover of responsibility ceremony held at the Vigan City Convention Center on Dec. 8, 2015.

Aludino succeeded Dr. Alberto A. Macob who retired from service last Nov. 26, his 65th birthday.

In his message, Aludino underscored that he will lead the City Schools Division of Vigan (CSDV) by following the four core values of the Department of Education (DepEd), such as Maka-Diyos, Maka-tao, Makakalikasan and Makabansa.

He also said that he will embark on the utilization of the scales of the 21st century learning which include communication, critical learning, collaboration and creativity.

Aludino expressed optimism that having all of these as guides the schools division will be able to improve the learning opportunities and the quality of services it provides to learners and clientele. Collective efforts are also expected on the heads, teaching and non-teaching staff as they will work as a team towards the attainment of greater goals.

Dr. Macob, on the other hand, accentuated that he was very blessed during his stay in Vigan. According to him, he felt the genuine support of the City Government and all the members of the DepEd family in the realization of the DepEd’s educational goals and objectives. “I am proud to say that I had a competent and goal oriented team who can deliver more than what is expected,” Dr. Macob said.

The event was witnessed by more than 700 teaching and non-teaching staff as well as heads of CSDV, Schools Division of Ilocos Sur, and the leaders, employees and staff of the City Government of Vigan. # Source – depedro1.com.ph


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur – Narambak ti panagselebrar dagiti umili ti Cabugao, Ilocos Sur iti Paskua 2015 partikular kadagiti Aldaw ti Disiembre 24 ken 25, 2015 a kangrunaan a maselselebraran babaen iti sapasap a panagrambak iti nagduduma nga aktibidades a kas iti panag-reunion, panagtitipon/panagiinniliw  dagiti agkakabagian, panagpasiar iti sabali a lugar, panagpiknik kadagiti beaches ken resorts iti ili ken dadduma pay a kapadana  a kannawidan a mangipakita  iti naiget  a panagselebrar iti tradision ti Paskua a selebrasion ti  pannakaipasngay ti Mannubbot iti Sangkataw-an.

Idi malem ti Disiembre 23, 2015, narambakan ti Christmas Program ti Pamilia-LGU ti Cabugao babaen iti panagrambak/panaglalanglang dagiti empleado ken Opisiales ti Gobierno Munisipal nga idauluan ni Mayor Edgardo “Ediboy” S. Cobangbang, Jr. iti Cabugao Cultural and Sports Complex, Brgy. Rizal, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.

Kabayatanna, iti “Rambak Kaaldawan Paskua” nga inggannuat ti Cabugao Catholic Church ket nakulminar babaen iti “Misa Rabii” (Midnight Mass) babaen iti panangidaulo ti LGU Cabugao ken ti Parish Pastoral Council.

Iti Disiembre 25, 2015 a “Kaaldawan ti Paskua”, naangay met  ti Misa iti 6:30 A.M. nga indauluan ti Apostleship of Prayer, Mother Butler’s Mission Guild ken ti Brgy. Bonifacio idinto nga indauluan met ti Parish Finance Council, Religious Organizations ken ti Brgy. Baclig ti simmaganad pay a Misa.

Kanaig daytoy, maibatay iti rekord ti Municipal Police Station-Cabugao nga idauluan ni PCI Ramil A. Llarenas, Chief of Police, imbatadna nga awan ti madi a napaspasamak kadagiti barangay ken iti Poblasion ket natalinaay ken naragsak ti panagselebrar  ti Paskua 2015 iti intero a Munisipalidad ti Cabugao. # (Web Situational Report)


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur – Kalpasan ti Flag Ceremony iti Disiembre  28, 2015, kinablaawan ni Mayor Edgardo “Ediboy” S. Cobangbang, Jr. dagiti katinnarabayna nga Opisiales-Lokal ti Ili;  Department/Section  Heads dagiti Opisina ti LGU;  kameng ti PNP; BFP ken ti NTA-Cabugao ken iti amin nga LGU Personnel ken kinablaawanna ida iti Naragsak a Paskua ken Nagasat a Baro a Tawen!

Kanaig daytoy, kinomendaran ti Municipal Chief Executive  dagiti kameng ti PNP-Cabugao ken ti BFP-Cabugao iti pannakamantener ti linak ken talna iti kalleppas a panagselebrar ti Paskua 2015 ditoy Cabugao ket kalikagumanna a maitultuloy daytoy a gapuananda agingga iti umay a panagselebrar iti Baro a Tawen 2016. 

“Congratulations for a  job well done!” impeksa ni Mayor Ediboy.

Inggunamgunam ti Ama ti Ili nangruna kadagiti adda iti  Munisipio a pariknaanda latta koma ti nasayaat ken ikkanda iti mainugot a panawen kadagiti tattao nga umay nga adda kasapulanda ditoy Munisipio.

Insupusop ti Ama ti Ili iti agtultuloy koma a pannakamantener ti napintas a panagparking ti lugan idiay NSTC Public Market tapno maikkan latta iti kombeniente a panaggunay dagiti marketgoers nangruna kadagiti aggapu iti sabali nga ili a gumatang ditoy kabayatan iti napaut a Holiday Season!
Pinagyamananna ken binigbigna pay ti partisipasion iti amin iti panangaramid dagiti agserserbi iti Munisipio iti pagrebbenganda nga agatendar iti Misa iti Simbaan kabayatan iti Holiday Celebration. # (Web In-Action)


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur – Naangay ti pannakaselebrar ti Christmas Program 2015 ti Local Government Unit (LGU- Cabugao) idi  Disiembre 23, 2015 iti Cabugao Cultural and Sports Complex, Brgy. Rizal, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur a nagatendaran dagiti Empleado, Bisita, ken Municipal Officials nga idauluan ni Mayor Edgardo “Ediboy” S. Cobangbang, Jr. 

Kalpasan ti Opening Prayer ken pannakakanta ti Cabugao Hymn, 

Nag-mensahe ni Mayor Edgardo “Ediboy” S. Cobangbang, Jr. Kimmablaaw, nagyaman  ken dinayawna iti maipakpakita a kinaragsak ti  panagselebrar a   kangrunaan a napateg a lagipen ken rambakan daytoy a panawen ti Paskua.

Nagyaman ti Ama ti Ili iti pannakaisagana daytoy a tinawen a panagselebrar ket awan ti pangisukatanna iti napintas a timpuyog ken panagkaykaysa dagiti mangbukel iti Gobierno Munisipal ti Cabugao.

Bininsa ti Ama ti Ili ti pateg ti panangiburay ti Ayat ken Sagut ita a Paskua a kas maysa a napateg ken epektibo a ramit iti panangtun-oy ti agtultuloy a nakaysa a kagimongan nga umili ti Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.

Sakbayna, naaramid dagiti Parlor Games ken Team Presentations dagiti uppat  a Team (Red, Orange, Blue ken Yellow) iti LGU-Cabugao.

Indauluan ni Mayor Edgardo “Ediboy” S. Cobangbang, Jr. a kaduana dagiti Opisiales ti Ili a  nagbunot kadagiti na-raffle a numero a nakagun-odan dagiti nangabak nga LGU Personnel kadagiti   papremio nga appliances ken ramit a kas iti TV; Stand Fan; Desk Fan; ken Rice Cooker.  Dagitoy a naipa-premio  ket insagut da Mayor Edgardo “Ediboy” S. Cobangbang, Jr.; Dr. Charlie Y. Sonido manipud iti Hawaii, USA ken ni Vice Governor DV Savellano para iti  Paskua 2015 ti LGU-Cabugao. 

Kamaudianan ti programa ti pannakaala ti tunggal empleado iti sagut a pang-Noche Buena.

Nakikaysa iti selebrasion da Vice Mayor DJ Savellano; Mrs. Jerlie Seguban-Cobangbang; Miss Maxene S. Cobangbang;  SBM Danny Q. Gazmen; SBM Dr. Jemaima S. Tan-Yee; SBM Vicky S. Serna; SBM Josefina S. Vallejo; SBM Jayhan Alcid Tan; ABC President Brgy. Captain Thaddeus “Teddy” U. Soller ken dagiti amin a Department Heads/Section Chiefs ti LGU-Cabugao.  # (Web In-Action)

Thursday, December 24, 2015


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur  – Pinili dagiti kameng ti  Cabugao Vegetable Growers and Traders Association ti ili a Cabugao iti nagselebrar ti Christmas Program  2015 idi Disiembre 23, 2015 idiay Barangay Salapasap, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.

Nagatendar da SBM Danny Q. Gazmen ken dagiti  Opisiales ti Barangay Salapasap  nga idauluan ni Brgy. Captain Ronel M. Zamora.

Nasangaili   ken nangted met ti Mensahena ni Mr. Josh Edward S.  Cobangbang iti nadakamat a Christmas Program.

Naaramid  dagiti aktibidades a nangparagsak iti selebrasion  a  kas iti exchange gift ken intermission number.

Naaramid pay ti Raffle Draw a nakaitedan dagiti premio a komersial a Ganagan; Jango Pepper Seeds manipud iti East-West Company ken iti PAGCOR.

Nagatendar met dagiti Staff Members ti DA-LGU nga indauluan ni Acting Municipal Agriculturist Robert S. Savella. 

Ti nadakamat nga Asosasion ket addaan iti agdama iti 40 a kamkameng. (Web In-Action)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


The Commission on Elections and the Catholic Church initiated a peace covenant held at St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral one week after the deadline of substitution of candidates.

This was attended by the candidates for provincial and municipal officials where a mass was celebrated by Archbishop Marlo Peralta. The homily of Archbishop Peralta focused on the importance of the covenant and the role of the candidates in order to achieve a peaceful and orderly election on May 2016.

Governor Singson and Vice Governor Deogracias Victor “DV” Savellano led the Nationalista candidates in signing the covenant, committing and binding themselves in their responsibilities to attain the goal of the society for the upcoming elections. But, none of the opposition candidates showed up in the activity.

Governor Singson said that participating in the peace covenant is one of the candidates’ ways to show how sincere they are in their electoral platforms. His goal is to eventually turn the political state in the province into “One Ilocos Sur”. The 2016 election will mark a step closer to their goal as there will be no race in the highest and second highest post in the province. Then gubernatorial candidate Benny Aguilar and his running mate for Vice Governor Rosalia Rodriguez withdrew their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) during the last day of substitution leaving re-electionist Gov. Ryan Singson and Vice Gubernatorial candidate SPM Jeremiah Singson unopposed. Also, fourteen out of the thirty four Mayoralty candidates are unopposed.   

“As we can see, this is really the first time that gubernatorial, Vice-gubernatorial and many mayoralty candidates are unopposed. We have a reason to believe that our province will no longer be one of those listed as hot spot during the elections” Gov. Ryan Singson said.

The COMELEC and the Catholic Church are expecting the candidates to fulfil their pledges and contribute in the attainment of peaceful and orderly elections. # Source – PIO Ilocos Sur


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur  – Pinili dagiti Parent-Leaders ti 4 Ps Beneficiaries ti ili a Cabugao iti nagselebrar ti Christmas Program  2015 idi Disiembre 19, 2015 idiay Barangay Sabang, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.

Nagatendar da Mayor Edgardo “Ediboy” S. Cobangbang, Jr.; SBM Danny Q. Gazmen; SBM Vicky S. Serna; SBM Jayhan Charisma Alcid-Tan;  SBM Dr. Jemaima S. Tan-Yee; SBM Josefina S. Vallejo; SBM Benedicto M. Savellano; SBM Atty. Bryan Jett S. Pano, Committee Chairman on Social Services ken ni MSWD Officer Mrs. Lydia S. Gazmen agraman iti MSWDO-MOO Staff Members  iti nasao a panagrambak ti Paskua dagiti lider ti 4 Ps.

Naisaganad ti Presentation Number from Different Clusters ti 4 Ps.

Nakikaysa met dagiti kameng ti Pharmaceuticals Association of Ilocos Sur a pakaibilangan ni Mrs. Jerlie  Seguban-Cobangbang. Nangtedda ti 

Pamaskua a sagut kadagiti nagatendar.

Naaramid  dagiti aktibidades a nangparagsak iti selebrasion  a  kas iti parlor games, exchange gift, ken intermission number.  (Web In-Action)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DEPED) Region I strictly adheres to the Department of Health (DOH)’s 2015 intensified campaign on “Iwas Paputok.” It was formally launched at Catbangen Central School, San Fernando City, La Union on December 10, 2015 with the theme, “Sa Ingay Walang Sablay, Sa Paputok Goodbye Kamay!”

Lectures on Republic Act 7183, An Act Regulating The Sale, Manufacture, Distribution And Use Of Firecrackers And Other Pyrotechnic Devices; Child Safety; and the “Iwas Paputok” campaign were discussed by the partner agencies’ representatives from Philippine National Police (PNP) Region I, DepEd RO1, and DOH Region I, respectively.

A video presentation on Iwas Paputok Campaign was presented to the children and parents to remind them on the cause and effects of using firecrackers. First Aid Kits and Advocacy Materials were also given to the children and advisers to keep them alert and prepared in welcoming New Year.

Relative to this, a press briefing was also held at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC), San Fernando City, La Union on December 14, 2015. DOH Region I Director Myrna C. Cabotaje discussed on the importance of the campaign and positively aims to attain the zero-casualties target in Region I.

Other issues and concerns were also addressed by the different partner agencies. These agencies also strengthened their conviction and dedication to the campaign program and all the programs for the welfare of the children.  # Source -depedro1.com.ph


THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (DOH) today strongly advises parents and caregivers not to allow children to use firecrackers during the holiday season, especially in welcoming the New Year. DOH reiterates the risks of injuries brought about by unsafe use of fireworks and firecrackers.

“Hanggat maaari, huwag nating bigyan at pagamitin ng paputok ang mga bata. Siguraduhin na hindi mamumulot ng paputok ang mga bata. Ang tetano ay nakamamatay at ito ay nakukuha sa impeksiyon na dulot ng sugat mula sa paputok.” Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin explained.

Even before Christmas, DOH already recorded several firecrackers/fireworks – related injuries around the country. As of December 20, 10 cases were recorded from Ilocos Norte (1), Isabela (1), Nueva Vizcaya (1), Rizal (2), Laguna (3), Iloilo (1), and Davao del Norte (1). Eight (8) out of ten (10) are children, ages ranging from 5- 12 years old. Most of the causes of the injuries are: Piccolo (8) and whistle bomb (2), both firecrackers declared prohibited in the country. 

“Every year, despite the call and appeal to the parents intended to protect children from fireworks injuries, the profile of cases remain the same, that’s why we are calling the cooperation of Local Government Units (LGUs) and Philippine National Police (PNP) if not to ban the selling or use of firecrackers in the community, at least foster community fireworks display in order to control the use of fireworks and firecrackers.” Garin commented.

In case of an injury due to firecrackers, DOH advises that the wounds must be immediately washed with clean running water until all visible dirt and gunpowder residue is removed. The patient must immediately be rushed to the nearest health facility for proper medical attention. 

DOH ensures that all DOH Hospitals are prepared to attend to injuries related to fireworks/firecrackers. Starting today, December 21, all DOH retained hospitals, regional offices and facilities nationwide are placed in a “Code White Alert”. The “Code White Alert” level puts all hospital personnel on standby for deployment and augmentation as the need arises for additional medical and other services.

“Imagine the rest of a child’s life without hands, arms, legs, or injured body parts after losing them to fireworks or firecrackers. Not only will their self-esteem be diminished, but also their productivity at school. Ang tetano ay nakamamatay, huwag pasaway, sa paputok may goodbye.” Garin concluded. # Source – www.doh.gov.ph


AS THE COOL BREEZE of Christmas approaches this season, the Department of Health (DOH) advises the public to be cautious of the common illnesses that may occur during the holidays. 

“The cold weather usually triggers respiratory problems unless appropriate preventive measures are taken, especially in areas affected by Typhoon Nona. Take care of yourself and your family against changes in temperature. Children and adults may become vulnerable to cough, colds, and fever.” Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin said.

The health chief explained that personal hygiene and hand washing is the key to prevent these illnesses. She advised that as much as possible, one must not wade in floods as these waters are contaminated and people may acquire leptospirosis. If it can’t be avoided, the public is advised to wear boots, and to immediately wash the exposed body parts with clean water and soap. 

“People who are staying in evacuation centers are encouraged to wash their hands with clean soap and water before preparing food and before and after eating. Also, wash your hands after using the comfort room. It is also best that water is boiled for at least two (2) minutes before drinking. Breastfeeding should be continued. Breastmilk is the best and safest food for babies.” Garin added.

For those who usually go out of their homes at early hours of the morning to attend the ‘Simbang Gabi’ or stay late at night for parties, DOH advises to wear appropriate clothing as protection against the cold weather especially for children and elderly. However, people who are already sick with fever, colds, or cough are advised to immediately seek medical attention and refrain from crowded places in order to avoid complications.

Meanwhile, DOH retained hospitals, regional offices and facilities nationwide are placed in a “Code White Alert” starting December 21, 2015. The “Code White Alert” level puts all hospital personnel on standby for deployment and augmentation as the need arises for additional medical and other services.

“Protektahan natin ang ating sarili at ang ating pamilya sa disgrasya o anumang sakit. Magtulungan tayo upang ating makamit ang Kalusugan Pangkalahatan ngayong Kapaskuhan.” Garin concluded. # Source – www.doh.gov.ph


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur – Kangrunaan a gay-at ti Department of Agriculture (DA)-Regional Field Office 1, San Fernando City,  La Union ken iti LGU-Cabugao babaen iti panangipatungpal ti DA-LGU iti pannakatulong dagiti Corn Farmers iti pannakaited kadakuada  iti rehab a bukel ti mais (GS140 Asian Hybrid Corn) gapu ta naapektaranda iti pannakasaplitda iti bagyo iti kallabes.

Impakaammo ni Acting Municipal Agriculturist Robert S. Savella nga ited ti DA-RFO 1 ken ti OPAG-Ilocos Sur ti  kakastoy ti klasena a bukel ti mais nga imula ti 100 a bilang ti mannalon a makasakup iti 50 ektaria a pakaimulaanna kadaytoy a Main Crop 2015-2016 ket maipangruna pay a maipamaysa iti panagmula ti hybrid a mais kalaksidan dagiti agmula met iti Tabako, Pagay, Nateng ken dadduma  pay  a Cash Crops.

Kanaig daytoy, innayon ni Mr. Savella  a naaramiden  ti Farmers Field School  (Corn Category)  kadagiti mannalon iti kallabes ket naiyadal dagiti sumaganad ti Topiko: Ecosystem-wise; Targeting Zero Chemical Use; Establish Equilibrium Level of Insect Pests and Natural Enemies ket addan pamalpalatpatanda iti produktibo a panagmula kadaytoy a nasao a cash crop.

Insupusop ti Acting MA a babaen kadagitoy a maiwayat a wagas/estratehia ket agresulta iti nangato a produksion, bassit a magastos ken natalged nga aglawlaw dagiti mannalon. # (Web In-Action)

Monday, December 21, 2015


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur – Naangay ti Christmas Program and Party 2015   ti Cabugao Public School Teachers,  Employees and Retirees Association (CABPUSTERA) sadiay Cabugao Athletic Oval (Freedom Park), Barangay Bonifacio, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur idi Disiembre 19, 2015.

Nasapa a naangay ti Holy Mass babaen ti panangannong ni Rev. Fr. Felix A. Costales, Celebrant sa simmaruno ti business meeting sa naisaganad ti eleksion dagiti BOD nga agtakem para iti 2016-2018. Naituloy ti programa kalpasan ti Fraternal Luncheon.

Iti Programa, indauluan ni Mrs. Julia A. Cayso, ESP 1  Teacher, Cuantacla ES  ti Opening Prayer. Kalpasan a nakanta ti Pambansang Awit ken Cabugao Hymn nga indauluan ni Mrs.  Cheryll Ann S. Navarro, MT 1, Sagayaden E/S,  impresentar ni Mrs. Rocilyn S. Sabaten, Board Secretary dagiti 2015 Retirees nga isuda Mrs. Cecile F. Ramsey; Mrs. Lilia S. Savella; Mrs. Emilia S. Lano; Mrs. Remedios B. Benavidez; Mrs.  Perpetua G. Alejandro; Mrs. Evelyn B. Suetos ken ni Mrs. Elisa Valencia.

Naaramid pay ti pannakaibasa ti Highlights on the Life of 2015 Retirees babaen kadagiti Immediate Superior-da.

Nai-award dagiti Plake ken Token kadagiti Retirees babaen ken ni Dr. Concesa T. Rumias, Public Schools District Supervisor a kaduana ni Mrs. Estrellita M. Siruno, ESP II/CABPUSTERA President. 

Kalpasan ti Intermission dagiti Retirees, nangipaay ti Mensahena ni Dr. Concesa T. Rumias, Public Schools District Supervisor ti ili a Cabugao. 

Kimmablaaw ken nagyaman ta nagtengan manen iti  panagrambak dagiti DepEd Teachers ken Retirees iti Paskua 2015.

Naiballaet ti Intermission Number  ti Zone 1  to Zone IV Teachers. Nangipaay met ti Intermission number dagiti High School Teachers.

Nag-closing remarks ni Mrs. Estrellita M. Siruno, CABPUSTERA President. 

Nagyaman iti amin a nakipaset iti panagballigi ti nasao a programa ken reunion.

Nasangaili ni Mr. Josh Edward S. Cobangbang iti nadakamat a Christmas Program and Party. Nakikaysa met da SBM Danny Q. Gazmen; SBM Vicky S. Serna ken ni SBM Atty. Bryan Jett. Pano. 

Nagpaay nga Emcee da Mr. Rommel Santella ken ni Mrs. Rocilyn Sabaten.  # (Web In-Action) 


THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (DOH) teams up with the Department of the Interior & Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Eco Waste Coalition  as it officially launches the 2015 anti-firecracker campaign which carries the theme, “Sa Ingay Walang Sablay, sa Paputok Goodbye Kamay”.

In the past, DOH conveyed its messages through both scare tactics and positive approaches. This year’s campaign focuses on encouraging the public to use alternative ways in celebrating Christmas and welcoming New Year and avoid the use of firecrackers.

“For this year, instead of firecrackers, the public is encouraged to use safe merry-making instruments and alternative noise-makers such as ‘torotot’, car horns, or by playing loud music. Also, the local government units (LGUs) are urged to foster community firework display.” Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin said.

In 2014, the DOH final report on the Fireworks-Related Injury Surveillance recorded zero death and 860 cases nationwide which is 16% lower compared to 2013 (1,018 injuries). Of the 860 reported injuries, 840 were due to fireworks, 13 from stray bullet, while 7 were cases of firecracker ingestion.  Most injuries were caused by piccolo (32%), followed by kwitis (15%), unknown firecrackers (11%), luces (7%) and fountain (5%).

Most fireworks-related injuries came from the National Capital Region (57%), followed by Ilocos Region (8%), Western Visayas (7%), and CALABARZON (6%). In NCR, most cases were from Manila (37%), Quezon City (26%) and Las Pinas City (6%). Notably, no cases were reported from the cities of San Juan and Muntinlupa.

The health chief emphasizes the earnest cooperation of the LGUs and the public to achieve zero casualty as we welcome 2016. The DOH reminds all Filipinos, both young and old, to have fun yet be vigilant at the same time.

In case of an injury due to firecrackers, Garin reminded that the wounds must be immediately washed with clean running water until all visible dirt and gunpowder residue is removed. The patient must immediately be rushed to the nearest health facility for proper medical attention. The DOH ensures that all DOH Hospitals are prepared to attend to injuries related to fireworks.

“Serious injuries and amputation caused by firecracker explosions have life-changing consequences. It is an extreme gamble on one’s future. Every time a firecracker is ignited, a person’s life is at risk, hence, let us do all our part. Hindi dapat laging nasa huli ang pagisisi; sa ingay walang sablay, sa paputok goodbye kamay.” Garin concluded. # Source – www.doh.gov.ph


AS THE holiday season approaches, the Department of Health (DOH) reminds the public to stay healthy amidst the lineup of Christmas parties and holiday stress.

“Christmas is the season be jolly, but these happy times also bring risks to your health. We must be conscious of any potential holiday health hazard, such as indigestion, allergies, high blood pressure, injuries due to accidents, and alcohol-related problems. We can have fun and be healthy at the same time if we learn to balance and moderate ourselves.” Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto Garin said.

From December to January, Christmas and New Year is the longest festivities in the country. DOH advises to prepare well-balanced holiday meals. Make sure that vegetables and fruits are on the table, together with your traditional holiday food, such as ham, lechon, queso de bola, and sweets. It is also a must to ensure cleanliness and freshness of the food prepared or brought to parties to avoid food poisoning. 

If a glorious holiday buffet can’t be avoided, DOH recommends eating just the right amount and kind of food in parties and gatherings. Eat moderate amounts of nutritious foods to sustain your daily activities. Avoid salty and fatty foods. These foods may cause heart conditions and other diseases. It will also help to drink plenty of liquids, such as water and fruit juices, to facilitate excretion.

As much as possible, avoid too much alcohol. It is very important not to drink and drive. Too much alcohol can cause serious damage to the liver and heart or may induce stroke. Drunk driving results in vehicular accidents.

DOH reiterates the importance of regular exercise along with healthy diet. Walk, run, dance, and exercise regularly to stay active during the holidays. Also, one must get enough sleep so that the mind and body can rest.

To minimize holiday stress, DOH encourages to prepare ahead and avoid holiday rush. Over fatigue and stress may cause complications, such as heart diseases and hypertension.

“Pasko man o bagong taon, hindi ito dahilan para abusuhin natin ang ating katawan. Pangalagaan natin ang ating sarili upang ang Pasko ay maging maligaya at sabay-sabay nating salubungin ang Bagong Taon ng ligtas, malusog, at masagana.” Garin concluded.  # Source – www.doh.gov.ph


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur – Naaramid manen ti LGUlympics 2015 ti Local Government Unit (LGU)-Cabugao, Ilocos Sur idi Disiembre 18, 2015 iti Cabugao Athletic Oval, Cabugao South Central School, Brgy. Bonifacio, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.

Buklen dagiti nagsasalip a Team iti Red Team, Orange Team, Yellow Team ken ti Blue Team nga idauluan dagiti Konsehales ti Ili ken Department/Section  Heads iti LGU-Cabugao a kastoy ti pakabuklanna:

Team Blue – indauluan da SBM Benedict  Savellano; SBM Sefin   Vallejo; ABC President Teddy Soller; LCR Ms. Charity Abara, Municipal Accountant Annalyn Siababa ken ni HRM Officer Mimi Sison.

Team Orange ket indauluan da SBM Dr. Jem Tan Yee; SBM Danny Gazmen; Municipal Budget Officer Mayying Cruz; MPDC PJ Jara; MHO Dr. Bernardino de Gracia ken ni  LDRMMC Nestor  Somera.

Team Red headed by SBM Atty.  Jett Pano; SBM Vicky Serna; SBM Jayhan Alcid-Tan;  MSWD Officer Lydia Gazmen ken ni Acting Municipal Agriculturist Robert   Savella.

Team Yellow headed by SBM Dodjie Santella; SB Secretary Maxfel Suboc; Municipal Treasurer Lourdes Azcueta, Municipal Assessor Lilia Flores ken ni Municipal Engineer Noy Formoso.

Immuna a nabuya ti panagparada dagiti mangbukel ti tunggal Team iti aglikmut ti Poblasion a nangrugi iti sango ti Cabugao Cultural and Sports Complex ken nagtungpal iti Cabugao Athletic Oval. Kalpasan ti Parada, naaramid ti ababa a programa iti CSCS Stage ket indauluan  ni Miss Teresita “Mimi” S. Sison, HRMO Officer iti pannakaidaton ti ababa a  kararag. 

Kalpasan a nakanta ti Philippine National Anthem ken ti Cabugao Hymn, naiyam-ammo ti pakabuklan ti tunggal Team babaen kadagiti pannakabagida.

Simmaruno ti panangited ni SBM Atty. Bryan Jett S. Pano, Committee Chairman  on Sports ti Oath of Sportsmanship. 

Simmaruno ti panangited ni SBM Atty. Bryan Jett S. Pano, Committee Chairman  on Sports ti Oath of Sportsmanship. 

Inyawat ni Vice Mayor DJ Savellano dagiti Token kadagiti nagpaay a Board of Judges. 

Naaramid ti Folk Dance Competition  dagiti uppat a  Team. Nagpaay a Hurado dagiti natatakneng a personalidad iti tay-ak ti Kultura. Naray-aw dagiti nagbuya iti kinangayed ti presentatsion ti tunggal Team.

Simmaganad ti Game Proper. Napagsasalipan dagiti uppat a Team iti Volleyball (Men/Women), Track and Field (Men/Women),  Running Relay (Men/Women), Shot Put,  Tug-of War (Men/Women), ken ti  Basketball. 

Timmulong dagiti Sports Official/Referees ti Cabugao DepED District nga idauluan ni Mr. Ronel M. Ubaldo, District PESS Coordinator iti pannakatarawidwid  dagiti paay-ayam.

Naaramid ti Boodle Fight iti nagtitimpuyog  a kameng ti uppat a Team iti pangngaldaw. 

Kalpasan ti Flag Retreat iti malem, nagyaman ni Mayor Edgardo “Ediboy” S. Cobangbang, Jr. iti amin a nagpartisipar ken nagbuya iti maikadua a Paliga ti LGU-Cabugao ita a Tawen. Impeksa ni Mayor Ediboy ti ragsakna a nakaimatang iti ipakpakita dagiti adda iti Munisipio a kinatunos ken napintas a langenlangen dagitoy.

“Congratulations kadakayo amin!” kinuna ti Ama ti Ili. # (Web In-Action)