Friday, January 18, 2019


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur – Mangrugi iti Enero  2019, maar-aramid ti sangsangkamaysa a pagsakadaan kadagiti maiyannatup a papeles sakbay a maala ti Business Permit  a gun-oden  dagiti nadumaduma nga agtagikua ti  establisimiento iti negosio ditoy Munisipalidad a pakairamanan  idiay NISTC Public Market.

Naiplastar  ti napagsisilpo a lamisaan iti  uneg  ti pasdek ti ECCD a pakakitaan kadagiti pannakabagi ti nadumaduma a Departamento ti Opisina ti  LGU kasta metten  dagiti dadduma pay nga Ahensia iti salinong ti LGU Cabugao kas iti Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP); PNP; SSS; ken RHU a pakaiprosesuan dagiti papeles sakbay a magun-od ti permit 
ti negosio.

Daytoy nga addang ken wagas ket maar-aramid iti umuna a bulan ti kada Tawen tapno maipadaras ti panagsakada dagiti umili  a maseknan iti business permit.

Maaramid manen ti panagpabaro iti Business Permit a kasapulan dagiti maseknan nga agnegnegosio sakbay nga agoperarda kadagiti negosioda iti Tawen 2019. # (Web In-Action)


The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) recently expanded its coverage of essential health services for newborns to enable early detection and management of more congenital disorders which may lead to mental retardation and even death if left untreated.

In its PhilHealth Circular No. 2018-0021 which took effect on January 5, 2019, the state health insurer introduced the enhanced Newborn Care Package, increasing the amount of coverage from P1,750 to P2,950 which pays for supplies for essential newborn care such as Vitamin K, eye ointment, vaccines for hepatitis B and BCG; expanded Newborn Screening test; Newborn Hearing Screening Test; and fees for attending professionals.

The essential newborn care also includes immediate drying of the baby, early skin to skin contact, timely cord clamping, non-separation of mother/baby for early breastfeeding initiation, weighing of the baby, among others.

Meanwhile, the expanded newborn screening test will be able to detect endocrine, amino and fatty acid disorders; organic acid, urea cycle defect, cystic fibrosis, hemoglobinopathies, biotinidase deficiency, and other disorders.

Newborn screening aims to detect at the earliest stage certain genetic and metabolic conditions that may lead to mental retardation or morbidity if left untreated. The screening was integrated into the public health delivery system with the enactment of Republic Act 9288 or the Newborn Screening Act of 2004.

The enhancement in the package is in support of the National Comprehensive Newborn Screening System which expanded the screening from six to over 28 disorders pursuant to Department of Health Administrative Order No. 2014-0045 which issued guidelines on the implementation of the expanded Newborn Screening Program.

The PhilHealth Circular provides that the enhanced package shall be dispensed to qualified newborns delivered in all accredited health care institutions that perform deliveries and provide newborn care which include hospitals, infirmaries/dispensaries, and birthing homes/lying-in clinics.

To ensure entitlement to the said benefit, newborns need to be in the facility for at least 24 hours after birth except those who warrant immediate referral to a higher level facility.

The state health insurer encouraged all active and expecting PhilHealth members to avail of the said package in order to provide newborns with the needed services that will help reduce morbidity and mortality and eliminate the costs associated with treatment and care of lifelong debilitating conditions. Source -  PHILHEALTH(Emelita M. Retuta)


Only 80 senior veterans are alive today in Ilocos Sur. There are only 390 in Region 1. They are the only ones left in the region to receive the additional P15,000 monthly pension provided by Republic Act 11164, “An Act Increasing the Monthly Old-age Pension of Senior Veterans.”

“The senior veterans are the veterans of World War II, and the wars in Korea and Vietnam,” said Aprille Alviarne, Veterans Assistance Officer of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office in the province based at the Provincial Capitol, speaking to local media during the “Dap-ayan Ilocos Sur” media forum of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Ilocos Sur Government Information Center on January 17, held at the PIA office at the Capitol in this city.

“The old-age pension of these senior veterans who are still alive shall be increased to P20,000.00 per month. But the veterans of Korean and Vietnam wars who are already receiving pension from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are not qualified for this increase,” she said.

Another important part of the law states that the increase shall be limited to the eligible living senior veterans and shall not be transferable to any family members and/or dependents of the senior veterans. “So, the widows of dead senior veterans who are now receiving monthly pension of P5,000 are not qualified in this increase,” she added.

The law was approved by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on December 20, 2018, after it was passed by the Senate of the Philippines as Senate Bill No 1766 on October 8, 2018 and adopted by the House of Representatives as an amendment to House Bill 7525 on October 10, 2018. It shall take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two national newspapers of general circulation.

Alviarne hopes that with the help of the local media, the provisions of this law will be announced in the whole province.  # Source - (Imelda Castro-Rivero/PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has surpassed its 2018 targets under its Solid Waste Management (SWM) Program, indicating improved compliance by local government units (LGUs) to Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
“Given that SWM stands alongside the other major programs of the DENR, we are determined to go over and beyond our targets and to work fast to show that we are serious in solving this perennial problem,” said DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LGU Concerns Benny D. Antiporda.

The DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) reported that all regional offices of the department have exceeded their respective targets in all three program indicators, namely: (1) 10-year SWM plans reviewed and endorsed, (2) LGUs assisted on dumpsite closure and rehabilitation, and (3) materials recovery facilities (MRFs) established.

From a target of 198 SWM plans, a total of 359 10-year SWM plans have been reviewed and endorsed to the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) last year, representing a 181% accomplishment. NSWMC is a DENR-led body chaired by Antiporda which approves SWM plans of LGUs.

In an unprecedented achievement and setting a new record, 308 of the 359 SWM plans reviewed , were approved by the Commission. Data from EMB would reveal that from 2010 to 2017, the Commission usually approves an average of 46 SWM plans yearly. Thus, this year’s number of approved SWM plans reflects a huge leap of 568% as compared from previous years.

Region 12 had the highest accomplishment at 800% with 32 SWM plans reviewed and endorsed to the NSWMC from a target of 4. Region 13 came second at 620% or 31 of from the original target of 5. Region 10 had 450% success rate with 36 from 8.

“The Commission has been doing its share of the work. We expect nothing less from the LGUs. We want them to know that after approval, the implementation of their respective SWM plans weighs more. Otherwise, we can file cases against them for non-compliance,” Antiporda stated.

For LGUs assisted on dumpsite closure and rehabilitation, a total of 179 out of the target 113 LGUs were given technical assistance on the proper closure and rehabilitation of open and controlled dumpsites, representing 158% accomplishment. 

Region 10 had the highest success rate at 413% with 33 LGUs assisted from its target of 8. This was followed by Region 2 at 350% or 35 out of 10, and Region 6 at 250% or 25 of 10. 

For the establishment of MRFs, the DENR recorded a 101% accomplishment with 537 MRFs established nationwide from the target of 532.

Region 2 exceeded its target by 16% with 36 MRFs from the target of 31. All other regions registered 100% accomplishment.

In terms of compliant LGUs monitored, 165 of 158 LGUs were monitored or a 104% accomplishment. Region 12, Cordillera Administrative Region and Region 1 all surpassed their targets with percentage accomplishments at 190, 186 and 150, respectively. Most of the regions also exceeded their targets.

“We are overwhelmed by the exemplary performance of all regions in the DENR’s SWM program. Definitely, this is indicative of a genuine resolve to pursue the Department’s mandate to be the agency primarily responsible for the country's environment and natural resources.

“It likewise demonstrates their support to our vision of a nation enjoying and sustaining its natural resources and clean and healthy environment,” Antiporda said. #  Source –


The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) top guns met on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 for the assessment of the 2018 agri performance and synchronization of action plans for the upcoming months.

Led by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, regional executive directors, bureau and service directors, heads of attached agencies and corporations and other support staff of the Department forged their commitment to better serve not only the farmers, fishers and other agri stakeholders, but the whole nation as well.

“It has been a bad year for the agriculture sector, but we were able to share a significant contribution to the reduction of the inflation rate,” Piñol said.

In his message, the agri chief stressed that the DA family must continue with its advocacies with consideration for the future.

“We will continue to implement sustainable agri-fishery programs, hitting targets to satisfy the needs of today, but keeping in mind the future generation,” he said.

As such, Piñol directed all DA officials to implement food production programs and other agricultural livelihood initiatives that are environmentally sound and safe.

“Emphasize location-specific farming and discourage the use of weed killers and other chemical-based concoctions,” he said.

In spite of the growth decline and the missed targets, the Secretary is optimistic that Philippine agriculture and fishery will rise this year.

“We will use last year’s lessons to determine the interventions that we will undertake to enable us to hit our targets even with bad weather. We can do better,” he said.

Before ending his speech, Piñol congratulated everyone for keeping the Department corruption-free.

“There has been no serious issues of corruption for two and a half years now, and I thank everyone for this. The Department has now regained the trust of the people,” he said.  # Source -  (oda rodriguez/DA-AFID)


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur – Mairaman latta met a gay-at ti Gobierno Munisipal nga idauluan ni Mayor Josh Edward S. Cobangbang  ket  iti pannakatakuat  dagiti maipanawen, nabiit,  ken  na-presio  a klase ti maimula dagiti mannalon nangruna iti “off-season”  babaen iti panangipatungpal ti DA-LGU iti kada panagmumula tapno manayonan ti matgedan dagiti mannalon ken mapapintas ti presio iti balanse a kaadu ti produksion.

Maysa ti mais a nabiit, kasapulan iti merkado ken eco-friendly a mairagragpin   a maimula ditoy Ilokos.  Ti Agri-Pinoy Corn Program  ket  naipatpatungpal ti Departamento ti Agrikultura (DA) ken babaen  ti DA-LGU ket adda latta deretso nga agmulmula ti yellow ken white corn kadagiti kaaduan  a  Barangay ti ili a Cabugao, Ilocos Sur. 

Umabot  iti 300 ektaria iti mamulmulaan iti amarilio a mais ken 30    ektaria met ti  puraw ti klasena a mais iti Dry Season (Nobiembre-Mayo). Nupay kasta, adda met latta agmula nangruna iti bangkag  iti Wet Season (Hunio- Nobiembre) ta pagsaramsam ken iti kabiit ti puraw a mais ket mabalinda pay a paglako a nayon ti matgedan dagiti mannalon.

Malaksid kadagiti Corn Traders a mangpapigsa iti merkado ken industria ti mais, adda pay  ti  agtultuloy a programa ti Provincial Government a naipatungpal iti kada ili ti Probinsia ket mapagtalinaed ti Floor Price a makatulong unay kadagiti mannalon ken karkardayo a pakalugianda. 

Nupay kasta, ti puraw a mais ket saan a nakadadanag ta nataray a lakuen ta para pay iti konsumo ti kaaduan.

Kabayatanna, maysa a prayoridad ti Gobierno Probinsial ken Lokal  iti panagpamula ti mais agsipud ta nakasapulan iti industria ti panagtaraken ti baboy ken manok ken mabalin a pagsulnit ti mais  a pagtaraon no bumassit ti suplay ti bagas. # (Web Situational Report)


In its effort to provide better care and welfare services to the members of the vulnerable sectors, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to carry out repairs, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of its centers and residential facilities under the Centers and Residential Care Facilities (CRCF) Infrastructure Project. 

The CRCF project, which has an allocation of P2.3 billion under the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA), aimed to provide better welfare services to marginalized and disadvantaged individuals, groups, and families through the construction, rehabilitation, and improvement of the DSWD’s centers and facilities.

The project covers 16 regions nationwide and targets the Department’s 71 centers and facilities. It includes 211 projects for infrastructure building, 251 for minor repairs, and the procurement of 876 items for machinery and equipment, including 70 ambulance units, and of 508 items for furniture and fixtures.

The total allocation of P2.3 billion under the 2018 GAA includes P1.8 billion for capital outlay covering infrastructure and non-infrastructure items and P500 million for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE).

“As an overall status as of 31 December 2018, we are pleased to report that the CRCF project has completed 99.6% of the procurement and obligated 88% of the total allocation,” DSWD Undersecretary for Special Concerns Camilo G. Gudmalin, who heads the project implementation, said.

Status of infra projects

The bulk of the allocation for the CRCF project includes 211 infrastructure building projects. The Department has completed the procurement of 206 of these projects or 98% of the total.

Of the infrastructure building projects with completed procurement, 43 has already been issued with a notice to proceed, 130 are in the construction stage, while 33 projects have already been completed.

Meanwhile, the Department has finished 99.6% of the procurement for minor repairs in centers and facilities and another 99.6 % for furniture and fixtures. The DSWD has already completed the procurement of all machinery and equipment.

As for the financial accomplishment, P2.02 billion or 88% of the P2.3 billion allocation of the CRCF Project has already been obligated by DSWD. The unobligated amount mostly pertains to the five infra projects with ongoing procurement and the excess funds resulting from the difference in the allocation and the amount of awarded construction contracts. The excess funds will be used for extra works or additional construction work orders.

Closely monitoring of project constructions

“We have directed our concerned field offices (FOs) in the regions to complete all the procurement activities of the project by December 2018. However, there were FOs that did not meet this deadline due to protests filed by disqualified service providers and due to the failure of bidding because of lack of service providers in their area. To date, we are only just completing the procurement of the remaining five projects,” Usec. Gudmalin explained.

The Undersecretary said that the DSWD is closely monitoring the status of the ongoing repair, reconstruction, and rehabilitation projects for its centers and institutions through its concerned field offices.

“Given the approval of the resolution extending the availability of the 2018 appropriations to December 2019, we are also strictly monitoring the 2018 fund balance to ensure that it will be utilized for operations this year,” Usec. Gudmalin added. “Providing excellent care and services to the members of the vulnerable sectors in our centers and institutions has always been a top priority of the DSWD. Our centers and facilities serve not just as temporary shelters but as a refuge for underprivileged men, women, children, and the elderly in our society, so we are doing our best to provide them with facilities that are safe and conducive to their healing and overall well-being,” he ended. #  Source –