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Old September 24th, 2008, 08:12 PM   #381
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DTI to undertake 1st Cagayan Valley Consumer Assembly
Tuguegarao City (23 September) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 2 will spearhead the undertaking of the 1st Cagayan Valley Consumer Assembly with the theme: "Getting our Acts Together for Vibrant and Dynamic Consumerism in Cagayan Valley" to be held on October 15, 2008, here.

Regional Director Esperanza Bañares said the assembly aims to unify the various stakeholders, government, academe, business and all sectors as factors to address new pressing concerns that cover development, create responsibility among stakeholders, and formulate recommendations or strategies for strong consumerism.

Bañares is expecting about 300 participants notably from government, business, consumer sectors and academe to share shrewd thoughts and concerns related to the topics.

"The said assembly will discuss sessions on energy security, tackle topics on challenges on consumerism which will be a workshop to draw up resolutions to address consumer issues related to energy and others; and undertakes pre consultation to be done at the provincial level," Bañares said.

One of the highlights of the assembly is the grand launching of the Pinoy COP or Pinoy Consumer On Patrol, a movement to instill the spirit of consumerism among all sectors of society with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando as the Keynote Speaker.

Bañares said the Pinoy COP yearns to promote consumerism and to heighten consumer rights in all sectors, to inculcate social responsibility among all types of consumer and to make every member of the society a protector of consumer rights.

The 1st Cagayan Valley Consumer Assembly advocates to help boost the economy of the region and to educate the public on the proper usage of energy. (PIA Cagayan) [top]
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Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino Provinces

"Naturally Vibrant"

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The province of Nueva Vizcaya, which was named after the people living in the coast of Mar de Vizcaine in Spain, was a part of the vast “Territorio de Missionanes” ofthe Spanish controlled government of Cagayan.The territory covered the eastern half of Northern Luzon, from Nueva Ecija to Aparri, including the Batanes Islands.

On May 24, 1839, Governor-General Luis Lardizabal, upon the advice of the alcalde mayor of Cagayan, issued an order making Nueva Vizcaya a separate politico-military province. The king of Spain through a royal decree approved the order on April 10, 1841. Gov. Pedro Menchaca was the first appointed politico-military governor of the new province. However, the Spanish sovereignty ceased upon the arrival of the Philippine revolutionary forces in Bayombong on August 1898.

The province had its first taste of civil government in 1902 when the Philippine Commission organized it. The present territory of Nueva Vizcaya was a result of the changes emanating from the formal creation of the province of Isabela in May 1865, wherein a great portion of its northern territory was ceded to the newly born province. The organization of the Ifugao province in 1908 further reduced the area of Nueva Vizcaya. The survey executed by the Bureau of Lands and the enactment of the Administrative Code in 1914 and 1917 respectively retrenched the province’s scope. In addition, the Republic Act No. 6394 in 1971 made Quirino a regular province further reducing the territory of the province.

Since its birth as a province, its history could still be reflected from the culture and customs of the early settlers, i.e.,Ilongots, Igorots, ifugaos, Isinais and the Gaddangs. The influx of civilization and the infusion of modern technology to the life stream of the province induced many settlers from adjacent provinces primarily the Ilocanos, Tagalogs, Pangasinenses and the Kapampampangans to migrate here.

The original inhabitants of Nueva Vizcaya were wild and semi-wild tribes. The wild tribes were the Igorots, Ifugaos, Ilongots and the Aetas. The semi-wild tribe includes the Gaddangs and the Maalats. The former led a nomadic life and roamed over the Cordillera, Ilongots Regions and Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges. The latter pursued a semi-nomadic existence along the river valleys and plains through hunting, fishing and cultivating of rice and sweet potatoes.

Endowed with rich natural resources, particularly in agriculture, the province attracts other tribes from other regions of the country. Among the migrants who form a big portion of the population are the Ilocanos, Tagalogs, Pangasinenses, Pampangos and others.

The province lies within the heart of Northern Luzon. It is one of the five provinces of Region II and one of the four provinces of Cagayan Valley.

It is geographically located at the southernmost part of the Region and is often referred to as the gateway to Cagayan Valley.

Approximately 60.21% of the province is mountainous characterized by very steep to steep landform.

Most of teh latter are agricultural areas concentrated in the North Sector. Only the municipality of Ambaguio and some parts of Quezon and Bayombong are considered mountainous in the North. Most of the mountainous areas are found in the South Sector

Nueva Vizcaya is relatively dry from November to April and relatively wet during the rest of the year. Maximum temperature ranges from 22-25 degrees Celsius. December and January are the coldest months when temperature falls to about 20 degrees Celsius while the warmest months are April and May. Nueva Vizcaya is often referred to as lowland Baguio because of its pleasant climate.

Nueva Vizcaya could be reached by at least four regular entry points, aside from reaching it by air travel. These are through the Dalton Pass reaching the first town of Santa Fe; through the Daang Maharlika, entering the town of diadi; through the Vizcaya-Banaue Road entering the town of Bagabag and through the Vizcaya-Benguet Road, entering the town of Kayapa.

The province has basically an agricultural economy with commerce, trade, and industry contributing to its growth and development. Among other major economic activities are farming and cattle and swine raising. Primary crops are palay and corn. Minor crops are rootcrops, vegetables, and fruits. The province produces quality onions and vegetables often sold in Metro Manila. Oranges and mangoes are now major crops being exported fresh to Asian countries.

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Municipalities Nueva Vizcaya is composed of 15 municipalities with Bayombong as the provincial capital. Solano and Kayapa are its commercial center and summer capital respectively.

The province also consists of one congressional district with two (2) sectors, the North and South Sector. The subdivision follows the administrative jurisdiction set in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

The North Sector comprises seven (7) municipalities namely: Ambaguio, Bagabag, Bayombong, Diadi, Quezon, Solano and Villaverde. On the other hand, the South Sector has eight (8) municipalities namely: Alfonso Castañeda, Aritao, Bambang, Dupax del Norte, Dupax del Sur, Kasibu, Kayapa and Santa Fe. The boundary of the two sectors is drawn between the municipal boundaries of Ambaguio and Kayapa, Bayombong and Bambang and Quezon and Kasibu.

Barangays As of the 1996 inventory of barangays conducted by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), there are 275 barangays of Nueva Vizcaya.

The municipality of Kayapa has the most number of barangays totaling to 30 while the municipality of Villaverde has the smallest number composed of only 9 barangays.

Things to Do and see in Nueva Vizcaya...

Dalton Pass

A rugged piece of terrain where Caraballo Sur reaches south and joins with the Sierra Madre. Being the only access between Pampanga and Cagayan Valley, the pass became the scene of much bloody fighting during the final stages of WW II and bore witness to the death of almost 17,000 Japanese, American, and Filipino soldiers. Commemorative markers stand by the road’s highest point, which also offers a good view into the headlands. The Dalton Pass National Shrine commemorates the death of General Dalton by a sniper’s bullet during WW II. At 3,000 feet above sea level, Dalton Pass is also the gateway to the Cagayan Valley Region and the Ifugao Rice Terraces.

Kirang Pass
A monument to the gallantry of the Japanese and Filipino soldiers during WW II, located at Barangay Kirang, municipality of Aritao, about 50 kilometers from Bayombong. Built in 1978 by the Rakunsankai Society of Japan, it was recently rebuilt using a black glazed stone, and a memorial was engraved in the tablet in Japanese and English. Also offers a breathtaking view of reforested mountains and hills.

Mt. Pulag National Park (Kayapa & Ambaguio)

The gateway to Mt. Pulag, the country’s second highest peak at 2,922 feet above sea level. Accessible by foot from the capital town of Bayombong and located west towards the boundary of Nueva Vizcaya and Benguet. The trail in Ambaguio town, 20 km. from Bayombong, promises a different kind of terrain from gradual ascent to rugged path amid mossy forests and cold temperature. Before the peak lies an area of Bonzai forests followed by grasslands with dwarf bamboos. A perfect ecotourism destination, the park is home to rare plants like the pitcher plant and rare animals like the giant cloud rat and whiskered pitta. Mt. Pulag provides resources to the indigenous Kalanguya, Ibaloy, Kankanaey, and Karao tribes.

Mt. Palali
1,705 meters above sea level, bounded by the municipalities of Quezon and Bayombong. Once the hunting ground of the Bugkalots, Gaddangs, and Ifugaos, this majestic mountain range offers a magnificent view of the low-lying municipalities of the province. Its diptherocarp forest contains a unique diversity of flora and fauna (bonsai forest, wild orchids and flowers). It was once the crash site of a WW II tora-tora plane.

Capisaan Cave System
The fifth longest cave system in the country and ranked among of the best, considered a geologist’s paradise due to its varying rare calcite formations and unique stalagmite and stalactite formations. Within its four kilometer length is a subterranean river that doubles as a passageway to the best part of this multi-chambered cave. Part of the cave network are the Lion and Alayan Caves, measuring 4.2 kilometers and relatively new hotspots, located in Brgy. Capisaan, Malabing Valley, Kasibu town.
Tours can be arranged with the Sang-at Salug Mountaineering Club or the Provincial Government of Nueva Vizcaya. The spelunking adventure tour includes an orchard tour at Brgy. Malabing, Kasibu, where the famous perante oranges grow. Kasibu is about one and a half hours from Bayombong.

Heaven Cave (Brgy. Capisaan, Kasibu)

Features two big chambers of various calcite formations and a mezzanine of pure white limestones that has to be explored barefoot. Brgy. Capisaan is about four hours by jeep from Solano, on feeder-and-clay-soil road curved out of mountain sides. Other caves in the area are Alayan, Lion, and Sabrina.

Imugan Waterfalls (Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya)
A 35-foot two-level falls with a shallow catch basin of refreshing mountain spring interestingly located between two mountains. Trek over streams and rivers emanating from the falls. Enjoy trekking, exploration, swimming, fishing, and cultural immersion. Accessible by a 30-minute hike from Imugan poblacion which is about 30 minutes from the national highway.

St. Dominic Cathedral
Preserved to become the first cathedral in the province. Razed twice and rebuilt in the same old site, it is now approximately twice its original size. It maintains its original 18th century Spanish style façade.

St. Vincent Ferrer Church (Dupax del Sur)
One of the oldest and biggest churches in North Luzon, constructed in the 16th century as commissioned by two Augustinian priests. Declared by the National Museum as a National Cultural Treasure, it features a belltower that is among the town’s well-preserved Spanish colonial monuments and an ecclesiastical museum. Beside the church is what is acclaimed as the oldest acacia tree (Semanea-saman) in Luzon, planted by settlers from Nueva Ecija in 1880. Reachable in 45 minutes from Bayombong town proper.

Villa Margarita Mountain Resort
It rests on rolling hills and has spring-fed pools and water slides. The Banaue Rice Terraces, eighth World Wonder, is only two hours away. Located some 260 kilometers from Manila along the Maharlika Highway at Barangay Busilac, Bayombong.

Nueva Vizcaya Capitol Complex

A study of architectural ingenuity, the complex built by Governor Patricio Dumlao has a park with exotic plant species, concrete benches and sidewalks lighted with giant mercury lamps, a water pool, and a man-made lagoon ideal for rowing the colorful miniboats that are offered for rent and managed by a group of handicapped workers. Located along the national highway, it also houses the provincial offices of government.

Panagyaman Festival / Nueva Vizcaya Day (May 19-24)

Celebrated with parades, beauty pageant, trade shows, and agro-industrial fair, among others.

Citrus Festival (Malabing Valley, Kasibu; August)
During the festivities, visitors are allowed to pick-and-pay in the town’s popular citrus farms.

Kalanguya Festival
Celebrates the indigenous way of life of the Kalanguya tribe in the town of Sta. Fe.

Ecotourism Adventure

Trekking/spelunking at Alayan Caves and Malabing Rainforest and Citrus Farms, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya. You may also try to explore Mt. Pulog Natural Park from Kayapa or Ambaguio

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Self-help project aims to empower women in Nueva Vizcaya

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SOLANO, Nueva Vizcaya – Members of a women’s group based here have been trained in figurine-making as part of the local government’s efforts to assist in the empowerment of women and their families.

The women, numbering about 600, were taught how to create art and functional pieces of ceramics-based ornaments by a team from the Nueva Vizcaya State University.

Solano town mayor Philip Dacayo said the project is given free and is aimed at uplifting the economic status not only of women but of families who aspire to have better lives despite the economic slump.

“This endeavor is very timely because it intends to teach the trainees to earn by themselves than just wait for dole-outs," Dacayo said.

"It’s high time that they become responsible members of our community and eventually, important partners of our economy," he said

The project which is part of the “Caravan Kaalaman" program has also benefited residents in Cagayan Valley.

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Pangasius: new darling of the aquaculture industry


BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – What sounds like a product of Pangasinan, tastes like the priced salmon, is more profitable to raise than tilapia, and now a common entry on the menus of classy restaurants?

As the headline suggests, the answer is pangasius, a member of the catfish family that originated in Vietnam and now grown commercially in fishponds.

Farmer Cesario Manuel of barangay Sta. Rita in Bayombong says the pangasius was the most profitable venture he has gone into so far after he harvested 1,076 kilograms of the from his three fishponds with a total area of 406 square meters.

The three fishponds all exhibited good growth with a maximized stocking density of 3 pieces per square meter. The ratio is best for a high overall growth rate of 1 kilogram per body weight with some as high as 1.5 kilograms.

With a taste and texture comparable to the salmon or even the Alaska pollack, pangasius is categorized as a ‘white meat fish’ and is in high demand not just in classy restaurants but in fast food chains as well.

In Nueva Vizcaya, the project is the result of a joint undertaking of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 02 and the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.

Provincial agriculturist Felipe Panganiban said pangasius farming can be a very profitable project since the fish has a ready vast market in the Philippines and abroad. It is now acknowledged as the ‘new darling of the aquaculture industry."

“The pangasius project is one way to attain higher fish sufficiency level for Nueva Vizcaya, “he said.

At a farm gate price of P90 per kilogram and net gain of P36,500, studies show that pangasius culture is more profitable than tilapia raising. Production cost, however, is higher mainly due to the longer culture period of six months, and the cost of fingerlings.

Dominador Abalos, project leader, said that production cost can be reduced as the fish can be fed with indigenous diet such as vegetable and fruit surplus and trimmings, kuhol and rice bran.

A Nueva Ecija-based supplier of pangasius fingerlings, likewise confirmed that the cost is bound to go down once demand in the Cagayan Valley is sufficient enough to cover transport and logistics costs.

Abalos said that the country currently imports forty 20-footer container vans of pangasius flesh each month. He said that pangasius fillet under the brand name Cream Dory costs 200 pesos per kilogram at local supermarkets.

BFAR Regional Director Dr. Jovita Ayson said, “This project shows feasibility and profitability of pangasius culture in Cagayan Valley. It will be a big boost to the region’s fishery production and farmer’s income."

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NVizcaya solon, TESDA ink MOA for free work training program

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya -- Nueva Vizcaya representative Carlos Padilla and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority(TESDA) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement(MOA) providing for an P5 million free work training program for Novo Vizcayanos.

The MOA consists of a P3.5 million fund from the TESDA and a P1.5 million from the office of Representative Padilla.

Rolando Manangan, TESDA provincial director said that the work- training scholarship program offers a skills education and actual application among Novo Vizcayanos. "This will help our constituents uplift their economic conditions, given the proper employment," Manangan said.

Manangan said TESDA will also facilitate the screening of scholars, coordination with training schools and the facilitation of their employment.

On the other hand, Padilla expressed optimism that the program will also help in reducing the number of unemployed Novo Vizcayanos in the province. (bme/PIA NVizcaya)

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BFAR Region 2 to develop more fish cage projects

Floro Taguinod

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines – The regional office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has embarked on a program to develop the construction, technology and use of fish cages for the development of the marginalized sector.

Max Prudencio, BFAR information officer, said the Fish Cage Demonstration has been launched in different towns in Cagayan Valley with assistance from local government units.

Prudencio said the cages will have a dimension of 5x10 meters and 2.5 meters deep and is capable of housing 3,125 fingerlings. The cage can produce 560 kilograms of Tilapia in about four months time.

“We provide the fingerlings, assistance, materials and the technology while the LGUs will take care of the feeds,all are given free to the beneficiaries,"
said Prudencio, adding that the awardees main task is to market the produce.

The agency also renewed its commitment to continue all its programs scheduled for the current year.

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Batanes: A timeless world where culture tames nature

By Lailany P. Gomez, Researcher

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Where the Pacific Ocean unites with the South China Sea is a paradise called Batanes. It is a unique place associated with peculiarity.

The island’s isolation has preserved its enchanting charm. Laying 860 kilometers from Manila, Batanes is bounded by the Bashi Channel on the north, by the Pacific Ocean on the east, by the South China Sea on the west, and by the Balintang Channel on the south.

The smallest among all the provinces in the country, Batanes has a total population of about 16,000 strewn over a land area of 230 square kilometers. It has six municipalities, 29 barangays and one congressional district.

The municipalities are Ivana, Uyugan, Mahatao, the capital town of Basco and Sabtang and Itbayat, both island municipalities. These islands are characterized by verdant rolling hills, rugged cliffs and black and white sand beaches dominated by large rock formations.

Basco is the most populated with 7,000 people. It is the center of commerce since the airport and main seaport are located here. You will enjoy utilities like electricity, mobile-phone lines, cable television and Internet connection in the capital town.

Don’t be surprised, though, if you will open the radio and hear Chinese-speaking people on the air since Basco is just 190 kilometers south of Taiwan.

There are no luxury cars in Batanes, only bicycles and scooters dominate the cement-paved streets.

Another mode of transportation to get you moving around Batan Island is a 40-seater jeepney that plies Basco-Itbud-Basco. Minimum fare is nine pesos and fifty centavos for the 23-kilometer Basco-Itbud stretch.

Near the Basco seaport is the only gasoline station that offers gasoline at P74.50 a liter and diesel for P72.50 a liter.

The island municipality of Itbayat is the largest among the three inhabited island of Batanes. The major produce of the island include garlic, pineapple and coconut trees. Itbayat is also home to coconut crabs. Coconut crabs, or tatus in the vernacular, are known for their ability to crack coconuts with their strong pincers to eat the contents.

Batanes has a lot to offer other than heavy storms it has become known for.

The Ivatans, or the people of Batanes, for one, are one of the main attractions. They are traditionally polite, honest and peace-loving people. They can be found greeting visitors and tourists roaming around the islands.

They are also a boat-making and seafaring people, and they trade with neighboring Taiwan to the North and Cagayan to the South.

The Ivatans love the land and cultivate many plants for food.

For them, farming means growing root crops—often just enough to feed their family.

The uniqueness of Ivatans is curtailed without mentioning the vakul. It is a headgear made from dried vuyavuy fiber. It is used to protect them from rain or heat of the sun. Vuyavuy, however, is a palm that can be found only in Batanes.

Old women of Chavayan in the island of Sabtang weave the vakul which takes three weeks to a month to craft but can last a lifetime. A yuvuk, according to Irene Gonzales, the mother of handicrafts, is the native basket of the Ivatans. It contains their belongings for farming. Sometimes it is also use as a baby carrier. A yuvuk is made from nito vines and vayasuvas grass gathered only in Mount Iraya.

A dormant volcano that has last erupted some 400 years ago, Mount Iraya serves as a backdrop to the 1,250 meters threshold-to-threshold sloping runway of the Basco airport. Unfortunately, the airport’s runway condition is the reason larger aircraft cannot land here.

Although it is almost always raining, from the minimum of eight days to a maximum of 21 days a month, the best time to visit after summer is in the month of September to October when an “Indian summer” takes place. It is the time when the weather is sunny and warm which can last for a few days to a week or more.

Sabtang Island is a 30-minute boat ride from the Radiwan Point at the Ivana Seaport. It is known for its steep mountains and deep canyons that earned its name as the “New Zealand of the Philippines.”

Sabtang is also home to most of Ivatans’ legacy—the lime and stone houses. These houses can withstand the hardest of winds during typhoons. A distinct lime and stone house has two separate structures—one for the living room and sleeping area and the other for kitchen and bathroom. They are characterized by how the roofs are done. The overall structures of the house are almost uniform as with the other houses. You can easily guess that the windowless wall is facing where the direction of the strong winds are blowing from.

Old churches are also a must see in Batanes. These churches are built as early as 1783. The Basco Cathedral can be found at the town’s capitol. It is the oldest among the churches scattered over Batanes.

The local government of Batanes is promoting the island as an eco-tourism destination to generate revenue and employment for the Ivatans. I hope it gives due considerations to protect and conserve the Ivatans’ cultural and natural heritage. To give host-community equal participation and promote broad-based, sustainable development for the Ivatans and the province as well.

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Quirino Province

"The Watershed of Cagayan Valley"

On To Greener Pastures
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Quirino Province acquired its juridical personality as a result of the division of the Provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and Isabela on June 18, 1966 under Republic Act 4734. Quirino was named in honor of the late President Elpidio A. Quirino.

On June 21, 1969, R.A. 5554 was enacted amending RA 4734 creating the Municipality of Cabarroguis taken from the portions of Diffun, Saguday and Aglipay. Finally, RA 6394 was passed on September 10, 1971 further amending RA 5554 separating the sub-province of Quirino from its mother province of Nueva Vizcaya constituting it into a regular province. Congressmen Leonardo B. Perez and Benjamin B. Perez had authored R.A. 6394.


Long before its creation, Quirino was the forest region of the Province of Nueva Vizcaya inhabited by tribal groups known as the Negritos. These tribal groups roamed the hinterlands and build their huts in the heart of the jungle area. Ilocano language is widely used in the lowlands of the various municipalities while Ifugao is the predominant dialect in the upland parts. Other dialects are Bugkalot, Pangasinense and Kankanai.


The Sierra Madre Mountain Range provides a natural barrier on the eastern and southern border and the Mamparang Range on the western part of the province. The province is generally mountainous, about 80 percent of the total land area is covered by mountains and highlands.


Quirino province lies in the southeastern portion of Cagayan Valley. It is situated within the upper portion of the Cagayan River Basin bounded by Isabela on the north, Aurora on the east and southeast and Nueva Vizcaya on the west and southwest.

Area and Population

The province occupies an aggregate land area of 3,057.18 square kilometers which is approximately 8.4 percent of the total regional area and about 1.02 percent of the total land area of the country. Small as it may be, the little province has its own promise of making it big in the field of tourism. Part of the province's comparative advantage is its accessibility to Aurora. The population of the province as 1995 mid-decade census of population was 131,119, roughly 43 persons per square kilometer of land.


The province has a mean annual temperature of 26.6 degree Celsius. Warmest month is May and least dry months are March to August while the rest of the year is neither too dry nor too wet. These are the best times to visit the province--trek its mountains and explore its caves. Rainy days occur in September to November.

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Political Subdivision

Quirino has six municipalities and these are Cabarroguis, the capital town, Saguday, Diffun, Maddela, Nagtipunan and Aglipay. The province has only one congressional district and 110 barangays.


The major language is Ilocano which is spoken by 71.46 percent of the total populace. Other dialects are Ifugao, Bugkalot, Pangasinense and Kankanai.

Major Industries

Agriculture is the main industry with rice and corn as major crops. These are sold to supply the demands of neighboring provinces and the metropolis. Banana is also a major product and is sold in Metro Manila and Pampanga. Small scale industries like basketry, rattan craft and dried flower production are prevalent in the province. Marble and lime processing awaits investors.


NAGBUKEL CAVE is a dome-shaped mountain usually visited by local tourists during the Holy Week for picnics and hiking and is being developed by the Lamplighter, a religious sect. Located along the national highway at Diffun, it is four kilometers from Cabarroguis.

AGLIPAY CAVES promises a special venue for communing with nature. A series of 38 caves, seven of which have been developed as tourist spots. Located in the midst of rolling hills and verdant forests, the caves boasts of peculiar characteristics such as underground river and well preserved stalagmites and stalactites. The caves interlink with each other and run to a depth of 20.0 meters. In the area are six cottages and picnic huts for overnight tourists. The caves are ten kilometers from Cabarroguis.

GOVERNOR RAPIDS is famous for its gigantic perpendicular walls of limestone jutting out from one side of the Cagayan River framing the Sierra Madre Mountain and its swift turbulent deep blue water perfect fro white river rafting, swimming and fishing. The riverside offers a suitable picnic ground with magnificent view of the Cagayan River this part of the region and is very accessible at Barrio Bisangal/ Divisoria Sur, Maddela some 34 kilometers from Cabarroguis.

AGLIPAY TOWN is a history-laden town having gotten its name from Fr. Gregorio Aglipay, a Philippine Independent Church priest who rebelled against the Spanish colonizers in his time and settled at the banks of Addalam River in Aglipay.

NAGTIPUNAN TOWN is home to virgin forests and perfect for ecotourism. It is being developed as a gateway to Quezon Province. Nagtipunan is about 54 kilometers from Cabarroguis.

at barrio Sangbay, Nagtipunan is believed to be one of the sources of the mighty Cagayan River which bisects the valley and ends at Aparri Delta.

BISANGAL waterfalls in Maddela rests on a virgin forestland. It serves as a sanctuary for endangered species of wildlife and is located 35 kilometers from the town of Cabarroguis.


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PGMA cites Quirino province's contribution to gov’ts food sufficiency and social justice thrust

CABARROGUIS, Quirino---President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo cited today Quirino Province's important contribution to the government's thrust for self-sufficiently in rice in the next five years and the delivery of social justice for indigenous people.

In her message during the celebration of the 37th Araw ng Quirino at the Quirino Grandstand here, the President said Quirinians led by Rep. Junie Cua and Gov. Dax Cua have shown their love, not only for the province but for the whole nation as well, by sharing the bounty of their land to its neighbors and even to the people of Metro Manila and the Visayas.

''You have shown your love not only for your provincemates but also for to the rest of the country by sharing with them your land's bounty. The vegetables you grow here feed your provincemates as well as the people in other parts of Luzon and the Visayas,'' the President said in the Ilokano dialect.

''You play an important role in the midst of the global food crisis by being self-sufficient in rice and number one banana producer in Region 2. You also supply coffee and peanuts to other provinces. And because of Quirino being self-sufficient in rice, we only have to import 10 percent of our rice needs,'' the President added.

The President said the government has been working tirelessly to face the global food and oil crises and the slowing down of the world’s economy, and with Quirino province's contribution, the government has succeeded in ensuring that food supplies remain stable.

The Chief Executive said that to fulfill the government's goal of modernizing the nation in the next 20 years and rice sufficiency in the next five years, the government has embarked into an enhanced agriculture program on fertlizers, irrigation, equipment, loans, dryers and other farm implements and seeds or FIELDS

She cited the Addalam Dam which she earlier inaugurated, as an important infrastructure that will increase agricultural yield.

''It will add 5,800 new hectares to its production area which today already has 1,000 hectares operating in Quirino and Isabela. The P1.3 billion irrigation project has created 1,208 new jobs.

As to the delivery of social justice for indigenous people, the President said Quirino province, including Nueva Vizcaya and Aurora provinces, which are home to the Bugkalot, Ifugao, Kankana-ey, Ibaloi and Agta, certificates of Ancestral Domain titles (CADTS) were awarded for some 100,000 hectares.

''These CADTS and other agricultural inputs promise to bring in more production and increased income,'' she said.

The President told the over 6,000 Quirinians who patiently waited for her arrival at the Quirino Grandstand, that she joined in their Panagdadapun 2008 celebration to personally thank them for ''loving your province and the whole country.''

''I will be forever humble at having had the privilege of serving the Republic of the Philippines together with the people of Quirino,'' the President said.

After the short program at the Quirino grandstand, the President inaugurated the P9.4 -million PGMA cottages which were constructed as part of the development of Capitol Hills as primary tourist attraction in the province.

The PGMA cottages are situated on top of a hill overlooking the Island Quirino Park.

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RDC-2 endorses establishment of micro hydro power plant in Nueva Vizcaya

Cabbaroguis Quirino -- The Regional Development Council endorsed to the Department of Energy (DOE) a resolution requesting for funding support for the conduct of a feasibility study regarding the establishment of a micro-hydro power plant for identified agrarian reform beneficiaries and rebel returnees in the highland farming communities of Nueva Vizcaya.

Tourism Regional Dir. Blessida G. Diwa presented before the council the need of the communities particularly on energy and agricultural infrastructure for the agrarian reform beneficiaries and rebel returnees of municipalities of Ambaguio, Alfonso Castaneda, Bayombong, Sta. Fe, Bagabag, and Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya.

She said that the remoteness of these communities makes electric grid services difficult making renewable energy sources the only viable option to energize the areas.

The project involves the preparation of a feasibility study on the establishment of the power plant with power capacity ranging from 5-500 mega watts in the 7 municipalities covering 22 barangays in the remaining Agrarian Reform Communities (ARC) not covered by support services through the Official Development Assistance (ODA) portfolio of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Diwa said the objective of the project is anchored on best practices and approaches on food and energy security, poverty alleviation, people empowerment, productivity, sustainability and global competitiveness.

It also aims to improve farmer beneficiaries' productivity and income and likewise contribute to the utilization of indigenous energy sources to promote energy independence.

The project may cost about P60.060 million to be financed under the regular Barangay Electrification Program (BEP) of the DOE and other financing institutions.

The council said the project is consistent to the national and regional thrust that underscores the need to fight poverty and build prosperity to the greatest number of Filipino people.

They also pointed out that the project supports the program of the national government in the provision of support services for the welfare of the rebel returnees in pursuit of peace and national reconciliation and cessation of hostilities generated by armed conflicts. (PIA Cagayan)

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Quirino conducts tourism planning workshop

Cabarroguis, Quirino -- The Provincial Tourism Office here recently conducted a three-day tourism appreciation, tour guiding, packaging and tourism development planning at the Aglipay Caves and Campsite.

Aurea V. Martinez, Provincial Tourism Officer said the seminar was aimed at equipping the local tourist guides with the basics of tour guiding and the necessary skills they need in promoting or selling the province' tourist destinations to local and foreign tourists.

The three-day training also aimed to train the policy-makers, planners, business leaders and other stakeholders in creating, developing and implementing tourism programs and projects that will boost the tourism industry of the province.

Celso Turingan of the Department of Tourism discussed Tourism Appreciation and Awareness. He emphasized the importance of instilling in the minds of Quirinians the benefits derived from any tourism activity and at the same time preserving the natural beauty of the environment.

Turingan pointed out that many of the tourism potentials in Quirino need rehabilitation to expand tourism and visitor activities in the province.

Dr. Erwin Belane, Chief Tourism Operations Officer of the DOT talked about the need for a tourism plan and tour packages in the Local Government Unit level. He said a well-planned tourism activity will result to an increased employment opportunities among the local folks and an enhanced local economy.

Belane added that a well-crafted tourism package will increase visitor satisfaction. "If the tourists are satisfied, they will keep on coming back, and the more they come, more money will be invested in the area," Belane concluded.

After the lectures, Belane guided the participants in preparing tour packages and itineraries for tourists. (PIA Quirino)

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Quirino hosts Regional Tourism Quiz Bee

Cabarroguis, Quirino -- The province hosted the recently concluded Regional Tourism Quiz Bee (RTQB) which was participated by high school and college students from four municipalities and two cities in the region.

Director Blessilda Diwa of the Department of Tourism said the RTQB is a yearly event in celebration of the National Tourism Week from September 22- 26 to generate tourism awareness among the youth.

This year's celebration centered on the theme "Tourism: Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change".

Provincial Tourism Officer Aurea Martinez stressed the need to mitigate the effects of global warming by way of educating the youth on the adverse effects and causes of the warming of the climate system.

Adjudged as champions were Maria Edessa D. Tumbali, a fourth year student of Cagayan National High School (CNHS) in Tuguegarao City and John Albert C. Benesa, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science student of Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU).

Other winners in the secondary level were: Marjorie B. Nicolas of Aldersgate College H.S. Department, Solano, NV (second place), and Florence D. Pelena of Gadu High School, Solana, Cag. (third place).

For the tertiary level, the other winners were Mc John Paul A. Fantonia, BS Accountancy student of Saint Paul University, Tuguegarao City (second place), and Robert Daco, BS in Information Technology student of STI, Cauayan City. (PIA Quirino)

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Quirino province to unveil biggest fossilized flower

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CABBAROGUIS, Quirino – This province’s annual festivities kicked off on Monday on the occasion of its 37th founding anniversary dubbed “Panagdadapun", a Bugkalot word which means “Assembly".

As the region’s youngest province, the provincial government of Quirino has embarked on a vigorous preparation which will showcase the province’s tourism potentials among others.

“We made sure that this year’s events will be worth remembering since we are also acknowledging Quirino’s steady rise from a once obscure province to a major contributor to Cagayan Valley’s rising economy," Gov. Dakila Cua said.

Cua also said that this year’s affair will be unique as it is designed to bring out the best that the young province can offer.

Just like in previous years, tourists from many parts of the country are expected to take part in the province’s festivities.

One of the most awaited is the unveiling of the biggest fossilized flower.

Fossilized flower making is one of the renowned home based industry in the province, as it caters to a wide market based in Manila and neighboring provinces, it is also being exported outside the country.

“We are harnessing the dynamism of Quirinians to develop our tourism potentials, we are already successful in the promotion of our eco-tourism and cottage industries but we are not resting just yet, Quirino still has a lot to offer." Cua said

Among the featured activities for the three day affair include- environmental awareness activities, job fairs and medical missions, agro-industrial fair, exhibits, skills and academic competitions and sports events.

The affairs’ cultural night will showcase the celebrated unique presentation of the province’s most beautiful ladies and awarding of recognition to outstanding Quirinians.

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623 Novo Vizcayanos now working in Hanjin

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya -- At least 623 skilled workers from the province are now working at Hanjin Ship Building company in Olongapo City, officials of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) here said.

Eva Doniego, technical skills development officer said that the workers who completed a two-month skills training before their employment to the company are now sending their salaries to their respective families in the province.

"Despite the dangers and risks on their work, they remain to be safe. They told us that it is up to them to do and perform safety precautions during their work," Doniego said.

The workers, she said are now proud Novo Vizcayanos because of their contribution in reducing the unemployment rate in Nueva Vizcaya.

The 623 workers from the province, Doniego said was part of the huge number of skilled workers needed by the shipping company in the country. (bme/PIA NVizcaya)

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RDC to implement Cagayan Valley jatropha industry plan

Tuguegarao City -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) Region 2 has agreed to implement the approved and adopted framework plan of the proposed Jatropha Industry in Cagayan Valley.

RDC Chair Ramon B. Villena said the Cagayan Valley Jatropha Industry Framework Plan was conceived to support the thrust of the national government in promoting and developing alternative energy sources as a means of achieving self-reliance in meeting the country's energy requirement.

Villena said the plan explains the region's course in the development of the Jatropha Industry within the next 30 years, how to accelerate the utilization of local energy sources particularly the jatropha curcas not only to ensure the region's self-sufficiency on fuel and energy but also with the end goal of uplifting the region's economy.

"The Framework Plan is realistic in approach and comprehensive in its scope. The formulation of the Plan was guided not only by economics but also by environmental and social considerations. It defines the participation of all sectors - government institutions, agencies and instrumentalities as well as the private sector in the attainment of the envisioned goals," Villena added.

Meantime, DENR Regional Director Clarence Baguilat said the biodiesel revolution had gone a long way in its bid to reduce the use of imported fuels, as many countries now substitute fossil fuels with oil bearing plants, like jatropha curcas, to meet their household and commercial energy needs.

"Region 02 has sufficient marginal lands available for cultivating jatropha and the challenge would be to efficiently utilize these lands for biodiesel feedstock. The strategies to develop the region's marginal and idle lands into productive jatropha plantations are highlighted in this document. The Plan likewise brings solutions not only to the energy problems besetting the country but also in spurring investment opportunities and creating avenues for employment in the region," Baguilat said.

NEDA Regional Director Milagros Rimando, on the other hand, said the plan establishes a framework for the orderly development of a jatropha industry in the region and it provides an aggressive and bold thoughtful and measured vision on how jatropha industry should be developed.

Rimando added the plan is also realistic that it appreciates the need of further extensive research and development and extension programs as a basis to establish a sustainable Jatropha Industry in the region.

The DENR identified about 223,581.50 hectares as potential area for jatropha in the whole region 2. (PIA Cagayan)

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DPWH fast-tracks Cagayan River flood control project

Tuguegarao City -- The Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) has prioritized eight (8) critical sites for the implementation of the river bank protection phase I under the Cagayan River Flood Control Project (CRFCP).

During the Regional Development Council (RDC) meeting recently, Regional Dir. Eugenio R. Pipo of DPWH, reported that out of 43 bank protection identified sites along the Cagayan River, only 8 were certified as priority sites. Because of limited budget allocation about 14.51% of the total funding requirement will be used to undertake the CRFCP.

The sites are located in Enrile Cagayan, two in Roxas Isabela, Cauayan City, Angadanan Isabela, two in Jones Isabela and Dupax del Norte, Nueva Vizcaya with a funding requirement of P760,820 for phase I.

The DPWH prepared and provided necessary document required in the fund sourcing of the proposed urgent river bank project.

Pipo said RDC facilitated the budget proposal to finance the critical urgent river bank protection sites and supports the allocation of additional funds for other critical sites from the DPWH central office national lump sum fund.

Pipo added that some P2.8 million is needed to complete the CRFCP urgent river bank protection works.

The flood control project along the Cagayan River Basin, the largest of major river basins in the country, was studied by the JICA with 73 sites but DPWH reduced it to 43 critical sites including the Cagayan River control project for implementation. (PIA Cagayan)

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DBP, NVizcaya ink MOA for forest protection

Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya -- The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the provincial government here recently signed an agreement which seeks to reforest portions of the province which is one of the watershed areas of Cagayan Valley.

The Memorandum of Agreement(MOA) involves the reforestation of the 400 hectare area in barangay Namamparan in this town which serves as a critical watershed for the Magat river, supporting the Magat River Integrated Irrigation System(MARIIS) covering the provinces of Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Ifugao.

The project has a P10 million funding where a revenue sharing of 30-70 percent will be undertaken from the income which will be generated from fruit bearing trees.

DBP's share is 30 percent while the provincial government shall receive 70 percent from the income that can be derived from the project which will be turned – over to a people's organization as its beneficiary. (bme/PIA NVizcaya)

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DOST 2 hosts 4th North Luzon Cluster S&T Fair

Tuguegarao City -- The Department of Science and Technology Region 2 hosted the 4th North Luzon Cluster Science and Technology fair participated by DOST Regions 1 and CAR showcasing how science and technology works concretely for the benefit of improving the lives of many people.

Dr. Urdujah Tejada, DOST 2 – Regional Director, said the S&T fair was aimed at providing knowledge and information as well as mechanisms for people to enhance their capabilities through the use of technology.

The fair likewise provided the opportunity for public to discuss ecologies generated by S&T agencies and communities which could be used to improve the ways of doing things, to acquire knowledge and skills to enhance productivity and make Science and Technology work for everyone.

Among the activities undertaken were the conduct of technology for renewable and alternative energy, industry clustering, technology investment forum, sharing of best practices on high impact projects, S&T contests and an opportunity to have one on one interaction with technology knowledge generators.

Atty. Mario P. Bravo, DOST Assistant Secretary, guest of honor during the occasion said S&T plays a vital role in facing the challenges of the world and the government to ensure and enhance talent of the people so that the country can compete globally.

"The world is changing fast surviving with the great challenges on global economy, climate change, people, money, knowledge and technology, I believe science is the gate driver of change," Bravo added.

Meantime, participants from other regions including local and national media practitioners toured to the different DOST project sites on food processing, fish processing, wine production, integrated coconut products such as coco coir and nata de coco production, fossilized flower production, furniture production, mushrooms productions, biogas project and other.

These products including some products of Region 2 and CAR were also showcased in the trade fair held at Cagayan Colleges Tuguegarao, the host campus for the trade fair. (PIA Cagayan)

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Scotland in RP? Go to Batanes

Jesus F. Llanto, abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak

BASCO—Batanes may be the country’s least populated and smallest province but its natural resources, rich history and culture could rival wonders offered by more established tourist destinations in the Philippines.

Tourists visiting the islands will be reminded of Scotland once they see the massive cliffs and of New Zealand upon seeing the gentle rolling terrain of green pastures and the fields bounded by hedge rows. These can be found in Batan, the province’s main island and where the capital Basco is located.

In Sabtang Island, a 30-minute boat ride from Basco, the famous cobblestone houses--with walls made of approximately 1-meter thick stones—that withstand earthquakes and typhoons that battered the province can be found in the villages of Chavayan and Savidug. The white sand beach of Nakabuang, which is famous for its rock formations, is also in this island.

The archeological site of the oldest settlement in the province, meanwhile, can be found in Torongan Cave in the island of Itbayat, a three-hour boat ride from the capital. Various burial sites and old churches can also be found all throughout the province.

Batanes is also a candidate in the World Heritage Site list by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

With all these natural and man-made wonders, the province hopes that its tourism sector would become its major source of income in the coming years. Batanes governor Telesforo Castillejos said that at present income from tourism is marginal but they expect it to contribute more revenue to the province’s coffers in the future.

“Eco-cultural tourism will be the major industry that will propel the economy of Batanes,” Castillejos said.

Peak season

Tourist arrivals in Batanes reached 5,000 in 2007, said acting provincial tourism officer Robert Bastillo. The figure, he said, is expected to double this year and since the latest tourist arrival data showed that a total of 8,000 have arrived.

Peak season is during the months of November and December and during the Holy Week.

Tess Valiente, general manager of Batanes Grand Holidays Travel and Tours, said that occupancy rate during these months reaches 100 percent. “People who want to go to Batanes during these months should make their reservations four months earlier.”

Occupancy rate, meanwhile, during rainy season reaches only to 50 percent but Valiente said it has been increasing by 10 percent due to the promos of some airline companies.

Castillejos said that during the past years tourist arrivals reached 3,000 annually.

Valiente, who also manages the lodging house Pension Ivatan, added a tourist needs to spend from P5, 000-P6, 000 for a 3-day 2-night package and from P6,500-P7,500 for a 4-day 3 night stay. The amount covers food, accommodation, a tour of Batan and Sabtang islands, transportation and payment for the tourist guide.

A one-way airplane ticker to Basco, however, usually costs a little more than P6,000. NEDA’s Rimando sees this as a possible threat that can undermine the growth of the tourism industry.

Challenges for the tourism industry

To maximize the tourism potential, improvements in transportation and lodgings are needed. At present, the airport in Basco can only accommodate small planes due to the small runway. “It can only accommodate airplanes which are designed for short take-off and touchdown,” said Castillejos.

The limitation of the airports, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) director for Region II Milagros Rimando said, has prevented the entry of bigger planes and the increase of the number of flights in the province.

The difficulty of traveling from one island to another can also hamper the growth of the industry. Most tourists who visit Basco go to the nearby Sabtang Island. However, Sabtang Mayor Max Babalo said during rainy season tourists cannot go to his town because of strong waves and wind. Babalo said a small airport facility should be built in Sabtang to make it more accessible to tourists.

More lodging facilities are also needed by the province to accommodate the influx of tourists during peak season. Bastillo said that while the inns and pension houses can still accommodate the visitors, there is a need to develop more lodging facilities due to the continuous increase of tourist arrivals.

In Sabtang, a school building and a heritage building, which used to be the headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War, are being used to accommodate some of the province’s guests.

Meanwhile, owners of lodging facilities have to deal with an unstable supply of food for their visitors. Batanes is a protected area and commercial fishing is not allowed. Owners of inns, said Valiente, have to import chicken, meat and vegetables from Manila and Tuguegarao since most farmers in the produces for their own consumption.

“If they have excess product, that’s the only time they will sell them to us,” Valiente said.

Charles Ibañes, executive director of the Batanes Heritage Center, said that the local government should also address the need for a reliable supply of potable water in the province. He said the facilities for water distribution are usually damaged due to the prevalence of natural disasters. He added that there is also a growing concern that the influx of tourists would create problems in solid waste management.

Preserving Batanes

Bastillo said Batanes can accommodate as many as 20,000 tourists a year but he said that they want to limit their visitors because influx of tourists could “dilute their culture and values and would cause traffic.”

In a recent meeting with Manila-based reporters, Governor Castillejos said that they intend to start limiting the number of visitors in the next three to five years.

Apart from controlling the entry of tourists, local government officials are also looking at preserving the unique character of some of the barangays where most stone houses are located. Sabtang’s Babalo said that the municipal government is set to pass an ordinance that would encourage residents of the villages of Chavayan and Savidug to preserve their stone houses and to build lodging facilities patterned after the architecture of these cobblestone homes.

“That’s the main reason why tourists come here,” Babalo told abs-cbnNews.com/ Newsbreak.

Bastillo said one of their strategies is to build community-based accommodations by transforming the entire community into a reception area and making every municipal tourism office as the front desk. He added that they are doing this by preserving stone houses and using them as inns for tourists instead of luring investors to build hotels in the province.

“Hotels are not culturally compatible with the landscape of Batanes, which is a protected area,” Bastillo told abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak.

Residents and local officials of Batanes had previously protested against the entry of investors who want to pour in big investments for tourism facilties. NEDA’s Rimando told us that the Ivatans opposed the plans of some Taiwanese investors to build a casino and hotel in the province. “They [the Ivatans] want to preserve what is Batanes now—laidback and simple.”

Some residents, Rimando added, used to oppose even the construction of shelter ports because it would encourage more tourists and they were afraid their volume will be harmful to the environment and culture.
Simple life

Tourists, said Bastillo, should not look for modern amenities in the province. Valiente agreed and said that tourists should not expect too much when they go to Batanes. She said what the Ivatans want them to see is their simple way of living and their well-preserved culture and sceneries.

“What we are selling are our fresh air, panoramic views and these are what we are protecting,” Valiente said.

(This is the last in a three-part series on Batanes. The author's trip to the province was sponsored by NEDA.)

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NVizcaya town launches "Munisipyo sa Barangay" project

Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya -- In line with its thrust to bring government services closer to the people, the local government here recently launched a program designed to provide basic services and assistance to its villagers.

Mayor Benjamin "Jamie" Cuaresma III said the project dubbed "Munisipyo sa Barangay" aims to provide immediate assistance to the 25 barangays in town based on their pressing needs.

"We are doing this project to deliver the needed programs, projects and activities on the doorsteps of our constituents and also consult with them on their pressing problems so that these can be acted upon," Cuaresma told PIA.

Barangays Abian and Mauuan were the first communities who recently benefited from the project in terms of provision of 2,000 Tilapia fingerlings and 300 coconut trees to promote agriculture and fisheries as a source of income among the villagers.

The project is also participated by various divisions of the LGU, providing its frontline services such as issuance of community tax certificates, civil registration documents and health services among others.

The Tilapia fingerlings and coconut trees were jointly provided by the provincial government, municipal government, fisheries department and public market office of the LGU here. (PIA NVizcaya)

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