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Balanga City wins Robredo ICT Awards
By Jose Mari Garcia
Saturday 15th of December 2012


CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan, Dec 15 (PIA) -- Proving itself as a high-tech city in the country, the city government of Balanga captured the second place in the government-to-customer (G2C) category of the first Jesse Robredo Awards for Excellence in ICT for Good Governance recently in Laguna.

Named after the late Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Robredo who pushed for transparency in local government units, the search promotes the use of modern information and communications technology (ICT) in upholding good governance among LGUs.

Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III, a computer business director, said the win is another testament that Balanga is transparent.

“With our technological systems in the city government, you can see how the taxes circulate and how we use them for development,” said Garcia.

The city submitted its entry entitled eLGU which, according to Roneth Santos, head of the City Management Information Services Office, was composed of 20 in-house application systems that streamline various services of the city.

One of the systems is the Market Collection Information System (MCIS) which monitors all tax payments and rental of vendors in the Balanga City Public Market. Under the MCIS, a market collector gathers the daily payments of the vendors and remits them to the City Treasurer’s Office which will validate the payments and identify which stores do not comply.

“Before, the collection of payments was manual. We don’t know how much was really earned. Now, we know who pays and the vendors know if their payment is really remitted. Through ICT solutions, our revenues increased,” said Santos.

The financial situation of the city market was reversed from being subsidized with P5 million annually in the previous years to earning P16 million in 2011.

The provincial government of Tarlac won first under the government-to-business (G2B) category, and Cebu City in the G2C category. G2B covers the use of ICT to facilitate business transactions of LGUs, while G2C refers to the use of ICT to ease the public’s transactions with LGUs. (CLJD/JMG-PIA 3)
 

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DOT to include Ibong Dayo Festival into national calendar of events
By Jose Mari Garcia
Saturday 15th of December 2012


CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan, Dec 15 (PIA) -- The Department of Tourism (DOT)-Region 3 announced that they may be including the annual Ibong Dayo (migrant birds) Festival of this city in the national calendar of events after the recently concluded festivity reached milestones in attendance and sustainability.

The third Ibong Dayo Festival held in the Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park (BCWNP) may be listed in the calendar after it breached the three years needed of consecutive implementation, DOT-Region 3 Director Ronaldo Tiotuico disclosed.

Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III welcomed the news and affirmed that the sustainability of the festival will be of “no problem.”

“This is a very good development coming from DOT. We now have a bigger chance of promoting our festival and attract more tourists,” said Garcia.

With this prospect of bigger stage in tourism, the Presidential Lingkod Bayan honoree said the third phase of the costal park BCWNP will be started next year. This includes the construction of a trail going to the mangrove area, a platform for staging events, a landscape, and added facilities.

“Every week, there are hundreds of students from Manila and Central Luzon coming here as part of their Lakbay Kalikasan. Developments will be made to make sure tourism in Balanga will maintain an upward trend,” said Garcia.

Tiotuico added that DOT is willing to provide technical assistance to the city government for the promotion of the festival from crafting flyers to advertisements in national papers. He said they can also extend financial subsidy.

“This Ibong Dayo is a big contribution to achieve our target of 4.5 million foreign tourist arrivals by December 30. We get a lot of foreign birders,” said Tiotuico.

According to the City Tourism Office, about 3,000 foreign and local visitors, student, and birdwatchers graced the event which topped last year’s over 1,000 attendance. The visitors came from Cebu and Samar and as far as Malaysia and Indonesia among others. (CLJD/JMG-PIA 3)
 

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Mariveles seeks national protection for mountains, watershed
By Jose Mari Garcia
Wednesday 19th of December 2012


CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan, Dec 19 (PIA) -- The municipality of Mariveles has sought the help of President Aquino to declare its mountain range and watersheds as a national protected area as top officials here were “alarmed at the devastation” wrought in the town’s vast resources.

Numerous cases of illegal logging and charcoal-making have stripped the Mariveles mountain range and caused flash floods in the mountainous town during the previous typhoons which never happened before, said Mayor Jesse Concepcion.

This month, four men were abducted making and packing charcoal. Operatives of the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force recovered 58 sacks of charcoal.

“Before, we could still see deer, wild pigs, and wild chicken. We believe there is still undiscovered wildlife in our mountains,” said Concepcion.

With this, Municipal Administrator Luis Gonzales sent a letter to Presidential Adviser on Environmental Protection Neric Acosta requesting him to endorse to President Aquino to cover the town’s mountain range and watersheds under Republic Act 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act (NIPAS).

Gonzales said they already requested for NIPAS coverage to then Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Jose Atienza, Jr. in 2009 after passing a municipal resolution seeking help from the national government.

The resolution said the municipality is alarmed at the devastation wrought by typhoons which unlike before, now cause destruction of wide proportions to infrastructures as well as physical injuries and loss of lives.

But the DENR outlined a number of “manpower and logistic requirements” that needed to be accomplished before the proclamation.

“We are just waiting for the reply of Acosta,” Gonzales said.

Concepcion explained that under NIPAS coverage, the protected areas can no longer be exploited and a professional management will oversee the safeguarding of the resources with guards and boundary limits.

“For the meantime, we will continue with our Anti-Illegal Logging and Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force to preserve our resources. This is a very big area stretching to other towns of Bataan but we will strive hard,” he said. (CLJD/JMG-PIA 3)
 

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DOE Awarding 4 Geothermal Contracts
By MYRNA M. VELASCO
December 18, 2012, 5:34pm


At least four geothermal service contracts will be signed and awarded to project developers by the Department of Energy (DOE) before year 2012 winds up.

A geothermal contract for the Negron Cuadrado prospect in Zambales and Pampanga will be awarded to AP Renewables, Inc. of the Aboitiz group, DOE director Mario Marasigan has confirmed.

Three other contracts will be cornered by Basic Energy Corporation for the Iriga geothermal power project in Albay and Camarines Sur; Mariveles prospect in Bataan; and East Mankayan prospect along Ifugao, Benguet and Mountain Province.

These contracts have been “waiting signing and awarding for 2012,” a document culled from the energy department has stipulated.

The department also inked previously about five geothermal service contracts for pre-development along prospect areas.

These targeted developments in Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Sur, Negros Occidental and North Cotabato are seen yielding potential capacity of 130 megawatts.

Three new geothermal operating contracts (GOCs) were also awarded last May for the operation of the Palinpinon, Tongonan and Bacon-Manito plants which are now under the charge of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) of the Lopez group.

The geothermal sector is among the renewable energy resources attracting capital flows. But since it is already considered “a proven and mature technology” it is no longer subject to feed-in-tariff (FIT) availments.

To align government policies on the development of indigenous and renewable energy sources, including geothermal, the DOE jointly with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) crafted special orders “to address environmental and socio-cultural issues arising from the implementation of energy projects.”

A technical working group was similarly formed “to harmonize policies and guidelines on the exploration, development, utilization and conservation of natural resources for energy projects especially in protected areas.” (MMV)
 

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Magandang hapon sa lahat ask ko lang po kung san mas magandang dumaan papuntang dinalupihan bataan galing manila? via sctex ba or ung sa JASA? ok ba ung daan sa JASA? hindi ba ma traffic? sabi kasi ng pinsan ko may mga ginagawa pa daw na tulay tama po ba? morning po ang byahe ko please reply thanks!
 

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DENR, AFAB earmark P3.2M to reforest Mariveles watershed
By Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu
Saturday 22nd of December 2012


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Dec. 22 (PIA) -- Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) will jointly allocate some P3.2 million to reforest an initial 130 hectares of the Mariveles watershed to boost the water potential of the Freeport Area of Bataan dam.

Aside from the DENR and AFAB, officials of the Export Processing Zone Chamber of Exporters and Manufacturing, Inc. (EPZCEM) also committed to support the 25-year reforestation program to ensure the FAB dam could supply the water requirement of locators and manufacturers inside the 1,700-hectare Freeport.

DENR regional director Maximo Dichoso and AFAB Chairman and Administrator Deogracias Custodio executed Monday a 25-year memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the reforestation program that would also include provisions for survey and delineation, watershed characterization, vulnerability assessment, preparation of comprehensive development management plan, forest protection and training, and cost-sharing agreements on nursery establishment, seedling production, site preparation, and survey mapping of the areas to be reforested.

“This is a joint initiative of the AFAB, DENR and EPZCEM to help save and protect our environment while safeguarding the ability of the FAB dam to supply water to the entire Freeport for years to come,” said Custodio.

The FAB dam has a rated capacity of 10.9 million cubic meters of water.

Top company executives and staff from the participating FAB companies led by EPZCEM President Pompil Corsame also planted about 600 narra trees after the MoA signing as part of the initial activities of the reforestation program, reported Samuel Danganan, newly-installed DENR Bataan Provincial Officer.

The Freeport Area of Bataan boasts of a well protected watershed, lovely coastline and pristine beaches, mountain ranges and flat lands suitable for world-class ecotourism programs.

Nature lovers can go mountain climbing to Tarak Peak (Tarak Climb) or take a dip in the white sand beaches of Mariveles. Good roads and rolling hills provide an excellent backdrop and poise a challenge for cycling and marathon aficionados who visit during the regular Camaya Aquathlon and Padyakan festivals.

The historic town of Mariveles is also the “Ground Zero” for the infamous 112-kilometer “Death March” during World War II where more than 10,000 Filipino and American soldiers died of hunger, thirst, and exhaustion when forced to march from Bataan to Capas, Tarlac by their Japanese captors.

DENR and the Philippine Department of the American Legion, an organization of war veterans, recently vowed to join hands in the greening of the Death March trail as part of the urban greening enrolled under Pres. Aquino’s National Greening Program.(WLB/CLJD-PIA 3)
 

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Mariveles mayor to widen Zigzag Road
By Jose Mari Garcia
Friday 21st of December 2012


BALANGA CITY, Bataan, Dec 18 (PIA) -- The plan to widen the perilous Zigzag Road in Mariveles town elicited a positive reaction from the business and local sectors in the province as Mayor Jesse Concepcion disclosed his plans to go for it after 70 years of waiting.

The perennial action was just to repair the six-kilometer perilous portion of the mountain road from Barangay Alas-asin to Brgy. Maligaya when the more practical solution was to widen it, said Concepcion.

“After World War II, that road has always been that way. It is always rehabilitated but the attempt to widen it had just emerged,” said Concepcion in an interview.

This developed as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) disclosed recently that P50 million has been allocated for the widening to accommodate a bigger volume of cargo trucks going to the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB), an industrial complex in Mariveles that accommodates international and local companies.

DPWH-Bataan 2nd Engineering District Engineer Medel Chua said the plan widening came in the wake of requests from FAB authorities, led by its chairman Deo Custodio, Bataan Governor Enrique Garcia, Jr., businessmen, and the residents.

“My idea is two lanes for ascending and one for descending. Progress is inevitable because of the developments in FAB. The volume of the vehicles will increase. Hopefully next year, we have three lanes,” said Concepcion.

For a start, the sharp curves of the Zigzag Road are currently being cemented to provide bigger space for vehicles.

Businessmen and local employees expressed elation over the planned road widening which will not only benefit the locators in FAB but will also allay the fear of passengers.

FAB Corporate Affairs Department head Francis Initorio said this welcome development will answer the enhancement of accessibility of the locators in the zone as transportation of goods will be much easier. (CLJD/JMG-PIA 3)
 

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Bataan’s low crime rate delight business leaders
By Jose Mari Garcia
Friday 21st of December 2012


CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan, December 21 (PIA) – Business leaders in Bataan said they see a brighter future in the economy here after a Philippine National Police (PNP) report disclosed that Bataan is among the provinces in Central Luzon with the lowest crime rate.

The 3rd quarter report, which stated that Bataan is the second province in the region with the lowest crime volume, will help magnetize investors into taking a better look on the advantages of putting up business in the “peaceful peninsula,” said Bataan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. President Victor Quezon.

“Peace and order is a big help for businessmen. You will not go to a chaotic place. I laud the City Government of Balanga and the provincial government for their efforts of keeping the place safe,” said Quezon in an interview.

According to the PNP report, the total crime volume in Bataan from January to October tallied to 1,163. Far-flung Aurora province noted the least crimes with 485.

Bulacan recorded the highest crime volume at 8,000; Nueva Ecija with 2,200; Pampanga with 2,100; Tarlac with 1,500; and Zambales with 1,171.

PSupt. Eden Ugale, PNP Regional Operations and Plans Division chief, said that the index and non-index crimes in Central Luzon also dropped, noting the support of local government units (LGUs) and the intensified patrol system.

Index crimes (murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery and theft) were cut to 10,300 compared to the 18,000 recorded in January-October last year.

“Peace and order situation in Region 3 remains manageable with the support of the community, LGUs and the effective implementation of the Police Integrated Patrol System and Patrolya Ng Pulis,” said Ugale.

With this, Quezon said that the rise of Bataan and Balanga City as economic centers will be unprecedented though the help of the local leaders’ visions. He said that the University Town vision of Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III is a “stirrer of growth to the economy” because it helps businesses grow with the students’ help.

“For example, there are 10,000 students in Balanga with P100 a day. That is equivalent to spending P1 million a day and P30 million a month. They will spend for transportation, supplies and food. Many businesses will benefit,” said Quezon, adding that Balanga City is really rising. (CLJD/JMG-PIA 3)
 

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hello sa mga taga bataan ask ko lang po kung maganda ba ung kalsada papuntang Mt. Samat, matarik po ba? parang baguio po ba? saka ung daan po mula Morong papuntang Subic matarik din po ba? maganda ba ung daan? please reply po asap dadaan kasi ako sjan this january thanks!
 

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hello sa mga taga bataan ask ko lang po kung maganda ba ung kalsada papuntang Mt. Samat, matarik po ba? parang baguio po ba? saka ung daan po mula Morong papuntang Subic matarik din po ba? maganda ba ung daan? please reply po asap dadaan kasi ako sjan this january thanks!
The roads are fine for the most part. Nothing to worry about :)
 
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