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CHAPELS AND CHURCHES IN TUGUEGARAO

SAINT PETER'S AND PAUL'S METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL
Rizal Street, Tuguegarao City



ERMITA DE SAN JACINTO CHAPEL
College Avenue, Tuguegarao City



ARCHDIOCESAN SHRINE OF DIVINE MERCY
Maharlika Highway, Pengue, Tuguegarao City



STO. NINO PARISH
San Gabriel, Tuguegarao City



OUR LADY OF CHARTRES CHAPEL
Saint Paul University Philippines, Tuguegarao City



UNIVERSITY CHAPEL
University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao, Tuguegarao City




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Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital lauded for its medical tourism potential
Thelma C. Bicarme

TUGUEGARAO CITY, October 5 (PIA)-- The Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital (NVPH) has received praises and commendation from the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) for its large potential not only on providing medical services but also on medical tourism.

The RPMC noted that after its construction in 2007, NVPH continuously improves are through strong partnerships with various stakeholders. It has modern facilities, quality services, candid landscape and a relaxing environment.

The monitoring team lauded the progress of the said hospital, and congratulated the management for the sustainability they had shown. They also acknowledged the full support of the provincial government in maintaining its operations and expansion.

From a 63-bed capacity on 2008, the NVPH was able to increase its bed capacity to 123 as of this year. The hospital targets to increase the capacity to 175.

The NVPH is currently offering private, semi-private and deluxe wards to its patients. The indigent patients, on the other hand, were given full subsidy on hospital rooms and professional fees, exclusive of medicine bills.

According to Margarita A. Dumlao, NVPH administrative officer, the provincial hospital is continuously expanding its development through improvements on the water system, intensive care units, construction of the perimeter fences around the area, construction of 25 bed charity ward and continual renovation and rehabilitation.

The NVPH has already completed the construction of a dialysis center and a power house. The acquired mobile clinic also serves as a one-stop-shop mini-hospital that caters to the villages of the province, especially the marginalized sector.

Dumlao also said the revenue generation of the NVPH was now recorded at P36.7 million or 91.79 percent of the total target of P 40 million. This contributed much to the increasing trend of the hospital revenue from P14.5 million in 2005 to P44.9 million 2009. (TCB/PIA 2)

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The Tayid Lighthouse, built on a hill in Mahatao town,
Batanes, stands as a beacon for ships and fishermen
at night. The Tayid lighthouse, one of three lighthouses
on the island, was built in 2000. (Photo by ZALDY COMANDA)

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Region 2 is top 2 nationwide in social pension implementation-DSWD
by Thelma C. Bicarme

TUGUEGARAO CITY, October 7 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 2 (DSWD2) has completed the distribution of social pension to the indigent senior citizens in the entire region making it top 2 performer in the nationwide implementation of the government’s social pension program.

Lucia Alan, chief of the Technical Division of the DSWD said for the second quarter of this year, their office was able to release P8,433,000 to a total of 5,622 beneficiaries from the five provinces of region 2.

For Cagayan, a total of P3,732,000 has been disbursed to some 2,488 senior citizens; Isabela, P3,285,500 to 2,190; Nueva Vizcaya, P717,000 to 478, Quirino, P685,000 to 457 and Batanes, P13,500 to nine (9) senior citizens.

She added that indigent senior citizens, aged 77 years old and above have been identified through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

“Only those indigent seniors aged 77 years old and above, who are not receiving any pension from the Government Service Insurance System, Social Security System, Armed Forces of the Philippines and other insurance company, without permanent source of income, or regular support from his/her relatives shall be included in the program,” Alan further explained.

Alan stressed that DSWD social workers have conducted verification and validation of eligible senior citizens who are qualified to receive a monthly social pension of P500.00 to be distributed on a quarterly basis.

The provision of monthly pension for indigent senior citizens is in-line with the fulfillment of the obligation of the government to protect the most vulnerable sector through social protection and for the full implementation of Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

The P500 monthly pension will help the family augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent seniors particularly those who are sickly and bedridden. (TCB/PIA 2)

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Cagayan Valley has 6 active volcanoes
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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) here has identified and confirmed six active volcanoes located within the territorial jurisdiction of Cagayan Valley Region.

Geologist Felicitas Piligan said the six most active volcanoes in the area are Mounts Didicas, Smith, Babuyan, and Cagua in Cagayan; and Iraya and Dequey in Batanes.

The Didicas Volcano is one of the smallest and most active volcanoes in the Philippines with an elevation of 244 meters. It has already erupted seven times from 1773 up to 1990.

Smith Volcano has an elevation of 688 meters above sea level and had erupted six times already, the last known eruption was recorded in 1924.

The Babuyan Claro Volcano has an elevation of 1,080 meters above sea level. It erupted in 1831, 1860, 1913 and 1917.

Mt Cagua is 3,717 feet high with a distinct summit crater. An explosive eruption was recorded in 1860. Signs of activity were observed in 1907 but no eruptions took place and the volcano has been quiet since.

The Dequey Volcano, an underwater volcano, is located in Batanes. With an elevation of 24 meters below sea level, it has erupted three times - 1773, 1850 and 1854. It is considered as the Philippines’ most active undersea volcano.

Mt Iraya is an active volcano that dominates the views in the island of Batan in Batanes. Philvocs regards it as an active volcano, but its last recorded eruption was in 1454. (PNA)

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DSWD launches regional database of nat’l household targeting system
by Suzette R. Adduru

TUGUEGARAO CITY, October 12 (PIA) -- As the mandated agency to provide social protection and anti-poverty programs and projects, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to enhance and strengthen the capacity to meet the challenge through its National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

The NHTS-PR is an information management system which is an initiative of the DSWD to further improve the service delivery systems to the public particularly to the poor.

Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia of DSWD Field Office 02 said the NHTS-PR will be used in identifying beneficiaries of social service programs of the government and lessen exclusion or under-coverage of the poor in social protection programs.

“The NHTS-PR facilitates the sharing of high quality database to public and private social protection stakeholders and reduces leakage of non-poor in social protection services,” Garcia added.

The director likewise said that although the government has limited resources, it could still have a unified, objective and transparent targeting system for the government to accurately distribute its resources and services to the real poor.

Through the NHTS-PR, poor households are identified using four phases the preparatory phase- selection of provinces, municipalities and cities and identification of data collection strategy; data collection and analysis phase - determination of poverty status; validation and finalization phase and; data report generation phase.

In the magnitude of poor households in the national level, region 2 is the second region with the least number of identified poor households at 118,118 for a percentage of 2.25%, Garcia noted.

Garcia disclosed that the highest number of poor households in region 2 comes from the province of Isabela at 54,678 while the lowest comes from the province of Batanes at 178.

But in terms of percentage, the highest comes from the province of Quirino with 35% while the lowest comes from the province of Batanes at 12%, he added.

NHTS-PR may be used by the LGUs and other stakeholders as reference in identifying beneficiaries of their social protection programs and services by entering into Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DSWD to ensure that all data are used for the appropriate purposes and that the rights of the households are protected, he clarified.

Meanwhile, Dr. Robert T. Reyes, Philhealth regional vice president, thanked the DSWD for extending assistance to them in providing the list of poor families culled from NHTS-PR to ensure that accessible and quality health care is provided to underprivileged constituents of region 2.

The launching marked the 22nd celebration of National Statistics month which highlights social protection statistics with the theme, “Quality Social Protection Statistics for Focused Targeting: Improving Outcomes, Changing Lives. (TCB/SRA/PIA)

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Aparri women org’n augments income with fish processing
by Thelma C. Bicarme

TUGUEGARAO CITY, October 14 (PIA) -- Members of the Rural Improvement Club of Brgy. Maura in Aparri, Cagayan have found a viable income-generating activity from selling smoked fish, marinated bangus and dried fish out of their association’s fish processing business.

Less than a month after their training on fish processing at the Regional Fisheries Training Center – Aparri, the group now regularly processes smoked fish, marinated bangus, and dried fish, which they sell to neighbors and offices.

“We do not have any problem at all on marketing,” Delia Pamittan relates noting that most of their products are allocated for orders and some buyers are repeat customers.

From their initial raw material of 50 kilos of fish which was provided by the training center, the group was able to increase this to 80 kilos, as of their last processing session. “We usually buy from the wholesalers to cut on costs,” Pamittan said.

Pamittan said that 10 kilos of fresh bangus is reduced to six kilos when smoked. The women sell their product at 100 pesos per pack.

Out of their net income, 20 percent goes to the organization and 80 percent to the members. The group also allocates 30 percent for labor as part of the total production cost.

“This is a very big help especially for ordinary women like us who are usually short on capital and technical know-how,” Pamittan said as she expressed her thanks to the RFTC for the training and for giving them free access to the fish processing facility of the training center.

Meantime, Dr. Milagros Morales, training center director of the RFTC stressed that the success of small scale livelihood venture lies on the proper training and capital being provided by the government, and more so on the receptiveness of the recipients.

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Morales has urged other groups who want to venture on the same business to contact their office for trainings and assistance. (TCB/PIA 2)
 

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46 LGUs get P91-M incentive for good governance

46 LGUs get P91-M incentive for good governance​

Some 46 local government units (LGUs) throughout the country received on Tuesday a total of P91 million as incentives for good governance under the government’s "Gawad Pamana ng Lahi" program.

In a news release, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the funds came from the department's P500 million Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).

The DILG said the fund serves as incentives for the country’s LGUs to adopt transparent, accountable and participatory governance.

The awards consisted of a trophy and a check amounting to:
P3-million for each provincial winner,
P2-million for each of the city awardees, and
P1-million for each municipal winner.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo said the LGUs were chosen based on the following criteria:
scores in the development indices from the Local Governance Performance Management System,
the Seal of Good Housekeeping,
organization of national government bestowed awards, and
acknowledged innovations.

“We expect the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi awardees to sustain their outstanding performance and serve as shining exemplars of good governance," Robredo said.

“Through this awards program, we aim to recognize the invaluable contribution of LGUs that have continuously adhered to the good governance principles of transparency, accountability and inclusivity in local administration and development," he said.

The awards were handed out as part of the DILG's "Biyaheng Pinoy" program, a yearlong celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Local Government Code.

Of the 46 regional winners, 15 were provinces, 15 were cities and 16 were municipalities.

The provincial awardees include the provinces of La Union, Quirino, Bulacan, Cavite, Marinduque, Albay, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Leyte, Zamboanga del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Compostela Valley, Cotabato, Agusan del Norte and Benguet.

The city awardees were: San Fernando, Santiago, San Fernando, Antipolo, Puerto Princesa, Ligao, Iloilo, Cebu, Ormoc, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Tagum, Kidapawan, Surigao, and Tabuk.

Meanwhile, the municipal awardees were: Tagudin (Ilocos Sur); Ilagan (Isabela); Llanera (Nueva Ecija); Carmona (Cavite); Odiongan (Romblon); Tiwi (Albay); New Lucena (Iloilo); Amlan (Negros Oriental); Naval (Biliran); Labason (Zamboanga del Norte); Opol (Misamis Oriental); Laak (Compostela Valley); Surallah (South Cotabato); Cagwait (Surigao del Sur); Sta. Marcela (Apayao); and Sultan Mastura (Maguindanao). - VVP, GMA News

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University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao landed at third place in a tie with De La Salle University - Lipa in the recently concluded October 2011 CPA Board Examinations. Only four universities in the whole country made it to the list of top performing schools namely: University of the Philippines Diliman with 100%, followed by University of Santo Tomas with 88% and then De La Salle University - Lipa and University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao with 80%. In order for a school to be included among the top performing schools list, there should be a minimum of 50 examinees and a minimum of 80% passing rate.

Source: http://www.prc.gov.ph/uploaded/documents/CPA1011ft.pdf

Meanwhile, CSU and SPUP also posted impressive passing percentages with 86.36%(19/22) and 74.29%(26/35), respectively.

Here's the list of schools in Region 02 with their respective passing percentages:

Aldersgate College - 33.33%(2/6)
Cagayan State University - 86.36%(19/22)
Lyceum of Aparri - 23.53%(4/17)
Northeastern College - 27.78%(5/18)
Patria Sable Corpus College - 100%(3/3)
Our Lady of the Pillar's College - 24.24%(8/33)
Saint Ferdinand College - 10.34%(3/29)
Saint Mary's University - 69.39%(34/49)
Saint Paul University Philippines - 74.29%(26/35)
University of La Sallete - 28.85%(15/52)
University of Perpetual Help System Cauayan - 66.67%(2/3)
University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao - 80%(40/50)
 

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Bayombong is not a good place for small and medium entrepreneurs, too much taxes imposed by the local government. Newest is the 1% yearly "cut" of the provincial capitol from the gross income.

Kaya napag-iiwanan na ng Bambang ang Bayombong dahil ipit na ipit ang mga negosyante. Business here is come and go. It's not a good sign hindi gaya sa Solano na iniingatan ang mga SME's.
 

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Bayombong is not a good place for small and medium entrepreneurs, too much taxes imposed by the local government. Newest is the 1% yearly "cut" of the provincial capitol from the gross income.

Kaya napag-iiwanan na ng Bambang ang Bayombong dahil ipit na ipit ang mga negosyante. Business here is come and go. It's not a good sign hindi gaya sa Solano na iniingatan ang mga SME's.
Well, they have their own reasons as to why they want it that way. A lot of people don't know but that is the trend here in the US. More and more non-commercial towns and cities here just want to preserve their history and small-town feel rather than go big and deal with more problems and what have you. Bayombong is so close to Solano anyway that any local development on either side could slow the other down.
 
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