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Posted on 05-11-2010 19:00
Public Awareness Underscored in AbraOctober 24, 2010,

6:01pmBANGUED, Abra — The awareness of the public on the unscrupulous activities of their local officials will help play a key role in curbing the rampant violence in this province, the new head of the Task Force Abra said here over the weekend.

Senior Supt. Roberto Quinto Soriano, deputy regional director for operations of the Police Regional Office (PRO) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and newly installed Task Force Abra head, claimed it is high time that the people of Abra must wake up to reality that their politicians have been allegedly fooling them over the past several decades and they are now continuously imposing their will on them.

He added that local residents must come up with a concerted effort to make their local officials accountable to them by demanding where their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) had been used over the past several decades.

According to Soriano, unscrupulous politicians in the different towns have been utilizing their IRA for the alleged hiring of their goons to ensure their continuous reign in power, thus, they could intimidate and harass their constituents to follow their whims and caprices without fear because they now they are in control of the situation.

Because of the obvious abuses of local officials in the different parts of the province which is now putting its image in a bad light, Soriano claimed people must now bond together to put an end to such imposition of will by their abusive leaders so that there will be a paradigm shift in the behavior of people to bring back the culture of peace in the province which will chart a new destiny for the present and future generations of Abrenians.

For the past two decades, Abra had been tagged as the killing fields of the North because of the occurrence of numerous violent incidents that claimed innocent lives of politicians and their supporters due to the reign of the culture of fear and violence.

Despite previous commitments of local officials to embrace peace and order as one of their major thrusts of governance, violence still continues to exist in the different parts of the province because erring politicians continue to intimidate and harass their constituents who are perceived to be against their current brand of leadership.

Soriano admitted that law enforcers are doing their best to maintain peace and order in the province but they could not bodily watch the perceived goons of most politicians, thus, they could easily advance their own personal and political interests by intimidating and harassing their identified opposition.

The police official asserted what is important now is for the people to actively be vigilant in the affairs of the government and become aggressive in checking the malpractices of their leaders so that they will be able to send the message that they no longer patronize such authoritarian form of leadership and that what they want is to be free from their impositions. (Dexter A. See)

Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/284014/public-awareness-underscored-abra


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Posted on 05-11-2010 19:04
Abra town selects barangay leaders the indigenous way
28 October 2010
By ARTHA KIRA PAREDES



Tubo Mayor Wilma Gattud and SVD Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian lead the performance of Palook (community dance), an indigenous Tubo tradition during a fiesta celebration. Taken in front of Tubo municipal hall, which also serves as Dap-ay center. (Photo from tingguian.com)

WHILE thousands of barangays all over the country still await the final results of the Oct. 25 polls, eight of 10 barangays in Tubo town in Abra already knew their new set of officials about a month before election day.

This was made possible through the centuries-old dap-ay indigenous practice where community elders in Tubo, called the panglakayen, chose the winners in the race for village chiefs andcouncilors in barangays Alangtin, Dilong, Kili, Poblacion, Supo, Tiempo, Tubtuba and Tabacda as early as September.

Tubo, the second biggest land area among the 27 towns of Abra, is among the upland towns. It has two indigenous groups–the Maengs and the Belwangs.

“The dap-ay is a form of governance implemented by the father of our forefathers since the 16th century,” Tubo Mayor Wilma Gattud said.

The dap-ay practice in Tubo originated in nearby Mountain Province where its residents came from, according to Abra Provincial Planning and Development Officer Philip Tingonong.

Based on this practice, Gattud said the community elders called for a general assembly before the Oct.25 elections and asked attendees who among them were planning to run as barangay officials.

She said the elders selected only one barangay captain and the required number of councilors, using their own set of qualifications. Among the qualifications are regular attendance in community meetings and community service rendered.

Gattud said only the candidates selected by the elders filed their certificates of candidacy so they ran unopposed and became sure winners.

She said dap-ay was also used to determine their candidates in this year’s May presidential elections.

The elders make use of the dap-ay system to ensure peaceful elections because it discourages vote-buying, among other things, Gattud said. Dap-ay yields not only zero campaign-related expenses but also prevents violence, she added.

Abra, located some 400 kilometers north of Manila, is known to be a province whose leaders resort to terrorism and vote-buying to win elections. The province was among the “areas of concerns” declared by the Commission of Elections in the 2010 barangay elections.

Vote-buying in the capital town Bangued is said have gone not less than a million pesos per barangay, or P3,000 to P4,000 per person. Although several checkpoints were installed and police were very visible to ensure the orderly conduct of elections, incidents of shooting and squabbles among politicians in voting precincts were still reported.

Bangued was also placed under COMELEC control because of the reported presence of private armed groups and loose firearms that had fuelled tension among political candidates and their followers.

While incidents of shooting and political harassment through intimidation have been reported in other Abra towns, no similar reports appear in recent police records in Tubo.

In 2001, however, then incumbent Mayor Jose Segundo was killed. He is one of the three mayors killed since then. The other two were Tineg Mayor Clarence Benwaren in 2002 and La Paz Mayor Marc Ysrael Bernos in 2006.

Dap-ay may have been known for its political impact in Tubo because of its role in selecting candidates before the elections. But that is not its only role.

The Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development Protection Plan 2004-2014 of Tubo also lists policy and development planning as among the dap-ay’s roles and functions.

The 10-year plan defines dap-ay as a “system of governance by the Maeng Tribe, which manage(s) and direct(s) socioeconomic, cultural and spiritual life of the people in an ili (community).”

It further states, “The collective leadership of the elders is the master of all decisionmaking and the people exercise check and balance during tipon (assembly).”

According to the plan, “every ili has its own dap-ay (autonomous government) operating independently responsible for the management and development of the community concern.”

Abra is inhabited by Ilocanos and Tingguians–or people of the mountains, which Tingonong said is the “generic term Spaniards used in the late 1500s to refer to the different indigenous groups of Abra.”

He said the word is from the Malay term tinggi that means “mountain.” Although Abrenians are predominantly Ilocanos, there are 10 major Tingguian indigenous peoples in the province.

Abra is one of the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region with a population of 230,953. Of this number, the Provincial Planning and Development Office estimates 34 to 35 percent to be Tingguian.

The province has 303 of the 41,995 barangays nationwide based on the 2006 tally of the National Statistics and Coordination Board tally.

Source: http://verafiles.org/main/focus/abra-town-selects-barangay-leaders-the-indigenous-way/


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Posted on 05-11-2010 19:07
PNP chief tells police to review, retrain GMRCBy MARITES BEÑAS/PIA-ABRA

BANGUED, Abra — Philippine National Police Chief Raul Bacalzo urged the police force to review and retrain in the basic virtues of courtesy, discipline and Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) as part of efforts to transform the image the police.

Bacalzo, in his message to the officers and men of the Abra-Philippine National Police in his visit to the province on October 11, stressed this point as he shared the result of a survey floated three years ago as to what the general public do not want in their police force. The survey revealed that the respondents do not want a police who is arrogant, abusive and slow to respond. #

Source: http://www.nordis.net/?p=8046


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Posted on 05-11-2010 19:17
Mga magkaribal na pamilya, nagharap sa mga presinto sa Abra

Binalot ng karahasan at takot ang ilang mga presinto sa Abra kanina. Muntik nang magkasagupa ang dalawang kilalang magkatunggaling pamilya, habang magkakahiwalay na shooting incidents ang nangyari sa probinsiya.

Nagsisisigaw habang inaakusahan ng babaeng ito si Mayor Ryan Luna ng Bangued, Abra na nambugbog umano ng isang kandidato. Nagkalat din umano ang mga goons ni Luna na umano'y nangha-harass sa mga botante.

Sa loob ng presintong ito, naiiyak na ang ilang botante dahil pinapaligiran daw sila ng mga tauhan ni Luna. Natatakot rin sila lumabas ng presinto nang makita ang mga umano'y goons ng pulitiko.

Pero itinanggi ni Mayor Luna ang mga alegasyong ito.

"May pumunta dito na watcher, [sabi sa akin] 'Sir, may baril 'yon,' sabi niya. Tinawag ko iyong mga naka-detail na pulis. Ngayon, noong pupunta na 'yong mga pulis doon, 'yong may baril, pumasok doon sa loob. Siyempre, ninerbyos na sila kasi may dalang baril, nag-hysterical na," ani Mayor Luna.

Hindi maawat sa bangayan ang babaeng ito na asawa pala ng tumatakbong kapitan na si Dominic Valera, na umano'y mortal na kaaway ng pamilya Luna. Napaghiwalay din ng pulisya ang dalawang pamilya.

Pero kinuwestyon ni Valera kung anong ginagawa ng isang mayor sa loob ng polling center.

"Mayor ka na, bakit ka pa pupunta sa loob ng presinto, eh hindi ka naman boboto doon. Kung di ba abusado 'yong ganoon," ani Valera.

Nagkakahamunan na tuloy sa huli ang dalawang pamilyang ito.

"Gusto nila is mag-showdown. Kinapkapan namin iyong ibang mga kasama nila, wala namang baril," ani Chief Inspector Julio Lizardo, Bangued police chief.

Madugo naman ang naging engkuwentro sa Boliney, Abra. Sugatan ang miyembro ng Cafgu na si Jerry Dumayum.

Sinubukan daw niyang pigilan ang kapitan na si Laureto Bacayug at mga kasama nito nang tangkaing agawin ang ballot box mula sa kanya.

"Nang itinakbo ni Kapitan Laureto Bacayug iyong ballot box, nakasalubong ko siya, kaya iyon, binaril niya ako," ani Dumayum.

Sa paa ni Bacayug tumagos ang bala. Pero tumanggi itong magsalita kung inagaw nga niya talaga ang mga balota.

Patay naman ang kumakandidatong kagawad na si Benny Sta. Maria nang pagbabarilin ng tatlong lalaki sa tapat mismo ng kanyang bahay. Lalo pang pinaigiting ng mga otoridad ang seguridad sa Abra, lalo't ngayong gabi pa lang magsisimula ang mano-manong bilangan.

"Maging kalmado tayo, at huwag maging masyadong mainit ang ulo. Huwag masaydong maging emosyonal pagdating sa pagbibilang," ani Atty. Vanessa Roncal, Abra Comelec supervisor. Ron Gagalac, patrol ng Pilipino

Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/nation/regions/10/25/10/powerful-rival-families-face-abra-precincts


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Posted on 05-11-2010 19:20
Abra weavers aim to preserve a dying craftPosted at 4:58 pm October 26, 2010



BANGUED, ABRA - Adelaida Lim’s business combines her passion for fine Filipino fabrics and an advocacy to preserve a dying tradition, the Abra loom weaving and embroidery.

The Baguio native shares she first came across the traditional Abra woven cloth while shopping in Baguio’s public market in the 1990s.

It did not occur to her then that she will start a business on Abra fabric because her first visit and talks with Abra women were mostly to create fabric based on colors that she likes and then buy them for her personal collection.

But after seeing how the craft has become a rare art practiced by only a few Abra women, she set out to start a small business to resell the fabrics so that they will continue to weave and preserve an art passed down from generations dating back to the pre-Spanish era.

“It is a tragedy that this form of loom weaving has been slowly dying because Filipinos no longer use or wear the fabric,” says Adelaida, who founded Abra Atbp.

“Since we have been colonized, we have been so Westernized that we patronize imported goods over our local handicrafts here, which I must say are real works of art and is a testament to our culture even before the Spanish came to our shores.”

According to Adelaida, there are three types of Abra weaving namely pinilian, binakol, and kiniri.

All these three are typical weaving techniques of the Ilocos region until the region was divided into separate provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Abra.

“The pinilian is usually a blanket design that depicts fruits such as pineapple and guava as well as men riding a horse, calesa or banca. As you can see, these fruits are one of the main produce in Abra while the calesa and banca show their transportation in the area and their main livelihood, which is fishing. Usually, it only has two colors, the dominant color of green, rustic orange or blue and white for the designs,” describes Adelaida.

As for the binakol, she explains that these are recognized for its uniform geometric patterns often resulting in dizzying optical art designs made to represent the waves of the sea.

Some historical accounts say that earlier Filipinos have also predominantly used the binakol fabric in rituals such as in dresses worn by both men and women because they believe the “op art” patterns protected them from evil spirits.

Tiniri is the third type of Abra fabric design that “makes use of twisted weaving technique” to make the fabric design used in daily clothing of early Filipinos such as tapis (wraparound skirt from women), sash, loincloths, pants, ceremonial dresses and during the Spanish era, it was used for making poncho.

To preserve Abra’s embroidery technique, Adelaida encouraged the weavers to incorporate embroidered designs on the fabrics they now produce.

For example, a tiniri tapis I purchased from the store, upon close inspection, is actually composed of two 30-inches of tiniri fabric joined together using Abra’s unique embroidery designs.

Fabric made from handloom weaving usually has a width of 20 inches or 30 inches depending on the size of the loom so the tapis is really made of two tiniri fabrics.

It took years of hard work and constant encouraging Abra weavers before Adelaida was able to acquire a collection of Abra fabric that she now resells to specialty bazaars and interested local buyers.

During her visits to Abra, she buys the hand-woven fabric from the weavers. “Sometimes they tell me to buy it immediately because they say they have not earned from their harvest yet,” she says.

The return of profit is quite slow from a couple of months to a year but local fashionistas and even international designers are starting to take notice of the Abra fabrics that she sells.

Fabrics at Abra Atbp. can be viewed on a per appointment basis at #2635 Taft Avenue Extension. You can contact them at 8318658 and 8312346.

“To reintroduce the fabrics to the local market, what we tried to do is to make it more contemporary in terms of the use of the fabrics such as in ponchos or chic wraparounds to relive the old tapis which we Filipinos traditionally wore.”

“For the pinilian blankets, we made them larger from what the Abra women usually weave so that they would fit double- or queen-size beds. We also make items such as table napkins with their embroidery design and pillows made of binakol fabric,” she adds.

For now, the weavers use a chemically-dyed thread, which is a mix of cotton and polyester imported from China. While this would allow the Abra fabrics to be machine-washable, they are not as soft as a 100 percent cotton fabric sold in the future; Adelaida says she plans to encourage the Abra weavers to make their own threads from silk and cotton, as they did before.

“They used to spin their own thread from silk and cotton but now they buy the threads abroad and usually they are victimized by the middlemen here aside from the local middlemen who resell their fabrics before na talagang bagsak presyo ang bili sa kanila (who buy the fabrics at very cheap prices).”

“So what I want to do in the future is to enable them to spin and dye the threads they will use for the fabrics, that is my dream for them: to restore the traditional craft of making these Abra fabrics,” she points out.

There is still a ray of hope for Abra’s traditional loom fabric, says Adelaida, as more weavers now supply her store of their handmade fabrics and as the younger generation in Abra re-learn the tradition from their mothers.

“It is important for the country to preserve treasures like this so that we know what we have. And by the craftsmanship, time and patience that they put on making the fabric thread by thread literally, we can regain our sense of pride that these humble Filipino weavers make the fabrics to tell their stories and their life.”

Source: http://loqal.ph/home-and-living/2010/10/26/abra-weavers-aim-to-preserve-a-dying-craft/


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Posted on 05-11-2010 19:47
Binay Vows Support for Housing in Abra

By DEXTER A. SEENovember 1, 2010, 5:53pmBANGUED, Abra, Philippines —

Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay promised to help the provincial government here in its housing projects which stand to benefit local residents and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from the different parts of the province.

In his visit here over the weekend, the so-called “housing czar” and “hope of OFWs met with the local officials, national agency heads and the media to discuss the anticipatory construction of housing units so that in times of calamities, there are already units that are ready for occupancy.

For this to materialize, Binay is requiring at least two hectares of land for the initial construction of 200 units good for 200 families, plus another three hectares for expansion for the construction of additional units and the provision of amenities within the housing project.

“All we need to do is to give a “sovereign guarantee” to our investors since the National Housing Authority can not provide all the funding to our proposed housing projects because our national government can only give so much,” Binay said.

The Vice President also promised to follow up the project proposal of the Manabo municipal government for its Kasagudan Resettlement Project which has long been awaiting financial support from the national government.

The provincial government has an on-going housing project in the town of Peñarrubia but had been long delayed due to lack of funding.

Moreover, Binay also vowed to be more efficient in extending the benefits to OFWs and their families. He chairs the Office of the Presidential Adviser for OFW Concerns.

Giving tips on local governance, Binay said local government units should computerize their transactions if they want to increase their revenue collections. Computerization of the LGUs especially the offices of the Assessor, the Treasurer and the Mayor would eliminate corruption since there will be uniformity in the computation of taxes, he explained.

On his stand on the proposed abolition of Sangguniang Kabataan elections, the VP said he is for the abolition of SK elections but he stressed that there should still be a youth representative in the municipal/city council.

Binay said he is also in favor of the barangay elections as well. “We can easily appoint barangay officials and do away with the expensive barangay elections. This way, the mayor can easily terminate a barangay official who does not perform’, he pointed out.

Asked about his program of establishing sisterhood with other local government units particularly those among low income municipalities, Binay said they only have to submit a resolution to the City Government of Makati which is now under the leadership of his own son. He informed that Makati City has P2 billion educational fund which they are willing to share with other LGUs that need their assistance.


Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/285374/binay-vows-support-housing-abra

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I am skeptical about the housing proposal of Binay but I think there is some merit to what he is talking about regarding the computerization of the LGUs especially the assessor's office. It not only reduces corruption when taxes are uniformly applied but also aids people in finding out who owns which property, thus avoiding double or multiple sale of properties.

Binay practically told mayors to check out with Makati City for possible availment of some educational funds. All it takes is proof that a town is of low income (and it is easy to show that status for any town in Abra) to qualify for some assistance.

I think there is also practical wisdom in appointing barangay officials instead of electing them. Elections are not only financially draining on the government, they invariably are the harbingers of death, at least in Abra.

SL




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I am skeptical about the housing proposal of Binay but I think there is some merit to what he is talking about regarding the computerization of the LGUs especially the assessor's office. It not only reduces corruption when taxes are uniformly applied but also aids people in finding out who owns which property, thus avoiding double or multiple sale of properties.

Binay practically told mayors to check out with Makati City for possible availment of some educational funds. All it takes is proof that a town is of low income (and it is easy to show that status for any town in Abra) to qualify for some assistance.

I think there is also practical wisdom in appointing barangay officials instead of electing them. Elections are not only financially draining on the government, they invariably are the harbingers of death, at least in Abra.

SL




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Posted on 07-11-2010 17:29

Col. Pabunan: No letup in pursuit operations vs communist terrorists
by Maritess Beñas

Lagangilang, Abra (6 November) -- The Commanding Officer of the 503rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army based in Abra is determined to continue pursuit operations against Communist Terrorists after losing three of his soldiers and wounding five others during an ambush along the Abra-Kalinga Road at Brgy. Bonglo, Licuan-Baay last October 30.

"We will not let-up the pursuit operations so as to drive out or render the communist terrorist ineffective as they have been among the causes why the province of Abra as lagging behind in terms of development. It does not matter whether we will exhaust everything we have as long as our people will not be harassed or feel intimidated by the communist terrorists who have long haunted this province of their violent activities", Col. Danny Pabunan said.

According to LTC Noel Baluyan, commanding officer of the 41st Battalion, his troops were conducting patrols in the area as part of the pre-emptive security operations for a peaceful celebration of the All Saints Day and to check on reports of extortion being conducted by the communist terrorists on contractors of on-going concreting projects along the Abra-Kalinga Road.

The casualties were identified as PFC Philippin C. Balonggay, Jr., PFC Anofre T. Doca and PFC Joel S. Suria.

Wounded-in-action were Cpl. William R. Gonzales, PFC Ronald E. Siazon, PFC Eulogio I. Mangano, PFC Joey M. Balmes and PVT Celso P. Kelang. The wounded were brought to the Abra Provincial Hospital for immediate medical treatment and eventually transported to the AFP Medical Center in V-Luna, Quezon City.

The pursuit operations after the series of gun battles yielded at least two high-powered fire arms on November 2, 2010 at Brgy. Bonglo, Licuan-Baay.

The firearms recovered are one M1 Garand Rifle and one Carbine rifle with 22 and 15 rounds of ammunition respectively.

The soldiers believed that the firearms were left by the retreating terrorists who dressed themselves as ordinary civilians to evade the pursuing government troops.

Pabunan said it is the tactic that the terrorists employ to mix themselves with the local populace once they are besieged.

Several clips of ammunition were also recovered from an abandoned nipa house in Brgy Apao, Tineg last October 31 by a platoon of soldiers who were scouring the area for possible route of withdrawal of the retreating terrorists who undertook the ambush in Licuan-Baay. The troops earlier served in Tineg during the conduct of the Barangay and SK Elections. (PIA-Abra) [top]

Souce: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p101106.htm&no=09


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Posted on 07-11-2010 17:30
In Abra, traditional farmers hold key to organic future


By Desiree Caluza
Inquirer Northern Luzon
First Posted 17:27:00 11/06/2010

Filed Under: Agriculture, Arable Farming, Fertilisers


PIDIGAN, ABRA, Philippines—A 10-hectare organic farm in Barangay (village) Galicia in Pidigan, Abra, has been drawing Cordillera farmers who want to learn about its sustainable and environmental farming practices.

Galicia Farms has served as a model to agriculture experts who advocate a shift back to traditional farming in this age of expensive chemical-based agriculture, said Pura Sumangil, director of Social Development Center (Sodec) of the Diocese of Bangued, which runs the farms.

Sumangil said the farm has been promoting environment-friendly technology and has helped various groups in producing and marketing their products.

The farm has a demonstration field and offers training on seed banking of traditional seeds, organic farming and organizational development.

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Sodec has been running the farm since the late 1990s after its former director, Sister Celerina Zabala, introduced organic farming in Bangued communities, Sumangil said.

“Even before the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 (Republic Act 10068) came into the picture, the Department of Agriculture has been coming here to conduct training and lectures among farmers interested in organic farming. This farm has become their show window for the rest of the Cordillera,” she said.

“We want to help farmers rely on natural resources in tending their farms. We do not want them to rely on commercial chemical inputs. We all know that many of our farmers do not earn out of commercial farming because they are buried in loans so they can buy chemical [fertilizers],” said Fr. Ruben Valdez, parish priest of Tayum town.

The farm has started efforts in saving Abra’s traditional seed varieties that have been displaced due to the government’s introduction of high-yielding rice varieties in the 1970s.

Sumangil said more than 40 traditional rice varieties, including those from other Cordillera provinces, are being grown in the farm.

Integrated farming

Emmanuel Gaboy, agriculturist of Galicia Farms, said the farm has become a center for integrated farming, in which livestock breeding and crop production are done simultaneously.

According to Gaboy, farm technicians conduct monthly seminars on integrated farming for farmers, students and even priests.

“This is a recognized organic farm that the DA has been using as a demonstration farm,” he said.

The farm breeds carabaos, cows, hogs, chickens, geese, ducks and goats, which are fed organic vegetables, grass, rice and corn.

Apart from traditional rice varieties, the farm grows eggplants, string beans, bitter gourd, camote, ginger and peanuts.

The farm makes its own organic fertilizer from animal manure, rice straw, leaves, rice hull and powdered eggshells.

Gaboy said the organic fertilizer is used in vegetable farms and rice fields. He said the farm also makes its own organic feed for ducks, chickens and turkey from ground corn, rice bran, chopped camote leaves, kangkong, banana trunks, rice, muscovado sugar and fermented juice of guyabano, santol and mangoes.

‘Abrex’

While the farm grows hogs, the pens do not emit much odor due to “Abrex,” a deodorizer created by farm technicians from saw dust, rice hull and organic fertilizers.

Sumangil said the land where the farm operates used to be owned by Augustinian priests. She said the archdiocese of Nueva Segovia, which covers Ilocos Sur, turned over the area to the diocese of Bangued.

“This used to be a hilly farm that produced sugarcane and tobacco. The Abra irrigation project was put up in the 1970s so it could water the farms in Tayum, Bangued and Pidigan towns. The plants and trees here stood the test of time, so if you look around, there are lots of [century-old] trees here,” Sumangil said.

Source: http://business.inquirer.net/money/topstories/view/20101106-301814/In-Abra-traditional-farmers-hold-key-to-organic-future


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Saturday, November 6, 2010
Invitation to Ilocos #8: Mt. Bullagao, the Sleeping Beauty of Ilocos Sur

PinoyMountaineer presents "Invitation to Ilocos", featuring the newly-documented mountaineering destinations of Ilocandia. This column is by Agnes Fidelis Gloria-Pinzon, PinoyMountaineer correspondent for Northern Luzon and the One Degree Mountaineering Group.



The name, Mt. Bullagao – called the Sleeping Beauty - has intrigued us since around the start of the year when it was mentioned in passing by friends in Abra. At the same time, a mountain’s profile we always caught a glimpse of whenever we passed through Ilocos Sur caught our attention and would have us looking up with more longing than the casual glance. We would soon find out that this peak was indeed, THE Mt. Bullagao we’ve been hearing about. If the goddess Makiling in the south lay on her side, her shoulder and hip seemingly outlined across the sky, our sleeping beauty in the north lay prostrate on her back with her breasts sharply contoured and her head reclined facing up toward the sky. From Bangued Abra, the lady looks heavy with child but nonetheless intriguing. Local lore tells of an enchantress enticing unwary travelers to her deep caves to forever roam her lands, perpetually lost. Our friend Bishop Utleg shared another legend surrounding this mountain; one that had Mother Mary resting on its peak before she was taken up to heaven. All these gave the mountain an aura of mystery that heightened our excitement to climb it even more.

Sources inform us that one can enter through Sto. Domingo, Santa, Narvacan or Magsingal,- all in Ilocos Sur. Of course, one can also enter from Tineg, Abra as the mountain straddles both provinces. We find out that the mountain’s many trails are the usual corridors to Abra’s still rich and teeming hunting grounds from the Ilocos. The lower trails are so used and worn that even carabao pulled sleds are brought up and down the foothills. We later learn that whole battalions of ROTC cadets march through the mountain as an exercise at least once a year, making their way up to a campsite and backtracking down in a just a day. Considering all these, we plan for a single night itinerary and enlist the help of a local teacher of Magsingal National High School, Kim Neil Collado, and a couple of his students who know the trails very well. Off hand, we weren’t expecting a difficult trek, after all, it was looking more and more like an established climb.

We decide to enter from Magsingal as one of our party, Eric is from that town and so is Maestro Kim, so it was a logical choice. It takes us 30 mins by hired jeep to reach the jumpoff at Brgy. Patong. The hard packed earth road was wide but impassable to vehicles, deeply scored and broken in a lot of places and as it reached the last sitio of the barangay, Kasamakan, it tapered off to a foot path which was extremely muddy and difficult to trod on without getting stuck. In most parts, the thick mud mixed with carabao manure and made a sticky, smelly, clumpy muck that brought flies swarming at our heels. The mountain also seemed to be one giant ant hill with the big species of the insects seemingly abounding every square inch of the forest floor. The stifling heat made the slog extra grueling and after the lunch hour passed, huge mosquitoes joined in the buzzing fray, their stingers easily puncturing through clothes. The over-used muddy trail finally hardened as the altitude climbed but it was slow going and the bugs made it an even slower trudge. After around 3 hours of steady trekking, the trail suddenly picks up and starts ascending steeply. At around 600+ masl, the forest cover breaks into grasslands and the breeze from the sea beyond the plains was a welcome respite. We reach the campsite shortly and clear a sizeable area with the guides as we waited for the rest of our group to straggle up. It begins to rain but not too strong as the others make it up one by one.

The altitude and the decrease in temperature thankfully drove away the mosquitoes but the ants were still a persistent presence. The rain weakened and stopped altogether just as the sun set and after dinner we all huddle together under a makeshift tarp to share a few stories and lots of laughter with our guides and Maestro Kim who regaled us with stories of his students traipsing up and down Bullagao through the years. The summit, according to Maestro Kim, was around an hour from the camp and although hunters from nearby Ilocos Sur towns continued on down to Abra’s hunting grounds through other trails, he and his students have never gone past that point. We made plans for the following day and settled in for the night.

Day 2 started early and hurried the next day as we were all excited about the summit and we started trekking immediately. Breakfast would have to wait for our return. Except for rationed trail water and a bit of trail food, we were unloaded and thus made fast progress. From the campsite, altitude gain was steady but in greater increments and we pass several other places with dap-ayan’s (makeshift shelters presumably used by hunters) and remnants of camp. We also noticed quite a few other trails leading down and away to different directions but the main trail was easy to follow, being wide and established. We eventually reach the summit and were amazed at the giant, twisting balete tree that marked it. Orly, our guide, announced the summit with a bit of flourish. At 1080 masl, this was the known endpoint and he indicated that they only normally went this far. He was about to settle in to wait for the rest of the group when Arch told him to keep on going. The GPS was showing a different point and it was still a good 300 meters away. The trail noticeably narrows and Orly had to hack through some vegetation. We continue moving up for another 30 minutes until we hit our target – the summit at 1112 masl! The real reward, however, was just a few meters away where the forest cover broke into a clearing where we were greeted by a magnificent view! To our left was the rugged terrain of Abra and the Abra river snaking through its verdant, misty ranges; to our right was the whole expanse of the Ilocos Sur coastal plains and the South China Sea and to our horizon lay the hazy outline of the majestic Benguet peaks. Right before us was Mt. Bullagao’s lower twin peak (we would later validate it as the reclining lady’s chin) and had we not been pressed for time, we would have attempted to scale it. It was still a take-your-breath-away moment despite just one peak done; the kind that validates one’s choice of this demanding pursuit. Even Maestro Kim was speechless as he took it all in, marveling at the beauty before all of us. In his honor and as a testament to all his hard work throughout the years of bringing Mt. Bullagao closer to more and more of the young in his community, we christen the spot, Kim’s Peak!

We linger for a few more minutes, taking pictures, sharing congratulations, gloating through text messages to those of our group who, mistakenly, sat this one out. We agreed that the view atop Mt. Bullagao could easily rival that of Tirad Peak and we regretted not having made it early enough to watch what must have been a spectacular sunrise!

Interestingly enough, we meet more than a dozen hunters along the trail in the descent, going to different directions, armed with shotguns, rifles and their pet dogs. It was a Sunday and according to our guides, it was the peak day for hunting. The hunters we met were amiable enough but were amusingly bewildered why we bothered to go all the way up to the highest point when there wasn’t anything there they were interested in. Some of the less friendly ones hushed our banter and told us not to be too loud as we might scare their game away. We head home after striking camp and a hearty breakfast and reach the jump-off by early afternoon, this time not too mindful of the mire, the bugs and the sticky toil of the lower trails.

On the jeep going home, I looked back up at the lady reposed as if in slumber, her breasts cloud covered now in wispy grayish mists, her chin jutting out to heaven in mock defiance and I wondered if she was awakened this time either by our heavy footsteps, the cocking of guns or the constant baying of dogs.

PinoyMountaineer.com congratulates One Degree Mountaineering Group for Mt. Bullagao - their 8th exploration in the "Invitation to Ilocos" series

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Posted on 08-11-2010 19:20
Abra Mining reviews Canadian proposal

By Riza T. Olchondra
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:14:00 11/08/2010

Filed Under: Mining and quarrying, Joint Ventures, Company Information


MANILA, Philippines—Abra Mining and Industrial Corp. is reviewing a proposed joint venture with Canadian strategic partner Olympus Pacific Mineral Inc. on the Capcapo copper-gold project in Abra province, the company said in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Monday.

Subject to completion of a due-diligence audit, the standing option agreement was that Olympus and its Philippine affiliates would take a 60-percent interest in Abra Mining’s Capcapo gold property.

Abra Mining has incurred losses of almost P34.8 million as of June this year. In its quarterly report for the period ending June, the company said it has not started normal commercial extraction of mine products on its property.

“A total of 15 drill holes have been drilled to significantly validate the Capcapo project. The project documents are all in order from the MPSA [mineral production sharing agreement] to the NCIP [National Commission of Indigenous People] approval,” Abra Mining said.

Source: http://business.inquirer.net/money/topstories/view/20101108-302169/Abra-Mining-reviews-Canadian-proposal

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Extraction of natural resources from our province with proceeds going to foreign corporations or very select few (mostly local politicians or national political figures) foreseeably can cause unrest and bloodbath in our province. I had been wondering why ambassadors and consuls of different countries had been visiting destitute and "NPA-infested" Abra. I had also been wondering why generals and senators had shown interest in Abra. The mines of Abra could possibly be the answer.
I do hope that the natives of Abra will not be misled by our local politicians and that they will heed the lessons learned from the Cellophil failure.

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Posted on 10-11-2010 20:34
Bodyguard ng judge itinumba

Ni Artemio Dumlao (Pilipino Star Ngayon) Updated November 11, 2010 12:00 AM Comments (0)


BANGUED, Abra, Philippines – Pinagbabaril hanggang sa mapatay ang personal bodyguard ng judge ng maskaradong lalaki noong Martes ng gabi sa bisinidad ng Barangay Sta. Rosa sa bayan ng Bangued, Abra.

Walong bala ng M16 Armalite rifle ang tumapos sa buhay ni Efren “Appeng” Aquino, 40, personal aide ni Judge Corpus Cristi Alzale ng Abra Regional Trial Court Branch 2.

Nabatid na nakikipag-inuman si Aquino sa kanyang kabarangay bandang alas-8 ng gabi nang lapitan at ratratin.

Ayon kay Abra police director Senior Supt. Armando Laguiwid, noong Abril 7, 2010 niransak ang sala ni Judge Alzate kung saan nilimas ang mga baril na gagamitin sana bilang ebidensya sa mga kasong kriminal.

Ang pamamaslang sa personal aide ni Judge Alzate ay pinakahuli sa maraming biktima ng krimen sa tinaguriang killing field ng Cordillera kung saan noong nakalipas na linggo ay binaril at napatay din ang barangay chairman ng Lagangilang sa Bangued.

Isang araw bago ang barangay at Sangguniang Kabataan elections, isa ring konsehal sa San Isidro ang napaslang ng mga ‘di-kilalang lalaki na sinasabing iniuugnay kay Mayor Zaldy Pacsa, na ngayon ay nahaharap sa kasong murder.

Source http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=628917&publicationSubCategoryId=49



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PIA Press Release
2010/11/12
Army troops overrun communist terrorist camp in Lacub, Abra

San Fernando City, Pampanga (12 November) -- Operating troops belonging to 41IB, 5ID, PA attacked and overrun a large NPA or Communist Terrorists encampment near a mining area at Sitio Sap-al, Barangay Buneg, Lacub, Abra yesterday morning, November 9. A brief firefight ensued as the terrorists tried to hold their ground but later withdrew towards the forested area leaving behind their firearms and supplies.

Reports from Lieutenant Colonel Noel P Baluyan, the Commanding Officer of 41IB, confirmed that the troops were able to recover firearms and Improvised Explosive devices (IEDs); one (1) M16 rifle, one (1) shotgun, three (3) Claymore mines, and several weapons accessories.

In addition, computer equipment and accessories were likewise seized from the camp indicating their conduct of trainings with a big number of audience; one (1) Laptop computer, one (1) Multi Media (In focus) Projector, one (1) Computer printer, one (1) Portable Amplifier, dozens of HH radio antennae, Handheld radio rechargeable batteries, one (1) Guitar and assorted CDs. One (1) mini hydro Dynamo was also seized which they use as their source of electrical power. A stockpile of food and medical supplies were also discovered; twelve (12) sacks rice, Several Boxes of dextrose, assorted medicines and one (1) box bath soap. Voluminous subversive documents with instructional tarpaulins and communist flags were unearthed. Accordingly, miners and civilians from the area have been bothered by the extortion activities of the NPA terrorists that prompted them to report the presence of encampment.

This encampment, as stated, was the staging point of the NPA terrorists in conducting their activities such as extortion of businessmen, mayors, sangguniang bayan members, barangay chairmen and peasant farmers in nearby villages and the whole province. One of the informants from Lacub disclosed that the NPA terrorists did not care about the poor farmers in the area, they demanded rice from each household and worst they ordered the locals to carry the sacks of rice to encampment. No wonder, they had 12 sacks of rice stocked in the camp. In addition, the captured mini-hydro dynamo was said to have been donated by NGOs purposely for the remote barangays of Lacub that were not reached by the ABRECO power lines.

The stockpile of medical supplies also indicates that they attempted to treat their wounded comrades from the recent skirmish at Licuan-Baay area last October 30. Follow-up reports after that skirmish stated that the NPA terrorists have brought their wounded at Lacub area for medication.

In an official visit by Honorable Estelita Bersamina, the Mayor of Lacub, to the Headquarters of 503rd Bde yesterday afternoon, she stated that the people are asking her to increase the security forces in Lacub to evict the NPA terrorists in her municipality. Asked about her stand in the presence of NPA terrorists and the recent encounter, "We have always wanted those NPAs out of Lacub so that we can proceed with our programs in the barangays", she said. Col Danny Pabunan, the Commander of 503rd Bde, likewise said that he will support the LGU of Lacub. Further, he said the Army is also willing to extend help to those wounded NPAs for their medication if they are willing to return to the folds of the law. (NOLCOM thru PIA 3) [top]

Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p101112.htm&no=04


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Posted on 11-11-2010 21:39
More news of violent death. It now seems that in Abra every day is a killing spree day. This time it is a man from Lagangilang killed in Bangued. When will the violence end?

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Barangay chairman shot dead in Abra

November 12, 2010 2:38 am
BANGUED, Abra, Nov. 11 — A barangay chairman was shot dead by unidentified suspects riding in tandem on a motorcycle near a gasoline station in Bangued, Abra last Tuesday, a belated police report said.


Superintendent Leon Talleo, chief Public Information Officer of the Cordillera Region Police Office, identified the victim as Barangay Chairman Rafael Panganiban of Barangay Cugo, Lagangilang, Abra.

Investigation disclosed that the victim had just come from a gasoline station in Zone 7 in Bangued when the suspects approached and shot him several times, using a caliber .45 pistol based on the recovered empty shells from the crime scene.

The victim sustained bullet wounds in the different parts of his body and was declared dead on arrival in a local hospital.

Talleo said that a follow–up investigation into the incident is still going in order to identify the suspects. (PNA) scs/lvm/Freddie G. Lazaro/rma

Source: http://balita.ph/2010/11/12/barangay-chairman-shot-dead-in-abra/


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Reading about women's activism or involvement in social issues is like a breath of fresh air. I do believe that mothers have very strong influence over their families. The peaceable values they impart on their children, reinforced by the educational institutions, can help erradicate violence in Abra. If wives and mothers stand up against any form of violence inflicted on them by their husbands who think physical violence would enhance their manhood and virility, then the younger generation of boys will have no models for violence. If conflicts at home are resolved in a peaceful manner then hopefully, differences outside of the home will also be resovled peacefully.

May I suggest that KALIPI strive to create a house for battered and abused women where they can seek refuge, shelter and counseling.

Go KALIPI and more power and support to you.

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2010/11/12

Abrenian women seek public support to end violence vs women
by Maritess Benas
Bangued, Abra (12 November) --

The 18-Day End Violence Against Women Campaign in in the province led by the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) urges everyone to really put an end to all forms of violence against women.
A kick-off activity will be carried out in Tayum municipality on November 25, during the town fiesta celebration to lend support to the women organizations there.
A province-wide celebration will be launched by the KALIPI-Abra in collaboration with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office in the capital town of Bangued on November 26.
Carrying with them their streamers with the theme: "Magna Carta ni PiNay: Gawing Tunay - Karahasan sa Kababaihan, Wakasan!", the various municipal federation chapters will have a motorcade around the main thoroughfares in the Bangued Town Proper to call the attention of the general public on this very serious issue and concern of women.
The motorcade will be followed immediately with a symposium on women's rights and welfare to be spearheaded jointly by the KALIPI-Abra and the PSWDO.
Women legislators in the province, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members Kathleen Maria Balbin and Ma. Elena Jenkins and Bangued Sangguniang Bayan Member Salvacion Borja, will serve as the honored guests during the symposium.
Partners from the Philippine National Police, Women's Desk led by PI Jowee Alcaria will likewise be participating in the said provincial event.
Pinning of white ribbons will also be undertaken during the 18-days campaign period to stimulate public awareness on the campaign to promote women welfare and protection against any and all forms of violence against women. This also be an opportunity for the KALIPI -Abra to raise funds for its continuing advocacy to promote women's rights and welfare.
The organization feels that it is high time that the campaign be really popularized because women have always been victims of violence. Just last November 1, Emma Alamar Burbano, 32, from Sito Lidliddaac, Macray, Bangued died due to the beating of his drunken husband.
The suspect, Manuel Bites Burbano, voluntarily surrendered to police authorities, and willing to pay the price of his violent acts against his helpless wife but the crime should not be taken for granted just like that. (PIA-Abra) [top]

Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p101112.htm&no=A1


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DPWH to improve Lubuagan-Batong Buhay-Abra road
Tabuk, Kalinga (12 November) -- Connectivity in the province is expected to be improved with the proposed Lubuagan-Batong-Buhay-Abra road.
Assistant Secretary Roy Manao of the Department of Public Works and Highways informed during the meeting of the Infrastructure Monitoring and Advisory Group (IMAG) of Kalinga that the feasibility study of the proposal has been completed and being packaged for its early funding.
He said the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC) has already approved the proposal and is awaiting funding support from financing institutions here and abroad.
He said this is part of President Noynoy Aquino's program of concreting all national highways by 2016 under the regional integration program aimed to connect all provinces between regions.
In the Cordilleras, Manao said the infrastructure agency wants to concrete the roads connecting Kalinga to Abra, Apayao and Mt. Province via Tanudan.
However, the stakeholders in the province were called early not to repeat the experiences on the SONA project when some people affected took advantage to claim for unreasonable demands causing enormous delay in the concreting of the Tabuk-Tinglayan national road.
Manao said the success of the proposed project depends on the support of the people and political leaders. "If it ever push through, everyone should be open hearted and refrain from disturbing its construction," he said. (PIA) [top]

Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p101112.htm&no=94


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E-bamboo may lift Abra from poverty Manila Bulletin - Thursday, November 25 BANGUED, Abra, Philippines - This province's bamboo industry is targeting a wider national, if not global, market as it prepares to launch the mass production and marketing of engineered-bamboo or "e-bamboo" through the help of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). E-bamboo is any solidified tile or construction material made out of processed bamboo pieces that are glued and laminated together. Provincial Caretaker Arell Bañez said the bamboo industry is ready to take off for e-bamboo productions after DTI worked out the necessary social preparations. During the forum on e-bamboo held recently at the Abra Provincial Capitol Social Hall, commitments have been expressed by all supporting government agencies to make the e-bamboo industry a significant opportunity for livelihood of local folk. Bañez said it will help improve the 50.9 poverty incidence of the province that has kept it in the list of 10 poorest provinces in the country. Director Franklin Bonoan of the Cottage Industry Technology Center (CITC) ensured the provision of technology support for the e-bamboo industry. Engr. Oliver Hernandez of the Department of Education (DepEd) also assured a market potential for the end products of the e-bamboo as per Executive Order 879, directing the DepEd to make use of e-bamboo products for their furniture and fixtures requirements. This move by the DepEd will allow the agency to save on procurement costs as well as contribute to the national government's effort to address the problem of climate change. Fatima Tangan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-CAR) said they are now ready with the different species of bamboo that would respond to the problem of inappropriate bamboo species should here be a problem arising in the propagation of bamboos or other force majored such as the flowering of some bamboo species that would mean shortages in the supply of raw materials for the industry. Engr. Ernesto Aton of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) also reassured those engaged in the bamboo industry since the PENRO is now into massive bamboo plantation with the implementation of the Upland Area Development Project in the province. Capitalization for the e-bamboo industry is also in place with the special financing program of the Land Bank of the Philippines as explained by Engr. Rodolfo de la Paz of LBP-Bangued Branch. As earlier committed by Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin, the provincial government has already allocated an initial P2.5 million for the procurement of the necessary machineries to undertake the industrial activity. The e-bamboo is a promising industry.

Source: http://ph.news.yahoo.com/mb/20101125/tph-e-bamboo-may-lift-abra-from-poverty-584a460.html


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Abra barangay chairman dies in ambush

By U.S. News Agency / Asian
A barangay chairman of Abra was killed when he was ambushed by unidentified armed men in Barangay Collago, Lagayan last Monday morning.

Senior Superintendent Amando Lagiwid, Abra Police Provincial Director, identified the victim as Freddie Balucas Martinez, 47, barangay chairman of Barangay Collago, Lagayan, Abra.

Investigation disclosed that the victim, along with his two companions, Leonardo Alcartado, 32, and Ireneo Martinez, 42, was walking toward a nearby barangay when the suspects sprayed bullets on them.

The victim immediately fell to the ground after he was hit in different parts of his body from the first burst of gun fires.

Due to extreme fear, the victim’s companions ran away from the crime scene, leaving the wounded barangay captain.

Upon learning of the incident, lawmen immediately responded to the crime scene and found barangay chairman Martines already dead and bathing in the pool of his own blood.

Lawmen also recovered four empty shells for M16 Armalite rifle and two empty shells for M14 rifle bullets from the crime scene.

Witnesses said that they could not recognize the suspects as they were hiding while were in ambush position.

Lagiwid said that the investigators are conducting probe into the incident to identify the motive and suspects.

He said they are investigating a report alleging the victim was a sympathizer of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Source: http://www.usnewslasvegas.com/provincial/abra-barangay-chairman-dies-in-ambush/


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San Miguel, Aboitiz eye hydro projects
by Alena Mae S. Flores


Aboitiz Power Corp. and San Miguel Corp. have expressed interest in hydro projects being offered by the government in frontier areas.

“We are looking at that 175 MW [Binongan hydro in Tineg, Abra province] but there are others that seem more attractive. It is only one of several that we are considering,” Aboitiz Power senior vice president Luis Miguel Aboitiz said.

The government has offered hydro projects that could generate up to 384.2 megawatts of electricity to the private sector. The Energy Department said the capacity of hydro projects in frontier or new areas ranged from 10 MW to as big as 175 MW with total investment requirements of over $960 million (over P40 billion).

Ramon Ang, president of San Miguel Corp., said the company was also interested in the hydro projects.

“Yes, we are,” Ang said when asked for comment. San Miguel trades the electricity output of the 340-MW San Roque hydroelectric plant in Pangasinan province.

These projects include the 33-MW Amburayan River hydropower prospect in Atok, Benguet, P3.8 billion; 25-MW Ilaguen in San Mariano, Isabela, P2.8 billion; 10-MW Quirino in Ilocos Sur, P1.1 billion; 175-MW Binongan, P19.68 billion; and 46-MW Addalam in Aglipa, Quirino, P5.17 billion.

The other projects are the 10-MW Hubo in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur, P1.12 billion; 11.3-MW Asiga River in Santiago, Agusan del Norte, P1.27 billion; 17.5-MW Cateel E in Davao del Norte, P1.97 billion; 30.6-MW Tran AC River in Lebak, Maguindanao, P3.44 billion; and 25-MW Lake Mainit in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, P2.8 billion.

Aboitiz said partner SN Power of Norway was pursuing the development of the company’s hydro projects.

Its joint venture with SN Power, SN Aboitiz Power Inc., plans to put up new hydro projects in Luzon with a combined capacity of up to 300 megawatts.

SN Aboitiz Power chief executive Emmanuel Rubio told reporters the company was preparing the feasibility study for the “greenfield” projects.

“We’re looking at identifying these opportunities by December and then we will present this to our board to proceed with the pre-feasibility,” he said.

Rubio said the company was hoping to find potential hydro projects that could generate minimum of 100 MW per project.

“Most [of the projects] would be in Luzon. I think there’s one [in Visayas] that we’re looking at,” he said.

Source: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideBusiness.htm?f=2010/november/25/business3.isx&d=2010/november/25

It would be beneficial to Abra if this new hydroelectric plant project would be pursued. Maybe the provincial government sould look into it and follow up on it to ensure that it is carried out and not just remain as plans. Abra residents would certainly benefit from a hydroelectric plant. SL



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PIA Press Release
2010/11/22

DOLE to hold NWPC Productivity Convention


Manila (22 November) -- When Carlo T. Balneg, a bamboo craft maker from Abra, started making folded chairs and tables, serving trays, placemats, hot pads, coasters, and stools in 2004, his capital, amounting to P50,000 enabled him to sell these products only in the local market.

After adopting the National Wages Productivity Commission's (NWPC) productivity improvement program (PIP) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)'s aggressive marketing strategy, his company, Carlo's Bamboocraft and Furnishing, chalked up revenues of P812,135 in 2007 and P1.256 million in 2008. His production volume also shot up by 47 percent during the one year period. That's productivity.

For 45 years, Gubat St. Anthony Cooperative has been into credit and savings. It has been providing medical diagnostics services and promoting agri-development through its farm-level grains services centers. Recently, it embarked on a new program: micro-financing for enterprising women.

In 2007, with the help of the NWPC, the cooperative adopted its own PIP aimed at increasing credit collection, in addition to its PIP on gain-sharing which saw the cooperative providing P500 and P5,000 in medical and rice allowances, respectively, to members.

The result was astounding. In 2007, the cooperative landed in the Cooperative Development Authority's prestigious "100 Cooperative Top Grossers" on account of its 99.60 percent credit collection rate. In 2008, membership grew to 3,880 and its employees rose to 86 spread all across the Bicol region. In the same year, its total assets reached P163 million. That's productivity.

At the NWPC's National Productivity Convention, Carlo's Bamboocraft and Furnishing and Gubat St. Anthony Cooperative will be two of ten micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that shall be honored winners of the NWPC's Productivity Olympics, a national competition of best productivity improvement programs focused on people development and business excellence.

A forum to be participated in by the Productivity Olympic Winners is one of the highglights of the convention wherein Balneg and officials of Gubat St. Anthony Cooperative will share their experiences and best practices in driving their businesses to heights of productivity and profitability.

"This year's Productivity Olympics, as in the past year, will highlight our efforts to increase national awareness and the government's commitment to quality and productivity. It will showcase best productivity and improvement practices," says Ciriaco Lagunzad, NWPC executive director.

Productivity, according to Lagunzad, is a bit difficult to popularize, but it is a very important recipe for economic progress.

The efficiency of a business to harness its human, financial and other resources to produce a product or service to the optimum best defines productivity, Lagunzad said.

NWPC is the government agency that is mandated to promote and espouse productivity improvement tools and programs. One of these is ISTIV, a comprehensive training course started in 1989.

"ISTIV stands for Industrious, Systematic, Time Conscious, Innovative, and Value for Work, the same values that are essential in driving up productivity," says Lagunzad.

As a tool, ISTIV has immensely contributed to workers' skills improvement and fostering positive work attitude that have translated into higher outputs and sales in companies that undertook the course. It has also improved these companies' compliance with occupational safety and health standards.

The National Productivity Convention with the theme: "PROductivity towards PROgress", will be held on November 23-24 at the Hotel Rembrandt in Quezon City.

Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p101122.htm&no=20


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