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Senador Lito Lapid, tinaguriang adopted son sa Tumauini

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DAHIL sa kanyang tulong at suporta sa bayan ng Tumauini sa Isabela, itinanghal si Senador Lito Lapid bilang ‘adopted son’ ng pamahalaang lokal kamakalawa.
Inihayag ni Mayor Venus Bautista sa panayam ng mga kasapi ng media na ito ay bilang pagbibigay-pugay at pasalamat ng Tumauini kay Senador Lapid dahil sa kontribusyon niya sa pag-unlad ng bayan kaugnay sa mga inilaang mga proyekto.
Ayon pay kay Mayor Bautista, nakatulong rin sa mga proyektong farm-to-market roads at concreting ng mga barangay roads ang senador.
Natuwa at nagpasalamat naman ang senador sa pagbibigay-pugay at sinabing lalo pa nitong pag-iigihan ang pagtulong sa Tumauini na may 46 na mga barangay.
Una nang naglaan ng P16-milyon ang tanggapan ni Lapid para sa Rodolfo B. Albano Astrodome maliban pa sa bagong Legislative Building sa bayan ng Tumauini.#

PULIS AT MEDIA, MAGKAAGAPAY

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Bilang tugon sa malayang pamamahayag, nakipag-ugnayan sa media si Colonel Lee Allen Bauding (gitna), panlalawigang direktor ng PNP-Isabela, sa mga media sa lalawigan na nagsusulat at naghahatid maging sa buong bansa. Kasama niya sa larawan sina Police Captain Scarlette Topinio, tagapagsalita ng PNP-Isabela; Villamor Visaya Jr., news correspondent ng Philippine Daily Inquirer at news stringer ng GMA7 Kapuso; Vince Jacob Visaya, news correspondent ng The Manila Times at general manager/editor ng Luzonwide News Publishing, at si Felix Cuntapay, Balitang Hilaga reporter at GMA stringer’s cameraman.

SM City Cauayan promotes Art Appreciation

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In time for the National Arts Month, SM City Cauayan highlights the works of flourishing local visual artists, the Isabela Artist Circle (ISAC). SM features a captivating art exhibit, hands-on workshops and soul-stirring performances.

SM gears to be a vibrant canvas of inspiration, as it provides venue for art appreciation not just on the duration of the National Arts Month but all-throughout the year. The Isabela Artist Circle Exhibit at SM City Cauayan is aimed to showcase the diverse talents of local artists and fostering an environment where creativity knows no bounds.

Mallgoers will be captivated by a series of thought-provoking art exhibits that span various mediums, from traditional paintings to cutting-edge installations. Fascinating art demonstrations are also conducted by the local artists to inspire and nurture the creative spirit within everyone.

In addition to the visual delights, SM City Cauayan also hosts regular workshops, providing a platform for artists, enthusiasts, and the community to come together, share insights, and celebrate the power of artistic expression. The Isabela Artist Circle holds Art Jam and Class every Saturdays and Sundays from 1PM to 6PM catering art enthusiasts and learners of all ages.

Responsable at ligtas na paggamit ng LPG, isinusulong

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Isinusulong ni LPGMA Partylist at REGASCO President Arnel Ty ang responsable na paggamit ng LPG sa isang pulong-pambalitaan sa Cauayan City kamakailan. (Felix Cuntapay Jr.)

Ulat ni FELIX CUNTAPAY JR.
CAUAYAN CITY-Itinataguyod ng LPG Marketers Association (LPGMA) at REGASCO ang responsable at ligtas na paggamit ng liquified petroleum gas o LPG at bilang isang paraan ng kamalayan at pagsunod sa mga alituntunin na itinakda sa ilalim ng RA 11592 o ang LPG Law.
Sinabi ni LPGMA Partylist at REGASCO President Arnel Ty, kasama ng mga ambassador ng TV series na “Batang Quiapo,” na ang tamang impormasyon para sa ligtas na paggamit ng LPG at lahat ng probisyon ng batas at ng mga mamimili ay lubhang mahalaga.
Bilang reaksyon sa umano ay pagsabog ng LPG na ikinasakit ng isang caretaker sa lungsod na ito kamakailan, sinabi ng dating partylist na kinatawan ng LPGMA na ang “kaligtasan” ay dapat palaging matiyak. Matatandaang nasaktan ang isang Russell Acob sa Purok 5 sa Barangay Tagaran nang sumabog ang tangke ng LPG na binabawasan umano nito ng karga. Nasunog ang ibabang bahagi ng dalawang paa ni Acob. Dinala siya sa ospital.
Sinabi ni Ty na tinitiyak ng LPG Law ang “kaligtasan at kapakanan ng mga mamimili at mga tao” habang nagtatatag ito ng mga komprehensibong patnubay para sa wastong paghawak, pag-iimbak, at pamamahagi ng LPG.
“Gumagawa ito ng isang balangkas na aktibong nagpoprotekta laban sa mga potensyal na panganib. Kami, sa pribadong sektor, ay nagsusulong ng ligtas at karaniwang mga silindro ng LPG,” ayon pa kay Ty.
“May apat na milyong cylinders na sira-sira at hindi ligtas pero dahil may batas, yung mga kinakalawang, pwede silang mag-demand na palitan, pwede silang palitan ng safe tank kasi libre yun, nakasaad sa batas na pwede. Kumuha ng ligtas na tangke. Makipag-ugnayan sila para makapag-operate kahit anong brand na may lisensya. Matutulungan natin sila, hanggang lisensya para mag-operate, matutulungan natin sila,” dagdag niya.#

NGCP stands firm on transmission mandate amid Panay brownouts

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The mandate of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is confined to transmission of power from producers to grid-connected areas of the country, the corporation said.
In a statement, NGCP said that as the transmission service provider, it can only give an overview of the current supply and demand situation and endeavor to dispatch any and all available power. It cannot intervene on matters concerning power generation, it added.
“We reiterate our earlier pronouncements that there was no transmission disturbance before the tripping of the PEDC Unit 1 (83MW) at 12:06PM. After this event, NGCP was able to recover the transmission system and normalize voltage. This normal voltage situation persisted until several power plants inexplicably tripped at 2:19PM. Data from our system shows no abnormality in voltage and system stability,” the NGCP added.
Despite this, critics persist on blaming NGCP for what are clearly problems arising from the unplanned shutdowns of power generators, the statement added.
“It is alarming to hear policymakers immediately make conclusions based on assumptions contrary to fact. We are firm in our position that the system prior to the 2:19PM multiple tripping was normal, and our actions were undertaken within protocols. Any contrary statement is speculative,” it said.
“We firmly refute allegations suggesting that NGCP failed in its obligation to stabilize the transmission system. We also take exception to the allegations that we were less than transparent in providing information to the public. We provide regular updates to all stakeholders, including the media and government units (LGUs), through print, radio, broadcast, social media, and text blasts,” he added.
Rather than using NGCP as a scapegoat, “we urge policymakers to be objective in their search for facts and not coddle certain sectors. This is not a time to push personal or political agendas, but a time for honest-to-goodness solution finding. We again reiterate our push for a comprehensive industry-wide approach to resolve the persistent power supply issues on Panay Island and elsewhere in the country,” it added.
The NGCP assured stakeholders that it will continue to work closely with concerned government agencies and LGUs to expedite the resolution of the issue.#

Christmas Village sa Isabela, pormal na pinailawan

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Nagniningning ang pailaw sa harapan ng kapitolyo sa Isabela. (PIO Isabela)

Nagbigay ng sigla ang bahagi ng Isabela sa pagbubukas kamakalawa sa Christmas village sa Queen Isabela Park sa harapan ng panlalawigang kapitolyo.

Bilang opisyal na pagbubukas ng Pasko, nagbigay ito ng maningning na kapaligiran at ito raw ay simbolo ng pagkakaisa, pag-asa at pagmamahalan. Bahagi ng Christmas Village ang pinailawang tila-mundo na bilog na estraktura, mga nutcrackers at Christmas trees sa iba’t ibang hugis, mga tila-regalo at iba pa.

May mga gazebos rin sa lugar upang magsilbing masaya ang pagbisita sa mga iba’t ibang mga tindahan at kainan.
Tuwing gabi ang mga pailaw at stalls sa naturang lugar.#

Bong Go, DOH advocate for healthy holiday celebrations as they urge public to practice moderation in festive eating

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In a proactive move to ensure the health and well-being of Filipinos during the holiday season, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go presided over a Senate Health Committee hearing on Monday, December 18, to remind health authorities to prepare for the rise in cases of COVID-19, flu, influenza and other respiratory illnesses as well as public safety concerns while Filipinos celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

Go, together with the Department of Health, also underscored the importance of practicing moderation when it comes to eating during the Holiday season. Health Secretary Ted Herbosa, during the hearing, emphasized the need to avoid ‘MA’ foods – Mataba (fatty), Maalat (salty), and Matamis (sweet). They also stressed the significance of a balanced diet to prevent health complications, especially in light of the country’s ongoing battle with diabetes.

Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, acknowledged the progress made under Republic Act No. 11959. He stated, “Ito pong Regional Specialty Centers Act, 17 po yan na na-identify natin. It’s a multi-year plan of the government, isinabatas lang po natin ito para tuluy-tuloy po itong paglalagay ng mga specialty centers sa mga existing DOH hospitals.”

Go is a principal sponsor and one of the authors of RA 11959, which was signed into law on August 24. It mandates the establishment of Regional Specialty Centers within existing Department of Health (DOH) regional hospitals.

However, Go quickly turned the discussion to a pressing concern: the exclusion of diabetes from these specialty centers. His concern was echoed in the responses of the medical community, highlighting the significant prevalence of diabetes in the country.

“Meron lang pong concern ‘yung mga ibang doctors na bakit po hindi nasali yung diabetes dito sa Specialty Centers,” said Go.

“And it was answered by the DOH dahil maa-address naman daw po ito ng mga hospitals sa ngayon na hindi na po siya kailangan ma-identify as part of the Regional Specialty Centers,” he clarified.

Responding to these concerns, DOH Secretary Teodoro Herbosa noted the high prevalence of diabetes in the Philippines and its complications, which can lead to serious conditions like heart attacks, organ damage, and hypertension.

He said, “Ang diabetes, isa sa malaki ang burden of illness sa Pilipinas ngayon… So napansin n’yo, ‘yung lahat ng specialty, covered din po ‘yun, ‘yung end organ damage brought about by diabetes.”

Herbosa further emphasized the importance of preventive measures and public health education. He cautioned about the dangers of high-sugar and high-fat diets, particularly during the holiday season.

“So very important ‘yung moderation lang. We expect every individual to protect their own health also,” he advised, stressing the role of personal responsibility in health management.

Go resonated with Herbosa’s sentiments, acknowledging the challenges posed by dietary preferences while underscoring the need for moderation.

“Pakinggan po natin ang ating Secretary of Health. Lalo lalo na po ‘yung mga may karamdaman, may mga diabetes, iwasan po ‘yung mga matatamis. Tsaka ‘yung sabi nga ni Secretary, ‘yung mga taba, kung bawal po sa inyo, iwasan po,” urged Go.

The conversation then shifted to the broader implications of these health issues in public policy. Herbosa, leveraging his four decades of experience as an emergency department doctor, vividly described the dire consequences of neglecting chronic health conditions.

“May inatake sa puso, may nagkaroon ng diabetic coma, mayroong nagkaroon ng stroke,” he shared, painting a stark picture of the emergencies faced during holidays due to dietary negligence.

Herbosa also touched on the broader societal responsibility and the role of the government in health education. He emphasized the need for public awareness and individual accountability, especially during festive seasons notorious for unhealthy eating habits.

Go, aligning with Herbosa’s perspective, humorously but earnestly acknowledged the appeal of sweet and fatty foods, a sentiment likely shared by many Filipinos.

“Ang problema, Secretary Ted, masarap talaga yung matatamis. Masarap yung sweet,” he remarked, underlining the challenge of balancing enjoyment with health.

The Health Secretary’s advice on moderation was practical and relatable. He advised, “Kung natikman n’yo na, basta huwag naman sobra-sobra.”

In anticipation of the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations, Go also cautioned against the use of fireworks and reiterated the need to heed the advice of health officials. He also pointed out the heightened risk of respiratory diseases during the flu season, accentuated by the colder, rainy climate.

Go also reminded the public about the availability of healthcare services. “Kung sakaling magkasakit po, pwede n’yo pong lapitan ang inyong mga Super Health Centers, rural health station po. Magpa-check-up po kayo, early disease detection,” he stated, encouraging early consultation and making use of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation’s consultation package and the 159 Malasakit Centers nationwide to avail of medical assistance.

“At patuloy po tayo bilang inyong chairman ng Committee on Health na tutulong po na mas mailapit natin yung serbisyo medical sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.

“Again, let us be prepared at tandaan po natin ang disiplina po na natutunan natin sa panahon ng pandemia. Magtulungan po tayo at magmalasakit po tayo sa ating kapwa Pilipino,” Go added. ####

Pyrotechnics display, nagpatingkadsa kalangitan sa pagbubukas ng Paskuhan

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NAGBIGAY-KULAY sa kalangitan ang fireworks display at Christmas village ng Quirino Province. (PLGU Quirino)

Tumingkad ang kalangitan sa pyrotechnics display na simbolo ng pagbubukas ng 11th Paskuhan sa Quirino na may temang “Pasko sa Tribu Year 5! “ na ginanap sa Quirino Sports Tourism Complex, Cabarroguis, Quirino Province kamakalawa. Dinaluhan ito ng libu-libong mga mamamayan at mga opisyal sa lalawigan.

Hangad ng mga opisyal ang pagkakaisa, kapayapaan at pagmamahalan sa kani-kanilang mga mensahe habang pormal na inilawan ang Paskuhan area at ang pagsasagawa ng pyrotechnics display. Binuksan rin ang mga kiosks na itinayo ng anim na mga bayan sa lalawigan na nagpapakita sa mga kakaiba at natatanging pagkain, sayaw, kanta at mga artifacts. Nagbigay-kulay rin ang mga maliliwanag na parol, decorations at iba pa sa lugar.#

Kabsat on Wheels and Lantern Parade,nagpatingkad sa Santiago City

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Tumingkad ang kapaligiran sa parada sa kalsada ng Kabsat on Wheels Parade na bahagi ng pagdiriwang ng Pasko sa Santiago City. (CLGU-Santiago City)

Nagpatingkad sa kalsada at kalangitan ang mga magagarang sasakyang inspired sa Walt Disney characters na bahagi ng pagdiriwang ng Pasko ng Lungsod ng Santiago.

Nilahukan ito ng 37 na mga barangays at mga paaralan na pinalamutian ang mga sasakyan ng mga barangay at ilang pribadong sasakyan.
Naging kaiga-igaya ang mga magagarang pailaw at iba pa.

Libu-libo ang nanonood at nakiisa sa parada maliban pa sa sayawan sa Lungsod.#

SM SUPERMALLS EXTEND CHRISTMAS CHEERS TO COMMUNITIES

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SM Supermalls in North Luzon spread Christmas cheers as they held simultaneous gift-giving activities on December 6, 2023.

Through its charity arm SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI), SM Supermalls distributed more than 4000 Christmas packs all over the region. Celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, the gift-giving brought smiles and cheers to chosen beneficiaries of the region. Further promoting SM’s culture of volunteerism, the activity brings happiness and spread social good to the communities in this region. In the province of Isabela, SM City Cauayan distributed 400 Christmas baskets to barangay workers, farmers and senior citizens in Cauayan City and towns of Angadanan and San Agustin.

The recipients thanked the mall for giving Christmas baskets and spreading cheer this holiday season. Gloria Ocampo, 66 years old, resident of Brgy. Masaya Centro in San Agustin, Isabela said, “I am touched to receive this gift…I hope that [they] will be blessed more so that you will be able to continue to share the joy to many more communities.”

Meanwhile, SM Supermalls in Tuguegarao distributed a total of 800 Christmas Baskets to tricycle drivers in Tuguegarao City, underemployed, tanod and health care workers, and street sweepers in Barangay Ugac Sur, Tuguegarao City. The conglomerate’s other malls across the nation also led gift-giving activities.#