Read/Post Comment: 0 Posted by Administrator /  02.07.2015
By: Cesar S. Bucsit, Provincial Information and Tourism Office-La Union

The Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) is strengthening the Integrated Social Forestry (ISF) program as one of the effective means of invigorating its platforms on Forest Management.
This was announced by Mr. John Anthony F. Dacanay, Community Assistant II of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO), during the Baro a Timek iti Kapitolio Radio Program held at the Provincial Capitol on June 25, 2015.
Dacanay explained that the PGLU has lined up different projects that will protect the environment and preserve the sea, rivers, creeks, and mountainous areas. Included are the bamboo development program, watershed preservation and riverbank stabilization which are focused on Amburayan River (Sudipen), Baroro river (Bacnotan) and the rivers of Aringay and Nagulian. The province also established 49 related project sites which are being supported by the towns of San Juan, Burgos, Bagulin, Bauang, Caba , Agoo, Tubao, Rosario and the City of San Fernando.
In order to involve the resident beneficiaries and become effective partners of the province, more than 10,000 seedlings were distributed to them. A series of seminars and trainings were also conducted to ensure the success of the undertaking.
On Coastal Management, Dacanay stated that the PGLU conducted recently an Ecofish Summit. The activity strengthens the province’s program on Bay Watch and focuses on the apprehension of violators of fishery laws and quarrying operations.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Navy (PN), Philippine Coastguard (PCG), Local Government officials, Municipal/City Agriculturists, Non-Government Organizations (NGO), other law enforcers and stakeholders served as PGLU’s effective partners in the implementation of the program.
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Read/Post Comment: 0 Posted by Administrator /  01.07.2015
By: Israel O. Rudio, Provincial Information & Tourism Office-La Union

In the tradition of disaster risk reduction management excellence that led to a number of KALASAG Awards, La Union gave its usual 100% support to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) as it actively participated in the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Training and Workshop on June 15-19, 2015 at OveMar Resort, Brgy. Paratong, Sta. Catalina, Ilocos Sur.

OCD-Region I Director Melchito M. Castro thanked all the participants for coming to the PDNA Training Workshop and extended his gratitude to their respective local chief executives and office heads. He shared his admiration to the Province of La Union for its excellent disaster preparedness as well as its excellent peace and order. A native of Laoag City, he even said that he intends to permanently live in La Union upon retirement.

PDNA is a multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary structured approach for assessing disaster impacts and prioritization of recovery and reconstruction needs. It is led and undertaken by the government after a disaster, with the collaboration of international development partners and the private sector. As a synthesis of a Damage and Loss Assessment (DaLA) and a Human Recovery Needs Assessment (HRNA), which includes a recovery and reconstruction framework, the PDNA is intended to estimate firstly the short-term interventions that are required to initiate recovery from the damages and losses and secondly the financial requirements of programs and projects to achieve overall post-disaster recovery, reconstruction and risk management.

The sectors assessed in a PDNA are those contained in the national accounting system such as agriculture, industry, trade and services and the corresponding sub-sectors under them. Various experts like engineers, economists, statisticians, etc. who have knowledge on the valuation and estimation of damages, losses and needs in a sector should be members of the assessment team for that given sector. With a standardized assessment procedure across sectors, priorities in recovery and reconstruction activities can be determined by the government in terms of the most affected sectors of the economy, geographical areas of the country and population groups.

The participants were grouped in four teams, productive, social, infrastructure and cross-setting, the four sectors of PDNA and based on their specialization. On the fourth day, June 18, each group was designated to a certain area and conducted a PDNA.

In addition to PDNA, the participants also underwent a lecture on Pre-Disaster Needs and Assessment (PDRA).

During the closing ceremony, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Ranilo P. Ipac thanked the organizers especially the facilitators for their effective and efficient training and workshop. He expressed optimism that more similar trainings and workshops will again be provided OCD-Region 1 in the future.
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Read/Post Comment: 0 Posted by Administrator /  25.06.2015
By: Dunkin Lee H. Gaerlan PITO- La Union

In line with the priority program of Gov. Manuel C. Ortega which aims to uplift health conditions of La Union residents, the Provincial Health Office (PHO)-Nutrition Division will conduct a barangay Nutri-Outreach Project in observance of Nutrition Month this coming July 2015 dubbed as “Intayon Sadiay Baryo”. This is a strategy of reaching out malnourished preschoolers and provide package of various nutrition, health and other related services to improve their nutritional status. The PHO-Nutrition Division will start the implementation of the said project on July 14, 2015 within the 19 municipalities of La Union for the months of July and August 2015.

The Outreach Service will focus on identified severely underweight and overweight preschool children. This undertaking will give the members of the Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) of La Union and the members of the Municipal Nutrition Committees (MNC) of the 19 Local Government Units (LGUs) within the province the opportunity to study and understand the real situation and conditions of selected nutri-challenged preschoolers together with their families. Thus, the PHO-Nutrition Division decided to use the fund in barangay Nutri-Outreach Service instead of conducting various contest and competitions. Prior to this, every municipality will be targeted for the delivery of the various services such as: dental check-up; medical consultation; dietary counseling to mothers; Multi-vitamins and Vitamin C supplements; Malunggay cuttings; and demonstration on proper hand washing. The Provincial Government will also give nutritional packages that include eggs, iodized salt, personal hygiene kits and other food commodities. Every child will receive additional rice substitute like noodles.

The outreach project is also in celebration of Governor Ortega’s birthday as a gesture of thanksgiving to the people of La Union particularly the young generation.
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