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By: Joanna C. Guerrero-PITO LA UNION

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Office reported no violation on Price Freeze up to date in La Union since the province was placed under state of Calamity on July 6, 2015 during the peak of Typhoon Egay. This price freeze and monitoring is supported by R.A. 7581 or referred as the “Price Act” Law of the Philippines.

According DTI Provincial Director Daria R. Mingaracal, they have intensified their price monitoring efforts to ensure that prices and supply of goods remain stable. To determine prioritization of monitoring teams, DTI have coordinated with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operations Center in identifying key areas that were hit hard by Egay.

The price freeze covers basic necessities or goods and prime commodities vital to the needs of consumers for their sustenance and existence, including bread, canned fish marine products, potable water in bottles and containers, processed milk, locally manufactured instant noodles, coffee, salt, laundry soap detergent, flour, processed and canned pork, beef and poultry meat, vinegar, patis, soy sauce, toilet soap, paper, school supplies, batteries, electric supplies, light bulbs, cement and construction nails.

Violators of the price freeze will be summoned by DTI and may be fined up to P2 million or imprisonment for a maximum of 15 years depending on the degree of desecration.

La Union Gov. Manuel C. Ortega expressed gratitude to the merchants in the Province for complying with the Price Act Law. He enjoins all constituents to report immediately to DTI any malicious price increase for the aforementioned commodities in the locality during the prize freeze period. Price Freeze shall remain effective until September 21, 2015.
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By: Maricel Tumamao, ALS Mobile Teacher, San Nicolas District, Ilocos Norte
Edited by: Abigail A. Cabilin, PDO II, Public Affairs Unit, DepEd Region I

Out of 321 Alternative Learning System (ALS) graduates, the 66-year old woman, Mrs. Erlinda Ulep wowed the crowd as she receive her Gold Medallion Damili Awards of Excellence given by San Nicolas Mayor Melanie Grace P. Valdez during the mass graduation of the ALS held at San Nicolas Elementary School, Ilocos Norte on July 4, 2015.

Mrs. Ulep is a native of San Nicolas town, a former Barangay Health Worker (BHW) and presently acting as the Women’s Club President in their barangay. She has proven that old age and poverty don’t get in the way of achieving education provided one is filled with a lot of inspiration, armed with God’s love and loaded with determination to continue learning. For her, age doesn’t matter in terms of education.

Being a single mom of her two children, she was challenged and inspired to continue with her studies when she learned about the ALS program of the Department of Education (DepEd). ALS is a module-based learning system that allows students to come in with their preferred time and modules to read. The self-learning modules can be accomplished by the learners at their own convenient time assisted by the ALS Mobile teachers.

This free DepEd Program is open to all interested learners who have to undergo functional literary test first. Successful test takers will be given a certification of learning achievements at two learning levels- elementary and secondary. Expected learning competencies are communication skills in both English and Filipino, problem solving and critical thinking, sustainable use of resources and product, self development and expanding one’s world vision.

ALS is an instrument of changing lives. Just like Mrs. Ulep, once a dreamer, now an achiever in spite of her age and life challenges. ALS has touched her life magnificently.
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By: Dunkin Lee H. Gaerlan, PITO- La Union

In the observance of National Blood Donors this month of July, The Department of Health (DOH) and health advocates in La Union encourages the public to donate blood regularly to save the lives of those who need it during critical times synonymous to dengue peak season where cases mostly need blood transfusion. This is in partnership with the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) led by Gov. Manuel C. Ortega.
The program is rolled out with the cooperation of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and support of the La Union Blood Council (LUBC); and Philippine Red Cross (PRC) who continuously extends its Donor Recruitment Training in 19 municipalities in the Province of La Union.
Through the campaign “Thank you for saving my life,” which focuses on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through voluntary blood donations and encourages more people in the province with the slogan “Give freely, Give often. Blood donation matters.” This aims to highlight stories from people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood and people in good health who have never given blood. Activities for the National Blood Donor’s Month encourages concerned residents: Support and prioritized the implementation of activities of the High Impact Breakthrough (HIB) on Voluntary Blood donation; intensify advocacy for 100% full VBD; create public awareness campaign to encourage individuals to register as blood donors and adopt regular blood donation as a way of healthy life; hold recognition and awarding ceremony to honor individuals and partner organizations that may have made significant contribution to the quest for Safe Blood for all at times.
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) will conduct a Mobile Blood Donation (MBD) Activity of potential and qualified donors among the employees of PGLU in celebration of Governor Ortega’s birthday in August 2015.
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