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Abra makes way for Week for Peace
BANGUED, Abra (PIA) --- Abra will celebrate Week for Peace on December 2-6, 2013 therefore the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, as well as other concerned agencies proposed an array of events last October 25 at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall.
According to Henry Valeros of DTI-Abra and member of PPOC, Abra Week for Peace (AWP) started on 2008 and follows a common theme, ''Abrenioak...Linak ken Talna ti Kalikagumak.'' This AWP 2013, said Provincial Administrator Genalyn Verzola, is not only an advocacy campaign for peace and order but a focused goal to establish tangible interventions to alleviate economic and social status of the less privileged Abrenians.
The council proposed many activities for this sought-after week celebration. Among these are the Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian Friendship Games, Inter-Agency Outreach Program in the municipality of Daguioman, and the Search for Best Municipal and Barangay Peace and Order Council.
Moreover, the Philippine Army will conduct its annual Youth Leaders Summit (YLS) to the youth as well as facilitate the Run for Peace and Bike for Peace of which proceeds will be given to rebel returnees. Red Cross, in partnership with the Army will also conduct Bloodletting program as part of the event.
Subsequently DTI will also facilitate the annual Trade Fair-Christmas Sale starting December 2 to 6. Valeros said that the trade fair, which is the exhibit and selling of manufactured and processed products of Abra, is a constitutionalized component of AWP. This year's goal is to generate sales of about P10M. Aside from promotion and exposure of local products, it will surely enhance Abrenians' entrepreneurial competence, he added.
Aside from social and economic services, the council also aims to address this event to health and wellness operations. This includes the Adapt-a-Family program proposed by Dr. Leona Baroña, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer. This will enable different agencies in the province to adapt a malnourished family for three months to fight the prevalent rate of malnutrition in the province. (Ginalyn Brioso / PIA – Abra)
Former Mayor Represents the Indigenous Peoples in the Provincial Council
Hon. Cesar Baroña, former Mayor of Lacub, Abra assumed office as Provincial Board Member representing the Indigenous People (IP) with Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin officiating the oath parallel with PD Cresencio Calina of the Department of Interior and Local Goverment and other local officials witnessing the proceedings at the Provincial Capitol of Abra last October 31,20l3.
According to Gov. Bersamin, SPM Cesar Baroña can contribute a lot in the development of the province because of his experiences being an active leader. Gov. Bersamin challenged SPM Baroña to lead the peace agreement between the two political leaders in Municipality of Tineg, Abra and their tribes. As a Tingguian, Baroña should arbitrate the misunderstanding of Cordillera Bodong Administration (CBA) and Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) that can possibly affect the implementation of PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) projects in the province.
Through SPM Baroña, fast economic development and peace resurgence in the upland municipalities are anticipated.
Risk assessment maps given to LGUs
Bangued, Abra – Risk assessment maps were turned over to the local government units of Abra to help them craft effective disaster response policies.
A total of 27 local government units each received different maps from member agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Australian government.
Bangued, the capital town of the province received 6 different maps. Wherein the different hazards are indicated. This means that Bangued is the most vulnerable to disasters like earthquake, severe wind, landslides and floods. Other municipalities received 4 hazard maps and 2 maps for the least vulnerable municipalities to disasters.
The turnover ceremony was held after the killer earthquake in Visayas that left more than 150 persons dead and severely damaged several centuries-old churches and before Super Typhoon Yolanda hit most parts of the Visayas which left thousands dead and billions of pesos damages to properties and infrastructures.
The multi-hazard maps are expected to provide local governments with science-based data for a better understanding of existing risks in their area.
They can also be used to craft disaster risk reduction and management policies and land use plans, enhance contingency measures, identify relocation areas and communicate hazards to the public.
Abra is one of the first 27 provinces in the entire country to receive the said scientific data.
The maps illustrate areas that are vulnerable to disasters like earthquakes, severe winds due to typhoons, landslides and floods. They also take into account key details like the population and existing infrastructures to allow authorities to evaluate the potentials risks to life and properties.
The increasing scale and frequency of natural disasters are costing the country billions of pesos every year, according to Engr. Evelyn Villar-Sagun, Project Coordinator of the United Nations Development Programs.
“Natural calamities, however do not have to lead us to disasters especially if we are able to carefully assess the risk of an area and property plan for the long-term. But we can only do that if we have the data”, she added.
During the orientation, PAGASA Senior Weather Specialist Oskar D. Cruz said a series of trainings would be conducted to enable local officials to use the maps. He said preparation is crucial in mitigating the impact of natural hazards. He said, it is important to know all the basic details of the maps given to LGUs to avoid the worst effects of natural disasters. (PIO/SBA/rdg)
Abrenians join inmates in the Prison Awareness Week Celebration
BANGUED, Abra (PIA) --- The Diocese of Bangued and Provincial Government of Abra sponsored the 26th Prison Awareness Week from October 21 to 27 at the Abra Provincial Jail.
Many activities were conducted in celebration of the said event. Among these were motorcade, sportsfest and friendship games, seminar on human rights, family day, singing contest, parlor games, outreach program sponsored by Villa Coronet, and medical mission sponsored by Abra Medical Society, Divine Word College of Bangued (DWCB) Health Sciences Department and Mission Club. All of these organized activities and program were of great significance for the 123 inmates of APJ.
Some also prepared presentations and gave early Christmas gifts to the delight of the inmates during the culminating program held at the APJ ground on October 27 like the Diocesan Youth Ministry, Holy Spirit Academy of Bangued, DWCB, Catholic Women's League and Mother Butler Mission Guild. In return, the inmates also presented a modern dance number and pallook (Tingguian dance) to the present guests fore-fronted by Vice Governor Rosario Bersamin.
OIC warden Julie Ann Bello reiterated that no one is above the law thus penalty must be served to whom it is due so that Justice may always prevail. She also appealed to the community that the inmates need most a free-discrimination community with sense of belongingness.
This is also stressed out by Vice Governor Rosario Bersamin. ''It is normal to commit mistake.'' She stated that a person who violated deserves a reformation to enable to return to his normal life. In this reformation, the person needs guidance, acceptance, and real understanding from his family and community, she added.
Moreover, Bello indicated that there are 122 male inmates and 1 female inmate. Also, she gladly informed that there are 16 inmates who enrolled in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) for livelihood programs.
Bello also said there are five minor detainees ranging from 15-17 years old who will be soon transferred to PAG-ASA Rehabilitation Center at Brgy. Calaba, Bangued for proper interventions. (Ginalyn Brioso / PIA – Abra)
New Abra Provincial Hospital At Its Best
November 14, 2013
Capitol – Bangued, Abra
With Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin of Abra pledged support to PNoy’s “ Kalusugan Pangkalahatan”, the New Abra Provincial Hospital is now in its most favorable services to Abrenios when the Governor himself headed the start of transfer and move of all high case patients from the former hospital.
The most awaited opening of the Abra Provincial Hospital constructed in a land area of more or less 8,800 square meters property of the Provincial Government of Abra at Barangay Calaba, Bangued, Abra is in full scale operational with sophisticated medical equipment mostly donated by the friends of the First Lady of Abra, Madame Ruby Bersamin abroad.
The two storey hospital installed with ultra-filtration water system and sewerage treatment plant is available with private rooms with television set, refrigerator, air-conditioning machine and other amenities like Chapel for meditation, different wards, wide parking space, security and 24/7 janitorial services.
In an interview of the PIO with Governor Bersamin, he reiterated his dream for healthcare program in the province of which Abrenios belonging to the marginalized poor shall have access to quality services in hospitals and other health facilities. He said that while spending his last three years of his last term as Governor of Abra, he will provide what the people of Abra deserved to have not only the 200M worth of health structure but the construction of more road access to food production and marketing in the upland municipalities.