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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: Chief Supt. Eliseo Rasco, Police Region 2 director, has ordered provincial commanders to rid the remaining 1,547 of the 2,311 villages of the illegal drug menace until the second week of April 2017. He said least 488 barangay (villages) in Cagayan Valley have been declared drug-free, but…

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TOUTED as the wind energy capital of the Philippines, the province of Ilocos Norte has shown its commitment to a cleaner and safer environment by banning the production and use of coal as energy source in the province. Governor Imee Marcos on Thursday said the province is concerned by possible…

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ALFONSO CASTAÑEDA, Nueva Vizcaya: The local government here has sought the help of President Rodrigo Duterte to collect P2.3 billion in unpaid taxes from a California-based subsidiary operating a water and power project. Mayor Jerry Pasigian said the California Energy Casecnan Water and Energy Company Inc. (CECWECI), which built and…

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GREENPEACE expressed recently its support to the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) urgent call to shame and suspend local officials who fail to stop illegal fishing. Vince Cinches, Oceans Campaigner of Greenpeace Southeast Asia–Philippines, said they support Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol’s urgent proposal seeking to penalize local government officials who fail…

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LAGAWE, Ifugao:  Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat said his top wish for 2017 is his desire for an end to extra-judicial killings (EJKS). “In the spirit of the New Year, there should be greater respect for human rights and success of the ongoing peace talks,” he added. While reaffirming his…

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NAGTIPUNAN, Quirino: For the Bugkalot tribe, it is a blessed New Year receiving their Certificates of Land Ownership (CLOA) as Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) from Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano. Covering some 4,600 hectares of resettlement area at Keat and Matmad in this town to be used productively, the CLOA…

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IN earlier times, the Ifugaos in the Cordillera did not celebrate the coming of the New Year. They do so now. The Christian religion, particularly Catholicism, has flourished in the Philippines since the Spanish colonialists arrived in 1521. But in Northern Luzon, particularly in what is now Ifugao province, where…

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The “House of Inabel” by Magdalena Gamayo was launched in the town of Pinili in Ilocos Norte recently to preserve and strengthen the Ilocano weaving tradition called “pinagabel” in the local dialect. Dr. Joven Cuanang, one of the founders of the House of Inabel, said Gamayo is a National Commission…

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: In an effort to boost corn production, the provincial government here is distributing P3 million worth of corn seeds and fertilizers to farmers producing below four metric tons per hectare, according to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA). Alexander Domingo, OPA chief, said that among the…

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