Saturday, March 04, 2006

The Quezon Journal


Priest exposes continous

logging in Sierra Madre

Gemi Formaran

Lucena City- Continous and massive illegal logging in the Sierra Madre Montain particularly in the Real, Infanta and Gen. Nakar (REINA) towns in Quezon province was exposed here last Monday, February 21 by an environment watchdog headed by a catholic priest in Infanta, 1 year and 3 months after the killer floshfloods in the area. Fr. Pete Montallana, President of Task Force Sierra Madre, condemmed the continous fresh cutting of lauan and apitong dipterocap trees being done in the guise of retrieval of drifted logs particularly in Sitio Bagkuran, Barangay Pagsanghan in Gen. Nakar. Grim and graphic video footages and new feiled trees were shown by the task force to local newsmen at the Office of the Tanggol Kalikasan, a non-government advocacy group based here. “Retrieval ng kahoy ang ginagawang sangkalan sa pamumutol ng kahoy sa pusod ng Sierra Madre at ito’y pagpapabulaan sa Deparment of Environment and Natural resources (DENR) na wala nang fresh cutting sa Sierra Madre”, said Montallana after a video showing. The priest who is in charge of the of the social action center in Infanta categorally mentioned the names of Bulacan logger Wilson Ng. And self styled governor of the Dumagat tribal folks in the REINA areas Thelma Aumentadon who are behind the cutting of trees in the areas which are transported in barangay Magsaysay, Infanta and barangay Daraican in Gen. Nakar and would end up in Tanay, Rizal. The priest who is in charge of the of the social action center in Infanta categorally mentioned the names of Bulacan logger Wilson Ng. And self styled governor of the Dumagat tribal folks in the REINA areas Thelma Aumentadon who are behind the cutting of trees in the areas which are transported in barangay Magsaysay, Infanta and barangay Daraican in Gen. Nakar and would end up in Tanay, Rizal. About 600,000 board feet of cut trees from Feb. 9 to 11 alone were allegedly sighted by the task force ready for shipment to Tanay. Even though not invited by the task force, Quezon Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Emrich Borja and 3 of his personnel attended the video showing and gamely listened to the accusations of the task force. Borja admitted that illegal logging activities persist in the areas due to poverty of the local residents in the areas but he stressed that retrieval of drifted logs should not be allowed to be transported outside REINA. He disclosed that since the tragic in November 2004 which killed hundreds of people and destroyed crops and properties in the REINA areas no rehabilitation plan has been in place to the degraded areas.

Speaker Jose de Venecia, assisted by senior House leaders, present a P100,000.00 donation to Ms. Gina Lopez for the fund drive of the ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya to assist typhoon victims in Quezon province. De Venecia said the amount is part of the House savings after de Venecia cancelled the traditional Christmas party last December. The House will also contribute to four other fund campaigns organized by top media organizations. With de Venecia during the turnover ceremonies Wednesday at the Speaker’s office were (from left) Rep. Eduardo Gullas, Deputy Speakers Raul del Mar, Benigno Aquino III, Emilio Espinosa, Minority Leader Francis Escudero and Rep. Teodoro Locsin, Jr.


Camp Nakar Station Hospital personnel shown Captain Annieve S. Adversario, Nurse corps survises the DUmagat Natives on their practical exercises as part of the primary health care training recently at CNSH, Lucena City.

Search for Lucena’s
finest cops starts

Nimfa Lodronio


LUCENA CITY – The Search for 5 Outstanding Policemen of Lucena City is on. It is an annual project of the Lucena Community Council of Elders (LCCE) in recognition of the great contributors of the men in uniform in the maintenance of peace and order in the city.
In an interview with LCCE Vice President Asuncion Flores, she stressed that the search also aims to assist the Philippine National Police (PNP) here in its effort to maintain a good image, to inspire the local policemen and reward them for their honest and exemplary performance of their duties and responsibilities.
Flores reiterated the belief of the LCCE that the role of the PNP is tough and dangerous and all members of this organization are united in their mission to serve and protect the people.
The city of Lucena if lucky indeed for having policemen who are sincere, honest and dedicated to their duties. They work day and night patrolling, responding to emergency calls, conducting operations, or just being there in their assigned post, being visible all the time to give the people a feeling of security.
The LCCE is calling on the public to make their nomination for this year’s search for the five outstanding policemen of Lucena and help them pick the rightful and worthy cops who should be honored and awarded.
Nominations can be forwarded to any member of the LCCE or coordinate with Flores at her office located at the Flores Compound, Duhat Street, Marketview Subdivision, Lucena City.
Lucena City Mayor Ramon Y. Talaga, Jr., supports the LCCE in conducting the search, saying it will boost the morale of the city police-men and inspire them more in the performance of their duties and assigned tasks.

Babaguhin ko ang bukas ng Quezon- Cong. Nantes

Bagong 2 storey BSP Building, pinasinayaan

Ves Villanueva

TAYABAS, QUEZON - Babaguhin ko ang bukas ng Quezon”. Ito ang determinas-yong pahayag ni Quezon Rep. Raffy Nantes sa isinagawang council meeting kaalinsabay ng pagtatalaga at pagbabasbas ng bagong 2 storey BSP (Boy Scout of the Philippines) building sa bayan ng Tayabas na ipinagkaloob ng solon kamakailan.
Naging inspirasyon ni Nantes sa pangarapin ay ang naging pahayag ng dating Emperor ng Japan. Matatandaan na sumuko si Emperor Hirohitu, Agosto 14, 1945 makaraang bombahin ang Horishima. Sinabi ng Emperor na ayaw na nito ng giyera at pananakop.
Tinuran ng mga kabataang hapones na gumawa ng telebisyon at radyo. Dahil dito, umunlad ang bansang hapon at kinikilalang isa sa mga nangungunang bansa kung ang pag-uusapan ay ekonomiya. Aniya, ito ay nakita ng iba’t-ibang dako ng mundo kabilang ang bansang Pilipinas na minsang sinakop din ng nabanggit na bansa.
Naniniwala si Nantes na ang pagtuturo ng teknolohiya sa mga kabataan ang magsisilbing stepping stone sa magandang bukas ng lalawigan.Naniniwala si Nantes na kung ang pagpapahalaga sa apat na M ay maituturo sa panahon ng mga training sa scouting, may magaganap na pagbabago sa lalawigan ng Quezon.
Ang apat na “M” ay tumutukoy sa pagiging MAKADIOS, MAKAKALIKASAN, MAKABAYAN AT MAKABANSA.
Samantala, nananawagan din si Nantes sa lahat ng opisyales at miyembro ng BSP Quezon Council na kinabibilangan ng ng area ng Mt. Banahaw view, San Cristobal, Tayabas bay, Peninsula, Lamon bay, Maharlika, coastal coco-palm at pacific coast na gamitin ang bagong BSP building ayon sa kaukulan.
Inihayag din ni Nantes na ang new BSP building sa Tayabas ay nakadesensyo bilang sentro sa paglinang na kaalaman sa panig ng mga kabataang mag-aaral, out of school youth at mga guro sa lalawigan.
Sa bagong BSP building, isasagawa ang mga livelihood training at ibang pang mga pagsasanay sa sektor ng kabataan at mga guro sa Quezon.

Free consultation
ukol sa SSS, ginanap

Elmer Sio


Pagbilao, Quezon - Pormal na ginanap sa barangay Tambak sa bayang ito ang free consultation hinggil sa Social Security System (SSS) benefits.
Agad namang pinaunlakan ni barangay captain Rizalina Catalla ng barangay Tambak ang magandang layunin ni G. Nelson Ibarra at mga kasama nito kung saan ay ipinaliwanag nila dito ang mga benepisyo maaring makuha ng isang miyembro ng SSS gayundin kung paaano maging miyembro ang isang indibidwal na nagnanais maging miyembro ng SSS.
Ang pagkakaroon ng free consultation ay ginawa bunsod na rin ng kahilingan ng mga mamamayan dito at maging ni Mayor Dingdong Llamas ng Mauban na maipaliwanag ng mga taga SSS ang mga kaalaman tungkol sa Social Security System. Bukod sa barangay Tambak, nagsadya rin ang mga taga SSS sa barangay Tukalan sa bayang ito at nagpaliwanag rin ng mga benepisyong maaaring matamo ng mga taong miyembro at magiging miyembro ng SSS.
Lubos naman ang ginawang pasasalamat ni Kapitana Porta ng barangay Tukalan sa pagdating ng mga taga SSS sa kanilang barangay. Aniya, matagal na ring problema ng kanyang mga kabarangay kung paano maging miyembro ng SSS at ano ang mga benepisyong maaaring matamo ng isang miyembro lalong lalo na sa panahon ng pagtanda.
Ayon naman kay Mayor Llamas, marami na aniyang mga tao ang lumapit sa kanya at nagtatanong kung paaano maitutuloy ang umanoy nahintong paghu-hulog sa SSS na sa ngayon ay napabayaan na.

Shabu queen
at 2 pa, timbog

Menan Almario


Atimonan, Quezon - Number three most wanted person at tinaguriang shabu queen sa drug watchlist ng ng pulisya at dalawa pa ang nasakote ng mga awtoridad kamakailan sa bayang ito.
Sa bisa ng warrant na ipinalabas ni Hon. Judge Aurora Mosquida Roman at sa pangunguna ni P/Chief Insp. Ronnie Miralles ng Atimonan PNP, nasakote habang nagre-repack ng ipinagbabawal na gamot (shabu) ang mga suspect na nakilalang sina Maricel Suguan del Fiero alyas Iska, 33 anyos, separated, jobless (no.3 most wanted), Thelma Pasigan, 24, may asawa, housekeeper at kapwa resi-dente ng Riverside barangay Zone IV, Atimonan, Quezon at isang Renante alyas Barok, 35 anyos, may asawa.
Ayon sa ulat, dakong alas 9:00 ng umaga, isang tawag sa telepono ang natanggap ng pulisya na ang matagal nang wanted na mga suspek ay kasalukuyang nagre-repack ng shabu sa kanilang hide out. Agad namang bumubo ng team si miralles at sa pakikipagtulungan ng mga tauhan ng PDEA office, armado ng warrant of arrest na sumugod sa naturang lugar at nahuli sa akto ang mga suspek.
Nakakuha ang mga awtoridad sa pinagyarihan ng 12 piraso ng small heatseated transparent plastic packet containing suspected shabu, 1 disposable lighter, isang gunting, 1 dispossable syringe, 55 pcs. empty plastic sachet, 1 improvised foil tooter at cas na nagkakahalaga ng P 1,700 na hinihinalang pinagbilhan ng naturang ipinagbabawal na gamot. Habang sinusulat ang balitang ito ay hindi pa naman nakukunan ng pahayag ang mga akusado.

City treasurer airs optimism
on 2006 collection target

Lolitz Estrellado


LUCENA CITY – OIC City Treasurer Amelia Pasumbol said in an interview the other day that she is optimistic the local government here will be able to achieve its 2006 collection target.
Pasumbal said her office is bent on collecting the necessary taxes needed to boost the city’s treasury. She added she has drawn some measures and will implement a massive tax collection campaign.
According to her, Lucena posted an income worth some P 469,563,631.45 from tax revenue and non-tax revenue collection, shares from the national collection or the internal revenue allotment (IRA), extra-ordinary receipts, grants or aids and loans for the year 2005.
In that same year, the city registered a total disbursement amounting to P409,407,058.88 year’s collection because of the massive tax collection campaign she has started at the start of 2006.
She added that although there were a few companies which closed like La Tondeña, it won’t affect to a large extent the tax collection campaign because there are also new businesses which came and started operation in the city.
With regards to delinquent taxpayers, Pasumbal said they are coordinating with barangay officials to know if they are complying with the law.
At present, her office staff is posting the list of delinquent taxpayers in the barangays and other strategic places so they will be reminded of their standing obligations and volunteer personally to come to the city treasurer to settle the same.
Pasumbal warned that if the delinquent taxpayer particularly those with obligation of real property tax, will not respond positively to their campaign, they will be forced to exhaust the legal means to sell their properties through a public auction.

Sama-samang pagtatapos ng RIC sa
“Baking Class at Slipper Making”, ginanap

Cristy Lucila -OPA


Padre Burgos, Quezon – Matapos ang may limang (5) buwan, matagumpay na ginanap ang pagtatapos ng may 27 kasapi ng Rural Improvement Club (RIC) na naging bahagi ng Baking Class, samantala may 54 naman ang nagsanay sa Slipper Making. Ang nasabing programa ay kinabibilangan ng may anim (6) na barangay – San Vicente, Marquez, Poblacion, Kinagunan Ilaya, Kinagunan Ibaba at Hinguiwin, ng nasabing bayan.
Lubos ang naging pasasalamat ng mga nagsipagtapos sa masusing pagsubaybay ng Tanggapan ng Panlalawigang Agrikultor sa pamumuno ni G. Domingo J. Mamasig (Panlalawigang Agrikultor), at kay Gng. Gloria Samson (Agricultural Technologist) na siyang ittinalaga ng tanggapan upang maging kaagapay ng mga miyembro ng RIC. Ipinarating ni Mayor Dominador T. Villenas ang kanyang pasasalamat sa pamamagitan ni G. Omeng Manalo (Secretary to the Mayor).
Samantala ipinahayag ni Kgd. Pablito S. Flores (Committee on Agriculture) ang patuloy na pagsuporta ng local na pamahalaan sa pagsulong ng mga proyekto para sa kababaihan. Ayon naman kay Gng. Senen Tamesis (Pambayang Agrikultor), may itinalagang pondo ang local na pamahalaan ng Padre Burgos na may kabuuang P270,000.00 upang makatulong sa mga programang pangkabuhayan.
Naging panauhin sa nasabing okasyon sina G. Domingo J. Mamasig, Engr. Joselito M. Bunyi (Supervising Agriculturist – Extension Division) at Gng. Melinda M. Amandy (Provincial FHRM Coordinator). Ipinahayon ni Engr. Bunyi ang taos-pusong pasasalamat sa patuloy na suporta ng RIC at ng LGU sa mga programa ng lalawigan. Ipinahayag niya ang pagpapanumbalik o recall ng mga detailed na technicians ng OPA upang higit na mapalawak ang serbisyo sa lalawigan.
Samantala, mainit ang naging pagbati ni G. Mamasig sa mga nagsipagtapos. Aniya isa itong magandang pagkakataon upang maipakita ang mga produkto ng isang bayan at magkaroon ng pagkakakilanlan.
Kaugnay nito, binigyang-pansin niya ang mga disenyo ng produkto na ayon sa kanya ay kailangan ng patuloy na pagtuklas upang makasabay sa mer-kado. Idinagdag pa niya na malaki ang maitutulong ng mga research programs upang higit na mapataas ang kalidad ng produkto at mas maging malawak ang pag-tanggap sa produkto. Malaki rin umano ang magiging bahagi ng pagkakaisa sa landas ng pag-unlad.

Quezon Builds Sister-City Ties with Butte County California

G.L. Ecarma – PGO


Gov. Wilfrido L. Enverga, in his return from his visit to the US, announces good news - Quezon Province and Butte County, California are set to establish international relations.
According to Enverga, said plan was proposed through Rolando Villarama, former head of the Butte County District Attorney’s Family Support Division and presently acting as his special assistant for foreign affairs, in a meeting with the Butte County Board headed by District Attorney Mike Ramsey and Chief Administrator Paul McIntosh.
The sister-city relation-ship hopes to pave the way for beneficial exchanges, particularly on the bases of trade investments, socio-cultural enhancement and professional/technical know-how focused on health, agriculture, tourism, education, housing, labor, along other vital aspects necessary for the promotion and expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation.
The Governor personally acknowledged interesting feature of the visit, particularly on the county’s usage of solar power, which he found very useful for the province. He was truly impressed with the prospect of an alternative power source adaptable in the Philippines.
Enverga also added that the proposal will materialize after its presentation before the Board Supervisors, who are to pass a formal resolution due on their coming meeting.
McIntosh, on the other hand, reported that areas in California have positive outlook on this matter. The Solano County expressed that there was no federal requirements needed to facilitate such agreement while the Tuolumne County believed that the plan would have a fruitful outcome since students and professionals alike would benefit from it.
Meanwhile, Sacramento County viewed such agreement to be less complicated since overseas travels and visitations to the sister county or city are easier facilitated for foreign entities than for the local counties or cities. Authorities in Yuba County also pointed out that a community-based citizens committee is needed to handle the whole process in order to successfully push the entire program.

Information Caravan on BBTV

Cristy Lucila-OPA


Matagumpay na naisagawa noong ika-9, 10 at 14 ng Pebrero 2006 ang Information Caravan on the Eradication of Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) sa mga bayan ng Catanauan, Mulanay at Macalelon, layunin nitong mabigyan ng kamalayan ang mga magsasaka ukol sa BBTV at kung paano ito mabibigyan ng solusyon. Bahagi rin ng programa ang pagbibigay ng dagdag kaalaman ukol sa pagpoproseso ng saging upang mapataas ang halaga nito at maging mas malawak ang merkado. Kaugnay nito, isinakatuparan rin ang paglagda sa Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) ukol sa programang nabanggit, kung saan may itinalagang P100,000.00 pondo mula sa Department of Agriculture (DA) para mabigyang solusyon ang BBTV. Ang kasunduan ay naganap sa pagitan ng kinatawan ng DA sa katauhan ni Dr. Aida P. Cariño, RTD – Policy, Planning, Research & Development (DA-RFU IV) at ng Punong-bayan ng bawat bayan: Mayor Sebastian Serrano ng Catanauan; Mayor Prudencio Maxino ng Mulanay; at Mayor Liwayway Tan ng Macalelon, kung saan naging saksi sa paglagda sa kasunduan sa bawat bayan si Mr. Domingo J. Mamasig, Provincial Agriculturist at siya ring kinatawan ni Gov. Wilfrido L. Enverga, gayundin ang ilang kinatawan ng lokal na pamahalaan.
Naging panauhin sa mga nasabing bayan sina Dir. Aida P. Cariño, Mr. Antonio G. Gerundio, Regional HVCC Coordinator, Ms. Patricia Bulanhagui, Information Division Officer at iba pang mga kinatawan ng DA-RFU IV. Naging tagapagsalita sina Mr. Karl Vernon G. Tamban, Agricultural Technologist, ng DA-RFU IV – Eradication ng BBTV, Mr. Gerundio – Opera-tions/Production ng Saging, Ms. Cynthia Leytano ng Lipa Experimental Station (LAES) – Sourcing of Plan-ting Materials, Ms. Rose Olfato ng Southern Tagalog Integrated Agricultural Research Center (STIARC) – Product Development, Ms. Dominga Dagarag ng Agricultural and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) – Marketing Strategies, at Ms. Anna Pamela de Ocampo, Agricultural Technologist ng OPA – Pagpoproseso ng Saging. Samantala naging mainit ang pagtanggap ng mga magsasaka at naging bukas sila sa mga makabuluhang impormasyon para sa pagpapataas ng kalidad at produksyon ng saging sa kanilang lugar. Ang saging ang isa sa mga pangunahing produkto ng lalawigan kasunod sa niyog.

Share your extra

SM once again invites its shoppers to clean their closets and sort their extras- clothes, shoes, housewares, even appliances- and share these with the less fortunate in SM foundation’s Share Your Extras charity campaign.
A joint project of SM Foundation and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, share your extras donation books will be set up at the SM Supermalls from February 16 to March 17, 2006. Media partners include STV-6, Philippine Information Agency, Campus Radio, Monday Times, Eyewatch, Ang Diaryo Natin, Radyo ng Bayan Lucena, Quezon Patrol, The Quezon Post, Southern Tagalog Bulletin, Quezon Journal and Quezon Mail.
This is the seventh year of SM foundation’s Share Your Extras campaign, one that has seen an outpouring of extras from generous shoppers. Last Year, 13,385 families or some 53,540 individuals from 85 DSWD barangays twenty-two provinces benefited from the campaign.
Families lined up during the distribution and recipients excitedly tried on the items they received. Kids were visibly excited as they opened their bags full of toys. Even members of the communities helped distributing the goods to less fortunate.
This year’s recipients will include indigenous people of Region IV, V, VII, X and X1 as well as the NCR and the CAR areas. DSWD institutions will also be earmarked for the distribution. Among these are the Abierta House of Friendship, Unang Hakbang Foundation, Nayon ng Kabatan, Saklolo at Gabay ng Ina at Pamilya (SAGIP). Many children charitable institutions will be beneficiaries-those in a Light House Center for Children Foundation Inc., Association de Damas Filipinas, Inc., Haven for Children, Bahay Tuluyan and the National Training School for Boys.
Girl Crisis in Lucena, Person with disability and abused children will receive donations.
You can make a difference! Share your extras at Lucena donation booth located at the 2nd floor between Mendrez and Broadway Gems at SM city Lucena from February 16 to March 17, 2006. Share Your Extras now! (SM City Lucena/PIA-Quezon)

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