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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book of Ibaloi doctor and author Ryan C. Guinaran wins the best book for youth in the 11th Cardinal Sin Book Award

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Baguio City, - Ibaloi author Dr. Ryan C. Guinaran's book "To My Fellow Igorot Youth: Poems, Stories, and Essays  was awarded the best book for the youth category in the 11th Cardinal Sin Book Catholic Awards (CSCBA) held on 13th September in Pasay City.

Nominees for youth category are books that gives values formation to young individuals ages 13 and above including stories of faith, virtues, morals, heroic deeds, and special youth documented activities.

Dr. Guinaran's book comprised of  stories, parables, poems and sketches about the Cordillera and the Igorot culture.

This is not the first time a book authored by Guinaran's has won award. In 2010, he was also awarded with a CSCBA trophy for his inspirational book of anecdotes for health students during the 32nd Catholic Mass Media Awards.

The CSCBA Throphy is awarded to a winning entry that scores 90% and above while a Special Citation Plaque is awarded to a winning entry that scores below 90%.

Dr. Guinaran is actively promoting the preservation of Igorot history, culture and indidenous knowledge, system and practices through initiation and collaboration in programs and publications.

He is also the founding Executive Director of DITENG- Doctors for Indigenous Health and Culturally Competent Training, Education, Networking and Governance in 2008 which aims on pioneering work on cultural competence in indigenous health, outreach services, health trainings and projects, educational material development, and research and publication.

Watch the awarding ceremony during the 11th CSCBA held in Pasay City.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Best Version of Eduard Folayang" to be showcased against Martin Nguyen of Vietnam on Nov.10

Cordillera, - Fans of Igorot One Lightweight World  Champion Eduard Folayang around the world are now excited to see their champion step into the cage once again as ONE championship has just announced in a press release fight between two world champions, Eduard Folayang himself against Martin Nguyen of Vietnam.

The two champions will clash in another 'blockbuster evening of world-class martial arts' dubbed as ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD on 10 November at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, according to ONE Championship.

"The two world champions in their respective weight classes are set  to go head-to-head in a cross-divisional showdown that will be talked about the world over," Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship said in a statement.

 Eduard "Landslide" Folayang of the famed Team Lakay in Baguio City, is one of the Philippines' most experienced martial artists. After nearly a decade of competing in various promotions, Folayang has amassed an impressive 18-5 professional record. The 33-year-old veteran is currently riding a four-bout winning streak against high-profile opponents, including an empahitic technical knockout victory over Japanese legend Shinya Aoki. He also successfully defended his title against challenger Ev Ting of Malaysia last April.

Set on the 10th of November, Eduard Folayang will be showcasing the best version of an Igorot Champion as he go head-to-head with another champion from Vietnam.

"As a martial artist, I am constantly in search of the biggest challenges, the biggest test of my skills. As a champion, I welcome any and all challengers. Martin is one of the best in the world and it is an honor to share the ONE Championship cage with him. This is a bout for the fans, and I can't wait to perform in front of my hometown crowd in Manila once again. I have complete respect for my opponent's skills and together with my brothers at Team Lakay, my coach Mark Siangao, I am preparing to showcase the best version of Eduard Folayang on 10 November."

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Baguio's Cafe Yagam makes it to Google Business Group Stories Search 2017

Baguio City, - Google business group has announced the winner of GBG Stories Search 2017 and among the winners in the Philippines are Cafe Yagam of Baguio City and Virtualahan of Davao City.

Both Cafe Yagam and Virtualahan won the the Top GBG Stories by means of voting while the People's Choice Winner is Khalti.com of Nepal. 

Cafe Yagam is a restaurant located in Baguio City that promotes traditional Cordilleran dishes and serves coffee that comes only from the local coffee farmers in the Cordilleras. It is part of the mission of Cafe Yagam to help people of Cordillera and also visitors  understand the unique culture of the Igorots in the highlands. 


Winning the GBG Stories Search 2017 would mean Ms. Polenn Carla Rosito - the owner of Cage Yagam will have the opportunity to attend the prestigious Google I/O conference in Mountain View, California in 2018. 

The GBG Stories Search is a recognition awarded by Google to entrepreneurs who are using  the power of the internet and technology to empower others to do extraordinary things. 

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Free Seminars for farmers at Agrilink 2017 on Oct. 5 - 7 in Pasay City

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Baguio City, - A free seminars for farmers organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and its attached agencies will be held from October 5 to 7 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City during this year's Agrilink 2017 event. 

Numerous events are scheduled during the seminars that focus on how farmers can improve their crops production, enhance their post harvest facilities, increase and sustain agricultural productivity including ways and methods to increase their income.

The DA will hold free seminars, technical workshops, demonstrations, investment forum, and business-to-business (B2B) seminars where farmers can have the opportunity to market their produce to business establishments in the country.

Also in the event, is the chance of farmers to get fresh information and knowledge related to improving production and management of high-value crops such as pili nuts, cacao, coffee, etc.

For Cordillerans who are interested to learn new methods of raising organically grown native pigs and how to process the meat can benefit from the seminar conducted by senior science research specialist Wilmer Faylon of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) on October 5.

Agrilink is the agribusiness exhibition and seminars held annually during the month of October where hundreds of exhibitors and visitors from different countries to come together to showcase latest information and innovation in the agriculture industry.

Agrilink also serves as the venue for the leaders of the agribusiness to come together and dialogue with the top leaders in the country to look into the problems of farmers in the region and come up with a solution.

Under the theme "Improved Varities and Postharvest Facilities: Essential to Profibility", farmers will definitely learn a lot from the seminar.

source: agrilink.org
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

POEA announces 5,000 new jobs for skilled workers in New Zealand


Baguio City, - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has announced an almost 5,000 skilled workers needed this year in New Zealand.

Any Filipino who has experience in the construction industry can be a good candidate for the job since most employers prefer Filipinos who can work as carpenters, scaffolders, masons, farm workers, drivers and any other related jobs.

POEA listed several job orders for Filipinos who are interested to work in New Zealand.


  • Machine Operator
  • Painter
  • Laborer
  • Automotive Technicians
  • Pipe fitter/worker
  • Farmers
  • Mason
  • Carpenter
  • Fitter tyre/tech
  • Scaffolder
Competitive salaries are offered to those who will qualify for the job. Laborers, machine operators, drivers and mason can take home a monthly paycheck of around 3,520 New Zealand Dollar (NZD) or Php 131,000 while those who work as carpenter can earn as much as 2,400 NZD.

In line with this new job orders, POEA said recruiters for the jobs may prioritize those who have at least 3 years of working experience overseas or in the country. The experience qualification is a proof that an applicants is knowledgeable in operating modern equipment.  

It can be recalled that New Zealand has announced it offers around 30,000 job opportunities this year for foreign workers. 

Aside from the good salary that foreign workers can take, they can also bring their family members to stay with them in the country and after three years of working the worker will have the option to apply for permanent residency. 

Interested applicants who wish to apply for the job can inquire directly at the office of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency for more information.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Survey says Igorots are among the 'healthiest' Pinoys in the country

Cordillera, - When it comes to proper nutrition among Filipinos, the Igorots ranked among the healthiest in the country according to the latest statistics of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute.

The survey is based on four nutrition indicators such as the prevalence of underweight, over nutrition, wasting and stunting.

The data shows that only 5.8 percent of Cordillerans are underweight, compared to the national level of 10.3 percent. The low percentage of Cordillerans who are underweight could be associated with the steady source of nutritious food such as fruits and vegetables.

READ ALSO: Luis Hora Hospital in Bauko, Mt. Province to launch its first Kidney Dialysis Center

Most Cordillerans are farmers planting different kinds of vegetables such as cabbage, potato, cauliflower, carrot, garden pea, bell pepper, broccoli, celery and lettuce.

While the data shows a quite good nutrition indications, the region has the highest record of people suffering from hypertension due to diets high in saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol.

The record also shows that CAR has a lower rate on stunting ( a condition that is defined as height for age below below the fifth percentile on a reference growth curve ). CAR's rates for the five to 10 and 11 to 19-year old category are lower compared to the national rate.

READ ALSO: Philippine congress approves universal health care for all Filipinos

It is also revealed that the region has the highest indicator when it comes to volume of food. The data shows that 38.7 of household in the Cordillera has an adequate source of energy intake which is below the national rate  of 31 percent.

The Cordilleran region also recorded low in wasting ( low weight for height ) among school children with a rate of 19.3 percent which is way far below the 31.2 percent national rate. The CAR rate is the lowest among other regions in the country.

The survey also shows the region has the lowest rate of risk for pregnant women with 22.3 percent compare to the national status of 24.8 percent.

However, according to National Nutrition Council Program Coordinator Rita Papey, although CAR has an adequate source of food supply, the region has a record of low consumption of fish which is needed to have a balance diet.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Philippine congress approves universal health care for all Filipinos


Cordillera, - The House of Representative has made a tremendous leap in making the proposed universal health care bill into law by unanimously voting the approval during the third and final reading last week. 

Majority of the lawmakers voted  222-7  for the approval of the bill HB 5784 that will provide health insurance coverage for all Filipinos to have a guaranteed access to medical needs without a great risk of financial burden.

Under the bill, individuals will get comprehensive health services they need including health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care according to Kabayan Representative Harry Roque. 

"This includes inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services encompassing preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative medical, dental, and mental health services," Roque said.
The bill will act as a means for those wealthy and healthy members to help pay for the care of the members who cannot afford medical treatment. 

Membership of  the program will be categorized as either contributory or those who are gainfully employed, meaning public and private workers, or non-contributory, which refers to people who do not pay contributions such as indigents, senior citizens and other group identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. 

House Bill (HB 5784) which is expected to be launched within three years will allow every Filipinos guaranteed access to health care providers. 

Under the bill, in-patient health services and basic accommodation will be made free for the non-contributing members and a fixed co-insurance rates for those to want access for higher types of accommodation. 

Outpatient services are free of charge in public hospitals and clinics while a fixed co-insurance rates will be charged for members who opt for treatment in privates health facilities. 

Funding for the program will be source out from member's contributions, national and local government allocation, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) health assistance funds and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporations (Pagcor).


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kalinga Provincial Hospital to open its first kidney dialysis center


Cordillera, - The Kalinga Provincial Hospital (KPH) will open it institution-based dialysis center to provide kidney patients access to dialysis treatment on October.

The dialysis center, which will be an added facility of KPH is made possible because of the Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) of Department of Health (DOH) with the goal of improving the delivery of basic, essential and as well as specialized health services by making health facilities more advanced to make it more responsive to the needs of its people.
The DOH Central Office will provide the dialysis machines while the provincial government allocated P8M for the construction of building.
Raymond Palicas, administrative officer V said that the dialysis center, located at the back of the Ambigaton Pharmacy will have 10 machines and is expected to be utilized by kidney failure patients in the province.
He also said that the dialysis center which measures 15x24 square meters will also feature a nurse area, waiting station, doctor’s quarter, a diagnostic laboratory, and will operate 24/7 and cater to emergency dialysis procedures.
Palicas also mentioned that as part of the mandatory requirements before a License To Operate is issued by DOH, the KPH will hire a nephrologist on a contract of service, four dialysis nurses while two of their current nurse staffs will be trained for dialysis.

‘’The hospital will not charge our patients with any amount for the procedure and will make it sure that all laboratory procedures needed by them such as complete blood count (CBC), serum creatinine, electrolytes check and Hepa profiling will be available, he informed.
Palicas also said that they are now working on the needed documents for the accreditation to Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhiHealth).
‘’KPH is aware that kidney failure cases in the province are increasing and this dialysis center will offer immense help for patients undergoing lifetime dialysis treatment. They need not to go to other dialysis centers situated outside the city because KPH has same exact services and is ready to offer the best treatment possible,’’ he ended.
Asked why just now that KPH has built a dialysis center, Palicas replied that budgetary requirement is the biggest consideration in the upgrading of medical facilities. This means that huge financial resource must be available to support construction expenses and wages of additional workforce. He also said that the situation was aggravated by the absence of nephrologist in the province.

Meanwhile, Frances Reggie Ramirez, nurse II of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) said that 39 patients were undergoing lifetime dialysis treatment in 2016.
The figure does not include those suffering from kidney failure but who are not able to get treatment.
She also disclosed that there were 31 deaths in 2016 due to kidney-related diseases which ranked 4th leading cause of mortality in the province.
Ramirez said that their office has no exact figure yet as to kidney failure cases for this year but certainly, the figure is close to 39.
Seventeen year-old Roneliani Istak from Malin-awa, this city who endures a twice weekly dialysis treatment was thankful for the coming of the dialysis center in KPH which she described a great relief.
Istak, in a text message confirmed her transfer to KPH once the center is operational. (Darwin S. Serion/Tabuk City Information Office)

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Monday, September 4, 2017

U.S. to hire Filipino teachers to fill the massive teacher shortage problem - report says


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In a recent article published by NBC News, it discusses the massive teacher crisis  many American schools are facing and the "new creative policy solutions they see is by importing instructors/teachers from foreign countries.

One country of their choice in the Philippines because Filipino teachers from the country's best schools speak fluent English.

"The Philippines has been an ideal country for schools facing shortages to turn to. Teachers in the country's best schools speak fluent English (it's one of the nation's two official languages, stemming from its status as a former U.S. territory) and the national school system is similar to the American one, allowing teachers to more easily have their credentials and certifications transferred."

The shortage of teachers in the U.S is worsening according to the report and many schools are taking actions into their own hands in order to fill the gap.

An education think tank that analyzed federal education data, revealed nearly 300,000 positions in public schools districts alone need filled. Their is a shortage of nearly over 1,000 positions if compared to the over 196,000 certified teachers who will make up the teaching force.

Experts believe the crisis is due the low interest of teachers to take the job because they are unhappy.

Even despite of increasing the salaries of teachers, but still no one in interested so the solution of hiring teachers overseas has seems to be fitting.

One public school in California has employed over 12 teachers from the Philippines to teach mix of special education and science subject for the school year 2016-2017 and have hired six more Filipino teachers just last week.

Filipino teachers who work in the U.S. mainland are given a non-immigrant visa category known as J-1 visa designed to promote cultural exchanges.

The salary given to them is much higher compared to the salary they get in the Philippines. This is one of the reasons many Filipinos desire to find work overseas rather than in their home country.

A small job placement agency in California is currently running a business of recruiting Filipino teachers to work in America has said it has successfully recruited over 200 teachers ready to work for the upcoming school year.

Schools that are looking for teachers turn to the agency for help. They will be connected with interested Filipino applicants thru skype wherein they will conduct interviews and request for teaching demonstration.

One school school in Arizona decided to hire 11 Filipino teachers after seeing videos of their teaching skills and their credentials.

The Philippines is home of the most skilled and highly educated teachers in the world. They possess total dedication and passion for their craft, - the reasons many countries wanted to hire them.

If America is facing massive teacher shortage at this moment in time and employing Filipino teachers is on top of the solutions, then they are on the right track.

Because wherever you put Filipino teachers, their passion and dedication for their sworn duty will make them successful.
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Honest Baguio taxi driver hands back forgotten cellphone to owner


Photo courtesy: Baguio Pulisya Kwatro
Baguio City, - An honest taxi driver has made another big contribution to the city of Baguio for being a tourist friendly place after returning a passengers's mobile phone. 

Mr. Renato Campos Hafalla, driver of a Taxi with plate number AYU 595 personally turned-over the cellphone to Xyrah Basillio and Carlo Matig-a, visitors from Bacolod and Bohol Province.

According to a post from Baguio Pulisya Kwatro, Basillio and Matig-a "boarded a wagon type taxi and when they alighted, the IPhone 5S of Ms. Basillio fell down unnoticed. They reported the incident to Police Station 4. Personnel of station 4 under the direct supervision of the Station Commander PCO Dexter I. Ominga assisted said visitors. They flagged down a taxi and advised the driver to inform other taxi drivers through radio if they happened to find cellphone inside their driven taxi and to return the same to its owner or turn-over it the concerned police station." 

The report also said, they tried to contact the number of the lost phone and someone replied and identified his name as Renato Campos Hafalla, the driver of the taxi cab. 

He immediately went to Station 4 at Bokawkan to personally return the lost Iphone to the owner. 

Mr. Renato Campos Hafalla  was given appreciation by many netizens commending him for his action. 



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