December 29, 2011

Ifugao State U aims to become academic center of excellence

(Repost from Philippine Information Agency except image and COE)

PIA Press Release
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

by Vency D. Bulayungan
LAMUT, Ifugao, Dec. 27(PIA) -- The Ifugao State University (IFSU) aims to improve its standing as a higher education institution in line with its vision to become Academic Center of Excellence (COE).
IFSU president Dr. Serafin Ngohayon, said that IFSU at present ranks number 66 among the 110 State Universities and Colleges (SUC) in the country and ranked number 2 in the Cordillera region.

December 21, 2011

Ifugao gov, a health champion too

(22Dec2011 by ifugaoposts)
     Ifugao governor Eugene Balitang recently led the inauguration of two health centers, a testament for his mandate to improve health services in the province. The inauguration ceremonies were held on Dec. 19 for the Ducligan Clinic in Banaue and on Dec. 21 for the newly constructed Pieza Barangay Health Center in Lamut.
     Along with other local officials in Banaue, Gov. Balitang formally opened the Ducligan Clinic which will benefit seven nearby barangays within Banaue (Ducligan, Bangaan, Banao, Anaba) and Mayoyao (Tulaed, Ayangan, Aduyungan). The said clinic was initially funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and started its construction during the administration of mayor Wesley Dulawan.

December 19, 2011

Ifugao gets another P47.37M as CPLA livelihood

(19Dec2011 by ifugaoposts)
credit to OPAPP
     An initial amount of P207 million is ready for release next year as livelihood and community projects in Cordillera. The province of Ifugao will receive more or less 23% of the fund amounting to P47.37 million, the second biggest recipient.
     Mountain Province will receive the lion share of more than 25% or P52.5 million. The amount of P45M, P35.8M, P15.2M, and P11.1M are allocated for Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, and Benguet provinces respectively.

December 14, 2011

Court holiday instructions reach Ifugao

(15Dec2011 by ifugaoposts)
credit to Philippine congress
In an apparent support to Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, employees of the RTC Branch 34 in Banaue, Ifugao were instructed to wear black and stop all transactions on Dec. 14. But concrete confirmation of the report is yet to be verified if they followed the instruction. This, according to reports from Inquirer, occurred on Dec. 13 after the Philippine lower house of congress delivered the articles of impeachment to the senate who will act as senator-judges for the impeachment proceedings.
     The said court holiday spread in the whole country via text messages that allegedly came from the court administrator of the Supreme Court. However, not all court employees nationwide heeded the call since there are cases that need urgent processing.

December 13, 2011

Rep. Baguilat remits P3.5M scholarship fund to IFSU

(13Dec2011 by ifugao posts)
     Ifugao representative Teodoro Baguilat, Jr. recently remitted the amount of P3,500,000 to the Ifugao State University (IFSU) with main campus at Lamut, Ifugao as tuition fee assistance for his scholarship program.  
     Rep. Baguilat is currently supporting the education of 825 students, of which 87% or 718 students are studying at IFSU while 13% or 107 students are enrolled in other schools outside the province.

Five Ifugao girl scouts receive national awards

(13Dec2011 by ifugaoposts)
Girl Scouts of the Philippines
     Recognizing their exemplary leadership, perseverance, and sense of responsibility towards nation building, five senior high school girl scouts in Ifugao received the "Chief Girl Scout Medal" at the PICC Complex, Manila on November 14, 2011. The award is the highest award of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines.
     They are the following: Liza Bayaona (Mayoyao), Shaena Joy Tapay (Mayoyao), Everly Pakelman (Mayoyao), Glory Potnol (Alfonso Lista), and Camille De Leo (Alfonso Lista).  They are among the cream of the crop five hundred five senior and cadet girl scouts in the whole country who received the award this year.
     Their fruitful services centered on cultural preservation and development of an eco-friendly environment for a sustainable community.

December 11, 2011

DOST installs weather station in IFSU

(12Dec2011 by ifugaoposts)
     Automatic weather stations (AWS) are installed in strategic locations of the Cordillera including the Ifugao State University, according to PIA.
     AWS is a stand-alone device that measures weather-related factors such as air pressure, temperature, and humidity. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) also installed AWS devices to Abra and BSU-Benguet.
     According to DOST, another device that monitors rainfall (Automatic Rain Gauges - ARGs) will soon be installed in all provinces of CAR which can be accessible online using Google Earth.

December 8, 2011

Most wanted Ifugao drug dealer nabbed

no drugs
(08Dec2011 by: ifugao posts)
Ifugao's most wanted drug dealer was arrested by the police at around 5a.m. on Thursday, according to Abs-Cbn News.
     The suspect, a certain Peter Ambojnon, resident of Hapid, Lamut was caught inside his house by virtue of a search warrant issued by executive judge Florendo Flor Jr. of Nueva Vizcaya.
     During the arrest, police recovered 10 sachets of suspected "shabu", drug paraphernalia, an improvised caliber .22 handgun, and bullets of calibers .38 and .45.
     The suspect is currently detained at the Ifugao provincial jail and is facing charges for violating R.A.9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of the Philippines. Ambojnon denied the allegations.#

2011 prov'l athletic meet formally opens in Lamut

Physical Fitness & Me
(08Dec2011 by: ifugao posts)
Lamut, Ifugao - More than 10,000 participants and spectators from 11 municipalities of the province gathered here for the athletic meet, according to reports from PIA.
     The event started on Dec. 7 and to culminate on Dec. 10 with the following regular sports to be competed: track and field, ball games, boxing, swimming, gymnastics, chess, arnis, taekwondo, and archery. Winners will have the chance to compete for the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) Meet to be held next year.
     Furthermore, featured events in the provincial meet include ethnic games such as "bultong" (wrestling), "munbayu"(rice pounding), "akkad"(stilt walking), "hanggul"(arm wrestling), and "uggub"(spear throwing using runo grass stalks). Ethnic games further ignited the spirit of Ifugaos due to the world-class record of Jason Balabal, the only Ifugao gold medalist in the just concluded 26th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) held in Indonesia on Nov.11-22. Balabal, 25, won gold in the 84-kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition.
     Congressman Teddy Baguilat and Governor Eugene Balitang encouraged all athletes to strive further and become new heroes. The theme for this year's provincial meet is "Ifugao: In Search of New Heroes".#

December 5, 2011

History of Ifugao

In Brief:
Ifugao was formerly known as a part of the old Mountain Province. It was created as an independent province on June 18, 1966 by virtue of Republic Act No. 4695, otherwise known as the Division Law of Mountain Province. Under this Law, Mountain Province was divided into four provinces namely: Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga Apayao, and Mountain Province. The word "Ifugao" means hill. The Spaniards changed 'pugo' to 'pugaw' and was finally changed by the Americans to "Ifugao". The province of Ifugao is a land-locked area located at the foot of the Cordillera mountain ranges. It is bounded by the high peaked mountain of Benguet in the western side, Nueva Vizcaya on the southern side, Isabela on the eastern side, and on the north by the protruding strip of the territory of Mountain Province. It is generally located at 120 degrees 40'17" longitude.

December 2, 2011

P506M irrigation, infrastructure projects: a blessing for Cordillera

(3December2011 by: ifugao posts)
credit to uncoverphilippines
The Philippine government through the Department of Agriculture will spend a total of P506 million over the coming fiscal year for irrigation and infrastructure projects in the Cordillera Administrative Region. This initiative will boost farming and fisheries sectors as the major livelihood in the region.
In a statement given by Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala on Dec. 2, he said the bulk of the fund amounting P268 million will go to the repair and rehabilitation of several irrigation systems in the provinces of Ifugao, Mountain Province, and Benguet. The three provinces have been hit by recent typhoons including the portions of the Banaue Rice Terraces. A commitment of P20 million by the department will be utilized to restore the Banaue Rice Terraces.
The other P120 million fund will be used to put up village-type rice processing centers. Another P48 million will go to the purchase of four-wheel tractors for the farmers. Moreover, more than P47 million will be utilized for hand tractors, establishment of fishponds, coffee seedling nurseries, and greenhouses. The remaining P2 million will be for the upgrade of a municipal agriculture trading center in the municipality of Lamut, Ifugao.

References: Department of Agriculture - Philippines and BusinessWorld online

December 1, 2011

SUCs in CAR to get P12M for R&D projects in 2012

(01Dec2011 by: ifugao posts)
The Office of Senator Edgardo J. Angara committed to support Research and Development (R&D) projects for State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). The Senator pushed for a P12 million financial support for all SUCs in CAR which will be included in the 2012 national budget. The overarching goal is to support studies related to cultural preservation, environmental protection, and climate change adaptation. The said R&D fund shall be utilized by all SUCs in CAR namely: Abra State Institute of Science and Technology (ASIST), Apayao State College (ASC), Benguet State University (BSU), Ifugao State University (IFSU), Kalinga-Apayao State College (KASC), and Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC).
Aside from the above funding, Sen. Angara is also pushing for a P322 million budget increase for all SUCs in the country for tertiary maintenance and upgrade purposes. Sen. Angara, the chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts, and Culture, explained, "The 322 million is a small step in our efforts to increase government support for tertiary education, but it is also a good start. To make bigger strides, we must appeal to our leaders: the President and the members of congress to give a larger allocation for education in the years to come." Angara is a known advocate for teacher welfare, research development, cultural preservation, agricultural production and environmental protection.

Reference: Press release from the Office of Senator Edgardo J. Angara

November 24, 2011

Ifugao headhunters, a share to Igorot tribe

(24Nov2011 by: ifugao posts)
credited to National Geographic
     History can tell how Ifugao tribesmen were substantiated in the outside world about the concept of headhunting. It seems that the real purpose of Ifugao headhunting started to divert since 1950s. While I was browsing for current issues about Ifugao, it suddenly popped up an article published on January 16, 1950 by an American newspaper, The Tuscaloosa News - a daily newspaper and a member of the New York Times Regional Media Group, U.S.A. Similar story was also published on the same day by The Miami News, St. Petersburg Times, and The Milwaukee Journal.
     The article reported a rare incident that occurred on Christmas Day (1949) in the wild mountains of Northern Luzon. The article mentioned three Ifugao natives who killed two American professors using locally made spears. After the killing, the victims were buried in a shallow grave. The victims were found after weeks of ground and air search by the U.S. Air Force patrol with the help of Igorot trackers. What concerns me most was the purpose of the killing. The two American professors were robbed with all their valuables taken away from them prior to their lost of breadth. The three suspects admitted the crime, while confessing another three persons who helped them kill the two Americans. Is this the way Ifugao headhunters treat strangers in the past? Or a way to survive? After reading the article, I realized why Ifugaos are also called Igorots.

November 21, 2011

Regional University System soon to rise in Cordillera

(22Nov2011 by: ifugao posts)
The Cordillera Region University System (CRUS) will soon rise in the region through the initiative of the Cordillera Administrative Region Association of State Universities and Colleges (CARASUC). 
The undertaking is in line with President Aquino's vision for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to have a very strong higher education in the country with a shared role of producing highly competent human resource.
In behalf of CARASUC, the CRUS was presented by Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon (President of Ifugao State University) during the Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) en banc meeting at Banaue Hotel on November 17, 2011.

November 19, 2011

DPWH announces P58.35M development budget for Ifugao province

Burnay bridge/ credited to Marlon Martin
Guihob bridge/ credited to Sherill Acapen
(19Nov2011 by: ifugao posts)
Regional director Edilberto Carrabacan of the Department of Public Works and Highways in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DPWH-CAR) have announced the allocation of P58.35 million pesos for assistance in disaster risk reduction measures for the province of Ifugao. This is to address the damages brought by two series of typhoons that devastated the province in September of this year, typhoons Quiel and Pedring. Carrabacan reported that part of said fund will be used to restore (in the long term) the Burnay Bridge in the capital town of Lagawe and Guihob Bridge in Banaue, Ifugao. (photos of damaged bridges shown in this article). Initially, Carrabacan said that P40 million pesos will be utilized to restore Burnay Bridge and P10 million pesos for Guihob Bridge.

November 16, 2011

Ifugao wrestler bags gold in SEA games

(16November2011 by: ifugao posts)
Jason Balabal
Ifugao pride Jason Balabal won the Philippines' second gold in wrestling during the 26th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Indonesia. The 25-year-old Balabal bags the second gold in the 84-kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition while his compatriot Margarito Angana scored the first gold.

Meanwhile, for the 7th day of SEA Games (held November 11-22, 2011), the Philippines so far garnered a total of 15 golds, 28 silvers, and 34 bronze medals. PHL team is expecting to gain more medals for the remaining events. As of today, Indonesia (the host country) leads the race with 222 medals followed by Vietnam (168), Thailand (152), Singapore (107), Malaysia (97), Philippines (77), Lao PDR (27), Cambodia (23), Myanmar (29-most are bronze), Brunei (7), and Timor Leste (1).

 Here is the final result:

November 15, 2011

Bultong, ak-kad, ethnic sports up for race in Ifugao provincial meet

(15Nov2011 by: ifugao posts)
The provincial government of Ifugao finds the '2011 Provincial Athletic Meet' more interesting and worthy of financial support due to the integration of ethnic sports as part of the competition. Old folks, patriotic individuals and spectators expect to witness bultong (Ifugao belt wrestling), Ifugao ak-kad, hanggul (arm wrestling), and other ethnic sports to be exhibited during the annual athletic meet.

The town of Lamut will host anew this year's athletic meet initially set to be held on December 8-10, 2011. Lamut town Mayor Hon. Francisco Tenenan expressed high hopes for the success of the event through partnerships with different stakeholders along with the Department of Education and provincial local government unit. The province's head, Gov. Eugene Balitang and SK federation president Hon. Ronnel Gayamo committed P500T and P600T respectively to offset expenses for the conduct of the event.

Here are some images of Ifugao ethnic sports:

November 14, 2011

Lamut to penalize citizens using/selling pellet guns (from P1,000 to P2,500 or six months imprisonment)

Pellet Gun
(14Nov2011 by: ifugao posts)
Local officials of Lamut recently banned the purchase, sale, display and distribution of pellet toy guns in all establishments to impose safety and welfare of residents in this municipality.
Anyone caught violating the provisions of the Toy Gun Ordinance will be arrested and penalized. P1,000 for the first offense, P2,000 for the second offense or six months imprisonment. For vendors caught selling, P2,000 for the first offense and P2,500 or six months imprisonment for the second offense.
To read more, click here: Sun.Star Baguio Newspaper.

November 11, 2011

October 2011 Criminologists: Highlights for Ifugao State University

(11Nov2011 by: ifugao posts)
Top Performing Schools in the October 2011 Criminologist Licensure Examination (WITH 50 OR MORE EXAMINEES AND WITH AT LEAST 80% PASSING PERCENTAGE)

Total No. of Examinees
Total No. Passed
Percentage Passed
Source: PROFESSIONAL REGULATION COMMISSION (Republic of the Philippines)

The successful examinees who garnered the 10 highest places are the following:

October 28, 2011

Comprehensive Land Use Plan now consulted to Lagawe residents

by Water Encyclopedia
(28Oct2011 by: ifugao posts)

Protection, production, settlements, and infrastructure are the core development policies in terms of Land use. It's interesting to see the focus of development in the capital town of Ifugao. The core  land use policy areas of the National Land Use Committee have been followed bringing better coordination between the local and national governments.

October 25, 2011

2011 Ifugao Public Servant Award, 20 Years in Service

(25Oct2011 by: ifugao posts)

The awardees are the following: Carlos Catama, Rafael Cawitan, Alex Adchog, Gomez Dinamling, Ben Licyayo, Marina Pagadut, Solinia Galap, Shirley Lorenzana, Marcelina Mah-awa, Maria Dumay, Jacinto Mariano, Margerita Ngitit, and Annelyn Jumao-as.

It's time to honor the contribution of these government employees in the Provincial Local Government of Ifugao after 20 years of public service.

October 24, 2011

Ifugao Town Establishes Own Gas Filling Station

(24Oct2011 by: ifugao posts)
"If others can, so do I" is an expression to encourage someone. Perhaps this should also be applied in the perspective of the organization. Being self-sufficient should be a mandate given the arguments of cost-cutting measures, price gouging, and freedom of choice.

Recently, Alfonso Lista establishes its own gas filling station to cater the demands of its service vehicles and the community. This move, taking aside personal goals, will be beneficial for the sustenance of the town. With the objective of bringing affordable services for public interest, other agencies can, and will possibly replicate this endeavor.

October 16, 2011


(16Oct2011 by: ifugao posts)
The PDRRMC-Ifugao requests the two biggest banks in the capital town to tap other telecommunication companies. This will fast track to a large extent banking transactions during disaster seasons and out-of-office hours. The two existing banks are the Land Bank of the Philippines -LBP and Philippine National Bank - PNB, both government-run banks.

October 7, 2011

Price gouging in Ifugao by business establishments, to be controlled by DTI

(07Oct2011 by: ifugao posts)
The Department of Trade and Industry will make available list of prices of basic goods for proper guidance of calamity victims in Ifugao and other provinces under state of calamity.

October 4, 2011

Burnay bridge, its downfall caused economic crisis in Ifugao province

(04Oct2011 by: ifugao posts)
The good news is that the Provincial Local Government Unit in Ifugao declared the province under state of calamity. Here is the video overlooking Burnay bridge and how basic goods and other commodities are being transported across the river. Follow this link:

October 2, 2011

Confirmed: Five Towns in Ifugao Province Isolated for Several Days

(02Oct2011 by: ifugao posts)
Two strong typhoons (Pedring and Quiel) have pounded the province of Ifugao and other provinces in Northern Luzon bringing tremendous floods in low-lying areas and enormous land slides in the uplands. In the case of Ifugao, five of its towns including Lagawe are still isolated until this time with damaged roads and bridges. Several electric posts were down making communication lines difficult.

October 1, 2011

NAPOCOR: Ifugao is knocking on your door

The Ibulao bridge flooded (Sept. 2011). First time in years
by: Puhut Belingon
Close up view of Ibulao bridge on Sept. 2011
by: Puhut Belingon

(01Oct2011 by: ifugao posts)
The National Power Corporation should consider appropriating funds for the revival and greening of Ifugao's heritage parks. This move will be an added solution to the present devastation happening in the province which brought floods and landslides all over the mountainous province. The destruction of natural resources in the province is seen as the effect of poor forest management in the province.

P500T to promote multilingual education in Ifugao

(01Oct2011 by: ifugao posts)
The Provincial School Board in the province of Ifugao has expressed its full support to boost the Mother Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education (MTBMLE) program. An amount of PhP500,000 will be initially allocated for the purchase and distribution of books related to the program. The remaining funds will be used to further enhance teaching abilities of teachers in multi-lingual courses. This program will allow the teaching of mother tongue (tuwali, ayangan, kalanguya) in the basic education curriculum across different schools in the province.

Ifugao passes resolutions to address effects of typhoon Pedring

PIA Press Release
Friday, September 30, 2011

Ifugao passes resolutions to address effects of typhoon Pedring (by Mhars B. Lihgawon)

     LAGAWE, Ifugao, Sept. 30 (PIA) - - The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) passed this morning two resolutions to address the effects of typhoon “Pedring” in the different municipalities of the province.
     One of the resolutions was to allow Governor Eugene Ballitang to enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the National Food Authority (NFA) for a rice loan. The rice loan would be used purposely for food assistance to typhoon victims in the different municipalities.

September 27, 2011

Ifugao pathway images under construction

(27Sept2011 by: ifugao posts)
Ifugao traditional concept for pathway
Leveling a slope is enough to link houses nearby

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