SAGADA. The first ever community radio station in the region was formally launched here last Friday with local residents, officials, representatives from the different sectors and the media community expressing their support for the realization of the station’s goals of keeping listeners abreast on pertinent issues and concerns.
Managed by a group of people and manned by volunteers, the FM radio station went on test broadcast last June this year and is expected to assume full operation after the launching activities.
The effort to put up the station was initiated four years ago when the proposal of Bayan Muna to come out with a broadcast medium fizzled out. It all started in 2007 when Jun Versola, Mary Carling and Bianca Miglioretto drafted the concept paper. Versola and Carling were then with the Northern Media Information Network while Miglioretto is with a Manila-based non-government organization of women in
As with other projects, the group has to look for funding to start the proposal. Through Miglioretto though, a Sweden based funding institution donated equipment while Philippine Miserior Project chipped in financial support for other concerns.
Skills and other trainings were then had for interested volunteer broadcasters after which they visited areas in the province to get inputs on possible radio programs.
The station was originally meant to serve Sagada and nearby communities but feedbacks from listeners point out that the station’s signal could reach areas in Apayao, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, and many Ilocos towns. “We were prepared for a limited coverage area but seemingly, we could reach out to other provinces in northern Luzon. This is a challenge that we have to face,” said Carling who manages the station said.
As a community radio station, it is a non-stock and non-profit network. It is seen to guarantee the right of the community people to expression who could not afford the airtime rates of commercial radio stations.
Steve Dagacan who chairs the management board called on the people, offices, and the various sectors to avail the privilege offered by the station even as he also encouraged them to let their suggestions be known through letters or calls.
The station is located in Poblacion, Sagada. ANGEL BAYBAY
The new region’s top cop urged every policemen to smile to people they meet on the street or anywhere as a way of manifesting a transformed and courteous police force.
“Always smile to people whom we ought to serve and protect and extend utmost courtesy to all clients whoever they are and whatever status they have in life. Address everyone yes sir or yes ma’am. By doing so, you lose nothing but earn good things. This is our way of winning back public respect and support for the police. Sporting tiger look does not have bearing anymore in modern policing”, said PCSUPT BENJAMIN BAÑEZ MAGALONG who was recently installed as Regional Director of Police Regional Office- Cordillera during his talk to men when he visited the province on November 16, 2011.
Magalong, once dubbed as “Tigre” for his being very serious and strict and who spent almost of his career in field operations, narrated how his short stint with the Directorate For Police Community Relations – National Headquarters eventually changed his way of life and management style – from tiger cop to smiling gentleman.
He told his policemen especially the chiefs of police to establish and maintain good rapport with their constituents emphasizing that police community relations plays a vital role in the accomplishments of police missions. He shared stories of enemy attacks against police stations which he said were not due only to failures of police intelligence but due to the absence of police community relations.
In the same meeting, he stressed his policies on Discipline, Courtesy and basic police skills, after which he tackled problems, issues, and concerns raised by the staff officers and chiefs of police. To enhance efficiency of police service, he committed brand new computers for use of different municipal police stations, public safety company and the provincial office. Aside from computers he vowed to give digital cameras, public address system and a new police car. He also gave an instant cash of P20,000.00 to COP Besao for the repair of electrical wiring of his police station. He promised to start delivering his commitments by first quarter next year.
The regional director and party left the province after attending the peace zone consultation meeting with Governor Leonard Mayaen and Mayor Eduardo Latawan Jr. in Aguid, Sagada, Mountain Province. PR
BONTOC. The first two recipients of the Mortuary Assistance Program for the employees of the Provincial Government of Mountain Province, Mrs. Maria Focasan of Guina-ang, Bontoc and Mrs. Pelagia Guitoc of Bagnen Bauko were grateful to receive financial assistance in the amount of P103,000.00 each handed by provincial Governor Leonard Mayaen last November 15 and 16, 2011.
According to Provincial Human Resource Management Officer Leonila Malla-ao, the Mortuary Assistance Program was initiated and established thru Administrative Order No. 15, S. 2011 during the quarterly meeting of the heads and assistant heads, division heads and administrative officers of provincial government offices sometime in June this year. In this regard, for unity, uniformity and assurance that monetary assistance in favor of the family of a deceased provincial employee regardless of his position; one percent of the monthly basic salary of all permanent and co-terminus provincial employees and three percent of the gross monthly salary of elective officials will be deducted to be given to the bereaved family.
In order to ease the financial burden of the bereaved family the mortuary assistance shall be immediately handed to the nearest relative, preferably to the surviving spouse, children, parents or nearest relatives. Moreover, the assistance shall be released in the form of check or cash to be given by the provincial governor.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Focasan appreciated the assistance that the provincial government is giving to its employees and said that it is a great help to the bereaved family in their financial needs.
Governor Mayaen noted that they came up with the program as a way of easing the financial burden and pains of the bereaved family. Moreover, Mayaen is pleased that the provincial government grants monetary assistance to the families of deceased public servants who have been in service for the people in the province. ALPINE KILLA
BONTOC. Students and teachers of the Mountain Province State Polytechnic Colege (MPSPC) here stormed the streets last Monday but this time not out of anger and frustration but because of pride and satisfaction that one of the graduates topped a national board examination.
With a rating of 90.65%, Jonathan Canilang bested all other examinees in the latest criminology board examination conducted last October 22 - 24 in Baguio City.
Canilang, a Police Officer 2 stationed at the Bontoc Municipal Police Station, was among the 139 passers out of the 190 takers from MPSPC. The school passing rate of 73.16% is higher than the national passing rate of 43.75%.
Recording such a feat was far from Canilang’s mind who had to move heaven and earth to earn an education. In an interview, the unassuming policeman revealed a yearning in his life which even the accolades he continuously receives resulting from his exceptional achievement could not quench.
Youngest among four children, his father left them when he was still a baby. “It was only through pictures that I had an image of my father. The first time I personally met him was when I was in high school. But he could not stay long,” Canilang professed.
The board topnotcher further said they had to make do with whatever their mother gathered from their garden. “We stayed in La Trinidad and our mother planted vegetables on a piece of land in another municipality. That was where we got our day to day needs,” he recounted.
He enrolled a course in agriculture at the Benguet State University upon finishing his secondary education. After graduating in 2001, he was employed by the Universal Robina Corporation as a veterinary serviceman. During those years, he took and passed the police officer examinations which qualified him to be enlisted in the Philippine National Police in 2006. He was first assigned at the Regional Mobile Group before he joined the provincial police force in 2007.
As a job enrichment scheme, he enrolled at the local college in 2009 majoring in criminology and graduated last school year.
Canilang said his mother is from Kibungan but he was born in Irisan, Baguio City. His family later settled in La Trinidad where he finished his education. He is married to a college sweet heart Antoinette Komicho from Bontoc Ili with whom he has a son.
In recognition of his commendable accomplishment he was awarded the Medalya ng Kasanayan by Regional Police Director Benjamin Magalong and Governor Leonard Mayaen during the peace zone consultation in Aguid, Sagada last Wednesday. ANGEL BAYBAY and CLAIRE LAFADCHAN