Thursday, 23 January 2014

What’s Up in Mambulao, by PERCY A OSTONAL

Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) formed
A LIVELIHOOD project to be undertaken in 2015 was unveiled in the municipality of Mambulao by Mayor Ricarte 'Dong’Padilla last year with Engr Ruben B Espana as co-chairperson . During that event, Mayor Padilla mentioned that the formation of Local Poverty Reduction Action Team or LPRAT was designed to stem the increasing rate of poverty in our town. Geared towards livelihood projects, Padilla had some approved list of identified and specific "things to do ". Per information, it was said that funding for such activities would come from national and local coffers.

Orientation on Senior Citizens’ rights and privileges
BEING the vice-president of Federation Association of Senior Citizens for the province of CamNorte, Engr Ruben B Espana of our town is one of the leading figures in the group that conducts orientations and seminars for seniors on their rights and privileges. Together with his fellow officers, Espana covers the entire 12 towns of the province.

Installation of WIFI at Barangay South Poblacion
“At my own personal expense, a Wi-Fi facility will be installed at South Barangay hall," said chairman Leda P Aler. With such a popular technology allowing an exchange of data or connection to the internet wirelessly, many gadgets could use Wi-Fi such as personal computers,  smartphones and tablets, certain digital cameras and digital audio players. "Gusto po naming kahit paminsan-minsan ay makipagbalitaan sa inyong lahat diyan sa abroad at gayon din po sa ating mga kababayang nandirito sa ibat't ibang lugar ng Pilipinas. The world we live in has changed a lot and bilang mga public officials, we can conveniently relay to everyone our activities and let him/her be our judges in everything we say and do .
 (Technical information about Wi-Fi courtesy of Wikipedia)

JP Federation President of Barangay Captains, Sta Elena barangay chief in court battle
DRAMATICALLY winning by a margin of only three votes for the chairmanship of barangay Santa Elena in the poll contest last October and getting elected as the JP 2013 Federation President of Barangay Captains Association, Grace Villablanca is in court fighting against her unidentified second placer opponent. A vote recount was filed at JP regional trial court to date. As to when Villablanca could resume functioning for the two public jobs remains a big question. Abangan po natin ang tunay na nanalo. Villablanca is a veteran politician said to be under the wings of Governor Edgardo Tallado.

Barangay Pag-Asa chairman replaced
REPORT reaching MWBuzz said that Barangay Chairman Espinosa of  Pag-Asa, (the place was known in the 60s as Bunog) was recently replaced by his an unidentified election opponent after the "official votes recount" result has been made public. Espinosa won by a winning margin of three votes, but after recount order by court was carried out, his opponent beat him by one vote.

The thriving Market Day tsange near the marketplace in Mambulao … this weekly affair will be relocated to Sta Rosa Norte soon.- MWBuzzpic by A P HERNANDEZ

Market Day (tsange) site now history
LESS than a week ago, Mayor Ricarte ‘Dong’ Padilla called a meeting with the key officials, representatives of the JP Market Vendors Association (agricultural produce in particular), barangay captains Leday P Aler (South Poblacion) and Ferdi Delos Santos (Santa Rosa Norte) and other concerned citizens/officials of the town to discuss the relocation of Market Day site from its current place west side of the main marketplace and that of edge-curve of the seaside public park.. The new home of "tsange" will now be at Barangay Santa Rosa Norte next to the barangay hall. The relocation will take effect on January 24 for the Market Day on Sunday, January 26. The mayor's directives and instructions were met with lots of unfavorable comments from wholesale traders and produce suppliers, who said the actual market base has been taken away from them for reason of access and proximity to buying public. But for those who have permanent retail stalls inside the market, such relocation order has been a welcome development. "Hindi po kami makasulong sa presyo ng mga gulay at iba pang paninda dahil mga wholesale prices po sila, ngayon kung malayo po sila, kahit papaano iyong mga mamimili kahit kunti ay puwede po naming patungan kahit konting tubo," said one long time retailer. Apparently, the reason why such move was made was because the new transportation terminal is ready for construction and more space are needed for all materials required as well as its logistics. MWBUZZ  was informed too that barangay Larap was tried and tested to be a 'tsange’ some years back but such experiment was abandoned due to lack of market goers.

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