Month: September 2013

Sec. Mar Roxas to grace 42nd Quirino Day

Sec. Mar Roxas to grace 42nd Quirino Day

By: Thelma C. Bicarme
Wednesday 4th of September 2013

CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Sept. 4 — The Quirinians are now anticipating the coming of Sec. Manuel “Mar” A. Roxas III of the Department of the Interior Government (DILG) to the province to grace the celebration the 42nd Araw ng Quirino on September 6-10, 2013.

In a press conference, Gov. Junie Cua has expressed optimism that Sec. Roxas will come for as long as he will not have urgent call from the President.

“But if the Secretary can’t make it, maybe he will send his undersecretary or any official from the DILG to our celebration,” he said.

Sec. Roxas will serve as guest of honor and speaker during the anniversary program on September 10 to be held at the newly renovated VIP grandstand here.

The Quirinians are also expecting for the arrival of various festivals in the province such as Tuguegarao City’s Pavvurulun festival; Cauayan City Cultural Troupe and Nueva Vizcaya’s Ammungan festival for a streetdancing showdown with the Panagdadapun festival also on September 10.

“As usual we shall also feature the motocross event which has become a family event in the province. Families come with their packed lunch and they eat there together as they enjoy the motocross,” Cua said.

Cua said these are part of the province’s desire to become as motocross and streetdancing capital.

Meanwhile, Edwin Antonio, chairman of the photo making contest has reminded all those who intend to join the photography contest to register so that they will be able to join the contest which will be conducted simultaneously with the motocross event on September 7 and 8 and the streetdancing showdown on September 10.

The Battle of the Bands will also be held in the afternoon of September 10 at the Capitol Oval to be followed by the concert of Parokya ni Edgar. (TCB)

Quirinians set meaningful Panagdadapun festival despite calamities

Quirinians set meaningful Panagdadapun festival despite calamities

By: Thelma C. Bicarme
Wednesday 4th of September 2013

CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Sept. 4 — A five-day Panagdadapun festival is set to be a meaningful celebration for the Quirinians despite the calamity that hit the province on the dawn of August 12.

“This is the time for those who fell victims to the disaster to relax, enjoy and be part of the celebration for them to feel that despite the calamities, there is a celebration in the province that everyone can participate and feel festive mood without spending too much”,Governor Junie E. Cua said.

This year’s celebration will be highlighted with awards and recognition of outstanding Quirinians; launching of “Eye Care” and Kalusugang Pangkahalahatan programs; agro-trade & tourism fair; paper tole and Q-Life products exhibit; congressman’s cup; free medical, dental & surgical operations, Quirino Got Talent, Farm Family day, Search for Miss Quirino, fun run, bicycle fun ride, battle of the bands and the most awaited motocross event.

What makes the celebration more meaningful according to the governor is the participation of all municipalities in the cultural, sports, livelihood activities and social services and the streetdancing showdown of the champion streetdancers in the region.

Cua said they allotted P2 million for the foundation celebration, a budget which they said an austere one considering the tourism promotions it can give to the province.

“Panagdadapun festival is oriented towards tourism. It is our vision to make Quirino not only an agro-industrial hub but also an exciting tourist destination. We believe that tourism is an employment generator that trickles down to the poor,” he explained.

Likewise, the governor said he wants a development not only to a handful of people but one which can be felt by every Quirinian.

Asked if the past calamity could affect the celebration, Cua said there is a separate budget for calamities and the Quirinians are known to be resilient ones who know exactly what to do in times of calamities and closely knit groups who share resources to the needy.

“If they could no longer provide for their needs then that’s the time they come to us for help,” Cua said.

Further, Cua said the law mandates local government units to set aside five per cent of the Internal Revenue Allotment for calamity funds, it can not be used to other services other than calamities so the province had accumulated much funds to provide for the needs of the victims.

He added that aside from their calamity funds, some non-government organizations also conducted relief operations in the area such as GMA 7, ABS CBN, the Catholic Church, among others. (TCB)

NSO Quirino bares activities for its 73rd anniversary

NSO Quirino bares activities for its 73rd anniversary

By: Thelma C. Bicarme
Tuesday 13th of August 2013

CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Aug 13 –The National Statistics Office (NSO) here has lined up activities for the month-long celebration of its 73rd anniversary this month.

Provincial Statistics Officer Cherry Grace D. Agustin said this year’s celebration kicked off last August 1 with a tree planting and cleaning up at the Capitol Reforestation area in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

“Our celebration was highlighted with a General Cleaning Day in the Workplace,” Agustin said.

From 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., employees of NSO-Quirino conducted general cleaning in their office. They removed unnecessary items, paper works and mess on their desks, listed and disposed unnecessary items according to proper disposal procedure, arranged files for easy use, among others.

Agustin likewise said they will culminate the celebration with a cook fest, cultural exhibit, and presentations using indigenous materials depicting the culture of Quirino province.

Other activities include clean and green contest, 2011 Family Health Survey (FHS) dissemination, health awareness and sports programs.

Formerly known as Bureau of the Census and Statistics (BCS) by virtue of Commonwealth Act no. 591 on August 19, 1940, it was reconstituted into National Census and Statistics Office (NCSO) under the supervision of National Economic Development Authority.

In 1987 by virtue of EO no. 121, the NCSO was renamed National Statistics Office and was placed under the Office of the President.

The NSO was finally reverted under the supervision of NEDA in December 28, 1993.(TCB)