LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) donated additional computer facilities to the provincial library under its Tech4ED or Technology Empowerment for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development program to boost the center .
DICT Officer-in-Charge Rey Parnacio handed over to Governor Cresencio Pacalso equipment consisting of one server, four set computers, one multifunctional printer, and one unit IP CCTV camera to augment the existing computer equipment for the Tech4ED program.
Established on September 26, 2016, the Tech4ED center to date has registered a total of 704 users, one of the highest in the Luzon Cluster 1. Majority of those registered are job seekers, applicants for National Bureau of Investigation clearance and passport, as well as students.
DICT saw the functionality of the center, the reason it provided additional computer facilities Pacalso said. He bared the plan of the provincial government to provide wider space for the center and the library with the increasing number of users.
Leticia Bautista, Officer-in-Charge of the Provincial Library, in acknowledging DICT’s computer facility complement, said the Tech4ED is an advantage as it increased usage of the library
With the changing times, Bautista admitted, “At least we are now able to embrace the use of computers in accessing information not only through the use of books.”
Librarian II Mariline Sawey, a library staff who assists those interested to register, said relevant information, education materials, skills, job opportunities, among others can be accessed in the portal. These are segmented such as agriculture; marketing; health; gender and development; rural impact sourcing which provides freelancer boot camp, freelancer client management guide and social media marketing boot camp; education skills; assistance services on ICT for financial literacy, for entrepreneurs, digital literacy, and career development, career engine finder, coding skills; and government services such as online applications for passporting, NBI clearance, driver’s license, senior citizens and other government –required certifications.
E-journals such as thesis and dissertation resource materials are also additional features of the center.
To be able to have access to the portal, one needs to register first at the provincial center or other designated Tech4ED centers nationwide, afterwhich he or she can log in anywhere with internet connectivity, said Sawey.
The center lodged at the provincial library located at the Capitol Compound is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00PM every Monday to Friday. – JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — For the safety and welfare of consumers and animal raisers, the Provincial Veterinary (PVET) Office is determined to pursue quarantine operations despite the odds and challenges.
Provincial Veterinarian Dr.Miriam Tiongan stressed that the establishment of such checkpoints was primarily for the safety and welfare of consuming public and to prevent the occurrence of transboundary diseases that may affect livestock and poultry raisers. The collection of fees is only secondary, she said.
Established in February last year following the approval of the Provincial Animal Quarantine Ordinance, quarantine checkpoints in entry and exit points of the province are under supervision and management of the Provincial Veterinary Office.
There were oppositions from businessmen about the quarantine ordinance but provincial officials stood firm.
As shared by those manning the checkpoints, there were adverse encounters in carrying out the quarantine services especially during the initial stages. There were threats and cases of evasion but with the support of networks including the local police, they still managed to take control.
For the year, the PVET Office recorded numerous denial of entry of livestock, poultry and their by-products.
Denied entries were more than 6,000 kilograms of spoiled internal organs of chicken gizzard and liver including swine intestines. Supposed to be shipped to Tarlac, the stuff stored for a month was brought up to Baguio. But due to the large volume, those manning the checkpoint recommended that these will be ferried back to Bulacan which was the point of origin, said Tiongan.
A total of 130 crates of eggs or equivalent to 1,000,123 pieces were denied entry because of the absence of necessary permit. Upon verification from quarantine checkpoint counterpart, the PVET Office here learned that the eggs were still on heavy treatment and still unfit for consumption as the chicken layers were under treatment. As a standard procedure, it takes about two weeks before the treatment will dissipate from the eggs until ready for disposal.
Also denied entry were 105 swine heads, 15 cattles and 10 carabaos due to lack of necessary permits.
Confiscated were dead bodies of animals during the course of shipment that included nine swine 152 heads of chicken. These were and buried as these were no longer fit for human consumption, said Tiongan.
Based on PVET records, bulk of those seized traversed along quarantine checkpoints in Marcos Highway, Tuba. There were some cases in n Banangan, Sablan and in Kennon Road.
Tiongan stands firm of PVET’s mandate in continuing its gargantuan tasks to ensure the safety of consuming public and animal raisers and promote public health and safety. – JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet