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ReturnDA 2 reports accomplishments to improve Bugkalot lot


Parts from PNA NEWSS>>..-The A Department of Agriculture in

region 2 through the Casecnan Social Measure Task Force (CSMTF) has

reported its various accomplishments to improve the lot of the some 464

members of the Bugkalot tribes and migrate in the 42 barangays within

the Casecnan area last year.


Lucrecio Alviar Jr., regional coordinator, said the achievements

include: the dispersal of various animal species to each of the tribal

members either for work or animal production, distribution of assorted

fruit tree seedlings and onion seeds to some 58 residents of the said

barangays and the establishment of rice techno demonstration farms in

barangays Kasibu, Dupax del Norte and Sur, all in Nueva Vizcaya.


Alviar said in the fishery sector, the regional office was able to

establish and operationalize 13 units of grow-out cages in Canili Lake,

Alfonso Castaneda in Nueva Vizcaya and Ma. Aurora in Auroa province.


The fish cages were stocked with 71,000 pieces of gnetically improved

farm tilapia (GIFT) while the additional 566,000 fingerlings of GIFT

were seeded in communal bodies of water in the towns of Dupax del Norte,

and Sur. Kasibu and Alfonso Castaneda, all in Nueva Vizcaya; Nagtipunan

in Quirino; and, Maria Aurora in Aurora.


At least 22 multi-purpose pavements, 10 small farm reservoir and one

barangay health center were constructed during the period.


Meanwhile, Regional Director Edmund Sana of the DA regional office

said the projects were undertaken to bring the tribal members into the

mainstream of society and for them to become produtive citizens.


He said this year, day-care centers, additional health centers and

farm-to-market roads will be constructed to benefit the tribal members.


Sseries of Heroes' Tours of northern Luzon since early

this year.


Tourism Regional Director Blessida Diwa said the conduct of local

tours for the youth is part of the Department's "Huwag Maging Dayuhan sa

Sariling Bayan" program and which aims to instill in the minds of the

youth the sense of nationalism.


Among the places visited by the youth included the Callao Caves

Tourist Zone in Cagayan, the Magat Dam Tourism Complex in Isabela, Villa

Margarita Mountain Resort in Nueva Vizcaya and the various age-old

churches and museum of the Cagayan Valley region's provinces;


The Ifugao Rice Terraces, the Yamashita Shrine and the Kiangan Museum

all in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the five -star

resort Fort Ilocandia, the Malacanang of the North, the Marcos Mausoleum

the Juan Luna Shrine and the various age old attractions of Vigan, all

in the Ilocos region..


Of all the places visited, the Callao Caves Tourist Zone, the Ifugao

Rice Terraces and the Vigan heritage are now included in the country's

top 25 tourist destinations and which are being promoted all over the

world as must-see tourist spots in the Philippines.




Tourist news .


The DOT regional director said these landmarks should be clean,

install new markings so these would be more visible and attractive to

local and foreign tourists.


Among the historical sites being eyed for rehabilitation are: The

Kirang Pass in Nueva Viscaya, one of the bloodiest scene during the

World War II; Calvary Hills, commemorates the passion and death of the

Lord Jesus Christ; the monuments of heroes erected in all public parks

in the region and others.


Diwa said the cleaning up and repair of the heroes' monuments will be

a manifestation of people's support to the Philippine Centennial

Movement and Philippine Centennial Celebration.


"Our heroes and great ancestors had shed blood to fight for

independence in order to spare future generations from slavery,

therefore they deserve to be honored by us," the regional director said.