Ifugao Info Center Bags National Honors

By Delmar CariƱo/Sunstar Baguio

PASAY CITY — The information center in Alfonso Lista, Ifugao was recently recognized as one of the country’s models in the delivery of science and technology services for farmers.

Toasts were given to the town’s Farmers Information and Technology Services (Fits) on Thursday at SM Mall of Asia here for adopting an information dissemination system that helped farmers boost production and protect their water resources.

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Marky Cielo Reporting from Ifugao


Here’s an interesting video of Marky Cielo doing a report on food security from Ifugao. I guess this is only a part time gig with Reporter’s Notebook, a GMA news and public affairs program, but let’s hope that the GMA management can give him more projects like this. He acquitted himself well, I must say. [Hallo Reporter’s Notebook, can you make Marky a regular reporter or something?]

About the video itself, I think it did a good job of reflecting the Cordillera food situation in general. What do you think?

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Smart Schools in Ifugao


Remember the Smart School Program we first blogged about last year? Smart added Ifugao Provincial High School, Madella Comprehensive High School, Banaue Central School, and Lagawe Central School in the list of schools it is supporting in the Cordilleras. Actually, I’m not sure if Smart is still supporting the other schools it supported last year as we hoped it would but it’s good to know that it is now extending help to other Cordi areas as well.

The video shows the principals of the above schools talking about the Smart program’s positive impact on their students.

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People Vs. Duntugan: Guilty as Charged

One of the major stories we covered in this blog, the killing of Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell and the subsequent trial of Juan Duntugan for murder, is now kinda coming to an end. The court has found that Duntugan is guilty of murdering Campbell and sentenced him to life in prison. I’m reprinting the Inquirer story below.

And here are the links to our previous stories:
Missing in Ifugao: Julia Campbell, US Peace Corps Volunteer
Video Updates on Julia Campbell
On Juan Dontugan’s Surrender [highly recommended by me for re-reading hehe]
People vs. Dontugan I
People vs. Dontugan II
Campbell Family to Attend Dontugan Hearing

Life in prison for killer of Peace Corps Volunteer

Melvin Gascon/Inquirer

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Rapelling at the Kiangan War Memorial


I don’t know about you but this video bugs me a lot. I visited the Kiangan War Memorial ten years ago and I really appreciate what the government did in putting up this shrine which commemorates the bravery of our foreparents during World War II. So I’m a little shocked and quite irritated that this guy and his companions are using the shrine for their rappelling activities.

Dude, it’s a shrine. A shrine is almost like a church or any place of worship. It is almost like a burial ground hallowed by the dead who lie there.

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