Bangka is not in the water

Bangka is not a Boat. While others think it is, imagangan knows otherwise. It is a name.

We will be having the First Bangka Clan Reunion on December01, 2018 at Tikey Proper, Bokod, Benguet. I am a member of this Clan as the Grandson of Salona and Demja-en. I got some list on which I will be updating after the reunion which I would want to share.

Our great grandfather named Bangka is the son of Kayman and Oreyao. His First wife was Seh-na who is the daughter of Magsial and Kayapan. His second wife is Tongkok who is the sister of Colas and Gorinto.

Bangka and Seh-na’s children are as follows (arrangement to be updated):

  • ALBAS – The first wife of Albas is Soyep fromTikey. When Soyep was deceased, he married Chomingao who is from Kabayan. Albas’children are Miting, Dolan, Manaca, Saropa, Barton, Samuela, & Felimon.
  • SALONA – Salona married the son of Bobodo named Demja-en Matias, their children are Sadpina, Bucasan, Sopja, Palina, Kayman, Monmon, Dangbay, Bareng, and Ew-ew.
  • SALERO –  Salero is married to Nening who is among the Lintan Family of Palo, Tublay. Their children are Deb-ang, Jacob, Teresita or Tekbeb, Soda, Benita, Bensay and Tel-ay.
  • DABONAY – The wife of Dabonay is Maro who is also from Tikey. Their children are Julian, Acusan, Penja, and Tadjango.
  • SALJAMEY – Saljamey married Digmayo who is claimed to be also from Tikey. Their children are Jagaw, Mesdag, Pettong, & Dominga.
  • COSNA-EY – Cosna-ey married Mirante, another ansector raised in Tikey. Their children are Jose who is also known as Otot, Kebatuy, Ba Git, Sagay, Onsing, Dambeb and Clarita.
  • MANING – Esong who is from the Emilio Family is the wife of Maning. Their Children are Dicanay, Mason, Morgan, Anjuban, Sikney, Damok who is also known as Kopig.
  • KOWENA – Kowena married Joaquin who is from the Caparas Family of Bunagan, Daklan. Their Children are Maria and Lilia.
  • SOLEN –  Solen was not able to marry.

Find the following initial list for your ready reference. Don’t forget to Comment corrections and queries here for future corrections.

Initial List of the Clan. (for corrections and updating)

The Incident Command System (ICS)

I am among the team of instructors discussing modules of Basic Incident Command System Training to the ARESCOM of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) today and I thought I should share some to you too.

Incident Command System, or ICS, is a standard on-scene management concept that can be used by everyone in any event or incident, especially by response groups in case of Disasters. It works well by organizing functions of each member of teams who wants to help respond to a certain situation.

The basic process starts with having an Incident Commander by authority of the Responsible Official in the area. In cases of quick rescue response, the First person doing the rescue operation is automatically the IC until the arrival of the authorized Commander.

The Incident Commander will now select his staff composition consisting of 3 to 7 individuals. These individuals will help him Implement his Objectives, guided by what the Responsible Official likes to happen. When more manpower is needed, each of these selected staff of the Incident Commander can also employ maximum of 7 staffs as their personnel for the job assigned to them until the mission is completed.

There’s a lot more that happens after this. Its what participants learn in this kind of course. In fact, there are four courses to finish before you will be an Incident Management Team (IMT) Member. 1-Basic ICS, 2-Integrated Planning, 3-All Positions & 4-All Hazards IMT. All are implemented by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) of the Region. 😉

THE CLIMATE CHANGE Action plan and our ways of life

On November 23, 2018, I was tasked to Speak for the Mayor at SMX Aura to share best practices on Integration of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM) to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), along with Mayor Sally Ante Lee of Sorsogon City and Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano of Brooke’s Point, Palawan, during the 2nd National Convention on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction.

I learned right there and then that we all have the same problems in Implementing Programs Projects and Activities (PPAs) for our Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation-the funds. While we have the Climate Change Action Plan, there is no specific source of funds for it, causing unimplemented projects in other Municipalities.

Photo by Climate Change Commission PH facebook page

So I went to share How La Trinidad do it: incorporating PPAs of the CCAM to the Development Plans. And the rest is History.

But then, it’s not about what your Government can do about it. Its what you can do as an individual to help Adapt and Mitigate effects of Climate Change. Conserve Electricity, Water, Fuel, and Gas. Segregate waste and Compost Biodegradables. Minimize Gas emissions by not using motor vehicles. And similar gestures promoting natural ways of living.

Miss Benguet Title is Back to Bokod After Many Years

Miss Erika Faith Cornelio Holman is crowned Miss Benguet 2018 yesterday. She represented the Municipality of Bokod. And she deserved it.

If I’m not mistaken, the last time Bokod claimed the crown of this prestigous pageant was on 2003, (15 years ago). It was by Miss Bernadette Cenon, my High School Batchmate.

Erika is 18 years old and managed to outlast all 12 candidates from other Municipalities of the competion. Because She is beautiful and indeed witty!

I had this conversation with her before her coronation night regarding Benguet Adivay Theme and she has something to say. She has the intelligence that Miss Benguet Pageant requires.

And with her win, I say, it’s all about Resiliency!

Congratulations again Erika! Good luck on your reign and thank you for listening and representing! Godspeed!