A Hero’s Burial for Long-Dead President Marcos? It’s Being Considered

BATAC, Philippines — More than two decades after former President Ferdinand E. Marcos died in disgrace in Hawaii, the Philippine government says it is formally considering his family’s longstanding demand for a burial with honors in a cemetery reserved for presidents and other prominent figures.

His widow, Imelda, has refused to bury him elsewhere, and his body is now preserved in a back-lit transparent box in a hushed mausoleum open to the public here in his hometown in the northern Philippines.

Batac Comelec Unfazed by Low Turnout of SK Candidates

Batac City — With the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections barely two weeks away, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in this city is having difficulty with respect to the number of candidates for the SK election.

Batac Comelec records show that only one candidate has filed a certificate of candidacy for the SK kagawad post as of October 10, 2007.

Batac Declares June 23 as Cityhood Day

BATAC CITY — The Sangguniang Panlungsod of this city declared June 23 as the anniversary date of their cityhood as they prepare to establish a commission that would undertake organization of various activities in the celebration with corresponding appropriation of funds.

The measure, City Ordinance No. 2007-15, was jointly sponsored by Councilors Bismark Quidang, Bernardo Marders, Mary Colleen Columbia Cajigal and Vice Mayor Allan Nalupta.

The Ilocos Times learned that this has been a clamor of most local residents to commemorate the conversion of the erstwhile municipality into a component city.

Batac Council OKs Request for Mobile X-ray Unit from PCSO

Batac City — Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of this city unanimously approved a resolution requesting the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), through its general manager, a mobile x-ray unit for the city.

Batac Councilor Bismark Quidang, a member of the council’s health committee, said this medical equipment request purposely aims to help patients who could not afford to undergo x-ray as per advise of a physician.

Quidang expressed hopes that the PCSO would grant their request as this would really help the needy people.

Should the request be granted, Quidang said the x-ray machine would be used during medical missions around the city.

Batac Vice Mayor Proposes HS Scholarship Program

Batac City, Ilocos Norte - With a college scholarship program now firmly in place, Batac Vice Mayor Allan Nalupta has proposed that a similar scholarship program also be established for secondary students.

In line with this, Nalupta has sponsored an ordinance that would establish a secondary scholarship program in this city with the city government providing the funding.

The said measure has been calendared for third and final reading during a regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod but since Nalupta at that time was then the acting city mayor, the measure was temporarily deferred.