Archive for May, 2011

ENERGIZER NIGHT RACE



Thousands of Pangasinenses join the Energizer Night Race last May 21 in Dagupan City. The Dagupan City leg is part of the nationwide tour of the Energizer Night Race. Part of the proceeds will be donated to hearing-impaired children in this city through the GMA Kapuso Foundation,Inc.CESAR RAMIREZ

May 30, 2011 at 8:39 am Leave a comment

Espino-Navarro: Mistah vs. Mistah



Poor Bani, Pangasinan Mayor Marcelo Navarro. His multi-million-peso projects from sources abroad, national and local levels could not take-off because of political schisms exacted by his anti-progress dissenting majority-member municipal council whom he said have sworn loyalty and heed order from Congressman Jesus “Boying” Celeste (1st District, Pangasinan) and Governor Amado T. Espino – a classmate at the Philippine Military Academy.

By earning the ire of the people I mentioned, everything stops revolving in this second class town known for its pristine beaches and underground caves.

But Navarro, a former police general, did not take the stunts of those tyrannical majorities in the august body sitting down.

Just like the counter-attack by the US Marines in the bloody November 2004 “Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq, Navarro initiated a Recall Petition where 25% of the town’s registered voters would sign a petition and submit it to the local Commission on Election against the Vice Mayor and his willing conspirators at the Sangguniang Bayan, which stalls whatever pro-progress programs, for a special election for the Bani people decide if these negligent abusive dads deserve another term.

“I leave to the people of Bani the fate of these officials, “he told us media men in a press conference called by the Patrima media group.

“Why not sue them criminally with non-feasance (failure to perform an act) so your people would know their inaction,” I posed.

“I will not because court case drags for a while, unlike recall,” he told me.

“They (councilors) are not doing anything. Somebody is dictating to them,” he continued.

Because of this dissent his municipality was denied with P20 million in housing project that needs local counterpart fund. He deplored that probable employment and other multiplier effects for his people were prejudiced.

He said they snagged the P6 billion bio-fuel project that should be financed through a Private-Public-Partnership (PPP), P8.5 worth power plant, and others.

***

But one of my colleagues was too insistent. She pursued Navarro, a lanky mestizo skinned soft-spoken person one could mistake as an evangelist, how the rift with the governor start.

He said it started in the campaign period of the 2010 poll when he sought re-election for his mayoralty post (Navarro’s father and his brother used to be a hizzoner of Bani).

He confided to Espino that he would shift to Liberal Party from his Lakas-Kampi where he and the governor were party mates.

He said Espino welcomed his intention and told him “Magtawagan na lang tayo.”

He invited the governor that he joined him too with the LP (the party of then presidential candidate Presidential bet Benigno Aquino III).

But Espino told him to go alone as he (Espino) has a commitment with the then dominant Lakas-Kampi where then President Gloria M. Arroyo was the party chair.

***

After two weeks in the campaign period, to his surprise, ten of his policemen were relieved by the police provincial director.

“I was taken aback because I would be vulnerable although these policemen were assigned at the police station I called the PD (Provincial Director Colonel Percieval Barba) who told me he could not do anything. What I did is to go to (Camp) Crame and told the chief PNP about my predicament.”

The 10 cops were returned. But after a day they were relieved again. Navarro said he called the police regional director in La Union who returned the ten. But after two days they were relieved again.

“Pumunta ako sa itaas ng ikatlong beses. Doon siya (governor) nainis,” he said. He told us this resulted for the final returned of the police in a roller coaster power play between him and his PMA classmate of Class 1971.

***

He said vote buying in his town ran up to P3000 for a family.

Supporters of a rival and enemies told the people there to vote for a certain governor, a certain congressman, and his mayoralty rival. He continued that voters there told the vote – buyer that they would not vote for his patrons if they were obliged not to vote for Navarro. The vote buyer obliged to the condition of the voters who were mostly pro-Navarro.

He said he has no ill-feeling towards Espino. They were not only bunkmates and company mates (Delta Company according to former General Rey Velasco who told me when he was still the mayor of Sta. Barbara “that I used to summon them because they were my lower class”) but fellow Pangasinenses who speak Ilocano at the PMA.

“We were liked brothers at the Academy. When we were plebes we went to our house in Baguio City every Saturday and would go back to the academy together. He was my boxing sparring partner. He just loved to box with me because I’m tall and he is small.”

“Baka ni knocked-out niyo siya thus that ill-feeling he has with you,” my being a wanna-be boxing anal list, er, analyst made me posed that query to him.

“No, we were just sparring partner. I loved him,” he retorted to me.

***

But it seems his mistah does not love him.

After the conclusion of the poll where he won as a second termer mayor and Espino as second termer governor, he found himself and the governor as god father to a wedding in the town of Binmaley. He went to the governor who was in a huddle with somebody from Bani. He offered his hand to his former bunk mate and sparring mate.

He said Espino pretended he did not see him.

His constituent in Bani thought the governor did not recognize the former general.

“Guv, siya po si Mayor Navarro, mayor po namin sa Bani.”

Navarro said Espino was still nonchalant.

He said he decided to leave to avoid further embarrassment to him and his unwary constituent.

Thus he said when fellow Liberal Party and Philippine president Benigno Aquino III wanted to have his first presidential visit in Pangasinan by inaugurating a housing project in Bani, Navarro resolved not to invite Espino.

“I was afraid that what he did to me in Binmaley, he will repeat again in my hometown. I was afraid to be humiliated in front of my people. I was afraid that our Alma Mater PMA would be humiliated, too”.

The exclusion of Espino in that presidential visit in Bani created another issue in his second visit recently in Rosales town. In the column of Brando Cortez titled “Our province needs a better leader – Navarro” that see print recently in this paper.

Brando quoted Navarro “Sa observation ko ngayon at sa mga naririnig ko, naaawa ako kay Gov dahil para siyang bakal na nagiging marupok dahil sa sariling kalawang. Sana matuto siyang maglabas ng kanyang sama ng loob at magpatawad para gumaan ang kanyang kalooban.”

“Nagkatotoo sa Rosales ang kinatatakutan ko, nang hindi ko siya inimbita noong pumunta si Presidente Noynoy dito sa Bani,” sabi ni Mayor Navarro. “Hindi naman niya kinailangan sabihin sa Rosales na siya ang tunay na governor sa harap ni Presidente at sa buong Pilipinas”.

Media men who were there told me that “I-am -the- real- governor” remark of Espino was a dig also at former Governor Victor Agbayani, an LP, who was seen in tow every time Aquino visited Pangasinan. Espino defeated the former long reigning governor by half-a-million votes.

“Mistah, tama na! Ibaba mo na (the bitterness in your heart),”, Navarro told Espino in front of the camera of a national TV in that press conference.

“I loved him that’s why I don’t have any anger with him,” he stressed.

He said he extends his hand of reconciliation to him.

News hen Minnie Caburnay quipped after Navarro narrated his political odyssey with his mistah.

“L.Q (Lovers’ Quarrel) lang iyan mayor between the two of you!”

(You can read my selected intriguing but thought-provoking columns at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com. You can send comments too at totomortz@yahoo.com).

May 30, 2011 at 8:38 am Leave a comment

Robinsons to open in December in Calasiao


by Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO- The mayor of this burgeoning first-class town said that giant mall Robinsons will open shop this coming December.

Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay said a representative of Robinsons Land Corporation, the mother unit of the mammoth mall, said that stalls there are almost completed.

“Kumpleto na daw iyong stalls at iyon ang gusto nilang ihanda para sa mga taga-Pangasinan itong pag-sapit ng pasko sa December,” he stressed.

He also said that the representative of Robinsons talked with the owner of Dagupena Restaurant on the ongoing construction of the retail store that caused some cracks on the concrete parts of the famous restaurant.

The mayor said that even the nearby newly opened Don Armando’s Restaurant suffered the same predicament.

“Na-experienced din nila iyon. Pero, ganoon talaga part ng pagpapatayo ng building”.

Meanwhile, Macanlalay said that the 40% share of this town from the increased of the Real Property Tax that was passed by the Provincial Board would be used to the operation and maintenance of public schools, construction and repair of school buildings, facilities and equipment, educational research, purchase of books and periodicals, and sports development as determined and approved by the local school board.

“Ang plano natin doon sa pagdagdag ng pag-ta-as ng collection natin, dadagdagan natin ang honorarium ng ating contractual employees sa school. We are only giving the P1,500. Dinagdagan ko, ginawa ko siyang mas malaki.Sabi ko siguro by next year, ganoon din the number of beneficiaries sa ating scholarship program dito sa municipio na meron tayong scholars, who are receiving P5000 every semester.”

He continued that he mulls to increase the number of his 200 scholars in college.

He said he presently appropriates P2 million for the 200 scholars who availed annually a P10 thousand a year subsidy.

“Wala silang failing grade, or Incomplete subject,” he declared as a condition for this town’s scholarship.

He said each scholar could take any courses anywhere as long as he/she maintains a passing grade.

He said d the proceeds from the beauty popularity contest “Miss Calasiao” and the P500 thousand donations from the Senor Tesoro Association would be used to buttress the P10 million beautification of this town’s plaza.

He said the eye-catching clean plaza complements the new P60 million municipal halls dubbed as one of the best municipal halls in Pangasinan.

“This would be one of the best plazas in the province,” Macanlalay quipped in Tagalog

May 30, 2011 at 8:22 am 2 comments


May 30, 2011 at 8:16 am Leave a comment

RPT DEFENDER


Board Member Von Mark Mendoza defends the RPT increases during the regular Meet the Press forum of the Pangasinan Tri-Media Association(PATRIMA) at the Jollibee Lucao branch in Dagupan City last May 17. Also in photo is Mr.Ruben Morante, president of the Alaminos City-based Pangasinan Accountancy and Science School(PASS) College.CESAR RAMIREZ

May 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment

SM City Rosales terminal opens on June 1


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- The SM City Rosales Terminal, which is on “dry run” since May 16, will officially open on June 1.

This was disclosed by Rosales Councilor Enrique “Dickyo” Cosue Jr., chair of the committee on transportation.

Hesaid all transport groups plying the area should renew their accreditation at the Sangguniang Bayan.

“This is to have a fresh start for the transport groups and to get rid of the ‘colorums’,” Cosue said.

He said those who already have permits must still accomplish forms for their accreditation.

“We have been monitoring the implementation of the transport system of the terminal together with the management of the SM City Rosales. So far everything seems to be in order,” Cosue further said.

The SM City Rosales Central Transport Terminal is the first public transportation system to be managed by the SM Supermalls. It sprawls on a 7,000 square meter-lot across SM City Rosales.

It will be recalled that last April, SM Prime Holdings, Hausland Development Corporation and the Municipality of Rosales entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) in which the present Carmen-Rosales Central Transport Terminal (CRCTT) will be operated on by SM City Rosales and the municipal government of Rosales.

The new terminal is set to house provincial and mini buses, jeepneys and tricycles for the easy access to commuters heading for other towns, cities and provinces. It will have ample parking spaces, food kiosks, business stores and restrooms for the convenience of the commuting public.

After 25 years, its operations will be reverted back to the management of Hausland Development Corporation.

May 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

Staggered RPT payments -a temporary balm



The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Pangasinan in its session last May 16, acted swiftly for the staggered implementation of the province’s new real property tax as espoused by Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. That act however, will not in any way change the perception that its imposition is excessive and not timely.

Provincial Ordinance No. 146-2010 has been amended for gradual implementation- 50% in 2011, 75% in 2012 and 100% or full implementation in 2013. That was at least the consensus of the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan based on the sponsorship of third termer 2nd District Board Member Von Mark Mendoza.

Is the staggered payment the answer to the questions raised by those critics of the new provincial real property tax (RPT)? No. The issues raised lately were the excessive increase in the percentage like 300% for agricultural lands and 500% for commercial areas. The staggered payment or collection scheme will not in any way change the increases but rather a “ temporary action” to soothe the wounds inflicted on the taxpaying public.

What made me wonder was that the amendment to the Ordinance appeared to have been offshoot of a resolution of the Federation of Liga ng mga Barangays in Pangasinan – a group of village heads who were supposed to be consulted when the previous Ordinance (PO No. 146-2010) was still conceived and impregnated by the provincial assessor and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

But hey, wasn’t the President of the said Liga a signatory to that Ordinance in December 10, 2010? And the President and an ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is no other that the brother of Governor Espino – Amadeo T. Espino. Did he ever consult his colleagues in the Liga in 2010? Why is it that with the mushrooming of unabated criticisms on the new RPT, the Liga is now seemingly on the rescue to the Governor? Why only now?

Obviously, the Liga is being used as a shield to at least simmer down the issue of the RPT. No, not the municipal treasurers and the municipal assessors because most of them are against the new imposition of the RPT, only they could not openly voice out their oppositions. Many of them intimated to me that the processes and procedures for the legislation of the new RPT were not followed, and was railroaded and approved in a short period of time.

The staggered imposition of payments of the new RPT, to me, will not change the reality that the procedures based on the Joint Resolution/Circular of the DILG and DoF dated October 20, 2010 were not followed. It is very clear in that resolution the steps to be undertaken on new RPT. These include the coordination of the provincial assessor with the municipal assessors to come out with real market values of properties- both land and its structures, the conduct of consultation with the taxpaying public and the monitoring of its enactment and implementation by the regional directors of DILG and Dof – and yet these were not followed to the hilt.

Look, where are the new tax declarations at the municipal levels which are supposed to be the basis for the order of payments? Nowhere. Instead, if a taxpayer will go to the municipal assessors, they will consult the revised fair market values of properties based on the “assigned” increase of percentage by the provincial assessor. Are those the real fair market values? No. Because no actual land and structure inspection was ever conducted by the municipal assessors.

Well, to make things palatable to the taxpaying public, the SP issued also an Ordinance condoning all delinquent tax payments until December 31, 2011. This means that taxes including interests and penalties not paid in the previous years will be totally condoned. Those are the properties under the jurisdiction of the provincial government of Pangasinan.

With the passing of the amendments to Provincial Ordinance 146-2010, are we now expecting that the issues on RPT will die down? Are the critics satiated on the staggered payments and/or collection schemes? I don’t think so? The issues raised were not yet answered which is the excessive increase of RPT, no public consultation and the abrupt imposition of the new RPT.

Governor Espino, in various media forums, said that what the provincial government did was only to comply with the law- the Local Government Code of 1991 and the Joint Resolution/Circular of the DILG and DoF. Fine. Were the procedures followed?

And speaking of law/ordinance compliance, I think the provincial government is not keen on complying with some of them. When Espino assumed his governorship in 2007 and until these days, that portion of the Capitol grounds (in front the Capitol) is always being referred to as Capitol Park in his many press releases and even programs. The truth is, that portion has been named Aguedo F. Agbayani Park through a Provincial Ordinance, that is why the statue of the “Grand Old Man of Pangasinan” was conspicuously erected at its center. But why it’s not being refereed to as such for public knowledge and information is a big question mark. Your guess is as good as mine.

What can you say Board Members Angel Baniqued and Alfie Bince?

(for comments email me at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com)

May 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

Agri workers, researchers train on insecticide management


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- The continuous use of a single kind and type of insecticides on vegetables will likely render insects to be resistant in a certain period of time. Farmers should know the modes of action of the pesticides and insecticides they are using.

This was the gist of the one-day Workshop on Insecticide Resistance Management on Vegetables conducted by CropLife Philippines among the 5th District’s municipal agricultural officers (MAOs), researchers and extension workers last May 19 at Max’s Restaurant in this city.

The workshop aimed to included the updating of the participants on the strategies in insect resistance management (IRM), promoting Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies to prevent the development of resistant strains of major insect pests on cabbage and eggplant and strengthening linkages among stakeholders in IRM.

Insect Resistance Management (IRM is one of the components of Integrated Pest management (IPM) which is less easily understood and discussed, said Dr. Emiliana Bernardo, Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna.

“Many are not aware that the development of insecticide resistant populations is one of the main causes of pest outbreaks that cause severe damage to crops,” she said.

She said diamondback moth for cabbage and shot and fruit borer for eggplant will always be present as long as farmers will plant cabbage and eggplant.

“What we should do then is to keep their population at levels low enough so that they will not cause economic damage to the crops,” Bernardo said.

Bernardo also discussed Bt eggplant as the target of criticisms by organic farmers because of its being genetically modified.

She said the Bt eggplant will not cause damage to human population because when cooked, the “genetic change” will be altered.

“There’s only small genes that have been introduced to Bt eggplant,” she said, adding that these were the products of thorough research and study by specialists.

Napoleon Saavedra of Syngenta, chair of the stewardship committee of CropLife Philippines, said the workshop serves as the training of trainers among the participants.

“This group will train farmer-leaders and re-echo what they have learned in this workshop. We will provide them training tools like flip charts, reading materials and compact discs,” Saavedra said.

The workshop is part of the company’s nationwide coverage on IRM, the first was in Benguet on May 17, and other areas like Cebu in June, Davao and Bukidnon in July.

Other topic that were discussed are: integrated pest management by Dr. Candida Adalla of the Department of Agriculture, resistance issues in eggplant: Philippine experience by Mario V. Navasero, Crop Prtection Specialist of UPLB, maintaining susceptibility to vegetable insecticides by Napoleon Saavedra and stewardship/application technology by Rhoel Suiza.

CropLife Philippines is a consortium of multi-national companies engaged in pesticides and insecticides industry whose vision is to be the most responsible and progressive association of the plant science industry contributing significantly to a sustainable and globally competitive Philippine agriculture.

The companies under it are Aldiz, FMC Chemical International, Inc., BASF Philippines, Jardine Distribution, Inc., Bayer Crop Science, Monsanto Phils., Inc., Dow AgroSciences, CB Andrew Asia, Inc., Du Pont Far East, Inc., Syngenta (Phils.),Inc. and Sinochem Crop Protection Phils.

The association is under the jurisdiction of Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC), an international group of pesticides and insecticides companies.

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- The continuous use of a single kind and type of insecticides on vegetables will likely render insects to be resistant in a certain period of time. Farmers should know the modes of action of the pesticides and insecticides they are using.

This was the gist of the one-day Workshop on Insecticide Resistance Management on Vegetables conducted by CropLife Philippines among the 5th District’s municipal agricultural officers (MAOs), researchers and extension workers last May 19 at Max’s Restaurant in this city.

The workshop aimed to included the updating of the participants on the strategies in insect resistance management (IRM), promoting Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies to prevent the development of resistant strains of major insect pests on cabbage and eggplant and strengthening linkages among stakeholders in IRM.

Insect Resistance Management (IRM is one of the components of Integrated Pest management (IPM) which is less easily understood and discussed, said Dr. Emiliana Bernardo, Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna.

“Many are not aware that the development of insecticide resistant populations is one of the main causes of pest outbreaks that cause severe damage to crops,” she said.

She said diamondback moth for cabbage and shot and fruit borer for eggplant will always be present as long as farmers will plant cabbage and eggplant.

“What we should do then is to keep their population at levels low enough so that they will not cause economic damage to the crops,” Bernardo said.

Bernardo also discussed Bt eggplant as the target of criticisms by organic farmers because of its being genetically modified.

She said the Bt eggplant will not cause damage to human population because when cooked, the “genetic change” will be altered.

“There’s only small genes that have been introduced to Bt eggplant,” she said, adding that these were the products of thorough research and study by specialists.

Napoleon Saavedra of Syngenta, chair of the stewardship committee of CropLife Philippines, said the workshop serves as the training of trainers among the participants.

“This group will train farmer-leaders and re-echo what they have learned in this workshop. We will provide them training tools like flip charts, reading materials and compact discs,” Saavedra said.

The workshop is part of the company’s nationwide coverage on IRM, the first was in Benguet on May 17, and other areas like Cebu in June, Davao and Bukidnon in July.

Other topic that were discussed are: integrated pest management by Dr. Candida Adalla of the Department of Agriculture, resistance issues in eggplant: Philippine experience by Mario V. Navasero, Crop Prtection Specialist of UPLB, maintaining susceptibility to vegetable insecticides by Napoleon Saavedra and stewardship/application technology by Rhoel Suiza.

CropLife Philippines is a consortium of multi-national companies engaged in pesticides and insecticides industry whose vision is to be the most responsible and progressive association of the plant science industry contributing significantly to a sustainable and globally competitive Philippine agriculture.

The companies under it are Aldiz, FMC Chemical International, Inc., BASF Philippines, Jardine Distribution, Inc., Bayer Crop Science, Monsanto Phils., Inc., Dow AgroSciences, CB Andrew Asia, Inc., Du Pont Far East, Inc., Syngenta (Phils.),Inc. and Sinochem Crop Protection Phils.

The association is under the jurisdiction of Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC), an international group of pesticides and insecticides companies.

May 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment

Villar wants cremation center for drug pushers


Dangerous Drugs Board Secretary Antonio "Bebot" Villar


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY- The head of the Dangerous Drugs Board declared that if there is a rehabilitation center for illegal drug user, there should also be a cremation center for pusher.

Secretary Antonio “Bebot” Villar told reporters after the Barkada Kontra Droga program here that he was in favor of the restoration of the death penalty that was abolished by Congress and signed into law by former President Gloria M. Arroyo in June 24, 2006.

Villar, former head of the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group during the Arroyo Administration, was concerned about the susceptibility of the huge coastlines of the country to the entry of illegal drug shipments.

“The coastline alone is the second longest coastline in the world. Pwede ka mag-daong diyan. Last time may six drums na may (illegal drug substance) nasa Dasol, naubusan ng gasoline. I don’t know kung saan dadalhin iyon. O, kaya talaga ang coastline natin dapat pabantayan. Kulang ang mga kapulisan natin. PDEA have 500 men, AIDSOT (Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation) marami,” he stressed.

He said the government should move now by providing proper equipment like helicopters and boats in a joint concerted effort soldiered by Philippine Navy and Coastguard, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency AIDSOT, and the National Bureau of Investigation to guard the coastlines against the entry of illegal drugs.

He likewise deplored the pussyfooting of some of his enforcers.

“Sabi ni Bobby Opina (Director of PDEA in Region 1) kay Johnny Gutierrez director general (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines), meron siyang oplan. Ewan ko kung anong Oplan. Iyung Oplan mo Leche Plan. That was five months ago pa. Hanggang ngayon wala. I’m concerned kasi lalawigan ko ito. Priority ko talaga ito.”

When Villar reigned as mayor of Sto. Tomas in Pangasinan, it was not only known as an illegal drug-free town but was avoided like plague by drug malefactors, he said.

Meanwhile, Villar warned mayors in Pangasinan that they would be facing charges at the Ombudsman for abetting the proliferation of Jai alai suspected as front for illegal numbered game jueteng.

He said the Writ of Preliminary Injunction filled by Meridian Vista Gaming Corporation at the Court of Appeals should be applied in Cagayan Valley and not nationwide.

He said Pangasinenses do not know how to play Jai-alai.

“Bakit may Jai Alai sa atin? That’s a front. But that is accepted already by the mayors (who) gave their permit. I don’t know baka sila ang ma-Ombudsman, di ba?” he said.

May 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm 1 comment

BM naimbiyerna sa SM


VICE GOVERNOR FERDIE CALIMLIM, alam niyo po ba na isang member ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan ang naimbiyerna noong Linggo nang siya ay pumunta sa SM City Rosales?

Ang kuwento ay ganito. Linggo, 3:00 PM sa Parking lot ng SM City Rosales.

Dumating si Board Member (BM) na gamit ang ipinahiram ng gobyernong Ford Everest (may red plate ang mga ito ngayon) sa kanya dahil may mga kakausapin siyang mga constituents niya mula sa kanyang distrito.

Naghahanap siya ng parking space sa area kung saan may gate papunta at malapit sa lounge ng Global Pinoy Center. Nang tumapat sa parking area, nagkataon na lumapit ang guard sa kanya at pilit na pinaaabante siya dahil puno na daw…as in walang parking space available.

So umabante ng konti si BM…pero ano ito?

Si BM nga pala ay isa sa pinakamataas ang nakuhang boto noong nakaraaang halalan at madalas siya sa SM kasama ang kanyang pamilya.

Regular patron si BM ng SM, katunayan SM Advantage Card siya at Global Pinoy Card din siya.

Laking gulat ni BM na biglang nagpapasok si guard ng 2 sasakyan para mag-park sa loob.

Umatras si BM, at nagtanong kung dito ba sa SM ay may palakasan sa parking space?

Mall Manager Jersey Mendoza, wala namang lumabas na sasakyan pero biglang nagkaroon ng bakante…Bakit Ganoon? Nagtataka lang si BM.

Naghanap si BM ng ibang parking space at pumunta sa isang office ng SM na namamahala daw sa management at isang babae ang nakausap ni BM.

Ini-report ni BM ang knayang karanasan sa parking. Sabi noong babaeng taga-SM, hindi daw nila gawain ang magdiscrimintae pagdating sa parking. First come first served basis daw sila.

Ang sabi ni babae kay BM ay magfile ng formal protest at tinanong ang pangalan ni BM.

Sabi ni BM, hindi na importante kung anong pangalan ko. Hindi naman ako magpa-file ng protest. nagreport lang ako ng pangyayari.

Sa madaling salita, hindi na nagpakilala si BM. Sabi ni BM…Sana maayos at walang kinikilingan sa pagmanage ng parking lots sa SM maging sino ka man!

Pero ano ba ito, nang makausap ko si Rosales Municipal Councilor Tee Em at ikinuwento ko sa kanya ang nangyari kay BM noong lingo sa SM Rosales, Pareho din daw ang kanilang naging experience sa parking.

Mga ganoong oras din sa parking lot na malapit sa Gerry’s Grill naman ay tumapat din si Rosales Municipal councilor Tee Em kasama Si Rosales Municipal Councilor Dee Cee sa entrance at lumapit ang guard at sinabi sa kanila na walang bakanteng parking space at inutusan sila na umabante na lang at humanap ng ibang parking space.

Nagulat din sila dahil, pag-abante nila ay nagpapasok ng isang kotse itong guard.

Naimbiyerna din ang dalawang Rosales Municipal Councilors at naghanap na lang ng ibang parking space.

Biruin ninyo, dalawang opisyal ng Rosales…binastos ng guard ng SM city Rosales!

Hindi katulad ni BM, ang dalawa ay hindi na nag-aksaya pa ng panahon para komprontahin ang guard o mag-report sa administrasyon ng SM.

Manong Boy Agsalud ng Urdaneta, kumusta na po kayo? Malapit na ang election ng Board of Directors ng Panelco III. Bilang isang lawyer at Mechanical Engineer, malaki ang maitutulong niyo para mapabuti ang serbisyong pangkuryente.

Sana mabigyan pansin ng susunod na board of directors kung bakit umaabot ng ten pesos per kilowatt hour ang binabayaran sa kuryente.

Akala ng tao, dahil may Sual Power Plant at San Roque Dam…mas mababa ang magiging singil sa kuryente.

Balik tayo sa BM na naimbiyerna sa SM…Sa kasaysayan ng parking space sa Metro Manila, marami na ang nagkabarilan. Sana, hindi mangyari na magkaroon ng mainitang pagtatalo dahil sa maling gawain ng mga guard sa SM City Rosales. Sana hindi mangyari sa SM City Rosales na magkaroon ng First Shooting Incident dahil sa parking na kagagawan ng mall guards.

Sana walang maimbiyernang tao at bigla na lang mamaril ng guard sa SM. Ayaw ng mga taga media ang magkaroon ng headline na: SM Rosales guard binaril dahil sa parking, Patay!

Alam natin na ayaw ni Henry Sy ang may naiimbiyerna kapag bumibisita sa SM. Ang gusto ni Henry Sy ay mag-enjoy ang mga tao kapag pumupunta sa SM.

IMPOUNDED GOVT FUNDS. Hindi nagkatotoo and sibani ng gobyerno na magkakaroon ng front loading ng infrastructure funds para sa first half ng taon na ito para maisagawa nag mga projects habang summer.

Engr. Gerry Oculto at Engr. Rene Millan, kumusta na po ba diyan sa NIA Regional Office? Balita ko katatapos lang Regional Staff Meeting niyo at inilahad nag mga issues at concerns ng bawat probinsiya para mas maganda and delivery ng services ng NIA.

May plano pala si Regional Irrigation Manager John Celeste na magtayo ng farmers training center sa Pangasinan na katulad nang itinayo sa Nueva Ecija.

Tama at napapanahon plano ni Dir. Celeste ang pagtatayo ng training center na socialized facility na kayang tumangap ng 100 trainees at maari din gamitin ng iba pang naghahanap ng traning area.

Sana lang hindi ipangalan sa isang Aquino na katulad ng ginawa sa Nueva Ecija.

Alam niyo po ba na dahil sa hindi pag-release ng pondo lumiit and budget deficit ng gobyerno (maganda ito sa papel)?

Kaya maagang naipasa ng congress and budget ay para maaga din maibaba sa mga probinsiya nag pondo para hindi na abutin ng tag ulan ang pag-implment ng public works projects.

Pero and mga kalsada at mga tulay kasama na ang mga irrigation projects ay hindi nagagawa.

Ang resulta, bumagsak ang presyo ng cement dahil kulang sa demand.

Ang resulta, nakatiwangwang pa ang mga kalsada n adapt nang magawa bago magtag-ulan.

Ang resulta, nakatiwangwang pa ang mga irrigation projects na dapat nagawa na ngayong summer para pakinabangan sa tag-ulan.

TOP RICE IMPORTERS. Sta Rosa Farm Products Corp., Pure Feeds Corp., Longos Proper MPC., Hillside MPC, Unzad MPC, Cabaritan MPC, La Tupiguera MPC, Pasileng Sur MPC, eastern BInalonan MPC, D’ Highlight Agribusiness MPC and mga importers ng bigas.

Akalain mo! Overproduction na nga ng bigas ang Pangasinan, pugad pa pala ito ng importers kung saan walo, as in eight, ang cooperatives.

Ang isang lumulutang na pangalan na financer ay Soliman na member daw ng Binondo Rice Cartel.

Ang Soliman ba na ito ay hindi kamag anak ni Joaquin Go Soliman ng JOMERCO Trading na laging lumabas tuwing pauusapan ang rice cartel?

Ang sabi sa akin ni Manong Boy B ay anak ni Joaquin na ang pangalan ay J ang kapartner ni AY sa issue ng rice importation at paggamit sa mga cooperatives.

Habang sumisigaw ang Abono Party-list ng pagkontra sa rice importation ay ditto pala sa Pangasinan ang nagpapagamit sa binondo cartel.

NIA ARIIP increases irrigated area

By Brando Cortez

ROSALES-National Irrigation Administration Agno River Integrated Irrigation (NIA ARIIP) Project Manager Reynaldo Mencias said their revised work program will expand irrigated lands from 34,450 hectares to 36,000 hectares using the same budget.

“Ang maganda dito, nadagdagan natin ang irrigation service area na walang dagdag na gastos,” Mencias said.

Mencias said that Department of Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala directed the NIA regional managers and project directors to revise their previous repair estimates and prioritize irrigation systems that could immediately provide needed water to farmlands.

“The objective is to conduct repair and restoration works at the most cost-efficient way to eventually deliver the needed irrigation water for additional farmlands,” Mencias said.

Mencias said that repair and rehabilitation of irrigation systems will be implemented during the planting break between May and June or before the start of the wet cropping season.

“We intend to take advantage of this window when farmers take a break from planting as they wait for the rainy season,” Mencias said. “This is the best time to implement irrigation construction and development activities.”

The executive committee after reviewing the work program decided to decrease work in areas served by the Agno River Irrigation System (ARIS) and add more work along areas served by the Ambayaoan Dipalo River Irrigation system (ADRIS) to optimize the available resources and have more lands irrigated.

The country needs to generate as much as 250,000 hectares in three years to produce an incremental output of at least 3.8 million metric tons of palay.

Philippine palay production should reach around 21.2 million MT by 2013 for the country to be considered self-sufficient in rice.

Mencias also said dredging along Camanang, Urdaneta City has been on-going after consultations were done with Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez IV and Technical Consultant to 5th District Rep. Kimi Cojuangco, Mark Cojuangco.

He said they have dispatched a back hoe to the area and have contacted the manufacturer of the steel gate for the irrigation canal that was suggested by Cojuangco.

“Nagpadala na kami ng back hoe sa Camanang, para tulungan iyong hydramachine,” Mencias said. “Nakausap na din naming yun manufacturer ng irrigation gate para ma-incorporate ang mga suggestions ni Cong. Mark Cojuangco.”

Mencias said the rehabilitation of the irrigation canal will also stem the flooding that usually occurs in the area because water overflows due to the sludge that has accumulated along the canals.

Pangasinan Federation of Irrigators Association President Oftociano Manalo Jr. said that the farmers may have been remiss of their duty to keep the canal free of garbage.

NIA ARIIP is a consistent top performer in the field of irrigation management and development with Project Manager Mencias who is ably assisted by Assistant Project Manager Laurence Acebedo, Institutional Development Division manager Ceferinio Sta Ana, Engineering Division manager Jose Evangelista, Equipment Management Division manager Freddy Mariano, Construction Management Division manager Silvino Navarro and Administrative Division manager Rafael Caramat Jr.

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