Dagupan councilors undergo drug, HIV testing


DAGUPAN CITY – Members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) underwent voluntary drug tests at the City Health Office on July 11.
This is in support of Resolution No. 7430-2018, requesting all elected and appointed government officials and employees in the city of Dagupan to undergo free drug test in authorized drug testing laboratories authorized, accredited and monitored by the Department of Health (DOH) consistent with the Republic Act 9165.

Councilor Dennis Canto, who authored the resolution, disclosed that the city councilors underwent drug testing to set an example for other government officials and employees to follow.

“This is in line with the president’s directive to counter drug abuse in the country. Government employees must also be drug-free to ensure efficient and effective public service, so we want to set an example today as the city’s elected officials,” said Canto.

Canto also lauded his fellow city councilors in actively participating in the drug testing which he hoped could encourage other elected officials and employees in the city to also to undergo the same.

Councilor Jeslito “Jigs” Seen disclosed that the initiative led by the SP was one way to “help raise awareness among the public, and must start here in the Sangguniang Panglungsod.”

In the same occasion, the city councilors also participated in a free counseling and testing for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) conducted by MYRNA’S CAFÉ (Model Youth-oriented Rendezvous of Networks preventing AIDS-HIV, Center for Adolescent/Adult Fertility Education), a recognized partner of the DOH.

Councilor Joey Tamayo, who also participated in the testing, underscored the need to be regularly tested for HIV.

“Somehow, some (way), somebody has to start. The (SP) started this initiative to encourage others to get tested. The HIV virus is dangerous and getting tested is also one way of making sure we are free from this virus.” said Tamayo.

Meanwhile, Councilor Alvin Coquia disclosed that  participating in the testing is one way of remaining transparent to the public as this is one of the many responsibilities of an elected official.

“This is one way to show the public that their elected officials are responsible and trustworthy. We have an obligation to be drug and HIV free. This is also to encourage those who are scared to get tested for HIV.” said Coquia. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)

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July 17, 2018 at 8:33 am Leave a comment

GOLDEN HARVEST


© Willie Lomibao Images

GOLDEN HARVEST.  A tobacco farmer  arranges hanging beams for drying tobacco leaves in a barn in Villasis, Pangasinan. Tobacco leaves are  kept at  well ventilated barns until completely dried  before being sold to traders.  WILLIE LOMIBAO

July 17, 2018 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

MASO: Cojuangco vs Espino sa Pangasinan, Cojuangco vs Espino sa Tarlac


MY GOD NEVER CREATED HELL. Patuloy pa rin po ang diskurso ni Mayor Rody Duterte  patungkol sa God niya at sa God ng oposisyon. Share ko lang po ang part na sinabi niya noong July 10:

But ito silang — they consider themselves a class by themselves, okay sa akin ‘yan. You are a Filipino, fine. But do not ever, ever include God in your platform to attack me. You know why? There is whale of difference when it comes to governance. There is a separation of power between any church and state.

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Huwag mong isali ang Diyos mo doon sa platform of your criticism on your attacks because when I answer, pagka isinali mo sa issue — isinali mo ang Diyos, p****** i** patay ‘yang Diyos na ‘yan.

I have the right to answer. There is a separation of powers. Why are you f***** the name of the Lord against me? So pagsagot ko, since ang forefront mo Diyos, eh bakit ka maghinakit ka kung sabihin ko p***…?

Because I am now forced to recreate a design of my God na hindi gumagawa ng ganun. Ang Diyos ko forgiving, ang Diyos ko hindi bastos. Ang Diyos ko hindi nagmumura. As a matter of fact, ang Diyos ko walang sinasabi except the 10 Commandments. Wala, wala siyang…

And then when you use God to say that I’ll go to hell. You know my God never created hell. Because if He created hell, He must be stupid God. My God is not stupid to create man just to burn him to — in hell. Hindi ako naniniwala ng ganun eh. I do not believe in heaven.

Because if I do, only a fraction of you in this crowd will ever enter heaven. All of us. Makita ko, lalo na ‘yung mga may tig-dalawang asawa dito, tig-tatatlo, ‘yung mga playboy. Lahat man tayo sa impiyerno magkita but that is fiction.

Sabi ko nga, give me a religious guy na nakapunta anywhere, north, south, west. But when you are — you take a picture of mother Earth from above there is no more northwest, southwest. O saan ‘yang Diyos na ‘yan?

Sa mga nagbabasa nito, bahala na kayong pag-usapan ito. Basta walang suntukan ha!

NAME RECALL. Of course, itinutulak ni mayor Rod yang name recall ni Bong Go para sa halalan sa May 2019. Ito po ang sabi ni mayor Rody, “All you have to do is to assert your right. Itong mga Customs, itong mga BIR, itong mga may partner kayo — everybody’s coming in with so many partners from different countries. Ang corruption ngayon is really ‘yung pabalik-balik ng BIR. But I hope it has stopped already.

All you have to do is to assert at sabihin mo lang, “P***** i** mo, bumabayad ako ng — truly — buwis ko. Sabi ni Duterte bayaran ko lang ‘yung tama, I will not ask for less or more, just bill me the correct amount and I am freed of the purgatory of the BIR.” ‘Yan lang.

And if you think that you are aggrieved sinasabi ko naman sa inyo and sometimes it is misconstrued. Like for example ‘yung frigate ng Navy, eh talagang kanila man ‘yon wala pa kami. And yet this one senator who wants to be — pansin, eh ano-ano siya kung ano-ano ang pinagtatanong. Ipinapatawag ‘yung mga taga-Malacañan.

In the process, he popularized the name of Go. And now, nobody is stopping Go from going full blast in his dream to be a senator.

Pero ito si Bong Go, he is a member of a powerful clan diyan sa Mindanao. Maraming… They own the largest — the biggest printing press in — in Mindanao, in Davao City. ‘Yung mga ganun.”

Kumusta na, Bok Mike Morden ng Villasis, vice mayor pala. Hahaha.

Last term na pala ni Cong Marlyn Agabas…panahon na para bumalik na sa 6th District si Cong Conrad Estrella. Cong Eskimo Estrella…balik na po kayo sa Abono Party-List.

Alam niyo po ba na ang bayaw ni Gov Pogi Espino ay lalaban bilang mayor ng San Manuel sa Tarlac? Opo. taga- San Manuel Tarlac ang asawa ni Gov Pogi.

 Ang makakalaban ng bayaw ni Gov Pogi ay si vice mayor Crecensia Tesoro na anak ng incumbent mayor.

Of course, ang San Manuel Tarlac ay nasa distrito ni cong Charlie Cojuangco!

Si mayor Tesoro ay alyado kay Cong Charlie Cjouangco.

Kung sa Pangasinan ay Mark Cojuangco ang kaharap ng Espino… sa Tarlac man ay Charlie Cojuangco naman ang kaharap ng Espino. Hahaha!

MILITARIZED CABINET. Inamin ni mayor Rody na marami sa kanyang cabinet members ay from the military dahil sila ay naging kaibigan niya noong nadestino sa Davao. Narito po ang sabi ni mayor Rody:

Dito naman, I have placed men of sa — in my estimation, have proven credibility because we were together in the dormitories when we were in school. Iba-iba kami, iba-ibang tribo at wala naman akong pinapaboran. As a matter of fact if you look at very closely at the membership of the Cabinet, you would say that a lot of Ilocanos more than Visayan.

Dalawa o tatlo na lang ata kaming Bisaya diyan. Most of them are really ex-military men and I would tell you later if I have the time why, and why it is also the practice of the previous presidents to marshal in people with military experience.

Narito pa po ang ibang sinabi ni mayor Rody:

So itong sa — balik tayo dito sa gobyerno. Like Customs, Sid Lapeña also was once upon a time my chief of police. Lahat ‘yan sila halos dumaan. Si Lorenzana, sila si Jagger because I was mayor for the longest time, 23 years.

Siguro namura kami ni ma’am mga — ako, dalawang beses, bin*** s***. [laughter] ‘Yung sunod-sunod ‘yung bombing sa Davao.

President Arroyo came in on the first — very early morning. Wala pa kaming — at least nakahilamos ako, naka-toothbrush, naka-gargle pero nakatikim rin kami ng mura ng… And that’s why Task Force Davao was born.

So papalit-palit ‘yung mga ano, halos… Every military man who sojourned in Mindanao became my fast friends. Pala-barkada ako eh sa inom. Kaya wala na ngayon.

FOOD IN MALACAÑAN. Inilarawan po ni mayor Rody kung ano ang pagkain sa Malacañan. Isang ulam, isang sabaw, bola-bola daw po ang pagkain doon. Naritopo ang sinabi ni mayor Rody:

Basta ang akin, anything that has something to do with graft, I should know.

Mag-katok ka ng Malacañan, either kay Medy Poblador ‘yan, ‘yan. Para ‘yan siyang may-ari ng Malacañan noon sa panahon ni ma’am. Or you can go to President Arroyo. She’s from here. And she can always call me, “Rody…”

(Note: Si Medy Poblador po ay isa sa pinakamalapit na tao kay president Gloria Arroyo. Naging presidential assistant for special concerns si Medy Poblador.)

Eh I worked — I used to work for the President eh. So sabi ko — sabi ko sa kanya, “Ma’am, kung meron ka…”

Tawagan lang niya ako. “Rody, you entertain these guys. What’s your…? Just give me the number and my assistants will take note of it and will call you and say, ‘You have an appointment with Duterte.’”

If it’s a beautiful woman, dinner time ‘yan. [laughter] ‘Yung single. Ah kasi magsama-sama ‘yung asawa, ‘di wala kang masabi. [laughter] But order lang, you can have lunch.

But ang lunch sa Malacañan really is one rice, one viand, and one soup. ‘Yun lang ang makuha mo sa akin doon. Walang steak-steak doon, walang ano. Totoo.

I can invite you for dinner, but… ‘Yun, that is the usual fare. ‘Yun lang. Isang ulam, isang sabaw, bola-bola. Pero mahusay magluto ‘yang cook namin diyan.

Ang cook niyan, cook pa ni ma’am, cook pa nila noon. At ‘yung mga ‘yan, maski anong tanong mo, hindi ‘yan mag sasagot.

Tanungin mo kung anong kinakain nung isa, ‘yung sinundan ko ano ba ang paboritong ulam.

“Ah, ano, sir, ‘yong…” Sabi niya, “Ano man, sir, parang escabeche.” “Hindi ‘yang ulam pagkain. ‘Yung ulam ba, babae. Sino ‘yung paborito niya dito?” Magtawa lang. Mag-smile lang ‘yan. Oh, totoo.

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July 17, 2018 at 8:07 am Leave a comment

Mayor Alarcio joins police bike patrolling


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

LAOAC- Mayor Silverio D. Alarcio Jr. with Councilor Cipriano Campos joined the police officers here led by Police Senior Inspector Samuel M. Reyes in a bike patrolling on their way to Casantiagoan village where  “Kapehan sa Barangay” was held last July 6 in connection with the 23rd Police Community Relations Month Celebration.

Reyes said the bike patrolling project aims to lessen the use of petrol products, as well as to promote a healthy body to PNP personnel.

“This is our contribution to help reduce air pollution by means of regulating our use of motor vehicles. It is also a form of exercise among our policemen,” Reyes said. (more…)

July 15, 2018 at 10:56 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Police Community Relations


If I were to rate the Philippine National Police (PNP) on its community relations from 1 to 10, with  1 as the lowest and 10 as the highest, I will rate the PNP the highest rate of 10. Why? It is only now that the PNP can be said that it has stick to its mandate “Serve and Protect” because of the apparent presence and visibility of police officers in our communities.

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Gone are the days that we regard our policemen as non-performing personnel in government service owing to the presence of rogue and scalawag police officers who were either featured in criminal or other unscrupulous activities. Now, policemen have earned their niches to be revered and respected as public servants and protectors of the people.

Thanks to the very strong police community relations activities of the PNP throughout the country. Thanks also to the social media – Facebook and Twitter that are being used to inform the people of their operational activities. It’s heartwarming to see police officers doing their jobs as posted in the social media platforms. This is true in the entire country. We are now able to appreciate what our police officers are doing in community relations and in enforcing our laws to thwart off any form of criminality. (more…)

July 15, 2018 at 10:54 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Hulyo, buwan ng tamang nutrisyon


Ang buwan ng Hulyo bawat taon ay itinakda ng pamahalaan na “Nutrition Month” o Buwan ng Nutrisyon. Ang selebrasyon nito ay nakapaloob sa Presidential Decree  No. 491, series of 1974 at naging bahagi na dito ang mga paaralan at mga lokal na pamahalaan. Ang taunang pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Nutrisyon ay isinasagawa upang mapukaw ang kamalayn ng mga Filipino sa pagpapahalaga ng tamang nutrisyon upang mapalakas ang katawan.

Sa taong ito, ang National Nutrition Council (NNC) ay nagsusulong sa pagdiriwang na may temang “ Ugaliing magtanim, sapat na nutrisyon ay aanihin.” Sa nasabing tema, ang operasyonal na salita ay “ magtanim”- magtanim ng mga gulay, punong kahoy, atbp. para magkaroon ng sapat na pagkain sa mga hapag kainan. (more…)

July 15, 2018 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

Binalonan employees hold 3rd Sports Fest


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

BINALONAN- The Binalonan Municipal Employees Association (BIMEA) conducted a week-long 3rd Sports Festival to promote a healthy lifestyle and productive leisure activities among its members.

 The opening ceremony was held on July 9 at the Binalonan Rock Garden, which was participated in by four competing teams- White Team (Maka-Diyos), Red Team (Marunong), Blue Team (Magaling), and Green Team (Malinis).

Mayor Ramon V. Guico III, together with Sangguniang Bayan officials and municipal  employees led the parade that started from the municipal hall grounds to the major streets of the town. (more…)

July 15, 2018 at 7:48 pm Leave a comment

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