Archive for May, 2009

Open classroom

School head Lilia Tolentino of the Garrita Elementary School in Bani, takes a look at the a place which used to be a classroom. The school was destroyed by the powerful winds of typhoon Emong, which battered western Pangasinan towns last May 7.

May 31, 2009 at 1:15 am Leave a comment

Von Mark to run in 2010, but position not sure

PhotobucketBy Brando Cortez

ROSALES — Pangasinan second district Board Member Von Mark Mendoza has hinted at the possibility of throwing his hat once more in the politcal arena in 2010 but refused to divulge his plans as of late.

“Let us see how the national candidates and provincial candidates align and take the cue from there,” Mendoza said as he visited ABONO Party-list chair Rosendo So at the Pangasinan’s Best Pasalubong Center here.

Mendoza, who can still opt to run for one more term as Board Member in 2010, has been reportedly picked to run for the congressional seat in the second district by a high provincial official.

May 31, 2009 at 1:12 am Leave a comment

Fishery boost

His Excellency Choi Joong Kyung, Korean ambassador to the Philippines, assures newsmen that the seafood processing facility in Bonuan will boost Philippine agricultural productivity in the fishery sector during the groundbreaking ceremony for the seafoods processing plant in Dagupan City. To his right is Rep. Jose de Venecia, Mayor Alipio Fernandez Jr. and Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez. (CIO photo)

May 30, 2009 at 2:05 am Leave a comment

DA allocates P25-M for Pangasinan fishermen

LINGAYEN – The Department of Agriculture (DA) will allocate P25 million rehabilitation fund for fish cage operators in Pangasinan specifically in the typhoon Emong-ravaged towns of Bolinao and Anda.

The announcement was made by Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap in a meeting with Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. and Bolinao Mayor Alfonso F. Celeste on May 16, as they discussed the need to fast track the rehabilitation project to avoid shortage and increase of fish prices.

According to Yap, growing bangus to marketable size requires at least six to seven months and so the need to address the issues of food security and the livelihood of the affected marginal fish cage operators associations to restore the supply lines of bangus to Metro Manila markets.

May 30, 2009 at 1:59 am Leave a comment

Dagupan prepares defenses vs swine flu

Mayor Alipio Fernandez Jr. has issued Executive Order No. 14 creating a multi-agency task force to oversee the city’s preparations for a possible spread of the dreaded AH1N1 influenza, popularly known as swine flu.

In issuing the order, Fernandez sounded a note of calm saying the swine flu threat calls for preparation and precaution.

“Even without the threat, the general public should stay informed and take everyday actions to stay healthy,” he said.

May 30, 2009 at 1:57 am Leave a comment

Five missing fishermen rescued by Chinese vessel

LINGAYEN — Five of the nine missing fishermen from the town of Infanta, who went ashore on May 1 until the height of typhoon “Emong,” were confirmed to have been rescued by a Chinese shipping vessel in the South China Sea.

This was bared by Provincial Disaster and Coordinating Council (PDCC) Executive Col. Paterno Orduna who said the survivors are now reportedly in the custody of Chinese authorities in Beijing, China.

Orduna said that Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. has already sent a letter to Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto P. Romulo seeking for assistance in the immediate repatriation to the Philippines of the said fishermen who are expected to arrive in the province on May 26.

May 30, 2009 at 1:54 am Leave a comment

Wounded giant

A wounded whaleshark (butanding) is about to be released to the sea after being treated by BFAR personnel on May 21 at the Tondaligan Beach in Dagupan City. Another whaleshark was also sighted the other day along the waters off barangay Estanza in Lingayen.

May 29, 2009 at 1:46 am Leave a comment

Donut gang strikes in Manaoag

By Brando Cortez

MANAOAG — A regular pilgrim to the Manaoag shrine lost his spare tire to thieves as he left his car in front of the municipal hall after being issued a parking ticket.

The victim, Raymund Cordero of Pampanga said that he and his family were regular visitors of the Manaoag shrine.

He said after having snacks at the Pangasinan’s Best Pasalubong Center and viewing the bonsai collection at the Bonsai Center at Carmen, Rosales, they proceeded to Manaoag.

May 29, 2009 at 1:43 am Leave a comment

AIE College offers scholarship awards to cops

STA. BARBARA — Members of the local police here and their dependents may now avail of the special scholarship program offered by the Asian Institute E-Commerce (AIE) College based in nearby Calasiao town.

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the purpose was signed Friday by Supt. Eric Noble, this town’s police chief, and AIE College Calasiao school director Rene Opiniano and area director John Chris Q. Fuentes.

AIE offered 100 percent tuition fee discount to cops and their dependents who will enroll in four-year degree courses (BS in E-Commerce, BS in Business Administration, BS Computer Science and BS in Information Technology; and two-year courses (Electronic Commerce, Health Care Services, Computer Hardware Servicing, Computer Programming and Hotel and Restaurant Services).

May 29, 2009 at 1:39 am 32 comments

God is continually calling us

By Erwin dela Rosa

“Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (PSALM 61:2)

“Are you a beach person or a mountain person? Do you like to stare at the stars or marvel at cloud formations? How do you react to satellite pictures of the earth – and of galaxies far, far away?”

“In these situations and others, we can be reminded how small we really are. The vastness of the ocean, the grandeur of the mountains, the distance of the stars, the movement of the clouds, the immeasurable nature of the universe – hints of these realities can help us put our lives and our concerns in perspective.”

“That is especially true when we let these amazing aspects of creation point us to the Creator, to the One behind the magnificence, the One who is Himself even more immeasurable and spendid.”

May 29, 2009 at 1:36 am Leave a comment

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