Archive for May 23, 2009

Esperon to work for irrigation facilities

PhotobucketBy Brando Cortez

STA. MARIA — Secretary Hermogenes Esperon of the Presidential Management Staff said he was especially concerned with the implementation of the re-regulating pond component of the San Roque multipurpose dam project.

“I am more concerned with the building of irrigation canals that will deliver the necessary water requirements needed by the crops planted by our beloved farmers,” Esperon said.

The PMS Secretary was here during the forum on agricultural concerns in eastern Pangasinan held which the PMS conducted.

Esperon said he welcomed the invitation of Regional Confederation of Irrigators Association President Oftociano “Anong” Manalo to have a forum on the concerns of irrigators associations and farmers to look into ways by which the government can assist in creating more opportunities for better harvest and increased income.

May 23, 2009 at 2:10 am Leave a comment

Chiz to DoF: Junk tax on imported books

PhotobucketOpposition Sen. Chiz Escudero yesterday said the Department of Finance should rescind an order levying taxes on imported books, saying that it should focus instead on raising revenues by plugging massive collection leakages due to corruption.

“The Department of Finance has thrown the wrong book at the reading public when it erroneously invoked section 105 (s) of the Tariff and Customs Code in taxing imported books,” he said in a statement.

“There are billions lost yearly to graft. Why pick on our booksellers
and bookreaders? This is tax may very well be equivalent to book
burning as it will result in people reading less books because they
can no longer afford to buy them,” Escudero said.

May 23, 2009 at 2:04 am Leave a comment

Pangasinan cops join ‘4 in 1’ mission

PhotobucketSTA. BARBARA — The local government here in partnership with policemen from Pangasinan and Police Regional Office 1 (PRO 1) based in San Fernando City, La Union joined this year’s biggest medical mission in this town that benefited over 4,000 people at the Banaoang Central School grounds here.

The mission, dubbed as ‘4 in 1’, is an activity organized in line with the 10-point progress agenda of Mayor Reynaldo Velasco, a retired police general. The whole day of Friday was in a festive mood with beneficiaries lining up as early as 6:00 a.m. and ended at 6:00 p.m. It was made possible through the police’ partnership with medical practitioneers and non government organizations.

“This is a ‘4 in 1’ activity, since it is a medical/dental mission, operation “tuli”, “libreng gupit” (free haircut) and a feeding program,” said Supt. Eric Noble, the local police chief.

May 23, 2009 at 1:58 am 4 comments

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