Archive for January 14, 2010

Arenas unfazed by Soriano-Tulagan alliance


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

SAN CARLOS CITY – Third District Rep. Maria Rachel Arenas said she was unfazed by the alliance of her congressional rival lawyer Gallant Soriano with former Rep. Generoso Tulagan, Sr.

Arenas claimed she was unperturbed by the threat the duo could give to her congressional aspiration as long as she is allied with city mayor Julier Resuello.

“I’ve been a partner of Mayor Resuello for the development and progress of San Carlos ,” she stressed after gracing the 45th Foundation Anniversary of this city recently. \

This city has biggest number of voters in the entire province of Pangasinan.

Records of the provincial office of the Commission on Election in Dagupan City showed that this city has a 105,418 strong registered voters that is bigger than the combined voting population of the towns of Sta. Barbara and Calasiao that are all part of the district.

Soriano runs for congress, while Tulagan challenges Resuello for the mayorship.

Soriano and Tulagan’s son and namesake were defeated by Arenas in a political tussle that was acrimoniously contested by the losers up to the House of Representative Electoral Tribunal (HRET). HRET however denied their petitions.

Arenas was the first solon in the district to bring a billion and a-half of pesos worth of projects like concrete roads and highways, dams, dikes, and others that awed political spectators.

All of these were traceable to the good graces of President Gloria M. Arroyo who padded Arenas’ congressional financial insertion, she said.

A congressman only gets P70 million a year or P210 million of Countryside Development Fund or the infamously known Pork Barrel in a three-year term.

With a bloated P35 billion Arroyo-signed appropriation for congressional insertions and allocation for the Palace-friendly members of the House of Representatives from this year’s budget of P1.541 trillion, Arenas optimistically said that the district can enjoy another round of financial packages from the central government.

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January 14, 2010 at 7:56 am Leave a comment

Renowned photojournalist opens exhibit in Villasis


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- The photo exhibit of renowned photojournalist from this town Jose R. Sarmiento, was formally opened on January 8 at the municipal hall’s lobby…

The opening was attended by the municipal officials lead by Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica, balikbayans and guests, the photo exhibit dubbed as “Reminiscing the Past, Nurturing the Present, Looking Beyond the Future” Villasis, Now and Then.

Sarmiento, chair of the Committee on Photo Exhibition, in his welcome address expressed his thanks to the municipal officials for their support, and the primary sponsors Oriental Photographix for the cash donation and the Pop Photo Center owned by a famous photographer Rolando “Pops” Baltazar for the reprinting of the photos.

“This photo exhibit was supposed to be shelved due to the lack of photo materials as most of my negatives were destroyed during the flood in October 2009. However, upon prodding of the committee members, we have to push through using whatever photos are on hand,” he said.

Sarmiento is a professional photographer whose experience in photography span more than four decades. He started his career at the Philippine Herald, became the in- house photographer of the then Philippine Tourist and Travel Agency and Malacañang Press Corps. He held professorial work on photography at Marian College , Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and the Angeles University Foundation in Angeles City , Pampanga.

The opening of the photo exhibit started the 11-day fiesta celebration of the town.

Vice Mayor Centenielo Rizal Costales lauded the organizers of the exhibit saying that in photography there are no perfect photos but perfect moments.

Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica in his message appreciated the efforts of the committee chaired by Sarmiento for coming up with the photo exhibit which depicts the past and present development of the town.

“The theme of the exhibit is likened to our lives. We have to look back at the past and nurture our present before we could proceed to the future. The development efforts I have done are captured in the photographs and I think the new generation now would be at a loss if they look at the past of Villasis,” he said.

He added that he dreams that the town will become a city in the next decade, but it should increase its population.

A town to qualify for a city hood must have at least 100,000 population based on the criteria under the Local Government Code of 1991. The town has at present more or less 57,000 population.

The photo exhibit will be opened for public viewing at 8:00 every morning until January 19, the last day of the festival.

The committee on photo exhibit is co-chaired by Virgil Sar. Maganes with Fe Ibay-Callanta, Engr. Vladimir Torres, Engr. Vivien Guillen, Marilou Dacanay, Josue Abrenica and Richie Sibayan as members.

January 14, 2010 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

EAVESDROPPER: By Virgilio Sar. Maganes


Where, oh where the fertilizers now?

“Aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo” is literally translated as “ what will be the use of the grass when the horse is already dead.”

This cliché is what described now the situation of farmers in Pangasinan. They have yet to wait the promised fertilizer subsidy from the Department of Agriculture (DA).

In October 2009, the whole province was flooded leaving crops of farmers destroyed. As a panacea or to ease out the farmers’ predicament and to recoup damages, the Department of Agriculture promised a free bag of palay certified seed and five bags of fertilizers per hectare for farmers whose palay crops were totally damaged. The “turn around” scheme was pushed through meaning just after the flood, the farmers should immediately plant palay to recover whatever losses in crop production.

But whyeyyyy! The Department of Agriculture headed by Secretary Arthur Yap has reneged on the promise that until now, no fertilizers have been given to farmers. What’s DA doing? The way I see it, officials of the said agency are sleeping on their job. Where’s the heart for our poor farmers? Is it true that the fertilizers could not be given to farmers because the agency has to select first the supplier? And by supplier it means a businessman who could corner all the fertilizer transactions and the kickbacks will be centralized to be given to the officials of the DA to be used for the campaign period. This government has not learned its lessons from the fertilizer scam of the famous (or infamous) JocJoc Bolante. It is by now doing a lip service to the farmers and has not been really sincere in easing out their plight.

Manong Atong Manalo of Balungao, don’t ever dream that the fertilizers will come in due time. Don’t ever expect that this government will be true to its promise. Nakakaasar na! And I am really peeved by what has been done to our poor farmers. They waited in vain for the fertilizers and yet the Department of Agriculture will be importing again rice from other countries. They are not helping the local farmers. Officials in this country are enriching themselves at the expense of the Filipino farmers.

On this situation, I interviewed many farmers lately. Nestor Bascos of Tombod, Villasis said that we could not expect goodness in this government. Its election time again, so the mindset of the government officials is to amass money to bankroll their candidacy. The same has been said by Ador Alonzo of Camanag, Urdaneta City . “Puro na lang pangako… at lahat ay napapako.”

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By February 9, 2010, the national election campaign rolls on for national candidates and by March 26 for the local candidates. We will now again be visited by political wannabes whose weapons are their glib of tongue and the temerity to promise heaven and earth to the electorates.

Let us recognize the wolves from the sheep. Let us separate the chaffs from the grains. Many will come to us and do everything to convince our votes. This is now the time to do vengeance. Let’s avenge our poor condition. Let’s get justice from the injustices committed to us by politicians – lip service, non- enforcement of laws and noncommittal to lift our living standard.

These are not only applicable to the national leaders but down to the local levels- from your governor to the members of the Sangguniang Bayan.

This electoral process is our chance also to be at par with the rich and famous. The poor will surely be of their prime targets. They are vulnerable to yield to their political dragnets. Mind you, Filipinos now are getting intelligent during election time. Money is not everything during the election. It is still the platform of government that will be at hand.

Let’s examine the candidates- their motives, their backgrounds and of course their sense of public service. We need a new breed of politicians, don’t you think so?

(For comments, email me at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com)

January 14, 2010 at 7:54 am Leave a comment

Renowned photojournalist opens exhibit in Villasis


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- The photo exhibit of renowned photojournalist from this town Jose R. Sarmiento, was formally opened on January 8 at the municipal hall’s lobby…

The opening was attended by the municipal officials lead by Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica, balikbayans and guests, the photo exhibit dubbed as “Reminiscing the Past, Nurturing the Present, Looking Beyond the Future” Villasis, Now and Then.

Sarmiento, chair of the Committee on Photo Exhibition, in his welcome address expressed his thanks to the municipal officials for their support, and the primary sponsors Oriental Photographix for the cash donation and the Pop Photo Center owned by a famous photographer Rolando “Pops” Baltazar for the reprinting of the photos.

“This photo exhibit was supposed to be shelved due to the lack of photo materials as most of my negatives were destroyed during the flood in October 2009. However, upon prodding of the committee members, we have to push through using whatever photos are on hand,” he said.

Sarmiento is a professional photographer whose experience in photography span more than four decades. He started his career at the Philippine Herald, became the in- house photographer of the then Philippine Tourist and Travel Agency and Malacañang Press Corps. He held professorial work on photography at Marian College , Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and the Angeles University Foundation in Angeles City , Pampanga.

The opening of the photo exhibit started the 11-day fiesta celebration of the town.

Vice Mayor Centenielo Rizal Costales lauded the organizers of the exhibit saying that in photography there are no perfect photos but perfect moments.

Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica in his message appreciated the efforts of the committee chaired by Sarmiento for coming up with the photo exhibit which depicts the past and present development of the town.

“The theme of the exhibit is likened to our lives. We have to look back at the past and nurture our present before we could proceed to the future. The development efforts I have done are captured in the photographs and I think the new generation now would be at a loss if they look at the past of Villasis,” he said.

He added that he dreams that the town will become a city in the next decade, but it should increase its population.

A town to qualify for a city hood must have at least 100,000 population based on the criteria under the Local Government Code of 1991. The town has at present more or less 57,000 population.

The photo exhibit will be opened for public viewing at 8:00 every morning until January 19, the last day of the festival.

The committee on photo exhibit is co-chaired by Virgil Sar. Maganes with Fe Ibay-Callanta, Engr. Vladimir Torres, Engr. Vivien Guillen, Marilou Dacanay, Josue Abrenica and Richie Sibayan as members.

January 14, 2010 at 7:53 am Leave a comment

Survey showing Agabas winning over Esperon assailed


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – A pollster and an adviser of thesis writers called as “dubious and irresponsible” a survey done by Philippine Research and Information Service Publishing, Inc. (PHILRIS) that showed Vice Governor Marlyn Primicias-Agabas ahead of former AFP chief of staff Hermogenes Esperon.

The survey showed that Agabas was ahead by 399 votes or 93 percent against the 28 or 7 percent out of the 427 respondents for Esperon in a one-on-one race if election was held from October 12 to November 8, 2009.

“How could you believe the validity of that survey if the samples in Rosales were 54 respondents, while the samples in Umingan were 46 respondents? That was spurious because if you base the latest number of registered voters at the provincial Comelec (Commission on Election), Rosales has only got 31,899 voters while Umingan has 41,184,” said by pollster who asked anonymity.

He explained further that the sample of the towns of Natividad, and San Manuel did not represent their respective populations.

In the PHILRIS Survey headed by Professor Demetrio S. Tadeo, Natividad got 43 percent, while San Manuel got 37 percent. He stressed that this would be a height of irresponsibility because San Manuel has a bigger population of 24, 426, than of Natividad that has 13,666 only as based on the latest number of registered voters at the provincial election office.

The incredible lopsided outcome of the survey made newsmen Edwin Bautista and Gabby Yana search for the registered address of ARO at Libis St, Science City of Munoz in Nueva Ecija.

“Upon our arrival at Barangay Poblacion West we searched for Libis St. , the postal address claimed by PHILRIS. Nobody residing along the Libis St. is aware of the existence of PHILRIS and Prof. Demetri S. Tadeo,” Mr. Bautista wrote Northern Watch Newspaper after it published the paid advertisement of PHILRIS at page 9 of its December 14 – 20, 2009 issue.

The Agabas- Esperon brouhaha rose to a higher note after the vice governor called the former Secretary as “Johnny-come-lately” in the 6th Congressional District.

Agabas told reporters after she filed her Certificate of Candidacy, that the people of the district could judge that she has been doing for nine years while Esperon just sneaked from nowhere.

The former four-star general countered that she did not hear Agabas espoused flagship projects he interceded for like the multi-billion- peso,. 43- km Tarlac-Pangasinan Expressway to expedite travel time of commuters, and the P11.5 billion re-regulating pond and its irrigation facilities that would irrigate tens of thousands of hectares in the province of Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, and Tarlac.

“She even wants to close the San Roque Dam. These are issues people should know,” Esperon declared in a press conference he called in this city after he filled his CoC recently.

January 14, 2010 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

SM Rosales turns over relief goods to Red Cross


SM Rosales turned over 45 bags of assorted foods, 42 bags of clothing and additional 4 boxes of garments/blankets to Philippine Red Cross, Pangasinan Chapter last December 19.

SM Rosales Press Relations Officer Gerlou del Rosario said the activity is in line with SM Supermalls’ advocacy on continuous relief operations for the victims of Typhoon Pepeng.

She said the goods were received by PNRC Pang. Chapter Bookkeeper Mr. Xerxes Dela Pena.

SM Supermalls and SM Foundation has given away around 6,000 bags of relief goods to families affected by floods in Pangasinan Area.

Each bag contained canned goods, rice, noodles, bottled water, biscuits, energy drinks including clothing, slippers, shirts and blankets.

Recipients were the barangays in Rosales such as Carmen East and West, Tomana East and West, Carmay East and West and Zone 4.

Other recipients were barangays in neighboring towns like Alcala, Villasis, Sto Tomas, Asingan and also San Manuel of Tarlac.

January 14, 2010 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

City Mayor laments creation of 16 news cities


By: Venus H. Sarmiento

URDANETA CITY – The four cities of the province will be greatly affected by the creation of 16 new cities, as disclosed by the city’s Mayor.

Mayor Amadeo R. Perez Jr. said the Supreme Court’s ruling favoring the motion for reconsideration filed by the newly created cities will greatly affect existing cities especially in terms of Internal Revenue Allotment.

“Sa amin lang dito sa Urdaneta, halos 24 milyong piso ang mababawas sa aming IRA dahil sa pagkakaroon ng mga siyudad na hindi dumaan sa tamang proseso, Malaki ang epekto nito kaya piang-aaralan namin kung paano matatakpan ang malaking cut sa IRA.” Perez said in a radio interview.

It can be remembered that the Supreme Court earlier ruled in favor of the petition of the League of Cities of the Philippines to nullify the declaration of 16 towns to become cities on grounds of not going through due process. But the motion for reconsideration filed by the 16 cities got the court’s nod.

“Magfa-file din kami ng motion for reconsideration namin pero kung matatagalan, mabigat na problema ito sa lahat ng mga siyudad sa Pilipjnas kabilang ang Dagupan, Alaminos, at San Carlos dito sa probinsiya natin.” Perez said. (PIA-Pangasinan)

January 14, 2010 at 7:51 am Leave a comment


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