Archive for February, 2010

Priests just wanna have fun too, some time


By Yolanda Z. Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – What do priests do when they are together? They pray and pray some more.

Then they play like any ordinary mortals.

More than 200 priests from Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and La Union gathered here on Monday for the first Metropolitan Clergy Day of prayer and fraternal gathering, during which they spent the entire morning praying and the afternoon, talking and playing games.

“This is a bonding among the priests, many of whom are classmates at seminaries and saw each other for the first time after many years,” Father Oliver Mendoza, parish priest of San Fabian, said.
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February 26, 2010 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

Abono supports 3 Pangasinense senatorial candidates


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- Abono Party-list Chair Rosendo O. So said the Pangasinenses support senatorial candidates who are from the province of Pangasinan – Joey De Venecia of Pwersa ng Mamamayang Pilipino, Raul Lambino and Ramon Guico, both of Lakas-CMD-Kampi.

So said that being province mates, Abono Partylist will be in all out support to their senatorial candidacies that if they will win, it will be the first time that the province will be having three sitting senators in Senate House.

Along with the three Pangasinense senatorial candidates, So said that Abono will also support the candidacy of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos of KBL from Ilocos Norte, Rodolfo “Ompong” Plaza, NPC of Agusan Del Sur, Tito Sotto, NPC of Metro Manila, Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III, Lakas-CMD-Kampi of Cagayan-Isabela and Gilbert Remulla, Nacionalista Party of Cavite .
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February 26, 2010 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

Yap, Abono discuss mitigating El Nino


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

The chairman of Abono Partylist said he already discussed with Agriculture Secretary Arturo Yap the solutions to mitigate the onslaught of the El Nino phenomenon that continue to affect the farmers in Pangasinan.

Engineer Rosendo So said he is following-up with Yap what he discussed with him recently because mayors in Pangasinan have been telling him about the lack of water that in the agricultural farms.

Rice fields are parched and cracked in Pangasinan as irrigations have dried-up due to the dry spell.

He said what the government could do to ease the woes of the farmers is through the lending of water pumps for them to water their agricultural lands.
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February 26, 2010 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

EAVESDROPPER: Cheap political gimmickry?


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

There’s a local newspaper (Northern Star with unknown address) circulating lately in the town of Villasis with a headline portraying Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica to have hidden relief goods during the onslaught of the flood caused by Typhoon Pepeng last October 2009. These relief goods are allegedly being used now in the political campaign of his wife Libradita Go-Abrenica (Dita) who is running for the town’s mayoralty.

In that news article, it was said that during the Christmas season, the relief goods were given as prizes in the raffle draws of the Ladies Auxilliary Brigade (LAB) headed by Dita and some were distributed to the people of San Blas and Puelay villages last February 3, 2010. The two villages were allegedly favored by the Abrenicas according to the said report.

Vice Mayor Nielo Costales and some of the councilor candidates were even quoted to have said that they had to resort to the giving of relief goods to ensure their winning in the May 10, 2010 elections.
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February 26, 2010 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

GK village to rise in Villasis


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica led the groundbreaking of the Don Anacleto Obedoza GK Villasis Namnama Village in Piaz village here on February 18.

Abrenica was assisted by the municipal officials, barangay village heads, municipal employees and the provincial officers of Gawad Kalinga-Pangasinan headed by Ricky Castillo.

The GK Village sprawled on a 1.8 hectare- lot donated by expatriates Mr. and Mrs. Pete Montilla of Virginia, USA. It will have 100 houses, fishpond, social hall and food production area for the homeowners.
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February 26, 2010 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

Ang Maso: ITINAAS ANG KAMAY.


By Brando Cortez

Itinaas ni Gov. Espino ang kamay ni manong Jun Esperon sa okasyon ng launching “Jeepney in the Sky” sa Binalonan.

Manong Anong, kasama sa opening ng nasabing “Aeronautical Highway of Northern Luzon,” ay sina Abono Party-list Chairman Rosendo So, Governor Amado Espino Jr., Cabinet Officer for Regional Development -Ilocos Region and Presidential Management Staff Chief Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Trade Secretary Peter Favila, Environment Secretary Horacio Ramos, at iba pang Cabinet officials, at siyempre hindi mawawala si Mayor Ramon Guico Jr.

Ang opsiyal na taasan ng kamay sa local na labanan ay magsisimula sa March 26, siyempre pormal na itataas ni Gov. Espino ang kamay ni manong Jun Esperon kasi pareho silang nas Lakas CMD- Kampi.
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February 26, 2010 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL


Pangasinan Day and tobacco tax

The people of Pangasinan now have another date to mark on their calendars.

The search committee announced the date of April 5 as the foundation day of the Province of Pangasinan .

The people of Pangasinan have another thing to be happy about because the implementing rules and regulations for Republic Act 8240 is now out.

Pangasinan is part of the provinces in the monetization program of the League of Native and Burley Tobacco Growing LGUs, Inc. (LNBTG-LGU).

Republic Act 8240 is intended to provide benefits to communities or local government units producing native and burley tobacco.

This means that together with the celebration of Pangasinan’s birthday there is money that can be used for development projects to help the farmers.
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February 26, 2010 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

Mencias says ARIIP will irrigate 13,000 hectares for dry crop season


By Brando Cortez

ROSALES-Farms being served by the National Irrigation Administration Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (NIA ARIIP) during the dry crop season will have enough water as the construction of the re-regulating pond at San Roque Dam is on-going, Project Manager Engr. Rey Mencias said.

A total of about 13,000 hectares will be served by the ARIIP.

“By the end of March, full rehabilitation of the Agno River Irrigation System (ARIS) will be able to water 10,000 hectares and by May 16 we will have completed the rehabilitation of the Lower Agno River Irrigaton System (LARIS) that will irrigate an additional 3,000 hectares,” Mencias said.

“The ARIS services the towns of San Manuel, Asingan, Villasis, Binalonan, Laoac, Manaoag, Managldan, Calasiao, Santa Barbara , Mapandan, some parts of Malasiqui and Urdaneta City ,” Mencias continued.
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February 26, 2010 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

SY FILES: Barya lang po sa umaga!


By Susan V . Yadao

Barya lang po sa umaga! Ito ang kadalasang makikitang mga stickers na nakadikit sa mga jeepneys at tricycles. Self explanatory and understandable, wala pa silang barya dahil kalalabas lamang nila upang pumasada. Kaya kung lalabas ka na upang pumasok sa trabaho o sa eskwela at wala kang sariling sasakyan, dapat may nakahanda kang barya.

Sa mga groceries or supermarkets may nakahanda ng candies bilang panukli kung sakaling maubusan ng barya ang kahera. Hindi na rin umaangal ang mga mamimili. Nakakahiyang magreklamo kasi barya barya lang naman ang usapan. Okey naman sana pero sana naman white rabbit o juicy fruit man lang sana ang kanilang isukli kaso mga kending hindi nabebenta. Hay! Naku! mga wise na negosyante talaga!

Sa mga tricycles kung buo ang pinambayad mo, hindi ka na susuklian kasi wala daw barya, pero subukan mo silang bayaran ng eksaktong pamasaheng barya, ihahagis nila ito sa kanilang lagayan at dinig mo ang kalansing ng barya. (Hmp! Mga walang respeto sa barya!)
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February 26, 2010 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

GMA launches ‘aeronautical highway’ in Binalonan


By Liway C. Manantan-Yparraguirre

BINALONAN – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo launched on February 19 two projects the Aeronautical Highway of the North and the Engineered Bamboo Project, and launched the Carlos S. Bulosan book launching and mini exhibit here.

With the seaport project in Sual town and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) soon to be started, and the airport in Binalonan, Arroyo declared that “Pangasinan now is really a transport hub in the North Luzon-Agro Business Quadrangle.”

The program was held at the Binalonan Airstrip hangar where she was welcomed by Gov. Amado Espino Jr., Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORD)-Region 1 and Presidential Management Staff Chief Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Binalonan Mayor Ramon Guico Jr., Vice Mayor Ramon III, and Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) Director Constante Azares Jr.
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February 22, 2010 at 8:48 am Leave a comment

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