Archive for April, 2010
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
Whether we like it or not, electorates are jumping with joy when politicians dole out “money” in exchange of their votes.
In my dealings with people, I always hear them say, “ Kailan ba magbibigay si ganitong politico? Kailan ba siya pupunta dito para magbigay ng pera?”
Of course, “money” talks. If I heard it right, the most “blessed” this election are the barangay officials, the barangay health workers, the civilian volunteers organizations and the federation of tricycle operators and drivers. They are “blessed” because they are the center of pay-offs as if they are the only ones that could steer the winnability of the candidates.
Early Philippine republics were Kakarong de Sili republic in Pandi, Bulacan; Tejeros Convention in Malabon; and Biak na Bato republic in San Miguel, Bulacan. Historians, however, wrote that the first real Philippine republic was established in Malolos, Bulacan on January 21, 1899. Two days later, the First Philippine Republic was inaugurated while General Emilio Aguinaldo was declared its first president.
The first municipal election in the Philippines was held in Baliuag, Bulacan under the supervision of American military governor general Arthur MacArthur on May 6, 1899 .
Isabelo delos Reyes, a writer, established the Union Obrera Democratica, the first organized labor union in the country on February 2, 1902.
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MALASIQUI-The mayor of this town advised voters in this province to bring a list of their chosen candidates to the polling precinct for them to vote faster.
Mayor Armand Domantay said that once a voter enters the voting precinct, he would see a folder; a pen marker, a Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine, and a more than a foot-long ballot with names of candidates from president down to the town’s aldermen that are alphabetically listed.
“If you have a codigo (list), it is good because it is already arranged in a logical order according to the alphabet of the names of the candidates. It is what we call arrangement of the letters,” he stressed.
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
URDANETA CITY – The Abono Party-list donated assorted medical supplies and equipment to Don Amadeo J. Perez, Sr. Memorial General Hospital as part of the group’s continuing assistance to public hospitals in the province.
Abono chair Rosendo So turned-over the supplies and equipment to hospital chief Dr. Maria Vivian Villar on April 23.
So said that through his initiative, civic spirited “kababayans” from the United States donated the medical supplies and equipment which he in turn donated to the hospital.
He promised to the hospital management and staff that he will continue to help in the development of the hospital which is serving the nine municipalities of 5th district of the province.
By Venus H. Sarmiento
DAGUPAN CITY– The famous Hundred islands in Alaminos City remains the top tourist destination in the province.
Provincial tourism officer Maria Luisa Elduayan said the bulk of tourist and visitors who came to the province last year still chose to visit the Hundred islands, followed by the Capitol Complex and the Lighthouse in Bolinao town.
“Aside from the top three destinations, the Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine still attracts a big number of visitors based on the masses held daily.” Elduayan said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency.
By Venus H. Sarmiento
DAGUPAN CITY – Blindness did not hinder Alradny Solitario and his other blind friends from seeing success in their chosen businesses.
Solitario, a graduate of the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, is the owner/manager of GRCM Blind Massage Services and has employed other blind people like him to his shop.
Reynante Patoc, another blind person, is the owner of United Blind Massage Service Shop. Both enterprises have branches in the cities of Dagupan and Urdaneta and employ 27 workers. Their business earns a whooping P90,000 in gross income per month.
Gina de Venecia’s congressional bid for Pangasinan fourth district got an overwhelming boost when no less than two separate powerful leaders of the country threw their all-out support to her, aside from the numerous endorsements she’s getting from different sectors.
Presidential bet, former President Joseph Estrada of the Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) and El Shaddai leader Brother Mike Velarde, were among her latest growing list of supporters when they came to Dagupan City last April 17.
Mrs. De Venecia’s team composed of her, re-electionist Mayor Alipio Fernandez Jr and re-electionist Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez, was strongly endorsed by Estrada during the PMP’s grand rally beside the CSI Market Square.