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‘Bobom’ welcomes World Bank IRA division proposal

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

URDANETA CITY – Mayor Amadeo “Bobom” Perez IV welcomed the suggestion of the World Bank that rich cities in the country should have a reduced internal revenue allotment and give instead the portion of it to the less developed cities.

Perez said this could spawn more progress to a lot of cities like Urdaneta.

“Mas maganda para mas marami tayong magagawa. Big cities are already developed. Maganda ang kalsada nila. Sa atin sa probinsiya puede pa nating gamitin ang funds sa mga irrigation at kalsada. Puede i-dugtong papuntang TPLex ( Tarlac-Pangasinan Express Way ) di ba? Marami pa tayung magagawa diyan, he stressed.

Bert Hoffman, WB country director in the Philippines, was quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer saying that one way to achieve a more balanced allocation of resources and ultimately development is to revise the way the internal revenue allotments (IRA) are distributed among local government units to favor the less developed towns and regions.

He cited as an example Quezon City that gets a much larger share than most others even though its coffers are already filled to overflowing.

The result of it is the deepening of the disparity among local government units and the scandalous misallocation of resources which sees some rich cities building marble barangay halls or prettifying sidewalks at a cost of tens of millions, while poor towns cannot even afford to hire doctors or nurses, Hoffman said.

Perez cited as an example the city of Makati which he said it does not depend on the IRA as it has enough taxes like business tax to spend for its development.

He explained that additional revenues to this city could make a difference.
“For example itong school houses natin, maraming sira, sa kanila (rich cities) magaganda. Yong pondo ilagay natin sa mga school buildings, at sa mga barangays,” he said.

Hoffman argued that this stalemate can be achieved by amending the Local Government Code, a task our lawmakers should address quickly if they intend to reverse the gross inequalities that are the principal source of disaffection and discord—even violence— among the Filipino people.

July 31, 2010 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Sex education and responsible parenthood

When sex education was proposed by former Education Secretary Mona Valisno to be taught to Grade VI pupils in selected pilot schools in the country, many parents and church leaders expressed their vehement opposition. The apparent reasons include their fear that sex education, will encourage their children to become sexually promiscuous and permissive. They opposed the teaching of sex education without looking into the advantages it will give to the “sexual enlightenment” of their children.
There are many cases of rape, sexual harassment, acts of lasciviousness and the like lodged in many courts in the country. These cases which are considered deviance from sexual acts clearly manifested the absence of knowledge of doing sexual acts responsibly. The perpetrators of these acts or sexual crimes do not know how to temper themselves, thus their sexual promiscuity rides over their sanity.
If sex education will be taught to children particularly those in their puberty ages, they will be exposed to the hazards of early marriage and the bad effects of sexual permissiveness. Of course, I would deplore it personally if the “real sexual act” of copulation between man and woman will be shown or demonstrated to them. Instead, sex education must be concentrated on the physiology of man and woman, the reproductive organs and the process of ovulation up to rearing children. These also include responsible parenthood, child spacing and family planning and the most important is teaching them that “ sex” is a sacred matter to be done between two persons in love with each other.
I could not understand why parents and church leaders are afraid of teaching “ sex education” to school children. The cyberspace nowadays are filled with all sorts of pornographic materials that at the click of a finger, these could be accessible to them. How many parents and church leaders have the time to monitor the activities of their children while surfing the internet webs? How many of the parents have the gall and temerity to teach their children about sexuality- how the reproductive organs work and their processes? Let us not be hypocrites. Children in their puberty ages are exploring their sexuality through their peers and are ashamed to ask their parents about sexuality.
This is now the right time for sexual revolution. Teach the children responsible “sex” and its effects to their lives. The issue of morality is out of the picture. A child who has good family bearing whether you teach him or her about sex will become a responsible adult. Moral values must start in the family. The school and church shall supplement these values with right education- academics, social awareness and spiritual enlightenment.
This is now also the right time to pass the Reproductive Health Bill which has been pending in the Congress for quite sometime. What made the previous Congress to defer the passage of this bill was the fact that many solons were afraid of the Church leaders. They were afraid of not getting their support during the election. However, look at the winners now. Most of them are supportive of the “Reproductive Health Bill” which means that electorates could no longer be dictated on by the Church leaders.
This is now the time to test the real separation of the Church and State. The leaders of the country must look the temporal needs of the people. Leave spiritual teachings to the clergy.
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July 31, 2010 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment

Abono distributes fertilizers to Rosales farmers

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- A total of 3,590 farmers in the 37 barangays of this town received fertilizer and soil micronutrients (boron and zinc) from Abono Party-list as part of the agricultural development support using the tobacco excise tax.
The distribution started on July 19 at the Goldon Agritec warehouse at Carmen West village to the 495 farmers from barangays San Isidro, Capitan Tomas, Palakipak and Rizal.
Abono Chair Rosendo O. So led the distribution together with Municipal Agriculturist Roberto P. Espanto.
Farmers tilling one hectare farm were given one bag of 6-9-5 ( 6%nitrogen, 9% phosphorous pentoxide and 5% potassium oxide) and five kilos of boron and zinc sulfate.
“ Dakkel ti maitulong na dagitoy nga abono tapno umadu ti apit mi a mannalon,” said Lorenzo Urbano, 41, of San Isidro village with 2-hectare farm. (These fertilizers are great help to us farmers to increase our harvest).
“ Agyaman kami iti Abono Partylist ti dakkel a tulong nga it-itedna kadagiti mannalon. Nangina ti abono isu nga mapalag-an ti gastos mi kadagiti talon mi,” said Domingo Licudo, 52, a farmer from Rizal village. ( We thanked Abono Partylist for the great help to the farmers. Fertilizers demand high price that’s why our farm expenses will be lightened).
Last July 22, the second batch of distribution was conducted at the Municipal Gym here attended by Mayor Ricardo V. Revita, Vice Mayor Jojo Pajela, Councilors Mark Yu, Tony Muya, Harry Bernabe, Armando Meimban, Leonarda Dominguez, Enrique Cosue, Liga ng Barangay President Jacinto Velicaria, Abono Partylist President Ponciano V. Onia, Jr. and Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So.
A total of 593 farmers from barangays Tumana East, Zone I, Balincannaway, Rabago and Zone III were the recipients of the fertilizers and soil micronutrients.
In a brief program, Mayor Revita extended his thanks to the Abono Partylist for spearheading the program even as he said that the distribution should have been done during the election period but he deferred it so it would not be politicized.
“ These fertilizers are yours. These are for the farmers. Our share from the tobacco excise tax is P 80 million. Part of it is used for the improvement and concreting of barangay roads and for farm inputs like these fertilizers,” Revita said.
So informed the farmers that the tobacco excise tax share has been accumulated for the last ten years since Republic Act No. 8240 was passed by Congress.
He further said that thru the lobbying of the six congressmen of the province and Abono Party-list representatives to then President Arroyo, that the province’s share from the excise tax was released.
“ We have to thank Congressmen Arturo Celeste of District I, Victor Agbayani of District II, Rachel Arenas of District III, Jose de Venecia of District IV, Mark O,. Cojuangco of District V, Conrad M. Estrella III of District VI and Abono Partylist Robert Raymund M. Estrella,Jr. for their lobbying efforts. They are the instruments for the release of the tobacco excise tax for the province,” So said.
So further informed the farmers that 18 towns of Pangasinan are included in the share of tobacco excise tax.
These are Malasiqui, San Fabian, Rosales, Sta. Barbara, Villasis, Balungao, Sta. Maria, Mapandan, Laoac, San Jacinto, Alcala, Sto. Tomas, Bautista, San Manuel and Asingan. These are the tobacco producing towns in the province.

July 31, 2010 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

City mayors plans more efficient public service

ALAMINOS CITY — THE League of Cities of the Philippines ((LCP) is conducting an inventory of the needs and problems of local government units to for resolution and them public service efficient at the local level.
Mayor Hernani Braganza, the LCT secretary general, said the first order of business of the cities organization, was to collect facts and determine the needs of the league’s member-cities, and identify their priority programs and capabilities.
“The survey is a vital source of information and profile of each of our members to enable us work together for the betterment of our constituents at the grassroots level,” he said.
He said the data gathered will be reported to newly elected LCP President Oscar Rodriguez, the mayor of San Fernando , Pampanga, for appropriate actions.
“We can spur growth in the communities after identifying the kind of assistance and skills we can share with our fellow mayors, and harness the talents of their constituents,” he added.
LCP is an organization of 122 city mayors supporting one another and other stakeholders for an efficient work at the city level.
“The country is now ready for reforms,” Braganza said, adding “LGUs will play a key role in pursuing President Aquino’s plannedreforms.”
Braganza, a third-term mayor of this city, , and other LCP officials took their oath of office at Malacanang Monday afternoon.
He reiterated his willingness to share his city’s knowledge on software technology to other LGUs to fast track economic development, cut red tape, increase tax collections and lower operational costs.
Alaminos created a unified database under its One System One Government program to improve efficiency of operations

July 31, 2010 at 1:51 pm Leave a comment

PSU marks 30th year on July 27-28

By Yolanda Sotelo

LINGAYEN– The Pangasinan State University will mark its 30th foundation day on July 27-28, celebrating the successes it has gained in academics, research and extension during its three decades of existence.
The PSU has nine campuses, the latest of which is PSU-Alaminos City , and has grown from “struggling school” into a university to reckon with, with its passing rates in different board examinations higher than the national rates.
PSU President Victoriano Estira said its newest curricular offering is nursing which is offered at PSU-Bayambang. Its first batch of board examinees in 2008 garnered a passing rate of 79.5 percent, making it the number one among small nursing schools (30 or less examinees) in the Ilocos Region and number seven nationwide.
In 2009, 26 out of the 33 nursing boards examinees passed, and PSU clinched again the number one position among medium nursing school (31or more examinees) in the region, Estira said.
“Most of our graduates in engineering and architecture at PSU-Urdaneta likewise pass the board exams in those fields,” Estira said.
The PSU sends BS Business Management and BS Hospitality Management (formerly hotel and restaurant management) students to Singapore as part of their on-the-job training through the student internship abroad program of the Commission on Higher Education.
Estira said at present, there are 72 PSU students deployed to different establishments in Singapore , with big chances of permanent employment because “the like our students because they are patient, friendly and industrious.’
“We have beaten private schools in Dagupan City in terms of deployment of students to Singapore for on-the-job training. Some schools have lost their accreditation with Singapore ’s Ministry of Employment. Now we have to ask other schools to cross-enroll their students at the PSU when we have no more student to send. This gives their students to have chances for on-the-job training abroad,” he said.
But the PSU also has its setback, too, especially in agriculture and fishery courses which failed to attract students to its Binmaley campus.
“We used to be a center for excellence in fisheries, but this was withdrawn when our enrollment dropped to less than one hundred,” he said.
The university offers free tuition to increase enrollment in the fishery courses, but still there were less students enrolling.
Two years ago, the PSU offered extension classes on fishery in Bani with around 200 students.
“We’re getting back on track. But it may take a while before we can regain our center for excellence status,” Estira said.
As for agriculture, enrollment still going down that the PSU is planning to shift courses offered at the PSU-San Carlos City to business management.
PSU, founded in 1979, is an integration of several state colleges in Pangasinan. Its biggest campus in terms of enrollment was the then Central Luzon Teachers College in Bayambang, a popular college for teacher education course.
CLTC merged with the Western Pangasinan Agricultural College (PSU-Infanta), and then integrated with the college levels of Speaker Eugenio Perez National Agricultural School ( PSU- San Carlos City ), Pangasinan School of Arts and Trades (PSU- Lingayen), Luciano Millan Memorial School of Arts and Trades (PSU-Asingan), Pangasinan College of Fisheries in Binmaley (PSU-Binmaley), and Eastern Pangasinan Agricultural College (PSU-Sta. Maria).
From less than 5,000 students during its early years, its enrollment jumped to 18,000 this year, Estira said.
It conducts admission tests for freshmen and has strict requirements for “quota courses” or those covered by board examinations, while it has “selective retention” for non-quota courses.
“We are aiming for quality but affordable education. And even those who can afford private colleges and universities are enrolling at the PSU because we have carved a name in the different fields,” Estira said.

July 31, 2010 at 1:51 pm Leave a comment

Mabutas rejects calls to arm reporters

SAN FERNANDO , LA UNION – Chief Supt. Orlando Mabutas, Ilocos regional police director, rejected calls to arm reporters, saying this was not the answer to solve the media killings that have been plaguing the country for the past years.
“Firearm is not the answer. Some of you may even be tempted to use their gun unlawfully,” Mabutas told reporters during a meeting between reporters and the police last week.
He suggested that instead, reporters should coordinate with the police whenever they feel there is threat to their lives, “so we will know how to protect you.”
Mabutas said even the policemen have threats to their lives because of the nature of their work, but they are allowed by law to carry guns as a part of their job.
“If you all own gun, there will be plenty of us who will have gun. Life is hard, don’t make it harder,” he said.
Besides, Mabutas added, “we have no extra guns to give you. Even many of the policemen don’t have service guns.”
Mabutas addressed reporters who are covering the Ilocos police and who organized themselves as Police Regional Office Press Corps and elected an interim set of officers.
“We are not adversaries but partners. We are here to protect you,” he said. (Yolanda Sotelo)

July 31, 2010 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

“Pasasalamat tour” ni Manay Gina, simula ngayong araw

Mamayang alas kuwatro ng hapon, sa palengke ng Dagupan, sisimulan ni Manay Gina de Venecia ang kanyang pasasalamat tour, bilang kongreswoman ng ika-apat na distrito ng Pangasinan.
Matatandaang sinimulan ni Manay Gina ng kanyang kampanya noong nagdaang eleksiyon sa palengke, kaya ito ang kanyang unang babalikan bilang pasasalamat.
Bukas,alas siyete ng umaga, naka- schedule sya sa palengke ng San Fabian.
Sa ganap na alas onse naman, ay bibisitahin niya ang palengke ng Manaoag.
Sa Sabado, ang mga tindera sa palengke ng Mangaldan ang kanyang dadalawin, alas-siyete ng umaga. At sa hapon, ganap na alas- kuwatro, pupuntahan naman nya ang palengke ng San Jacinto.
Bukod dito, magsasagawa rin sya ng hepa-b vaccination program laban sa sakit na hepatitis B. Nakatakda rin syang mamahagi ng mga abono para sa mga magsasaka ng buong distrito.

July 29, 2010 at 8:32 am Leave a comment

Puno graces testimonial dinner for new Pangasinan’s lawyers

The successful 2009 bar passers. From left to right : Attys. Edward Cham, Cynthia Natividad, Rhoda Odero, Donna Mendiguarin, Jennifer Melchor and Alex Norman B. Lomboy. Not in photo is Atty. Rosanna Molina

by Atty. Alex Norman B. Lomboy

“The graduates of provincial law schools deserved more congratulations than those graduates of UP, Ateneo, San Beda and other leading law schools in Manila”.

This was the opening statement of former Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno as he bared the predicament of law students in the province who are mostly working students who barely have the time for their studies as compared to the full-time law students in Manila who can devote more time to their study of the law.

The retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines was the guest of honor and speaker as the University of Pangasinan-PHINMA Education Network’s College of Law hosted a testimonial dinner last July 23, 2010 at the Star Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom to honor its seven (7) new lawyers who successfully hurdled the rather tough Bar examinations given last year.
Of the 1,451 new lawyers who passed the 2009 Bar examinations, seven (7) of them are proud graduates of the University of Pangasinan which was recently under new management of PHINMA. These successful new lawyers are Attys. Edward C. Cham, Alex Norman B. Lomboy, Jennifer M. Melchor, Donna D. Mendiguarin, Rosanna M. Molina, Cynthia C. Natividad and Rhoda M. Odero.
Figures from the Office of the Bar Confidant of the Supreme Court revealed that a total of 5,903 law graduates from 109 law schools nationwide took the 2009 Bar exams held on September 6, 13, and 20, and October 4, 2009 at the De La Salle University in Taft Avenue, Manila with Supreme Court’s Associate Justice Antonio Eduardo Nachura as chairman.
The Bar Examinations are traditionally held during the four (4) consecutive Sundays of September but the High Court had to reset the last exams week to October 4, 2009 due to the massive flooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces brought about by Tropical Storm “Ondoy” which displaced many bar examinees. The postponement was a first in the history of the Bar exams since the very first examination that was held in 1901.
On his speech, the chief justice profoundly dealt on issues affecting the environment. He proudly bared his legacy to the Filipino people most especially to the generations to come by the passing under his able stewardship the Writ of Kalikasan as well as the Writ of Continuing Mandamus. These new rules are specifically promulgated to govern environmental cases. Noteworthy is the fact that it is only in the Philippines among nations all over the world that has these remedies to protect its environment.

“The right to a sound environment carries with it the duty to preserve it not only for ourselves but for the generations to come” stressed the former highest magistrate in the land. The very right to life enshrined in the Philippine Constitution is at stake as we protect the right of the unborn citizens.
The former Chief Justice thus admonished everybody present that evening led by the University of Pangasinan-PHINMA Education Network’s College of Law Dean, Atty. Alvin V. Gonzales and College of Law Dean Emeritus, Atty. Hermogenes Decano, to spearhead the change for a better environment and let that change start from all of us and within us.
On a lighter note, the Philippine Bar exams, which serve as the licensure examiner for lawyers, is exclusively administered by the Supreme Court. It is the only professional licensure test in the country that is not supervised by the Philippine Regulatory Commission. The Supreme Court conducts the Bar examinations pursuant to Article VIII, Sec. 5 of the Constitution which provides that it shall have the power to promulgate rules governing the admission to the practice of law.
The 2009 Bar Exams was also the first time that two (2) examiners were designated in each of the eight subjects. Thus, every Bar subject was divided into two parts. The 2-examiner policy was adopted by the High Court after the Committee on Legal Education and Bar Matters approved the proposal of Lawyer Ma. Cristina B. Layusa, Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant, to designate two (2) examiners per Bar subject, pursuant to Paragraph 4, Part B of Bar Matter No. 1161.
The Rules of Court provide that “a candidate may be deemed to have passed his examination successfully if he has obtained a general average of 75% in all subjects without falling below 50% in any subject.”
In determining the average, subjects in the examinations are given the following relative weights: Political and International Law, 15%; Labor and Social Legislation, 10%; Civil Law, 15%; Taxation, 10%; Mercantile Law, 15%; Criminal Law, 10%; Remedial Law, 20%; and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises, 5%, for a total of 100%.
The University of Pangasinan-PHINMA Education Network’s passing percentage of almost 40% during the 2009 Bar exams is higher than that of the national passing percentage of 24.58% and higher than that of other law schools in Northern Luzon. Due credit must be accorded to the university’s new management for its all-out support to its bar candidates. In fact, the newly-renovated building fronting Arellano Street now accommodates the University’s College of Law as the management intends to make the university the premiere law school outside of Metro Manila.

July 29, 2010 at 8:29 am Leave a comment


July 29, 2010 at 8:17 am Leave a comment


Evacuation is failure of the government

It is only a matter of days before we experience heavy rains and the safety of communities along the Agno River and its tributaries should be given highest priority.

The people demand that the money and the technical people with all their diplomas from universities and licenses from the Philippine Regulatory Commission do their best in preparing the dikes for the rains so that no evacuation would be necessary.

How confident are we that the dikes are secure and ready to handle the rain and winds of the coming typhoons?

The San Roque Dam may have the largest water holding capacity which is good but looking at it on the other side it also has the largest water releasing capacity and that is bad.

Will the water flow through the river or will the water run over the river once more?

It is the impression of the people after last year’s death and destruction that the government has always taken, and will continue to take, actions that put protection of the people above all other considerations.

God should not be blames for the deaths and destruction caused by flooding.

Forces of nature should not be blamed for the deaths and destruction caused by flooding.

We believe that it is the failure of the government if evacuation will have to be undertaken.

If evacuation will be ordered, this means that the government failed in protecting the people in their homes.

July 29, 2010 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

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