Archive for July 17, 2010

Manay Gina and P-Noy

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and Rep. Gina de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan) in a tête-à-tête after her oath-taking at Malacanang

July 17, 2010 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

Lim to colleagues: Loyalty is to city

DAGUPAN CITY Councilor Brian C. Lim has dispelled speculations that the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) and his father, Mayor Benjie S. Lim, cannot harmoniously work together.

After the oath-taking and inauguration ceremonies last June 30, local newsmen asked Councilor Lim whether or not the mayor and the SP can work as a team.

“My simple answer was yes,” said Lim, Dagupan’s number two elected councilor.

July 17, 2010 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

Manay Gina ready as congresswoman

In socio-civic circle, Manay Gina de Venecia is known as the champion of the abused, having built shelters for the really marginalized – the battered women, street-children, senior citizens, and orphaned mothers.

But at the opening of the 15th Congress this July 26, Manay Gina is ready to assume her new role as the solon of Pangasinan’s 4th District.

Last June 30, Manay Gina took her oath of office in Malacanang before the new Philippine President Noynoy Aquino. The reason was sentimental, Tita Cory was her role model.

July 17, 2010 at 9:03 am Leave a comment

Senior citizens assured of Mayor Lim’s support

DAGUPAN CITY –Mayor Benjamin S. Lim said yesterday that laws giving mandatory benefits and privileges for the elderly population shall be strictly implemented and religiously observed in Dagupan City.

“I will see to it that all business establishments shall be informed and monitored to ensure faithful compliance with the laws,” Lim assured officers and members of the newly-reorganized Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP) during their induction program held at the senior citizens center in A. B. Fernandez West.

Inducted by Lim as the new Dagupan chapter FSCAP president was Atty. Cornelia Espańol, who succeeded former Vice Mayor and OIC – Mayor Felipe Siapno.

July 17, 2010 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

Gorospe promises a supportive city council

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- City Vice Mayor Onofre “Bong” Gorospe assured that the Sangguniang Panlungsod of this city will give its all out support to the development agenda City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV.

He said this to news men who covered the first session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod last July 5at the Session Hall of the Old City Hall. The agenda was to review the city council’s rules and the creation of various legislative committees.

“There is also a need to review and update resolutions and ordinances passed during the past Sangguniang Panlungsod, whether these were implemented or not,” he said.

July 17, 2010 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

The media and public officials

One of the commendable actions of President ‘P-noy’ Aquino was ordering the members of his cabinet to undergo seminar on how to handle media men in the course of providing information for public concerns and interest. That action was a full show of Pnoy on his support to media practitioners ( TV, radio, print and computer-based news websites) as partners in information dissemination. P-noy knows what media can do in propagating his programs and projects, foremost of which is his desire to have full disclosure or transparency of government transactions.

While the President acknowledges the role of the media in national building, there are local officials, who view media men as their nemesis. They do not care about providing information to media men but when they are trapped in controversies, they blame the media for exposing their inanities and foolishness. Such situations have in the past the reasons why there were media men or journalists who were silenced for life.

July 17, 2010 at 8:58 am 1 comment

Ilocos police arrests PAG member

Combined elements of police units in Ilocos Norte arrested during simultaneous checkpoint operations a member of a partisan armed group (PAG) at Barangay Balacad in Laoag City on February 7, according to a press release of the Ilocos regional police.

Sr. Supt. Marlou C. Chan, officer-in-charge of the Ilocos Norte police, named the arrested person as Jonathan Bagamaspad, 43, a resident of Barangay Bungcag of Dingras town, and a member of a PAG said to be identified with Dingras Mayor Marynette Gamboa.

Bagamaspad was onboard a Toyota RAV4, part of a convoy of vehicles led by Mayor Gamboa, when he was arrested in a police checkpoint for carrying a firearm.

July 17, 2010 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Bolinao residents want moratorium on aquaculture operations in town

By Yolanda Sotelo

Exasperated by the environmental pollution caused by the million-peso aquaculture industry in their town, Bolinao residents pressed for temporary moratorium of aquaculture operation, saying it should continue only after the ecosystem has been restored to health and a sustainable plan has been put in place.

“We are not against aquaculture per se, but unfortunately, it has become free-for-all and the number of cages has been too much for the sea water to sustain that fish kill has been occurring on almost regular basis. It has also affected the livelihood of marginal fishermen who used to depend on the sea resources,” Margaret Celeste, chair of the Movement of Bolinao Concerned Citizens Inc., said.

There are over 600 cages and 200 fish pens in Bolinao waters which were affected by red tide and fish kill last month. The damages from fish kill was estimated to be P50 million, but losses from shellfishes due to red tide was not given any cost, according to Municipal Planning and Development Officer Brunner Caranza.

July 17, 2010 at 8:52 am Leave a comment

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