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Miss Barbara Salvador(inset), Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International who hails from Pozorrubio town, speaks after receiving a plaque for outstanding achievement award from Gov. Amado Espino,Jr. last September 27 at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen. The activity coincides with the celebration of World Tourism Week

October 4, 2010 at 10:59 am Leave a comment


Miss Barbara Salvador(inset), Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International who hails from Pozorrubio town, speaks after receiving a plaque for outstanding achievement award from Gov. Amado Espino,Jr. last September 27 at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen. The activity coincides with the celebration of World Tourism Week.CESAR RAMIREZ

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October 4, 2010 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

“Over-importation” of rice by the gov’t

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Has the previous Arroyo administration jacked-up the per capita consumption of rice of Filipinos to justify its importation of the staple?
Assistant Regional Director Cris Bautista of the Department of Agriculture in Region 1, said that the per capita consumption of rice in year 2000 is 95 kilos for every Filipino, but this has swelled to128 kilos in 2009.
“I remembered about it because when we were young our consumption of rice was much more compared to these days. We ate breakfast with rice, we have snacks with rice, we have lunch with rice, we have afternoon snack with rice, and we have supper with rice. Now, Filipinos forego eating rice anymore. Instead, they seep coffee in their breakfast,” Bautista said
Abono Party-list Chair Rosendo O. So also said that his records show that after he computed the population of 76,098,335 Filipinos in 2005, and 94 million in 2010, the country consumes 17,910 metric ton only of the staple in 2005, and 30,389 of it in 2010.
So based his figures at the Global Aggregate Index Network by the United States Department of Agriculture. The publication was signed by the U.S ambassador to the Philippines .
A top official of the provincial government, who asked anonymity, agreed to the suspicion that it is possible for the government to manipulate the per capita consumption by increasing the statistical data.
He said this to justify its over-importation.

October 4, 2010 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

An Immoral and Corrupt Bishop

Is it true that a position for a public school teacher in San Carlos City is being sold for P120,000.00 by a certain top school official?
Susmariosep, the culprit of this nefarious trade should think twice before he/she abets this.
Dr. Conrado Estrada of Lingayen has just been convicted by the Regional Trial Court in that capital town because of the accusation by a subordinate that he sells teacher’s promotion.
Because of this, Dr. Estrada is bound for the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa incase the higher court upholds his conviction.
Corrupt big wigs at DepEd should think the psychological repercussions if they are in the shoes of Estrada.
The anxieties and mental tortures would be unbearable because of the humiliation the infraction could bring to their family.
I tend to believe about this allegation because it comes from an insider there. Newly hired public school teacher receives more than P15, 000 a month.
This is half of what the teacher in the private school averagely receives.
I lauded tour guy non-pareil Carlos Celdran by exposing the hypocrisy of the Catholic clergy by donning a Jose Rizal suit, and carrying a placard at a mass in the Manila Cathedral.
The fat Celdran looks like a gay version of Padre Damaso of Rizal’s famous novel Noli Me Tangere, after he bellyached about the clergy’s opposition to the Reproductive Health Bill before the scandalized priests and church goers.
I pity those municipal and city mayors in our country. They just barely warm their butts on their posts after an expensive election, and now their leaders at the villages swarmed around them. They are there to ask for campaign funds for this month’s election of barangay captain.
To the un-initiated, this is quid quo pro.
The mayors who shell out a significant sum could expect the support of these village bosses in their re-election in 2013
But without monies from illegal gambling, and without much 20% S.O.P (a misnomer for a personal slice in a municipal or city project), the mayors are constrained to borrow from friends and lending institutions, or mortgage their properties to support their bets.
The downside of the election of the Sangguniang Kabataang (that is simultaneously being held with the village polls) is it corrupts the youth at their tender age. For the past week I heard about parents of candidates of SK who barnstorm the houses of those 15 year olds and those 18 years old below who are registered voters. They were not only campaigning for their kids – who they brought in tow – but ingratiating with the would-be voters by giving them P100 each for something they could buy.
“My second and third waves pa iyang binibigay namin!” a parent told a wide-eyed but grateful teenager.
It would not be long that election for the supreme student council at colleges and universities would be shrouded by vote buying.
Every time I heard a priest argue against the Bill, I want to kick my dilapidated TV set.
These men in white robes are not only shallow minded, some of them are immoral.
I have a pretty married relative (kamukha ni Chanda Romero) who was fathered by an archbishop.
My relative owns now tens of millions of pesos worth of properties in various places compliment by the generosity and prurience by the “son of God”.
The bishop has not only sent her children to exclusive schools, but has given them oodles of monies in a regular basis.
The amount came from the tax-exempt tithes and offerings given by the unwary faithful, the man of God pocketed.
This priest is worst than the corrupt mayors with SOP I mentioned.
At least the projects implemented by the contractors of the mayors have been deducted by the 12% Value Added Tax that goes for the government coffer.
This bishop is no worst to a priest in the eastern part of the province who fathered different women who attended his parish.
This information was told to me by a mayor in that place.

A poor family with a lot of children does not bode well for that family and society. It breeds trouble and criminality.
The politically correct way is for the government to aggressively distribute free contraceptives to couples.
If our government spends seven billion of pesos by giving its counter-part subsidy to every fare shelled-out by a commuter of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), just imagine the economic and psychological comfort it gives to households if it starts bombarding the Barangay Health Units with boxes of condoms, pills, you name it for the use of everybody?
I lauded the point system imposed by the U.S government through its Millennium Challenge Corporation before it gives tens of millions of dollars of grants to the Department of Health. With this, our government is pressured to do something.
Can you imagine if we emulated the population of neighbor Thailand in 1975 to 2000? This country has similar demographic number with the Philippines on that period.
According to the 2005 study by Orbeta, A. entitled “Poverty, Vulnerability and Family Size: Evidence from the Philippines.”, incase we have the same population with the Thais, our Per Capita Income in 2000 would be $4,839, or four times more than the present $1,030. Because of this 3.6 million Filipinos would have been brought out of poverty .
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October 4, 2010 at 10:45 am 1 comment


Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas (right), is assisted by University of Luzon Vice President for Academic Affairs Aurora S. Reyna (second from right) and Mayor Benjamin S. Lim (left) while cutting the ceremonial ribbon for the opening of the Museo na Dagupan Gallery Exhibit at the lobby of City Museum in front of the city plaza. A program dubbed as “ILIW, A Nostalgic Experience,” highlighted the ceremony in celebration of the World Tourism Day last Monday. Various vintage, historical religious articles and artifacts are now on display for public viewing at the museum. (CIO Dagupan Photo/ Dheniel Yanes)

October 4, 2010 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

Congratulations Dong Perez!

It’s final! Pangasinan councilors have spoken. San Manuel Councilor Dong Perez is the new President of the Philippines Councilors League (PCL)-Pangasinan Chapter.
In a tension filled CSI-Stadia in Dagupan City last September 23, the towns’ legislators cast their votes . They had to elect their officers particularly the president who will also sit as an ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. They had to select from two gentlemen- Councilor Kelvin Chan of Pozorrubio and Councilor Salvador “Dong” Perez, Jr. of San Manuel. The two are most qualified for the said position and whoever wins will surely be an asset to the organization of the councilors.
But the councilors had to elect one. They had to decide who they believe will be their leader. And so, they did. More than 460 councilors voted at 1:00 in the afternoon after a short program in the morning. The results: Salvador Perez, Jr.- 269 votes while Kelvin Chan -193 votes or a difference of 76 votes.
What could be the factors that lead to Dong’s victory? Earlier in their campaign sorties, the two councilors exuded confidence of their victories. Both have their fathers, Mayor Artemio Chan for Kelvin and Vice Mayor Salvador “Badong” Perez, Sr. for Dong, behind them. In my previous analysis which appeared in this paper, I said that the backings of their fathers will make a big difference.
However, there is also the charisma factor of the two aspiring leaders. A day after the election, I was able to ask some councilors what led to the victory of Dong Perez. They said it was because of his eloquence coupled with “charisma” to the councilors. I asked in jest, “does money really matters?” I received wry smiles from them.
By this time, Dong Perez, Jr. and the whole family are already feasting and savoring deeply their victory. As if I am hearing Vice Mayor Salvador “Badong” Perez, Sr. saying, “ Look, I am also a king maker.” Indeed, he did his best for Dong to win with strategies kept only to himself.
And by this time also, Dong is already charting his plans for the PCL. He has the mandate to take – a trust given by his colleagues and hopes for a better leadership. I know that Dong will live up to their expectations. He’s a young leader, honed by great experience for public service. He has been a chair of the Sangguniang Kabataan in his town and was surrounded with seasoned politicians. Aside from that, Dong is a doctor by profession and he can use that as an instrument of reaching out to the councilors in the province.
How about Kelvin? Well, that political exercise is not an end of his career. Losing the PCL presidency might open up more opportunities for him. He’s also a young leader. He could reach out to the councilors by helping Dong in their PCL projects. With that, he can show no bitterness, no rancor but a stance of a good sportsman, eeer, politician.
Well, well, well. All is well and ends well. With Dong’s leadership, I am praying for the best of the PCL . Dong is not only a councilor now but also a Board Member. Isn’t it great that 6th district will now have three board members in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan? What can you say Board Member Alfie Bince and Board Member Ranjit Ramos-Shahani?
To Dong, again my heartfelt congratulations. Kailan ang blowout?
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October 4, 2010 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

Robert B. Estrella Sr. Memorial Stadium opens

by Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- Former Agrarian Reform Minister Conrado Estrella, Sr. and his wife Doña Sergia Bautista-Estrella led the formal opening of the Robert B. Estrella, Sr. Memorial Stadium on September 24.
They were assisted by former 6th District Rep. Conrad M. Estrella III, Abono Partylist Rep. Robert Raymund M. Estrella, Jr., 6th District Rep. Marlyn Primicias Agabas, Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr., 6th District Board Member Alfonso Bince, Jr., Rosales Mayor Ricardo V. Revita and members of the Sangguniang Bayan.
Mayor Revita, in his opening message, lauded the Estrellas for the renovation of the gymnasium which used to serve as the municipal hall of the town.
Estrella Sr. in his message said the new stadium is a symbol of unity among the people of the town.
He said that the brand of leadership he has started was passed on to his children and grandchildren adding that Rosales has reached its present state because of his earlier accomplishments.
In his turn-over message, former 6th district Rep. Conrad M. Estrella III recalled how the stadium started. He said that it was constructed in 1971 by his father former Congressman Robert B. Estrella, Sr. (whom the stadium was named) and its renovation started in 2008.
“We have now a world-class basketball court. The stadium has complete amenities with four dressing rooms, wide bleachers and full air conditioning system. This could be used by the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) and even shows like Eat Bulaga,” he said.
He urged the townspeople of Rosales to be united adding that with its present situation the town will become a city in the near future.
Agabas took the opportunity to thank the townspeople of Rosales for the overwhelming support they gave during the last elections.
She lauded the Estrellas for their accomplishments in the district particularly the construction of the stadium.
“This project will be a lasting remembrance from the Estrellas,” she told the jam packed crowd inside the stadium.
Agabas also informed the people of her current activities as representative in the Congress of the 6th district.
She said that she made rounds of visits to various departments /agencies in the national government to lobby for funds for projects in the district.
She also said that she recently visited projects in the towns in the district to monitor their status and also to know what projects will be needed by them.
Vice Governor Calimlim, who represented Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., commended the Estrellas for coming up with projects like the stadium in the town.
“Bigyan ninyo ng importansya ang proyektong ito. Your stadium could be the center of promoting culture, arts and sports in your town and the whole district,” he said.
He likewise thanked the townspeople of the support accorded to him during the last elections.
The Estrellas were presented with a copy of Resolution No. 93-2010 (amending Resolution No. 83-2006) which was read by Councilor Romeo Sim in behalf of Vice Mayor Dominador E. Pajela, Jr. adopting the name Robert B. Estrella, Sr. Memorial Stadium which replaces its old name Robert B. Estrella Memorial Gymnasium.
Also in attendance during the opening of the stadium are: Municipal Mayors Rodrigo L. Rafael (Natividad), Carlos Trece Mapili (Tayug), Alain Jerico S. Perez (San Manuel), Leoncio “Jangget” Saldivar III (San Nicolas), Philipp Peralta (Balungao), Teddy Ramos (Sta. Maria), Heidi Ganigan-Chua (Asingan), Eldrid Tumbocon (Umingan) and former 6th district Board Member Tyrone Agabas.
After the program, two basketball games were played The first game was played by the teams of San Nicolas and San Manuel, Tarlac and was followed by the teams of Rosales and Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija.

October 4, 2010 at 10:34 am 1 comment

Panelco III elections of directors set next year

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- The elections of Board of Directors of Pangasinan Electric Cooperative III (Panelco III) will likely be held on the first quarter of 2011 depending on the outcome on the ratifications by the consumer-members of the amendments of its constitution and by-laws.
This was said by General Manager Ferdinand Cerezo during an interview by Northern Watch in his office here last September 16.
“We have just received the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008 (Republic Act No. 9520) and our by-laws must jibe with its provisions,” Cerezo said.
The provisions referred to is Rule VI (Electric Cooperatives) of the IRR on special provisions, Article 134 (paragraph 20, Chapter XVII of RA 9520.
The Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008 was enacted into law by the 14th Congress on July 28, 2008 and was approved by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on February 17, 2009. Its effectivity was on March 22, 2009 after its publication in the Official Gazette.
The IRR was approved by the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee during its meeting on February 16, 2010.
He further said that his office is now in the process of drafting the amendments which will be presented to the members of the Board of Directors for review.
After the review, the amendments will be presented to the consumer-members for ratification and will be forwarded to the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).
Ratification is a process by which the by-laws or amendments will be presented to the consumer-members for approval or rejection.
It will be recalled that Panelco III was under the supervision of the National Electric Administration (NEA) until it was registered to the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), a government agency that has supervision over cooperatives in the country.
Cerezo further said that effective September this year, the 12% value-added tax (VAT) at P0.26 per kilowatt-hour for distribution charges was already abrogated by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).
“ We are hoping that the same will be done to the 12% VAT for generation to lessen the cost of power of the consumer-members,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Cooperative Development Authority(CDA) Regional Office I conducted an orientation on the implementing rules and regulations on certain provisions of the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008 last September 22 at the Balikbayan Hall of Urdaneta City Cultural and Spots Center.
It was attended by officers of operating and re-registered cooperatives in the province.
During the said orientation, it was announced that the registration and issuance of certificate of registration under RA 9520 by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) is extended from July 1 to September 30, 2010.

October 4, 2010 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

Pajela denies filing case vs Revita

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- Vice Mayor Dominador “Jojo” Estrella Pajela, Jr. of this town belied rumors circulating in the town that he was behind the filing of case against Mayor Ricardo V. Revita with the Office of the Ombudsman-Northern Luzon.
“ I never filed any case against him (Mayor Revita). Neither am I a direct complainant in the case hurled against him before the Ombudsman,” Pajela said.
This was his reaction to a news aired over the radio and ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol Northern and Central Luzon last September 22.
He lamented the failure of ABS-CBN’s news correspondent Jing Vallejos to go over the documents of the case including factual basis and its complainant.
“Vallejos should have examined the documents properly to avoid misconceptions and misinterpretations. It was presented as if I was behind the filing of that case where in fact I have no hand in it,” he said.
He further said that his name is being dragged in the news report which he claimed as baseless, damaging and irresponsible.
“ This is a “ black propaganda” which is orchestrated against me. They are trying to implicate my name in every case filed against the mayor and the worst using the media to misinform the public,” Pajela said.
He said that in the event that a case will be filed through his initiative against Mayor Revita, the media will be informed first and will be made public.
It will be recalled that the rift between Mayor Revita and Vice Mayor Pajela started when the former issued Executive Order No. 7 banning department heads and employees to appear before Sangguniang Bayan’s sessions for inquiries without his prior approval in writing.

October 4, 2010 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

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