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Some of the Pangasinan policemen who wanted to become members of the Special Weapons and Tactics(SWAT) are undergoing training at the Pangasinan PNP headquarters in Lingayen, Pangasinan.CESAR RAMIREZ

October 14, 2010 at 8:20 pm Leave a comment

Hundred Islands new attractions: Whale sharks

ALAMINOS CITY — Whale sharks have become additional tourist attractions in the Hundred Islands National Park , with the latest sighting of two giant fishes last week.

City Mayor Hernani Braganza personally scoured Bolo Beach in Barangay Telbang and the Hundred Islands and documented the presence of the two whale sharks, locally known as butanding, after receiving reports from a group of divers and employees of the local government unit about the their presence.

He said the gentle sea creatures may be finding the waters of the Hundreds Islands as friendly to them, as a result of coastal conservation efforts of the city government.

“The sightings could help boost our local tourism industry,” he noted.

He advised the fisher folks to ensure the protection of the whale sharks measuring about 12 to 15 feet, should the fishes return and stay.

Two television networks – the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. and GMA Network Inc., rushed to the site and took video footage of the two butanding and featured the sightings for two consecutive days.

Video clips of the sightings became a big hit in the Internet uploaded in the city’s Gali-La Alaminian facebook account.

“The documentation drew the interest of many foreign and local tourists. They start arriving in droves,” Braganza said.

The city’s veterinarian, Dr. Ronald Abarra, credited the city’s all-out war against illegal fishing, and tireless eco-marine system protection and conservation program for the visit of the whale sharks.

“Our marine sanctuary offers all the food and the protection they (whale shark) needs,” he said.

Since 2004, Braganza banned dynamite fishing off the city’s territorial waters.

October 14, 2010 at 8:16 pm Leave a comment

Pathetic public school bigwig?

by Mortz C. Ortigoza

While sipping my brewing coffee early in the morning recently, I was all glued to Modern Marvel at History Channel. The boob tube program spoke about odor-eater.

Scientists in the U.S have found the cheapest way to neutralize the obnoxious smell that has been trapped in shoes.

Susmariosep, its only grind charcoal derived from our ubiquitous coconut husk.

Scientists say that they embedded it by sprinkling it to the sock liner of the shoes.

“It absorbed the odor as one steps to it,” the inventor explained.

After reading this column, you should be jumping from your seat and make a cursory look at the back of the sock liner if words about odor-eater and its detailed scientific explanation have been stamped there. Otherwise, you now know where that carcass-like smell comes from.


Now I know why media men like to interview Assistant Superintendent Sheila Marie Sison instead of her superior Superintendent Aurora Domingo of Pangasinan-1 of DepEd.

When broadcaster/scribe Harold Barcelona asked Domingo two weeks ago, how was her trip to the U.S, she snapped “It’s personal!” The same demeanor to another media man who came later and asked her the same question.

When I asked her last week to comment on the K+12 (Kindergarten plus 12 years in high school), she told me she could not comment on it because she did not read the data on K-12.

What? As a high official of DepEd she should have a ready answer for this commonsensical question that a college student can quip on it.

Sison earlier has not only given me the detailed answers of K-12 but the rules for a vendor in the periphery of a public school. She zealously furnished me copies in the past of what concerns the DepEd.

With Domingo as the top honcho of DepEd in the province, now I know why our students lag intellectually against their counterparts in other provinces.
Manila Bulletin’s scribe Orly Guirao furnished me a colored copy of the topography of Perez Boulevard and AB Fernandez Avenue all in Dagupan City .

The now Google savvy Orly, who used to rub elbows with the political high priests of the non-internet Marcos era, told me he got it from Google Earth.

I was quite disturbed about the seeming encroachments to the river beds perpetrated by some enterprising individuals.

Incase these encroachments have some truth; gee whiz these guys have not only appropriated among themselves public dominion and violated some water laws in our country. They also help aggravate floods in the city as the encroachments have help choked the free flow of the water to the Lingayen Gulf .

If the Lim administration is all hell-bent in driving –out illegal fish pen owners, it should act pronto in checking the areas somewhere at the Pangasinan Merchant Marine Academy , Nazareth Hospital , and Star Plaza .

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