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Super typhoon but no devastating flood

In October of 2009, Typhoon Pepeng hit Pangasinan and the province was placed under signal number one.

At the San Roque Dam, people from the local government and media heard this from Tomas Valdez, vice president for corporate social responsibility of the San Roque Multipurpose Project (SRMP): “What you are seeing is the dam’s flood control component at work.”

Valdez made this announcement when the dam’s water level registered a record-high of 284.7 meter above sea level (MASL), which was 5.3 meters from its maximum level of 290 MASL.

“We have not opened our spillway gates yet. But our people no longer sleep because they are closely watching it,” Valdez continued.

What happened next?

A devastating flood swept the towns along the Agno River and Typhoon Pepeng was blamed by the San Roque Dam manager National Power Corporation and the spillway controller San Roque Power Corporation.

On the other hand, Pangasinan 5th District Rep. Mark Cojuangco in his privilege speech after the flood said “What happened during the height of the rain was that San Roque Dam released for more than 10 hours water at the level of 5,700 cubic meters per second, exceeding the capacity of the Agno River water system.”

Lives were lost and huge damages to properties were recorded.

The past week residents of Rosales and Villasis prepared for a flood scenario similar to 2009 when they heard that Super Typhoon Megi, said to be one of the strongest typhoons, will hit the country.

Pangasinan was placed under signal number three and Megi came slowly… hitting the entire regions 1 and 2 including Pangasinan moving at 7 kilometers per hour.

After Typhoon Megi was spotted out of Philippine territory, no flooding occurred in Rosales and Villasis and this time no lives were lost and damage to properties were minimal.

The difference is that there was no release of water from the dam.

The difference between death and destruction is the release of 5,700 cubic meters per second of dam water for 10 hours by the Napocor and the SRPC.

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October 28, 2010 at 8:20 am 3 comments

IN ROSALES : Vice Mayor Pajela joins residents on the march


By Brando Cortez

ROSALES-The Vice Mayor of this municipality showed his solidarity with the people of the transport sector, small vendors and commuters as he marched with them on the issue of providing convenient transportation for the public and livelihood for the marginalized sectors.

Rosales Vice Mayor Dominador “Jojo” Pajela, Jr. said that transportation is a basic factor in the development of a community.

“The easy access to transportation for everybody should be a primary consideration in the application of laws in the municipality of Rosales ,” Pajela said. “We have to adapt to changing conditions in this beloved place of ours.”

The ordinance creating the Carmen Central Transport Terminal must be adjusted to provide convenience to commuters and revive the businesses along the Carmen area citing that traffic is an indicator of commercial activity, he said.

The creation of additional loading and unloading areas along Carmen will benefit not only the residents of Rosales but also those who intend to do business here, he added.

“We are trying to give back to the small street vendors the opportunity to earn a living,” Pajela said. “The number vendors of tupig, for example, have substantially decreased after the implementation of the Central Terminal and the designation of very limited unloading areas along Carmen.”

Pajela said that he is no stranger in espousing the interest of the poor and marginalized sectors of society.

In his school day, he admits that he has been part of the progressive movement that was calling for social change.

“Noong estudyante po ako, pentel pen lang at manila paper…nasasabi ko na ang gusto ko,” Pajela said. “Nakikiisa po ako sa ating mga street vendors, commuters at mga nasa transport sector sa kanilang kahilingan na magkaroon ng pagbabago dito.”

As a medical practitioner, he daily comes face to face with poor people who need medical attention that is why he is proposing the construction of a charity community hospital.

In the same manner, as a public servant, Pajela focuses his priorities in opening opportunities for the poor to have better lives.

October 28, 2010 at 8:16 am Leave a comment

Saan kukuha ng tubig ang re-regulating pond?


ATTY JAZON COLLADO NG ALCALA, ang mga namatay noong baha nang October 2009 ay hindi na makakapasalita.

Tayo, na kanilang naiwan ang natitirang tao na dapat kumilos at bigyan ng katarungan ang kanilang kamatayan.

Pinatunayan ng nagdaang supertyphoon Megi na hindi bagyong Pepeng ang dahilan kung bakit binaha ang Rosales at Villasis.

Binaha ang Rosales at Villasis dahil nagrelease ang San Roque Dam ang napakadaming tubig sa loob ng sampung oras kaya maraming namatay at nasira.

Hinagupit tayo dito sa Rosales ng super typhoon na Megi pero hindi ito nagdulot ng kamatayan maliban sa mga tanim na nasalanta ay konti lang ang pagkawasak sa mga imprastraktura at mga ari-arian kumpara sa hagupit ng baha na dulot ng San Roque Dam.

Vice Governor Ferdie Calimlim, alam niyo po ba na meron gumawa ng objective investigation sa nangyaring Ocotber 2009 na baha dito sa Pangasinan?

Bakit wala pa tayong nakikitang copy mula kay Col Pat?

Ang title po ng kanilang ginawa ay Report Of Investigating Committee On The San Roque Dam During Typhoon Pepeng Of October 2009.

Ang committee ay ginawa sa pamamagitan ng Department Order DO2009-10-0015 na inatas ni Secretary Angelo Reyes ng Department of Energy.

Ang committee ay pinamunuan ni Dr. Guillermo Tabios ng College of Engineering , UP Diliman.

Ang mga members ay sina Prof. Solita Monsod, School of Economics, UP Diliman; Dr. Carlo Arcilla, National Institute of Geological Sciences, UP Diliman at Romeo Momo, Department of Public Works and Highways,

Members din sina Glenn Rabonza, National Disaster Coordinating Council; Carlos Salazar, National Irrigation Administration; Melburgo Chiu, National Power Corporation; Dr. Prisco Nilo, PAG-ASA; Paterno Orduna, Office of the Governor, Pangasinan; Ma. Antonia Loyzaga, Manila Observatory at William Connel, San Roque Power Corporation.

At narito po ang kanilang Critical Recommendation (excerpted from draft report)

In view of the foregoing, the committee recommends, in addition to the recommendations under paragraph (B) above, that the possibility that the dam operators be held administratively and legally accountable for gross negligence and possibly even willful disregard for public safety and for the consequences arising from their actions or inaction on the operation of the San Roque Dam, be seriously considered. We leave it up to the legal authorities to determine the appropriate charges and the technicalities involved in pursuing these accountabilities.

MARAMI NA ANG NAGPAK AMAT AY dahil nawalan ng trabaho.

Hayaan niyo pong i-share ko sa inyo itong Orasyon ng Isang Nasisante sa Trabaho

Ang ”Oracion de un desocupado” ay tula ng makatang Argentino na si Juan Gelman na ginawaran noong 2007 ng Premio Cervantes na itinuturing sa mundo ng panitikang Espanyol na katumbas ng Premio Nobel.

Ang salin sa ibaba ay akda ni Bienvenido Lumbera.

ORASYON NG ISANG NASISANTE SA TRABAHO

Ama,

mula sa mataas mong langit, manaog ka, nakalimutan ko na

ang mga dasal na itinuro sa akin ng aking lola,

kawawang lola, ngayo’y namamayapa na,

hindi na kelangang maglaba, maglinis ng bahay, hindi na

mag-aabalang maghapon para sa pagbibihisan namin,

hindi na kelangang magpuyat, magpakahirap,

magdasal, humingi sa iyo ng kung ano-ano, malumanay na magpaawa.

Mula sa mataas mong langit, manaog ka, kung nakababa ka na, alamin

kung bakit ako namamatay sa gutom dini sa kanto ko,

kung bakit pa ako isinilang,

kung bakit kita mo nga na ang mga palad ko’y walang laman,

kung bakit walang trabaho, wala,

bumaba ka pa nang konti,

liripin kung bakit ganito ako, pudpod na sapatos,

subsob sa alalahanin, walang laman ang bituka,

walang tinapay na mangatngat ang aking ngipin,

may lagnat na umaararo sa aking kalamnan,

sa ganito natutulog,

sa ilalim ng ulan, hinahaplit ng ginaw, inuusig

ng sinasabi kong di ko maintindihan,

Ama, manaog ka,

haplusin ang kaluluwa ko, pagmasdan ang aking puso,,

hindi ako nagnakaw, wala akong pinaslang, musmos ako

at ang ganti nila’y itong walang awang pambubugbog,

na sinabi ko nang di ko maintindihan,

Ama, manaog ka,

at kung nakababa ka na, pakihanap ang pagtitiis na wala na sa akin,

sasagpangin ko ang poot at sasanib ako rito

upang maningil at isisigaw ng aking nagdurugong lalamunan,

kasi hindi ko na kaya, marami akong ipagsasakdal,

at tao lamang ako,

manaog ka, ano itong ginawa nila sa iyong nilikha, Ama?

hayop na mabalasikna ngumangatngat ng bato sa kalye?

Sa ating mga kababayan sa Pangasinan, humantong na rin ba kayo sa ganito?

Kayong mga nahihirapan, hinihiling niyo din ba na bumaba ang Ama para sa inyong kagalingan?

MUKHANG MAWAWALAN NG SILBI ANG RE-REGULATING POND dahil hindi naman priority ng management ng San Roque Dam ang irrigation.

Wala sa protocol nila ang pag-release ng tubig para sa re-regulating pond.

Paano ang mga magsasaka?

Paano magkakalaman ng tubig ang re-regulating pond kung walang release ang San Roque Dam?

Mga kakalaman lang ngtubig ang pond kung may ulan o bagyo pero matutuyo din iyan sa tag-araw kung kalian kailangang kailangan ng mga magsasaka ang patubig.

Ngayong taon ito for example. Ang Super typhoon Megi lang ang nagdala ng ulan at kulang pa para ma-operate ng San Roque ang kanyang mga makina para makapag produce ng kuryente.

NIA ARIIP PROJECT MANAGER REY MENCIAS, ano po ba ang usapan niyo ng management ng San Roque Dam sa usapin ng pagpapakawala ng tubig para sa re-regulating Pond?

Saan po ba ang magiging source ng tubig para sa re-regulating pond?

Ayon sa mga naunang press briefings ng inyong opisina, ang re-regulating pond ay ipinagmamalakin ng gobyerno na makakapagpatubig ng mahigit kumulang 35,000 hectares.

Magandang balita iyan, pero saan kayo kukuha ng tubig?

Manong Anong Manalo at Manong Fred Rosquita, Alam ba ng mga farmers irrigators associations kung saan kukuha ng tubig na ilalagay sa re-regulating pond?

Paano kung hindi pa na-reach ng San Roque Dam ang critical level na 280 MASL (Meters Above Sea Level)?

Eh di tutunganga na lang kayo sa langit. O kaya naman ay pababain niyo na rin ang Ama tulad ng nabangit na tula sa column na ito.

Habang ang management ng San Roque Dam ay nasa pangangalaga ng National Power Corporation, kuryenteng ang priority nila.

Habang ang spillway controller ng San Roque Dam ay ang San Roque Power Corporation, Kuryente ang priority nila.

Nais ko po sana itong itanong kay PM Rey Mencias ang katanungang ito pero wala siya nung minsan pumunta ako dun.

Sinubukan kong magtanong sa inyong magaling na information officer diyan sa NIA ARIIP na nakakalito ata ang pangalan pero gusto niya magbigay muna ako ng written request para makakuha ng data.

At list kapag sumasagot siya ganito…kindly coordinate personally wid d idd manager 4 further info dhl limited ang transaction pag cp tau mag usap… I hope you got my point mr. cortez. Thank you. Very much and gud eve.

October 28, 2010 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

Infanta celebrates foundation day for the first time


By Brando Cortez

INFANTA-Have you been asked when your birthday is and you could not give an answer?

This was an issue that confronted the town of Infanta .

This town after 134 years celebrated its first founding day when it came to know of its official birthday as certified by the National Historical Institute.

We are now celebrating our foundation day for the first time,” said Infanta mayor Ruperto Matinez. “ We have adopted the theme, “Unang Pagdiriwang ng Anibersaryo ng Infanta, Pangasinan, Pagkaraan ng 134 na Taon: Hudyat ng Bagong Simula at Pag-asa.”

“As we celebrate, I enjoin everyone to brace up for a new beginning and hope for a peaceful, harmonious and progressive municipality,” Martinez said.

Martinez, through a letter, requested the National Historical Institute for documents to determine the foundation day of the town.

“Ano kaya ang pakiramdam ng isang taong hindi alam ang kanyang kaarawan?” Vice Mayor Virgilio Vallarta asked. “Ang ating bayan ay matagal nang walang kaarawan pero ngayon mayroon na tayong kaarawan.”

Vallarta said that with the determination of the foundation day the people can now move on together in the search for happiness.

According to the National Historical Institute, Infanta was a former barrio of Sta. Cruz, Zambales named San Felipe, and was organized into a municipality by the Superior Decree of October 4, 1876 .

Upon receipt of the papers establishing the foundation date of the municipality of Infanta , the Sangguniang Bayan created Ordinance No. 4 series of 2010 declaring October 4, 1876 as the town’s official foundation day.

“The determination of our foundation day is a very important factor in our culture, history and existence,” councilor Luis Madarang said.

Abono Party-list President Ponciano Onia said that the people of Infanta are close to the group because they have embraced the Agri-Fair launched by the party-list in 2008 by localizing the project.

He cited Municipal Agriculture Officer Connie Madarang and Councilor Anacleto Montero, Sr. for their efforts in coordinating the Agro-Industrial Fair that showcased the products of each barangay of Infanta.

All 13 barangays participated where the search for the best booth was conducted together with the holding of the ‘pinak contest for patola, gabi, talong, watermelon, sitaw, ampalaya, squash and crab.

The judges tasked to determine the winners were Ponciano Onai, Dr. Jeanette Villareal of DA RFU 1, Lewelyn Piol from the office of the Provincial Agriculturist and from the office of Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr.

The winners were awarded knapsack sprayers courtesy of Abono Party-list.

The Abono Party-list also conducted a health mission in cooperation with the local government unit.

The medical practitioners who served during the medical dental mission were Dr. Evelyn Montevirgen, Dr. Ma. Dolores C. Apalis, Dr. Portia Imelda Cuesta, Dr. Sophia N. Natata, Dr. Mary Rose Balazon.

Mayor Martinez said that the health mission is a welcome service for the people of Infanta since they were able to get free medical and dental services together with free medicines.

Other medical practitioners on hand to render their services were Dr. Adoracion Bongar, Dr. Aurora Paragas, Dr. Nora Abarra, Dr. Susan Rita D. Merino, Dr. Genrao M. Merino, and Dr. Ma. Filipina C. Vallarta.

October 28, 2010 at 8:13 am Leave a comment


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