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FISH CEMETERY


Maintenance workers at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’(BFAR’s) research center in Dagupan City clean the surroundings of the Fish Cemetery inside the compound last week in time for the observance of the All Saints Day. The cemetery, where some fish species from dolphins to whales are buried, is the first and only fish cemetery in the country. (CESAR RAMIREZ)

November 3, 2010 at 10:31 am Leave a comment

KIMI cold to cash transfer program


By Brando Cortez

QUEZON CITY- Fifth District Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco bared her apprehensions on the implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development that is aimed at poverty reduction.

“The aim is noble but the lack of safeguards in the program alarmingly makes it susceptible to corruption. What is the assurance that the money will not go to waste? Will it go to the rightful beneficiary?”

These were the issues raised by Cojuangco during the marathon debates of the Aquino administration’s P1.645-trillion national budget for 2011 that also approved the controversial P21-billion CCT fund for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) despite negative sentiments of several lawmakers.

As a former municipal mayor, Cojuangco shared her negative experience with regards to dole-outs that were handled by the DSWD.

She said that the dole outs did not necessarily reach the poorest of the poor but went to relatives of the DSWD officers.

Cojuangco said that the proper management system of the P21 billion cash transfer program management should be put in place to check any corruption.

“This opens us up to corruption and P21-billion divided amongst how many municipalities, it seems, on my mind, would be a total waste of money if it is not dispensed properly,” Cojuangco said.

Cojuangco expressed her preference for a program that focuses more on helping the poor to have access to opportunities to earn for themselves.

“And I would also like to say, for the record, I would rather teach our poorest of the poor how to fish than give them fish.”

She also spoke on alternative uses of the P21 billion like putting more emphasis on the shortage of textbooks and classrooms in education or on the improvement of the capabilities of the Regional Health Units (RHUs) in terms of extending appropriate maternal care, for instance.

She admitted that her extreme apprehensions about the dole out program is based on her experience on the ground.

“All of these sounds so very good, the way you have described it, but when you get down to the ground, it is a totally different situation,” Cojuangco said.

“The country needs all programs and projects that address widespread poverty. However, the creation of implementing guidelines must always take into consideration the elimination of corruption,” she added.

November 3, 2010 at 10:28 am Leave a comment


November 3, 2010 at 10:27 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL


State of calamity for the funds of it

“The present situation of our city does not warrant the declaration of a state of calamity,”… Mayor Benjamin Lim.

We laud the City Mayor of Dagupan for not declaring a state of calamity after super typhoon Juan unleashed its strength over the country.

This is a demonstration of a different type of leadership in local governance.

The usual or most common thing a local government unit does after being hit by a typhoon is to declare a state of calamity.

It is only Mayor Lim who said the local government can still continue with its role of providing assistance for its people after typhoon without the necessity of declaring a state of calamity.

True local leadership should have the proper framework of assisting the people before, during and after typhoons

The non-declaration of a state of calamity should not be a hindrance for the local leaders to deliver the necessary assistance to those in need.

“Ang Dagupan ay palaging handa sa mga ganitong kalamidad dahil mayroon tayong proper training. Kung natatandahan ninyo, ang World Health Organization at ang USAID ay pinili ang Dagupan upang sanayin sa mga ganitong paghahanda sa panahon ng kalamidad,” Lim said.

Mayor Lim is aware of the capability of the city in times of need and he believe that there are people who do not need a declaration of state of calamity to be able to deliver public services.

We have been witnesses to local governments who declare a state of calamity for the funds of it.

There are opportunistic local governments who use calamity funds to enrich themselves.

We hope that the new set of barangay leaders will not fall into this category of public servants who enrich themselves in public office.

November 3, 2010 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

Mali ang nasa TV


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COUNCILOR DADA REYNA na coordinator ng Abono Party-list, binabati ko ang mga taga-Dagupan City dahil sila ay may mayor na hindi oportunista.

Siguro, kung ibang mayor ang nakaupo, magdedeclare kaagad ng state of calamity at ang kanyang basehan ay ang kanyang napanood sa TV.

Pero iba itong si mayor BSL, hinsi siya basta basta naniniwala sa TV.

Siya mismo ang nag-ikot at kasama ang ibang taga city hall ay umikot ay objective na gumawa ng assessment sa kalagayan ng Dagupan.

Mayor BSL, naniniwala po ako sa sinabi niyo na “Hindi mawawala ang pondo. Kapag ito’y hindi nagamit, idadagdag ito sa susunod na budget. It will not go somewhere. It remains in Dagupan.”

Naniniwala ako na may basehan si Mayor BSL sa hindi pagdedeklara ng state of calamity.

Kung ikaw ay hindi taga-Dagupan, ang buong akala mo ay lubog sa baha ang siyudad dahil sa iyon ang ipinapalabas ng dalawang TV stations natin dito sa Pangasinan.

Pero, kung ikaw ay matagal na sa Dagupan, alam mong taliwas ang balita sa televison sa katotohanang kalagayan ng buong Dagupan.

Sabi ng nang isang kaibigan kong negosyante sa Dagupan, hindi nakakatulong ang media sa negosyo sa Dagupan dahil ipinapalabas nila na baha sa buong siyudad.

Hindi tuloy pumupunta iyong mga taong may mga business transaction dito.

NOONG KASAGSAGAN ng bagyo, napanood ko at narining iyong isang taga TV na nagsasabi na sa bayan daw ng Labrador ay umapaw na ang Agno River kaya baha na sa lugar na iyon.

Bok Nani Braganza ng Alaminos, tanungin nga natin ang ibang media practitioners natin kung dumadaan ang Agno River sa Labrador? Hehehe.

Kawawa naman itong reporter na ito, basa na nga siya, mukhang puyat pa pero hindi niya alam ang kanyang pinagsasabi.

Ang Agno River po ay nagmumula sa Cordillera region pabababa ng San Manuel Pangasinan at dadaan ng Rosales, Alcala, Bayambang, Lingayen at palabas ng Lingayen Gulf.

Noong huling tiningan ko ang mapa ng Pangasinan ay hindi umaabot ang Agno River sa Labrador.

Second district BM VON MARK MENDOZA na dating SK chairman nabalitaan mo na ba itong pangyayari sa isang bayan sa eastern Pangasinan?

May isang anak ng isang dating vice mayor ang kumandidatong SK chairman sa barangay ng kanyang uncle na tumatakbong barangay captain (unopposed).

Ang ginawa ng pamilyang ito ay nagpagawa ng mga tarpaulin, sample ballots at kumuha ng mga poll watcher.

Alam mo ba ang nangyari sa araw ng election?

Kumuha sila ng 53 na kabataang watcher at may katumbas na bayad.

Nang mabilang ang boto 35 lang ang bumoto sa kanya at natalo siya.

Lesson learned: Hindi sigurado ang panalo kahit marami kang binayaran na watcher.

Fifth district BM NINO ARBOLEDA na dating vice mayor ng Alcala, nabalitaan mo na ba itong pangyayaring ito sa eastern Pangasinan?

Sa barangay na ito, dalawa ang major major na magkaribal sa pagiging barangay captain.

Ang isa ay ang incumbent na barangay captain na siyang llamado sa laban.

Ang isa naman ay dating barangay captain na gustong bumalik sa public service.

Nagbantayan silang dalawa at hindi nila namalayan na may pangatlo pa palang kandidato.

Itong pangatalong kandidato ay 30 years old lang at nakalusot sa lamang na 10 boto laban sa pumangalawa sa si incumbent kapitan.

Lesson learned: Do not underestimate the field. Lahat ng kandidato ay dapat bantayan.

Atty Jazon Collado, dapat pala na huwag mo nang gamitin ang RP as in Republic of the Philippines.

Dati iyan RP ang short cut natin sa Pilipinas.

Pero ngayon tayo ay may bagong bansag at ito ay PHL o PH.

Itong bagong binyag sa atin ay iginawad ng International Organization for Standardization.

Ayon sa kanila ang requirement ay iyong mga letters na pinakamalapit sa tunay na pangalan mo, kaya naman PHL o PH dahil sa Philippines.

Ito na rin ang ginagamit Department of Foreign Affairs at ipinaabot na ito sa mga overseas Filipinos.

November 3, 2010 at 9:47 am 1 comment

Farmers claim seeds determine harvest


By Brando Cortez

ROSALES-Farmers from different towns believe that it is the seed, not the soil, that determines the quality and quantity of palay harvest.

“Kung sa Bibliya, iba’t-ibang klase ng lupa ang batayan kung ano ang kahihinatnan ng seeds, dito sa pagtatanim ng palay…ang quality ng seeds ang basehan kung kikita ka o hindi sa pinagpaguran mo,” Berting Dumalanta of Bayambang said.

“Walang kuwenta ang pagpapataba ng lupa kung ang palay seeds na itinatanim namin ay inferior ang quality,” Ponciano Onia of Umingan said. “Bili kami ng bili ng fertilizer…tapos hindi namin pinababayaan ng patubig, pero kulang pa rin ang ani namin.”

Romeo Lilagan of Rosales said that the seed production program of the government should be reviewed so that only certified seeds will be used by farmers.

Oftociano Manalo of Balungao said that government should also check the unethical practices of seed producers.

“Kung meron kang nadaanan na palayan kung saan ang mga palay ay lumba-lumba o naguunahan sa paglaki o hindi pantay pantay ang paglaki…malamang nabentahan ka ng seed producer ng certified seeds na may halong commercial seeds,” Manalo said.

Another problem of seed producers is the length of payment by the Department of Agriculture.

Manalo said that some farmers have to wait up to three months before getting paid.

“Sana pagkadeliver nila ng seeds, mabayaran agad,” Manalo said.

Abono Party-list chairman Rosendo So said that he will reiterate this issues to Agriculture Secretary. Proceso Alcala.

The Abono Party-list will be undertaking a palay seed production program in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture and with farmers belonging to selected farmer irrigators associations on a pilot basis.

The objective is to promote the production of new certified seeds and these will be shared with other palay farmers.

Lilagan said that seed production can be an alternative source of income for farmers in relation to palay production.

He said there are farmers who are good at palay production but they may be better at seed production.

“Dapat pag-aralan din ng iba nating magsasaka ang seed production,” Lilagan said. Malay mo ito talaga ang linya ng ibang farmers.”

November 3, 2010 at 9:19 am Leave a comment


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