Archive for November 26, 2010

IN ROSALES: Municipal administrator’s office gets ‘one peso’ 2011 budget


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- The Sangguniang Bayan of this town has approved a “one peso” budget for the Office of the Municipal Administrator during the deliberations of municipal budget for the year 2011.

The decision of the Sangguniang Bayan was contained in a report of the Committee on Budget and Appropriations chaired by Councilor Harry B. Bernabe which was approved by the majority members during their regular session recently.

Former Vice Mayor, now Councilor Romeo L. Sim said that the proposed budget submitted by the Office of the Municipal Administrator was even bigger than the budget submitted by the Office of the Municipal Civil Registrar and the Municipal Budget Office- two offices with full staff compared to the municipal administrator who is alone in his department.

“The Office of the Municipal Administrator has proposed a total budget for 2011 in the amount of P846,622.24. What is not acceptable is that being alone in that office, he proposed P100,00 for office supplies and P100,000 for other expenditures,” Sim said.

He further said that the “one peso” budget is appropriated for the said office because until now, the appointment of Municipal Administrator Emil John Serafica, who was appointed by Mayor Ricardo V. Revita in August this year was not yet confirmed by the Sangguniang Bayan.

“His appointment as municipal administrator is not yet legal and valid up to this time. We (Sangguniang Bayan) already sent our comments last September 3, 2010 to the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Provincial Office why was his appointment approved by the said agency even without our concurrence and confirmation as members of the legislative body as provided for in the local government code of 1991,” Sim said.

Serafica was the appointed municipal administrator of Mayor Revita during his second term as mayor of the town. After winning the mayoralty last May 10, 2010 elections he reappointed Serafica to the said position. However, the appointment did not pass through the screening of the Personnel Selection Board and the confirmation and concurrence of the Sangguniang Bayan.

The Personnel Selection Board is chaired by Revita with Vice Mayor Dominador “Jojo” Pajela, Jr. as co- chair, with the Human Resource Management Officer and Sangguniang Bayan officials as members.

“When the said office will be occupied by a legitimate municipal administrator, the office will be given budgetary allocation through a supplemental budget,” Sim further said.

Sim said that he also noted a budgetary insertion in the proposed budget for 2011 in the amount of P554,463.91 as “accounts payable” for Oxcon Enterprises without appropriate supporting papers attached.

He said that said item was deleted in the proposed 2011 budgetary appropriations.

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November 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm Leave a comment

Mayor Bobom wants Sangguninag Kabataan abolished


By Virglio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV said the Sangguniang Kabataan will likely be abolished and its youth representative in the legislative bodies in barangays shall be appointed by the local chief executives.

He gave the reactions during the “Ugnayan at Talakayan sa Silangan,” a media forum sponsored by the Metro Urdaneta Press Club (MUPC) last November 18 at the Executive Conference Room of the Old City Hall Building here.

“While I believe in the importance of developing our youth leaders, the youth representatives must not be politicized. To develop them, they should either be appointed by the mayors or a youth leader will be elected in the political mainstream and exercise,” Perez said,

This was in reaction to a query about his position on the proposed bill in Congress for the abolition of the Sangguniang Kabataan and that the newly elected officials will only serve their term until 2013.

Meanwhile, Perez said his administration is strengthening its war against illegal drugs in the city.

“I am in full coordination with our local police force and we have already tempered those operating illegal drugs in Bayaoas and San Vicente villages,” he said.

On the proliferation of snatchers and pickpockets in the city, Perez said that those criminals are not from Urdaneta City but from other places and have planned out operations against them especially during our fiesta celebration.

He said that the city fiesta celebration is all set on December 1-10 and that all measures for the orderly conduct of festivities are coordinated with the members of the Philippine National Police in the city.

The proceeds of the popularity contest, he said, will be used to purchase dumptrucks for the engineered sanitary land fill which will open operations in January 2011.

November 26, 2010 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

KIDS AND TEACHERS


Thousands of school children with their teachers and parents attend the opening last November 16 of the two-day 1st Dagupan Children’s Congress at the CSI Stadia in Dagupan City. The said congress is in cooperation with the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Dagupan, the Department of Education(DEPED), and the CSI Group of Companies.(CESAR RAMIREZ)

November 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

Estrella stresses need for food production


By Brando Cortez

ROSALES-Abono Party-list Rep. Robert Raymund M. Estrella, Jr. emphasized the need to ensure food production and the delivery of basic health services.

“Our congressional funds are not enough,” Estrella said. “We can only optimize this by prioritizing support to the farming and fishing communities and partnering with concerned national government agencies.”

Estrella said that majority of the funds of Abono will be used for irrigation facilities.

The installation of proper Irrigation increases the land area that can be cultivated, thus increasing the harvest of farmers, he said.

Irrigation facilities allow double to triple cropping and decrease the uncertainty of water supplied by rainfall, he added.

“We need to put in place the proper irrigation systems to water our farms,” Estrella said. “We have been in constant communication with the Department of Agriculture and the National Irrigation Administration so that water will be available for each cropping season.”

Estrella said that other funds were allocated for programs meant to put food on the people’s table.

“We have programmed some of our funds with the DA for the production of certified palay seeds together with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource for the production of tilapia and bangus,” Estrella said. “Of course, we will continue with our advocacy of popularizing backyard vegetable gardening.”

It is said that the use of certified seeds contributes 10% to rice production growth.

Estrella recalled that in the past, the farmers from the barrios went to market to sell vegetables.

He lamented that today, farmers go to market to buy vegetables.

“Itutuloy natin ang paghikayat sa mga magsasaka na magtanim ng gulay sa kanilang bakuran, Estrella said. “Hindi ba mas mabuti kung ang mga magsasaka natin ay hindi na pumupunta pa sa bayan para lang bumili ng gulay?“

Estrella also said Abono is working for production of tilapia and bangus as these fishes provide good nutrition to the people.

He said Abono also allocated funds to the different hospitals for health care services to indigent patients.

“Naglagay po tayo uli ng pondo sa mga hospital para makatulong sa mga kababayan natin na na-oospital,” Estrella said.

This program is envisioned to assure that the farmers will be able to earn not only for their daily needs but more so for the education of their children.

Estrella added that funds were also made available for the construction of a road to the relocation area for flood victims in barangay Palikapak, Rosales.

“We did not only relocate squatters who were victims of the October 2009 flood to Palakipak,” Estrella said. “We are also providing them with the necessary access road so that they can go to market, report for work or to go school.”

Estrella said that he welcomed the plan of Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala to visit and see the agricultural issues and developments in Pangasinan.

“The coming visit to Pangasinan of Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala is an indication of his approval of programs and projects Abono is doing for the agricultural sector,” Estrella said.

November 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

SY FILES: Pagyaman


by SUSAN V. YADAO

Paano ba ang maging mayaman?

Ang mga mahirap gustong yumaman, ang mga mayaman gusto lalong yumaman, ang mga napakayaman lalo pang nagpapayaman!

Ang hahaba ng pila ngayon sa mga outlets ng lotto, lahat nagbabakasaling manalo, mahirap man o mayaman interesado sa halos kalahating bilyong premyo. Kahit pa sabihing one in a 29 million ang winning chances sige pa rin. Taya na! Taya na!

Paano nga ba ang yumaman?

Mayroong nagnanakaw, ang iba nangho-holdup, may nagbebenta ng laman, kidnap for ransom, may nangongotong, may nangungurakot, may nanloloko, mga salisi, carnapper, at iba’t ibang uri ng raket. By category, may small time raket, may big time raket.

Iisa ang intension: Gustong yumaman. Kahit sa paanong paraan, kahit na masama, kahit na iligal, gagawin lahat yumaman lang. Di bale ng may masaktan o mamatay na inosenteng tao. Di bale ng makuha ang pinaghirapan ng iba, ang importante feeling mayaman ka .

Totoo nga ba na dahil sa kahirapan kaya maraming tao ang nakakagawa ng kasalanan? Hindi kaya ang totoo gusto lang maging mayaman sa kahit anong paraan?

Sa mahihirap naman konting libo lang kayamanan ng maituturing. Hindi katulad ng mayayaman balewala lang lustayin ang ilang milyon.

Pansinin ninyo ang mga mayayaman, kahit naka- tshirt at tsinelas lang, peke ang suot na alahas, imitation ang bag at mga accessories. Pero lutang na lutang ang ginhawa sa buhay. Mukhang mamahalin ang mga alahas. Mukhang original ang bag at mga accessories. Halatang pinagpala!

Samantalang ang mga mahihirap, isinuot na ang pinaka-mahal na damit at mamahaling sapatos. Purong ginto ang alahas at trying hard na gumamit ng original na bag at mga accessories. May napansin ka ba? Wala lang! Kasi ni hindi umangat ang hitsura, mukha pa ring patay gutom. Mukhang fake ang alahas at mumurahin ang bag at mga accessories! Hindi man lang umalsa!

Paano ba kumilos at mag-mukhang mayaman?

Ang hirap naman ng mahirap! Langit at lupa ang pagitan. Kung mayaman ka, tinitingala ka. Pangit ka man o walang pinag-aralan kung mayaman ka, tiyak respetado ka.

Tinitignang basehan ng pagkatao ang yamang material ng isang tao. Saan man galing ang yaman, legal man o illegal, it does’nt matter anymore, sasaluduhan ka saan ka man mapunta.

Pero huwag malumbay kung hindi ka mayaman. Maaaring maging mayaman sa ibang paraan.

Maaaring mayaman ka sa anak, mayaman sa kaibigan, mayaman sa talento, mayaman sa spiritual, mayaman ang pang-unawa, mayaman sa diskarte, mayaman sa sipag, mayaman sa tiyaga at iba pang klase ng yaman.

Sige consolation na lang natin ang mga ito.

AtkKung ang mga nabanggit na yaman ay nasa iyo, daig mo pa ang mayaman sa pera. Lalo na kung masaya ang pamilya at may mabubuting kaibigan na hindi pera ang tinitignan.

Pero malay mo rin balang araw, sa dami ng yaman mo, who knows? sino ang makapagsasabi mam’ya lang eh Don o Donya ka na!

November 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm Leave a comment


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