Archive for November 27, 2010

Alcala to visit Pangasinan on November 29-30

Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala will visit Pangasinan for two days on November 29-30.

On the first day, Alcala will be at the ribbon cutting ceremony together with Former Speaker Jose C. De Venecia and Korean officials and deliver his message at the inauguration of the Seafood Processing Complex at the National Integrated Fisheries and Technology Development Center- Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (NIFTDC-BFAR) in Dagupan City.

The Seafood Processing Complex is meant to complete the major facilities needed for a sustainable bangus industry in Pangasinan.

It will complement the other facilities such as the bangus hatchery, improved laboratory and training facilities for expanding production in bangus fingerlings and the cage and fish pen culture.

Alcala, together with Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr., 4th District Rep. Gina De Venecia, Abono Party-list Rep. Robert Raymund Estrella Jr., will distribute of fish fry and fingerlings for the fisherfolks affected by typhoon Juan.

Alcala will also visit DA-assisted projects like the Rice Processing Center in Sta. Barbara and will proceed to the mango processing center, organic fertilizer production and fruit nursery in Manaoag, and to the goat upgrading and production project in Balungao.

He is also scheduled to visit the San Roque Dam and meet with DA-RFU 1 officials and the regional management committee.

On November 30, he will tour the re-regulating pond of the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project, the irrigation component of the San Roque Multipurpose Project.

He will award a tractor and fertilizers together with the Abono party-list in a farmers’ forum that will be held at the Pangasinan State University in Sta. Maria. The forum is designed for farmers to raise their concerns to Sec. Alcala.

Alcala will also visit the Corn Post Harvest Processing and Trading Center in Rosales.

The Corn Post Harvest Processing and Trading Center is for the aims to help corn farmers to reduce cost, increase income, improve the quality of corn and create a ready market for their corn and establish linkages to other markets.

November 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm 1 comment


Former Speaker Joe de Venecia and wife Gina with boxing champ. Rep. Manny Paqcuiao. Photo taken in Arlington, Texas during a mass before the historic boxing match between Pacquiao and (Antonio) Margarito. Nanay G is Manny's term of endearment to his colleague at the House, Pangasinan solon Gina de Venecia.

November 27, 2010 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

The anatomy of vote-buying in the ABC and SK poll

The election of the president of the Association of Barangay Captains next month would be a windfall to the village chiefs who bled in the vote buying-spree they indulged in when they ran for office last October.

Each of them would be a recipient of bribe money that may amount from P50 thousand to P100 thousand from each of the candidates for the presidency of the ABC.

The greedy and enterprising among them could receive double or triple these amounts as they would trick each of the ingratiating bets that they would be voting for them all the way.

Just like the presidency of the Sangguniang Kabataan election in a town or a city, ABC election is high stake because the sitting mayor sees to it that his candidate wins. The winner eventually sits as a regular councilor in the city or town’s council.

The presence of the bet of the mayor at the council would make his legal and illegal agenda easily passed or railroaded.

Control of the Sangguniang Bayan or Panglungsod is lucrative to the vested financial interest of the top executive.

If the mayor spends heaven and earth for his bet to win, the latter spends too in the name of family’s prestige.

Imagine, an unschooled but moneyed next door “idiot” is catapulted to the August Body with an “Honorable” adjective affixed before his name in all official correspondences?

I have a friend whose name is Boy Rehas. When he ran and won the presidency of ABC in 2007, he is addressed until now as The Honorable Boy Rehas.


Winning in the ABC is not only giving money to fellow barangay captains.

It is also the time to “kidnap” the village chiefs for days to some three to five star hotels in a Manila and Hong Kong where they are dined, wined, and given pretty prostitutes to satisfy their lust.

Thus wives of these kapitanes should be wary of their hubbies this December. Venereal diseases are contagious!


What’s the similarity of Undersecretary Vicente Romano III of the Department of Transportation & Communication and Minister Minoru Yanagida of the Japanese Department of Justice? They have delicadeza by resigning from their post after they committed a gaffe.

Romano plagiarized the design of the logo of Philippine tourism’s come-on “Pilipinas Uganda, er, Kay Ganda (Philippines is beautiful)” from Poland.

Yanagida joked at the expense of the members of the Diet (Parliament) who eventually asked him to resign.

What’s the difference of this duo to Undersecretaries Rico J. Puno and Mai Mislang? Puno could not remember the intermediaries of the Jueteng Lords who asked for his imprimatur to run the illegal game in the country, while Mislang committed a faux pass at Twitter against host country Vietnam when she and President Benigno Aquino III visited it recently.


It is high time for our country to have enough cheap power supply. It is high time for our country to go nuclear.

Our notoriously world-class prohibitive price of electricity does not only discourage foreign investors to put shop here, but even punishes you (yes, you drooling reader) and me.

Just take for instance a poultry product.

A chicken raiser has to buy a day old chick for P25 to P38 for him to take care for months before he sells it to the market.

This is expensive compared to other countries where poultry raisers enjoy government subsidy and tax exemption.

This is expensive in the Philippine because an egg is heated through an electric consuming powered incubator.

Consequently, a kilo of dressed chicken in the market today cost P120 while a smuggled one cost P80 only.


Representative Gina de Venecia and other solons in Pangasinan are suggested to file an amendment to the Attrition Law (A.L)

A top performing tax collector of the Bureau of Internal Revenue deplores the lopsidedness of the law.

Revenue District Office-6 chief Merlyn DV. Vicente who oversees Eastern Pangasinan said that despite breaking the tax goal given to her, the reward system in the A.L is subject to qualification.

Vicente hurdled tax goal of P695, 670,000 for September 2010 given to her by the national tax office.

It was a feat all over the country where similar offices reel on collection deficit.

A.L is a two-way process. A district or regional office short by 7.5% of his mandated tax goal is either dismissed or demoted in his post.

Those in the regional and district offices who both attain their goal are given financial support like additional office equipments.

She said that if one of the offices only attains the goal then the one who collected the tax target is disqualified to reap the reward system

Vicente lamented that even if an office like RDO-6 attains the goal; its hardworking personnel could not enjoy personally the incentives provided by the law.

She explained that the rewards are in the form of office equipments.

Thus she hopes that the financial reward should go the to the personnel to motivate them.


Former Sun-Star General Manager, the down-to-earth Philip Soria told me that the daily provincial tabloid owned by the Garcia’s of Cebu would make a come-back to Pangasinan.

He told me that the colored newspaper just like your favorite, aheem, Northern Watch has seen the bullish atmosphere of the province after SM and Robinson have put shops in Rosales and Calasiao towns. He explained that the stallholders-leases that sell branded products at these giants’ retail stores are the reason for the resurrection.

(Send comments to

November 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm Leave a comment

November 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm Leave a comment

Laman ng vault P2.90 ng Balungao

VICE GOVERNOR FERDIE CALIMLIM, alam niyo po ba na sa isang pagpupulong na dinaluhan ni former 6th district Rep. Conrado Estrella ay hinikayat siya ng mga punong barangay at mg kagawad na maninindigan at ipagpatuloy ang public service?

Ayon sa isang dumalo sa nasabing pagpupulong, si Rep. Conrado Estrella ay pinipilit ng mga dumalo na humarap sa hamon ng mga Revita sa pagiging mayor ng Rosales.

Kalat na kalat na sa Rosales at mga karatig na bayan na ayon sa mga Revita ay si Rep. Conrado Estrella daw ang may kasalanan kung bakit natalo sila sa Balungao.

Gaganti daw sila at tatalunin ang mga Estrella sa 2013.

Ang napagkasunduan sa meeting ng mga barangay officials ay ang kanilang buong pusong suporta para sa pag-upo ni Rep. Conrado Estrella bilang mayor ng Rosales.


O…ha! Kayong mga taga-Rosales gusto niyo ba na maging mayor si Rep Conrado Estrella?

Si BM VON MARK MEDOZA naman ang matunog sa usapin ng kung sino ang maaaring umupo at humalili sa mababakanteng posisyon ni Mayor Ernesto “Jonas” Castaneda ng Lingayen.

Matagal na rin si BM Mendoza sa larangan ng public sevice.

Bilang anak ni Rep. Cris Mendoza, namulat siya sa mundo ng pulitika at nagsimula bilang SK chairman.

MADAM MARLYN AGABAS, alam niyo po ba na nawawala na ang treasurer ng bayan ng Balungao?

Doon pala sa nabangit ni Vir na audit na isinagawa ay napilitan silang buksan ang vault dahil wala ang treasurer at wala din makapagbigay ng susi o combination ng vault.

Ang akala ng karamihan ay may malaking halagang pera na nakatago sa vault.

Ang vault ng munisipyo ay binuksan sa pamamagitan ng acetylene torch at…ang nakita sa loob ay P2.90 di umano.

Opo, two pesos at ninety centavos ang laman ng vault.

Hintayin na lang po natin ang official findings.

PAL EARNS $28M IN JULY TO SEPT. Sino ang may sabi na lugi ang Philippine Airlines? Ayan o kumita nga sila eh kahit na may problema sa mga manggagawa. Flag carrier ng Pilipinas iyan.

Ang passenger volume o dami ng sumasakay ng PAL ay tumaas ng 26% habang ang volume ng cargo ay tumaas ng 57 percent.

May magaganap na layoff sa 2,600 workers ng PAL.

BOK SAMMY MARAÑA, nakikiramay ako sa pagkakapatay kay kasamang Leo Co habang siya ay nasa kagubatan ng Leyte.

Bilang isang kilalang botanist sa buong mundo, si Leo ay kinuha bilang consultant ng Energy Development Corporation.

Ang tanong! Sabi ni Lt. Col Tutaan ay tatlong araw bago mangyari ang pagpatay ay nagpadala siya ng isang grupo ng army para magpatrol sa area dahil hiniling daw ito ng EDC.

Sabi ng EDC, WALA daw silang ginawang request sa army!

Si Ka Leo ay namundok para pag-aralan ang mga halaman at nagresearch kung paano makakatulong ang mga halaman sa tao.

Ang taumbayan ay naghihitay ng katotohanan.

Ang itinutulak ni Ka Leo ay pondo mula sa gobyerno para maitaas ang kalidad ng science para sa kagalingan ng masang Pilipino.

Ayaw niya sa mga ‘green projects kuno!” na ipinagmamalaki ng mga private corporations dahil sa totoo lang mas nakasisira sa kalikasan itong mga project na ito.

Ang isa pang ipinaglalaban ni ka Leo ay ang restrictions laban sa mga botanists na nasa conservation work dahil sila ay pinaparatangan ng bio-prospecting at bio-piracy.

Ang parasitic plant na Rafflesia leonardi ay ipinangalan sa kanya ni Dr. Julie Barcelona bilang pagkilala sa kanyang sa kanyang gawain sa ngalan ng botany.

Si Leonardo Co ay isang Pilipino na committed sa pagsisilbi sa bayan sa pamamagitan ng kaniyang scientific at technical knowledge.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAY DADA REYNA. Si Dagupan City Councilor Librada Fe Reyna ay nagpasa ng isang resolution na nagkokondena sa sugal… “the proliferation of hataw and video carrera operators with impunity in the city and those similarly situated illegal gambling activities.”

Si councilor DADA REYNA ay chairperson ngayon ng National Movement of Young Legislators.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NA RIN KAY Manong Anong Manalo ng Farmers Irrigators Association At Miss Darwina sa office of the Vice Gov.

BM NIÑO ARBOLEDA, alam niyo po ba na ang TeaM Energy sa Sual ay hinirang bilang Independent Power Producer (IPP) of the Year at kanilang tinalo ang iba pang IPPs sa Asia sa nakaraang 2010 Asian Power Awards na pinamamahalaan ng Singapore-based na Asian Power Magazine.

Ang alam ko ang San Roque dam ay isang IPP din ang nag-ooperate…Bakit kaya hindi ito nanalo?

Bakit kaya hindi nakakakuha ng parangal ang San Roque Power Corporation?

Saan kaya makakakuha ng final report sa ginawang imbestigasyon na isinagawa ng Department of energy noong panahon no Sec. Angelo Reyes?

Ang nakita ko lang kasi ay itong Critical Recommendation (Excerpted from Draft Report) na ganito ang sinasabi… “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.”

BOK DONEVAL, tama iyon nasabi mo na mas bagay si BM Ranjit Shahani sa national politics dahil mas marami siyang matutulungan.

Ang kanyang pagtulong sa repatriation ng mga manggagawang taga-Pangasinan mula sa Dubai ay isang patunay ng kanyang pagpapahalaga sa overseas contract workers.

Namatay po ang mga kababayan nating ito sa isang sunog doon sa Dubai.

Puede siya sa senatorial ticket ng Liberal Party para sa 2013.

Katulad ni BM Ranjit Shahani, si former 5th District Rep. Mark Cojuangco ay dapat din sanang mag-isip na paghandaan ang pag-represent sa atin sa Senado sa 2013.

November 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment

Welcome to Northern Watch Online.You are visitor no.

  • 1,001,243 since Feb. 10, 2009

Events Watch

sugod agri-expo Photobucket

Last Week’s Cartoon


Previous issues

Day Watch

November 2010
Regional blogs & blog posts
Regional blogs
Media blogs
Opinion blogs
Community blogs

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,475 other followers