Archive for December, 2010
Politics in Pangasinan will never stop.
It has been six months since two personalities were elected into their respective positions but apparently they already have bad blood against each other.
The rift between Governor Amado Espino, Jr. and Bani Mayor Marcelo Navarro, Jr. is taking a bigger shape.
There is grumbling in the ground saying no to a third term for Gov. Espino.
Drums are beating saying no to a third term for Gov. Espino.
Many local officials, not political pundits, are daring Mayor Marcelo to slug it out with Gov. Espino in 2013.
Let them face each other in 2013
The mayors and other local officials disgruntled with Gov. Espino are looking for a candidate for governor in 2013.
Some of them are even saying that they regret having helped Gov. Espino in their respective spheres of influence in 2010.
They do not want Gov. Espino to have a third term.
IT will be a mid-term election where the seating president is Benigno C. Aquino III of the Liberal Party.
Governor Espino is allied with LAKAS.
He has delivered goods and services for the provinces.
Mayor Navarro is allied with the Liberal Party.
He has delivered goods and services for Bani.
If the battle materializes, this will be a battle between two military strategists who were once classmates in the Philippine Military Academy.
by Yolanda Sotelo
BANI- After living in tents for many months, victims of typhoon Emong in this western Pangasinan town and typhoon Pepeng in Rosales in eastern part of the province, are now proud owners of concrete houses they helped build.
“We are very happy that we now have a place to call our home,” Diomedes Najora, a beneficiary of a housing project in sitio Olanen, Dacap Sur, said.
Najora’s family and that of 129 others lost their houses to the killer winds of typhoon Emong in May 2009. Most of them stayed for months in tents provided by the Shelter Box, an international organization, which they perched where their houses used to be –the beach in the village. Others stayed with their relatives.
In Rosales town, Cecilia Ramos, 38, and her family have moved to their new, their first-owned, house in barangay Palakipak,
Ramos’ family were former squatters in Carmen West where the earthen dike collapsed at the height of typhoon Pepeng in October 2009 when San Roque Dam suddenly released tons of water into the Agno River.
“We stayed on the rooftop for two days without food and water until we were plucked by a motorboat,” Ramos said.
For about a year, her family, including her children aged 16,15,10 and 6, resided in a tent provided by the Shelter Box. There, they were at the mercy of the unforgiving heat of the sun, the piercing cold of rain, and even a snow fall sometime last August which ripped some tents.
“Finally, we’re safe in our own home,” Ramos, who can’t help but shed tears as she recalled the “big flood” and narrated how her children trembled in fear whenever it rains.
Najora and Ramos are beneficiaries of the core shelter assistance project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development which provided construction, the United Nations World Food Programme which provided rice used to pay the workers who are the beneficiaries themselves.
In Bani, the 6.3 hectare housing site was donated by the LGU while in Rosales, the two one-hectare lots were donated by former Pangasinan 6th Rep. Conrado Estrella III.
Each core shelter costs P70,000, with additional P1,800 for labor. As the amount for labor was not enough, the rice donated by the UN World Food Programme was used as “payment,” with each worker receiving 10 kilos for every eight hours of work.
According to the DSWD, the core houses are environment friendly, structurally strong units that can withstand approximately 180-220 kph wind velocity, earthquake up to Intensity 4 on the Ritcher scale, and other similar hazards. The design won the United Nations Habitat Award in 1990.
The Philippine National Red Cross has likewise turned-over to flood victims 101 transitional housing units in Balincanaway village in Rosales. Mayor Ricardo Revita said the property on which the Red Cross houses were constructed was bought with donations received by the local government and municipal funds.
Last December 7, President Aquino personally awarded 100 houses painted yellow and blue that blend well with the green hills in sitio Olanen, Bani town.
Aquino said the Olanen project was a symbol of modern partnership between the LGU, the beneficiaries, the DSWD and the UN World Food Program to enable the victims to rise from calamity.
Just behind the hills is the South China Sea, and as most of the typhoon victims are fishermen, thus they were not dislocated from their source of livelihood.
Mayor Marcelo Navarro thanked the President who “took time to visit the small but achieving town and we are proud to showcase the Borobor ti Ayat (Fountain of Love), a housing project for the residents of Olanen who were hard hit by the 240 kph winds of typhoon Emong in May 2009.”
“Almost all their houses were destroyed, some of which were swept into the sea. Their question was, ‘where will we reside?’ We are thankful that the DSWD was able to answer that question through the core housing project,” Navarro said.
UN World Food Programme Country Representative Stephen Anderson described the Olanen housing project as “an almost text-book case of how early recovery program should work.”
“This is an excellent example because of the leadership the people got from Mayor Navarro to whom we have to give credit for spearheading (the project). The response of the people, who organized themselves, was very positive,” he said.
Anderson explained that after typhoon Emong, the UN World Food Programme mobilized to support the DSWD’s early recovery program, using rice not as a handout but as support to the victims to reestablish their lives.
“Food was just to help the community at the time when they have to do the heavy lifting during the construction, carrying every rock and bags of cement. It is not a very easy job. Besides, food plays an important role because the poor uses 60 percent of their income on food. So food is an incentive, not payment,” he said.
Each house has a floor area of 20 square meters that sits in a 64 sq. meter lot. It has its own toilet and septic tank.
In Bani, the LGU provided running water supply and electrical power connection, and the beneficiaries have option to construct extension of the units based on policies set by the LGU.
DSWD records showed that there are 135 core housing units already completed in Rosales, while another 105 units are slated for completion on December 30. The agency has likewise provided 50 units to flood victims in Sta. Barbara and 50 units in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.
These young soldiers give their final salute to their mistah, Air Force Capt. Jojo Baya, who was buried at the Mapandan Cemetery last December 22. Baya, a member of the Philippine Military Academy(PMA) Mandala(Mandirigmang Dangal ng Lahi) Class of 2006, met an accident late October in Dagupan City and died last December 9 after almost two months in coma.CESAR RAMIREZ
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ROSALES- The residents of this bustling town are planning to launch a rally after learning that the valuation of their lands skyrocketed to 500%.
With the 500% increased of the fair market value of their real property, they are obliged to pay 500% of the one (1) percent total assessed value of their land that they used to pay the treasurer here every year since 2003.
In a “Comparative Statement of Market Values and Unit Costs as Embodied in the Previous and New Schedule Showing Average Percentage Increase/Decrease for Each Class of Real Property” that was prepared by Elvira Untal and noted by Nestor Quimbao of the provincial assessor’s office, the market value of a first class residential land increased by 500% from its market values (MV) of P250,00 in 2003 to its 2011 MV of P1,500.
“The increases are just too much,” a local businessman said.
Beth Salazar, an Officer-1 of the Provincial Assessor said the meteoric rise of the valuation of the first class residential lands here apply only to the peripheries of giant retail store SM that put up a mall in the town two years ago.
The new schedule of the valuation shows that a second, third, and fourth class’s residential land have increase by 355%, 374%, and 233%, respectively.
Quimbao told this paper in a telephone interview that the Provincial Board, including Board Member Alfonso Bince who is a resident of this town, approved the hikes.
Atty. Verna Nava-Perez head of the secretariat of the SP told this paper that she could not give a copy of a draft resolution because it was the provincial assessor’s office which drafted it.
When asked to furnish this paper a copy, Salazar said she could not give a copy as it is not yet final as it can be amended by the members of the SP. She added that Governor Amado T. Espino has not yet signed it into law.
In the new schedule a third class industrial land increases by 173% from P550 MV in 2003 to P950 MV in 2011, a first class commercial land increase to 329% from P700 MV in 2003 to P3000 MV in 2011.
A hectare of a first and second classes irrigated land increases by 100% from P100, 000 and P90,000 MV in 2003 to P200,000 and P180,000 MV in 2011, respectively.
A hectare of first and second classes un-irrigated rice lands increase by 118% and 117% from P85,000 and P75,000 MV in 2003 to P185,000 and P162,380 MV in 2011, respectively.
A hectare of a first and second classes of corn Land increase by 151% and 144% from P68,000 and P63,000 MV in 2003 to P171,000 and P153,000, respectively.
A hectare of a second and third classes bamboo land increases by 294% and 367% from P32,000 and P21,000 MV in 2003 to P126,000 and P98,000 MV in 2011, respectively.
A hectare of a first class and second class poultry farm increase by 100% and 143% from P95,000 and P70,000 MV in 2003 to P190,000 and P170,000 MV in 2011, respectively.
Other lands that are covered by the increases of valuation are industrial, mineral, un-irrigated rice (Upland), tobacco, mango, cogon pasture, forest, orchard, fishpond (mudfish), and citrus.
According to Section 221 of the Local Government Code or Republic Act 7160 all assessments or reassessments made after the first (1st) day of January of any year shall take effect on the first (1st) day of January of the succeeding year.
Moreover, the same Code says that it is not only one (1) percent the province collects from every land owner but another one (1) percent will be collected that would go to the Special Education Fund.
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ALAMINOS CITY – League of Cities of the Philippines Secretary General Hernani Braganza said that this city and the members of the LCP have diligently met the requirements for cityhood..
Braganza, the mayor of this city, deplored the bid for cityhood of 16 towns which skirted the requirement of P100 million annual local tax income that should be earned for two successive years before they qualify for cityhood.
He added that this requirement is on top of the other two qualifications of land area of 100 square kilometres and a population of 150,000 or more.
“We said we worked hard to be qualified as city. But the 16 new cities were approved by the Congress and Senate which we are questioning. For the record, we are not against the conversation of becoming a city,” he stressed.
The bid of the 16 towns caused uproar among the LCP because it would gnaw from their share from the Internal Revenue Allotment from the national government.
Braganza said that a favorable decision of the Supreme Court to the motion for reconsideration of these towns last August would bleed this coastal city by P13 million of lost revenue from IRA every year.
“In the case of Makati (City) almost a hundred of million ang mawawala. Ang Palawan malaki rin mawawala. Kaya uma-angal din sila.”
Dagupan City fears to lose P18 to P20 million a year.
The cityhood bid of these towns was a roller coaster ride for the LCP after the high tribunal favoured their appeal to be snatched later after the 16 towns filed a motion for reconsideration.
After former president Gloria Arroyo signed into law the conversion of the 16 towns in 2007, the Supreme Court nullified the laws that granted their cityhood on December 29, 2009.
Last August 24, the high tribunal issued a “final decision” revoking the cityhood status of the towns. But the adamant mayors of these municipalities filed another motion for reconsideration through lawyer Estelito Mendoza.
“So we are just waiting for the decision. Ang prayer ng LCP ngayon kung pu-puedi ay itung decision is final already. Kasi the first time ang League of Cities granted, itung pagiging ciudad ng labing anim, e the final decision was rendered purportedly na nag-execute na ang decision ma-implement na iyung decision tapos biglang nagbago. M.R, M.R (Motion for Reconsideration) nagkaka-gulo,” he said.
The 16 towns and their respective income are: Batac, Ilocos Norte (P43.9 million); Baybay, Leyte, (P17.1 million); Bayugan, Agusan del Sur (P16.9 million); Bogo, Cebu (P24.9 million); Borongan, Eastern Samar (P15.7 million); Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte (P13.7 million); Carcar, Cebu (P21.6 million); Catbalogan, Samar (P29.9 million); El Salvador, Misamis Oriental (P17.4 million); Guihulngan, Negros Oriental (P9.4 million); Lamitan, Basilan (P7.5 million); Mati, Davao Oriental (P36.7 million); Naga, Cebu (P56 million); Tabuk, Kalinga (P13.5 million); Tandag, Surigao del Sur (P15.1 million), and Tayabas, Quezon (P29.1 million).