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SEAFOOD



ABONO Party-list founding chairman Rosendo So listens intently to former House Speaker Jose de Venecia,Jr. as they tour the newly-inaugurated Korea-Philippines Seafood Processing Complex in Dagupan City.CESAR RAMIREZ

December 6, 2010 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

Lim, Braganza deplore lost revenues


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Benjamin S. Lim said Dagupan will lose millions of pesos of revenue allotment from the national government if the Supreme Court reverses the appeal of the League of Cities of the Philippines on the petition of the 16 towns for city hood.
This city’s share of P568 million for 2011 from the national government would be affected if the 16 would-be cities join the 122-strong LCP.
Half of this city’s budget comes from the national government through the internal revenue allotment, while the other half comes from the local revenues.
The Local Government Code or Republic Act 7160 mandates that 23% of the national taxes would be given to the cities.
The acrimony brought by the 16 would-be-cities has been a merry-go-round for the LCP as the case has been decided by the Supreme Court for the umpteenth-time.
In November 2008, the high tribunal declared as unconstitutional the city hood of these municipalities as passed by the 11th Congress
In March and April 2009, the high court denied with a majority of votes in an en banc resolution, and with a 6-6 tied-votes, respectively, the two motions of reconsideration of the Commission on Election on the November 2008 decision of the court.
But in December 21, 2009, the S.C declared the cityhood laws constitutional.
Voting 7-6 this year the high tribunal granted the appeal of the LCP it filed last Jan. 5 against the Dec. 21, 2009 resolution.
According to LCP’s Secretary General and Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza, last June the Supreme Court upheld their appeal.
“Nag-appeal sila for reconsideration so we are just awaiting for the decision. Ang prayer ng LCP ngayon kung pupuede ay itong decision be final already. Kasi the first time ang League of Cities questioned itong pagiging ciudad ng labing anim e the final decision was rendered purposely sa nag-execute na ang decision na ma implement na iyung decision tapos biglang nagbago. M.R, M.R (Motion for Reconsideration) nagka-gulo,” he stressed.
Braganza deplored that in case the high tribunal upheld the petition of the 16 towns with finality, Alaminos City would lose P13 million a year from the national allotment.

December 6, 2010 at 9:19 am Leave a comment

Pangasinan searching for funds for Agno flood project


The provincial government is now scrambling to look for funds to finance Phase 3 of the Agno River flood control project after Japan withdrew its financial commitment reportedly due to delays in the implementation of Phase 2.
Board Member Ranjit R. Shahani, who expressed dismay over the development, said it may take three to five years to secure foreign funding from possible sources like Spain, Finland, China and South Korea.
Japan earlier pledged P3.5 billion for Phase 3. Such commitment reportedly expired as a result of the delay in the completion of a flood control segment in Alcala town where landowners allegedly demanded millions of pesos for their mahogany trees that blocked a waterway.
He said it was necessary for the provincial leaders to have an audience with public works and highways Secretary Rogelio Singson to convince him of the necessity to complete the flood control project and have it prioritized for consideration as a flagship project by the National Economic Development Authority.
Pending negotiations for the needed funding, Shahani told the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency Thursday that the province can implement flood mitigating measures like the ongoing clearing up of rivers, dikes repair and desilting of river beds. He urged the municipalities concerned to conduct bayanihan activities for the sandbagging of breached dikes.
The nephew of former President Fidel V. Ramos admitted that he felt dismayed over the botched implementation of big projects initiated by the former Chief Executive to include flood control and the re-regulating pond for irrigation which were both funded by the Japanese government, the Proton car manufacturing plant and the Sual International Port.
Japan reportedly withdrew its financial commitment to the irrigation pond project, a component of the San Roque Multi-Purpose Project, as a result of the killing of peasant leader Jose Doton. The past Arroyo administration eventually secured funding from the Chinese government so that construction began in May last year. The re-regulating pond was expected to be operational in 2013.
Shahani said the province should have sent copies of the decision of the Doton case to the Japan Diet (parliament) to reconsider their stand since the court found out that the killing was not connected to violation of human rights as alleged but a plain murder case, he pointed out.
The board member disagreed with a proposal to abolish the Agno River Flood Control Office just because it failed in completing Phase 2 and subsequently bungled Phase 3.
He said flood control chief Restituto David has agreed to attend the session of the sangguniang panlalawigan anytime soon to shed light on issues affecting his office. David only sent his representatives in the last session. (PIA Pangasinan)

December 6, 2010 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

BIBINGKA FEST



Wearing colorful costumes, these residents participate in the street dancing competition of the 2nd Bibingka Festival in Bani last December 3. The festival is part of the town’s annual fiesta celebration.CESAR RAMIREZ

December 6, 2010 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

Local media urged to highlight health stories


LINGAYEN – The provincial government, in coordination with the USAID’s Health Promotion and Communication Project (HealthPro) specialists, has encouraged the Pangasinan local media to give importance on health news.

During a media orientation-workshop on reporting health issues held recently at The President”s Hotel, Luz Rimban emphasized the crucial role of media sector in creating health awareness campaign in the province Pangasinan

“Health news beat has been given less priority in our information dissemination efforts as we are more focused on political issues, economic issues and global issues among others. Usually, we only give attention to health issue when someone already dies from a certain disease.” Rimban told media.

Rimban, an investigative journalist, said mass media carries a great responsibility in the health awareness campaign among people with the dissemination of information on government’s various health programs and other concerned health-related issues.

She pointed out that with the country’s more than 80 billion population, only few among the less fortunate people have access to government’s health programs, and most of poor people die due to lack of health awareness.

In line with this, Rimban told media its major role in the awareness battle, and their efforts can further facilitate the country’s health programs initiatives to be reached even in the most far-flung areas.

However, she asked the media to be more cautious and vigilant while reporting health-related stories as some unverified reports tend to give wrong message to the readers and to the listeners. “Reporting health issues should be guided with sensitivity and responsibility.”

Facilitated by the HealthPRO team led by Yasmin Mapua-Tang, executive director of PRObe Media Foundation, Inc, the holding of media orientation is aimed at encouraging local media practitioners to become regular contributors and spokespersons of the health programs.

The activity has provided the media participants with tips and techniques on health reporting, handouts on how to become an effective health news reporter, and overview of national health situation.

The HealthPRO provides technical assistance to local government units to promote healthy behaviors and practices in family planning and safe motherhood, maternal, newborn and child health, tuberculosis, and HIV-AIDS and other infectious diseases.

The project components include behavior change communication (BCC) interventions for LGUs, media sector and provision of institutional development and capability-building for health workers to achieve a sustained health promotion and communication programs. (Merly R. Tibalao/PIO)

December 6, 2010 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

PNoy to visit Bani on Dec 7


President Aquino is scheduled to visit Pangasinan on Tuesday, December 7, his first as Chief Executive, to inaugurate the Core Shelter project in Bani town.

Mr. Aquino is expected to arrive at 10 a.m. at the project site in the mountain slopes of barangay Dacap Sur where 100 housing units were ingeniously built thru the combined efforts and resources of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the municipal government, the UN World Food Programme (UNWFP) and the 600 beneficiaries for their “sweat equity” in helping the “new village” to rise. The beneficiaries were victims of typhoon Emong which devastated the province in May last year.

The new village is called “Burubor ni Ayat” (Mountain of Love).

DSWD provided P7 million for the project, while the municipal government provided the 5-hectare lot including site development and salary of skilled workers. The UN WFP provided the Food for Work in the form of rice allocation amounting to some P2.1 million, according to DSWD Regional Director Leonardo C. Reynoso.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman is expected to brief the President on the project.

Mayor Marcelo Navarro envisioned the project as an eco-village which, he said, other institutions may copy for their own human resettlement projects. (PIA Pangasinan)

December 6, 2010 at 9:04 am Leave a comment


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