Archive for December 20, 2010

Wiling Willie in Pangasinan

Popular television show host Willie Revillame with his co-host Shalani Soledad entertain thousands of Pangasinenses and people from nearby provinces as the TV5’s show WiLLiNG WILLIE was aired live from the beach front in Lingayen last December 18.CESAR RAMIREZ

December 20, 2010 at 11:24 am 1 comment

Abono: Offal used as cover for choice pork cuts

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ROSALES – The chairman of the Abono Party-list doubts the capacity of the Bureau of Custom to detect the entry of offal in the country.

Offal are the chopped ears, snouts, cheeks, and brains of pigs that are major ingredients of a popular delicacy “sisig.”

Eng. Rosendo So said that BOC only randomly opens only one of every 10 refrigerated container vans of frozen offal that enter the country.

He said importers could be declaring as offal the pork bellies and other choice cuts.

“Ang tsini-checki kasi nila ay isang container van out of 10. Tapos isang x-ray machine lang. Ibig sabihin pwedeng offal iyan, pero hindi nadi-detect ng x-ray,”he stressed.

He said that it would be different if the contents of the van are mixed part of fish and pork because the x-ray could easily detect them.

He added that he is alarmed by the almost 46,900 metric tons of offal that entered the country since Nov. 25. He said this volume is double to what entered the country last year.

The Abono chairman said that just like chicken leg quarter, offal are not consumed by people in the United States and Canada thus they are instead dumped in the Philippines.

Its price per kilo in Pangasinan is P85, while its local counterpart is sold for P150.

Eng. So earlier lamented the unabated entry of this frozen pork product because it undermines the backyard swine industry that composed 70% of the market.
“Kasi kung mamatay ang backyard, sino ang bibili ng mais natin? Sino ang bibili ng binlit? Ng darak? Sino ang bibili ng molasses? Sino ang bibili ng coconut oil na waste? Marami ang farmers na madi-dislocate as backyard raisers,” he said.

December 20, 2010 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

BIR bosses reshuffled

Former and present Bureau of Internal Revenue bigwigs in Pangasinan were rewarded on the recent massive reshuffle undertaken by the national tax office.
BIR Commissioner Kim S. Henares said the reorganization of her top officials to prepare them to raise the P930 billion collections for 2011.
Affected by the reorganization is Revenue District Office – 6 chief Merlyn DV Vicente who was rewarded to head the RDO in Zamboangga City, while RDO-4 top honcho Yolly Ferrer has been given a new assignment in the huge similar office in Lucena City in the Bicol Region.
Vicente and Ferrer were succeeded by Atty. Christine Cardona of the of the bureau’s
Region 1 office and Atty. Beverly Milo of the RDO in Ormoc City, respectively.
BIR Regional Director Thomas Rosales has been transferred from his post that is based here to the much bigger tax office in the National Capital Region.
He was replaced by Arnel Guballa.
The two RDOs and the regional director based in Pangasinan have exceptionally collected their tax target before this year’s end.
Vicente and Ferrer have aggressively collected their goal of P695, 670, 000 and P1.5 billion, respectively in October and November this year.
Rosales has diligently collected his P 5.4 billion goal in November.
It is only RDO-5 under Quirino Ramos in Alaminos City who has a lackluster performance among the three RDOs.
It was short of 10% last November of its tax goal of P582, 243,000.
According to an insider at the BIR, former RDO-4 chief Joseph Catapia who headed the RDO in Novaliches was reassigned to a technical assistant job. A demotion since it has no jurisdiction like what those RDO chiefs have been holding.
According to Commissioner Henares, roughly 50 percent of the 124 RDOs nationwide have failed to hit their individual collection assignment partly causing the bureau to sustain collection deficits of up to P30 billion during the first 10 months of the year
Would Dagupenos be bracing for shoddy service from the city hall because of its politicized vindictive city council (Sangguniang Panglungsod)?

Somebody told me about the non-approval of the P568 million budget for 2011 by the allies of Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez who dominated the August Body.

In case this schism continues, Dagupenos will settle for the re-enacted 2010 budget next year. Those who will suffer to the brunt of the Vice Mayor and her allies inspired – stunt will be the employees of the city who are expecting some pay hikes and Dagupenos who will suffer inefficient service from the city government.

The reason of some councilors that they did not pass the new budget was scandalous. Why? They said they were busy during the barangay election.
Susmariosep, had they not read the provisions of the Local Government Code that mandates that village poll is apolitical among elected officials like them?
After two city hall friendly councilors, who won the recent polls of the Association of Barangay Captains and Sanggunian Kabataan, report for their regular morning Monday session, the Fernandez-led councilors did not convene the body. The two looked like jerks waiting the whole day for their absconding colleagues to report.

Are not these dads paid by the government to craft laws by attending their regular session?

An insider at the city hall told me that the city fiesta committee under Vice Mayor Fernandez has yet to submit audited expenses of last year’s fiesta, and the contribution from the donors.
He said that with a marquee event like this, mammoth corporations like Nestle and San Miguel were generous donors.
These sponsors know that the money they threw in celebration like this would get a lot of media mileage.
“Just imagine Nestle appropriating P2 for each of the one million crowds? That’s already a staggering P2 million. How about the other sponsors? This appropriation is cheaper than when they go for a paid advertisement in TV.”
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SP approves historical commission

LINGAYEN – – – “History unites a nation”

These were the words of 4th district Board Member Mojamito Libunao as the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) approved the provincial ordinance creating the Pangasinan Historical and Cultural Commission (PHCC) during their regular session held last December 17.

One of the main thrusts of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. ‘s administration is to promote, enhance and preserve Pangasinan’s historical and cultural resources and values to further complement the gains of the tourism industry of the province as well as to protect its environs.

According to Libunao PHCC will make the people of Pangasinan aware of their common heritage and history, even as he added that “it will create historical and cultural enlightenment and social consciousness among Pangasinenses.”

PHCC will undertake research efforts and conduct evaluations to determine and verify genuine and authentic historical and cultural records of Pangasinan and its municipalities.

Further, PHCC shall also coordinate with the National Historical Institute in all matters affecting any of its decision on Pangasinan’s history and culture and act as an advisory body of the Office of the Governor and the SP related to history and culture of Pangasinan.

Attorney Gonzalo Duque, chairman of the Pangasinan Historical Committee, Inc. lauded the Provincial Board for approving the ordinance and “this will prepare Pangasinan to greater heights” because according to him people that do not know its history will never move forward.

The commission shall be composed of 10 members representing agencies of government and private sectors imbued with expertise and interest in the areas of history, culture and other allied studies to be appointed by the Provincial Governor with a term of five years.

December 20, 2010 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Manay Gina wants RIMC biggest in north Luzon

NEWBIES IN THE WOODS. Rep. Gina de Venecia and Manny Pacquiao are both first-time congressmen but are doing their best for their respective constituents.

Manay Gina sets her sight into making the Region 1 Medical Center as the largest and most modern hospitals in Northern Luzon. In a bill she has filed recently in Congress, Rep. De Venecia is proposing to double the existing bed capacity of the R1MC.

House Bill 03840 is an an act increasing the bed capacity of the regional hospital in Dagupan City from three hundred to six hundred, authorizing the increase of its medical personnel, upgrading its services and facilities and professional health care and appropriating funds therefore.

If this bill is passed in Congress, the regional medical center in Dagupan City will be the largest in Northern Luzon and the tenth biggest hospital in the country.

At present, the RIMC is already the most modern public hospital in the country’s northern region, with its new state-of- the art Radiology Complex, 2 CT scans and other modern medical equipment.

The regional hospital was rebuilt in 1990 through the efforts of former Speaker Joe de Venecia. The succeeding modernization efforts were also executed through the support of the former Speaker.

The top ten hospitals in the country are: National Center for Mental Health (4,200 bed capacity); Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital (2,000 bed capacity); Philippine General Hospital (1,500 bed-capacity); AFP Medical Center ( 1,200 bed capacity); UST Hospital (812 bed capacity); The Medical City (800 bed-capacity); Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (800-bed capacity); Makati Medical Center (717 bed-capacity); Dr.Jose Fabella Hospital (700 bed capacity); Veterans Memorial Medical Center (700 bed capacity); Philippine Orthopedic Center (700 bed capacity); Chung Hua Hospital (660 bed capacity); St. Luke’s Medical Center (650 bed capacity); Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center (650 bed capacity); and Davao Medical Center (600 bed-capacity).

December 20, 2010 at 9:39 am Leave a comment

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