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Catholics employees join provincial government officials in Pangasinan led by Gov. Amado Espino,Jr. in attending the first of the 9-day Simbang Gabi celebration infront of the provincial capitol building in Lingayen last December 15. The other photos shows Archbishop Socrates Villegas of the Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese blesse Espino and Mrs. Priscilla Espino..CESAR RAMIREZ

December 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment

City dads lament the 5% poll expenses tax

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- After seven months after the May 2010 elections, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is still running after vice mayor and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) who have not remitted their 5% withholding tax collections from their electoral expenses.

The officials received a letter from the BIR demanding them to remit their collections which have already accumulated 20% interests , surcharges, penalty for late filing and 3% penalty on late payment. Collections range from P6,000 to P20,000 from each of the city officials who ran for elections in May 2010.

“ Why are we obliged to pay the 5% withholding tax from our election expenses when these are supposed to be the responsibilities of the suppliers and donors?” Vice Mayor Onofre Gorospe questioned BIR Representative Florentino U. Das during their session last December 13 at the Session Room of the New City Hall at Anonas village here.

Das explained that what their office is invoking is the compliance of the elected officials of BIR Memorandum Circular 35-2009 in which candidates in the May 2010 elections were deemed designated as withholding agents.

In the said circular, the candidates being designated as withholding agents should deduct outright the 5% withholding tax from suppliers before paying their bills and the same shall be remitted to the BIR.

He further said that public consultations among candidates prior to the elections were conducted, but then they received no negative reactions from them.

City Legal Officer Dionisio Antiniw, who was also present during the session said that the suppliers should shoulder the 5% withholding tax on electoral expenses and not the candidates.

Councilor Jennylin Sison queried as to what will be the percussions and effects on them if they will not comply with the BIR letter/notice, Das said that they will be considered as delinquent taxpayers and the penalties and interests will accumulate.

Having not reached an amicable decision on that regard, Gorospe requested copies of circulars and memoranda on the issue from the BIR.

Das, on the other hand, requested the SP to put in writing whatever dissensions they have on the imposition of the circulars, so that the main office of the BIR could give its opinion on the matter.

Meanwhile, the SP approved unanimously a resolution granting authority to Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV to execute, sign and deliver the deed of exchange between the city government and the Fernandez clan for the swapping of 65.45 sq. meters property of the latter to the 80 sq. meters property of the city government for the use in the construction of the city’s overpass.

The remainder of the land area, as a result of the swapping, will be paid by he Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to the City of Urdaneta.

December 22, 2010 at 8:04 pm Leave a comment

Bani taps sun, wind for power

By Yolanda Sotelo

BANI – This western Pangasinan town is harnessing the power of the wind and the sun for its electrical power need, as a part of the town’s dream to become a Green City by 2020

Mayor Marcelo Navarro said the agricultural town initially wanted windmills for its power needs, but a 6-month test in an area facing the South China Sea proved that the wind velocity was not constant – strong at night but weak at daytime.

“Given this situation, the Japanese company made adjustments in such a way that at night, the windmills will be used, while at daytime, the solar power takes over,” Navarro said.

The local government has proposed 60-hectare area for the project and Mecaro Rio Vista Energy Corporation (MOREnergy) is looking for a ten-hectare area in the site where it would be best to put the solar panels, according to Michiaki Yuda, president of MOREnergy which is providing the technology and development of the project.

The company will start the establishment of the power plant, which costs $10 million, in January next year and will be operational after six months, he said.

Yuda said the initial cost is big but the plant can last up to 25 years. “Besides we really need to seek renewable energy,” he said.

He explained that the company will be using nano technology (defined by Center for Responsible Technology website as engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale), the most modern technology in power generation.

The company will also use Spiral Magnus wind turbine, a system that rotates with cylinders which have spiral-shaped fins coiled around instead of common propeller-type blades.

Yuda said it will be an 80-20 ratio for the sun and wind, with the sun producing 80 percent and the wind producing 20 percent of the power to be generated by the plant.

“We will generate 5 megawatt, initially,” he said.

Navarro said the old windmills like those used in Bangui , Ilocos Norte, were 60 meters high and of heavy materials, but the ones to be put up in Bani are only 12-20 meters high and are made of light materials.

Another plan of this town as its source of green energy is biomass-fueled co-generator plant. Feasibility study has been undertaken on the use of biomass for electrical power plant in the town. It will use rice hull and hay to run the turbines connected to a generator that can produce 15 megawatts of power.

Navarro said data gathered of rice hull and hay in Pangasinan first district showed that these were enough to run the biomass power plant.

“What’s good about biomass co-generator plant is that it won’t produce carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming,” Navarro said.

The project has two other components—palay driers which will use the hot air from the generator and which has a capacity of 500 metric tons a day, and a rice mill which also has a capacity of 500 metric tons daily.

The biomass-fueled co-generator plant project however, is still waiting for investors, he said.

December 22, 2010 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

Asingan Mayor is TOYM nominee

By Brando Cortez

ASINGAN-The lady mayor of this town is one of the nominees for the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM) for this year.

Mayor Heidee G. Chua said she is elated and full of gratitude for being a nominee to the prestigious national award.

“Malaking kasiyahan at puno ng pagpapasamalat po ang maging nominee sa TOYM,” Chua said.

The theme this year highlights the role models in the community and their importance in serving as inspiration to the young.

For the past 51 years, the Junior Chamber International-Philippines has undertaken the search for The Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines, a select elite group of individuals who have shown selfless dedication for their work, passion for excellence and compassion towards the communities they belong.

Chua said that she just does what she feels is good for the others because it makes her feel better.

Arlene Lomibao of Asingan said that the mayor’s the passion to work for the welfare of the people is contagious.

“Si Mayor Chua po ay 24/7 na mayor,” Lomibao said. “Kaya pati kaming mga staff niya ay nahawa na sa kanyang passion for work.”

Abono Party-list President Ponciano V. Onia Jr. said he is a personal witness to the dedication for work of Mayor Chua.

“Mga 5:30pm na noong pumunta ako sa Municipal Hall ng Asingan at nagalak ako na si Mayor Chua ay busy pa rin na nag-eentertain ng visitors,” Onia said. “Iyong ibang mayors diyan…after lunch hindi mo na mahagilap.”

Chua said that she finds strength in prayer and the warm smiles of people who she loves and cares for.

She cites her mother Zenaida Ganigan as her role model.

“My mom is model grassroots leader and public servant,” Chua said. “She is a two-term councilor and is now on her last term as Punong Barangay.”

December 22, 2010 at 7:47 pm Leave a comment

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