Archive for April 9, 2011


Fourth District Representative Gina de Venecia led the inauguration of the newly constructed Manaoag Public Market recently with former Speaker Joe de Venecia, Board Member Jeremy Rosario and Manaoag Mayor Napoleon Sales & his wife Angie. Manay Gina says the new building is just the first phase of Manaoag Market’s modernization plan. The new building is heat resistant and costs P15 million. Incidentally, it was finished almost a year after it was razed by fire.

April 9, 2011 at 7:35 pm Leave a comment

Espino may face political storm because of RPT increases

By Brando Cortez

DAGUPAN CITY- Opponents to the increased real property taxes warned Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. and the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of possible political consequences if the Provincial Ordinance No. 146-2010 is not reviewed.

The ordinance is on the increases of real property taxes,

Chamber of Real Estate Brokers Association (CREBA-Pangasinan) president Leo Sy claimed they were invited to the committee hearings but their inputs were not seriously taken into consideration by the Board Members.

Sy said that he was surprised that the ordinance was already being implemented in January 2011.

CREBA submitted their comments and position letter to the Sanguniang Panlalawigan on October 18,2010 and was given the impression the more hearing will be conducted where other resource persons will be invited.

CREBA, in its position maintained that the ordinance is excessive, ill-timed, assessment values are always lower that zonal values, while zonal values are always lower than actual market prices, increased valuation should be proportional to increase in economic activity in each town or city, and that it should be tempered with social conscience.

“Parang nagamit lang kami, full force kami na pumunta sa hearing na kasama ang mga appraisal experts at real estate professionals,” Sy said. “Pero parang pang ‘for the record’ na lang presence at inputs namin.”

Abono Party-list Chairman Rosendo So said that the most affected sector in the increases are the farmers and regular workers who maintain residential properties.

He said that he pities the Espino because he is being blamed for the increased taxes.

“Kawawa naman si Governor, kasi sa kanya isinisisi ang pagtaas ng real property tax,” So said. “Sana, ma-temper nila ang increase para makaluwag sa mag magsasaka at iba pang nagbabayad ng amelyar.”

So said that this is not a one-time tax slapped on the people that can easily be forgotten but a yearly increased burden that will be remembered by the taxpayers every year and this may cause electoral consequences in 2013.

“Baka matalo na sila sa susunod!” So said.

He is also calling on the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to entrust the matter to Governor Espino as they have done with the case of the operators of San Roque Dam and Sual Power Plant.

Governor Espino was given the authority to negotiate with the power plant operators on the matter of real property tax due the province.

The province was originally supposed to tax the operators at 80 percent but a legal squabble ensued and to remedy the situation the governor and the operators agreed to a 5 percent rate.

“The governor can study and may reduce the rates of increase at just levels,” So said.

Farmers said that they appreciate the effort of Abono Party-list in expressing the sentiments of the farmers on the increased real property taxes on agricultural lands.

“Mabuti na lang nandiyan si Abono (Chairman Rosendo So)para magsalita tungkol sa amelyar,” Pepito Perez of Rosales said. “Kasi, kung kami ang magsasalita, hindi nila pakikingan.”

April 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm Leave a comment

Villar: Jai alai is cover up for jueteng

LINGAYEN–The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chair exposed the gambling operation of Charlie “Atong” Ang, known in illegal gambling circles during then President Estrada’s administration, who is now reportedly operating jai-alai as a cover up of jueteng in some towns in Pangasinan.

Secretary Antonio Villar Jr., in his speech as guest of honor and speaker during the commemorative program of the 431st Agew na Pangasinan (Pangasinan Day) in front of the Capitol Building Tuesday, urged local officials to unite in opposing Ang’s operation here.

He said Ang’s permit to operate jai-alai though legal is under the Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation and some local government units here have reportedly granted permit for it to operate in their turf. But Villar said its operation must only be confined in the Cagayan Export Zone Authority and is not licensed to operate outside.

But Ang’s operation in some parts of Pangasinan is allegedly being used as front for jueteng operations, reports gathered by Villar said.

Villar talked via phone to at least two senators whose names were allegedly used by Ang in his operation. The two senators were apparently unaware about it and said Ang’s operation is illegal and they have nothing to do with it.

The provincial board has a resolution strongly opposing jai-alai operation in Pangasinan sponsored by sixth district Board Member Alfosno Bince Jr. The said measure is yet to undergo hearing.

Earlier, police and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) elements have rounded up a suspected jueteng dens in Bugallon, Lingayen and Calasiao towns only to find jai-alai betting operations instead.

Ang reportedly enjoys the protection of NBI men based in Manila , according to Villar who made his own investigation.

He said that Pangasinan enjoys good peace and order, it is however “too hot” before the eyes of authorities for unknown reasons especially on illegal gambling.

He urged congressmen present who included Leopoldo Bataoil, Rachel Arenas, and Marlyn Agabas of the second, third and sixth districts of Pangasinan respectively to vigorously defend the province against matters like this.

“Di natin dapat payagan na maghari harian ang mga dayo dito sa ating probinsya. Para tayong mga tanga dito pag pinabayaan natin (We must not allow strangers to act like kings in our province. Let us not allow that they make us appear like fools),” he said.

He said it would be too embarrassing to allow an outsider to operate gambling here and use NBI men to arrest other small-time jueteng bet collectors.

“I am not supposed to tell you all these but since you’re all here and we are united, let me tell you that Pangasinan is for Pangasinan and Pangasinenses love Pangasinan,” he said.

In a separate interview, Villar asked, “Do you think Pangasinenses know how to play jai-alai? That’s foolish”.

Meanwhile, Villar also rallied the people to make a concerted effort to have a drug-free Pangasinan.

He said the province must sustain the gains made by Governor Amado Espino Jr under whose administration has transformed the province into a best place to work, live and invest.

Villar said he was awed by the grandiose facelift of the Capitol complex initiated by Espino.

Villar also lauded Engr. Rosendo So, founding chairman of ABONO partylist, for his tremendous support to the Espino administration through the donation of more than P40-million worth of medical equipment and medicines from his generous friends for use in different hospitals in Pangasinan.

April 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

Blame the provincial government for land tax increases- Revita

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- Mayor Ricardo V. Revita said the sudden increase on land valuation was not the making of municipalities but by the ordinance passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and approved by Governor Amado T. Espno Jr.

This was his reaction on the many complaints why there was a 300% increase of property tax in his town despite the economic crisis the farmers are facing.

“That is a provincial imposition. We are only complying with the law,” he said.

He further said that the people should understand the process of the government to exist. “More income will mean more services to the people”.

The imposition of the increase of property tax has earned flak from various sectors in the province.

They said that there was no proper public hearing prior to the passing and approval of ordinance imposing higher rates on land valuation.

Earlier, Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So questioned the legality of the ordinance and is set to file a complaint to the court together with farmer-leaders in the province.

5th District Board Member Danny C. Uy, also in his earlier statements, said that the increase should not be levied to the farmlands but on the commercial areas.

April 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm Leave a comment

April 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : Walang himala!

“Hunger makes a thief of any man.” – Pearl S. Buck

The temptation to do evil to feed our family is ever present when poverty.

It is evil to transport illegal drugs to feed a hungry family.

One of those who did this was from Pangasinan.

One of the reasons why China chose to implement the death penalty is to serve as a powerful deterrent to people who go against their laws.

And when she was given the death sentence many prayed for a miracle that she be forgiven because she was a victim of a drug syndicate.

Walang himala!

National and local media made martyrs out of drug mules and Pangasinan society was not excluded.

That is how our society is. We are ever so willing to make resolutions and appeals for our province mates thousands of miles away but when our own neighbor is in need… we don’t do anything for our people.

This is what we believe should be done the provincial government can make a difference in the lives of the people of Pangasinan, not resolutions and appeals to foreign governments, but through honest hard work in the delivery of basic services.

For those who prayed for the drug mules, we ask you to pray for our neighbors, friends and loved ones.

Together with your prayers, share your food with those who are in need… we too can make some difference in the lives of our neighbors.

May himala!

Are we professing the proper values to our people?

Now we hear that Malacañan will support the educational needs of the children of the convicted drug mules.

Now we hear the Provincial government of Pangasinan will give financial support the family left by our province mate.

April 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment


NO FEAR! Fifth District Rep. Kimi Cojuangco said that the BNPP and nuclear power issue is not the loss or gain of any politician. She said If the Philippines is denied nuclear power as a viable alternative, it is a loss of the people and that the operation of the BNPP should be discussed objectively.

April 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

Mayor Bobom work pa rin kahit holiday

BOK NANI BRAGANZA, naaalala mo a ba na itinatag ang New Peoples Army (NPA) o Bagong Hukbong Bayan (BHB) noong Marso 29, 1969 sa ikalawang distrito ng Tarlac.

Mortz, eto na iyong itintanong mo kung paano nag-umpisa ang NPA.

Dumalo dito si Joma at siyam na kumander na tumiwalag sa gangster clique ni Sumulong at Taruc at ang lahat ng mga dumalo rito ay ginawang kasapi ng Komite Sentral.

May isang panahon sa kasaysayan ng armadong pakikibaka na nagsimula ar binubuo ng 60 mandirigma na may 9 na automatic rifles at 26 na single shot rifles.

Mayroon naman itong baseng masa na 80,000 sa kanayunan habang may mga nakatayong mainly students at workers organization sa kalunsuran.

Ang isang malaking ugat ng pagkakahati ng BHB at ng buong Kilusan ay ang kawalan ng malinaw na partisipasyon nito sa pag-aalsang EDSA.

Kahit na ang mga organo at mga buong front organizations ay nasa EDSA at area ng Malacañan, nawala sa eksena ang progresibong pwersa.

Naisantabi ang Kilusan sa kabila ng katotohanan na ang Kilusan ang pinakamasugid, pinakadeterminado at pinakamalaking rebolusyonaryong pwersa mula noong 1980 hanggang 1986.

Bok Nani, bago tuloy-tuloy na humina, naabot natin sa dekada 80’s ang 35,000 party membership, 10 million mass base, 2 batalyon, 33 companies at 10,000 High Powered Rifles (HPRs) at libo-libong milisya.

Ngayon, marami na ang armadong puwersa sa Pilipinas katulad ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Armadong Partisano ng Paggawa, Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army, Bangsa Moro Army, Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade, Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan.

SI URDANETA MAYOR BOBOM PEREZ ay isang example ng bagong sibol na mga batang lider sa Pangasinan na masipag, matiyaga at may political will na ipatupad ang kanyang mga programa.

Alas otso ng umaga, makikita mo na siya sa kanyang opisina na may nakasabit na identification card(ID) sa kanyang leeg habang nakikipag-usap sa mga sumasangguni sa kanya.

Down to earth ang kanyang pakikitungo sa mga tao kahit mayaman ka man o mahirap.

Nakikipagbiruan siya sa mga empleyadong nagwawalis sa lansangan…Bosing pa nga ang tawag niya dun sa isang dumating na streetsweeper.

Eahil sa nalalapit na opening ng Sanitary Landfill ng Urdaneta, tuloy ang trabaho nila kahit na holiday ang April 5 para masiguradong maayos ang lahat pagdating ng takdang araw.

Sabi nga nang iba, kung malakas sa masa ng Urdaneta si Mayor Bobom, malakas din siya kay Presidente Noynoy.

Meron kasing iba diyan na panay ang imbita kay Presidente pero hindi napagbibigyan. Etong si Mayor Bobom, sigurado na siya na darating si Presidente dahil nag-advance party na ang mga taga- Presidential Management Staff (PMS).

BOK NANI BRAGANZA, balita ko inimbitahan ka daw ni Mayor Bobom kasama ng lahat ng mayor para magkita kita at makaharap si Presidente sa opening ng sanitary landfill ng Urdaneta City.

Inimbitahan din ni Mayor Bobom ang apat na Maria (4 congresswomen) at iyun dalawang lalaking congressman siyempre pati Abono Party-list ay imbitado din.

Si Vice Gov Ferdie Calimlim at lahat ng Board Members ay imbitado rin.

Siyempre, imbitado rin si Gov Amado T. Espino, Jr.

O, ha! Wala ang intrigahan katulad nung pangyayari sa Bani.

MAGDASAL NA LANG! Bilib ka talaga sa mga Pilipino, akalain mo bang pati Diyos ginamit nila para mailigtas sa kamatayan ang 3 drug mules na nahatulan na guilty sa China! Ang drug mule ay isang transporter ng illegal na droga. Ang illegal na droga ay masama. Sana, hindi na nila ginamit ang Diyos sa usapin ng kasamaan.

Hindi usapin ang sila ay biktima ng sindikato. Alam nila ang pinasok nila. Pera pera lang yan.

Alam niyo ba may labindalawang Pilipino drug mules na ang nabigyan ng death sentence sa China?

Bilib ka rin doon sa mga organizer, pasindi sindi pa ng kandila kahit na alam na alam naman ng lahat na iniurong lang ang dati ng kamatayan ng tatlo.

Bilib ka rin sa mainstream media dahil, ito na lang ang nagging laman ng balita nila, na-sensationalize ba!

May isang kuwento kung saan tatlong tao ay ipinako sa krus para mamatay.

Iyong isa ay nag-dare doon sa nasa gitna na gamitin ang kapangyarihan para mailigtas nila ang kanilang sarili sa kamatayan.

Iton namang makapangyarihang nasa gitna ay hindi niya ginamit ang kanyang kapangyarihan para mailigtas sila sa kamatayan.

Silang tatlo ay natuluyang namatay.

May mga bagay bagay na hindi naidadaan sa dasal dahil mali ang pakay ng dasal.

Katulad noong tatlong naipako sa krus, yung tatlong nasa China ay patay na rin.

April 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm Leave a comment

NIA restores irrigation along LARIS

ROSALES-The farmers being serviced by the Lower Agno River Irrigation system (LARIS) are elated that the irrigation intake structure in Sta. Maria has been restored and water has been running at its normal level.

Farmers were worried that the irrigation of their farms was disrupted because the irrigation intake structure at Sta. Maria gave way when the Agno River Irrigation Sytem (ARIS) conducted its drainage operation.

Pangasinan Farmers Irrigators Association President Oftociano Manalao, Jr., immediately notified the office of the National Irrigation Administration Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (NIA ARIIP).

“Nag-aalala ang mga farmers dahil biglang nawalan sila ng patubig,” Manalo said. “Malayo pa ang tag-ulan at sa irrigation lang umaasa ang mga farmers para sa pangangailang patubig ng kanilang mga tanim.”

NIA ARIIP Project Manager Reynaldo Mencias evaluated the cause and sent an engineering team to restore the irrigation intake structure.

Mencias said that the continuity of irrigation services to the municipalities served by LARIS is a priority concern of NIA ARIIP.

“The immediate repair and rehabilitation of irrigation systems along the Agno River is our immediate concern,” Mencias said. “We cannot afford to leave the farms without irrigation water.”

The LARIS serves the irrigation needs of Rosales, Sto. Tomas, and Alcala of Pangasinan. It also extends irrigation water to San Manuel, Tarlac and Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija.

Federation President of LARIS Romeo Lilagan said that the situation was caused by the drainage operations done at ARIS which cause the irrigation intake at Sta. Maria to widen and deepen because of the high volume of water.

Lilagan said that the immediate engineering intervention was led by Engr. Silvino Navarro, Construction Management Division Manger.

“Mabilis naman ang pagkakaayos ng intake,” Lilagan said. “Naibalik na sa normal ang patubig sa Rosales, Sto Tomas at iba pang sakop ng LARIS.”

The intake structure is built at the entry to the irrigation system. Its purpose is to direct water from the original source of supply which is the Agno River into the irrigation system which is the LARIS.

The irrigation system consists of a (main) intake structure, a conveyance system, a distribution system, a field application system, and a drainage system.

The conveyance system assures the transport of water from the main intake structure up to the field ditches while the distribution system assures the transport of water through field ditches to the irrigated fields.

The field application system assures the transport of water within the fields and the drainage system removes the excess water (caused by rainfall and/or irrigation) from the fields.

April 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

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