Archive for April 21, 2011

April 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : What tax holiday?

For the last eight years, the people of Pangasinan have in fact been enjoying a prolonged real property tax holiday, wrote Governor Amado T. Espino Jr.

By definition of wikipedia, a tax holiday is a temporary reduction or elimination of a tax as incentives for business investments.

Investopedia defines tax holiday as a government incentive program that offers a tax reduction or elimination to businesses. Tax holidays are often used to reduce sales taxes by local governments, but they are also commonly used by governments in developing countries to help stimulate foreign investment.

Was there a reduction of real property taxes in the past eight years?

Was there an elimination of real property taxes in the past eight years?

The fact is the provincial government has been enjoying collecting real property taxes for the last eight years.

A farm owner in Pozorrubio who has been paying P1,040 every year for the last 8 years should be happy that he is now paying a slightly –according to the provincial government –increased amount of P3,200.

To a farm owner, he will never understand that the P2,1600 increase is slight compared to P1,040 that he was paying every year for the last eight years.

The fact is the farmer does not enjoy paying P1,040 every year nor will he enjoy paying the new rate of P3,020 per year.

Some mayors are asking when were they given the 40% share of municipalities from the real property tax for the last eight years.

Some Punong barangays are asking when were they given the 25% share of barangay from the real property tax for the last eight years.

Some people are asking how has the 35% share of the province from the real property taxes been spent for the last eight years.

The problem with taxation is that the government takes money from the people and gives it back to them through projects and services.

There is a school of economic thought that the more disposable income in the hands of the people means more and diverse economic activities.

The additional P2,160 in the hands of the taxpayers as disposable income for basic necessities will increase consumer demand leading to brisk sales for businesses.

Increased consumer demand leads to increased production making it necessary for manufacturers to increase labor requirements.

The huge increase in real property tax in anti-development.

April 21, 2011 at 11:10 pm Leave a comment

‘Of course, our idol, senior in government service, Mayor Nani Braganza’…Pres. Noynoy Aquino

BOK NANI BRAGANZA, sa dinami dami ng kanyang binate noong nasa Urdaneta siya, special mention ka na naman ni PNoy sa kanyang speech. Hehehe

Bakit ba palagi kang special mention? Noong sa League of Cities Convention special mention ka na naman.

Good news pala sa mga taga subaybay ng developments sa Alaminos International Airport. Na release na ang halangang P75 million bilang land acquisition fund ng Alaminos City para mapalawak ang airport.

May ini-release pa bang ibang pondo para sa ibang LGU’s?

Ang isang project ni Mayor Nani ay ang GALI-LANGOY Eco-Adventure Race na gaganapin sa Hundred Islands sa Alaminos City sa Pangasinan.

Opo ang alaminos City ay nasa Pangasinan.

Sabi ni Mayor Nani, Governor Espino is my governor because he is the duly elected governor of Pangasinan.

Ang GALI-LANGOY ay magkakaroon ng lauching sa May 1 kung saan tatlong events ang pasisinayaan: Island-to-island Swimming; Parao (sailboat) Racing; at Kayak Raising.

Ang GALI-LANGOY ay isang paraan upang makapag anyaya ng turista sa Alaminos City sa pamamagitan ng water sports.

REAL PROPERTY TAX DEMEANOR. May mga taong nagsasabi na wala nang magagawa pa sa implanted na revised real property tax. Meron din naman nagsasabi na puede pang mabigayan solusyon ang isyung ito.

Ang sa akin naman, sana ay ang laban sa real property tax ay maging battle of the minds at hindi humantong sa personal.

Magkakaibigan ang mga nasa magkabilang poder at sana naman ay maging civil sila sa isa’t-isa.

Maglabas ng mga well-researched na argumento para malinawan ng sambayanan, dahil after 3 years mapipiliatan na naman ang provincial government na –revise and tax schedule at magkakaroon na naman ng mga debate.

HOLY WEEK MESSAGE. Narito po ang Holy week message ni Fr. Gerry Orbos.

H — alt! Stop for a while, or at least slow down. Take time to rest and relax. Your body needs rest, so find time to be still. Go away, disappear. Rest a while.

O – ff with your worldly pursuits and concerns. Turn off your cellular phone if you have to, so that you can focus on your spiritual life this week. Forget quotas, forget deadlines and forget performance. Just be. Don’t let the world and its cares disturb the tranquility of your mind and soul this week. Let the world go by, and let the Lord take care of everything for once. Surprise yourself. Rediscover your inner strengths and simple joys. OFF to the world. ON to your heart. ON to your God.

L – isten. If you are in the Off or Silent mode, then you can really listen, pray and meditate. Take time to listen to God and tell him what’s happening with your life.

Allow the Father to wrap His loving arms around your shoulders once again and just listen. Listen also to your own inner self, not just to your day-to-day wants and needs. Is there something you are missing in your life? Is there something more you need to do in your life?

Y – ield to God. Let go of your grip on your own life. Be on the lookout for His road signs as you travel on. Listen to His instructions, and you will find your way. Better still; let Him do the navigating and the driving.

W – arm up your relationships. Time to allow your loved ones feel that warm-and-sunny-spring you, not the cold-and-cloudy-winter you. Reach out to the people you have taken for granted or left out altogether. Time to call a friend and use your lifeline, or ask your audience – for an apology, for help, for suggestions. Call, teat, write, smile and hug. Use anything that will help you repair, restore and revitalize your relationships.

E – rase the burdens of guilt and sin with a good, honest and humble confession. Heed God’s call: “Come back to me, with all your heart. Don’t let sin keep us apart. Long have I waited for your coming home to me.” In response to God’s love, may we all say to God, especially this week: “Create a clean heart in me; 0 God. Give back to me the joy of your salvation.” Time also to erase hurts, resentments, anger and ill feelings. Forgive people who hurt you, and ask for forgiveness from people you have hurt, cheated, used or abused in any way.

E – xpress your love. Whatever you do, especially this week, like praying, fasting, works of penance and deeds of charity, let them all be expressions of your love and gratitude to God. Let them be done not out of fear, or out of obligation.

K – neel down. In humility, kneel down in prayer before God and thank Him for suffering so much. For dying on the cross and for rising again for our salvation. Somebody died for you and me. Let us not allow this week to pass without personally thanking Him.

Let this be a time for all of us to kneel down before one another in humility: parents before their children whom they have neglected; children before their parents whom they have hurt; politicians and government officials before the people whom they have cheated etc., etc.

April 21, 2011 at 11:06 pm Leave a comment

NIA holds regional assessment of projects

BY Brando Cortez

URDANETA CITY-Regional Manager John Celeste of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) welcomed Administrator Antonio Nangel for an assessment of all undertakings of agency in Region 1.

Nangel was former Operations Manager of the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems before being appointed as NIA administrator.

Also present to welcome Nangel were 3rd District Rep. Rachel Arenas and 6th District Rep. Marlyn Agabas.

The regional assessment was conducted to determine the status of the agency’s performance in terms of engineering and operations as presented by Engr. Robert Abule and in the area of administration and finance which was presented by Engr. Renato Millan.

Celeste said that the NIA Region 1 believes in the rich and vast experience in irrigation development and of Administrator Nangel.

He said that the new style of leadership will successfully steer NIA into becoming a more stable and stronger actor in the field irrigation development.

Nangel and party first had a field visit at the ongoing project in barangay Binday, san Fabian where a dialogue with the farmers was held.

Celeste said that this was the first time that an administrator personally conducted a dialogue with farmers.

Nangel found out that farmers in the area had an average yield of 70 cavans of palay per hectare compared to 150 cavans of palay per hectare in Nueva Ecija.

He advised the farmers to review their present farm practices and make coordination with other agencies of the Department of Agriculture together with non-government organizations involved in farm technology to improve their yield.

Celeste said that the message of Nangel was about changes in farmers practices to maximize farm potentials.

“If the farmers in Nueva Ecija are now having a yield of 150 cavans of palay per hectare, there is no reason for farmers in San Fabian not to accomplish the same by embracing new technology,” he said.

An ocular inspection followed at the San Angel Small River Irrigation Project (SRIP) in Rosales.

Celeste said that the San Angel SRIP costs P33million and will be fully operational by July 2011 to serve the irrigation needs of nearby farms.

Celeste said that the San Angel SRIP will be a supplement to the Acop Dam and will also contribute the development of eco tourism efforts of Rosales Mayor Ricardo Revita.

A Small River Irrigation Project involves the construction of an earthfill dam including structures and irrigation facilities, canal structures to provide year round irrigation to farm lands.

He added that the completion of the re-regulating pond will irrigate 10,000 hectares of farm lands by 2012.

April 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm Leave a comment

Chinese-Filipino group holds 28th Biennial Convention

By Brando Cortez

ROSALES- The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. celebrated its 28th Biennial Convention with the theme “Partnership for Progress and Prosperity” at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel last March 27 in a program .

Vice President Jejomar C. BInay, the Guest of Honor and Speaker, dwelt on the role of business in the development of agriculture in the country.

Former Rosales Vice Mayor and now councilor Romy Sim said the FFCCCII is considered the largest organization of Chinese-Filipino businessmen with membership of 170 various chambers, trade and business associations across the Philippines.

Sim said Binay also dwelt on the need to harness not only the natural resources but more so with the human resources of the country to the road to prosperity and progress.

“You may come from different areas of the country, and may be engaged in distinct lines of trade. But no matter where you make your livings, or what your pursuits may be, the sum of your efforts, guided by the goals we have in common, will usher in an era of prosperity that future generations will relish and enjoy,” Binay said.

Sim appreciated the words of Binay when he quoted Sun Tzu on the value of united action that goes:

“There are not more than five musical notes/Yet the combination of these five give rise/to more melodies than can be heard”

Sim said unity is important in public service and he also wishes that partnerships for progress and prosperity will also materialize in Rosales.

April 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm Leave a comment

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