Archive for April 29, 2011

Gov Espino is my Governor – Nani Branganza



Gov. Espino is my Governor, iyan ang sinabi ni Alaminos Mayor Nani Braganza. I will continue to support him as long as it is for the good of the Province.

Bok Nani, tuloy na tuloy na talaga ang international airport diyan sa Alaminos. Nabigyan ka na pala ng P75 million na land acquisition fund. Iba na talaga kapag kaibigan mo ang Presidente at kapartido mo pa.

DAGUPAN’S WELFARE. Sabi Dagupan City Councilor Dada Reyna na ang kapakanan ng bayan ng Dagupan ang dapat isaalang alang sa lahat ng mga isyu na namamayagpag ngayon.

Mahirap ang katayuan ni Dada Reyna dahil siya ay naiipit sa bangayan ni mayor at ni vice mayor.

Sabi ni councilor Reyna na iyong proposal ng mga punong barangay na P150,000 budget para sa participation nila sa Bangus Festival ay approved na tapos may dagdag pa na P100,000.00 para sa pagsasaayos ng drainage canals at fumigation laban sa mga lamok bilang paghahanda sa tag ulan.

“Si Mayor Benjie Lim ay mayor ko at matagal ko naman siyang nakasama,” sabi ni Reyna. “Ai Vice Mayor Fernandez naman ay ganun din ang aming naging samahan.”

“Siyempre ang aking batayan ng mga desisyon ay kung alin ang makakabuti sa Dagupan.”

RPT PA RIN! Pareng Orly Navarro, hindi daw po against si Abono Chairman Rosendo So sa revision ng real property taxes dahil ito ay nasa batas.

Ang gusto niyang sabihin ay kontra siya sa amount ng increases. Ano ba ang parameters kung bakit ka magdadagdag ng 1 percent sa real property valuation?

May standard schedule ba na ginamit para makarating sa figure na 100% o sa 867% na amount of increase?

Ang isa pang sinasabi ni Chairman So ay ang BIR ay nakagawa na din ng sariling updated proposed zonal valuation pero hindi ipinapatupad ng BIR dahil sila ay sumusunod sa utos ni Presidente Noynoy na wala munang bagong tax na ipapatupad.

Sabi rin ni Chairman So na tama na mabayaran ng mas mataas ang mga may ari ng lupa na tatamaan ng TPLEX pero kokonti lang sila kumpara dun sa lahat ng nagbabayad ng amilyar.

Sabi pa rin ni Chairman So na ayon sa NIA, 30% ng farms along Agno River ay tinatamnan ng owner-cultivators.

Ang 30 percent na bilang ng mgasasaka along Agno River ay hindi biro. Marami iyan.

Ang inaalagaan ni Chairman So ay ang political future ni Gov., dahil naaalala pa niya na si Sen. Ralph Recto ay nagdala ng 2% increase sa VAT at hindi siya nakalimutan ng tao noong 2007. Natalo si Recto dahil sa Value Added Tax.

Dapat lahat tayo ay maging masusing estudyante ng kasaysayan.

Patuloy ang pagtaas ng presyo ng petrolyo, pagtaas ng presyo ng asukal, pagtaas ng presyo ng sardinas, at iba pa.

Kung ang BIR ay hindi nagpapatupad ng bagong Zonal Values, puede rin sigurong hindi muna magpatupad ang probinsiya ng bagong real property taxes.

STATEMENT OF SUPPORT. President Benigno Aquino III receives a statement of support from the Province of Pangasinan through Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr and Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim Jr.

WATING FOR PNOY. San Carlos City Mayor Julier ‘Ayoy’ Resuello (partly hidden), 3rd District Rep. Rachel Arenas, 6th District Rep. Marlyn Agabas, Abono Party-list Chairman Rosendo So and Alaminos City Mayor Hernani ‘Nani ‘Braganza exchange ideas as they wait for President Benigno Aquino III.

FFCCCII CONVENTION. Rosales Municipal Councilor Romy Sim poses with Vice President Jejomar BInay and FFCCCII Chairman Emeritus LUcio Tan at the 28th Biennial convention of the Federation of Filipino-chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel, Pasay City

April 29, 2011 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

Le Tour de Filipinas



Third stage winner Iranian Mirsamad Pourseyedi Golakhour(second from left) of Azad University of Azad University with second placer Filipino Cris Joven of Team American Vinyl and third placer Ericsson Obosa of 7-ELEVEN raise their hands after the awarding ceremony last April 18. At right is Governor Amado Espino Jr.CESAR RAMIREZ

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April 29, 2011 at 7:43 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : Meat is delicious


“Walang masama doon sa pagkain ng karne kasi walang galing sa labas na nagpaparumi sa atin. Ang pinagmumulan ng karumihan ay yong nanggagaling sa ating puso. So hindi masama ang kumain ng karne,” says Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas.

The 2011 Holy Week is an opportunity for the public and public servants to commune and make time for reassessment and cleaning of hearts.

After the Holy Week, Pangasinan will be busy with its Pista’y Dayat.

It will be another string of days that the province will fill with activities to spur local economic activities in the field of tourism, indigenous sports, livelihood and environment.

Of course the pre-Holy Week issues like the real property taxes and the Ford Everest will be put to rest and to be raised again in proper perspective.

The element of collecting additional real property taxes from the people to give it back to them in the form of projects is a reality in governance.

The collection of additional real property taxes from the people by the provincial government is the “walang masama doon sa pagkain ng karne kasi walang galing sa labas na nagpaparumi sa atin.”

The bureaucracy and the corruption in the implementation of the projects is the”ang pinagmumulan ng karumihan ay yong nanggagaling sa ating puso.”

Example, the people of a province willingly paid additional real property taxes worth P100 million to the provincial government and this was returned to the people in terms of P100 million asphalt road. In the process of implementing the project, 35% or P35million of it went to different expenses (inherent corrupt practices) that are part of the asphalt road.

What if this additional real property taxes worth P100 million were not paid by the people?

What if this P100 million were spent by the people of consumer goods?

The provincial economy would have P100 million pesos circulating from the market vendors, to the laborers, to the farmers to the businessman to the government and so on.

P100 million pesos is like meat that is delicious. Everyone has the right to partake of the meat in a justified way.

The meat becomes stale when P35 million of it goes to corruption.

April 29, 2011 at 7:40 am Leave a comment

AJ Perez’s fan in Dagupan laments his death By Yolanda Sotelo



By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – A 15-year old “avid fan” of the late AJ Perez could still not believe her idol was already dead, just hours after he sang to her in a show at the city plaza here.

Maria Victoria Perez was the last fan “na pinakilig (thrilled)” by the young actor before he died in a vehicular accident midnight of Saturday.

During the Kapamilya Caravan at the city plaza, AJ Perez picked the girl from the crowd and sang the love song “Alipin,” kneeling before her, and hugging her throughout the song.

She also asked for his autograph during a dinner at a restaurant.

Right after Perez she got home after the show, she woke up her sleeping siblings and cousins and excitedly told them how “AJ sang to me.”

That same night, she posted on her Facebook account the photos taken of her and AJ.

Perez even chided her mother why “hindi niya ako inayusan kasi ang gulo ng buhok ko” before she went to the Kapamilya Caravan show which was a part of the Bangus Festival.

The following morning, when she was having breakfast with her family, an uncle arrived and told them that AJ died in an accident.

“I did not believe him. I said why should he tell me that when I had just a wonderful time with him? I thought he was just annoying me,” she said.

He told us to open ABS CBN website where the news was posted.

Then she checked her Facebook account and saw a cousin’s comment under her photo with actor: Patay na si AJ. Ikaw ang huling fan na pinakilig niya.”

“Natulala ako. Kinantahan lang niya ako at nagpa autograph ako sa kaniya(I was shocked. He just sang to me and just asked for his autograph),” the young girl said.

Perez said she was a “big fan” of AJ since he started his tv career, starting from his first show “About Your Love.” She also watched Astig, Lobo and other tv shows on which he starred in. She downloaded his movie

Her father Jessie said the girl could not stop crying for hours.

“Idol niya talaga (He was really her idol). She kept asking me to bring her to the show when she learned he would be coming,” he said.

“When we were going home after the show, she even asked me if we can invite AJ to her debut three years from now. She told me to save money for his talent fee,” he said.

April 29, 2011 at 7:34 am Leave a comment

Love


AS faith is the virtue of belief in God and as hope is the virtue of confidence in God, love is the virtue of affection for God. Yes, they are called and known as the three “Theological Virtues” whereas their origin is God, their medium is God and their object is God.

There is something else that makes the acquisition and retention of these virtues, distinct and extraordinary. This: It is only God who implants and nurtures them in the heart and mind of every man who receives and observes them—nothing less but something definitely more in the sphere of the supernatural and/ or in the realm of the eternal.

This is why the virtues of faith in, hope on and love of God bring about personal security and emotional strength, inward certitude and spiritual power to those who have them and live by them.

Theological love is the virtue through which people love God above everybody and everything else. To love God for His own self and to love others for the sake of God—this is the genuine theological virtue of love. Observing all the universal Ten (10) Commandments given by God Himself to humanity as a whole—without exception—equals the real and concrete expression of the love of God.

After all, the first (3) Commandments are about God Himself. And all the other seven (7) Commandments are about loving others or neighbors. Let it be clearly said and duly noted that all men, women and children—specially those still in their mothers’ wombs—are the centerpieces of creation, the images of their Creator and wherefore the objects of his particular concern and the repositories of His special predilection.

In this theological nature and dimension, love is infinitely much more than human affection for anybody, human attractions towards someone, human care for these and /or those individuals.

It can be thus said that human love remains in the here and now, while theological love begins with the here and now reaches the hereafter and beyond. One thing is certain though: Theological love is downright hypocrisy in the absence of human love. Reason: How could someone claim he loves God while hating his neighbor!? Loving the unlovable, the hateful, the despicable and others so called the “scum” of earth—this is the ultimate criterion of love as a theological virtue.

But human love as well as theological love are flagrantly negated and violated by self-love—the standard cause of practically all offenses against humanity as well as against nature. It is self-love that eventually destroys families, ruins communities, disunites society as well as wastes nature and destroys the environment.

Reason: Self-love is the underlying cause of the vices of the covetousness for the flesh, the avarice for wealth, the greed for power. Altruistic love is what enhances the person of the lover, what heals domestic wounds and social pains—what consoles the hungry and gives hope to the hopeless. Without His love for humanity, it is vanity and futility to discern to explain, to understand, the life and suffering, the crucifixion and death of Christ!

April 29, 2011 at 7:28 am Leave a comment

USAID-Rotary Club, San Fernando City embark on septic tank desludging


By Yolanda Sotelo

SAN FERNANDO CITY – While we forget what we do in the privacy of our restrooms once we step out of the door, studies showed that what we do there have significant impact on the environment, especially the drinking water sources.

These “secret activities” cause widespread contamination of coliform bacteria in drinking water wells, endangering residents with water-borne diseases. Recent tests showed that 56 out of 59 wells in the city are contaminated with coliform.

To solve the problem, this city is embarking on a project that will desludge (empty) all the septic tanks in the city for free, and the sludge will be taken to a treatment facility which is being constructed next the sanitary landfill in Dallangayan Oeste village.

“Residents may be surprised when septic desludgers knock on their door. But this is for the benefit of all residents,” Lisa Lumbao of the United States Agency for International Development-Philippine Sanitation Alliance told reporters during a briefing on the project last Thursday.

Lumbao said the project called USAID-Rotary San Fernando Sewerage and Septage Management Program is being implemented in the city where groundwater contamination problem is linked to lack of proper construction and maintenance of septic tanks.

She said many people want to desludge their septic tanks, but the cost is prohibitive as septage is transported to Baguio City for proper treatment. “Because of the cost and distance, improper septage disposal onto land or into waterways is common. This leads to increased pollution of the environment, which impacts health, fisheries, and other economic opportunities,” she said.

“The bottomless tanks leach harmful sludge into groundwater, and tanks that not regularly emptied overflow and contaminate the surrounding area,” she said.

The sewerage and septage management project is jointly funded and implemented by the USAID-PSA, Rotary Club International (each chipping in $155,000), the city government led by Mayor Pablo Ortega and the Office of Rep. Victor Ortega. The Rotary Club San Fernando City is helping implement the project.

Lumbao said there is a need to regularly empty septic tanks for health and environmental benefits, improved image, and to eliminate bad odors and mess.

In December 2010, the city amended its City Sanitation Code to include a provision that all septic tanks in the city will be desludged on a rotating five-year schedule.

It also stated that newly constructed septic tanks shall be built according to the National Building Code with two chambers with sealed bottoms, and be located at least 25 meters from any drinking water source.

Lumbao said the sludge collected will be treated at the facility to kill pathogens that cause diseases, and will be properly disposed to prevent pollution of water and land.Two lagoons of the treatment facility have been completed with funding by Rep. Victor Ortega.

Under the project, private companies will be contracted by the city to perform the service, with scheduled to be posted in each village so that residents will know when they can expect a visit from the desludgers.

To fund the service, Real Property Tax will be subject to wastewater management fee starting January 2012.The monthly fee will be P50 per household, P83 per commercial establishment, P125 per institution and P167 per industry.

The fee is much lower thatn the current cost of septic tank desludging which is P7,500, Lumbao said.

April 29, 2011 at 7:25 am Leave a comment


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