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Largest Mango Pie in the World

A 100 square-meter mango pie was San Carlos City, Pangasinan entries last April 26, 2011 to the Guinness Book of World Record. San Carlos is the biggest producer of Mango in the Philippines (Photo and text by Mortz C. Ortigoza).

April 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm Leave a comment

Hog farmers meet, unite for industry’s survival

The National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc. once again convened its members during its 20th National Convention held last April 14-15 at Baguio Country Club.

The convention had for its theme “Sa Matuwid Na Landas, Babuyan Ay Uunlad” which is in support to the call of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for matuwid na daan for a better Philippines.

This year, distinguished guests were Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Batangas Rep. Mark Llandro Mendoza and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala who attended on the first day. The three leaders all tackled issues on raw materials and on excessive importations challenging the hog industry now.

The 2nd day was highlighted by the presence of Customs Commissioner Angelito A. Alvarez as guest of honor. He discussed ways and means on how to support the local industries and committed to go after unscrupulous revenue cheaters.

The swine raisers hoped to unite and contribute to viability of the local swine industry for survival and ultimately support its allied industries like corn farmers, fishermen, coconut & sugar planters, and the local veterinary drug companies.

The two-day event featured exhibits from the industry’s major players, namely, the veterinary drug companies, breeder companies, integrators and swine practitioners, and other partners from the private and government sectors.

Also featured during the two-day event were technical seminars which aimed to arm the local swine raisers for all the challenges facing the industry.

April 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment

LCP optimistic SC will favor 2nd MR- Braganza

LCP’S TOP HONCHOS: (From Left) League of Cities of the Philippines’ Secretary General Hernani Braganza and LCP’s President Oscar Rodriguez.

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ALAMINOS CITY – Secretary General Hernani Braganza of the 122-strong League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) is still optimistic that the Supreme Court will favor the group’s second Motion for Reconsideration (MR).

The first MR of LCP was rejected by the court in a 7-6 votes last April 12.

Braganza, mayor of this city, said the group’s optimism is anchored on the final and executing decision of the Highest Tribunal in rejecting the bid for cityhood of the 16 towns when it resolved it as unconstitutional in November 2008.

In August 10, 2010, the court rejected for the second time the Motion for Reconsideration of the municipalities as unconstitutional.

In February 15, 2011, however, the high court reversed itself in favor of the towns.

The LCP continues to gripe these days because these municipalities did not meet all or one of the three requirements of P100 million local revenues as mandated by Republic Act 9009 (An act amending Section 450 of Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, by increasing the average annual income requirement for a municipality or cluster of barangays to be converted into a component city)

Braganza said that in case the SC rejects LCP’s 2nd motion, some of his fellow city mayors will seek justice somewhere else.

“So, iyung iba sinasabi sa kongreso e siyempre sa kongreso you need the congressmen to endorse the impeachment”.

Braganza, a former congressman and a cabinet secretary, said that mayor-members of the LCP have met in Davao City last April 27 to discuss and map out their steps vis-à-vis the dilemma they face at the court.

April 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

PANELCO III holds 23rd general assembly

Text and photos by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- More than 5,000 consumer-members of the Pangasinan III Electric Cooperative (Panelco III) attended the 23rd General Assembly held at its Multi-Purpose Hall in Nancayasan village here on April 16.

The annual assembly has its theme,” Strengthened Partnership with Stakeholders: A Key to Sustainable Cooperative Development, Financial Viability and System Reliability Towards Excellent Service.”

It was also attended by Provincial Liga ng mga Barangay President Amadeo T. Espino , who represented Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., Guest of Honor and Speaker, Atty. Fulgencio A. Vigare, Jr., Oversight Administrator for Electric Cooperatives of Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), CDA Asst. Regional Director Josefina B. Bitonio, CDA Asst. Regional Director Angelito U. Sacro, Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio E. “Bobom” Perez IV, Laoac Mayor Silverio Alarcio, Jr. and Asingan Mayor Heidi Ganigan-Chua.

In a brief program, Mayor Bobom Perez welcomed the consumer-members and guests stressing the importance of the electric cooperatives in bringing development through electric power in every municipality and barangay in the country. He lauded the Board of Directors headed by Engr. Norberto M. Del Prado and the management staff of Panelco III headed by General Manager Ferdinand M. Cerezo for the efficient service to the consuming public.

“Panelco III is an instrument of development. Without electricity, government offices will not be effective and efficient in providing services to the people. Office machines and traffic lights will not run without electricity,” he said even as he committed the city government to support the programs and projects of the electric cooperative.

In his opening remarks, Norberto M. Del Prado, Chair of the Board of Directors, explained the purpose of the annual assembly which is to provide the 2010 financial and operational reports of Panelco III and to present the amendments of the by-laws of the electric cooperative in consonance with Republic Act No. 9520 or the Philippine Cooperative Code.

“There is a problem in our procurement system. Last year, we spent 66 million for our supplies and I am giving full authority to GM (Ferdinand) Cerezo to scout more suppliers for fair playing field. We have to save a lot as possible,” Del Prado told the consumer-members.

Del Prado also said that with the approval of the amendments of the by-laws, election of new members of the Board of Directors will follow.

“We will start the elections in the Districts where there are vacancies in the Board. These are District I composed of Villasis, Sto. Tomas, Barangays Carmen East and West of Rosales, District III composed of Mapandan and Laoac and District VIII composed of Sta. Maria, Balungao and Rosales,” he further said.

Other districts are: District II- Urdaneta City, Barnagy Inamotan (Manaoag), District IV- Binalonan, Pozorrubio, District V- Asingan, San Manuel, District VI- San Nicolas, Tayug, Natividad and District VII- San Quintin and Umingan.

Atty. Vigare, who retired from his position on April 15 as CDA Oversight Administrator for Electric Cooperatives, emphasized that the consumer-members of the electric cooperatives are also owners. “You own this electric cooperative.”

Speaking in behalf of Governor Espino, Provincial Liga ng mga Barangay President Amadeo T. Espino urged the consumer-members to lessen their consumption on electrical power due to the impending problems on oil supplies from the Middle East especially Libya.

“Save electricity. Program the use of your appliances. Know what appliances are to be maintained and not to be overused. Be conscious also in paying your electrical bills. This is your prime responsibility,” Espino told the consumer-members.

Espino donated P10,000 which was raffled off to the consumer-members. He also received the Plaque of Appreciation in behalf of Governor Espino, presented by General Manager Ferdinand M. Cerezo.

After the brief program, the highlights of 2010 financial and operational accomplishments of Panelco III were presented. In between presentations, raffle draws of appliances were conducted for the consumer-members.

The amendments to the by-laws were presented and ratified by the consumer-members.

Also in attendance were: Engr. Huberto Y. Te, Asst. General Manager, Director Peter A. Chua, Director Herminio Rabang, and Director Donald C. Uy.

April 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm Leave a comment

Christ’s seven last words in the present times

Lenten season is observed worldwide by Christians. It starts on Ash Wednesday and culminates on Easter Sunday. Between these periods is the celebration of the Holy Week which depicts the sufferings of the Christ until He was nailed on the cross for the salvation of mankind.

The Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday when Christ’s entrance to Jerusalem is commemorated. Holy Monday to Maundy Thursday is observed for His last supper with His disciples and trial under Pontious Pilate through the prodding of the Jewish’s Sanhedrin. Holy Friday is believed by Christians as His way to Golgotha where He was nailed to the cross along with two thieves. Before His last breath on the cross, the Christ uttered seven famous statements which is now regarded as the”seven last words” on the cross.

In many Christian churches which observe the Holy Friday- Catholics, Lutherans, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal (born-again), the “seven last words” are given much importance, each of which is explained and meditated on by the faithful Christians. The “seven last words” which were uttered by Christ on the cross more than 2,000 years ago are believed to have been uttered for the humanity to ponder on, and to provide inspiration for faith and salvation.

Are those “seven words” still relevant in the present time? Let’s take a look at them.

1. Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing?

God is watching us. He is in control of everything and yet His adversary –Satan is roaring like lion and taking reins of the earth’s system. That is why people yield to temptations and to earthly pleasures. There is no personal contentment which leads to corruption, avarice for power and social and political degradation.

Lord, forgive these people. Out of their tongues they confess to serve you and yet deep in their hearts, they are cheating the people they want to serve. Yes, Lord they don’t know what they are doing. They are blinded with the earthly powers purportedly coming from the “paid” electorates during elections.

2. Today I will tell you, you will be with me in Paradise.

How lucky that thief on Christ’s right was! He was the ever recorded person in the Bible in which Christ uttered those words. But what made Christ said that was due to two reasons. First, the thief recognized his sins and second he recognized Christ as the Son of God.

We could not go to the Paradise like that thief. What is wrong with us these days is that we are not submissive to God. We are living in lies. Look at those corrupt Generals of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Although, pieces of evidence are pointing out to their culpabilities, until now they refuse to accept the truth. They are bunch of liars who are trying to hide under the cloak of “ due process of law”. Who are the culprits of Mendiola massacre? Who killed Benigno Aquino Jr.? Where are the thousands of missing “activists”? When will justice be served to the massacred journalists and innocent persons in Maguindanao? Will Christ ever say to those culprits of grim crimes, “ You will be with me in Paradise?”

3. Mother, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.

Let’s behold our motherland- Philippines. Let’s behold our province-Pangasinan. Let’s behold our towns and barangays. They are likened to our “mothers” who care for us. We are the sons and daughters, and we have the obligations to see to it that we live in an environment of peace and order. We will see to it that proper delivery of basic services are provided by our political leaders. Behold, the corrupt officials. Behold, those giving us “lip service” and think twice, not once, not to vote them again in power come next election.

4. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Lord, why have you forsaken us? Why did you let our provincial officials in Pangasinan to abruptly raise our land taxes in spite of economic difficulties? Who give them the wisdom for such action? Lord, did it come from you? And Lord, give us the courage to face the challenges of time. Please don’t forsake us in times of natural disasters- earthquakes, tsunamis, flood and even during famines. Let these be the tests of our faith on you.

5. I thirst

God is in thirst of our love to Him. With the presence of many technological gadgets, people are shying away to the real service to the Creator. They have more time on their computers, laptops, cellphones, ipods and ipads. God is being laid away. The materialistic world stops us from serving God. The techie gadgets are now “demigods” that our lives are devoid of spirituality. Yes, we too are in thirst for justice of the many unsolved “celebrated” crimes. We are also in thirst of real public service from our politicians.

Our new graduates are in thirst of employment. When will this government stop sending overseas Filipino workers in other countries and create jobs for them? Yes, we are thirsty of social justice. When will be the time that there will be no longer “squatters” in our country- no slums, no shanties but decent homes for the poor?

6. It is finished.

Lord, the imposition of the Ordinance on increased land tax in the province of Pangasinan is already finished. Many towns are already imposing it even without prior consultations with the taxpayers. Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. announced in a press conference that it will be implemented this year, not in 2012, and there is no turning back on its imposition. The Ordinance was already consummated – the Board Members said. Yes, Lord they are in need of more revenues – more money to defray the expenses used in buying the 16 Ford Everest sports utility vehicles (SUVs). Can we still have time to contest the said Ordinance? Or, just defy it, Lord?

7. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.

Whatever situations we are experiencing now, let’s leave that to the Lord. We are facing more life’s difficulties- increase prices of commodities and oil products coupled with the presence of natural disasters and calamities. We will commit all these things to God. He is still our last bastion of hope and eternal happiness.

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April 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

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