Archive for October 3, 2011


Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin S. Lim (left) is being interviewed by Bombo Radyo reporter Audrey Hidalgo (right) about the damage wrought by typhoon Pedring whose floods did not spare the city hall compound as shown in the photo.-- CIO photo by Gryson de Venecia

October 3, 2011 at 6:56 am Leave a comment

Painful Reminder of Typhoon Pepeng

The flooded Carmen Junction in Rosales town during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Pepeng in 2009 that submerged many parts of Pangasinan

October 3, 2011 at 6:53 am Leave a comment

WHO OWNS THE LOGS? Espino denies owning confiscated logs

By Yolanda Sotelo

LINGAYEN –“Logs” to “flitches” to “driftwood.”

A forester from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-Alaminos City called as “driftwood” the 45 pieces of logs they confiscated last week from a truck driver, after the driver told a television reporter that the forest products belonged to “governor.”

But who really owns the molave and guijo logs seized by the Cenro last week in Bamban, Infanta, remains a mystery after environment officials said the driver later refused to talk about the owner.

An irate Governor Amado Espino Jr. denied he owned the wood, saying ABS CBN television reporter Cris Zuniga “connected my name to make the story bigger.”

In the news report last Friday, the driver said “kay gob po yan,” on who owned the logs.

But Espino said “even if the price of the wood is 100 times, I could afford to pay.”

He said he saw the forest products could not be logs as “they are less than four meters each and could fit in an elf truck.”

“Hindi kasya ang troso sa elf truck. Putol-putol na kahoy lang yon,” he said. An investigation report of the Cenro said the forest products were “flitches of molave and guijo.”

During the press conference, Espino presented one William Dy, a contractor whom he said he “asked to construct” rural health clinics in the villages of Pita and Babuyan, as the one who hired the truck to bring materials to the construction site.

Dy said he did not know that the driver and the helper “back loaded” the truck with the logs.

A report of Cenro dated September 22, 2011 said it was the bantay gubat (forest guards) and local police which apprehended what they called “flitches” from truck driver Nestor Cervantes of Bugallon and helper John Arieta of Binmaley.

The shipment was not supported by legal and transport documents, thus the two were apprehended and the truck and forest products were taken into custody by the Cenro.

After the news was reported on tv, forester Michael Reynoso said he asked Cervantes who ordered him to load the logs but “he refused to talk.”

Reynoso also called the logs as “old molave which are driftwood already” and which could have been cut “maybe more than five years ago.”

Cenro-Alaminos Celso Salazar said since they could not pinpoint the logs’s owners, they will file the case against the driver and the helper. He said whoever is found in possession of forest products would be the one to be sued.

October 3, 2011 at 6:45 am Leave a comment

18,000 kids join Dagupan Children’s Congress

DAGUPANCITY—About 18,000 schoolchildren here are expected to troop to the CSI Stadia in Barangay Lucao for the three-day 2nd Dagupan Children’s Congress and Fair which kicks off Monday.

The three-day Congress has a theme “Educational Awareness on Modern Technology Threats: Saving the kids. .. Strengthening the Families”.
Top officials of the government led by Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo, Secretary Antonio Villar Jr. chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board and fourth district Rep Gina de Venecia will grace the opening ceremonies.
The celebration will be spiced up with the holding of the World Space Week to be held for the first time here under the auspices of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The affair will be sponsored jointly by the Department of Education, DOST, City Supermarket Inc. and the Sangguniang Panlungsod chaired by Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez who is initiating the Congress for the second year in a row.
The theme of the Congress will be articulated lengthily during a tri-sectoral seminar among parents, teachers and children’s rights after the opening program to be moderated by DepEd.
Speakers will dwell on topics that seek to protect children from the harmful effects of internet games as well as in chatting with contacts that they do not even know in social networking sites.
The Congress includes fun games and contests that are strictly for the kids.
There will be Milo Taekwondo Camp, Animal Planet Face Painting, artwork and Story Telling, artwork competition, mini-fun day and games, Scan to go Speedstack, kiddie corner puzzle, glitter painting contest, 3 on 3 basketball, fruit salad making, speed stack tourney, salad and sandwich making, halo-halo making shot out contest, skateboarding and badminton tournament.
The vice mayor, chair of CSI, will preside in story telling in at least two sessions.
The launching of the “Celebrating World Space Week in Dagupan” will be held on October 4 to be presided over by DOST, which will feature Rocket Launching competition, the winner of which will go to Singapore with the trip to be sponsored by CSI with the help of the National Aeronautics Space Agency (NASA).
There will also be robotics exhibits, some of the robots to be put on display all the way from Japan.

October 3, 2011 at 6:41 am Leave a comment

BIR exposes anomalies at Register of Deeds-Pangasinan

Alleged tax falsifier Maria Carla Cacapit of the Register of Deeds-Pangasinan, in a tv grab, after her arrest recently in Lingayen

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ALAMINOS CITY-Assistant Revenue District OfficerElmer Carolino, assisted by the Criminal Investigation District Group(CIDG), arrested Maria Carla Cacapit, administrative aide of the RD in the town of Lingayen, after an entrapment operation showed she was involved in issuing fake Certificate Authorizing Registration (CAR).

(The CAR is issued when the seller or transferor of a real property tax (RPT) pays the BIR through an Estate Tax or Capital Gain Tax and Documentary Tax before the RD (Register of Deeds) gives the new land title to the buyer or recipient.)
Carolino said Cacapit was found in possession of a fake CAR after a land buyer poseur from the BIR paid Cacapit P280,000 for a CAR in a multi-million pesos of sale of land in Bani, Pangasinan.
Cacapit was charged with complex crime of estafa with falsification of private document with an imprisonment of up to 22 years, according to Carolino.
Carolino said that he accidentally stumbled on this case after she saw one Nelia F. Doria of Dagupan City, carrying a CAR.
He said that at first glance the CAR was already dubious based on its texture as compared to the authentic CAR papers issued by the BIR.
Carolino told Doria that she was criminally liable of falsification of public document by possessing a fake CAR.
He said a horrified but seemingly innocent Doria told him how the CAR came to her possession.
“She (Doria) felt bad because she has to pay another P280 thousand plus surcharges of 25 percent and penalties as the allowance to pay the legitimate CAR has prescribed last August 2011”.
He said that when he asked Revenue District-5 chief Quirino Ramos, Revenue Officer JonalynAbrantes,Group Supervisor Enriquita M. Gonzalo to verify if they own the specimen of the signature at the CAR “they said somebody faked their signatures,” Carolino said.
After that Carolino and the CIDG mapped up how to collar the culprit at the RD office in Lingayen.
“I thought the first entrapment operation was “nasunog(burned)” (Police term for being compromised) after the overzealous ABS/CBN crew parked their marked van in front of the RD office,” Carolino, who was assigned at the feared BIR’s Anti-Fraud Department in Manila before being assigned here as the No.2 man of RD-5, said.
He said Cacapit did not show up on that day to give the bogus CAR.
Cacapit, a mere administrative clerk, nevertheless, contacted the poseur client to get the CAR at 9 am the following day.
“On that day she contacted the disguised seller that instead of 9 Am, he would come to her at noon of that day at her table,” he said.
Carolino said that after the clerk gave the CAR to the seller he and the BIR officials checked the signatures immediately inside the RD office.

October 3, 2011 at 6:39 am 2 comments

October 3, 2011 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: I love Pangasinan

Governor Amado T. Espino Jr said that “If we say we love Pangasinan, we should then make it lovable.”
We believe that there is true love when there is peace among the people especially among the leaders of the province.
To make Pangasinan lovable, the provincial government launched the “I love Pangasinan” campaign at the opening of the Tourism Month celebration.
With the competitiveness of stakeholders, the concept of tourism has evolved to become more activity-based, rather than destination-based.
Tourists, whether domestic or international, have also become quite discriminating and discerning, and, when traveling, look out for the so-called five As, which are access, accommodation, attraction, activities, and amenities.
For starters, the Hundred Islands National Park of Alaminos City which is in Pangasinan, is one of the tourist spots accredited internationally.
Will the provincial tourism office make an extra effort in teaming up with Mayor Hernani Branganza in promoting the Hundred Islands?
Espino is encouraging all 44 towns and cities to effect cleanliness and be more tourist oriented because tourism will bring jobs and business opportunities for the local negosyantes.
Is the provincial tourism office ready to promote the Bangrin Mangrove Forest as a tourism destination in Bani where the mayor is Marcelo Navarro Jr. which is also in Pangasinan?
The Municipal Government of Bani let by its mayor Marcelo Navarro Jr. is a recent awardee in the 2011 Para Del Mar Award which gives recognition to outstanding management practices of marine protected areas all over the Philippines.
We love to see the “I Love Pangasinan” campaign succeed with our Governor joining hands with Alaminos City Mayor Nani Branganza in promoting the Hundred Islands National Park and with Mayor Navarro in promoting the tourist spots in Bani and mayors in other tourist areas in Pangasinan.

Perhaps this is the chance where politics can be sidelined in the effort to promote tourism in Pangasinan.

The I Love Pangasinan campaign will not only make tourism the biggest job-generating industry today but will also make friends out of political enemies.

October 3, 2011 at 6:26 am Leave a comment

Abono, business clubs conduct ‘Defend vs Dengue’ By Brando Cortez

URDANETA CITY-The Abono Party-list and the Chinese Filipino Business Club, Inc. conducted a ‘Defend Against Dengue’ drive in Urdaneta City.
Abono President Ponciano Onia said the group has been receiving requests for fogging against dengue carrying mosquitoes and have found the Chinese Filipino Business Club, Inc. as partners in bringing the ‘Defend Against Dengue’ campaign.
“Maraming requests na dumarating sa Abono Party-list sa pagpuksa sa dengue at nakahanap naman tayo ng partner na seryosong tumutulong at nagdadala ng kampanya laban sa dengue,” Onia said.
He said that Abono Chair Rosendo So made representations to Mr. Lino H. Uy, president of the Chinese Filipino Business Club, Inc. for possible assistance in the drive against dengue in Pangasinan.
Onia said Abono takes dengue fever as a serious disease and is helping the communities in sharing examples of ways to reduce the number of dengue mosquito breeding sites and how to protect individuals and families against this disease.
‘Defend Against Dengue’ campaign provides misting machines and chemicals together with advice on the prevention of dengue fever and aims to reduce the spread of dengue fever in the country.
Urdaneta City Councilor Rio Esteves representing Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez said the city government is serious with its battle against dengue and welcomes the initiative of Abono and the Chinese Filipino Business Club, Inc. for the concrete assistance given to the city.

Esteves said the Defend against Dengue drive was initially conducted in Consolacion Elementary School, Cayambanan Elementary School, Bactad East Elementary School, Pedro Orata National High School and Tiposu Elementary School.
He added that they intend to visit other schools in the coming days in barangays like Macalong, Camanang, Casantaan, Bolaoen, Nancalobasaan, Mabanogbog, and Camantiles.
Other schools to be visited are in Nancaysan, San Jose, Catablan, Labit East, labit West, Palina West and Sta. Lucia.
Onia said that they will also be bringing the ‘Defend against Dengue’ campaign in the municipalities of Bolinao, Binmaley and Bayambang.

October 3, 2011 at 6:25 am Leave a comment

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