Archive for October 14, 2011


These towering silos in Laoac, Pangasinan are full of feeds for the cows. The dairy projects there were the brainchild of former Rep. Mark Cojuangco (5th District, Pangasinan) and is being continued by his wife Rep. Kimi

October 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

NFA says we have enough rice

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

BINALONAN- Despite of the destruction brought by the back-to-back Typhoons Pedring and Quiel to crops and properties, an official of the National Food Authority (NFA) of eastern Pangasinan said that rice supply is still enough.
Ramon B. Cuaresma, provincial manager of NFA-Eastern Pangasinan, told Northern Watch, “We have still a total of 500,000 bags of rice in our warehouse that will last until November this year. This includes the 400,000 cavans of palay that are at present being milled by private millers.”
He said that of the rice stocks in their warehouses, 200,000 bags are part of the rice importation last year.
Cuaresma revealed that rice situation next year will be a different story. The damages on palay by Typhoons Pedring and Quiel, he said, were immense that the government might resort to another rice importation next year.
“In the Districts V and VI, about 31,000 hectares of palay have been destroyed by the typhoons. Some were on their flowering stage, others are maturing and others were were ready to be harvested,” he said.
He further said that the target of his office for palay procurement this harvest season until December is 365,000 cavans of palay which represents 3.6% of the projected total harvests of farmers during the crop season.
“ The remaining harvested palay will be sold by the farmers to private traders and others will be their household stocks,” Cuaresma said.
He said that the NFA buying price is P17 per kilo with an incentive of P0.20/kilo for drying, P0.20/kilo for delivery and P0.30 /kilo for cooperative development incentive fund (CDIF).
“Prior to the two typhoons, the buying price of commercial traders was P17.50/kilo. This harvest season, we see the traders to be more active in buying and ill have higher buying price per kilo,” he said.
Meanwhile, Cuaresma said that his office had released a total of 200 bags of rice for relief operations to flood victims to the Workers for Christ, a church-based non-government organization.

October 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

DepEd Pangasinan II celebrates World Teachers’ Day

by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

LAOAC- To celebrate World Teachers Day, teachers from eastern Pangasinan held “Walk for a Cause” from Binalonan to Laoac, a short program and “Teachers Got Talent Competition.” They also put up booths by subject areas where they presented products and food for sale.
More than 7,000 school teachers, administrators and officials of the Pangasinan II Schools Division trooped to Don Rufino Tabayoyong Central School here last October 5 to jointly celebrate the 2nd World Teachers’ Day.
The celebration was led by Schools Division Superintendent Viraluz S. Raguindin and Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Teodora V. Nabor together with 5th District Board Members Danilo C. Uy and Clemente “Nino” R. Arboleda, Jr.
Laoac District Supervisor Dr. Fe Nida R. Abalos welcomed the teachers and guests who said that in spite of limited resources, the town hosted the celebration to show their hospitality.
Abalos said the town is cooperative to the endeavors of the school district because of their cohesiveness, cooperation and teamwork.
Vice Mayor Fernando Soriano, who represented Mayor Silverio Alarcio, Jr., also welcomed the teachers saying that the town is honored to host the big event of World Teachers’ Day.
Soriano gave tribute to the teachers and said,” Teachers are important resources in student building. You mold the minds of the youth.”
Nabor emphasized the importance of teachers in nation buiding.
“We should be proud as teachers. Although teachers are overworked and underpaid employees, we are the molders of all professionals,” Nabor said.
Raguindin lauded Mayor Alarcio and the Laoac District for hosting the event and said was more inspired to see all the teachers convened in one place.
“ I am proud of you. You have given much of your efforts in all our endeavors. What we are today in the division, I owed it from you,” Raguindin said even as she equally lauded all teachers for their patience and sacrifices in their classrooms and off-school activities.
Uy said that he has always been supportive to the cause of teachers particularly in their activities.
“This I will promise you. In all your district activities, I will provide you one “lechon” (roasted pig) provided that you will inform me two days ahead of the event. I have my high respect to teachers. You are my teacher, my hero and love,” Uy said eliciting big applause from the audience.
Arboleda, on the other hand, recalled his younger years dealing with his teachers and the experiences he got from them.
“You enter the school to develop engineers, doctors and other professionals who are more paid than you. Why do you have that patience despite of sacrifices and hardships? It’s because you love your profession,” he said.
Arboleda further lauded the teachers for making their students successful and a little “words of thanks” is enough to compliment their sacrifices.
The Teachers’ Got Talent competition capped the event where they showed their talents in singing ,dancing and playing musical instruments.

October 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Rosales dads holds public hearing on traffic management code

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- This town will soon have its revised traffic management code after the Sangguniang Bayan members, acting as “committee of the whole,” conducted a public hearing among transport groups, commuting public and other sectors at the SM City Rosales on Oct 5.
“There is now an urgent need to have our traffic management code. This will detail where our loading and unloading zones will be established. This will include a system whereby transport groups will operate such as parking areas and parking fees,” said Councilor Enrique S. Cosue Jr., chair of the committee on transportation.
The traffic management code will be enacted by the Sangguniang Bayan following the transfer of the Carmen Rosales Transport Terminal (CRTT) which was operated by Hausland Development Corporation to the SM Primeholdings Corp. which is operating the SM City Rosales.
During the public hearing moderated by Councilor Mark Anthony R. Yu, Chair, committee on judiciary, sentiments of the transport groups and commuting public were heard.
The non-resident tricycle operators and drivers associations (TODAs) of Alcala, Sto. Tomas and Villasis requested to allow them to operate from their towns to the SM City Terminal and bring back their passengers to their points of origins.
One student aired a concern regarding the prohibition of Santrans by SM City Terminal to get passengers which she said the bus company is charging lower transport fares.
SM City Rosales Manager Jersey Mendoza promised the student to give appropriate action to her concern.
Issues on terminal allocation fee for vans and jeepneys were given importance. The committee also clarified some issues and queries regarding the operation of motorized tricycles including pedicabs to and from the said terminal.
Atty. Alex Versoza of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) also attended the public hearing and shared his knowledge to further enrich the proposed traffic management code.
The Code is set for refinement and review before it will be presented in a plenary session of the Sangguniang Bayan for deliberations and approval.
Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Dominador “Jojo” Pajela, Jr. bared that concomitant to the traffic management code, SM Primeholdings Corp. will construct a three-floor terminal building in a one-hectare lot in front of the SM City Rosales.
The terminal building which cost P150 million will have parking spaces for buses, mini buses, jeepneys and tricycles. It will have other amenities such as eateries and cafes, comfort rooms and passengers waiting lounges.
Pajela said that the construction of the building will start by November this year.

October 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Teachers, the unsung heroes of all time

Teachers play indispensable roles in our lives. They are not only regarded as our second parents. They also impart additional values aside from those being acquired in our homes and neighborhood, which shape our personalities. In the early stages of our educational needs and learning, teachers are the ones who intervene – teaching us the rudiments of writing, arithmetic and reading. They show us what the world is and in our innocent minds inculcate the values of industry, the respect of one’s rights, the love of country and the importance of education.
The United Nations (UN) gave tribute to all teachers world wide last October 5. With its theme, “ My Teacher, My Hero,” teachers throughout the world took a respite from their classroom activities and celebrated the World Teachers’ Day. It was a day purposely to recognize the importance of teachers as the purveyors of ideals and of shaping the world through their patience in all phases of learning. They teach toddlers in nurseries and kindergartens, adolescents in the secondary schools and young adults in colleges. They are the ones who shape our minds slowly and intelligently making us good members of the society and the communities we live in.
Teachers’ roles are not confined to academic activities. They are the role models of pupils and students. Their activities transcend their classrooms to the communities where they work. They are the mirrors of the society where they are given high respect and regards.
Personally, I have high respect and regards for teachers. In my previous articles in this column, I have chided many officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) Pangasinan II Division. It pained me writing those articles particularly those exposing their misdemeanors and inanities. Deep inside me, those articles were meant not to destroy them or bring infamy to their positions and teaching professions, but to have them reformed. What hurts me more is when I see teachers gambling in front of other people. They demean their professions eliciting utter disrespect from people.. Maybe, others will argue that teachers are also humans like anybody else and that their professional lives are separate from that of their personal activities. That’s true! But teachers are special people. They have a niche in communities that is not given to other professions.
I belong to a family of teachers even as I have also a wide experience in teaching. I have been a trainer and teacher of development workers on various technical trainings when I was still connected with the government service. The best compliment I got was when the ideas imparted to them are being used, thus they worked effectively and efficiently. And to all teachers, the greatest accomplishment they get is when they see their students succeed in life.“ My Teacher, my hero” is indeed a fitting tribute to all teachers. They are the unsung heroes in the world.
In the Philippines, teachers are overworked and underpaid. They are even risking their lives especially during election time. How many teachers we heard being killed because of politics? How many of them were blamed of electoral fraud and vote rigging? How many of them braved the typhoons, the floods and other calamities just to see to it that their classrooms and teaching materials will be saved? In spite all of these, we still see them teaching with passion, fervor and commitment.
To all teachers, receive my salute. You are the heroes of all time.
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October 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

The health benefits of coconut water

by Henrylito D. Tacio

In one hour of sustained physical exercise, the body can lose up to
three quarts of water through perspiration. In that water are small
amounts of “electrolyte” minerals – mainly sodium but also potassium –
and carbohydrates (sugars), whose loss leads to fatigue.

For most of human history, the remedy to fluid loss was simple: drink
water. But since the 1960s, sporting enthusiasts have an alternative –
the “isotonic drink,” containing not only water but electrolytes and
other minerals, plus vitamins, complex polymer carbohydrates and amino

In the United States, one of the sports drinks that is fast becoming
popular is the water from coconut trees. Coconut water is available
in supermarkets, health-food stores and even in some vending machines
in single-serving sizes (average price, $1.70).

“Drinking what they call coco water, and what we call buko juice, is a
growing trend in the US,” President Benigno Aquino III told the press
when he returned from a working visit to the United States. “Because
of its nutrients, because it is natural and environment friendly, it
is becoming the new natural sports drink in America and is now a
hundred-million-dollar industry.”

One US health magazine hails coco water as “America’s healthiest
beverage” for providing enhanced hydration, essential nutrition and
all five essential electrolytes (calcium, potassium, magnesium,
phosphorous and sodium).

When compared with a popular sports drink per 100 milligrams, coco
water has more potassium (294 milligrams versus 11.7 milligrams), less
sodium (25 milligrams versus 41 milligrams), more chloride (118
milligrams versus 39 milligrams), more magnesium (10 milligrams versus
7 milligrams), and less sugars (five milligrams versus six

“Medically, the buko juice is one of the purest sources of energy in
the world,” says Dr. Jose P. Naval, an occupational physician based in
Davao. “It is considered to be sterile because of its sealed enclosure
in the nut shell.”

Coconut is grown in almost all tropical countries. The Philippines,
for instance, has around 340 million coconut trees planted on 3.4
million hectares.

As more countries will be joining the world’s US$1,000 million market
for “sports beverages” particularly coco water, the UN Food and
Agriculture Organization has taken out a patent on a new process that
would allow manufacturers to bottle coco water that is biologically
pure, very tasty and full of the salts, sugars and vitamins demanded
by both sweating urban joggers and serious athletes.

The process was invented by Morton Satin, Chief of AG’s Agricultural
Industries and Post-harvest Management Service, whose previous food
inventions include high-fiber white bread and wheatless bread.

“Fresh coconut water is already highly valued in tropical countries,”
Satin said. “A young coconut between six and nine months contains
about 750 milliliters of water – really, its juice that eventually
becomes the flesh.”

Satin regards coco water as “a natural isotonic beverage” that has
“the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood.”
“It’s the fluid of life, so to speak,” he pointed out.

During the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict
regularly used coconut water – siphoned directly from the nut – to
give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers.

The recent epidemic of cholera on the Pacific Ocean atoll of Tarawa in
Gilbert Islands renewed interest in the use of coconut water as a
rehydration fluid. “In areas of the world where coconuts are
plentiful, the advantages of sterility, availability and acceptability
make coconut water theoretically feasible for the oral rehydration of
patients with severe gastroenteritis when conventional fluids are
unavailable,” the study said.

American nutritionist Jonny Bowden, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods
on Earth, considers coco water to be a “perfectly good option” for
people who want to stay hydrated. “It’s high in heart-healthy
potassium, with most brands providing about 700 milligrams in an
11-ounce serving – that’s lots more than you get in a banana,” he
wrote. “It also has only about 60 calories per 11-ounce serving.”

Diabetics can also benefit from drinking coconut water. The
Philippine Coconut Authority informs: “Potassium content of water is
remarkably high at all nut ages. Together with sodium and phosphorus,
potassium content also tends to increase with the ages of the coconut
to peak at nine months. This characteristic of coconut water makes it
a very good drinking water for diabetics. Diabetics waking from a coma
recover quickly after drinking coconut water.”

There’s more to coco water than all these. Bruce Fife, considered the
world’s leading expert on coconut and health, shared this anecdote in
his book, Coconut Water for Health and Healing, on how coco water
helped in treating cataract:

“We discovered this by accident while on a cruise ship (years ago). A
few of us were on an island day trip and wanted to get off the beaten
tourist’s path so we hired a bus and driver to take us to the opposite
side of the island (only 10 of us on that big bus). A man and his wife
were taking the cruise as a sort last hoorah before her scheduled
cataract surgery, we later found out.

“Anyway, there was a beautiful beach with coconuts laying everywhere
and we got thirsty, but there was no drinking water. So we decided to
open up some coconut to quench our dry throats. We found a local with
a big machete and through sign language we convinced him to open
coconuts for us. The woman with the cataracts got splashed in one eye
by the coconut juice, and it burned a bit.

“We were all digging through everything we had for something to
relieve her eye ‘injury.’ All we came up with was one moist washcloth.
Her husband wiped her eye and placed the washcloth over it. About 10
minutes later she announced we should head back to the ship. We did.

“The next morning at breakfast she said that her eye was much better
and that she could see very well. We examined her eye closely and
could not see any signs of the cataract, which was quite obvious the
day before. She said she wished she had gotten splashed in both eyes.
Then the idea dawned on us to ‘splash’ her other eye.

“We did that very day as soon as we got ashore and also repeated the
other eye too. This time we were prepared. We went to the local
market, grabbed a coconut, opened it, and strained it through a
washcloth into a plastic cup, dribbled the juice into both eyes,
placed a warm washcloth over both eyes, waited 10 minutes, and the
rest is history.”

No more cataracts and there was no surgery done. “Coconut water
contains antioxidants as well as magnesium, potassium and other
minerals and enzymes which may un-denature or relax the lens proteins,
allowing them to realign and become transparent again,” Fife wrote.

“Coconut water may be an ideal eyewash or eye drop solution. If it can
heal the damage caused by cataract, it may have other beneficial
effects on eye health as well. Using it regularly may be an excellent
way to prevent cataract, glaucoma, and perhaps other eye problems,”
the author concludes.

Meanwhile, Satin sees coconut water as a natural contender in the
sports drink market. “Just think of it,” he said. “What could be
better than a natural beverage product with the delicate aroma, taste,
drinking characteristics and nutritional value of pure, fresh, tender
coconut water, plus all the functional characteristics required of a
sports drink?” –

October 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

October 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : San Roque Dam gives us false sense of security

The people of Pangasinan were happy for the construction of the San Roque Multi-purpose Dam because the proponents claimed that it was constructed for irrigation, power generation, and flood control.

Which should be prioritized…irrigation?

The dam’s irrigation component will be completed in 2012.

Which should be prioritized…power generation?
The people of Pangasinan are paying around P10 per kilowatt hour, approximately the same amount as those paid by people of areas that do not host the dam

Which should be prioritized…flood control?
Remember the floods of 2004 and 2009 which were caused by massive water releases from the dam.

During typhoons where heavy rainfall is present a dilemma always arises in the operation of the San Roque Dam.

Yes there is a protocol, but it is not followed.

This year, dam authorities made preemptive water discharges which they could have done in 2009.

Why did they not make preemptive water discharges in 2009?

The flood control component of the San Roque Dam is that it can contain water that was supposed to have flooded the lower areas of the dam up to a five year period.

Since the dam authorities always repeat and boast of the flood control component, people of Pangasinan begin to develop a false sense of security.

We are then surprised that the flood that came in 2009 was more devastating in terms of the annual flooding that occurs during the rainy season.

The entire province of Pangasinan was under signal number 1 and when the dam continuously released a very huge amount of water for a number of days…destruction took place.

Should we decommission the dam and let the Agno River flow freely?

October 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Rep. Agabas para sa flood control

October 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

New irrigation supervisor calls for unity among farmers

By Brando Cortez

TAYUG- Farmer irrigator association presidents along the Ambayaoan-Dipalo River Irrigation System (ADRIS) and the Lower Agno River Irrigation System (LARIS) had a consultation meeting with newly installed irrigation superintendent Engr. Segundo Martinez.

Martinez called for the meeting to give everyone an understanding of how the NIA and the farmers can unite and solve problems in irrigation development in their respective areas of responsibility.

He said that his concern is for the farmers to have better incomes because the farmers are the backbone of society who work to have food for the people.

“Ang pagkakaisa niyo at pagtutulungan sa NIA ay makabubuti sa inyo,” Martinez said. “Hindi po ito para sa akin, dahil wala naman po akong palayan dito.”

The farmers led by federation president Allan Reinoso enumerated their concerns on the repair of damaged canals and damaged crops.

After the meeting, Martinez went for site inspection at the DPWH flood control dike in barangay casantamariaan, San Quintin which was breached during typhoons Pedring and Quiel.

Rocks, stones and sand now cover palay planted farms in the barangay.

Martinez plans to coordinate with Sixth District Rep. Marlyn Agabas and the DPWH on how to efficiently use the heavy equipment in the area for the repair of the breached dike and the continued flow of irrigation for the farms.

October 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

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