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LAST GLIMPSE


These policemen take a look at the remains of Supt.Lloyd Millan, chief of police of Bayambang, during a brief wake at the grandstand of the Pangasinan PNP provincial office in Lingayen last November 3. Millan and his wife, Cherryl, was gunned down by his elder brother in Alaminos City last October 30. The remains of the Millan couple were brought to Surigao, hometown of Cherryl, last November 4 where they will be laid to rest.CESAR RAMIREZ

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November 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Vultures at DepEd


The sights in Alaminos City, as seen on TV lately, were heart wrenching.
An older brother Lyndon Milan mowed with his M-16 assault rifle and a single shot from his .45 caliber pistol a younger brother police Supt. Lloyd Milan and his wife Cherryl.
Then the remains of the victims were seen being shipped to the southern province of the country Surigao, the home province of Cherryl.
The dead Milans’ 13 year-old eldest son told the TV reporter that his father’s mother, sisters, and brothers conspired to kill his father.
Lyndon used to be my co-faculty in college. We had some warm chit-chat at the City Hall of Alaminos, where he worked, a week before the carnage without me knowing the gruesome incidents that await a week later.
The kin of his father did not show-up during the entire wake.
A “distressed” Mayor Nani Braganza quipped how Alaminos City lost a first potential general in Colonel Milan.
The slain police officer was a graduate of the Philippine National Police Academy.
His and his wife’s death, according to my source, started when his parents’ fishpond was mortgaged to him.

***
If you enter the office of Assistant Superintendent Dr. Shiela Marie Sison-Primicias , you will see three columns of pictures on a long bond paper posted at the glass window of her office for all to see.
Column 1 is about two dirty comfort rooms in her division office called Pangasinan-1 in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
Column 2 is a photo of a refurbished well-tiled spic –and-span comfort rooms after the old comfort rooms in Column 1 were renovated by Dr. Primicias in her 36-day brief stint as OIC superintendent of Pangasinan-1.
This after Dr. Aurora Domingo, Superintendent of the Division, went for a two-month vacation in the U.S.
What infuriated Dr. Primicias and those who dropped at her office were the photos at Column 3.
All of those tens of thousands of pesos worth of renovated comfort rooms in Column 2 were in rubbles as if they were bombed by the NATO forces in Libya.
***
The person responsible for this demolition should be sued with criminal acts. This is not only Malicious Mischief. This is taxpayers’ money that went down the drain because of stupidity.
As you know there is internal “squabbling” among Dr. Domingo, Dr. Danny Sison, Dr. Primicias.
Kung sino man sa inyo ang nag-utos na ipa-demolish iyan dahil mi mga away kayo diyan, sana naman iniisip niyo na ang dinamay niyo ay government funded project.
Managot kayo!
I am calling the attention of DepEd. Secretary Ermin Luistro, Governor Amado T. Espino, and chairman of Education Committee (and the saving grace of the provincial board) Board Member Ming Rosario to investigate and mete penalties on those who were involved on the outrageous acts there.
***

The names for new positions for teachers given by Sec. Luistro to Dep Ed ­are now mostly coursed through congressmen instead of the division offices of the education department.
This new policy is to avoid corrupt division superintendents who sell these new items to willing teacher applicants.
According to my source, Dep Ed central office finds it safe against corruption- hold your breath -to give these quotas to congressmen.
My other source told me that a school superintendent could sell each item up to P135 thousand to P150 thousand for an applicant.
But if it is given to a solon, the lawmakers would just give it to the son or daughter of his supporter who are board passer and who are included on the rank’s lists of principals.
He said that bigwigs at DepEd central office know that these applicant- protégée of the solons are not fleeced — even if they are listed at the bottom part of the ranking of their application.
Under the” Matuwid na Daan (Straight Path)” of President Benigno Aquino, Jr., a congressman is given up to 50 quota while a superintendent is given only a measly ten quota for new positions.
***
A division that covers up to four congressional districts is given up to 200 new positions through the lawmakers.
A lowest rank public school teacher now receives P19 thousand a month pay.
With a bill now being deliberated in congress, this amount would balloon to P32 thousand a month, according to a high ranking education official.
With a handsome sums dangled to would be applicant in the public school, vultures like these superintendents and principals proliferate.
(You can read my selected intriguing but thought-provoking columns at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com. You can send comments too at totomortz@yahoo.com).

November 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm 1 comment

Motels, doctors can be taxed correctly – retired bursar


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

SAN CARLOS CITY – A recently retired bursar in this city suggested how the Bureau of Internal Revenue can accurately tax motels.
Arturo Mandapat, the revenue consultant of this city and the nearby town of Urbiztondo, said the BIR should get the monthly bills of motels on electricity and water.
“They (owners) should explain why they have that outrageous bills on power and water and explain why their unbelievably measly declared gross income,” he said.
In past interview with this paper, Assistant Revenue District Officers Charmaine dela Torre, and Ma. Bernadeth Mangaoang lamented the dilemma they face to tax motels.
Mangaoang explained that the national tax office has formulated a plan in which a BIR personnel will list how many cars entered the motel everyday.
She said usually the lists are recorded on the logbook of the motel security.
“Hindi naman everyday may BIR. Kaya nga e kukunin na lang nila iyong average, “ Mangaoang said.
Dela Torre lamented the lack of manpower of the BIR that supervise Central Pangasinan which results in motels not being correctly taxed.
Aside from motels, the BIR scored also doctors, dentists, lawyers and architects for not paying their correct taxes.

Laywer Beverly Milo, chief of Revenue District-6 who supervises eastern Pangasinan, blames the lack of manpower to conduct surveillance operation to know how much these professionals are earning.
“Ang problema kulang sa tao. Sa dami ng doctors that you cannot actually (monitor) hindi tuloy natin ma-establish. Pero sa mga income nila from the hospitals meron na tayong PhilHealth,” she said.
She said the medical doctors are the least difficult to tax because their business transactions with patients are corroborated by data provided by the PhilHealth.
President Aquino, in his State of the Nation Address, said around 1.7 million self-employed and professional taxpayers like lawyers, doctors, businessmen paid a total of 9.8 billion pesos in 2010.
“This means that each of them paid only an average of 5,783 pesos in income tax—and if this is true, then they each must have earned only 8,500 pesos a month, which is below the minimum wage. I find this hard to believe, ” Aquino deplored.
Mandapat said that an architect can easily be tax by asking him why he declared , for instance, a miniscule P5,000 income tax on a P5 million building he designed.
The veteran bursar said the P5 million should have a tax of 5 percent to 10 percent or P250 thousand to P500 thousand

November 7, 2011 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

Santa Barbara approves P138M budget for 2012


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
SANTA BARBARA – This first class town is richer compared to other Pangasinan towns in terms of appropriation for next year..
According to Mayor Carlito Zaplan this town has just approved a budget of P138 million for 2012.
The towns of Lingayen and Calasiao have a budget for the same year of more or less P130 million and P132 million, respectively.
The mayor said this higher budget happened because of the two major sources of taxpayers here.
He said the processing plants of Ginebra San Miguel based in Brgy. Tebag West and RC Cola in Brgy. Marunong pay P21 million and roughly P8 million business taxes.
These do not include the Real Property Tax. RC Cola paid P600,000 when it has not constructed theplant yet. Then there is a building tax, Zaplan said.
The mayor explained that the budget for 2012 should be P145 million but after he heard about the reduction of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) intended for his town, he and his officials adopted the appropriation of P138 million.
He said that there would be no lay-off of workers here just like what happened in nearby Urdaneta City because of the slash on the IRA.

November 7, 2011 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Barangay general assemblies and ” Linggo ng Kabataan”



There are two important activities under the Local Government Code of 1991 or Republic Act No. 7160 that were not given much attention and importance in the month of October this year. It maybe because we were swarmed with many activities such as the Senior Citizens’ Week, National Statistics Week, Bright Child Celebration and many others that the Barangay General Assembly which was synchronized nationwide and the “Linggo ng Kabataan” were not provided with preferential attention as those earlier stated.

I was also not aware that there were barangay general assemblies that have been undertaken in the first week of October. I was expecting at least a notice from our barangay officials or a public information sound system going around in the barangay, but it was not so. I was just informed after several days that the general assembly was already conducted.

With or without invitation to attend the general assembly is not my point here. As barangay residents, it is our duty to attend the barangay general assemblies to hear the reports of our barangay officials and to know what developments are taking place in our barangays. In like manner, it is also the time wherein we will know how we can be of help to our officials particularly in promoting various development programs in the barangays.

We are aware that many issues are being raised at the barangay levels. Barangays, for that matter, are the fronliners in the delivery of basic services to the people. Most of the time, we hear barangay residents murmuring and telling that their barangay officials are doing nothing for their good and welfare. They will concoct unsavory ideas such that later on will demean the leadership of those sitting barangay officials.

Barangay general assemblies are designed to be the venue to air the residents’ complaints and issues. It is there where they will know the financial condition of the barangays. It is there where they will know what services are available and what have already been done with those basic services. But then, people take the general assemblies for granted. They don’t want to attend maybe because of their own personal reasons, but when problems crop up in the barangays, these people are the ones who complain the most.

What I am trying to convey here is that, let’s not take barangay general assemblies for granted. By attending them, our eyes will be opened to realities that some of our elected barangay officials don’t deserve to be in their positions and maybe it is time also to examine ourselves whether they are still deserving to be elected in the next elections. We have no right to complain if we are not aware of what’s going on in our barangays.

How about ” Linggo ng Kabataan?” The Local Government Code specifically declare the last week of October as the “Linggo ng Kabataan” to be undertaken by the Sangguniang Kabataan in every barangay and the Federation of Sangguniang Kaataan at the municipal levels. I have yet to hear what the Sangguniang Kabataans are doing for the mandate given to them. I have yet to hear also what they have done for the Linggo ng Kabataan in which they are supposed to have also a general assembly among the youth members, conduct of activities such as sports and leadership seminars and trainings. But none. We could not blame these youth leaders anyway. They are still in schools and have been busy reviewing for their final examinations in time for the semestral break.

Don’t you think, this is now the time to abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan? In my past articles, I dwelt lengthily on the abolition of this youth group, not because they don’t deserve to be such leaders but because they don’t have the time to perform their mandated tasks. We are aware that 10% of the appropriated budgets- barangays, municipalities and provinces, are alloted to the Sangguniang Kabataan. But how are these budget being spent? We often hear study tour in the guise of excursion, sports competitions but limited to basketball tournaments where the bulk of the money go to the referees, sign boards, etc. When will we see that these youth leaders will really come up with more noble and productive projects in the barangays, municipalities/cities and even provinces?

Someone told me,”We are preparing the young people to be our next leaders.” And I answered back, “We are preparing them as well as the next corrupt leaders.” Who among our SK Chairmen are sons or daughters of sitting politicians? Who among them can think and act on their own without the shadows of their politician-parents? Our youth leaders in the SK are already politicized. At their very young ages, they were exposed already to vote buying upon the orchestration of their parents. Last SK elections, I could not believe what I heard that the parents of a candidate for SK Chairman bought cellphones as giveaways to the young electorates. If that’s not corruption, then tell me what it is?

However, I am not yet resigned to having a good youth organization. The sitting powers from the barangays up to the provincial levels could still make a way to develop these youth leaders. I believe they could be more productive if they will be given more activities related to cultural and tourism promotions.

That I will have to see in the next three years.

(For comments, email me at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com)

November 7, 2011 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

DepEd officials, teachers support Raguindin


by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

BINALONAN- School administrators and teachers of Pangasinan II Schools Division issued a manifesto showing their “unwavering support” to Schools Division Superintendent Viraluz S. Raguindin, denouncing allegations against her in a weekly newspaper and through text messages.

The manifesto denounced allegations in text messages and news articles and editorial published in the several issues of Northern Star accusing Raguindin for selling items for promotion, transfer and permanent positions in addition to the claim that these are done in exchange for sex with her son Rovijohn.

“At our level, we categorically tag the text messages and published news articles and editorial as malicious, baseless, irresponsible and untrue information which are all a product of imagination of those who wish to destroy her (Raguindin) administration,” the school administrators and teachers declared.

The news article was published in the October 23-24, 2011 issue of Northern Star with title “Mister at anak ni Raguindin palayasin sila” by-lined by a certain Evelyn Abaw-Sargado. The paper also carried the editorial ” Pamilya ni Raguindin”.

In the news article, Raguindin was tagged as selling teachers’ items caused by natural vacancy, promotions and transfer in the amount of P120,000, part of which were allegedly given to DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro, DepEd Regional Director Ma. Ligaya Soledad T. Miguel and officers of the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

In the editorial, Raguindin was accused of hiring her husband Robert and son Rovijohn as casual employees of the division.

Regarding the allegations that Raguindin’s son Rovijohn figured out in a sexual affair in exchange for teacher’s item, the manifesto said that ” it is an act of idiocracy. We believe that female teachers are not that idiot to be a victim of such immorality. They deserve respect and self-esteem.”

A principal who requested anonymity said the published news articles are absurd and devoid of truth designed to besmirch the reputation of Raguindin.

“How can she sell teachers’ items when her work is just ministerial. She signs documents emanating from the district levels for elementary schools and from the principals in the secondary schools. The documents will also pass the scrutinies (sic) of the assistant schools superintendents, subject supervisors and the administrative officer,” the principal said.

He further said that for the filling up of vacancies at the elementary level, a promotion and selection board at the district level is responsible for the process. For the secondary level, a promotion and selection boards from the secondary schools are also created to oversee the process of selection and promotion.

“Mrs. Raguindin has no direct hand in the hiring of teachers as well as in promoting them,” the manifesto said.

“With her three years in the division which she has shown honesty, dedication, commitment and a responsible leader, our strong support and confidence of Madam Raguindin’s adminstration remain and will continue despite the unjust character assassination sheis facing,” the manifesto stated.

November 7, 2011 at 11:06 am 2 comments

Mayor’s square park to open Nov 1


by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- The newly reconstructed Mayor’s Square Park beside the Old City Hall Building here will be formally opened to the public on November 1 in a simple inaugural ceremony.

This was bared by Municipal Engineer. Macario A. Segundo in an interview when he also said that the reconstruction of the park costs more or less P1.5 million.

“We hope to complete the construction and refurbishing works until October 28 so that it will be ready for the opening on November 1,” Segundo said.

Segundo further said that the Mayor’s Square Park is just one of the numerous beautification projects of Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” E. Perez IV with the urban center of the city.

He said that the beautification projects cost more or less P8 million which include the city’s landmark at the 168 Supermarket, the tiling of sidewalks and the construction of annex building which will house the offices of the various departments of the city.

In a separate interview, Mayor Bobom said he is bent on beautifying the physical landscape of the city in time for this year’s fiesta celebration.

“Many balikbayans will come over the city and I want to show them the transformation we have done in the city where they were born and raised. Aside the physical transformation, we want to show them our various environmental projects we have started such as our engineered sanitary land fill and the massive cleanliness and environmental awareness campaigns,” Mayor Bobom said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Bobom disclosed that the present city plaza will soon be converted into a “bagsakan” area (wholesale market) to accommodate more fruits and vegetables coming from different provinces in northern Luzon.

“We have to expand already our bagsakan area. The present site could no longer accommodate other traders. The streets at the back of the Cultural and Sports Complex as well as those near the Immaculate Conception Church are at present being used as trading areas,” he said.

November 7, 2011 at 11:00 am Leave a comment


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