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Former President Fidel Ramos flashes thumbs-up sign as he joins some officials and visitors at the river cruise in Dagupan City last November 11.CESAR RAMIREZ

November 16, 2011 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

Noche Buena products covered by SRP law

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – The Deparment of Trade and Industry has put suggested retail prices on noche buena products like keso de bola, spaghetti, tomato sauce and salad ingredients.
DTI Ilocos Regional Director Peter Mangabat said in the past years, the prices of the noche buena products increase, forcing Filipinos to spend more for the holidays.
“Stores could not increase the prices beyond the SRP, so celebrating noche buena would be easier on the pocket,” he said.
Mangabat said the DTI has also been going around checking Christmas decorative lights for sale, including those in the sidewalks.
“So far, there had been no violation. This could be because the DTI has been monitoring the Christmas lights for years and the traders already know which to sell,” he said.
He advised consumers to check the Christmas lights to be sure that what they are buying are safe.
“If the commodity comes from China, it should have an import commodity clearance (ICC) sticker. The sticker is round and shiny, like a hologram. But since the ICC can be faked, consumers should look at the plug and wires which should be thick,” he explained.
As for the locally manufactured, the Christmas lights should have a PS (product standard) mark, he said.
As for paroles, Mangabat said the DTI has no control over them, although the wires, plug and sockets are also covered by industry standards.
Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez, who family owns the CSI Group of Companies, said the CSI has many housebrands of noche buena products which are much cheaper than other brands.
“In terms of quality I can guarantee, we have pasta, condiments, whole corn which sells better than Del Monte. Then we are coming out with own spaghetti sauce,”she said.

November 16, 2011 at 9:24 am Leave a comment

RP should protect territories – Bataoil

Rep. Leopoldo Bartaoil (2nd District, Pangasinan)

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – Pangasinan second district Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil said the Philippine government should protect its territory from foreign incursion based on international law.

Bataoil, a member of the House’s defense committee, said these territorial land and sea over which the country has jurisdiction under the internationally approved Archipelagic Doctrine, are the Spratly’s Islands.

The claimant states like Mainland China, Taiwan,Vietnam and others at the West Philippines Sea (Spratlys) should be settled in a peaceful manner.

Bataoil said in case foreign intruders arbitrarily build concrete barriers or deploy missiles on the islands under the protection of the Philippines, the government has all the rights to dismantle them.
“Let’s dismantle those war materials which threaten our sovereignty and our territorial security, “he stressed.

He also said the Defense Committee want to procure modern warships and fighter jets to buttress the equipment of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“We have approved the procurement of the Coast Guard’s Hamilton Class Cutter under the modernization program.”

He said the 2012 fiscal budget sees an increase in the military budget.

Meanwhile, Bataoil said the solution to solve the Moro problems is for the government to launch without let-up a military and police operation.

“Operation without let-up in pursuit of justice. It is not an all-out-war; it is all-out-justice. We are doing military operation in pursuit of justice,” he explained.

He said he was not in favor of an all-out-war because it would result in many civilian casualties.
He said there is always a price to pay for a campaign like an all-out-war and an all-out-justice that would be waged by the government.

Bataoil, a former police two-star general saw action during his junior years at the defunct Philippine Constabulary and as chief of police of Cotabato City’s Metrodiscom when he was a Chief Inspector (Major rank in the military) of the Philippine National Police.

November 16, 2011 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: FVR optimistic for RP’s industrialization bid

As we sailed on a river cruise in the tranquil and pristine Dawel River in Dagupan City recently, I asked former president Fidel V. Ramos if the Philippines still had a chance to be a newly industrialized country (NIC).

“Foreign Direct Investors are vigorously putting shops in Mainland China, Vietnam, and Indonesia while our government contends itself with trickles from these investors . Is there a chance for as to be industrialized?” I posed.

The still athletic 83 year-old alumnus of the United States Military Academy, who just beaten me hands down in a crunch exercise, told me in the affirmative.

“My answer has always been very clear. You read my last five issues at the Manila Bulletin on (its) Sunday (edition),” he stressed.

When I read his “Asia, Latin America emerging markets” (October 9, 2011), I thought I stumbled with the innovative and consequential strategist Albert Wohlstetter of the U.S based think-thank Rand Corporation .
I was awed how the former president gathered the suggestions to perk up our economy in the EMF forum in Warrenton, Virginia last September 25-27 September 2011 he attended with 110 global personalities including former leaders and experts from the IMF, World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank executives, plus incumbents from the Asian Development Bank, Latin American Development Bank, and UN.

He said that for this country to become an NIC it should do the following:
A. Strengthen governance and democratic institutions against organized crime, drug trafficking, and corruption; B. Ensure stable, level, and transparent macroeconomic environments; C. Improve competitiveness based on human development and provision of dependable finance, infrastructure, and energy systems; D) Reduce costs/time for doing business with minimum bureaucratic red tape; E) Implement inclusive policies that bridge disparities) Consolidate positions as competitive players in the regional/ global economy.

My five-cent worth suggestions

My five-cent worth additional suggestion to the formula of the perceptive former president and his group is we should amend the inequitable 60-40 percent, 70-30 percent, and even the 100 percent proprietary ownership of running a business in this country.
If this lopsided equities favor tremendously the smaller capital Filipino investors, it drives off the financially bigger foreign investors who have the entire wherewithal to pour in the country.
If Hong Kong and Malaysia have enjoyed the multiplier effects of foreign investments because of their policy of 100 percent ownership for everybody, why can we not emulate them to buttress our sluggish economy?
How can we stimulate jobs creation at the face of these lopsided business ventures sharing where mass media and medical and allied professions are 100 percent Filipino owned, construction of locally and expensively funded public works and advertising are 75 percent Filipino owned, ownership and establishment of educational institutions and manufacture of products are 60 percent Filipino owned?
If we have amended these vicious practices when the Constitutional Commission hammers the 1987 Constitution we should be probably enjoying the $8,700 (or Philippine peso’s equivalent of P365,400 a year salary) per capita income (PCI) the Thais enjoy today as based on the 2010 figures of the World’s Fact Book.
In that year the Philippines got a pathetic U.S $3,550 (P149, 100 a year) PCI
I will discuss in my next column how to solve the face-off our country faces with Mainland China and other claimants at the West Philippine Seas as based on the nuggets I found on the columns of President Ramos.
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November 16, 2011 at 9:11 am Leave a comment

Abono thanks Alcala and Biazon on offal issue

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ROSALES- The chairman and founder of the Abono Party-list hopes that the unabated smuggling of offal would be minimized because of the pro-active roles played by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and the newly appointed Custom Chief Rozzano Rufino Biazon.

Offal are parts of butchered pigs like chopped ears, snout, brain, and others, which are major ingredient of a popular delicacy sisig.

Rosendo So said he met and discussed with Alcala and Biazon the problems brought by offal to corn and hog farmers.

“Iyan aksiyonan ni Secretary mismo. Kahit na document ngayon na pinipirmahan dadaan kay Secretary. We hope na maminimized natin iyong technical smuggling,” he explained.

He said that under the watch of Biazon, the custom is geared toward the right direction.
So said the proliferation of this technical smuggling caused the downward spiral of the price of locally produced hogs.

He said before the proliferation of offal, the farmgate price of a live pig was P93 a kilo. He said the price at present hovers between P82 to P83 a kilo.

He said because of the presence of cheap ofal, backyard raisers are having a hard time selling their produce, thus their animals grow into oversized hogs.

November 16, 2011 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

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