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Pangasinan to host Palarong Pambansa 2012


LINGAYEN—Pangasinan will host the Palarong Pambansa 2012.
The province got the nod after Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. presented its bid before the Department of Education (DepEd) national office in Pasig City and the Philippines Sports Commission on November 17.
Administrator Rafael F. Baraan said the province has been awarded the hosting because of favorable billeting facilities, support of multi-sectoral agencies, international standards sport facilities, and records of holding national and international sports events.
The province bested Laguna, Marikina, Isabela and Mindoro for the bid.
The province hosted the Palarong Pambansa in 1995 during the administration of President Fidel V. Ramos. This paved the way for the construction of the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) here, as well as other sports facilities in other towns.

The NRSCC, aside from having a track oval, swimming pools, gym, basketball and tennis courts, also has billeting rooms for the delegates.
Sports development ranks among the main programs of Gov. Espino. This month alone, the province is hosting the 2nd Pangasinan Chess Festival, and the National MILO Little Olympics, which started today. (PIO/PIA-Pangasinan)

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November 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Youth not interested in education


A study said that 46.6 percent of out of school youth (OSY) lack personal interest in attending formal education.

It is surprising that even as basic education is deemed free and compulsory as ordered by the Free Public Secondary Education Act of 1988 and the Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001, a great number of the out of school youth are not interested.

This is because the cost of education is really high.

Although the government through the Departments of Social Welfare and Development implements the Conditional Cash Transfer Program, the youth still do not go to school.

The reason for not attending school is economic.

The economic reason takes into consideration the indirect costs related to school attendance like transportation and allowances for meals and school projects.

The pervasiveness of lack of interest towards earning a college degree must be addressed if not by the national government then by the provincial government.

We think that one of the factors that deter the youth from attending school is the prospect of landing jobs that give low wages.

The level of waes are exploitative.

Why spend 15 years of your life to get a diploma only to earn a minimum of 250 pesos a day inPangasinan (many earn 150 pesos a day!)?

While many say that education is a crucial factor for easier access to job opportunities and higher wages, experience says otherwise.

The provincial government needs to strengthen its subsidy program for education to those who cannot afford to attend school.

The 2012 School Year may still be months ahead but it will surely come and we need an educated generation to carry on the task of nation building.

Let us give the youth a reason to have an education.

We would like to see a Pangasinan of educated and happy people.

November 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Ang gamit ng pera



Pera ang dahilan ng mga patayang naganap kamakailan lang sa pagitan ng mgakakapatid na Revilla (Bautista?)

Malapit na ang Pasko at pera ng nasaisip ng mga Pilipino para maipagdiwang ito.

HAPPY BIRTH DAY (11.11.11) muna kay Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim Jr.

Bok Nani Braganza, ang dami pala ng materials recovery facilities diyan sa Alaminos City, at kumusta na pala iyong medical center na ipapatayo ng Alaminos?

Pabayaan niyo po akong ikuwento ang gamit ng pera.

Sa kasalukuyang estado ng pananalapi ng sangkatauhan, narating ng pera ang pinakamataas na pag-unlad, kapwa sa kanyang gamit at anyo, sa ilalim ng kapitalistang sistema.

Kaya malimit na nailalarawan ang kapitalismo bilang isang ekonomyang nakabatay sa pera (‘money economy or money-based economy’).

Sa batayan ng pag-unlad ng pera, sumulpot, lumaganap at umunlad ang sistemang pautang (‘credit system’).

Kaya bukod sa pagiging isang ekonomyang nakabalangkas sa pera, ang maunlad na kapitalistang moda ng produksyon ay isa ring ekonomyang kung saan palaki-nang-palaki ang ginagampanang papel ng pautang sa pagtakbo nito (‘the developed capitalist economy is both a money economy & a credit economy’).

Mahalagang rekisito, kung gayon, ang isang antas na pag-unawa sa kalikasan ng pera, gayundin sa sistema ng pautang upang masapol ang esensya ng krisis sa pinansya ng kapitalismo.

Sang-ayon dito, kailangang maikling talakayin ang na usapin ng mga gamit (‘functions’) ng pera.

Ano ang mga gamit o papel ng pera?

Sa kasaysayan, lumitaw ang pera bunsod ng pag-unlad ng produksyon at palitan ng mga kalakal. Kaalinsabay ng pag-unlad na ito, ang papel at mga anyo ng pera ay umunlad din.

Unang umiral ang pera bilang midyum ng palitan at ito’y dulot ng kanyang papel bilang yunit opamantayan sa pagsukat ng halaga. Ito ang dalawang batayang tungkulin o gamit ng pera.

Sa ibayong pag-unlad ng sistema ng produksyon at palitan ng mga kalakal, lumawak ang papel ng pera. Bukod sa dalawang papel na nabanggit, gumagampan din ang pera bilang gamit sa pag-iimbak ng yaman (‘as means of hoarding or storing wealth’), gamit sa bayaran (‘as means of payment’) at bilang pandaigdigang pera (‘as world money’).

Nakakapagsilbi ang pera bilang midyum ng palitan o sirkulasyon ng mga kalakal dahil sa katangian nitong bilang unibersal na pamantayan sa pagsukat sa halaga ng mga kalakal.

Sa pamamagitan ng katangiang ito, nagagamit din ang pera bilang konseptwal na pera (‘conceptual money’), ibig sabihin, maaaring sukatin ang halaga ng mga kalakal maski walang hawak na pera mismo.

Ang presyo ng isang kalakal ay ekspresyon ng kanyang halaga (halaga sa palitan) sa anyo ng pera.

Dalawang salik ang nagtatakda sa presyo ng mga kalakal, ang halaga ng mga kalakal mismo at ang halaga ng pera.

Ang interrelasyon ng dalawang salik na ito ang nagtatakda sa aktwal na presyo ng mga kalakal at nailalahad bilang proporsyunal nang direkta sa halaga ng mga kalakal mismo at proporsyunal nang baliktad (inversely proportional) sa halaga ng pera. Kapag tumataas ang presyo ng mga kalakal, ito’y nangangahulugang bumababa ang halaga ng pera (implasyon), gayundin sa kabaliktaran (vice versa?).

Habang umuunlad ang relasyong nakabatay sa pera ng sistemang kalakal, lumalaki ang lugar ng pera bilang simbolo ng panlipunang yaman. Kaya sa karaniwan, nakikilala ang mga taong mayayaman sa laki ng kanilang imbak na pera.

Kapag ang perang naiipon ng isang may-ari ay iniimbak, ito ay pansamantalang naaalis sa sirkulasyon ng mga kalakal. Ang perang ito ay simpleng itinuturing na di aktibong pera (‘hoarded money considered as idle or inactive money’).

Sumulpot ang papel ng pera bilang gamit sa bayaran nang umunlad ang mga transaksyong nakabatay sa utang (‘credit’).

Pinahintulot ng gayung kalagayan ang pagbili ng kalakal sa pamamagitan ng utang at naipapatupad ang bayaran sa pera pagdating ng itinakdang araw ayon sa kasunduan ng nagbenta ng kalakal at ng bumili nito.

Noong una, ang pera, bilang gamit sa bayaran, ay ginagamit sa labas ng saklaw ng sirkulasyon ng mga kalakal—sa pagbabayad ng upa, buwis at interes sa perang inutang (karaniwan, ang perang inuutang ay ginagamit sa komersyal na aktibidad o para sa pagtugon ng kagyat na mga pangangailangang personal).

Ang pag-unlad ng pera bilang pandaigdigang pera ay resulta ng pag-unlad ng pandaidigang kalakalan.

Noong una, ang ginto at pilak lamang ang tinatanggap na pandaigdigang pera na ginagamit bilang midyum ng palitan ng iba’t ibang kalakal sa pagitan ng mga bayan o bilang gamit sa bayaran sa pagtupad ng mga obligasyong internasyunal (‘settling of international accounts’).

Sa mga panahon ding ito (merkantilismo), ang akumulasyon ng isang bayan ng ginto’t pilak mula sa paglilipat ng mga ito mula sa ibang mga bayan ay itinuring na palatandaan ng pagyaman ng bayang iyon.

Organikong nagkaka-ugnay ang limang nabanggit na papel ng pera at ang mga ito’y ang iba’t ibang ekspresyon ng kanyang kalikasan. Pero ang pinaka-esensyal sa lahat ay ang panlipunang batayan ng pera.

Bilang pamantayan ng halaga, ang pera ay nakabatay sa paggawa ng tao. Ito’y alinsunod sa batas ng halag (more…)

November 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm 1 comment

Alaminos has most number of MRF in Pangasinan


By Yolanda Sotelo

ALAMINOS CITY – This tourism city has the most number of materials recovery facilities (MRF) among local government units in Pangasinan, with 30 out of its 39 villages having established such facility.
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), a partner of Alaminos in its advocacy to attain “Zero Waste Alaminos,” picked five of the villages as outstanding in the zero waste campaign.
GAIA is a global civil society network that is championing zero waste as a vehicle for health, environment and climate protection and green jobs and enterprises.
GAIA regional director Ruth Anna Larracas identified Alaminos’s outstanding barangays as Sta. Maria, Baley-daan, Bisocol, Tawin-tawin and Polo, which were given waste management equipment, cash prizes and certificates of recognition.
City Administrator Wilmer Panabang and Anna Demant of Planet Wheeler Foundation, an Australian-based foundation that supports non-government organization worldwide, led the awarding ceremonies last November 8.
Sta. Maria village received a plastic shredder worth P100,000 while the second to fifth placers were given cash prizes from P6,000 to P10,000.
Panabang said recently, GAIA conducted a three-day evaluation to monitor the compliance of the city’s 39 barangays on the specific key requirements of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management.
The evaluation sought to offer the villages concrete and individualized suggestions on how they can improve their waste management programs.
It likewise sought to determine the best-performing barangays and barangay officials and give them recognition for the efforts to help Alaminos’ efforts to go zero waste.
City Engineer IsmaelNajera said GAIA has been a partner of Alaminos for almost two years.
“Together with GAIA, we have almost completed our consultations in the barangays and city residents as far as the implementation of RA 9003 is concerned,” he said..
In 2009, Mayor Hernani Braganza and representatives of GAIA entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to achieve a “Zero Waste Alaminos City.”
For almost two years now, the Zero Waste Alaminos City project, with the help of EcoWaste Coalition and Planet Wheeler Foundation, had been pushing efforts to attain its goal.
“We are very happy to announce that we have seen the huge efforts of Alaminos officials, barangay leaders and residents in implementing RA 9003,” Larracas said.
She said after concluding massive consultations in the communities, the next step is to educate tourists and guests of the city about Alaminos’ efforts to go zero waste.
She said GAIA and the city government will be putting up billboards or signboards in major areas around the city to inform residents and tourists about Alaminos vision for a zero waste city.
“This zero waste city marker will further remind and at the same time encourage the public of their responsibility to follow waste segregation and proper solid waste disposal anywhere they are,” she said.
City Administrator Panabang thanked the barangay leaders for supporting and embracing the initiative, but added that there are still much to be done to achieve a zero waste city.

November 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Dying local hog industry cause by ‘smuggled’ meat


Our editorial in the last issue of this paper which carried the title ” Oversized Pigs” will not be taken for granted. While the government through the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) has been sincere in its efforts to curb if not totally eliminate the entry of imported meat in the country, there are still those businessmen who are not keen of supporting the said government calls.

Lately, the Bureau of Customs and the Department of Agriculture had intercepted a cargo of. “lean meat” but surprisingly declared as fats, offal and pork skin. This goes to show that unscrupulous businessmen are still trying to play “hide and seek” with the government agencies and authorities just for the love of money and not considering the millions of people who are affected by this modus operandi.

What is surprising also is that why these businessmen, if they are called as such, have the temerity to make a mockery of our government. Who are the people behind them such that they are obviously being protected? There might be some people in the government who are orchestrating the “smuggling of meat” but who will run after them?

In the past, there were pronouncements by the P-Noy administration to totally stop meat importation. The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) has even issued Administrative Order No. 22 to protect the selling of frozen meat in the market but then as if this Order has no teeth and not being implemented efficiently and effectively.

In the previous issue of this paper, I also wrote that frozen meat has already reached the local markets in the province of Pangasinan notably the City of Urdaneta. Meat vendors have been complaining that they could no longer sell their newly butchered hogs because 20 boxes of frozen meat at 40 kilos each are being sold daily in the city’s public market. What I could not understand here was the revelation of one meat vendor that the frozen meat are being delivered by the vans of NMIS. I have not yet verified that allegations but the way the vendor was saying there’s truth in it.

Administrative Order No. 22 of DA enjoined the local government units to monitor the implementation of the Order. However, LGUs seemingly blinded by this reality of frozen meat proliferation in the public markets. If that will be the case, who will then be responsible in monitoring and of totally put to end the entries of frozen meat in the market?

Now, local hog industry is affected. Their fattened hogs have already been oversized. By being “oversized” it means that their costs of production have also increased. Because they could not sell these oversized hogs, hog raisers have to scale down their farm gate prices so they suffered great economic losses.

We are aware that the hog industry is helping a lot in the economy. The hog raisers hired their laborers. They buy the corn products of farmers through the feed millers. How many mouths will be deprived of decent living if the influx of “imported and even smuggled meat” is not put to end?

And how many “businessmen” will wallow in luxury at the expense of these poor workers and local businessmen? The government must be awakened. It must have sharper teeth in combatting these kind of economic saboteurs in our midst.

It must act now. And that act must be swiftly implemented before the local hog industry will die sooner than we expected.

We consumers must also act now. We have to buy newly butchered hogs. This is the best support we could do to our local hog raisers.

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Speaking of business, and this one is legal, I wish to inform our readers that SM City Global Pinoy Center will sponsor a “franchising seminar” on November 18 at the Event Center of SM City Rosales.

Franchising businesses are the in of today in the business world. Many businesses have been successful through franchising. To name a few, we have the Gerry’s Grill, Julie’s Bakeshop, Jollibee, Ricky Reyes Haircutters and many other big businesses now’ not only in the province but nationwide.

This will be a whole day seminar which is free of charge. So if you are interested to have a franchise business, please be there.

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

November 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

NTA to agriculturists: Adjust cropping pattern


by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- To enable farmers to plant tobaccos, municipal agriculturists in towns where tobacco thrives should establish a cropping pattern by which tobacco could be planted..

National Tobacco Administration (NTA) Provincial Manager Cesario Sambrana said the best cropping pattern will be tobacco-corn-palay in which tobacco will be planted during November to February, corn from March to June and palay from July to October.

“The said cropping pattern will support the tobacco industry in the province and farmers will again be active in planting tobacco,” he said.

Sambrana also said based on technical studies, corn farms could easily be planted to tobacco because water is controlled unlike in palay areas where irrigation is used and water is not controllable.

Like corn, Sambrana said, tobacco must be watered at a controlled level thus the proposed cropping pattern could encourage farmers to shift back to tobacco production.

“With the increase of tobacco production, the province’s share from the tobacco excise tax will also be increased. Our office has not benefitted at all from the tobacco excise tax but if you will observe the tax share is also helping the other crops due to farm-to-market roads, farm equipment and fertilizer subsidies,” Sambrana further said.

He likened the tobacco industry as the “goose that lays the golden eggs” but if not be supported by the local government units, their tobacco excise tax share will decrease dramatically in the years to come.

Sambrana noted that due to contract growing of tobacco, many farmers are now shifting back to tobacco production and said these farmers must also be supported with drying facilities to properly cure tobacco leaves.

He said his office is not recommending sun drying, the usual practice of farmers, because it lessens the quality of tobacco leaves.

“Tobacco leaves must be protected from intense heat and moisture that is why a curing barn which is built from black plastic sheets is highly recommended,” he explained.

Sambrana further said in Pangasinan, a total of 3,069.49 hectares involving 4,502 farmers are programmed for burley production for cropping year 2010-2011 while native tobacco has a total area of 973 hectares involving 1,567 farmers has also been programmed.

“I wish that Governor (Amado) Espino will also hold a dialogue with the municipal agriculturists to (show) his support to the tobacco industry. Tobacco contract growing is economically favorable to farmers because of support from the big tobacco companies,” he said.

November 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm 1 comment


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