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Standing Room Only


The Urdaneta City Cultural and Sports Center was standing room only as Ambassor Amadeo R. Perez Jr., Rep. Jack Enrile, Rep. Kimi Cojuangco and Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez IV graced the Coronation Night for the Urdaneta City Miss ABC 2011. The Association of Barangay Captains held the beauty contest as part of the city’s fiesta celebration in remembrance of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Rep. Jack Enrile as guest of Honor and Speaker reiterated his call for the government to increase financial support to the agricultural sector because this is the backbone of the Philippine economy. He also cited Urdaneta City’s strategic location as trading center for agricultural products and its being a center of education. BRANDO CORTEZ

December 5, 2011 at 2:20 am Leave a comment

Black sand mining threatens Lingayen Gulf


DAGUPAN CITY –Onshore and offshore blacksand mining for magnetite is threatening the entire coastal areas of Lingayen Gulf which is composed of Zambales in Central Luzon and Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte provinces, a group of fisherfolk said.

In a press statement, the Pambansang Lakas Kilusang Mamamlakasa ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), an alliance of fisherfolks, said there are 158 magnetite mining applications with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau for onshore and offshore areas in La Union, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur..

Pamalakaya Information Officer Gerry Albert Corpuz said the mining applications are 15 in La Union, 57 in Ilocos Norte and 86 in Ilocos Sur, “which means this government is inviting a near future red carpet massacre of people’s livelihood, the grandslam plunder and catastrophic death of Lingayen Gulf in the hands of magnetite mining syndicate in Ilocos Region.”

Corpuz said black sand mining was discussed during the Ilocos People’s Mining Summit last Saturday at St. Paul College of Ilocos Sur in Bantay town, organized by Timek-La Union and the provincial chapter of Pamalakaya.

The summit was attended by more than 200 delegates, mostly leaders of farmers and fisherfolk organizations in La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte and student leaders from Don Mariano Marcos State University, St. Paul College of Ilocos and University of Northern Philippines.

Corpuz said in La Union, the application are in San Juan (2, offshore), Bacnotan (2 offshore), Balaoan (2 offshore), Luna (1 offshore), Bangar (2, 1 offshore, 1 onshore), Pugo (1 onshore), Burgos (1 onshore), Santol (1 onshore) and Sudipen (3 onshore).

In Ilocos Sur, there are four applications in Tagudin, four in Sta.Cruz, five in Sta. Lucia, four in Candon City, four in Santiago, four in San Esteban, five in Sta. Maria, five in Narvacan, eight in Santa, five in Caoayan, four in Sta.Catalina and four in Vigan City.

In Ilocos Norte, there are 86 pending applications for magnetite mining covering the towns of Badoc (6), Pinili (3) Paoay (3), Laoag (3), Currimao (4), Bacarra (3), Pasuquin (13), Burgos (4), Bangui (1), Pagudpud (2), Batac (1), Banna (5), Nueva Era (7), Marcos (6), Solsona (3), Carasi (5), Dingras (5), Vintar (6), Adams (2), Piddig (3) and Dumalneg (1).

Corpuz said the Vancouver based Canadian firm Colossal Mining holds five individual exploration and mining permits which will cover 80 percent of offshore magnetite mining for iron in the North Western Luzon along Lingayen Gulf encompassing the provinces of La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte, including its offshore activity in Cagayan province.

He said the exploration and mining permits given to Colossal Mining will allow them to explore at least 15,700 hectares of offshore areas in North Western Luzon.

Corpuz said the mining firm Grand Total Exploration and Mining Corporation will explore at least 33,00 hectares in the offshore and onshore areas of Tagudin, Sta.Cruz, Sta Lucia, Candon City, Santiago, Narvacan, Santa, Caoayan, Sta. Catalina, San Vicente, Vigan, Sto.Domingo, Magsingal, San Juan and Cabugao in Ilocos Sur.

He added that the same company headed by Randy Singson will conduct magnetite mining explorations on 21, 753 hectares of offshore waters in the towns of Bauang, Caba, Aringay, Agoo and Sto. Tomas in La Union.

Pamalakaya said lawmakers in the congressional districts covered by Lingayen Gulf from Zambales to Ilocos Sur, the governors of Zambales, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte should oppose the spread of offshore and onshore mining activities along the coastal areas of Lingayen Gulf to prevent a looming across-the gulf plunder and destruction of Lingayen Gulf and protect the livelihood rights of tens of thousands of small fisherfolk families.

Pamalakaya said it will formally request the Office of Anakpawis party list Rep. Rafael Mariano to initiate an investigation on the issuance of magnetite mining permits in Region 1 and its impact of the environment and livelihood of small fisherfolk.

“We are just puzzled with the silence displayed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje and the Lingayen Gulf elected congressmen and governors on the growing opposition and clamor of Lingayen people to end this murderous frenzy on people’s livelihood and coastal environment inflicted upon by big time magnetite giants in Lingayen Gulf”, said Pamalakaya.

“These magnetite giants are literally and figuratively moving heaven and earth in search for huge profits at the expense of human lives, the livelihood and the environment. They are removing Lingayen Gulf from the surface of this earth courtesy of large-scale black sand mining,” the group added.

In calling for the recall of magnetite mining permits, Pamalakaya cited the results of the fact-finding mission organized by Alyansa ng mga Mamamayan Laban sa Dayuhang Kontrol na Pagmimina last August 15 to 19 in the towns of Camalaniugan and Aparri noted the opposition of the people to foreign mining in their villages.

The mission was participated in by Amihan (women peasant organization in Cagayan), Katinnulong Daguiti Umili iti Amianan (Kaduami), Kagimongan (peasant organization) and Rural Missionaries of the Philippines.

According to mission report, in Allacapan where there is manganese mining, the people have expressed alarm over the eroding riverbanks that caused scores of houses to be destroyed as well as infrastructures that were washed down the river during strong typhoons. Mothers expressed concern over their children’s health as they breathe in the dust blown into the atmosphere by the black sand mining operations.

The same report said residents of Sapping and Dugo in Camalaniugan recounted that prior to the entry of magnetite mining by foreigners, river bank erosion was only a meter or so. But after the extraction activities, the communities even in higher grounds now experience flooding and the river is eating up the riverbanks several meters at a time inland.

Pamalakaya also noted the mission report on the impact of magnetite mining to small fisherfolks. The fish stock is now scarce and largely attributed this to the murkiness of the water after the mining operations, so the fish migrate upstream where the waters are clearer.

Pamalakaya said the local government misinformed the people when it said that what will be done is not magnetite mining but dredging of the river. The officials had informed them that the river will be dredged but they were surprised when the boats and barges kept coming for more black sand.

Many of those who were interviewed during the mission said big boats and barges just appeared. They fill the barges with black sand, leave, and then come back.”

The report also said the people of Punta and Bisagu in Aparri face the same problems on a magnified scale since the sea and the river flood them. The fisherfolks reported the same problem of riverbank erosion and reduced fish catch. Most of them have ready floaters in case of flood. Typhoon Juan soaked the marshy homeland of the people of Bisagu for more than a week.

Pamalakaya also said the report also took note of shellfish that used to abound in the banks are now gone. The group said Cagayan fishers used to catch kaggo, unnuk and many more from the sand but now these can hardly be found.

In Punta, the former barangay officials told mission team that a meeting by local officials was called to inform the people that a canned goods factory was going to be built in Punta. Much to their surprise no factory was built instead a steady flow of barges getting black sand is what they witnessed.

The mission said the magnetite mining site in Punta does not bear any signage. But the compound houses four backhoes working 24/7, several dump trucks filled with black sand, mounds and mounds of black sand and “reject” as the people call them, separator machines and a drilling machine that shakes the houses of the people when operating.

The fact finding team said the people described the ships as having suction hoses reaching the bottom of the river and spewing the “rejects” through another pipe while the barges that have earlier been filled continue to load the ships. As soon as the ships are full, they leave Aparri to ports unknown while the barges stay to fill up.

December 5, 2011 at 2:16 am Leave a comment

Abono calls for BAI’s chief resignation


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ROSALES-The Abono Party-list joined the call of organizations of hog and poultry raisers in the Philippines for the resignation of Efren C. Nuestro as director of the Bureau of Animal Industry in view of outright technical smuggling of pork and chicken products.

Abono chair Rosendo So said the letter his group sent to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala stated that Nuestro has been inefficient in enforcing the fair trade and anti-smuggling policies of the government.

So said that the United Broiler Raisers Association, Hog Raisers Association, Abono Party-list, National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc. (NFHFI), and other groups saw how smuggling proliferated under the watch of Nuestro.

They recommend on their letter that government should put a stop on products smuggled from Mainland China because of the bird flu there.

“Under the valuation of imported poultry product at the Bureau of Custom by establishing a more credible and timely monitoring of duty there by the DA as it undermines the Maximum Access Volume (MAV); Exhaustion of monitoring system coming from the PEZA (Philippine Economic Zone Authority) and the free ports in Subic and Clark,” the groups said.

So said his groups also sought audience with Secretary Alcala to thresh-out the problems on surplus and over importation.

Meanwhile, So declared as “baseless” the pronouncements of the Poultry Information-Early Warning System (LPI-EWS) of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) that there would be shortage of pork and chicken in December this year and the second quarter of next year.

He said he just discussed recently with DA Assistant Secretary Dave Catbagan that there are oversupply of hogs and chicken even for next year.

He said that his groups plan to bring the predicaments of backyard raisers, who composed 70 percent of the hog industry, who are at a loss when to sell their produce.

Eng. So blames over importation of these products.

According to Dr. Zosimo de Leon of NFHFI while the allowed pork import volume is limited to 54 million kilos under the MAV, import data last year showed that a total of 120 million kilos of pork was imported.

De Leon noted that 90 million of offal, fats, and skin which is subject to tiered tariff of five percent, seven percent, and 10 percent, and 30 million of choice cuts which is subject to a 35 percent tariff.

Eng. So in an earlier interview with this paper said that importers usually declare choice cuts of pork as offal.

December 5, 2011 at 2:15 am Leave a comment

Mining row shifts from coast to court


Excavation of black sands at the shoreline of Lingayen , Pangasinan by Alexandra Mining and Oil Ventures .


BY RUEL CAMBA

LINGAYEN- Barangay officials and residents here who are opposed to the mining operation by a Quezon City-based mining company are preparing lawsuits against those responsible for what they considered as big threat to the environment and their lives.
One of the petitioners who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, told the Regional Examiner that they have gathered enough evidence and believed they have now a strong case which they will bring before the Office of the Ombudsman before yearend.
Among the possible respondents are Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr., Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan, at least three barangay captains of Lingayen, and executives of the mining firm identified as Alexandra Mining and Oil Ventures, Inc. based in Project 6, Quezon City.
More than 1,000 residents from barangays Sabangan, Estanza, Malimpuec, and Capandanan have signed a petition which they sent to President Benigno Aquino III and officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, including DENR Secretary Ramon Paje, calling on authorities to stop the “illegal” mining operation which they claimed is destroying the foreshore area.
Among the petitioners are Jaime P. Palisoc, Vicente C. Oliquino, Jose B. Beltran, Freddie V. Catacutan, Eddie P. Berot, and Christian Vinch C. Oliquino, all members of barangay council of Sabangan, Lingayen.
They were joined by barangay kagawad Larry F. Sison and Leo Z. Lopez of Malimpuec, Lingayen.
In their petitions written in English and Filipino, they opposed the extraction of black sand along the foreshore area because they feared that seawater would seep into agricultural lands. They also feared flooding.
The petitioners believed that environmental laws have been violated, particularly Republic Act 7942 or the New Mining Act, or Batas Pambansa 265, a law prohibiting extraction of beach sand along the shorelines and historic places like the Lingayen Gulf.
Palisoc and Oliquino said tons upon tons of black sand have been hauled from the area with the use of backhoes, bulldozers and dump trucks.
The magnetite or black sand is loaded to barges which transport the mineral to a waiting ship docked offshore in Sual town, they said.
MGB investigation
Acting on the petitions, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) sent a team to investigate. The team was composed of Atty. Noel C. Baga, Engineer Ruben G. Soriano, and Senior Science Specialist Amalia G. Menzi, all from the Region I office of MGB based in San Fernando City, La Union.
The team discovered a processing plant set up in Barangay Malimpuec and heavy equipment units including a spiral concentrator, separator, backhoe, bulldozer, and several dump trucks.
“Stockpiles of beach sand were seen in the area,” the team reported.
The investigating team was also provided with a copy of a small-scale mining permit (SSMP) issued to Alexandra Mining duly signed by Provincial Administrator Rafael F. Baraan for and by authority of the governor.
The permit was issued on June 29 for the extraction of 50,000 metric tons of magnetite sand yearly for two years. The firm is eligible to apply for renewal for another two years.
In a recent television interview, Baraan confirmed that there is commercial quantity of magnetite in the area.
“The permittee (Alexandra Mining) shall within twelve (12) months from the date of issuance of this permit, place the area in actual commercial production and shall submit verified quarterly production report ..,” the permit mandated, adding that “failure to place the area in actual production without justification shall cause the automatic cancellation of this permit.”
The investigating team said, however, that the SSMP of Alexandra Mining was issued without the required Environmental Compliance Certificate or ECC.
They added that the SSMP was issued “without the endorsement of the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board-Pangasinan and is lacking of some vital documents such as Area Clearance, posting requirements and LGU prior approval or endorsement.”
The team recommended the cancellation of the mining permit issued to Alexandra Mining with the corresponding issuance of a cease-and-desist order, and the imposition of penalty to the mining firm “for putting up a mineral processing plant without an ECC.”
The recommendations were addressed to MGB Regional Director Carlos Tayag.
Palisoc, who chairs the committee on environment and natural resources of the Sabangan barangay council, said the recommendations have yet to be implemented.
Governor explains
In his letter to Tayag dated October 15, 2011, Espino explained that the area under question is part of the 264-hectare land designated by then President Fidel Ramos through Presidential Proclamation 1258 as an eco-tourism zone for the province.
Espino said that upon assumption as governor in 2007, he cleared the area of wild vegetation and squatters using his personal resources.
He said that among the projects to be built in the area is a “golf course of international standard.”
However, he said, the sandy soil was not suitable for the required vegetation and landscape.
“I then directed and authorized my Provincial Administrator (Baraan) to transact and negotiate with any reputable entity having expertise on this matter without committing any single centavo from the provincial coffer,” Espino said.
The governor said Alexandra Mining “volunteered its services, equipment and manpower to the removal of the unwanted materials within the area of the proposed golf course.”
After the removal of unwanted materials, the plan is to cover the area with several layers of garden soil to be planted to different plant species, Espino said.
Espino dismissed the fears aired by the petitioners as “baseless and unfounded, [but] understandable.”
He said the provincial government was “one with residents in their concern for the environment [and] won’t allow anyone to destroy and abuse the province’s environment and natural resources.”
“As to the allegations of the barangay officials that their punong barangay did not inform nor disseminate to them about the activity, this is a matter of internal failure of communications,” he said.
The same source interviewed by the Regional Examiner, however, said that one of the barangay captains involved in the issue has recently bought a new car, while another has been able to pay his bank loan since the mining operation began.
He said that a former congressman from the province’s third district, who claimed to work for the governor, reportedly tried to sweet talk the petitioners to no avail.
This former solon has been known for his treasure-hunting activities.
It is said that the mining firm is not only extracting magnetite from the area but also gold dusts streaming down from mining operations in Benguet.
The same source questioned the logic behind the sand excavation which, at some point, he said, goes several feet deep.
“The most logical and practical thing to do is to cover the proposed golf area with top soil which is the standard practice among landscaping firms,” he said.
The Tanggol Kalikasan and at least four other environmental groups that are supporting the petitioners, said magnetite and black sand mining could ruin the coast of Lingayen Gulf.
They said that mine tailing and chemicals used in the extraction process could seep into and contaminate the waters, which provide livelihood to the coastal communities there.
Precious mineral
Magnetite, which abounds in black sand, has a wide variety of uses, both domestic and industrial. It is one of several oxides of iron and has strong magnetic properties. It is used to make steel. Magnetite is the riches type of ore.
The most significant use of magnetite lies in its iron ore status and its industrial importance in manufacturing steel. Magnetite is an important material component of power plants as it is used to generate electricity. Magnetite, owing to its magnetic properties, is widely used in compasses and other navigation devices. Magnetite also serves as an excellent abrasive or in the manufacture of industrial sand paper.
It is also used in the manufacture of toners and window insulation or panels.

Due to its unique properties, magnetite is a mineral of great scientific interest and it is widely used in laboratories as part of various experiments and mineral studies.
Powdered magnetite is widely used as an abrasive in jets of water that are used for cutting.
Grains of magnetite are easily powdered and are excellent component for many electronic parts.

Powdered magnetite fetches an average of $250 dollars or P12,000 per metric ton in China and India where it is in great demand.

More petitions
Black sand mining is not confined only in Pangasinan.
The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), the country’s biggest fishermen’s organization, said at least 158 black sand mining applications are centered in Ilocos Region that encompasses the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, and Ilocos Sur.
The target area covers around 70,450 hectares in the Lingayen Gulf.
Pamalakaya warned of environmental disaster that would arise from such mining in these provinces and urged DENR to reject the applications.
Gerry Albert Corpuz, Pamalakaya spokesman, said there are 15 black sand mining in La Union, 57 in Ilocos Sur and 86 in Ilocos Norte for a grand total of 158 applications for offshore and onshore magnetite mining.
“This government is inviting a near future red carpet massacre of people’s livelihood, the grand slam plunder and catastrophic death of Lingayen Gulf in the hands of magnetite mining syndicate in Ilocos Region,” he said.
Pamalakaya said magnetite and black sand mining could ruin the coast of Lingayen Gulf. Mine tailings and chemicals used in the extraction process could seep into and contaminate the waters, which provide livelihood to the coastal communities there.
“These magnetite giants are literally and figuratively moving heaven and earth in search for huge profits at the expense of human lives, the livelihood and the environment. They are removing the historic Lingayen Gulf from the surface of

December 5, 2011 at 2:14 am 3 comments

ORTIGOZA: A Lousy Press Club?



I could not understand Department of Education Pangasinan- I Superintendent Aurora Domingo.

When two media men asked Domingo in October 2010, how was her trip to the U.S, she snapped “It’s personal!”

When I asked her on that date about her takes on K+12 (Kindergarten plus 12 years in high school), she told me she could not comment on it because she did not read the data on K-12.

I could not believe what I heard from a very high education official. That was 2010 where even high school students know the nuts and bolts of K+12.

When media men Ruel Camba and RJ Jimenez asked her recently who was responsible for the demolition of the P15 thousand worth newly renovated comfort room at the division’s office in Lingayen, she asked the duo if there is a need to expose in public that “malfeasance” as it is an internal affairs of her office.

That made me joined the queries of the duo as I found the answer of Dr. Domingo leaving a bad taste in the mouth.

“That is not an internal affair, maam. It is of public interest that people should know”.

I told her it involves government funded property that was destroyed upon the order of somebody.

I added that demolition can be considered as criminally-malicious mischief.

Assistant Supt. Shiela Maria Primicias was smarting earlier what her colleagues have done to her pet projects when she substituted Domingo as the Officer –In-Charge superintendent on August 2011.

I am calling my friend Board Member Ming Rosario to investigate this reckless abandon committed by high officials of the Dep Ed in Pangasinan.

Somebody should answer for the monies of the government that went to the drain.

***

Last week I bumped with Councilor Joselito “Jigs” Seen of Dagupan City. Jigs, the chairman of the Finance Committee, disputed my recent article that the Dagupan City government can use up to 100 percent of the Calamity Fund without anymore asking the imprimatur of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).

He said that Republic Act 10121 (“An Act strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System”) said that every quarter of the year the chief executive should ask the permission of the SP how much it is going to spend.

I quoted in my earlier article the statement of City Administrator Vlad Mata that the Lim Administration could not be sued with Anti-Graft & Corrupt Practice Acts after it released P13.1 million Calamity Fund as a result of Typhoon Juan in 2010.

***

Seen also bared that the proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 sent to the August Body by the executive was P581 million.

He disagreed with some political kibitzers who said that because the SP – dominated by Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez and allies – failed to muster two-third votes to over ride the veto of Mayor Lim, the executive department reaped a windfall from the P487 million watered down version exacted by the council by going back to the reenacted P498 million 2010 budget.

As you know my dear Procopio, the Lim Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2011 was P568 million.

But even with the failure of the SP to over ride Lim’s veto, the mayor, according to Seen, was not able to use the reenacted 2010 budget.

He said it was because of some offices like the City Tourism that were given a zero budget by the SP.

Seen said that the P487 million revised 2011 budget was declared as legal by a memorandum from the Department of Budget & Management in Region 1 as based on its Budget Operation Manual for Local Government Unit.

He said however that because of the series of supplemental budget he and his colleagues passed this year, the Lim Administration enjoyed a P575 million budget for 2011.

***

I did not attend at the Dagupan City plaza the 2nd Anniversary of the infamous Maguindanao Massacre spearheaded by the Pangasinan Press Club.

I could not afford to be with hypocrite officials of the club who demand justice for those 57 waylaid members of the 4th Estate but could not help their fellow press club members in Pangasinan and Dagupan City.

Take the following instances:

Months ago, media man Anie Lagao desperately needed P5,000 for hospitalization because he vomited blood but PPC leadership would not help him, according to his text message to me.

“Dapat buwagin na ang PPC (Pangasinan Press Club) dahil walang silbi,” he told me.

The leadership justified its indifference because it wanted a stop for the past PPC’s leaderships practiced of soliciting monies from politicians and businessmen.

But look what we got here?

A member told me that PPC discouraged solicitation to help its members but its leaderships solicited a bigger amount from these people to buttress its coffer.

PPC Director Ruel Camba told me that Director Ruben Rivera wrote a scathing article at Northern Mirror assailing the club’s leadership of “hijacking” the term extension beyond the one year term as its officials’ term ended last November. Ruben discussed there that there should be election as the planned extension of the term of its officials for two years was not ratified by its members.

I was told that many grumbling members want an election and a change of leadership.

I will delve on my next column on the impropriety of a high official of the PPC who told a media colleague vis-à-vis the libel case of the staff of this paper filed by Board Member Alfonso Bince.

Hindi na nga nakatulong, sinisiraan pa kami.

Veteran scribe Rhee Fer Hortaleza hit the nail on its head when he wrote lately at his column in Northern Times dated November 30, 2011: “What is amusing or exasperating to note during the prayer- rally in Dagupan City was the presence of certain local media persons who are actually traitors to the profession as they have no qualms about downgrading their colleagues so as to endear themselves with certain powerful politicians. These are media people who are worse than the Ampatuans!”

(You can read my selected intriguing but thought-provoking columns at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com. You can send comments too at totomortz@yahoo.com).

December 5, 2011 at 2:12 am Leave a comment

Macanlalay joins call to solve floods


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO-Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay joined the call of high government officials on how to control if not solve the perennial flooding here and neighboring city Dagupan.

This after 2nd District Engineering Office Chief Rodolfo Dion of the Department of Public Works & Highways and Area Manager John Celeste of the National Irrigation Administration proposed recently a plan to solve the flood that besets Dagupan.

Macanlalay noted that the dredging of the Marusay River here and the rivers in Sta. Barbara and Dagupan should be simultaneously done.

He said that the silts on Marusay River was alarming.

“Look at the color of the water the river that is silted. It did not change. When I saw the flood water in Barangays Talibao, Lasip, and San Vicente, I saw there how thick the mud was. It hardened already. What more if you saw the silt on the river beds. We were dredging again and again and government has spent a lot of money but nothing,,” Macanlalay explained.

He said dredging should be buttressed by slope protection so that inundation of the river banks could be avoided to become silt.

Macanlalay noted that his town alone needs between P10 million to P30 million a year for dredging the river while Eng. Dion said that a dredging machine from DPWH needs 200 liters of diesel fuel per hour.

He said 200 liters is equivalent to one drum or approximately P10, 000 more or less price tag for Dagupan City alone.

But he said the recovery for one-hour work is high – at least 1,000 cubic meters of silt could be extracted he noted.

Eng. Dion thus recommended six-hour a day dredging for at least one year to dredge the Pantal River bed of the city.

Pantal River in Dagupan is connected to the Sinocalan River to where all the water of the Toboy and Tagamusing Rivers in San Manuel and Binalonan, and the Mitura River in Urdaneta are draining their water.

Macanlalay noted that this town can source the fund to implement this anti-flood project from the town’s calamity fund.

The other source the local government units tap to fund its dredging operation and slope protection projects come from the Priority Development Assistance Fund of district congressman and the DPWH.

December 5, 2011 at 2:02 am 3 comments


December 5, 2011 at 1:59 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : Root of Maguindanao Massacre


The Maguindanao Massacre may be an election related incident but it is fundamentally politico-economic in nature.

The Maguindanao Massacre is about people in power who are not just after attaching the tag Governor to their given name.

The Maguindanao Massacre is about who controls the economy and there are people who resort to violence to control the political and economic sphere.

The economic sphere is divided into legal economic activities and illegal economic activities.

The legal economic activity is in the form who is in control of the budget of the province whose main ingredient is the Internal Revenue Allotment.

The illegal economic activities are in the form of commissions and kickbacks on contracts and protection money from gambling lords and other vice lords.

The addiction to the political office of the governor makes one to use violence as a tool in becoming governor.

The governor is approached by candidates for national offices like the presidency, vice presidency, senate and party-list.

The governor is approached to carry them in elections.

There are provinces like Maguindanao where the rulers do not hesitate to use violence to perpetuate themselves in power for politico-economic interests.

There are towns and cities where rulers do not hesitate to use violence to perpetuate themselves in power for politico-economic interests.

December 5, 2011 at 1:54 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Calimlim in Candyland



May itinayong Candyland diyan sa napakaliking sari-sari store sa Rosales kung saan ang mga design ay napakakulay at ng pagbubukas nito sa publiko ay dinaluhan ni Pangasinan Vice Governor Ferdie Calimlim.

Pangasinan Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr. said that the Christmas season is an opportunity for the people of Pangasinan to share love with one another.

Calimlim said that people should try to let go of their troubles and face each day in the guidance of the Almighty Father.

“Nobyembre pa lang, pero Christmas is truly in the air,” Calimlim said. “Hihilingin po natin na maging maaliwalas at maganda ang ating pagcelebrate sa darating na holiday season.”

He said that expressing love for each other is a way of thanking the Lord

“This is the time for all us to enjoy our family, the time for us to enjoy the love we have for each other, the time for us to thank the Lord God above, for the all blessings he has given us, for the blessing of our family, for the life he has given us,” Calimlim said.

“Ang pagpapasalamat natin ngayong panahon na ito ay ipadama natin sa mga taong nasa paligid natin, kapamilya man siya o hindi, Calimlim said. “Ipadama natin ang pagmamahalan.”

Calimlim asked the people to perform simple gestures of love and affection for each other as a way spreading love.

He said that people should learn to let go of the bad things that happened in 2011 and take note of the lessons learned and should awaken the people to thank God for the blessings received.

“We can forget, we can put behind, we can hopefully bury all these negatives parts of 2011,” Calimlim said. “Pero itong mga hindi maganda na pangyayari sa ating buhay ay ang nagbibigay dahilan upang magkaroon tayo ng dahilan upang ating pasalamatan ang Diyos sa ating blessings na nakamit sa taong ito sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahalan.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PALA KINA Mang Anong Manalo, Darwina Sampang at Abono Presidente Onyok Onia.

BASURA NG BAGUIO SA SISON ITINATAPON. Nagulat na lang si Vice Mayor Ben Mariñas ng Sison, Pangasinan nang biglang nangamoy mabaho ang kapaligiran sa ilang barangay sa Sison.

Nalaman ni Vice mayor Mariñas na dalawang magkasunod na gabi na palang itinatapon sa boundary ng Sison at Rosario ang basura ng Baguio.

Walang permit ang pagbasura ng basura ng Baguio sa Sison.

Nung pinuntahan ni vice Mariñas sa barangay Nancamotian, red plate pa pala iyong isang truck na nagbasura ng basura doon.

Ano ba ang data ikaso sa mga iyan? Littering!?

Sige Vice Mariñas ipagpatuloy niyo po ang pagbabantay para mapangalagaan ang kalagayan ng Sison.

Sige Vice Mariñas ipagpatuloy niyo po ang pagbabantay para fresh na hangin ang simoy na malanghap ng mga taga-Sison ngayong kapaskuhan.

MAGNETITE=BLACK SAND? Maraming gamit po ang magnetite kaya ito considered na precious metal.

Bok Nani Braganza, dating Secretary ng DENR, alam mo ba ang negosyo ng black sand? Akala ko ipinagbabawal na ito.

Ginagamit ito sa paggawa ng magnets, sa construction, sa paints or pigments as coloring even for make-ups, sa food manufacturing, sa steel production, sa machines and equipment, sa kitchen utensils, sa cement a at iba pa.

Kamakailan lang ay nadiskubre na may titanium at vanadium ang black sand?

Kung mura lang ang black sand, mas mahal naman ang titanium at vanadium.

Titanium is a lot lighter than steel but is harder than steel and more importantly does not easily heat up and does not corrode.

Modern airplanes, satellites, drones and even bombs and missiles were made with titanium because it is lightweight but hard and it does not rust.

Even medicine benefitted with the use of titanium. Heart pacemakers, implants, hearing aids, surgical instruments use titanium because even blood and body fluids could not rust it and can stay in the body of a patient for a long time or better it can even outlive the patient.

Computers, electronic equipment and computer peripherals manufactured lately are increasingly using titanium for the qualities of the mineral.

Vanadium is used for industrial purposes. It is used as cladding for steel and iron to make them rust proof and stronger.

Vanadium is used in making cars, axles, carpentry equipment, in ceramics and glass. It is also used in jewelry, batteries and as superconductor.

Vanadium also has some uses for marine life since most fishes and sea cucumbers are found to have traces of the element in their system.

Dahil sa karate ng black sand, ang mga kumpanya ng minahan ay nag-uunahan na makakuha ng permit na mag-mina nito para ihiwalay ang titanium at vanadium dahil mas mahal ang mga ito.

Ang malawakang pagmimina ng black sand ay nagiging legal dahil sa The Republic Act 7942 na mas kilala bilang the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 sa panahon ni President Fidel Ramos na nakaloob sa Philippines 2000?

Ang Philippines 2000 ay isang development program ng Pilipinas… at ang mga component nito ay deregulation (relaxation of government control to the economy), liberalization (removal or lessening of trade tariffs on imported goods and capital) at privatization of the public sector of the economy.

Ang magnetite ay nabebenta sa international market mula 180 dollars hangang 300 dollars per metric ton depende sa quality.

Halimbawa, kung magbebenta ka ng 50,000 metric tons sa halagang 180 dollars per metric ton (mababang quality)…ikaw ay babayaran ng 9,000,000 dollars.

Ang 9 million dollars ay katumbas ng 393,300,000.00 pesos sa exchange rate na PhP43.7 is to $1.00 as of November 24, 2011.

Halimbawa, kung magbebenta ka ng 50,000 metric tons sa halagang 300 dollars per metric ton (mataas na quality)…ikaw ay babayaran ng 15,000,000 dollars.

Ang 15 million dollars ay katumbas ng 655,500,000.00 pesos sa exchange rate na PhP43.7 is to $1.00 as of November 24, 2011.

Siguro, panahon na para mgahanap ang Pangasinan ng magnetite para ibenta sa international market.

Ang mapagbebentahan ang gagamitin sa pagpapaunalad ng kabuhayan ng mga taga-Pangasinan.

Dalawa daw po ang source of conflict sa Pilipinas ayon kay professor Ed Garcia: Over half our people live under the poverty threshold and, although we have formal democratic structures, they are essentially flawed… The other source of conflict is over resources.

KALIMUTAN NA! Kalimutan na po natin ang Maguindanao Massacre, katulad ng paglimot natin sa Mendiola Massacre, sa Hacienda Luisita Massacre, sa Escalante Massacre, sa Lupao Massacre at iba pang Massacre na nag-uugat sa inters na pampulitika at pang ekonomiya.

Kahit ilang bantayog pa ang itayo para sa maguindanao massacre, patuloy pa rin na may mga journalist na papatayin.

Imported meat killing backyard hog industry

ROSALES-Small scale backyard hog raisers have approached Abono Party-list to make representations with the Department of Agriculture to stop flooding the meat market with imported frozen meat.

The hog industry in the country is composed of 30 percent commercial hog raisers and 70 percent backyard hog raisers.

Abono Party-list chairman Rosendo So said that the flood of imported frozen meat is killing the backyard hog industry.

So said that imported meat is sold cheaply in the market that gives undue competition to local hog raisers.

“Hirap na hirap na ang mga backyard hog raisers,” So said. “Hindi nila ma-dispose ang mga baboy nila kasi ang daming imported meat sa market.”

So said that if the backyard hog industry closes down, that means that 70 percent of the industry will die and the country does not have the capacity to import the 70 percent produced by the local hog industry.

The Bureau of Animal Industry has allowed the over-importation of pork.

Pork importation in 2011 was at very much higher than imports during the time of the Arroyo Administration.

The poultry raisers have also approached Abono Party-list about the increased government importation of chicken.

“Imports for poultry in 2009 was 67 milllion kilos but now 2011 we have imported 100 million kilos,” So said. “Pork importation in 2009 was 114 million kilos but now for 2011 we have imported around 150 million kilos.”

“If the local pork industry dies, the corn industry will also be affected,” So continued. “And so too with the feeds industry.”

The very large increase in pork importation is bringing a death toll on domestic production of pork especially among backyard hog raisers.

So said that imported pork is supposed to be supplied only to meat processors but it is being sold in the wet markets in Pangasinan.

Local hog raisers say that that frozen pork must also have the seal of approval from the National Meat Inspection Service before they are sold locally.

The safety of the meat for human consumption is compromised when it goes through defrosting and freezing and defrosting again.

Up to now the NMIS does not have any gadget to check the safety of the frozen meat entering our ports.

So said that the government should support the local hog industry by minimizing pork importation so that backyard hog raisers will be able to sustain their operations.

“Oversized na ang mga baboy ng mga backyard hog raisers, kasi hindi nila mabenta,” So said. “Masyadong mababa naman ang farmgate price para i-dispose nila ang mga laga nila.”

The flooding of imported pork was also blamed on the misdeclaration and technical smuggling being done by unscrupulous persons which is hurting the local hog industry.

“Kailan lang naka-intercept sina Bureau of Customs Commisioner ng misdeclared pork,” So said. “Dinedeclare nila na offal ang ipinapasok nila pero sa toto lang lean meat pala ang laman ng mga container vans.”

December 5, 2011 at 1:53 am Leave a comment

Imported meat killing backyard hog industry


ROSALES-Small scale backyard hog raisers have approached Abono Party-list to make representations with the Department of Agriculture to stop flooding the meat market with imported frozen meat.

The hog industry in the country is composed of 30 percent commercial hog raisers and 70 percent backyard hog raisers.

Abono Party-list chairman Rosendo So said that the flood of imported frozen meat is killing the backyard hog industry.

So said that imported meat is sold cheaply in the market that gives undue competition to local hog raisers.

“Hirap na hirap na ang mga backyard hog raisers,” So said. “Hindi nila ma-dispose ang mga baboy nila kasi ang daming imported meat sa market.”

So said that if the backyard hog industry closes down, that means that 70 percent of the industry will die and the country does not have the capacity to import the 70 percent produced by the local hog industry.

The Bureau of Animal Industry has allowed the over-importation of pork.

Pork importation in 2011 was at very much higher than imports during the time of the Arroyo Administration.

The poultry raisers have also approached Abono Party-list about the increased government importation of chicken.

“Imports for poultry in 2009 was 67 milllion kilos but now 2011 we have imported 100 million kilos,” So said. “Pork importation in 2009 was 114 million kilos but now for 2011 we have imported around 150 million kilos.”

“If the local pork industry dies, the corn industry will also be affected,” So continued. “And so too with the feeds industry.”

The very large increase in pork importation is bringing a death toll on domestic production of pork especially among backyard hog raisers.

So said that imported pork is supposed to be supplied only to meat processors but it is being sold in the wet markets in Pangasinan.

Local hog raisers say that that frozen pork must also have the seal of approval from the National Meat Inspection Service before they are sold locally.

The safety of the meat for human consumption is compromised when it goes through defrosting and freezing and defrosting again.

Up to now the NMIS does not have any gadget to check the safety of the frozen meat entering our ports.

So said that the government should support the local hog industry by minimizing pork importation so that backyard hog raisers will be able to sustain their operations.

“Oversized na ang mga baboy ng mga backyard hog raisers, kasi hindi nila mabenta,” So said. “Masyadong mababa naman ang farmgate price para i-dispose nila ang mga laga nila.”

The flooding of imported pork was also blamed on the misdeclaration and technical smuggling being done by unscrupulous persons which is hurting the local hog industry.

“Kailan lang naka-intercept sina Bureau of Customs Commisioner ng misdeclared pork,” So said. “Dinedeclare nila na offal ang ipinapasok nila pero sa toto lang lean meat pala ang laman ng mga container vans.”

December 5, 2011 at 1:52 am Leave a comment


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