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MAGANES: Cojuangco-Ranjit Shahani tandem in 2013 elections?

This early, as the year 2011 is coming to a close, political observers in the province of Pangasinan are in a guessing game. They are now speculating on who would likely be a perfect pair to dislodge the Espino-Calimlim team for the position of governor and vice governor in the May 2013 polls. Some of their guesses are products of wild imaginations, albeit just to make the Pangasinenses think deeply for the 2013 electoral process.

Lately, a political observer in the 6th District told me that the best tandem for governorship and vice governorship in 2013 will be a Cojuangco-Ranjit Ramos Shahani team. The reason, he said, is that a Cojuangco will propel the progress of the province because of the Cojuangcos closeness to President Benigno S. Aquino III or simply President P-Noy.

When I asked however, who between former 5th District Representative Mark O. Cojuangco and his wife, Representative Kimi S. Cojuangco, will be better to be fielded as governor, this political observer was tongue-tied and thought deeply. He later on said that either of the two could be a good bet for the governorship. Mark C., according to him, will be a good material for governorship because of his many tangible projects in his district like the Pangasinan Dairy Farm in Laoac and his advocacy on the use of nuclear plants to ease the burden of the high cost of electricity.

This political observer further said that if Mark C will rein the province of Pangasinan, progress would be in greater heights, as the province will be assured to become a premier agricultural economy in the country aside from the coming in of investors for agro-industrialization because of the lower cost of electrical power. And how about Kimi Cojuangco? He said that because of her good showing in the House of Representatives particularly on her feisty stance on controversial issues like the Reproductive Health Bill, Kimi would be also a formidable candidate for the governorship. Kimi, this political observer said, will be backed up by her husband Mark C should she decide to run,

On the other hand, he speculated that in order to have a working Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the incumbent 6th District Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani will be a perfect team mate for vice governorship because of his tested political prowess, be it in legislative work and in attracting more investors. It is to be considered, according to him, the closeness also of Ranjit to President P-Noy as they both belong to the Liberal Party.

The above scenario was speculation from a political observer. While his line of reasoning has truth in it, I could just shrug my shoulders. Well maybe, a Cojuangco-Ranjit Ramos Shahani team will be a perfect pair in 2013, but I heard Mark C during the launching of corn production program last October 5 in Villasis town saying that he will still support Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. for governorship in 2013. If ever the Cojuangcos will be tickled to throw their hats for governorship in the province that will still be a remote possibility as of the moment. Will it not be more appropriate to have a Nani Braganza- Ranjit Shahani team in 2013?

The Espino- Calimlim tandem is still the team to beat in 2013 considering the many aces on their sleeves in propelling development programs and projects in Pangasinan. Governor Espino may have been figured out in controversial issues like jueteng, jai alai and the sudden increase of real property taxes, he kept on surprising the Pangasinenses of his programs particularly on perfecting the identity of the province of Pangasinan like having the exact date for its creation, introduction of the Pangasinan Hymn and other cultural and tourism activities. Didn’t I say that Governor Espino is a transformational leader?

Vice Governor Ferdinand Jose Z. Calimlim, Jr. has strong political support from the Pangasinenses not only because of his personal charisma but also of perfecting his political savvy. At this early stage of political speculations, if Ranjit Ramos Shahani will really be tempted to run as vice governor in 2013, he should start thinking of strategies how to outsmart the present popularity of Vice Governor Calimlim. But please Sir Ranjit, do not attempt to do ala Willie Revillame by singing “Ikaw na Nga.” And Ranjit should use now his being an opposition in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to his advantage.

The 2013 election is still 17 months to go but the passing away of time is so fast. By June 2012, there will already be political positioning from the national level up to the municipalities. Let’s just hope that political slates this time will really be composed of deserving public servants who will lead us to the heights of peaceful and progressive communities.

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December 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm 2 comments

Kimi opens Urdaneta’s agro-industrial fair

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- Fifth District Representative Kimi S. Cojuangco formally opened last December 1 the agro-industrial fair where the booths of the city’s barangays showcased their local products..

The “ bahay kubo” booths that are ornately decorated were lined-up inside the compound of the Urdaneta City Cultural and Sports Complex here and their opening signaled the start of the city fiesta celebration from December 1 –13.

Cojuangco cut the ceremonial ribbon and was assisted by Manila Economic and Cultural Office Chair Amadeo R. Perez Jr., Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV, members of the Sangguniang Bayan led by Vice Mayor Onofre C. Gorospe and the fiesta reigning beauties led by Her Majesty Queen Kimberly I (Kimberly Ann Castro Daludado), First Princess Ferfel Rose Ann Duyag Lim, Second Princess Princess Ulbata Tarape and Third Princess Mary Grace I. Macanas.

Cojuangco praised the city officials for the “pomposity” of the opening day, which she said energized her because of the diligent of the people in joining the grand parade in the early morning.

“ I just came from the session in the House of Representatives last night. On my way to Sison, I passed Urdaneta City and while watching your Christmas decorations festooned along the highway, my tiredness wore off,” she said.

She also lauded the reigning beauties for their participation in this year’s city fiesta celebration.

Mayor Perez encouraged the city folk and guests to watch the various activities of the fiesta and attributed the success of the celebration to the cooperation and unity of the people and the city officials and employees.

Perez also underscored his programs for the city which he said designed not only for one person but for all the residents of the city.

“Isulong natin ang ginagawa ng ating gobyerno lalung-lalo na para sa kapakanan ng ating mga kabataan,” he said.

Meco Chair Perez lauded the accomplishments of his son Mayor Perez which he said have surpassed what he had done as a city mayor.

“I was mistaken when I said to the people during the election that whatever accomplishment I have done, Bobom will double. We have now seen the development of the city because the city officials are working closely and doubly hard for the people of the city,” Perez said.

The old Perez also informed the people of his activities at the MECO.

“I am the emissary of the Philippines in Taiwan. I see to it that I will not falter in my job as I don’t want to put Urdaneta City to shame. I worked more than what is required and I also took time to lobby for projects in Taiwan for the country especially for our city,” Perez further said.

After the program, band exhibitions were provided by the Urdaneta City University (UCU), University of Luzon (UL) of Dagupan City and Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF) of San Carlos City.

The band exhibitions were followed by the street dancing competitions.

This year’s fiesta celebration has its theme “Preserving our Past, Enriching our Present, Building our Future”.

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Meco Chair Perez lobbies for projects in Taiwan

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- The fire truck which was painted with yellow during the parade was a donation of the Taipei City Government through the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (Teco).

Meco Chair Amadeo R. Perez Jr. bared this to reporters during an interview after the opening of the agro-industrial fair in this city on December 1.

He said he was lobbying for more projects such as second hand buses and other equipment for services not only for the city but also for the entire country.

“Taiwan)has already a tie-up project with the city government of Urdaneta for agriculture development. They have established an experimental farm of high yielding variety (HYV) of Taiwan rice in San Vicente village and hopefully it will be successful,” Perez said.

He further said that should the experiment be successful, Philippines will have rice sufficiency in the coming years.

“They are now testing the adaptability of the Taiwan rice variety in the Philippine condition,” he further explained.

Chairman Perez said that Taiwan at present is self-sufficient of food.

Taiwanese farmers, he said, can harvest 200-300 cavans of palay per hectare because they have already perfected the rice production technology.

“We are now working for other crops like vegetables to be experimented here in our province of Pangasinan,” he said.

December 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

Revita issues zoning clearance of gasoline station -Yu

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- Can a municipal mayor issue a zoning clearance certificate for the establishment of an industrial or commercial establishment in his jurisdiction?

This was the issue raised by Councilor Mark Anthony R. Yu in his affidavit-complaint that he is set to file before the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon against Mayor Ricardo V. Revita, Municipal Engineer Camilo B. Olegario and OIC-Municipal Assessor Elaine C. Sayson.

The complaint is for gross misconduct, gross ignorance of the law and violation of Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019 otherwise known as Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Yu’s complaint stemmed from the issuance of Mayor Revita a zoning clearance certificate dated June 23, 2011 for the construction of a gasoline station owned by spouses Michael and Lilibeth Chua at Tomana East village here and “okeyed” by Engineer Olegario and Sayson as to its plans and bill of materials and as to its assessments, respectively.

Michael Ocampo Chua, owner of the gasoline station, was named as private respondent.

“ What is very glaring was that the said certification was not signed by the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator John S. Alimorong who is also the Deputized Zoning Administrator of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB),”Yu said.

In his complaint, Yu said Mayor Revita erroneously issued the clearance certificate based on the provisions of Municipal Ordinance No. 6, series of 1981 which is the Town Planning and Zoning Ordinance of Rosales.

Yu said the ordinance was already repealed by Municipal Ordinance No. 1-1996 or the Revised Comprehensive Land Use and Zoning Ordinance which was approved under Resolution No. 12-1996 of the SB.

“That was a gross inexcusable negligence on the part of Mayor Revita.. The worst is that he (Revita) could not issue a certificate of zoning clearance except the Zoning Administrator who is appointed/deputized by HLURB. John S Alimorong, the HLURB’s deputized zoning administrator for Rosales should have issued the certification,” Yu further explained.

Yu said that the Mayor Revita and the other respondents committed willful disrespect for Municipal Ordinance 01-1996 issued by the SB and made a “mockery of settled procedure” and constituted usurpation of authority.

December 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

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