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Fourth district Rep. Gina de Venecia and her husband, former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr., and Health Assistant Secretary Elmer Punzalan cut the ribbon for the soft-opening of the out-patient department of the Region I Medical Center(RIMC) Treatment and Rehabilitation Center(inset photo below) in Binloc, Dagupan City last December 3. Also in photo are Lawyer Gonzalo Duque; Dr.Joseph Roland Mejia, RIMC Center Chief; City councilor Jesus Canto; and other health officials.CESAR RAMIREZ

December 13, 2011 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

NSO ups services thru BREQ system

DAGUPAN CITY—Residents of Pangasinan need not wait in long queues anymore to get civil registry forms.

Dante Pescador, provincial statistics officer, said the National Statistics Office (NSO) provincial office in Calasiao town has created the Batch Request Entry Query System (BREQS) wherein towns can request for civil documents, including birth, marriage and death certificates and certificate of no marriage record (CENOMAR), provided they are requested in bulk.

To adopt the system, local government units must sign a memorandum of agreement with the NSO and assign liaison officers who will handle and collate requests, he said in a radio interview Thursday. (more…)

December 13, 2011 at 10:31 am Leave a comment

Dagupan can’t patronize Urdaneta’s landfill yet – Lim

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Benjamin Lim said as long as Dagupenos do not know how to segregate their wastes, it would not be feasible for this city to patronize the engineered sanitary landfill in Urdaneta City.

Lim said segregation of wastes has not been a habit among households here.
“You have to teach the people first how to segregate their garbage before the city can dump the residual part of the garbage,” Lim said.
Mayor Lim said it would be very expensive to dump this city’s voluminous wastes at Urdaneta without segregation.
He noted that village officials should not collect non-segregated wastes so the people would learn how to segregate them.
Mayor Lim urged that the best way to mitigate the garbage problem is to collect those that can be reused. (more…)

December 13, 2011 at 10:28 am 1 comment


HEALTHY ROSALES. The Sangguniang Bayan of Rosales headed by Vice Mayor Dominador ‘Jojo’ Pajela, Jr. inaugurated the SB BOXING/FITNESS GYM on December 6, 2011 for their advocacy of having healthy and fit citizens. Pajela said that the Sangguniang Bayan envisions the gym to be staging ground for future boxing champions, dart champions and billards champions in the national and international fields. The fitness gym has brand new exercise equipments and also houses a dart area and a billiard hall. Pajela said that people are welcome to use the facility for free and it will also offer free haircut, manicure and pedicure. BRANDO CORTEZ)

December 13, 2011 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

December 13, 2011 at 10:07 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: JDV’s geo-political thoughts

Over gastronomic delights of lunch made of locally produced aquatic products. I asked recently former five-time House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. his thoughts on some political and economic global issues at his swanky residence located at the coastal city of Dagupan. These are parts of our conversation:

A chance for United States President Barrack Obama to reverse his anemic political stocks and win his re-election next year.
JDV said with a nine percent unemployment rate haunting the U.S economy, Obama will have a hard time winning his reelection bid “unless he re-invent himself”.
I asked him if the U.S economy will have a respite after the U.S troops withdraw this month from Iraq.
He doubted if the troop’s withdrawal would be a breather for the sluggish U.S economy as many of the returning soldiers would add to the number of unemployed in America.
Would heavily-debt haunted European countries Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain recover instead of exploding and dragging the global economy.
JDV says there would be pain before recovery. He told me about a 50 percent debt write-off imposed by Eurozone leaders and the International Monetary Fund among themselves where a U.S $1 billion of loan extended before to Greece (to stave off a global economic crisis) could be repaid only by $500 million.
(Note: The debt write-off is Euro 100 billion for Greece. The purpose is to reduce her debt to 120 percent from the scandalous 180 percent against her Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – MCO)
“The former Greek Prime MinisterGiorgios Papandreou is my friend. We were co-founder of the Gaddafi Foundation”.
The former Speaker says the repercussion to the Philippine economy incase the credit problem in Europe explode into a numerical proportion would be the job of our people who rely on the export business to the continent. (more…)

December 13, 2011 at 9:59 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: See how the people work, love and die

A quote from Albert Camus’ The Plague says “A simple way to get to know a town is to see how the people work, how they love and how they die.”

The black sand issue is an issue of the people of Pangasinan and their struggle against exploitation.

The lives of the people are often controlled by the overwhelmingly powerful structures of both government and big businesses.

The people want freedom from exploitation and to be able to gain individual freedoms.

Some people want to gain individual freedoms through political struggles, others through armed struggles.

Some people want to gain individual freedom by improving their own nature as human beings.

Everyone has unlimited capacity for imagination to gain his own personal freedom.

December 13, 2011 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Gulay at tubig para sa lusog at talino

“Christmas is a time for giving not the most expensive thing you can find but the most thoughtful. Really think about and get something that would put a smile on a loved one’s face. You’ll be surprised how meaningful it would be to them.”

REALIGN DEPARTMENT! Mukhang realignment ng budget ang forte ng Department of Energy ngayon.

Nabasa mo ba ito sa newspapers ‘Diversion’ of $101M ADB loan from solar projects to e-trikes hit?

Based on the original plan of 2009, a total of $125 million was allocated for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs of the country. In the Revised CTF Investment Plan for the Philippines, the amount was divided to $24 million for energy efficiency and $101 million for e-trikes.

Bok Nani Braganza, nabasa mo rin ba ito sa newspapers ‘DoE shelves P100M nuclear safety study?’

Budget to be channeled to other energy programs’?

Forty percent of the budget would go to the Fueling Sustainable Transport Program (FSTP). With the program, DoE hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing cheaper alternatives to gasoline and diesel.

Another 30 percent is being used for the “strengthening of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira).” (more…)

December 13, 2011 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

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