Archive for December 17, 2011


Catholic employees, provincial officials led by Gov. Amado Espino Jr. and the general public attend the first of the 9-day Simbang Gabi celebration infront of the provincial capitol building in Lingayen last December 15.CESAR RAMIREZ

December 17, 2011 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

I am turning opposition’ – Ranjit

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

DAGUPAN CITY- Sixth District Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani tagged himself as the lone opposition in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Pangasinan and of the Espino Administration.

“Dictators have no place in this province. We have to provide checks and balances under the Espino administration. I am now the lone oppositionist in the province,“ he told reporters during the Mass Media Night last December 16.

Ranjit urged the media practitioners to rally behind him and also do their part in the checks and balances of the excesses of provincial officials.

December 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

Braganza’s led economic alliance braces to achieve MDG

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ALAMINOS CITY – The four members of the One Pangasinan Alliance (OPAL) are not only bent to achieve four of the eight targets of the Millennium Development Goal but are geared to be a model in the country as the first group to attain them.
Mayor Hernani Braganza said since he was a congressman it was his utmost desire to lift the economy of the first congressional district.
He said the Philippine government could not breach the target of the United Nations in 2015 to reverse and eradicate extreme poverty, promote universal primary education, maternal health, and environmental sustainability but optimistically declared that the OPAL could do it. (more…)

December 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm Leave a comment

December 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

Enough local meat for Christmas

URDANETA CITY Pangasinan-Abono Party-list Chairman Rosendo So said the local production of meat and poultry raisers can meet the demand for the Christmas season up to the second quarter of next year.

This is contrary to claims of shortage by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics.

Stakeholders, both producers and legitimate importers have come together calling on the Department of Agriculture (DA) for broad and sweeping reforms in the importation of meat and meat products so that national interest will be upheld.

The group said the system of importation needed reforms in the leadership of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) by replacing Dr. Efren Nuestro as director and the suspension of Administrative Order No. 26 and the drafting new rules, regulations and standards to govern the importation of meat and meat products with the group having representation in the said body. (more…)

December 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm Leave a comment

Villasis ups anti-littering and cleanliness drive

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- Mayor Libradita Go-Abrenica is bent on pursuing a litter-free and clean environment following a massive information and dissemination campaign in the 21 villages of the town.

The activity is in line with the implementation of Municipal Ordinance No. 90-240511 otherwise known as the Anti-Littering Ordinance enacted by the Sangguniang Bayan on May 24, 2011 and approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan through Resolution No. 315-2011 dated August 15, 2011.

Last November 28 Abrenica issued an Executive Order No. 022-11-28-2011 prescribing the implementing rules and regulations of the said ordinance and the creation of Bantay Pangkalikasan Task Force headed by Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Susan Q. Sison with Catalino Guarin, the Administrative Aide of the Office of the Municipal Mayor, as officer-in–charge.

“We have started the information and dissemination campaign last December 6 in Poblacion area and the business centers. This was followed by the barangays of Amamperez, Barangobong, Puelay and Lipay last December 7. This is a municipal wide campaign and I hope the compliance to this anti-littering ordinance will soon be a habit of the townspeople and even visitors,”Abrenica said.

She said the implementing rules and regulations will be effective after the 15 days information and dissemination campaign drive and will be totally in force after the 30 days dry run period after the said campaign.

As part of the information drive campaign, flyers are distributed in the barangays bearing the tagline “Sa Villasis, Malinis” and the Mayor’s slogan “ Maglinis ng Lugar, Gawing Araw-araw!”.

Under the implementing rules and regulations, the following are the prohibited acts: dumping, throwing or littering garbage, refuse or any form of solid waste in public places and immediate surroundings including vacant lots, rivers, canals, drainage and other water ways; and of urinating, defecating and spitting in public places.

Violators of the ordinance will be fined P500 for the first offense or 4 hours of community service, P1,000 for the second offense or eight hours community service and 2,000 for the third offense or 16 hours of community service.

December 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Physically fit and healthy Rosalenians

This vice mayor is full of aces under his sleeves. After a long silence on the perceived misunderstanding with the town’s local chief executive, he has surprised his town mates by putting up a physical fitness center just at the back of the Sangguiang Bayan Hall with mechanical physical fitness apparatus/machines and a boxing ring.

I am referring to Vice Mayor Dominador “Jojo” E. Pajela Jr. who had been at odds with Mayor Ricardo V. Revita due probably of difference in leadership and management styles. Lately, I have a lengthy talk with him during which he divulged his plans and programs for the people of Rosales.

“You know, I am a doctor by profession and by putting up these facilities for physical fitness, our people would become healthy and physically fit,” Vice Mayor Pajela intimated to me. He said that his projects were put up without any single centavo spent from the municipal coffers but with the help of his colleagues from the Sangguniang Bayan.

He said that he will even put up a center for masseurs/reflexologists who will have uniforms. “We need these masseurs to remove our stress. We have to relax after a day-long work,” he told me. Aside from these uniformed masseurs, Vice Mayor Pajela will also provide uniforms to the pedicab drivers and will teach them to be presentable to the commuting public.

“With what you are doing here in Rosales, will that mean that you are eyeing the mayoralty in 2013,” I asked him in jest. “ No,no,no. This is for our people and my service to them. For my political plans, ask that to Conrad,” he answered back smiling. Conrad is no other than former 6th District Rep. Conrado M. Estella III, now the Provincial Chair of the Abono Partylist.

Yes, indeed, Vice Mayor Pajela has been tired of political bickering. He said he wanted to concentrate on public service, the reason why he ran for a political office. In previous talks with him, he told me of his frustrations in politics. He was not expecting that politics is very divisive. He just wanted to serve the people of Rosales which he said he loves so dearly.

Vice Mayor I salute you for your silence in the previous months. I respected every word you uttered when I visited your office, that’s why I did not really try to get more “juicy” reactions to you regarding what’s happening in your municipality. I doff my hat off to you for your being a real public servant- a non-conventional politician but one with new ideas and innovations for the sake of your people.

December 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm Leave a comment

Children with disabilities perform at SM City Rosales

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- Dancing, singing, pantomiming and delivering monologues.

These were just few of the talents presented by the “children with disabilities” who are autistic, deaf, blind, mute and with down syndrome during the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) Day last December 3 at the SM Rosales.

The children are enrolled at the Special Education Center (SPED) of Tomana East Elementary School and the Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center (STAC) of this town.

The activity was part of the opening of a photo exhibit presented by the Pangasinan Wedding Photographers Association in coordination with Canon Company dubbed as “Photography with Difference. Beyond Pixels, Beyond Borders.”

It featured the photographs of the children with disabilities with their parents that were taken during their tour at the San Roque Power Plant in San Manuel (Pangasinan) on August 19, 2011.

It was also the celebration of the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to understand their physical handicaps and conditions.

“Because SM cares, we celebrate this day. The photo exhibit presents the captured moments of these children with their parents and their encounter with Mother Nature. It gives us clearer understanding of their conditions,” said Jersey Mendoza, SM City Rosales mall manager during the opening program.

SM Regional Manager Cesar Bondoc for Luzon Operations said the photographs have given him better outlook in life and provided him clearer insights on what the PWDs are experiencing.

“Indeed, SM knows no barriers. It has no boundaries and our environment is accessible to all. We are proud that SM is a PWD friendly company,” Bondoc said.

Municipal Administrator Abigail Revita who represented Mayor Ricardo V. Revita, lauded the management of he SM City Rosales for undertaking such project which she said was a part of the global celebration with persons with disabilities.

“This is a meaningful event for the differently-abled brothers and sisters. Tayo ay may hinaharap na pagsubok (pero) mas mahirap ang kalagayan nila. They need the love of their parents and families and even the communities. The trials will soon pass and become glory and heartwarming experience,” Revita said.

After the program, the photo exhibit was opened for public viewing until December 9, 2011.

December 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

Pangasinan II schools division conducts skills competition

By Virglio Sar. Maganes

MANGALDAN-High school students and teachers of the technology and livelihood departments of the 64 secondary schools of Pangasinan II schools division trooped to Mangaldan National High School on December 9-10 to compete in the various technological, vocational and entrepreneurial skills under the Student Technologists and Entrepreneurs of the Philippines (STEP).

The participants were the winners in the previous STEP competition conducted by the nine clustered schools of the division that focused on the development of motor- skill technologies such as automotive tune up, electrical wiring installation, manicuring and pedicuring, chicken dressing, photography T-shirt printing, desk top publishing, electronic poster making, bartending, table skirting, business planning and other employable skills.

With its theme “Celebrating 10 Years of Inspiring STEPS.” the competition was focused on enhancing the capabilities of the students through their teacher-coaches and on further honing their skills for future source of livelihood and employment.

During the opening program on December 9, school head Rosalino T. Agpalo welcomed the participants and stressed that the school will always be glad to host the STEP competition that was on its 10th year of hosting the activity.

“Today, we have with us the student technologists and entrepreneurs and heir coaches to exhibit once again their skills and prowess in their fields of specialization. (Indeed) this STEP skills development and competition manifests that our the skills of the young students already honed, enhanced and developed and they are ready for the challenges they are about to face,” Agpalo said.

Administrative Officer Rosallie Hulipas who represented Mayor Herminio Romero, welcomed the participants and other guests in behalf of the municipality and informed the crowd of the various developments obtaining in the municipality.

December 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm Leave a comment

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