Archive for December 23, 2011


A boy walks near a World War II anti-aircraft hardware on display at the Veterans Park in Lingayen. On permanent display at the park are some of the old military hardware and panels with pictures during World War II. The Allied Forces led by the Americans used the Lingayen Gulf during the January 9, 1945 amphibious landings which started the campaign to liberate Luzon from the Japanese Occupation.CESAR RAMIREZ

December 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

Olanen, a fishing village in Bani

By Yolanda Sotelo

BANI — It is three o’clock in the afternoon. At the shore of Olanen village in this western Pangasinan town, residents eagerly await the menfolk out at the South China Sea for several hours. Blue fishing boats blending with the color of the sea and the cloudless sky start arriving with their catch for the day.

“You will know if the fishermen had a big or little catch. Those with big catch stand proudly on the boat as they approach the shore. Those with little catch are either stooped or are sitting down, maybe ashamed or afraid or sad,” Tessie Bahian, 43, says.

Bahian is one of the buyers of the newly-caught fish which she brings to other towns’ markets. Everyday, in the morning and in the afternoon, she stays on the shore, waiting for the fishermen to dock.

These days, the harvest from the sea is good, with the fisher folks bringing back to the shore large fishes like tanigue, yellow fin tuna, buslugan and tambacol. Some months, the sea yields different kinds of fishes, Bahain says.

But there are species, like sea turtles, are prohibited for catching. Some shells too, like lobsters, can’t be gathered during spawning period, like in December.

December 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

December 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Is Pangasinan ready for K to 12

The K to 12 Basic Education Program means Kindergarten to Grade 12 as the new basic education program which was started this school year 2011-2012 with the introduction of free kindergarten.

According to DepEd, under the K to 12 Basic Education Program, “Grade 7″ is not an additional elementary grade level but is the first year of junior high school.

Under K to 12, there will be 6 years in grade school (grades 1 to 6), 4 years in junior HS (grades 7 to 10) and 2 years of senior HS (grades 11 and 12).

Tuloy pa rin ang elementary na grade 1 to grade 6 ang nagbago lang ay may junior high school (grade 7 hanggang grade 10 na at ang senior high school (grade 11 hanggang grade 12 na).

Is Pangasinan ready in terms of new classrooms with tables and chairs, new teachers and new books?

The DepEd says that senior high school (grade 11 to grade 12) is geared towards in-depth specialization for students depending on the occupation/career track they wish to pursue.

The senior high school curriculum will allow specializations in Science and Technology, Music and Arts, Agriculture and Fisheries, Sports, Business and Entrepreneurship.

Are these specializations needed by the Pangasinan economy?

The idea of having senior high school is to inspire a shift in attitude that completion of high school education is more than just preparation for college but can be sufficient for a gainful employment or career.

Is a diploma in senior high school sufficient for gainful employment in Pangasinan?

The K to 12 basic education program is said to give students more time to master competencies and skills as well as time for other learning opportunities beyond the classroom, thus allowing for a more holistic development.

As the province prepares to host the Palarong Pambansa in 2012, is it also preparing for the proper implementation of the K to 12 basic education program?

December 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm 1 comment

CORTEZ: Eight to exonerate Corona

MERRY CHRISTMAS muna sa lahat. Para sa mga Christians, the message of Christmas, the gift of the son of God and the salvation He brings, is best exemplified when the holiday brings with it gifts that bring joy to the less fortunate.

Ang mga pabor at mag pabor kay Supreme court Chief Justice Renato Corona ay nag-aanalyze ngayon kung paano ang magiging botohan ng 23 senators sa impeachment trial.

Ayon sa Constitution, kailangan ng two-thirds (16) vote ng lahat ng senators para makakuha ng conviction.

December 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: The Spratlys Conundrum: FVR and JDV’s solutions

FVR and JDV as every Filipino knows is former president Fidel V. Ramos and former five-time House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr.
During the stints of the duo, FVR achieved an average of 5 percent Gross National Product and a coup’d’tat’-free six year administration, while Speaker JDV chalked up the successful US Bases Economic Conversion Law that turned Clark, Subic, Camp John Hay, La Union’s Wallace Field into free ports and special economic zones and Forth Bonifacio into a satellite city, authored the Build-Operate-Transfer Law, which has built railways, electric power plants, airports, markets and infrastructure worth more than $30 billion at no cost to the Philippine government, and the Rainbow Coalition, which brought together more than seven political parties that enabled Ramos to govern even with his 24 percent share of the national vote.
In a recent ride on a river cruise in Dagupan City, I asked former President Ramos what was his take on the conundrum brought by the South China Sea (Spratlys) territories disputes primarily with economic and military juggernaut Mainland China.
He told me the acronym UST.
“Unity, Solidarity, Teamwork”
He said the other buzz words for the solution of Spratlys problem is “Caring and Sharing for Each Other”.
“You read my article at the Manila Bulletin on the Spratlys,” he told me. (more…)

December 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

BIR scores absence of gov’t projects

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – The director of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Region-1 lamented the sluggish tax collection because of the absence of major projects by the national government in the first semester of 2011.

LawyerArnelGuballa explained that unlike the tax collection in industrialized urban areas, BIR in the region depends primarily on the taxes by the regular tax payers.
“In the provinces, we rely on TRA (Tax Remittance Advisory) only. If there is no project, what can you expect in remote areas? What can you collect? There are no businesses there expect simple trading, sari-sari (store),” he said.
The BIR gets taxes from these projects through the TRA and the Local Government Units that automatically deduct the income tax and the Value Added Tax of the private contractors who construct these government funded projects.
Guballa compared the tax office’s performance last fiscal year whenit was a recipient of multi-billion worth of pesos of government projects.
Some of these projects were the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Express Way, dikes in Rosales town, re-regulating pond in San Manuel town, and the P220 engineered sanitary land fill in Urdaneta City.
The government has implemented the last tranche of its P72.11 billion stimulus package in December 6 this year. It started only to implement the package last October 2011. (more…)

December 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

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