Archive for January 13, 2012

Robinson’s Changes Calasiao landscape

CALASIAO, PANGASINAN– The establishment of Robinson’s mall in
this town is expected to change the business landscape of central Pangasinan,
including neighbor city Dagupan.

Robinson’s, which sits on a five-hectare land along the
highway traversing San Miguel village, will have a soft opening this month and
a grand opening in February, according to Calasiao Vice Mayor Roy Macanlalay.

“This is a big development for Calasiao. Surely it will
generate an economic chain reaction in the area. We have learned from real
estate brokers that many businessmen are eyeing Calasiao,” Macanlalay said.

But it is not known yet how much the town would be earning
from the mall’s operations because its management is asking for a tax
incentive, Macanlalay said.

There was a verbal request for a seven-year business tax
holiday but which the local government could not give because that would mean
the town would not earn anything during those years, he said. (more…)

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EDITORIAL: Even if others die

It is not the wood nor the gold but the profit even if others die

We cannot measure the anguish and grief of those who were victims of the calamities in Mindanao

While others were not directly affected, Pangasinan included, the material, financial and support they gave showed how they were affected by the calamity.

Opportunistic politicians, charitable organizations and media organizations cried crocodile tears for the plight of the victims.

The government blames the poor who illegally settled in government declared danger zones.

The forests were denuded by legal and illegal loggers for the attainment of profit and the flora and fauna in the area was displaced.

The government, its laws and instrumentalities were used by profit hungry business interests to log out the forests.

Small scale and large scale mining also used the government, its laws and instrumentalities were used by profit hungry business interests to mine the mountains of precious gems.

After the denudation of the forests and the destruction of the mountains arose the environmental activists kuno whose only accomplishment is to jail the poor kaingeros.

Poverty is the root for the poor and ordinary folks to into small scale mining and this is very minimal compared to the destruction caused by large scale mines.

The government cannot stop legal and illegal logging because it benefits from them.

The government cannot stop legal and illegal mining because it benefits from them.

The objective of production is not for its use but its value and the profit that will be derived.

Business does not go into logging to provide logs for construction but to gain profit.

Business does not go into mining to provide ores for manufacturing firms but for the profit derived.

Business pursues profit even if it causes death and destruction especially among the poor.

January 13, 2012 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

Binmaley to hold 2nd Sigay Festival

BINMALEY– This town will hold its annual fiesta on February 1 coinciding with its 422nd founding anniversary. Part of the celebration is the much awaited 2nd Sigay Festival that established the town as the Seafood Capital of the North.

The Sigay Festival was initiated by Municipal Mayor Lorenzo “Enzo” Cerezo last year to promote the town as the Fishbowl of Pangasinan and as the seafood capital of northern Luzon.

The fest is celebrated to render tribute to the aquaculture industry of the town, which is the number one source of livelihood in the community here. Sigay is a Pangasinan dialect word which means ‘to harvest from the sea’.

After its resounding success last year, the Sigay Festival will again kick-off on January 21 and will end on February 3. The two-week celebration shall feature varied activities that will be enjoyed not only by the Binmaleyans but also by tourists and “balikbayans” (returning Filipinos from abroad). (more…)

January 13, 2012 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

Dagupan City council willing to amend garbage ordinance

DAGUPAN CITY—This city’s legislative council is willing to amend Ordinance No. 1929-2009 or the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Program to ensure compliance among communities and households.

Vice-Mayor Belen T. Fernandez said the Sangguniang Panglungsod can amend the ordinances but a study should be done first if the provisions of the ordinances are indeed being implemented properly.

Fernandez said this as a reaction to the request of Waste Management Division Chief Teddy E. Villamil Jr. to impose higher penalties, including bigger fines and community services, to violators.

Villamil said in an interview that the existing fines, P300–first offense, P500–second offense, and P1000—third offense, are too small that residents are not taking the ordinance seriously.

Varied forms of community services must also be included in the penalty clause so that violators, should they not opt for imprisonment or to pay fines, have the option to choose which services they can render, he added.

Littering, refusal to segregate biodegradable from non-biodegradable wastes, open dumping, and burning of wastes are among the most common violations to the ordinance.

Fernandez said the construction of material recovery facilities (MRF) in every barangay should help the community cope better with the provisions of the ordinance.

The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act or R.A. 9003 mandates the segregation of garbage in every household for easier management by the WMD. (PIA-Pangasinan)

January 13, 2012 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: A Few Good Women

Woe to the nine policemen at Urbiztondo Police Station. They were at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Why? They were all relieved as requested by Governor Amado T. Espino according to my source.

My mole said during the inauguration of Urbiztondo’s P64 million fully air-conditioned covered gyms (a first among the towns in Pangasinan) and the fiesta night celebration attended by the governor, two warring men at the perya (fair) were pacified by the policemen and were brought to the police station to be investigated.

In the station, one of the men unleashed his bolo after they renewed their altercation that caused him his life after his protagonist shot him with a hand gun.

Susmariosep, is that how inept our policemen, Provincial Director and Colonel Boyet Ricaforte?

Is it not a standard procedure among policemen to frisk first an arrested person before they are brought to police custody?

Those incompetent sons of guns, as a result, were reassigned not in Mindanao but at the nearby Alaminos Police Station.


Broadcaster Joel Balolong is uneasy these days.

Aside from his radio work he tends dozens of swine at his backyard in the town of Sta. Barbara.

He said the causes of his anxiety is the unabated influx of imported frozen meat that causes the gate price of live hog to nose-dive to P80 a kilo.

“With that price I and other small time backyard raisers would be at a losing end,” he explained.

He should be selling a month ago 17 hogs but did not , as he is waiting for a better price just to break-even with his cost of production.

It seems however that price of live pigs continues to hover to basement prices.

Joel should ask the inspectors of the Bureau of Animal Industry, National Meat Inspection Service, and Bureau of Custom to check thoroughly the contents of the container vans that enter the ports of the country.

He should know that smugglers of frozen pork in the Philippines use offal as front for choice meats.

Offal are parts of butchered pigs like chopped ears, snout, brain, and others which are not consumed by Caucasians but which Filipinos used as main ingredient for “sisig” delicacy.

Offal is used as front because it has only a 5 percent tariff of the 50 U.S cents or P22 a kilo from abroad like the U.S. Choice cuts of pork however sells for $1.55 or P120 plus a tariff of 35 percent.

This influx of frozen meats is a bane to backyard hog raisers which represent 70 percent of the hog industry in the Philippines. (more…)

January 13, 2012 at 9:07 am Leave a comment

Massive dredging operation will stop flooding – Macanlalay

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Induction: Calasiao Vice Mayor Roy T. Macanlalay (2nd from left) posed for posterity after he was inducted by Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Chairman Antonio “Bebot” A. Villar Jr as the president of the Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines-Pangasinan Chapter.

CALASIAO- Vice Mayor Roy Macanlalay said there was a need to dredge the delta of the Pantal River in Dagupan City up to the upstream part of the Sinoculan River to avoid the recurrence of massive flooding in this town and Dagupan.

Macanlalay,an engineer, explained that it would be useless if dredging of the river bed is confined only in this town and Sta. Barbara town. (more…)

January 13, 2012 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

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