Archive for January 20, 2012


A carabao in colorful paints passes near the statue of a farmer and a carabao during Carabao Festival in Bugallon town last January 12. The festivity coincides with the Bugallon Day, honoring Gen.Jose Torres Bugallon.CESAR RAMIREZ

January 20, 2012 at 12:56 am Leave a comment

Technical smuggling of meat affects local hog industry- Abono

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- The country is losing about P2 billion to P3 billion in revenues due to the technical smuggling of frozen meat products, which also greatly affects the local hog producers.

Abono Party-list Chair Rosendo O. So said unless the government will totally stop meat importation, even corn farmers will be affected as their products will not be bought by feeds companies.

“Based on United Nations’ data, there was a total of 105 million kilos of hog bellies and good meat that entered the country last year which does not jibe with the local data. More or less 56 million kilos of imported meat products are offal which are under declared. This is a blatant technical smuggling,” So said. (more…)

January 20, 2012 at 12:51 am Leave a comment

City outlines investment plans for Malimgas Market

DAGUPAN CITY – The City Tourism and Investment Promotion Center (CTIPC) has outlined its plans on developing the Malimgas Market as phase one of zeroing on Mayor Benjie Lim’s goal of marketing the city as a clean and orderly place to invest in.

Members of the CTIPC technical working group (TWG) composed of concerned department heads and technical consultants met to discuss strategies on the massive development and promotion of the city’s prime commercial enterprise facility to be undertaken starting January or February this year.

“That’s why we need to prepare Malimgas Market for that marketing drive,” said executive assistant III Deborah Castillo of the city mayor’s office, who presided over the meeting in representation of city administrator Vlad Mata, at the CMO conference room.

Castillo presented the team advertising schemes such as procuring two separate brochures on the available and the occupied stalls at Malimgas and the launching of regular crowd-drawing activities at the market, such as “Cancionan ed Malimgas.”

She, however, pointed out that those visions for the market would not succeed if it would remain as a “Maringot Market” as many market goers now refer to. (more…)

January 20, 2012 at 12:47 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Poor Dagupan, Laoag and Urdaneta have left her

What I don’t like about many of the Catholic clergies in this country, they side with issues that are no brainier.

For instance issues like the artificial methods of birth control.

The evidence of the absence of free contraceptives glares its ugly head in our street.

Poor families keep bearing children that become street urchins, petty criminals, you name it. Vehicles on the streets’ slums are hampered by poor malnourished kids playing their things there.

“These sorry sights would aggravate for another ten years from now,” I told somebody in the car as I negotiated carefully the roads.

By the way, we are already 101,833,938 (July 2011 estimate) million rambunctious Filipinos. Number 20 in the world in terms of demography.


Then here comes my neighbor on this paper retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz and a priest who officiates a novena mass at the Supreme Court lately for the beleaguered chief justice Renato Corona.

I could forgive and forget Cruz craps at the executive department of the government that he accused of bullying the chief magistrate, but I nearly kicked my TV after I heard the officiating priest asking Corona if he is ready to become a saint after the conclusion of his impeachment try. (more…)

January 20, 2012 at 12:46 am Leave a comment

BIR Pangasinan favors taxes on pension and insurance

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Two top honchos of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Pangasinan came to the succor of Commissioner Kim Henares after she issued a circular that met hostile resistance from lawmakers.

Henares issued Revenue Memorandum Circular 53-2011 which said taxpayers who go beyond the mandatory contributions on the state pensions, health and insurance institutions should pay taxes.

Revenue District Officers Quirino Ramos and lawyer Beverly Milo vouch to the soundness of RMC 53-2011that covers the country’s workers contributions on Social Security Services, Government Service Insurance System, Pag-Ibig, or PhilHealth.

“I agree with it!” quipped by Ramos who is the chief of RDO-5 who oversees most of the towns and a city in Western Pangasinan.

Milo, who is the head of RDO-6 which covers most of Eastern Pangasinan, said the circular provided that what is taxable is the basic contribution.

January 20, 2012 at 12:34 am Leave a comment

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