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February 27, 2012 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : Pangasinan not in Top Ten rice producing provinces?

The Department of Agriculture named the top 10 provinces in rice production last February 10 at the PICC during the 2011 Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers’ Awards or ‘Parangal sa mga Bosing ng Palayan.’
The top ten rice producing provinces are: Ilocos Norte, Mindoro Oriental, Mindoro Occidental, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Southern Leyte, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Sur.
They were judged based on their incremental rice production volume and area harvested from 2008 to 2011.
There are sectors that have been saying and we were made to believe that Pangasinan is second to Nueva Ecija in rice production!
But Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan are not included in the awardees!
What is the basis of Pangasinan being second to Nueva Ecija?
What list or ranking are they referring to?…Which will we believe?
Please somebody explain.
The Department of Agriculture awarded P4 million worth of agricultural projects each to the top 10 rice producing provinces.
Since Pangasinan is not one of the top 10, it did not receive P4 million worth of agricultural projects.
Would it not have been good for us if we saw the name Amado T. Espino Jr. (Pangasinan) together with the following awardees: governors Imee R. Marcos (Ilocos Norte), Josephine R. Sato (Mindoro Occidental), Alfonso V. Umali (Mindoro Oriental), Arthur Defensor (Iloilo), Alfredo G. Maranon (Negros Occidental), Gerardo J. Espina Jr. (Biliran), Rodolfo P. Del Rosario (Davao del Norte), Douglas RA Cagas (Davao del Sur), Adolph Edward G. Plaza (Agusan del Sur), and Johnny Pimentel (Surigao Del Sur)?

February 27, 2012 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Dagupan City a laggard? Blame the old tax law

Last week I bumped into Dagupan City mayor Benjie S. Lim at the city plaza.
“Dagupan City is already third to the cities of Urdaneta and Laoag in terms of budget in the past years. What’s your take on this?”
Mayor Lim acknowledged that the two cities in Region 1 are indeed “richer” if based on their respective fiscal appropriations annually because both of these cities have a bigger population and thus receive a bigger portion of the Internal Revenue Allotment.
IRA is the share of the local government units on taxes paid by taxpayers to the national government.
In my recent column “Top Dagupan Official admits Urdaneta City is richer” (that could be accessed at, I wrote there that the cities of Urdaneta and Laoag in the year 2011 have an appropriation of P671 million and P600 million while the Bangus City contents herself with a re-enacted 2010 budget of P490 million.
“Can we still eclipse them and regain our status as the premier city in Region 1?” I posed.
Lim optimistically answered in the affirmative. He cited the need to increase taxes on the Real Property Tax particularly the infrastructures that have a very low valuation based on the old Revised Revenue Code of 2004.
Former Senator Ernesto Maceda, who was with former House Speaker Joe and Rep. Gina de Venecia recently, told the crowd who witnessed the mass wedding in San Jacinto, Pangasinan that because Speaker Joe will seek a congressional seat next year, his spouse congresswoman Gina (Maceda’s sister-in-law) can either run as governor, mayor (Dagupan City) or seek another congressional seat in another district.
But in an earlier interview with Manay Gina, she told me that she considers running for the senate.
If she and Joe would be successful, Pangasinan got a double gain with the two de Venecias in congress.
Susmariosep, that would be countless of millions of pork (Priority Development & Assistance Funds) for us.
In case these happen, Joe and Gina would get P200 million pesos and P70 million annually. (more…)

February 27, 2012 at 9:20 am 1 comment

Fishermen want compensation for oil spill damages

DAGUPAN CITY — The militant fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) asked La Union Gov. Manuel Ortega to demand damage compensation for oil spilled affected fishermen in San Fernando City from Chevron Philippines.
This was after Ortega called for an investigation after thousands of liters of oil leaked from the depot’s pipelines on Tuesday.
In a press statement, Pamalakaya national chairperson Fernando Hicap welcomed the probe ordered by Gov. Ortega and the cease and desist order issued by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) against operators of oil depot at Poro Point.
But the fisherfolk leader said the aside from the environmental impact, local leaders and environment officials should also look into the economic impact of the oil spill to poor fisherfolk and other villagers sourcing their day-to-day livelihood from fishing.
“We ask Gov. Ortega and other officials of La Union province to highly consider the awarding of much deserved damage compensation to small fishermen communities who are expected to shoulder the indefinite economic brunt of such environmental disaster done by a multinational oil company like Chevron,” Hicap said.
The Pamalakaya leader said Gov. Ortega and EMB officials should not dilly-dally in charging officials of Chevron Philippines in the name of accountability, and social and environmental justice citing the lingering damage of the oil spill to the livelihood of small fishermen and marine environment. (more…)

February 27, 2012 at 9:17 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Senator Mark Cojuangco

SENATOR MARK COJUANGCO. Sa mga nagkakalat na tatakbo daw si former Pangasinan 5th district Rep. Mark Cojuangco bilang governor ng Pangasinan, itigil niyo na po iyan.
Si Gov. Jun Espino na po ang nagsabi na si Rep. Mark Cojuangco ay pang Senado.
Naibulong na rin po sa akin ni Bos Sendong na interesado si Cong. Mark Cojuangco sa Senado.
Opo gov, hindi po Cojuangco ang kalaban sa 2013.
Kaya ipagkalat niyo na lang ang MARK COJUANGCO para Senador!
Minsan nang sinabi ni Cong. Mark na ‘It is a national projection and fact that we will need an additional three (3) Gigawatts (3,000 megawatts) of base load capacity by the year 2012.’
Kapag hindi natin nadagdangan ang base load capacity ng bansa…mauulit na naman ang madalas na brownouts.
Ngayong 2012, asahan niyo na madadalas ang brownouts na sinasabi ni Cong Mark Cojuangco. Ibinigay niya nay un babala noong nasa congress pa siya kaya lang hindi pinalusot ang kanyang panawagan na buhayin ang Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

Sinabi na rin ni Cong. Mark Cojuangco na ‘There are two choices left when it comes to power generation, we continue with our traditional way of burning fossil fuel which presently accounts for approximately 65 percent of our capacity or go nuclear and other renewables.’

Matagal na pong alam ng mga mayayamang bansa na pinakamurang kuryente ang naihahatid ng nuclear power. Mas mura pa kesa hyrdo electic power. Mas mura pa kesa geothermal power.

Pero ang Pilipinas ay nagbubulgbulagan at nagbibingi-bingihan sa katotothanang ito dahil sila ay natatakot na masama daw ang nuclear power.

Mas okey sa kanila ang kuryente mula sa langis na napakadalas ng pagtaas ng presyo.

Ang ipinaglalaban ni Cong Mark Cojuangco ay ang pag-unald ng agrikultura sa Pilipinas.
Sa 5th district lang ng Pangasinan ay makikita mo ang napakaraming projects at programs na makikita mo pa ngayon kahit hindi na si congressman. (more…)

February 27, 2012 at 9:14 am Leave a comment


Govenor. Amado Espino Jr. his wife Mely, Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr. and Sangguniang Panlalawigan members shake hands with visitors, guests, local officials and officials of various line agencies during the traditional courtesy call last February 13 at the Capitol Building in Lingayen.CESAR RAMIREZ

February 25, 2012 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

Father Soc: Stop black sand mining

By Yolanda Sotelo
DAGUPAN CITY – Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas advised the provincial government of Pangasinan to stop the black sand extraction in the coastal villages of Lingayen, and to remove all equipment and machineries used for the activities in the area.
Villegas made the advice during a dialogue between the residents of the four coastal villages of Lingayen, environment officials and provincial government officials, last February 15 at the Archbishop’s Palace.
Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan, along with his small delegation, represented the provincial government. On the other hand, Brgy. Kagawad Vicente Oliquino of Sabangan, Lingayen, led the complainants on the table. The group of complainants, including barangay officials, come from the four affected barangays of Sabangan, Estanza, Capandanan and Malimpec in Lingayen.
When informed by Baraan that the mining has stopped, Villegas said, “We are thankful (for that), but are there no more equipment there? If there is no more (black sand) extraction, why are the machineries there? For the sake of peace and so the people wont be afraid that you will resume again, can we remove the equipment?” (more…)

February 25, 2012 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

Dagupan’s fish wardens seize 11 sacks of red-tide infected oysters

DAGUPAN CITY – Fish wardens from the City Agriculture Office (CAO) last week confiscated at the Magsaysay Fish Market some P3, 740 worth of oysters coming from red tide toxin- infected areas of Anda and Bolinao, according to City Agriculturist Emma Molina.
Molina said the confiscation was an offshoot of the latest advisory released by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) that identified shellfish from the said towns were earlier found positive for Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP).
“Because of the advisory, our office conducted an ocular inspection of oyster stalls in barangays Tambac and Lucao, sitio Dawel in Pantal and Magsaysay Market,” she said.
She said the fish wardens seized 11 sacks of shelled and 6 plastics of unshelled oysters and a half sack of lukan from 12 dealers in the aforementioned areas, with estimated market values of P3, 310, P300 and P130 respectively.
“We are continuing a 24-hour monitoring to screen merchants from supplying PSP-infected shellfish to vendors here,” she added.
She pointed out that “it is the primordial concern of the city government to protect its constituents and all the traders who buy and sell shellfish in the city.”
Molina added that aside from going over the auxiliary invoice that states where the shellfish emanated, her office went on an inspection to see for themselves if the bivalves being sold were really the Lucao-bred oyster, the red tide-contamination free ones, or the Anda-Bolinao raised oysters transported after the BFAR advisory was released. (more…)

February 25, 2012 at 7:46 am Leave a comment

Philhealth backs BSL’s plan to build maternal and children lying-in clinic

Dagupan City – A Philhealth official has welcomed the plan of Mayor Benjamin S. Lim to build a maternal and children lying-in clinic in barangay Poblacion Oeste here.
“We want to encourage LGU Dagupan City na kung gusto nila na magpa-accredit for lying in for maternity care package, puwedeng-puwede po kasi nga yun ang ating call sa ating millennium development goal,” said Philhealth OIC Regional Vice Presidernt Maricar M. Arzadon.
Arzadon issued the statement during a press conference highlighting the celebration of the 17th foundation anniversary of Philhealth and the observance of the National Health Insurance Month held at the De Luxe Restaurant here last February 10.
She said the Philhealth’s goal is to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate “kaya malaking tulong po yong plano ni Mayor Lim.”
Lim had earlier envisioned the Guadiz Elementary School lot as the site of the proposed clinic.
Ang concept kasi natin, ang maternity care package kung tutuusin, mas gusto sana naming ma-concentrate sa mga level 1 facilities, as well as sa mga lying-in clinics. The reason for that is we want to decongest the higher facilities for lower surgical procedures,” said Arzadon.
She added “ang ating mga mothers ay mas naalagaan sa mga lying-in clinics kasi meron tayong pre-natal care from the first month up to the time of delivery. Unlike po sa government hospital, kapag nanganganak na, doon lang sila pumupunta.” (more…)

February 25, 2012 at 7:45 am Leave a comment


Govenor. Amado Espino Jr. his wife Mely, Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr. and Sangguniang Panlalawigan members shake hands with visitors, guests, local officials and officials of various line agencies during the traditional courtesy call last February 13 at the Capitol Building in Lingayen.CESAR RAMIREZ

February 25, 2012 at 7:41 am Leave a comment

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