Archive for May 8, 2012

HOG RAISERS’ WOES: ‘Biazon does not know anything about industry’


URDANETA CITY- A hog industry leader accused Bureau of Customs
Commissioner Rufino Biazon of “not knowing what he was talking
about” when he blamed the cost of production and distribution of
the local meat as the causes of the local hog raisers’ losses.
Swine Development Council Director Rosendo So, reacting to Biazon’s
statement that the bulk of the hog industry’s problem is not just smuggling, but the cost of production and of bringing the pork to the market why the hog raisers earn little, said hog raisers of America and other countries likewise incur cost of production and distribution cost
in the same manner that local hog raisers also incur costs.
“If you add the cost of freight of the meat from other countries to the Philippines, the price of imported meat should be higher than the locally produced. But what is happening is the imported meat costs lower,” So,also president of the Northern
Luzon Hog Raisers Cooperative, said.
So said the country’s hog raisers stand by their charge that it is pork smuggling that causing huge losses for the backyard hog
industry, and that Biazon “does not know what he is talking about with regards to the industry.” “Maybe Commisoner Biazon does not know
that the pigs in America also eat what we feed to our pigs here. The
American farmers also spend for the freight of the meat from that country to us,” he said. (more…)

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May 8, 2012 at 7:01 am Leave a comment

BANCA PARADA


Some 160 bancas adorned with colorful decorations take part in the Banca Parada, one of the highlights of this year’s Pista’y Dayat, along the Agno River from Lingayen to Bugallon towns last May 1.CESAR RAMIREZ

May 8, 2012 at 6:47 am Leave a comment

We’ll be patient—Lim on drug problem


DAGUPAN CITY—“We’ll be very, very patient in dealing with this thing.”

Thus said Mayor Benjamin S. Lim about how the city government would deal with the persistent drug problem that has been plaguing the city despite several attempts already made to stop it.

Drugs can be eliminated not only through the arrest of suspected drug dealers and users but also if the demand for it can be reduced, he said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency office on Thursday. (more…)

May 8, 2012 at 6:35 am Leave a comment

More national government offices to rise in Pangasinan


ROSALES– Expect more national government offices to open in Pangasinan as the government center here in barangay Carmay goes full blast.
First to rise in the area is the satellite office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) last year followed by the Office of the Ombudsman on April 30.

Former Pangasinan 6th District Congressman Conrado Estrella III said the office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will be inaugurated on May 11 while a five-storey building of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) is in the works. (more…)

May 8, 2012 at 6:34 am Leave a comment

Govt blinks on pig holiday, fires 2 DA execs Customs next


By Brando Cortez

BRANDO CORTEZ

QUEZON CITY- The national government has adjusted the reference price of imported pork and fired two executives of the Department of Agriculture as demanded by hog raisers who have complained on the dumping of imported pork and pork by products to the country.
The hog raisers said they have been incurring huge losses because of the unabated technical smuggling of meat.

Abono Party-list chairman and SDC Director Rosendo So said Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has acted on the issue of misdeclaration and undervaluation of imported pork by recommending a higher reference price for imported pork and an increase in tariff for offal. (more…)

May 8, 2012 at 6:31 am Leave a comment

Bataoil: Remove my name from signages


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – Second district Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil asked the 2nd Engineering District of the Department of Public Works & Highway to remove his name on the signage of all his projects in deference to the Anti- Epal Bill.
Engr. Rodolfo Dion said Bataoil sent him a text message that he wanted his name removed from all his public works’ projects like roads, school buildings, and other infrastructure projects in the eight towns in the second congressional district of Pangasinan.
Dion, who oversees projects from the national government in the second and fourth congressional districts in the province, lauded Bataoil for his decision. (more…)

May 8, 2012 at 6:28 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Malacanang protects smugglers because it raises election funds?


An engineer from the Department of Public works & Highway commented on my last week’s column titled “Where is the money for the footbridge, DPWH?”
He explained the nuances of a program budget for the P90 million repair of the Marusay Bridge in Calasiao.
He gave a hypothetical illustration.
Program project is P120 million. The lowest bid chalked up by DPWH from a private contractor is P90 million thus a saving of P30 million for the government.
He said if the people and leaders in Calasiao want a foot bridge, the office of the mayor there could facilitate its construction through a resolution and an intercession of 2nd district Rep. Rachel Arenas and 2nd sub-engineering district chief Marietta Mendoza at the DPWH’s central office since its construction is a national government-supervised project.
He said the project is not a grant (free) from the Spanish government. It is a long term loan where ‘usually the freebies given by the Spanish government are the trusses (steels that hold the bridge above or below its platform)”.
Except the trusses, he said the rest of the materials are funded from the loan the taxpayers would pay later.
He disagreed to a previous proposal by an expert by borrowing one million pesos (from the P90 million appropriations) intended for the riprap of the Marusay Bridge for the contractor to use for the construction of the foot bridge and pay it later after Eng. Mendoza source out the one million budget.
“That is risky, I’ll not do that. What if the P1 million could not be sourced out by the DPWH?”
He feared that DPWH official would be administratively and criminally liable for that.
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In case war breaks between the Philippines and Mainland China, the following are the aerial military hardware the two possess:
PHILIPPINES
Fixed-wing jets: 13 ground support and jet training Italian made Aermacchi A-211,
Aircrafts: 12 North American OV-10 Bronco attack aircraft, 39 SF-3 260FH/TP/MS, and Masihing Panalangin (Fervent prayers by our poorly equipped air force pilots).
MAINLAND CHINA

Multi Role’s Fighter Jets:200 Chinese made Chengdu J-10, 76 Russian made Sukhoi Su-30MKK ,76 Russian made Sukhoi Su-27 Air Superiority Fighter, 180 China made Shenyang J-8 Interceptor Fighter, 350 China made, Chengdu J-7 Fighter/Interceptor,70 China made Xian JH-7 Fighter bomber. (more…)

May 8, 2012 at 6:25 am Leave a comment

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