Archive for June, 2012
Dagupan City –Lawyer Cornelia M. Español, president of the Federation of Senior Citizens of the Philippines -Dagupan City Chapter, has asked Mayor Benjamin S. Lim and Councilor Jesus Canto to intervene in behalf of the city’s elderly to admonish the management of St. Joseph Drugstore and Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC) to comply with the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2012.”
Español was elected as the federation’s president for another term last June 7 and was formally sworn into office by Lim last Wednesday at the Model Senior Citizens Center in Poblacion Oeste here. (more…)
by Virgilio Sar. Maganes
URDANETA CITY- The mounting numbers of solicitors posing as indigents seeking assistance from the city government and private individuals have prompted the Sangguniang Panlungsod here to stop totally this practice.
In its recent regular session , the Sangguniang Panlungsod through Vice Mayor Onofre “ Bong” Gorospe invited City Social Welfare and Development Officer Anita Fernandez to explain, in aid of legislation, the proliferation of solicitors in the city who are pretending to be indigents. (more…)
In our last issue of Northern Watch (Volume V, Issue 178), we printed in our editorial the Statement of Assets ,Liabilities and Networth (SALN) of our six elected congressional representatives in the province. I was not surprised to read that all of them are millionaires for I know that their money was accumulated through years of hard work.
What surprised me, however, was on the SALN of 6th District Representative Marlyn Primicias-Agabas who I was expecting to have high net worth. Of the six representatives, Agabas, while a millionaire has declared the lowest networth at P5,287,500, a figure making her the poorest of the six solons in the province. And mind you, said net worth is devoid of liabilities meaning Rep. Agabas has no outstanding loan from any bank in the Philippines.
Topping the list of millionaire-solons is no other than 1st District Rep. Jesus Salvador Celeste who declared an asset of P115,756,014.90, liabilities of P22,921,691.97 and a net worth of P92,834,322.93.
Our very own Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco of the 5th District tailed behind Celeste. She has a total assets of P112,672,237. and a total liabilities of P25,549,749.40 . Her total net worth is P87,122,488.10.
Behind Cojuangco is 3rd District Rep. Rachel “Baby” Arenas who declared in her SALN a total assets of P105,245,482.58, a liabilities of P25,505,246.48 and a net worth of P79,740,236..
In the fourth slot is 4th District Rep. Ma. Georgina P. De Venecia with a total assets of P69,319,670.16 and a liabilities of P128,950.00. Her net worth is P69,319,670.76.
The net worth of 2nd District Rep. Leopoldo N. Bataoil paled in comparison to that of the top three lady solons. Bataoil has a total assets of P29,934,000., liabilities of P11,250,000.00 and a net worth of P18,684,000.
What’s the significance of these SALNs? Remember that Chief Justice Renato C. Corona was removed from his office just because of non-declaration of his total net worth in his SALN. Are our solons have really manifested their total net worth? How can we ordinary citizens check the veracity of the figures in their SALNs? Do we have to take them at their “ face value”?
Indeed, our solons in the province of Pangasinan are millionaires. There can be no reason that an ordinary citizen who wants to run for an elected office will win in the polls. If one couldn’t match their resources, don’t run for an office. Money can do everything. And money corrupts the mind of the poor.
I had a tete-a-tete with a school head the other night. We were talking about the K-12 educational system on how prepared his school. I was surprised when he told me that most teachers in the kindergarten are not yet regular employees of the Department of Education. He said that kindergarten teachers are paid at P3,000 monthly. (more…)
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES – Vice Mayor Dominador “Jojo” Estrella Pajela, Jr. has initiated free medical and dental services for the town residents, which he said was his little way of giving back to them the trust they gave him when they elected him vice mayor.
“I am not competing with the regular medical and dental services of our Municipal Health Office. This is one way of beefing up their services in which no public funds are being used. The members of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) and I are contributing our own money to help our needy constituents,” Pajela said.
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
LINGAYEN- Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member Ranjit Ramos Shahani expressed his disgust over the non- celebration by the provincial government of the 114th Independence Day of the Philippine Republic.
In a privilege speech during the SP’s session last June 18, Shahani threw criticism at acting Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim Jr. whom he referred to be the “last touch” in the provincial administration because Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. was on official business in the United States of America (USA) from June 9 to July 1, 2012. (more…)
LINGAYEN — The Capitol Complex will soon enjoy a plastic free and hygienic environment as Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. urged the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to pass an ordinance that prohibits the use of plastic bags and spitting in open and public places within the area.
In a draft provincial ordinance submitted to the SP last June 4, Gov. Espino proposed a ban on the use of plastic bags on dry goods and regulates its utilization on wet goods as well the prohibition of Styrofoam and plastic softdrink. (more…)