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Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin Lim asks the public to help curb illegal drugs by reporting drug pushers and users, after he led in the signing of a memorandum of agreement on the multi-sectoral anti-illegal drugs campaign last June 18 at the city plaza.CESAR RAMIREZ

June 30, 2012 at 12:03 am Leave a comment

“Seniors” slam hospital, drugstore for non-compliance with elderly law

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…)

June 29, 2012 at 11:59 pm Leave a comment

‘We are not a city of mendicants’- Vice Mayor Gorospe

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…)

June 29, 2012 at 11:58 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Pangasinan solons are millionaires

There’s truth in it. You can’t be an elected public official in this country if you are not a millionaire. Those who have money rule this country.

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…)

June 29, 2012 at 11:57 pm Leave a comment

Vice Mayor Pajela beefs up medical-dental services

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.

June 29, 2012 at 11:54 pm Leave a comment

Shahani laments non-celebration of Independence Day

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…)

June 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm Leave a comment

SP urged: Pass law versus plastic bags, spitting in public

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…)

June 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Biazon reneges on promise to stop smuggling – So

Smuggling: Abono Part-List chairman Rosendo So (3rd from left) explains recently the unabated plain and technical smuggling at the Bureau of Custom at “Duelo” anchored by former Senator Dick Gordon at TV-5. Other guests were Dr. Dave Catbagan, Asst. Secretary for Livestock of the Department of Agriculture (extreme Left) and Rep. Nicanor Briones (Extreme Right) of the Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines (AGAP) party-list.

Abono Party-list chairman Rosendo So bemoaned how Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon breached his promised to allow representatives of hog raisers to inspect the arrival of imported pork by using Inward Foreign Manifests.
So, who appeared as guest at “Duelo” anchored by former Senator Dick Gordon at TV-5, said during the Hog Raisers Summit in Cebu City last April, Biazon told the delegates that he would allow someone from the hog raisers association to check the reefer vans that contain imported meat by using as basis the IFM.
But he said until now Biazon has to make good his promise to allow them to have access to the IFMs. He explained that it is only after the IFMs are forwarded to the inspectors of the Department of Agriculture that searching for smuggled meats can begin. (more…)

June 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Pangasinan is disaster-prepared – PDRRMC

DAGUPAN CITY—The Pangasinan provincial government is prepared to manage disasters, particularly during typhoons, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) assured.
PDRRMC Spokersperson Avenix S. Arenas said the provincial government has been working on its disaster risk reduction management system for the last five years to achieve its goal of zero casualties during disasters.
The PDRRMC manages its operations thru the tactical operations centers composed of the central command located at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center in Lingayen town, Western Advanced Post command at the Philippine College of Science and Technology (PCST) in Alaminos City, and the Eastern Command at the PCST in Tayug town, she said.
Relief goods have also been stockpiled, she said during the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency last week.
A total of 546 evacuation centers around the province have also been identified, she said as she encouraged the local governments to identify more grounds that will serve as additional evacuation centers.
The three provincial engineering districts, meanwhile, have also been ordered to pre-position their heavy equipment for rescue and relief operations, she added.
The PDRRMC is continuously augmenting its equipment and personnel, she said, pointing out the meeting with the local offices and government agencies to discuss the matter next week.
The public should be more vigilant during disasters, she said as she advised residents from low-lying communities to engage in pre-emptive evacuations during typhoons.

She also warned the fisher folks not to go offshore in case a gale warning has been issued.

Calling for community participation, she said “the province cannot do it [disaster management] alone. We need force multipliers from the communities.” (PIA-Pangasinan)

June 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

Dagupan identifies best products for promotion

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – This city produces and is known for three Bs – bangus, bagoong and bocayo, but the city has more to offer in terms of food and plans to promote them as Dagupan’s Best Product.
Several “nominees” for the label were exhibited during the barangay products and livelihood program on Monday at the city museum, including home made ham, pastries, candies, bagoong products, “dirty” ice cream, sunflower seed brittle, guapple, bibingka, cassava cake, soya milk.
Mayor Benjamin Lim said while Dagupan bangus (milkfish) is always on top of the mind as number one product of the city, “there are other products that we should support and promote.” (more…)

June 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

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