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People especially sari-sari store owners flock to the CSI Stadia to avail of discounts during the opening of the 6th Sari Sari Store Fair last October 18.CESAR RAMIREZ

October 22, 2012 at 1:30 am Leave a comment

Because of Bince’s rants, Shahani supports Agabas

By Virgil Sar. Maganes
ASINGAN- Sixth District Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani said Tyrone Agabas, a former board member and a lawyer is more than qualified to run for any elective position, including as mayor of Tayug town.
Shahani was reacting on Board Member Alfonso C. Bince Jr.’s rantings against Sixth District Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, district chair of the Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC) who allowed her husband former Board Member Tyrone Agabas, to run as mayor of Tayug town as independent. (more…)

October 22, 2012 at 1:26 am 2 comments

Balaoan, La Union bans malaga, seaweeds

By Yolanda Sotelo
The local government of Balaoan, La Union prohibited the catching of malaga (siganid) and gathering of seaweeds in waters off Paraoir village after several residents were afflicted with symptoms of poisoning after eating these sea products.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Director Nestor Domenden said Balaoan Mayor Al-Fred Conception issued the ban last September 24 after some residents were hospitalized after eating malaga and seaweeds.
They suffered from facial numbness, stomach pains and skin itches, prompting Conception to issue the ban, Domenden said..
Many residents have been complaining about the symptoms since August, but it was only last week that the issue was reported to BFAR, he said.
BFAR personnel collected samples of malaga and seaweeds for laboratory analysis to identify the organisms causing the ailments.
Domenden said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is testing the soil and water while the Department of Health is conducting study among the victims.
He said the symptoms exhibited by the victims are similar to symptoms caused by ciguatera fish poisoning toxin. But only the results of laboratory tests will confirm the kind of organism affecting the malaga and seaweeds, he said.
Domenden explained that malaga are herbivorous and feed on seaweeds. “It is possible that the seaweeds were contaminated with ciguatera organisms, which, while natural inhabitants of seawater, could have bloomed and caused the poisoning.”
However, since the organisms and the seaweeds are normal food of malaga, they are not affected by the toxin. “It is the human who consumes the affected malaga who suffer from the poison,” he said.
Domenden added that two or three years ago, a similar kind of poisoning occurred in Luna town. Samples of the organisms were sent to Japan for laboratory analysis and local laboratories could not identify them, but until now, there are no results yet, he said.
The BFAR will issue an advisory against harvesting and eating of Malaga and seaweeds after laboratory tests proved that they are not fit for human consumption, Domenden said.

October 22, 2012 at 1:24 am Leave a comment

Water pumps, grass cutters distribution almost complete

LINGAYEN—With only 44 barangays left, the distribution of water pumps and grass cutters to the 1,333 barangays of Pangasinan is almost complete following the latest wave conducted in four towns of Eastern Pangasinan last October 11.
Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. together with Vice-Gov. Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr. and representatives from the 5th and 6th districts distributed 88 more units of each of the equipment to the towns of Rosales, Balungao, Sto. Tomas and Alcala.
The recent distribution now brings the total number of beneficiaries to 1,289 barangays.
The recipients thanked Gov. Espino for the “early Christmas gift” as they expressed overwhelming gratitude for his generous support and care to the needs of his constituents especially those from the barangays.
Stressing that Pangasinan will remain to be an agricultural province in the next 40 to 50 years, Espino said this has inspired the provincial leadership to provide each barangay with said equipment which the farmers can use in their farming activities to irrigate the lands being tilled to improve their production.
Moreover, the tools can also be used to maintain beautification and cleanliness in the barangays and keep a healthy environment especially now that various illnesses have proliferated.
Espino likewise urged the barangay captains to extend help to the various schools in their areas by making them avail of the equipment for the beautification and cleanliness of the schools.
The latest beneficiaries came from the 37 barangays of Rosales, 20 barangays of Balungao, 10 barangays of Sto. Tomas, and 21 barangays of Alcala.
Barangay folks of Rosales were elated as the governor himself distributed the agricultural and environmental equipment, coupled with an immediate response to an on-the-spot request by ABC President Susan Casareno for the improvement of a provincial road in the Hacienda section of said municipality.
Wasting no time, the governor directed the chief of the Provincial Engineering Office to act on the matter.
In Balungao, Espino urged Mayor Philipp Peralta to lead townsfolk in supporting the various development projects being undertaken by the provincial government.
He also asked the Ilocano speaking community to learn the Pangasinan language and memorize the Pangasinan Hymn.
As this developed, Peralta said, “we idolize the governor because of the leadership he has shown in the province” even as he urged all other leaders in the municipalities of Pangasinan to emulate the kind of leadership that Gov. Espino has and do the same as he did in propelling the province to progress and development.
Fifth District representative Alfonso Bince Jr. who claimed to have the longest service in the provincial government, said that Espino is the best governor among the seven governors he had worked with in the past because “he delivers government services to the people irrespective of partisan politics and he has implemented the beautiful transformation of the Capitol.”
While in Alcala, the barangay folks warmly welcomed Gov. Espino and the provincial team with big smiles on their facesreflective of untainted support for the governor.
Mayor Manuel T. Collado thanked Gov. Espinofor the various assistance the province provides to Alcala town even without asking.
Vice Mayor Paolo V. Mencias said “wala kaming ibang kilalang Governor kundi si Gov. Espino because of the support their municipality is getting from the provincial government.
The Liga ng mga Barangay in the various municipalities have also noted that it is only with Gov. Espino’s administration that they have felt and experienced their importance.
In Sto. Tomas, Mayor Vivien O. Villar led the municipal council and the barangay councils in assuring the full support of the whole municipality to the reelection bid of Gov. Espino to enable him continue the worthy programs he has started in his administration.
As most of the governor’s partymate in the 5th and 6th district are unopposed, BMs Danny Uy, Clemente Arboleda, Sto. Tomas Mayor Vivien Villar, Vice-Mayor Timoteo Villar to name a few, assured that they will go out to go beyond an extra mile to help Gov. Espino in his reelection bid. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)

October 22, 2012 at 1:22 am Leave a comment

October 22, 2012 at 1:15 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: The people must have a choice

The essence of democracy is that people must have a choice.

We understand that Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. and Alaminos City Mayor know each other and have worked with each other in past.

We hope that the campaign for governorship will be friendly.

After the filing of certificate of candidacy, Governor Espino said, “We are stronger this time than during last 2010 elections because the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) is fully supported by over 90 percent of Pangasinan’s incumbent officials.” (more…)

October 22, 2012 at 12:48 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Women’s Rights

BOK NANI BRAGANZA, nagfile ka na pala ng certificate of candidacy for governor ng Pangasinan.

Siyempre matindi ang haharapain mo, hahaha. Naka two terms na si Governor Jun Espino.

At marami ang nasorpesa sa running mate mo na si Gen. Art Lomibao.

Naalala ko tuloy yung project ni Gen. Lomibao na ni-launch niya sa Alaminos City…yung libreng tawag sa abroad ba iyon?

Siyempre hindi matatawaran ang mataas na popularidad ni Vice Governor Ferdie Calimlim na itinuturing si Gen. Lomibao na isang close friend.

Ganyan talaga, Vice Gov Ferdie, friendly terms naman ang laban.

Bahala na ang mga botante sa May13, 2013.

KABABAIHAN AT PAGKAKAPANTAY-PANTAY. Mali ang panawagan ng equal rights ng kababaihan.

Ang bawat babae ay kailangan magkaroon ng pagkakataong isilang ang kanyang mga anak sa mundo at aalagaan sila sa unang mga taon ng kanilang buhay, na hindi nasasagkaan maging ang kanyang kalayaan o ang kanyang lubusang pagsali sa bawat aspeto ng panlipunang buhay.

Pero paano kung mahirap ang isang ina? Paano isisislang ng mahirap na ina ang bata sa ospital kung wala siyang pera?

October 22, 2012 at 12:06 am Leave a comment

Custom uses profiling to fight smuggling

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANILA – Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim of the Bureau of Custom (BoC) said it was physically impossible to open every container van suspected to contain smuggled goods like imported pork in the warehouses of the BoC. He said the leadership of Custom Commissioner Rozzano Rufino B. Biazon uses profiling by using a color coding of red, green, and yellow. “Hindi lang nag-aapply ito sa frozen (meat). Profiling sa lahat ng element; red, yellow, green. Kung green kampante tayo. Kung yellow meaning ready inspection natin iyong document; red talagang (inspection) iyong mga documents and others,” he stressed. Rosendo So, Director of Swine Development Council, said it was really hard to physically open every container van. He said smugglers of imported pork there can put offal near the van’s door to deceive inspectors to conclude that it contains only offal. “But the bulk of it contains choice pork cuts,” he stressed. (more…)

October 22, 2012 at 12:02 am Leave a comment

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