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Five candidates of this year’s Miss Earth International pose before photographers as they enjoy the warm welcome at the El Pescador Resort in Bolinao last November 18.CESAR RAMIREZ

November 26, 2012 at 6:01 am Leave a comment

PPC board gives Duque vote of confidence

The officers and board of directors of the Pangasinan Press Club on Tuesday formally expressed its confidence on the leadership of its president, Atty. Gonzalo Duque.
In a meeting at Rubi’s restaurant, nine officers and directors in attendance unanimously voted for the approval of the resolution that also recognized Duque’s two-year term as club president.
The board’s move was prompted by reports that a former club director had been seeking signatures from members to oust Duque.
Duque was elected in February 2010. (more…)

November 26, 2012 at 5:54 am Leave a comment

SM Guard returned 30K worth Apple IPAD2

November 26, 2012 at 5:43 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Benjie has Ninoy and Tito, Vic. & Joey

A police officer of Mapandan town showed sachets of illegal drugs shabu (methamphetamine hydro chloride), marked money his men used to purchase them, and three bullets of 38 caliber pistol confiscated from the alleged drug pusher they apprehended in a broadcast of GMA’s Primera Balita, recently.

The nabbed pusher was apparently still high on drugs when he was interviewed by the reporter of said TV program.

But what jolted me in my seat was when the police officer said he mulls either to file a case of illegal drug possession or illegal pushing of shabu, and illegal possession of three bullets of the 38 revolver.

Susmariosep, with marked money that consummated the transaction between the pusher and police’s poseur buyer it means drug pushing has ensued already.Drug possession and drug pushing is proverbial miles apart in terms of penalty.

The first is meted only with P300 thousand bail bond for temporary liberty as provided in Section 11 of Republic Act 9165, while the last is a non- bailable offense as provided by Section 5 of the same law.
Hepe, baka may plano pa kayong kotongan iyong pusher? Kahit P300 thousand magbabayad iyan huwag lang siyang kasohan ng non-bailable offense dahil sa three years or more na nililitis siya ay mabubulok muna siya sa kulungan. Saka, bakit bala na ngayon ang nahuhuli? Nasaan na ang revolver?

Tsk, tsk, Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome and my friend Provincial Director Sonny Versoza would not like what happened in Mapandan incase the police there charged the culprit with possession of illegal drugs only.
Speaking of Mapandan again, a source told me that re-electionist Mayor Maximo Calimlim, Jr. (a retired army general) is pitted against his older brother for the mayoralty. I was told that what made the brother runs against the former general was due to “family squabbling”. (more…)

November 26, 2012 at 5:35 am Leave a comment

Castaneda elated by NSO’s remarks of cityhood

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – Mayor Ernesto Castaneda of this capital town welcomed the declaration of the National Statistics Office (NSO) in Pangasinan that this municipality will hit the 100 thousand population mark that could qualify her for cityhood.

November 26, 2012 at 5:27 am Leave a comment

SP ratifies P182.5 million loan of Pangasinan

by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

LINGAYEN- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has finally approved Provincial Resolution No.1530-2012, which ratify the loan/credit facility entered by the provincial government with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) in the amount of P182,510,000 in its regular session here last November 12.

The ratification included the loan agreement, assignment and other documents of the loan signed by Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. and LBP President Gilda E. Pico for the funding of developmental projects of the province. (more…)

November 26, 2012 at 5:13 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Abono, the farmers’ party list

There’s a move already by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to purge the list of party lists vying for congressional seats in the May 2013 elections.As of this writing, there are 32 party lists that have been delisted due to their poor track records and for not representing the marginalized groups or sectors of the society.

Among those disqualified have been in the House of Representatives like of Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP), Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (Apec) and Ako Bicol.

These groups, according to the Comelec, did not meet the standards imposed by the Constitution on the participation of marginalized groups in the halls of Congress. The scrutiny done by Comelec on partylist representations are highly commendable. First, marginalized groups shall indeed be represented. Second, by having bona fide partylist groups, the government could save its development fund called “pork barrel”.

When the purging of partylist groups was in process at the Comelec, there were speculations that Abono will be included. Abono’s critics said those sitting as representatives including its officers are millionaires, ergo they are not representing the marginalized farmers in the country. But Abono proved the critics wrong. It passed the scrutiny of Comelec officials, which included its track records and the partylist’s nominees in 2013 polls.

Abono was organized sometime in 2006 by a group of farmer leaders and entrepreneurs in Pangasinan led by Engr. Rosendo O. So, a farmer- businessman who fully understands the plight of marginalized farmers. That was the time that the agriculture and farming sectors was experiencing setbacks caused by the high cost of farm inputs- fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, etc. Agricultural production was low. Farmers then were resorting to borrowed capital particularly from “loan sharks” to finance their farm operations.

Because of those grim situations, Abono came into the picture and sought accreditation from the Comelec. In 2007 polls, it won a seat in the House of Representatives represented by Robert Raymund M. Estrella Jr., also a farmer-businessman. The other seat was latter on approved by the Supreme Court when the partylist groups petitioned the tribunal to rule on the apportionment of partylists based on votes cast in the 2007 polls. Francisco “Pacoy” Ortega of La Union who was the second nominee took the seat.

True to its advocacies, the Abono launched many programs and projects benefiting the farmers sector. In 2008, it conducted the first Agri Exposition in Carmen East, Rosales, Pangasinan that exposed local farmers to the latest technological trend – farm mechanizations, inputs, fishery development, swine culture and series of farmers’ forums on vegetable, palay and corn productions. The same kind of agricultural exposition was conducted in 2009 in Sison, Pangasinan. These expositions were implemented in full coordination with the provincial governments of La Union and Pangasinan with their regular representatives in Congress, private business groups, farmers organizations and the Department of Agriculture-Region I Field Office (DA-RFO). (more…)

November 26, 2012 at 5:11 am Leave a comment

DTI checks motorcycle helmets

by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- Motorcycle helmets that are sub- standard and do not conform with the product standards imposed by the Bureau of Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be confiscated starting next year. Owners of substandard helmets will also be fined P1,500.

This was disclosed by Lina Calantican, an employee of DTI- Pangasinan Office based in Dagupan City, who was at the Event Center, SM City Rosales last November 14 and 15 during the motorcycle and helmet sticker distribution.

November 26, 2012 at 5:08 am Leave a comment

November 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm Leave a comment

SM launches 4th edition of eco bag

SM Supermalls has launched its 4th edition of SM Eco Bag, a part of the company’s corporate social responsibility activities to save Mother Earth through reducing, recycling and reusing habits.
For this year, SM Supermalls encouraged the participation of the youth on the said campaign by designing the new SM Eco Bag.
“With this year’s theme “engage to change”, SM Supermalls encourage every community to engage for an environmental movement and push for a change”, Engr. Jersey Mendoza, SM City Rosales Mall Manager, said.
The new set of SM eco Bag design for Luzon was made by WencyPaulino Santos,18, from Baliuag University. With the four elements earth, fire, water and air, Santos conveyed messages on preserving these elements. (more…)

November 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

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