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kbp Tom Valdez(left), vice president for corporate social responsibility of the San Roque Power Coproratio(SRPC) gestures as he answers questions during the recent Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas(KBP) Pangasinan chapter forum. Also in photo are Bernie Errasquin, KBP Pangasinan vice chairman; Jay Mendoza, KBP Pangasinan chairman; and Prof.Nick Melecio.CESAR RAMIREZ

August 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

MALAMPAYA FUND SCAM: Rosales farmers angry at being used

By Yolanda Sotelo

ROSALES – Emilio Ordinanario, 58, could not hide his anger when he related the day he received a letter from the Commission on Audit, asking him if he received farm implements and seeds from Ginintuang Alay sa Magsasaka Funds (GAMF).
Ordinario, a farmer-tenant from Carmay West village , lost his palay and vegetable crops to the floods at the height of typhoon Pepeng in October 2009. The COA letter which he received sometime in 2012, told him the two packages from the GAMF were delivered to him on November 2009.
“We are just poor farmers. We lost our crops to floods and we had to take out loans so we can replant. Then it turned out our names were used by unscrupulous persons to access millions of funds,” Ordinario told the Inquirer in Filipino.
He showed PhilHealth cards and community tax certificates to prove that the signature in the GAMF documents were faked. The list of names showed the residents of this town who supposedly received more than P80,000 worth of farm tools and vegetable seeds. The “packages” were in two batches worth P43,354 each, but delivered at the same time.
A COA report showed part of the list of names of “beneficiaries” of the P10 million peso Malampaya funds “given” to this town which was one of the hardest hit by typhoon Pepeng.
Of the beneficiaries, two have died long before the supposed date the fund was given to the town, one is a “big businessman” another a school supervisor and yet another, a family driver, former Mayor Ricardo Revita said.
Revita was the town mayor in 2009.
Another farmer, Benjamin Lumbang, 58, also was “shocked and angry” when he received the COA letter.
“I lost my crops and even a daughter to the floods in October 2009. Then we found out our names were used and our signatures were faked so some people can make millions of money,” he said.
The two farmers were among the 20 or so residents of this town who were investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday, to verify if they received farm packages from Malampaya funds.
“We do not know what is Malampaya, we did not see nor sign any documents,” Lumbang said.
The two said their relatives and neighbors ribbed them about the “packages,” telling them “hindi man lang kayo nag blow out.”
“If I received anything, I should just have sold them and bought a cow. It would have been big now,” Ordinario said.
An inspection and acceptance report showed hand tools were delivered and accepted by the farmers, consisting of trowel, rake, spading fork, sprayer, globes, cap, vest, carton, mask, garden tools, carborandum and vegetable seeds.
Revita said he also received a letter from the COA’s Special Audits Office on May 11, 2012, saying 229 agricultural pangkabuhayan packages were turned over to the town as evidenced by certificate of acceptance.
The COA asked Revita on the manner or criteria for selecting the program beneficiaries indicating the complete address, number of kits received and the number of hectares they till.
The COA included a supposed letter of Revita requesting then Agrarian Secretary Datu Nasser Pangandaman for calamity funds in the amount of P10 million pesos for the town affected by typhoon Pepeng, and “strongly endorsed” the GAMF to assist and facilitate the project.
“But all the letters were faked, my signatures were faked,” he said.
In his letter to the COA, he said the documents “came to me as a surprise because all the documents sent to me and the signatures were forged to include the memorandum of agreement, the delivery report and certificate of acceptance.”
“Moreover, I have not heard also of this program which incapacitates me to answer your questions,” he said.
Revita said he was “seriously interested” to know the parties “behind the scam.”
Rosales is the first town where the National Bureau of Investigation came to investigate the matter, after Revita complained to the agency. But the NBI is also going to the other towns, or subpoena the concerned mayors,

August 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm Leave a comment

Two faces of tobacco farmers

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
VILLASIS- This town used to be a prime producer of burley and native tobaccos. This is because of its fertile land and the industriousness of the people who toiled hard to plant tobacco which is labor intensive.
But tobacco farmers here still believe that the industry, whether the native or the burly variety, could still be a prime source of income despite the lack of support from the government.
Ernesto Novencido, 56, married of Amamperez village, is still waiting for a buyer of his stockpiled native tobacco produced from his almost a hectare farmland. (more…)

August 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm Leave a comment

Caraballo mountains eyed for massive reforestation

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
SAN QUINTIN- A part of the Caraballo mountain range, which is within the political jurisdiction of this town is being eyed for massive reforestation activities to preserve its grandeur.
This was learned from Mayor Cecil P. Tiu, who, together with his Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (MPDC) and personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conducted recently an areal survey to determine extent of areas to be reforested.
Choppers for the aerial inspection were through the assistance of the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) of the Philippine Air Force (PAF). (more…)

August 17, 2013 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

Dagupan’s street children to take part in city’s events, festivals


DAGUPAN CITY—Street children in this city will enjoy being a normal part of the society as the city government plans to give them ample opportunities to take part in fiestas and other special events. (more…)

August 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm Leave a comment


“P50,000 per teacher item in Pangasinan” an excerpt of a national newspaper recently says.
It reported that before a teacher applicant gets the post she should shell-out first P10,000 to the principal who gives the sum to the school division superintendent for favorable ranking.
“ May mga principal daw ang naniningil agad ng P10,000. Unang bayad pa lang iyan, para maendorso sa school division para mai-ranking, kung saan ang school superintendent naman ang magpapasya kung sino ang mga top-ranking applicant,” the source, who did not disclose the division where the superintendent is assigned, told Abante tabloid.
A new public school teacher receives almost P20, 000 a month.
Because of the complaint from a teacher from Binmaley, Pangasinan, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) party list Rep. Antonio Tinio asks congress to investigate this alleged anomaly.
“Somebody from Pangasinan came to my office and expose this anomaly,” Tinio said. (more…)

August 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : How farmers benefit from PDAF

One program on which the Abono Party-list uses its Priority Development Fund (PDAF) is in the implementation of the Pangasinan Corn Production Program.

A corn farmer from Villasis, usually borrows around P22,000 from traders/lenders at 20% interest for the purchase of seeds and fertilizers needed to for a one hectare corn plantation.

The debt will be charged interest during the entire planting cycle which usually takes 120 days from planting, to harvest and selling of the corn, to payment of debt.

August 17, 2013 at 7:34 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Questioned hour

brando-masoAng Question Hour sa Congress ay para maliwanagan ang mga lawmakers tungkol sa mga issues sa isang government agency.

Ang mga facts na lalabas sa question hour ay puedeng gamitin para matulungan ang government agency na makatulong sa tao.

May tinatawag na Standards Set for Questions sa isang question hour.

Dapat ang mga questions ay based on facts, may napanood na ba kayo sa Pangasinan na question hour na hindi based on facts ang mga tanong ng lawmaker?

Bok Ging Cardinoza, akalain mo ba na may lawmaker pala na hindi alam na may irrigation sa kaniyang distrito? Sino ba siya?

Hindi ba alam ni lawmaker na noong panahon ni Governor Colet ay napakaraming irrigation projects ang ipinatupad sa kanyang distrito.

Padre Von Mark, hindi pala alam ng isang lawmaker na hanggang ngayon ay may mga ipinapatupad pa na mga irrigation projects sa kanyang distrito.

Dapat ang question asked is made to obtain information or press for action. May napanood ba kayo sa Pangasinan na question hour na ang naging resulta ay maliwanag at madaling maintindihan na fact?

May napanood ba kayo sa Pangasinan na question hour na ang naging resulta ay makakasiguro na magkakaroon ng action sa pinag-usapang isyu?

Narito naman ang mga question hindi na dapat itinatanong.

No question shall be argumentative; BM Bince, kayo na po ang bahala mag-explain sa mga kasama niyo kung ano ang argumentative. Hehehe. Tuloy ang re-districting.

No question shall suggest its own answer; BM Arboleda, may mga kasama po ba kayo na ganito ang style ng questioning?

No question shall include offensive or unparliamentary language or expressions; BM Shahani may mga lawmakers ba na ganito ang mga tanong?

No questions shall pertain to sub judice matters; BM Libunao, lawyer po kayo, di ko alam kung ano ang sub judice. Hahaha.

No question shall seek an opinion on a question of law; BM Baniqued, question of law daw ohhh…ano ba iyang question of law na iyan?

No question shall include names or statements other than what is strictly necessary to make the question intelligible; BM Uy, lumalabo po ba ang mga question dahil sa pa-ikot ikot ang delivery? Hehehe.

No question shall relate to matters directly under the responsibility of another department head; BM Fontelera, trespassing na yata ang ibig sabihin nito…tama po ba?

No question shall repeat a question previously asked and answered. Kulit naman talaga.

Vice mayor Harry Bernabe ng Rosales, ang dami palang questions na hindi dapat itanong sa question hour.

At oo nga pala, ang question hour ay dapat isang oras lang ba? Hindi naman questions hours iyon hindi po ba? Hahaha.

Speaking of Rosales, alam niyo po ba na Rosales ay napaka-busy ni Mayor Susan Casareno? At may misa pa every first Friday of the month!

Nagdistribute ng PhilHealth cards si Mayor Susan sa 240 indigent families, kasama siyempre si kagawad Romy Sim dahil siya ang chairman ng committee on health. Nasaan ka naman kaya Kagawad Tony Muya noong mga panahon na iyon? Hahahha.

Nagkaroon din ng tree planting sa barangay Bakit-Bakit sina Mayor Susan

Alcala Mayor Paolo Mencias, kumusta naman po ba ang bayan niyo? Ano po ba ang dapat naman expect sa loob ng tatlong taon?

Tuloy pa rin po ba ang program niyo para sa pangangalaga ng mata?

Dapat malinaw ang mga mata para makasama sa mga naood ng pelikula sa park ng Alcala every Friday. Tama ba?

Malaki na ang improvement ng physical conditioning na ginawa ni mayor Mencias ha!

Prepared na siya para sa hamon ng pagiging Mayor ng Alcala. Iba din ang physical requirements para maharap mo ang responsibities ng isang mayor.

Mayor Pao, kung dati Vice Mayors League, pang Mayors League ka na ngayon. Hahaha. Ibang league ka na ngayon.

Speaking of mayors league. Congratulations pala sa lahat ng bagong officers mula sa president na si Dasol Mayor Noel Nacar at executive vice president na si Laoac Mayor Silverio Alarcio.

Kasams din sa Mayors League officials ang mga babaeng mayor na sina San Nicolas Mayor Rebecca Saldivar (Secretary General), Villasis Mayor LIbradita Abrenica (Treasurer), Rosales Mayor Susan Casareno (Auditor) at Bani Mayor Gwen Yamamoto (Auditor).

Business Manager si Agno Mayor Jose Pajeta habang Public Relations Officer naman si Alcala Mayor Paolo Mencias.

Vice Presidents naman sina Mabini Mayor Carlitos Reyes (District 1), Labrador Mayor Ricardo Camacho (District 2), Mapandan Mayor Maximo Calimlim Jr (District 3), Mangaldan Mayor Bona de Vera (District 4), Santo Tomas Mayor Timoteo Villar III (District 5) at Balungao Mayor Phillip Peralta (District 6).

August 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment

No fund for ARIIP in 2014 budget

By Brando Cortez

ROSALES-There is no funds in the proposed P2.3 trillion 2014 national budget for the operation of the National Irrigation Administration Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (NIA-ARIIP), Project Manager Reynaldo Mencias said.

Mencias said the NIA proposal submitted to NEDA involved additional works that will increase the service area for irrigation from 34,450 hectares to 39,744 hectares.

He said the funds may be sourced through the P429 Million Loan Proceeds Savings from the construction of the re-regulating pond to fund the proposed additional works that can be completed by December 31, 2015.

August 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm Leave a comment

PNP clueless when guv selects PD

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – After naming the nominees for the police director of Pangasinan, two top police officials have no idea the date Governor Amado T. Espino will select one of the three nominees as mandated by law. “Mahirap mahirap, dahil hindi tayo ang magdedesisyon. They are the one (National Police Commission) deciding it,” Philippine National Police’s Region 1 Director Ricardo Marquez told Northern Watch.
“Ang importante doon we observed due process as far as the PNP is concerned. Iyong process is na-complete na natin,” he stressed.
Marquez said out of the 13 applicants at the Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board (SOPPB) for the top police post in Pangasinan, the board filtered it to three nominees to include Senior Superintendents Mariel M. Magaway, Ferdinand Divina, and Valerio de Leon. (more…)

August 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm Leave a comment

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