Archive for September, 2013
Text and photos by Virgilio Sar. Maganes
STA.. MARIA – The third phase of the corn production program of Pangasinan was launched in this town and Pozorrubio on September 26 with the ceremonial turn-over of corn seeds and fertilizer to the farmer-beneficiaries.
The activities were attended by Governor Amadeo T. Espino Jr., Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim Jr., Sixth District Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani and Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So.
Launched in September 2011, the corn production program aims to increase the production of corn of farmers, improve the quality of the corn and increase income of farmers.
" The 1st and 2nd phases of the corn production program were successful. Many farmers benefited from it from production to marketing. The funds came from the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) of Abono with counterparts from the provincial government and congressmen in districts. The funds are revolved, that's why we have still this program, "So said.
The program benefits almost 2,500 from 19 towns and one city of Pangasinan who are availing of the interest-free loan program.
For the corn farmers, financing their crops used to put a dent on their already worn-out pockets, Reynaldo Segui, municipal agriculture officer of Sta. Maria town.
Most of them tenants or owners of an average of a hectare, the farmers are at the mercy of agricultural supply and seed dealers which provide the needed inputs, but with an interest of five percent monthly which is collected at harvest time.
So explained that a hectare needs about P20,000 for inputs like seeds and fertilizer, and a six percent interest meant the farmers have to pay back P25,000 (including the P5,000 interest) after four months or after harvest.
The program is therefore a big help to them, as they don’t have any interest for their loans, So said.
They also have a ready market as their produce is bought by the DA’s National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) which operates a plant in Carmen, Rosales.
“For every hectare, the farmers can avail of P20,000 worth of agricultural inputs, and the Nabcor buys the produce at the prevailing market price, or even higher. They only have to pay back the value of the agricultural inputs. Thus, in a way, we are subsidizing the farmers with P5,000 each planting season,” So said.
The Nabcor also has a ready market for the corn – the hog raisers – who use corn, which has a higher protein content than wheat, as ingredient for feeds.
But under the Memorandum of Agreement with the Nabcor, the farmers can sell their produce to traders if they will get a better price. Usually however, the Nabcor’s price is the same as the traders,’ So said.
“But we do not deal directly with the farmers,” So said. “We download the agricultural inputs to the municipal governments which select the beneficiaries and deliver the inputs to them.”
The repayment rate for the loan is 90 percent. The 10 percent of the farmers claimed that their crops were destroyed by the recent calamities.
Calimlim urged the farmers to embrace the corn production program as a bridge to increase their income.
"Who will help the farmers if not the farmers themselves? We have problems here so we will not be mindful of what's happening in Manila. Rest assured that we will continue to help you with the leadership of Governor Espino," he said.
Shahani equally lauded the efforts of Governor Espino and the Abono for coming up with the corn production program to alleviate the lives of the farmers. He said that Pangasinan is number one province under the helm of Espino.
Espino recalled his secondary school years when he composed a poem citing Pangasinan as number one province in the production of palsy and corn.
" Before I became governor, Pangasinan is number 4 in entire the Philippines. Now, under my leadership, we are number 3 tailing Nueva Ecija and Iloilo provinces. But with your help, I am certain that Pangasinan will be number one in the future, "Espino said, citing the award of Sta. Maria as best in the production of quality corn, municipal level, nationwide.
He also urged the farmers to plant vegetables, both for marketing and home consumption.
He wondered why many farmers still buy vegetables in the market when they could plant their needs. He cited the "malunggay " as an example where it can thrive even when it will just be stuck on the ground.
"Let's just be practical," he said.
After the program, a memorandum of agreement (MOA ) was signed among the municipal government of Sta.. Maria and Pozorrubio, provincial government, Abono Partylist and the NFHRI represented by its vice president Romy Co.
This town received 200 bags of corn seeds to be planted to 200 hectares benefiting 160 corn farmers.
In the afternoon of same day, similar program was conducted in Pozorrubio town.
In Sta. Maria, the group was welcomed by Mayor Teodoro Ramos and in Pozorrubio by Mayor Artemio Chan together with their vice mayors and members of the Sangguniang Bayan.
5th District Board Member Nino Arboleda also attended the launching program in Pozorrubio.
If one does not know what’s he or she is saying, the best word to utter is ” kuwan” in order to elude more queries. The word “kuwan” is synonymous to being not aware of what’s going on or the person uttering it has no knowledge at all of what’s he’s or she’s saying.
On the other hand, the person asking queries will be extremely irritated and the more questions will be asked to elicit the truth and for the real situation to surface.
This situation happened at the Sangguniang Bayan of Villasis last September 17, when two engineers of the District Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH ) appeared before the august body. They had to shed light on the situation of the dilapidated portions of the national highway, which have been causing traffic mess and travel inconvenience for several months. The two engineers were Engr. Menio Abarabar who is in charge of road maintenance and Engr. Jose Equilos Jr., project engineer of road widening. Upon the query of Councilor Judith Morden, the two engineers claimed that they were authorized by their respective offices to appear before the SB. Councilor Judith Morden asked: “Who gave you the instruction from the Regional Office to appear and represent them before this body? “.Engr.. Equilis answered: ” Ma’m actually baka maitanong kayo sa kuwan ang problema yata ay dito sa existing na Villasis M&R”. (more…)
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
BINMALEY – After suspending two department heads of the local government unit, Mayor Simplicio Rosario warned “corrupt municipal officials and personnel” that their days are already numbered.
Rosario declared in a press conference last September 24 that scoundrels should brace themselves as long as he is the chief executive of this town.
“Sa mga taong inaabuso ang kanilang position sa paglikom ng salapi para sa kanilang negosyo, sinasabi ko sa inyo tapos na ang maligayang araw ninyo. Habang nandito ako maghanda kayo sa inyong kinagagawiang pagnanakaw ng salapi ng kaban ng bayan,” he said.
In August 27 Rosario issued the preventive suspension for 60 days to municipal accountant Gertrudez C. Reyes and Municipal Budget Officer Jeffrey de los Angeles after they he administratively charged them with dishonesty, misconduct in office, gross negligence, and dereliction of duty at the Civil Service Office. (more…)
DAGUPAN CITY – City Budget Officer Luz F. De Guzman reported a remarkable decrease in the city’s expenses from June to August this year in its overtime, gasoline, and telephone, but the city is bound to suffer more than P55 million deficit.
De Guzman said out of the P613 million appropriated budget of the city for 2013, only P190,866,768.64 is left for the present administration to use to cover the city’s obligations until December.
Out of the more than P190 million, P172,452,076.36 is earmarked for personal services, five percent calamity fund balance for the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund, 20 percent Development Fund balance, debt servicing, gasoline expenses, senior citizens, aid to national government agencies, social services, utilities, water, and capital outlay.
This leave the city with only P18,414,692.28 as the amount available to be reverted.
However, the city needs P74.240 million to cover its electricity expense from July to December of P24 million, to pay for the salaries of job orders, consultants, and emergency workers for September to December including the cost of a P35 million shortfall in the City Treasurer’s collections. (more…)
SAN FERNANDO CITY– Land Transportation Office Ilocos Regional Chief Teofilo E. Guadiz III arrested a group of men pretending to be LTO enforcers while attempting to obtain money under duress from a group of jeepney drivers in San Fernando City, La Union.
This happened last September 26 at around 3:00 in the afternoon while Guadiz was patrolling the streets of San Fernando City. His attention was called when several persons in LTO uniform were demanding money from a group of jeepney operators. (more…)
As I was browsing military speeches after a high police official tasked me to write an eulogy for him for a dead commando waylaid by Muslim rebels in Zamboanga City, I stumbled on this scintillating “I’ll be damned profanity-laced speech” extemporaneously delivered by one of the greatt generals of World War II – four-star swashbuckling general George S. Patton.
Here’s its excerpt and a must-read if one is a military or police officer who aspire for greatness:
“Then there’s one thing you men will be able to say when this war is over and you get back home. Thirty years from now when you’re sitting by your fireside with your grandson on your knee and he asks, ‘What did you do in the great World War Two?’ You won’t have to cough and say, ‘Well, your granddaddy shoveled shit in Louisiana.’ No sir, you can look him straight in the eye and say ‘Son, your granddaddy rode with the great Third Army and a son-of-a-goddamned-bitch named George Patton!”
“All right, you sons of bitches. You know how I feel. I’ll be proud to lead you wonderful guys in battle any time, anywhere. That’s all.”
You can access the entirety of this hilarious but perceptive speech at my blog at http://wwwmortzcortigoza.blogspot.com/2013/09/profanity-laced-speech-by-great-general.html.
Oh before I forget, if you saw the “pompous” hero’s burial on TV given by the local government unit of San Quintin, Pangasinan for PO2 Chris Hernaez, one of the zealous proponents of Pangasinan giving honor to the province’s military and police sons who died fighting for peace, was police Lieutenant Colonel Eric Noble (PMA ’92), presently assigned at Camp Crame, who posted on my blog Pangasinan News Aro: “Very nice event, sana mangyari din yan sa mga ibang namatay na pulis at sundalo. Nawa ang ginawa ng mga taga San Quintin ay tularan ng mga iba pang kumunidad na matutong tumingin sa kabayanihan na ginawa ni PO2 Hernaez!“. (more…)
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
SAN QUINTIN – Residents of this town witnessed a military honor given to a police commando who died fighting Muslim rebels who attacked Zamboanga City two weeks ago.
Town Mayor Clark Cecil P. Tiu said the local government unit of this eastern Pangasinan town organized the hero’s burial of Police Officer-2 Christopher Hernaez, a member of Special Action Force (SAF), because of his exceptional sacrifice fighting for the safety, peace, tranquillity, and way of life of the Filipinos.
“We initiated this hero’s burial for our townmate who died in battle.. Siyempre lumaban iyan sa giyera kaya hindi siya makakalimutan,” Tiu said.