Archive for October 7, 2013


rondalla The Aniweng na Cuerdas Rondalla of the Mangatarem National High School and conducted by Reynan Ayento, performs during the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Northern Luzon Cluster Competitions held at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen last September 28. The group and the Baguio City National High School Rondalla SPA(Special Program in the Arts) were qualified to compete in the 2013 NAMCYA finals to be held in November. NAMCYA was founded in 1973 and created through Presidential Proclamation No.1173 which aims to discover and develop outstanding young Filipino artists and musicians.CESAR RAMIREZFish

October 7, 2013 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

Comelec dismisses disqualification case vs Bataoil

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – The Commission on Elections has dismissed “outright” the disqualification case for alleged vote buying filed against Pangasinan Second District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, because the Commission “has no more jurisdiction over him in the light of his proclamation and assumption of office as elected member of the House of Representatives.”
The Comelec also dismissed the case against his brother, Lingayen Councilor Ramon Bataoil, who also was re-elected in the elections last May 13, for lack of substantial evidence.
In a resolution dated August 29 but a copy was given to this paper only on September 23, the Comelec said the complainant, one Richard Beil Ortega of Binmaley, Pangasinan, withdrew the case saying he was no longer interested in pursuing the disqualification and the criminal complaints against the brothers. (more…)

October 7, 2013 at 10:39 am Leave a comment


SIM & KIM PIC BIR Chief Kim Jacinto-Henares and Rosales councilor Romy Sim takes the opportunity to have small talk during the 28th Biennial Convention of the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. Sim said many BIR-accredited printers failed to meet the deadline for the printing of new receipts.
He fears that many businesses will be charged penalties by the BIR for their failure to have new receipts although it is not their fault. Sim said local businessmen are not against the policy of having new receipts to prevent shady businessmen from defrauding the government of taxes but some businessmen are asking for another extension so that accredited printers will have more printing time. BRANDO CORTE

October 7, 2013 at 10:31 am Leave a comment

Mangatarem receives harvester-thresher

LINGAYEN – Mangatarem farmers expressed happiness for the opportunity to witness the capability of modern farm equipment during the Technology demonstration of combine harvester held last October 1 in Malunec village in Mangatarem.

Spearheaded by Agriculture Secretary. Proceso J. Alcala, Agriculture Undersecretary Dante Delima and Governor Amado T. Espino Jr., the Luzonwide Makina – Saka 2013 is part of the Department of Agriculture’s National Mechanization Development Program.

October 7, 2013 at 10:27 am Leave a comment

Most ‘kambal-plaka’ buses come from Pangasinan – LTO

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN –Land Transportation Office (LTO)Ilocos Regional Director Teofilo Guadiz III said most of the bus companies that illegally used twin or multiple identical plates (kambal-plaka)are from Pangasinan province.

Guadiz told recently reporters here that up to three buses use one valid plate number in their franchise on public utility vehicle.

“Ang hirap po niyan kasi tingnan mo from the outside talagang legal iyong plaka. Pag sinuri mo naman iyong papeles hindi nga iyon ang plaka which is assigned to the bus company,” he said. (more…)

October 7, 2013 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Sual Power Plant and its “P187 million debt”

mortz-nw-colored32Is somebody at the Sual Power Station (SPS) run by Team Energy (TE) making some leverage to the bid of the local government unit (LGU) of Sual, Pangasinan on its legal tax claim from SPS for the past three years by making a brouhaha on the 700 fish cages near the 1,218 Megawatts (MW) power plant?
In a recent press conference called by Mayor Roberto Arcinue and his son former mayor John Arcinue at the swanky multi million pesos municipal hall of the town (a “katas” from the business taxes the town earned from hosting the mammoth power provider), John said since 2011, his administration was already running after SPS for the more than a hundred of million of pesos business taxes SPS, the largest coal power plant in the Philippines, failed to pay the town.
Comparison of Business Taxes
He compared the taxes SPS and Quezon Power Plant (QPP)in Mauban, Quezon Province pay to the LGUs that host the power plants: (more…)

October 7, 2013 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Economic zone reduces collection – BIR

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN -The leadership of the Bureau of Internal Revenue felt insecure about the taxes it will lose in case the Northern Luzon Summit organized recently by Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino bear fruits.

The summit discussed the possibility of an economic zone in the province.
A BIR official, based in Region 1 but who asked anonymity, opined that the presence of the economic zones in Pangasinan will diminish the tax collection of the agency because of the five percent flat rate given as incentives to foreign and local investors inside the zone.
“Pag sa loob ka ng export processing zone uniform ang tax five percent. Example , garments 5 %. Pag sa labas ka may income tax, merong VAT (valued added tax), percentage tax, etcetera pag sa loob ka mababa ang babayaran mo. Uniform five percent international (investor), five percent local investor. So maliit lang makukuha ng BIR,” the official said. (more…)

October 7, 2013 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

Narra, mahogany trunks rotting at DepEd yard

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – Most of trunks of narra, mahogany and acasia trees that were sacrificed to widen the McArthur Highway in eastern Pangasinan towns are still piled at the schools division office’s yard in Binalonan, waiting to be put to good use.
Superintendent Viraluz Raguindin of the Pangasinan schools division II blamed the delay in processing of documents of donation by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to the Department of Education schools which requested for the wood.
“It was long before the Memorandum of Agreement donating the tree trunks by the DENR to the DepEd was signed by Ilocos Regional Director Samuel Penafiel. When finally the MOA was perfected, it was already rainy season,” Raguindin said. (more…)

October 7, 2013 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

Pangasinan gets P.6 B grant from DOH

LINGAYEN – The province of Pangasinan is a recipient of the Department of Health (DOH)’s P579-million grant for the upgrading of infrastructure and hospital equipment of the government-owned hospitals including the rural health units (RHUs) in various towns.

Provincial Health Office Ana Theresa de Guzman, provincial health officer, said this was in line with the DOH’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) in partnership with local government units (LGUs) which seeks to upgrade the health care facilities in the country in a bid to provide quality health services to the people.

October 7, 2013 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

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October 7, 2013 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

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