Archive for February, 2014
The 7th State of the Province Address (SOPA) of Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. was delivered last February 10 in front of the Capitol, attended by more than 5,000 coming from all walks of life in the province. It was a SOPA that outlined the accomplishments of the provincial government for the year 2013, zeroing in on infrastructure, agriculture, health services, social services, sports development, etc. and the various awards received by Espino’s administration on local governance.
The year 2013, according to Espino, was the ” most trying period” of his Administration and also the year when “Pangasinan’s independence and maturity as a people were put to test.” Those statements somehow alluded to the May 13, 2013 elections when Espino, on his quest for a third term for governorship, was bombarded by his opponents with various issues like the black sand mining in Lingayen, the murder of Infanta Mayor Ruperto Martinez, jueteng operations, etc. to undermine his accomplishments and to thwart off his re-election bid.
But “no amount of distraction has put down every good deeds that the present administration envisioned to accomplish as stated in the vision and mission it has set six and a half years ago,”said the daring Governor Espino. Indeed, the “maturity of the Pangasinenses” has been put to test. Governor Espino defeated his gubernatorial opponent by more than 800,000 votes- the highest margin ever recorded in the history of gubernatorial race in Pangasinan. (more…)
by Virgilio Sar. Maganes
VILLASIS- ” Kailangang makita ng gobyerno na ang konting kalinga, konting tulong at konting projects sa ating magsasaka ay malaki ang bunga.” (The government should see that a little care, a small help and small projects to our farmers will bear big fruits).
This was told by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano to a group of corn farmers and irrigators associations, at the municipal hall’s conference room during his visit last February 21.
During the consultation-dialogue, Cayetano stressed that big income could come from little capital specially if used wisely. (more…)
It seems the fair-haired boy for the directorship of the police regional office I (PRO I) is a certain Chief Superintendent Diosdado Valeroso. According to my source, Valeroso is a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1982.
Another source, Pangasinan’s media wonder boy Atong Remogat, who was the crooner at my birthday party, confirmed the rumors that a lobby for Valeroso for the top police post in the region is on the upswing. He said he met recently former PNP chief Art Lomibao and Valeroso at the Manaoag Shrine. Art asked Atong how Valeroso can meet Congresswoman Rosemarie “Baby”Arenas of the Pangasinan’s 3rd Congressional District.
“Ako na ang bahala kay Congresswoman Gina (de Venecia), “ General Lomibao told Remogat.
“Ako na rin ang bahala sa inyo mga media pag naka-upo na si Valeroso, bata ako noon,” Atong boasted.
Earlier, broadcaster Cisco Flores, a mason, told me that some quarters have been lobbying with the power-that-be for a last dash for General Wendy Rosario, Valeroso’s “mistah” or classmate at the PMA, for the directorship of the PNP in the Ilocos Region.
The chances of Rosario and his “mistah” General Ed Basbas for the directorship of the PRO-1 have been scuttled lately because of power plays among the gods in Imperial Manila.
In a huddle at the Pangasinan police provincial office and at my birthday with some graduates of the Philippine Military Academy, they told me that civilians could hardly understand how the Honor Code is being implemented at the Philippine’s version of the U.S West Point and the British’s Sandhurst.
The discussion was on the brouhaha spawned by the dismissal of Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia who should be marching at the Long Gray Line in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City this month as the class salutatorian.
He was found unanimously lying by nine-member honor committee.
According to the PMA website, the honor code or honor system is a unique system which is administered by the cadets themselves. Through the Honor System, the cadet binds himself to the Code which states that: “We, the cadets, do not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate among us those who do so.”
A cadet found guilty committing any one of these would be asked to resign.
“Minsan makita mo lang iyong ka bunkmate mo wala na pati gamit niya sa kuwarto dahil pina uwi na ng honor committee,” a colonel told me.
Honor committee is composed of 25 cadets
“One representative from the first, second, third, and fourth classes in each of the eight companies. The first and second class representatives are the voting members, while the third class are the recorders. If an honor case is to be formalized, the Honor Court composed of eight voting members and two recorders conduct a formal hearing. A unanimous vote of “Guilty” is needed to convict a cadet of an honor violation. If found guilty, the cadet is asked to resign for the good of the service. The proceedings of an Honor Committee is a privilege communication and known only to the committee and the Superintendent,” the Academy’s website cites.
A Lt. Colonel told me that a recalcitrant cadet would be punished by ostracism. Ostracism is exclusion from a society or group.
“Pero meron doon ayaw umalis dahil ten days na lang graduation na. Nasa Airforce na siya ngayon,” a PMA class of 1992 told me.
The Lt. Colonel did not tell me however if that ostracized former PMA cadet pilots a plane or was condemned perpetually to catch all the planes that landed at the runway as punishment for violating the honor code and as a way for the cash strapped air force to save on gas money. (more…)
LINGAYEN—Pangasinan remains a leading producer in agriculture and fisheries.
This was gleaned from Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr.’s State of the Province Address (SOPA) held on February 10 at the Capitol Plaza here.
In his report, Gov. Espino said rice production has increased from 811, 037 metric tons in 2007 to 1.136 million metric tons in 2013.
Pangasinan also posted an average yield of 4.53 metric tons per hectare which is higher than 4.45 metric tons for the region.
With the increasing levels of production in rice, the governor said the province contributes 65 percent of the region’s total rice production, earning its rank as the third top rice producing province in the country next to Nueva Ecija and Isabela in the year just past.
Rice crop area has also grown from 181, 344.73 hectares in 2007 to 250, 633 hectares in 2013. (more…)
On the eve of Valentines Day, Green Convergence, a broad national coalition of environmental networks, organizations and individuals called government to show love for the environment by saving the trees which give clean air, healthy soil, and adequate water supply.
To dramatize this urgent call, running priest Fr. Robert Reyes ran in the highway passing through Binalonan, Pangasinan, while some representatives of Green Convergence tied white ribbons on some remaining trees in this municipality affected by the Manila North Road (MNR) widening project.
Out of the total of 1,829 trees targetted to be killed for this road plan, the biggest number of trees will be cut in Binalonan. Based on the tree cutting permit, five hundred ninety eight (598) trees will be removed in Binalonan. Based on the DENR report, there are still 316 standing trees in Binalonan.
Green Convergence President Dr. Angelina Galang echoed the sentiments of the collective statement signed by many environmental, church and academic organizations: “We are enraged that the DENR, the lead government agency tasked to conserve, protect, and rehabilitate the Philippine environment gave its imprimatur for the massive destruction of trees through its Special Tree Cutting and Earth-Balling Permit No. 2013-10 issued in November 4, 2013.”