Archive for February 3, 2014

Ilocos has no police director yet


DAGUPAN CITY – The Police Regional Office I (PROI) still has no director after the thrice-reset turn-over ceremonies was cancelled on Wednesday afternoon.

:PNP C.A.R.T.Senior Supt. Moro Virgilio Lazo(2nd from right), officer-in-charge of the Police Regional Office I(PRO1), talks to Supt.Rodolfo Castro(2nd from left), chief of police of the San Carlos City, during the turn-over ceremony of the Police C.A.R.T(Community Assistance Referral Team) at the Pangasinan PNP headquarters in Lingayen last January 27 for all police stations in the province. Also in photo are Sr. Supt. Marlou Chan(left), PRO1 regional directorial staff chief; and Sr. Supt. Sterling Raymund Blanco, officer-in-charge of the Pangasinan PNP. The Police C.A.R.T project conceptualized by Chan, then OIC Pangasinan police director, aims to enhance the police presence and will be placed in areas like bus terminals, malls, and other strategic areas in the province. The other photo shows Fr.Francis Posadas blessing the C.A.R.T. CESAR RAMIREZ

:PNP C.A.R.T.Senior Supt. Moro Virgilio Lazo(2nd from right), officer-in-charge of the Police Regional Office I(PRO1), talks to Supt.Rodolfo Castro(2nd from left), chief of police of the San Carlos City, during the turn-over ceremony of the Police C.A.R.T(Community Assistance Referral Team) at the Pangasinan PNP headquarters in Lingayen last January 27 for all police stations in the province. Also in photo are Sr. Supt. Marlou Chan(left), PRO1 regional directorial staff chief; and Sr. Supt. Sterling Raymund Blanco, officer-in-charge of the Pangasinan PNP. The Police C.A.R.T project conceptualized by Chan, then OIC Pangasinan police director, aims to enhance the police presence and will be placed in areas like bus terminals, malls, and other strategic areas in the province. The other photo shows Fr.Francis Posadas blessing the C.A.R.T. CESAR RAMIREZ


Chief Supt. Edgardo Basbas had been given directive by the police national headquarters to be the Ilocos regional director on January 27, taking over Sr. Supt. Moro Virgilio Lazo, PRO I’s officer in charge since December 13 last year.
The turn-over ceremonies was set on Wednesday morning but was postponed for Thursday afternoon, “probably because Chief Supt. Marcelo P. Garbo, acting chief of directorial staff, was overseeing the turn-over ceremonies in Region I which was set also on Wednesday,” Lazo said in a telephone interview.
For the Thursday event, the PRO I “sent out the invitations, prepared the program and ordered lunch.”
Then there was the call at around 4:30 in the afternoon on Wednesday from the headquarters, informing Lazo that the turn-over ceremonies was cancelled..
“We were also wondering but we can’t do anything because there was an order to cancel the turn-over ceremonies, I told the officer to inform (Basbas) about it because I did not want to inform him myself,” he said. (more…)

February 3, 2014 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Cutting down of trees will continue – DPWH


By Yolanda Sotelo
DAGUPAN CITY – Department of Public Works and Highways District Engineer Emmanuel Diaz said more than 50 percent of the targeted trees for the Manila North Road (MNR) widening have been felled.
In a telephone interview, he said he did not have the exact number of trees already chopped down, but said the cutting will continue because “it is needed for the road widening.”
Most of the still standing trees which include narra, acasia and mahogany are in Binalonan and Pozorrubio towns, he said.
The 90-day permit to cut down trees issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources would end up sometime in February, he said.
Diaz explained that while the TPLEX is underway from Tarlac to La Union, “the number of vehicles passing through the MNR won’t necessarily lessen,” citing the experience of Tarlac where traffic did not improve from Tarlac to Dau even with the presence of the SCTEX.
On why the barks around the trees’ trunks are removed weeks prior to the felling, Diaz said this was a strategy of the contractors to easily cut down the trees. (more…)

February 3, 2014 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

Onions, mangoes suffer from cold spell


By Yolanda Sotelo

BAYAMBANG, PANGASINAN – Whether up in the trees or down under the soil, agricultural crops are suffering because of the cold weather.
This central Pangasinan town, the cold weather has exacerbated the effects of bulb rot on its top produce – onions, according to Mercedes Peralta, municipal agriculture officer.
The bulb rot is caused by a kind of soil-born fungus that makes the crops’ fleshy scales turn watery, softens and eventually rots.
Peralta said 10-20 percent of the onion plantation is affected by bulb rot which is caused by over application of fertilizer such as urea, the convenient source of nitrogen.
“They (farmers) do not know that too much nitrogen is bad for onions or other crops. Sometimes they double the recommended number of bags which is six bags for every hectare. Maybe they think that the more fertilizer they apply, the higher would be their harvest. But it works the other way,” Peralta said.
And since the onions are already getting “sick,” the cold weather worsens their situation, thus more onion plantation are getting affected, she added. (more…)

February 3, 2014 at 11:12 am Leave a comment


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February 3, 2014 at 11:11 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Let there be light for the chicken, darkness for the people!


Mabuti pa ang mga manok may ilaw sa gabi, ang pamilya natin walang ilaw gabi-gabi, a five year old child told his father on a cold and windy night in eastern Pangasinan. Bakit tayo naputulan ng kuryente…iyong mga manok, hindi?

This family in Pangasinan needs electricity but it was cut off from power services for defaulting on their payments in the amount of one thousand pesos.

The poultry farm of 50,000 chickens to keep them warm every night needs electricity and continues to have power although it has unpaid electric bills in millions of pesos.

Is it just for a family to be cut off from power services for failure to pay a P1,000 electric bill?

Is it just for that family deprived of electric services to wallow in darkness every night knowing that a large poultry farm is well lit every night?

Is it just for that family deprived of electric services to wallow in darkness every night knowing that the large poultry farm has millions of pesos of unpaid electricity bill?

It is very sad to see Pangasinan proudly hosting two large power plants but it is powerless against increases in the price of electricity. (more…)

February 3, 2014 at 11:07 am Leave a comment

Nat’l leadership will settle Binmaley’s league prexy row – BM Espino


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – The president of the League of Barangays – Pangasinan Chapter in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan said the leadership of national league of barangays will be the one to call for an election for the presidency of the League of Barangay in the town of Binmaley.
League President and ex-oficio Board Member Amado T. Espino III said league’s counsel lawyer Nimrod Camba told him that the provincial barangay body is waiting for the imprimatur of the national league because the implementing body for the election in Binmaley would still be the provincial league.
The stand off on the league presidency in Binmaley ensued after acting Liga President lawyer Arsenio Merrera questioned the legality of the election for the presidency in November 9, 2013 of Balogo Barangay Chair Douglas de los Angeles.
Merrera still seats as the ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Bayan after the national league revoked the election of delos Angeles and favored Merrera to act as hold-over president after the latter complained in Manila.
Merrera said delos Angeles could not be the lawful president even if he garnered majority of the votes of the 33 village chiefs in the town as it was him (Merrera) who should call for meeting and election. He cited delos Angeles violated the Code of the Liga ng Barangays. He said even the representatives from the Department of Education, DILG, Commission on Election, and the Non-Government Organization did not sign the election canvass after delos Angeles and officers win in that election. (more…)

February 3, 2014 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Run, Deniece Cornejo, Run


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I beg to disagree with some quarters at social media Face Book that the Vhong Navarro-Deniece Cornejo-Cedric Lee’s brouhaha is a topic best left to wives of fishermen. The charges and counter charges hurled at the media by the two camps are mental calisthenics among us spectators. We analyze the incredible (Deniece’s attempted rape to rape version) and the credible (time when Navarro entered the condominium floor of Deniece (10:38 pm) and Deniece going out from the same floor (10:39 pm) as shown by the Condo’s camera located in and outside the elevator.
Jesus Christ, where’s the consummated rape? Kaya hindi lang pang tsismis itong scandal. Pang academics rin ito he he dahil mi halong non- bailable case dito gaya ng extortion sa illegal detention or kidnapping.
For arguendo, here’s my pose: Will the prosecutor that handles the case of Vhong finds probable cause (for the tricycle drivers out there who read this column, it means “reasonable ground”) that Cedric, Deniece, et al conspired in the crime of the non-bailable case of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
According to Article 267 paragraph 3 of the Revised Penal Code, kidnapping and serious illegal detention is if any serious physical injuries shall have been inflicted upon the person kidnapped or detained, or if threats to kill him shall have been made.
“The penalty shall be reclusion perpetua (life) to death where the kidnapping or detention was committed for the purpose of extorting ransom from the victim or any other person, even if none of the circumstances above mentioned were present in the commission of the offense.”
Have you seen the Paquito Diaz face of Vhong rearranged and transformed to that of Max Alvaro because of the volley of punches, kicks, you name it that landed to it? Did Vhong say that Cedric and company threatened to kill him and his family if he would not shell out a million pesos for his liberty?
Criminal cases like this are being sensationalized too in the United States. If you have cable TV and you watch Fox TV you know what I’m talkin’ about!
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Now for that social media pet peeve the sultry Deniece Cornejo, if the judge of the Regional Trial Court issues a warrant of arrest against her and her fellow conspirators in the illegal detention and kidnapping, does it mean it’s now time to abscond, er, run, and run faster for that perceive pretty faced villain Deniece?
Being thrown in the calaboose (psst, we call it prison cell) means, you would be staying there for up to three years without bail as the court hears your case whether you committed the crime or you did not.
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My source at the police told me that in January 27 there was an order from the national police headquarter for chief Chief Supt. Edgar Orduna Basbas, a son of an Army enlisted man and former chief of police of Dagupan City, as the new Police Regional Office-1 (PRO-1). (more…)

February 3, 2014 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

Dagupan aims for zero maternal and infant death


DAGUPAN CITY – Another batch of pregnant women has been enrolled by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez with the Philhealth in line program to have zero infant and maternal death in the city.
Each of the more than 300 pregnant women received a Philhealth card from Fernandez last January 27 at the city museum together with City Health Officer Dr. Leonard L. Carbonell.
Last year, she distributed 120 Philhealth cards, which will cover up to four pregnancies, to indigent pregnant mothers from the city’s 31 barangays.
“We will give more as there are more indigent pregnant mothers ang hindi pa nabibigyan ng Philhealth cards. We will make sure na lahat ng mga buntis sa mga barangay ay manganganak sa hospitals without fear of having no means to pay their hospital bills because andiyan ang Philhealth. The health agency will shoulder their expenses including that of the newborn package for their baby like the new born screening na napaka-importante to detect congenital anomalies sa isang baby na hindi puwedeng ma-detect clinically,” explained Carbonell.
Officially, there are around 800 indigent pregnant mothers in the city including those who have already been issued a Philhealth card. (more…)

February 3, 2014 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

POLICE CARTS


  Sr. Supt. Marlou Chan,  Police Regional Office-1 (PRO-1) chief of directorial staff, (4th from right) inspects  in Lingayen, Pangasinan the police carts to be placed in crowded areas in the 44 towns and four cities in Pangasinan. With the carts, residents would have would direct access to police assistance. The putting up of cart was a brain child of Chan when he was the acting police provincial director of Pangasinan .  With Chan are Sr. Supt. Mariel Magaway (2nd from right),  head of the regional intelligence division. PRO I officer-in-charge Sr. Supt. Moro Virgilio Lazo was present but not in the photo. MORTZ ORTIGOZA

Sr. Supt. Marlou Chan, Police Regional Office-1 (PRO-1) chief of directorial staff, (4th from right) inspects in Lingayen, Pangasinan the police carts to be placed in crowded areas in the 44 towns and four cities in Pangasinan. With the carts, residents would have would direct access to police assistance. The putting up of cart was a brain child of Chan when he was the acting police provincial director of Pangasinan . With Chan are Sr. Supt. Mariel Magaway (2nd from right), head of the regional intelligence division. PRO I officer-in-charge Sr. Supt. Moro Virgilio Lazo was present but not in the photo. MORTZ ORTIGOZA

February 3, 2014 at 10:05 am Leave a comment


Bataoil hailed DOLE for showing him its projects
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – Pangasinan second district Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil thanked an official of the Department of Labor and Employment for showing him the list of projects and programs that the agency would be implementing in his district.
Violeta Buenaventura, liaison of the DOLE in the first and second congressional districts of Pangasinan, briefed Bataoil on the projects and activities to be implemented by the DOLE in his district for calendar year 2015.
“Ako ay humahanga sa kanilang mga initiatives dahil sa nakita ko sa listahan nila, na iyong mga kailangan na isulong na programa or kabuhayan ay nandoon na sa kanilang listahan,”Bataoil said.
The gesture of Buenaventura impressed Bataoil especially after the Supreme Court nullified the pork barrel known as priority development assistance fund (PDAF) in November last year.
Before the nullification, members of congress were given leeway to identify projects and programs to be funded by their PDAF through a particular implementing agency or department.
“Basta ang importante, pondo na dating nakalaan sa congressman, senator ay nakapa-loob na sa mga implementing agencies. What are these implementing agencies? They are DPWH (Department of Public Works & Highway, DSWD (Department of Social Welfare & Development), CHED (Commission on Higher Education), DedEd (Department of Education), and DOLE,” he said. (more…)

February 3, 2014 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

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