Archive for February 12, 2014


 Governor Amado Espino, Jr. delivers his traditional State of the Province Address (SOPA) before a crowd of some 6, 000 Pangasinenses and guests during the regular session of the 8th Sangguniang Panlalawigan held at the Capitol Plaza in Lingayen town on Monday. Espino, on his third and final term of office, enumerated what his administration has done for the whole year in all areas of endeavor and outlined what he intends to do this year until the remaining part of his term. “The year 2013 was a most trying period for the people of Pangasinan. It was a year when our independence and our maturity as a people were put to test,” said Espino. (photo by Roland Naoe/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

Governor Amado Espino, Jr. delivers his traditional State of the Province Address (SOPA) before a crowd of some 6, 000 Pangasinenses and guests during the regular session of the 8th Sangguniang Panlalawigan held at the Capitol Plaza in Lingayen town on Monday. Espino, on his third and final term of office, enumerated what his administration has done for the whole year in all areas of endeavor and outlined what he intends to do this year until the remaining part of his term. “The year 2013 was a most trying period for the people of Pangasinan. It was a year when our independence and our maturity as a people were put to test,” said Espino. (photo by Roland Naoe/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

February 12, 2014 at 8:04 pm Leave a comment

FOR RELEASING SEIZED RICE: Sinag files raps vs Davao judge


The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) filed a case against the judge who ordered the release of seized smuggled rice for “gross misconduct and knowingly rendering an unjust judgment against the Bureau of Customs and the local agriculture sector.”
The Sinag said it was seeking disciplinary action against Davao City Regional Trial Court Judge Emmanuel Carpio who ordered the release of seized rice in Davao last December when he had no jurisdiction on the matter.
The BoC admitted that it was forced to release 167 seized containers as a result of the injunction issued by Carpio.
But the Sinag said the regular courts cannot interfere with the BoC’s seizure and forfeiture proceedings, citing SC decisions.
“Let this case serve as a stern warning to all other magistrates who have similar cases pending in their courts that we will held them liable for rulings that encourages smuggling of rice and other agricultural commodities,” said Sinag chair Rosendo So, complainant of the case.
In the case filed with the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the Sinag questioned the order by Carpio last December 12 to release the 167 container vans (83,500 cavans) earlier impounded by the BoC when it arrived last September.
The shipments had no import permit from the National Food Authority, thus the BoC ordered a hold order for its release last November. The rice shipment was by the Starcraft International Trading Corporation which it sold to one Joseph Ngo.
The Sinag said the BoC was right in holding the shipment, saying it was exercising its obligations set by the Republic Act 1937 to prevent and supress smuggling and other frauds. (more…)

February 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment

DTI alerts public on fake freight forwarders


DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reiterated its call to the public, especially the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to transact only with the agency’s accredited Philippine sea consolidators or freight forwarders in sending their balikbayan boxes.

Director Peter Mangabat of DTI-Pangasinan said the move intends to lessen and eventually avoid complaints on undelivered balikbayan boxes and to ensure OFWs that their cargoes will be received by their loved ones.

DTI through its Philippine Shippers’ Bureau (PSB) has recorded that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and United Arab Emirates (UAE) have the most number of complaints on undelivered balikbayan box shipments through sea in 2013. (more…)

February 12, 2014 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment


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February 12, 2014 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : Looking into the plight of farmers


There is a brewing rift between the Supreme Court (SC) and the Office of the President regarding the handling of cases against rice smugglers in the country. The Office of the President, particularly Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., is putting on the judiciary the burden to expedite the resolution of rice smuggling cases. Coloma, in his statement, blamed the judiciary for the zero conviction and the slow resolution of rice smuggling cases in courts.

But the SC reacted negatively on Coloma’s statements. SC spokesman Theodore Te disagreed with Secretary Coloma citing that the judiciary cannot act on cases that are not brought before it. “Convictions cannot be secured unless the burden of proof imposed by the Constitution is discharged by the Department of Justice (DOJ), which falls under the executive and not the judicial department,” he said.

“The zero conviction rates in the 157 cases of rice smuggling filed since 2010 is not just an issue of speed of courts in resolving cases but of the quality of the evidence to support these cases. The rule of law, which the courts are duty bound to uphold, demands that the courts should inquire into any cases brought before it, to ascertain for itself that the burden of proof has been met, and if not, the constitutional presumption of innocence should be upheld,” Te said.
(more…)

February 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: After rice smuggling, now comes onions


vir maganesBayambang Mayor Ricardo Camacho was so ecstatic that farmers in his town have produced quality red and white onions. The volume of production was so high that Mayor Camacho is eyeing the world market to export the harvested onions in his town to help the Bayambang farmers increase their income.

Bayambang town boasts of 2,000 hectares of land planted to red and white onions. The town is the number one producer of white and red onions in Pangasinan. The produced find their way to Chinese traders in Binondo, Manila who according to Mayor Camacho export the 30% of what they buy in Bayambang. Because of surplus in onion production, Mayor Camacho wants the municipal government to assist the onion farmers of Bayambang directly export their products to other countries.

That was a good idea coming from a very workaholic local chief executive who thinks of the welfare of his constituents. But it seems that his dreams of alleviating the lives of the onion farmers in his town will not materialize. The country is now flooded with smuggled onions coming from New Zealand and The Netherlands. From September to December last year, according to Sinag President and Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So, a total of 400,000 bags or 8.8 million kilos of white onions from the said countries entered the country through smuggling activities.
Because of this, the local production has to suffer. Prices of white onions dropped drastically. Sinag Farmgate Price Watch revealed a 30% cut in price from P20.00 per kilo to P14.00 per kilo. How can our farmers in Bayambang export their white onions when the world market has already been flooded with cheap onions coming from other countries. (more…)

February 12, 2014 at 7:26 pm Leave a comment

Shahani asks Court to stop Panelco III power hike


by Virgilio Sar. Maganes
URDANETA CITY- Pangasinan Sixth District Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani filed a petition for injunction at the Regional Trial Court last February 3 to stop the implementation of the cooperative’s power hike by the Pangasinan III Electric Cooperative (Panelco III).
The case stemmed from the action of the Panelco III’s Board of Directors which arbitrarily increased the rates of power by P5.16 per kilowatt hour effective last December 2013, with no consultation among the consumer-members.
Shahani questioned the legality of the power increase with the members of the Board acting unilaterally on order of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

“This is a disgrace to the consumer- members. We have members of the Board of Directors who do not know what they are doing. They don’t even know what due process is,” said Shahani. (more…)

February 12, 2014 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment

Mangabul Lake: Key to massive onion farming in Bayambang


BAYAMBANG – In an effort to sustain this town’s onion production,the municipal government under Mayor Ricardo M. Camacho, is monitoring the water level of the Mangabul Lake to support growing onions in some 2,000 hectares of agricultural land.

San Gabriel 1, San Gabriel 2nd, San Vicente, Manambong Sur, Manambong Norte, Paragos, and
Tampog aside from four others are the villages that grow onions.

This municipality supplies about thousands of metric tons of white and red onions in the Ilocos, making Bayambang as the number one supplier in Region I that comprises the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.

Based on the onion industry cold storage inventory report conducted by the National Onion Action Team based in Nueva Ecija, at the end of May 2013, the country’s total red and white onion cold storage stock this year amounted to over six million bags (152,000 metric tons). The expected average monthly consumption is placed at 112,000 metric tons for the eight months lean period from June to January, just before the harvest.
As of presstime, no exact figures have been provided except for the fact that white onions are anticipated to be harvested from January to February this year while red onions, from February to March.

For this year, the red onions are anticipated to bring more sales than the more perishable white onions. (more…)

February 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Ban the Doctor not the Boxer


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Recently, Bombo Radyo – Dagupan asked my stand on the call of some quarters for the total ban of amateur boxing in the provincial and regional games participated by students in public and private schools.
The call, I said, is like swathing a fly with a sledge hammer.
“You kill boxing in these categories; you kill our chances to get medals in the Olympic,” I hissed in a phone patch.
The death of 16 year-old Jonas Joshua Garcia who fell in a coma in a boxing match organized by the Department of Education (DepEd) at the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association in Iba, Zambales was an exception. The doctor commissioned by the DepEd in that competition should be investigated for negligence or incompetence and if found guilty should be given corresponding sanctions by the DepEd and the Philippine Regulatory Commission.
Why kill the sport that give us global honor in Manny Pacquiao and others when it was the fault of school officials who did not observe due diligence?

Medical Guidelines in Boxing
As we know DepEd amateur boxing rules dictate, just like those rules in the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines, that before a pug boxes he first contacted the school’s physician (1) to obtain a thorough physical examination, (2) to assure that no pre-existing medical conditions exist that would pose an unusual risk to the participant, and (3) obtain independent medical advice concerning the short and long-term risks of participation.
We should not rash to condemn boxing as a killer contact sport. Is Tae Kwan Do, Wrestling, Wushu, or arnis contact sports too? Then son of a gun, they should be banned too!

Boxing is No. 23 Less Dangerous Sport
Despite the obvious risks involved in any contact sport, a U.S National Safety Council accident report ranked amateur boxing 23rd on its list of injury-producing sports and rated it the safest of all contact sports …safer than football, wrestling, gymnastics and in-line skating.
According to Cantu, Boxing and Medicine, Human Kinetics Illinois, studies say that amateur boxing’s fatality rate is 1.3 fatalities per 100,000 participants. Compare this to the fatality rates for college football (3), scuba diving (11), mountaineering (51) and sky-diving (123).
Geez whiz if that should be the cases then we should ban too mountaineering and sky- diving since they kill more people than boxing if that kind of argument was the Raison d’etre (main reason) of those Filipino and foreign skeptics. (more…)

February 12, 2014 at 7:06 pm Leave a comment

Fish pen owners ask for dialogue with Mayor Belen


DAGUPAN CITY – A group of fish pen operators asked for “due process” from this city’s mayor who recently unilaterally ordered the demolition of their pens that they claimed are located in titled properties.

 FISH PEN DEMOLITION.  Members of Dagupan Bangus Growers Fishpond and Fishpen Association (DABAGFFA) met recently at Sydney Grill & Restaurant in Dagupan City to discuss the impending demolition of their fish pens. They ask for a dialogue with Mayor Belen Fernandez to tell her that their pens are placed on titled property and sanctioned by environmental clearances. Mortz C. Ortigoza


FISH PEN DEMOLITION. Members of Dagupan Bangus Growers Fishpond and Fishpen Association (DABAGFFA) met recently at Sydney Grill & Restaurant in Dagupan City to discuss the impending demolition of their fish pens. They ask for a dialogue with Mayor Belen Fernandez to tell her that their pens are placed on titled property and sanctioned by environmental clearances. Mortz C. Ortigoza


They said they asked for an audience with Mayor Belen Fernandez before she orders the demolition of their 10-hectare pens which they said cost tens of millions of pesos.

A demand notice dated January 30 sent by Emma Molina, task leader of this city’s Bantay Ilog Task Force to one of the members of Dagupan Bangus Growers Fishpond and Fishpen Association (DABAGFFA) told the members that their fish pens are located in an area that is part of the river system and thus beyond the commerce of man.
“Demand is hereby made that you transfer your stocks or harvest the same within 15 days from receipt of this notice. Failure to do so gives authority to this city government to demolish your structure or the subject area at your expense,” the notice stressed.

Jose Antonio Caneng, DABAGFFA president, said his members, who vigorously supported Mayor Fernandez in the last mayoral contest, appealed to the mayor to give them a chance for a dialogue. (more…)

February 12, 2014 at 7:02 pm Leave a comment


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