Archive for February 16, 2014

Bonuan school joins regional search for Agri Pinoy Gulayan sa Paaralan

This was learned when Mayor Belen Fernandez, along with Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd-Dagupan Lourdes Servito and some education supervisors, visited the school during the initial evaluation of Gulayan sa Paaralan Project in Dagupan last Feb. 12.

Fernandez was fascinated to see in one garden all vegetables identified in the ditty ‘Bahay Kubo’, which include lettuce, cherry tomatoes, chili, pechay, ampalaya, button mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, among others.

In addition, the school has a livestock area where native chicken, white leg horn broiler chicken, native pigs, ducks, and geese are being raised.

The school also adopts aquaponics and hydroponics gardening, aside from backyard gardening.

Aquaponics is the technique of raising together fish and plants in water without soil in one integrated system. On the other hand, hydroponics gardening is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water also without soil. (more…)

February 16, 2014 at 10:28 pm Leave a comment

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February 16, 2014 at 9:59 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL :Too late the hero(es)?

After announcing that he will be running for governor in Pangasinan in 2016 elections, former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco categorically claimed responsibility for the cutting of trees on the sides of MacArthur Highway from Villasis, Urdaneta City, Binalonan, Pozorrubio and Sison.

The 1,829 trees -narra, mahogany, acacia, mango,etc., were only marked for cutting last November last year after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued the permit for cutting to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). It was to give way to the road widening project along the mentioned municipalities. To date, 70% or 1,280 trees have been cut and the permit of cutting on February 14 his year to complete the 90-day period.

“The trees needed to be cut. I will take responsibility for that because I was the one who applied for the permit.Those trees are not in the right place. They are inside the roads right of way,” Cojuangco told reporters when asked about the cutting of trees. (more…)

February 16, 2014 at 9:57 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: MOC for Governor in 2016

He surprised the members of the media. He surprised his party mates at the Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC). And he apparently surprised the Pangasinenses.

Yes Virginia! Former 5th District Rep. Marcos (Mark) O. Cojuangco, also known for his moniker MOC is eyeing the highest post in the province in 2016 elections. Right after Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. delivered his 7th State of the Province Address (SOPA) , in an ambush interview by the Pangasinan media, MOC unexpectedly “spilled the beans” ending speculations on who would likely be the formidable candidate for governor in 2016 elections. Not Liga ng Barangay Provincial President Amado “Pogi” Espino III, not 2nd District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, not Abono Partylist Rep. Conrad M. Estrella III, but MOC.

After that pronouncement before a few media practitioners, more speculations came in. Why did MOC pronounce his plan too early? What will happen to the NPC party members who are also eyeing the position, if there are? Will MOC pronouncement further consolidate the forces of NPC?

Those speculations probably could not be answered by Cojuangco as of the moment. Cojuangco was stern in giving his plans to the media that “qualified as he is”, he will run as governor for Pangasinan in 2016. ” I will seek the mandate of the people (Pangasinenses),” Cojuangco said.

Indeed, MOC is more than qualified to be the governor of Pangasinan. With his nine years stint in Congress representing the 5th District of Pangasinan, he knew the problems prevailing in Pangasinan. As the chair of Pangasinan’s NPC, he, through the sitting NPC officials, could easily feel the pulse of the Pangasinenses and what they want? What development agenda could be put in place and what directions Pangasinan will go in 2016 and onwards? (more…)

February 16, 2014 at 9:55 pm Leave a comment

Abrenica supports Mark’s gubernatorial plan

by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- ” He is a good leader besides of being the provincial chairman of the Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC), a party to which I belong.I will give my all out support to him if ever he will run for the province’s governorship in 2016.”
This was the statement of Mayor Libradita Go-Abrenica when asked on her reaction to the announcement of former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco that he will run as Pangasinan governor in 2016 elections.

“Mark and his wife Rep. Kimi are not only friends. They are our political allies who have done much in the development of our town. Through them, we have our palay drying facility in Unzad, tractors, Livelihood Training Center, Kubota tractors, concreted farm to market roads, etc. Not that we will have to pay back if ever Mark will run as Governor, but most important is that Nato (former Mayor Nonato Abrenica) and I believe in his leadership and sincerity to serve the people,” said Abrenica.

Abrenica also said Cojuangco could be the best leader the province will have in 2016 having been exposed to agro-industrialization and other development projects and programs he had studied and observed in other countries. She cited the Pangasinan Dairy Farm in Laoac, which is now a producer of milk that is provided free to school children in the 5th District. (more…)

February 16, 2014 at 9:50 pm Leave a comment


 Foreign tourists(from left) Julian Lauber from Germany; Canadian Joseph Johnson; and Kate Heinrich also from Germany, and a young Filipno participant  are all smiles after they gamely joined the watermelon eating contest during the 1st Pakwan Festival in Bani town last February 8. The town is known for its sweet watermelon.CESAR RAMIREZ

Foreign tourists(from left) Julian Lauber from Germany; Canadian Joseph Johnson; and Kate Heinrich also from Germany, and a young Filipno participant are all smiles after they gamely joined the watermelon eating contest during the 1st Pakwan Festival in Bani town last February 8. The town is known for its sweet watermelon.CESAR RAMIREZ

February 16, 2014 at 9:47 pm Leave a comment

‘I do, I do’ say 184 couples in island wedding

By Yolanda Sotelo

ALAMINOS CITY – Before the sun rose on the day of hearts, 184 brides, resplendent in flowing white malong and with flower tiaras adorning their hair, boarded boats to the Hundred Islands National Park. With them are their grooms who are equally dazzling in white barong and leis around their necks.
Most of them have been living together and have started their own families, but today starts the first day of their lives. It is their wedding day.
The oldest couple is Virgilio Banogon, 62; and his partner for about 20 years, Tita Abongen, 58. They have three children aged 15-20. The youngest on the other hand were both 18, with the bride already on the family way.
The mass wedding dubbed as “I do, I do, Araw ng Pagibig 2014” was sponsored by the Alaminos City government and the Pag-ibig Fund. It was solemnized at the Quezon Island, one of three major islands of the HINP, by City Mayor Arthur Celeste.
Pagibig Fund Northern Luzon head Lilia Angluan said there were 4,356 couples wedded in 27 sites where the mass weddings were simultaneously held by the agency. It was in coordination with the local government units in the areas and the Department of Tourism.
“We are planning to enter the activity in the Guinness Book of Records for having the most number of couples wed simultaneously,” she said. Since the agency is Pag-ibig “we owned February 14 to hold the mass wedding.” (more…)

February 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm Leave a comment

Pangasinan Health Office now ISO registered

Lingayen- – -The Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Pangasinan is now officially operating a quality management system after receiving its certificate of registration from Certification International Philippines Inc. (CIPI) to ISO (International Organization for Standardization) last January 23.
The certification was a result of two-year extensive research, brainstorming, and planning pertaining to the specific scope on the “formulation of health plan, capability building, monitoring and evaluation of health programs.”
Rommel Cardinoza of the PHO said  the certification will be valid for three years.
“Two years in the making ito. Madugo ang proseso. Natutuwa kami especially si Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. na siyang palaging nagsusulong ng reporma para sa higit na ikagaganda ng Pangasinan,” he disclosed.
Cardinoza said the CIPI has thoroughly scrutinized and validated the core process of the PHO as embodied in the manual which centered on six mandatory procedures thus finally winning the nod of the group.
CIP according to him, is the lead agency accredited by ISO which is comprised of trained professionals from various entities who are in charge of the review and auditing. (more…)

February 16, 2014 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment

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