Archive for February 24, 2014

Sinag exposes onion’s smuggling queen

By Mortz Ortigoza

ROSALES – The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) is checking on reports about alleged onion’s smuggling queen, a certain Lea Cruz or Lea Samting.

 Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) Chairman Rosendo So

Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) Chairman Rosendo So

It was the Sinag which identified big time rice smuggler David Tan and filed a case against a judge who ordered the release of smuggled rice in Davao City.
Rosendo So, Sinag’s head, said every year the country losses P3 billion in white onion smuggling.
So’s group alleges that close to 400,000 bags or 8.8 million kilos of white onion were smuggled into the country from September to December last year.
Because the senate committee on agriculture under Senator Cynthia Villar has still to conclude its investigation on rice smuggling, So said the investigation for the onion smuggling was held in abeyance.
So said Sinag wondered why the stocks of onion at the cold storages in the country reached the brim when the farmers are still harvesting the crop in the country. He said this arose the suspicion of Sinag as it did not jibe with the inventory at the Bureau of Customs. (more…)

February 24, 2014 at 3:12 am Leave a comment

Pangasinan leaders back Cojuangco

By Brando Cortez

ROSALES-Politicians from Pangasinan have signified their support to former Pangasinan 5th District Rep. Mark Cojuangco in his effort to get the people’s mandate for governor of the province in 2016.
Rosendo So, Abono Party-list Chairman and personal friend of Cojuangco, said third district Rep. Rachel Arenas (Liberal Party),second district Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (National Unity Party) and Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. (Nationalist People’s Coaliton) have given their full support for Cojuangco.
So said the Abono Party-list will also support as they have always supported Cojuangco in the 5th District.
He said Abono and Cojuangco share the same vision of having farmers and other stakeholders from the agricultural sector emancipated from poverty.
Cojuangco, after the State of the Province Address of Espino, declared his intention to submit himself to the voters of Pangasinan for the position of governor, carrying with him three consecutive terms as 5th district representative and his passion to serve.
“I think I am uniquely qualified and experienced to succeed Gov. [Amado] Espino [Jr.] I will seek the mandate of the people of Pangasinan , 2016,” Cojuangco told reporters here shortly after Espino delivered his state of the province address.
“With my experience, my age, my wisdom, my knowledge, I am offering my services to Pangasinan as governor. I offer these to the people of Pangasinan and I hope to continue the progress of the province,” he said.
Cojuangco is the Nationalist People’s Coaliton Pangasinan Chapter President of which Espino and majority of elected officials belong to.
“[Espino] is a party mate. We helped him in past elections. But he is on his last term so I decided to run [in 2016] to continue the development of the province,” he said. (more…)

February 24, 2014 at 3:09 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Anti- Cybercrime Law

virThe Supreme Court has spoken. The Anti-Cybercrime Prevention Law or Republic Act No. 10175 was declared a valid although some portions of it have been considered as unconstitutional. However, the magistrates sustained the part on the provisions of online libel that has elicited wide reactions from journalists, academe and netizens in the entire country, includin some members of the Senate House and House of Representatives.
What is libel? A libel is a malicious, false statement in written media, a broadcast, or otherwise published words. In other words, “online or internet libel” refers to those malicious and defamatory statements against any person posted in social media sites, websites or blog sites. In said provision, it is stated that only those primary sources of defamatory statements are liable for libel and those who shared such could not be indicted of the same crime.
Personally, I find that provision amusing. How can the Courts and even the prosecutors determine primary sources? Supposed the defamatory statements are “copied and pasted” on the walls of social media sites by other persons, can they identify the primary and secondary sources?
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has recommended that to have the Anti-Cybercrime Law to be thoroughly reviewed by the Supreme Court, a case must be properly filed in Courts, otherwise the Supreme Court could slap a penalty on those who questioned it outside of the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction. She said the High Tribunal erred in declaring the constitutionality of said provision. (more…)

February 24, 2014 at 3:07 am Leave a comment

Abono: Help fight smuggling

by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So,) said smuggling is the worst enemy of our country’s economy as smugglers do not pay taxes that could be used to fund basic services and needs of the people.
“Thus smuggling must be stopped, but it can be stopped only if the people will cooperate. Thus we urge them to help us fight smuggling,” So said.

The most affected by smuggling is the agriculture sector, which contributes 35% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), So, also president of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag), said.
GDP is the market value of all officially recognized final goods and services produced within a country in a year, or other given period of time. GDP per capita is often considered an indicator of a country’s standard of living. (more…)

February 24, 2014 at 3:02 am Leave a comment

120, 000 tilapia fingerlings dispersed

LINGAYEN—The provincial government through the Provincial Agriculturist Office has dispersed a total of 40, 000 tilapia fingerlings in six communal waters of Malasiqui town as part of the province’s fish dispersal program to enhance fish production and help marginal fisherfolks.
OIC Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya said the fingerlings dispersal is the first dispersal activity for 2014 where the municipalities of Malasiqui, Bolinao and Balungao were the first recipients.
Moya said the three municipalities were allocated with 40, 000 tilapia fingerlings each completing the 120, 000 fingerlings set for dispersal from February 19 to 21.
The first set of fingerlings were dispersed at the Caoayan Bogtong Creek in Barangay Bogtong (7, 000 tilapia fingerlings), Boler Creek in Brgy. Malimpuec ( 7, 000 ), Inglero Creek, Brgy. Allaga (6, 000), Palong River in Brgy. Palong (7, 000), Goliman River in Brgy. Goliman (6, 000) and Ayusan Creek in Brgy. Waig (7, 000) for a total of 40, 000.
Malasiqui Mayor Armando Domantay, who joined the dispersal team, thanked Gov. Amado T. Espino for granting his request of tilapia fingerlings for the communal bodies of water in Malasiqui town.
He said the activity was a great help to marginal fisherfolks in his town and avoid depletion of fish even as he urged the people to avoid electro fishing or using poisonous or obnoxious substances to protect marine life. (more…)

February 24, 2014 at 2:59 am Leave a comment


 Sr. Supt. Sterling Raymund Blanco, (center) officer-in-charge provincial director of the Pangasinan police, commits to PIA-Pangasinan Manager Venus May Sarmiento, (second from left) some 300 personnel from various police stations in the province to register as organ donors on February 28 at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center in San Fernando City, La Union. The massive organ donation dubbed “I’m a Lifeline” aims to increase public awareness on organ donation and attempts to place the Philippines in the Guinness Book of World Records as the country with the most number of organ donor registrants. (photo by Roland Naoe/PIA-1, Pangasinan

Sr. Supt. Sterling Raymund Blanco, (center) officer-in-charge provincial
director of the Pangasinan police, commits to PIA-Pangasinan Manager Venus May Sarmiento, (second
from left) some 300 personnel from various police stations in the province to register as organ donors
on February 28 at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center in San Fernando City, La Union. The
massive organ donation dubbed “I’m a Lifeline” aims to increase public awareness on organ donation
and attempts to place the Philippines in the Guinness Book of World Records as the country with the
most number of organ donor registrants. (photo by Roland Naoe/PIA-1, Pangasinan

February 24, 2014 at 2:58 am Leave a comment

Zaplan downplays traffic snarl created by bridge repair

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
SANTA BARBARA – Mayor Carlito Zaplan pooh-poohed the feared monstrous traffic that can be created by the temporary closure of the Sinucalan Bridge that traverses this town.
He said his administration has formulated a traffic formula to mitigate the traffic congestion caused by the construction of the four-lane bridge at the national highway.
He said aside from the rerouting of motor vehicles to the town proper, tricycles are barred from ferrying passengers there to lessen the traffic congestion caused by the closure of the bridge.
“Meron kaming ginawang re-routing iyong mga tricycle hindi na puweding mag-park sa harap ng palengke. Puwede silang pumasok lima-lima lang,” he said.
He said all the tricycles will stay in front of the Amigo Gas Station.
Zalplan said the bridge construction, undertaken by the National Builder based in Tarlac City, has a target completion date of ten months.
Recently, District Engineer Marietta B. Mendoza of the 2nd Engineering Sub-Office of the DPWH, sent a media advisory announcing the closure of the bridge on February 17. (more…)

February 24, 2014 at 2:50 am Leave a comment

Top cop hits disinformation on Pangasinan police

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – A high police official assailed some sectors in Pangasinan that spread disinformation that the province has the lowest court conviction rate in Region 1 if not in the country on criminal cases like murder and drugs.
“That’s unfair and sweeping. Here’s the data for 2013. That data speak for it,” the source, who asked for anonymity, said.
He explained conviction rate refers to cases that happened three years ago and not last year.
“Getting a conviction in the snail- paced Philippines court takes years,” he said.
He cited that in 2013 the result on reviewed and dismissed illegal drug cases in the four provinces Region 1 showed that Pangasinan, La Union, and Ilocos Sur got 29, 15, 52, respectively, received and dismissed drug cases.
The illustration table showed that Ilocos Sur got the highest 52 dismissed illegal drug cases while the 15 score of La Union was incomparable to Pangasinan since the latter is much bigger in population and areas.
Pangasinan, La Union, and Ilocos Sur have 23, 13, and 52, respectively, personnel under investigation.
The others categories there are number of personnel involved, how many of them have been evaluated, how many of them have been sent for training, and how many of them have resigned or retired from the police force.
Recently, Lawyer Monday Samson, Director of the National Police Commission-Pangasinan said conviction rate of the malefactors arrested by the Pangasinan police stood only at 5-10% average per year while the arrest rate was 70%. He blamed the court procedural skills of the police after their arrest and inventory of evidence, as the main factor why the conviction rate is low.
Meanwhile, aside from Police Patrol 101 that helped deter criminals during the tour last year of former Regional Director Chief Supt. Ricardo Marquez and former Provincial Director Senior Supt. Marlou Chan, the Philippine National Police under acting Pangasinan Provincial Director Senior Supt. Sterling Raymond Blanco introduced recently blue colored police carts that have been distributed in the 44 towns and four cities of the province.
Blanco said the cart, which has front lettering “Police CART (Community Assistance and Referral Team), is a pro-active project where the police mixed with the populace to hear their complaint as they maintain police presence in the community.
“Actually this was conceptualized before by former Provincial Director Chan. Tinuloy na lang natin kasi this is a good project na dapat na maipatupad na gawa na nakita nga natin ang importance of ideas with chiefs of police and other stakeholders,” he stressed.
Blanco said chiefs of police in the province can build another cart or carts if they found them necessary in their area of jurisdiction.
“Ang ginawa natin dito ay let them have something to start. So nagawa na natin ito naglagay na tayo sa mga stations. So kung magpagawa pa sila basta hindi mawala ang hitsura ng cart, puwede sila magpagawa,” he said.

February 24, 2014 at 2:49 am Leave a comment

DILG to PNP: Fast-track hiring of civilians

Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas today ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to fast-track the hiring of civilians or non-uniformed personnel (NUPs) in their organization to boost the number of policemen fighting crimes on the streets.
Roxas issued the order to encourage young, idealistic, and disciplined high school graduates with technical or vocational skills and college undergraduates to join the PNP.
“Patuloy ang ginagawang pagtanggap ng PNP ng mga aplikante. Binibigyan natin ng pagkakataon ang mga may kakayahan na maging lingkod-bayan sa pamamagitan ng PNP at maging bahagi ng kampanya laban sa kriminalidad,” Roxas said.
“Bahagi ito ng mga repormang ipinatutupad ng administrasyon ni Pangulong PNoy at inaasahan namin na hindi palalampasin ng PNP ang pagkakataong ito para palakasin ang kanilang kakakayahan sa laban natin kontra kriminalidad,” he added. (more…)

February 24, 2014 at 2:48 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Late payroll

brando-masoLooming governor Mark Cojuangco, alam niyo po ba na may nagsumbong sa atin na parating late daw po ang payroll ng mga empleyado ng isang local government unit sa Pangasinan?
One week after Valentine’s Day ay wala pa din sahod ang mga emergency workers ng local government unit na ito.
Kaya naman nag-celebrate sila ng araw ng mga puso na mabigat ang mga puso kasi hindi nila natanggap ang sahod sa takdang araw.

Iyong isang nakausap ko , gusto niya sanang bigyan ng chocolate na korteng puso ang love niya pero puso ng saging na lang ang naibigay niya!

Ang sabi nitong nakakaalam sa mga pangyayari ay napipiltang mangutang ang mga empleyado ng may interest dahil late ang payroll.

Hindi puedeng late ang pagkain ng mga anak nila,hindi rin puedeng late ang ibang daily needs ng pamilya nila… kaya puwersado silang mangutang. At ang utang ay may interest siyempre.

Ang hindi maintindihan ng mga empleyado ay wala naman dahilan para ma-delay ang preparation ng payroll dahil hindi naman araw-araw na busy ang naturang taga-prepare ng payroll.

Mayor, tamad lang ba talaga ang empleyado niyong ito? Hindi po ba bawal ang tamad sa munisipyo niyo?

Alam niyo po ba, may isang empleyado na naghihintay ng sahod ng January pero hindi dumarating?

Nalaman na lang empleyado na hindi na pala siya kasali sa payroll. Hindi man lang siya nabigyan ng abiso na wala na siyang trabaho.

Sayang naman ang araw-araw na pagpasok ng kaawa-aawang empleyado. Sana ay magbago na itong taga-prepare ng payroll…or else.

Itong taga-prepare ng payroll ay kinaiinisan din ng mga department heads kasi magaling daw magsinungaling. Stop lying… or else.

Ang konsepto ng bawal ang tamad ay hindi pinapansin ng nasabing empleyado. Kasi masarap ang bawal? Hahaha.

Dapat kasi hindi na bawal ang tamad na slogan Gawin nating positive. Katulad ng Do your duty. (more…)

February 24, 2014 at 2:47 am Leave a comment

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