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Mark: We should bust negative mindset


by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ARK WITH MASONS. Former Pangasinan fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco poses with members of the Moises J. De Guzman Memorial Lodge No. 161, F. & A.M. during the  54th Public Installation of Elected and Appointed Officers for Masonic Year 2014-2015 last  March 27.

ARK WITH MASONS. Former Pangasinan fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco poses with members of the Moises J. De Guzman Memorial Lodge No. 161, F. & A.M. during the 54th Public Installation of Elected and Appointed Officers for Masonic Year 2014-2015 last March 27.

LINGAYEN- Former fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco called on civil societies to help is busting the three negative attitudes of some Filipinos to enable the country move fast forward.
Cojuangco, who has openly declared his plan to run as governor of Pangasinan, said these negative traits are the “Hindi natin kaya,” “Puwede na” and “Development destroys the environment.”
“We should shift to ‘The Filipino can,” ‘Excellence Mentality,’ and ‘Development and Environment go together,” he said.
Cojuangco stressed these points when he spoke before members of free and accepted masons of Moises J. De Guzman Memorial Lodge No. 161 at the Pangasinan Skills and Sports Center here, during the 54th Public Installation of Elected and Appointed Officers for Masonic Year 2014 to 2015 last March 27.
“Why should the Filipinos be so different from every other race? I believe that the ‘hindi natin kaya’ paradigm should be replaced with the ‘ Filipino Can’ paradigm. That can be our new paradigm, ” Cojuangco said.
He said Filipinos are not failures and they have some control over their destiny.
“It’s very important how we exercise this control by participating in shaping our future because it will influence the way the other people look at us as a nation,” he said.
Cojuangco cited how the country deals with China on the emerging conflict over the Spratly Islands.
“China will respect us more. It will be easier for us to deal with the challenges of China if we view ourselves as the ‘” Filipino can’,” he said.
The second mindset- development destroys the environment – Cojuangco said, is not true as development and the environment are not exclusive from each other, but can work together.
“This paradigm came to me during my testimony at the provincial board where our initiatives to clear the Manila North Road of trees for the widening of the national highway was being investigated. Some of the oppositors who are not from my district but from other parts of the Philippines like Metro Manila were saying that the widened roads are only for the rich, that the poor won’ benefit from it. They claimed that doing the development necessarily was in conflict with the environment,” Cojuangco said. (more…)

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March 31, 2014 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

BIR Western P’sinan laggard in Tax Collection


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – Comparing the cumulative collection of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Region 1 in the January to February period this year, Revenue District Office -5 of the BIR based in Alaminos City was the “slowpoke” among its counterparts in the region as it failed to exceed its collection last year.

LOT FOR BIR EASTERN PANGASINAN: A Filipino Chinese couple (4th and 3rd from Right) in Urdaneta City donated a sizeable lot in Brgy. Anonas in the city where the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s Revenue District Office - 6 can relocate due to its limited office space in the city proper. Leading in the giving of plaque of appreciation is BIR Assistant Commissioner Nelson Aspe (4th from Left). Other of the tax agency’s personalities are RDO-4 chief Renato Molina, Assistant RDO-4 chief Charmaine dela Torre, and Region 1 Director Arnel Guballa. The giving of plaque was part of the BIR’s launching of its Register, File, and Pay program in recently at the regional office in Calasiao, Pangasinan. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

LOT FOR BIR EASTERN PANGASINAN: A Filipino Chinese couple (4th and 3rd from Right) in Urdaneta City donated a sizeable lot in Brgy. Anonas in the city where the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s Revenue District Office – 6 can relocate due to its limited office space in the city proper. Leading in the giving of plaque of appreciation is BIR Assistant Commissioner Nelson Aspe (4th from Left). Other of the tax agency’s personalities are RDO-4 chief Renato Molina, Assistant RDO-4 chief Charmaine dela Torre, and Region 1 Director Arnel Guballa. The giving of plaque was part of the BIR’s launching of its Register, File, and Pay program in recently at the regional office in Calasiao, Pangasinan. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA


Records obtained by Northern Watch at the BIR regional office here showed that RDO-5, that covers the first and second congressional districts, collected only P128,228,039.61 versus its P139,427,845.11 collection in 2013.
The collection plunged was P11,199,805.50 (-8.03%).
RDO-5 is under the watch of RDO chief Emir Abutzil.
There are six RDOs in Region 1 under the leadership of Director Arnel Guballa. (more…)

March 31, 2014 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

1Km Concrete Road costs P15M – DPWH


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – The chief of the 2nd Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works & Highway based here said that the government spends at most P15 million for the construction of a kilometer of national highway.
Eng. Elpidio Paragas explained that a kilometer of road without a shoulder costs the government P15 million.
“Basta sa carriage lang. Walang shoulder na maganda,” he said in Filipino.
He explained that if the construction bided to private contractors by the DPWH is for re-blocking it costs the public coffer P12 to P13 million for a kilometer of the national highway.
Re-blocking, he said, is removing those damaged parts of the highway and replaced them with a new concrete.
He stressed that a 1.3 kilometer asphalt overlay cost the government P10 million a kilometer. (more…)

March 31, 2014 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Bayan ng ukay-ukay, Kali-kali ti ili mi


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NAGULAT! Ahaha, hindi po segunda manong damit ang usapan natin now. Madaming nagulat nang makakita sila ng hukay sa isang lugar sa poblacion ng kanilang bayan. Wala naman kasing information na magkakaroon ng hukay doon.

Mas nagulat na naman sila nang dumami ang lugar na may hukay sa nasabing bayan. Wala naman kasing information na marami panag hukay ang isasagawa.

Ohaaa! Senadora Grace Poe, ituloy niyo lang po ang kampanya niyo para maipasa na ang Freedom of Information Act para mas madaling malaman ang taumbayan ang mga katotohanan sa nangyayari sa gobyerno.

HAKA-HAKA! Ang haka-haka tuloy ay iba’t-iba, kasi wala namang signboard na nagsasabi kung ano ba ang mga hukay na ito? Para saan ba ang mga hukay na ito? Para kanino ba ang mga hukay na ito? Sino ba ang nagpopondo sa mga hukay na ito? Sino ba ang mga workers na naghuhukay?

Usually kasi, may mga signboard ang mga government projects kung saan nakalagay ang pangalan ng project; nakalagay din doon ang implementing agency; ang source ng funding; ang halaga ng pondo; at kung kelan magsisimula at matatapos ang project.

Nagtataka, nagtatanong ang mga taga-poblacion at iba pang mga barangay kung ano ba ang mga hukay na ito. Dumami ang mga balon as kali-kali as in ukay-ukay. May balon dito sa may statue ng isang bayani… may balon doon may park na nakapangalan sa isang dayuhang bansa… may balon everywhere. Bayan na ba ito ng balon?

ALIKABOK AT PUTIK! Sure na sure ang mga taga-Poblacion na alikabok o kaya naman ay putik ang susunod nilang problema ngayong summer.

Siyempre given na ang alikabok na resulta ng hukay-hukay na iyan. Paano na ang mga baga o kungs ng mga mamamayan? Mapupuno ng alikabok. Sino po ba ang gsutong makalanghap ng alikabok everyday?

Dapat maghanda na ang health department sa pagtaas ng respiratory diseases.

At dahil sa climate change, sure din tayo na magkakaroon pag-ulan kahit na summer time. At ang ulan ang magko-convert sa hinukay na lupa into putik. Hahaha. As in putek talaga.

Sino po ba ang gustong maglakad sa putik? Dahil nalindol na ang mga Chocolate Hills sa Bohol, baka naman naglalagay ng chocolate hills dito sa bayan na ito. Hahaha.

Dahil walang alam ang mga mamamayan kung ano ang nangyayari, may mga usap-usapan tuloy na ang isang nahukay doon ay maraming vintage bombs, as in 62 vintage bombs… as in mga bomba noong panahon pa ng Hapon. Tinabunan daw uli ang mga bomba at hindi na ini-report sa pulis o military.

Dahil walang alam ang mga mamamayan kung ano ang nangyayari, may mga usap-usapan tuloy na ang mga hukay ay senyas na may treasure hunting. Uso pa ba ang treasure hunting? Hindi pa ba naubos ang mga nakabaon na kayamanan ng Hapon?

Dahil walang alam ang mga mamamayan kung ano ang nangyayari, may mga usap-usapan tuloy na ang mga hukay doon sa bayan na dumami na ang balon ay may magtatayo daw ng mall doon. Eh paano maglalagay ng mall doon kung ang ultimong palengke ay kulang ng stall holders? Hind pa nga puno ang palengke…mall pa!

Sayang naman ang pondo ng bayan na ginastos para sa rock garden, pati iyong tennis court…pinakialaman din. Ang mga mala-bundok na lupa ay puedeng nang gawing racetrack para sa dirt bike.

Mayor Mon-mon, hindi po ba ang isang component ng urban planning ay ang paglalagay ng mga open spaces or public spaces. Parang Central Park ba, sa New York! Magandang may mga ala Central Park ang mga bayan ng Pangasinan, hindi po ba Cong Mark Cojuangco?

Mayor Mon-mon, hindi po ba mas magandang, bumisita ang mga mamamayan sa munisipyo na may malawak na open space? Open space na may mga puno at halaman? Open space na ang feeling mo ay hindi constricted ang mundo mo?

PARA SA LOLA. May isang kandidato na napilitang mangampanya na ngayon para sa isang elective position dahil ang sabi ng Daddy niya ay alang-alang daw po ito kay lola.

Kailangang tumakbo ang batang-batang apo para lumakas ang lola. Kailangang manalo ng apo para kay lola.

Sa totoo lang, ang ibang pulitiko ay tumatakbo sa position para kay Daddy or para kay Mommy… pero itong isang ito ay tatakbo sa eleksyon para kay lola.

Dahil siya ay tatakbo para kay lola. Maliwanag na hindi siya tatakbo para sa bayan.

VICE GOVERNOR. Bigla atang dumami ang names na lumulutang for vice governor ng Pangasinan.

Siyempre, may Calimlim na vice governor ng Espino. Pero meron din nagsasabi na Shahani for vice governor. Meron din Tyrone for vice governor. Meron pang Celeste for vice governor. Meron pang naunang haka-haka na Espino for vice governor ni Cong Babyoil. Hahahha. 2014 pa lang, positioning na ang nangyayari para sa 2016. (more…)

March 31, 2014 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Grace Poe: Protect public interest in Cebu Airport project


By Brando Cortez

PASAY CITY-Administration Senator Grace Poe underscored the need to protect the nation’s highest interest in carrying out the expansion of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in Cebu City during a senate hearing held March 25 by the committee on public service.

“Our airports provide the international community the first crucial glimpse of our country and strongly mirror our progress,” Poe said.

Poe asked Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III if key stakeholders have been consulted on the P17.5-billion airport project.

“The bottomline is that our airport should be about services, how it will aid progress and how it can be a source of pride to Cebuanos,” Poe stressed. “It is important that we feel a sense of ownership of this undertaking, especially among Cebuanos who take pride in their world-class design.”

In response, Davide said, “The Cebuanos believe that this project is very important and long overdue. We expect tourist arrivals to increase with the completion of this project. We hope the issues involving the bidders will be resolved soon.” (more…)

March 31, 2014 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

Organic agriculture grows roots in Pangasinan


By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – Organic agriculture is fast growing roots in the province of Pangasinan, with at least 20 practitioners of organic farming having been organized into Association of Advocates and Practioners in Pangasinan of Organic Agriculture (Assap-OA).
Each of the member- practitioners are not individual persons but groups – eight associations, five cooperatives, five training and demonstration farms and two non-government organizations.
The Assap-OA is holding the 2014 regional organic agriculture trade fair from March 27-29 at the CSI Mall, with the different members displaying and selling their produce and products.
The group’s target is to have at least one percent of the agricultural land in the Ilocos Region devoted to organic farming, Agtalon Inc. Pangasinan managing director Victoria Padilla said.
“We are pushing for healthy and safe food. Why is it that when we buy clothes we look for the branded kind, but when we buy our food, we do not question where they come from? The Assap-OA was organized to assure that there will be quality food for the public, with no toxic chemicals and heavy metals,” she said.
Not only the food producers but also the consumers can join the association, Padilla said. “The consumers can ask the producers to grow the vegetables and fruits they wanted using organic farming methods.”
The group nixed perceptions that organic produce and products are expensive, saying they become expensive only because of middlemen. “This is why we do not do business with middle men but go directly to the consumers, or the consumers can go to the farms,” Padilla said.
The Assap-OA is working for its certification from the Organic Certification Center of the Philippines, one of the bodies that certifies that the produce and products are truly organically farmed or produced. (more…)

March 31, 2014 at 9:25 am Leave a comment


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