Archive for May 10, 2014

IN HIS QUEST FOR GOVERNORSHIP Cojuangco asks help of Sison’s village heads


SISON – Former Fifth District Representative Mark Cojuangco asked the help of the barangay chairmen of Sison town in his quest for the top post of Pangasinan province

BOODLE FIGHT. Former Pangasinan Congressman Mark Cojuangco joined town officials and farmers of Calasiao, Pangasinan during the municipality's Farmers Day held at the gym of the central school last May 6. Cojuangco was the guest of honor and speaker of the affair. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

BOODLE FIGHT. Former Pangasinan Congressman Mark Cojuangco joined town officials and farmers of Calasiao, Pangasinan during the municipality’s Farmers Day held at the gym of the central school last May 6. Cojuangco was the guest of honor and speaker of the affair. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA


Cojuangco, said should he become the governor, he could tap his connection to the national government to pour development programs and projects to Pangasinan.
“I have connections with the national leadership. I was able to help them in my own little way. And I am sure they would be willing to help our province,” Cojuangco said during the synchronized barangay assembly in Labayug in this town.
Cojuangco is registered voter of barangay Labayug. (more…)

May 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment

Farmers enjoys high palay buying price


San Juan, La Union – Buying price of palay in the region continues to record high farm gate price even as harvest season for the summer cropping season has reached its peak. And this is pleasant news to palay farmers.

For Katho Moreno of San Carlos City and Way Ruaboro of Mangatarem, Pangasinan, the buying price of P23 per kilogram which traders buy their produce is just enough for them to have a good return of their investment.
They said that the said amount compensates the rise in farm inputs including seeds, fertilizers and even wages for farm helpers which they pay for the preparation of the farm until the harvest of their produce.

The same is true for Ricardo Sarmiento of Talibaew, Calasiao,Pangasinan who is hopeful that the present buying price of palay will continue for farmers like him to have better returns citing also rising cost of production.

The National Food Authority here reported that based on their monitoring, dry palay’s buying price remains at a low of P22 to P23.50 per kilogram. Regional Director Carlito G. Co said that he doesn’t see any easing up in the buying price as rice traders continue to compete with each other to buy as many stocks of palay as they can.
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May 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

Sinag lauds SC decision to  deny smuggled rice release 


 
DAGUPAN CITY –  The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura  (Sinag) lauded the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to junk the petition filed by traders for the release of 300,000 bags of alleged smuggled rice earlier seized by the Bureau of Customs.
 
The junked petition was filed by  Joseph Ngo, Danilo Galang and Ivy Souza.
 
“This should finally put an end to all misinformation and blatant lies being peddled by smugglers to confuse the public so they can get away with their smuggling activities,” Sinag president  Rosendo So said..
 
 “This is now full victory for the local rice industry and a relief to the millions of rice farmers whose livelihoods have been threatened by the rampant smuggling of rice,” added so.
 
According to Sinag, for two cropping seasons, rice farmers have enjoyed unprecedented good farmgate palay prices, ranging from P22-P23.50/kilo; which the group attributes to efforts to curb rice smuggling.
 
Penalized Erring Judges
 
“The latest decision of the SC should also pave the way for the speedy resolution of the five cases we filed against erring RTC judges in cahoots with smugglers,” said So.
 
Sinag earlier filed a total of five administrative cases against four erring RTC judges for ordering the release of smuggled rice seized by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) sans the required import permits.
 
The group also  filed administrative cases at the SC against Batangas RTC Judge Eutiquio L. Quitain, Manila RTC Judge Maria Paz Reyes-Yson, Manila RTC Judge Cicero Jurado and Davao RTC Judge Emmanuel Carpio for gross misconduct and knowingly rendering an unjust judgment.
 
Sinag filed these cases to plug legal loopholes being used by smugglers who run to local courts to legalize their smuggling activities.  In previous decisions by the high court, judges were suspended and held administratively liable for gross ignorance of the law when they ordered the release of properties subject of warrants of seizure and detention by the BoC.
 
SINAG has long asserted that the Quantitative Restriction on rice or QRs that the country enjoys has nothing to do with the implementation of our domestic laws on import permits.
 
“With or without the QRs, the authority to issue import permits by the National Food Authority remain valid unless we enact new legislation or adjust our administrative processes that will remove our QR on rice. It is not the WTO or the expiration of the QR that will automatically remove the authority of the NFA,” stressed So.
 
According to Sinag, what bind our commitments to the WTO are the enactment of subsequent local legislation, and not the interpretation of pro-liberalization economists.
 
“Regardless then of our QR status, the NFA has the sole authority to import rice and to authorize private entities to import rice. Without such authority (or import permits) from the NFA, bringing rice to the country is clear smuggling,” said Jayson Cainglet, SINAG Executive Director.
 
Citing provisions of the WTO Agreement, Article XVI, Paragraph 4, each WTO Member State is obligated to “ensure the conformity of its laws, regulations and administrative procedures with its obligations as provided in the annexed Agreements.” So there remains still a need for legislative enactment under our domestic laws.

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May 10, 2014 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment


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