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Dad fears loss of jobs in Malasiqui


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MALASIQUI – A member of the Sanggunian Bayan (town council) of this town lamented the loss of jobs after the Supreme Court nullified the lease agreement entered by this town with a mall owner.

The beleaguered Magic Super Mart in Malasiqui.

The beleaguered Magic Super Mart in Malasiqui.

“I empathize with the workers of Magic (Group of Companies or MGC) who would be losing their jobs in case the mall would be asked to stop operating because of the Supreme Court decision,” said Councilor Larry Laforteza during the medical –dental mission sponsored recently by this town and Abono Party-list at the Arenas Civic Center.
He said since it was a court decision, the members of the council could not do anything but respect it.
Mayor Armando Domantay , as quoted in a media report, said as many as 300 jobs and significant amount of revenue for this town would be lost.
Laforteza felt elated when told MGC may enter into a memorandum of agreement to lease the building that is now technically owned by the local government unit here.
“That would be good for the town’s coffer in case they (MGC) enters into a contract with our town to continue their business,” he said.
The legal conflict here started late in year 2000 when petitioners Mario T. Armas and Osmundo Lambino, both residents of the town, questioned the contract of leased entered by Domantay, as mayor, with MGC to lease a portion of the municipal land despite the absence of a two-third vote from the council as mandated by the local government code.
They filed a petition for a provisional remedy with temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction at the Regional Trial Court in San Carlos City.
Domantay said MGC proceeded to construct its edifice when the petition for TRO and injunction by Armas and Lambino were denied by the RTC.
But the RTC’s decision was reversed by the Court of Appeals on July 7, 2013 and twice by the Third Division of the Supreme Court that found merits to the petition of the duo as taxpayers. (more…)

July 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm Leave a comment

LTO Dagupan uses reading machine vs banned freon

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Motor vehicle owners beware. The Land Transportation Office in this city has now a refrigerant identifier gadget that could determine if a vehicle being registered or renewing its yearly registration still use the banned Chlorofluorocarbon-12, also known as R-12 Freon system.

ANTI- ENVIRONMENT FREON  Richard Agbayani (center), Assistant Head  of Land Transportation Office in Dagupan City, leads his men in operating the refrigerant identifier gadget that could determine if a vehicle being registered or renewing registration still used the banned Chlorofluorocarbon-12, also known as R-12 Freon system. Agbayani said the full implementation of converting vehicles’ air-conditioning system from the anti-environment R-12 to the environmentally friendly R134a started in 2012. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

ANTI- ENVIRONMENT FREON Richard Agbayani (center), Assistant Head of Land Transportation Office in Dagupan City, leads his men in operating the refrigerant identifier gadget that could determine if a vehicle being registered or renewing registration still used the banned Chlorofluorocarbon-12, also known as R-12 Freon system. Agbayani said the full implementation of converting vehicles’ air-conditioning system from the anti-environment R-12 to the environmentally friendly R134a started in 2012. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

According to Richard Agbayani, assistant chief of LTO-Dagupan City, because of the arrival of the air-conditioned reading machine, his office is now implementing the 2006 Joint Administrative Order No. 3 between the Department of Transportation & Communication – LTO and the Department of Environment & Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau to inspect car air-conditioning systems as a requirement for renewal and registration that should have started in year 2006.
The JAO said all vehicles model 1999 up to present should have HFC-134a (R-134a or non-CFC) air-conditioning system.
Older models (1998 and below) with CFC-12 or Freon-using air-conditioning system were allowed to register until the phase-out year of 2012. However, they must retrofit their airconditioning system with alternative refrigerants, such HFC-134a, which is more ozone-friendly. (more…)

July 6, 2014 at 6:39 pm Leave a comment

SP conducts public hearing on proposed comfort rooms for LGPTs

LINGAYEN -The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has conducted a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that requires business establishments operating in the province to provide a separate comfort room for the so-called “third sex” populations.
The public hearing on June 30 was presided over by Board Member Alfonso Bince, one of the authors, along with Board Member Danilo Uy and was attended by representatives of various business establishments in Pangasinan.
Bince said the constitution provides equal protection of laws and respect for the rights of all individuals, thus the proposed ordinance will address the needs of the society of lesbians and gays.
Proposed Ordinance No. 8-2014, the first of its kind outside Metro Manila, stated it was high time for the province of Pangasinan and its citizens to be more aware of the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs) and respond to their needs.
The proposed measure stated that comfort rooms are specifically and naturally designed either for men or women and most often, LGBTs would feel more comfortable and safe to use restrooms/comfort rooms accessible to them.
Santy Layno, representative of Ladlad which is a group of LGBTs, expressed sentiment of possible harassment and discrimination.
Creating a gender-neutral comfort room, according to Layno, will be most welcome by their group so as not to discriminate the LGBT community.
Layno thanked the provincial board for taking a step to protect the rights of the “third sex” society.
“Let’s face it, other countries are more advanced than our country when it comes to LGBT issues and concerns. While other countries are now talking about LGBT health concerns, the Philippines is only talking about comfort rooms for us,” the Ladlad representative said. “Nonetheless, I thank the Pangasinan provincial government for this undertaking,”Layno added.
Meanwhile, a church representative, aired the sector’s position based on morality.
“Biblically speaking there are only two genders created by God, man and woman,” he said, as he pointed out that creating an exclusive facility for the LGBTs will create a domino effect leading to more exclusive facilities, such as separate malls, separate restaurants, separate offices, or separate government.
Renato Posedio, vice president of the central Pangasinan tourism group and a member of a Christian church, read a position paper signed by more than a thousand pastoral members which signified their stand based on morality. (more…)

July 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Police officer complains on murdered mayor report


A morning TV reporter said if Manaoag Shrine would be a tourist destination because of the bill passed by Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia and the corresponding allocation of P200 million to bankroll the town’s bid, there would be a DOMINO EFFECT on the market there.
Teka mali ata, is it not MULTIPLIER EFFECT to the market forces there? High school pa lang ako alam ko iyong Domino Effect negative ang connotation noon. Sabi ng nabasa kong pambalot sa tinapa, pag natumba ng Komunista ang Vietnam noong Vietnam War, ang Domino Effect, tumba rin ang Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, at ‘Pinas. Pero noong college ako (opo nakapag-college po kami nila Atong at Harold prof pa nga namin si media man Jo Melchor), sabi ng author ng economics book na si prophet of boom Bernie Villegas, pag may namuhunan ng malaking projects gaya ng construction sa isang bayan, ang multiplier effects may trabaho ang mga standby at iyong mga CPA or Counting Post Around na mga dyaski gaya ng pagiging laborer nila, dahil diyan si Aling Puring magkaka-sari-sari store din gaya sa pag benta ng Kuwatro Kantos, yosi, at iba pa dahil sa pera na kinita ng laborer sa namuhunan ng project.
Isa pa kahit sa mga business reporters ng broadsheet hindi Domino Effect ang ginagamit kung hindi Multiplier Effect, Sparkplug, or Catalyst pag you want to use the word or words that could perk the market forces.

Nasa headline kamakailan ng Business World na kulelat ang Pinas sa pag hatak ng Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) sa South East Asia. Ito po ang take ko: Habang nandiyan ang 60-40% biased na pro-Filipino equity sa negosyo sa bayan natin, habang mahal ang kuryente sa Pinas, habang magulo ang Mindanao na kinukulang na rin sa supply ng kuryente, magiging kulelat tayo maski na lang sa Vietnam in terms of snaring FDI sa taon-taon na lang na ginawa ng Diyos. Ayon sa Business World noong last year 2013 “Singapore emerged as the top FDI destination in the region anew with $63.77 billion. It is followed by Indonesia, $18.44 billion; Thailand, $12.95 billion; Malaysia, $12.31 billion; and Vietnam, $8.9 billion, while Philippines netted $3.9 billion.

Habang kulelat tayo sa pag attract ng financially heavy foreign investors, kulelat din tayo sa pag generate ng trabaho sa mga pinu-produce na graduates ng mga universities and colleges natin. Kaya huwag ho kayong magalit pag sinabi noong batang si Angeli Diamante na sumulat ng nag viral na article sa Young Blood ng Philippine Daily Inquirer : “I hate how a few centuries ago, we were a proud and strong race, but are now reduced to being servants of all—caregivers and nurses in countries outside our own.”
Kaya ang masabi ko: Blame the 60-40% xenophobic (anti-foreigner) equity in our constitution. Habang nag papa-kuba sa pagta-trabaho ang mga Overseas Foreign Workers natin, nagiging drug addict iyong mga anak dito sa Pinas, habang si Mr. o si Mrs naman ay naging immoral dahil sa kapalpakan ng government sa economic priorities niya na mag karoon ng enough works diro para hindi na magkahiwalay ang ama at ina ng tahahan.
Blame, too, the absence of enough power plants, nuclear, coal, hydro, at iba, that make doing business in the Philippines very expensive for investors. No brainer po itong analysis ko kasi it results for “ less investors and less jobs para sa atin itong dala ng “60-40”.
I hate too this country where the ironically poor people bear more children despite their limitation to feed their offspring who turn out to be beggars in the street, I hate too, the “Ayatullahs” and their faithful in the Catholic church who, hammer and tong, (more…)

July 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

Mayor Bona inaugurates 6 projects


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANGALDAN – In June 30 the mayor of this burgeoning town inaugurated six big ticket projects funded from the development fund of the town this year.DSC09891
Dr. Rose Hulipas, executive officer in the office of the mayor, said before Mayor Bona Fe de Vera-Parayno would present the State of the Municipal Address (SOMA), she would inaugurate the new infirmary, the slaughter house’s water treatment facility, the four shanties for the carabao merchants, one- stop- shop located at the ground floor of the main building of the municipal hall, and the multi-purpose hall and disaster center located at the 3rd floor of the same building.
“Ang ginawang meat processing ay nasa second floor ng vegetables market. Sa second floor ng market may facilities binigay ang DTI (Department of Trade & Industry), parang sa slaughter house merong water treatment facility sa livestock naman may apat na bahay kubo na purchased ng municipio para gamitin ng mga biyaheros na nagdadala ng karabaw. Tapos dito sa main building natin iyong ground floor may one-stop-shop, 3rd Floor naman ang multi-purpose center at ating Disaster Center,” Hulipas stressed.
She said the SOMA of Parayno would enumerate not only the projects and programs she had done in her first 366 days in office here but would emphasize the road map she planned to do next year.

In an earlier report by this paper it was mentioned that the urgent care clinic, located at the old infirmary building, can serve as first aid clinic, and mitigate morbidity of the people in the town who suffered physical ailment and accident.
“It takes 45 minutes inclusive of traffic to bring to Dagupan (City) a patient to a hospital,” she said.
She said if there is an urgent care clinic untimely death of people in Mangaldan could be avoided.
She cited the case of former Mayor Herminio Romero who died of heart attack as he was being brought to a hospital in Dagupan City. The mayor stressed the clinic would also generate income for the town through its socialized payment system based on the financial capacity of the patients. (more…)

July 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Return to garlic farming

WHY PREPARE. Malusog na mamamayan sa panahon ng kalamidad. Hiniling ni Interior and Local Governments Secretary Mar Roxas sa mga Gobernador at Mayor na alamin ang kalusugan ng kanilang empleyado at pamilya ng mga ito.

Ito’y bilang pakikiisa sa selebrasyon ng 2014 National Nutrition Month ngayon Hulyo base sa memorandum circular 2014-73 ng Sec. Roxas. Sana daw po ay may sapat at ligtas na pagkain ang mga mamamayan sa panahon ng kalamidad.

Binigyang-diin ni Sec. Roxas na mas magiging maunlad ang bansa kung mapangangalaan ang kalusugan ng bawa’t isa laluna sa panahon ng kalamidad.

Ang tema ng selebrasyon sa taong ito ay “Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan.”

Sa idinaos na consultation sa pagtatayo ng One Negros Island Region, inulit ni Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. ang kanyang endorsement kay Mar Roxas for president sa 2016.

“Let us support him because he is from Negros, why should we look for another candidate whom we do not know?” the governor asked.

Ang isang plus na nangyari ay nang magbigay ng suporta si Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo ng PDP Laban na sabihin niyang, “I like him, I will support him in 2016, even if we do not belong to the same party.” (more…)

July 6, 2014 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

In Natividad, a mini-forest of native trees rises from rice land

By Yolanda Sotelo

NATIVIDAD – The scene seems to leap out of a charming painting: A group of young musicians play classical pieces on a lawn carpeted by green grass. Behind them is a pond framed by tall trees and where ducks gracefully swim.
But an afternoon drizzle forced the musicians to stop playing, fearful that the instruments would get soaked by the rain. The “Concert by the Pond” as dubbed by former Environment Secretary Victor Ramos, was transferred to his rest house where local church choir members were treated to a delightful mix of classical and modern music rendered on strings.
The concert, staged by the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth, was a perfect introduction of Ramos’ arboretum (collection of trees) to the public – with the mini forest turning more enchanting with each musical note.
The four-hectare arboretum at Rizal village in this agricultural town in eastern Pangasinan boasts of about 200 species of indigenous or native forest trees of different heights and sizes.
When Ramos toured the Inquirer around the farm, he was like a proud father introducing each tree, its characteristics and peculiarities – how tall they can get, how big the trunk can grow, the shapes and texture of leaves, their uses and medicinal properties.
“Each tree has a role to play,” he says.
“The trunk of this toog (Philippine rosewood) is so hard that is used as railroad ties (where rails are placed). Loggers refused to cut them in the forest because they are so heavy they sink in the river. The mankono (iron wood) is as tough as iron that it is used as axle of motor boats. They grow tall but very slowly and are best grown in mineralized areas. This bagras (around 20 meters high) is used as electric posts. The Philippine teak wood was used by the Spaniards to repair their galleons. This dau can live up to a thousand years,” he says.
Along the road, he pointed to a supa tree named kerosene tree because when cut, a tree can secrete two cans of kerosene.
Then there’s the baribai (Cerbera manghas) whose seeds have poison that can stupefy fish to easily catch them, but which are not poisonous to humans.
The mini-forest has lauat tree, whose leaves could make water slippery and is used as traditional shampoo, and is also anti-spasmodic and skin softener.
There’s also the dapdalo tree which is being researched by pharmaceuticals for its anti-depressant properties, and palosanto which is made into incense.

The mini forest also has anubing whose leaves are like Velcro, bayok whose leaves change shapes as they mature, Palawan cherry, putat (with beautiful flowers), tangisang bayawaks, guiho, kalantas (whose leaves smell like cedar wood and used for musical instruments), dita or dalipara which is made into blackboards, apitong, kupang, bungkal, dau, ivory mahogany and kalingag.
“This is ipil. It has white dainty flowers. I planted ipil in the Spratlys Island,” he says. (more…)

July 6, 2014 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

NFA losses to traders in palay buying spree

By Yolanda Sotelo
DAGUPAN CITY – The National Food Authority was not able to buy palay from the farmers in the last harvest season as the agency’s support price of P17 per kilo cannot compete with the traders’ price of P24 to P25 each kilo, NFA provincial officials said.
The agencies’ buffer rice stocks in its warehouses in Pangasinan have 60,000 bags, all produce of other countries.
“We have no locally-produced stocks (because the farmers) sold to the traders. Even up to now when harvest time is ending, traders are still buying,” Dionisio Rivera, administrative officer of NFA western Pangasinan, said
The NFA western Pangasinan office (Lingayen) is expecting staggered shipments of P360,000 bags while the eastern office (Binalonan) is expecting 184,000 bags.
The shipments are from Vietnam, said Rivera.
But the NFA is not there to compete with the traders, he said. “We are here to support the farmers. If the traders raise the palay prices, the farmers can (sell to them). But if the traders drop their prices, the farmers can go back to us. Our role is not to buy all the local produce,” Rivera said.

Last year, the agency was still able to buy palay from local farmers when traders’ price was P16 each kilo, or lower by one peso compared to NFA’s buying price.
The NFA could not increase it buying price because it would mean it would also has to sell at higher price.
“For instance, if we buy palay at P20, we will have to sell at P40 each kilo,” he said. “We have to serve the opposing interest of the producers and the consumers. We buy high, we sell low.”
The NFA sells a 50-kilo bag of rice at P1,500 or P30 each kilo. The NFA rice is retailed at P32 per kilo in the markets. Each consumer can buy only five kilos at one time “so we can serve everybody,” said Julieta Orias, assistant provincial manager of NFA eastern Pangasinan. (more…)

July 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

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