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SP revives redistricting of Pangasinan 

LINGAYEN – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Pangasinan has revived the proposal to redistricting the province into eight, or to add two districts to the present six.
Provincial Board Member Alfonso Bince Jr. said the addition of two congressional districts will bring tremendous progress to the province, considering the assistance that will come from the national government.
“With more congressmen, there will be more funds for infrastructure, school buildings, and employment for (our) provincemates,” he said during a privilege speech on Monday.
This is the third time that redistricting of Pangasinan was proposed. The first time was in 2008 by former representatives   Victor Agbayani (second district),  Rachel Arenas (third district) and Arthur Celeste (first district) who wanted the province redistricted into seven.
The proposal did not push through as the provincial officials opposed it, saying there were no public consultations conducted before the congressmen filed the bill.
In 2013, the Sangunniang Panlalawigan  filed an ordinance to create two more districts but the congressmen refused to file the needed bill. All of  them wanted to retain the towns in their districts.
Bince said for two decades, Pangasinan has only six districts, despite its population and land area. Pangasinan has a population to 2,893,858, a land area of 536.880 hectares and a budget of P2,131,960,654 in 2013.
Bince cited different provinces with population but with more districts like Cebu (2.6 million, 7 districts), Negros Occidental  (2.4 million, six districts), Camarines Sur (1.8 million, six districts), and Leyte (1.6 million, six districts).
He said the proposal was not meant to accommodate Governor Amado Espino Jr. who was on his last term, saying the redistricting was long overdue.
A provincial official, who speak on condition of anonymity, said Espino does not need a new district as  “he could run and easily win in the third or fourth district.”
The SP  furnished a copy of the public consultations indicating a possible redistricting of the province to  the six Pangasinan representatives last July 30, but still has to receive a reply.
Bince  challenged the Pangasinan congressmen to file the needed bill to regroup the province into eight districts.
“I still believe that our congressmen have the courage and patriotism to let go of some of the towns within their present congressional districts and support and more prospere rous Pangasinan through the creation of two more districts,” he said.


August 23, 2014 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

 Pangasinan provincial board to endorse Binay

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN – The Sangguniang  Panglalawigan of Pangasinan will file a resolution endorsing Vice President Jejomar Binay  in his bid to run for the top position in the 2016 presidential election
SP Member Ranjit Shahani said the SP believes in the advocacy of Binay in ‘’bringing the government closer to the people, as an effective tool of governance that would catapult the nation to the next level of economic, social and moral development started by President Aquino.
 “His high ranking in the surveys is a manifestation that Binay has become a great inspiration and a model to other leaders of the nation,” he said.
Shahani is a member of Liberal Party.
Shahani said Binay had made clear his intention to run for the top  in the country of almost million people, and continued to be the leading presidential favorite for the 2016 elections according to the latest surveys of Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Station.
Shahani however said he was not endorsing any gubernatorial candidate in the province yet, although he was seen at the residence of Abono Party list group Conrado Estrella III last week when sixth district political leaders endorsed former fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco for governor in the 2016 elections.


August 23, 2014 at 9:33 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Relieve and charge  Urbiztondo police chief

What is happening to our country Region 1 Police Regional Director C/Supt. Roman A. Felix and Pangasinan’s Police Provincial Director S/Supt. Reynaldo Biay?
The Chief of Police (COP) of Urbiztondo, Pangasinan is an utter embarrassment to the Philippine National Police.
After Ronnie Dayan, the driver and body guard of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, poked his .45 caliber firearm to his liquor drinking mate Budoy Palisoc, recklessly fired his pistol in the air, fired his firearm at the destination of his scampering drinking mates, collared the 72 year-old mother of the Palisoc because she said Dayan was looking for him to kill her son, Police Chief Inspector Wilfredo Cabayanan told the media that he did not arrest and immediately file a case against de Lima’s body guard because Dayan, who even dropped by at the police station, and the Palisocs had already amicably settled their conflict.
Son of a gun!
 So Cabanayan compromises the law of the land because
Dayan told him about the settlement and Dayan’s “benefactor” the power-that-be there who probably told this poor COP not to pursue the case?
There were witnesses the police can pro-actively pull out to incriminate Dayan
His case was not only Grave Threat (poking a gun) and Discharge of Firearm (binaril niya ang mga tumatakbong kainuman niya as reported by the media). He can be complained of for Alarm and Scandal (recklessly firing his gun above the air and for disturbing the peace and tranquility of the community), Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004, and Grave Threat (for collaring and threatening to kill all the family members of the Palisoc for P10,000).
A police top brass agreed with me on the nonfeasance of Cabanayam and his being sacked from his post and charged administratively for gross misconduct and criminally for dereliction of duty. He told me a similar case happened  in the province of Ilocos Sur.
“Governor Chavit Singson relieved the provincial director (PD) when he justified to the governor that he told his policemen not to file a case against a suspect there because he and the complainants have settled already the case among themselves,” the police told me.
My police official source, a “leadership genius” PMAier, added that Chavit angrily asked the PD: “Nasa level mo ba ang mag decision na huwag i-reklamo ang  kaso?”
My police pal told me it is not on the level of Cabanayan just to seat down on the case after Dayan committed the alleged crimes, saying “He is neither a prosecutor nor a judge to declare arbitrarily not to file a complaint on the suspect”.
He said the COP of Urbiztondo should remember that he was put there because the town is a “high risk area” after its mayor Ernesto Balolong, a close friend of the President Benigno Aquino III, was assassinated.
“Hindi man lang niya na-isip na dahil diyan sa Urbiztondo, na suspend ang PTCFOR (Permit to Carry Firearm outside Residence) dito sa Pangasinan at naging pahirap sa mga may threat sa buhay dito sa probinsiya,” I opined.
Reason Behind Cha-Cha: P-Noy Fears going to Jail
I got mixed reactions on President Aquino’s  latest pronouncement that he welcomes Charter Change (ChaCha).
Ever since I was espousing in this column that to get rid of that present 12 million unemployed Filipinos, over abused Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), and the moral backlash brought by the migration of Filipinos abroad where the families at home committed immoralities and indulging in illegal drugs because no one watches them, the government should open its restricted xenophobic economic 60-40% provision in the Constitution that favors the financially overstretched Filipino oligarchy.
 My usual argument: More foreign investment in our country means more jobs. More jobs means OFWs from Libya, and other countries would no longer be vulnerable to rape and other abuses. Husband or wife does not resort to infidelity with fellow OFWs or the woman or man next door in the Philippines, or sons and daughters don’t become drug addict or impregnated at an early age because a parent or parents are there to watch them grow.
My usual poser: Why the standard of living of a Thai is much better than those of the Filipinos who in the 1970s have almost the same number of population? Aside from their aggressive government sponsored family planning program, they snared, according to the World Investment Report, last year $12.95 billion of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) while the Philippines contented herself with a minuscule $3.9 billion in the same year.
Now it seems that I digress to why I have a mixed reaction on the President’s amenability for Cha-Cha. Our balding president smarted as seen on his State of the Nation Address (SONA) how he was being treated by the 13-0 of the Supreme Court because of his Disbursement Acceleration Program that jerk-up, er, perk up by more than 6% the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
It means the 13-0 DAP’s decision of the high tribunal is the Sword of Damocles that hangs above his head.
It is a threat to his limb because whether he likes it or not he goes to jail in a non –bailable crime of plunder through technical malversation because he usurped the power of congress to allocate the DAP’s P177 billion fund and channelled it to other economic stimulating projects.
“But he did not pocket any of the P177 billion. He did not profit for himself on the DAP,” objected recently to me by a lawyer when we were conversing.
“That’s beside the point. What we are seeing here is the probable cause for technical malversation as provided in the Revised Penal Code and the Special Law on Plunder found by the Ombudsman and the Sandigabayan, and the warrant of arrest issued by the latter against  former president Aquino in 2016. It was just like Gloria Arroyo who was thrown in the calaboose without bail.”
President Aquino, a person who dreaded to tinker with the Constitution, dread to think of that day he would be rubbing with his hands the iron grills of the detention center for years as he waited for the Sandiganbayan and his pet peeves the Supreme Court decide on the case thus his amenability on the amendments or revision of the Constitution.
With his overwhelming allies in the Houses of Representatives and Senate dependent on the opiate called pork-barrel (who said there was no pork barrel? I’ll discuss it here later), I am sure a Constituent Assembly will be formed soon to change the Constitution.
Forget about the Beatles in their Hard Days Night’s album belting: Money Can’t Buy Me Love.
Money is everything that even Manny Pangilinan of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone is in a quandary how to resuscitate his bleeding TV-5 network tens of millions of pesos against the competition given to it by ABS-CBN and GMA-7 TV networks.
Money is pecuniae obediunt omnia  (money rules the world) in Latin that you now understand since I put its English translation.
“Without money or S.O.P through cut from the solons’ favorite private contractor who get it from the pork, congressmen and senators would no longer support the president all the way like impeaching the chief justice of the Supreme Court and even those present justices in case the president make his clarion call to his allies in Congress,” I told my errand boy Procopio Matulis when we were drinking liquior- San Miguel Lights for my gofer while Mortz baby imbibed Emperador Brandy as my blood pressure shot up lately to 140/100.
But does pork barrel still exist even the high court said it was illegal and unconstitutional?
Pork is alive and kicking according to Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Chair Patricia Lichuanan and Health Undersecretary Janet Guarin. Both said, as taped by the staff of ACT Teachers Congressman Antonio Tinio that all the P14 million budget for scholarship of the Commission on Higher Education in every congressional district, and all the Medical Assistance Program (MAP) in every government hospital have been intended for the recommendation of the congressman who are the real recipient of that project.
“There are many people out there, who really think I now have P4.1-billion new scholarships. They don’t think it’s the PDAF, they don’t think it’s going to you (lawmakers) … And then I’m supposed to tell them ‘No! No! Don’t do that, because actually the congressmen are all going to get it,’” Licuanan said.
 “We have to go through this kind of semblance. We understand each other. I really want to cooperate.”
She also confided that her regional directors actually thought they had an extra P14 million in scholarship grants for each district so she had to tell them that this was “really for the congressmen,” as written on August 12 by the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s titled  “Party-list rep presents ‘smoking gun’ on pork”.
The same article said: “Tinio also revealed a recording of Garin, a former Iloilo representative, during a meeting between officials of the Department of Health (DOH) and House members last May 20 to iron out the “chaos and confusion” on the medical assistance program (MAP) of lawmakers inserted in the 2014 budget.
Garin said the MAP would only be available to individuals recommended by lawmakers or their designated staff”.
With pork still around at the behest of the president expect the unexpected in Philippine politics as the president march for survival in amending the constitution to extend his term, and try to clip some of of the powers of the Supreme Court as it becomes a threat to his future freedom.
My poser here: Would the president be successful on this brinkmanship?
(You can read my selected columns at and articles at Pangasinan News Aro. You can send comments too


August 23, 2014 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

​DOST to boost goat milk production

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development is set to spur the local dairy goat industry via its National Dairy Goat Science and Technology (S&T) Program.
Compared to cow’s milk, goat milk is said to have higher nutritional value, is highly digestible, and causes less allergenic reaction because it lacks alpha-s1-casein protein. Found in cow’s milk, alpha-s1-casein protein is linked to allergic response in some individuals. Goat milk is also popular as an ingredient in beauty products because of its naturally occurring alpha-hydroxyacids—a good skin exfoliant.
To maximize these  benefits, the National Dairy Goat S&T Program will address the issues that hinder the full growth of the dairy goat  industry in the Philippines, namely, limited access of smallholders to good dairy goat breeds, absence of feeding guides for milking goats, increased prevalence of mastitis or intra-mammary infections in dairy goats, and the lack of standards on the production of goat milk-based products.
By selecting the best performing dairy breeds suited to the country and by providing appropriate nutrition for them, the program aims to increase milk production to 150% by 2017.  Smallholders shall be given access to these breeds via artificial insemination to local goats and buck loan program.
In addition, an effective control protocol against mastitis will be developed. Considered as one of the greatest problems faced by the industry, mastitis can reduce milk volume and alter its composition, lower its hygienic value, and impair the processing of quality milk. 
In three years, the program is expected to result to an initial increase of 60 % in does that can be milked, a reduction of 37%  in subclinical mastitis incidence, and herd build-up of at least 58% from the deliberate infusion of good breeds in the countryside.
Program Leader Dr. Emilio Cruz of Central Luzon State University revealed that for an initial capital of P40,000, a dairy goat farmer can buy 3 breeder goats and earn P223,440 for 7 lactations in 5 years. In contrast, a cattle/carabao entrepreneur with the same amount of money can only buy one animal and earn less than P200, 000 for the same period.
If one goat dies, the farmer can still continue earning for the two remaining stocks, while if the carabao dies, the owner loses all of his investment, he added.
Moreover, goat milk has higher commercial value than cattle or carabao milk.  In Region 3, raw milk is sold at P70 per liter to processors who will pasteurize, bottle, label and sell them in commercial stands at P150 per liter.
“All these advantages make goat production and goat dairying nowadays popular, propelling farmers to venture into such business and giving impetus for us at DOST to pour in investments to address the gaps in goat research and development,” said Secretary Mario G. Montejo in his message during the Memorandum of Agreement signing between DOST and its partner institutions. These are Isabela State University, Central Luzon State University, Bohol Island State University, Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office-8, and University of the Philippines Mindanao.
“Ultimately, this will propel an increase in milk production in backyard and commercial farms and the availability of healthier milk in the market,” Montejo said. 
In 2012, the country imported 1,995,410 metric tons of milk.  Meanwhile, local production was merely 18,400 metric tons, of which only 1.4 % was produced by goats.  On the other hand, the National Dairy Authority 2013 data show that there are around 3.67 M goats, with dairy goat population at only 6,379 heads.   (S&T Media Service)

August 23, 2014 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

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