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EDITORIAL:   Who’s playing politics?

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan SP) through 6th District Board Member Alfonso C. Bince Jr. hurled an attack against former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco during the SP session last September 22 at the Capitol’s Session Hall.
Bince said   it was Mark Cojuangco who was playing politics in the tree cutting issue along the Manila North Road (MNR) widening project from Rosales (Carmen), Villasis, Urdaneta City, Binalonan, Pozorrubio and Sison.
This was Bince’s reaction to the previous statement of Cojuangco in his letter to the SP to spare themselves from politicizing the tree cutting activities along MNR. Cojuangco even said he had full respect for  the august body, its members being the representatives of the people of Pangasinan in the provincial government.
 The call of Cojuangco was apparently ignored by Bince who still zeroed in on the previous statements of Cojuangco that the agreement forged by the provincial government with the officers of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and environmentalist groups was akin to “toilet paper” as it did not have approval from the higher officials of the said agencies.
Cojuangco said he never referred to Provincial Resolution No. 400-2014 which expressed the sense of the SP against the tree cutting at the MNR’s side, as “toilet paper”.
 In his privilege speech, Bince said, “Let me state for the record, that the SP has never, never played politics.”
This statement of Bince prompted Cojuangco’s supporters to counter:  “Is  it not politics when the Board Members bolted from the Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC) when Cojuangco announced his gubernatorial bid for the 2016 elections? Is it not politics when the SP issued Provincial Ordinance No. 400-2014 banning the cutting of trees along major roads in the province including those along the MNR? Is it not politics when the SP, before passing the said resolution, did not consult the municipal officials of the 5th District who earlier supported the road widening project and tree cutting activities? Why then the sudden banning of tree cutting when the SP did not react when more than 3,000 trees in the forest of Mangatarem were felled down without DENR’s permit?


September 29, 2014 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

DENR official disowns agreement to stop tree cutting

By Yolanda Sotelo
A top regional official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources  disowned the agreement signed by some DENR staff stopping the cutting down of trees along the Manila North Road to widen the road traversing Pangasinan towns and a city.
In a letter to Pangasinan Fifth District Rep. Kimi Cojuangco,  DENR Ilocos Regional Director Samuel Penafiel said he fully supports the road widening of the Manila North Road which entails the cutting down of trees along the highway.
“My office won’t enter into an agreement about the tree cutting activity, without consultation with key officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways which is implementing the road widening project,” he said.
Penafiel was referring to an agreement signed last August 26 by Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Leduina Co, some DPWH personnel and officers of environmental non-government organizations.
The agreement said no tree along the MNR would be cut except after a final determination by an independent expert that the tree has no chance of surviving and that the DPWH and the DENR would implement immediate and effective measures to heal and rehabilitate the trees.
A total of 770 trees were left standing after a 90-day permit to cut 1,829 trees expired last February 9.  The standing trees are along the MNR traversing Binalonan and Sison while the cut trees were along Rosales, Villasis and Urdaneta City.
Co, in a memorandum to Penafiel dated September 18, said “was of the impression that the agreement dwelt only on the issue regarding the dead trees and not to other or future trees affected by the project.”
She said the agenda for the said meeting was the request of the DPWH to cut down the trees found to be already dead based on the inventory of the CENRO Urdaneta City.
She said she signed the agreement believing it was a mere compliance to a legislative act of the provincial government (which issued a resolution expressing its sense against the tree cutting) as an expression of support to the collective decision that there shall be no cutting of trees yet except and only upon final determination by independent experts  that the trees to felled have no more chance of surviving.


September 29, 2014 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

Abono, Cojuangco conduct food relief operation

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- More than 450 families of Pangaoan village received food packs consisting of rice, noodles, canned sardines, and others  last September 26 at the elementary school here.

BOAT RIDE. Former Pangasinan Congressman Mark Cojuangco (black shirt) and CalasiaoMayor Mark Macanlalay (blue shirt) ride a banca so they could meet needy residents of a village in Calasiao who were afflicted by Typhoons Luis and Mario. PHOTO BY MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

BOAT RIDE. Former Pangasinan Congressman Mark Cojuangco (black shirt) and
CalasiaoMayor Mark Macanlalay (blue shirt) ride a banca so they could meet needy residents of a village in Calasiao who were afflicted by Typhoons Luis and Mario. PHOTO BY MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

 The relief distribution was spearheaded by former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco, Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So and members of Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. -Roger Tan and Benny Pua.
 “When I was in Sri Lanka the other day, I saw on television our province among those affected by Typhoon Mario. There were flooding in some towns in the province. I immediately called our friends like  Rosendo O. So to extend assistance to our province mates who were affected by flood.  These relief goods are not from the government,” Cojuangco said.DSC00535 DSC00535
 So said the relief goods are courtesy of the Filipino-Chinese community who has a ready hand to extend assistance to those affected by calamities.
 “Had it not been to the good hearts of the members of the Filipino-Chinese community, this relief operation will not materialize,” So said.
 Village chief Santiago Parangan expressed his gratitude to Cojuangco and So for giving assistance to his village, which he said suffered a lot due to a waist- deep flood.
 Municipal Councilor Leon Licudo also thanked the Filipino-Chinese Community for the relief goods and hailed Cojuangco, So, Tan and Pua for bringing the relief operations in the village, where he is a district councilor.

September 29, 2014 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

SM City Rosales launches coffee table book ‘My City, My SM, My Cuisines’

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- It was a fun-filled afternoon of September 23 when food lovers feasted on the food served featuring cuisines of Pangasinan like buttered crabs, pinakbet, pinaputok na tilapia, kare-kare, and many others.
 It was an event where Pangasinenses met to taste Pangasinan food and to witness the launching of a coffee table book, “My City, My SM, My Cuisines” which features the various recipes from the regions of the country.
 The book launching was a celebration of diversity and rich Philippine cooking. It also gave a glimpse to the rich culture that highlights Pangasinan cuisines and culinary traditions, which give rise to the many food festivals in the province.
” This is the second year of this kind of event in all SM Malls in the country. We want our mall goers taste for themselves the various cuisines prevailing in their regions. This way, they will appreciate the traditional cuisines in their areas,” said Mely Dizon, SM vice president for marketing and communications.
Featured in the book from Pangasinan are Bangus Risotto by Dagupan City Vice Mayor Brian Lim and Pinaputok na Tilapia by Pangasinan’s First Lady Priscilla Espino.
The food served was  courtesy of Matutina’s Restaurant, with branches in Dagupan City, Urdaneta City and Tarlac City and Garitoni Resto of Carmen East, Rosales, Pangasinan.

September 29, 2014 at 10:30 am Leave a comment


DAGUPAN CITY – This city was nominated by the Metro-Dagupan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MDCCI) to vie in the nationwide search for 2014 Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit (LGU) Awards of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

In a meeting held on September 22 at the Public Alert Response Monitoring Center (PARMC) Mayor Belen T. Fernandez together with One Stop Business Center head Randolf P. Ubando briefed the evaluating team of the MDCCI headed by Salvador “Ed” Poserio, chief evaluator and mentor, on the best practices of the city in business licensing and permitting system to bring about a business-friendly Balon Dagupan.

Also present in the meeting was Nelson N. Yuchongtian of the PCCI.

The PCCI’s LGU Awards seeks to recognize the outstanding efforts and commendable practices of provinces, municipalities and cities in instituting good governance reforms that will pave way for increased competitiveness of LGUs in promoting local trade and investments.

This initiative is aimed at complementing the efforts of the government to institutionalize standards in delivering quality services to the people as mandated by the Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.

Poserio said that PCCI deems it fit to recognize LGUs in all levels from the poorest to the wealthiest municipalities, cities and provinces with a slogan “What’s Good for the Citizenry is Good for Business,” which represents a framework for achieving continuous improvement of LGU services to their areas, benefitting both the business community and citizenry. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Sept. 25, 2014)

September 29, 2014 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: RED TIDE ALERT sa Alaminos City! Anyare?

RED TIDE ALERT (Courtesy of BFAR, Shellfish Bulletin No. 24, Issued on 24 September 2014)
Hindi welcome news ito. Nakakagulat naman ang balitang ito. Dati, kahit may red tide sa Anda at Bolinao ay hindi nakakarating ang red tide sa Alaminos. Anyare?
Pollution ang cause ng red tide. Pollution ang dahilan ng red tide.
Ganoon na ba ka-polluted ang tubig sa dagat sa Alaminos? Ano ba ang mga pagbabago sa pangangalaga sa dagat sa Alaminos?
Bakit kaya tumaas ang level of pollution sa dagat ng Alaminos City? May nagbabantay ba? O may bantay salakay doon?
Siyempre, ang apektado ay ang mga nag-aalaga ng shellfish tulad ng tahong. Masarap pa naman ang tahong ng taga-Alaminos.
Dati, malinis ang dagat. Ang natatandaan ko kasi, declared na marine protected area na iyan.
Mukhang walang marine protection na nangyayari sa Alaminos City. Siyempre…nasa huli ang pagsisisi.
Not safe for human consumption ang tahong ng Alaminos ngayon. Malalason ang kakain ng tahong mula sa Alaminos.
Nasaan ang mga environmentalist na pulitiko? Magsama-sama na kayo para malinis ang dagat sa Alaminos. Agad-agad.
SRP SA KARNE. Welcome news ito. Finally, umaksyon na ang Department of Agriculture sa panawagan ng Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) na abnormal ang presyo ng karne sa mga palengke.
Kumusta na po kayo Cong Mark Cojuangco? Isang magandang kumbinasyon daw po ang Mark Cojuangco for governor at Mark Macanlalay for vice governor ayon sa ilang mga nakausap ko.
 “We have been demanding the DA and the National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC) for the past weeks to immediately act on the continuing high retail prices of pork and chicken products despite the reduction at the farmgate for live hogs and chicken,” said Rosendo So.
Ayon sa SINAG Farmgate Price Watch, ang farmgate prices of ng buhay na baboy ay nasa P106/kilo hanggang P120/kilo.
Bakit daw ibinebenta ito sa P190/kilo hanggang P200/kilo? Sobra-sobra naman daw po ang tubo sa presyong ito.
Ang ordinaryong pamilyang Pilipino ang pumapasan ng mataas na presyo ng karne ng baboy.
Ayon sa SINAG na pinamumunuan ni Boss Sendo, ang justified na patong sa farmgate price ng baboy ay dapat nasa P60/kilo lang.
Ang patong na P60/kilo ay para sa gastos sa costs of transport, handling, storage, marketing and profit margins.
Ang farmgate price naman ng buhay na manok ay nasa P75/kilo hanggang P82/kilo.
Bakit daw ibinebenta ito sa P135/kilo hanggang P145/kilo? Sobra-sobra naman daw po ang tubo sa presyong ito.
Ang ordinaryong pamilyang Pilipino ang pumapasan ng mataas na presyo ng karne ng manok.
Ayon kay Boss Sendo na chairman din ng ABONO PARTY-LIST, ang justified na patong sa farmgate price ng baboy ay dapat nasa P40/kilo lang.
Ang patong na P40/kilo ay para sa gastos sa costs of transport, handling, storage, marketing and profit margins
Hindi naman masamang kumita…pero sana naman ay iyong just price. O presyong makatarungan. Ayaw ng tao ng presyong mapagsamantala.
 “We at SINAG believe in reasonable margins for everyone in the livestock industry – from the producers, handlers, to transporters and retailers. The SRP will weed out opportunists and profiteers who take advantage of the public, especially at the time of natural calamities that has hit the country one after the other during the past months,” So stressed.
KARAPATAN NA MAG-JUDGE. Welcome news ito. Share ko lang itong part ng sinulat ni Sylvia Estrada Claudio sa Rappler na may title na Binay, Enrile, Estrada, Revilla: Stop the BS.
Down to the last bad melodramatic flourish, they have assumed an air of martyred sacrifice as they claim they are victims of the bankrupt politics they have been trying so hard to reform. “Please, please, please,” they beg of the public, “do not judge us by media reports. We are innocent until proven guilty.” We can prove, they say, that everything we touched was above board.
Iyan po ang parati nating naririnig sa mga pulitiko naninaakusahan ng plunder o iba pang kaso.
Huwag nyo daw po silang husgahan ayon sa mga nababasa niyo sa radio or sa internet;  huwag niyo daw po silang husgahan ayon sa mga napapanood niyo sa television. Hehehe.


September 29, 2014 at 10:25 am Leave a comment

 Sinag urges Purisima not to resign

The president of an umbrella group of agriculture stakeholders whose own family fell victim to a kidnapping syndicate in the past has urged Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Alan Purisima not to resign amid corruption allegations being hurled against him.
Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura president Rosendo So expressed confidence that Purisima will be able to clear his name.
“We believe that Gen. Allan Purisima is not guilty. He can explain everthing before a proper forum,” So said.
“Many people want him out as a PNP chief  because of his efforts to clean the police ranks,” he adder.
So recalled how Purisima was very effective as head of the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (PACER) from 2002-2003.
“He helped so many kidnap victims, including my own family,” So said.
Purisima eventually served as head of the National Anti-Kidnapping Task Force (NAKTAF) Strike Force from 2003 to 2005.
“Gen. Purisima’s record must be good then that when he was to be relieved as provincial director,  five of the six congressmen and 43 mayors from Pangasinan signed the letter of appeal to then Police Director General Oscar Calderon for Purisima’s stay in the province, citing his accomplishments in resolving big time criminalities,” So said.
“The accomplishments included the simultaneous drug buy-busts, illegal firearms and illegal gambling operations in Urdaneta City, and the arrest of a suspected leader of a kidnap-for-ransom syndicate in Bolinao,” he added.
In their petition-letter dated February 9, 2007  the mayors said “Pangasinan feels secure under the care and leadership of Purisima thus we highly support his stay in the province until his two year tour of duty ends in June.”


September 29, 2014 at 10:24 am Leave a comment

Red tide affects Alaminos City waters

DAGUPAN CITY – The red tide scourge has once reared its ugly head, this time in waters off Alaminos City in western Pangasinan, a report of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources showed.
BFAR’s shellfish bulletin number 24,dated September 24 and signed by BFAR Director Asis Perez also showed Milagros waters in Mindoro was still affected by red ride.
The bulletin dvised against harvesting, marketing and eating of all types of shellfish  and alamang (small shrimps) gathered at the city waters are not safe for human consumption.
But squid, shrimp and crabs are safe to eat as long  as these are fresh and washed thoroughly, and their internal organs and intestines are removed before cooking, Perez said.
The last time the algal bloom or red tide affected Pangasinan waters was last March, but it was in Bolinao and Anda, BFAR Ilocos Regional Director Nestor Domenden said.
He said the BFAR increased its frequency of water testing to check whether the red tide phenomenon has subsided so that the shellfish gatherers dependent on the sea for their livelihood, could gather and market the shellfish again.
But while the ban affects the gatherers who are dependent on shellfish for their livelihood, the health of the consumers should be the priority, Domenden said.
The bulletin advised local governments to require public inspectors, quarantine officers and market administrators to demand auxiliary invoice or clearance for domestic fish movement from transporters or dealers of the commodities from other provinces or towns to ensure these do not come from affected areas.
The almost weekly red tide bulletin issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources showed that the red tide phenomenon did not occur last year in the seawaters of Bolinao, Anda, Bani (Wawa River) and Alaminos City which almost yearly got affected by the bloom of red tide organisms.
He said there are not as plenty of fish structures in Alaminos as compared to Anda and Bolinao, which baffles scientists while algal bloom occur in the city.
Scientists used to blame pollution as the cause of algal bloom, but even pristine waters are affected by the phenomenon, Domenden said.
 Domenden said fishpens hamper the flow of water and the organic materials (like uneaten commercial feeds and feces of fish) could make the water environment conducive to algal bloom.
 “But really, we could not be sure yet what really causes red tide, although pollution is always pointed to as the culprit. Where red tide first occurred in the country in 1983– the Maqueda Bay in Samar – is an almost pristine body of water. So if pollution is the cause, why did red tide take place there?” he said.


September 29, 2014 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

13 Dagupan villages flooded, 27 families evacuated

DAGUPAN CITY – Typhoon ‘Luis’ left 13 barangays here underwater with 14 families evacuated to the Dagupan City People’s Astrodome and another 13 families to the BLISS Elementary School in Bonuan Binloc.

BANCA RIDE. Residents ride on a banca at this flooded road in barangay Lasip in Calasiao, last September 17. Most areas in the town are still underwater several days after the heavy rains caused by southwest monsoon enhanced by typhoon Luis last September 14.CESAR RAMIREZ

BANCA RIDE. Residents ride on a banca at this flooded road in barangay Lasip in Calasiao, last September 17. Most areas in the town are still underwater several days after the heavy rains caused by southwest monsoon enhanced by typhoon Luis last September 14.CESAR RAMIREZ

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (CDRRMO) Ronaldo R. De Guzman identified the 13 flooded barangays as Mangin, Salisay, Herrero-Perez, Pogo Grande, Pogo Chico, Lasip Grande, Malued, Lasip Chico, Mayombo, Bolosan, Bonuan Binloc, Bacayao Sur and Bacayao Norte.

Bernard Cabison, technical consultant to the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Council (BDRRMC), said 80 percent of the population in Barangay Mangin were affected by the flood measuring more than half meter.

“The flood came around 11 in the evening of September 15,” said Cabison who suspected that the water may have come from the town of San Fabian through the Sinocalan River passing through the town of Mangaldan, then to Dagupan before exiting to the Lingayen Gulf. (more…)

September 22, 2014 at 1:01 am Leave a comment

Region I youth better educated, ‘rich’ and sexually active

By Venus May H. Sarmiento

LINGAYEN – Latest key findings on Filipino youth, particularly in Region I, were revealed in a dissemination forum on the fourth series of the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality (YAFS) Study led by the Commission on Population (PopCom).

Dr. Juan Antonio Perez, PopCom executive director, said YAFS is a series of nationally represented cross-sectional surveys on the Filipino youth aged 15-24 and aims to provide updated information on a broad range of adolescent sexuality and reproductive health issues.

“The 2013 YAFS interviewed a total of 19,178 young people in the country representing all sectors, including males and females, single and married and the Muslim youth,” said Perez during the forum held at the Consuelo hotel in Lingayen town.

Results of the study conducted by the Demographic Research and Development Foundation (DRDF) and the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) revealed key findings on youth concerning socio-demographic background, media lifestyle, health, sexual and non-sexual behavior, source of information about sex, sexual risks, sex and media, teenage fertility and HIV-AIDS.

In Region I, most of the youth have at least high school education (91%) while the rest (9%) have no schooling or have at most an elementary education. At least 23 percent have reached college. Of this, 29 percent are females while 17.79 percent are males. The proportion of youth in the region who have reached college is the fifth highest among all regions in the country.

Region I youth are also ‘rich’ and digitally wired as 86.8 percent own a cellular phone, (second highest in the country); 66.3 percent use the internet (4th highest); 60.3% own an email account (3rd highest) and 86.2 percent watch the television regularly.

Region I youth are very high consumers of ‘unhealthy’ food and drink like hamburger (47.9%), fried chicken (485); instant noodles (73.1%), fried street food (62.7%), carbonated drinks(79.8%) and coffee or tea ( 67.45%).

While smoking among youth has decreased (from 19.5% to 18.6%) as well as alcohol use (39.2% to 36.0% ) and drug use (8.1 % to 1.6%) in the past decade, it is alarming to note that more youth are in a live-in arrangement (12.1%) than in a formal union (7.6%) – a pattern consistent with the national figure.

“ This is something concerned agencies might want to look into,” said Dr. Josefina Natividad and Christian Joy Cruz, consultants at the DRDF and UPPI. (more…)

September 22, 2014 at 12:52 am Leave a comment

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