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Engr.Reynaldo dela Cruz(2nd fom left), general manager of the BF Corp. based in Metro Manila, stresses a point regarding their school building projects in Dagupan City and other parts of Region I during a news conference at the STAR Plaza Hotel last September 29. Others in photo are(from left) Bayambang councilor Chato Junio, public relations manager in Region I of BF Corp.; Engr.Tony Pimentel, structural anaylist of BF Corp.; and Archt. Tito Encinas, PPP consultant.CESAR RAMIREZ

October 6, 2014 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

Bayambang Central School principal faces raps

BAYAMBANG – The Parents Teachers Association of Bayambang Central School asked the Office of the Ombudsman to look into the activities of school principal Danilo Lopez whom they accused of illegally collecting graduation fees, collecting  daily from ambulant vendors around the school, and others.
PTA President Filipinas Alcantara and other PTA officials  filed the complaint with the Office of Ombudsman regional branch in Rosales town, last October 1.
Several parents executed affidavits saying they paid P400 graduation fees last March which Alcatara said was in violation of Department of Education Order  that prohibits collection of any graduation feeds or any kind of contribution.
The complaint included an affidavit of teacher Ma. Lourdes Quesada, who said on school year 2012-2013, the PTA was able to generate enough funds for cementing of the front yards of three classrooms, repainted seven classrooms, and bought a used printer.
“But we were shocked to find out that the projects were included in the expenses from the maintenance and other operational expenses,” she said.  The expenses included payments for the daily wage of a school janitor who was on the payroll of the school.
Quesada also said while she was treasurer of the  school’s teachers club, Lopez assigned her to collect P6000 monthly rental from stalls near the school and P2000 from the school canteen. The schoolyard was also rented out during fiesta as “peryahan.”
“All the collections went to the club for different projects. But when Mr. Lopez took over, none of those amounts existed anymore, even the money I turned over to the new treasurer,” she said.
Fourteen vendors in the school likewise executed affidavits that a janitor named Jonathan Omnes collected P10 daily from each of them,  “on order of Lopez,” when the school was still located at Zone II.
The PTA officials also alleged Danilo did not give financial report on the bingo social activity for which each student paid P50 per card.
The PTA officials accused Lopez of badly treating the teachers, even shouting invectives at them during meetings. (YOLANDA SOTELO)


October 6, 2014 at 8:06 am Leave a comment

350 beneficiaries avail of free surgical services

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ALAMINOS CITY- The “Medikalinga sa Pangasinan” of the “Salun-at Ti Umili” (Health for the Townspeople) Program of former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco and Calasiao Mayor Mark Macanlalay extended free services to some 350 patients during its first day of operation last September 29 here.
The beneficiaries from Bolinao town and this city were properly screened by a medical doctor and were accompanied by their barangay health workers (BHWs).
There were 95 beneficiaries provided with minor operations on cysts and circumcision, seven with medical assistance, 130 with medium and major operations, 26 with laboratory and diagnostics services. The 52 others were referred to hospitals.
The surgical activities were provided by experienced and specialist surgeons from reputable hospitals in Metro Manila.
Dante (not his real name), 18 of Bolinao availed of a free circumcision service.
He said it took him long to be circumcised because of the high cost of operation in public and private hospitals in his town and because of his age he was ashamed to have that kind of operation.
“Awan met gaminen dagiti herbolario nga agkugkugit.Isu nga idi nadamag ko daytoy a proyekto ni Apo Cojuangco, pinuskol ko ti rupak nga agpakugit,” Dante said.
(Herbalists who performed traditional circumcision are no longer available in our place. when I learned about this project of Sir Cojuangco, I took the courage to be circumcised.)
Tata Pinong (not also his real name) of this city, 67, was suffering from two outgrown cysts on his right foot that rendered him not able to use his shoes and having the feeling of shame. With the free surgical services, the cysts were removed and he profusely thanked Cojuangco and Macanlalay for the Program.
The two were among the 350 beneficiaries of the first day of surgical operations under the said program.
The program was supervised and coordinated by Camille Layug,Cojuangco’s medical coordinator in Pangasinan.
It will be recalled that the program was officially launched in the towns of 1st District on September 3 to 6 with Cojuangco taking the lead with City Mayor Arturo Celeste and Macanlalay.
The free medical and surgical program involves minor, medium and major surgical operations that will be administered by trained surgeons and medical doctors from Manila. 
Minor surgery includes circumcision and removal of cysts. Medium surgery includes operation of harelips or cleft palates, vasectomy, ligation, hernias , hemorrhoids, etc. while major surgery includes operations on myomas ( cysts in the ovaries) and other conditions needing hospital confinement.
The BHWs are tapped to scout residents in their villages who need surgical operations. The patients would be endorsed to the village heads, then to the municipal mayors and for final screening by medical doctors who will determine if those referred are fit for surgical operations.
All medicines, laboratory, professional fees of surgeons are free, including transportation of patients to and fro the partner hospitals. For minor surgeries, the patients will be immediately operated on.


October 6, 2014 at 7:58 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ:  Ano ang tang-gap problem at ang tax gap problem ?

 TANG-GAP PROBLEM. Bok Nani Braganza, kalian ka ba huling bumisita sa office ni Presidente Tabako? Sabi niya na ang tang-gap problema ang pinakamalaking suliranin ng lipunang Pilipino.
Dahil hindi lahat tayo may budget para bumili ng The Philippine Star hayaan niyong i-share ko sa inyo ang isang article na may titulong ‘Life after the presidency’ na isinulat sa column na SKETCHES ni Ana Marie Pamintuan noong October 1, 2014.
From the 26th floor office of the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation Inc. in Makati, Fidel Valdez Ramos has a panoramic view of the Makati skyline. On a clear day the former president can see all the way to Manila Bay.
He likes pointing out to guests the Makati high-rises – existing ones and new projects under construction – surrounded by humble abodes of plywood and rusty GI sheet roofing.
From his office, he says, you can see the chronic problems of the Philippines: the infrastructure gap, income gap, health and housing gap, the education gap. But the biggest problem, he says, is “tang-gap” (literally, to accept).
When he sees his guests getting the punch line, he then points to a vacant lot that he says is the fruit of accepting bribes.
Bok Nani, may magagandang building at pangit na building din pala sa Makati kung nasa opisina ka ni President Tabako.
Alam din pala ni President Tabako na may tang-gap problem at kitang-kita niya ang concrete example ng tang-gap problem na ito sa baba ng opisina niya.
TAX GAP PROBLEM. Ang pagpasok ng karne ng baboy sa Pilipinas mula sa ibang bansa ay isang problema na nararamdaman hanggang sa mga bahay natin.
Ang problema dalawang klase ng tax ang ipinapataw sa karne ng baboy. Meron 35% tax sa choice cuts ng karneng baboy at 5% tax sa offal ng baboy. Itong 30% differential ang pinagsasamantalahan ng mga importers at smugglers.
Ano ang ginagawa ng mga bad importers? Overdeclaration ng offal… kasi 5% lang ang import tax. Underdeclaration ng choice pork cuts… kasi 35% ang import tax.
Ano ang offered solusyon nila Boss Sendo? Para wala nang dayaan… demand ng SINAG at SDC na dapat 35% na ang tax ng offal. Choice cuts ay 35% din. Wala nang differential. Wala nang dayaan. Actually naka-file na sa Tax Commission ang solution na ito.
Pinagpipiyestahan ng mga smugglers ang hilig ng mga Pilipino sa sisig, chihcaron at  tokwa’t baboy.
May pera sa basura. Basura sa Amerika at Canada ang tenga ng baboy, ang balat ng baboy at lamang loob ng baboy. Pero nagiging pera ito kapag nakarating sa Pilipinas. Ang mga parte ng baboy na hindi kinakain ng mga dayuhan ay ibinabasura nila dito sa Pilipinas at nagiging pera. Kalat-na kalat na ngayon ang mga tindahan ng sisig.
Ang isang dapat nating malaman ay pinagsasamantalahan ng mga smuggler ang hilig ng mga Pinoy sa sisig, chicharon at tokwa’t baboy.
Cong Mark Cojuangco, happy birthday po. Ayon sa grupong SINAG at SDC, may overdeclaration sa item na offal and fats ang mga importer. Ang offal po ay mga tenga ng baboy, dila ng baboy, at iba pang laman loob ng baboy.
At may 56 million metric tons na offal ang inexport sa Pilipinas noong 2012 ayon sa United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database, pero sa datos ng Bureau of Animal Industry ang pumasok  na offal sa Pilipinas ay 105 million metric tons.
Itong figure na 56 million metric tons na offal ay idineklara ng mga offal exporting countries na ibinenta nila sa Pilipinas.
Ito namang 105 million metric tons na offal ay idineklara ng mga importer na ipinasok nila sa Pilipinas.
Ang overdeclaration ay 49 million metric tons. Saan po nanggaling ang 49 million metric tons na offal na ito? Saan po napunta ang 49 million metric tons na offal na ito? Offal nga ba ito…or prime cuts na karne ng baboy?
Madam Durian Tan, happy birthday po. Ang tamang tanong  yata ay: bakit sila nagdeklara ng sobra? Bakot sobra ng 49 million metric tons na offal.
Ang tamang sagot daw po ay: ito ay magiging 49 million metric tons na prime cut na baboy. Ang prime cuts po ay pork belly, pork legs at iba pang malaman na parte ng baboy. Ulitin ko po… prime cut na baboy. Hindi tenga, hindi taba, hindi laman loob.


October 6, 2014 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

BFAR issues closed season for catching ‘ludong’

DAGUPAN CITY  – The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) has implemented  a closed season for high-value fish Ludong (Cestraeus sp) during its spawning period to improve its population.
The BFAR prohibits  the catching of ludong for 45 days  from October 1 to November 15 in the entire stretch of Cayagan River, including its tributaries, headwaters and watersheds and Abra River and its tributaries extending to Santa River in Ilocos Sur and the Cordillera Region.
The prohibition is contained in BFAR Administrative Circular (BAC) 247, a fishery regulation which prohibits individuals, associations or corporations from catching Ludong.
By establishing the fishing ban, BFAR has affirmed its commitment to protect and conserve the country’s native fish species in which Ludong is included.
 “The public has since known Ludong as a delectable fish only the rich could afford because of its stiff market price. What we aim for through the implementation of this closed season is to increase Ludong’s population and lessen its high price,” BFAR national director Asis G. Perez said.


October 6, 2014 at 7:44 am Leave a comment

P56M worth of fishery products, structures lost to  typhoons Mario, Luis

SAN FERNANDO CITY – Some P56 million worth of fishery products were lost when typhoons Luis and Mario lashed at the Ilocos Region one after each other this September, report of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources showed.
The biggest loss came from Ilocos Sur where P24,361,849 worth of fishery structures and boats and payao (artificial reefs) and dikes were destroyed; and  fish stocks like milkfish, tilapia were washed away by floodwater from ponds.
The report showed that in Ilocos Sur, 21,885 hectares were damaged by the typhoons, resulting in the loss of P20,683,550 worth of fish and the rest of the losses were on structures.
In Pangasinan, the province which mostly produces fish in the region, lost P17 million worth of both structures and fish.
In Ilocos norte, P5,092,849 worth of facilities, payao and boats were destroyed, while fish stocks like milkfish, tilapia and siganid were lost to floods.
BFAR Ilocos Regional Director Nestor Domenden said the agency would donate one million tilapia fingerlings to those affected in Ilocos Sur.


October 6, 2014 at 7:41 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Police v. Assassins on Motorcycle

The more than 5000 students Pangasinan National High School in Lingayen, Pangasinan, where former President Fidel V. Ramos is an alumnus, where three teachers and one collector have been killed and three mentors have been wounded by a running berserk Police Officer 3 Domino Alipio, teemed with corrupt teachers.

“They are not only delinquent borrowers, some of them were corrupt,” my source told me.’

He cited that when a friend contracted the brass there for him to manufacture the identification cards (ID) of the students there several class advisers asked him how much was the one inch by one inch (1×1) photo that they said they were going to use for their students’ records, cards, and others.

“Dahil iyong picture naman ay duplicate doon sa I.D na ginawa namin, binigay ko na lang na P4 ang apat na one by one,” he stressed.

He learned later that some of these mentors were collecting P7 to P10 for that P4 pictures.

“Worst doon, iyong pinaka collector nila, pinabalik balik ako sa pag singil doon sa pera na sabi ng mga teachers na na-remit na nila sa kanya”.

He said he has even the tape recorded statements of the students who could attest that they paid up to P10 to some advisers


After browsing recently Jojo Robles’ column in Manila Standard about the “jolting” experiences at the University of the Philippines to then Armed Forces Chief of Staff’s General Hermogenes John Esperon  and later Budget Secretary Butch Abad where they were harassed  (Esperon, in the Army service uniform, was pelted with eggs that hit instead two UP Professors) by radical leftist students, I recalled Bob Woodward book’s The War Within where retired U.S four stars General and later CIA chief David Petraues (USMA Class 1974), brain behind the military surge in 2007 in Iraq), have been badgered and pestered by livid students of City University in New York.  The students were shouting invectives and taunting the nonchalant Petraues, a jogging buff, with “War Criminal” and “Every class, David!”:

Here’s the video of that incident incase you want to see the real score between a warrior by uncouth college students:


The other night Pangasinan Acting Police Provincial Director (PD) Reynaldo Biay and Dagupan City’s Chief of Police Cris Abrahano invited me for a  cup of coffee at the  exotic and exquisite global coffee chain Starbucks in Dagupan City.

The soft Spoken Senior Superintendent (Colonel in the military) Rey Biay, PMA Class 1986 and an Army trained Scout Ranger, cringed when I complimented him and Cris (PNPA Class 1996).

“Geez, for the last two weeks it seems there were no shooting incidents perpetrated by hired guns’ motorcycle riding in tandem (MRT) in the humongous province”.

Biay, playing superstitious that I saw too with his predecessor Colonel Sterling Blanco, humorously knocked twice the edge of the table of Starbucks as if to drive out  from us the bad luck brought by my message.

“Huwag naman sana!” he hopefully said that shooting would not break loose and claimed lives after my comment.

It happened during the almost six months stint of Blanco when a TV reporter lauded the then acting PD that there was a lull of shooting by MRT for weeks.

Son of a gun, after that compliment two or three Pangasinenses have been felled by hit men MRT that he and his men feared to aggravate the year on year or month on month (of the previous year) tolls that would make him look ugly compared to the shootings under his predecessor.

Here how’s the statistics were and are being used by the police to rebut those critics and naysayers of the institution:

“As per record of Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPO) shows that despite of cases stated by Dante Jimenez (of the Volunters Against Crime and Corruption), the province actually decreased by 18 incidents or 24.32% in number of shooting incidents as compared to the same period last year (June-August 2013 vs June -August 2014). What province are you comparing  to us, sir? “ says the eloquent PPO Chief Inspector (Major in the military) Ryan Manongdo, whose gift of gab deprieves him to lead a police station in a town, as he gave a dig to Jimenez and Lawyer Ferdie Topacio when they descended last month in Dagupan City from their jungle skyscrapers’ offices in Imperial Manila to demonize the Philippine National Police in Pangasinan. (more…)

October 6, 2014 at 7:37 am Leave a comment

Cojuangco, Macanlalay Distribute Relief Goods

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – This town’s four villages have been dubbed as Kevin Costner flick’s Water World because of their being a catch basin of floodwater from different towns in the provinces of Pangasinan and

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


Gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial aspirants Mark Cojuangco and Mark Macanlalay distributed recently two truckloads of relief goods in Barangays Talibaew, San Vicente, Lasip, and Banaoang after typhoons Luis and Mario scourged the province.

“Nanduon po ako sa Sri Lanka noong isang araw, nakita ko sa balita grabe ang ulan dito sa Pilipinas at nakita ko rin ang Pangasinan marami po ang nabaha dito. Kaya noong umuwi ako kahapon tumawag ako kay Mayor Mark tinanong ko kamusta ang Calasiao,” he said in the vernacular. (more…)

October 6, 2014 at 7:30 am Leave a comment

BIR Eastern P’gasinan Tops Collection in Region 1

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

URDANETA CITY – The Revenue District Office (RDO)-6 of the Bureau of Internal Revenue based here tops in most taxes collected in the six RDOs in Region 1.

According to Nasrollah Conding, chief of the RDO-6, his office collected more than 40% of the tax target given by the government in August this year.

Meanwhile, a brass of the BIR here said that officials and employees of public and private entities shall have not more than P30,000 13th month pay and other benefits for them to  be excluded in the income tax.

Assistant Revenue District Officer Bernadette Mangaoang said that government will tax 32% of the amount that extend beyond P30,000 given as benefits that are received by these workers.

“Other benefits such as productivity incentives and Christmas bonus are included. Provided that the ceiling of P30,000 may be increased through rules and regulations issued by the Secretary of Finance, upon recommendation of the Commissioner, after considering, among others, the effect on the same of the inflation rate at the end of the taxable year,”  she reads Section 32, paragraph e (iv) of the National Internal Revenue Code.


October 6, 2014 at 7:14 am Leave a comment

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