Archive for October 11, 2014

Beware of counterfeit bills, know more about your money

DAGUPAN CITYHave you ever been a victim of counterfeiting?
If your answer is yes, you might not want it to happen again. It is best to be familiar with the security features of genuine notes to be able to detect counterfeit bills.
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reiterated to the public its call for vigilance against the possible proliferation of counterfeit bills as the yuletide season draws near.
To protect the people from deceptive bills, the BSP reminds them to always “look, feel and tilt” the features of new generation currencies to help them easily detect fake money.
The genuine notes are rough and course in texture because these are printed on a special paper. It feels substantial and solid to touch and does not glow under ultraviolet light.
The prints, which are rough to touch, clearly printed and readable include the Republika ng Pilipinas portrait, amount in words, signature and the value panels on the face of the note.
The watermark figure appearing on the face of the note is solid, distinct and well-defined. A shadow image of the portrait and the denominational value (20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1, 000) can also be seen at the blank space on the note when viewed against the light from either side of the note.


October 11, 2014 at 12:39 am Leave a comment


GENERAL FELIX VISIT. Police Regional Office-1 Director Chief Supt. Roman Felix (2nd from left) and Pangasinan Police Provincial Office Director Supt. Reynaldo Biay (extreme left) exchange pleasantries recently with media men at the Lingayen Police Office in Lingayen, Pangasinan after they inspected and gave lectures to the police personnel there. They visited also the Binmaley police office. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

Police Regional Office-1 Director Chief Supt. Roman Felix (2nd from left) and Pangasinan Police Provincial Office Director Supt. Reynaldo Biay (extreme left) exchange pleasantries recently with media men at the Lingayen Police Office in Lingayen, Pangasinan after they inspected and gave lectures to the police personnel there. They visited also the Binmaley police office. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

October 11, 2014 at 12:37 am Leave a comment

Mayor Bona extols town dads for passing Grandparents Day

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MANGALDAN –Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno lauded the Sanggunian Bayan (town council) for passing into law the Grand Parents Day (GPD) that would be celebrated by senior citizens here every October 1.
During the celebration last October 1 at  MacarioYdia Development Center the mayor told the grandparents that the GPD would be celebrated here every year.
“Gagawin po natin tanda ng pagmamahal at pagsaludo sa mga nagawa ng ating mga lolo at lola sa bawat  isa sa atin dito sa ating bayan. Itong araw na ito ay isang pagunita sa isang tradition na matagumpay,”she stressed.
The mayor reminded grandchildren about the unconditional love given by their grandparents to them.
Mayor Parayno told the grandparents  her administration had just bought medicines that would be given to them for free.
She said the event was their day.
“This is Grand Parents Day at kayo po ang bida ngayong araw,” she said.
In the last part of her speech, Parayno shed tears when she read a poem written by a Filipino grandchild, who was working in United Arab Emirates, about her grandfather who suffered a stroke, became indisposed, and suffered countless bed sores that she tried to cure.
Meanwhile, the successor for the post  of Barangay Poblacion chief Joselito Quinto was threatened with a contempt of court case if she pushed  through with taking her oath last September 29.
Village Councilwoman Naomi Fabia, the number 2 ranked council member, did not appear at the office of Mayor Bona Fe de Vera-Parayno to take her oath for a 60 days holdover position after Parayno planned to preventively suspend Quinto  Number 1 Kagawad Melinda Murillo on that day.


October 11, 2014 at 12:34 am Leave a comment

New Region 1 NIA boss preps new projects

Celeste john
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
URDANETA CITY –The new regional manager of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) here has been priming- up his programs and projects after he was reinstated to his post a month ago.
Engineer John Celeste, former  NIA regional manager of Region 11, said the programs and projects he would introduce in the four provinces NIA Region 1 would give more services to the farmers and make them closer to the irrigation bureau. There would also be strict monitoring of projects.
 “Provide tayo ng mas magandang serbisyo sa mga farmers, magkaroon ng closer na relationship between farmers and NIA, bantayan natin iyong implementation ng mga projects para mas maganda ang quality upang mas tumagal ang trabaho, lahat dito maging aktibo at sama-sama tayong  mag-monitor ng mga projects,” he said.
After the recent reshuffle of NIA regional managers all over the country, Celeste said  a nationwide reshuffle looms among provincial NIA managers.
Celeste said the Ilocos regional office was appropriated with P888 next year in the General Appropriation Act. The allocation, he said, included special projects that would be funded by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), small water reservoir, and special projects.
He cited the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project, a separate entity, is not included next year in his almost a billion of pesos budget.

October 11, 2014 at 12:33 am Leave a comment

Calasiao Police only passer in the U.N initiated PGS-ITP test

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
CALASIAO – This town’s  police station  was the only passer in the eight Class-A first level towns in Pangasinan in the tough Performance Governance System-Integrated Transformation Program (PGS-ITP)
Superintendent Saturnino Ediong said he was elated by the decision of the Technical Working Group headed by Senior Superintendents Marlou C. Chan and Antonio Mendoza, Ilocos Norter Provincial Director Superintendent Reynaldo Tamondong, and San Fernando City Councilor Rodolfo Abat.
PGS-ITG has 10 Key Result Areas (KRA) a chief of police and his staff have to hurdle. They are National Policy and Institutional Development; Police Operations, Facilities Development; Human Resources Development; Administrative and Financial Management; Information and Communication Technology; Demonstration of Excellence through Development of Best Practices; Public Information Advocacy; and Reform Management.
One of the examples of these KRA on how to boost the efficiency of the police is giving the stations a yearly 3% quota in seizing loose firearms and arresting their owners to lessen the scourge of shooting incidents in every towns, cities, and provinces in the country.
“If you can not do through  search warrants, you can confiscate it by other modes like Oplan Sita, checkpoints, Oplan Bakal, police response, and others,” Chan explained.


October 11, 2014 at 12:28 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL :  Mission with a cause

Critics of former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco have not stopped throwing tirades against him and Calasiao Mayor Mark Macanlalay that even their humanitarian activities such as the “Medikalinga sa Pangasinan” or “Salun-at Ti Umili” Program did not escape their poisonous rants.
They said the medical program, launched last August  in the towns of first district, pushed through since there are no hospitals where the medical surgeons could perform  minor and major operations on cysts, hernias, circumcisions, cancers, harelips, etc.
What these political critics were not aware of are the surgeons arefrom respectable and first-rate hospitals in Metro Manila that they would not perform surgeries in areas that are not properly sanitized based on acceptable medical practices standards.
The surgical mission has actually started in Alaminos City last September 29 with patients coming from the said city and the town of Bolinao.
In Bolinao, throngs of residents of different villages queued to be screened by medical doctors. Afterwards, the patients were transported to Alaminos City, via an airconditioned van, where a three-room house was converted into operating rooms by the medical staff, to the surgeons’ scan0002specifications. Patients from  Alaminos City were likewise screened on that day and those eligible for surgery underwent needed procedures. Days thereafter, residents of Bani and Sual received the same services.
Patients who have long been suffering from cysts in parts of their bodies finally found relief after the were operated on. Children and young adults who have not been circumcised because of high cost of medical services availed the services free and are now triumphantly confident of their manhood. Happy faces of the patients after the minor operations are reflections of how grateful they were to Cojuangco and Macanlalay for bringing the free surgical mission in their areas.
Mark and Mark have proven their critics wrong. The criticisms came after they have announced their aspirations to run as governor and vice governor, respectively in Pangasinan in 2016 election.
During the launching of the program, Cojuangco repeatedly said he wanted to be known by the Pangasinenses in preparation for the 2016 election. Instead of just hopping from towns to towns in the province to make him and his development advocacies known, he thought of a worthwhile program that could be of help to the Pangasinenses. Thus, the “Medikalinga sa Pangasinan”.
Similar program has not been conducted by any humanitarian groups in the past or even the present provincial government.The province is teeming with district hospitals that have been renovated and refurbished but services such as those under Cojuangco’s and Macanlalay’s program was never conducted. The hospitals requirefees which could hardly be afforded by indigent patients.


October 11, 2014 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

Zip lines open at Hundred Islands

 YOUNG MARK ON THE ZIP LINE- Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay seems to enjoy gliding on the zip line that connects Governor's Island to the Virgin Island. the zip line measures 546 meters and was opened to public use last September 28. VIRGIL MAGANES

YOUNG MARK ON THE ZIP LINE- Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay seems to enjoy gliding on the zip line that connects Governor’s Island to the Virgin Island. the zip line measures 546 meters and was opened to public use last September 28. VIRGIL MAGANES

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ALAMINOS CITY- The attendants put harnesses around their waists and thighs and safety helmets on their heads.
When the steel locks at the end of the nylon ropes were properly secured, they were lifted to the two cables. They were pushed from atop the Quezon Island and glided to the  neighbor Virgin Island.
The “they” are former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco, Calasiao Mayor Mark Macanlalay and City Mayor Arturo Celeste who ceremonially opened the 546-meter zip line at the Hundred Islands last September 28.
The activity  coincided with the blessing of the statue of St. Joseph, the Carpenter with Jesus- the city’s patron saint.
“I will ride the zip line just because I love Alaminos City and to promote the Governor’s Island,” said Cojuangco before he glided down to the Virgin Island.
Macanlalay said the zip line will boost the tourism potentials of the Hundred Islands.
” The zip line will entice more tourists particularly young people, to visit this place and enjoy the sceneries within the Hundred Islands,” Macanlalay said.


October 11, 2014 at 12:12 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Let the youth run their affairs

  The day I was “crowned”
This early, the Commission on Election (Comelec) has already opened its registration for the members of the Katipunan ng Kabataan in every village (barangay) nationwide. The registration calls for the youth whose ages range from 15 to 17 before the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election on February 21, 2015. This is an exercise given to the youth to manage their own affairs sans politics and the pressures of those who are in power.
 However, I have observed that the practices of the previous youth elections are still in place. Parents who wanted their children to run for a post in the SK elections are on the front lines doing surveys on possible youth members in their villages. Even village officials joined  the fray. They wanted their children to be part of the Sangguniang Kabataan officials, not maybe because  for them to learn the ropes of leaderships but for the perks of the office.
I am reprinting here my previous article on this column entitled ” Sangguniang Kabataan: To be abolished or not”, in response to the queries of some parents what SK is all about. In this article, I categorically stated that I am not against the SK if the elected officials will do their part in nation building.
Why not let them run their affairs?
” The framers of the 1987 Philippine Constitution were one in declaring the importance of youth in nation building. Under the “ state policies” particularly Section 13, it states: “The State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being. It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism, and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs.” It is under this context that youth participation in all levels of governance was pursued, thus the Sangguniang Kabataan was created at the local levels, and the National Youth Council (NYC) at the national level.
The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) (Youth Council) was created under Republic Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991. Each barangay (village) in the country is mandated by law to have its Katipunan ng Kabataan, aging from 15 to 17 years old who resides in their respective barangays for at least six months and registered in the Sangguniang Kabataan, or in the official list in the custody of the barangay secretary.
The Katipunan ng Kabataan members elect their officers known as Sangguniang Kabataan (SK). It is the youth legislature in every local village or community. They initiate policies, programs and projects for the development of youth in their respective political territories. The Chairman/President of the Sangguniang Kabataan acts as the Chief Executive of the Sanggunian (Council) while the Kagawad (Councilor) as the legislative council. The Kagawads approve resolutions of the Sanggunian and appropriates the money allotted to the council, a share in the revenue of the Barangay.
The Chairman automatically sits in the Sangguniang Barangay (Village Council) as ex-officio member. He or She automatically gets chairmanship of the Committee on Youth and Sports, one of the standing committees in the village council. Every Sangguniang Kabataan is then federated into municipal and city federations, then city and municipal federations are federated into a provincial federation.
There were only three SK election that have been held since 1992 because of the repeated amendments to the regular three-year term of the officials. Currently, the age range of the youth eligible for the KK and SK was reduced to 15 to below 18 as amended in Republic Act 9164 in 2002.


October 11, 2014 at 12:08 am Leave a comment

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