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PTA asks Roxas, Arenas to probe legality


BAYAMBANG CENTRAL SCHOOL CAMPUS SWAP
By Yolanda Sotelo
BAYAMBANG– The Parents Teachers Association of the Bayambang Central School asked Local Governments Secretary Mar Roxas and Pangasinan third district Rep. Rosemary Arenas to look into the legality of the swapping of the century-old elementary school campus with a privately-owned property.

CONSPIRACY EXPOSED. Parents-Teachers Association’s President Filipina Alcantara  (with microphone) exposes the conspiracy between Bayambang Mayor Ricardo Camacho and the high officials of the Department of Education in Region-1 in abandoning the Bayambang Central School in violation of the DepEd Service Manual. The PTA and other cause oriented groups rallied last October 7 in front of the razed 100-year old Gabaldon Building to commemorate the one year anniversary when teachers and students were forced to relocate in a controversial school site.

CONSPIRACY EXPOSED. Parents-Teachers Association’s President Filipina Alcantara (with microphone) exposes the conspiracy between Bayambang Mayor Ricardo Camacho and the high officials of the Department of Education in Region-1 in abandoning the Bayambang Central School in violation of the DepEd Service Manual. The PTA and other cause oriented groups rallied last October 7 in front of the razed 100-year old Gabaldon Building to commemorate the one year anniversary when teachers and students were forced to relocate in a controversial school site.

A copy of the deed of exchange of real properties  between the municipality of Bayambang and one Willy Chua, who claimed to be a businessman from Mangaldan town, showed the municipality swapping a government owned land with a private property.
The old school was abandoned on October 2013 after a local court ordered the transfer of its operations to the new campus.
The deed showed that the 3.1-hectare old campus along the national road in Zone II, was swapped with a two-hectare property in Bical village (not Magsaysay as earlier reported), some three kilometres away from the old campus.
The deed said the untitled tree-lined old campus is owned by the municipality. It is a part of a military reservation as shown by a document dated May 25, 1912 signed by Charles H. Smith, juez de tribunal del Registro de la Propiedad, Estados Unidos de America, Islas Filipinas.

LEFT TO ELEMENTS AND THIEVES. The pathetic sight of one of the rooms of the Central School in Bayambang  that was left to the elements and thieves who took many of the doors, ceilings, black boards and iron grills. Filipina Alcantara, the Parents –Teachers Association president, said  school principal Danilo Flores and Bayambang Mayor Ricardo Camacho did not post  guards to safeguard the school properties.

LEFT TO ELEMENTS AND THIEVES. The pathetic sight of one of the rooms of the Central School in Bayambang that was left to the elements and thieves who took many of the doors, ceilings, black boards and iron grills. Filipina Alcantara, the Parents –Teachers Association president, said school principal Danilo Flores and Bayambang Mayor Ricardo Camacho did not post guards to safeguard the school properties.

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On the other hand, Chua’s titled property included a 60-classroom, two storey-building and a covered court which he claimed to be worth P152.8 million.DSC00734
Chua, who the deed said is the general manager of Super Concrete Aggregates, was also supposed to give additional P30 million worth of unspecified projects to the school.
“But is it legal to swap a public land with a private property? PTA President Filipina Alcantara said.
The PTA also wanted to know the stand of Education Secretary Armin Luistro on the issue because “we do not know if the stay of the school in the new campus is legal or not,” she said.
There are no documents showing the ownership of the new campus has been transferred to the Department of Education.
“What if something happens to the students while at the new campus? Would the DepEd be answerable?” Alcantara said.
The PTA also cited additional transportation expenses by the children because of the distance from their residences. While some villages are near the new school, the parents still prefer the old one because of legal problems, Alcantara said.
The parents also said the new campus area was very near a cold storage and the community hospital that could pose danger to the children.
Also, they wanted to know who Chua is, who they call the “mysterious donor.”
“Aside from the information that he owns the 168 store in Urdaneta City, we know nothing about him, and he never showed himself to the school,” Alcantara said.
Town Councilor Levin Uy said the structures in the new campus were intended for a college which the municipal government planned to establish.
“But since it was needed by the elementary school, it was just given to them,” he said.
He said the old campus would be converted into a central terminal and for a building that would house government offices.
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October 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment

110 Filipino students enjoy youth exchange program in Japan


 
DAGUPAN CITY –  At least 110 Filipino students took part in a nine- day youth exchange program in Japan sponsored by the Japan East Asia Network of Exchange  for Students and Youth  (JENESYS) programme.
The JENESYS 2.0 programme promotes potential interests towards Japan within the young generation to increase visitors to Japan as well as to facilitate global understanding on Japanese values  and Japan’s strengths and attractions toward the revitalization of the Japanese economy.
The government of Japan sponsors the exchange program in about 41 countries throughout Asian and Oceanian regions and North America with various  themes. The third batch carries the theme on Mass Media.
The  latest youth delegation  were mass communication and journalism  students and bloggers from different schools in the Philippines. They  were accompanied  by eight adults who served as supervisors  who came  from the different branches of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) like the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Bureau of Communication Services (BCS)and the People’s  Television Network (PTV).
“ We are so happy to see you here in Japan and we hope that you could tell your family and friends back in the Philippines of your findings and experiences during your stay here in Japan,”  said Nobuaki Hirakawa, managing director of the International Cooperation Promotion Department of the Japan International Cooperation Center  (JICE).
While in Japan, the youth were divided into four groups. Two groups went to Chiba Prefecture while the other two flew to Hokkaido Prefecture which is about one and a half hour away from Tokyo by plane. Prefecture is the Japanese equivalent of a province in the Philippines.
Itinerary of the groups included  a trip to the Asakusa temple to view the Historical and Traditional Culture of Japan, cutting-edge technology  in the University of Electro-Communications and the Sapporo Dome  and local industries like the Kamogawa Ocean Park and the Doshin Newspaper printing company.
A school exchange program between the Japanese and  Filipino youth was  enjoyed by the students as it included  personal interaction and exchange of ideas. Filipinos were able to attend a seminar-class handled by Japanese professors.
“It’s such a wonderful experience to be able to talk to Japanese students and learn more about their culture. Those I have talked to  can speak good English so the communication was not that difficult,” said Kristelle Teh, a Filipino masscom Student from the University  of the Philippines in Mindanao. (more…)

October 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

DTI holds Diskwento Caravan in Bolinao  


             The  Diskwento  Caravan organized by the Department of Trade and Industry conducted in  Bolinao, Pangasinan on  September 30 at  the Don Raymundo Celeste Sports Complex  was able to serve  more than 1,500  residents of  Bolinao.
 
            The one-day selling activity was formally opened  by Mayor Arnold F. Celeste,  (second from  right) and DTI Regional Director Florante O. Leal (in the middle) together with DTI Pangasinan Provincial Director Peter O. Mangabat(second from  left) and other DTI staff Mr. Edwin M. Manalang and Mr. Guillermo B. Avelino, Jr.
 
            The buying public were able to avail of big  discounts  up  to 20% on their purchases of basic necessities and prime commodities offered by the Magic Group of Companies, Home Ideas, Progressive Retailers Group, Corp., Sheridan Marketing, BHF Corporation,  Addessa   Corporation and National Food Authority (NFA)  Lingayen.

October 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : Media play?


northernwatch 10-12-14
Print and broadcast journalists in Pangasinan are seemingly divided between the camps of the present provincial administration and former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco on the issue of tree cutting along the Manila North Road (MNR) from Villasis to Sison.
The provincial administration has categorically stated it was against the tree cutting with no less than the sitting governor announcing his position on the matter before the media practitioners.
 Cojuangco, on the other hand, is bent on pursuing the completion of the MNR with the remaining trees to be cut to give way to the road widening project.
The positions of both camps have likewise provided avenues for the media practitioners to take sides. Members of the media who take side with the provincial government have been constantly criticizing Cojuangco on his stand on tree cutting, to the extent of trying to shame him before the environmentalist groups.
On the other side, those who believe on the advocacies and development agenda of Cojuangco are trying to inform the public on the benefits to be derived from the MNR once it will is widened.
There’s an apparent tug-of-war of media practitioners’ loyalties by both camps. Some media men have been muddling the issues that their commentaries are going overboard with criticisms directly attacking the personality of Cojuangco. They could not stick to the real issue whether the trees are to be saved or not.
The media men siding with Cojuangco are cautious not to focus on personalities but are consistent on their stand that the trees have to give way to the road widening project as these are potential hazards to motorists and the riding public traversing the said highway.

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October 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment


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