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Dagupan is Presidential Awardee as Most Child-Friendly City in Region I

The city of Dagupan was conferred the Presidential Award when it was adjudged the regional winner as the most Child-Friendly City under the independent component city category.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, together with City Social Welfare and Development officer Leah Aquino and City Engineer Virginia Rosario, received the award from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, during the 64th anniversary of the DSWD at Hotel Ariana, in Bauang, La Union last February 18.
Dagupan was recognized for its continuing commitment in promoting child rights to survival, development, protection and participation, as well as ensuring child-friendly governance
The city is now a national contender for the 2014 Presidential Award for Most Child-Friendly City.
This was made possible through the city’s local development plan for children and a local investment plan that spelled out the rights of children for survival, development, protection and participation.
Among the criteria considered that determined Dagupan as the most child-friendly city in the region include a policy program and development for children; service delivery for the improvement of children’s health, nutrition, education and social protection; and strengthening of local partnerships.
The city government was also recognized for its various programs and activities focusing on the welfare of children in terms of disaster preparedness, environmental awareness, arts and culture, health and hygiene, intensive medical care programs, anti-bullying policy, among others.
Working along the theme “a happy child is an empowered child”, Mayor Fernandez prioritized in recognizing the rights of each young Dagupeno, and listening to their voices. (more…)

February 23, 2015 at 12:02 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: TPLEx expansion proposal ni Cojuangco nakasalang na


OIC CPNP ESPINA. Bakit po ba umiyak ang isang police general na nagpaiyak din sa mga kongresisita at mga nanonood sa live congressional hearing?

Marami po ang humanga sa kanyang taos-pusong pagkalinga sa kapulisan. Siya na nag daw po ang dapat na ipalit sa nagresign na Chief PNP.

Bok Nani Braganza, kumusta ka na? Kailan ka babalik dito sa Pangasinan? Tatlo pala ang position sa PNP na ginagampanan ni General Espina now! Siya na ba?

Share ko po sa inyo ang full text ng sinabi ni Philippine National Police Officer-in-Charge Leonardo Espina s House of Representatives na nagsasagawa ng Mamasapano incident noong February 11, 2015.

Sir, as you all know, I am the officer-in-charge now of the Philippine National Police. There is no doubt that we are all for the peace process because, first and foremost, we are peacekeepers. We are your peacekeepers. Wala hong ibang gugusto ng katahimikan kundi kami. Alam naming…alam ng AFP ang price to pay for war.

Pero, sir, we seek for very clear answers. We seek clear answers from the other party of the peace process on the following—Ano ba itong overkill na ito na ginawa niyo sa mga tao ko?
Ako hindi ho ako nakatulog kagabi nung nalaman ko yung medico-legal report. Si Inspector [Rennie] Tayrus, si Inspector [Ryan] Pabalina did not suffer any lethal shots. Tinamaan sila sa paa lang. Ganun din yung isa.

[Pero] papaanong namatay yan? Yung isa binaril niyo sa ulo e. Buhay na buhay pa yung tao. Yung isa, hinubaran niyo ng bulletproof niya. Binaril niyo sa katawan niya.

Yung isa 9mm sa ulo niya. Dalawa…dalawang fatal shots. Hindi pupwedeng nag-suicide yung tao dahil in the face of so many enemies kasi dalawa. 9mm…close range yun…short firearm yun.
Nakita na e. Ito lang po ang gusto kong itanong e. Nakita niyo na SAF yan. Kahit ano pang violation pa yan; kahit na po sinabi nating walang coordination, etc, kahit na sabihin pa ho natin sino unang nagpaputok, kausap yan e sa usaping pangkatahimikan. Peace talks. (more…)

February 22, 2015 at 11:21 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : No longer a blank wall?

The issue on illegal black sand mining in Pangasinan has not yet simmered or subsided. Even after the Office of the Ombudsman indicted Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. and 13 others for violation of Section 3(e) of Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,, residents of Capandanan, Malimpuec, Sabangan and Estanza in Lingayen have not stopped their quest to have the beaches of Lingayen Gulf given back to them. The shores of the gulf including the sea have been their source of livelihood for years but their access was deterred by the provincial government due to the construction of 3-kilometers, 6-feet high concrete fence.
It will be remembered that in 2011, the provincial government started to quarry black sand along the Lingayen Gulf at the 180-hectare eco-tourism area to give way to the construction of a 12-hole golf course.
The excavation of black sand was contracted to Alexandria Mining Ventures and later on, to Xypher Builders. Provincial officials have repeatedly denied that they were extracting black sand but only “unwanted elements and materials” for vegetation like turf grasses to grow. (more…)

February 16, 2015 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Mark to BHWs: Continue work with MediKalinga

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ALAMINOS CITY- Former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco expressed his gratitude to the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) for their role in providing basic health services to the people of Pangasinan and urged them to continue their participation to the ” MediKalinga sa Pangasinan”- a surgical and medical mission, which he launched on August 25 last yearin this city.
Cojuangco, the guest speaker during the District I 10th BHWs Congress held at Don Leopoldo Sison Auditorium last February 3, commended the BHWs for their hard work even as he promised to give honoraria for their support to his MediKalinga program.
“The BHWs in the province should be appreciated for their role in providing basic health services to the people of Pangasinan. Although your work is voluntary, you are giving yourselves to help your province mates on their health needs. You are on the front lines on medical services and that I appreciate very much your active role in my MediKalinga Program. Those who are active in scouting for patients and assisting them for the surgical mission will be receiving honoraria,” Cojuangco said.
Aside from those from this city, the Congress was participated in by the BHWs from the towns of Sual, Mabini, Burgos, Agno, Dasol, Infanta, Bani, Anda and Bolinao. (more…)

February 16, 2015 at 8:50 am 1 comment

MAGANES: Hypocrisy


Now that election period is fast approaching, political wars are looming among and between aspiring candidates for the 2016 elections. Seven months from now, these political aspirants will soon file their certificates of candidacy at the Commission on Election (Comelec) offices and thereafter the election period will start. While the electoral process is a little bit far, word wars are raging not only among the politicians but even the media practitioners who are on their sides. The media war, both in print and broadcast, is getting hotter everyday that it is likened to the turbulent Taal Volcano that anytime will be awakened will be spew lava to its nearby environs.
The media war, although saddening because it dwelt already on destroying the reputations of fellow media practitioners, it is also getting exciting day by day. Block time commentators are day by day busy scouring for political issues against the perceived political foes of their benefactors, but when they’re out of issues resort to bombarding their fellow media practitioners. The situation is likened to the impending fight between boxing icons Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather that every time they are pitted against each other to fight in the boxing ring, the more that unsavory remarks will come out from their mouths.
I can’t help but laugh at what my colleagues in the media are doing. Let’s face the realities that media practitioners have their own candidates to support but the ethical standards on journalism must be upheld and followed. But because some of our colleagues are trying to appease their political benefactors such that when they are out of issues they resort to coining issues designed to malign their fellow media practitioners.

Last February 11 at the KBP Forum where the recorded proceedings was sent to me I had a hearty laugh on a part where a fellow media member threw a question at Governor Espino that the camp of Mark Cojuangco was allegedly distributing money to village heads and officials. Espino answered that he’s saddened with that kind of activity and deplored such practice. The media member who threw the question was apparently born yesterday. She gave a question to Espino as if such practice was never done before. What hypocrisy! What kind of answer as if the guest went to the KBP Forum with clean hands. We are all aware that money changes from hand to hand during the last elections. Tell that to the marines for them to believe you!
Now going back to Cojuangco, if indeed he gave money during a consultation in Malasiqui when he was there, that money was for the rental of the multipurpose hall being used. The payment was supported with official receipt issued by the municipal treasury office of Malasisqui as it was not intended for the village heads and officials as alleged by Espino’s camp. With that gesture, Cojuangco should be appreciated because he’s using government facilities with rental and not for free as what other provincial officials have been doing in the past. Cojuangco was aware of his responsibility as a private citizen. Granting that he gave cash money to the village heads as a gesture of gratitude, would that be wrong? Cojuangco if indeed has shared his money those are from his own pocket- personal funds and not sourced out from illegal activities like “jueteng” and contractors’ commission.
Our friends from the media should think of what they’re saying and asking from their benefactors. Those questions might boomerang to them and their credibility will be lost. Why don’t just stick to issues to sell the personality of the political aspirants you are supporting? And if there are insinuations of giving money to village heads and officials, these are supposed to be documented so that it could be verifiable and the truth will come out.
At present, the provincial government is doling out P500 to every barangay health workers (BHWs). That money came from the taxpayers and the giving of incentives to these village workers is covered with a provincial ordinance. However, it appeared that the giving of incentives is being politicized because the governor’s son who is a gubernatorial aspirant in 2016 is the one leading the distribution. Isn’t that a gesture of hypocrisy?
Well, politics Philippine style is a novelty. Let’s just watch and see the unfolding of political events. The political exercise however must be exercised with prudence.

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February 16, 2015 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

Pangasinan veterinary office to hold 3-month long mass vaccination

DAGUPAN CITY – The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) in Pangasinan will conduct a three-month simultaneous mass vaccination from March to May in order to address the challenge to eliminate human rabies cases in the province.

Dr. Eric Jose Perez, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) in Pangasinan, said the massive vaccination aims to provide immunization to the entire province’s dog population and prevent and control rabies incidence in the province in line with the celebration of Rabies Awareness Month on March.

“The massive vaccination is a concerted effort of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Ilocos Region, the provincial government of Pangasinan and all line agencies concerned in the rabies prevention and control campaign,” said Perez adding that the vaccine requirement is now subject for funding.

Perez said 70 percent of the 268, 200 estimated total dog population in Pangasinan was set as PVO’s target to be immunized last year but only 22 percent or equivalent to 41, 772 dogs in the entire province were vaccinated even though vaccination is a year-round activity of his office. (more…)

February 16, 2015 at 8:43 am Leave a comment

Dagupan launches creative t-shirt design competition for 2015 Bangus Festival

DAGUPAN CITY – The 2015 Bangus Festival Committee is launching a competition seeking to come up with the best creative t-shirt design along the theme “Bangus Festival 2015: Happiest Fish Fest Ever!”.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez said the competition, which is open to all residents, aims to encourage everyone to be more familiar on the significance of the festival not just locally and nationally but also internationally.

Executive Consultant for Culture and Arts Zenaida L. Sinlao said the contestants may add a poetic caption, free verse or a rhyme in Filipino, Pangasinan or English on their design.

All entries will be judged based on the originality of the design, its visual impact and message.

There will be three major winners who will receive cash prizes. (more…)

February 16, 2015 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

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