Archive for March, 2015
STO. TOMAS – Secretary Antonio “Bebot” Villar of the Dangerous Drugs Board has turned over the chairmanship of Biskeg na Pangasinan to former Fifth District Rep. Mark Cojuangco who is running for governor of Pangasinan in 2016.
The turn-over was held during the General Assembly Meeting of Biskeg na Pangasinan, the only accredited local political party by the Commission on Election (Comelec), last March 25. The meeting was attended by majority of the mayors in the province, vice mayors, former and present provincial board members, and other political leaders.
Present too, was Calasiao Mayor Mark Macanlalay who would be Cojuangco’s running mate in the 2016 race to Pangasinan Capitol.
Cojuangco, Macanlalay and the political leaders who are members of the National People’s Coalition, took their oath as members of Biskeg na Pangasinan during the event.
Villar announced his support to Cojuangco, ending speculations about whom he will support in the gubernatorial race.
“Mark is the most qualified candidate for Governor in 2016. He has the experience and capabilities to transform the development of Pangasinan, he said.
There were speculations that Villar would back Amado Espino III, the governor’s son, which stemmed from a previous statement that he will support him. (more…)
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ALAMINOS CITY- “The balikbayans are very close to my heart, never in history of the Philippines that we have adequate foreign exchange or hard currency like dollar, yen, lira, francs, and other coming into the country and for this we thank our balikbayans.
This was said by former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco before a group of this city’s balikbayans during the Grand Ballroom and Balikbayan Night at the Alaminos City Gymnasium last March 23 during which he was the guest of honor and speaker.
He said lack of hard currency was always a hindrance to the Philippine economic development in the past.
“But now, hard currency is adequate in the country which spurs our economic development and enables us to buy what we need for infrastructure projects. Without the balikbayans, without the OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) we could not implement projects. You are the true heroes of our economy,” he said.
He lauded 1st District Rep. Jesus “Boying” Celeste for his efforts in bringing development to the towns of the district even as he congratulated also City Mayor Arturo “Art” Celeste for the transformation of the city.
“Art was my ‘classmate’ in Congress from 2000 to 2009 that our bond of friendship has been welded through those years. Art casts his lot with me and he is my campaign manager,” he said. (more…)
The tobacco excise share of Pangasinan has been the subject of commentaries in both radio and print media during the last few weeks. Tirades are directly pointed at former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco, asking him how the P600 million share of the 5th District was used.
Cojuangco, in his statements to media practitioners in the province, enumerated the various projects implemented and funded out of the tobacco excise tax share under the supervision of 5th District Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco. Among these projects are the purchase of farm tractors for Villasis, Sison and Alcala, purchase of land for drying facilities that include the construction of warehouse and acquisition of the drying plant in Villasis and Alcala, construction of tobacco drying barn in Villasis, construction of livelihood training center also in Villasis, etc.
Yet, the public relations men of the Espino camp kept on twisting the issue, saying the district’s share is nowhere to be found.
What’s amusing about these commentaries is the fact that the tobacco excise tax share is not only confined to the 5th District. Third, 4th and 6th district and the provincial government have also their share.
But what is the tobacco excise tax all about?
Section 8 of Republic Act No. 8240 or the National Revenue Code, as amended states: ” Fifteen percent (15%) of the incremental revenue collected from the excise tax on tobacco products under this Act shall be allocated and divided among the provinces producing burley and native tobacco in accordance with the volume of tobacco leaf production.”
The Biskeg na Pangasinan or simply Biskeg, a local political party in Pangasinan approved by the Commission on Election (Comelec) was revived last March 25 during its General Assembly Meeting held in Sto. Tomas town at the Villar’s Farm. Biskeg is a Pangasinan dialect word that connotes “strength and power”.
Secretary Antonio “Bebot” Villar Jr., chair of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) transferred the chairmanship to former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco. Villar.
Villar, the founder of the Party, becomes the Chairman Emeritus.
Cojuangco, who took his oath before Villar on that day, has all good words for Biskeg, promising that he will do his best to make it a “true, relevant local political party in Pangasinan. He assured Villar that he will live up to his expectations.
The general assembly was a gathering of big political names in Pangasinan. Mayors, vice mayors and councilors from the 47 towns and cities ( except the mayors of Urbiztondo, Bugallon,San Fabian, Mangaldan, Sta. Barbara, Bautista and Manaoag) came to witness the turn over of the Biskeg’s rein to Cojuangco. Others came to take their oath as new members of Biskeg. Vice President Jejomar Binay who came from speaking engagements in other towns, dropped by, adding more color to the affair.
Board Members Mojamito Libunao, Clemente “Niño” Arboleda Jr. and former Board Member Von Mark Mendoza- all active members of Biskeg, came also to give their support to Cojuangco.
The resuscitation of Biskeg is the reawakening of the ideals as set forth by the organization in its by-laws. It also strengthened the commitment of the members to the Party.
Biskeg na Pangasinan is the organization that catapulted Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. when he ran as governor in 2007 until his two re-elections. However, because of severing ties with the Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC), Biskeg has to shift its support to the aspirations of Cojuangco as a gubernatorial candidate in 2016 election together with his would be vice gubernatorial running mate Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Q. Mcanlalay.
What is Biskeg na Pangasinan? It was founded by Secretary Villar and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 30, 2005. Biskeg was the first and only provincial political party in Pangasinan, which was accredited by Comelec in 2006. It tested its political strength in 2007 elections when most of the candidates it supported won their seats.
Biskeg was born out of the desire of Villar and his co-founders to make Pangasinan progressive regardless of political affiliations. It is espousing unity and cooperation among its members in order to build a strong foundation to attain the dreams and aspirations of every political leader in the province. The bedrock of its strength of is its slogan ” walang iwanan, sa hirap man o ginhawa”. (more…)
DAGUPAN CITY– Residents in every barangay can once again express their concerns and issues in the community in a public forum dubbed as ‘Barangay Assembly’ right in their villages.
Presidential Proclamation No. 260 mandates the holding of a Barangay Assembly Day on the last Saturday of March and on the second Sunday of October every year.
In Pangasinan, the synchronized Barangay Assembly Day shall be conducted in the 1,364 barangays of the province, said Provincial Director Reggie Colisao of the Department of Interior and Local Government.
“The barangay assembly is the perfect avenue and opportunity for the barangay officials to update their constituents on their accomplishments last year and in the first quarter of this year and discuss their upcoming plans for the next quarter,” Colisao said. (more…)
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – The director of the Land Transportation Office-Region-1 said as of press time 250 violators of the Motorcycle Helmet Acts of 2009 were nabbed and fined after the city government implemented an ordinance on the non-wearing of helmet.
Lawyer Teofilo Guadiz said most of the apprehended drivers were caught by his personnel violating Republic Act No. 10054 or Helmet Law in the downtown area here.
The national law mandates all motorcycle riders to wear standard protective motorcycle helmets while driving, with corresponding penalties to violators.
“Iyan ang dahilan na ipakita namin na hindi namin ni-rerecognize iyong batas ng Dagupan City. Iyan po ay hindi ayon sa pambansang batas”.
Some sections of Ordinance No. 2013-2014 requires motorcycle riders to remove their motorcycle helmets upon entering the commercial district here and the exemption of wearing helmet during authorized parades and processions provided that the speed of their motorcycle is below 15 kilometres per hour.
He said an arrested owner of the motorcycle has to pay almost P13, 000 because aside from the P1, 500 fines on the first offense on RA 10054, he is also charged with overloading by having more than two riders, invalidity of official receipt and certification receipt (OR-CR), and others.
“Umabot ng P13,000 ang penalty. Pero ang puno’t dulo noon kaya nahuli iyon dahil walang helmet. Sumunod na lang iyong ibang violations,“ he said.
The national law imposes fines for violators at P1,500 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense, P5,000 for the thirds offense and P10,000 plus confiscation of driver’s license for the fourth and succeeding offenses.
He said the administration of Mayor Belen Fernandez should ask Congress and not decide among themselves in amending the controversial law which bloggers and media men called “8 Patently Idiotic Laws Passed by Philippine Politicians”, and “Dagupan City’s Stupid Law”.
“Kung gusto nilang maalis iyan amendahan ng kongreso. Hindi sa sariling bakod gagawa ka ng batas na sasalungat sa pambansang batas. Hindi namin recognized (Ordinance 2013-2014), tuloy-tuloy ang paghuli,” he warned.
As proponent of the illegal ordinance, Guadiz continued, they should not bask on the recent decision of the Regional Trial Court dismissing the civil case petition for the nullity with preliminary injunction and issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Ordinance what the tribunal has done was canned it because of technicalities and not on merits. (more…)
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Ilocos Region, in coordination with Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), employers, academe and other agencies, has doubled the holding of job fairs to bring employment opportunities closer to job seekers.
DOLE-1 Regional Director Grace Ursua said job fairs bring together different employers and pre-employment services under one roof, making it faster and less expensive for jobseekers to do their job hunting.
She encouraged jobseekers to check the tentative schedule of job fairs and take advantage of landing in jobs in the most cost- efficient way.
“Job fair schedules for March and April are already posted in the phil-jobnet, the official job portal, and the DOLE-1 website,” Ursua said.
In Pangasinan, job fairs for local and overseas employment are slated on March 19 (Bani); March 20 (San Carlos City); March 23 (PESO office in Bayambang); March 26 (Bolinao); March 27-28 (Metro Plaza Grounds in Dagupan City); and April 29 (Urbiztondo).