Archive for May 10, 2015

Alaminos, Anda clears Tambac Bay of fish traps


By Yolanda Sotelo

ALAMINOS CITY – From the top of the Governor’s Island at the Hundred Islands National Park, one can see faint silhouettes of hundreds of arrow-like structures in the sea.
These are the fish traps, locally known as “baklad,” in the Tambac Bay, used to catch fish in the bay shared by the towns of Anda and Bani and the city of Alaminos.
The baklad have invaded almost all of the body of water that negotiating the bay is like going through a zigzag road, City Mayor Arturo Celeste said.
If a boatman is not familiar with the place, he himself could get trapped inside the makeshift structures, he said.
Residents of Anda and Alaminos own the structures, Milberth Ferrer, aquaculturist of Alaminos City said, but have different systems of giving permits to operators.
While Alaminos gives permit to operate, Anda conducts bidding among the operators and authorizes the highest bidders to establish baklad in the area.
Both local governments have agreed to dismantle the structures that block the navigational lane, with one from Alaminos no longer renewing the permit to operate, and three from Anda already dismantled by the owners themselves.
“But they can continue to operate as long as they put the baklad outside of the navigational lane and if they follow the allowable size for the structures,” Ferrer said.
The allowable size for the baklad is 100 x 70 meters, he said. (more…)

May 10, 2015 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

334 hired on Labor Day jobs fair in Ilocos


DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 1 said 334 applicants were hired on the spot during the two job fairs held in the Ilocos Region on Labor Day.

DOLE Regional Director Grace Ursua said the number is equivalent to 21 percent of the 1,587 total registered applicants who trooped to the job fairs at the Robinsons Place in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte and SM City Rosales in Pangasinan on April 30 and May 1, respectively.

“Even the job fairs have already ended, more applicants are expected to be employed as 1, 273 have been referred for further interview,” said Ursua.

She added that monitoring of post-job fair results is continuously being done by the DOLE 1 in cooperation with Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) to find out if there are more applicants who will successfully pass further interviews or tests from employers and eventually land in jobs.

Ursua thanked the region’s partners for their commitment and strong support that ensured the success of the Labor Day activities.

She cited the members of the DOLE-Regional Coordinating Committee 1 such as PRC, TESDA, OWWA, POEA, RTWPB, NCMB and NLRC; SM City Rosales in Pangasinan; Robinsons Place in Ilocos Norte; DTI; participating PESOs; Employers Confederation of the Philippines; Philippine Information Agency; media partners; SSS; Pag-IBIG; Philhealth; local employers and licensed recruitment agencies.

“Coming together in one venue, we were able to respond to the different needs of our workers, jobseekers and new entrants to the labor force,” she said.

At the SM City Rosales jobs fair, one-stop-shop pre-employment services, livelihood products display fair and free pampering services were made available. (more…)

May 10, 2015 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

Urdaneta is ‘Cleanest,Safest and Greenest City’ in Pangasinan


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- This premier city and cattle capital of the north was once again adjudged the “ cleanest, safest and greenest city” of Pangasinan, which was awarded last May 1 during the culmination of month-long Pistay Dayat 2015 held at Banaga, Bugallon.
The award was received by City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV who said the recognition given by the provincial government has validated its being the Region I Hall of Famer of “Cleanest, Greenest and Safest City,” an award received for four consecutive years.
“ These awards we received are incentives for the efforts we are doing here in the city. Since we launched our campaign for clean environment, the city folk as well as visitors in the city heeded our call to observe our ordinance on anti-littering and other pro-environment measures. We owe all of these to the active participation of our people, municipal employees, city officials and also our village officials,” Mayor Perez said.
He also said his administration will continue to implement environmental laws and safety standards in the city.
This city was the first to establish an “engineered sanitary land fill” in Region I in compliance with Solid Waste and Ecological Act of 1991 or Republic Act No. 9003. (more…)

May 10, 2015 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: All we do is ‘paper protest’


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K TO 12 IPATUPAD. Opo, payag po si SINAG chairman Rosendo so sa pagpapatupad ng K to 12 program ng gobyerno.

Naniniwala si Engr So na dapat pahabain ang educational cycle sa Pilipinas.

Ito daw po ay kailangang kailangan na para maimprove ang quality ng education sa Pilipinas.

Ito daw po ay kailangang kailangan na para makasabay tayo sa ating mga katabing bansa sa pagpapatupad ng ASEAN integration.

Opo, magiging isang ekonomiya na lang ang ASEAN.

Sa isang case study sa situation ng education sa ASEAN ay ito po ang isang naging observation…”As for the Philippines, a scrutiny of the… charts would show her repeatedly ending up at or near the bottom.”

Ang mga kontra sa K to 12 ay short term ang pananaw. Sa kalaunan, ang mga tao sa bukid, sa barangay, sa bundok ang makikinabang.

Sabi ng ni Isagani Cruz, “The poor quality of basic education is reflected in the low achievement scores of Filipino students. One reason is that students do not get adequate instructional time or time on task.”

Dagdag pa niya, “The current system also reinforces the misperception that basic education is just a preparatory step for higher education.” Why prioritize the minority of high school graduates that go to college?

Mabuti na lang po at meron pang isang Leticia Ramos Shahani na ang pambansang interes ang isinusulong at itinataguyod.

People empowerment pa rin ang isang tunay na sangkap sa usapin ng national sovereignty.

“It’s no longer an issue of foreign affairs. This is also domestic affairs. This is an issue where the vital interest of poor fishermen coincide with the most stylish diplomat we have in the Philippine foreign service,” sabi ni Shahani.

Dapat daw po ay may pakialam ang ordinaryong taumbayan sa tabing-dagat sa usapin ng pagtatanggol sa teritoryong pinagmumulan ng kanilang ikinabubuhay.

Oo nga naman. Bakit ba iyong mga naka-amerikana at kurbata lang ang puedeng sumali sa usapin ng territorial waters ng ating bansa?

Dapat daw po na ang mga NGOs, fisherfolk, sea vessel owners, at iba pang stakeholders sa yaman ng dagat ay kasali sa usapin.

“They’re the ones at the frontline of defense,”sabi ni Shahani.

Kilala ang Scarborough Shoal bilang Masinloc sa mga probinsiyang nakaharap sa West Philippine Sea.

“I know Masinloc, I don’t know Scarborough Shoal. That’s the English term. But Masinloc is what’s known to our children in Zambales, Bataan, Lingayen [and other coastal villages]. Let’s bring the issue back to the people,” she said.

Dapat na din itigil ang “paper protest” na nakagawian na ng mga goberno laban sa pagpasok ng Tsina sa West Philippine Sea.

“All we do is paper protest – a paper protest that is just ignored. We are not even ashamed of that [reaction], we seem to accept it as part of diplomatic practice. This is why we should go beyond diplomacy protocol,” sabi ni Shahani.

Nakakahiya daw po ang ganitong style! Bulok!

“We seem to be losing the psychological aspect of war, as if Filipinos are wimps compared to the Chinese, as if Filipinos are cowards compared to the Chinese. Because we don’t say anything,” dagdag pa ni Shahani.

Talunan daw po ang Pilipinas sa usapin ng control sa West Philippines Sea.

Lumalabas na duwag daw po ang mga Pilipino kung ikukumpara sa mga Chinese dahil wala tayong ginagawa. Hanggang pasulat-sulat na lang ang protesta natin.

Mali daw po na patuloy na alibi ng Pilipinas ang kahinaan natin. Huwag daw po nating pabayaan na lagi nating alibi na mahina ang Sandatahang Lakas natin kumpara sa Tsina.

She said the government should also engage NGOs, fisherfolk, sea vessel owners, etc. “They’re the ones at the frontline of defense.”

“I know Masinloc, I don’t know Scarborough Shoal. That’s the English term. But Masinloc is what’s known to our children in Zambales, Bataan, Lingayen [and other coastal villages]. Let’s bring the issue back to the people,” she said.

Nanghininayang siya na ang pananaw ni Governor Amado Espino na ang depensa ng territorial waters ay isang isyu ng foreign policy.

Dapat daw magbago ang paningin ng mga local government officials, and depensa ng karagatan ay domestic affairs at hindi lang foreign affairs.

SABI NI KORINA. “Mar has lots of experience. He was a congressman, senator, secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry, now secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, and many more. He is competent, has integrity and can be relied upon. While one of the ‘presidentiables’ is a thief, in contrast, Mar has never been involved in any anomaly.”
Dagdag pa niya, “One of the ‘presidentiables’ is a thief. He should explain about the many accusations against him. The bottom line is that the voters must not elect a thief.”

TALO SA RING. TALO SA ALIBI. Hahaha. Wala na daw pong rematch ang Mayweather versus Pacquiao.

Hindi daw naramdaman ni Mayweather na may iniindang problema sa balikat si Pacquiao.

“Absolutely not,” Mayweather said when asked if he could detect a problem with Pacquiao’s shoulder during the bout. “He was fast. His left hand was fast. His right hand was fast and he was throwing them both fast and strong.”

Anong absolutely not, training pa lang alam na ng dalawang kampo ang kalagayan ng balikat ni Pacquiao. Sinungaling din si Mayweather ano po?

Tama naman si Mayweather na huwag nang magpalusot kapag natalo.

“Excuses, excuses, excuses,” sabi ni Mayweather. (more…)

May 10, 2015 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

MBTF OKAYS P7,000 MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY BONUS TO CITY GOVERNMENT WORKERS


DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez has assured that the milestone anniversary bonus for qualified city government workers will be released anytime soon.

This after she signed the Appropriation Ordinance enacted by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) granting among others the financial bonanza of P7,000 each to at least 456 of the 562 regular city hall officials and employees here.

The ordinance passed by the SP last April 30 authorized a Supplemental Budget of P65.3 million which includes an appropriation granting the milestone anniversary bonus to qualified city government workers.

Administrative Order (AO) No. 316, series of 1997, implemented by Local Budget Circular No. 65, series of 1997, extends the grant of the milestone Anniversary Bonus as authorized under AO No. 263, series of 1996 to qualified officials and employees in the local government units (LGUs) in an amount not exceeding Php3,000 to each employee who has rendered at least one (1) year of service as of the date of the milestone year.

The same is authorized under Senate-House of Representatives Joint Resolution No. 4, series of 2009 as a one-time incentive to employees to recognize their participative efforts in and contributions to their agencies’ continuing and/or viable existence.

A milestone year refers to the 15th Anniversary of the LGU and every 5th year thereafter. Thus, a qualified employee may receive Anniversary Bonus only once every five (5) years and only in such milestone years.

The employees would have received their Anniversary Bonus on June 20, 2012 during the 65th anniversary of Dagupan cityhood. But for unknown reason, such monetary benefit to the workers was not given. (more…)

May 10, 2015 at 10:27 am Leave a comment

11 families homeless in Amado Street Fire


DAGUPAN CITY – At least 11 families from Amado-Tapuac here were displaced when their houses were razed to the ground by a fire that broke out 2:20 p.m. of May 4.
Fanned by strong wind the fire quickly burned the make-shift houses of the victims, all made of light materials.
The fire was put off at 3:15 p.m. due to the timely response made by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), PANDA and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) which has its own firetruck.
CDRRMO’s ambulance and that of Philippine Red Cross were also deployed to respond to the medical needs of the victims while the Dagupan City Police Station (DCPS) and the Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) assisted in crowd control.
Authorities from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said an investigation is still underway to determine the cause of the fire. (more…)

May 10, 2015 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

Dagupan registers highest budget surplus ever


DAGUPAN CITY – For the first time, Dagupan registered more than P53 million budget surplus which is considered as the highest ever recorded in the city’s fiscal history.

This was disclosed by City Budget Officer Luz De Guzman who admitted that the surplus was due to the cost-cutting measures and enhanced collection of taxes implemented without tax increase by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez from the time she assumed office in 2013.

“I am happy to report that with our enhanced collection of taxes in the city, we have exceeded the estimated collection in 2014 and with the cost-cutting measures implemented by Mayor Belen which resulted in the reduction of overtime pay and other office expenses, we are now enjoying more than P53 million surplus, which would mean more projects for the city,” De Guzman said.

Accordingly, the more than P53 million 2014 surplus has been made part of the P65.3 million Supplemental Budget No. 01 for Fiscal Year 2015, which was recently approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod. (more…)

May 10, 2015 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

Dagupan SP approves milestone anniversary bonus for employees


DAGUPAN CITY – A total of 456 of the 562 regular city hall officials and employees here are about to receive an anniversary bonus of Php7,000 each after the Sangguniang Panlungsod approved on April 30 a Supplemental Budget of P65.3 million which includes an appropriation granting the financial bonanza to qualified city government workers.

Administrative Order (AO) No. 316, series of 1997, implemented by Local Budget Circular No. 65, series of 1997, extends the grant of the milestone Anniversary Bonus as authorized under AO No. 263, series of 1996 to qualified officials and employees in the local government units (LGUs) in an amount not exceeding Php3,000 to each employee who has rendered at least one (1) year of service as of the date of the milestone year.

The same is authorized under Senate-House of Representatives Joint Resolution No. 4, series of 2009 as a one-time incentive to employees to recognize their participative efforts in and contributions to their agencies’ continuing and/or viable existence. (more…)

May 10, 2015 at 10:08 am Leave a comment


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