Archive for May 16, 2015

AIDS CANDLE LIGHT MEMORIAL


AIDS CANDLE LIGHT MEMORIAL.  Sex workers and government officials in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan join the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, an international event which is commemorated every 3rd Week of May every year.  The guest of honor was Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV while the speakers were Regional Health Director Myrna Cabotaje, City Health Officer  Bernardo Macaraeg , and a male victim of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).The celebration was an event of solidarity together with the international communities, organizations, governments and civil societies. It was not only a commemoration of death of AIDS victims, but a venue for the community, the government and the different organizations to come together and make a stand against the spread of  the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS, stigma and discrimination. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA Sex workers and government officials in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan join the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, an international event which is commemorated every 3rd Week of May every year. The guest of honor was Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV while the speakers were Regional Health Director Myrna Cabotaje, City Health Officer Bernardo Macaraeg , and a male victim of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).The celebration was an event of solidarity together with the international communities, organizations, governments and civil societies. It was not only a commemoration of death of AIDS victims, but a venue for the community, the government and the different organizations to come together and make a stand against the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS, stigma and discrimination. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

May 16, 2015 at 8:41 pm Leave a comment

Mangaldan to host National Brigada Kick Off program


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANGALDAN – The national awardee last year of the Best Brigada Eskwela Implementer will lead and host here on Monday the kick off program for the entire country.

According to Rose Hulipas, administrative officer of the local government here, the Mangaldan Integrated School Special Education or formerly Bantayan Central School in Barangay Bantayan will host the caravan and program that will kick off the Brigada Eskwela 2015 in the whole country.
Brigada Eskwela is a nationwide voluntary effort which started in 2003, bringing together teachers, parents, and the community to do clean up and repairs the public schools to prepare the facilities for the June school opening.
Hulipas said the program will start at seven in the morning when Brigada stakeholders and mascots will assemble in front of the municipal hall and caravan to and from Barangay Bantayan here.
“It would be led by the town’s police patrol car with SPO1 Mascot, followed by Mayor Bona Fe de Vera-Parayno, DepEd Assistant Secretary for Finance Armando C. Ruiz, DepEd Regional Director Teresita M. Velasco, School Division -II Superintendent Lawyer Donato D. Balderas, Jr. and Ikong and Ikang – the two Pindang Festival’s Mascots,” Hulipas said.
She said they would be followed by the Mangaldan National High School Drum &; Bugle Corps, provincial mobile screen; provincial government officials, employees and other volunteers, Pangasinan Division II officials and personnel, Sangguniang Bayan of this town, Bantayan barangay officials led by Barangay Captain Ritchie G. Abalos, this town’s local government employees and department heads, Non-Government Organizations with Padyak, Mangaldan Districts 1 and II, Mangaldan National High School, David National School, volunteer groups, civic organizations, different club organizations, and the business sectors, and Jollibee-Magic Mascots. (more…)

May 16, 2015 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Cong Henry, Boss Henry…paalam


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Mabunga naman ang naging political career ni Cong Enrique ‘Henry’ Cojuangco bilang congressman ng first district ng Tarlac.

Dahil sa pagiging magkapatid, naging alter ego si Cong Henry ng founder ng Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) na si Eduardo ‘Danding’Cojuangco.

Isa si Cong Henry sa mga nag-aaral at nagdedesisyon pagdating sa usapin ng mga issues of national interest na kailangan ang decision ng NPC.

Share ko po sa inyo ang 2015 message ni Cong Henry para sa mga members ng Nationalis Peoples Coalition para makita natin ang perspective niya para sa negosyo sa Pilipinas na related sa ASEAN integration.

My warmest greetings to all of you! In a few months we will all be feeling the effects of our country’s role in the international community especially in the ASEAN region. In 2015, the year where we have committed together with other ASEAN countries towards an ASEAN economic community, we will feel the effects not only in terms of goods and their influx but also on services and profession as well as businesses. (more…)

May 16, 2015 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

P3.3B tax target in Pangasinan a tall order –BIR exec


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
CALASIAO – With P82, 000 given this year by Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) as tax exemption cap to each taxpayer, the P3.3 billion target given to the BIR’s district office here is a tall order, according to Assistant Revenue District Office-4 Chief Charmaine C. Dela Torre.
An optimistic Dela Torre said however, that her office is hoping against hope to surpass the P3.3 billion target after it did not hit the last year’s target of P2.7 billion.
She said if based on the year-on-year 2014 collection versus those in 2013 “we are short by around five percent”.
“Pero this time P3.3 billion tinaasan naman ng P600 million against P2.7 billion and considering that baba talaga ang collection namin sa income tax kasi of the cap from P30,000 to P82,000. No increase pa in tax rates,” she said.
She said the goal was too high for an area that is not as economically burgeoning compared to other districts
But despite the mammoth goal that they have to eclipse at the end of this year, efficiency was on their side after they surpass the March target of P206 million by collecting P210 million.

“We are able to collect P210 million, it was a 2% spike,” she said.

May 16, 2015 at 8:34 pm Leave a comment

11 HOMELESS FAMILIES IN AMADO STREET BLAZE RECEIVED HOUSING MATERIALS


DAGUPAN CITY – Displaced families in the Amado Street fire received housing materials from Mayor Belen T. Fernandez last May 13 as promised by her when she visited them on May 7 at the barangay’s Basketball court where they are temporarily sheltered.

Each of the 11 families received five galvanized iron sheets, 10 pieces of marine plywood, five pieces of good lumber, umbrella nails, common wire nails and 50 pieces of hollow blocks.

At the same time. Fernandez instructed City Social Welfare and Development Officer Leah L. Aquino to assist the victims in providing some livelihood skills through the city’s Project B.E.L.E.N., organize the community and look after the well-being of the children and include them among the 4Ps beneficiaries if they are qualified.

“There is an ongoing class session on cosmetology and commercial cooking where we can immediately enroll the mothers here so that they can provide their families especially their children with food to eat,” Fernandez said. (more…)

May 16, 2015 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment

Mark lauds senior citizens, barangay officials


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – Former Pangasinan Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco hailed the senior citizens and village officials here for their contributions to the community, and promised that he will continue to support the elderly.
Cojuangco was the guest speaker during this town’s fiesta celebration’s People’s Night.

COJUANGCO EXHORTS. Former Pangasinan Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco reminds the thousands of spectators who massed during the Calasiao town fiesta's People's Night about the exemplary contribution of the senior citizens and the barangay officials to the country. The revelry, held at the town's plaza started at 9 pm of May 4 and ended at 2 am the following day. MORTZ . C. ORTIGOZA

COJUANGCO EXHORTS. Former Pangasinan Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco reminds the thousands of spectators who massed during the Calasiao town fiesta’s People’s Night about the exemplary contribution of the senior citizens and the barangay officials to the country. The revelry, held at the town’s plaza started at 9 pm of May 4 and ended at 2 am the following day. MORTZ . C. ORTIGOZA

“Gusto kung malaman ng senior citizens na ako at aking mga magulang ay matanda na rin. Ang ama ko po ay mag otsenta, ang aking ina 77 na rin. At alam ko po ang importansiya ng pag-asikaso sa senior citizens,” he said before the crowd in the fiesta that honors the Catholics Patron Senior Divino Tesoro.
Cojuangco’s father is business tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Murphy Cojuangco and his mother is the former Maria Soledad “Gretchen” Cuyugan Oppen – the heiress to the Montilla haciendas of Negros Occidental and Lichauco properties in Manila.
He reminded the thousands of spectators that include village brass and public school teachers that what everyone becomes at present was because of the sacrifices of the elderly.
He lauded the exemplary contribution of the village officials, too, to society.
“Hindi po president, vice president, senator, congressman, mayor, councillor, ang medyo mahirap na trabaho kayo pong mga barangay officials,” he said.
He said they are at the front line of the government on taking care of the plight of the needy.
“Dahil 24 hours buong araw nakaharap kayo sa taong bayan. Kahit ano ang problema sa ating barangay kayo po ang unang pinupuntahan ng taga barangay. Away ng mag-asawa, rescue, problema, baha o whatever kayo po ang pinupuntahan. May sakit may nanganganak tatakbo po sa pintuan ninyo”. (more…)

May 16, 2015 at 8:27 pm Leave a comment

Civil Defense assists Mangaldan on fight vs. disaster


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANGALDAN – The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region 1 sponsored a seminar for contingency preparation of this flood prone town. IMG_2753
The three days seminar was held last May 6 to 8 at Brentwood Apartelle in Baguio City, Mayor Bona Parayno said.
According to the Local Government Code of 1991, local government units all over the country are expected to be at the forefront of emergency reaction in the aftermath of disasters to ensure the general welfare of its constituents.
Many department heads and members of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) attended the seminar, according to this town’s new Budget Office Chief Julieta C. Petonio.
The role of the national government through the OCD is, according to Republic Act No. 10121, to develop, promote, and implement a comprehensive National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (NDRRMP) that aims to strengthen the capacity of the national government and the local government units, together with partner stakeholders, to build the disaster resilience of communities, and’ to institutionalize arrangements and measures for reducing disaster risks, including projected climate risks, and enhancing disaster preparedness and response capabilities at all levels. (more…)

May 16, 2015 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Bold prediction on Pacquiao’s defeat to Mayweather


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Please bear with my Bragging Right’s antics: Thanks to diligent research and meticulous observation on the strengths and weaknesses of the richest sportsman on earth Floyd Mayweather and Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, I did not only win against those gullible bettors, but against all odds including those boxing analysts in the Philippines, I fearlessly predicted on my TV and radio interviews and in my column that Mayweather would defeat Pacquiao on their Flight, er Fight of the Century’s match last May 3.

Here’s the access of my analysis, Pacquiao will lose to Mayweather: ANALYSIS, that offended many Pacquiao fans (since many of these ‘idiots’ thought I committed treason) when I wrote the Filipino superman would be dominated and defeated by Mayweather because of his superior skills I have been diligently following since the time he was knocking out the likes of KO artist Diego Corrales and the rugged Arturo Gatti: http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com/2015/04/pacquiao-will-lose-to-mayweather.html

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Thanks to veteran Manila Bulletin and Sunday Punch’s scribe Jun Velasco, who since time immemorial enthusiastically shared my takes on the ring brilliance of Maywealther. He even wrote my observation at Sunday Punch what would happen on the biggest fight since modern boxing (Marquess of Queensberry Rules) was invented in 1867. Here’s the excerpt of Jun V’s column “Think about it” “On the other side, our boxing analyst Mortz Ortigoza says there’s no way our PK(Pambansang Kamao) would beat Mayweather.
Using boxing science lingo, Mortz says he is just being factual about the Yankee’s big edge — big, not small edge – over our national treasure. His computer-like analysis has impressed his audience with his blow-by-blow account, as if the match was already over.

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“I don’t gamble”,I told veteran and Pangasinan top broadcaster Ruel Camba when he dropped by at the house recently to get my take on the post Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. ” But I could not forgive myself if I would not bet on Mayweather a week before the fight,” I told him. Aside from fearlessly predicting a Mayweather win in my columns, TV, and radio station interviews in some parts of the country, I know already the strengths and weaknesses of both pugs since I was diligently following how they fought since decades ago. Since many Filipinos passionately root for Pacman, many of them send feelers and called me because they heard me confidently told radio interviews I have a wager for Mayweather. Iyong isa doon Y amount, sabi ko gawin mo ng bigger Z amount, pero hindi na tumawag uli. Iyong manager ng Manila-based bank bet Z amount pero ayaw naman niyang iiwan sa kilala naming tao. Kaya di natuloy (he should congratulate me, his Z amount is still intact). What I could not forget is a tricycle driver plying in the university belt told me they got Y amount. I told him balik ka dito make it a bigger Z amount. He came back by bringing the bigger amount. “Sabi niya may mga college students na nag chipp in for Pacman para lang maabot ang Z amount”. (more…)

May 16, 2015 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : Do well and do the right thing


Losing a loved one to death, whether a family member, a friend, a colleague in work, etc. is painful, especially if the person or persons we lost have made impacts in our lives. The pain of losing takes time to heal particularly if the bond of friendship has been welded for years.
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There may be moments of misunderstanding, fights on what we believe in, and tugs of war between principles and personal interests. But these do not lessen the grief when someone left this world.
A colleague from the media, Rannie Manaois, a seasoned broadcast journalist, left this life last May 9. Death came unexpectedly for him, and none in the Pangasinan media world had no inkling that he was leaving .
Before his death, which was reported to be of a natural cause, Manaois was full of life. He reported to his block time commentary program- “Balitado” over Bombo Radyo Dagupan a day before he died. His friends and close colleagues in the media profession said Manaois has not given any hint that it was his last broadcast.
He has been in the broadcast industry for almost three decades, earning praises from those he worked with and ire from those people who were subjects of his tirades and acerbic commentaries. But that is the personality of Manaois. He punched words which inflict hatred, he jabbed as if he had the whole control of his media game and backpedalled when parrying off counter punches from fellow media men.
That happened during the last few months because Manaois belonged to the Espino media camp that kept of lambasting former 5th District Rep. and 2016 gubernatorial aspirant Mark O. Cojuangco and Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Q. Macanlalay, a vice gubernatorial aspirant, and scores of media practitioners who seem to side with Cojuangco and Macanlalay. (more…)

May 16, 2015 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Goodbye Rannie J. Manaois!


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Rannie J is gone. I was surprised last May 9 that after my program “Gising Pangasinan” aired over Bombo Radyo Dagupan, a media colleague texted me that he has already departed this crazy world of ours. Rannie, although I was not that close to him because of his personal tirades against me in the past, will always be a person to be looked up to. He may not be the best professional broadcaster but he had a way to endear himself to his colleagues particularly in giving a line of thought on issues at hand.
I met him when I was still connected with the provincial government of Pangasinan in early 1990s when the province was under the helm of then Governor Aguedo F. Agbayani. I used to hear his broadcast over DWPR Radyo Asenso until he left the radio station and joined DZRD until it was taken over by Sonshine Radyo. He was a broadcaster known for his acerbic commentaries. His tandem with then broadcaster Nicky Boy Reyes, now board member of the 2nd District, mesmerized me no end. That tandem was entertaining and mind-boggling as well.
Rannie J as he’s popularly known in the broadcast industry, was not the typical broadcaster that one idolizes. He had his flaws and weaknesses. I always consider his commentaries as full of glib words until he was out of circulation in the broadcast media. Then I heard he was already working as a freelance videographer/commentator whose works found their way to the YouTube, a social media where videos are uploaded. He came out with his monthly magazine “ Pinoy Magasin” that later on just became a web blogsite.
In spite of his personal flaws, Manaois in his small ways, tried to reach out his hand. We became friends again especially when I learned that he joined the Guardians, an organization that was once led by Senator Gringo Honasan, to which I was also a member.
I usually met him at the sessions of Sangguniang Panlalawigan when I worked with Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani. When he needed an interview with Shahani, I saw to it that he will be given a time. Those days made us more of acquaintance than friends. We also met in press conferences called for by Governor Amado T. Espino Jr., Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo So and even former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco.
For many years he was of the broadcast industry, until last February that he was already one of the broadcasters of Governor Espino in tandem with Celso Manuel in a block time program over Bombo Radyo Dagupan. It was a welcome move from Espino’s camp knowing Rannie as a broadcaster. At first, he and Manuel were dealing with issues against Cojuangco until they shifted their tirades against their fellow media men. That was more than hell hearing them because of below the belt tirades that earned ire from their fellow media men. What can we expect from the tandem? They both glorified themselves as black propagandist- not dwelling on issues but distorting them just to appease, not their listeners, but their benefactor.
Because of negative criticisms hurled against their colleagues in the media, I harbored a personal grudge against Manaois- that grudge, however, I just kept it to myself because I believe what they were or are doing was just part of their “paid work”.
It is now different. Upon hearing Rannie’s death the hate that was boiling in me has totally vanished. The hatred has turned into compassion and sympathy. Why was it too early for him to leave this world? What plan has God in stored for him in the life beyond? (more…)

May 16, 2015 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment

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