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CIRCUMCISION. These boys wait for their turn as they watch a boy ahead of them availing of the free circumcision service last May 9 in barangay Dulag, Lingayen, Pangasinan given by the batch 1983 of the Pangasinan National High School.CESAR RAMIREZ

CIRCUMCISION. These boys wait for their turn as they watch a boy ahead of them availing of the free circumcision service last May 9 in barangay Dulag, Lingayen, Pangasinan given by the batch 1983 of the Pangasinan National High School.CESAR RAMIREZ

May 21, 2015 at 10:12 pm Leave a comment

DOST opens scholarship to third year college students

DAGUPAN CITY -The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is now accepting applications for the Junior Level Science Scholarships (JLSS) program.

Arnold Santos, science research specialist of DOST-Pangasinan, said third year college students who are currently enrolled in priority science and technology courses may apply.

The JLSS program is under the new Republic Act 10612 or the Fast-Tracked Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 2013.

RA 10612 aims to strengthen the country’s science and technology education by fast-tracking graduates in the sciences, mathematics and engineering courses.

“It hopes to inspire the scholar-graduates towards a career-path in science teaching to address the shortage of quality teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects in secondary schools,” Santos said.

New graduates of this program will be given priority for job placement in high schools in the country and/or will be employed by the Department of Education in a position equivalent to a Special Science Teacher I in the Philippine Science High School, he said.

“They shall also be allowed to teach even without Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) eligibility but has to pass the LET within five years from the date of hiring,” he added.

Santos said that those who will qualify will be awarded tuition and other school fees amounting to P10, 000 per semester or P8, 000 per trimestral term, book allowance, monthly stipend, transportation allowance and health insurance. (more…)

May 21, 2015 at 10:03 pm Leave a comment

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May 21, 2015 at 9:54 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Save Pangasinan Movement?

First, it was named as Save Alcala Movement when its founder Manuel Tolentino was about to run as municipal mayor of Alcala in 2013 elections. It was the front organization for his political ambition. The movement issued various criticisms against then outgoing Alcala Municipal Mayor Manuel Collado and then former Vice Mayor Ryan Paolo Mencias who ran as municipal mayor in 2013. Amid various black propaganda hurled by Tolentino against Mencias and his groups during the 2013 elections, Mencias and his ticket swept the polls with 10-0 against the group of Tolentino.
It was this Tolentino who questioned the illegal black sand operations of the provincial government and was also the alleged keeper of a son of a media man who allegedly witnessed the planning to kill Infanta Mayor Ruperto Martinez. About two and a half years after the 2013 elections, Tolentino and his group surfaced with a different political agenda. The Save Alcala Movement that he organized was transformed into a “ Save Pangasinan Movement” with the end of view to stir the administration of Mayor Mencias as well as to subvert the gubernatorial bid of former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco in 2016 elections.
The mere look of it, it appears that this movement is espousing transparency and good governance in the province of Pangasinan as if it is against the administration of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. who figured lately in controversial issues notable of which are the illegal black sand mining in Lingayen, jueteng and illegal quarrying. Does Tolentino want to save our province from Espino’s administration so he organized the “ Save Pangasinan Movement”? What is this movement all about? Is it operating only in Alcala where he claimed to have more than 3,000 members and about 4,000 in the entire province? (more…)

May 21, 2015 at 9:53 pm Leave a comment


‘We’re happy of warm reception by Pangasinenses’
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
SISON- For almost a year of making rounds of visits in various towns and villages in Pangasinan to make themselves known to Pangasinenses, gubernatorial aspirant Mark O. Cojuangco said he is happy of the warm reception he and vice gubernatorial aspirant Mark Roy Macalalay are getting from Pangasinenses.
“I want to let you know that our rounds of visit with Mark in every towns and barangays in the province of Pangasinan gaven us more inspiration to pursue our aspirations to serve our province. We are received warmly by our province mates in many areas that we visited,” Cojuangco said before a small group of media men here.
He said the warm reception they are getting from Pangasinenses gave him and Macanlalay stronger resolve to run for governorship and vice governorship for Macanlalay in 2016.
Cojuangco announced his gubernatorial plans on February 10, 2014 right after the State of the Province Address (SOPA) of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr.
His sudden announcement of his gubernatorial aspiration drew criticisms from his former allies including Espino and five members of Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP)- Alfonso Bince (6th District), Danilo C. Uy (5th District), Nestor Reyes (2nd District), Raul Sison (2nd District), Angel Baniqued Jr. (3rd District) and Gener Tulagan Jr. (3rd District). (more…)

May 21, 2015 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment


LISTO . Pangasinan PDRRMC officer Col. Rhodyn Oro(2nd from left) answers questions during a forum at the Operation LISTO:Disaster Preparedness Dialogue last May 12 at the Dagupan Village Hotel in Dagupan City. Others in photo are(from left) F/Chief Insp.Arthur Sawate, provincial fire marshal; Pangasinan Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Calimlim,Jr.; DILG provincial director Reggie Colisao; and Rhodalyn Licudine, DILG regional disaster focal person.CESAR RAMIREZ

LISTO . Pangasinan PDRRMC officer Col. Rhodyn Oro(2nd from left) answers questions during a forum at the Operation LISTO:Disaster Preparedness Dialogue last May 12 at the Dagupan Village Hotel in Dagupan City. Others in photo are(from left) F/Chief Insp.Arthur Sawate, provincial fire marshal; Pangasinan Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Calimlim,Jr.; DILG provincial director Reggie Colisao; and Rhodalyn Licudine, DILG regional disaster focal person.CESAR RAMIREZ

LISTO . Pangasinan PDRRMC officer Col. Rhodyn Oro(2nd from left) answers questions during a forum at the Operation LISTO:Disaster Preparedness Dialogue last May 12 at the Dagupan Village Hotel in Dagupan City. Others in photo are(from left) F/Chief Insp.Arthur Sawate, provincial fire marshal; Pangasinan Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Calimlim,Jr.; DILG provincial director Reggie Colisao; and Rhodalyn Licudine, DILG regional disaster focal person.CESAR RAMIREZ

May 21, 2015 at 9:47 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: US plans to surround China controlled Islets


Have you wondered why Mexico, a spitting distance from the USA, is not as rich and powerful as Mainland China which is too far away from the No.1 economic power America?
The influx of U.S. businesses from the U.S. mainland became the linchpin of what is the Chinese economy today – No.2 economic juggernaut of the world.
Here’s my favourite book author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman who explained in a pedestrian manner why Mexico has been sluggish economically, and why the Chinese enjoyed its leapfrogging growth for several years.
“Mexico’s ranking in the Global Competitiveness Report actually fell while China’s rose. And this was not just about cheap wages, said (Neil) Rosen. It was about China’s advantages in education, privatization, infrastructure, quality control, mid level management, and the introduction of new technology.”
“So China is eating Mexico’s lunch,” concluded Rosen, “but more due to the Mexican inability to capitalize on success and induce broader reform than to China’s lower wage workers per se, ” Friedman said.
According to the Doing Business Report, it takes an average of fifty-eight days to start a business in Mexico, compared with eight in Singapore and nine in Turkey. It takes seventy four days to register a property in Mexico, but only twelve in the United States. Mexico’s corporate income tax rate of 34 percent is twice as high as China’s.
In terms of the length of starting a corporate business and the income tax rate, Mexico and the Philippines are almost the same.

Here’s what the Philippines could learn from China and India and avoid the folly of Mexico vis-a-avis education:
“India and China both have long tradition of parents telling their children that the greatest thing they can be in life is to be an engineer or a doctor. But building the schools to make that happen in Mexico simply has not been done. India and China each have more than fifty thousand students studying in the United States today. They come from about twelve zones away. Mexico, which is smaller but right next door, has only about ten thousand. Mexico is also right next to the world’s biggest economy, which speaks English. But Mexico has not launched any crash program in English education or invested in scholarships to send large numbers of Mexican students to the United States to study.
There is a “disconnect,” said President (Ernesto) Zedillo, among Mexico’s political establishment, the challenges of globalization, and the degree to which anyone is educating and harnessing the Mexican public to this task. You would have to look a long time for a graduate science or math program at an American university that is dominated by Mexican students the way most are dominated by Chinese and Indian students.

For the fans of Singapore strongman Lee Kuan Yew and South Korea’s Authoritarian Leader Park Chung Hee, listen!
Here are some facts for those who want an autocratic government to replace our democracy that seems to tailspin our country to the abyss.

“It would be easy to conclude from just looking at Mexico and China that democracy may be a hindrance to reform retail. I think it is premature to conclude that. I think the real issue is leadership. There are democracies that are blessed with leaders who are able to make the sale and get their people focused on reform retail – Margaret Thatcher in England comes to mind – and there are democracies that drift for a long time without biting the bullet- modern Germany, for example. There are autocracies that really get focused – modern China – and there are others that just drift aimlessly, unwilling to summon their people because the leaders are so illegitimate they are afraid of inflicting any pain – Zimbabwe.

That book “The World is Flat” written by Friedman lauds the mentality of China in becoming a great country.
“China does not just want to get rich. It wants to get powerful. China doesn’t just want to learn how to make GM (General Motors) cars. It wants to be GM and put GM out of business. Anyone who doubts that should spend time with young Chinese”.

When I saw at the Face Book account of MaxDefense several weeks ago the open house of American aircrafts at the former U.S base Clark Airport, I rode shotgun the following day to see up close and personal the ballyhooed American airplanes I romanticized, when I was a boy, reading at military magazines collected by my air force father.
I was told, however, by a Philippine Air Force public information office (PIO) officer a certain Lieutenant Romero that I have to get a clearance first at the General Head Quarter at Camp Aguinaldo before I could start interviewing the Filipino and American forces who participate in the Balikatan 2015 or military exercise after I introduced myself and showed my I.D that I am a member of the Fourth Estate.
As I left the PIO, I bumped into a retired Air Force General who is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1977.
I told him I worked before at the PIO of the PMA and told him PMA alumni members in Pangasinan like Congressman Pol Bataoil and Governor Amado T. Espino.
“I’m from San Jacinto, Pangasinan, too,” he said.
“So you heard about that retired general near your town whose house was raided by the National Bureau of Investigation?” I posed.
He was amused about the information I gave him.
He told the guards at the checkpoint of the joint HQs of the Filipinos and Americans to allow me to see the US and Philippine air assets that were open to the public the weekend before.
“I’ll call your commander (a general), just allow him to see those planes,” he told the guards.
If the Philippine Air Force is 90% Air and 10% Force, the U.S is 60% Force and 40% Air what with the absence of its F-16 Falcons, F/A-18 Hornets, and Stealth fighter-bombers being displayed on the tarmac there.
I saw there the U.S. giant C-17 Globe Master, AV-8A Harrier Jump Jets, three C-130, Black Hawk helicopters those messengers of death you saw on the flick “Black Hawk Down” and those two stealth choppers used by the Yanks on bringing the SEAL (Sea, Air, Land) Team-6 who killed NO. 1 global terrorist Osama bin Laden at the 3rd floor of the building in Abbottabad , Pakistan, Chinook, Bell AH-1 Cobra Helicopter, some A-10 Thunderbolt “tank killer” or Whartogs, while the PAF displayed its camouflage Italian made turbo power SF 260 Marchetti training planes, couple of Italian made jets S-211 while inside the PAF hangar I saw two dark green Poland made W-3A Sokol combat utility helicopter, two four blades S-76 Sikorsky helicopters that were purchased during the last year of the government of ousted Strongman Ferdinand Marcos.
On that day, I saw, too, a platoon of the elite Special Action Force and their American counterparts prepared themselves to enter the C-17 for parachute jump, while American officers and enlisted personnel billet themselves in style at 5-Star Hotels there like Holiday Inn, Stotsenberg, Oxford, to name a few.
I heard that a Filipino restaurant owner billed a P50 order of chicken adobo for P100 or more for American servicemen who relished the delicacy despite of the catered American food at their air-conditioned huge tents cum mess hall.
I learned from a source there that even without the Balikatan, once in awhile a squadron of F-16 Falcons or F/A-18 Hornet jets landed at Clark and stayed there for a while unknown to the Philippine media. (more…)

May 21, 2015 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

Mayor Mencias: No copy from Ombudsman


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ALCALA- Mayor Ryan Paolo V. Mencias of this agricultural town in the 5th District said his office is still waiting for copies of the complaint filed by a certain Manuel Tolentino on the use of tobacco excise tax before the Office of the Ombudsman.
In an interview by Northern Watch recently, Mayor Mencias said he cannot comment on the complaint since he was only informed about it through a “press release” issued by Tolentino.
“We have to look into the details of the said complaint once we get copies ( of the complaint) from Ombudsman. I was informed that the principal respondent was former Mayor (Manuel) Collado who has finished his term in 2013 and the complaint was from 2010 to 2013. I was included in the complaint being the vice mayor during those years together with the members of the Sangguniang Bayan and department heads,” Mayor Mencias said.
He said he’s wondering why Tolentino has filed a case against Mayor Collado and the former municipal officials only now that 2016 elections is fast approaching.
“As far as I recall, the tobacco excise tax share of Alcala was used properly. All projects were included in our annual investments plan (AIP) that was approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. I have yet to read the details of the complaint,” he said.
Tolentino, who organized the Save Alcala Movement, ran for municipal mayor of this town in 2013 against Mencias, (more…)

May 21, 2015 at 9:43 pm Leave a comment

Lingayen Gulf: From rich to poor fishing area

By Yolanda Sotelo

SAN FERNANDO CITY – In 1949, just when the Philippines was recovering from the ravishes of war, residents of towns facing Lingayen Gulf turned to the body of water for their protein needs. Then, the gulf was rich with resources and offered an abundance of fish. The harvest was of high “quality,” too, like large fishes like groupers, snappers, sharks and rays that are now considered high value species.

This was shown in a study of the gulf by the United States Fishery and Wildlife Service conducted 66 years ago, said Geronimo Silvestre, chief of party of the EcoFish or the Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (Ecofish) project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Ilocos office.
At present, the Lingayen Gulf is in sad state of degradation – a victim of overfishing, extensive illegal fishing like use of dynamites and fine mesh nets, and pollution. The catch of fishermen has plummeted, too, that the daily catch can hardly feed their family. Worse, the kind of fish are of low quality, like slipmouths (sapsap), and hairtails (espada).
The condition of the Lingayen Gulf, and of the marginal fishermen dependent on it for their livelihood, continues to deteriorate.
But all is not lost, Silvestre said during signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) of the La Union Baywatch Network for Sustainable Fisheries last week.
At least 32 officials signed the MOA for the alliance of 10 local government units, concerned government agencies and law enforcement agencies. It aims at addressing the multi-faceted problems of illegal fishing, dwindling fish stocks, and poverty of the fishing sector.
The alliance is actually an update of the alliance called La Union Baywatch in 2005 which was revised in 2009, a briefer on the project said.
“This time, there seems to be a recognition of going beyond MOA-signing,” it added.
The alliance has come up with a five-year plan of action for 2015-2019, and has identified the action groups and member. The La Union Provincial Agriculture Office, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the EcoFish will serve as the secretariat.
There are four action groups under the alliance – the coastal law enforcement/field operations and intestigation/prosecution; the resource management; the sustainable financing/livelihoods and information education and training; and the operational plan/policiies and ordinances.
The alliance hopes to solve the ailments affecting the gulf through reduction of fisherfolk, limiting fishing activities to only the licensed ones, disallowing commercial fishing boats in the 15-km municipal fishing grounds, and eradicating illegal fishing which contributes to depletion of fish stocks and destroys resources like mangroves and coral reefs.

The increase on number of fishermen dependent on the gulf has likewise contributed to the fast depletion of fish stock, he said.
“We need to reduce the number of fishermen so that their number will match the gulf’s natural capacity to regenerate,” he said.
To address this challenge, the alliance will also come up with livelihood projects to wean the fishermen from the sea.
“But this is not just giving work to the fishermen. We will implement the social enterprise development which won’t stop at supporting livelihood projects based on available commodities in the areas, but will give suitable trainings and connect the products to the market,” he said. (more…)

May 21, 2015 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment

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