Archive for May 24, 2015

Bataoil asks COA to scrutinize pork related projects


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Pangasinan Second District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil asked the Commission on Audit not to generalize its report that all the 49 lawmakers implemented dubious projects between years 2011 to 2013.
Bataoil deplored the COA report tagging him and 48 senators and congressmen as having implemented “ghost” projects from their priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or the pork barrel.bataoil passport photo
The COA earlier said Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Gregorio Honasan II and 47 administration lawmakers were involved in alleged irregularities in the disbursement of P670 million from the PDAF and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) between 2011 and 2013.
“We have been consistent in the 2nd District of Pangasinan that there is no ghost project. I am always been diligent in monitoring and supervising the projects,” he said in a phone interview with this paper.
He said it was also unfair to accuse the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), an entity under the Office of the President, that evaluated and approved his P4.4 million project implemented by the non government organization to groups of Muslims in his district.
In other media interviews he said that NGO was Kabuhayan at Kalusugan Alay sa Masa Foundation (KKAMF).
His P4.4 million was used for trainings on cosmetology, alternative healthcare and fish processing to Muslim women from his district, according to news reports.
What prompted him to help them was when he saw their plight when he was assigned as a police officer in Mindanao.
COA reported that KKAMF was not part of incarcerated pork scam queen Janet Napoles’ NGOs that had shady deals with some solons.
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, as reported by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, even called on critics not to generalize that all the 47 congressmen conspired with the bogus NGOs.
“Those people who have adequately explained themselves, there, I think we should not make them—unless there are evidences against them—we could not keep on bantering their names. But those whom the COA has found unsatisfactory or inadequately documented their liquidation or the destination of their money, that should be followed up,” Belmonte said. (more…)

May 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

‘Someone’ is both matapat, has experience – Cayetano


LINGAYEN – Senator Grace Poe may claim to be matapat (honest)and Vice President Jejomar Binay may have the experience in governance, but there must be someone who possesses both honesty and experience, another contender for presidency said.

FISH CONGRESS. Senate Majority Floor Leader Alan Peter Cayetano  tells fishery producers from different places in the country, to position the country’s fish industry’s comparative advantage and economics of scales under the Association of Southeast Asia Nation (ASEAN) economic integration. Cayetano was one of the speakers  during four-day First National Fishing Producers’ Congress held at the Sison Auditorium, Capitol Complex in Lingayen, on May 18-21.  It was sponsored by  the Philippines Associations of Fish Producers (PAFCI).  MORTZ ORTIGOZA

FISH CONGRESS. Senate Majority Floor Leader Alan Peter Cayetano tells fishery producers from different places in the country, to position the country’s fish industry’s comparative advantage and economics of scales under the Association of Southeast Asia Nation (ASEAN) economic integration. Cayetano was one of the speakers during four-day First National Fishing Producers’ Congress held at the Sison Auditorium, Capitol Complex in Lingayen, on May 18-21. It was sponsored by the Philippines Associations of Fish Producers (PAFCI). MORTZ ORTIGOZA


He may be talking about himself, but Senator Alan Peter Cayetano told reporters it was up to them to determine who have the two attributes.
Cayetano, who was here as speaker during the first national fishery producer congress, said beside from the qualities which Poe and Binay boast of having, said the voters should know who they will voting into office.
“They must know who they will be marrying for the next six years, who will run the company for the next six years, and who will take care of their children for the next six years.”

“(They should) know if the candidate is matapat, if corrupt, if he will stab you in the back, and what kind of laws he will pass,” he added.
Cayetano said the voters sometimes get emotionally attached to the candidate but do not really know him so that after the elections, they get surprised about the actions or decisions of the one they voted into office. (more…)

May 24, 2015 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Local and foreign investors in Pangasinan?


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Lately, the provincial administration of Pangasinan under Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. issued a press and photo release stating that the province was visited by the second batch of local and foreign investors last May 20.
The press release particularly a certain Charles Ampofo, Chair of KAMPAC Oil Middle East F2CO with ten groups of foreign and local firms eyeing investment at the eco-tourism site in Lingayen and the construction of seaport in Sual. The photo release stated also that these investors came from Australia, United Kingdom, Spain and Korea. The first batch of investors reportedly visited Pangasinan last March 27.
At first glance of the photo release, I was not at all convinced that these “investors” are meant to invest in Pangasinan. First, the Sual seaport will need more or less billions of pesos as the seaport needs to be expanded to the sea area where the depth of sea water will be appropriate for harbors and docking area.
Second, the eco-tourism site in Lingayen is still subject to litigation because of illegal black sand mining and the comprehensive eco-tourism master plan has yet to be revised if its present situation that the golf course will no longer be continued. (more…)

May 24, 2015 at 1:15 pm 1 comment

San Carlos cops win street dancing championship


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
SAN CARLOS CITY – For the first time in the history of this 86 villages city, the police force here garnered the top plum of the street dance competition.

AWARD FOR DANCING. Police Superintendent Charles Donato Umayam (2nd  from left), chief of police of San Carlos City, gives the P65,000 to the representatives of the 82 dancers of the Philippine National Police during the Mango-Bamboo Street Dancing Competition. The cash price is part of the P50,000 prize for being the over-all champion, with the police beating six other teams, and P15,000 for bagging the Best in Costume award. MORTZ C.ORTIGOZA

AWARD FOR DANCING. Police Superintendent Charles Donato Umayam (2nd from left), chief of police of San Carlos City, gives the P65,000 to the representatives of the 82 dancers of the Philippine National Police during the Mango-Bamboo Street Dancing Competition. The cash price is part of the P50,000 prize for being the over-all champion, with the police beating six other teams, and P15,000 for bagging the Best in Costume award. MORTZ C.ORTIGOZA


Superintendent Charles Umayam, the chief of police here, said with the cooperation of 82 participants from high school, out-of-school youth, and policemen, his team received P65,000 for the championship award and in best in costume.
“We formed a team composed of participants from different villages and then we hired a choreographer,” he said.
Umayam said his team competed with six government departments in a street dance contest depicting the mango industry during Mango and Bamboo Festival.
He said each department was allowed to solicit for a sponsorship from other sector to bankroll expenses for training, attire, and props, to augment the fund given by the administration of Mayor Julier Resuelo.
One of the stunners that catapulted the policemen to the top was a huge police mascot.
The soft spoken Umayam is a graduate in 2000 of the Philippine National Police Academy. (more…)

May 24, 2015 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Bilang gubernador, magpakita ka, hindi lang diskurso


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REELECT MATUWID NA DAAN! Ang 2016 elections daw po ay isang reelection campaign para sa Matuwid na Daan ng Team PNoy o ang coalition ng LP-NP-NPC at iba pa.

Isang referendum daw po ang 2013 election kung saan nanalo ang Matuwid na Daan na dala ng Team PNoy.

Kung isang positive na boto para sa Matuwid na Daan ang pagkakapanalo ng 9 senatorial candidates ng team PNoy ang 2013 elections, reelect naman ang itinutulak ng Malacanan para sa 2016.

Ang panawagan ay reelect Matuwid na Daan. Ang mga kandidato ng Team PNoy ay nagdadala, nagsusulong at nagtataguyod ng Matuwid na Daan.

IRRIGATION PARA SA MAGSASAKA. Finally, approved na ang ARISEP para sa magsasaka ng eastern Pangasinan. Ito po ang Agno River Irrigation System Estension Project ang bagong project na magpapatuloy sa ARIIP. Ang ARIIP po ay Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project.

Ang tubig mula sa San Roque Dam ay dadaloy sa reregulating pond tapos pupunta ito sa ARIS at ADRIS.

Ang ARIS ay Agno River Irrigation System habang ang ADRIS naman ay Ambayaoan-Dipalo River Irrigation System.

National Irrigation Administration (NIA) ang magpapatupad ng project at nagkakahalaga ito ng PhP2.63 billion na may indicative schedule na 2015 hanggang 2017. Siyempre patapos na ang May kaya maaring abutin pa ito ng 2018.

Pati Balog-Balog Multipurpose Dam Project (BBMP) Phase II sa Tarlac ay approved din. Bagong patubig para sa 21,935 hectares at magkakaroon ng stable na patubig para sa 12,475 hectares ang target ng project na ito.

Nasa PhP13.37 billion ang halaga ng nasabing multipurpose high dam. Multipurpose kasi ito ay para sa patubig at para na rin sa flood management.

COJUANGCO LAW. Approved on second reading na sa House of Representatives ang HB 5286 – An Act promoting a National Competition Policy for the Philippines, prohibiting anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position and anti-competitive measures and acquisitions, establishing the Philippine Competition Commission and appropriating funds therefor.

Ito po ang pinagsama-samang bills tungkol sa Fair Competition sa negosyo sa Pilipinas na isinulong ni Cong Henry Cojuangco ng 1st district of Tarlac bago siya namatay.
Sabi nga ni House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, “While the focus now is on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the House continues to take a full view of other vital priorities which respond to our primary goal of pushing inclusive development in the country.”

CONG MARK, MAKINIG. Eto po ang ilang part ng nasulat sa politics.com.ph tungkol sa panananaw ni Danding Cojuangco sa pagiging congressman at paggiging gobernador. (more…)

May 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

REGIONAL LAND USE COMMITTEE OKAY’S CLUP; ENDORSES IT TO SP FOR FINAL APPROVAL


DAGUPAN CITY – The multi-agency regional land use committee of Region 1 approved on May 22 the revised Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of Dagupan and endorses the same to the Sangguniang Panlungsod for final review and approval.

The CLUP was presented for review and approval by the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) headed by Romeo Rosario before members of the regional committee from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Office of Civil Defense, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

The discussion was chaired by NEDA Region I Director Nestor G. Rillon along with HLURB Region I Director Teresita Galacgac as vice chair.
(more…)

May 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

DAGUPAN JOINS ASIA’S ETHNIC FOOD AND INGREDIENTS SHOW


By Leziel C. Aquino

DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez showcased the Dagupan bangus and other different Dagupan certified products during the opening of the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) at the Mall of Asia SMX Convention Center last May 21.

Among those who attended were dignitaries led by Senator Cynthia Villar and other national government officials.

For the very first time, Dagupan joined an international food exhibit to promote the world’s tastiest Dagupan bangus and other Dagupan certified products such as deboned and marinated bangus, smoked (tinapa) bangus, bangus in oil, alamang, monamon, suman and pinipig, peanut bites, banana chips, and dried fish.

These products were proudly made by rural women in the city who were trained on food processing under Project Belen (acronym for Better Education for Livelihood and Employment Needs). (more…)

May 24, 2015 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment


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