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WITH YOUNG FOLKS


 WITH YOUNG FOLKS. Former Pangasinan Fifth District Rep. Mark Cojuangco and Calasiao Mayor Mark Macanlalay pose with young residents of Bolinao during a recent town affair.

WITH YOUNG FOLKS. Former Pangasinan Fifth District Rep. Mark Cojuangco and Calasiao Mayor Mark Macanlalay pose with young residents of Bolinao during a recent town affair.

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May 25, 2015 at 8:21 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Matter of priorities


In the delivery of services to the Pangasinenses, what is the most important for the provincial government?
Is it having the biggest budget for public affairs, which is used mainly for “pa-pogi effect” because of media activities and press releases?northernwatch 5-23-15
Is it having budget for agriculture, social services, livestock development, housing, etc, which are the basic needs of the people?
A glance at the Appropriations Ordinance for Calendar Year 2015 revealed that the budget for media activities is glaringly excessive.
Have a look: P50.4 million for public affairs, another P4.5 million for Pangasinan Day (likewise listed as media affair), P5 million for reproduction of media materials, P3.5 million for cultural presentation and incentive awards, P1.5 million for cultural presentation or Balitok a Tawir and others, P1 million for another item for cultural presentation incentive awards, P1 million for barangay-based information communication program, and P3.5 million for advocacy campaign.
That, my dear readers, is a whooping P70.4 million for bolstering the name of the officials manning the provincial government.
Let us take out the budget for Pangasinan Day and cultural presentations and advocacy campaigns and you still have P56.4 million for public affairs! Where does that much money go to? What is it for?
On the other hand, what do we have for agriculture? In a basically agricultural province, the budget for rice and corn production in 2015 is a measly P10 million. Add to that the amount for agro industrial development which is P10 million and all our farmers get is P20 million.
Sure, Pangasinan gets awards on agriculture here and there. But this is largely thanks to the contributions of other sectors, groups and local governments contribute to getting those awards. Sadly, when the top provincial official mentions the awards, he does not mention the contributions of other sectors and LGUs, getting sole credit for them. (more…)

May 25, 2015 at 8:19 am Leave a comment


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