Archive for June, 2015
I was deeply annoyed by the Espino Administration’ penchant for resorting to loans just to funds projects when in fact our annual budget for 2015 totals to P2.7 billion.
Personally, I am not against by local government units (LGUs) availing of loans from banking institutions to finance their pet programs and projects when their annual budgets are not enough. This practice has been resorted to by LGUs to fast track their projects using their internal revenue allotment (IRA) share as collaterals.
However, if this practice has been being used for so many times, this goes to show that the LGUs are not financially stable, thus the infusion of external funds to beef up their budgets.
Pangasinan is a large province. It has all the means to self-finance its development activities. Local programs and projects must just be carefully budgeted within the framework of strategic planning and cost effectiveness. In short, programs and projects that will have great effect and impacts to the constituents being served must be prioritized particularly on the spheres of basic services.
For calendar year 2015, Pangasinan’s annual appropriations total to P2.7 billion. Of that amount 20% or a total of P690 million is set aside for development funds. This will be used to sustain programs and projects aside from other non-office appropriations, which are line-budgeted.
We have enough funds as shown by the annual budget of 2015. But why is the provincial government still resorting to borrowing funds from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) in the amount of P758 million? For an ordinary citizen who cannot easily figure out what the loan is all about, here it is: (more…)
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – Former Speaker Jose de Venecia lauded Senator Grace Poe for leading the latest presidential polls but scrubbed the plan of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to create a revolutionary government once elected as president of the country.
De Venecia was behind the creations of the “Rainbow Coalition” in Congress and the Build- Operate-Transfer scheme that expedited government projects during the Ramos Administration.
But he said even if Poe eclipsed other presidential rivals at the latest Social Weather Stations and the Pulse Asia surveys, it is still too early to celebrate since election is still far away.
‘Will there are the ups and downs of the polls. I congratulate her for her significant improvement in the rating, but these are early days, one year away is election. The situation is very fluid,” said de Venecia.
In the May 30 to June 5 Pulse Asia and the June 5 to 8 Social Weather Station’s surveys, the country’s foremost pollster tabulated that Poe led by 30% while Vice President Jejomar Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas got 22%, 15%, 10%, respectively at Pulse Asia. At SWS, Poe overtook her perceive presidential rivals by 42% while Binay, Duterte, and Roxas got 34%, 21%, 20%, respectively
Davao City Mayor Duterte, in some of his powwows at the different parts of the country, exhorted his listeners that in case Congress and the Supreme Court would not sanction his programs to salvage the country from revolting corruption and patent penury he would declare a revolutionary government in six months to one year. (more…)
By Yolanda Sotelo
DAGUPAN CITY – Beware of that “friendly” pandesal vendor who goes around the neighborhood early in the mornings. The bread he or she is selling may have a “spread” called “shabu.”
Supt. Benjamin Areola, action officer of Pangasinan Provincial Anti Illegal Drugs Special Operations of the provincial police, said pandesal vendors are being used as fronts by the illegal drug dealers in the province.
Another cover that the illegal drug dealers have come up with is the use of tansan (bottle crowns).
“The user throws money out of the window where the seller waits. When the money falls out the window, the vendor throws the dented tansan with shabu inside,” Areola said during a media forum on Thursday.
The anti-drug operatives are also looking into reports that drug dealers are sending money through the banks and money remittance companies for the drug deals.
“There are instances that the money came from the (new) Bilibid prison,” Areola said.
The police are also inspecting local jails, and that there had been an instance when a woman was delivering something for a prisoner but the package yielded illegal drugs.
As to reports that drugs cost lower in Pangasinan than the other northern provinces. Areola said the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) may be contributory.
He said according to information, the illegal drugs dealed in the province come from Cavite and National Capital Region, and travel time from those areas almost by half because of TPLEX. (more…)
Noong Hunyo 22 sa sesyon ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan, ipinasa ang Provincial Ordinance No. 24-2015 na naglalayon ng planong umutang ang panlalalawigang pamahalaan ng Pangasinan ng halos P800 milyong mula sa Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).
Hindi pa nga tapos bayaran ang naunang inutang, umutang na naman? Mayron pang P405 milyon na utang mula sa LBP. Ito na naman, utang na naman? At napakalaki! Ang talagang gustong utangin ay P1 bilyon!
Bago inaprubahan ang nasabing ordinansa, sinabi ng mga miembro ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan na hindi daw sila kinunsulta kung ano ang mga proyektong gagawin sa mga distrito nila. Oo nga naman. Sila ang nakakaalam ng mga problema sa kanilang distrito. Basta na lang daw dinala ang ordinansa para sa utang para sa kanilang pag-apruba.
May mga miembro ng SP na umalma at nagreklamo. Bigyan daw muna sila ng listahan ng proyekto para alam nila. Pero tumawag ng “recess” si Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim Jr. at pinag-usapan ito. Pagbalik nila sa sesyon, ayon aprubado na ang gagawing pag-utang sa LBP. (more…)
TO DEVELOP ROSALES
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- ” You are the front liners in providing services to our people and you are working 24/7. That’s why I salute all of you for the sacrifices you are extending to your barangays.”
This was the message of Abono Partylist Rep. Conrad M. Estrella III to the village officials of this town during the “Barangay Night,” an activity of the fiesta, at the Robert B. Estrella Sr. Memorial Stadium last June 11.
Estrella, who represented former Pangasinan 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco, urged the village officials to unite and work harder to attain full development and progress in their barangays.
He also exhorted them to support Cojuangco and his would -be running mate Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay in the 2016 election , as he cited Cojuangco’s accomplishments during his stint as 5th District congressional representative.
” I believe that Cojuangco and Macanlalay will spur the development of our province. Let’s unite to ensure their victories in the next election,” Estrella said.
Estrella also requested Mayor Susan Pagador-Casareno to include the sons and daughters or the nearest kins of the village officials in the town’s scholarship program. He said because of the financial hardships they are encountering, they could hardly afford to send their children to college.
“In case the applicants to the town’s scholarship program do not pass the screening examination and process imposed by the municipal government, the Abono Partylist will take charge of their education financial assistance,”Estrella said. (more…)
While attending the other day my libel case hearing at the Regional Trial Court in Dagupan City, I could not stop shaking my head because of mixed of consternation and amusement seeing yellow clad inmates of the Bureau of Jail, Management & Penology handcuffed and herded to their special pews inside the court. Almost all of them were charged with possession or selling of the illegal drugs. Selling of the illegal drug in the Philippines, despite its number of gram, is a non-bailable crime.
Some of them used to be my students in a university and one was my village mate.
Since we were not allowed to talk lest we would be chided by the judge, I used a sign language, to ask what their crimes were, by mimicking somebody who stabbed (my hand swung a knife to someone), robbed somebody (my hand opening a door knob with a key), pounded for several times on the chair my right index finger where a man raped a woman, or sell illegal drug’s shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride (I opened my right palm and threw something).
All of them reciprocated by opening their palm and threw something mimicking a shabu. It means, son of a gun, these putative culprits implied that they were charged with selling the illegal drugs
It seemed the dreaded Dagupan Death Squad (DDS), that killed countless habitual delinquents in the past, struck again at 1 pm of June 24, shooting Maximo Aspric, an ex convict and notorious robber, when he was disembarking from a tricycle at Barangay Malued in the city.
“A white legal sized bond paper with writings “Huwag ako tularan, tulak (shabu pusher), Snatcher ako – DDS, was found near his body,” a police text message said.
It was more than a year ago or two that a “recidivist” akyat bahay (burglar) in the same village was waylaid in the wee hour and was seen with a similar bond paper warning the public not to emulate his nefarious activities.
According to my source that has an alleged contact with the DDS, the group on their selective extra judicial killings missed only Rewel S. Bugayong alias “Kamote”, a habitual delinquent in Barangay Tapuac, Dagupan City.
A legal size bond paper with a warning was found too in the place where he was shot by two assassins wearing baseball caps while he was playing cards .
“Doon lang daw sila pumalpak kay Kamote,” he told me.
Here’s my report on that incident a day after he was shot: “Bugayong, a notorious robber whose mugging and house looting activities gave headaches to village officials and police for years, was confined at the intensive care unit of the Region I Medical Center, with a bullet ensconced at his jaw after alleged members of a death squad attempted to kill him on the night of May 20.
The same resident said he suspected that the hit man was part of a group that was behind the series of extra judicial killings of illegal drug pushers and robbers whose hog tied bodies pumped with bullets or with stab wounds were dumped like garbage along the national highways here. (more…)