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EDITORIAL : Why allot big slice of Pangasinan’s 2015 budget for public affairs?

The budget of the provincial government for 2015 deserves a closer look and scrutiny for the Pangasinenses to know the provincial government’s priority in spending the taxpayers’ money.
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The budget for 2015 is a whopping P2.77 billion, P2.4 billion of which comes from the national government in the form of internal revenue allotment (IRA). The remaining P370 million comes from the internal revenues like permits, real property tax, penalties, etc.

There are six development areas that we have to look into- education ( scholarship fund), agriculture, social welfare, youth and sports, health ( medicines) and nutrition.

From the annual appropriations for 2015, here are the budget for these development areas: Scholarship fund (P23 million), Agriculture- rice and corn program (P10 million) and agro-industrial (P10 million) or a total of P20 million;

Social welfare (P2.5 million), youth and sports (P3 million), health – medicines (P15 million) and nutrition (P800,000).

These are the services that are directly felt by Pangasinenses and which the government should consider as priorities to effect changes in the lives of the people being served.

Isn’t it disgusting to know that the provincial government of Pangasinan under the helm of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. appropriated a big slice of the budget for public affairs? Isn’t it also intriguing to have a budget for public affairs in the amount of P50.4 million?

What are the activities that public affairs cover? Are these directly for the welfare of the 2.4 Pangasinenses? And why did the provincial government give public affairs fund more attention than that of the basic services for the people?

Public Affairs Networking ( defines public affairs as a work that combines government relations, media communications, issue management, corporate and social responsibility, information dissemination and strategic communications advice. Practitioners aim to influence public policy, build and maintain a strong reputation and find common ground with stakeholders.

Based on that cited definition of public affairs, it can be clearly deduced that the provincial government is more concerned on its “deodorizing activities” or covering the pitfalls of the administration with press releases and media relations work of its media office.

Example is the illegal black sand mining, which the provincial government since 2011 kept on denying through press releases and media relations. (more…)

June 1, 2015 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

R1MC Boss hails plans to put up hospital by former mayor

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The chief of the Regional-1 Medical Center (R1MC) lauded the plan of former Dagupan Mayor Benjamin Lim to build a maternity lying-in clinic here to cater to poor residents.
Dr. Roland Mejia said it was a welcome move to help decongest the patients going to R1MC.
“The Region 1 Medical Center welcomes all ideas that could improve the delivery of health services,” Mejia said of Lim’s project.
The proposed hospital did not materialize after it was shelved by the administration of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez when she won in the 2013 election.
Mejia said the birthing hospital of Lim was logical to give more elbow spaces for R1MC to cater to more complicated illness.
“ R1MC is the only tertiary hospital in Pangasinan,” Mejia explained in a press conference he called.
Because its a tertiary level, he said, R1MC should be catering to more complicated birth deliveries.
He cited as example breached delivery where the buttock of the infant comes first.
“They have to refer it here,” he emphatically said.
Mejia said R1MC has tied up with the birthing stations in the island villages here.
But if the delivery is complicated, he instructed people on those stations to bring the patients at the regional hospital. (more…)

June 1, 2015 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

Mangaldan Mayor bares secret behind DepEd national award

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANGALDAN – The mayor here cited the cooperation of various sectors as the secret why this town’s Barangay Bantayan was a national awardee last year as Best Brigada Eskwela Implementer.

BALLOONS. Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno (extreme left) and Barangay Bantayan Chairman Ritchie Abalos (2nd from left), and officials of the Department of Education released the ceremonial balloons  to end the caravan and kick off of the Brigada Eskwela held at the Mangaldan Integrated School Special Education or formerly Bantayan Central School. The school  was the national awardee last year of the Best Brigada Eskwela Implementer. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

BALLOONS. Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno (extreme left) and Barangay Bantayan Chairman Ritchie Abalos (2nd from left), and officials of the Department of Education released the ceremonial balloons to end the caravan and kick off of the Brigada Eskwela held at the Mangaldan Integrated School Special Education or formerly Bantayan Central School. The school was the national awardee last year of the Best Brigada Eskwela Implementer. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

“Diyan nila makikita ang pagkaka-isa at pagtutulungan ng mga involved para sa edukasyon ng mga bata. Ngayon pinakita natin na ang Municipality of Mangaldan ay todo suporta sa kick off ng eskuwelahan na ito,” Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno explained during the Brigada Eskwela held last May 18 at the Mangaldan Integrated School Special Education or formerly Bantayan Central School.
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.
The kick off at Bantayan was attended by Department of Education Regional Director Teresita M. Velasco, School Division -II Superintendent Lawyer Donato D. Balderas, Jr., School Division-II Assistant Superintendent Sheila Marie Primicias, Governor Amado T. Espino, Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim, Mayor Parayno, Vice Mayor Manny Casupang, members of this town council, and other luminaries from the Dep Ed regional and provincial offices.
Mayor Parayno assailed critics that her all-out support to the public schools here are for political brownie points. (more…)

June 1, 2015 at 9:50 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: No Double-Jeopardy: De Lima can refile case vs. Duterte


Hindi ko maintindihan itong end game ng China, iisa lang ang aircraft carrier na obsolete pa (from Ukraine) versus 11 big carriers from the United States. Tapos more than 1000 kilometers ang layo ng Mainland China sa Spratly, so for me it would be expensive sa mga fighter jets nila because of the lengthy flight .
It would be deja vu Lufwaffee (German Airforce) whose jets became shooting ducks from Great Britain’s airplanes in World War 11 since they have to have that hair raising trips sa English Channel. Or Falkland War in 1982 like those U.S made A-4 Sky Hawk jets ng Argentina obliterated on the air by the British Harrier jump jets.
Kung nuclear war, sigurado matutunaw ang Mainland China and ma preserve ang U.S mainland kasi wala pang capability ang China to launch her Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM). But people in Palawan and Pangasinan and even in Australia are vulnerable to the Chinese nuclear capable Russian made Xian H-6K jet bombers that could kill all if not most of the people in these areas.
Son of a gun, calling for the Aegis’ Anti Ballistic Missiles Defense System on warships and anti- warheads Patriot missiles of the Americans!

After Presidential material Senator Grace Poe breathes like an albatross at the back of the neck of controversial presidential wannabe Vice President Jojo Binay as based on Poe’s phenomenal survey spikes, the Binay’s camp had been witch hunting Poe as not qualified to become a candidate for the No.1 Office. Their arguments anchored on the senator renouncing her Filipino citizenship by becoming a US citizen before thus he disenfranchised herself to become a natural born citizen.
Natural born is a requirement if ones run for Congress, Vice Presidency, and the Presidency.
While Cesarean Born, er, Naturalized Citizen are for those who want to run for the elective posts in the local government units.
But Poe’s supporters had been citing then Pangasinan Congressman Teddy Cruz, best friend of my media colleague Harold “The Bagman” Barcelona, case to thwart the arguments of Poe’s critics.
The case of then Congressman Teodoro Cruz, a former U.S Marine, however was covered by Commonwealth Act No. 63 when he lost and acquired his natural born citizenship thus he remained a congressman. Cruz’s argument, after he was petitioned by his congressional rival Antonio Bengzon III, was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2001.
Grace Poe does not have to worry about being “Natural Born” to qualify for Congress and the Presidency. She was already covered in year 2003 by Republic Act 9225 (An Act Making the Citizenship of Philippine Citizens Who Acquire Foreign Citizenship Permanent). It was the same law being quoted by many former foreign citizen Filipinos who were mayoralty and gubernatorial bets in the 2010 and 2013 elections.
The law says in Section 3: “ Retention of Philippine Citizenship – Any provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, natural-born citizenship by reason of their naturalization as citizens of a foreign country are hereby deemed to have re-acquired Philippine citizenship upon taking the following oath of allegiance to the Republic:
“I _____________________, solemny swear (or affrim) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines and obey the laws and legal orders promulgated by the duly constituted authorities of the Philippines; and I hereby declare that I recognize and accept the supreme authority of the Philippines and will maintain true faith and allegiance thereto; and that I imposed this obligation upon myself voluntarily without mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”

Whenever I am in the cities of Davao, Iloilo, Baguio, and Cebu I see to it I bring all the local newspaper there for comparison with the almost 30 Pangasinan based tabloids that include the fly-by-nights that rear their ugly heads and revolting English grammars whenever election is around the corner.

I compare too how the columnists there fare with the opinion writers in one of the biggest provinces in the Philippines.
In my “lightning’ visit in Davao City last Tuesday afternoon (where I rode shot gun the following Wednesday in a car and the plane to catch my son’s college graduation at the University of Sto. Thomas in Manila) I bought last Wednesday copies of Sun Star – Davao City, Mindanao Times, Daily Mirror, and Edge Davao.

At Sun Star a columnist there Jun Ledesma said Justice Secretary Leila de Lima could not re-file the murder charge she filed years ago when she was the Commissioner of the Commission Human Rights to Davao City Mayor Rod Duterte without courting Double-Jeopardy.
I nearly fell from my airplane’s seat upon reading the news excerpt when I was 30,000 feet above Cebu City.
De Lima became gung ho again to file the case after Duterte acknowledged lately he is the Davao Death Squad responsible for the one thousand extra judicial killings of “habitual delinquents” in the Durian City.
“If I remember it right, the Regional Trial Court of Manila, where she filed the charges against Duterte, threw out the pieces of evidence that she and her special probe team of investigators presented to the Court. As CHR Chair, De Lima personally led the probe team and summoned not only Mayor Duterte but every Tom-Dick-and-Harry they thought they can grill and extract information,“ the columnist opined.
Ledesma continued: “Double jeopardy is actually a serious crime therefore that places De Lima and Duterte in the same predicament. Duterte can laugh his way to court but I cannot say the same thing for the Secretary”
The columnist is dead wrong of course. Double Jeopardy, according to the Supreme Court in People v. Ylagan 958 Phil. 851 (1933), attaches if these three requisites are included: (a) upon a good indictment, (b) before a competent court, (c) after arraignment, (d) after plea.
When the RTC in Manila dismissed de Lima case it dismissed it not after Duterte underwent arraignment and plead “not guilty” but dismissed it due to lack of probable cause.
Ibig sabihin mahina ang ebidensiya o walang ebidensiya to directly link the mayor to the killings. (more…)

June 1, 2015 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

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