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EDITORIAL: Biglang kambiyo!

Nuong isang lingo, tahasang sinabi ni Gobernador Espino na hindi niya papatayin ang mga kumentarista kundi puputulan lang ng mga dila.

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Maraming reaksyon ang mga Pangasinense sa kanyang pagbabanta sa mga mamamahayag. Marami ang mga nagtaka bakit ang Gobernador ay nagpahayag ng ganun sa radio dahil ang mga komentaryo ay tumatalakay lang naman sa mga isyung nangyayari sa kanyang administrasyon. Maraming negative na puna kay Espino ang mababasa sa mga “social media” gaya ng Facebook.

Pagkatapos pagbabantaan ang mga mamamahayag sa Pangasinan na huwag nilang paglaruan ang kanilang mga buhay, naglabas si Gobernador Espino ng isang statement na sinasabing huminahon ang mga kumentarista..

Ang “press statement” ay taliwas sa kanyang pagbabanta- ito ay mahinahon at “humihingi na dalhin ng mga komentaryo sa isang disente at makatwirang antas upang maibsan ang apoy ng pagkakahiwalay upang hindi papunta sa mga hindi nararapat na insidente.

Ayon kay Espino, nakakarating sa kanyang kaalaman na mayroon ng hidwaan ng mga mamamahayag na sakaling mauwi sa marahas na palitan ng karahasan sa magkabilang kampo. Sinabi niya na bilang gobernador ng Pangasinan ay hindi niya ito kailanman papayagan dahil gusto niyang mapanatili ang kaayusan at kapayapaan sa lalawigan.

Ang kaniyang huling nabanggit ay taliwas sa sinabi niya sa mga radio na sa kaniya mismo ang pinagmulan ng kaisipang karahasan.

Bakit kaya nuong nasa radio siya ay hindi man lang siya nakapag-isip ng matiwasay? Bakit kaya bigla ang kanyang pagbibigay ng banta sa mga mamamahayag? Hindi kaya ito ay bungsod ng pagbibigay sa kanya ng mga maling impormasyon ng kanyang mga tagapagsalita sa mga estasyon ng mga radyo?

Sa mga nangyayari ngayon na lalong umiinit ang mga lumalabas na isyu dahil sa pagbabanta, iisa lang ang dapat sisisihin kundi ang kanyang taga-pagsalita na si Celso Manuel o Manny Celso na siya ang nagbukas ng pagbabanta na binigyan naman ng suporta ni Gobernador Espino. Di kaya mas mainam kung inilabas na lang niya ang “press statement” at hindi na nagbanta sa radio?

July 27, 2015 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

Macanlalay recalls a funny incident during weddings

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – A day after the wedding, the groom wanted the marriage “revoked” because his new wife refused to let him attend the town’s fiesta celebration.
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This was one of the funny incidents that the young mayor, who has officiated over countless weddings, recalled.
“Ikinasal sa araw na ito dahil fiesta sa barangay. Next day nakikipag hiwalay si lalaki dahil hindi ata pinayagang lumabas ang asawa,” Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay said.
He told the husband that he could not do (revoke) the marriage. Besides, the wife was already pregnant.
Macanlalay would not cite the village here where the couples who quarrelled lived.
He said in his five years as mayor he solemnized marriage of more than 500 pairs.
“In the mass wedding alone in the mall and at the plaza there were already 500! Not to mention the weekly wedding I officiated in the town hall,” he said. (more…)

July 27, 2015 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: More on Espino’s media threats

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The issues on the threats of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. to media men have not subsided as of late. It is the favorite topics of politicians when they are in group, of media men, of barangay officials and other sectors who were disgusted of what Espino said over the radio stations last July 17.

Much that I want it personally to put an end of the issue, I was bombarded with calls and emails from relatives and friends who said they feared for my life as a radio commentator. Others opined that I should leave radio broadcasting and not even meddle in politics and live in peace. While I accept their deep concern over my personal safety, I could not in conscience leave the crusade I impressed upon me to help Pangasinan thru my factual commentaries. The threats are there. Unluckily, these came from a supposed most revered official of the province -the governor of Pangasinan.
At the back of my mind, there are many thoughts coming. Was Espino provided with right information by his media consultants and “paid broadcasters?” Did Espino fully grasp the issues being hurled against his administration? Why did he act without sobriety that is expected from a public official like him?

In fairness to him, he might not have been given the right advice from his circles of media consultants. He ranted information provided to him by his consultants.
This is not a war of personal attacks. If there is one person to be blamed on the backlash against Espino, it’s his broadcaster Celso Manuel aka Manny Celso who started the idea of “threats”.
If I were Governor Espino, I would not allow this Manuel to broadcast over the radios. Instead of building up the administration, he put it into a situation that is now the talk of the town. Issuing threats does not augur well for the Espino administration, it even opened the minds of Pangasinense on what kind of a leader he is.
Surprisingly, not one member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has taken the threat issue. Are they deaf or could not muster courage to talk against the Governor? Board Member Nestor “Nicky Boy” Reyes of 2nd District was once a broadcaster himself but apparently has not commented on the issue. Will they just wait that something happen to some broadcasters? God forbid!
The issue at hand is a tug-of-war on whom to support as gubernatorial candidate in the 2016 elections. Pangasinan broadcasters, like any voter, are torn between two contending parties- former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco and the governor’s namesake Amado I. Espino III, the incumbent President of the Liga Federation of Barangays in Pangasinan. (more…)

July 27, 2015 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

Palay, corn driers useful for farmers


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ALCALA- When the rain was non-stop for two weeks and farmers have nowhere to sundry their newly harvested corn, the mechanical palay and corn drying facilities here and in Villasis became very useful.

GOLDEN PRODUCE. The corn drying facility in Alcala worked non-stop during the continuous rain in July when farmers cannot dry their produce under the sun.  The facility saved the day for the farmers. The other photo shows former Rep. Mark Cojuangco inspecting the operations. LOEJAN ANUDON

GOLDEN PRODUCE. The corn drying facility in Alcala worked non-stop during the continuous rain in July when farmers cannot dry their produce under the sun. The facility saved the day for the farmers. The other photo shows former Rep. Mark Cojuangco inspecting the operations. LOEJAN ANUDON

At the height of the continuous rains, corn farmers who took their grains to the drying facility in Bersamin village had to queue as there were plenty of them needing the services of the facility.

But former Pangasinan fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco came to the rescue. He asked Villasis Mayor Libradita G. Abrenica through former Mayor Nonato Abrenica who is in charge of the facility, to open the town’s palay drying facility to accommodate corn farmers and traders.

The facility’s machine, which is for palay, was adjusted so it can dry corn of farmers and traders from from Pozorrubio, Sta. Barbara and other towns.

“We thought that our facility here will be used only for palay drying since we have small group of corn farmers, but the unexpected monsoon rains have made us realized that it will be operational to its fullest,” Abrenica said.

July 27, 2015 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

San Nicolas town conducts feeding program

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

SAN NICOLAS- This agricultural town of the 6th District joined the celebration of Nutrition Month last July 24 held at the town’s public gymnasium.

Two schools divisions of the Department of Education (DepEd) participated in different activities like cook fest contest, slogan making, poster making, jingle presentation around the theme “Timbang Iwasto Sa Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo.”

The activity was led by Mayor Rebecca Mejica Saldivar who said proper nutrition especially for young children is very important to develop not only their physical being but also their mental faculties.

” Parents play an important role in providing proper nutrition to their children, which ranges from selection of proper food to eat and its preparation. We can’t afford to have unhealthy constituents who will become future leaders of the town,” Saldivar said.

She lauded the officials and teachers of the schools divisions of the town for spearheading the activities of the nutrition month celebration and urged them to make the event sustainable to inculcate the importance of proper nutrition to young children.

July 27, 2015 at 9:04 am Leave a comment


WAREHOUSE CLOSURE. An unregistered warehouse owned by City Luck Enterprise, Inc. In Urdaneta City, Pangasinan was padlocked last July 22 by the Bureau of Internal Revenue – Region 1 led by Regional Director Arnel Guballa  (7th from left) and Revenue District Office-6 Chief Nashrolah Conding (8th from left). From left to right: Jocelyn Ramilo, Chief Assessment Section RDO-6, Gregorio Nepal, Examiner,  and Assistant Regional Director Eduardo L. Pagulayan, Jr. (6th from left), Guballa, Conding, and support staff. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

WAREHOUSE CLOSURE. An unregistered warehouse owned by City Luck Enterprise, Inc. In Urdaneta City, Pangasinan was padlocked last July 22 by the Bureau of Internal Revenue – Region 1 led by Regional Director Arnel Guballa (7th from left) and Revenue District Office-6 Chief Nashrolah Conding (8th from left). From left to right: Jocelyn Ramilo, Chief Assessment Section RDO-6, Gregorio Nepal, Examiner, and Assistant Regional Director Eduardo L. Pagulayan, Jr. (6th from left), Guballa, Conding, and support staff. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

July 27, 2015 at 9:03 am Leave a comment

Villasis conducts blood letting activity

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- Just in time on the onset of rainy season when dengue becomes prevalent, the municipal government led by Mayor Libradita Go-Abrenica in coordination with Region I Medical Center (R1MC), conducted a blood letting activity last July 11 at the Municipal Health Office (MHO).

Mayor Abrenica said the activity is being conducted annually to support the blood bank of R1MC and to have a steady blood supply for patients needing blood transfusion, particularly the victims of dengue.

“I am thankful to the blood donors who heeded to my call to donate their blood that will be used to extend lives of patients. I hope more volunteer-donors will participate in our future activity such as this one,” she said.

Robert T. Fabro, a MHO medical technologist who spearheaded the Mobile Blood Donation Program of the town said the activity is done twice a year. He also thanked the voluntary blood donors.

Medical staff of R1MC conducted pre-screening of donors whose blood samples were tested for malaria, human-immuno virus (HIV), syphilis, hepatitis B and C.

July 27, 2015 at 8:58 am Leave a comment

Children encouraged to read through storytelling

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- To commemorate the publication of Dr. Jose Rizal’s classic, “Ang Pagong at Ang Matsing”, the National Children’s Book Reading Day was celebrated at SM City Rosales last July 21 in coordination with the National Book Store.

The ” Book Reading Day”, held every 3rd Tuesday of July, is part of of SM Cares Program for Children, the National Book Development Board, Department of Education, Vibal Publishing House, and Calidad Humana.

It is an advocacy of promoting literacy and encouraging children to develop their love for reading at an early age.

During the book reading, Rey Bufi, the founder of the Storytelling Project (TSP), read two books entitled “Si Kaitlin at ang Game Machine” and “Bob da Blob,” both published by Vibal Publishing.

He read the books to the pupils of United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) of Balungao, incorporating dancing exercises during the storytelling activity to encourage pupils’ participation.

He said the dancing exercises helps in sustaining the interest of children’s who have short attention span.

“Making reading a habit would take some time” Bufi said. (more…)

July 27, 2015 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Mga bagong pangalan ng bagyo sa Pilipinas


IBALIK SI VICE ROMY SIM. Dahil sa napipintong pagbaklas ni Vice Mayor Harry Bernabe kay Mayor Susan Casareno, maugong na gusting ibalik ng mga taga-Rosales si former Vice Mayor Romy Sim.

Mayor Susan, kumusta na po kayo? Mukhang busy as a bee ang mayor ng Rosales. Ipagpatuloy niyo po ang mga programa at projects para sa mga kababayan natin diyan.

Sabi ng ilang nakausap ko diyan sa Rosales, bilang mayor for reelection, kailangan niyo po ng isang vice mayor na subok na team player, maaasahan sa lahat ng oras, hindi bumabaligtad. Si former Vice Mayor Romy Sim po iyan.

Ang usap-usapan po ay tatakbong mayor si VM Harry Bernabe na kamag-anak ni BM Alfie Bince. At alam naman po natin na si Tata Alfie ay malapit kay Gov. Espino. Therefore, sabi nila na si Bernabe ang kandidato ni Gov sa Rosales.

AMPON NG MGA PARTIDO. Kaya daw po single pa rin si Presidente Noynoy ay mahina siyang manligaw.

Hindi niya napasagot ng OO si senadora Grace Poe.

Ang matagumpay na Team PNoy noong 2013 ay hindi na mabubuo sa 2016 elections.

Ang Team PNoy ay kinabibilangan ng LP-NP-NPC-Akbayan-PDP-NUP-CDP.

Gaya nang nasulat na minsan sa Ang Maso, mukhang ang maiiwan sa Mar for President ay LP-Akbayan na lang.

Ang PDP ni Sen. Koko Pimetel ay nakagiya para sa Duterte for President.

Ibig sabihin, ang NP-NPC-NUP-CDP ang maaaring mag-form ng koalisyon na aampon kay Grace Poe for president.

Alalahanin natin na independent si senadora Poe at hindi siya member ng kahit anong partido pulitikal.

Ang NP-NPC-NUP-CDP ay may mga senador, congressional districts, governor, municipal mayors at city mayors na nakalatag sa buong Pilipinas.

So, pagdating sa makinarya e makakatulong ang mga partidong ito para sa kampanyang Grace Poe for President.

Of course, kung tumuloy Duterte-Marcos sa 2016, ay mag-iiba na naman ang hitsura.

2016 BUDGET. May isang pangunahing item ang gagawin ni President Benigno Aquino III maliban sa hinihintay ng lahat na pag-endorso sa kanyang kandidato for president sa 2016 pagkatapos ng kanyang SONA.

Ito po ay ang magsusumite sa Congress ng 2016 national budget pagkatapos ng kanyang huling SONA.

Ang halaga ng proposed budget ay P3.002 trillion para sa 2016.

Tumaas po ito ng 15.2% kumpara sa budget ng 2015.

Dati million-million ang budget. Tapos naging billion billion. Ngayon trillion trillion na ang budget.

O kayong mga taga-Pangasinan, alam niyo ba kung magkano budget ng probinsiya for 2016?

Alam niyo din ba ang budget ng bayan niyo for 2016? Alam niyo din ba ang budget ng barangay niyo for 2016? (more…)

July 27, 2015 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

Dagupan joins nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill

DAGUPAN CITY – At a given signal, school children from the West Central I Elementary School simultaneously went out of their classrooms and each one of them headed towards a designated evacuation area.

This was part of the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill held on July 22 to prepare students and pupils of what they ought to do to save themselves when a big earthquake comes, similar to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Dagupan and a large part of North and Central Luzon on July 16, 1990.

Guided by their teachers, the pupils queued to an open area in front of their school with books on top of their heads while medical teams from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) at the same time hurriedly responded to help the injured inside classrooms in a scene similar to an actual situation after a strong earthquake.

Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) also arrived to put off the fire from the Home Economics Building which was in flame right after the earthquake.

At the end of the drill, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez gave a short message where she encouraged the children to always keep in mind whatever they have learned during the drill. She went on to enjoin them to pray that no earthquake similar in magnitude to the July 16, 1990 earthquake would happen again.

She also reminded the teachers, who were provided by the city with disaster preparedness brochures, a flashlight and a cross whistle at the end of the drill, to have a presence of mind when disaster strikes to save the lives of their students.

The drill was spearheaded by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council headed by Fernandez, together with the Department of Education, Philippine National Police, Department of Interior and Local Government and Bureau of Fire Protection.

Two days earlier, Fernandez met with the different heads of schools and of the Department of Education as well as members of the Disaster Risk Reduction Committee where she asked them to put up their respective preparedness plan to be integrated into the city’s family preparedness program.

Fernandez said that family preparedness means knowing the threat that affects the city like floods, earthquake, storm surge and possibly tsunami.

“Time is of the essence and for me there is no such thing as 100% percent preparedness. In our city before tsunami hits us, we have already identified Privately Hosted Evacuation Centers with the help of volunteer engineers. These buildings can withstand a strong quake and a seven meter-high tsunami and therefore ideal to host evacuees. According to our PARMC, there are around 200 owners of these buildings who have already officially given their consent to be PHECs,” said Fernandez.

Fernandez said a citywide earthquake drill will be held on July 30 that will involve all schools. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)

July 27, 2015 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

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