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MARK WITH FARMERS


 MARK WITH FARMERS - Former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco elicits the commitment of Alcala farmers after answering all the questions regarding the use of the Corn and Palay Drying Facility in Bersamin, Alcala last July 9. VIRGIL MAGANES

MARK WITH FARMERS – Former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco elicits the commitment of Alcala farmers after answering all the questions regarding the use of the Corn and Palay Drying Facility in Bersamin, Alcala last July 9. VIRGIL MAGANES

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EDITORIAL : Banta sa mga mamamahayag!


Palapit ng palapit ang panahon ng pulitika sa ating bansa at habang ito ay umuusad, usap-usapan na sa mga umpukan kung sino ang kanilang mga kandidato para sa pagka-pangulo hanggang sa kagawad ng mga ibat-ibang bayan sa buong Pilipinas.journ killing

Dito sa Lalawigan ng Pangasinan, umiinit na rin ang pulitika lalong lalo na sa pagka-Gobernador simula pa noong nagpahayag si dating Congressman ng ika-limang Distrito Mark O. Cojuangco sa pagtakbo nito sa nasabing posisyon noong Pebrero 10, 2014. Sa kanyang pagpapahayag, nagkaroon ng lamat ang dati nilang samahan ni Gobernador Amado T. Espino Jr. na kumalas sa partidong Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC) kasama ang iba pang kasapi ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Pinili ni Espino na ipalaot sa pagka-Gobernador ang anak niyang si Amado I. Espino III, kasalukuyang pinuno ng Liga ng Mga Barangay sa lalawigan dahil matatapos na ang kanyang termino (siyam na taon sa panunungkulan) sa Hunyo 30, 2016.
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July 14, 2015 at 9:32 pm Leave a comment

Corn drying facility opens in Alcala


FROM TOBACCO EXCISE TAX

By Vir Maganes

ALCALA, PANGASINAN – Corn farmers need not fear rain or storm when its harvest time and they need the sun to dry their produce.

 WORKERS at the Alcala Corn and Palay Drying Facility in Bersamin, Alcala are busy bagging the mechanically dried corn kernels. The facility is opened now for operations for corn drying just in time on the onset of rainy season. VIRGIL MAGANES

WORKERS at the Alcala Corn and Palay Drying Facility in Bersamin, Alcala are busy bagging the mechanically dried corn kernels. The facility is opened now for operations for corn drying just in time on the onset of rainy season. VIRGIL MAGANES


An 100-million peso corn drying facility in barangay Bersamin that has started operations last week, can dry up to 400 tons of corn a day.
The facility was established through this agricultural town’s share of the tobacco excise tax and will be operated and managed by the Alcala’s local government.
Started in 2012 with funds from the congressional tobacco excise tax share of Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco and the municipal government and from the Department of Agriculture (DA), the facility was constructed within the 4-hectare agro-industrial complex in Bersamin village here.
The dryer is fueled by rice hulls using a re- circulating box type component. It has also a control panel to monitor the moisture content of the corn/palay that is being dried.
During the field inspection to the site by former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco, he met the farmers of the town and explained to them the operations of the facility.
” This facility was constructed to give service to the farmers here with a minimum fee of fifty centavos per kilo of corn or equivalent weight to defray the cost of operations. The facility will provide you quality products that command higher price in the market and high recovery rate as compared to drying your products on road pavements,” he said.
Municipal Agriculture Officer Edgardo Tugas said the town has 3,755 hectares of agricultural land of which 2,296 hectares are devoted to corn as second crop. The main crop is palay but farmers are also engaged in tobacco farming and other high value crops.
The facility is in the middle of an agricultural land accessible through a road likewise built from the tobacco excise tax. It is a “twin” of a palay drying structure in nearby Villasis town which has been operating for three years.
Cojuangco, who worked for the release of the tobacco excise tax to tobacco-producing provinces, said the establishment of palay drying facilities is a big boost to the province’s corn industry.
“The farmers are being shortchanged by traders who dictate the prices because the produce, which are usually spread along the roads to dry, are crushed by vehicles, contain impurities like pebbles and the moisture content is not equal,” he said.
Corn is dried until it has 14 moisture to be acceptable to the feed millers and other markets.
Besides, when the rain comes like during typhoons, farmers could no longer use highways and pavements to dry their produce which could develop moulds, further deteriorating the quality.
“This is a controlled environment so If the corn is dried until it has 14 percent moisture content, there are no impurities and the grains are not crushed, the value would go up and the farmers could demand for higher prices,” he said.
Alcala Mayor Paulo Mencias said the fifty centavos per kilo payment is below the one peso per kilo spent by the farmers when the grain is manually dried along roads and pavements.
“The amount would just be for operating expenses as the facility would operate as a public service and not as a business,” Mencias said.
The facility is also open to nearby towns who also plant corn as second crop.
Cojuangco said the farmers can leave their produce at the facility to wait for better prices, with no additional cost. But they have to retrieve them before the next harvest comes to accommodate the new harvest, he said.
He said when the next tranche of tobacco excise tax will be released, the town’s share would be used to construct a rice mill so “we do not have to pay for rice hull to run the facility.”
Another project is the establishment of a silo to store dried corn.
” We are still waiting the additional tobacco excise tax share for the years 2012 to 2014 to buy corn shellers. The corn cobs could be used also as fuel instead of rice hulls,” he said. (more…)

July 14, 2015 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

Ambulance for Alaminians


AMBULANCE FOR ALAMINIANS. The new ambulance donated by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to Alaminos City was blessed on Tuesday. The PCSO Ambulance Donation Program grants ambulance units to hospitals, health institutions, municipalities/provinces and city health offices in different priority areas in pursuit of its mandate of providing medical and charitable services nationwide. (photo by April Montes/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

AMBULANCE FOR ALAMINIANS. The new ambulance donated by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to Alaminos City was blessed on Tuesday. The PCSO Ambulance Donation Program grants ambulance units to hospitals, health institutions, municipalities/provinces and city health offices in different priority areas in pursuit of its mandate of providing medical and charitable services nationwide. (photo by April Montes/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

July 14, 2015 at 9:18 pm Leave a comment

Army Colonel sinigawan ng Pulitiko sa Binmaley


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Lalong nagiging pangit ang away ng Army 78th Infantry Battalion na pinamumunu-an ni Lt. Colonel Edgardo Batinga at ng Municipality of Binmaley, Pangasinan na nag ugat lamang sa dumptruck ng huli na inimpound ng una dahil sa pagtatapon nito ng basura malapit sa Dagat at kampo ng sundalo.

Noong June sinabi ni Mayor Sam Rosario na siya at ang kanyang mga abugado ay nag uusap sa hakbang legal kontra sa pag seized ng truck nila, later on I heard na si Col. Batinga ay binalaan na kakasuhan sa Ombudsman at isa-cite ng Persona Non Grata ng Town Council dahil sa hindi nito pag dalo sa session nito to shed lights on the brouhaha brought by the impounding of the truck and the encroachment ng Battalion sa salvage area ng beach sa Barangay San Isidro na hindi na part ng military reservation.
Kamakailan lang nadinig ko sa radio si Col. Batinga deploring that he and his men ay sinigawan sa meeting ng Binmaley’s Municipal Development Council.
“Nasigawan pa kami doon sa Development Councilo meeting kung saan kami ay nag-ala-ala sa pagtapon ng basura sa dagat,” ani nito.
Ang lesson na makukuha natin dito ay kung ikaw ay naninirahan sa isang local government unit (LGU) magpakita ka pa rin ng courtesy at humility sa mga taga LGU na masyadong ma pride at sensitive.
Kita mo naman Colonel, ni impound mo nga ang truck nila, nakita-an ka naman ng butas sa pag illegally occupied ng salvage area at iba pa.
Naintidihan ko ang situation ni Col. Batinga, mali ang municipyo ng Binmaley sa pagtatapon ng basura kaya nga binigyan ng babala ni Leudina Co, head ng Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer of Pangasinan, si Mayor to cease and desist otherwise he would be penalized.
Pero masyadong mayabang ang pinakita ng mga taga Battalion. Ayaw ni Batinga na pumunta sa kay mayor sa office nito (despite his early demeanour not to pay a courtesy call as customarily done ng mga predecessors nito) when the mayor asked somebody to invite him. Gusto niya si Mayor ang pumunta sa office niya sa San Isidro.
Colonel, kahit general pa kayo bigyan niyo pa rin ng respeto ang ama ng bayan at mga leaders nito.
Dapat marunong din kayong ma-mulitika sa pag acquiesced sa invitation ni mayor.
Nakita niyo na ang nangyari dahil sa konting “arrogance” niyo. You’re now being threatened by an administrative case at the Ombudsman , Persona Non Grata, and being shouted at.
Ganoon ang kalakalan sa LGU, masyadong mataas ang pride at sensitivity ng mga local politicos.
(To read about the hubris of politicians please access my column on U.S Senator Barbara Boxer (California, Democrat) chiding then Army Brig. Gen Michael Walsh by accessing http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com/2015/02/senator-scolding-general.html
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Lingayen Councillor Ramon Bataoil told me that he mulls to run for the vice mayoralty of the Capital Town in the 2016 electoral derby.
When I asked him why not throw his hat at the provincial board seat in the 2nd District of Pangasinan since his older brother Congressman Pol Bataoil, a retired general and a PMAYer, has earned the respect of the voters there, he told me that the two seats for the Board are too congested.
“Andiyan si Board Members Raul Sison and Niki Boy Reyes, andiyan si former Board Member VonMark Mendoza, si Butch Merrera,” ani nito noong magkita kami sa Lingayen, Pangasinan.
He said the vice mayoralty seat is the logical move.

When I bumped into Joe Ferrer, a former town councillor and a 2010 mayoralty bet at the boondocks of Barangay Hacienda, Bugallon during the introduction of Congressman Bataoil of his Ylang-Ylang export projects in a 120 hectares government land there, he told me that Lingayen would be seeing a three-cornered mayoralty fights among incumbent Mayor Iday Castaneda, Vice Mayor Nepthalie D.Pasilao, and former Police Provincial Director Sonny Verzosa.
So if that would be the case Ramon Bataoil would be a shoo-in vice mayoralty bet dahil ang mga heavy weights doon mag uumpugan sa mayoralty seat.
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I asked Vice Mayor Mylvin Junio if there was truth to the rumour from the Camacho Camp that he and the five councillors charged by Bayambang Mayor Camacho for gross misconduct and dishonesty with a prayer for six month preventive suspension where exonerated by the Committee on Good Government of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board) because somebody paid P2 million to the Committee.
He vigorously denied it but instead told me how their lawyer, the octogenarian legal eagle, Vic Millora mesmerized the members of the Committee and the lawyers who attended the hearing.
“Tumayo iyong matanda, sinabi niya na bakit i-preventive suspension ninyo ang vice mayor at limang members ng SB (Sangguniang Bayan) dahil wala silang power na i-manipulate ang kaso ni file (Criminal and Administrative cases of Anti-Graft & Corrupt Practices versus Camacho at the Ombudsman-MCO). Anytime from now ma preventive suspended siya. Ngayon, pag sinuspende ninyo si Vice Mayor Junio and mga councillors, paano na lang ang bayan ng Bayambang pag suspended na ang mayor, vice mayor, at halos lahat ng councillors?” passionately narrated to me by the vice mayor last Thursday before the start of the program on the inauguration of the P100 million corn and palay drying facility, a Rep. Kimi Cojuangco project, in Alcala, Pangasinan. (more…)

July 14, 2015 at 9:15 pm Leave a comment

SINAG urges Senate to investigate smuggling of P37.3 B worth of agri commodities in 2014


An umbrella group of agricultural stakeholders has called on the Senate to investigate the smuggling of P37.35 billion worth of agricultural products into the country in 2014.
Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura president Rosendo So said comparing the records of the United Nations Trade Statistics Database with those from the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Customs would prove that rampant smuggling of agricultural products continues.
“It is a double-whammy for Filipinos. On one hand, the government is losing much-needed revenues,” So said.
“On the other hand, those involved in the local production of agricultural products are not able to compete with these smuggled goods,” he added.
Data from the UNTSD and the Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade showed a total importation volume of 2.3 million metric tons for the Philippines last year.
The figure accounts for 1.4 million MT of rice from Vietnam; 353,000 MT from Thailand; 330,000 MT from China, 220,000 MT from India; 34 MT from the United States; 52 MT from Pakistan; 294 MT from Japan; and 30 MT from Italy.
However, records from the Bureau of Customs showed only a total importation volume of 1,582,392 MT of rice for 2014, So said.
“This discrepancy accounts for 721,018 MT of rice smuggled into the country last year,” the SINAG head said.
“Smuggled rice alone accounted for P21.6 billion. Five other agri products that were illegally brought into the country makes for a total of P37.353 billion in smuggled goods,” So added.
So said at least 50,258,358 kilos of pork worth P8.7 billion; 15,332,467 kilos of chicken worth P1.9 billion; and 4.2 million kilos of buffalo meat worth P1.05 billion found their way into the country illegally. (more…)

July 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Save Pangasinan!


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There’s one association based in Alcala town with “messianic complex.” The Save Alcala Movement is a political vehicle used by a certain Manuel Tolentino, a mayoral candidate of Alcala in 2013 election, with allied association also led by Tolentino, the Save Pangasinan Movement (SPM). Unluckily, Tolentino and his entire slate in 2013 lost in that election, which was swept by Mayor Ryan Paolo V. Mencias and his slate.

Save Alcala Movement Inc. (SAMI), according to its Facebook account, is a duly registered non-stock, non-profit organization formed for the benefit of the people of Alcala, Pangasinan with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Registration No. CN201310368 and Tax Identification Number (TIN) 008-543-840.
Unlike, SAMI, SPM has no SEC and TIN numbers, but is being used as a political arm, whether or not Tolentino will do a political comeback in Alcala.

SAM was organized in 2013. It has not been heard of its activities until June this year when the officers of the offshoot movement association-SPM, filed a case of plunder and technical malversation against former Alcala Mayor Manuel Collado, Mayor Mencias and other local officials and department heads wih the Office of the Ombudsman in relation with the use of tobacco excise tax share of the municipality.

Just in time for the political period, Tolentino and the officers of SAM stirred the social ferment of Alcala with nary an objective why they were doing that. I could not comprehend the motives of Tolentino and his group but the document which has been the basis of filing the cases against Collado, et al, was a Sangguniang Bayan Ordinance approved last December 12, 2012, which has been approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Last July 9, I was able to talk with former Mayor Collado on the development of said complaint, but according to him, they have yet to receive a copy from the Ombudsman. He assured me that once their answer to the allegations of SPM has been completed, he will furnish a copy to the media.

Not contented with the filing of cases against the officials of Alcala, SPM through Tolentino turned its ire to former 5th District Rep. Mark Cojuangco and used a one-page open letter published in the Sunday Punch questioning the Pangasinan Dairy Farm operations in Laoac and the use of congressional tobacco excise tax share. I was informed that a high official of the province requested 5,000 copies of that issue to be distributed throughout the province. It has even used by “block timer commentators” over the radio who are supporting Governor Espino, but denied that SPM is associated with the governor.

The answers of those queries were published in Northern Watch point by point. But it seemed SPM is not contented with the answers. Again, another one-page open letter was published in the Sunday Punch regarding the issue. Does Cojuangco owe SPM any explanation? What the heck this SPM try to propagate and sow in Pangasinan? If they have questions against those projects of Rep. Kimi Cojuangco and former Rep. (Mark) Cojuangco, isn’t it appropriate that SPM will file a case against them at the Office of the Ombudsman? Why resort to publications if they could do that in court so that Pangasinenses will know who is telling the truth?

SPM is a misnomer. Save Pangasinan from what and from whom? Why not save our province from the present administration that was found out to have ventured into illegal black sand mining in Lingayen. The mined black sand is now the subject of confiscation by the government through the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Why not save Pangasinan from the illegal quarrying particularly in Bugallon where the quarrying activities, according to Vice Mayor Rodrigo Orduña, is highly questionable? That quarry site in Bugallon claimed the lives of five children whose only intention is to swim in the once clean waters of the creek. It turned out that the site they went to was excavated 14 feet deep, that until now no one takes the blame. Anyway, had there been any Sangguniang Panlalawigan inquiry on the matter? (more…)

July 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

DPWH fails to include P50M for bridge’s second phase


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – The head of the Pangasinan 2nd Engineering District came short of blaming his predecessor as responsible for the delay of the completion of the Magueragday Bridge in Barangay Bonuan Binloc, Dagupan City.

The 84-meter bridge has become a bane to motorists and commuters that avail it.
Engineer Rodolfo Dion said that when the budget for the projects for the 4th Congressional District were submitted to the office of Representative Gina de Venecia by the District Engineer (DE) here the DE failed to include the final Phase 2 of the bridge, he was still the DE of Ilocos Sur.
‘I was assigned in Ilocos (Sur) when the lists of projects for the 4th congressional district for the 2015 General Appropriation Act. The Phase 2 of the bridge worth P50 million was not included,” he stressed.
He said Congresswoman de Venecia was not at fault on the delay of the bridge’s conclusion since she wrote last March DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson for the urgency to provide a fund for the Phase 2.
Singson, according to Dion, replied to the solon’s letter telling her he already instructed DPWH Region -1 Director Melanio C. Briosos to submit documents so that his office could evaluate the things needed for the Phase-2.
The Phase 1 of the P45 million Magueragday Bridge, the District Engineer explained, is composed of the constructions of the detour bridge, substructure, board file foundation, and others that were completed last January since it was constructed in February 2014.
Dion said the funds for the Phase 2 would come from the savings of the department this year.

When told that some members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board) complained that there is no light there, Dion said the private contractor had put reflector signs to forewarn motorists.
He added that the private contractor could not put a light there since there are no accessible electrical posts.
“Besides, the area is well lit in night time even there is no electricity in that place. I have been passing the road and the bridge there”. (more…)

July 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm 1 comment

BIR Region 1 spikes collection by P4B


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – The regional office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Northern Luzon increased its collection in the January to May this year.

Lee Caday, head of the taxpayer assistance unit, said that BIR Region – 1 collected P3,844,344,902.20 from January to May 2015 versus P3,655,508,377.13 in the same period last year.
“It was a 5.28% hikes in an effort to increase the collection,” he said.
He lauded Regional Director Arnel Guballa on his innovations to collect from the taxpayers to buttress his office’s coffer.
Caday said that the top collector in this period by surpassing the year-on-year collection was Revenue District Office-1 in Ilocos Norte with 11.98% hikes.

He cited that RDO-1 was followed by RDO-6 in Eastern Pangasinan with 6.52% spikes, RDO-5 in Western Pangasinan with 6.20% hikes, RDO-4 in Central Pangasinan with 5.76% spikes, RDO-3 in La Union Province with 5.65% hikes, and RDO-2 in Ilocos Sur with negative 4.61 hikes. (more…)

July 14, 2015 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

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