Archive for September, 2015
LINGAYEN – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued on August 20 a special tree cutting permit/sanitation cutting permit to the Department of Public Works and Highways for the felling of the 153 dead trees and 28 dying trees with no sign of survival, along the MNR.
The permit, signed by DENR Ilocos Region officer in charge Paquito Moreno Jr., defined the dying trees as having diseased trunks and branches with at least 75 percent of trunks already dried up.
The DPWH are removing the trees along the MNR’s road right of way for the expansion of the national road. The expansion covers the length of the MNR traversing Villasis, Urdaneta City, Binalonan and Pozorrubio, or 36 kilometers.
The bulk of trees covered by the special tree cutting permit are in Binalonan where 89 trees are dead and 18 are dying; and in Pozorrubio with 63 dead and 10 dying trees. In Urdaneta, one rain tree is proclaimed dead.
Binalonan Mayor Ramon Guico III told the Northern Watch that the local government officials agree to the removal of trees in the town, because they are in the way of the road expansion.
“If you will look at our highway, some areas are already wide, while some are narrow, which could confuse motorists. They may think the road ahead may still be wide and they could ram into the dead trees,” he said. (more…)
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
DAGUPAN CITY-Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo So debunked rumors that he has already abandoned Abono Partylist and shifted support to Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag ).
He said Sinag was not a partylist but an umbrella organization of 33 agricultural stakeholders in the country.
” That is not true. I am still the national chair of the Abono Partylist, which is still running in the 2016 elections. Abono Partylist will remain as an advocate of the welfare of farmers and fishermen and other stakeholders in the agricultural industry not only in Pangasinan but in the whole country,” So said during a phone interview on the program “Ang Bagong Bayan Po(e) ” aired over DZRD Sonshine Radio last September 21.
The advent of the election period is again the time when death threats are imminent not only to politicians but also to their supporters. In the past, how many lives were wasted? How many dreams were shattered? Almost all deaths during election period were associated with politics.
In Pangasinan, the first to give his veiled threats to media men who are critical to his administration is Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. His paid broadcasters aired the threats over radio and he personally castigated those who were airing criticisms against his administration. Although after the airing of his threats, Espino calmed down and like a meek lamb changed his stance, it could not be denied that the threats he hurled against his critics backlashed on him. Pangasinenses could not believe what they heard from him, much so of the way he aired those threats- full of anger.
Not contented with airing his veiled threats, Espino filed libel cases against broadcasters critical to his administration- eight libel cases against Lina Cervantes, one each for Tito Q. Tamayo, Macky Delgado and Ike Palinar. Cervantes, Tamayo and Delgado are anchors of DWPR Radyo Asenso while Palinar is an anchor of DWCM Aksyon Radyo.
The threats subsided a bit, but media men are still wary of what will come next. Are the threats meant to stop their tirades and commentaries? What if Espino and his camp will push through with their threats against the media men? Who will give succor to these poor broadcasters whose only intention is to inform the Pangasinenses of the real issues happening under his administration?
Two weeks ago, Bayambang former Mayor Leocadio De Vera was shot by an unidentified gunman while he was talking to a neighbor. He was just right at the entrance of his house when the gun man fired at him. Luckily it was not fatal and De Vera is now recuperating from the gunshot wounds.
According to him it was “politically motivated” especially that he is eyeing a political comeback in his town for the mayoralty. As of late, the police officers of Bayambang are still investigating the case and have yet to identity the gunman.
The other day, someone called me up over my cellphone. He told me that a village chief of Alcala, Eduardo Dela Cruz has received a death threat. He was sent a letter with a ” mourning pin”, a cal. 45 bullet and a sheet of paper with these words : “Nabibilang na ang araw mo sa mundo.” (Your days are numbered in this world), and signed with initials ADS. (more…)
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – A layout artist of this newspaper lauded Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC) Director Joseph Roland Mejia and the government for their hospital’s pro- poor policy.
Rod Saingan said the hospital’s pro- indigent policy was exceptional as he did not pay a single centavo for the caesarean birth last August 21 of his second child.
“Kahit singkong duling wala kaming binayaran sa bill namin sa R1MC (We did not shell out even a cent to pay our bill at R1MC) ,” he excitedly told Northern Watch.
Upon learning that he was cash strapped, R1MC’s staff, under the instruction of Mejia, accompanied him to register as member of the PhilHealth Insurance Corporation.
The night before the birth of his child, the staff of the Department of Social Welfare & Development at the R1MC processed his wife’s indigency status.
After he asked for how much he owed the hospital for the service, the staff of Mejia told him he owed nothing.
“They even upraided me why I bought medicines worth P9 thousand for my wife when their pharmacy had stock and could be given free to him,” Saingan said.
Cisco Flores, the media liaison officer of Mejia, told this paper that Saingan was not billed because of the PhilHealth’s Point-of-Care (POC) program.
“It would be the hospital that would bring the indigent patient to the DSWD and PhilHealth to be processed and accepted,” he said.
Under the POC, the patient should pass the medical social worker’s assessment to become a sponsored member, with R1MC shouldering the annual premium contribution of P2,400 to PhilHealth. The hospital-sponsored member (HSM) is automatically granted PhilHealth coverage starting on the first day of admission up to the end of the calendar year.
Aside from inpatient benefits, as based on the brochure given by Flores, the HSM may also avail himself of outpatient benefits except those in the Tamang Serbisyo para sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya or TSeKaP. He or She is also entitled to the No Balance Billing policy wherein he will no longer pay anything on top of his PhilHealth coverage when confined in ward accommodation in government hospitals. (more…)
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
STA. BARBARA- True to his advocacy in looking into the welfare of farmers and to develop the agricultural sector, 2016 gubernatorial aspirant Mark Cojuangco conducted farmers’ consultations and farm visits in various towns of Pangasinan, the latest was in this town recently.
He said the shortest way to economic progress is to help and develop the agricultural industry, focusing on the needs of farmers.
“If a farmer will increase his income, all other sectors will be benefited. Stores will thrive, owners will increase the helpers’ wages and the idle youth could continue their studies in college,” he said.
He further said the infrastructure programs like improving farm to market roads, solving the perennial flooding, lowering power rates and enticing foreign investors are long term programs.
” We will be counting years in implementing long term programs, but to help the farmers on their immediate needs to improve their farms will only take shorter periods,” Cojuangco said. (more…)