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TEMPORARY HOME. At least 107 families(420 persons) are still at the evacuation center at the City People’s Astrodome last October 23 in Dagupan City after the flooding caused by heavy downpour brought about by typhoon Lando.CESAR RAMIREZ

TEMPORARY HOME. At least 107 families(420 persons) are still at the evacuation center at the City People’s Astrodome last October 23 in Dagupan City after the flooding caused by heavy downpour brought about by typhoon Lando.CESAR RAMIREZ

October 25, 2015 at 10:24 pm Leave a comment

One congressman, 7 mayors, 8 councilors running unopposed


By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – The election is virtually over for a congressional candidate, seven mayors, three vice mayors and eight councilors in Pangasinan as they are all running unopposed.
The pack, all incumbent, is led by second congressional Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil who is gunning for his third term.
He would not have been unopposed had another candidate from Lingayen not late in arriving at the Commission on Elections provincial office on Friday, the last day of filing.
It is a walk in the park for seven unopposed mayors are Ramon Guico III of Binalonan; Silverio Alarcio of Laoac, Alain Jerico Perez of San Manuel; Teodoro Ramos of Sta. Maria; Timoteo Villar III of Sto. Tomas: Roberto Arcinue of Sual; and Amado Gregorio Perez IV of Urdaneta City.
The unopposed vice mayors are Wilfredo Pescador of Santo Tomas; Dionisio Caburao Jr. of Sual and Jesus Franco Jr. of Villasis.
Just like in the past elections, there is only one ticket of local candidates from mayor to councilor. The councilors who are already shoo-in for the next term are Tomas Castanaga Jr., Alfredo Eleccion, Dominador Lardizabal, Benjamin Oculto, Benito Ordono, Ely Ramos, Vengco Estefania and Leonora Zarasate.
Among the six congressional districts in the province, the fourth district is the most contested with seven candidates. (more…)

October 25, 2015 at 10:20 pm Leave a comment

FLOODED BUGALLON ROAD


FLOODED BUGALLON ROAD.Motorists cruise along this flooded portion of the national road in Bugallon town a day after the onslaught of typhoon Lando last week.CESAR RAMIREZ

FLOODED BUGALLON ROAD.Motorists cruise along this flooded portion of the national road in Bugallon town a day after the onslaught of typhoon Lando last week.CESAR RAMIREZ

October 25, 2015 at 10:17 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : Pulitika sa panahon ng kalamidad


Lumabas na sa bansa ang Bagyong Lando na nag-iwan ng malawakang pinsala sa mga lalawigan ng Gitnang-Hilagang Luzon lalong-lalo na ang Lalawigang Aurora. Ang Lalawigang Pangasinan ay isa sa mga tinamaan ng naturang bagyo na kung saan maraming bayan ang binaha, nawalan ng kuryente, maraming natumbang mga punong kahoy, nasirang mga pananim at palaisdaan, mga bahay na lumipad ang mga bubong at iba pang pinsala na dulot ng malakas na hangin at ulan.

Isang linggo bago pumasok ang Bagyong Lando sa loob ng bansa, nagbabala na ang pamahalaan na ito ay nabibilang sa tinatawag na ” supertyphoon” dahil sa dalang lakas ng hangin.

Pumasok sa Pangasinan noong Oktubre 19 ng mga bandang alas-onse ng gabi. Malakas na hangin na parang bumabayo sa paligid at umiikot na parang trumpo na ang bugso nito ay nagdulot ng pagkatumba ng mga poste ng kuryente at mga punong kahoy. Nagkaroon ng malawakang “brown-out” na sa ibang lugar ay umaabot ng limang araw.

Ang mga lokal na “disaster, risk reduction management councils (DRRMC)” ay nagsipaghanda sa kung anumang pinsala idudulot ng bagyo. Ang DRRMC ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Pangasinan ay naghanda rin. Noong araw ng Oktubre 21, naglabas ng Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and astronomical Services Administration (Pag-asa) ay naglabas ng ” weather forecast” ng ” typhoon signal 2″ na kinabibilangan ng Pangasinan.

Taliwas sa inaasahan, malakas na hangin at ulan ang naramdaman sa buong lalawigan na kung saan ibinunton ng sisi ni Gobernador Espino ang hindi tamang “forecast” ng Pag-asa.

Bakit sisihin ang Pag-asa? “Ang salitang “forecast” ay walang kasiguraduhan, ito ay hula lamang sa pamamagitan ng mga apparatus. Ang mga bagyo ay pabago-bago rin ang mga direksyon sa bawat minuto at oras kaya walang katiyakan ang magiging epekto nito. Ganyan ang nangyari sa Bagyong Lando. Ang kahandaan ng pamahalaan sa pagsapit ng kalamidad ay hindi dapat ibabatay sa mga “typhoon signals”. Basta may namumuong mga bagyo na papasok sa Pangasinan, dapat simula pa lang handa na ang panlalawigang DRRMC. Dito ay nagpapakita si Espino na hindi sapat ang paghahanda ng kanyang administrasyon dahil sa kasagsagan ng bagyo, walang agarang ” rescue operations” na ginawa sa mga bayan ng Agno, Infanta, Mabini, Mangatarem at iba pa. (more…)

October 25, 2015 at 10:12 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Amused and bewildered!


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I never thought that my recent filing of candidacy as governor will be given much attention of the mouthpieces of the Espino administration in their radio commentary programs.

It never sank into my mind the popularity caused by their commentaries such that in places where I went in these past few weeks, many people both known to me and strangers approached me and offered their help in my future campaign. I reciprocated their good natured gestures with grins with thoughts toying in my mind that the commentaries hurled for and against me are doing wonderful works in the realms of politics. Hahahaha!

So I am now the center of tirades by the Espino camp. They were speculating as to why I filed my candidacy under the National Unity Party (NUP)- the party that gave certificates of nomination and acceptance (CONA) to Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. and his son who are running for 5th District representative and governor, respectively. But their CONAs were short-lived. It was only four days since their filing of their candidacies last October 13 and have to be recalled on October 16, the day I filed together with my slate of candidates.

I am personally amused by the attention I am getting over the continuous tirades over the Espino camp’s radio commentary programs. One anchor even questioned my capability to embark a provincewide campaign, saying I don’t even have a car or any vehicle to use. How silly and immature this anchor was! I don’t know if their group is conducting political analysis and strategies. I don’t know if they are just reacting for the heck of it, which I don’t mind either. That anchor, who is known for his stupidity, might not be aware how politics work, at least, in this part of the province. Hahahaha, again!

The shifting of tirades from Mark Cojuangco to me has spawned political confusion. Cojuangco who has heightened his campaign and widened his popularity over his perceived gubernatorial nemesis in 2016 elections, has likely been grinning. The cheap antics of Espino camp has given him the edge of increasing the people’s awareness of his candidacy much so in espousing his development programs for Pangasinan. And the more I will be receiving lengthy tirades, the more that people will remember me with the “anointed son” left behind and thrown into oblivion as the election period comes close.

Why not a little bit of sleeping in my dreamland? Cojuangco against Maganes for Governor in 2016? Will it not be great? And how about the “anointed son”? Oh I don’t care about his candidacy, a bit. Hahahahaha! Another big laugh, huh?

Well, meantime that the election period is not yet around as it will just start on January 10, 2016, we are free to speculate political developments in the province.

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I am bewildered by how my mayor friends in the 5th and 6th Districts mustered to run for re-election unopposed in their municipalities and city. It’s not surprising though that politicians in their areas have no guts running against them because they have shown exemplary performance during their administrations. (more…)

October 25, 2015 at 10:08 pm Leave a comment

WAIST DEEP


WAIST DEEP. Police men lead by Calasiao's Chief of Police Supt. Rizaldy Dalope   (extreme left) measureS the waist depth of  flood brought by Typhoon Lando that swamped recently some villages in the Central Pangasinan's town

WAIST DEEP. Police men lead by Calasiao’s Chief of Police Supt. Rizaldy Dalope (extreme left) measureS the waist depth of flood brought by Typhoon Lando that swamped recently some villages in the Central Pangasinan’s town

October 25, 2015 at 10:05 pm Leave a comment

Abono wants soaked palay sold at pre-Lando prices


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ROSALES – The Abono Party-list group wanted ready- to- harvest but flood- soaked palay in Pangasinan dried at the palay and corn drying facilities and sold at the pre-typhoon Lando prices.
Engineer Rosendo So, the group’s chair, said he would seek assistance of various agencies and organizations to help the affected farmers on their dilemma.
“Despite being soaked by flood, we want the prices of palay be the same as before the typhoon. So what we are going to do is bring them to the drying facilities in Villasis and Alcala,” he stressed.
The corn and drying facilities in the two towns were flag ship projects of former Representative Mark O. Cojuangco when he was the representative of the 5th Congressional District. They were implemented by his wife, now fifth district Rep. Kimi Cojuangco.
So said he would ask traders to buy the dried palay at prices that would not be disadvantageous to the farmers.
To make that possible, So said, he needed the cooperation of the officials of the local government units like the Municipal Agricultural Officials (MAO) and the heads of the irrigation associations.
He wanted the farmers and the traders to transact directly instead of going through middlemen who are dictating the prices on the farmers.
So said before howler Lando wrecked havoc on the palay farms, the dried round palay was P17 a kilo while long grain was P18 per kilo.
“Kasi before iyong bagyo ang wet na ramble nasa P14 iyong long grain nasa P15 ang pasa. Ang dried nasa P17 iyong ramble (Before Typhoon Lando the buying price for the wet palay was P14 a kilo while the long grain was P15 per kilo while the dried ramble was P17 a kilo,” he said. (more…)

October 25, 2015 at 9:59 pm Leave a comment

Manaoag Police Station hosts VIPs – Chief


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANAOAG – Being assigned as chief of police (COP) in this police station entails a big responsibility.

This is because this pilgrimage town is host to luminaries like the president of the Republic, senators, congressmen and cabinet members who come to attend mass a the world famous Minore Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag.
According to the newly installed COP Senior Inspector Roderick Ylan Gonzales, while just barely warming his seat, he had already been a host to Senator JV Ejercito Estrada, Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan), Governor Amado Espin, Jr., Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim, businessman Edward Aguilar, Regional Director Police Chief Supt. Ericson T. Velasques, Chief Supt. General Diosdado Valeroso, to name a few, at the world class multi-million pesos two-storey visitor’s lounge of the police station.
Since September when he took the reign of the police from Chief Inspector Edison Revita, Gonzales expedited the procurement of needed equipment like the two P15 thousand worth Epson F-20 printers and P16 thousand high resolution cameras.
He said he bought them through solicitations from friends when he was just two weeks in office.
“We will be using them on the police civil relation, tactical operation centre. We have been printing a lot of documents here, and we need these equipmens badly,” he said.
The other solicited gadgets he chalked up from businessmen’s friends are 15 brand new hand held two-way radios his police would be using in their patrol and operation.
Gonzales said he relied on asking donations because he could not use the P49 thousand a month Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) because it is only appropriated, as ordered by higher headquarter, on gasoline, office supplies, and others.

“I got two patrol cars like the Mahindra and Innova, four Motorized Anti-Street Crime Operatives (MASCO), and four mountain bikes,” when asked how many vehicles he has.
The police station of the almost 70- thousand populated town, according to the COP, have 50 personnel including him and two other officials. (more…)

October 25, 2015 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Bagyong Lando, parang Bagyong Yolanda


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Malakas ang super typhoon na Lando na tumama sa Luzon. Sabi nila si Lando ang asawa ni Bagyong Yolanda na tumama sa Visayas. Pareho silang malakas, maraming sinira, maraming pinaluha.

Narito naman po ang text blast mula sa NDRRMC na nagdulot ng takot, panic, pagkabigla at pagbabalik sa pinsal ng bagyong Pepeng at pag-release ng tubig ng San Roque Dam dito sa Pangasinan.

“NDRRMC: Flood alert is issued tonight 19 Oct for the towns of San Manuel, Asingan, Santo Tomas, Villasis, Alcala, Bautista, Bayambang, Urbiztondo, San Nicolas. Expect sudden floods in 3 to 4 hours.”

Ohaaa! Maganda ang soup kitchen na tulong ni Mayor Pao Mencias ng Alcala noong second day ng bagyong Lando.

Ang mga tao sa panahon na kasagsagan ng bagyo ay gutom at walang panahon para magluto. Mas kailangan nila ng luto na pagkain kaysa relief goods na lulutuin pa.

Of course, sa mga sumusunod na araw nagbigay din ng relief goods para naman mairaos ang isang meal.

Ang learning experience sa bagyong Lando? Buo ang team ng Mencias-Collado na nagmonitor, nagplano at nagpatupad ng disaster response sa Bagyong Lando. Lalong lumakas nag samahan. Walang laglagan.

POE PARA SA CABINET LEVEL DISASTER AGENCY. Dapat daw po na magtayo ang goyerno ng NDRRMC na cabinet level na may fixed term of office para hindi politicized ang office.

“Whoever will lead this new agency should have a fixed term, regardless of who is in Malacanang, freeing him from any political pressures that have no place in disaster response,” sabi ni Sen. Grace Poe.

Maraming lugar sa Pilipinas ang nasa listahan ng most vulnerable tulad ng Tuguegarao, Lucena, Manila, San Fernando, at Cabanatuan. Nasa Top 100 po sila sa buong mundo.

Nakapasok sa Top 100 ang mga nasabing cities dahil mahina ang institution at mahina din ang kakayahan ng lipunan para harapain ang mga sakuna.

The Philippines’ “poor institutional and societal capacity to manage, respond and recover from natural hazards events” was a factor in its Natural Hazards Risk Atlas (NHRA) standing.

Call Center Capital na daw po tayo ng mundo pero pag may sakuna, hindi mo alam kung kanino ka tatawag!

Kanya-kanyang hotline ang lahat ng government agencies. Na kapag tinawagan mo ay walang sumasagot. Or kung may sumagot man ay walang definite na kasagutan or aksyon.

“I find it ironic that we are the Call Center Capital of the world and yet we don’t have our own hotline for emergencies,” Poe said. “Often, local governments and national agencies have their own initiatives, and we end up with a disjointed response in the face of calamities.”

Dapat daw po na ang bagong cabinet level na NDRRMC ay may genuine na legal personality.

Dapat din daw po na may sapat na technical at manpower support ang opisinang ito.

“As an independent body, the new department would have a legal personality to link up with similar agencies worldwide in terms of sharing valuable research, the latest search, rescue and recovery techniques, and even manpower support,” sabi ni Poe.

Rosales Councilor Romy Sim, kumusta naman po ang mga barangay sa gilid ng Agno River? Nabigyan na po pala sila ng ayuda mula sa LGU.

CHIZ PARA SA TULONG SA MAGSASAKA. Mabilisang tulong ang dapat na isagawa ng gobyerno para matulungan an gang mga magsasakang nalugi sa bagyong Lando.

Sinabi ni Sen. Chiz Escudero na karamihan ng tinamaan ng bagyong Lando ay magsasaka sa mga probinsyang nagtatanim ng pagkain ng sambayanang Pilipino.

“It can be noted that these are among the country’s top rice-producing provinces. The devastation not only threatens the livelihood of farmers, but also food security in the two regions that mainly depend on the crop for their sustenance,” sabi ni Escudero.

May PhP9.6 bilyon na Calamity Fund at Quick Response Fund na available sa DBM.

Based on official figures from the Department of Budget and Management, about P9.6 billion in Calamity Fund and Quick Response Fund are immediately available to help those affected by Lando, as well as P1 billion from the People’s Survival Fund.

Maaari itong gamitin para sa punla at pataba para sa muling pagtatanim ng mga magsasaka. Parang quick turn-around fund para makabawi ang sa lugi ng magsasaka na dulot ng sakuna.

Maaari din pondo ito para sa patubig ng mga sakahan o kaya naman ay imbakan ng mga produktong pang-agrikultural.

“Aside from seeds and fertilizers, affected farmers also need to rebuild agricultural infrastructure like storage and irrigation facilities to help them in the long-term,” said Escudero, the leading vice presidential candidate.

MAR-ESPINO NA. Nagsama si LP presidential bet Mar Roxas at Gov Espino sa Infanta matapos ang Bagyong Lando. Kasama pa nila si Leni Robredo sa Infanta.

Ohaaa. Ganoon talaga. Iba’t-ibang panahon, palitan ng kaalyado sa pulitika. Politika lang walang personalan.

Tangapin. Aminin. Pero, may mga Pangasinan LP na hindi pabor sa Mar-Espino tulad ni former Bugallon mayor Ric Orduna at LP provincial secretary general na si Oscar Lambino. Ano naman po ang say niyo, Cong Vic Agbayani sa alyansa ni Mar at Gov? Hahaha.

Iyung ibang kakampi ni Gov may CONA mula sa LP, iyung iba naman ay may CONA mula sa NUP at iyung iba naman ay may CONA mula sa Aksyon Demokratiko.

NPC naman ang pinagmulan ng mga CONA ng mga kaalyado ni gubernatorial candidate Mark Cojuangco.

Kanya-kanyang party. Kanya-kanyang kasiyahan. Hahaha. Tama po ba vice mayor Ben Marinas sa Byan ng Sison?

May mga kandidato pala na nakuha ng dalawa o tatlong CONA mula sa iba’t-ibang partido. Sigurista talaga sila. Hahaha.

May nakapagbulong sa atin isang elected official sa isang distrito ay may NPC at UNA na CONA. Incumbent po siya. Wala ba siyang tiwala sa NPC? Kaya kumuha pa siya ng CONA mula sa UNA? (more…)

October 25, 2015 at 9:52 pm Leave a comment

Villasis palay drying facility big help to farmers


AT THE HEIGHT OF TYPHOON LANDO

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- The Villasis Palay Drying Facility established through initiative of fifth district Representative Mark Cojuangco proved to be of great help to farmers in this town especially during calamities.

During the onslaught of typhoon Lando from October 19 to 22, farmers who have harvested their palay earlier could not find the place to dry their crops as rains continued to pour for four days.

Isabel’s Ambroce, a farmer of San Blas village in this town, said he lost hope that his 210 sacks of palay that was newly harvested will be dried.

” I thought I could no longer recoup my expenses. But when I learned that the Villasis Palay Drying Facility in Unzad was opened for farmers’ use, I immediately coordinated with the municipal agriculture office where technicians helped bring my harvest to the facility,” Ambroce said.

Ambroce is one of the farmers who availed of the services of the said facility during typhoon Lando. (more…)

October 25, 2015 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

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