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Guico to environmentalist groups: Stop tree cutting in forests

BINALONAN – Mayor Ramon Guico III urged environmentalist groups opposing the cutting of trees along the Manila North Road traversing this town, to focus instead of the massive illegal cutting of trees in the forests and mountains.
Guico said while 1,892 trees are “sacrificed” for the widening of MNR,  thousands of trees are being illegally logged in the forests.
“Why not look into those trees being felled in the mountains?” he said.
When told that the environmentalist groups proposed the construction of road around the trees, Guico  said that would be difficult because the roadside are already occupied by houses and establishments, and acquiring the properties from the residents would take plenty of years.
The local government of Binalonan actually supported the widening of the MNR which entailed the felling of the 30-50 year old trees on the road’s sides.
“We have plenty of projects which we could not implement because of the pending road widening project like installing street lights, drainage systems, putting tricycle terminals going to the inner villages,” he said.
Guico likewise said the trees posed danger to motorists because the MNR already had wide areas while others still are narrow because of the trees.
“Some may be thinking that the road ahead is still wide and may ram into a tree in the narrow parts of the MNR,” he said.
Guico also said the MNR road would still be useful even if the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) is completed because “not everyone can afford the toll fees,”
“For instance, if you travel from Sison to Urdaneta City, you won’t pass through the TPLEX and pay the toll. You would travel through the MNR,” he said.
Guico likewise mentioned the Greening Binalonan project of the local government which is the planting of trees in different  areas of the town, “except along the highway.”
“We have planted thousand of trees, as this project was started during my first term,” Guico, who is on his second term, said.
The DENR issued the extension of a special tree cutting and earth balling permit to the Department of Public Works and Highways last October 30 but the DPWH received it only on December 19.
“We could not start the cutting immediately because we had to put up billboards and other preparatory measures,” DPWH District Engineer Emmanuel Diaz said.
The permit signed by DENR Regional Executive Director Paquino Moreno was for the cutting of 589 trees and balling of 107.
Most of the trees are in Binalonan but there are also trees in Pozorrubio and Sison.


November 30, 2015 at 1:17 am Leave a comment

Cojuangco: Mechanical drying means  5% increase in farmers’ income

By Virgilio Sar. Magane

SAN CARLOS CITY- Gubernatorial aspirant Mark O. Cojuangco said that if farmers can increase their palay harvest by 5% or 10%, these will have a great impact in the local economy.mark taho 2

WITH TAHO VENDOR.Former Pangasinan fifth district Representative Mark Cojuangco is flanked by Calasiao Mayor Mark Macanlalay (left) and Dasol Mayor Noel Nacar during a visit to Dasol town. Standing at the back is a taho vendor from whom they bought taho. (See story on page 8) LEOJAN ANUDON

 Cojuangco, who was with local officials and farmers at Salinap village here for consultative meeting recently, explained how a mechanical palay drying facility could improve the quality of palay grains that will eventually increase their income.

 He said that with mechanical drying, the moisture content of the palay grains is controlled thus when milled, these are “whole grain” and unbroken.

 Citing Villasis palay drying facility as example, Cojuangco said that farmers  earning more because of the reduction of losses as compared to solar drying of palay. (more…)

November 30, 2015 at 1:10 am Leave a comment

Residency and citizenship are different – Poe


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – Presidential front runner Senator Grace Poe said  residency was different from citizenship.

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GRACE POE IN CALASIAO. Presidential frontrunner Grace Poe consults with residents of Nalsian-Bacayao on the different issues and problems besetting the barangay, including the village’s being going under water during typhoons and rainy season.

Poe said this  after a fourth case was filed against her by a petitioner who questioned her citizenship and her lacked of 10-year residency before the 2016 election.

“Ang citizenship at residency hindi magka pareho iyan. Sapagkat you can be considered a resident of a country without necessarily being from that country. Lahat po iyan ang nasasagot namin (Citizenship and residency are different. You can be considered a resident of a country without necessarily being from that country. All of those charges my camp have rebutted),” Poe said.

She was answering what former University of the East Dean Amado Valdez argued on his petition at the Commission on Election.

Valdez filed a petition last November 2 at the Comelec  asking the election body to nullify Poe’s candidacy for the presidency because she is not a natural born Filipino and lacks the necessary 10 years residency  requirement before the 2016 presidential race.

 “Strictly speaking, the 10-year period of residency must be counted from Oct. 20, 2010, when she renounced her American citizenship. Between July 7, 2006, and Oct. 20, 2010, she owed dual allegiance to the Philippines and the US, thus still ineligible to hold public office,” Valdez told media men in Manila. (more…)

November 30, 2015 at 1:06 am Leave a comment

New power plant will pay right taxes – – Arcinue

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
SUAL –The mayor here  said  the investor for the 600-900 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant will not be shortchange this town in taxes, unlike the other power plant company the town hosts.
Mayor Roberto Arcinue said the Team Energy which operates the 1,218 MW power plant, deprived the public coffer here  by P331 million in  real property tax (RPT) after it paid P69 million only.
(Team Energy vice president for community affairs Greggy Romualdez said it was the national government and not the Team Energy, that pays the RPT to the Sual local government, as was specified in the contract).
Arcinue said Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. (TAOEDC) president and chief executive officer Francisco Viray promised him that after the 600- 900 MW power plant starts operation it will religiously pay the RPT of this mountain nestled rustic town.
“I told him in case they do otherwise I will not sign the construction permit of their company. But he (Viray) told me there was no problem for that because they will follow the contract,” he said.
Arcinue said for a hypothetical P1 million RPT , P500, 000 of which would be divided by the town school board which will get P250, 000, and the school board of Pangasinan which would get P250,000. The other P500,000, he said  will be divided among the barangay which would get 25%, the town (35%) and the province (40%).
The mayor said TAOEDC will give employment and other benefits that will redound to some kind of economic development here.
As goodwill after the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement last November 22 at the town hall here, TAOEDC will give a grant of P110-million for priority projects here like education, health, environment and agriculture and a P10-million for the host barangay.


November 30, 2015 at 12:57 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Grace Poe unfazed by Duterte’s entry in the presidential race

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Reluctant presidentiable Rodrigo Duterte has finally thrown his  hat into the 2016 presidential race  by substituting Martin Dino of Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN) Party who earlier withdrew his certificate of candidacy (COC).
Did Duterte, who in many forums said  he was not interested in the presidency, change his mind upon the prodding of his supporters?
 It was a move that raised many questions especially when he said he decided to run because of the decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) that declared Senator Grace Poe as a natural born Filipino citizen. His statement that Poe is an “American” and he doesn’t want her to rule the country drew criticisms on him. Here is a man who professed to be a lawyer and yet could not accept the decision of a constitutional body like the SET. How can he govern a country when he does not respect laws like what he’s doing in Davao City? His hard stance against criminals especially those involved in drugs and other illegal activities might be admirable, but are we Filipinos ready for his kind of leadership?
According to legal luminaries, his filing of COC for presidency will draw legal battles against him. While it was claimed that he substituted Dino, they said he could not because of loopholes in Dino’s CoC.
Dino filed his CoC as Mayor of Pasay City and was about to be declared by the Commission on Election (Comelec) as a nuisance candidate.
Can Duterte file a CoC when the last day of filing has already lapsed last October 16? Anyway, it’s up to Comelec to appreciate the legal actions related to this.


November 30, 2015 at 12:47 am Leave a comment

‘Mark: Friendships, not material things, are important during Christmas


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

SAN MANUEL- Gubernatorial aspirant Mark O. Cojuangco said Christmas is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s love and to follow that example by loving each other.

Cojuangco was the special guest of this town’s opening of the Lantern Festival and Christmas Lighting Ceremony held at the town plaza last November 27, which was attended by municipal and village officials, teachers and village residents.

“What is important during Christmas season are not material things but the friendships we have nurtured through these years. Let’s value and give importance to love for our fellowmen,” Cojuangco said.

Cojuangco lauded Mayor Alain Jerico Perez for the annual event that started when he assumed the mayorship of the town. (more…)

November 30, 2015 at 12:43 am Leave a comment


PADYAK KONTRA DROGAPADYAK KONTRA DROGA. Raymund Basbas, administrative officer of the Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, said that some 250 bikers joined the “Padyak Kontra Droga,” an anti-drug advocacy campaign held on November 18 in Dagupan City. He said the activity is in line with Proclamation No. 124 which declares the third week of November of every year as “Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week” in the Philippines. (photo by Roland Naoe/PIA-1, Pangasinan)



November 29, 2015 at 11:49 pm Leave a comment

‘Chiz’ urges government to use P1B People’s Survival Fund to help farmers adapt to climate change.


Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said local government units (LGUs), through the use of the PSF, can tap experts to help farmers understand their environment and be able to adjust to the effects of climate change.
“We must help our farmers get to know their environment all over again. Our farmers should not remain clueless and helpless on the impact of climate change on their livelihood,” Escudero said.
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources said the PSF can help LGUs finance research on what crops are best to grow in their agricultural lands by studying factors like the slope, soil quality and weather pattern in their localities.
“What’s best to plant where? This will help not only in our food security but in the livelihood of our farmers who are the hardest hit by disasters,” said the frontrunner in various voter preference surveys for vice president.
Just last October, Typhoon “Lando” devastated large swath of farmlands in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera and Central Luzon regions, causing losses amounting P9.7 to the agriculture sector as of November 1, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
Escudero, who is the vice-presidential running mate of Sen. Grace Poe, said LGUs need assistance from the national government on climate change adaptation measures as shown by a 2014 study made by the Commission on Audit (COA) on Disaster Management Practices in the Philippines.


November 29, 2015 at 11:43 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Q & A’s  Boo-boo: Manny Pacquiao and Alma Moreno

After interviewing in the past former president Fidel V. Ramos, former five-time Speaker Jose de Venecia,  an ambassador from other country, 2016 presidential front runner Senator Grace Poe, 2016 vice presidential wannabes and Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Chiz Escudero, and Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos, Jr., I think these two interviews I had with two prominent political figures in the country would be my icing on the cake after I retire from the interesting world of the media in the Philippines to prepare myself in the likewise interesting catering business dahil wala palang masyadong kita dito sa media.
Here are senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao, the epitome of patent and scandalous absences in the Philippine Congress and a shoo-in at the respectable pollsters Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia, and bumbling actress Alma Moreno in a satirical Questions and Answers (Q & A) as they prepare  for the 2016 senatorial run. Excerpts:
QUESTION: Champ, ever since there is non-stop killing in your island Mindanao, how’s the peace and order situation there now?
PACQUIAO: Well, you know…. it is bad. Many fish like tuna, dorobo, tilapia, and hito but no order… very bad.
  Q: Totoo po ba Congressman Pacquiao sa isa ninyong madalang na attendance sa House, gusto daw ninyo mag pasa’ ng urgent resolution for the immediate arrest of John Doe at Jane Doe, bakit po?
P: Lagi ko kasi silang nadidinig na kasangkot sa maraming krimen. Minsan madidinig mo na lang sa radyo o TV na ang mga criminals na nahuhuli sa Manila, may isang lalaki at may isang babae na John Doe at Jane Doe na kasama na parang palos  na nakakatakas sa police dragnet. After one hour nasa Zamboanga na naman sila kasangkot ang tatlong pinangalanang Abu Sayaff at isang John Doe at Jane Doe na nambomba. Parang si Kumander Tootpick at Kumander Inday ito, may pagka aswang. Isang oras lang nasa Zamboangga na! May anting-anting ata itong mga hunghang, mas mabilis pa silang lumipad sa PAL o Cebu Pacific.
Q: Pati Anti-Fencing Law gusto ninyo daw buwagin, bakit?
P: Kasi iyong kapit bahay namin sa Saranggani hinuli ng pulis. Mi Prima Facie daw na bumili ng nakaw, ayon kinasuhan ng Anti-Fencing.
Bakit siya kakasuhan ng Anti Fencing? Hindi naman siya tutol sa pagpapader sa palipaligid ng mga kapitbahay niya. Saka hindi naman siya naglalaro ng fencing iyong eskrima ng payat na espada gaya doon sa pelikula ni Zorro. Ang alam noong kapitbahay namin na gamitin iyong espading iyong itak pamputol sa mga tubo doon sa amin at iyong ginamit na pang tuli kay Bobby na kapatid ko.
Q: Nadinig ko pati si Prima Facie gusto din daw ninyo ipahuli sa NBI?
P: Oo, kasi mapa –Manila man o mapa Cebu ako nadidinig ko na kinasuhan si niho at si niha dahil may Prima Facie. Foreigner siguro itong si Prima Facie, masyadong malakas, hindi nila  hinuhuli kahit na sinabi na ng uturidad na kasali si Jose, Pedro, Juan sa krimen dahil kay Prima Facie. Dapat may national manhunt dito kay Prima, mas masahol pa it kay John Doe at Jane Doe.
Q: Pero senator, este, congressman, Prima Facie ay Latin words ho iyan. It means sufficient corroborating evidence appears to exist to support a case.
P: I don’t care about that, you know? The case you meant, you know? There should be a manhunt next week, right now! Tama ba ang grammar ko? Paki delete na lang sa blog mo pag mali. Mas masahol pa itong si Facie kay wanted Dinagat Island Congressman Ruben Ecleo Jr, iyong mukhang sinto-sinto na bangag na kasama namin sa Kongreso.


November 29, 2015 at 11:38 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Let the people decide on Grace Poe Presidency

“ Pero ngayon I think I’ve stated it publicly before, Senator Grace Poe wants to run, at the end of the day ‘di ba, sovereignty resides with the people, let the people decide,” sabi ni Presidente Aquino ng Liberal Party.
Si PNoy na mismo ang nagsabi na paulit-ulit na ang taumbayan na mismo ang hayaan na mag-decide kung naka-tadhana na maging presidente si Grace Poe.
Ang ultimate na magsasabi kung sino ang dapat maging Pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas ay ang mga botante.
PALABAN POE. Kahit ilan pang disqualification cases ang ihain laban kay Grace Poe ay haharapin niya.
“On the other hand, pinaglalaban ko at patuloy kung ipaglalaban ang lahat ng mga disqualification sa akin na ito ay karapatan ng bawat Pilipino,” sabi ni Grace Poe.
“Ang isang batang inabandona ng kanilang mga magulang ay hindi rin dapat i-abandona ng ating pamahalaan,” dagdag ni Poe.
Ang Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) ay mula sa 1987 Constitution. Ang lahat ng decision ng SET ay dapat tanggapin at igalang. Kung hindi ka ayon sa desisyon ng SET… e di tumakbo ka bilang pangulo. Pero huwag ka muna mag-file ng COC. Hahaha.
Rosales councilor Romy Sim, kumusta na po ang Team GP sa bayan niyo?
Narito po ang isang part ng statement mula sa susunod na Vice President na si chiz Escudero.
By criticizing the SET’s decision declaring Poe a natural-born citizen, Escudero said their political opponents–many of whom are also lawyers–are assaulting the integrity of a constitutional body that was mandated to be the “sole judge” of all contests on the qualification of senators, and which the Constitution itself deemed to be “an independent, impartial and non-partisan tribunal.”
“Bilang abogado rin, nais ko rin galangin at ipaglaban ang Saligang Batas. Nagkataon lang siguro na magkaiba kami ng pananaw at interpretasyon kaugnay ng Saligang Batas at pagiging natural-born ni Senator Grace,” sabi ni Escudero.
Escudero said the fact that Poe had been given a birth certificate and passport, was legally adopted, and later allowed to run for and serve as a senator, meant only one thing: she is a Filipino and qualified to be a public servant.
Eto naman daw po ang tunay na sukatan para sa isang Pilipino na nagmamahal sa bayan.
“Hindi po nasusukat ang pagmamahal sa bayan dahil lamang siguro sa pananaw ng isa o iilan. Nasusukat lamang iyan sa puso, sa intension, sa galaw at sa gawa bilang isang Pilipino,” he said.
Nasabi ni Senadora Cynthia Villar na ang desisyon SET ay malabo nang mabago kahit na may motion for reconsideration si Mr. David.
 “Nag-isip naman kami ng mabuti sa decision namin,” sabi ni Villar.
APEC-LIKE INTERNET SPEED. Inulit ni Sen. Chiz Escudero ang panawagan ni Sen. Grace Poe na kayang pabilisin ang internet speed sa Pilipinas kung gugustuhin.
Alcala mayor Pao Mencias, kumusta na po ang Grace Poe votes sa Alcala? Kumusta din po Atty Jazon Collado ang lakad mo for vice mayor ng Alcala?


November 29, 2015 at 11:29 pm Leave a comment

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