Archive for November 30, 2015

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

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