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IMG_5777GOOD GOVERNANCE. After he finished exchanging banter with the emcee, Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay exhorts the members of the Association of Fertilizer and Pesticide Distributors, Dealers and Outlets of Pangasinan (AFPDDOP) about good governance when he graced the AFPDDOP Christmas Party last December 11 in Urdaneta City. Macanlalay, who is a vice gubernatorial candidate in Pangasinan, shares to the crowd how the commercial hub and first class town Calasiao was catapulted to her present state under his watch. The other guest of honor of the Yuletide celebration of agricultural traders and their families was gubernatorial bet Mark O. Cojuangco. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZAIMG_5768

AGGIE GROUP’S XMAS PARTY. Hundreds of the members of the Association of Fertilizer and Pesticide Distributors, Dealers and Outlets of Pangasinan (AFPDDOP) and their families celebrate their Christmas Party last December 11 at the gymnasium in Urdaneta City owned by Abono Party-list chairman Rosendo So. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

December 13, 2015 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

PSU gifts its topnotchers with cash

December 13, 2015 at 7:58 pm Leave a comment

Sinag: Don’t eat imported expired meat

DAGUPAN CITY – The Samahang Industriya ng Magsasaka warned consumers against buying and consuming imported expired meat which have reached even far-flung villages.
Rosendo So, president of the Samahang Industriya ng Pilipinas, said the expired meat are brought to the town public markets at two to three in the morning and tricycles are already waiting to distribute the frozen but expired to the barangays.
The “system” was adopted by unscrupulous businessmen because the National Meat Inspection Service  is strictly monitoring the public markets where the expired meat are usually dumped. So said.
He said imported meats being sold in the local markets must be packed in one or two kilos and must have brand and expiration date on the package.
“Expired meat, although frozen, have off-color, and consumers could get sick from it. To be safe, let us just buy meat of newly butchered animals,” he said.
So said the search continues for the missing 34 container vans of expired meat that are either still inside the ports or have been clandestinely released.
A total of  45 out of the 203 container vans full of expired meat were earlier declared as missing. Eleven vans were found to have been released on November 6 to 8 to identified consignees,  but the meat  did not undergo phytosanitary inspection.
The imported meat entered the country  from Belgium, France and United States from January to September this year.
We are still locating the 34 container vans, while the remaining 158 vans are guarded against being released,” So said.
The meat have been stored in their countries of origin for a long time before they were brought to the Philippines, he added.
Each container van contains 25,000 kilos of  meat but were declared as offal or intestines, jowls, head and other low-priced parts of animals.
This means the 203 vans contain a total of 5,075,000 kilos of meat declared to cost P50 a kilo.
At P50 per kilo, the contents of a van is P1,250,000.
But  the meat are sold at P100 per kilo so each container van can go up to P2.5 million, so the businessmen can easily earn P1 million for each van, So said.
Local meat producers with 1,000 sows on the other hand, can earn only P1 million a month, he said


December 13, 2015 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment

Sugar smuggling spikes this year – Sinag

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – The smuggling of sugar this year proliferated after the media and government have been hot on the trail of rice smugglers, the Samahan ng Industriya at Agrikulura (SINAG) chairman said.

Samahan ng Industriya at Agrikultura Chairman Rosendo So (3rd from left) discusses with media men at the Kilusan ng Broadkaster sa Pilipinas -Pangasinan recently the state of agriculture in the Philippines.

Samahan ng Industriya at Agrikultura Chairman Rosendo So (3rd from left) discusses recently with media men at the Kilusan ng Broadkaster sa Pilipinas -Pangasinan the state of agriculture in the Philippines.

Engineer Rosendo So cited a huge numbers of bags of sugar were seized by government law enforcers on their drive to curve the seemingly unabated smuggling of the commodity.
“The smugglers have been avoiding rice trading because the media and the government are vigilant against them,” he told media men last Thursday at the forum of the Kapisanan ng Broadcasters sa Pilipinas (KBP).
He wished that the law that would punish and penalize heavily smugglers would be implemented soon.
So, the chair of Abono Party-list too, aggressively lobbies with the government to make P5 million worth of smuggled goods a non-bailable crime.
“We target P4 to P5 million as an accumulated worth of the smuggled agricultural products. It means if a smuggler has  shipments in the cities of Davao, Zamboanga , and Manila they are accumulated already and should be punished by law, “ he stressed.
He wished that the version of the Abono Party in the House of Representatives and the versions of Senators Cynthia Villars, Grace Poe, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito for the P5 million cap will be passed by Congress and signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III before his term ends next year.
Smugglers of sugar that prejudice Filipino sugar planters are a scourge because of the cheap sugar in Thailand and the slashing of tariff of the commodity due to the Asian Free Trade Agreement (AFTA).
Due to the aggressive support of the Thailand government to its sugar farmers, one kilo of white sugar there cost P25 a kilo while its counterpart in the Philippines sells P40 a kilo.
“Smuggling of sugar swelled thus we saw some apprehension these days,” So said.
A financier of small scale sugar planters in Tarlac and Pangasinan told Northern Watch that the price of white refined sugar bought from the planters by traders plunged from P2, 400 to P1, 700 per sack with 50 kilos content.
 Noel Valdez, who is also into trucking with sugar planters, said farmers in the two provinces lament the plunge of prices and blamed the 5% mandated tariff of AFTA and the unabated smuggling as the cause of the hardship of sugar planters.
AFTA was implemented last January 1, 2015 among 10 members Asean countries, with tariff of products among these countries lowered if not totally eradicated.

December 13, 2015 at 7:46 pm Leave a comment

De Venecias’ son ‘Toff’ replaces mom Gina as congressional candidate for 4th district

Toff de Venecia, son of former Speaker Joe de Venecia and incumbent congresswoman Manay Gina de Venecia, is set to be the Liberal Party’s candidate for congressman of the 4th district of Pangasinan in the 2016 elections. This is following Manay Gina’s withdrawal of her candidacy this morning, Dec. 8, at COMELEC’s provincial office in Dagupan venecia chrisChristopher de Venecia shows his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) with Election Supervisor
 Marino Salas at the Commission on Election in Dagupan City. De Venecia is 
accompanied last December 8 by his parents Rep. Gina de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan
and the one he substituted and his father  former 5-Time Speaker Joe de Venecia.

According to Manay Gina, they decided as a family that it was the right time for Toff to enter the world of politics since he has a willingness and determination to help the people, most especially the youth. “The youth is incredibly vital to the community because like me, they are energetic, passionate, and full of ideas,” says Toff. “I would like to galvanize them to become more involved in reimagining the fourth district, not to mention, bolster culture and education, industry, and tourism in service of the people.”  


December 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm Leave a comment

So: Poe still a presidential candidate

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- A strong and staunch supporter of the presidential bid of Senator Grace Poe said despite the ruling of the 1st and 2nd Division of the Commission on Election (Comelec) cancelling Poe’s certificate of candidacy (COC), she is still a candidate until such time the Supreme Court will rule with finality.
Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So, also a convener of Ang Grasya ng Masang Pilipino (AGMP), is confident that Senator Grace Poe could overcome all the disqualification cases filed against her as there are still two institutions that will hear the cases- Comelec en banc and the Supreme Court.
” This will be a long process but the legal group of Senator Poe are doing all the legal remedies to overturn the earlier rulings of the two divisions of Comelec. She is still a presidential candidate and we will rally behind her presidential aspirations,” So said.


December 13, 2015 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL Ang ‘digmaan’ ng mga mamamahayag sa Pangasinan

Habang papalavirpit ang halalan sa  Mayo 9, 2016 ay lalo namang umiinit ang mga isyu sa pagitan ng mga pulitiko sa Lalawigan ng Pangasinan.  Kapansinpansin ang mainitang pagtalakay sa mga isyu sa mga estasyon ng mga radio at mga lokal na pahayagan. Halata rin sa mga mamamahayag kung sinong pulitiko ang kanilang kinikilingan na kung minsan ay nagiging personal na ang batikusan.
Ang pinakamainit na talakayan sa mga medya ay sa pagitan ni dating representante ng ika-limang Distrito Mark O. Cojuangco na tatakbong gobernador ng Pangasinan sa 2016 at ang kasalukuyang nakaupong gobernador Amado T. Espino T. Espino Jr. Bagamat si Espino ay hindi tatakbo bilang gobernador dahil matatapos na ang kanyang termino sa June 30, 2016, ang kanyang anak na kasalukuyang presidente ng Pederasyon ng Liga ng mga Barangay ang binigyan niya ng basbas para papalit sa kanya sa pagtakbo ng naturang puwesto. Ang nakakatandang Espino ay tatakbo bilang representante ng ika-limang distrito at kanyang makakalaban ang nakaupong representante Kimi S. Cojuangco, maybahay ni Mark.
Sa pagitan ng mga mamamahayag, patuloy ang pagtalakay sa mga isyu na pagbatikos at pagpuna sa bawat kampo. Sa kampo ni Espino, ang kanyang mamamahayag ay nakatuon sa mga isyu kay Cojuangco na: hindi siya tunay na Pangasinense dahil galling siya sa Tarlac, hindi niya napaunlad ang bayan ng Sison, saan nagastos ang tobacco excise tax ng ika-limang Distrito, may mga proyektong hindi natapos, pagpuputol ng mga punong kahoy sa gilid ng Manila North Road (MNR) at mga isyung personal na kung susuriin ay hindi na dapat bigyan pa ng pansin. Lahat ng mga isyung nabanggit ay tuwirang sinagot ni Cojuangco ngunit ang mga mamamahayag kay Espino ay nagmistulang taingang kawali at paulit-ulit pa ring tinatalakay sa mga radio at mga lokal na pahayagan.


December 13, 2015 at 7:22 pm Leave a comment

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