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 BAYAMBANG CENTRAL SCHOOL: Historical commission saves Gabaldon

BAYAMBANG – Efforts to save the only remaining Gabaldon Building at the abandoned Bayambang Central School paid off after the National Historical Commission of the Philippines stopped the local government from demolishing or altering the building.
There were three Gabaldon buildings at the BCS but only the Home Economics building, built in 1992, is left.
The one built in 1912 was demolished reportedly on advise of a former NHCP official from Bayambang.
Another, built in 1924, was burned down under “suspicious circumstances” in June 2010 before the opening of classes.
In a letter to Mayor Ricardo Camacho dated January 6, NHCP chair Maria Serena Diokno said the American period Gabaldon Building falls within the purview of the heritage law which provides that structures 50 years and older are presumed to be important cultural property.
“Since the NHCP collaborates with the Department of Education to preserve Gabaldon buildings throughout the country, we enjoin you to refrain from demolishing or altering the Gabaldon building in keeping with the law,” Diokno said.
Gabaldon buildings refer to the educational structures designed by American Architect William Parsons and funded through Act No. 1801 authored by Nueva Ecija Assemblyman Isauro Gabaldon during the American period.
Diokno wrote the letter after BCS Parents Teachers Association Filipinas Alcantara asked the NHCP to restore or renovate the buildings instead of destroying them “to cater to the sinister desire of some enterprising opportunist(s) to pursue their selfish plans at the expense of public interest and blatant disregard of the national heritage law.”
Alcantara and then PTA vice president Nelson Borillo first wrote a letter in 2013, saying the school already attained the status as national heritage, a historical landmark in the town, and a legacy of their ancestors.
“Our Alma Mater is a priceless memorial and monument that should not be destroyed or demolished but to be preserved and protected,” the two said.
But the first letter was not answered, and the second letter that Alcantara personally handed to Diokno, got a reply.
The Congress approved the bill proposing the conservation of Gabaldon and other heritage school buildings. The bill, authored by Rep. Victoria Isalbel Noel (An Waray partylist), said it was during the Commonwealth Era when the Americans introduced the public school system to the country.
“To meet the need for public school buildings, the Philippine Assembly passed as the law for the buildings called Gabaldon,” House Bill 5794 said.
“These Gabaldon schoolhouses have withstood the elements and until the present are still being used by public schools throughout the country. The proposal is to rehabilitate and repair them nationwide to preserve their historical significance and repair them to preserve their historical significance and address the ever growing need for educational facilities,” Noel said.
 The Gabaldon buildings are inside the 3.2 hectare old BCS campus along the national highway which was swapped with 2.2 hectare with a 60-classroom building in barangay Bical, owned by one Willy Chua.
The Department of Education was ordered to by a local court transfer to the new campus in 2013, citing reasons of the local government that the school needed to be rehabilitated.
Local businessmen chipped in to repair the school buildings but the DepEd is waiting for another order from the court to return to the old campus. (YOLANDA SOTELO)



February 1, 2016 at 10:25 am Leave a comment


TASTE TEST. Former Rep. Mark Cojuangco of the Pangasinan fifth district tastes the street food in Mabini town.12471328_1103871816324616_8986412397434206999_o


February 1, 2016 at 10:17 am Leave a comment


12640238_928312337252298_2216748988343224973_oUNDER THE ACASIA TREE. Presidential aspirant Grace Poe explains her programs to officials and residents of Pozorrubio during her recent visit to the town. Lately, she thanked Supreme Court Chief Justice Cereno, saying her “emphasis on that legal point shows a lot of compassion and justness for foundlings like me. It conveys the message that there are laws and jurisprudence that foundlings can rely on in pursuing their case, and this certainly buoys up the argument raised by my lawyer during the oral argument.”  WILLIE LOMIBAO

February 1, 2016 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

Chiz urges government to study  impact of El Nino on garlic prices


Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero urged the government to look into the plea of garlic growers in northern Philippines to raise the farmgate price of garlic to boost the income of farmers grappling with high cost of production
“The government, through the Department of Agriculture, can help protect farmer income by setting minimum farmgate prices that are reasonable because right now garlic farmers are complaining about the low price they receive when selling their produce,” Escudero pointed out.
The vice-presidential frontrunner said the government may consider a temporary increase in farmgate prices of garlic to partly offset the impact of El Niño, which triggered high agricultural input costs, including water.
“The lack of rain has definitely increased farmers’ input costs. High requirement for agricultural inputs means bigger production costs. ,” Escudero said.
Farmers said the current farmgate price of prime class garlic ranges from P90 to P100 per kilo, which they say are “too low,” and wanted the price to be pegged at P150 in order to counter the high cost of farms inputs aggravated by the El Niño dry spell that is expected to linger until the middle of the year.
“However, this should require a careful study in order to temper a sudden increase in prices that would affect our consumers. We don’t want this to happen either,” Escudero said.


February 1, 2016 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Isalba ang mga gusaling yaman at pamana ng kultura

“Huwag gibain, sirain o baguhin.” Yan ang buod ng sulat na petsang Enero 6, 2016 ni Chair Maria Serena Diokno ng National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCCP) kay Bayambang Mayor Ricardo Camacho. Ang sulat ay patungkol sa mga natitirang gusaling Gabaldon sa loob ng Bayambang Central School na itinayo pa noong mga taong 1920s sa panahon ng Commonwealth sa ilalim ng mga Amerikano.001
Ang pagpapatayo ng gusaling Gabaldon ay nakapaloob sa Commonwealth Act No. 1081 na iniakda ng Nueva Ecija Assemblyman Isauro Gabaldon na kung saan kinuha ang pangalan ng mga gusali. Dinisenyo ito ng Amerikanong arkitekto na si William Parsons.
Makasaysayan ang mga gusaling Gabaldon sa mga loob ng mga paaralan at sa Bayambang pilit nilang iwaksi ang kasaysayang ito dahil sa hangaring gawing “mall” at “transport” terminal ang kinalalagakan ng paaralan. Ipinagpalit ang lokasyon ng paaralan na may kabuuang 3.2 ektarya sa 2.2 ektaryang pribadong pag-aari ng negosyanteng Willy Chua sa Barangay Bical Norte.


February 1, 2016 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Senator Grace Poe: an epitome of a compassionate and unifying leader

“Galing at Puso” ( Ability and Heart)! That’s the cry of Senator Grace Poe who is eyeing the presidency on May 9, 2016 elections. With all the legal obstacles thrown on her political paths, it seems that Poe is unperturbed and unfazed. Her composure has not changed a bit. Her answers on political issues are straightforward, which are devoid of superfluity.Indeed, Senator Grace Poe is a leader this country needs.
Born as a “foundling”, which is now a subject of the disqualification case hurled against her, the oral arguments in the Supreme Court appeared to be on her side. This is after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc decided to cancel her Certificate of Candidacy (COC) on the grounds that she’s not a natural born Filipino citizen and lacked the 10-year residency for a presidential candidacy.
There were already two oral argument hearings on her case at the Supreme Court. Last January 19, Justice Marvic Leonen on his interpellation with Poe’s legal counsel Alexander Poblador said: ” At the end of the day, should this court ask her to look for those parents who actually left her because she had it lucky. She is now one of the candidates to become President of this country. Do you think that is a fair result? It’s clear to us what should happen in terms of justness. Can our laws actually contain that kind of a result? Is it clear enough to say that the Constitution of the Republic looks this way on foundlings? That there can never be any foundling found in a rural area of the Philippines that can ever become President?”
The oral argument last January 26 was more on the side of Senator Poe when Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereño cited that “foundlings” are Filipinos based on Republic Act No.8552 or the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998. Sereño pointed out to Poe’s counsel Poblador: We have to be careful that we are not- by rigid reading of what we consider as failure to enumerate foundlings-   going to create unintended consequences, the difficulty of which are not perhaps just to be visited on your client, but on so many foundlings in the country.” The next oral arguments will be on February 6.


February 1, 2016 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

  Urdaneta leads cities in R-1 with P771M budget

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
URDANETA CITY – This thriving wholesale cattle and vegetable business hub in Northern Luzon has the  highest annual budget for this year in Region 1.
City Administrator Ronald San Juan said that for this year, this city has P771 million budget.
Neighbouring Dagupan City, where some councilors tried but failed to stall the 2016 budget, has P768 million budget..
Laoag City last year had a proposed total budget of ₱ 632,565,171 for 2016.
“We are less dependent on the internal revenue allotment since we collect more on the local taxes.“It is like 60-40 percentage equation,” San Juan said.
Mayor Amadeo G.E Perez IV explained that this city has higher revenue than other cities in Region 1 because of the bigger sizes of its population and its land area.
The Local Government Code said provinces,  cities, and municipalities  have each share of 50% on population, 25% on land area, and 25% equal sharing on the internal revenue allotment from their shares on the collection of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
Ms Saniata A. Elegores, this city’s treasurer, said this this city will pay Land Bank of the Philippines P30, 207, 232 and P23, 800,028 for the principal and interest of the hundreds of millions of pesos loans on the sanitary landfill and the new public market.
Meanwhile, Mayor Belen Fernandez lamented that the obsolete Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) approved by the local government of Dagupan City in 1978 faces rough sailing among many councilors who are to approve it and the critics who sow misinformation on its viability. Those who opposed it argued that with the growth areas and the new city hall constructed because of the CLUP, the city will be more vulnerable to flood.


February 1, 2016 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

Q & A: I got visions while my critics blabber – Mayor Belen


Selected reporters in Dagupan City led by Mortz C. Ortigoza of Northern Watch Newspaper  sat with City Mayor Belen Fernandez in a no- holds- bar interview on new investors that come in the city, areas she wants to decongest and expand the city, the threat of cities like Urdaneta and San Fernando in La Union, and the  thriving and neighbouring Calasiao town, the proposed city hall, the Comprehensive Land Used Plan (CLUP) to make the expansion possible, and the acrimonious critics who do not want her vision to materialize. Excerpts:belen jigger

TOURISM. Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez discusses with her staff the city’s tourism industry as come-on for more people to visit the burgeoning city. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

Kamusta po mayor ang investment climate in Dagupan City?

Dumating dito ang Double Dragon at in one setting lang tapos na, may permit na. Wala kaming hiningi sa kanila kahit isang sentimo. Ang kailangan ay trabaho ang ibibigay sa mga taga Dagupan, iyon lang.

Iyong Sta. Lucia (Reality Subdivision) sa (Barangay) Bulosan pumasok dito iyan kami rin ang tumulong. Ang bilis din nila nakakuha ang permit.

Ano ang city office na puwedeng mag apply ang mga investors?

City Development and Investment Board. Investment board kasi lahat ng development ng Dagupan sila kausapin ng mga investors na papasok.

Makikita mo ang Dagupan maraming nagpapatayo ng restaurants. Doon sa Perez ilan na ang nagpatayo. O, ang Matutina (sea food restaurant) nag expand na (at the New De Venecia Highway). Pag nahirapan sila sa Dagupan, as what my critics said, hinde na sila mag i-expand.

How about SM?

Si SM may binili siyang property sa Pantranco at meron siyang nabiling property sa Tambac, fishpond din iyon. So far sa ngayon hindi pa sila lumalapit pero nakausap ko na sila minsan.

Iyong bagong city hall, kailan mag start ang construction niya?

Hinihintay natin ang bagong CLUP, iyon ang kinokontra ng opposition at mga critics kasi sabi nila mababaha na daw itong Dagupan pag ni-amend natin ang CLUP.

Ang CLUP natin ay 1978 pa, di ba nakakahiya iyon? Ang Calasiao nag upgrade na, ang Urdaneta City nag upgrade na, ang La Union nag upgrade na. Naiwan na ang Dagupan City. Noong kauupo kung mayor, ang Dagupan City ay No. 78 in terms of competitiveness. No.78, di ba nakakahiya?

Noong umupo ako, nagkaroon ng infrastructure marami ang inayos. Ngayon, No.19 gumanda ang income. Pero kulang iyan e without the CLUP, walang expansion ang Dagupan City. Ang CLUP, ang ibig sabihin niyan i- amend natin ang 1978 CLUP para may growth area ang Dagupan.

Saan ang growth areas natin mayor?

Caranglaan, Tambac. No. 2 Pantal, Lucao para merong expansion ang Downtown area, business center and economic center. Ngayon, ang isang expansion. No. 3 is Bonuan Gueset and Boquig Areas. Kinokontra ng mga kalaban ko sabi nila mababaha ang Dagupan City.

Is it true that the city is below sea level?

With the help of the Chinese businessmen na pumasok, nagkaroon ng commercial area ang Dagupan. Chinese and Filipinos nag combined. So from 1945 nagkaroon ng semento. Pero from 1978 up to now wala na tayong plano.

Hinde na angkop sa development.

Kasi pag hinde natin na change iyan, kakainin tayo ng Calasiao at Mangaldan.

Iyan! Kakainin tayo ng Calasiao. Tingnan ninyo ang Urdaneta ngayon expansion sa subdivision. Ang Dagupan pag hindi nag expand wala na tayong lugar for expansion.

When will you plan to construct the new city hall?

Ang city hall tinitingnan pa natin in which area. Wala pang final. Ngayon, sinasabi nila bakit meron daw tayong plano. E siyempre mi vision tayo e. Alangan naman hindi mo ipapadrawing iyong  gusto mong mangyari. Di ba iba na ang situation ngayon compared noon.

Ngayon sabihin mo lang sa computer expert magagawa na kaagad nila hindi naman kailangan na umabot ng buwan iyan. Gusto mo three storey, four storey gusto ko gawin ang perspective, kaya na nilang gawin iyon. Iyon ang isang kinu- question nila bakit daw nagka ganoon na plano na wala pa daw CLUP, vision nga e. May direction ka dapat!

Iyong lote na papatayuan ng city hall sa inyo daw iyon?

Yaman ko naman, hindi! Alam mo hinding hindi mangyayari iyan na magbebenta ang pamilya ko ng lupa. Hinde puwede iyan. Siguro may ibang paraan hindi ko alam but later on. But never na magbebenta.

Wala pang  lote dahil proposal pa lang? (more…)

February 1, 2016 at 9:46 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Chiz on SSS: ‘Pag gusto palaging may paraan, ‘pag ayaw palaging may dahilan

Mismong si Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno ang nagsabi sa oral arguments na ang mga pointed batas ng bansa patungkol sa adoption ay kumikilala sa mga foundlings o mga sanggol na hindi alam kung ang mga magulang ng mga nasabing bata ay may magulang na Filipino citizens.
Sinabi ni CJ Sereno na isang ‘IMPOSSIBLE CONDITION’ para sa isang foundling na siya ang magpatunay na siya ay isang natural-born at isang Filipino citizen.
Iyan ay mga statement na nagpapalakas ng tiwala ng kampo si Sen. Grace Poe na may laban sila sa Korte Suprema at patuloy ang kandidatura para Pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas.
Sinabi ni CJ Sereno na magdedesisyun ang Korte Suprema, hindi dahil kay Grace Poe kungdi para sa lahat ng mga foundlings at sa mga taong gustong mag-ampon
“What this court will say will speak to [the parents]. They will make the decision matrix depending on how we view our constitutional duty to be, whether we find it by saying the language is silent so rights of foundlings are completely silent, or it will go through a situation where it will resort to interpretation in accordance with not only statutory construction, but also judicial interpretation and also administrative practices in order [for] a just and right ruling will result.” Sereno said.
Sinabi ni senator Chiz Escudero na kung gugustuhin lang ng gobyerno ay may pondo para sa P2,000 per month na dagdag benepisyo sa SSS pensioners.
“Maraming nagsasabi na ito ay threat. Ano ‘to takutan? Ano ‘to hostage? Alam niyo may simpleng kasabihan tayo sa wikang Filipino. ‘Pag gusto palaging may paraan, ‘pag ayaw palaging may dahilan,” ani ni Escudero na kandidato para vice president sa 2016.
Naguguluhan sa totoong number ng SSS retirees
Naguguluhan si senador Chiz Escudero sa totoong bilang ng SSS retirees, merong 1.1 million merong 1.5 million at merong 2.1 million
 “Ang SSS ang nagsimulang mag-present sa amin. Sabi nila, 1.1 million ng retirees. Naging 1.5 sa kalagitnaan. Nung vineto ni Pangulong Aquino, aba’y biglang 2.1 million na yung retirees kaya umaabot na ng 50 billion bigla yung kailangang bayaran,” sabi ni Escudero.
Ang basehan ng P50 Bilyon yearly pesion fund na kailang ay base sa 2.1 million retirees na tatangap ng P2,000 per month.
“At Php2, 000 per month times 13 times 2.1, ‘yun ‘yung 50 billion na sinasabi nila,” Sabi ni Escudero.
Rosales Councilor Romy Sim, kumusta na po ang Friends of Grace Poe Rosales Chapter?
“Pero nung una silang humarap sa amin 1.1 million lang daw yung retirees. Ano ba talaga?” tanong ni Escudero.
Kailan mababangkarote ang SSS sa 2029 o 2027?
Sabi ni Escudero na iyong pag-doble ng figures na dating 1.1 sa mga hearing na naging 2.1 million retirees sa veto ni Presidente Aquino ang ay  isang malaking tanong.
“Tinanong namin lahat ‘yun. Ang sinabi nga nilang figures sa amin noon ay halos kalahati ng sinasabi nilang figures bigla ngayon,” sabi ni Escudero.
Sabi ni Escudero na inconsistent ang projected nilang date of bankruptcy ng SSS.
 Noong mga senate hearing ay sa 2029 ang sinasabi ng SSS na bangkarote sila pero nang si Presidente Aquino ang nagsalita ay 2027 na ang petsa ng bankruptcy ng SSS.
“Pangalawa, sabi nila nung humarap sila sa amin, 2029 raw mababangkarote,” sabi ni Escudero. “Biglang nung vineto ni Pangulong Aquino, 2027 na bigla mababangkarote.” Anong nangyari du’n sa dalawang taon bigla?
38% lang ang collection efficiency!
Sabi ni Escudero na dapat itaas ang collection efficiency ng SSS. Gawin ang tamang trabaho sa mapataas ang collection.
Bayambang ABC President Berting Dumalanta, kumusta na po ang Friends of Grace Poe sa bayan niyo?
Kandidato pala for councilor ng Bayambang ang anak niyo na si Philip Dumalanta.
“Bakit 38% lamang ang collection efficiency ninyo?” tanong ni Escudero sa SSS.
“Ngayon gusto niyo mag-relax. Gusto niyo mag-easy-easy. Ayaw niyong gawin ng tama yung trabaho niyo tapos sasabihin niyo, ay hindi kaya,” dagdag ni Escudero. “Samantalang kung gagawin lamang nila yung trabaho nila, kakayanin at kayang-kaya.”
Makatarungan ba ang bonus ng mga opisyal ng SSS o ang dagdag pension sa retirees?
Dahil 38% lang ang collection efficiency, natural na mababa ang pondo para sa dagdag na pesion para sa retirees pero bakit umabot ng P7 milyon ang bonus ng mga opisyal ng SSS last year?
“Kung talaga kulang yung pondo para dagdag pensiyon, hindi ba dapat mas kulang ‘yung pondo para sa malaking bonus,” sabi ni Escudero. “Hindi rin yata tama at makatarungan ‘yon.”
Bok Nani, kandidato pala for councilor ng Alaminos City ang anak mo na si Red Braganza.
Walang pension fund na nalugi sa buong mundo
Sabi ni Escudero na wala pang pension fund na nalugi sa buong mundo at ito at palaging pinopondohan ng pamahalaan.
“Kung yung CCT nga na-dole out, isang daang bilyon kada taon ang ginagastos ng gobyerno.sabi ni Escudero. “Ano ba naman yung pondohan din ng gobyerno ito habang kulang pa at kung saka-sakaling kukulangin.”


February 1, 2016 at 9:19 am Leave a comment

SM City Rosales holds drum and lyre contest

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- Drum and Lyre Corps from various schools in Pangasinan, La Union, and Tarlac competed last January 23 during the Drum, Beat and Roll at SM City Rosales here where students showcased their skills in playing drums and lyres .

The contestants were judged on their harmonic musicality and choreography.

San Felipe Elementary School won the 1st place receiving P25,000 worth of prizes plus a trophy, Sta. Barbara Elementary School garnered the 2nd place with P20,000 worth of prizes plus trophy; and  Narciso Ramos Elementary School of Asingan for the 3rd place with P15,000  worth of prizes plus trophy.

The Drum, Beat , and Roll of SM City Rosales is now on its 7th year, an annual activity to continuously enhance the musical talents of students.

February 1, 2016 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

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