Archive for February 15, 2016

Cojuangco scores SOPA: rehash, unrealistic


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – Former Pangasinan 5th District Congressman Mark Cojuangco called Governor Amado T. Espino  Jr. state of the province’s address (SOPA) last Wednesday, as rehash of the Governor’s two last SOPAs.
Mar Cojuangco SOPAIMPRESSION. Pangasinan gubernatorial candidate Mark Cojuangco tells reporters at the Capitol ground last Wednesday his impression on the State of the Province Address (SOPA) of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

The Governor read the SOPA before members of the provincial board, mayors, other elective and non -elective officials, and his constituents who gathered at the Capitol ground.
Cojuangco, who is running against Espino’s son and namesake who is now on his last term,scored Espino’s shortcomings in his nine years as chief executive of Pangasinan.
The former three-term congressman of the 5th District of Pangasinan cited the lack of roads in the province and the suspicious transaction that shrouded them.
“Umutang ang probinsiya (at) siya ng napakalaki at hindi naman tayo nagkakaroon ng bagong kalsada. Ang pagkalapad ng ibang kalsada natin wala pa sa tamang sukat. Marami tinangal na kalsada hangang semento na inaaspaltuhan pa. (He borrowed huge amount but we could not see new roads. The width of the roads did not follow government’s standard. Concrete roads were removed and replaced with asphalt, was he tried to make impression?)” said Cojuangco who is known to be a stickler for details on road construction when he was congressman.
A high official of the National Irrigation Administration told Northern Watch before that Cojuangco was the only congressman during his time and in Region 1 who declined to get S.O.P, euphemism for the 20%  cut,  from contractors.
 Cojuangco’s arrival at the SOPA surprised many spectators despite his being a regular attendee of the yearly event after Espino became governor in 2007. He was joined later  by  his vice gubernatorial tandem Calasiao Mayor Roy Macanlalay.
He said Espino mentioned about numbers and lengths of irrigation canals constructed under his administration but he rebutted the  data because those projects were funded by the national government.
“Ang alam ko ang gumastos sa malaki sa irigasyon ay ang ating gobiyerno nasyonal (What I know the one that fund the construction of irrigation canals is the national government)”
The national government through the Agno River Irrigation System Extension Project (ARISEP) of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is expected to irrigate 12,894 hectares of farm lands in several towns in the 5th and 6th Districts.
Since 2014, Pangasinan has 102,628 hectares of irrigated farm lands.
He said while the provincial government borrowed almost a billion of pesos from the government bank,  flooding in many towns and cities in the mammoth province have not been solved.

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February 15, 2016 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

  4Ps to continue under Poe’s presidency- Chiz


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
 
DAGUPAN CITY- Under Poe’s presidency should they win in May elections, vice presidential candidate Francis “Chiz” Escudero said they will continue the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or the cash conditional transfer (CCT).
 
He said they will conduct a deeper study on the matter as there will be many changes including the system and beneficiaries.
 
“The CCT is being used by our political opponents as a tool for campaign saying that if they will not win, the CCT will be abolished. That is not true. We will continue with the program but put a livelihood component on it, like while we are giving them fish, we will teach them also to fish. The beneficiaries should also be looked into. The CCT was started by former President (Gloria) Arroyo and they could not claim it as theirs. The money used in the program came from the government and not from their personal funds,” Escudero said.
 
Escudero also said that he was supporting the merger of Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) as these two banks have the same mandate in helping the Filipinos -DBP for small businesses and LBP for farmers.
 
He said he heard the government is planning to avail loans in the amount of P19 billion for the CCT after the merger of the two banks.
 
“They could not do that. The government has an underspending of more or less P700 billion. Why resort to loans?” he said.
 
Meanwhile, Escudero took a swipe at the Liberal Party for dictating the Supreme Court to hold a marathon hearing on the disqualification case of Senator Grace Poe.

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February 15, 2016 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Poe vows to eliminate graft and corruption


 
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
 
DAGUPAN CITY- Presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe assured Filipinos that she will fight graft and corruption in the country should she win the presidency on May 9, 2016.4 (6) GRACE AND CHIZ. Presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe with her running mate, SenatorFrancis Escudero, during their visit at the University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City last February 12.CESAR RAMIREZ

 
The assurance was made during a press conference held at the Star Plaza Hotel here last February 12 where she, vice presidential candidate Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and the Team Galing at Puso barnstormed Pangasinan on their 4th day of national campaign.
 
Poe said corruption is the biggest problem in the country but said there are simple solutions to curb or eliminate the practice.
 
“If Chiz and I will be elected as vice president and president, the first thing to do is to be an example to the people- not to steal and do the right thing in the government. Second, we have to show, even it hurts, friends or enemies, rich or poor, that swift dispensation of justice must be done and the right decisions should be meted out. The problem with our youth today and our countrymen is the belief that those who commit crimes remain free and elude arrests because of their association with those in power and patronage,” she said.
 
Poe said the third solution is the passage of the Freedom of the Information Bill (FOI)  which would enable  people to request for copies of contracts from the government offices and even Barangay Captains to submit their Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN).

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February 15, 2016 at 9:24 am Leave a comment


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