Archive for March 21, 2016

Poe to spend P40-B to feed poor students


 
 
Saying education and health would be her government’s priorities, leading presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe said she was open to spending up to P40 billion to provide free meals to students in public schools.

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Galing at Puso presidential candidate Grace Poe in a huddle with vice presidential bet Chiz Escudero at the University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City.

Speaking to members of the Makati Business Club (MBC), Poe said the feeding program for poor elementary students would not only address hunger but also reduce the drop-out rate among public school students.
“Health and education are going to be among my key advocacies to promote inclusiveness,” Poe said at the MBC’s Presidential Dialogues.
“I believe it is only right to give everybody’s children access to the same levels of health and education that middle-class families enjoy. Children, after all, do not choose to be born and cannot choose their parents. I believe they should not be penalized in life because of the conditions they are born into,” she said.
When she assumed her Senate seat in 2013, Poe’s first proposed legislation was the “Sustansya sa Batang Pilipino Act,” which sought to institutionalize a free lunch program in all public elementary schools and day care centers.
While the bill has yet to be passed, Poe was able to secure a P3.2 billion allocation in the 2015 national budget to feed more than two million malnourished and severely wasted schoolchildren.
If she wins the presidency, the senator said she would expand the coverage of the feeding program and ensure that more indigent students benefit from it.
“My economic advisers have asked why I am so insistent on aggressively expanding the school feeding program for young children, which would cost us about P30-40 billion a year,” Poe said.
“This is because, as a mother, in charge of the household budget, I am aware that in most schools, tuition is only a small part of the cost of educating a student. We have long been offering our students free tuition up to the high school level. But despite this, a majority voluntarily forego the benefit,” she said.

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March 21, 2016 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

VILLEGAS


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VILLEGAS. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas is swarmed by Catholics after officiating a mass during the archdiocese’s first Festival of Families last March 13 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center(NRSCC) in Lingayen.CESAR RAMIREZ

March 21, 2016 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

PSU student: Spare us from politics


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
LINGAYEN- A student of Pangasinan State University (PSU)-Lingayen Campus called the provincial government to “spare the students” of the university from politics, after a video against PSU President Dexter Buted was uploaded on the Internet.
The student, a 4th year student taking up Bachelor of Science in Social Work, hid his real identity for fear of his life and instead asked that he is referred to as “Nag-iisip na Estudyante ng PSU” (Thinking PSU Student).
“The video is full of lies,” he said.
“I planned to make a video myself to answer the allegations against the university, but I was warned not to interfere because these are only about politics and I may put my life at risk. For many days I kept my silence but I could no longer stomach what other students are saying about the video.It hurts hearing nasty things about the university as I have been studying here for years,” the student posted on his Facebook account.
 He further said a true student of PSU is a fighter for truth and not silent on falsehoods.
“We at the PSU don’t care about where (the university president)  came from or where (he) was born. Neither are we being paid (to support him). Buted (referring to PSU President Dexter Buted) was installed through the votes of higher officials after consultation with the entire PSU campuses. We at the PSU based our support on the capabilities and abilities of a person,” he wrote.
 The student defended the university on the issues of the selling of books and the quality of the students’ uniforms.

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March 21, 2016 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: ‘Deny pa more’


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According to many practicing psychologists and psychiatrists, denial is a coping mechanism that gives someone time to adjust to distressing situations — but staying in denial can interfere with treatment or his ability to tackle challenges. If someone is in denial mood, he’s trying to protect himself by refusing to accept the truth about something that’s happening in his life.
Initial short-term denial can be a good thing. It gives someone time to adjust to a painful or stressful issue. But denial has a dark side too. Being in denial for too long can prevent someone from dealing with issues that require action.
Undoubtedly, these are the situations being experienced by Governor Amado T. Espino Jr., Rafael Baraan, Alvin Bigay and their other co-accused in violating Section 3 (e) of Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Corrupt Practices Act for undertaking illegal black sand mining in Lingayen in 2011 and 2012.
After series of denials in the past, although documents and other pieces of evidence showed otherwise, Espino and his ilk  have not accepted the truth up to now that they have ventured into illegal black sand mining notwithstanding the results of investigations conducted by the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The denial has been that long, so the issue has not been put to rest. The Office of the Ombudsman already resolved the issue with finality when it denied the motions for reconsideration filed by Espino and his group.
Last March 14, the Office of the Ombudsman formally indicted Espino, Baraan, Bigay and the Board of Directors of Alexandria Mining and Oil Ventures Inc. and Xypher Builders Inc. before the Sandiganbayan where legal battles are expected. The cases are docketed as SB 16-CRM-0118 and SB 16-CRM 0119 with two counts of violations by Espino, Baraan and the Board of Directors of the aforementioned contractors with Bigay for one count.
The filing of the cases at the Sandiganbayan should have ended the denials of Espino and his camp. But instead of silencing themselves, Espino’s denials escalated even to the extent of telling media men that DENR has already cleared him because they found out that there was no black sand mining in Lingayen. There was no such pronouncement, however, from DENR particularly from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) or even the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). If indeed, there were pronouncements to that effect, the results of the findings of the Office of the Ombudsman will prevail.
 Lest Espino forgets, the DENR, through MGB, already confiscated the 9,583 cubic meters of black sand or magnetite on May 15, 2015 including equipment used in the black sand mining operations. Now tell me that MGB has pronounced that no black sand mining was undertaken by Espino and his group. What were confiscated in favor of the government?
After delivering his message during the Provincial Population Congress last March 16 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center in Lingayen, Espino told reporters when asked about the graft case filed at the Sandiganbayan that he’s sad about it but has to face it as it is already there. That was supposed to be a nice answer but he segued to what was amusing when he again associated the cases filed against him due   to politics as the filing of the cases coincided with the election period.
Espino said the issues on illegal black sand mining has ” long been there” since 2012 before the 2013 election period and brought up again for the 2016 election. What was he trying to convey was that all these cases against him are “politically motivated”. Further he said, “I was surprised why it came out suddenly in the Sandiganbayan when the election is now nearing.”

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March 21, 2016 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL   Huwag isali ang pang-akademyang institusyon sa pulitika


Nakakalungkot isipin na pati ang pangunahing pamantasan sa Lalawigang Pangasinan ay nakakaladkad sa usaping pulitika kamakailan. Ang Pangasinan State University (PSU) ay isang institusyon na ang pangunahing layunin ay magturo sa mga kabataan ng mga ibat-ibang kurso o programang pang-propesyonal at linangin ang kakayahan ng mga ito. Hindi dapat pasukan ng pulitika ang insitusyong ito upang mananatili ang ” kalayaang pang-akademya” at isulong ang pananaliksik sa pagbabago at kaunlaran ng akademya.001 (3)
Ang mga isyung pampulitika sa PSU ay nagsimula sa isang ” viral video” sa sosyal media lalo na ang Facebook na saan inilalarawan ang Presidente nito na si Dr. Dexter Buted na isang kurap na administrador. May mga malisyosong hangarin ang gumawa ng video dahil kulang sa pananaliksik at halatadong gawa-gawa lamang ang mga isyu upang sirain si Dr. Buted sa mga Pangasinenses.
Bago pa man lumabas ang video na iyon, si Dr. Buted ay patuloy ng paksa sa mga “block time” na programang pang-radyo ni Gobernador Amado T. Espino Jr. Palaging tinatalakay ang kanyang hindi pagka-Pangasinense at ang mailap daw niyang pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga opisyal ng Kapitolyo. Tinutuligsa rin siya sa di umano’y pagkiling niya sa tumatakbo ng gobernador sa Pangasinan na si Mark O. Cojuangco dahil sa pagdalo ng huli sa mga programa ng PSU.
Dahil sa patuloy na pagsira at pagyurak sa katauhan ni Dr. Buted, nagsagawa ng “unity walk” ang mga estudyante at kawani ng PSU na mula pa sa ibat-ibang kampus nito- Sta. Maria, Urdaneta City, Asingan, San Carlos City at Bayambang bilang suporta kay Dr. Buted at ipamukha sa kinauukulan na walang katotohanan ang mga alegasyon kontra sa kanya. Ang malawakang suporta ay naglalayon din sa isang panawagan na huwag isali ang PSU sa pampulitikang ambisyon ng mga tumatakbong pulitiko.
Pagkatapos ng “unity walk” na ginanap sa Lingayen mula Maramba Boulevard hanggang Artacho St., nagsagawa ng pulong pamamahayag si Dr. Buted at iba pang opisyales ng PSU na kung saan ibinulalas nila ang kanilang damdamin sa nangyayaring pagdawit sa kanila sa pulitika lalo na yong opisyal sa Kapitolyo. Ayon kay Dr. Buted, siya ay nahirang na Presidente ng pamantasan dahil sa merito na walang ugnayan sa pulitika. Bagamat tinanggap niya na siya ay nanggaling sa Batangas City na naging konsehal din doon, siya ay hinirang ng pamahalaang nasyonal at hindi ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Pangasinan.
Aniya: “Kahit hindi ako Pangasinense, minahal ko ang Pangasinan dahil ng ako ay mahirang na Presidente ng PSU, inayos ko ang mga kakulangan ng nakaraang administrasyon gaya ng pagkumpuni sa mga silid aralan, pagsaayos ng mga upuan at iba pang pasilidades, pagtanggal sa mga tiwaling mga guro at paglipat din sa kanila sa mga trabahong kaya nilang isinagawa. Maraming nasaktan sa mga pagbabagong pamamaraan upang ayusin ang akademya, ganoon pa man iyon ang mga nararapat na isagawa.”

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March 21, 2016 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

PNoy disappointed by ‘diminishing tupig’


DAGUPAN CITY – Even President Aquino is disappointed by the diminishing size of “tupig,” a rice-based snack wrapped in banana leaves usually sold along the roads of eastern Pangasinan towns.
“When I was young, my nanny used to bring me tupig everytime she went home. I don’t know how she did it, but she would bring not one or two pieces, but bundles. I like it,because in Sumulong, where my grandmother hailed, suman is the favorite snack. Suman needs sugar or partnered with ripe mango to become delicious,” he recalled.
But tupig, he said, is already sweeted. “There is a crispy, crunchy part. I thought it was a more complete (snack). Of course I was happy because the tupig is almost a foot long.”
Yet the President, who was here on March 14 to distribute Shared Service Facilities (SSF) projects to 23 organizations,  was disappointed about the size of the tupig when he was already president.
He recalled, “Once, we went to Baguio City and passed through Pangasinan. We saw a tupig vendor. I called him and we bought bundles and bundles of tupig.”
“But when I removed the banana wrapper, there’s another wrapper, and then there’s a third wrapper, and a fourth wrapper. What I remember is it only had one wrapper,” he said, to the laughter of the audience.
When he finally reached the tupig, “gapastillas yong laki (its just the size of soft milk candy).”
He called the vendor, saying “brod, what happened? The banana wrapper is a foot-long, but the tupig is so small.”
The vendor answered” “Sir, wala hong nagbago. Ang presyo pareho, pero tumaas yung bilihin, kaya yung laman, umigsi.”
The President then said that since SSF projects are getting stronger in Pangasinan, “is it possible to return the tupig to its original big size?”
He said using the SSF,  many individuals and businesses have succeeded. (YSF)

March 21, 2016 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

Dagupan Mayor cites “Propriety” on hotel’s construction


 
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
 
DAGUPAN CITY – The mayor of this city said that her family did not proceed to construct a world class CSI Hotel and Resort because of propriety.Mayor Belen PresidentPRESIDENT, MAYOR. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III in a huddle with Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez in the recent turnover of shared service facilities (SSF) in the province of Pangasinan that was held at the world class stadia owned by the family of the mayor. (CIO Photo)

“I do not want to be accused that because I am the mayor now I could just interfere for the business permit of the hotel my family want to build. That was why I asked them to shelve it,” Mayor Belen Fernandez said.
Earlier, the mayor cited the reason why the hotel that could cater to tourists that come here did not materialize because then Mayor Benjie Lim blocked it by not approving its business permit.
The venue of the hotel supposedly would be near the Stadia in Barangay Lucao.
The Lims and the Fernandezes are mall business competitors all over the province of Pangasinan.
The mayor lamented the parochial and vindictive politics practiced by her predecessor.
Consequently, Fernandez said, this city had been deprived of countless of millions of pesos of revenues and jobs brought supposedly by the tourism industry.
The mayor cited that Philippine Councilors League (PCL) National Secretary General and this City Councilor Maybelyn Dela Cruz-Fernandez and Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc. Board of Director Romeo Rosario told her that they could bring their national constituents but could not do it because of the absence of a respectable hotel with more rooms to accommodate clients in a national magnitude.
“Sino pa ang mga presidents ng mga national organizations that should be coming in Dagupan but instead preferred Iloilo, Cebu, and other cities because our city could not accommodate their volume,” she cited.
When this paper published an article “Lim Admin blames on anemic tourism industry”,supporters of Lim criticized the mayor at social media why as the present chief executive of this city she did not build the hotel former Mayor Lim disapproved.
Voting 9-1 in August 2010 with one abstention, the city council certified the resort and hotel project after conducting a committee hearing that was proposed by Councilor Maybelyn Fernandez, the majority floor leader.

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March 21, 2016 at 9:50 am Leave a comment

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