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Abono: Free farmers from irrigation fees

ROSALES –  Re-elected Abono partylist representative Conrado Estrella III hoped that the new administration would look into the possibility of freeing the farmers from paying irrigation fees, one of the big expenses to produce palay.
“Because of high irrigation fees, the production cost of palay is high. The national government should look for ways to subsidize the irrigation fees,” Estrella said.
Oftociano Manalo, president of the federation of irrigators assocation in Region I, said farmers pay an equivalent of five cavans of palay for irrigation service fees during dry season cropping, and three cavans during wet season cropping.
When converted into cash, five cavans (45 kilos at P17 per kilo) cost  P3,150, which farmers pay for water during dry season. The same computation means they pay P2,295 during wet season.
Those covered by communal irrigation systems pay according to the loans they acquired for establishing the systems, and for maintenance of the systems.
Ponciano Onia, who agricultural land in Umingan town is covered by a communal irrigation system, pays P1,500 per hectare per cropping season.
“The amount eats into income of the farmers,” Estrella said.
He said the national authorities could study the laws and look into setting aside a mandatory allocation from Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes for the maintenance of the irrigation facilities in the country.
Estrella said the national government should also invest more in modern agricultural technologies and advocate these to the farmers, “so that the farming system is not a guess work.”
“We believe we already have good technologies but many farmers refuse to adopt them. Maybe this is because we are able to show them that their output would increase if they use the modern technologies,” he said.
Manalo said he hoped the national government would continue the Department of Agriculture’s program on providing  farm machinery to farmers
He also hoped the DA will continue its program to provide certified seeds to farmers but to give these directly to farmers’ groups and not through the local government units.
“Sometime the mayors and the municipal agriculture officers select the beneficiaries who are close to them or are their political supporters, leaving out many farmers who deserve the subsidy,” he said.
Under the certified seeds subsidy, a farmer is allocated one bag (40 kilos) of certified seeds that costs P1,200.
Manalo explained that the DA gave a free hand to the farmers groups to collect whatever amount from their members for the seeds, so that the organizations would have fund which they can loan out for their needs.
But it is the LGU that collects money “and we do not know where the amount goes,” Manalo said.

May 29, 2016 at 7:29 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: ‘Bato,’ the  shoo-in PNP chief

In last Monday’s press conference laced with humors and innuendos, presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte bared the probable heads of cabinets and the chief of the Philippine National Police.
Although the top honcho of the PNP is equivalent to a bureau chief, the police organization is a powerful agency that would play a vital role in Duterte’s knuckle duster fight against notorious criminals.
He cited Chief Superintendents Ramon Apolinario and Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and Senior Supt. Rene Aspira as probable chief of the PNP.
Chief Superintendent and Senior Superintendent, to the uninitiated on the rankings of the former Philippine Constabulary after it “broke-away” from the Armed Forces of the Philippines in January 29, 1991 through Republic Act 6975, are the equivalent of military ranks of Brigadier General and Colonel.
“I asked them to talk among themselves since they were my chiefs of police and they have sterling records during their stints in Davao City,” the president-elect said to that effect.
When I asked my sources from the police, who are alumni of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), if the trio are “mistah” or classmates at the PMA as mentioned by Duterte and who would be the next chief of the PNP among them after Director General Ricardo Marquez submitted his courtesy resignation, I was told that Apolinario is a member of PMA Class 1985 while dela Rosa and Aspira are part of PMA Classes 1986 and 1987, respectively.
“Who do you think would be the shoo-in?” I posed to one of my sources.
Before he gave me a direct answer, he told me that General Apolinario, even if he is a member of Class 1985, will retire on 2019 while dela Rosa will retire on 2018.
“Bato joined the PMA older than his classmates thus he will retire upon reaching the compulsory retirement age of 56 two years from now.”
He said if the president asked them to talk, the logical thing there is for Bato (“stone” because of his muscular body) to assume the top plum  before he bows in 2018,thereafter Apolinario succeeds him.
My source did not tell me when Aspira will retire.
My source told me that the promotion to the four-star Director General of the police is not a problem because Duterte can promote dela Rosa to three stars immediately.
Bato can be promoted to multiple star rank
A member of PMA 1986 told me in the past :“The president can promote a colonel to one star general, then after a week he can be a two-star general, then a week later a three- star police general that could even bypass those senior officers.”
“What will happen to PMA Classes 1983, 1984, and 1985 that are still with the PNP?” I asked.
He told me some of the members of Class of 1984 particularly would become Bato’s deputies.
“Would it not be awkward he would be “barking” orders to the “Cows” (third year) when they were still plebe (first year) at the PMA?” I asked.
He cited to me the case of former PNP Chief Recaredo A. Sarmiento II, a member of PMA Class 1966, whose deputies were Class of 1964.
“There was no problem about seniority there, PMA Class 1964 were professionals. They were soldiers who soldiered on”.


May 29, 2016 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment

With more pro-admin dads, Dagupan’s economic restructuring coming

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – With six pro-administration councilors winning in the 10 city council seats, the economic and tourism center (ETC) eyed by Mayor Belen Fernandez seems inevitable.

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Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez (right) in a huddle with President Benigno Aquino III.


“Dapat mangyayari ito pag walang magba-block sa akin (This could happen if there will be no councilors who block my program),” Fernandez said in relation to her pet project’s ETC that could materialize through the amendment of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).
She said the ballyhooed project could generate employment like call centers, medical transcriptionists, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), and others.
She explained that she could double the economic benefits of the people within her next three-year term if the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (Council) support the economic and tourism bill.
Those who are pro-Fernandez’s Liberal Party lawmakers who won the May 9 election were Maybelyn Fernandez, Dennis Canto, Netu Tamayo, Alvin Coquia, Jigs Seen, and Marvin Fabia  while those with the opposition Nationalista Party identified with Vice Mayor Brian Lim were Luis Chito Samson, Red Erfe-Mejia, Nick Aquino, and Guillermo Vallejos.
The 10 solons and the new president of League of Barangays, an ex oficio member of the Council, would be expected to clash on the amendment of the 1978 CLUP that Mayor Fernandez emphatically pushes, saying it would be an economic linchpin for growth and high employment.


May 29, 2016 at 5:25 pm Leave a comment

COP shares projects newsletter

COP shares projects newsletter
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
POZORRUBIO – The chief of police (COP) here could not shake off his being a spokesperson of the police provincial office in Pangasinan.Despite being regional and provincial awardees as the best COP, he saw to it his programs worth emulating see print.
 Chief Inspector Ryan Manongdo, an alumnus of the Philippine National Police Academy, publishes every quarterly and annually newsletters on police actions in his area. Some of these feats catapulted him as recipient of regional and provincial plaudits.
Aside from informing residents, he hopes the publication embellished with photos, graphs, tables on crimes, arrests, and police programs would serve as guide to effectively defeat criminals and win the hearts and minds of the people.
 The quarterly is called Redwell Newsletter while the annual publication is called Success.
The first publication crowed about this town’s police station bagging an outstanding award as police station in Region-1, Manongdo as Pangasinan’s outstanding junior PCO of the year, this town as safer and more peaceful, to name a few, while the second publication talked about the police here annual accomplishment reports, police here more aggressive than ever, station’s highlights, anti drugs efforts, community supports like log books, one utility carrier, tricycle, two brand new Russi Motorcycles, Led monitor, printer, keyboards, others, two bike helmets, three high definition cameras, and others.

May 29, 2016 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment


DAGUPAN CITY – The Dagupan City Information and Communications Technology Council (DCICTC) will conduct an Information Technology Business Process Management (IT – BPM) Industry Forum with the city’s ICT stakeholders on May 30 at CSI Stadia here in line with the city’s ongoing industry study.
The DCICTC is currently working to prepare Dagupan City to acquire a significant share of the ICT industry and the forum will serve to bring together all the important stakeholders for the project and discuss with them how the council can work together so that it can achieve its goal.
Accordingly, the council aims to develop an IT-BPM industry in the the city so that it can benefit from the expected $25 billion revenue goal nationwide for 2016 alone.
ICT Officer Ryan D. Castañeda said that Jonathan De Luzurriaga, an incumbent trustee of the Information Technology Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and president of the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) will join the forum.
IBAP is the national enabling organization for the IT-BPM industry composed of 300-strong industry and support industry members.
The council is headed by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez as chairman of the Dagupan City ICT Council.


May 29, 2016 at 5:10 pm Leave a comment

Quiambao: Fraud claims are ‘fabrications’ 

By Yolanda Sotelo

BAYAMBANG- Mayor-elect Cesar Quiambao brushed off as fabrications the allegations of his rival that he manipulated the election results by distributing chips that was susbstituted for the chips during the transmission of the votes.13254730_1134552769898125_8522224929241193845_o

Bayambang Mayor-elect Cesar Quiambao


 Quaimbao was accused of the electoral fraud by inserting the chips inside donuts which were given to the election canvassers in the different precints of the 400-year old agricultural town.
But Quaimbao, a well-known businessman, said, “if I can do that, Senator Bongbong Marcos would have been vice president, or the other candidates that I wanted to win, would have won.”
Quiambao won by more than 12,000 votes over Zenaida Camacho, wife of incumbent Mayor Ricardo Camacho who ran but lost as vice mayor to Quaimbao’s teammate Nato Sababangan.
It was the Camachos who filed the case against him in the Regional Trial Court in San Carlos City.
The Camachos claimed that Quiambaos altered the result of the election using a “chip” which was placed inside the vote counting machine. The “chip” was inserted in the reader of the vote counting machine.
Quaimbao’s supporter, who asked not to be named, however said it was actually the Camachos who brought the boxes of donuts inside the voting precints.
In a radio interview, Ricardo said he filed for a protest based on irregularities as reported by his watchers, “to erase once and for all any doubts about the results.”
“For us, the election is over, but we want to erase all doubts about the results as statistics showed that there were three missing precints. So we asked the court to reopen and recount the votes,” he said.
Quiambao said however, that the case was just a “nuisance case which should have been brought to the Commission on Elections, not the court. But we trust the judiciary system and we hope that there will be just and fair evaluation of the case,” he said.
The Camachos also wanted to stop the oath taking of Quiambao to block his sitting as mayor, although he said he did not know who will be appointed as mayor if the court stops the oathtaking.
Quiambao, a well-known businessman, supported the candidacy of Mark Cojuangco for governor and Mark Roy Macanlalay for vice governor who both won in the town but lost to Amado Espino III and Ferdie Calimlim.
Aside from manipulation of results, Camacho  also  accussed Quiambao of harassment, intimidation, vote buying and other violations of election laws.
But Quiambao countered that it was his opponents who actually harassed his supporters and went on a massive vote buying during the last three days of campaign.
“They are angry at the kapitans because they gave much money but it turned out that they lost,”he said, referring to those backing the candidacy of the Camachos.
Quaimbao also said he would file perjury cases against the kapitans who are asked to sign an affidavit against him, “if it turned out that the affidavit contains false information.”
He gave monitoring reports to reporters which showed the violations of the kapitans during the election, and which he would use in the case he would file against the kapitans.
Of the 77 village heads of the town, 68 supported the Camachos.
He said he had five teams of election lawyers to ensure that he would not be cheated during the election, and that his team conducted a manual counting of votes.
“If I could change the results through the machines, I would not have hired lawyers nor did a manual count,” he said.


May 25, 2016 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL :  Mga pamana ni Kimi sa ika-5 distrito

Tapos na ang halalan noong Mayo 9. Tapos na dapat ang mga iringan ng mga pulitiko. Tapos na rin dapat ang pagbatikos at pagtagpi-tagpi ng mga kasinungalingan kontra sa mga tunay na nagbibigay ng serbisyo sa mga Pangasinenses.001
Sa nakaraang kampanya ng halalan, isa sa mga sentro ng batikos ay si Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco sa dahilang nakalaban niya sa pagkakongresista si Gobernador Amado T. Espino Jr. Kaliwa’t kanan ang paninira sa kanya ng mga bayarang mamamahayag ni Espino na itong si Kimi ay wala raw nagawa sa Distrito. Mga batikos na walang katotohanan at katuturan.
 Sa anim na taon na panunungkulan ni Rep. Kimi sa ika-limang distrito na nagsimula noong Hunyo 30, 2010, hindi siya nagpabaya sa kanyang tungkulin. Ibinigay niya ang kanyang makakaya upang mapaunlad ang distrito bagamat ang “priority development assistance fund” o PDAF ay tinanggal ng Korte Suprema noong 2014 dahil hindi naaayon sa Saligang Batas.
Sa pagkawala ng PDAF, nakipag-ugnayan si Kimi sa mga ahensya ng pamahalaang nasyonal upang mapondohan ang kanyang mga proyekto sa distrito na binubuo ng walong bayan at isang siyudad – Sison, Pozorrubio, Laoac, Binalonan, Urdaneta City, Villasis, Sto. Tomas, Alcala at Bautista.


May 25, 2016 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

MAGANES:   Post election blues

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The automated election using the voters’ counting machine (VCM) did not in a way ended speculations that there were fraudulent manipulations on the results of the election.
 While the president and vice president are yet to be proclaimed by the Senate and Commission on Election (Comelec) sitting as National Board of Canvassers (NBC), there is now a move by the camp of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to file a complaint against the Comelec owing to the inconsistencies of votes in the count being undertaken by the Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PCRV) in its “operation quick count”. Vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party is said to be leading in the count but Marcos’ camp couldn’t take the result, so it is busy accumulating pieces of evidence to prove that there were indeed manipulations of the election results.
I surmised that the camp of Marcos is doing it prematurely. The “operation quick count” is not the official source of data on who win the presidency and vice presidency. It is only the canvassing of the NBC count that is official,  during which representatives from the camps of the presidential and vice presidential candidates are present. The canvassing will still start on May 25, so at this point in time there is no need to lodge electoral protests.
The presidency is a different thing. Presumptive president-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte has enormously leaped his gap among the presidentiables by at least seven million votes, thus his political opponents have conceded early. Senator Grace Poe was the first to concede followed by Liberal Party presidential bet Mar Roxas II and Vice President Jejomar Binay. By conceding early, there’s no reason to question the results of the election. Duterte has yet to wait for the formal proclamation of his victory at the polls, but then he has also to prepare for the smooth transition of power from outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III.
Whatever the result for the vice presidency, we have to respect the will of the electorates. While the contending camps have the right to question the results, they have to do it through legal actions sans rallies and other forms of protests.
Last May 19, Comelec proclaimed the  12 senators and 46 partylists.
 The 12 senators who were proclaimed are Franklin Drilon, Joel Villanueva, Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Panfilo Lacson, Richard Gordon, Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Francis Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, Sherwin Gatchalian, Sen. Ralph Recto and Leila De Lima. They will serve until noon of June 30, 2022 or for six years.
The 46 partylists are: Ako Bicol(3 seats), Gabriela (2 seats), 1Pacman (2 seats), ACT Teachers (2 seats),  Senior Citizens (2 seats), Kabayan (2 seats), Agri (2 seats),PBA (2 seats), Buhay (2 seats), Abono (2 seats), AMIN (2 seats), COOP-NATCCO (2 seats).
With one seat each are: Akbayan, Bayan Muna, Agap, An Waray,  CIBAC, AAMBIS-OWA, Kalinga, A Teacher, YACAP, DIWA, TUCP, Abang Lingkod, LPGMA, ALONA, 1-Sagip, Butil, Acts-OFW, Anakpawis, Ang Kabuhayan, Angkla, MATA, 1-CARE, ANAC-IP, ABS, Kabataan, BH, AASENSO, SBP, Magdalo, 1-Ang Edukasyon, Manila Teachers, Kusug Tausug, Aangat Tayo and Agbiag!


May 25, 2016 at 8:55 am Leave a comment

Filipinos mull to sail to China-grabbed Scarborough Shoal

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – The leaders of the National Movement for Food Sovereignty (NMFS) and the Green Peace are mulling  to sail to the disputed Scarborough Reef even without the permission of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Iza Gonzales of the NMFS said the plan is for a fact finding mission for Filipino fishermen who are banned by the Chinese navy from fishing in the reef.
“Isa po itong hakbang para alamin na mga mangingisda  natin sa Pangasinan ay wala  ng nahuhuli. Pumapalaot po sila pero pagdating sa laot tinataboy sila. Malaki ang problema (This is a step to inquire why fishermen in Pangasinan have no catch anymore. They go to the high sea but the Chinese drive them away. That is a big problem),” Gonzales said.
Gonzales was recently brought here by the Green Peace to drum up the threat from the Chinese and the poor state of Filipino fishermen.
Green Peace is an organization that protects and conserves the environment.
What prompted Gonzales to participate in a fact finding mission was because fishermen in Alaminos City and Infanta in Pangasinan and in Santa Cruz and Masinloc in Zambales are suffering.
The fish-rich shoal is only 240 kilometers from Masinloc and 947 kilometers from the nearest Chinese island Hainan.
She said fishermen in Zambales plan to stage a protest because they have been hurting since 2012.
She said fishermen in Alaminos City are relegated to servicing the tourists in the overcrowded industry there.
“Just like fishermen in Zambales, Alaminos fishermen could no longer catch fish because of the Chinese,” she said.
The Scarborough Shoal standoff between China and the Philippines began on April 8, 2012 over the Philippine Navy apprehension of eight mainland Chinese fishing vessels in the disputed territory.
Before this problem spawned into immeasurable proportions, the Philippines agreed that year to withdraw her Navy ship Pampanga as the Chinese did the same. But the latter breached the agreement thus the presence of her navy and coast guard ships there now.
According to Green Peace, the fishing industry employs an estimated 1.6 million in the country.
Its contribution to the Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of PhP 12,643 billion at current prices is 1.6 % or Php 197.1 billion. At constant prices, the fishing industry’s contribution to GDP of Php 7,164 billion is 1.8 % or Php 130.5 billion.

May 25, 2016 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

Fish farmers force harvest their bangus

DAGUPAN CITY – Aquaculture operators in Anda town are forcedly  harvesting their bangus after heavy rains upturned the seawater and changed water temperature, causing the cultured fish to gasp for air.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ilocos Regional Director Nestor Domenden said the “gataw (gasping for air)” occured in barangays Carot and Siapar in the island town.
“It is actually the fourth day of gataw because of neaptide and cloudy skies, a situation when dissolved oxygen level goes down as the aquatic plants cannot produce oxygen at normal rate. The situation was aggravated when it rained hard on Thursday night and the  water upturned, with the cool water below mixing with the warmer water above, resulting in lesser dissolved oxygen,” he explained.
The BFAR has no report yet on the extent of the forced harvest.
“But this is not a fishkill. The bangus that are harvested are still alive, but they are harvested before the the situation in the production areas worsens and there could be massive fish mortality,” Domenden said.

May 25, 2016 at 8:52 am Leave a comment

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