Archive for June, 2016
By Yolanda Sotelo
DAGUPAN CITY – The senior citizens of this have found a new playground – the Internet – where they can chat with ther “apos,” relatives and classmates, and listen to and download old songs from the YouTube.Senior citizens of Dagupan City learn basic computer operations from the Dagupan City library.
The City Library has been conducting computer literacy classes for the elderly, some of whom are their 80s, starting from the basic operations to opening and managing a Facebook account and Skype.
“You can really feel their excitement when they are able to connect and chat with their ‘apos (grandkids),’ relatives and long-long classmates who are living in different parts of the world,” Corazon Langit, assistant librarian, said.
Those who really have limited or even zero knowledge about computers are taught about the very basic operations – “this is the monitor, this is the mouse, this is the CPU, this is how to type, this is how to erase,” she said.
“They have plenty of questions, too, such as what is skype, viber, instagram, facebook. They hear these words from their apos who are fast learners but who are usually impatient about explaining technology to their grandparents,” Langit said.
Some of the trainees, being in advanced years, are already hard in hearing and some are suffering from memory gap.
“After a few minutes, they would ask again, ‘how do I erase what I typed?’” Marilyn Caguioa, in charge of the library’s multi-media section, said.
The following day some would come and ask, “What is my password of facebook?” or “What is the password of my Skype account” and other questions.
“We ask them to write their passwords on their notebooks,” she said.
“We have to be very patient. But our reward is when we see their excitement when they are able to see the faces of their grandkids who are living abroad, and talk with them through the Internet,” Langit said.
Finding their old classmates is another source of happiness and pride for the trainees.
“They would delightfully yell when, after searching, they find the names of their classmates, and their request to be ‘friends’ are accepted. They would chat hours on end,” Caguioa said.
Another thrilling discovery for the elderly folk is the YouTube where they find songs that are famous during their young days.
“When they find the songs, they get excited and play them, and download them in their mobile phones, which we programmed according to their needs” Caguiao said.
The grandparents are not necessary poor, one of them even a former vice mayor of the city who is 84, and whose family members own high end laptops and tablets.
Some senior citizens themselves own laptops and pocket wifi, courtesy of their adult children.
“But the younger set are impatient at teaching the older set who complain that their children or apos are really fast in explaining the operations of computers. The elderly cannot cope with the explanations so they opted to enrol in our classes,” Langit said.
Some grandparents also proudly said they can help their very young apos with their school assignments, using the internet.
The literacy training is an outreach project of the city library. One training module for the elderly is for five-days (Monday to Friday) from 9-11 in the morning.
“There are absentees, too, such as when a grandmom has to fetch an apo from school,” Langit said.
But after the training, many of them come regularly, to ask about the ‘lessons’ they missed or ask for information they have forgotten, or to use the computers. Some of them return brandishing their new laptops and to avail of the library’s wifi.
The city library has trained 60-70 senior citizens since the literacy training program was started last January. It also trains mothers, barangay workers and others.
DAGUPAN CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will hold a two-day national aquaculture summit where industry stakeholders in the country will gather to discuss status, trends, opportunities and challenges in the aquaculture sub-sector.
The summit, in coordination with the Philippine Association of Fish Producers, Inc., will be held on July 7-8 at the Leisure Coast Resort in Bonuan, this city. Some 500 aquaculture stakeholders are expected to attend the activity.
According to BFAR, the Philippines ranked 7th among the top fish producing countries in the world, with aquaculture production sharing 1.16 percent to the total global aquaculture production.
Fish farming in cages in coastal waters or mariculture is currently a significant contributor of food, source of income, and employment, particularly in rural areas.
The cultured marine life are fish, crustaceans and molluscs.
But despite the country’s contribution to the world, the sector is confronted with various concerns such as the development of a self-contained aquaculture and market demand-responsive industry, and marketing compliment for stakeholders such as hatcheries, processing and other support facilities.
“Further development is imperative to cope up with the contracting land-based aquaculture area and increasing demand for fish food,” the BFAR said.
It added that the expansion of farmed species, development of appropriate food, and development of breeding and hatchery and climate change are equally important to pursue food production.
PANTAWID LANG. “It is a pantawid program. Why would you institutionalize a stop-gap measure?” Taguiwalo said in a television interview.
Sinabi ng susunod na Social Welfare and Development secretary Judy Taguiwalo na hindi siya agree sa plano ng iba na i-institutionalize ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
Sabi ni Sec. Judy ang 4Ps ay stop-gap measure lang.
Hindi na kailangan gawing batas ang 4Ps. Sa totoo lang ang dami ng beneficiaries ng 4Ps ay dapat nababawasan kung naging effective ang pagpapatupad ng program. Bakit dumadami?
Ang dapat na gawing batas ay iyong mga makakatulong sa pag-angat ng mahihirap para mas madali silang magkaroon ng hanapbuhay at trabaho.
Yung trabaho na hindi pang 5-months lang. Ayaw natin sa contractualization practices ngayon na 5-months lang.
“We should legislate long-term economic initiatives that will create more sustainable jobs and livelihood,” sabi ni Sec Judy.
Sabi ni Sec Judy na tuloy pa rin ang 4Ps sa administrasyon ni Duterte, pero hindi ito ang tunay solusyon sa kahirapan.
May problema sa pagpapatupad sa 4Ps.
“What we want to look at is the implementation. There are reports of selectivity. Not everyone who really needs the program are being reached. There is still an element of patronage there. We also want to check if it is being used to campaign as well as used for anti-insurgency,” sabi si Sec Judy.
Sabi ni Sec Judy na mas makakatulong ang gobyerno kung patatalasin ang “social protection initiatives through skills development, cash for work, livelihood projects, among others.”
DAGUPAN CITY – Dagupan celebrated its 69th year as independent component city in a ceremony held at the city plaza on June 20 on the theme “Pankakasakey na Dagupeño, UNLI-Serbisyo’y Nagamuran” with Fourth District Congressman-elect Christopher ‘Toff’ P. De Venecia as guest of honor and speaker.
Dagupan became a city on June 20, 1947 when President Manuel Roxas signed into law Republic Act No. 170, authored by Speaker Eugenio Pérez.
From a swampland, Dagupan rose to become a major commercial and financial center north of Manila.
With its newly approved Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), Dagupan is set to expand its commercial area by putting in place three growth areas in three strategic places which will surely attract more investors and create more jobs for its people.
Dagupan has been recognized as among the Top 10 Next Wave Cities in the Country along with other cities such as Baguio City, Cagayan De Oro City, Dasmarinas, Dumaguete, Lipa, Malolos, Naga, Sta. Rosa and Taytay.
According to Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, the award means that Dagupan has been identified as one of the best locations for Information Technology and Business Process Management Industry and will follow Manila, Cebu, Clark and Bacolod City in establishing IT-BPM hubs.
Fernandez, who left for the United States at the invitation of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea to serve as one of the panelists in its 17th meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on June 13-17, was represented by City Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo.
In addition, incoming Congressman De Venecia also promised to make Dagupan the next modern tourism hub and cultural destination of the North by developing Barangay Pugaro as a surfing area, constructing a boardwalk along the Tondaligan beach, rehabilitation of the West Central School Library where Gen. Douglas MacArthur stayed during the second world war and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources facility as agri-tourism park.
He also seeks the establishment of a theater festival in honor of national artist Salvador Bernal and a semi-permanent exhibit of the paintings of another national artist Victorio Edades. Both are sons of Dagupan.
On the other hand, Leoncia Villacaria Arenos of 235 Lasip Grande was honored during the 69th Agew na Dagupan as the oldest living Dagupeño. She is 100 and five months old. She was born on January 16, 1916.
Bai Leoncia received a wheelchair courtesy of the Latter Day Saints and a cash reward of P10,000.
The Manlingkor ya Kalangweran led by Young City Mayor Kizziah Ella Mariñas Claveria, a Grade 9 student of St. John’s Cathedral School (SJCS), took their oath of office before City Councilor Jeslito “jigs” Seen.
Other cultural activities was also observed during the week-long celebration of the 69 Agew na Dagupan like Kidiam na Oraka which was won by Allyna Claveria of East Central Integrated School; Beat the Feat 4; Labanan na Awaran and Arte de Dagupan. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)
ROSALES – Over 2, 300 farmers and agricultural workers in Pangasinan received their certificates for completing their course on sustainable swine production during the graduation ceremonies of the School-On-the-Air (SOA) program held here on June 24.
Rogelio Evangelista, center director of the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center (ATI-RTC) in Region 1, said the program, dubbed as “Sanayang Pangradyo sa Agrikultura” is geared towards disseminating information and knowledge on sustainable swine production through mass media particularly in broadcast.
“The Sanayang Pangradyo sa Agricultura program of ATI-RTC in Ilocos Region is one way to give farmers and extension workers in Pangasinan the information they need to improve their knowledge in livestock farming,” he said during the ceremony held at the Robert Estrella, Sr. Memorial Gymnasium.
Evangelista said the program, in partnership with the 35 local government units, Office of Provincial Agriculture (OPAg) and Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) in Pangasinan, was aired over DZRD Sonshine Radio every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 am to 6 am from March 8 to June 15.
“Sa pamamagitan ng radyo, nais ng ATI-RTC-1 na maaabot at matulungan ang mas maraming tao upang maging katuwang ng departamentong pang-agrikultura sa programang paghahayupan lalung-lalo na sa pag-aalaga ng baboy,” said Evangelista.
During the commencement exercises, 10 graduates namely Jaypee Tambiga (Lingayen), Mardy Domondon (Sual), Cecilia Cudal (Mabini), Jaime Naraja (Manaoag), Roberto Urlanda (Alcala), Narcisa Abuton (Tayug), Imelda Salatan (Rosales) Virginia Campit (Mangatarem), Isagani Predas (Bugallon), and Rolando Fernandez (Calasiao) were recognized as top ten achievers of the on-air course program.
I asked a chief of police of a burgeoning first class town how much the lowly policeman, a P01 or Police Officer-1, receives monthly.
“Mga P19,000,” he said.
I told him about powerful Mexican drug cartels Tijuana, Los Zetas (whose founding members were Mexican Special Forces trained at Fort Benning in USA) and Sinaloa bribing with huge amount of monies high government and police officials in Mexico.
“Is it possible that a big time drug pusher asked the P01 or those higher in ranks with him to turn the other cheek whenever they see drug pushers, under the watch of this big time seller, hawking the illegal commodity in the street by giving them P50,000 each a month?,” I posed.
“Yes, but what I heard drug personalities give some of my police men P30,000 a month each. I was investigating this shenanigan because I was still new on my station,” he told me.
Unknown to many, there was brilliance on the seven votes that expedited the approval last June 6 by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (Council) of Dagupan City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).
Except from Councilor Jigs Seen who inhibited himself, Councilors Maybelyn Fernandez, Jesus Canto, Netu Tamayo, Alvin Coquia, Jigs Seen, Marcelino Fernandez, and Marvin Fabia unanimously passed the much-needed law.
Earlier, the law’s opponents led by Vice Mayor Brian Lim and Councilors Red Erfe-Mejia, Guillermo Vallejos, and Alfie Fernandez joined the illegal adjournment of the session.
I called it illegal because Vice Mayor Lim arbitrarily dismissed it while an agenda was being discussed and the dismissal was challenged by an objection from Councilor Netu Tamayo.
The councilors who approved the CLUP would end their term at noon of June 30.
Those who will succeed them will be those who were elected and reelected in the May 9 election.
If the CLUP and the approval of the June 21 land zones for the conversion of the agricultural lands to commercial happened with the new set of councilors, the CLUP and the zoning ordinance could not be approved.