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118th INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION


National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, who hails from Rosales town, talks about his younger days as well as national heroes like Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal who worked for freedom from the tyranny of the Spanish colonialism. Jose, a world renowned journalist and novelist, was the guest of honor and speaker during the 118th Independence Day celebration held at the Atrium of SM City Rosales lat June 11. VIRGIL MAGANES

 

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June 12, 2016 at 7:22 pm Leave a comment

Fernandez to speak at UN meeting in New York


DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez 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.
The meeting will focus on two segments: the environmental, social and economic dimensions of marine debris, plastics and microplastics and progress made in preventing, reducing and controlling pollution from marine debris, plastics and microplastics; and challenges, lessons learned, best practices and way forward to prevent, reduce and control pollution from marine debris, plastics and microplastics.
Mayor Fernandez will discuss in her presentation under the panel segment the topic entitled: “Challenges, lessons learned, best practices and way forward to prevent, reduce and control pollution from marine debris, plastics and microplastics”.
She was invited as one of the panelists in that meeting based on her expertise and experience and for her to provide information on the importance of local government units’ ownership of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Goal 14 on oceans”.
Last year, she also spoke during a world meeting sponsored by World Ocean Conservancy in Chile, attended among others by Prince Albert of Monaco and U.S. State Secretary John Kerry.
In the UN meeting, speakers will be asked to keep their presentations to a maximum of 10 minutes.  They will also be required to be available to respond to questions emanating from the floor during the Q&A session.
Accordingly, financial assistance may be available for panelists from developing countries through the Voluntary Trust Fund for the purpose of assisting developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing states and landlocked developing states, in attending meetings of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)

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June 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Projects, cut, reasons why congressmen turncoat


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 Many reelected mayors in the concluded May 9 election lost their bid.
“The loss  was a huge slap on the face of these politicians,” an incumbent mayor, who served his first class town for more than 20 years, told me.
He cited that a sitting mayor in a first class town receives more than a million pesos a month of payola from illegal number game jueteng and other forms of gambling, millions of pesos S.O.P (euphemism of 20 percent or more cut) from government projects and supplies sold by the contractors to the municipal government, while his opponent spends to defeat him in the election by using his personal monies.
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Recent news reports said that outgoing House Speaker Sonny Belmonte was disappointed about the mass defection of the members of the once vaunted Liberal Party.  Just weeks after the May 9 poll, these solons swear allegiance to the Partido Demokrito Pilipino- Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) of president-elect Rody Duterte.
Many of them fought tooth, gum, and nail for the presidential victory of Mar Roxas who helped them get projects from the Palace.
Now they unabashedly sing hosannas to Duterte forgetting that weeks ago they were flirting with Roxas as if he was the best thing that happened in their lives.
Was this bad taste in the mouth?
Yes, if you have halitosis or bad breath, but congressmen chart their reelection by interceding thru his or her connection with Malacanang on the number of multi-million pesos projects and the millions of pesos the national government can give to his or her district.
From each of that projects he or she can pocket the 20 percent or more S.O.P. These are the farm-to-market roads  by the Departments of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform or concrete road pavement or elevation pavement of highway done by the Department of Public Works & Highway.
Thanks to the moro-moro played by their favorite private contractors who rigged the bidding to overprice it so they can stash away a big chunk of public monies. (Read here my previous article how government officials rob the coffer, by clicking How contractor profits from gov’t project).

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June 12, 2016 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

Pangasinan DPWH joins 2016 Oplan Balik Eskwela


 
 
DAGUPAN CITY – To ensure the smooth opening of classes on June 13, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) actively supported the government’s “Oplan Balik-Eskwela” program by preparing the roads leading to schools.
Bernardo Caronongan , information officer of the DPWH-Pangasinan 2nd District Engineering, said his office mobilized the maintenance division to repair and conduct maintenance of roads leading to schools, re-painting of pedestrian lanes and markings, as well as the cleaning and clearing of debris and de-clogging operations of drainage systems to avoid flooding in schools.
Caronongan said the maintenance of roads, schools and classrooms is part of the department’s commitment to ensure the safety of pupils and students in time for the opening of classes this school year.

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June 12, 2016 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

Dasol gets salt equipment aid from DTI


 
DASOL -The local government of Dasol received an equipment assistance on Tuesday from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that will boost the town’s salt production.
Natalia Dalaten, chief trade and industry development specialist of DTI-Pangasinan, said the equipment aid worth Php 496, 500 will be used for the salt iodization project in this western town of Pangasinan.
“The delivery of assistance was made possible under the agency’s Shared Services Facilities (SSF) project aimed at accelerating the competitiveness of micro, small and medium enterprises through practical tools and training, and by helping them upgrade and upscale,” she said.

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June 12, 2016 at 6:49 pm Leave a comment

Region 1 cops arrest 329 persons; net 244 firearms for gun ban violations


 
CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO- The Region 1 police headed by Chief Superintendent Ericson T. Velasquez collared 329 violators and confiscated 244 assorted firearms during the duration of election gun ban all over the region from January 10 to June 8.
 
Velasquez said the 329 persons broken down into 310 civilians, 12 government officials and employees, five security guards and two policemenwere arrested for carrying firearms, gun replicas, airgun/airsoft gun,  explosives and bladed weapons.
 
Based on data from the PRO1’s Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD), 145 were arrested in Pangasinan, 62 in La Union, 54 in Ilocos Sur and 68 in Ilocos Norte.
 
The Region 1 police also seized 244 assorted firearms composed of 82 high powered and 162 low powered firearms; 30 firearm replicas, air guns and airsoft gun; 32 bladed weapons; and 36 grenade and explosives.
 
Velasquez said the violators were arrested through checkpoint operations, buy-bust and police response.
 
A total of 316 incidents were recorded, 172 of which were referred to Prosecutor’s Office, 128 were filed in court, two are under investigation, two were referred to DSWD, 10 were dismissed by Prosecutor’s Office and two has no case filed.

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June 12, 2016 at 6:46 pm Leave a comment


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