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Country loses P1 billion in 2015


By Brando Cortez
Pork smuggling has caused the country to lose P1 billion of income under the Bureau of Customs in 2015, a hog industry group claimed.
The Swine Development Council (SDC) has joined President Rodrigo Duterte in saying that smuggling of agricultural products alone has gone unabated under former BOC chief Alberto Lina’s watch.
SDC council member Rosendo So, citing United Nations Commodities Trade data, said  the country lost P1 billion of revenues on smuggling of pork in 2015.
 “Our data showed that Customs Commissioner Lina has not made a dent on smuggling. Rampant smuggling of five staple commodities—rice, pork meat, poultry, onions, garlic—has continued to this day,” So said.
He said SDC provided Lina and the Department of Agriculture with names of known smugglers but these were ignored.
So once said the Aquino administration failed the agriculture sector in terms of stopping smuggling agriculture commodities.
“After five years and four Customs’ chiefs, there is no doubt that the past administration failed the agriculture sector in this regard,” said So, also chair of the  Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG).
President  Duterte said rampant smuggling is costing the country P300 million daily in foregone revenues as he warned that he has “zero tolerance” for graft and corruption at the BOC.
“In the Bureau of Customs, we are losing an estimated P300 million daily [due to smuggling] in all ports all over the country,” Duterte told the business forum in Davao City.
“The corruption must stop. It makes me sick. I have zero tolerance (for) graft and criminality. I will kill all of you, smugglers and corrupt officials,” Duterte warned.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said  the BOC had a shortfall in revenue collection reaching P43.2 billion.
New Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said he will implement massive reforms in the bureau that would improve  revenue collection and services.


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“Narco-Generals: Due Process or Assassination?

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Killed drug peddlers/users are ‘ordinary’ folk


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BFAR celebrates 69th anniversary, commits to sustain progress under new admin


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   Bayambang aims to be country’s document capital


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Malnutrition rate down in Pangasinan this year

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Malnutrition rate in Pangasinan this year is down to 1.74 percent as compared to 2.46 percent in 2015 based on the result of this year’s “Operation Timbang” (OT).
Dr. Anna Teresa de Guzman, provincial health officer, revealed this on Monday during the start of the Provincial Nutrition Month this July under the theme “First 1,000 days ni Baby Pangalagaan para sa Wastong Kinabukasan.”
The 1,000 days of the baby starts from conception by the mother up to the baby’s second birthday, she said.
Tagged as the five healthiest municipalities in Pangasinan based on the result of OT are San Jacinto, Santa Maria, Sual, Infanta and Basista.
De Guzman said they will also promote breastfeeding, saying it is the golden opportunity to give all the nutrients needed by the child.
During the Nutrition Month, health personnel will visit and speak at various radio stations to conduct information dissemination drive on proper nutrition.
There will also be Buntis Congress on July 13 in Villasis, a cooking demonstration on July 27 in Lingayen, province-wide deworming for childre

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ORTIGOZA: Bad cops and their cut on drugs


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5 ‘PMAyers’ in the 17th Congress

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – The 17th Congress has five alumni of the elite Philippine Military Academy who would be legislating for the next three years, according to a retired general who is one of them.Batail flagPANGASINAN  2nd District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil,  a member of Class 1976 of the Philippine Military Academy.

Pangasinan’s 2nd District Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil, now on his last term, said aside from him, the other PMA graduates who came from the police and the military are Romeo Acop, Gary Alejano, Amado T. Espino, Jr. and Raul Tupas.
“Magdalo Party-list has only one congressman in the 17th Congress,” the soft-spoken Bataoil, a former two-star general, said.
In the 16th Congress the Partly-list had Alejano and another PMAyer Francisco Ashley Acedillo.
Bataoil, Acop, Alejandro, Espino, and Tupas are members of PMA Classes of 1976, 1970, 1994, 1973, 199, respectively.
One of the “PMAyers”, Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, in the 16th Congress ran but failed in his senate bid in the last May 9 election, Bataoil said.


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SP elects  standing committee chairs

DAGUPAN CITY – The new Sangguiang Panlungsod (SP) has elected the chairmen of different standing committees but defers the approval of its internal rules till the next session on July 12.
Witnessed by the members of the Manlingkor ya Kalangweran, the SP elected Councilor Maybelyn dela Cruz Fernandez as majority floor leader with Councilor Alvin Coquia as assistant majority floor leader; Councilor Jeslito “Jigs” Seen as SP Presiding Protempore and Jose Netu Tamayo as deputy presiding pProtempore.
Councilor Red Erfe Mejia was elected minority floor leader with Councilor Chito Samson as assistant minority leader.
Seen will also chair the following committees: Agriculture and Fisheries, Appropriations,  Arts, Culture and Heritage,  Environment and Natural Resources, Senior Citizens Affairs, and Economic Affairs.
Councilor Dennis Canto was elected as chairman of the committees on Health and Sanitation and Public Market.
Tamayo will chair the committees on Dangerous Drugs, Education, Land Utilization, Public Information and Media, Laws, Ordinances and Judiciary, and Peace and Order while Councilor Marvin Fabia will chair the Local and International Relations and the Housing and Urban Development.
Coquia was elected as chairman of the committees on Tourism, Trade and Industry, Youth and Sports Development, Transportation and Public Utilities, and Public Works and Infrastructure, while Liga ng mga Barangay President Lino Fernandez takes the Barangay Affairs committee.
Fernandez is also the chair of the committees on Rules and Procedure, Women, Children and Family Affairs; Labor and Employment, and Social Welfare and Community Development.


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DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, along with the Manlingkor ya Kalangweran with young city mayor Ella M. Claveria,  joined the Samahan ng mga Maliliit na Mangingisda sa Dagupan City (SMalManDaCi) in  pulling and operating  its beach seine locally called  “kalokor” along the shoreline of Barangay Pugaro on July 5.kalokor

KALOKOR IN PUGARO – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (3rd from right) and the Manlingkor ya Kalangweran with young city mayor Ella M. Claveria (2nd from left) join  members of the Samahan ng mga Maliliit na Mangingisda sa Dagupan City (SMalManDaCi) from the operation of beach seine locally called  “kalokor” along the shoreline of Barangay Pugaro on July 5. SMalManDaCi headed by Edilberto Gonzales as president was a recipient of a financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 1 and the city government in the amount of P625,000.00 for the “kalokor” project. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

The “kalokor” project is a livelihood program initiated by Mayor Fernandez which was supported by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 1 with a financial grant of P625,000 for the purchase of fishing gears and a fishing boat.

“It’s nice to note that our kalokor project continues to help our small fishermen earn a living since we reorganized the group under a new leadership. This livelihood program is part of the component of developing Pugaro as a tourism destination. Soon we will construct a boardwalk here as part of our plan of developing this area which has an unspoiled beach. We have already the Island Tours in place as another component of our tourism plan,” said Fernandez.

SmalManDaCi president Edilberto Gonzales thanked Fernandez for the livelihood program, assuring her that the “kalokor” will continue to benefit small fishermen in Pugaro. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/July 5, 2016)

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