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Mangaldan Mayor: I’ll submit to drug test to prove I’m clean

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
 MANGALDAN – “I’ll first submit myself for a drug test to get rid on those baseless speculations that I am into drugs.”IMG_2822.JPG

INAUGURATION. Mangaldan Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno during her inaugural
as reelected mayor of the progressive town.
This was declared by Mangaldan Mayor Bona Fe Parayno after her opponents accused her to be a drug lord.
She said she will be in the main queue of workers in the local government unit (LGU) here to be tested so she can show to the public that she is not into illegal drugs.
“Pati ako sinasabihin drug lord ako ganoon, ganoon, ganoon? Sana payat ko na,” she stressed recently to reporters.
She cited that any worker of the LGU found to be positive to sniff illegal drugs will be dealt with accordingly.
 Parayno said the drug test will be done as soon as possible.
“It’s random, hindi namin masasabi iyan, As soon as possible, lahat random check. Five times a year ten times a year. Iyan ibig sabihin random check,” she said when asked to the exact date of the test.
The mayor came out in the public assailing her critics here and the media in Dagupan City when one Allan F. Bermudez went on air over  a radio station claiming she was a recipient of the daily tongs from number games Meridian, a legal game of chance, and mini-buses that ply Dagupan City and San Fernando vice versa that pass through the highway crossing Mangaldan.
 She denied all the allegations of Bermudez.


July 12, 2016 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment

IN THE FACE OF ASEAN INTEGRATION Villar asks fishery stakeholders to help each other 

DAGUPAN CITY – Senator Cynthia Villar called on fishery stakeholders who, while competitors,  to come together because it is their cooperation and helping each other that the industry would succeed in the face of the regional economic integration.
“You need to unite so you would strengthen your competitive edge against the other players from other countries. In that way, Philippine companies will be able to corner a bigger chunk of the market,” Villar told fishery stakeholders from the country.
Villar’s speech was read for her by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ilocos Regional Director Nestor Domenden during the opening of the two-day first national aquaculture summit sponsored by BFAR and the Philippine Association of Fish Producers, Inc. on Thursday.
The senator, the chair of Senate committee on agriculture and food, said the country has so much to offer and a lot of room for further expansion.
“According to BFAR, the Philippines ranked 7th among the top fish-producing countries in the world, with aquaculture production sharing 1.16 percent of the total global aquaculture production. We just have to keep the momentum going,” she said,
Villar also cited the importance of fish farming among the people especially in the rural areas.
“(Fish farming) would give them food and jobs and livelihood. This is why we should all face the issues and barriers that the industry faces so it would move forward,” she said.
She mentioned the concerns, as cited by the industry players themselves, as the development of self-contained aquaculture and market demand-responsive industry, and marketing compliment for stakeholders such as hatcherties, processing and other support facilities.
Villar said aside from being market-oriented to bring about a viable and resilient industry, there  is also a need for technological innovations, advanced practices and involvement of all the related sectors and stkeholders to ensure the sustainability of the industry and the global competitivenes of the local players.YOLANDA SOTELO

July 12, 2016 at 9:21 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: A wisp of change and reform

vir maganes
The entry of Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte into the presidency brought hope to every Filipinos. The once reluctant candidate for President got the support of the majority of the Filipinos because of his non-conventional style of campaigning. He batted for change and reform in governance zeroing in on the end of illegal drugs, corruption, illegal gambling and all forms of criminalities. Although he was popular for throwing “cuss words,” that did not deter the massive support of the Filipino electorates.
President Digong’s simplicity could no longer be overemphasized. He has shown it with fashion from the day he was sworn in as the 16th president of the Philippine Republic ranging from the food served up to the kind of apparel he is comfortable to wear. He’s not the type of president or leader who is “maporma” and “madrama.” He is what he is, not minding what his critics will say. He is an epitome of a leader who shuns protocol, which maybe has given headaches to his presidential escorts.
During the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) last July 5 at the Clark Field, Pampanga, President Digong spilled the beans by naming five generals of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who are allegedly ” protectors of drug lords in the country.” The five generals named are: former PNP deputy director general Marcelo Garbo Jr., retired general Vicente Loot, now mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu, Director of Police Regional 6 Bernardo Diaz, Director of Quezon City Police District Office Edgardo Tinio, Director of National Capital Region Police Office Joel Pagdilao. Diaz, Tinio and Pagdilao are still active in the service and were ordered relieved. Duterte also ordered the National Police Commission (NPC) to conduct a “non-zarzuela” investigation.
The generals cried foul. They said they were not involved to the allegations of President Duterte, saying they should have been consulted first as their names have been defamed. They denied their participation on any drug dealing much to the consternation of Duterte’s followers and supporters. Of course, denial is the best form of defense and we hope NPC will conduct a “no-holds barred” and objective investigation.
Lest we forget, President Digong has already called the attention of the named generals to resign before he will assume the presidency. His call was echoed several times last June and yet none among them came into the open. Their lackadaisical attitudes have put them more into “hot water” to the extent of saying that they will clear their names. President Duterte, in my personal opinion, has all the pieces of evidence on hand to pin the five generals. He was a former prosecutor and knows fully well the ins and outs of legal proceedings. I know he will stand by what he said and what he claimed so that his integrity and credibility will not be questioned in the end.
Following his expose, in a media briefing, President Duterte showed a chart linking General Garbo as protector of the three drug lords in the country, two of whom are currently detained at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa. They are Chinese nationals Wu Tuan also known as Peter Co, Peter Lim also known as “Jaguar”, and Herbert Colangco. Co and Colangco are at the NBP while Lim is at present out of the country but was warned that if he will come back, he will be killed.
 During the administration of PNoy, it will be remembered that Co and Colayco were living in luxury inside the NBP. They have complete amenities to the envy of those renting five-star hotels. It was said that although they have been detained in a maximum security, they still operate their “drug operations” using cell phones. Indeed, they were treated as first-class detainees making those officials in the NBP “dumb and deaf.”
What is the relevance of Duterte’s exposes on the generals and the “drug lords”? The morale of the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) headed by Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa was apparently boosted. Those who are doing their work efficiently have not lost hope for a clean and honest police institution. Well, of course those with records and considered scalawags are shivering as they do not know when they will be ousted from the service or be transferred to other areas not of their choice.
Indeed, change has come. Reforms are widely implemented not only on the war against illegal drugs. All government departments and agencies are doing their “cleansing” activities among their ranks. Many corrupt employees are advised to resign or else they will face administrative charges. These reforms, although done in trickles, give us Filipinos the much needed hope that the country we love will still be great with the right kind of leadership in our midst.
How long these reforms will be implemented are worthy of waiting. We have waited for so long and given the pace of changes President Digong is doing, we could not ask for more.
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July 12, 2016 at 9:11 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Tuloy ang halalan ng barangay at Sangguniang Kabataan

Wala ng balakid at wala na ring dahilan upang ipagpaliban pa ang halalan ng mga opisyal ng barangay at Sangguniang Kabataan sa ating bansa. Sa inaprobahang en banc Resolution No. 10148 ng Commission of Election (Comelec), ang “Synchronized Barangay and SK Elections” ay itinakda sa Oktubre 31, 2016.
Maraming nakaupo ngayon na mga opisyal ng mga barangay na umaasa na mapalawig pa ang kanilang termino ngunit walang batas na nag-aatas ito. Ang pagpapatuloy ng halalan ay isang hudyat din ng malawakang pagbabago at naaayon ito sa mga adhikain ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. Panahon na rin upang palitan ang mga kasalukuyang mga opisyal sa mga barangay dahil marami sa kanila ang hawak ng mga pulitiko bagamat sila dapat ay walang kinikilingan dahil sila ay “non-partisan.”
 Kasabay sa halalan ng barangay ay ang pagpili naman ng mga opisyal ng Sangguniang Kabataan (SK). Ito ay naaayon naman sa Republic Act No. 10742 o ” SK Reforms Act of 2015″ na nilagdaan ni dating Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III noong Enero 15, 2016. Ang SK ay pansamantalang sinuspinde noong 2013 dahil nga ang katipunan ng mga kabataan ay nasa edad na 15 hanggang 17. Hindi sila masyadong aktibo sa pagsasagawa ng mga kinakailangang programa at proyekto para sa mga kabataan sa mga barangay. Karamihan din sa kanila ay mga anak ng mga pulitiko kaya ang mga dating opisyal ng SK ay umaayon sa kung anong gusto ng kanilang mga magulang.
 Pero mayroon ng pagbabago sa bagong batas ng SK. Ang edad na sakop ng Katipunan ng mga Kabataan ay mula sa edad na 15 hanggang 30. Mas malawak ang kalipunan ng mga kabataan. Bagamat tumaas ang edad ang sakop nito, ang mga maari lang na tumakbo sa posisyon na SK Chairman at pitong miembro ng SK ay nasa edad na 18 hanggang 24. Ibig sabihin nito ay nasa legal na edad na sila at maaari ng pumirma sa mga legal na kontrata taliwas sa mga nakaraang komposisyon ng SK.


July 12, 2016 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

Papal relics on display in San Fabian church 

SAN FABIAN – The relics and memorabilia that were used by Pope Francis during his visit in the Philippines in 2015 are currently on display for public viewing at the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr Church here.
Dubbed “Tu Es Petrus,” the Tour of Papal Relics endeavors to share to the public the sacred artifacts and mementos used by the Pope during his stay in the country since not everyone was given a chance to personally see him.
The exhibit features the zucchetto (skullcap), vestments, ciborium (cup with an arched cover), candles and even the water bottles sipped by Pope Francis during the papal masses he conducted in Luneta, Manila Cathedral and in Tacloban City last year.
It further showcases historical and sacred collections of liturgical vessels used during papal masses, stoles used by the various Popes and concelebrating priests during masses and special occasions and other memorabilia used by St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, among others.
“These religious vestiges must be treated always with veneration and respect like the honor which people render for their departed loved ones and to heroes of the country,” Rev. Fr. Reynaldo Romero, parish priest of San Fabian, said in an interview.
Romero invited the laity to view the on-going exhibit that is significant to the Catholic faith.
The Tour of the Papal Relics is open for devotees from July 4 to July 21 at no cost. (PIA-1, Pangasinan)

July 12, 2016 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Bakit dapat buhayin ang bahay kubo?

Sa panahon ng brownout na magdamag…Nasubukan mo na ba na matulog sa isang concrete house? Hahaha! Napuyat ka ano?
Sa panahon ng brownout na magdamag…Nasubukan mo na ba na matulog sa isang bahay kubo? Sure ako na masarap ang tulog mo sa isang katre sa loob ng isang kulambo.
Blackout yata ang tawag nila kapag mahabang brownout at maraming lugar ang apektado ng kawalan ng kuryente.
Noong unang panahon, may amihan man o may habagat, bahay kubo pa rin.
Noong unang panahon, tag-araw man o tag-ulan, bahay kubo pa rin.
Ang mga batas na tulad ng National Building Code, kasama ng mga engineers at mga architects at media ang pumapatay sa sistema ng bayahihan sa bahay kubo ng sambayanang Pilipino.
Ang mga sitio na dinatnan ng mga Kastila, Hapon at Amerikano ay meron nang sariling sistema ng pabahay na low-cost at environment friendly.
Ang mga bahay kubo ay itinatayo sa pamamagitan ng bayanihan system.
Karaniwang nagpapatayo ng bahay ang isang pamilya sa tulong ng buong barrio. Bayanihan yata ang tawag nila doon.
Ang mga kawayan, kahoy, nipa at iba pang gamit sa pagtatayo ng bahay kubo at nakukuha lang sa paligid.
Madaling itanim. Madaling mabuhay. Madaling paramihin. Iyan ang kawayan.
Ang pagtatayo ng mga bahay sa barrio ay hindi katulad ng sa subdivision na nasa isang hanay lang.
Ang lugar na pinagtatayuan ang isang bahay kubo ay depende sa kaugalian ng barrio na may respeto sa puno, may respeto sa mga halaman, may respeto sa source ng tubig at may respeto sa neighbor.
Karaniwang ang mga bahay kubo na nakapalibot sa isang common area sa isang sitio. Pero hindi in a a circular fashion.
Kaya ng maririning mo sa mga matatanda na malapit lang ang kapitbahay nila kahit sa totoo lang ay malayo pala kung iahahambing sa sitwasyon ngayon.
Ang common area ay nagsisilbing playground ng mga bata at events area ng mga pamilya.
Puwede ka pa ngang makiraan sa bakuran ng isang pamilya para makarating sa gusto mong puntahan.
Walang large scale clearing na nangyayari. Large scale clearing as in puputulin lahat ng mga puno at halaman sa ilang ektarya ng lupa para lang lagyan ng mga concrete houses.
Ang mga bahay kubo ay tinatayo sa mga lugar na hindi isinasakripisyo ang mga puno o trees.
Walang large scale clearing na nangyayari. Large scale clearing as in tatapyasin ang isang lalawak na parte ng bundok o papatagin mismo ang bundok sabay na puputulin lahat ng mga puno at halaman  para lang lagyan ng mga concrete houses.
Ang sistema ng bahay kubo construction ay namamatay na dahil napapalitan na ito ng bato, bakal, semento, bakal at salamin.
Illegal ang  lahat ng itinayong bahay kubo mula noong maging batas ang National Building Code.
 Walang building permit na ibinibigay para sa bahay kubo dahil ‘substandard’ diumano ang mga ito kumpara sa bahay na bato.
Dahil bihira na ang bahay kubo… kaunti na lang ang nagpaparami ng kawayan.
Dahil bihira na ang bahay kubo…kaunti na lang ang mga marunong magdesign ng bahay kubo.
Dahil bihira na ang bahay kubo, nawalan ng trabaho ang mga marunong mag-design at mag-assemble ng ulo (roofing) ng bahay kubo.


July 12, 2016 at 8:55 pm Leave a comment

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