Archive for July 23, 2016

Solutions vs liquefaction at Dagupan’s growth areas – DPWH

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN –A Department of Public Works & Highway official said there are engineering solutions that would make it possible to construct skyscrapers in the city which suffered from liquefaction during the 1990 earthquake.
Boy dion Mayor Belen

SOLUTION. District Engineer Rodolfo C. Dion (extreme left)
discusses with Dagupan City’s Mayor Belen T. Fernandez
(extreme right) the various projects the Department of
Public Works & Highway implemented in the City.
Liquefaction is any process which either generates a liquid from a solid or a gas, or generates a non-liquid phase which behaves in accordance with fluid dynamics.
District Engineer (DE) Rodolfo C. Dion said it was not a problem to build edifices on soft coastal areas like Dagupan City because of design and engineering.
‘’Kung kailangan mung mag drive ng files foundation resting on files. Iyon ang files foundation mo,” he stressed.
He said the foundation and files would be located at the hardest part of the soil at the bottom where they could rest.
He cited he could not ascertain the average depth of the foundations because every location in the coastal city has various deeps.
He cited the almost a billion peso Pantal Bridge – a big ticket project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
After more than a decade since its construction, the mammoth bridge remains stable despite the skepticism raised by critics when it was being built because of liquefaction.
The pronouncement of Dion came after  Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez signed into law the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) for the three growth areas and the zonal ordinance that would convert agricultural land to commercial in Dagupan.
The two laws would transform Dagupan City into cities like Iloilo and Cebu where skyscrapers and edifices, through developers like Ayala, SM Properties, Megaworld, others, would enhance the landscape.



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July 23, 2016 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL   Alin ang mas matimbang?

Ang malawakang giyera laban sa iligal na droga sa ilalim ng administrasyong Duterte ay nararamdaman na ng bawat Filipino. Mahigit ng 61,000 ang sumukong tulak at gumagamit sa droga sa buong bansa at tiyak na ito ay dadami pa lalo na at maigting ang pagpapatupad nito ng Philippine National Police (PNP) sa pamamahala ni Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.
Sa kabilang banda, umabot na sa mahigit na 600 ang mga namatay na mga tulak ng droga dahil sa diumano’y pakikipaglaban nila sa mga elemento ng pulisya sa mga isinagawang operasyon. Ayon kay Police General Dela Rosa, ang mga namamatay ay hindi lang kagagawan sa engkwentro ng mga pulisya sa mga nagtutulak ng droga kundi ang mga “drug lords” mismo ang nag-uutos upang patahimikin ang mga kasabwat nila sa palaganap ng iligal na droga sa buong bansa. Kung ang tinuran ni Dela Rosa ay totoo, di ba dapat lamang na ilathala ng PNP kung ano ang kanilang lehitimong operasyon upang maihiwalay ang mga insidenteng kagagawan ng nasa labas ng institusyong PNP?
Ang bilang ng mga napapaslang na personalidad sa droga ay hindi pa rin nakakabahala sa mga mamamayang Filipino. Sa katunayan, mas maraming mamamayan ang pabor sa mga nangyayaring operasyon ng PNP bilang pagsuporta kay Pangulong Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte. Noong nakaraang halalan, si Duterte ay nangampanya na kanyang tutuldukan ang paglaganap ng droga sa buong bansa, mga katiwalian o kurapsyon ng mga opisyal at kawani ng pamahalaan at iba pang anyo ng kriminalidad. Ang mga pangakong ito ang nagbigay halaga sa bawat Filipino dahil maliwanag na sawa na sila sa mga nangyayari sa ating lipunan.


July 23, 2016 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Where are the Anti-Drug Abuse Councils?

In 1998 during the administration of former President Joseph Estrada, then Interior and Local Government Secretary Jose “Joey” Lina issued a memorandum order creating the anti-drug abuse councils in all levels of the local government units- provincial, municipal/city and barangays (villages), as the arms in combatting the proliferation of illegal drugs.
The Councils have governors, mayors and barangay chairmen (village heads) together with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Sangguniang Bayan/Panlungsod, Sangguniang Barangay with civic and religious organizations and the education sector as members.
During the watch of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the anti-drug abuse councils were re-structured by then Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno by issuing a memorandum circular expanding the composition of the anti- drug abuse councils particularly in the composition of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADAC) following the approval of the Comprehensive Dagerous Drugs Act of 2002 . The councils particularly BADACs were ordered to be activated and convened and to give reports to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on the extent of illegal drug activities in their areas of responsibility. In like manner, Philippine National Police(PNP) stations or offices in provinces and municipalities were ordered to coordinate with the local anti-drug abuse councils.
The illegal drug trades have been proliferating for decades. The illegal trades have reached the remotest villages in the country right under the noses of the anti-drug abuse councils, PNP officers particularly BADAC. Why was it that there were no actions and reports on the extent of illegal drug operations in the country? If there were, reports were not followed up or to say the least been put into bins and forgotten for so long a time. BADACS that are supposed to be in the front lines of of combatting the drug menace remained as councils on papers for compliance of DILG directives. There were no concrete anti-drug abuse plans, no operational activities and the worst no meetings among the members of the councils were held.
It took almost 12 years to have a full grown anti-drug abuse councils at the local government units or LGUs. When President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte rose to presidency, anti-drug abuse councils particularly BADACs were re-activated. They are now on the front lines working for the surrenders of known drug personalities in their barangays. This is quite surprising and disturbing. Surprising in the sense that the village officials for many years have been hiding the names of drug pushers and users in their turfs and disturbing because they might have protected these drug personalities.
Let’s take a look in Pangasinan.
Before the May 9, 2016 elections, then Provincial Liga ng Barangay President Amado I. Espino III launched a province wide call for anti-drug abuse.  There were many meetings and consultations conducted among village officials in the province. There were tarpaulins signed for commitments to pursue the war against the illegal drugs. During Espino’s tenure as Liga ng Barangay President, in my personal observations, there were no concrete plans as to how the drugs menace in villages will be put to end.
I surmised that the the activities conducted by the provincial government were just for show and that they were not meant really to stop the proliferation of the illegal drugs in the province, which has not decreased for years. Maybe, we could not blame the young Espino who won the governorship last elections. In Pangasinan, the PNP Provincial Director remained as Officer-in- Charge, thus then Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. has no full hands in directing the PNP personnel, as he desired, to have a full blast operations against the “drug lords, dealers and pushers” in Pangasinan.


July 23, 2016 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

Villasis police nabs 3 drug suspects, 32 surrender

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
VILLASIS- A top drug pusher and two persons believed to be his accomplices were nabbed by the  town police and the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) in the evening of July 4 in Caramutan village.
Chief of Police Norman T. Florentino identified the suspects as Remegio Lopez Jr., 51, married, farmer and considered a top one drug personality in the town, a male person named Macala, 18 years old, single, Alfredo Comilang Jr., 41, married and jobless and Roxanne Biduya, 25, single and housemaid.
Florentino said the four were arrested based on a search warrant issued by Judge Junius F. Dalaten of Regional Court Branch 50 on July 4.
According to Florentino, Lopez’ drug operations have been the subject of surveillance of the police force here and was positively identified as a “hard core” drug pusher in the town.


July 23, 2016 at 7:14 pm 2 comments

Town dad ‘refuses’ to undergo mandatory drug testing

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
MANGALDAN- A street lawyer turned councilor of this town refused to undergo a mandatory drug testing during the regular session of the Sangguniang Bayan last July 11.
Municipal Mayor Bona De Vera Parayno has called the assistance of the police force here to conduct surprise drug testing among elected officials and employees of the town.
Councilors Emmanuel Joseph Cera  and  Jojo Quinto did not submit himself for drug testing, invoking their “human rights”.
” Mine was an act of defiance against authorities who are bent on trifling with our freedom,” Cera posted on his Facebook account.
He said it was the lawyer in him that made him question the authorities interferece with his physical body.
” The government has no right to to force us for drug testing and no reason at all to invade the privacy of persons,” Cera said.


July 23, 2016 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

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