Archive for October, 2016

Bataoil wants retired police, military included in peace talks


October 31, 2016 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: How a thin global rice trade negatively impacts on Filipinos


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San Carlos City opens reformatory center for drug users


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CORE SHELTER HOUSES. Social welfare assistant secretary Hope Hervilla(2rd from left) and Rosales town Mayor Susan Casareno(2nd from right) led the unveiling of the marker during the inauguration of 150 units of Core Shelter Assistance Project(CSAP) in barangay San Pedro West last August 2. The CSAP in the town is a joint undertaking of the DSWD, the National Housing Authority(NHA) and the local government unit(LGU) of Rosales.CESAR RAMIREZ4-2


October 31, 2016 at 7:19 am Leave a comment

Sinag urges Customs to file charges against rice smugglers


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MAGANES: Traditions of All Saints’ Day

I was born and grew up in a rustic rural place in the town of Villasis – a village between Barangay San Blas and Poblacion Zone I. It is where the two cemeteries in the town are located. Our house is just about 50 meters near the cemetery. As I was growing up, I was able to witness the various traditions and superstitious beliefs related to the celebration of All Saints’ Day, the Ilocano way.
The place before was not the same as it is now. Years back, trees and shrubs abound that  surrounded the Catholic and municipal cemeteries. The Catholic cemetery was then enclosed with about one and a half meter of brick wall. Together with my young “dabarkads” in those days, we used to climb the brick wall and walked above it, leaping on top of some concrete tombs. Concrete tombs were scarce at that time as most dead were buried six feet under the ground. That was maybe due to financial constraints as only the wealthy families had the means to construct the concrete ones.
Five days before November 1, my teenaged friends and I used to contract the services of cleaning and painting the tombs of some affluent families. Since I was adept in lettering, I was assigned to scribble the names, birth dates and dates of the deaths of the departed. It had to be simple then, as most of our clients do not like artsy letterings. We made money of of those contracts and we  did it annually until I went to Manila to pursue my college education.
On the day of the celebration, we were the first ones to be at the cemetery. On November 1, celebration started at 3:00 in the afternoon and early morning of November 2. My friends and I collected candle droppings and formed them into balls. We competed on who can make the biggest candle balls. We collected just  candle droppings. Getting lighted candles left by the families was a big no-no. The soul of the departed might get angry and you will be afflicted with sickness. We respected the things placed atop the tombs that we don’t even touched them.
There were no music inside the cemeteries except the band playing that hopped from one tomb to another, and get paid.  They played dirges which captivated the emotions of the relatives of the departed. Thus, we could hear crying and sobbing. Sometimes, those who were at the height of their emotions fainted.


October 31, 2016 at 7:01 am Leave a comment

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EDITORIAL : Pista ng mga patay

Ang pagdiriwang ng pista ng mga patay ay isang tradisyon na tinatangkilik ng sambayanang Filipino. Tinatawag itong “undas” sa Katagalogan, “Pista ti Natay” sa mga Ilokano at “Pista’y Inatey” sa nga Pangasinenses.
Anuman ang tawag dito, ang tradisyong ito na ating kinamulatan ay nagpapahayag ng dalawang bagay: Una, kahit namayapa na ang ating mga mahal sa buhay ay nandoon pa rin ang pag-alaala sa kanila. Pangalawa, ipinapakita natin ang ating pagmamahal sa kanila na bagamat yumao na sila sa mundong ito, nandoon pa rin ang respeto at pagbibigay pugay.
Mahirap mawalan ng mahal sa buhay. Ibat-ibang anyo rin ang kanilang pagpanaw. May namamatay sa sakit, sa aksidente o mga karumaldumal na paraan gaya ng mga nangyayari ngayon sa ating bansa na marami ang namamatay dahil sa droga. Hindi ang anyo ng kanilang pagyao ang ating pinahahalagahan kundi kung ano at sino sila sa ating buhay noong sila ay nabubuhay pa.
Dalawang araw ang naitakda sa pag-alaala sa ating mga yumaong mahal sa buhay. Ang Nobyembre 1 ay naitakda para sa lahat ng mga santo, kilala man sila o hindi  (All Saints’ Day) at ang Nobyembre 2 ay para naman sa lahat ng mga kaluluwa (All Souls’ Day). Sa ngayon hindi na binibigyang halaga ang Nobyembre 2. Hindi na itinakda ng pamahalaan na pista opisyal bagamat ito dapat ang tamang araw sa pag-alaala sa lahat ng mga yumao. Sa pagbibigay respeto naman sa ating mga mahal sa buhay na pumanaw na ay walang pinipiling araw. Kahit araw-araw ay maaari natin silang dalawin at puntahan sa kanilang mga puntod kung saan sila ihinimlay.
Bago dumarating ang araw ng mga patay, maraming ginagawa na pagpapakita ng ating pagmamahal sa mga yumao na. Linilinisan ang kanilang mga nitso at saka pinipinturahan. Pagdating naman sa araw ng pagdiriwang, ang mga kandila ay itinitirik sa mga puntod na may kasamang mga ibat-ibang klase ng nagbabanguhang mga bulaklak at binabantayan ang mga ito. Sa mga kabahayan ay mayroon ding paghahanda ng mga pagkain at mga kakanin na pagsasaluhan ng mga kamag-anak at mga kapamilya sabay kuwentuhan sa mga nangyayari at nagaganap sa buhay.
Mahalaga ang pagpapakita ng pagmamahal sa ating mga yumaong mahal sa buhay. Sabi nga nila, ang pagrespeto sa mga patay ay ang paninilbihan sa mga nabubuhay. Ang ibig sabihin nito ay dapat ipakita na natin ang ating pagmamahal sa ating mga mahal sa buhay. Huwag na nating hintayin na sila ay yumao pa na hindi na nila nararamdaman ang ating mga respeto at pagmamahal.

October 31, 2016 at 6:45 am Leave a comment

SEVEN YEARS AFTER PEPENG: Suits vs SRPC, NPC not yet resolved

ROSALES – Seven years after typhoon Pepeng caused the San Roque Dam to release big volumes of water, the cases filed against the dam’s operators have not been resolved yet.
 Recall that in October 9, 2009, when the dam’s elevation was at 289.05, all six  gates (total of 27 meters) of San Roque dam were simultaneously opened, spilling our 5,072 cubic meters of of water pers second. The release of water at different rates was continued until October 12 that year.
The sudden water release inundated two thirds of Pangasinan, causing massive destruction to properties and agriculture, and forcing two private businesses to file damage suit against SRPC and NPC.
Goldon Agritec Products, Inc.,  a fertilizer company based in Carmen village along the Agno River in this town, filed at the Regional Trial Court here against the two companies for P12.9 million for destroyed fertilizers.
Mentioned as defendants are NPC President and CEO Froilan A. Tampinco, SRPC  President and CEO Ryukichi Kawaguchi and/or Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility Tommy Valdez and Alex Palada, flood operation manager of the NPC.
The other case was filed  by rice miller Tranquilino Tan, , who claimed to have lost P6.6 million worth of rice and palay, and P4.4 million worth of damages to the rice mill, warehouse, vehicles and equipment.             (more…)

October 31, 2016 at 6:05 am Leave a comment

DPWH-Pangasinan reactivates ‘Lakbay Alalay’ program for All Saints’ Day

DAGUPAN CITY– To ensure safe travel for motorists during the observance of this year’s “undas,” the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reactivated anew its motorist assistance desk located in four strategic places in Pangasinan.
Bernardo Caronongan, information officer of DPWH-2nd Pangasinan Engineering Office, said the motorist assistance program will start on October 28 to November 2 to provide assistance and guide motorists, tourists and vacationers traversing along major thoroughfares in the province during the observance of this year’s All Saints’ Day.
He said the DPWH has assigned at least six personnel with one team leader to each of the four motorist assistance desk strategically located along Mangaldan-Manaoag-Binalonan Road, Pangasinan-La Union Road, Pangasinan-Zambales Road and Pangasinan-Tarlac Road.


October 31, 2016 at 5:58 am Leave a comment

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