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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

Pangasinan gov’t, PVAO to sign pact on veterans’ healthcare

LINGAYEN– The provincial government of Pangasinan will soon sign an agreement with the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) to cater to the medical needs of Pangasinense veterans and their beneficiaries.
On Monday, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan here approved a resolution authorizing Governor Amado Espino III to enter into and sign a memorandum of agreement with PVAO for the implementation of hospitalization, medical care, and treatment programs to veterans and their dependents concerning 10 Pangasinan government-run hospitals.
Board Member Agerico Jeremy Rosario, sponsor of the resolution, said the PVAO has chosen Pangasinan through provincial government-operated hospitals to be among its accredited hospitals that will extend healthcare benefits to all veterans.
“The program is one way of reaching out to the needs of Filipino veterans who have played an important role in defending the nation’s freedom and democracy,” Rosario added.


October 31, 2016 at 5:57 am Leave a comment

REMEMBERING TYPHOON ‘PEPENG’: Flood victims now own their houses

By Yolanda Sotelo
ROSALES  – One day in October 2009, while the people were busy with their daily grind– planting and harvesting in the agricultural lands and selling and buying in the business areas, typhoon Pepeng unleashed its fury, dumping unprecedented amount of water in northern Luzon.
The heavy downpour filled the San Roque Dam very quickly, until it reached 186.25 meter above sea level (the maximum critical level is 180 masl). At 12:03 am of  October 7, 2009, the dam operators started opening the gates.
Torrential rain continued. At 3 am of October 9, 2009, when the dam’s elevation was at 289.05 at 3:00 am, all six  gates at 27 meters  of the dam were opened, spilling our 5,072 cubic masl  of water.
“The water came suddenly,” Leny Flores, a resident of Carmen West which was heavily inundated, recalled, still shuddering at the thought of the large amount of water filling up the yard, then the ground floor of her three-storey house.
As water rushed, so did her neighbors who lived in shanties near the dike of the Agno River into which the dam water was dumped, to the Flores’ house.
“Around 30 families came, occupying the second and third floors. It was so cramped that the adults had to sleep seated, giving more space to the children,” she said.
It was good that Flores and her husband, former barangay chair Andres, stacked three sacks of rice and boxes of canned goods and noodles, as it had been raining for weeks and she prepared for the worst. The stock, meant for her own family, got decimated almost immediately.
One of those who sought refuge at the Flores residence is the family of Mercedita Torres. The family lived in a shanty at the dike of the Agno River, which was threatened by rushing large volume of water.
“We run to the Flores house, where we stayed until the water subsided,” she said.
Torres, like most residents who lost their houses, stayed in the Tent City for a year.
“Living in a tent was difficult as it was hot especially at noontime. It was not conducive for children, many of whom got sick,” she said.
But relief goods abound after the calamity and agencies, both local and international, brought the goods to the Tent City in barangay San Pedro.
Agencies were quick to provide shelter assistance. More than  100 families were transferred to the “transitional housing project” established by the local government unit and the Red Cross in barangay Balincanaway  in June 2010, eight months after the flood.  
The houses which cost from P60,000 to P70,000 each, were designed to withstand typhoons with strength of 120 kilometer per hour.The Red Cross provided the materials and the beneficiaries, their labor.
The LGU purchased the lot for P2 million using municipal funds and donations (P700,000) received from private persons and entities after the calamity. The LGU was also in charge of site development including the provision of power and water system.
The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) on the other hand, provided construction materials like galvanized iron sheets for roofing, coco lumber posts and beams, and sawali (woven bamboo slats) for walls.
The  PNRC acquired the services of a team of six workers that include three carpenters, to supervise the construction. The team members were given daily allowances.
The beneficiaries contributed labor for the construction of the 4 x 5-meter core houses (excluding the comfort room) on a 50-meter lot.
 The Department of Social Welfare and Development also established core housing units for 240 flood victim families in barangay Palakipak.
Each lot measures 60 meters while the core house measures 20 meters, excluding the toilet. Construction of 135 core houses is in full blast and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2010.               
The core houses are environment friendly, structurally strong shelter units that can withstand approximately 180-220 kph wind velocity, earthquake up to intensity 4 of the Ritcher scale, and other similar hazards. The DSWD uses locally purchased construction materials to revitalize local economy.
DSWD officials said the core houses have “hip roofs”  with 2×4 inch thick wood trusses,  2×3 cross braces, 2×4 rafters and 2×2 purlins. The houses’ walls are concrete and the roofs are galvanized iron.
The core house model won the United Nations Habitat Award in 1990 and was adopted in Bani town which was hit by typhoon Emong (international codename Chan- hom) in May 2008 with its killer 185 kilometer per hour winds.
At present, the DSWD and the local government have established 600 core housing units, while 60 are under construction. Not all of them are victims of typhoon Pepeng, but of typhoons that hit the area in the succeeding years.
Seven years after the “Big Flood,” residents of Rosales still can’t forget the day Rosales “failed to bloom.”
But they have something to be thankful for – houses that they can call their own.


October 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

Bad blood between Barbers, Pichay started in local politics – Toff

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MANGALDAN – Pangasinan fourth district Rep. Cristopher ‘Toff’ De Venecia said the near-fisticuff between Congressmen Robert Barbers and Prospero Pichay Jr., started because of “bad blood” between them that started in Surigao Province.


Pangasinan’s 4th District Congressman Toff de Venecia

Barbers and Pichay are congressmen of the second and first districts Of Surigao Province.
“That’s what I heard. Again, it was not firsthand information, it was told to me. It also came out in the news,” de Venecia said.
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Pichay pitted candidates against the Barbers’ clan following Robert’s refusal to toe the line as member of the then ruling party Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats when he signed the failed impeachment complaint against then president Gloria Arroyo, Pichay’s ally, in the middle of 2000s.
In 2007, former Surigao del Norte governor Lyndon Barbers lost his congressional bid against Guillermo Romarate Jr., while Robert won his gubernatorial bid.
It was in 2010 that the Barbers political rule in Surigao del Norte officially ended after Robert lost his reelection bid to Sol Matugas, and Lyndon his mayoralty bid to Ernesto Matugas.


October 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Let’s continue the killings


October 30, 2016 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

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