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PICKLED SEAWEEDS


Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol tastes the pickled seaweeds prepared by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region I, and says it is delicious.15171004_1397676356909729_5003659545841594027_n

 

December 4, 2016 at 7:22 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Bagong pag-asa ang mga magsasaka at mangingisdang Filipino


Matagal ng problema ng ating bansa ang ismagling ng mga produktong agrikultura na nagdulot ng kasiphayuhan ng ating mga magsasaka. Matagal na ring ipinaglaban ito ng Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) na dating Swine Development Council (SDC) sa pangunguna ni Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So lalong lalo na sa mga karne ng baboy na kung hindi “misdeclared” ay “undeclared” yong ibang pumapasok sa bansa.
Maraming produkto ang naapektuhan dahil sa malawakang ismagling. Dati mga bigas at karne lang ng baboy hanggang dumating ang puntong pati sibuyas, bawang at iba pang mga gulay ay nakakapasok na sa bansa, marahil dahil sa sabwatan ng mga kawani ng pamahalaan sa Bureau of Customs (BoC) at Department of Agriculture (DA). Dahil dito, nagpanukala ang Sinag ng isang batas na ideklarang ” economic sabotage” ang pag-ismagel ng mga produktong agrikultura sa ilalim ng Republic Act No. 10845 na inaprobahan ni dating Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III bago natapos ang kanyang termino.
Hindi pa sapat ang batas na iyon. Kailangang maipatupad at mayroong pagbabago na gawin upang masawata at masupil ang gawaing ismagling na kinokontrol lamang ng mga mangilan-ngilan na negosyante sa bansa. Hindi natugunan ang problemang ito sa nakaraang administrasyon ni PNoy subalit sa pagkatalaga kay Secretary Manny Piñol sa Department of Agriculture, gumawa siya ng isang makasaysayang hakbang para matigil na ang pagsasamantala ng mga negosyante sa pagpasok sa bansa ng mga produktong agrikultura. Nakita ni Piñol na may mga pekeng “importation permits” kaya noong Nobyembre 22, nagbigay siya ng kautusan na ikansela lahat ang mga ” importation permits” sa mga karne, isda at iba pang produktong agrikultura. Napakagandang hakbang ang ginawang ito ni Piñol na naglalayon na ang produkto ng mga  magsasaka ay mabigyan ng proteksyon.

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December 4, 2016 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

Urdaneta City is a big vegetable garden


By Yolanda Sotelo
URDANETA CITY – This city is known for its Bagsakan Market where all kinds of vegetables from different provinces are sold at wholesale prices.
But residents hardly buy their vegetables there, as all households maintain plots of vegetable gardens from where they pick fresh produce just before they cook. And it is only during certain months of the year that they grow vegetables, but throughout the year.
Aside from the backyard gardens, communal gardens along street sides or on idle lands are maintained in every purok (sub-village). Then there are plots of vegetables grown by the Sangguniang Kabataan members, senior citizens and barangay council, who are encouraged to use idle land for their gardens.
“All the residents are active participants in the project. Not a piece of land is idle as they are planted with vegetables,” Mayor Amadeo Perez III said.
Because their produce are organic, they are sure they won’t be suffer from any effects of vegetables that are full of chemicals.
Maintaining vegetable gardens in the back and front yards and even along the roads, has been a way of life for Urdaneta residents for decades now, Perez said.
This is because of the Tulungan sa Purok, a project that has spanned almost three decades, starting in 1988 by Perez’  father –former fifth district Rep. Amadeo Perez Jr. when he was the city mayor.
“The city may be operating the Bagsakan market, but vegetables are still expensive even at wholesale prices. With their own gardens, they would save money and they would be consuming fresh and chemical-free vegetables,” Perez said.
A computation of the  City Planning and Development Office showed that a family that grows its own vegetables saves a minimum of P30 a day,  P900 a month, or P10,800 a year.
Since there are 12,000 households in the city, their savings amount to P360,000 a day, P10,800,000 a month or P129,600,000 a year.
The Tulungan sa Purok started as an inter-barangay cleanliness and beautification contest. Almost 30 years hence, the barangays are still evaluated on a quarterly basis and awards are given at the end of the year to top performing communities. But the project is much more than a contest now. It has evolved into a lifestyle among the residents.
It is a citywide, year-round, multi-sectoral and multi-faceted project aimed at reducing poverty, empowering the people, pursuing good governance and sustainable development.
Some of the major emphasis programs of the Tulungan are: food production, cleanliness and beautification, health and sanitation, peace and order, solid waste management, and records management. Specific activities are backyard gardening, tree planting, recycling and composting, livestock raising, health awareness campaigns, and peacekeeping efforts.
The solid waste management and river clean up are the latest addition to the contest, Perez said. Each village is expected to have a materials recovery facility (MRF) although the city boasts of a sanitary landfill. These additions are in support of the climate change advocacies and the disaster risk reduction plans to make the communities disaster-resilient.
The contest has no official entry form, said City Planning and Development Officer Nestor Ibay said. The prizes are merely symbolical and are in forms of projects that would benefit the villages.  
The winning villages identify the projects that would be worth the price they won. The barangays were categorized into two – big and small, according to the number of residents. They both get the same worth of projects from P350,000 for the first prize down to P50,000 for the fifth prize.
All the non-winning villages get consolation prizes of P20,000 worth of projects.
“They usually ask for seeds and other materials to be used for the following year’s Tulungan,” Ibay said.
The city government has also launched specific contest categories namely, model school, model home, senior citizen’s communal garden, youth group and women’s group. Each category gets prizes of from P5,000 to P30,000 worth of projects.
 All sectors are involved in the project – from the implementation, monitoring to evaluation. At the city level, an inter- agency committee composed of city government officials and representatives from national government agencies and non-government organizations formulate the policies and implements the program at the city level.
At the barangay level, it is the Punong Barangay who implements and monitors the program, assigning the Sangguniang Barangay members to serve as coordinators for each activity
The program provides avenues for regular interfacing of barangay officials and their constituents.It also aids in participatory planning and program implementation as barangay folks give feedback and suggestions on how to make their barangay cleaner, greener, disaster-resilient, peaceful, self-reliant, and progressive.
Tulungan sa Purok has, indeed, revitalized the dying bayanihan spirit among people.
It is grassroots democracy at work.
 

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December 4, 2016 at 7:15 pm Leave a comment

FEARSOME COP


New Mangaldan town police officer-in-charge (OIC)Superintendent Jeffrey Fanged pays a courtesy call on Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno. Before he was assigned in this town, Fanged was assigned with the Philippine National Police’s Anti-Kidnapping Group in Manila and had stint for several years as COP of Urdaneta City. In that city, lawless elements like narcotic peddlers scampered away to other towns because of Fanged’s styles of combating criminals. Fanged is a member of Class 1999 of the Philippine National Police Academy. Photo and Text by Mortz C. Ortigozafanged-new-mang

 

December 4, 2016 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

BIR officials divide the loot from a cheating taxpayer


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At 1:10 pm recently, I was inside a Davao City’s taxi bound for meeting with friends at a coffee shop near Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU).
“The text message was not complete. It should be MTS (Matina Times Square) near ADDU-High School,” I told the taxi driver when I hailed him for the correct destination.
As we drove to MTS, Edwin, the driver, told me that he came from Barangay Kalaisan, Kidapawan City a neighboring village of Barangay Calunasan of my town Mlang, Cotabato Province.
As we conversed I felt the rubber strap of my Rudy Project’s watch was wet after I rinsed my face at the rest room of Aldavinco Market near ADDU.
I unstrapped my watch and put it on the upper part of my knapsack which was on my my lap in the front seat of the cab.
“This is quite a spacious car. Is this Toyota?” I posed.
“Yes sir, Vios 2016 model,” Edwin, who is the son of the former Barangay Captain of Barangay Kalaisan, said.
 I told him that my brother has a rubber plantation in Barangay Calunasan near his village.
When we reached the coffee house I thanked him and fished out P100 bill when I saw P75 appeared on the taxi meter.
“Kini ang bayad, sa imuha na kanang kambio (Here’s the P100, the change is yours),” I said in Visaya.
When I settled with my friends at the table of the coffee house, I noticed, son of a gun, my sports watch ain’t on my left wrist.
“I knew it  fell inside the taxi,” I told them as I lost hope I could no longer recover it just like what happens when one left his precious stuff in a Manila taxi.
“Did you ask a receipt from the driver as we usually do so we could ascertain the name of the taxi?  Mike asked.
“No, I didn’t know the riding culture here,” I said.
“Did you take picture of the taxi drivers I.D near the front shield, the taxi’s name and number?” Lurie asked?
“No, I didn’t know that you’re doing that, too here,” I retorted.
“What’s the color of the taxi, Yellow?” Mike asked as he whisked out from his pocket his smart phone.
“Ah probably, I think yes!” I answered.
“It’s Maligaya, I’ll search its landline number and I will tell the dispatcher that at 1:20 pm one of their taxes dropped you here from Aldavingco.

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December 4, 2016 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

Ilocos Region info officers undergo DevCom training


CAOAYAN – Information officers from various government line agencies in the Ilocos Region gathered here for a two-day training on development communication (DevCom) anchored on social change.
Director-General Harold Clavite of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) addressed the government communicators whom he considered as ‘networks’ in bringing information to the communities.
Even with 16 regional offices and 72 provincial offices of PIA nationwide, Clavite said networks like the information officers of various government line agencies are vital bridges in bringing down information to people.
Clavite advised them, however, to be responsible in spreading information about the government to avoid sowing confusion.
“Bago tayo magpakalat ng impormasyon, alamin muna kung totoo o kung saan yun galing. We don’t want to be a source of conflict or confusion,” Clavite said.
In this digital age, where social media is a quick source of information, Clavite told them to manage their accounts well whether the media platforms used are that of the office or their personal accounts.
“ Remind yourselves that even if you use your personal account, nakakabit sa pangalan ninyo na nagta-trabaho kayo para sa gobyerno ,’’ the Director-General said adding that if people knew that a certain person works for the government, they have the tendency to believe the post.
Clavite emphasized the need for the communicators to come together and work in synergy to gain people’s trust and confidence. He said communicators must not only bring down information to the grassroots but are also tasked to bring up information or feedbacks for the executive department.

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December 4, 2016 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

Bridge closed due to shoddy work


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
STA. BARBARA – A newly contructed bridge was closed to vehicular traffic because of shoddy work, according to a source at the Department of Public Works & Highway.
Before the Sinocalan Bridge  that connects the cities of Dagupan and Urdaneta, was closed, motorists and commuters saw the pavement of the bridge turn powdery and a portion of iron reinforcements were exposed because of thin cement application.
The brass, who asked for anonymity, cited the negligence too, of the 4th Engineering District based here on checking contractor Northern Builder when its personnel mixed the curing compound to the cement and sand for the construction of the pavement.
“Nasubrahan ang paglagay ng fast setting curing component sa buhangin and semento ng ginawa iyong project kaya pumutok,” he said.
He said the DPWH-assigned a watcher when the pavement was constructed may not be competent to ascertain the volume of the curing compound.
“The problem now, if the contractor repaired the damaged portion there and then open the bridge to the public, we can expect that the other portions of the pavement would turned powdery and the bridge needs to be closed again to the public,” the brass, who was assigned to another district of the  DPWH, commented.

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December 4, 2016 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment

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