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January 30, 2017 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

BAGOONG FESTIVAL


 Students wearing colorful costumes participate in the street dancing competition in this year’s edition of the Bagoong Festival in Lingayen last January 27.CESAR RAMIREZ1-3

 

January 30, 2017 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

Villasis build major buildings through popularity contests


By Yolanda Sotelo
VILLASIS -Through popularity contests, a main feature of this agricultural town’s annual fiesta, the local government was able to build several major government buildings.
Mayor Nonato Abrenica said the the rebuilding of the municipal hall was one of the biggest accomplishments of the popularity contests which mostly married ladies from here and abroad, join. He said it was during a year when the the Mrs. Villasis contestants were able to accumulate more than P12 million as that the old municipal building was replaced with a new one.
It was only the trusses, foundation and posts that were retained from the old building. Everything was replaced and the building was extended to the left.
Abrenica said the other buildings built through the proceeds of the popularity contests are the Legislative Building, public auditorium and gymnasium, and establishment of a park.
The first time that the popularity contest was held, the amassed money was used to purchase heavy equipment like grader, payloader and dump truck, which were used for improvement of municipal roads.
The contest for the construction of the Legislative Building was special because the Mrs. Villasis got a “naming right,” or the building would be named after her.  The winner was Beatriz de Vera Olivas and her name is prominently etched infront of the building.
Abrenica said he needed to go abroad to convince Villasis residents who are working or living there, to join the contest.  He would tell them the project to be funded from the proceeds of the contest.
But there are also local ladies who joined the annual contests, he said.
There are years that we get big amounts, and there are years when its not much, he said, depending on who the contestants are.
This year’s contest netted only P2 million and it would be used for the renovation and improvement of the town’s gymnasium.
“Maybe the donors are having donors’ fatique. So next year we will have a break from the popularity contests and hold a beauty contest instead,” Abrenica said.
Abrenica said the town has an annual budget now of P150 million, up from P50 million when he became mayor in 2001.
It would have been difficult to undertake the major infrastructure projects with the limited budget, he said.
 
 
   

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January 30, 2017 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Rogue policemen?


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I was glued on my seat last Thursday (January 26) watching the Senate investigation on “Tokhang for ransom”. It started at 10:00 in the morning and ended at 3:00 in the afternoon or five hours of a real drama where the protagonists and antagonists are mostly members  of the Philippine National Police (PNP). It was also a day when the honorable senators have shown their verbal prowess, perhaps taking advantage of  free media mileage.
The inquiry was properly handled by Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senate chair on the Committee of Public Order where the grilling of the suspects for the abduction and killing of a Korean businessman was untamed and bland. I was expecting a “bomb to explode” or rather truth ferreted out, but the suspects Police Superintendent Rafael Dumlao and Senior Pollice Officer 3 Ricky Sta. Isabel kept on denying and accusing each other  their participation in the crime.
The hearing was revealing as well as disgusting. It was revealing because the shenanigans at the PNP were out in the open. It’s disgusting as well because all these years, we’re not fully aware that the police officers who are supposed to serve and protect us are the ones behind criminal activities of all nature- kidnap for ransom, illegal drugs, gun running, etc.
I almost puked hearing the exchange of words of Dumlao and Sta. Isabel. Apparently, both of them were lying and trying to cover up the crime and perhaps even those other police officers as their accomplices. General Bato Dela Rosa was not at his best in that hearing. He was the center of ogling eyes and minds of the people. Where in the hell that a crime to be kept secret for months could be done inside the supposedly safe place Camp Crame? He’s upset about what happened but had not done drastic actions immediately against those culprits. If I were him, I should have dismissed Sta. Isabel and Dumlao pronto. (more…)

January 30, 2017 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Kailangan o katangahan ang ‘condoms’ sa mga paaralan?


Hati ang mga mamamayang Filipino sa panukala ng Department of Health (DOH) na mamahagi ng mga “condoms” sa mga “health centers” at mga paaralan sa darating na Hunyo 2017.
Ayon kay Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial ang bibigyan ng mga “condoms” ay mga kabataang nasa edad na 15 hanggang 24. Ito aniya ay isang pamamaraan para hindi dumami ang mga kaso ng mga kabataang maapektuhan ng “human immuno virus” (HIV) at “acquired immune deficiency syndrome” (AIDS).
Parami na sa bansa ang may sakit na HIV/AIDS na nakukuha sa pakikipagtalik na walang proteksiyon lalo na sa hanay ng mga “sex workers” at “lesbian,gay, bisexual at transgenders” (LGBT). Ang “condom” diumano ang gagamiting pananggalang sa pagkalat nito lalo na sa mga kabataan.
Ayon pa kay Secretary Ubial, ang pamamahagi nito sa mga paaralan ay may ugnayan sa pamunuan ng Department of Education (DepEd) na tutulong sa pagbalangkas ng mga alituntunin kung paano ipatupad ito. Ang programa ay nagkakahalaga ng P50 milyon hanggang P100 milyon para lang sa pagbili ng mga “condoms” at P1-billion naman sa pagsugpo ng HIV/AIDS.
Maraming mambabatas ang umalma sa programang ito. Ayon kay Senator Tito Sotto, ang pamamahagi ng mga “condoms” sa mga mag-aaral ay manghikayat sa kanila para lalong gumawa ng hindi tama sa kanilang sekswalidad. Lalong dadami diumano ang mga hindi na pipigilan ang sarili sa pakikipagtalik dahil iniisip na nila na libre na ang kanilang proteksyon. Kay Rep. Harry Roque ang hakbang na ito ay isang katangahan sa panig ng DOH at hindi makatwirang paggastos ng kaban ng bansa.
Ang magkatunggaling pananaw dito ay ating bigyan pansin. Sa panig ng DOH ay naghahakbang tungkol sa edukasyong pangsekswalidad upang tugunan ang pambansang suliranin sa HIV/AIDS. Subalit, ang pamamahagi ba ng libreng “condoms” ang makakasugpo dito? Hindi kaya mas malawak na pagbibigay ng sapat na impormasyon ang gigising sa kamalayan ng mga kabataan para maiwasan ang hindi nararapat na pakikipagtalik? Sa panig naman ang kumukontra sa hakbanging ito, dapat magpanukala sila ng mga solusyon sa problemang HIV/AIDS. Hindi sapat ang pagkontra, kailangan ang mga hakbang na gawin upang maisalba ang mga kabataan sa HIV/AIDS na hanggang ngayon ay wala pang lunas na gamot.
Hindi isang katangahan ang isang hakbangin na nasa pananaw ng pamahalaan ay makakatulong sa kinabukasan ng mga kabataang Filipino gaya ng nauna ng nabanggit. Mas katangahan at isang kabobohan kung alam na natin ang problema pero walang maibahagi namang solusyon kundi para kontrahin lamang ito. Bigyan natin ng pagkakataon ang DOH para gawin ang mandatong nakaakibat sa kanya.

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January 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm Leave a comment

LTO ‘at a loss’ on how to deal with e-vehicles


DAGUPAN CITY – The Land Transportation Office admitted it was “at a loss” on how to deal with the increasing number of electric numbers that are cruising government roads, and that the office is still working on the no policy on the use of the e-vehicles.
Saying the agency has no jurisdiction over the electric-run vehicles as they are not registered, LTO Ilocos Regional Director Jojo Guadiz said the agency was actually left behind in technology and is rushing the formulation of a policy in the management of the e-vehicles.
Danny Martinez, head of the LTO Urdaneta City, said only motor vehicles are authorized to use government roads, and to qualify as such, they should have chassis, body and engine numbers.
He warned owners of electric vehicles against using them along highways and other government roads as they are not registered with the office and are not authorized to use the roads.
“If they figure in accidents, they would be at the losing end as they are not authorized to use government roads, including barangay roads,” Martinez said.
Guadiz said the LTO is coordinating with the dealers of e-vehicles to put vehicle identification number before they release the vehicles to buyers.
The identification number would be used for e-vehicles the same way that the motor vehicles are issued plate numbers, he said.
“Maybe we could come up with the policy by June,” Guadiz said.
He said the LTO was caught unawares by the sudden increase of number of the e-vehicles being used as tricycles in the provinces.
While the e-vehicles have been introduced years ago, it was only in the past two years that their number suddenly went up.
Martinez however, said the LTO could not apprehend the drivers because of lack of jurisdiction over the vehicles.
He said the drivers of the e-vehicles should also have licenses issued by the LTO. (YOLANDA SOTELO)

January 30, 2017 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

 DA-BFAR brings fishery typhoon rehab mats to Ilocos Norte


The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) joined hands with the provincial government of Ilocos Norte in rehabilitating the livelihood of over 600 municipal fisherfolk affected by recent calamities.
Held at the Centennial Arena of Laoag City on Wednesday, January 25, the awarding of over 10.8 million pesos worth of fishery projects and equipment was a joint effort to mend the typhoon damage to the livelihood of affected fisherfolk.
“We hope that these equipment and other fishery materials will grant you the opportunity to recover and improve your livelihood,” DA Undersecretary for Fisheries and BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona told the Ilocano fisherfolk during his speech.
Turned over were 44,500 tilapia fingerlings, 424 units of fishing gears, 29 fiberglass boats, 12 chest freezers, 10 fish claddings, 4 fish stalls, 3 fish aggregating devices, and 2 smoke houses to fisherfolk beneficiaries and local government units from various municipalities in Ilocos Norte. Two Community Fish Landing Centers (CFLCs) were awarded to Bacarra and Pagudpud, while one Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) program worth 1.2 million pesos was conferred to Bacarra.
Also conducted was a brief dialogue between the Ilocano fisherfolk and Undersecretary Gongona. Together with Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Angelo Marcos Barba, Laoag Mayor Chevylle Fariñas, and other municipal and provincial officials, the bureau director answered requests and committed more fiberglass boats and post-harvest facilities to the province.

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January 30, 2017 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

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