Archive for January 15, 2017

Pangasinan fetes  war veterans anew

By Venus May Sarmiento
LINGAYEN – The surviving Pangasinense war veterans were once again honored by the provincial government in a fitting ceremony  in celebration of the 10th Veterans Day and in commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Lingayen Gulf Landings.

4-4HISTORY WALL, Mike Villa-Real, Philippine Veterans Bank’s(PVB’s) vice president for corporate communications, shows these panels called History Wall at the bank’s branch in Lingayen, which was inaugurated last January 9. The wall features a collection of photographs during World War II. The bank branch’s inauguration coincided with the commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the historic Lingayen Gulf Landings where Allied Forces led by the Americans made a simultaneous amphibious landings in Lingayen Gulf to liberate Luzon island from the Japanese Occupation in 1945.CESAR RAMIREZ


The annual celebration started with a  thanksgiving mass, wreath laying ceremony and a commemorative program, honouring the sacrifices and heroism of the war veterans held at the Veterans Memorial Park at the Capitol compound.
Dr. Vivencio  Villaflor, the event’s guest of honor and speaker, thanked the provincial government for  institutionalizing the event  and never forgetting the heroism of war veterans like his father.
Villaflor, currently the chairman of the Pangasinan Red Cross and the Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital, told the more than 370 surviving war veterans and their families that he was a product of the scholarship given to war veterans. He said his eight years of education leading to his medical degree was shouldered by the government particularly the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO).
“Because the education benefit for a war veteran can be passed on to his child or grandchildren, I only paid P5.60 to P6.60 per semester for miscellaneous fees during my eight-year medical education. This was a big help for my parents,” Villaflor said.
He said more benefits are given by PVAO through the  expanded health benefits program. Veterans who need hospital and medical attention need not go to Quezon City anymore as the benefits could be availed in any government hospitals and in accredited private hospitals, he explained. 
Eligible dependents can avail of hospitalization, up to 45 days of confinement with 1,500 hospital subsidy; subsidy for selected medical procedures (reimbursable), medicines , surgical procedures, implants, cataract operation, hearing aid and cardiac bypass among others. 


January 15, 2017 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment


 Pangasinan 2nd district Rep.Leopoldo Bataoil(right) talks with Councilor Ricardo Pastor,Jr. as he visits his ylang ylang Nursery project in barangay Bueno in Mangatarem town recently. The project aims to make the country a producer of ylangylang oil which is a primary component in perfume, to help local residents to have additional livelihood, and to help the government’s national greening program.CESAR RAMIREZ1-2


January 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

  BoC to file new smuggling cases vs. sugar, rice smugglers this month

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ROSALES – The chairman of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) said the Bureau of Customs (BoC) would file this month anti-smuggling cases against  those involved on the smuggling of sugar and rice in the country.
Engineer Rosendo So said smuggling case of multi-million pesos worth of sugar in August last year would be filed only this month  because the BOC wanted a strong case against the smugglers.
“The BOC wanted a tight case so they prepared all the necessary documents,” he said.
Some of those involved in the smuggling of rice, according to Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol, were police generals and the Zamboanga Custom Collector.
“My sources identified a certain Superintendent Ariel Huesca and SPO4 Estino, reportedly members of the intelligence group of the PNP in Zamboanga City as the point men of two police generals who are involved in the smuggling of agricultural commodities through the Zamboanga City’s small ports,” Pinol said in news reports in August 2016.
Sources, according to Piñol, also implicated  Zamboanga City Customs Collector Benhur Arabani in the unlawful act.


January 15, 2017 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

Dagupan, Mangaldan lead Pangasinan’s drug war

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY -With 80 to 90 percent performance level, the police offices in this City and Mangaldan town lead the war on illegal drugs in Pangasinan.
Superintendent Neil Miro, this city’s chief of police, declared in January 12 the city as 90.2 percent drug-free after Barangays Pantal and Pogo Chico were announced as drug free.
Miro said Barangays 2,  3,  Calmay, and Pugaro have yet to be cleared by the Philippine National Police where around 20 drug personalities are yet to be accounted for.
Mangaldan’s chief of police Superintendent Jeffrey Fanged said his town is 80 percent narcotics-free because out of the 30 barangays, 24  were declared free of illegal drugs.
Drug-free means there are no user, pusher, and  drug laboratory in Dagupan  and Mangaldan.
“The process for their declaration was tedious. We followed the procedures from the BADAC (Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council), MADAC (Municipal  Anti-Drug Abuse Council ),and  PADAC (Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council),” he stressed.
Fanged said aside from Oplan Taphang, the police here were meticulous in combing the area of suspected drug peddlers and narcotics user.
Taphang or Tapok (gather) and hangyo (request), is being implemented by the police across the country, as an alternative to Tokhang (knock and plead) especially among the higher strata of society, such as business entities and local artists and elite groups.
“Talo pa namin ang NSO (National Statistics Office) kasi we use the coordinates of the GPS (global positioning satellite) to the house we visited and put that in our reports,” he said.
He said in Taphang, even the car plate numbers were reported.


January 15, 2017 at 7:50 pm Leave a comment

DPWH exec not awed by ratings of peers

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – An executive of the District Engineering Office (DEO) based here was not impressed by the Project Monitoring Division of the Bureau of Construction of the Department of Public Works & Highway.
The official,  who asked for anonymity, said the inclusion of the two DEOs in Pangasinan in the Numbers 6 and 7 places were not fair.
In that ranking the 1st District Engineering Office under District Engineering Smile R. Fermin snatched 5th Place with a weighted rating of 92.61% while 4th District Engineering Office under District Engineer Marieta B. Mendoza garnered the 7th place with a weighted rating of 92.41%.
The huge Pangasinan province has been divided into four DEOs where the 5th and 4th Engineering Offices supervise projects implementation in the First and Third Congressional Districts, respectively. The 2nd DEO handles the 2nd and 4th Congressional Districts while the 3rd supervises project implementation in the 5th and 6th Congressional Districts.


January 15, 2017 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

Arcinue asks DA to support proposed seafood processing plant

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

SUAL- If approved by the Department of Agriculture (DA), this farming and fishing town will soon have a seafood processing plant.


 PRO-DUTERTE. Pangasinan politicians including former Five- Time House Speaker Jose de Venecia show President Rodrigo Duterte’s  signature fist symbol during the visit to the Sual municipal port of Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol (with dark sunglasses).Pinol distributed fishing boats and equipment to marginal fishermen. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

This was the content of the letter of Mayor Roberto “Bing” Arcinue to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol, which was handed to him during his visit last December 29 during the turn-over ceremonies of “fishery projects” in the town at the Bagsakan Trading Center.

Arcinue said the proposed seafood processing plant will effectively handle the 60,000 kilograms of daily harvest of “bangus” (milkfish) or 50 million kilograms per year.

“Aside from improving the handling of “bangus” harvests, the said facility will also provide additional source of livelihood to the people of the town,” he said.

January 15, 2017 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Cojuangcos’ advocacies: nuclear plants and reproductive health (RH)

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Although they lost in the election of 2016, Mark Cojuangco who ran as governor of Pangasinan and his wife former 5th District Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco, are continuously pursuing their advocacies – nuclear plants and reproductive health (RH), respectively.
During the incumbency of Mark as 5th District representative in 2010, he batted for the recommissioning of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) which was mothballed  at the height of power crisis in the country. Technically, Mark’s presented his position on the issue with much ease and knowledge considering his expertise on nuclear power plants. He was able to project the benefits of the recommissioning of BNPP that outweighed the perceived destruction that caused fears among the environmentalist groups. However, his position was not well-received by the environmentalists citing cases of nuclear power plants’ fiascos in Chernobyl, Russia and Fukushima, Japan. It was also used as an issue against him during the last election in Pangasinan.
With Duterte’s entry to the presidency, Mark was able to get an ally from the Department of Energy (DoE) that has an open policy on the use of nuclear power plants as an alternative of other sources of energy. Now, Mark is the most sought resource person on nuclear power plants in media fora as well as students’ sponsored fora in universities and colleges in the country. His thesis is, why not use nuclear power that is safer, cleaner and cheaper to use that of fossilized sources like coal and diesel? He is not ,however, debunking the use of “renewable sources of energy” like solar and bio-mass but these have to be tested technically and their cost compared to the cost of the nuclear power plant.
Almost all countries in Europe are already using nuclear power plants as well as in South Korea, USA, China and other progressive countries in the world. Why not the Philippines that is suffering from power outages due to lack of supply of electricity? It is a reality that Philippines is being shunned by would-be investors because of high cost of energy. With Mark’s continuing advocacy and enlightenment of the Filipino people, it is certain that BNPP will be recommissioned and new nuclear power plants will be constructed all over the country.
While I commiserate personally with the views of the environmentalist groups, it is a pity that they could not present as of now effective alternative sources of energy to end the woes of the Filipinos. In like manner, where are these environmentalists when President Duterte opened two new coal-fired power plants in Mindanao and Visayas? Studies showed that coal-fired power plants are more destructive than nuclear power plants. Isn’t it high time to give attention to what Mark are saying about the benefits of nuclear power plants?


January 15, 2017 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

 EDITORIAL     Panahon ng kapistahan sa mga bayan sa Pangasinan

Pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan- dalawang salita na nagiging tema ng mga mamamayan sa tuwing darating ang pagdiriwang ng kapistahan ng kanilang bayan. Masasarap na pagkain, ibat-ibang kulay ng mga palamuti, may mga patimpalak ng kagandahan sa mga dalaga o di kaya patimpalak sa damihan ng pera para sa mga kokoronahang mga reyna at prinsesa, gabi-gabing walang puknat na sayawan sa saliw ng musika sa mga orkestra at mga musikang galing sa mga nagrerekoridang mga banda. Ang mga iyan ang karaniwang masasaksihan ng balana sa tuwing ipinagdiriwang ang mga kapistahan ng mga bayan.
Ang pagdiriwang ng pista ay kulturang namana natin sa pananakop ng mga Kastila sa ating bansa. Sa likod ng pagdiriwang ng pista ay ang pananalig sa Poong Lumikha na nagbibigay ng karangyaan sa mga mamamayan kaya may mga patron o poon na dinadakila. Ilang siglo ang mga nagdaan na ganito iyong kulturang nakagisnan hanggang nabago ito sa pang-ekonomiyang pananaw ng mga pinuno ng mga bayan. Sa ngayon ang pista ay di lang nakatuon sa mga patron, bagkus ibat-ibang produkto ang binibigyan ng promosyon sa mga bayan upang ang mga ito ay makilala sa buong mundo. Salamat sa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sa kanyang inilunsad na “one town, one product” (OTOP) noong taong 2000.


January 15, 2017 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment

56-foot Christ’s statue rises in Hundred Islands

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ALAMINOS- Jesus Christ’s statue is currently constructed in one of the islands of Hundred Islands National Park known as “Pilgrimage Island’ here. The statue is now 85% complete.
According to Tourism Officer Miguel Sison, the statue is 56 feet in height, taller than the the Jesus Christ, The Redeemer in Brazil, which is only 50 feet.
“Aside from Christ’s statue, soon to be constructed in the same site are the images of the stations of the Cross, a chapel and a retreat house that are expected to be completed before the Holy Week,” Sison said.
The Pilgrimage Island is one of the major projects of the city under Mayor Arthur Celeste for the year 2017.
It will be the 13th islands for tourist destinations at the Hundred Island National Park, aside from the three other big islands- Governor’s Island, Quezon Island and Clave Island.

January 15, 2017 at 7:28 pm 2 comments

Dagupan now 90.32 % drug free


January 15, 2017 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

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