Archive for February 12, 2017

Use of road by bus companies ‘illegal’


                                                                      By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – The access road appropriated by the two Manila bound bus companies could be subject for litigation as the easement was donated by the Lioanag family to the Chinese community who use it to go to the Chinese Cemetery.victory-liner

DONATION VIOLATED. The controversial Villa Costa Road donated by the Lioanag family
 to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Dagupan City is being used
 by the buses of Victory Liner and Five Star. Photo Credit. Flickr 
This was according to someone who was privy to the transaction, telling reporters that the access road that the owners of Victory Liner and Five Star buses claimed sold to them by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce during the time of the administration of former mayor Benjie S. Lim could be illegal as donation was based on the conditions of the donation.
“The intention was the Lioanag family, who owned the land around the two buses companies’ terminal, to donate to the Filipino Chinese for their vehicles to have access road every time they pay visit to their dead at the Chinese Cemetery during All Soul’s Day every November 2, but what happened was that the road was sold by the Chamber to the bus companies.  The road should be returned by the Chamber to the Lioanag family,” the source who is close to the Lioanag family, said.

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February 12, 2017 at 11:07 pm Leave a comment

Celeste works hard for a progressive Alaminos City


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
 
ALAMINOS CITY- City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste  informed the city officials and employees of the various development activities he has done to make the city a haven for tourism and business in western Pangasinan.
During the flag raising ceremony last February 6, Celeste said he had a meeting with top officials and representatives of various travel services companies that are instrumental in bringing luxury cruise ships to the Hundred Islands and followed-up with the Department of Transportation (DOT) the status of the airport project.
“I have also exploratory talks and initial discussions with possible investors interested in putting up a 5-star hotel at Lucap Bay Area and seaplane operations. These things occupied my few days out in my office in the last two-weeks,Celeste said.
He said the Department of Tourism (DoT) will be downloading the budget of the multi-million peso airport-project next year.

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February 12, 2017 at 10:59 pm Leave a comment

WATERMELON DANCERS


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High school students wearing watermelon-inspired costumes join in the street dancing competition at the 4th Pakwan Festival in Bani town last February 4.CESAR RAMIREZ

February 12, 2017 at 10:56 pm Leave a comment

Vet-med salesman turns into  farmer-entrepreneur


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
He’s not a conventional farmer although he is from a family of farmers and grew up in a farming community in Piaz village, Villasis, Pangasinan .Because of his penchant for animals, he took up Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, major in Animal Science at Central Luzon State University (CLSU) in Muñoz City, Nueva Ecija. He graduated in 1996 and went back home to venture into farming, tilling a 1.55 hectares farmland owned by his parents. He planted eggplant, palay, corn and other varieties of vegetables. He was a farmer for one and a half year as income from farming came in trickles. He married his wife Imelda Estayo in 1997, who was his schoolmate at CLSU, a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and a licensed teacher.
As he was already a family man needing a permanent source of income, Joel Dela Cruz Rabanal, fondly called Joel by his friends, wanted to use his course in college. In 1998, he was employed by GCO Agri-Ventures of Diliman, Quezon City as a salesman of veterinary medicines covering the provinces of Pangasinan and La Union, with a quota of P1 million sales a year. “It was hard to meet the sales quota at that time. My assigned areas have a very low hog population,” he said. He resigned from that company in 2000.
The farmer in Joel’s heart never waned. He continued his farming activities in between salesman’s job. In 2001 until 2002, he was employed by Marival Trading in  Quezon City selling again veterinary products covering the provinces of Tarlac, Pangasinan and La Union. “The pay was good including commissions but we have limited stocks. I could not maximize my sales, so again I resigned and became a full-time farmer for a year,” he said.
In 2003, he was hired by Purina Feeds based in Bacag,Villasis, Pangasinan as technical sales trainer on hog raising. He held the position until 2005 after which he decided to return to his former employer GCO Agri-Ventures with the same job until 2009 covering Pampanga, Tarlac and Pangasinan.
“There’s money in sales particularly veterinary products. Aside from monthly salary, commissions are  big. I used my commissions in my farming operations,” he said.
Hoping for a higher pay, Joel was employed in 2010 by Vet Specialist, Quezon City as Area Manager covering the provinces of Tarlac, Pangasinan and other parts of Ilocos Region. He resigned last June 2016 and put up own business in August 2016 – J&H Agri-Ventures in Villasis, Pangasinan in partnership with his friend Harold Bulatao of San Carlos City. The new business is the distributor of Vetri-Medica Corporation dealing with veterinary and nutritional products for animals.
In between his work as sales representative of veterinary medicines, he was not only  farming, but was also raising animals.
In 2013, he bought two heads of native hogs and reared them with organic food until they began to multiply. In that same year, a brother-in law has given him two heads  of sheep to take care of and he was able to increase their numbers. Aside from native hogs and sheep, he raised goats, turkeys, ducks and chicken making his 1.4 hectares residential and farm a haven for animals or mini-zoo. He used his sales commission to expand his animal stocks.
To date, Joel’s animal farm, which is about 50 meters from the dike along Agno River, boasts of 20 heads native sows, 30 heads native fattening hogs, 57  native piglets, three heads ewes, nine female sheep, 10 heads does, five turkeys, 15 heads native chicken and 15 heads ducks. At present, the estimated value is P850,000.00.
Rabanal continued to expand his animal stocks through dispersal to residents of Piaz village. He has dispersed 10  native hogs and 20 does on a 50-50 sharing on their offsprings. He regularly visits his dispersals and provides them with veterinary medicines while  continuing to educate the villagers on proper animal care.
On his farming activities, aside from planting eggplant and palay, he ventured into purple sweet corn production which he said could be planted five times a year. His crops provide his family a net income of P250,000 annually.
As his native hogs are increasing in numbers, Joel plans to put up a broiler/lechon business by March this year, which would featurenative organic lechon (roasted pig)  and native pork tapa. “The business will keep my wife busy aside from her farm supervision and looking after our five children and two farm workers,” Joel said with a boyish grin.
He said all his successes in his animal and crop farms are for his five daughters.His 20-year old eldest is a business management student at CLSU followed by a 17-year old  accounting student at Kingfisher College in Dagupan City. The third child, 13, is a Grade 8 student while the younger ones aged 9 and 8 are Grade 4 and Grade 2, respectively, at Piaz Elementary School.
But Joel’s dream is not confined to his family alone but also on he development of his village. In 2013, he ran as village chief but lost. He, however, continued his advocacy of extending technical assistance to the villagers by planning to upgrade goat stocks and disperse more native sows in the village.
Piaz village, he said, is now the main producer of native hogs in Villasis with more than 200 heads that are organically raised. “I hope we could expand that number and hold a “native hog lechon” festival in the future,” Joel said in jest.
In 2014, Joel organized the Piaz Carabao Center Association (PCCA) with 32 out-of-school youth as members.
“We have registered the association with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that assured us to avail P1.6 million financial assistance for the 32 heads of female carabaos. After we submitted the feasibility study, DOLE said that it had no available funds but can only finance four heads. We are all frustrated especially because  we planned to produce milk for the school children of our village and neighboring communities,” he said.
He said that he’s not losing hope under President Duterte’s administration with the assistance of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.
He further said farming should be viewed as a business enterprise and not just only production.

February 12, 2017 at 10:38 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Why is peace elusive?


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Mahatma Gandhi, a leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence, once said, “It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there’ll be no result.”
I was reflecting on these words of Gandhi while the government troops are waging a war with the New People’s Army (NPA) all over the country. This was after President Rodrigo Duterte  ended the peace talk process with the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF) after the latter  lifted its unilateral ceasefire against the government’s troops. In like manner, Duterte declared an all out war against the NPAs after five unarmed young soldiers were killed in Mindanao.
We have so many conflicts in our country. Aside from the NPAs, we have a war against illegal drugs, Abu Sayyaf, MILF, MNLF and the common criminals. For many years, the government is harping about peace and yet it was elusive until President Duterte  offered the “peace pipe” to MILF, MNLF and CPP-NDF to which the latter he said he belong because he’s a socialist and a leftist. Before his inauguration last June 30, 2016, President Duterte has already put on his agenda the “peace process” for the CPP-NDF. At first, it was palatable to the group as President Duterte to his promise has provided conduct pass to the representatives of the leftists’ peace panel. In fact, he even appointed members of the CPP-NDF to his cabinet.
Why is peace is so elusive ?
In Mindanao, the quest for a peaceful Muslim area has been there for a long time, spanning many generations.The government has for some time, been looking for possible solutions to end the conflict there by creating Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). However, this did not put an end to the atrocities of the armed groups against their fellow Filipinos.

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February 12, 2017 at 10:31 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Paglilinis sa kapulisan, sinimulan na


Mahigit na dalawang daan na pulis sa National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) ang pinagalitan ni Pangulong Duterte sa Malacañang Palace noong Pebrero 7. Bakas sa mukha ng Pangulo ang galit dahil ang mga naturang pulis ay may mga kasong kinakaharap- administratibo at kriminal. Bakas din sa mukha ng mga ito ang pagkahiya at hindi maitatwa ang kanilang pagkadismaya.
Ang nagyaring pagpupulong ay simula ng paglilinis sa loob ng Philippine National Police (PNP) pagkatapos sinuspendi ng Pangulo ang “Operation Tokhang” at pagbuwag sa Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG). Bagamat parang isang ama lang siya na pinagagalitan ang mga pasuway na mga anak, banaag natin kung gaano kaseryoso ang ating Pangulo sa paglilinis sa hanay ng kapulisan sa bansa. Taliwas ito sa ginawa ni Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa na pinag-“push up” lamang niya ang mga pulis ng Angeles City dahil sa pagdukot at pagpatay sa Koreanong negosyante na si Jee Ick-Joo.
Mag-resign o dalhin sila sa Basilan, ang naging hamon ni Pangulong Duterte sa kanila, isang hakbang na kung titingnan ay walang gustong gumawa. Kung magre-resign sila, mawawalan na sila ng trabaho at mga benepisyo sa pamahalaan. Kung pupunta naman sila sa Basilan ay baka doon na sila mamamatay dahil alam natin ang bagsik ng mga AbuSayyaf. Marahil sa ngayon ay nag-iisip na ang mga pulis na sinabon kung ano ang kanilang pipiliin. Medyo galit pa yong iba sa pagpapahiya sa kanila subalit di sila nahiya noong ginagawa nila ang mga krimeng kanilang kinasasangkutan.

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February 12, 2017 at 10:24 pm Leave a comment

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ORTIGOZA: What if pusher, junkie enter again a drug- free village?


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In my recent columns and blogs I said the dangerous drugs war of President Rodrigo Duterte continued to be successful by citing villages, towns, cities, and provinces where narcotics trade and usage have declined significantly.
At present, a city with 32 barangays in northern Luzon has one barangay left to be cleared to be called 100 percent drugs free.
“What if narc pushers and users returned to their old ways, who would declare those villages no longer drugs- free,” I posed to the chiefs of police of a city and a first class town.
 The duo told me that monitoring and revisiting those illegal drugs free villages are the measures they are going to use to know that if those villages are again soiled by enterprising illegal drug pusher and returning user.
Dagupan City chief of police (COP) Superintendent Neil Miro told me that the Philippine National Police would revisit and check the drug- free declared barangay if pushers surreptitiously sneaked –in with their nefarious trade and users who patronize the illegal substance.
“Iyan ang dynamic character ng drug free. Parang damo iyan. Pinutol natin iyang damo pag hinde ma monitor iyan may tutubo at tutubo. Gaya doon ang illegal drugs. Continuous monitoring iyan hinde ibig sabihin na na clear na natin iyong isang barangay,” he stressed.
Presently Dagupan City has 28 drug free villages out of  31 barangays.
Superintendent Charles Umayam, the COP, of neighboring Calasiao town cited that he and his men continue to monitor and get feedbacks from the stakeholders in the villages if narcotics sellers and drug users return to their trade and vice.
Calasiao has two out of 24 villages, still need to be declared narc-free.
Umayam said declaring a village to be drug free undergoes a series of processing.
“Andiyan po si mayor saka iyong BADAC, barangay officials, chief of police kasi ang pipirma doon,” Umayam cited.

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February 12, 2017 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

U.S. drugs agency clears Bolinao as drug route from China


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ALAMINOS CITY – The United States’ Drug Enforcement Administration has an intelligence report that the Bolinao shoreline was not used by the Chinese to transport illegal drugs from mainland  China..
The coastal town of Bolinao faces China through the west Philippine  Sea.
The source, who was privy to this report but asked for anonymity, said Pangasinan First Congressional District Representative Jesus “Boying” Celeste  said the DEA intelligence report seen by Philippine law enforcers only shows that the accusation that the solon abetted the proliferation of dangerous drugs shabu  (methamphetamine hydrochloride) was baseless.
“The Chinese would rather manufacture shabu in some secluded places like those in Arayat town in Pampanga and at Barangay Bimmotobot Naguilian in La Union instead of shipping them through Bolinao sea from China,” the source added.
Celeste lives in the rustic town Bolinao where he was a nine years mayor before he ran for Congress. He is now on his last term as solon.
DEA is the local version of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
In August 7, 2016 Celeste was included on the list of President Rodrigo Duterte as protector of the illegal substance.
Lately, local newspaper Pahayagan ng Bayan wrote that the PDEA and the Philippine National Police had cleared Celeste of any involvement with drugs and the evaluation papers only wait for the approval of the President of the Philippines.

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February 12, 2017 at 10:04 pm Leave a comment

Ex-GMA-7 reporter offers P100K reward versus pa’s killers


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
CALASIAO – A reward of P100,000 is offered to anyone who could provide information on the killer or killers of the father of a former television reporter.
 Charisse Victorio, a former reporter of GMA-7 TV in Northern Luzon, said that anybody who has knowledge on Rolando Gonzales Victorio’s killing could contact this town’s police station.
She said  her sixty two years old father suffered five stab wounds on his neck and chest from an unknown killer inside his vehicle in Barangay Mancup here.
She said her father’s shoulder bag that contained his cellphone, papers, and money was taken by the assailants.
Chief Inspector Rizalino Suarez said on or about 9:15 pm of January 28, 2017, Gary Castro, a tricycle driver and resident of the village, informed the police of a blooded body inside the vehicle parked at Sitio Nagsangaan of the barangay.

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February 12, 2017 at 10:03 pm Leave a comment

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