Archive for February 19, 2017

Sueno says Duterte would revive war on drugs

BINALONAN – Interior and Local Government Ismael Sueno said President Duterte is expected to resume the  war against drugs after the police organization would have been cleansed of scalawags, and would target the drug lords.
“Eventually ibabalik din ng Presidente (anti-drugs war)  basta malinisan lang ang hanay ng police natin. Ibabalik din yan, (at) ang target are the drug lords,” Sueno told reporters on Monday  in this agricultural town.
He joined Mayor Ramon Guico III in  inaugurating this town’s refurbished sports and civic center, during which his mother Maria Neri Des, was given an Ulirang Ina award by the town officials.
Meantime, he said instead of Oplan Tokhang, the war against illegal drugs would focus on a non-violent approach to solving the drug problem in the country  – the use of “stickers” to identify houses where no one uses drugs.
The peace and order councils from the barangays to the regional levels would take an active part in the campaign, still with the support of the police, but there would be no arrest to be made, he said.
The plan is for the barangay peace and order council (POC), backed by the police, to go around the barangays and put stickers on houses where there are no illegal drug users or pushers.
He explained, “For example, in one purok there are 20 houses and 15 of these do no have drug personalities. The POC will put a ‘drug-free home’ sticker there. The POCAs for the five houses, the POC and the neighbors would convince the (owners) of the remaining five houses to qualify for the drug-free home sticker, until all the houses will have stickers and the purok would be drug free.”
“The campaign would continue until the entire barangay will be drug-free, and the entire town, and the province, and the region would be free of illegal drugs,” he said.
He said if a purok has no more user, the drug pushers will eventually leave.
The barangay chairmen and the barangay councils would have to actively participate in the campaign to combat illegal drugs because if drugs use in the barangays continues, “we would suspend them for neglect of duty and the suspension would be permanent.”
Sueno said the scalawag policemen should shape up to they would be assigned in Basilan.
I know some of those who are being sent to Basilan will not go because they are afraid to go there. But it is better if they won’t go because we will just declare them AWOL (absent without leave),” he said.
After 30 days of being AWOL, the policemen would be dropped from the rolls, he said.
He said there would be recruitment of more policemen because of dismissals of the scalawags in the ranks. YOLANDA SOTELO


February 19, 2017 at 11:13 pm 1 comment

Arisep  would improve farmers’ lives– Celeste

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
URDANETA CITY – The completion of the Agno River Integrated Irrigation System Extension Project (Arisep) would improve the economic condition of the farmers in Eastern Pangasinan, according to the regional director of the National Irrigation Authority in the Ilocos Region.
 Director John Celeste said Arisep would be completed in 2018.
With the gigantic irrigation system extension, farmers could harvest twice or thrice a year from the present harvest of once a year, Celeste explained.
He added however that the ideal harvest would be twice a year, so the land would recover its fertility.
In December last year, Francis Pangilinan, former government food security adviser, declared during the campaign season that Arisep was allocated a budget of P2.6-billion for the completion of the irrigation system extension project  so it can irrigate 12,800 hectares of rice land.
Pangasinan ranks third behind Nueva Ecija and Isabela provinces in rice production because half of its 180,000 hectare farmlands are still rain fed.
The Arisep would benefit  10,557 farmers in Pangasinan.
The Arisep is the Phase III of the three – phase water systems in the province. Phase 1 was the re-regulating pond that catches water from San Roque Dam,  financed from a loan from China. The Phase II was the construction of Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (ARIIP). ARIIP serves up to 30,000 farmers planting on the 12,530 hectare lands in the towns of Asingan, Balungao, Bautista, Binalonan, Calasiao, Laoac, Manaoag, Mapandan, Mangaldan, Natividad, Sta. Maria, San Manuel, San Quintin, Sta. Barbara, Tayug and Villasis and Urdaneta City.
Phase III (Arisep) will irrigate agricultural lands in the towns of San Nicolas, Tayug, Sta. Maria, Rosales, Sto. Tomas, and Alcala, and San Manuel town in Tarlac province.
Celeste said the NIA Region 1 office has a P1 billion budget this year while the ARISEP has P900,000 budget.

February 19, 2017 at 11:10 pm Leave a comment


DAGUPAN CITY – After coming out with a new Comprehensive Land Use Plan, which is now subject for approval by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board in Manila, the city is now being considered by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) as an aquaculture zone north of Manila.Emmanuel Lopez of PEZA consulted with the city on February 16 especially with the Dagupan City Investment and Development Board (DCIDB) headed by City Administrator Farah Marie G. Decano to discuss the potentials of the city to host an aquaculture zone.  peza-1

DAGUPAN AS AQUACULTURE ECONOMIC ZONE – Emmanuel Lopez (3rd from left) of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) discusses with the Dagupan City Investment and Development Board (DCIDB) headed by City Administrator Farah Marie G. Decano (4th from right) the potentials of the city to host an aquaculture zone.  The others who joined the meeting are former Councilor Karlos Liberato Reyna IV (4th from left), former City Planning Officer Engineer Romeo Rosario (2nd from left), Engineer Roland Suni (2nd from right) of the City Assessor’s Office, City Engineer Virginia Rosario (3rd from right), One Stop Business Center manager Randolph Ubando (not in the picture), City Accountant Melissa Mendoza (right) and City Agriculture Officer Emma J. Molina (left). (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

Decano was joined also in the meeting by former Councilor Karlos Liberato Reyna IV, other members of the board like former City Planning Officer Engineer Romeo Rosario, Engineer Roland Suni of the City Assessor’s Office, City Engineer Virginia Rosario, One Stop Business Center manager Randolph Ubando, City Accountant Melissa Mendoza and City Agriculture Officer Emma J. Molina.Lopez opined that the city can venture further on the packaging and branding of its Bonuan bangus which is now being tagged in the market as Dagupan’s Best.

With the soft opening of the city’s processing facility at the Malimgas Market where deboning, packaging, which include blasting, and bangus smoking is being done, Lopez said that the city is on the right track in strengthening its aquaculture industry as an initial step.

Lopez also noted that the city’s strength is not on its land area but on its young people as well,  aside from the city’s aquaculture industry.

This is in lieu of the fact that Dagupan is considered as the center of education in the North due to the presence of three universities, several colleges and other educational institutions. (more…)

February 19, 2017 at 11:06 pm Leave a comment

 Dagupan conducts river debris retrieval, clean up drive

DAGUPAN CITY – The City Agriculture Office and its Bantay Ilog personnel started cleaning the rivers when it conducted river debris retrieval and clean-up drive, including the demolition of illegal structures and fish pens.
As of January, the team led by Marjorie A. Villanueva, Agricultural Technology, City Agriculture Office, has already retrieved 77 units of fish pen remnants like bamboos and nets; demolished abandoned structures – 15 caretakers huts, 15 “surewin” fish traps, nine fish cages, 19 “skylabs” and one “batikwas”.
 Villanueva disclosed that her team conducted the operations along the rivers of Lucao, Calmay, Tapuac, Salapingao, Pugaro, Pantal, Bonuan Gueset and Lomboy.
 Her  team starts demolitions at  8:00 in the morning daily from Monday to Friday in compliance with the river clean-up drive ordered by  Mayor Belen T. Fernandez under the city’s ‘Sa Ilog Ko, May Pagbabago’ program.
 Salapingao tops the record with 29 fish pen remnants retrieved, 19 caretakers hut removed three fish cages, two “surewins” and one “skylab” dismantled.
 Villanueva and her team will continue with the clean-up drive in the rivers until all structures are gone and the rivers are cleaned from all fish pen and fish trap remnants.. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)

February 19, 2017 at 10:59 pm Leave a comment

Dagupan starts rehabilitating open dumpsite


February 19, 2017 at 10:57 pm Leave a comment


Pangasinan Second District’s Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil is being interviewed on the failed peace talk between the national government and the National Democratic Front, his stand on the death penalty law and why congressmen did not include plunder as one of the offenses for the re- imposition of the death punishment. The solon was one of the observers from Congress that was sent in Norway and Rome, Italy last year and January this year in the botched peace talk.bataoil-mortz-1

February 19, 2017 at 10:54 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: DEA not PDEA did narc sleuthing vs. China, Colombia

A friend reacted why the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and not the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) would declare on its intelligence report that the Bolinao town shoreline in the Philippines that faces the Chinese Mainland was not used by the notorious shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride or meth for brevity) merchant Sinos as route to dump their dangerous substance that make Filipinos “Flips” as their other moniker  and criminals to sustain their addiction with the illegal substance.
His poser happened because of my latest article “U.S DEA clears Bolinao as drug route from China”.
My retort: “Because the DEA has not only the financial capability to do the global sleuthing about the nuances of narcotics but was concerned that the Chinese, just like the Mexicans of Drug Baron Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and Columbians of Narc Lord Pablo Escobar, have been destroying through their drop points in the Philippines the mental and physical endowments of the increasing numbers of American youth who craved to the meth and help spike looting, robbery, rape, murders in the richest country in the world”..
I told him about how the DEA, Central Intelligence Agency, and even the SEAL (Sea, Air, and Land Team) through DEVGRU (Task Force Blue (often referred to as SEAL Team Six or within JSOC as Task Force Blue ) that descended to Colombia in the late 1990s with hammer and tongs after Pablo Escobar was threatened by extradition to the United States’ jail started killing 12 Supreme Court justices through the left-wing guerrillas  M-19 (yes Virginia, the Reds there unlike in our country conspired with drug barons), three presidential candidate through the sicarios (motorcycle riding hit men) and countless car bombings that killed  ten to fifteen thousand Colombians.


February 19, 2017 at 10:52 pm Leave a comment

SINAG SAYS TO AVOID SMUGGLING DA must work with Bureau of Customs

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
Rosales – The Department of Agriculture should coordinate with the Bureau of Customs about the correct tonnage of imported goods that enter the country to avoid smuggling at the expense of local products, an agriculture group said.
 Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura  (Sinag) Chairman Rosendo So said Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol should use the Veterinary Quarantine Clearance (VQC) as basis to determine the weights of goods imported from other countries to see if they jibe with the declaration of the importers in the Philippines.
He said pork, chicken, onions, and others are the favorite products the smugglers have been mis-declaring since time immemorial.
VQC is issued by the country of origin of the imported goods to show that the products are safe for consumption by the people of the country of destination, according to So.
“VQC is issued by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) to importers of animal related products, then a plastic seal is placed in the container vans,” according to So.


February 19, 2017 at 10:42 pm Leave a comment

BIR Region-1 has new two top execs

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
CALASIAO – The Revenue Region No.1 of the Bureau of Internal Revenue would have two new top brass.


NEW HONCHO. Incoming Revenue Region No. 1 Director Teresita M. Dizon speaks before the personnel of the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s regional
office in Calasiao, Pangasinan. Dizon 
assumed the top  post from outgoing Director Marina de Guzman on January 30.
Lee Caday, head of the Taxpayers’ Assistance Unit, said Director Teresita M. Dizon and Assistant Regional Director Fely Simon replaced Director Marina de Guzman and Assistant Director Antonio Jonathan G. Jaminola, respectively.
Caday said prior to their assignment here, Dizon was[U1]  the director of Revenue Region No. 2 in Cordillera while Simon, from Bautista, Pangasinan, worked at the Revenue District Offices in Central Pangasinan and Paco, Metro Manila.
De Guzman and Jaminola were transferred to Revenue Regions 7 and 9B in Quezon City and San Pablo City, respectively.
Meanwhile, because of the exemplary performance in the collection of the highest taxes in percentage level,  Revenue Region No. 1 Director de Guzman was transferred to the second biggest BIR regional office in Quezon City.
Director de Guzman said the six Revenue District Offices’ regional office based here outperformed the other 19 regional offices all over the country in achieving the highest collection of taxes last year.
As a result of this, BIR insider said de Guzman was assigned to Revenue Region No.7 in Metro Manila.
De Guzman disclosed that in the year-on-year basis she spiked the collection of Revenue Region No.1 by 21.82 percent from the 9.7 billion pesos in 2015 versus the 11.9 billion collections in 2016.


February 19, 2017 at 10:38 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Jeepney phase out, stop peace talks, stop mining


February 19, 2017 at 10:26 pm Leave a comment

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