Archive for February 26, 2017

      PNP doubt bid for drug-free villages achievable

                                                   AFTER RODY NIXED NARC WAR
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
URDANETA CITY – Top police officials doubt that the target to make Pangasinan drug-free this month could be achieved after President Duterte stopped the Philippine National Police as the lead agency on the narcotics war that resulted in around 7,000 deaths of suspected drug pushers and users nationwide.col-jackie-candeDIALOGUE. Superintendent Jackie Candelario (second from left) Urdaneta City police officer-in-charge, and some police officials meet on a “Dialogue on Security Awareness” recently  with stakeholders of public and private schools in the 34 villages’ city on their security and other police matters. The meeting was held at the AVR of the Old City Hall, Urdaneta City. Candelario, also the deputy provincial director for operations, told officials of universities, colleges, and elementary schools that they could invite him for a meeting with their students. Candelario was appointed OIC of the city police after his predecessor was sacked due to the loss of 41 handguns in the police armory. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

Superintendent Norman Florentino, police provincial spokesman, said the bid of the PNP to make Pangasinan this month as drug free is doubtful to be achieved.
“Mukhang alanganin as of February 17 nasa 219 na lang (out of 1,364 villages in Pangasinan) iyong natitira, kaunti na lang sila,” he said.
In January this year, Supt. Jackie Candelario, the PNP deputy provincial director for operation, said the 1,364 barangays in the four cities and 44 towns will be declared narcotics free by the end of February this year.


February 26, 2017 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

Pangasinenses buck Cha-Cha in first congressional consultation

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY –  Out of more than a hundred crowd invited by Congress for the consultation of revision of the 1987 Constitution, only five wanted charter change through a Constituent Assembly (CA).
congress-consultationCHA-CHA. Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez gives the opening remarks on the first “Congressional Public Consultation on Constitutional Reforms” held at the grand ball room of Le Duc Hotel in Dagupan City last Friday. Resource speakers from the Committee on Constitutional Amendments are Representatives Roger Mercado, Vicente Veloso, Virgilio Lacson, and Edward Maceda who were joined at the panel table by Pangasinan Congressmen Christopher de Venecia and Rosemarie Arenas. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA.

When Committee on Constitutional Amendment Chair Roger Mercado asked the attendees who came from the 31 villages of this city,  only five raised their right hand on the CA while more than 10 raised their hand on the Constitutional Convention.
The attendees were led by barangay chairmen, mayors councilors, and public and private officials from here and the towns and other cities of Pangasinan.
Some spectators said the attendees did not understand the bodies that have been given power to hammer the highest law, or they did not want federalism as the “silver bullet” to end the malaise of this country, if based on the pronouncement of Representative Mercado and others.
A Constituent Assembly, according to Wikipidia, is composed of all members of the bicameral Philippine Congress (Senate and the House of Representatives). It is convened by Congress to propose amendments to the 1987 constitution. Under Article XVII of the Constitution of the Philippines, amendments pass upon a vote of three fourths of all members of Congress, but it is not clear if the Congress should vote as a single body or as separate houses.
Congressman Mercado said here that CA would be convened where Senate and House of Representatives vote as one for the three-fourth. His pronouncement made some experts here skeptical if the charter change bid would pass the scrutiny of the Supreme Court whose members were pet peeves of President Rodrigo Duterte – the main proponent of the constitutional change.


February 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm 1 comment

‘Toff’ to students: Be creative, learn critical thinking

MANGALDAN—Fourth district Rep. Christopher “Toff” de Venecia  of this province has urged students of Mangaldan National High School (MNHS) here to be creative and learn the concept of critical thinking.MOTHER AND SON WITH STUDENTS. Pangasinan fourth district Rep. and Young STAR columnist Christopher “Toff” de Venecia joins students for a groufie after the inauguration of a four-storey building with 16 classrooms at Mangaldan National High School on Feb. 10 to be used by senior high school students. The young de Venecia was joined in the occasion by his parents, former five-time House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. and former two-time Rep. Gina de Venecia and Mayor Bona Fe Parayno as well as school and barangay officials. 

During the inauguration on Feb. 10 of a four-storey building with 16 classrooms of MNHS, De Venecia said that in applying critical thinking, students must learn to check facts and to “ask important questions as not all you read in Facebook and other internet sites are true”.
“Read books and newspapers,” de Venecia, columnist of Philippine STAR’s Young Star youth-oriented Friday section, said even as he encouraged students to take care of their school facility and avoid vandalism.
The new building would be used by senior high school students.
He encouraged the youth also to also develop creativity, adding that while it is good to have high grades, they, however, should also engage in extra-curricular activities. He said this would develop their personalities “to stand out from the crowd”. He said this is one of the best qualities being looked into by employers when hiring employees.
De Venecia also advised the students to have foresight as jobs that are highly in-demand now may change after 10 years. “Jobs are evolving. They will not remain throughout,” he said.
He also stressed on the role of mutual sectoral partnership to hasten progress, adding that development is not the sole role of government.
His father, former House speaker Jose de Venecia Jr., also said in the same occasion that he envisions to have MNHS to become a university someday as it is the biggest national high school in Pangasinan with the highest number of enrollees numbering more than 8,000 at present.
The young de Venecia’s mother, former Rep. Gina de Venecia, on the other hand, said MNHS is one of the most beautiful government schools in Pangasinan with a good ambience conducive for students to study better.
The De Venecias had built most of the school buildings of MNHS.


February 26, 2017 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Hypocrite Filipino congressmen


February 26, 2017 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

Barred buses can use access road based on sale

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – Solid North Bus company could use the access road at the back of its terminal,  blocked by Victory Liner Incorporated (VLI), based on the condition of the Deed of Absolute Sale between the seller and the buyer of the land.
The deed was concluded in July 19, 2005 between the Pangasinan Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PFCCC) and Johnny T. Hernandez, president and general manager of VLI.
 Section 5 of the deed said the buyer should allow the owners of adjacent lots, as well as the general public, to use the subject property as a public thoroughfare.
PFCCC was represented by its president Benjie S. Lim, then mayor of this City.
The 692 square meters property where some portions were used as easement was sold by the Chamber to VLI for P1. 384 million.
 The access road at the back of Victory Liner and its partner Five Star Bus became nagging issue at the height of this city officials struggle to ease traffic congestion because Victory Liner would not allow Solid North Bus to enter and exit at the real property called Villa Costa Road.
Victory Liner’s staff even concrete barriers at the back of Solid North’s terminal to deprive it of the road’s use.
To solve the dilemma of the beleaguered bus company, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez allowed it to use  Perez Boulevard, adding however, to  traffic congestion.
The use of Perez Boulevard as an exit of the three Manila bound bus companies hogged lately the news headlines after the members of the Sanggunian Panlungsod (city legislature) allowed them to exit at Perez Boulevard, despite the advocacy of Mayor Belen Fernandez to prohibit them, based on an  amended ordinance.


February 26, 2017 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: PNP’s crackdown on illegal drugs should continue

“When the cat is away, the mouse will play.” This seems to be what’s happening now in the country after President Rodrigo Duterte suspended the “Operation Tokhang” implemented by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and gave it back to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Drug lords and pushers have taken the opportunity to go back to their usual activities – peddling “shabu” and reopening their laboratories.
 It’s a sad thing that the abduction and killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joon prompted Duterte to suspend “Operation Tokhang” and abolish the PNP’s Anti Illegal Drug Group (AIDG) whose personnel were allegedly behind the gruesome incident. PNP has the workforce and PDEA,we are all aware of, lacked the manpower to pursue the drug personalities in the country. While PNP is undergoing its cleansing, is it not also timely to use the “good policemen” do the “Operation Tokhang” to sustain the gains of  Project Double Barrel Alpha, which has taken its toll for six months? And please, the “Operation High Value Target (HVT)” should be earnestly implemented to stop once and for all the operations of “narco-politicians” and “rogue policemen.”
As of January 30, 2017, the following are the accomplishment of the government under “Operation Tokhang” as reported by PNP: number of operations conducted-43,497; drug personalities: killed-2,551,arrested-52,962; Project Tokhang: number of houses visited-7,031,394, total number of surrenderers-1,178,224 (pushers-79,341, users-1,098,883); casualties on police operations (PNP personnel killed- 35, wounded-87, under validation: killed-13, wounded-10); and , casualties on AFP operations ( killed in action-3, wounded in action-8).
With the aforecited gains on the crackdown of illegal drugs, who will continue the program by such magnitude? The crackdown is seemingly silent this time. The “surrenderers” are now under the care of religious ministers who are conducting moral and spiritual recovery seminars. This is a good move. However, what guarantees that these surrenderers will not go back to their vices? What guarantee also that those villages and towns declared as “drug- cleared” will not be again the haven of “drug lords and drug pushers”? Illegal drugs are proliferating because there’s a lot of money involved just like illegal gambling such as “jueteng” or “jai-teng”, masiao, etc.


February 26, 2017 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL:   Tulong pinansiyal sa mga magsasaka at mangingisda, papaigtingin

Ang pag-unlad ng agrikultura sa ating bansa ay nakasalalay sa sapat na tulong ng pamahalaan sa ating mga magsasaka. Maraming pangangailangan sa paglinang ng isang sakahan. Nandiyan ang mga tamang binhi, sapat na pataba, pestisidiyo, patubig, pinansiyal para sa mangagawa sa sakahan at mga makabagong makina sa pagsasaka. Kung hindi sapat ang mga ito, tiyak na mababa ang produksyon sa sakahan ng isang magsasaka at nakakaapekto ito sa pang-ekonomiyang kabuhayan sa ating bansa.
Mula pa sa nakaraang administrasyon, maraming programa ang pamahalaan para sa mga magsasaka lalo na sa mga pagkukunan ng kapital para sa kanilang sakahan. Subalit ang mga ito ay di gaanong nakakamit ng mga magsasaka dahil sa maraming mga papeles na kailangan. Imbes na lalapit ang mga magsasaka sa mga pasilidades na ito sa pagpapautang, sila ay uutang sa mga “loan sharks” o di kaya mga negosyante na pag tapos na ang anihan, ang bayarin ay kinakaltas sa kanilang produksyon. Kakarampot ang matitira sa mga magsasaka at sa susunod na anihan ay ganoon na naman ang gagawin. Sila ay hindi makaahon sa hirap ng buhay sa kawalan ng sapat na kapital.


February 26, 2017 at 4:19 pm Leave a comment



DRUG -FREE. Sto. Tomas Mayor Timoteo Villar (middle, in striped polo), Vice Mayor Wilfredo Pescador show a copy of a Provincial Board resolution recognizing the “small but terrible” town the first drug-free town in Pangasinan. YOLANDA SOTELO

February 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

Chua supports DILG’s Masa Masid Program

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ASINGAN- Mayor Heidee Ganigan-Chua in this town affirmed her strong support to the Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (Masa Masid), a program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and renewed her call to revitalize Ugnayan sa Barangay at Simbahan (Ubas).
This was stressed by Chua during the meeting of the Municipal Anti Drug Abuse Council (Madac) held recently.
Masa Masid, Chua said, envisions to unite different organizations in creating safer and drug-free communities.
It also stresses the importance of multi-sectoral linkages in communities in combatting the spread of illegal drugs, as well as corruption and criminality.
” The Ubas will be revitalized in the town. In the past, we have seen it as a potent group to bring barangay officials and religious groups together for programs on good governance and community development,” Mayor Chua said.


February 26, 2017 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

NIA irrigation extension project 40% accomplished

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- The Agno River Irrigation System Extension Project (ARISEP) under the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has posted a 40% accomplishment as of January 31, 2017.
This was bared by Engr. Ceferino Sta. Ana, Assistant Project Manager of ARISEP during an interview by Northern Watch in his office last February 14.
He said the physical target was at least to accomplish 60% at the end of 2016 but was hindered by typhoons and monsoon rains.
“Aside from the calamities, we have also the May 2016 elections where government projects have been suspended, ARISEP included,” he said.


February 26, 2017 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

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