Archive for March, 2017

EDITORIAL :  Pagpapaliban ng  Barangay Elections, makakatulong ba?

Noong Oktubre 2016 ang halalan ng mga pambarangay na opisyal ay ipininagpaliban ng Kongreso dahil diumano sa karamihan ng mga opisyal ng mga barangay ay nasasangkot sa paglipana ng iligal na droga. Ayon kay Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte, mahigit sa 40 porsiyento sa mga ito ay hawak ng ” drug lords” kaya kung ipagpatuloy ang halalan, mas malamang na pera galing sa iligal na droga ang gagamitin para mapanatili sila sa puwesto at kapangyarihan.
Itinakda ng Kongreso at Commission on Election (Comelec) na ang susunod na halalan para sa mga opisyal ng mga barangay ay sa Oktubre 23 sa taong ito, kasabay ng halalan sa mga opisyal ng Sangguniang Kabataan (SK). Naghahanda na ang Comelec sa halalang nakatakda. Patuloy ang rehistrasyon ng mga bagong botante at nagkakaroon na rin ng malawakang konsultasyon tungkol sa alituntunin ng halalang SK.
Kamakailan, nagpahayag si Pangulong Duterte na nanaisin niya na ipagpaliban muli ang halalang pambarangay at dati pa rin ang mga tinuran niyang mga dahilan. Sa kanyang panukala, ang mga opisyal ay itatalaga na lamang niya sa pamamagitan ng konsultasyon sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) at mga municipal mayors.


March 28, 2017 at 2:30 am 1 comment

De Venecias condole with Ramos, Shahani family

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
DAGUPAN CITY- Former Speaker Jose De Venecia, former 4th District Rep. Gina Perez De Venecia, Jose “Joey” De Venecia III and 4th Dist. Rep. Christopher P. De Venecia have extended their condolences and sympathies to the family of Senator Letecia Ramos Shahani who passed away on March 20.
The elder De Venecia and wife Gina were traveling to Europe particularly Portugal, Spain and Morocco for speaking engagements when the news broke out that Shahani has already joined her Creator after a lingering illness at St. Luke’s Hospital in Taguig City.
” The late Senator Letecia Ramos Shahani is an outstanding leader of women in the Philippines and Asia and served the global community as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations,” De Venecia said in his press statement released to media practitioners in Pangasinan.


March 28, 2017 at 2:28 am Leave a comment

Bolinao’s public lands soon to be titled free by DENR

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
BOLINAO- Public lands in this burgeoning coastal town in western Pangasinan will soon be titled free of cost and other charges by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
This after the DENR and the municipal government here represented by Mayor Arnold F. Celeste had signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the implementation of free-land titling of public lands at the Sangguniang Bayan Hall here last March 17.
The signing of the MOA was attended by Vice Mayor Alfonso F. Celeste, members of the Sangguniang Bayan, village leaders, municipal engineer, municipal planning and development coordinator and the municipal assessor.
Under the “Public Land Titling Program”, the Technical Services Division of DENR Region I headed by Assistant Regional Director Gwendolyn C. Bambalan will undertake the land surveying and titling activities in coordination with the municipal government and village officials.
The signing of the MOA on public land titling was simultaneously conducted with the public hearing on the town’s  proposed Tourism Code of 2017 at the Don Raymundo Celeste Sports Complex, which was attended by the village officials and tourism industry’s stakeholders in this town.
The public hearing was successful as the participants have given support to all the provisions of the said proposed Tourism Code.

March 28, 2017 at 2:27 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: The tale of a missing luggage at NAIA Terminal 1

Filipinos, particularly the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), who travel frequently from other countries to the Philippines and vice versa are more than happy that several reforms were already initiated by the Duterte administration in improving their personal safety including their luggage at the Bureau of Immigration as well as in the terminals of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The “laglag bala  or tanim bala” that caused so much worries to Filipinos and foreign travelers, was stopped. The swift air of reforms could be felt at NAIA, according to some friends with whom I was able to talk.
But the reforms could not be felt by a town mate in Villasis. He lost a luggage at NAIA Terminal 1 last January 2 after embarking from Jetstar Asia Airlines with Flight No. 3K761 from Singapore. He waited for his luggage at the terminal’s conveyor until the last piece to come out but to his dismay, the luggage did not arrive. He was dismayed, frustrated and furious.
Ericson Gerard Gonzalez of San Geronimo St., Villasis, Pangasinan, together with his wife, had their honeymoon in Singapore. After the honeymoon, Gonzalez’ wife returned to New Zealand where they lived, but he decided to come to the Philippines to visit his relatives in Villasis town. He took the Jetstar Asia Airlines, an airline that has perks in its promotional flights to entice travelers to patronize its services.
Since his luggage could not be found, he filed a complaint with reference number MNLJQ133371 to the airline management of Jetstar Asia Airlines. All he got was an apology letter from the said airlines, part of the letter states,” Please be advised that Jetstar will rely upon all available defences against any claim for damage, loss or destruction of items in relation to fragile or high value items. Thank you  for following this up with us. Again, please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused . I do hope we’re able to welcome you on board another flight in the future.”


March 28, 2017 at 2:26 am Leave a comment


 Students in colorful costumes participate in the street dancing late afternoon last March 19 in this year’s revival of the Pandan Festival in Mapandan town.CESAR RAMIREZ3 (2)


March 28, 2017 at 2:23 am Leave a comment

Balon Dagupan Children’s Choir is Ani ng Dangal awardee

DAGUPAN CITY – The Balon Dagupan Children’s Choir was honored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) in the 9th Ani ng Dangal awarding ceremonies last February 27 at the Bureau of the Treasury main office in Intramuros, Manila.
The Ani ng Dangal Award is an annual event, which recognizes artists who have earned international awards and accolades during the past year. it serves as the closing activity on the NCCA’s celebration on the 2017 National Arts Month.
For this year, 71 artists and works from different fields of the arts – 36 for cinema, 16 for dance, one for dramatic arts, one for literary arts, seven for music and 10 for visual arts – were honored by the NCCA headed by its chairman, National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario and Officer-In-Charge Executive Director Marichu Tellano.
The Balon Dagupan Children’s Choir (BDCC) was among the seven awardees for music along with the famous Philippine Madrigal Singers.
Other awardees include popular actor John Lloyd Cruz and veteran actress Jaclyn Jose.
The BDCC won the Malaysia International Children Chorale Festival 2016 on July 16 and received the Gold A Award, the highest recognition being given to a choral group for outstanding performance; the Shah Alam Mayor Award for being the overall champion; and the Most Promising Choir (Overseas) Award.


March 28, 2017 at 2:19 am Leave a comment

Six clustered barangays to compete in Gilon-Gilon

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March 28, 2017 at 2:14 am Leave a comment

Sto. Tomas aims for 2 Guinness World titles

 STO. TOMAS—This agricultural town which clinched the Guinness World Records for  Longest Barbecue title  2008,  will make another attempt to wrest two more titles, the Longest Line of Tables and the Longest Picnic Line, on April 2.
Mayor Timoteo Villar III said all is set for their twin bids in the world’s authority in record-breaking achievements. They have conducted a dry-run on March 12. Another is set to be held on March 27 to perfect everything and to ensure they would get two more crowns.
For the Longest Line of Tables title, the town will set up 2,470 interconnected tables that measure eight feet (2.43 meters) long each from their town welcome arc in the boundary of Rosales town up to the exit to the nearby town of Alcala that spans about six kilometers.
 Villar said for the Longest Picnic Line (or commonly called by Filipinos as boodle fight), the food will be composed of steamed rice with adobong Sto. Tomas con maiz, an original town recipe.


March 27, 2017 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Ceasefire declaration ng CPP bago mag March 31


OBOR AS IN ONE BELT ONE ROAD. Opo, dadalo dahil imbitado si Mayor Rody Duterte sa summing One Belt One Road ng China.
Ang One Belt One Road po ay isang pagbuhay sa china Silk Road na naitayo matagal nang panahon.
Isang physical road ito na daraan sa lupa sa dagat at himpapawid na iikot sa major continents ng buong mundo.
May pag-asang matutupad ito dahil nasimulan na sa iba’t ibang lugar sa Africa, China, Europe at iba pa.
“I’m going there, I was invited by the President himself, for the One Belt, One Road. It’s a very ambitious project of China,” sabi ni Mayor Duterte.
Ang pagtatayo ng railway system sa buong Pilipinas ay magdudugtong sa mga isla para tuloy-tuloy ang biyahe ng mga produkto.
Nabansot ang kaunlaran ng Pilipinas dahil pinatay ang railway system ng Pilipinas.
Bakit may jeepney? Kasi kulang ang mass transport system.
Bakit bumibiyahe pa rin ang bulok na jeepney? Dahil hindi sapat ang kita sa jeepney para mag-upgrade sa bagong sasakyan.
Mas mabilis ang biyahe ng tao at produkto kapag na-develop ang modern railway system sa Pilipinas.
Ang OBOR ay hindi lang ang paglalagay ng mga kalsada at nautical highway.
Ang OBOR ay may kaakibat na pautang para sa bansa upang i-develop ang kanyang agriculture at manufacturing sectors.
Useless ang mga highways at railway systems kung wala namang  mga produktong maisasakay sa OBOR.


March 27, 2017 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

Gumugulong na kabuhayan’

This was how a tearful Helen Sabalo of Candon City described the livelihood assistance from the DOLE’s Negosyo sa Kariton.
“Matagal ko na pong pangarap na magkaroon ng kahit bisikleta para maging mas maginhawa ang aking pagtitinda,” Helen said, adding that she uses “labba” or a woven bamboo basket to carry her merchandise.
With the vending cart from the DOLE-RO I, the fifty-year-old mother of three can now sell with better mobility and ease. This pleasant change will redound to an additional P200 to her current average daily income of P300, she quickly computed.
On March 23, Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra turned over P510 thousand worth of vending carts to Mayor Ericson G. Singson, M.D. for 34 ambulant vendors-among them was Helen-to make the beneficiaries’ small businesses more viable.  The vending carts come with working capital for the procurement of marketable goods.
Director Lacambra, who touted the assistance as “women empowerment” as 33 of the recipients are women, assured the local government of continued partnership in programs that improve the lives of people.
“Manage your projects well so you can gain greater profits and improve your family’s conditions,” he told the beneficiaries.
The LGU provided P232,581.25 for the procurement of tools; training on production, entrepreneurship and management, and business permits. 
Also present during the awarding activity were DOLE-Ilocos Sur Field Office Head Emmanuel Hagad, PESO Manager Judy Wong-Liao, Candon City Local Government Operations Officer Andres Mendiola, Senior Labor and Employment Officer Charity Ubilas, LEO III Fredderick Gaerlan and other LGU employees.


March 27, 2017 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

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