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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

Cong Toff to follow up Dagupan’s CLUP,  asks other LGUs to prepare their own


March 27, 2017 at 4:21 am Leave a comment

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS: Poe nixes plan to merge Senate and Congress

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – Senator Grace Poe said the senators would not agree to the plan of House Committee on Constitutional Amendment to merge the 24 members of the Senate with the House of Representatives to vote for a constitutional change.IMG_9583JCI INDUCTION. Senator Mary Grace Poe speaks to reporters after addressing the JCI Dagupan Bangus Chapter during the group’s 66th induction and turnover ceremonies at the CSI Stadia in Dagupan City.  MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA


She was reacting to the pronouncement of Representative Roger Mercado who led some members of the committee for a consultation here last February 24 on whether the Pangasinenses wanted Constituent Assembly or Constitutional Convention as vehicle to amend or revise the 1987 Constitution.
“Siyempre hinde! E kung simpleng pag pangalan ng mga national roads kailangan voting kami separately, tapos ang isang napakahalagang constitutional amendment e isasama kami (Of course not! Just a simple naming or renaming of national roads the two houses of Congress need to vote separately. Why should we vote as one in a very important legislation?” she said when asked if she agrees with Mercado’s statement.
Mercado was unperturbed when asked by a reporter if somebody would petition the Supreme Court on  the unconstitutionality of their plan to combine the Senate and the  House of Representatives to muster the three-fourth votes needed for the charter change.
Mercado was accompanied by Congressmen Vicente Veloso, Virgilio Lacson, and Edward Maceda.
Poe said it was time to revisit the intention of the Constitutional Commission appointed by former president Corazon Aquino which hammered the Constituent Assembly for the 1987 Constitution.
“Meron talagang flaw iyang pagkasulat ng batas na iyon. Pero kailangan natin balikan ang intention ng mga nagsulat. Dapat hiwalay ang pag boto (There was flaw in writing that law. We need to review the intention of those who wrote it. The voting (of the two houses) should be separate),” she opined.
A Constituent Assembly (C.A), according to Wikipidia, is composed of all members of the bicameral Philippine Congress (Senate and the House). 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 its members, but it is not clear if Congress should vote as a single body or as separate houses.
Senator Poe was here last March 11 as guest of honor during the 66th induction and turnover ceremonies of the JCI Dagupan Bangus Chapter held at the CSI Stadia.

March 27, 2017 at 4:08 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Drilon knocks out Pacquiao in Senate debate

In the annals and even anal of the Philippine Senate, one of its lowest parts was when Senator Manny Pacquiao, not contented with his being loquacious, clashed with super heavyweight Senator Franklin Drilon just like what he did with Eric Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez before national television, to the amusement and consternation of the Filipinos.
The problem was Drilon was a BAR top ten passer of an Ivy League’s University of the Philippines while Pacquiao was a product of the University of Hard Knocks complemented by the Department of Education’s Acceleration or Accreditation and Equivalency Test where the world saw him plucked from Grade 6 to college without giving him a benefit of what was to be in  Sharon Cuneta’s “High School Life”.
Pacquiao, in his proposed bill, wanted to create a separate boxing commission that is independent from the Games & Amusement Board (GAB).
Here’s an excerpt of the exchanges of power and dud punches as written by a reporter of Rappler on the First Round of the verbal tussle:
“Why are we creating a new agency when the GAB can perform these functions?” asked Drilon.
Pacquiao replied that his bill seeks to update reviews and standards of the industry, as well as to collect fees and create linkages to foreign boxing agencies. He said the new agency would implement stricter requirements for boxers.
Drilon was not satisfied with Pacquiao’s answer and repeated his question: “I guess the question is, are those functions today being performed by GAB?”
“Yes, Mr President,” Pacquiao answered.
“So if they are being performed now, why do we have to create a new body which will perform new functions?” Drilon said.
Pacquiao then paused, as his legislative staff was coaching him. He then went on to say: “The [difference] is this review and update of rules and procedures relating to professional boxing and combat sports. They are not in the GAB and also to establish linkages to institutions, with counterpart agencies in order to facilitate participation of Filipino professional boxers.”
A confused Drilon then said: “Can we have a clearer answer? I’m sorry, I cannot catch the essence of the answer.”


March 27, 2017 at 4:00 am Leave a comment

Expert brings aviation school to new heights

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
BINALONAN– With a bullish future that awaits the aviation industry around the globe, the aviation college here offers new courses that are attuned to the dynamics of aviation.
mayor guico wccTOP GUNS. WCC Aeronautical and Technological College President Ramon Guico III and pilot-instructor Alito Getalica.

 Veteran aviation expert Avelino Zapanta, head and professor of the WCC-School of Aviation Business of the WCC Aeronautical and Technological College,  said he is focusing on the commercial, business, and management aspects to buttress the intellect and skills of the students.
“With the anticipated increase in passenger traffic and the predicted expansion of many airlines, the time is indeed ripe for training many highly qualified Filipino aviation personnel,” he explained.
To meet the incoming boom, Zapanta said the WCC will mould its students to have comparative advantage on their profession.
“A business aviation degree program provides students with a well-rounded business foundation exploring all facets of business administration and management like economics, aeropolitics, accounting, marketing, finance, human resources management and valuable global business strategies,” he said.


March 27, 2017 at 3:54 am Leave a comment

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