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NGCP assures post-earthquake grid stability

DAGUPAN CITY – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines assured post-earthquake grid stability, as it extends assistance to power plants affected by earthquakes last April 8.
In a statement, NGCP said it will be providing support to First NatGas, which operates the San Gabriel Combined-Cycle Power Plant (CCPP). The company reported damage to its equipment in San Lorenzo Units 50 and 60, San Gabriel Unit 70, Avion Switchyard, and Sta. Rita Switchyard. Among the affected high-voltage components are circuit breakers, disconnect switches, and current and combined current/voltage transformers.
“NGCP will be looking to provide any on-hand equipment as needed by San Gabriel CCPP. NGCP is also ready to extend all forms of assistance to other generation companies in order to speed up the restoration, energization, and eventual synchronization of their power plants back to the Luzon grid,” NGCP said in the statement.
Due to the forced outage of earthquake-affected power plants, yellow and red alerts were raised by NGCP due to insufficient operating power.
“NGCP’s facilities within the vicinity of Batangas are all stable and ready to transmit power. The assistance to the generation companies will expedite the normalization of the power situation,” the NGCP said.
 After an extensive inspection in Batangas and nearby areas, NGCP declared its lines and facilities as cleared of damage and awaiting energization pending the return of affected power plants. The foot patrols and aerial inspections were conducted despite the numerous aftershocks experienced following the magnitude 5.6 and 6.0 earthquakes with an epicenter in Mabini, Batangas.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto Jr.

April 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

De Venecia asks farmers to go organic


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 People cool themselves as they frolic at the clear waters of the Lingayen Beach last April 15.CESAR RAMIREZ

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Police raid houses of two barangay chairmen

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EDITORIAL: Singaw ng kurapsyon, di uubra kay Duterte

Kamakailan lang, usap-usapan sa bawat sulok ng bansa ang pagtanggal ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa puwesto ni Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno. Agad-agaran ang kanyang pag-alis na ayon kay Sueno ay hindi man lang pinakinggan ni Duterte ang kanyang panig. Sabi naman ni Pangulo, kahit singaw lang ng kurapsyon ang kanyang maaamoy ay talagang aalisin niya ang mga matataas na opisyal ng bansa na kanyang itinalaga. Ito ay dahil sa kanyang kampanya kontra kurapsyon sa pamahalaan.
Sa ginawang ito ni Pangulong Duterte ay maraming Filipino ang humanga at natuwa. Ito raw ay nagpapakita ng katatagan at sinseridad niya sa pagsugpo ng kurapsyon na talamak sa bansa. Kahit malapit niyang mga kaibigan at kaalyado ay wala siyang pakialam. Mahigit 92 na ang namaalam sa kanilang mga puwesto- dalawa sa Bureau of Immigration (BOI), isa sa National Irrigation Administration (NIA) sa katauhan ni Chairman Peter Laviña at sumunod kay Sueno ay si Undersecretary Maia Chiara Halmen Valdez na nakatalaga sa Office of the President sa ilalim ni Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. at mga iba pa. Ang mga ito ay naamuyan ng kurapsyon sa kanilang mga puwesto. Ayon pa rin kay Pangulong Duterte, marami pang mga ulo ang gugulong upang mawala ang kurapsyon sa bansa.
Kurapsyon ang nagpapahirap sa mga mamamayang Filipino. Ang kaban ng bayan ay nawawaldas dahil napupunta ang mga ito sa bulsa ng mga opisyal lalo na ng mga inihalal na pulitiko. Ito ay nagiging anay na sa pamahalaan na unti-unting kumakain sa mga pondo na inilaan para sa kapakanan ng mga mamamayan.
Ang kurapsyon ay hindi lang makikita sa opisina ng Pangulo. Nandiyan din sa hudikatura, sa mga pamahalaang lokal -mga lalawigan, mga bayan at mga barangay.Sa lahat na yata ng antas sa pamamahala ay namamayagpag ang kurapsyon na nagiging daan upang magkamal ng salapi para sa kanilang personal na interes. Kailan naman kaya matatanggal ang mga kurap na pulitiko sa bansa? Ito rin dapat ang tutukan ni Pangulong Duterte dahil maliban sa mga ilegal na gawain gaya ng sugal at droga, ang kurapsyon ay nangunguna sa problema sa bansa. Ang pagtalamak ng mga ilegal na droga at mga ilegal na sugal ay mga anak ng kurapsyon.
May mahigit pang limang taon sa pamamahala ni Pangulong Duterte. Sana bago matapos ang kanyang termino, ang mga problema ng bansa gaya ng kurapsyon, ilegal na droga at mga sugal ay tumigil na. Si Duterte lang ang nangahas na may kusang pulitika para bigyang aksyon ang mga problemang ito. Bagamat sinimulan din ng mga nakaraang pamahalaan ang pagsugpo sa mga ito, nangibabaw pa rin ang “pagkakaibigan” at pagkaka-alyado sa mga partidong pulitika. Sana sa pagkakataong ito, mangingibabaw naman ang kapakanan ng bawat Filipino.

April 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Two faces of justice

Whether we like it or not, there are two faces of justice operating in this country. One face is for the powerful and mighty and the other face is for the poor and the oppressed. I have been a witness of these two faces of justice in my work as a journalist for the last 20 years or so. The powerful politicians or those in power have always the edge in getting immediate results from cases and complaints filed either at the Prosecutor’s Office or at the courts of justice.
It’s worth remembering that when a powerful politician filed libel cases against colleagues in the media, the resolutions of the complaints were acted on so swiftly. It did not take years to resolve them but only several months. The cases were immediately endorsed to the Courts for proper hearing. However, there’s another media man who has sued with libel  by a private person which was acted on after two years. Why does the Prosecutor’s Office act so slowly? What was the difference of the complaints filed? Well, the complaints acted on immediately was filed by a powerful person. There’s a dictum in the justice system, that a “justice delayed is a justice denied”. Is it not that the symbol of justice is a hoodwinked lady holding a balance scale? The blindfold signifies that justice is not selective and the balance scale signifies equality before the law.
As I’ve been saying in the past, I still believe in the country’s justice system. There might be reasons to the delay in resolving complaints and cases but at the end of the day, justice will still prevail.
Speaking of justice, I finally received the resolution of the Prosecutor’s Office of the frustrated murder complaint I filed last November 2016. I received the resolution last March 28 or about five months after I was shot by motorcycle- riding men in tandem on November 8, 2016. It was a great relief that the case will now move on. I will not dwell lengthily on the merit of the case as it was already forwarded to the Court. I just hope that the wheels of justice will move not only for me but also for the suspect/s who will have their days in Court. I am praying that the suspect/s will discern what they have done and will disclose their accomplices and masterminds.
The sleepless nights brought about by the said incident are slowly waning. The trauma is still there but gradually it’s disappearing. I hope I can go back to my usual media activities without fear and continue to gather news sans security officers behind my back. Living a normal life after that shooting incident is not easy. The threat is still there as I was warned by real friends and police officers that the culprits have just mellowed on their criminal activities. They might do it again. God forbid!
I have already submitted my fate to my God who is compassionate and kind. At present, I am drawing my strength from my family and selected friends who are continuously praying for my safety. If there’s a lesson I learned from the said incident it is about selecting friends whom to associate with. I can’t forget what a municipal official of Villasis told me that those behind the shooting incident were my so-called “friends.”
Those “friends” I presumed, were bought off by someone who had an ax to grind against me. There were feelers telling me who were those behind it. What saddening to know was that the “friends” were those I considered “brothers”. The reality was slowly unfolding before me when a “brother” has been asking where I stay now and telling me that a close person was responsible for abducting the alleged leader of the gunmen-for-hire that was killed and dumped in a town in central Pangasinan. In due time, I will know them. This time, let justice takes its course in the Court.
Well, enough of those “hugot” lines. Life is beautiful and has to move on.
Last April 5, Pangasinan marked its 437th Founding Anniversary. It was a day worth remembering for the Pangasinenses as many activities unfolded before them.
The anniversary was opened by a mass followed by the awarding ceremonies of Kurit Panlunggaring, a literary contest using the Pangasinan vernacular. The tourism and trade expo was also opened showcasing products of Pangasinan and nearby provinces. This is opened to the public until May 2, the closing of Pista’y Dayat 2017.
In the afternoon, Parada na Luyag was participated in by the street dancers contingent from the towns of Pangasinan. Street dancing followed next in which the winners were: Champion- Mapandan, 1st runner up- Villasis, 2nd runner up- Mabini, 3rd runner up Lingayen, 4th runner up-Balungao and 5th runner up- Bayambang.
Konsiyerto ed Kapitolyo was staged at the Capitol grounds in the evening, which featured Mitoy Yonting of Calasiao town, who was the first grand winner of The Voice.
Well, the celebration of Agew na Pangasinan was a success. Pangasinan is indeed a great place to live, work, invest and raise a family.
My congratulations to the committees who spearheaded the celebration led by Governor Amado “Pogi” Espino III.
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April 17, 2017 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

Asingan conducts anti-rabies vaccination

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ASINGAN- Dogs and cats in Bobonan village here received their anti-rabies vaccination on April 4 from the agricultural technicians of the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) who were accompanied by police officers headed by OIC-Chief of Police P/Chief Inspector Junmar C. Gonzales.
The vaccination activities were timed withthe graduation ceremonies of Bobonan Elementary School during which the group was able to convey the information to the village people.
The activity was in line with the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program, which is Rabies Free Philippines by 2020, in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office I and Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Pangasinan.
Mayor Heidee Ganigan- Chua said the anti-rabies vaccination is done annually in this town to protect the townspeople from rabies virus carried by dogs and cats.
” While we love to have dogs and cats as house pets, they also pose health hazards to us if they carry the rabies virus. Rabies could kill. They attack the human nervous system,” she said.


April 17, 2017 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: This Cabinet Secretary resigned after 24 days


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Ortiz replaces Miro as Dagupan’s police chief

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – This city has a new chief of police (COP) after a reshuffle done by the regional police office in San Fernando City, La Union.
Outgoing Officer-In-Charge’s COP of this city Superintendent Neil Miro, who  was succeeded by Superintendent Frank Ortiz,   will replace Urdaneta City’s OIC chief of police Superintendent Jackie Candelario.
Ortiz was reassigned from the Intelligence Group at Camp Crame in Quezon City  to the police regional office in San Fernando City and the police provincial office (PPO) in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
According to a source the turn-over will be on  April 10. The early change of command was due to a car accident in which Candelario suffered. A press release of the PPO said he suffered from a dislocated right hip when his Toyota Vios bumped a mango tree in Barangay Maticmatic in Sta. Barbara.The accident happened  at  4:36 in the morning of April 7.  Ortiz is a member of the Philippine National Police Academy’s Class of 2003. He hails from Barangay Apugan-Loakan, Baguio City.
Before his assignment in Camp Crame he was assigned in a regional intelligence unit in Cebu City.


April 17, 2017 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

Dagupan hotels fully booked for Bangus Fest

 Tourists urged to avail of hotels outside the city

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – Rooms in major and medium scales hotels in this city have been fully booked a week after the start of the month long Bangus Festival 2017 that began last March 31.
City Tourism Chief Sharon Maramba said as of late March, hotel rooms in this City proper were already reserved.
“Nag booked para sa mga judges sa Gilon-Gilon Festival of the North pati iyong (inaudible) trainers wala na po that’s three weeks ago. So we don’t have enough hotels,” she said during a press conference held at the Atrium in CSI Stadia last April 6.
As of the first week of April, she cited, hotels and resorts at the outskirts of the city would have already been booked, too.
“So in terms of occupancy sobrang mataas o fully booked na sa city (proper) na hotel. Fully booked na sila.”
Maramba advised tourists to avail of hotels at the neighboring towns of Mangaldan, Calasiao, Binmaley, and Lingayen.
The major draws in the month long elebration for foreign and local tourists are the Festivals of the North where participants from here and other cities and towns in Luzon, garbed in their local customs, strut their street dancing prowess, Bangusan Street Party dubbed as the Kalutan, Kainan, Kasayahan Ed Dalan that has been a perennial biggest street party in the Philippines.
The Festivals of the North will be held on April 28 while the Bangusan Street Party will be on April 30.
According to the data of the Tourism Office, there are 763 rooms of hotels, resorts, town inns, and pension houses here.
Hotels and resorts here are Star Plaza Hotels (Department of Tourism’s accredited) with 86 rooms; Leisure Coast Hotel Resort with 49 rooms; Lenox Hotel (DOT accredited) with 40 rooms; Luxor Hotel (DOT accredited) with 26 rooms; Dagupan Village Hotel with 25 rooms; Hotel Le Duc with 25 rooms; Ciudad Elmina Fishing Village Resort with 20 rooms; YMCA with 16 rooms; Hotel Monde with 10 rooms and; Ragtime Suites with 6 rooms. (more…)

April 17, 2017 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

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