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De Venecia heads planned  restoration of MacArthur building

DAGUPAN CITY —A building at the West Central Elementary 1 School here where US Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur resided briefly is up for its much-needed restoration, if necessary funds are acquired soon.
The house where US Gen. Douglas MacArthur lived during the Lingayen Gulf Landings. This building is being used by West Central Elementary School 1 in Dagupan City as its temporary library and canteen.    
On May 26, upon the order of Pangasinan fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia, a site inspection on the two-story building was made by his staff led by his chief of staff, lawyer Evelyn Panlaque. 
They were joined by Valentina Hortaleza, the school principal, who toured them around the house that is now in dire need of rehabilitation. 
Panlaque said the congressman has big plans for the MacArthur building restoration “as much as possible to its original form as it is a historic site”.
The group was amazed by the edifice made of old wood, from the floor, walls, ceiling, windows and decorations, with MacArthur’s famous bathtub still intact in the bathroom. Signs of deterioration, however, are imminent in most parts of the house.
Hortaleza said representatives of the company that manufactured the bathtub also came here to get their approval to have it brought abroad for restoration “because it is a proof that their product is indeed durable for a lifetime”.


June 4, 2017 at 7:24 pm Leave a comment

CHED to parents: Brace for increase of tuition fees

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
DAGUPAN CITY- An official of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of Region I said 13 out of 92 private colleges and universities in Region I were granted with tuition fee increases this coming school year 2017-2018.
CHED Senior Education Program Supervisor Danilo B. Bose explained during the KBP Forum last June 1 at the Sonshine Radio here, that the basic increase of tuition fees is about  0.09 per cent or P28 per unit.
The increase of tuition fees, Bose said, is minimal while miscellaneous expenses such as laboratory fees, library fees, etc. are regulated by CHED.
He said among those colleges and universities that are covered with increase of tuition fees in Pangasinan are Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan City and Urdaneta City, Perpetual Help College in Malasiqui and University of Pangasinan-Phinma in Dagupan City and Urdaneta City.
Bose also said private colleges and universities could apply for tuition fee hikes in a school year but subject to the regulation and supervision of CHED.
For state colleges and universities (SUCs), Bose said,  this coming school year, tuition fees are free and will be taken from the P8 billion appropriated under the General Appropriations Act of 2017.


June 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

600 students to receive payments under SPES

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
DAGUPAN CITY- About 600 students in Pangasinan who underwent summer jobs this year under the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) are set to receive their wages after the completion of their post requirements.
This was bared by District Officer Engracio Q. Bailon of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Pangasinan Office during the KBP Forum held at the Sonshine Radio here last June 1.
He said that 15 days after the submission of the post requirements, the wages due to the students will be released to them.
” Under the SPES, wages of the students will be shouldered both by the employers and DOLE at a 60% and 40% sharing, respectively. The objective of the Program is to allow the students to earn during the summer (vacation) period to be used by them during the next school year. This is also to unburden the financial worries of their parents,” Bailon said.
During the forum, Bailon also said  DOLE was waiting for the implementing rules and guidelines regarding the end of contract (endo) policies of business establishments.


June 4, 2017 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: May bagong CLUP at Zoning Ordinance na ang Dagupan City

Sa wakas, aprobado na ng Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) ang Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) at Zoning Ordinance ng Dagupan City. Mahigit na isang taon ito hinintay na nagkaroon ng malawakang debate sa loob ng Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP). Ang CLUP at Zoning Ordinance ay maging epektibo mula 2015 hanggang 2025 o sa loob ng sampung taon. Ito ay nakapaloob sa SP Resolution No. 945 series of 2017.

Natanggap ni Mayor Belen Fernandez ang Certificate of Approval noong Mayo 3. Sa pagkaaproba nito, sinabi ni Mayor Fernandez na ang CLUP at Zoning Ordinance ay isang makabuluhang hakbang para sa pagbabago sa ilalim ng kanyang administrasyon. Ito ay magbibigay ng bagong direksyon tungo sa malawakang pag-unlad ng siyudad.

Apat ang tinatayang sentro ng pagpapalago sa Dagupan City. Ito ang Lucao-Pantal na naglalayon ng pagpapalago sa turismo, Poblacion growth center, Caranglaan- Tebeng growth center at Bonuan growth center. Ang mga nasabing sentro ang naglalayon na iusad ang progreso and paglago ng ekonomiya ng siyudad upang mapanatili nito bilang premyadong siyudad sa Rehiyon I.

Mahigit na 38 taon na hindi nabago ang CLUP ng Dagupan City. Ang dating ginagamit ay nagawa pa noong 1978 kaya hindi na akma ito sa makabagong panahon. Noong 2003, sinubukang baguhin ito ngunit hindi pumasa sa HLURB kaya ang mga proyektong gagawin sa loob ng siyudad ay hindi maisagawa dahil luma na ang CLUP at Zoning Ordinance.

Ano ba ang kahalagahan ng CLUP at Zoning Ordinance? (more…)

June 4, 2017 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: What Filipinos can expect under Martial Law

What happens after President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared at 10 pm last Tuesday Martial Law in the whole of Mindanao?
Would Duterte’s pet peeve ABS CBN TV Network, the critical Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the irritating online newsmagazine be banned from circulating their news that regularly assailed the President?
Would teenagers sporting long hair, just like those rock singers, and beard and those caught in the curfew roaming after 10 o’clock in the evening and the wee hours be automatically arrested and locked up just like what Dictator Ferdinand Marcos had done in the early and middle 1970s after he declared Martial Law on September 23, 1972?
That impunity, in the unlimited power of Marcos’ Martial Law, would not happen after Duterte declared Military Rule last May 23 unless he skirts off the limitation of the law and runs the country by usurping the works of Congress and the Supreme Court – just like what Strong Man Marcos had done.
The present power provided by the 1987 Constitution to a president reigning under Martial Law was bastardized and emaciated by the members of the Constitutional Commission because they were still traumatized by the Marcosian Military Edict.
Here’s how limited is the power of the Commander-in-Chief after he declared the “Strong-Man Law”.
“A state of martial law does not suspend the operation of the Constitution, nor supplant the functioning of the civil courts or legislative assemblies, nor authorize the conferment of jurisdiction on military courts and agencies over civilians where civil courts are able to function, nor automatically suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus (Paragraph 5)”.
About our fear that the president would ban newspapers and shut- down television stations like the pesky Lopezes-owned ABS-CBN TV, the president could not do it since the network is part of the press freedom, freedom of expression, non-impairment of the obligation of contract, others as enunciated by the Constitution.
Even the declaration of curfew hours are still left with legislative assemblies, not the military, like town, city, and provincial legislative bodies we call Sanggunian.
The target of the president after he declared military rule is limited only in two offenders who are involved in rebellion and invasion with a qualification, yes Virginia, with a qualification of “when the public safety requires it”.


June 4, 2017 at 7:15 pm Leave a comment

Tax spikes after BIR’s new zonal valuation takes effect

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
URDANETA CITY – The second half of this year would be a bonanza in tax collection for the three Revenue District Offices of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Pangasinan after the new zonal valuation would be implemented.
RDO-6 Chief Maria Isabel B. Utit said the implementation of the valuation would be in June.

BIR Brass

BIGWIGS. Bureau of Internal Revenue officers pose for posterity during their visit to the office of BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay in Manila. From left: BIR Eastern Pangasinan Chief Maria Isabel Utit, former BIR Region-1 Director Marina de Guzman, Current BIR Regional DirectorTeresita M. Dizon (fifth from left), and BIR Central Pangasinan Chief Merlyn Vicente (extreme right).

She said the implemention would be after the publication which would be in May or June. The areas whose zonal valuations are approved are covered by RDOs 4, 5 and 6 in Pangasinan.
Utit, who oversees Eastern Pangasinan, said the average increase of the new zonal valuation is 40 percent.
The Department of Finance approved the new zonal valuation last April after the BIR in Pangasinan conducted a hearing to stakeholders late last year.
RDO-4 Chief Merlyn Vicente said the increase in valuation was done because the government needs more monies to fund its workers and projects.
“This is not to be used in the collection of RPT (real property taxes), but only sales, donations and real estate taxes,” Vicente, who administers Central Pangasinan, stressed.
RDO-5 oversees Western Pangasinan.


June 4, 2017 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

Dagupan farmers  harvest watermelons, honey dew melons

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – This primarily aqua farming city harvested recently watermelon and honey dew melon..
Chito Macapagal, a member of SM Foundation board of trustees, said the harvest of these fruits and other vegetables happened because of the technology provided by the partner-agriculturist of the foundation.
 He said not all who go farming need to be a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
 “This is to demonstrate what they can do. Nag usap sila na ano ang tataniman. Masasayahan kayo kung ano ang resulta ng pagtatanim,” he said.
Macapagal said the livelihood program provided for farmers by SM has three objectives –  food security;  to create an economic opportunity for them and harness their skills; and to teach them some technology.
He said the culmination of the graduation of the 100 farmer-students held at SM City Rosales in Pangasinan was the May 16 harvest festival in Barangay Mangin here.
The partnership between the Foundation and this city’s Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, dubbed as “Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan” farmers’ Training Project” started on January 20 at the farm of Kagawad Darwin Aquino at Zone C in Barangay Mangin here. It  benefited at least 100 farmers.


June 4, 2017 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Who’s afraid of Martial Law?

vir maganes

Last May 23 when President Rodrigo Duterte and his entourage were in Russia for an official visit, he issued Proclamation No. 216 declaring the whole Mindanao under Martial Law and subsequently suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus. His action was triggered by the entry of the ISIS-inspired Maute Group and the Abu Sayyaf that sowed terror in Marawi City (Lanao Del Sur) where they burned schools, a Catholic Church, abducted persons and occupied a hospital. The event was unprecedented and was not expected by the Duterte administration. The action of the Maute Group has prompted the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to wage a war where lives in both camps were lost. (more…)

June 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

DTI to businesses: Give exact change 

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 DAGUPAN CITY- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Pangasinan Office warned business establishments in Pangasinan to give exact change to their customers or else they will be slapped with fines and penalties.

 This was said by Marjorie Estoesta-Loresco, chief of the Trade and Consumers Division of DTI-Pangasinan during the KBP Forum held at PIA-Pangasinan Office, Peoples’ Astrodome here last May 25.

 Loresco said Republic Act No. 10909 or the No Shortchanging Law is now operational after its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) was issued on December 2016.

“We will soon be visiting business establishments and look for the implementation of the said law. Business establishments or service providers should give exact change to those buying their products or using their services,” Loresco said.

Loresco also said  the law covered businesses that include vendors to corporations, government-owned entities and those giving services such as barbershops, beauty parlors and drivers of public utility vehicles.

” Customers and consumers must prepare their loose bills and coins. Candies are no longer allowed as change. Exact change must be given to the consumers or customers,” she said.

She further said  consumers can file a complaint not later than 10 working days after an establishment, seller, or service provider refuses to give them change or gives insufficient change.

Under the said law, anyone found to have violated it will be fined P500 for the first offense. Repeat offenders will be fined P15,000 and their license to operate will be suspended for three months. A third offense will incur a fine of P25,000 and the revocation of their license to operate.

The Shortchanging Act was ratified by both the Senate and the House of Representatives last June 2016 and was sent to then outgoing President Benigno Aquino III for his signature. It was automatically enacted into law after he failed to act upon it.

Ratified bills lapse into laws when the president does not accept or veto it within 30 days of receipt.

June 4, 2017 at 7:05 pm Leave a comment

SM Rosales joins Brigada Eskwela 2017

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ROSALES- As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR),  SM City Rosales, through its employees and volunteers, joined the teachers, pupils and parents of Li Seng Giap Elementary School during  the Brigada Eskwela 2017 last May 20 here.

 Armed with tubs of paints and brushes, they cleaned and repainted the school’s furnishings so they would  look more beautiful before the classes start on June 5.

 ” The bayanihan spirit exhibited by the employees and volunteers of SM City Rosales is vey contagious, that’s why we are here to work with them. We parents are always be grateful to them,” Norie Bautista-Rayray said, one of the mothers of a pupil of the school. (more…)

June 4, 2017 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

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