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HEIGHTENED SECURITY


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 Armed and alert Police Aviation Security personnel patrol the Clark International Airport (CRK) at regular intervals as part of the heightened safety and security measures implemented in government transport facilities around the country.  The latest measures complement two other major layers of security inside the Clark Free Port Zone, including the Clark Development Corp. and the Philippine Air Force security personnel

June 26, 2017 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

ASEAN kiosk opens in Pangasinan 


CALASIAO- In pursuit of promoting and advocating the importance of the Philippine membership to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippine Information Agency in Region I launched the first-ever ASEAN kiosk  in Pangasinan.

The kiosk will primarily provide information materials about ASEAN and PIA through brochures, leaflets and magazines. A television screen is also provided to showcase the history of ASEAN  and its impact to the community. 
A standee of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, representing the Philippine chairmanship this year which coincides with the 50th ASEAN anniversary, can also be seen in the kiosk. 
Regional Director Jennilyne Role, as represented by Officer-in-Charge Freddie Lazaro, encouraged the people of Pangasinan to visit the kiosk to learn more about ASEAN.
The Robinsons Place in Calasiao town is home to the first kiosk in the province. It has provided free installation and power consumption for the government project until December this year.
“The partnership with PIA  is a welcome breather for the mall as Robinsons Place commits  its full support to the programs of ASEAN to help make life better for the Filipinos,” Vallo said.
Aside from Lazaro and Vallo, the launch was witnessed by Calasiao Municipal Administrator Alfredo Nipal, Officer-in- Charge Jennifer De Mesa of the Department of Foreign Affairs and PIA-Pangasinan Center Manager Venus  Sarmiento. 
PIA, in collaboration with HCA Productions,  spiced up the launch with a fashion show that showcased models donning costumes of the ten member-nations of ASEAN. The volunteer models sashayed their costumes in the Robinsons catwalk much to the delight of the crowd.
The University of Luzon Chamber of Chorus provided the music for the activity while the UL  Theater and  Dance company showcased   their skills in cultural dance presentations. 
Faculty and students of STI-Dagupan and the Señor Tesoro Academy and College also gave their support to the activity. (VHS/PIA-Pangasinan) 

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June 26, 2017 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Why all the fuss on Dagupan City’s CLUP and Zoning Ordinance?


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Lately, critics of Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez have came out into the open. They derided her plan to transfer the City Hall to a new site in Lucao District saying that it is a move to benefit the  Fernandez family.. They are now questioning the implementation of the new Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and the Zoning Ordinance, which has been approved by the Hosing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), an agency tasked to review and approve CLUPs.
I could not understand the wisdom of Mayor Fernandez’s critics. The CLUP passed the requirements needed by the HLURB, otherwise it should have been disapproved like the one that was prepared in 2003. The critics claimed mhat the CLUP did not pass the requirements like the “Final Committee Report” of lawyer Alfie Fernandez who was then the chair of Sangguniang Panlungsod’s Committee on Land Use. They also averred  that opposing opinions and views were not included to the documents submitted  to HLURB. In short, the critics said that the documents submitted to HLURB were tampered. They are now crying in the wilderness to nullify the CLUP as well as the Zoning Ordinance.
I can’t help but think deeply of their arguments. Dagupan City’s CLUP and Zoning Ordinance was not the same as that prepared in 2003 as that was disapproved by HLURB.  Beside if that was the same document of CLUP, then it has ended last 2013 given the ten years lifespan of CLUP and Zoning Ordinance. The new CLUP is effective from  2015 up to 2025. This means that the preparation of it attuned to the timely desired changes for development growth of the city.
In preparing the CLUP and Zoning Ordinance, several processes imposed by HLURB have to be followed and observed. Before the multi-sectoral plans have to be prepared, the socio-economic profile (SEP) of the city has to be updated using primary and secondary data. The updated SEP shall be the basis of preparing plans and programs covering sectoral development such as infrastructure, agriculture and fishery, tourism, cooperatives, health and social service, peace and order, environment and ecology, etc. The translated programs will then affect land uses, thus commercial areas, tourism areas, institutional areas, agricultural areas, etc. shall be considered. These changes shall be embodied in a zoning ordinance that will accompany the CLUP.

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June 26, 2017 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: We are screwed if they prevail


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The acrimonious debate on the 1.2 hectares land donated to the local government of Dagupan City and the plan of the powers that be to relocate the new city hall at the PEZA (pssst, they call it Philippine Economics Zone Authority) approved growth area in Pantal-Lucao Road exposed the idiotic, the stupid, and the nuisance wannabe critics who opposed these development.
Some of their comments that proliferate on social media that pollute the minds of the gullible:
“The relocation of the city hall would financially burden the residents of Eastern Barangays like Tebeng, Tambac, Mangin, others”. “Motorized tricycle rides of those who have transaction with the officials at the city hall would be burdensome because of the perennially prohibitive charges by trike drivers”.
“Overcharging tricycle drivers for that almost two kilometers ride from the old city hall would surely punish Dagupenos?”
MY ANSWER: These scenarios could not happen because the new growth area, already approved by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), would give opportunity for the local government to pass a law for a new franchise for public utility jeep to have a new route from the old city to the new city hall and the new business establishments there vice versa.
“Even franchise of taxi just like in Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro, Davao City, and Cebu City would be opened because of the additional stretch of business zones brought by the growth areas and the multiplier effects they bring.
One of the examples here is the 5,000 jobs to be offered by the Business Process Outsourcing-Information Technology (BPO-IT), the vaunted Sunshine Industry of the Philippines, in the next three years after these BPO-ITs put shops there,” I told recently my radio tandem Harold Barcelona.
The additional jeepney fares of those residents of the Eastern Villages in going to and from the new city hall and the commercial areas are minuscule price for the jobs and other economic opportunities for Dagupenos.
Moreover, the migration of the new city hall would decongest the decades long traffic snarl in the old city.
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Critics also charges that Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and proponents would be subject to Anti-Graft & Corruption Acts (Republic Act 3019) complaint because the relocation of the city hall would be a windfall l for her kin because the lands around the periphery, the family bought decades ago, of the donated land would appreciate financially vis-à-vis the investors who want to buy a part of it.
I did not see any violation on the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Acts on the part of the mayor, whose brother Kerwin donated the 1.2 hectares as situs for the new city hall.
Here are some excerpts of RA 3019 that foes of the mayor discussed recently and would use in court in case they make true their threat.

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June 26, 2017 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL   Makatwiran ba ang planong paglipat ng Dagupan City Hall?


Nagsisimula pa lang ang pagplano sa pagpapalipat ng City Hall ng Dagupan City ay marami na ang kumukontra dito. Plano ng pamahalaan ng siyudad sa ilalim ng liderato ni Mayor Belen T. Fernandez na ilipat ito sa Lucao District, sa isang lupain na donasyon ni Kerwin Fernandez (kapatid ni Mayor Fernandez) na may kabuuang sukat na 1.2 ektarya. Ang planong lugar na pagtitirikan ng bagong City Hall ay malapit sa Lucao-Pantal Road, isa sa mga “growth centers” ng siyudad sa ilalim ng bagong Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP at Zoning Ordinance.
Sa planong paglipat ng City Hall, ayon sa pamahalaan ng Dagupan City, ay upang magkaroon ng bagong gusali at upang mapalawak ang dating kinatitirikan nito na maging sentro ng komersiyo ng siyudad. Maraming haka-haka ang lumalabas sa planong ito. Ang paglipat diumano ng City Hall ay upang mapalago ang mga ari-arian ng mga Fernandez na karamihan ay mga dating palaisdaan ng bangus na malapit sa bagong pagtitirikan ito. Ayon pa sa isang kritiko ni Mayor Fernandez, masisira raw ang kagandahan ng mga palaisdaan sa lugar na yaon at tataas ng pamasahe ng mga tao sa pagpunta sa bagong City Hall kung ito ay matutuloy.

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June 26, 2017 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

Increased taxes blamed for shooting of BIR official’s car


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ALAMINOS CITY – Was the car of a Bureau of Internal Revenue official in western Pangasinan riddled with bullets because of excessive taxes being imposed by that office to taxpayers?
An agent of a bookkeeping company, who asked for anonymity, said the countless bullet holes on the body and glass window of the government- issued red Innova multi-purpose vehicle to Revenue District Office -5 Chief Thelma D. Mangio last May was blamed on the tax agency officials’ excessive exaction of taxes.

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BULLET HOLES. The bullet -riddled Toyota Innova car of Revenue District Office Chief Thelma D. Mangio of the Bureau of Internal Revenue based in Alaminos City  was shot by unidentified gunman sometime in May this year while it was parked at the periphery of the BIR office in this city. Bullet holes are covered by a brown packaging tape in this photo. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

BIR billed taxpayers with taxes like income, capital gain, estate, donor, and others.
The car, according to BIR insiders, was peppered with bullets by unidentified gunman sometime in May this year while it was parked at the periphery of the BIR office in this city. No one was inside the car during the incident.
 “Sinisingil ng BIR officials doon iyong old taxes sa bago at mataas na zonal valuation na dapat e implement lang noong May 31,” she said.
The three Revenue District Offices in Pangasinan have spiked the zonal valuation after a public hearing last November last year.
Zonal valuation is used by the BIR officials to compute the proper taxes that  should be paid for transactions like sale and transfer of real properties.

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June 26, 2017 at 8:42 am 1 comment

EDITORIAL:  Kalayaan


Noong nakaraang Hunyo 12, ipinagdiwang natin ang ika-119 na taong kalayaan ng Pilipinas. Nagsimula ito ng iwagayway ang ating watawat ni dating Pangulong Emilio F. Aguinaldo sa Kawit, Cavite noong 1898. Ipinagbunyi ng sambayanang Filipino ang natamong kalayaan mula sa pananakop ng Espanya ng mahigit na 300 taon.
Masarap namnamin ang natamo nating kalayaan mula sa pananakop ng Espanya. Subalit naging pansamantala lang ito nang ang ating bansa ay sinakop muli ng mga Amerikano sa pamamagitan ng Treaty of Paris noong 1898. Ibenenta ng Espanya ang Pilipinas sa Estados Unidos sa halagang US$20 milyon. Mula 1898 hanggang pumutok ang ikalawang digmaang pandaigdig, ang Pilipinas ay nasa ilalim ng Estados Unidos. Tayo ay binansagang bansa na Commonwealth na ang ating Saligang Batas ng 1935 ay sinipi sa Saligang Batas ng Estados Unidos.
Pagkatapos ng digmaan, ibinigay ng Estados Unidos ang ating kalayaan. Noong Hulyo 4, 1946, iwinagayway muli ang ating watawat na nag-iisa. Wala na ang watawat ng Estados Unidos. Lubos na kalayaan ang ibinigay sa Pilipinas upang umusad ang demokrasya. Ang Pilipinas ang kaunaunahang bansa sa Asya na nagkaroon ng demokrasya sa mga panahong iyon.
Bagamat tayo ay estadong republika, ang kalayaang ating tinamo ay hindi pa lubos hanggang ngayon. May mga banta ng terorismo gaya ng nangyayari sa Marawi City (Lanao Del Sur) dahil sa gustong pananakop ng Maute Group at Abu Sayyaf na may koneksyon diumano sa Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS). Ang banta ng ating kalayaan ay nagbungsod kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na ideklara ang Batas Militar sa buong Mindanao.
Ang kalayaan ng bawat Filipino ang nangunguna sa “Bill of Rights” ng ating 1987 Saligang Batas. Nakasulat doon ang karapatan ng bawat Filipino- karapatang hindi dapat isalaula at ipagwalang bahala ng ating mga namumuno. Oo nga’t 119 na taon na ang ating kalayaan, marami pa ang dapat maalis na tanikala sa karamihang Filipino. Kailan naman kaya tayo lalaya sa matinding kahirapan? Kailan kaya tayo lalaya sa kuko ng mga gahamang pulitiko na nagpapariwara sa kaban ng bayan? Kailan tayo lalaya sa mga kurapsyon at mga uri ng karumaldumal na kriminalidad? Kailan tayo lalaya sa mga mapang-aping mayayaman? Kailan kayo tayo lalaya sa mga ilegal na droga at mga abusadong nagtratrabaho sa ating pamahalaan?

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June 26, 2017 at 8:29 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: The blunders of Sen. Risa Hontiveros


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Our lawmakers are supposed to have complete grasp of our laws, especially the Constitution. This is a basic requirement for any lawmaker since they are supposed to craft laws that are consistent with the provisions of the Constitution. Aside from knowing the basic requirements of lawmaking, they should also be consistent and coherent on what they are saying. Every word coming from their mouths are subject to the scrutiny of the public they are serving.
Sen. Ana Theresia ” Risa” Hontiveros-Baraquel is not a neophyte lawmaker. She served as representative of Akbayan Partylist in the House of Representatives from 2004 to 2010. She got the 9th slot of the senators who were elected last May 2016. I was one of those who voted her to the senate post, banking on her being a socialist-activist and a journalist. She fought hard for the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill. In short, I found her to be a very intelligent woman, independent-minded and a leader who could be looked up to.
Lately, I was amused of what she said when she was interviewed by Daniel Razon of UNTV. I found her statements confusing even as she herself was confused. During the said interview, Hontiveros could not differentiate rebellion and invasion. She even said that parameters of rebellion and invasion were defined by the Constitution. I was dumbfounded. Here comes a senator who does not know what she’s saying. The Constitution did not define rebellion and invasion but the two are factors for a President to declare martial law. What happened to your mind Senator Risa Hontiveros? Rebellion is defined under Article 134 of the Revised Penal Code: “The crime of rebellion or insurrection is committed by rising publicly and taking arms against the government for the purpose of removing from allegiance to said government or its laws, the territory of the Republic of the Philippines or any part thereof, of any body of land, naval or other armed forces, depriving the Chief Executive (President) or the Legislature, wholly or partially, of their powers or prerogatives”.
Hontiveros even said that what happened in Marawi did not constitute rebellion because Marawi residents did not rebel against the national government. It was not even invasion, according to her, what the Maute Group has done. Taking her words, Hontiveros said that a rebellion should be an act of the residents in Marawi City to separate it from the Philippine patrimony. Then, what about the Maute Group whose members are Muslim-Filipinos? Were they not rebelling against the government? They tried to occupy or invade Marawi City and even had the guts to raise an ISIS flag. Again, Hontiveros said that the Maute Group is just plain terrorist. Razon’s interview with Sen. Hontiveros was so lengthy that he was able to corner her inadequacy of intellect and reasons. Hontiveros put herself on shame. When her words came out to many “memes,” she cried foul and branded those posts as “fake news”. But she’s the one who uttered those words- not fabricated but quoted verbatim. Netizens feasted on her blunders.

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June 26, 2017 at 8:28 am Leave a comment

Rosales celebrates 3rd ‘Tinapa Festival’


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- “Tinapa” or smoked-fish took the centerstage once again in the afternoon of June 11 when the municipal government here headed by Mayor Susan P. Casareno, in coordination with SM City Rosales, staged the 3rd Tinapa Festival at the mall’s parking lot.
It was an afternoon of fun and delight as townspeople and guests drove in hordes to the festival site.
Before the opening of the festival, the townspeople were entertained by the music from drum and lyre corps followed by the performance of the winner of the street dancing contest, the Rosales Gay Association.
The street dance depicted the preparation and cooking of tinapa, a primary industry of this town particularly Carmen East and Carmen West villages.
In a short program, Mayor Casareno thanked SM City Rosales for the partnership in staging the annual Tinapa Festival even as she said that “tinapa” is famous not only in the town but in Pangasinan and its neighboring provinces.
The “tinapa” industry has been a livelihood endeavor of the people here especially in Carmen West village since 50 years ago. It has been passed from generations to generations and out of it, many successful individuals came from the families that engaged in the said industry.
Mall Manager Catherine Garcia, on her part, welcomed the townspeople and guests  and assured them continuous  partnership in the coming years.

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June 26, 2017 at 8:26 am Leave a comment


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