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EDITORIAL :  Saan na patungo ang problema sa Bayambang Central School?

 Masalimuot ang nangyari sa Bayambang Central School matapos na ito ay ipinagpalit ito sa nagngangalang Willy Chua ng pamahalaang lokal ng Bayambang noong 2010 sa ilalim ni dating Mayor Ricardo Camacho. Ang dahilan diumano sa pagbebenta ay upang gawin itong “transport terminal” at pagtatayuan ng isang “mall”. Ang nasabing paaralan ay may lawak na 3.2 ektarya na matatagpuan sa Zone 2 Poblacion ng bayan.


The controversial demolished concrete wall of the Bayambang Central School. Photo Credit: Day Watch


Ipinagpalit ito sa 2.3 hectare na lupa ni Chua sa Bical Norte, kund saan  nagpatayo na siya ng school building. Ang lupa ay nabili niya sa halagang P150,000. Pero, ang lupa ay nasa loob ng Camp Greg Military Reservation, na hindi maaaring ibenta  sa pribadong tao o sa lokal na pamahalaan.

  Sapilitang inilipat ang mga mag-aaral at guro dito noong Nobyembre 2012. Iniwan na ang lumang campus ng Bayambang Central School. Umalma ang mga magulang. Ayaw nila sa bagong gawang gusali ni Chua dahil malayo ito. Subalit wala silang nagawa. Kinatigan ng Court of Appeals ang aksyon ni dating Mayor Camacho.

Natengga ang gustong mangyari ng mga magulang at mamamayan. Tila wala na silang magagawa sa problemang bumabalot sa Bayambang Central School. Namayani ang pag-aari ni Chua sa lumang kinatitirikan ng paaralan. Ito ay kanyang binakuran noong Agosto 9, 2016 ng naglabas ng utos ni Judge Hermogenes Fernandez ng Regional Trial Court Branch 56 ng Writ of Execution noong Hunyo 27, 2016. Naging pinal ito noong Hulyo 23, 2016.

Pagkatapos ng panunumpa ng bagong halal na Mayor Cesar Quiambao noong Hunyo 30, 2016, isa sa kanyang ginawa ay ang pag-file ng “preliminary injunction” sa Korte noong Agosto 30, 2016 dahil diumano ang pagkuha sa lupa ng paaralan ay may halong katiwalian. Kinatigan ito ng Korte sa ilalim ni Judge Fernandez sa kanyang kautusan noong Setyembre 5, 2016. (more…)

July 10, 2017 at 7:21 am Leave a comment

Villasis to create public order and safety office

 By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 VILLASIS- The Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) here convened at the police station last July 4 to tackle the adoption of Provincial Advisory Council’s (PAC) resolutions that were passed and approved by PAC chaired by Laoac Mayor Silverio D. Alarcio Jr. during a meeting last June 6 at the Sky Plaza in Natividad town.

 The resolutions are contained in PAC Resolution Nos. 2017-3 and 2017-5 urging local government units (LGUs) to ” consider the issuance of a directive for the organization of local public order and safety office or unit (POSO) in all the municipalities of Pangasinan” and adopt and implement the Project Huli-Cam (Holistic and Unified Law Enforcement Imager Camera) “, respectively.

 Before adopting the said resolutions, MAC Chair Roderick Emmanuel R. Mina, also the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator, apprised the Council’s members and the station’s technical working group on the current status of the town’s plans regarding the matters.

 He said, the Closed Circuit Camera Televisions (CCCTV), which are currently installed will be replaced with new CCTVs with a budget of P800,000.00 and will be installed in more strategic places of the town.

On the creation of POSO, Mina said that the municipal government is at present studying the personnel complement as it is barred from employing additional personnel due to 60% cap on personal services. (more…)

July 10, 2017 at 7:17 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Free tuition fees in SUCs for school year 2017- 2018

 vir maganes

A lot of parents and students are in quandary on the implementation of free tuition fees in state colleges and universities (SUCs) this school year 2017-2018. Many parents and students have approached me asking the procedures and policies about the program. They said they could not understand how this will be implemented and who the priority students will be. Although I am not the right person to talk on this, allow me through this column to expound lengthily about this free tuition fees in SUCs.

 This free tuition fee program is for this school year only in SUCs, meaning private higher education institutions (HEIs) are not included. The government under the General Appropriations Act for 2017 has allocated more or less P8.3 billion to cover the tuition fees of students in the 114 SUCs all throughout the country. The funds  came from the realigned budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

 The guidelines for free tuition fees are embodied under the Joint Memorandum  Circular 2017-1 of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) dated April 20, 2017. These guidelines will be the basis of SUCs in selecting students to be covered under this program.

In Pangasinan, nine campuses of Pangasinan State University (PSU) are covered with the free tuition fees. Lately, the Board of Regents of PSU passed guidelines on who will avail of the program in accordance with CHED’s directives.

  “As an implementing SUC in the Free Tuition 2017, PANGASINAN STATE UNIVERSITY will be implementing the following guidelines and will be strictly followed as mandated by CHED.

 Please be guided accordingly.


Who will benefit from the Free Tuition program?


All students studying in SUC’s nationwide will benefit from the program.  Student Financial Assistance Program (StuFAP) beneficiaries will be the first ones to benefit. StuFAP beneficiaries who receive P15k or below shall be included in the program. The tuition of those who are getting more than P15k will still be charged against their existing StuFAP. (more…)

July 10, 2017 at 7:15 am Leave a comment

SM Foundation turns over two-storey classrooms in Urdaneta City

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- Pupils, parents and teachers of Anonas Elementary School here have all the reasons to smile and be happy after they received a two-storey with four classrooms from SM Prime through the SM Foundation, Inc. last June 23.

 The turnover ceremonies was attended by Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV, SM Foundation’s Executive Director for Education Carmen Linda Atayde,  SM City Rosales Mall Manager Catherine Garcia, City Schools Superintendent Gloria Torres, Anonas village councilman Randy Pascua, PTA President Marites Pasion and School Principal Glenda Peralta.

 The school building was blessed by Rev. Father Angelo Lopez.

 Each classroom has blackboards, 50 armchairs, teacher’s tables with chairs, and toilet facilities.

 “We have dreamed of new classrooms. Now that dream has became a reality. Thank you SM Foundation, these are big help to our school children. This will also serve as a community evacuation center during calamities,” school head Peralta said.

Both Mayor Perez and School Superintendent Torres expressed their thanks to SM Foundation Inc. and lauded its management for selecting the village as a beneficiary of its school building program.

On behalf of SM Foundation, Atayde, the Executive Director for Education, said SM was committed to help areas needing school buildings in support to the government’s efforts to reduce backlogs of classrooms all over the country.

  “We are glad to be of help to the City of Urdaneta especially Anonas Elementary School. Love these facilities and ensure their maintenance,” Atayde said. (more…)

July 10, 2017 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

Asingan holds MDRRMC meeting

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ASINGAN- The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) here held its first meeting for 2017 last July 6  at the Office of the Municipal Mayor.

 Mayor Heidee Chua with Vice Mayor Carlos Lopez Jr led the MDRRM meeting to prepare the town for the coming rainy season.

” We must be prepared in times of common disasters such as typhoons, flash floods, fire and earthquakes and other calamities. It is important to avoid loss of lives,” Mayor Chua said.

Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Officer Jesus Cardinez said the preparation includes the recent procurement of tools and equipment for water safety.

“This is part of our goal to mitigate the impact of calamities and improve the people’s capabilities to respond in times of emergency,” he said. (more…)

July 10, 2017 at 7:10 am Leave a comment

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