Archive for July 11, 2017

 Calasiao is country’s number 1 police station

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 CALASIAO – The police station of this central Pangasinan town bagged the country’s Outstanding Police Station during the celebration of the 22nd Police Community Relations month this July.

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Senior Supt.Ronald Lee(left), Pangasinan police director, congratulates Supt.Charlie Umayam, Calasiao chief of police,  who receives the certificate of recognition for his station being the outstanding police station(provincial level) during the kick-start of the 22nd Police Community Relations(PCR) month celebration last July 3 at the grandstand of the Pangasinan police provincial office in Lingayen. The Calasiao PNP station will also receive a national award at Camp Crame later this month. Umayam, likewise, also receive a certificate of recognition for being the outstanding senior police commissioned officer(PCO) of the year(provincial level). At center is broadcast journalist Cris Zuñiga, the activity’s guest speaker.CESAR RAMIREZ

Police Superintendent Charlie Umayam,  the town’s chief of police (COP), said a  memorandum was just released from the national headquarter that the Calasiao Municipal Police Station is an awardee as best police station  at the national level.

The awarding would be on July 31 in Camp Crame.

Umayam cited the collaboration between him and his policemen on choosing the best ideas to improve the quality of services  to the townspeople, as one of the reasons why the station got the award. (more…)

July 11, 2017 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment

Sanitary Bakery turns 70 in August

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – This city turned 70 on June 20, and a “corner bakery” would also turn 70 years, two months later.


It is still located on the same old building where it was established on August 13, 1947, near the corner of AB Fernandez and MH del Pilar streets.


Seen Seaw (Isabelo) and his wife Alejandra during their younger days.

That year, as the city was rising from the ashes of World War II, seven Chinese friends who just arrived from Mainland China to escape their country’s repressive regime, embarked on a journey that would help define this city’s taste for bread.

The seven Chinese friends  are Wong Tak, Lee Sam, Lee Ung, Lee Luk, So Cheng, Liong Shin and (Isabelo) Seen Seaw, actually started different business ventures, but later decided to pool whatever resources they had and put up Sanitary Bakery and Grocery.

The business prospered, but the partnership broke in 1962, or 15 years later.

Wong Tak, who had the biggest share in the company, prevailed upon the others, who were hesitant to leave the bakery to (Isabelo) See Seaw, prevailed upon the other to take over the business as a single proprietor. (Seen adopted the name Isabelo when he married Alejandra, an Ilocana girl.)

Seven decades later, Sanitary Bakery remained like it was when it was first established – a corner bakery where, on early mornings, the aroma of bread being baked waft towards the streets, and where one can buy pandesal placed in the thin brown paper bags.

There is hardly a development on the building which used to be a warehouse for softdrinks. In a city where franchised bakeshops abound, the bakery evokes of the “old Dagupan” feeling where still sleepy but smiling sellers put the bread in paper bags early in the morning.

“We still bake our breads and pastries in pugon (oven that uses firewood) the way the original owners did it,” Conchita Seen, 71, says. The first pugon, located in a neighboring property, had to go when a wall was put up by the owner. A pugon was built in 1952 and is still the one used until today. (more…)

July 11, 2017 at 6:38 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Bettors for Horn won a fortune in a Fixed Fight

Morning radio anchors Audrey Hidalgo and Rod Marcelino of DZXL- Manila asked me recently through-a phone-patched interview if world boxing icon Manny Pacquiao should resign from being a senator because his being a world class excellent boxer was being affected after his controversial tussle with unheralded Australian Welterweight Boxer, a former school teacher, Jeff Horn.

I told them I agreed with their observation that was earlier declared too, by Pacquiao and Horn’s promoter Bob Arum.

But I reversed their poser:

What if Pacquiao retired from boxing and concentrate as a full time senator because his being a boxer has been affecting his being an “excellent” full time senator?

The duo guffawed. They knew I was humoring them.

Audrey, my former tandem in our morning political radio program in Dagupan City, told me I was right.

 How can Manny Pacquiao be an excellent senator when he was knocked out by 1,000 pound intellectual elephant in Heavyweight Senator Franklin Drilon in the worst senate debate in the annals and even anal of the Philippine Senate that saw the sorry Pacquiao decimated by the flurries of intellectual and the English language prowess of the Fat Bomber Solon Drilon.

“Na ubusan ng hangin, este, ng English at research si Pacquiao kaya na knocked out ni Drilon,” I quipped.

 Okay, ‘nough said!

 Let’s dissect the farce called Horn’s victory against the Filipinos’ idol who many said convincingly won the championship battle for the World Boxing Organization’s diadem last Sunday at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Some ordinary fistic fans saw Horn won the fight because he was the aggressor.

Even Horn was the aggressor in most of the entirety of the 12 Rounds he could only hit Pacman once in his three blows every time they fisticuffs.

The Filipino, although he weaved, bobbled, and slid backward, counter punches with a 1-2-3 or left fist – right fist- left fist combinations that all landed either at the Australian’s head or body. (more…)

July 11, 2017 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment


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 A vendor peel some of the  
 pineapples he sells at the roadside in Dagupan City.CESAR RAMIREZ

July 11, 2017 at 6:13 pm Leave a comment

Six countries tackle sustainable fisheries  

Close to 150 representatives from six countries attended a three-day forum on sustainable fisheries held at the Iloilo Convention Center from July 4-6, 2017.

The 3rd called Coral Triangle Fishers Forum was organized by the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management Technical Working Group (EAFM TWG) of the Coral Triangle Initiative for Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) with support from the World Wide Fund for Nature. The regional forum was held to provide a platform where member states of the Coral Triangle can share information, experiences, best practices, and technologies to combat illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing through efficient catch documentation, traceability and certification schemes.

 In the forum, member-states shared their programs and best practices on combatting IUU fishing while private corporations from different countries presented technology solutions to advance electronic fish catch documentation and traceability.

Fish catch documentation and traceability simply means that the manner by which fishery products were caught, where it was caught and by whom, is duly documented and therefore can be traced from the source in all stages of the supply chain. Fish catch documentation and traceability is needed for fishery products to gain access and command good price in the European and US markets. (more…)

July 11, 2017 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Sen. Legarda on why we need more scientific researchers

July 1 ng nagkaroon ng encounter sa pagitan ng puwersa ng gobyerno at NPA sa Abra. Walang namatay sa bakbakan pero isang ka Joan ang nasugatan at nahuli ng gobyerno.
Dinala sa Abra Provincial Hospital si Ka Joan, bantay sarado ng mga military.
Ang takot ngayon ng provincial government ay baka salakayin ng NPA ang hospital para itakas si Ka Joan.
Pero, may isang source na nakapagsabi na si Ka Joan pala diumano ay si Dawn Aquino Aguilar.
Eh ano ngayon kung siya si Dawn Aquino Aguilar?
Si Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana ang timon sa laban kontra sa NPA.
Ang sabi ng source ay ang asawa ni Sec Lorenzana ay si Editha Aguilar.
May nagsabi diumano na pamangkin ni Sec Lorenzana si Ka Joan o Dawn Aquino Aguilar.
HIGHEST RATING AFTER ONE YEAR NI MAYOR RODY. Ibang klase ang pagtangap ng tao kay Mayor Rody Duterte. Ang ibang sinundan niyang president ay bumaba ang popularity ratings after one year in service.
Pero si Mayor Rody…tumaas pa!
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte (PRRD) marked his first year in office with a fresh personal record-high net satisfaction rating in the Social Weather Stations’ (SWS) latest survey that, Malacañang and an analyst said, showed public support for martial law which he declared over all of Mindanao. – BUSINESSWORLD
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s net satisfaction rating reached a record-high +66 after a year in power and following his declaration of martial law in Mindanao, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Friday.- THE MANILA TIMES.
Net satisfaction with President Rodrigo Duterte’s performance reached a record-high after his first year in office, results of the latest Social Weather Stations survey revealed Friday. –ABS CBN NEWS.
President Rodrigo Duterte reached a record-high net public satisfaction rating of +66, a Social Weather Station (SWS) survey released on Friday showed. – PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER.
SWS: Duterte scores record-high public satisfaction rating after martial law declaration. – GMA NEWS.
PEACE PROCESS PATULOY. Bok Nani Braganza, malapit na ang August. Hahaha. Masalimuot nga ba ang pagiging head ng usapan sa CASER as in Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms.
Ang agreement po sa CASER ang lulutas sa usapin ng hindi pagkakapantay-pantay na umiiral ngayon dahil sa kasaysayan at sa estado.
Urong sulong ang landas patungo sa kapayapaan. Itutuloy na ang Peace Talks.
Sampung detenido political ang pinalaya ni Mayor Rody matapos niya sila bigyan ng presidential pardon.
“I have to talk to the communists but this time I hope you do it in a modality that is sincere,” sabi ni Mayor Rody nitong 64th founding anniversary ng bayan ng Hagonoy sa Davao del Sur.
“We are all Filipinos…you know every time I see a dead soldier or a dead NPA, I feel sorry because we’re Filipinos and we are fighting an issue as a matter of principle,” 

“You do not just withdraw because we cannot agree on a certain agenda in the — You sulk and then disappear, and then come back wanting to talk. Hindi ko naiintindihan. Ang raming problema,” sabi ni Mayor Rody.
Twelve months peace talks. Bok Nani, remember mo pa ba nang sinabi mo sa isang interview noong June last na“We are only given 12 months to finish the job,” ?
“We, in the peace panel under the Duterte administration are veterans of peace talks and what we need is to continue what we have finish[ed] to end the 47 years of insurgency in the country,” dagdag ni Bok Nani.
At least gumugulong pa ang usapan. Fifth round of talks na.
SENATOR LOREN PARA SA EDUKASYON. Sanay na tayo na nakalinya si Senadora Loren Legarda sa mga isyu ng Environment at Climate Change.
Hindi po niya nakakaligtaan ang Edukasyon bilang advocacy sa Senado.
Ang college education daw po ang isang sangkap na makakatulong upang maitaas ang antas pagbabago at makabagong kaisipan para sa kaunlaran.
“We need to promote a culture of innovation to encourage creative thinking and knowledge creation and dissemination towards expanding and maintaining economic competitiveness. But in order to create an innovation ecosystem, we need to invest in higher education,” sabi ni Senadora Loren.
Dati daw pong second ang Pilipinas sa Japan pagdating sa technology, pero napag-iwanan dahil kulang ang investment sa scientific research.
Hindi lang po gobyerno ang dapat mag-invest sa scientific research.
Dapat lahat ng institution. Private man siya…church man siya, school man siya, ay scientific research ang dapat pondohan para mapatino ang takbo ng buhay ng mga Pilipino.
Kailangan ng mas marami at mas malawak na scientific research para sa agrickultura, para sa construction materials, para sa medisina, para sa kuryente, para sa pagkain at iba pa.
“It also means we underinvest in scientific research, and are not willing to embrace needed reforms that could bolster our innovation potential. Being a mere follower is simply unacceptable, especially that the Filipino talent has contributed a number of game changing solutions to the world,” sabi ni Senadora Loren.
Bilang chairperson ng Committee on finanace, siniguro ni Senadora Loren na may subsidy na nakapaloob sa 2017 National Budget ang tuition fees ng mga kabataan na papasok sa State Colleges and Universities.
Itinaguyod ni Senadora Loren ang subsidy sa tuition fee dahil nais niyang makatapos ng college ang mga kabataan.
 “We aim to institutionalize this through the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Bill, already approved by the Senate,” sabi ni Senadora Loren.
Itataguyod pa rin ni Senadora Loren na may subsidy ang tuition ng kabataan sa 2018 National Budget. Kumusta na po kay Miss Yvonne at Miss Gineth!
Sabi ni Senadora Loren na ang Pilipinas ang may pinakamaraming colleges and universities sa ASEAN… as in 1,669 private at 224 na public.
Ang daming colleges and universities ano po? Pero nakakapag-produce lang tayo ng 81 researchers per million people!
Ang Singapore ay may anim as in six public universities lang, pero nakakapag-produce sila ng 6,927 researchers per million people!
Ano po ang ibig sabihin ng mga numerong iyan?
Hindi natin kailangan ng maraming state colleges and universities.
Kahit kaunti lang ang state college and universities ay puedeng makapag-produce ng mas maraming scientific researchers.


July 11, 2017 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

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