Archive for July 17, 2017

Transferring Dagupan city hall could result in Massive flooding, loss of bangus industry

DAGUPAN CITY – Residents of this coastal city in Pangasinan are doomed with the move of the mayor and her allies in the city council to transfer the city hall to an area surrounded by fishponds mostly owned by the mayor’s family and siblings.

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Dagupan City’s Vice Mayor Brian Lim

Vice Mayor Brian Lim and others opposed to the move and warned of heavy flooding in most parts of the city  with the conversion of the fishponds into commercial use following the “anomalous” approval of the new land use plan and zoning ordinances of the city.

Lim cited the worsening flooding problem in barangays Pantal, Poblacion Oeste, Barangay I, Barangay II and III, Barangay IV  and  Herrero-Perez, all covering the city’s business center. These areas, he pointed, get flooded even during sunny days due to high tide.

The vice mayor also cited the worsening flood problem in the southern barangays of Malued, Pogo Chico, Pogo Grande, Lasip Chico, Lasip Grande, Bacayao Sur and Bacayao Norte following the backfilling of hectares upon hectares of productive fishponds owned mostly by the family of Mayor Belen Fernandez.

“We could not imagine the devastation and the harm that the planned transfer of the city hall and the conversion of the adjoining fishponds into commercial purposes would inflict on the lives of our people, including the business sector,” Lim said, citing the importance of the fishponds as natural catch-basins for rainwater and the city’s prime industry, which is bangus (milkfish) production.

He said the conversion of fish ponds into commercial areas stops natural flow of water to rivers. “Our rivers are also silted, even if we have been dredging it,” he said.

Lim said the flooding was also aggravated by the construction of elevated roads that impede flow of water to river systems. Seven rivers crisscross the city. (more…)

July 17, 2017 at 4:11 pm 2 comments

Sinag: Buy local garlic

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ROSALES- The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) is appealing to the consuming public to patronize the local garlic production and other local agricultural products as it is the only way to support, promote, and stimulate domestic agriculture.Rosendo So Abs


 The appeal was made by Rosendo O. So, chair of Sinag, after learning that the importation of garlic was unabated since 2014 even if it has already undergone Senate investigation.

 So said the continuous importation of garlic might be in conspiracy with the officials of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), that is why until now garlic is being imported to the detriment of local garlic producers.

 ” It is impossible that BPI is not aware of this. There are records of the companies involved in importation of garlic, which has already been a cartel for years. Why is it that it has not stopped?,” So said. (more…)

July 17, 2017 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL:   PuLEE’S Pangasinan No.1!

Kamakailan lang, inilunsad ng Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) ang isang programang “PuLEE’S Pangasinan No. 1” na naglalayon na ang mga kasapi o kawani ng Philippine National Police (PNP) sa lalawigan ay maging  “Laging Ehemplo at Epektibo”. Ang programa kung susuriin ay hango sa apelyido ng kasalukuyang PNP Provincial Director Ronald Oliver Lee na itinalagang permanenteng Provincial Director (hindi na siya Officer in Charge) ng pamunuan ng PNP nasyonal sa ilalim ni Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.

 Maganda ang hangarin ng programang ito lalo na’t ang PNP ay kasalukuyang nililinis ang kanilang hanay. Hindi maikakaila na may mga pulis na abusado sa kanilang tungkulin na nagbibigay bahid sa buong PNP. Mabuti na lang na dito sa Pangasinan, nakopo ng bayan ng Calasiao ang ” Outstanding Police Station” sa buong bansa sa pamumuno ni Chief of Police Charlie D. Umayam. Ang pagkakamit ng karangalan ay nagbibigay ng inspirasyon sa mga pulis sa Pangasinan upang sila ay maging ehemplo o huwaran sa mga kapwa pulis at maging epektibo sa pagsasagawa ng kanilang mga katungkulan.

 Kung nagawa ng Calasiao Police Station na naging ” outstanding”, magagawa rin ito ng iba pang mga bayan kung isaalang-alang nila ang kanilang pagtupad sa kanilang mga tungkulin. Isa sa mga pinapaigting ng PNP ay ang pagpapalakas sa kanilang “community relations” o pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga komunidad. Ito ay isang paraan upang mapalapit ang mga tao o komunidad sa mga pulis lalong lalo na sa pagpapatupad ng “peace and order” sa mga sambayanan.

 Subalit may malaking hamon ang PNP sa Pangasinan. Sa digmaan sa iligal na droga, tatlo pa lang ang mga bayan at isang siyudad ang naideklarang ” drug cleared”. Ang mga ito ay ang bayan ng Agno, Sto. Tomas at Laoac at sa siyudad naman ay ang Alaminos. Malawak ang Pangasinan. Mayroon itong 44 mga bayan at apat na siyudad. Ibig sabihin niyan, mayroon pang 41 na mga bayan at tatlong siudad ang dapat “drug cleared”. Pero marami pa rin ang nagtataka kung ano ba talaga ang mga pamantayan sa pagdideklara ng “drug cleared municipality and city”? May “oversight committee” na naitalaga tungkol dito sa pakikipag-ugnayan ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) at PNP. May mga naitalagang batayan upang ang mga bayan at siyudad ay maideklarang “drug cleared”. (more…)

July 17, 2017 at 8:45 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: No baranagay election in October?

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 Last July 11 to 13, the Liga ng Mga Barangay sa Pilipinas convened at the Manila Hotel in Manila for a “Strategic Consultation and Workshop” on  Federalism, Barangay Reform and Role of Barangays on National Security Concerns. The consultation and workshop was undertaken purposely to make the barangay leaders aware on federalism, which is being pursued by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. On the sideline is for them to know the barangay reforms that are being initiated by the Congress and for  them to know their participation on national security concerns.

Federalism, is a form of government structure in which regions will be formed into independent states, having their own laws that are applicable in the regions- distinct and separate from the others. There will be also federal laws that are applicable nationwide. This federalism is prominent in USA and other European countries but the systems are not identical. Federalism in USA is the most popular in which the more than 50 states are operating on their own unless federal laws are applicable to all of them.

I still have to know what model is being pursued by the Duterte administration although I find federalism amusing. Do we really need federalism as a form of government these days? We have already the Local Government Code of 1991, which granted autonomy to all local government units (LGUs) in the country. However, because of too much politics, many provisions of the Code are not efficiently implemented. Why not strengthen the implementation of the Code as well as the created autonomous regions of Cordillera and Muslim Mindanao?

Personally, I find federalism as not the solution of the existing problems in the country. We are besieged with politics that have not matured for many years. Along with the immaturity of our political system, we don’t have a strong bureaucracy coupled with weak electoral systems. Federalism is not a panacea to the ills in the government although there might be some noble reasons behind it why it is being pursued by the government.

Going back to bureaucracy, what we need is a strong one that is not corrupt. We are aware that corruption is rampant in all levels in the bureaucratic systems. Corruption is not confined to the political leaders as even the lowly employees want their share in the corruption system that is seemingly institutionalized in the government. We need to overhaul the bureaucratic system by taking in new breed of public servants who are not prone to corruption and have the guts to fight corruption systems in their offices. Corruption in government bleeds our country’s coffer. How many programs and projects that have been implemented without any taint of corruption in them (more…)

July 17, 2017 at 8:43 am Leave a comment

Asingan holds disaster and risk reduction management 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 MDRRMC 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. (more…)

July 17, 2017 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

MASO: Paano nahati ang Davao noong Panahon ni Marcos?

PNOY HAHARAP SA KORTE. Nag-order na si Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales sa filing ng criminal charges laban kay former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III para panagutan niya and the Mamasapano tragedy.
Ayon sa Resolution na approved noon July 14, ang charges kay PNoy ay Usurpation of Authority (Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code) at violation of Section 3(a) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019). 
Dawit sa kaso sina former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima at Director Getulio Napeñas ng Special Action Force (SAF).
Ang Mamasapano tragedy ay naganap noong midnight ng 24 January 2015, kung saan nasa 400 highly-trained commandos ng elite na SAF, ay naglunsad ng Oplan Exodus.
Ang Oplan Exodus ay para mai-serve ang standing warrants of arrest laban sa internationally-wanted terrorists na sina Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan at Ahmad Akmad Uson sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
Sa bakbakang nangyari ay 44 SAF troopers ang namatay.


July 17, 2017 at 8:17 am Leave a comment

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