Archive for October 1, 2017

First District gets P2B this year

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 BOLINAO – The First Congressional District got  roughly P2 billion for infrastructure and other projects because the area is huge compared to other districts in the Pangasinan province.

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Pangasinan First District Representative  Jesus Celeste

 Pangasinan First District Congressman Jesus “Boying” Celeste said for this year, the district has received P1.4 billion regular allocation from the national budget, and P600 million appropriations to his district from the Departments of Education, Tourism, and others.

 “Our area is bigger here that’s why we have a bigger budget,” he said when asked why another congressional district in Pangasinan has only P700 million allocation as regular budget this year. (more…)

October 1, 2017 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

Sual officials bat for one more power plant

SUAL – Officials here led by Mayor Roberto Arcinue believe that  establishing more power plants is the most effective way of providing cheaper electricity and preventing another power crisis as what happened in the past.

They made the observation after noting that another multi-national company is planning to put up a 1,000-megawatt coal-fired power plant here.

This town already hosts Team Energy’s 1,200-MW Sual power station, the country’s biggest coal-fired power plant, located in Barangay Pangascasan and which began operating in 1999. (more…)

October 1, 2017 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

My father poises to throw grenades at the enemies

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

The first time I saw my military father ready to die for the motherland or probably for my mother, I was in Grade 5 in M’lang, Cotabato Province.

He was then on a soldier’s pass when he brought me and my kindergarten brother Gabriel to a rickety worn out wood walled barbershop which, I still remember, was owned by the father of my playmates Stephen and Toto Felipe.The latter, a rugged boy, had fisticuffs with me, but that’s another story.

My father fatigue

My father Retired Air Force Lieutenant Marcelo Cruz Ortigoza, Sr. Papa was probably the most pro- United States’ soldier. When we lived at the Philippine Military Academy, Baguio City in the early 1970s I saw him bought and crowed his U.S made fatigue uniform, duffel bag, charol black shoes, and boots from stores in Quiapo selling Yanks made soldiers’ paraphernalia.

 When we were seating at the worn-out barber couch elevated by small wood boxes to raise our heads, some peasant women running and shouting with their lungs out that the Black Shirts (precursor of the Moro National Liberation Front) were already at the periphery of the Peñaranda Hospital.

The hospital was more than a kilometer away from us. (more…)

October 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment


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Organic products are exhibited during the opening of the 2017 Regional Organic Agriculture Congress last September 20 at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen.CESAR RAMIREZ

October 1, 2017 at 5:42 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Pagpapaliban ng Barangay at SK elections, makakatulong ba sa bansa?

Ang halalang pambarangay at Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) ay itinakda ng Commission on Elections (Comelec) na gaganapin sa Oktubre 23, sa taong ito. Subalit, nagpanukala si Pangulong Rodrigo R. Duterte sa Kongreso na ito ay ipagpaliban dahil diumano 40% ng mga kapitan o namumuno sa mga barangay ay kasama sa listahan ng mga nagtutulak o gumagamit ng mga ilegal na droga, o dili kaya’y hawak ng mga “narco-politicians”.

Ayon kay Pangulong Duterte, kung matutuloy ang halalan sa barangay at SK, baka gagamitin ang pera na galing sa droga at lalong mamamayagpag ang mga namumuno sa mga barangay at lalong lalalim ang problema ng droga sa bansa. Ang panukala ng pangulo ay tinugunan ng Kongreso. Kamakailan, inaprubahan ang panukalang batas sa pagpapaliban ng halalan sa House of Representatives at Senado. Hinihintay na lang ang pagpupulong ng “bicameral committee” upang ito ay maging lubos na batas. Sa Mayo 2018 pa magkakaroon ng halalan.

 Ang ikalawang pagpapaliban muli ng halalang pambarangay ay nagpapalawig sa katungkulan ng mga namumuno sa ating mga kanayunan. Ang malabo dito ay kung anong hakbang ang gagawin upang hindi maisulong ng 40% na mga namumuno sa barangay ang kanilang mga operasyon sa droga. Wala sa panukalang batas ang probisyon na italaga ni Pangulong Duterte ang mga opisyales sa mga barangay.

 Maraming nagtatanong sa hakbang na ito ng Kongreso. Bakit kailangan pang ipagpaliban ang halalan kung ang Comelec ay handa ng isagawa ito? Medyo matagal na sa puwesto ang mga kasalukuyang mga opisyales sa barangay at alam naman natin na karamihan sa kanila ay hawak ng mga lokal na opisyales mula gobernador hanggang sa mga mayor. Bagamat ang mga opisyales ng mga barangay ay walang mga partidong kinaaaniban, sila ang nangunguna na ginagawang lideres pagdating ng mga halalan. (more…)

October 1, 2017 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Media security under President Duterte

The issuance of Administrative Order No. 1 last October 10, 2016 by President Rodrigo Duterte for the creation of Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) has provided relief to the media practitioners including their families, assuring them  that after all their security is being looked into by the present administration.

 Media practitioners have long been under threats in the country. If they are not harassed, they are maimed and killed in the course of their work. Under Duterte’s administration, the media victims including their families are provided with security officers from the Philippine National Police (PNP) through the PTFoMS. This is a welcome move of this administration only to ensure that the media practitioners are secured in the course of their duties as members of the fourth estate.

 While the PNP has a big role in the protection and security of media practitioners who are under threats, are harassed or killed, much has to be desired in their participation to the PTFoMS. Media practitioners who are under the PNP’s protective services are considered as Very Important Persons (VIPs) and police officers detailed are not provided with Combat Duty Pay (CDP) and Combat Incentive Pay (CIP). These police incentives are supposed to be shouldered by the protected and secured media practitioners.

 I could not understand why the PNP has been treating media practitioners as VIPs where in fact they are not that moneyed as opposed to politicians who are being secured by them. Politicians have all the means to give additional emoluments to their police security officers even if their CDPs and CIPs are not given. Many media practitioners have hand to mouth existence unless they themselves join the bandwagon of illegal activities and corruption.

 On this, I call upon PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, who is a member of PTFoMS, to look into this situation. I think this is the right time for him to review the policies on providing security to VIPs, and media practitioners should be separated from them. As a media victim myself, I had a hard time getting police security although I am grateful that for months I was provided such. (more…)

October 1, 2017 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

City councilor turns over 2-classroom building to Bued ES

 By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ALAMINOS CITY- City Councilor Carolyn Dizon-Sison has formally turned over two-classroom school-building as her donation to Bued Elementary School last September 22 in a simple ceremony.

 The P2 million funding for the construction of the building was Sison’s prize when she was named as one of the Ten Outstanding Councilors of the Philippines (TOCP) in 2012 from the Jaycees Philippines and the office of then Senator Edgardo J. Angara.

 During the turn over ceremonies, Sison said she was always reminded of the Jaycees’ mission, which is to “provide development opportunities that empower the young people to create ppositve change.”

 “I have six children who are still in the elementary, high school and college levels. As a servant-leader, this is one of my small contributions to our community and a humble way of showing my gratitude to the school and teachers,” Sison said.

 City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste lauded Sison for her donation and act of generosity.

 “ I laud and thank Councilor Sison for this gift to our school children. This is a classic example of how a community that is united by faith, love, discipline and aspirations could bring development for the city. Congratulations for winning the TOCP,” Mayor Celeste said. (more…)

October 1, 2017 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

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