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Abono conducts medical-dental services

                                         WITH FILIPINO-CHINESE GROUP

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- More than 800 residents, mostly senior citizens, from the 21 villages here received various free medical and dental services at the town’s Municipal Gymnasium last November 26.


Romeo Sabado, 61, of San Blas village, was all smiles after two of his aching teeth were extracted.

“ I had sleepless nights because of unbearable toothaches. Now, I can sleep soundly,” Sabado said.

Linda Celis-Gajes, 70, of Barangobong village, said she’s relieved to have been given medicines for her high blood pressure after a free medical consultation.

“ We’re lucky have availed of these free medical consultation and medicines. I hope this kind of activity will be provided to us (senior citizens) regularly,” Gajes said.

Sabado and Gajes were two of the beneficiaries of the medical and dental services.

The medical and dental mission was sponsored by the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry,Inc. (FFCCCII), Eastern Pangasinan Filipino -Chinese Chamber of Commerce (EPFCCC), municipal government of this town and the Abono Partylist.

It was headed by Charles Yu, member of FCCCII’s Social Responsibility Committee, Abono Partylist President Librada “Leny” Flores who represented Chair Rosendo O. So, Rosales’ former Councilor Romeo Sim of EPFCCC, and Secretary to the Mayor Mario Guarin, who represented Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica.

Medical and dental services were provided by the doctors and dentists from the Manila Metropolitan Hospital, which were coordinated by Danilo Saludares of FCCCII and the head of dental group Dr. Guilbert Go.

The medical team from this town’s Municipal Health Office and Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) helped in facilitating the activities.
Through Guarin, Mayor Abrenica expressed his thanks and gratitude to the sponsors for bringing the medical and dental mission in his town.

“This is a big help to our townspeople knowing the high costs of medical services and medicines, ”Guarin said in welcoming the officers of FFCCCII, EPFCCC, Abono Partylist and the medical teams.

Yu of FFCCCII said the holding of medical and dental missions is part of their organization’s social responsibility and humanitarian activities aside from conducting relief operations during calamities and constructing low-cost but durable school buildings/rooms.

“This is a commitment of the Abono Partylist to bring medical services to our needy province mates. The FFCCCII and EPFCCC have been extending assistance to our province mates even in the previous years to alleviate their living conditions,” Flores said in behalf of Abono Partylist Chair So.

During the mission, lucky beneficiaries were given free sandals.


November 28, 2017 at 6:47 am Leave a comment

18th century piano played by Leonor Rivera now in Dagupan


November 27, 2017 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Media shall rise against impunity


Last November 23, I visited the office of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in Quezon City and I was  to join Secretary General Dabet Panelo and Director Raymund Villanueva to the court hearing of the Ampatuan massacre at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan. Due to horrendous traffic, I wasn’t able to join them. I waited for them at the NUJP Office to get updates on what had happened during the hearing. The date of the hearing coincided with the 8th year anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre during which  58 people were killed that included 32 journalists.

When they arrived, I was told that the hearing went well. It’s now for the defendants to air their defense as the special prosecutors have already rested the case. The prosecution had presented 166 witnesses while for the defense 107 witnesses.

Of the 198 suspects, 115 were arrested but only 112 suspects have been arraigned, and 70 suspects were allowed to post bail due to weak evidence linking them to the massacre primary suspect Datu Sajid Isam Ampatuan. At present 102 suspects are detained including primary suspects Andal Ampatuan Jr. and Zaldy Ampatuan, sons of Andal Ampatuan Sr. who died while on detention. Three other suspects died while also in detention. According to Panelo, media coverage has dwindled through the years.

The next hearing, Gutierrez said, was set in February next year. (more…)

November 27, 2017 at 11:07 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: PNP, balik sa digmaan laban sa ilegal na droga?


Ang Philippine National Police (PNP) ay naging sentro ng maraming batikos sa paglabag sa mga karapatang pantao dahil sa laban sa droga. Dahil dito, tinanggal ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang pamumuno nito sa “digmaan kontra droga” at inilipat sa Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) noong buwan ng Setyembre. Isang aksyon ito ng Pangulo ng umani ng pagtanggap mula sa kanyang mga kaalyado at kritiko dahil sa maraming buhay na ang nalagas kasama na  yong mga inosenteng kabataan.

Pagkaupo pa lang ni Pangulong Duterte sa puwesto noong Hulyo 2016, inumpisahan na ng PNP ang Oplan Double Barrel na kung saan nakapaloob ang Operation Tokhang at Operation HVT (high value targets). Noong Pebrero, sinuspendi ang Oplan Double Barrel dahil sa pagkamatay ng iang Koreanong negosyante na lumalabas sa imbestigasyon ay kagagawan ng mga pulis. (more…)

November 27, 2017 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Mayor hits anew VM for City Hall’s P2B loan crap


November 27, 2017 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Police endorse four towns as ‘drug-cleared ‘

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 LINGAYEN-  The Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) through the Provincial Oversight Sub-Committee is set to endorse to the Regional Oversight Committee the declaration of the towns of Bayambang, Mangatarem, Rosales and San Manuel as “drug cleared municipalities’.

This was after the sub-committee  convened last November 24 at the Agtarap Hall of PPPO and evaluated the “completed drug cleared barangays” in the said towns.

The evaluation of the “drug-affected barangays” is a pre-requisite activity before the provincial oversight committee will endorse the results to the Regional Oversight Committee that will finally approve the declaration of “drug cleared municipalities”. (more…)

November 27, 2017 at 8:46 am Leave a comment

Villasis Police  hold  ‘Takbo Laban Sa Droga’

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 VILLASIS- It was more than fun and physical fitness.  It was also a way to help the noble cause of the police force of the town.

 This was how the participants of the “Takbo Laban sa Droga, Part 2” described the fun-run, which was initiated by the police force here under the leadership of Police Chief Inspector Brendon B. Palisoc and Police Senior Inspector Rodrigo G. Lubiano Jr., chief of police and deputy chief of police, respectively.

 At 5:00 in the morning on November 25, participants composed of teachers, village officials, youth, municipal employees, private individuals, police officers, drug surrenderers, religious leaders, etc. convened at the grounds of the town’s gymnasium to participate in the fun-run with three categories: 3-kilometer, 5-kilometer, and 10-kilometer. (more…)

November 27, 2017 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

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