Archive for January, 2018

EDITORIAL :  Mga batang ‘journo’ ng Dagupan City, sasanayin

Isang kapuripuri ang hakbang ng pamahalaan ng Dagupan City sa pamumuno ni Mayor Belen Fernandez sa pagsasagawa ng tatlong araw na “ Children Journalism Summit”. Ito ay gaganapin sa Enero 29 hanggang 31 na kinabibilangan ng mga estudyante sa elementarya at sekondarya sa CSI Stadia ng nasabing siyudad. Ang gagawing “summit” ay sa pagtutulungan ng pamahalaang Mayor Fernandez at ang Department of Education (DepEd)

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 Ang pagsasagawa ng ganitong aktibidad ay pagpapalawak sa kaalaman ng mga kabataan tungkol sa pamamahayag. Sabi nga nila, simulan ang pagpapanday ng karunungan habang bata pa sila at mahasa ng husto ang kanilang talento sa pamamahayag, hindi lang sa pagsusulat kundi pati sa radyo, telebisyon at “social media”. Dahil dito tiyak na maraming kabataan na mahilig sa pamamahayag ang dadalo dito. (more…)

January 29, 2018 at 8:33 am Leave a comment

DFA Calasiao does not operate any Facebook page, says management

DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Foreign Affairs- Consular Office (DFA-CO) in Calasiao town said the CO does not operate any social media account and facebook pages or accounts using the department’s name are unauthorized.

Jennifer Catherine Demesa, officer-in-charge of DFA-CO Calasiao, said the “DFA Calasiao Pangasinan” facebook page is not authorized to use the departments’ name nor post consular related information.

Demesa said the public is advised to visit the DFA official website at for all the information they need or the for the online appointment details and application. (more…)

January 29, 2018 at 8:06 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: My interview with Senator Ejercito


 The gall of Speaker Pantaleon “Panty” Alvarez threatening local government units (LGUs) officials with not receiving  their regular financial aid from the national  government if they will not support the Constitutional revision he spearheaded .

HesusMariaHusef, was that sheer hubris and blackmail?! 

Internal Revenue Allotment, called by LGU officials as IRA, is mandated by law as stated in the Local Government Code of 1991.

IRA, the financial life blood of the towns, cities, and provinces, is their share of the taxes collected by the national government.

The gall of Speaker Panty Alvarez threatening the 22 senators that in case they did not join the 294 congressmen, the Lower “Going Gutter Low” House will railroad the revision of the charter with plebiscite this May.

 May this year? Holy Casserole and Guacamole, that is roughly four months from now! Public hearings among the 103 million Flips, er, Filipinos would be improbable as time and space dictate.

So how can we get the pulses and inputs of the people in changing the law, not just an ordinary law son of a gun, but the freaking Fundamental Law of our Land?

Where are the sense and the sanity on this Speaker Panty?!


Recently, Lingayen Mayor Josefina” Iday” Castaneda, after I interviewed her on Contract of Usufruct with the DepEd, told me not to leave her office  as she and her officials were waiting for reelective Senator Jayvee Ejercito , actor Raymart Santiago, and company who rode straight from Imperial Manila on their multi-million pesos giant bikes’ Italian made Ducatis and BMWs. (more…)

January 29, 2018 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

Region I workers get pay hike on New Year 


Minimum wage earners in Region 1 will get a raise starting January 25, the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I today announced.  

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-1 has issued Wage Order RB1-19 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations granting P30 increase in the daily wages of workers in Large Non-Agriculture and Commercial Fishing Establishments. Workers in Medium Non-Agriculture Establishments will get P20 increase, while those in Small and Micro Establishments and

Agriculture (Plantation and Non-plantation) will receive P13 per day.  The said wage order will take effect 15 days after its publication in a newspaper of general circulation on January 10-16, 2017.  (more…)

January 29, 2018 at 7:57 am Leave a comment

DILG serves suspension order to Chua, Lopez

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ASINGAN- Officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) of Region I and Pangasinan has finally served the one-year suspension order by the Office of the Ombudsman to Mayor Heidee Ganigan-Chua and Vice Mayor Carlos Lopez Jr. on January 19 for violating the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials.

cHUA AND LOPEZThe two officials and their supporters calmly accepted the suspension order with the swearing in of Councilor Joshua Viray and Councilor Mel Lopez as Acting Mayor and Vice Mayor, respectively.

“At this time, I need your prayers,” Chua  said when reached for her reaction on the serving of the suspension order.

The suspension order was contained in a seven-page decision on October 13 signed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio- Morales in violation of DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2010-101 by then Secretary Jesse Robredo “ banning the placement of the names or initials and pictures of government officials on billboards and signs of government programs, projects and properties.”

Recall that on November 4, 2016, Councilor Evangeline Dorao filed a complaint of “grave misconduct” and “abuse of authority” against the two officials at the Office of the Ombudsman after she failed to receive replies of her two letters sent to Chua and Lopez reminding them of the said prohibition.

However, in their counter-affidavits, Chua and Lopez said  they acted on Dorao’s letters by removing their pictures and names from the ambulance in November 2016.

They also said they never used government funds for the printing of their pictures and stickers as certified by the town’s budget officer, accountant and treasurer.

The Office of the Ombudsman, in its decision, stated that Chua and Lopez could not be penalized for “grave misconduct” and “abuse of authority” since there was no evidence to prove that their action was tainted with corruption and no excessive use of authority.

According to the Ombudsman, Chua and Lopez were administratively liable for not replying to Dorao’s letter, a violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees.

January 22, 2018 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

De Venecia to farmers: Innovate, upgrade your skills

STA. BARBARA– Fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia advised farmers to innovate and upgrade their skills as he turned over farm machinery and equipment to some beneficiaries during the turn-over ceremony held at the Department of Agriculture (DA) field office here on Jan. 19.

FARMERS. Pangasinan Fourth District Rep.Christopher de Venecia with Department of Agriculture Region 1 Executive Director Lucrecio Alviar Jr pose for posterity with farmers who are recipients of farm machinery/ equipment during the turn-over ceremony held in DA field office in Sta. Barbara on January 19. 

De Venecia, joined by DA Regional Executive Director Lucrecio Alviar Jr and Movie and Television Review and Classification Board Chairman Rachel Arenas who represented her mom, 3rd District Rep. Rose Marie Arenas, told the beneficiaries to share the equipment to their groupmates “so you will progress at the same time”.

“If you receive something, share it,” he said.

De Venecia said farmers should be thankful to President Rodrigo Duterte and Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol for making sure farmers receive what they need.

He said in the past, farmers give their counterpart when they get farm machinery. He said this time, however, there is no more farmers’ counterpart but the recipients should take good care of the equipment.

De Venecia said one of his thrusts is agriculture as he believes that this sector has big potential to bring progress to the country.

“Let us not be left behind. Let us not be contented to do the practices we had inherited from the past,” he said.

De Venecia said farmers should also be thankful for the efforts their congressmen are doing to get projects for them.

He said there are 294 congressmen across the country and each has to exert much effort to get projects for their farmer-constituents.

Last year, De Venecia and DA also distributed farm machineries to other farmer-beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, Alviar they cannot do alone the distribution as they need congressmen’s help for the funding of the projects.
He said they will continue the distribution of farm machineries this year and in 2019.


January 22, 2018 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

Dela Torre new BIR Chief Western Pangasinan

 By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Another top official of the Bureau of Internal Revenue was assigned as Officer-in-Charge Revenue District Officer (RDO) that handles Western Pangasinan.

RDO-5 Chief Charmaine Dela Torre whose last assignment was Assistant RDO-6 Chief of the one city and fifteen towns Eastern Pangasinan, credited the overwhelming collection of revenue she and her RDO-Chief CPA-Lawyer Maria Isabel B. Utit chalked up last year.

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RDO-5 Chief Charmaine Dela Torre

“Our total 2017 collection was 1.891 billion which yielded a 38.07 percent growth rate and 14.58 percent versus goal. For the past  five years, the average growth rate of RDO-6 Urdaneta was only around 7 percent,” she cited.

Because of the almost phenomenal collection on top of the P1.65 billion target, RDO-6 led the other five revenue district offices in Region-1.

Dela Torre said the huge collection was due to the construction boom that is going on in Urdaneta City and the increase on the newly imposed zonal valuation of land in Pangasinan approved by the bureau’s central office in the second half of 2017.

“Last year talagang overwhelming ang performance namin ni Maam Utit,” she said.

 She also said that her educational attainment, seminars she attended, and performance reports have helped her climb the totem pole of heading the one city nine towns’ Western Pangasinan.

January 22, 2018 at 2:16 pm Leave a comment

DILG Sec executes suspension vs Asingan Mayor, VM

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 DAGUPAN CITY –  Department of Interior & Local Government  Officer-in-Charge Secretary Eduardo Año  has released to the regional office of the DILG in San Fernando City, La Union the suspension order of the mayor and vice mayor of Asingan, Pangasinan, according to the complainant.

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FOES – Political nemesis Asingan Mayor Heidee Chua (left) and Councilor Evangeline Dorao.

Asingan Councilor Evangeline V. Dorao said the order for one year suspension of Mayor Heidee Chua and Vice Mayor Carlos Lopez Jr. was forwarded last Monday.

News reports said the provincial DILG in Pangasinan  implemented last Thursday the suspension of the duo, with Councilors Joshua Viray and Mel Lopez taking over as mayor and vice mayor, respectively.

Dorao filed a complaint on October 17, 2016 at the Ombudsman after she saw the newly purchased ambulance of the Eastern Pangasinan town embellished with the images of Chua and Lopez.

The legal fiasco of the two town executives ensued when Dorao wrote a letter dated October 10, 2016 to Chua and Lopez warning them of a Memorandum Circular 2010-101 from the DILG that prohibits the placing of names, initials, images or pictures of government officials in billboards and signage on government projects and property.  (more…)

January 22, 2018 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Tumaas na ang pasahod sa Rehiyon I

Kaakibat sa pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin at serbisyo ay ang pagtaas din ng pasahod sa mga manggagawa o tinatawag na “minimum wage earners” ng mga pribadong establisamiyento at negosyo. Magandang balita ito para sa pagpasok ng taong 2018 sa Rehiyon I.

 Kamakailan lang, nagpahayag ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ng Rehiyon I na ang pagtaas o dagdag sahod ng mga manggagawa ay magiging epektibo sa Enero 25. Ang mga manggagawa sa mga malalaking kompanya na hindi sakop ng agrikultura at pangingisda ay magkakaroon ng karagdagang sahod na P30 kada araw, sa katamtamang (medium) kompanya na di sakop ng agrikultura at pangingisda ay P20 at sa maliliit na negosyo (small and micro enterprises)  na sakop ng agrikultura ay P13 kada araw.

 Hindi sakop sa pagtaas na ito ang sahod ng mga kasambahay, mga manggagawang nagbibigay ng personal na serbisyo gaya ng mga draybers sa mga pamilya at mga manggagawa sa mga rehistradong Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBE), ayon sa Aktang Republika Bilang 9178, at sa mga susog na probisyon nito. (more…)

January 22, 2018 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Let’s fight oppression against our rights


 When President Rodrigo Duterte was proclaimed as the winner in the 2016 elections, I was one of the Filipinos who dreamed of “change“ in the country. It was not because I supported him during the election, as I was a hardcore supporter of then presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe, but I was then totally captured by what he espoused during his campaigns. He talked about putting ends to the country’s problems and scourges on illegal drugs, massive graft and corruption, other forms of criminalities and government reforms.

Duterte’s pronouncement of “change” during his oath-taking at the Malacañang Palace was truly captivating. The dreams for a better Philippines were widely opened to every Filipino because of his political will and hard stance for reforms. Never mind his cursing and the frequent use of cuss words. All I want from him is to effect the much needed boost of reforms that have been elusive for years. (more…)

January 22, 2018 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

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