Archive for January 14, 2018

LTO extends office hours to release license backlogs


DAGUPAN CITY  – The Land Transportation Office (LTO)-Dagupan branch has extended its office hours to accommodate the bulk of clients securing their driver’s licenses.

Aileen Peteros, transport regulation officer  of LTO-Dagupan City  branch, said the one-year delay  in issuance of drivers licenses resulted to 30,000 backlog in the release.

As such, LTO-Dagupan has opened its doors as early as 5 o’clock in the morning until 9 o’clock in the evening from Monday to Friday, a big adjustment from the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  regular office hours.

It also operates on Saturdays but closes earlier.

“Nakita namin na marami pa ring tao kahit noong nagco-close kami ng 8 p.m. kaya pinahaba pa namin ang operations hours to better serve more clients,” Peteros said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency Thursday. 

Peteros said the branch issues 300 queue numbers on a first-come, first- served basis on weekdays and 200 numbers on Saturdays.

Priority lane is accorded to senior citizens, persons with disabilities and pregnant women.

“Habang may tao na nakakuha ng number na na-issue namin ay tatapusin namin sa araw na yun, maliban kung nag-offline ang system,” she added.

Peteros said  the branch has started releasing the licenses in November 2017 bringing the backlog this January down to  21,000. The long queue may persist until the middle of the year, she added.

Problems in contractors and service providers have hounded LTO nationwide which prompted the management to hold the release of licenses in November 2016. (VHS/PIA-Pangasinan) 

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January 14, 2018 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Pay increase of policemen and military men


All police officers and military men are all smiles these days. The promised increase on their salaries by President Rodrigo Duterte has  been realized effective January this year. Behind that increase is also a signal for the said government personnel to perform their work efficiently and effectively.

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It can be recalled that President Duterte once said that the police officers in the country are prone to corruption. Some of them are considered scalawags and rogue due to their criminal activities like kidnapping for ransom, gun for hire, illegal drug protectors, drug dealers, etc. Many of these of policemen were dismissed from service but many still are in active duty. The cleansing of the police ranks  started in 2016 but the illegal activities are still continuing. Maybe, they have resorted to these activities because of low salaries and allowances. (more…)

January 14, 2018 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Panahon na naman ng mga piyesta


Ang piyesta ay isang kulturang katutubo na ginaganap upang magbuklod ang mga mamamayan. Noong unang panahon, ang mga katutubo sa bansa ay nagsasagawa ng mga kasayahan pagkatapos ng produktibong ani sa kanilang mga sakahan o di kaya sa kanilang pamamalakaya sa dagat. May sayawan, kantahan, inuman ng alak at iba pang masasayang laro ng mga kabataan.

Ang kulturang ito ay nabago ng sinakop ang Filipinas ng mga Kastila ng mahigit na 300 taon. Ang piyesta ay naging relihiyosong selebrasyon na kaakibat ng pananampalataya sa mga santong patron ng mga bayan. Nandiyan pa rin ang mga kasayahan ngunit mas nangingibabaw ang nobena sa pananampalataya sa Maykapal. (more…)

January 14, 2018 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment

More fun in Villasis’ 13th Talong Festival


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 VILLASIS- Thousands of people- local residents, balikbayans  and visitors from neighboring towns and provinces, trooped to this town, known as the “vegetable bowl” of Region I, last January 12 to celebrate the “ Talong Festival” (eggplant or aubergine), one of the famous festivals of the North.

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PINAKBET SA KAWA. Menfolk join other residents in Villasis town in the Pinakbet sa Kawa event during the town’s Talong Festival last January 12.CESAR RAMIREZ

Launched in 2005, Talong Festival  becomes more famous each year with the addition of more activities aside from the usual “pinakbet sa kawa”, 101 ways on how to cook “talong”, concert, and fireworks display.

“ This year, we departed from the traditional popularity contest which was aimed to raise funds. We shifted to the search of Binibining Villasis 2018, a beauty contest among selected beautiful ladies in barangays. This is to develop their talents, personality and self-confidence,” said Dr. Ferdinand Austria, chair of the Executive Committee of Villasis Town Fiesta 2018.

At 5:30 in the morning of January 12, the winners of the Binibining Villasis 2018 were featured over a telecast program of “Umagang Kay Ganda” of ABS-CBN hosted by Dawn Chang.

Clad in their “creative gowns” made of recycled and indigenous materials designed by local fashion designers, the beauties gladly posed for photos with the festival’s revelers.

“ I am totally impressed by  the creativity of the local fashion designers. They could convert ‘throwable trash’ into beautiful gowns,” Nida Millano, a balikbayan from London, said. (more…)

January 14, 2018 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

FCLC’s Basic Computer Tutorial goes to Bayambang


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

BAYAMBANG- After a series of basic computer tutorial courses last year in Urdaneta City, Villasis and Rosales, residents of this town will benefit from free computer literacy training program, registration of which started last January 8  at the town’s Event Center.

This was bared by Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So who said that the program will be jointly sponsored by the municipal government, Abono Partylist, Fil-Chi Love and Care Foundation (FCLCF), Fil-Chi Business Club (FCBC),  Kasama Kita sa Barangay Foundation, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). (more…)

January 14, 2018 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

San Roque dam will meet irrigation requirement – management


By VENUS MAY H. SARMIENTO

LINGAYEN – The San Roque Power Corporation (SRPC) management said the dam will continue to meet what is required of it in terms of irrigation water supply and power generation. 

Tom Valdez, vice-president for corporate social responsibility of SRPC, dismissed fears that water supply may pose a problem to irrigation  as the dam is way below the 280 meters above sea level (masl) target for ample  water supply. 

Dam water level supposedly has reached its peak in November to December but rainfall fell short than expected.

Valdez clarified that even if the dam only registers 271.94 masl this week, it will  meet its irrigation dispatch requirement until the end of the second cropping. 

“We just have to use our water very wisely,” Valdez said during a media interview in Lingayen.

Power generation is not also seen as a problem because the dam is required to operate only during peak hours, running at 115 megawatts. 

“The purpose of San Roque dam is to regulate the release of water for irrigation. Yung nire-release sa power generation, yung outflow, yun  ang pumupunta sa irrigation kaya na-me-maintain ang year-round supply ng irrigation,” Valdez clarified. 

Meanwhile, Valdez said he is proud of the institutionalization of the programs  and projects of SRPC in the community as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR).

“We have established a cooperative by the people, of the people and for the people. Hindi tayo bigay ng bigay lang but we teach the community to manage their own program and project so they could stand on their own,” he  said.

San Roque Power Corporation (SRPC) is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the power-generating facility of the San Roque Multipurpose Project for 25 years effective May 1, 2003.It will be turned-over to the government through the National Power Corporation in 2028. (VHS/PIA-Pangasinan) 

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January 14, 2018 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: How your congressman steals governmnet funds


 

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In my recent TV interview with Davao City’s Congressman Karlo Alexei Nograles, chairof the powerful Appropriations Committee, he said congressmen don’t identify the recipients of their projects in their district because it was unlawful to do so.

I disagreed.

I told Nograles, who is rumored to have a moist eye for the Senate, that in my province, even the losing bidders get three percent of the allocated funds from the government that is shelled out to them by the winning bidder after the moro-moro or for show’s tender in mockery of the Procurement Law.

I said I was thankful that between the wrangling of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and his erstwhile best friend Davao del Norte Rep. Tony Boy Floreindo because, many Filipinos learned that their conflict did not zero in on mistresses but real people’s “money” that Alvarez muscled out to deprive Floreindo, Rep. Imelda Marcos, and 22 opposition congressmen.

Without their entitlement to identify the recipients of their multi-million pesos projects, congressmen will be deprived of the twenty percent or more S.O.P or Standard Operational Procedure that goes to their personal pockets.

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Here’s a private contractor that would collaborate my thesis that congressmen and his favored contractors rob the coffer that resulted in substandard services and infrastructure to the government.

In ten million pesos farm-to-market road, he told me how the Filipino people are fleeced by this perennial malpractice.

“15 percent lang ang tubo ko diyan. 15 percent bigay ko sa congressman, 5 percent sa DPWH (Department of Public Works & Highway) bigwigs and the boys nila to divide, and 10 percent kay mayor,” he enumerated.

He said before he wins the bidding for the project at the DPWH, he first gets the nod of the other two bidders who would quote the first two highest bids so they would lose while my source, who bids the lowest for the ten million project, wins.

“I will give them P300 thousand to divide among them or to those other bidders who are interested to the project,” he said. (more…)

January 14, 2018 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

Mangaldan slaughters 35 cattle daily


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANGALDAN – The supervisor of the abattoir here said 35 carabaos are slaughtered everyday to satisfy the palate of the people of this town, nearby Dagupan City, and other municipalities.

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ABATTOIR  – Mangaldan Mayor Bonafe D. Parayno and Vice Mayor Jojo Surdilla lead the local government officials in the inaugurations and blessings of the three municipal edifices as the priority projects of the Parayno Administration. In photo is the state -of -the- art slaughter house where livestock from the burgeoning municipality and her neighboring city and towns are slaughtered. The other projects are Municipal Health Office and Museo de Mangaldan.

Slaughterhouse Supervisor Veronica Junatas said daily, 27 personnel weaing  sanitary uniforms like red t-shirts, black head covers, and rain boots not only   butcher hogs and cattle but water buffaloes in the facility located half a kilometer from the municipal hall here. (more…)

January 14, 2018 at 7:36 pm Leave a comment


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