Archive for January 22, 2018

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.

Asingan mayor and dorao

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

Alaminos City to hold ‘ Kasalang Bayan’

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ALAMINOS CITY- The city government through the Office of the City Registry has announced the holding of  a “Kasalang Bayan” (mass wedding) to be officiated by Mayor Arthur F. Celeste in February, the month of “hearts”.

This will now be the fifth year of the mass wedding, which in the past years has already united more than 700 couples.

“While we are holding free civil weddings to new and living in couples, we are not discouraging them to have their church weddings,” Lovely De Castro-Milles, City Civil Registrar said even as she recalled the colorful love stories of couples that availed of the “ Kasalang Bayan”.

She said those who are interested to participate in the mass wedding  will just register at her office, bringing with them the requirements like birth certificates and certificates of no marriage (CENOMAR).

It can be recalled that the first “Kaalang Bayan” was held at the Hundred Islands in 2014 where couples and guests enjoyed pristine beauty of the beaches and islands as backdrops.

The “Kasalang Bayan” is a program of the city government to help couples to legally bind their unions as husbands and wives.

January 22, 2018 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

NAPC wants increase in NFA’s palay support price

STA. BARBARA – The National Anti Poverty Commission urged Pangasinan farmers to ask President Duterte to increase the support price for palay by the National Food Authority (NFA).

NAPC Ilocos Regional chair Vincent Adorna said there was a need for increase in the palay buying price because of the rising cost of production.

Adorna was one of the speakers on Friday  during the distribution of farm machinery and equipment  worth P19.5 million to farmer-associations from the 3rd, 4th and 5th districts of Pangasinan on Friday at the DA station in this central Pangasinan town.

The equipment are 10 tractors, one combine harvester, 65 knapsacks, five hand tractors and 75 pumps and engine sets. On Thursday, the DA also distributed farm machinery and equipment worth P P17.4 million to farmers from first, second and sixth districts.

Assistant Provincial Agriculture Officer Nestor Batalla quoted data from the DA that farmers spend P15 to P16 to produce a kilo of palay

“If you sell the palay at P17 per kilo, you have one peso earning,” he said, as he compared that other countries like Thailand spend P10-P11 to produce a kilo of palay because of farm mechanization.

Batalla explained that the biggest bulk of farmers’ expenses is labor, that is why the government thought of farm mechanization program to reduce their expenses and increase their yield and income.

“If the farmer saves even just two pesos per palay, it’s a big savings already that can be used for family  expenses,” he said.

But farm mechanization  results in loss of job for farm laborers during planting and harvesting season, said Pangasinan fourth district Representative Christopher de Venecia.

“It’s a tricky balancing act that we should look into.  The farmers who received help from the government should in turn  help the laborers who would lose their jobs because of farm mechanization,”he said.

He said this can be done when the farmers scale up their agricultural activities by multi-cropping, engaging in agricultural tourism or in value-adding activities.

“The farm laborers could be hired or re-aligned to other livelihood. That way, you are improving their livelihood. They will no longer be planters or harvesters,” he said.


January 22, 2018 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

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