Archive for June, 2018

MAGANES; Mark O. Cojuangco- a leader with a heart for the poor

There is now a widespread rumor in Pangasinan that former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco will again try his luck for the governorship. Political pundits and kibitzers opined that should he run for the highest position in the province, he will win. According to them, Cojuangco has already learned his lessons in the 2016 election and that he need to  only to change his political strategy to win.


As of this writing, Cojuangco has not yet announced his political plans. Will he run for governor of Pangasinan in 2019? His first public appearance after the 2016 election was in Rosales Town Fiesta last June 12. However, he has not yet articulated whether he will run for governorship. People are still in the midst of speculations, but I presume Cojuangco is testing the right time when he will announce his political plans.

 In 2016 elections, Cojuangco mustered more than half million votes of Pangasinenses, a shy of 230,000 votes against his opponent. He received many tirades from the camp of his opponent among them were: he’s not a true-blooded Pangasinense having been born in Paniqui, Tarlac, could not speak Ilocano and Pangasinense, a spoiled brat and many more. However, corruption was not part of those tirades since he’s a clean man during his stint as the representative of the 5th District of Pangasinan. He was replaced by his equally incorruptible wife- former 5th District Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco. (more…)

June 19, 2018 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

Is Cojuangco running for governor?

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 DAGUPAN CITY – Former Congressman Mark Cojuangco will file his candidacy for the gubernatorial race of Pangasinan this coming October, if a town mayor is to be believed.

“Ikaw ang unang pinagsabihan ko nito mayor (You’re the first person that I confided on this development),” the mayor, who asked for anonymity, told this newspaper.

Cojuangco exhorts

Former Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco

The mayor said he expected Cojuangco to meet with his supporters soon to map up their strategy for the May 13, 2019 poll.

Another source said the former solon had learned his lesson when he lost the 2016 gubernatorial bout with his rival when he spent hundreds of millions of pesos for the medical missions in various towns of the 44 towns and three cities of the province one year before the election.

“That spread and thinned out his electoral campaign fund few months before the election,” he cited. (more…)

June 19, 2018 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

Taxmen bewail inclusion of DPWH’s taxes in their goal

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 CALASIAO – Some Revenue District Office (RDO) chiefs deplored the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s central office to include in the agency’s  tax target this year the taxes of contractors at the Department of the Public Works & Highway.

RDO -4 based here has a tax goal this year of P4.8 billion, up from last year’s P4 billion.

It is a spike of P756, 742, 971 or 18.90% from the last year’s collection.

That collection in 2017 and repeated as target for 2018 still includes the DPWH taxes, according to a source from the RDO-4 that supervised the two cities and 13 towns’ Central Pangasinan. (more…)

June 19, 2018 at 9:11 am Leave a comment

Bayambang undertakes tax campaign, building appraisal

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

BAYAMBANG- In its bid to increase real property tax collections in the town, the Municipal Assessor’s Office is currently undertaking tax campaign and building appraisal in every barangay.

Cezar Quiambao

Bayambang Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao

 Municipal Assessor Annie De Leon said last May, the Assessor’s Team were in Barangay Bongato East, Bongato West, Buenlag 1st, Buenlag 2nd, at Cadre Site.

De Leon said if a house has a market value of P175,000 and above, it is considered taxable. If the market value is below P175,000, it is exempted from taxes.

She also said that all lands regardless of market value are taxable.

The Assessor’s Office is reminding all town residents that taxes are the “lifeblood” of the government as they are used to fund public projects and programs as well as government operations.

According to the  Local Government Code of 1991 or Republic Act No. 7160, all those having ownership of real properties are obliged to pay their real property taxes (RPT) yearly.

On the other hand, the Municipal Treasury Office, explained that the RPTs are broken down as follows: 35%  to the provincial government, 20% to the Special Education Fund (SEF), 10% to the barangay, and 35% to the municipality.

The provincial government, through legislation, dictates the real property tax to be collected based on appraisal of market value, and has also the power to approve the increase of RPTs.

June 19, 2018 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

Alaminos introduces HINP’s flagship mascots

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ALAMINOS CITY– Saturday Damsey and Mr. Island Rangers are two mascots that started to roam around the Hundred Islands National Park (HINP), starting during the celebration of the 2018 Month of the Ocean this June.

The celebration has the theme: “Together for our Reefs” and was spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 1 in coordination with the city government here.

Damsey is a name derived from the species damselfish which is endemic in the city’s marine park and serves as one of the main attractions of the site.

The Island Ranger represents those who protects, conserves, preserves the HINP and the marine life that includes the damsel fish and coral reefs.

City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste was excited about the use of mascots in the campaign to educate the residents and tourists tourists on the importance of marine conservation and protection.

 “ Thanks to DENR RFO 1 for this great project that will further raise environmental awareness among different sectors in our society,” Celeste said.

 He further said the strategy will definitely complement the city’s continuing initiatives and efforts to ensure the environmental sustainability and protection of the marine park and its precious resources.

 Barbara Pernia, DENR Chief of Conservation and Development Division, said the launching of the HINP flagship mascots is in line with the implementation of one of the component programs of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) as they will be used in Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns to promote ocean conservation and the conservation and the recovery of the remaining stock of the said species.

Part of the mascots launching were also lectures and presentation on coral reefs, benefits of coral reefs, threats to reefs and conservation and management efforts of the marine ecosystem.

The mascots will soon become familiar and popular celebrities especially when they start to participate in various fun-filled activities in the city and interact with the people.

June 19, 2018 at 8:41 am Leave a comment

AUDREY JAMILLE SUSAN Q. SISON;  An epitome of a millennial leader

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 “Lead from the back- and let others believe they are in front,” once said by South African leader Nelson Madela.

This is the rallying point of this young lady who run as a Punong Barangay (village chief) in Zone 1, Poblacion, Villasis, Pangasinan.

 As fate was on her side, she was unopposed and became the youngest elected village leader in her town.

Audrey Jamille Susan Q. Sison, simply known as Jamille is 23 years old,  being born on November 5, 1994. She finished her Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management as a Cum Laude at the Far Eastern University. She is currently taking up Master in Public Administration at the Urdaneta City University (UCU), a course to further enhance her knowledge and skills on public governance. (more…)

June 19, 2018 at 8:36 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL; Ang diwa ng kalayaan

Isaang daan at dalawampung taon na ang ating kalayaan noong nakaraang Hunyo 12. Si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte and nanguna sa pagdiriwang nito sa Kawit, Cavite sa mismong lugar kung saan iwinagayway ang ating watawat ni dating Pangulong Emilio F. Aguinaldo sa taong1898.

Balikan natin ang kasaysayan.

Ipinagbunyi ng sambayanang Filipino ang natamong kalayaan mula sa pananakop ng Espanya ng mahigit na 300 taon. Subalit naging pansamantala lang ito nang ang ating bansa ay sinakop muli ng mga Amerikano sa pamamagitan ng Treaty of Paris noong 1898. Ibenenta ng Espanya ang Pilipinas sa Estados Unidos sa halagang US$20 milyon. Mula 1898 hanggang pumutok ang ikalawang digmaang pandaigdig, ang Pilipinas ay nasa ilalim ng Estados Unidos. Tayo ay binansagang bansa na Commonwealth. Ang ating Saligang Batas ng 1935 ay hango sa Saligang Batas ng Estados Unidos.

 Pagkatapos ng digmaan, ibinigay ng Estados Unidos ang ating kalayaan. Noong Hulyo 4, 1946, iwinagayway muli ang ating watawat na nag-iisa. Wala na ang watawat ng Estados Unidos. Lubos na kalayaan ang ibinigay sa Pilipinas upang umusad ang demokrasya. Ang Pilipinas ang kaunaunahang bansa sa Asya na nagkaroon ng demokrasya sa mga panahong iyon.

 Bagamat tayo ay estadong republika, ang kalayaang ating tinamo ay hindi pa lubos hanggang ngayon. May mga banta ng terorismo gaya ng nangyari sa Marawi City (Lanao Del Sur), ng kurapsyon, ng mga kriminalidad, ng kahirapan, atbp.

 Ang kalayaan ng bawat Filipino ang nangunguna sa “Bill of Rights” ng ating 1987 Saligang Batas. Nakasulat doon ang karapatan ng bawat Filipino- karapatang hindi dapat isalaula at ipagwalang bahala ng ating mga namumuno.

 Oo nga’t 120 na taon na ang ating kalayaan, marami pa ang dapat maalis na tanikala sa karamihang Filipino. Kailan naman kaya tayo lalaya sa matinding kahirapan? Kailan kaya tayo lalaya sa kuko ng mga gahamang pulitiko na nagpapariwara sa kaban ng bayan? Kailan tayo lalaya sa mga kurapsyon at mga uri ng karumaldumal na kriminalidad? Kailan tayo lalaya sa mga mapang-aping mayayaman? Kailan kayo tayo lalaya sa mga ilegal na droga at mga abusadong nagtratrabaho sa ating pamahalaan?

Maraming katanungan ng bawat isang Filipino. Hanggang ang mga katanungang iyan ay hindi masagot, ang ating kalayaan ay hindi pa lubos. Sa atin din magsisimula ang pag-alis ng mga tanikala sa ating lipunang ginagalawan.

Ang tunay na kalayaan ay nasa ating pag-iisip at tunay na pagbabago sa ating mga pananaw sa buhay. Tayo rin ang magsusulong ng mga pagbabago ng ating lipunan. Simulan na nating palayain ang ating mga sarili sa mga tanikala ng kahirapan, kurapsyon at kriminalidad. Diyan magsisimula ang tunay na kalayaan.

June 19, 2018 at 8:04 am Leave a comment

Heavy rains did not affect rice farms

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 URDANETA CITY- The weeklong rains brought by  southwest monsoon, typhoon Domeng and Ester did not affect the agriculture crops particularly palay in Pangasinan,  Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Nestor P. Batalla  said.

 He said only Dasol town in western part of the province reported about destroyed palay seedling beds because of floods.

 “We have yet to monitor the extent of the damage reported. So far, we have not yet received reports on other damages of  agriculture crops in the province,” Batalla said.

 He also said some towns that depend on rain  and underground irrigation, the monsoon rains helped the farmers as they have already transplanted palay seedlings in their rice paddies.

 “ Farmers have just harvested their standing palay crops before the onset of the monsoon rains , that’s why palay production in the province is not affected,” he said.

 He further said that at present the irrigation facilities of the province and that of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) have no water to discharge to the irrigable areas in Pangasinan.

 Meanwhile, due to the continuous rainfall that caused flooding in some areas, and the inclement weather condition, municipal/city mayors in western and central Pangasinan declared the suspension of classes in kindergarten, elementary, junior and senior high schools on June 14.

 The municipalities that have declared suspension of classes were Dasol, Burgos, Bolinao, Bani, Infanta, Mabini, Anda, Lingayen, Aguilar, Basista, Binmaley, Mangaldan, Calasiao, Bugallon, Urbiztondo, Mangatarem, Bayambang, San Carlos City, Labrador, Bautista, Manaoag, Sta. Barbara, Calasiao, Mangaldan and Dagupan City.

June 19, 2018 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

Two Pangasinan kapitans killed

DAGUPAN CITY – Two barangay chairmen in the province were killed one after the other, on June 6 and June 8.

The newly elected chairman of Sto. Domingo,  Sual, was gunned down by riding-in-tandem at ten am

Of June 8.

 The victim,  identified as Romulo Agbayani, was having a  meeting with farmers in his house when killers wearing  bonnets shot him in the  head and body.

 Agbayani was a  returning chairman, having served for three  terms and decided to run again after resting for one term.

 Mayor Roberto  Arcinue said witnesses saw the killers even followed  the barangay patrol vehicle which was used to bring Agbayani  to the hospital in  nearby Alaminos City.

 “The  residents are alarmed. Our town was cited by the  regional police as a peaceful town. But this happened. It is  shocking,” Arcinue  said.

 On June 6, the  incoming barangay chairman of Concordia,  Burgos town was also killed by unidentified gunmen.

 The victim,  Santiago Abella, an incumbent kagawad (barangay  councilor) was walking along his farm when shot several  times in the body and  head by the assailants.


June 19, 2018 at 7:29 am Leave a comment

 Anda, Bolinao stop aquaculture

By Yolanda Sotelo

BOLINAO– The two towns affected by a massive fishkill that started on May 31, stopped aquaculture operations to give their aquaculture areas a chance to heal.

This town declared a moratorium  for two years while neighbor island town Anda issued an open-ended “temporary suspension” on fish stocking.

Mayor Arnold Celeste of Bolinao signed Executive on June 8 which said aside from huge losses to the industry, the fishkill also resulted in irreversible damage to the environment, and a moratorium is needed to institute measures that would prevent similar disasters in the future and allow the area to recover.

On the other hand, Mayor Aldrin Cendran issued Executive Order 31 on May 31 that declared a temporary suspension of fish stocking in all pens and cages in the town’s aquaculture zone which cited overcrowding and over-stocking of fish as among the factors that led to the fishkill.

The suspension in Anda covers the town’s entire aquaculture zone while in Bolinao, only three barangays are covered by the moratorium – Luciente II, Culang and Luna.

While suspension in Bolinao is for two years, there is no timeframe in Anda. But both said the lifting would depend on the recommendations of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Celdran said the suspension is pending assessment of the two agencies of the extent of pollution and environmental degradation. (more…)

June 19, 2018 at 7:28 am Leave a comment

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