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Sinag not a party list group 

DAGUPAN CITY – Emphasizing that the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura, Inc. (Sinag, Inc.) is not a partylist, the group asked the Commission on Elections to cancel the registration of a partylist that used the term “Sinag.”

Rosendo So, chair of Sinag, Inc. said the partylist was misleading voters and is riding the coattails of the umbrella organization of farmers and agriculture stakeholders.
The case was filed by Sinag, Inc. signed by So against Sinag tungo sa Kaunlaran Party-Group, on November 21.

The Sinag, Inc., said the party-list  used the term Sinag without the organization’s consent, for the 2019 elections.

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Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura Chairman Rosendo So

It said since it has registered the name Sinag, it has the exclusive right to prevent all third parties not having its consent, citing Rule 800 (a) of the trademark regulation.

Sinag and the partylist are separate and distinct organizations, and have no relation to each other whatsoever, the farmers group said.

It added that by using and appropriating the trademark Sinag duly registered by the organization, the party-list in question “will inevitably be riding the coattails of a well-known and established organization.”

The Sinag organization supports the Abono and Agap party-list groups.

The Sinag, Inc. is an umbrella group of 31 farmers and agriculture stakeholders and organizations, incorporated for the purpose of promoting the growth and development of agriculture industry in the Philippines.

Towards this end, it aims to unite to the largest extent possible, all members of the agriculture industry.

 “It prides itself in having established a good reputation not only with the farmers but also government agencies and the name Sinag, Inc. has established well-earned trust and respect of many,” So said in the petition.

“The primordial objective of election laws is to give effect to, rather that frustrate the will of the voter,” So said.

He said in allowing a party list to carry the name of not only an existing organization of good repute misleads the voters and would prevent the intent of the election laws to give credence to the voice of the people.

He said the Sinag party list was allegedly founded years after the Sinag organization was founded.

Sinag organization had been working on behalf of its members to eliminate unfair and restrictive trade practices to ensure a level playing between and among domestic producers and importers to ensure the best value for the end consumer and a sustainable livelihood for agriculture industry.


November 27, 2018 at 7:29 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Hindi bababa ang presyo ng bigas kahit maaprub ang Tariffication Bill

Bago ang lahat meron pong panawagan na No to Tariffication. Ang tarrification ay nag pag-alis ng quantitative restrictions sa pag import ng produkto at lalagyan ng buwis ang imported na produkto.

Bababa daw po ang presyo ng produkto satariffication bill.

Bababa daw po ang presyo ng bigas. Hahaha.

Ang malwakan na importation ay sagot daw pos a inflation.


Ulitin ko lang po ang sabi ni Chairman Rosendo So ng Sinag.

Ang pagtaas ng volume ng imported na bigas noon 2017 kumpara sa 2018 ay hindi nagbaba ng presyo ng bigas.

Noong 2017 ay nag-import ang Pilipinas ng 859,693.56 metric tons ng bigas. Ngayon 2018, kahit hindi pa tapos ang taon ay nakapag import ng tayo ng 1,004,406 metric tons ng bigas.

O, dumami ang imported na bigas…tama po ba?

Bumaba po ba nag presyo ng bigas?

Hindi po.

Noong 2017… ang presyo ng bigas ay P38.00 per kilo.

Ngayon 2018… ang presyo ng bigas ay P47.00 per kilo!

Dadagsa ang importation ng bigas pero walang kasiguruhan na bababa ang presyo ng bigas.


FIRST IN FIRST OUT. Ito po ang suggested na solusyon ni senador Chiz Escudero para mabawasan ang corruption sa Bureau of Customs.

Narito po ang media release ni sendor Chiz Escudero:


There is a way to minimize and resolve corruption in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) or in any government agency for that matter, Sen. Chiz Escudero said on Monday.

According to Escudero, the government can institutionalize mechanisms that will ensure transparency and minimize corruption, which can in fact be established in all government agencies and not only in BOC.

“There is a way to resolve corruption at the BOC or in any other agency of government. Discretion always equals corruption. Minimize discretion and corruption will be minimized. Eliminate it and corruption will be eliminated. One such application is the FIFO or first-in-first-out rule,” Escudero said.

Escudero suggested that BOC implement a stricter queuing system for incoming and outgoing shipments so that cargoes that came in first, will also be the first ones to be processed and released.

“Kapag unang dumating ang shipment na ito, dapat una nilang i-process ito bago nila i-processiyong pangalawang barkong dumating. Ang nangyayari kasi sa Bureau of Customs, alam naman nating lahat, uupuan iyong papel mo, ilalagay palagi sa ilalim hangga’t lumapit ka. Dahil sa laki ng demurahe na kailangan mong bayaran, makikipag-areglo ka nalang para mas mapabilis ang paglabas ng shipment mo,” he said.

Demurrage are charges paid to the BOC when a cargo remains in its terminal beyond the given free storage period.

Escudero reiterated that BOC must do a systems review and evaluate its existing protocols as well as eliminate certain areas of discretion in order to finally solve corruption in the agency.

“Ang pangunahing area of discretion sa customs, una, kailan ko ba pipirmahan o dedesisyunan iyong papel? Wala silang rule na ganoon. Maa-address iyon ngFIFO. Pangalawa, ano bang evaluation ang ilalagay ko diyan for tax purpose? May bluebook naman na ang customs at matagal nang naimbento ang computer. Ang dali naman na sigurong gawin noon sa Bureau of Customs, para iyong human intervention at discretion, mabawasan o malimitahan mo man lang. Pag nabawasan o nalimitahan mo iyon, mas kaunti na lang ang kailangan mong bantayan,” Escudero said.

Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his frustration over the rampant corruption in the BOC, saying it cannot be resolved regardless of who he appoints to lead the agency. The President even called on the military to take over BOC, saying it is in a state of “anarchy.”

Sa latest na speech ni Mayor Rody Duterte ay nabangit niya ang problema sa kuryents sa Palawan.


KURYENTE PROBLEM NG PALAWAN. Eto naman si senador Win Gatchalian ay may suggested solution din.

Gatchalian: PALECO takeover needed to solve Palawan power supply woes

Senator Win Gatchalian on Monday backed the plan of the government to take over the beleaguered Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) to solve the province’s worsening power supply problem.


Gatchalian made the call after President Rodrigo Duterte recently gave PALECO a stern warning that the national government would be compelled to take over the power distributor’s facilities should frequent blackouts in Palawan persist until the end of the year.

The senator lamented that exasperated Palaweños have long complained about the lengthy rotational brownouts they have experienced in their province, and PALECO’s seemingly chronic inefficiency in coming up with solutions to the problem.

As chair of the Senate Energy Committee, Gatchalian facilitated a dialogue and held a committee hearing with stakeholders of the PALECO power situation more than a year ago to determine the cause of the long brownouts in the province.

The senator said he has been urging the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to take over PALECO since his committee conducted a formal dialogue in August 2017 with representatives from the Department of Energy, the Energy Regulatory Commission, NEA, the National Power Corporation, PALECO, Delta P, DMCI Power, and affected local government units on the frequent lengthy power interruptions in Puerto Princesa City and the province of Palawan.

“Matagal na natin naririnig ang mga reklamo ng ating mga kababayan sa Palawan tungkol sa mga mahahabang brownout na nararanasan nila mula nung ako’y pumasok sa Senado. Bilang chairman ng Senate Committee on Energy, palagi nating pinupukpok ang PALECO na solusyunan na itong problema, pero puro pangako na lang ang naririnig natin sa kanila,” Gatchalian said.

PALECO, which has the second largest franchise area in the country, provides power to 18 municipalities and Puerto Princesa City, serving a total of 135,284 consumers as of April 2018.

Citing data from NEA, Gatchalian pointed out that each PALECO consumer experienced an average of 126 power interruptions in 2017, which he said was beyond the NEA standard of 25 interruptions per consumer per year. This resulted in an average of 16 hours of power interruption every month or a total of 187 hours in 2017, according to Gatchalian. Based on the NEA standard, the acceptable frequency of power interruption is 45 hours per consumer per year.

Gatchalian noted that in July 2017 alone, power consumers had to endure 31 hours of blackouts due to unreliable power providers which had failed to fulfill their obligations.

During the formal dialogue conducted by the energy committee last year, the senator found that the frequent brownouts in Puerto Princesa City were caused by the inability of power plant operator DMCI Power to provide 25 megawatts (MW) of guaranteed dependable capacity (GDC) under its 2012 Power Supply Agreement with PALECO. At that point, PALECO had already slapped DMCI with a total penalty of P9,949,767.61 from July 2012 to December 2016 due to power generation issues.

For these reasons, Gatchalian has recommended the takeover of PALECO’s operations by the national government to ensure a steady power supply in the province. However, instead of expropriating the cooperative and turning over its franchise to more capable entities, the senator wants NEA to take control of PALECO’s daily operations.

“It is the responsibility of NEA to ensure that all covered areas of electric cooperatives get reliable power. In this case, PALECO’s customers are experiencing serious problems with power outages. NEA needs to step in now. Let’s not prolong this problem further,” he said.

Gatchalian also reiterated his call for PALECO to rescind its Power Supply Agreement with DMCI Power due to the repeated failure of the latter to deliver the required power capacity for the province. He also called for the cancellation of the private power generator’s application for the construction of a new coal plant in the province.

“Underperforming generation companies have essentially robbed the province of Palawan of its fair share of our country’s energy supply. PALECO should no longer do business with them,” he added.


November 27, 2018 at 7:06 am Leave a comment

Brian Lim: Dagupan may lose identity as top bangus producer

DAGUPAN CITY – Vice Mayor Brian Lim warned against the city losing its identity as Bangus Capital of the World because of widespread backfilling of fishponds.

The city is known for its delicious bangus (milkfish) and its identity was established as a major bangus producer when the Bangus Festival was started in 2001.

The festival was a launching pad for more economic activities including eco-tourism starting for a river cruise, Lim told reporters during a media forum on Thursday.

“There were major eco-tourism plans, but because of backfilling of fishponds, there will come a time that our bangus industry will disappear,” Lim said.

He added that without the bangus industry, Dagupan needs to find another identity “but I still don’t know what it would be.”

Lim rued the backfilling of fishponds despite an executive order issued by Malacanang prohibiting backfilling of viable class A fishponds.

The order was issued because the priority of the country is food security,  and the reason for the inflation that the country is experiencing is because there is not enough food.

“Bangus is the only fish produced in the Philippines whose price is increasing because there is not enough supply,” he said.

At present, bangus costs up to P170 per kilo in the local markets.


November 27, 2018 at 6:39 am Leave a comment



Alaminos City Mayor Arthur Celeste cuts the ribbon to start Panangan ed Dalan Festival, a part of the annual fiesta of  Barangay Poblacion in  Manaoag town. Celeste, a gubernatorial candidate of Pangasinan, was the affair’s guest of honor. Assisting him is town Vice Mayor Domyciano Ching (in checkered polo).

November 26, 2018 at 11:07 pm Leave a comment

Alaminos tops BFAR’s Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan program

For the second time in a row, Alaminos City topped the regional level of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ Malinis and Masaganang Karagatan program.

The city won the contest’s 2017 and 2018 MMK editions, and now it is gunning for the country level and the P30 million price for the first price.

“We are among the top 5 in the entire country in 2018,” Catherine Oyson of the City Agriculture Office said.
The city employees said they drew inspiration from Mayor Arthur Celeste who only wanted the best for the city.

The BFAR has been conducting the MMK program for three years now, starting in 2016. It awards coastal municipalities for their efforts in protecting and conserving marine environments.

MMK program has four general criteria: (1) absence of illegal fishing and observance of fishing closed season, (2) establishment of protected marine sanctuary, (3) clean coastal waters without domestic and industrial wastes and, (4) effective mangrove protection and rehabilitation program.

Under the criteria on absence of illegal fishing and observance of closed fishing season, Alaminos has implemented several programs which resulted in increase of fish catch of the local fishermen.

One of these is the creation of Task Force Isla, a group of city policemen, Maritime police and Bantay Dagat which patrols the Hundred Islands National Park and all coastal areas of the city.

Because illegal fishing has been significantly minimized if not completely stopped, the fish catch of marginal fishermen has doubled, Oyson said.

In the past years, an eight-hour fishing expedition would yield only 3-4 kilos of fish, but now its 6-8 kilos, she added.

The city has also enacted and is implementing the Comprehensive City Fishing Ordinance, a provision of which prohibits fishing in the HINP and carries a stiff penalty for violators.

The HINP is a fish sanctuary and therefore fishing of any kind is prohibited, Oyson said.

A 34-hectare area off barangay Telbang has likewise been declared as fish sanctuary and is being patrolled by the Task Force Isla.

The fishing ordinance also regulates the establishment of fishery structures like fish pens and fish corrals, in the designated fishery areas  in waters off  Pangascasan and Baley Daan  villages.

Alaminos has also formulated and adopted the Coastal Resources Management Plan which includes the caring and protecting of the city’s coastal and marine ecosystem.

The marine ecosystem includes the mangrove forests, seagrasses, coral reefs and the beach areas.

Under MMK’s clean coastal waters criteria, the city implements the comprehensive solid waste management and a material wastes recovery system. The city operates a Materials Recovery Facility.the

These programs aim to ensure that the coastal areas of the city are clean and free of garbage.

Alaminos has also continuously been planting mangroves in the coastal areas, either as its own project or in support of other agency’s projects.

For instance, in 2017, the city government supported the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ program to reforest 45 hectares of coastal areas.

These are in Pangapisan, Mona, Baley Daan, Lucap and Pandan.

“The reforestation areas are still under observation, as it is expected that some of the propagules (mangrove sedlings)  planted may die.  After three years, we will know the percentage of mortality, and the dead mangroves would be replaced,” Oyson said.


November 26, 2018 at 11:03 pm Leave a comment

New Pangasinan PPA head to have more clients

DAGUPAN CITY – The Probation and Parole Administration (PPA) Chief in the Fourth Congressional District and some parts of the Third Congressional District of Pangasinan has his hands full after the Supreme Court allowed violators of the Dangerous Drugs Law to plea bargain and avail of the probation program of the government.
Probation means a period of supervision over an offender, ordered by the court instead of serving time in prison.
Hercules N. Tandoc said he is expecting more or less 250 new clients for rehabilitation under his watch.
“Ang balita ko kasi diyan mga 500. So more or less more than one half,” he said.
He cited that he, PPA Field Supervisor Chief John Yasco, and two subordinate officers have been doing the yeoman’s job to run the program where they are to supervise countless hundreds of clients from the two districts.


November 26, 2018 at 10:46 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: A cry for justice

On  November 23, the media practitioners all over the country will commemorate the Maguindanao Massacre, known as Ampatuan massacre which saw 58 persons, that include 32 journalists, killed and buried in a mass grave in the morning of November 23, 2009.

Nine years since that day, justice seems to be elusive to the families of the victims despite  widespread protests of media practitioners, both from local and international communities.


What happened on that day must be recalled to have an over-all picture of  that bloody crime.

The 58 victims were on their way to file the candidacy of Buluan Vice Mayor Esmael Mangungudatu who was then challenging Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. for governor of Maguindanao for the 2010 election. Ampatuan Jr. was the son of then incumbent Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. While they were in Ampatuan town and on their way to Shariff Aguak, they were kidnapped and massacred – Mangungudatu’s wife, his two sisters, journalists, lawyers, aides, and other motorists who were mistakenly identified as part of the group.

Witnesses of the said incident said  about 10 kilometers from Shariff Aguak, the convoy was stopped by at least 100 armed men. They said that at least five of the female victims ( four of them journalists) were raped before being killed. Practically all the women were shot in their genitals and beheaded afterwards. Before she died, Mangungudatu’s wife was able to text her husband, she identified that the men of Ampatuan Jr. were the ones who blocked them. She also said that Ampatuan Jr. had slapped her.

 A day after the incident, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo responded to the news of massacre and declared a state of emergency in Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato City. Then Speaker of the House of Representatives Prospero Nograles called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to identify the perpetrators and disarm them. The Department of Justice (DOJ), on the other hand, created a panel of special prosecutors to handle the cases. (more…)

November 25, 2018 at 2:23 am Leave a comment

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