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Two farm workers demonstrate the operation of the mini palay transplanter at the agri-techno farm in Carmen East, Rosales on December 19. The equipment is manually drawn by either one or two persons. It could save expenses on farm labor. VIRGIL MAGANES

AGRI-TECHNO FARM Abono Partylist Chairman Rosendo O. So explains to the more than 100 farmers the farm technologies at the agri-technology farm he established in Carmen East, Rosales on December 19. Among the technology are a solar-energized irrigation system, mini palay transplanter and green house for the planting of hydroponic high yielding vegetable varieties. VIRGIL MAGANES

December 24, 2018 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

Bayambang opens Abong na Aro

BAYAMBANG– An evacuation center that shelters residents from floods has a new use – to shelter women who are victims of violence.

The evacuation center in Wawa village is one of the eight centers established in the town in 2004 by the Agno Flood Control Project under the Department of Public Works and Highways.

They were part of the Phase II, package 3 of the Agno Flood Conrol Project, a multi-million project meant to tame the waters of the mighty Agno River every rainy season.

But the massive buildings are idle most time of the year, so the local government decided to make use of them for other purposes, said Mayor Cesar Quaimbao.

On Thursday, the local government launched as Abong na Aro (House of Love), a “shelter for those who want to escape the pain that other people caused them.”

Quaimbao said the Abong na Aro was a pet project of his wife Nina, president of Bayambang  Local Council of Women.

“She rents a house for abused women and children from the town, and decided to transform one of the evacuation centers as a shelter for them,” he said.

A brief on the project said Bayambang was not stranger to physical and psychological abuse of women and children.

“Every year, many different cases of abuse are reported, and while some abusers are jailed, some are set free and even allowed to live under the same roof (with) the ones they abused. This means that the abused are forced to face their fears and live the worst moments of their lives everyday. This sparked the idea of constructing a temporary shelter where (the abused) can stay until they feel better physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually,” it said.

He said Nina donated the funds for the construction of six bedrooms on the ground floor of the building that measures 25 x 50 meters.  Each bedroom that can be shared by two women, has a comfort room.  It also has a library, a prayer room, and recreational rooms.

The facility that would be opened in January next year will be managed by the municipal government and will have an administrator and staff, Quaimbao said.

He said two other evacuation centers would be used for other purposes – one as a dressmaking area for women who are members of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.  The other would be used as a rehabilitation center for illegal drug users.


December 24, 2018 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

Labrador creates Task Force vs environmental law violators

By Elsha Marie  Soriano

LABRADOR – The local government unit of this town takes the lead to protect the environment and natural resources within the municipality by creating a multi-sectoral task force against environmental law violators.

The task force, which is composed of enforcers from local government unit of Labrador, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army (PA), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Interior and the Local Government (DILG) and Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), was formed on November 28 in Labrador, Pangasinan.

Members of the task force signed a pledge of commitment to ensure the survival of the future generation and guarantee its fulfilment for a healthful and balanced ecology.

According to Lawyer Arlyn Katherine Buduhan, officer-in-charge of the Dagupan City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), the formation of the task force aims to promote multi-sectoral cooperation in environmental law enforcement within the municipality of Labrador in accordance with their respective mandates.

Buduhan said the members declare their cooperation to multi-sectoral environmental law enforcement through the following:

1. Provide fast and efficient respond to verified reports coming from any sources;

2. Improvement of environmental law enforcement, ranging from deterrence, investigation, arrest, searches and prosecution, to enforcement of judgments against illegal natural extraction and degradation, and for the protection of environmental quality;

3. To ensure protection of communities facing environmental injustice, harassment, and other threats from environmental law violators;

4.  Promotion of cross-agency coordination of responsibilities, jurisdictions and capabilities towards ensuring the imposition of penalties and enforcement of any ordered cessation or demotion;

5.  To ensure sustained impacts of enforcement actions; and

6.  Enhancement of the deterrent power of the Task Force members as part of their regular performance of functions.

Mayor Artemio Arenas added that the Sangguniang Bayan of Labrador is very willing to pass a resolution adopting the anti-ENR crime task force.

Likewise, the local chief executive urged all the task force members to work hand in hand in making Labrador, an environment law violators-free. (PIA Pangasinan)


December 24, 2018 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Congress’ versions of insertion

A few months before the start of the campaign period for the national and local candidates, members of Congress, many with checkered past, quarreled after some of them exposed the billions of pesos pork barrels or “insertions”, if you prefer the latter, stealthily included by some “enterprising” minds in the cornucopia of the proposed 2019 P3.757 Trillion General Annual Budget (GAB).

They upped the ante when they dragged Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to the fry.

 Quezon Congressman and  Minority Leader Danilo Suarez grilled the latter at the plenary that his reelective official bala-e ( Sorsogon Vice Governor Ester Hamor  and mother- in – law of his daughter) district in Sorsogon is a beneficiary of a whopping P2.8 billion project.

Susmariosep, “insertion” nowadays has a very bad connotation.

What after Pornhub, largest global pornographic online site, declared that male and female Filipinos are No.1 “voyeurs” based on the minutes they glued themselves on its site. The Flips stayed of up to 14 minutes a day average aggravated, tee he, by the snail paced internet speed brought by PLDT and Globe only worsens our reputation on prurience. (more…)

December 24, 2018 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

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