Archive for December, 2018

Celeste inspires village folk in San Carlos City

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

SAN CARLOS CITY – Alaminos City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste, a gubernatorial hopeful, continues to inspire people during his visits to barangays.

Celeste has been going around barangays in Pangasinan to introduce himself as a gubernatorial candidate.

In his sortie in this city recently, he talked with the people about his platforms and advocacies,  reminding them that each Pangasinense is a partner for change and part of the inclusivity of “Pangasinan Para Sa Lahat” (Pangasinan For All).

Amid cheers and applauses from the crowd, Celeste expressed his desire to be that conveyor of change in Pangasinan where he said he could replicate what he has done in Alaminos City and District I. (more…)

December 25, 2018 at 9:39 am Leave a comment


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

Sto. Tomas vice mayoral candidate gunned down

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

STO. TOMAS- Councilor Benjamin “Junjun” Oculto Jr., also a vice mayoral candidate of this town, was shot dead outside a chapel in Poblacion West here on December 16.

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The slain Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan’s vice mayoral candidate Benjie Oculto.

Oculto has just attended the church service at 10:40 in the morning when he was shot by Nestor “Junjun” Vidal, a resident of Barangay Hermoso in Tepo, Bataan.

Police report from the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) in Lingayen  stated that the victim has just came out from the Jesus Christ Chapel, and was crossing the road  towards his car when a gunman jumped out of a parked vehicle and shot him.

Town policemen were able to immediately respond, wounding the suspect in the neck.

The suspect tried to enter the car but his companions sped off, leaving him alone to face the policemen.

Oculto was rushed to the Dr. Marcelino Chan Memorial Hospital in Carmen West, Rosales but was declared dead on arrival by the attending medical doctors.

Recovered from Vidal were M16 rifle with two magazines and a fully loaded magazine for a caliber -.45 pistol.

His running mate Councilor Ely Ramos for the mayoralty in this town survived a gun attack by motorcyle-riding assailants last October 5.

December 18, 2018 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Dagupan, 3rd district have most voters in Pangasinan

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Dagupan City and the Third Congressional District in Pangasinan  have the most numbers of registered voters based on the latest records of the Commission on Election (Comelec) as of November 15 this year.

 Comelec records showed that the 2,956,726 -populated province (National Statistics Office August 1, 2015) has 1,946, 638 voters, with  Dagupan City and  the Third Congressional District (with one city and four towns)  have 119,164 and 406, 035 voters, respectively.

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SHOW ME THE MONEY. A voter in Pangasinan shows the tabo, timba, and palangana (laundry utensils) given by an electoral candidate who wanted to win the 2016 election. With intense rivalries among bets in the huge province, many candidates in the May 13, 2019 polls are expected to ingratiate with  the voters through  up to P2000 for each of them a week before the casting of the ballots.

The district is composed of (from the highest to lowest number of voters) San Carlos City, Malasiqui, Bayambang, Calasiao,  Santa Barbara, and Mapandan. (more…)

December 18, 2018 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

Bolinao to start dismantling fishpens in January 2019

BOLINAO– Bangus (milkfish) production is expected to slow down in the first semester of 2019, after this town and neighbor town Anda will start dismantling fish pens used to grow bangus, in January.

Bolinao Mayor Arnold Celeste said 179 units of fish pens in three barangays are up for dismantling and the plan is for the town to be free of fish pens by mid 2019.

The municipal government will not issue permit for fish pen operation starting January 1.

Anda also plans to start removing the pens in its territorial waters in January.

But the decreased production will only be temporary as the cages would take the place on the pens, Celeste said.

The two towns decided to let go of the pens after a massive fish kill that resulted in huge economic losses last May, and to allow only cages in their designated aquaculture areas.

The fish industry lost around P110 million worth of fish to the fish kill that continued for days.

Because of the calamity, , the two towns declared a temporary suspension of fish stocking of all aquaculture structures, but allowed the structures with stocks to continue operating.

But the fish pens were allowed to continue only after they would have harvested their stocks.

Florante Garcia, municipal fishery technical,  said it would take around six months to dismantle the fish pens.

While it takes only a week to construct the pens, it would take about a month to remove them, as it is difficult to pole the bamboos which are driven deep into the seabed, he said.

Celeste said it was the fish pens that cause fish kills that occur almost on regular basis, because they are permanent structures and “rooted” into the seabed so water cannot freely flow under them.

“Uneaten feeds accumulate under the pens and rot there, causing pollution that in turn cause fish kill.

Cages on the other hand, have spaces under their bottom and can be moved around,” he said.

The three coastal barangays of Bolinao that would be freed of fish pens are Culang, Luciente II and Luna, where there are 179 units of the structures.

These would be replaced with fish cages by the operators after the LGU, with technical support from the BFAR, would have made a plan to transform the area into a mariculture zone, Celeste said.

He said there was no problem in areas where fish cages are now located because the cages are now regulated.

The number of fish structures has gone down from more than 1,000 in the past years to only 461. Of the total, 282 are cages and 179 are pens.


December 18, 2018 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Napakatagal, nakakainis na!

HABOL PANAY. Share ko lang po ang mensahe ni senadora Loren Legarda sa textile industry ng Panay islands.

Inauguration of “Habol Panay: The Woven Artistry of Western Visayas” Textile Gallery
15 December 2018 |National Museum Western Visayas Regional Museum
Today, I am filled with pride in welcoming you to our own textile gallery in the Panay Island, the “Habol Panay: The Woven Artistry of Western Visayas” permanent textile gallery.


 It has been my lifelong passion to explore the indigenous artistry of Filipinos told through traditional textiles. We have so much to show the world and I have proven this with the numerous visits I had to various weaving communities around the country. I even go to the remotest barangays if only to see the most skilled weaver of a town or province. No weaver has ever failed to amaze me yet. Their diligence, creativity and passion are truly remarkable. (more…)

December 18, 2018 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : Pagawaan ng mga pekeng sigarilyo ang isyu, hindi ‘piggery’!

Nalilihis ang isyu ng pagawaan ng mga pekeng sigarilyo na sinalakay ng magkatuwang na puwersa ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) at Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) sa Portic, Bugallon kamakailan.

Imbes na pagtuonan ito ng masusing pansin, nakatuon ang depensa ng kampo ni Dong Calugay kung sino ang nagbigay ng permiso sa isang piggery. Hindi yong piggery ang isyu dito kundi kung paano nagkaroon ng lihim na pagawaan ng mga pekeng sigarilyo sa likod ng piggery na pag-aari diumano ng isang Danilo Calugay.

Sa isang pulong pamamahayag, sinabi ni Bugallon Mayor Jumel Espino na hindi siya naglabas ng permiso ng piggery na kinatigan naman ng kanyang kuya na si Gobernador Amado Espino III at amang kongresista nga ika-limang Distrito Amado T. Espino Jr. Itinuturo na ang nagbigay diumano ng permiso ng piggery ay si Portic Barangay Captain Edilberto Orduña na kanya namang pinabulaanan din sa isang pulong pamamahayag. (more…)

December 16, 2018 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

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