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MAGANES: My top news stories in Pangasinan for 2018

In 2018, certain news stories made us laugh, cry and cheers. It’s a feeling many can relate to depending on how these stories affected our senses and lives.

I will start my top news stories in Pangasinan politics.

Unlike in previous election period where political hopefuls  started early voicing out their desire to run for a certain position, this year it was observed that political positioning came in late.


For the position of the top posts in the province, there were many political speculations on who would likely run as governor and vice governor against the sitting power in the Capitol. The guessing game started in the second quarter of the year. At first, it was speculated that Mark Cojuangco will come back with either Abono Partylist Rep. Conrad Estrella III or 6th District Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas as the running mate. (more…)

December 25, 2018 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Iwas paputok sa pagsapit ng Bagon Taon

Hindi maiiwasan ang paggamit ng mga ibat-ibang klase ng paputok upang salubungin ang pagpasok ng Bagong Taon.

Ayon sa nakagisnang kultura, ang ingay na dulot ng mga paputok ay nagtataboy raw ng mga masamang espiritu at nag-aanyaya ng panibagong suwerte sa buhay. Ang mas malakas at nakatutulig na mga ingay sa pagpapaputok, ayon sa mga nakakatanda, ay mas maraming suwerte ang papasok sa buhay.

Sa paglipas ng mga taon, nag-iiba ang mga klase ng paputok. Ang mga simpleng rebentador o ang tradisyonal na “trayangulo” ay napalitan ng mga mas mataas na uri ng mga paputok. Nandiyan yong mga malalaking rebentador gaya ng ” sinturon ni Hudas”, “goodbye Philippines”, “whistle bomb”, “torpedo”, ” baby rocket”, atbp. (more…)

December 25, 2018 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

Abono shows agri-technology farm to farmers

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo So showed his agri-techno farm in Carmen, Rosales, to some 100 farmers from Urdaneta City, Villasis, Rosales and Balungao, on December 19.

MINI- PALAY TRANSPLANTER  A prototype model of a manually drawn mini-palay transplanter that was developed and manufactured by Guilcor Agrimac of Cagayan De Oro City. The equipment could transplant palay seedlings in a 780 square meters of rice paddy in an hour. This was demonstrated to the farmers at the agri-techno farm in Carmen East, Rosales on December 19. VIRGIL MAGANES

So said the farm will showcase modern agricultural technology where farmers could learn new trends in farming not only to enhance their knowledge but also to increase their incomes.

Among those that were shown to farmers are the solar-energized inland irrigation system, which according to him needs an investment but is cost efficient.

“The solar-energized water pump for irrigation could be operating continuously to provide water in the farms at a desired level. The fishpond to which the water flows from the system will soon be seeded with white shimps,” So said.

The establishment of the solar-energized water pumps is in collaboration, he said, with former Mayor Remegio Yu, who supplies the solar panels and supervises the installation. (more…)

December 25, 2018 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

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

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