Archive for July 3, 2019

‘Bobotantes’ hit after nixing ex-judges, docs, lawyers

 By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Political spectators bemoaned the loss of former judges, lawyers, and doctors in the last May 13, 2019 election.

One of them was former regional director of the Department of Interior & Local Government Romeo Prangan.

The former executive deplored the myopia of many voters who elected candidates in exchange of twenty to one hundred pesos per voter despite their being intellectually inferior.

LOSS. A former regional director of the Department of Interior & Local Government bemoans how voters squandered the opportunity to elect and exploit the experiences, intellects, and talents of former Municipal Trial Court judges Florante Gabat (left) and Santiago Marcella, Jr. who failed to win their aspired seats in the Sangguniang Bayan (legislature) of Calasiao and San Fabian towns.


July 3, 2019 at 1:41 am Leave a comment

New Lingayen Mayor

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LINGAYEN. Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil takes his oath before Regional Trial Court Judge Teodoro Fernandez last June 30, at the Sanguniang Bayan Hall of Lingayen.

July 3, 2019 at 1:37 am Leave a comment

Sinag dismayed by ports’ quarantine laxity

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES-  The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) expressed dismay over the lax of quarantine services at the Philippine ports

This could possibly lead to the entry of meat products particularly pork, both frozen and processed, from the countries affected with African Swine Flu (ASF) virus.

Sinag Chairman Rosendo So said 300 kilos of pork affected with ASF have entered Cebu, and which were nearly sold to the market.

“We have been lobbying with the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) to install quarantine services in our ports. It’s been ten months or more, but our lobbying settled on deaf ears of our government officials,” he said.

It can be recalled that Sinag has sent several letters to DA particularly Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to act on the establishment of adequate quarantine areas at the ports to suppress the entry of frozen pork and processed products to the country.

“At first, there was initial action by DA. However, that action was not sustained. When I arrived from Morocco on June 19 at the NAIA Terminal 3, I observed that there were no sniffing dogs, with only one sign board and the quarantine carpet (foot bath) was dry. That alone will show how lax our government is in implementing a very important policy to save our hog industry,” So said.

Recall also that in January last year, Piñol has relieved the whole quarantine team at NAIA and instructed then Acting Director of BAI  Ronnie Domingo “to ensure that foot baths and other quarantine measures are established in all entry points of the country.

The dreaded ASF is a disease killing pigs in at least eight countries was reported to already be spreading in China.

So also suggested that quarantine should be done at the first border, not at the second border.

“First border is the checking of the frozen pork and processed products in port of entry, not in consignees’ warehouse or cold storage. Consignees’ warehouses or cold storages are the second borders,” So said.


July 3, 2019 at 1:35 am Leave a comment

Villasis’ new elected officials sworn into office

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- The newly elected officials here during the mid-term elections were sworn into office by Governor Amado “Pogi” Espino III at the open Municipal Covered Auditorium on June 28.

The new officials were led by re-elected Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica together with Vice Mayor- elect Cheryl Zarasate-Tan and Councilors-elect Judith M. Morden, Centenielo Ramon R. Costales Jr., Mario Cesar Racadio, Rolando B. Morden, and Richie V. Cacapit.

Councilor-elect Chrisanto Asenafe Balila was on travel in Europe but took his oath of office earlier before Mayor Nonato Abrenica.

Councilors-elect Domingo Rafanan and Felix Ferdinand R. Sison who were not present during the event took their oaths of office earlier before Punong Barangay Jamille Q. Sison of Zone I Poblacion.

The councilors in their messages expressed their thanks to all their supporters during the election campaign.

Vice Mayor-elect Tan, an independent candidate, reminisced her journey during the campaign especially on how she was warmly welcomed by the towns people in their villages.

“ I could not forget how you have welcomed me during my house to house campaign. With “pandesal”, I was able to convey to you my earnest desire to serve you,” Tan said pointing out her advocacy on the service to the senior citizens.

She also said that leadership is not a position but a means to make a difference in the lives of the people.

In his inaugural message, re-elected Mayor Abrenica expressed his thanks to the people for the overwhelming support given to him during the election.

He said that he was not expecting a big gap of results against his opponent for the mayoralty but it was God’s plan that he will have another mandate for the continuity of development of the town.

“ It was a hard journey during the campaign owing to the political ferment during that time. Thank you for believing in me. Let’s continue to work together for our people,” he said even as he commended the winning of Vice Mayor-elect Tan as providential.

He requested the new Sangguniang Bayan to a the annual budget for the sake of programs and projects of the town.

“ That’s your mandate to pass the budget on time in order not to delay our development undertakings,” he said.

July 3, 2019 at 1:31 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Sa mga bagong halal na opisyal, manilbihan ng tapat sa mga tao

Tapos na ang panunumpa sa katungkulan ng mga bagong halal na opisyal mula senador, partylist, congressman, gobernador, bise gobernador, board member, mayor, bise mayor at mga konsehal sa mga bayan at siyudad. Simula ay nagsimulang manungkulan sa tanghaling tapat ng Hunyo 30, 2019 at magtatapos sa tanghaling tapat sa Hunyo 30, 2022. Tatlong taong panunungkulan na magbibigay ng serbisyo sa mga mamamayan.

Sa pagsisimula ng panunungkulan, sana dito na rin matatapos ang pulitika na nagbigay ng pagkawatakwatak ng mga mamamayan. Kailangang iwaksi na ang mga sakit na dulot ng pulitika. Tapos na ang mga hidwaan kundi pag-isahin ang mga mamamayan tungo sa isang maunlad na pamayanan. Wala na rin sana ang mga kulay pula, puti, berde, bughaw sa pulitika bagkos kailang pag-isahin ang mga kulay upang maisulong ang mga kailangang pagbabago sa ating lipunan. (more…)

July 3, 2019 at 1:19 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Coping with the lean months

The onset of the rainy season brings hope to the farmers. They can now prepare their farms for the planting season especially in areas that could not be reached by irrigation services. The planting of palay has just started. It could be seen that farmers now are more attuned to the new technologies. They are using mechanized farming activities sans the employment of farm workers. The cost of farm mechanization is cheaper as compared to employing farm workers with a daily wage of P500.


There is also the dark side of full farm mechanization. Farm workers will have no sources of income. They will be idle in their means of livelihood, thus most of them look for other sources of income like becoming construction workers, tricycle drivers or doing menial work. Such is the sorry state of our labor force particularly those who have no other skills to boast of.

Well, the planting season is also the lean period. This is the time when farm activities consumed most of the money of the farmers. If they have additional incomes, these are spent on basic needs like food, education of their children, house maintenance, etc. (more…)

July 3, 2019 at 1:16 am Leave a comment

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