Archive for July 15, 2019

Government  okays taxi operation in Dagupan, Region-1

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 DAGUPAN CITY – The government has allowed a franchise of 30 taxi units in this city to operate here and the entire Region-1.

 According to lawyer Leland R. Lopez, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has already released the provisional authority to operate the public utility vehicles.

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TAXI  IN THE CITY.  Some of the 30 units of Toyota Avanza taxis operated by the Bonuan Transport Service Corporation (BTSC) parked in one of the bays of the just been inaugurated Dagupan City Transport Terminal in Judge Jose De Venecia Highway Extension at Barangay Tapuac, Dagupan City. MORTZ ORTIGOZA

Dito na rin mag ta- take off and operate iyong first na taxi operator ng entire province of Pangasinan na awardan na rin kanina ng probationary authority to operate. Meron na po silang 10 taxi units owned and operated by the Bonuan Transport Services Corporation,” he said.

Lopez is the counsel of SPD Development & Consultancy that owns the sprawling hundreds of millions of pesos modern Dagupan City Transport Terminal located at the Judge Jose De Venecia Highway Extension at Barangay Tapuac here. (more…)

July 15, 2019 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Stupid question from a reporter

I exchanged notes lately with some media colleagues at Gloria Maris Restaurant where one of them told me about his anecdote with a fellow woman reporter.

He said he was with her when they interviewed the chairman of a party list for the forthcoming election.

He recalled that he asked the chairman  the following:


“Sir, are your top party list’s nominees are Mr. A, Mr. B, and Mrs. C?”

Yes, the three of them!” chairman, a rich man, retorted.

Not to be outshone, the woman reporter confidently interjected: (more…)

July 15, 2019 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

800 ‘smuggled’ vehicles waiting for recipients at CEZA 

STA. ANA, Cagayan Valley – Almost 800 vehicles believed to be smuggled into the country before 2014 through Port Irene, are still stuck in the port’s yards and are waiting to be claimed by government agencies that requested for them.

Port Operations Specialist Ralph Patrick Iloy of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority said the 781 were part of the 855 vehicles that mostly came from Japan and Korea.

They comprised the last three shipments of used cars brought illegally to the country, he said.

Recall that in July 2018, President Duterte led the destruction of 68 luxury cars with estimated total worth of P277 million as of 2014, and eight motorcycles with an estimated worth of P19 million,  as of 2014.

The President ordered that the remaining vehicles, some of them considered luxury cars like Hummers Cayenne Porche and Toyota Alphard, be donated to government agencies.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are the priority beneficiaries.

The CEZA has awarded around 500 of the vehicles which have been “marked” by the PNP,  AFP and other agencies. Until now however, the agencies still have to claim their selected vehicles.

The vehicles are left untouched in the open yards for around five years and are exposed to sun and rain and are already deteriorating. Some have broken windows and their steel parts, rusty.

“We cannot move them until they are released to the recipients who are the only ones who can get them,” Iloy said.

It is the recipients who have to process the documents of the vehicles after the CEZA’s approval of the donation, including the acquisition of tax-free certification from the Department of Finance. It will also be the recipients who will register the vehicles with the Land Transportation Office.

But the vehicles needed reconditioning before they can be road-worthy, Iloy said.

Most of them also needed to be converted into left-hand drive as they are right-hand drive vehicles.

Then they have to provide new keys as the importers did not turn-over the keys of 90 percent of the vehicles when these were ceased,  Iloy said.


July 15, 2019 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

Agri head must act swiftly vs ASF  

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) through its Chairman Rosendo O. So, asked President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to appoint a secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA) who is aware of the impending threat of the African Swine Flu (ASF) in the country.

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In a letter to Duterte on July 8, Sinag said the ASF is now a global pandemic that is wrecking havoc on the livelihood of millions of hog raisers across the globe, with huge social and economic losses to the agriculture sector.

“We fully realize that finding someone who has your trust requires some time. We only humbly ask that you take into consideration the very serious threat of the ASF  entering our shores. A new secretary is urgently needed to push for a nationwide interagency ASF preparedness protocol,”Sinag said.

Agriculture Secretary Pinol is to be assigned to another post involving the development of Mindanao as announced by the President recently.

Sinag also informed the President that 11 months had passed since the reported spread of ASF and yet the government agencies involved in the quarantine, monitoring and surveillance of international cargos, international passengers and imported products remain ill-informed on the contingency measures that should have been in place for the past months.

“The recent confiscation of pork imports Belgium and Poland in Cebu by the City Veterinary Office at a cold storage and ready for delivery in nearby wet markets and the continued presence of banned canned pork meat from China in many supermarkets clearly show laxity of the government particularly DA in its quarantine operations in the country,” Sinag also said.

Sinag proposed to the President that there should be closer coordination of government agencies in the monitoring an surveillance at the ports of first entry or border (for both the commercial and passenger seaports and airports)  and not when the frozen pork and related processed products are already in the consignees’  warehouses or cold storages , which is the second border.

“We are lucky that our country is an island archipelago, which is surrounded by vast bodies of water that may hamper the fast entry of ASF. However, this also leads to the many entry ports in the country so the more that we should be vigilant and enforce the strict implementation of quarantine operations,” Sinag also said.

Sinag further said that it is doing its share by strictly enforcing on-farm bio-security protocols and hygienic practices among its workers, office staff and buyers an also taken the initiative to launch information campaigns in its areas of operations.

July 15, 2019 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Panahon na naman ng bagyo, baha at pinsala

Tag-ulan na naman at dala nito ang malalakas na bagyo na nagdudulot ng baha sa mga ibat-ibang lugar sa bansa. Ang buwan ng Hulyo ay itinalaga rin ng pamahalaan na “ National Disaster and Resilience Month” na may temang

“ Kahandaan sa Sakuna’t Peligro Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago.” Kaakibat ng mga bagyo at baha ay ang  kapinsalaan ng mga pananim, ari-arian, mga hayop at Pati na rin ang buhay ng mga tao.

 Bagamat taun-taon ay binibisita tayo ng mga bagyo, ito ay pinagtutuonan ng pamahalaan sa pagpapaigting ng mga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (DRRMC) ng mga lalawigan at mga bayan. Ito ay upang mabigyan ng kaukulang babala at tulong ang mga tao pagdating ng mga nasabing kalamidad. (more…)

July 15, 2019 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Fighting against corruption

One of the promises of President Rodrigo Duterte  when he assumed the presidency was to eradicate corruption in the country although he admitted that he’s hard up in doing so. He fired some close friends and those who helped him during the 2016 elections even with only wisp of rumors of corruption activities. Indeed, President Duterte is sincere in his quest to eradicate corruption in all levels of bureaucracy, from the national down to the local government units.


However, the problem is that President Duterte is doing the anti-corruption crusade by himself. He has distanced himself from the Office of the Ombudsman, a constitutional body that is mandated to curb or eradicate corruption in the country. Perhaps, the President is that too eager to eradicate corruption that he has lost sight on the duties and functions of the Ombudsman as mandated by the 1987 Constitution. He could easily fire his appointed men and that’s his prerogative. But how about those officials and employees covered by the Civil Service Commission? How about those officials of local government units (LGUs) down to the barangay officials? Graft and corruption activities are not confined to the national government level. The bulk of corruption activities are at the LGUs. (more…)

July 15, 2019 at 8:49 am Leave a comment

Chinoys turn over school buildings in Calasiao, Sta. Barbara

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

STA. BARBARA- The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) and the Eastern Pangasinan Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (EPFCCCII) formally turned over seven school buildings or a total of 14 classrooms in this town and Calasiao on July 11 to 12.

The turn-over ceremonies were led by donors Joseph Tiu, Francisco Tengsan represented by Joseph Uyching of Rotary Club of Raha Sulayman of Manila and Monina Calingasan of Y’s Men Raha Philippines, Jimmy Sy Chua and Danny Chong.

Other donors that failed to send their representatives Citic Foundation, Columbia International Food Products and Ambassador Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing.

They were accompanied by Engr. Rosendo O. So, president of EPFCCCII and chair of Abono Partylist, Rosales former Councilor Romeo Sim, Alfredo Lim, Carlos Legaspi and other Filipino-Chinese businessmen from the province. (more…)

July 15, 2019 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

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