Archive for August, 2019

De Venecia, Lim to join forces vs floods

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 DAGUPAN CITY – The congressman of the Fourth District of Pangasinan and the mayor here will collaborate soon to lessen, if not solve the perennial flooding problem in the city.

Magtutulungan kami ni Mayor Brian Lim. We have to combine our powers,” Representative Christopher de Venecia told reporters during his ocular inspection recently of the first phase of the P51 million river mitigation project near the Land Transportation Office here.

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COLLABORATION. Pangasinan Fourth District Representative Toff de Venecia  (left photo) said he will be meeting soon with Dagupan City Mayor Brian Lim (right) to discuss their priority projects on flood control and flood mitigation.

De Venecia said he will be meeting anytime from now with Lim to find ways what they can work together to reduce the flooding every time downpour and typhoon beset the city.

“I believe he is also proposing other flood control and flood mitigation programs. So parang our programs can work with each other para talagang malunasan na itong problema sa baha,” he said.

The families of de Venecia and Lim are old political nemesis that started when Lim’s father former Congressman and Mayor Benjie S. Lim challenged de Venecia’s father, former House Speaker Jose de Venecia in an acrimonious and extravagant congressional race in 2007.

The de Venecias are allied with former two-term mayor Belen T. Fernandez who is also Lim’s political and business rival. (more…)

August 29, 2019 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment

Cop grand winner of Pangasinan Singing Police 2019

ROSALES – A Pangasinan cop could not hide his elation after he won recently  the grand winner of the Pangasinan Singing Police 2019 held at SM-City here.

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“Napakaswerte ko po kasi andoon po iyong misis ko nanunood despite po na medyo maselan po siya magbuntis ngayon. This September na po kasi ang kabuwanan niya. Nainspire ako lalo. May wish po kasi kami, kung sakaling manalo ako, ibibili naming iyong price ng stroller para sa baby namin,” Police Corporal Anthony Eric Mostoles said.

Held last August 26 at SM City Rosales, the singing competition bested 20 finalists.

Police Corporal Mostoles said his winning piece was dedicated to his family. “Naka-mindset po ako na if I will qualify sa eliminations, iyon po ang aawitin ko. Doon ko po kasi naibubuhos iyong emotions para sa kanta, nadadama ko po kasi iyong kanta, lalo na po kapag alam ko nanunood ang wife ko. Dinidedicate ko po iyong kanta sa kanya and lalo na po ngayon magkakaroon na kami ulit ng baby girl. Para sa pamilya ko iyong kanta.”

Launched in 2018, Singing Police aims to foster and strengthen its relationship with the police force of the province by providing them a platform to showcase their talents to the community.

The following results of the grand finals were Police Staff Sergeant Franklin Guiling of Dagupan City Police Station (5th place); Patrolwoman Beverly Bulosan of Dagupan City Police Station (4th place); Police Master Sergeant Dulce Mejos of Infanta Police Station (3rd place);Patrolman Anthony Mores of Aguilar Police Station (2nd place), and; Police Corporal Anthony Eric Mostoles (grand winner).

August 29, 2019 at 7:58 pm Leave a comment

More responsive anti-child labor efforts seen with enhanced profiling

The DOLE-Regional Office I has commenced the profiling of child laborers in its bid to provide more responsive interventions for child laborers and their families in the region.

Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra SAID the DOLE-RO I has completed the orientation of enumerators to ensure the reliability, accuracy and integrity of the data and information that will be gathered.

“Consider yourselves as part of the government, and that you are doing public service,” Lacambra told the enumerators who are all interns under the Government Internship Program (GIP).

Essential to their role as enumerators is having a positive mental attitude in any situation, especially that they will be encountering challenges in carrying out their task, he said.

The Regional Director said the government is poised to remove 630,000 children from child labor from 2017-2022 under the Philippine Development Plan, thus the need for enhanced profiling and monitoring of identified child laborers.

For Region I, 36 municipalities and cities will be covered. These are: Ilocos Norte – Badoc, Batac, Dingras, Laoag, Pinili, Vintar (6); Ilocos Sur – Alilem, Candon City, San Emilio, San Juan, Sta. Maria, Sugpon (6); La Union – Aringay, Balaoan, Bangar, Luna, San Fernando City (5); Western Pangasinan – Alaminos City, Aguilar, Bolinao, Bugallon, Dasol, Lingayen, Mabini (7); Central Pangasinan – Dagupan City, San Carlos City, San Fabian, Manaoag, Bayambang, Sta. Barbara (6); Eastern Pangasinan – Urdaneta City, Sison, Alcala, Bautista, Villasis, Umingan (6).

Director Lacambra said that having an enhanced database of child laborers is just the first step in coming up with policies and programs that will appropriately address their needs.

“Our job does not end with the gathering and analysis of the profiling results. Our ultimate goal is to remove child laborers from their hazardous or abusive conditions and increase the capacity of their families and communities in combating child labor,” he said.


August 26, 2019 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Why the greed of these BIR executives

Before I delve on how corrupt the taxman is, here’s the first stanza of my favorite Beatles’ lead guitar man George Harrison who composed and sang “Taxman”:

Let me tell you how it will be

There’s one for you, nineteen for me

‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

I had a high spirited exchanges with an executive of the Bureau of Internal Revenue about the spate of kidnapping of the high officials of one of the most corrupt public offices in the country where no one among them victims, susmariosep, report the abduction to the cops.


“Pati si Senator Bato (Ronald dela Rosa) who was a former chief of the national police told the reporters at the chamber of the senate that the non-reporting had been an old issue,” I told the tax brass at a huddle with him in his office. (more…)

August 26, 2019 at 8:23 am Leave a comment

Leprosy not highly contagious – Doc

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – A specialist doctor here said leprosy or Hansen’s disease is not highly contagious that people should be wary of.

“Right now hindi po natin sila ma isolate. Because they are not highly contagious upon treatment. Iyon ang kailangan nating e correct na notion na akala ng tao mabilis makahawa,” said Dermatologist  May Fernandez Gonzales during the Talakayan Media Forum held recently at the Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC).

Gonzales said one month after treatment the person with leprosy is no longer infectious.

She cited a person with tuberculosis is more infectious than one with leprosy. She advised that dining utensils of one with tuberculosis should be isolated, but the utensils of one Hansen’s disease, if sanitized, can be used by others. (more…)

August 26, 2019 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

Dagupan’s swimming star returns

                                               AFTER 17 YEARS
DAGUPAN CITY — Carlos Alipio Fernandez was only 12 years old when he traveled to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan in December 2002 to represent Dagupan City in the swimming competition of the Batang Pinoy national championships that year.
When Fernandez emerged from the pool, he not only decisively snatched all the gold in the four swimming events that he joined. He also smashed all the national swimming records in those categories at that time.
At the end of the weeklong event, he was named as the Most Valuable Player-Swimming and Boy Athlete of the Year.
“Your swimming exploits are the first ever in our city as you have also set unprecedented swimming records in your age category in the country,” said then Mayor Benjamin Lim in a letter to Fernandez.
“With your outstanding achievement, you have become a role model and inspiration for our youth to strive for excellence in their respective fields of competence,” the late mayor wrote.
After 17 years, Fernandez will return to Puerto Princesa City on August 23 for this year’s Batang Pinoy national championships to be held on August 25 to 31.
But this time, he will be going there as head of the Dagupan City contingent. Last month, Mayor Brian Lim appointed Fernandez as vice chair of the Dagupan City Sports Commission.
“Carlo was an athlete way back then. Seventeen years after, he will be back to same venue, this time as head of Dagupan City delegation. I hope his story will serve as an inspiration among our young athletes,” said Fernandez’s father, former Councilor Alfie Fernandez.
“Let this also be a proof that the city government, through Mayor BSL, supported sports way back then,” said former Councilor Fernandez.
This year, the city is sending 10 coaches and 25 athletes, who will compete in archery, arnis, boxing, karatedo,
taekwondo and swimming events of the national sports competition.


August 26, 2019 at 4:16 am Leave a comment

Guico leads medical-dental mission

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

BINALONAN- Fifth District Representative Ramon V. Guico III with the Moreno Christian Fellowship Church headed by Rev.Louie Sotelo, led the medical and dental mission held at Moreno village here on August 17-18.

Guico showed his concern on the health of his constituents not only in this town but in the entire 5th District.

He also lauded the efforts of the organizers of the 2-day medical- dental mission for bringing various medical and health services to the community.

This undertaking was organized through the support of the Christian Fellowship Church in the United States that brought in two US doctors to provide support to Municipal Health Officer Dr. Framila dela Cruz, rural health unit’s nurses and other staff of the municipal health center.

Rev. Sotelo said the mission, started a year ago in Barangay Moreno where pupils of Moreno Elementary School are also given school supplies.

People from Barangays Moreno, Sta. Catalina and other nearby villages also availed of the medical, dental and eye refraction services provided by the mission.

Binalonan Mayor Ramon N. Guico Jr., Vice Mayor Melicio Patague II, Councilors Glory Jovelyn Manaois Prado and Bryan Louie Balangue also graced the event and expressed their support to the mission.


August 26, 2019 at 4:11 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Bawal ng pagpasok ng karneng baboy sa Pangasinan

Noong Agosto 21, nagsagawa ng agarang pulong si Gobernador Amado I. Espino Jr. upang paigtingin  ang mga hakbang sa temporaryong pagbabawal ng pagpasok ng karneng baboy sa lalawigan. Ito ay upang mapigilan ang African Swine Flu (ASF) na makaapekto sa industriya ng babuyan.

Ang pulong ay dinaluhan ni Senior Agriculturist Alfredo Banaag ng Department of Agriculture (DA), Region I, ProvincialaAdministrator Nirod Camba, Asst. Provincial Veterinarian Jovito Tavareros, dating Provincial Veterinarian Benedicto Perez, Acting Provincial Police Director Redrico Maranan, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro at Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya at lahat ng mga veterinarian ng mga distrito sa Pangasinan. (more…)

August 26, 2019 at 4:09 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Mandatory ROTC, boon or bane?

The Senate is bent on reviving the Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) as a mandatory course in senior high schools in the country. At present, ROTC is just one of the three components of the National Service Training Program (NSTP) which includes Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) and Literacy Training Service (LTS). With the NSTP, ROTC was not given much attention. Only few college students entered ROTC and mostly entered the CWTS and LTS. ROTC as a mandatory course in college was abolished in 2001 to give way to NSTP.


ROTC is a basic military training where one will be immersed on the activities of military in the army, navy and air force. It inculcated discipline on the students with nationalism as its core value. The values that could be learned in joining the ROTC could not be overemphasized. There are many prominent soldiers in our military organizations who were then graduates of ROTC. They even climbed the hierarchy of the military as colonels or even generals like former Chief of Staff of ten President Marcos Fabian Ver. After the basic military training, one has the option to take up the advance course. (more…)

August 26, 2019 at 4:04 am Leave a comment

Villasis Library bags first place on best practices

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- This agricultural town in the 5th District of Pangasinan  added another feather on its cap after its Municipal Library bagged the first place on the Call for Poster Presentation of Best Practices in Library Innovations.

The poster was presented and awarded at the National Library of Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand on July 25, said  Municipal Librarian-Designate Merly Sepnio-Zambrano

Zambrano said the entries of Urdaneta City Public Library headed by Bernadine M. Gravela, Valenzuela City Library headed by Rochelle Silverion and Villasis Municipal Library were chosen as the top three by the panel of judges.

The entries were presented though a 10-minute power point presentation.

Organized by the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) and the Network of Emerging Filipino Library Innovators (NEFLI), the contest invited all public libraries in the Philippines to submit their posters which were displayed at the National Library of the Philippines during the celebration of the 60th Public Library Day. (more…)

August 26, 2019 at 3:53 am Leave a comment

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