Archive for October, 2019

Bidding of DPWH’s projects ‘fixed’- former mayor

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY –  A former mayor and a staff of a congressman said that all government projects being bidded by many districts of the Department of Public Works & Highway are “fixed.”

The officials, who speak on condition of anonymity, cited that those projects have been given to the favored contractors of the solon in a district in Pangasinan where the projects are intended.

“Ako ang tirador ni congressman noon. May pre-qualification bid iyan ayon sa R.A 9184. Mahabang proceso. May pass –fail criteria pa iyon documents mo. My post – qualification pa. It’s sad to say all bidding in public works lahat fixed iyon,” the aide of a solon stressed to this writer. (more…)

October 30, 2019 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: VG Mark Lambino for Governor?

While Manila based tabloid writer the still athletic septuagenarian Erning Cayabyab and I were having our lunch last Monday at one of the food stalls at the Capitol Compound in Lingayen, Pangasinan, Erning told me to turn my head because there was a towering figure behind me walking to another stall.


Son of a gun, it was nonpareil reporter, broadcaster, and the dark media working horse Atong Remogat.

The warm blood is “Man of the Hour” and the “Newsmaker” what with three pretty actress Barretto sisters and a niece not only romantically linked to him but scuffled by pulling each other hair, kicking stunts, and one slapping incident that involved Marjorie Barreto that happened in front and near President Rodrigo Duterte. (more…)

October 30, 2019 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment



 A man walks past the tombs after painting a tomb in a cemetery in Dagupan City last October 23 in time for the observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.CESAR RAMIREZ

October 30, 2019 at 1:21 pm Leave a comment

Two cities, 21 towns to receive of SGLG performance award

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ALAMINOS CITY  Two cities and 21 towns in this premiere province of Pangasinan are set to receive the 2019 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), which shows the commitment of the local government units to improve and sustain their performance on good governance.

This progressive city and San Carlos City are the two cities in the province declared declared recently by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to have passed the evaluation conducted by the said agency. (more…)

October 30, 2019 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Mabuhay ang mga wagi sa SGLG!

Inilabas na ng Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) ang listahan ng mga nagwagi ng Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) na kumikilala sa magandang pamamahala sa mga lokal na pamahalaan. Ito ay isang prestihiyosong pagkilala sa mga lokal na pamahalaan na nagpakita ng ibayong pangangalaga sa kanilang lalawigan, siyudad at mga bayan.

Ang SGLG ay ang dating Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping na inilunsad noong 2014. At dahil maraming pamantayan na ang kailangan upang maisagawa ang isang maayos na lokal na pamahalaan, ito ay naging SGLG.

Ganap ng batas ang paggawad ng SGLG. Pinirmahan na ni Pangulong Duterte ang Republic Act No. 11292 o “Seal of Good Local Governance” noong Abril 12, 2019. Sa ilalim ng nasabing batas, ang “gawad, insentibo, karangalan at pagkilala sa mga programa ng lahat ng mga lokal na pamahalaan upang ipagpatuloy ang progreso at maisaayos ang kanilang pamamahala.”

Siyam ang mga nakapaloob na pamantayan sa SGLG na kinabibilangan ng mga sumusunod: financial stability, heart compliance and responsiveness, disaster preparedness, social protection and sensitivity program, programs for sustainable education, business friendliness and competitiveness, safety, peace and order, environmental management at tourism, culture and arts. Bawat pamantayan ay mabusising tinitingnan ng DILG at ng itinatatag na komitiba sa paggawad parangal.

Sa mga nagdaang parangal, maraming siyudad at bayan sa Pangasinan ang nabigyang parangal sa SGLG. Sa taong ito, 21 na mga bayan at dalawang siyudad ang nakapasa sa pamantayan ng SGLG at ito ay kinabibilangan ng Aguilar, Alaminos City, Alcala, Anda, Asingan, Balungao, Basista, Bayambang, Bugallon, Calasiao, Infanta, Lingayen, Malasiqui, Mangaldan, Mangatarem, Natividad, Rosales, San Carlos City, San Manuel, San Quintin, Sta. Maria, Tayug at Urbiztondo.Hindi pinalad naman ang Urdaneta City at Dagupan City, at ang iba pang 23 na bayan ng Pangasinan.

Ang Rehiyon I ang nanguna pa rin sa mga rehiyon sa buong bansa na nakakuha ng mga maraming siyudad, lalawigan at bayan sa SGLG. Ang lalawigan ng Pangasinan ay nakasali pa rin sa gawad parangal na ito.

Maganda ang layunin ng SGLG. Naglalayon ito na itaas ang antas ng pamamahala sa mga lokal na pamahalaan upang makamit ang tunay na reporma at pagbabago sa bansa. Ang kolektibong gawain ng mga kawani, lehislatura at ehekutibo sa mga lokal na pamahalaan ay nakapaloob dito. Ibig sabihin walang maiiwan sa pagsasaayos ng pamamahala dahil nakatuon ito sa kabutihan ng mga mamamayan.

Ang pahayagang ito ay sumasaludo sa lahat ng mga mabibigyang parangal sa SGLG. Sa mga hindi nakasama sa parangal ng taong ito, pagbutihan pa ninyo ang inyong mga tungkulin. Baka sa susunod na taon ay maisali na rin kayo basta nakatutok lang sa mga gagampanang tungkulin.


October 30, 2019 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Remembering the celebration of All Saints’ Day

I was born and I grew up in a rustic rural place in the town of Villasis – a village between Barangay San Blas and Poblacion Zone I. It is where the two cemeteries of the town are located. Our house is just about 50 meters near the cemetery. As I was growing up, I was able to witness the various traditions and superstitious beliefs related to the celebration of All Saints’ Day, the Ilocano way.

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The place before was not the same as it is now. Years back, trees and shrubs abound that surrounded the Catholic and municipal cemeteries. The Catholic cemetery was then enclosed with about one and a half meter thick of brick wall. Together with my young “dabarkads” in those days, we used to climb the brick wall and walked above it, leaping on top of some concrete tombs. Concrete tombs were scarce at that time as most dead were buried six feet under the ground. That was maybe due to financial constraints as only the wealthy families had the means to construct the concrete ones. (more…)

October 30, 2019 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

Rosales launches ‘Project CARS’

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- As part of the Youth Road Safety Summit Pangasinan Leg- an initiated activity of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), this town launched the Project CARS (Creating Advocates for Road Safety), which was attended by some 100 youth on October 18 at the Robert B. Estrella Memorial Stadium here.

Abono Partylist Rep. Conrado Estrella III, LTO Region 1 Director Teofilo “Jojo” Guadiz III, Mayor Susan Pagador-Casareno and the municipal officials led the launching activity that was appreciated by the participants.

Mayor Casareno lauded the LTO for bringing the project to her town saying that it is very timely due to many road accidents that usually involved the youth riding in their motorcycles. (more…)

October 30, 2019 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

    Bayambang declares State of Calamity in 7 barangays


BAYAMBANG – The local government of this central Pangasinan town declared seven barangays under a State of Calamity to help backyard hog raisers who were affected after 30 hogs raised in one barangay were found positive for African Swine Fever (ASF).

Mayor Cesar Quiambao said the declaration would enable the municipal government to give one sack of rice (50 kilos) for each culled pig. This is in addition to the P5000 per head of culled swine to be given by the Department of Agriculture.

Recall that the “entry” of the dreaded hog disease resulted in the culling of more around 500 heads of swine in four barangays covered by the one kilometer radius from Apalen where the first ASF case was seen, said Quiambao.

The one kilometer radius would cover the adjoining vllages of Apalen, Tatarac, Carungay and Inirangan.

The committee is also undertaking blood test sampling of the hogs within the seven kilometer radius.

Quimbao said hogs inside the seven-kilometer radius would also be culled if blood samples  taken from them would be found positive for ASF, to contain the spread of the disease.  (more…)

October 27, 2019 at 10:12 pm Leave a comment

DTI alerts consumers anew on buying Christmas lights

By Elsha Marie S. Arguel

DAGUPAN CITYThe Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Pangasinan has reiterated its reminder and alerted the public anew on buying only quality and standard Christmas lights to ensure safe observation of yuletide season.

Guillermo Avelino, Jr., senior trade and industry development specialist of DTI-Pangasinan, said consumers should always take note of the safe features of Christmas lights and to buy only those with valid Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers or Philippine Standard (PS) marks to ensure that the product has been tested to safety.

“Christmas lights are safe to use if it passed the tests on product guide released by the Bureau of Philippine Standards and have conformed to the Philippine National Standards (PNS) 189:2000, prior to its distribution or offering for sale to the market,” Avelino said. (more…)

October 27, 2019 at 10:03 pm Leave a comment

DILG lauds Pangasinan, 23 LGUs as 2019 SGLG awardees

LINGAYEN – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the Ilocos lauded Pangasinan and the 23 local government units in the province who recently passed the 2019 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).

“Tanggapin ninyo ang aming pagbati. Congratulations to the province of Pangasinan and to the 23 LGUs who have recently passed the 2019 SGLG,” DILG Ilocos Regional Director James Fadrilan said during the Constitutional Reform Provincial Roadshow held on Monday at the Sison Auditorium here.

Pangasinan is among the 17 provinces which passed the redefined “All-in” assessment criteria composed of the following: financial administration; disaster preparedness; social protection; peace and order; business friendliness and competitiveness; environmental protection; and tourism, culture, and the arts.

The province is a consistent performer as this is the fifth time it will receive the SGLG award after receiving it for the past four years.

The 23 LGUs in Pangasinan that also passed the 2019 SGLG include Aguilar, Alaminos City, Alcala, Anda, Asingan, Balungao, Basista, Bayambang, Bugallon, Calasiao, Infanta, Lingayen, Malasiqui, Mangaldan, Mangatarem, Natividad, Rosales, San Carlos City, San Manuel, San Quintin, Sta. Maria, Tayug and Urbiztondo.

Director Fadrilan also thanked the awardees in the entire Ilocos region for their efforts which resulted for Region I to maintain its status, for the fifth time, as the leading SGLG passer with a total of 65 LGUs as awardees this year.

“Salamat po sa inyong napakahalagang ginampanan upang mapanatili for the fifth time na ang Region I ang most number of awardees…best performing region pagdating sa SGLG,” he said.

Aside from Pangasinan, the province of Ilocos Sur will also be conferred with the 2019 SGLG.

In La Union, the awardees include Agoo, Aringay, Balaoan, Bangar, Burgos, Caba, Naguilian, Pugo, Rosario, San Fernando City, San Juan, Sto. Tomas and Tubao.

For Ilocos Sur, winning LGUs are Bantay, Candon City, Caoayan, Galimuyod, Magsingal, Quirino, San Esteban, San Ildefonso, San Juan, San Vicente, Santa, Santa Lucia, Santiago, Sta. Catalina, Sta. Cruz, Sto. Domingo, Suyo, Tagudin and Vigan City.

In Ilocos Norte, awardees are Bacarra, Bangui, Banna, Batac City, Burgos, Currimao, San Nicolas and Vintar.

Fadrilan said the conferment of The Seal will be held at The Manila Hotel on November 4 for Regions I, II, CAR, MIMAROPA and NCR.

As for the remaining regions, the conferment is scheduled on November 5.

Apart from receiving the 2019 SGLG marker, the recipients will also have eligibility to the performance challenge fund to finance their local development projects, and priority access to other programs and capacity development assistance from the DILG. (PIA Pangasinan)


October 27, 2019 at 10:01 pm Leave a comment

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