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Donated encumbered property


DAGUPAN CITY –The city government seemed to have been duped when a piece of property donated to the city in 2017 was encumbered by a government bank, as it was used to acquire a loan, in 2016.

A deed of donation by the property owners was accepted by the city government led by then Mayor Belen Fernandez after she was given authority to accept the donation by the Sanguniang Panglungsod, on October 2017.

It turned out that on July 2016, the 7,000 square meters property in Barangay Pugaro was a part of a five- hectare property that the owners -Pablico family- used for a loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines.

The donors claimed that the property was “free and clear of all liens and encumbrances” and that they “cede, transfer and convey” it to the city government as “an act of liberality on their part.”

The former city officials, who were not aware or did not scrutinize the documents, before accepting the donation, have started to construct an evacuation center in the area.  

Part of the 7,000 square meter lot was supposed to be given to six families who have been residing there for years, with each family given 75 square meters.

But the families, who have been waiting for documents to have the properties transferred to them, asked the help of the present city officials. It was also them who informed the officials that the property was encumbered.

During a SP session on Tuesday, lawyer Frank Angeles said he did not have a document showing that the 7,000 square meters were not included in the property that was mortgaged in the bank.

“I do not have the record (but) I know they submitted and will provide it,” he said.

Angeles claimed that the property owners has informed the LBP of the donation, but that this “was not supported by any document.”

He said the 7,000 square meters have been segregated and already submitted to the Land Registration Authority and the documents will come out in January.

He also said that it would be the city government and the other recipients which will have to work and spend for the transfer of the property to them.

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November 27, 2019 at 6:49 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: P’gasinan town hit by ‘8.0 Magnitude Quake’– Ex Mayor


My early disappointment with the Waste to Work Project of the Sure Global of the Philippines, Inc. since its introduction in Dagupan City by its Chief Executive Officer Julia Courts Boughton to then mayor Belen T. Fernandez in 2014, I thought it was all lip service.

In the last one year of her administration, I did not hear from either Fernandez or Boughton how the project fared.

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I was passionate writing and broadcasting glowing encomium and peroration about its advantages like conversion of plastic wastes into diesel and food wastes into compressed gas to solve our perennial gargantuan garbage problem.

In the last year of Mayor Fernandez, every time I mentioned it I was rebuffed over cup of coffee by fellow media men  who said that the Michigan, USA- based proponent had hao-shiao or farce project. (more…)

November 27, 2019 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

Christmas hoopla in Bayambang: A boon to hotels in Pangasinan


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

BAYAMBANG, Pangasinan – The renowned Paskuhan sa Bayambang does not only attract tens of thousands of spectators from in and out of this town, but is a boon too, for hotels in neighboring towns.

”Pinapunta po namin sa kalapit na bayan natin na bigyan ng accommodation. Alam ko ito ang kailangan ng bayan hopefully. Soon magkakaroon din kami ng malalaking hotel,” Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao said at the conference hall of the family owned Royal Mall here before the opening and launching of the country’s biggest Animated Christmas Display. (more…)

November 27, 2019 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

Dagupan to haul out 50K garbage from dumpsite


DAGUPAN CITY – This city plans to have about 50,000 tons of rotting garbage hauled out of its dumpsite next year, as leachate from the decomposing wastes is seeping into the Lingayen Gulf.

Mayor Brian Lim said the city’s waste management division has identified the garbage that needed to be removed, which is about one third of the dumpsite and which is nearest to the seashore.

The dumpsite has accumulated about 150,000 to 180,000 tons during the more than 50 years that it was operational. 

The city government could not have the entire dumpsite cleared next year because of limited budget.

HERO. Dagupan City Mayor Brian Lim thanks Mart Stephen Navarro, a criminology student of Lyceum Northwestern University, for saving the life of a senior high school student who tried to kill herself by jumping from the fifth floor of a school building. The Sanguniang Panglungsod has passed a resolution adopting Navarro, who is from Calasiao, as resident of the city. 

“We cannot allocate big money so we will remove the garbage nearest to the beach, as the seepage is slowly poisoning the sea and its resources,” Lim said.

The city government has only P57 million for waste management activities for the entire year, and it is from this fund that the hauling of a third of the garbage would come from.

The hauling would be outsourced to private companies as the city government does not have enough personnel and equipment to remove the decaying garbage. It would be private companies which will find the sanitary landfill where they will bring the garbage.

Daily, the city generates 60 tons of garbage which are shipped to the dumpsite.

Lim said there was a need to reduce the wastes being brought to the dumpsite, and that village heads must seriously implement waste segregation and encourage recycling of garbage in the household level. At the same time, the city would use technologies available to process biodegradable wastes.

The city still uses the dumpsite as it has no area for a sanitary landfill that the law requires.

Lim said putting sanitary landfills is beyond the budget of most local government units, and that the law should have required that it must be the congressional districts or provincial governments which must put them up, as they have the budget, Lim said.

The city government has signed a commitment document on solving the city’s waste disposal problem, and has submitted it to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which is implementing the solid wastes management law.

The past city administration has entered into a joint agreement with a private firm to put up a waste to worth facility  that would convert the garbage into diesel, near the dumpsite, but which still has to start.

Lim said the city legal officer is still studying the proposal, but he pointed out that the proponent has not established any such facility in the Philippines.

Other companies have also come to the city with the same project concept.

“The proponents said they can  (do the project) but they cannot show even one functioning facility, so this an experimental (project). There is nothing wrong with being doubtful,” he said.

“We are studying the joint venture agreement. Will it be good for city which committed to supply a certain volume of garbage that would be converted to diesel. What if we cannot provide the volume needed? Also, is there a wastewater treatment? What about the air pollution the facility would create? If they pollute the environment, what would be their responsibility?” Lim said.

Under the joint venture agreement, the city government can unilaterally withdraw from the agreement anytime..

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November 26, 2019 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

PPA- Central Pangasinan New OIC Chief bares new thrusts


DAGUPAN CITY – Improving  volunteerism of stakeholders and transforming the clients of the Parole and Probation Administration are the thrusts of the new officer-in-charge (OIC) Chief Probation and Parole Officer in Central Pangasinan.

OIC Chief Rowena dela Cruz Ordoña said  she wanted the clients reformed as they spend their half a day once in a month therapeutic program at the Mayor’s Shed in Barangay Bonuan Guesest here.

“Sa kliyente kasi hinde po folder ang hinahawakan namin tao iyan hinde sila folder. Lahat ng folders sa cabinet namin isang tao iyan. Isa-isa sila. So kailangan maging maayos ang buhay nila. Maging instrument kami sa pagtulong ng iba-iba sa kanila,” she stressed before the hundreds of parolees and probationers inside the shed recently.

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DOS AND DON’TS – New central Pangasinan OIC Chief Probation and Parole Officer Rowena DC. Ordoña (second from left) presents the Certificate of Appreciation to Philippine Red Cross’ Blood Donor Recruitment Officer Raymund Prodon Lim (third from left) after the latter briefed the clients of the PPA at the Mayor’s Shed in Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City about the Dos and Don’ts of blood donation. Other PPA officers in the photo are Senior Probation and Parole Officer Jan Michael D. Yasto and Probation and Parole Officer II Rhondalia G. Poquiz.

Most of the clients of the PPA hailed from the Third and Fourth Congressional Districts in Pangasinan, which have the biggest numbers in the four provinces and nine cities of Region-1.

She cited that clients should know their rights and should know what they should do.

She said she needs to be a stickler of discipline because that is what the clients need.

An example of this when she told the jam packed crowd that those who committed two successive absences would be required to report for two Mondays at her office in the Justice Hall located nearby.

“Wala akong paki-alam kung may mga trabaho kayo,” she firmly declared to the mammoth white shirt garbed crowd who sat upright with hands on their lap.

The clients of the PPA spiked by several hundreds because of the Supreme Court’s ruling on plea bargaining.

According to the high court those who can avail to lower their sentence to less than six years are those who violated Section 11 of RA 9165 for possession of dangerous drugs where the quantity is less than five grams like shabu, opium, morphine, heroin and cocaine, and less than 300 grams in case of marijuana with a penalty of 12 years and one day to 20 years in prison and a fine ranging from P300,000 to P400,000.

The same program with violation of Section 12 on possession of equipment, instrument, apparatus, etc. with a penalty of six months and one day to four years in prison and a fine ranging from P10,000 to P50,000.

The high court said, after citing that the “no plea provision” was unconstitutional, that those caught selling or trading up to 0.99 grams of shabu and up to 9.99 grams of marijuana will also be allowed to enter into a plea bargain deal for 6 months to 4 years in prison.

Former PPO Chief Hercules N. Tandoc told this newspaper last year he expected more or less 250 new clients for rehabilitation on top of the hundreds of clients of the PPA.

“Ang balita ko kasi diyan mga 500. So more or less more than one half,” he said in November last year about those who would avail for plea bargaining.

OIC Chief Ordoña said that she resides in San Carlos City. Her educational background is Bachelor of Science in Education and Master in Public Administration. (MCO)

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November 26, 2019 at 9:29 pm Leave a comment

Villasis’ dad helps farmers through self-initiated programs


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 VILLASIS-This  councilor continues to inspire the town’s farmers and village officials through his programs that were launched just after he assumed his office in July this year.

 Councilor Chrisanto Asenafe G. Balilla, a former municipal agriculture officer of Sto. Tomas town in this province, introduced his Project CHRIS (Community Help Response Immediate Service), Usapang Agri, Mag-Agree Tayo, and other programs that dwell on environmental protection, cooperative strengthening and health services.

Under his Project CHRIS, Councilor Balila  has donated two mountain bikes to Barangays Tombod, Labit and Lapaz (his District coverage), and expanded to  Unzad and Barangangobong villages.

The objectives of this project, according to Balila, are to provide immediate response for anyone needing help in the villages, community roaming and patrolling purposes, immediate delivery of notices on barangay matters, promotion of bicycles not just for sports but as a transportation for healthy life style, and fuel saving to support the Clean Air Act of 1999.

“ Project CHRIS will have its phase 2 to include tribikes for our health workers. I have turned over one unit tribike to Barangay Puelay,” Balila said.

On his Usapang Agri, mag-Agree Tayo Program, farmers are invited to farmers’ meetings, trainings and fora to discuss new technologies on agriculture and to exchange ideas on how to improve their farming methods.

“ Farmers are the closest sector to my heart having worked with them for many years. I am working on how to improve their farming practices and maximize the use of their farm inputs and support the marketing of their products,” he said.

He also embarked on the declogging of irrigation canals and waterways in Tombod village by spraying water lilies with herbicides in cooperation with village officials.

Aside from these programs, Balila busies himself on studying strategies to promote environmental protection and waste recycling by attending national exhibits and seminars.

He said his programs are financed by himself and in coordinating with private agencies that support his advocacies.

November 26, 2019 at 9:22 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Bigyang respeto ang ating mga guro


Kamakailan lang, naging usap-usapan sa social media si Raffy Tulfo, isang mamamahayag sa telebisyon, sa hindi makatwirang paghimok sa isang guro ng Malate, Manila na magbitiw na sa pagtuturo at i-surrender ang kaniyanglisensiya. Ito ay nag-ugat sa isang reklamo ng lola at ina ng mag-aaral na pinalabas ng guro sa kanyang silid aralan at pinaupo na lang sa labas. Sa tingin ng lola at in ang mag-aaral, ito ay isang anyo ng paglabag ng karapatang pantao ng mag-aaral at karahasan sa isang kabataan.

 Si Tulfo ay isang kilalang brodkaster at sa kanyang programa ay may parteng sumbungan ng mga problema ng mga netizen.Sa naturang palatuntunan ni Tulfo, nagsumbong iyong lola at ina ng bata at ipinakita ang isang video footage na kung saan nakaupo ang bata sa labas ng silid aralan. Ito na ang basehan ni Tulfo na tawagan yong guro at sabihan na magbitiw na sa pagtuturo at alisan siya ng lisensiya.

Tumanggap ng maraming reaksyon ang naging aksyon ni Tulfo. Umalma ang mga netizen na karamihan ay mga guro. Sabi nila, ano ang karapatan ni Tulfo na gumawa ng ganitong aksyon ? Hindi naman siya ang superbisor ng guro at kawani ng kanyang programa? Binatikos si Tulfo dahil diumano sa hindi pagkuha ng panig ng guro. Siya ay naging hukom sa oras na iyon. (more…)

November 26, 2019 at 9:16 pm Leave a comment

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