Archive for December, 2019

Former city officials not aware of encumbrance

                                   DONATED PROPERTY IN DAGUPAN
By Yolanda Sotelo

 DAGUPAN CITY – The plot thickens on the issue of donated property by a family to the city government, with former local officials claiming they were not aware that the property has been encumbered by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) for two years prior to the signing of the deed of donation.

She was reacting to an Inquirer story which she said “may be interpreted as a failure of my administration to undertake the necessary due diligence before accepting a donation to the local government.” (more…)

December 30, 2019 at 11:48 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: City, town police chiefs get peanuts from ‘gambling’

A chief of police (COP) of a large town reminisced the years when a COP could get P200, 000 to P400, 000 a month protection monies from the illegal number games’ jueteng lord.

Maliit ang bigayan ngayon ng Peryahan ng Bayan sa amin, kuya,” he told me when I asked him how the number game played like jueteng PnB shares the sales with the COP.


Jueteng was illegal with most of the proceeds going to the pockets of the gambling lords, police brass, and politicians while Peryahan ng Bayan (PnB) is legal under the Duterte Administration with a bulk of its revenues going to the coffer of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to help the destitute. (more…)

December 30, 2019 at 11:43 pm Leave a comment

Acting Pangasinan BIR chief sees P2.3-B goal next year

                               OPTIMISTIC TO HIT P1.856-B GOAL THIS YEAR

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

URDANETA CITY – The acting Revenue District Office No. 6 Chief of The Bureau of Internal Revenue in eastern Pangasinan will have a collection goal of P2.3 billion this coming year as she is optimistic to attain the almost P2 billion tax target this year.

Assistant RDO Chief Lolita Salayog said that based on the customary 20% to 25% addition to the present tax goal of P1.856 Billion,  next year’s target will probably be P2.3 billion.

It is based on the Gross Domestic Product of the area of 20% to 25%,” she cited after she computed the projected goal next year.

The target is given in first quarter of the year by the BIR commissioner in Quezon City to all revenue district offices all over the country. (more…)

December 30, 2019 at 11:40 pm Leave a comment

School head treats staff to a party, gives cash gifts

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – The 270 personnel of the Department of Education here were treated recently to a party and various dole outs like food and cash gifts by their superior during their super-heroes themed yuletide party.

Pangasinan-1 School Division Superintendent Maria Sheila Angeles Primicias said aside from the cash prices given to the departments that won the various contests  held at the third floor of the function hall of the Division Office, all of the 270 staff were given dole outs and cash gifts.

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EDUCATION PARTY.  Pangasinan-1 School Division Superintendent Maria Sheila A. Primicias addresses the 270 personnel of Pangasinan Division 2 . Primicias handles 15, 000 strong mentors from Calasiao and several towns to the far-flung island town of Anda, Pangasinan

Meron tayong 25 kilos na bigas sa lahat ng ating mga personnel. There are about 270 personnel natin. Meron silang bigas meron silang grocery of course meron tig-isang (roasted) manok and meron silang (inaudible) at P500 kada isa pare-pareho iyan walang pinili,” Primicias, who was elegantly dressed in blue and red Superwoman attire, told this writer last Friday morning during the Christmas hoopla. (more…)

December 30, 2019 at 11:36 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Iwas sakuna: Salubungin ang taong 2020 ng walang paputok

Malawakang impormasyon ang isinasagawa ng Department of Health (DOH) at Philippine National Police (PNP)na iwasan ng mga tao ang paggamit ng mga nakadidisgrasyang paputok. Sa katunayan, gusto ng dalawang ahensya na ito na walang mga nasugatang dadalhin sa mga ospital dahil sa mga paputok.

Sa mga nakaraang mga taon, hindi maiiwasan ang paggamit ng mga ibat-ibang klase ng paputok upang salubungin ang pagpasok ng bagong taon. Ayon sa nakagisnang kultura, ang ingay na dulot ng mga paputok ay nagtataboy raw ng mga masamang espiritu at nag-aanyaya ng panibagong suwerte sa buhay. Ang mas malakas at nakatutulig na mga ingay sa pagpapaputok, ayon sa mga nakakatanda, ay mas maraming suwerte ang papasok sa buhay.


December 30, 2019 at 11:21 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: A new year full of hope

As I am writing this article, year 2019 is about to end. Looking back, it was a year full of events. Some events were pleasant that we want them to linger for long. There were events that we wanted to be part of our memories,  others we want to be thrown into oblivion.


As the year 2020 ushers in, we think of better tomorrow. We always expect new horizon in our lives that at the onset of each New Year, we always hope for the best to come. The arrival of the new year is also a chance to do better, to revisit and address the failures of the previous year.

On the national scene, we are grateful that against all odds and criticisms, we’re able to host the South East Asian Games (SEAG) successfully. We have shown to the whole world our hospitality as Filipinos, even to the extent of winning the most gold medals by our world-class athletes. However, many critics of the Duterte Administration have not moved on. Instead of appreciating our hosting of SEAG, we hear unsavory remarks from them. (more…)

December 30, 2019 at 11:18 pm Leave a comment

Binalonan holds Farmers’ Congress

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 BINALONAN- Mayor Ramon Guico Jr. lauded the Municipal Agriculture Office headed by Municipal Agriculturist Ricardo Tabuac and his staff, for initiating programs and projects that benefit the local farmers.

 This was after the  Binalonan Federation of Farmers Association (BFFA) held its  Binalonan Farmers Congress at the Municipal Events Tent on December 16 to 17.

 The Congress’ theme, “Rang-ay iti Mannalon, Namnama ti Nasyon,” underscores the importance of farmers in nation building as they provide food security for the Filipinos.

 President Jay Layco,  of BFFA, talked on the overview of the two-day activity.

 Fifth Distric Rep. Ramon Guico III was represented by Vice Mayor Melicio Patague as guest of honor and speaker.

 Patague commended  the Guicos’ on their initiative to help alleviate the lives of the farmers of the town. (more…)

December 30, 2019 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

Bayambang conducts 2019 Program Year-End Assessment, GAD Seminar

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 BAYAMBANG- This progressive town of the 3rd District of Pangasinan conducted a year-end assessment of all the implemented  programs and projects with a  gender and development (GAD) seminar at the Balon Bayambang Events Center on December 20.

Together with the officials of the town, Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao led the said events who said that his administration’s biggest accomplishments for 2019 was the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).

He said the most notable accomplishments  include his personal purchase of a rice mill in Aguilar town to  help farmers enrolled in the town’s farm mechanization program.

At  present 1,600 hectares (from the original 400 hectares) of agricultural land are devoted to palay production. (more…)

December 30, 2019 at 11:10 pm Leave a comment


 Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia, joined by District Engr. Edita Manuel of the Second Pangasinan Engineering District, inspects the slope protection project along Tambac River in Dagupan City on Dec. 13. It aims to mitigate flooding in the area. The other photo shows De Venecia talking to the residents about the project.

December 21, 2019 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

Pangasinan bags 100% assessment score for 2018

                              SEAL OF CHILD FRIENDLY LOCAL GOVERNANCE

All 44 towns and four cities in Pangasinan have successfully passed the assessment for the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) for the year 2018.

The award was conferred by the Council for the Welfare of Children Board to local government units (LGUs) which passed the yearly mandatory Child Friendly Local Governance Audit by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The awarding rites was held on December 17 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC) 1 in Lingayen.

Implemented in 2018, the SCFLG will become one of the requirements of the Social Protection (Core Area) of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) next year.

As noted by DILG Regional Director James F. Fadrillan, the implementation of the SCFLG was designed to identify the results of the intervention for children using various indicators.

“It’s 48 out of 48 or 100% result for Pangasinan,” the DILG regional director stated as he stressed that the success of the assessment was a result of the concerted efforts of all LGUs throughout the province. (more…)

December 21, 2019 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

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