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Due to ASF, Binmaley declares State of Calamity

 BINMALEY– The municipal government put this town under a state of calamity because after African Swine Fever affected backyard piggeries in five villages.

Municipal Agriculture Officer Fernando Ferrer said there a need to declare the state of calamity to be able to use the calamity fund to put up 24/7 quarantine checkpoints in the affected areas to stop the spread of the hog disease, and to indemnify the affected hog raiser.

He said around 50 heads of swine died in Caloocan Sur in the past days, thus government veterinarians are conducting blood sampling there to determine if they died of ASF.

Earlier, 34 heads of hogs died in Linoc village, nine of which tested positive for ASF.

Ferrer said 328 heads of swine owned by 25 raisers have been culled in Linoc and San Isidro Sur.

Two more villages – Poblacion and Canaoalan – are within the kilometer radius of the backyard piggery in Linoc where the hog disease was first seen, and were also ordered “closed,” for hog movement.

Ferrer said all pigs in the one kilometer radius area will be culled, but lack of place to bury the carcass prevented the culling at present.

Mayor Samuel Rosario  has prohibited the sale of pork butchered in the backyards or in Class A slaughterhouses of other towns. (Class A means the meat can be sold only in the town where the facility is located)

Binmaley has stopped operation of its slaughterhouse.

Only those butchered in Class AA slaughterhouses are allowed to be sold at the market, but are still required to present a certification of meat inspection.

Ferrer said hog raisers will be indemnified for their dead and culled hogs at P1,000 each. The provincial government of Pangasinan will likewise give P1,000 for each head affected by ASF.

The ASF Task Force in Pangasinan also culled 227 heads of hogs in Apaya, Malasiqui where two heads were bought and brought to Linoc, Binmaley for a wedding reception, but died before they were butchered.

The local authorities suspected that it was the pigs from Malasiqui that infected the hog farms in Binmaley.

Meantime, Rosendo So of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura said unless importation of pork and processed pork products is stopped, the ASF scourge will not stop.


January 27, 2020 at 9:02 am Leave a comment


Dagupan City Mayor Brian Lim signs a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Secretary Gregorio Honasan of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for the installation of free wifi internet access in public places in Dagupan City.
The MOA signing, which was held on Friday, January 24, 2020, was witnessed by Dr. Lydwina Balingit-Bernardo, the city’s Gender and Development focal person, Dr. Vicente Bernardo, DICT Undersecretary Brady de Castro and other DICT officials. (/DagupanPIO)

January 27, 2020 at 8:58 am Leave a comment

BPO to recruit Pangasinenses on Feb. 7 and 8

LINGAYEN– College or high school graduates, and residents of Pangasinan are encouraged to grab the opportunity to be part Concentrix, the biggest Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company in the country today.

Concentrix, formerly Convergys, has forged partnership with the provincial government of Pangasinan led by Governor Amado I. Espino III for the staging of FUSION 2020 : Pangasinan Provincial Job Fest on February 7 and 8 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center gym.

Concentrix Training and Quality Senior Director Larah Sta. Maria, during the Pangasinan in Action “Talakayan sa Kapitolyo” held on January 21 at the Urduja House ceremonial hall, has encouraged Pangasinenses to take advantage of the special package offered during the recruitment activity.

“The special package includes a relocation assistance to be shouldered by the company,” said Sta. Maria, who reiterated that applicants must only comply with the following minimum requirements to be hired.

Qualifications include: applicant must be 18 years old and over, at least high school graduate, must have good communication skills, and must be computer literate.

FUSION 2020 is coined, hinting on the partnership between two giants – the provincial government of Pangasinan; and the Concentrix, which is known as the biggest BPO company in the country with over 80,000 employees at present.

“We want Pangasinenses that’s why we are here,” Sta. Maria stressed during the media forum.

Sta. Maria said applicants from Pangasinan who will be hired would choose the area or branch of Concentrix where he/she wants to work at, which are near to the province of Pangasinan like Manila, Baguio City, and Pampanga.

PESO Pangasinan Manager Alex Ferrer said he is looking forward to gather 1,000 applicants from the province participating in the FUSION 2020 on February 7 and 8.

Just last year, Ferrer said PESO Pangasinan thru its job fairs, job fair on wheels, and other manpower generation activities conducted, was able to facilitate the employment of over 2,000 Pangasinenses in local and overseas based companies.

Meanwhile, the PESO Pangasinan will conduct its first Job Fair for this year on January 24 at the PESO compound located within the Capitol Complex in Lingayen.



January 27, 2020 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

Dagupan closes dumpsite

DAGUPAN CITY – The city government closed on Thursday the 60-year-old  garbage dump in Barangay Bonuan Boquig for rehabilitation, following an order issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) last December.

A signboard that reads: “Notice: This  dumpsite is close for rehabilitation. Burning and scavenging are prohibited” is placed at the open dumpsite’s entrance by the city government.

Mayor Brian Lim said his administration was serious in rehabilitating and eventually closing the dumpsite, and was thankful to the Environment Management Bureau regional office for extending technical advice on how to manage the city’s garbage dump.

CLOSED. The city government of Dagupan closed its open dumpsite in Bonuan for rehabillitation. (photo courtesy of Dagupan City Information Office) 

Last December, he and other city officials met with the EMB and committed to rehabilitate and close the five-hectare open dumpsite that his administration inherited from the past city administration.

EMB Ilocos Regional Director Maria Dorica Naz-Hipe said the EMB agreed to the proposal of the city government to use the area for six months during which the city will forge a contract with a third party for hauling of the garbage to a sanitary landfill.

“We recognize the need for area for residual (wastes) or the wastes left after garbage that be recycled are removed. These would be temporarily held in the dumpsite for up to six months maximum because the plan is to clear the dumpsite and bring the stocked garbage in a sanitary landfill,” Naz-Hipe said.

She added that the dumpsite must not allow entry of biodegradable garbage, which can be turned into organic fertilizer, and recyclable wastes. “These should be disposed of at the household or barangay levels,” he said.

Lim earlier said that the city government has a budget of P57 million this year for the removal of one third of the 180,000 tons of garbage in the dumpsite. He said the area that will be cleared first is near the coastline and leachate may find its way towards the sea.

“We do not want that to happen, so we are prioritizing the removal of those garbage near the coastline,” he said.

In a statement, the city government’s information office said that on January 21, 2017, the DENR ordered the city government officials then to stop operating the dumpsite. But the order was met with  defiance, and the city government then continued to use the open dump, leaving mountains of trash in the area.

The EMB again issued another cease and desist order to the city government to operate the dumpsite, and last December, Lim met with the EMB regional officials.

“They asked for our commitment. And we want to do it because from the start, our goal is to be able to rehabilitate and close the dumpsite,”Lim said.

Aside from the removal of makeshift structures within the dumpsite, the rehabilitation plan includes the compaction of critical slopes in the site to prevent the accumulation of water and promote natural drainage.

The graded site will also be covered with soil to prevent entry of water into the waste pile. In addition, canals will also be constructed around the site to prevent run off water from flowing to the waste pile and reduce lecheate generation.

To prevent lecheate from draining into the beach, collection pipes will also be installed to collect them. Gas vents will also have to beset up at selected points within the waste pile.

Another requirement is the construction of a perimeter fence to prevent unauthorized entry of waste pickers, children, illegal settlers and animals.

With the dump’s closure, the city will operate a materials recovery facility inside the dumpsite for the recycling and composting of waste, according to Teddy Villamil, city government’s waste management consultant.


January 21, 2020 at 9:34 pm Leave a comment

Former Sual mayor waits for suspension, arrest of VM, dads

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

SUAL – The former mayor of this town wished for a favorable decision on the case he filed at the Office of the Ombudsman, on the criminal and administrative complaints against the vice mayor and some members of the Sangguniang Bayan (legislature) for procrastinating on the passing of the 2019 Annual Appropriation Budget.

“People of Sual and I wait anytime from now the favorable decision of the Ombudsman against those I sued. Any favorable decision from the Information given by the Ombudsman to the Sandiganbayan (court) means warrant of arrest for the respondents and preventive suspension from their posts,” former Mayor Roberto Arcinue told this newspaper.

In June 10, 2019 Arcinue filed at the Ombudsman in Quezon City criminal case of Anti-Graft & Corrupt Practices Act and administrative cases of Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service and Gross Neglect of Duty against then vice mayor Dionisio G. Caburao, Jr., Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members Dionel G. Caburao, Alex I. Osana, Michael John C. Millan, Danilo B. Vinluan, and Emerina O. Taboy.

In the July 10, 2019, Director Joaquin F. Salazar directed the respondents to file their respective counter-affidavits on the criminal and administrative cases.

Recall that in January 15, 2019, February 11, 2019, and May 15, 2019 then Mayor Arcinue wrote then Vice Mayor Caburao, the members of the SB, SB Secretary Wilma A. Asuncion for the urgent passing and approving of an ordinance authorizing the annual budget of the first class town for Php 350 million.

In his February 11 letter, the former chief executive said that the services in the field of agriculture, education, infrastructure, and livelihood were dependent on the approval of the budget.

“Even the permanent deployment of doctors and nurses at the Sual Primary Care Facility (PCF) relies on its passing. Our constituents deserve to have the medical assistance to be provided by these doctors, most specially those who are under-privileged and destitute of financial resources,” he continued.

In his May 15 letter Arcinue cited that it was already seven months and ten days since then, causing the same length of delay of the delivery of services to our people.

In the May 16, 2019 local election,  respondents and former councilor Dioneil Caburao and former vice mayor Dionesio Caburao won the  vice mayoralty and membership in the SB, while councilors Alex Osana and Danilo Vinluan were reelected.

Arcinue did not seek reelection in the May 16 poll but his son John and grandson John Christopher Arcinue lost and won, respectively, in the race for mayor and councilor seat.

Those who won the 2019 poll, their positions, party, and number of votes they gained:

Mayor Liseldo Calugay                 (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP): 12,101 votes)

Vice Mayor Dioneil Caburao       (PDP: 12, 788)


1. Dionesio Caburao, Jr.              (PDP, 12, 171)

2. John Christopher Arcinue        (Nationalista Party (NP): 11,947)

3. Raymundo Edrosalan              (NP 10,917)

4. Alex Osana                             (PDP: 10,237)

5. Danilo Vinluan                        (PDP: 9,793)

6. Ayra Tomagoy                        (NP: 9, 661)

7. Dong Garcia                           (NP: 9, 563)

8. Mikelmax Millan                      (PDP: 9, 202)

In case the Ombudsman favors the complainant and suspends the respondents, the landscape in the August chamber will see the Nationalista Party dominating  the legislation.

An excerpt on the Rules of Criminal Procedure says: Within five (5) days from his (investigating prosecutor)  resolution, he shall forward the record… to the Ombudsman or his deputy in cases of offenses cognizable by the Sandiganbayan in the exercise of its original jurisdiction. They shall act on the resolution within ten (10) days from their receipt thereof and shall immediately inform the parties of such action. (Section 12, Rule 112).

“With a favorable decision on the cases I filed, I hope the Sandiganbayan and the high court sustain it to be an example to other members of the Sangguniang Bayans all over the country not to emulate,” Arcinue told this writer.


January 21, 2020 at 8:11 pm Leave a comment

Cops Nab General Chan’s Killer

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

So, it was Friday night that the Special Investigation Task Force (SITG) Chan, who did the sleuthing on the assassination of Police Retired Brig. General Marlou Chan, arrested a “Person –of- Interest” Edwin Ferrer.

That was  two days after the grisly murder of one of the intelligent, eloquent, and shrewd alumni of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City. Chan is a native of San Quintin, Pangasinan thus media men with humor described him when he was a honcho in the gargantuan province as “from Chan Quintin, Pangasinan.”

He told me then that his father was a pure Chinese World War –II veteran from Amoy or Fukien, Mainland China.

Amoy is the present Xiamen Port City while Fukien is China’s province. So it is safe to say Amoy, Fukien just like Urdaneta, Pangasinan ha ha ha!

“When China invades the Philippines, I’m sure I will be the chief of the Philippine National Police because the Chinese consul in Ilocos knew my father was from China,” he crowed to me.

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HAPPIER DAYS. The late Police General Marlou Cortez Chan  (extreme right) during a homecoming  visit on March 23, 2016 at the Police Provincial Office in Lingayen, Pangasinan. This was after his promotion to Star-Rank. Chan was assassinated at 2:50 pm on January 9 in Calasiao..

Before Chan’s stint in Pangasinan as Police Provincial Office (PPO) Director in 2012 to 2013, he was the PPO Director of Ilocos Norte

Two envying glamorous posts before the eyes of the brass of the PNP who settled on their swivel chairs and their less lucrative posts.


I digressed.

Let’s go back to the arrested gunman with an unmarked .45 handgun, bullets, and hand grenade confiscated from him as shown by the TV footage.

January 21, 2020 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment

Primicias calls on LGUs, others to build gym in every village

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – Here’s for the School Division Offices (SDO) of the Department of Education (DepEd) in the country.

The visionary head of the 15, 000 strong teachers of DepEd Pangasinan-1 exhorted the local government units (LGU) in the barangays and towns in Pangasinan to contribute money for the construction of a gymnasium in every public school in the barangays.

Iyon ang problema. Iyong mga bata wala sila mapuntahan na paglaruan kasi wala silang bubong kasi limited lang ang classroom. Tapos graduation nila mainit,” newly appointed acting School Division Office Superintendent Sheila Marie Angeles-Primicias, CESO VI, told subordinates and the 22 town mayors and their representatives during her recent State of the Division Address (SODA) held at the DepEd Division Office here. (more…)

January 21, 2020 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Bumaba ang antas ng krimen sa Pangasinan

Maganda ang pagpasok ng bagong taon sa pamunuan ng Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) sa pamumuno ni Police Col. Rederico Maranan. Bagamat pinaslang si dating Police Brigadier General Marlou Chan noong Enero 9, hindi pa rin maiwasang ikumpara na ang antas ng krimen sa taong 2019 ay bumaba kumpara sa taong 2018.

 Ayon sa ulat ng PPPO, ang bilang ng krimen sa taong 2019 ay 16,819 kumpara sa 19,927 noong 2018  o pagbaba ng 16%. Sabi ni Maranan ang pagbaba ng antas ng krimen sa Pangasinan ay dahil  sa epektibong anti-crime campaign  na isinagawa ng mga pulis sa mga bayan at siyudad at sa tulong ng mga lokal na pamahalaan at mga mamamayan.

Sa datos ng PPPO, ang murder ay may kabuuang bilang ng 190 sa 2019 kumpara sa 241 noong 2018,  sa homicide may bilang na 61 noong 2019 kumpara sa 67 noong 2018, rape mula 544 noong 2018 at 505 noong 2019, robbery mula 319 noong 2018 at 260 noong 2019, theft  na may bilang na 924 noong 2019 at 632 noong 2019, carjacking ng mga sasakyan mula 14 hanggang pito noong 2019, a carjacking ng mga motorsiklo mula 156 hanggang 94 noong 2019.

Ayon pa kay Maranan, ang Pangasinan ang may pinakamaraming naarestong personalidad sa droga sa buong Rehiyon I na may kabuuang bilang na 1,036 noong 2019 kumpara sa La Union na may 201, Ilocos Norte na may 105, at Ilocos Sur na may 85.

Dahil dito nananawagan si Maranan sa mga mamamayan sa buong Pangasinan na ipagpatuloy nila ang kanilang suporta sa mga pulis sa bawat bayan at siyudad para mapanatili ang kaayusan at kapayapaan sa mga pamayanan.

Bagamat bumaba na nga ang antas ng krimen, malaking hamon pa rin sa PPPO ang paglutas sa mga krimen na ang biktima ay mga politiko at mga pulis gaya nina dating Gobernador Amado Espino Jr., Punong Barangay Casareno ng Tomana, Rosales, dalawang empleyado ng Urbiztondo, at kamakailan lang ay ang pagpaslang kay dating Police Gen. Chan.

Kailangan pa ring manmanan ang paglaganap ng mga ilegal na droga dahil sa mga laboratoryonito sa Pangasinan at mga pagawaan ng mga pekeng sigarilyo.

Ang mapayapang pamayanan ay layunin ng bawat mamamayan at hindi lang ito nakaatang sa mga pulis kundi sa lahat ng mga sektor sa ating lipunan.

Ang pahayagang ito ay nagbibigay pugay sa lahat ng mga pulis sa buong lalawian ng Pangasinan sa pagbibigay halaga sa  kanilang mga tungkulin.


Mabuhay kayo!

January 21, 2020 at 7:50 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Goodbye retired Police General Marlou Chan!

As of this writing January 18, retired Police Brigadier General Marlou Chan of Alac, San Quintin, Pangasinan was finally laid to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig, Rizal after nine days of vigil and paying homage to him by his relatives and friends.

 His sudden death was not expected. He lost his life not because of his service as police officers but from the hands of motorcycle riding men who peppered bullets into his body last January 9 in Calasiao, Pangasinan.

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As a newsman, I had the chance to met him at the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office when he was the Police Director of Pangasinan in 2013. During his stint as Police Director, he was at odd with then Governor Amado Espino Jr. after Chan was accused of favoring candidates from the Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC) over that of Liberal Party candidates in 2013 elections.

 Eventually, he was declared persona non grata by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. His last assignment was at the Camp Crame Police National Headquarters until he reached his mandatory retirement age last March 2019. Chan was an alumnus of the prestigious military institution Philippine Military Academy (PMA) where he was a member of Class 1985.

His sudden death has caused multiple reactions from the police communities in Pangasinan and in Region I. Some are asking whether we could still be safe living in the province that even a high ranking police officer  was not spared from the devilish actions of gun-for hire men? (more…)

January 21, 2020 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

15 years of fun at the Villasis Talong Festival

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes


VILLASIS- It may pale in attendance of townspeople and balikbayans (expatriates) as compared to past years’ celebration, the 15th Talong Festival as one of the nine day activities of the town’s town fiesta was a success.

 At 8:00 in the morning of January 17,  municipal officials led by Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica and the fiesta’s Executive Committee converged in front of the municipal hall  for the Talong Festival  activities  featuring the tasty “pinakbet”, a traditional Ilocano dish cooked with a twist  in a “pinakbet sa kawa” by the 21 barangays. After cooking, the villagers in each barangay partook of the “pinakbet” with gusto.

EGGPLANT DANCE. Garbed in eggplant-inspired costumes, these students take part in the street dancing competition Friday afternoon as part of this year’s Talong Festival in Villasis town.CESAR RAMIREZ

 “Pinakbet” is from the Ilocano word “pinakebbet” meaning “to shrink” the eggplant when it is being cooked together with other vegetables like tomatoes, okra (lady finger), ampalaya (bitter gourd) and green chili, and fish sauce.

 At the Public Auditorium, the Farmers Day was also held with the support of private agricultural companies. There was a selection of Mr. Farmers Day with games and raffle draws of farm implements and tools.

 The Cheer Dance competition featuring elementary schools was conducted at the grounds of the Villasis Gymnasium.

 More recipes of “talong” as a primary ingredient were featured in the “101 ways on how to cook talong” in the afternoon, which will be included in the third volume of the coffee-table book “ Talong Recipes’.

 Street dancers stomped off their feet and swayed to the rhythm of music for the street dancing. High schools in the town competed with each other on  dramatizing ” talong production” through their dances and props.

 Don Ramon E. Costales Memorial National High School romped off with the first prize of “Street Dancing”  competition.

 At 6:00 in the evening, a public concert was held at the Villasis Gymnasium featuring Sarah Geronimo, Vanjoss Bayaban of the Voice Kids, and Itchyworms Band.

 The Talong Festival was capped by fireworks display sponsored by the municipal government.

 On January 18, the Grand Parade was conducted, which was participated in by the municipal officials, barangay officials, private sectors, balikbayans and the reigning beauties.

 An exhibition of the drum and lyre corps and bands from the Virgen Milagrosa University and Urdaneta City University was held at the Villasis Gymnasium grounds after the parade.

 In the evening, the reigning beauties were crowned -Mrs. Villasis 2020 Wilda Rabang Macayan, 1st Princess Maria Fernandez-Guarin , and 2nd Princess Virginia Salazar-Sebastian.




January 21, 2020 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

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