Archive for April, 2020

San Carlos City huge budget due to big population

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

SAN CARLOS CITY – Because of its huge population this city has an annual appropriation budget (AAB) of more than P800 million pesos this year.

Mayor Julier “Ayoy” Resuello said that this local government unit chalked up most of the AAB from the national coffer because of its huge population, after this newspaper told him that his city competes with the annual appropriation budget of the two Pangasinan cities’ Urdaneta and Alaminos.

“Mas malaki kaya lang mas maraming local income si Alaminos City because sa tourism spot niya, e”.

Among the four cities in Pangasinan, Dagupan City, the commercial hub of Region-1, had hit the one billion pesos AAB under the mayorship of Belen T. Fernandez in 2019. (more…)

April 23, 2020 at 5:03 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Over – sex ang Pinoy dahil sa quarantine

Sabi ko na nga tama iyong kumentaryo ko sa radio at sa social media na isang social problem na maging bunga nitong mahigit  isang buwan na na lock down at quarantine kontra sa deadly Novel Corona Virus Disease – 19 (COVID-19) ay ang pagsabog uli ng mala rabbit nating population.

109,581,078 na po tayo ngayong year 2020 ayon sa United Nations.

Alam ito ni Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Kaya noong namudmud siya kasama ang mga kawani ng Davao City Hall ay kasama na doon sa relief goods ang mga di mabiliang na condom.


Ayon sa newsreport kamakailan ng Super Radyo Davao, nanawagan si mayora na habang naka home quarantine ang mga mag asawa at mag partner ay huwag mag pa sobra (siyempre sa sex hihihi – author) at mag obserba ng family planning. (more…)

April 23, 2020 at 4:54 am Leave a comment

Warning on dependency on imported rice haunts Filipinos

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

M’LANG, Cotabato – A former executive of the Department of Agriculture echoed the warning of former Agriculture  Secretary Manny Piñol that the government against reliance on imported rice.

Former Executive Assistant Ferdinand “Bobong” Piñol said after Vietnam suspended its exportation of rice because of the dreaded Corona Virus Disease-19 (CONVID-19) pandemic, Cambodia and India stopped selling rice overseas because they were hampered by the lockdowns.

Due to the pressing demand, Thailand spiked the 5% broken white staple per ton to U. S $560 to $570, the highest in its inventory since April 2013, based on the news report of Business Recorder sent to this writer by  Piñol. (more…)

April 23, 2020 at 4:43 am Leave a comment

Dagupan acts fast versus COVID 19

DAGUPAN CITY – When the World Health Organization officially declared COVID 19 as a pandemic, the first action that Mayor Brian Lim did was to cancel the much-anticipated Bangus Festival in the city.

“The people’s health and lives must be prioritized,” he said.

Lim went on a 14-day self-imposed quarantine when he arrived on March 13 from the United States for an official business, but behind the scene, he organized and equipped the city departments for the battle against the unseen enemy.

Daily, fire trucks disinfect and sanitize government buildings, streets, markets, schools, and other areas. The city government also set up disinfection tents at the Malimgas Market, Makong Market, and Region 1 Medical Center (RIMC). (more…)

April 22, 2020 at 8:18 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Social amelioration, malaking tulong sa mga mahihirap na pamilyang Filipino

Dahil sa pagdeklara ni Pangulong Duterte ng Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) sa buong Luzon at sa pagpatutupad nito ng “home quarantine”, marami ang nawalan ng trabaho at pagkakikitaan.

 Kaakibat ng ECQ ay ang pagbibigay ng Kongreso ng “emergency powers” kay Pangulong Duterte upang matugunan ang mga ibat-ibang suliranin na dulot ng COVID-19. Noong Marso 26, pinirmahan ng Pangulo ang batas “Bayanihan Heal As One” na nakapaloob dito ang “emergency support fund na nagkahahalaga. By P275 bilyon, na mula sa mga naipong pera ng mga ahensya ng pamahalaan noong nakaraang taon.

 Kalakip ng “emergency fund” ay ang social amelioration program (SAP) na tinatayang tutulungan ang 18 milyong mahihirap na pamilya upang maibsan ang mga nawalang kita sa loob ng dalawang buwan. Bago pa man maisagawa ito, may mga anunsyo na ang Pangulo na lahat ng mga apektadong pamilyang Filipino ng ECQ ay bibigyan ng P5,000.00 hanggang P8,000.00. Natuwa ang mga tao at hinintay kung paanoito ipatutupad ng pamahalaan. Sa kabilang banda, nag-anunsyo rin si House Speaker Allan Cayetano, na ang bawat pamilya ay mabibigyan ng Social Amelioration Card. (more…)

April 22, 2020 at 8:14 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Salute to the local government leaders of Pangasinan

The Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) has brought in the best leaders in our town and cities. It is not an easy task to be working for the welfare of the people especially on the twin problems of providing food for the affected families and at the same time in trying to combat the entry of the dreaded COVID-19 in their communities.


When President Duterte declared the ECQ in entire Luzon with the order of strict home quarantine of the people, the main problem that confronted the local leaders was on how to provide food for their constituents. While they have quick response and calamity funds in their appropriations, and given the magnitude of the problem, these are not enough to meet the needs of the people. It will take creativity, resourcefulness and political will of the local government leaders to implement the support services to the people. (more…)

April 22, 2020 at 8:09 am Leave a comment

Dagupan City opens PUI Management Center

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 DAGUPAN CITY-  This city’s People’s Astrodome was opened recently as PUI Management Center serving as half-way station to patients under investigation (PUIs)  and persons under monitoring (PUMs) for COVID-19 from the city.

 Ralph Du, director of the National Dairy Authority (NDA), donated the 30 modular tents for use of the patients. The tents have foam and bedding, a pail, trash can, and a chair. .

 The Department of Information and Technology (DICT) provided free Wi-Fi connection to the entire place.

The modular tents according to Dr. Ophelia Rivera, the city’s focal person on Covid-19,  are arranged following  the prescribed 1.5 meters distance from each other and the protocols to be followed are guided by the Philippine College of Physicians. (more…)

April 22, 2020 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

SM assures employee compensation; gives financial assistance to guards, janitors

 By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ROSALES- SM truly cares amid the COVID-19 crisis in the country.

The SM management assured all their employees they will receive their regular compensation as well as extension of Emergency Financial Assistance during the period of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)  from March 16 to April 14, 2020.

SM Public Relations Manager Kristine Joy Santiago said all employees will receive their regularly scheduled salaries during the ECQ period without deductions against their vacation and sick leave credits.

The companys front liners, skeletal workforce, will, in addition, be provided with premium pay. (more…)

April 22, 2020 at 7:53 am Leave a comment

SMC tollways assure smooth flow of essential personnel, goods

 Following a move to waive toll fees for all medical practitioners recently, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) reported that some 2,000 doctors and nurses have already availed of toll-free RFID stickers valid at the STAR tollway, South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the Skyway system, NAIAX, and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

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Toll gates of express way in the Philippines. Photo Credit: eCompareMo

“We started this initiative not only to show support for our medical frontliners and government but also to inspire more businesses to step up their responses all the more and play their part in fighting the battle against COVID-19,” said SMC president Ramon S. Ang. (more…)

April 22, 2020 at 7:45 am Leave a comment


smart A young man sells milkfish or bangus at his makeshift stall in a village in Lingayen.CESAR RAMIREZ

April 13, 2020 at 9:04 pm Leave a comment

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