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Sinag to Senate:Probe rice importation

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) asked the Senate Committee on Agriculture chaired by Senator Cynthia A. Villar  to conduct inquiry on imported rice, the bulk of which are docked in various ports in the country since March this year.
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Smuggled rice in Manila. Photo Credit: Philippine Star

In a letter to Villar dated May 8,  Sinag Chair Rosendo O. So So said no less than 130,000 metric tons or 2.6 million bags of imported rice are yet to be confiscated by the Bureau of Customs (BoC).
The BOC also has not charged the 38 consignees of smuggled /imported rice in the country who have no necessary import permits.
So said  with the prevailing price of Php 1,750  per bag, the unclaimed rice is valued at no less than P4.55 billion, and which could only be the tip of the “iceberg” of the recent squabble within the National Food Authority (NFA) Council.”
So also said the Sinag wanted to know if there are other shipments of other agricultural products without permits, that are inside the jurisdiction of BoC in different  ports of the country.


May 22, 2017 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Pogi Espino and his 1st SOPA

Last May 11, Governor Amado “Pogi” Espino III delivered his  State of the Province Address (SOPA) at the Capitol Plaza, which was attended by the municipal and barangay officials in the province, non-government organizations (NGOs), civic and religious organizations, academe and representatives from the six districts of Pangasinan. It was his first SOPA after he won the elections in 2016.
In his address, Espino outlined his accomplishments during the first year of his term, zeroing on the awards and accolades received by the province from the regional and national levels notably in the fields of livelihood and employment, statistics, social welfare and development, coastal resource management, health and human resource management. He said the remarkable achievements were started by his father, the former Governor and now the 5th District Rep. Amado T. Espino Jr.
While I am touted as a critic of the Espinos, I am inspired by the achievements he presented especially on the area of unemployment, which he says the unemployment rate of 8.2% in 2015 has been reduced to 5.4% in 2016. This means that more Pangasinenses are already employed, both local and overseas. Another laudable project he is eyeing is the implementation of Mobile Skills Training through a Customized Training Truck and bus with technical and vocational training modules on skills development. I hope that in his next SOPA, the unemployment rate will be further reduced.


May 22, 2017 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Wala ng katapusang digmaan sa ilegal na droga

 Labing-isang buwan na ang nakalipas ng ihayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang pakikidigma sa ilegal na droga sa bansa. Inatasan niya si Police General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa na sugpuin ito sa pamamagitan ng Operation Double Barrel na kinalolooban ng Oplan Tokhang at Oplan High Value Target (HVT). Sa hayagang digmaan ng ilegal na droga, mahigit na 7,500 ang namatay- 2,700 dito ay sa tinatawag na lehitimong operasyon ng Philippine National Police (PNP) at iyong iba ay kagagawan diumano ng mga “vigilantes” at kasalukuyang iniimbistigahan.
Pansamantalang sinuspendi ang digmaan sa ilegal na droga noong Enero sa taong ito. Makalipas ng isang buwan, muling ibinalik ni Pangulong Duterte sa ilalim ng PNP. Ito ay nagbagong anyo sa tinatawag na Operation Double Barrel Reloaded. Sa ilalim nito, gaya ng dati, maraming buhay na naman ang naibuwis. Maraming inosente ang nadamay at namayagpag pa rin ang pagbebenta ng ilegal na droga. Ang nakakausyami dito ay mga “drug users” at “drug pushers” ang karamihang nadadamay na tila bang ang mga “high value targets” ay patuloy sa kanilang mga gawaing ilegal.


May 22, 2017 at 7:35 am Leave a comment

 KABALIKAT SA KABUHAYAN PROGRAM SM Foundation to help farmers

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- The SM Foundation is committed to help farmers in Pangasinan and its neighboring provinces to increase their income through sustainable farming.
This was said by Ramon Gil “Chito” Macapagal, SM head of Corporate Affairs and member of the Board of Trustees of SM Foundation, before the 85 farmer-trainees who graduated under Batch 130 of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Rural Farmers’ Training Program at the Activity Center of SM City Rosales last May 17.
SM Foundation, Macapagal said, continues to provide avenues for farmers to alleviate their lives in coordination with stakeholders such as the HarBest Agribusiness Corporation, Department of Agriculture (DA), local government units, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Started in 2007, the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Program is envisioned to empower small farmers and marginalized families to sustain their income and to venture into sustainable agriculture.
Batch 130 of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Program started its training last February 15 up to May 10  or a total of 12 weeks with practical farming technologies, capability building on entrepreneurship and lectures at Mangin village, Dagupan City.


May 22, 2017 at 7:30 am Leave a comment


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  A lady athlete runs past Sison Auditorium at the run course during the Tigasin Triathlon last May 14 in Lingayen.CESAR RAMIREZ

May 21, 2017 at 8:55 pm Leave a comment

NCCSP, transport groups up in arms vs colorum vehicles

DAGUPAN CITY – The National Center for Commuters Safety and Protection (NCCSP) and various transport groups in the city are supporting the city’s campaign against colorum vehicles that are entering the city.
They voiced their support in a meeting facilitated by the Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) and the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Judiciary and the Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities of the Sangguniang Panlungsod chaired by City Councilors Jose Netu Tamayo and Alvin Coquia, respectively, on May 17 at the city museum.
The meeting tackled the reported rise of colorum vehicles now plying the city streets.
POSO chief retired SPO4 Carlito Ocampo reported that only last week his office apprehended 50 suspected colorum vans that have no official or designated terminals in the city.
NCCSP president Elvira Medina deplored the operations of colorum vehicles as they operate illegally to the detriment of the riding public who are sometime exposed to holdups and rape, on top of their unsecured rights during accidents and other offenses such as driving with an expired driver’s license, tampered license plate, out of line or wrong route, among others.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, who was present in that meeting, is against the operation of colorum vehicles in the city which was prevalent even in the early years of her administration, vowing to secure the safety of all commuters in the city against colorum vehicles.
The safety of the commuters and the people in the streets are the thrusts of the Fernandez administration. She brought back the city’s traffic lights which had been inoperative for the last several years and strictly implemented the city’s existing traffic rules and regulations to cope with the needs of the times.
A colorum vehicle is a privately-owned motor vehicle which operates as a public utility vehicle without proper authority from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
But a public utility vehicle can also commit a “colorum violation” if it operates “outside  its approved route or area without prior permit from the LTFRB” or if it operates differently from its “authorized denomination”, or when it continues to operate even when its certificate of public convenience (CPC) is suspended or cancelled and the order of suspension or cancellation is executor; when its CPC is expired and continues to operate without a pending application for extension of validity “timely filed” before the LTFB.
Accordingly, there are currently 10 classifications of land transportation services that should apply for franchise at the LTFRB: public utility bus, mini bus, public utility jeep, taxi, UV express, tourist transport, shuttle transport, fil cab, school transport, and truck for hire.
For this, Tamayo and Coquia vowed to pass an ordinance to protect the commuters against colorum vehicles and to consider a new route for PUVs to the new growth areas identified under the city’s newly approved Comprehensive Land Use Plan. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)


May 21, 2017 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Hardship looms for politicos, cops as Rody wages war on ‘Jueteng’


May 21, 2017 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

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