CORTEZ: We are Asians

Dumating Mayor Rodrigo Duterte dito sa Pangasinan para sa ceremonial send-off sa mga Vietnamese fishermen na napadpad dito.
Alam mo the changing picture of politics, nag-iiba ho. As history will give you, the geopolitics and the — you know, imperialism and wars. It used to be the Philippines under the Spaniards; the Indonesians under the Dutch; and the Malaysians under the British, Sabi ni mayor Rody sa kanyang speech sa Sual Wharf and Causeway Area, Port of Sual, Pangasinan.
Ang major power player noon mga nakaraang panahon ay Spain, Netherlands at Great Britain.
Ang mga kapitbahay nating mga bayan ay napasailalim din ng iba naming bansa at nakatikim din ng paghahari ng dayuhan.
And over the years, there’s a changing a picture. Independence came in and we have our own, well, predilections to where we’d want to belong. And of late, in this generation, we have come up with something that is really native to ours, sabi ni mayor Rody.
Dahil pinagharian ng dayuhan. Kumilos din sila para maging malaya.
Asians. Iyan ang turing natin sa isa’t –isa. Iyan ang password ng mga bayan sa Asia.
Pinalaya ang Vieetnemese fishermen dahil sila ay kapatid nating Asian.
Tayo ay native ng Asia. Ang world economy ay nakatutok ngayon sa ating native Asia.
After gaining our independence, the elder politicians of this country, the bright ones came up with this ASEAN association. And so every now and then, we meet and we talk since then.
Of late, we had the ASEAN Summit and it was agreed that peace amongst the members must be preserved. And cooperation and help, assistance must also be present, sabi ni mayor Rody.



December 11, 2017 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment


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Sual Mayor Roberto “Bing” Arcinue (extreme left) poses with Vietnam Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan, Santo Thomas Mayor Dick Villar, and a Vietnamese Military Attaché’. The photo was taken Wednesday inside the office of the  mayor as they waited for the arrival of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to lead the send-off ceremony of the five Vietnamese sea poachers caught at Philippine waters recently. MORTZ ORTIGOZA


December 3, 2017 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Dengue vaccination, a health risk

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In 2016 before President Benigno S. Aquino III left the presidency, the Department of Health (DOH) purchased from Sanofi, a pharmaceutical company, a total of P3.5 billion worth of Dengvaxia vaccines for dengue, which turned out to be not approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to Sanofi, new clinical data analysis showed that those not previously infected with dengue and were vaccinated with Dengvaxia vaccines could contact “severe diseases.”

So, this is now the problem.

 In April 2016 under then DOH Secretary Janette Garin, the first public dengue vaccine program was launched. Around 733,713 children from Central Luzon- Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon, including Metro Manila were administered with Dengvaxia vaccine. According to DOH, about 10% of these children or 70,000 have not been affected with dengue yet. This means that these children will be susceptible to “severe diseases” in the coming years. (more…)

December 3, 2017 at 8:34 pm Leave a comment


Nakatutok ang ating pamahalaan sa tatlong uri ng salot sa ating lipunan- ilegal na droga, kurapsyon at iba pang uri ng kriminalidad. Hayagang sinasabi ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na ang kanyang administrasyon ay tututok sa mga ito hanggang ang mga nasabing salot sa lipunan ay masugpo. Sa tatlong nabanggit, ang ilegal na droga ay problemang pangsosyal at pangkalusugan, ang kurapsyon ay isang problema sa ekonomiya at sosyal ganoon din sa mga ibang uri pa ng kriminalidad.

 Ang isang problemang pangkalusugan na bagamat tinitingnan ito ng World Health Organization (WHO) at ng Department of Health (DOH) ay ang pagtaas ng kaso ng Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) na kung hindi maagapan ay hahantong sa isang nakamamatay na virus- ang Acquired Immune Disorder Syndrome (AIDS). Mataas na ang kaso ng HIV-AIDS sa ating bansa at tinatayang sa taong 2020 ito ay magiging 220,000 na kaso. Nakakabahala at nakakalungkot ang datos na ito dahil wala pang natuklasang gamot sa HIV-AIDS. (more…)

December 3, 2017 at 8:22 pm Leave a comment

How the Economic Zone catapults Tarlac City

                                            From pee center to progressive city

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – People in this city should look at how an economic zone became a linchpin for the thriving of a once sleepy Tarlac City.

An executive of a multi-billion pesos Japanese firm told here the crowd in the recently held Luzon Ecozone Summit how the presence of industries like Sumitomo International Wiring Systems transformed the once slumbering town Tarlac into a burgeoning city in the early 1990s after Sumitomo put shop at the Luisita Industrial Parks’ Special Export Processing Zone in Barangay San Miguel.

 The privately owned park hosted corporations like URC, Centro Techno Park, Philippine Long Distance Telephone, and others. (more…)

December 3, 2017 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

BIR launches MTS to collect more taxes

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – To give more services to the Filipinos, the Bureau of Internal Revenue led by Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay launched recently here the Medium Taxpayer Service (MTS) to efficiently collect more taxes from the top 500 businessmen in the region


Dizon and vicente

BRASS: Bureau of Internal Revenue Regional Director Tess Dizon (left) and Central Pangasinan BIR Chief Merlyn Vicente.

Dulay earlier signed Revenue Memorandum Order 17 Series of 2017 for the creation of regional teams to improve the Bureau’s collection from the top taxpayers in their regional areas.

“So that we can hopefully win the future which is the dream for everybody. We continue to give you the public services that you need. We are doing this gaya ng sinabi ni President Duterte lahat tayo tunay na pagbabago sa bayan,” he told the Top 500 traders in the four provinces’ Region 1 who attended the Taxpayer Segmentation Forum held recently at Jeck’s Convention Hall here.

Revenue District Office – 4 Chief Merlyn DV Vicente said that the MTS was created to monitor the taxes of the Top 500 businessmen in every region in the country.

“They are from the top 500 taxpayers from the whole region. Regional offices na ang magko cover. Mag create sila ng task force para ma monitor itong Top 500”.

She said the regional office of the agency that is also based in this town will not hire personnel to carry the task but will just include the MTS to their work. (more…)

December 3, 2017 at 8:13 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Hypocrite critic sour grapes


Many registered nurses (RN) in Luzon are exploited.

In Dagupan City alone there is that hospital that accepts RNs to work there for six months by paying P45 thousand to the owner of the medical facility.

Consequently, the management will give the nurse a certificate that he or she worked in that hospital for one or two years.

The recipient uses the certificate in applying for work overseas.

This malpractice by hospital owner happened because of the Law on Supply and Demand.

The same Law that Former President Joseph Estrada (or was it Senator Manny Pacquiao?) wanted Congress to abolish because of the inflation it brought to the country, but that’s another story.

But in North Cotabato Province, a doctor and owner of a huge hospital there complained to then Department of Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial about the liberal policy of the government in allowing those new graduates and licensed nurses to go abroad.

Because of this migration liberality, there is a dearth of nurses there to serve the needy patients in hospitals.

Doctor Cecile Rodrigo Roldan, owner of the swanky Roldan Hospital in M’lang, Cotabato Province, told me by phone she and fellow doctors in the Central Mindanao province agreed that nurses should be required to serve the country, say for two years,  before they are allowed to go abroad. (more…)

December 3, 2017 at 8:02 pm Leave a comment

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