Monday, April 24, 2017


By Mortz Ortigoza

Security was tight last Saturday when I passed by Toril in Davao City when I left Kidapawan City through a public utility van.
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A soldier in the Middle East uses a bomb detector device to check
the cars of terrorists who want to sabotage the tranquility of the area.

Filipino soldiers in bombed prone Davao City use a stick to dig the 
bags of commuters if they hid a bomb there
Soldiers from Task Force Davao flagged all private and public vehicles that ingress the national highway before they reached the city proper.

Kahit police pa ang nakasakay sa kotse pinapababa at ini-inspection ang mga bags nila,”one of the three Muslim  guys who were my fellow passengers, probably college students, quipped in accented Tagalog.
They speak the vernacular in difference probably with the mostly Christian passengers in the Toyota Hi Ace Super Grandia used mostly by Mindanaons as common carrier that plies the Cotabato City- Davao City route.

I was dismayed about the antiquated system of the military in searching the bags of those who entered Duterte’s City Davao.
Since time immemorial I’ve been observing the lack of initiatives of our government in searching the belongings of the commuters and motorists for concealed bomb that have rocked the City for several times in the past.
How can a 12 inches stick son of a gun used by the soldiers detect an improvised explosive device (IED) in the three different checkpoint hubs they put to detect when they dig only like idiots the upper portion of the stuffs in the bag?
How about the taped packages and the boxes at the back of the van, trunks of the car and bus?


DAGUPAN CITY – Ms. Ivern Doroteo of Tarlac was crowned as 2017 Bangus Festival ‘Mistisang’ Bangus Queen on April 23 besting 14 other candidates with his charm, beauty and intelligence.
THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL – Ivern Doroteo (center) is the 2017 Bangus Festival Mistisang Bangus
 Queen while Reigne Barbie Monteverde (right) is 1st Runner-up and Tamira Yvonne Willies (left) 
is 2nd Runner-up. They, along with 14 other candidates, competed to create awareness on HIV-AIDS conceptualized 
by 2017 Bangus Festival executive chairman Epee Rafanan and the City Health Office with Dr. Wendy Bernardo as
 event chair. Bernardo is the focal person of the city’s Gender and Development and HIV-AIDS. (CIO photo by 
Jojo Tamayo)

The search for Mistisang Bangus was conceptualized by the 2017 Bangus Festival Executive Committee with Epee Rafanan and Dr. Wendy Bernardo of the City Health Office to create awareness on HIV-AIDS and protect the populace from the killer disease.

On the day of the pageant, free HIV test was made available for everyone at the event area. The free HIV test can also be availed of at the City Health Office, according to Bernardo who is also the city’s Gender and Development and HIV AIDS focal person.

When asked on how to advise the community as ambassadress for HIV prevention, Doroteo readily answered, “Don’t be ashamed to get checked no matter who you are or how old you are, age doesn’t matter but AIDS does matter. It’s not the end.”

Sunday, April 23, 2017

De Venecia boosts Day Care support

Pangasinan's Fourth District Representative Christopher de Venecia donated educational materials for Day Care Centers in Dagupan City with proceeds from a fundraising activity he initiated through a theater show.
TURN OVER. Pangasinan 4th district Rep. Christopher de De Venecia
 turns over educational materials for Dagupan City Day Care Centers
On April 17, De Venecia handed over to Day Care workers monobloc tables, chairs, flash cards, first aid kits, learning materials, visual aids, among others. He was joined by Mayor Belen Fernandez and Councilor Marvin Fabia.
De Venecia said this was an initial response to the needs of day care centers he gathered during a consultation meeting with them in January.
“I really worked hard for this….I was really touched and sad when I learned about your needs and I told myself I have to provide a solution,” he said.

Health office warns of summer diseases

DAGUPAN CITY - With the intense heat being felt this summer season, the Provincial Health Office warns of diseases that may be experienced by people especially children.
Nurse Ammiel Carino of the Non-communicable Diseases Unit of PHO, said people who love to frolic under the sun and go to  beaches at this time of the year must be wary of several diseases that could be fatal when not treated adequately.

Heatstroke, when not attended to properly,  could cause much harm including severe dehydration which could result to kidney destruction, Carino said.

Another illness to be monitored is hypertension whereas too much exposure to heat could decrease water in the body and  cause blood pressure to rise.

“Ugaliin nating uminom ng maraming tubig para mapalitan ang nawalang tubig sa katawan natin dahil sa sobrang init,” Carino said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency. 

Food poisoning is also expected during this time because food spoil easily due to the heat. 

Dagupan spearheads coop of transport groups, fisherfolk

 DAGUPAN CITY – In a move to strengthen the livelihood of the people, the city government in partnership with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) – Dagupan Extension Office, organized a one-day pre-registration seminar on the steps to be taken in forming cooperatives for transport and fishermen’s groups on April 18 at CSI Stadia.
Fiona Mae Lopez, the city’s Cooperative Officer, disclosed that the officers of the Alliance of United Transport Organization (AUTOPRO), City Federation of Tricycle Drivers and Operators (CITYFED), Tricycle Alliance of Dagupan (TRIAD) Inc. and the Pederasyon ng mga Mangingisda sa Dagupan City (PEDMANDACI) informed the city of their intent to organize themselves into cooperatives.
They sought the assistance of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez who readily extended the assistance to them and forged a partnership with the CDA through Lopez.
“I welcomed the request of our transport and fisherfolk groups to organize themselves into a cooperative. I support their undertakings and endeavors especially in helping their members more effectively,” said Fernandez.
Lopez added that after the seminar the city under her office will help the groups in processing their accreditation as a cooperative with the assistance of the CDA.
“After the seminar, regular na tayo magcoconduct ng ganito ulit para sa mga iba pang groups/people's organization na gusto ring maging cooperative. Mas nai-improve po kasi livelihood ng mga grupo once naging coop na sila. So target natin maicooperativize ang lahat ng organizations na may gusto,” said Lopez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)

Saturday, April 22, 2017


 Pangasinan’s First District Congressman Jesus “Boying” Celeste (4th from left) gives a pep-talk to hundreds of his constituents who attended his birthday celebration that started at dusk last Wednesday and ended at the wee hour of Thursday at his residence in Bolinao, Pangasinan.
Other luminaries in the photo are Bolinao Mayor Arnold Celeste (3rd from left) and Alaminos City Arthur Celeste (5th from right). 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Festivals of the North not rigged – Rafanan

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – “No lutong Macao (It was not rigged),” declared by the Bangus Festival 2017’s Executive Chairman to the critics that the scoring on the street dancing competition's Festivals of the North (FON) were tampered in favor of this city.
The FON will see the champion of the street dancing contest here pit against those contestants from Central and Northern Luzon’s areas.
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According to Francisco “Epee” Rafanan, the members of the board of judges in the vaunted FON are professional practitioners sanctioned by the National Commission on Culture and Arts.
Rafanan debunked accusation that this city’s three consecutive successful championship's streaks of the FON were rigged.
“We invited our guests for a barangay festival with the help of the National Commission on Culture & Arts. Ibig sabihin iyon ang accredited practitioners iyong mga nakaka-alam kung ano talaga ang kalibre kung ano ang mechanics ng street dancing and who have the experiences because they go all over the country. Sila po ang magiging judges natin,” Rafanan stressed in a press conference he called recently at the Atrium in CSI  in Brgy. Lucao here.
He cited that in the last three years Director Resty Fernandez had been inviting high caliber judges of the Gilon-Gilon Festival and Festivals of the North.
Barangay Pantal had been the perennial winner in three successive rows of the street dancing tilts.
But in this year’s competition, Pantal was barred due to its being the Hall of Famers and Grand Slam Champion.
The Gilon-Gilon’s committee, chaired by Punong Barangay Julie Ann Perez of Barangay Pantal, created six villages’ clusters to weed out each other.
Cluster 1 are Salisay, Mangin, Bolosan, Tebeng, Mamalingling and Tambac; Cluster 2 are Bonuan Gueset, Bonuan Binloc, and Bonuan Boquig; Cluster 3 are Calmay, Carael, Salapingao, Lomboy and Pugaro; Cluster 4  are Caranglaan, Bacayao Sur, Bacayao Norte, Mayombo and Herrero-Perez; Cluster 5 are Lasip Grande, Pogo Grande, Pogo Chico, Malued, Lasip Chico and Lucao; and Cluster 6 are Tapuac, Poblacion Oeste, Barangay 1, Barangay 2 and 3, and Barangay 4.

Cluster 1 won last Friday the Gilon-Gilon contest thus it will be this city’s bet for the Festivals of the North on April 28.
They will be pitted against Tinungbo Festival of Pugo, La Union; Talong Festival's of Villasis, Pangasinan; Dinamulag Mango Festival of Masinloc, Zambales; Pamulinawen of Laoag, Ilocos Norte; Pindangan Festival of San Fernando, La Union; Halamanan Festival of Guiguinto, Bulacan; Abel-Iloko Festival of Caoayan, Ilocos Sur; Goat Festival of Balungao, Pangasinan; and Damili Festival of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte.