Friday, October 21, 2016

Dubai-based oil firm invests in multi-billion dollar project in Sual

LINGAYEN – Kampac Group, a Dubai-based oil and gas company will invest in Pangasinan by putting up an Energy City project in Sual town due to its strategic location along the Lingayen Gulf.

Governor Amado Espino III has confirmed this on Monday during his 100-day report before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan here.

Espino disclosed that the Kampac Group has formally presented to the provincial government on September 19 its proposal to build a world class refinery and petrochemical complex with a first class commercial port and ultra-modern city.

Espino said the project, which will greatly provide more economic and employment opportunities in the province, is capable of producing one million barrels of oil a day.

The Kampac Group, which was formed in 1988 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is an international company that is engaged in oil and gas exploration, oil trading, oil infrastructure development, environmental and oil services.

“The company plans to invest a multi-billion dollar capital for the said project,” said Espino adding that once it materialized, the project will be the single biggest foreign investment in the country for a long time.

Espino added that prior to process of the project development, the Kampac Group, through its Chairman Charles Ampofo, sought the permission of the provincial government and the provincial board to use the Eco-Tourism Zone in this town as the contractor’s settlement and workshop sites.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


DAGUPAN CITY – At least 80 indigent elder citizens, who stand to benefit from the free cataract operation of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Medical Mission Foundation, underwent free medical checkup and screening on October 17 at the city museum under the auspices of the City Health Office.

Dr. Shiela Sabado, City Health Office officer-in-charge, said the candidates for cataract operation were checked by no less than the doctors of the UST Medical Mission Foundation to find out whether they are fit to undergo operation.

The team brought with it a mobile laboratory for fasting and random blood sugar check, complete blood count (CBC), chest x-ray, electrocardiogram (ECG) and cardiopulmonary (CP) clearance.

The medical team, which is extending free health care services to the underprivileged Filipinos in various communities, is led by Dr. Gina Ang, Internal Medicine and Adriene Elizabeth Lim, optometrist, of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Medical Mission Foundation.

The project jibes with the pro-poor program under Mayor Belen T. Fernandez’ Alagang Balon Dagupan for the elderly who will be scheduled for free cataract operations at UST Hospital.

"Since its inception several years ago, around 275 Dagupeños have already benefitted from this health care program," Sabado said.

Registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the UST Medical Mission Foundation, which was founded on October 1961, intends to make quality medical and surgical service accessible to all Filipinos, especially those living in rural areas. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Oct. 17, 2016)

Suspension of Classes in Pangasinan for October 21

Localized Suspension of Classes in Pangasinan (October 21, 2016)


As Super Typhoon ‘Lawin’ leaves the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), PAGASA has lowered the Tropical Cyclone Warning for Pangasinan.

However, due to the onslaught of Super Typhoon ‘Lawin’ and Typhoon ‘Karen,’ several parts of Pangasinan have reported damage to infrastructures and livelihood of our provincemates.

Further, with the opening of the four spill gates of the San Roque Dam today, October 20, possible flooding in low-lying areas along Agno River may occur.

As such, may I encourage local chief executives of affected city or municipality, school administrators and principals to implement LOCALIZED SUSPENSION OF CLASSES TOMORROW, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016 within your area of responsibility, based on Malacanang Executive Order No. 66, series of 2012.

Meanwhile, I urge everyone to always stay safe. Please constantly monitor the flood situation in the province and keep yourselves updated through broadcast and electronic media especially through the Official Facebook Page of Pangasinan.


PDRRMC Chairman

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

SP declares Buted a ‘persona non grata’

Lingayen – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) on Monday, October 17, slapped Pangasinan State University (PSU) President Dexter Buted with a ‘persona non grata’ resolution for disrespecting the highest legislative body of the province.
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BUTED. Pangasinan State University President Dexter R. Buted answers questions by reporters during a press conference held at the university campus in Lingayen last
March 18.  For the past weeks, Buted was the subject of an orchestrated
demolition jobs in the media perpetrated by political detractors of a gubernatorial candidate.
The University President vigorously denies the raps. Instead, he told the reporters
that under his watch, factionalism among the teachers and unabated corruption
among brass of the university were curbed. He said some of his critics  using a bloc time radio program were employees sacked from the university. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

PSU’s Buted got the ire of the provincial board for brushing off the series of invitations previously sent by the SP for PSU officials to appear before the SP’s fact-finding inquiry on the alleged anomalous malpractices of the university’s On- the-Job Training (OJT) program.

In an interview, fourth district Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario, Chairman of ad hoc committee, bared that refusing to heed the SP invitations is a “patent disrespect to the highest policy-making body in Pangasinan which might create a precedent with many other future invitees of the SP”.

“We have given the PSU administration due courtesy as we invited the PSU officials and teachers involved in the OJT issue to attend our hearings, but they keep on ignoring the provincial board,” he added.

“Bakit ‘nung first hearing nandun naman sila? What other reasons ngayon na hindi na sila pwedeng umattend?,” Rosario inquired.

It can be recalled that issues on the alleged OJT malpractices in PSU surfaced last July when a certain Dharel dela Cruz, a PSU student, became a whistle blower to the alleged irregularities in PSU’s OJT program. Dela Cruz was among the PSU students who were employed as ‘regular workers’ in Interphil Laboraties in Laguna for their supposed OJT.

Monday, October 17, 2016


DAGUPAN CITY – The alert level of the Dagupan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DCDRRMC) has now been lowered from red to blue as Typhoon “Karen” is now outside of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
But the country is now bracing for another strong typhoon named “Lawin” with international name of “Haima”, which is expected to enter the eastern boundary of the country in the afternoon of October 17.
Evacuees at the People’s Astrodome who were mostly from Sitio Fisheries and Claveria Road in Barangay Malued, who were evacuated at the height of the typhoon, consisting of around 31 families, are now back to their respective homes.
They were transported back to Malued by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) using one of its rescue trucks.
Other evacuees from the Federico Ceralde Integrated School in Bonuan Binloc totaling 77 families, who were housed in 15 classrooms; and 28 families, most of them were differently abled persons from the Region 1 Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) in Bonuan Gueset and housed at the Bonuan Sabangan Health Center in front of the Barangay Hall, are now also back to their respective homes.
The evacuees were provided with rice and canned goods and ready-to- eat food consisting of rice and tuna caldereta by the staff of City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and given free medical check-up and medicines by the City Health Office (CHO).
The CDRRMC went on an emergency meeting on October 14 and activated its Incident Command Post at the museum on October 15 where personnel of the CSWDO, CHO, Dagupan City Police Station (DCPS), CDRRMO and the City Information Office went on a 24-hour monitoring to assist and extend assistance to victims of the typhoon.
Ronald de Guzman, CDRRMO chief, disclosed that Typhoon “Karen” left minimal damages in the city. Only a number of broken electric posts and lines were down but were immediately addressed by the Dagupan Electric Corporation (DECORP).
The trees that fell were immediately cleared by personnel of CDRRMO.
The city’s main thoroughfares were also underwater at the height of the typhoon but the flash flood receded immediately after the rain except for Fisheries which remained underwater.
Before the entry of typhoon in the city, 11 families living near the Lingayen Gulf evacuated to Fererico Ceralde Integrated School in Bonuan Binloc while 15 families living at Fisheries and Claveria Road in Barangay Malued went on a preemptive evacuation under the guidance of Punong Barangay Pheng Delos Santos.
With “Lawin” entering the PAR, the CDRRMC is set to call for another emergency meeting on October 18 according to De Guzman. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Oct. 17, 2016)

Sunday, October 16, 2016



Lingayen, Pangasinan -   Four men onboard a white Mitsubishi FB van were killed in an armed encounter between policemen at Brgy. Pao, Manaoag this province at about 1:45 am of October 14, 2016.
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                 Investigation conducted by this Office led by Police Senior Supt. Ronald Lee, Acting Provincial Director disclosed that the neutralized suspects were involved in the robbery incident at Centrum Gasoline Station located along Brgy. Babasit same town wherein suspects were identified as RODRIGO BATUCAN y Porquerinio, 49 years old, married, a resident of 1350 Gordon Ave. Pag-Asa, Olangapo City, EDWIN IGNACIO y Romero, 41 years old, married, a resident of BTPI Complex, Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan, TOMMY D MIRANDA, 41 years old, married a resident of Cuyab, San Pedro, Laguna and one still unidentified male person.

Region I home to 1,536 coops

DAGUPAN CITY  – There are now 1,536 cooperatives operating  in Region I with Pangasinan having the most number and  Ilocos Sur having the richest.
Regional Director Josefina Bitonio of the Cooperative Development Authority said the cooperatives in the region continue to improve as there are sustained increases in the number and reach of cooperatives.
Out of the 1,536 coops, only 878 are compliant and have been religiously submitting documents to the CDA regional office. At least 714 coops have updated their reports. Their classification according to assets range from  micro (68.20%); small (22.4%); medium (7.42%); and large (1.96%).
The province of Pangasinan has the most number of coops with 383 covering 24 municipalities. La Union comes in second with 115 in 14 towns. Ilocos Sur contributes 101 coops in its 21 towns and 115 for Ilocos Norte in 14 municipalities.
While Pangasinan has the most number, it only has one billionaire coop which is the electric cooperative PANELCO III. The province of  Ilocos Sur boasts of three billionaires namely: Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives, Sacred Heart Savings Cooperative  and Sta. Cruz Savings and Development Cooperative (SACDECO). La Union has one which is  the Tubao Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc.