Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sual officials bat for one more power plant

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Sual Mayor Roberto Arcinue. Photo Credit: Politiko South Luzon

SUAL, Pangasinan – Officials here led by Mayor Roberto Arcinue share the view that construction of more power plants is the most effective way of providing cheaper electricity and preventing another power crisis as what happened in the past.

They made the observation after noting that another multi-national company is planning to put up a
1,000-megawatt coal-fired power plant here.
This town already hosts Team Energy’s 1,200-MW Sual power station, the country’s biggest coal-fired
power plant, located in Barangay Pangascasan, here ,which began operating in 1999.
“Our population is growing and we need an additional plant to serve the people of Luzon, North Luzon,
and Metro Manila,” Arcinue said.

P2B this year for Celeste’s Congressional District

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Congressman Jesus Celeste


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

BOLINAO - The roughly P2 billion reason why infrastructures and other projects keep pouring in this congressional district because the area is huge compared to other districts in the Pangasinan province, according to a solon.
Pangasinan First District Congressman Jesus “Boying” Celeste said that for this year he has received a P1.4 billion regular allocation from the national budget notwithstanding the P600 million appropriations to his district given by national agencies like the Departments of Education, Tourism, and others.
Our area is bigger here that’s why we have a bigger budget,” when asked why another congressional district in Pangasinan has P700 million allocation as regular budget this year.
A congressman of another district told Northern Watch Newspaper before the reason the First Congressional District has a bigger allocation because its area started to develop while other congressional districts in the province have almost done their infrastructure projects.
Celeste is preoccupied in seeing his nine towns and one city’s district benefited on the paved concrete roads, improvements of tourism sites in the area, coastal highways, and mulled to construct a bay walk just like in the Second and the Fourth Congressional Districts of Representatives Leopoldo Bataoil and Christopher de Venecia.
“One of our projects is fencing the highway going to the airport in Alaminos,” he cited.
He said that the national government re budgeted the botched airport project that he said would be a stimulus for the economic growth of the district that caters to its pristine beaches, swanky hotels, and other tourism come-on.
He said in the past that the presence of an airport and casino will phenomenally leapfrogged the financial viabilities of the hotels and pristine beaches here, Alaminos City and other towns because of the influx of local and foreign tourists like the Chinese, South Koreans, Taiwanese, and others who will relish the full package of a casino and beaches.
 Celeste is a member of the Committees on National Defense and Security, Appropriations, Games & Amusement, Natural Resources, North Luzon Growth Quadrangle,  Reforestration,  Science and Technology, and Tourism in the House of Representatives.
He is serving his last term as the solon of Western Pangasinan that will end on May 2019 election.

A source, who asked anonymity, said that Celeste will be running for the mayoralty post of Alaminos City versus the rumored opponent the City’s Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Miguel Y. Perez while the present mayor Art Celeste, his younger brother, will run for the congressional race versus the rumored opponent Under Secretary Tim Orbos of the Department of Transportation and Communication.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


The Philippines offered its sympathy and prayers to Mexico after a powerful earthquake rocked the capital past noon on Tuesday, leaving at least 61 people dead and undetermined number injured.
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Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano kneels to pray as he joins staff of the foreign affairs department at the flag-raising ceremony Monday, May 22, 2017 in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. PHOTO CREDIT; AP
The Department of Foreign Affairs said the magnitude 7.1 temblor sent a number of structures crumbling and left many others, including the building housing the Philippine Embassy, badly damaged.


 “Probinsiyano Ako” Vice Mayor of the City of Laoag Michael V. Fariñas (2nd form right, sited) visits Dagupan City for a goodwill visit as Laoag City intends to establish a sister city relationship with Dagupan City. Fariñas, along with a bunch of Punong Barangays of Laoag City, were welcomed by City Administrator Farah Marie G. Decano (2nd from left), 

Federation of Senior Citizen Association President Luz Geminiano (left, ), Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs President lawyer Cornelia Español (right), City Councilors Alvin Coquia (center, right, standing) and Marcelino Fernandez (center, left, standing), Punong Barangays Helen Fermill (4th form right, standing) of Barangay Tebeng, Condrado Muyalde (2nd form right, standing) of Barangay Salisay and Joseph Maramba of Barangay Bonuan Boquig (3rdfrom right, standing) and the different Department Heads of the city. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

Sunday, September 17, 2017


DAGUPAN CITY – Ten students from private and public schools here are leaving for the United States on September 14 for a goodwill visit to Milpitas City, Dagupan’s sister city, till September 28. 
All of them were issued a 10-year US visa by the United States Embassy in Manila recently.
2017 MILPITAS VISIT – Ten of the Manlingkor ya Kalangweran headed by Jilian Kay Madison S. Fernandez (7th from right) will be off to Milpitas City in California, USA for goodwill visit from September 14-28. They will be joined by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, City Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo and Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Lorna G. Bugayong along with City Legal Officer Ma. Victoria D. Cabrera, City Budget Officer Luz De Guzman (left), Ana Cristina Sinlao (2nd left), School Principal Gary Desoloc (2nd right) and Owen Tan (right). (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

The students will be accompanied by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez together with City Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo, City Legal Officer Ma. Victoria D. Cabrera, Ana Cristina Sinlao, Owen Tan, Schools Division Superintendent Lorna G. Bugayong, School Principal Gary Desoloc and City Budget Officer Luz de Guzman.

The students will be led by young city mayor Jilian Kay Madison S. Fernandez of Pangasinan Universal Institute.

She will be joined by Harmond A. Santos Jr. of Mother Goose Special Science High School System Inc., Nathalie D. Cuison of La Marea Academy, Gaile Stephanie B. Tan of Pangasinan Universal Institute, Abigail D. Azores of Divine Word Academy of Dagupan, Andrea Karla Paragas Sinlao of St. Albert the Great School, Tabitha Vallejos Jimenez of La Marea Academy, Marla Andreyana Maramba Ober of Dagupan City National High School, Noreen Kyle Calicdan Bravo of Phinma-University of Pangasinan, and Rianna Ricaela Fernandez of Dagupan City National High School.

'Toff' raises concerns about SUC's R&D initiatives

Pangasinan Fourth District Representative Christopher de Venecia (CDV) raised concerns about mechanisms in the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that would connect all the research and development (R&D) initiatives of state universities and colleges (SUCs), especially in provinces, with appropriate markets.
In a recent budget hearing of CHED, de Venecia asked Chairman Patricia Licuanan this question even as he said that “I don’t want us to be a production mill of researches that don’t really go anywhere.”
Pangasinan Congressman Christopher de Venecia
and CHED Chief Dr.Patricia Licuanan

Licuanan said they don’t have it in CHED but it is part of the whole cycle of R&D. “This is one of the things we are encouraging and we are linking up people who are quite knowledgeable in this,” she said.

She assured de Venecia “this is something that we take quite seriously and we are pushing for more support for R&D”.

Dagupan police conduct seminar for barangay tanods

DAGUPAN CITY – Members of the Barangay Peace Action Team in all the 31 barangays, clustered into six groups, underwent a one-day training/seminar given by the  Dagupan City Police Station at the city museum on September 11-14.
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Police Superintendent Franklin O. Ortiz said that at least 633 BPAT members, who included barangay tanods, force multipliers and the chairman of the barangay peace and order in every barangay were invited to attend the seminar.

The participants were oriented on the principles of barangay peacekeeping, duties of first responders and crime scene preservation, community awareness on terrorism, handling violence against women and children incidents, arresting techniques, disarming techniques and IED (Improvised Explosive Device).