Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Brigade Eskwela, bakit?

Ni KITZ BASILA
NAKAPAGTATAKA na pilit isinasali ang mga magulang at mag-aaral na pati ang paghingi ng awa ay kasangkapan ang paglahok daw para ayusin ang mga silid-aralan at kapaligiran ng paaralan sa pampublikong eskwelahan.
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Sa tuwing kalagitnaan ng Mayo, ariba ang bayanihan daw na tinawag na Brigada Eskwela. Ang naumpisahan na sama-samang pagkumpuni sa mga sira-sirang upuan, pintuan, bintana, bubong at pati bakod ng mga paaralan.
Ang nakapagtataka ay kung bakit ang mga ganitong pangangailangan ay pilit na ipinapasan sa mga magulang ng mga mag-aaral. Kahit pa ang mistulang pulubi na paghingi sa may mga mabubuting-loob daw ay kinakana.
Ang tanong, di nga ba’t sandamakmak na salapi ang laan na pondo ng ahensiya para tugunan ang mga iba’t-ibang bayarin, obligasyon, at pati kaliit-liitang gastusin ng paaralan?

Monday, May 22, 2017

SUMMER FUN IN DAGUPAN !

Experience adrenaline rush this summer! Bring your barkadas or family to Tondaligan Blue Beach from May 27 to 29.

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Hardship looms for politicos, cops as Rody wages war on "Jueteng"



 By MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

When I and my co radio host dropped by recently at the mess hall of a police station of a first class town in Pangasinan, the policemen there were eating silently their lunch composed of sinigang na pork and fried galungung.



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WAR ON GAMBLING: Philippine Charity Sweepstakes' Small Town Lottery
 (STL) gets more territories from Atong Ang's jueteng liked game's 
Jai-Alai.PHOTO CREDIT: ABS-CBN

Since time immemorial, these viands and their equivalents are available for FREE from breakfast to supper in the more than one hundred police personnel in this town alone.
Thanks to gambling in the province where a percentage share to the chief of police and the mayor include also the free meals and even operational funds of the financially hard up cops.
Pangasinan, a mammoth province, has 44 towns and 4 cities’ police stations.
But  President Rodrigo Duterte signed on February 2 this year Executive Order (EO) No. 13 which seeks to "intensify" the government's fight against illegal gambling.
In case the Department of Justice succeed in stopping the Meridiane Vista Gaming Corporation (MVGC) - a jueteng like number gambling game – these free meals for the police – whose lower ranked received  a government salary of P21,000 a month and its highest ranked a Superintendent, equivalent of a Lieutenant Colonel in the military, got more than a hundred fifty thousand that includes his monthly salary and monthly share from gambling - would come to an end.
Can the determined Chairman Jose Jorge Corpuz and General Manager Alexander Balutan, both PMYer, of the Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office (PCSO) and the gung-ho Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aquirre stop Atong Ang’s MVGC in controlling the ten billion pesos a year number games in the country that did not pay a tax to the Bureau of Internal Revenue?

Foreign Affairs Sec. Cayetano Attends Department's Flag Raising Ceremony

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano attends the department's flag raising ceremony for the first time since the confirmation of his appointment. 
The former senator vows to spearhead efforts to prioritize OFWs' welfare and protection, as well as to uphold the President's independent foreign policy.#
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

BoC, DoF release rules to lock-up without bail smugglers


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Smugglers of agricultural products beware!
The Bureau of Customs and the Department of Finance have released recently the Customs Administrative Order (CAO) No. 2-2017 that empowers the government to sue smugglers of agricultural products and incarcerate them without  the benefit of bail based on the certain amount as provided by law.
NO TO SMUGGLING. Officials of the pro-farmers group Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura
 lead by SINAG Chairman Rosendo So (third from left) make a thumb down sign against the 
unabated smuggling of agricultural products in the Philippines in one of the group meetings
 in Manila.

The Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016, where the CAO was based, cited that a penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of twice the fair value of the smuggled agricultural product and the aggregate amount of the taxes, duties and other charges avoided shall be imposed on any person who commits any of the acts enumerated under Section 3 of the Act.
 Section 3 cited the crime of large-scale agricultural smuggling as economic sabotage, involving sugar, corn, pork, poultry, garlic, onion, carrots, fish, and cruciferous vegetables, in its raw state, or which have undergone the simple processes of preparation or preservation for the market, with a minimum amount of one million pesos, or rice, with a minimum amount of ten million pesos, as valued by the Bureau of Custom.
The CAO will take effect within 15 days from publication at the Official Gazzette or a newspaper of national circulation.

Friday, May 19, 2017

NCCSP, TRANSPORT GROUPS UP IN ARMS AGAINST 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.
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A utulity vehicle (UV) Express van bound for Dagupan
passes through a checkpoint in Kennon Road. Photo
Credit: Sun Star

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.