Thursday, December 14, 2017

Two Dads to replace suspended P’gasinan Mayor, Veem

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ASINGAN – A lady councilor here said that that the first top two elected municipal legislatures will replace temporarily the mayor and vice mayor here who were suspended for one year by the Ombudsman.
Councilor Evangeline Dorao cited that Councilor and Lawyer Joshua Viray and Councilor Mel Lopez will replace Mayor Heidee Chua and Vice Mayor Carlos Lopez, Jr. after the Ombudsman Conchita C. Morales issued a suspension order last October 13 against them.


She said the assumption of Viray and Lopez will take effect after the full implementation of the order by the Department of Interior & Local Government that according to an expert will take anytime from now.
“I was the only one to have the courage to write the Ombudsman and their indifference (Chua and Lopez) not to reply on my letters,” Dorao told this paper.
The issue according to Dorao was when the mayor and vice mayor of this Eastern Pangasinan town adorned with their names and pictures the ambulance given to this local government unit (LGU) last year by the Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office.

The Royal House called Casa Real

CASA REAL – The almost restored Casa Real that imposes its grandeur at the poblacion area in Capital Town Lingayen, Pangasinan.
The monumental and stately P85 Million edifice’s renovation materializes because of the intercession of Pangasinan Second District Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil to look for funding from the Department of Public Works & Highway and Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).
The solon said the completion of the former 1,480-square meter two-storey stone masonry and brick building will be finished next year.
The third and final phase waits for the remaining funding from TIEZA that would bankroll the perimeter fence, equipment, and other facilities.
Royal House is one of the grand government edifices that used to be the seat of the provincial government of the huge Pangasinan’s province during the Spanish Colonization. It was where the Alcalde Mayor or the Governor who acted also as the Judge of the Court of First Instance or the present Regional Trial Court. The National Historical Commission of the Philippines declared it as a National Landmark by citing its “outstanding and unique example of civil architecture from the Spanish and American colonial periods".
Upon its completion, Casa Real will be a museum for Pangasineneses and tourists to see the artifacts and mementos of the old Pangasinan province.

The almost restored to its old glory Casa Real (above photo) and the worn-out national landmark left to the elements.

Text and Photo by Mortz C. Ortigoza  

Yuletide's Greetings from Mayor CTQ and Wife Niña

"Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon, BALON BAYAMBANG! God Bless Us All" - Bayambang Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao and wife Mary Claire "Niña" José - Quiambao.

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Con warns people on hard jail life

                      Crime Does Not Pay

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – A convicted cattle rustler in Pangasinan recalled the hardship of being a detainee at the jail here and the years he spent at the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.
Jose de Guzman (not his real name) told Northern Watch Newspaper that aside from the skin diseases like galis (scabies) that afflicted him inside the Bureau of Jail, Management, & Penology (BJMP) here for his two years and two months detention, he slept squatting because the cement floor were filled with prisoners who lay like sardines because of congestion.
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HELL - The hellish existence of being a detainee in a Philippine prison.
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The BJMP’s buildings have been occupied by more than one thousand inmates despite the capacity of the dormitories there to occupy 300 detainees.
“Tatlong tabo lang ng tubig ang puwedi mong gamitin sa kada araw na ligo mo doon?” De Guzman lamented.
He said after being convicted by the Regional Trial Court here he was sent to the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa to serve the between 10 ten years and more than 17 years of sentence meted to him.
He cited that punishment by leaders of convicts to a violent prisoner was harsh.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Gen.“Bato” visits Bay Area


By Gabriel Ortigoza
Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, chief of Philippine National Police and so far, the most popular general of the Philippines today, was the guest of honor at Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco Friday evening.
Philippine Center Kalayaan Hall was filled up with several Filipino-American civic organizations. Bay Area Fil-Am police officers came and look snappy on their uniform.
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Handling my book on leadership to Philippines
National Police's Director General
Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa.
Former mayor now Daly City council member Glenn Sylvester presented a plaque containing city ordinance which designates December 8th as General Ronald Dela Rosa Day.
On his acceptance speech, Gen. Dela Rosa thanked Glenn Sylvester and the city of Daly, which has about 30% Fil-Am population, for the recognition. The general offered his invitation for Glenn to visit the Philippines and he told the council member that he will direct the PNP to declare everyday as Glenn Sylvester Day.
Gen. Bato updated the Fil-Am organizations on the purpose of his US trip to Washington DC and the status of Philippine government’s war on drugs.
The general hinted drug lords and drug addicts are salivating for his mandatory retirement when he reached the age of 56 on January 21, 2018.
Photo-op followed after his speech. Everybody in the hall wanted to take photo with this famous and very accommodating general.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

DAGUPAN BAGS NATIONAL CHILD-FRIENDLY CITY FINALIST


DAGUPAN CITY – This city has been conferred anew as finalist in the 2016 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) during the Gawad Parangal held at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang Palace on December 12.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez received the Plaque of Recognition for the city from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary and CWC Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Emmanuel Leyco, CWC Executive Director Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Eduardo Año and Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Maria Francia Laxamana.
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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte graced the conferment ceremony.
This was the third time that Dagupan City was finalist in the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities since 2014. As a finalist, the city received P50,000 from the CWC.
“It is with great measure of happiness, honor and satisfaction that I received this conferment in behalf of the children of Dagupan. Our children are our true source of indescribable joy, and it is compassion and care that drives us to work harder for them. We are self motivated to pursue plans, programs, policies and projects for children because we believe that a city that takes care of its children takes care of the future,” said Fernandez.
Fernandez disclosed that like other municipalities and cities, Dagupan is a great believer in the dreams of the children.
“When we plan our activities, when we pursue our programs, when we evaluate our goals and targets, when we reassess and honestly critique our assumptions and identify gaps in our strategies, we always put the best interest of our children in mind because as Eleanor Roosevelt said the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their (children) dreams,” she said. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Dec. 12, 2017)

Study says Sual power plant not causing water pollution

SUAL, Pangasinan – Recent monitoring activities conducted by water specialists on marine, groundwater and stream water around the Sual Coal-Fired Power Plant  show that water quality in the area continues to meet the standards set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The monitoring activities were conducted by AECOM Philippines, Inc. from April 25-26 and July 17, 2017.
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Sual Coal Power Plant runs by Team Energy in Sual, Pangasinan is the
 biggest power  plant in the country with its 1,218 megawatts energy
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AECOM Philippines, Inc. is a subsidiary of AECOM International, which is listed in Fortune Magazine’s 500 richest companies and has branches in 150 countries.
The report submitted to the DENR Central Office last November 17  said that “water quality samples were collected from previously established monitoring stations consisting of nine marine water quality monitoring stations in Baquioen Bay and Pao Bay, four stream water quality monitoring stations in Lugulog River, and four groundwater quality monitoring stations located in Sitio Bangayao, Sitio Salumagui and Sitio Lugulog in Barangay Pangascasan where the power plant is located, and in Sitio Calupani in Barangay Capantolan here.
The sampling techniques used to collect the water samples were based on three guidelines:
1.       DENR Administrative Order No. 1990-34 or the Revised Water Usage and Classification/Water Quality Criteria