Monday, August 29, 2016

Pag-IBIG Fund-Dagupan accepts calamity loan applications

DAGUPAN CITY – The Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund has started accepting calamity loan applications from members living or working in this city which was proclaimed under state of calamity.
On August 17, Dagupan City was placed under a state of calamity due to the onslaught of flood brought about by the monsoon rains or habagat.
Becker Van Ramos, information officer of Pag-IBIG Fund Dagupan branch, said the calamity loan program is part of government efforts to extend assistance to Pangasinenses who were badly affected by the recent weather disturbance.
“An active member can loan as much as 80 percent of his or her total savings with a very low-interest rate of 5.95 percent per annum and payable within two years,” Ramos told the Philippine Information Agency.
Qualified applicants should submit a fully-accomplished calamity loan application form and a photocopy of two valid IDs to the Pag-IBIG Fund office, he said, adding that loan applications can also be filed through their Fund Coordinators.
For more information, interested and qualified members can visit the Pag-IBIG Fund office located at Burgos Street in this city or inquire through the landline number (075) 522-3865 and 522-3266. (PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DOST releases P1.1-M to machine works firm in Calasiao

          Datuin Machine Works (DMW) hopes to expand its operation after availing the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program on August 9.
          For almost 28 years of operation, Engr. Bryan V. Datuin, manager of DMW in Calasiao, Pangasinan said the business  specialized in all kinds of engineering and reconditioning works, and industrial machineries fabrication.
         The P1,128,000 worth of assistance will be used for the acquisition precision machineries. Datuin said they wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to increase productivity to increase income and generate additional employment.
         Datuin further said they have shops in Calasiao and Ilocos Norte. Among the regular clients of DMW include Philex Mining Corporation, National Irrigation Administration in Region 1 and 2, Universal Leaf Tobacco Corporation, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, Sual Power Plant, Mhel Bhen Bus Line and Barangay Machine Works.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

"Liberate ourselves against modern-day tyrants like the drug lords" - Cayetano

Statement of Sen. Alan Peter S. Cayetano

on the Occasion of the National Heroes Day
August 28, 2016
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Senator Cayetano

In the course of our nation's history, generations of patriots heeded the call to fight for nationhood against colonizers and tyrants. Lapu-Lapu, Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, and Ninoy Aquino are some venerated heroes who sacrificed blood, sweat, and tears to help our country move forward. Today, we are at a crossroad as a nation and as a people. The challenge is to fight and liberate ourselves against modern-day colonizers and tyrants. These are the drug lords, the criminal syndicates, the corrupt, and the oligarchs. President Rodrigo Duterte is rising to the occasaion, along with fellow patriotic Filipinos, to rid society of these present-day oppressors, and is fighting a day-to-day battle, which he is poised to win decisively. We are one with him in pursuing societial reforms where no modern president has ever tried. We also honor members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on National Heroes Day. Our law enforcers deserve to be recognized as modern-day heroes for their sacrifices for our people in the fight against illegal drugs and criminality. On National Heroes Day, we honor gallant Filipinos who laid down their lives to liberate our people from oppression and foreign domination. This occasion also allows us to recognize the brave men and women of today who continue to ensure that we live in a society that is safe, free and peaceful.


DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez comforted the family of Danica Mae Garcia, the five-year old girl who was killed on August 23 by the bullet fired by armed men that was meant for her grandfather, when she visited the Garcias at their residence in Sitio Kamanggaan, Barangay Mayombo on August 25 in a show of sympathy and condemnation to the dastardly killing.
“We deeply sympathize with the family of Danica Mae. It is unfortunate that an innocent life was lost due to drugs. We have always valued the sanctity of life, that is why we set up a Rehab Desk at the City Action Service Team (CAST) office to accommodate drug victims who wish to undergo rehabilitation and help them renew their lives", said Fernandez.
She said the city also launched its anti-drug text line so it could reach out those who had been into illegal drugs and extend assistance to them so that they can recover from their vices and start a new life.
During the “Kapihan at Salo-salo” of Breakfast Club Incorporated at the President’s Hotel in Lingayen, Pangasinan on August 25, Fernandez disclosed that the police under the stewardship of P/Superintendent Neil O. Miro are now ascertaining the identity of the perpetrators. There was a report that a witness came face to face with one of the suspects in that incident.
Fernandez expressed confidence that in due time, the investigation being conducted by the police will yield a positive result and finally unmask the identities of the suspects as she expressed hopes that the unfortunate incident will be the last.
Reports indicate that the supposed target of the gunmen was Danica’s grandfather Maximo Garcia who already surrendered to the police three days before the incident after he was informed that he is in the drug watchlist of the police.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Utit, Calabia “Last Men Standing” in BIR-Region-1 Revamped

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO - Maria Isabel B. Utit and Ariel M. Calabia have remain unscathed on the first revamped of all six revenue district office (RDO) chiefs in Region-1 after the Duterte Administration released on August 15 the Revenue Travel Assignment Order No. 168-2016 for 55 RDO chiefs all over the country.
Revenue District Office -6 Chief
 Maria Isabel B. Utit 

“The concerned officials are directed to report to their new assignments on or before August 31, 2016. They shall strictly comply with the provision of Revenue Memorandum Order No. 38-2011 dated September 16, as amended by Revenue Memorandum Order No. 39-2011 dated October 15, 2011, regarding turn-over of all accountabilities and compliance to issued RTAOs covering transfer of personnel. This order takes effect immediately,” contained at the RTA’s No. 168-2016 and signed by Bureau of Internal Revenue's Commissioner Ceasar R. Dulay.
 Utit, a Certified Public Accountant-Lawyer, and Calabia are the present RDO chiefs of Urdaneta City and Laoag City, respectively.
In the latest RTAO it shows that RDO-2 chief Eduardo Obero based in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur was assigned to head RDO-52 in Paranaque City, RDO-3 OIC Chief Luis Alberto, Jr based in San Fernando City, La Union was assigned as OIC RDO-61 chief in Gumaca, Quezon, RDO- 4 Chief Fely Simon based here was assigned as RD0-34 chief in Paco, Pandacan, Sta. Ana Areas, and RD0-5 Chief Josephine Catamco based in Alaminos City, Pangasinan was assigned as OIC –RDO chief of RDO-87 in Catbalogan, Samar.
The new RDO bosses in the Ilocos Region are RDO-2 Chief Aldo B. Esmena (Ilocos Sur), RDO-3 Chief Ernesto Mangabat (La Union), RDO-4 Chief Merlyn Vicente (Central Pangasinan), and RDO-5 Chief Jose Maria Hernandez (Western Pangasinan).
Meanwhile, the regional director of the BIR in Region 1 disagreed to the tag that the agency is one of the most corrupt offices in the country.
“It takes two to tango, ‘di ba? Hinde lang po taga BIR, mga taxpayers diyan na naiimbistigahan siguro nabibigatan sila sa laki ng assessment bribing examiners nandoon ang temptation,” Director Marina de Guzman stressed.
She said that 98 percent of the BIR’s tax collection came from the voluntary taxpayers where BIR personnel do not need to directly transact with them.

Friday, August 26, 2016