Wednesday, November 22, 2017

BIR launches MTS to collect more taxes

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – To give more services to the Filipinos, the Bureau of Internal Revenue led by Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay launched recently here the Medium Taxpayer Service (MTS) to efficiently collect more taxes from the top 500 businessmen in the region.
BOSS -Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay of the Bureau of Internal Revenue poses with the officials of the agency’s Region-1 office after the Taxpayer Segmentation Forum with the top 500 businessmen in the four provinces’ Region-1 held recently at Jeck’s Convention Hall in Calasiao, Pangasinan. Photo by Mortz C. Ortigoza

Dulay earlier signed Revenue Memorandum Order 17 Series of 2017, for the creation of regional teams to improve the Bureau’s collection from the top taxpayers in their regional areas.

“So that we can become hopefully win the future which is the dream for everybody. We continue to give you the public services that you need. We are doing this gaya ng sinabi ni President Duterte lahat tayo tunay na pagbabago sa bayan,” he told the Top 500 traders in the four provinces’ Region 1 who attended the Taxpayer Segmentation Forum held recently at Jeck’s Convention Hall here.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mayor dares coal plant's foes to switch off their power at home

SUAL, Pangasinan - Mayor Roberto Arcinue dared critics of coal-fired power plant not to patronize electricity produced by the Sual Power Plant.
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Brown out in the Philippines. Photo Credit: ABS-CBN News
 “The Save Sual Movement members should start using reusable energy like solar panel to show their sincerity in their advocacy and not electricity sourced from coal power plant,” he said.
The group had been opposing the construction of coal-fired plants in the locality, claiming that these power generating facilities are polluting the local environment.
However, they never came up with any evidence or document to prove their allegation that the existing Sual Coal-Fired Power Plant being operated by Team Energy is causing any pollution in the surrounding areas, Arcinue said.
“Kung may pollution sana, wala yang mga hundreds of fish cages sa tabi ng nasabing power plant,” he pointed out.
This thriving town is home to some 750 world-class fish cages located in Sual Bay near the power plant that produce about 60 metric tons of bangus (milkfish) every day being sold to major fish markets like Navotas and Malabon in Metro Manila.
In barangay Pangascasan where the said power plant is located, farmers have been enjoying good rice and vegetable harvests averaging from 80 to 120 sacks of rice per hectare.
“Nasaan ang pollution na sinasabi nila?” he said.

Hospital offers Nurses P500 a day, perks in Mindanao

Due to Shortage of Registered Nurses !

Many registered nurses (RN) in Luzon are exploited.
In Dagupan City alone there is that hospital that accepts RNs to work there for six months by paying P45 thousand to the owner of the medical facility.
Consequently, the management will give the nurse a certificate that he or she worked in that hospital for one or two years.
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Filipino nurses take their oath as licensed practitioners. Photo Credit: Nurses Update
The recipient uses the certificate in applying for work overseas.
This malpractice by hospital owner happened because of the Law on Supply and Demand.
The same Law that Former President Joseph Estrada (or was it Senator Manny Pacquiao?) wanted Congress to abolish because of the inflation it brought to the country, but that’s another story.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Alaminos is Region 1’s most resilient city

Dagupan City - The City of Alaminos proved to be among the emerging resilient cities in the country when it recently topped the Region 1 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) for 2017 under the Resiliency pillar.
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The regional award was received by City Gov’t. Asst. Dept. Head 1 Eduardo Garcia and City BLPO Chief Bernald Capitle during the 3rd CMCI Recognition Ceremony held at CSI Stadia in Dagupan City last Nov. 10,2017.

This is Alaminos’ first CMCI regional award which was handed by no less than DTI Regional Director Florante Leal along with Mr. Robert Lao of PCCI and Nelson Yuchontian, RCC 1 Co-Chairman.
In the national ranking recently released by the National Competitiveness Council, Alaminos also placed 14th from among the 112 component cities in the country.

Coastal Highway sa Weste, inilulunsad

Pangasinan West – TUGON sa higit pang pagpapasigla ng turismo dito ang inuumpisahan na coastal highway na babagtas mula sa Sual, tungo sa lunsod ng Alaminos, dugtong ang mga bayan ng Anda, Bolinao, Bani, Agno, Burgos, Dasol at magtatapos sa Infanta.
NANGUNA sina Congressman Jesus Boying Celeste, National Security Adviser Hermogenes C. Esperon, USEC Eduardo B. Gongona ng Department of Agriculture, Dir. Nestor Domenden ng BFAR-DA Region 1, PD Ronald Lee ng Pangasinan PNP office at Mayor Noli Celeste ng Bolinao at Alaminos City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste sa isinagawang turn-over ceremony para sa mga fishing boats, gears at iba sa mga benepisaryo mula sa bayan ng Bolinao at Alaminos City.
Ang okasyon ay ginanap sa beachfront ng El Pescador Resort and Hotel, sa Bolinao, noong November 10, 2017. (Akong Matyag)
AKDA ni Congressman Jesus ‘Boying’ Celeste, kalakip ang buklod na inisyatibo ng mga alkalde, kasapi ng mga Sangguniang Bayan, punong-barangay at konseho para ang hangarin ay maisakatuparan sa madaling panahon.

Friday, November 17, 2017


CITY HALL EMPLOYEES’ 13TH MONTH PAY – Regular employees beam with happiness when they received their 13th month pay from treasury officials at the Bids and Awards Committee office on November 17. The distribution of the financial bonanza  was  personally witnessed by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

Bayambang pays only P50 M yearly on projects

Despite P1.2B borrowing capacity

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

BAYAMBANG – With an annual regular income (ARI) of P346, 272, 000  this year, this first class town pays only P50 million annual amortization of its existing loan that funded a series of huge projects here.
Bayambang, Pangasinan Mayor Cezar T. Quiambo

Mayor Cezar T. Quimbao explained that this town has P187 million loans from East West Bank he used to bankroll the  construction of the market,  the air-conditioning system, taraflex floors, and other parts of the gymnasium, audio visuals, parking space, traffic signals, barangay circumferential road, rural health unit, eight police community precincts, Close Circuit TVs, annex building for the municipal hall, improvement of the old municipal hall and Sangguniang Bayan’s building, flood control, and many others.
The P346, 272 ARI were taken from the averaged locally sourced income (ALSI), other share from national tax collection (OSFNTC), and internal revenue allotment (IRA). They were reflected on the document given by the mayor to this paper.
Quiambao said that this thriving town has a maximum debt service capacity (MDSC) or amortization capacity yearly of P176, 711,000 or a borrowing capacity of almost P1, 190, 323,000.
He said the MDSC is 20% of the computed town’s ALSI, OSFNTC,  and IRA that are equated into the total sum of the yearly annual regular income.