Saturday, March 31, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
By Mortz C. Ortigoza URDANETA CITY – If many Europeans today practice austerity measures imposed to them by lending institutions, the mayor of this city has his version of austerity during his recent trips abroad. Mayor Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV said when he attended the 10 –day League of Cities of the Philippines conference and official visit to Hawaii for the historic signing of the memorandum of understanding and cooperation between the LCP and the State of Hawaii, he did not stay in a hotel but stayed in the house of a city mate there. He added that he stayed too in the house of a friend from this city in the US mainland when he made a three-day side trip there. “Mabuti iyon dahil matipid unlike sa hotel na mahal,” he quipped. He said he asked compatriots in Hawaii and in the U.S mainland to join again the renowned Mrs. Urdaneta in the next city fiesta. He said he did not solicit monies for this city as practiced by other mayors in Pangasinan whenever they go abroad.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
SAN CARLOS CITY. The Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (Foundation) Inc. invites all pregnant women to celebrate “Araw ng Buntis” at the San Carlos City gym on March 10, 2012. “Maabilidad na Pinay, Malusog na Nanay” is the theme of the celebration which attempts to set on the Guinness World Records 2012 the “Largest Pre-Natal Class (Multiple Venues)”. Supporting the Araw ng Buntis celebration are vitamin companies BioFer Me, Hemarate, Obimin, Calciumade. In charge of registration from 7:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. are POGS members and C.H.O. Lecturers are OB-GYNE doctors Betha Fe Castillo, and Amelia Cayabyab who was former Region I POGS president and incumbent presiding officer protempore councilor of San Carlos City. Mayor Julier Resuello will give his message for the occasion. Closing remarks will be delivered by Dr. Rico Reyes (department head of Region I Health Office). At 11:00 A.M. is free pre-natal check-up, lab tests and ultrasound. A packed lunch will be provided by LGU.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
By Mortz C. Ortigoza You probably read my previous expose’ about corrupt members of the House of Thieves, er, Representatives ,extorting a mayor for a P300 thousand a month share from the illegal number game jueteng, getting in advance a significant share from almost every government funded project funded by the solon’s pork (Priority Development Assistance Fund) from a private contractor, pocketing up to 40 to 60 percent of the multi-million peso dredging of rivers, relatives of the lawmaker’s shameless interference in every government projects to maximize the solon’s cut on the funds for road works, bridges, school buildings, and others, and a “solomonic (local moniker of a greedy official)” lawmaker getting all the cut for the projects without giving a cent from the spoils to the grudging mayors who hosted the site of the projects. (For the details of these brouhahas, you can read all these alleged anomalies by scrolling the topics at my blog at email@example.com) *** “But there is a congressman and a congresswoman that ever since I could remember, they did not ask a dime for an SOP (Standard Operational Procedure, a misnomer for an anomalous cut) for every infrastructures financed by their pork ,” a very high government regional official in Region -1 commented on one of my expose’. He was talking about the spouses’ former Congressman and Congresswoman Mark and Kimi Cojuangco of the 5th Congressional District of Pangasinan. He proudly told me why these spouses did not ask for an SOP because they are already very rich with their billions of peso business empire. Mark is the scion of business czar Danding Cojuangco, the chairman of the San Miguel Corporation- the largest publicly listed food, beverage and packaging company in the Philippines with 100 major facilities throughout the Asia-Pacific. Mark heads the family run National Cement Corporation in the town of Sison in Pangasinan. *** When Kimi used to be a mayor of Sison, chiefs of police (COP) detested being assigned there. Their reason: Kimi did not want jueteng and a red light district that proliferated during the time of her predecessor former Mayor Dionisio Lagmay. Without jueteng and nightclubs, COP would be deprived of up to P90 thousand a month payola that their counterparts earned in other towns of Pangasinan. (Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thursday, March 1, 2012
By Mortz C. Ortigoza SAN CARLOS CITY – The stalemate between the warring executive and legislative bodies in Dagupan City on 2012 budget did not escape the prying eyes of a veteran bursar here. Arturo Mandapat, who used to be the treasurer of this city and Urbiztondo town, deplored the delay in the approval of the 2012 proposed budget of P581 million for Dagupan, which should have been approved as provided by law in the second semester of last year. “As I saw on TV the budget hearing of Dagupan, I sensed that it was only City Administrator Vladimir Mata who was prepared to argue with the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. I felt sorry for the department heads who were sometimes at a loss or were groping in the dark when they were grilled by the SP (members),” he said. Mandapat said the passage of the budget starts when heads of departments or offices submit a budget proposal for his department or office of the mayor on or before the 15th of July of each year,” Mandapat said. “Upon receipt of the statements of income and expenditures from the treasurer, the budget proposals of the head of departments and offices, and estimates of income and budgetary ceilings from the local finance committee, the mayor shall prepare the executive budget for the ensuing fiscal year in accordance with the provisions of this on the Local Government Code “Mandapat quoted Section 318 of the Code. Mandapat said that in case the SP of Dagupan fails to enact the proposed budget within 90 days from the start of the official working day in January 2012, the ordinance authorizing the appropriations of the previous 2011 fiscal year shall be reenacted and shall remain in force and effect until the ordinance authorizing the proposed appropriations is passed by the SP. He explained that the budget has three components namely, personal services, material operating expenditures, and capital outlay. He said development projects like roads and buildings are included in the capital outlay. But because there is no approved 2012 budget, development projects like these could not be implemented unless proposed and approved in 2012. “However, only the annual appropriations for salaries and wages of existing positions, statutory and contractual obligations, and essential operating expenses authorized in the annual and supplemental budgets in 2011 shall be reenacted and disbursement of funds shall be in accordance there,” Mandapat explained
By Mortz C. Ortigoza URDANETA CITY – The mayor of this richest city in Region- 1 in fiscal appropriation said mayors and members of legislative of bodies should go to the villages so that they can feel the real pulse of their constituents. Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” E. Perez IV said being a son of a former mayor does not mean he could be complacent in his leadership. “The bottom-line for government officials is performance and not lineage,” he quipped. He said he is hands- on in his style of governance by seeing to it he saw the problems personally either in the city proper or in the villages. Perez, who is the son of the long-time mayor here Amadito who is now an “ambassador” to Taiwan, helps steer this city with his father what she is today. He brought this city as the “richest” city and by winning the “Cleanest & Greenest City” all in Region-1. His administration earned raves and waves lately when he said that this city runs Urdaneta City University earned a yearly net windfall of P170 million revenues that all go to the city coffer. This amount buttressed the reputation of this city to be the number one city in Region -1 in terms of the approved fiscal appropriation of P641 million – an amount lower by P30 million if compared to the preceding year budget of P671 million due to the reduction of this city’s share in the internal revenue allotment for the League of Cities of the Philippines. The city of Laoag has an appropriation of P600 million in 2011 according to the Ilocos Sentinel, while the city of Dagupan has a proposed but uncertain budget of P581 million due to her “warring” executive and legislative bodies. When the young Perez won his mayoral post in 2010, he immediately asked the Sangguniang Panglungsod to implement an ordinance that many people in and outside of city thought was “unpopular” for a leader who will seek reelection in 2013. Perez said the Ordinance was the no-nonsense “Anti-Littering Law” that apprehend and fine by P500 as first offense anybody who are caught throwing rubbish like cigarette butt, candy wrapper, to name a few in public places here. Those who were fined by city enforcers without qualms were army and police officials and media men who are not from here. “Even you go to the far-flung villages in Urdaneta, you can not see any decals posted on the walls of public schools, and even private houses. Any one can be fined committing the illegal posting,” a resident who asked anonymity said. Because of this endeavor of Mayor Perez this city won the “Cleanest & Greenest Award” in the region. “Because of this effort, everybody supported the Anti-Littering Law. Everybody was proud of Urdaneta,” a resident said. Likewise, the mayor, according to the same source, won the hearts and minds of his constituents for his being low profile and down -to-earth. “He is seen reporting to office before 8 am and leaves it even beyond 5pm. After that he is seen doing ocular inspection at some nook and cranny of the public market, helping traffic enforcers in a busy city street, or doing some marketing for his family” When asked about doing for an errand for his family, Perez said he did not find it awkward to buy food for his family as he wanted to see what he buys are all fresh like fish. Meanwhile, Mayor Perez said that if his schedules permit him, he plans to join the members of the League of Cities of the Philippines for their trip in Hawaii on February 27 to attend the sisterhood agreement between Hawaii City and the 138 strong members of the LCP.