Tuesday, July 31, 2012
|Rep. Gina de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan|
|Director Arnel Guballa|
By Mortz C. Ortigoza CALASIAO – The regional director of the Bureau of Internal Revenue adopted a wait- and- see attitude on Commissioner Kim J. Henares’s getting appointed as chief justice. Director Arnel Guballa, a lawyer said he had no idea who will get the high tribunal’s high post. He opined that there is movement among other nominees’ interest for the high post but he is not privy about his boss chance to be appointed. Meanwhile, Guballa is more optimistic about the collection performance of BIR Region -1 compared to its record in the last two years. He said that he is bullish because of the trillion-peso infrastructure projects by the government and the forthcoming national election next year. “The economy will be pumped prime by the election next year, then we will see the end result,” he stressed in Filipino. He said Region 1 is doing well despite the average of 20 percent increase given to him by the national government despite the country’s Gross National Product that averages only to 5 percent to 6 percent. He cited that the GNP of the region averages at 10 percent only. “But if you compare it to the actual economy of the country modesty, the region is doing good,” he said.
|Mayor Amadeo Gregorio E. Perez IV|
URDANETA CITY – The mayor of the most progressive city in Region-1 has been on guard to thwart any outbreak of dengue that haunted various towns in Pangasinan. Mayor Amadeo Gregorio E. Perez IV said this city officials have been vigilant to any upsurge of the virus as he said it strikes “on and off”. “Binibigyan natin ng pansin”he quipped. He said this city is more capable to assist all of his indigent constituents who would be struck by the break bone fever. “I hope that this virus would no longer occur again,” he stressed. The province of Pangasinan according to the Department of Health topped in the number of dengue cases registered for the period January to June this year. Dr. Edwin Monis, spokesman of DOH Region 1, said that of the 1,528 dengue cases and nine deaths reported in the whole of Region 1 for the past six months, Pangasinan registered 880 cases and two deaths. Meanwhile , Perez , the son of this city former mayor Amadito now an “ambassador” to Taiwan, whose administration runs under a fiscal budget of P641million this year has no plan to resort to a supplemental budget to fund its countless projects.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
|Lost in Sona:The author (Right) with Rep. Gina de Venecia's PR man Gypsy Baldovino.|
|Partylist lady solon wears a Kukor, short of Kukortinahin (curtain) frock for the SONA|
This writer who dreams to go to “sauna” has at last attended the real Sona (State of the Nation Address) last July 23 at the Batasan Complex . Thanks to the invitation of Rep. Gina de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan). What I observed inside the plenary hall, to my amazement, is no different to what looks inside the cockpit arena in my city. Only the plenary hall of the House of Representatives, 20 times bigger than the fowl arena, has sea of men and women outclassing each other in their sartorial elegance and whose first name has been appended with an adjective “Honorable.” That not all congresswomen beautifully carried themselves in Filipino gowns designed by Patis Tesoro and Pitoy Moreno, there were those in the party list sectors who lousily carried themselves in frock designed by Kukor, short for Kukortinahin (curtain), they probably bought in a bargain sale in Divisoria and Baclaran. That the lower box facing the rostrum where the Philippine president, senate president, and the speaker of the House of Representatives sat were rows of benches where present and former high government officials like former President Fidel V. Ramos, former 5-time Speaker Jose de Venecia, Vice President Jojo Binay, former President Joseph Estrada, and foreign ambassadors and their wives occupy. That I pitied the foreign dignitaries who looked like idiots listening to the one hour-and- a- half speech of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in Tagalog. That the Office of the Speaker should have purchased earphones (just like in the United Nations- for those dignitaries who come as far as the Republic of Timbukto ) on which they listen to translations in English.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
BY MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
At the height of the brouhaha spawned by the P52 million loan contracted by Urbiztondo town with the Philippine National Bank, Santa Barbara Mayor Carlito Zaplan told me how he and his staff prepared the resolution that empowers him to borrow P100 million from the Land Bank of the Philippines for the construction of his new municipal hall. He said after he signed the resolution passed by his town council for review by the Sanggunian Panlalawigan (provincial board) he saw to it that it has the corresponding annual investment plan (AIP)and a legislated supplemental budget. He said after the SP approves them, he and his staff will submit it to the LBP for the latter to release a particular sum for them to start the construction of the new municipal edifice somewhere in Brgy. Ventinilla in his town. “You can not get the whole loan, LBP will only release a particular sum through progressive billing after its staff is satisfied that the constructed structures jibe with the money the bank released earlier,” he explained.
With Zaplan’s explanation, did the PNB and Urbiztondo Mayor Ernesto “ Jun” Balolong, Jr commit malfeasances after the bank gave him the entire package of P52, 400,000? The PNB and Balolong have been incessantly assailed by the members of the provincial board and the media of not complying with the legal procedures on how a loan to a local government unit is released. They said the bank and the mayor should have waited for the final review and approval by the board before the P52, 400,000 loans was released. But Balolong and his political and economic adviser Arturo Mandapat (former bursar of San Carlos City) emphatically disagreed with the accusation. They both told me the SP was in estoppels based on the 30 day prescription period provided by the Local Government Code. Section 56 (d) of the LGC provides if no action has been taken by the SP within 30 days after submission of such an ordinance or resolution, the same shall be presumed consistent with law and therefore valid. “How can we be liable when the secretariat of the SP furnished Balolong a certificate that the 30-day period has already lapsed?”Mandapat declared. He said the certificate, the ordinance and even the AIP and the supplemental budget have all been complied with. *** Critics of Balolong said the last two requirements have not been passed by the Sanggunian Bayan (town council) of the town and submitted at the board. Mandapat said all these requirements have been complied with that eventually made the PNB to release the sum. “PNB (in Manila)and the Bangko Sentral have their top notch lawyers who combed meticulously the application of the town’s for loan that they could see any requirements that application lacks,” Mandapat said.
Friday, July 20, 2012
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. will be the principal guest of honor and speaker during the 2012 Midyear Media Conference and Award Presentation of the Publishers Association of the Philippines Inc. (PAPI) today, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the Makati Sports Club in Makati City. The awards conferment to the most outstanding congressmen of the Philippines will highlight the media event. The honorees are: Reps. Teodoro Casiño, Ma. Georgina de Venecia, Rodolfo Fariñas, Roilo Golez, Edcel Lagman, Hermilando Mandanas, Emil Ong, Angelo Palmones, Rufus Rodriguez, Lorenzo Tañada III and Rodolfo Valencia. Juan Dayang, PAPI president, said as the media sector covering all congressional districts all over the country, the Publishers Association of the Philippines, the largest and oldest association of publishers and mediamen in the provinces and urban communities, has kept a close watch of the performance of the members of the House of Representatives. The community press, he said, has been documenting the accomplishments of the members of congress. PAPI, in recognition of the excellent performance of some of the Representatives, will honor the House members chosen as most outstanding congressmen. Dayang pointed out that media has the inherent function to inform the people, especially those residing in the countryside, about the performance of their legislators in the House of Representatives.
SPEECH OF REP. GINA DE VENECIA AT THE MIDYEAR MEDIA CONFERENCE & AWARD PRESENTATIONI am honored and deeply grateful to have been selected as one of the top Ten Congressmen of the Philippines. As the only woman honoree, I am doubly appreciative of this award, because it is truly heartwarming to be in the company of such a distinguished group of illustrious congressmen, who make us proud to be Filipinos. My entry in politics was quite daunting, because the congressman that I replaced in Pangasinan’s fourth district is a political maverick and a great statesman ---- the five- time Speaker himself, my husband Joe de Venecia. Nevertheless, I overcome the challenges, by following his counsel and the dictum of one of the most beloved presidents of our country, the late Tita Cory, who stated: “I didn’t have any formula for building democracy. All I can suggest is to forget about yourself and just think of your people." After all, leadership is really about serving the public.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
BINALONAN – The mayor here said that Rep. Kimi Cojuangco (5th District, Pangasinan) and Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino will be the guests of honor on July 20 on the blessings and inauguration of the new campus of this town operated University of Eastern Pangasinan.
Mayor Ramon V. Guico III, a doctor of public management, said the swanky university was his brainchild when he submitted a dissertation in 2005 to then President Gloria M. Arroyo, former Speaker Jose de Venecia, then Mayor Ramon N. Guico, Jr., and this town’s officials.
“Since then the dream of establishing a university for Binalonan came into reality,” the young looking mayor stressed.
Guico said that with the support of World Citi (umbrella of WCC Aviation Company, WCC Aeronautical School, World Citi Colleges, and World Citi Medical Center) President Dr. Arlyn V. Guico and Board Chairman former Mayor Guico, Jr., he envisioned to share his wealth of experiences in academic leadership through the birth of a local university financed and sponsored by the municipal government.
He said that through Ordinance No. 2005-007 (Establishing the University of Eastern Pangasinan and for other Purposes) that was approved on December 9, 2005 and Resolution No. 239-2006 of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Pangasinan culminated his dream to reality.
“Hence, UEP was born and started operations in the upper “palengke” building of the poblacion”.
Guico said that the new modern structures are located at Barangay Canarvacanan
A resident here who asked anonymity declared that this town owned UEP, like the University of Urdaneta City operated by the nearby Urdaneta City would be one of the major sources of revenues for this town’s coffer as it attracts burgeoning number of students from the nearby municipalities.
Gloria Mondares, Budget Officer of Urdaneta City, said that UCC gives a stagerring P170 million every year to the city from the revenues the university collected from tuition fees of the thousands of its students.
Mayor Guico said that residents here who want to enroll at UEP will be given 100 percent free tuition fee except the measly miscellaneous fees.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
|R.P's Comedy King Dolphy|
|Pangasinan Rep. Gina de Venecia||n|
The Congressional Medal of Distinction, the highest award the House of Representatives can confer to an exemplary individual is being sought by two lady solons for “Comedy King” Dolphy. In House Resolution 2581, filed by Reps. Gina De Venecia of Pangasinan’s 4th District and Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy of Bagong Henerasyon Partylist, it is sought that the congressional medal of achievement be conferred posthumously to Rodolfo “Dolphy” Vera Quizon for his outstanding accomplishments as a stage, television and movie actor over a span of seven decades, earning for himself the title “Comedy King of Philippine Show Business.” According to De Venecia, “Tito Dolphy was worthy of that honor, in recognition not only of his performance as an actor but more so for his role in making the Filipino people laugh amidst crisis and poverty, a feat not every actor is able to achieve while maintaining humility and kindness.” De Venecia is the daughter of Sampaguita Pictures owner Dr. Jose “Doc” Perez, who gave Quizon the screen name Dolphy and popularized the comedy duo of Dolphy and Panchito. Sampaguita was Dolphy’s home studio for the first ten years of his illustrious movie career.
By Mortz C. Ortigoza LINGAYEN –The chief of barangay Estanza competes with the provincial government to get multi-million of pesos financial windfall for his pet projects. Brgy. Captain Mario Navarro said through the help of retired general Orlando Madela, enforcement chief of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, he had been promised a P15 million worth of auditorium and a barangay hall in his village. Navarro said Madela, a close associate of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, explained that the fund would come from the economic fund of President Aquino. He said the funds would be P10 million for the rehabilitation of the auditorium, and P 5 million for the barangay hall. “Both of these projects would be show windows to the world that a village in Pangasinan can be an epitome of progress,” he stressed. He said that village would be the “it thing” in the province as it is primed-up, together with nearby barangays Sabangan, Malimpuec and Capandanan, as a world class eco-tourism haven of Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino. In the recent final dialogue with villagers for the P202.2 million golf course project’s application for an environmental compliance certificate (ECC), Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan said before the end of Espino’s ter, four barangays in Lingayen will become the most progressive places in Pangasinan. Mayor Ernesto Castaneda expressed full support also to the mega project that could spur full-scale development not just of Lingayen but the entire province. Meanwhile, Castaneda said he was going to add funds as his counterpart contribution to the more than P200 thousand seed fund of his school batch for the construction of a comfort rooms in his alma mater Pangasinan National High School. Castaneda is the chairman of high school batches of early 1960s.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
DAGUPAN CITY – The almost knee-deep flood that haunts motorists at the junction of the old De Venecia highway in Barangay Lucao in this city could be a thing of the past. The chief of the 2nd Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works &
Board Member Ming Rosario
By Mortz C. Ortigoza LINGAYEN – The vice governor of Pangasinan who used to be a mayor for three terms said his present post is more demanding than being a mayor. Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Zerrudo Calimlim said being the second top head of the humongous province he has to barnstorm 1,333 villages unlike when he was a mayor of Mapandan, a small town. “My routine in going to the boondocks did not change when I was campaigning for the vice governor for one year and a half,” he stressed. He said his style in crisscrossing the villages by feeling the pulse of his constituents is the same as that of Governor Amado T . Espino. “Nothing changed,” he told the governor when they both exchanged notes when they ran for election in 2010. Calimlim said that he gives 20 monoblock chairs, a grass cutter and a megaphone to every barangay and to the entities who request for financial and material assistance. “Later, I and the governor will be giving air conditioner to every barangay hall in the province,” he said. Lately the vice governor joined the delivery of another set of water pumps and grass cutters to four municipalities in June 26 as part of the province’s program on agricultural productivity, conservation of the environment and a form to prevent spread of dengue.
By Mortz C. Ortigoza CALASIAO- The head of the biggest revenue district office (RDO) in Northern Luzon is unperturbed by 60% of the P900 million additional tax hike imposed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue on her office. Revenue District Office-4 Chief Christine Cardona said the first goal given to her by the Bureau of Internal Revenue was P2, 112,336,000. It is 18.89 % higher than her last year goal’s of P1, 776,721,000. But because of the new hike of P500 million from the central office, Cardona has to soldier- on this year a staggering P2.612,336 billion for the coffer. Cardona said that BIR ordered the six RDOs in the four provinces of Region-1 to collect a modified hike to buttress the national coffer in addition to the tax goal given to them in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012. Despite the new spike, Cardona was optimistic that she can hit the new target at the end of this year just like what she did last year. “I am always optimistic,” she said when asked if she turned pessimistic because of the herculean task given to her. In the first tax goal given to the six RDOs, each of them had the following target to collect: RDO-1 in Laoag City, P960,873,000.; RDO-2 Bantay, Ilocos Sur, P1,086,113,000; RDO-3 in San Fernando City, La Union, P1,447,845,000; RDO-4 in Calasiao, Pangasinan, P2,112,336,000; RDO-5 in Alaminos City in Pangasinan, P698,733,000; and RDO-6 in Urdaneta City in Pangasinan, P997,926,000. According to a source who asked for anonymity, the total of the goal for BIR Region-1 is P7, 303,826,000. But with the modified hike of P900 million from the P6, 526,186,000 goal last year, the new goal would become P7, 426.186,000. BIR Region 1 is under the watch of Director Arnel Gubala who used to head the National Investigation Division.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Mayor Perez instructs CDMRRC boss Johnny Sumait how to scramble the five rubber boats and the four rescue vehicles of Urdaneta City incase calamity strikes the city. URDANETA CITY – The mayor of this entrepot city bought recently a military cum rescue truck to give dignity to his people not being ferried by a garbage truck during calamity. Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” E. Perez IV said that the brand new Japanese made Isuzu military truck cost this progressive city P1.4 million. “Parang pang rescue kasi ng ta-o na hindi naman sasakay sa truck ng basura. Usually ganoon talaga, dump truck iyong pinagsasakyan iyong sasakyan ng basura!” He added that somebody proposed to sell him a real rescue truck for P6 million but he preferred to buy another military truck instead. Johnny Sumait, the chief of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said that presently this city has five rubber boats where one was given to the police.
By Mortz C. Ortigoza DAGUPAN CITY – City administrator Vladimir Mata said there is no suit that could be filed against Mayor Benjamin S. Lim when he bought the controversial 30-hectare land intended for a sanitary landfill in San Jacinto town. “What‘s the case?” posed by Mata, saying Lim could not disburse P16 million without proper accounting and proper documents. “Sabihin mo mag-isip silang mga kritiko paano madi-disbursed ang pera. Dapat alam nila iyon.Meron tayong COA (Commission on Audit) that makes sure that the papers are in order (for the land) that we bought a long time ago. In other words we comply with the law,” he stressed. He explained that even thought there is no Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT) because the heirs of Estrella Sangalang do not have an Original Certificate of Title (OCT), the ownership of this city to the 30 hectares lands can be found on the tax certificate in the assessor’s office in San Jacinto. The controversial land was bought by the city government from Jose Mariano Cuna for P16 million in April 11, 2002. Cuna bought it from Sangalang for P6 million in January 2002. He blamed some individuals for the aborted landfill plan in the town. “Mr. Lim bought the land with the imprimatur of the SP (Sangguniang Panlungsod) conducive for the engineered sanitary landfill. But it did not push through because of some political quarters who do not want the project implemented.” Meanwhile, Mata said it was farfetched to sue this city because of its non-compliance with Republic Act 9003 otherwise known as Ecological Solid Waste Management Act because which called for establishment of engineered sanitary landfill. “Pag hindi nag comply ang executive, mismo ang DENR na ang magpa-file ng kaso laban doon sa executive,” he said. He said when the Department of Environmental & Natural Resources sued the violators, all local government units in the country except Urdaneta City and Palawan would be in a bind.