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

Monday, December 11, 2017

What constitutional amendments? Just change the PSA to draw investors

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Sa Pilipinas meron ho tayong 2.76 million (January 2017 NEDA) na unemployed at 2.2 million na overseas foreign workers (OFWs) as of 2016 according to psa.gov.ph.
Ilagay natin na kalahati sa OFWs na ito ay napilitan lamang magtrabaho abroad because of glaring unemployment problems dito sa Pinas. So, kung may pagkakataon na may trabaho dito, ay dito na nila pipiliin na mamalagi.
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Siyempre, malapit sa pamilya at peace of mind kay mister na nasa abroad.
Why? Anak ng baka, mababantayan niya si misis sa lurking adulterous relationship sa kay kumpare na mukhang matagal ng may pagtitinginang malagkit ang dalawa sa isat-isa.
Sanamagan, that’s the social cost of working abroad!
So how can the government mediate for these unemployed and OFWs to have jobs in the country?
Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam took most of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the ASEAN - 10 Region with U.S $77.83 Billion for the three of them while the Philippines got $7.93 Billion, according to the 2016 ASEAN Investment Report.
Our lethargic FDI figures happened because, one reason, our law dangles only 40% and even 30% for the foreign investors to control the capital of the corporation here while the Filipinos are given 60% and even 70% control of the business.
Sa media industry nga 100% Pinoy ownership, pero iyan ay nasa Constitution at hindi nakalagay sa Public Service Acts.
For decades this First Filipino Policy I called xenophobic or bias against foreigners deprive us with the presence of more FDIs where many of them even transferred, as a contract with the host country, their technological blue prints how they manufactured their products.
Have you seen air-conditioned buses plying the highways in the Philippines? Their brands are no longer Japanese’s Hino and Isuzu or South Korean’s Hyundai and Daewoo but those cheap but world classes Mainland China’s Yutong, Shenlong, and others.
Yes, the chink eyed Sinos not only snared more foreign investment but also chalked up how to make those products built by the Americans, Japanese, Germans, and others.
China is making now a commercial airline’s Comac C919 that would compete with American owned Boeing and selected European countries owned Airbus.
Thanks to transfer of technology if not cyber thievery the Chinese are famous, too he he he!
All-encompassing pala itong FDI’s hosting, kasi may employment na sa mga tao, magkaka industrialization pa sila.
Thanks to Representatives Gloria Arroyo, Arthur Yap, Joey Sarte-Salceda, Jose Christopher Belmonte, and Manuel Monsour Del Rosario (the last one a Taekwando champ but through God’s miracle turned into an economic solon) where last September 8, 2017 their combined four bills passed the third reading in the House of Representatives.
How about its counterpart in the Senate to complement it?
Here’s Senator Bam Aquino when I interviewed him about the amendment of the Public Service Acts in the Senate.
“Well, una meron po kaming bill na ina-amend iyong Public Service Act. Pinapaliitan na public service. I think iyong matitira lang po ay tubig at kuryente. Pero lahat ay iba gaya ng Telco, gaya po ng internet service dapat binubukas natin iyan sa mas maraming players.
Iyan ho ang isang paraan para gumanda ang serbisyo sa ating bayan para may kumpetisyon”.
Aquino said the amendment of the PSA is not the absolute silver bullet to solve our economic problems.
He cited that other problems that discourage investors to come to our shore are corruption, red tape, arduous requirements to get a franchise, and others.
“Kailangan ng telco sa Pilipinas, kailangan  mo pa dumaan sa  Kongreso e alam mo naman napakahirap na proseso iyan. Dadaan ka sa NTC. Naparaming permit magtayo ka ng power plant 300 signatures iyong kailangan, sino naman mahihikayat magtayo ng negosyo dito kung ganoon kahirap iyan?”.

The Senate version, a combination of five bills that are similar to the Lower House, talks about the amendment of the public utilities in the PSA.
These utilities are mentioned at Section 11 of Article 7 of the 1987 Constitution where the law says they could be amended, altered, or repealed by Congress.
So the anxiety about somebody questioning the amendment as unconstitutional to the Supreme Court has been answered by the provision at Section 11 that says in part: “Neither shall any such franchise or right be granted except under the condition that it shall be subject to amendment, alteration, or repeal by the Congress when the common good so requires”.
According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) among the 104 countries including the Philippines the five most-affected industries in competition are transportation, media, electricity, telecommunications and mining, oil and gas.


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Hinihimay ko dito ang pag pasa ng Congress ng
 batas kung paano magka trabaho ang 3 million 
unemployed at paano padamihin ang foreign
 investors para bumalik na ang mga OFWs.
Mabagal kasi ang pagpasok ng Foreign Direct
 Investment dito sa Pinas versus sa Singapore,
 Malaysia, Vietnam, others

Three of these industries, transportation, electricity and telecommunications are considered “public utilities” in the Philippines.

The old Commonwealth Act No. 146 or known as Public Service Acts restricts the ownership of public utilities. It is the reason that discourages foreign investors to come to our country and instead go to Thailand, Singapore, China, and Vietnam where they can own up to 100% of the capital and the control of the board of directors.
Commonwealth Act No. 146 or famously known as Public Service Acts covers the following public utilities:
“…any common carrier, railroad, street railway, traction railway, sub-way motor vehicle, either for freight or passenger, or both with or without fixed route and whether may be its classification, freight or carrier service of any class, express service, steamboat or steamship line, pontines, ferries, and water craft, engaged in the transportation of passengers or freight or both, shipyard, marine railways, marine repair shop, [warehouse] wharf or dock, ice plant, ice-refrigeration plant, canal, irrigation system, gas, electric light, heat and power water supply and power, petroleum, sewerage system, wire or wireless communications system, wire or wireless broadcasting stations and other similar public services”.
This lengthy coverage of the public utilities in Acts No. 146 have been chopped and replaced by House Bills 5828 limiting its coverage with the clause “person that operates, manages, and controls the distribution and transmission of electricity, and water pipeline distribution system or sewerage pipeline system for public purpose” where Filipinos could still continue to control 60% of the corporation.
That House Bill 5828 has hurdled the third reading last Sept. 8, 2017.
Meanwhile, five bills have been filed in the Senate which also seeks to amend the Public Service Act.
If the Senate version can pass the third reading, say, March next year, the Bicameral Committee of Congress approved it by June 2018, and the pro-foreign investors' President Rodrigo Duterte signs it into law by August, we can have that FDI friendly come- on statute in the last quarter of next year.
Surely that policy could solve our unemployment and mitigate the mass exodus of our people abroad where many of them are maltreated and sexually abused by their employers in the Middle East.
Can you imagine the benefits the travelers derive if more players in the aviation industry to compete with Philippine Air Lines and Cebu Pacific whose delayed flights become a regular bane to commuters? Can you imagine investor for power plants come in droves thus decreasing the prices of electricity here that are bane too with other investors?
Isa po ang Pinas sa may pinakamahal na kuryente sa mundo.

Sa article “Philippines Has 5th Highest Cost of Electricity in the World” it says:
No wonder even Filipino Chinese tycoons are moving out of the Philippines to put up their factories in China, where electricity rates are nearly a third of the Philippines. Have you noticed that even shampoos and toothpaste are now made in Thailand and Indonesia? Electricity in Thailand costs nearly half that of what it costs in the PH, in the cost of electricity in Indonesia is only a fifth! (Manila Times)”.
Of course the migration of big time traders in the Philippines to China is no longer feasible because as what business mogul Cezar Quimbao told me the minimum wage in the urban areas in China is P1,350 a day presently while Manila is P512 for non-agriculture worker.
But nobody rejoiced in the Philippines. Filipino and foreign investors relocated instead to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos because the minimum wage there is P200 a day and a businessman or corporation can owned the business 100%.

But with more public utilities in the Philippines liberally owned by investors and with the government curbing corruption and the taxing requirements a businessman has to undergo to get a franchise, the economic landscape in our country would not be a threat to the ASEAN 10 but to the world in the snaring game of FDI.

(You can read my selected columns at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com and articles at Pangasinan News Aro. You can send comments too at totomortz@yahoo.com) 

Paseo de Belen opens at De Venecia Expressway


DAGUPAN CITY – The Paseo de Belen is now open for public viewing along the De Venecia Expressway Extension to spice up the yuletide season and the month-long city fiesta.
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Located on empty lots just about in front of the CSI the City Mall, the Paseo de Belen will be lighted from 5:00 in the afternoon to 1:00 in the morning everyday up to January 8, 2018.
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Each of the 22 nativity scenes (‘belen’) are interpreted differently according to the concept of the 30 participating barangays here, all aspiring to win in the Best Belen competition and the prizes that go with it.
The Paseo de Belen formally opened on December 7 with Fourth District Congressman Christopher Vera-Perez De Venecia, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and 2017 City Fiesta Hermano Mayor Marcelino Fernandez cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
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Three other entities have joined and put up their own versions of the nativity scene.  These are the Dagupan City National High School, Dagupan City Police Station and Dagupan Electric Corporation. However, they are not part of the competition.
With a floor area of six meters by six meters, each nativity scene entry will be judged according to durability and stability, craftsmanship, innovation of traditional ‘belen’ format, appearance and approach of the theme.
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First place winner will receive P50,000; second place, P30,000; and  the third placer will receive P20,000.
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P'gasinan bloggers oriented on ASEAN, FOI



BY VENUS MAY H. SARMIENTO

DAGUPAN CITY  - As technology advances, so does information.

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in communicating the the importance of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) explored all platforms available to promote and create awareness on ASEAN.

Even as the Philippine’s hosting is about to end, the information arm of the government  aimed to further communicate the benefit of this momentous event and deliver its core value to the information officers of government line agencies, as well as to a group of local bloggers.

Regional Director Jennilyne Role of PIA in the Ilocos said the communication advocacy cannot be done by PIA alone, thus the appeal for various groups like the bloggers and information officers to help create appreciation of ASEAN and its ember countries

Vangie Padilla, founder of the Pangasinan Bloggers said their  group’s regular membership numbers to 50 and is continuously growing owing to the advent of social media.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Q & A: Investors shy because of 60-40, red tape, corruption in Ph – Senator Bam


I sat recently with Senator Paulo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV where I asked him about the repeal of the xenophobic 60-40%% business equity that discourages foreign investors in coming to the Philippines, excerpts:

MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA (MCO): When you were running for senator in 2013, you told me you’re not in favor of the repeal of the xenophobic 60-40% business equity so we can attract more foreign direct investment in the country? What’s your stand now?
Ang problem kasi natin mabagal ang investment dahil sa duopoly ni Smart and Globe, ano ang stand ninyo sa business equity?
 
Q & A: Political Commentator Mortz Ortigoza poses with Senator Bam Aquino before the Questions & Answers on  President Rodrigo Duterte's moist eye to impose a Revolutionary Government, the illegal insertion of the P51 Billion unexplained pork barrel for the purchase of the Right of Way (ROW) at the DPWH under the leadership of Secretary Mark Villar in the 2018 national budget of the country, and the xenophobic 60-40% business equity that makes foreign investors shun the Philippines.
SENATOR BAM AQUINO (SENATOR): Well, una meron po kaming bill na ina-amend iyong Public Service Act. Pinapaliitan na public service. I think iyong matitira lang po ay tubig at kuryente. Pero lahat ay iba gaya ng Telco, gaya po ng internet service dapat binubukas natin iyan sa mas maraming players.
Iyan ho ang isang paraan para gumanda ang serbisyo sa ating bayan para may kumpetisyon. Now, hinde lang iyang 60-40 lang iyang problema.  Sa totoo lang ang problema sa atin ay maraming corruption, maraming red tape napakahirap ho magtayo ng negosyo kung gusto mo magtayo ng telco sa Pilipinas, kailangan ng telco sa Pilipinas, kailangan  mo pa dumaan sa  Kongreso e alam mo naman napakahirap na proseso iyan. Dadaan ka sa NTC. Naparaming permit magtayo ka ng power plant 300 signatures iyong kailangan, sino naman mahihikayat magtayo ng negosyo dito kung ganoon kahirap iyan?
So ang kailangan ho talaga maging simply ang pagtayo ng negosyo dito, tanggalin ang mga road blocks kasi ang bawat road blocks na iyan potential po iyan sa kurapsiyon. Siyempe kung meron kang hihingin na permit iyang nagbibigay ng permit kung luko luko hihingan ka pa ng pera.

MCO: Limit the 70-30 sa media?
SENATOR: Ah, alam mo sa Face Book wala naman 60-40 rule doon (chuckles from listeners) ngayon kadalasan saan iyong mga tao kumukuha ng mga balita nila, sa FB.
MCO: Marami nagbabasa doon…
SENATOR: Sumusunod sa 60-40..
MCO: Diyan sumikat si Mocha Uson at si Thinking Pinoy…
SENATOR: Wala, oo, wala naman sa totoo lang kung hinde siya applicable sa bagong  panahon natin na bigyan tayo ng 60-40 rule.
MCO: Presently, are you in favor of the 100% foreign ownership?
SENATOR: Ah, baka ho sa ibang sectors. Ang problema ho kasi po sa Public Service Act  napakalawak ng kanyang pinagsabihan na kailangan ito iyang nationally protected industries. Baka kailangan ho kakaunti talaga kung talaga iyan iyong iba gaya ng telco, internet service provider, iyon ho ang ibukas natin kasi iyon ho ang hinahanap ng tao.
REPORTER IKE PALINAR: Senador, priority bill ba itong pag amenda ng PSA?
SENATOR: it is one of my pet bills. Pero wala po sa committee ko, nasa committee po iyan ni Senator Poe na sa public franchise.
MCO: Sila Congressmen Feliciano Belmonte, Jr, Gloria Arroyo, et al ang mga sponsors niyan sa House.
IKE: Makakalusot ho iyan?
SENATOR: Ang alam ko balak na niya e hear. So, I’m hoping before mag hearing na po tayo diyan ng January. Malaking bagay ho iyang industriya natin magkaroon na tayo ng dagdag kumpetisyon, baba na ho ang presyo, tataas ho ang kalidad.
MCO: Sir, ang pinuprublema ko baka kuwestiyunin iyan sa Supreme Court kasi iyong 60-40 ownership nakalagay sa Constitution kasi Congress ang gumagawa dapat ang pasok niyan amendment and ratification ng Constitution ng proper bodies?
SENATOR: Iyong Public Service Act kasi is the law that defines kung ano ang mga industriya na iyan, para ma limitahan ang 60-40.
MCO: Do you think the Supreme Court will uphold in case somebody would question its constitutionality?
SENATOR: Palagay ko puwede ho kasi nagiiba ang panahon e. Iyong PSA nakalagay doon pati ice plant 60-40 rule e ano ba iyan, ice?! Panahon na kailangan na hong e update natin ang batas. Anyone to update that is e limit na 60-40% na ho natin ang may 60-40 pamarisan damihan ho natin ang kumpetisyon sa ating bansa.

(To be continued on my other queries on the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to impose a Revolutionary Government in the Philippines and the illegal insertion of the P51 Billion unexplained pork barrel for the purchase of the Right of Way (ROW) at the Department of Public Works and Highway under the leadership of Secretary Mark Villar in the 2018 national budget of the country)

(You can read my selected columns at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com and articles at Pangasinan News Aro. You can send comments too at totomortz@yahoo.com)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ex- Lim Admin hits for P2.1M Xmas Décor


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – A tale of two city mayors when one spent more than two million pesos for a Christmas decorations while the other chalked up a jaw dropping decoration that adorned a major bridge without a single cent spent by this city’s government.
 Marietta Ocap, a rabid supporter of the mayor here, assailed the profligacy of the administration of former Mayor Benjie S. Lim when she singled out the alleged corrupt ridden Christmas decorations.
COMPARISON - Photo of two Christmas decorations in Dagupan City under
then Mayor Benjie S. Lim (above) and incumbent Mayor Belen T. Fernandez.
Photo Credit: Marietta Ocap
“Spot the difference po ba? Ganyan tayo lokohin ng mga dekorasyon noong lumang Dagupan pa! P2.1 Million pang Christmas lights? Ano iyon? Merry Christmas anyway! Ha ha ha. Thank you UAP for sponsoring the Christmas lights! Kudos!” Ocap cited the two photos she posted at Face Book of the inferior Christmas light decorations five years ago that stood at the railings of the Quintos Bridge and the awesome glitters bankrolled by the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Pangasinan Chapter for this city.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

SAVEMORE SOON IN DAGUPAN



DAGUPAN CITY - SaveMore, a chain of neighborhood grocery stores under the SM Food Retail Group, presented on December 5 its proposal of putting up its latest branch in the city in a meeting by its executives with members of the Local Investment and Development Board headed  Mayor Belen T. Fernandez as chairman.
SAVEMORE IN DAGUPAN – SaveMore executives led by AVP for Security Victor Santiago (center, right) present their proposals of putting up their latest branch in the city  next year to the members of the Local Investment and Development Board with Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (center, left) as chairman. Fernandez warmly welcomed the proposal of Savemore during the meeting. Savemore is among the latest investors which signified its intention to invest in the city. The Local Investment and Development Board was established by Fernandez to remove red tape and corruption practices that hamper the flow of investments in the city. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

SaveMore is among the latest investors which signified its interest to conduct business in the city.
The Board, established by Fernandez to curve red tape and corrupt practices in the city government, warmly welcomed SaveMore in the city.
“We are glad about SaveMore’s plan of investing in our city. This would mean additional income for the city and job opportunities for Dagupeños,” said Fernandez.
With the development soon of the new government center and the three growth areas in the city, the Board expects more investors to come to the city and invest here.
In her Christmas message, on December 5, Fernandez  disclosed that Dagupan is now transforming into the city “we want for our children”.
“Like a train, our speed of progress is unstoppable, and nor force, no opposition, no evil scheme is so strong to stop the inevitable to keep us off the tracks. Our Good Lord continue to bless our city because we have given our full love and care to our children, to the elderly, the weak, the sick, the powerless, and the poor,” said Fernandez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Dec. 6, 2017)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bad, Good News sa Ekonomiya ng Pinas

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Ang Pilipinas at Indonesia na daw ngayon ang may pinaka maraming mahihirap sa ASEAN 10 ayon sa United Nation Development Program (UNDP) na sinulat sa Philippine Star.
Ang ASEAN 10 ay kinabibilangan ng Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, and Laos.
Mantakin ninyo ba naman sa declaration ng UNDP pati si Laos na matagal ng panahon na laos sa kahirapan tinalo at nila-os na niya now si Pinas sa dami ng mahihirap, anak ng bakang dalaga!
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Glaring Poverty in the Philippines. Photo Credit: RC
Ang dahilan kung bakit dumami ang mahirap sa bansa natin ay dahil lumubo ang population natin sa 103.3 million noong 2016 (World Bank), iyon ang sumaling kaagad sa isip ko noong binabasa ko ang news article.
Parang rabbit kasi ang Pinoy pag nanganganak! Tapos kung sino pa ang pobre iyon pa iyong madaming anak. Sobrang fertile naman ni tatay at ni nanay – rabbit nga!

JOIN NATIN BUKAS SI SENATOR BAM

JOIN NATIN BUKAS SI SENATOR BAM AQUINO: Kapag naipasa ang Tax Reform Bill, totoo bang tataas ang take home pay mo? Baka naman mataas nga ang take home mo pero tataas naman ang presyo ng bilihin. Paano nga ba makakaapekto sa mga ordinaryong Pilipino ang Tax Reform Program ng gobyerno?

Usapang TAX naman tayo bukas sa Go Negosyo sa Radyo with Sen. Bam Aquino. Got questions about the proposed Tax Reform? Post your questions on the comments below and we'll try to answer them tomorrow.

BIR Central P’gasinan tops collection in Region


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – After significant pressures exerted to its officials, the biggest revenue district in Region 1 topped its five counterparts in collection of taxes for this month.
According to Revenue District Office-4 Chief Merlyn Vicente the elusive race in the No.1 post was a product of strategy and fruit of a long term program that she and her 15 Examiners and Revenue Collection Officers (RCOs) on the two cities and 13 towns in Central Pangasinan had formulated in the middle of the year.
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TOP COLLECTOR – Some personnel of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Central Pangasinan milled around Revenue District Office-4 Chief Merlyn Vicente. The two cities and 13 towns covered District just received a communication from the BIR Regional Office that it topped the collection given to it last November this year. Aside from Vicente who wears a red clothe in this photo is Assistant RDO-4 Chief Trina Villamil who clasped a bouquet and carried a cake. 

“The product of various projects done instituted by the District likes benchmarking and iyong mga non-payment of EFPS monitoring, audit, enforcements, and others.
She cited that in November this year, RDO-4 collected P460, 444,339.90 versus P409, 257,000 of the tax goal given by the national office.
“It is an increase of P123,092,114.92 if you compared the collection of P337, 362, 224.98 on the same month last year,” she cited the figures provided on the Comparative Monthly Collections for November on the six RDOs in Region 1.
These RDOs can be found in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; Vigan City, Ilocos Sur; San Fernando City, La Union; Alaminos City, Pangasinan; Urdaneta City, Pangasinan; and here.
The District here is the premium RDO because of its mammoth size compared to its other counterparts in the Ilocos Region.
RDO-4 was given a tax target by the government to collect P4.2 billion for 2017.
Vicente said that in November this year her office collected P3,652,993,178.96 versus the tax goal for the 11 months of P3,681, 779,000.00 or a very minimal deficit of less than 1% or 078% or P28 million.
RDO-4 should have an average monthly collection of P330 million to hit the target in the end of this year.
“Hopefully it will benefit up to the month of December and before the year will close we are still hoping ma wipe-out namin (the collection deficit),” she chuckled when asked if she was confident to hit the goal.
She cited that despite the lack of Examiners that ideally should be 99 individuals, the present 15 and the RCOs continue to work hard until the end of this year to get the more than P4 billion that would fund government projects and personnel.
Trabaho pa rin huwag magpapabaya,” she quipped.



Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sual Feted as Best in Economic Dynamism


The Wealthiest Municipality in Pangasinan – SUAL is the home of electric power plant and having the biggest haul of cultured bangus in the region is recognized as best in ECONOMIC DYNAMISM in recent competitiveness Index scoring for Cities and Municipalities for this year (2017). (Joven Llamas)No automatic alt text available.

Mayor GWEN kaagapay sa Kalusugan

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 Bani Mayor Gwen Yamamoto-Palafox


BANI, Pangasinan West – TUON lagi si Mayor GWEN Palafox-Yamamoto sa ikabubuti ng kanyang kababayan sa lahat ng aspeto ng magandang buhay, lalo na para manatiling malusog at matiwasay ang taumbayan na sadyang liyag na pinagsisilbihan.
GANITO ang naibuyangyang na alab na pagmamalasakit na ipinamalas ni Mayor GWEN sa kanyang pangunguna sa kamakailan ay serbisyong pagkalusugan para sa mga taga barangay Tiep na katuwang ang Kalusugan Karavan ng provincial government, noong November 21.
TINIYAK ni Mayor GWEN na sa abot-kaya ng lokal na pamahalaan at bigay ayuda ng provincial government ay mapagtutuunan ng kaukulang pansin ang mga pangangailangan ng mga nagpasuri, nagpa-konsulta na mga kabarangayan.
ALINSUNOD sa tahak na laan sa mga programang pangKalusugan, hangarin ni Mayor GWEN na ang mga outreach services na tulad sa Kalusugan Karavan ay pamamaraan na iparating ang tugmang kalinga para sa lahat ng barangay dito.
LABIS na pinasalamatan ni Mayor GWEN ang provincial government sa paghahatid ng Kalusugan Karavan dito, pinugay ang kasipagan ni Provincial First Lady Karina Padua-Espino, na nanguna sa Karavan na ang pakay ay pag-aaruga sa pangKalusugan ng lahat. (KITZ BASILA)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Mangadan Mayor SOMA 2017 With Photos

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MANGALDAN – Mayor Bona Fe de Vera-Parayno underscored on her fourth  State of the Municipality Address (SOMA) last Thursday the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award and other awards  this burgeoning town received and projects it has done and to be implemented.Out of the 44 towns in the province of Pangasinan , 28  local government units including this bustling were recipients of the prestigious reward from the Department of Interior & Local Government. It has a prize of more than two million pesos.
SOMA 2017 - Mangaldan Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno delivers her 2017
 State of the Municipality Address (SOMA) held at the town plaza dusk of
last Thursday. Photo Credit: Juphter Cachola
This local government unit was led by Mayor Parayno who received the SGLG's award last November 25 from the leadership of the DILG led by Secretary Catalino S. Cuy and associates held at the Manila Hotel.
FIRST FAMILY - Mayor Parayno waits for the start of the SOMA 2017's ceremony with husband
 Melchor "Choy" Parayno (3rd from left) and son. Extreme left is former Mayor Tito Sarzaba.
Aside from this town, the other SGLG awardees were Aguilar, Alcala, Asingan, Balungao, Bautista, Bayambang, Binalonan, Bolinao, Bugallon, Burgos, Calasiao, Dasol, Infanta, Laoac, Lingayen, Malasiqui, Manaoag, Mangatarem, Rosales, San Fabian, San Manuel, San Nicolas, Sta. Barbara, Tayug, Umingan, Urbiztondo and Villasis.

SGLG award is the highest fete given by DILG to a town on its performance in the areas of financial administration, social protection and disaster preparedness.
The three other criteria in the award include business friendliness and competitiveness, peace and order, and environmental management.



Since elected in 2013 and reelected in May 2016, Mayor Parayno has continued to advocate for integrity, transparency, and accountability in her administration. The SOMA held at the town's plaza last dusk Thursday highlighted the local chief executive’s accomplished projects here