Sunday, August 20, 2017

Neglected, abandoned real properties considered nuisance, hazardous



DAGUPAN CITY – The city is now considering to declare neglected and abandoned real properties as nuisance and hazardous with attached penalties to the owners.

An ordinance is now being drafted at the Sangguniang Panlungsod on this matter, side by side with the creation of the Dagupan City Properties, Protection and Security Board (DCPPSB) with Mayor Belen T. Fernandez as chairman and the City Administrator as vice-chairman.

Proposed to be members of the DCPPSB are the heads of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Dagupan City Police Station, Public Order and Safety Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, One-Stop Business Center, Philippine Medical Society and the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers.

The DCPPSB will issue notice to possessors and owners identified as being potentially hazardous real properties by the City Engineering Office in consultation with the City Health Office and City Assessor’s Office that their neglected or abandoned real properties have been identified as such; and shall be responsible for deciding the appeal filed by the owner or possessor who disagrees with the findings within ten days from receipt of the notice.

Bayambang to Hold Work Values, Ethics Forum on Thursday

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
BAYAMBANG – Business tycoon and this town Mayor Cezar Quiambao is not only known  as the one who bankrolled the P5,294, 240.00 8,150 barbecue grills for the 8.16 kilometers of this town’s bid in the Guinness World Record.
He is also hailed as a philanthropist who spent tens of millions of pesos for various socio-economic projects here.


VISIONARY LEADER: Bayambayang Mayor
 Cezar Quiambao and First Lady Nina Jose-Quiambao




FPJ's 78th BIRTHDAY REMEMBERED

Sen. Grace Poe and mother Susan Roces led the gathering of family members, friends and long-time supporters on Sunday, Aug. 20, to commemorate the 78th birthday of the late "King of Philippine Movies" Fernando Poe, Jr.

The Poe family expressed appreciation and gratitude especially to "die-hard" supporters who came from many places around the country for the unwavering support from the time FPJ was still the iconic movie star looked up to by many up to the present.

 Sen. Grace Poe offers prayers at the tomb of the late Filipino action king Fernando Poe, Jr. in Manila North Cemetery on Sunday in commemoration
 of his 78th birth anniversary.


"Sa mga sitwasyon, ang importante ay hindi tayo mawalan ng direksyon kung ano ba talaga ang tama at nararapat at ipagdasal natin na we remain courageous and compassionate. Yun ang dalawang bagay—na hindi tayo maging duwag at hindi tayo mawalan ng awa at pagmamahal dahil pag meron tayo nun kahit na napakahirap ng hamon ay tatayo at tatayo tayo at ipaglalaban natin ang nararapat at tutulong tayo lalung lalo na sa mga mahihirap at walang boses," Poe said at the Manila North Cemetery.

Poe's husband Neil and son Brian also attended the gathering. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dagupan Mayor Crows World-Class Features of New City


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The mayor of this burgeoning city bares the “Guideline for the Development of the Local - Pantal Tourism and Growth Center (LPTGC)” as contained in the Zoning Ordinance for 2015 to 2025.
On its race to world class commercial and governmental landscapes, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez cited on the documents she presented that the LPTGC is developed into two major zones.
An artist perspective of a modern city. After the approval of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan
for the Growth Center in Lucao-Pantal Areas, skyscrapers like in this photo would be constructed
 by Ayala Project Estates, SM Properties, Megaworld Business Park, and others just like the
economic hubs in Iloilo City. 
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez told reporters during the Information
Technology - Business Process Management Summit that after the approval of growth center
 mammoth corporations on IT-BPM would be providing 5,000 direct jobs to the graduates of
  colleges and universities. PHOTO CREDIT. SMART CITY DAGUPAN CITY

“Zone 1 located in the Northern Site or more commonly known  as the Pantal Area and Zone 2, located on the Southern Area or more commonly known as the Lucao Area,” according to the already approved ordinance known as the Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
The two zones will be linked by a Midway Zone with approximately 3.5 kilometers apart from the Zones.
The Midway Zone shall be an activity mode in the middle these major zones. It is aimed to enliven the environment by hosting wholesome festivities, mini - concert and mini- play, among others,” the law says that was already sanctioned by the The Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).
Mayor Fernandez said that Zone 1 Regulations (Pantal Area) will be known as the New Growth Business District with the following buildings, structures, development types, and city hall with adjacent government offices; activity grounds and space; retail shop connected through green and open spaces; riverside retail shop; mixed used offices that would be future development, institution buildings for future developments,; university campus; college buildings, hospitals and other;  residential development; fish ports, transport terminal, party block, and socialized housing site”.

The zone known as Lucao Area, according to the mayor, will be doubled as the Entertaining Tourism, and Recreational District with the following buildings and development types; Retail Strip; Ferry Terminal for Riverside Tours, Resort Development and Themed Parks and hotels; and Fisherman’s Wharf.

Middle of last year Mayor Fernandez told reporters during the Information Technology - Business Process Management Summit that after the approval of growth center mammoth corporations on IT-BPM would be providing 5,000 direct jobs to the graduates of colleges and universities here.
Fernandez said if she and the ICT-BPM stakeholders succeed, they might even extend this opportunity to other Pangasinan towns because of the enormous job generation potentials of this industry.
 In 2020, IT-BPM will be a U.S $40 to $55 billion industry due to the American English proficient Filipinos and the cheaper salaries, dusting off the remittances of the traditional dollar source of the country, the overseas contract workers (OFWs) that will generate $30 billion this year.
U.S corporations such as Citibank, Safeway, Chevron and Aetna all have  Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) operations in the Philippines according to the Los Angeles Times, as do smaller companies ranging from a Georgia medical collection agency to a New York spa operator that outsources its customer appointments.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

DAGUPAN RANKS NO. 13 NATIONWIDE IN COMPETITIVENESS


DAGUPAN CITY – The city of Dagupan jumped to number 13 overall among all component cities nationwide from No. 15 last year in terms of competitiveness as gleaned from the results in the 5th National Competitiveness Summit and Awards Ceremony 2017 held at the Philippine International Convention Center on August 16.
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Dagupan was ranked number 15 last year in the overall national competitiveness index among all component cities in the country.
In economic dynamism, the city also ranked No.16 overall this year from No. 17 last year, ranked No. 9 in government efficiency from No. 13 last year and ranked No. 16 in infrastructure from No. 28 last year.
The city’s overall ranking in the national competitiveness index made a big leap in 2015 when it climbed to number 19 from number 44 in 2014; from 76th place to 28th in infrastructure; and from 25th to 17th in economic dynamism. This after Mayor Belen T. Fernandez employed good governance with zero corruption and consequently implemented numerous programs and projects.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hospital director unfazed on ouster move


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The regional director of the biggest government hospital in Region-1 was unfazed about an influential woman who wants his head out at the Region-1 Medical Center (R-1MC).
“Iyong mga ganyan hindi na namin pinapatulan. They can do what they can say (but) we don’t have to appease anyone as we do our job,” Director Joseph Roland Mejia stressed recently to reporters.
Region-1 Medical Center Director Joseph Roland Mejia (2nd from right)
explains the various programs in the biggest government hospital
in the region he is going to implement.

Mejia explained that the woman wanted a piece of a project in the 600-bed hospital by skewing the bidding process in her favour but that would violate the procurement law of the country.
”Iyan ang mahirap sa atin kung humihingi sila. Hindi basta humingi ang contractor, you have to bid, isasama kayo sa bidding. Pag nanalo kayo, kayo ang (winning) bidder. Hindi ho natin maibibigay dahil may procurement process,” he said when asked if his detractor was spurned after she was not accommodated.
The detractor, a source who asked anonymity, is a stakeholder in a gambling franchise and a close friend of a Malacanang official.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Binalonan celebrates 50th ASEAN Bday with Hoopla


BINALONAN - This burgeoning town celebrated with festivity the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) last August 8 with the theme “Under One Light, We Are one ASEAN".

Fifty years ago the organization was established in Bangkok, Thailand with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (also known as Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of the organization like Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia followed suit from 1984 to 1999 making up what is today the ten Member - states of ASEAN.
This town was lucky to be one of the 75 local government units (LGU) in the entire country to participate in this momentous celebration. One of the highlights of this celebration was the simultaneous lighting ceremonies of the 20-foot lantern and fireworks display at exactly 7:00 o’clock in the evening. It was where the LGU showcased and promoted to the whole world its culture and talents. Staging of other activities like cultural presentation , fireworks display, bands, concerts and food festival that spiked the excitement here.
The town made a difference and pushed through this historic event because of the unwavering commitment of all the people here from the municipal officials, barangay officials and all government and non-government sectors in the municipality. It was not easy to make a difference but through UNITY this town was able to chalk-up with everyone under the leadership of Mayor Ramon V. Guico III and Vice-Mayor Melicio F. Patague II.

 Based on the conclusion of the fete, this town strutted her stuff at  her best by showcasing the benefits of the harmonious relationship of member countries in the ASEAN region. It was an opportune time to raise the awareness of the folks here about ASEAN, in order for them to have interest and realization about its aims and purposes like soaring economic growth, unwavering social progress and laudable cultural development in the region. /TED

DAGUPAN CITY VETERINARY OFFICE ISSUES AVIAN INFLUENZA PROTECTION MEASURES



DAGUPAN CITY – The City Veterinary Office here released several avian influenza protection measures that should be observed by the public amid the bird flu outbreak in Pampanga.

A the same time, City Veterinarian Dr. Michael P. Maramba advised the public to report to authorities any illegal entry of infected chicken and their  products and by-products in the market or any unusual death or unexplained high mortality of chicken in poultry farms for  three consecutive days.

Maramba disclosed that exposure to influenza virus such as H5N2, H7N2, and H5N1 is possible during the slaughtering process and when plucking feathers of chicken or fowls.

He said bird flu is transmitted to humans through close contact with infected birds or through inhalation or contamination with infected discharges, feces of sick birds; or when virus secreted in feces is pulverized and is inhaled. Flapping of wings could also hasten the transmission, he added.

While there is no evidence established as of press time that any human case of Avian Influenza have been acquired by eating poultry products, it is not recommended that meat of sick chicken be taken in as food for humans and other animals.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

DOST, De Venecia turn over bioreactor facility to  San Fabian

 
 
SAN FABIAN-- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region 1 and Pangasinan fourth district Rep. Christopher de Venecia turned over on Aug. 12 an almost P600,000 worth bioreactor facility to the municipal government here that would help farmers turn their biodegradable wastes into organic fertilizer.
ORGANIC FERTILIZER. Department of Science and Technology Regional Director Armand Ganal, Pangasinan fourth district Rep. Christopher de Venecia and San Fabian officials led by Mayor Constante Agbayani pose in front of a bioreactor facility that converts biodegradable wastes to organic fertilizer.

DOST Region 1 Director Armand Ganal said their agency would also provide the other component of the facility, the shredder, by allocating another P200,000 for it. These are partners that would be placed in the facility while the equity of the local government will be the infrastructure and the road network going to the facility, he said.

Piñol Communicates Better than Andanar


                                         TALE OF 2 CABINET SECRETARIES

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Reporters in Pangasinan saw recently two cabinet secretaries of the Duterte Administration graced two occasions in the same day at the Capitol Ground in the historic and capital town’s Lingayen.
After Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar and party sneaked to say hello near the rostrum where Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol was already speaking before the stakeholders of the Mango Forum at the swanky world class Sison Auditorium, I saw again the PCOO top honcho spoke before elected officials of the 47 cities and towns’ Pangasinan at the nearby Training Center.
 Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol and Communication Secretary Martin Andanar.  

If the diminutive Piñol, former broadcaster and a governor, emphatically spoke with gusto and spiced his speech with machismo jokes before the multitudes, the six-footer Andadar seemed reserve and dried talk his piece before the local government executives and their communication officers.
“Dapat si Piñol and communication secretary because he communicates effectively with the people unlike kay Andanar na parang boring,” I ribbed my radio tandem Harold Barcelona when we dropped by at the training center and listen to the wisdom of the PCOO's top man, a former TV-5 reporter, on the important roles of the information officers at the local government units.

Friday, August 11, 2017

MANGO FORUM

MANGO FORUM was held recently at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen, Pangasinan graced by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol (right) where attendees hailed from as far as the Cordillera and Bulacan provinces.
Photo shows Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar dropped by at the Forum to greet the Agriculture Secretary and the hundreds of stakeholders and participants. Andanar was the guest of honor of elected officials and their communication officers of the 47 towns and cities local government unit of Pangasinan lead by Governor Amado Espino III and his father Fifth District Congressman Amado T. Espino, Jr. at the nearby Training Center.
Piñol told the representatives that he was a fighter and will commit the resources of his department to advance the welfare of the Mango Industry's stakeholders.
He explained the worth of the huge highways built and to be build under the Duterte Administration’s Build-Build-Build Project when the government could not fund small farm-to-market roads that will connect with these big highways for farmers like those in the mango sector.
“We mull for ten billion peso loans to the farmers. That’s pittance for the seventy billion give away by the government to the indigents on its 4Ps Program. In that ten billion pesos loan the government will be paid by the farmers, say, even five billion pesos while the seventy billion peso from the 4Ps is not amortized by the recipients to the government,” he said. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dagupan, Procter & Gamble Finally Signed MOA to End Garbage Woes

DAGUPAN SIGNS MOA WITH SURE GLOBAL W2W INNOVATIONS FOR WASTE TO ENERGY FACILITY 

DAGUPAN CITY – In compliance the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act”, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and the SURE Global Waste to Worth Innovations entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on August 10 to improve the city’s solid waste management and end the operation of the 50-year old open dumpsite in Tondaligan.
SURE is under the auspices of Procter and Gamble and the Asian Development Bank.
THUMBS UP FOR W2W – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (2nd from left, seated) along with City Legal Officer Victoria Cabrera (left, seated) and the members of the council (standing from left) Marcelino Fernandez, Marvin Fabia, Jeslito Seen, Alvin Coquia, Jose Netu Tamayo, Maybelyn DC Fernandez, Dennis Canto and former councilor Carlos Reyna do the thumbs up sign with Jill Boughton (2nd from right, seated), president and Chief Executive Officer of SURE GlobalW2W Innovations and Paul Puthenpurekal (right, seated), director of SURE GlobalW2W Innovations after signing the Joint Venture Agreement by and between the City of Dagupan and SURE GlobalW2W Innovations for the W2W facility. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)


The MOA was signed by Jill Boughton, president and Chief Executive Officer of SURE Global W2W Innovations; Paul Puthenpurekal, director of SURE Global W2W Innovations; City Legal Officer Victoria Cabrera and Fernandez in a fitting ceremony held at CSI Stadia.

The Waste to Worth Project, especially designed for Dagupan, underwent a series of feasibility analyses. It aims to deliver an economically viable, environmentally sound and fully compliant with environmental controls and guidelines.

The Waste to Worth facility in Dagupan is anticipated to produce 4,000 liters of diesel from plastics and 6,000 kilograms of usable methane from food waste per day.

Boughton assured that the facility will be environment friendly to the city as it will strictly comply with the environmental controls and guidelines once it is operational.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Not All Members of Congress Are Intelligent


By Mortz C. Ortigoza


For the past days I was glued at You Tube catching up with the Houses of Senate and Representatives on how the P6.5 billion shabu (Methamphetamine Hydrochloride) was sneaked before the eyes of the personnel of the Bureau of Customs through the Green Lane (where shipments are not required to undergo inspection) and found its way to a warehouse in Valenzuela.
“A tip of the iceberg, sannamagan,” I told myself when I arrived from work while I sipped my coffee and watched our congressmen questioned, chided, rebuked, and whatchamacallit their guests.
Image result for Senate bureau of custom house of representatives
Let’s cut the chase. In these hearing in aid-of-legislation and in aid-of-grandstanding as people around the world watch some of these Senators and Congressmen strutted their stuffs, I just learned that not all solons were intelligent and not all the lawyers had the savvies of the law.
Anong klaseng tanong iyan ?!” I cried on a certain Congressman Sarmiento's poser to a regular Customs honcho who was not appointee of Faeldon if the latter policy was effective when he took the helm of the Bureau.
Salamabit, what kind of poser was that?
Of course the threatened Custom official would affirm in a positive way Faeldon’s style of running the BoC otherwise he would be undermined.
I’m not talking here about Congressman Sarmiento because I did not meet him yet.
But it should be a lesson for us lesser mortals that not most of those elected in Congress are intelligent. These sonnafabitch became congressmen or senators because they have monies (where most if not some were stolen from the coffer) that catapulted them into power.

Editorial Writing Goes Wrong

City Hall Brouhahas Continue


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

This would happen when an editorial writer goes beyond a topic he did not know and becomes a laughing stock to his learned readers.
This my initial reaction when I read the editorial of Northern Mirror, a community newspaper in Pangasinan, after it was mass disseminated for free in public because of the editorial that lambasted the transfer of the city hall of Dagupan City.
The lengthy opinion of the week written in English and titled “Missing the Point: The Dagupan City Hall Transfer” was bereft of logic even it phrased and rephrased the prose of the Great William Shakespeare’s opus Hamlet.
CRITICS. Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (extreme left)
and harsh critics Vice Mayor Brian Lim and Councilor Red Erfe-Mejia
Some of the excerpts:
 “The problem with the issue of “whether or not the transfer the city hall” misses the most crucial fact, which is where the city hall is being transferred to – the property of Kerwin Fernandez, brother of the mayor. The transfer of the city hall as an issue of necessity, modernity, or for any other reason is only secondary to the primary issue – corruption, or the abuse of power to benefit oneself. Therefore the question that should be debated by Dagupenos is this: “Whether or not the city hall should be transferred to the property of the mayor’s family”. To paraphrase from William Shakespeare’s immortal (“literary” – insertion from the columnist) classic “Hamlet”, the discussion should be this: To transfer or not to transfer, the city hall to the property of the mayor’s brother that is the (“nagging” – insertion from the columnist) question (“that begs an answer” – insertion from the columnist)”.

Since that scathing editorial was an opus before the eyes of the detractors of the mayor, here’s my “Opus ng Sigarilyo” to rebut it:
How can, HesusMariaHusep, a donated land can still be owned by the family of the donor? Donation Law, as seen on Civil Code of the Philippines, says: “Donation is an act of liberality whereby a person disposes gratuitously of a thing or right in favour of another, who accepts it (Article 725)”.

It means donation is consummated if the local government of Dagupan City, the donee, the recipient, or the receiver represented by the mayor accepts the generosity of the donor Kerwin Fernandez.
So how come, son of a gun, the transfer of the city main edifice goes to the lot of the family of the mayor when donation law says that ownership goes to the donee (city government) who accepts it?
The lesson we can learn in this literary blunder is editorial writers should not venture on legal topic that they don’t know.
Mag straight reporting na lang kayo, or leave topic like this to experts, or you seek the advice of the authorities like a lawyer before you start hitting the key pads of your computer!
You’re not blazing your guns on your target; you’re blasting your guns on yourselves!
***

For the past days I was glued at You Tube catching up with the Houses of Senate and Representatives on how the P6.5 billion shabu (Methamphetamine Hydrochloride) was sneaked before the eyes of the personnel of the Bureau of Customs through the Green Lane (where shipments are not required to undergo inspection) and found its way to a warehouse in Valenzuela.
“A tip of the iceberg, sannamagan,” I told myself when I arrived from work while I sipped my coffee and watched our congressmen questioned, chided, rebuked, browbeated, and whatchamacallit their guests.
Let’s cut the chase. In these hearing in aid-of-legislation and in aid-of-grandstanding as people around the world watch some of these Senators and Congressmen strutted their stuffs, I just learned that not all solons were intelligent and not all the lawyers had the savvies of the law.
Anong klaseng tanong iyan ?!” I cried on a certain Congressman Sarmiento's poser to a regular Customs honcho who was not appointee of Faeldon if the latter policy was effective when he took the helm of the Bureau.
Salamabit, what kind of poser was that?
Of course the threatened Custom official would affirm in a positive way Faeldon’s style of running the BoC otherwise he would be undermined.
I’m not talking here about Congressman Sarmiento because I did not meet him yet.
But it should be a lesson for us lesser mortals that not most of those elected in Congress are intelligent. These sonnafabitch became congressmen or senators because they have monies (where most if not some were stolen from the coffer) that catapulted them into power.
Thus in a democracy we should have a watch dog and a free and intelligent press who would check, expose, criticize the shorthcomings and excesses of our national lawmakers.
Aside from Sarmiento there was this congressman whose emphatic questioning even made our Pangasinan Congresswoman Baby Arenas relished it.
That drama could be best seen or heard on my radio program where I and my tandem Harold discussed it.
ME: Palakpakan mga congressmen doon sa Congressman na kamukha ni Matet de Leon iyong anak ni Nora Aunor, ay oo si Harry Roque ( a lawyer), pinagsabihan niya ang mga taga Custom na hindi na puwedeng gamitin iyong mga balot balot ng P6.5 billion ng shabu na nabuksan nila sa Warehouse sa Valenzuela kasi walang Search Warrant (from Court) ang mga taga Custom? Tama ba si Harry Roque?
HAROLD: Tama!
ME: Mali !
I explained to Harold that not all raids need search warrant. The Philippines Constitution and jurisprudence cited some of these exceptions. They are Customs Search or Goods Concealed to Avoid Duties, Warrant-less Search Incidental to a Lawful Arrest, Seizure of Evidence in “Plain View”, Search of Moving Vehicle, Consented Warrantless Search, Stop and Frisk, and Exigent and Emergency Circumstances.   



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


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Piñol Graces Mango Forum in Pangasinan


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol graced recently here the second leg of a forum that discussed the Five – Year Road Map for the country’s mangoes amid the alarming decline of the fruits’ production.
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Secretary Manny  Piñol. Photo Credit: Rappler.com

Piñol said the forum was a convergence of mango farmers, contractors, processors, and others .
The forum aimed to craft a Five-Year Road Map for the Philippines Mangoes, first launched in Davao City last week, was registration - free where lunch and snacks had been served.
The Philippines used to lead the production of this agricultural premium product in the global market.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

To Lessen Flooding: DPWH Allocates Gas for Dagupan River's Dredging



 DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 1 is going to further intensify its dredging operation in various rivers in the city after allocating one year gas ration for its dredging machine stationed along the Pantal River.
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A dredging machine of the Department of Public Works & Highway.
 The information was relayed by personnel of DPWH Region 1 EMD Office headed by Engineer Dejosis Domagas and Engineer Jaime Silen to Mayor Belen T. Fernandez when they paid her a courtesy call on July 27 at her office.
 The DPWH has allocated P1 billion budget for its water and land based equipment and 70 percent of which will go for its water-based operations, which include those in Dagupan.
 Mayor Fernandez thanked the agency for its support in the dredging operations in Dagupan as this will help lessen the effect of flooding in the city.
 Recently the city conducted a citywide river and creek cleaning program in the barangays, a regular activity observed by the city as a flood mitigating measure under the food for work program of the City Engineering Office aside from the Operation Sitio program.
 “We are indeed lucky that DPWH is very supportive of our cause of dredging our riversaside from the other mitigating measures that we have already started to ease the perennial flooding in our city,” said Fernandez.
 The intensified dredging operations will start on Monday, according to the DPWH.
 DPWH also assured of even wider dredging operation in the city, which will extend  as far as to the mouth of the Pantal River when its  two dredging machines still undergoing maintenance, will be  operational. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Duping Fake B.I.R Men: Public Warned!

 


No seed banks, others make PH dependent on imported garlic


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ROSALES – The absence of government facilities like seed banks could mean the Philippines will be forever dependent on imported garlic.
According to Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) President Rosendo So even the country reached three years from now it will not achieve fifty percent of locally produced garlic sufficiency as long as there are no seed banks and post production facilities like cold storage that would be built in the country.
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GRILLED - Sen. Cynthia Villar, chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, grilled Dir. Vivencio
 Mamaril, OIC, Bureau of Plant Industry, to explain why the price of garlic in the local market
rises  to P200 per kilo when the landed cost of imported garlic is P17 per kilo only. PHOTO
CREDIT: Senate of the Philippines 

“Mahirapan kasi wala tayong mga malalaking seed banks to produce. Dapat direction ng D.A is maglagay ng mga seed banks to produce ng mga bulbs ng bawang kung hindi iyon wala tayo,” he stressed.
The Department of Agriculture under Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the most effective way to deal with the shortage of the bulbous plant and combat the garlic cartel is to raise local production by up to 50 percent of the total consumption.
To do this, it plans to provide loans to garlic farmers, buy cold storage facilities, and look for areas to grow more garlic.
Places that primarily produced the bulbous plant are Ilocos Norte, Mindoro, and Cabuyao, Laguna.
It can be recalled that the DA proposes an allotment of P200 million budgets for 2018 to spike the production of garlic and onion.
SINAG Executive Director Jayson Cainglet cited that the budgets will not be enough if the target is to locally supply the 50 percent of the Filipinos demand on garlic.
It needs P700 million allocations to achieve this target, Cainglet said.
One of the research facilities the SINAG President eyes are the partnership of the DA with State Universities and Colleges (SUC) that could provide for laboratory, research work, and seed banking and propagation.
“I hope the budget of the D.A will increase so it can help on the supply of garlics in the market,” SINAG President So cited.
He said that the Philippines only produce 7 percent of garlic while it imports 93 percent of it.
The Philippines creates 7,468 metric tons (MT) of the crops while it imports around 57 MT based on available import permits.
Recently, Senator Cynthia Villar berated Bureau of Plant Industry Director Vivencio Mamaril after consumers clamored for the hefty prices of garlic that ran up to P200 per kilo while its imported landed price was only P17 a  kilo.
Piñol suspected that a cartel controlled the number of imported garlic that went to the market thus the spiraling of its prices.
The Secretary recently blacklisted 43 companies which only imported a modicum amount of garlic despite being issued a permit allowing them to import large quantities.
"We would not allow them to import [garlic] anymore because at a time we needed them to import, they did not import. This is the first indication na may cartel," Piñol told reporters.
The Secretary said he would be issuing new licenses to importers of the bulbous plants.
 Piñol is presently lobbying Congress for a P60.6 billion 2018 budget of the DA or an 18.4 percent increase from its approved budget of P51.2 billion this year.