Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Why we look stupid?

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Many elected officials committed these boo-boos. They look stupid because they open their mouth without enough understanding of a legal question or topic or did not ask an advice from a lawyer or those who understand the law.
Here’s a city councilor who lambast the mayor who wants to build a government building in a lot donated by a resident of the city.
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The lawmaker harangued the mayor in the media and the public meetings because there was no road going from the main highway to the edifice.
Son of a gun, did the councilor not hear about Eminent Domain, Expropriation, and Easement?
These three words are defined by laws where one can get a right way in going to the building.
EMINENT DOMAIN means the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation.
EXPROPRIATION means the action by the state or an authority of taking property from its owner for public use or benefit. 
EASEMENT means a right to cross or otherwise use someone else's land for a specified purpose.

When I bumped into Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez after her recent State of the City Address (SOCA) at the Stadia and told her about this pronouncement of the councilor and quoted by a national daily, she told me the District Congressman Toff de Venecia has appropriation of P73 million for the highway going to the proposed new city hall.
“There is a road leading from the national highway to the city hall, how can there be none?” she told me.

Donor for city hall can deduct gift from his gross income – BIR

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The donor of the more than hundred million pesos of land to host the new city hall here can deduct his donation to his taxable gross income to the government, according to a high official of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
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CPA-Lawyer Maria Isabel B. Utit, the chief of the BIR in Eastern Pangasinan, cited the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) that provides that contribution to the government political subdivision is deductible in full.
“Contributions or gifts actually paid or made within the taxable year to, or for the use of the government of the Philippines or any of its agencies or any political subdivision thereof exclusively for public purposes,” she cited some parts of  Paragraph H Section 34 of the NIRC that talks about allowable deduction from gross income of donor like Kerwin Fernandez.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pangasinan buys rescue vehicles


LINGAYEN - The Pangasinan provincial government  affirmed its objective of being a highly responsive local government unit to disasters as it provided more rescue vehicles for Pangasinenses. 

Gov. Amado Espino III  turned-over two multi-purpose trucks, couple of rubber boats, one Falcon 650 big boat and other equipment for disaster response to the Pangasinan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).

“Ingatan niyong mabuti ang mga kagamitang ito para sa kaligtasan ng ating mga kababayan,” Espino said during the kick-off ceremonies of the National Disaster Resilience Month held at the PDRRMO grounds at the Narciso Ramos  Complex.

Aside from the vehicles and equipments, the new Search and Rescue Office (SARO) was inaugurated in the vicinity.

“Magpapatayo din tayo ng mga district offices ng PDRRMO sa eastern, western at central Pangasinan to house the equipment para sa  easy deployment  pagdating ng kalamidad,” Espino added. 

PDDRMO Chief Col Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro said the activities  aim to show the PDRRMO’s motivation that in the face of any disaster, there is always safety and unity. 

“Looking at a disaster is like managing an orchestra. Lahat ng member agencies tulong-tulong para sabay-sabay ang pagkumpas ng PDRRMC chair para sa pagkakaisa at kaligtasan ng lahat.” Oro said. 

Other activities of PDRRMO lined-up for the NDRM include a weekly  tree-planting/growing and disaster management seminar for media people. (VHS/PIA-Pangasinan) 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lingayen Execs Rebuff Critics on Ghost Worker’s Raps


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – High officials of this Capital Town rebutted the accusation of critics that the mayor here violated the law when she created a funded position of a mechanic but without an appointed worker.
Mayor Josefina “Iday” Castaneda explained even that position was included in this year’s annual appropriation budget it is not feasible to spend the amount because it needs for a motor pool to be created first and  be funded by the Sangguniang Bayan (Legislative Body).
CRITIC. Lingayen Mayor Josefina “Iday” Castaneda (Left)  and
critic Councilor Judy "Juday" Vargas.

Wala pang motorpool kaya iyong pang sueldo sa mechanic nilagay sa savings. Tapos iyong savings iyon inilagay sa supplemental (budget),” she stressed.
Human Resources Chief Raul Ungson explained that despite the funding and creation for the position of a mechanic by the executive department and legislature the post is not yet final. The appropriation for the post, the HR Officer added, would become a saving for the coffer.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Wait for SONA on Brgy Poll – Solon

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN -  Will there be a barangay election on October?
A congressman said that stakeholders should wait for the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte at the State of the Nation Address on July 24.
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President Rodrigo Duterte in his State of the Nation Address (SONA)
Whatever is the stand of the chief executive and it will be made as priority to conduct or postphone, the barangay election there will (inaudible),” declared by Pangasinan Second District Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil.
When asked for a law to empower the president to postphone the election on October and if the Congress can expedite the passage of the bill to back up the extension, the solon said he was not privy about the House of the Senate, but members of the House of Representatives can fast tract it.

Greedy, Corrupt Member of Congress

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

I and a first class town mayor talked about an avaricious and corrupt member of the House of Representatives.
The spouse of this lawmaker chided a mayor when the former learned that the latter was responsible for the downloading of the sum of a multi-million pesos national project to a government bank in the province the latter faithfully followed up with the powers that be in Manila.
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Sabi ng mayor when it was downloaded from the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) the spouse of the lawmaker angrily called her on the phone. Ang sabi, bakit ninyo pinangungunahan ang project dapat sa amin iyan!” I said.
To the uninitiated, being a recipient of a project means twenty percent of the project goes to the pocket of the congressman. Politicians and private contractors called this anomaly in the jargon as S.O.P.
“Hinde lang ganid iyang mag-asawa ayon sa mga contractors, ma epal pa kahit kaunting drainage canal andoon na ang mukha nila,” my mayor friend narrated.
The hizzoner cited his experiences with his former congresswoman where a downloaded project was claimed by the underlings of the latter.
“Sasabihin nila na sila daw ang nag follow up sa Manila. I disagreed and argued with them. Tapos, hihirit kung ilang percent daw ang bigay ko sa kanila sa project. I told them bluntly, wala kayong porsiyento dito!
The mayor added that his present congressman does not interfere with the dilemma of the mayor I mentioned earlier. He said whatever projects the mayors in the district chalked up in Manila the solon did not intervene.
Do we have congressmen and congresswomen like this non-covetous solon in the province?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


DAGUPAN CITY – In a bid to increase the income of small fisher folks here, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) – Region 1 and the local government of Dagupan installed at least six fish aggregating devices called payaos in the Lingayen Gulf, particularly along the area of Barangay Pugaro on July 12.
Fisher folks of Barangay Pugaro install four aggregating devices called payaos in the Lingayen Gulf, particularly along the area of Barangay Pugaro on July 12. The installation of six payaos is under the livelihood assistance program of the City Agriculture Office on order of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in a bid to increase the income of small fisher folks. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)
Being a livelihood assistance to the small fisher folks, residents of Barangay Pugaro, – in the spirit of “bayanihan” – helped staff of the City Agriculture Office and BFAR in installing the payaos in four strategic areas in the gulf.
“This is another significant day for our fisher folks in the city as this will help them save more time in looking for fish to catch without going far into the middle of the sea thus spending more money for their gasoline", ” said City Agriculture Officer Emma J. Molina.
The payaos were submerged in about six to seven feet deep and each is about three to four kilometers away from the shoreline of Pugaro.
“We choose Pugaro because this area will soon be a tourist spot and we would like to show to the people that we are serious in protecting our sea especially against dynamite fishing. Furthermore, we are assured that our fisher folks here will keep the payaos safe from getting lost in the sea,” said Molina noting that the first payao installed was lost in the sea and was never recovered.
Pugaro, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is the breeding place of some high-value fish like lapu-lapu and talakitok.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Mangaldan Mayor retrofits market’s façade

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANGALDAN – The mayor here graced recently the groundbreaking ceremony of the renovation of the public market she dubbed as the market central of the three towns and a city that surrounded it.
“The objective of this project is kept atop of the design of modern infrasture and architectural design of the modern world. Sabi nga nila embrace change and we all knew Mangaldan market is the center market catering to the nearby towns which are San Fabian, Manaoag, Mapandan and even Dagupan City,” the mayor stressed.
Architect's design of the face-lifting of the Mangaldan Public Market.

She cited that because of this strategical location the burgeouning town has a “market day” every day - a comparative advantage to other local government unit (LGU) that has one market day only in a week.

Huge High School has New Principal

NEW PRINCIPAL. Dr. Leo Blaquir takes his Oath of Office as the new Principal IV of Mangaldan National High School with the town’s Mayor Bona Fe De Vera-Parayno and Vice Mayor Jojo Surdilla at the Mayor's Office this morning. Mangaldan, Pangasinan has the biggest national high school in Region -1 with 35,000 students to boot. (Photo Credit: Councilor Aldrin Soriano)

Sunday, July 9, 2017


DAGUPAN CITY – This city joined the province of Pangasinan in promoting the potentials of the province to foreign and local investors in the Asia CEO Forum held at Dusit Thai Hotel in Makati City on July 5.
MBTF JOINS ASIA CEO FORUM – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (4th from left),  along with other Pangasinan Local Chief Executives, namely  (from left) San Carlos City Mayor Joseres Resuello, Alaminos City Mayor Arthur Celeste, and Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo Perez IV, Pangasinan Governor Amado I. Espino III (center), Harriet Abordo (5thfrom left) of PEZA, Rey Untal (6th from left) of IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines,  Manaoag Mayor Kim Amador (6th from right), Binmaley Mayor Simplicio Rosario (7th from right), Dasol Mayor Eric Versoza (8thfrom right), Umingan Mayor Michael Cruz (9th from right) and Raffy Baraan (2nd from right) serves as one of the panelists in the Asia CEO Forum at Dusit Thai Hotel in Makati City on July 5 where she promoted the city to foreign and local investors as a zero corruption and red tape free city. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

As one of the panelists at the forum, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez presented Dagupan to some 150 local and foreign investors which include resorts property owners, food processing companies, renewable energy companies, and business process outsourcing industries among others.

Fernandez made a sales pitch for the city that Dagupan is a pool of talents, strong infrastructure and the presence of investors’ support services.

“In our city, we hate corruption that is why we have zero corruption and our city is red tape free,” said Fernandez.

With the city’s new Comprehensive Land Use Plan duly approved by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board in Resolution No. 945 series of 2017 on May 3, Dagupan is opening new gates of development in Lucao-Pantal as tourism growth center, Poblacion, Caranglaan-Tebeng and Bonuan area as the other new growth centers.


DAGUPAN CITY – The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) and the City Engineering Office (CEO) have re-intensified their respective flood mitigating programs in the barangays on order of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez.

With the arrival of the newly acquired dump trucks of the city, Fernandez assigned one dump truck to the CDRRMC for its Operation Sitio program, which in the past was temporarily put on hold in the absence of dump trucks to haul sand to backfill low-lying and flood-prone areas.

Free backfilling is among the CDRRMC’s flood mitigating measures to complement road elevation, upgrading of drainage system, dike construction, creek and waterway clean up drive, and dredging of the rivers program of Fernandez.

Under the program, sitios affected by flooding may log-in their request at the CDRRMC office for free backfilling. Each request will be validated and affected areas will be evaluated to see if the area also needs a drainage system.

“If the CDRRMC and the city engineering office recommend that a drainage system is needed before backfilling, we will provide hollow blocks and cement to the community whose residents will take charge in constructing this under the “bayanihan" system", said Fernandez.

Meanwhile, the CEO will launch its creek and waterways clean-up drive simultaneously in all the 31 barangays on July 10.

A number of families will be hired by their respective barangays in cleaning the creeks and waterways in their areas.  

They will be compensated not in cash but food packs consisting of 10 kilos of rice and grocery items worth P1,000.00 under the city’s food for work program. Each family will work for four days.

“While we have never stopped finding ways to solve flooding in our city, let’s work together to mitigate flooding in order to make our city flood-free and a safer place to live in,” said Mayor Fernandez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/July 7, 2017)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Calasiao is No.1 Police Station's Nationwide

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – The police station here is an awardee at Camp Crame in Quezon City as Outstanding Police Station's nationwide during the celebration of the 22nd Police Community Relations (PCR) this month.
“A memorandum was just released from the national headquarter that the Calasiao Municipal Police Station is an awardee as best police station  at the national level in July 31,” cited by Superintendent Charlie Umayam  - the chief of police (COP) here.
Umayam cited the indespensable collaboration he had with his men here on choosing the best ideas how to spike the quality of the services of the station here to the people.
NO. 1. Early this month Police Superintendent Charles Umayam became a recipient as
 Outstanding Senior Police Commissioned Officer in all the 48 stations of the
 Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPO).The award was given to Umayam by PPO 
Director Senior Supt. Ronald Lee and ABS-CBN TV Host Cris Zuniga at the PPO in 
Lingayen, Pangasinan.

The COP said the programs he introduced came mostly from the Project Double Barrel when it was implemented in middle of last year by the national police.
Double Barrel or Tokhang is the Philippine National Police’s practical and realistic means of accelerating the drive against illegal drugs in affected barangays. This concept involves the conduct of house to house visitations to persuade suspected illegal drug personalities to stop their illegal activities. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


            Just in time for the Philippine run of Transformers: The Last Knight, Toy Kingdom recently held an exclusive toy launch at SM Mall of Asia Atrium.
Toy collectors of all ages and Transformers enthusiasts joined in the fun and action to get a first look at toys inspired by this exciting film. There were action figures and life-sized Transformers statues inspired by the newest film, as well as new edition toys inspired by well-loved Transformers characters like Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Leadfoot, and Brains.
             Transformers: The Last Knight is the fifth installment of the live-action Transformers film series and a direct sequel to 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. Directed by Michael Bay,the film features Mark Wahlberg returning from the Age of Extinction along with Josh Duhamel and John Turturro reprising their roles from the first three films, with Anthony Hopkins joining the cast.

Bettors for Horn won a Fortune in a Fixed Fight

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Morning radio anchors Audrey Hidalgo and Rod Marcelino of DZXL- Manila asked me recently in a phone patched interview if world boxing icon Manny Pacquiao should resign from being a senator because his being a world class excellent boxer was being affected after his controversial tussle with unheralded Australian Welterweight Boxer, a former school teacher, Jeff Horn.
I told them I agreed with their observation that was earlier declared too by Pacquiao and Horn’s promoter Bob Arum.
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But I reversed their poser:
What if Pacquiao retired from boxing and concentrate as a full time senator because his being a boxer has been affecting his being an “excellent” full time senator?
The duo guffawed. They know I was humoring them.
Audrey, my former tandem in our morning political radio program in Dagupan City, told me I was right.

 How can Manny Pacquiao be an excellent senator when he was knocked out by 1,000 pound intellectual elephant in Heavyweight Senator Franklin Drilon in the worst senate debate in the annals and even anal of the Philippine Senate that saw the sorry Pacquiao decimated by the flurries of intellectual and the English language prowess of the Fat Bomber Solon Drilon.
“Na ubusan ng hangin, este, ng English at research si Pacquiao kaya na knocked out ni Drilon,” I quipped.

Okay, ‘nough said!

Let’s dissect the farce called Horn’s victory against the Filipinos’ idol who who many said convincingly won the championship battle for the World Boxing Organization’s diadem last Sunday at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.  

Mayor Belen hits Mejia’s hypocrisy

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The mayor here assailed the hypocrisy of an opposition councilor who did not question the anomalous bargain sale of the former Five-Star McAdore International Palace Hotel in 2012 that should be converted as a city hall.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez said that when former Mayor Benjie S. Lim conspired to fire-sell the P400 million worth seven-storey with a theater building Palace Hotel fo P119 million, her staunch critic Councilor Red Erfe-Mejia did not question the graft ridden transaction.
FACE OFF: Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (L) and
Opposition Stalwart Councilor Red Erfe-Mejia.

Noong ako ay nagpunta sa U.S ay binenta nila Mayor Benjie Lim nandiyan si Red at bakit siya pumayag na mabenta ng palugi? Dapat tumayo si Councilor Red kailangan natin ng consultation bago natin ibenta. Bakit hinde niya ginawa?” the mayor lambasted, in a consultation hearing, Mejia who opposed the donation of the 1.2 hectares land as situs for the city hall.
At the last consultation of the Cluster 6 of the villages here, the mayor narrated that the P50 million procurement of the local government here in 2002 of the McAdore from the Asset Privatization Trust, a government owned privatization program, became possible because of the intercession of then former Vice Mayor Al Fernandez and Alfred Balingit to then former Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Both of whom were friends of Arroyo.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dagupan receives Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance anew

DAGUPAN CITY – This city was conferred with the 2016 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) in a ceremony on June 28 at Crown Legacy Hotel, Kisad Road, Baguio City.
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Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and staff receive the  2016 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) in a ceremony on June 28 at Crown Legacy Hotel, Kisad Road, Baguio City.

This was the third consecutive year  that Dagupan  was conferred with SCFLG in recognition of  its commitment in promoting child rights to survival, development, protection and participation, towards a Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society For, By and With the Children.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez received the award along with the city’s department heads composed of City Social Welfare and Development Office chief Leah L. Aquino; City Budget Officer Luz De Guzman, and Dagupan City Police Station Chief of Police P/Superintendent Franklin Ortiz.

The seal was signed by Judy M. Taguiwalo, Chairperson – CWC and Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development; and Catalino S. Cuy, Officer-In-Charge, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

For this the city is again qualified as nominee for the national search for Child-Friendly Local Governance. (Joseph C. Bacani /CIO)

Dagupan honors beloved sons, daughters

DAGUPAN CITY – This city’s beloved sons and daughters who have distinguished themselves in public service, business, humanities, the creative arts, or in the profession they practice or the avocation they follow were honored during the Gala Night at CSI Stadia on June 19.

The awardees who are either Dagupan-born and a resident of Dagupan for at least one third of his/her life or not a Dagupan-born but a resident of the city for at least 40 years were Dr. Eliza Fernandez Ramos (Medicine), Dr. Gregoria P. Villaflor (Medicine), Dolores Cerezo (Education), Dr. Francisco T. Duque III (Public Administration), lawyer Liberato C. Reyna Jr. (Public Service), Westly R. Rosario (Science/Technology), Restituto Basa (Heritage), Wilfredo D. Lomibao (Mass Media), and Dr. Vicky S. Tada (Business and Entrepreneurship).

Four other distinguished sons and daughters of the city were given special awards as per Executive Order of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez as the city celebrates its Platinum Year as an independent component city.