Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sual officials bat for one more power plant

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Sual Mayor Roberto Arcinue. Photo Credit: Politiko South Luzon

SUAL, Pangasinan – Officials here led by Mayor Roberto Arcinue share the view that construction of more power plants is the most effective way of providing cheaper electricity and preventing another power crisis as what happened in the past.

They made the observation after noting that another multi-national company is planning to put up a
1,000-megawatt coal-fired power plant here.
This town already hosts Team Energy’s 1,200-MW Sual power station, the country’s biggest coal-fired
power plant, located in Barangay Pangascasan, here ,which began operating in 1999.
“Our population is growing and we need an additional plant to serve the people of Luzon, North Luzon,
and Metro Manila,” Arcinue said.

P2B this year for Celeste’s Congressional District

Hon. Celeste, Jesus
Congressman Jesus Celeste


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

BOLINAO - The roughly P2 billion reason why infrastructures and other projects keep pouring in this congressional district because the area is huge compared to other districts in the Pangasinan province, according to a solon.
Pangasinan First District Congressman Jesus “Boying” Celeste said that for this year he has received a P1.4 billion regular allocation from the national budget notwithstanding the P600 million appropriations to his district given by national agencies like the Departments of Education, Tourism, and others.
Our area is bigger here that’s why we have a bigger budget,” when asked why another congressional district in Pangasinan has P700 million allocation as regular budget this year.
A congressman of another district told Northern Watch Newspaper before the reason the First Congressional District has a bigger allocation because its area started to develop while other congressional districts in the province have almost done their infrastructure projects.
Celeste is preoccupied in seeing his nine towns and one city’s district benefited on the paved concrete roads, improvements of tourism sites in the area, coastal highways, and mulled to construct a bay walk just like in the Second and the Fourth Congressional Districts of Representatives Leopoldo Bataoil and Christopher de Venecia.
“One of our projects is fencing the highway going to the airport in Alaminos,” he cited.
He said that the national government re budgeted the botched airport project that he said would be a stimulus for the economic growth of the district that caters to its pristine beaches, swanky hotels, and other tourism come-on.
He said in the past that the presence of an airport and casino will phenomenally leapfrogged the financial viabilities of the hotels and pristine beaches here, Alaminos City and other towns because of the influx of local and foreign tourists like the Chinese, South Koreans, Taiwanese, and others who will relish the full package of a casino and beaches.
 Celeste is a member of the Committees on National Defense and Security, Appropriations, Games & Amusement, Natural Resources, North Luzon Growth Quadrangle,  Reforestration,  Science and Technology, and Tourism in the House of Representatives.
He is serving his last term as the solon of Western Pangasinan that will end on May 2019 election.

A source, who asked anonymity, said that Celeste will be running for the mayoralty post of Alaminos City versus the rumored opponent the City’s Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Miguel Y. Perez while the present mayor Art Celeste, his younger brother, will run for the congressional race versus the rumored opponent Under Secretary Tim Orbos of the Department of Transportation and Communication.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


The Philippines offered its sympathy and prayers to Mexico after a powerful earthquake rocked the capital past noon on Tuesday, leaving at least 61 people dead and undetermined number injured.
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Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano kneels to pray as he joins staff of the foreign affairs department at the flag-raising ceremony Monday, May 22, 2017 in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. PHOTO CREDIT; AP
The Department of Foreign Affairs said the magnitude 7.1 temblor sent a number of structures crumbling and left many others, including the building housing the Philippine Embassy, badly damaged.


 “Probinsiyano Ako” Vice Mayor of the City of Laoag Michael V. Fariñas (2nd form right, sited) visits Dagupan City for a goodwill visit as Laoag City intends to establish a sister city relationship with Dagupan City. Fariñas, along with a bunch of Punong Barangays of Laoag City, were welcomed by City Administrator Farah Marie G. Decano (2nd from left), 

Federation of Senior Citizen Association President Luz Geminiano (left, ), Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs President lawyer Cornelia Español (right), City Councilors Alvin Coquia (center, right, standing) and Marcelino Fernandez (center, left, standing), Punong Barangays Helen Fermill (4th form right, standing) of Barangay Tebeng, Condrado Muyalde (2nd form right, standing) of Barangay Salisay and Joseph Maramba of Barangay Bonuan Boquig (3rdfrom right, standing) and the different Department Heads of the city. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

Sunday, September 17, 2017


DAGUPAN CITY – Ten students from private and public schools here are leaving for the United States on September 14 for a goodwill visit to Milpitas City, Dagupan’s sister city, till September 28. 
All of them were issued a 10-year US visa by the United States Embassy in Manila recently.
2017 MILPITAS VISIT – Ten of the Manlingkor ya Kalangweran headed by Jilian Kay Madison S. Fernandez (7th from right) will be off to Milpitas City in California, USA for goodwill visit from September 14-28. They will be joined by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, City Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo and Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Lorna G. Bugayong along with City Legal Officer Ma. Victoria D. Cabrera, City Budget Officer Luz De Guzman (left), Ana Cristina Sinlao (2nd left), School Principal Gary Desoloc (2nd right) and Owen Tan (right). (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

The students will be accompanied by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez together with City Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo, City Legal Officer Ma. Victoria D. Cabrera, Ana Cristina Sinlao, Owen Tan, Schools Division Superintendent Lorna G. Bugayong, School Principal Gary Desoloc and City Budget Officer Luz de Guzman.

The students will be led by young city mayor Jilian Kay Madison S. Fernandez of Pangasinan Universal Institute.

She will be joined by Harmond A. Santos Jr. of Mother Goose Special Science High School System Inc., Nathalie D. Cuison of La Marea Academy, Gaile Stephanie B. Tan of Pangasinan Universal Institute, Abigail D. Azores of Divine Word Academy of Dagupan, Andrea Karla Paragas Sinlao of St. Albert the Great School, Tabitha Vallejos Jimenez of La Marea Academy, Marla Andreyana Maramba Ober of Dagupan City National High School, Noreen Kyle Calicdan Bravo of Phinma-University of Pangasinan, and Rianna Ricaela Fernandez of Dagupan City National High School.

'Toff' raises concerns about SUC's R&D initiatives

Pangasinan Fourth District Representative Christopher de Venecia (CDV) raised concerns about mechanisms in the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that would connect all the research and development (R&D) initiatives of state universities and colleges (SUCs), especially in provinces, with appropriate markets.
In a recent budget hearing of CHED, de Venecia asked Chairman Patricia Licuanan this question even as he said that “I don’t want us to be a production mill of researches that don’t really go anywhere.”
Pangasinan Congressman Christopher de Venecia
and CHED Chief Dr.Patricia Licuanan

Licuanan said they don’t have it in CHED but it is part of the whole cycle of R&D. “This is one of the things we are encouraging and we are linking up people who are quite knowledgeable in this,” she said.

She assured de Venecia “this is something that we take quite seriously and we are pushing for more support for R&D”.

Dagupan police conduct seminar for barangay tanods

DAGUPAN CITY – Members of the Barangay Peace Action Team in all the 31 barangays, clustered into six groups, underwent a one-day training/seminar given by the  Dagupan City Police Station at the city museum on September 11-14.
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Police Superintendent Franklin O. Ortiz said that at least 633 BPAT members, who included barangay tanods, force multipliers and the chairman of the barangay peace and order in every barangay were invited to attend the seminar.

The participants were oriented on the principles of barangay peacekeeping, duties of first responders and crime scene preservation, community awareness on terrorism, handling violence against women and children incidents, arresting techniques, disarming techniques and IED (Improvised Explosive Device).

P'sinan students shine in ASEAN provincial competition


DAGUPAN CITY  - Students from the six school divisions and various universities of Pangasinan battled it out for the provincial competition in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The ASEAN competition, organized by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Region I, aims to strengthen the general public’s awareness on ASEAN and to widen the public’s knowledge on the benefits and opportunities of being a member-country of the globally-recognized association.

 “This activity will help the different sectors of the society, specifically the youth,  to appreciate the developments that ASEAN can bring to the country,” said Regional Director Jennilyne Role of PIA.
The poster /slogan making contest was joined by students from Grades 4-6, quiz bee by students in Grades 7 to 10 and the essay writing by college students. 

The activity was held simultaneously in the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. Representatives from the three ASEAN Pillar offices—the Departments of social welfare and development, trade and industry and foreign affairs—served as judges during the contest along with judges from the Department of Education (DepEd)  and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).  


 Residents of Malued Fisheries area and Malued Punong Barangay Pheng Delos Santos watch how water lilies are transformed into useful products by a technician of the city government of Las Piñas during their trip to the city organized by the City Agriculture Office under Emma J. Molina. This is another livelihood program initiated by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez to solve unemployment problems in the barangay. (CIO photo by Arriz Fruelda) 

Friday, September 15, 2017


DAGUPAN CITY – The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) here approved on September 14 the transfer of the city hall along Pantal-Lucao area and the reclassification of the property donated by spouses Kerwin and Mary Ann Fernandez and the CSI Warehouse Club Incorporated from agricultural to non-agricultural and for institutional use as a government center.

Nine of the members of the SP, with one objection and one abstention, agreed that the proposed site within the Pantal-Lucao road is consistent with the spirit and intent of the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).

The joint committees on land utilization and on laws, ordinances and judiciary in their committee report viewed that any other area alien from an approved plan is unauthorized by law considering that Pantal area meets the requirement provided for under Section 11 of the Local Government Code of 1991.

In the same manner, the joint committee found that the donated lot and road right of way with an aggregate total of 24,560 square meters is sufficient in size as to accommodate the erection of a new, modern and state of the art government center in the Lucao-Pantal area.

That after due consultation, majority of the city’s constituents have expressed overwhelming support to the planned transfer of the government center provided that there shall be a satellite pay station to remain at the present City Hall.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sual welcomes another power plant

SUAL, Pangasinan – Residents here welcome the entry of another coal-fired power plant as it would mean hundreds of job opportunities and millions of pesos in additional annual revenues for the municipality.
Mayor Roberto Arcinue cited the previous public  hearings the municipal government held to take the pulse of the public over the proposed plan to put up another power plant in addition to the existing 1,200-megawatt Sual Coal-Fired Power Plant in barangay Pangascasan.
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Arcinue said at least six consultation meetings, attended by fishermen, school teachers and officials, barangay leaders and residents, womenfolk, Sangguniang Bayan members, cooperatives, and local and national government employees, were conducted to discuss the establishment of a second power plant. The mayor said: “Nobody expressed opposition to the plant.”

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This politico incites the ignorant

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

The debates on the transfer and construction of the new Dagupan City Hall became “nagkakainitan na” or acrimonious as the days passed by.
What aggravate the situation were for people like Vice Mayor Brian Lim telling half of the story or concocting or exaggerating another story that inflame the emotions of a large number of gullible, stupid, and ignorant people in the City.
VITRIOL. Dagupan City Vice Mayor Brian Lim (extreme left) attacks Mayor Belen Fernandez and her family on this radio interview held at DWIZ - Dagupan City last Thursday
Here were some of his salient declarations on his more than an hour interview yesterday at DWIZ – an FM radio station owned by the Cabangons, another nemesis of City Mayor Belen Fernandez.
Why the then administrations of then Mayors Cipriano Manaois, Libring Reyna, and Al Fernandez did not relocate to their family owned land the transfer of the new city (unlike what Mayor Belen was doing)?
MY ANSWER: Traffic congestion, the danger imposed by the rickety worn out wood made government edifice, and flooding did not pose so much inconveniences and dangers before as what they posed today. Beside, there was no Kerwin Fernandez before who has the benevolence today to donate 1. 2 hectares of land worth P400 million as situs for the new City Hall.
That’s a lot of saving for the Dagupan City’s government if she can be spared to borrow from bank just to buy a land.

QC Director lauds Pangasinan BIR Exec

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

QUEZON CITY – “She’s a performer,” quipped by the director of the second biggest tax regional office in the country to a chief executive of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Eastern Pangasinan that has been excelling in tax collection's every month.
Director Marina de Guzman cited that Revenue District Office (RDO) - 6 Chief Maria Isabel Barcia-Utit is efficient and assiduous as seen on the Weekly Weekender.

TAX HONCHOS. Quezon City Regional Director Marina de Guzman
Revenue District Office - 6 Chief Maria Isabel Barcia - Utit

“Mahusay siya kasi trained na iyan sa akin sa Tuguegarao kasama ko siya sa Tuguegarao. Tapos magkasama kami dito. Actually iyon ang program that we put in place during my time they are just reaping,” she stressed.
Utit was under then Region 2 Director De Guzman when the former was the RDO Chief of Nueva Vizcaya’s province.
She was also the superior of Utit when then Region 1 BIR Director De Guzman covered Eastern Pangasinan.
She said that the Eastern Pangasinan’s honcho can be a shoo-in the post of assistant regional director.
“Oo, she is qualified CPA-Lawyer by profession”.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Q & A: South Korea continues to give weapons to Ph – Envoy

 Political Columnist Mortz Ortigoza interviewed South Korea Ambassador Kim Jae Shin on the military aid to the Philippines  by the Korean government to fight her enemies, just like what the United States and Japan have been doing.
Ortigoza, a son of a Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) veteran, inquired in the recent 18th Korean War Veterans Memorial Day at Fort Bonifacio to His Excellency if South Korea would still be as prosperous as today or be as impoverished as North Korea if the Philippines and the 15 nations did not come to her succor in the early 1950s after she was invaded by the Communist North Korea and patron China. Excerpts:

Mortz C. Ortigoza: Filipino Korean veterans are decreasing in number. What can you say about their contributions in that war in the early 1950s that Communist North Korea and the Chinese nearly conquered your country?

 Political Columnist Mortz Ortigoza interviews South Korea Ambassador Kim Jae Shin 

Ambassador Kim Jae Shin: Yes we thank the contributions. In the second part as I said earlier the Korean country was happy as put in history the contribution not only (of) the Philippines but the other 15 countries (or a) total (of) 16 countries who sent troops to defend us for democracy. So we always appreciate.

Without the 16 countries from the United Nations (UN), do you think South Korea now is under the clutches of Communist North Korea?

 No, no. I cannot say that. I think, I mean impossible…

 Without the 16 countries, do you think your government could flush-out alone the two invaders?

 If if in the history is very good to explain to say I cannot say the Korea might colonize by China or North Korea. I cannot say that. But I said for sure North Korea was not able to capture our country.

Japan and the U.S gave us military hardwares to fight our enemies. Do you give military aid just like the two countries did to us?

 Yes we did, yes we did! We are going to provide vessels and ships and also….


“Good afternoon everyone. I would like to give you the following updates on Hurricane Irma: We are dispatching more personnel to fast track the repatriation of more than a hundred Filipinos displaced in the Caribbean and assist those in the United States who would be affected by Hurricane Irma. 
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Hurricane Irma evacuees use flashlights at the Hampton Inn and
Suites in Estero, FloridaPhoto Credit: Los Angeles Times
A five-member team from the Office of Migrant Workers Affairs led by Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola is en route to Washington, D.C. to oversee the rescue and repatriation of some 136 Filipinos stranded in the British Virgin Islands. Four personnel from the Philippine consulates general in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago will also be joining the team from the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. that is now in Puerto Rico waiting for the go-signal to proceed to Tortola. The team will be bringing emergency relief supplies and make arrangements for repatriation of the stranded Filipino, possibly via chartered aircraft.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Bataoil watches closely P1B highway project for Lingayen

 By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – A congressman in Pangasinan is watching closely the P980 million appropriation for a highway project so it could not be diverted by the powers that be to other programs of the national government.
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Pangasinan Second District Representative Leopoldo Bataoil
 He said that the sum was intended for the 2018 national budget for the Department of Public Works and Highways and would be used as funds for a highway, viaduct, and bridges here.

He told guests in the consultation meetings held at the Capitol Resort Hotel how this project can ease up the perennial traffic congestion in this capital town.
According to the Resolution that I received sa taong bayan sa Sangguniang Bayan ng Lingayen. Their resolution said they encounter problem of traffic as a result of development. Lingayen is a capital town at hindi mo na mapipigilan ang pag angat nito, pagdating ng tao, pagdami ng sasakyan, business opportunity, negosyo. So what do we do to address problem?” he stressed in a meeting attended by residents and public officials here, officials of the DPWH from the province of Pangasinan and the regional office in San Fernando City, La Union.

Friday, September 8, 2017


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THAI ENVOY. Mayor Belen Fernandez (center) meets Thailand Ambassador to the Philippines Thanatip Upatising
 with wife Montip, Minister Counselor, Consul Somjai Taphaopong, and First Secretary Rathanand Vichaidit.
DAGUPAN CITY – The Ambassador of Thailand, Thanatip Upatising and his wife Monthip, paid a courtesy call on Mayor Belen T. Fernandez at her office after visiting Thai students enrolled at the Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU) in Dagupan on September 8.

The Ambassador said he and his wife wanted to see how well the Thai students are doing in their studies and in their stay in Dagupan City.

Thanatip  told Mayor Fernandez that the Thai students spoke well of the city’s well managed peace and order, adding that  the city is clean as well as a stress-free place for them to stay and study.

Mayor Fernandez said she was humbled to hear such good impression from Thai students about Dagupan and explored on how the city could help them while they are in the city to study.


Gustong paimbestigahan ni Senador Grace Poe ang magkakasunod na pagpatay sa mga kabataan kaugnay ng madudugong operasyon kontra iligal na droga, kasabay ng kanyang panawagan para sa agarang pagresolba ng mga kaso.
  Kian Loyd Delos Santos at Carl Angelo Arnaiz

Sa kanyang inihaing Senate Resolution 498, sinabi ni Poe na dapat ituring na karumal-dumal na krimen ang kabi-kabilang kaso ng pagpatay, kabilang ang mga menor de edad, na kadalasang itinuturing lamang na collateral damage o isolated incidents sa giyera kontra droga ng pamahalaan. 

Tinukoy ni Poe ang brutal na pagkitil sa buhay nina Kian Loyd delos Santos, 17, Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, at kasama nitong 14 taong gulang na si Reynaldo de Guzman na kamakailan ay natagpuang patay sa Gapan, Nueva Ecija na tadtad ng saksak at may balot ng packaging tape ang ulo.

Bukod sa tatlo, sinabi ni Poe na may 54 na kabataang edad 18 pababa ang naiulat na napatay sa operasyon ng pulisya o vigilante-style killings mula noong Hulyo noong isang taon.

My father poises to throw grenades to the enemies

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

The first time I saw my military father ready to die for the motherland or probably for my mother, I was in Grade 5 in M’lang, Cotabato Province.
He was then on a soldier’s pass when he brought me and my kindergarten brother Gabriel to a rickety worn out wood walled barbershop I still remembered owned by the father of my playmates Stephen and Toto Felipe.
The latter, a rugged boy, had fisticuffs with me, but that’s another story.
SOLDIER - My father when he was assigned  at the cold
 Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in South Korea under the 
auspices of the United Nations when the New York City 
based office sent soldiers from 16 countries in the early
 1950s to fight the invading communist North Korea
 and China. 

When we were seating at the worned-out couch of the barber chairs, elevated by small wood boxes to raise our heads, some peasant women running and shouting with their lungs out that the Black Shirts (precursor of the Moro National Liberation Front) were already at the periphery of the Peñaranda Hospital.
The hospital was more than a kilometer away from us.
Immediately my father told the frail looking barber Mr.Felipe to forego our military white styled wall haircut (that I detested because I envied the mop haired Beatles) because he had to secure us and promised to return with his weapon and later with us whose side of the heads were already shaved just like those plebes at the Philippine Military Academy where I and my sibling were born.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Korean War’s Warriors Confab

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Everytime an event for the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) was to be held my father retired Air Force Lieutenant Marcelo Cruz Ortigoza, Sr, 89,  waxed sentiment and persuaded me to attend.
But I could not acquiesce as I was preoccupied with my work and Manila was an emasculating trip from Dagupan City.
PEFTOK played a major part of his life.
SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY. My father during his visit two months ago at the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK)  granite liked Memorial Wall in Fort Bonifacio when he was brought by my former military officer brother in a sentimental journey that started from the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City where he spent most of his 30 years military service after he was assigned there from his 1954 tour in South Korea.

When he was 26 years old, the Philippine government, as part of a treaty with the United Nations, sent him as member of the 1,500 Filipino soldiers of the 2nd Battalion Combat Team (BCT) (as packaged of the 7,500 strong five BCTs the Manila government sent to the beleaguered South Korean nation) to fight, maim, kill, and flush-out the chink eyed North Korean and Chinese communists that invaded the democratic South that started in June 25, 1950.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Binalonan Mayor: Watch show on Great Fil-Am Bulosan on Sept. 11

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

BINALONAN – The mayor of this burgeoning town has been persuading the people in and outside of here to buy tickets for a stage show about the life and works of the famous son of Pangasinan who became a literary icon in the United States of America.
“Sino si Carlos Bulosan? Because we’re anchoring the identity of Binalonan on Carlos Bulosan” he exhorted the people here in a consultative meeting held at the legislative hall.
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Bulosan was born at  Barangay Mangusmana Sto. Niño here but migrated when he was 17 years old on July 22, 1930 to the United States and died there with Bronchopneumonia in September 11, 1956 at Seattle Washington.
He, who is barely known by people in Pangasinan, became a leading poet, novelist, and book author in the U.S because of his renowned works like America is in the Heart and Freedom from Want that help enriched the United States' literature.
When Bulosan was 30 years old President Franklin Delano Roosevelt requested him to write an essay about America and its “Freedom From Want.” It was published in the prestigious Saturday Evening Post  where the Post commissioned painting icon Norman Roxwell to illustrate the Filipino-American’s article.

Sunday, September 3, 2017


Slow internet service, poor connection, dropped calls, exorbitant charges, disappearing load --  these were among the complaints of netizens who took to Senator Grace Poe’s social media accounts to seek action against the atrocious services of telecommunications companies in the country.

Using the hashtag #TellPOEonTelco, Poe urged netizens using her Facebook and Twitter accounts to “let your voice be heard” and speak up about the services of the country’s telecommunications providers. ( racepoe/ ( OE)

“We deserve good telco service, kaya’t i-share na ang inyong karanasan sa serbisyo ng text, call at internet ninyo,” she called on the public.

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Senator Mary Grace Poe gestures in one of the Senate hearings.

The post was instantly viewed and shared by social media users, and generated comments about the inadequate service of the country’s telcos.