Friday, December 30, 2011

The Rabble Rousing JDV at 75; Meeting Larry Henares

The author poses with nonpareil humorous and witty columnist Larry Henares
Birthday "boy" former Speaker Jose de Venecia poses with lady solons of the House of Representatives

This columnist who used to patronize “turo-turo” (small eatery) has found himself sporting the coat and tie he inherited from  his grandpa in the Katipunan while partaking a more than a thousand of pesos a plate dinner hosted by “birthday boy” former five-time speaker  Jose de Venecia at the swanky Golden Bay  Sea Food Restaurant in Pasay City.
The almost 1000 visitors composed of present and former political high rollers of the country, foreign leaders and ambassadors spent the chilly night of December 26 feasting with Chinese cuisine with the de Venecias and (Speaker Joe’s wife Congresswoman Gina’s) Vera-Perez clans for the  visionary and rabble rouser natal day.
As what an able ally of the former speaker former congressman Ed Zialcita declared to open the festivity: “We are here to celebrate JDV’s 100th birthday!”

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The fluid political landscape in Pangasinan

4th District Rep. Rachel Arenas
Bautista Mayor Amado "Pogi" Espino III
Business tycoon Cesar Quimbao


The present non-bailable crimes that confront former President Gloria M. Arroyo, former Comelec chair Benjamin Abalos, and two-star general Jovito Palparan have chilling effects to would-be malefactors.

Feeding programs create jobs in Alaminos

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ALAMINOS CITY – The mayor of this city bared how his three-year feeding program benefited not only the nutritional and academic statuses of school children but the economic welfare of the people here.

In an interview recently with Hawaii’s TV “Health & Wealth’ hosted by Dr. Terry Shintani, Mayor Hernani Braganza explained that the city’s P10 million feeding program every year pumped-prime the local economy.

This is because the mostly farming parents supplied the foods for the feeding programs here by P577, 380.00 in 2008, P744, 566.23 in 2009, and P408, 312.75 in 2010.

Braganza said that the beneficiaries of this program were 7,000 day care and pre-school pupils and 13,000 elementary school children.

“Some 6,700 or 42 percent of 16, 000 families have benefitted from this program, too,” he stressed.

He noted that this endeavor dubbed as “Bright Child Program: created the following jobs here by 349 in 2008, 1,202 in 2009, and 1, 461 in 2010”.

Agham Party-list sues Meat Inspector

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ROSALES – The Agham Party-list which is allied with the agricultural sector,

recently sued Executive Director Jane Bacayu of the National Meat Inspection Service.

Abono Chair Rosendo So said Agham Party-list Rep. Angelo Palmones sued Bacayu because she procrastinated on the implementation of Administrative Order No. 22 that should have started last year.

Earlier, a national association of hog raisers asked the resignation of Efren C. Nuestro as chief of the Bureau of Animal Industry, also for the non-implementation of AO 22.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Epektibo, pagbibigay ng reward

Sec. Antonio Villar ,Dangerous Drugs Board
Tayong lahat po ay sumusunod sa tuwid na daan ng ating Pangulo. Pero matanong ko lang po, kayo po ba Secretary Robredo at General Bartolome, tinatahak niyo po ba ang tuwid na daan ng ating Pangulo? O mahilig kayo sa zigzag road paakyat ng Baguio kaya paliko-liko ang daan na tinatahak niyo?

Magdadalawang taon nang nakaupo ang ating Pangulo at magdadalawang taon na rin nating tinatahak ang tuwid na daan, subalit ang sugal na jueteng ay patuloy pa ring namamayagpag sa buong bansa, lalung-lalo na sa Luzon.

Monday, December 19, 2011

How small towns in Pangasinan fare

Aguilar Town Hall
San Jacinto's public market
Urbiztondo Town Hall
What the towns of San Jacinto, Urbiztondo, and Aguilar have in common? They are classified by the Department of Finance as 3rd Class municipality based on their annual local income.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Braganza’s led economic alliance braces to achieve MDG

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ALAMINOS CITY – The four members of the One Pangasinan Alliance (OPAL) are not only bent to achieve four of the eight targets of the Millennium Development Goal but are geared to be a model in the country as the first group to attain them.
Mayor Hernani Braganza said since he was a congressman it was his utmost desire to lift the economy of the first congressional district.
He said the Philippine government could not breach the target of the United Nations in 2015 to reverse and eradicate extreme poverty, promote universal primary education, maternal health, and environmental sustainability but optimistically declared that the OPAL could do it.
OPAL, an economic alliance,is composed of this city, and the towns of Agno,Anda, Bani,Bolinao, Burgos,Dasol, Infanta, Mabini and Sual.
But it is Alaminos, Bani, Dasol and Burgos which took part in the MDG project. Officials of these four LGUs met last December 15 to formalize the integration of the MDG in their respective annual investment plan (AIP) for 2012 dubbed as “Festival of Good Governance”.
Roland Cabigas, managing director of La Liga Policy Institute said the four members OPAL have allocated almost P200 million for various MDG-related programs and projects for 2012 which is expected to improve the delivery of basic social services for the poorest of the poor sectors in their respective localities.
A total of P111, 997,426 has been allocated for various MDG-related programs by Alaminos City. This represents 35.5 percent of the city’s proposed total proposed budget for 2012, of P314, 890, 970, 46 per cent of which are dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty.

BIR –Region 1 scores absence of gov’t projects

BIR Region-1 Director Guballa


CALASIAO – The director of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Region-1 lamented the sluggish tax collection because of the absence of major projects by the national government in the first semester of 2011.

LawyerArnelGuballa explained that unlike the tax collection in industrialized urban areas, BIR in the region depends primarily on the taxes by the regular tax payers.
“In the provinces, we rely on TRA (Tax Remittance Advisory) only. If there is no project, what can you expect in remote areas? What can you collect? There are no businesses there expect simple trading, sari-sari (store),” he said.

The Spratlys Conundrum: FVR and JDV’s solutions

Icons of Philippines' Politics: From left is former President Ramos and former House Speaker de Venecia


FVR and JDV as every Filipino knows is former president Fidel V. Ramos and former five-time House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr.
During the stints of the duo, FVR achieved an average of  5 percent Gross National Product and a coup’d’tat’-free six year administration, while Speaker JDV chalked up the successful US Bases Economic Conversion Law that turned Clark, Subic, Camp John Hay, La Union’s Wallace Field into free ports and special economic zones and Forth Bonifacio into a satellite city, authored the Build-Operate-Transfer Law, which has built railways, electric power plants, airports, markets and infrastructure worth more than $30 billion at no cost to the Philippine government, and the Rainbow Coalition, which brought together more than seven political parties that enabled Ramos to govern even with his 24 percent share of the national vote.
In a recent ride on a river cruise in Dagupan City, I asked former President Ramos what was his take on the conundrum brought by the South China Sea (Spratlys) territories disputes primarily with economic and military juggernaut Mainland China.
He told me the acronym UST.
“Unity, Solidarity, Teamwork.”

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

BIR to give special calendars

Christine Cardona, Chief of the Revenue District Office-4
Assistant Revenue District Chief Charmaine Dela Torre

CALASIAO – The chief of the Bureau of Internal Revenue who supervises Central Pangasinan said that some 50,000 tax calendars for 2012 will be distributed so that taxpayers could take seriously the stated tax deadlines and reminders.
Christine Cardona of the Revenue District Office-4 based here quoted the recent pronouncement of BIR Commissioner Kim Henares that there have been court decisions that had been based on the tax calendars produced by the revenue agency in the past.
Cardona said this is not an ordinary calendar.
"When you file beyond the deadline, the banks are not supposed to accept the returns," Henares cited recently at the BIR website, noting that in this case, the taxpayer must go directly to the bureau to have their obligations computed first.
She stressed that there should be "valid reasons" in cases when the bureau could practice "leniency" in enforcing the deadline.
The calendar according to Cardona cost the government some P2.25 million.
The RDO-4 chief said that the calendar is part of the continuing tax campaign of the bureau.
The calendars will be distributed to different government offices and BIR district offices.
They will also be distributed to accredited accountants and big-ticket taxpayers on a first-come-first-served basis.
Apart from the important dates, the calendar also lists the authorized agent banks of the bureau and even the location of efficient service machines of the Land Bank of the Philippines, among others.
Meanwhile, Cardona said that from January to October 31, 2011, RD)-4 has overshoots its target of P1, 417,509,000.00 billion by more than P 86.2 million.
Last year collection of her office was almost P1.28 billion of the same periods
RDO-4 that is based here supervises two cities and 13 towns.
Assistant Revenue District Office-4 chief Charmaine dela Torre said that the surplus RDO-4 have been reaping for the last ten fiscal months was the result of letters sent by her and RDO-4 Chief  Cardona to tax payers.
“We kept on sending letters reminding them with their obligation. We kept sending those letters from the BIR. We mean business. We are after those who are not paying correctly their taxes,” Dela Torre stressed.
In the light of lower collections that beset the other district offices in Region -1 because of lower Tax Remittance Advisory (TRA) collection, dela Torre explained that despite the absence of projects from the national government through the TRA her office under the able stewardship of Cardona did not flinch to hit its tax goal (MCO).

Monday, December 12, 2011

Dagupan can’t patronize Urdaneta’s landfill yet - Lim

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Benjamin Lim said as long as Dagupenos do not know how to segregate their wastes, it would not be feasible for this city to patronize the engineered sanitary landfill in Urdaneta City.

Lim said segregation of wastes has not been a habit among households here.
“You have to teach the people first how to segregate their garbage before the city can dump the residual part of the garbage,” Lim said.
Mayor Lim said it would be very expensive to dump this city’s voluminous wastes at Urdaneta without segregation.
He noted that village officials should not collect non-segregated wastes so the people would learn how to segregate them.
Mayor Lim urged that the best way to mitigate the garbage problem is to collect those that can be reused.
“Ngayon e, sisingilinkang P900 (garbage per ton by Urdaneta City).Halimbawa 10 tons iyongbasura e di P9000. E kung 50 na trucks, P450,000a day! Di biro iyan. Half-a-million a day anggagastusinmona budget, paralangmagtaponngbasurasaUrdaneta City,” he said.
He said what should be dumped at the landfill are residuals of fish, vegetables and other products where they can be made into fertilizers.
He said the non-biodegradable wastes like cartoons and plastics could be collected and reused.

P1M buwanang ‘pakimkim’ mula sa jai-alai?

ILANG araw na lang at Pasko na. Panahon ng pagbibigayan at pagmamahalan.

Ang mga mababait at tumutupad sa kanilang gawain ay dapat na biyayaan. Subalit ang mga tiwali ay dapat na huwag tantanan upang sila’y magbago tungo sa tuwid na daan.

Hindi tayo ang dapat na dumisiplina sa kanila kundi ang mga direktang amo nila. Tayo ay instrumento lamang upang ibunyag ang mga pang-aabuso ng mga gaya nina Senior Supt. Rosueto Ricaforte, police provincial director ng Pangasinan, na makailang beses na rin nating ibinunyag sa kolum na ito.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

JDV’s geo-political thoughts

The author (extreme right) after one of his interviews with the rabble rousing former Speaker de Venecia. 

By Mortz Ortigoza

Over gastronomic delights of lunch made of locally produced aquatic products. I asked recently former five-time House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr. his thoughts on some political and economic global issues at his swanky residence located at the coastal city of Dagupan. Excerpts:

A chance for United States President Barrack Obama to reverse his anemic political stocks and wins his re-election next year.
JDV said with a nine (9) percent unemployment rate haunting  the U.S economy, Obama will have a hard time winning his reelection bid “unless he re-invent himself”.
I asked him if the U.S economy will have a respite after the U.S troops withdraw this month in Iraq.
He doubts if the troop’s withdrawal would be a breather for the sluggish U.S economy as many of these returning soldiers would add to the number of unemployed in America.
Would heavily debt haunted European countries Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain recover instead of exploding and drag the global economy.
JDV said there would be pain before recovery. He told me about a 50 percent debt write-off imposed by Eurozone leaders and the International Monetary Fund among themselves where a U.S $1 billion of loan extended before to Greece (to stave off a global economic crisis) could be repaid only by $500 million.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Senator Loren Legarda is joined by Grade Six students of Miriam College after her lecture on the importance of legislation and the lawmaking process. Legarda, who chairs the Senate Committee on Climate Change, Committee on Cultural Communities, and Committee on Foreign Relations, stressed that senators and congressmen, as representatives of the people, were given the mandate to craft the nation’s laws to ensure that the principles and decrees enforced in the country respond to the needs and concerns of the Filipino citizens.

A corrupt lady solon and a corrupt DPWH chief?


A Local Government Unit (LGU)in Pangasinan is going to apply for an almost P100 million loan in a government bank.
The mayor is optimistic that a resolution empowering him to negotiate with the bank for the loan would be unanimously approved by the members of the Council (Sanggunian).
My insider told me that the members of the August Body forego any meticulous scrutiny how the multi-million-peso loan would be utilized by the mayor for his projects.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

DMNHS Holds 2011 Alumni Homecoming

Mr. Amorsolo Rosario,  a successful entrepreneur and former vice president of Nestle'- Philippines, graced the recent alumni  homecoming of Daniel Maramba National High School in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan.

The 2011 Alumni Homecoming of Daniel Maramba National High School, one of the most awaited events in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan was held on November 26-27, 2011.  One of the highlights of the celebration was the speech of the Guest of Honor and Speaker, in the person of Mr. Amorsolo M. Rosario, the Valedictorian of Class 1977 who is now a successful CPA and entrepreneur.  He was eloquently introduced by Dr. Maria Wilda T. Silva, the Executive Committee Chairperson 2011.
What made the event different from previous celebration was the fact that for the first time an outstanding alumnus graced the occasion as the Guest of Honor. Outstanding yet humble, Mr. Rosario delivered a very inspiring message to more than 3,000 alumni especially when he reads a poem he wrote himself entitled “Home Sweet Home”. It really fostered the essence of great pride and enthusiasm of everybody for his coming back to his beloved Alma Mater, his second home, the Daniel Maramba National High School. Amor as everybody fondly calls him concluded his message quoting Einstein “Don’t try to be a man of success but a man of values”. A Plaque of Recognition was awarded to him by the Hon. Mayor Carlito S. Zaplan who earlier delivered his inspirational message assisted by Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman and  President Liza J. Melendez, BOT Secretary Divine C. Doctor and 2011 Executive Committee Chairperson Dr. Maria Wilda T. Silva.
On the first day of the festivity, a Holy Mass was officiated by Rev. Father Carlito V. Yden, Parish Priest of Holy Family Parish and attended by hundreds of representatives from almost all the batches, a proof that the alumni put God first above all things.    This was followed by the parade which was exciting as ever with all the batches displaying their colorful and attractive banners. The VMU Band and the DMNHS Drum and Lyre Corp made the parade livelier especially so that they entertained the alumni during the morning break with Band Exhibition.
All the 2011 honorees: the Diamond Jubilarians, Class 1951; Golden Jubilarians, Class 1961; Ruby Jubilarians, Class 1971; and Silver Jubilarians, Class 1986, whom they call themselves “ Matibay Ka” came with colorful attires. The Silver Jubilarians as Host Batch with Dr. Maria Wilda Tagudan-Silva as the Chairperson of the Executive Committee awarded the Honorees with Tokens as their tangible “recuerdo” of the affair. Likewise the members of the Executive Committee of 2010 were awarded their Certificates of Recognition together with the 2011 benefactors of the Nonformal Education Scholarship Program.
The report of the Chairman and President, Miss Liza J. Melendez centered on her appeal for the support of the Alumni in the construction of new Alumni Building to replace the termite infested Alumni Center. She also campaigned for the registration of Alumni to acquire a Power ID which will give those benefits of discounts from business establishments and service fees from medical and dental clinic of Alumni Practitioners.

Fellowship luncheon among the different batches made the reunion very meaningful. The simultaneous conduct of Popularity Contest and General Assembly was well managed after the luncheon. Engr. Marieta B. Mendoza, Chairperson of the Popularity Contest with Mrs. Filipina M. Zaplan as Co-Chairperson managed the Popularity Contest efficiently with Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Wilmer G. Poserio as the 2011 Alumni Homecoming King & Queen. The amount raised will be for the Nonformal Education Scholarship Program of the Association.
Likewise, the General Assembly was successfully managed by the Chairman on Election, Romulo B. Balolong. The newly elected Board of Trustees for 2011-2012 were Liza J. Melendez, Engr. Marieta B. Mendoza, Bernadette M. Roco, Romulo B. Balolong, Divine C. Doctor, Jeselette G. Desamero, Filipina M. Zaplan, Esperanza N. Pascua, Grace S. Padlan, Atty. Florante C. Natividad, Dr. Tercinio J. Melendez, Cristina G. Reyes, Dr. Maria Wilda T. Silva, Arch. Joel F. Delos Santos, Mr. Ireneo Ico, Mr. Ben Diaz and Ms. Cristina B. Barbiran. Miss Liza J. Melendez was reelected as the 2012 Chairman and President of Board of Trustees for the fourth time together with Engr. Marieta B. Mendoza who was unanimously elected as the Executive Vice President.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

TRC sa Dagupan binuksan na

A first in Region 1.

’Yan po ang Dagupan City Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center sa Barangay Bonuan Binloc na binuksan na noong Sabado ang administrative section nito para sa mga out-patients.

Lighting of Capitol Christmas Tree

Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., (13th from left) Pangasinan First Lady Mdm. Priscilla I. Espino (14th from left), Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. (13th from right) and Limgas na Pangasinan 2011 titlist Cristy Regaspi (14th from right) lead provincial officials, town mayors and department heads in the traditional Capitol Christmas Tree ceremonial lighting last December 2 at the Capitol Plaza in Lingayen.  The 45 feet yuletide tree is brightly adorned with parols and symbolic gifts representing various resources that the province is famous of.  (PIO Photo by Meinard Sadim)

Manay Gina opens Drug Rehabilitation Center

Rep. Gina de Venecia with husband former House Speaker Joe

Excerpt of Manay Gina’s speech during the inauguration of the Dagupan City- Region 1 Drug Rehabilitation Center, Bonuan Binloc, Dec 3, 2011; Saturday

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Mangaldan is richer than other major towns


MANGALDAN – Among major towns in Pangasinan, this town is millions of pesos richer in terms of appropriation for the fiscal year budget of 2012.
According to Dr. Rose Ramirez Hulipas, executive officer of Mayor Herminio Romero, this first class town will have a P145 million appropriation for next year.
Based on the survey done by this paper, this 4th congressional district municipality appropriates P145 million for next year’s budget, followed by the P138 million of Santa Barbara, P132 Calasiao, and P130 of capital town Lingayen.

Dr. Hulipas said that one of the major sources of revenues here are the laboratories of renowned pharmaceutical companies that buttressed the coffer of this town.

Less fireworks seen in budget approval


DAGUPAN CITY –Less fireworks are expected in the passage of the city budget this year.

Councilor Jigs Seen, chairman of committees on finance, trade and industry, told the Regional Examiner on Wednesday that some “adjustments” will just have to be made in the review process before the approval of the 2012 city budget.

“We have to make sure that proper procedure is observed in the approval of the new budget and that public interest is well served,” he said.

Thus, he added, cooperation between the mayor’s office and those under it and the Sangguniang Panlungsod is vital in coming up with a practical and realistic annual budget.

Abono calls for BAI’s chief resignation

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ROSALES-The Abono Party-list joined the call of organizations of hog and poultry raisers in the Philippines for the resignation of Efren C. Nuestro  as director of the Bureau of Animal Industry in view of outright technical smuggling of pork and chicken products.

A Lousy Press Club?


I could not understand Department of Education Pangasinan- I Superintendent Aurora Domingo.
When two media men asked Domingo in October 2010, how was her trip to the U.S, she snapped “It’s personal!”
When I asked her on that date about her takes on K+12 (Kindergarten plus 12 years in high school), she told me she could not comment on it because she did not read the data on K-12.

Narco-Politics totoo ba?

By Sec. Bebot Villar, Dangerous Drugs Board
MARAMING nagtatanong sa akin kung totoo ba itong sinasabing Narco-Politics? At ang aking sagot sa kanilang katanungan ay, OO! Ang narco-poltics ay nagaganap sa ating lipunan ngayon.

Sa simpleng salita ang narco-politics ay ang pagsasabwatan ng mga pulitiko at mga drug lords para kapwa itaguyod ang kanilang mga interes. Ito ay lubos na nakakabahala sapagkat ang mga sindikato ng droga na protektado ng mga pulitiko ay sadyang mahirap makabangga! Sila ay mistulang mga untouchables. Pati mga awtoridad ay magdadalawang-isip na sila ay galawin!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Macanlalay joins Dion, Celeste call to solve flood

Calasiao Mayor Mark Macanlalay
DPWH Eng. Rodolfo Dion

CALASIAO-This town’s mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay joins the call of high government officials how to control if not solve the perennial flooding here and neighboring city Dagupan.

This after 2nd District Engineering Office Chief Rodolfo Dion of the Department of Public Works & Highways and Area Manager John Celeste of the National Irrigation Administration proposed recently how to solve the flood that besets Dagupan.
Mayor  Macanlalay noted that the dredging of the Marusay River here should be simultaneously  be done on the river in the town of Sta. Barbara and the city of Dagupan.
He said that the silts on Marusay River that connects on the two local government units are alarming.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

‘Accused’ Register of Deeds official reassigned in Alaminos

BIR Regional Director and Atty. Arnel Guballa whose office filled this year the second Run After Tax Evader case against the 12 Heirs of Gavino Vinluan in Labrador, Pangasinan

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ALAMINOS CITY- An official of the Register of Deeds (RD) who was linked by the Bureau of Internal Revenue to a P9.26 million tax fraud was reassigned from his post in Lingayen to this city.

Lawyer Melvin Castro, the former deputy head of the RD in Lingayen, was reassigned as head of the RD Alaminos, according to sources.

BIR commissioner Kim Henares in a joint press conference of BIR and Department of Justice accused Castro to have conspired with the 12 heirs of one Gavino Vinluan of selling to Labrador former Mayor Ernesto Acain their two parcels of lands but did not pay the P9.26 million taxes.

The properties have a total area of 358,966 square meters and are covered by Tax Declaration Nos. 12726 and 12729 in Labrador town

According to Revenue District Office-5 chief Atty. Elmer Carolino, Castro’s involvement started when he wrote at the Day Book of the RD in Lingayen a statement that was used by the provincial Assessor office under Nestor Quimbao in issuing new tax declarations in the name of the buyers.

But what Castro wrote there were completely unrelated Barangay Certification dated August 11, 2009 and not a certification for Certificate Authorizing Registration (CAR) for the heirs to pay the P9.26 million that was a requirement for the transaction.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fake waivers probed

The waiver allegedly signed by City Administrator Mata
The forged signature of Administrator Mata affixed above the name of Mayor Lim
The authentic signature of Admin. Mata above his name


DAGUPAN – City Administrator Vladimir Mata said on Friday that the waivers for electrical inspection issued to owners of several illegal structures near the shore in Bonuan Binloc are fake and that investigation is underway.

            On Monday, the Sangguniang Panglunsod invited Dominador Liwag Jr., retail service manager of the Dagupan Electric Corporation (Decorp), to shed light on why the illegal structures, some of which were being used as resorts, spas and inns, were given electrical connections.
Liwag told the SP that electric lines were extended to these establishments through waivers issued by high officials of the city government based on certifications issued by Barangay Chairman Pedro Gonzales.
He said Decorp normally requires Certificate of Final Electric Inspections (CEFIs) normally issued by the city engineer. However, he said, waivers can take the place of CEFIs under the Electrical Code of the Philippines.
Mata said they were able to secure copies of these waivers and found out that either his signature or that of the mayor was forged.
He said the waivers were purportedly issued late last year on what looked like letterheads of the office of the city mayor bearing the new official seal of the city.

Whose fault it is? Toilet Row in Lingayen Heats Up


Information Office Remiss on its Duty?

By Mortz Ortigoza

It seems the City Information Office of Dagupan City is remiss on its duty to repel the criticisms launched by the political detractors of Mayor Benjie S. Lim.
Take these three damaging attacks for example where the name of the mayor was dragged:
1)      He bypassed the Sangguniang Panlungsod by not approving the P13.1 million calamity fund in 2010; 2) He was responsible for the demolition of settlers at Sitio Opot in Brgy. Bonuan Gueset; 3) Administrator Vlad Mata illegally signed the waiver in lieu of the Certificate of Final Electrical Inspection (CFEI) from the City Engineering Office for the building of illegal structures   at Sitio Silungan in Bonuan Binloc.
I did not hear the sides of the mayor rebutting these scathing attacks thru the press releases of the CIO until I discussed this with the city administrator last week.
Mata emphatically torpedoed the three issues by the following:
1)      SP was not bypassed. He said new Republic Act 10121 or known as "Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010” says that the mayor can use even 100 percent of the five (5) percent Calamity fund from the Internal Revenue Allotment without the dads’ imprimatur; 2) Demolition at Sitio Opot was an order from a court through a Writ of Execution in behalf of the private owner; 3) His signature affixed above the printed name of Mayor Lim was a forgery. Mata said he is ready to sue with Falsification of Public Document the person who forged his signature.
Mata deplored that he learned the No. 3 issue last Thursday or four (4) days after the detractors of Lim were exploiting it with gusto.
Mata confidently explained that waiver he allegedly signed was bogus.
Firstly, the new logo of the city was attached at the waiver in November 10, 2010 when the city has only started using it last June or July 2011; secondly, the signature was signed by the malefactor by using a ball pen. Mata said he uses a sign pen every time he signs a document; thirdly, every page of the waiver has a stamped seal. Mata said that Mayor Lim uses only the city in his official letter.
Mata told me that the people at the CIO should be updating him pronto after the detractors break the news for public consumption.
These faux passes could serve as a wake up call to the Joseph Goebbels at the information office

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lim looks at Celeste’s proposal to solve Dagupan's flood

Dagupan City Mayor Benjie S. Lim
NIA's Manager John Celeste

DAGUPAN CITY – The mayor of this city is willing to sit and talk with Area Manager John Celeste of the Project Inspection & Advisory Group (PIAG) of the National Irrigation Administration on the latter proposal to add more dikes on the river banks of the flood prone villages here instead of the more expensive dredging operation.
“I will listen to him what is the best to solve the flood problem (of the city),” said by Mayor Benjie S. Lim.
Celeste earlier told this paper that dredging operation is not the solution for the problem spawned by the perennial floods that overflow at the river banks.
He said the culprit that causes the swelling of the water is the incessant high tide of the sea at the exit of the river.
Manager Celeste, an engineer and resident of Brgy. Pantal, proposed that he will discuss with Mayor Lim or City Administrator Vladimir Mata to build more dikes above the old dikes on the river banks particularly on the areas of Pantal – one of the most vulnerable villages to flood whenever there is high tide.
“And the building of gates for the drainage underneath the old dikes to lock it whenever there is  high tide so the river could not enter into the residential areas,” he stressed.
The other flood prone villages here are Lasip, Caranglaan, Malued, Lucao, Tebeng, Mangin, Salisay and many other areas in southern Dagupan.
Lim liked the proposal of Celeste as he took his telephone number for a probable appointment.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Kudos Sec. Ochoa

By Sec. Antonio "Bebot' Villar Dangerous Drugs Board
ISANG opisyal ng administrasyon na aking hinahangaan ay si Executive Sec. Paquito Ochoa. Sa kanyang talumpati sa 2011 Anti-Illegal Drugs Forum, siniguro niya na ang buong pwersa ng administrasyon ay nasa likod ng kampanya laban sa iligal na droga. Ang ganitong mga pananalita mula sa isang mataas na opisyal ang nagpapalakas sa ating kumpyansa na magpursige sa harap ng mga pagsubok.

Ayon kay Atty. Ochoa, handa nilang ilaan ang lahat ng resources ng pamahalaan, masugpo lamang ang iligal na droga sa ating bansa. Hindi aniya sila titigil hanggang madakip at mapa-kulong ang mga nasa likod ng industriya ng droga. Ito po ay malaking morale booster para sa atin sa Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) at Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Nabanggit ko dati na lubhang kulang ang nakalaang pondo at kagamitan sa ating kampanya kontra sa droga. Anuman ang maidadagdag dito ay hindi dapat ituring na expense kungdi investment tungo sa isang drug-free country. Mayayaman po at maimpluwensya ang mga drug lords! Kailangan na sapat ang ating war chest upang ang mga sindikato ay permanente nating malansag.

Lubos po akong nagagalak at tila nagkakatugma ang ating pananaw kina Pangulong Aquino at ni Secretary Ochoa sa usapin ng paglaban sa iligal na droga.

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Ngunit kabaligtaran yata ni P-Noy at Sec. Ochoa itong sina Sec. Jesse Robredo at PNP Chief Nicanor Bartolome.

Tila hindi yata nila nababasa ang paulit-ulit at sunod-sunod nating panawagan sa ating mga nakaraang kolum. Hindi nga kaya nila nababalitaan ang isyung ito o sadyang “dine-dead-ma” na lang?

Mukhang ang kapulisan nga yata ang isa sa mga nagliliko ng tuwid na landas na tinatahak ng ating gobyerno ngayon! Katulad na lamang ng provincial director (PD) ng Pangasinan na si P/S Supt. Rosueto “Boyet” Ricaforte na mistulang isang buwaya na naninibasib ng mga mahihirap sa Pangasinan.

Sa kawalang-aksyon ni Gen. Bartolome at Sec. Robredo sa isyung ito ni Boyet, maaari kayang totoo na s’ya ay “hina-harass sa taas?” Sila kayang dalawa ang tinutukoy ni Boyet na “nang-ha-harass sa taas?” Kasali po ba kayo rito Sec. Robredo at Gen. Bartolome?”

Kung tutuusin kasi at seseryosohin, isang order lang galing kay Sec. Robredo o kay Gen. Bartolome ay mahihinto ang lahat ng ito! Alam ko ito dahil dati akong mayor noon.

Hindi nga ba ito alam ng mga opisyales natin o sadyang kinukunsinti lang? Nagtatanong lang po tayo.

Patuloy kasi ang pag-padagdag ni Boyet ng koleksyon sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan mula sa jueteng-guerilla kaya’t napapa-isip tayo na ang dahilan nito ay ang umano’y harasser n’ya sa taas nang sa ganon ay makapag-bigay din s’ya sa kanila?

Mantakin mong sa 44 bayan at apat na siyudad sa Pangasinan, tanging  Alaminos City, Alcala, Bani, Sto. Tomas, Sison, Villasis ang walang jueteng guerilla at hindi kasama sa koleksyon. Kung ganon, 42 bayan ang may buwanang koleksyon kay Boyet!

Sa buwanang P40,000.00 sa 42 bayan, aba ay milyun-milyon ang koleksyon ni Boyet sa isang buwan, ’di po ba?

Gumawa pa si PD ng Task Force Anti-Gambling pero ginagamit naman sa pangha-harass sa mga kababayan nating hindi makapag-bigay sa kanyang tumataas na demand! Swapang na buwaya!

Hindi ko talaga akalain na may mga miyembro tayo ng kapulisan na pilit sumisira sa imahe ng kanilang ahensya at nagdadamay pa sa kanilang mga kasama tulad nitong si P/S Supt. Rosueto Ricaforte.

Hindi lamang ang mga nagsusumbong sa akin ang nakakahalata sapagkat ako mismo ay may pagtataka nang nararamdaman sa isyung ito. Bakit nga kaya hindi umaaksyon si Gen. Bartolome o si Sec. Robredo rito? Ano ba meron sa isyung ito at hindi kayang mapa-imbestigahan man lang?

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Naging matagumpay ang ginanap na DDB recognition rites at anniversary celebration nitong nakaraang Huwebes, November 17, 2011 sa Quezon City Sports Club.

Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng ating mga kasama, naging bisita at mga indibidwal na kinilala ng DDB sa larangan ng laban kontra-droga.  Hangad ko ang patuloy pa nilang pagsisikap na makatulong sa ating kampanya upang mapag-tagumpayan ang laban sa iligal na droga.

To all the men and women of the Dangerous Drugs Board, keep up the good work!

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Sinimulan kahapon ang tatlong araw na “Orientation Seminar on Barkada Kontra Droga (BKD) Program and Life Skills Training for National Drug Education Program (NDEP) Coordinators” sa Region 8.

Dumayo ang training team ng DDB sa Tacloban Plaza, Tacloban City kung saan ginaganap ang seminar na magtatapos sa November 24, 2011.

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Binabati ko rin ang aking bunsong apo na si LUVEN MARGARET “GARI” VILLAR PESCADOR na nagdiwang ng kanyang ika-3 kaarawan kahapon. Happy, happy birthday Gari!

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pangasinan to host Palarong Pambansa 2012

LINGAYEN—Pangasinan will host the Palarong Pambansa 2012.
The province got the nod after Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. presented its bid before the Department of Education (DepEd) national office in Pasig City and the Philippines Sports Commission on November 17.
Administrator Rafael F. Baraan said the province has been awarded the hosting because of favorable billeting facilities, support of multi-sectoral agencies, international standards sport facilities, and records of holding national and international sports events.
The province bested Laguna, Marikina, Isabela and Mindoro for the bid.
The province hosted the Palarong Pambansa in 1995 during the administration of President Fidel V. Ramos. This paved the way for the construction of the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) here, as well as other sports facilities in other towns.
The NRSCC, aside from having a track oval, swimming pools, gym, basketball and tennis courts, also has billeting rooms for the delegates.
Sports development ranks among the main programs of Gov. Espino. This month alone, the province is hosting the 2nd Pangasinan Chess Festival, and the National MILO Little Olympics, which started today. (PIO/PIA-Pangasinan)

BIR thanks Abono for new projects

BIR top honcho Atty. Beverly Milo
 By Mortz C. Ortigoza

URDANETA CITY – The Bureau of Internal Revenue head in  eastern Pangasinan thanked Abono chair Rosendo So for releasing allocations for government projects in Region1.
“We are hopeful that the projects will be implemented within the year so that we can also gain from withholding tax remittances from these projects,” stressed lawyer Beverly Milo, the chief of the Revenue District Office - 6 here.
Milo deplored the sluggish collections from government- funded projects in the first semester of this year after the Aquino administration withheld  the projects’  implementation.
“Because there are no releases for projects now and the bidding of the projects are done on a regional basis,” she said.
The BIR gets taxes from the projects through the TRA (Tax Remittance Advisory) and the Local Government Units that automatically deduct the income tax and the Value Added Tax of the private contractors who construct these projects.
In the face of the non-implementation of projects from the national government, Milo has to aggressively collect taxes for her office to reach the goal given by the national revenue office.
She said that last year RDO-6 benefited from new projects from the national and local governments.
She cited the P220 million engineered sanitary landfill in this city approved and implemented under the administrations of former mayor Amadito Perez and his son incumbent Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez IV.
“Malaking project iyan na hindi na naulit now and other development last year. Paulit-ulit from NIA (National Irrigation Administration), iyong Agno River, rehab, so on and so forth,”
She said the goal of RDO-6 last year was P695 million while P444 million came from withholding tax.
She added that as of September 2010, this office has already reached its goal because of the massive government projects.
RDO-6, that supervises this city and 15 towns, is given a tax target of P975 million this year.
She also explained that the malls and food chains like CSI, Magic Super mart, Matutina, and SM in Rosales town are not paying income taxes and VAT, except the P500 annual registration fee, as they are all branches only.
She said they either pay in Dagupan City or in Manila where their main offices are based.