Sunday, May 31, 2015

De Lima can re-file case vs. Duterte : No Double-Jeopardy


Controversial Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte
Hindi ko maintindihan itong end game ng China, iisa lang ang aircraft carrier na obsolete pa (from Ukraine) versus 11 big carriers from the United States. Tapos more than 1000 kilometers ang layo ng Mainland China sa Spratly, so for me it would be expensive sa mga fighter jets nila because of the lengthy flight .
 It would be deja vu Lufwaffee (German Airforce) whose jets became shooting ducks from Great Britain's airplanes in World War 11 since they have to have that hair raising trips sa English Channel. Or Falkland War  in 1982 like those U.S made A-4 Sky Hawk jets ng Argentina obliterated on the air by the British Harrier jump jets. Kung nuclear war, sigurado matutunaw ang Mainland China and ma preserve ang U.S mainland kasi wala pang capability ang China to launch her Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) to the U.S. But people in Palawan and Pangasinan and even in Australia are vulnerable to the Chinese nuclear capable Russian made Xian H-6K jet bombers that could kill all if not most of the people in these areas.
Son of a gun, calling for the Aegis' Anti Ballistic Missiles Defense System on warships and anti- warheads Patriot missiles of the Americans!


After Presidential material Senator Grace Poe breathes like an albatross at the back of the neck of controversial presidential wannabe Vice President Jojo Binay as based on Poe’s phenomenal survey spikes, the Binay’s camp had been witch hunting Poe as not qualified to become a candidate for the No.1 Office. Their arguments anchored on the senator renouncing her Filipino citizenship by becoming a U.S citizen before thus he disenfranchised herself to become a natural born citizen. 
 Natural born is a requirement if ones run for Congress, Vice Presidency, and the Presidency.
While Cesarean Born, er, Naturalized Citizen are for those who want to run for the elective  posts in the local government units. 
But Poe’s supporters had been citing then Pangasinan Congressman Teddy Cruz, best friend of my media colleague Harold “The Bagman” Barcelona, Case to thwart the arguments of Poe’s critics.
The case of then Congressman Teodoro Cruz, a former U.S Marine, however was covered by Commonwealth Act No. 63 when he lost and acquired his natural born citizenship thus he remained a congressman. Cruz’s argument, after he was petitioned by his congressional rival Antonio Bengzon III, was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2001.
 Grace Poe does not have to worry about being "Natural Born" to qualify for Congress and the Presidency. She was already covered in year 2003 by Republic Act 9225 (An Act Making the Citizenship of Philippine Citizens Who Acquire Foreign Citizenship Permanent). It was the same law being quoted by many former foreign citizen Filipinos who were mayoralty and gubernatorial bets in the 2010 and 2013 elections.
The law says in  Section 3: “ Retention of Philippine Citizenship - Any provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, natural-born citizenship by reason of their naturalization as citizens of a foreign country are hereby deemed to have re-acquired Philippine citizenship upon taking the following oath of allegiance to the Republic:
"I _____________________, solemny swear (or affrim) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines and obey the laws and legal orders promulgated by the duly constituted authorities of the Philippines; and I hereby declare that I recognize and accept the supreme authority of the Philippines and will maintain true faith and allegiance thereto; and that I imposed this obligation upon myself voluntarily without mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”

Whenever I am in the cities of Davao, Iloilo, Baguio, and Cebu I see to it I bought all the local newspaper there for comparison with the almost 30 Pangasinan based tabloids that include the fly-by-nights that rear their ugly heads and revolting English grammars whenever election is around the corner.

RPOC tackles disaster management plans of agencies

By Venus May Sarmiento
PIA Pangasinan
DAGUPAN CITY – The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) of Region I convened here on May 26 and tackled the  management plans of its member-agencies in the event of disasters like typhoon, flood and earthquake.
RPOC Chair and Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez said the council had to come up with a realistic approach on disaster preparedness to be able to inform local officials on the proper things to do.
“We have our measures in-placed but we want to know what kind of preparedness is needed. We might be prepared for a one meter high tsunami but, God forbid, the impending disaster might reach four meters high. This we have to know and be prepared for,”  Fernandez said during the RPOC meeting held at the Stadia.
As the region and the province of Pangasinan is home to a hydro-power plant, the council asked representatives of the San Roque Power Corporation (SRPC) on the multi-billion plant’s  preparedness in case of a high magnitude quake.
Engr. Milania Abubo of the Dam Monitoring Unit of SRPC, said the corporation follows an emergency action plan and intense dam monitoring after an earthquake.
Abubo said the design and construction of  the San Roque Dam was carefully studied and designed to withstand a strong earthquake. This claim, however, was refuted by Minda Jusay of Ilocos Norte saying the geologic study was made with no water inside the dam that tends to push the concrete walls during an actual earthquake.
Tom Valdez, vice-president of SRPC’S corporate social responsibility division, made a five- minute presentation to reiterate that flood water in Dagupan City during a typhoon is not caused by the San Roque Dam  as water from the dam flow through the Agno River System.
Flood -water flow in Dagupan City is from the Pantal -Sinucalan river, he explained. 
The National Power Corporation, as presented by Engr. Valeriano Baro, Jr.,  said NPC’s  Flood  Forecasting and Warning System Unit announces and disseminates information   to the public about an impending dam water release.

DepEd ready to implement K to 12 in Dagupan

DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) here said it is ready for the implementation of the K to 12 basic education program to provide better education to all Dagupeños.
Ma. Linda Ventenilla, chief education supervisor of DepEd-Dagupan, said nearly all teachers from the five public secondary schools and 34 elementary schools in Dagupan City have undergone training according to K to 12 curriculum contents and standards.
Ventenilla said the program will provide  students who are unable to continue their studies in college with additional skills and knowledge to prepare them for employment and excel in a competitive labor market after their senior high school.
“We conducted a survey with students and employers in Dagupan for us to be able to match the courses to offer to the students with the applicants’ job qualifications that the employers are willing to hire,” Ventenilla said during the ‘Pantongtongan Tayo’ radio program of Philippine Information Agency-Pangasinan aired over DZMQ Radyo ng Bayan on Tuesday.
Ventenilla said technology livelihood education courses to be offered for senior high schools in this city are as follows: general education curriculum, accountancy, computer hardware servicing, business management, fish processing, and science engineering technology and mathematics.

DPWH: No palay drying on national roads

DAGUPAN CITY -The Department of Public Works and Highways -Regional Office I reiterated its call to the public  to refrain from using roads- whether national, provincial or barangay roads - as drying areas for palay and other crops.

Engr. Josephine Oamar responded to the question on the road -right-of-way  (RROW) and the department’s police power on why several roads are still being used as  drying areas for crops, during the Regional Peace and Order Council meeting held in Dagupan City on Tuesday.

“The DPWH has not stopped informing the public about the prohibition and we are also asking the help of the media to intensify the information campaign about  the prohibition,” Oamar said.

Oamar said there are several instances when DPWH teams confiscate the crops being dried in roads but whenever they attempt to load these in dumptrucks, people throw stones at them or even run after them with bolos, Oamar lamented.

Palays and other crops laid out in roads for drying are considered temporary obstructions and are therefore unlawful. A solar dryer in the barangay is the best place to dry the crops, she said.


DAGUPAN CITY – Despite her busy schedule, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez still had the time to go to Baguio City on May 25 to join the officers and members of the different Supreme Pupil Government (SPG) and Supreme Student Government (SSG) in both private and public schools in Dagupan who were holding their 2015 Division Leadership Summer Camp at Teacher’s Camp.
FREE MAJOR OPERATIONS. As part of Dagupan City Mayor Belen’s Unliserbisyo Program, there is an ongoing free surgical operations for indigent Dagupeños  suffering from myoma, breast mass, goiter, thyroid problems, inguinal hernia and different ob-gyne cases.  The free major operations being undertaken by doctors of  University of Sto. Tomas started  May 27  to May 31 at the Dagupan City National High School.  Before the surgical procedure, more than 150 patients undergoing  major operations were first  pre-screened  to ensure that they are fit to undergo  surgery.  “My biggest thanks to the UST Medical Mission team for actively taking part in helping the sick and poor in our city. May your tribe increase a hundred fold!”said. Fernandez. (CIO photo)

In that trip, Fernandez inducted the newly elected officers of the club in elementary and high school divisions.

The training was an undertaking of the Department of Education headed by City Schools Division Superintendent Froserfina J. Bravo along with Education Program Supervisor Liezl S. Cancino.

The training aims to develop and enhance the management and leadership skills, knowledge and attitudes of SPG and SSG officers and members through plenary sessions, interactive breakout sessions and enriched discussions.


DAGUPAN CITY - Some 50 beneficiaries under the Special Project for Employment of Students (SPES) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with the city received part of their 20-day salary from the city on May 28.

These students, aged 15 to 25, were employed while the city was conducting the 2015 Bangus Festival celebration which was considered as the most orderly and the happiest Bangus Festival ever.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez along with Public Employment Service Office Joy Siapno personally gave the students their salary of P3,036 each, comprising 60 percent of their due.

DOLE will shoulder 40 percent of the student’s salary, which is about P2,024 each.

Aside from personally thanking them for their contribution to the  success of the 2015 Bangus Festival, Fernandez advised the students to spend their hard earned money wisely in paying part of their tuition fee and in buying school supplies. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

R1MC Boss hails hospital proposed by former mayor

Welcomes all ideas that could improve the delivery of health services


DAGUPAN CITY – The chief of the Regional-1 Medical Center (R1MC) lauded the intention of the former Benjie Lim Administration to build a maternity lying-in clinic here to cater for free to poor residents.
MARKER. President Aquino and Dr. Roland Mejia lead the unveiling of the marker of
 the new Emergency Room Complex at the Region I Medical Center (R1MC) in
Dagupan City.
Dr. Roland Mejia said it was a welcome moved to help decongest the influx of the patients to R1MC.
“Well, ang sabi ko nga the Region 1 Medical Center welcomes all ideas that could improve the delivery of health services,” as his answer to the soundness of Lim’s project.
Former Mayor Lim hospital project did not materialize after it was shelved by the administration of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez after she defeated the former in the 2013 election.
Mejia said that the birthing hospital of Lim was logical to give more elbow spaces for R1MC to cater to more complicated illness.
“ R1MC is the only tertiary hospital in Pangasinan,” Mejia explained in a press conference he called.
Because of its tertiary level, he said, R1MC should be catering to more complicated birth deliveries.
He cited as example a breach delivery where the buttock of the infant comes first from the organ of the mother.
“They have to refer it here!” He emphatically said.

Mangaldan Mayor bares secret as DepEd national awardee

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 MANGALDAN – The mayor here cited the cooperation of the various sectors as the secret why this town’s Barangay Bantayan has been a national awardee last year of the Best Brigada Eskwela Implementer.
BALLOONS. Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno (extreme left) and Barangay Bantayan Chairman Ritchie Abalos (2nd from left), and officials of the Department of Education released the ceremonial balloons  to end the caravan and kicked off of the Brigada Eskwela held at the Mangaldan Integrated School Special Education or formerly Bantayan Central School.
Bantayan was the national awardee last year of the Best Brigada Eskwela Implementer. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
“Diyan nila makikita ang pagkaka-isa at pagtutulungan ng mga involved para sa edukasyon ng mga bata. Ngayon pinakita natin na ang Municipality of Mangaldan ay todo suporta sa kicked off ng eskuwelahan na ito para sa lahat,” Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno explained during the Brigada Eskwela held last May 18 at the Mangaldan Integrated School Special Education or formerly Bantayan Central School.
Brigada Eskwela is a nationwide voluntary effort which started in 2003, bringing together teachers, parents, and the community to do clean up and repairs the public schools to prepare the facilities for the June school opening.
 The kicked off at Bantayan was attended by Department of Education Regional Director Teresita M. Velasco, School Division -II  Superintendent Lawyer Donato D. Balderas, Jr., School Division-II Assistant Superintendent Sheila Marie Premicias, Governor Amado T. Espino, Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim,  Mayor Parayno, Vice Mayor Manny Casupang, members of this town council, and other luminaries from the Dep Ed regional and provincial offices.
Mayor Parayno assailed critics that her all-out support to the public schools here are for political brownie points.
She said her zeal in raising the bar of the public education here is her love to the stakeholders.
“Ang sikreto siguro, the main ingredient, is the heart. Tunay na pagtutulungan. Hindi lang katulad ng naririnig diyan na sabi nila pinupulitika ko lang pero ang talagang vision ko is true leadership sa pagtulong sa bayan”.
Parayno said her administration allocates regularly a big chunk of monetary support to public education here.
According to Rose Hulipas, administrative officer of the local government here, this town hosted the caravan and program that kicked off  the Brigada Eskwela 2015 here.
All primary and secondary public schools all over the country simultaneously started the Brigada Eskwela last May 18 for the opening of classes in June.

7th Buntis Congress held in Manaoag

Prov’l Gov’t awards P1.56M grant to 521 scholars from Western Pangasinan


Lingayen- - -The provincial government has awarded a total of P1,563,000.00 financial grant to 521 students (who hails from western Pangasinan) under the joint scholarship program of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. and the 1st Congressional District on May 22 at the Provincial Training and Development Center (PTDC) here.
Board Member Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III, who represented the governor, said the scholarship assistance is a manifestation of support from the provincial government in its objective to provide human capital formation programs for the youth.
The young Espino disclosed that acquiring education is considered as an achievement of every individual that gives pride to his or her family.
As a challenge, BM Pogi asked the scholars to dedicate their achievement and pride to their respective communities even as he stated that there is no greater glory than to return all favors received to the barangay.
Ito ay magandang pagkakataon upang maiangat ang sarili at pamilya at tumulong sa barangay sa abot ng makakaya,” BM Pogi said.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Masinloc mayor hits Chinese’s Navy presence in town

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MASINLOC, Zambales – The presence of Mainland Chinese in the West Philippine Sea is not only the problem of the fisher folk here but the people of the Philippines,’ declared by this coastal town Mayor Desiree Edora.
BLOCKED. Mainland Chinese Coast Guard Cutter blocked in 2014 the path of  the
Philippine boat that would supply provision to a Marine detachment embedded in a
dilapidated World War 11 era ship at Second Thomas Shoal

She said those fishermen chased by the motor boats of the Chinese Navy are not only from here but fishermen from Sual, Bolinao, and other towns of Pangasinan.
She said the aqua rich Bajo de Masinloc in Scarborough Shoal where the Chinese Navy has strong presence is 15 to 18 hours ride in a small boat in fair weather from here.
The water around the Bajo de Masinloc (Under Masinloc in English), she stressed, has been the bread and butter of more than 2000 fisher folks here.
This town has 47,000 populations.
Edora said the stand-off with the Chinese, who travelled 467 miles from Mainland China, started in 2012.
Fishermen here have been reporting to Edora sightings not only of the Chinese but Vietnamese trawl fishers who exploit the water of Scarborough Shoal, a part of this town since the time of the Philippines Spanish colonizer in the 18th Century.
The Shoal is only 123 miles of West Subic Bay – a former U.S Naval Base.
“Bajo de Masinloc, that name, has been written on the old maps,” she said.

New OIC Police Chief Vows to Step Up Anti-illegal Drugs Campaign

Senior Supt.  Belli Tamayo with news hen Violy
Valdez of Aksyon Radyo.

 Lingayen – Newly designated OIC – Provincial Police Director Belli Tamayo vowed to go all out against illegal drugs, as he admitted that if it remains a big problem “It will be my top priority,” Tamayo told members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) where he was invited during the August Body’s question hour last May 25.

            Immediate resolve of riding-in-tandem cases, Tamayo stressed, will also be given attention, as he informed the provincial board of PPO’s continued efforts to get the mastermind of the slay attempt on Assistant Provincial Health Officer Jeremy Agerico “Ming” Rosario, a former SP member.

            Riding-in-tandem assailants attacked Rosario while on his way home last March.

Guv, VGuv off to Japan for study tour

Lingayen – Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. and Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. went on study tour on Kurobe dam, a hydroelectric power facility of Kansai Electric Power Company along the Kurobe River in Toyama Prefecture, Honshu Island in Japan from May 27-31.

The Kurobe dam, built between 1956 and 1963, is the tallest dam in Japan at 186 meters high; it supports the 335 megawatt Kurobe No. 4 hydroelectric powerplant.

The governor and his party which includes Sangguniang Panlalawigan Secretary Verna Nava-Perez and Provincial Legal Officer Geraldine Baniqued has been invited by Ryukichi Kawaguchi, president and chief executive officer of San Roque Power Corporation (SRPC) based in San Manuel, Pangasinan.

In a letter sent to Governor Espino, Kawaguchi invited the provincial officials for them to see how said power facility provides electrification in the area it covers. The Kurobe hydroelectric power played a vital role in the economic development of Japan during post World War II, he stated.

The travel has been authorized by Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


DAGUPAN CITY – The multi-agency regional land use committee of Region 1 approved on May 22 the revised Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of Dagupan and endorses the same to the Sangguniang Panlungsod for final review and approval.

The CLUP was presented for review and approval by the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) headed by  Romeo Rosario before members of the regional committee from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Office of Civil Defense, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

The discussion was chaired by NEDA Region I Director Nestor G. Rillon along with HLURB Region I Director Teresita Galacgac as vice chair.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Cayetano calls fish producers to exploit edge in ASEAN market

FISH CONGRESS. Senate Majority Floor Leader Alan Peter Cayetano 
spoke last May 20 before the participants of the four-day First National
 Fishing Producers’ Congress held at the Sison Auditorium, Capitol Complex
 in Lingayen, Pangasinan. Cayetano exhorted the participants, who came 
from different places in the country, how to position the country’s fish
 industry’s comparative advantage and economies of scale under the 
Association of Southeast Asia Nation (ASEAN) economic integration.
The other guests of honour and speakers in the Congress, sponsored 
by the Philippines Associations of Fish Producers (PAFCI), were Philippine 
Vice President Jejomar Binay, House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Pangasinan
 Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., and ABONO Party List Chairman Rosendo
 So. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala was the main guest speaker on
 Day 2. The four days meeting started in May 18 and ended in May 21.

Press conference with the media


Senator Cayetano as guest of honor and speaker

Vice President Binay’s sexual tip to an associate


I and some pals crossed path recently into a seductive and flirty former lady employee of a legislative body in Pangasinan. One of my colleagues asked her on the rumor from employees at the August Body that she and a member of that body had sexual relationship.
She denied it but said the dad was an exhibitionist.
Philippines Vice President Jojo Binay and his alleged mistress.
“Pag kaming dalawa lang sa office niya doon pinapakita-an niya ako ng ari’ niya (When we were alone he flashed his dick to me),” she told us.
She said it was just okay if the BM had big genital but the problem he got a size bigger than a pinky finger.
This refers to Mon Tulfo's column on the popularity of Senator Chiz Escudero for the vice presidency and Davao City Mayor Rod Duterte as threat to the presidential bid of Senator Grace Poe. Talking about popularity if Escudero runs as the vice presidential tandem of presidential hopeful Sen. Grace Poe, DILG Sec. Mar Roxas is more popular than him based on the April 2015 Social Weather Station (SWS) polls. Roxas was No. 2 with 12% while Escudero was far in No. 4 with 6%. I could not understand the logic of Mr. Tulfo, a Davaoeno, that because Duterte (No. 3 or 15% SWS Presidential) has not declared his intention to run for president he would be a threat to Grace Poe (No.2 with 31% SWS Presidential). But Poe and even Roxas, just like Duterte, did not yet declare publicly their moist eyes for the presidency. So in case the duo declares their ambition, their polls stocks would spike too just like what Tulfo argued on Duterte? 
I observed this kind of reasoning when I asked two weeks ago Roxas Political Campaign Lieutenant Congressman Mel Sarmiento. "Dapat mag VP na lang si Roxas dahil hanggang ngayon kulelat pa rin siya sa survey, I said". 
Sarmiento retorted : Kasi hindi pa siya nag-declare ng intention niya for presidency, matagal pa ang election.
 Sannamagan, even Roxas and Duterte did not declare their intention for the country's top post their everyday three times a day 30 seconder at ABS-CBN and GMA-7 TVs betray their being mum on their presidential ambition.
"Bakit pa sila nagbabayad ng milyon-milyong TV ads kada araw?

I was at the office of a close associate and political operator of Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay when he told me that Binay was warmly received by the wide eyed people of the two provinces Ilocos when he barnstormed there.
“They loved him because he speaks their vernacular,”  I said.
The operator, who was with the controversy hounded presidential hopeful in that powwows, said Binay does not speak Ilocano. He said Binay, who looks like Ilocano because of his dark skin, comes from the Ybanag Tribe of Cagayan Valley and Isabela.
“Oh I know, I have some students in college who came from that province and they have that funny accent “.
He told me that the secret of the Vice President of his young looks despite being 73 years old is the food he eats.
My source confided that Binay eats a small cup of raw garlic as one of his viands everyday so he can maintain his normal blood pressure and his “youthful” vigour because garlic is an elixir and an aphrodisiac.

The Vice President whispered to him: “Maniwala ka sa akin lalong lalakas ang sexual performance mo dito (bawang) (Believe you me, you would be sexually reinvigorated by garlic),” as he pounded the table for several times with his right index finger.

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 Charles Ampofo (in Barong), KAMPAC Oil Middle East F2CO Chairman,
shows to 10 groups of investors from both foreign and local firms, the expansive
 land area of the eco-tourism zone in Estanza, Lingayen on May 20 during an
orientation visit.  The investors, led by Ampofo, are set to invest particularly
 in the construction of the seaport in Sual and other feasible projects at the
 eco-tourism zone.  The second batch of foreign investors includes contractors
and locators from Australia, United Kingdom, Spain, China and Korea. 
The first batch of 24 investors visited the province last March 27.  Joining
 the investors is Provincial Employment and Services Office Manager
Alex Ferrer. /GDMoran

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dagupan drug raid busted P.5 M Shabu

DAGUPAN CITY - Joint law enforcement offices  seized around half a million pesos worth of illegal drug shabu in Barangay Nueva 2-3 here in an early morning raid.

Police Chief Christopher Abrahano said a composite team from the Dagupan City Philippine National Police, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Region 1, elements from Pangasinan Police Provincial Office, Special Action Force, and the Navy Intelligence started the raid at 4:00 AM of May 20 through six  Search Warrants issued by Judge Galvez of the Regional Trial Court here.

In his report to PSSUPT Belli Tamayo, Officer in Charge of Pangasinan PPO, Abrahano said the search operations resulted to the confiscation of 36 sachets of shabu with a total weight of approximately 80 grams.

Edmund Guzman alias Sual and Amira Didatu, both subjects of the Warrant were arrested. Another seven  persons were hauled to the police station for questioning.

Director Adrian Alvarino, PDEA 1 chief, said the subject of the search warrants were common targets of both PDEA and the police here.
Mayor Belen Fernandez commended the raiding team and vowed to continue her fight against the drug menace by using the full might of the law against drug traffickers. 
Last year, Mayor Fernandez initiated the DRUG TXTLINE 0947-377-7777, a SMS based hotline were concerned citizens could text drug related information. The text line is part of her administration's revitalized Anti- Drug Program.

DOST opens scholarship to third year college students

DAGUPAN CITY -The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is now accepting applications for the Junior Level Science Scholarships (JLSS) program.

Arnold Santos, science research specialist of DOST-Pangasinan, said third year college students who are currently enrolled in priority science and technology courses may apply.

The JLSS program is under the new Republic Act 10612 or the Fast-Tracked Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 2013.

RA 10612 aims to strengthen the country’s science and technology education by fast-tracking graduates in the sciences, mathematics and engineering courses.

“It hopes to inspire the scholar-graduates towards a career-path in science teaching to address the shortage of quality teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects in secondary schools,” Santos said. 

New graduates of this program will be given priority for job placement in high schools in the country and/or will be employed by the Department of Education in a position equivalent to a Special Science Teacher I in the Philippine Science High School, he said. 

“They shall also be allowed to teach even without Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) eligibility but has to pass the LET within five years from the date of hiring,” he added.

Santos said that those who will qualify will be awarded tuition and other school fees amounting to P10, 000 per semester or P8, 000 per trimestral term, book allowance, monthly stipend, transportation allowance and health insurance. 

Application forms are downloadable through and or may be obtained at SEI or at the nearest DOST regional offices/provincial science and technology centers. Accomplished forms may as well be filed through the said offices. 

Stroke broadcaster son hails Cojuangco

After he bailed out Pa with P200K from hospital bed

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – A son of a veteran radio man here lauds former Pangasinan Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco for paying the tab of his father's  hospitalization after a stroke.
Dagupan City's veteran broadcaster Joey "Bal" Ballesteros with grandchild.
Jerome Ballesteros, 28, said that former 5th District Representative Cojuangco
shelled out the amount after Joey Ballesteros, 63, announcer of DWPR-Power Radio, suffered a stroke that left him with a blood clot in one of his head’s vein.
“He was rushed at the Medical City last April 27 and undergone surgery”.
Jerome denied also the lies perpetrated by Rannie Manaois, a bloc timer of Bombo Radyo-Dagupan that it was only Governor Amado T. Espino who chipped in P20,000 while the management of DWPR, Cojuangco’s owned station, gave only P2000.
Manaois, known for his notoriety in the media died recently in sleep, went to the hospital bed of Ballesteros and gave him the sum.
The young Ballesteros, one of the several children of the patient, profusely thanked Cojuangco and his assistant Dhang Alcaide Manaois after she delivered the sum on May 6 at the hospital.
“I thank also (Calasiao) Mayor (Mark Roy) Macanlalay, who not only gave us P5000 but gave his hand phone to Cong. Cojuangco when they were at Bugallon (town) so I could talk to the congressman ”.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bataoil exhorts COA to carefully look on pork related projects

Sweeping statements of dubious projects unfair to other solons

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Pangasinan Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil calls the Commission on Audit not to generalize on its report that all the 49 lawmakers implement dubious projects between years 2011 to 2013.
Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan)

Bataoil, Representative of the 2nd District of Pangasinan, deplored the COA reports in linking him and the 48 senators and congressmen to have implemented “ghost” projects funded by their priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or  the controversial pork barrel.
The COA earlier said Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Gregorio Honasan II and 47 administration lawmakers were involved in alleged irregularities in the disbursement of P670 million from the PDAF and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) between 2011 and 2013.
“We have been consistent in the 2nd District of Pangasinan that there is no ghost project. With that I am always been diligent in monitoring and supervising the projects,” he disclosed in a phone interview with this paper.
He said it is also unfair to accuse the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), an entity under the Office of the President, that evaluated and approved his P4.4 million project implemented by the non government organization  to groups of Muslims in his eight towns' district.
In other media interviews he said that NGO was Kabuhayan at Kalusugan Alay sa Masa Foundation (KKAMF).
His P4.4 million has been implemented for cosmetology, alternative healthcare and fish processing  to  his Muslim women constituents, according to news reports.
What prompted him to help them was when he saw their plight when he was assigned as a police officer in Mindanao.
COA reports that KKAMF is not part of incarcerated pork scam queen Janet Napoles' NGOs that had shady deals with some solons.