Tuesday, February 28, 2017


DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez encouraged the 417 athletes and delegates of the city seeing action in this year's Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) Meet to aim for gold when she met with them on February 28 at the People’s Astrodome.
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The meeting happened FEB 28 2017 before the Dagupan delegation will leave for Ilocos Sur on March 2. To date, all the athletes are undergoing rigorous preparation for the meet.
The R1AA Meet will formally start on March 3 and ends on March 8. The opening program will be on March 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the newly-renovated Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur.
The city delegation will compete with the other 13 delegations in more than 20 different game categories which include billiards, goal ball, wushu and bocce, archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, chess, boxing, football, futsal, gymnastics, lawn tennis, sepak-takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, and wrestling.
For the five-day meet, the city athletes received from the city financial support amounting to P960.00, aside from their uniforms and gadgets.
In the last R1AA in San Carlos City, Dagupan City made history by finishing second over-all, improving from the 2012 BEST IN UNIFORM AND 2ND YEAR 7th place finish it garnered in the 2015 R1AA meet.
“Aim for gold. Aim for number 1,” said Fernandez as she assured the athletes that an incentive awaits those who will bring home gold medals.
In the last R1AA, the city gave P3,000 for every gold medal as an incentive. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Feb. 28, 2017)

Monday, February 27, 2017

BIR eyes large taxpayers for  collection increase

DAGUPAN CITY) - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is bent on increasing its revenue collection by concentrating on the large taxpayers group.

Rowel Custodio, revenue officer of BIR Revenue District Office No. 4 based in Calasiao town, said large taxpayers in the country only number 2,320 but contributes to at least 62 percent of BIR’s total collection. 

He said the government will shift focus expanding this particular group.

Custodio said this is based on the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto ’s Principle to “exert effort to the 20 percent of the population that could generate 80 percent of the collection.”

“Mangilan-ngilan lang ang mga large taxpayers pero mahigit kalahati ng koleksyon sa buwis ay nanggagaling sa kanila,” Castillo said during the ‘Pantongtongan Tayo’ radio program of the Philippine Information Agency.  

Custodio  said BIR in Region I follows this same principle and is now classifying its taxpayers in the region particularly the medium-sized business tax payers, which, he said are smaller than the large taxpayers but definitely bigger than the small scale enterprises.
In 2016, RDO 4 has collected  roughly P3.3 million in taxes. It targets about P4-million this year through its campaign on voluntary paying of taxes.

“The payment of taxes must come from the heart. It must always be  voluntary,” Custodio said. (VHS/PIA-Pangasinan)

714 fined for violating Artikulo 21

DAGUPAN CITY – Task Force Disiplina held and fined 714 individuals for violating various city ordinances pertaining to discipline on the streets lumped together under the city's Artikulo 21, whose implementation was re-intensified by the city government.  
The implementation of Article 21 is in furtherance of the commitment of the city in enforcing discipline within its territorial jurisdiction to promote the general welfare of the people and maintain peace and order.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez reconstituted Task Force Disiplina on January 19 and redefined its functions, with her as the honorary chairperson and Construction and Maintenance General Foreman Lorna Collado as chairman.
In her report to Fernandez, Collado disclosed that of the 714 individuals apprehended, 294 were caught wearing sando, sleeveless shirts, short pants and or wearing of slippers or sandals while driving or operating a public utility vehicles including tricycles for hire in violation of the Dress Code Ordinance of the city.
They were fined P100 each for their first offense and if they would be apprehended again for the same offense for the second time, violators will be ordered to pay a fine of P300; and P500 for the third and succeeding offenses.
At least 200 were caught spitting and discharging mucus in public in violation of City Ordinance No. 1456-93 which prescribes and penalizes acts and omissions inimical to cleanliness and sanitation.
The ordinance imposes penalties from P300, P500 and P1,000 for the first, second and third offenses, respectively.
For smoking in public in violation of City Ordinance No. 1971-2011 that prohibits smoking in public places and business establishments not designated as smoking areas, 117 individuals were apprehended and penalized accordingly – P500, for the first offense; P1,000 for the second offense; and P2,000 for the third offense.
About 60 individuals were held for operating unregistered videoke machines in violation of Section 6 of City Ordinance 1870-2006 or “An Ordinance Regulating the Conduct of Caroling, Serenading, Combo Playing, Passion Singing activities and prohibiting noise.
The ordinance mandates that every videoke machines must be registered with the City Treasurer’s Office and violation of this would make the offender liable and should pay the corresponding penalties of P1,000 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense; and P5,000 for the third offense including cancellation of business permit.
At least 22 computer game houses were held liable for violating City Ordinance No. 1708-2000 for permitting, inducing, and abetting minors to play video games, computer games and other games during school days from Mondays to Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to P5:00 p.m. and were ordered to pay P3,000 for the first offense.

Cayetano, Oplan Tokhang, ibalik

 "Ako’y nakikiusap sa ating Pangulo at sa PNP na i-relaunch ninyo ang inyong anti-drug drive."

Ito ang panawagang ginawa ni Senador Alan Peter Cayetano sa administrasyon nang magsalita siya sa pagtitipon ng mga pro-Duterte supporters sa Quirino grandstand nitong Sabado (Feb. 25).Image result for senator cayetano drugs

Sabi ng senador, kapag ibinalik ang "war on drugs" ay nais umano niya itong tawaging "people's war on drugs."

“Simula sa araw na ito February 25, araw ng rebolusyon at pagbabago, hindi na ito Duterte’s war on drugs, it will be the people’s war on drugs dahil po kasama tayo sa paglaban sa droga,” ayon kay Cayetano.

Sinabi niya ito sa araw ng ika-31 anibersaryo ng EDSA People Power Revolution. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Dagupan turns over 2-storey building to Boquig school

DAGUPAN CITY – After several months of enduring the inconvenience of conducting classes in the Bonuan Boquig Elementary School’s multi-purpose covered court, the displaced pupils and teachers of the school are now finally given their new school building.
NEW SCHOOL BUILDING. Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (left) and Schools Division Superintendent Froserfina J. Bravo (inner right) unveil the marker of the city-funded two-storey, eight-classroom school building of the Bonuan  Boquig Elementary School during a turn-over and ribbon cutting ceremony on February 23. Looking on are City Engineer Virginia V. Rosario (upper left), Bonuan Boquig Punong Barangay Joseph Maramba (right), Education Program Supervisor Cherry Cayabyab (1st upper right) and Bonuan Boquig Elementary School Supervising Principal and Education Program Supervisor Diosdado Cayabyab (3rd upper right). (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)
This after the newly-built two-storey, eight-classroom school building funded by the city government was formally turned-over by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez to Schools Division Superintendent Froserfina J. Bravo during a turn-over and ribbon cutting ceremony on February 23.
“The almost P11 million school building was the result of our good fiscal management. We do hope that this school building will inspire our students to study well and our teachers to do their part in teaching their pupils well,” said Fernandez.

Why Jai-Alai was grounded at the CA, SC?

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

When I told last week a fellow columnist that politicians and police officials could flash a smile because I exacted from Dagupan City’s chief of police Superintendent Neil Miro, my radio guest, who told me that the all-out gambling war of President Rodrigo Duterte spared Jai-Alai, a number game played like jueteng, of Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation (MVGC) because it has court injunction from the Court of Appeals.
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The columnist disputed my declaration by insisting Jai-Alai was part of Duterte’s police juggernaut target.
I doubt his statement because a court’s injunction is, well, an injunction that the executive body cannot supplant.
Where did you read it?” I posed with great curiosity since I have been cutting my teeth on illegal number games since I became a media man.
Philippine Star,” he told me.
After I arrived home I Google searched his statement since some police officers and elective official publicly declared that Jai-Alai, a P10 million a day or P3.6 billion  a year churning endeavor in Pangasinan, is immune for raid by law enforcers.
After several searches through the world wide web, I could not see any news item from the internet that could collaborate the columnist’s pronouncement as mandated by Executive Order 13 or strengthening the fight against illegal gambling and clarifying the jurisdiction and authority of concerned agencies in the regulation and licensing of gambling and online gaming facilities, and for other purposes.
The continued existence of Jai-Alai baffled me.
Former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Chair Erineo Maliksi accused last year PCSO board members led by then General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II who allowed STL to be co opted by “jueteng” lords.

A report by the National Bureau of Investigation said STL operators had deprived the government of P50 billion in earnings.
What intrigued me was the temporary restraining order (TRO) and injunction for several years(Were TRO and injunction should be solved within 60 days  or a year?- MCO) that surprisingly was “stranded” at the Court of Appeals (CA) and the Supreme Court.

Toff’ to students: Be creative, learn critical thinking

MANGALDAN—Fourth district Rep. Christopher “Toff” de Venecia  of this province has urged students of Mangaldan National High School (MNHS) here to be creative and learn the concept of critical thinking.
During the inauguration on Feb. 10 of a four-storey building with 16 classrooms of MNHS, De Venecia said that in applying critical thinking, students must learn to check facts and to “ask important questions as not all you read in Facebook and other internet sites are true”.
MOTHER AND SON WITH STUDENTS. Pangasinan fourth district Rep. and Young STAR columnist Christopher “Toff” de Venecia joins students for a groufie after the inauguration of a four-storey building with 16 classrooms at Mangaldan National High School on Feb. 10 to be used by senior high school students. The young de Venecia was joined in the occasion by his parents, former five-time House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. and former two-time Rep. Gina de Venecia and Mayor Bona Fe Parayno as well as school and barangay officials. 

“Read books and newspapers,” de Venecia, columnist of Philippine STAR’s Young Star youth-oriented Friday section, said even as he encouraged students to take care of their school facility and avoid vandalism.
The new building would be used by senior high school students.

Pangasinenses nix Cha-Cha in first congressional consultation

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY –  Out of more than a hundred crowd invited by Congress for the consultation of revision of the 1987 Constitution, only five wanted charter change through a Constituent Assembly (CA).
CHA-CHA. Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez gives the opening remarks on the first “Congressional Public Consultation on Constitutional Reforms” held at the grand ball room of Le Duc Hotel in Dagupan City last Friday. Resource speakers from the Committee on Constitutional Amendments are Representatives Roger Mercado, Vicente Veloso, Virgilio Lacson, and Edward Maceda who were joined at the panel table by Pangasinan Congressmen Christopher de Venecia and Rosemarie Arenas. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA.

When Committee on Constitutional Amendment Chair Roger Mercado asked the attendees who came from the 31 villages of this city,  only five raised their right hand on the CA while more than 10 raised their hand on the Constitutional Convention.
The attendees were led by barangay chairmen, mayors councilors, and public and private officials from here and the towns and other cities of Pangasinan.
Some spectators said the attendees did not understand the bodies that have been given power to hammer the highest law, or they did not want federalism as the “silver bullet” to end the malaise of this country, if based on the pronouncement of Representative Mercado and others.
A Constituent Assembly, according to Wikipidia, is composed of all members of the bicameral Philippine Congress (Senate and the House of Representatives). It is convened by Congress to propose amendments to the 1987 constitution. Under Article XVII of the Constitution of the Philippines, amendments pass upon a vote of three fourths of all members of Congress, but it is not clear if the Congress should vote as a single body or as separate houses.
Congressman Mercado said here that CA would be convened where Senate and House of Representatives vote as one for the three-fourth. His pronouncement made some experts here skeptical if the charter change bid would pass the scrutiny of the Supreme Court whose members were pet peeves of President Rodrigo Duterte – the main proponent of the constitutional change.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

PNP doubt bid for drug-free villages achievable

                                            After Rody nixed narc war

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

URDANETA CITY – Top police officials doubt that the target of a dangerous drug free in a huge province this month could be achieved after President Rodrigo Duterte stopped the Philippine National Police as the lead agency on the narcotics war that resulted to thousands of suspected drug pushers and user dead nationwide.
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Superintendent Norman Florentino, police provincial spokesman, said that the bid of the PNP to make Pangasinan this month as drug free is doubtful to be achieved.
“Mukhang alanganin as of today (February 17) nasa 219 na lang (out of 1,364 villages in Pangasinan) iyong natitira, kaunti na lang sila (It is not certain to be achievable. As of today (February 17) we have 219 villages to be cleared out of the 1,364 barangays. Only a modicum remains to be cleared),” the spokesman said.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sand Sculpture: Free tutorial

"February 25 and 26, 2016 Free lessons for kids" - Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez

Come One, Come All !

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What’s Up, Kaka?

Sulat ni Kitz Basila

As of Presstime, hindi pa arestado si Senator Leila De Lima, na inaabangan. Lumantad bigla si SPO3 Castanas na saying DDS is true-daw. Poor 14 school kids sa Tanay nasawi dahil sa kapabayaan (?x?)!
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Sa ating probins, patuloy ang dribol da ball sa mga koponan ng mga lunsod at bayan ng kaluyagang Pangasinan para sa 1st Gov. Pogi Espino Basketball Tournament, na todo-suporta ang lahat halos ng LGUs ng lalawigang Asinlandia.
‘I see yours, you will see mine,’ naman ang pasiklaban sa ganda para sa Ms. Searches ng lalawigan, cities, towns at pati sitios na uso tuwing summer time. Well, hindi lang para sa girls pati rin sa mga pa-girl. Heto pa, hindi rin maawat ang tili nina Acheng sa Mr. Search na ang sukatan ang laki. Yes po, laki ng katawan, laki ng kaalaman at laki ng panghinaharap…… na kagalingan. Yon na!
Arangkada pa rin ang festival elsewhere. Sa distrito-uno ay aabangan ang Asin, Ilaw, Binungey, Fishermen, Stone at Paraw festivities respectively ng Dasol, Sual, Anda, Bolinao, Agno at Alaminos City. Habang ang probins, tiyak na bongga ang 1st Gov Pogi’s Pista’y Dayat festival. You bet!
Throwback memories na ang masayang Pakwan Festival 2017 ng Bani; noted, pati ang launching ng Balsaan Festival ng Mabini. Eh, ang iba’t-iba pang festivities na involved ang iba’t-ibang panamin tulad sa talong at iba pa.
So what’s up Kaka, marami pa!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Cleansing-time, kailangan

ISINASAGAWA sa ngayon ng Kapulisan ang pagsasala sa kanilang tauhan para alisin sa kanilang hanay ang hindi karapat-dapat.
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INATASAN ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources o DENR na ayusin o itugma sa maka-kalikasan at wastong Pagtangan at Pagpapahalaga ang siste ng mga nagmimina sa buong bansa.
INAALIS na ng Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources sa pinagsanib na pwersa ng alyadong sangay ng national government ang mga fishtraps, cages at pens sa Laguna Bay para iwasto ang kalagayan nito sa marapat na sistema na ayon sa likas nitong itsura.
NAGBABAWAS na ng sobrang bilang ng fishcages ang pamahalaang Sual, para maseguro na laging maaliwalas at tugma sa huwego ng masigla at produktibong mariculture zone ang baybayin at karagatan na sakop.
PATULOY na pinagtutuunan ng matamang pansin ng pamahalaang lunsod ng Alaminos ang higit pang ikagaganda at kaaya-aya ng katubigan na sakop para sa mas masaganang ani at pang-turismo na sadya.
TUMUTULONG ang mga taga-barangay sa baybayin ng Agno sa hangad ng lokal na pamahalaan na panatilihin ang likas na rikit at yaman na taglay ang sakop na karagatan.

Kasalan, Sali ka!

Sulat ni Kitz Basila

NAGTAGUMPAY muli ang mga lokal na pamahalaan sa pagdaraos ng taunang Kasalan ng Bayan. Ang okasyon na halos itinaon sa selebrasyon ng Araw ng Puso o mas tinatawag sa ngayon na Feb-ibig month.
NAIPAGKALOOB sa mga magsing-irog na naghihikahos sa buhay at matagal nang nagsasama ang kahalagahan ng ikasal, na halos libre lahat ang gastusin na bigay biyaya ng pamahalaan at ilan pang nagmagandang-loob na indibidwal at mangangalakal.
NAIPAMALAS ng Libreng Kasalan ng Bayan ang pagpapahalaga ng pagbuo ng pamilya na taglay ang lehitimo na ayon sa panuntunan ng mga batas at moralidad na dapat.
NARARAPAT na bigyang pugay ang mga nagsulong at mga tumulong para ang Kasalan ng Bayan na kaloob ng taunang selebrasyon ng Local Civil Registration Month ay magsilbing mahalagang bahagi nito. Maliban sa ipinagkaloob na iba’t-ibang serbisyo na pawang-libre na tulad sa pagtatala sa iba’t-ibang mahahalagang yugto sa buhay ng tao.
NAGWAGI ang sambayanan sa tagumpay muli ng Kasalang Bayan, na libreng naipagkaloob para ipamalas sa lahat na nararapat pahalagahan ang paging lehitimo na ayon sa iral ng batas at taglay ang moralidad na dapat.
NAGING kabahagi ka ba sa yugto na ito sa kabanata ng buhay ng mga ikinasal? Nawa ay naunawaan ang nais na ipinahiwatig.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dagupan starts rehabilitating open dumpsite

DAGUPAN CITY – The city’s open dumpsite is now undergoing rehabilitation in compliance with Republic Act 9003 otherwise known as the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.”  
Waste Management chief Ronaldo De Guzman disclosed on February 7, during the public hearing conducted by the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources chaired by Councilor Jeslito Seen that more or less 9,000 square meters of the total land area of the dump site have already been compacted and leveled and covered with topsoil.
 “Soon, we will start conducting tree planting as part of the rehabilitation of the dumpsite,” said De Guzman.
 The open dumpsite of the city has been closed after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office issued a Cease and Desist Order on January 21.
 On the other hand, the  Sangguniang Panlungsod approved during its regular session on February 1 the city’s ecological waste management plan for the years 2015-2024 which will make Dagupan a clean and environment-friendly city with empowered citizenry who are mandated to help in the management of the city’s solid waste through segregation and source reduction.
 Thus, during the public hearing facilitated by the committee on environment and natural resources with the Punong Barangays and the city’s stakeholders in attendance,  committee chairman Councilor Seen,  expressed optimism that the city’s waste will be addressed in accordance with the provisions of R.A. 9003.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Police Dialogue

DIALOGUE. Superintendent Jackie Candelario (second from left) Urdaneta City’s officer-in-charge chief of police and some police officials meet on a "Dialogue on Security Awareness" recently  with stakeholders of public and private schools in the 34 villages’ city on their security and other police matters. The meeting was held at the AVR of the Old City Hall, Urdaneta City. Candelario, who is also the Deputy Provincial Director for Operation, told officials of universities, colleges, and elementary schools that they could invite him for a meeting with their students. The police brass, a native of Tarlac province was just appointed to the burgeoning city after his predecessor was sacked due to the loss of 41 handguns in the police armory. Photo by Mortz C. Ortigoza

Barred buses can use access road based on sale

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Solid North Bus company could use the access road at the back of its terminal deprive to her by the Victory Liner Incorporated (VLI) if based on the condition of the Deed of Absolute Sale between the seller and the buyer of the land.
The Deed was concluded in July 19, 2005 between the Pangasinan Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PFCCC) and Johnny T. Hernandez, President and General Manager of VLI.
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 Section 5 says “Condition. The buyer should allow the owners of adjacent lots, as well as the general public, to use the subject property as a public thoroughfare”.
PFCCC was represented by its president Benjie S. Lim, then mayor of this City.
The 692 square meters property where some portions were used as easement was sold by the Chamber to VLI for P1, 384,000.00.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hypocrite congressmen

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

The nerve of these thick faced Filipino congressmen who decided to strike- off the crime of plunder (P50 million above loots) as one of the offenses in the proposed death punishment law that they would be voting by finality this coming March.Image result for pork barrel philippines rally

A congressman with an annual half-a- billion pesos project for his district that has more than 250 thousand population as constitutional standard could pocket up to 20 percent of S.O.P  (euphemism for cut) or one hundred million pesos through his favorite supplier or contractor say of medicines or infrastructures.

Deprived by medicine or threatened by a substandard bridge or building because the hundreds of millions of pesos budget was plundered by the solon could cause death to his constituents.

Because of this gall, the thieving members of the House of Thieves, er, Representatives could be worse than the murderer, kidnapper or narcotics seller because they could kill a few while congressmen could murder a multitude because of their avarice.


DAGUPAN CITY – After coming out with a new Comprehensive Land Use Plan, which is now subject for approval by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board in Manila, the city is now being considered by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) as an aquaculture zone north of Manila.
DAGUPAN AS AQUACULTURE ECONOMIC ZONE – Emmanuel Lopez (3rd from left) of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) discusses with the Dagupan City Investment and Development Board (DCIDB) headed by City Administrator Farah Marie G. Decano (4th from right) the potentials of the city to host an aquaculture zone.  The others who joined the meeting are former Councilor Karlos Liberato Reyna IV (4th from left), former City Planning Officer Engineer Romeo Rosario (2nd from left), Engineer Roland Suni (2nd from right) of the City Assessor’s Office, City Engineer Virginia Rosario (3rd from right), One Stop Business Center manager Randolph Ubando (not in the picture), City Accountant Melissa Mendoza (right) and City Agriculture Officer Emma J. Molina (left). (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

Emmanuel Lopez of PEZA consulted with the city on February 16 especially with the Dagupan City Investment and Development Board (DCIDB) headed by City Administrator Farah Marie G. Decano to discuss the potentials of the city to host an aquaculture zone.  

Decano was joined also in the meeting by former Councilor Karlos Liberato Reyna IV, other members of the board like former City Planning Officer Engineer Romeo Rosario, Engineer Roland Suni of the City Assessor’s Office, City Engineer Virginia Rosario, One Stop Business Center manager Randolph Ubando, City Accountant Melissa Mendoza and City Agriculture Officer Emma J. Molina.

Lopez opined that the city can venture further on the packaging and branding of its Bonuan bangus which is now being tagged in the market as Dagupan’s Best.

With the soft opening of the city’s processing facility at the Malimgas Market where deboning, packaging, which include blasting, and bangus smoking is being done, Lopez said that the city is on the right track in strengthening its aquaculture industry as an initial step.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Farmers stock's spike after completion of ARISEP – Celeste

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

URDANETA CITY – The completion of the Agno River Integrated Irrigation System Extension Project (ARISEP) would better off the economic stocks of the farmers in Eastern Pangasinan, according to the regional director of the National Irrigation Authority in the Ilocos Region.
A huge irrigation canal that waters the rice land of Filipino  
farmers. Many farmers in the Philippines harvest only once a year
 unlike their counterparts in Vietnam and Thailand that harvest palay 
twice or thrice a year because of the abundance of water.

Director John Celeste said that the construction of the ARISEP would be completed in 2018.
With the gigantic irrigation system extension, farmers could harvest up to twice or three times a year from the present harvest of once a year, Celeste explained.
He added however that the ideal harvest would be twice a year.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

DA liaises with BoC by using VQC to avoid smuggling – SINAG

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Rosales – The Department of Agriculture should coordinate with the Bureau of Customs about the correct product and tonnage of imported goods that enter the country to avoid smuggling at the expense of local products, urged by an agriculture group.
SMUGGLING. Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura  (SINAG) Chairman
Rosendo So during an inspection of a seized smuggled agricultural
products by operatives of the Bureau of Customs in one of the
ports in Metro Manila. 

Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura  (SINAG) Chairman Rosendo So said that DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol should use the Veterinary Quarantine Clearance (VQC) as basis to determine the tonnage of goods exported from other country to see if they jibe with the declaration of the importers at the ports of entry in the Philippines.
He cited these goods as pork, chicken, onions, and others that have been favorite products the smugglers have been mis-declaring since time immemorial.

"VQC is issue by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) if one importer apply for importation (of animal related products), then a plastic seal is place in a container," according to So.
The Sinag Chairman explained that every time a container that arrived in a port of entry, officials from the BoC and DA come in. He said the DA would assign a quarantine officer to check for the incoming shipment. 
"But the problem the importer had already paid the import before a quarantine officer could check if the product has Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) clearance" he stressed.

He said that people at the the DA and BoC were lax on the entry of mis-declared imported goods.


 Two radio commentators interviewed recently Pangasinan Second District’s Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil, a retired police two -star general, at his district’s office in Lingayen town. The interview revolved around the failed peace talk between the Government  Republic of the Philippines and the communist’s National Democratic Front, his stance on the death penalty law and why congressmen did not include plunder as one of the offenses for the re- imposition of the death punishment, and other pressing issues. The solon was one of the observers from Congress that was sent in Norway and Rome, Italy last year and January this year in the botched peace talk experts blamed on the Reds. Photo by Mortz C. Ortigoza


Bataoil joins final peace talk between gov’t and reds

U.S not the Colombians destroyed Escobar

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

A friend reacted why the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and not the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) would declare on its intelligence report that the Bolinao town shoreline in the Philippines that faces the Chinese Mainland was not used by the notorious shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride or meth for brevity) merchant Sinos as route to dump their dangerous substance that make Filipinos “Flips” as their other moniker  and criminals to sustain their addiction with the illegal substance.
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His poser happened because of my latest article “U.S DEA clears Bolinao as drug route from China.
My retort: “Because the DEA has not only the financial capability to do the global sleuthing about the nuances of narcotics but was concerned that the Chinese, just like the Mexicans of Drug Baron Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and Columbians of Narc Lord Pablo Escobar, have been destroying through their drop points in the Philippines the mental and physical endowments of the increasing numbers of American youth who craved to the meth and help spike looting, robbery, rape, murders in the richest country in the world"..
I told him about how the DEA, Central Intelligence Agency, and even the SEAL (Sea, Air, and Land Team) through DEVGRU (Task Force Blue (often referred to as SEAL Team Six or within JSOC as Task Force Blue ) that descended to Colombia in the late 1990s with hammer and tongs after Pablo Escobar was threatened by extradition to the United States’ jail started killing 12 Supreme Court justices through the left-wing guerrillas  M-19 (yes Virginia, the Reds there unlike in our country conspired with drug barons), three presidential candidate through the sicarios (motorcycle riding hit men) and countless car bombings that killed  ten to fifteen thousand Colombians.