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Pangasinan News January 2013

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PRISAA national president lauds Pangasinan's sports development initiatives


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 31 (PNA) -- “We have to give credit where credit is due and I think this is one area of development where Governor (Amado) Espino stands out.”

This was said by Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) national president Gonzalo T. Duque right after the signing of a memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the provincial government of Pangasinan for the hosting of the 2013 national collegiate games to be held from February 10-16 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC), here.

“I am happy that the administration of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. sees to it that sports development in the province of Pangasinan takes precedence or equal importance with other programs of the provincial government,” Duque said.

With the hosting of the provincial government of the Palarong Pambansa held May last year, Duque said that PRISAA technical staff and his co-workers were impressed by the sports facilities of the NRSCC.

Atty. Duque, president of Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU), even described how Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro was impressed by the provincial government’s hosting that he donated all the sports equipment purchased by the DepEd for the Palarong Pambansa 2012, in support to the Sports Academy envisioned by Gov. Espino.

He recounted how PRISAA Games was first hosted by the province in 2006, saying that NRSCC then was unfinished, so athletes as well as playing venues were accommodated in Binmaley, and cities of Dagupan and San Carlos.

However, Duque said that Pangasinan’s hosting turn has become the benchmark of succeeding hostings by other regions.

Provincial Administrator Baraan who represented Governor Espino during the MOA signing said: “When we hosted the Palaro last year, the NRSCC was not yet really complete, so we assure you that we will have a better capability of hosting the PRISAA, because the NRSCC today is more complete.”

He thanked Atty. Duque for bringing the PRISAA to the province of Pangasinan for the second time even as he assured that the provincial government employees who worked as members of the Task Force Palaro are also better trained to handle PRISAA 2013.

"Last year, the provincial government of Cebu hosted the sports spectacle and it became successful. A challenge is now posed to the provincial government to prove that Pangasinan is the benchmark of hosting national events," Baraan said.

About 5,000 to 6,000 athletes, trainers and coaches will flock to the province to vie for dominance in 20 sporting events.

First phase of Sual Shipping Port in Pangasinan completed


SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 30 (PNA)-- The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has announced the completion of the first phase of the construction of the Sual Shipping Port at P100 million.

PPA Regional Manager Silverio Mangaoang said the contractor of the 180-meter wharf project was set to turn over the project to his office.

Mangaoang said the Sual Shipping Port would consist of three phases and would be needing additional P400 million in order to complete it and make it as an international port.

Under a memorandum of agreement (MOA), the provincial government of Pangasinan led by Governor Amado Espino Jr., shall bankroll the second phase costing P200 million and the third phase by the Sual local government led by Mayor John Rodney Arcinue.

PPA, the provincial government and the municipality of Sual, entered into a MOA in 2010 launching the project located in Baquioen Bay Sual.

The second phase of the project will involve dredging and reclamation to enable big ships to enter Baquioen Bay and unload their cargo at the wharf .

Mangaoang said the PPA, while waiting for the counterpart funds from the Pangasinan provincial government, was mulling over the idea to solely bankroll the project.

This as the PPA realized that there will be a big problem if three agencies will co-manage a port, he said.

Pangasinan to set up MMT for Lingayen Golf Course project


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 29 (PNA)—The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has passed a resolution authorizing Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. to enter into an integrated memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the establishment of a multi-partite monitoring team (MMP) that will monitor the construction of the 38-hectarde Lingayen Golf Course and Country Club Project .

This is consistent with the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) issued for the project last month by the DENR upon the recommendation of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

In issuing the ECC, the DENR directed the provincial government ( proponent of the project): “With the issuance of this ECC, you are expected to implement the measures presented in the EIS (Environment Impact Statement) which are intended to protect and mitigate the project’s perceived adverse impacts on community’s health, welfare, and the environment.”

Alvin Bigay, chief of the Provincial Housing and Land Use Development Office, said the MMT will be composed of representatives of the project proponent (Pangasinan), the regional office of the EMB, the local environment NGO (Non-Government Organization), the host Local Government Unit (the municipality of Lingayen) and other concerned government agencies.”

Bigay said the MMT will oversee the compliance of the proponent with the environmental management plan and environmental monitoring plan and other commitments in mitigation measures that are contained in the project Environment Impact Statement and the ECC conditions.

Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr., SP presiding officer, said Governor Espino wanted to create the MMT to ensure that all details in connection with the project are in accordance with the ECC.

The entire project is estimated to cost over P200 million to be built under the public-private partnership (PPP) concept , said Bigay, pointing out that some Korean investors are interested to partner with the provincial government in building the project.

To date, physical development in the area encompassing parts of three villages (Sabangan, Estanza, and Malimpuec) has ceased because the province has to comply first with conditions and requirements stated in the ECC, Bigay added.

The area is part of the more than 300 hectare part of public domain reserved for eco-tourism and other sustainable development projects and activities of the province of Pangasinan under Presidential Proclamation No. 1258 issued by President Fidel V. Ramos on June 22, 1998.

Apart from the establishment of (MMT which shall be determined by the EMB Central Office in consultation with the DENR Regional Office No. 1 through an Integrated MOA to be submitted to the EMB Central Office, the ECC also required the province to “set-up an Environmental Guarantee Fund (EGF) and an Environmental Monitoring Fund (EMF)”.

The eco-tourism project which is expected to generate economic activity, income, and employment is set to be completed in about two years.

PESO goes full blast in international job placements on February

(PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)

Lingayen- – -The provincial government thru the Provincial Employment and Services Office in coordination with various recruitment agencies goes full blast in its international job placement activities this February.

PESO Chief Alex Ferrer that three major job recruitment fairs are set to be held next month complementary to the call of the Espino administration to prioritize job placements for Pangasinense workers.

Ferrer said that on February 1 and 2, screening for hotel and restaurant management workers for both male and female will be conducted at PESO office located in Kalantiao building within Capitol complex bound for Dubai.

Said recruitment, Ferrer said, is in coordination with ABC Manpower Agency based in Manila.

Another jobs fair is scheduled on February 6 where registered nurses (male and female) will be screened at the same venue courtesy of RPN International Recruitment Agency also Manila-based.

Medical doctors, according to Ferrer, will likewise be given the opportunity to work overseas specifically in Oman (Middle East).

The third recruitment activity will be held on February 8 in coordination with Sacred Heart International Services where Pangasinense skilled workers will be given the chance to land a job in New Zealand.

Skilled workers include welders, dairy farmers, carpenters, painters, masons, escalator operators among others.

“We advise all interested applicants to bring with them pertinent papers such as their resume, school diploma or transcript of record or any other equivalent document, pictures and passport,” Ferrer noted.

Applicants who will qualify for the screening will proceed to the main office of each recruitment agency in Manila for the final interview and assessment.

For more inquiries contact, PESO at telephone number (075) 542-6211.

PRISAA National Games slated in Pangasinan Feb. 11 to 16


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 26 (PNA)--The 2013 National Collegiate Games of the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) will reel off in Lingayen on Feb 11 to 16 hosted by PRISAA Region 1 and the Pangasinan Provincial Government led by Governor Amado Espino Jr.

The six-day national collegiate games will assemble athletes considered as the cream of the crop from 17 regions throughout the country who will compete in 11 men and women events, four men events and one women event.

Main venue of the games is the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civilc Center (NRSCC) where last year's Palarong Pambansa was played and hosted by the provincial of Pangasinan for the second time after 17 years.

The NRSCC was also the venue of the Northern Luzon elemination of the Batang Pinoy Games held sometime in October last year.

Senator Pia Cayenato was invited as guest of honor and speaker during the games' opening program at the NRSCC Grandstand with Dr. Gonzalo T. Duque, PRISAA national president and of PRISAA Region 1 delivering the opening remarks.

The Oath of Sportsmanship will be led by Ms. Jessica Debbie Jabon, Region 1 gold medalist in the 2012 national games.

The athletes will compete in athletics, basketball, badminton, volleyball, chess, karatedo, taekwondo, lawn tennis, table tennis and swimming in the men and women divisions; sepak takraw, baseball and boxing for men; anda softball for women.

The swimming event will be held at the olympic-size swimming pool in Dagupan City while a number of games in basketball will also be held in Dagupan. On the other hand, beach volleyball as well as baseball and softball will be held at the Capitol Beach Front in Lingayen.

Pangasinan bags another national award


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 25 (PNA) -- The province of Pangasinan added another feather to its cap when it bagged another national award, the TOFARM 2012 Award or the Search and Award for the Ten Outstanding Farmers of the Philippines.

The award was given Thursday by the Junior Chamber Philippines, Inc. (JCP) and the Universal Harvester Inc. for Pangasinan's entry "Ilog Ko, Bilayen Tan Aro Ko (My River, I will Make It Live and Love It)".

Pangasinan bagged the award, comprising of P100,000 and a plaque after winning over other provinces in the local government unit category.

Dalisay Moya, officer-in-charge Provincial Agriculturist, said the award is a manifestation that agriculture ranks topmost among the priority thrusts of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr.

It was Gov. Espino who initiated the project to help save Pangasinan rivers and waterways by clearing and cleaning them so that they will be teeming with fish again.

Moya said that the entry concentrated on the following areas of concern: general planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation; policy reforms; partnership support; care for the environment; capability building; project impacts and benefits; effective coverage; sustainability; and, value to industry sector.

She noted that the award-giving body must have been impressed by the provincial government’s genuine concern for the environment, thus the citation was given.

The search and awards program launched July last year was revived by JCI Philippines and UHI to refocus attention on the importance and viability of agriculture as an industry and vocation.

The JCI is a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs aged 18 to 40.

In addition, Eduardo T. Aucena of Manaoag town ranked second all over the country in the Young Farmer Category which has earned for him a cash prize of P25,000 and a plaque of appreciation.

184,495 persons now benefit from 4Ps in Pangasinan

By Lilia Micua {(PNA), HBC/LVM/LMM/1710/RMA}

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 24 (PNA) -- A total 184,495 persons are now beneficiaries in Pangasinan this year of the government's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipinio Program or the Conditional Cash Transfer Program.

Asst. Regional Director Marlene Febes Peralta of the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development, speaking before municipal mayors here, reported that there were only 12,055 4Ps beneficiaries in the province when the program started in 2009.

But for 2013, the number has now reached 184,495 beneficiaries, she said.

The beneficiaries include underprivileged Pangasinan residents in poverty-pocketed areas and extremely vulnerable cities and towns and some indigenous people.

Earlier this month, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the National Advisory Committee of the 4Ps has adopted a modified CCT Program for Families in Need of Special Protection, which caters to families, including those with child laborers, in need of special protection.

The NAC of the 4Ps is an inter-agency body that provides policy directions and guidelines to the Project Management Office pertinent to the implementation of the CCT.

It is directly under the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development headed by Secretary Corazon Soliman with the Secretaries of the Departments of Labor and Employment, Education, Health, Interior and Local Governments, National Anti-Poverty Commission, National Economic Development Authority, and Budget, and the heads of the National Nutrition Council, Commission on Population, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Council for the Welfare of Children, and the Philippine Commission on Women.

The modified CCT for FNSP will provide beneficiaries with P300 per month per child for a maximum of three children for education grant, and P500 per month per household for health grant.

The grants shall be released monthly subject to compliance to conditions.

Red Cross sets ‘Million Volunteer Run’ in Pangasinan

By Venus H. Sarmiento (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) -- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is set to stage the Million Volunteer Run (MVR) as part of intensifying its program for youth and adult volunteers in its different humanitarian activities.

Now on its second year, the MVR with the tagline “I Choose to Run to Save Lives”, will take off on February 10 in Dagupan City Plaza and SM City in Rosales town.

Florame Magalong, chapter administrator of PRC- Pangasinan, said the first MVR held in December 2011 was a huge success with the participation of some 450,000 runners.

The MVR, which will be conducted simultaneously nationwide, is one way of showing the public’s commitment in uplifting the lives of their vulnerable brothers through the spirit of volunteerism, Magalong added.

Registration for the various events are P300 for the 3-kilometer run; P350 for 5K and; P400 for 10K. A Kiddie category for the 3K run will also be held and registration is pegged at P180.

Interested volunteers can reach the PRC through its website at www.redcross.org.ph or call the PRC-Pangasinan office at (075) 5154577.

NBA coaches to hold basketball clinic in Dagupan


DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PNA)-- Some coaches from the National Basketball Association (NBA) will arrive here on Saturday to hold basketball clinic to 1,200 children aged 10 to 14 years in order to give them a chance to join a 10-man Filipino NBA junior team.

Dagupan City Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez, in her capacity as regional director of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), invited the NBA coaches to give Dagupan children from various schools and barangays, including their coaches, what she calls "NBA experience."

The basketball clinic for children will be held at CSI Stadia in Barangay Lucao, Dagupan on Sunday.

Local basketball coaches will also be given training the day before the basketball clinic so they too can acquire NBA experience and impart what they would learn to their players.

Fernandez said the best Dagupan players can join in a regional try-out that would select the region's 10-man junior NBA team which will be held when the NBA coaches will return in March to conduct a region-wide basketball clinic

The 10 region's junior NBA players will join 40 others from various parts in another try-out in Manila which will select the final junior NBA team of the country, Fernandez said.

The country's junior NBA team will be brought to the United States for a rare chance to see live the NBA games and will have the opportunity to play with the junior NBA teams all over the world.

Pangasinan urged to institutionalize Moral Recovery Program


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 21 (PNA) -- A Non-Government Organization (NGO) has asked the Sanggunang Panlalawigan (SP) here to adopt an ordinance institutionalizing the Moral Recovery Program (MRP) in the province of Pangasinan.

This was contained in a letter of Chaplain Martin Fao-ilan, deputy director for Luzon of the National Auxiliary Chaplaincy Philippines, Inc. (NACPHIL)) to the SP dated Jan. 14, 2013 requesting the legislative body to adopt an ordinance institutionalizing the MRP in the local government of the province.

The letter of Fao-ilan, attested by Chaplain Frederick Berry, national coordinator and Moral Recovery Officer, sought the creation of a Moral Recovery Officer (MRO) in the provincial government under the Office of the Provincial Governor who shall be provided office/space at the provincial capitol.

NACPHIL is an organization that seeks to carry out the mandate of Executive Order 713 whose main objective is to strengthen the authority of the Presidential Council on Values Formation Towards the Effective Pursuit of Just and Moral Philippine Society.

It seeks to help eradicate from all sectors of the country the culture of graft and corruption, patronage politics, apathy, passivity, mendicancy, factionalism and the lack of patriotism and to be replaced with the love of country, honest public service, integrity, honesty and good work ethics.

Fao-ilan said this formation of NACPHIL is in line with Proclamation No. 828 that declared 2005 to 2015 a decade of Good Governance and Good Citizenship to fight corruption and eradicate poverty.

He said NACPHIL implores and desires to work together in partnership with the LGUs in order to establish good governance and make the Philippines great again.

In Monday's regular session of the SP, majority floor leader Angel Baniqued mentioned the letter of Fao-ilan.

Pangasinan eyed to lead in carabao production

(Sunday Punch)

PANGASINAN, the fourth biggest province in the country in terms of land area, is being positioned to be the leader in the production of crossbred carabaos that can be harnessed for milk and meat under a program drawn up by the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC).

Gloria de la Cruz, chief the PCC based in Rosario, La Union, said given Pangasinan’s wide area, it is the most ideal province for raising crossbreed carabaos.

Speaking at the KBP forum last week, De la Cruz said that while there is an existing carabao industry in the province, it is mainly for meat and the carabao population is dwindling due to constant slaughtering.

In Mangaldan, famous for its carabao meat dish pindang, the PCC has been calling on authorities to spare female carabaos from slaughter as they produce milk that is more nutritious than cow’s milk.

“The carabao is still the Philippine’s beast of burden but we are improving the breed for it to become world class,” De la Cruz said.

Under the program for Pangasinan, she explained, the carabao will no longer be used for work in the fields and will just be maintained for the production of milk, which is cholesterol free, rich in calcium and higher in Vitamin A and other nutrients compared to cow’s milk.

The PCC has also developed the production of other products using the milk such as kesong puti, lacto juice and choco milk, which can be commercialized soon.

She said under the PPC program, they are seeking to increase the genetic quality of carabaos so that they can produce more milk.

The program calls for the crossbreeding of native carabaos with foreign breed so their offspring will become more superior and can give more milk as well as meat.

De la Cruz urged farmers to have at least one milking cow each because the income from milk production at P30,000 to P40,000 could easily be equivalent to the yield from tilling one hectare of rain-fed rice farm.

‘Pinakbet’ takes center stage in Pangasinan festival

By Eva Visperas (The Philippine Star)

VILLASIS, Pangasinan , Philippines – It was a unique barrio fiesta in this town as hundreds of residents yesterday partook of pinakbet, a popular Ilocano dish, cooked by 21 barangays in different ways as a highlight of the annual Talong (Eggplant) Festival.

Barangay folk gathered in front of the town hall to prepare pinakbet with eggplant, ampalaya, okra, and tomatoes that are abundantly produced here.

Romy Abrenica, barangay captain of Barraca and president of the town’s Liga ng mga Barangay, took part in cooking his community’s unique pinakbet mixed with ampalaya leaves before serving for better nutrition.

Abrenica, chairman of this year’s Pinakbet sa Kawa cookfest, said each barangay was allowed to draw P5,000 from their respective funds to buy other ingredients to make their dishes tastier.

The municipal government under Mayor Dita Abrenica provided each barangay with 30 kilos of eggplant, 10 kilos of ampalaya, 10 kilos of tomatoes, four kilos of okra, and two kilos of sili.

After the dishes were judged, the barangay folk had the pinakbet for lunch along with other meals prepared by their respective cooks. Nation ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

Earlier in the morning, students competed in a street-dancing contest clad in their costumes resembling the eggplant.

This year, a new feature, the Talong Mosaic Art Design Contest, participated in by elementary and high school students, became an instant hit, as indigenous materials, vegetable seeds and bamboo were used to make them.

Pangasinan among top four leading rice producers in PHL


DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 18 (PNA)– Pangasinan is one of the four provinces nationwide that broke the one million metric ton palay production in 2012, helping the country get closer to its desired rice sufficiency target.

Dalisay Moya, provincial agriculturist, said aside from Pangasinan, the other million metric ton breakers were Nueva Ecija, Isabela and Iloilo.

Speaking during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) forum here on Thursday, Moya said being included in the exclusive list of million metric ton breakers is a big boon to Pangasinan.

The province attained an average harvest of 4.3 million metric ton per hectare last year, way above the national average of 3.9 metric ton per hectare, Moya said.

She attributed the good harvest in Pangasinan to the lesser calamities that hit the province and the good weather that prevailed all year-round.

At the same time, she also credited the good program in agriculture of the present provincial administration of Governor Amado Espino Jr. which provided farmers with improved rice seeds and fertilizers.

Moya expressed hope that the good weather will continue to prevail this whole year of 2013 so that Pangasinan will continue to maintain the lead in rice production throughout the country.

Presently,farmers are now planting the second crop in irrigated rice lands although there is available water for the plants in many of the province’s rain-fed areas yet.

Moya said Pangasinan is also the leading producer of corn, mango and vegetables in the country.

Binmaley town to stage 3rd Sigay Festival

By April Montes (ANL/AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

BINMALEY, Pangasinan, Jan 17 (PIA) -- Binmaley town is set to delight the sights of locals and visitors and let them savor the flavor of varied seafood selections this fishing community has to offer with its staging of the third Sigay Festival slated January 18 to February 3.

The term "sigay" is a Pangasinan word which means “to harvest from the sea.” Sigay Festival is then Binmaley’s way of celebrating the town’s rich aquaculture industry which serves as the main source of living for residents here.

This year, an array of activities was lined-up to promote the town in the tourism map of the Philippines as the Fishbowl of Pangasinan and as the undisputed Seafood Capital of Northern Luzon.

The festivity will kick off with the launching of the Trade Fair near the town hall at 9 a.m. on January 18. On the same day, the Food Strip located close to the Children’s Park will be opened in the afternoon.

It will be followed by a two-day medical and surgical mission on January 23 to 24 at the Binmaley Infirmary. The nine-day novena in honor of the Our Lady of Purification, the town’s patroness, will also start at 4 p.m. on the 23rd.

Then, the “Kambogan ed Kapokokan” (fish catching in the pond) will happen on the morning of the 25th in a fishpond at the back of Bangsal Seafood and Lechon Restaurant in Barangay Nansangaan.

On the 26th, an evening of praise and thanksgiving will be held at the Binmaley plaza in the “Gabi ng Papuri at Pasasalamat.”

Subsequently, 16 lovely ladies from various barangays here will take the center stage as the much anticipated face-off of beauty, wit, and talent happens on the evening of the 27th in the Miss Binmaley beauty pageant at the town plaza.

Exquisitely prepared seafood cuisines will be enjoyed on the morning of the 28th during the Seafood Cook Fest while the night is set for the senior citizens and veterans.

A Fluvial Parade will be conducted in the morning of the 29th and will be capped by the Educators, Employees, Non-Governmental Organizations and Business Sectors Night as the evening affair. Following it is the Barangay Night on the 30th.

On the 31st, devotees of the Our Lady of Purification will gather for a religious procession in the afternoon while the Sangguniang Kabataan Night follows in the evening.

The commemorative program for the 423rd founding anniversary of Binmaley and the Drum and Lyre Exhibition are scheduled on February 1 with the coronation of this year’s Miss Binmaley and the eve for “balikbayans” as the night’s finale.

February 2 will be highlighted by a thanksgiving mass at the Our Lady of the Purification Church at 8 a.m. A civic parade and street dancing contest is scheduled to happen in the afternoon.

The last day, February 3, is intended for the people of Binmaley. Alongside the People’s Night is the staging of a singing competition dubbed “Kantahan ng Bayan.” Expected guests for this evening are the rock band “Alamid,” artist Heart Evangelista and Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

Philip Morris, Ongpin Foundation helping in Pangasinan's bag-making project


Private firm, foundation support livelihhod project in Pangasinan

SAN JACINTO, Pangasinan, Jan. 16 (PNA)-- A cigaret company and a private foundation are helping housewives here put up a "bayong" (shopping bag) and bag-making project.

Philip Morris-Fortune Tobacco Corporation and the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation signed last Tuesday a memorandum of agreement with Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia, proponent of the project, formally kicking off the livelihood project.

Under the agreement, Philip Morris will P400,000 funding for the project while Ongpin Foundation will train housewives in the bag-making trade.

The housewives, assisted by the office of Rep. De Venecia, have formed a cooperative that will market their products - the bags for the export market and the "bayong" in the domestic as replacement for the non-biodegradable plastic bag.

Rep. de Venecia said the "bayong" and bag-making project is ideal in San Jacinto since it is teeming with corn husks, banana shedding as well as buri which are the raw materials needed for the project.

With Philip Morris helping to look for market of the finished products, housewives in San Jacinto hoped their products could successfully hit the export market.De Venecia said.

She said corn husk and banana shedding are just waste materials teeming in the farms and backyards of San Jacinto during summer.

Pangasinan honors war veterans

By April Montes (ANL/AMM-PIA 1, Pangasinan)

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan 15 (PIA) -- War veterans here were honored anew for their heroism as the province celebrated Veteran’s Day on January 9 at the Veterans Memorial Park, Capitol Compound in this town.

The affair was also in commemoration of the historic landing in Lingayen Gulf in 1945 of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who led the Allied Forces to overcome the Japanese.

The celebration started with a thanksgiving mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Victor Embuido.

A wreath-laying ceremony followed at the Veterans Shrine led by Gov. Amado Espino Jr.; former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani; Lt. Gen. Anthony Alcantara, commander of the Northern Luzon Command; Commodore Salvador Esguerra, deputy administrator of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office; and Atty. James Curtis-Smith, president of the Returned and Services League of Australia.

A commemorative program came next to pay tribute to the epic struggles of all gallant war veterans who had fought hard to secure the freedom being enjoyed by today’s generation.

A video presentation entitled “Unsurrendered 100 Voices” was shown during the program which featured immortal memories of World War II in Pangasinan including testimonies narrated by freedom fighters still living at present.

As the program’s highlight, the provincial government recognized the oldest surviving war veteran in Pangasinan in the person of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Glicerio Valdez, Sr. from Alcala town, who is now 102 years old. Valdez has been an awardee for three consecutive years now.

Former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani, who was the guest of honor and speaker, urged residents of Pangasinan to unite in bringing back the sense of pride, integrity and honor handed down by our great ancestors, especially the war veterans, to the present generation.

Free medical checkup and gift packs were given to veterans right after the program in front of the Sison Auditorium.

Police Regional director assures more cops coming to Pangasinan


BUGALLON, Pangasinan, Jan. 14 (PNA)-- The newly-installed Police Regional Office in Ilocos Region (PRO1) director has ensured that more policemen will be deployed in Pangasinan even as a company of the Special Action Force(SAF)has already arrived in the province.

Police Chief Superintendent Ricardo Marquez bared this when he graced the blessing and inauguration of the newly constructed three-story new police station in Bugallon on Sunday.

Marquez said Pangasinan will need more policemen as it is among the 15 provinces tagged as "areas of concerns" for the coming elections.

He said that aside from the augmentation of a company from the PNP’s Special Action Force (SAF), Pangasinan will be beefed up by more policemen from the Police Regional Mobile Group.

“We want to make sure that elections here will be peaceful so that the voters and the people will be able to freely express their choice without reservation, their right to suffrage shall be protected,” he added.

Meanwhile, Marquez expressed his gratitude to the local government of Bugallon together with the local community for their unwavering support and generosity which led to the successful construction of the building. The inauguration coincided with the celebration of the 18th Bugallon Day Festival.

Legarda to distribute geohazard maps in Pangasinan


MANILA, Jan. 13 (PNA) –- Environmentalist Senator Loren Legarda will visit Pangasinan on Monday to conduct geohazard briefings and distribute geohazard maps to the local officials. Legarda, chairperson of the Senate Committee on climate change, will also speak before students of the Pangasinan State University to reach out to the youth about climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

“Our local officials need to have the valuable, life-saving information regarding risks present in their communities, all of which can be found in the geohazard maps,” the lady senator said.

She said the maps show where it is safe and unsafe to reside or to build infrastructure.

”And while I believe that LGU (local government unit) support is crucial, we must also involve the youth because they will be the ones to continue the practice of adhering to our standards of safety and disaster preparedness,” she explained.

Legarda started the distribution of maps last week with the formal turnover of geohazard maps to local officials of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, two of the most devastated areas in Mindanao by typhoon "Pablo" last December.

“Our citizens have the right to know if they are living in landslide or flood-prone areas. Everyone from public servants to members of the youth should be equipped with this knowledge. Through this, we should be able to radically minimize the casualties and damages when a natural hazard strikes,” she stressed.

“As Filipinos, we owe it to each other to be involved in efforts to reduce disaster risks and adapt to climate change. Now is the time to give nothing less than our wholehearted commitment to arm all sectors with the right tools to be disaster resilient,” Legarda added.

MacArthur monument should better stay at its present site--Dagupan vice mayor


DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 12 (PNA)---A top lady official here said she will oppose any plan to transfer the monument of Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur from the shoreline of Barangay Bonuan Gueset here, where it is located, to the island Barangay Pugaro,

Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez said she prefers that MacArthur's monument be kept at its present site where the National Historical Commission deemed it to be located when it built the same in the early 70s than to have it transferred.

Noting the monument is on the property of the late Maj. Moises Maramba, a veteran of World War II who initiated the building of the monument to honor MacArthur, Fernandez said she would talk to the heirs of Maramba to give the public free access to the monument.

She noted the monument of MacArthur is now badly dilapidated which was presumed destroyed by vandals passing by the now grassy area surrounding the monument.

The heirs of Maramba had built a gate on a road inside their property leading to the Mac Arthur monument which they allowed open only at certain hours of the day and closed at night.

Former Dagupan City Councilor Jose Neto Tamayo admitted he is the legal counsel and adviser of the Maramba family and would make efforts to contact them in the United States and covey the message that they let go off the MacArthur site in accordance with the will of the late Maj. Moises Maramba who made available his lot as location of the MacArthur monument.

A report said Mayor Benjamin Lim wants to uproot the MacArthur monument and transfer it to the top of the man-made tsunami hill he is constructing on the island Barangay Pugaro if they can obtain the permission of the National Historical Commission.

Fernandez said Bonuan Blue Beach has more attachment to MacArthur than the island barangay Pugaro since it was here where MacArthur actually first set his foot on his way to liberate the whole of Luzon from the Japanese.

Veterans converged at the MacArthur site Wednesday to commemorate the landing of MacArthur and the liberation forces on Jan. 9, 1945.

Alfredo Balolong, one of the World War II veterans, made a personal testimony that MacArthur landed in Bonuan, Dagupan and not in Lingayen or any other place in Pangasinan.

He said he was sitting down by the road in Bonuan, Catacdang when a U.S. military jeep with MacArthur on board passed by on its way to downtown Dagupan where he set up his first command headquarters on Luzon soil.

Then he rushed to Bonuan Blue Beach where he and cousin Dr. Pedro Balolong met the troops that landed, showing a sepia photograph of his cousin and him in the back during that event.

Lingayen celebrates Bagoong Festival


LINGAYEN, Jan. 11 (PNA) -- This capital town of Pangasinan celebrated on Friday its Bagoong Festival with a float parade and street dance competition at the town proper.

The parade of floats was sponsored by the major bagoong producers as groups representing the Pangasinan School of Arts and Trades and Pangasinan National High School highlighted in their dances the movements in the bagoong-making process.

Bagoong which has gained its popularity particularly among Pangasinenses as condiment to a number of dishes, is the municipality’s official manufacture under the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) “One Town One Product” program.

In April 2011, the first Bagoong Festival was held in Barangay Pangapisan North participated in by Barangay Maniboc. The two villages are known main producers of bagoong. After the official selection of bagoong as the town’s OTOP, the first municipal-wide festival was held in January 20, 2012.

The festival recognizes the product and the people behind the bagoong industry for their contribution in boosting the local economy.

Bagoong products are now being exported to other countries.

The fermented fish sauce might not smell that good, but its taste is just something the people of Lingayen are so proud of.

Pangasinan’s oldest veteran soldier

(PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)

At 102 years old, Glicerio Valdez, Sr. is a living testament of heroism, patriotism and gallantry.

As the province celebrates the 68th anniversary of the Lingayen Gulf Landings and Veterans Day, January 9, Valdez will be given honor for the third year now as the “oldest living Pangasinan war veteran” in a solemn and memorable rites dedicated to the heroes of World War II.

Valdez was 34 years old when he joined the Allied Liberation Forces, composed of Americans, Australians, and other nationalities, that landed in the shores of Lingayen on January 9, 1945 to liberate Luzon from the Japanese invaders.

The grand old man of Pangasinan veterans, who was a retired U.S. Army Sergeant, lives in Alcala town.

He is one of the few living Pangasinenses who stood witnesses to the Lingayen Gulf Landing that took place January 9 to 23, 1945 along the entire coast of Linageyn Gulf covering the towns of San Fabian, Dagupan, Binmaley, Lingayen, Labrador and Sual in the west.

Meanwhile, Hilaria J. Claveria, Provincial Budget Officer and Chairman of this year’s Veterans Day celebration, said that it is fitting to pay tribute to the heroes of World War II thru a solemn celebration comprised of four parts that will kick off with a Thanksgiving Mass.

Claveria said that immediately after the celebration of the mass, will be the second part which is the wreath laying activity will follow to be preceded with the program.

The third part according to the budget officer will be the annual medical mission which is part of the special privileges granted by the provincial government to the Pangasinan veterans where they can avail free consultation and medicines.

As a special feature, the provincial government and the Philippine Veterans Bank published a book entitled Biographical Sketches of Pangasinan Heroes of World War II written by Dr. Cecilia Garanciang and Deborah Castillo.

New chief of police of Dagupan to be installed Friday


DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 9 (PNA)--A new chief of police in Dagupan City will be installed on Friday in a ceremony starting at 8:00 a.m. in front of the police station on A.B. Fernandez Avenue West.

Superintendent Romeo Caramat Jr., who served as chief of police of Dagupan City for some two and a half years, will turn over his post to Superintendent Christopher Abrahano who comes from the Police Regional Office I in San Fernando, La Union.

Caramat, with whom the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) is preparing a resolution commending him for a job well-done, is reportedly set to undergo schooling.

The turnover ceremony between the two police officers will be presided over by Police Provincial Director Senior Supt. Marlou Chan to be witnessed by Mayor Benjamin Lim.

Caramat is the first chief of police in Pangasinan set to be replaced under a reshuffle first announced by Police Regional Office in connection with the coming polls.

Pangasinan gov’t to fete war veterans

By Venus H. Sarmiento (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

PANGASINAN, Jan. 8 -- The province of Pangasinan is set to honor war veterans in the annual Pangasinan Veteran’s Day and the 68th anniversary of the Lingayen Gulf Landings on January 9 at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lingayen town.

Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. said the provincial government holds the meaningful activity yearly aimed at commemorating the noble deeds of war veterans and instilling a sense of patriotism among Pangasinenses especially the youth.

A Thanksgiving Mass is scheduled at 7 a.m. followed by a wreath laying ceremony and a commemorative program honoring the heroism of World War II Veterans.

A video presentation featuring memories of World War II Veterans from Pangasinan, including interviews of surviving heroes, will be shown.

Invited to grace the occasion are Ambassadors Harry Thomas, Jr. of the United States of America, Bill Twedell of Australia and Tosihinao Urabe of Japan.

A medical mission and distribution of gift packs to veterans will cap the event.

DENR issues ECC for Pangasinan golf course


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 7 (PNA)-- It's now definitely a go for the stalled 18-hole golf course on part of the 300-hectare eco-tourism zone here following the issuance of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The ECC dated Jan. 2, 2013 was signed by DENR's Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) director Juan Miguel Cuna by authority of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje during the first working day of the year on Jan. 2.

However, this was only released last Friday and received personally by Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard Baraan and Alvin Bigay, chief of the Provincial Hosing and Urban Development Office at the DENR-EMB head office in Quezon City.

Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. said that with the issuance of the ECC, the province can now pursue the long-delayed development of the golf course even as he bared that a special team of local management planners is now reviewing investment offers under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

Espino said that a group of foreign investors had earlier expressed keen interest to undertake the project in partnership with the provincial government of Pangasinan.

According to Bigay, an engineer, the golf course project is estimated to cost at least P200 million.

The ECC covers the construction amenities of the 18-hole golf course, comprising 38 hectares within the 300-hectare eco-tourism zone within the cluster of three barangays of Sabangan, Estanza and Malimpuec, all in Lingayen.

These include greens, tee mounds, tee houses, driving range, fairways, lagoons, road network, car paths and gutter, clubhouse, caddy house, maintenance and nursery areas.

So far, the provincial government has constructed two big man-made lagoons, interceptors and sediment traps as initial features of the project's storm water run-off management program.

The 300-hectare eco-tourism zone in Lingayen was covered by Proclamation No. 1258 dated June 22, 1998 segregating and reserving certain parcels of land of the public domain situated in Barangays Sabangan, Estansa and Malimpuec in Lingayen to be developed as an eco-tourism zone.

Dagupan bags DOH Pinnacle of Excellence Award


DAGUPAN City received last month the Pinnacle of Excellence Award from the Department of Health for its program against tuberculosis.

Dr. Aurora Cuison, head of the City Health Office’s Directly Observed Treatment System (DOTS), said apart from the hall of fame award for the city’s TB initiatives, five employees manning the DOTS facility also received a similar award.

They are Ruby Dalmacio, Violeta Serrano, both medical technologists; Jennelyn Barrozo, a microscopist; Cuison being the medical coordinator and Jose Patawaran as the third medical technologist in the group.

From year 2000 to 2012, the city’s TB control efforts steadily improved the cure rate among patients served from 78 percent to a 92 percent.

To date, almost 2,000 TB-diagnosed patients have already been given a clean bill of health based on the DOTS Clinic accomplishment report.

MAGANES: Year 2012 revisited

(northern watch)

I am writing this article two days before the year 2013, speculating what will happen in our lives in the next twelve months. The year 2012 was a year of guessing who will likely make it in the May 13, 2013 elections. However, I will not dwell on the future which is full of uncertainties- personal lives as well as social and political developments. I believe it’s more appropriate to pause and reminisce what ranspired in 2012.

Personally, 2012 has been good to me. I was blessed with people who really care- my family, relatives, friends and a “special person” who taught me how to value my life and love again. I thanked God for the wonderful gifts of life. While I am nurturing the beauty of life in 2012, I can’t help but to look back of what happened in Pangasinan in 2012.

Politically, Governor Amado T. Espino Jr.’s administration was rocked with controversy at the start of the year. The black sand mining issue against him led the village residents of Sabangan and Malimpuec in Lingayen to file a case against Espino at the Office of the Ombudsman. The issue, however, simmered down.

The intense heat caused by the black sand mining was eclipsed by the preparation for the hosting of Pangasinan of the Palarong Pambansa and the annual celebration of Pista’y Dayat ( sea festival). The grandeur of the Palarong Pambansa has not escaped the attention of regional delegations from all over the country. President PNoy was the main guest of honor during the opening program, which elicited murmurs and rumors on where he went after delivering his speech at the Narciso Ramos Grandstand.

Where was President PNoy at that time? Did he snob the lavish luncheon prepared for him at the Sison Auditorium? It was learned later on that President PNoy and his entourage took their lunch at the Pangasinan Regency in Calasiao town. The reason of his non- appearance at the Sison Auditorium remained a mystery up to this date.

Towards the end of the 2nd quarter of 2012 up to September , 6th District Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani caught the ire of Governor Espino and his camp including the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. They resented Shahani’s histrionics of tagging them as Espino’s lapdogs and allegedly naming the governor as the most corrupt governor in the country. Media people feasted heavily on the issue. There were exchanges of unsavory words on both camps. During those periods, Shahani was busy consolidating Liberal Party leaders in Pangasinan. He was eyeing the vice gubernatorial post under the said party. Alaminos City Mayor Hernani A. Braganza has not yet opened his plans to run for governor against Espino. He, together with former Governor Victor Agbayani, former Vice Governor Oscar Lambino and Shahani were conducting political caucuses and consultations among Liberal Party leaders and members. They must have a slate before the deadline of filing of candidacies on October 5, 2012. There were two tandems that have been floated: Braganza for governor and Agbayani for vice governor or Agbayani for governor and Shahani for vice governor.

The Espino- Calimlim tandem has no problem insofar as the party is concerned. They are under the wings of the Nationalist People’s’ Coalition ( NPC) and enjoying the support of at least 90% party members composed of municipal mayors, vice mayors and councilors. NPC is also under the care of former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco, the provincial and regional chairman of the party.

During the filing of candidacies, Liberal Party slates made a big surprise. Braganza filed his candidacy for governor with former police general Arturo C. Lomibao as the running mate. It was not Board Member Shahani as the vice gubernatorial bet because the party said they are second cousins, which politically is not good for the province. That situation led Shahani to turn around. After months of jeering Espino and his camp, he sang Mendel’s Hallelujah to the highest baritone notes amid the applauses of Governor Espino and his supporters. Shahani became an instant addendum to Espino’s camp. They smoked their peace pipes and buried their political differences. Political pundits and kibitzers , however, were not sold out on Shahani’s turn around. They said Shahani has totally lost his credibility after issuing nasty remarks against Espino. But Ranjit was then nursing a bruised ego.

Political bickering started to creep in after the filing of candidacies. Was it politically motivated when environmentalist groups held a rally before the Ombudsman Office in Manila demanding for the suspension of Espino? That was to revive the case against Governor Espino on black sand mining. Was it also politically motivated that Bugallon Mayor Ric Orduna filed a plunder case against Espino in connection with jueteng? Orduna claimed that Governor Espino is the feared ” jueteng lord” in Pangasinan and has amassed more than P900 million out of its operations. Espino has to deny the allegations.

Governor Espino is now hounded with allegations on plunder and corruption. He’s being battered left and right by his political foes. It seemed that Espino was not fully affected by those accusations. Can he weather all the political storms in his life? I hope he will. Political campaigns will start on March 29, 2013.

We just watch out fellows. Let’s learn to select good candidates. Til then.

( For comments email at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com)

AFP looking into indiscriminate firing by personnel on New Year

By: Abigail Kwok (InterAksyon.com)

MANILA, Philippines -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines is investigating reports that some military personnel fired their guns during New Year's Eve.

AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos confirmed that Juan Agus, one of four persons arrested in Caloocan City for indiscriminate firing, was a reservist sergeant.

Thus, apart from criminal charges police are preparing against Agus, the village official could also be removed from the reserve force if "his negligence is found regarding the report that he handed his gun over to his friend/s, who fired it," Burgos said.

In Pangasinan, Air Force Staff Sergeant Ricky Castro, assigned to the 600th Airbase Wing at Clark, has been taken into custody after he reportedly fired his gun during New Year's celebrations.

"The AFP stands firm on the adherence to law and safety of people. The action of one soldier does not diminish the professionalism of the 120,000 others who have done their part in serving the people; however, the AFP leadership takes this matter seriously and assures our people that the maximum administrative penalty will be meted to any erring individual soldier," Burgos said.

Lingayen Open chess up

(The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - The Lingayen Open chess tournament, dubbed Mayor Josefina Castañeda Chess Cup, gets under way this weekend with a big field expected to vie for top honors at Lingayen Municipal Hall in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

The event features the Open category, which stakes a top purse of P4,000, and the Under-16 class which offers P2,000 to the winner.

Mayor Josefina Castañeda, Juan Sison and Tom Ferrer will grace the opening rites.

Meanwhile, Grandmaster John Paul Gomez ruled the recent fourth Gov. Amado Espino Jr. Open Chess Cup with a six-point output.

Registration is ongoing.

Details: Pangasinan Chess Federation president Juan Sison at 0920-503-7104, and Lingayen Chess Club official Tom Ferrer at 0906-429-4334.

High noon new year blast tradition in Pogo Grande, Dagupan draws bigger crowd

By Venus H. Sarmiento (ANL/VHS-PIA 1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 2 (PIA) -- The 12–year tradition of fusing together firecrackers and lighting them up on January 1 at the strike of 12 noon in Barangay Pogo Grande drew a notably bigger crowd this year -- and they were not dismayed.

At least 90,000 pieces of firecrackers carefully strung together were lined up along the stretch from the barangay hall up to the intersection of Pogo and Lasip, ready for the sequential explosion.

At the strike of 12 noon, the fuse was lit and the rest went popping producing non-stop noise for more than three minutes. Smoke then filled the entire street.

Crowd was estimated at more than 2,000 that included residents, people from other towns, foreigners, and media people who covered the event.

Barangay chairman George Galvan, who led the lighting, was overwhelmed by the attention that people give to the yearly spectacle.

He added that overseas residents even send donations for the purchase of more firecrackers for the occasion. Next year, the barangay plans to hold a short program before the blast.

Barangay Councilor Myrna Esteves reminisced the time when the firecracker lighting started in their compound 14 years ago. The simple activity was seen by their neighbors and they joined in the activity of lighting together unsold and unused firecrackers. She never imagined that it will be such a big hit with live spectators and with the advent of technology, the event has also become most viewed in the internet.

“I got to talk to some spectators and balikbayans who said they have watched the high noon blast in Youtube. They made it a point to see the revelry first hand that’s why they came here,” Esteves said in the dialect.

To ensure that no property or person gets burned in the process, barangay officials had sought help from various agencies to provide fire trucks (Panda Firefighting Brigade), ambulance, and staff from Red Cross and the police force.

When asked if there were incidence of injury or fire during the course of the revelry, Esteves said, “Wala, kasi ingat na ingat ang mga barangay officials at mga taga-rito (None, because barangay officials and residents here were very careful)."

Pogo Grande is likened to Bocaue in Bulacan as many families here are involved in the production of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic materials.

Jeepney runs over boy in Pangasinan

By Eva Visperas (The Philippine Star)

CALASIAO, Pangasinan, Philippines – A nine-year-old boy died after he was ran over by a speeding jeepney in Barangay Malabago here last Sunday.

Joshua Macaalay, a grade three pupil, was hit by a passenger jeepney (AVW-140) plying the San Carlos City-Dagupan route driven by Rodrigo Duque, 63, a resident of Bonifacio street in San Carlos City.