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BSP official confirms counterfeit money comes out before every election


DAGUPAN CITY, March 5 (PNA) -- An official of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has confirmed reports that counterfeit money usually comes out months before the election.

Luzviminda Soriano, BSP assistant director in Dagupan City, said this during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) forum in Dagupan City on Thursday.

Thus, there is a need for people to scrutinize the paper bills they are receiving, she said, even as she hinted that some politicians or their supporters may have something to do with the fake money in circulation prior to every election.

This had, in fact started as there has been a report by the police that a woman identified only as Bernadette Mangaliag, a resident of Barangay Agdao, San Carlos City, was arrested at the public market in Agno town when she bought grocery items from one store at past noon of March 4 using a counterfeit P1,000 bill.

Soriano said that the BSP has intensified its information-education drive to teach the people how to detect counterfeit money, although she also said that the New Generation Currency (NGC) which is now in circulation since last year has special features that are hard to fake.

She said it is usually in areas which cannot be reached by BSP's information-education drive where the fake money syndicate is circulating the counterfeit bills.

In her talk before KBP members, Soriano admitted that there was a number of persons already arrested by the police in the past for passing counterfeit bills and some, she added, were monitored to have already been convicted in court.

She said in cases filed against counterfeiters, it is their central office that usually authenticates whether a paper bill is genuine or fake, which usually takes time.

Ma. Lourdes Manaois, BSP research specialist, said the legal tender paper money is made up of 20 percent Philippine abaca and 80 percent cotton, which makes it hard to counterfeit.

She said the NGC bills can be felt by the hands as the numbers and letters are embossed and thus are difficult to duplicate.

But still, people are producing counterfeit money, thinking that it may not be noticed in a fast-paced transaction.

Pangasinan reaps 3rd rice achievers' award


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan March 4 (PNA)--It’s final.

The province of Pangasinan has romped off with the coveted National Rice Achievers’ Award title for the third straight year covering two cropping seasons in 2014.

This was relayed Wednesday (Mar. 4) by Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Nestor Batalla who said that Pangasinan will receive the award in awarding ceremonies to be held in Metro-Manila on March 25.

Batalla is point man of Governor Amado Espino Jr. in the provincial government’s rice program.

“The exact venue of the awarding ceremonies has not been fixed yet. But we have been notified that the province is one of the country’s top three rice producers last year,” Batalla said.

The province will receive a trophy and a cash prize of Php 4 million during the awarding ceremonies, he said. In all, the province has earned Php 12 million in cash prize from the yearly search since 2012.

“We will convince Gov. Espino to personally receive the trophy and the cash prize since this is already the third time we have been adjudged as one of the top rice producers in the country”, he said.

He added that the board of judges from the Department of Agriculture has not yet revealed if Pangasinan has finally overtaken Isabela in over-all performance. In 2013, it was third behind Isabela and Nueva Ecija in rice production.

In gunning for the award, the provincial government has banked its claim on a rice productivity enhancement program launched in 2012 when the provincial government decided to plow in funds, extend outreach technology services and provide support infrastructure to rice farmers in the province.

As a result of the program, about 150,000 rice farmers in Pangasinan harvested 1.099 metric tons of rice last year which was 34,166 tons higher than total harvests the previous year, data collected by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics had shown.

As part of the rice program, the provincial government extended partly subsidized and interest-free loans in the form of fertilizer and certified seeds to 2,130 farmers in 14 rice producing towns.

It also put on the ground Php 275 million in support infrastructure projects that included small irrigation systems, farm-to-market roads, multi -purpose pavements used for sun drying, and bridges.

In tandem with the Department of Agriculture and a non-government organization, the province expanded its seed production and distribution project that resulted in 75 percent of the province’s rice farmers shifting to the full use of certified and hybrid palay seeds.

These resulted in higher harvest for each farmer that resulted to an over-all growth in total harvests by about four percent, much higher than the national average of less than two percent.

Good farmgate prices of palay also resulted in higher earnings for each of the individual rice farmers last year.

Dagupan to launch Violence Against Women and Children hotline


DAGUPAN CITY, March 3 (PNA) -- The City Government of Dagupan is all set to launch on March 6 another hotline - this time to protect women and children against any form of violence.

The Violence Against Women and Children (VACS) hotline will be launched during the Women’s Summit at CSI the City Mall Big Atrium in celebration of the 2015 National Women’s Month.

Mayor Belen Fernandez will lead a summit on the theme “Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!”.

The summit will be graced by Akbayan Party Chairperson and Director, Health Care Providers Sector of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation Ana Theresia Hontiveros; and Cathryne Jonne T. Licudine-Dalen, Assistant Secretary, Office of the Planning and Public Affairs, Presidential Communications Operations Office.

The city's Gender and Development Focal Person Marrien Mejia said that the hotline will provide access for women who are victims of different forms of abuses including rape.

“With this hotline, we can reach out to women who need counseling, legal advice, a free check-up if there is a need for it. All that they have to do is text or call us, identify their concerns and then we will validate their concerns and give them our assistance,” Mejia said.

The city kicked off its Women’s Month Celebration on March 2 during the flag raising ceremony simultaneous with the observance of Fire Prevention Month.

Pangasinan to mark Earth Day on April 22

(MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, March 2 (PIA) – The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) will hold exhibits, clean-up drives and mangrove planting to mark Earth Day on April 22.

PENRO Chief Leduina Co said the activities will remind people to be conscious in protecting and conserving the environment so it can be enjoyed by the future generation.

She said Earth Day will also be showcased as part of this year’s celebration of Pistay Dayat (Sea Festival) and the Bangus Festival in Dagupan City to inculcate environmental protection among locals and tourists.

Previously, the provincial government deferred fireworks display during the entire duration of the Pistay Dayat celebration as its contribution in protecting Mother Earth.

The provincial government also enforced an ordinance banning the use of plastics and styrofoam on food products during the festivity.

President Corazon Aquino issued on April 16, 1990 Proclamation No. 553 making Earth Day officially celebrated in the Philippines every April 22.

Earth Day is considered the single biggest environmental celebration in the world participated in by more than 150 countries, including the Philippines, and over a billion people worldwide.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Earth Day Everyday, Everywhere, for Everyone.”

Bike-the-Dike Challenge in Mangaldan

By Hilda Austria (PNA)

MANGALDAN— The first mountain bike challenge in Pangasinan, “Bike the Dike”, wil be staged in Mangaldan on March 7 here to promote the town’s newly established bike trail as the initial stage for the its planned Eco-Park project.

The 15- kiloment bike trail, traversing six barangays, was carved along the Angalacan River where the planned Eco-Park will be developed.

The promotion of the bike trail ahead of the development of the park is aimed at capitalizing on the Angalacan river’s claim to fame as the cleanest and longest river in the province.

The planned Eco-Park Dike project, to be funded by the national government and the local government, will cover an eight-kilometer stretch, that wil feature the bike trail covering six barangays of the town.

The project, as conceptualized by the Mangaldan police station (MPS) with the local government, will not only help establish a tourist destination in the town but will also help greater awareness for the need to protect and preserve the Angalacan river system.

According to P/Supt. Jackie Candelario, police chief, the construction of a dike along the river presents an opportunity to develop an eco-park.

A bike trail for mountain bikers is already in place in anticipation of the construction of the dike to complete the portion of the addition to the upcoming Eco Park project.

Charles Buenvenida, mountain biking enthusiast said the trail here is a complete package with its uphill, downhill, sand, single track and rough terrains.

“It is friendly for beginners but requires technical and riding skills”, said P/Insp. Rommel Saguilot.

The competition will be in four categories – ladies, newbie, executive and mixed relay.

Registration fee costs P350 with a finisher’s t-shirt, race bib and other items from sponsors.

KBP Pangasinan spearheads blood-letting drive

By April M. Montes (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, February 28 (PIA) – The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)-Pangasinan chapter, in cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), recently organized a blood donation drive dubbed “Brodkaster ka na, Life Saver ka pa” at the Nepo Mall Dagupan.

Now on its second year, the initiative promoted voluntary blood donation to provide sufficient source of safe blood and to inculcate public awareness that blood donation is a humanitarian act.

It was also meant to show that a broadcaster is not only a reporter and service provider on air but can also take a lead role in saving lives by donating blood which will augment the supply of PRC.

The PRC was able to collect some 33 bags of blood from donors composed of local media practitioners, uniformed personnel and civilians.

According to Raymund Lim of PRC-Pangasinan chapter, the bags of blood collected from the activity will be of big help to meet the needed supply of blood per day which is around 60 to 100 bags.

In behalf of the KBP-Pangasinan chapter, Chairman Emmanuel Sibayan extended his sincerest thanks to all who have participated in the bloodletting event.

Aside from the blood donation drive, KBP-Pangasinan chapter also takes an active role in spearheading journalism seminars, member accreditation, environmental protection and socio-civic activities.

A regular KBP Forum is also being held in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency every Thursday.

Health research bout set in Pangasinan

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

DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 27 (PIA) – The Region I Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC)–Regional Research Contest is set on February 27 at the Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation in San Carlos City.

Dr. Lourdes Otayza, chairman of the consortium said the contest aims to provide professional and student researches a good avenue for health research and utilization.

"It also aims to strengthen collaboration between researches and institutions and promote quality health researches as parameters to quality, safe and efficient health care in the country’s increasingly difficult health condition especially the marginalized communities," Otayza told the Philippine Information Agency.

The consortium will also serve as an avenue to tap potential researchers on health , both students and professionals alike, to bring out their maximum talents, she said.

Registration fee for professionals is P100 and P50 for students.

The R1HRDC currently holds office at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in BaAtac, Ilocos Norte.

World-class Drug Treatment and Rehab Center opens in Dagupan


DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 26 (PNA) -- The country's newest modern drug treatment and rehabilitation center opened Thursday in Barangay Bonuan Binloc, Dagupan City to give a lot of hope to drug dependents so that they can get back to normal life and rejoin society as normal persons.

Costing P205 million, the bulk of which came from the Department of Health (DOH), the Drug Treatment and Rehab Center- Dagupan (DTRC-Dagupan) is a world-class drug treatment and rehab facility operated by the Department of DOH.

Located on a former desert land near the shores of the Lingayen Gulf but was transformed into an oasis of hope, the facility was first started by former Speaker Jose De Venecia Jr., seven years ago during his incumbency in the House of Representatives.

De Venecia, who led the inauguration of the facility, said it was a mission impossible at the very start considering the fact that the lot where the facility stands used to be a former desert land. The lot was donated by the family of the late Teroro Manaois whose son Cipriano was the longest serving mayor of Dagupan.

Others who graced the inauguration of the edifice were Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia, Dangerous Drugs Board Secretary Antonio Villar Jr. who was represented by his Undersecretary Edgar Galvante, DOH Assistant Secretary for Special Concerns Elmer Punzalan, Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez, former Pangasinan Fifth District Rep. Mark Cojuangco and others.

The facility is now serving 46 residential patients coming not only from Pangasinan but also La Union, Isabela, Tarlac and even Metro Manila, said Raymund Basbas, administrative officef of the center.

But the patients, Basbas said, must present court order recommending his treatment for a period of six to eight months for them to qualify as residential patients.

De Venecia started the project by putting in P16 million from his Priority Development Assistant Fund (PDAF) which was continued by his wife, Rep. Gina de Venecia, who put another P50 million that was used in the putting up the center's administrative building.

Noting that the project is not yet complete, the DOH poured P124 million while the DDB contributed another P15 million which was released through Dagupan City Mayor Fernandez.

Former Speaker de Venecia said the DTRC-Dagupan is the largest and most modern drug treatment and rehab center in the country patterned after the world-famous Habitat School of Survival in Hawaii.

He said the project could not have been possible without the full support of President Benigno Aquino III

Dr. Delfin Gubatan Jr., DTRC-Dagupan chief, said the facility adopt the same drug trearment and rehab protocol similar to the government facilities operating in Bicutan, Taguig and Tagaytay.

Rep. De Venecia said the facility is a big boon to the country considering the statisrics released by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) that there are now 1.7 million drug dependents in the country. The United Nations also tags the Philipines as having the largest number of drug dependents in the whole of east Asia, she said.

Dr. Roland Mejia, chief of Region 1 Medical Center, said DTRC-Dagupan is manned by 141 staff, all holding positions from the DOH.

Former Congressman Maek Cojuangco said he will rally all Pangasinan mayors to support the center.

Pangasinanese rules Stage Five of Ronda Pilipinas 2015


DAGUPAN, Pangasinan, Feb. 25 (PNA) -- A proud son of Pangasinan emerged from the ashes to rule Stage Five even as Navy-Standard Insurance's Santy Barnachea clung to the overall lead approaching the mountains of Baguio in the Ronda Pilipinas 2015 presented by LBC that started in Tarlac and ended here.

Dominic Perez of 7-Eleven, a 20-year-old proud son of Santo Tomas, which is a fifth class municipality located 50 kilometers south from this bustling city, came out victorious in a frantic finish to secure the first stage victory of his life in three hours, four minutes and 42 seconds.

Perez beat PSC-PhilCycling's Mark Julius Bonzo, another Pangasinan native who hails from Sual, and Cebu-VMobile's John Renee Mier, who took second and third, respectively, but finished with the same time as Perez and PSC-PhilCycling's Jerry Aquino, Jr., Navy's Lloyd Lucien Reynante and El Joshua Carino.

"This victory is for my family from Santo Tomas and the province of Pangasinan," said Perez, who took up biking since he was child but only got to compete competitively in last year's Ronda edition, in Filipino.

Interestingly, Perez said he is patterning his style as Navy's Jan Paul Morales, who currently leads the overall sprint race.

"He's my idol," said Perez of Morales, a silver medal winner in the track event of the Asian Cycling Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand two weeks back.

For Barnachea, he fought his battle with rivals George Oconer, Jr. of PSC-PhilCycling and Cris Joven of Army, whom he beat barely in this 138.9-kilometer lap by gaining from the latter two.

After five stages, the ageless 38-year-old Umingan, Pangasinan native remained unflappable on top with an aggregate time of 17:29.03, 7.38 minutes ahead of the 23-year-old Oconer, who lost a second on this one.

The 28-year-old Joven was worse, who lost 2.11 minutes to Barnachea and fell from No. 3 to No. 4 with a total time of 17:40.33 as Morales leaped from No. 5 to No. 3 with a 17:38.29.

The biggest gainers of the stage were Reynante, 2013 Ronda king Irish Valenzuela of Army and 2012 LeTour champion Baler Ravina of 7-Eleven.

Reynante jumped from No. 8 to No. 6 in 17:40.44, Valenzuela moved from No. 9 to No. 7 in 17:41.05 while Ravina zoomed from No. 12 to No. 9 in 17:41.52.

The rest of the riders in the top 10 were No. 5 Ronald Oranza (17:40.38), No. 8 Cebu-VMobile's Elmer Navarro (17:41.05) and No. 10 Spaniard Edgar Nieto in 17:42.19.

But with the dreaded ascents looming over the horizon, expect Ravina and Valenzuela, both super strong mountain climbers, to make their move.

"We'll see tomorrow (Thursday)," said Ravina, a many-time King of the Mountain in the Le Tour.

"It will be make or break for my campaign," said Valenzuela, a two-time KOM of Ronda who also once ruled a Manila to Baguio race seven years ago.

Riders face the 152-km Stage 6 that will pass through Naguillan and end at Harrison Ave.

It gets tougher from there as the race concludes with an 8.8-km individual time trial in the morning Friday and a 74.5-km criterium in the afternoon of the same day.

While Barnachea (red LBC), Morales (blue Petron), Ravina (polka dot Mitsubishi), Navy's John Mark Camingao (White Standard Insurance) remained jersey leaders, Navy's Daniel Ven Carino lost his yellow MVP Sports Foundation jersey for 17-18 years old to 7-Eleven's Jay Lampawog.

The race is presented by LBC and supported by major sponsors the Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation, Petron and Mitsubishi and minor sponors Cannondale, Standard Insurance, Tech1 Corp., Maynilad and NLEX and sanctioned by PhilCycling under Cavite Congressman Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino with TV5 and Sports Radio as media partners.

PSA holds stakeholders’ forum

By Elsha Marie Soriano (MCA/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, February 24 (PIA) – The Philippine Statistics Authority-National Statistics Office (PSA-NSO) in Pangasinan will conduct a stakeholder’s forum on civil registration at the PSA-NSO Building in Calasiao town today, February 24.

Edgar Norberte, statistician of PSA-NSO in Pangasinan, said the forum aims to raise stakeholders’ awareness on the importance of civil registration and deliberate ways on proper utilization of PSA documents.

“The forum, which is in line with the celebration of civil registration month with the theme “Sama ka sa CRVS Groupie, aims to create greater awareness on the importance of having accurate civil registration,” Norberte said.

He said accurate civil registration provides legal proof of individual’s identity and gives privileges to enter to school, to vote, to contract marriage, and to qualify for professional licenses, among others.

He added that in support to the Asian and Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Decade, PSA targets to have universal civil registration on birth, marriage and death including legal instruments.

The forum will be participated in by the provincial offices of national government agencies such as Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division, and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Dagupan LGU to have its own fire truck


DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 23 (PNA) -- The Fire Prevention Month will begin March 1 with the city government parading its brand new fire truck that will arrive on February 26.

Mayor Belen Fernandez, speaking during the flag ceremony at the city plaza on Monday, said the new fire engine will be put under the care of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).

This will be operated by the city and will not be under the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Dagupan headed by Fire Senior Inspector Ferdinand Formacion, although the CDRRMO and the BFP will be coordinating and working with each other in case of fire here.

The arrival on Feb. 26 of the new fire truck of the Dagupan LGU will be in time for the start of observance of the Fire Prevention Month, the mayor said.

Funding of the new fire engine was sourced out from the remaining unspent calamity fund of the city, said CDRRMO head Ronald de Guzman.

Personnel of the Dagupan BFP will however train personnel of CDRRMO to operate and maintain the fire engine.

"Personnel of the city government, including myself, will be glad to train so that we can respond in case fire breaks out any time," the mayor said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Fernandez called on the city population to keep their houses and establishments safe from fire during the month of March which is observed to be the hottest part of the year.

At the same time, she directed the local BFP to step up its inspection on houses and establishments to ensure that they are safe from fire and to remove any fire hazard near them.

Special hiring for nurses, skilled workers in Pangasinan

By April M. Montes(MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan/DOLE)

PANGASINAN, February 22 (PIA) – A licensed recruitment agency (LRA) will hold special recruitment activities (SRAs) in Pangasinan for nurses and skilled workers for the Middle East.

The SRAs will be conducted in the Provincial Employment Services Office (PESO) of Bani on March 5-6, 2015; in PESO Anda on March 12-13; and in PESO Bolinao on March 20-21.

Director Grace Ursua of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Ilocos Region said the LRA has approved job orders for nurses and allied professions such as pharmacy technicians, dental technicians, occupational and respiratory therapists, x-ray technicians, biomedical equipment specialists, health information technicians, patient care technicians, medical coders, anesthesia technicians, medical emergency technicians, medical photographers and others.

“The skilled workers needed include web designers, tradesmen, electrical technicians, aided design computer operators, lifeguards, graphic operators, recreation specialists, waste management specialists, audio visual technicians, carpenters, plasterers, steel reinforcers and tillers,” she said.

Ursua said there is also a demand for professionals such as accountants, day care teachers, architects, civil engineers, payroll analysts, gym instructors, library assistants, telecom senior engineers, research coordinators, planning specialists and instructors.

“Qualified applicants should take advantage of these job opportunities in Saudi Arabia,” the regional director said.

“The DOLE commends the commitment of LRAs, PESOs and other partners in promoting employment among our workers through the conduct of SRAs. While we continue to work with those concerned to increase local employment opportunities and address the job mismatch problem, working abroad remains to be an option for Filipinos,” she said.

According to Ursua, the DOLE is working to enter into bilateral, multilateral, regional, and international agreements and arrangements for skills upgrading, skills gap training, and mutual recognition of qualifications of Filipino professionals and trade workers.

“The goal is provide them more protection, open up access for their professional and trade practice, and thus, more job prospects,” she said.

All applicants interested to participate in the SRA should bring original and photocopies of their passports, resumes, transcript of records, diplomas, employment and training certificates, 2” x 2” pictures and other proofs of credentials.

Foreign investors to pour $ 1.2 billion for Sual international seaport

By Johanne Margarette R. Macob [(PNA), LAM/LVM/JMRMACOB/RMA]

SUAL, Pangasinan, Feb. 21 (PNA)-- A group of foreign investors has offered to complete the unfinished Sual international seaport that is estimated to cost some $ 1.2 billion.

Sual Mayor Roberto Arcinue, however, still withheld the name of the investors although he said Phase I of the feasibility studies on the multi-billion project are now going on with the groundbreaking rite already slated anytime this year.

He said the international seaport project will cover the area of the existing seaport funded earlier by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) under an agreement signed with the province of Pangasinan and the Sual local government about five years ago.

Under that agreement, the entire project will have a total funding of P500 million, at least P200 million from PPA and Department of Transportation and Communication; P200 million from the provincial government; and P100 million from the local government of Sual. Construction was to be done in three to four years beginning 2011.

PPA already did its part of the agreement. However, the existing seaport can only accommodate barges and RORO (roll on-roll off) vessels, since only one of three phases of the project was completed.

"The PPA has no budget. They haven't updated me on the development of the project yet," said Arcinue who is pushing hard for the completion of the international seaport in a bid to shore up development of the province.

Governor Amado Espino Jr. earlier said that even with the provincial government's counterpart of P200 million and the P100-million from the local government of Sual infused into the project, these may still be not enough to complete the second and third phases of the Sual Seaport.

He said at least P700-million is actually needed for the two other phases of the project to be completed.

At the same time, Arcinue said the Sual local government is no longer in the financial position to provide its P100-million counterpart.

Arcinue, however, said that with foreign investors' help, the international seaport will be completed to allow big sea-going vessels and cargo ships to dock, consequently allowing shipment of local products abroad.

"If there is now Clark in Pampanga, Subic in Zambales, there will be also be Sual in Pangasinan, which might be a bigger and better seaport soon," he remarked.

Arcinue said the investors are composed of Chinese, European, American, Middle East and even Filipinos.

The group, he said, has similar existing project in Dubai and China, among others.

Series of PIA, DENR forum on climate change continues

By April M. Montes (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, February 20 (PIA) – Some 80 residents and youth of barangay Quibaol here engaged in a forum on climate change held on Wednesday by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

The forum is part of a DENR-PIA national campaign to raise the awareness of participants on how climate change affects the lives of the community and to encourage participants to adapt measures on matters relating to climate change as it is taking place at present.

Leduina Co, provincial environment and natural resources officer, discussed solid waste management and urged participants to give attention to proper waste disposal in their households to prevent the spread of disease and pollution.

“Proper ways of disposing waste is very important as far as public health and the welfare of the environment is concerned,” she said.

Concern for the environment is not just the work of the government. Every citizen can do something to help solve environmental problems, she added.

Co further encouraged the residents to love, care and protect their own place of birth and their own place of residence as caring starts from themselves.

Since last year, the DENR and PIA have been implementing programs to strengthen public awareness on climate change concerns and on environmental protection and preservation to inspire multi-sectoral support, cooperation and active participation.

Activities such as campus tours, coastal clean-up and barangay fora were conducted as part of the nationwide climate change advocacy campaign with the core message “Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na Para Magbago.”

Dagupan Drug Treatment and Rehab Center opens Feb. 26


DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 19 (PNA) -- All roads will lead to Dagupan when the state-of-the-art Dagupan Treatment and Rehab Center (DTRC), located in Barangay Bonuan Binloc, is opened on February 26.

Dr. Joseph Roland Mejia, chief of the Region 1 Medical Center, said the inauguration of the edifice will be led by Department of Health Secretary Elmer Punzalan, and other invited guests including Secretary Antonio Villar Jr. of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr, and his wife, Fourth District Rep. Gina de De Venecia and Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez.

It was former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. who started the project on the six-hectare lot owned by the DOH in Bonuan Binloc. This was soon continued by his wife, Congresswoman De Venecia.

But since funding was insufficient, the DOH took over the project. The DDB contributed some funds coursed through Mayor Fernandez.

"Now the project is finally completed," said Mejia who invited stakeholders, including judges and prosecutors to attend the inauguration of the largest and only government-owned drug treatment and rehabilitation center in Northern Luzon.

To be administered by DOH through R1MC, the treatment and rehab center, is now actually operational and is presently catering to 40 male in-patients, some of whom are from Isabela, La Union and Tarlac, and also outpatients.

Mejia said drug dependents from Pangasinan who need rehabilitation were still going to a drug rehab center in Pampanga which is run by a private foundation or to a government drug rehab center in Pampanga. But with the DTRC, it is now closer to their home.

As drug treatment and rehab center, the facility has a complement of 144 staff composed of doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, among others, said mejia.

Treatment of patients is in accordance with the protocol approved by DOH, which is six months and at the end of the period, he or she is assessed and if found ready to go back to the society as a normal person, is finally discharged, Mejia, added.

Treatment and rehabilitation of drug patients has its corresponding cost but if the patient is indigent, he or she need not worry as they can ask social workers in the center to prepare the necessary documents so that they will not be charged.

In case of the other indigents, the local governments where the patient comes from may help bankroll part of the cost.

To date, the center can accommodate up to 300 patients at one time but this can be expanded up to 500 patients.

Among the facilities in the DTRC are an administrative building, staff building, dormitory, basketball court, gymnasium and swimming pool.

Dagupan City is presidential awardee as Region 1's most child-friendly city


DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 18 (PNA) -- The city of Dagupan was conferred Wednesday as the regional winner of the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Cities under the independent component city category.

Mayor Belen Fernandez, along with City Social Welfare and Development officer Leah Aquino and City Engineer Virginia Rosario, received the award from Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, during the 64th anniversary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at the Hotel Ariana in Bauang, La Union.

Dagupan was recognized by the DSWD for its continuing commitment in promoting child rights to survival, development, protection and participation, towards a Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society For, By, and With the Children.

The award is being conferred yearly to local government units to ensure child-friendly governance.

As a result of this award, the city of Dagupan is now national contender to the 2014 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Cities under the independent component city category nationwide.

The distinction was received by the city through the city's local development plan for children and a local investment plan which spelled out the rights of children for survival, development, protection and participation.

Mayor Fernandez said this achievement was the result of the combined efforts of all departments especially the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

Among the criteria met by Dagupan which enabled it to bag the award as the most child-friendly city in the region include a policy program and development for children; service delivery for the improvement of children’s health, nutrition, education and social protection; institutional development for the organizing and strengthening of local structures such as local health board, local school board.

"We were also recognized for the various programs and activities focusing on the welfare of children in terms of education, sports, disaster preparedness, environmental awareness, health, wellness, nutrition, arts and culture, special protection, resource allocation, " Fernandez said.

The objective of all these program is to institutionalize a child friendly environment in the city, she added.

"With our theme of a happy child is an empowered child, we prioritized in recognizing the rights of each young Dagupeno, and listening to their voices. It is also vital that our campaign never stops of meeting the needs of the children," the mayor said.

The Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipality and City, which was launched in November 1999, is a support activity of the Child-Friendly Movement initiated by the Council for the Welfare of Children, the government’s focal agency on children’s concern.

Manaoag shrine proclamation as ‘minor basilica’ set today

By April M. Montes (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

MANAOAG, Pangasinan, February 17 (PIA) – Thousands of devotees are expected to flock to this town today, Feb. 17 for the solemn proclamation of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag as a minor basilica.

Fr. Roland Mactal, the shrine’s chaplain, said the proclamation takes place during a mass at 4 p.m. which will be followed by a procession.

Expected to attend are Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Pinto; Cardinals Luis Antonio Tagle, Orlando Quevedo, and Gaudencio Rosales including more than 30 archbishops and bishops.

Pope Francis bestowed the title “minor basilica” to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag on Oct. 11 last year.

The word “basilica” is derived from a Greek term meaning ‘royal house.’ For Catholics, a basilica is a church building that has been accorded special privileges by the Pope.

A minor basilica is a significant church in Rome and elsewhere in the world that meets certain criteria and is given special ecclesiastical privileges.

It is traditionally named because of its antiquity, dignity, historical value, architectural and artistic worth, and significance as a center of worship.

Designation as a basilica indicates a special bond of communion with the Pope, thus the parish must celebrate with particular care the feast of the Chair of Peter on February 22, and the anniversary of the Pope’s election or his inauguration into his pastoral ministry.

Three physical signs indicate that a church is a minor basilica: ombrellone or papal umbrella; tintinnabulum or papal bell; and Papal seal.

Ombrellone is a silk canopy designed with stripes of yellow and red or traditional papal colors.

The tintinnabulum is mounted on a pole and carried along with the ombrellone at the head of the clergy on special occasions.

A minor basilica has the right to display the papal symbol – crossed keys – on banners, furnishings, and on the seal of the basilica itself.

Guv plans to develop gov't center, IT/BPO hub in Pangasinan

By Johanne R. Macob

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Feb. 16 (PNA) -- Governor Amado Espino Jr. bared plans to put up a regional government center and an information technology (IT)/ business processing outsource (BPO) hub in Pangasinan.

Espino, in his State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Monday at the Capitol Plaza, Capitol Compound, Lingayen, his 8th since he ascended the provincial capitol in 2007, said the provincial government is in talks with MTD Philippines, Inc., a multinational company, for the project, as he vowed on continuing the progress of the province.

MTD Philippines Inc. was the firm that built the Putrajaya Malasya Government Center in Malaysia.

According to Espino, the company proposed a P1-billion public-private partnership venture that will not cost the provincial government any amount.

Along with the plan on government center and IT/BPO hub, the putting up of a commercial, residential and tourism multi-purpose complex in Pangasinan is highly being considered, the governor said.

He said the IT/BPO hub plan is in accordance with the current study of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines.

Further, Espino's more than 30-minute SOPA centered on the theme "tuloy-tuloy na pag-angat" or continuing advancement in all sectors of governance- agriculture, tourism, health, employment and livelihood, infrastructure, among others- as proven by all the national and regional citations.

He said that Pangasinan remained to be a top producer of rice and corn in the previous years, as evidenced by the National Rice Achiever and National Quality Corn Achiever awards; a benchmark province in terms of health with Php 670-million fund allocated this year; and with an outstanding employment services office.

Also, Espino cited the significant growth of tourist arrivals in the province, which reached 4,224,000 in 2014 from 141,928 in 2008.

Mass vaccination of dogs in Pangasinan to begin in March

By Elsha Marie B. Soriano (MCA/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, February 15 (PIA) - The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) in Pangasinan will conduct a three-month simultaneous mass vaccination from March to May in order to eliminate human rabies cases in the province.

Dr. Eric Jose Perez, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) in Pangasinan, said the massive vaccination aims to provide immunization to the entire province’s dog population and prevent and control rabies incidence in the province in line with the celebration of Rabies Awareness Month in March.

“The massive vaccination is a concerted effort of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Ilocos Region, the provincial government of Pangasinan and all line agencies concerned in the rabies prevention and control campaign,” said Perez adding that the vaccine requirement is now subject for funding.

Perez said 70 percent of the 268,200 estimated total dog population in Pangasinan was set as PVO’s target to be immunized last year but only 22 percent or equivalent to 41,772 dogs in the entire province were vaccinated even though vaccination is a year-round activity of his office.

He said despite information-education activities, the lack of public information about rabies risks and how the disease can be prevented and controlled remains a factor to why rabies incidence is high in the province.

“Whenever we conduct dog vaccination, residents in some villages would tell us their dogs do not really need vaccination because their dogs won’t bite (a wrong perceptioon),” explained Perez.

He urged all dog owners to practice responsible ownership and get their pets vaccinated.

Based from PVO data, five human deaths due to rabies have been recorded as of February. In 2014, ten cases of human deaths caused by rabies virus was recorded up from five cases recorded in 2013, said Perez.

Likewise, he said some 33 rabid dog cases were recorded in 2013 and 26 positive rabies cases in 2014.

“Perhaps our rabies prevention and control campaign is still inadequate to educate all the people on the ground,” Perez lamented stressing that people are generally neglecting the value of their efforts to eradicate rabies incidence.

Perez added that rabies is a deadly disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans caused by virus.

“If a person is bitten by an animal, the first thing to do is wash the wound with flowing water and soap, then clean thoroughly with tincture of iodine or alcohol and immediately bring the victim to the animal bite center for treatment and vaccination,” he advised.

Dagupan approves local development plan for children


DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 13 (PNA) -- Proving it deserves the seal for child-friendly governance recently conferred to it by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), the Dagupan City government earned another milestone when its Sangguniang Panlungsod enacted a Dagupan City Local Development Plan for Children for year 2014 to 2016.

Ordinance No. 2012-2015 states that as children are one of the main units of the society, the city government needs a comprehensive workable plan in order to adequately respond to their needs to effectively promote their rights and safely guarantee their development.

Councilor Maybelyn Fernandez, also national president of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) and author of the ordinance, said Dagupan is the first city in Region 1 and only one in a few in the entire country to have adopted such an ordinance.

She said the plan encapsulates defined priority programs, projects and activities that comprehensively address the needs of children in all facets.

Moreover, the ordinance is consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which the Philippines is one of the signatories, and by constitutional fiat, already becomes part of the law of the land.

Dagupan was also awarded as the most child-friendly city in Region 1 last year and is one of the finalists for the Presidential Award as most child-friendly City nationwide under the independent city category.

Also approved by the SP was the Dagupan City Local Investment Plan for Children as provided for in Ordinance No. 2032-2015 which states that in order to achieve the Local Development Plan for Children, the city government should allocate a portion of its yearly resources to promote the welfare and rights of children.

Councilor Fernandez said the latter ordinance is necessary because the projects identified in the Local Development Plan for Children must be allocated with funds from the Local Government Unit to make these into reality.

She said these projects not only include the construction and improvement of day care centers and children's parks but also the development of functional children's center under the care of the City Social Welfare and Development Office where boys and girls in conflict with the law will be rehabilitated so that they will grow as productive citizens.

Councilor Fernandez noted that children in conflict with the law are still being brought to either La Union or Bulacan for rehabilitation, adding that it s about time for Dagupan to have one.

2,500 runners to join 2015 PhilHealth Run in Region 1


DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 12 (PNA)--Some 2,500 runners are expected to participate in the 2015 Philhealth Run here set on Feb. 15 in conjuction with the 20th anniversary of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. ( PhilHealth).

Dr. Leo Douglas Cardona, PhilHealth regional vice president for the Ilocos, said Dagupan is one of the PhilHealth regional centers that will hold the three-, five-, 10- and 20-kilometer runs on Feb. 15 as part of the agency's 20th anniversary celebration.

Cardona in a press conference on Feb. 12 said that in view of what happened in Mamasapano, Maguindanao where 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were killed, the PhilHealth Run here will be called a " run for health and peace".

Up to 1,280 runners have already registered for the race up to Feb. 11, but the PhilHealth regional office expects the target of 2,500 runners could be met before Feb. 15. The runners will not only come from Pangasinan but also from La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte where PhilHealth provincial health offices are located.

Sponsors were tapped by the agency for the PhilHealth Run that will begin at 4 a.m. that day at the CSI the City Mall parking lot in Barangay Lucao, Dagupan City.

Proceeds of the activity will be donated by the agency to The Haven, a center for abused women in Barangay Bonuan Binloc in Dagupan City operated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Meanwhile Helen Tobias, chief of field operations of PhilHealth Region 1, said as part of the agency's anniversary, 20 selected Rural Health Units (RHus) across the Ilocos will render health services to the people, especially the indigents.

This will be joint activities among PhilHealth, the local government units (LGUs) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

The services include blood pressure measurement, blood-letting, medical check up, blood typing, eye check up, dental check up, pregnancy test and weighing pregnant mothers and children.

The RHUs participants are those from Laoac, Bayambang, Urdaneta City, Anda, Alaminos City, San Carlos City, Calasiao and Dagupan City in Pangasinan; San Fernando, Agoo and Sudipen in La Union; Candon, Vigan, Sudipen and Tagudin in Ilocos Sur: and Batac, San Nicolas and Laoag in Ilocos Norte.

Cardona said that to date, of the more than five million people in Region 1, at least 87 per cent are now covered by health insurance.

TESDA holds jobs fair, exhibition game with PBA legends


DAGUPAN CITY, Feb 11 (PIA) - True to its mission to provide trainings and jobs, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will hold a mega job fair with a basketball exhibition game as a special treat.

Provincial Director Manuel Wong of TESDA- Pangasinan said the activities will be held on March 12, 2015 in Urdaneta City.

“The activities aim to promote the programs of TESDA that are aligned with technical –vocational education and training, “ said Wong during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency office.

A basketball exhibition game with the Philippine Basketball Association legends will serve as a special treat for job hunters on that day, he said.

Secretary Joel Villanueva will lead the Team Trabaho along with PBA legends Alvin Patrimonio, Marlou Aquino, Bal David and Jerry Codinera, among others while TESDA Directors and personnel in the Ilocos region will be part of the Team Rehiyon Uno.

Wong advised job seekers to bring their resume, proof of credentials and trainings, including the National Certificate (NC) for TESDA finishers during the job fair.

Wong said TESDA also offers scholarships to out of school youth. The approved scholars can choose to train from the four TESDA technological institutions that are located in the towns of Lingayen, Binmaley, Asingan and Rosales or from the 144 private tech-voc institutions in the province.

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