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P1-B loan to fund development projects in Pangasinan

(PNA), LAP/LVM/JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, July 31 (PNA) -- The P1-billion loan of the province of Pangasinan with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) is now a done deal following the signing of the loan agreement on July 31 at the Urduja House.

The agreement was signed by Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard Baraan in behalf of the province, and Cecilia Borromeo, LBP vice president, in behalf of Land Bank.

Arturo Soriano, officer-in-charge of the Office of the provincial accountant, said the projects to be funded by the loan are mostly infrastructures enumerated in the province's Annual Investment Plan.

These include roads and bridges construction, tourism-related and agriculture-related projects such as irrigation systems and other support to farmers, housing projects, and upgrading of hospitals such as the construction of the new complex at Pangasinan Provincial Hospital and procurement of equipment.

Soriano said, "Our debt service or borrowing capacity as allowed by the Bureau of Finance is P2.4-billion but we only availed of P1-billion, because if we maximize that capacity we might have difficulty paying the amortization."

He added that the P1-billion loan is just enough and will not affect the provincial government's statutory obligations like salaries of employees.

LBP made the loan offer to the provincial government "considering our good paying status," Soriano said.

Soriano explained that though the province has some savings, they opted to borrow from LBP, after securing authorization from the provincial board, to be able to fund the "big projects."

The fund will be released in parts upon the completion of every project. As of the moment, projects are yet to be bid out.

On the one hand, Borromeo, also head of Agricultural Development Lending Sector who represented president/chief executive officer Gilda Pico, cited the bank's "very satisfactory relationship" with the provincial government of Pangasinan.

"We are very inspired with the development plans of the province as most of the projects are also considered priority sectors of Land Bank so we are very happy and proudto be partners with Pangasinan," she said.

She added, "We think that it's a very good partnership as its (Pangasinan's) projects also benefit the small farmers and fishermen who are actually the mandated customers of Land Bank."

Borromeo said that the LBP is the first bank to provide loans to local government units (LGU), adding thst 90 percent of the LGUs have borrowed from the bank under the General LGU Lending Program.

Other personalities in the loan signing agreement were Filipina Monje, vice president of Northern and Central Luzon Lending Group; Jaime Cruz Jr., head of Pangasinan Lending Center; Liza Melendez, head LBP-Lingayen Branch; and provincial government department heads.

Pangasinan TESDA still accepts scholarship applicants

CTB/LVM/JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/LVMSENT FROM MY IPAD.SENT FROM MY IPADY

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, July 30 (PNA)--The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provincial office is still accepting applicants for its scholarship program on various technical and vocational courses.

TESDA provincial director Engr. Manuel Wong, in an interview last July 28, revealed that their scholarship offering is still ongoing and went on to urge Pangasinenses to walk-in and apply in their office in Lingayen.

P 50M building rises soon at PPH

By Johanne Margarette R. Macob [(PNA), CTB/LVM/JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/1410/LVMSENT FROM MY IPAD.SENT FROM MY IPADGY]

SAN CARLOS CITY, July 29 (PNA)-- From an average of about 400 patients daily, the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) may soon have a lot more patients to accommodate, with the putting up of another structure in this facility called "hospital of choice."

This was after the provincial government led by Governor Amado Espino Jr. held the groundbreaking of a P50-million-worth two-storey complex building which will be built on about 700-square-meter lot at the PPH compound.

The complex will have the emergency room in its first floor while the second floor will housethe intensive care unit (ICU), operating rooms (ORs), laboratory, and diagnostic equipment such as the computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging and X-ray.

Espino said the complex seeks to cater to the growing number of patients in the hospital which sometimes reach to over 600, from only 47 when he assumed his post in 2007.

The PPH which is said to be the biggest hospital north of Manila accommodates about 400 to 600 patients daily.

According to provincial health officer Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa De Guzman, more than P36-million of the amount to be used in the project will come from the Department of Health: P20.7-million for infrastructure to be downloaded to the provincial government and about P16-million worth of equipment. The rest of the amount will be shouldered by the provincial government.

Ground preparations like backfilling will be done in the area soon, to be followed by the bidding out of the project.

The Governor said that once funds are released, construction will start and "hopefully will be finished before the end of next year."

PPH officer-in-charge chief of hospital (COH) Dr. Policarpio Manuel said the building will be the 32nd structure to be built at the PPH under the Espino administration.

Meanwhile, effective August 1, 2014, OIC COH Manuel will serve as the permanent COH of the PPH.(p>This came after his appointment was signed by Espino last July 15, 2014.

"I accept the position as well as its attendant responsibilities and challenges," vowed Manuel.

Provincial administrator Rafael Howard Baraan, who made the announcement during the groundbreaking ceremony, said the PPH COH post has been vacant for almost a year.

Php40-M ER-OR-ICU complex to rise at Pangasinan Provincial Hospital

(PNA), FPV/LVM/PR/LVM

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, July 28 (PNA)-- Governor Amado T. Espino Jr led the groundbreaking Monday of the Emergency Room-Operating Room-Intensive Care Unit Complex (ER-CR-ICU) that will soon rise within the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital compound.

Espino said that the 3-in-1 complex worth Php50-million is the 32nd structure to rise at PPH since he assumed the governorship in 2007.

The ER-CR-ICU structure will also house a new laboratory and state-of-the-art medical equipment that are normally utilized for diagnostic purpose.

The infrastructure development will be completed in two phases. The Php 30-million budget will be shouldered by the provincial government while the remaining Php20 million budget was allocated by the Department of Health (DOH) in recognition of the province’s outstanding performance in health care services.

“We will start the ground preparations and civil works to lessen the contract price,” Espino said

He added, however, that the target completion of the structure by mid-2015 will be dependent on the release of the budget.

At the same time, the governor expressed his heartfelt thanks to the services of doctors, nurses and personnel working in the provincial hospital who have been doing their best in rendering medical services for Pangasinenses.

The rise of the 32nd building at the PPH is expected to level up further the capability of the hospital to expand its health care services for Pangasinenses, especially for the poorest of the poor, said PPH Chief Policarpio Maniel.

Manuel attested that before Gov. Espino began his term in 2007, the hospital was only accommodating 50 in-patients.

“Not until Gov. Espino assumed his office in 2007 and we started accommodating an average of 150 in-patients and more,” Dr Manuel said.

"Today, we have 431 in-patients given with quality health care services. This is an indication that PPH has been recognized as a hospital of choice,” he added.

Dr. Manuel, who will officially assume as PPH Chief of Hospital on August 1, thanked Governor Espino for his unwavering trust since 2008, and for giving him the opportunity to serve the PPH as hospital chief.

“Today is my most memorable day in my career as a doctor,” he said.

Pangasinan’s poverty eradication gets BSP recognition

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

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan July 27 (PIA) – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has recognized Pangasinan as the Most Outstanding Local Government Unit for the implementation of Credit Surety Fund (CSF) program.

Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard Baraan said the program is one instrument given by BSP that is used to enhance, support and guarantee the loans of various cooperatives in the province for their implementation of livelihood projects.

Baraan said the program, which was launched in 2011 with a P10 million seed fund from the provincial government and has now facilitated some P91 million to at least 18 credit surety fund cooperative is a partnership between the BSP, Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the Industrial Guarantee Loan Fund (IGLF).

Pangasinan CSF has a total surety fund amounting to P22.8 million that will serve as collateral for member livelihood cooperatives, Baraan disclosed.

He said through the CSF program, the provincial government aims to capacitate every household in the province and enable every head of the household to support the needs of his family.

Pangasinenses look forward to PNoy’s SONA

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

DAGUPAN CITY, July 26 (PIA) – Pangasinenses again await President Benigno Aquino III’s fifth State of the Nation which he will deliver in a joint session in Congress on Monday, July 28.

President Aquino is expected to outline his accomplishments based on his promises in his 2013 SONA.

Among the topics he outlined in his last SONA include education, agriculture, job generation, infrastructure development, sin tax revenues, health care, poverty reduction and disaster risk reduction.

In terms of poverty reduction, the Presidential Communications Operations Office said the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, which is the flagship project to alleviate poverty, reached its 4-million mark (4,090,667) in terms of household coverage nationwide as of June 25, 2014.

For health care, as of July 15, 2014, a total of 1,761 institutional healthcare providers are now accredited to provide Philhealth packages and benefits. At least 1,531 cities and municipalities with accredited outpatient clinics are now providing Primary Care Benefit packages, and 531 cities and municipalities are giving assistance on maternity care nationwide.

The DBM released P35.3 billion funds to cover the health insurance premiums of a total of 14,706,524 household beneficiaries—identified by the DSWD and the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR)—for January to December 2014.

For the education sector, the Department of Education has completely addressed the backlog in textbooks and school seats attaining a 1:1 student to textbook and student to school seat ratio.

Teaching posts for 102,623 new items have been created. Combined with the 43,214 kinder volunteers and LGU-hired teachers, these effectively addressed the 145,827 backlog on teachers.

The remaining 6,978 water and sanitation facilities are included in the 2014 budget, the report said.

Farmers and the agriculture sector were also given due priority because In the first three months of 2014, rice output expanded by 3.28 percent, or 4.3 MMT, from the 4.17 MMT during the same period last year.

Due to limited rice importation between 2010 and 2014, the government was able to save P147 billion. From 2008 to 2010, the amount paid for rice imports were P176.18 billion, eight times the amount of P22.06 billion paid for the period of 2011-2013. The money spent to buy imported rice in 2001-2010 was 2.8 times the level of support given to rice programs. The agriculture department is determined to produce 59,678,679 MMT of rice between 2014 and 2016.

For job generation, a survey by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) indicated that jobless Filipinos at least 18 years old and above rose to 27.2 percent in March, when thousands of students graduated from college. But the government disputed the figure, saying the number of unemployed Filipinos went down from 8 percent to 7.2 percent in April, according to the April 2011 Labor Force Survey of the National Statistics Office (NSO) in 2011.

Since Pangasinan is a disaster- prone province, Pangasinenses wish to hear what PNoy has done for disaster risk reduction. PCOO said from the time Project NOAH was launched, 600 automated rain gauges and 400 water level measuring stations have been installed in 18 major river basins throughout the country. The Aquino administration also continue to modernize the weather detection technology, with Doppler radars, tsunami detectors, and alerting sirens.

Since the passage of the Sin Tax Law and Universal Health Care law, the Department of Health (DOH) had its largest budget increase in history – from P53 billion in 2013 to approximately P84 billion in 2014. The bulk (58%) of the increase came from the implementation of Sin Tax Law.

Pangasinenses also expect the President to update his “boss” on controversial topics like the Congress’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program.

Pangasinan joins search for 100 millionth Filipino

(PNA), LAM/LVM/PR/

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, July 25 (PNA) -- The Provincial government of Pangasinan through the Provincial Population Office and the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital joins the nation in anticipating the birth of the 100 millionth Filipino expected to be born on July 27 at 12:06 a.m.

Ellsworth Gonzales, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Population Office, said the birth of the 100 millionth baby usher a symbolic hope for a better quality of life as he/she optimizes the challenge to make every Filipino count in development by ensuring that each Filipino is able to live in a healthy, productive, and livable environment.

Gonzales said this is also a call to make every newborn child to become wanted and ensured of his/her basic needs, such as health, education and other development concerns and aims to emphasize the importance of responsible parenthood, family planning and the implication of the 100 millionth population on the family resources, community and national economy.

The occasion of the birth of the 100 millionth baby will likewise be made an opportunity to highlight the significance of the Philippine Population Management Program in pursuing national and local development.

The Pangasinan Provincial Hospital serves as the venue for the entry of Pangasinan since the baby must be born in the biggest government hospital that has the most number of birth deliveries in each locality and must be born thru normal and spontaneous delivery, Gonzales said.

He added that the baby who will be chosen at the regional level will receive a starter kit worth P5,000 from the Regional Population Office and will be nominated as the region’s entry to the national level.

Birthing facilities will be observing the Philippine Standard Time to ensure that there is uniformity in the time of birth nationwide.

The Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila will be the national venue.

DFA satellite office opens in Pangasinan

By Dexter A. See

CALASIAO, Pangasinan—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will open in August its satellite office at the Robinson’s Place here.

Gov. Amado Espino Jr. said provincial folk will no longer have to go to Metro Manila or to San Fernando City in La Union for their passport and other travel documents.

Board Member Ranjit Shahani, on Friday said the consular office is being furnished, noting that in 2009, a building near the Capitol Complex was offered but Foreign affairs officials opted otherwise.

“The practice of DFA (is) make their services accessible to majority of the people considering that Filipinos usually patronize malls for their convenience,” he said.

During the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan at the Capitol last June 30, the Board approved Provincial Resolution 635-2014 asking the DFA and Robinsons Land Corp. to name the satellite office Narciso Rueca Ramos Hall.

Resolution authors, Board Members Mojamito Libunao Jr. and Generoso Tulagan, said Ramos was a Pangasinan luminary in the realm of foreign service and international relations.

During a meeting with DFA officials in February, Provincial Administrator Howard Baraan said Pangasinan represented about 60 percent of Region I.

The satellite office could serve the neighboring provinces of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Zambales, he added.

Dagupan Day Care kids' supplementary feeding program gets P3.5M from DSWD

(PNA), CTB/LVM/ SENT FROM MY IPAD

DAGUPAN CITY, July 23 (PNA)--Mayor Belen T. Fernandez received a check worth P3.5 million from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to bankroll a supplementary feeding program for Day Care Center pupils in 31 barangays here.

The check was hand-carried by Region 1 Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo when he and his staff called on the city executive last Monday at the city museum.

City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Officer-In-Charge Leah L. Aquino said the amount will help boost the nutritional status of children, particularly the malnourished ones, enrolled in the city's Day Care Centers for school year 2014-2015.

This was the third time the DSWD released funding for supplementary feeding of malnourished Day Care Center kids in Dagupan, twice since Mayor Fernandez took over the helm in July 2013.

Fernandez said the new outlay from DILG came as soon as the CSWD submitted a liquidation report on the utilization of the amount earlier released by the agency.

The mayor thanked the DSWD for its recent help to the city and also for the upcoming P650,000 livelihood project assistance as well as a separate 30 free housing units for homeless Dagupeños.

The DSWD earlier accredited all Day Care Centers in Dagupan after they were found to have complied with all the requirements for early childhood education set by the agency.

Two of the centers and teachers in fact received the coveted five-star recognition.

Aquino identified these centers as the Carael Day Care Center and Barangay 1 Day Care Center.

Their teachers, Armi E. Reyes and Felicidad De Leon, respectively, were recognized as five-year teacher awardees.

Fernandez awarded the two teachers a Certificate of Recognition each for their exemplary performance not only for garnering five-star awards but also for outstanding compliance to the standards set for the implementation of the early childhood care development center-based program.

She said the other Day Care Centers and teachers were given four and three star recognitions from DSWD.

More coops join PCSF in Pangasinan

(PNA), CTB/LVM/ JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/LVMSENT FROM MY IPAD

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, July 22(PNA)--More multi-purpose cooperatives (MPCs) in the province are joining and contributing to the Pangasinan Credit Surety Fund (PCSF) with which the provincial government contributed P10 million trust fund.

Rogelio Dela Peña, head of the PCSF oversight commitee, said that as of June 30 this year, there are now 23 cooperatives paying contributions from only a total of 11 cooperatives in 2011 when the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) launched the CSF in the province.

"We are also processing applications of other cooperatives that are willing to contribute to and avail of the PCSF," he said.

Records show contributions of the 23 existing member-cooperatives now accumulated to a total of P6,292,000, with a total of P41,050,000 outstanding loan.

Top coop-contributors were the Albacopa Federation of Cooperatives in Alcala town with P1.6 million, the San Gabriel Segundo MPC in Bayambang with about P1-million, and the Malingas MPC in Calasiao with P500,000.

Pangasinan Swine Growers MPC in Balungao has P320,000 share; and the Lambayan MPC in Mapandan, Pangascasan Women's MPC in Sual, and Northern Bayambang Marketing MPC have P300,000 contributions each.

Other present coop-contributors to the PCSF are the Atlas Mabuna MPC, Biba Diwa MPC, Federation of Sual MPC, Masinop MPC, Philippine Livelihood Development and Training Foundation, Inc., San Vicente MPC, Villanueva MPC, San Pedro Apartado, Narra MPC, Star Inc., Women's Unity for Progress and Farmers MPC, CASABA MPC, St. Paschal Baylon MPC, and D' Plowman MPC.

Meanwhile, bank counterparts amounted to a total of P6,670,000, at least P3 million from the Land Bank of the Philippines, P2,670,000 from the BSP Industrial Guarantee Loan Fund, and P1 million from the Development Bank of the Philippines.

On the other hand, the local government unit of Pangasinan donated P10 million trust fund, making the province among 29 provinces with the highest contributions to the fund.

The most beautiful aspect of this scheme is that those borrowing from the fund does not have to post any collateral, said Governor Amado Espino Jr., who was instrumental in organizing the PCSF.

The trust fund provided by the provincial government is itself the collateral and any member-cooperative can avail of loan up to 10 times its paid contribution with interest varying from bank to bank.

At least 4,000 families who are into micro, small and medium enterprises such as those related to palay and corn production, trading, piggery, and micro-lending have already been benefiting from the PCSF.

Last July 9, the province of Pangasinan received an award as the "Most Outstanding Local Government Unit (LGU) in support to the Credit Surety Fund" for its successful implementation of the CSF.

Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard Baraan said that the province will vie for the hall of fame award next year, as it was the second consecutive year for Pangasinan to be given such award this 2014.

Pangasinan solon consults teachers, students on their needs

(PNA), LAP/LVM/JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/LVM

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, July 21 (PNA) -- Pangasinan Second District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil consulted with teachers and students last July 18 consistent with his goal of bringing the government closer to the people.

Bataoil did this when he was guest speaker during the induction program of Pangasinan School of Arts and Trades-Department of Education (PSAT-DepEd) where he asked the students and teachers on the needs of their school.

"It's all about partnership, between the parents, between the teachers, between the students," he told the parents, teachers, and students who are officers of different clubs on how to to further achieve the vision of the school.

He reiterated that even without the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) and disbursement acceleration program (DAP), he can still serve the public by concentrating on their main task of making laws upon his consultation to the people.

Also, as vice chairman of the House of Representatives' committee on appropriations, he told them of the upcoming budget hearing after the President has delivered his State of the Nation Address on July 28.

The school principal Ferdinand Bravo thanked Bataoil and requested for the prioritization of the construction of the school covered court's extension.

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