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Pangasinan guv gives nod to Php 100-M irrigation projects


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Oct. 3 (PNA)--The provincial government will soon embark on a Php 100-million irrigation project in Pangasinan to assure water for the farms if the long dry spell caused by El Nino phenomenon persists.

Gov. Amado Espino told newsmen the projects included the construction, repair and rehabilitation of 32 communal irrigation systems (CIS) and installation of 183 shallow tube wells (STWs) in rainfed areas not serviced by existing irrigation systems.

El Nino is expected to be felt sometime this month of October till the first quarter next year and is expected to affect the capacity of the farms to produce food crops for the people.

He said that the projects to be implemented in various areas from Infanta in southwestern Pangasinan to Umingan in the eastern side of the province is in anticipation to the long dry spell.

The governor said that the project was expected to be completed in two months just in time to mitigate the effects of the El Nino.

The project cost involves Php 56.28 million for the 32 CIS, and Php 43.7 million for the STWs, for a total of Php 100 million, which the governor said will be drawn from the loan availed of by the province from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) intended to fund agriculture projects.

The STWs are set to deliver water to 18,139 hectares of land tilled by 16,120 farmers while the CIS will irrigate some 4, 977 hectares of land to benefit some 4, 509 farmers.

Espino said the facilities would be turned over to the farmers thru their respective associations as soon as they were completed

Meanwhile, the governor announced that aside from the Php 100 million allocated for the irrigation projects, the provincial government also allocated Php 186 million for the operation of Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) for 2015.

Dagupeño inmates complete biometrics

By Elsha Marie Soriano

DAGUPAN CITY (PIA) – At least 439 detainees at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in this city have completed their biometrics data through a series of satellite voters’ registration and validation conducted by Commission on Elections (COMELEC) here.

Lawyer Ericson Oganiza, election officer in Dagupan City, said the series of satellite registration and validation for inmates in Dagupan was held on April 16, July 8, and September 10-11 this year.

Based on the COMELEC Resolution No. 9012, satellite registration held in detention center is in line with the commissions’ mandate to ensure electoral participation to all citizens including the vulnerable sectors where detainees belong and the need to enhance the mechanisms for detainee registration.

In a news release, Jail Warden Kenneth Bid-Ing of BJMP-Dagupan said the 439 detainees were able to complete their biometrics data because of the COMELEC’s effort to reach out to persons deprived of liberty for them to exercise their right of suffrage in 2016.

Meanwhile, COMELEC in Pangasinan also conducted satellite registration and validation in detention centers of San Carlos City, Urdaneta City and Balungao town on September 25 to ensure that detainees in the province will be able to register and choose their leaders during the election period. (MCA/EMS/PIA-1, Pangasinan) - See more at:

P100-M irrigation projects set for 39 Pangasinan towns


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Oct. 1 (PNA) -- At least 39 towns in Pangasinan are set to receive small irrigation systems within the next 60 days.

This was gathered during the Institutional Development Officers (IDOs) Meeting of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) on Thursday (October 1) at the OPAG Provincial Nursery in Barangay (village) Tebag, Sta. Barbara.

Governor Amado Espino Jr. led the meeting with about 60 OPAG technical personnel attending.

The governor said the irrigation projects include repair and rehabilitation of 32 communal irrigation systems worth P56.282 million and installation of 183 units of shallow tube well irrigation projects worth P43.718 million.

The communal irrigation systems repair jobs such as on diversion works, canal structure, canalization, repair of pump house/ engine set/ pump sump, protection wall will provide irrigation water to a total of 4,977 hectares of farmlands in 20 towns.

This will serve at least 4,509 farmers who are members of 32 associations in Infanta, Sual, Mangatarem, San Carlos City, Bayambang, Sta. Barbara, Manaoag, San Jacinto, San Fabian, Sison, Pozorrubio, Urdaneta City, San Manuel, Asingan, Umingan, Tayug, Balungao, San Nicolas, Natividad, and San Quintin.

Meanwhile, the 183 units of shallow tube wells will be distributed to the 32 towns, most farmlands of which are rainfed.

These tube wells will irrigate some 18,139-hectare farmlands in Agno, Burgos, Sual, Dasol, Alaminos City, Bolinao, Bani, Bugallon, Aguilar, Basista, Urbiztondo, Malasiqui, San Carlos City, Bayambang, Mangaldan, Manaoag, San Fabian, San Jacinto, Sto. Tomas, Pozorrubio, Sison, Bautista, Villasis, Alcala, Binalonan, Laoac, Sta. Maria, San Quintin, Umingan, San Nicolas, and Tayug.

At least 16,120 farmers from the 171 farmers' associations are the project beneficiaries.

Espino said the irrigation projects will be given to the farmers' associations to promote institutionalization, as the farmers themselves will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of these facilities.

The budget for these project will be taken from the over P758-million loan of the provincial government from the Land Bank of the Philippines.

The provincial government is also providing water pumps to different towns yearly.

"In the next 30 or 50 years, we will remain as an agricultural province," the Governor reiterated, citing further that irrigation systems in Pangasinan are still insufficient.

Prior to this, Oftociano Manalo, president of the Pangasinan and Region 1 irrigators' associations, said that at least a P2.6-billion fund for the second phase of the re-regulating pond of the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (ARIIP), is yet to be released.

According to National Irrigation Administration (NIA) administrator Florencio Padernal, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has already approved the completion of the ARIIP, Manalo said.

He said if the ARIIP is completed, the province of Pangasinan alone can provide rice supply to at least 30 percent of the country's population, leading to rice self-sufficiency.

The first phase of the ARIIP, opened on July 23, 2013, serves about 36,850 hectares and almost 30,000 farmer-families in the 12 towns in Pangasinan namely Mapandan, Malasiqui, Sta. Barbara, Calasiao, Mangaldan, Manaoag, Laoac, Binalonan, Urdaneta, Villasis, Asingan, and San Manuel.

Meanwhile, Manalo said, the second phase will cover an additional 25,000 hectares of farmlands in the Pangasinan towns namely San Nicolas, Tayug, Natividad, San Quintin, Umingan, Sta. Maria, Balungao, Rosales, Alcala, Sto. Tomas and Bautista.

It will also serve as far as the town of Cuyapo in Nueva Ecija; and San Manuel, Moncada and Anao in Tarlac.

Further, officer-in-charge provincial agriculturist, Dalisay Moya, said the irrigation projects will be distributed as the Philippines is bracing the impact of El Niño which started October 1 till March next year.

However, she disclosed so far the province is not yet affected by El Niño.

The IDOs meeting is geared at receiving specific project implementation directions from the Governor, in orienting the OPAG technical personnel on their duties and responsibilities like IDOs, and in presenting final list of irrigation projects.

Fidel V. Ramos library to rise in Pangasinan

By APRIL M. MONTES (VHS/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, Sept 30 (PIA) – A library-cum-museum will soon rise at the University of Pangasinan in this city to be named after former President Fidel Valdez Ramos (FVR), a notable son of the province.

Funded by the Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation at Php3 million, the President Fidel V. Ramos Library will serve as a catalyst for literacy and shall house the memorabilia of FVR so people will remember his life and be inspired of what this former president has stood for.

Ramos, the 12th president of the country, led the ground breaking ceremony and the unveiling of a giant tarpaulin showing the architectural designs of the library-cum-museum which was held at U-Pang last September 25.

Grateful for the opportunity to have a library-cum-museum named after him, FVR said that this investment must not be seen as another profit-making venture but as a legacy for a better future of the younger ones.

As a better legacy for the youth, he said that “it is education that is most important because it is the leveller of the uneven playing field.”

“If I have reached this high point in my life, it is education that has made it possible. I am truly committed to education as our weapon of mass upliftment,” Ramos said.

Meanwhile, Ramon del Rosario Jr., president of PHINMA Corporation that owns the University of Pangasinan, said that the decision to name the library for FVR was made with the hope that this edifice will help students draw inspiration from one of the great few who gave fruition to freedom.

“Today, we have the rare opportunity to pay tribute to a living, breathing patriot who has changed the course of Philippine history and reminds us that there is hope for our country,” said Del Rosario.

The President Fidel V. Ramos Library is set to be inaugurated in March 2016.

‘Start-up Weekend’ project to bolster entrepreneurial skills of technology scientists


DAGUPAN CITY, Sept 29 (PIA) - Technology scientists from all over North Luzon are urged to join the ‘Start-up Weekend’ project aimed at bolstering the entrepreneurial skills of these human resources.

Vanjie Padilla, President of the Pangasinan Information and Communication Technology Council (PICTC), said the ‘Start-up Weekend’ serves as a catalyst for individuals to share their ideas, explore opportunities, and take risks in a safe environment with access to proper tools. It was conceptualized mainly to introduce technology in traditional business, she added.

“A key facet of the Startup Weekend – and a central value for participants – is the spirit of complete collaboration and ownership. It shortens their way to success and eliminates early start-up mistakes that inexperienced founders eventually encounter during the early phase of the business," Padilla said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information agency on Thursday

“In this program, ang mga problemang nakikita sa lipunan, pwedeng gawan ng solusyon through the proper use of technology at yun ang ipapakita ng ating mga scientists,” she added.

Pangasinenses with different skill sets - developers, coders, designers, business people, and students with technical background - are qualified to join the three-day event.

Padilla said the provincial government of Pangasinan and other local government units support the endeavour . She said Gov. Amado Espino,Jr. has been supportive of events that showcase young Pangasinenses' ideas and talents.

The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO) also expressed support for the Start-up Weekend which is part of a global movement to spawn fast-growing ICT businesses in the Philippines.

Come November 6-8, participants will embark on an intense 54-hour course which focuses on building from scratch a web or mobile application that could form the basis of a viable start-up business.

Aspiring entrepreneurs get a minute to pitch their ideas before a vote is applied by a group. Contributors will split themselves among the selected projects to lend their skills in making the product. Teams will form organically, consolidate, and begin working. Curating the right mix of enthusiastic local participants is part of the magic of the Startup Weekend, Padilla explained.

Interested individuals or parties could register starting today at

4Ps beneficiaries to undergo livelihood training


BAYAMBANG, Pangasinan (PNA) -- At least 7,448 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) here will undergo sustainable livelihood training to be conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Kasama Kita sa Barangay Foundation (KKSBF) in October.

Levin Uy, municipal councilor and executive director of KKSBF, said the training is under entrepreneurship program called “Puhunan ko, Palaguin ko.”

“We will teach them (4Ps beneficiaries) how to start their own businesses,” said Uy.

He said the one-day training will be followed by skills technology transfer training and the micro-finance capitalization.

“In the micro-finance capitalization, KKSBF will lend capital for the upcoming businesses of those who will finish all the trainings,” said Uy.

KKSBF is a non-government organization in this town which provides skills training in cooperation with the different government agencies such as the Technology Skills Development Authority (TESDA), DTI and the Department of Scoial Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Since 2014, at least 2,701 graduated with National Certificate II in computer hardware servicing, housekeeping reflexology, cosmetology, entrepreneurship, beauty care and Moringa (malunggay) production.

KKSBF also provides micro-financing for backyard enterprising in the town.

“Our town has the highest poverty incidence, that is why we thought of providing alternative livelihood and additional income to our town mates,” said Uy.

Dr. Cezar Quiambao, KKSBF president, said they are set to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Pangasinan State University (PSU) in Bayambang to open a course on meat processing and food preparation.

“We want to help more people here and alleviate poverty especially for the poor or those who belong to the 4Ps, as we do not just give them fish, but teach them how to fish”, said Quiambao.

5 Pangasinan towns to offer free public wi-fi connection

By Elsha Marie Soriano (VHS/EMS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, Sept 26 (PIA) – Various public places in five Pangasinan towns will soon offer free wi-fi connection to the public through the “Juan Konek” program of the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), bent on providing access to information, communication and technology.

Director Cheryl Ortega of DOST-ICTO Field Operations Office – Luzon Cluster 2, said the free wi-fi connection, which will be initially installed in selected schools and public places of the five towns in Pangasinan including Dagupan City, is in response to the implementation of the Television White Space (TVWS) technology.

Ortega said the program, which aims to enhance the internet accessibility for Filipinos in order to accelerate economic, social and education opportunities and reduce the digital divide, will cover all the 3rd to 6th class municipalities nationwide with a P1.4 billion fund.

The five municipalities in the province that will be provided with free wi-fi connection of the DOST-ICTO are the towns of San Jacinto, Laoac, Sta. Maria, Tayug and Natividad, she said.

Ortega disclosed that the public places such as public libraries, public schools, plazas, town hall, government hospitals and rural health units are the areas where the free public wi-fi shall be installed.

She said that in order to ensure availability of the service to as many users as possible, a fair usage policy will be implemented where as user registration will be subjected to three different levels with applied data limits per day.

The three registration levels are as follows: device identification with 50 megabite (MB) data per user per day; government passport or identification with allotted 100MB per user per day; and government digital certificate with 300MB per user per day or equivalent to one gigabyte per month.

“If the user consumed all the data allotted for him or her each day, data connection will be automatically stopped to give other user an opportunity to use the free internet connection,” Ortega said adding that the program would like to serve as many people as possible.

She added that the project, once fully implemented, will serve every user with 256 kilobits per second (kbps) of bandwidth per day regardless of their level of registration.

2,000 volunteers collect trash on Lingayen beaches

By Johanne Margarette Macob (Inquirer Northern Luzon)

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—Cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic cups and straws were gathered on Thursday by 2,000 volunteers who assembled to clean up the beaches here.

The trash collected from almost 2 kilometers of beaches weighed 700 kilograms by the time the volunteers completed their task, which was timed with the observance of the 30th International Coastal Cleanup Day, said Rowena de la Cruz, provincial solid waste management coordinator.

The volume of trash was an improvement, said Celso Salazar, head of the community environment and natural resources office (Cenro) based in Dagupan City.

“I never failed attending coastal cleanups and I can say there has been a big change here …. It was difficult to find trash,” he said.

Gov. Amado Espino Jr., who led the cleanup, made the same observation.

“Although the provincial government has assigned several employees to maintain the cleanliness in the beaches, many beachgoers now have the discipline [to properly dispose of] their trash,” he said.

Most towns in the province have also shown improvement and boasted that most rivers, including the Agno River, now exhibit better water quality and better discharge flow, he said.

Espino helped launch the “Save the Lingayen Gulf” coastal cleanup project in 1993 when he served as a police official. When he was elected governor, he expanded the program to include the river cleanup project, “Ilog Ko, Aroen tan Bilayen Ko.”

“My only concern now is the western area, along the Kakiputan Channel. There are still a lot of fish pens, fish cages and illegal structures [operating there],” he said.

Pangasinan-Vizcaya road rehab to spur regional trade

By Orly Guirao

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union— The full rehabilitation of the historic 23-kilometer Valle Verde Trail that connects Pangasinan to Nueva Vizcaya is seen to increase the volume of commercial-trade exchanges between the Ilocos and Cagayan Valley regions.

Rehabilitation works started on Monday by Tarlac-based contractor Northern Builders, with massive levelling and widening of the trail to 20 meters for a two-lane highway.

An initial fund of P300 million has been released by the Department of Budget and Management, Assistant Regional Director Ronnel Tan of the Department of Public Works and Highways said in an interview.

He said an additional P300 million each year thereafter has been programmed for the project until it is cement-paved by 2018 at a cost of P1.5 billion.

The initial fund, Tan said, will also cover the cost of a 63-linear-meter bridge and three other smaller bridges along deep ridges of the trail.

The trail was a supply route of the US Army during the Pacific War, and used as an escape way by the retreating Japanese forces, led by Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita on his last grasp at power.

Expected to be opened to traffic next year, the road will cut travel time in the transport of agricultural products from Cagayan Valley to Metro Manila by two hours via the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway at its entry point in Carmen, Rosales, Pangasinan.

It takes five hours from Dalton Pass in Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya, to reach Quezon City due to heavy traffic along the Daang Maharlika from Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija to the North Luzon Expressway entry point in Santa Rosa, Bulacan.

Most farm commodities from Cagayan Valley are rice, corn, peanut and banana. Cattle is also being shipped weekly to Urdaneta City in Pangasinan, considered the livestock trading center in the Ilocos region.

The Ilocos region, particularly Pangasinan, supplies the fish needs of Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela and Quirino provinces.

Pangasinan and Nueva Vizcaya are enmeshed in a boundary dispute over Barangay Malico, the highest peak of the Caraballo mountains, with a climate similar to that of Baguio City. It is being eyed for development as a mountain resort.

But the controversy, according to Pangasinan Board Member Ranjit Shahani, will get drowned with the Valle Verde Trail in full use as a link road between the two regions.

More ‘blue mussels’ detected in Pangasinan waters


DAGUPAN CITY, Sept 24 (PIA) – Following the discovery of blue mussel species in the waters of Dagupan City a month ago, more of this kind were detected in the coastal towns of Anda and Bolinao, all in Pangasinan province.

Dr. Westly Rosario, chief of the National Integrated Fisheries Technology and Development Center (NIFTDC), said the initial discovery of blue mussels (mytilus edulis) in Sitio Tocok of Barangay Lucao in the city surprised him and other aquaculture scientists as the specie used to be found only in cold regions like North America, Europe and Scotland.

Prior to the discovery, the country has only two types of mussels: the brown and the green-lipped.

“When I gave the sample to the United States for DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) analysis and profiling, the scientists were surprised to know that blue mussels grew in a tropical country like the Philippines,” Rosario said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency office on Thursday.

Rosario said they have used the GPS (global positioning system) to know the blue mussels' extent of distribution in Pangasinan waters. Recently, his team discovered more blue mussel species in the Caquipotan channel in the coastal towns of Anda and Bolinao.

Rosario could not tell how exactly these blue mussels came about but attributed it mainly to the long rainy period in the past weeks.

“Perhaps this (blue mussels proliferation) occurred during the long rains when mild fish kill happened where even the green mussels were threatened. Normally if an organism dies, another organism will dominate the field. In this case, the green was replaced by blue mussels,” Rosario explained.

He said NIFTDC will allow the sample blue mussels to live until eight months to find out how big these can grow.

The NIFTDC, under the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), is looking into the possibility of propagating blue mussels commercially as it wanted to develop and expand the culture of the aquatic creatures' population.

"If this happens, this will mean another source of livelihood for Pangasinenses because according to reports, blue mussels are expensive in other countries,” Rosario said.

DMCI disposes stake in TPLEx concessionaire

By Daphne J. Magturo (Reporter)

THE DMCI group has completed the disposal of its stake in the concessionaire of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx) to the San Miguel group for P1.83 billion, after it secured approval from the government.

“DMCI Holdings, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary DM Consunji, Inc. have concluded the sale of their respective shares in Private Infra Dev Corp. (PIDC) to Rapid Thoroughfares, Inc. PIDC is the concessionaire of the TPLEx,” DMCI Chief Finance Officer Herbert Consunji told the stock exchange in a disclosure yesterday.

The transaction involved 1.499 million shares at P1,219.40 apiece, representing a combined 25.11% stake. This brought the San Miguel group’s stake in TPLEx concessionaire to 70.11%.

“San Miguel wanted 100% ownership. They paid a fair price,” DMCI Holdings Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Isidro A. Consunji said in December, when the deal was first announced.

Broken down, DMCI Holdings’ stake is composed of 1,449,681 shares or 24.29% of PIDC’s outstanding capital stock; while that of DM Consunji covers 49,002 shares or 0.82%.

The closing of the deal, which was approved by DMCI Holdings’ board of directors on Dec. 19, 2014, was subject to compliance with certain conditions, including obtaining the consent of the Toll Regulatory Board and the Department of Public Works and Highways in line with the Toll Concession Agreement.

TPLEx is expected to cut travel time between Manila and Baguio to two to three hours from six hours. Construction of the 88.5-kilometer (km.) project started in August 2010 and its entire length will have nine exits: La Paz in Tarlac City, Victoria, Gerona, Paniqui and Moncada in Tarlac; Rosales, Urdaneta City, and Pozorrubio in Pangasinan, and Rosario in La Union.

San Miguel controls the concessionaires behind the South Luzon Expressway and Manila Skyway.

Its unit Optimal Infrastructure Development Corp. won last May 2013 the P15.8-billion public-private partnership project to build Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway, which will link the main airport and Bagong Nayong Pilipino Entertainment City Parañaque City near Manila Bay.

The diversified conglomerate San Miguel, together with Indonesia’s Citra Group, last September 2013 secured the green light from President Benigno S. C. Aquino III to build P26.5-billion Skyway 3, a 14-km. toll road that will link the North and South Luzon expressways.

Casa Real restoration finally kicks off


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Sept. 21 (PNA) -- Restoration of the Casa Real in Lingayen to its old grandeur during the Spanish time will soon be a reality following the relocation of 47 informal settlers who illegally occupied its back portion for years.

Angelito Pedeglorio, caretaker of the Provincial Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Office (PHUDCO), confirmed that the relocation of informal settlers to a housing project in Sitio Aplaya in Barangay, Pangapisan, Lingayen paves the way for the all-out restoration of the edifice.

A report said these families used to reside in Sitio Lagasit before they moved at the back the abandoned Casa Real.

Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. said he wanted to put things in order first before finally restoring the Casa Real, one of the oldest public buildings in Pangasinan which served as the seat of the provincial government during the Spanish era.

The Casa Real, earlier declared as a National Historical Landmark, will be restored in three phases.

The provincial government set aside P5 million to be used in project's pre-restoration works to include boring test and exploration and shoring protection of the remaining walls, perimeter fencing and support roofing, all under Phase 1.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) set aside another P30 million to come from the General Appropriations Act (GAA) to be spent for Phase II while the Tourism Infrastructure Economic Zone Authority (TIEZA) made available another P50 million for Phase III.

The administration of Gov. Espino envisions to transform Casa Real into a provincial museum to house historical and cultural relics and memoirs that can provide every Pangasinense and the future generation a visual source of information and appreciation of one's native culture.

Dagupan, DOST sign MOU on Tech4ED program



DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez along with other mayors of Pangasinan signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the implementation of the Tech4Ed program in their respective localities.

The signing took place during the ICT Multi-Stakeholders Forum on September 18 at Jimmy L. Fernandez Center, CSI Stadia, attended by some 2,000 students, teachers, and city/municipal and barangay officials.

Under the Technology for Economic Development (Tech4ED) program, everybody will have access to information technology which includes not only training but also educational materials as well as for potential entrepreneurs on how to use the technology and even for farmers to improve their livelihood.

“This will help everyone acquire ICT skills to enable them to expand their social economic development until it becomes a cycle and makes the community more progressive,” said Ray Espiritu, spokesperson of the DOST ICT Office.

Part of the program is the provision of free Wi-Fi to nine public schools under the “Juan, Konek!” campaign which will provide the students and teachers free access to Internet for educational purposes.

The nine public schools are the Dagupan City National High School, Carael National High School, East Central Integrated School, Federico N. Ceralde Integrated School, Judge Jose De Venecia Sr. Memorial National High School, Salapingao National High School, Pugaro Integrated School and Bonuan Boquig National High School.

Each of the nine public schools was provided with complete computer sets for their Tech4ED centers by the city during the forum.

“Today the entire city takes one bold step in technology and embraces a future of promise for our schools, our children. We have handpicked the first nine public schools and two public facilities to benefit from this program because this important tool of technology will certainly add more value and enhance the quality of learning of our students,” said Fernandez.

Fernandez said that the Tech4ED program compliments the vision of her Balon Dagupan, wherein the city is now in the final stages of completing a new land use policy that would govern the spatial development of the city for the next 10 years.

“A new growth center shall rise where the opportunities for the growth of technology and information shall thrive. With our Smart Cities initiatives, we hope to be able to make Dagupan one of the country’s next Web City, as a hub of technology and services which shall, in turn, step up more developments and establishment of new enterprise and create more employment for our people,” said Fernandez.

Fernandez was elated that the DOST-ICTO, through Commissioner Monchito Ibrahim and other IT and business processes outsourcing industry leaders chose Dagupan and have committed to help the city in charting its roadmap for the creation of an IT-BPO hub.

Also present during the MOU signing were Mayors Silverio D. Alarcio Jr. of Laoac, Constante Agbayani of San Fabian, Rodrigo Rafael of Natividad, and Kim Amador of Manaoag.

4,000 join world's coastal cleanup drive in Dagupan


DAGUPAN CITY, Sept. . 19(PNA)-- Some 4,000 people, composed of city hall employees, barangay family, school teachers, volunteers, students and servicemen on Saturday took part in the International Clean-Up Drive initiated by the worldwide organization Ocean Conservancy.

Ocean Conservancy is a non-governmental environmental advocacy group which protects ocean and marine life. The clean-up drive is observed yearly every month of September in order to clean the sea from tons upon tons of garbage being recklessly dumped every year.

Three coastal areas, 20 river areas and creeks were simultaneously cleaned through the spirit of volunteerism.

“We were really surprised by the number of volunteers who joined the clean-up drive. We overshot our target of only around 300 to 400 volunteers for today’s activity,” said City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Ronald De Guzman.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez spearheaded the cleanup drive at the Tondaligan Park before she went to Barangay Pugaro, where from 300 to 400 coconut trees were simultaneously planted along the coast of Pugaro by officers and members of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants-Pangasinan Chapter led by City Budget Officer Luz De Guzman.

All 31 barangays, along with the local media, schools, colleges and universities, non-government organizations and the DILG family, participated in the drive.

Dagupan’s Negosyo Center now open for MSMEs

By APRIL M. MONTES (VHS/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, Sept 18 (PIA) – Local entrepreneurs and those aspiring to start their own business now have a place to go if they need help as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched the province’s second Negosyo Center in this city on Thursday.

Regional Director Florante Leal of DTI in the Ilocos said the Negosyo Center is a one-stop-shop of services built to support start-ups and address the needs of existing micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

“It aims to promote job generation and inclusive growth through the development of MSMEs that facilitate local job creation, production and trade in the country,” Leal said during the launching ceremony.

Provincial Director Peter Mangabat of DTI-Pangasinan said the center was created to comply with Republic Act 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act authored by Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV and signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III last July 2014.

Stationed inside the DTI-Pangasinan office in Arellano Street here, Mangabat said “the Negosyo Center will offer services such as business registration assistance; business advisory in the areas of product development, market access, financing, and investment promotions; and business information and advocacy.”

Meanwhile, trade officials expressed confidence that the creation of the Negosyo Center in Dagupan City will be sustainable as the city government and the local business community have assured their full support.

“With this Negosyo Center, I am sure we’ll be attracting more people to come in and invest because we can show that not only Dagupan but the entire province of Pangasinan are business-friendly,” said Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez as she thanked Sen. Aquino for sponsoring the Act that supports small entrepreneurs.

Howard Chua Cham, president of the Pangasinan Micro-Small-Medium Enterprises Development (PMSMED) Council, expressed the support of the private sector to the Negosyo Center saying, “Thank you for making it easy for entrepreneurs to put up their business. No reason not to register.”

RA 10644 requires that Negosyo Centers be present across all municipalities, cities, and provinces in the country. The Negosyo Center established at the DTI-Pangasinan office is the 91st in the country and the agency targets to put up 100 Negosyo Centers nationwide by the end of 2015.

One Negosyo Center was already established in Alaminos City last June rendering services to the western district and soon one will be opened in Rosales town for entrepreneurs in eastern Pangasinan.

Dagupan, Pangasinan receive Seals of Good Local Governance


DAGUPAN CITY, Sept. 17 (PNA)--The city of Dagupan and 40 other Local Government Units (LGUs) in Region 1 received their Seals of Good Local Governance (SGLG) from the Department of Interior and Local Government on Sept. 16.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez received Dagupan's SGLG during a Conferment Ceremony at Oasis Country Resort and Hotel in San Fernando City, La Union.

"I am thankful and blessed that our efforts in making good our performance following the matuwid na daan (straight path) of President Aquino was recognized", Fernandez said after receiving the award.

The City of Dagupan passed all the core and essential criteria for the coveted award such as good financial housekeeping, disaster preparedness and social protection, business friendly and competitive LGU, peace and order and environmental management with high ratings.

Six of the nine cities in the region were conferred with the SGLG. These are the cities of Laoag, Vigan, San Fernando, Alaminos, San Carlos and Dagupan.

Of the four provinces, only the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan are SGLG awardees.

Sixteen of 44 municipalities of Pangasinan namely Alcala, Basista, Bautista, Bayambang, Binalonan, Bugallon, Burgos, Dasol, Laoac, Mabini, Malasiqui, Mangaldan, San Fabian, Sta. Maria, Sto. Tomas and Sual also received their respective SGLGs.

Risa Hontiveros, PhilHealth Director and Akbayan Party chair, who delivered the message of former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, encouraged the LGUs to continue with the “daang matuwid” program and never take good governance for granted.

The SGLG introduced by resigned Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas is the upgraded version of the Seal of Good Housekeeping during the administration of late DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo.

DILG Region 1 Officer-In-Charge Director Julie J. Daquioag confirmed that in the whole country, Region 1 recorded the most number of SGLG awardees.

The awardees also received the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) of P7 million for the provinces, P5 million for the cities and P3 million for the municipalities to be used by them for their respective priority projects.

NGCP continues to boost facilities to ensure stable power supply in Pangasinan


DAGUPAN CITY, Sept. 16 (PNA) -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) continues to improve its operations in the province of Pangasinan through the construction of various facilities.

At present, the NGCP is building a new power substation in Barangay Balingueo, Sta. Barbara town and upgrading its San Manuel substation in anticipation of the bigger electric load demands in the central part of the province, which is now transforming into a big catchment area for businesses and industries.

Jose Arellano, NGCP head in Northern Luzon, said the substation in Sta. Barbara, set to be operational in March next year, will have 1 x 100 megavolt ampere (MVA) and will be the third NGCP substation in Pangasinan.

The two other power substations are located in Kadampat, Labrador and in Nagsaag, San Manuel, which are both running at 1x100 MVAs. However, NGCP is boosting the San Manuel substation with another 1x100 MVA.

The twin projects are parts of the 10-year program of NGCP for the reinforcement and rehabilitation of its transmission system, explained Redi Remoroza, head of the transmission development and plans of the corporation.

Arellano said the construction of another sub-station and the upgrading of another will soon be a big boon to electric consumers in Pangasinan. The Balingueo substation, he said, will be an alternative source of power for the four electric distribution utilities in Pangasinan.

The three distribution utilities are the Dagupan Electric Corporation, the Pangasinan Electric Cooperative I, the Central Pangasinan Electric Cooperative and the Pangasinan Electric Cooperative III.

Remoroza confirmed that the provision of additional substation and the upgrading of the San Manuel substation is in anticipation and in support of the economic expansion of Pangasinan that would need more support from the power sector.

It is in the central part of Pangasinan, which incidentally is the most populous area of the province, where shopping malls are presently crowding, which necessitates support from the power industry.

At the same time, the NGCP officials appealed to the public to help safeguard the facilities of their company to ensure the continuity of transmission of electricity from the power plants to and from their systems to electric distribution utilities.

There are two power plants in Pangasinan. These are the San Roque Hydro-electric Plant in San Manuel, Pangasinan, and the Sual Coal-fired Power Plant, the biggest of its kind in the whole country.

Arellano cited possible pilferage of parts of transmission towers located in many isolated areas of Luzon by thieves that may disrupt the transmission of electricity and cause power outages affecting homes, schools and factories and everyday life of the people.

He called for people's cooperation to safeguard the facilities of NGCP not only against thieves but also against possible saboteurs.

Pangasinan provincial gov't hands out P250,000 to calamity victims


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Sept. 15 (PNA) -- The provincial government through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) distributed Tuesday a total of P256,000 financial assistance to at least 55 families affected by natural calamities such as twister (buhawi), monsoon rains, and typhoons that happened last July.

PSWDO Chief Emilio Samson reported that five families (one each from the towns of Bani, San Fabian, Sta. Barbara Calasiao, and Urdaneta City) that registered one death each due to the past typhoons Falcon and Egay were given P10,000 financial assistance each.

On the other hand, four families in Bani also received P10,000 from the provincial government when their respective houses were totally damaged by the two-week monsoon rain last July, while one family whose house suffered minor damage was given a cash assistance of P3,000.

Meanwhile, four families from Anda town whose houses were totally destroyed by twister were given emergency shelter assistance worth P10,000 while 41 families in the coastal town of Sual received P3,000 each for their partially damaged houses.

Samson said that the cash assistance was given by the provincial government to the affected families to be used by them for repair of their damaged houses, as start-up capital for small businesses, or for their personal needs.

The amount, he said, is a form of support from the provincial government under the leadership of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. together with Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. and the members of the board to include Liga ng mga Barangay president Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III.

The provincial government earlier distributed P920,000 to over 100 families that were affected by twisters in the towns Asingan and Bayambang sometime last June.

DTI holds consumer education seminar for local entrepreneurs

By APRIL M. MONTES (VHS/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, Sept 14 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently conducted consumer education seminars to owners and managers of business establishments in the province that tackled the remedy provisions of the Consumer Act of the Philippines or Republic Act 7394, among others.

Provincial Director Peter Mangabat of DTI-Pangasinan said the seminars were given for free to enjoin the members of the business sector to provide the best customer service to a client which is the most effective way of advertising their business to the public.

“Topics discussed during the consumer education seminars include handling complaints, establishing a Consumer Welfare Desk, improving customer service and the salient features of the Consumer Act of the Philippines,” he said.

Mangabat encouraged members of the business sector who have yet to avail of the consumer education and advocacy seminars from DTI to take advantage of this assistance to help them improve their customer services and to facilitate the resolution of complaints filed by their customers.

“The business firms that have already availed of the said DTI seminars have no regrets and they told the agency that a satisfied customer is their best advertisement,” he added.

For inquiries on the free seminars and assistance of DTI-Pangasinan, visit its office at the 2nd Floor of Star Building in Arellano Street, Dagupan City or call telephone nos. 515-3183 or 529-6177 or send an E-mail at

BFAR eyes bigger oyster production

By Tita Roces

DAGUPAN CITY—The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 1 is setting its sights on developing oyster production due to the growing demand for oyster sauce in the market.

This was disclosed by BFAR Region 1 Director Nestor Domenden during the 26th Fishery Industry Forum here noting that while demand for oyster sauce is increasing, supply of oyster however is not expanding.

He said the supply has to be addressed today to avoid a situation where processors (of oyster sauce) have to rely on importation of oysters so oyster producers’ linkage to oyster sauce manufacturers are being worked on.

He added there is an initial intervention by BFAR by distributing 600 floating oyster rafts to registered fisher folk. Each raft measures 9 x 9 meters and can produce each 20 tons of oyster every six months, he said.

“We aim to make Region 1 as key contributor to the shellfish development program,” Domenden said.

He identified the towns of Anda, Bolinao, Bani and Alaminos City as the oyster production areas.

Meanwhile, Dr. Westly Rosario, BFAR-National Integrated Fisheries and Technology Development Center (NIFTDC) in Dagupan City, told The PUNCH in an earlier interview that based on his study on the oyster industry in the Philippines, total production from 2005 to 2007 has been increasing from a total volume of 16,494,89 metric tons (MT) to 20,508.05 MT valued at P105,974,000 to P142,011,000.35.

There are seven local species identified but only four are considered of commercial value. C. iredalei, Saccostrea malabonensis, S. palmipes and S. cucullata. Endemic species were found in 13 provinces such as Cavite, Bulacan, Bataan, Pangasinan, Sorsogon, Batangas, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Catbaloga, Western Samar, Northern Leyte and Capiz.

Rosario expressed elation over the renewed attention by BFAR to shellfish culture in the Philippines.

“It’s about time. We have been giving so much effort to this and now we are set to embark on the real task. If mariculture is said to be for the rich, this shellfish program will greatly benefit the poor fish farmers,” Rosario said.

Pangasinan's pride may be next PHL's chess grandmaster


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Sept. 12 (PNA) -- Possibly within the year, the country may produce another chess grandmaster (GM), the 21-year-old Haridas Pascua, who is now only 48-Elo rating away from reaching this elusive milestone.

The Mangatarem town native, who just finished BS Information Technology at University of Baguio, is presently one of the country's International Master, which he won when he was only 19 years old after successful campaigns here and abroad.

Haridas, presently a GM-candidate, graced the opening of the Pangasinan Chess Festival on September 12 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PDTC). He is presently honing his skills for his next international outing.

"If I win in my next international competition in Malaysia this Sept. 17, I'll earn the needed minimum Elo rating for me to become a grandmaster," said Haridas.

The Pangasinan chess champ's current Elo rating is 2,452 while a GM title requires a minimum of 2,500 Elo.

Elo, named after its creator Arpad Elo, a Hungarian-born American physics professor, is a rating system usually use in calculating the the relative skill levels of players in such competitor-versus-competitor games as chess.

Haridas said he aspires to be like Magnus Carlsen, a 24-year-old Norwegian who is presently the top chess player in the world, with an Elo rating of 2882, the highest in history.

Haridas is Pangasinan's second chess IM, 57 years after the late Rodolfo Cardoso of Alaminos City made history for being the first Pangasinense IM.

According to his prime mentor, his father Gilbert, Haridas started playing chess when he was just four years old.

"We had this stall in the market where chess club members used to play. Haridas has been fond of watching these players, then he would ask on the different moves, until eventually he started playing as well," recalled Gilbert.

Haridas said his first-ever tournament was won when he was just five years old.

At second grade, he was one of the chess delegates to the Palarong Pambansa, the country's national game for pupils and students.

During the 5th Pangasinan Chess Festival, Haridas led the over 500 chess enthusiasts who participated in the chess clinic which serves as a preparation for them to three chess tournaments sponsored by the provincial government namely 5th Pangasinan Age Group Chess Championship on October 10-11, 5th Pangasinan Chess Championship on November 7-8, and 7th Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. Cup Open Chess Tournament on December 11-13.

He is also a consistent winner in the Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. series of chess clinic and tournaments, which according to him, has further honed his chess skills.

Haridas then expressed his gratitude to the provincial government particularly to Governor Amado Espino Jr. for the consistent support to his chess career and to chess, in general.

He also said those who want to be like him, must continue working hard and participating in chess tournaments and clinics such as as the Pangasinan Chess Festival, as these greatly hone skills.

Meanwhile, the Espino is positive that more Pangasinan youth will follow Haridas's footsteps.

"I am very happy that I have been a part of his (Haridas) victory," he said.

Espino also expressed his gratitude not only to the participants but mostly to that parents of the participants for their support to their children's interest.

"You are the real heroes of our chess program," he remarked.

He also vowed his continuous support to the chess programs even when he ends his term as a governor next year.

This year's series of chess clinics is set on Sept. 12, 13, 19 and 20. Lectures include topics on chess's moves, tactics, opening strategies, and relative values of the pieces.

Now on its fifth year, the brainchild project of the Espino administration is geared at developing further the playing skills of locals to represent the province in various chess competitions here and abroad.

According to PCL President Juan Vicente Sison, Pangasinan is the only province in the country that holds a chess festival.

He also noted that since the chess clinics started in 2010, the number of participants has been constantly increasing.

Tourist arrivals in Pangasinan reach 2.4M in 2014


DAGUPAN CITY, Sept. 11 (PNA) -- Some 2.4 million tourists, both domestic and foreign, visited Pangasinan last year, data from the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) showed.

Malou Elduayan, provincial tourism officer, speaking during the KBP Forum on Thursday, said the number was compiled by the Pangasinan Tourism Officers Association with members in every town and city of province.

Among the spots in the province visited by most tourists were the Minor Basilica of the Lady of Manaoag, the Hundred Islands National Park, the Balungao Adventure Trail, and the Provincial Capitol, among others.

Consequently, there were 344,000 tourists who were accommodated in hotels and inns in Pangasinan based on records of various accommodation establishments. This means the other tourists just made whirlwind visits and did not stay overnight or a day or two.

Elduayan said all these statistics indicate that the number of tourists visiting the province is now steadily increasing, confirming previous reports that the province was the most preferred tourist destination in Region 1 last year.

She added that her office has just conducted a seminar at Star Plaza Hotel in Dagupan City for hotel and inn operators, as well as local government tourism officers that discussed the importance of keeping a record of the number of visitors who lodged and used their establishments.

She said they have also started conducting seminars to house owners who may want to open their respective houses under the homestay program for tourists, noting that existing hotels and inns may not be enough for all the tourists coming to Pangasinan.

The first of such seminar was in Dasol town, which is famous for its Tambobong beach facing the West Philippine Sea.

At the same time, she said that the provincial government headed by Gov. Amado Espino Jr. has not stopped attracting investors who may want to build additional tourist facilities to cater to the needs of tourists.

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