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DPWH, DENR to save all remaining trees along Manila North Road


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 27 (PNA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) along with other stakeholders agreed to save the remaining more than 700 trees along the Manila North Road (MNR) from Carmen, Rosales to Sison, Pangasinan.

Those to be saved, according to the agreement signed by all parties, include 21 trees on both sides of MNR that were earlier certified by DENR as dead.

In their consultative meeting on tree cutting along the MNR held on August 26, 2014 at the Capitol Resort Hotel in Lingayen, the concerned agencies - provincial government, DPWH, DENR, and various environmentalist groups - agreed upon three items as binding upon all agencies and groups present in the meeting.

These included item 1: "There will be no more cutting of trees, except that a tree may be felled only upon final determination by an independent expert with the concurrence of all parties/agencies in interest that the tree has no more chance of survival."

The agreement also declared that the "DENR and the DPWH shall implement immediate and effective measures to heal and rehabilitate the trees."

"An independent expert who has the capacity to determine the status of the trees shall be consulted, and together with all agencies and groups here present, shall jointly accompany the expert in the actual inspection of all affected trees," the agreement further said.

Rafael Howard Baraan, Pangasinan provincial administrator, said the agencies present in that meeting will immediately conduct an inspection of the trees.

"All measures shall be exerted to save the trees," he assured.

Meanwhile, provincial environment and natural resources officer Leduina Co, cited the August 11 memorandum of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje ordering all regional directors of the DENR and Environmental Management Bureau to return to the DPWH all applications for environmental compliance certificates and tree-cutting permits. This memorandum was the main reason for the agreement.

The memorandum required all DPWH directors and engineers to prove that all options had been taken to avoid tree cutting for road projects before the DENR allows the cutting of trees.

For their part, Narchito Arpilleda, DPWH Region 1 administrative officer, vowed that they will follow the instruction given by DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson "to continue with the (MNR) widening project without cutting trees."

Other signatories in the agreement were Virginia Pasalo of the Pangasinan Historical and Cultural Commission; Patricia Gwen Borcena of the Green Research; Julia Senga of the International Visitor Leadership Program; Fernando Estrada Jr., Teodorico Agcolicol Jr., and Alberson Sagun, all, of the DENR; and Rex Paderes and Andres Nicer of the DPWH.

Pasalo said that the agreement is for them to reiterate Provincial Resolution No. 269-2014, as she cited that two mahogany trees, which were said to be "dead", have been cut even after the said resolution was ratified.

Provincial Resolution No. 269-2014 expressed the sense of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan opposing the cutting of trees along the national roads within the province, with intent to preserve as many trees as possible with stern warning to the DPWH Third Pangasinan Engineering District not cut any of the standing big trees, more or less 700 in all, along the MNR.

"This is an affirmation of the group's concurrence to that resolution...this (agreement) is a proof that the agencies agree to the position of the provincial board of Pangasinan that there should be no more tree cutting," remarked Baraan.

It can be recalled that the MNR widening project required the cutting of 1,829 trees along national highway in the eastern Pangasinan towns of Rosales, Villasis, Binalonan, Pozorrubio, Sison, and Urdaneta City.

At least 1,059 trees had already been cut by the DPWH from November 2013 until the expiration of its tree cutting permit last February, leaving 770 uncut trees.

Western Pangasinan District Hospital inaugurates 2 new buildings; eyes upgrading


ALAMINOS CITY, Aug. 26 (PNA) -- The Western Pangasinan District Hospital (WPDH) inaugurated on Tuesday its new two-storey building in line with its imminent upgrading and reclassification into level 2 hospital.

The new building houses the out-patient department (OPD) in the first floor providing services for medical, surgical, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, and treatment unit; and the administrative offices in its second floor.

Provincial health officer Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa De Guzman said the new building will provide a "one-stop-shop" for the family member/s of patients.

"They no longer go from one place to another," she remarked, citing that all the needed services of the family members particularly administrative are in one building.

According to the WPDH chief of hospital, Dr. Susan Meriño, minor renovations at the WPDH medical and pediatrics have been provided previously but it wasn't until the assumption of Governor Amado Espino Jr. in office that he hospital has been given major developments.

Meriño disclosed that WPDH is currently classified as level 1 hospital but it has applied to become level 2 under the new hospital classifications set by the Department of Health with full departmentalization and an increased bed capacity from 75 to 150.

WPDH, one of the 14 hospitals being operated by the provincial government, is currently catering to patients from the nine municipalities and one city and others from nearby localities of the first congressional district of Pangasinan.

It is expected to serve more patients with its anticipated upgrade, she said.

Espino, the guest speaker during the new building's inauguration ceremony, said that WPDH was in a state of "complete disarray" and had only 27 patients in 2007.

WPDH, one of the 14 hospitals being operated by the provincial government, has already exceeded its occupancy rate for the year 2013 by 74.02 percent and 48.59 percent in January-June 2014.

Espino said that his vision for WPDH is 95 percent completed with the remaining works as the renovation of the building where the administrative offices once were, the putting up of air conditioning systems, and the paving of all the road network within the WPDH.

He said he still has 21 months to finish the work in accordance with the provincial strategic direction of making "Pangasinan the Home of the Healthiest Filipinos."

Espino also disclosed that the province will soon be bidding out for the procurement of at least one ambulance for each of the 14 provincial government hospitals.

Meanwhile, De Guzman said that come September, Oriental Mindoro Governor and president of the Governors' League, Alfonso Umali Jr., will lead officials of his province in conducting a study tour in Pangasinan to learn on how the Pangasinan provincial government hospitals carry out their efficient delivery of health services.

Last February, officials of the province of Cebu led by its governor, Hilario Davide III, observed and learned from the health system of the province.

The province has also been awarded Regional Hall of Famer for hospital management.

DA funding concreting of alternate road to Dagupan City


DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan Aug. 25 (PNA) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA)is funding the concreting of a portion of the the 2.4 kilometer Mangin- Tebeng road in Dagupan which is an alternate road to the city from adjacent Calasiao town.

Second Highway District Engineer Yolanda Tangco confirmed that P11 million from the DA was coursed through the Department of of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to fund the concreting of 1.2 kilometers of the Mangin-Tebeng road.

The road is now dilapidated and causes too much inconvenience to motorists taking this road especially during the rainy season.

Barangay officials of Mangin and Tebeng in Dagupan earlier sought the concreting of their road to ease the burden of their people, especially school children who are using the road daily.

Tangco explained that the project cannot be funded by the DPWH whose main concerns are national highways as the Mangin- Tebeng road is only a barangay road.

The barangay officials then requested the assistance of the city government, which subsequently forwarded their request to Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia.

Although she does not have fund for this, De Venecia cannot let her constituent hear-broken. Thus, she scouted for funding from the national government and luckily and found that DA was ready to help.

Tangco said that the second engineering district already received the list of projects to be constructed in their area which include the concreting of the 1. 2 kilometer portion of the Mangin- Tebeng road in the amount of P11 million from the DA.

She admitted however that the amount allocated for the construction is not enough to cover the whole stretch of the road in view of its planned design which will be based on the specifications of a national road.

There is also a need to build slope protection in areas beside fishponds, she said.

“We hope the barangay people will also allocate additional width from their respective properties so we could comply with the standard of 6.10 meters width for national roads”, said Tangco.

She added that to date, the DPWH has already conducted preliminary detailed engineering studies including the survey of the area, to be followed by the publication of bidding and bidding of the project itself, and later its implementation by whoever is the winning contractor.

“But prior to the bidding and implementation, we are still awaiting the issuance of a special release allotment order (SARO)which is important before a project could take off”, said Tangco.

She expressed hope, however, that the construction of the project will begin by the last quarter of this year.

“We hope that there will be another release of funds through Congresswoman De Venecia to complete the entire concreting of the Mangin- Tebeng road," Tangco said.

Pangasinan execs seek full operation of irrigation project

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

SAN MANUEL, Pangasinan, August 24 (PIA) – Pangasinan officials have clamored for the completion of an irrigation facility here which will harness and store water releases from the San Roque Dam and provide irrigation to provincial farmlands.

Irrigation raises the land's productivity by providing sufficient water supply to raise yield per hectare per crop and by following a second crop to be grown during the dry season when yields are potentially higher.

Sixth District Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas said the project's first phase would not benefit Pangasinan farmers yet because of the suspended work on the 10-kilometer main canal and other critical infrastructure to connect the reservoir to the river systems in the eastern part of the province.

At the inauguration of the reservoir’s Phase 1 project earlier this month, Gov. Amado Espino Jr. appealed to the national government through Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agriculture Modernization Francis Pangilinan to allocate funds to finish the P4.6-billion re-regulation pond of San Roque Dam.

He said the east bank gate of the main canal has to be completed before water can flow to 10 more eastern Pangasinan towns, two towns in Tarlac and one town in Nueva Ecija.

He added that the entire project would boost the government’s goad of food security while improving the income and living standards in the agriculture sector particularly the poor farmers.

Oftociano Manalo, president of Regional Federation of Irrigators’ Association, also made the same appeal saying “deliver us water and we will deliver food on your table.”

For his part, Pangilinan said he supports the province’s position given Pangasinan’s stature as a food bowl in Luzon.

“Farmers are valuable because they provide the food that we eat,” he said.

Dagupan to receive additional fish peocessing equipment from DTI


DAGUPAN CITY, Aug. 23 (PNA) -- The city of Dagupan will soon receive fresh batch of fish processing equipment and machinery under the Shared Service Facility (SSF) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that intends to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the countryside.

This is provided for in a memorandum of agreement signed by Mayor Belen Fernandez with Natalia Basto-Dalaten, chief of the Business Development Division of DTI Pangasinan, last Aug. 20.

The SSF program seeks to enable MSMEs access to better technology and equipment that will increase their productivity and competitiveness in local and international markets.

To be received by the city from DTI are Php898,735 worth of equipment and machinery which will include a heavy duty stove, two smoking machines, five platform trolleys, four stainless working tables, two vacuum packaging machines and three chest freezers.

Similar SSF equipment and machinery were earlier given by DTI to the Dagupan Bangus Processors Association based at Malimgas Public Market Phase II in July last year through the requests of Pangasinan (4th District) Rep. Gina de Venecia and Fernandez.

Fernandez lauded the initiative which she said will definitely improve the standard and quality of processed bangus produced by backyard processors in support of the initiative of the city to export this product.

Meanwhile, Dalaten said the equipment to be given will help other bangus processors increase their production, ensure sanitary standards, and further enhance product development.

Dalaten added that the DTI will be coordinating with the LGU with regards to the National Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Project (NICCEP) in order to train bangus stakeholders in a series of capability-building seminars that seeks to improve the aquaculture industry.

FEATURE: Irrigating Pangasinan's farmlands

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

DAGUPAN CITY, Aug. 23 (PIA) - The biggest irrigation facility in the country opened its gates on August 8 to meet the purpose it was built for — provide irrigation to the farmlands.

The P4.3-billion irrigation component of the San Roque Multi-Purpose Hydropower Dam, known as the re-regulating pond, was inaugurated in San Manuel town to irrigate up to 55, 000 hectares of farmlands in eastern Pangasinan and parts of Tarlac.

With a pond area of 67 hectares and a holding capacity of 3.94 million cubic meters, the newest structure will harness and store water releases from the San Roque Dam during its peak power generation to be utilized for irrigation.

Construction of the reservoir started in 2011 as an integral part of the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (ARIIP) but its extension projects - the Ambayaoan-Dipalo River Irrigation System and the Lower Agno River Irrigation System - are yet to receive funding to complete the infrastructure works for the whole irrigation package in the next two years.

Despite the delay in its operation, the facility would help the marginalized farmers in said areas increase their production.

Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. said irrigation is a big help in agriculture citing that increase in production highly depends on the amount of water that will irrigate the farmlands.

The National Irrigation Administration estimated P1 billion-worth of incremental harvests from the irrigation system this year which will increase to P5 billion by 2016 if the remaining work will be finished.

While waiting for the entire project to be completed, farmers in the towns of Asingan, Binalonan, Calasiao, Laoac, Mapandan, Manaoag, Mangaldan, Malasiqui, San Manuel, Sta. Barbara and Urdaneta City can smile for a while for the gift of steady irrigation with the opening of the re-regulating pond.

As Presidential Adviser on Food Security Francis Pangilinan said, projects worth billions of pesos would be useless if the result would not redound to an increase in farmers' income.

Pangasinan SPES summer jobbers receive final paychecks


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 21 (PNA)– The 100 beneficiaries of the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) received their remaining remuneration from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

DOLE Regional director Grace Ursua and Provincial Employment Service officer Alex Ferrer handed the checks covering the remaining remuneration of the students at the PESO office here last Aug. 19.

The students were hired by the provincial government as summer jobbers in coordination with DOLE and worked from April 14 to May 14.

Each student received P3, 272 to pay their 20-day work that they rendered in various departments of the provincial government during the summer season.

The amount comprised the remaining 40 percent of their salaries shouldered by DOLE as they already received 60 per cent of their pay from the provincial government last May, which was equivalent to P4, 909 per student.

Over all, each summer summer jobber received a total of P8,181.80 for the complete duration of their working period last summer.

Director Ursua congratulated the students for becoming productive citizens even as she lauded the province and Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. for embarking on projects aimed at helping the Pangasinan students who belong to low income families.

This also brings to the fore the program’s objective of teaching the youth the values of self-reliance, hard work and imbibing in them the sense of responsibility, she said.

Ursua also thanked the governor for providing a very comfortable and modern PESO office for Pangasinan and for the continuous support that the province has been extending to students and the unemployed.

On the other hand, Ferrer said since 2008, the provincial government through the PESO has been in partnership with DOLE in implementing SPES program and it was Gov. Espino who increased the number of beneficiaries from 50 to 100.

Jay Anne Lacuesta Sabangan, a graduating student in Business Administration at the Pangasinan State University-Bayambang Campus, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the governor and DOLE for the support which enabled her to complete her studies.

Urdaneta City's lying-in clinic inaugurated


URDANETA CITY, Pangasinan Aug. 20 (PNA)—A new five bed-capacity lying-in clinic funded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the city government was inaugurated here on Wednesday.

The DILG allocated P2 million for the project while the city government of Urdaneta headed by Mayor Amadeo Perez IV provided almost the same amount which was used in the acquisition of equipment, facilities and completion of the project.

Dr. Bernardo Macaraeg, city health officer, said that the construction of the clinic is in support of the program of the Department of Health (DOH) aimed at zeroing infant and maternal mortality rate in the city.

"The DOH likewise discouraged pregnant women to deliver or give birth in their houses but rather on a facility that could ensure their safety as well as their child”, said Macaraeg.

The clinic will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week under the managementp of the City Health Office (CHO). It will serve as a birthing center for uncomplicated normal spontaneous delivery. Prenatal check-ups and new born care will also be available.

It is located at the old city hall in barangay Poblacion where the former office of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) and the city engineering office used to be located.

"We made it accessible to the people so that they could easily find it," said Macaraeg.

Meanwhile, Macaraeg assured that the fees to be collected from the patients operational cost will just be minimal as compared to the fees being charged by private clinics and other hospitals, while the indigent patients will not be charged as they will be assisted by social workers.

The clinic is now operational although some other minor requirements are yet to be provided.

The inauguration program for the lying-in clinic was spearheaded by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) region one director Julie Daquioag and Mayor ApPerez IV.

Jobs fair for Japan's agri, construction industry set in Pangasinan

By April Montes (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan with reports from Arly Valdez/DOLE)

DAGUPAN CITY, August 19 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Regional Office 1 said three special recruitment activities are set in Pangasinan for those seeking to work in Japan’s agriculture or construction industry.

Grace Ursua, Dole director in the Ilocos, said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has approved a local recruitment agency’s job orders for various agricultural and construction positions.

The job orders are cultivation farmers, dairy workers, vegetable farmers, food processing workers, fish processing workers, tillers, welders, metal press workers, carpenters, frame workers, water proofers, construction molders, scaffolders and others, Ursua said.

She said the special recruitment activities will be held on the following dates and venues: August 25-26 in Alaminos City; August 28 at the Public Employment Service Office of Manaoag; and September 4 at the Public Employment Service Office of Bani.

Based on the National Wages and Productivity Commission’s website as of July 31, 2014, daily minimum wage in Japan ranges from US$50.55 to US$71.10 or around P2, 414.57 to P3, 090.

Applicants are advised to bring their resumes, transcript of records, diplomas, employment and training certificates, 2” x 2” pictures and other proofs of credentials.

Dagupan to conduct mass vaccination vs. measles, polio


DAGUPAN CITY, Aug. 18 (PNA) -- Some 24,000 infants and children are set to be immunized in Dagupan for the whole month of September during a mass immunization drive slated by the city government against measles, rubella (German measles), and polio.

City Health Officer Leonard Carbonell said the mass immunization is part of the Department of Health's (DOH) “Ligtas Tigdas” campaign, which calls for the simultaneous mass immunization of Measles-Rubella (MR) Vaccine and Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) in a bid to eradicate these diseases in all parts of the country.

The polio vaccination, said Carbonell, will benefit infants and children below five years old while measles vaccines will benefit children aged 9-59 months.

There will be a fixed vaccination area for each barangay, where a team from the CHO will provide sufficient monitoring, as well as conduct rapid coverage assessment to be implemented during the mass immunization.

Dr. Carbonell said that the immunization drive aims to reach every barangay, particularly far-flung and high-risk areas, to prevent measles outbreaks and at the same time vaccinate every child who missed routine immunization.

“The city's vaccination drive is in line with the “Reaching Every Purok” initiative to make it easier for children to get their needed shots. This will ensure that no child should get sick from vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Carbonell.

He added that the CHO will also conduct an information campaign to educate parents about other vaccine-preventable diseases and inform them of the free vaccination services offered by the city.

Private and civil society organizations like the Pangasinan Medical Society, Philippine Pediatrics Society-Northern Luzon Chapter, and the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints have already pledged their support to the activity.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez called on the local health community to intensify its program to protect children from measles and polio. She added that there is no better way to avoid these diseases than by getting vaccinated.

“Under the Alagang Balon Dagupan program, we continue to bring health services closer to the barangays. And in this campaign, we will make sure that each and every child will be immunized,” said Fernandez.

Measles is a viral respiratory disease, which in some cases can lead to pneumonia, bronchitis, deafness, and even death if not given medical attention.

In Dagupan, inmates earn income in detention

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

DAGUPAN CITY, August 17 (PIA) - The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) here continues to supports inmates who want to earn income for their families while they are away from home.

Lawyer Kenneth Bid-ing, warden of BJMP in Dagupan City, said that inmates are engaged in various livelihood projects to continuously support their families while waiting for their release from detention.

“Basket making, paper mache making, candle making, T-shirt printing and food processing are most of the projects inmates are involved in,” he said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Pangasinan office on Thursday.

He said the livelihood program for inmates intends to give them hope, contrary to the belief that there is no future for individuals like them.

Bid-ing stressed that with this initiative, the perspective of the inmates as to their worth and usefulness is already changed.

He said that aside from this, a continuous education program is being given to the inmates to encourage them to follow the moral path and be able to put up their own livelihood projects once out of jail.

PWDs showcase abilities in reg'l skills competition

By Leonardo V. Micua (PNA), CTB/LVM/PR/LVM

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 16 (PNA)--Over 20 persons with disabilities (PWDs) from Region 1 took showcased their talents and skills during the regional skills competition for PWDs on August 13 at the Dagupan City Astrodome.

Dubbed as “Kakayahan 2014,” the activity is a prelude to a bigger challenge to test the ability of PWDs through various skills capability competitions.

Noemi Escalona, PWD Focal Person, said the activity serves as venue for members of the handicapped society to highlight their work excellence and potentials to become part of the country’s productive work force.

She said the Philippine’s track record in various world competitions showed that with competitive training, PWD workers could stand up and even outmatch their counterparts from more progressive countries.

Escalona said that the need to put upfront more solid and consistent proofs of their work skills is most urgent to impress among business communities and partners, that engaging qualified PWDs either as workers and entrepreneurs, makes good economics.

Thus, she expressed that “Kakayahan 2014” aimed primarily to awaken the people that even PWDs can possess the competitive quality as workers and entrepreneurs despite their handicap.

The participants who represented various parts of the region competed in painting, photography, floral arrangement, waste reuse, cake decoration, cooking, creating web pages, desktop publishing and text processing.

Winners will represent the region at the national level on December 3 during the International Day of PWDs where they will have the chance to advance to the international competition at the “2015 International Abilympics” in France.

Following is the list of winners who will advance to the national competition in December:

Painting Asio Reyes (deaf and mute) AVRC (Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center)

Photography Preciosa Quino (deaf and mute) AVRC

Flower Arrangement Froilan Tica (deaf and mute) Vigan

Cake Decoration Norman Pastor (orthopedic disability) Ilocos Sur

Waste Management Frederick Aguilar (mute) Dagupan City

Cooking Annie Rose Rumbaoa (dwarfism) AVRC

Creating Web Page Jerome Marzan (deaf and mute) Bauang, La Union

Desktop Publishing Rhoda Olermo(ortho disability) AVRC

English Text Processing Jennifer Garcia (ortho disability) AVRC

Pangasinan steps up children's immunization


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 15 (PNA) -- The Department of Health and the Provincial Health Office (PHO) have agreed to join hands in conducting a month-long campaign on National Measles-Rubella and Oral Polio Vaccine Mass Immunization (MR OPV MI) activity scheduled for the month of September.

The main objective of this campaign is to reduce the number of susceptible children in the community through vaccination, which is the best way to prevent measles and polio.

Dr. Anna Teresa S. De Guzman, PHO chief, said there will be one vaccination site in every barangay depending on the scheduled date set by the Municipal or City Health Office.

The province-wide vaccination targets all the children in the community. The campaign is intended for children aged 0-59 months old who will be given Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) while children aged 9-59 months old will be given Measles Rubella (MR).

Measles is a highly contagious disease which can be fatal. It is spread by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, or direct contact with infected nasal or throat secretions. Immunity against measles is developed following vaccination.

The PHO advised parents to visit the nearest health office in their area and submit eligible children for vaccination even if they have previous measles vaccinations or if they have already suffered from measles.

Mayor wants higher school buildings that can be used as evacuation centers


DAGUPAN CITY, Aug. 14 (PNA) -- The city school board is considering the replacement next year of all old and dilapidated school buildings in all public schools in Dagupan with two-storey buildings which can also be used as evacuation centers during typhoons and floods.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez together with Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Gloria R. Torres and Federation of Parents Teachers Association president Imelda Q. Gonzales agreed during the school board meeting on August 11 that the old school buildings be upgraded into two-storey buildings which can double up as evacuation centers during typhoons and floods.

The school board took note that Dagupan is just one meter above sea level and often gets flooded during heavy rains especially when tidal water from adjacent rivers rises.

Because of this phenomenon, Mayor Fernandez said new school buildings that will be built in the city should be made two stories if not three stories.

“If not, then there is a need to rehabilitate and repair these school buildings so that they will remain safe for our children,” said Fernandez who vowed the all-out support of the city government in this endeavor.

Torres took note of the proposal and expressed her support and cooperation for the implementation of the rehabilitation and repair of the school buildings.

Part of the program is also the construction of covered courts in all schools in the city.

The school board meeting was also attended by the different program supervisors of the Department of Education City Schools Division.

The meeting was aimed at finding ways of maximizing the school board’s budget for 2015 especially on the schools' electrical expenses and push through with the programs and projects for 2015 which will help contribute to the children’s search for knowledge especially in the different fields of science, music and e-education.

Mayor Fernandez announced that before the year ends, Dagupan will hold a Children’s Congress, a Robotics Fair and by next year, the city will start with the training of those interested in learning how to play certain musical instruments.

“This is why we are allotting a budget amounting to P2 to P3 million for the purchase of these musical instruments so that we can start the program,” Fernandez said.

The school board also agreed to conduct massive information dissemination on the Anti-Bullying Law so that the children will become aware of it and prevent them from committing the infraction without them knowing fully well the consequences of their acts.

Carabao milk program for underweight children on in Pangasinan


BUGALLON, Pangasinan, Aug. 13 (PNA) -- In a bid to improve the nutritional status of the severely underweight children in this town, the municipal government recently launched a program that provides daily milk supply to them using carabao's milk.

From July 24 to date, at least 221 severely underweight children aged 0-71 months old have been receiving 200-milliliters of carabao milk drink daily.

The program dubbed "Adopt a severely underweight child" is part of the municipal government's joint action and initiatives to eliminate (JAIE) malnutrition in partnership between the local government unit (LGU) and the private sector.

According to municipal consultant Amado Aquino, various elected officials led by town mayor Jumel Anthony Espino, LGU department heads and personnel, and private individuals have sponsored the 90-day milk supply of the kids from the 24 villages in the town.

The milk supply is being delivered house-to-house by barangay health scholars.

Intuitive progress assessment will be done after a month.

Meanwhile, other malnutrition programs in the town include supplemental feeding for day care centers pupils for 120 days in barangays for the 0-two-year old children, and for grade schoolers.

Espino said they are focusing on nutrition as their town in the last five years has been identified as the number one among the towns with high prevalence of malnutrition by the provincial health office.

The validation conducted by municipal health office on nutritional status of the children in Bugallon identified 668 underweight and 221 severely underweight children of the over 10,000 children aged six year old and below.

"Our target is zero malnutrition," Espino said.

The local chief executive said that they are expecting integration of their programs such as the milk program and the intensification of their carabao industry.

At present, the milk supply in their milk program for kids is being taken from the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) processing plant in Asingan town.

However, Espino said that once the carabaos awarded by the PCC to the Bugallon-LGU- through the Free Farmers Federation- start milking, they will be able to cater to their own demand for nutritious milk.

He noted that at least 32 of their carabaos are now pregnant and anticipated to begin milking in October.

At the same time, Espino said that they are eyeing to be the carabao milk processing center in the western and central Pangasinan.

He disclosed that if their carabao industry continues to flourish, there is a plan to put up a carabao milking station in either Bañaga or Salasa village, with the LGU shouldering the building while the PPC will donate the equipment.

The mayor concluded, "I really want to push our carabao industry, as Bugallon is known for carabaos. We have a big carabao structure in front of our town center."

1,000 pupils in Pangasinan receive school bags, supplies from volunteers


DAGUPAN CITY, Aug. 12 (PNA) -- Some 1,000 Grade One and Kindergarten pupils from selected public schools here received free school bags containing school supplies, raincoat and whistle from volunteers coursed through City Councilor Jeslito Seen on Tuesday.

Seen said that this is his regular project every school year which aims to encourage the pupils to study hard.

'"I collected donations from volunteer sectors so there won’t be a need to use the funds of the local government for this project”, said Seen.

The CSI group of companies and the Rotary Club of Central Pangasinan were among the sponsors of Seen’s project.

Pupils who received the school supplies are from the West Central Elementary School, Mangin Elementary School, Caranglaan Elementary School, Calmay Elementary School and Carael Elementary School.

Seen expressed optimism that more volunteer and private groups will donate for his project even as he admitted that the donations were not enough to benefit all the pupils in the city.

A whistle was also added among the school supplies as it has been realized that this is useful in emergency cases such as flooding and other calamities.

EU donates P10-M for city’s One-Stop Diagnostic Center

(CIO/Patrick Cendreda)

A state-of-the-art diagnostic center will soon rise in Dagupan City to further expand the healthcare services being provided by the city government for the city’s marginalized sector.

This will be made possible through the P10 million grant from the European Union (EU) for the construction of the modern diagnostic facility.

The project was bared by regional officials of the Department of Health when they met with Mayor Belen Fernandez and City Health Officer Leonard Carbonell.

The diagnostic center will be equipped with modern diagnostic equipment to support a more comprehensive medical services planned for the center.

Services to be offered at the center will include x-ray, ultrasound, food and water testing, and drug testing. It will also be equipped with an ECG or electrocardiogram station.

The laboratory at the second floor of the CHO will be relocated at the new facility to make it more convenient for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

The diagnostic center will be located at the old PNP station building, beside the CHO building in Barangay Herrero Perez.

“This is really a milestone for the city in terms of healthcare and being responsive to the medical needs of our beneficiaries,” said Carbonell.

The establishment of the diagnostic center will be part of the strategic health agenda of the local government, which includes increasing financial risk protection through PhilHealth enrollments, improving health facilities, and achieving better health outcomes.

Under Fernandez’s Alagang Balon Dagupan program, a total of 15,993 beneficiaries have been given free health services from January to June of this year via the barangay-wide medical missions.

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