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List of Municipalities in the Pangasinan province within Region I in the Republic of The Philippines
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Pangasinan’s employment service office receives nat'l award anew

(MCA/EMBS/PIA-Pangasinan)

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan Oct. 31 (PIA) – The Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO) of Pangasinan was recognized anew by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as the 2013 National Best PESO for the 1st Class Provincial Category.

Alex Ferrer, chief of PESO Pangasinan, received the award during the 14th National PESO Congress held recently at the General Santos City with the theme “PESO for the ASEAN Integration, 2015 and Beyond.”

PESO Pangasinan was adjudged by the labor department for its efficiency, capability and better quality of work in terms of facilitating employment of jobseekers, serving as a labor market information, providing recruitment schedules, manpower pooling, job referral and placement, and other programs benefitting the people of the province.

Likewise, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a resolution on Monday expressing sincere commendation and congratulations to PESO Pangasinan for the said feat and recognition.

“The national award garnered by PESO will serve as an inspiration and worthy example for all offices and employees of the provincial government in the province to strive for excellence in the performance of their respective work,” the resolution said.


Northern treasures shine in tourism, trade expo

By Steve Angeles (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan with reports from CIO)

DAGUPAN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) - The ‘Rimat ti Amianan’ staged at the CSI Stadia in Dagupan City from October 20-26 showcased the “best of the best” trade products, tourism sites, and services of Region 1 and the nearby provinces.

Held in Dagupan City and Pangasinan for the first time since the expo started in 1993, the week-long fair was a joint undertaking of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Dubbed as "Treasures of the North," the event was aimed at promoting and showcasing the region as a value for money tourist destination and a place to buy unique food items and other product lines that are made in Ilocos and Pangasinan provinces.

Thousands of buyers and visitors mobbed the exposition with more than 70 product exhibitors from the provinces of Region 1, 2, 4-A and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Featured were a wide array of products, from processed and fresh foods, furniture and home furnishings; gifts, housewares, and holiday decorations, garments and fashion accessories, footwear and leather goods, organic and natural products, health and wellness products, ornamental plants to tourism-oriented products and services.

The exposition was hailed for helping strengthen the marketing and negotiation skills of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region, preparing the MSMEs in penetrating national and global markets, and showcasing the tourist destinations and enhance the image of the region as a prime tourist destination.

According to the City Information Office, Dagupan Mayor Belen Fernandez was grateful to DTI and the DOT for the opportunity given the city to host the 12th installment of the event.

The expo with the theme, “Sikat Pinoy Piling-piling Produkto at Tanawin ng Rehiyon Uno” traditionally includes product and tourism exhibit, cultural shows, trainings and seminars, tourism convention, and seafood festival.

Close to 1M local tourists visit Region 1 in 2013

By Steve Angeles (MCA/VHS/PIA-1Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, Oct. 29 (PIA) – Tourist arrival in Region I has hit almost a million in 2013, the big chunk accounts for domestic tourists.

Regional Director Martin Valera of the Department of Tourism said domestic tourists reached 850,129 while foreign travellers were only at 55,759 for the entire region last year.

Valera said tourist arrival in Region I grows by 10 percent yearly and with Pangasinan having the most number of arrivals last year.

“Because of the big number of domestic tourists, local authorities may look into implementing activities to entice more locals to hop from one place to another,” Valera said during the Region I Tourism Convention held at the Stadia, this city on Friday.

Most tourists listed ‘visiting friends’ and ‘leisure’ as the top reasons for travelling based on the survey, he added.

The arrival of foreign and domestic tourists in 2013 per province is broken down as follows: Ilocos Norte -327,855 tourists with an average length of stay at 1.30 days; Ilocos Sur -142,614 with length of stay at 1.25 days; La Union – 166,920 with length of stay at 1.30 days and Pangasinan – 268,499 with length of stay at 1.09 day.

To boost tourism in a place, Valera said the market product analysis recommends prioritizing nine tourism products towards enriching the tourist experience and boosting product diversification.

These nine tourism components are: nature; culture; sun and beach; events; health, wellness and retirement; leisure and entertainment; cruise and nautical; diving and marine sports; and education.

The DOT hopes to bank on these tourism components and study the factors that will affect tourism for 2015 namely: the regional economy, prices, number of holidays, competitiveness of regional destinations, low cost carriers and level of access to infrastructure, he said.

Carson City honors late Pinoy leader Larry Itliong

By Steve Angeles (ABS-CBN North America News Bureau)

CARSON, California – Filipinos honored the late Filipino-American hero labor leader Larry Itliong with a parade in front of the monument of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal in the US.

"It's really a movement to get the community, and also everybody, to get to know about Larry Itliong and his role as part of the formation of the United Farm Workers Union," said local community leader Richard Bis.

Since 2010, the city of Carson has designated October 25 as Larry Itliong Day.

In the 1950s, Itliong, along with other Filipino leaders, led the farm workers’ fight for better wages and living conditions.

Despite Itliong’s role in helping shape present day labor unions, his work has gone unnoticed by mainstream American history, which is why leaders are pushing the movement more.

"Every year the group kept on growing and growing and growing and getting more and more support from the community," said Carson's Mayor Pro Tempore, Elito M. Santarina.

Itliong was a native of San Nicholas, Pangasinan before he worked the farms in Delano. While he’s not well known throughout Philippines, some of his province-mates honored him.

But one lawmaker wants to honor Itliong nationally.

"I will do all I can, mayor pro tem, to make this a national movement, that we can honor him, and I will do all I can to make that happen," said US Congresswoman Janice Hahn on the stage.

Last year, legislation was passed to ensure that the contributions of Filipino farm leaders were taught in California public schools. Despite the victory, it will take time and money to implement it, something that the Filipino community is working on.

1st regional agri-fishery confab set Oct 28

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

DAGUPAN CITY, Oct. 27 (PIA) - The first Regional Agricultural and Fishery Extension Network (AFEN) symposium is set to take center stage on October 28-29 at the Pangasinan Regency Hotel in Calasiao town.

Center Director Rogelio Evangelista of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) said the activity will showcase the best extension practices in agriculture and fishery and provide an avenue in the promotion of extension services and programs from the different extension service providers or ESPs.

“This activity will also develop stronger camaraderie and collaboration among extension service providers and stakeholders in the region,” Evangelista said.

The Regional AFEN is expected to be graced by about 300 municipal/city agriculturists, agriculture officers, agricultural extension workers, farmer leaders and other stakeholders from the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.

Heads of agencies and staff from 26 RAFEN member agencies will also be in attendance, Evangelista said.

This year’s theme is: “Strengthening extension delivery system towards sustainable agri-fishery and climate change resiliency.”

Tourism confab eyes integration in ASEAN economic community

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

DAGUPAN CITY, Oct. 26 (PIA) - Tourism industry stakeholders in Region 1 gathered in a convention here today (Sunday) to integrate the tourism sector in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

Director Martin Valera, Department of Tourism (DOT) director in the Ilocos, said the convention is an interaction between industry stakeholders , entrepreneurs and tourism practitioners on the dynamics of promoting travel movements in the various destinations of the region.

“The focus of discussion would be on the role of government and the private sector in the market expansion of tourism and will include special topics that will focus on very relevant issues confronting the industry, “ Valera told the Philippine Information Agency.

The special issues include initiatives such as ‘Integrating the Tourism Sector in the ASEAN Economic Community 2015’ and ‘Doing Business in Free Trade Areas (DBFTAs),’ he added.

Success stories of other regional destinations such as Region II and Davao City will also be presented to substantiate the ideas of participants on how they can successfully package and brand their destinations,

The Region I Tourism Convention is part of the week-long activities of the ‘Rimat Ti Amianan’ from October 20-26 which is being staged in Pangasinan for the first time in 11 years.

New school to develop Pnoys on shrimp technology

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

DAGUPAN CITY, Oct. 25 (PIA) – Filipinos will soon operate shrimp processing zones presently manned by Chinese and Taiwanese, thanks to the new Shrimp Technology School in Pangasinan.

The school, a first in the country, is housed at the Asian Fisheries Academy at the sprawling compound of the National Integrated Fisheries and Technology Development Center (NIFTDC) of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Dagupan City.

Dr. Westly RosarIo, center chief of NIFTDC -BFAR, said the program did not need much funding from the government as the academy partnered with a private company to come up with a school on tending to shrimps.

“Shrimp has a big market all over the world and the Philippines has a big opportunity to supply shrimp. However, we need to invest on people who will work in shrimp farms,” Rosario said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency on Thursday.

The school boasts of a comprehensive training program that will run for at least 90 days and modern facilities including a biosecurity facility.

Aside from the technology on shrimp farming which uses the penneus vannamei specie, the students are trained on values formation and simple economics, said Rosario.

The school is still open for enrolees for the 20-30 age group. Enrolees must at least be a high school graduate, fisheries course graduate or TESDA student.

“We hope after 90 days, the students have developed in their hearts all the things we taught them about shrimp tending so that they could be productive in this field and transfer the technology to others,” Rosario said.

Rosario added that the gold standard in aquaculture today is industrial aquaculture which means aqua farming must now include planning from hatchery to processing to marketing.

8th scientific confab set in Dagupan City

(MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, October 24 (PIA) – The Philippine Society for the Study of Nature, Inc.-Northern Luzon (PSSN-NL) Chapter will hold the 8th Scientific Conference at the Lyceum-Northwestern University here from November 19-22.

Dr. Irene De Vera, PSSN-NL chapter president, said the conference aims to provide sound scientific knowledge, technology and a dynamic system-based framework that enables management of human activity on a sustainable basis.

“This can be done by identifying more efficient ways and means of building capacity and ensuring acceptable quality of life for people, and presenting lessons learned and identifying success factors relative to minimizing the ecological impact of human activity to levels natural systems can sustain,” said De Vera.

She added that the conference will also serve as a forum for cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary dialogue between scientists, educators, engineers, environmentalists, social and gender scientists, concerned citizens, and policy makers on issues related to promoting a sustainable society.

“To be featured in this year’s conference are interesting keynote and plenary topics to be presented by experts in research, technological innovation and social development in promoting a sustainable society,” she said.

The conference will also feature high school and undergraduate students, and professionals’ paper competition in both oral and poster formats.

Interested participants may also join in the tour in various tourist spots in the province such as the San Roque Dam in San Manuel, Tayug Treasures, and Acop-Dam Eco Park in Rosales, Pangasinan.

The PSSN is a non-profit, non-stock, non-partisan organization whose primary function is to provide a venue for the development of strategies for wise utilization of nature and its amenities.

For those who are interested to participate and/or present a paper, contact the organizers at telephone number (075) 542-4486 or through their email address: lijerenai@yahoo.com.

Group seeks use of cut trees for school desks

By Yolanda Sotelo (Inquirer Northern Luzon)

DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines—After pledging funds to restore a Gabaldon building of the Bayambang Central School in Bayambang town in Pangasinan, an agriculture group asked the government to donate the trees cut along the Manila North Road (MNR) in the province so these can be made into desks and chairs for the school.

The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) promised an initial fund of P400,000 for the repair of the 12-classroom building, but it said Pangasinan Rep. Rosemarie Arenas would work for a P5 million fund to complete its rehabilitation.

Rosendo So, Sinag president, said his group was appealing to the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to donate the tree trunks because pieces of the school’s furniture had been destroyed when a fire hit the school in June last year.

Samuel Peñafiel, DENR Ilocos regional executive director, said trees felled along the road-widening project site on MNR would be donated to the local governments where the trees originated and schools in those towns.

“But it is possible to donate the trunks to other towns if these are really needed, in consultation with the local governments concerned,” Peñafiel said.

The road-widening project site covers a 42-km section of the MNR in the towns of Rosales, Villasis, Binalonan, Pozorrubio and Sison and Urdaneta City.

The project required the cutting of 1,829 trees along the highway. But when the tree-cutting permit issued to the DPWH expired in February, only 1,059 trees were cut.

So said making desks from the seized trunks would help students of the Bayambang Central School.

Expert fights to save trees along P’sinan road

By Eva Visperas (The Philippine Star)

URDANETA CITY, Philippines – A tree pathologist tapped to check trees along the Manila North Road (MNR) here said yesterday that he would try to save the trees that are supposed to be cut.

Ernesto Militante, a retired professor of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños, told journalists that he conducted a sampling of different tree species to see if they could still recover from girdling, which involves removing the outer layer of a tree’s trunk in order to interrupt the flow of nutrients and cause the tree to die.

Militante was here Monday to check the trees that were girdled but were not yet cut. He said each of the girdled trees must be tagged.

Militante said mahogany trees are sensitive to girdling. He said mahogany trees are not supposed to be planted along the road.

“They have big fruits, which can kill if they fall on a person,” he said, adding mahogany trees’ branches must be pruned.

Emmanuel Diaz of the 3rd Pangasinan Engineering District said the remaining 770 trees left standing along the MNR, which stretches from Rosales to Sison towns, are among the 1,829 trees due for cutting and are all girdled.

Eastern Pangasinan hospital to increase bed capacity

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

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan October 21 (PIA) – The Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital (EPDH) is set to increase its bed capacity from 75 to 150 to cater to more residents in the sixth district of Pangasinan and nearby towns.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a resolution on Monday endorsing to the Department of Health (DOH) the application for a license to operate a 150-bed capacity of the EPDH in Tayug town.

Board Member Alfonso Bince, Jr. said the resolution is required by the DOH to facilitate the issuance of the permit to upgrade the facility.

In a resolution, Bince stated that in order “to accommodate all people especially the less fortunate sector of society, the provincial board supports the plan of the EPDH to provide a sufficient and higher level of medical and health services to its patients by increasing its bed capacity.”

Dr. Vivian Villar-Espino, chief of EPDH, said the EPDH has an average of 160 in-patients, 15 emergency room patients daily and 184 out-patients.

Espino said in order to cater to the health care services of the people, the EPDH needs additional human resources of six nurses and 12 midwives because the present ratio is one nurse aide is to 12 patients while the ratio of midwives is 1:24 patients.

In terms of its manpower, EPDH now has 23 doctors, 74 nurses, 71 administrative personnel and 5 auxiliaries catering to patients from Tayug town and other municipalities in 6th district and nearby areas, she said.

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