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DTI alerts business sector on typhoon effects

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

DAGUPAN CITY, July 6 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has alerted business establishments in Pangasinan to prepare with the onset of the rainy season that may cause flooding and storm surges.

Provincial Director Peter Mangabat of DTI-Pangasinan advised the business sector to revisit their disaster preparedness plan in order to put into force mitigation mechanisms and measures to reduce loss of life and property.

“To ensure adequate supply of basic commodities in times of calamities, the agency requested big supermarkets and groceries in the province to increase their stocks on basic and prime commodities like noodles, coffee and canned goods, which are usually bought by the local government units as relief goods,” Mangabat said.

He added that DTI advised business establishments to set their prices within the suggested retail prices (SRPs) and to assign staff to manage the smooth distribution and selling of basic commodities even during and after the occurrence of calamities.

Mangabat also urged the public to be more vigilant and to report cases of profiteering, price manipulation and hoarding, which are punishable acts under Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act.

“For complaints, they may visit DTI-Pangasinan provincial office located at the 2nd Floor of Star Building in Arellano Street here or call 515-3183 and 529-6177” he said.

Mobile outreach service for new nurses set in Pangasinan

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

DAGUPAN CITY, July 5 (PIA) – The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)-Baguio Regional Office will conduct mobile outreach services in Pangasinan this July to process initial registration of nurses who passed the recent licensure exams.

Teofilo Gaius Sison Jr., regional director of PRC-Baguio, said the mobile outreach services will enable passers to save on travel time and expenses.

Mobile outreach services will be held from 9am to 4pm on July 11-DepEd II Division Office in Binalonan town; July 14-Robert B. Estrella Sr. Memorial Stadium in Rosales town; July 17-Dagupan City People’s Astrodome; and July 25-Alaminos City Hall Legislative Building.

“The Office will process initial registration on first come, first served basis; no alphabetical queuing,” said Sison.

Those who will register are required to bring the following: duly-accomplished Oath Form (to be distributed during the mobile outreach); 2015 community tax certificate or cedula; two pieces passport-size picture with white background and spelled out nametag (surname, first name, middle name); one documentary stamp; and initial registration fee of P1,050.

Sison said that professional ID cards (PICs), official reports of ratings and requested certifications (passing and ratings) will be issued after the oath taking ceremonies.

In Pangasinan, the issuance is scheduled on August 2 at 9 am-12 noon at the Dagupan City People’s Astrodome.

“For verification of grades/ratings, visit, using registrant’s application number indicated in the notice of admission,” he said.

Meanwhile, PRC announced that six of the Top 10 passers in the recent Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE) were students of the University of Pangasinan (UPang) here.

The results released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) identified the topnotchers from the UPang as Alexis John Castro (85%) No.5, while Camille Billote and Jean Laluan (both 84.40%) were No.8.

Kate Lowin Cardona, Sarah Estrada and Alben Fernandez (with their 84.20%) were No.9.

PRC said that 9,707 out of 17,891 or 54% passed the May 2015 NLE given by the Board of Nursing in various testing centers nationwide.

Senior citizen, inmates graduate from alternative learning class

By Joel Locsin / LBG (GMA News)

A senior citizen and eight inmates are among the latest additions to this year's batch of graduates, after completing an Alternative Learning System course in Pangasinan.

These were among a batch of 400 who took the accreditation and equivalency test in San Carlos City, GMA Dagupan's Alfie Tulagan reported.

With their achievement, they can now continue higher studies even if they did not formally finish elementary or high school.

One of the inmates, Marco, considers his marching in the graduation ceremony a source of pride, especially after studying hard behind bars.

He said he wants to take up further studies once he is released from jail, so he can lead a productive life.

"Pag nakalaya sila, pwede nilang magamit yun. Pwede nilang i-pursue yun. Tulong po natin yun sa mga inmate para hindi masayang ang oras nila," said Jail Officer 1 Maria Rhealyn Parayno.

Another of the graduates is senior citizen Ramon delos Santos, 61, the eldest in his batch.

"Ang maipapayo ko sa mga bata, huwag mahihiya sa pag-aaral. Maski mahirap ang buhay, magpursigi sa pag-aaral," he said.

State-run hospitals in Pangasinan to operate blood collecting unit

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

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan July 3 (PIA) – At least 12 hospitals run by the Pangasinan provincial government will soon operate their own blood collecting units to provide a sufficient and higher level of health service to their patients.

On Monday, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan referred to the committee on health the proposed resolution, endorsing to the Department of Health (DOH) the individual application of the government hospitals that intend to put up and operate their own blood collecting unit or blood station.

The resolution, authored by Board Member Napoleon Fontelera, Jr., said the Pangasinan-run hospitals have been improved and rehabilitated which resulted to the significant increase in the number of patients.

“In line with the main thrusts of the provincial government to have a mass base health care program to accommodate all people especially the less fortunate sector of society, there is a need to support the plan of the hospitals to operate a blood collecting unit,” the resolution said.

The hospitals which will soon have their own blood station are as follows: District Hospitals in Western Pangasinan, Eastern Pangasinan, Mangatarem, Bayambang and Urdaneta City; Community Hospitals from the towns of Asingan, Manaoag, Bolinao, Dasol, Mapandan, Pozorrubio and Umingan.

Dagupan police chief is Pangasinan's outstanding police officer in community relation


DAGUPAN CITY (PNA)-Supt. Christopher N. Abrahano, Dagupan City police chief was adjudged as the Outstanding Senior Police Commissioned Officer of the Year in Police Community Relations in Pangasinan for 2015.

Abrahano received his award during the kick-off ceremony of the 20th Police Community Relations (PCR) Month Celebration last July 1 at the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

He was cited for his outstanding accomplishment in the implementation of PCR programs and projects covering the period from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015, which contributed immensely to the attainment of the mission of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in bringing the police closer to the community.

The certificate was signed by Sr. Supt. Rolie Mabalot Saltat, the officer in charge of the PPPO.

Cited as among the significant programs and projects initiated by Abrahano, which gained support from Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and non-government organizations, included the K-Pulis Dagupan (Kaibigan ng Pulis Dagupan, Kaagapay ng Pulis Dagupan), a crime prevention project involving the LGU and NGOs in conducting Oplan Sita to an average of 21 operations a day; and the Oplan Bando Publiko project which was launched to address petty crimes in the central business district.

As a result, the city’s crime decreased significantly from 227 in the first quarter of 2014 to 184 in the same quarter in 2015.

Abrahano said that the recognition was due to the continued trust and confidence of stakeholders in peace and the local government’s continued support for Pulis Dagupan’s campaign against crime through community involvement.

“In 2014 alone, the city government has poured in an unprecedented Php 13,804,396 million which covered fixed expenditures, capital outlay for crime prevention and solution, additional allowance for security personnel, BPATs (short for Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams) and overall peace and order expenses for our station,” said Abrahano.

The Dagupan City Police Station was Best PCR PNCO (National Level) in 2013, the Best PCO (Provincial Level) and Best Police Station (Provincial Level) in 2015

In the same year Mayor Feenandez was awarded the Best Local Chief Executive for PCR (Regional Level).

Region 1's First Negosyo Center opens in Alaminos City


ALAMINOS CITY, July 31 (PNA) -- The development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Alaminos City and in the neighboring towns was boosted with the opening of the first Region 1 Negosyo Center here.

The center, located at the ground floor of the Alaminos City Hall, will cater to the needs of investors such as on financing and other business application processes.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 1 Director Florante Leal; DTI Pangasinan Director Peter Mangabat, City Mayor Arthur Celeste, and Pangasinan Small Medium Enterprise Development Council president Howard Chua Cham led the inauguration of the center on June 30, 2015.

Mangabat said the center will also facilitate technology transfer, management training programs, and marketing assistance from the DTI, among other concerned agencies, to the businessmen.

Mayor Celeste vowed commitment in manning and supporting the Negosyo Center.

Meanwhile, Mona Celine Marie Yap, representative of Senator Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino, said that the Alaminos City Negosyo Center, while being the first in the Region, is the 26th in the entire country.

The Negosyo Center is anchored on the "Go Negosyo Act", authored by Sen. Aquino, under Republic Act No. 10644, signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III on July 15, 2014, that took effect on January 13, 2015 with its Implementing Rules and Regulations issued by DTI.

The Act aims at fostering national development, promoting inclusive growth while reducing poverty by encouraging the establishment of MSMEs that facilitate local job creation, production and trade in the country.

Yap added Alaminos City was chosen for the establishment of the project because of the great potentials of the city such as its booming economy that could invite more small, medium and even big entrepreneurs.

Earlier this year, the DTI also proposed to put up Negosyo Centers in the cities of Dagupan, and Urdaneta.

DOH allocates Php 9.2 M for Dagupan CHO's expansion


DAGUPAN CITY, June 30 (PNA)-- Mayor Belen Fernandez announced that The Department of Health (DOH) has allocated a budget of Php 9.2 million for the expansion of the City Health Office here, including the construction of One-Stop Diagnostic Center, according to Mayor Belen Fernandez.

Fernandez said the twin projects would be implemented this year under the DOH's Health Facilities Enhancement Program.

The city government is allocating a counterpart fund of Php 4.2 million for the purchase of additional health facilities and equipment.

Fernandez said the Diagnostic Center, will give free health services like free X-Ray, ECG, Ultrasound and blood tests to all Daguoenoa.

This will complement the present administration’s program "Unliserbisyo" or unlimited services to the people.

Pangasinan to mark Social Media Day on June 30

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

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, June 29 (PIA) – Pangasinenses will mark June 30 as “Social Media Day” to reflect on the ways social media and digital innovation have changed the world.

To recognize the significance of social media in the lives of Pangasinenses, Governor Amado Espino, Jr., under Executive Order No. 0058 S-2015, declared June 30 as Social Media Day in Pangasinan.

A short program is set at 1p.m. at the Capitol Resort Hotel here to gather people who are equally passionate about social media.

It will be celebrated through highlighting the contributions made by developers and social media enthusiasts, and increasing awareness on the importance of social media in government, business, tourism, and education.

Pioneered by media company, Mashable in the year 2010, Social Media Day is an annual global event that recognizes the digital revolution happening now and to celebrate social media's impact on global communication.

Road work may add to Bayambang students’ rainy season woes

By Joel Locsin / LBG (GMA News)

The seemingly slow construction of a portion of the national road in a town in Pangasinan threatens to inconvenience motorists and students during the rainy season.

Students and residents have complained about slow traffic near the national highway in Barangay Buayaen, GMA Dagupan's Joanne Ponsoy reported on "24 Oras North Central Luzon."

Only one lane has been open to traffic as the part of the highway is still under construction, the report said.

Among those affected were students at a school along the road being constructed.

"Wala silang signage, wala silang barricade," said resident Henry Calimlim.

On the other hand, the local Department of Public Works and Highways denied the slow pace was due to frequent changes of contractors.

It said this is the last part of its project to link Pangasinan to Tarlac, though it admitted it is not sure if the project can be completed once the rainy season sets in.

‘All up to Congress’


A Malacañang official on Saturday said it is up to Congress to consider discussing the issue on legalizing same-sex marriage in the Philippines.

Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said that while President Benigno Aquino 3rd “wants everyone treated equally,” legalizing same-sex marriages would need congressional action.

“We leave it to Congress for that discussion,” Valte said over the government radio station Radyo ng Bayan.

Valte said there have been conflicting views on the process of legalizing same-sex marriage in the country.

“Some legal experts are of the view that you need to change the Constitution to be able to allow same sex marriages; some say that you don’t, that you just need a regular legislation to be able to incorporate it in our laws,” she said.

The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling on Friday, handed down its decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all of its 50 states.

Church: No discrimination Reacting to the US ruling, the head of the Catholic Church in the country said the Church will maintain its teachings on marriage.

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, who is also president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, however assured the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders) community there will be no discrimination against them by the Church.

“The Church continues to maintain what it has always taught. Marriage is a permanent union of man and woman, in the complementarity of the sexes and the mutual fulfillment that the union of a man and a woman bring into the loftiness of the matrimonial bond. If there is an undeniable difference between man and woman, there is also an undeniable difference between the permanent union of a man and a woman,” Villegas said

“We will continue to teach the sons and daughters of the Church that marriage, transformed by The Lord Jesus and by His Church into a sacrament — a means by which the Risen Lord encounters his people — is an indissoluble bond of man and woman,” he added.

DTI to open first Negosyo Center in Pangasinan

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

DAGUPAN CITY, June 26 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will open the first Negosyo Center in the province to provide services to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in western Pangasinan.

DTI Provincial Director Peter Mangabat said that the center will be established at the City Hall of Alaminos to cater and facilitate the needs of the business sector in the first district of Pangasinan.

“The launching program is set on June 30 at 8:30 a.m. at the Alaminos City Library,” he said.

During the first quarter of the year, the DTI made a proposal to put up Negosyo Centers in the cities of Alaminos, Dagupan and Urdaneta.

Mangabat said that the local government of Alaminos has accepted their proposal for the establishment of a Negosyo Center in the area which is also a first in the Ilocos Region.

Accordingly, Negosyo Centers are established in all provinces, cities and municipalities to promote ease of doing business in accordance to Republic Act 10644 also known as the “Go Negosyo Act,” signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III in July last year.

Every Negosyo Center established will facilitate and expedite the business application process of MSMEs in coordination with the local governments and other concerned agencies and will provide assistance to MSMEs in the availment of technology transfer, production and management training programs and marketing assistance of the DTI and other government agencies.

The Negosyo Centers will likewise be responsible for the issuance of the certificate of authority for the barangay micro business enterprises to avail of benefits including reduction or exemption from local taxes, fees and charges, provided by Republic Act 9178 or the Barangay Micro Business Enterprises Act of 2002.

The DTI, in partnership with the Alaminos city government and members of the Pangasinan Micro-Small-Medium Enterprises and Development (PMSMED) Council, will assign personnel to supervise the operations of the Negosyo Center.

Pangasinense retro-runner eyes Guinness record

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

DAGUPAN CITY, June 25 (PIA) – A 46-year old retro-runner in Pangasinan will attempt to break the Guinness world record for 100-meter backward running at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center in Lingayen town on July 25.

Alfonso Bigay, a family man and native of Lingayen town, is positive to beat the Guinness world record of 13.6 seconds for 100-meter backward running shared by Roland Wegner of Germany and Ferdie Ato Adoboe of Ghana.

Bigay, who is a track runner who has started running backwards since 1991, is a new Filipino entry for the Guinness world record for 100-meter retro-running.

“In order for me to get the record, I do short run, temporary time-trial and cross trainings in preparation for the bid,” he said during a media conference held on Wednesday at Lenox Hotel in Dagupan City.

Bigay said that he already hit a 13.2 seconds in 100-meter backward running during his present trainings.

“I can run faster when I do retro-running because in forward running I can only hit 14 seconds,” he said.

Janice Hidalgo, liaison officer of Bigay to Guinness world record, said the management for the Guinness world record gave them a go signal last June 2 for Bigay to beat the record in July.

Hidalgo disclosed that Bigay will be having his official medical examination, weighing-in and other requirements on July 14 that will be administered by a government physician.

Drink water for kidney care -- NKTI

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

DAGUPAN CITY, June 24 (PIA) – Contrary to some advertisements that water has no life, the Renal Disease Control Prevention–National Kidney Transplant Institute (REDCOP-NKTI) repeatedly said that water remains the most useful of all liquids.

Dr. Susan Jorge, program manager of REDCOP- NKTI, told 300 participants from various sectors to take care of their kidneys by drinking clean water and eating a balanced diet.

“Drink up eight to 12 glasses of water daily as it helps prevent renal disease,” Jorge said during the lay forum on Renal Disease Prevention held at the Region I Medical Center on Wednesday.

The amount and frequency of food must also be watched especially if eating in restaurants or fast food chains offering unlimited rice, viand and drinks, she said.

“Eat everything in moderation at huwag abusuhin ang katawan,” she advised.

Jorge said there is also a need to undergo urinalysis as kidney disease has no early symptoms.

"Malaki na ang sira ng kidney o halos hindi na gumagana bago matuklasan ang sakit,” she explained.

People at a higher risk of having kidney problems are those suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and those with history of kidney disease in the family.

“Kahit may gamot, bakit paabutin pa natin sa gamutan? Love your kidneys and your health now,” Jorge said.

Government internship program soon to generate jobs in Pangasinan

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

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan June 23 (PIA) – Determined to generate more jobs for youth and indigent Pangasinenses, the provincial government here will soon hire government interns in its different offices under the Government Internship Program (GIP).

On Monday, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan here passed a resolution authorizing Governor Amado Espino, Jr. to enter into and sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Regional Office 1 for the implementation of the GIP in Pangasinan.

The resolution, authored by Board Member Generoso Tulagan, Jr., said the internship program will give an opportunity for Pangasinense-applicants, who should at least be high school or technical vocational graduates and unemployed college graduates aging 18-25 years old, to obtain work experience in government office.

Tulagan said in order to implement the internship program in the province, the board authorized the governor to enter into an agreement to set forth the duties and obligations of the provincial government and DOLE.

Espino will sign the MOA with Grace Ursua, regional director of DOLE-Regional Office 1.

Under the guidelines of GIP, DOLE will provide technical support to the provincial government, monitor the progress of the program implementation and provide forms and templates for the implementation of the internship program.

CHEd joins monitoring of boarding houses in Dagupan

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THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Office 1 has joined the Bureau of Fire Protection and the city government in inspecting and monitoring apartments, dormitories and boarding houses here on June 16, coinciding with the opening of collegiate classes.

The inspection was in line with the CHED’s Oplan Balik-Iskwela 2015 program to ensure the safety and welfare of college students enrolled in various colleges and universities in the city who are living in these boarding houses.

Dr. Geraldine Flor-Casipit, under the authority of CHED Region 1 Officer-In-Charge Cherrie Melanie C. Ancheta-Diego, joined the team composed of Bureau of Fire Protection acting city Fire Marshal Inspector Romie J. Tungpalan; One Stop Business Center manager Randolph Ubando and Monette De Venecia; and officials of the Health and Sanitation Division of the City Health Office; City Engineer’s Office; and the Philippine National Police in inspecting big dormitories on Arellano and Arellano-Bani.

“Inspecting and ensuring the safety and welfare of our students is part of our preparedness program. Soon we will conduct a regular disaster drill like fire and tsunami drills in all establishments and dormitories in our city to train and prepare everyone on how to act and respond to any form of disaster that befalls the city,” Mayor Belen T. Fernandez said.

Casipit was thankful to Fernandez for the support.

In her report, Casipit recommended that dormitories should regularly refill their fire extinguishers and check on their fire escapes to ensure that they are working and fit for use in case of emergency.

Dagupan steps up declogging ops in time for rains

By Joel Locsin / LBG (GMA News)

Workers in Dagupan City in Pangasinan are working double time in declogging waterways, before the rains come.

Teams from the city engineering office are even resorting to manual labor to get the job done, GMA Dagupan's Jette Arcellana reported on "24 Oras North Central Luzon."

Laborers removed manhole covers and removed the mud and dirt clogging the canals and waterways.

Also, they cleaned the creeks and removed water lilies and weeds, especially those near the Sinocalan River.

"Bahagi ng maintenance ang ginagawa namin, double time lang ngayon for rainy season," said city assistant engineer Nestor de Vera.

Resident Rosita Manuel said they are hoping these efforts will prevent floods that reach knee-high levels.

Parts of the city have had to suspend classes during the rainy season when the floods hit.

The city engineering office said it will clean drainage weekly in some low-lying areas especially prone to flooding.

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