List of Municipalities in the Pangasinan province within Region I in the Republic of The Philippines
Agno || Aguilar || Alcala || Anda || Asingan || Balungao || Bani || Basista || Bautista || Bayambang || Binalonan || Binmaley || Bolinao || Bugallon || Burgos || Calasiao || Dasol || Infanta || Labrador || Laoac || Lingayen (Capital) || Mabini || Malasiqui || Manaoag || Mangaldan || Mangatarem || Mapandan || Natividad || Pozzorubio || Rosales || San Fabian || San Jacinto || San Manuel || San Nicolas || San Quintin || Santa Barbara || Santa Maria || Santo Tomas || Sison || Sual || Tayug || Umingan || Urbiztondo || Villasis
Cities in the Province of Pangasinan: Alaminos City || Dagupan City || San Carlos City || Urdaneta City
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BTF wants barangay budgets for senior citizens, PWDs
- Sunday, December 8, 2013
- (Sunday Punch)
DAGUPAN Mayor Belen Fernandez has asked the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) to pass an ordinance mandating barangays to allocate funds from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of each barangay for programs and projects of senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) as mandated by law.
In a letter to the SP through Vice Mayor Marc Brian, presiding chair of the council, dated November 15, 2013, Fernandez said some barangays have not been allocating the fund due the senior citizens and PWDs in their regular annual budgets.
The mayor said that in support of the Philippine Plan of Action (PPAs) for Older Persons for 2005 to 2009, the cost of implementing plans, programs and projects intended to address the concerns of senior citizens and the differently-abled shall be at least one percent (1%) of the agency’s total annual appropriation.
In addtiion, Local Budget Memorandum No. 67 of the Department of Budget and Management provides that the FY (Fiscal Year) 2014 Annual Budget of local government units “shall likewise include PPAs that can be attributed and built-in within the budget level: Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities pursuant to R.A. No. 9242 amending RA 7277″.
The fund can only be released to an established Barangay Senior Citizens Association and PWDs Barangay Association for proper representation, including in the recommendation of programs and projects.
A resolution is also required from the Barangay Council for the release of the allotted budget.
The fund is subject to the standard accounting and auditing rules.
Shrine for Pangasinan leaders to be created
- Saturday, December 7, 2013 12:01 am
- By Dexter A. See
LINGAYEN—The Sangguniang Panlalawigan will take up the creation of the Governors’ Park and Legislators’ Circle at the capitol gounds following two measures with the committee on Tourism, History and Culture.
“Let us have one common yet special place for them—like the monuments of two past Pangasinan governors, Daniel Maramba and Aguedo F. Agbayani,” Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim told Manila Standard.
Board Member Nestor Reyes, author of resolutions 264 and 265, said the recreational area is designed as landmark destination for foreign and local visitors to showcase the history and heritage of the province made possible by its leaders.
He said the Legislators’ Park ios dedicated to the accomplishments of the Vice Governors and provincial board members in passing ordinances, resolutions and other measures to further Pangasinan’s groth and development.
Lawyer Gonzalo Duque, Historical and Cultural Commission chairman, has been tasked to oversee the physical plans including design and layout for the placement of the commemorative busts.
Unemployment rate in Pangasinan drops to 8.5% in 3Q
- Friday, December 6, 2013
- (PNA), LAP/LVM/LVMICUA/RMA
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Dec. 6 (PNA)--Pangasinan registered an significant increase in employment rate this year as more and more Pangasinenses were absorbed into various job placements conducted by the provincial government.
Based on the 2013 Labor Force Survey for Pangasinan conducted by the Provincial Employment Service Employment Service Office (PESO), the employment rate in April which was listed at 90.6 percent climbed to 91.5 percent in July, hence, decreasing the unemployment rate from 9.4 percent in April to 8.5 percent in July.
Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. this year noted that “the province is moving forward gradually, but steadily even with our economic indicators invariably projecting a rosy picture.”
Provincial Employment Services Office chief Alex Ferrer revealed that as of November 15, the provincial government had placed and deployed some 7,900 job applicants since 2007.
Ferrer attributed the development to the series of jobs fair conducted by the province this year.
Three job fairs which gathered almost a thousand applicants for local and overseas employment were held on November 8, 14 and 26.
The most recent recruitment activity was held on November 26 by four companies, two for overseas employment and two for local employment.
The Red Dragon Farms disclosed that with the holiday seasons fast approaching, their company has increased its demand for manpower in their branches in Zambales and Bulacan.
Victor Ducuyanan, recruitment officer, said the Red Dragon Farms needed additional personnel for their Fresh Options Meat Shop such as marketing manager, brand management officer, area marketing officer, front liners and merchandisers, cashiers, riders and management trainees.
The Red Dragon Farms has so far hired 23 people on the spot, Ducuyanan bared, as he noted that Pangasinense workers are patient and hard working.
Maxim De Humana Int’l, Inc., another local company, has scheduled 18 applicants for final interview who will be hired as production operators and sewers.
Bayambang all set to break world record in barbecue grill
- Thursday, December 5, 2013
- (PNA), LOR/LVM/LVMICUA/RMA
DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 5 (PNA)-- The town of Bayambang seeks to establish new world record in barbecue grill when it will hold its fifth Malangsi Fishtival as a final activity of the 400th anniversary of their town on April 5 next year.
Mayor Ricardo Camacho, speaking on Dec. 5 before the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) chapter forum, said preparations are now in full swing for this activity aiming to break the six-kilometer world record in barbecue grill set by a city in Turkey.
Grilling fresh water fish such as hito (catfish), mudfish (dalag) climbing fish and others produced in the town's Mangabul Lake, the town of Bayambang is set to assemble more than seven-kilometer barbecue grill to write new Guinness book record.
The word "malangsi" in Pangasinan dialect denotes the odor of fresh water fish that thrives abundantly in Bayambang.
The Mangabul Lake, a natural body of water in Bayambang near the Tarlac border under the jurisdiction of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), gets its water all-year round from the Tarlac River and the Agno River.
Comprising some 2,000 hectares, part of the Mangabul Lake is however planted to corn, onions and other crops during the dry season. Others are fresh water fish ponds.
Camacho said Governor Amado Espino Jr. who comes from the adjacent town of Bautista, a former village of Bayambang, is supporting the initiative to put Bayambang in the world map through the more than seven-kilometer barbecue grill.
As part of the 400th anniversary of Bayambang, the town last Friday unveiled a 7.2 foot- high monument of General Emilio Aguinaldo in front of the municipal hall as it was he who made Bayambang as the fifth capital of the republic in 1899.
The unveiling was done by Governor Espino, Mayor Camacho and members of the Bayambang Quadri-centennial committee headed by Dr. Henry Fernandez.
The unveiling coincided with the signing of a sisterhood agreement between the the town of Bayambang and Kawit, Cavite led by its mayor Reynaldo Aguinaldo, a great grand nephew of General Aguinaldo.
UPLB bt eggplant proposed to SP Pangasinan
- Wednesday, December 4, 2013
- (PNA), PDS/LVM/ JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/RMA
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Dec. 4 (PNA)--The University of the Philippines, Los Baños (UPLB), Laguna- Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) presented to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) members, last Monday during their regular session, their project that promotes biotech (Bt) eggplant.
The project aims at increasing the yields of eggplant farmers as well as safeguarding the farmers and environment’s health from harmful exposure to insecticides.
“We would like to increase awareness of the lawmakers of the problem of Pangasinan eggplant farmers, the prolonged exposure to hazardous insecticides against the number one pest in eggplant - eggplant fruit and shoot borer; and the potential benefits of Bt eggplant in reducing insecticide use, economic benefits to the farmers and safe eggplant for the consumers,” said Dr. Lourdes Taylo of Crop Science Cluster-IPB.
In her presentation, Taylo explained that their group has chosen to develop Bt eggplant because eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) is one of the most if not the most important vegetables in the country.
As cited in the presentation,“Total production area as of 2011 is estimated at 21,377 hectares, with volume of production of 207,994.01metric tons valued at 2,436.53billion pesos at current price (BAS, 2013)” with Region 1 being the top region-producer with 23% share.
However, as it has been noted, eggplant production suffers yield losses mainly from pests, diseases and extreme environmental conditions.
Eggplant Fruit and Shoot Borer (FSB) damage reduces marketable yield by as much as 50 to 75 percent. Most farmers still use insecticide sprays to control such pest.
“This is a widespread practice that causes serious environmental and health hazards to farmers (including their family members who help in the farm) and consumers,” thus stated in the presentation.
“Let me emphasized that with the growing population, limited land resource for cultivation, adverse weather conditions, pest problems needs to be addressed in order to meet food security, poverty alleviation and self sufficiency,” Taylo remarked.
Taylo said that biotechnology offers an alternative to the traditional control methods by introducing FSB-resistance in eggplant.
She underscored that farmer adoption of Bt eggplant could potentially provide additional income of up to Php50,000/hectare due to increased marketable yield and lowered input costs.
She added that biotech crops have been in cultivation since 1996 in other countries like United States and Canada and 2003 in the Philippines and there has been no scientifically proven adverse effects on human animals and environment.
“Filipino farmers should not be denied access to these technologies which were developed in the most strictest possible ways and have the potential to provide economic benefits,” she said.
Meanwhile, Taylo cited that various farmers’ groups have already manifested their support to the said agricultural BT project.
“We need to gain (more) support from different stakeholders for the continuation of the Bt eggplant research and development,” she concluded.
The project is being developed by the UPLB in partnership with the Indian Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Limited (Mahyco)- first to developed the first Bt eggplant- and Cornell University, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II (ABSP II), the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines.
Apart from BtTalong or the insect-resistant eggplant by the UPLB, other biotech crop product being developed in the country is the Golden Rice, a betacarotene-biofortified rice by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
City gov't mulling over franchising dealers of tasty Dagupan bangus
- Tuesday, December 3, 2013
- (PNA), SCS/LVM/LVMICUA/RMA
DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 3 (PNA)-- The city government of Dagupan is mulling over the idea of franchising dealers of the tasty Dagupan bangus to protect consumers, especially in Metro Manila and other provinces, who usually make it appear that the milkfish they are selling come from Dagupan but actually are not.
Mayor Belen Fernandez said she suggested the idea, noting that many consumers are being hoodwinked by unscrupulous vendors who label the milkfish that they are selling as Dagupan bangus although they come from Bulacan, Batangas or even Bataan.
Fernandez said the city government is now working with members of the Dagupan City Consignacion Association which has piloted the new schedule of buying milkfish in the city's fish market which is daily for the home-grown bangus as compared to the the milkfish coming from western Pangasinan which is only every other day.
The new schedule in selling milkfish in Dagupan City, said Fernandez, is set to be covered by an ordinance to be enacted by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) to make it permanent.
She said under the plan, there will be identified franchised dealers in Manila, Baguio City and other areas so that the public can be assured that the milkfish that they are buying come from the fishponds of Dagupan and are fed with the aquatic organism called "lablab."
This is corollary to the branding of Dagupan bangus which the Dagupan City government is now working with the Department of Trade and Industry and the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center (NIFTDC).
Fernandez said the city has to finds ways to identify the Dagupan bangus from the other milkfish produced in other areas, otherwise the home-grown bangus will lose its big market demand.
The Dagupan bangus definitely commands bigger prices than the milkfish produced in other areas as it tastes better and its meat more palatable than those being raised in the fishponds and cages of Bulacan, Laguna, Bataan, Pampanga and other provinces.
Town eyes 7.7-kilometer long barbeque
- Monday, December 2, 2013
- By Liezle Basa Inigo
BAYAMBANG, Pangasinan– How much barbeque can you handle? If you find yourself in this town on April 5, 2014 brace yourself for a barbeque feast as the municipality tries to roast a 7.7-kilometer long barbeque to make it to the Guinness World Records.
The event will mark Bayambang’s 400th founding town anniversary. Mayor Ricardo Camacho said they will barbeque as much as needed to break Turkey’s record of 6.2-kilometer long barbeque in 2010.
The 7.7-kilometer grill will take place along the national road, spanning eight barangays but all 77 villages have also committed their unconditional support for the upcoming event. The event is officially called Malangsi Fishtival that is why the villages will grill freshwater fish species like catfish, mudfish, tilapia and “gurami” in a bid to shatter existing barbeque world record.
Malangsi in Pangasinan means fishy. The Malangsi Fishtival is an annual event participated in by at least 65 percent of those involve in aqua culture or fresh water industries from the province.
Mayor Camacho conceptualized the festival in 2009 to promote livelihood for his constituents who were encouraged to produce the best tasting “buro” (raw preserve) and mouth-watering dishes of catfish and mudfish.
DOLE offers jobs for 'Yolanda' survivors who want to relocate in Pangasinan
- Sunday, December 1, 2013 4:02 pm
- By Freddie G. Lazaro (Philippines News Agency)
VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Ilocos region has tied up with a local company to provide 100 jobs to victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas who may want to relocate and work in Pangasinan.
DOLE Region 1 Director Grace Ursua said her office and the Kenwood Holdings (Group of Companies) in San Vicente, San Jacinto, Pangasinan have put a project called “Tulong Trabaho Para Sa Mga Biktima ng Bagyong Yolanda” or “Tulong Trabaho.”
The project seeks to provide job opportunities to the super typhoon victims as a means of putting them through economic recovery and social rehabilitation.
“Beyond emergency relief, people from the devastated areas need assistance which will help them rebuild their lives and their communities; they need jobs, they need sources of income to get them back on track,”she said.
Ursua said Kenwood Holdings will hire truck drivers and helpers, office personnel, checkers, quality control technicians, processing crew, cashiers, and maintenance mechanics for its San Vicente Dressing Plant or SVDP located in Barangay San Vicente, San Jacinto, Pangasinan.
Owned by George Li, the SVDP is a contracted toll plant for San Miguel Foods Incorporated’s poultry and meat business and a supplier of chicken products to big companies in Luzon.
Ursua said DOLE 1 and the human resource management team of Kenwood will directly coordinate with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for the identification of survivors and possible applicants.
“The team will conduct recruitment and selection at identified relocation sites, and those who will be hired will be transported for free by the company from the relocation site to their workplace,” she said.
To be employed, applicants must be survivors of typhoon Yolanda as duly certified by the DSWD or NDRRMC, must be 18 years old and above, and must meet the educational requirement of the position applied for.
Ursua said the applicants should show certification that they are indeed survivors of typhoon Yolanda. “They should also present valid IDs, 2x2 picture, birth certificate issued by the NSO, NBI clearance, and other available credentials such as training certificates, diploma, transcript of records, among others,” she added.
“As part of the assistance, those who will be hired will enjoy not only mandatory wages and benefits. They will be given meal subsistence until their first salary, free boarding, company uniform and extra clothing and medical assistance if necessary,” she said.
Dagupan fiesta ‘lively’ despite no fund from city gov't
- Saturday, November 30, 2013
- By Leonardo V. Micu (PNA)
DAGUPAN CITY -- A historic, relevant and lively fiesta celebration reels off December 1 to end on the 30th in the spirit of Balon Dagupan, said lawyer Liberato Reyna Jr., Dagupan Fiesta 2013 Hermano Mayor.
This year's fiesta celebration in honor of St. John the Evangelist, patron saint of Dagupan, is themed: "Gali'd Dagupan, bilay tan kaliktan" (Come to Dagupan, Life and Happiness".
"It’s the first time in recent history that the fiesta hosting is given to a non-government organization, the Dagupan City People's Council, and without the local government spending a single centavo, Reyna said recalling that previous fiestas were run by the Dagupan City Government itself.
In fact, it is the fiesta itself that will raise funds for the local government, said Reyna, adding that 50 percent of the proceeds from the trade fair or baratillo and food strip will be donated to the local government.
Previously, the baratillo and food strip revenues were entirely spent for the fiesta and the City Government still supported the funds running into millions.
"This time it will be different", said Reyna, "the fiesta will provide revenue for the local government, and not use local government fund".
Aside from providing revenue, the fiesta will also raise funds for the renovation of the Dagupan plaza stage with its authentic clam design for the dome, done by a renowned Panpango artist.
It was noted that the plaza stage has been neglected, its mural painting on the inside dome already chipped in places, and the mural depicted is not the authentic reproduction of the original, thus the renovation.
The clam-design dome, which is now about to be finished, reflects the origin of Dagupan as a fishing coastal community and the white color evokes transparency and good governance, Reyna explained.
The project is a legacy of the Dagupan City Peoples Council, federation of non-government, civil society and people's organization led by Reyna as its president.
Reyna said during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas Forum on Thursday that the fiesta executive committee initiated, the transfer of the vintage head coach of the locomotive that first ran the Caloocan to Dagupan railways from the right side of the stage to the front side of the Dagupan City Museum will enable more people visiting Dagupan to see the relic and also make the plaza wider.
The fiesta hermano mayor also said that the fiesta celebration will also raise funds for the victims of typhoon "Yolanda" in the Visayas "as our own way of sharing with the people in the areas devastated by the worst climatic disaster in our history."
Although austere, the fiesta is filled with events for all ages -- children, young people, families and senior citizens.
National champion University of Luzon drum-and-bugle corps provides music for the Dec. 2 grand parade, national team boxers and karatedos slug it out at the "Bakbakan ed Dagupan" and Karatedo tournament on Dec. 6 and 7, respectively.
On the other hand, the world-famous U.P. rondalla will perform on Dec. 22 along with college and university choral groups from Dagupan. At the same time, a spectacular Christmas fireworks will light up the Dagupan night sky on Dec. 24.
GSP inaugurates new headquarters, holds 64th encampment in Pangasinan
- Friday, November 29, 2013
- (PNA), JBP/LVM/JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/RMA
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Nov. 29 (PNA) -- The Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) Pangasinan Council inaugurated on Thursday (November 28) their new headquarters located at the back of the original GSP building in the Provincial Capitol complex here.
The new building funded by the provincial government headed by Gov. Amado Espino Jr. now serves as a venue of troop leaders’ meetings and trainings of girl scouts.
“Everyone at the GSP is more inspired now,” remarked Pangasinan Council Executive Euphemia De Guzman of their new headquarters.
De Guzman disclosed that the number of their members is continuously growing, adding that “last year, we have around 65,000 members; now, we have 85,000.”
Meanwhile, Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr. assured that they will strengthen scouting and other programs for the youth such as sports development and anti-drugs campaign especially now that Sangguniang Kabataan officials has no holdover capacity.
The inauguration coincided with the opening of the GSP Pangasinan Council's four-day 64th encampment with the theme “Believe, Belong, Be More” at the Capitol Beach Front.
Thousands of girl scouts from the divisions of Pangasinan 1, Pangasinan 2, Alaminos City, Urdaneta City, and San Carlos City joined the camping.
Various activities like face painting, choric speech, dance exercise, cheer dance, drawing contest, seed fair, sand castle building, eco-cultural tour, disaster preparedness and outdoor challenges are being conducted.
General Aquinaldo monument to be unveiled in Bayambang
- Thursday, November 28, 2013
- (PNA), PDS/LVM/LVMICUA/RMA
DAGUPAN CITY, Nov. 28 (PNA)--A 7.2 feet monument of General Emilio Aguinaldo will be unveiled Friday in front of the municipal hall as part of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Bayambang on April 5, 2014.
Romulo Velasquez, municipal administrator of Bayambang, said the monument, etched by Napoleon Abueva, dubbed as father of modern sculpture that cost the municipality P1 million, was erected because Bayambang was one time the revolutionary capital of the Philippines.
This was on November 12, 1899 when General Aguinaldo and his troops arrived in Bayambang on horseback and on foot from Tarlac province while fleeing from the Americans during the Filipino-American War.
Velasquez said during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodcasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) forum that it was in Bayambang where Aguinaldo summoned members of the Council of War that recommended the disbandment of the Philippine Army and for its soldiers to shift to guerrilla warfare to continue their fight against the Americans .
Aguinaldo and party left by train the next day to Calasiao, Pangasinan and continued on their march to the north, thru Tirad Pass in Cervantes, Ilocos where General Gregorio del Pilar was killed during a rear guard action with the Americans.
Aguinaldo proceeded to Palanan, Isabela where he was ultimately captured by the Americans.
Velaquez said what was not written in history book was that when Aguinaldo fled to Bayambang, his wife Hilaria who was pregnant was with him and his troops. He said Hilaria suffered miscarriage and the dead fetus was buried in the soil of Bayambang.
Velasquez said the monument of Aguinaldo was installed beside the marker in front of the municipal hall whose epitaphs showed that Bayambang was one time the revolutionary capital of the Philippines.
As part of the unveiling ceremony, students of the Pangasinan State University and the Bayambang National High School will reenact the arrival of Aguinaldo and his troops in Bayambang during on that fateful Nov. 12, 1899 to establish a revolutionary capital.
At the same time, Velasquez announced that there will also be historic signing of a sisterhood agreement between Kawit, Cavite, the birthplace of General Aguinaldo and Bayambang by officials of Kawit who are coming to the town, and officials of Bayambang led by Mayor Ricardo Camacho.
Pangasinan CENRO endorses demolition of fish pens located on titled lands
- Wednesday, November 27, 2013
- (PNA), JBP/LVM/RMA
DAGUPAN CITY, Nov. 27 (PNA)-- The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) has cleared the way for the demolition by the city government here of fish pens erected on supposed private properties that had been eroded and became part of river system.
CENRO officer-in-charge Raymundo Gayo whose office has jurisdiction over Central Pangasinan, including Dagupan City, said the law is clear that if a private property has become part of the water, then it has returned to the possession of the state for which only the national government has a jurisdiction of.
In an executive meeting called by Mayor Belen Fernandez, Gayo provided hints on what the Dagupan city government would do to the 59 fish pens earlier spared from demolition when their owners claimed the structures were built on their own properties as shown by transfer of certificate of titles (TCTs) and tax declarations they presented.
There were 205 fish pens that were targeted for demolition by the city government since July this year but only 150 had been demolished. The remaining 58 were spared from demolition pending verification from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on whether their claims are valid.
The owners of these fish pens said their structures were built on former fishponds and residential lands that they owned but which have since been eroded and became part of the river.
Gayo said a fish pond essentially -- by definition -- has dikes in all four sides while a fish pen has no dike except nets anchored on bamboo poles erected in the water.
"If you see this type of structure in part of the river and you can not find any dike, we will consider this as a fish pens and not fish ponds," Gayo said responding to a a query posed by City Administrator Farah Decano.
Corollary to this, Fernandez called the attention of Gayo with regards to a fish pen owned by outgoing Barangay Chairman Lilia Yasar of Pantal located located in the middle of the Calmay River which was spared from demolition in view of her claim that it is located on her property covered by a land title in her name.
City Legal Officer George Mejia concurred citing that under the regalian doctrine, such private land that was already submerged in the water due to erosion and other natural factors, would already become part of public domain.
After hearing Gayo, Fernandez asked City Agriculture Officer Emma Molina to immediately submit to her office photo copies of supposed land titles and tax declaration submitted to her office by owners of fish pen owners for study.
Squash farmers enjoying economic turn-around from agro-enterprise project of DAR
- Tuesday, November 26, 2013
PANGASINAN, Nov 26 -- Squash farmers in two far-flung barangay’s in Umingan, Pangasinan province are looking forward to greater economic opportunities after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) linked them up to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to serve as their market arm.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Maria Ana B. Francisco said that 166 members of Umingan Farmers Agrarian Reform Cooperative (UFARCO) in Barangay Luna Este and Luna Weste enlisted themselves into the DAR-CRS Partnership Project, dubbed as “Linking Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries to Corporate Supply Chains.”
The partnership has a primary goal of improving the livelihoods of the farming households through agro-enterprise engagements, Francisco said.
Francisco said the objective of the project is to link the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in marketing their produce to institutional buyers and centers. At present, they are marketing their produce to Dizon Farm and to other consolidators, Francisco said.
Francisco said the DAR also helps the two agrarian reform communities (ARCs) gain access to credit through the same DAR-CRS partnership. She said they were clustered to facilitate their access to credit institutions engaged in microfinance services such as Gulf Bank and GM Bank. The loans applied for would be used for their squash production.
Meanwhile, Umingan Mayor Eldred P. Tumbocon requested DAR and CRS to consider squash for the project, being its “One Town, One Product” (OTOP). In addition, the areas planted with squash are covered under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
UFARCO member Melecio E. Echavaria said that for 100 cavans of squash he harvested per year, he earned P100,000.
“What I earned from my harvest is more than enough to give my family a better living”, he said.
Pangasinan to give P5,000 financial assistance to each job-order employee, consultant this Christmas
- Monday, November 25, 2013
- By Leonardo V. Micua [(PNA), CTB/LVM/RMA]
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Nov, 25 (PNA)-- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) on Monday passed a resolution seeking to give financial assistance of P5,000 each to job-order employees and consultants of the provincial government numbering 1,600 at the end of the year.
Sixth District Board Member Alfonso Bince Jr. said this is necessary because job-order employees and consultants do not receive their 13th month pay and cash gift aside from their Performance Enhancement and Productivity Incentive normally enjoyed by regular employees.
Provincial Budget Officer Ely Claveria said the last trance of the 13th month pay and cash gift was already given to the employees middle of this month.
Meanwhile, at least P27.7 million in the provincial budget for 2013 had been earmarked for Performance Enhancement and Productivity Incentive at P10,000 each.
Claveria told the SP that the same amount was given to officials and employees as performance and productivity incentive.
She said that only employees who have continuously worked in the government at least for a minimum of four months and have not left the service would be given such incentive.
On the other hand, Board Member Bince noted that the financial assistance to be given to job-order employees and consultants will come from savings of various provincial government offices.
The SP alone headed by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim has registered savings of some P1.4 million this year.
20 students get scholarship for 2D animation
- Sunday, November 24, 2013
SCHOLARSHIP grants for an eight-month course on 2D Animation were recently awarded to 20 students under a joint project of the Dagupan City government, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and TechSkills.
The scholars were screened based on qualifications set by TESDA in collaboration with the city under the Better Education and Livelihood for Employment Needs (Project BELEN) program.
The scholars are Earl Briane Callanta, Jefferson Calugay, Mark Jesson Cui, Joeboy Daroy, Alexander Dela Cruz, Siegfred Diaz, John Henry Elias, Llyod Esmeralda, John Nemesio Fernandez, Melvin Laguerta, Julone Marcellones, Jonnifer Medio, Dan Reginald Nate, Samuel Palaroan Jr., Irish Abbegayle Paulino, Marion Quebral Jr., Dranreb Quinantoto, Gerard Anthony Quitiquit, Carlo Vidal, Gie Marc Yambao, Jonathan Michael Arcega, Leandro Lo Callanta, Kenneth Eliscupides and Irene Landingin.
Joining Fernandez in awarding the scholarship certificates were TESDA Pangasinan Supervising Specialist Engr. Amelito Cardenas and TechSkills Administrator Engr. Raul P. Taminaya.
DTI reminds OFWs to send balikbayan boxes to legitimate shippers
- Saturday, November 23, 2013
DAGUPAN CITY, Nov. 23 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry has urged overseas Filipino workers to transact only with DTI-accredited Philippine Sea consolidators in sending their balikbayan boxes.
Director Peter Mangabat of DTI-Pangasinan said the move will ensure fast and reliable delivery of the boxes.
“It is best to transact only with legitimate firms or freight forwarders and their counterparts or agents abroad to avoid deceitful and undelivered balikbayan boxes,” Mangabat said.
He said the DTI’s Philippine Shippers’ Bureau has already conducted road shows in Hongkong, Singapore, Dubai and Riyadh to inform OFWs to be more vigilant in their transactions.
Mangabat urged the public to file complaints on pilferage or lost item and non-delivery of balikbayan boxes at the PBS office in Makati City or visit the DTI-Pangasinan Provincial Office in Dagupan City.
Pangasinan residents line up for overseas jobs fair
- Friday, November 22, 2013
- By April Montes (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan with reports from PIO)
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Nov. 22 (PIA) – Droves of Pangasinan residents lined up for the overseas employment jobs fair held at the Provincial Training and Development Center here early this month.
The activity was a joint project of the provincial government and the Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) Association of Pangasinan, Inc. in partnership with the management of www.workabroad.ph.
PESO Chief Alex Ferrer said the activity is part of the province’s efforts to bring overseas employment opportunities closer to Pangasinenses.
Participating employment agencies, which had at least 200 job vacancies each, were: Al Assal Manpower, Inc., MPL International Services Corporation, Prudential Employment Agency, Inc., Rock Solid Manpower Network and Consultancy, Inc., Sacred Heart International Services, Inc. and Treasure of Hope International, Inc.
Workabroad.ph’s Sales and Marketing Officer Rhea Suiza said that aside from Pangasinenses, they also invited applicants from neighboring provinces of Tarlac, La Union and Baguio City.
Destinations for overseas employment are concentrated in Middle East countries where there is a bulk of demand for construction workers, hotel workers and in the medical field, Suiza said.
There are also job openings in some countries in Asia, Canada and New Zealand, she added.
“The first time partnership with PESO in holding this overseas job fair worked well and we’re looking forward for a continued partnership to help more Pangasinenses who wish to work abroad,” Suiza disclosed.
Workabroad.ph has about 45, 000 job openings advertised in their website by 400 POEA-licensed recruitment agencies, said Suiza.
Applicants can also submit a resume online at www.workabroad.ph.
Urdaneta City, provincial gov't libraries receive national awards
- Thursday, November 21, 2013
- (PNA), LAM/LOR/LVMICUA/RMA
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Nov. 21(PNA) -- Pangasinan won the top and fourth awards in the 2013 search for Outstanding Children's Services in the Philippines-Public Sector category.
The Urdaneta City Library was adjudged as the overall winner in the search conducted by the National Library of the Philippines (NLP).
On the other hand, the Pangasinan Provincial Library in Lingayen bagged fourth place in the same category.
Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. expressed elation over the feat, citing the awards reflect their commitment and dedication to serve the public, especially the children.
The search was participated in by about 1,337 public libraries (provincial, congressional district and municipal/city libraries) nationwide.
Among the six finalists, Pangasinan is the only province which received two national awards. The awarding rites was held November 5 at the NLP Auditorium during the celebration of Library and Information Services Month.
Evangeline Paragas, librarian of the Pangasinan Provincial Library who received the award from NLP director Antonio Santos, said this is the second time that the provincial library received such award.
Last year, the provincial library was named “3rd Best Provincial Library in the Philippines.”
It was during the administration of Governor Espino since 2007 that the Provincial Library was transformed into a “more conducive and modern research and study place” for students who opt to spend their free time in a worthwhile endeavor.
Urdaneta City librarian Bernaline Gravela said that the overall criterion of the competition was based on the reading programs intended for children.
She named some of their 13 reading programs for children as follows: computer program (I want to be techie), internet (I want to explore the web), and library summer program. We also bring half of our children’s’ reading collection to barangays of the city, she said.
“Actually, have a summer program for 10 years already . We encourage children during summer to go to the library for them to avail of our services instead of just playing ,” Gravela disclosed.
The Urdaneta City Library, located at the first floor of the Urdaneta City Convention and Sports Center, can accommodate an average of 75-100 children per day with its 14 staff rendering services.
The libraries of the cities of Davao and Pasig came in second and third place, respectively.
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