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Feature: Empowering Pangasinense youth to take action on climate change

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

DAGUPAN CITY, September 16 (PIA) – “If Pangasinan is your home, join your leaders and fight for your forests, your trees, your rivers, and your fishes.”

This was the challenge posed by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Jose Mari Oquiñena, also Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director-General, to some 4,000 students who participated in the first-ever climate change advocacy campaign campus roadshow.

The campus tour was attended by students of Pangasinan State University (PSU) in Lingayen and the Panpacific University North Philippines (PUNP) in Urdaneta City held on September 10.

Oquiñena said climate change can be addressed if all Filipinos start to apply the simple value called, ‘bayanihan.’

“It is possible to reverse the process if we all bond together,” Oquiñena said.

He noted that climate change is a result of a collective wrong which needs to be solved by a collective right.

Meanwhile, Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard Baraan said that the present administration is doing everything to institute among Pangasinense, especially the youth, the love for the environment.

“Pangasinan is pro-environment,” Baraan said citing that the present administration has initiated several innovations on environmental protection which earned numerous awards and citations for the province in terms of coastal resource management as well as Likas Yaman program.

“The future belongs to you (referring to the students). And we, the elders owe that future to you,” Baraan said.

He challenged the students to take on their roles as protectors of the environment for themselves and the generations to come.

In Pangasinan, roads under water, impassable to light vehicles

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

DAGUPAN CITY, Sept 15 (PIA) - Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. suspended work in government offices on Monday including classes in all levels as flooding occurred in some parts of the province.

Pre-emptive evacuation was imposed in the towns of Mangaldan and Manaoag due to rising flood waters. Flash flood was also reported in the town of Aguilar and some portions of Bugallon last night.

The provincial disaster risk reduction and management council was verifying information that fishermen went missing in Infanta town.

In Dagupan City, main road networks were under water due to heavy downpour combined by a high tide on Monday morning.

Ronald De Guzman, city DRRMC, said the flood waters often recede in two to four hours.

In Urdaneta City, the Urdaneta–Manaoag road was impassable due to high flood waters in Barangay Inamotan. The village of Pinmaludpud going to Dagupan City was also impassable to light vehicles. Reports said Barangay Sto. Tomas in San Jacinto town was also impassable to light vehicles.

Authorities were also monitoring the water level at the San Roque Dam since yesterday.

As of 8 a.m., water level was recorded at 260.77 meters above sea level (masl) or below the critical level of 280 masl.

New patrol cars, ambulance for Dagupan's quick response calls

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

DAGUPAN CITY, September 14 (PIA) – The Dagupan City government fielded two new patrol cars to the Dagupan police and an ambulance to the the disaster response council for immediate response to crime and emergency calls in the central business district.

Supt. Christopher Abrahano, Dagupan police chief, said the newly-acquired patrol cars will help boost visibility, mobility and crime fighting capability of the city's police force.

He added that the vehicles are intended to help them prevent crime or intercept criminal activities in their areas of responsibility.

The local police was also a recipient of four new motorcycles from the city government last month.

“These mobile patrol cars will help the police be more capable and efficient in performing their mission to better serve and protect the public,” said Abrahano.

Abrahano also thanked the city government for its support and close coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in ensuring public safety.

For peace and order in the city, the Dagupan government and the PNP are spearheading the Basic Emergency and Life Extending Network or B.E.L.E.N. 16911, an integrated 24/7 response system that the public can contact in cases of emergencies.

Mayor Belen Fernandez said that she saw the need to augment the PNP's mobile forces to intensify the local government's peace and order campaign.

“Maintaining peace and order in Dagupan City has always been one of my top priorities. I hope these vehicles will improve our commitment to safeguard every citizen against crime or any untoward incidents,” said Fernandez.

Fernandez added that a new fire truck will also be turned over to the Bureau of Fire Protection next month.

Campus, village roadshow on climate change begins in Pangasinan

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

DAGUPAN CITY, September 13 (PIA) – The Pangasinan youth has accepted the challenge to do more for the environment during the first climate change campus roadshow in Region 1.

The Pangasinan leg of the campus tour last September 10 was part of the climate change advocacy campaign of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) with the theme “Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na Para Magbago.”

The DENR and PIA also partnered with Pilipinas Natin, the volunteer arm of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCCO), to help in gathering the youth to embrace the campaign.

The campaign will be brought next to Ilocos Norte, La Union and Ilocos Sur in the coming days. Part of the campaign is a series of townhall forum where village folks will take part in the discussions on climate change adaptive practices.

Some 4,000 Pangasinense in separate schools promised to help curb the ill effects of the weather phenomenon, now described as the new normal that affects the whole world.

The from Pangasinan State University (PSU)-Lingayen Campus and the Panpacific University North Philippines (PUNP) in Urdaneta City made a commitment to protect the environment.

Presidential Communications Undersecretary Jose Mari Oquiñena, also PIA Director-General, said the effects of climate change are repercussions of the collective wrongs that humans do.

Oquiñena urged the youth to display the same spirit that Gilas Pilipinas showed the world when they romped away with the country's first win after 40 years in the recent FIBA Cup world series beating Senegal.

“When you plant trees, make sure it grows with you,” he said.

He called on the youth to put into actions what they have learned from the forum to minimize the adverse effects of climate change.

“Let us work together in facing climate change, not later but now, so the generations to come could still enjoy the beauty of the environment” he added.

Jennilyne Role, PIA director for the Ilocos, said that the youth can make a big difference in addressing climate change in their own little way.

“From the thousands of youth participants in the campus tours, core students will be selected to join the Kalikasan Camp where they will undergo a training on protecting the environment," she said.

A coastal clean-up and barangay forum were also conducted in Barangay Bonuan Gueset here on September 11 as part of the climate change advocacy campaign.

Pangasinan national finalist in gov't chorale competition


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Sept. 12 (PNA) -- The Pangasinan Provincial Chorale (PPC) brought honors to the province anew after being chosen as grand finalist of the government chorale competition sponsored by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) as part of the agency’s 114th anniversary this September.

The PPC,comprising of 23 employees of the provincial government, will compete against seven other esteemed chorale groups in the country on September 30 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theatre) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Grand finalists include the Dasmarinas City Teachers’ Chorale, Ilocos Norte High School Chamber Singers, PPC (Luzon); Calbayog City Chorale (Visayas); Bayugan City Division Choir (Mindanao); City Government of Makati Employees Chorale, PAGCOR Voice Symphony; and PAG-IBIG Fund Chorale (NCR).

PPC first joined the government chorale competition in 2012.

PPC was organized in October 2008 on instruction of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. to serve as support arm in the revival of classic Pangasinan songs, which is part of the present of the campaign of the provincial administration to promote the Pangasinan language.

At present, the group is under the supervision and management of Human Resource Management and Development Officer Janet Asis.

PPC Consultant Conductor Joy Nilo, secretary of the Philippine Choral Directors’ Association (PCDA), disclosed that preparations of the PPC for the chorale competition are underway since he assumed as consultant last May.

“PPC has what it takes to win,” Nilo said as he added that members of PPC are taught on theories and genres of chorale music, proper vocal production, and how to handle different musical pieces.

Nilo, who grew up in Villasis town, said the chorale group of the province was already invited to perform in Jakarta, Indonesia this October. “If given the chance, we would also like to compete abroad; and part of competing, we will promote Pangasinan songs – those that I am about to arrange,” Nilo said.

The chorale consultant, who was invited as judge of the 'Takayan na Dayew' singing competition of the Pistay Dayat celebration last May, served as conductor of several award-winning chorale groups in the country aside from arranging remarkable musical pieces like “Ang Aking Munting Bituin,” that was sang by Garry Valenciano as theme song of “Magnifico,” a well-awarded Filipino movie, and was later used on GMA teleserye "Munting Heredera".

PPC has been performing different genres of musical pieces, including Pangasinan and Ilokano songs during special occasions and events of the province. Public Services Officer IV Romeo Aquino served as first PPC President (2008-2009) and was later succeeded by concurrent President Ferlynor Aranda.

524 indigent senior citizens receive social pension


MALASIQUI, Pangasinan September 11 (PNA)—A total of 524 indigent senior citizens here on Thursday received P3, 000 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the agency's Social Pension Program (SPP).

Dr. Sofronio Domantay, president of the Municipal Federation of Senior Citizens (MFSC) Malasiqui chapter, expressed his gratitude in behalf of their members for the pension granted to them by the government.

The indigent senior citizens are those who have no permanent source of income and are not supported by their family members or relatives. The national government, through the DSWD’s SPP allocates a sum of P500 monthly for them which they can use for their personal needs such as food and medicines.

The beneficiaries were chosen based on data from the National Household Targeting System (NHTS), the same system used in determining the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino progam.

Malasiqui has a total of 768 social pensioners. The distribution of the accumulated pensions will continue until morning this Saturday, Sept. 13.

“We scheduled the distribution so that they won’t have to wait long in the lines before they receive their pensions since they are already old and it might not be good for their health”, said Mayor Armando Domantay Sr.

He also thanked the national government for providing support to the town’s elderly, adding that the municipal government plans to allocate funds to support the other senior citizens who were not chosen beneficiaries of the SPP.

“This program is a big help to them as their local government unit here continues to care for them through our plans and programs as well”, said Domantay.

Malasiqui's MFSC has more than 7, 000 members.

Batang Pinoy 2014 Pangasinan Elimination Games set on Sept. 27-28


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Sept. 10 (PNA)-- Pangasinense athletes from 15 years old and below will again vie for fame and honor in 19 sporting events in the Batang Pinoy Pangasinan Elimination Games which unfold on September 27 to 28 in Lingayen.

Executive Assistant III Modesto Operania said the province-wide sports activity will be held in preparation for the Batang Pinoy -Luzon Leg slated on November 11-15.

The Pangasinan Elimination Games will decide on who among the young Pangasinense athletes will compete against the athletes to be fielded by various Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Batang Pinoy - Luzon Leg.

Operania explained that the province-wide elimination games will be an “open eliminations” as he urged the participating LGUs to select and send their best players.

He said the athletes will be competing in various sporting events, such as Arnis, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Boxing, Chess, Cycling, Futsal, Karatedo, Lawn Tennis, Sepak Takraw, Softball, Swimming, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball 3 on 3 and Dance Sports.

The Batang Pinoy sporting event, which forms part of the sports development thrust of the administrarion of Gov. Amado Espino Jr. has become a training opportunity for young and promising Pangasinan athletes.

The Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) will serve as the main venue of the tournament while other events will be played at the Capitol Resort (Archery), Pangasinan State University (Arnis, Taekwondo), Maramba Boulevard (Cycling) and Capitol Beachfront (Baseball/Softball).

The provincial government has been an active participant in this annual sports spectacle.

In the 2013 Batang Pinoy National Games held in Bacolod City, the province emerged as 10th over-all winner in a field of 129 participating LGUs from all over the country.

Ranked fifth in 2011, team Pangasinan notched the over-all championship of the 2012 Batang Pinoy Northern Luzon Leg held in Lingayen.t

In 2013, Pangasinan ranked 3rd in the Batang Pinoy Luzon Leg held in Iba, Zambales from out of 140 LGU delegations.

Operania said athletes who will win in respective sporting events during the elimination games will undergo a series of trainings to keep them in momentum for the Batang Pinoy Luzon Leg, Sports Director Operania said.

Batang Pinoy, a grassroot sports development program for young athletes launched by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC),serves as base for sports specialization including training for higher level leagues, national and international tournaments.

Pangasinan Provincial Hospital to have modern CT scan machine soon


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Sept. 8 (PNA) -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) passed a resolution during its regular session Monday authorizing Governor Amado Espino Jr. to sign a memorandum of agreement with a private company that will provide and install a modern computed tomography (CT) scan machine at the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH).

Provincial Resolution No. 764-2014 authorized the governor to sign the MOA with HIMEX Corporation for the provision, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of a brand new Hitachi CT scan machine, model Supria with 16 slices.

The resolution authored by board member Antonio Sison stated, "HIMEX Corporation has offered to the province of Pangasinan a state-of-the-art and much-needed medical equipment which shall be located at the PPH to further enhance its health care services to the people, especially to the poor."

This will further boost the modern facilities of the PPH making it one of the most advanced government hospitals in the country.

This means that patients needing CT scan can be immediately served by PPH once the machine is finally installed.

DOLE to hold special job fair in Pangasinan


MANILA – A special job fair will be held in Lingayen, Pangasinan for overseas Filipino repatriates from September 12 and 13, the Department of Labor and Employment announced.

DOLE Region 1 Director Grace Ursua said the Provincial Employment Service Office of Pangasinan, the event's venue, has invited local firms as well as overseas placement agencies that charges no placement fees to participate in the job fair.

"Your job fair comes in the wake of the successful job fair that the DOLE, through the Bureau of Local Employment, had conducted last week in Quezon City for OFW-repatriates from Libya," said DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

Ursua said the job fair is in support of the DOLE's Assist WELL Program, a package of comprehensive reintegration assistance and services that addresses the welfare, employment, livelihood and legal assistance needs of repatriates.

"All these services will be brought by the DOLE to the special job fair. In addition, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority will also be there and bring its programs and services to job applicants," Ursua said.

Expectant mothers in Pangasinan town receive free medical services

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

Lingayen, Pangasinan, September 5 (PIA) – At least 465 pregnant women from Binmaley town received free pre-natal check-up and laboratory services during the 7th Buntis Congress at the Provincial Training and Development Center (PTDC) here last Friday.

The Provincial Health Office (PHO), Region 1 Medical Center, Philippine Obstetrics and Gynecological Society (POGS)-Region 1 Chapter and the Philippine Medical Society (PMS) – Pangasinan rendered medical services and lectures in order to attain the zero-maternal death in the province.

Lectures given include breastfeeding, birth plan, responsible parenthood and contraceptives technology.

Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa De Guzman, head of the PHO, said the activity aimed to impart to the expectant mothers the importance of medical and maternal services and encourage them to avail the services of the birthing facilities so that no woman shall die while giving birth.

Records from the PHO showed that the maternal mortality rate in province decreased from 27 cases last year to 14 cases as of August 29.

In order to achieve the target of zero-maternal death in the province and decrease the rate of teenage pregnancy, “the PHO will soon establish a help line for women especially teenagers who have queries regarding sex reproduction,” De Guzman said as stressing that teenage pregnancy, which belongs to high risk pregnancy, has posted an increasing trend over the years.

Likewise, Governor Amado Espino, Jr. called on all expectant mothers including minor expectant mother to go to the 14 government hospitals in the province and avail of the pre-natal check-up and birthing facilities to have better and safe delivery.

Espino said poor expectant mothers have no reason to give birth in their homes as the provincial government has already implemented the Point of Care Program of the Philippine Health Insurance Inc. to provide zero-balance billing to all indigent Pangasinenses.

Pangasinan producers to join Oct. 4 U.S. trade expo


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Sept. 4 (PNA)--It’s all systems go for the province of Pangasinan which is participating in the 1st Diversity International Trade Fair at the City of Artesia in California on October 4.

This was firmed up during a final meeting of members of the Pangasinan Producers Association on September 3 that tackled the shipment of ready-for-export products from Manila to California, either via airfreight or seafreight.

Three companies, which include the Bandulf Industries, DOREVI Products, and VWT Enterprises, are set to transport their products this week to Manila while the BBLM Unistar, Inc. had already shipped its products last week.

Other Pangasinan companies opt to hand carry their products for display in that international fair.

Wooden products, before these are shipped to the U.S. shall first undergo fumigation treatment while the food products should be labeled with Food and Drugs Administration (FDA)-approved markings.

The Skylink Company, a Manila-based international forwarding agent, will be assisting the producers in the packaging of their products to meet the requirements set by the Bureau of Customs.

Along with their products, the companies will also be bringing with them flyers or catalogues at the Artesia, California expo.

The technical working group (TWG) of Product Development and Export Promotion headed by Provincial Administrator Rafael F. Baraan assured the members of the PPA of a fruitful business trip to US.

Benita Pizzaro, provincial planning and development officer and head of TWG secretariat,msaid that aside from the expo there will be meetings between the delegations of the 15 participating countries and the prospective U.S. importers and exporters.

Eddie C. Ferrer, president of the Pangasinan-USA Brotherhood Association, Inc., said in a phone call from the U.S. that the trade expo starts the international exposures of Pangasinan products in the global map of business industry.

“This is a beginning of more trade fairs in the coming years so let us work together to make our first expo outside our country a much motivating business experience for all of us,” said Ferrer.

The participation of Pangasinan in the international trade fair was conceptualized by the PB-USA, Inc. with the sustained support of the provincial government headed by Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. and Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr.

Pangasinan is the only province that will represent the Philippines in the exposition organized by the City of Artesia, Artesia Chamber of Commerce and Coalition of Associations at the South East Corridors.

The expo, which is expected to attract more than 30,000 U.S. buyers, aims to help the developing countries in Southeast Asia establish business partnerships, exchange of ideas on different products and market trends as well as to enhance product competitiveness in the global market.

2nd zip line at Hundred Islands National Park opens


ALAMINOS CITY, Pangasinan Sept. (PNA)—The Hundred Islands National Park (HNIP) opened Wednesday its new 546-meter long zip line connecting the Governor’s Island and the Virgin Island.

Sol Tablang, city tourism officer, said the opening of the second zipline in the HINP followed a dry-run of the facility held on September 1.

However, he said, the formal blessing and inauguration of the new zip line will be on September 28 coinciding with the formal turn-over ceremony of the HNIP by the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) to the local government unit (LGU) of this city.

On September 28, a blessing ceremony for the new water supply system will also be held, together with the unveiling of the monument of President Manuel Quezon.

Tablang said the new zip line is more exciting and thrilling compared to the HNIP’s first 120-meter zip line at the Quezon Island.

He also said that any one riding on the zip must first climb a 250-step stair leading to the view deck of the Governor’s Island where they can see the whole one hundred plus islands.

Tablang said the zip line package costs P350 inclusive of a tour inside the Virgin Cave and the Kayaking or wake boarding as a transportation going back to the Governor’s Island from the Virgin Island.

Last month, a couple who had their civil wedding in the Governor’s island officiated by Mayor Arthur Celeste were the first to ride on the zip line, he said.

“We would like to invite everyone to try this new attraction as we continue to develop the HNIP being the tourism pride of Pangasinan”, said Tablang.

September is “Pangasinan Tourism Month”


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan Sept 2 (PIA) – The Pangasinan provincial board has declared September of every year as Pangasinan Tourism Month to strengthen the province's tourism program.

The board authorized the Tourism Operations Division of the Office of the Governor to spearhead the tourism month and plan and implement appropriate activities supportive to the declaration.

Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr., who authored the resolution, said the declaration is in line with the observance of World Tourism Day celebrated on September 27 as declared by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The declaration also supports the National Tourism Week marked every last week of September under Presidential Proclamation No. 894 in 1996.

Calimlim said the recognition will instill tourism in Pangasinan peoples' consciousness and raise awareness on the social, cultural, political and economic values of tourism among Pangasinenses.

Meanwhile, Provincial Tourism Officer Malou Elduayan disclosed that for the past years, Pangasinan showed an increasing trend in tourist arrivals.

The tourism office's latest record showed 250,165 tourist arrival based on hotel occupancy and 611,000 visitors based on guest arrivals in the province’s tourist destinations.

She added Pangasinan remains on the top spot among the four provinces in Region 1 in terms of tourist arrivals.

Pangasinan capitol goes 'paperless' in salary system


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Sept. 1 (PNA) -- The provincial government of Pangasinan has gone paperless with its automated teller machine (ATM)-supported payroll system.

This was after Governor Amado Espino Jr. led the inauguration of the ATM that will be used for the withdrawals of the provincial employees' respective salaries.

"All their (employees) payrolls, allowances, and other monetary benefits will be credited to their Land Bank visa debit card," said Liza Melendez, Land Bank of the Philippines-Lingayen Chapter manager.

"It is better since one can get his salary right in the capitol, remarked Corazon Patulan of the Provincial Accounting Office of their new payroll system.

She underscored the convenience and practicality of the ATM to her and other employees with regard to getting their salaries.

Espino said that the new system discourages the presence of "loan sharks" from whom employees avail of loans with high interests.

"We will install CCTV (close,circuit tv) camera," he added, noting that the employees themselves should be the ones to withdraw their salaries from the ATM.

Espino said they "will institute proceedings against the employees" if they let other people such as the "loan sharks" hold and process their ATM cards.

According to Melendez, they offered the ATM-payroll system to the provincial government for free as the Capitol is their "valued client."

Initially, 957 employees have received their ATM cards; and other employees' accounts are yet being processed.

The ATM machine is located in front of the Finance Building within the Capitol complex.

Melendez also said that they are planning to put up another ATM unit at the Capitol Building soon.

She assured security of their ATMs as she noted that their bank conducts routine check ups of the machines to downplay card cloning, among other scam tactics.

Apart from the ATM, the bank manager said they will propose another "paperless system"- the Land Bank mobile loan saver program- to the Capitol employees.

The program will allow eligible employees to avail of salary loan through text and online (electronic mail) application.

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