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Airport upgrade incoming

By Johanne Margarette Macob (Inquirer Northern Luzon)

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is upgrading the airport here this year to make it a commercial airport in 2019 for Pangasinan, the third most populous province, officials said.

Citing a Jan. 25 letter from retired Brig. Gen. Rodante Joya, CAAP chief financial officer, Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. said the aviation regulator outlined plans to upgrade the Lingayen Airport.

Espino said the provincial government had bought a 5-hectare lot for the runway expansion.

Joya had informed Espino that the CAAP had evaluated and recommended the development of Lingayen Airport to make it compliant with the requirements of big aircraft operations.

Dagupan is most institutionalized 4Ps City Advisory Council in Region 1

(PNA), LAP/LVM/LVMICUA/RMA

DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 12 (PNA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has honored the city of Dagupan anew as the Most Institutionalized City Advisory Council of 4Ps in Region 1 during an awards ceremony at Hotel Ariana in Bauang, La Union today, February 12.

The award was in recognition of the city’s efforts and partnership with the DSWD in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) by conducting regular meetings and monitoring the beneficiaries of the program.

“It’s an honor to receive this award in recognition of our remarkable contribution in promoting good results along the agency’s strategic goals in the implementation of the 4Ps program,” said Mayor Belen T. Fernandez when she received the award for the city, along with Social Welfare and Development Officer-in-Charge Leah Aquino, from DSWD Undersecretary Florita Villar.

Dagupan was earlier conferred an award recognizing the city's notable performance as having the Most Institutionalized Conduct of City Advisory Council meetings among all cities in the region during the 4Ps Implementation Review for 2015 at the Crown Legacy Hotel in Baguio City on December 14.

This award was handed by DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo.

The city was given the new award for conducting monthly meetings on 4Ps and that out of the 12 meetings, Mayor Fernandez presided nine.

25 Pangasinan towns hold mass wedding this Love Month

(PNA), LAP/LVM/JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/RMA

CALASIAO, Pangasinan, Feb. 10 (PNA) -- At least 25 towns in the province are conducting free mass wedding ceremonies this love month of February.

According to Provincial Statistics Officer Edgar Norberte, Local Civil Registry Offices (LCROs) of a number of the municipalities and cities in Pangasinan have coordinated with their office regarding the conduct of mass wedding in their respective towns.

Norberte, head of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Pangasinan Provincial Office, added that a significant number of the towns have chosen to stage their mass wedding on Valentine’s Day or on February 14.

PSA Pangasinan listed the following towns and their respective dates of the mass wedding: Agno (Feb. 15); Aguilar (Feb. 24); Alaminos City (Feb. 14); Bani (Feb. 8); Binalonan (Feb. 12); Binmaley (Feb. 8); Bugallon (Feb. 25); Calasiao (Feb. 14); Dasol (Feb. 12); Infanta (Feb. 19); Manaoag (Feb. 22); Mangaldan (Feb. 27); Mangatarem (Feb. 12); Mapandan (Feb. 26); Natividad (Feb. 14); Rosales (Feb. 25); San Fabian (Feb. 21-26); San Jacinto (Feb. 27); San Manuel (Feb. 9); San Nicolas (Feb. 14); Sison (Feb. 12); Sta. Barbara (Feb. 18); Sta. Maria (Feb. 14); Sual (Feb. 14); and Tayug (Feb. 12).

The City of San Carlos has set its mass wedding on March 3.

Norberte noted the mass wedding is part of the PSA Pangasinan’s observance of the Civil Registration Month this February.

Anchored on the theme, “Makiisa…Makisali sa Dekadang CRVS (Civil Registration and Vital Statistics),” the celebration is in consonance with the global advocacy of getting everyone registered and of promoting awareness on the importance of civil registration in the lives of every Filipino, said Norberte.

He noted that the PSA’s target for the 2015-2024 period is to gather a 100 percent registration of the citizenry on birth, marriage, and death.

“At present, we only have about 90 percent of the population who registered,” he said as he noted the importance of civil registration such as in employment, among other purposes.

Meanwhile, other activities for this year’s celebration, in partnership with the LCRO of different towns, include mobile registrations, conduct of charitable activities, and free issuance of certifications.

The free issuance of certification is set from Feb. 12 to 19 to commemorate the National Birth Registration Day on Feb. 23 or on Feb. 27 to celebrate the Civil Registration Day.

DTI asks business stalls to apply for excellence seal

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

DAGUPAN CITY (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Pangasinan has urged business owners practicing good customer-service to apply for the Bagwis seal of excellence.

Peter Mangabat, provincial director of DTI-Pangasinan, said all retail establishments are encouraged to join the Bagwis accreditation program that gives due recognition to business stalls practicing costumer welfare protection and social responsibility.

He said business establishments such as supermarkets, specialty stores, department stores, appliance centers, hardware stores and DTI-accredited service or repair shops can join the accreditation program.

Mangabat said business owners who want to join the accreditation program shall submit the following requirements: duly accomplished form (DTI-CE Form NO. 001); copy of latest mayor’s permit; copy of business name certificate for sole proprietorship or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration certificate and articles of corporation for partnership and corporation; certification that the applicant has no record of unresolved case for violation of any Fair Trade Law for at least one year prior to application; endorsement from any recognized associations, civic or religious organization with at least five years in existence and DTI accreditation certificate (applicable only for service and repair shops).

Mangabat disclosed that at least 37 business stalls in the province were conferred with gold and silver seal of excellence last year.

“These awardees provide not only quality products but best sales and customer service to their clients,” he said.

For inquiries, business owners or representative may visit DTI-Pangasinan Provincial Office located at the 2nd floor of Star Building, Arellano Street in Dagupan City or call at telephone numbers (075)-551-3183 or 529-6177 or email at dtipang@yahoo.com for further information.

DOLE’s project 'Angel Tree' works to end to child labor

(MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan with reports from DOLE)

DAGUPAN CITY, February 8 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has intensified its child labor prevention and elimination campaign through its “Project Angel Tree.”

The project hopes to improve the economic and social conditions of child laborers and their families and increase advocates to the national efforts against child labor.

Project patrons and supporters are symbolically represented by an angel tree bearing a broad array of services that shall be made available to child laborers and their families.

Regional Director Grace Ursua of DOLE in the Ilocos said children who are considered at risk of child labor have received gift packages consisting of educational supplies, groceries and clothes.

“As we enlighten children, parents and communities regarding the physical, social, psychological and economic ill effects of child labor, we aim to make them our partners in generating wider support to our anti-child labor advocacy,” she said.

Ursua said 20 villages in Pangasinan and 900 children have benefited from the project that DOLE field offices implemented since January.

These are Lomboy and Mamalingling in Dagupan City-120 children; Angio, Aramal, Tocok in San Fabian-180; Poblacion, Dilan-Paurido, San Vicente, Cayambanan, Catablan, Nancamaliran East, Nancamaliran West, Bayaoas in Urdaneta City-100; Gualsic and Macayo in Alcala-200; Villacorta in Mabini-100; Maniboc and Pangapisan in Lingayen-100; and San Jose and Baybay in Aguilar-100.

For Alcala’s barangays Gualsic and Macayo, an “Operation Tuli” was also carried out by the Department of Health at the Gualsic Barangay Health Center, complementing the DOLE’s angel tree activity.

23 broadcasters pass KBP accreditation exam

(MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, February 7 (PIA) – Twenty-three of the 27 takers passed the accreditation examination of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) held in this city last December 12, 2015.

Emmanuel Sibayan, chairman of KBP-Pangasinan chapter, said this year’s passing rate is 85.19 percent with examinees coming from various television and radio broadcast stations.

He said that under the KBP Broadcast Code, all personnel who go on-air, including blocktimers, should be accredited to ensure that minimum standards of broadcast professionalism are met.

Sibayan said broadcasters who are not fully accredited by KBP are not allowed to announce or comment on-air in KBP member stations unless they are passers of the exam.

He therefore urged broadcasters to take the next accreditation exams.

The KBP exam passers will still have to undergo performance evaluation by their respective station managers before being issued KBP accreditation cards.

The evaluation results will then be submitted to the KBP provincial chapter head, who will in turn forward them to the KBP national office.

Meanwhile, examinees who failed will be issued a certificate with a temporary accreditation valid for six months to give them time to review and take the exam again before the card expires.

Dagupan City welcomes Chinese New Year

(PNA), RMA/LVM/LVMICUA/1005/RMA

DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 6 (PNA)-- Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, wearing red t-shirt and denim pants, led the city's Filipino-Chinese community in welcoming the Year of the Monkey in a night of cultural presentation at the city plaza on Friday following a motorcade along Dagupan's downtown area.

The different Chinese schools in the city participated in showcasing the time-honored cultural tradition of the Filipino-Chinese community whose elders came to the city to seek opportunities for prosperity, luck and fortune more than a hundred years ago.

“Today’s festivities reinforce the values and qualities of our forebears that contributed to Dagupan’s dynamic economy. Through the years we have handed down many practices and traditions which we are now teaching our children, and these are solid testaments that we have managed to remain as a strong family because we hold these values and traditions close to our hearts,” said Fernandez to the Filipino-Chinese community.

Fernandez, herself identified with the Filipino-Chinese community, encouraged everyone to continue building a community of caring, sharing, and daring for others' sake.

“Caring and sharing mean being compassionate to the plight of others and lending a hand to help others. Daring is making sacrifices for the interest of the country that many of our forebears have already called home,” added Fernandez.

Joining the celebration were the different Filipino-Chinese community organizations and schools like the Dagupan Chinese Musical Association headed by Willy Rillera, Filipino-Chinese Amity Club-Dagupan Chapter headed by Andy Sy, Dagupan Filipino-Chinese Community Association headed by Edwin Cuña, Pangasinan Universal Institute, Divine Word Academy of Dagupan, and Oakridge International School and the Panda Volunteers Firefighting Brigade.

5,522 Pangasinenses served by medical-dental mission

((PNA), LAP/LVM/LVMICUA/RMA

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Feb. 5 (PNA) -- A total of 5,529 Pangasinenses were served in a medical and dental mission conducted by Valdez Charitable Foundation in partnership with the Pangasinan Provincial Health Office in the towns of Bayambang and Alcala on February 2 and 3, respectively.

The Provincial Health Office (PHO) headed by Dr. Anna Maria Teresa De Guzman said 1,694 individuals were provided with free medical and dental check-ups/ tooth extractions in Bayambang while 3,835 others were treated in the municipality of Alcala.

PHO said that among the services offered during the two-day medical and dental mission include medical and dental consultation, minor surgery and laboratory glaucoma screening. Patients were also provided with free haircut, massage and eyeglasses.

The Valdez Charitable Foundation came over following the five-day medical-dental mission of the Association of Pangasinense in America Foundation, Inc. (APAFI) last January 18 to 22.

Earlier, Dr. De Guzman commended all charitable institutions that lend their helping hands to the province through giving donations of medicine and all sorts of basic household needs and day care stuffs like toothbrushes, towels, slippers, vitamins and food supplements for children.

This, according to her, supports the provincial government’s goal to provide quality and affordable health care for the poor and sick Pangasinenses.

Meanwhile, another group, the Philippine Medical Mission Foundation of Michigan, USA is set to conduct its medical-dental mission to include minor surgeries.

This will be held from February 8 to 12 at the Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital (EPDH) to cover the entire 6th district of the province.

Based on PHO report, there are around 35 to 45 foreign missions conducted by different groups in coordination with the provincial government over the past eight years.

The PHO chief also urged other institutions to also share their resources to the province as medical, dental and minor surgical missions can redound to benefit the less-advantaged people in Pangasinan.

De Guzman explained that charitable missions which are held in collaboration with the provincial government feature a partnership scheme of resources and manpower.

Resources or medicines to be provided by the involved foundations or organizations while manpower specifically health team which composed of doctors, dentists and nurses come from the pool of professionals and well-trained medical practitioners of the various provincial government-run hospitals.

It can be recalled that the administration of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. has given utmost priority to the health program in line with its goal to transform Pangasinan as the "home of the healthiest Filipinos."

All roads to Pangasinan for Philippine National Games 2016

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

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan (PIA) – Pangasinan is set to host the 2016 Philippine National Games in March.

On Monday, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a resolution authorizing Governor Amado Espino, Jr. to sign an agreement with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) through its Commissioner-in-Charge Jose Luis Gomez for the conduct of this year’s national games to be held from March 7 to 11.

In a resolution, Board Member Amado Espino III, said the event is a national multi-sport tournament in the country conducted to promote physical fitness and sports development in coordination with the various government departments and agencies and private entities.

Espino said Pangasinan is willing to enter into an agreement with the PSC for its commitment to forge a harmonious working relationship with the commission.

Based on Republic Act 7160, the provincial governor shall represent the province in inter-provincial or regional sports councils or committees and coordinate the efforts of component cities or municipalities in the regional or national sports development activities.

Pangasinan town gets Php5.7M BUB projects

(PNA), ZST/LVM/JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/RMA

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Feb. 2 (PNA)--The local government unit of Sta. Barbara has received a total of Php5.767 million worth of bottom-up budgeting (BUB) projects from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Agriculture (DA).

However, the town’s BUB projects will be implemented by the provincial government, since the LGU of Sta. Barbara was not able to comply with one of the requirements of the partner-agencies.

“The town, supposedly, is the implementer, just like in other BUB projects. Unfortunately, a requirement was not complied with so for the projects to be implemented, it will be through the provincial government,” said DTI Region 1 director Florante Leal during the turnover of checks held on Tuesday at the Urduja Palace here.

For the DTI projects, the LGU was awarded with Php2 million funding while the DA provided another Php3.767 million.

Leal said the Php2 million DTI-BUB project is on the streamlining of business permits and licensing system including the needs for hardware, software, and training of end-users.

“This system is to simplify processing of business permits and licensing so as to shorten processing period and by lessening the number of signatories in the permits,” he said.

Meanwhile, for the DA BUB program, Sta. Barbara Mayor Carlito Zaplan said he had requested from their Municipal Agriculture Office to purchase truck to be used for the transport of farming yields like palay, among others.

Governor Amado Espino Jr. said the Php767,000 of the DA fund will be used for the improvement of the town’s water impounding systems.

Espino said the BUB projects for the town of Sta. Barbara are now ready for bidding out.

The BUB program was developed by the national government with the aim of giving " the grassroots communities a greater voice and stake in the national budget process.”

“The LGUs identify what projects they need themselves,” said Leal.

In Region 1, 60 percent to 70 percent of the total DTI-BUB projects this year are allocated for Pangasinan, he added.

Pangasinan to host 2016 Philippine National Games

(PNA), ZST/LVM/JOHANNE MARGARETTE MACOB/RMA

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Feb. 1 (PNA)-- The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has passed a resolution authorizing Governor Amado Espino Jr. to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) for the hosting of the 2016 Philippine National Games by the Province of Pangasinan.

Espino is set to sign the MOA with PSC commissioner in-charge Jose Luis Gomez.

The Philippine National Games is a national multi-sport tournament in the country being conducted by the PSC in order to carry out the mandate to promote physical fitness and sports development in coordination with the various government department and agencies and private entities.

The 2016 PNG will be held from March 7-11, 2016

“The province of Pangasinan is willing to execute a MOA with the PSC for its commitment to forge a harmonious working relationship with the latter for the upcoming holding of the 2016 Philippine National Games,” stated the resolution authored by Board Member Amado ‘Pogi’ Espino III.

Pangasinan hosted a number of national sports events in the past as the Palarong Pambansa in 2012 and the OSKA Shikodan Philippines All Shorin-Ryu National Karate-do Tournament in 2013.

Those events were part of the Espino administration’s aim of making Pangasinan as the center of sports in the region as well as in the whole of the Philippines.

The 2015 Philippine National Games was held in Agusan del Sur.

Pangasinan LGU extends free medicines for hypertension, diabetes

(PNA), PGL/LVM/HILDA AUSTRIA/1435/RMA

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan (PNA)--The provincial government here through its health office is encouraging people of Pangasinan who are suffering from hypertension and diabetes to avail of free maintenance medicines now available at health centers in their respective towns and cities.

Dr. Anna Theresa De Guzman, provincial health officer said these maintenance medicines are supplied by the Department of Health (DOH).

De Guzman said that patients need to consult with their health centers and join a club of patients, who will be their support system in pursuing a healthy lifestyle, in their city or municipality for them to qualify to avail of free maintenance medicines.

“But since there are no existing club yet, this is not yet a compulsory requirement”, said De Guzman.

She added patients need not worry because they will be supplied by health centers on a monthly basis.

“There are no limits as to the supplies since these will be given by DOH monthly”, added De Guzman.

Hypertension and diabetes are ailments that are considered leading causes of death among Filipinos.

Capitol grants scholarship to 1,170 PSU students

(PNA), RMA/LVM/ JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/1300/RMA

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 30 (PNA)--A total of 1,770 poor but deserving students of the Pangasinan State University (PSU) were granted scholarships by the Pangasinan provincial government.

Governor Amado Espino Jr., along with Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr. and Liga ng mga Barangay Provincial President and Board Member Amado “Pogi” Espino III awarded financial grant of Php 10,000 each to the scholars.

The amount will pay their tuition fees for school year 2015-2016, or Php 5,000 each per semester for only the first batch of provincial scholars.

These scholars are enrolled in four PSU campuses in Sta. Maria, Asingan, Urdaneta City, and San Carlos City.

“I am a proud product of public school,” Espino said during the awarding ceremony held at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen, as he urged the scholars to excel in their studies in the province’s state university.

The governor also encouraged the students to continue dreaming big and in pursuing those dreams.

PSU Scholarship Program coordinator, Erlinda Fernandez, said in order to qualify for the scholarship grant, students must come from poor families yet deserving as evidenced by their high school grades and campus entrance exam ratings.

To continue availing of their scholarship grant, the students must maintain at least 82 percent general weighted average each semester.

“I have served seven Governors already and I have seen how scholarships have helped not only the students but their families,” Fernandez remarked.

Fernandez, however, noted that it was during the Espino administration that scholarship program of the Capitol has expanded.

She also disclosed that the number of provincial scholarship grantees increases annually since Espino became governor in 2007.

From only 50 scholars from PSU Binmaley and Bayambang during the term of Espino as second district congressman in 2001, the project was expanded in 2007 during his the first term as governor with 500 scholars, Fernandez said.

In June 2010, the scholarship had 1,000 slots, 200 more in 2011, and to 550 additional or a total of 1,770 scholars today and an allocation of Php 17.7 million.

From 2007 to 2015, a total of 1,219 provincial scholarship grantees have graduated from their respective courses at their respective PSU campuses.

Next Saturday (Feb. 6), the Capitol will hand over the financial assistance of the scholars from the other PSU campuses namely Bayambang, Infanta, Binmaley, Alaminos City, and Lingayen.

The number of provincial scholarship grantees enrolled at different PSU campuses are as follows: Alaminos City (150), Asingan (150), Bayambang (300), Binmaley (75), Infanta (75), Lingayen (400), San Carlos City (220), Sta. Maria (150) and Urdaneta City (250).

As of latest report, the Espino administration supports a total of 2,522 scholars composed of the 1,770 provincial scholars enrolled at the PSU, 290 technical-vocational scholars, 386 Provincial Scholarship Fund Board (PSFB) scholars, 59 National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) scholars, and 17 Federation of Pangasinan Muslim Association (FPMA).

Dagupan earns Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance Award anew

(PNA), PGL/LVM/LVMICUA/1600/RMA

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan 29 (PNA) -- The city of Dagupan earned another feather to its cap when it was conferred the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance Award anew by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC).

The award was received by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez from Victoria Jean P. Dawis, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)cluster leader in Pangasinan in a ceremony on January 28 at the City Museum.

Dagupan was awarded for its commitment in promoting child rights to survival, development, protection and participation towards a Child-Friendly Philippines first in 2014 when Mar Roxas was still the DILG Secretary.

The 2015 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance Award was signed by Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, chairperson of the CWC and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento.

The city was recently assessed for its child-friendly practices by the CWC National Award Committee Validation team for being a national contender for the prestigious 2015 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Cities under the independent component city category.

The awarding for the winners is set on April 5 in Manila.

Dagupan was recognized twice by the Regional Committee as the Most Child-Friendly City in Region 1.

“Dagupan wants to be known as a child friendly city, but we don’t just want the tag or title. We want this etched in the hearts of all our people because this is the right thing to do,” said Mayor Fernandez, after receiving the award.

Joining Fernandez in receiving the award were city councilors Jose Netu Tamayo and Marcelino Fernandez; Schools Division Superintendent Froserfina J. Bravo and Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Lourdes Servito; DILG City Director Rhoderick Dawis and Punong Barangays Helen Fermill, Joseph Maramba and Delfin de Guzman.

Series of medical missions set in Pangasinan

(PNA), FFC/LVM/JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/RMA

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 28 (PNA) -- A series of medical missions is scheduled in the province in February, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

Provincial health officer Dr. Anna De Guzman said three medical missions have so far been approved by her office.

These missions include a medical and dental and minor surgery mission by the Valdez Foundation on February 2 and 3 in Bayambang and Alcala towns.

Another medical mission was slated on February 8-12 by Filipino-American doctors and nurses from Michigan, USA. This mission will undertake major and minor surgeries like on cleft lip and cleft palate at the Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital and a medical mission in Umingan town.

De Guzman said the provincial government’s counterpart in the these medical missions includes additional manpower, transportation, and accommodation.

Other laboratory screening requirements of patients such as ultrasounds will be provided either by the beneficiaries or their respective local government units.

The medical and dental mission in the province last January 18 to 22 was sponsored by the Pangasinense in America Foundation Association Inc. (PAFI). The group also provided toothbrush, toothpaste, and slippers to the daycare pupils.

Dagupan City holds lst Children's Summit

(PNA), ZST/LVM/ JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/RMA

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PNA)--The Dagupan City government, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DOH) launched Tuesday the three-day First Children Summit on Health held at the CSI Stadia here.

The summit anchored on the theme "Batang Dagupeño: Mas Masaya, Mas Malusog, at Mas Matalino,” seeks to provide education among school children on the recurring issues on health.

Froserfina Bravo, officer-in-charge schools division superintendent of the DepEd Dagupan City, the summit is geared “to encourage our children to learn from the lectures on health education.”

Lectures and different activities have been prepared for the 22,000 kindergarten and Grade 1-10 pupils and students in the city, Bravo said.

The lectures were on proper handwashing for the kindergarten to Grade 3, on proper hygiene for the Grades 4-6, and on puberty and lifestyle diseases for the Grades 7-10.

Likewise, various activities after every lecture have enjoined the school children in friendly competitions as in storytelling/brush dance, pageant, spelling contest, singing, salad and tuna sandwich making, jingle writing and singing, module art, battle bands, slogan contest, and quiz bee on health.

The activities were conducted in cooperation with the Pangasinan Medical Society, the Pangasinan Pediatric Society and other private organizations.

The opening program’s guest speaker, Congressman Leni Robredo, hailed the organizers of the event.

She said the importance of the summit lies on its ability not only in teaching kids but in providing an avenue for linkages among concerned sectors such as the Department of Health (DOH), DepEd, and local government units (LGUs), including the barangay health workers.

For her part, Mayor Belen Fernandez assured the city government’s support to all the undertakings promoting the health and overall well-being of the pupils and students.

Meanwhile, during the opening program, lawyer Gonzalo Duque, chairman of the Dagupan City Historical and Cultural Commission, announced the completion of two modules on Dagupan history and culture which might be integrated into the educational curriculum in the city.

Bravo said they are now preparing the modules for transmittal to the DepEd head office.

“Upon the approval of DepEd Central Office, we will be launching it for integration in our curriculum,” she said.

If the modules pass the evaluation of the DepEd, they will be integrated in the Araling Panlipunan (Social Studies) subject of the Grades 3 and 7 in the city.

The two modules are written in the Filipino language, but Bravo said they will soon come up with a version translated in the local language Pangasinense.

“We will continue in writing more modules,”Bravo said, citing the need to promote the teaching of culture among today’s youth.

Other personalities who graced the summit’s opening were former Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, former House Speaker Joe De Venecia and his wife Pangasinan Fourth District Representative Gina De Venecia, and DOH Region 1 Assistant Regional Director Edwin Sanchez.

Pangasinan joins national mass deworming set Jan. 27

(PNA), LAP/LVM/JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/RMA

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 26 (PNA) -- The province of Pangasinan joins the rest of the nation in observing the National Deworming Day on Wednesday (January 27) to prevent the detrimental effects of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH).

According to provincial health officer, Dr. Anna De Guzman, a simultaneous school-based and community-based mass deworming have been prepared by the Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with Department of Education and respective local government units.

The school-based deworming caters to five-to-12-year olds or the kindergarten to Grade 6 pupils while the community-based deworming is to be administered to the two to five-year-olds who are not yet attending schools, said De Guzman.

Teachers and school nurses will implement the deworming activity in schools while midwives and other augmentation force under the DOH’s nurses deployment program will be responsible for the community-based deworming.

The provincial health officer added that children who will be given the deworming tablet called Albendazole or Mebendazole should have taken breakfast first and are physically and mentally fit.

In previous accounts, the World Health Organization cited the bad effects of STH on the educational performance including school attendance of children.

Further, De Guzman said deworming helps fight anemia by killing worms like roundworms (Ascaris lumbricoides), the whipworm (Trichuris trichiura) and the hookworms (Necator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale) that usually infect children.

Mass deworming in the country is given every six months.

De Guzman noted that during the last deworming, 92 percent of the target population or almost 300,000 children were provided with the deworming tablets.

“Prior the deworming this Wednesday, we have asked our partners in schools to brief the pupils and their parents of the benefits of deworming so as to achieve a higher involvement percentage,” she remarked.

DTI requires contractors to undergo PCAB seminars

By VENUS MAY H. SARMIENTO (MCA/VHS/PIA-1Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, January 25 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry has asked contractors to attend the two-day authorized managing officers (AMO) course as a requirement in the release of a Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) license.

Director Peter Mangabat of DTI-Pangasinan said the AMO Course completion is now a requirement in the release of a PCAB license, whether renewal or original issuance.

The 16-hour AMO course shall cover laws and regulations pertinent to the construction industry such as the National Building Code , Labor Laws, Taxation, Government Procurement Reform Act , Internal Revenue Code, Build-Operate-Transfer Law and the Local Government Code.

“We would like to correct the mistaken belief of contractors that possession of a DTI business name or SEC registration are sufficient to operate legitimately as contractor for private domestic construction,” Mangabat said.

Mangabat enjoined the unlicensed contractors to apply for a PCAB license to avoid possible penalties and future inconveniences.

The AMO course, slated on January 21-22, 2016 in Quezon City will require a registration fee of P5,000 per participant. It is one of the technical seminar offered by the Society of Philippine Electrotechnical Contractors and Suppliers (SPECS), Inc.

BIR unveils new RDO 6 building

By VENUS MAY H. SARMIENTO (MCA/VHS/PIA-1/Pangasinan)

URDANETA CITY, January 24 (PIA) – A tall and imposing four-storey building along Mac Arthur Highway here is the new and permanent home of the Bureau of Internal Revenue–Revenue District Office No.6.

The P62.7 million modern edifice was inaugurated on Friday in simple rites led by Commissioner on Internal Revenue Kim Jacinto- Henares to provide a more efficient and convenient service to the public.

“Programa ng BIR na lahat ng opisina eventually ay pagagawan ng sariling building. Priority na pag may nag-donate ng lupa, sila ang mauuna,” Henares said in a media interview during the event.

As to reaching targets on tax collection, Henares bared that the goal setting of target is not realistic. She said the 40 percent goal target set this year is unrealistic.

No tax collection agency, in history, has ever grown by 40 percent, she said adding that the actual tax collection of the country for 2015 will not be known until March this year.

“What is important is that we do our job properly and try to collect as efficiently as possible and make sure that there’s a growth rate that’s bigger than the nominal GDP growth because the goal set is already unrealistic,” Henares explained.

Pilgrimage tour sought in Pangasinan

(PNA), PGL/LVM/HILDA AUSTRIA/1300/RMA

CALASIAO, Pangasinan (PNA)-- The municipal tourism officer here is urging fellow officers from the third and fourth district of Pangasinan to offer “Pilgrimage Tour” to boost tourism in these places.

Verliza Abila, tourism officer of Calasiao town and secretary of the Pangasinan Tourism Officers Association (PTOA) said central districts have no beaches or mountains to attract tourists but there are historical churches including the Our Lady of Manaoag Basilica Minore in Manaoag, St. Peter and Paul Church and Senior Tesoro Divino Shrine in Calasiao and the St. John’s Cathedral Church in Dagupan City.

Abila said the idea of a pilgrimage tour was suggested during a training workshop of PTOA last 2012 but has never materialized.

“With this kind of tour, its peak season will be on the Holy Week, which is an annual event.Through this we could promote not only our churches but even our one-town-one-product.it will not only benefit one town but the whole of central Pangasinan,” said Abila.

She admitted that many tourists are visiting the St. Peter and Paul church in Calasiao but there is still no way to determine the number of visitors in the town since the travel agencies or those which arrange the tours do not coordinate with the local government unit (LGU).

She added agencies will be encouraged to offer the pilgrimage tour as part of their tourism packages.

“Through this we could devise a way to measure the number of tourists flocking our town for us to assess later the effects of our activities and programs in relation to tourism,” said Abila.

Calasiao recently held its annual Puto Festival which boosted the income of the town’s puto (native rice cake) industry.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) also showed support to the town by allocating Php38 million for the concreting of the road going to the Senior Divino Tesoro Shrine and Php3 million for the two-storey rest area for tourists in the town last year.

“We hope our legislators in the third and fourth district will come up with something to support and implement the Pilgrimage tour,” said Abila.

Prov'l board approves irrigation projects in Pangasinan

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

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan (PIA) – To intensify the agricultural productivity of Pangasinan farmers, the provincial government here has targeted the construction and repair of various irrigation projects.

On Monday, the Sanggunianng Panlalawigan authorized Governor Amado Espino, Jr. to ink pacts with farmers association for the implementation of the irrigation projects that will generate additional irrigated areas and increase farmers’ agricultural productivity.

In a resolution, Board Member Antonio Sison said the implementation of communal irrigation system and installation of shallow tube well irrigation projects will also serve as a mitigating measure to the projected long dry spell due to the El Niño phenomenon.

Sison said “it is the provincial government’s major concern to increase agricultural productivity by bringing basic services and assistance at the grassroots level that will result to a positive socio-economic change on the lives of farmers and fisherfolks.”

He said the provincial board authorized Espino to enter into an agreement with Irrigators Association or Farmers Association project beneficiaries to promote and develop the sustainability of irrigation development projects in the province.

Primemark Supermarket up soon in Pangasinan town

(PNA), RMA/LVM/LVMICUA/1835/RMA .

BINMALEY, Pangasinan, Jan. 21 (PNA)--The establishment of the Primemark Binmaley Save More Supermarket on a municipal lot in front of the Binmaley Central School is now nearing reality, according to Mayor Simplicio Rosario.

Rosario told newsmen he already had a dialogue with top officials of the Department of Education (DepEd who agreed to give way to the project on condition that the Binmaley Central School be allocated one hectare of the land being claimed by the municipality.

Rosario said the municipal government, which owns the land occupied by the Binmaley Central School, can only allocate 5,500 square meters to the school.

He admitted that a public hearing for the construction of the supermarket on a lot occupied by the central school was already completed.

Rosario told newsmen he was not expecting a civil case from DepEd against the municipality even if the latter has no title to the land it claimed, except for an old tax declaration that it had.

"DepEd is saying that having no land title, except tax declaration, it behooves that the land is owned by the people of Binmaley. But I represent the people of Binmaley being their mayor," said Rosario.

Saying that the project is now a go, Rosario said that SM Holdings and Company, which owns Primemark Binmaley and Save More Supermarket, would build two school buildings for the Binmaley Central School at Php 14 million each or Php28 million at no cost to DepEd.

Pointing out that the supermarket is a big boon to the town, Rosario said Primemark's desire to open business in the town indicated the growing trust and confidence of investors to the municipal government.

The proposed supermarket is a two-storey edifice, each storey of which is connected by an escalator.

DOE to put up two solar power projects in Pangasinan

(PNA), RMA/LVM/JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/1900/RMA

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 20 (PNA)--The town of Dasol in the first district of Pangasinan will soon host two new renewable energy projects of the Department of Energy (DOE).

According to the Media Affairs Group of the DOE, the agency has contracted with the private company, Cleantech Global Renewables Inc., to put up two solar power projects in Dasol town.

The solar projects in the province are among the renewable energy service contracts (RESCs) accounting for about 1,700 megawatts (MWs) potential capacities awarded by the DOE through the facilitation of its Renewable Energy Management Bureau.

Aside from Pangasinan, other provinces where other solar power projects of the DOE will be located are Nueva Ecija, Valenzuela City, Isabela, Zambales, Pampanga, Bataan, Batangas, Camarines Sur, Bulacan, Tarlac, Negros Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Negros Oriental, and Agusan del Sur.

Meanwhile, the DOE also approved other renewable energy projects namely biomass projects in Cavite, Cebu, and Maguindanao; hydropower projects in Laguna, Quirino, Benguet, Quezon, Samar, and Bukidnon; and wind power projects in Ilocos Norte and Negros Occidental.

The RESC projects are on top of the additional total potential capacity of 12,128 MWs recorded in November 2015, the DOE said.

If all these projects are realized, the country's installed capacity could reach up to about 20,000 MWs by 2030, which is higher than the initial National Renewable Energy Program target, the agency added.

DOE said the Philippines would triple its installed RE capacity by 2030.

Newly appointed Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada, approved these contracts after a series of reviews.

She remarked, “We are committed to increase our RE capacity and maintain a minimum of 30% share in the power generation mix in the coming years.”

The DOE called on concerned government agencies and local government units to extend utmost assistance to the project proponents to fast track the timely realization of the projects.

More sophistications to Bangus Festival proposed

(PNA), SCS/LVM/LVMICUA/RMA

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 19 (PNA) -- A youth leader here has vowed to help boost the Bangus Festival of Dagupan City in a bid to attract more tourists and investors that will further develop the city and push it to greater heights.

Christopher de Venecia, a former child actor on television and son of former House Speaker Jose C. de Venecia Jr. and his wife, Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia, said he is traveling to Iloilo City sometime soon to observe the Dinagyang Festival to find out what it has that makes it tick that the Dagupan Bangus Festival does not have.

The younger De Venecia, 29, who replaced his mother Gina as candidate for congressman in Pangasinan's Fourth District, said he wants the Bangus Festival to be known more throughout the world since it not only promotes the city's number one agricultural product bangus but also embodies the history of the city and its people.

A graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Ateneo de Manila University and now a weekly columnist and an editor of the youth section of the Philippine Star, De Venecia said he talked with Mayor Belen Fernandez of Dagupan who welcomed his help to provide more sophistication and flavor to the yearly Dagupan Festival.

He congratulated Mayor Fernandez for the innovations and surprises she puts into the Dagupan Bangus Festival yearly and for being open to suggestions to further improve the festival in order to catch the attention not only of the whole country but also the world.

At the same time, De Venecia suggested some initiatives to restore the Home Economics building of the West Central Elementary School which is the first command post of General Douglas MacArthur in Luzon when he and his troops landed in Dagupan on Jan. 9, 1945, some 71 years ago.

Noting that a library and a canteen are now located in that home economics building, De Venecia said he will talk with the Dagupan City government and the Department of Education so that this can be restored to its original state to remind the younger generations of Pangasinenses on the important role played by this edifice and the city of Dagupan during the war.

De Venecia suggested that the canteen and library be moved to another place in the school and that its area must be zonified in order to ensure more visitors and researchers who value their Philippine history to the site.

As to the funding for its restoration, De Venecia said he will ask the help of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the Department of Tourism as well as tap private companies to share their funds for the project.

DFA inaugurates Regional Consular Office in Pangasinan

(PNA), RMA/LVM/LVMICUA/2045/RMA

CALASIAO, Pangasinan, Jan. 18 (PNA)--The Regional Cultural Office (RCO) of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) finally opened on Sunday at Robinson's Place here which was graced by former President Fidel V. Ramos as the office was named after his late father, then Foreign Affairs Secretary Narciso Ramos.

The grand opening last Sunday was also attended by former Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani, her son Pangasinan's Sixth District Board Member Ranjit Shahani and Mrs. Narciso Ramos, widow of the late former Foreign Affairs Secretary Narciso Ramos, the step mother of both former President Ramos and former Senator Shahani.

The grand opening of RCO preceded its soft opening of the RCO sometime in December. Since its soft opening, it was only processing 60 passports a day in just a limited operation.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael Seguis and Asst. Secretary Frank Cimafranca graced the occasion.

Seguis said the RCO was put up in order to serve the people of Pangasinan whose population comprise more than 59 percent of the population of Region 1.

The RCO will soon eventually serve Cagayan Valley and part of Tarlac and Zambales as well.

Seguis paid tribute to Board Member Shahani for painstakingly following up the putting up of the RCO with DFA in Manila. It was Shahani who authored a resolution in the Pangasinan Pdovincial Board seeking the establishment of the RCO at Robinson's Place Calasiao.

Erving Wu, head of the Robinson's Land Group, said the putting up of RCO at Robinson's Place Calasiao was part of the agreement signed by his company and DFA covering 10 RCOs throughout the country.

He said the RCO at Robinson's Place in Calasiao is the ninth RCOs put up in Robinson's malls throughout the country rent-free.

Others who graced the opening were Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim who represented Gov. Amado Espino Jr., and Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay.

Pangasinan village council federations receive multipurpose vehicles from prov'l gov't

(PNA), /JSV/LVM/JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/1310/RMA

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan (PNA) -- All the 47 municipal and city federations of village councils in Pangasinan have received their respective multi-purpose vehicles from the provincial government.

This, after the 29 remaining vehicles were distributed to Liga ng mga Barangay (LB) units during a ceremony led by Board Member Amado Espinoza III, LB provincial federation president, at the provincial capitol Wednesday morning.

The latest recipients of the vehicles, which are Mitsubishi L300 model, are from the province's third to sixth districts.

The first batch of recipient-LBs, from the province's first and second districts, received 18 vehicles in 2015.

The son and namesake of Gov. Amado Espino Jr. reminded his fellow village heads to use the vehicles to effectively provide public service.

The vehicles were requested by municipal and city LB presidents in December 2014.

“The vehicles are big help to every Liga ng mga Barangay in catering to basic problems and services needed by villagefolks especially during disaster response and relief operations, and other transportation needs," Espino said.

Meanwhile, Romulo del Rosario, San Jacinto town LB chapter president, expressed his group's appreciation to the multipurpose vehicle given to his federation.

“Syempre masayang-masaya kasi matanda na ako, ngayon lang nangyari ito,” (I am very happy because this is the first time that this happened)" he said.

The vehicles are under the name of the respective LB town and city chapters and and each chapter is responsible for the vehicles’ registration and maintenance.

Gov. Amado Espino Jr. said the project, funded by a supplemental budget under the 2015 provincial budget, was intended to help the villages as they are the “front liners of public service.”

Pangasinan to give out six brand new ambulances

(PNA), RMA/LVM/LVMICUA/1835/RMA

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan (PNA)--The provincial government is set to award next week six units of brand new Toyota Hi-Ace GL Grandia ambulance to each of the six government hospitals in the province.

Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. said the recipients of the vehicles were the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital, Western Pangasinan District Hospital, Bayambang District Hospital, Lingayen District Hospital, Bolinao Community Hospital and Pozorrubio Community Hospital.

Espino said the other district and community hospitals would receive their new units of ambulance before the month ends.

The provision of new ambulances to provincial government-run hospitals is part of the present provincial administration’s thrust to provide quality and affordable healthcare for the less-privileged sector of society.

Espino expressed pride over the upgrading of diagnostic capability of all 14 government-owned hospitals which are now equipped with automated laboratory diagnostic equipment, digital x-ray, hemodialysis machines, with Pangasinan Provincial Hospital being provided with CT scan and gas sterilizer apart from other modern equipment.

The governor also cited the Point-of-Care program for proving to be a vital component of his administration’s goal to make Pangasinan as ‘home of the healthiest Filipinos.

Point-of-Care, in cooperation with the PhilHealth, is a program which automatically enrolls indigent patients confined in any of the 14 public hospitals operated by the provincial government to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

An amount of Php 60 million has been allocated this year by the provincial government for the health insurance of indigent families.

Pangasinan completes 263 roadlines in 2015

(PNA), RMA/LVM/LVMICUA/1820/RMA

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 15 (PNA)---The provincial government of Pangasinan has completed a total of 263 roadlines consisting of 467.171 kilometers of provincial, barangay and municipal roads and bridges.

All these projects under the infrastructure development program of Gov. Amado Espino Jr. were implemented by the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) in 2015.

A report prepared by the PEO showed the infrastructure projects consisted of asphalting, concreting, routinary maintenance work, asphalt repair, and regravelling of roads.

The PEO also reported that for 2015, a total of Php 172,159,082.52 was spent for the provincial projects while Php 123,958, 567.99 and Php 7,595,913.35 were used for barangay and municipal projects, respectively.

The implemented projects also include maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of 48 bridges throughout the province.

Other infrastructure projects also undertaken included flood control projects; improvement of agricultural facilities; construction, improvement, repair of school facilities and classroom buildings.

In addition, the PEO also included public utilities and water resources development projects.

A total of 43 units of artesian/deep well and 83 units of water system, pipelines, motor pump and hand pump were installed.

At the same time, 37 sewerage systems were maintained and improved while 204 units of water sewerage system (well source, motor pump, pipelines) were repaired and rehabilitated.

Meanwhile, the PEO reported that as of Dec. 31, 2015, the on-going projects included 21 provincial and barangay roadlines, eight provincial bridges undergoing maintenance and repair, and three barangay bridges under construction.

Dubai oil firm eyes USD15-B investments in PHL

(PNA), JMC/KMC

MANILA, Jan. 14 (PNA) -- Kampac Oil, a Dubai-based oil and gas company, is eyeing a USD15 billion investment in the country for 15 years to develop the Kampac Energy City in Sual, Pangasinan province.

In a statement, Kampac Energy City Philippines Special Advisor Allyson Artes said the oil firm has completed putting the process for consultants and contractors for the Sual project.

Artes added the company has set the groundbreaking by second quarter of this year.

“Kampac is confident that Asia will continue to grow, especially the Philippines, and needs more energy to meet the challenges of the 2020's which is energy security,” the oil firm said.

Despite the declining oil prices in the global market, Kampac remains bullish in its Energy City project.

The company wants to take advantage of the declining oil prices to kick off construction of the Energy City as this implies lower construction cost and accelerate the development of the Sual project.

"The Energy City has taken a new shape by adding railway lines to the project. There will be two railway lines from the city of Manila: a cargo line and a passenger line,” Kampac mentioned noting that it has partnered with two world-renowned project managers -- Aurecon Australia PTY and Mott McDonald UK -- for the design and engineering, planning and management of Energy City.

“Kampac is not fazed even though the project will be well over USD15 billion in 15 years because we believe that the Philippines has the potential to become the first Asian country to triple its growth in the next 10 to 15 years," the firm stressed.

Pangasinan's livelihood loan program releases PHP62.3M to marginalized families

(PNA), FFC/LVM/RMA

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 13 (PNA) -- A livelihood assistance program of the provincial government for marginalized citizens, particularly women, has loaned out PHP62.3 million to date with high repayment rate of 97 percent.

Gov. Amado Espino Jr. said the loan steadily rose in less than nine years of his administration.

The latest loan assistance was PHP3 million extended to various associations on Jan. 13 to help their members to put up their respective livelihood projects and boost the income of their respective families.

Some of the beneficiaries were women whose husbands were working as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

"The beauty of this program is while the husband is working as OFW, the wife is also busy doing something to also earn a living to take of the needs of their family left with her," Espino said.

She said this is the provincial government's own way of empowering women so that they will not just be confined in their homes and become more productive citizens.

Judging from the high 97 percent repayment rate, it is believed that many of the rural families who were granted loans succeeded in their respective ventures, said Gov. Espino.

The livelihood loan is interest-free and extended to individuals wanting to put up projects like buy-and sale, goat raising, poultry raising, hog fattening and others.

Luz Muego, consultant of the provincial government, said under the Livelihood Assistance Program, the borrowers are trained how to manage and make their small income-generating businesses grow.

The beneficiaries are required to submit project plans outlining the period they will pay the loans, which they will have to amortize monthly, said Muego.

Muego said from only 83 beneficiaries when the program started, the number went up to 441 with 15,616 members.

Most of the borrowers are rural families and are really in need of financial assistance to start their own livelihood projects.

Online store to boost sales of MSMEs in the works

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

DAGUPAN CITY, January 12 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said an online platform is in the works to provide an alternative market to thousands of products from small business owners across the country.

Alexander Apostol, science research specialist of DOST-Pangasinan, said these products will be uploaded in the OneStore system (www.onestore.ph) to provide micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with a platform to market their stuffs locally and internationally.

“OneStore is a web portal like Zalora and OLX where a client can view quality products, place his orders online and these will be delivered straight to his doorstep,” he said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of PIA-Pangasinan on Tuesday.

Apostol said this marketing arm will greatly help MSMEs nationwide to penetrate a large market and increase their sales, which will result to the creation of additional employment because of improved capacity of the enterprises.

He said that DOST in the Ilocos is now benchmarking in the different Provincial Science and Technology Centers in the region in order to possibly identify at least 300 products from Region I to be uploaded on the OneStore system.

“We will make more careful selection of food products for the safety of consumers. Its shelf life should last for more than a month and has a low-risk of contamination,” he added.

Apostol said the DOST is now looking for a potential consolidator in the region that clients can contact to facilitate the delivery and distribution of the ordered products.

Pangasinan town to host 2016 regional schools presscon

By VENUS MAY H. SARMIENTO (MCA/VHS/PIA-Pangasinan)

MANGALDAN, Pangasinan (PIA) - The School Division of Pangasinan II is set to host the 2016 Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) of the Department of Education from January 11-13.

Mangaldan is this year’s host division with the Sto. Tomas Catholic School as the main venue for the contest.

Erwin Dela Rosa, education program specialist II of the division and designated media coordinator of RSPC, said some 2,500 delegates from 14 school divisions in Region I are expected to stay in Pangasinan for the duration of the event.

“This year’s RSPC contest is anchored on the role of the 21st century campus journalism in upholding good governance and leadership in transparency,” Dela Rosa told the Philippine Information Agency.

Schools Division Superintendent Donato Balderas of Pangasinan II said a task force composed mostly of focal persons from the School Governance and Operations Division was created by DepEd as early as December last year to facilitate and do the legwork for the regional event.

Coordination with the police force has also been done to ensure peace, order and security of the delegates who will be billeted in schools within Mangaldan and San Fabian towns.

A parade around Mangaldan town will precede the opening program to be led by DepEd Officer-in-Charge of the Regional Office Dr. Alma Ruby Torio.

Participating school divisions include the delegates from Alaminos, Batac, Candon, Dagupan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Laoag, Pangasinan I, Pangasinan II, San Carlos, San Fernando, Urdaneta and Vigan.

The participants, who were winners in the Division level contest, will battle it out again in the regional level in various journalism categories like writing news, feature, editorial, headline and sports, copyreading, cartooning, radio broadcasting in English and Filipino with the inclusion of mother tongue categories in Iluko and Pangasinan for the collaborative desktop publishing.

The Regional Schools Press Conference is anchored on Republic Act 7079 known as the Campus Journalism Act of 1991. It is geared towards the promotion of the development and growth of campus journalism as a means of strengthening ethical values , encouraging critical and creative thinking and developing moral character and personal discipline of the Filipino youth.

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