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Group seeks use of cut trees for school desks

By Yolanda Sotelo (Inquirer Northern Luzon)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expert fights to save trees along P’sinan road

By Eva Visperas (The Philippine Star)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eastern Pangasinan hospital to increase bed capacity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FNRI pushes fortified food in Pangasinan

(Manila Bulletin)

Dagupan City, Pangasinan — The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), the lead agency in food and nutrition research, concluded that iron-fortified rice and iron rice premix can improve the nutritional status of men.

Speaking at a forum here last weekend, Trinidad Arcangel, senior research specialist of FNRI, explained that food fortification is the process of adding nutrients to processed food. “We fortify food to fight malnutrition among Filipinos and improve the nutritional quality of the nation’s food supply,” said Arcangel.

She revealed that Filipinos lack iron, vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, iodine, ascorbic acid calcium and folate, thus the need for food fortification. Philippine Food Fortification law mandates the adding of iron mineral to rice; vitamin A and iron to flour; and vitamin A in edible oil and in sugar.

Dr. Imelda Agdeppa, assistant scientist at FNRI encouraged the public to prioritize nutrition. “We must invest in nutrition so as to improve the quality of human resources especially the children.”

SINAG feeds 25,000 kids on eve of World Food Day

(Manila Bulletin)

As part of its World Food Day celebration, the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) kicked-off a series of feeding programs with close to 25,000 children and adults benefiting from its initial salvo in flood-hit areas of Bulacan and Pangasinan.

SINAG’s simultaneous feeding programs were held in 27 public schools in Calasiao, Pangasinan and in Jubilee Home, Lumang Bayan, Plaridel, Bulacan. Similar activities are planned in Albay province and Yolanda-hit areas in the Visayas. SINAG chairman Rosendo So with some school kids in Pangasinan who were served nutritious food produced by local farmers and fishermen.

SINAG chairman Rosendo So with some school kids in Pangasinan who were served nutritious food produced by local farmers and fishermen.

In a statement, SINAG chairman Rosendo So said the group’s feeding program seeks to promote agriculture and local products. “The food we’re sharing are actual harvests of Filipino rice and vegetable farmers, while the pork, chicken and fish were raised by our backyard and commercial raisers. In Calasiao alone, backyard and commercial hog raisers contributed more than 2,200 kilos of pork; while rice farmers and rice millers in Pangasinan donated 40 sacks (2,000 kilos) of rice,” he said.

So urged flood victims not to lose hope and to continue farming. He also called for more government intervention to ensure food security while addressing the people’s nutritional needs, especially those exposed to adverse climactic and weather conditions.

According to SINAG, there’s an urgent need to increase private investments and public expenditures to protect and support domestic agriculture. A strong and viable domestic agriculture and resilient rural communities is the best defense against the threats of climate change.

“We enjoin everyone to support children in communities that need extra nutrition and we encourage them to source this from our own harvests and local production,” So said.

Drop ‘act of god’ phrase in contracts — Bishop

By Jerrylyn B. Damaso

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) head on Friday urged the Filipino people to shed the mistaken notion of God as a bringer of “catastrophe, calamity, and misfortune” and the inordinate use of the “act of God” legalese.

In a statement, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said the formulaic phrase commonly used in insurance contracts, and in law and jurisprudence “conveys the thought that God is the cause of human misery and tragedy.”

The prelate said it should be replaced with felicitous expressions already available like fortuitous event, natural calamities, force majeure and other catch-all terms.

“A landslide, for example, that not only impedes travel but can bring about the tragic loss of life is usually referred to in commercial and legal documents as an “act of God,” Villegas said.

Although the CBCP president admitted God as the “universal cause” in everything, he expressed disapproval over the use of “act of God” for tragic events, which warped the image of an all-loving God.

Pangasinan elimination for stat quiz set Oct 27

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

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, October 17 (PIA) – For the first time, the Philippine Statistics Quiz will hold a provincial elimination as part of the observance of the National Statistics Month.

Dante Pescador, provincial statistics officer of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), said qualifiers from the provincial elimination, to be held on October 27, will advance to the regional eliminations in La Union province on November 13.

“The statistics quiz is an annual contest which aims to assess the competency and skills of students in statistics as acquired from the secondary education curriculum,” Pescador said during the provincial steering committee meeting at the DepEd division office on Thursday.

The PSQ identifies and nurtures talents especially in the field of statistics. It contributes to the advocacy in the use of statistics for evidence-based decision making. Results of the contest can also provide indications of the effectiveness of the statistics component of mathematics as a subject for the secondary curriculum, Pescador added.

The PSQ is open to all Fillipino first time college freshmen currently enrolled in the second semester for the school year 2014-2015 in any recognized tertiary academic institution. One school can field a maximum of three students . A contestant is entitled to one coach endorsed by the school.

Trophies, medals, certificates of recognition, and cash prizes await contestants at the provincial and regional contests. The national finals will be held on December 2 in Metro Manila.

The PSQ provincial steering committee is composed of members from the Provincial Planning and Development Office, Department of Education, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Labor and Employment , Philippine Information Agency, Population Commission and other appropriate government and private institutions designated by this year’s chairman, Board Member Amado I. Espino III.

Young Filipino envoys visit Pangasinan before leaving for Asean cruise

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

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan October 16 (PIA) – The country’s young cultural ambassadors for the 41st Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAJYP) made a two-day stop in Pangasinan before leaving for an international cruise that will take them to five Southeast Asian nations for 52 days.

The young ambassadors stayed in Pangasinan from October 13-14 to learn from the province’s rich culture and scenic beauty which will be part of their task in promoting Philippine eco-tourism and hospitality.

The SSEAYP is an annual cultural exchange program established in 1974 that aims to promote mutual understanding and friendship among young participants from Japan and Southeast Asian countries.

Edwin Antonio, national leader of the 2014 Philippine Youth Ambassadors of Goodwill, said the country’s 28 ambassadors will be joining the cruise on October 29 to December 18 that will visit the countries of Japan, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia and Myanmar.

Antonio said the Philippine delegates “would like to show Southeast Asian and Japanese delegates the beauty and culture of Pangasinan through a national presentation on board the Nippon Maru ship.”

“On board for 52 days, the delegates will be doing a lot of activities that includes cultural presentation, institutional visits, interactions with local youth and the home stay program,” he said.

Antonio said this year’s cultural exchange program anchored with the theme “Youth Participation in Social Activities” will be joined by more than 300 youth ambassadors from Japan and ASEAN member countries.

Indigenous folk gain access to gov’t services

By Gabriel Cardinoza (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

PANGASINAN, Philippines—Councilor Danilo Bugtong of San Nicolas town, Pangasinan province, drove for four hours on Monday from his house in the mountain village of Malico to reach the municipal hall in time for the flag-raising ceremony at 8 a.m.

The trip took him to Sta. Fe town, Nueva Vizcaya province, and San Jose City and Lupao town, Nueva Ecija province, before passing through the towns of Umingan, San Quintin and Tayug in Pangasinan to reach San Nicolas.

Bugtong and other members of the Kalanguya tribe in the village had to go through the circuitous route to reach the town because the 20-kilometer Villaverde Trail can be used only for hiking.

“I’m already used to it,” said Bugtong, 57, who just sat in July as IP (indigenous peoples) representative to the municipal council. He is also a pastor of the town’s United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP).

When Bugtong studied at Red Arrow High School in San Nicolas and later at Luna Colleges in Tayug, he walked the trail for four hours.


“Many IPs in Pangasinan live in the uplands and the primary concern is the access to the center of governance,” said Bugtong, whose tribe is one of the three in his town. The others are the Ibaloy in Barangay San Felipe East and the Iwak in Barangay Fianza.

The province has 10 other tribes living in the towns of San Manuel, Sison, Umingan, Pozorrubio, Laoac, Sual, Labrador, Bugallon, Mangatarem, Mabini, Infanta and Aguilar.

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) placed the IP population in Pangasinan at 14,670.

Bugtong said the delivery of government services to the IPs, such as health and education, was suffering because of the problem of accessibility.

Some areas in the province are isolated during the rainy season because it is difficult to reach them, said Dr. Enrique de los Santos, NCIP provincial officer. “They cannot also sell their produce in the town’s public market because it will be very expensive for them to transport it,” he said.

But he said the government had fixed the roads in some areas, like in Mapita, a mountain village in Aguilar, which can now be reached by a one-and-a-half hour drive, compared with the seven-hour hike before.

In December last year, electricity also reached Mapita.

But the physical distance that separates the cultural communities from the centers of power and decision-making has been bridged in some areas of the province.

Two towns now have IP representatives sitting in the municipal councils, De los Santos said. Aside from Bugtong, Josephine Saguirre assumed her post in the municipal council of Sison in July.

Bugtong said the implementation of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (Ipra) of 1997 provision on IP representation in local legislative bodies was a product of a long struggle.

“Some local governments did not like it; others said there was no budget for it. We are very glad that during the time of the late [Interior] Secretary [Jesse] Robredo, this was finally realized. And we are very grateful for that,” he said.

He said members of the San Nicolas town council welcomed him warmly when he assumed office in July.

“I was emotional. Gone finally are the days when the IPs were only for tourism, when the IPs were only for street dancing. Now, we sit in the lawmaking body of the town,” he said.

“It’s very, very rewarding. It makes you proud to be an IP, that you can do something, that you can contribute, not only in the locality but in nation-building as well,” he said.

Ancestral domain titles

De los Santos said his office was working to help qualified IP communities get their certificates of ancestral domain title (CADTs) to assure them of communal land ownership.

In San Nicolas, the three tribal communities occupy about 15,000 hectares of ancestral land in the Caraballo Mountains.

The CADT is good for them because their territory will be protected from any government or private projects intrusions, De los Santos said. “If these projects enter an ancestral domain, they will have to seek the community’s free prior and informed consent,” he said.

Bugtong said indigenous communities in the province should remain united and strong to improve their lives. “We will continue to work hard to assert our rights. Our rights are not served on a silver platter; you have to work and fight for it,” he said.

1,721 examinees to take criminologist board exam on October 19-21

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

ROSALES, Pangasinan, October 14 (PIA) – The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)-Baguio Regional Office will conduct the Criminologists Licensure Examination (CLE) here on October 19-21 to some 1, 721 examinees.

The licensure exams will be conducted at the Li Seng Giap Elementary School, Rosales National High School, Rosales North Central School and Rosales South Central School.

Evangeline Marilyn Vergara, executive officer designate, advised all examinees to report to their assigned testing centers before 6:30 a.m.

Examinees and examination personnel are enjoined to uphold the integrity of the CLE, she said.

Room assignments are now posted at PRC-Baguio Regional Office website:

In case the examinee’s name is not included, misspelled, or there is discrepancy in the date of birth or school and campus in the List of Examinees, please call Mr. Billy Joe Pablo at telephone no. (074) 304-3180 or email at to effect the necessary corrections in the database.

The Program of Examination and updated List of Non-Programmable Calculators allowed to be used in the examinations are posted at the said website for reference.

Pope Francis names Pangasinan's Manaoag Shrine a basilica

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By naming it a basilica, Pope Francis grants privileges to the Manaoag church and its churchgoers

MANILA, Philippines – Granting special privileges to the Manaoag Shrine and Catholics who visit it, Pope Francis has turned the Pangasinan church into a basilica.

The Manaoag Shrine houses the image of the Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, which Catholics believe is miraculous.

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas on Monday, October 13, said Francis “has granted the title minor basilica” on the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag.

“The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan is immensely blessed," said Villegas, who also heads the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines.

Francis named the shrine a basilica months before he visits the Philippines in January 2015.

In the Catholic Church, the Pope can honor a church with the title of minor basilica if it has “particular importance for liturgical and pastoral life,” the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments said in 1989.

To qualify as a basilica, the congregation said the church may, among other things, “enjoy a certain renown throughout the diocese, for example, because it has been constructed and dedicated to God on the occasion of some particular historical and religious event, or because the body or significant relics of a saint are reserved in it, or because some sacred image is there venerated in a special way.”

Indulgence for churchgoers

The title of minor basilica comes with certain privileges. One of these is a plenary indulgence, which Paul VI defined as “the remission before God of the temporal punishment due sins already forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned.”

An indulgence “is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due sin,” Paul VI said in the apostolic constitution Indulgentiarum Doctrina.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments said: “The faithful who devoutly visit the basilica and within it participate in any sacred rite or at least recite the Lord's Prayer and the profession of faith may obtain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intention of the Supreme Pontiff):

1. on the anniversary of the dedication of the same basilica;
2. on the day of the liturgical celebration of the title;
3. on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles;
4. on the anniversary of the granting of the title of basilica;
5. once a year on a day to be determined by the local Ordinary;
6. once a year on a day freely chosen by the each of the faithful.”

The congregation added that “the papal symbol, that is, 'crossed keys,' may be exhibited on banners, on furnishings, and on the seal of the basilica.”

Basilicas in the Philippines include the Manila Cathedral and the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo.

Children's congress set in Dagupan for Nat'l Children’s Month

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

DAGUPAN CITY, October 12 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) in this city will hold a 3-day congress on October 14 to 16 at the CSI Stadia to mark National Children’s Month.

Lourdes Servito, officer-in-charge of DepEd Dagupan, said the congress seeks to enhance, promote and protect the child’s moral, spiritual and physical intelligence and social well-being.

Servito said the activity will provide various activities, contests and educational workshop to participants to develop their creative talents and give them time to have fun.

“(Issues) on anti-bullying will be discussed during the seminar-workshop,” Servito said during the ‘Pantongtongan Tayo’ radio program of PIA-Pangasinan aired live over DZMQ Radyo ng Bayan last Tuesday.

Students from Dagupan City National High School were tasked to portray a short skit of bullying acts, which will be interpreted by psychologists, to instil to the participants the real meaning of bullying.

Servito said most children are not aware that they employ bullying when they use force, threat and coercion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively dominate others.

Activities on the first day include essay writing contest, photography contest, coloring contest for kinder and elementary pupils, poster making contest, basketball 3 on 3, on-the-spot slogan writing contest and culture and arts exhibit that will be put up by various school districts which will showcase Dagupeños' culture and traditions.

Other activities incluse a puppet show, math challenge, cooking, salad and sandwich making contest, song writing and interpretation dance contest, search for acoustic diva and the search for Little Mister and Miss Children’s Congress 2014 that will be participated in by kinder garten pupils who will wear Filipino dresses made of indigenous materials.

The event will also feature Christmas décor making contest, on-the-spot jingle writing and presentation contest and poetry presentation, spelling and story retelling is Pangasinan.

“Activities like tag of love, palosebo and patintero are also included because the main theme of the congress is like barrio fiesta,” said Servito.

She added that the congress will be attended by all school children from kinder garten to high school in Dagupan City.

Pangasinan spikers go 2-0 in Petron beach volley

(MST Sports)

PANGASINAN spikers Melanie Carrera and Cindy Benitez lived up to their billing as the team to beat after a hot 2-0 start in the final leg of the 2014 Petron Ladies’ Beach Volleyball Tournament at the sand-courts of the University of the East-Caloocan campus on Friday.

The tandem needed just 15 minutes to overpower their stunned foes, grabbing a 11-0 score, and then continuing the attack mode the rest of the way.

Then, a 21-8 beating of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina 1 bets Shirley Martinez and Lourdes dela Cruz earned Carrera and Benitez their second straight victory.

“Naging maganda lang po siguro ang pairings,” humbly said Carrera in this beach volley tournament backed by Petron and Mikasa balls.

Meanwhile, Viray twins Nieza and Jieziela, who are also from Pangasinan, opened their campaign with 21-7 beating of St. Michael-Laguna 2’s Raissa Mae Punan and Maja Minorka Mercado, before absorbing a close 18-21setback at the hands of University of the East spikers Francisclyn Cais and Krycel Cueva.

The left-handed Jeziela, who is 15 minutes younger than Nieza led a big attack which allowed them to take charge right away at 12-6.

But the defensive game of Cais and Cueva picked up the rest of the way and slowed down the Pangasinan bets, keeping the two from taking the lead in Group B.

“Tinambakan namin sila (Punan and Mercado) pero na depensahan kami nu’ng sumunod,” said Jeziela, who is a fourth year high school student at the Pangasinan School of Arts and Trade.

With their 1-1 win-loss record, the twins remained on course in earning a seat to the semifinals.

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