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Dagupan sending 520 scholars to college this year


DAGUPAN CITY, May 25 (PNA) -- The city government will award 525 college scholarships for the coming school year to deserving students from poor families who passed the criteria set by the city government.

Mayor Belen Fernandez invited the scholars and their parents to receive their scholarship grants in a ceremony on Monday at the CSI Stadia when she spoke during a program at the city plaza after the flag-raising ceremony on Monday.

The scholars will be enrolled either at the Lyceum Northwestern University, University of Luzon, University of Pangasinan Phinma, Colegio de Dagupan or the Pangasinan Maritime Academy (PAMA).

The city government will shoulder their tuition and other school fees and will maintain their scholarships provided they will earn good grades in all their subjects till they graduate.

Fernandez congratulated the scholars and their parents who are happy their children can now go to college with the help of the city government as they cannot afford the high cost of college education.

She said the city government is investing for the education of children as they may someday take over the reins of the city government.

(Feature) Dagupan steps up preparations for possible tsunami

By Lilia M. Micua [(PNA), SCS/LVM/LVMICUA/RMA]

DAGUPAN CITY, May 24 (PNA) -- A small city, only 50 square kilometers in area, Dagupan is earning plaudits from all over the country for giving premium and recognizing the value of preparation.

Today, Dagupan is possibly the only city outside Metro Manila zealously preparing for nature's fury such as earthquakes, tsunami, typhoons, storm surges and floods, taking a lesson from the earthquake of July 16, 1990 that put the whole city to its knees in seconds.

While officials and the people of Metro Manila are now pre-occupied in preparing for the coming of what experts call the "Big One" where in their estimate, some 37,000 people might die and scores of others injured, the city of Dagupan, some 240 kilometers north of Manila, is doing a parallel activity in coordination with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Noting reports from Phivolcs that in case the Manila Trench fault line located some 250 kilometers off Bolinao into the West Philippine Sea that runs from north to south moves at 8 magnitude, it can generate a powerful tsunami as high as seven meters in Dagupan City alone, the city government created an office called Public Alert Response and Monitoring Center (PARMC).

PARMC is a special office dedicated to put the people in the city on their feet once a strong earthquake, especially emanating from the West Philippine Sea, strikes.

The West Valley Fault that runs 100 kilometers across Bulacan, Metro Manila, Laguna and Cavite may be capable of generating a force strong enough to bring incalculable damages if it movers at 7 to 8 magnitude. But it may be felt at lesser magnitude in Dagupan as the West Valley Fault and the Manila Trench are not interconnected.

That is why, it is the Manila Trench in the West Philippine Sea which the people of Dagupan and Pangasinan fear more and are preparing for than the West Valley Fault.

PARMC is a brainchild of Mayor Belen Fernandez who formed the office right after Phivolcs conducted a Rapid Earthquake Disaster Assessment System (REDAS) and pointed to the dangers posed by the Manila Trench fault line, along the coastal areas of Pangasinan, including Dagupan.

Placed side by side with the office of the City Disaster Risk and Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) for easier coordination, PARMC is tasked to perform its mandate of alerting the people of the city in case of a big earthquake that may be needing evacuation to higher grounds.

PARMC is basically a technical and scientific office working under the Office of the City Mayor to provide the mayor what is called decision support system for whatever questions she may want to be answered relative to Risk Reduction and Disaster Mitigation, said Professor Nick Melecio, chief of PARMC.

With high tech computers and maps it is using, intensity meter installed by Philvolcs as well as the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera of the city with which it was asked to administer, PARMC is doing the monitoring 24/7.

Its personnel are still wide awake when most of the city's population are already in deep slumber.

"It is flooding and earthquake damage which are our expertise," said Melecio, pointing out that the 17 CCTV cameras installed in the city's central business district and the approaches of the new Pantal Bridge were given additional application for flood tracking.

He said all roads where there are CCTV cameras will be given flood scales and when these are captured by CCTV cameras, it could determine right away the height of the flood in these areas.These are valuable inputs that could be used by the decision-makers, the city executive and relief agencies, in assisting the flood victims, reminding that Dagupan is flood-prone city.

On the possibility of a seven-meter high tsunami that may come in case the Manila Trench moves at magnitude 8, the city will soon build a four-storey evacuation center in Barangay Salapingao with the help of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

This will replace a man-made tsunami hill proposed by the past city administration in another island village of Pugaro which was phased out as soon as the new city administration took over for being impractical as it would be located only few meters from the sea.

"Imagine, residents would run towards the sea to meet the coming tsunami and not run away from it, said Mayor Fernandez, ruling out the project which was already started with the construction of the man-made tsunami hill's base.

She said the four-storey evacuation center will be in Barangay Salapingau and not in Pugaro since the latter is linked to the town of Binmaley by a bridge where residents can run to in case of tsunami to save themselves.Meanwhile, PARMC initiated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between 565 owners of high-rise buildings and the city mayor so that in case of tsunami these buildings can be used as Privately-Hosted Evacuation Centers (PHEC). ,

Saying that this is not enough, Mayor Fernandez ordered the CDRRMO headed by Ronald de Guzman to draw up an evacuation route to the south for Dagupan residents escaping from tsunami.

At the same time, some 600 children of the estimated 7,000 in the city, have already been given free swimming lesson at the Dagupan City's Olympic-size swimming pool so that in case of a big flood, they can save themselves and their families.

Earthquake and flood drills were intensified in schools and communities in a bid to teach people what to do in case of disasters.

Thefts a concern in Pangasinan schools as start of classes nears

By Joel Locsin / LBG (GMA News)

With school to start in about a week's time, authorities in Pangasinan are looking for ways to protect schools from thieves.

Police had recorded several thefts in public schools in the province in past months, GMA Dagupan reported.

"Nag-meeting na nga kami diyan, kami ng mga schools superintendent(s). Dapat diyan mag-hire sila ng mga security guards, meron naman silang MOOE (maintenance and other operating expenses). Dapat may security guard sila, o kaya yung may janitor sila, sabay bantay na rin," said Pangasinan governor Amado Espino Jr.

For its part, the Department of Education Pangasinan 2 division said its MOOE may not be enough to hire security guards for the schools.

The DepEd noted the amount of the MOOE depends on the number of students in a school.

"Hindi ho kakayanin ng eskwelahan lang. Kaya nakiki[usap] kami ng tulong sa mga (local government units) like sa mga barangays para katuwang ng aming barangays is yung mga barangay kagawads," said schools division superintendent for Pangasinan 2 Atty. Donato Balderas.

For his part, Mangaldan police head Superintendent Jackie Candelario urged Parent-Teacher Associations to add security features like grills and padlocks.

Those who can afford it can invest in closed-circuit television systems, he added.

"Isangguni din sa kanilang PTA members magdagdag ng security features katulad ng mga grills na kung saan hindi agad-agad napapasok katulad ng mga padlocks, kung kakayanin ng mga magulang ay bibili ng CCTV," Candelario said.

521 Pangasinan scholars receive allowance


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, May 22 (PNA) -- At least 521 students from the first congressional district in the province received P3,000 each under the joint scholarship program of the provincial government and the Office of the First Congressional District.

During an awarding ceremony held at the Provincial Training and Development Center, Lingayen, Board Member Amado Espino III, who represented the Governor in the event, said the scholarship assistance is but another proof of the importance the Espino administration is giving to youth development.

He then challenged the scholars to devote their achievement, particularly through their education, to their families and respective communities.

“"This is a good opportunity to uplift oneself and family and to help the barangays," he intoned.

According to the provincial information office, the Espino administration has a total of 2,240 scholars. These are 1,250 provincial scholars enrolled at the Pangasinan State University; 405 Provincial Scholarship Fund Board (PSFB) academic scholars, 30 National Commission on Indigenous peoples (NCIP) scholars, and 12 Federation of Pangasinan Muslim Association (FPMA) scholars.

The academic scholars, who qualified through an examination, are set to receive P8,000 financial grant per semester or twice every academic year.

Under the PSFB scholarship program, students get to choose which schools and which four-year or five-year degree course they would like to enroll in.

However, to continue receiving the scholarship assistance until graduation, the scholars need to maintain a minimum general weighted average of 85 percent, except for highly technical courses like engineering, architecture, and accounting that only require a minimum grade of 82 percent.

Nat’l Fishery Congress gears eyes ASEAN competitiveness

By Venus May H. Sarmiento (MCA/VHS/PIA1-Pangasinan)

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, May 21 (PIA) – Fishery industry leaders from across the Philippines convened in Pangasinan for a three-day National Fishery Producers’ Congress geared towards competitiveness in the economic integration for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Eduardo Maramba, national president of the Philippine Association of Fish Producers, Inc. (PAFPI), said the congress which began on Tusday (May 19) aims to pursue the fishery industry's full development.

“An advanced fishery industry calls for shared responsibility and sacrifices that is why PAFPI makes every effort to help the fishery industry attain status as a strong player and a world economic order where trade barriers are torn down,” Maramba said at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen town.

The three-day Congress looked into modern methods for maximizing production and enlarging the market of marine products worldwide. It also served as an informative, innovative and comprehensive approach for the fishing business to position the fishery industry towards competitiveness under the ASEAN economic integration as stated in the theme, Maramba added.

Maramba said PAPFI will come up with a resolution pushing for the campaign against illegal fishing, intensification of technological researches, massive dredging of rivers, creation of the Department of Fishery and Aquatic Resources and a resolution seeking the granting of a subsidy by the government to the industry.

The Pangasinan provincial government, represented by Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim, welcomed the participants to the Congress and said that the Philippines is one nation that has the best of everything.

“Our fishery industry is very rich which is the reason why other countries like Korea, Taiwan, China and Vietnam are lured, but everything will go to waste if we will not work together and not help each other,” Calimlim said.

Aside from lectures and workshops on investment opportunities in the fishery sector and regulatory requirement for fishery products, the delegates from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao were treated to a cultural presentation and a field trip to the Minor Basilica in Manaoag town and the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City.

BFAR lauds Dagupan's bangus branding


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, May 20 (PNA) -- An official of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has lauded the successful effort of the Dagupan in branding its locally-produced bangus (milkfish) to distinguish it from others produced in other areas.

"I am happy to know that there is already bangus branding in Dagupan City that can easily distinguish its own product. We hope other places in the Philippines will do likewise," said BFAR Regional Director Nestor Domenden.

He said the branding of Dagupan bangus is consistent with a standing resolution of the Regional Development Council (RDC) seeking the labeling of all OTOP (One Town One Product) products in the region.

"So, I am happy indeed that finally Dagupan has branded its own bangus," Domended told newsmen during the First National Fishery Producers' Summit held here from May 19 to 21.

But he said the branding of milkfish in Dagupan is still "work in progress", that is why nobody expects them to perfect the methodology at once, noting there is already an action on the part of Dagupan towards a better system.

Admitting that it was BFAR regional office who recommended the concept to the Dagupan City government, Domenden said his office is ready to assist in improving the system if requested.

He admitted that branding was really intended to protect consumers from being hoodwinked by vendors who would say the milkfish on their shelves are from Dagupan when in fact it is not, making this as a convenient reason for selling their product at a higher prices.

As a result of branding, Domenden said he expects that there will be short of Dagupan bangus supply soon because lots of consumers would be looking for milkfish that carries the tag "Dagupan certified."

He said he also expects the price of Dagupan bangus to go up but must be kept always at a fair level for all consumers to afford.

Domenden said that aside from protecting the consumers, bangus branding will be a boon to producers who will get better prices for their product.

Dagupan City to showcase products in int'l food expo

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

DAGUPAN CITY, May 19 (PIA) – Dagupan’s local products will be showcased in the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City along with other Asia’s ethnic food and ingredients from May 21 to 24.

City Tourism Coordinator Sharon Maramba said that the event is considered a melting pot of flavors and ingredients all under one roof.

“Over 700 food exporters from countries all over the world and more than 13,000 global buyers and visitors are expected to flock to the event which is tailored to suit every buyer’s unique sourcing needs,” Maramba said.

Exhibit hours will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Dagupan will be showcasing our very own bangus, deboned and marinated bangus, smoked (tinapa) bangus, bangus in oil, alamang, monamon, suman and pinipig, peanut bites, banana chips, and dried fish. All these are Dagupan certified products” Maramba said.

In a report of the City Information Office, Mayor Belen Fernandez is extending her invitation to everyone to join and support the exhibition.

“The exhibition will certainly boost the city’s bangus industry and other local products to benefit our fisherfolks and their families,” Fernandez said.

Public school in Pangasinan gets new classrooms

By Venus May H. Sarmiento (MCA/VHS PIA1-Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, May 18 (PIA) - Dozens of communities are thankful for private companies’ commitment to their corporate social responsibility – a clear gesture of their willingness to give back to the people hosting their multi-billion investments.

The latest beneficiary is a distant elementary school in Barangay Cablong in Sta. Barbara town which is host to a new seven-hectare substation of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). The firm is set to construct the substation in Barangay Balingueo.

The facility has a one- by-100 megavolt ampere (MVA) power transformer and is aimed at improving the electric transmission in the province.

The new Sta. Barbara substation will serve DECORP, PANELCO 3 and CENPELCO. It will also serve as a contingency facility reducing time of power outages in the province. Power can be shifted from this station aside from the existing substation in Pangasinan.

A new classroom also for Balingueo Elementary School is now in the works to help improve public school facilities.

At present, the Cablong Elementary School has nine instructional rooms and two non-instructional rooms for its 320 pupils.

School Principal Imelda Bonifacio lamented that most of their old classrooms were already dilapidated. During the rainy season, water drips from the roof.

Bonifiacio said the new classrooms will provide pupils with a learning environment conducive for them.

NGCP’s Lilibeth Gaydowen of the corporate communications office said the corporation has already donated several other infrastructures in the communities hosting their facilities .

Numerous public schools were granted with comfort rooms, computer hardwares, multi-purpose halls and thousands of school supplies.

PH team to compete in Informatics Olympiad

By Gabriel Cardinoza (Inquirer Northern Luzon)

DAGUPAN CITY—Robin Christopher Yu, 15, was nervous when he sat down in front of a computer as one of the finalists in the two-day National Olympiad in Informatics (NOI) held at University of Pangasinan here that started on May 12.

Yu, an incoming Grade 11 student at Xavier School in San Juan City, Metro Manila, was competing with 11 other students from Philippine Science High School, Ateneo de Manila High School and other schools.

“The problems were very difficult, but then I was able to push through to solve them and it was enjoyable as a contest,” Yu said.

On Wednesday, Yu topped the competition and earned one of the four slots in the Philippine team to the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), which will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from July 26 to Aug. 2.

Other winners and automatic Philippine team members are Aldrich Ellis Asuncion (Ateneo), Matthew Ryan Tan (Xavier School) and Ian Vincent Palabasan (Rizal National Science High School).

The IOI, according to its website (, is one of five international science Olympiads whose primary goal is to stimulate interest in informatics and information technology (IT). It was proposed to the 24th General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in Paris.

The first IOI was held in 1989 in Bulgaria.

This is the first time the Philippines is competing in the IOI, said Martin Gomez, NOI chair and Philippine team leader. Last year, the country joined the IOI in Taipei as observers.

Gomez said he and IT expert Wilson Chua had thought of organizing the NOI last year to enable more Filipino students to be recognized on the world stage.

They gathered all requirements and sought the approval of the Department of Science and Technology to hold the first national competition in 2014. For the elimination round last year, close to 200 participated nationwide, Gomez said.

According to the IOI website, contestants must show basic IT skills, such as problem analysis, design of algorithms and data structures, programming and testing. They must also have analytical skills and should learn to solve problems using algorithms, or patterns that have been studied throughout history.

Pangasinan to receive PHP7-M DILG Performance Challenge Fund incentive


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, May 16 (PNA) -- The province of Pangasinan is set to receive a Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) of PHP7 million from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for passing the criteria for the 2014 Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH), a component of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).

A report from the Provincial Information Office (PIO) showed that Pangasinan was also one of the passers of the 2012 Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) -- a program of DILG that gives incentives to provinces, cities and municipalities that passed the areas of transparency, accountability, planning and fiscal management.

In 2014, DILG has scaled-up further its performance metrics through the SGLG as provided for in Memorandum Circular 2014-39 dated March 24, 2014 entitled 2014 Seal of Good Local Governance: Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal.

The latter remains as one of the core assessment areas of the New Seal where Pangasinan has been consistent GFH passer for two consecutive years, 2012 and 2014.

Meanwhile, Assistant Provincial Engineer Tonette Delos Santos said Gov. Amado Espino Jr. directed that the PHP7 million incentive will be used for the asphalting of the Pao-Pozorrubio roadline in Pozorrubio town.

This stretch is a provincial roadline that connects the municipalities of Manaoag and Pozorrubio, and Binalonan and San Jacinto. It is also an alternate route for pilgrims visiting Minor Basilica of Manaoag.

Delos Santos said the asphalting of at least 1.7 kilometer stretch from Barangay Dilan, Manaoag to Barangay Malasin, Pozorrubio will shorten travel time, improve the accessibility of commuters, farmers, traders and visitors, aside from providing support to the agricultural and tourism development thrusts of the provincial government.

She said the project is also expected to directly benefit at least 28,000 local residents and stimulate more economic, commercial and tourism activities in the area.

ATI promotes computer, Internet literacy among aggie extension workers


STA. BARBARA-- The training arm of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the region, the Agricultural Training Institute- Regional Training Center 1 (ATI-RTC1), puts forward the use of technology in extension works, as it held a Skills Enhancement Training on Computer-Internet Literacy among agricultural extension workers (AEWs).

At least 30 AEWs from Pangasinan and La Union participated in the five-day training at the ATI-RTC1 in Barangay Tebag East, Sta. Barbara on May 11-15, 2015.

"The training aims to equip and strengthen the capabilities of AEWs for a more effective and efficient del Kerry of program and to update them on new technology especially the knowledge sharing and learning, ICT-based tools in agriculture, and the e-learning component of the e-extension program," said Maricel Dacapias, ATI-RTC1 information officer.

According to ATI-RTC1 Director Rogelio Evangelista, they want to instill that technology is a big help in their extension programs.

He said that they hope "participants will learn that although technology is often complex, it is simply a way of doing things."

The training also focused on creating an electronic and interactive bridge where farmers, fishermen, and other stakeholders meet and transact to enhance productivity, profitability, and global competitiveness.

Lectures and presentation on computer systems, computer applications, Internet, knowledge sharing and learning, ICT-based tools, geo-tagging, e-extension program, and e-learning courses were provided to the AEWs.

E-learning employs information and communications technology (ICT) tools and multimedia technologies to upgrade the learning and capacity-building of individuals and institutions, Dacapias said.

Binmaley exec anchors success of tourism campaign on planted Cherry Blossom trees


BINMALEY, Pangasinan, May 14 (PNA) -- Cherry Blossom trees can be grown in cold countries as well as in the tropics.

This was bared by Josefina Victorio, consultant of the municipality of Binmaley, who said the success of their tourism program "Blooming Binmaley" depended much on the Cherry Blossom trees they planted one year ago.

She said Mayor Simplicio Rosario led the planting of 70 saplings of Cherry Blossom trees on May 1, 2004, the same day they launched their tourism campaign dubbed "Blooming Binmaley".

Now, one of those trees is now taller than him, said Victorio, who stands at about five feet and two inches. However, the Cherry Blossom tree is expected to bear flowers only after six years.

"If they do, we need not go to Japan, Korea or Washington D.C. in the U.S. anymore just to see Cherry Blossoms, said Victorio who recounted seeing much of these blooms when she was in Japan last year.

The saplings of the Cherry Blossom tree was donated to the municipality by a concerned citizen of Binmaley who obtained these from the Manila Seedling Bank and which has certified that this kind of tree, which is indigenous in Japan, can be planted in tropical countries.

The Cherry Blossom trees that they planted would bear white and pink flowers.

"We have our beach as our only tourist attraction, that was why we thought of Cherry Blossoms to lure more tourists into our town," said Victorio, now one of the senior citizens of Binmaley.

She said the 70 saplings donated were planted in front and around the municipal hall and municipal parks in the poblacion area. All these are now robustly growing as they are being watered daily especially this summertime.

He said Mayor Rosario invited all the barangay captains from 33 villages during the first anniversary of "Blooming Binmaley" last May 1 where he challenged them to also plant Cherry Blossom trees.

As a matter of fact, other saplings of Cherry Blossom trees will soon be made available to the municipality.

Rosario said with the aid of private citizens, he will launch a contest in September this year to choose the Best Barangay Bloom based on any flowering plants, the winner of which will receive P60,000.

Victorio clarified that the "Blooming Binmaley", backed up by private citizens, is a non-political program and she believes that anyone who will be the town mayor later on, will still continue the program.

Binmaley is the aquaculture capital of Pangasinan. It produces from fish ponds and rivers not only milkfish but also siganid, tiger prawns, sea bass and other marine products.

Dagupan-certified bangus now in the market

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

DAGUPAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) – Consumers can now find authentic Dagupan “bangus” (milkfish) in the market as this city started labeling its seafood product with a tag bearing the “Dagupan Certified” logo.

Mayor Belen Fernandez said the tagging will prevent unscrupulous bangus dealers from using the brand “Dagupan bangus” on milk fishes produced from other areas.

“This will give an added value to the city’s main produce aside from assuring milkfish consumers of buying the real Dagupan bangus in the market,” she said.

In a report of the City Information Office, Dagupan's agriculture officer Emma Molina said that the city is the first local government unit to tag its bangus and the first to officially recognize its local produce as Dagupan bangus.

Though the tagging is not mandatory to all bangus growers in the city, Molina believes that the tagging will soon mean something to bangus growers and will eventually have their produce be tagged by the city as Dagupan bangus.

She said that the tagging is exclusive only for Dagupan territorial jurisdictional-produced bangus.

“To be assured that the milkfish were truly grown in the city, all Dagupan bangus growers and dealers are required to apply for accreditation before they will be granted the right to sell Dagupan Certified bangus,” Molina said.

Lourdes Cayabyab, a bangus dealer in the consignacion market since 1975, is thankful that the city has already started tagging the Dagupan bangus.

“Consumers all over the country always wanted to buy Dagupan bangus because of its distinct taste but for those who are not really knowledgeable on buying the genuine Dagupan bangus, they always have a hard time determining the real one," she said.

"Most of the time, they end up buying the fake ones. But with this, our consumers will no longer have a hard time buying the real Dagupan bangus and I am sure siguradong dudumugin ito ng mga tao sa palengke,” Cayabyab said.

Cayabyab is now looking into the possibility of expanding her business by becoming an authorized dealer of Dagupan bangus outside of Dagupan City.

NGCP to put up substation,donates 3 classrooms in Pangasinan


STA. BARBARA, Pangasinan May 12 (PNA)—The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) will build a substation on a seven-hectare land here to further improve transmission of electricity in the province.

Engr. Alan Medrano of NGCP Northern Luzon said the substation will be a one by 100 power transformer to be installed in barangay Balingueo, Sta. Barbara.

Medrano said prior to the approval by the Sangguniang Bayan (SB), an inspection and public hearing among the communities were held to inform the people of the project.

He thanked the local government of Sta. Barbara headed by Mayor Carlito Zaplan for approving the project.

“In return, we in NGCP donated three classrooms, two model classrooms for Cablong Elementary School (CES) and the other one in another barangay”, said Medrano.

Imelda Bonifacio, school principal said the two classrooms will be used by grade five and grade six pupils or by kinder pupils.

“This is really needed by our school since there is not enough classrooms for the 320 pupils, as some classrooms are dilapidated and rain drips during rainy season,” said Bonifacio.

Bonifacio assured the classrooms will not be turned into offices.

Aside from the classrooms, NGCP also donated a four- door comfort room (CR).

“Pupils now have better CR than my own in my office,”said Bonifacio.

The classrooms and the CR were inaugurated on Tuesday.

Medrano said the project is part of the corporate and social responsibility of the NGCP as it continues to bring good service of transmitting electricity all over the province.

Governor eyes putting up provincial hospital in Lingayen


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, May 11 (PNA) -- A plan is afoot to turn the existing Lingayen District Hospital (LDH) in this capital town into a provincial hospital, once the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) in San Carlos City becomes a medical center.

This was bared by Governor Amado Espino Jr. during the unveiling of the bust of Don Mariano Verzosa at the LDH, also known as Don Mariano Versoza Memorial Hospital, on May 11.

Espino said they are working on making the current PPH in San Carlos City a training facility for it to become a medical center soon.

Once the hospital in San Carlos City becomes a medical center, it will be under the supervision of the national government, and the LDH will then be the new provincial hospital.

Consequently, Espino also announced the plan to expand the LDH for it to eventually house the PPH in the province's capital town.

We really want this hospital to grow big," the Governor remarked.

As part of the hospital expansion, Dr. Athena Merrera, LDH chief of hospital, said a two-storey building will soon rise at the LDH.

"The building will house the administrative offices and the out-patient department," she said.

Espino led the unveiling of the bust of the late Lingayen Vice Mayor and later Mayor Versoza, to whom the hospital was named after.

"Mariano Versoza, a nurse before he became a lawyer, served as Vice Mayor of Lingayen from 1963 to 1968 and eventually Mayorfrom 1968 to 1979.

As then mayor of Lingayen, he had the vision of establishing a public hospital in the capital town, Espino said.

As written on his bust, Versoza has "selflessly served the people of Lingayen...with public health as his priority program."

Versoza's family, through the eldest son Titus, thanked the provincial government for giving such a "humbling experience to the family."

Titus also said, "I don't see his bust as lifeless...I see his bust with his compassionate heart still beating...and I also thank the Governor for his compassionate heart."

LDH is currently a Level 1 hospital under the new Department of Health classification capable of providing major clinical, medical, surgical, obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatrics services.

Merrera said they cater to an average of 108 out-patients daily.

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