SISON–All’s well that ends well between the municipal government of Sison and the provincial government when the latter agreed to lift a cease and desist order (CDO) it issued over an unauthorized excavation of a provincial road in that town by the former.
This agreement was reached after a dialogue conducted in Sison town on July 1 attended by Sison Mayor Mina Pangasinan and members of the municipal council, Provincial Legal Officer Geraldine Baniqued and Fifth District Provincial Board Member Danilo Uy.
ANTICIPATING calamitous flooding in Dagupan City during rainy season and onset of typhoons, the city government has been gathering children to be taught how to swim and learn how to save themselves in case they fall in the river or deep floodwaters.
To date and in line with the program on disaster preparedness of City Mayor Belen Fernandez, the city government has already taught 1,357 children since the project was launched two years ago.
Finella Sim, a member of the Dagupan City Sports Commission (DCSC) and technical consultant on swimming, said the mayor wants at least 6,000 children are taught how to swim by year 2016.
“THE Church continues to maintain what it has always taught. Marriage is a permanent union of man and woman, in the complementarity of the sexes and the mutual fulfillment that the union of a man and a woman bring into the loftiness of the matrimonial bond”.
This was reiterated by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) who heads the archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legitimizing Same-Sex Marriage across the states.
LINGAYEN—The provincial board expects the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officials in Region 1 and Pangasinan to explain the delays in the completion of the bridge projects in the province.
The board members agreed in last week’s session to invite the agency’s regional officials and be confronted with the commuters’ complaints about the extended inconvenience posed by the long overdue completion of the construction and repairs of bridges.
FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION
ALAMINOS CITY—The city council has asked the provincial board to authorize the cutting of trees along the road that will be traversed by the construction of the Alaminos-Bani bypass road.
Earning the provincial board’s approval is necessary after it adopted Resolution No. 269-2014 opposing the cutting of trees along the national and local roads in Pangasinan with the intent to preserve as many trees as possible.
LINGAYEN—After receiving series of text messages and phone calls from motorists, Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., in an open letter, belied reports that he ordered the closure of Padilla Bridge preventing motorists from using it on June 30.
In the letter distributed to passing motorists in the area, the governor said, “redecking works for the bridge is a project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region I and not by the provincial government of Pangasinan.”
POOR SECURITY IN SCHOOLS
LINGAYEN— More than the computer equipment lost by a number of public schools to robbers over the last six months, the schools in Pangasinan lost the opportunity to have their computer laboratories upgraded this year.
Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary, Bro. Armin Luistro, informed Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr., that the school’s computerization or the installation of computer units in some 50 computer laboratories in different schools in Pangasinan may be put on hold due to the occurrence of robbery incidents.
AMENDING DAGUPAN’S FISHERIES ORDINANCE
THE proposed ordinance now pending before the Dagupan Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), prohibiting fish pens in all the waters of city sailed on rough waters during a pubic hearing last week.
The proposal prohibiting the establishment of fish pens and further amending parts of Ordinance No. 1768-2003 or the Dagupan City Coastal Fisheries Resources Management Ordinance of Year 2003 was endorsed by the city hall and stakeholders but was also opposed by residents in possession of titled properties that have already became parts of rivers as a result of erosion.
ALAMINOS CITY— The development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Alaminos City and in the neighboring towns gets a boost with the opening of the first Negosyo Center in the entire Region here.
The center, located at the ground floor of the Alaminos City Hall, will cater to the needs of the investors such as on financing and other business application processes.
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 1 Director Florante Leal; DTI Pangasinan Dir. Peter Mangabat, City Mayor Arthur Celeste, and Pangasinan Small Medium Enterprise Development Council president Howard Chua Cham led the inauguration of the center on June 30, 2015.
RACHELLE Mercado, 24 years old, has more reasons to smile these days.
First, out of 122 interns deployed in Pangasinan’s 1st and 2nd districts in 2014, she is among the 39 reported to have been retained by their employers.
Second, she never had to be unemployed after graduation because of the Government Internship Program (GIP).
Third, and what she considers the best, is that, she has been retained at the Municipal Agriculture Office of Dasol, Pangasinan after completing her six-month internship in the said office.