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Time to punish protocol violators By Ermin Garcia Jr.   ALLOW me to expound further on our first editorial this week, “Establish health, security protocols as an ordinance” that segues to our second editorial. Our recommendation is no different from initiatives of the provincial and city/town governments to pass ordinances on curfew hours. An ordinance […]

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Dagupeños, be warned By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE Lim administration in Dagupan City denies that the drug problem in the city has worsened but the continuous successful raids and buy-bust operations in the city are making our city officials big liars and confirmed protectors of illegal drugs in the city. Another drug den was […]

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Time to update ordinances By Ermin Garcia Jr.     IT is time our legislative bodies in Pangasinan do an honest to goodness review and overhaul of ordinances passed over the past two decades. I am certain that if only they considered invoking their oversight functions over implementation of policies and rules of ordinances, they […]

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Technology will win fight vs. COVID-19 By Ermin Garcia Jr.   It’s about time our national IATF start considering using free apps to augment contact-tracing efforts to beat the COVID-19 contagion. The apps have been there since May but nobody gave it a thought then! Using technology to combat a pandemic is just about the […]

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LGU-IATFs take over war vs. COVID-19 By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IT’S been only three days since the General Community Quarantine was announced and we are already seeing a number of residents leaving their homes without their face masks, residents congregating by the road.  I saw this along Pantal Road in Dagupan City Friday morning […]

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Discrimination vs. senior citizens By Ermin Garcia Jr.   Last week, a 74-year-old lady, who lives alone in Mangaldan was dumbfounded at the prospect of dying from hunger because a supermarket refused to allow her to enter and buy her food items, and market officials would not allow her to buy her vegetables and meat […]

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Are doctors in politics with the left? By Ermin Garcia Jr.   LAST week, a statement titled “Second Opinion” circulated on social media supposedly crafted by a group of doctors and health workers. At first glance, the article appears to be genuinely concerned with the plight of the medical sector in the frontlines. The issues […]

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Barangay, critical front line in COVD-19 war By Ermin Garcia Jr.   LAST week, we echoed the alarm raised by the provincial government about indications of local/community transmission of COVID-19 in the province. The province was reported for the first time that coronavirus infection was no longer coming from residents or visitors who arrived from […]

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Community transmission more alarming By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE suspicion that we are beginning to see indications of community transmission of COVID-19 should alarm everyone. It was easier then to foretell who could be the virus transmitter: all persons entering Pangasinan, with travel story to and from Metro Manila, were prime suspects simply because […]

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Community transmission imminent By Ermin Garcia Jr.   I’M afraid our provincial government may not see anytime soon the day when it can confidently proclaim that it has defeated COVID-19, or flattened the curve at the very least. Pangasinenses, no doubt, are aware that the provincial government is doing everything to contain the spread of […]

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