By January 15, 2023Inside News

By 104.7 IFM Dagupan

‘War of Our Fathers’ photo exhibit, a hit

LARGE crowds have visited The “War of our Fathers”, a photo and artifact exhibit featuring soldiers and relics of World War II at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center 1 opened to the public during the 78th celebration of the Lingayen Gulf Landings and Veterans’ Day in Lingayen.

The photo exhibit presented by the Philippine Veterans Bank, in cooperation with the Pangasinan provincial government, ended on January 14.

The exhibit featured among others, photos of warships of allied forces in combat with the Kamikaze fighters of the Japanese. There were pictures that depicted the struggles of soldiers as well as guerillas, including civilians, during the war. (Joana de Vera)

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Bantay Bigas watchdog gives DA a failing grade

THE group Bantay Bigas, a non-government organization watchdog, gave the Department of Agriculture whose secretary is no less than President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., failing grade for its inability to make good on its campaign promise.

This, after the group noticed that the price per kilo of rice has not changed, remains high despite the promise of the incumbent President Marcos that he targets to lower the price of rice to at least P20 per kilo.

Cathy Estabillo, spokesperson of Bantay Bigas, told IFM Radio, that President Marcos Jr. should already appoint an official he trusts who can focus on purely agricultural matters.

She said the price of the staple remains high despite the lowering of tariff imposed by the government on imported rice that only benefited rice  importers. (Badz Agtalao)

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HMFD cases rising in Pangasinan, Region 1 

THE number of persons infected with the hand, foot and mouth disease (HMDF) in Region 1 is increasing, notably in Pangasinan, according to Department of Health-Center for Health Development 1.

Dr. Rheuel Bobis, Medical Officer IV of DOH-CHD-1, said from December 11 to 17 last year, the number of persons in Region 1 infected with HFMD already reached 2,283.

Pangasinan reported 779 cases but La Union registered higher HFMD cases at 1,278. Ilocos Norte registered 188 and Ilocos Sur, 38.

Bobis said while cases of HFMD admittedly have risen, there is no need to declare an outbreak of the disease in the whole region because DOH-CHD 1 has already coordinated with the Department of Education 1 for the setting up of more facilities that will enable pupils and students to wash their hands frequently while inside their respective schools.

(Jhon Caranto)

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749 trike drivers in Manaoag receive ayuda from DOLE

THE TUPAD program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) distributed P3,700 in financial assistance to 749 tricycle drivers in Manaoag town.

Mayor Jeremy Agerico Rosario thanked the country’s lawmakers whose initiative led to the giving of financial assistance through DOLE to the poor tricycle drivers who were badly affected during the two years of the pandemic.

TUPAD seeks to give financial help to workers whose livehood or employment were severely affected during the pandemic. (Joana de Vera)

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Mangaldan PUV drivers receive cash subsidy from LTFRB

DRIVERS of Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) in Mangaldan received P1,000 in cash subsidy last week from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The financial assistance was distributed through the over-the-counter payment scheme of the  Land Bank of the Philippines branch in Mangaldan.

The cash subsidy was given to PUV drivers whose source of income was severely affected by the pandemic and the increased price of fuel that severely affected their earning capacities.

To avail of future cash aids from LTFRB, the recipients have to register as Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) drivers. (Rona Racca)

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Enough supply of bangus inspite of the cold weather 

DAGUPAN City OIC Agriculturist Patrick Dizon confirmed that prevailing cold weather is affecting the growth of bangus in fishponds, cages and pens.

Dizon said while bangus tends to eat less during a cold climate, he admitted there are milkfish that are obviously bigger than the rest because owners of fishponds, cages and pens are waiting for their fishes to grow to a desired size before harvesting and selling them for bigger profit.

The OIC agriculture officer assured that despite the cold weather, there is enough milkfish that can be bought in the market because fish farmers have prepared for this period.

It was learned that the cold weather will prevail in Dagupan and Pangasinan till the month of February. (Badz Agtalao)

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Man nabbed, charge for illegally cutting trees 

A MAN was held and charged by the police for illegally cutting trees in Barangay Lagasit in  San Quintin town.

The suspect, Mamerto Serain Sr, 69 years old and a resident of San Quintin, was arrested after police responded to a call from a concerned citizen about the cutting of trees by the suspect with the use of a chainsaw.

Serain was caught red-handed by the police cutting a Gmelina tree using an unlicensed chainsaw. He was charged with violation of Republic Act No. 9175 or the anti-tree cutting law. (Jhon Caranto)

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