‘Flying voter’ is a thing of the past, says Comelec

DAGUPAN CITY, Nov 8 (PIA) — Flying voters or voters who ‘fly’ to a certain area to register as new voter despite their being a registered voter in another place, are now a thing of the past, an official of the Commission on Elections said.

Lawyer Remarque Ravanzo, city election officer of Dagupan, said the centralized data base of Comelec can determine the whereabouts and pertinent data about a registrant.

A registered voter cannot register as a new voter in another place, but can only register as a transferee, subject to proper documentation, Ravanzo said.

Comelec’s Automated Fingerprint Identification Scan (AFIS) is another safeguard against flying voters, Ravanzo said. The Biometrics of every person, he said, is unique and it could readily determine truthfulness or falsity of a representation.

During the registration period that ended last October, Ravanzo said his office has turned down “quite a number” of applicants. Many of them could not present proper documents to prove that they are residents of this city.

Many said they have been in Dagupan for three to five years but they could not even give the name of their neighbour or barangay captain, he added.

He said agency personnel worked until 11 p.m. on October 31 just to accommodate the influx of registrants who flocked to the Comelec office on the last day to meet the deadline.

As of October 15, registered voters in Dagupan City numbered 93,556. The next Election Regulatory Board hearing will be on November 19. The hearing will determine whether the 4,711 new registrants and 660 transferees listed from Oct 1-31 will qualify as registered voters for the 2013 elections.

Ravanzo was guest at the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency on Thursday. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

LU patrol boat undergoes testing for marine protection, illegal fishing campaign, etc.

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Nov 8 (PIA) — To promote conservation and protection of the province’s marine resources, a composite team have been trained on the maintenance and operation of La Union patrol boat for two days, November 7 and 8 along the seashore of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station, Poro this city.

The composite team was composed of officers/workers from PCG, Philippine Maritime Group, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Quick Response Team and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) Law Enforcers and Fish Examiners.

OPAG Assistant Head Alberto V. Lacsamana said the team was created because they are the ones who will operate the boat primarily to run after those involve in illegal fishing in the province as there were still reported and observed incident case of these.

Also, the boat can be used during such rescue operation as it has a sitting capacity of 25 individuals, Fisheries Division Chief Virginia S. Balancio of OPAG said in an interview.

Meanwhile, Lacsamana explained that the patrol boat will stay with the Coast Guard which shall responsible in the protocol of its use and operation.

The patrol boat was turned over by BFAR to the Provincial Government of La Union last September 4 as an effort to support the campaign of Governor Manuel C. Ortega concerning on fighting and preventing illegal fishing in the province, Lamcsaman said. (ANL/MHH-PIA 1 La Union)

Pangasinan and Dagupan gov’t distribute PhilHealth cards

DAGUPAN CITY, Nov 9 (PIA) — More Pangasinenses are enjoying benefits of PhilHealth insurance cards.

The province has distributed anew 931 health insurance cards in the western town of Mabini, while 351 were given to indigent heads of families in Agno town.

“It is a small card yet its benefits are large enough to secure the needs of sick and poor Pangasinenses,” Governor Amado Espino Jr. said during the distribution ceremony.

A rural health clinic was also inaugurated in Infanta town Wednesday.

In Dagupan City, the city government distributed PhilHealth cards to 257 beneficiaries in Bonuan Binloc and 603 recipients in Pantal District on November 7.

Mayor Benjamin Lim promised that if there’s a need to give out more PhilHealth cards as in the case of Pantal District, the government is more than willing to sponsor a total of 1,000 health cards for the heads of indigent families of the said village.

Residents of the barangay cheered the announcement of the local chief executive that the construction of the Maternal and Child Clinic will commence January next year.

“There, all the sick and the needy 13 years old and below, can avail of treatment that is free of charge as part of the city’s comprehensive health program,” Lim said.

City Health Officer Leo Carbonell, focal person of the said events, said beneficiaries were selected based on the criteria given by PhilHealth such as level of income, state of housing condition, inputs from barangay officials, social welfare officers, and health volunteers and nurses who went around their respective villages to evaluate whether recipients fall under lower 20 percent quartile.

The card holders are entitled to the “no balance billing policy,” which means that they will not shell out any money if they seek admission in government hospitals, Carbonell added.

Carbonell told the Philippine Information Agency that the 1,000 PhilHealth cards requested by Brgy. Pantal will be easily realized as there are still 400 cards to be distributed under the 4Ps program of the Department of Health and Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The cards are valid until December 2013.

Carbonell confirmed that almost 11,000 Dagupenos, who are members of the sponsored programs, are enrolled as PhilHealth cardholders, which totals to 55,000.

The city government plans to distribute PhilHealth cards to the rest of the 31 barangays by November 21 this year. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

PhilHealth cards magagamit pa rin sa mga infirmary at klinika

DAGUPAN CITY, Nob 12 (PIA) –Ang mga Philhealth cards na pinagkaloob sa mga miyembro ay magagamit pa rin sa mga pasilidad pangkalusugan o health care facilities na na-reclassify bilang mga infirmary at kilinika.

Ito ang tugon ng PhilHealth sa pahayag ni Dr. Rustico Jimenez, presidente ng Private Hospitals Association, na nanganganib daw na ang mga Philheath cards na maging useless o walang kabuluhan sa mga infirmary o klinika alinsunod sa bagong polisiya ng Department of Health (DOH).

Ayon kay Irene Martinez, information officer ng PhilHealth-1, awtomatikong tinatanggap ng PhilHealth ang lahat ng pasilidad na may lisensiya na mag-operate galing sa DOH. Magkakaroon lang aniya ng mga adjustment sa bago nitong klasipikasyon.

TIniyak ng PhilHealth na ibibigay nila ang karampatang benepisyo na maaaring makuha sa mga infirmary upang maisiguro ang tuloy tuloy na pagkakamit ng serbisyong pangkalusugan ng publiko.

Ia-adjust lamang, aniya, ng PhilHealth ang mga reimbursements base sa adjusted service capability ng mga kilinika.

Ayon pa kay Martinez, ang mga ganitong pagbabago ay ine-encourage ng PhilHealth para na rin sa kapakanan ng mga Pinoy na dapat mabigyan ng pinakamagandang serbisiyong medikal. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

November 13 is a holiday in Pangasinan

DAGUPAN CITY, Nov 12, (PIA) – November 13, Tuesday, is a non-working holiday in Pangasinan to commemorate the birth anniversary of the late Speaker Eugenio Padlan Perez.

Republic Act No. 6721 entitled “An Act Declaring November Thirteen Of Each Year A Special Public Holiday in the Province Of Pangasinan,” was signed by former President Corazon Aquino on March 29, 1989 and is still in force until today.

Section I of RA 6721 states that in order to commemorate the birth anniversary of the late Speaker Eugenio Padlan Perez, November 13 of each year is hereby declared a special non-working public holiday in the province of Pangasinan.

Perez, born in San Carlos City, is the first Pangasinense to become speaker of the Philippine Legislature (1946-1953 ) and helped secure the passage of the Bell Trade Act and the Parity Rights Amendment to the Constitution allowing American citizens and corporations equal access to Philippine minerals, forests and other natural resources.

Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan issued a memorandum dated November 8, 2012 to remind local officials and capitol executives about the declaration of a non- working holiday. (ANL/VHS/FMGM-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

POEA provides mobile processing of OEC for “balik-manggagawa”

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Nov 12 (PIA) –The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Regional Center for Luzon will provide mobile processing of the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) for workers on leave or popularly known as the Balik-manggagawa, according to Chief of Regional Center for Luzon Nonette Villanueva.

The Balik-manggagawa will have the option to set an appointment with the POEA for the processing of their exit clearance or OEC, Villanueva said during the recent ‘Ammuentayo’ radio program anchored by the Philippine Information Agency.

The POEA has put up counters in some areas to accommodate those who choose to get their exit clearance at a specific date and time, Villanueva added.

Aside from the one-stop processing at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Dagupan field office which was scheduled every Wednesday, they will also provide services at the CB Mall Urdaneta, Pangasinan for every 1st and 2nd Fridays of the month; DOLE field office, every 3rd Friday of the week held at Barangay Zone 4, Rosales, Pangasinan and the Provincial Capitol, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte for every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.

Villanueva also advised the Balik-manggagawa or the vacationing workers to bring their complete documents to include valid original passport, valid re-entry visa, work permit or any equivalent document, and the latest E-receipt or official receipt of Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration (OWWA), Phil. Health and Pag-ibig payments to avoid delay of processing. (ANL/EMR/FMGM-PIA 1 La Union)