NSO says administrative route less expensive in correcting civil registry entries

By: Elsha Marie Soriano


DAGUPAN CITY– The National Statistics Office (NSO) in Pangasinan has reminded residents to take the administrative and less expensive route in correcting errors in their civil registry entries.


Dante Pescador, provincial statistics officer of NSO Pangasinan, said petitioners in the correction of clerical errors on civil registry should file a verified petition with the local civil registry office where the record sought to be corrected is kept.


“Pursuant to Republic Act 9048, the city or municipal civil registry is now authorized to correct typographical errors in an entry without a court order,” Pescador said during the ‘Pantongtongan Tayo’ radio program of PIA-Pangasinan aired at DZMQ Radyo ng Bayan recently.


The municipal or city civil registrar can change or correct names without a court order if the petitioner finds the name to be ridiculous, tainted with dishonor or extremely difficult to write or pronounce, or the change will avoid confusion.


All the petitions should be in a form of affidavit that shall set forth facts necessary to establish the merits of the petition and shall show that petitioner is competent to testify to the matters stated, he added.


Petitioners are reminded to bring three (3) copies of the following: (1) certified true machine copy of the page of registry book containing the entry sought to be corrected or changed; (2) at least two public or private documents showing the correct entries upon which the change shall be based; and (3) other documents which the petitioner, city or municipal civil registry or consul general may consider relevant and necessary for the approval of petition.


“Verified petition for correcting clerical errors can be availed only once,” Pescador added.


Further, the local civil registrar shall examine the petition and the supporting documents, post the petition in conspicuous place within ten days, render a decision not later than five days and transmit a copy of the decision together with the records of the proceedings to the office of the Civil Registrar General within five working days.


Under the law, the civil registrar general shall exercise the power to question such decision within ten working days from the receipt of the decision granting the petition.


Pescador said failure of the office to exercise the power within the prescribed period shall make the decision of the city or municipality final and executor.


Reasonable fees for the petition are authorized to be collected except if the petitioner is found to be indigent, Pescador added. (MCA/EMS/PIA-1, Pangasinan


Students interpret statistics month through poster-slogan contest



SAN FERNANDO CITY– Students displayed their creative talents through a poster slogan contest that promoted the National Statistics Month observance.


Contestants from the various schools in Region 1 interpreted the celebration’s theme “Estadistika na may Halaga sa Bawat Filipino.”  


The Regional Statistical Coordination Committee said contestants were given more than an hour to finish their poster-slogans which depicted the theme’s relevance, craftsmanship, originality, visual impact and presentation.


Dr. Irene Ubungen, of the National Statistical Coordination Board, said the contest underlined the importance of data and statistical information in the day-to-day activities of every Filipino.


Contest winners were the following:


1.     Billy N. Alojipan – (High School level), Aringay National High School, La Union

2.     Jay-R B. dela Pena – (College level), DMMSU- San Fernando, La Union


Winners will be formally recognized on October 30 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas events hall.  (MCA/DTR/PIA-1-La Union)

LTO issues new-generation car plates

By Venus May H. Sarmiento


DAGUPAN CITY– Vehicles and motorcycles are now sporting new-generation car plates under the plate standardization scheme of the Land Transportation Office.

Teofilo Guadiz, LTO regional director, said vehicles that were registered from September 30 onwards will be issued new plate design comprising of three-letter and four-number combination. Motorcycles have a two-letter and five-number combination.

Guadiz said LTO has run out of combination for the three letters and four numbers.

“Buying of plates is now computerized and centralized at the LTO central office. The computer will designate the vehicle’s plate number upon vehicle purchase,” Guadiz said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency office last week.

Guadiz said plate distinctions, showing where the vehicle was bought (A for Region 1 or XYZ for Metro Manila), would now be removed with the new plate assignments.

He added the misconception that Manila-issued plates have higher re-sale value would also be forgotten.

Personalized plates will still be available but would cost much higher than regular plates. Personalized plates would range from P20,000 to P40,000.

Vehicle owners who would renew their car registrations next year would also be given the new plate design which boasts of a new seal while the identification data is registered in the LTO computers.

The new plates have a few security features such as reflective sheeting material that will make it visible up to a distance of 100 feet during night or day. It contains security images that cannot be removed without destroying the sheet material.

They also have “laser-betched bar codes” that will have data input that can be verified by LTO.

Guadiz said the possibility of computer crash has been considered prompting LTO to install two backup files. One is situated at the LTO office, the other t its mother unit – the Department of Transportation and Communication.

LTO maintains the same color of plate numbers – yellow for public utility vehicles, green for private, blue for diplomats and red for government vehicles. (MCA/VHS PIA1-Pangasinan)

Pangasinan gets close to P600M for hospital upgrade




DAGUPAN CITY– The Department of Health (DOH) has granted Pangasinan some P579 million to upgrade its public hospitals and rural health units.


Dr. Anna Maria Teresa de Guzman, provincial health officer, said the grant is in line with the DOH’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) in partnership with local government units (LGUs), which seeks to upgrade the health care facilities in the country in a bid to provide quality health services to the people.


De Guzman said it complements the present administration’s advocacy on health care where the biggest chunk of the provincial budget will be spent for hospital improvement and other health care programs.


She said that of the amount, P276 million has been allotted for this year while the remaining P303 million is intended for the projects aligned next year.


For the current year, some P124.9 million intended for infrastructure has already been released to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as implementing agency while various hospital equipment worth P151 million are now being released to the LGUs.


Recipients of the DOH grant in Pangasinan this year include four government-owned hospitals and 57 RHUs, said De Guzman.


She said the Provincial Health Office is set to submit to the DOH the proposed infrastructure projects and hospital equipment which would cover the P303 million grant of the province next year.


The grant will benefit the 13 government hospitals, six RHUs and 15 barangay health stations including those in the far-flung barangays or called the Geographically Isolated and Depressed Areas (GIDA).


The proposed projects include the construction of hospital waste and water treatment facilities, construction of new building for surgery ward, medical ward and intensive care unit, expansion of operating room, renovation of water reservoir, among others.


At the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH), P20 million worth of infrastructures have been programmed next year. These include the renovation of old X-ray building, repair of existing medical ward building, and construction of nephrology ward building.   


As for the hospital equipment, De Guzman has requested a CT scan for the PPH.


Records showed that Pangasinan has already received a total grant of P1.8 billion from the European Commission (EC) and DOH since 2007 for the upgrading of health care facilities in Pangasinan. (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan with reports from PIO)

DSWD releases P76M for shelter of storm victims in Ilocos

By Joanne Namnama G. Parrocha


SAN FERNANDO CITY –The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Ilocos region has provided nearly P76 million to build low-cost housing units to typhoon-affected families.

Maricel Calejo, head of the Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU), said the amount covers a total of 1,083 housing units given to typhoon victims from 2009 up to 2012 under the department’s Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP).

Families were left homeless due to previous typhoons “Pepeng”, “Pedring”, “Quiel”, “Mina” and other calamities that hit Region 1.

Costing P70,000 each, the DSWD core shelters were built in the towns of Sta.Barbara Bani and Rosales in Pangasinan (883), Laoag City in Ilocos Norte (50) and the towns of Santa and Santa Maria in Ilocos Sur (150).

Qualified beneficiaries were organized as members of the Neighborhood Shelter Assistance Association (NASA) who are then empowered to implement the program through participating capability building activities.

“Aside from providing core shelter units, the CSAP  is also a community development initiative where the beneficiaries show the bayanihan spirit because they help each other during the construction of their own core houses,” Calejo said.

Further, despite the low cost materials used in the construction, beneficiaries are assured that core shelter projects are structurally strong and environment friendly.

 “It can withstand even typhoon signal number four with very strong winds of more than 185 kilometers per hour,” said Calejo.

Under the project, the DSWD provides the funds for the construction materials while the local government units provide the land where the shelters are put up.

The housing project is part of the DSWD’s disaster management and rehabilitation efforts to address the shelter needs of displaced families. (MCA/JNP/PIA1-La Union)

Pangasinan hosts Google Day in north-central Luzon

 April Montes

DAGUPAN CITY– Some 200 business professionals and information technology (IT) practitioners from north-central Luzon attended the “GDayX” seminar held last week at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen town.


Vangie Padilla of Google Business Groups (GBG)-Pangasinan said GDayX is a community-organized event that is supported by Google, following the format inspired by Google GDays (where X stands for the community).


The event aims to share technological knowledge on Google products that people can use to improve their career and to enhance their means of communication with their loved ones here and abroad, said Padilla.


“Google products are free online and readily available on the internet, so whether you’re in business, academe, government, IT industry, or simply a lover of technology, this event would help you learn more about Google applications, getting your business online and other Google products that you can definitely use in your field,” she added.


The program started with a keynote from Mohd Hadi Shafie Othman, Google’s head for communities in Southeast Asia, who flew in from Singapore for this event.


Topics discussed by the respective resource speakers included: Sustain Your Online Presence (Vangie Padilla); Maps and Local for Your Business (JR Padilla); Google in Education (Jerome Locson); Pangasinan’s Digital Journey (Rafael Howard Baraan); Communities and Your Business (Marcus Foon); and Collaborate Like a Pro (Therence John Resabal).


“We are now in an era of internet and the social media, so even ordinary citizens have to know how to use technology that allows people to connect to others with ease and make many tasks so much easier,” said Padilla.


“Mapag-iiwanan tayo ng panahon kung hindi tayo marunong gumamit ng teknolohiya,” she said.


Piloted by host Google Business Group (GBG)-Dagupan and the newest chapter (incubation) GBG-Pangasinan, GDayX Central Luzon has connected, informed and inspired the local audience. (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)


Matatag ang supply ng bigas sa Ilocos Sur – NFA

Ben Pacris

LUNGSOD NG VIGAN – Sinabi ng National Food Authority na matatag ang rice supply sa Ilocos Sur at walang rice smuggling o rice hoarding na nangyayari sa probinsya.


Sinabi ni Fortunato Bulao, branch manager ng National Food Authority (NFA) sa Ilocos Sur, na maraming bigas ang maisasa-ing ng bawat pamilya sa probinsya.

“Walang big time rice dealers sa lalawigan, walang hoarding dito ni walang rice smuggling dahil sobra- sobra at maganda ang kalidad ng aning bigas ng mga kababayan nating magsasaka,” iginiit ni Bulao.


Sinabi ng opisyal ng NFA na hindi lang sapat kundi sobra pa ang naaaning de kalidad na bigas sa lalawigan kaya nagpapadala pa ng NFA ng sako-sakong bigas sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo sa Metro Manila at pati sa Cordillera.


Nagbabala pa ang manager sa mga negosyante ng bigas na huwag linlangin ang mga mamimili kung inihahalo nila ang NFA rice na nabibili ng P17 kada kilo  sa mga commercial rice para  lumaki lang ang tubo nila.

“Ang sinumang tiwaling negosyante ay maaalisan ng lisensiya o permit,” idinagdag niya bagama’t aminado syang walang police power ang ahensya.


Patuloy ding bumibili ang NFA ng palay sa mga magsasaka na may kalakip na insentibo para di pagsamantalahan ng presyo ng mga negosyanteI. Iniulat niya na may 98,000 sakong bigas ang nakalaan pa rin sa mga bodega ng NFA sa lalawigan.


Sa ika- 41 anibersayo ng ahensya, na may temang : Makabagong Panahon, Bagong Hamon”,, sinabi ni Bulao na patuloy na ipinapatupad ng NFA ang kanyang adhikain at adbokasya para  sa sapat na supply ng bigas sa bawat pamilya((MCA/BPP/PIA 1-Ilocos Sur).