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Cultural Heritage Tour Immersion: NCCA’s way of promoting culture and heritage to the people

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) partnered with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) to enlist media practitioners in various regions to go on a cultural and heritage seminar with onsite immersion to educate the media about our our local culture and heritage.

It was a great idea in the first place. Better that they included bloggers and social media influencers in the tour.

Our fist stop was the farthest, Region 2- the Cagayan Valley. Form our point of origin, Pangasinan, we travelled for almost 14 hours by land to reach our destination because we went to convoy with the Cordillera group.

The mural outside the Metropolitan Cathedral in Tuguegarao

 

St Peter Metropolitan Cathedral

The Saint Peter Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the largest Cathedrals in Region 2. It is an 18th century baroque church which is the seat of Catholicism in Cagayan Valley. In 1982, the National Historical commission installed a marker about the brief history of he church.

As a non- Catholic, I focused on the design of the structure. Its walls and ceilings not to mention the bell tower beside it. I was wondering about how it was made, for how long and who are the Filipinos that helped in the construction. The ceiling was remarkable, they designed it so well.

Panic Batil Potun is the cultural gastronomic experience in Tuguegarao

Pancit  Batil Patong (Potun, to some) is an experience in itself. It is made up of fresh noodles cooked in soy sauce and spices topped with almost all imaginable meat dishes. They have  crunchy chicken skin, chicharron, crispy-fried minced pork, ground beef etc. On top of it is a poached egg. Served with the panic of Chinese origin is a small bowl of chopped white onions, calamansi and soy sauce with a thick egg soup.

After a brief tour at St. Paul University in Tuguegarao to check out their monuments and their chapel, we boarded the bus towards the Municipality of Lal-lo. Its  far-away town but it uses to be a capital because of the Nuestra Seniora de Segovia. Now it would be the sub-capitol in the province. It also has a church, ruins and the municipal officials really wanted to invite in investors, universities and business in this town which will soon have an airport of its own.

The fountain statues at the Municipality of Lal-lo

Do you know where Camalaniugan is in Cagayan? It is the house of the oldest bell in PH. It is also where the most interesting ruins are found. And these ruins are so Instagrammable, I mean photo-worthy. If you are lucky enough, you will find Manong fisherman  there at the riverbank just behind the ruins.

The church marker for Camalaniugan 

 

inside the church
The oldest bell in PH is here. Tour guides say that it also came from Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan

 

The ruins of the old Camalaniugan church destroyed by strong typhoons, earthquakes and war

At the end of the day, we were housed at Claveria, Cagayan because our next stop is the Province of Ilocos Norte, Region 1.

What were our key takeaways during the trip to Region 2? That they have a lot of old churches and  those who have the faith can always turn to the church not only as a structure, but also a a good example Filipino resilience.

My next blogposts will be about Region 1, CAR, Region 3 and NCR. Stay tuned folks:)

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DuterteNomics to be unveiled

The Department of Finance (DOF) and the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), in cooperation with the Center for Strategy, Enterprise & Intelligence (CenSEI), will unveil DuterteNomics in a forum on April 18, Tuesday at The Conrad Hotel, Pasay City.

DuterteNomics is the President’s economic and development blueprint for the Philippines. It includes the current administration’s main governance and fiscal policies, comprehensive big-ticket infrastructure programs and upgraded social services targeted to accelerate growth, and by 2022, transform the Philippines into a high middle-income economy.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will open the forum while Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, a member of the President’s economic team, will deliver the keynote address.

The forum is divided into six sessions – Session 1: Economic Overview and Philippine Development Plan (PDP) Highlights; Session 2: BuildBuildBuild Infrastructure Plan; Session 3: Fiscal Issues on Revenue and Spending; Session 4: Mindanao Economy/ Major Development Initiatives in Mindanao; Session 5: International Context and Environment for the Philippine Government; and Session 6: Reactions to DuterteNomics.

The six sessions will be presented by notable panel of speakers from the President’s Cabinet. Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Director-General of the National and Economic Development Authority (NEDA), will report on the focal points of the Philippine Development Plan 2017 – 2022 which embodies the Filipino people’s dreams and goals as also envisioned in the AmBisyon Natin 2040.

Secretary Martin Andanar of the PCOO, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and President and CEO Vince Dizon of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) will talk about the Comprehensive Infrastructure Investment Program bringing about ease of access to electricity and water, increase in productivity, inter – island connectivity and overall improvement in the people’s standard of living.

Secretary Benjamin Diokno of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will provide a summary of the necessary fiscal and budgetary reforms for financing the infrastructure and social spending programs.

Representing the business community is Mr. John Gaisano, Chairperson of the Board of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Inc. who will discuss the major development initiatives for Mindanao. Professor Richard Heydarian from the academe will tackle the international context and environment for the Philippine government.

Former Secretary Cielito Habito will serve as a reactor of Dutertenomics.

Former Chairperson of the Philippine Civil Service Commission (CSC) Ricardo Saludo will host the forum while Associate Professor Gary Olivar of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) will serve as the moderator of the forum.

The event’s official hashtag will be #DuterteNomics. Registration will start at 12:30PM.

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Why the very ‘Rich and Famous’ Cojuangcos lost in Pangasinan

The Manila elites and the oligarchs in the country are baffled as to how and why Kimi and Mark Cojuangco – members of the country’s who’s who; rich, powerful, influential, son and daughter-in-law of Danding Cojuangco of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and San Miguel Corporation lost to two locals– Amado T. Espino, Jr and Amado I. Espino III respectively in the 2016 elections in Pangasinan.

Pangasinan has over 1.2 million voters and belongs to the top 3 vote-rich provinces in the Philippines.

My name is Vanj Padilla, I’m a digital PR strategist and this is the story.

It was February 2014 when Mark Cojuangco, a kumpadre and political ally of the outgoing Governor Amado Espino, Jr, announced his gubernatorial bid in the province. While the Governor was delivering his State of the Province Adress (SOPA), just right after his report, when people and officials are lining up to him to greet him at the lobby of the Capitol Building. Many observers said, Cojuangco’s announcement was done in bad taste. Pangasinenses called him ‘epal’ or ‘agaw-eksena’ (scene stealer).

Even the governor was surprised. He was the standard-bearer of NPC Pangasinan and he was not even consulted of the plan. Because apparently, according to a video clip of MECO chairman Amadito Perez, it was never Mark’s wish to be governor, it was Kimi’s.

From February 2014 up to May 2016, it was all campaign period for the Cojuangcos.

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The couple in a duet

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Pangasinan is not for sale! — Gov Espino

NOTE: This is a post written in Filipino language and first appeared on Istorya newspaper

Governor Espino delivering his State of the Province Address

“Pangasinan is not for sale!“

Isa ito sa mga pinakamalaman na sinabi ni Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. sa kanyang State of the Province Adress( SOPA) 2015 kamakailan. Ito ay bilang reaksyon sa talamak na umano’y bigayan ng pera sa iba’t ibang opisyal ng Pangasinan para pumanig sa pwersa ng kabilang kampo.

Umani ito ng masigabong palakpakan mula sa libo-libong dumalo sa SOPA ng gobernador. Subalit kapansin-pansin ang paghikbi ng Unang Ginang. Marahil ay bunga ito ng mga sakit ng kalooban na pinagdadaanan nila sa mga nababalitaan nilang di patas na laban na ginagawa sa kanila ng kalaban.

Maging ang mga dumalo ay kinapanayan ng Istorya kung ano ang kanilang masasabi sa emosyonal na pahayag ng Gobernador.

Unity Walk ni Governor Espino at ng myembro ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan

Ayon kay Estrella Maniacop, isang guro na dumalo sa SOPA, sang ayon sya sa pahayag ni Gob. Espino. “ Syempre ayaw natin ng ganun, dapat ang laban sa politika ay patas. Kasi kung lahat ng tao dito ay babayaran nila para sila ay panigan o suportahan, anong klaseng serbisyo ang ibibigay ng mga iyan pag sila na ang nakaupo? Malamang pati ang mga binayaran nilang Mayor, Bise mayor, Kagawad, Kapitan ay magiging bulag, pipi at bingi sa mga pang aabuso. Kasi nga magiging tuta na sila…” , ani Maniacop.

Kay Sofronio Marquez naman na taga Binmaley, ito ang kanyang opinion “ pag binayaran nila ang mga opisyal, di may karapatan na silang walang-hiyain ang ating probinsya at wala ng pupuna sa mga gagawin nilang kalokohan kung sakaling sila ang maupo? Mali yun, tama si Governor, Pangasinan is not for sale.”

Ang youth attendee naman na si pinangunahan ni Lanie Montemayor ay nagwikang “Talaga. Agree kami na Pangasinan is not for sale kasi yung mga nakaupo na tumanggap ng pera nila ay mangangahulugan na ibinenta na nila ang kanilang mga nasasakupan. At hindi tama yun. Walang price tag ang mga kabataang botante.”

Ilang bahagi ng mga opisyal na dumalo sa SOPA

“Alam kasi nilang hindi sila mananalo kay Governor Espino, kasi outstanding ang performance nito kaya, pinipilayan nila yung tao sa pamamagitan ng pagbili sa mga dati nitong mga kaalyado,” kwento ng isang dating aktibista sa Pangasinan.

Ayon sa mga istorya at text message sa Istorya ng mga kapitan, tuwing may patawag ay binibigyan sila ng pera. Maging ang mga Mayor na nagpahayag ng suporta sa kabilang kampo ay pinaniniwalaang may pledge umanong dalawampung milyong piso kada isa.

Dagsa ang mga taong makikipagkamay at babati sa mga opisyal matapos ang SOPA

Nitong huli umano ay sa Urdaneta naman ang bigayan at limang libo kada isang kapitan. Ito ay base sa kwento ng isang kapitan sa Istorya sa kundisyong di ito papangalanan.

Ayon pa sa source ng Istorya “ nagpapasalamat nga kami kay Board Member Pogi Espino, kasi kung di sya lumaban, aba’y hindi kami magkakapera mula sa kabila. Syempre may kalaban ang M&M kaya ang istayl nila dahil syempre hindi sila ang nakaupo, magpapatawag. Eh kami naman pupunta, wala naman masama, hindi naman kami humihingi eh. Pero, grabe din, nililitrato bawat isa. May camera! O, diba nakakatawa? Bakit kami pipicturean kung binigay ang pera ng kusang-loob?” anang kapitan.

Tinanong namin ang aming source kung alam ba ni Governor Espino ang nagaganap na bigayan ng pera tuwing magpapatawag ang kabila. At ang sagot ng kapitan ay “ Oo, sinasabi namin sa kanya. Sabi naman nya eh tanggapin nyo lang, kasi pera ng taumbayan yan, sabi naman nya. O kami, dahil di naman kami ang humihingi—kinukuha lang namin” , dagdag pa ni Kap.

Hindi na rin bago sa Istorya ang mga balitang ganito. Dahil ayon sa aming mga kausap at mga media friends, kahit saang bayan pumunta ang kampo ng M&M, sa San Carlos, sa Urdaneta, sa Alaminos, sa mismong munisipyo ng bayan ng Malasiqui, namumudmod sila ng pera.

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The Governor’s SOPA 2015

Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. delivers his State of the Province Address in front of thousands of Pangasinenses

Every year, we attend the State of The Province Address (SOPA). We cover it, as media practitioners. For the past 4 years, as a blogger.

This year, the Governor’s report is in Tagalog, oops Filipino language. More direct, more concise. More interesting for the common people, more comprehensive. The audience understood. They appreciated that SOPA was in Filipino.

The report was of course, expectedly good. Positive. It can be said that our provincial government is working. To attain its mission and vision, that id to make Pangasinan the Number 1 province.

The report was attached here.

Governor Amado T. Espino. Jr.’s report to the people of Pangasinan

Governor Amado T. Espino. Jr.’s report to the people of Pangasinan 

We have uploaded a video of a report from Comm Asia TV‘s Pangasinan Watch newscast and you can watch the video by clicking the link Pangasinan Watch SOPA 2015 episode.

The report generally will make every Pangasinense proud. Proud of his province. Proud of his being a Pangasinense. and proud of its government.

However, there is an unwanted guest who attended the SOPA. It was Mark Cojuangco. There are rumors circulating in the province now that someone is working hard to jail Governor Espino because it is the only way that that person can win the next election.

In Cojuangco’s interview, he said he has nothing to do with the unearthing of the ‘black sand issue’ against the administration. Although according to the complainants in the case, a Cojuangco paid media hack, is the one behind those Inquirer news stories that malign the Pangasinan provincial government.

On the next post, you will be able to watch the entire report on video. In the meantime, let’s stay productive and be well.

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Vice President Binay formally opens JoeyRadio Dagupan

Joeyradio.com is an independent online radio in Dagupan City that opens its doors to an online global radio audience. Will formally launch on March 2, 2015 at the upper floor of the New Leaf Restaurant in Malta Village, no less than the Vice President of the Republic will grace the said occasion as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

In an interview with Joey Dela Cruz, popularly known as JoeyBaby, one of the brains of JoeyRadio online, he said that having an online radio that caters to the growing needs of the netizens in Pangasinan and the world.

” A lot of mainstream radio stations have long embraced their online presence but very few among them has really niched on focusing on the online audience. Their online audience seem to be unnoticed. JoeyRadio solves that issue and since majority of the Filipinos are online, we can tap a huge listener base,” says Joey dela Cruz.

Dela Cruz who has been with the Pangasinan broadcasting scene for a long time. He is a popular DJ at the defunct DWON which was later bought by Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) and became i-FM today.

A short program followed by a meet and greet with the Vice President follows after the launch.

Eli Atienza, the President of JoeyRadio said that we need to reach the global audience because we are in an era where the world is our marketplace. Since most of JoeyRadio’s patron are mostly from the foreign countries, we can consider JoeyRadio as an outlet with a greater impact. He is also inviting advertisers and brands to advertise at JoeyRadio for only $158 with a free website.

The online radio’s first public event is UPDC’s UNFOLD on February 26, 2015 6:00 pm at the University of Pangasinan-PHINMA gym.

For those who have not listened to yet, JoeyRadio is www.joey-radio.com.

Programs include:
Downloaded by JoeyBaby
Good Vibes with Bobby Q
Grounded with Raz Reyes
Club Weekend
Under Cover with John Google
Throwback Thursday with Leslie Gee
Hard Drive wit Joe Yahoo

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JoeyRadio boasts of one world, one music and if its not a hit, its not a JoeyRadio music.

DISCLAIMER: This blogger, by the name of Jane Doe is one of the program hosts at JoeyRadio.

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The Philippines needs a Duterte!

Davao City, the territory of the Dutertes is the 4th most livable city in the world.

It is safe. It is peaceful and progressive. It is where criminals do NOT dare go. Or they do, but do not mess with.

The Mayor here is Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte. Some call him Dirty Harry. He is a lawyer, a Bedan. He is the son of former Governor Vicente Duterte. It was his mother Soledad that he learned a lot about life, the social and economic problems of the people, especially the youth, out of school youth, women, children and the disabled.

In his talk with civic groups, leaders and influencers in Dagupan City, Mayor Duterte told the real story in Mindanao. He wanted Filipinos to increase their awareness on Mindanao.

How all this war and conflict began, tracing it since Magellan conquered the Philippines and declared that all inhabitants in that part of the archipelago are declared colony of Spain’s King Phillip II. But the datus, the maharlikas and the Moros fiercely refused. And the rest is history.

What he said about the Mamasapano incident was also interesting. “Alam ito ng lahat sa Mindanao, may isang area dyan na hindi pwedeng pasukin, alam ng mga General yan, alam ni General Esperon yan, alam yan kahit ni SAF Commander Napenas, lahat yan kahit pulis, militar, kahit balut vendor, cigarette vendor, kahit ako, alam namin na its a No-no,”

(anyone in Mindanao, even the generals and the military, ask General Esperon here, police, even SAF Commander Napenas, balut vendor and cigarette vendor knew that it is a no-entry zone. Even me, I know that its a no-no)

And all of us knew what had happened.

The Mayor also shared how he treat criminals in his city. He has the balls to say these words straight to their face ” Do not ever, ever, ever think that you have the monopoly to do evil. Because if you can do 10 evils in a day, I can easily throw 15 evils your way” He has a stern warning for drug lords and criminals that operate or planning to operate in his city.

“I can take out your intestines and eat it in front of you if you mess up with me in my city.”

Strong words, but taken seriously, may be considered a bluff but who ever thought he cannot do it?

“I have no tolerance for criminals and the drug lords. They destroy our children. I believe that those who harm our children do not deserve to be part of society”, the Mayor stresses.

Since the national government seems to be at loss with the situation in Mindanao, and will remain lame with its plan to gain peace. Since the people are angry, the people cry for justice and the government seemed to not know what to do— 44 elite police force were massacred and left to die at the hands of those we call ” terrorists”.

We need somebody who has balls. The courage to want to die for his country to redeem its people and restore peace and order. To minimize criminality and drug trade, saving our children and women from violence and abuse.

What we need is the one with an iron hand. Because we need to enforce our sovereignty. Our independence and cultural heritage.

We are the land of the brave. Not the land of the abused. We are a nation of heroes and not of a corrupt.

You don’t like to rot in your own country? Then consider DUTERTE.

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Election 2016: How safe is our automated election system?

The 2016 National and local election is just around the corner. The smell of politics is more reeking than the Christmas air.The Filipinos are nauseated with the demolition jobs that every opposing parties do to their rivals. The media has been pounding the citizens with sensational news almost every minute of the day.

Smartmatic Philippines officials led by Cesar Flores, CEO (leftmost)

One night in BGC, we have met with guys from Smartmatic Asia Pacific and we were given the chance to ask questions regarding the automated election system. Smartmatic is the supplier or seller of PCOS machines that were used during the last Philippine elections.

According to them, Comelec was able to save billions of pesos for using their technology and equipment. Cesar Flores, the CEO for Asia Pacific shared that the controversial company has delivered honest and clean elections to the Filipino electorates. That using automated elections, just like in any other country minimized electoral fraud, protests, and all other misdeeds relative to elections.

But to the first time voters, what does the automation cover?

1. The election process– voting, counting, canvassing and proclamation

2. Minimizes flying voters as the technology allocates each and every precinct’s corresponding voters as programmed into the machine

Sharing the table with these guys gave us the chance to ask them some burning questions. So I started with:

(Smartmatic’s answers are those in blue text)

1. Is this automated election system fraud-proof?

“Some parties will will try to tamper the ballots, because everybody wants to win, but since our system saves scanned files of the ballot that the voter inserts into the machine, it automatically saves a copy to the server for printing. So if you tampered a ballot after the scanning process, it will not produce the same result. And during election protests, recounts the original data is still saved to the CF cards so it will still yield what was originally scanned.

If the pre-marking is done before the elections, the machine will not read multiple marked ballots. So if you can do that, its either you have access to the Comelec, access to our server and have an access to alter our system. “

2. Can someone insert a virus or just corrupt the PCOS machine?

“No. First, physical access to the system is limited to 2 memory card slots, which will be secured using a serially labelled lock. These locks would prevent or make it obvious that the machine has been tampered with.

Furthermore, the Operating system used in the PCOS is Linux, which as a platforms very secure, employing access controls to the limit the activities of profiles. This operating system environment will not tolerate presence of virus and malware, or at the very least prevent such malicious programming from running. ”

3. Can there be a switching or election results during the transmittal, or can someone hack the transmission of results?

“The transmittal will only run for more or less two minutes so it is very hard to hack it.”

My last question was somewhat intriguing, I asked them, “If you are doing the right thing for the Filipinos, how come you seem to have so many enemies? And who are they?”

If you are doing the right thing, why do you have so many enemies?

Cesar Flores just smiled and said ” there still are sectors that do not want automated elections simply because they wanted to go back to MANUAL ELECTIONS. As you know, manual elections can be subject to dagdag-bawas, to the proliferation of the old system of the 3 Gs– guns, goons and gold so they can rig the results. Because as the election process becomes longer and with heavy human intervention, it is prone to errors. That is what Smartmatic PCOS machine eradicated.”

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Smartmatic is a group of over 600 specialists dedicated to creating and deploying innovative technology for people to make their governments more transparent and efficient. You’ll find them in the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Philippines etc.

They also have this business unit called LeGIT of Large eGovernment Infrastructure Technology. It creates and deploys technology that helps governments become more transparent and efficient in areas outside of elections. Its smart cities wirk , for example helps meet challenges associated with growing urban populations, in the areas of health, safety and transport.

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The future of politics in the Philippines

I tried my best to avoid discussions about Philippine politics ever since I realized it is not good for my health. Although we publish a local community paper, we try our best to do away with politicians and issues concerning them.

In fact at one point, I turned my back on political blogging, which admittedly raked in millions of organic hits for my blog in 2009 to 2010. I was an angry citizen. I share my community’s views online, regardless of whether I get the ire of politicians. The people’s voice need to be heard.

In 2014, I am angry again. And I can’t help it. I live in the Philippines. Although I am a selective news consumer, the media is so busy pounding political issues and current events are mostly towards political mudslinging, demolition jobs and the like in our faces.

Being an observer for quite a time, i thought of coming up with my own futuristic vision of what Philippine politics will become in the near future.

Here is my fearless forecast of what’s gonna be the future of Philippine politics:

1. Presidents will be in jail after each term. The pattern has started with Marcos. Only it was called exile. Then came Erap. And now Gloria. PNoy was threatened by impeachment complaints. And a lot of Filipinos are now disappointed with his leadership for tolerating erring allies.

Unless, the constitution will be changed and outgoing presidents of the republic will be exempted from jail, the pattern will be repeated over and over again.

2. Demolition jobs will be a staple. Opposing political parties will weaken their opponents by uncovering all sorts of skeleton, whether buried or hidden in the closet to destroy their reputation and influence public perception. Filipinos are good at doing that. We are a nation known for “crab mentality“. We compete with each other, we don’t like collaboration. Reason why we do not get ahead.

3. Political dynasty will continue. Politics is addictive. Regardless of generation. It is a business in its own and the younger generations are expected to continue the “legacy” that their elders have started, just like a family corporation.

4. Digital media will definitely shape Philippine politics. In this era where the power is gradually shifting from the elite few to the grassroots as made possible by modern technology– the internet and digital media– the younger generations and those politicians who wish to stay afloat will not only resort to the three G ( goods, guns and gold).

5. More military and police personnel will go into elective positions once out of service. Politics is addictive. Politics is a business and they mastered it already and would want to take advantage of it.

6. More showbiz personalities would want to hold public offices. For people who are used to being into the spotlight and always hungry for attention– public office is the best option. So whether they are capable or not, they would take the risk. It is a sad way to retire from showbiz and to continue the lifestyle– politics is an option.

7. Philippine politics will continue to disgust the citizens and the expats. We will continue to be bombarded by corruption, by stressful news, by mudslinging, by extrajudicial killings, human rights violations, by worsening traffic situation in the metro and unrest.

8. Automated elections will always be opposed by those who wanted to rig election results through manual counting. I also see a time when desperate parties would attempt to hack election results.

9. At the end of the day, its always– money talks. The first and last question will be “how much?“

10. The need for digital natives increases. Technology evolves, faster than the blink of an eye– leaving politicians and officials wondering- “what struck me? what just happened? where did that come from?” — and its party time for digital professionals and strategists.

You can add more to the list, this is dynamic it changes over time. What are your thoughts?

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This week in Politics and Digital

Wednesday was the start of the work week because of the long holidays declared by the National Government. As many people are spending their holidays somewhere else, many chose to stay at home due to bad weather.

Upon return to my beloved province, there was a new project waiting for our team. The I love Pangasinan video, we were to gather video clips from interviewees of different people in Pangasinan.

Next our proposed project for the Governor was approved by the Provincial Administrator. Sir Raffy, as he is fondly called is supportive of projects related to information technology. He knows that the society is going also with the digital shift.

And an event to showcase all of those things like the Pangasinan Digital ICT Fair is ready to roll out. This event is scheduled on the second week of November at the Capitol Grounds.

And then there are Bloopers along the way.

Urdaneta refused to accept the tons of trash from Baguio City because allegedly the city can only accomodate 10 tons of pre-segregated garbage daily. And that the 40 ton waste from Baguio was beyond their means so they couldn’t possibly accept all of it.

Then here comes 3rd District Representative Rachel Arenas who allegedly receive numerous complaints about ‘items for sale’ for teachers in DepEd. Oh, so here she is again. The congresswoman who learned only now that there were such commodities inside DepEd. Where has she been all this time? Was she with Aling Gloria in St. Lukes Hospital? She was reportedly not seen in her district in times of typhoons etc. I didn’t know she is into investigative activities lately.

I can only wish well for her new trip.

It seems that the controversial ‘Daungan sa Dawel‘ called by Sunday Punch Publisher Ermin Garcia Jr. as ‘white elephant’ is under his microscopic watch. Read his column on his paper and you’ll know why. What will happen to the highly publicized Dawel River Cruise if the project pushes through but the contractor can not reimburse his expenses? ZOMG.

Blind Item:

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There is this employee in the C who does nothing substantial at all in the office all day long. She opens her facebook account and thats it until the day retires. She was tasked to help the Boss improve his image but she is so- clueless about what needs to be done.

Instead of cooperating with her officemates, she sows seeds of intrigue and divisiveness. That is why her teammates simply avoid her face. She goes around the offices and spreads hate and rumors about her co-workers.

Instead of focusing on her work, she spends time concocting gossip about the people around who are so busy doing the works supposedly assigned to her.

Who is this employee who goes around rumor mongering and bitching others in their office ? She is avoided by highly productive people. She is bitter of others’ accomplishments. Clue: She is the supervisor of the www.uhc.org . Useless. Headless. Chicken. Organization