One of the most controversial issues in the country today dividing an individual’s sense of right and wrong and making a din in religious opinions and beliefs in the different sects is the proposed reproductive health law; and its obvious omission during President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) held at the House of Representatives on July 25, 2011 was not lost on the supporters of the RH bill. >>>read more
PANGASINAN 5TH DISTRICT LADY SOLON PUSHES FOR APPROVAL OF RH BILL OF 2011
By: Loejan S. Anudon
The Reproductive Health Bill of 2011 is a controversial topic that has members of the 15th Congress of the Philippines furiously debating over the various issues concerning this bill. One of the bill’s strongest advocates is 5th District of Pangasinan Representative Kimi Cojuangco who also helped introduce House Bill 4244 (An Act providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, and Population and Development and for Other Purposes) in congress. Libradita Abrenica.
CONGW.KIMI,MAYOR DITA HIGHLIGHT DAY CARE MASS RECOGNITION IN VILLASIS
By: Loejan S. Anudon
The formal atmosphere that engulfed the Day Care Mass Recognition Ceremony at Villasis Auditorium on March 29, 2011 turned euphoric when Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco appeared. On her way in, and as the speakers exploded with the announcement of her arrival, she was immediately met by the town’s very active Lady Mayor, Libradita Abrenica.
5th DISTRICT REP PUSHES FOR VALIDATION OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANT BILL AT GSP ENVIRONMENTAL RALLY
By: Loejan S. Anudon
VILLASIS – Congresswoman Kimi S. Cojuangco sought validation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant Bill in her message to the Girl Scouts of the Philippines Environmental Rally held at the Villasis Auditorium on October 2, 2010. >>>read more
5TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE SUPPORTS IMPROVED ALTERATION OF OVERPASS
By: Loejan S. Anudon
URDANETA CITY – Representative Kimi S. Cojuangco took time to inspect the ongoing overpass project along the busy highway in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan on September 23, 2010.
5TH DISTRICT LADY SOLON SPEAKS IN CONGRESS
By: Loejan S. Anudon
Congresswoman Kimi S. Cojuangco focused on the issue of reinforcing damaged flood controls from the devastations brought about by previous typhoons in her personal and collective privilege speech in the House of Congress on August 31, 2010.>>>read more
SAN BLAS SCHOOL FENCE TO RISE
By: Loejan S. Anudon
VILLASIS – San Blas Elementary School celebrated Linggo ng Wika with a fund raising activity aimed to raise an amount for the construction of a fence in the school’s eastern side.
New 5th District Representative Kimi S. Cojuangco sought the revival of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) by re-filing the bill that was originally...............>>>read more
5TH DISTRICT LADY SOLON VISIT ALCALA FLOODWAY, SISON BUED DIKE
By: Loejan S. Anudon
Still gripped by memories of the tremendous damage caused by the typhoons of 2009 particularly Pepeng, Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco concentrated a great part of her of her initial tour visiting towns in her district that are most prone to flooding and typhoon related calamities. The congresswoman........>>>read more
2M ANNUAL ALLOTMENT FOR SISON TESDA
BY: Loejan S. Anudon
Pangasinan Fifth District Representative Kimi S. Cojuangco made her jurisdiction tour debut at the newly opened TESDA Training Center in Sison, Pangasinan on August 5, 2010 ..............>>>>read more
The May 13, 2013 national and local elections in Villasis can be described as peaceful, orderly and successful. There were 28,848 voters who actually voted in the 55 clustered precincts in Villasis.
As early as 6:30 in the morning Villasinian voters trooped to their respective precincts to cast their votes for the deserving candidates. Once again, the voice of the people was heard!
The newly-elected municipal officials of Villasis who will serve the town and its people for the next three years (2013-2016) were proclaimed this morning (May 14, 2013) by the Municipal Board of Canvassers headed by Chairman-Election Officer Roberto V. Pagdanganan; Vice-Chairman – Mun. Treasurer Leo R. Ordoñez and Board Secretary – DepEd District Supervisor Arabella May Z. Soniega;
MAYOR HON. DITA G. ABRENICA
VICE MAYOR HON. PAZ S. RAFANAN
MUN. COUNCILORS HON. NICHOLI JAN LOUIE Q. SISON
HON. CENTENIELO RAMON R. COSTALES JR.
HON. CHERYLL Z. TAN
HON. DOMINGO R. RAFANAN
HON. JUDITH M. MORDEN
HON. ARVIN B. CASTRO
HON. RICHIE V. CACAPIT
HON ROLANDO B. MORDEN
The proclaimed Mayor, Vice-Mayor and six (6) Municipal Councilors are incumbent and belong to Team Abrenica. Judith Morden and Richie Cacapit are new SB Members.
The proclamation was witnessed by municipal employees, exuberant well-wishers, families and supporters. Their oathtaking will be held on June 28, 2013, 8:00 A.M. at the Villasis Public Auditorium.
Congratulations! Pagpalain sana kayo n gating Poong Maykapal sa inyong pagtahak ng matuwid na Daan! Mabuhay Villasis!
2013 Mass Graduation Memoir By: Marly Milana Benigno – Principal I San Blas Elementary School
All of the fourteen public elementary schools that comprise Villasis District II held their first Mass Graduation Ceremony las March 18, 2013 at the Villasis Public Auditorium. The ceremony started at exactly 8:30 in the morning with a processional led by the Guest of Honor and Speaker Mdm. Arabella May Z. Soniega, Education Program Specialist and OIC of the District, Teachers, Parents, Graduates & other guests.
The mass graduation ceremony formally started with a doxology given by the selected pupils of Bacag Central, Bacag West and Bacag East Elementary Schools which was followed immediately by a Tableau in honor of the Philippine Flag portrayed by selected pupils of Unzad, Labit, and Capulaan, after which was the signing of the National anthem and the Himig Villasis which was sang by all the people present with pride and gladness.
Mr. Agustin T. Sales, Principal IV of Barraca Community School and the most senior of all school heads, warmly welcomed all the viewers of the ceremony. After that was an Inspirational Message given by Hon. Roderick E.R. Mina, the chairman of the Committee on Education who expressed his thanks to all those present for all the support he received during his term as a municipal councilor of the town.
Selected pupils from Caramutan and San Blas presented a folk dance entitled “Balse de Viejo” a popular dance from Laguna and the singing pride of San Nicolas Elem. School rendered a song to entertain the audience.
Mayor Dita G. Abrenica, being the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the affair was introduced by EPS Soniega as the Mayor with outstanding accomplishments. The lady mayor delivered her message focusing on the theme” Building the Nation’s Future Leaders through the K to 12 Education Program”. Mayor Dita also expressed her continuous support to the education sector by providing construction materials for the improvement of school facilities to make every school a better place to learn. The lady mayor also donated medals to honor graduates in all the schools in the district.
All the fourteen school heads of the said district presented the graduates to EPS Soniega and Mdm Viraluz S. Raguindin, Schools Division Superintendent of Pangasinan District II who accepted, confirmed and proclaimed the four hundred seventy (470) graduates of Villasis District II. SDS Raguindin, in her message applauded the school administrators for initiating the conduct of Mass Graduation Ceremony, She further commented that the ceremony was a manifestation of the unity of all the school personnel in Villasis District II. She also added to encourage every school district in the division to conduct activity such this so that she herself could come personally to confirm the graduation of the graduates.
Highlights of the ceremony was the awarding of ribbons and medals to deserving graduates and distribution of certificates to all the graduating pupils in the district by the school heads, donors, and other guests who were assisted by Mayor Dita, SDS Raguindin and EPS Soniega.
Other guests present during the affair were Municipal Vice Mayor Paz S. Rafanan, Mun. Councilors Louie Sison, Rolando Morden, Cheryll Tan, Rose Limos and Nong Costales.
Isangguni Kay Mayor 2013
“Ang Isangguni Kay Mayor ay programa ng lokal na gobyerno ng Villasis upang mailapit ang lokal na gobyerno sa mga barangay. Kami mismo ang dadalaw upang malaman naming first hand ang inyong mga pangangailangan”, Mayor Dita said as she started the 3rd wave of the Isangguni Kay Mayor program of the Local Government Unit of Villasis.
Under this program, Mayor Dita, Vice Mayor Paz and Sangguniang Bayan members listen to the requests, complaints and appreciation of their constituents. In attendance are barangay officials, teachers, senior citizens, barangay health workers, Ladies Brigade of Villasis members, CVO’s, tricycle drivers/operators and other sectors. Former Mayor Nato S. Abrenica, chairman of the Mayor’s Action Team serves as the moderator during said activities.
Usual requests are: regravelling/ concreting of barangay roads, rehabilitation of drainage systems, additional toilet bowls, and jetmatic pumps, medicines for barangay health centers, additional chairs for schools, barangay health centers and Christian churches, repair/ construction of school rooms/ school buildings.
Pictures below were taken last February 7-March 14, 2013.
BHW’s 1st District Congress
A total of 1,850 Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) from all the municipalities of the 5th district of Pangasinan gathered at the Villasis Public Auditorium for their first District Congress last March 7, 2013 with the theme “BHW- Kaagapay Tungo sa Kaunlaran at Kalusugang Pangkalahatan”.
This significant event was graced by 5th District Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco as the Guest of Speaker and Vice Gov. Ferdinand Calimlim spoke in behalf of Gov. Amado Espino Jr., the Guest of Honor. Also present were Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members of 5th District Clemente Arboleda Jr. and Danilo Uy, Former 6th District Rep. and first nominee of ABONO Partylist Conrad M. Estrella III, and personnel from the Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Anna Theresa de Guzman and Villasis Municipal Officials, led by Mayor Dita G. Abrenica.
As a token of appreciation for the BHWs laudable work, a raffle draw was conducted wherein cash prizes, cell phone units, electric fans, airpots, casseroles and flat irons were given as prizes to lucky winners, courtesy of 5th District Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco, Vice Gov. Ferdinand Calimlim, BM Clemente Arboleda Jr., BM Danilo Uy, Former 6th District Rep. Conrad Estrella III, ABONO Party List, Mayor Dita Abrenica and Sangguniang Bayan Members led by Vice Mayor Paz S. Rafanan.
Two senatorial candidates also graced the occasion- JV Ejercito Estrada of United Nationalists Alliance and Grace Poe of Team P-Noy. They were both endorsed by 5th District Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco. In response, if ever they will win they pledged that they will support the bill of Cojuangco to provide benefits for BHWs.
Below are pictures taken during the event:
Just like what they say “From trash to cash”(King's Kid Christian School, Inc.)
The resourcefulness of Villasinians was once again proven. The students of King’s Kid Christian School, Inc. generated funds for their School Founding Anniversary Celebration through some things other people think already a trash last February 19, 2013.
Instead of soliciting money, they have raised fund by collecting recyclable materials and selling them. Pre-Elementary to High School students generated money from these recyclable materials and the grade level that has the highest money win. Teachers, students and parents cooperated and helped to make this activity successful.
“Parang junkshop dito sa school kasi hindi namin ine-expect na andami nilang madadala”- Jennifer F. Arciaga, Principal, King’s Kid School, said.
The preparatory level won the popularity contest which made their representatives Chrileison Wilken S. Alzate and Kimberly Danica Z. Quero crowned as this year’s Mr. and Miss Earth, 1st runners-up Mr. and Miss Wind, Alvy Benedict H. Piquero and Jaymie Ann V. Cuison, 2nd runners-up Mr. and Miss Fire, Lance Van P. Ogura and Angelene M. Francisco, 3rd runners-up Mr. and Miss Water, Raziel Quille B. Ramos and Gracelyn Mae Q. Gundran, respectively. The 30% of the total amount of money raised by each grade level went to their representatives, 30% for their classroom fund and 40% for the school improvement.
Not only the resourcefulness of Villasinians was proven but also their creativity as they decorated their floats with recyclable and indigenous materials. A total of 10 floats also from Pre-Elementary to High School competed for the Best in Float Competition. The Grade 3 students won as the Best in Float Award with a cash prize of Php 4, 000.00, Preparatory comes next with Php 2, 000.00 cash prize and lastly Grade IV students with Php 1, 000.00 cash prize. Creatively and beautifully-made floats were showcased in the float parade during their Foundation celebration.
Mrs. Arciaga further added that “this is one way na makatulong sa cleanliness of the environment which is one of the programs of the Department of Education and also to show support to Mayor Abrenica’s advocacy “Sa Villasis, Malinis”.
Last December, their Christmas decorations were also made from recyclable and indigenous materials. On their next Christmas, King’s Kid Christian School Inc. plans to put again Christmas decorations and will still stick to recyclable and indigenous materials as their raw materials.
VILLASIS TOWN FIESTA 2013, A SUCCESS!
To signal the start of the Villasis Town Fiesta 2013, two morning bands went around the town’s thoroughfares at 4:00 o’clock in the morning of January 15, 2013, in time for the opening salvo, the Thanksgiving Day (Dawn Watch, 4:00 AM) held at the public auditorium and sponsored by the Association of Christian Churches in Villasis led by Ptr. Martin Fao-ilan.
At 9:00 o’clock in the morning of January 15-16, 2013, we had the Field Demo of elementary pupils from Grades III and IV and Grades V and VI, who performed Folk Dance and Mass Dance respectively. Mayor Dita thanked the DepEd Family of Villais I and II for their active participation also expressed gratitude to the parents of the participating pupils. Pictures below show the colorful and bright costumes of the elementary pupils.
As early as 6:00 PM of January 15, 2013, barangay folks trooped to the auditorium for the Barangay Night sponsored by the 21 barangay councils headed by the Liga ng mga Barangay President, Hon. Romeo S. Abrenica. At 6:30 in the evening, people started dancing to the tune of the EC Jammers Orchestra, donated by Congw. Kimi S. Cojuangco, the night’s Guest of Honor and Speaker. After the speech of Congw. Kimi was the ceremonial awarding of tri-bike to the 21 barangays in Villasis (as sown in the picture Congw. Kimi is awarding the tri-bike to B/Capt. Alex A. Sison of Poblacion Zone I)
It was also during the Barangay Night that winners in the Cleanest, Greenest and Safest Barangay for 2012 were announced as follows with their corresponding prizes in terms of projects:
Mayor Dita urged the barangay officials to continue maintaining cleanliness in their respective barangays with or without evaluations. She enjoined all the barangay captains to actively participate in the Cleanest, Greenest, and Safest Barangay Contest.
The biggest delegation award was given to Brgy. Lipay with P5,000 cash prize. Other dignitaries who came and graced this year’s Barangay Night were: Vice-Governor Ferdie Z. Calimlim, Jr., BM Niňo Arboleda, BM Danilo C. Uy, and BM Amadeo T. Espino, who also represented his brother, Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. Below are pictures taken during the Barangay Night.
Former Mayor Nato and Mayor Dita invited Balikbayans for an early dinner at their residence in Brgy. Barraca last January 16, 2013, 6:00 in the evening. Cong. Mark and Congw. Kimi Cojuangco graced the occasion. Also invited were barangay officials, municipal department heads and Executive Committee members.
After dinner, many of the guests proceeded to the public auditorium for this year’s Gay Night, a hilarious gay night sponsored by the Gay Association of Villasis led by Tetchie Guerrero, President and Melody Fontanilla, Chairman. As in the past years, the auditorium was jam packed by people from all walks of life, and even from other nearby towns.
January 17-18, 2013 were declared non-working days in Villasis, January 17 being the Patron’s Feast Day and January 18, Talong Festival Day.
Bishop Jacinto D. Jose led the celebrated Mass during the Feast day of St. Anthony Abbot last January 17. It was sponsored by the Municipal Officials and employees, barangay officials, balilbayans and church/lay leaders. In the evening, the senior citizens’/retirees’/balikbayans’ night was held at the public auditorium, with Dir. Cipriano M. Guarin, OSCA Head, Makati City, as the Guest Speaker. Dignitaries who graced the affair were: Mayor Dita, Former Mayor Nato, SB Members led by Vice Mayor Paz. It was the first time that Balikbayan Night was jointly held during the Senior Citizens’/Retirees’ Night. Attendees enjoyed ballroom dancing until wee hours with
EC Jammers Orchestra assisting.
January 18 was the 8th Talong Festibal, live coverage of ABS-CBN (Dagupan City) which featured: Talong Mosaic Art Design Contest participated by 22 elementary schools and 5 high schools. As early as 5:00 PM of January 17, artworks/entries were displayed infront of the Municipal Town Hall (northern side) as shown in the pictures below. There were 3 winners for the elementary category and 1 winner for the high school category. All non0winners received P1,000.00 consolation prize. And the winners are:
1st Lipay Elementary School P 5,000
2nd Bacag Central School 3,000
3rd San Blas Elementary School 2,000
HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORY
Saint Anthony Abbot Academy P 5,000
Street Dancing Contest (High School only) started at 8:30 AM with 7 contingents participating: DRECMNHS, SAAA, Amamperez Agro-Industrial High School, Barangobong NHS, Piaz NHS, Capulaan NHS and Unzad NHS. Each contingent had few minutes performance infront of the judges along the national highway and their ritual performance at the gymnasium grounds. Spectators had to endure the scorching heat of the sun watching the contingents’ spectacular performances and colorful costumes and the winners are:
1st DRECMNHS P 50,000 Donor: Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr.
2nd Capulaan NHS 30,000 Donor: Vice Gov. Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr.
3rd Barangobong NHS 20,000 Donor: BM Clemente Niňo Arboleda, Jr.
BEST IN COSTUME - Capulaan NHS P20,000 Donor: BM Danilo C. Uy
At night was the Search for Villasis Singing Idol 2013 held at the public auditorium. There were 9 contenders in the Main Portion and 8 contenders in the Bulilit Portion. The winners were:
MAIN PORTION BULILIT PORTION
Champion Princes Nicole D. Del Finado Champion Shane Trisha O. Limbag
(San Nicolas) (San Nicolas)
1st Runner-Up Rica Mae Maer 1st Runner-Up Denice Erica N. Manzano
(Unzad) (Poblacion Zone II)
2nd Runner-Up Reymar M. Palisoc 2nd Runner-Up Patricia S. Mopas
(Poblacion Zone I) (San Nicolas)
MISS VILLASIS 2013 CROWNED
Villasis Town Fiesta 2013 was truly different because after a decade of popularity contests, this year was a Beauty Contest, where 17 Villasinians lasses vied for the most coveted title of Miss Villasis 2013.
As early as 6:00 in the evening of January 19, 2013, people trooped to the public auditorium just to have a better and nearer place to view the candidates in the beauty pageant. Few minutes after 8:00 in the evening, the program began with a doxology, singing of the national anthem and Himig Villasis led by DRECMNHS Cultural Troupe. Mr. Josue M. Abrenica, Chairman of VTF 2013 delivered his welcome address, followed by the Message from Mayor Dita G. Abrenica, thanking all our Sponsors and Donors as well as the barangay councils and supporters of the 17 candidates. The Emcees, Ms. Almira Zarate and Boni Fabia, introduced the Board of Judges: Matt Abrena, Chairman, Members are: Carmen O. Verzola, Juergen Dittmar, Jea-Anne Finuliar, Miss Look of the Year (Miss Earth 2012), and Amor Albano, Fashion Designer from Ilocos Sur.
Then followed by the candidates’ production number (in their costume) beautifully performed with the DRECMNHS Cultural Dancers. Men and women in the audience were mesmerized with the 17 beauties parading on the stage. People cheered to these amazing ladies who radiated beauty inside and out in their swimsuits and evening gowns. Winners in the Minor Awards were announced then:
Miss Friendship - Beverly Salazar
Miss Photogenic - Ashley Alyssa Calimlim
Best in Talent - Nikki Pinpinio
Miss Darling of the Press - Ashley Alyssa Calimlim
Best in Swimsuit - Beverly Salazar
Best in Evening Gown - Beverly Salazar
Best in Production Costume Ashley Alyssa Calimlim
After the casual interview (based on their submitted Personal Data Sheet) the 17 candidates were reduced to 10 Semi-finalists and had the Q and A portion, wherein the candidates were shown pictures of the different landmarks in Villasis and were asked questions which they willingly answered. Then the 5 finalists were announced. The audience chanted and shouted their favorites’ names. The final question and answer portion followed. Each finalist drew the number of the judge who later gave her a question which they readily answered. The 5 finalists are all beautiful and intelligent and the board of judges really did their best in choosing the rights bets and deserving of course:
Miss Villasis 2013 Rejean S. Labarete Zone IV
1st Runner-Up Ashley Alyssa Calimlim Barraca
2nd Runner-Up Ivy G. Gonzales Zone V
3rd Runner-Up Nel Am Rabut Caramutan
4th Runner-Up Jenny Mae Abriam Bacag
Miss Villasis 2013 received a Cash Prize of P30,000, 1st Runner-Up received P20,000, 2nd Runner-Up received P10,000, 3rd Runner-Up received P7,000 and 4th Runner-Up received P5,000, a total of P72,000 donated by Former Mayor Nato and Mayor Dita Abrenica. Miss Villasis was crowned by Mrs. Villasis 2012 Beatriz De Vera-Olivar and Former Mayor Nato. Other crowning guests and presenters were Mayor Dita, Vice Mayor Paz and Sangguniang Bayan Members, Mr. Josue Abrenica and balikbayans.
After the coronation, audiences were treated with spectacle fireworks display donated by Hon. Antonio “Bebot” Villar and Mayor Vivien O. Villar.
VILLASIS INAUGURATES NEW LESGISLATIVE BUILDING
Another significant landmark now rises in Villasis, the Beatriz De Vera-Olivar Legislative Building, which was renovated from the proceeds of Villasis Town Fiesta 2012.
The Blessing and Inauguration of said building was held last
January 15, 2013, the first day of 2013 town fiesta celebration. Rev. Fr. Medz S. Laguerta, the Parish Priest of St. Anthony Abbot Parish, led the opening prayer, while Mayor Dita and Mrs. Villasis 2012, Beatriz De Vera-Olivar, led the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon and the unveiling of the marker with Vice Mayor Paz and SB Members. Also in attendance were Former Mayor Nato, municipal department heads and employees, DepEd Family, Barangay officials, religious sector and media reporters.
The new Beatriz De Vera-Olivar Legislative Building stands paced with its new face lift that symbolizes the strong unity and cooperation of Villasinians, here and abroad. Mayor Dita in her speech, once again thanked the families and supporters of VTF 2012 reigning beauties: Betariz De Vera-Olivar, Mrs. Villasis 2012; Cristina Manantan-Abenes, 1st Runner-Up and Merlita Rayray-Magtaan, 2nd Runner-Up. She thanked everyone who contributed in the success of VTF 2012. Vice Mayor Paz in her speech, promised in behalf of the SB Members, to do their best on enacting laws and ordinances for the betterment and welfare of Villasis and its people.
Pictures below were taken during the event.
PAGCOR turns over new building to DRECMNHS
The joy of Christmas was bestowed upon the DRECMNHS family when the newly constructed five-classroom building donated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) was finally turned over to the school administration on December 14.
Guest of honor Engr. DANILO MARCIAL, PAGCOR Project Engineer of Community Relations and Service Department, officially relinquished the building.
Present in the ceremony were Mayor DITA G. ABRENICA, former Mayor NATO S. ABRENICA, and PTA Pres. Susan Q. Sison. Congresswoman KIMI S. COJUANGCO, who was in an important conference, as former Mayor Nato said, was represented by her secretary.
In their inspirational messages, Mayor Dita and Ex-Mayor Nato reiterated that they will always support the school continually for the good of the students and for the upliftment of education.
On behalf of the DRECMNHS staff, Principal IV, Rowena Lea G. Moreno expressed her gratitude to PAGCOR and to Congresswoman Cojuangco, and Mayor Dita for their unfaltering support in the immediate construction and the completion of the much-needed building.
She also thanked the PTA headed by Mrs. Sison for the construction of concrete pathways going to the building.
“These noble acts and the people behind will remain indelible in the hearts of the staff, studentry, and parents of this generation and the next”, the school head said.
This donation was granted last school year through the endorsement of Congw. Kimi and Mayor Dita with ex-Mayor Nato who also rallied behind for the realization of “this dream”, Mrs. Moreno informed.
LAB celebrates 2012 Christmas
December 14, 2012 was a Red Letter Day for the 5,000 members of the Ladies Brigade (LAB) of Villasis, Inc. As early as 7:00 in the morning, LAB members from all barangays trooped to the Villasis Public Auditorium for the 8:00 am-5:00 pm LAB Christmas Celebration and Induction Program (for new members), with Congw. Kimi S. Cojuangco as the Guest Speaker and Inducting Officer. However, Mdm. Kimi was not able to attend due to her hectic schedule, but she sent her representative, Ms. Dang Manaois, to give not only her Season’s greetings, but also eight (8) packs of grocery items and one (1) washing machine as door prizes (raffle draw).
Mayor Dita (founder of LAB), Vice Mayor Paz and Sangguniang Bayan Members: Louie Sison, Rolly Morden, Cheryll Tan, Arvin Castro, Rose Limos and Nong Costales graced the occasion by giving their Christmas messages. And so with Vice Gov. Ferdinand Z Calimlim, Jr. who rendered two songs at the delight of the audience. He gave 6 stand fans as raffle draw prizes. Board Member Danilo C. Uy went around shaking hands with the ladies and gave cash prizes for raffle draws. Former Mayor Nato also attended the affair and even stayed ‘till 5:00 in the afternoon. He distributed cash (Php 500.00) to all senior citizens (aged 80 above) LAB members and also Lab members who are pregnant (5 months above). Mayor Nato was surprised and amused to see a lot of elderly and pregnant LAB member. The ladies surely have different Christmas because of the gifts they received.
Highlight of the affair was the announcement of winners in the “Gangnam Style” Dance Contest and winners of the LAB Livelihood Sari-Sari Store Package. And the winners are:
“Gangnam Style” Dance Contest
1st Prize- Riverside (Brgys. Puelay, Barangobong and Amamperez) Php 6,000.00
Donor: Mayor Dita-Php 5,000.00 and Ms. Josie Organo- Php 1,000
2nd Prize- Alongside (Brgys. Piaz, Caramutan, San Blas and Lipay)Php 3, 000.00
Donor: Mayor Dita
3rd Prize- Hillside (Brgys. Unzad, Labit, Capulaan, and La Paz) Php 2,000.00
Donor: Board Member Niño Arboleda
Consolation Prize- Side by Side n(Brgys. San Nicolas, Lomboy, Baracca, Bacag
and Tombod) Php 1, 500.00
Donor: Ms. Josie Organo
Presentation Only- Poblacion I-V Php 500.00
Donor: Mayor Dita
LAB Livelihood Sari-Sari Store
Assisted by LGU-Villasis
1. Graziela Cabico- Capulaan, Villasis
2. Catherine Suyat- Unzad, Villasis
3. Elizabeth Motea- Pob. Zone II, Villasis
4. Erlinda Haber- Pob. Zone III, Villasis
5. Clarita R. Sapinoso- Caramutan, Villasis
6. Erlinda U. Evangelista- Lipay, Villasis (Area Coordinator)
Congratulations to all the winners. Everybody went home happy. Each was given t-shirt, umbrella and calendar courtesy of Mayor Dita.
Who will be MISS VILLASIS 2013??
The search is now officially on, the long wait is finally over! There are 17 candidates for Miss Villasis 2013 and they were presented to the public by the Chairman of the Villasis Town Fiesta 2013, Mr. Josue M. Abrenica, after the flag raising ceremony last October 29, 2012. Everybody wowed when the pretty beauties paraded in front of the municipal officials and employees, PNP and BFP personnel. The fairest of them all will be crowned during the most awaited beauty pageant on January 19, 2013 at the Villasis Public Auditorium.
Shown in the pictures are the 16 candidates, (representative of Poblacion Zone V not included as she is in the USA) with Mayor Dita, Vice Mayor Paz, Coun. Rod Mina, Coun. Rolly Morden and Coun. Nong Costales.
Sheena Ross N. Gatan Poblacion Zone I
Chryssalyn C. Alcantara Poblacion Zone II
Nikki Noreen A. Pinpinio Poblacion Zone III
Rejean S. Labarete Poblacion Zone IV
Aivee A. Gonzales Poblacion Zone V
Rommely Grace S. Daquigan Amamperez
Mikah L. Liwanag Amamperez
Jenny Anne M. Abriam Bacag
Beverly B. Salazar Barangobong
Jinky R. Oliveras Barangobong
Sheryllaine Mae B. Calimlim Barraca
Alyssa Ashley B. Calimlim Barraca
Jelyn-Marie P. Tobia Capulaan
Nhiel Am G. Rabut Caramutan
Rominique Daye H. Cabading San Nicolas
Sushmita Jones B. Evangelista Unzad
Jenelyn B. Cuadro Unzad
The pre-pageant is scheduled on December 22, 2012
Poblacion Zone I Celebrates Halloween
The first ever trick or treat celebration of Halloween was held in Villasis, initiated by Poblacion Zone I parents in coordination with MSWDO Lilibeth VM. Abrenica. 50 Day Care pupils celebrated Halloween last October 30, 2012 by visiting various offices in the Municipal Town Hall. They were accompanied by their parents and Day Care Workers, Ms. Marissa Villedo and Ms. Milagros Racuya.
The Day Care pupils in their scary and different themed costumes went to the offices of Mayor Dita, Vice Mayor Paz, Municipal Planning and Development Officer and Rural health Unit. The children were so happy and excited as they received assorted candies and chocolates, as shown in the pictures below.
Another AWARD for the MUNICIPALITY of VILLASIS
The Accounting Department of our Municipality got the “2011 MOST OUTSTANDING ACCOUNTING OFFICE AWARD”, being No. 1 among the 5 awardees from the Local Sector Nationwide.
The Association of Government Accountants of the Philippines (AGAP) Inc. is yearly giving such prestigious recognition to Accounting Offices all over the Philippines both National and Local Sector yearly with the following criteria-
1. Timeliness of Year End Financial Statements
2. Completeness of submitted Quarterly Financial Statements, Reports and Schedules
3. Accuracy and Propriety of Accounts, presentations and disclosures
4. Compliance with Accounting Rules and Regulations
5. Auditor's Opinion- should be Unqualified Opinion
Because of these criteria, out of 1,496 towns in the Philippines only 5 towns or .33% had qualified for the awards. LGU-VILLASIS ACCOUNTING OFFICE is NO. 1 on the list. (Please see www. agap.org.ph)
The awarding rites was held during the opening day of the AGAP convention-seminar at the Waterfront Hotel Lahug, Cebu City last October 24-27, 2012. The Keynote Speaker of the event who also gave the awards was no other than HONORABLE MA. LOURDES ARANAL-SERENO, Chief Justice, Republic of the Philippines, with AGAP National Officers headed by USEC EVELYN V. GUERRERO from DBM.
Following is the message of Mrs. Marlene Francisco, head of Accounting Dept. “In behalf of LGU-Villasis Accounting Office, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you Lord, we bring back the glory to You. Mayora Dita, this is for you, we made it despite of so many trials and challenges of your administration, we proved them wrong. To the SB members, Sir Nato, my co-Department Heads, staff and the whole LGU family, our kababayans all over the world, this award is for all of us. Lets continue the job and strive for the better in adhering to transparency and good governance for our town. MABUHAY ANG BAYANG VILLASIS, KAYANG-KAYA KUNG SAMA-SAMA. Again thank you so much for the BIG HEART and DEDICATION of MAYORA DITA, usual cooperation and support of our LGU Family.”
MUNICIPAL ACCOUNTANT DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL
MARLENE FRANCISCO- Municipal Accountant
RONILO B. MENCIAS- former MDO I (retired 07/31/12)
ELMER M. TUGADE- MDO I
JONAH N. MATURAN- Admin. Asst. II
MERLIN S. MACANAS-RCC I
MARY JANE M. BONITA- RCC I
MA. MONA KLARISSE C. FONACIER- Admin. Aide IV
EVELYN B. SISON-RCC I
VIRGINIA D. MADRONIO- Casual (Brgy. Bookkeeper)
JUNAR O. RUIZ- Admin Aide I
Villasis:Recipient of "Seal of Good Housekeeping"
Yes, another feather was added on the cap of Villasis!
Last December 2011, the Municipality of Villasis was awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping in recognition of its efforts in advancing the principles of accountability and transparency in good governance. Villasis has already received the P1 Million prize and the plaque of recognition, but without the official SEAL, the proof of this award. The P1 Million prize was used in the rehabilitation and concreting of the Capulaan barangay roads.
The late DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo, during his dialogue with Pangasinan Mayors last May 1, 2012 at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen, promised mayor Dita that the official SEAL would follow.
And so, September 17, 2012 was indeed a happy and blessed day for Villasis and its people.on this day, the official SEAL was handed to Mayor Dita by MLGOO Shiela E. Velasquez, after the flag raising ceremonies. It was witnessed by Vice Mayor Paz rafanan, SB Members: Louie Siso, rod Mina, Rolly Morden, Cheryl tan, Arvin Castro, Rose Limos, Nong Costales, ABC Pres. Romy Abrenica and barangays captains, municipal department heads and employees, PNP and BFP Personnel.
Mayor Dita in her acceptance speech thanked all her partners in keeping Villasis what it is today: clean, peaceful and progressive town. She said, “Without your full support and cooperation, Villasis would have not received the “Seal of Good Housekeeping”, a manifestation that, we work together for the betterment and welfare of Villasis and its people. “Kayang-kaya, kung sama-sama!”.
Mayor Nato, Still A Junior Citizen!
Villasis Former Mayor Nato S. Abrenica celebrated his birthday last August 30, 2012 with a luncheon party at Villasis livelihood Training Center in Brgy.Barraca. Throngs of well wishers from different barangays started to arrive as early as 8:30 in the morning.
As shown in the pictures, the beaming”birthday boy” welcoming his visitors. First to arrive were Mayor Nato’s long time leaders and the Association of Christian Churches in Villasis (ACCV) led by Ptr. Martin Fao-Ilan who prayed over the celebrator. After the prayer, lunch was served as people continued to come in. Mayor Dita joined his husband in welcoming the visitors: municipal officials, employees and workers, high school and elementary teachers from public and private schools, barangay officials, senior citizens, tricycle drivers and market vendors. Mayor Nato is always loved by the people of Villasis as attested by their presence on this very special day. He thanked the all for making his birthday this year truly different.
In the evening, Mayor Nato’s birthday celebration continued in a simple dinner party with his family, close friends like Cong. Mark & Congw. Kimi Cojuangco, Mayor Vivien Villar & Vice Mayor Dick Villar of Sto. Tomas, Mayor Art & Emma Chan of Pozorrubio, Mayor Atty. Manuel Collado of Alcala. Also present were Vice Mayor Paz Rafanan and SB Members, Barangay Captains and their spouses, municipal department heads, PANELCO III Director Dr. Rodel & Mrs. Bañez, friends and relatives of Sir Nato & Mayor Dita. Party-list Re. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel also came to greet Mayor Nato.
The “man of hour” and his wife hopped from one table to the other to have photo ops with the guests. In his short speech, mayor Nato welcomed & thanked everyone, especially the Cojuangcos who are always here to support the Abrenicas in bringing more progress & prosperity in Villasis. Former Cong. Mark & Congw. Kimi, on the other hand, were all praises for what the leaders and the people of Villasis have done to this town and they wished Sir Nato the best of everything.
Villasis-Makati City signs Sisterhood Agreement
Mayor Dita and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. signed an agreement for the establishment of a twinning relationship between the Municipality of Villasis and the City of Makati at the Session Hall, New Makati City Building last August 14, 2012.
Also present were Sangguniang Bayan Members led by Vice Mayor Paz Rafanan, Coun. Nicholi Jan Louie Q. Sison, Coun. Roderick Emmanuel R. Mina, Coun. Rolando B. Morden, Coun. Cheryll Z. Tan, Coun. Cheryl B. Sembrano, Coun. Arvin B. Castro, Coun. Rosario L. Limos, Coun. Centenielo Ramon R. Costales, Liga ng mga Barangay Pres. Romeo S. Abrenica, SK Federation Pres. Audrey Jamille Q. Sison, Former Mayor Nato and Brgy. Kgwd. Ador Rafanan.
The agreement is about the Municipality of Villasis and the City of Makati sharing a common desire to promote and foster, strong special ties, mutual understanding, friendship and goodwill; and share the same intention of creating an atmosphere in which economic and community development can be implemented and strengthened; and desire to strengthen ties of friendship, mutual understanding through exchanges in science and technology, culture and arts, tourism, planning and urban development, commerce/trade and industry, education and sports development, environmental protection, public health and social services, among others of common concern.
Prior to the sisterhood agreement signing ceremony, the city administrator of Makati presented the good practices of the city through audio-visual presentation. Mayor Binay, in his speech during the signing ceremony he mentioned that the City of Makati has a provision of scholarship grants to deserving students to sister municipalities in the University of Makati and at the same time offering observation tour at the City of Makati to department heads to share its best practices.
Eight other local government units joined the multiple signing ceremonies.
Cong. Mark invites 5th District Mayors and Vice Mayors to Villasis Paddy Drying Plant
Former Cong. Mark Cojuangco invited 5th district mayors and vice mayors to the Villasis Paddy Drying Plant at Brgy. Unzad, Villasis, Pangasinan last August 2, 2012. The purpose of the visit is to discuss the operation and visual tour of the Paddy Drying Plant.
Former Cong. Mark Cojuangco briefed the mayors and vice mayors on the purpose of the project. Former Mayor Nato served as the moderator of the event.
In attendance were Mayor Dita Abrenica and Vice Mayor Paz Rafanan, Urdaneta Mayor Amadeo Perez IV and Vice Mayor Bong Gorospe, Sto. Tomas Mayor Vivien Villar and Vice Mayor Dick Villar, Alcala Mayor Manuel Collado and Vice Mayor Ryan Paolo V. Mencias, Sison Mayor Mina Joy C. Pangasinan, Pozorrubio Mayor Artemio Q. Chan, Binalonan Mayor Ramon V. Guico III, Laoac Mayor Silverio Alarcio, and Bautista Vice Mayor Jose T. Espino.
Also present were Malaysian nationals Mr. Mr Khoo Lim, Mr. Jimmy and William Lee of Agro-Indus. Chairman/ Managing Director Mr. Jimmy Lee discussed how the Paddy Drying Plant would operate soon. At this time the mayors and vice mayors asked questions and other concerns in case they also want to build their own Paddy Plant in their respective municipalities. Agro-Indus is based in Malaysia and is actively engaged in both agricultural and industrial machinery, plant engineering and projects in Malaysia and many Asian countries. Established in 1981, Agro-Indus started as a specialist in seed and grain handling and processing.
Cong. Mark together with Mayor Nato and Mayor Collado initiated the construction of the Paddy Plant in Villasis and Corn Drying Plant in Alcala for the benefit of farmers/constituents in Villasis. The cost of the warehouse and equipment amounted to Php 70 M that came from the tobacco excise tax share of Villasis.
Villasis Celebrates 34th National Disability Prevention and Prevention Week
In celebration of the 34th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week the Municipal Social Welfare Development Office of LGU-Villasis organized the Mass Baptism of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Election and Induction of Officers, Socialization and Distribution of PWD’s Discount Cards last July 17, 2012.
A total of 30 PWD’s were baptized for free in the Roman Catholic Church.
Mrs. Gladys B. Salazar, an employee of LGU Villasis is the President of the newly elected officers inducted by Mayor Dita G. Abrenica.
200 PWD discount cards and grocery items were distributed by Mayor Dita G. Abrenica, Vice Mayor Paz S. Rafanan, Sangguniang Bayan Members, MSWDO Lilibeth Abrenica and Social Welfare Officer 1 Haidee Ramat-Suyat.
The discount cards covers 20% discount on medicine, fare and fast food and 5% discount on grocery for basic commodities.
Villasis Nateng Jaycees headed by their president Mr. Ariel Tugare sponsored a surprise intermission number by Mcdo mascot and their meryenda.
Nutrition Month 2012
The LGU Villasis conducted series of activities in celebration of Nutrition Month 2012. The following activities were Search for the Healthiest Baby, launching of Municipal Milk Feeding Program, Buntis Fair and LaB Feeding Activity.
With the theme “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain” the series of activities started with the LaB simultaneous feeding activity in all the day care centers in Villasis last July 5, 2012. Mayor Dita Abrenica, Coun. Rose Limos, LaB Pres. Dr. Rosalinda Locquiao, MSWDO Lilibeth Abrenica, Social Welfare Officer 1 Haidee Ramat-Suyat and LaB members visited the simultaneous feeding activity of the various day care centers within the municipality. 720 children from the 19 barangay day care centers benefitted from the said activity. The activity aimed to provide and maintain good health among the children of Villasis by serving them nutritious and delicious food.
The second activity was the Buntis Fair. 130 pregnant women from Villasis attended the Fair with 18 Misis Buntis contestants competing for the title Misis Buntis 2012 held at the Villasis Public Auditorium last July 17, 2012.
This activity aimed to remind pregnant women the importance of prenatal care and visits, things to remember during pregnancy, and postnatal care including breastfeeding, family planning, newborn screening, and the importance of proper nutrition.
Dr. Sylwn Nazareno-Go, Obstetrician-Gynecologist served as the resource speaker before the contest proper.
Mrs. Joy Antimo (Lipay) was this year’s Mrs. Buntis and Misis Photogenic, while Mrs. Marie Joy Obillo (Zone I) and Mrs. Marian Mangonon (Capulaan) garnered the 1st and 2nd runner-up respectively.
Minor awards recipients were Mrs. Mary Joy Vinuya (San Nicolas) Best in Oral Hygiene, Ma. Norie Atun (Unzad) Best in Prenatal Record and Condition and Mrs Beverly Tamondong (Pob. Zone IV) Misis Natasha.
Private sponsors were Keith & Rich Fashion Enterprises owned by Mr. Keith Lita & Mr. Rich Cuison; Natasha Branch Tarlac; Medi-Rx Pharma thru their Med Rep Cristine Macaalay; PROSEL – maker of Folium and Leandro’s Events and Design Shop.
And the last two activities were the Launching of Municipal Milk Feeding Program and Search for the Healthiest Baby conducted last July 31, 2012.
The Municipal Milk Feeding Program will last for five months that will help improve the nutritional status of 187 underweight children from the 21 barangays.
18 healthiest babies from the different barangays competed for this years’ Search for the Healthiest Baby 2012. The winners are the following: Healthiest Baby 2012 Manuel Maraňa of Pob. Zone V, 1st Runner-up Nieveah Agatha Knoelle Macaban of Unzad and 2nd Runner-up Sallyna Gwen Bernal of Bacag. Winners and non-winners received cash prizes.
OFW Association of Villasis Induction
The following newly elected officers of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Association of Villasis were inducted today, July 11, 2012 by Hon. Mayor Dita G. Abrenica, held at the Villasis Public Auditorium :
President : Mrs. Helen R. Aquino
Vice-Pres. : Mrs. Evelyn B. Basconcillo
Secretary : Mrs. Felecitas M. Gumangan
Treasurer : Mrs. Winnie B. Custodio
Auditor : Mrs. Rosario G. Aguda
Education & Training : Mrs. Julieta S. Wabe
Ways & Means : Mrs. Fe G. Tugade
Membership : Mrs. Julieta M. Sales
Mrs. Fe I. Callanta
Mr. Cesar I. Mina
Miss Dolly Ann G. Camacho
After the induction ceremony, Mayor Dita challenged the newly inducted officers. She lauded the OWWA-DOLE represented by Miss Dolly Ann Camacho and Mr. Alex Ferrer of the Provincial PESO office for spearheading the formation of the association which aims to bring closer the OWWA services and programs to OFW’s and their dependents.
1st BPAT Training in Villasis
A Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) Training was held at the Villasis Auditorium last July 9-10, 2012.
Mayor Dita was the guest of honor and speaker of the two-day activity.
SPO3 Orlando Cacdac, BPAT Coordinator Pro 1 served as the resource speaker of the said activity.
Chief Police Inspector Marcos L. Anod said “Ang PNP Villasis ay kulang sa personnel kaya ang mga BPATs ang gagamitin as force multiplier kasi sila sa kanilang mga barangay ang magiging first responder sa crimes. Sila ang nakakaalam at nagsisilbing mata at tenga sa pangyayari. After the training, alam na ng BPATs ang gagawin nila. Successful ang activity kasi na-meet ung target attendance. Pati ang pagiging speaker ni SPO3 Cacdac ay naging masaya at na-inculcate sa mga participants iyong gusto niyang i-share.”
The activity was organized by the PNP Villasis headed by PCI Marcos L. Anod in cooperation with the LGU-Villasis and Liga ng mga Barangay headed by Brgy. Capt. Romeo S. Abrenica.
A total of 720 participants from the 21 barangays of the municipality attended the BPAT Training.
The participants were composed of Barangay Officials, Barangay Health Workers, Lupon ng mga Barangay, Chief Civilian Volunteer Officers (CVO) and CVO’s from all the barangays of Villasis.
Villasis Recipient of Performance Challenge Fund (PCF)
The Municipality of Villasis was among the 31 recipients of Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) in Region 1 during the Tapatan on Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change Adaptation held at the Oasis Country Resort, San Fernando City last July 10, 2012.
The releasing of Php 50M PCF to cities and municipalities stamped with the 2011 Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) was done by DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo. The city awardees were given Php 3M each while municipality awardees were given Php 1M each.
Mayor Dita Abrenica and Mun. Engr. Vladimir P. Torres received the amount of One Million Pesos (1M) fund that will finance the widening and concreting with construction of drainage system at Sta. Cruz St. Poblacion Zone III.
The TAPATAN was spearheaded by DILG Region 1 with Sec. Robredo as guest of honor and speaker. Also in attendance were Gov. Manuel C. Ortega of La Union, Gov. Chavit Singson of Ilocos Sur, Gov. Amado Espino of Pangasinan, Reg'l. Dir. Corazon P. Guray,), Mayors and other local officials, and local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (DRRMOs) from the 129 Provinces, Cities and Municipalities of the Region.
Also invited were representatives from civil society organizations, national government agencies, media and local resource institutions to take part of the event. Resource speakers from the Office of Civil Defense, Climate Change Commission, DILG, and the University of the Philippines-Diliman discussed the National DRRM Framework Plan, National CCA Plan, Enhancing LGU Capacity on Disaster Risk Reduction and management and Climate Change Adaptation and Project Noah.
Villasis Receives Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award
Dr. Rogelio L. Quitola LGOO VI, Team Leader of Validation Team of the Department of the Interior and Local Government awarded the Certificate of Recognition to the Municipality of Villasis after garnering the 1st place (municipal category) in the recently concluded Gawad Pamana ng Lahi (Provincial level) after the Flag Ceremony attended by all Municipal employees last July 9, 2012.
Mayor Dita Abrenica, Vice Mayor Paz Rafanan, Sangguniang Bayan members, ABC Pres. Romeo Abrenica, Ms. Shiela E. Velasquez and the Department Heads were present to receive the Certificate of Recognition.
In her acceptance speech, Mayor Dita thanked everyone for their cooperation. “Nagbunga na ang lahat ng pagsisikap ng bawat isa sa atin. Para sa ating lahat ito. Sana magsilbi itong inspirasyon upang patuloy nating pagbutihin ang ating mga trabaho.”
The municipality has bested the other 44 municipalities in the Province of Pangasinan.
‘Let’s make Villasis clean, green and safe’ – Abrenica
by Virgilio Sar. Maganes
VILLASIS- In its bid to become one of the cleanest, greenest and safest municipalities in the province, Mayor Libradita Go-Abrenica distributed forest tree seedlings, fruit bearing tree seedlings and vegetable seeds to 21 village chiefs.
Abrenica said the seedlings and seeds should be planted in every barangay even as she urged the village chiefs to have communal gardens.
“ Look for vacant lots in your barangays and convert them into communal gardens. This is one way for us to have food self-sufficiency. I look forward to not seeing our town mates buying their vegetables in the market,” Abrenica said.
Municipal Agriculturist Cornelio Atchuela emphasized the importance of planting trees to avert climate change due to the presence of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. He said by planting trees, the carbon dioxide will be absorbed by the trees and in return will emit oxygen for a healthy environment.
“ We have now a municipal nursery which has been adjudged by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as one of the best nurseries in Region I. Our nursery showcases various forest and fruit bearing tree seedlings that are given for free to our town mates. I just wish that the tree seedlings and vegetable seeds given to you will be planted. Take good care of them and let them grow,” Atchuela said.
Vice Mayor Paz Sison Rafanan lauded the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist for maintaining the municipal nursery which she said was a big factor in making the town “full green.”
“ The propagated seedlings in our nursery will help a lot in maintaining the eco-system. Nurture them well as we your officials have nurtured you,” Rafanan said even as she said in jest that the program will continue if the people will still vote for them in office.
Councilor Cheryll Z. Tan, chair of the Sangguniang Bayan’s Committee on Environment, urged the village heads to sustain the tree planting activities in their villages.
“ Tree planting is a continuing activity. Our environment is already sparse of tees. We have to give importance of trees for sustaining our environment,” Councilor Tan said
The municipal nursery has the following forest and fruit bearing tree seedlings: G-melina (paper tree), jack fruit (langka), mahogany, narra, pomelo, camachile, acacia, guava, cacao, papaya , cashew and lemon.
The next batch of recipients of these seedlings are the various schools in the municipality.
2012 Mayor’s Cup Awarding Ceremonies
The Mayor’s Cup 2012 Inter-Barangay Basketball Tournament Awarding Ceremonies was held last May 18, 2012, 7:00 P.M. at the Villasis Public Auditorium.
People from 20 barangays jam-packed the public auditorium and witnessed the most awaited awarding ceremonies. Joy and pride oozed from the exuberant winning teams, especially from Zone II Team that snatched the championship in the 2012 Mayor’s Cup.
The Hon. SK Fed. Pres. Jamille Q. Sison welcomed the various barangays, while Hon. Vice Mayor Paz Rafanan and Hon. Mayor Dita G. Abrenica gave their inspirational messages.
Certificates of Appreciation were given to all participating teams. Cash prizes and trophies were given to the 4 winning teams and the winners are:
Champion ZONE I TEAM P30,000.00 plus trophy 1st Runner Up BARRACA TEAM 20,000.00 plus trophy 2nd Runner Up BACAG TEAM 15,000.00 plus trophy 3rd Runner Up UNZAD TEAM 10,000.00 plus trophy
Best Coach -ORVILLE DELA PEÑA Zone II - Trophy MVP Final -DINDIN PADUA Zone II - P1,000.00 + Trophy MVP Season -JESREEL MANANTAN Zone II - P1,000.00 + Trophy Mythical 5 -JESREEL MANANTAN Best Guard – Zone II – Medal
-DINO CABATO Best Guard – Barraca – Medal
- ARJAY EVANGELISTA Best Center – Unzad – Medal
- DINDIN PADUA Best forward – Zone II – Medal
- PAUL HARVEY BASCOS Best forward – Bacag – Medal Mythical 10 - Medals
-Jesreel Manantan Dino Cabato
-Dindin Padua Sadam Velasco
- Arjay Evangelista Clifford Ibay
- Paul Harvey Bascos Junar Pascua
- Jon King Evangelista Mac Mac Pascua
Mr. Melchor R. Perez and Mrs. Merly S. Zambrano were the able Emcees during the affair and made the event more enjoyable, livelier and more memorable.
Pictures below were taken during said occasion.
VTF 2013 Organized
The organizational meeting of Villasis Town Fiesta 2013 was held last April 18, 2012, 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the municipal conference room. In attendance were Mayor Dita G. Abrenica, Vice-Mayor Paz S. Rafanan, SB Members, Department Heads, School Heads, Barangay Captains and Chairmen of various working committees last fiesta.
Mayor Dita presided the meeting and informed everyone that after many years of popularity contests, Villasis Town Fiesta 2013 will be a Beauty Contest, with the following Executive Committee Officers, schedule of activities and chairmen of working committees.
Chairman……………………………………………. MR. JOSUE M. ABRENICA
Secretary……………………………………………. MR.MARIO “MG” GUARIN
Treasurer……………………………………………. MRS.MARLENE M. FRANCISCO
Auditor……………………………………………….. SBM NICHOLI JAN LOUIE Q. SISON
SBM ROSARIO L. LIMOS
MRS. ANA A. EVANGELISTA
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
January 15-20, 2013
January 15 (Tue) A.M.………………………….. THANKSGIVING DAY
P.M……………………………. BARANGAY NIGHT
January 16 (Wed)A.M…………………………… FIELD DEMO
P.M………………………….. . GAY NIGHT
January 17 (Thu) A.M…………………………… PATRON’S FEAST DAY
P.M…………………………… SENIOR CITIZENS’/RETIREES’ NIGHT
January 18 (Fri) A.M…………………………… TALONG FESTIVAL
COOKING PINAKBET SA KAWA
STREET DANCING COMPETITION
1:00 P.M………………………….. TALONG COOKFEST
7:00 P.M………………………….. SEARCH FOR 2013 SINGING IDOL
January 19 (Sat) A.M………………………….. PARADE
P.M………………………….. MISS VILLASIS 2013 BEAUTY PAGENT
January 20 (Sun) A.M…………………………. SK DAY (Villasis Got Talent)
P.M………………………….. SMB NIGHT
WORKING COMMITTEES CHAIRMEN
Beauty Contest ..…………………………………… MR.JOSUE M. ABRENICA
Ways & Means ..…………………………………… MRS. FE I. CALLANTA
Programs & Invitations ….........…………………………... MRS. MERLY S. ZAMBRANO
MR. RICHIE A. SIBAYAN
Accommodation ....………………………………… MRS. VIVIAN G. MORDEN
Street Decorations ...………………………………… ENGR. RONNIE V. CACAPIT
MR. MARIO “MG” GUARIN
Stage Decorations ……………………………………MR. JOSUE M. ABRENICA
Peace & Order ………………………………… PSI MARCOS L. ANOD
Lights, Sound & Eng’g. ………………………………….. ENGR. VLADIMIR P. TORRES
Marshalls ....……………………………….. B/CAPT. JESUS R. LIMOS
Thanksgiving Day ..………………………………….. PTR. MARTIN FAOILAN
Field Demo ....………………………………….. MRS. GLORIA L. ARUEGO
MRS. MARILYN C. CABARTEJA
Barangay Night ....………………………………….. ABC PRES. ROMEO S. ABRENICA
Senior Citizens’/Retirees’ Night……......………………… MR. CESAR I. MINA
Talong Festival ..………………………………….. MUN.COUN. ROLANDO B. MORDEN
Talong Cookfest ………………………………….. DR.ROSALINDA S. LOCQUIAO
Search for Singing Idol ....……………………………….. VICE MAYOR PAZ S. RAFANAN
Parade .………………………………….. MR.FERDINAND M. SALES
SK Day ......………………………………….. SK FED.PRES. JAMILLE Q. SISON
SMB Night ......………………………………….. Ex.Coun. BUTCH SISON
Gay Night .......………………………………….. MS.MELODY FONTANILLA
MS. TETCHIE GUERRERO
WHO WILL BE MISS VILLASIS 2013???
If you are:
16 to 25 years old
With pleasing personality
Single with good moral character
Bonafide resident of Villasis or have roots in Villasis
Come and join the most prestigious Beauty Contest in the Search for Miss Villasis 2013!
For inquiries please contact office of the Mayor, 075-564-4009
Another pride of Villasis - Ensign(2lt) Vaneza Cabaltierra Casco
Ensign Vaneza Cabaltierra Casco, a member of the PMA Bagwis Class of 2012 paid a courtesy call to Mayor Dita G. Abrenica last April 2, 2012. She is the first PMA female graduate from Villasis and ranks 19th among the 187 graduates last March 18, 2012.
She is a resident of barangay Barangobong and a graduate of Barangobong National High School. During her visit, she personally thanked Mayor Dita and her staff for their support especially during her graduation. Mr. Mario Guarin, Private Secretary to the Mayor, attended her graduation in behalf of the Mayor.
Another pride of Villasis! Congratulations!
INTER-BARANGAY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Youth development through sports is one of the foremost priorities of the present administration.
March 26 was the opening of the 2012 Mayor's Cup, an inter-barangay basketball tournament participated by 20 barangays excluding La Paz, held at the Villasis gymnasium. This is a yearly (every summer) project of our municipal government, in coordination with the Federation of Sangguniang Kabataan of Villasis.
As shown in the pictures, Mayor Dita and Vice-Mayor Paz were tossing the ball which signals the official opening of the said basketball tournament. Each team has its own muse who joined in the search for Miss Mayor's Cup 2012 .Winners were chosen on the spot and their cash prizes came from Mayor Dita's personal funds. Miss Dianne Inco of Unzad is Miss Mayor's Cup 2012 with P3,000.00 cash prize followed by Miss Beverly Salazar of Barangobong and Miss Chrizaline Alcantara of Zone II as 1st Runner-Up and 2nd Runner-Up respectively. Cash Prizes for this inter-barangay basketball tournament are as follows:
The tournament will go on until before the summer vacation ends. Also present during the opening were the Sangguniang Bayan Members, Barangay Captains and their respective SK Chairmen.
FREE BONE CHECK-UP - Women's Month Celebration
Still in celebration of the National Women’s Month, the Municipality of Villasis headed by Mayor Dita Abrenica, in partnership and cooperation with Anlene (a Fonterra Brand), conducted a Free Bone Health Check not only for the women of Villasis but also for all the men, as well, who wanted to avail of the said activity. The said activity was held on March 27, 2012, 9 AM – 3 PM at the Municipal Health Office, Villasis.
There were 126 clients all in all, 95 of which are female and 31 were male. Bone Health Check is advised to be undergone by both genders, 19 years old and above, but more particularly by women because they are more at risk to osteoporosis than men, according to the Anlene Team Leader, Miss Rowena Taruc. Each client was assessed for his/her risk (whether low, moderate or high) to having osteoporosis using the GE Achilles Machine. After the determination of the risk of the client, he/she was counseled by the trained consultants on how to prevent having weak bones as we age or eventually having osteoporosis. There was also a free taste of Anlene products and later on the Anlene team did some selling of their products at discounted or promotional rates.
The Anlene Bone Health Check was actively participated in by the Mayor herself, Madam Dita; the Municipal Health Officer, Dr. Hian Kiat C. Dy; the Nutrition Officer, Jennilee T. Abrenica; all MHO staff; and the LGU employees. All of them have undergone the bone checking and they were all able to know their risk and how to deal with it. It was pointed out by the consultants that Healthy Lifestyle – which includes proper diet, physical activity, smoking cessation, and avoidance of alcoholic beverages –is still the key to having sound body and mind.
WOMEN'S MONTH CELEBRATION
The Local Government Unit of Villasis and Ladies Brigade of Villasis Inc. (LaB) joined the national celebration of Women’s Month this March with very meaningful and successful activities namely:
FREE PAPSMEAR – March 22, 2012, this event was conducted at the Municipal Health Office newly built extension room. The MHO Staff led by Dr. Hian Kiat C. Dy, Municipal Health Officer and Dr. Rosalinda S. Locquiao, (Mun.Dentist and Lab President) assisted and coordinated with Dr. Gloria Liberato and Dr. Gina Salvador, the two private medical practitioners hired by the LGU in taking specimens for examination.There were 100 patients served.
TREE PLANTING – March 23, 2012, Mayor Dita G. Abrenica lead the group that planted Ipil-Ipil and Katuray seedlings in barangay Puelay, Caramutan and Lipay. The group is composed by Mun. Coun. Rose L. Limos (SB Chairperson, Committee on Women & Social Welfare) Mrs. Lilibeth M. Abrenica, MSWDO & staff, Brgy. Capt Teofilo Salazar, Brgy. Capt Roel Banao, Brgy. Capt. Jesus Limos, various barangay officials and LaB officers and members.
SYMPOSIA AND SOCIALIZATION – March 23, 2012, this activity was held at the Villasis Public Auditorium with Mrs.Gina Eslera, MLGOO-V of Lingayen, Pangasinan as resource speaker on the topic “Role and Significant Contribution of Women in Climate Change, Adaptation & Disaster risk Reduction” This was attended mainly by the officers 7 members of the Ladies Brigade of Villasis, Inc.
ISANGGUNI KAY MAYOR
In its efforts to bring the doors of the municipal government nearer to the barangay people, LGU-Villasis under the stewardship of Mayor Dita G. Abrenica, started the 2nd wave of “Isangguni Kay Mayor”. Under this program, Mayor Dita conducts dialogues with barangay folks. In attendance are barangay officials, teachers, senior citizens, barangay health workers, CVO’s, tricycle drivers/operators and other sectors. During said dialogues, Mayor Dita, Vice-Mayor Paz & SB Members listen to the clamors, requests and complaints of their constituents. Usual request are: regravelling/concreting of barangay roads, rehabilitation of drainage system, additional toilet bowls and jetmatic pumps, medicines for the barangay health centers, repair/construction of school room/school buildings.Ex-Mayor Nato S. Abrenica, chairman of the Mayor’s Action Team stands as the moderator during said activities.
Pictures below were taken last February 28-March 13, 2012.
After 6 months, Mayor Dita and company go back to the barangays and see if the requests/complaints are immediately acted upon.
The Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Queen Beatriz De Vera-Olivar Legislative Building was held last March 8, 2012 at 8:00 in the morning. In attendace were the municipal officials led by Mayor Dita G. Abrenica, Vice Mayor Paz S. Rafanan and Sangguniang Bayan Members, Barangay Captains headed by Liga President, Coun. Romeo S. Abrenica, Municipal Department heads, 2012 VTF Executive Committee and representative of the three reigning beauties:
Beatriz De Vera- Olivar ( Mrs. Villasis 2012), Cristna Manantan-Abenes(1st Runner-up), Merlita Rayray-Magtaan (2nd Runner-Up). Rev Fr. Jun Laya, Asst. Parish Priest led the opening prayer and the blessing of the time capsule. As ahown in the pictures below, Mayor Dita and the municipal officials laying the time capsule. In her short speech, Mayor Dita once again thanked the townspeople of Villasis, here and abroad, for their continued support to te LGU-Villasis’ projects especially the conduct of Popularity Contests during fiesta celebrations. As we all know, the Mayor said, proceeds from fiesta celebrations have financed various infra project such as Regua Overpass, Municipal Town Hall, Public Auditorium, street lights from Brgy. Puelay to Brgy San Nicolas, purchase of Engineering Equipment, Municipal Ambulance, Mitsubishi L300, Fire Truck and now the renovation of the Legislative Building. These are all symbol of the strong unity and cooperation of the town leaders and the citizenry.
On the other hand, Vice-Mayor Paz hopes that with the coming of the new Legislative Building, all the Sangguniang Bayan Members and their staff will become more dedicated and more inspired in their works as public servants.
As it was agreed before, whoever wins the title of Mrs. Villasis 2012 will have the naming rights, thus it will be named as QUEEN BEATRIZ DE VERA -OLIVAR LEGISLATIVE BUILDING.
The following are pictures taken during the event:
LGU-VILLASIS “TAEBO DAY”
In line with the Civil Service Commission MC8, s.2011, requiring all agencies to adopt “The Great Filipino Workout” as an integral part of the National Physical Fitness and Sports Development Program for government personnel, to develop a healthy and alert workforce, LGU-Villasis re-launches its Physical Fitness Program last Thursday, February 23, 2012.
As early as 4:00 P.M. municipal officials and employees led by Mayor Dita G. Abrenica trooped to the Public Auditorium for said activity. All employees are required to join the “Taebo” session every Thursday. Mrs. Mae Villasr-Saavedra is the trainor/instructress.
Pictures below were taken during the re-launching of Physical Fitness Program of Villasis with Mayor Dita giving the short message thanking those who attended and she said she hopes to see everybody on sports outfit next Thursday and every Thursday thereafter.
The anti-littering campaign of Villasis is now in full force since February 1, 2012. According to Mayor Dita Abrenica, the Task Force Pangkalinisan was organized to oversee and implement the anti-littering campaign that was already approved by the Sangguniang Bayan through Municipal Ordinance No.90-240511.
The Mayor instructed the Task Force to implement said ordinance with political will. Market Guards are deputized to apprehend the violators who will be meted the following fines and penalties:
1st Offense: P500.00 or 4 hours of community service
2nd Offence:P1,000.00 or 8 hours of community service
3rd Offence:P2,000.00 or 16 hours of community service
Before the implementation of the ordinance during the whole month of December 2011, the municipal government conducted a massive information campaign in all 21 barangays. January 2012 was the dry run to give full implementation to visitors and the townspeople.
Mayor Dita urged the townspeople of Villasis, visitors and barangay officials to cooperate in the implementation of the anti-littering ordinance. She said, “We want a Villasis that is free from litters and must be clean. It should conform with our tagline, “Sa Villasis, Malinis”.
Villasis, LGSF Recipient
The Municipality of Villasis passed the Seal of Good Housekeeping and qualified as one of the recipients of the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) in the amount of One Million Pesos (P1,000,000.00). This fund shall be utilized as capital expenditures and shall be used to augment the LGU’s approved 2012 AIP for implementation of any or combination of the following projects only:
Local Roads Connecting National Roads
Arterial Farm to market roads & bridges
Local Economic Enterprises
Flood Control & Drainage
To support National Government’s priority projects such as Millennium Dev’t Goals, Phil. Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Act of 2010 & Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
Medical & livelihood assistance & other social success.
By the way, the Seal of Good Housekeeping is DILG’s project which aims to recognize LGU’s with good governance performance in internal housekeeping particularly in Good Planning, Sound Fiscal Management, Transparency & Accountability and valuing of performance monitoring.
It means to say that Villasis has successfully passed the test of good housekeeping. Congratulations & keep up the good work!
Last January 16, 2012, former Mayor Nato and Mayor Dita Abrenica treated the Balikbayans with a dinner party at their residence in Brgy. Barraca. As early as 6:00 P.M. balikbayans from abroad and outside Villasis started arriving. As shown in the pictures below, everyone enjoyed the foods and drinks served and also the music rendered by EC Jammers Orchestra, courtesy of Congw. Kimi S. Cojuangco. The three reigning personalities, Queen Beatriz Olivar, 1st Princess Cristina Abenes and 2nd Princess Merlita Magtaan graced the said party.
Municipal Nursery Opens
Last January 11, 2012, the municipal nursery of Villasis was officially opened to the public by Mayor Dita & former Mayor Nato Abrenica. The construction of this nursery was funded from the town’s coffers on the amount of P743,375.38. It is one of the priority projects of Mayor Dita, in her efforts to provide food security to her constituents through fruit trees and vegetable seedlings.
In attendance during the opening were municipal officials, department heads, barangay captains, elementary & high school heads and some teachers. A sumptuous lunch was served and everyone went home with free seedlings and newly harvested kangkong & pechay.
VILLASIS TOWN FIESTA 2012
Villasis Town Fiesta 2012 was a success! From January 11-21, 2012, all the activities were terrific, almost perfect! Villasinians here and those from abroad and even visitors truly enjoyed the very significant event.
As early as 4:00 in the morning of January 11, there were ringing of bells and fireworks as two bands went around the thoroughfares of Poblacion area to signal the start of 2012 town fiesta. For the past 6 years, field day activities of school children were skipped, to give way to street dancing competitions, participated by public and private schools.
At 8:00 in the morning of January 11-13, 2012, field demonstrations were held at the newly cemented multi-purpose grounds near Villasis gymnasium. Said activities were participated by elementary pupils of Villasis District I & II with the following schedules:
January 11 – Calisthenics – Grades I & II
January 12 – Folk Dancing – Grades III & IV
January 13 – Gymnastics – Grades V & VI
The participants wore very colorful outfits/attire, as shown in the pictures below. Mayor Dita in her speech during the opening thanked the DepEd personnel for their active participation and most especially the parents of the participants for allowing their children join the field demonstrations. The spectators were really amazed for the great performance of the participants.
At night was the Thanksgiving Night participated by the church-members of the Association of Christian Churches in Villasis. It was a well-attended affair, with visitors and dignitaries from other places.
The following days, January 12-15, were grand reunions of various schools: Saint Anthony Abbot Academy, Pacifican Colleges, DRECMNHS and Pangasinan Central Colleges (PCC).Alumni of these schools really had great time bonding with their former teachers and classmates.
“Yugyugan Na 2012” was Youth Night celebration attended by Sangguniang Kabataan from 21 barangays in Villasis, led by SK Federation President, Mun. Coun. Audrey Jamille Susan Q. Sison. The occasion was graced by the presence of Hon. John Christopher A. Arcinue, SK Provincial Federation President as Guest of Honor and Speaker. Mayor Dita and Vice Mayor Paz also attended. All barangays were well represented.
In January 16, the Search for the Villasis Singing Idol 2012 was held with seven (7) grand finalists in the Bulilit Portion and eight (8) grand finalists in the Main Portion as in the past, the public auditorium was jampacked with people from all barangays and from nearby towns. And the winners were:
1st LUCILLE ANTHONETTE SISON – ZONE III
2nd MARIAH DEBORAH A. CABATBAT – UNZAD
3rd CRISLYN SANTIAGO – LABIT
1st VERONICA SABANGON – LABIT
2nd REGINA ABELLERA – CAPULAAN
3rd MARICRIS BANTUGON – PUELAY
The search was chaired by Hon. Vice Mayor Paz Sison Rafanan. Pictures below were taken during said activities.
January 17 was declared a non-working holiday in Villasis as it was the Feast of Patron, Saint Anthony Abbot. 8:00 A.M. – Ringing of Church Bell and 8:00 A.M. there was a Patronal Procession followed by Concelebrated Mass at 9:00 in the morning presided by Most Rev. Jacinto A. Jose, D.D. Bishop, Diocese of Urdaneta and the Priests of the Diocese as Con Celebrants Baptism and Confirmation followed at 10:30 A.M.
In the evening of January 17 was the Gay Night dubbed as “The Amazing Beauty 2012 Villasis” presented by the Villasis Gay Association led by its president, Tetchie Joy Guerrero and Chairman of gay Night, Melody Fontanilla. People from all walks of life trooped to the public auditorium as early as 6:00 in the evening just to have nearer seats to have better view of the contestants. These were 2 categories: one (1) open to all Gay Villasinians and the other open to Gays from outside Villasis. It was a night full of laughters and joys, people were hilarious seeing those beautiful and sexy gays. Without Gay Night, Villasis Town Fiesta is not complete.
January 18 was the Barangay Night, the most attended affair, because of the contests: the earliest delegation to arrive and the biggest delegation and most of all it was the night of the barangay folks. As shown in the pictures below, this year’s Barangay Night was truly different. Congw. Kimi S. Cojuangco was the Guest of Honor, Engr. Rosendo O. So was the Guest Speaker, ably represented by City Councilor Rio Esteves of Urdaneta City. Former Senator Miguel Zubiri, Vice-Gov. Ferdinand Calimlim, BM Deo Espino, BM Clemente Arboleda and BM Danny Uy also graced the occasion. Congw. Kimi donated 2 roasted cows for the night. BM Uy distributed drinks and BM Arboleda gave drinks and fried chickens. So, the barangay officials and their constituents enjoyed so much the night of foods, drinks and dancing. Pictures below were taken during the occasion.
January 19 was the night of the “Young Once” with Vice-Gov. Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. as the Guest of Speaker. This year’s Senior Citizens’ and Retirees’ Night was a memorable one with the EC Jammers Orchestra assisting & was being donated by Congw. Kimi S. Cojuangco. Mayor Dita inducted the new set of officers of the RAVI (Retirees Association of Villasis, Inc.) and inducted Mr. Cesar Mina. Sr. as President FSCA - Region I after which she gave a very inspiring message for the elders of Villasis. Then followed by the coronation/decoration of RAVI’s and Senior Citizens’ Beauties.
January 20 was the climax of the fiesta celebration, Talong Festival an event geared to promote Villasis as the Vegetable Bowl of Pangasinan and the no. 1 producer of best Talong in Region. As early as 4:00 in the morning, people flocked infront of the Municipal Hall waiting for the live coverage of ABS-CBN’s “Umagang kay Ganda” which featured Fashion Show of gowns made of pinakbet vegetables and contest in cooking pinakbet sa Kawa participated by 21 barangays. See the pictures of the vegetable beauties of Villasis in their beautiful gowns made of pinakbet vegetables. It really showed the creativity of Villasinians. Cassiopeia Mhaye Orallo of Brgy. Zone I(1st Prize), Guizel Joyce Tupaz of Brgy. Amamperez (2nd Prize) and Charmaine Fabro of Brgy. Caramutan (3rd Prize) were the fairest of the 21 contestants.
Street Dancing Competition started 8:30 A.M. and participated by high school students from St. Anthony Abbot Academy, Barangobong NHS, Amamperez Agro-Industrial HS, Piaz NHS, Unzad HNS, and Capulaan NHS, and the winners are: 1st Prize – Piaz NHS (P55,000.00 cash prize)2nd Prize – Capulaan NHS (P35,000.00) 3rd Prize – St. Anthony Abbot Academy (P25,000) and Best in Costume (P20,000)-SAAA. Dr. Ireneo & Gloria Ramat donated additional P5,000.00 cash prize each of the 3 winners. Free lunch was served courtesy of Pinakbet sa Kawa. By the way, the winner in the pinakbet cooking was Barangobong Barangay Council. At 1:30 PM, Talong Cookfest followed with 19 entries and the winners are: Bacag – 1st Prize, Fresh Lumpiang Talong (P5,000), Lipay – 2nd Prize, eggplant Parmesan Stuffed with Ground Beef (P3,000), Barangobong, 3rd Prize, Eggplant Pancake (P2,000). Non-winning entries received gift packs from Knorr (Unilever Phils) and P300.00 each.
After the Talong Cookfest, people from the remotest area in Villasis and from other towns of Pangasinan prepared for the most awaited moment, the Free Concert, featuring Vhong Navarro, Carla Abellana and Arpi and the Multivitamins. People were everywhere – at the Municipal Park, in front of the Municipal Hall, and along the Villasis-Asingan road where 3 wide screens were installed. The Auditorium was jam packed with people, balikbayans and visitors. Everybody enjoyed the concert especially the fireworks after Vhong Navarro’s performance. Secretary Antonio “Bebot” and Mayor Vivien Villar are the perennial donors of fireworks display for the Talong Festival (concert).
At 7:30 in the morning of January 21, the Parade left the Barraca Triangular Park (Assembly Area) and ended at the stage near the gymnasium. Selected participants in Calisthenics, Folk Dancing and Gymnastics once again performed to entertain the reigning beauties, balikbayans, guests and spectators. The Urdaneta City University Band and the University of Luzon Band performed after the parade at the delight of the audience as manifested by the following pictures:
The highlights of the Villasis Town Fiesta 2012 – the Coronation/Balikbayan Night held last January 21 were unforgettable and worth remembering for it was the night of the three reigning & record-breaking personalities were crowned. In the history of popularity contest in Villasis it was the 1st time that the 3 winners garnered highest cash votes compared to previous popularity contests. Her Majesty Queen Beatriz De Vera-Olivar was crowned by Mr & Mrs. Villasis 2011 Col. Camilo & Dr. Belinda Barrozo, Former Senator Ernesto Maceda and Mayor Dita Abrenica crowned the 1st Runner-up, Mrs Cristina Manantan-Abenes while 2nd Runner-up, Mrs. Merlita Rayray-Magtaan was crowned by former Mayor Nato Abrenica and Vice-Mayor Paz S. Rafanan. Mun. Coun Roderick E.R. Mina & Executive Chairman, VTF 2012 Mrs. Fe Ibay-Callanta pinned the sash of Her Majesty Queen while the sash of 1st Runner-up was pinned by Mun. Coun. Rolly Morden & Ms.Lorna Abrena and the sash of 2nd Runner-up was pinned by Liga ng mga Barangay Pres. Romeo S. Abrenica and Mrs. Marietta Martinez-Agahon. Trophies were awarded by by: Queen – B/Kgd. Salvador Rafanan & mrs Prescila S. Rafanan; 1st Runner-up – Mr. Tony R. Manantan & Mrs. Amy Manantan and 2nd Runner-up –Mr. Reynaldo E. Abrenica & Mrs. Naty Itchon-Corral. Plaques of appreciation were given to the sponsoring agencies/entities. Below are pictures taken during the affair.
Last Canvassing of the Popularity Contest for Mrs. Villasis 2012
The most awaited moment, the most exciting event, the Last Canvassing of the Popularity Contest for Mrs. Villasis 2012 was held last night, December 29, 2011. The result of said canvassing speaks well of the unity, cooperation and collective effort displayed by the candidates, their supporters, local and abroad, their relatives and friends as well as the townspeople. For the first time in the history of Popularity Contests in Villasis, last night was a record-breaker because the gross total in the amount of P19,865,303.60 is the highest ever. Millions of pesos have been produced again for another noble purpose. Proceeds of the Villasis Town Fiesta 2012 are intended for the renovation of the Villasis Legislative Building.
Below is the result:
Congratulations to Mrs. Betty De Vera-Olivar, Mrs. Cristina Manantan-Abenes and Mrs. Merlita Rayray-Magtaan and to the Executive Committee, Villasis Town Fiesta 2012 & Working Committees.
To all those who supported our 3 candidates, morally and financially, Thank you so much. Please join us in celebrating our Town Fiesta on January 11-22, 2012.
Ate JANE’s Christmas Party for Day Dare Children and PWDs
Last December 14, 2011, Jane Abrenica, Mayor Dita’s daughter, once again has shown her generosity through a gift giving activity and Christmas party for the 608 Day Care Children and Children with Disabilities. Ate Jane, as the children fondly call her, with her siblings Aissa and Raymond, prepared a party which was full of surprises. They gave away gifts, foods and lots of prizes to the children.There were also clowns to entertain the children. The MSWDO personnel led by Mrs Lilibeth M. Abrenica and the day care workers were all present to assist Ate Jane. The day care workers presented intermission numbers which made the party exciting and fun. Mayor Dita Abrenica was also present during the gift giving.
All the children went home with smiles on their faces as Ate Jane promised them that next year it would definitely be another Happy Christmas for them.
2 HECTARE CLUSTER TECHNO DEMO ON H-Y-V OF RICE IN VILLASIS
A 2-hectare Cluster Technology Demonstration on High Yield Varieties of Rice ( Hybrid and Inbred) will be conducted in seventeen (17) sited covering 34 hectares strategically selected in irrigated rice producing areas in the municipality for this dry Season 2011, covering six barangays namely Lomboy, Amamperez, Bacag, Piaz, Tombod and Barraca. In every 2-Has. CTD will consist of 1 hectare planted with most promising inbred variety and 1 hectare hybrid variety. Components of the Techno-Demo include technical support which will be provided by the LGU Agricultural Technologists and Production support provided by D.A. in the form of certified inbred seeds and hybrid seeds, organic fertilizer, urea and muriate of potash which will be given to all the participating farmer-partners.
The objective of the Cluster Techno-Demo is to showcase the validated and viable technologies on growing rice with emphasis on the use of the new and promising certified inbred seeds and hybrid seeds, balance fertilization particularly the use of organic fertilizer and farm mechanization. It will also strengthen the organization of farmers and facilitate adoption of technologies through clustering approach.
Mayor Dita G. Abrenica with the MAO Personnel together with Mr. Wilfredo Pal-laya, Deputy Chief of Department of Agriculture, Provincial Office distributed the seeds and fertilizers to all the participating farmers on November 29, 2011at Villasis Town hall, Villasis, Pangasinan.
COUNCILOR MINA TOPS THE CRIMINOLOGY BOARD EXAMS
11-11-11 is indeed a very lucky number for one of the Municipal Councilors of Villasis. It was on this day when the result of the Licensure Examination for Criminologists was released and our very own Councilor, Hon. Roderick Emmanuel R. Mina garnered the 10th highest place in the Board Exams.
It is an honor for our town to have a Villasinian as topnotcher in the Board Exams. The LGU Villasis family congratulates Councilor Mina for the honor he has made for Villasis. We are so happy for you. You made us proud!.
Presentation and 1st Canvassing
The Presentation and 1st Canvassing of Mrs. Villasis 2012 Popularity Contest was held last Friday, October 28, 2011 at the Villasis Gymnasium. In attendance were municipal officials and employees headed by Mayor Dita G. Abrenica, barangay officials led by Liga Pres. SBM Romeo S. Abrenica, DepEd personnel and the representatives of the three (3) candidates for Mrs. Villasis 2012: Mrs. Cristina Manantan-Abenes represented by her niece, Cynthia Manantan-Ordonio; Mrs. Beatriz De Vera-Olivar represented by her daughter-in-law, Amy Olivar; and Merlita Rayray-Magtaan represented by her niece, Imelda Rayray. Also present were their relatives, friends and supporters. The short program started at 3:30 P.M. and finished at 5:00 P.M. Below is the result of the 1st canvassing:
Everybody is invited to come and join us during the last canvassing which will be held on December 29, 2011, 7:00 in the evening at the Villasis Public Auditoirum.
Who will be MRS. VILLASIS 2012?
Small Farm Tractors for Barangay
The municipal government of Villasis, in its effort to help the town’s agricultural sector, purchased 20 small farm tractors for the 21 barangays in Villasis.
This morning (October 17, 2011), Mayor Dita with her husband, former Mayor Nato turned-over the small farm tractors to the barangay captains, who have full responsibility, custody/safe keeping of these tractors which are all in good running and operating condition. The issuance of these tractors will surely enhance the productivity of the different barangays. These are intended for public service only, however it can be rented out to farmers on a short time basis, provided that all expenses will be shouldered by the private user.
The P3,000,000.00 funding of this project came from the tobacco excise tax share of the former Cong. Mark Cojuangco.
Pictures below were taken during the turn-over.
A new modern dental chair
A new modern dental chair was recently bought to replace the worn out unit being used in our Rural Health Unit. This is in line with Mayor Dita’s vision of providing quality medical and dental services to her constituents.
Below is the picture taken with Dr. Locquiao and patient using the newly bought dental chair.
VLTC 1st Batch Graduate
The 1st batch trainees of Villasis Livelihood Training Center graduated last September 30,2011, 9:00 a.m.at the public auditorium with Congw. Kimi S. Cojuangco as the Guest of Honor and Speaker. The former Cong. Mark O. Cojuangco ably represented her wife who was not able to attend. In attendance were: Mayor Dita G. Abrenica and Vice Mayor Paz Rafanan who both gave their graduation messages; Dr. Rosa P. Untalan, LMMSAT Voc. Sch. Administrator, who confirmed the graduates, Mr. Jesus O. Salagubang, Asst. Professor/Acting Adm. Officer/Registrar, who certified the graduates; Mr. Arturo T. Palma, Instructor/Detailed Chief Center, who presented the graduate; SB members, instructors and families of the graduates.
A total of 15 graduates received their certificates of completion(training): Computer Hardware Servicing – 36; electrical Installation and Maintenance – 36; Food Processing – 41; Massage Therapy – 18; Welding (SMAW) – 24. The certificates were issued by LGU-Villasis. TESDA certificates will soon be released to the graduates.
In his speech, Cong. Mark stressed that Villasinians should grab the opportunity to avail this project(livelihood training program) of Mdm. Kimi and LGU-Villasis, the implementers of this priority project conceptualized during the incumbency of Cong. Mark and Mayor Nato Abrenica. He said, this project aims to help in the alleviation of poverty in Villasis as trainees will be empowered to improve their lives and that of their families.
Mayor Dita was overwhelmed by the class presidents' words of thanks. They really expressed their gratitude for the free livelihood and skills training that will surely give them and their families, better and brighter future. She said to the graduates, “someday when you have found better jobs or have started your own negosyo, we, your municipal officials, Mdm. Kimi and TESDA/LMMSAT Family will stand proud, we have made major changes in your lives!” and the graduates applauded. Dr. Rosa P. Untalan, on the other hand, expressed LMMSAT's continued commitment to the successful implementation of this training program of Mdm. Kimi and Mdm. Dita, TESDA-LMMSAT will always be the strong partner of LGU-Villasis in empowering its townspeople.
Below are the pictures taken during the graduation program.
Pangasinan Corn Production Program Launched in Villasis
The launching of the Pangasinan Corn Production Program was dose on September 26, 2011 at the Villasis Public Auditorium. The Municipality has also entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the ABONO Partylist represented by Hon. Raymund Estrella, Department of Agriculture, represented by Regional Director Renato Maguigad, and the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) represented by Mr. Alan A. Javellana for the implementation of the Corn Production Project and procurement of corn seeds amounting to P5,000,000.00 intended for the farmer of Villasis, Bautista, and Sison of which P2,000,000.00 is allocated for Villasis. Congressman Estrella was not able to attend but he was represented by Engr. Rosendo O. So, Chairman of ABONO Partylist. Mr. Javellana was represented by Engr. Gabriel Rivera.
Every farmer can borrow ten bags of fertilizer and one bag of corn seeds for every hectare with no interest. This program would improve the lives of our farmers considering such assistance is a big help.
Roechelle A. Ballesteros, Plant Manager of NABCOR gave a briefing of the Project while DA Regional Director Maguigad, Engr. Rivera and Dr. De Leon, delivered short messages during the program.
Dignitaries like Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., Representative Rachel Arenas of the 3rd District, Representative Marlyn Primicias of the 6th District and our very own Representative, Kimi S. Cojunagco were present and gave some inspiring messages to our participants. Also present to show their support to the program were Board Member Niño Arboleda, Balungao Mayor Phillip Peralta, San Nicolas Mayor Leoncio Saldivar, Bautista Mayor Armando Domantay, Sta. Maria Mayor Teddy Ramos and Villasis Councilor Rolando B. Morden.
VILLASIS HOSTS A DAY OF PURPLE RIBBON: A MULTI SECTORAL GATHERING
Last September 23, 2011 Villasis Public Auditorium was filled with purple ribbons, balloons and even women in purple shirts with their placards showing their support for Reproductive Health: 5th District of Pangasinan gathering was done in Villasis. This was organized by Congresswoman Kimi S. Cojuangco with the cooperation of Local Government Units of Sison, Pozorrubio, Laoac, Binalonan, Urdaneta, Sto. Tomas, Alcala, Bautista and of course Villasis. A motorcade was conducted as early as 6:30 in the morning starting from Sison with stopovers at every Municipality in the 5th District wherein Municipal Mayors were there to welcome the participants. RH buttons and lapel pins were pinned to LGU Officials.
The Multi Sectoral Gathering in Villasis was participated by the LGU Employees, school Heads and Teachers, Barangay Officials, Barangay Health Workers, Ladies Brigade and even Senior Citizens. Mayor Dita G. Abrenica welcomed all the participants and the guest speakers, former Congresswoman Riza Hontiveros Baraquel, who discuss RH Bill: What’s in it for Women and Youth, Dr. Junice Melgar, clarified misconceptions on the medical issues of the RH Bill and of course Congresswoman Kimi S. Cojuangco discussed what RH bill is all about. A lot of questions were thrown to the speakers during the open forum but everything was clearly answered and misconceptions on the issue were clarified.
Also present during the gathering were Engr. Rosendo So, Abono Partylist Chairman, Pozorrubio Mayor Artemio Chan, Alcala mayor Manuel Collado, Sison Mayor Mina Joy Pangasinan, Vice Mayor Paz Rafanan, councilors Roderick Mina, Rolly Morden, Cheryll tan, Cheryl Sembrano, Arvin Castro, Rose Limos, Centenielo Ramon Costales Jr. and Former Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica. The program which was hosted by Mario Guarin and Vivian Morden ended at 4:45 in the afternoon.
THREE MONTH MILK FEEDING PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN PUELAY
The launching of the three month milk feeding program was done last September 12, 2011 at Brgy. Puelay. A total of 268 two to three year old undernourished children are the beneficiaries of the said program. Mrs. Jenilee T. Abrenica, the municipality’s Asst. Nutritionist together with Mrs. Lilibeth Oabel, Rural Health Midwife of Puelay, Mrs. Estela Bautista, the BHW President, Mrs. Virginia Elizaga and Mrs. Beatriz Muyot, Nutrition Workers and BHW’s of Puelay took charge of the launching. Mayor Dita G. Abrenica who spearheaded the program was of course present to personally assist in the children as they received their first glass of milk and fortified biscuits.
The children were pre-weighed to determine those who are underweight. Aside from the fresh milk, fortified biscuits are also given to the children. Parents are required to bring their children to the respective feeding centers daily. Strict monitoring of attendance is done to ensure that the children get their share of the nutritious fresh milk and fortified biscuits. Lectures on proper nutrition and other related topics are given to the parents. The program will end on December 30,2011.
TESDA FAMILY DAY
TESDA-LMMSAT celebrated Family Day last September 9, 2011 at Alcala, Pangasinan with Hon. Congw. Kimi S. Cojuangco as the Guest of Honor and Speaker. The affair was well attended by trainees and instructors from the 4 training centers; Sison Skill Training Center, Laoac Skills Training Center, Villasis Livelihood Training Center and Alcala Skills Training Center.
Also present were the local chief executives of 5th District towns; Mayor Mina Joy Pangasinan of Sison, mayor Silverio Alarcio of Laoac, Mayor Dita G. Abrenica of Villasis, Mayor Vivien Villar of Sto. Tomas and Mayor Manuel Collado and SB Members of host town, Alcala; TESDA Officials:RD Washington Agustin, PD manuel Wong; Vocational School Administrator Dr. Rosa P. Untalan, asst. Professor Jesus Salagubang and LMMSAT-Asingan personnel.
Dr. Rosa P. Untalan welcomed the participants, visitors and guests. Each Training center performed an intermission number (Mass Dance) and presented Cheer Dance. All the mayors gave their short messages. As shown in the picture Mayor Dita congratulating TESDA for their past celebration of their 17th Anniversary last August 26, 2011 and she thanked TESDA-LMMSAT for supporting LGU-Villasis in its effort to help out of school youth, unemployed and underemployed adults in Villasis by providing them skills training. She also expressed her gratitude to Congw. Kimi for all the priority projects she has implemented in Villasis.
Congw. Kimi in her speech said she was so happy to see faces of people, especially the trainees, full of hopes because they were given the opportunity to undergo free skills training at their respective training centers which are all her priority projects. She is so inspired and feel proud she has made a difference in the lives of all the trainees. She thanked the LGU officials and TESDA family for helping her in the successful implementation of her training programs beneficial to her constituents in the 5th District. She promised to keep on finding funds for bigger projects for the betterment and welfare of 5th District towns.
VLTC participants went home happy and proud because of the following awards and prizes the received: all prizes were given by Mdm. Kimi.
Mass Dance - 2nd Prize- 1 Welding Machine
Cheer Dance - 3rd Prize- 1 Massage Bed
Volleyball- 4th Prize- 1 watt Audio System
Below are pictures taken during the event.
Who will be MRS. VILLASIS 2012?
At last we have completed the list of candidates vying for the most sought title “ MRS. VILLASIS 2012”. One candidate represents Villasinians in USA, the other one represents Villasinians in Europe, while the third one represents the local residents in Villasis. It will really be a big fight among the three candidates, although all of them will be crowned during the Coronation Night.
Here are the 3 official candidates in the popularity contest for Mrs. Villasis 2012:
Centenielo Ramon R. Costales took his oath as the 8th Councilor
Centenielo Ramon R. Costales, Jr. the eldest son of the late Vice Mayor Centenielo Rizal r. Costales took his aoth as the 8th Councilor of Villasis last August 15, 2011 after an appointment from Governor Amado T. espino was received on August 13, 2011.He was also nominated by Hon. Frisco San Juan, Chairman of the Nationalist People's Coalition. A seat in the Sangguniang Bayan was vacated after Hon. Paz S. Rafanan, being the No. 1 Councilor became the Vice Mayor due to the sudden death of the late Vice Mayor Costales. Prior to his appointment as Municipal Councilor, he was a Barangay Kagawad of San Nicolas.
The oathtaking was done during the Flag Ceremony of the municipal employees with Mayor Dita G. Abrenica as the Administering Officer.His mother, Mrs. Susan Costales, his siblings and some relatives were present during the oathtaking ceremony. Vice Mayor Paz and the members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Coun.Roderick Mina, coun. Rolly Morden, Coun.Cheryll Tan, Coun. Cheryl Sembrano, Coun. Arvin Castro, Coun. Rose Limos were also present. Our MLGOO,Mrs. Shiela Velasquez and all the Brgy. Captains led by Liga ng mga Barangay President Romeo S. Abrenica also showed their support to the new councilor. In his speech, Coun. Nong Costales asked all those present to accept and love him the same way they accepted and loved his father. He also stressed that he would continue what his grandfather, the late Mayor Ramon Costales had done and what his father had started. As a neophyte, he also asked the support of all his colleagues in the Sangguniang Bayan, to teach him things which he doesn't know. The 20 year old councilor gave his sweetest smile as everyone congratulated him.
VLTC Joins TESDA 17th Anniversary
TESDA celebrates its 17th Anniversary this August and the Villasis Livelihood Training Center, although it has only opened recently, joins this year’s anniversary celebration with the following schedule of activities:
August 11 – Simultaneous documented tree planting at their respective center/municipalities
18 – Fun Run to be hosted by LGU Alcala
Starting point: Alcala Auditorium
Time: 7:30 A.M.
19 – Skills Competition to be held at Rosales Skills Training Center
23 – Culmination Program
Venue: Alcala Auditorium
Parts of the Program:
Raising of Training Centers' Banner by their respective Mayors
Mass Dance Contest
Cheer Dance Competition
Mr. & Mrs TESDA Contest
Miss gay Competition
Recognition & Awarding
Participating schools are: LMMSAT, RSCT, VLTC, LAOAC TC, ALCALA TC, SISON TC and RED ARROWS HS (San Nicolas, Pang.).
Below are the pictures taken at the grounds of VLTC during the clearing & cleaning and tree planting activities last August 10 & 11 respectively. Participants were the 166 students/trainees of VLTC, trainers/instructors and center's administrative staff.
New Villasis Vice Mayor Sworn In
Due to the sudden demise of Vice Mayor Centenielo Rizal Raguindin Costales last July 20, 2011, the no.1 Municipal Councilor, Hon. Paz Sison-Rafanan, according to the law of succession, took her oath of office last July 22, 2011. The Oath Taking Ceremony took place at the Mayor’s Office with Mayor Dita G. Abrenica as the Administering Officer.
As shown in the pictures, Vice Mayor Paz taking her oath of office as her husband, Brgy.Kgd. Salvador Rafanan and other members of her family looked on. This was also witnessed by the members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Villasis Coun. Roderick Mina, Coun. Rolly Morden, Coun. Cheryll Tan, Coun. Cheryl Sembrano, Coun. Arvin Castro and Coun. Rose Limos.
In her speech after the oath taking, Vice Mayor Rafanan promised to do her best in performing her duties and responsibilities as Vice Mayor and that she requested her colleagues in the august body to work with her as one family and give their full support to the present leadership.
Everyone congratulated the new Vice Mayor with the earnest hope that everything will be put in place and they will always work harmoniously for the betterment and welfare of Villasis and its people.
The Villasis Livelihood Training Center at Brgy. Barraca has finally opened. As early as 7:00 in the morning last July 28, 2011, 250 enrollees/trainees trooped to the VLTC for the scheduled briefing/orientation program.
On that day, we could see on their faces the eagerness and excitement as they took their seat and waited for the start of the program. They attentively listened to the inspiring messages of Mayor Dita Abrenica, TESDA Provincial Director Engr. Manuel Wong, Dr. Rosa P. Untalan, LMMSAT-Asingan Vocational School Administrator, Asst. Professor III Jesus O. Salagubang and Mrs. Fe I. Callanta who welcomed the guests and participants.
In her speech, Mayor Dita reiterated that the present leadership will continue implementing programs and projects beneficial to the townspeople of Villasis, as promised during the 2010 elections campaign. She told the trainees to prove their worth as first beneficiaries of the free livelihood training programs of Congw. Kimi and Mayor Dita. She also thanked TESDA family, particularly LMMSAT-Asingan who has committed to provide technical assistance to VLTC.
PD Wong on the other hand lauded LGU-Villasis for having implemented a very significant project, the VLTC, whose main objective is to provide skills and livelihood trainings to out of school youth and unemployed adults in Villasis and to boost their capacities to earn a living.
After the short program, Dr. Rosa P. Untalan introduced the instructors/trainers to the trainees and they are: Mr. Arturo Palma, Mr. Aquino Pico, Mrs. Valeriana Silvania, Mr. Rodel Rodriguez and Mr. Jerry R. Torrado, Signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the LGU-Villasis and TESDA-LMMSAT-Asingan followed, then the proper session where in basic-competency is taken up.
The following are the courses presently offered at the VLTC:
The next schedule of training will be announced later. Application Forms are available at the VLTC Office.
Mayor Dita and former Mayor Nato Abrenicavisited our townmates in Italy
Mayor Dita and former Mayor Nato Abrenica had the opportunity to visit our townmates in Italy during their personal/business trip to Europe last July 4-15, 2011. Pictures below were taken at the house of Jeffrey & Mayeth Enrile & Emma Rapada, when some Villasinians based in Milan Italy took time out from their works to see the mayor and her husband and to hear news back home. Present were: Rex & Maureen Ramos, Salve & Gloria Mina with Celeste Mina, Arvin & Cristina Mina,Bernie & Marlyn with Jenilyn Fernando, Tony & Warly Maer, Isidro & cousin Fina Bejar, Jeffrey & Mayeth Enrile, Emma Rapada & Others. Mayor Dita invited everybody to come home and join us in the celebration of Villasis Town Fiesta 2012 on January 11-22, 2012.
Nutrition Month 2011 - Buntis Fair
This was the main event as the Municipality of Villasis celebrated Nutrition Month last July 26, 2011 at the Villasis Public Auditorium with this year's theme: "Isulong ang Breastfeeding, Tama, Sapat at EKsklusibo". This year, the highlight of the activity was the Search for Misis Buntis 2011 which was participated in by 18 barangays. The theme was ably discussed by the resource speaker – Dr. Leonardo V. Guerrero, DOH Representative for Villasis. This annual activity was initiated by LGU Villasis thru the leadership of our Mayor and also a breastfeeding advocate, Mdm Dita G. Abrenica and attended by 171 pregnant women, 21 Barangay Nutrition Scholars, 74 Barangay Health Workers, MHO Staff and some guests. Together with LGU Villasis, the activity was a success because of the help and support from private sponsors. These include Keith & Rich Fashion Ent. owned by Mr. Keith Lita & Mr. Rich Cuison; Natasha Branch Tarlac; Happy & Beautiful Direct Sales; Medi-Rx Pharma thru their Med Rep Cristine Macaalay; PROSEL – maker of Folium OB thru their Med Rep Jeffrey Gadin; MPSI – maker of Appetite OB thru their Med Rep Chucky Laggui; and Pharmacare – maker of Enouvim OB, FemCare and Morelac.
The program proper started at around 1:30 P.M. with an opening prayer led by Mrs. Pacita Aruego, BNS of Bacag followed by the singing of the National Anthem conducted by Mrs. Leah Agustin, BNS of Pob. Zone II and community singing of Himig Villasis. Dr. Hian Kiat C. Dy, Mun. Health Officer gave his welcome address, while Mayor Dita and newly appointed Vice Mayor Paz Sison Rafanan gave their short but inspiring messages. Mrs. Gemma Ollero, BNS of Lomboy introduced the resource speaker in the person of Dr. Guerrero. He discussed the importance of prenatal care and visits, things to remember during pregnancy, and postnatal care including breastfeeding, family planning, newborn screening, and the like.
After the lecture, the Search for Misis Buntis 2011 was held. This was a new and fresh activity of the LGU which everyone enjoyed. There were 18 beautiful and brilliant Misis Buntis contestants. They were judged according to their prenatal conditions and records, dental records, legally married and overall personality and confidence. The Board of Judges was composed of Dr. Gloria Liberato, Gamutan sa Barangay Physician; Ms. Shiela Espino Velasquez, MILGOO; and Mr. Josue M. Abrenica, Public Health Nurse. Misis Puelay, Mary Grace dela Vega bagged the Misis Buntis 2011 award and she received Php 3000 cash prize plus an umbrella and a gift pack from Natasha. Misis Buntis 1st Runner Up was awarded to Misis Piaz, Arlyn Sungcuan with cash prize of Php 1800 plus an umbrella; and Misis Buntis 2nd Runner Up went to Misis Unzad, Sheryl Manangan with cash prize of Php 1000 and an umbrella. Minor awards were also given to: Misis Poblacion Zone II Mely Butuyan, Best in Prenatal Records; Misis Piaz, Arlyn Sungcuan, Misis Best Teeth; and Misis Lomboy, Analyn Fontanilla, Misis Photogenic. All contestants received Php 200 each consolation prizes plus a gift pack from Keith & Rich Fashion Ent. and Natasha Tarlac Branch. There were also raffle prizes for the participants, all from the sponsors. The program ended at 5:00 P.M. with a Closing Remarks from Mrs. Milagros Leonin, BNS of Pob. Zone V. The Masters of Ceremonies were Mrs. Jennilee T. Abrenica, Asst. Nutritionist Dietitian and Mr. Ricvonzar Mina, MHO Staff.
The Villasis Livelihood Training center (VLTC) in Barangay Barraca, this municipality, was inaugurated last Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon with Congresswoman Kimi S. Cojuangco as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.
Rev. Fr. Diomedes Laguerta led the opening prayer followed by the cutting of the ribbon and blessing of the building. As shown in the following pictures: Congresswoman Kimi and Mayor Dita cutting the ribbon while the members of the Sangguniang Bayan, TESDA Officials and other guests looked on. In attendance were Municipal Department Heads, Barangay Officials, Teachers, LaB Members, Senior Citizens, Retirees and BHW’s.
Mayor Dita, in her speech, thanked former Cong. Mark and Former Mayor Nato for conceptualizing the project, for they both believe they could help their poor constituents by empowering them with skills and livelihood trainings. The VLTC is the symbol of the dream come true of both Cong. Mark and Mayor Nato, dedicated to the out-of-school youth and unemployed adults in Villasis. Congresswoman Kimi, on the other hand, stressed that she will continue implementing programs and projects beneficial to the townspeople of Villasis. Mayor Dita lauded and thanked Congresswoman Kimi for the VLTC, Warehouse and Facilities and all other significant projects.
VILLASIS WAREHOUSE AND DRYING FACILITIES
The Villasis Warehouse and Drying Facilities will soon rise on a 2.5 hectares land in Brgy. Unzad, Villasis, Pangasinan. The groundbreaking of this another joint priority project of Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco and Mayor Dita Abrenica was held last July 20, 2011 at 3:30 in the afternoon.
As shown in the pictures, Rev. Fr. Diomedes Laguerta blessing the time capsule during the groundbreaking as Congressman Kimi, Mayor Dita, Former Mayor Nato, SB Members, Mun. Department Heads and Barangay Officials looked on the drying facilities will be put in a 4,100 square meter-warehouse and as per Municipal Agricultural Office, it can accommodate 400 metric tons per day. In Villasis, its 18,000 metric tons rice production will be dried within 60 days. This project will surely benefit the farmers not only in Villasis but also those from nearby towns, as these facilities improve the quality of their rice harvests and surely they can sell their produce in higher prices.
Mayor Dita’s Natal day
The workaholic Mayor Dita G. Abrenica recently welcome another year in her blessed life with celebration together with her family, relatives and friends, LGU family and LaB Members. Pictures below were taken during Mayor Dita’s Birthday last July 20, 2011 taken at the Villasis Public Auditorium with LaB Members and at the VLTC roof top with Congresswoman Kimi and Mayor Vivien Villar and Staff and Mayor Nato.
Mayor Dita thanked God Almighty for God’s continuous blessings to her family, to Villasis and her constituents.
VM Nielo Costales Passed Away
The townspeople of Villasis were shocked to hear the very sad news – Vice Mayor Centenielo Rizal R. Costales joined his Creator early morning on July 20, 2011. He was rushed to Villasis Polymedic Hospital and Trauma Center, but he was declared “dead on arrival” due to cardiac arrest.
Vice Mayor Nielo left behind her wife, Susan and five children; her mother, Dominga Raguindin and siblings: Vicky C. Arenas, Lito, Ramon Jr., Ramil, Ariel and Giovanni; nieces and nephews and relatives.
Indeed, the sudden demise of VM Nielo stirred the emotions of the rich and poor people not only in Villasis but entire Pangasinan. How could anyone forget the small but terrible, friendly and loveable, very kind and accommodating Vice Mayor! May we enjoin everyone to pray for his repose.
2011 Nutrition Month
The Municipality of Villasis joins in the nationwide celebration of nutrition Month every month of July. This year’s theme is “Isulong ang Breastfeeding! Tama, Sapat at Ekslusibo”.
The Philippine Dental Association (Pangasinan Chapter) represented by Dr. Noemiriza Ramos-Fugiray, Vice-President, 3rd District, in cooperation with LGU-Villasis, conducted the orientation on Oral/Dental Awareness to Day Care Pre-schoolers of Villasis. On the otherhand the Ladies Brigade of Villasis, Inc. (LaB) with its acting Pres. Dr. Rosalinda Locquiao, EVP-PDA-Pangasinan Chapter, sponsored the supplemental feeding of said pre-schoolers. The activities were held last July 25, 2011 at Villasis Public Auditorium.
The below were taken during the supplemental feeding and distribution of colgate toothpastes and toothbrushes from PDA-Pangasinan Chapter by Mayor Dita Abrenica, Vice Mayor Paz Rafanan, Councilor Rosario Limos, Dra. Rosalinda Locquiao, LaB mambers assisted by Mrs. Lilibeth M. Abrenica, MSDWO. It was attended by 300 day care children from 9 Day Care Centers: Bacag, Barangobong, Barraca, Puelay, San Blas, San Nicolas, Zone I, Zone II & Zone III.
“Cash for Work”
The Cash for Work project of DSWD started in Villasis last May 25, 2011. Participants of said project were farmers from 16 barangays : Amamperez, Bacag, Barangobong Barraca, Capulaan, Caramutan, Labit, La Paz, Lipy, Lomboy, Piaz, San Blas, San Nicolas, Tombod and unzad. Selection was based on the list of National Household Targeting System-Poverty Reduction. The farmers/participants rendered services in their respective barangays by cleaning & clearing the street roads & canals. Some worked for 11 days at P280.00/day and some worked for 30 days at P180.00/day.
As shown in this picture, VM Nilo Costales & Mr. Christopher Mortera, DSWD Staff during the distribution of money for said “CASH for WORK” project. Also present during the distribution were MSWDO Lilibeth Abrenica and all her Staff.
Monthly Socialization- July
The Senior Citizens Association of Villasis conducted again their regular monthly socialization hosted by Group 3 composed of Barangays, Zone III, Lomboy, Lipay and Puelay last July 15, 2011 at the Villasis Public Auditorium. Said event was attended by the Acting Mayor, Hon. Centenielo R. Costales; Chairman on Social Services, Hon. Rosario Limos; and MSWDO Lilibeth M. Abrenica. The highlight of the day was the Bingo Bonanza wherein 5 games with cash prizes were presented: 1st Game - Php 1, 000 cash prize, 2nd Game- Php 2, 000.00 cash prize, 3rd Game - Php 2, 000.00 cash prize , 4th game - Php 3, 000.00 cash prize and 5th game - Php 5, 000.00 cash prize. Engr. Eugenio Zarate donated P 2, 000 and rice cooker as additional prize and brought also some snacks for the senior citizens.
Social Pension Second Quarter
A Social Pension exclusive for 54 indigent senior citizens of Villasis received their pension worth Php 1, 500.00 last July 11, 2011 at Villasis Senior Citizen Center. Said beneficiaries were selected based on the list of National Household Targeting System- Poverty Reduction (NHTS- PR) as mandated by RA 9994. Picture shows Vice Mayor Centenielo R. Costales, Mrs. Rose Angopan from DSWD Region I, OSCA Head Marcelo B. de Guzman and MSWDO Lilibeth M. Abrenica handing the cash to senior citizens. The amount the beneficiaries received would help them in their daily needs.
Free Flu Vaccination
Free Flu Vaccination was given to almost 1,500 Villasinians mostly senior citizens from different barangays in Villasis last July 2, 2011 at the Villasis Public Auditorium. This activity was conducted by Universal Laboratory (UNILAB) in coordination with LGU-Villasis and Federation of Senior Citizen Associations of Villasis (FSCAV). As shown in the pictures below: Mr. Cesar I. Mina, FSCAV President & Mrs. Lilibeth VM Abrenica, MSWDO supervising the activity with their staff as volunteers.
Philhealth Card Distribution
The Municipality of Villasis in coordination with Philhealth Urdaneta City Branch distributed 1,666 Philhealth cards to our indigent families from 21 barangays last June 30, 2011 at Villasis Public Auditorium. Prior the distribution, an orientation was conducted by MR. Felimon Petinez wherein he entertained some queries regarding Philhealth Card- its use and who can use. The distribution was attended by our Municipal Mayor Dita Abrenica, Vice Mayor Centenielo R.Costales, ABC President Romeo Abrenica, Mrs Lilibeth Abrenica, MSWDO and all the Barangay Captains of Villasis.
Kids introduced to modern technology to grow veggies
By: Jocelyn R. Mina
Principal III, Amamperez Elem. School
One laudable project that aims to teach elementary school kids how to plant high-value vegetables, and also to encourage them to eat vegetables, was launched recently by East-West Seed (EWS) Co. in Amamperez Elementary School (AES), Villasis, Pangasinan.
The school is one among only 80 schools nationwide selected by EWS Co. as a demonstration area for planting vegetables as part of their “Tanim sa Kinabukasan” Project, which collaborates with the MASAGANA Project of Municipal Mayor Dita Go-Abrenica and the Sipag-Pinoy Project of the DepEd.
The MOA Signing between the Municipality of Villasis, by Mayor Abrenica; the East West Seed Company, by Marketing Supervisor Grandeur DG Gaspar; the DepEd Pangasinan II, by Education Program Supervisor Arabella Z. Soniega, the Amamperez Elementary School, by Dr. Jocelyn R. Mina; the Barangay Council of Amamperez and the Parents-Teachers Association, by Brgy. Capt. Remegio Barnachea; and the Department of Agriculture, by Municipal Agriculturist Cornelio L. Atchuela and HVCC Coordinator Robert D. Padilla, was held on June 30, 2011 in AES. The ceremony was attended by farmers, municipal & barangay officials, teachers, pupils and other community residents.
The organizers hope that backyard gardening, even in small spaces, will deeply ingrain in the children and their families the values of self-sufficiency, responsibility, patience, discipline, and better nutrition. Since they will plant and grow the vegetables they will harvest, the school children are expected to love eating them!
Below are pictures taken during the said activity.
Gawad Kalinga "Race Against Poverty"
Gawad Kalinga Team Villasis initiated the “Race Against Poverty” activities consisting of Build Day last June 11, 2011, Awarding of Ten (10) Housing Units last June 15, 2011 and a Concert for a Cause featuring Ms. Stephanie Reese, an international singer and Broadway actress last June 18, 2011.
Ten groups of volunteers painted ten (10) GK houses. This activity aims to cultivate the spirit of volunteerism. These ten groups were the following: LGU Villasis, Cleverkids Teachers and Pupils, employees of Villasis Funeral Homes, Eastern Amigos Shooting Club, Philippine Guardians Brotherhood, Inc., Villasis Chapter, Bayanihan ni Cristo, St. Anthony Abbot Parish Youths, Sangguniang Kabataan of Piaz, DRECMNHS Teachers and Students and PUNP Faculty and Students.
These ten housing units were awarded to those who have satisfactorily performed “sweat equity” share, at least 500 working hours to be rendered by the beneficiaries or would-be homeowners. Fr. Jun Laya, Parochial Vicar of St. Anthony Abbot Parish blessed the houses. Mayor Dita G. Abrenica gave an inspirational message for the beneficiaries. She reiterated her total support to Gawad Kalinga as she handed a check good for one (1) unit. It was a memorable day for everyone because it was the 65th Birthday of Mrs. Sol Montilla, the donor of the GK Village site. Those who were awarded are Mr. & Mrs. Norberto Fabro, Mr. & Mrs. Salvador Cayabyab, Mr. & mrs. Jimmy Urbano, Mr. & Mrs. Manolito Ortego, Mr. & Mrs. Rogelio Pabaira, Mr. & Mrs. Anselmo Paglingyan, Mr. & Mrs. Jun Bravo, Mr. & Mrs. John Rayray, Mrs. Juanita Lustina (widow), & Mrs. Leonarda Jarabata (widow).
The third “Race Against poverty” activity was held at Bistro Garitoni in Carmen, Rosales, Pangasinan. It was a night of great music, great food and great cause. Ms. Stephanie Reese, an international singer who portrayed leading roles in musical including the German production of Miss Saigon is a GK volunteer. She is extremely passionate about her charitable works with Gawad Kalinga. She gave the 100% of the proceeds to support the on-going build of homes in Villasis GK Namnama Village.
Newly Constructed Two-room Building/Water Station & Stage Inaugurated
By: Mrs. Gloria L. Aruego
Honorable Mayor Libradita G. Abrenica led the inauguration of the newly constructed two-room building in Villasis I Central School, Villasis, District I Division of Pangasinan II last June 1, 2011 at 8:00 in the morning.
The inauguration started with the blessing of the building and other school projects such as the newly improved social hall and the water station facility which was officiated by Rev.Fr. Jun Laya, Parish Priest of Villasis.
The said projects were made possible through the joint efforts of the Municipal Government headed by the very supportive Mayor of the municipality, Hon. Libradita G. Abrenica in cooperation with the Parents- Teachers’ Association Officials and the Supreme Government Officers of the school led by Maria Gracia Pacifica S. Castro, the president.
Mayor Dita did the honors of cutting the ribbon which was followed immediately by a simple turn-over program attended by the school teachers, and other guests from DepEd and LGU. Also present in the inauguration were Vice Mayor Centenielo R. Costales, Coun. Roderick R. Mina who is also the PTA President of the school, Mrs. Gloria L. Aruego, Principal of Villasis I Central School, all School Heads of Villasis District I and Madam Arabella Z. Soniega, Education supervisor I and the OIC, Office of the District Supervisor, Villasis District I.
The said building was turnover to the Department of Education by Mayor Dita Abrenica and was accepted by Mdm. Arabella Z. Soniega being the highest DepEd Official present. In her message, Mayor Abrenica pledge to continue giving her support to all the school programs and projects of the department of Education specifically in the improvements of school facilities.
The Photography seminar/workshop which was held from May 9- May 14, 2011 at the Senior Citizens’ Center. This seminar was conceived for the purpose of offering alternative skills for out-of-school youths and photo enthusiasts, sponsored by the local government unit under its livelihood and skill training programs in cooperation with FSCAV for its venue, Mr. Rolando L. Baltazar, Pop Photo Center for streamers & discounts for all photo printing works of participants.
As shown in the pictures, taken during the opening day and closing program, Mayor Dita welcomed the 45 participants and thanked Mr. Jose R. Sarmiento & Mr. Vir Maganes and the resource speakers for their support.
Pictures were taken on May 11, 2011 during the distribution of social pension to 58 indigent senior citizens of Villasis with Mrs. Gloria Subala – Regional DSWD Accountant and staff, Mayor Dita G. Abrenica, OSCA Head Marcelo B. De Guzman, representative of Cong. Kimi S. Cojuangco, Dr. Francisco P. Bracewell with MSWDO Lilibeth M. Abrenica. Recipients received their 1st quarter pension in the amount of P1,500.00.
SC May Socialization
The Federation of Senior Citizen Association of Villasis held its regular monthly socialization last May 20, 2011 at Villasis Public Auditorium. The OSCA head Mr. Marcelo B. De Guzman, FSCAV President Cesar I. Mina, MSWDO Lilibeth M. Abrenica gave their messages. Said activity were participated by almost 500 members of senior citizens who enjoyed the day with dancing and raffle draw. Group I composed of Brgys. Zone I, San Blas, Caramutan and Piaz were the host group.
Optical, Medical & Dental Mission
Picture show the recently concluded Optical, Medical and Dental Mission for Senior Citizens which was done instead of the usual monthly socialization. The mission was held on separate occasions. Free optical check-up services were offered on April 25, 2011 where 98 members were given the opportunity to have their vision screened for free and on May 5, 2011, 112 elderlies received free medical check-up and 52 others received free dental check-up.
The Ladies Brigade of Villasis (Lab), Inc. in cooperation with the Municipality of Villasis sponsored “Operation Tule” last May 7-8, 2011 held at the new Villasis Public Auditorium. 463 young boys from the 21 barangay benefitted from this worthy activity.
As shown in the pictures, Mayor Dita G. Abrenica and MHO, Dr. Hian Kita C. Dy personally supervised the free circumcision to young boys from mostly indigent families in Villasis:
Our municipal government thanks the following volunteers during the “Operation Tule”:
Dr. Fernando Vinluan
Dr. Bernardo Macaraeg
Dr. Jenny Abrenica Aranzamendez
Dr. Ricky Aranzamendez
Dr. Hian Kiat C. Dy
Dr. Rosalinda Locquiao
Sigma-Beta Tau Phi Titans-UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Mun. Health Nurse & Mun. Midwives
RHU Personnel & Volunteer Nurses
LaB Officers & Members
LGU-Villasis Lakbay Aral/Team Building
Last April 30- May 1, 2011, the LGU Family of Villasis conducted their Lakbay Aral & Team Building at Mimosa, Clark, Pampanga. Said activity was attended by atleast 150 municipal employees, department heads and SB Members headed by Mayor Dita Abrenica & Vice Mayor Nilo Costales. As shown in the pictures below, those present had their best moments in their lives because of the hilarious activities. As soon as they arrived in Mimosa, they started the various games/contest between the yellow team and Red Team. Cash prizes, courtesy of Ex- Mayor Nato and Mayor Dita, were given to the winners and consolation prizes to all non-winners.
In the afternoon, basketball and volleyball games were held and in the evening, the search for Miss LGU-Villasis Universe” was held with Coun. Paz Rafanan, Coun. Rose Limos, MLGOO Shiela Velasquez, MPDO Susan Q. Sison and Dr. Olivia Limos-Cuevas as Board of Judges. There were 9 participants from different departments and the winners were Miss LGU-Villasis Universe was Miss Mona Klarisse Costales(Japan), Accounting Department; 1st Runner Up(Columbia), Miss Lorma Lopez, MSWDO; 2nd Runner Up, (Brazil) Ms. Eleanor Piramo, MCR Office.
"ILIGTAS SA TIGDAS ANG PINAS"
The municipal government of Villasis has joined the nationwide implementation of "Iligtas sa Tigdas ang Pinas", a Door-to-Door Measles-Rabella and Supplemental Immunization Campaign. The kick-off ceremony was held last April 4, 2011 at Poblacion Zone I, as shown in the pictures below. Eligible children for the immunization and Vitamin A supplemental are those 9 - 95 months old. Present during the activity were: Mayor Dita Abrenica, SBM on Health Arvin B. Castro, MHO Dr. Hian Kiat C. Dy, Ellen Maramba, Provicial Nurse Supervisor, Pob. Zone I Brgy. Officials led by B/Capt. Alex A. Sison, MHO Staff: Josue M. Abrenica, Public Health Nurse, Jenilee T. Abrenica, Mun. Nutritionist; Rosie B. Sales, Mun. Sanitary Inspector and Racquel Maerina, RH Midwife and Brgy. Health Workers.
TRACTORS FOR VILLASIS FARMERS
The Municipality of Villasis in its efforts to help the farmers recently purchased five (5) units of brand new JOHN DEERE 6430 tractors.This was initiated by Cong. Mark O. Cojuangco and the funding in the amount of P12, 925,250.20 came from his 80% allocation of the tobacco excise tax. This is a part of the present administration’s livelihood projects which aims to alleviate poverty in Villasis. Once this project starts implementations, farmers will surely benefit as they will have lower inputs and increased income. Farmers who wish to avail the services of these tractors will only have to pay for the gasoline and driver’s compensation at minimal cost. The mechanics in the equitable usage of the tractors will be discussed first before the operation.
Below are the pictures taken during the arrival of the tractors with Cong. Mark O. Cojuangco, Mayor Dita & Ex-Mayor Nato Abrenica, Vice Mayor Nielo Costales, SB Members, Mun. Engr. Vladimir Torres,Municipal Agriculture Officer Cornelio Atchuela , Brgy. Captain headed by ABC Pres. Romy S. Abrenica. Also present are the Mayors of 5th District,Pangasinan, Mayor Art Chan-Pozzorubio, Mayor Manuel Collado-Alcala & SB Members, Mayor Silverio Alarcio-Laoac, Vice Mayor Mariñas & SB Members-Sison & MAO Chris Balila of Sto Tomas.
New Ambulance for Villasis
From the proceeds of Villasis Town Fiesta 2011, the Municipality of Villasis purchased a Mitsubishi L300 Brand New Ambulance in the amount of P950, 000.00. Below is the yellow-colored ambulance with Mayor Dita G. Abrenica and the VTF 2011reigning personalities: Dr. Belinda Sanchez-Barrozo; Mrs. Villasis 2011, Col. Camilo, Mr. Villasis 2011(not in the picture); Engr. Ronnie & Nydia Cacapit, 1st Runner-up; Ex-Brgy Capt. Leonilo & Brgy/Kgd. Rose Miran, 2nd Runner-Up.
Our municipal government is envisioned to improve the health care services to its people. We now have a 2 ambulances and the new minicab which the Gamutan sa Barangay team uses in their barangay visits.
MASS RECOGNITION OF DAY CARE PRE-SCHOOLERS
“ A small step of a man, a giant leap for mankind”, these are the famous words of the first man to step on the moon that rocketed man’s great and successful exploration of the universe. Similarly same small step were taken by the 496 Day Care Pre-schoolers of Villasis during the recently held Mass Recognition Program. In a few years time these little tots will make their small dreams big and be realized. The Mass Recognition was held on March 29, 2011 where the pre-schoolers received their very first certificates for successfully completing and passing the Early Childhood Care and Development prescribe by the DSWD. The pre-schoolers were accepted and confirmed by the MSWDO Mdm. Lilibeth M. Abrenica after which she gave a message. She reiterated that Day Care School does not concentrate on formal education which deals with the academic performance of the children but rather it focuses on the physical,emotional and social developments of the children. Meanwhile, Hon.Libradita G. Abrenica, Municipal Mayor of Villasis gave her inspirational message to the pre-schoolers, their parents and to the Day Care workers. She emphasized the character of enthusiasm among these little children to be maintained and developed. She also awarded the certificates of recognition to the pre-schoolers and medals for the most outstanding pre-schoolers. She was assisted by the MSWDO Lilibeth M. Abrenica. The occasion was also graced by the Hon.Cong. Kimi S. Cojuangco of the 5th District of Pangasinan who also gave inspirational message and distributed fresh milk and delicious biscuits much to the delight of the little pre-schoolers.
SC Regular Monthly Socialization
The first ever BINGO BONANZA for senior citizens was held during their regular monthly socialization at the Villasis Public Auditorium last March 18, 2011. Four (4) senior citizens WON P1,000.00 each and 2 won the grand prize of P2,000.00 plus electric fan from BINGO Shop, SM Rosales. Said event was attended by almost 700 senior citizens and was hosted by Group V composed of Brgy.San Nicolas, Tombod, Zone V & Bacag. It was such a memorable event.
VILLASIS MUSLIM TRADERS COMMUNITY INCORPORATED
30 Members of Villasis Muslim Traders Community Inc. attended mandatory training of self Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran of DSWD last March 14, 2011 at Villasis Conference Room which was conducted by Mr. Ronald G. Gabriel, PEO II-DSWD FO1 and Mrs. Haidee R. Suyat from MSDWO.
Ex-Mayor Nato and Mayor Dita Abrenica visited Villasinians in US
The Villasinians in Southern California happily welcomed Ex-Mayor Nato and Mayor Dita Abrenica who recently visited them last March 10-17,2011.
Mayor Dita was the Guest Speaker and Inducting Officer during the 27th Anniversary and Induction Ball of the Villasinians of Southern California held last March 12, 2011 at the Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel, Buena Park California.Marietta Martinez-Agahan, introduced the Guest Speaker. In her speech, Mayor Dita expressed her sincerest gratitude to her townmates in Southern Califonia for their unwavering support to the present leadership.
Below were pictures taken during the affair. Mayor Dita with the newly-installed officers of the Villasinians of Southern California headed by Thelma Espiritu-Corpus, the new President, Rosy Itchon and Radolf Abrena, Vice-Presidents, Lydia Rabang Cachola-Secretary, Jojo Ordoñez-Asst. Secretary, Lorna Abrena-Treasurer, Olive Itchon Velasco-Asst.Treasurer, Amelia Abrena Ubiadas-Auditor, Edgar Itchon Corral and Editha Belmonte-PRO, Andy Ubaldo, Carlos R. Manantan & Rey Olivares - Sgt.-at-Arms.The officers and members thanked the First Couple for gracing their affair.
International Women's Day 2011
In celebration of the International Women's day, the Ladies Brigade of Villasis (LaB) Inc. in cooperation with the Municipality of Villasis headed by Mayor Dita Go-Abrenica, conducted a Free Pap Smear last March 8, 2011. Seventy three (73) indigent women were served by volunteer obstetricians/gynecologists: Dr. Brendalyn Mendoza- de Jesus and Dr. Sylwn Nazareno-Go. They were assisted by Municipal Health Office personnel: Robert Fabro, Medical Technologist, Stephen C. Go, Registered Nurse, Racquel Maerina and Caroline Macanas, Registered Midwives and some LaB Officers and members led by Ms. Lolita A. Sison, Mrs.Gloria Padilla and Dr. Rose Locquiao. According to Dr. de Jesus and Dr. Go, women who are sexually active must undergo Pap smear at least once a year for cervical cancer screening. Below are pictures taken during said activity.
Still in celebration of Women's Month, the Ladies Brigade of Villasis, (LaB) Inc. conducted a Lakbay Aral last March 15, 2011. They visited the Fifth District Dairy Farm in Laoac, Pangasinan, Our Lady of Manaoag Church, Manaoag Pangasinan and the Capitol Building in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
Below are the pictures taken during the Lakbay Aral. LaB officers with Atty. Jason Collado of 5th District Dairy Farm, MSWDO Lilibeth VM Abrenica and Lab Members. Also in the pictures are the imported cows from Australia found only at the Dairy Farm in Laoac.
Multicab for Gamutan sa Barangay
The municipality of Villasis, in its effort to further improve health care services to its people, recently purchased a multicab van in the amount of P140,000.00 from the local funds. This van is for the use of the "Gamutan sa Barangay" medical team. The team visits all 21 barangays, twice in a month.
Since July 5, 2010, a total of 11,430 patients have been served by the Gamutan sa Barangay program. Beneficiaries were given free consultation and medicines. This program is just one of the priority projects of Mayor Dita Abrenica and it is a continuing program.
Pictures below show Mayor Dita, Dr. Hian Kiat C. Dy, Mun. Health Officer and "GSB" Medical Team led by Dr. Gloria Liberato with the new Suzuki Multicab Van.
VILLASIS TOWN FIESTA 2012 ALL SET!
The organizational meeting of VTF 2012 was held this afternoon, March 1, 2011, 1:30 P.M. at the Municipal Conference Room. In attendance were Mayor Dita, former Mayor Nato, Vice Mayor Nielo, SB Members and chairmen of different working committees, VTF 2011. Before the meeting started, the Statement of Income and Expenses of VTF 2011 was presented.
VILLASIS TOWN FIESTA 2012
Mayor DITA G. ABRENICA
Vice Mayor PAZ S. RAFANAN
MRS.FE IBAY- CALLANTA
MUN.COUN. ROLANDO B. MORDEN
MRS.VIVIAN G. MORDEN
MRS.CARMELITA B. MOLINA
MRS.MARLENE M. FRANCISCO
MRS.ANA A. EVANGELISTA
VILLASIS TOWN FIESTA 2012 JANUARY 11-22, 2012
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
Pacifican Colleges Night
CyclingContest (Tour of Villasis)
Amateur Singing Contest
PATRON’S FEAST DAY
Senior Citizens’/Retirees’ Night
Live Coverage of ABS-CBN’s “Umagang Kay Ganda”
Featuring: Parade/Fashion Show (gowns/costumes made of Pinakbet Vegetables)
Cooking Pinakbet sa Kawa
SMB Night/Youth Night
CHAIRMEN OF WORKING COMMITTEES'
1. Popularity Contest
Mun.Coun.Roderick R. Mina
2. Ways & Means
Ex.Coun Susan Q. Sison
Mun.Coun. Rosario L. Limos
3. Program & Invitation
Mrs. Merly S. Zambrano
Mr. Richie A. Sibayan
Mrs. Vivian G. Morden
Engr. Ronnie V. Cacapit
Mr. Josue M. Abrenica
7.Peace & Order
PSI Marcus L. Anod
8.Lights, Sound & Engineering
Engr. Vladimir P. Torres
9.Auditorium & Boxes
Mrs. Leticia U. Corpuz
10.Board of Canvassers
Mr. Leo R. Ordoñez
Mun.Coun. Rolando B. Morden
B/Capt. Jesus R. Limos
Mun.Coun. Romeo S. Abrenica
14.Umagang Kay Ganda
Mr. Mario M. Guarin
Mr. Josue M. Abrenica
Ptr. Martin Fao-Ilan
17.Amateur Singing Contest
Mun.Coun. Paz S. Rafanan
Mrs. Editha C. Ginez
Mrs. Cely Manantan
Mun.Coun. Romeo S. Abrenica
Mun.Coun.Paz S. Rafanan
Mun.Coun.Romeo S. Abrenica
Mr.Ferdinand M. Sales
Dr. Jocelyn R. Mina
Ex.Coun. Butch A. Sison
26.Street Party /Concert
Engr. Vladimir P. Torres
Dr. Rosalinda S. Locquiao
29.Senior Citizens'/Retirees' Night
Mr. Cesar I. Mina Sr.
30.Cycling Contest (Tour of Villasis)
Mun.Coun. Arvin B. Castro
Mr. Jimmy T. Go
Dr. Josefina G. Robina
Dr. Maria M. Sibolboro
Mun.Coun. Roderick R. Mina
Mun.Coun. Audrey Jamille Susan Q. Sison
Proceeds of the Popularity Contest for Mrs.Villasis 2012 will be for the renovation of the Villasis Legislative Building. Whoever wins the title will have the naming rights.--- the building will be named after her (Mrs. Villasis 2012).
A Priority Project of Congw. Kimi & Former Cong. Mark O. Cojuangco as of August 23,2012
>>Installation of 400T Paddy Drying Plant at Agro Industrial Warehouse-On Going >>Construction of Warehouse for Palay Drying Facilities Phase II-On Going >>Construction of Access Road and Backfilling at agro Industrial Warehouse Phase II >>Construction of Drainage System at Agro Industrial Warehouse >>Supply and Delivery of Hangers and brackets for the proposed tobacco curing barn
PROJECT OF GOVERNOR AMADO T. ESPINO JR >>Construction of Access Road and Backfilling at Agro Industrial Warehouse Phase I
New and Accomplished Projects 2012
As of August 23,2012
>>Renovation of the Legislative Building - proceeds of Villasis Town Fiesta 2012 >>Widening & concreting with drainage construction at Sta. Cruz St. Poblacion Zone II (PCF FUND) >>Concreting of Capulaan Road (LGU Prize) >>Improvement of basketball court pavement at Tombod Elem. School >>Construction of perimeter fence at Unzad Nat'l High School >>Repair of 3 classroom roofing at Bacag West Elem.School >>Construction of perimeter fence at La Paz. Elem. School >>Improvement of school canteen facilities at Labit Elem.School >>Construction of 6 classroom ceiling at Capulaan Elem.School >>Construction of multipurpose hall extension at Barangobong Elem.School >>Improvement of stage at Bacag East Elem.School >>Construction of canteen extension at Lomboy Elem School >>Construction of improvement of comfort rooms at Amamperez Agro Indus HS >>Improvement of 2 classroom at Tombod Elem School >>Construction of one classroom extension at West Poblacion Elem School >>Construction of mini stage roofing at West Poblacion Elem School >>Construction of multi purpose hall wing at Unzad Elem School >>Construction of 2 classroom ceiling at Lepanto Elem School >>Painting of Slaughterhouse >>Installation of Slaughterhouse Equipments >>Improvement of Villasis Slaughterhouse >>Concreting of Capulaan Road >>Concreting of Amamperez Dike road >>Construction of drainage system at Los Recuerdos >>Concreting of Puelay Road(Rehabilitation of Puelay-Barangobong) >>Concreting of Amamperez Road-Dirilo >>Concreting and Widening of San Lorenzo road >>Concreting of Tangat Road >>Concreting of San Blas Road(Licsab) >>Concreting of Lepanto Road >>Concreting of Barangobong Road-Lopez Compound >>Concreting of Bacag Road-Olivar Area >>Concreting of CALISAN Road >>Concreting of San Nicolas Road(Licsab) >>Concreting of road infront of Amamperez Brgy. Hall >>Concreting of dike road approached >>Construction of drainage canal at Villasis Public Market >>Concreting of pathways at INC area with installation of RC Pipe cross drainage >>Concreting of pathways at Godoy area >>Application of Asphalt sealant for road pavement cracks at Unzad and Capulaan road >>Backfilling and regravelling of dike approach at CALISAN and Libtong Road >>Concreting of pathways at Poblacion Zone V >>Concreting of pathways at Lambino Area >>Concreting of pathways at Perez Area >>Concreting of pathways at Erjas Area >>Rehabilitation of box culvert drainage system at Puelay Barangobong >>Concreting of pathways at Agapay Area >>Construction of Perimeter Fence at puelay Health Center >>Concreting of Salugan road at Liwanag area