Volume14 / No. 4                                                                                                                 February 28, 2014
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2014


INC sets world record in
Ecija relief distribution


The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) set a world record for the most number of relief packs distributed within eight hours during its "Lingap sa Mamamayan" project in Barangay Maligaya, Palayan City last February 22 aimed at helping victims of Typhoon Santi.

It was the second record set by the sect in one week, the first being its Worldwide Walk for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors.

It was also the INC's sixth Guinness World Record since July 2012, and the third this year which happens to be its centennial year. The sect will celebrate its 100th founding anniversary on July 27.

Guinness adjudicator Seyda Subasi Gemici, in announcing the record, said "I have the pleasure to announce the world record attempt for the most number of hunger relief packages distributed in eight hours, single venue, with an achieved number of 302,311 hunger relief packs. Mabuhay ang Iglesia ni Cristo and you are all officially amazing!”

Gemici said the latest record exceeded the required minimum of 300,000 relief packages set by Guinness, with each pack containing at least two non-perishable items. The INC packs contained three kilos of rice, three packs of noodles and three cans of sardines.

The food pack recipients were given wristbands which were counted by Guinness, closely monitored and tabulated by the auditing firm Sycip Gorres Velayo and Co.

The activity was conducted upon the instruction of INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo in observance of the 49th anniversary of Barangay Maligaya, a self-sustaining INC community originally set up in 1965 for 145 INC families driven away from Hacienda Luisita for their refusal to join a labor union.

The event also coincided with the 22nd anniversary of the INC resettlement site in  Barangay Bagong Buhay where some 300 families affected by the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 were relocated.

Manalo officiated at a special morning worship service in Maligaya attended by some half a million INC delegates from different congregations around the province. Huge tents with LED screens were put up in an 18 hectare lot for the service.

Edwil Zabala, INC spokesperson for the relief distribution, said the Guinness record highlighted the church's activity of helping people in need, especially during calamities and disasters. ###



Umali suspends classes for INC activity

Governor Aurelio Umali declared the suspension of classes in all levels in private and public schools to spare students from transportation problems as thousands of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members converge in Barangay Maligaya, Palayan City for its "Lingap sa Mamamayan" project.

Umali said the three-day weekend from February 21 to 23 was based on a recommendation by Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police director, to help ensure public safety and manage the flow of traffic.

Nieves said they expected 4,000 INC members from Bulacan, Pampanga, Pangasinan and Aurora to attend the activity.

Police were deployed to key areas in Maligaya while teams providing motorist assistance were stationed in  key towns to help visiting INC members.

Palayan City Mayor Arianne Cuevas said she was grateful for INC's selection of her city for the mission.

Nelson Mañebog, INC district minister in the province, said the mission was supported by the Kabayanh Ko, Kapatid Ko program of FYM Foundation, Inc. to help their fellowmen, especially those affected by calamities. ###



Ex-Pantabangan mayor pleads innocent of rape charge

Former Pantabangan Mayor Romeo Borja, Sr. pleaded not guilty last February 26, to charges of rape, human trafficking and child abuse filed by a former beauty pageant contestant in his town.

Borja , who was arrested in Umingan, Pangasinan last February 8, was arraigned at the Regional Trial Court Branch 62 in Angeles City.

The charges against Borja was filed with the Department of Justice in March 2013 by a 17-year old local beauty pageant contestant who represented the town in Nueva Ecija's Miss Teen Tourism pageant in 2011.

She claimed that Borja raped her several times from May 2011 to November 2012. ###



DTI grants 'Bagwis Gold Seal' to 39 Ecija stores

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) granted the "Bagwis Gold Seal" to 39 stores in the province last February 25.

Among those honored with the seal were Handyman Do It Best, NE Mall Supermarket, NE Super Bodega, Poulex Department Store, Cyrena Hardware Center, NE Emporia Department Store, Solid Electronics, Sharp Service Center, Toyota Cabanatuan City, Esjay Motors, Abenson Ventures, Watsons, National Book Store, Ford, BM Domingo Motors, Robinsons, Save More, Home Plus Furniture and CVC Supermarket.

DTI Provincial Director Brigida Pili said the Gold Seal is the top award given under the Bagwis program to recognize establishments that uphold the rights of consumers and practice responsible business.

Meanwhile, the Silver Seal was given to New City Lumber and Hardware Inc, T&T Home Improvement Center and Freeway Motors, while the Bronze Seal was given to Ever Commercial, NE Mini-mart and Picture City International, Inc.

Pili,explaining the significance of the awards, said “Under the Bagwis program, deserving stores are awarded on a graduated level of excellence: Bronze for complying to Fair Trade Laws and maintaining good customer relations through the establishment of a Consumer Welfare Desk; Silver for attaining the Bronze requirements plus ensuring effective store management/operations and demonstrating social responsibility; and Gold for attaining the Silver requirements, and in implementing some elements aligned to quality and environmental management systems in their operations and meeting international standards." ###



DTI supports Palayan calamansi production

The production of calamansi in Palayan City was boosted with the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) acknowledgement that the industry is one of its kind in the world.

Brigida Pili, DTI provincial director, cited the calamansi growers of Palayan for their contribution to the growth of the industry through market acceptability and high standards in Central Luzon.

She said the DTI will continue to enhance the growth and potentials of the calamansi industry.

She thanked the administration of Mayor Arianne Cuevas for its support to the local calamansi growers and encouraged the local government to exhaust its resources in encouraging and boosting the One-Town-One-Product (OTOP) concept of the DTI to raise its economic position and general income for city residents.

The DTI recently granted the Palayan City Calamansi Growers Association a juice extraction machine worth P2.2 million under its Shared Service Facility Program. ###



Palayan PESO receives regional award

The Region 3 :PESO Managers Federation awarded Palayan City as "Best Public Employment and Services Office" in the component city category during the group's general assembly held at Malolos Resort Club Royale recently.

Also awarded were Tarlac in the first class province category; Zambales for second class province; Olongapo, highly urbanized city;  Masinloc, Zambales, first class municipality; and Bulacan State University, under the school-based category.

The winners received P5,000 and a plaque of recognition. ###



WUP students develop SMS-based anti-mosquito gear

Electronics and Communications Engineering students of Wesleyan University-Philippines have developed a device connected to a mobile application, that can monitor, record and eradicate mosquitoes in a specific area.

The Wesleyan students' "Technology for Recording Area Population of Mosquitoes" or (TRAPM) was the school's entry in the  Smart Wireless Engineering Program (SWEEP Awards sponsored by Smart Communications.

Three days before the SWEEP award rites, the group's leader, Ellinelle Louisse Esguerra, got ill with dengue which made the team more determined to pursue their project.

Explaining how their device works, team member Jayson Paul V. Vicencio said ",Ang device namin may attractant na nag-lulure ng mosquitoes to enter it and once it enters, the device will count the number of entrees. Lahat ng pumasok na lamok bibilangin niya. If the user wants to know how many mosquitoes were recorded, all he needs to do is text the device for the information.

Seeing the relevance of the project, the Nueva Ecija provincial government reportedly plans to adopt it. ###



Wind farm to be built in Ecija

After the success of wind farms -- windmills that produce electricity -- in Ilocos Norte, the next wind farms could soon be put up in Nueva Ecija and Pampanga.

The Department of Energy  (DOE) has identified various sites in the two provinces where wind speed is four to five meters per second.

Director Mario Marasigan of the DOE Renewable Energy Management Bureau said that masts will be installed soon to test the areas.

Since last year, DOE has allocated some P39.18 million or an average of P5 million yearly to identify viable sites for wind power development.

DOE is currently monitoring and "micro-sitting" different areas in Nueva Ecija and Pampanga to test wind conditions and speed.

The identified areas will be offered to prospective wind developers for commercial development.

As of now, there is only wind farm commercially operating in the country. It is in  Barangay Baruyen, Bangui, Ilocos Norte, undertaken by North Wind Power Development Corp. and producing 33 Megawatts of electricity. ###



Cabiao lay minister charged with child molestation

A lay minister of the Saint John Nepomucene Parish in Cabiao was charged at the provincial fiscal's office for allegedly molesting a 10-year old girl last February 20.

Chief Insp. Eric de Venancio, town police chief, said the suspect, Efren Meña, 55, of Barangay San Fernando Sur, was charged with acts of lasciviousness in relation to the Violence Against Women and Children Act.

The complaint filed by the girl's mother said that the molestation happened inside the  house of a neighbor at about 1:00 P.M.

The victim told SPO1 Orlando Francisco, case investigator, that Meña kissed her on the lips and touched her breast.

The girl immediately told her mother about the incident and the two went to the police station and the municipal social welfare and development office to complain.

Francisco said Meña admitted committing the crime.

A bail of P200,000 was recommended for the suspect's temporary liberty. ###



Cabanatuan couple arrested for cyber fraud

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Cabanatuan City police arrested a couple for alleged cyber fraud in connection with Republic Act No. 8484 or the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1988.

Chief Insp. Roger V. Sebastian, CIDG provincial officer, identified the suspects as Redwin and Irish Pangandian, both of Ilang-Ilang Street, Barangay San Roque.

The two were arrested in a raid conducted last February 27 based on a search warrant issued by Judge Angelo C. Perez of Cabanatuan City Regional Trial Court Branch 27.

The two were believed to be remnants of a big cyber crime group arrested last year also in Cabanatuan City for alleged involvement in online cyber fraud and pornography.

The Pangadians were arrested while chatting with their clients.

Sebastian said “May Internet site silang ginagamit. Meron silang ina-advertise at nagma-match-making or on-line dating. ’Pag nag-sign up na ang client from other countries, may kaltas na agad sa credit card, doon na papasok ang fraud.". ###



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