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Ecijano named to AFP's
3rd highest post



Maj. Gen. Gregorio Macapagal

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has appointed a Novo Ecijano general to the third highest position in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, Jr., AFP spokesperson, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Gregorio Macapagal, commander of the Philippine Air Force Air Education and Training Command in Lipa City, will officially assume the post of deputy chief of staff on March 19.

Macapagal belongs to the Philippine Military Academy "Mapitagan" Class of 1980.

A native of Gabaldon, he graduated from the PMA in April 1980 and later finished undergraduate pilot training the following year.

He holds a Master in Business Administration degree from the Colegio de San Juan de Letran and a Master's degree in Defense Studies from Kings College in London in 2004.

Macapagal is married to Lorna Macapagal with whom he has four children -- Mia Airan, Noel Christi, Jullian Philip and Angelo. ###



Gapan gets 'Seal of Good Housekeeping'

Gapan City Mayor Christian U. Tinio received from the Sec. Jesse Robredo the "Seal of Good Housekeeping" award.of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In presenting the award that included a P20 million cash prize, Robredo cited the city government for its "outstanding performance and exemplary practice in the areas of sound fiscal management and full compliance with the disclosure policy of the "Seal of Good Housekeeping for Local Governments".

The cash prize serves as a performance challenge fund, a financial incentive for attaining Millennium Development Goals, and for the local government's tourism and local economic development, disaster risk reduction and management, and solid waste management projects.

Earlier recipients of the "Seal of Good Housekeeping" were the cities of Cabanatuan, Muñoz, Palayan and San Jose.

Florida Dijan, DILG regional director, said "We commend the whole team of Gapan City for 100% compliance with the FDP, particularly the posting of quarterly reports."

Dr. Abraham Pascua, DILG provincial director, said Nueva Ecija LGUs have made good housekeeping a trademark in governance, with excellent performance in the areas of planning, budgeting, revenue mobilization, financial management, budget execution and resource mobilization.

City Administrator Eduardo  Almera said the city has put up a display module of the city government's accomplishments for public viewing.

Arch. Margarita Angeles, city planning and development coordinator, said the P20 million prize will be used for the concreting of farm-to-market roads in barangays Bungo, Mahipon, Kapalangan, Mabuga, Makabaklay, Maburak, Mangino, Pambuan, Parcutela and Puting Tubig with a budget of P2 million each. ###



Reshuffle of Ecija COMELEC officials begin


The reshuffle of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) officials in Nueva Ecija has started.

COMELEC Provincial Supervisor Panfilo Doctor, Jr. said initially affected were Belen Rivera, election officer of Gapan City, and Harold Ramos, election officer of San Jose City, who swapped assignments. Four more COMELEC officials are expected to be reassigned within a few months.

Gapan is preparing for the recall petition filed against Mayor Christian Tinio, Vice Mayor Rodel Matias and two city councilors by allies of former Mayor Ernesto Natividad.

Doctor said Rivera had to be replaced by Ramos because the Gapan COMELEC office needs a lawyer to supervise the recall petition. ###



Farming without plowing/harrowing -- no kidding!

A new farming technology that is expected to reduce farm production costs and help mitigate climate change will be pilot-tested in selected agrarian reform communities in Talavera and the Science City of Muñoz.

The no-tillage technology is an alternative farming practice that does not include plowing or harrowing during land preparation.

A memorandum of agreement for the testing of the new farming technique was recently signed by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).

The project will cover three barangays in each of the the two pilot areas when implemented this July.

BAR will provide the funding while DAR and PhilRice will promote the technologies, determine the economic benefits and document the technology adoption.

Ruben Miranda, PhilRice project coordinator of the "No Tillage and PalayCheck System for Irrigated Rice Production" project said the new technology will be promoted through demonstration sites and trainings.

He said studies show that the no-tillage technology helps minimize labor costs and retains carbon in the soil. ###



Solar lamp project lights up Ecija sitios


The Global Peace Festival Foundation (GPFF), in support of its "All Lights Village" project in Nueva Ecija, recently donated 200 solar lamps to Sitio Camias in Barangay San Juan, Laur.

The "All Lights" project helps children and workers get decent light at night by using solar-powered LED lanterns instead of kerosene lamps.

Dr. David Yoo, GPFF president, and Dr. Michael Zablan, GPFF Phlippines president, brought the project to Nueva Ecija through the Global Peace Leadership Exchange in cooperation with the provincial government.

A total of eight sitios with 200 families have received solar lanterns.

The first "All Lights Village" was Sitio Karugang, Barangay Bugnan, Gabaldon where 53 families received solar lanterns.Two more neighboring sitios, Pag-asa in Barangay Malinao and Landing in Barangay Bagong Sikat were benefited.

In Palayan City, Sitio Sinipit in Barangay Santolan Extension became the second "All Lights Village", joined later by Sitio Daplis in Barangay Manggahan and Sitio Karuhatan.

The third "All Lights Village" was Sitio Camias, Barangay San Juan, Laur with 53 families as beneficiaries. ###



Cabanatuan launches anti-rabies drive


The Cabanatuan City government has re-intensified its campaign against rabies.

Dr. Ricardo Bautista, city veterinarian, urged city residents to bring their dogs and cats to the City Veterinary Office (CVO) for free ant-rabies vaccination this March, declared as "Rabies Awareness Month".

He said CVO personnel will also conduct vaccination campaigns in barangays on weekends to ensure the wide implementation of the program.

He said some 7,500 dogs and cats in the city have been vaccinated since January this year.

Bautista also reminded pet owners not to let their animals stray along roads and in public places. ###



Lupao barangay chief hurt in gun attack


A Lupao barangay chair is recuperating in a hospital after he was shot by motorcycle-riding men last March 6.

The victim was identified as Ruperto Carnater, 42, barangay chair of Agupalo Weste.  He sustained a gunshot wound in the lower part of his left chest.

The attack happened while Carnater and a barangay councilor were in front of the Agupalo Weste Elementary School observing a road repair project at past 9:00 A.M. The two suspects stopped in front of them and shot Carnater.

The victim's cousin, Virgilio Gaborno, said he tried to run after the fleeing suspects but failed to catch up with them.

Police investigators have yet to determine the motive for the attack as the victim had not received any death threats and had no known enemies. ###



4 NPA rebels killed in Bongabon encounter


Four New People's Army rebels were killed during a five-minute firefight with Army soldiers in  Barangay Digmala, Bongabon last March 8.

Maj. Enrico Ileto of the 7th Infantry Division identified two of those killed as Benjamin Peralta alias Gani, Otoy and Onil, said to be the highest-ranking NPA leader in the province, and a certain Sarah.

The soldiers have coordinated with local government units and agencies for the identification of the two other slain rebels.

Ileto said the soldiers recovered one M16 rifle, one Carbine, one caliber .45 pistol, two improvised explosives, two grenades, food supply and medicines, and documents with "high intelligence value". ###



6 killed, 12 hurt in  Carranglan road accident


Six persons died after the truck they were riding fell into a ravine after being hit by a trailer truck along the zigzag road in Puncan, Carranglan at about 3:00 P.M. last March 4.

Sr. Insp. German Lising, Carranglan police chief, said the truck was loaded with 28 residents of Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya on their way home from Pangasinan after a Lakbay-Aral tour.

He said Lawrence Gahal, a barangay chief in Diadi; Suzette Dulnuan; Rita Agualin; and Josephine Jallorina died instantly.

The two other fatalities died in separate hospitals in Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya.

Investigation showed that the truck driver lost control of the vehicle when it was hit by the trailer truck driven by Gilbert Alarcon. ###



Laborer dies in Pantabangan road repair mishap

A laborer was killed in Pantabangan when the side of the road that he was plastering with cement suddenly caved in.

In a report received by the office of Mayor Romeo Borja, Jr., the fatality was identified as Armando Circa Taguinin, 53, a resident of 2nd Priority, Barangay West Poblacion.

The accident happened at about 5:00 P.M. when Taguirin, a worker of Adriot Engineering Construction Company, was plastering the elevated side of the road. The side suddenly eroded, burying him under a 10-foot pile of debrisl.

Taguirin was dug out but declared dead on arrival at a clinic in nearby Rizal town.###



School guard dies in 'accidental firing'


A security guard died when his pistol accidentally went off while he was on an early morning shift at Midway Maritime Foundation, Inc.in  Barangay Bitas, Cabanatuan City.

The victim was identified as Florian Moreno, 32, single, employee of JF Security Agency.

Supt. Ricardo Villanueva, chief of the Provincial Intelligence and Investigation Branch, theorized that Moreno's 9mm pistol could have accidentally fired at about 4:00 A.M.

Initial investigation showed that the victim was in the administration building of the school when people in the vicinity heard a gunshot.

Persons who responded saw Moreno with wounds in his right thigh and chest, with his service pistol beside him.

The victim was rushed to Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Research and Medical Center where he died while undergoing treatment. ###



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