first among Nueva Ecija private schools
(WU-P), the oldest private higher education institution in Nueva Ecija,
has been granted a five-year autonomous status from March 11, 2009 to March
30, 2014, by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
Autonomous status –
for as short as one year to as long as five years – is granted to a school
that passes the CHED criteria such as the number of Level III accredited
programs, outstanding overall performance of graduates in licensure examinations
under the Professional Regulation Commission and long tradition of integrity
and untarnished reputation. It is the highest status that a school can
Dr. Emmanuel Y. Angeles,
CHED chair, formally informed WU-P President Guillermo T. Maglaya, Sr.
through a letter, about the grant of autonomy to Wesleyan, congratulated
him and expressed the hope that the school would continue its tradition
of offering quality education.
In a subsequent meeting with
academic and administrative heads, Maglaya expressed gratitude for
the latest honor that WU-P received under his administration, and credited
all university personnel, from the vice presidents and deans down to the
janitors, for working for the attainment of the autonomous status.
With WU-P’s autonomous status,
it now joins the exclusive league of some 22 autonomous private schools
nationwide that include Ateneo de Manila, De La Salle, Assumption
College, Miriam College Foundation, St. Joseph’s College of Quezon City,
University of Santo Tomas and Centro Escolar University, among others.
In Central Luzon, Wesleyan is only the fourth private school to be granted
Prior to autonomy, Wesleyan
had enjoyed a five-year deregulated status, the first and only higher
education institution in Nueva Ecija to be given such a privilege.
As an autonomous university,
Wesleyan is now exempted from the issuance of Special Orders and monitoring
and evaluation activities of CHED, and entitled to subsidies and other
financial incentives and assistance from the commission.
It has been given the privilege
to determine and prescribe curricular programs to achieve global competence,
offer new courses or programs in the undergraduate and graduate levels
and establish branches or satellite campuses without the need for prior
approval of CHED, offer extension classes and distance education courses
to expand access to higher education and establish affiliations with recognized
foreign higher education institutions in pursuit of international standard
Wesleyan can now also grant
honorary degrees on its own, without seeking the approval of CHED. ###
Court stops arrest of Cuyapo mayor
A temporary restraining order
(TRO) issued by the First Division of the Supreme Court prevented the arrest
of Cuyapo Mayor Amado Corpuz, Jr. who had been accused of masterminding
the gun slaying of Sanggunian Bayan Secretary Angelito Espinosa last June
Corpuz returned to work at
the municipal hall after the High Court granted his urgent petition for
a writ of preliminary injunction against the Guimba Regional Trial Court
Branch 33 that had indicted him for murder and ordered his arrest last
The respondents in Corpuz's
petition were Judge Ramon D. Pamular; Priscila Espinosa, widow of the slain
SB official as the private complainant; and Provincial Public Prosecutor
Floro F. Florencio.
The TRO stopped Pamular from
implementing his arrest order and proceeding with the case.
The case arose from the shooting
to death of Espinoza, who was then only on his third day as SB secretary,
allegedly by Carlito Samonte, driver and security aide of Corpuz.
Corpuz said that he "hibernated"
while using all legal remedies to stop attempts to unseat him, and claimed
he was still the mayor of Cuyapo. ###
vice mayor accused of malversation
Cabiao Vice Mayor Marcelino
Simbillo has been charged with malversation of public funds after allegedly
pocketing one million pesos intended for the purchase of a piece of land
for the town's solid waste management program.
In an 11 page complaint filed
with Office of the Ombudsman, Roberto Galang and Jose Guevarra, both Cabiao
residents, claimed that Simbillo received a one million peso cash advance
for the over 14,000 square meter lot in Barangay San Vicente.
It was also claimed that
the landowner, Melani Mina, was a close relative of the vice mayor. ###
not affected by charges
Gov. Aurelio M. Umali said
he was not bothered by accusations of widespread corruption in his administration,
saying that not one of the charges filed against him by his political opponents
has been proven true.
This was Umali's reaction
to the well publicized charges filed against him by the Josons whom he
unseated after 48 years in power.
"Nilamangan ko si Boyet
Joson nang may 120,000 boto, tapos tatawagin lang nilang tsamba lang iyon"
Umali said, adding that the Josons have not accepted the fact that he had
defeated them in the polls. ###
attend anti illegal drug summit
Thousands of Novo Ecijanos
gathered for an unprecedented anti illegal drug summit at the Nueva Convention
Center in Palayan City last March 25.
Gov. Aurelio Umali led the
participants in undergoing voluntary drug testing.
He urged officials from 849
barangays in the province to fight illegal drugs and promised infrastructure
projects to barangays that will succeed in clearing their territories of
Chair Efraim Genuino of the
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), in his keynote speech,
said that the Nueva Ecija summit was the first to be held outside Metro
Manila after the Batang Iwas Droga (BIDA) that he recently launched.
BIDA made it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest rally
against illegal drugs in the world.
Genuino later raffled off
20 cellular phones and distributed 20 service vehicles to participating
Umali asked Genuino for funding
for the Nueva Ecija Rehabilitation, Training and Research Center
in Palayan City headed by Dr. Vision de Guzman. Rehabilitation is an important
aspect of the fight against illegal drugs, he emphasized.
Umali said he would consult
with church groups, non-governmental organizations, the media, and the
academe on the issue of ridding barangays of the drug menace.
Among the top officials who
attended the summit were Senior Supt. Ricardo Marquez, provincial police
director; Dr. Abraham Pascua, provincial director of the Department of
Interior and Local Government; Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, commander
of the Armys 702nd Infantry Battalion; Provincial Prosecutor Floro Florendo;
and National Bureau of Investigation Nueva Ecija-Aurora chief, Pedro Roque,
Catholic men rally against Reproductive Health bill
Hundreds of Catholic men
marched around Cabanatuan City to protest anti-life actions, specifically
the Reproductive Health Bill pending in the House of Representatives.
The march called "Walk for
Life" began with a concelebrated Mass by Cabanatuan Bishop Sofronio Bancud
and San Jose Bishop Mylo Vergara and priests from the two Nueva Ecija dioceses.
Among those who joined the
pro-life rally were 56 Knights of Columbus and Columbian Squires councils
from all over the province, including members from nearby Nueva Vizcaya,
and representatives of different religious organizations.
In his homily, Bancud said
that it would be very dangerous for people to believe that they can do
anything they want about their lives.
Rev. Fr. Benjie Javier said
that 3rd Dist. Rep. Czarina Umali has expressed opposition to the Reproductive
Health Bill. On the other hand, 2nd Dist. Rep. Joseph Violago also opposes
San Isidro Mayor Sonia Lorenzo,
one of the few women who joined the rally, said people have never been
considered a burden in her town.
"We treasure our citizens,"
she said. ###
joins 'Earth Hour'
Cabanatuan City joined the
observance of Earth Hour last March 28 by switching off the lights at Plaza
Lucero from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM.
Mayor Alvin Vergara led representatives
from the city government, private sector, civic and religious groups and
schools in expressing concern for the environment.
The Earth Hour program started
with information on proper waste disposal to mitigate global warming and
Vergara and former Mayor
Jay Vergara then turned off a ceremonial switch to mark the start of Earth
The city mayor gave
a short message on the significance of the occasion.
Dr. Mercedes Cabling, president
of the Kapisanan ng mga Kimika sa Pilipinas-Region III and member of the
Cabanatuan Solid Waster Management Board also delivered a message.
A documentary video entitled
“Panahon Na” was shown to Earth Hour participants to demonstrate the effects
of climate change on the Philippines and each citizen’s responsibility
in caring for the environment.
This year, some 650 cities
and municipalities in the country joined the Earth Hour. ###
starts buying dry season palay
The National Food Authority
(NFA) has set aside P85 million as initial fund for palay procurement this
dry copping season.
Edelino Alejandro, NFA provincial
manager, said that this April, some 100,000 bags of palay are expected
to be bought from farmers and cooperatives despite the high buying price
set by private traders.
The NFA implements the P17
per kilo farmers support price for clean and dry palay, including a total
of 70 centavos per kilo as incentives for cooperatives, delivery and drying.
It is expected that some
seven million bags of palay will be produced in Nueva Ecija this planting
Serafin Santos, provincial
agriculturist, said that more than 40,000 hectares of farmlands had been
planted with hybrid rice with an average yield of 150 to 200 cavans per
explodes in Old Capitol Compound
A grenade hurled by an unidentified
person exploded in the Old Capitol Compound along Burgos Street in Cabanatuan
City at about 1:30 AM last March 18.
The grenade hit a blue Toyota
Hi-Lux pickup owned by PO3 Sabino Maibuyo Erese, Jr. of the Criminal Investigation
and Detection Group of the Nueva Ecija police.
No one was hurt in the incident.
police warns vs. repackaged expired chocolates
The Gapan City police warned
residents against buying expired chocolates and candies that were discovered
to have been repackaged.
Supt. Marlon Bingcang said
that three helpers were arrested in Freedom Park, Barangay San Vicente
while unloading repackaged expired candies from a van.
Those arrested were Jay-ar
Soliman Concepcion, 20; Ruby Amay Ronquillo Concepcion, 20; and Mark Anthony
Villanueva, 22; all of Barangay San Mariano, San Antonio and helpers of
a certain Agnes Concepcion.
Bingcang said that repackaging
of expired products is widely practiced in barangays San Mariano and Julo.
These are distributed in small stores near schools. ###
dies in motorcycle accident
A 15 year old girl died of
head injuries after the motorcycle she was driving rammed a concrete wall
in Barangay Maliolio, Santa Rosa in the evening of March 20.
In a report submitted by
Chief Insp. Reynaldo dela Cruz to the office of Mayor Otep Angeles, the
victim was identified as Mary Kylle Angeles Grospe, third year high school
student, of Barangay Cojuangco.
Grospe's back rider, Eliza
Cuevo Regla, 15, of Barangay Valenzuela, sustained face injuries.
It was learned that prior
to the accident, Grospe and her friend took her Honda Wave motorcycle to
a mechanic after experiencing mechanical trouble. On the way home,
she lost control of the bike until it collided with a concrete wall along
the Santo Rosa-Jaen Road.
Grospe was declared dead
on arrival at Nueva Ecija Doctors' Hospital. ###