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Gapan City, Nueva Ecija,Philippines
and updated every 15th and
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farm gate prices drop
The prices of palay in
Nueva Eciuja continue to go down,
Serafin Santos, provincial
agriculturist, said the selling price of
palay is P14.50 a kilogram for manually
harvested, and P14.00 for machine
He said the current farm
gate prices offered by traders and
millers are lower by P3 to P4 per
kilogram for fresh grains. For dried
palay, the farm gate price is P17.50,
lower than the previous price of P23 to
P25 a kilogram.
A rice trader from the
Science City of Muñoz said speculations
by new rice traders that there would not
be enough rice caused the unusually high
farm gate price in the last two harvest
seasons. The aim was to corner locally
The source said this
harvest season, the traders stopped
buying more palay because they still
have enough stocks and the rice imported
by the government has arrived.
Aside from the low buying
price, many farmers who planted hybrid
rice seeds complained of the slow growth
of their crops due to the cold weather
during the planting season.
They also complained of
additional expenses for fertilizers and
other inputs so their crops would grow
They urged agriculture
officials to implement stricter measures
in ensuring the quality of hybrid rice
seeds being sold to them. ###
homage to General Manuel Tinio
(Photo courtesy of
Punto Central Luzon.)
A life-size bronze statue
of General Manuel Tinio was unveiled in
front of the municipal building of his
hometown, Licab as highlight of the
town's founding anniversary last April
Mario Tinio, 83-year old
grandson of the general, expressed
thanks to the local government and the
people of Licab for letting them see the
first monument of their grandfather in
Mario is the son of Manuel
Quijano Tinio, a son of the general who
served in Bataan as a soldier with the
rank of major before engaging in farming
Manuel Tinio was born to
Mariano Tinio and Silveria Bundoc, a
rich couple, in Sitio Ablang, now
Barangay Aqino, in Licab on June 17,
He studied in San Juan de
Letran and was named a general of the
revolutionary army at 20 years old.
He became a brigadier
general and was designated as commanding
general of operations on November 20,
1897 after General Mamerto Natividad was
killed in Entablado, Cabiao while
leading 200 soldiers.
Tinio liberated Ilocos from
the Spanish rule and became governor of
Nueva Ecija during the American regime,
from July 1907 to May 1908.
He also served as director
of the Bureau of Lands from October 17,
1913 to September 13, 1914.
The Licab founding
anniversary also featured a Kariton
Festival and a grand homecoming of
unveiled in San Isidro
Director Ludovico Badoy and
descendant Carmen delos Santos
Suva unveil the monument.
courtesy of Balita.)
A life-size statue of
Epifanio delos Santos, the first
Filipino governor of Nueva Ecija, was
unveiled at Plaza Santos in San Isidro
last April 7.
The bronze-painted concrete
monument erected across the municipal
hall was a project of Class 1958 of
General de Jesus College. The group
lobbied with the National Historical
Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to
commission the statue.
Present at the unveiling
rites were Ludovico D. Badoy, NHCP
executive director; Deputy Executive
Director Carminda R. Aravelo; and
descendants of de los Santos led by his
great-granddaughter, former Press
Undersecretary Carmen de los Santos
The event was timed with
the 144th birthday of delos Santos, more
familiarly called today by the initials
The event was highlighted
by the installation of an NHCP
historical marker, officially declaring
the statue as an EDSA historical shrine.
In paying tribute to delos
Santos, Badoy described him as a hero,
scholar and very important person who
gave his full support to democracy.
Badoy also expressed
support for a plan to erect a similar
monument along the Metro Manila highway
named after the hero.
Delos Santos, born on April
7, 1871, was the only child of
Escolastico delos Santos and Antonina
He graduated summa cum
laude with the degree of Bachelor of
Arts at Ateneo de Manila, finished law
at the University of Santo Tomas, and
topped the 1898 bar examination.
He had a reputation for
being an academician and scholar,
bibliographer, artist, biographer, civil
servant, critic, essayist, ethnographer,
journalist, historian, jurist,
librarian, linguist and polyglot,
monographer, musician, novelist,
philologist, philosopher, poet,
researcher and revolutionary leader.
He was elected as the first
Filipino governor of Nueva Ecija in 1902
and reelected two years later.
Delos Santos died of
cardiac arrest on April 28, 1928 in
Manila at the age of 57 ###
police general gets 4th highest PNP
Danilo Constantino, who hails from Gapan
City, is now the fourth highest official
of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
He was promoted to
officer-in-charge Chief of Directorial
Staff from his former post as chief of
the Directorate for Police Community
Relations in accordance with General
Order No. 692 dated April 13, 2015.
In that order, Deputy
Director General Leonardo Espina was
promoted to Deputy Chief for
Administration, the PNP's second highest
ranking official, while Deputy Director
General Marcelo Garbo, Jr. became Deputy
Chief for Operations, the third highest.
The Chief of Directorial Staff which
Constantino now holds is the fourth
Constantino is a member of
Philippine Military Academy Class 1982.
He had been PNP regional
chef in Cebu; executive officer and
later deputy director of the Directorate
for Operations, and deputy director of
the Directorate for Comptrollership. ###
files bill to declare CLSU a prime
agri research university
First Dist. Rep. Estrellita
Suansing has filed House Bill 5596
seeking to declare Central Luzon State
University (CLSU) a prime agricultural
research university to enhance the
She said that from CLSU's
establishment as a farm school in 1907,
it has pioneered agricultural higher
"Over the years, it has
metamorphosed into a model and leading
general and comprehensive university
with specialization in agriculture,
fisheries, agricultural engineering and
veterinary medicine having contributed
significantly in manpower development,
knowledge generation and technology
development in these fields," Suansing
She said the Commission on
Higher Education recognizes CLSU
programs as Centers of Excellence in
agriculture, fisheries, agricultural
engineering, veterinary medicine,
biology and teacher education.
Suansing pointed out that
CLSU has the most number of Centers of
Excellence among state universities and
colleges outside the UP System.
The bill mandates CLSU to
develop globally competitive,
work-ready, socially-responsible and
empowered human resources who value
life-long learning and to generate,
disseminate and apply knowledge and
technologies in agriculture, fisheries
and natural resources for poverty
alleviation, environmental protection
and sustainable development.
To become the National (Prime)
Agricultural Research University, the
measure requiresCLSU to develop advanced
research and development centers (ARDC)
in areas where the university has the
proven expertise and established track
record --human resource development;
infrastructure and facilities
development; equipment acquisition; and
research development. ###
indigenous people's community school
to get computers
Three indigenous people's
community schools, one of them in
Bongabon, will get computer equipment
through the Department of Education's
computerization program in collaboration
with Samsung Philippines.
The schools were identified
as Tamale Elementary School in Bongabon;
Flora Elementary School in Capas,
Tarlac; and Purag Elementary School in
Sanchez Mira, Cagayan.
The education department
said a total of 250 members of
indigenous communities will benefit from
Education Secretary Armin
Luistro said that as the computerization
program reaches the remote areas of the
country, “education is taken into a
whole different dimension and technology
becomes a solution to inaccessibility".
President and Managing Director Harry
Lee said the agreement is only the
beginning and they are more than happy
to support all the initiatives of the
Under the agreement,
Samsung Philippines will donate P4.9
million worth of equipment to the
Each school with receive 31
units each of tablets, Bluetooth
keyboards and Bluetooth mice; two
laptops for teachers, one charging
station and one set of printer and ink
3.7 quake hits San Jose City
An earthquake with a
magnitude of 3.7 shook San Jose City on
the night of April 9.
The Philippine Institute of
Volcanology and Seismology said the
epicenter was three kilometers west of
San Jose City with a depth of one
The quake, of tectonic
origin, was felt at Intensity 2 in
Palayan City and Quezon City.
No damages were recorded
and no aftershocks were expected.##
killed in Muñoz church demolition
A construction worker was
pinned to death when a wall of an old
church under demolition collapsed in the
Science City of Muñoz.
The victim was identified
as Jomari David, 18, of Barangay
Calvelo, Piut, Carranglan.
The accident happened at
about 10:40 A.M. in San Sebastian Church
in Barangay Poblacion West.
Investigation showed a
co-worker, Albert Sismundo, 23, was
jack-hammering a wall of the church when
the section collapsed on the victim,
killing him instantly.
The acting foreman, Bernard
Borromeo, 37, of Barangay Santo Nino
1st, San Jose City, was invited by the
police for questioning. ###
Zaragosa computer store
A branch of CD-R King, a
store specializing in computers and
peripherals, in Zaragosa was robbed by
unidentified men last April 2.
The store is owned by Fe
Yang, 68, of FYJ Building, Barangay San
Supt. Ricardo Villanueva,
commander of the Provincial Public
Safety Company, said the robbers
destroyed the roll-up door of the
establishment and carted away two
laptops, 13 tablets, a DVD player, a
pocket Wi-Fi, four mobile phones, a spy
pen, three MP3 players and P2,500 in
The Zaragosa police is
conducting follow-up investigations to
identify and arrest the suspects. ###
owner shot dead
A store owner in
Licab was shot dead while talking to his
sister on the night of April 14.
The victim was identified
as Danilo Galindez, 50,of Purok 5,
Barangay San Casimiro.
Policemen led by Chief Insp
Danilo Cuevas, Licab police chief, found
the victim hanging from a bamboo fence
with gunshot wounds in the head and
Investigation showed the
victim was talking to his elder sister,
Gloria Pantoja, while sitting on a
bamboo fence in front of his store when
a masked man approached and shot him
The gunman then boarded a
motorcycle and fled in the direction of
Recovered from the scene
was a deformed slug of unknown caliber.
Police are looking into the
motive for the attack. ###
A man engaged in upholstery
business was repeatedly shot by a single
The victim was identified
as Raul Cayanan, 50, ,married, of del
Pilar Street, Cabanatuan City.
The attack happened in
Purok 3, Barangay San Isidro along the
Nueva Ecija Aurora Road at about 1:00
P.M. last April 8.
Police recovered two
caliber .45 shells and a slug at the
crime scene. ###
woman hurt in San Antonio shooting
A motorcyclist was killed
while his lady back rider was wounded in
a shooting incident in Barangay Papaya,
San Antonio last April 7.
Police identified the
fatality as Dondie Villar, 36, married
of Purok 2, Barangay Papaya.
Wounded was Jennifer Tinio,
27, single, also of the same address.
The shooting incident
happened while the two were on their way
to Barangay Papaya at about 9:00 P.M.
Two motorcycles with four men on board
tailed and then shot the victims.
Villar died on the spot
while Tinio sustained minor injuries
when the motorcycle they were riding
fell into an irrigation canal.
Investigators said Villar
was a known drug personality in the
watch list of the San Antonio police.
Guimba teacher stabbed
A male teacher from Guimba
was found dead with 15 stab wounds in an
irrigation canal in Barangay Amacalan,
Gerona, Tarlac at dawn last April 1.
Supt. Ariel Rebancos Red,
Gerona police chief, identified the
victim as Jess Natividad Gallarte, 38,
single, of Barangay Calem and a Teacher
III at Partido Uno Elementary School.
Gallarte was found clad
only in a white underwear.
According to a cousin,
Gallarte, said to be gay, was last seen
alive at about 6:30 P.M. leaving their
house in Barangay Calem for Tarlac City.
Red said it could be a case
of robbery by a single suspect as the
wallet and cell phone of the victim were