Volume 15 / No. 7                                                                                                                   April 15, 2015
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Ecija palay farm gate prices drop

The prices of palay in Nueva Eciuja continue to go down, alarming farmers.

Serafin Santos, provincial agriculturist, said the selling price of palay is P14.50 a kilogram for manually harvested, and P14.00 for machine harvested.

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 harvested palay.

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 well.

They urged agriculture officials to implement stricter measures in ensuring the quality of hybrid rice seeds being sold to them. ###

Licab pays 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 12.

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 Nueva Ecija.

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 in Talavera.

Manuel Tinio was born to Mariano Tinio and Silveria Bundoc, a rich couple, in Sitio Ablang, now Barangay Aqino, in Licab on June 17, 1877.

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 Licabeños. ###

EDSA monument unveiled in San Isidro

NHCP Executive Director Ludovico Badoy and
descendant Carmen delos Santos Suva unveil the  monument.

(Photo 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 Suva.

The event was timed with the 144th birthday of delos Santos, more familiarly called today by the initials EDSA.

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 Cristobal.

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, paleographer, philanthropist, 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 ###

Gapanense police general gets 4th highest PNP post

Police Director 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 highest.

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. ###

Suansing 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 country's research-innovation capability.

She said that from CLSU's establishment as a farm school in 1907, it has pioneered agricultural higher education.

"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 said. 

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. ###

Bongabon 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 the program.

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".

Samsung Philippines 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 education department.

Under the agreement, Samsung Philippines will donate P4.9 million worth of equipment to the schools.

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 suppliers.###

Magnitude 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 kilometer.

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.##

Laborer 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 robbed

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 Isidro.

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 cash.

The Zaragosa police is conducting follow-up investigations to identify and arrest the suspects. ###

Licab store 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 body.

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 repeatedly.

The gunman then boarded a motorcycle and fled in the direction of Quezon.

Recovered from the scene was a deformed slug of unknown caliber.

Police are looking into the motive for the attack. ###

Cabanatuan upholsterer killed

A man engaged in upholstery business was repeatedly shot by a single gunman.

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. ###

Man killed, 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 dead

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 missing. ###

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