Volume 17 / No. 07   |   April 15, 2017
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Duterte says gov't must protect
rice farmers

President Rodrigo Duterte told Novo Ecijanos that he is more partial to protecting Filipino farmers and allowing them to supply the rice requirements of the country instead of resorting to importations.

The President spoke at the "Grand Harvest Festival" of the Seh Leng Agritech Corporation in Barangay Tabacao, Talavera last April 5.

He vowed to ensure enough assistance to farmers from the government to improve their productivity.

Sabi ko no corruption maski piso. Pakiusap ko lang sa inyo, if you are ready to join me then sabayan ninyo ako,” he urged his udience.

Ang maasahan ninyo ‘yung taxes ninyo aabot talaga sa inyo. Ibabalik ‘yan. ‘Yan ang taya ko sa inyo,” he said.

He promised farmers that they will receive tractors from the government.

“Traktora. I will… I’ll buy as many as needed. ‘Yung mga tractors, bilhan ko kayo,” he said

He also acknowledge the support of Talavera residents during tjhe last presidential elections despite the fact that he was then an unknown and not from Luzon. ###

Onion research center to go up in Bongabon

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said an onion research laboratory will be established in Bongabon within the year to increase the harvest of local farmers.

Piñol. said not only are local onions small and poorer in quality, but the volume of production is not in the level of those of onion farmers in major producing countries like India and

The research center will teach farmers how to use shallots instead of seeds and drip irrigation through solar power generation, Piñol explained.

The Bureau of Agriculture Research will lead studies on how to make the most out of onion leaves that are usually just thrown away.

Piñol said it will be studied if onion leaves could be dehydrated and used to flavor oriental dishes line noodles.

He said cold storage facilties will also be built and farm machinery distributed in the entire province to increase productivity in what is termed as the "Onion Capital of the Philippines". ###

Villar praises Carabao Center

Senator Cynthia Villar said the Philippine Carabao  Center (PCC) based in the Science City of Muñoz is the perfect template for showcasing farm tourism in the country.

Villar, chair of the Senate committee on agriculture, said PCC has amenities for farm tourism that aims to attract visitors to farm areas for educational and recreational  purposes that could give rise, in turn, to economic activities that provide additional income to the farm and the community.

She spoke during the PCC's 24th anniversary celebration.

Villar has been working for the passage of vital bills and amendments to existing laws to complement farm tourism as a sub-sector of the tourism industry.

Villar said the PCC could not have become what it is today without the support of farmers.to the agency's commitment to enhance the technology and practices to conserve, propagate and promote the carabao as a source of meat and milk, benefiting small farmers. 

She urged PCC to partner with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to replicate its milk supplementation program initially launched in Nueva Ecija and Bukidnon. to solve the problems of poverty and malnutrition.

The program provides carabao's milk from PCC-assisted dairy farmers to day care children for 120 days. ###

Coco Martin, FPJ featured in latest PhilRice paddy art

The star of the "Ang Probinsiyano" TV series, Coco Martin and the late Fernando Poe, Jr. are the latest personalities to be featured in the rice paddy art of the Future Rice Program of  Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).

The faces of Martin and Poe can be seen on a farm inside the PhilRice central experiment station in Barangay Maligaya, Science  City of Muñoz.

A Koren variety of purple rice plants were used to outline thefaces.

The PhilRice team used 3D anamaorphosis that makes the art work visible only when viewed from a certain angle.

PhilRice said the rice paddy art project aims to increase the awareness of netizens and millennial on rice farming and agriculture.

The images may be viewed until May 14.

Other personalities whose faces were previously featured in the project were Dr. Jose Rizal, President Duterte and Vice President Robredo.

The five-hectare Philrice experimental farm also showcases energy facilities, drone technology, advance farm machinery and an experimental field to demonstrate hybrid, inbred and traditional rice varieties. ###

NFA museum showcases evolution of local rice industry.

The newly opened Grain Industry Museum inside the National Food Authority compound in  Cabanatuan City features the history of farming in the country from production to harvest, processing and storing of rice.

Also showcased are old equipment used in farming.

Josephine Bacungan, NFA regional information officer, said the everything seen in the museum came from various parts of the country.

"These were given to us by our farmers. This only shows that we value their toil," she said.

NFA aims to show to visitors the importance of every grain of rice llke the way it was valued by the ancestors.

Visit to the NFA Grain Industry Museum is free of charge. ###

San Antonio octogenarian farmer, helper robbed and killed

An 80-year old farmer and his female house help were killed in their house in San Antonio last April 3.

Sr. Supt. Antonio Yarra, provincial police director, identified the victims as Hilario dela Cruz, Sr., 80, and his helper Jinky Ochua, 27, both of Bantog Street, Barangay San Francisco.

Police learned of the incident at 10:00 A.M. after a phone call from the chief barangay tanod.

The killings were discovered by a grandson of dela Cruz, Conrado Tinio, 44, and neighbor Salvador Alonzo, 63.

It was learned that dela Cruz, his wife Eugenia who is stricken with Alzheimer's Disease and Ochua were sleeping when the suspects entered the yard by cutting the perimeter cyclone wire fence and through the kitchen door between 11:00 and 11:30 A.M.

The suspects took two mobile phones of the victims and an undetermined amount of cash from the master's bedroom before escaping.

Eugenia was unharmed during the incident but relatives decided to take her to the nearest hospital for a medical checkup. ###

Rizal cop dies in hostage-taking incident

A police officer responding to a hostage-taking incident last April 8 was killed by the hostage taker in Barangay del  Pilar, Rizal.

The victim, PO3 Hernando Largo, 47, assigned to the Rizal polcie station, was visiting a friend when he heard gunshots.

He rushed to a house where the suspect, Roel Jacob, was holding his wife's relatives with the use of a gun.

Largo tried to enter through the back door of the house but Jacob shot him.

The 37 year old suspect, a truck driver, managed to escape and is being hunted by the police

The victim was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital. ###

Body of Talavera businessman found in rice field

The decomposing body of a Talavera businessman was found in a rice field last
April 12.

Supt. Lendro Novilla, town police chief, identified the victim as Ranidel Mendoza, 49, married, of Barangay Bacal 3.

His body was found by Isdro Herrero, 32, of Barangay Villa Nati, Science City of Muñoz, while passing by a rice field owned by Manolito Austria in Purok 1, Barangay Bacal 2.

The victim's head was bound with packaging tape and the hands tied.

A handwritteen cardboard sign placed atop the body said "NAKALBO SA PAGTUTULAK AYAW LUMUBAY WAG TULARAN PINAPATAY, HAPPEE HOLY WEEK"

No gunshot or stab wounds were found on the decomposing body and no blood stains were found.

The victim was later identified by his relatives. ###

Cabanatuan barangay chief arrested for illegal drugs

A Cabanatuan City barangay chair identified by the police as the province's number one high value target for illegal drugs, was arrested last April 6 after shabu was seized from his house during a search operation.

Sr. Supt. Antonio Yarra, provincial police chief, identified the suspect as  Barangay Chair Reynaldo delos  Santos, 48, married, of Barangay Pula.

The raid of delos Santos' house was  by vitue of a search arrant issued by Cabanatuan City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Ana Marie Joson-Viterbo and participated in by joint operatives of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Central Luzon, Provincial Intelligence Bureau and the drug enforcement unit of the Cabanatuan City police.

Found in delos Santos' house were three plastic sachets of shabu, seven plastic sachets with shabu residue, various drug paraphernalia and 11 caliber .45 bullets. ###

2 drug suspects killed in clash with cops

Two suspected drugd ealers were killed in a clash with Cabanatuan City policemen along the Valdefuente-Fortaleza Road along Barangay Lourdes.

The suspects were identified as Mario Velasquez, 38, and Victor Gregorio, 44.

Supt. Ponciano Zafra, city police chief, said the two sensed they were the subjects of a police operation at 3:00 A.M. and got killed when they shot it out with policemen.

Recovered from the suspects were six sachets of shabu, two pistols, a cell phone and a tricycle. ###

12-year old boys arrested for robbing San Jose City school

Three boys, each 12 years old, were arrested after robbing an elementary school in San Jose City of cash and cell phones last April 7.

Victimized by the suspects was the Caanawan Elementary School.

The principal, Ruth dela Cruz, said her personal money totaling P20,000 was taken during the robbery.

She said the suspects destroyed the glass panel door of her office, took the money inside a drawer and hurriedly left.

She told the police that their school was also robbed by a 12-year-old boy in September last year. The police, believing that the same suspect was behind the latest robbery, conducted a follow-up operation that resulted in the arrest of the suspect and his two cohorts, both 12.

Recovered from the suspects was only P1,300 of the stolen money and three cell phones.

Police are looking into the involvement of the three boys in the series of robberies reported in the city. ###

Man dies after diving in shallow pool

A 44-year old man died when he hit his head while diving in a swimming pool inside Almonds Water Park in Barangay Soledad, Santa Rosa  on the night of Holy Wednesday.

The victim was identified as Benedicto Mapalad Hernandez, 44, single, of San Isidro, Nueva Ecija.

It was learned that Fernandez dove into a pool that was only five feet deep, hitting his head on the flooring and causing him to lose consciousness.

He was rushed to Nueva Ecija Doctors' Hospital in Cabanatuan City but eventually died while undergoing emergency treatment. ###

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