Duterte says gov't must
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
“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
“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. ###
research center to go up in Bongabon
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
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". ###
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
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
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
The program provides
carabao's milk from PCC-assisted dairy
farmers to day care children for 120
FPJ featured in latest PhilRice
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
A Koren variety of purple
rice plants were used to outline
The PhilRice team used 3D
anamaorphosis that makes the art work
visible only when viewed from a certain
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. ###
showcases evolution of local rice
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
Visit to the NFA Grain
Industry Museum is free of charge. ###
octogenarian farmer, helper robbed
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
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
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
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
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. ###
Talavera businessman found in rice
The decomposing body of a
Talavera businessman was found in a rice
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. ###
barangay chief arrested for illegal
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
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
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. ###
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
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. ###
boys arrested for robbing San Jose
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
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
He was rushed to Nueva
Ecija Doctors' Hospital in Cabanatuan
City but eventually died while
undergoing emergency treatment. ###