Volume 17 / No. 10   |   May 31, 2017
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Nueva Ecija Governor's Cup opens

Provincial officials hope that basketball will promote unity in communities and lead the youth away from illegal drugs.

This was emphasized by Gov.Czarina Umali during the opening of the first Nueva Ecija Governor's Cup last May 19 at the Danding N. Joson Gymnasium in Quezon town.

The competition features teams from 17 towns and the cities of Cabanatuan, San Jose Muņoz and Gapan.

Cabanatuan City Vice Mayor Anthony Umali said the tournament aims to intensify camaraderie despite differences in political colors.

A sidelight of the opening program was the search for Best Muse won by the entry from Talavera, with  Quezon as first runner-up and Muņoz as second runner-up. ###

Another bus accident in Carranglan

A passenger bus bound for Baguio City fell onto a grassy field in Carranglan last May 19 but no passenger was hurt.

The Northern Luzon Bus line bus skidded off the highway in Barangay Minuli at 11:00 P.M.

PO3 Oliver Antonio who led a team of rescuers said the driver complained of the slippery road because of the rain.

All the 34 passengers, all unhurt, were made to transfer to another bus.

The site of the second accident in Carranglan is part of the 50-kilometer portion of the highway between Nueva Vizcaya and Nueva Ecija dubbed as "killer highway" because of the series of vehicular accidents over the years that killed many people.

Only last Aprl 18, 33 passengers were killed and 46 others injured when an overloaded bus fell off a cliff in Barangay Capintalan, Carranglan. ###

DPWH starts building stronger concrete barrier beside Carranglan highway

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has started building a concrete wall along the portion of the national highway in Carranglan where a bus plunged into an 80-meter cliff that killed 33 passengers.

The new wall is continuous and is a modified version of the existing concrete barriers that have gaps between them.

Antonio Molano,Jr., DPWH Central Luzon director said the new barrier will be anchored to a slope protection wall to make it stronger.

Costing P2.5 million, the barrier will be 180 meters long and is expected to ensure road safety along the winding portion of the highway. ###

DSWD holds another dialogue with Ecija farmers

Officials from the Department of Social Welfare and Development held another dialogue with 15 farmer-leaders from the Alyansa ng Magbbukid sa Gitnang Luzon/Liga ng Manggagawang Bukid sa Nueva Ecija (AMGL/LMB) to provide additional livelihood assistance to farmers and their families affected by the operations of reaper-harvester machines in Guimba.

Earlier, Undersecretary Malou Tulade-Jarabe, Assistant Secretary Lorraine Bado, Sustainable Livelihood Program Director Amada Pornaras and Focal Person for Civil Society Organizations Ron Papag discussed with the group the possibility of providing seed capital under the department's Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Last year, the department enrolled the affected farmers under its Food-for-Work Program to plant vegetables in exchange for family food packs which led to the establishment of communal vegetable gardens across several Guimba barangays.

Secretary Judy Taguiwalo expressed the willingness of her department to provide additional help to the farmers and had directed the department's Promotive Programs Group to hold manual validation of LMB members for the livelihood support.

“Ang DSWD po ay nakikiisa at handang magbahagi ng tulong sa mga pesanteng magsasaka na patuloy na lumalaban para sa kanilang mga karapatan sa lupang sinasaka. Ito po ay bahagi ng walang halong katiwalian at patas na serbisyo na ibinibigay ng ahensya sa bawat sektor ng lipunan," Taguiwalo said. ###

Moderate quake rocks Ecija

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake shook parts of Luzon, including Nueva Ecija, at around 10:27 P.M. last May 25.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said no damage or injuries were reported.

The epicenter of the quake was 17 kilometers northwest of San Marcelino, Zambales.

The quake was felt at Intensity 3 in Gapan City, Bongabong and Aliaga.

It was felt at Intensity 2 in Palayan City and Cabanatuan City. ###

Manny Galvez writes 30

The former president of Nueva Ecija Press Club, Inc., Manny Galvez, died at the Quezon City General Hospital last May 16, coinciding with his 48th birthday.

Galvez was a correspondent for the Philippine Star and a deacon at Holy Place Pentecost Church Tabernacle, Inc.

He died of heart failure eight days after being rushed to the hospital after a stroke that left him comatose. ###

WUP to implement 4-day work/class week in June

The administration of Wesleyan University-Phiilppines in Cabanatuan City will implement a four-day work/class week starting June 5, the start of the Third or Summer Term.

Director Junard Benitez of the Human Resource Development Department, in a memorandum, explained that the scheme approved by President Pacifico Aniag covers classes during the Third Term which will be lengthened to compensate for the one-day shortening of the instruction and office work week, with the exception of the Graduate School which holds classes on Saturdays and the university hospital that operates 7/24.

The four-day work/class week that aims to afford the university community a chance to enjoy the "summer" break will end on July 21.

For two years now, WUP has been implementing a new school calendar that starts in August instead of June to synchronize it with those of  ASEAN.schools. ###

12 drug pushers arrested in Cabanatuan City

A total of 12 suspected drug pushers, including a minor, were arrested in Cabanatuan City after a series of drug bust operations.

Supt. Ponciano Zafra, city police chief, identified the arrested suspects as Edgar Ramos, 42, of Villa Benita, Cabanatuan City; Melissa Lepcia, 34, of San Vicente, Gapan City; Ariel del Ponso, 53, and Illuminada Delos Santos, 49, both of Plaridel, Bulacan;  Jericho Dante Listeria, 34, single,of Barangay Dulong Bayan, Quezon, Nueva Ecija; Leny Santos, 31, of Barangay Mayapyap Sur, Cabanatuan City; Patrick Anthony San Gabriel, Ernani Coguiz, 3; Alberto Garcia, residents of Barangay Mabini Extension, Cabanatuan City; Vergel Puno, 37, of Barngay Imelda,Cabanatuan City; Marilou Calceta, 41,of Sitio Tubigan Gayagay, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan;and a 14-year old suspect.

Seized from them were 19 sachets of suspected shabu. with a street value of P250,000.

Those arrested were detained at the Cabanatuan City Jail and charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. ###

CELCOR employee hurt in gun attack

An employee of Cabanatuan Electric Corporatiion (CELCOR) was critically wounded when repeatedly shot by an unidentified man last May 25.

Supt. Ponciano Zafra, city police chief, identified the victim as Jimmy Magno, 43, married, of 525 Barangay Camp Tinio.

The victim's wife,Grace, sought the help of the police after her husband was attacked at 9:00 P.M.

Grace said her husband was aboard a motorcycle on the way home when fired upon by the unidentified suspect who escaped on foot afterwards.

Magno was wounded in different parts of the body and was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital.

Recovered from the scene were caliber .45 shells.

Police still have no clue about the motive for the shooting. ###

Tricycle driver caught sneaking drugs in Bongabong jail

A tricycle driver who was bringing breakfast to a  drug detainee was arrested after he was caught in the act of sneaking illegal drugs into the Bongabong jail last My 31.

The suspect was identified as Francis Pacis, 37, single, of Barangay San Roque.

Upon beiong inspected a partially-opened bubble gum wrapper was found inserted inside the food he brought and when it was opened, it contained a small plastic sachet with suspected shabu approximately valued at P1,000.

The suspect was arrested and detained. ###

Barangay kagawad held for drugs

A barangay kagawad in Guimba who was driving a tricycle flagged down by checkpoint policemen for violating a traffic ordinance was arrested after he accidentally dropped drug paraphernalia while presenting his diver's license and vehicle registration papers.

Supt.Rechie Duldulao, town police chief, identified the arrested officail as Edim Pumaras, 40, of Barangay Bunol who was classified as a high-value target in the police drug watch list.

The suspect was arrested by Chief Insp. Ador Depnag who, together with his men, were conducting Oplan Sita oeprations in Barangay Ayos Lomboy.

Duldulao said the suspect, a former drug surrenderer for being a user and pusher, faces a criminal charge for violation of Republic Act 9165. ###

Lupao school loses computer sets to robbers

A public high school in Lupao lost seven computer sets to robbers the night before the launching of Brigada Eskwela 2017.

Robbed was Doņa Juana National High School in Barangay Poblacion West.

The robbery was discovered by a teacher, Leonida Zamora, at 7:40 A.M. during the opening of Brigada Eskwela activities in the school.

Berlyn Vendivil, principal,said the robbers took away seven computer sets issued to the school by the Department of Education.

Sr. Supt.Antonio Yarra, provincial police director said the suspects used a bolt cutter to destroy the metal grills of the computer room window.

It was presumed that the school was broken into between 3:00 and 5:00 A.M. ###

Aliaga man drowns in Pangasinan beach resort

A 28-year-old construction worker was seen floating unconscious at a shallow part of the waters at a public beach in San Fabian, Pangasinan at 3:30 P..M. last May 21.

The victim was identified by relatives as Angelo Ayroso of Barangay Poblacion, Aliaga.

Relatives said that Ayroso, who had a heart ailment,was drunk when he dove into the water.

He was taken to a hospital in Dagupan City but was declared dead on arrival. ###

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