anniversary of 'Unang Sigaw ng Nueva Ecija'
rallies Ecijanos to fight graft/corruption
Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Office told the people
of Cabiao during the commemoration of the 115th anniversary of the "First
Cry of Nueva Ecija" that the country now faces graft and corruption
as its new kind of oppressor.
The September 2 affair, also
called "Gen. Mariano Llanera Day", highlighted the heroism of the Cabiao
born military leader who led the uprisings against the Spaniards in Nueva
Ecija and Bulacan.
Coloma said that while Novo
Ecijanos celebrate the bravery of Gen. Llanera and his men, they must also
bear in mind that the country is now fighting graft and corruption.
He relayed the message of
President Benigno S. Aquino III, who was still in China for a five-day
state visit, expressing his support to the people of Cabiao.
Coloma also asked the people
of Cabiao to tell the government of their wants and concerns so the Aquino
administration could address them, noting that this was the reason why
the President organized the Presidential Communications Operations Office
to link the people with their government to help the country move forward.
He said that in modern times,
the country also needs a revolution, an uprising that is unarmed contrary
to General Llanera’s rebellion.
“Ito po ay isang rebolusyon
at isang himagsikan sa larangan ng kaisipan, sa larangan ng kamulatan.
Kinakailangang baguhin na po natin ang ating kaisipan. Huwag na po tayong
mag-isip ng mga bagay na makasisira o makakalikha pa ng kaguluhan o ligalig.
Ang isipin po nating lahat: Ano po ba ang puwede nating gawin? Ano po ba
ang ating maitutulong?” he said.
Gen. Llanera led around 3,000
revolutionaries in a successful assault of San Isidro, the former capital
of Nueva Ecija, on September 2, 1896.
Llanera also led battles
in Bulacan. He was one of the signatories of the Biak-na-Bato Constitution
in November 1897 and the Pact of Biak-na-Bato on the same year.
He was exiled to Hong Kong
together with Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in December 1897. The following year,
he was captured by the Americans and deported to Guam.
He returned to the Philippines
in December 1902 and died on September 19, 1942. ###
6th top performing component city in RP
Cabanatuan City has been
ranked by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as the
sixth top performing component city based on areas of good governance.
In the department's Local
Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS), Cabanatuan scored 4.8363.
The performance index ranges from a score of 1.00 as the lowest and 5.00
as the highest.
LGPMS is a web based, self
assessment tool for local government units managed by the Bureau of Local
Government Supervision, that measures performance in key governance areas
and provides information on the status of LGUs in terms of local governance
The other top performing
component cities are Ligao (4.9240), Laoag (4.9193), San Fernando (4.9177),
Vigan (4.8617), Gingoog (4.8568), Dipolog (4.8113), La Carlota (4.7553),
Iriga (4.7522) and Batac (4.7430).
The top performing cities
in the highly urbanized and independent component cities category are Valenzuela
(4.9150), San Juan (4.8875), Puerto Princesa (4.8640), Angeles (4.7410),
Davao (4.7380), Naga (4.6940), Zamboanga (4.6865), Iligan (4.6710), Cebu
(4.6633) and Taguig (4.6415).
Meanwhile, the top 10 high
performing provinces are Bohol (4.9370), La Union (4.9115), Bulacan (4.8628),
Negros Oriental (4.8331), Pangasinan (4.8185), Ilocos Norte (4.8185), Albay
(4.8064), Cavite (4.8031), Compostela Valley (4.7812) and Tarlac (4.7773).
The DILG said that the local
government units were recognized for initiating and implementing programs
aimed at improving the lives of their constituents, protecting the environment
and practicing financial accountability and commitment to transparency.
Okubo cited for bravery
Supt. Edgar Alan Okubo, commander
of the Provincial Public Safety Company of the provincial police office,
received an award for bravery together with nine other policemen during
the 45th anniversary of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in Makati
City last September 8.
Okubo was cited for his leadership
that led to the arrest of the most wanted persons in Nueva Ecija.
The other awardees were PO1
Eduardo Santiago of the Bayambang Police station in Pangasinan; SPO4 Hernane
Osano, Midsayap Municipal Police Station, North Cotabato; SPO 3 Dante Obenza,
Lianga Municipal Police Station, Surigao del Sur; PO3 Osorio Ramiso, Jr.,
Regional Police Community Relations Division; PO1 Kennel Tafalla, PO1 Shelwin
Portajada and PO1 Elmer Tisado all from the Regional Public Safety Batallion;
and SPO2 Nilbert Porlucas and PO1 Teodoro Casison, both from the
Quezon City Police District.
“The act of bravery of these
police officers clearly manifests their commitment to serve and protect
the people,” NAPOLCOM vice chair Eduardo Escueta said.
Rep. Emilio Abaya of the
first district of Cavite was also awarded with a plaque of appreciation
for his accomplishments in public service. ###
longest serving police chief exits
The longest serving chief
of police of Cabanatuan City, Supt. Eliseo Cruz, relinquished his post
to Chief Insp. Nicasio Malazzab, chief intelligence officer of the city
police, in simple turnover rites held at the city hall compound last September
Cruz, 44 and a Cabanatueño,
was designated as city police chief on May 29, 2006 over the objection
of Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara who claimed that he was not consulted. This
led to the mayor's recall of several police mobile cars donated by the
Cruz declined his post, telling
Vergara that he was willing to resign if only to restore normalcy in the
relations between the city government and the city police.
Vergara later accepted Cruz's
Under the leadership of Cruz,
the Cabanatuan police station was awarded as Best City Police Station in
Police Community Relations in Region 3 for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008;
Most Citizen Friendly Police Station for year 2008; and Country’s Outstanding
Policeman in Service (COPS) in 2009 presented by former President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo. Twice, the city police was cited as Best City Police
Station in Region 3 for 2008 and 2011.
Cruz acknowledged the logistical
support given to the city police by the Vergara administration.
When Vergara won as mayor
in 2010, he sought the reinstatement of Cruz as city police chief. ###
truly the country's 'tricycle capital'
Records from Cabanatuan City's
legalization and franchising office has confirmed that the city is indeed
the "Tricycle Capital of the Philippines".
There are a total of 8,044
for hire and 73 privately used tricycles in the city.
It is projected that by the
end of the year, about 12,000 tricycle units are expected be in the city's
public transport system.
Now, there are 17,000 tricycles
in Cabanatuan, including 5,000 units operated by non-Cabanatueños
which will eventually be banned from plying in the city.
City Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara
said that he was proud that his city has become the undisputed "Tricycle
Capital" of the country aside from being the "Biggest Little City". ###
team bags 2nd place CSC regional talent contest
The Nueva Ecija team took
home the second prize and P15,000 in the cultural presentation category
of the regional talent contests held by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
The Novo Ecijanos depicted
the wedding, war and victory rituals of indigenous tribes in the southern
part of the province.
The first prize went to the
city government of San Fernando, Pampanga while Bulacan came in third.
In then dance exercise category,
the Pampanga team from the municipal government of Mabalacat won first
prize; Bataan, second; and Bulacan, third,.
Diana Henson, CSC Central
Luzon information officer, said that the dance exercise and cultural presentation
contests were meant to preserve the rich cultural heritage of every province
in the region as well as promote a healthy lifestyle and to test the creativity
and teamwork of government workers.
The activity was part of
the month long regional activities to celebrate the 111th anniversary of
Philippine civil service. ###
gives 5 Ecija women groups small business capitals
Five women groups in Nueva
Ecija received a total of P650,000 to start small businesses under the
guidance of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The beneficiaries include
the Samahang Kababaihan sa Barangay Bunga, Masikap Women's Group and Pag-asa
Group which received P150,000 each; Magigilas Group, P125,000; and Ladies
Action Group, P75,000.
Lani Ortega, president of
Samahang Kababaihan sa Barangay Bunga, said that each group member will
receive P5,000 to put up businesses like rolling stores that sell tinapa,
vegetables and other goods.
Felina Villajuan, project
development officer of DSWD-Region III, said that the members will repay
the loan on a weekly basis for one year and save their profits in a bank.
Villajuan explained that
each beneficiary will pay P160 a week, with P100 as loan repayment, P50
for the savings and P10 for the operational expenses.
“Sa loob ng isang taon,
after makabayad, may savings pa sila. May maiiwan sa kanila," she said.
posts third highest crime incidence in CL
Nueva Ecija ranked third
in the number of crime incidents among Central Luzon provinces from January
to July 2011.
The province posted a total
of 2,498 incidents.
The list was topped by Bulacan
with 9,647 crimes, followed by Pampanga with 3,305.
Bataan was in fourth place
with 2,185 crimes; Zambales fifth, with 1,566; and Tarlac sixth, with 1,131.
Aurora retained its status
as the most peaceful province in the region with the lowest crime incidence
of 991. ###
Sr. Supt. Oscar Albayalde
said the 24,401 crimes registered in Central Luzon this year was
25.77 percent lower compared to the same period last year. ###
Force helicopter makes SOS landing in Guimba
A Philippine Air Force helicopter
that malfunctioned made an emergency landing in a rice field in Barangay
Bunol, Guimba last September 1, sustaining minor damage and with its two
pilots and three passengers unharmed.
Capt. Elmer Ariola, pilot,
and Capt. Richard Dalag, co-pilot, made the emergency landing at 8:40 A.M.
when the helicopter experienced mechanical trouble while on its way to
Cauayan, Isabela from the Northern Luzon Command in Tarlac.
Also on board were Air Force
SSgt. John Laurita, Airman Ryan Rompong and SSgt. Lauro Joya. ###
teacher dies in fire
A 64 year old teacher died
when she was trapped in her burning house in Barangay Parcutela, Gapan
City last September 5.
The victim, Anatalia Gutierrez,
single, was found in her room burned beyond recognition.
Supt. Samuel L. Sevilla,
city police chief, said that the fire started at about 6:30 P.M. in the
victim's room where a rechargeable lamp which was left unattended, overheated.
He said that the police station
was alerted by a telephone call from a concerned citizen at 8:30 P.M.
Responding policemen and
firefighters found the fire already under control when they arrived.
Initial damage to property
was estimated at P600,000. ###
drug dealers arrested
The Science City of Muñoz
police arrested two notorious illegal drug dealers and seized P150,000
worth of shabu in a dawn operation last September 14.
Supt. Ricardo E. Villanueva,
provincial police intelligence chief, identified those arrested as Oliver
Zareno, 34, of Poblacion North, Lupao and Jeofrey Fernandez, alias Oplak,
32, of Poblacion North, Muñoz.
They were nabbed in a buy-bust
operation in Barangay Mapangpang.
Supt. Pedro D. Soliba, city
police chief, said that Zareno has been identified as the top drug pusher
in the second district while Fernandez is said to be the seventh in the
police watch list.
The suspects yielded 54 plastic
sachets of shabu and marked money.
Villanueva said that the
joint operation of the provincial intelligence branch and the Muñoz
police was in response to the directive of the new Philippine National
Police chief, Deputy Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome, to intensify
the anti criminality and illegal drug campaign. ###
pa hammers 4 year old son
A mentally ill father ran
amok and hammered his four year old son three times in the head last September
4 in Talavera
The boy died two days later
of severe head injuries in Premier Hospital in Cabanatuan City .
Supt. Ricardo E. Villanueva,
provincial police intelligence chief, identified the victim as Azalaide
Wy of 68 Quezon St., Barangay Marcos.
The suspect, Wilfred Wy,
45, reportedly ran amok and held the victim hostage for two hours before
being overpowered by the police.
Investigation showed that
the suspect was playing with his son at around 12:30 P.M. when he suddenly
grabbed the boy and held him hostage, armed with a hammer.
A relative, Ronaldo Santos,
pleaded with the suspect to let go of the boy. Wy turned more violent and
hit his son three times in the head with the hammer.
When the suspect turned on
other family members, policemen saw the chance to stop him. ###
man shot dead
A 35 year old man was shot
and killed inside his house in Barangay Maturanoc, Guimba last September
Supt. Renato David, town
police chief, identified the victim as Christopher Felipe Cayan, single.
The victim's cousins, Lorna
Balintag Gacutan and Angelito Balintag Cayan, told investigators that they
heard the sound of gunfire from the victim's house at about 9:00 P.M.
When they went to victim's
house to check, they found the door locked and had to break it open.
They saw the victim sprawled dead in front of a television set that was
shot by tricycle jackers
A 26 year old driver was
wounded when two suspects tried to snatch his tricycle in Barangay Baquero,
Cabanatuan City last September 4.
Supt. Ricardo Villanueva,
chief of the provincial police intelligence branch, identified the victim
as Ferdinand Mana of Barangay Zulueta.
Investigation showed that
Mana had delivered a passenger to Bakero at about 2:30 P.M. when two unidentified
men riding a motorcycle in tandem, tried to take his tricycle. Mana fought
back, prompting the back rider to shoot him.
Mana was hit in the right
leg but managed to escape.
Villanueva said that the
provincial police has intensified its campaign against motorcyclists riding
in tandem. ###