DA lifts bird
The Department of
Agriculture lifted the ban on the
transport of poultry products within the
seven-kilometer radius bird flu
controlled zones in Nueva Ecija and
Emmanuel Piñol said "Following the
recommendations of bio-security experts,
I signed a Memorandum Circular lifting
the quarantine restrictions in the
7-kilometer Controlled Area Radius
around the town of San Luis, Pampanga
and in Jaen and San Isidro towns in
He pointed out, however,
that quarantine restrictions and
surveillance were still being
implemented within the one-kilometer
radius of each of the three towns.
He said the department
would implement an interim rule of "test
and slaughter" for chickens coming from
areas within the seven-kilometer zone,
where farms due for harvest would be
inspected by the Provincial Veterinary
Office for bio-security and flock health
assessment. Laboratory tests would also
be done to see if the birds are free
from the avian flu virus.
Piñol said birds meeting
the criteria would be slaughtered only
in dressing plants accredited by
the National Meat Inspection
Hatching eggs, he said,
should come from farms without unusual
mortality and transported in disinfected
and sealed vans. Balut should come from
farms which had tested negative for
avian flu virus. ###
San Isidro poultry farms not yet
The provincial government
said poultry farms in Jaen and San
isidro were still experiencing problems
with the bird flu outbreak because the
cleaning and disinfection of the towns
have not been completed.
Under the testing process
being implemented, sentinel birds would
be placed in the quarantine area for 35
days to determine if the bird flu virus
still exists in the area.
Poultry farm owners can
resume raising chickens and quails if
problems do not arise.
Owners said they hope that
by October, they can finally begin
recovering their earning losses, with
full operations by November.
Because of this, farm
owners and workers have shifted to
alternative work to financially survive.
Quail farm owner Magdalena
Nagum said she worked in other jobs like
construction when available. She said
other poultry raises engage in other
livelihood activities, with their wives
accepting laundry jobs.
The provincial government
has assured that there is P2.7 million
from the calamity fund that can be given
to displaced poultry farm workers.
Alejandro Abesamis said the direction of
the financial assistance or support of
the municipal government is in the form
of cash for work, coordinated with the
labor department so they could be given
Aside from chicken farms,
suppliers and distributors of eggs are
also experiencing the effects of the
bird flu scare.
Abesamis said many of the
eggs produced in Luzon go to waste due
to the existing ban, with suppliers
forced to lower prices of medium-sized
eggs to P1.50 each from P4.50. ###
says country could face egg shortage
during holiday season
The Philippine Egg Board
Association (PEBA) said the country
could face an egg shortage in December
after the bird flu outbreak in Jaen and
San Isidro, Nueva Ecija and San Luis,
Irwin Ambal, association
president, said even before the bird flu
outbreak was confirmed in the two
provinces, supply was already tight as
bakers and restaurants had increased
their egg purchases.
“Before the avian
influenza, the farm-gate price of a
medium-sized egg was around P4.50 to
P4.70 per piece, which was a record
high. And the price was high because of
the production shortfall,” Ambal said.
He said the restrictions
imposed by local government units in the
Visayas could worsen the supply
situation in the coming months, noting
that some LGUs have prohibited the
transport of poultry products from Luzon
due to health concerns.
He said members of PEBA in
Batangas, considered as the country's
egg basket, were forced to sell their
produce at lower prices to avoid losses
caused by restrictions in the Visayas.
“The provinces of Bulacan,
Pampanga and Nueva Ecija are currently
being flooded with cheaper eggs from
Batangas,” he said.
Ambal expects the local
layer industry to recover some time
He explained that unlike
broilers that could be harvested after
20 days, a day-old chick takes 20 weeks
to produce eggs.
Meanwhile, the United
Broilers Raisers Association assured
that the country will have enough
poultry meat during the holidays.
Association president Elias
Jose Inciong said the farm-gate price of
broilers has started to recover since
the agriculture department lifted the
ban on the shipment of poultry products
from Luzon. ###
might abandon mega prison project
Justice Secretary Vitaliano
Aguirre said President Duterte has lost
interest in the project to build a mega
prison in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija,
proposing instead the improvement of
existing regional prisons nationwide.
Aguirre told a hearing of
the House of representatives for the
budget of the justice department, that
what Duterte is inclined to do is build
a medium-sized facility in Nueva Ecija
and infuse P2 billion each to the
budgets of seven regional prison
The budget for the proposed
Nueva Ecija mega prison was P150
rice' downs minors in General
A number of minors in
General Natividad experienced stomach
pains after supposedly eating "face
The aunt of one victim said
the rice had a different smell and had a
She said she formed the
rice into balls and threw them at the
floor to make them bounce based on a
common belief that balls of fake rice
A report however showed
that some of the the balls did not
A nearby rice seller said
the the suspected fake rice did not come
from his store, stressing that he did
not sell any such product.
The National Food Authority
earlier clarified that rice formed into
balls can bounce due to the grain's high
starch content, and that fake rice has
not been detected in the local market
since 2015. ###
Teen seen with EJK
victim in Navotas, found dead in
The 14-year-old boy who was
last seen with slain teenager Car Angelo
Arnaiz in Navotas, was found dead in
Supt. Peter Madria, city
police chief, said a resident found the
body of Reynaldo "Kulot" de Guzman in a
creek in Barangay San Roque at around
11:30 A.M. last September 5.
The boy's parents
positively identified him at a funeral
parlor morgue the following day.
Madria said the body was
not yet in a state of decomposition.
PO3 Niño Cabog, who is
handling the case, said de Guzman's body
had 30 stab wounds.
De Guzman, a Grade 5 pupil
at Maybunga Elementary School in Pasig
city, was last seen with Arnaiz, the
19-year old who was killed by policemen
in an alleged shootout along the C3 Road
Meanwhile, Gapan City Mayor
Emerson Pascual offered a P200,000
reward for any information that will
lead to the arrest of suspects involved
in the killing of de Guzman.
He called on his
constituents to help solve the killing
by identifying the culprits.
The mayor vowed to protect
the informant who will come forward. ###
hurt in Cabanatuan gun attack
An overseas Filipino worker
from Gapan City was shot and wounded in
Cabanatuan City while aboard a sports
utility vehicle last September 3.
Supt Ponciano Zafra,
Cabanatuan City police chief, identified
the victim as Francisco Aquino, Jr., 32,
of Purok 1, Barangay Pambuan, Gapan
He sustained several
gunshot wounds in the body and was
rushed to Premiere Medical Center.
The attack was carried out
by armed men riding a white Toyota Vios
along Maharlka Highway in Barangay
Valdefuente at 2:30 P.M.
Police said the victim was
with his family aboard a black Ford SUV
going north when the suspects overtook
them and repeatedly fired at them
Zafra said they are sill
looking into the motive for the slay
Seven persons allegedly
engaged in motorcycle drag racing were
arrested in an anti-gambling operation
conducted by the Palayan City police on
the night of September 1.
Chief Insp. Arnel Santiago,
city police chief, said the suspects
were nabbed at 8:40 P.M. when patrolling
policemen arrived at the Singalat
Capitol Road beside the Palayan City
Business Hub and saw a group of men
placing bets on an illegal motorcycle
Those arrested were
identified as Paul Edward
Gonzales, 25, Carwin Soriano, 21, Jolly
Caralde, 21, Derrick Salazar, 20,
Raphael Donato, 18, Erick Francisco, 22,
and John Lennard Piadozo, 19, all of
Santiago said policemen ran
after those involved in the race but
some managed to hide and escape.
The suspects, the bet money
and the esized motorcycles were brought
to the police station for processing.
Charges of illegal gambling
were filed against the suspects at the
city prosecutor's office. ###