Volume14 / No. 19                                                                                                          October 15, 2014
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Ecija and Bulacan pool resources
for expressway

The governors of Nueva Ecija and Bulacan will pool their resources to start the construction of an expressway from San Jose del Monte City to Cabanatuan City.

Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio Umali said his province can start the clearing and perform the needed preparations so the proposed expressway can get started soon.

“This was the only project mentioned in [President Aquino’s] first state of the nation address. It will be built under a public-private partnership arrangement,” Umali said. 

Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, chair of the Central Luzon Development Council, said the plan to start the construction is fully supported by the regional council.

He said the P15.8 billion expressway will stimulate agri-industrial development of Nueva Ecija, Bulacan and parts of Aurora.

He said he and Umali are determined to see the expressway started soon.

Based on the recommendation of the Department of Public Works and Highways, the new expressway will be called the North Luzon East Expressway.

The 92.1 kilometer expressway will start from the La Mesa Parkway at the junction of C-6 in San Jose del Monte City and will pass through Norzagaray, Angat, San Ildefonso and San Miguel in Bulacan; and Gapan City and Santa Rosa in Nueva Ecija and end in Cabanatuan City.

The expressway will cross the Angat, Peñaranda and Pampanga.rivers. ###

DPWH to start bidding for Tarlac-San Jose City toll road

The Department of Public Works and Highways plans to start the bidding within the year for the first stage of a public-private partnership (PPP) toll road that will link Tarlac province to San Jose City, Nueva Ecija.

Public Works Undersecretary Rafael Yabut said the first stage of the project called the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEx) covers about 30 kilometers from the Luisita Interchange in Tarlac to Cabanatuan City.

The first phase will also link with CLLEx the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-LaUnion Expressway (TPLEx).

The project will be funded by a Japanese overseas development assistance loan.

The project's second phase will cover 23 kilometers from Cabanatuan City to San Jose City.

The DPWH said CLLEx will help decongest traffic along the Pan-Philippine Highway and support the socio-economic development of the regional growth pole cities of Tarlac and Cabanatuan.

Linking SCTEx and TPLEx will result in a seamless travel to Central and Northern Luzon from Metro Manila. ###

LGUs, civil society groups seek support for grassroots budget

Local governments and civil society groups in Central Luzon have launched a signature campaign to draw support for the government's grassroots participatory budgeting (GPB) system and protect development projects for the region.

The move was led by 250 Central Luzon leaders who gathered in Palayan City to help defend the budgeting system described by critics as another pork barrel controlled by President Aquino.

Peñaranda Mayor Ferdinand Abesamis, Luzon cluster president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, said GPB is a classic example of people empowerment, helping push projects selected by the people themselves and skirting an older process where elected leaders choose projects for their constituents.

The regional office of the Department of Interior and Local Government said the 2014 national budget allocates P758,483,110 for 770 projects identified under the GPB in five cities and 47 towns in Central Luzon.

The biggest share goes to the Department of Agriculture for 172 projects.

Abesamis said the Supreme Court ruling that declared unconstitutional portions of the Aquino administration's disbursement acceleration program (DAP) has delayed the implementation of some GPB projects. ###

NIA assures Ecija farmers of continued water despite El Niño

The National Irrigation Administration has allayed fears of  Nueva Ecija farmers that they would  not be able to plant rice next year due to the effect of  El Niño on the supply of irrigation water.

Engr. Reynaldo Puno, operations manager of Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS),  said he believes Pantabangan Dam will reach the ideal water level for the irrigation needs of its service areas.

Last October 10, the water level at the dam was recorded at 200.22 meters above sea level, making irrigation officials optimistic that the level will reach 207.5 by the end of November.

Puno said that at 207.5 meter level, almost 83 percent of the1145,376.51 hectares irrigated during the dry season this year will be served next year.

A 2015 projection on El Niño released by PAGASA says 18,993 hectares of rice farms in the UPRIIS service area might not be planted due to lack of water. ###

COMELEC discovers 5,000 dead voters in Cabanatuan

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has discovered that the voters' list of Cabanatuan City has at least 5,000 dead persons.

Leo Navarro, city election officer, said the dead voters, including a centenarian and 13 aged 90 and older, are being deleted from the list.

He said they are verifying the list of dead voters and getting copies of their death certificates from their families.

He said the Office of the Civil Registrar is also helping identify the dead voters in the list.

The COMELEC repeated its call for voters to update their biometric records that include digital photo, signature and fingerprint.

The provincial COMELEC office has warned that over 200,000 voters in the province could be disenfranchised for lack of biometric records. ###

Fugitive arrested

A 63 year businessman who had been hiding from the law for ten years for cases of illegal recruitment and swindling was arrested last October 9 in Barangay Daang Sarile, Cabanatuan City.

Supt. Joselito Villarosa, Jr., city police chief, identified the arrested fugitive as Ernesto Nagaño Valerio of Daang Sarile. He has pending cases in courts in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, Baguio City and Valenzuela City.

Valerio faces eight cases of illegal recruitment and seven cases of estafa filed in 2004. ###

San Leonardo businessman arrested for illegal guns

A businessman from San Leonardo was arrested after two firearms and several bullets were found in his house in Barangay Mambangnan last October 10.

Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, Central Luzon police director, said the Nueva Ecija Intelligence Branch, the Provincial Public Safety Company and the Nueva Ecija Detection Field Office raided the house of Josefino Milanes.

The operatives, armed with a search warrant, seized from Milanes a caliber .45 pistol with bullets, a 12 gauge Armscor shotgun with four bullets, two caliber .45 shells and a caliber .22 air gun. ###

US Army soldier victimized  in Cabanatuan hotel robbery

A US Army solder staying in a Cabanatuan City hotel lost his money and other valuables last September 30.

The victim was identified as S/Sgt. Emerson Kevin McArthur, 37.

Supt. Joselito Villarosa, Jr., city police chief, said the soldier was billeted at VIP Room No. 1 of Greenland Leisure Suites in Sitio Mampulog, Barangay Bitas.

The robbery was discovered at around 8:00 A.M.

The victim lost P7,000 in cash, two iPhone 4s phones worth $1,200 and a Sony digital camera valued at $800.

Police investigators said the suspect entered the room through a window. ###

Lineman electrocuted

A lineman was electrocuted after touching a high-tension power line last October 1.

The victim was identified as Jaymar Zamora, 26, single, of Maruwa, Isabela, Negros Occidental , a lineman of Corepoint Cable Construction and temporarily living at Dona Adela Subdivision, Barangay Mabini Homesite.

Zamora was installing cable along Don Manuel Avenue in Barangay Kapitan Pepe at around 4:30 P.M. when he was electrocuted. ###

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