Volume14 / No. 21                                                                                                      November 30, 2014
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NAPOLCOM cites Ecija,
Jaen police chiefs

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) cited Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nieves, director of the Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office, and Chief Insp. Alexander Aurelio, Jaen chief of police, as among the outstanding police officials in Central Luzon.

The other awardees were Supt. Jhoanna Rosales, chief of police of Floridablanca, Pampanga; and Sr. Insp. Rolando Geronimo, deputy chief for Operations and Plans of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office

The awards were handed out by NAPOLCOM Commissioner Luisito Palmera during rites at the Wood Grove Park, Barangay del Carmen, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. ###

DOLE-Nueva Ecija scores high in ISO certification audit

The Nueva Ecija field office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) got high marks in its first surveillance audit for ISO certification.

The office was praised by the DQS-UL Audit Team for scoring high in its efficient conduct of work resulting in best practices in program implementation.

The audit team headed by Engr. Eusebio Sanglap took special notice of the office's Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) catering to poor but deserving students who want to continue their studies. This had been recognized by DOLE as the best such program in the region.

The team also commended the field office for raising the awareness on occupational safety and health in the province.

The field office was given Rank 1 rating for customer satisfaction and Rank 2 in the  management of documents and facilities.

Labor officials said the results of the audit validated the agency's continued commitment to provide the highest level of operational standards to better enhance its competitiveness and meet the needs of its clients and stake holders. ###

Cabanatuan taps geographic information system

Cabanatuan City now uses a geographic information system that enables the City Planning and Development Office and the City Engineer's Office to better plan infrastructure projects.

Mayor Juliius Cesar Vergara said the project was made possible through a $50,000 software grant from a US-based company.

The software will be used in planning and designing the city's drainage projects, identifying the best routes for proposed infrastructure projects and reviewing road networks. ###

SM opens Cabanatuan store, takes over Megacenter

SM Prime Holdings opened its SM Store in the former Megacenter the Mall in Cabanatuan City last November 27.

Cabanatuan City Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara and SM Retail Group President Jorge Mendiola led the opening rites.

The four-story mall, now called SM Megacenter, is distinct from the sprawling SM-Cabanatuan City mall being constructed along the National Highway and due to be completed sometime in 2015. ###

Vargas files disbarment case vs. RTC judge

Unseated Aliaga Mayor Elizabeth Vargas has filed a disbarment case against a regional trial court (RTC) judge for deciding an electoral protest based on an old law.

Facing charges of grave misconduct and gross ignorance of the law before the Supreme Court is RTC Branch 30 Presiding Judge Virgilio Caballero.

Vargas' accused Caballero of manifest partiality and willful violations or the Code of Judicial Conduct and Code of Professional Responsibility in the discharge of his official duty as a member of the judiciary.

Caballero had ruled in favor of Vargas' election rival, Reyaldo Ordanes.

Last May 8, Caballero promulgated a decision proclaiming Ordanes the winner in the Aliaga mayoralty election after deducting 72 votes from those garnered by Vargas. On June 19, he issued an order granting Ordanes' petition for the issuance of a writ of execution pending appeal until further notice.

However, the Commission on Elections issued an en banc ruling for a temporary restraining order, enjoining Caballero from implementing his June 19 order.

Vargas claimed that Caballero based his ruling on an old law which had already been amended.

She also said that Caballero committed an error when he himself examined and appreciated the ballots when the same ruling provides that any issue as to whether or not a certain mark or shade is within the threshold shall be determined by using the PCOS machine and not by human determination. ###

Robbery suspect killed, another wounded

A robbery suspect was killed while another was wounded in a shootout with policemen in Sitio Barrio Site, Barangay Sagada, Laur.

Chief Insp. Cherry Lou Donato, spokesperson of the police regional office, identified the slain suspect as Raffy Estrera.

Another suspect, Loloy Capisnon, was detained at the Laur police station.

The two were wanted in connection with a number of robberies in the province.

Poilice said they were able to handcuff Capisnon while Estrera tried to evade and shot it out with the arresting team. ###

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