Volume 15 / No. 22    |    November 30, 2015
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NE ranks 8th among provinces with highest incomes

Nueva Ecija's recorded income of P2.599 billion enabled it to be listed as the eighth province in the country with the highest income in 2004.

This was according to a report released by the Commission on Audit (COA) on the ranking of local government units (LGUs) based on their income from their total operation, subsidies from national government agencies, other LGUs and funds of extraordinary items.

Topping the list was Negros Occidental with P3.332 billion, followed by Bulacan with P3.256 billion.

Also making it to the list were Cebu with P2.768 billion; Cavite, P2.757 billion; Pangasinan, P2.753 billion; Rizal, P2.741 billion; Laguna, P2.687 billion; Batangas, P2.589 billion; and Quezon, P2.393 billion.

Meanwhile, COA listed the richest provinces in the country according to equity, or the difference between the amount of assets and liabilities, led by Cebu with P28.181 billion equity; Rizal, P6.715 billion; Cavite, P4.918 billion; Negros Occidental, P4.741 billion; Laguna, P4.474 billion; Batangas, P4.381 billion; Pangasinan, P4.225 billion; Negros Oriental, P3.951 billion; Isabela, P3.909 billion; and Pampanga, P3.883 billion. ###

EU provides more aid to 'Lando' Ecija victims

The European Commission is providing an additional €300,000 for thousands of small land-holders, farm tenants and daily agricultural laborers in Nueva Ecija affected by Typhoon Lando last October.

This will be in the form of cash transfers to support their immediate needs and give them income-generating activities until farms in the area affected by the typhoon are rehabilitated.

“With the destruction of many farms and agricultural land, these most vulnerable people have lost their only sources of livelihoods,”said Dr. Franz Jessen, ambassador of the European Union in the Philippines.

The action will be implemented by a group of non-government organizations including CARE Netherlands, Action Against Hunger and Save the Children.

This aims to ensure that activities such as vegetable gardening and poultry and swine farming are established in an emergency mode, providing the beneficiary families with both food and source of income.

The project benefits some 11,500 Novo Ecijanos in the most affected towns of the province.

Last October, the European Commission provided €200,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross to bring emergency relief to 2,500 families affected by Typhoon Lando. ###

Buddhist foundation distributes aid to Ecija typhoon victims

The Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation distributed aid to thousands of victims of Typhoon Lando in Nueva Ecija in November.

A total 2,749 families from Cabanatuan City, Gapan City, and the towns of Gabaldon and Laur each received a 20-kilogram bag of rice from Taiwan, a blanket made from recycled bottles, pairs of flip-flops, clothes, crackers, sugar, oil, coffee, and chocolate powder. Families with more than five members received an extra bag of rice.

A day before the distribution of relief goods, the Tzu Chi volunteers discussed environmental protection with the residents, encouraging them to bring plastic bottles for recycling the following day.

On the day of relief distribution, residents joined the Tzu Chi volunteers in sorting the boxes and bottles for recycling and volunteered to help deliver goods to fellow victims.

The Tzu Chi volunteers also brought aid  to Bongabon last November 18. They distributed claim certificates to 116 farmers, entitling them to cans of onion seeds for their farms.

The farmers were also introduced to and lent a tiller machine called "subsoiler", designed to improve the production of crops through tilling deeper into the soil.

Aside from the donation of onion seeds, the foundation  gave a 20-kilo sack of Taiwan rice to each of 116 onion growers and 45 other families.

A total of 2,910 families benefited from the foundation's relief efforts in Nueva Ecija. ###

Guimba, Natividad among top performers in health info project

Guimba and General Natividad towns were among top-performing local government units nationwide in the use of the "eHATID LGU Project", a technology that provides information on local health status.

Guimba was in 10th place while General Natividad ranked 12th.

The internet-based  eHealth Tablet for Informed Decision-Making of Local Government Units (eHATID LGU) mobile application uploads patients' electronic medical records that generate health reports for the Department of Health and Philippine Crop Insurance Corp.

The two Nueva Ecija towns were among six top-performing LGUs in Central Luzon, including Abucay, Bataan, second place; Paombong, Bulacan, third place; San Rafael, Bulacan, fifth place; and Bagac, Bataan, sixth place.

In recognition of these LGUs, the monitoring team led by Ateneo de Manila University will award to each a certificate of recognition, an Ateneo notepad and a SIM card with P1,000 load to further help their eHATID activities.

A total of 33 cities and municipalities in Region 3 have received the tablets used in the program. ###

PhilRice trains 20 out-of-school youth in rice farming

The Philippine Rice Reserch Institute (PhilRice) recently trained 20 out-of-school youth (OSY) in rice farming.

The trainees completed a seven-week course under the Agricultural Development Officers of the Community (AgfriDOCS) training program that includes technical knowledge and skills and a positive mindset for farming.

Dr. Karen Eloisa Barroga, leader of Improving Technology Promotion and Delivery through Capability Enhancement of Next-Gen Rice Extension Professionals and Other Intermediaries (IPaD) Project, which implements the AgriDOC training program, said the project contributes to community transformation by engaging the residents, including OSY farmers.

She said the training could give the OSYs an advantage when applying for rice-related jobs, especially if they are certified by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Project IPaD is working with TESDA to develop training regulations for rice-production competency. ###

Senate rejects new Ecija penitentiary

The Senate has rejected a proposal from the private sector to build a P50 billion national prison facility within Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City because it binds future administrations to allocate funds for the next 20 years to repay the builder's expenses.

Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto, and Sen. Sergio R. Osmeña rejected the proposal submitted by Sen. Loren B. Legarda, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, to the Senate floor for debate when the Senate took up the proposed 2016 P3.002-billion national budget last November 26.

The transfer of the national prisons facility from a 3.5 million square meter prime land in Muntinlupa City to Nueva  Ecija was proposed by the Department of Justice. ###

Cabiao cop nabbed for extortion

A intelligence officer of the Cabiao police station was arrested for extortion in an entrapment operation last November 26.

Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, identified the arrested policeman as PO3 Andres Supan, assigned as intelligence officer of the Cabiao police station.

During the joint entrapment operation by elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, provincial intelligence branch and the Cabiao police in Barangay San Juan Norte, seized from the suspect was an envelope with two pieces of P500 bills, part of the P150,000 fake money used in the operation, two sachets of suspected shabu and  a motorcycle.

The operation was based on a complaint by Karen Transporto whose husband, Kristopher, was arrested after an illegal drug search last September 10.

The suspect allegedly demanded P150,000 from Transporto in exchange for either deviating from his arrest affidavit or making a false statement in the hearing of the case of her husband in February.

Cornel said, “We cannot afford this kind of cops to continue to exist among our ranks. We cannot demand respect and obedience from our people with these misfits hiding behind police uniforms.” ###

Suspended Gen.Tinio barangay chair linked to illegal logs

A barangay chair from General Tinio who had been suspended for illegal logging was identified as the owner of the illegally cut logs seized by authorities in Penaranda.

The 60 hardwood logs loaded on a truck was intercepted in Barangay Callos, Peñaranda last November 27.

Col. Felimon Santos, chief of the Army's 703rd Infantry Brigade, said the logs were loaded on a Foton truck driven by Jhun Cabildo, who could not present documents for the cargo.

Ricardo Lazaro Jr,. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) officer, said the truck and the logs were deposited in the DENR nursery in Cabanatuan City.

It was learned from the Land Transportation Office that the truck was registered to Roberto Fernandez, barangay chair of Pias, General Tinio.

General Tinio Vice Mayor Ferdinand Bote said Fernandez had been suspended for six months by the Sangguniang Bayan for involvement in illegal logging. ###

San Jose businesswoman robbed by men riding-in-tandem

A businesswoman and her niece were held up by two motorcycle-riding suspects while on their way home in San Jose City last November 22.

The victims were identified as Violeta Guillermo, married, proprietor of Violy's Grocery Store, and her niece Loreta Sambrano, 45, both of Don Ramon Avenue, Ramar Village, Barangay F.E. Marcos.

Supt. Noli Azuncion, city police chief, said the victims were riding a tricycle driven by Vergel Sabutan when the suspects on board a motorcycle blocked them, pointed a gun at them and declared a hold up.

The suspects grabbed the two bags of the victims containing the day's sales totaling P100,000, a wallet containing P2,000 and two Samsung cell phones.

The police conducted a hot pursuit operation but were unable to catch up with the suspects. ###

High school student dies in San Jose fire

A 15 year old Grade 8 student died last November 16 after being trapped in a fire in their house in Barangay Crisanto Sanchez, San Jose City.

Supt,. Noli Azuncion, San Jose City police chief, identified the victim as Brent Howard Sunico.

He was sleeping in his second floor bedroom when the fire started at about 9:10 A.M., trapping him. He sustained fourth degree burns.

Fire investigators said the second floor of the house had no fire exits while the first floor was used as a computer shop.

The fire damaged P200,000 worth of property including 10 computer sets. ###

Gapan trader robbed

A businessman lost construction tools and equipment to robbers who struck while his five helpers were asleep in a construction site in Gapan City last November 24.

The victim was identified as Roberto Magsino, 55, married, of  Barangay Santo Cristo Sur and a native of Barangay Sinisian, Lemery, Batangas.

Supt. Nelson Aganon, city police chief, said the victim discovered the robbery upon arriving at 5:00 A.M. at the construction beside the Mormon church in the barangay. The five stay-in construction workers of the victim were asleep.

Among the items stolen were a Kubota Mixer engine worth P35,000, hollow block machine engine  (P15,000), two electric burner stoves (P1,200), two gas range burners (P1,500), gas tank (P1,000), electric panel board (P1,500), a set of electrical tools (P2,500) and two cooking pots (P1,600). ###

San Isidro teacher loses P.5 million to housemaid, accomplice

A female house helper and her male accomplice were arrested in Bulacan after they robbed the former's employer in San Isidro of cash and jewelry totaling P500,000

Supt. Steven dela Cruz identified the suspects as Charlene dela Rosa, 19, single, of , Zamboang del Norte and Jonathan Pascual, 20, single, farmer, of Tutuban Centro, Barangay San Roque, Gapan City.

The victim was Lorie Bernardino, 49, teacher, married, of Villa Ruz Subdivision, Barangay Poblacion, San Isidro.

The suspects were arrested after they were identified through the CCTV in the house.

The robbery was discovered by Raul Bernardino, the victim's brother-in-law, when he arrived home at about 11:30 A.M. and saw the master's bedroom open and the drawers and jewelry box inside empty.

Among the items taken were assorted jewelry valued at P400,000 and P100,000 in cash.

The suspects fled to Barangay Tibag, Baliuag, Bulacan and were arrested in coordination with the local police.###

Guimba used vehicle trader shot dead

A retired Army master sergeant engaged in trading second hand vehicles  was shot dead by two men riding a Suzuki motorcycle in tandem as he got off from his car in Barangay Cawayang Bugtong, Guimba last November 28.

The victim was identified as Rodolfo Valeroso, 59. marred, of Barangay Cawayang Bugtong.

A witness, tricycle driver Cesar Gampoy, 53, told police that he was four meters away from the gunman when the victim was shot thrice in the head. Afterwards, the gunman pointed the gun at him and warned him not to meddle or else he would also be killed.

Investigators recovered from the scene three caliber 9mm shells, and two fragmentation grenades and a caliber .45 pistol from the victim's car. ###

Cuyapo barangay tanod chief killed

The barangay tanod chief of Baloy, Cuyapo was killed while pacifying a trouble maker at a dance party.

The victim, Tony Concepcion, 49, was trying to pacify the suspect, Michael Laweg, who was creating trouble at the party, when the latter pulled out a caliber .45 pistol from his waist and fired at the victim several times.

The suspect then walked away.

Recovered from the scene were five caliber .45 shells. ###

Gapan man killed in San Leonardo shooting

A man from Gapan City who was drinking inside the Maricris Resto-Bar in Barangay Mambangnan, San Lenardo was shot dead by an unidentified assailant at 1:30 A.M. last November 28.

Killed was Norberto Francisco, 58, married, of Barangay San Vicente, Gapan City.

Investigation showed that the suspect approached the victim and repeatedly shot him at close range, then boarded a motorcycle driven by a cohort and escaped.

Police recovered five caliber .45 shells from the scene. ###

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