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
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. ###
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
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
“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. ###
foundation distributes aid to Ecija
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
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. ###
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.
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. ###
trains 20 out-of-school youth in
The Philippine Rice Reserch
Institute (PhilRice) recently trained 20
out-of-school youth (OSY) in rice
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
Project IPaD is working
with TESDA to develop training
regulations for rice-production
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
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.
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
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
Gen.Tinio barangay chair linked to
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 Vice Mayor
Ferdinand Bote said Fernandez had been
suspended for six months by the
Sangguniang Bayan for involvement in
illegal logging. ###
businesswoman robbed by men
A businesswoman and her
niece were held up by two
motorcycle-riding suspects while on
their way home in San Jose City last
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
The police conducted a hot
pursuit operation but were unable to
catch up with the suspects. ###
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
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
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,
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
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). ###
teacher loses P.5 million to
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
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
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.
from the scene three caliber 9mm shells,
and two fragmentation grenades and a
caliber .45 pistol from the victim's
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
The suspect then walked
Recovered from the scene
were five caliber .45 shells. ###
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
Police recovered five
caliber .45 shells from the scene. ###