Volume 17 / No. 22  |  November 30 , 2017
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40,000 chickens culled in Cabiao

Provncial Administrator Alejandro Abesamis has confirmed the culling of 42,000 chickens in a barangay in Cabiao but he and local officials did not explain the reason.

Cabiao is adjacent to  San Isidro, one of two Nueva Ecija towns quarantined in August by the agriculture department because of bird flu that resulted in the destruction of about 300,000 chickens.

in Cabiao, sources said the culled chicken were raised in a poultry farm in Barangay Concepcion.

There are 15 poultry farms in Cabiao, five them inactive since September.

Dr. Soledad Garcia, municipal veterinary officer, would not comment on the culling, saying she was prohibited from doing so by the protocol established after the August bird flu episode. ###

Part of Ecija mega drug rehab center to be used by AFP

The Armed Forces of the Philippnes (AFP) said it will use "excess facilities" of the government's mega drug rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay.

Among the most immediate use for part of the facility would be as barracks and temporary quarters of soldiers undergoing training in the fort, according to Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesperson.

He said the rest of the facility will serve as temporary offices for units whose buildings and offices will undergo repair and rehabilitation.

Padilla clarified that part of the center will continue to operate as such, though he could not say how much of it.

He said the AFP has not yet been informed how big a portion of the center will be provided to it.

Padilla's statement follows President Duterte's declaration that he would give the facility to the military.

The spokesman said the military welcomes the President's initiative, saying the rehab center is underutilized. ###

Gordon wants Bilibid prisoners transferred to Fort Mag

Senator Richard Gordon has filed Senate Bill 1612 mandating the justice department to transfer the New Bilibid Prisons from its present site in Barangay Poblacion, Muntinlupa City to Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City

He noted that the penitentiary has 24,770 inmates representing an occupancy rate of 245 percent and a congestion rate of 147 percent.

Gordon said the transfer of the 1940-vintage penitentiary “create an opportunity for the construction of a new prison with sufficient capacity.”

“There is a need to improve, expand and upgrade the facilities of the New Bilibid Prisons and to relocate the same to another site in view of the present congestion,” he said. ###

Gapan mayor favors return of war on drugs to PNP

Gapan City Mayor Emerson Pascual urged his partymate, President Rodrigo Duterte, to return to the Philippine National Police (PNP) the lead role in the war against illegal drugs.

While praising the job the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is doing under Director General Aaron Aquino, Pascual said that agency's resources and manpower are limited compared to the PNP.

Pabor ako na ibalik sa PNP ang pangunguna sa anti-drug war ni Pangulong Duterte. Kokonti kasi ang PDEA, with less than 2,000 men, hindi nila kaya, ’di katulad ng PNP,” said Pascual.

Pascual was recently awarded in Malacañang by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption as  most outstanding local government unit official during its 19th founding anniversary.

Sayang ang pinaghirapan natin at ang napagumpisahan. Nandiyan na ang momentum para isulong ang kampanya laban sa iligal na droga,” Pascual said. ###

NIA-UPRIIS to bid out projects in Ecija

The National Irrigation Administration-Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (NIA-UPRIIS) Division 3 will hold a public bidding for P133 million worth of irrigation projects on December 18.

Engr. Jose Ariel Domingo, Division 3 manager, said a total of 17 contract packages will be built in Cabanatuan City, General Natividad, San Leonardo, Jaen, Santa Rosa and San Antonio.

Most of the projects involve the modification of check gates, improvement of lateral and division canals, construction and rehabilitation of irrigation systems, improvement of roads and slope protection of dikes of creeks.

The biggest is the P26.4-million project in General Natividad involving the improvement of Diversion Canal #2 and covers the mechanized excavation and disposal of dug up materials.

The smallest is the P1.042-million improvement of a road in Santa Rosa.

Domingo earlier called for the holding of the First Contractors' Forum at the Division 3 office to warn contractors about NIA's standing policy against delayed projects. A pre-bid conference will be held on December 1 at 2:00 P.M. while the opening of bids is scheduled for December 18 at 1:00 P.M. ###

Jaen water service expanded

Prime Water Jaen (PWJ) is investing P1 billion to expand the water service in the town through a joint venture with the local water district.

Nenita Carlos-Lagasca, chair of the board of Jaen Water District (JWD), said the firm launched last November 16 its initial project -- the laying of a 1.8 kilometer long pipe that will supply water to 200 households in Sitio Bantug, Barangay Marawa.

The joint venture of PWJ and JWD covering 25 years calls for the supply of potable water to 16,000 households.

JWD currently services 5,000 households. ###

Suspected Red rebels kill Carranglan construction site caretaker

Armed men believed to be New People's Army rebels killed the caretaker of a construction firm in Sitio Masagana, Barangay Putlan, Carranglan  last November 22.

The armed men later shot at a police vehicle with eight policemen on board who were responding to the shooting of caretaker Sixto Tabon, 44. A policeman jumped off the vehicle, facturing a leg,

Tabon, a resident of Putlan and caretaker of Halrey Construction, was shot multiple times by two men at around 4:00 A.M. The suspects fled towards the mountains afterwards. ###

10 charged with estafa over rice purchase

Ten persons in San Jose City, including a rice trader, were charged with estafa by a businesswoman from Baguio City that they had allegedly victimized.

The suspects led by Nomer Malenab, owner of NBM Rice Mill, were arrested at Sanchez Rice Mill in Barangay Tulat, San Jose City

Those nabbed were Junard Viron Buoeo, 20; Jomar Quizmondo, 22, both of G. Puyat St., Quiapo, Manila; Jennifer Fernandez, 43, of Dagupan City; John Joshua Aquino, 23, of S.H 32 Anakbayan St., Barangay Paltak, Quezon City; Wenceslao Peneyra, 63, palay agent; Ireneo Antonio, 58, both of Gen. Ricarte, Llanera; Silverio Ancheta Matute, 54, of Taguig City; Freddie Dacumos, 51 , palay agent, of Alalay Grande, Lupao, and Gail Lobo, of 394 Puyat St., Quiapo, Manila.

SPO 2 Joel Beltejar said the arrests were based on the complaint of Melody Garcia Lim, 47, businesswoman, of 125 Bakakeng, Baguio Cty.

It was learned that on November 20, Lim ordered 1,000 sacks of rice from NBM Trading in Quiapo. The following day, she deposited P1.7 million as payment to the bank account of Malenab.

When Lim tried to get the rice from Sanchez Rice Mill, she was told that Malenab had not paid for the order. ###

Abandoned baby found near Lupao river

A newly delivered baby boy was found near a river in Lupao in the afternoon of November 17.

Sr. Insp. Jacqueline Gahid, provincial police information officer, said a farmer,  Bong David, discovered the baby near a river while checking his farm in Barangay Salvacion 2nd at 5:00 P.M.

David called for help and the baby was rushed to the local Rural Heat Unit by Lilibeth Nardo and her son, Oliver.

Heidy Arimbuyutan, a delivery nurse at the RHU, confirmed that the baby was newly delivered.

The baby is now being cared for at the RHU birthing station

Investigators are looking into the possible identity of the mother who abandoned the baby. ###

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