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Ecija mayor, 5 councilors suspended

July 25, 2015

TALUGTUG, Nueva Ecija, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of the mayor, five municipal councilors and the secretary of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of this town for grave abuse of authority and grave misconduct.

Cachuela

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Mayor Reynaldo Cachuela; Councilors Flora Cinense, Maximo Ancheta Sr., Maximo Ulzano, Philip Bilegra  and Leo Monta; and SB secretary Norberto Baldovino were ordered suspended for 90 days without pay.

Abraham Pascua, Department of the Interior and Local Governments assistant regional director for Central Luzon and concurrent DILG provincial director, served yesterday the suspension order issued by Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Gerard Mosquera on June 23.

A separate order  issued by DILG regional director Florida Dijan installed Vice Mayor Benjamin Gamit Jr. and Councilor Alberto Estillore as acting mayor and vice mayor, respectively.

The officials defied the suspension order, saying they were not given a chance to air their side. Read more…

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Nueva Ecija wants Taong Putik fest declared pilgrimage destination

June 24, 2015

ALIAGA, Nueva Ecija, Philippines – There were fewer participants compared to last year, but organizers said it was no reason why the “Taong Putik Festival” should not be declared an international pilgrimage destination.

A muddied girl, donning a cape made of dried banana leaves, collects candles before attending a mass to celebrate the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist in the village of Bibiclat, Aliaga town, Nueva Ecija province in northern Philippines, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

A muddied girl, donning a cape made of dried banana leaves, collects candles before attending a mass to celebrate the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist in the village of Bibiclat, Aliaga town, Nueva Ecija province in northern Philippines, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

The festival in Barangay Bibiclat has been drawing local and foreign tourists and devotees and more people are joining the mass and procession every year, said Mel Malang of the St. John Parish.

Board member Joseph Ortiz said the Guinness World Records should also recognize the festival for having the most number of people who bathe in mud.

Every June 24, the so-called mud people – devotees whose faces and bodies are smeared with mud and covered with dried banana leaves – welcome hundreds of tourists here.

Festival participants said they emulate St. John the Baptist, who appeared in most biblical tales dressed like a beggar. Read more…

THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IN THE CELEBRATION OF 117TH INDEPENDENCE DAY

June 12, 2015

June 12, 2015 – The DILG Nueva Ecija Provincial Office, headed by Director Abraham A. Pascua, Ph.D., CESO III, joined the Provincial Government in the Celebration of the 117th Independence Day held in front of the Old Capitol, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.

Board Member Joseph R. Ortiz (left) and Provincial Administrator Atty. Alejandro R. Abesamis (right) during the Flag raising

Board Member Joseph R. Ortiz (left) and Provincial Administrator Atty. Alejandro R. Abesamis (right) during the Flag raising

This year’s commemoration, with the theme: “Tagumpay sa Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Abot Kamay na ng Bayan” was attended by individuals from various Government Agencies, Local Chief Executives (LCEs) and media.

At exactly 8:00AM, the activity started through a Doxology performed by the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST) Chorale.

It was immediately followed by the ceremonial raising of the Philippine Flag by Hon. Joseph R. Ortiz, Board Member, and Atty. Alejandro R. Abesamis, Provincial Administrator, while the Chorale led the crowd in the singing of the Lupang Hinirang. Read more…

Mary Jane Veloso’s recruiter surfaces, now in police custody

April 29, 2015

The recruiter who allegedly tricked Mary Jane Veloso into bringing 2.6 kilos of heroin in Indonesia has reportedly turned herself in to authorities on Tuesday.

According to a report on radio dzBB, the recruiter, Christine Pasadilla alias Kristina Sergio, went to the Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office.

A News TV Live report, meanwhile, Pasadilla presented herself to authorities together with her live-in partner and fellow suspect Julius Lacanilao due to supposed threats to their lives.

Pasadilla said their neighbors in Talavera, Nueva Ecija, had told them that Veloso’s family will take revenge on them if Mary Jane’s execution pushes through.

Philippine labor unions stand behind Veloso. Members of associated labor unions in the Philippines stand vigil for Mary Jane Veloso on International Workers's Memorial Day on Tuesday, April 28. Analy Labor

Philippine labor unions stand behind Veloso. Members of associated labor unions in the Philippines stand vigil for Mary Jane Veloso on International Workers’s Memorial Day on Tuesday, April 28. Analy Labor

In a phone interview, Nueva Ecija police Deputy Provincial Director for Operations Supt. Reynaldo dela Cruz said Sergio arrived a the police station at around 11 a.m.
He also clarified that Sergio did not surrender, but rather voluntarily turned herself in after receiving several threats.
“Hindi naman siya sumuko, voluntary ‘yan,” he said. “Basta na lang siya pumunta rito e, natatakot nga raw siya kasi may threats na dumarating sa kanya.”
A police report, meanwhile, said Sergio has been receiving death threats through cellphone and Facebook.
“She further averred that crank callers are frequently received uttering bad words against her and the members of her family,” the report said.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat

April 15, 2015

Welcome to the Premiere Marina Country Club!

Located north west of Manila, the Club is set with Zambales Mountain range on the eastern part and the tranquil Subic Bay that opens to the South China Sea on the west.

A perfect paradise with safe harbors and pristine flat waters,
A vacation destination with elegant design.
An exquisite service and warm hospitality.

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SALINTUBIG SPRINGS HOPE FOR GENERATIONS OF WATERLESS COMMUNITY

April 8, 2015
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a little boy bathing from their faucet installed directly to their home

A P1M worth of SALINTUBIG (Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig para sa Lahat) Project under Bottom Up Budgeting 2014 was inaugurated and turned over to the residents of Brgy. Sto. Domingo, Lupao, Nueva Ecija last April 8, 2015. Regional Director Florida M. Dijan and Assistant Regional Director Abraham A. Pascua were Guests of Honor of the said program.

Barangay Sto. Domingo was chosen by the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team to be recipient of the BuB 2014 project from the Municipal Poverty Reduction Action Plan. The said barangay, situated on a valley, is 10 kilometres away of dirt and feeder roads from the town proper. Around 139 families in the community are sharing with three (3) deep wells and one (1) windmill-powered well all of which, according to the study of the Lupao Municipal Planning and Development Office, are not safe for drinking.

The program started around 9:00 o’clock in the morning with Sangguniang Bayan Member Romily C. Valdez, Vice Mayor Manuel F. Vendivil and Mayor Richard M. Ramos giving their messages and expressed their appreciation to the Department for the project, correspondingly.

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Farmer group warns vs. region-wide onion crisis

March 10, 2015
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala of protecting onion cartels after officials of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) warned of a looming onion crisis in Central Luzon.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala of protecting onion cartels after officials of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) warned of a looming onion crisis in Central Luzon.

An alliance of agricultural industry players warned of a looming onion crisis in Central Luzon.

In a statement released last March 8, the group said officials of Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) and Nueva Ecija farmers have blamed the cartel of onion traders and importers for “overstocking” imported onions, thus forcing the price of locally produced onions to sink at “ridiculously low levels” with still very few takers.

The group said onion producers have lowered the price of white onions from P10 to P12 per kilo and P7 to P9 for red onions but still very few onion traders buy. Meanwhile, the price of onions in wet markets and supermarkets have stayed at P35 to P40 a kilo.

Agents of onion traders are said to be apprehensive about buying onions from local farmers because most of the traders’ warehouses in Manila and nearby provinces are full of imported onions.

The group said that the Bureau of Customs had confirmed that smugglers are using some ports in Mindanao to smuggle in rice and onions so onion traders in Luzon see no need to supply onions to the Visayas and Mindanao.

Reports reaching SINAG reportedly indicate that the onion traders are the same groups behind the steep rise of garlic prices last year.

SINAG said onion growers in Nueva Ecija are expected to harvest 10.2 million kilos of white onions and 75.3 million kilos of red onion this harvest season.

SINAG are encouraging eateries to serve dishes like onion soup, onion rings and picked onions to help Filipino onion growers. ###

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