Nueva Ecija News
Korea-developed preservation technology to be used on PHL rice
- Source: http://businessmirror.com.ph/component/content/article/53-agri-commodities/26892-korea-developed-preservation-technology-to-be-used-on-phl-rice
- By: businessmirror.com.ph
- Tuesday, May 08, 2012
SCIENCE CITY OF MUÑOZ, Nueva Ecija—With the use of a plant preservation technique developed in South Korea, the complete structure of a rice plant can be preserved for four years.
Dr. Jeong-Kwon Nam, rice breeder from the National Institute of Crop Science of Korea’s Rural Development Authority, has trained researchers of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) on rice plant liquid preservation at the Korean Project on International Agriculture Center based in this city.
“This type of plant preservation retains the original color and structure of the plant, even symptoms of diseases, until three to four years,” Nam said.
Nam said liquid preservation can be done in easy-to-follow steps but requires risky liquid solutions.
In conducting the method, the Korean expert recommended the use of proper protection equipment such as gloves and masks.
Meanwhile, Dr. Sang-Guei Lee, KOPIA director, said plant preservation is necessary to “provide a form of verifiable evidence of a plant’s existence in time and space.”
The technique is also useful for museums and future studies on rice varieties.
The liquid preservation method will be PhilRice’s first in preserving rice plants with complete structure.
“Currently, PhilRice has a genebank to preserve only the rice grains.
This preservation method will be a good start and later, studies may be conducted to increase the storage life of this method,” Dr. Norvie Manigbas, lead of KOPIA’s varietal improvement team, said.
Manigbas said PhilRice will try rice plant liquid preservation to improve the quality of rice varieties to be showcased in museums.
Nueva Ecija town mayor accused of rape
- Source: http://www.philstar.com/nation/article.aspx?publicationsubcategoryid=200&articleid=804599
- By: www.philstar.com
- Monday, May 07, 2012
Two girls on Monday accused a town vice mayor in Nueva Ecija province of rape.
The two girls, identified only as Mina and Jasmin, faced the media at a press conference with Gabriela representatives Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus.
Ilagan told the media that Mina and Jasmin are filing rape complaints against Pantabangan town Vice Mayor Romeo Borja.
She said that Mina was a household helper of Borja. She said that Mina got pregnant after she was raped by the local official. The victim now has a three-year-old child.
Jasmin, meanwhile, is 17 years old and winner of a local beauty pageant in Pantabangan town.
The girl claimed that the child she is now carrying belongs to the vice mayor. She is now eight months pregnant.
The Gabriela representatives said that they will assist the two girls in pursuing the case against the vice mayor.
New Lending Facility For Farmers
- Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/358912/new-lending-facility-for-farmers
- By: MARVYN N. BENANING
- Sunday, May 06, 2012
Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) has crafted a lending program to allow vegetable farmers to buy a stand-alone soil activator and fertilizer that could increase their incomes from 180 percent to 250 percent.
The bank, which has also supported the propagation of the Masinag organic fertilizer among rice farmers in Nueva Ecija and Tarlac through the National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor) under its president, Honesto Baniqued Jr., was involved in the field tests of the fertilizer among vegetable farmers in Bulacan.
LandBank vice president and head for Region 3-A, Mernilo Ocampo, said the bank is extending credit facilities to fund farmer-cooperatives that will use Bioyodal technology, which has good potential to increase crop yields and raise the income of farmers.
The lending facility, Ocampo stressed, supports the Food Supply-Chain Program (FSCP) of LandBank.
LandBank’s Technology Promotion Center (TPC) and the Berentsen and Ocampo Green Corp. (BOGC) conducted the tests on Bioyodal.
The tests showed marked increase in crop growth that ranged from 50 percent to 250 percent and shortened the crops’ production period.
Benjamin Baltazar of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Eliona Pangil of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) commended the LandBank and BOGC for bringing the benefits of the Bioyodal technology to Bulacan farmers.
A LandBank study also showed that with the use of Bioyodal, farmers’ incomes are expected to increase anywhere from 180 percent to 250 percent.
The study showed the projected income and return on investment (ROI) for various crops increasing.
It said that with Bioyodal, palay farmers could expect a 140 percent ROI, tomato growers will see a return of 122 percent while it will be 271 percent for farmers cultivating ampalaya and 207 percent for eggplant growers.
The tests were conducted at a model farm run by members of the Plaridel (Bulacan) Vegetable Growers Cooperative (PVGC).
Tomatoes, eggplants, chili, ampalaya and palay were tested in the farm.
Similar tests were previously conducted in Ligas, Guiguinto, Bulacan.
Gov’t to repatriate severely injured OFW
- Source: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/35823/gov%E2%80%99t-to-repatriate-severely-injured-ofw
- By: Philip C. Tubeza
- Saturday, May 05, 2012
The government is working to bring home a Filipino worker who survived accidental electrocution in Saudi Arabia last year but has been left with severe injuries and is unable to work.
Vice President Jejomar Binay, President Benigno Aquino III’s adviser on overseas Filipino workers, said his office was coordinating with the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah for the repatriation of Alfredo Salmos of Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija, who has expressed a desire to come home.
The Migrante-Middle East migrant rights group has urged the government to immediately act on the case of Salmos, who was accidentally electrocuted on the job in October 2010. The accident left him with burns in various parts of the body.
“The accident rendered him unable to work and thus (he is) in dire condition,” said Migrante regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona.
“He had been unconscious for months because of the strong electric voltage that struck him down,” he added.
Monterona said a member of Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio M. Umali’s staff had called him last week and promised to help Salmos.
But there are legal steps that have to be taken before he can be brought home, he said.
Monterona said the consulate has to locate the employer and sponsor of Salmos and convince it to issue a final exit clearance.
He said consular officials should also get a police clearance for Salmos in connection with a car accident that he was involved in 10 years ago
“First things first, we need to get a final exit clearance from his employer and secure a police clearance for the accident he got involved in 10 years ago, and a medical clearance certifying his fitness to travel,” Monterona said.
Gunman in Nueva Ecija mayor’s killing falls in Quezon City
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/185641/gunman-in-nueva-ecija-mayor%E2%80%99s-killing-falls-in-quezon-city
- By: DJ Yap
- Tuesday, May 01, 2012
A suspected hired gun tagged in the assassination of a Nueva Ecija municipal mayor in February has been arrested by intelligence agents of the Philippine National Police while allegedly casing his next target in Quezon City, police said.
Jonathan Carpio, 31, the object of a region-wide manhunt in Central Luzon in connection with the murder of Mayor Restituto Abad of Carranglan, was arrested by operatives of the PNP Intelligence Group Saturday while “apparently staking out his next target,” the PNP said.
In a report to PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome, the IG director, Chief Superintendent Charles Calima Jr. said Carpio was arrested in Barangay Gulod, Novaliches, Quezon City.
Carpio yielded a .45-caliber Armscor pistol and “a picture of what appeared to be the suspect’s next target for assassination, including a location sketch of the target’s workplace and descriptions of the target’s vehicles,” Calima said in a statement issued by the PNP’s public information office.
During debriefing, the suspect told investigators he was paid an initial P20,000 by a man he identified only as Pete to carry out the assassination of his next target, who was not named in the PNP statement.
On February 4, Carpio was riding in the back of a motorcycle driven by Jose Bernalin Pascual when he allegedly shot Mayor Abad at close range in Barangay Saranay, Guimba, Nueva Ecija.
The driver was promptly arrested by responding policemen after he crashed the getaway motorbike, while Mayor Abad expired five days later at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City.
Pascual cooperated in the investigation and pointed to Carpio, who had managed to escape, as the gunman, the police said.
Judge Serafin Cruz of the Regional Trial Court Branch 86 of Cabanatuan City issued a warrant for Carpio’s arrest. The suspect was also facing 12 separate counts of electricity pilferage filed in 2007 and 2008 by the Cabanatuan Electric Corp.
Calima said a reward of P1 million was earlier put up by Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali for any information leading to the arrest of Abad’s killers. The victim’s family also separately offered a P100,000 reward.