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Soil Conditioner

LUCENA CITY, Quezon — Using a soil conditioner has been proven to yield better results in rice fields as shown in a demonstration area in Barangay Ilayang Dupay, here, the City Agriculturist’s Office (CAO) revealed yesterday. The Rapid Agricultural Mode of Improving Languid (RAMIL) and the CAO said better results were seen after applying fulvic acid, a soil conditioner, as introduced by Councilor Ramil Talaga to local farmers. Rice field owner Nestor Abadilla testified that the use of the soil conditioner allowed him to decrease spraying insecticides in his farm from as frequent as seven times down to only twice in a harvest season.

Robbers kill cop in Quezon shootout

A policeman was killed while a suspected robber was wounded during a shootout in Quezon province, police said on Thursday.

The slain policeman was identified as Police Officer 3 Francisco Villania of the Atimonan town police station. He was killed during a firefight with a group of robbers.

One of the armed robbers, Arturo Jurado, was injured during the shootout. He was rushed to the Quezon Medical Hospital in Lucena City for treatment.

Police said that Villania and Police Officer 2 Benito Reyes responded to an ongoing robbery at the Mr. D Convenience Store along 898 Orda Street, Barangay Zone 2, in Atimonan town, Wednesday at 2:50 p.m.

The two cops gave chase and engaged the robbers in a gunfight.

Authorities managed to arrest two more suspects identified as Miguel Mollas Targa of Sitio Pilaway, Brgy Polo, Mauban, Quezon and Elmer Encina of Barangay Sta. Maria, Calauag, Quezon.

Two other suspects were able to escape after commandeering a jeepney and sped toward Plaridel, Quezon.

Police recovered from the suspects several high powered firearms, including an UZI sub-machine gun, mobile phones, P1,300 and a tricycle used as a getaway vehicle.

Pag-IBIG Fund-Lucena encourages delinquent members to avail 'penalty condonation program'

LUCENA CITY, Quezon- The Pag-IBIG Fund - Lucena branch appealed to the 8,367 housing loan borrowers with unpaid account, and delinquent and unregistered employers that have not yet register their company and workers to avail the Pag-IBIG Fund housing loan restructuring and penalty condonation program.

According to Norma Cayabyab, chief of marketing and enforcement division, said the program gives its members an opportunity to settle their housing loan account and registration of employers and workers until June 2012.

“We informed the housing loan borrowers and delinquent and unregistered employers thru mails but as of this time only 26 members had sent their intention to avail the program. Still we are waiting until on the due date to accept their reply," Cayabyab said.

Cayabyab encouraged delinquent members, either individual or company, to avail this program in able to avoid uncomfortable circumstances.

Meanwhile, Pag-IBIG Fund is now using ‘cash card’ to all borrowers of ‘multi-purpose loan’ (MPL).

Quezon government to plant 2 million mangrove trees in one day

LUCENA CITY, Quezon- The provincial government of Quezon through the environment and natural resources office will plant two million mangrove trees on June 22 at coastal barangays in Quezon province.

This is in partnership with other government agencies such as the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Department of Education, local government units, non-government organizations, and religious organizations.

The program, dubbed, “Quezon’s 2 in 1” or “2 milyong bakawan sa isang araw na taniman” is one of the priority programs of the provincial government headed by Gov. David Suarez which aims to protect coastlines and coastal communities from tidal surges and typhoons by planting mangrove trees along the coastal areas.

According to environment and natural resources office (ENRO-Quezon) headed by Romulo M. Edano Jr. OIC, ENR Officer, mangroves also absorb air and water pollution, especially organic waste. Mangroves also provide nourishment, habitat, and refuge to larvae and fry stages of varied species of fishes, crustaceans, and mollusks along with fish, prawns, and crab.

The program will provide livelihood to local residents of the costal barangays specially the fisher folks.

The two million mangrove trees will be planted in 247.96 hectares of coastal barangays in the towns of Pagbilao, Mauban, Real, Infanta, General Nakar, Patnanungan, Burdeos, Lucena City, Sariya, General Luna, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Unisan, Pitogo, Macalelon, Catanauan, Mulanay, San Francisco, Buenavista, San Narciso, San Andres, Atimonan, Gumaca, Calauag, Lopez, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Alabat and Perez, Quezon.

The planting materials will be funded under the “Securing Quezon's Future" Program of the provincial government in line with the national greening program of the government.

Lucban LGU starts San Isidro Pahiyas festival

LUCBAN, Quezon- Thousands of local and foreign tourists started to flock in this historic town to witness the colorful and exciting activities in ”Lucban San Isidro Pahiyas Festival,” which began on April 8 and will last until May 16.

This year’s theme of the pahiyas festival is “It’s more fun in Pahiyas sa Lucban.”

Cornelio R. Raneses, municipal administrative officer who is also the overall coordinator of the pahiyas sa Lucban said around 300,000 to 500,00 tourists are expected to come in Lucban town to watch and join the famous Pahiyas.

"The festival not only promotes the local tourism of Lucban town and Quezon province, it also generates income on the part of the local government of Lucban as well to other Quezonians," Raneses added.

During the Lucban San Isidro Pahiyas festival, each household tries to outdo the others in terms of creativity. This accounts for some of the most curious décor that the festival tends to show.

Decorating the wall with “Kiping” and with their agricultural harvest is what “Pahiyas” literally means. The most traditional and certainly the most attractive décor comes of course in form of “Kiping,” which are strung together to form all sort turns into absolute cascades of color. This decoration is a form of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and in honor of the patron saint of farmers, San Isidro de Labrador.

The Pahiyas festival shall be highlighted also by a holy mass (thanksgiving to San Isidro Labrador), procession, selection of best pahiyas décors, grand parade, and San Miguel Beer Plaza on May 15. The awarding of prizes to the winners of pahiyas contests shall be held also on May 16.

Another one of the highlights in the Pahiyas is the Gayak Karosa. It is a crowd-getter, considering the artistic technology and application of products creativity through the increasing interest of the farmers. Prizes will be given to the winners based on given criteria in terms of creativity, artistry, use of local products, overall impact, and relevance to the theme of the celebration.

Arcilla, Capadocia bag Alcala Cup crowns

Johnny Arcilla and Marian Capadocia flashed fine form and came away with a pair of straight-set victories to rule their respective divisions in the fifth Gov. Anacleto Alcala Memorial Cup tennis tournament at the Lucena City Tennis Club in Lucena City yesterday.

The top-seeded Arcilla clipped doubles partner Patrick Tierro, 6-3, 6-3, to complete his domination of the men’s side of the week-long event held as part of Rep. Irvin Alcala and Vice Gov. Vicente Alcala’s sports development program in Lucena.

The second-ranked Capadocia, on the other hand, quashed Marinel Rudas’ bid for another upset with an emphatic 6-2, 6-1 victory in the women’s final of the tournament sponsored by Pueblo Por La Playa and St. Jude Satellite City.

Arcilla, a many-time PCA Open champion, imposed his will early and never gave Tierro a chance to retaliate, closing out his campaign in the week-long Group B event the way he started it – in one-sided fashion.

The 31-year-old Arcilla opened up with a 6-0, 6-1 romp over Jerry Pacaigue then swept past Kristian Tesorio, 6-1, 6-1, Alexander Lazaro, 6-2, 6-2, and Rolando Ruel, 6-0, 6-2, to set up a title duel with Tierro.

Capadocia, meanwhile, proved too tough for Rudas with the 16-year-old find, also the reigning PCA Open ladies champion, breaking Rudas early to gain the momentum in the first set before re-asserting her might in next to wrap up the crown.

It was a sorry setback for Rudas, who primed herself up for the crown with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(5) win over top seed Clarice Patrimonio in the semis. But Capadocia proved up to the task, outclassing Rudas with her forehand winners and solid baseline game to clinch the victory.

Festivals in Quezon featured in DTI fair

LUCENA CITY, Quezon- The Pahiyas and Agawan festivals of the towns of Lucban and Sariaya are now featured in the Bureau of Domestic Trade – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Calabarzon festival fair held at Trade and Industry Building, Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City.

According to Alberto Bay, Jr., Quezon provincial tourism officer, the festival fair will run from May 2 to 30 where the unique custom of drinking lambanog (coconut wine) will be presented.

“The province is known for ‘lambanog’, and many women in the towns of Sampaloc, Mauban, and Tayabas are also known as good lambanog drinkers,” Bay said

Bay added that the festival fair will help to boost the tourism industry in the province.

Also featured in the fair are the local produce like langgonisa, "pancit habhab," "budin," "apas," and some One-Town, One-Product (OTOP) products in the province.

On May 15, the Pahiyas festival of Lucban, Agawan festival in Sariaya; Baluarte’t Arangya festival in Gumaca, and Mayohan festival in Tayabas are simultaneously celebrated in the province.

1 killed in mishap

LUCENA CITY—One person was killed and four others were injured in a road accident along the zigzag diversion road in Atimonan, Quezon province, on Friday.

Quezon police chief Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon said a Bicol-bound cargo truck was descending the diversion road in Barangay Sta. Catalina at around 2:20 a.m. when it lost its brakes and bumped three passenger buses and an Izusu Elf truck before coming to a halt.

Henry Buzar, coordinator of the Quezon Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said the driver of the Elf truck was dead on arrival in a hospital in the city, where the three truck helpers were also rushed.

3 killed, 9 injured in van-train collision in Quezon

Three people, including a five-year- old girl, died while nine others were injured when their vehicle was hit by a train in Candelaria in the province of Quezon this morning, police said.

The victims were aboard a Toyota Innova van which was heading for Manila. The van was hit by a train bound for Lucena city when it was crossing a Philippine National Railways railroad tracks in Masin Sur in Candelaria town at 4:15 a.m Thursday, said a police report.

"As a result of the strong impact, damages incurred by both vehicles. Three occupants of the Toyota van died due to severe head and body injuries, while nine others, including its driver, sustained injuries to different parts of the body,"the report said.

The train was allowed to proceed to a station in Lucena city with proper escorts. The driver of the train is now under the custody of the police.

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