CRIMINOLOGY STUDENT, TIMBOG SA PAGTUTULAK NG MARIJUANA SA LUCENA CITY

Allan Llaneta

Arestado ng mga awtoridad sa isang drug buy bust operation ang isang Criminology student sa bahagi ng barangay Uno sa Lucena City nitong Miyerkules ng umaga ( Sept 21 ).

Kinilala ni Lucena City Police Chief Colonel Reynaldo Reyes ang naarestong suspek na si John Dave Ariles , 22 anyos isang graduating Criminology student.

Ayon sa mga pulis pasado alas 8:00 ng umaga nang masakote ang suspek makaraang nagpanggap na bibili ng marijuana ang isa sa mga operatiba.

Nakuha sa pag-iingat ni Ariles ang 12 piraso plastic ng hinihinalang tuyong dahon ng marijuana na nagkakahalaga ng 498 thousand, drug paraphernalia at isang 500 peso bill na ginamit bilang buy bust money.

Nasa kustodiya na ngayon ng Lucena City Police ang suspek habang inihahanda ang kasong isasampa rito.

ISANG ARAW BAGO ANG SIMULA NG KLASE, MGA MAGULANG NAGKUKUMAHOG PA RIN SA PAGBILI NG MGA GAMIT-ESKWELA NG MGA ANAK

Isang araw bago ang pag-arangkada ng 2022 -23 school year face to face classes ay kandakumahog ang mga magulang sa pamimili ng mga gamit-eskwela ng kanilang mga anak.

Sa Lucena City, 3 araw nang ganito ang sitwasyon kung saan maaga pa lamang ay nakapila na ang mga mamimili sa mga school supplies store at maging sa mga side walk stalls na nagtitinda ng mga gamit-eskwela.

Ayon sa mga magulang, mas pinipili nilang mamili sa mga maliliiit na tindahan, palengke  at sa mga sidewalk dahil mas mura nilang nabibili ang mga gamit dito kumpara sa mga malls.

Ayon pa sa mga namimili, bukod sa mga school supplies tulad ng mga notebook, papel, lapis, ballpen, colors at iba pa, ay kelangang ibili rin nila ng mga bagong uniporme ang kanilang mga estudyante.

Bagamat hindi naman anya required ngayon sa mga estudyante na magsuot ng school uniforms sa pagpasok, pero ayon sa mga magulang mas makakatipid  pa rin sa damit  kung school uniforms ang gagamitin ng kanilang mga anak  keysa sa mga free style na kasuotan.

Marami anya kasi sa mga dating  uniform ng kanilang mga anak ay nagsipagliitan na dahil sa pagkakatengga ng dalawang taon na hindi nagagamit.

Yung ibang nag last minute shopping at nakikipagsiksikan ay dahil umano sa ngayon lamang sila nagkaroon budget para sa mga pangangailangan ng kanilang mga anak sa pagpasok na nangangailangan din ng malaking halaga lalo  na at marami silang anak na pinapag-aral.

MGA KUKUHA NG EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE SA QUEZON DAGSA NA

Ylou Dagos

Sa unang araw ng pagbibigay ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ng financial assistance para sa mga indigent students, pila na agad ang mga kukuha nito sa Quezon.

Ala una pa lamang ng madaling araw  ay may nagsimula nang pumila sa labas ng  Special Project Unit (SPU) compound  sa Lucena City kung saan gagawin ang distribution.

Pamamahalaan ng mga tauhan ng national DSWD ang distribution ngayong araw.

Ang mga naunang pumila ay nanggaling pa sa mga malalayong bayan sa Quezon.

Ayon sa Local CSWD na siyang namamahala sa venue, alas 7:00 pa  magsisimula ang pagbibigay ng educational assistance subalit dahil sa unang araw pa lamang ngayon, dadaan muna sa  preliminary assessment ang mga applicants  kung  qualified ba sila para sa naturang financial aid.

Target ng DSWD na makapagbigay sila sa nasa 1,200 hanggang 1,500 beneficiaries ngayong araw.

QUEZON GOVERNOR SCRAPS “NIYOGYUGAN”; WANTS FEST TO HELP MORE FARMERS

Tent booths set up in front of the Quezon provincial capitol in Lucena City offer native food and products.

Sonny T. Mallari

LUCENA CITY – The Niyogyugan Festival in Quezon province has been scrapped this year so it can be refocused to improve the lives of local coconut farmers, Gov. Angelina Tan said. “We will be recalibrating some changes in next year’s Niyogyugan Festival,” Tan said in her speech at the opening ceremony of Quezon Day 2022 on Wednesday.

Tan hinted that the planned transformation would focus on the purpose of the celebration, where the province’s coconut industry takes center stage.

The governor on her Facebook page, said: “Dapat ay hindi lamang puro selebrasyon na wala namang malinaw na benepisyo para sa mga magsasaka at magniniyog.”

She added: “Nasaan ang paglakas ng kabuhayan ng mga magsasaka at magniniyog na Quezonian? Bakit nananatili pa ring baon sa kahirapan ang marami nating kababayang umaasa sa pangunahing produktong niyog ng ating lalawigan?”

Tan, however, recognized the contributions of the annual festival to the growth of tourism in the province.

In 2016, the festival was named by the Department of Tourism as the destination of the year in the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region.

Tan made it clear that in the coming years, her administration will continue to call the event “Niyugyugan Festival” because of its popularity.

In an interview with local reporters, she said the provincial government had no sufficient budget and time to prepare to hold the festival this year.

Tan, a former representative of Quezon’s fourth congressional district, defeated former Gov. Danilo Suarez, the patriarch of Suarez political clan, in the May 9 election.

Tan on Wednesday also led the opening of the “tagayan” booth, where guests take a swig of “lambanog” (coconut gin) inside a coconut-inspired pavilion set in front of the provincial capitol and Perez Park.

Maria Cristina Diasanta-Decal, a Quezon-based restaurateur and heritage conservationist, said the booth represented the indigenous custom of welcoming guests in the province by offering them a shot of lambanog.

Tan bravely took a swig of the fiery native wine.

The coconut-inspired “tagayan” pavilion set up in front of the provincial capitol and Perez Park offers visitors a shot of “lambanog.”

“Tree of life”

The Niyogyugan Festival, first held in 2012, was conceptualized by former Quezon Rep. Aleta Suarez, wife of Danilo, to highlight the coconut, also known as the “tree of life.” “Niyogyugan” is coined from the words “niyog” (coconut) and “yugyog” (to shake or dance).

 Booths set up in front of the Quezon provincial capitol in Lucena City offer native food and products unique to the province’s 39 towns and two cities as the province celebrates Quezon Day through activities spread out in five days, including the commemoration of the birth of former President Manuel L. Quezon on Aug. 19.

The event aims to contribute to the cultural and historical development of the province, and also promote tourism and locally produced coconut products.

The festival was canceled in 2014 after Typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasun) devastated coconut farms in the province. The event was also not held in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participated in by the province’s 39 towns and two cities, the festival featured colorful and aesthetically designed booths in front of the provincial capitol building and Perez Park.

The booths, all made from parts of the coconut tree, depict the unique character of the towns, local culture and their people.

The rows of booths offer various products like “tinapa” (smoked fish), honey, herbal tea, fresh seafood and dried fish, “longganisa” (pork sausage), native bags, hats, and home decor using seashells, among many others native products

On the last part of the 10-day festival, spectators lined up along Lucena City’s streets to watch the street dancing parade and float competition.

Nestor Louies Almagro, Quezon tourism officer, explained that local government units have asked to do away with the traditional coconut-inspired booths this year.

“Lack of funds because of the pandemic,” he explained in an interview.

He said he will submit a proposal which will allow private companies to sponsor the construction of booths in next year’s festival.

“Niyogyugan Festival” draws thousand of tourists

Tent booths

This year, the 34 booths are now made of orange-colored tents with minimal designs. The rows of tents also offer native products from the localities.

The Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Coconut Authority, and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology also have their respective tent booths.

Among the activities for the Quezon Day celebrations from Aug. 17 to Aug. 21 are agritourism fair, Quezon coconut farmers’ summit and “cocolympics,” art and photo exhibits, on-the-spot painting contest, competitions in songwriting and singing, and film viewing.

The participants to creative and modern dance virtually compete through video recording taken in their respective towns.

Other events are the commemoration of the birth of former President Manuel L. Quezon on Aug. 19, and the launching of the Niyogyugan Festival Committee for 2023.

Meanwhile, a national farmers group, with coconut farmers from Quezon as members, welcomed Tan’s plan to refocus the thrust of the festival.

Danny Carranza, secretary general of the Kilusan Para sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo at Katarungang Panlipunan (Katarungan), has expressed hope that Tan “will take the situation and plight of poor small coconut farmers of Quezon at the center of the celebration”.

“Her (Tan) acknowledgment of the need to take the plight of small coconut farmers…is very much welcome and a very good starting point,” he said.

He noted that similar to other coconut farming provinces, the small coconut farmers in Quezon are also the poorest sector.

“Low farm productivity, continuing dependence on copra and whole nut, unstable price of copra that results in very low income, lack of value-chain development in most communities, and lack of access to technology are some of the reasons for the continuing poverty of the great majority of coconut farmers,” Carranza said.

Street dancers in “Niyogyugan Festival”.

Carranza urged Tan to help the coconut farmers in the “recovery and pro-poor utilization of the coconut levy fund”.

“It has been an important, long-time struggle of small coconut farmers in Quezon,” he stressed.

Farmers in Quezon, a major coconut-producing province, are believed to be the biggest contributors to the coco levy fund.

The fund, now with the government, was estimated to be around P100 billion, at least P75 billion of which is in cash and the rest in assets, such as coconut mills.

The use of the fund will be implemented through the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act (Republic Act No. 11524) that was signed by former President Rodrigo Duterte on Feb. 26, 2021.

MUNGKAHING BLOOD DONORS SA BAWAT BARANGAY SA LUCENA CITY, ISINULONG SA SANGUNIAN

Allan Llaneta

Isinusulong ngayon sa Sangguniang Panglungsod ng Lucena ang resolusyon para sa pagbibigay ng kahalagahan at pagmamalasakit sa kalusugan ng mga Lucenahin.

Sa  pribilihiyong pananalita ni Councilor Beth Sio sinabi nito ang kanyang tatlong mungkahi kabilang ang  pangangailangan ng dugo ng mga Lucenahin, ang maaaring solusyon sa pamamagitan ng isang memorandum of understanding at ang advantage at qualifications ng pagiging isang donor.

Ayon sa resolusyong, ang kahalagahan umano ng dugo sa oras ng may pasyenteng naaksidente,  sasalang sa operasyon at yung mga manganganak.

Importanteng bagay umano habang wala pang sariling ospital ang Lucena.

Sinabi pa ni Sio ay dapat maging libre na ang processing fee ng mga Lucenahin pagkukuha ng dugo sa Red cross.

Ayon pa rito marapat na magkaroon ng Blood Donors Day sa bawat barangay upang mabatid din ng mga mamamayan ang kahalagahan ng pagkakaloob ng dugo.

TRICYCLE DRIVER NA MAY NEGOSYONG 5-6, PATAY SA PAMAMARIL SA LUCENA

Ylou Dagos

Patay ang isang tricycle driver matapos na pagbabarilin habang ito ay nakahinto sa harap ng isang  tindahan ng tubig sa Barangay Dalahican, Lucena City Lunes ng gabi.

Kinilala ang biktima na si Michael Abonita, taga Brgy. Talao-talao, Lucena City at may negosyong 5-6.

Batay sa report ng Lucena City police, mag aalas 9:00 ng gabi, sakay ang biktima sa kanyang tricycle nang huminto ito sa tapat ng isang bahay na bilihan ng tubig.

Subalit bigla na lamang itong nilapitan ng hindi nakilalang gunman at binaril ng tatlong beses sa ulo.

Mabilis ding tumakas ang ang suspek matapos ang pamamaril.

Agad namang nasawi ang biktima na hindi na nakababa sa driver seat ng motorsiklo.

Patuloy pa ang imbestigasyon at inaalam ang motibo sa krimen.

DRUG SUSPECT ON POLICE WATCHLIST FALLS IN LUCENA CITY BUST

Sonny T. Mallari

LUCENA CITY — An alleged notorious drug pusher was arrested here Saturday morning and yielded P53,000 worth of shabu (crystal meth), police said.

The arrested suspect was identified as Jonathan Pilar, 27, a resident of this city, Lt. Colonel Reynaldo Reyes, Lucena police chief, said in a report.

Anti-narcotic agents collared Pilar after he sold P500 worth of meth to a police agent in Barangay Ibabang Iyam at 6:53 a.m.

Authorities seized six plastic sachets of shabu for distribution to drug users with a street value of P53,040.

Police tagged the suspect as included on the drug watch list as an identified street-level peddler of illegal drugs.

The suspect was detained and is facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

CALABARZON COPS NABBED 2 NIGERIAN, FILIPINA OVER ALLEGED BANK HACKING

Sonny T. Mallari

LUCENA CITY—Two Nigerians and their Filipina cohort were arrested Wednesday for allegedly hacking a bank account of an Indian national, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 4-A reported Thursday, August 11.

Brigadier General Antonio Yarra, PRO 4-A chief, identified the suspects in a report as Nigerians Samuel Nomso Esomchi, 42; Taye John Bamidele, 40; and their local accomplice, Gladys Francisco, 47.

Francisco was arrested first at around 2 p.m. after she tried to withdraw P400,000 remittance money for the account of the Indian businessman, who lives in Bacoor, Cavite, at a China Bank branch in San Pedro City, Laguna.

Without Francisco’s knowledge, the remittance had been red-flagged by the bank’s central office as “hacked and a possible fraud.”

The bank manager alerted the security guards and the local police, which led to the arrest of Francisco.

In the follow-up operation, the police arrested Esomchi in a gasoline station while Bamidele was collared inside a shopping mall.

The two were found with P1,400,000 cash suspected to have been withdrawn from hacked bank accounts.

The three suspects were detained and face criminal charges for swindling/estafa and violating the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

In a statement, Yarra said: “Isa nanamang kahanga hangang aksyon ang ating nasaksihan mula sa ating kapulisan, sa kanilang pagtutulungan para maresolba itong kriminalidad na ito”.

He added: “Asahan ninyo na ang inyong PRO Calabarzon ay handang umagapay sa inyo at maglingkod ng tapat, may puso at malasakit sa lahat ng ating kababayan na nangangailangan ng aming tulong.”

PALACE DECLARES AUG. 20 A NON-WORKING DAY IN LUCENA CITY

Aerial view of Lucena City (Photo by Danny Ordoñez)

Sonny T. Mallari

LUCENA CITY – Malacañang has declared August 20 a special non-working holiday in this capital city of Quezon province to mark its 61st Charter Day anniversary.

Proclamation No. 34, issued August 8 and signed by Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez, stated: “It is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Lucena be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.”

A copy of the proclamation was posted on social media on Wednesday, August 10.

Rodriguez, however, stressed that the celebration will be “subject to the public health measures of the national government” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of August 10, the city has 35 COVID-19 infected residents from only two on June 3.

Lucena became a chartered city on June 17, 1961 by virtue of Republic Act No. 3271.

But the local government celebrates the occasion every August 20 to commemorate its formal inauguration as a city on August 20, 1962.

Lucena is now classified as a highly urbanized city.

CALABARZON ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES BREACH 4,000 MARK ANEW

Sonny T. Mallari

LUCENA CITY — The Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region recorded 344 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, August 10, bringing the number of active infections to 4,111, the Department of Health (DOH) reported.

The current number of active cases in the region is the fifth time that it surpassed the 4,000 mark due to the continuous spread of the coronavirus.

The first time that the region hit past 4,000 active cases was last Aug. 5, when the Health Education and Promotion Unit of DOH–Calabarzon listed 4,015 active infections, followed by 4,042 cases on August 6, 4,190 on August 7, and 4,092 on August 8.

On Aug. 9, the total number of active COVID-19 cases dropped to 3,963. It was only 733 on July 1, the DOH Calabarzon data on its Facebook showed.

Based on the latest data, Cavite province topped the list with 1,500 active cases, followed by Laguna with 1,214; Batangas, 743; Quezon and Lucena City, 349; and Rizal, 305.

The region listed on Wednesday 615 new recoveries and eight deaths.

The regional health authorities did not provide information on the COVID-19 variants of the present active cases in the region.

Dr. Guido David, an OCTA Research fellow, tagged the positivity rate in Laguna (33.2) as “very high.”

David said the positivity rates in Quezon (25.1), Cavite (21.1), and Rizal (18.8) are also serious concerns.

Positivity rate refers to the percentage of tests that turn out positive for COVID-19. Above 20 percent is considered very high, OCTA said.

OCTA Research explained that the high COVID-19 positivity rate could be partly due to the public’s waning immunity against the viral disease.

As of July 25, the DOH reported that fully vaccinated individuals in the region reached 10,473,312, but only 2,693,629 of them had their first booster shot, while 203,089 already had their second booster.

The DOH-Calabarzon is targeting the vaccination of 13,435,568 qualified recipients in the region.

As of August 10, the Calabarzon region recorded 517,458 COVID-19 cases, 499,708 recoveries, and 13,639 deaths since the pandemic broke out in March 2020.