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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Agri-technologist from Aklan is 2014 Dangal ng Bayan awardee

BY  BOY RYAN B. ZABAL



An agricultural technologist of the local government unit of Kalibo has been chosen this year’s Dangal ng Bayan awardee by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Alicia Bernal Rebuelta, 55, native of Lilo-an, Malinao, Aklan will be conferred the Dangal ng Bayan award on September in Malacanang Heroes Hall.

The awarding ceremony is one of the highlights of the 114th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary celebration with the theme, “Tapat na Serbisyo Alay Ko, Dahil Lingkod Bayani Ako.” 

Rebuelta, who is a mother of a registered nurse and a UP in the Visayas graduating ComSci student, works for 33 years in the government. She is married to Paterno Ibardolaza Rebuelta, an associate professor of Aklan State University Banga main campus. 

Prior to this prestigious CSC recognition, Rebuelta was the recipients of various awards such as Regional Gawad Saka awardee for Outstanding Rural Improvement Club in Region VI, National Rice Achiever awardee in 2013, Outstanding Kalibo Municipal Employee in 2011 and a regional awardee for Outstanding Municipal Focal Person for Organic Agriculture in 2014.

Rebuelta is one of the 10 awardees for Dangal ng Bayan cited in the Memorandum Circular No. 17, series of 2014 of CSC chairman Dr. Francisco Duque III on July 24, 2014. 

The Dangal ng Bayan Award is conferred to an individual for performance of extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of the employee’s observation of the eight norms of conduct under Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Dangal ng Bayan Awardees will receive a cash prize of PHP200,000 and a trophy designed by National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva during the awarding ceremonies.

Fifteen individuals -  police officers, midwife, state auditor, public works heavy equipment operator, veterinarian, fire station fire officer, government jail officer, hospital chief, state university research associate, government information officer, agricultural technologist and an elected mayor made it to the shortlist of Dangal ng Bayan semi-finalists  last June. 

Under Section 6, paragraph 3 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, the awardees are also entitled to incentives in the form of bonuses, citations, directorships in government-owned or controlled corporations, local and foreign scholarship grants, paid vacations, and automatic promotion to the next higher position with commensurate salary suitable to their qualifications.

NFA Aklan steps up drive vs illegal rice trading practices



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
NFA is selling rice at P27/kg for the regular-milled variety and P32/kg for the well-milled  variety 
in accredited rice outlets in Aklan  / PHOTO BY AKLAN FORUM
National Food Authority (NFA) in Aklan has intensified its monitoring to curb possible illegal practices of rice retailers in the province. 
 
NFA provincial manager Martina Lodero said monitoring teams are dispatched to check the supply and prices in the markets and to make sure the licensed grains retailers and wholesalers are complying the NFA rules and regulations.

Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) personnel also tightened their watch in monitoring and surveillance of public markets and warehouses in Aklan. 

“May monitoring teams ang NFA na lumalabas araw araw pati na ang CIDG agents. Kapag nagbibisita tayo sa mga retailers tinitingnan natin ang mga stocks nila pati ang mga white painted boxes. Patuloy ang monitoring natin sa mga traders pagkatapos na makakuha sila ng stocks sa bodega ng NFA,” she said.

The food agency is also encouraging the public to report any illegal rice-trading activities of unscrupulous rice retailers. 

Illegal practices such as NFA rice mixed with commercial rice and sold at a higher price or the NFA rice overpriced and sold as commercial rice are closely monitored by NFA and CIDG, she said.

“Kung sa palagay ninyo ay hindi commercial rice at NFA rice ito, pakidala ito sa atin para sa laboratory analysis. Kapag nahalo ang NFA rice sa commercial rice, mapagkamalan mong commercial rice ito dahil pareho lang sila in terms of quality,” Lodero stressed.

Accredited rice outlets are selling NFA well-milled rice at P32.00 per kilo and regular milled-rice at P27.00 per kilo. These are available in six bigasan outlets in Kalibo public market and other bigasan sa barangay outlets province-wide.

Lodero said the food authority agency has coordinated with parish churches in Kalibo and Banga for ‘Bigasan sa Parokya’ outlets targeting urban poor families. 

Lodero also reminded the accredited retailers to use price tags indicating the grade, price per kilogram, classification and variety and to display the prescribed NFA signboards bearing the business name and NFA license number.

Meanwhile, the food agency assured it has sufficient inventory of rice in the province of Aklan.

Suspect collared in shabu buy-bust operation



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
 
A suspected drug pusher was arrested in a buy-bust operation Tuesday afternoon in Kalibo, Aklan, the Aklan Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG) said.
 
PAIDSOTG investigator Senior Police Officer 1 Rezie Bulanon said the buy-bust operation was conducted at around 4:40 p.m. in Barangay Tigayon.

Operatives arrested the suspect after a police asset handed to him P1,500 marked money  for two sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

Police also recovered from Wilson Lopez, 32, native of Silay City, Negros Occidental and presently staying at Barangay Poblacion in Banga, Aklan, one big sachet of shabu with a street value of P10,000. 

“Nakagamit imaw bago ang buy bust operation. The suspect was taken into custody when he resisted arrest. He tried also to swallow the big sachet of shabu,” Bulanon said.

The confiscated drugs will be forwarded to Aklan Provincial Crime Laboratory for examination. Lopez will also undergo drug test, the police added. 

Bulanon said the police asset tipped PAIDSOTG operatives led by Inspector Wilfredo Hofilena that the drug suspect will be having a transaction with him near Crossing Banga-New Washington area at around 2:30 p.m.

However, Lopez agreed to meet the police asset near a tennis court along Osmena Avenue in Barangay Estancia. While waiting for the entrapment operation, the police asset told PAIDSOTG that the suspect decided to transact with him in Barangay Tigayon in a vulcanizing shop. 

“Naga-pabulkit ang suspect when he was nabbed by operatives after the buy-bust operation,” Bulanon said. 

Lopez will be charged for violations of Section 5 and 11, Article II of Republic Act No. 9165 and for resistance and disobedience against persons of authority under the Revised Penal Code.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Drug pushers nabbed in Boracay



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Joint elements of Aklan Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (PAIDSOTG) and Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) arrested two pushers in separate buy bust operations in Boracay Island.

BTAC investigator Police Officer 2 Lovely Joy Raut-Raut identified the suspect as Joebert Trompeta, 32, native of Sara, Iloilo and temporary staying at Bliss Site in Kalibo, Aklan.

He was arrested after he agreed to sell the suspected shabu worth P1,000 to a policeman who acted as poseur-buyer at around 6 p.m. Sunday evening in Barangay Manoc-Manoc here.

The operatives also seized upon his arrest six more sachets containing suspected shabu.

Trompeta reportedly gets his supply in Kalibo, Aklan.

In a separate operation, Ramon Baculinao, 36, of Dao, Capiz and staying at Sitio Tulubhan in Barangay Manoc-Manoc was apprehended in a buy-bust operation last week.

A poseur-buyer handed to him P1,000 marked money in exchange of a sachet of suspected shabu. Also recovered from the suspect were three small-heated transparent sachets of shabu and a mobile phone containing text messages on illegal drug transactions.

Both suspects were facing charges of Section 5 (sale of illegal drugs) and Section 11 (possession of illegal drugs) of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.