PNP Chief to implement one-strike policy against corrupt police

UNTV News   •   January 19, 2018   •   3256

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP)  will implement a one-strike policy against policemen who will be caught in corrupt practices.

Dela Rosa reminds policemen to maintain honesty and not to follow the steps of corrupt cops.

“Wag na wag kayong magkakamali. Wag na wag kayong mag abuso. Sisiguraduhin ko isang pagkakamali nyo tatanggalin ko talaga kayo sa serbisyo,” he said.

(Don’t ever make the mistake[of getting in trouble]. Don’t be abusive. I will make sure that if you make one mistake, I will remove you from service.)

Recently, the Chief of Police of Sasmuan Municipal Station was caught in the act of accepting a bribe of P30,000 from a funfair or “perya” operator. The said police initially received P80,000.

Last Tuesday, 6 policemen and 2 civilians were arrested by the Counter Intelligence Task Force in a checkpoint in Caranglan, Nueva Ecija.

The group extorted P5.00 for every motorist who passed by the area.

“I don’t care kung maubos yung pulis ko. Kahit na kokonti nalang yung pulis ko maiwan basta yung matitino ang maiwan. Lahat ng masasama tatanggalin natin,” Dela Rosa said.

(I don’t care if I lose all my policemen. Even if only a few will be left, as long as they are the decent ones. All the bad ones will be removed.)

Dela Rosa challenged his men to reciprocate with good service the salary that they are currently enjoying.

Following the increase, a police officer one now receives double of his previous salary.

“Ang laki-laki na ng sweldo ko, takot akong mag ATM. Kasi ibig sabihin nun pag ganun kalaki ang sweldo mo, dapat ganun din kalaki ang responsibilidad mo na linisin ang Philippine National Police,” Dela Rosa added.

(My salary now is so big, I’m scared to use the ATM. Having a high salary means you have an equally big responsibility to clean up the Philippine National Police.) – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

 

PNP takes full control of training police recruits

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 2019

Newly promoted policemen stand in formation during a mass promotion ceremony at the police headquarters in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 March 2019.  EPA-EFE / FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has taken full supervision of the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) and the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in a formal turn over on Monday (October 7) at Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna.

The transfer of supervision was in accordance with Republic Act 11279 which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in May this year.

“The Philippine National Police shall have administrative and operational supervision and control over the Philippine National Police Academy. and the National Police Training Institute,”

RA 11279 states that the transfer of administration is “to better achieve the goals of a highly efficient and competent police force.”

It is also in line with the PNP’s program of internal cleansing among its rank of ‘sloppy’ and ‘scalawag’ policemen.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is confident that by directly managing the police training institutions, the PNP will be able to achieve its targets of 10,000 police recruits who will be honed in lieu of the retiring police officers.

“The PNP is now solely responsible for the making of a complete police officer, from recruitment to retirement,” Albayalde said.

“Thus, we only have ourselves to blame if any PNP member will go astray because of poor training and orientation,” he concluded. MNP (with reports from April Cenedoza)

NE gov’t allots P200-M to buy wet palay from local farmers at P15/kg

Marje Pelayo   •   August 29, 2019

Nueva Ecija Governor Ojie Umali and Agriculture Secretary William Dar

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar on his social media account encourages provincial governments to support local farmers by buying their harvest.

The Secretary lauded the provincial government of Nueva Ecija under Governor Ojie Umali for putting up a total of P200-M capital which they would utilize to buy wet palay from local farmers at P15 a kilogram.

“We request all other Governors in the top 30 rice-producing provinces to do the same,” Secretary Dar said.

Under such program, the provincial government will be the one to dry, mill and sell the rice to the public after it purchased wet palay from farmers.

The DA, for its part, meanwhile, will help in facilitating loans with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) using the provincial government’s internal revenue allotment (IRA) as collateral, according to Dar.

“We will have the NFA unutilized warehouses leased with the Provincial Governments. The DA with the Region 3 unit transferred certificates of grant assistance to the Provincial Governor worth P150- M,” Dar explained.

“Tulungan natin ang lahat nating magsasaka (Let us help our farmers),” he concluded.

P15-M worth of onions rot in Nueva Ecija storage facility

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 7, 2019

Rotten…not rotten.

Instead of counting earnings from their harvest, several farmers in a number of warehouses in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija count what’s left of their produce to sell after more than 30,000 bags of red and white onions had rotted in some cold storage facilities.

Rotten, not rotten—they segregate. They were supposed to sell them this August but to their dismay, they found most of the onions kept in the storage are already spoiled.

Around P15 million market value was lost due to the incident.

Jayson Leonardo from the Bongabon Municipal Agriculture Office speculates that the onions may have had defects even before they were put in storage.

“Una po iyong quality ng sibuyas sakto po ba iyong maturity ng ating sibuyas. Then noong ipinasok po ba ay wala po bang prevalence ng sakit ng fungi atsaka po siguro pwede rin natin i-consider iyong quality po ng storage na pinapasukan (First would be the quality of the onions. Were they matured enough? When they were put it in storage, were there no prevalence of fungi? We can also consider the quality of the storage itself),” he said.

There is also a possibility, Leonardo added, that traders kept the onions inside cold storage facilities for too long to increase its value.

Affected farmers and traders sought aid from the Department of Agriculture (DA) due to the huge losses they sustained from the rotten onions.

“Talagang sobrang lugi na po iyong mga traders ng sibuyas at sigurado po ang maaapektuhan dito ay mga farmers. Halos sa ngayon wala nang puhunan, hindi po nababalik ang puhunan ng mga traders sa mga nag-stock o naglagay po sa storage (The onion traders really had huge losses and this affects the farmers. There is almost no profit, there’s no return of investment for the traders who put stocks in the storage),” Gregorio Pessa said, one of the traders.

This is the second time that an incident involving spoiled onions in cold storage facilities had occurred since 2002.

The UNTV news team in Nueva Ecija asked the cold storage management for a comment but they refused.

The management said they have already submitted a report to the Bureau of Plants and Industry (BPI) about the incident. —AAC (with reports from Danny Munar)

ERRATUM: A previous version of this article stated that the cold storage facilities were located in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija. For clarification, the facilities are located in Palayan City.

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