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BAGYO BABIES 24 ‘Yolanda babies’ listed in Capiz


ROXAS CITY—While some people grieved the loss of their loved ones and property to Super typhoon Yolanda, at least 24 mothers in Capiz rejoiced as they gave birth to their babies on Nov. 8.


The so-called “Yolanda babies” were listed across the province—from Roxas City with 15 births; Mambusao and Pilar with two births each; and Ivisan, Maayon, Panay, President Roxas and Sapi-an, with one each.


Most of these babies were born in medical facilities around Roxas City— including the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital, the birthing clinic of the Roxas City Health Office and private hospitals.


Based on the Civil Registry documents, the newborn babies were delivered in hospitals, Rural Health Units (RHUs), private clinics and residences. There were no babies born in the evacuation centers.


According to Provincial Statistics Offi cer Frankie Dordas of the National Statistics Offi ce (NSO) Capiz, 16 births on the said date were attended by a doctor, nurse and a midwife while the remaining eight deliveries were led by a partira, or traditional birth attendant. (Alex Lumaque)

Drilon: Fast recovery for Yolanda victims on 2014 budget


Senate President Franklin M. Drilon today welcomed the signing of the P2.265 trillion 2014 General Appropriations Act by President Benigno S. “Noynoy” Aquino III, saying that the budget’s approval “should translate to the timely activation of urgently needed services, particularly the rehabilitation of calamity- stricken areas.”


The Senate leader expressed elation over the speedy approval of the national budget, explaining that the president’s go-signal means that the funding appropriated to agencies involved in the ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts “could be implemented and accessed in time by those who need them.”


Included in the 2014 budget are authorizations worth P100 billion intended for the completion of various relief and rehabilitation programs on regions of the country struck by natural and man-made disasters in the past, especially those in the Visayas region affected by the destruction left by super typhoon Yolanda, stressed Drilon.


It includes the P20 billion rehabilitation fund and another P80 billion under the unprogrammed fund, which shall serve as standby authority and ready authorization for spending for the foreign donations and grants for victims of typhoon Yolanda, he noted.


On top of the P100 billion, the Congress has allocated P13 billion in calamity fund and P4.8 billion in quick response fund. Earlier also, the Congress approved a P14.6 supplemental budget and extended the validity of the remaining P12 billion 2013 calamity funds by another fi scal year, Drilon added. All in all, there will be about P145 billion funds to made available in 2014 for the government's rehabilitation of areas damaged by the past calamities, he noted.


“In crafting the budget, the Congress took into consideration the need for urgent aid to our countrymen burdened by the damages of disasters. The sizeable amount of funding is absolutely necessary to equip the government in fulfi lling its responsibilities to those left helpless by the calamities,” Drilon pointed out.


With the budget’s approval, Drilon then expressed optimism that the line agencies in the executive would be able to “maximize the allocated funding in service of the Filipino people, to whom the budget is wholly intended for.”


“We will exercise our oversight functions to ensure that every single peso in the budget goes towards the benefi t of our countrymen,” Drilon said.

“We work to make our patients better” —Health Centrum

By Lorevie Joy de la Torre


Roxas City—In order to make their patients better, Dr. Miguel Mendoza, chief of the surgery department at the Health Centrum launched the Minimally Invasive Surgery Unit (MISU) or the Laparoscopic Surgery Unit at the Health Centrum facility in Brgy. Banica here on Jan. 6.


Citing the advantages of this surgery and its difference from open surgery in terms of the equipments and procedures, Mendoza said the MIS includes operations within the abdominal or pelvic cavities through small incisions and fi ber optic scopes.


Previously, this type of surgery was already done in the province under the expertise of Dr. Feliciano Bornales, a board-certified laparoscopic surgeon.

Ralph John Mijares

By Ralph John Mijares




Despite the devastation of Supertyphoon Yolanda in the province of Capiz, life goes on for Capiceños.

It is not reasonable for them to stop celebrating Christmas and New Year.

“Christmas is Christmas. It must go on,” Jaybrielle Gallegos said, seeing the destruction brought by the disaster as a blessing in disguise.

“It make[s] us stronger. I treat it as a challenge and doon ko nalaman on how strong I am [sic]. (It makes us stronger. I treat it as a challenge. That’s when I found out how strong I am)”, he said. Gallegos also said that it made him appreciate the value of life.

“For better or worse, celebrate gihapon Christmas [sic] (For better or for worse, we must still celebrate Christmas)”, Mira Loyola Florentino says.

For Florentino, “It’s still time for family gatherings and reunion. Go for traditional Christmas Eve Mass and after that kainan, bisan ang handa not the same as last year. Still [the] spirit of Christmas [indi] matawaran. (Still, it is time for family gatherings and reunions. I still go to the traditional Christmas Eve Mass. And after that, have noche buena even if the food is not the same as last year. Still, nothing compares to the spirit of Christmas).”

For Maria Geraldine E. Elizares-Isip, “We celebrated it simply. We attended Mass then ate and opened gifts. [I am] hoping that my family back home in Dao, may handa sila tanan miskan simple din. (I am hoping that my family back home in Dao had noche buena—all of them celebrated; even a simple feast would do).”

For Kizelle Calicdan, the disaster would not stop people from celebrating but it is not as enjoyable as it was in the past. “Pero syempre indi kasing-sadya like before kay ang iban, kulang na ang pamilya kay may mga napatay kag wasak balay. Wala pang handa [sa noche Buena] (But of course, it is not as fun like before because some lost their relatives and their homes to the typhoon. They also don’t have feast on Christmas Eve).”

“The Christmas spirit lives on because of the Filipino’s resiliency. But still the spirit of Christmas indi gid na madula. Filipinos are strong enough even though wala kwarta. Masadya gihapon sila. They keep smiling [sic] (But the spirit of Christmas is still there. Filipinos are strong enough even if they don’t have money. They are still happy and smiling).”

For Calicdan, while the calamity serves as a challenge for the people to strengthen their faith, New Year is a chance to move forward.

Calicdan who is now pursuing her studies in Australia, said that Yolanda victims are not alone in facing the challenges: Even the Filipinos here abroad are still thinking about those who were affected by the typhoon. Even the people here gahatag gihapon sang mga donations nila (Even the people here also give their donations).”

Some of them shared what the real meaning of Christmas.

“Christmas is not only about gifts. It’s about the birth of our Savior and giving love to others,” Calicdan said.

For John Andrew Gayamat, “Ara man na sa tawo kung mapa-apekto ka sa natabo. Ang pag celebrar sang paskwa, indi lang na sa ginabutang ta sa lamesa. Indi lang na sa regalo nga mabaton ta. Ang paskwa ara gid na sa aton tagipusuon, ara ina sa aton pamilya kung sa diin kita ga celebrar sang kapanganakan sang aton Ginuo nga ululupod kita. Amo man sa pag celebrar ta sang bagong tuig.

(It depends on the people if they will let the typhoon’s devastation destroy them as well. The celebration of Christmas is not about the food on the table and the gifts we receive. It is in our hearts and our families. It is about celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The same goes with the New Year).”

Published in Strike Through
Monday, 30 December 2013 00:00

KoC Relief for Roxas City victims

Bienvenido Cortes



By Bienvenido Cortes



Roxas City--The Knights of Columbus (KoC) Council No. 9189 of San Pedro, Laguna, donated fi ve packages of used clothes for victims of Supertyphoon 'Yolanda' that swept Roxas City and the province of Capiz on Nov. 8, 2013. Offi cers of the said council came to this city headed by Sir Knight (SK) Rodolfo Magsino, Past Luzon Deputy; SK Christopher Gonzales, District Deputy, S-54; and SK Antonio Magtibay, Past Grand Knight.

The monthly council meeting of the KoC Roxas City Council No. 3691 on Jan. 5, 2014 was also attended by Engr. Glenn B. Delgado of the Roxas City Water District, who facilitated the delivery of the said packages to this city. SK Jose de Jose, Grand Knight, together with the offi cers of Council 3691 welcomed the Laguna Knights and conveyed their heartfelt appreciation and thanks for their donations to the local typhoon victims.

Magtibay said: "I am familiar with the people in Roxas City because I was once assigned as Manager of the Roxas City Water Works District for fi ve years."

He said he knew that many Capizenos suffered from the destructive typhoon that hit the city last year. Magsino also knew of the devastation to the people of the city and Province of Capiz, which made them decide to extend relief which consisted not only packages of used clothes but also a P50,000 check from their Brother Knights in Laguna.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Council Offi ce of the Knights of Columbus based in New Haven, Connecticut, also sent also P5,000 thru the Visayas State Deputy Rodrigo Sorongon which was delivered to SK Jose de Jose by SK Carmelino Clores III in the same meeting.


This writer is grateful and thankful to the offi cers and members of Council 9189 of San Pedro, Laguna, for their sharing the plight of typhoon victims in this City and in other places.

Published in Flashback
Monday, 30 December 2013 00:00

Financial Freedom

Christian AcevedoBy Christian Acevedo


Financial freedom doesn’t come easily. It comes with hard-work, discipline and the determination to break free from the trappings of materialism. Most of us are dissatisfi ed with our income and want to earn more.

Sure, there’s nothing wrong with working hard to earn more. But truth is, most of the time, it’s not our income that’s the problem. It’s how we actually spend it! And if we don’t know how to properly manage the money we have, then we can expect to tread the path of financial stress.


Whether you’re earning a fi ve or six-figure sum in one month, if your lifestyle inflates together with your paycheck, you’re still in serious trouble! The key is changing the mindset. How? You can start with these simple steps:

Change your attitude towards debts and credit cards. If you’re already heavily in debt, don’t spend your money on useless stuffs. Pay your debts first. A lot of people love to have credit cards because it’s so convenient. It only takes a swipe to buy what they want. But the biggest downside is that you don’t keep track on how much you spend. Which makes us realize #2.

Never spend more than what you earn. Believe me. This may sound too passé already but it really works. When payday comes and you think you need to splurge on this or that, you’ll find out that you have actually spent all your month’s worth of income! Always learn to budget things and to buy only what you need—not what you want.

Save a portion of your income. Pay yourself first. Save a fixed portion of your income. Start small, let’s say, 5 percent? Then, do your best to increase this amount. Next year for example, you might decide to save 10 percent of your income and increase than future until you feel comfortable saving 20 or 30 percent of your income. Any windfall that comes your way— say bonuses—should be saved for a rainy day.

Plan your expenses. When you start accounting the money you spend for buying your day-to-day necessities, like food, household supplies, and for paying the usual services (electricity, water, phone, etc), you will be surprised to find out that your actual needs are actually less than what you spend on your coffee stop-overs, luxury shopping trips and unnecessary daily trips to the fast food! When you budget your expenses, you begin to value the money you’ve been working hard for. And that makes you want to be a wise, savvy shopper.

Invest your savings. Don’t just let your money sit in your non-interest bearing account. Invest it somewhere else that will yield considerable returns. Opt for mutual funds, bonds, or stock market investments for long-term growth. Check with your bank to see if there are any easy investment instruments that you can enroll with to make sure you’re getting the most out from your hard-earned savings.


It’s not easy task to tread the road to financial wellness. There will always be bills to pay, debts to settle, emergency situations to address, and temptations that will stand between you and your financial goals. That’s why we have financial planning as the key to financial wellness.


Think long term. Where do you see yourself 10, 20 or 30 years from now? Do you still see yourself coping up with your credit card payments month after month? Of do you think you’re already on a semi-retired status—enjoying a simple yet blissful and financially-worry-free life with kids already high earning (and just like you, financially-savvy) professionals while you and your loved one enjoying the blessings of years of savings and wise investments?

Think of what you want to be in your life then act upon it now. A simple step of saving a small portion of your income could mean so much to your future financial success.

Published in Cents & Sensibility
Monday, 23 December 2013 00:00




Roxas City—The Capiz provincial government thru its Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) has recently launched “Tindog, Capiz” which encourages tourists to help rebuild the lives of Capiceños devastated by Super-typhoon ‘Yolanda’ early this November.



“Tindog, Capiz,” (or Stand Up, Capiz), is a vacation option for tourists who would like to come to Capiz and be one with the Capiceños in their effort to rehabilitate the province.


According to Mr. Alphonsus Tesoro, PTCAO head, rebuilding the lives of the residents needs help from all those who are willing to become a “voluntourist” in the province.


A voluntourist refers to a volunteer tourist. “Experience Capiz First! Your voluntourism destination!” Tesoro stressed.



Voluntourists must register and be accredited by PTCAO to participate in the various activities at identified voluntourism sites province wide.


Upon registration, PTCAO will refer the voluntourists to specific sites depending on their preferred or chosen activity. A registered voluntourist may choose from among the activities like tree and mangrove tree planting’ arts therapy and arts for healing; coastal cleanup; building houses or schools, clearing operations; cultural caregiving; feeding and scholarship programs, livelihood training and other life-enriching activities.



Qualified to participate in Tindog Capiz are international and domestic tourists, private companies, international sociocivic organizations, religious organizations, government agencies and academic institutions, among others.



The various sites for the activities were identified at community-based rural tourism, indigenous people’s communities and other tourism attraction destinations such as heritage, pilgrim and ecological sites.


In its concept paper, PTCAO noted about the initiative that participants on Tindog, Capiz will enjoy discounted rates among participating accommodation establishments and restaurants, get local tour guide assistance and receive a certificate of voluntourism.


The tourism initiative is also expected to pave way for a participant’s significant and meaningful vacation while exploring the unique and captivating beauty of the province, gaining new friendships and lifetime memories, experiencing harmony with the environment, interacting with IPs and learning the richness of their culture and making a deep impact on the lives in the communities.


Other collaborators of the tourism initiative are the Department of Tourism, national government agencies, local government units and various tourism stakeholders. (Alex Lumaque)

Published in December 23 - 29

Celino pins hope for Capizeños after Yolanda


Roxas City Mayor Angel Alan Celino is determined that residents of this city, who were affected by Super-typhoon ‘Yolanda,’ will rise again.


Celino encouraged his constituents not to lose hope as this will be part of a challenge “in order for us to strive more with God as inspiration.”


This was the reason why the mayor has signed recently an executive order creating Task Force Bangon, which aims to rebuild communities in Roxas City which are destroyed by typhoon Yolanda. Lorelei Piansay, city planning and development coordinator, was appointed its focal person.


To date, the Task Force has already visited barangays Dumolog, Cogon, Punta Cogon and Olotayan to validate the list of residents affected by the typhoon, as submitted by barangay captains to the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.


The validation will guide the city government what project and areas to prioritize for the recovery measures it would implement.


Per the order of the National Housing Authority, the group is considering how to rebuild the victims’ houses and whether they would still be allowed to go back to their original sites even though these are deemed “danger zones.”


According to Piansay, one component of Task Force Bangon is livelihood.


“That’s why the agriculture and veterinary departments are actively involved in the project,” she said.


Many Ilonggos, particularly Capizeños, are using the social media to document the apparent lack of media and government’s attention on the plight of Western Visayas residents who also suffered the brunt of the strongest typhoon ever to land in 150 years.


“Panay, particularly Roxas City in Capiz, has not been taken into the picture of Yolanda’s devastation,” Carmen Andrade, consultant of the Roxas City government, said.


Andrade is particularly asking ABS-CBN through its host Karen Davila to also come up with a story about Roxas City and how their residents suffered much from the typhoon and how they are coping with it.


Among others, Capiz residents like Andrade have grumbled that the spotlight has been focused on Leyte and Samar.

Published in December 23 - 29

CSWDO to give relief packs direct to survivors


Roxas City—The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) here has lost its confidence in barangay officials at least in terms of the distribution of relief goods to Yolanda victims.


Rather than course the distribution through the barangay officials, it has chosen to deliver relief packages it gets from donors directly to the survivors.


This was in the light of complaints on the uneven distribution and hoarding of relief goods, and on the barangay officials’ being “selective.”


“Natak-an na kami sa mga reklamo, amo nga kami na mahatag direkta sa ila (We are tired of receiving complaints, so we will give the relief goods directly to the victims),” CSWDO Officer Cynthia Besana said.


According to Besana, their office has been flooded by complaints—some of them alleging that barangay captains give relief goods only to their relatives or friends and acquaintances. She said they were still verifying these complaints.


There were also reports that imported canned goods from international aid were being exchanged for localbrand products.


Besana said that they only receive relief packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development central office and that they do not repack them. The local government may have overlooked this, she added.


Other complaints involve households near barangay halls being the only recipients of relief packs.


“The (barangay) officials may have not saturated their areas,” Besana said.


Besana said the 47 barangays here, including the remote island barangay of Olotayan, have been given relief packs after Nov. 8, the day Yolanda hit Capiz.


Families who are still in evacuation centers remained the priority of relief operations, the social welfare officer said.


The CSWDO has given relief packs to 3,818 families (16,500 individuals) in evacuation sites as of November 26.


Most of these families live in coastal barangays, the areas hardest hit by the storm, said Besana.


Besana said the Korean government visited the city last week and committed to hold a medical mission and distribute construction materials to several barangays next week.


To date, CSWDO records show that, due to the typhoon, the agriculture sector lost P32.685 million and the fisheries sector, P22.79 million. “Yolanda” also damaged P635.24 million worth of houses and P168.93 million worth of other infrastructures, the records showed. These figures may still increase, Besana said.


Further, Besana said CSWDO has allocated some P5 million for its “cash for work” program. Under the program, 50 people from each of the 47 barangays will be hired to do clearing and cleaning operations, repair of damaged facilities, and other community works for P208 a day for 10 days, she said.


The CSWDO will choose the workers from the list of affected families submitted by the barangay captains, she said.

Published in December 23 - 29
Monday, 23 December 2013 00:00

Realism & magic realism

Niño ManaogBy Niño Manaog

Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan surely catches our attention because Natalie Portman’s Nina Sayers grows feathers after she kills Mila Kunis’s Lily backstage to perform the Black Swan role in the final act. You cannot just forget the film because of that.

This psychological thriller—featuring Natalie Portman’s Nina Sayers, a ballerina haunted by some schizophrenic ambition—brims with magic realism, an aesthetic style in which “magical elements are blended into a realistic atmosphere in order to access a deeper understanding of reality.”

The effects particularly in the final ballet scene where Nina grows more feathers than the previous times it appeared would surely remind us of the film.

Because of the device used, we are made to believe that “magical elements are explained like normal occurrences that are presented in a straightforward manner” allowing the “real” (Nina Sayers dream to be the Swan Queen) and the “fantastic” (she really becomes a Swan) to be accepted in the same stream of thought.

The obsession to become the Swan Queen later brings into the character graphic hallucinations that eventually cost Nina Sayers’ life.

Natalie’s facial features being transformed into a swan—rouged eyes, aquiline nose and elongated neck—all compliment to a dramatic flourish—where at the end of the performance, even we the audience could be convinced that she very well looks as the best Swan Queen for Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

While Nina Sayers’ obsession for the Swan Queen role is enough persuasion, the horrific undertones notwithstanding, we the audience get the eerie feeling in Aronofsky’s close-up shots of the lead character who dances her way to death as the ambition-obsessed ballerina who lived and was haunted by realities she herself created.

Published in Anayo
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