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Robinsons Place Roxas to finally open Feb. 13


ROXAS CITY—The much-awaited opening of Robinsons Place Roxas will finally take place on Feb. 13, 2014 inside the Pueblo de Panay in Brgy. Lawaan here.


Mayor Angel Alan Celino welcomes the entry of big investment such as the Robinsons mall in Roxas city.


He said it reinforces the city’s image as an emerging investment haven in the region.


The mall was supposed to open on Dec. 8 2013 to coincide with the Sinadya sa Halaran festival but supertyphoon Yolanda lashed through the Visayas a month before the mall’s scheduled opening and left a wide swath of destruction never seen in history.


The 37,000 sq.m- two storey mall houses local variety stores, restaurants, cinemas, a bank, a supermarket and department store, among others.


It aims not only to accommodate Capiceños but also residents from the neighboring provinces of Iloilo and Aklan.


Lulay Alano, Robinsons vice-president for lease, earlier assured the shoppers that as the mall opens, they can now experience a world-class mall in the city.


“Roxas City is now ready for a new kind of service; because we are bringing in a world-class mall—that is the promise of Robinson’s Land Group,” Alano said. (Gerry Pagharion)

Monday, 27 January 2014 00:00

First-ever City Mall to rise in Roxas City

First-ever City Mall to rise in Roxas City


The DoubleDragon Properties Corp owned by Capiceño businessman Ferdinand J. Sia said their company aims to build several CityMall Community Malls in the country.


In a letter dated Jan. 27, 2014, Sia told Mayor Angel Alan Celino, they have decided to build the first in his hometown Roxas City.


The president and chief operating officer of DoubleDragon Properties, Sia informed the mayor that they aim to start the construction of CityMall Roxas by March or April this year.


Sia assured the mayor that they will continue to contribute in the progress of Roxas City and Capiz province. Mayor Celino welcomes the putting up of CityMall in Roxas City, which is presently experiencing a business and economic boom.


The almost a billion-peso Robinsons Place Roxas is set to open inside the Pueblo de Panay in Barangay Lawaan here on Feb. 13, 2014.


The mall was supposed to open on Dec. 8 last year but Supertyphoon Yolanda delayed it when it hit Capiz and caused enormous damage to the city and province.


The construction of hotels, malls and other businesses in Roxas City has been noted no less by Department of Tourism 6. (Gerry T. Pagharion and Val Wensie Parce)

Monday, 27 January 2014 00:00

Villar pours relief to 4 Capiz towns

Villar pours relief to 4 Capiz towns

By Edalyn B. Acta


On Jan. 31, 2014, Sen. Cynthia Villar, a.k.a. Mrs. Hanepbuhay, reached out the four towns in Capiz to extend the help personally for the rehabilitation to their selected beneficiaries.


In an interview, Villar said that, being the senate chair of committee on Agriculture and Foods, she wants to personally hand the relief assistance to the beneficiaries.


She added that since Capiz is now on the stage of the rehabilitation, they made sure to give these items—G.I. sheets; organic fertilizers; biogenics; umbrella nails; and boxes of medicines from Villar Foundation. Villar also led the distribution of corn seeds; vegetable seeds; coconut seeds; 2,000 tilapia fingerlings and livestock (carabao and goat) from the Department of Agriculture.


According to Villar, they chose the towns of Pontevedra, Sigma, Dumarao and Tapaz because they saw the most devastated areas in terms of agriculture and fisheries. The beneficiaries were selected by DA Capiz.


Villar also said that they are doing this so that the people know that the DA and her office have a program for the rehabilitation.


Villar also said she will lead the establishment of composting machine facilities in the markets of Region VI, to be provided by the Camella Homes Capiz.


From Capiz, Senator Villar and party also proceeded to the four towns of Aklan to extend relief assistance.

Monday, 27 January 2014 00:00

JPL: Para Sa Tawo, Para Sa Capiz

Amy Almosa


By Amy Almosa




Capizmanwa, these past few days we have seen how Joel P. Longares has gone about the province of Capiz to distribute the relief goods that he singlehandedly solicited in the United states where his business (Atlas Shippers) is located.

As a refresher to those who have memory gaps like me, Joel P. Longares was the defeated candidate for a gubernatorial post last 2013 election against the now incumbent Gov. Victor Tanco, Sr. Unlike all losing candidates, the defeat did not stop Longares to give the much needed help of the Capiznons in this time of calamity.

Though he was not around when the typhoon hit capiz, his heart was moved by the reports and the footage he saw on TV: and all these prompted him to do something for people of Capiz which he promised to serve during campaign period.

A self-made millionaire and CEO of JOEL P LONGARES Group of Companies, he has vowed to help empower the people of Capiz by uplifting their standard of living; by sharing his skills and knowledge. During the campaign period, he also stated that he will not take money from the gov’t coffers not even his salary even as he has more than enough to sustain him in life.

Capizmanwa, much has been said about Supertyphoon Yolanda and the devastations it brought to us. And much has also been said about the billions of dollars (in cash and in kind) which the foreign countries poured into the country which we all have seen how they (foreign nationals) helped restore the places destroyed by the typhoon.

Published in Palabra De Honor

Malversation rap vs Bermejo, 3 others junked

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—The criminal case filed against former Roxas City Mayor Vicente Bermejo and three others was dismissed “for being premature,” the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas said.


Bermejo was charged with malversation of public property through falsification of public documents.


Incumbent City Mayor Angel Alan Celino filed the case against Bermejo, incumbent General Services Officer Glenn Amane, Olotayan Barangay Captain Manuel Aninang, and former Mongpong Brgy. Capt. Wilson Acervo, Sr.


To date, the Commission of Audit has no final audit report yet about the alleged “hot lumber” released to the two village chiefs, the 15-page decision read.


Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales signed the dismissal of the case Aug. 2, 2013.


Celino believed that Bermejo and his staff were involved in misappropriating “hot lumber” confiscated from Paul Jude Belo in 2005.


Some 80 pieces of mahogany and narra lumber worth P76,862.24 were confiscated from Belo by the city government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO).


Celino claimed that on Jan. 7, 2008, Bermejo issued a memorandum requiring Amane to “make a status report on the seized logs and lumber to make them available for use of the city and for such other purposes.”


The seized logs and lumber were allegedly delivered to the city government through Amane for custody on Feb. 16, 2005.


According to Celino, Bermejo issued the memo despite one of the two criminal cases filed against Belo before the Regional Trial Court Branch 15 of Roxas City was pending that time.


Criminal Case No. C-1-24-07 was first dismissed on December 17, 2007; while Criminal Case No. C-168-05 was quashed Jan. 13, 2009, one year after Bermejo issued the memo.


Acervo, who was Mongpong barangay captain then, requested lumber for “repairing and rehabilitating various infrastructure” on April 30, 2008.


Bermejo— through Amane—allegedly released some 206.52 board feet of the seized mahogany lumber on May 5, 2008.


Meanwhile, Aninang requested lumber from Bermejo on May 5, 2008 for the repair of the daycare center destroyed by Typhoon Frank in 2008.


On May 27, 2008, Amane allegedly wrote a letter suggesting that the backyard of Bermejo’s residence be used as temporary storage of the seized lumber.


Another letter dated May 30, 2008 allegedly “made it appear” that the logs were delivered to his residence.


On June 6, 2008, Bermejo allegedly released some 1, 052.20 bd. ft. of Mahogany lumber to Aninang.


Amane allegedly sent a Final Utilization or Disposal Report on the logs to Bermejo on July 1, 2008.


‘Honest Mistake’


Celino saw a ‘discrepancy’ in Aninang’s letter request that was later found after Bermejo’s term.


Celino said that on the copy of the document, it was stated that Aninang requested for lumber for the repair and rehabilitation of the daycare center in the island barangay which was destroyed by typhoon Frank.


Celino said that typhoon Frank hit the province on June 21, 2008 or “47 days after the requisition of the same (lumber) by respondent Aninang.”


In his counter-affidavit, Amane said that he discovered that he lost and “suspected” to have misplaced the letter request in August 2008.


After Amane informed Aninang about what happened, the latter suggested to make another draft.


The letter was forwarded to the city mayor’s office and stamped-received on May 6, 2008 after Amane explained the situation.


Amane said that he had “mistakenly written typhoon Frank” when he should have written only the word, “typhoon.”


Aninang said that the letter was drafted “in good faith and not to prejudice anyone in the government.” He added that he received the lumber he requested.


Meanwhile, Acervo said that he used the lumber received to repair a daycare center at Sitio Dulunan in Brgy. Mongpong.


According to Celino’s witness, Engr. Ramon Ponsaran, “the lumber that respondent Acervo received were neither applied nor can be accounted in any of the barangay fixtures; building of the edifice is completely selfserving.”


However, the legal woes may not be over yet for Bermejo and Amane.


“The evidence clearly reveals that respondents Bermejo and Amane are probably guilty of Usurpation of Official Function under Article 177 of the Revised Penal code”, according to the Office of the Ombudsman.


“Bermejo and Amane had no authority to dispose the lumber,” they said.


According to Section 68-A of the Presidential Decree No. 75 or the Forestry Code of the Philippines, as amended by Executive Order No. 277; and Section 5 of Memorandum No. 162, S. 1993, it is the DENR secretary or his representative who is allowed to dispose the seized lumber.


In a press conference with the Roxas City Press Corps recently, Atty. Joseph Ador Ramos, City Legal Officer, said that they will file a motion for reconsideration.


And, if rejected, Ramos said that he will talk to Celino what they will do next.

Published in January 20 - 26
Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

UNDP helps to rebuild Capiz

UNDP helps to rebuild Capiz


ROXAS CITY—More programs that would help in building back a better Capiz are up.


According to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Area Coordinator Sonny Ongkiko, aside from the completed cash-for-work program implemented in six towns in Capiz, additional programs are being put in place to help Capiceños, especially the marginalized groups.


He said that starting January 27, the cash for lumber program that would help coconut farmers in the province will kick off.


The program is given P15-million that would benefit 1,110 coconut farmers from the seven towns in Capiz, namely: Ivisan with 330 target beneficiaries and 130 each from Cuartero, Pilar, Mambusao, President Roxas, Sapian and Jamindan.


In the post-Yolanda rehabilitation planning workshop, Ongkiko said they will partner with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the cash-for-timber program.


He said they will also finalize the mechanics for the Cash for Timber program so that the same will be implemented soon as many forest trees especially in the government-owned lands were dampened down by super Yolanda and remains in the area due to lack of manpower and budget for cutting and hauling.


The UNDP will also help the poultry sector after almost all of the poultry grower’s poultry farms were totally downed by the said typhoon.


To immediately restore the power supply especially at the barangay level, Ongkiko pointed out that they will again be funding another cash for work program in collaboration with the Capiz Electric Cooperative.


Earlier, he disclosed that their cash for work program in the six towns here, namely: Pontevedra, Dumarao, Dao, Panitan and Maayon benefited 2,718 Capiceños.


Ongkiko said that in the program, debris clearing works were done in 100 schools, 147 days care centers,60 Rural Health Units, 38-kilometer drainage/canals, 166-kilometer barangay roads and 79 barangay halls, in addition to clearing and clean- up activities in the slaughter houses, churches, covered courts/gymnasium, waiting shades and electric posts.


He said that more than P11.02-million were paid to the hired residents where P4,227 tons of debris were collected in their 15-day work.


Ongkiko pledged to continue to help Capiz in the rehabilitation effort in order to restore back and normalize the lives of Capiceños after strongly devastated by typhoon Yolanda. (Jemin Guillermo)

Published in January 20 - 26
Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

Good News to Village Folks: A Barangay Hall

Good News to Village Folks: A Barangay Hall


Finally, residents of Barangay 3 will finally have a Barangay Hall of their own. This was assured no less by Mayor Angel Alan B. Celino.


Newly elected Barangay 3 head Gudo Fuentes, a former Barangay Kagawad who beat the incumbent Ildefonso Tobillo in the recent barangay elections, expressed confidence that with the help of Mayor Celino and Liberal Party stalwart and DILG Secretary Mar Roxas ll, Barangay 3 will reap more projects in the days ahead.


Fuentes said he is extremely happy that the two officials have been supportive of Barangay 3 endeavors, foremost of which is the construction of its Barangay Hall.


“Yes, we are pushing through with it,” Mayor Celino said when asked about the construction of a village hall for Barangay 3 .


A self-made man and happily married to Mary Ann Tubacan with whom he has seven successful children, Fuentes has listed peace and order and the cleanliness of their barangay as among his priorities. (Gerry T. Pagharion and Edalyn Acta)

Published in January 20 - 26
Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

Public Servants? Hello!?

Amy Almosa


By Amy Almosa




Capizmanwa, we have so many public officials who are supposedly elected to serve the interests of the people. But are they really serving the public or their own pockets? Pag sure, oy!

Typhoon Yolanda was an acid test to everyone especially to the elected pocket servants, este public servant gali.

It was a test of how sincere they are in fulfilling the promises they made during the campaign period—at the time when they were raising their right hands when they took their oaths of office.

I wonder if these elected officials really have a heart for service.

In November 2013, Supertyphoon Yolanda ravaged the province of Capiz—it’s a devastation of epic proportions to the extent that everyone, rich or poor, was not spared.

It did not only destroy our properties and livelihood but also our well-being and sensibilities as a people.

After Yolanda, it was the time when the people badly needed their help and services of these so-called public servants—but they were nowhere to be found. Where have all their promises gone?

Are they really public servants? Pag sure oy!

During distributions of relief goods—which did not even come from them but from the golden hearts of others around the world, most of them gave their “bonafide” voters. Ouch! You, honorable Sir/ Madam, surely failed the test of Yolanda.

Capizmanwa, real public service is a vocation—because it must come from the heart and is manifested by one’s actions.

Maybe these not-so-honorable men and women holding public office are just plain ignorant of the responsibilities and obligations of a PUBLIC SERVANT.

Could it also be that public service is not really the motive behind a political career? If so, why are they occupying honorable offices and sitting on the honorable chair if their actions are not at all honorable?

Published in Palabra De Honor

PRO 6 warns public of NPA extortion checkpoints

By Editha Colmo
Special for The Capiz Times


ILOILO CITY—Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz, Jr., director of the Police Regional Offi ce (PRO) 6 recently warned the public especially the motorists, on the check point operations and extortion activities of the New People’s Army (NPA), citing that what happened to Compostela Valley recently is also possible to happen in Region 6.


On January 17, a policeman and a soldier were nabbed by more than 30 rebels at Sitio Mangob, Brgy. Imelda in Compostela Valley.


Twelve of whom were in camoufl age uniform, and the rest were in civilian clothes.


In an e-mailed press release, Cruz said, “Kahit sa mga nakaraang halalan, may mga reports ng checkpoint operations na isinigawa ng mga rebelde.”


Cruz said some areas of Region 6 are still affected by insurgency problem.


“Dapat po tayong maging mapagmatayag at dapat alam natin ang mga sinyales ng totoong checkpoints sa hindi,” he said.


Under Commission on Elections Resolution 9588, at least one checkpoint must be set up in each city and municipality.


Every checkpoint shall have a signboard with a size of 3 by 4 feet to clearly identify the place from afar as Comelec checkpoint.


The policemen and military men conducting checkpoints must be in complete uniform. They must not be under the influence of liquor/drugs.


They must also be courteous in approaching the motorists and observe the ‘plain view’ doctrine.


However, a warrantless search could be made in the cases of moving vehicles, and the seizure of evidence made in plain view as long as the vehicle is neither searched nor its occupants subjected to body search.


Cruz reminded the public to report to the police in case of doubtful checkpoint.


“Makipag-ugnayan kaagad sa pinakamalapit na police station sakaling nagdududa kayo sa mga taong sumasagawa ng checkpoint. Kailangan ma-check kaagad ito,” he said.


The NPA usually conduct their checkpoint operations to extort from the public, especially delivery trucks, Cruz said. (Ralph John Mijares)

Published in January 13 - 19
Monday, 13 January 2014 00:00

64 Capiz cops promoted

64 Capiz cops promoted


Sixty-four members of the Capiz Provincial Police Office (CPPO) were promoted and attended the Mass-Oathtaking and Donning of Rank Ceremony Jan. 13 at the Police Regional Office 6, Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City.


Said ceremony was officiated by Supt. Josephus Angan, regional director of Police Regional Office 6 together with other high-ranking officers of the regional office. Other attendees were families of the promoted personnel and members of the tri-media.


Based on the series of General Orders and Special Orders issued by the Higher Headquarters effective December 31, 2013, promoted to Police Senior Inspector were Ferdinand Fuene and William Limjuco. Promoted to Police Inspector were Wilfredo Venus Jr., Rogie Baril, Armando Clavaton and Joaquin Emmanuel Ochavo.


Furthermore, three were promoted to SPO4; 11 to SPO3; three to SPO2; two to SPO1; 38 to PO3; and one to PO2.


In an interview, Supt. Thomas Frias, Jr., officer-in-charge of CPPO praised his men for their dedication to police service at the same time took the opportunity to congratulate their respective families.


He said that he expects that the newly promoted police officers will continue to give their best in the performance of duties.


Newly promoted police inspectors will be assigned at the provincial headquarters as staff offi cers.

Published in January 13 - 19
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