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Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00

Over 100 join TCT journ summit

Writers urged to take on journalists’ task

Special for The Capiz Times

 

ROXAS CITY—To celebrate its 33rd year of prominence in the local media for being “The Voice of the Capizeño,” The Capiz Times (TCT) hosted its Journalism Workshop on Oct. 17–18, 2014 at the Hall of the Governors of the Capiz Provincial Capitol here.

 

The workshop was the third in a row since its revival in 2012. Before the revival, the last workshop was held in 1999 during the term of Ms. Fe G. Villaruz, then editor-in-chief.


For two days, more than a hundred participants including some 19 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) representing the 17 municipalities of Capiz were taught basic concepts in news writing, feature writing, opinion writing and photojournalism, among other skills.


Aside from the PNP, participants came from three college campuses in Capiz, namely: Filamer Christian University and the Capiz State University (CapSU) campuses in Dumarao and Sigma towns.


High school students who represented the biggest number—with more than 70—came from seven schools in Roxas City and selected towns, as follows: Capiz National High School; Roxas City School for Philippine Craftsmen; and St. Mary’s Academy of Capiz, all of Roxas City; and Comm. Luis R. Asis National High School in Panay; Malonoy National High School in Dao; Pontevedra National High School; and Dumalag National High School. A lone gradeschooler participant came from Pontevedra Elementary School.


No less than Atty. Antonio Barrios Ortiz, the paper’s founder, graced the opening program. In his keynote speech, Ortiz underscored the essence of the individual in carrying out the journalistic task. Among others, he placed importance on the development of the young writer who needs to learn the ropes of the trade so he could best handle the hard task of seeking the truth not just for himself but for the rest of the community.


The assembly featured a big number of local and national media practitioners who provided input on the new categories this year including blogging, broadcasting and live TV interviewing.

 

Mr. Carlos Arnaldo, a freelance communication specialist who previously worked for international media entities and is currently based in Manila, shared his expertise in journalism and writing; while Dr. Cesar Yap, Roxas City councilor, wowed his young audiences with a humorous slide presentation on column writing, stressing on the necessity to write and the motivations in doing it.


It also highlighted a number of resource speakers who shared their best practices to the participants. First, Jose Arsenio Quinzon briefed the students on the basic concepts in journalism and beat reporting. He was backed by Pagbag-o editor Gerry Pagharion, who also shared tips in journalistic ethics and writing. Then, Mr. Glenn Beup, Pueblo de Panay consultant, shed light on journalistic ethics, using examples based on his experiences as a media practitioner in and outside Capiz.


Meanwhile, Mr. Niño Manaog led the students in learning a style-sheet, a set of proofreading marks and revision symbols which they can use in reading their own copies for publication. Most important, Manaog allowed the participants to correct a sample article using said stylesheet. Manaog also lectured on feature writing, editorial writing and photojournalism, using articles published in TCT in the past year.


Other resource speakers included TCT columnist Mr. Christian George Acevedo, who shared his blogging expertise and Mr. Joey Balatayo, adviser of The Quest, the official paper of the CapSU Roxas City Main Campus, who presented his layouting and publication techniques.


Members of the local broadcast media likewise gave input on the new segments of the workshop, as follows: Mr. Donnie Degala, anchorman at DYOW Bombo Radyo Roxas lectured on covering sports; Mr. Rexam Laguda, OIC manager of IBC-dyJJ, presented the basics in broadcasting for both radio and TV formats; and Mr. Allen Hervias, host of the Capiz Provincial Press Bureau’s “Pag-ulikid” TV program, assisted young enthusiasts on live interviewing; their actual lecture-workshop was aired live on WESFARDELL, a local cable TV channel.


And for the second time, SPO1 Donna Asmod of the Capiz Provincial Police Office provided the participants community-based police awareness, and also gave them rules of thumb on media and community relations. Asmod also led the 18-member PNP delegation who studied the courses along with their younger counterparts.


Toward the end of the second day, Manaog led the discussions on photojournalism, which allowed some participants to show their prowess in the said field. Despite the time constraint, the photojournalism workshop gathered six entries which were later posted on Facebook. The top three winners were announced on Oct. 31 via an update on TCT’s Facebook account.


All programs and workshops for the two-day summit were hosted by Ms. Dolly Buday, the producer host of “Today with Dolly,” a TV magazine aired on Alto Cable.


This capability-building initiative gained the full support from the Capiz provincial government led by Gov. Victor Tanco, Sr. and Vice-Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras; the Roxas City government headed by Mayor Angel Alan Celino; CPPO headed by Police Supt. Ulysses Caton; and the Metro Roxas Water District led by Engr. Glenn Gonzalo Delgado. (Manuel San Andres)

THE PHILIPPINE Coconut Authority (PCA) targeted to plant 118,500 coconut seedlings province wide by the end of October this year.


This formed part of the massive tree replanting program to replace coconut trees damaged by Supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013.


PCA Capiz manager Jeffrey Delos Reyes said that about 757 coconut farmers were tapped for the program on a cash-for-work basis, which also formed part of the government’s assistance to farmers whose livelihood were affected.


“The program covers a hectare for each farmer,” Delos Reyes said, adding that some of the seedlings were sourced out from the neighboring provinces.


The PCA official noted that the coconut trees affected by Yolanda are becoming productive again.


Based on records, Yolanda has damaged a big number of coconut trees, as follows: 668,429 totally damaged; 974,261, heavily damaged; 739,725, moderately damaged; and 175,032, slightly damaged.


The totally damaged coconut trees, those which are crownless or had been broken or fallen down, are also processed by PCA and some businessmen into coco lumber to supply the growing demand for coco lumber for post-Yolanda reconstruction and rehabilitation. (Alex Lumaque)

Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00

CNHS beats CapSU in debate finals

By Charl Boie

 

ROXAS CITY—After outwitting the Capiz State University (CapSU) Laboratory High School, the Capiz National High School (CHNS) Debate Circle was declared champion in the Debate Invitational Cup led by the Borres Youth Leadership Institute held recently at the Robinsons Place Roxas in Bgy. Lawaan here.


Earlier, the CNHS team trounced Filamer Christian University High School in the semi-finals.


The CNHS team consisted of Johanna Fuentes, Josyl Angelique Moises, and Philip Robert Alaban, who won also won Best Speaker and Best Debater awards, respectively.


The team’s researchers included Dexter Diaz, Kaira Claire Oducado, Ma. Rogemae Deseo, Christian Andrew Almalbis, Abegail Almeida, Dexter John Ocampo, Rex Meynard Cervales and John Vincent Bulquerin.


Ms. Anna May Escubio Candelario served as their coach.


According to Candelario, “Our team sought to develop CNHS students to be aware of what’s happening around and to make a robust stand on current social and political issues.”

Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

Capiz tourism ‘vibrant’ –DOT

By Ralph John Mijares

 

“ROXAS CITY and Capiz have arrived,” Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 6 head Helen Catalbas said.


“Tourism and travel in this part of the country is not only growing by leaps and bounds; it is pole-vaulting,” the local tourism chief said during the inaugural Tigerair Philippines’ Manila–Roxas flight Oct. 23 at the Roxas City Airport.


According to Catalbas, the launch of the new route of Tigerair Philippines adds to the “vibrant tourism industry” of Capiz.


Top Capiz officials led by Gov. Victor Tanco said that Capiz is recovering fast.


“The confidence that investors are showing by visiting Capiz is a sign that the province is recovering fast after Yolanda.”


“This is the new Capiz,” Tanco said. “I am confident that if we survived Yolanda, we can survive anything.”


The Tiger Airways Roxas daily flight departs from Manila at 2:00 p.m. and lands in Roxas at 3:05 P.M. Return flight from Roxas is at 3:35 p.m. and arrival in Manila is 4:40 p.m.

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

City number ‘anomaly’ bared

By Ralph John Mijares

 

MR. GERALD Artates used his connections at the Roxas City Hall, to sell a tricycle city number, according to those who claimed he transacted with.


Artates allegedly dragged the names of Tricycle Franchising Regulatory Unit (TFRU) Head Mariano Layno; Councilor Jose Agdalipe; and Barangay San Jose Captain Jericho Celino, son of Mayor Angel Alan Celino.


The Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee of the Whole held a hearing on October 20 and 22 regarding the issue.


Present during the first hearing were Elias Jacobo and his driver Richard Villanueva; Armando Villarde; Angelita Lacorte; Marcelino dela Cruz, a repair shop owner, and his wife Maribel.


Jacobo, original owner of City Number 172, said that the ownership of his city number was revoked because according to Layno, he was unable to turn over his papers.


About to pass his documents to the TFRU, Jacobo got sick because of pneumonia, he said.


Jacobo sought help from City Administrator Gilbert Tan to get Mayor Angel Alan Celino’s signature for preventing the revokation of his city number but to no avail.


Dadivas cited from a document passed by the TFRU dated June 17 that city number 172 was among the expired city numbers because of "non-payment." Jacobo said that he was able to pay his renewal fee; prepare all his documents, but failed to turn these over.


In a press conference last October 22, Layno said that Jacobo was unable to pass his requirements before the deadline, and when the latter tried to follow up, it was too late.


Villarde and Lacorte said that they transacted with Artates for the sale of the city number 172 and had to pay thousands of pesos for it.


In the end, both Villarde and Lacorte claimed that Artates did not give them their city number.


The Masbate native, Dela Cruz, denied knowing any transactions made by Artates.


Vice Mayor Ronnie Dadivas said that contrary to documents given by Artates and what he charged his buyers, the expiry of a tricycle franchise is one year, not two years and fees would not exceed P 400.


This was confirmed by Layno, adding that transactions could not be done outside the TFRU office.


"Klaro gid nga may pagtonto, (There is something fishy going on)," Dadivas said.


Dela Cruz claimed to have been threatened by the younger Celino to admit that he received money.


The younger Celino denied that he threatened Dela Cruz but admitted that he came to the latter’s home and told him that he will file a case against him because he was dragging his name to the city number anomaly.


During the Sangguniang Panlungsod session last October 14, Dadivas exposed the illegal selling of city number 172.


In response, the older Celino, shared his letter about Dadivas’ privilege speech through the Facebook page of the Roxas City Press Bureau.


Celino said that Dadivas’ exposé is "merely based on speculation."


"In legal parlance, there is no such thing as a photocopied documentary evidence," he said.


City plate number 172 was issued in 2008 and cannot be effective this year, said Celino.


The mayor also disclosed Artates’ work background with the city government.


Artates is not a staffer of the younger Celino, the mayor said.


He served as a traffic aide before the older Celino’s first term but was terminated for allegedly committing a similar transaction, thus he was not rehired.


Celino said during the press conference that he was considering to ask the SP to investigate Dadivas because of his allegations against him, adding that Dadivas could be politicking.


This was denied by Dadivas, saying that he had been vocal about issues affecting the city in the past.


The press conference last October 22 happened the same time as the second committee hearing of the whole Sangguniang Panlungsod about the alleged city number anomaly.

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

Gov hopes flood control project begins 2015

By Ralph John Mijares & Edalyn Acta

 

WILL THE Panay River Basin Flood Control Project start next year? Capiz governor Victor Tanco Sr. certainly hopes so.


Tanco said that negotiating with the indigenous peoples (IPs) is a “difficult part” of the project implementation.


Seeking permission from the IPs is important because the project is in the uplands where the IPs live, Tanco told The Capiz Times Oct. 21. Resettlement areas for the tribes will also be built.


With the help of the 3rd Infantry Division and Tanco, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has been negotiating with the IPs.


The Panay River Basin Project can solve the fl ooding that has been affecting the province’s agriculture, he added.

 

As per the Philippine News Agency, the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducted their feasibility studies for the project in the 1980s.


NIA is now conducting the feasibility study which costs some P22 billion as of press time.

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

‘Yolanda’ anniversary events set

By J.B. Guillermo

 

 

ROXAS CITY—The province of Capiz is now finalizing the various activities for the first year Supertyphoon Yolanda commemorative program Nov. 8.


According to Capiz Provincial Administrator Jose Villanueva, “we are not remembering the fate of Yolanda but the opportunity to work together and how people cooperate with each other to stand anew during the crisis.”


Villanueva said that the first anniversary of Yolanda will serve as a thanksgiving day and a moment for to recognize all the people, agencies and groups—both local and foreign—who have helped the people of Capiz after the tragedy.


Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Alphonsus Tesoro will lead the commemoration.


The remembrance should shed light on how Yolanda damaged the lives, properties and livelihood of the Capiceños but also how we were able to restore and rebuild.


The program will elaborate the Capiznon’s bayanihan way of coping after the typhoon and how “we were comforted by the presence of one another and the support of various agencies, individuals and organizations.”


Activities will include a Thanksgiving Mass, forum with video presentation of various humanitarian groups and organizations who assisted in restoring the lives of the people of Capiz; candle-lighting ceremonies and cultural presentations.


Various agencies and groups will also have their own activities during the day. The Philippine Information Agency and the Capiz Association of Government Public Information Offi cers will also lead a Thanksgiving Mass and a tree planting on the same date at the Meditation Hills in Bgy. Maninang, Sapian, Capiz.

 

This article was published in TCT Issue #1, October 20 - 26, 2014.

Published in Articles
Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

Ate Auring

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 Now And Then

By Fr. Rey Villanoy

 

 

 

 

My memory of Ate Auring (Aurelia Ocampo Calara), a great cooking connoisseur in her own right, was triggered when we were treated to a Ate AuringMongolian dinner by Tita Cora Ortiz of San Antonio Resort one humid evening last week.

 


By “we” I mean a small group of priests. It should have been a Misuno treat had it not been for the passing of Ate Auring few years ago.


There was still the Misuno grill alright—which was on the poolside—but Ate Auring the “Misuno Lady” was no longer around.


Oh, how she would skillfully perform the greasing, sautéing, frying, greasing and mixing of all the ingredients of a perfect Misuno dish.


The performance was of course in an almost perfect order and precise timing until its completion. The consumption is another thing, which is best done with chopsticks.


But don’t worry, Ate Auring, while the preparation of Mongolian is less complicated than Misuno, almost all the side dishes of the latter were there like the tempura and sweet, spicy and crispy dilis. Also, the main ingredients were there with the absence of fresh eggs.


Wait, were the oysters there, too?


Incidentally, the memory of this chef of many persuasions (I also miss her version of the apple pie, among others, especially now that Christmas is near) has also been occasioned by the coming celebration of the All Souls Day, an opportune time to remember our beloved departed.


Ate Auring, you will again be remembered and as always, with a prayer for your eternal rest.

 

This article was published in TCT Issue #1, October 20 - 26, 2014.

Published in Articles
Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

RMPH buys ‘proper, necessary, says chief

By Ralph John Mijares

 

ROXAS CITY—Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital (RMPH) chief Florencio Luching recently denied making questionable transactions for the hospital’s equipment in this city.


In an Oct. 14 press conference, Dr. Luching said that the transactions made for the purchase of a pharmaceutical refrigerator, oxygen regulators and blood chemistry analyzers were proper and necessary.


Luching made the pronouncement in response to allegations made by a certain Juana Dela Cruz who sent a letter to the local media recently. In her letter, Dela Cruz questioned the hospital’s purchase of a clinical refrigerator worth one million pesos, claiming that it only costs only approximately P300,000.


Further, she questioned the hospital’s procurement of 100 pieces of oxygen gauges for P500,000 and Luching’s request for a P2.8 millionpeso-realignment for hospital equipment for blood chemistry.


Purchase of said pharmaceutical refrigerator underwent a legitimate process, according to Edmund Baldonado, speaking for the bids and awards committee secretariat.


Of the three suppliers, JOSMEF Enterprises was the only one who made the bid, Baldonado said. The pharmaceutical refrigerator brought from JOSMEF Enterprises cost P998,698.50.


“It is okay if there is only one bidder,” Baldonado said, citing Section 36 of the Republic Act No. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

 

Luching said that the purchase of the pharmaceutical refrigerator is necessary since it is required by PhilHealth and the Department of Health.

 

Luching said that the pharmaceutical refrigerator placed inside RMPH pharmacy is the one that does not freeze—unlike a domestic refrigerator whose temperature fluctuates—which preserves vaccines and medicines better.


He said that purchasing more oxygen regulators is necessary because some of the existing ones do not give off enough oxygen.


According to Luching, there are some 50 to 70 oxygen regulators in RMPH required to cater to some 200 patients daily.“


Prayoridad ang pagginhawa sang tawo (Respiration of the patients is the priority)” he said.


The price for the oxygen regulators purchased was accurate, Luching said.


Luching added that one of RMPH’s priorities is the realignment of P 2.8 million for an automated blood chemistry analyzer; automated water filter and feeder; and a coagulation machine which checks if there is blood clot.

Published in October 13 - 19