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Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

110 families get P70K each

Special for The Capiz Times


PANAY, CAPIZ — One hundred ten families in Panay town received each P70,000.00 as Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Nov. 22 at the Municipal Hall of Panay here.

The handing of checks to the family beneficiaries came hours after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by DSWD 6 Regional Director Evelyn Macapobre, UN Habitat Human Settlements Officer Bernhard Barth, Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco and mayors of the local government units of Panay, Pontevedra, Roxas City and Estancia in Iloilo.

It also took place 10 days after DSWD Sec. Dinky Soliman’s announcement on upcoming financial assistance for those with partially as well as totally damaged houses after Yolanda during a gathering for a Rehabilitation After Yolanda consultative meeting here.

The co-funding agreement will benefit the 610 UN Habitat beneficiaries of core shelter units under the project “Post – Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlement” that will continue until March 2015.

Macapobre said that a budget of P42.7-million has been allocated by the government for the agreement.

“UN Habitat will be putting up a counterpart depending on the design of the house,” Macapobre said in an interaction with local mediamen.


The core shelter designs include elevated and non-elevated houses depending on the location of the beneficiaries.


Under the agreement, the LGUs will monitor disbursement and actual construction of houses to ensure that implementation will be in accordance to typhoon – proof specifications.

Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco has reminded the core shelter beneficiaries to take care and value the houses as a way to convey appreciation on the foreign and national assistance for identified Yolanda survivors in the province. (Alex Lumaque)

Published in November 24 - 30

BAYBAY, ROXAS CITY— The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations – Habitat and Local Government Units of Capiz and Iloilo for the construction of housing units for survivors of typhoon Yolanda.

The project, known as Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements in which DSWD invested a total of P42.7 million, targets completing 610 houses in the municipalities of Roxas, Panay and Pontevedra in Capiz Province and Estancia, Iloilo. Allocation per household is pegged at P70,000 from the government. For its part, UN Habitat is providing additional funds to complete the construction of the housing units.

The MoU signing was held in the presence of Baybay Homeowners Association, Inc. (HOAI) here with DSWD regional director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre; Human Settlement Officer Bernhard Barth of UN Habitat Regional Officer for Asia and the Pacific in Fukuoka, Japan; mayors Angel Alan Celino of Roxas City, Dante Bermejo of Panay, Esteban Jose Contreras of Pontevedra, all in Capiz; Estancia, Iloilo mayor Rene Cordero; and witnessed by Capiz governor Victor Tanco.

“We are the social welfare arm of the Philippine government and we have many programs including augmentation to Local Social Welfare and Development Officers along services on disaster response and rehabilitation. We all know that Western Visayas was affected. The municipalities of Panay, Pontevedra and Roxas City in Capiz and Estancia in Iloilo are just four of the 84 badly hit areas in the region. The officials of these LGUs have been finding projects for their recovery. But this is not possible with them alone. Kaya kaming tatlo—UN Habitat, the four LGUs and DSWD-- have come to an understanding that we are going to work together to help 610 families for this project,” said Macapobre.

“Since the DSWD funding is not enough, UN Habitat will provide the additional amount to completely build the houses,” she added.

LGUs and homeowners association, on the other hand, will monitor the actual construction of the houses including the materials being used.

“We are positive that we will be able to complete the houses by March at the latest. Now, we see a good number completed in Baybay. We would like to thank UN Habitat to make the partnership a reality. To our LGU partners let us do this fast so that we will be able to bring families in their own homes by Christmas,” Macapobre said.

Build Back Better

For his part, Barth of the UN Habitat said, “Building back better is critical. This partnership with the national government is important not only because of the sharing of resources but also in finding ways on how to rebuild houses in a cheaper, faster way and culturally accepted through the involvement of communities.”

Barth also said that the project can also be an instrument to improve “the way we do shelter response in a way that we build back better to avoid disasters in the future.”

People’s Process

One thing which makes the project more responsive is its People’s Process method. It places people at the center of the project, not only to provide safer homes, but to empower them to become disaster resilient.

The project uses a community driven approach to recovery and rehabilitation. Consultations with community groups helped UN Habitat design and refine a sturdy house meant to meet basic needs of the beneficiary households. The design was developed in collaboration with the Capiz chapter of the United Architects of the Philippines, and its structural integrity has been checked by the Capiz chapter of the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines.

Repaying the Kindness

Governor Tanco, for his part, thanked UN Habitat, LGUs and the national government. He also urged the homeowners, called as “program partners,” to take good care of the houses.

“We could never repay them. What you could is for you to take care of your houses, maintain them and keep them in good condition. It is not every day that you get a house,” said Tanco.


The project is supported by the government of Japan with a $2.5 million fund. It is also implemented in partnership with the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, Government of Japan, Social Housing Finance Corporation. (May Rago-Castillo, with report from UN Habitat Philippines and UN Habitat Roxas City Office)

Published in November 24 - 30
Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

City engr admits RAY project delay

Special for The Capiz Times


ROXAS CITY—A city engineer here recently claimed there has been a delay of the rehabilitation of the City Hall, the Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center (TATC), and the Dinggoy Roxas Civic Center (DRCC).

Engr. Ardieli Ambrosio said if it were not for a “clerical error made by the City Treasurer’s Office on the official receipt,” the post-Yolanda rehabilitation projects funded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) would have been implemented earlier.

The official said that on April 11, 2014, the City Treasurer’s Office issued the receipt of the DILG Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) fund. But it was rejected when the total amount of funds were written on the receipts instead of indicating 80 percent of it. This prolonged the project from April 15 to July 21.

The first tranche of the RAY fund for the repair of the town market, civic center, and provincial, city or municipal hall was released in April; while the second tranche will be given if there is a substantial completion of the projects, Ambrosio added.

What follows are the breakdown for the first tranche—Roxas City Hall, P400,000; TATC, P2,660,159.20; and DRCC, P1,444,167.20.

The allotments per second tranche—yet to be released at this writing are, as follows: Roxas City Hall, P100,000; TATC, P665,039.80; and DRCC, P361,041.80.

Schedules of work are as follows: Roxas City Hall, Aug. 23 to Nov. 21; TATC, Oct. 1 to Dec. 30; and DRCC, Aug. 23 to Dec. 5.

As of November 8, the projects all had “positive slippages” which means the projects are ahead of schedule, said Ambrosio.

Damaged facilities in specific areas were as follows: roof, ridge roll, gutter, comfort room fixtures, and PVC pipe downspout for the City Hall; roofing, gutter, trusses, rollup gate and comfort rooms in DRCC; and roof, trusses and flashing in TATC.

On Nov. 11, a day before Interior Sec. Mar Roxas visited the city, Vice-Mayor Ronnie Dadivas visited TATC to check the repair work. Most of the roofing was completed but tarpaulins used to cover stalls when it rains were seen inside the different parts of the public market.

When Dadivas went to DRCC, people were seen cleaning the civic center and landscaping the part facing a local supermarket.

It was learned from one of the workers that they were instructed to do so in preparation for Roxas’ visit. One of the vendors said that they would also be allowed to return on November 14.

Ambrosio denied it saying that it was for the beautification of the area. “We knew there is only one place Mar will go: TATC,” he said in Hiligaynon.

The Roxas City Press Bureau posted on Facebook recently that the sidewalk vendors have an identification card, semi-permanent stalls and stall number with the help of the City License Division.

Ambrosio added that the City Hall’s comfort rooms were damaged because some people do not know how to use the faucets and toilets properly.

The City Hall, he said, was also used as a “charging station” when Roxas City as well as the entire province of Capiz lost power days after Yolanda.

Published in November 17 - 23

THE HEAD of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI based in Iloilo City recently urged those in the tourism industry to make tourist destinations PWD-friendly.

Speaking before hotels and restaurants owners, provincial tourism officers, academe representatives, tour guides and members of the transport sector, DSWD 6 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre said that Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) should get what is due to them.

“PWDs deserve to also enjoy nature’s beauty. Things like access ramps or elevators for those who are unable to walk and booklets or reading materials that are in Braille for the visually challenged should be available,” she said.

Macapobre was one of the guests of the Regional Forum on Accessible Tourism hosted by the Department of Tourism 6 (DOT 6) and THE National Council on Disability Affairs held at Iloilo City’s Hotel Del Rio Nov 17.

“It would be interesting to see tourist spot employees who are able to use the sign language for the hearing and speech impaired. Help desks for PWDs, special seats in vehicles, restaurants and other places of interests. The presence of people trained to handle different kinds of PWDs. These are things which can make the lives of PWDs easier and more enjoyable, with less stress on their end,” Macapobre added.

Law Enforcement

Macapobre also called on Local Government Units (LGUs) and private sectorsto work together in the implementation of laws for PWDs, which include Republic Act (R.A.) No. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons; R.A. 9442 which is an amendment of R.A. 7277; and the Batas Pambansa (BP) 344 or the Accessibility Law.

“We should make PWDs feel that they are an important part of the society,” she said. In Region 6, there are 87,519 PWDs recorded as of December 2010. Of this, 42, 990 are males while 44, 529 are females.

Of said number of PWDs, Negros Occidental has 26,618; Iloilo, 22,546; Capiz, 8,658; Antique, 8,007; Bacolod City, 6,482; Iloilo City, 6,334; Aklan, 6,137; and Guimaras, 2,737. (M. Griño-Caoyonan).

Published in November 17 - 23

POLICE REGIONAL Office (PRO) 6 Director Josephus Angan said that about P31-million was released by the Philippine National Police for the repair of the various provincial headquarters, police stations and patrol cars in Western Visayas damaged by supertyphoon Yolanda last year.

Angan said this in a consultative meeting with governors, mayors and other local officials in Western Visayas last Nov. 12 for the status of the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) program.

“Through the strong support of Sec. Mar (Roxas), the PNP released some P31-million to Region VI,” he said.


During the meeting, Roxas also announced that PNP will be buying about 2,000 units of patrol cars in the next couple of years for various municipal police stations without patrol service and those with dilapidated patrol units.

“All the 1,490 towns will get a new patrol car,” stressed Roxas who also facilitated the provision of Department of Energy (DOE) generator sets at the Capiz Police Provincial Office and local police stations days after the typhoon.

Along with Secretaries Dinky Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Voltaite Gazmin of the Department of National Defense and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive Director Alexander Pama, Roxas was in the city last Nov. 12 and 13 for the RAY concerns and additional assistance.

Aside from RAY, the national government has also the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (CRRP) to ensure the build back better policy of the government after Yolanda. (Alex Lumaque)

Published in November 17 - 23
Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

City youth officials witness SP walkout

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—Councilor Julius Abela led a walkout from the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Session Hall Nov. 11, an act witnessed by students who participated in the Boys and Girls’ Week recently here.

Walking out from the session with Abela were councilors Jose Agdalipe and Matthew James Viterbo after he asked his fellow SP members to leave before the committee reports.

Abela wanted to suspend the rules, which Vice Mayor Ronnie Dadivas allowed. The former then inserted a resolution signed by nine councilors declaring a loss on confidence on Dadivas because of technicalities on how the ad hoc committee probing the alleged selling of tricycle franchises was created.

Said councilors who signed were Erwin Sicad, Trina Ignacio, Cesar Yap, Matthew James Viterbo, Jennifer Poliran, Erlynne Lim, Jose Agdalipe, Julius Abela, and Virgilio Santos. Councilors Powell del Rosario and Corazon Tiangco did not sign.

In the resolution dated November 11, nine councilors also vowed not to attend any session as long as Dadivas is the presiding officer.

The vice mayor, they said, is “deliberately, intentionally, and maliciously disregarding the rules of procedure of the SP by arrogating into himself the dictatorial powers in deciding the actions of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.”

Dadivas wanted Abela to sit down and warned him that he will be sent out of the session hall because he was “out of order.”


The vice mayor called for a break. Abela asked the councilors to leave the premises of the session hall. Then, the session was adjourned.

Like in the November 4 session, Abela, Committee on Rules and Ordinances chair, did not sign the session's agenda. Since he did not sign, there is no agenda, he said.

According to SP Secretary Dino Beluso, Abela told him that he wanted to include the letters he and Celino addressed to the SP requesting the probing of Dadivas in the session.

Abela said in a letter dated October 24 that he wanted to know the legitimacy of the ad hoc committee created by Dadivas to investigate the alleged selling of tricycle franchise and its effects on the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

Celino in a letter dated October 27, also asked the SP to probe Dadivas but this is because of his vice mayor's allegations against him about the selling of tricycle franchises.

Also dragged in the tricycle franchise controversy were Gerald Artates, the one who allegedly sold tricycle franchise number 172 and reportedly claimed to be working for Celino; the mayor's son and San Jose barangay captain Jericho Celino; Tricycle Franchise and Regulatory Unit (TFRU) head Mariano Layno.

Dadivas said that he was unaffected with the said resolution because he was “elected by the voters.”

According to Dadivas, a consensus was made with the councilors present in the session last October 14 since there was no objection from them.

Abela was absent that time because he was the officer-in-charge of the city mayor's office, Dadivas said.

Dadivas said that the request of Mayor Angel Alan Celino and Abela to probe him have “no legal basis” and the SP has no jurisdiction to handle it. He suggested referring these to President Benigno Aquino III instead.

The committee hearings were done “in aid of legislation” since there could be changes needed in the ordinance that created the Tricycle Franchise and Regulatory Unit (TFRU), Dadivas said.

The SP, Dadivas said, he does not want a “rubberstamp Sangguniang Panlungsod.”

“I have always been vocal about issues in the city government,” Dadivas said.

Celino said Dadivas was “politicking”, but the vice mayor denied it.

Dadivas was reportedly running for mayor in the 2016 elections. He might clash with Celino, who has one term left.

He said that the timing was wrong since the walkout was seen by the students. “That is an act unbecoming of a Sangguniang Panlungsod member. There could have been other ways.”

“It was supposed to be their (the students) time,” Dadivas said.

The Boys and Girls Week of the Rotary Club of Roxas gives high school students the chance to be counterparts of government officials.

The students sat next to their older counterparts during the November 11 session.

At this writing, one student said it was “refreshing” to see what happened between Dadivas and Abela. Others refused to comment.

Published in November 10 - 16
Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

DENR Capiz, Army lead reforestation efforts

ROXAS CITY—More reforestation activities are being undertaken in Capiz to increase the forest cover here.

Information Officer Ma. Judy Bernas of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Capiz said that a two-day tree planting activity was recently conducted by their employees and the members of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.

Bernas said that some 2,000 seedlings of various species of forest trees were planted at Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz last November 8 and 9.

DENR Capiz head Valentin Talabero said that he recent activity with the Philippine Army is part of the rehabilitation effort of the various government and non-government agencies and groups of the forest devastated by Yolanda.

Aside from upland reforestation, Talabero said that they have also partnered with various civil society organizations and local government units in the mangrove rehabilitation project which is being implemented in the province in the aftermath of the typhoon last year.

Talabero said that the reforestation activity in the upland and lowland areas is being intensifi ed to save Mother Earth and to mitigate the impact of the experienced global climate change resulting in many problems such as fl ooding, intense and longer drought, landslide, sea level rise and the like.

He also urged the various sectors here to join hands especially in the implementation of the National Greening Program which has aimed to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide in 2016.

The worldwide deforestation has been identifi ed as one of the causes of climate change and global warming, hence more efforts must be done in to further increase the forest cover, he said.

The NGP, Talabero said, is seen as a climate change mitigation strategy since it seeks to enhance the country’s forest stock to absorb carbon dioxide, which is largely blamed for global warming.

“We must do our share to protect and conserve our environment and our natural resources because we have only one Earth to live in and we want to prepare this for the next generation,” he said. (J.B. Guillermo)

Published in November 10 - 16
Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

Fil-Chinese group donates fire truck

ROXAS CITY—A new fire truck was turned over by Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) Panay Island Board Member Dr. Henry O. Chusuey in a simple ceremony Nov. 11 in front of the Roxas City Metropolitan Cathedral here.

Roxas City Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (RC-FCCCII) President Leny Albert Apaitan received the key from Chusuey after the blessing rites that was also graced and witnessed by local officials, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) officials, fire volunteer groups, mediamen and businessmen, among others.

“The unit will be an additional blessing to our family,” said Federation of Roxas City Fire and Rescue Volunteers, Inc. (FEROCITY) fire chief Ronald So.


Organized in 2013 as the volunteer arm of the RC-FCCCII, FEROCITY has also owned a supertanker truck before the 4,000-liter donation.

Said fire trucks will complement the three units of BFP Roxas City headquarters and another fire truck stationed at Brgy. Loctugan fire sub-station.

Also, the Capiz Citizens Action Group (CACAG) Fire Volunteer Brigade based in McKinley Street here boasts of three firefighting trucks that include a 12,000-liter supertanker.

The Roxas City government also has a water tanker that can augment the operation of fire trucks during fire and similar other disasters. (Alex Lumaque)

Published in November 10 - 16
Monday, 03 November 2014 00:00

Church-based trng helps OSY find jobs

Special for The Capiz Times


ROXAS CITY—Fifty out-of-school (OSY) youth from various parishes of the Archdiocese have graduated from carpentry and bread and pastry courses funded by Caritas Italiana through the Capiz Archdiocesan Social Action Center (CASAC) to empower OSYs in Capiz.

“Almost half of the graduates got employed after the 21-day training,” said CASAC training coordinator Loriene Garra.

Garra added that 25 OSY are currently undergoing a massage training at the temporary training center at the Archbishop’s Residence Compound in Barangay Lawaan here while the construction of the Archdiocese’s St. Joseph Training Center is underway.

The temporary training center used to be a retirement house of some priests.

Garra added that the community-based training has integrated inputs on volunteerism, social justice, gender sensitivity, HIV/AIDS, drug addiction and recycling.


Each of the enrolled OSY has a P100 daily allowance during the training.

The initiative also tapped competent resource persons from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Dumalag Vocational Technical School (DVTS) in Dumalag town, St. Nicholas Training School in Iloilo and MCARSI, a Roxas City-based culinary arts and restaurant services training center, among others.

The church-based initiative will soon offer modules on meat and fish processing. (Alex Lumaque)

Published in November 3 - 9

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY — The government is “protecting” US Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, the prime suspect in the death of transgender woman Jennifer Laude, international actor Monique Wilson said.

Wilson addressed the local media for One Billion Rising, a global initiative condemning violence and abuse against women and economic, environmental, racial, gender injustice Oct 30 here.

“Si Pemberton, na nasa Camp Aguinaldo daw, mas valued ang buhay niya kaysa sa buhay ng isang Filipino. ‘Yan ang problema ng government natin,” Wilson said.

“Bakit mas valuable ang buhay ng isang dayuhan at bakit hindi tayo [mga Filipino] ang binibigyan ng the most value na pwede ibigay sa atin," Wilson asked saying that there is economic inequality among Filipinos.

“Napakapowerful ng [United States] government na nagproprotect sa kanya at napaka-tuta ng government natin which is also protecting him, (The government protecting Pemberton is power and our government which is also protecting him is submissive)” Wilson said.


A member of women’s group, Gabriela, Wilson also slammed those who assumed that Laude was killed because she lied to Pemberton about her gender. “Sapat ba yun [na dahilan] para patayin siya? (Is that reasonable enough to kill her)”

Elma Deanon of Gabriela said that the Visiting Forces Agreement should be junked it makes women “more vulnerable to abuse.”

‘Economic Violence’

Aside from physical and sexual abuse, Filipinas also suffer from "economic violence", Wilson said.

Poverty could make women and youth, the most vulnerable sectors of society, subject to exploitation, Wilson said.

One example she cited is the story of some 9-10 year old girls selling their flesh for P 15-20 for them to be able to commute to school.

Some women also resort to being Overseas Filipino Workers which could also make them prone to any form of abuse.

"Hindi na natin iaapprove ang lip service ng gobyerno. Hindi na natin iaacept ang bulok na sistema na kung saan lahat ng violence and corruption ay nakatali at ang nagsu-suffer ay ang ating mga kababayan," Wilson said challenging the government to change its ways.

According to the Roxas City chapter of Gabriela, some fisher folk families eat lugaw (rice porridge) every day for their survival.

Making things worse is that the last quarter of the year, they say, being a rough time for fishermen because of the amihan (northeastern monsoon) which affects their income.

Published in November 3 - 9