Sunday, 20th September 2020

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—Of the 80 on-grid electric cooperatives nationwide, the Capiz Electric Cooperative (Capelco) has the highest power rates which can discourage potential investors, three local businessmen here said in a position paper recently.


The intervenors of ERC Case No. 2013-0158 RC were Dale Bernas, Capiz Halaran Chamber of Commerce and Industry `president; Leny Apaitan, Roxas City Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president; and Jose Nery Ong, Pueblo de Panay, Inc. president and chief executive officer.


According to the National Electrification Administration (NEA) website, Capelco has posted the highest total energy charge and system loss charge per-kilowatt-hour (kWh).


In a list of effective unbundled power rates as of December 2012, Capelco had listed a total energy charge of P12.90/kWh and system loss charge of P1.3258/kWh.

As of June 2012, KalingaApayao Electric Cooperative, Inc. (KAELCO), ranked second highest in both categories with P12.7364/kWh total energy charge and P1.1450 /kWh system loss charge.

Other electric cooperatives also failed to submit their power rates to the NEA, namely: Pampanga Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PRESCO), Ticao Island Electric Cooperative, Inc. (TISELCO), Guimaras Electric Cooperative, Inc. (GUIMELCO), Northern Samar Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NOSRAMELCO), Misamis Occidental Electric Cooperative, Inc. I (MOELCI I), Misamis Occidental Electric Cooperative, Inc. II (MOELCI II), Cagayan de Sulu Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CASELCO); and Maguindanao Electric Cooperative, Inc. (MAGELCO).


Among others, the paper suggested to find ways to reduce systems pilferage, increase distribution efficiency; and look for ways to reduce system loss.”

The paper also resorts to “sourcing energy from a proposed biomass power plant in Capiz which will use rice husks and other agricultural wastes.”

The proposed biomass power plant can generate stable and cheaper electric supply at “P5 per kilowatt hour without Value-added Tax (VAT) exemption” while existing generation costs are at “more than P7 per kilowatt hour exclusive of VAT.”

The same can also add employment and provide clean, green and renewable energy, they added.

Further, allowing private companies to have their own power substations will not only “save Capelco from spending on capital expenditures and consequently the ordinary electrical consumer from potential pass-on charges;” it will also “upgrade the infrastructure of Roxas City and Capiz province.”

The paper also wanted Capelco to explain how the P500 million rehabilitation assistance from the NEA is used since “this will be borne by the consumers.”

For their part, Capelco Information Officer Kenneth Emmanuel Tipon said the Roxas City Chinese Chamber of Commerce invited them for a “meeting” at a local restaurant on March 1.

But Tipon said he was “surprised” when the local media were in attendance in the said forum or consultation. He said that the “meeting” was in fact a “press conference.”


In said meeting, Tipon refrained from answering because it might be “detrimental for both parties” and “might affect the pending case in the Energy Regulatory Commission.”

And while “there are some statistics that need to be explained properly so ordinary people can understand,” Capelco was also not given a copy of the issues and concerns to be discussed.

Tipon also noted that the Department of Energy, Department of Interior and Local Government, and Energy Regulatory Commission, among others, have been given copies of the position paper while they have not.

Despite said sudden media presence, Tipon said that Capelco still considers the media as partners in disseminating the information to the public.

He asked for understanding from the media for them not speaking about the case immediately.


Tipon said that Capelco will leave the talking to their legal counsel.

“Wala sang may ginatago ang Capelco sa ila pagserbisyo (Capelco has nothing to hide),” Tipon said.

Published in February 24 - March 2
Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00

GK Capiz launches Bayani Challenge 2014

By Edalyn B. Acta


ROXAS CITY— The Gawad Kalinga (GK) volunteers team in Western Visayas led by Jessica Ortiz-Yu and Mike Tulbo launched on Feb. 25 the GK Bayani Challenge 2014 here.

According to Tulbo, a full-time GK volunteer and team leader of GK Bayani Challenge, they are aiming to gather 80 percent of their target from local volunteers.

Bayani Challenge is a gathering of volunteers where they give the best of themselves and work together toward their goal of expressing their love for country and caring for the poor through voluntarism activities. These include building of homes; repair of schools; medical missions; tree-planting; activities with the kids (paraisong pambata) and many more.

For her part, Ortiz-Yu, director for GK Capiz, said that there are no heavy qualifications to become a volunteer. The most important thing is that one has the drive and the spirit to help that comes from the heart.

Ortiz-Yu added that they have been recruiting and now the number of their members in Capiz has reached 1,000, including youth.

Activities include tree planting, clean-up drives, relief operations, house-building, Paraisong Pambata, medical mission and repairs of school buildings.

Published in February 24 - March 2

By Edalyn Acta and Ralph John Mijares


N U M A N C I A , AKLAN—A 77-year old woman was found dead in her room at her daughter’s house in the early morning January 16, 2014.

According to Giselle, the victim’s daughter, the family maid saw Henrieta Toriano hanging at the window of her room, with her feet touching a table.


Grace Toriano- Magdaluyo, Giselle’s sister, owns the house where her mom was found dead. Toriano is the mother-in-law of former city councilor Monchit Albar.

Family members taught that Toriano committed suicide but findings of the medico-legal revealed she was murdered.

After reviewing her mother’s post-mortem pictures, Giselle decided to ask for autopsy.

Giselle, wife of Albar, said that the ligature mark on her mom’s neck led her to be suspicious.

According to the PNP Regional Crime Laboratory 6, Henrieta died of “blunt traumatic injuries to the head and asphyxia by strangulation.”

Police found out that the victim had “hematoma at her forehead, ligature marks encircling the upper third region of the neck, below the hyoid cartilage, directed horizontally (front and back almost of the same level) with a ligature mark coming from the front that gradually disappeared at the angle of lower jaw, left and another ligature mark coming from the back that gradually disappeared at the back of left ear.”

Also found were abrasions on her left elbow and left knee, the medico-legal added.

Internal fi ndings revealed that there were also scalp hematoma; a contusion on the right and back sides of her brain and the cartilage under the ligature mark in front of the neck; and what seemed to be lung congestion.

Henrieta was said to be frail recently returned from the hospital after recovering from pneumonia.

Giselle said that it was probably her sister, Magdaluyo, a licensed real estate broker, who was the murderer’s target.

Magdaluyo, who looks like her mom, has many competitors in the real estate industry, Giselle said.

Grace received death threats since last year, Giselle added.

Suspects were unidentified at this writing.

At this writing, the police are still investigating the case.

Published in February 24 - March 2
Friday, 21 February 2014 00:00

Remembering Msgr. Onie

Bienvinido P. Cortes



By Bienvinido P. Cortes



Long before the Most Rev. Onesimo C. Gordoncillo, D.D., then 3rd Bishop of the Diocese of Tagbilaran City, Bohol, was assigned in Msgr. Onesimo Gordoncillo, D.D.Capiz in 1986, I had the occasion of knowing him through his Chancellor-conomus Msgr. Eddie H. Fernandez, of the Diocese of Tagbilaran in July of 1986.


It was the late Most. Rev. Antonio F. Frondosa, D. D., When we interviewed him together with SK Rene Aguilar during his retirement at the  Bishop’s Residence at Brgy. Lawa-an, Roxas City.

When we learned that the Most Rev. Antonio F. Frondosa, D. D., is retiring as the first Archbishop of Capiz, I TOGETHER WITH SK Rene Aguilar , interviewed him at the Bishop’s residence in Brgy.Lawaan Roxas City, in April of 1986. We asked him as to who will replace him and he answered us negatively. He said,” I don’t know but I heard somebody from Bohol.” What particular place in Bohol, we said. He said “Tagbilaran”. He showed to us the Directory of all Bishop’s in the Philippines and thru it, we know the name of Bishop Onesimo C. Gordoncillo.

I ask the good archbishop if he knows any background under the other information about the life of Msgr. Gordoncillo. “It’s there in the directory however the info is nil. He suggested to us to write the chancery of Tagbilaran City to know more of the personal profile of the archbishop-designate for Capiz.

We thanked him and that is what I did carrying the name of The Capiz Times.

Here is the text of my letter to the Most Rev. Onesimo C. Gordoncillo, Archbishop’s residence, Tagbilaran, Bohol, dated June 24, 1986, “Most Reverned Sir,We have learned from reliable sources that His Holiness, Pope John Paul II have appointed your humble self as archbishop elect of the archdiocese of Capiz vise the Most Rev. Antonio F. Frondosa who retied at age 77. Congratulations.

We from The Capiz Times would like to play up on your forthcoming investiture as archbishop of Capiz. May we request that you furnished us with your bio-data, your accomplishments as archbishop of Tagbilaran and your 2” x 2” black and white ID picture. May we also know when will be your installation date. Thank you very much. Very truly yours, The Capiz Times, Inc. by Bienvenido P. Cortes, staffmember.”

Here is their reply-letter dated July 21 1986: “Mr. Bienvenido P. Cortes, Staff member, The Capiz Times, Inc., Zamora St., Roxas City, Philippines.

Dear Mr. Cortes, Greetings, This is in response to your letter dated June 24, 1986 requesting for the bio-data and pictures of Archbishop elect Onesimo C. Gordoncillo, D. D. which you are planning to publish in The Capiz Times, Inc.

Enclosed then are the bio-data and photos of our Bishop including the explanation of the Coat of Arms of the Archbishop-Elect. He is too humble of enumerating his accomplishments in our Diocese. This I can say of Him.” Msgr. Onie

“I am saddened by his departure; he is a loss to us but a gain for Capiz. He is a very fine ordinary, understanding, kind supportive, and sensitive to the needs of people. He will surely miss him. On the other hand, we are happy for him. The Church has acknowledge his untiring efforts and hard work in the ministry in this portion of the Lord’s Vineyard. He greatly deserves the promotion as the 2nd Archbishop of Capiz. The Boholonos wish him more success in the ministry. With every best wish and sentiments of high respects, I remain, Sincerely yours in the Lord, (Signed) Rt. Rev. Msgr. Eddie H. Fernandez, H.P.,Chanceller-Economus.”

As promised, we published in The Capiz Times, as headline, “Gordoncillo to be installed Aug. 27,” issue of August 4-10, 1986, by-lined by this writer. I gave him a copy of The Capiz Times and during his Birthday in 1994 I warmly thru a letter dated Feb. 15, 1994, greeted enclosing other clippings I wrote about him I was invited during the launching of his book “ God’s Shepherd Speaks”, a “must” reading for the faithful in the archdiocese of Capiz.

In a letter he sent to me dated February 20, 1994, He wrote, “ Dear Bro. B. Cortes: Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful birthday greetings and the warm reminder of my talking position of the Archdiocese in 1986 through your article and clipping. God bless you and keep you in His loving heart.”

“Rest assured of my prayers that Jesus always keep you in His love.Msgr. Onesimo Gordoncillo, D.D.

Warm regards to your loving folks at home. God loves you always. “(Signed),

“In the love of the Lord, Mons Onie.”

As member of the knights of Columbus and whenever we went to see him for important matters in his office at the Chancery of the Metropolitan Cathedral he would always welcome us smilingly warm and say, “Fire”, what is it I can do for you.” Maybe, many kapiznons do not know that Msgr. Onie is a Fourth Degree members of the Knights of Columbus since 1965 with /membership No. 0847656, and has served as Faithful Friar in the Archbishop Antonio Frondosa Assembly. ACN 1796, Ferdinand Magellan Province.


Late last year a friend of mine who are slating to get married approached me requesting to help him invite Msgr. Onie to be their main celebrant in their wedding day. I accompanied them to the place of Msgr. Onie near the Bishop’s Residence at Lawa-an, Roxas City It was unfortunate. The security guard said he just left for Bohol. In as much that I was able to secure his cellphone number I text a message to him in Tagbilaran informing him of my friends’ desired to invite him to say the nuptial mass. He said “ Im sorry I cannot be in Roxas City because I will be having a mass at the Tagbilaran Cathedral on the date set for the wedding. “Tell your friends to look for other priests for their wedding he text me. That’s how understanding and humble Msgr. Onie is.

When I learned that he was confined in the Hospital in Manila during the past Months I sent him a text message conveying my prayers for his fast recovery. He said “Imo key, thank you, Ben.” It saddens me that you upon his return to Roxas City I learned a wake of Brother Knight the heunexpectedly passed away in the afternoon of November 9, 2013 where his remains lie in estate at the Carmelite Monastery in Brgy. Lawa-an, Roxas City till his internment at the Immaculate Concepcion Metropolitan Cathedral on November 21, 2013.

As a brother Knignt, I wish to convey my personal condolences to the bereaved family, relatives, friends, the Capiz clergy,. Benefactors of the late Most Rev. Msgr. Onesimo Cadiz Gordoncillo., who is gene to his Maker.


This article was published in TCT Issue #3, November 4 - 10, 2013.

Published in Articles
Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00

Street Names

Bienvenido Cortes



By Bienvenido Cortes




Luna Novicio Street. Many Capiznons knew that there is a street in Roxas City named Luna Novicio which intersects McKinley, Magallanes, Legaspi and Burgos Streets.


But do they know who was it named after?

It was named after Dr. Jose Luna y Novicio. He is the brother of the famous Filipino general, Antonio and artist, Juan.

Jose Luna y Novicio was born in 1861 in Manila, finished medicine at the University of Santo Tomas and had his own historical adventures as medical officer at the outbreak of Philippine-American War as member of the Malolos Congress, representing Ilocos Norte.

During the American occupation, Luna Novicio served as health offi cer of Manila, and through his enterprising spirit and know-how, was able to put up his own clinic at Magdalena St. in Sta. Cruz.

In 1912, he travelled to Europe to observe modern trends in medicine and hospital management.

At the Malolos Congress, he was a member of the committee which drafted the constitution.

He was also a faculty member of the government-owned Universidad Scientifico-Literaria de Pilipinas during the first Philippine Republic.

Source: UST Alumni Roundup, July–August 1982.

Capricho 1 & Capricho 2. The Diccionario Encyclopedico Ilustrado by Jose Alemany, defines capricho as an ‘’idea or proposition.’

How do the two streets in Roxas City—Capricho 1 and Capricho 2 relate to such meanings of idea or proposition?

It might mean caprice in English, which means an abrupt change in feeling, opinion or action due to a whim or fancy. Or “a freak; fantastic notion,” according to Webster Collegiate Dictionary.

I feel that as a concerned citizen of the City the street names of these two streets should be changed because, in my personal opinion they are meaningless.

There are illustrious and prominent Capiznons in this City and Province to whom these two Streets can be duly named.

The Roxas City’s Historical, Cultural and Education Committee formerly headed by the late Mrs. Ofelia Rendon must pool their heads together to decide and properly rename our said streets.

Published in Flashback
Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00

‘Kapag Barya Ang Inutang’

Amy Almosa


By Amy Almosa




Investors are very much welcome here in our dear province. They are one of the indexes of development especially if they are doing clean and honest business meaning.

This means they should have no shortchanges; and no candies in lieu of the coins. Since when candies became legal tenders?

Not giving the exact change to the customers or giving candies in lieu of loose coins is practiced by the big businesses here—and sad to say, it has been going on for years even up to now.

Is their profit not enough that they resort to “robbing” customers of the senintimos nga sensilyo?

Many if not all customers who went to these establishments to buy their needs are prone victims of these (monkey) business practices. They are the new breed of investors, robbing the consumers of the measly coins, which others just don’t mind as it is only senintimos so their case is what I call robbery withconsent, not thinking that it will accumulate into hundreds? thousands? You do the math.

Think about it, Capizmanwa, are they (investors) doing it deliberately? Why don’t they prepare or order loose coins from the Central Bank as they are a necessity to the business. Ironically the central bank is just a few meters away from them.

Well, if this is so, then we can say, complacency is their business.

Capizmanwa, all of us—rich and poor alike—are duly taxed via value-added tax. But with this sadly rampant business practices here in the city and around the province, we are even shortchanged.

Does it mean to say—ang gapila sa kaha wala gid kawala, hunos gid ang sentimos? Poor Juan de la Cruz.

Once again, this is Amy, saying, what some businessmen ever so profess publicly—“Be honest even if others are not; be honest even if others cannot; and be honest even if others will not (sic)—kag please! Ihatag ang exact nga sensilyo.

Published in Palabra De Honor

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—The validation of the list of families affected by typhoon Yolanda might end this month, a city official said.

In a press conference recently, Ms. Lorelei Piansay, focal person of the Task Force Bangon said that they completed their validation in 31 of the total 47 barangays here.

Piansay said that the validation might end this month because of most of the remaining barangays are in the central part of the city.

Barangay captains must submit the list to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the City Social Welfare and  Development Office.

Duplications in the list including those beneficiaries coming from the same family and common law partners— have been eliminated, Piansay said.


She added that only one person per family is considered a beneficiary; and the exact locations and livelihoods of beneficiaries are also validated.

Also, homeowners are prioritized over boarders and rental landlords, Piansay said. Once finished, they will make a database of affected families.

Priority beneficiaries of shelter and livelihood aid will be announced soon, she added.

Piansay did not mention the criteria in choosing beneficiaries because of it pending for approval as of Thursday.

Piansay said that her primary obligation is to validate the list and make the recommendation to be submitted to Mayor Angel Alan Celino, task force head.

“Kung nga-a wala sila gininclude sa listahan, ambut ya. Indi ko magsabat. Sila ‘to magkadto sa barangay (I do not know why their names are not on the list. I cannot answer that. They can inquire in the barangay office),” she said.

Some residents allegedly complain about the omission of names in the list of affected victims because of ‘politics’.

Piansay said that they have also verified and added (if qualified) those whose names were removed.

Celino created Task Force Bangon through Executive Order No. 17, series of 2013, two weeks after typhoon Yolanda.

Published in February 17 - 23
Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00

110 cops pass random drug test

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—Cops based in the city’s police station recently posted ‘drug-free’. On Feb. 12, some 110 cops took the random drug test at the Roxas City PNP Station in Brgy. Lawa-an here.

Led by Roxas City PNP Chief Supt. Julio Gustilo, Jr. in coordination with the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 6, the drug test sought “to ensure the credibility of personnel and to ensure a ‘drug-free’ police of Roxas City.”

Per Gustilo’s post on his Facebook account, all tested negative of shabu and marijuana. But the passers only account for more than 80 percent of the entire PNP station here.

There was a total 143 cops in the city PNP during the drug test, he said.

A selected number of cops have been immediately required to have random drug tests, Gustilo said.

Those who were unable to undergo the testing are still subject to do it some other time, Gustilo added.

The drug test was scheduled before DILG Sec. Mar Roxas mandated it among government employees—even policemen, he said. Its original date was November 22, last year but it was postponed due to the effects of typhoon Yolanda, he said.

According to Gustilo, cops who fail the drug test will undergo a confirmatory drug test. Further, only urine samples are needed in random drug tests; confirmatory drug tests require blood samples.


The city PNP’s anti-illegal drug task force added 8 members who trained at the Public Safety Battalion in Bacolod.

Published in February 17 - 23

By Edalyn Act


An international non-government organization has recently provided full scholarship grants to four students of the Capiz State University (CapSU) based in Bailan, Pontevedra, Capiz.

The United Sikhs has committed to support the college studies of Marisol D. Barrogo, 17, a freshman taking up Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education; and three juniors, namely: Jenidel Deldacan, 18; Ronaly Aguirre, 19; and Lorie Romualdo, 21—all pursuing Bachelor of Elementary Education in said school.

After the devastation caused by Supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’, the United Sikhs proceeded to Sitio Lais in Barangay Binuntucan, Pontevedra as their adopted barangay.

Gurpreet R. Sethi, director of United Sikhs Philippines, said they have chosen Sitio Lais as their recipient for assistance based on the reports and photos sent to him by the wife of one of their members, from the said sitio. Carrying the map of Capiz, the Sikhs arrived in the area and saw how badly devastated it was.

They then decided to finance the construction of 50 concrete houses to replace those destroyed by the typhoon.

At the time, besides the construction of shelter houses, the United Sikhs also provided kitchen equipment to the community and even went to the extent of doing marketing chores for the residents. This was to ensure that they eat three times a day.

The Sikhs also helped finance the repair the barrio chapel which was partially damaged.

They also planned to put up in the Sitio a grade school; a skills training center; and a dispensary.

For their part, the four scholars said that without the United Sikhs they could not have pursued their dreams to finish their studies. Their parents could not afford to send them to school since they only depend on fishing for their primary source of income.

Further, Sethi stressed that their efforts in providing help to the Capiz residents was not meant to entice them into joining their religion, which was known as Sikhism.

As Sikhs, they think that religion should be practised by living in the world and coping with life’s everyday problems

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

Almost Missed Guam

Rev. Fr. Rey Villanoy



By Rev. Fr. Rey Villanoy



The moment my cousin Wing arrived from the States on January 12, she surprised me saying: “Maadto ta sa Guam!” Of course, I have been longing to visit this place, an isolated island in the Pacific and depending on the type of aircraft one is taking; it is just a few hours or so from Manila. After all, we have a number of first cousins over there.

This invitation came just when I was preparing my Schengen visa application together with some other ten priests from Capiz. Now, the schedule for Guam was February 3 to 7. We were given the date January 23 to submit our application, together with our passports, in person. My passport which also contains my U.S. visa would then be with the Italian embassy from January 23 until such a time that they are going to approve and release it.

I was told that it normally takes 10 to 15 days for the passport and visa to be released. Would I be able to make it to Guam considering that from January 23 to February 3 would only be about 12 days including the weekend and Chinese New Year, a holiday?

I always believe that if something is for you, you will really have it. But then, not in the fatalistic sense, because if ever I made it to Guam, I really have done my part.

The moment I filed my application for a Schengen visa through the Italian embassy’s processing office, I already informed two of the personnel that I have a forthcoming trip and I was making a request to expedite the processing of my visa application.

The first employee suggested that I insert in my application letter a note that I have a trip to Guam to Guam on February 3. I then attached a ticket reservation for this trip. Good thing that I have secured this beforehand.

The second employee placed a note in the folder containing my papers with the request to expedite the processing of my papers. She then gave me a number where to track down the update of my application. A very important number, indeed.

What followed later was a series of phone calls to follow up the status of my request. But it was not until Friday, January 31 that my passport was ready for pick up. That was noontime and I had only the rest of the afternoon to do it.

But wait, I was still in Roxas City, and that would be impossible for me to be in Manila before five. So I was given another chance to get it the following day, Saturday before noon, in another office other than the Italian embassy. So I rushed to Iloilo after hurriedly packing up my luggage to catch the last evening flight to Manila.

The next day, I got my passport and was ticketed for Guam. Early Monday morning of Feb. 7, I was already at the airport to catch my flight.

By the way, I am writing this article at Harmoon Loop Hotel where I am billeted together with my cousin Wing, her sister Pamy and daughter Ashley. “All’s well that ends well,” isn’t it?

Published in Now & Then

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