Tuesday, 22nd August 2017
9:10:11pm

By Ralph John Mijares

 

SAPIAN, CAPIZ—A former administrative aide who worked for former Sapian Mayor Arturo Orosco faces 17 charges of malversation and 17 charges of failure to render accounts because of his unliquidated travel expenses.


The municipality of Sapian represented by Edna Santiago, acting municipal accountant, filed the cases against Lani Arnz Caberte in December 2013.


Caberte, who served as Orosco’s executive assistant, had 18 separate cash advances for travel expenses in attending seminars and conferences around the Philippines from August 2009 to November 2012, totalling P216,887.04.

 

In a radio interview, Caberte said that he had liquidated part of the said expenses, and has a balance of P141,000. But he also said he was confused on the right amount he still has to liquidate.


In a seven-page resolution from the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Capiz, Caberte’s balance was P 149,959.10 after making payments on October 24 and 31, 2013.

 

In a counter-affidavit, Caberte said that he submitted documents to the municipal accounting office but because he still lacked some of them, they were not turned over to the Commission on Audit (COA).


In her complaint-affidavit, Santiago said that from January to August 2013, a total of P11,000 was withheld as sanction and as payment for his travel expenses in attending a conference at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority in Olongapo City. Said amount was deducted from a check dated August 14, 2009 amounting P12,000, which was used as his budget, leaving a balance of P 1,000.


The resolution said that Caberte committed malversation because he failed to “liquidate the cash advances within the period required by law.”


It added that the Municipality of Sapian received COA Circular No. 2012-04, dated November 28, 2012 with the subject: “Demand for Immediate Liquidation and Settlement of All Cash Advances Outstanding as of December 31, 2011.”


The resolution also said that “[Caberte] could have taken necessary steps to settle all his cash advances even without any demand at all. Sadly, he just ignored it.”


It further said that though Caberte partially settled the balance, he is still liable for malversation.


It added that Caberte failed to render his accounts because he admitted that “there is a continuing liquidation (on his part).”


Citing another COA circular, it stated: “Failure of accountable officer to liquidate his outstanding cash advance on or before January 31, 2013 shall constitute cause for the filing of malversation charge under Art. 217 and failure to liquidate cash advance under Art. 218 of the Revised Penal Code.”


Caberte said that when he consulted the COA, he was advised to either liquidate or pay off the remaining balance.


In an interview, incumbent Sapian Mayor Arthur John Biñas said that the COA had nothing to do with the case. He said that Caberte should have settled the unliquidated amount with the municipal government and not the COA.


Biñas said that if only Caberte had settled the unliquidated amount a bit earlier, a case would not be filed.


The newly elected Sapian mayor said he has been seeking Caberte to come to his offi ce to settle the problem since August last year but the former administrative aide has not personally met with him.


Asked on his status, Caberte said that he filed his resignation in July but it was pending because he still had to settle his unliquidated expenses.


After Biñas assumed office in July 2013, Caberte went AWOL (absent without leave) and was later dismissed. (With reports from Edalyn Acta)

Published in March 31 - April 6
Monday, 31 March 2014 00:00

City public market to undergo facelift

ROXAS CITY—Waste management and unfixed roofing have been the problems at the Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center (TATC), the city’s public market; but recently a city offi cial said that the city government is working on it.


Ms. Carmen Andrade, interim general manager of economic enterprises, said that they will bring back the shredder used to process the market’s garbage. This was during the administration of former Roxas City mayor, now Capiz first district Rep. Antonio del Rosario.

 

If the cost of repairing the shredder would be too high and the budget is sufficient, we will buy a new shredder, Andrade said.


She added that more shredders will be purchased as the needs arise.


According to Andrade, the best alternative would be to repair the shredder or but a new one because some of the city’s garbage trucks have fallen into disrepair and the city cannot afford to purchase new trucks.


Another is to require those renewing their business licenses to attend a solid waste management seminar.


Meanwhile, the city government has allocated 2 million pesos as budget for the repair of the public market.


The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), headed by a Capiz native, Mar Roxas, also chipped in P3,110,000.


But the local government unit has to process some documents before the budget is released from the DILG.


These are the city council’s resolution authorizing the local chief executive to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the DILG; a copy of the Memorandum of Agreement duly executed by the Local Chief Executive and witnessed; and a certifi cate on the LGU trust account from a government depository bank.


Andrade said that the destroyed roof of TATC will also be repaired.


Andrade added that there are also plans to landscape the part of the Panay River facing the public market and to prohibit people from sleeping in the area. (Ralph John Mijares)

Published in March 31 - April 6

ROXAS CITY—A member of this city police’s mobile patrol jumped off a bridge to save a young girl from drowning April 1.


A resident of Dao, Capiz, PO2 Roberto Ebojo, Jr., 35, saved a five-year-old Aeta girl near the Capiz Bridge traversing the Panay River.


Ebojo said that along with his colleagues, he was at the information center when he noticed that a crowd gathered at the bridge nearby. People started pointing towards the river, Ebojo said.


When he got there, he thought that the girl who was with another girl was just playing. But when he saw the other girl trying to pull the other girl’s hair to keep her afloat, he then jumped into the river. Ebojo saved the girl and brought her to his mother.


“Wala ko ya nakulba. Amo ni amon trabaho (I was not surprised. This is part of our job)” Ebojo said in a press conference.


A member of the police for nine years, Ebojo said that he forgot to remove his cellphone, watch and wallet before diving in. But a colleague kept his weapon for him.


Despite having lost and damaging his belongings Ebojo did not mind.


“As a public servant, ok lang ya sa amon kung ano nga pagkabutang nga mawasak o madula kay material lang ina nga butang. Ang importante, makabulig kami kag makaserbisyo maayo sa mga pumuluyo sang Roxas (It doesn’t matter if my personal property is lost or damaged—they are just material things; what is more important is to be able to properly serve our constituents)” he said.


Police Supt. Julio Gustilo, Roxas City PNP chief said that Ebojo will receive a certificate of commendation signed by Roxas City Mayor Angel Alan Celino and himself. Gustilo will also recommend Ebojo for an award from the Police Regional Offi ce (PRO) 6.


On his Facebook account, Gustilo posted that Ebojo’s act “is a clear manifestation of showing his true blood as real servant of the people.” (Ralph John Mijares)

Published in March 31 - April 6

By Edalyn Acta

 

ROXAS CITY—A business- man has led the resumption of symposia on illegal drugs at the Capiz National High School (CNHS) recently here.


Businessman Angel Celino, in cooperation with the PNP, the Roxas City government and the local media hosted an anti-illegal drug campaign at CNHS’s Carabao Court.


Angel, the father of Roxas City Mayor Alan Celino, is the former provincial chairman of Kilos Laya Laban sa Droga (Kill Droga) in Capiz launched several years ago.


Hundreds of students from said school attended the lectures on the ill-effects of illegal drugs and the penalties on users and dealers. Celino said he decided to resume hosting the illegal drugs symposium because of the rampant sale and use of illegal drugs to students.


Celino advised the students to avoid using the illegal drugs so they would have a better future.


A carwash boy-turned-millionaire, Celino said he is very concerned with the students who are always the victims of illegal drug pushers in schools. Supt. Julio Gustilo, Roxas City police chief, shared to participants on the drug situation in Roxas City. “We are about 70 percent affected by illegal drugs,” Gustilo said.

 

City Legal Officer Joseph Ador Ramos also lectured on the salient features of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002, including the penalties and fines on those who possess and use prohibited drugs.


Dr. Lore Cahilog of the City Health Office also lectured on the ill effects of illegal drugs on the users.


Jemin Guillermo, head of the Philippine Information Agency Capiz, shared to students on what ordinary citizens can do to drug users. Further, local broadcasters Noel Valentino and Joel Capundan zoomed in on the role of the local media against illegal drugs.


Isagani Ballera, another local media practitioner, hosted the half-day symposium.


The group hosted the same symposium at the Cong. Ramon Arnaldo High School in Brgy. Banica on March 11; and at Culasi National High School in Brgy. Culasi on March 25.

Published in March 24 - 30

ROXAS CITY—More than 100 inmates of the Roxas City Bureau of Jail Management and Penology were oriented on disaster preparedness.


Roxas City BJMP Information Officer Ernie Olendo disclosed that aside from the 130 inmates, personnel of the said facility led by OIC Warden John Vincent Ybiernas likewise joined the briefing.


The disaster preparedness orientation was conducted by the Philippine Information Agency-led Capiz Association of Government Public Information Officers (CAGPIO) in cooperation with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.


Olendo stressed that with the said discussion, the inmates would be able to be equipped with appropriate knowledge and information on what to do especially in times of calamity such as fire, flood and earthquake.


“Disaster strikes anytime and anywhere and the jail here is not an exemption to it, the reason why we have requested that the advocacy will also be given to our inmates here,” he said.


For his part, CAGPIO President and Capiz PDRRM Officer Esperedion Pelaez said that part of the activities of the association under his leadership will focus more on conducting intensive orientation on disaster preparedness, to include fire and earthquake drills.


He said that through the conduct of barangay forum dubbed as “Hinun-anon sa Barangay,” which will also focus on environmental protection and climate change adaptation and other pressing issues and concerns in the area, the people’s needs for appropriate and reliable information will be addressed.


“We will bring the different government agencies to the grassroots through the Hinun-anon sa Barangay to update them of the programs, services and policies of the government,” Pelaez said. (J.B. Guillermo)

Published in March 24 - 30

By Armando B. Agdon, CPA
Assistant to- the President
Solid Motorcycle Distributors, Inc.

 

ROXAS CITY—“Customer First, Customer Is King, Customer Is always Right.” These were the words of Mr. Pablo S. Chu, president of SOLID Motorcycle Distributors, Inc. (SMDI).


So on March 21–22, 2014, the SMDI Roxas once again put into action the words, when it celebrated its 7th Anniversary Celebration as Suzuki 3S Shop, Solid Roxas with a very healthy collaboration with Suzuki Philippines, who gave away free engine oils, free fi lters; and conducted free service tune-up to almost 300 Suzuki motorcycles in and around Roxas City.


Yes, Solid Roxas is still servicing at seven. Organized in 1996, it was only in March 2007 when Solid Roxas was accredited by Suzuki Phil., Inc. as a Suzuki 3S Shop, giving it exclusive dealership of Suzuki motorcycles in this area. SOLID Roxas is the Only Suzuki 3S Shop in Roxas City and in Panay Island.


For three consecutive years—in 2010, 2011 and 2012, Solid has been consistently cited BEST SUZUKI 3S SHOP NATIONWIDE.


Opening the occasion was the colourful motorcade of Suzuki Motorcycles, after which Ms. May Bermejo, sales manager of Solid Roxas, delivered the welcome address.


For his part, Mr. Yoshiaki Hyodo, representative from Suzuki Philippines service department, thanked all customers of Solid Roxas and vowed for “service beyond expectation” to all Suzuki customers.


No less than Mr. Hyodo himself performed the actual tune-up of Suzuki motorcycles, not only for one day but for the two-day affair.


Group Dance Contest also graced the event with Six Groups Joining the contest with Techno New Generation was the runaway Champion. Entertainments and Raffle Draw even made the event exciting as several items were given away including Motorcycle (Leo) Tires which were raffled to lucky winners by Ms. Lourdes Candido- Manager of Solid Merchandising.


Ms. May Bermejo was named Top Suzuki Seller in Branch Manager Category while Ms. Diane Escultero was awarded Top Suzuki Seller for the Receptionist Category.


Equally blessed was Mr. Jonifer Dela Cruz of President Roxas, Capiz who carted away a Top Suzuki Seller Award for Display Center Category.


Team Solid was headed by no other than its President Mr. Pablo S. Chu while Team Suzuki was headed by Mr. Yoshiaki Hyodo of the Suzuki Motorcycle Service Department.


Mr. Hyodo was assisted by Victor Nañasca, Robert Ulang, Randolf Mojado, Albert Locsin, Barz Alinsug, Dan Alfafara and nine Mechanics.


All these have only proven that only SOLID can give unparalleled lifetime, free service check-up and lifetime discount on spare parts.


Indeed, “Sa SOLID… makabarato ka.”

Published in March 24 - 30

Special for The Capiz Times
With reports from PIA Capiz

 

ROXAS CITY—On March 18, 2014, 170 persons, mostly college students, trooped to the Dinggoy Roxas Civic Center (DRCC) to witness the forum of the Gawad Kalinga (GK) 2014 Bayani Challenge here.


Anchored on its slogan “Walang Iwanan” (no one must be left behind), the Bayani Challenge seeks to register one million volunteers across 12 provinces in two months who will work together toward nation-building.


GK is inviting people from all political and religious affi liations to log in to bayanichallenge.com and chose where you want to go, when you want to go and what you want to do.”


For five days as volunteers, they can choose where to go among the areas affected by recent calamities to take part and help in housebuilding, school refurbishing, mangrove tree-planting and coastal cleanup. Or they can also help in the supplemental feeding activities and storytelling for the community children.

 

For the Capiz leg, the GK forum featured Jose Mari Oquiñena, directorgeneral of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and GK volunteer, who stressed to his audience that poverty and corruption are not the country’s big problems. Rather the bigger problem among the Filipinos is the lack of unity. But he claimed that “Unity is possible!”


Woven on the values of damayan, friendship and volunteerism-in-action, the Challenge serves as venue where people meet together on equal footing—because, as Oquiñena put it, participation is “not based on how lofty your position is but on how big is your heart.”


Claiming that “religion and politics have divided us as a nation for long”—the PIA head enjoined everyone that “the very challenge we are now called upon is how to cross existing boundaries in the interest of nation-building.


For him, the real questions that must be answered are: “How far will you go as, say, a Catholic? Or how will you politicians treat those who did not vote for you?”


Oquiñena said that in the past, well-meaning GK volunteers would ask: “Does GK have to wait for crisis or disaster to happen before it goes to work again?”


Such questions prompted the GK pioneers to expand the scope of its service or operation to include events or situation like building houses in war-stricken areas like Bukidnon. In fact, the GK did not give up but rather learned an important lesson: “The more we sweat in time of peace, the less we weep for war.”


Saying that “change will not take place kung tayo ay hindi tatayo” (if we will not stand up), Oquiñena also shared how Yolanda devastation was a shocking crisis that instead became an opportunity for people of goodwill to show resiliency and extend the bayanihan spirit at their best—in efforts to rise and rebuild people’s lives.


The GK representative summoned everyone: “We just have to be together, Christians and Muslims alike, brothers and sisters to one another, inspired by a shared vision to rebuild the Philippines into a great nation.”


“We do not need more legislation to bring hope and genuine service to the rural communities. We simply need to work together again.”


Oquiñena said that the Bayani Challenge is a venue for volunteers from various sectors and age groups to join together toward the goal of expressing love for country and caring for the poor.


It is a yearly campaign that has grown exponentially after eight years—“seeking to inspire every Filipino to make volunteerism a lifestyle.”


The assembly was led by GK Capiz Coordinator Jessica Ortiz-Yu and Mr. Mark Tulbo, both GK team leaders for Western Visayas. It was supported by the academic community in the city and the local media practitioners.


For more details, interested individuals are enjoined to log on to bayanichallenge.com and signify.

Published in March 17 - 23

ROXAS CITY—About 1,700 houses for supertyphoon Yolanda victims in the municipalities of Pilar and Dao will be completed in May this year by the Switzerland-based non-government organization popularly called HEKS in partnership with the Task Force Mapalad, Inc. (TFMI) as part of the non-government organization’s Typhoon Yolanda Shelter Project.


The houses, primarily made of bamboo mats, are constructed through a “bayanihan concept” wherein beneficiaries of the shelter project help the HEKS’ cash-for-work employed carpenters in building up the structures.


TFMI community organizer Danilo Gaban said that 900 housing units will be completed in Pilar this month while the construction of remaining houses allocated in identifi ed barangays in Dao will continue until May.


The international NGO has also conducted relief operations after the supertyphoon which benefited about 2,100 households provincewide.

 

“We will also be giving livelihood assistance to Yolanda victims based on their needs,” Gaban noted.

 

HEKS and TFMI are among the various NGOs and humanitarian agencies which responded to the Capiceños' cry for help following Yolanda’s devastation in the province last year.


Other groups which voluntarily offered immediate relief, shelter and livelihood assistance include Canadian government, United Sikh, Shelter Box, ADRA, UN agencies and various humanitarian as well as religious groups, Red Cross, other local government units, national government agencies, philanthropists and private individuals, among others. (AAL)

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

Cement supply in Capiz stable

There is sufficient supply of cement in Capiz. This was assured by the major retailers of construction materials who joined the consultative meeting held at Department of Education of Trade and Industry (DTI) Capiz Provincial Offi ce recently.


The meeting was called for by DTI Capiz amidst increasing feedbacks received through the Business Assistance Centers on the unavailability of cement and the increase in its price. DTI Director Ermelinda Pollentes wanted the retailers to shed light to the issue of low supply and the increase of price of certain types of cement.


The group admitted to the current seesaw in the supply of cement. But according to them, this is due to the fact that the Province is now into the reconstruction and rehabilitation mode.


As expected, they say, demand is above the normal and regular consumption of the province prior to Yolanda.


Aside from this, there is also the problem of transportation and hauling. They explained, there is only one RORO trip from Batangas to Roxas City and construction materials complete with other products in terms of space. Another burden is the truck ban being implemented in Manila.


However, despite all these problems, they assured DTI that the shipment of cement to Capiz is regular and continuous.


As such, there is no reason for the public to panic that there will be cement shortage in the coming months. (DTI)

Published in March 17 - 23

By Ralph John Mijares

 

ROXAS CITY–The group of businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP) made their assessments on possible livelihood projects in different parts of Capiz recently.


Jeffrey Tarayao, One MERALCO Foundation president, said that they might return to the province with some business development people to seek possible investment opportunities here.


“Gusto din naming makita ang opportunities for long-term participation in the growth of Capiz, maybe through business investments,” Tarayao said.


Also with Tarayao were Esther Santos of PLDT Smart Foundation and Menchie Silvestre of TV5’s Alagang Kapatid Foundation.


They will recommend possible assistance that can done by the MVP group.


Pangilinan was said to come to Capiz on March 16. But Tarayao did not confi rm it.


The group visited the towns of Pontevedra, Panay, President Roxas, and Pilar towns; and Roxas City.


Asked about possible recommendations, Tarayao said, “Obviously boats are very important. I guess the fishing industry, especially the fisher folk, needs much help.”

Published in March 10 - 16