Friday, 22nd November 2019

Special for The Capiz Times


JAMINDAN, CAPIZ—The 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division of the Philippine Army is opening opportunities to professionals in Western Visayas who want to join the military organization as civilian employees.


The Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, G1 of Headquarters, 3ID, is hiring for these vacant positions: Two (2) Administrative Officer II; One (1) Psychologist I; One (1) Nutritionist/Dietician; and Two (2) Administrative Aide IV.

For Administrative Officer II, one must be a graduate of any Bachelor’s Degree, with or without experience and Career Service Professional-eligible.

For Psychologist I, one must be a BS Psychology graduate, with or without experience and Career Service Professional-eligible.


For Nutritionist/Dietician, he or she must be a BS Food and Nutrition graduate, with or without experience and has R.A. 1080 (Nutritionist) Eligibility.


For the Administrative Aide IV, applicants must have at least 72 units in college with or without experience and Career Service Sub-Professional-Eligible.

Besides security of tenure, other benefi ts include competitive salary, clothing allowance, Magna Carta for hospital personnel; leave benefits and participation in trainings both local and abroad.

Applicants must be male or female, Filipino, CSC-eligible, computer-literate, physically and mentally fit and with good moral character.

Interested applicants must submit an application letter, updated résumé, transcript of records, diploma, proof of Civil Service eligibility and NBI, police and barangay clearances to the Commander, 3ID, PA, Attention: Division Civilian Supervisor, Civilian Personnel Office, Camp Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz on or before May 25, 2014.

For inquiries, please contact Ms. Ruth Dalida at 0926.663.0938.

Published in April 28 - May 4
Monday, 28 April 2014 00:00

Tree planting as marriage prereq sought

ROXAS CITY—A city councilor here proposed that a couple who are about to marry must plant at least one tree before they can secure a marriage license from the local civil registrar.

Councilor Powell del Rosario recently authored the ordinance titled “Requiring Would-be Couples To Plant A Tree As An Additional Condition for the Issuance of A Marriage License by the Roxas City Civil Registrar’s Office and for Other Purposes.”

According to Del Rosario, “many couples are not aware of the need to keep a balanced ecology.”

The ordinance, if passed, will “ensure people’s participation in the drive to replenish the dwindling number of trees.”

Trees may be planted at the couple’s backyard or anywhere near their home. They can also seek help from the barangay council and offices of the City Agriculture Office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Public Works and Highways.

For their part, barangays in the city must identify treeplanting sites within their areas. Barangays with no areas for tree planting areas can allow planting of trees in pots.

Trees to be planted along public roads must also conform with Sections 2 and 3 of City Ordinance No. 006-2014 also authored by Del Rosario titled “An Ordinance Regulating the Planting of Trees along the National Highways, Public Roads, Residential and Other Areas within the Territorial Jurisdiction of Roxas City and Imposing Penalties for Violations Thereof.”

Section 2 of the approved ordinance provides for the suitable tree species and vegetation for urban forestry while Section 3 specifies how the trees shall be planted.

The barangay captain or the barangay councilman, serving as environmental committee chair, shall certify the couple’s compliance to the proposed ordinance to be submitted to the Local Civil Registrar along with other requirements for the approval and release of marriage license.

Tree planting will also be incorporated in a premarriage seminar which is a prerequisite for an issuance of a pre-marriage certificate, aside from attending seminars on sex education, responsible parenthood and family planning.

Government officials or employees violating the proposed ordinance are subject to the provision of Section 511(b) of the Local Government Code and the Civil Service Rules and Regulations.

Published in April 28 - May 4
Monday, 28 April 2014 00:00

Contreras eyes governorship in 2016

ROXAS CITY—Capiz Vice-Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras II has expressed interest in running for governor in the 2016 elections.

“Through God’s grace and your [the public] support, maybe we can have a chance to succeed Gov. Victor Tanco, Sr. as governor,” Contreras said in Hiligaynon during the induction of officers of an elderly federation recently.

In a radio interview, Contreras said that it is up to the public to assess if his performance and his sincerity to serve are enough to make him qualified for the position.

“I am expressing my willingness [to run for governor] and I am asking to perhaps serve in a different capacity: as chief executive,” Contreras said in Hiligaynon.

Since 2010, Contreras has been vice-governor, after defeating then City Councilor Mark Anthony Ortiz in the 2010 elections. Contreras ran unopposed in 2013.

Tanco is currently serving his last term as governor which ends in 2016. Both Contreras and Tanco are with the Liberal Party. (Ralph John Mijares)

Published in April 28 - May 4

Special for The Capiz Times



ROXAS CITY—The remaining 14,000 households who have not yet been served by the Capiz Electric Cooperative (Capelco) can expect to have their power supply back by May 15.

According to Mr. Edgar Diaz, Capelco general manager, they have set to restore the power supply to all 14,359 households by May 15. He said that there is an ongoing construction and power restoration, particularly in the 351 sitios and 21 off-grid barangays in Capiz.

Diaz said that as of April 3, the 16 towns and city in the province including the 452 on grid barangays and 611 sitios were already energized with 95,171 households connected with power supply. Also, the 452 on-grid barangays in Capiz were restored with power supply in March 28, which is three days ahead of their target date.

Diaz also thanked President Benigno Aquino III for helping them in the rehabilitation and restoration of power supply in Capiz after Supertyphoon Yolanda.

“In the past we had typhoons that paralyzed the power supply of Capelco but it was only the Aquino administration that gave us funding,” he said.

Through the National Electrifi cation Administration, the Aquino administration has granted the cooperative P478-million rehabilitation and restoration assistance.

Said financial help was given on the conditions that CAPELCO will restore power to all households that are ready to receive power after wrath by supertyphoon Yolanda and that member-consumers have no obligation to pay the grant in the form of rate increase.

Diaz said that as of April 3, NEA released to Capelco P301 million; while the remaining P177M expected to be released soon will be used to fix the temporary posts in Roxas City.

“We are very thankful to the NEA Deputy Administrator who personally oversees the rehabilitation and restoration efforts here and provides us all the assistance we need,” he added, also citing the help of the Task Force Kapatid in the same effort.

To date, Capelco has recorded P670 million in losses in infrastructure, which covers some 30,000 felled electric posts. (J.B. Guillermo)

Published in April 21 - 27
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:00

Marijuana seized in Panitan

PANITAN, CAPIZ—A suspected drug pusher was arrested for having marijuana plants in his house on April 15 here.

The suspect was Joeffry Dangan, 36, and resident of Brgy. Concencia, here.

Recovered from Dangan were fi ve pieces of aluminium foil improvised totters, four fresh shrubs suspected to be marijuana plants, four disposable lighters, three stainless improvised totters, one small  transparent plastic sachet containing suspected marijuana seeds, one folded unused aluminium foil, one unused bundle of aluminium foil, one aluminium marijuana pipe and one used packing tape.

According to Insp. Joaquin Emmanuel Ochavo, Panitan OIC chief, Dangan also allegedly sells drugs.

Meanwhile, the fourth most wanted in this town, charged for rape, was also arrested. On April 14, Antonio Barres, 41, resident of the same barangay, allegedly raped his daughter. Barres had two criminal cases numbered C-335-11 and C-343-11 signed and issued by Judge Jeffrey Almalbis, presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 14 in Roxas City on Sept. 20, 2012 with no bail bond.

Further, a farmer from the same town charged for frustrated murder was also arrested April 14. Suspect was Johnie Diaz, 53, charged with criminal case numbered C-99-14 issued and signed by Judge Ignacio Alajar, presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 18 in Roxas City on April 14. Diaz can avail himself of P120,000 bail bond. (Ralph John Mijares/With report from Edalyn Acta)

Published in April 21 - 27

ROXAS CITY—After typhoon Yolanda, a usual scenario in Barangay Punta Cogon here were women playing tongits, bingo and bogoy. These past months, however, most of them have stopped engaging in these gambling games.

Tong-its is a local card game while both bingo and bogoy are both betting games using dice and shells.


The reduced number of women gambling is attributed to the establishment of a Women Friendly Space (WFS) in the barangay. With the joint efforts of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), United Nations Population Fund, provincial government and local government of Roxas City, other International Human Organizations (IHOs), the WFS was established in the barangay which suffered the wreckage of the typhoon.

“Mothers used to engage in bingo, tong-its and bog-oy. Because of the WFS, the behavior of women in our barangay has changed. Instead of gambling, they are attending sessions at the WFS,” said 53-year-old Susana Bornales, a Day Care Worker and at the same time WFS facilitator.


The WFS is a facility that utilizes a strategy in mainstreaming gender as a cross cutting issue in providing humanitarian responses in evacuation camps, transitional sites or disaster affected communities. It addresses the specific needs of women affected by the disaster and provides a more systematic, organized and gender-responsive way of delivering services.

In Punta Cogon, nearly 300 women are availing of services. Activities already implemented include lectures on disaster preparedness, what to do during and after the typhoon or disaster, breastfeeding, and parenting responsibilities; cash for work for facilitators funded by UNFPA; and livelihood coaching such as skills on dressmaking and craftsmanship using seashells.

According to Graciela Van der Poel of UNFPA, they are helping out the government in putting up WFS in the country as it strives along early recovery for Yolanda victims because “during emergencies women and girls take on additional roles and responsibilities, have differentiated needs along the humanitarian continuum—all phases of an emergency, face more restrictions than men when accessing humanitarian assistance, frequently underrepresented in assistance committees and have less opportunities to exercise leadership in humanitarian response and women and girls are seen as victims, not as key humanitarian actors.”

She said that the objective is to ensure gender equality, such that women, girls, men and boys, are given equal opportunities even during and after disasters.

Aside from lectures, women were also given flashlights, whistles, brassieres, underwears and sanitary napkins. (May Rago-Castillo)

Published in April 21 - 27

By Alex Lumaque


ROXAS CITY — To commemorate the 66th death anniversary of Pres. Manuel Acuña Roxas, Capiz’s most illustrious son and the country’s fifth President, the provincial government led a wreath-laying ceremony on April 15 at the Pres. Manuel A. Roxas monument on Arnaldo Boulevard here.

Said commemoration began with a celebration of the Holy Mass at the Roxas City Metropolitan Cathedral attended by Interior Sec. Mar Roxas; his mother Judy Araneta Roxas; members of the One Capiz; and the local officials and government employees, among others.

Roxas’s death anniversary also coincides with the Capiz provincial government’s 113th Foundation Day by virtue of Act No. 115 issued in 1901.

In 2003, Republic Act No. 9217 or the Pres. Manuel A. Roxas Memorial Day Act declared April 15 a special holiday throughout Capiz.

The law assigns the nearest Friday to April 15 as a special non-working holiday for the entire province and city—for this year, April 18.

The first bar topnotcher from the University of the Philippines, Roxas, fondly called Manoling, was elected Capiz governor in 1919 at the age of 27.

He served as the Capiz’s first congressional district representative and senator before being elected president of the Republic of the Philippines from 1946 until his death on April 15, 1948.

Published in April 14 - 20

Did you know that Filipino household members are not getting enough protein? This is based on the Estimated Average Requirement (EAR) which is 80 percent of the Recommended Energy and Nutrient intake (RENI).

This was reported by the 7th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) conducted in 2008 by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).

Protein is a nutrient needed by the human body for growth, repair and maintenance of body tissues.

While meat, fish, poultry and eggs are excellent sources of high quality protein, these foods may not be affordable to many Filipino households.

Consumption of beans and nuts in any form may therefore be a cheaper but good substitute for the expensive protein sources.


If you are among the many Filipinos that lack protein in the diet, take advantage of the many types of beans and nuts and the many ways and forms to prepare and eat them:

1. Use tokwa and tofu, which come from soybeans or utaw in preparing various and in combination with vegetables.

2. Try the Ilonggo dish called KBL (kadyos baboy langka) uses kadyos in combination with a little pork and unripe jackfruit.

3. Take the very popular taho which is also made from soybeans along with other products such as soymilk, soy sauce, and others.

4. Make snacks from the more popular mungbean or munggo like buchi, hopia munggo, turon munggo and ginataan munggo.

5. Sautee mungbean sprouts or togue as viand or as lumpia for snack.


6. Make delectable sweets from other beans like kidney beans and chick pea or garbanzos.


7. Snack on the ever popular fried peanuts. While these foods are plant-based protein, adults with kidney problems, arthritis or elevated uric acid levels, individuals with allergies to beans, nuts or legumes should limit consumption of these food items and consult their doctor or nutritionist.

Eating any of these dried beans and nuts everyday can add to the daily protein intake of Filipino households that are lacking in this nutrient. (FNRI-DOST)

Published in April 14 - 20

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—The brother of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who died after falling from the fifth floor of a condominium in Singapore is doubtful of the cause of her death.

Jimlyn Altoveros, brother of Milagrosa Altoveros-Okamoto, a domestic helper working in Singapore, said he wants to compare the results of the autopsies made in Singapore and in Manila.

Milagrosa, 29, of Brgy. Tincupon, Panitan, Capiz was a mother of one and their family’s breadwinner.

Altoveros said that on April 17 he received a call from one Mr. Sison of the Philippine Embassy in Singapore about his sister’s death.


According to Sison, Milagrosa was cleaning the window on the fi fth floor of a condominium on April 16 when the window broke, causing her to fall.

Another story posted on Facebook said that Milagrosa was throwing garbage when she remembered the food she was cooking. She could not get in the room of her employer because the door was shut; so she climbed the

According to Altoveros, Sison told him that the autopsy results from Singapore revealed that there was no foul play in her death. Sison added that Milagrosa told him that Mr. Chu was kind employer. Her contract was renewed in January 2014.

Milagrosa’s remains arrived in Manila on April 18.

For his part, Capiz Vice-Governor Esteban Evan Contreras promised to help the bereaved family.

Aside from extending financial assistance to the family so they could travel to Manila and claim Milagrosa’s remains, Contreras also pledged to coordinate with the regional Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to facilitate the transportation of the body to Capiz free of charge.

Published in April 14 - 20

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—Officials of the Capiz Electric Cooperative (Capelco) recently denied that the cooperative has the highest power rates in the country. As of March 2014, it ranks second-highest to Guimaras Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Guimelco).

This was the cooperative’s response to the position paper filed by Capiz Halaran Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Dale Bernas, Roxas City Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Leny Apaitan, and Pueblo de Panay, Inc. president and chief executive officer Jose Nery Ong.

Said business leaders cited the data that Capelco had the highest total energy charge and systems loss charge per kilowatt-hour (kWh) among 80 on-grid electric cooperatives in the country, as of December 2012.

Capelco is second to Guimelco as regards the highest per kilowatt-hour rates for residential and low voltage consumers in Panay Island and Guimaras, Edgar Diaz, Capelco general manager said in a press conference April 5.

As of March 2014, Guimelco charges residential consumers P 13.4278/kWh and low-voltage users P 11.9227 (without VAT); while Capelco charges at P12.261/kWh and P 11.1125/kWh respectively (without VAT), Diaz said.

Diaz added that Capelco is the second-highest in rates for high-voltage consumers, charging P9.3254/kWh while Ileco I charges P9.3821/kWh (both without VAT).

Capelco sources power from private providers because its contract with state-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM)—which provides cheaper power—expired recently, thus, having higher generation rates than most cooperatives in the area, said Diaz.

Iloilo II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ILECO II) , Iloilo III Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ILECO III), and Antique Electric Cooperative (ANTECO)’s contract with the PSALM has not expired while Aklan Electric Cooperative (AKELCO) has high sales because of the power consumption in Boracay, Diaz elaborated.

Oscar Acolentaba, Capelco’s president of the board of directors, said that those behind the position paper “do not know what they are talking about.”

Acolentaba added that they should do their research and use a 12-month period to compare power rates since it changes sometimes.

P478-M NEA Grant

The business leaders also asked Capelco to explain how the grant from the National Electrification Administration (NEA) will be used because “this will be passed on [to, thereby] borne by the consumer”.

According to Acolentaba, the grant was supposed to be P 505 million, but reduced to P 478 million after an evaluation of allowable restoration and rehabilitation jobs for Capelco’s facilities. It is subject to audit, he added.

Diaz added that Capelco received the grant intermittently. In first three instalments, they received P 30 million, another P 30 million, P 80 million, and last April  1, got P 161 million, totalling P301 million.

The grant had two conditions: Capelco should restore power to all households affected by typhoon Yolanda and ready to receive power, and not making member consumers pay the grant in the form of rate increase.

Capelco is ‘transparent’ about their financial reports and billings, said Acolentaba.

The cooperative, however, remained mum on the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)'s case about the application for the sale of sub-transmission lines/assets of the National Transmission Corporation (NTC) to Capelco, as covered by an amended October 10, 2011, lease purchase agreement by the two power groups.

Acolentaba said that since the case is in court, they could not comment about it.

On possible competition

Reportedly, Capiz first district representative, Antonio del Rosario said over a local radio station that a willing investor can provide ‘better’ service than Capelco.

For his part, Acolentaba was doubtful if anyone can offer lower power rates than Capelco.

“A private company can offer better service than Capelco but when it comes to charging at lower rates, I don’t think so,” he said.

Published in April 7 - 13

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