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Monday, 01 September 2014 00:00

Church groups hit schools repairs 'delay'

By Ralph John Mijares and Edalyn Acta


“WHY IS this happening to our province when we know that your administration is committed to delivering much-needed rehabilitation works?”

This statement formed part of the open letter addressed to Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco, Vice-Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras and the members of the provincial board signed by Mr. Sulpicio Morales, Jr. of the Capiz Baptist Ministers Association (CBMA) and Rev. Ramon Plaza of the Evangelical Ministers Fellowship of Iloilo City (EMFIC).

Referring to the P500 million Yolanda rehabilitation fund for damaged school buildings, said letter inquired on the delay of repairs of schools damaged by Supertyphoon Yolanda in November 2013.

“Mr. Governor, Vice-Governor, and our honorable board members, we are however deeply moved, even embarrassed, on the latest media reports to hit our province,” it said.

The letter also asked “how true that all these happened because of the intervention of our beloved Congressman Tony del Rosario?” and “how true that all these were known by the hierarchy of the Department of Education particularly by Undersecretary Valera?”

For his part, Del Rosario said in a letter that he had nothing to do with the delay of the repairs.

“A scrutiny of both abstract showed that the figures of the budget and bid prices were so close. Example, a projected with budget of P6,295,410.00 was bided at P6,291,299.75 or a difference of P4,110.25,” he said.


“The findings were conveyed to me by my district office and I went to see Sec. Luistro verbalizing my fear that the integrity of the bidding process was tainted.

“The Office of Secretary Luistro acted on this information and a certain Usec. Valera was sent to make initial investigation. I learned later that the implementation of the project was suspended and team of technical personnel were sent to Roxas City to conduct investigation. At present, there is another team in Roxas City verifying the finding of the first team,” Del Rosario said.

Further, it is “therefore, clear that the suspension order came from DepEd and cannot be alluded to me in anyway.”

May I assure my constituents that I work for their interest and will not hesitate to continue working for them,” he said.


Del Rosario admitted that he was hesitant about giving the letter to the media at first.

“I was hesitant to give this letter to the media because I wanted to protect the integrity of DepEd pending result of the investigation. I am compelled to write this open letter because of the matter has already been discussed openly by the media and it is far-reaching implications on my reputation,” he said.

The solon encouraged his constituents to come to his office for clarification, information or verifications on any issue that concerns any projects of his office.

Published in September 1 - 7

ROXAS CITY — Health officials recently called on the public and other stakeholders to join hands for all children to be fully immunized against common childhood illnesses and diseases.

In the grand launch of the vaccine mass immunization campaign in Capiz, Dr. Sofia Pulmones of the Department of Health Regional Office 6 stressed that common childhood illnesses such as measles, rubella and polio can be prevented through immunization.

She said that vaccines for such immunization are available and free in all health stations and health centers for the target children.

Pulmones said that like measles, children infected of the measles virus are at risk of complications which could put their lives in danger.

“The under five-year old children are the most vulnerable age group for said childhood illnesses, the reason why they are the target for mass immunization by the DOH,” she said.

While immunization is free and available, Dr. Leah Del Rosario of the Provincial Health Office here cited the lack of appreciation by parents and other caregivers on the importance of immunization, lack of time or prioritization to bring their children to the health facility as well as some cultural or religious belief are only among the reasons why there are still “missed children.”

Del Rosario explained that missed children are those who have not received the immunization either through a routine or special immunization activity.

To ensure that the target children are given immunization in this campaign, the PHO is doing a rapid coverage assessment every after an immunization activity is done in a purok or barangay and is done every day, she added.


Further, PHO Information Officer Antonio Ynigo Rafael Altavas said that as of September 2, a total of 9,230 or 10.7% of the target children were given measles and rubella vaccine, while 10,291 children or 10.2% of the target population were given oral polio vaccine.

Altavas revealed that the population target for measles and rubella immunization in Capiz reached 86,037 nine month old to below five years old children while the 101,000 children age zero to five years old are the target population for the oral polio vaccine.


(J.B. Guillermo)

Published in September 1 - 7
Monday, 01 September 2014 00:00

Int'l orgs place Capiz kids first

ROXAS CITY—Three humanitarian organizations here have stressed their continued support particularly on children’s health as part of their respective responses in the aftermath of Supertyphoon Yolanda in Capiz.

“UNICEF is happy to support the Provincial Health Office with vaccines, cold-storage facility and trainings,” UNICEF Philippines Country Office Field Operations Chief Margaret Sheehan said during the grand launching of the Measles Rubella Oral Polio Vaccine Mass Immunization Sept. 1.

Sheehan sought the support of barangay officials and residents for the success of the monthlong immunization against measles and polio diseases.

Meanwhile , ChildFund Representative Felomina Arroyo said that their organization has established one-stop shops for pregnant and lactating women and children below five years old as part of its nutrition program in covered areas.


For their part, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) also conveyed its support to uplift the health condition of the Capiceños in the same program.

“We came here to be part of the Haiyan response not only on shelter and livelihood but also to give much focus on health,” IOM Representative Allan Motus said.

Representatives of said organizations also took part in the ceremonial oral polio vaccination which highlighted the program.

Published in September 1 - 7

By Ralph John Mijares and Edalyn Acta


Of the two results that came out from a survey on the local political personalities of Capiz recently conducted by a Manila-based firm, which is legit?

Two days after Global Zenith Research and Consulting, Inc. issued the official results on their survey on the Capizeños’s awareness, trust, satisfaction, and preference of their government leaders, a ‘different’ result also came out.

According to the first result, incumbent Vice-Gov. Esteban Evan “Nonoy” Contreras was preferred for Capiz governor by 53.9% of the respondents.

But another copy of the survey results circulated a days after showed that First District Rep. Antonio del Rosario placed first, posting the very same percentage garnered by Contreras.

Both results showed the same figures but had different rankings of political personalities in awareness, trust, satisfaction ratings.

To clarify the issue, Dr. Edwin Chinel Monares, Global Zenith Research and Consulting, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer came to Capiz Aug. 23 and met with the local media.

Monares said that the second results that came out are fake.

In the original copy of their results, Contreras topped the survey on the choice for Capiz governor, followed by his father, former Capiz Gov. Esteban “Dodoy” Contreras with 14.63%; Mambusao-born businessman Joel Longares with10.97%; Rep. Tony Del Rosario with 8.81%; Roxas City Mayor Alan Celino with 5.32%; and Pilar Mayor Gideon Patricio with 2.49%. Of the total respondents, 3.82%chose not to answer the survey.

In the recently circulated survey results, it is Del Rosario who topped the survey followed by the younger Contreras, Longares, the older Contreras, Celino, and Patricio.

Monares stressed that in the original result, his signature was affixed on every page. The fake copy had his signature only on page 7.

According to Monares, “The fake [result] was made to confuse [people].”

Monares also denied that his survey firm had anything to do in publicizing any of the survey results.

“I don’t have any business in making public the results of the survey. My only business is to work for my client,” Monares said.

“Pag lumabas ang survey sa public, wala na akong control doon (Once the survey results are out, I cannot control it anymore),” he added.

Published in August 25 - 31
Monday, 25 August 2014 00:00

187,000 Capiz kids for immunization

ROXAS CITY—The Capiz government aims to have more than 187,000 children for vaccination against measles, rubella and polio.

A total of 187,037 aged 0 to below 5 years including the 9-month- to 5-year old children in Capiz will be immunized in all health centers and health stations this September.

According to Dr. Leah Del Rosario of the Provincial Health Office, of the total number of kids, some 86,037 9-month old to below 5-year-old children will be given free measles and rubella vaccines while the 101,000 children aged 0 to 5 years will be given oral polio vaccine.

The mass immunization campaign to be implemented nationwide from September 1–30 forms part of the government’s effort to eliminate measles and rubella among Filipinos and create a polio-free country.

Del Rosario said that the DOH conducted the same mass immunization campaign in 1998, 2004, 2007 and 2011, however, it was found out that measles is still prevalent in the country.

“The source and spread of measles infection in the country must be prevented through this massive nationwide immunization campaign,” she said.

The giving of oral polio vaccine will also be a protection for them against imported polio virus.

Del Rosario added that even if children have already completed their immunization or received the same from private health practitioners, they must be given the said vaccine during the immunization activity next month.

“Measles is a contagious illness; and patients could be at risk through infection,” Del Rosario said, adding that polio affects the nerves and could lead to paralysis and results in permanent disability. Del Rosario encouraged the parents and other stakeholders to cooperate and support this campaign.

(J.B. Guillermo)

Published in August 25 - 31
Monday, 25 August 2014 00:00

Housing materials given to Sapian folk

MORE THAN 4,000 households in Sapian, Capiz availed themselves of the housing materials from the national government.

Information Officer Roberto Opina said that their town was a recipient of P10-million worth of housing materials from the National Housing Authority (NHA) as assistance for local residents whose houses were destroyed by supertyphoon Yolanda.

Sapian was also given 2,000 pieces of galvanized iron (G.I.) sheets by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), he said.

Opina said that the P10-million worth of housing materials from NHA include G.I. sheets, plywood and construction nails.

Opina added that because they did not have enough materials to completely rebuild the destroyed houses of our residents, Sapian Mayor John Arthur Biñas, upon consultation with the constituents, led the distribution of three pieces of G.I. sheets, three pieces of plywood and two kilograms of construction nails to each affected family.

Given the said materials were some 4,150 families whose houses were partially and totally devastated by Yolanda.

He also said that the housing materials from DSWD will be distributed to 1,000 beneficiaries not covered by NHA. Opina added that their municipality was the first in Capiz that had completed the repair of their civic center.

Funding support for said repair was given through the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) amounting to more than P2-million.

In April 2014 in Roxas City, DILG Sec. Mar Roxas led the distribution of RAY funds to local chief executives of Western Visayas. Said funds were intended for the repair of public markets; civic centers; and provincial, city and municipal halls.

(J.B. Guillermo)

Published in August 25 - 31
Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

UPV opens mgt grad courses in Roxas

Special for The Capiz Times


ROXAS CITY—Classes for the Master of Management (MM) offered by the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) will begin here next month.

Under said program, UPV offers two MM specializations, namely: Business Management and Public Management.

The function room of El Circulo Convention Center in Pueblo de Panay, a residential-commercial township in Brgy. Lawaan will serve as classroom for the first batch of students.

Owing to the lack of faculty members, only 30 students were registered for the pioneer batch.

In a recent Memorandum of Agreement signing at said convention center, Prof. Mary Ann Gumban, UPV’s college of management dean said that the Masters of Management courses were chosen because they are in line with the development in Capiz.

Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco, Sr., UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa and Pueblo de Panay President and Chief Executive Officer Jose Nery Ong led the ceremonies.

The organizers said a building inside the Pueblo de Panay educational zone will be built in the future should there be more students. Other courses will soon be offered.


Ong stressed that UPV offering courses here does not signify that a campus has been built here; it is rather an extension of their services.

He said that UPV offering courses in Roxas City can serve as a “catalyst of growth in Capiz and Northern Panay.”

Around the 1980s, UPV had also offered for Capiz courses in Masters of Management.

Published in August 18 - 24
Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

School-on-Air graduates 617 in Capiz

ROXAS CITY—Six hundred seventeen Capiceños have successfully completed and graduated from the school-on-air (SOA) program on Cassava Production and Utilization on Aug. 12 at the CAP Auditorium here.

Provincial Agriculturist Sylvia dela Cruz said that many enrolled in the SOA program even as cassava, rice and corn are considered major crops of the province.

“Today we had the most number of graduates based on Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) records on a number of SOA classes already conducted through the collaboration of the Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Training Institute and OPA, De la Cruz said.

The graduates listened to radio station RMN DyVR to learn the strategies and techniques on cassava production as well as preparation and utilization of raw cassava to produce fi nished products.

Addressing the graduates, Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco said: “I’m very happy for you all for taking part in this program and most specially learning cassava production and utilization techniques in order to help in your livelihood,”

Some graduates received recognition for their active participation and understanding from the weekly cassava-related on-air discussion.

In attendance were Vice-Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Eduardo Magallanes, SOA Project Officer Deodith Grace Baticbatic, ATI Central Office Information Services Division OIC Antonieta Arceo and ATI RTC 6 OIC Director Eden Bautista.

Said graduates represented 12 towns in Capiz, namely: Jamindan, 134; Dumarao, 105; Sigma, 56; Mambusao, 55; Dumalag, 52; President Roxas, 49; Tapaz, 37; Pontevedra, 36; Ivisan, 29; Sapian, 28; Panitan, 25; and Pilar, 11.

(PIA Capiz with reports from Rovily Jalandoni & Aina Shane Martinez)

Published in August 18 - 24

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—Pictures of three business establishments here violating the no-plastic ordinance recently reached a city councilor.

Councilor Powell del Rosario said that based on the pictures and information he received, the Hughes Street and San Roque Extension branches of Mercury Drug and the Robinsons Department Store inside Robinsons Place Roxas have violated the ordinance.

“Ngaman ang mga local establishments or stalls naga sunod sa ordinansa kag ang mga stores owned by national companies nagapasaway,” Del Rosario asked during the city council session Tuesday.


Authored by Del Rosario, said ordinance is now being implemented everyday and has since been gradually implemented on certain days of a week year by year since 2011.

As per ordinance, it is prohibited to sell or purchase plastic bags for packaging of dry goods, as secondary packaging for wet goods, and use of styro foam and styropor as containers for food products. But the use of plastic as the primary packaging for wet goods is allowed.

According to Del Rosario, the City Licensing Division will have or already have given a notice of violation and demand to comply to the said establishments as he was giving his privilege speech.

Mercury Drug McKinley Branch Manager Ruth Limosnero said that she and three other branch managers in the city wrote a letter to Mayor Angel Alan Celino requesting the four branches of Mercury Drug to be allowed to consume the remaining biodegradable plastic bags used in dispensing medicine and other merchandise in January this year.

However, they use paper bags every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

For their part, Melanie Melgar, Mercury Drug Hughes Street branch manager, said that they only use plastic based on “customer demand.”

Some customers said that they will make alibis once the drugstore gets caught violating the ordinance.

Melgar said that they will explain to customers about the strict implementation of the no plastic ordinance.

She stressed that their branch uses paper bags, boxes, and eco bags most of the time. Mercury Drug also has branches in Roxas Avenue and San Roque Extension in the city.

Robinsons Place Roxas could not be contacted yet, as of this writing.

Del Rosario said that since the city government does not have enough manpower to monitor for such violations, he encouraged the public to be watchful.

He also said that a big establishment at Roxas Avenue that will open soon plans to use plastic as packaging.

Published in August 18 - 24
Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

Contreras tops Capiz gov choice survey

By Ralph John Mijares & Edalyn Acta


ROXAS CITY—A recent survey of the Global Zenith Research and Consulting, Inc. reported that Capiz Vice-Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras is preferred by more than half of the respondents.

Earlier Contreras had signified his intent to run for governor.

In the survey that asked respondents their choice for Capiz governor, Contreras ranked first, garnering 53.95%, followed by his father, Esteban Contreras with 14.63%.


Businessman Joel Longares ranked third with 10.97%; followed by 1st District Rep. Antonio del Rosario, 8.81%; Roxas City Mayor Angel Alan Celino, 5.32%; and Pilar Mayor Gideon Patricio, 2.49%.

Some 3.82% of respondents did not choose any of the political personalities who are either linked as potential gubernatorial candidates or have expressed interest in running.

Conducted from July 19 to 20 this year, the survey had a total of 1,203 respondents in the two congressional districts of Capiz.

The same survey also asked the respondents on the political personalities they are aware of; those they are satisfied with; and those whom they trust.

Contreras said that the survey result could be a basis for his possible bid for governor.

“Lain gid nga mabatyagan mo nga gusto ka sang tawo (It’s really something when you get to know that you are preferred by your constituents),” Contreras said.

“Indi ko man pagidutdut akon kaugalingon kun nabatyagan ko nga indi ako gusto sang tawo (I would not insist if the people don’t find me worthy),” he added.

In said survey, the older Contreras beat his son in four towns, namely: Cuartero, Dao, Panitan, and President Roxas.

The former Capiz governor got 65.2% in Panitan while his son only got 8.7%.

Longares, meanwhile, garnered 33.3% of the respondents in Dumarao as compared to the younger Contreras who had 26.7%.

Further, incumbent Gov. Victor Tanco, Sr. garnered “very high” awareness ratings, and “high” satisfaction and trust ratings in the survey.

The two Contrerases, Celino, Del Rosario, and former governor Vic Bermejo also garnered “high” ratings in awareness and satisfaction;

All names except Celino posted “high” ratings in trust. The Roxas city mayor posted a moderate rating. Capiz 2nd District Rep. Fredenil Castro also posted “high” satisfaction ratings.

Published in August 11 - 17

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