Monday, 24th September 2018

By Bienvenido Cortes


ROXAS CITY — The pilgrim icon of the Immaculate Concepcion of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been on tour of various parishes in Capiz recently.

The Knights of Columbus have been assisting and coordinating with various parishes in this tour as approved by Msgr. Jose F. Advincula, Jr., D.D., archbishop of Capiz in June this year.

The Parishes visited were the Panitan Council 12324 in Panitan, Capiz on August 2; Council 15724 in Bgy. Quios, in Panitan on August.3; Council 12039 in Bgy. Bailan, Pontevedra, Capiz on August 4; Council 5122 in Pontevedra, Capiz on August 5; Council 5602 in Panay, Capiz on August 6; Council 3691 in Roxas City on August 7; Council 9279 in Roxas City (Mt. Carmel Parish) on August 8; Council 9013 (Loctugan) on August 9;Council 9379 (Ivisan) on August 10; and Council 5578 (Sigma) on August 11.

After visiting some parishes in Capiz, the icon of Mama Mary will be in Iloilo City through the coordination of the Visayas State Jurisdiction of the Knights of Columbus.

Published in August 11 - 17

By Ralph John Mijares


A FISH VENDOR who lost her home in typhoon Yolanda was the first beneficiary of the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlement: A Community-Driven Approach to Better Lives in the Visayas.

The home of Emelia Doriendes at Villa Carmel, Brgy. Baybay, Roxas City was the pilot home of the said project.

Her previous house was made of GI sheet and bamboo, according to Doriendes.

She said she could not contain her joy after being awarded a new home by said organization.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony of her new home was held during the project launching on Aug. 7.

The shelter project is a collaboration of the UN-Habitat Philippines the Japanese government, the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Social Housing Finance Corportation (SHFC).

Members of the community get involved through leading and managing projects as the UN Habitat provides technical assistance and monitoring of their own.

Published in August 11 - 17
Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

OPARR approves P12-B rehab plan for Capiz

Special for The Capiz Times


ROXAS CITY—Some eight months after Supertyphoon Yolanda struck Capiz, the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) approved the province’s P12-billion recovery and rehabilitation plans (RRP) recently.

According to Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco, the RRP for Capiz earlier approved by Yolanda rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson will then be presented to Pres. Benigno Aquino III for final approval.

The rehabilitation plans for Capiz, Aklan, Antique and Negros Occidental were not included in the provinces with approved plans as announced by Aquino in his July 28 State of the Nation Address because they were submitted late, Tanco added.

“The submission was delayed because some local government units presented their RRPs late,” Tanco said.

Tanco presented the RRP to Lacson, and to Secretaries Arsenio Balisacan of the National Economic and Development Authority; Florencio Abad of the Department of Budget and Management; Rogelio Singson of the Department of Public Works and Highways; and Dinky Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.


Tanco said that Capiz’s RRP initially pegged at P19 billion was reduced to P12 billion. Said amount will not go directly to the provincial government. It will not also be given in cash but in the form of projects to be undertaken by various government agencies.

Yolanda’s damage to infrastructure, agriculture and fishery sectors amounted to a total of P8.86 billion.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) data showed that about P4.27 billion worth of infrastructure projects have been damaged. PDRRMC also reported P3.8 billion in agriculture sector and P759 million in the fisheries sector.

Of the 16 towns, Mambusao posted the highest amount of damaged infrastructure amounting to P1.18 billion; Pilar reported the highest in agriculture with P484 million; and Panay the highest in fisheries with P214 million.

In the same report, the PDRRMC said that 72 persons died; 2,764 were injured; one is still missing. It also said that all 473 villages of Capiz and Roxas City have been greatly affected. (Capiz Provincial Press Bureau)

Published in August 4 - 10

ROXAS CITY—The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has funded 24 livelihood projects worth P10.87 million in Capiz in the first half of 2014 under the Yolanda Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Program (YRRP).

These include the establishment of a community bakery, shield metal arc welding cum production project, communal swine raising facilities and organic fertilizer production, hog dispersal and rehabilitation of various infrastructure projects.

The projects will benefi t some 2,141 unemployed citizens, marginalized farmers, workers in the informal economy and vulnerable workers of the province.

DOLE 6 Technical Services Support Division Chief Mary Agnes Capigon said that the allocation form part of the P49-million worth of livelihood projects that will benefit a total of 8,164 Yolanda survivors in Western Visayas.

The regional YRRP budget will finance 147 projects spread out in 37 municipalities within the region which were greatly affected.

The program seeks to restore the lost or damaged livelihoods of the beneficiaries and rebuild various infrastructure projects of local government units.

In a DOLE 6 article, DOLE 6 Director Ponciano Ligutom said that the amount of assistance represents 19 percent of the entire YRRP budget. Ligutom said that by December 2014, the budget under the program will be fully used to restore the lost livelihood and generate jobs for thousands of Yolanda survivors. (PIA Capiz/Alex Lumaque)

Published in August 4 - 10

ROXAS CITY—A disaster preparedness symposium was conducted by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) of Panitan town last July in view of the National Disaster Consciousness Month celebration.

The symposium dubbed “Handa Ka Na Bala?” (Are You Ready?) was attended by about 2,300 students, teachers and personnel of Panit-an National High School (PNHS).

A speakers bureau composed of concerned national government agencies as well as volunteer groups in disaster preparedness and response organized by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office served as the activity resource persons.

PDRRMO has organized the team in preparation for requests on lectures in schools, offices, banks and commercial establishments, among others.


Acting Municipal Administrator and MDRRM Officer-Designate Rosauro C. Del Castillo explained the importance of preparedness to attain zero-casualty during disaster.

It was learned that the municipality has recorded a zero casualty despite having registered 41,057 affected individuals during the onslaught of supertyphoon Yolanda last Nov. 8, 2013.

“We prioritize you students since you are much eager to learn new knowledge. I hope you will help us to advocate disaster preparedness down to your barangays and respective families”, Del Castillo told the audience.

The activity was graced by Panit-an vice-mayor Symor Diaz who urged the participants to internalize the topics to fully understand potential hazards which may affect lives and properties of Panitenos.

Lecturers during the symposium were Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Roxas City Officer-in-charge Imelda Ofalla who explained the different weather hazards while Capiz State University faculty Arnel Van Aleligay discussed the Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Emergency Communication.

Anti-dengue campaign and flood safety measures were discussed by Provincial Health Office dengue coordinator Leo Biclar and PDRRMO staff Ma. Paula P. Arlante, respectively.

“I learned many things from this symposium. I will tell my parents to strengthen our house that was damaged by Yolanda”, PNHS senior Jhonafe Disiona said.

Department of the Interior and Local Government – Local Government Operations Officer Erwin Bonifacio said that the MDRRM Office has also distributed more than a thousand copies of IEC materials on fire, typhoon, earthquake, flood, and dengue prevention during the symposium.

The Office plans to conduct the second “ Handa Ka Na Bala” at Leodegario D. Deocampo Sr. National High School in Brgy. Capagao of the town. (PIA Capiz/Alex Lumaque)

Published in August 4 - 10
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