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Monday, 29 September 2014 00:00

Mambusaonon named country’s top student

By Ralph John Mijares


Jerry Ian L. Leonida
“Intelligent, responsible, selfless”—No wonder Mambusao, Capiz’s own, Jerry Ian L. Leonida, was awarded as one of this year’s Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines conferred by the RFM Corporation recently.

Leonida was the class valedictorian of Burias Elementary School in his hometown, Mambusao, Capiz, and achieved the same feat at the University of the Philippines High School in Iloilo.

This year, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines Visayas, obtaining Bachelor of Science in Fisheries.

Aside from his academic achievements in school, Leonida’s smarts were also recognized by the UP Aquaculture Society, Seachamp International Export Corporation, SEAFDEC-AQD, and M. Lhuiller Financial Services, Inc.

Despite the demands of his studies, Leonida manages to participate in extra-curricular activities.

As president of the UP Fisheries Guild (UPFG), a socio-academic, service and political organization of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Leonida led his group to being recognized as the school’s Best Student Organization in Academic Year 2013–2014.

To help encourage more students to consider the fisheries profession, the UPFG facilitated the Rheotaxis + Fisheries Camp and led its Inter High School Quiz Show to be recognized as a regional event by the Department of Education (DepEd).

Leonida also engaged in social-responsibility activities. His project proposal to a paint company helped the local government unit (LGU) of Miagao, Iloilo implement Executive Order No. 305, which requires all registered fishing vessels to be colorcoded. This endeavor led to more projects from the said paint company for the said Iloilo town, including the repair of its municipal public market.

Leader Leonida also helped the Miagao government to establish a technical working group for establishing a marine protected area in town.

After Supertyphoon Yolanda, his group, UPFG solicited help from Sen. BamBam Aquino, who gave 15 sacks of rice; and Jingle Foundation, who gave 420 packs of relief goods, for one of the coastal barangays in Iloilo.

While others spent their Christmas break lazing around, Leonida helped in repacking, sorting, and distributing relief goods organized by Checkmyschool, which benefited the catechists of a local parish, more than 200 indigent families, and elementary and secondary students in his hometown Mambusao.

Putting his intellect and energy into good use, Leonida is indeed worthy of being distinguished as one of the 10 outstanding students of the Philippines.

Monday, 29 September 2014 00:00

‘Fair’ trike franchise grants urged

By Ralph John Mijares


“PAANO MAN ya ang wala contact sa gubyerno? (How about those who have no connections in the government).”

Concerned about the fairness on the process of distributing franchises a certain Mr. Detablan during a recent public hearing for a proposed ordinance on granting franchises to 500 colorum tricycles.

Councilor Powell Del Rosario raised Detablan’s concern in the city council session on Sept 23.

Dissatisfied with how Detablan's inquiry was answered during the public hearing, Del Rosario grilled Councilor Jose Agdalipe, the proponent of the proposed ordinance for granting franchises to 500 colorum tricycles.

Agdalipe cited the city's Tricycle Franchise and Regulatory Unit (TFRU) head Mariano Layno answer during the public hearing that the documents of applicants are being processed well.

Layno told The Capiz Times that he will only follow orders from the city government and do his job “fairly.”

Still not contented with Agdalipe's answer, Del Rosario asked a “hypothetical” question on the possibility of Layno prioritizing his friends in the application of franchises.

Agdalipe found Del Rosario's question as an “unfair presumption.”

Del Rosario stressed that he is just taking “precautionary” measures as he questioned about the transparency and technicalities regarding the distribution of franchises and he is amenable with Agdalipe’s intent.

Del Rosario said that the proposed ordinance was in the second reading, contrary to Agdalipe’s claim that it is in the third reading.

Also, Del Rosario noticed that the title of the proposed ordinance tackles two subjects at once: the amendment to Section 1 of Ordinance No. 030-2001 to add 500 more franchises and the grant of the additional franchises.

After discussion among city councilors including Agdalipe, the proponent of the ordinance decided to re-calendar his agendum.

Monday, 29 September 2014 00:00

Bikers to ride for Meditation Hills’ cross

By Ralph John Mijares


LOCAL CYCLING enthusiasts will use their passion for a worthy and divine cause—the reconstruction of the 40-foot concrete cross at Meditation Hills in Sapian, Capiz.

On Oct. 24 and 25, the Capiz Cyclists Club, Inc. (CCCI), in cooperation with the Capiz Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, will sponsor a mountain bike fun ride cum fundraising dubbed “Sikad, Panaad sa Meditation Hills.”

Meditation Hills is one of the province’s tourist attractions and became the official “Pilgrimage Capital of Capiz” after a resolution approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in 2012. Its concrete cross was destroyed by Supertyphoon Yolanda.

Free registration is on Oct. 24 from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. and the assembly is in front of the Capiz provincial capitol.

Riders will ply their route around Roxas City on October 24 at 6 p.m. while on the second day, the route will be from the Capiz Provincial Capitol passing by Roxas City Hall, Roxas Avenue, Pueblo de Panay, Brgy. Sibaguan, Ivisan , Sapian to Meditation Hills at 5 a.m., with assembly time at 4 a.m. in front of the Capiz Provincial Capitol. Bikers are advised to bring lights for the night tour on Oct 24.

Only those wearing helmets will be allowed to ride.


Biking enthusiasts from Bacolod, Antique, Kalibo, Manila, and other bikers were also invited to join. Donations can also be given to CCCI President Beda Arceño or CCCI Treasurer Mr. Vicente Bargas.

Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

PCSO plays early Santa

Special for The Capiz Times


ROXAS CITY — The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) recently turned over two checks to be used in the recovery and rehabilitation of Capiceños from supertyphoon Yolanda.

Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco and Vice-Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras II received said checks from lawyer Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, PCSO general manager in a ceremony held at the residence of Interior Sec. Mar Roxas in Brgy. Baybay here.

Sources from the PCSO Central Office said that the checks are worth P131,914.27, share of Capiz from the PCSO’s lotto game for the January-to-June 2014 period and P6,780,372 as the “Pamaskong Handog ng PCSO” to Capiz.

PCSO has also conducted a special fundraising from the lotto held last Christmas to benefit areas damaged by Yolanda.

For his part, Tanco said: “We appreciate and are very thankful for the early Christmas gift of PCSO to the people of Capiz.”

“We assure Capiceños that these checks will be rightfully used in the rehabilitation effort of the provincial government to the typhoon victims,” Tanco said.

Meanwhile, PCSO Roxas City Branch Manager Jose Manuel Villagracia urged Capiceños to continue their support to the activities of PCSO. (Alex Lumaque)

Published in September 22 - 28
Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

Ordinance curbing rabies deaths junked

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—A city ordinance seeking to reduce deaths caused by rabies was declared invalid by the Sangguniang Panlungsod recently here.

Authored by Councilor Cesar Yap, Jr., the “Rabies Death Prevention Act of Roxas City” aims to reduce rabies deaths by prohibiting tandok, a traditional yet unproven method of healing rabies patients and the practices of butchering, cooking and eating dogs.

Animal horns, like those of carabaos or goats, are used in tandok to suck the rabies out of a patient. However, this delays treatment and even causes preventable deaths, Yap said. Those who violate the ordinance would either be imprisoned for not more than six months nor more than two years or a fine of not more than P5,000; or both.

According to Board Member Karen Palomar, health committee chair, Yap’s ordinance “contravenes the Constitution” and is “partial and discriminatory.”

Said committee cited that Section 458 of RA7160 only allows imposing of a maximum fine of P 5,000 and imprisonment of not exceeding one year, or both, depending on the court’s discretion, for violating a city ordinance.

Moreover, mentioning that cats, bats, and other mammals, ranks the highest among rabies-causing animals is “partial and discriminatory” and “runs counter to the equal protection cause of the constitution” because the ordinance excludes other rabid animals mentioned, thus pertaining only to dog-eaters.

In response, Yap said that he will make a new ordinance and make corrections accordingly.

Published in September 22 - 28
Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

Mutya sang Sinadya sa Halaran search on

By Ralph John Mijares


THE SEARCH for the next Mutya sang Sinadya sa Halaran is on.

Led by the Capiz Lions Club, the search for Mutya sang Sinadya sa Halaran seeks to promote local beauty, fashion, tourism and social responsibility.

Said beauty search also forms part of the Sinadya sa Halaran, a joint festival of Roxas City and the province of Capiz which happens every December.

Candidates for the said search must be Filipino citizen and Capizeña whose parents or grandparents are from Capiz.

She must be between 16 to 23 years; must stand at least five feet and two inches (5’2”) with proportionate weight; and with pleasing personality. She must also be single and must have never been a mother.


She must also have good moral character as attested by three referrals. A candidate below 18 must also have a written consent from her parents or guardian.


Applicants must submit a duly filled-out application form, including one close-up headshot and one full-body photo, certified copy of birth certificate. She must also bring high heels and a swimsuit.

Screenings will be held on Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11; final screening will be held on Oct. 18 at the Hall of the Governors at the Capiz Provincial Capitol Building, Roxas City.

Interested parties should contact Capiz Lions Club President Lenny Dante Benliro at 0999-991-8623 or 0939-604-9058; or Ms. Cassandra Aguilar at 0921-610-1177; or the Capiz Lions Office at 522- 9855.

Published in September 22 - 28
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

‘Fake’ SOPA ad on Facebook bared

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—What State of the Province Address (SOPA)?

A Facebook post about Gov. Victor Tanco, Sr.’s SOPA was recently denied by the Capiz provincial government.

A certain Facebook user named “Mitch Almosera” posted to the accounts of several mediamen and officials in the city and province that Tanco’s SOPA will be on September 18 at the Dinggoy Roxas Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. It also said Capiz Archbishop Jose Advincula will celebrate the mass at 8 a.m.

Almosera said that AM radio stations RMN, Bombo Radyo, and Radyo Budyong will broadcast the SOPA live.

“For purposes of clarity, there is no scheduled SOPA 2014, more particularly at the Civic Center, Roxas City on Sept. 18, 2014,” Provincial Administrator lawyer Jose Villanueva said in a copy of his letter posted on the Facebook page of Capiz Provincial Press Bureau Sept. 15.

“In addition, there will be no announcement, news or letter of invitation disseminated relative to the SOPA 2014 referred to above, which will be posted in the official Facebook page of the Capiz Provincial Press Bureau.”

Published in September 15 - 21

ROXAS CITY—Mayor Angel Alan Celino is asking for patience and support from his constituents as the city government is seeking to provide a long-term solution to the garbage problem in this city.

“Being aware that such problems cannot be solved in a day or two, this office must have a concrete plan to come up with the best solutions to the garbage problem,” Celino said on a Facebook post of the city government's press bureau recently.

One of the best solutions, he said, is the sanitary landfill to be put up at Brgy. San Jose which “would serve as Roxas City’s credible dumping site for its ever-increasing volumes of wastes.”

Citing the 2008 Rapid Waste Assessment and Characterization Study conducted by the German Technical Cooperation and the Environmental Management Bureau of Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 6, the volume of garbage in the city is pegged at 73 metric tons daily or a total of 26,679 metric tons a year.

Celino stressed that the study was conducted before big plants and businesses such as Robinsons Place Roxas (which opened in February this year) was built.

The mayor also appealed to the City Council for the approval of the purchase of brand new bulldozer, grader and dump truck. The city’s heavy equipment, Celino said, were acquired during the term of late Mayor Juliano Alba, and became “dilapidated and unserviceable.” Celino guaranteed to search for more funds to buy heavy equipment needed in gathering garbage.

“My office will continuously look for more funds to upgrade the city’s heavy equipment badly needed in hauling and in collecting garbage. I owe this to you, my beloved constituents,” he said.

Celino said that the city's residents and the increasing number of businesses have contributed to the “bigger” volume of wastes generated.

“Businesses and industrial plants in Roxas City have remarkably mushroomed in recent months. The Department of Tourism regional office in Western Visayas has noted that Roxas City, at one time became the fastest growing city in the region in terms of the construction of hotels and tourism-related businesses,” he said.

“Naturally, this resulted in a bigger volume of wastes, something that, admittedly, this administration needs to address quickly and on a long term basis.”

He asked for the people's cooperation so that the garbage problem will be solved. “In the meantime, I appeal for your help, support and understanding until such time that we have acquired the necessary resources needed to beef up our solid waste management program. With everybody’s support, I am positive that I will never fail in any endeavor.”


(Ralph John Mijares)

Published in September 15 - 21
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

102 Capiz stores up for survey

ROXAS CITY—Some 102 business establishments in Capiz will be the respondents of the 2013 Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) led by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) which began Sept. 15.

Said number of businesses form part of the 31,000 sample establishment nationwide. Of this number, 31 are also samples for the 2013 Survey on Information and Communication Technology (SICT), a rider of this survey.


2013 ASPBI aims to generate information on the levels, structure, performance and trends of economic activities of the formal sectors in the entire country.

To assess the performance of industries at the national and regional levels, the survey gathers information on the business establishments’ employment, income, expense, capital expenditures, total assets and indicators like labor productivity, average compensation, among others.


2013 SICT will also draw data on the availability, distribution, access and utilization of information and communication technology, deemed valuable indicators in measuring the progress of ICT in the country. Data to be generated are the proportion of establishment and employees using computers.

All information collected will refer to calendar year 2013. The field operation will also integrate the data collection in updating the 2014 List of Establishment. In 2013 alone, Capiz registered a total of 5,855 establishments.

Said surveys are authorized per Republic Act 10625, or the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013, Section 27—which provides that all information given by respondents shall be kept strictly confidential and will not be used as evidence in court for purposes of taxation, investigation or regulation.

Published in September 15 - 21
Monday, 08 September 2014 00:00

Capelco’s supply pact to lower power rates

By Ralph John Mijares


AN AMENDMENT in the power supply agreement between the Capiz Electric Cooperative (Capelco) and the Green Core Geothermal, Inc. (GCGI) will lead to a decrease of generation charges, according to a press release.

GCGI, a geothermal power supplier, reduced its price in 2015 by approximately P0.30 per kilowatt hour (kWh), thereby saving for the Capelco consumers P140-million annual generation charges.

The new price was in accordance with their re-pricing policies and market-based price structure in their original 10-year agreement signed in August 2010 and extended until December 2040.

Per GCGI, the price structures give CAPELCO "stable and predictable" prices.

Further, “with power supply in Panay coming from imported fossil fuel based sources, GCGI effectively helps Capelco minimize their risk from unpredictable foreign exchange rate fluctuations and volatile global fuel price movements.”

It added that this is a major achievement for Capelco granted that, “historically, coal price movements have swung wildly.


Capelco Board President Salvador Asis said that Capelco was also able to increase its power supply demand from 12 megawatts (MW) to 15 MW for the remaining of the year, and to 18 MW by the middle of 2015.

GCGI, a subsidiary of Energy Development Corporation, operates the 112.5-MW Tongonan geothermal plant in Leyte and the 192.5-MW Palinpinon geothermal plants in Negros Oriental.

Published in September 8 - 14

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