Monday, 19th February 2018


August 25 - 31 (3)

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.

187,000 Capiz kids for immunization

Monday, 25 August 2014 00:00

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)

Housing materials given to Sapian folk

Monday, 25 August 2014 00:00

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)