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Mambusaonon named country’s top student

Monday, 29 September 2014 00:00

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.

‘Fair’ trike franchise grants urged

Monday, 29 September 2014 00:00

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.

Bikers to ride for Meditation Hills’ cross

Monday, 29 September 2014 00:00

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.

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