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“We work to make our patients better” —Health Centrum

By Lorevie Joy de la Torre

 

Roxas City—In order to make their patients better, Dr. Miguel Mendoza, chief of the surgery department at the Health Centrum launched the Minimally Invasive Surgery Unit (MISU) or the Laparoscopic Surgery Unit at the Health Centrum facility in Brgy. Banica here on Jan. 6.

 


Citing the advantages of this surgery and its difference from open surgery in terms of the equipments and procedures, Mendoza said the MIS includes operations within the abdominal or pelvic cavities through small incisions and fi ber optic scopes.

 


Previously, this type of surgery was already done in the province under the expertise of Dr. Feliciano Bornales, a board-certified laparoscopic surgeon.

Drilon: Fast recovery for Yolanda victims on 2014 budget

 

Senate President Franklin M. Drilon today welcomed the signing of the P2.265 trillion 2014 General Appropriations Act by President Benigno S. “Noynoy” Aquino III, saying that the budget’s approval “should translate to the timely activation of urgently needed services, particularly the rehabilitation of calamity- stricken areas.”

 

The Senate leader expressed elation over the speedy approval of the national budget, explaining that the president’s go-signal means that the funding appropriated to agencies involved in the ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts “could be implemented and accessed in time by those who need them.”

 

Included in the 2014 budget are authorizations worth P100 billion intended for the completion of various relief and rehabilitation programs on regions of the country struck by natural and man-made disasters in the past, especially those in the Visayas region affected by the destruction left by super typhoon Yolanda, stressed Drilon.

 


It includes the P20 billion rehabilitation fund and another P80 billion under the unprogrammed fund, which shall serve as standby authority and ready authorization for spending for the foreign donations and grants for victims of typhoon Yolanda, he noted.

 

On top of the P100 billion, the Congress has allocated P13 billion in calamity fund and P4.8 billion in quick response fund. Earlier also, the Congress approved a P14.6 supplemental budget and extended the validity of the remaining P12 billion 2013 calamity funds by another fi scal year, Drilon added. All in all, there will be about P145 billion funds to made available in 2014 for the government's rehabilitation of areas damaged by the past calamities, he noted.

 

“In crafting the budget, the Congress took into consideration the need for urgent aid to our countrymen burdened by the damages of disasters. The sizeable amount of funding is absolutely necessary to equip the government in fulfi lling its responsibilities to those left helpless by the calamities,” Drilon pointed out.

 

With the budget’s approval, Drilon then expressed optimism that the line agencies in the executive would be able to “maximize the allocated funding in service of the Filipino people, to whom the budget is wholly intended for.”

 

“We will exercise our oversight functions to ensure that every single peso in the budget goes towards the benefi t of our countrymen,” Drilon said.



BAGYO BABIES 24 ‘Yolanda babies’ listed in Capiz

 

ROXAS CITY—While some people grieved the loss of their loved ones and property to Super typhoon Yolanda, at least 24 mothers in Capiz rejoiced as they gave birth to their babies on Nov. 8.

 

The so-called “Yolanda babies” were listed across the province—from Roxas City with 15 births; Mambusao and Pilar with two births each; and Ivisan, Maayon, Panay, President Roxas and Sapi-an, with one each.

 

Most of these babies were born in medical facilities around Roxas City— including the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital, the birthing clinic of the Roxas City Health Office and private hospitals.

 

Based on the Civil Registry documents, the newborn babies were delivered in hospitals, Rural Health Units (RHUs), private clinics and residences. There were no babies born in the evacuation centers.

 

According to Provincial Statistics Offi cer Frankie Dordas of the National Statistics Offi ce (NSO) Capiz, 16 births on the said date were attended by a doctor, nurse and a midwife while the remaining eight deliveries were led by a partira, or traditional birth attendant. (Alex Lumaque)

CSWDO to give relief packs direct to survivors

 

Roxas City—The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) here has lost its confidence in barangay officials at least in terms of the distribution of relief goods to Yolanda victims.

 

Rather than course the distribution through the barangay officials, it has chosen to deliver relief packages it gets from donors directly to the survivors.

 

This was in the light of complaints on the uneven distribution and hoarding of relief goods, and on the barangay officials’ being “selective.”

 

“Natak-an na kami sa mga reklamo, amo nga kami na mahatag direkta sa ila (We are tired of receiving complaints, so we will give the relief goods directly to the victims),” CSWDO Officer Cynthia Besana said.

 

According to Besana, their office has been flooded by complaints—some of them alleging that barangay captains give relief goods only to their relatives or friends and acquaintances. She said they were still verifying these complaints.

 

There were also reports that imported canned goods from international aid were being exchanged for localbrand products.

 

Besana said that they only receive relief packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development central office and that they do not repack them. The local government may have overlooked this, she added.

 

Other complaints involve households near barangay halls being the only recipients of relief packs.

 

“The (barangay) officials may have not saturated their areas,” Besana said.

 

Besana said the 47 barangays here, including the remote island barangay of Olotayan, have been given relief packs after Nov. 8, the day Yolanda hit Capiz.

 

Families who are still in evacuation centers remained the priority of relief operations, the social welfare officer said.

 

The CSWDO has given relief packs to 3,818 families (16,500 individuals) in evacuation sites as of November 26.

 

Most of these families live in coastal barangays, the areas hardest hit by the storm, said Besana.

 

Besana said the Korean government visited the city last week and committed to hold a medical mission and distribute construction materials to several barangays next week.

 

To date, CSWDO records show that, due to the typhoon, the agriculture sector lost P32.685 million and the fisheries sector, P22.79 million. “Yolanda” also damaged P635.24 million worth of houses and P168.93 million worth of other infrastructures, the records showed. These figures may still increase, Besana said.

 

Further, Besana said CSWDO has allocated some P5 million for its “cash for work” program. Under the program, 50 people from each of the 47 barangays will be hired to do clearing and cleaning operations, repair of damaged facilities, and other community works for P208 a day for 10 days, she said.

 

The CSWDO will choose the workers from the list of affected families submitted by the barangay captains, she said.

Celino pins hope for Capizeños after Yolanda

 

Roxas City Mayor Angel Alan Celino is determined that residents of this city, who were affected by Super-typhoon ‘Yolanda,’ will rise again.

 

Celino encouraged his constituents not to lose hope as this will be part of a challenge “in order for us to strive more with God as inspiration.”

 


This was the reason why the mayor has signed recently an executive order creating Task Force Bangon, which aims to rebuild communities in Roxas City which are destroyed by typhoon Yolanda. Lorelei Piansay, city planning and development coordinator, was appointed its focal person.

 

To date, the Task Force has already visited barangays Dumolog, Cogon, Punta Cogon and Olotayan to validate the list of residents affected by the typhoon, as submitted by barangay captains to the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

 

The validation will guide the city government what project and areas to prioritize for the recovery measures it would implement.

 

Per the order of the National Housing Authority, the group is considering how to rebuild the victims’ houses and whether they would still be allowed to go back to their original sites even though these are deemed “danger zones.”

 

According to Piansay, one component of Task Force Bangon is livelihood.

 

“That’s why the agriculture and veterinary departments are actively involved in the project,” she said.

 

Many Ilonggos, particularly Capizeños, are using the social media to document the apparent lack of media and government’s attention on the plight of Western Visayas residents who also suffered the brunt of the strongest typhoon ever to land in 150 years.

 

“Panay, particularly Roxas City in Capiz, has not been taken into the picture of Yolanda’s devastation,” Carmen Andrade, consultant of the Roxas City government, said.

 

Andrade is particularly asking ABS-CBN through its host Karen Davila to also come up with a story about Roxas City and how their residents suffered much from the typhoon and how they are coping with it.

 

Among others, Capiz residents like Andrade have grumbled that the spotlight has been focused on Leyte and Samar.

WANTED: VOLUNTOURISTS FOR CAPIZ

Monday, 23 December 2013 00:00

WANTED: VOLUNTOURISTS FOR CAPIZ

 

Roxas City—The Capiz provincial government thru its Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) has recently launched “Tindog, Capiz” which encourages tourists to help rebuild the lives of Capiceños devastated by Super-typhoon ‘Yolanda’ early this November.

 

 

“Tindog, Capiz,” (or Stand Up, Capiz), is a vacation option for tourists who would like to come to Capiz and be one with the Capiceños in their effort to rehabilitate the province.

 


According to Mr. Alphonsus Tesoro, PTCAO head, rebuilding the lives of the residents needs help from all those who are willing to become a “voluntourist” in the province.

 


A voluntourist refers to a volunteer tourist. “Experience Capiz First! Your voluntourism destination!” Tesoro stressed.

 

 

Voluntourists must register and be accredited by PTCAO to participate in the various activities at identified voluntourism sites province wide.

 


Upon registration, PTCAO will refer the voluntourists to specific sites depending on their preferred or chosen activity. A registered voluntourist may choose from among the activities like tree and mangrove tree planting’ arts therapy and arts for healing; coastal cleanup; building houses or schools, clearing operations; cultural caregiving; feeding and scholarship programs, livelihood training and other life-enriching activities.

 

 

Qualified to participate in Tindog Capiz are international and domestic tourists, private companies, international sociocivic organizations, religious organizations, government agencies and academic institutions, among others.

 

 

The various sites for the activities were identified at community-based rural tourism, indigenous people’s communities and other tourism attraction destinations such as heritage, pilgrim and ecological sites.

 


In its concept paper, PTCAO noted about the initiative that participants on Tindog, Capiz will enjoy discounted rates among participating accommodation establishments and restaurants, get local tour guide assistance and receive a certificate of voluntourism.

 


The tourism initiative is also expected to pave way for a participant’s significant and meaningful vacation while exploring the unique and captivating beauty of the province, gaining new friendships and lifetime memories, experiencing harmony with the environment, interacting with IPs and learning the richness of their culture and making a deep impact on the lives in the communities.

 


Other collaborators of the tourism initiative are the Department of Tourism, national government agencies, local government units and various tourism stakeholders. (Alex Lumaque)

Tanco approves of Frias

Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00

Tanco approves of Frias

By Ralph John Mijares

 

ROXAS City—Gov. Victor Tanco, Sr. is impressed with the new officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO), Police Supt. Thomas Frias.

 

But Tanco is still awaiting recommendations for a permanent provincial director from the PNP central headquarters.

 

Tanco said in an interview with dyVR RMN Roxas recently, he is still waiting for the names of three candidates for the position.

 

Frias replaced Senior Supt. Victor Wanchakan who also served as OIC provincial director.

 

“Daw maabtik man sa. Maayo man siya magdumala sang peace and order diri sa aton (sa probinsya sang Capiz),” Tanco said.

 

Maintaining peace and order and minimizing or having no cases of stray bullets particularly from the AFP and PNP during the New Year celebrations are a test of his abilities as OIC provincial director, he added.

 

Tanco considered the possibility of Frias getting promoted to a permanent role as provincial director right away if he performs well.

 

Still, Tanco preferred an outsider to take charge. “Mas maayo kon halin sa guwa kay wala sing kompromiso,” he said.

 

The governor also said that an outsider can act and make decisions independently.

Yolanda-affected fishermen get boats from Drilon

 

Senate President Franklin Drilon facilitated today the donation of a fleet of motorized fishing bancas to members of fishing communities affected by super typhoon Yolanda, in turnover rites held recently in Concepcion, Iloilo.

 

Drilon, an Iloilo native, has raised a P2 million fund to purchase 100 motorized fishing bancas for Iloilo’s numerous coastal fisherfolk, whose bancas and fishing equipment were lost when typhoon Yolanda struck the Visayan region.

 

The beneficiaries would come from the coastal towns of Concepcion, Estancia and Carles which were badly hit by the recent typhoon. The town of Estancia also suffered from an oil spill.

 

Drilon was joined by provincial officials led by Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor in personally turning over the initial ten motorized bancas to their recipients, with the rest of the fleet to be distributed soonest by the local government.

 

The Ilonggo senator explained that the donation was spurred by his visit to the province following the typhoon’s exit.

 

“In my previous visit, I saw for myself how the calamity destroyed the means of livelihood for so many of the affected citizens – especially those fisherfolk in the coastal towns whose means of living were completely swept away,” Drilon noted.

 

Drilon said that in municipalities like Concepcion, “thousands of bancas were destroyed by the storm, 80% of which were motor bancas much valued by the fishermen that used them.” “I felt it was necessary toraise a fund from my personal savings, along with donations from some of my partner organizations, with which we were able to buy motorized boats,” he added.

 

Drilon said that he hopes the donation, in its own way, would give the recipient fishermen “a decent start to get themselves and their families back on their feet, after the tragedies that fell upon them.”

 

The Senate chief also said that he would look at the possibility of using Senate savings to procure more boats for fishermen in other affected provinces, including Leyte and Samar.

 

“We will try to find a way for the Senate to donate to those areas that still very much need our aid and commitment, particularly the coastal towns in Leyte and Samar,” the senator said.

DILG Capiz, LGUs named best offices

Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00

DILG Capiz, LGUs named best offices

By Ralph John Mijares

 

ROXAS City—Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Capiz is the best performing regional office for three straight years.

 

This feat gave them the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence -Performance Incentive for Service and Novelty (PRAISE-PISAN) Hall of Fame award last December 6, OIC DILG Provincial Director Clyne Deocampo said.

 

Three local government units here also bagged plaques during The Search for Excellence in Local Governance (EXCELL) Awards’ Pagdayaw 2013 Dec. 19.

 

Ivisan town's special awards were 1st runner up in environmental management and administrative governance categories while their major award was 1st runner up for best performing 4th-6th class municipality.

 

Panay town was named 1st runner-up in the best performing 1st–3rd class municipality and in valuing the fundamentals of good governance while ranked 2nd runner-up in economic governance and administrative governance.

 

The provincial government also got 2nd runner-up for valuing fundamentals of good governance.

 

Awardees were based on the overall performance index in the performing areas of administrative governance, social governance, economic governance, environmental governance, and valuing fundamentals of good governance, innovations in the said performing areas, awards in the international, national, and regional levels, and compliance to the full disclosure policy.

 

According to Deocampo, Capiz was the only province that did not have on-site validation from the regional assessment committee.

 

Due to the effects of typhoon Yolanda to the province, the committee used the documents submitted as the basis for validation and selection of awardees, she said.

 

Recently, Local Government Operations Officer Josaril Villabeto also won the 2013 Best LGPMS Stewardship Award for Best Focal Personal (Class 2) in the national level.

Seniors can present other IDs for discount –Binay

 

Vice-President Jejomar Binay again reminded business establishments that they cannot refuse to grant senior citizens the mandatory 20 per cent discount should they fail to present their senior citizens identification card (ID) or the “white card.”

 

He issued the reminder as he lauded the Supreme Court (SC) decision upholding the constitutionality of the discount and tax deduction scheme for senior citizens imposed on business establishments. “I welcome this decision of the Supreme Court. We should actually be looking at more benefits and privileges for our senior citizens as our way of thanking them for their contributions to our country,” Binay said.

 

Binay said under the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9994 or the Senior Citizens Act of 2010, senior citizens may present other ID cards to avail themselves of the 20 percent discount. “I have heard reports that some establishments still refuse to grant senior citizens discount in the absence of a white card. There is no legal basis forsuch a policy,” he added.

 

Under Rule III of the IRR, a senior citizen or his or her duly authorized representative may present any of the following identification documents as proof of being a senior citizen: Senior Citizen’s ID issued by the Office of Senior Citizen’s Affairs in the city or municipality where the elderly resides; Philippine passport; and other valid documents that establish the senior citizen as a citizen of the Republic and at least 60 years of age.

 

Said documents include driver’s license; voter’s identification; IDs issued by the Social Security System, the Government Service Insurance System and the Professional Regulation Commission; postal ID; and other government-issued IDs that indicate the cardholder’s age and birthday.

 

“I encourage our senior citizens to report incidents of non-compliance to the concerned offices of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Social Welfare and Development. I expect these offices to act promptly,” Binay said.