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CNHS beats CapSU in debate finals

Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00

By Charl Boie

 

ROXAS CITY—After outwitting the Capiz State University (CapSU) Laboratory High School, the Capiz National High School (CHNS) Debate Circle was declared champion in the Debate Invitational Cup led by the Borres Youth Leadership Institute held recently at the Robinsons Place Roxas in Bgy. Lawaan here.


Earlier, the CNHS team trounced Filamer Christian University High School in the semi-finals.


The CNHS team consisted of Johanna Fuentes, Josyl Angelique Moises, and Philip Robert Alaban, who won also won Best Speaker and Best Debater awards, respectively.


The team’s researchers included Dexter Diaz, Kaira Claire Oducado, Ma. Rogemae Deseo, Christian Andrew Almalbis, Abegail Almeida, Dexter John Ocampo, Rex Meynard Cervales and John Vincent Bulquerin.


Ms. Anna May Escubio Candelario served as their coach.


According to Candelario, “Our team sought to develop CNHS students to be aware of what’s happening around and to make a robust stand on current social and political issues.”

THE PHILIPPINE Coconut Authority (PCA) targeted to plant 118,500 coconut seedlings province wide by the end of October this year.


This formed part of the massive tree replanting program to replace coconut trees damaged by Supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013.


PCA Capiz manager Jeffrey Delos Reyes said that about 757 coconut farmers were tapped for the program on a cash-for-work basis, which also formed part of the government’s assistance to farmers whose livelihood were affected.


“The program covers a hectare for each farmer,” Delos Reyes said, adding that some of the seedlings were sourced out from the neighboring provinces.


The PCA official noted that the coconut trees affected by Yolanda are becoming productive again.


Based on records, Yolanda has damaged a big number of coconut trees, as follows: 668,429 totally damaged; 974,261, heavily damaged; 739,725, moderately damaged; and 175,032, slightly damaged.


The totally damaged coconut trees, those which are crownless or had been broken or fallen down, are also processed by PCA and some businessmen into coco lumber to supply the growing demand for coco lumber for post-Yolanda reconstruction and rehabilitation. (Alex Lumaque)

Over 100 join TCT journ summit

Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00

Writers urged to take on journalists’ task

Special for The Capiz Times

 

ROXAS CITY—To celebrate its 33rd year of prominence in the local media for being “The Voice of the Capizeño,” The Capiz Times (TCT) hosted its Journalism Workshop on Oct. 17–18, 2014 at the Hall of the Governors of the Capiz Provincial Capitol here.

 

The workshop was the third in a row since its revival in 2012. Before the revival, the last workshop was held in 1999 during the term of Ms. Fe G. Villaruz, then editor-in-chief.


For two days, more than a hundred participants including some 19 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) representing the 17 municipalities of Capiz were taught basic concepts in news writing, feature writing, opinion writing and photojournalism, among other skills.


Aside from the PNP, participants came from three college campuses in Capiz, namely: Filamer Christian University and the Capiz State University (CapSU) campuses in Dumarao and Sigma towns.


High school students who represented the biggest number—with more than 70—came from seven schools in Roxas City and selected towns, as follows: Capiz National High School; Roxas City School for Philippine Craftsmen; and St. Mary’s Academy of Capiz, all of Roxas City; and Comm. Luis R. Asis National High School in Panay; Malonoy National High School in Dao; Pontevedra National High School; and Dumalag National High School. A lone gradeschooler participant came from Pontevedra Elementary School.


No less than Atty. Antonio Barrios Ortiz, the paper’s founder, graced the opening program. In his keynote speech, Ortiz underscored the essence of the individual in carrying out the journalistic task. Among others, he placed importance on the development of the young writer who needs to learn the ropes of the trade so he could best handle the hard task of seeking the truth not just for himself but for the rest of the community.


The assembly featured a big number of local and national media practitioners who provided input on the new categories this year including blogging, broadcasting and live TV interviewing.

 

Mr. Carlos Arnaldo, a freelance communication specialist who previously worked for international media entities and is currently based in Manila, shared his expertise in journalism and writing; while Dr. Cesar Yap, Roxas City councilor, wowed his young audiences with a humorous slide presentation on column writing, stressing on the necessity to write and the motivations in doing it.


It also highlighted a number of resource speakers who shared their best practices to the participants. First, Jose Arsenio Quinzon briefed the students on the basic concepts in journalism and beat reporting. He was backed by Pagbag-o editor Gerry Pagharion, who also shared tips in journalistic ethics and writing. Then, Mr. Glenn Beup, Pueblo de Panay consultant, shed light on journalistic ethics, using examples based on his experiences as a media practitioner in and outside Capiz.


Meanwhile, Mr. Niño Manaog led the students in learning a style-sheet, a set of proofreading marks and revision symbols which they can use in reading their own copies for publication. Most important, Manaog allowed the participants to correct a sample article using said stylesheet. Manaog also lectured on feature writing, editorial writing and photojournalism, using articles published in TCT in the past year.


Other resource speakers included TCT columnist Mr. Christian George Acevedo, who shared his blogging expertise and Mr. Joey Balatayo, adviser of The Quest, the official paper of the CapSU Roxas City Main Campus, who presented his layouting and publication techniques.


Members of the local broadcast media likewise gave input on the new segments of the workshop, as follows: Mr. Donnie Degala, anchorman at DYOW Bombo Radyo Roxas lectured on covering sports; Mr. Rexam Laguda, OIC manager of IBC-dyJJ, presented the basics in broadcasting for both radio and TV formats; and Mr. Allen Hervias, host of the Capiz Provincial Press Bureau’s “Pag-ulikid” TV program, assisted young enthusiasts on live interviewing; their actual lecture-workshop was aired live on WESFARDELL, a local cable TV channel.


And for the second time, SPO1 Donna Asmod of the Capiz Provincial Police Office provided the participants community-based police awareness, and also gave them rules of thumb on media and community relations. Asmod also led the 18-member PNP delegation who studied the courses along with their younger counterparts.


Toward the end of the second day, Manaog led the discussions on photojournalism, which allowed some participants to show their prowess in the said field. Despite the time constraint, the photojournalism workshop gathered six entries which were later posted on Facebook. The top three winners were announced on Oct. 31 via an update on TCT’s Facebook account.


All programs and workshops for the two-day summit were hosted by Ms. Dolly Buday, the producer host of “Today with Dolly,” a TV magazine aired on Alto Cable.


This capability-building initiative gained the full support from the Capiz provincial government led by Gov. Victor Tanco, Sr. and Vice-Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras; the Roxas City government headed by Mayor Angel Alan Celino; CPPO headed by Police Supt. Ulysses Caton; and the Metro Roxas Water District led by Engr. Glenn Gonzalo Delgado. (Manuel San Andres)

Gov hopes flood control project begins 2015

Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

By Ralph John Mijares & Edalyn Acta

 

WILL THE Panay River Basin Flood Control Project start next year? Capiz governor Victor Tanco Sr. certainly hopes so.


Tanco said that negotiating with the indigenous peoples (IPs) is a “difficult part” of the project implementation.


Seeking permission from the IPs is important because the project is in the uplands where the IPs live, Tanco told The Capiz Times Oct. 21. Resettlement areas for the tribes will also be built.


With the help of the 3rd Infantry Division and Tanco, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has been negotiating with the IPs.


The Panay River Basin Project can solve the fl ooding that has been affecting the province’s agriculture, he added.

 

As per the Philippine News Agency, the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducted their feasibility studies for the project in the 1980s.


NIA is now conducting the feasibility study which costs some P22 billion as of press time.

City number ‘anomaly’ bared

Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

By Ralph John Mijares

 

MR. GERALD Artates used his connections at the Roxas City Hall, to sell a tricycle city number, according to those who claimed he transacted with.


Artates allegedly dragged the names of Tricycle Franchising Regulatory Unit (TFRU) Head Mariano Layno; Councilor Jose Agdalipe; and Barangay San Jose Captain Jericho Celino, son of Mayor Angel Alan Celino.


The Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee of the Whole held a hearing on October 20 and 22 regarding the issue.


Present during the first hearing were Elias Jacobo and his driver Richard Villanueva; Armando Villarde; Angelita Lacorte; Marcelino dela Cruz, a repair shop owner, and his wife Maribel.


Jacobo, original owner of City Number 172, said that the ownership of his city number was revoked because according to Layno, he was unable to turn over his papers.


About to pass his documents to the TFRU, Jacobo got sick because of pneumonia, he said.


Jacobo sought help from City Administrator Gilbert Tan to get Mayor Angel Alan Celino’s signature for preventing the revokation of his city number but to no avail.


Dadivas cited from a document passed by the TFRU dated June 17 that city number 172 was among the expired city numbers because of "non-payment." Jacobo said that he was able to pay his renewal fee; prepare all his documents, but failed to turn these over.


In a press conference last October 22, Layno said that Jacobo was unable to pass his requirements before the deadline, and when the latter tried to follow up, it was too late.


Villarde and Lacorte said that they transacted with Artates for the sale of the city number 172 and had to pay thousands of pesos for it.


In the end, both Villarde and Lacorte claimed that Artates did not give them their city number.


The Masbate native, Dela Cruz, denied knowing any transactions made by Artates.


Vice Mayor Ronnie Dadivas said that contrary to documents given by Artates and what he charged his buyers, the expiry of a tricycle franchise is one year, not two years and fees would not exceed P 400.


This was confirmed by Layno, adding that transactions could not be done outside the TFRU office.


"Klaro gid nga may pagtonto, (There is something fishy going on)," Dadivas said.


Dela Cruz claimed to have been threatened by the younger Celino to admit that he received money.


The younger Celino denied that he threatened Dela Cruz but admitted that he came to the latter’s home and told him that he will file a case against him because he was dragging his name to the city number anomaly.


During the Sangguniang Panlungsod session last October 14, Dadivas exposed the illegal selling of city number 172.


In response, the older Celino, shared his letter about Dadivas’ privilege speech through the Facebook page of the Roxas City Press Bureau.


Celino said that Dadivas’ exposé is "merely based on speculation."


"In legal parlance, there is no such thing as a photocopied documentary evidence," he said.


City plate number 172 was issued in 2008 and cannot be effective this year, said Celino.


The mayor also disclosed Artates’ work background with the city government.


Artates is not a staffer of the younger Celino, the mayor said.


He served as a traffic aide before the older Celino’s first term but was terminated for allegedly committing a similar transaction, thus he was not rehired.


Celino said during the press conference that he was considering to ask the SP to investigate Dadivas because of his allegations against him, adding that Dadivas could be politicking.


This was denied by Dadivas, saying that he had been vocal about issues affecting the city in the past.


The press conference last October 22 happened the same time as the second committee hearing of the whole Sangguniang Panlungsod about the alleged city number anomaly.

Capiz tourism ‘vibrant’ –DOT

Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

By Ralph John Mijares

 

“ROXAS CITY and Capiz have arrived,” Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 6 head Helen Catalbas said.


“Tourism and travel in this part of the country is not only growing by leaps and bounds; it is pole-vaulting,” the local tourism chief said during the inaugural Tigerair Philippines’ Manila–Roxas flight Oct. 23 at the Roxas City Airport.


According to Catalbas, the launch of the new route of Tigerair Philippines adds to the “vibrant tourism industry” of Capiz.


Top Capiz officials led by Gov. Victor Tanco said that Capiz is recovering fast.


“The confidence that investors are showing by visiting Capiz is a sign that the province is recovering fast after Yolanda.”


“This is the new Capiz,” Tanco said. “I am confident that if we survived Yolanda, we can survive anything.”


The Tiger Airways Roxas daily flight departs from Manila at 2:00 p.m. and lands in Roxas at 3:05 P.M. Return flight from Roxas is at 3:35 p.m. and arrival in Manila is 4:40 p.m.

Capiz coop quiz set Oct. 31

Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

ROXAS CITY — The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) 6 will host a Cooperative Quiz on Oct. 31 at the Capiz Gymnasium here. Said quiz is one of the highlights of the culmination of Cooperative Month celebration.


According to CDA Capiz Provincial Cooperative Development Officer Proceso Berano, Jr., a tandem of one male and one female contestant will represent each of the 16 towns and Roxas City.


“The quiz will focus on the cooperative laws and operations classified into easy, moderate and difficult categories,” Berano said. Winners will also receive cash incentives.


Activities will be attended by Sen. Cynthia Villar and Coop-NATTCO Partylist Rep. Anthony Bravo.

 

Atty. Arnel Agrazada, CDA regional director and provincial municipal and city officials will also attend the province wide gathering of cooperative workers; while Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member and Provincial Cooperative Development Council (PCDC) chairperson Aldwin Cruz-am will lead the awarding rites.


The month-long celebration is anchored on the theme “Kooperatiba: Maaasahan sa Pagsulong ng Kabuhayan at Kapayapaan ng Bayan.” (PIA Capiz)

ROXAS CITY—Capiceños are thankful for the new life, unity and support amidst the great devastation of supertyphoon Yolanda.


In a resolution unanimously approved in its October 15 regular session, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Capiz has declared November 8, 2014 the “Thanksgiving Day in the Province of Capiz.”


The resolution was authored by Board Member Eduardo Magallanes, chairperson of the Committee on Ways and Means.


The resolution stresses that on Nov. 8, 2013, supertyphoon Yolanda hit the province of Capiz and the Visayas and left a trail of massive destruction that included the loss of lives and extensive damage to the livelihoods and properties.


According to Magallanes, Supertyphoon Yolanda was not only a disaster but also an opportunity for Capiceños to live a new life, unite and support each other amidst the crisis.


He also pointed out that Capiceños have more to be thankful for “because we are alive” and in times of calamities such as Yolanda, the people here can count on the help of one another.


Magallanes also said that “Yolanda” already exemplifies one of the adverse effects of climate change which is already a pressing global issue that needs to be given concerted effort and attention.


Magallanes also cited that in order to protect ourselves from the worse effects of climate change, there is a need to destroy apathy by changing the people’s mindset on climate change and instead take mitigation and adaptation measures.


“It is imperative to perpetuate the Yolanda experience by undertaking meaningful anti-climate change activities and to increase public awareness about the issue,” the resolution stressed.


The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - led Capiz Association of Government Public Information Officers led by Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Esperedion Pelaez will also lead a Thanksgiving Mass on and lead tree planting on Nov. 8 at the Meditation Hills in Sitio Bangkal, Barangay Maninang, Sapian, Capiz.


Said forest tree plantation in the Meditation Hills, which is one of the tourist spots of Capiz, was not spared by Yolanda. The group will plant 300 fruit and forest trees in said area. Said initiative forms part of the province’s Thanksgiving and the group’s contribution to help address effects of climate change. (J.B. Guillermo)

RMPH buys ‘proper, necessary, says chief

Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

By Ralph John Mijares

 

ROXAS CITY—Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital (RMPH) chief Florencio Luching recently denied making questionable transactions for the hospital’s equipment in this city.


In an Oct. 14 press conference, Dr. Luching said that the transactions made for the purchase of a pharmaceutical refrigerator, oxygen regulators and blood chemistry analyzers were proper and necessary.


Luching made the pronouncement in response to allegations made by a certain Juana Dela Cruz who sent a letter to the local media recently. In her letter, Dela Cruz questioned the hospital’s purchase of a clinical refrigerator worth one million pesos, claiming that it only costs only approximately P300,000.


Further, she questioned the hospital’s procurement of 100 pieces of oxygen gauges for P500,000 and Luching’s request for a P2.8 millionpeso-realignment for hospital equipment for blood chemistry.


Purchase of said pharmaceutical refrigerator underwent a legitimate process, according to Edmund Baldonado, speaking for the bids and awards committee secretariat.


Of the three suppliers, JOSMEF Enterprises was the only one who made the bid, Baldonado said. The pharmaceutical refrigerator brought from JOSMEF Enterprises cost P998,698.50.


“It is okay if there is only one bidder,” Baldonado said, citing Section 36 of the Republic Act No. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

 

Luching said that the purchase of the pharmaceutical refrigerator is necessary since it is required by PhilHealth and the Department of Health.

 

Luching said that the pharmaceutical refrigerator placed inside RMPH pharmacy is the one that does not freeze—unlike a domestic refrigerator whose temperature fluctuates—which preserves vaccines and medicines better.


He said that purchasing more oxygen regulators is necessary because some of the existing ones do not give off enough oxygen.


According to Luching, there are some 50 to 70 oxygen regulators in RMPH required to cater to some 200 patients daily.“


Prayoridad ang pagginhawa sang tawo (Respiration of the patients is the priority)” he said.


The price for the oxygen regulators purchased was accurate, Luching said.


Luching added that one of RMPH’s priorities is the realignment of P 2.8 million for an automated blood chemistry analyzer; automated water filter and feeder; and a coagulation machine which checks if there is blood clot.

CapSU stude tops climate change essay tilt

Monday, 06 October 2014 00:00

A STUDENT from the Capiz State University-Dayao campus won the On-the-Spot Essay Writing on Climate Change Provincial level competition.


Josie Ubierna, a college student of CAPSU-Dayao campus, won over 27 other contestants in said competition here conducted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).


The activity was part of the activities of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Western Visayas in its climate change mitigation and adaptation advocacy.


Dann Lovelle Cortel of CapSU Roxas City main campus won second and Krischelle Silvestre of the College of St. John Roxas placed third.

 

Tuburan National High School principal Rizalina Barruela; Capiz National High School - School of the Future coordinator Gilbert Galagate and The Capiz Times columnist Virgilio Clavel served as judges.


The winners for the said competition will receive P10,000 cash plus trophy and certificate of recognition, P7,000 cash and certificate of recognition and P5,000 cash and certificate of recognition for the first, second and third place, respectively.


The winners will represent the province of Capiz in the Regional Level Competition Oct. 17 in Iloilo City.


According to Western Visayas PIA Regional Director Ma. Janet Mesa, the competition was conceived to serve as a venue whereby the youth can articulate and impart ideas and suggestions on how to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.


It also seeks to solicit the support of the youth particularly students in coming up with ideas and suggestions on climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as help develop the capability of the youth in tackling climate change issues and concerns with the end goal of helping communities become safer and more resilient. (J.B. Guillermo)