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By Ralph John Mijares

 

ROXAS CITY—Some 434 pupils and students from Grades 3 to 8 of the Inzo Arnaldo Village IntegratedSchool (IAVIS) plus their 22 teachers joined the first-ever disaster consciousness camp for kids recently here.


A collaboration between the Capiz Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management council and the IAVIS, the camp taught children varied skills in activities such as fire extinguishing target game; jack-up game (wherein they have to use a hydraulic jack to remove a fake human foot from debris); picture story show on the origins and the safety measures before, during, and after an earthquake and tsunami; emergency shelter workshop; and evacuation of the differently-abled.


They were also taught on emergency kit quiz; water bucket brigade; blanket stretcher medley; caterpillar crawl medley (which can be used in escaping fires); origami tableware (folding paper cups out of newspapers and putting a plastic bag inside it to place food); tire-towering game (used in saving people in floods); and first-aid workshop.


There is a 15-20 minute time limit per activity and all pupils and students go through all the activities.


Resource persons from the Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection, Capiz Emergency Response Team and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) shared their expertise in the different activities.


PDRRMO Action Officer Esperedion Pelaez said that kids learn well through storytelling and games and are fond of it, thus making a custom-fitted disaster preparedness camp effective.


Notebooks, ballpoint pens, and certificates were given to the participants.


A “budol-budol” fight was also help during the camp wherein participants using their bare hands ate different kinds of food placed on banana leaves.


If the assessment on the activity is not that good, Pelaez said that revisions will be made before the future disaster consciousness camps in other schools.


Rosie Jean Apawan, a 14-year-old Grade 8 student said that she had fun especially when she played the fire extinguishing target game; while Maricar Delista, also the same age and grade level, said that the activities will enable her to help others.

Pamposa appointed new Purisima rector

Monday, 07 July 2014 00:00

ROXAS CITY—On June 30, Very Reverend Msgr. Rufino Regie Aleligay Pamposa, P.C. was appointed the sixth rector of Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion (CPC) by the Most Rev. Jose F. Advincula, D.D., archbishop of Capiz and chairman of the CPC Board of Trustees.


Succeeding Very Rev. Msgr. Policarpio John Luza, P.C. Pamposa was presented to the CPC Academic Community on July 2, 2014 on the occasion of the Mass of the Holy Spirit and the Formal Opening of the Academic Year 2014–2015.


Pamposa was born in Dao, Capiz on June 21, 1967. After finishing his elementary at Dao Elementary School, he studied high school and obtained a college degree (Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy) at the St. Pius X Seminary.

 

He then obtained his Licentiate in Philosophy at the University of Sto. Tomas in Manila and attended the Angelicum University in Rome to finish his Licentiate in Sacred Theology. Pamposa obtained his Master of Arts in Theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California. Before working in CPC, Pamposa was the rector of Sancta Maria Mater et Regina Seminarium in Cagay, Roxas City.


He will be officially installed as rector of CPC on July 15, 2014. (Rev. Fr. Rey A. Villanoy, Jr.)

ROXAS CITY—“Di namon problema (ang ambulant vendors sa terminal).”

 

This was Mayor Angel Alan Celino’s response to the ambulant vendors selling at the vicinity of the Roxas City Integrated Transport Terminal, who have been lobbying to be allowed to sell inside the new terminal.


According to Celino, the vendors are not under the city’s jurisdiction since they are selling inside Pueblo de Panay, which is a commercial cum residential township headed by its president and chief executive officer, Mr. Jose Nery Ong.


According to the vendors, Ong allowed them to sell at the terminal’s premises.

 

Celino stressed that Ong donated the lot, where the two hectare integrated terminal is situated. The city government availed itself of a loan for the construction of the terminal, which is an economic enterprise for the city.


According to Ms. Carmen Andrade, city economic affairs consultant, the city government’s loan with the United Coconut Planters Bank for the project is P 51-million.

 

Celino added that the city government had been “compassionate” enough for the past year by letting ambulant vendors sell (for free) at the temporary terminal, which simulated the flow of commuters and vehicles while the actual terminal was still in construction.


Celino said that he already informed the vendors a year ago to prepare for their future once the actual terminal is fully constructed and ready to operate since there would not be a place for them there.


He said that the vendors should have their own initiative in finding an alternative livelihood. However, the city government would not abandon its constituents, but it would not be physically able to serve them at all times, Celino added.


City officials met with Ong last week. The former agreed with the Pueblo executive’s proposal to move the vendors 300 meters away from the actual terminal.


In a memorandum addressed to Celino, Andrade said that the ambulant vendors “pose unfair competition to the lessees.” Andrade added that the city has to protect the interest of the lessees in the terminal.


Celino said he is planning to propose to the Sangguniang Panlungsod council here to convert the unused one hectare of the two-hectare terminal into a wet market. (Ralph John Mijares)