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UPV opens mgt grad courses in Roxas

Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

Special for The Capiz Times


ROXAS CITY—Classes for the Master of Management (MM) offered by the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) will begin here next month.

Under said program, UPV offers two MM specializations, namely: Business Management and Public Management.

The function room of El Circulo Convention Center in Pueblo de Panay, a residential-commercial township in Brgy. Lawaan will serve as classroom for the first batch of students.

Owing to the lack of faculty members, only 30 students were registered for the pioneer batch.

In a recent Memorandum of Agreement signing at said convention center, Prof. Mary Ann Gumban, UPV’s college of management dean said that the Masters of Management courses were chosen because they are in line with the development in Capiz.

Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco, Sr., UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa and Pueblo de Panay President and Chief Executive Officer Jose Nery Ong led the ceremonies.

The organizers said a building inside the Pueblo de Panay educational zone will be built in the future should there be more students. Other courses will soon be offered.


Ong stressed that UPV offering courses here does not signify that a campus has been built here; it is rather an extension of their services.

He said that UPV offering courses in Roxas City can serve as a “catalyst of growth in Capiz and Northern Panay.”

Around the 1980s, UPV had also offered for Capiz courses in Masters of Management.

School-on-Air graduates 617 in Capiz

Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

ROXAS CITY—Six hundred seventeen Capiceños have successfully completed and graduated from the school-on-air (SOA) program on Cassava Production and Utilization on Aug. 12 at the CAP Auditorium here.

Provincial Agriculturist Sylvia dela Cruz said that many enrolled in the SOA program even as cassava, rice and corn are considered major crops of the province.

“Today we had the most number of graduates based on Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) records on a number of SOA classes already conducted through the collaboration of the Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Training Institute and OPA, De la Cruz said.

The graduates listened to radio station RMN DyVR to learn the strategies and techniques on cassava production as well as preparation and utilization of raw cassava to produce fi nished products.

Addressing the graduates, Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco said: “I’m very happy for you all for taking part in this program and most specially learning cassava production and utilization techniques in order to help in your livelihood,”

Some graduates received recognition for their active participation and understanding from the weekly cassava-related on-air discussion.

In attendance were Vice-Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Eduardo Magallanes, SOA Project Officer Deodith Grace Baticbatic, ATI Central Office Information Services Division OIC Antonieta Arceo and ATI RTC 6 OIC Director Eden Bautista.

Said graduates represented 12 towns in Capiz, namely: Jamindan, 134; Dumarao, 105; Sigma, 56; Mambusao, 55; Dumalag, 52; President Roxas, 49; Tapaz, 37; Pontevedra, 36; Ivisan, 29; Sapian, 28; Panitan, 25; and Pilar, 11.

(PIA Capiz with reports from Rovily Jalandoni & Aina Shane Martinez)

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—Pictures of three business establishments here violating the no-plastic ordinance recently reached a city councilor.

Councilor Powell del Rosario said that based on the pictures and information he received, the Hughes Street and San Roque Extension branches of Mercury Drug and the Robinsons Department Store inside Robinsons Place Roxas have violated the ordinance.

“Ngaman ang mga local establishments or stalls naga sunod sa ordinansa kag ang mga stores owned by national companies nagapasaway,” Del Rosario asked during the city council session Tuesday.


Authored by Del Rosario, said ordinance is now being implemented everyday and has since been gradually implemented on certain days of a week year by year since 2011.

As per ordinance, it is prohibited to sell or purchase plastic bags for packaging of dry goods, as secondary packaging for wet goods, and use of styro foam and styropor as containers for food products. But the use of plastic as the primary packaging for wet goods is allowed.

According to Del Rosario, the City Licensing Division will have or already have given a notice of violation and demand to comply to the said establishments as he was giving his privilege speech.

Mercury Drug McKinley Branch Manager Ruth Limosnero said that she and three other branch managers in the city wrote a letter to Mayor Angel Alan Celino requesting the four branches of Mercury Drug to be allowed to consume the remaining biodegradable plastic bags used in dispensing medicine and other merchandise in January this year.

However, they use paper bags every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

For their part, Melanie Melgar, Mercury Drug Hughes Street branch manager, said that they only use plastic based on “customer demand.”

Some customers said that they will make alibis once the drugstore gets caught violating the ordinance.

Melgar said that they will explain to customers about the strict implementation of the no plastic ordinance.

She stressed that their branch uses paper bags, boxes, and eco bags most of the time. Mercury Drug also has branches in Roxas Avenue and San Roque Extension in the city.

Robinsons Place Roxas could not be contacted yet, as of this writing.

Del Rosario said that since the city government does not have enough manpower to monitor for such violations, he encouraged the public to be watchful.

He also said that a big establishment at Roxas Avenue that will open soon plans to use plastic as packaging.