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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sea turtles rescued, released in Capiz

Green sea turtles locally known as “pawikan” (Photo of DENR-Capiz)

ROXAS City – Two green sea turtles locally known as “pawikan” were tagged and released by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and Ivisan town Bantay Dagat recently at Sapi-an Bay.

The release of the turtles to their habitat makes the total number of rescued and released pawikans to 12, according to PENRO records from January to June 10 this year.

The 12 green sea turtles were all rescued by Ivisan fishermen.

It was learned that the local government unit of Ivisan gives incentives to fishermen who rescue and turn over sea turtles to Bantay Dagat members.

The PENRO also gives a certificate of recognition to concerned fishermen.

Five of the seven species of sea turtles in the world – olive ridley, hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback and green sea – can be found in the Philippines.

The other two are Kemp’s Ridley which can be found solely in the Gulf of Mexico and along the East Coast of the United States, and flatback sea turtle at the northern coast of Australia. (PIA/PN)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Capiz acquires 5 high-end ambulances


Roxas City – The provincial government has acquired five brand new and high end ambulances.

The ambulances are intended to the four hospitals - Senator Gerardo Roxas Memorial District Hospital in Dao; Mambusao District Hospital in Mambusao and Tapaz District Hospital in Tapaz, and Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital in this city.

It was acquired for P14,560,000 only thru competitive bidding and the province was able to save P440,000.

The purchase of these ambulances was made to speed up the delivery of health services to CapizeƱos in emergency situation,” Governor Tony del Rosario said in an interview.

Each ambulance is fully equipped by the latest medical equipment including ECG machine, oxygen regulator with humidifier, oxygen tank holder, automated external defibrillator first aid kit, two-way radio communication, and other apparatus necessary in saving lives while transporting the patient from emergency scene to the hospital.

Del Rosaro stressed that the procurement of the vehicles is one of the many projects and programs that the provincial government will implement through the Hospital Management Unit headed by Ms. Melanie R. Arancillo.

The governor led the turnover of the ambulances to the chief of hospitals on Monday at the Capiz Provincial Capitol.

Also present during the event are Provincial Administrator Michelle A. Del Rosario, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Samuel Delfin, Dr. Jose Ascencion Arancillo, RMPH-OIC Chief of Hospital, Dr. Ma. Luisa Magsila, SGRMDH-Chief of Hospital, Dr. Florencio Luching, MDH-Chief of Hospital, Dr. Hector Flores, TDH-Chief of Hospital, Dr. Ma. Cellini Bauzon, BDH-Chief of Hospital, representatives from the BAC Secretariat, media and more. (Capiz Aksyon News Center/PN/Editor: Roeyna May Famisaran)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Feeding programs to cover 130-T WV kids


Around 129,200 children in Western Visayas were set to benefit from two feeding programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) this year.

Girl Ley Arroyo, a nutritionist for the DSWD Region 6, said they hope to further improve the nutritional status of schoolchildren.

Around P182.7 million was allotted for the supplementary feeding program of some 101,509 children aged 2 to 5 years old enrolled in child development centers or day care centers.

Seventy-five local government units (LGUs) were identified to carry out the program.

Iloilo province has 50,429 beneficiaries; Antique, 20,066; Capiz, 17,829; Aklan, 8,770; and Guimaras, 4,415.

The supplementary feeding program will be carried out as soon as classes start in June.

Moreover, the DSWD Region 6 will launch the “Twice a Day Feeding” program in 26 LGUs in Iloilo, Aklan and Antique.

The program aims to further address undernutrition among children 2 to 5 years old in child development centers and supervised neighborhood play.

Under the program, an alternative nutritious meal will be added to the regular hot meal served to the schoolchildren.

Unlike the supplemental feeding program with a P15 budget per child per day for 120 days, the Twice a Day Feeding provides P30 per child per day for 120 days.

Some 27,700 children were set to benefit from the program. The DSWD Region 6 allotted P99.7 million for the kids’ meals.

Antique has the highest number of beneficiaries with 12,320. Iloilo followed with 11,013 and Aklan, 4,367. (PNA/PanayNews)

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Capiz veggie farmers given cash incentives


Roxas City, Capiz – The provincial government gave out P846,000 as incentive to vegetable farmers.

The amount represented the cash reward for the first quarter winners in the province’ vegetable production contest, a livelihood project under the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.

The cash prizes were awarded during Farmer’s Day last April 20, where over 2,500 farmers and fishermen attended. The first prize winners from the 16 towns and city each received P20,000, the second placer P10,000, the third P5,000 and the fourth P3,000.

A quarterly evaluation is conducted by the Provincial Evaluation Team to determine the awardees.

Sylvia de la Cruz, head of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, said the vegetable production contest, which is a special livelihood project of the provincial government, aims to ensure food security in the province by making food always available in every farmer or fisherfolk’s home.

The second quarter household-based vegetable garden evaluation is on the 4th week of June, and the prizes will be awarded in July, Dela Cruz said.

Governor Antonio Del Rosario had said the contest also addresses some issues raised on proper waste segregation and livelihood concerns. -

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Capiz to plant 1M trees in a year


ROXAS City – Capiz will try to plant about a million forest and fruit-bearing trees within a year by holding quarterly tree-planting activities.

To start seedling production and encourage seedling donation, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) launched the seed donation program “A Seed For a Forest.

According to PENRO head Emilyn A. Depon, the initiative aims to replace the trees “we have lost over the years.”

Let us turn our backs from unhealthy practices and abusive behavior toward our environment,” Depon stressed during the launching at the provincial capitol recently.

Most of the provincial government employees who attended the launch brought with them seedlings as “early bird” donors.

Depon also encouraged her colleagues to be agents of Go Green Capiz, an environmental protection and natural resources conservation program of the administration of Gov. Antonio del Rosario.

“This is part of our continued vigilance,” she said. “We promise you that we will continue to fight to improve the status of our environment.”

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) were program partners.

The PESO tapped some of the Special Program for the Employment of Students grantees to help technicians at the provincial nursery in treating, bagging, planting, and properly managing seed donations.

PENRO staffers — in coordination with schools, local government units, capitol departments, and the private sector — will collect the donated seeds weekly.

Man-made activities reduced the forested areas over the years. Trees are expecting humans to care for them now, Depon said.

They expect us to replace their number every time we cut down some of their members,” she noted. (PIA/PN)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

PCSO visits Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital

Jeanette Lloyd (second from left), Melanie Arancillo (third from left),
Rubin Magno (fourth from left) and Jose Arancillo (fifth from left)
with PCSO and RMPH personnel
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) represented Manager of Charity Assistance Department Rubin Magno, PCSO Capiz Branch Manager Jeanette Lloyd and other PCSO personnel visited the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital located at Amaldo Boulevard, Roxas City, Capiz on April 6.

The PCSO team was warmly welcomed by Hospital Chief Jose Ascension Arancillo together with his team and Melanie Del Rosario-Arancillo, representing Governor Antonio Del Rosario.

The purpose of the visit of PCSO was to inspect the site where the 16-slice CT Scan M Picture Archiving System (CPASS) will be placed. The Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital requested for the said machine and was approved by the PCSO Board in the amount of P30 million subject to the approval of the Office of the President.

PCSO and RMPH personnel discuss the medical
equipment donation program
During the visit, Magno discussed with Arancillo and his staff the requirements that they have to comply once their request was approved by President Duterte.

The PCSO, under its Medical Equipment for Hospitals and Other Institutions program, provides fund augmentation to upgrade government hospitals and other health institutions to facilitate efficient and effective medical diagnosis and treatment. (


Friday, April 21, 2017

Revelers treated to seafood lunch at #CAPIZtahan2017 kickoff


ROXAS City – Capiztahan 2017, which coincides with the 116th founding anniversary of the civil government of Capiz, officially started on Friday at the Philippines’ “seafood capital.”

According to Governor Tony del Rosario, the festival is an opportunity for the province to showcase its pride — best-tasting seafood.

For the “Foodtrip sa Capiz” lunchtime event, Capisnons served steamed, baked and buttered seafood from coastal towns at the Capiz stadium.

CAPIZ map made from seafoods!
The agro-industrial trade fair also gathered 33 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs presenting local products like crafts, dried fish and fresh seafood, among others.

The festival also highlights the first-ever Capiz International Triathlon “TriAksyon” from April 22 to 23 as the province bids to become a Philippine “sports tourism capital.”

The triathlon will pass through several destinations in Capiz to include Baybay Beach; the historical Panay Church, which houses the largest church bell in Asia; Villareal Stadium, which has an Olympic-sized swimming pool; and Pueblo de Panay, a 500-hectare township development.

Some 311 triathletes from across the country and abroad have so far confirmed to join the sporting event.

Another highlight is the “Sadsad sa Capiz” street dancing competition, which started Friday and will run until the 23rd. Participants in colorful costumes depicting seafood and mythical creatures will entertain spectators.

Del Rosario said the competition will introduce the culture of Capiz and how its people work and produce seafood.

Other activities include the Parade of Lights, nightly fireworks competition, night market (bazaar and street food fest), and the 6th National Invitational Arnis Tournament.

Present during the opening were regional directors of the Tourism and Trade and Industry departments, Philippine National Police, and Office of Civil Defense, among others.

Del Rosario hoped more visitors would come. (PNA/Panay News)

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