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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Capiz lass eyes Miss Millennial Philippines tilt

Reigning Mutya sang Halaran 2017 Jaya Pearl Cartujano is representing Capiz in Miss Millennial Philippines 2017, Eat Bulaga’s newest tourism-based national beauty pageant.

Jaya Pearl Cartujano #FreshLookMonday selfie (Photo of Miss Millennial Capiz)

The Province of Capiz is located in the Western Visayas region with its capital of Roxas City dubbed as the "Seafood Capital of the Philippines."

Seafood lover? Dali sa Capiz and let's eat all seafood, you can...

Cartujano is a native of Panitan town in Capiz. She was recently crowned Mutya sang Halaran (the province version of Binibining Pilipinas search) in April this year. She's a fresh graduate of Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at Filamer Christian University.

Jaya (pronounced as Jai) has started featuring in her official Miss Millennial FB Page various places to visit in the province, people and food to eat. She has visited the Sta. Monica Church, home of the biggest church bell in Asia in Panay town, Liktinon Falls in Bayuyan, President Roxas and the white-sand Virgin beach in Basiao, Ivisan.

Cartujano's fave place in Capiz is the long-stretch Baybay Beach where she can eat seafood while watching the beautiful sunset.

Also, she has posted some local-produced food just like dried seafood and Panulce's biscocho.

Governor Tony del Rosario and the Provincial Government of Capiz is in full support for Ms. Jaya Pearl Cartujano's endeavor and journey at the Miss Millennial Philippines.

Joining the said pageant is an opportunity to showcase the rich tourism industry of Capiz,” Cartujano said.

The Miss Millennial Philippines features over 30 provinces each with their own Ambassadresses to promote their respective province’s culture and tourism.

GMA channel 7 noontime show Eat Bulaga in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT) launched the pageant on July 29 in celebration of their 38th anniversary. (Capiz Aksyon News Center)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Capiz demonstrates use of rescue gear

Capiz demonstrates use of rescue gear (Photo of Aksyon Tabang)

ROXAS City – Government agencies and non-government groups demonstrated the use of rescue and response equipment for disaster management.

It was part of the Display of Rescue Equipment and Photo Exhibit at the College of St. John that the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) organized in observance of the National Resilience Month.

Agencies and groups involved were:

* Bureau of Fire Protection
* Capiz State University (CapSU) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Unit
* Kabalikat Civicom 371
* Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry “Hunter” Battalion
* Philippine Coast Guard
* Philippine Information Agency
* Philippine Red Cross Capiz chapter
* Roxas City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office
* Scan Civic Capiz

On display were two-way radio equipment, fire trucks, fire extinguishers, rescue boats, life jackets, ambulance, flashlights, spot and search lights, sirens, breathing apparatus, ropes, rechargeable batteries, chain saw, solar panels, and first-aid kits.

In the past three years, the PDRRMO put up a similar exhibit at the CapSU main campus, Capiz National High School and Hercor College. (PIA/PN)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Capiz farmers get P4.2M in machinery


Roughly 200 farmers in five barangays of Dumalag town will reap the benefits of P4,258,500 million worth of farm machineries given by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through the Capiz 2nd Congressional District Office and Dumalag municipal government.

Henry John Jalbuena, DOLE-6 regional director, and Melissa Navarra, the DOLE provincial director, led the cheque turnover to Dumalag Mayor Amado Eriberto Castro, which will be used to purchase rice transplanter and harvesters.

The program is DOLE’s contribution to the government agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and poverty reduction,” DOLE Provincial Office Public Information Officer William P Dungog said.

Monday, July 17, 2017

NEDA: WV included in ‘Build, Build, Build’


THREE big ticket projects in Western Visayas are included in the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program of the Duterte administration, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-6).

The projects include the improvement of the Iloilo International Airport worth P30.4 billion; construction of Panay-Guimaras-Negros (PGN) Island Bridge Project (P27.156B); and the Panay River Basin Integrated Development Project in Capiz (P19.3B).

Gilberto Altura, NEDA-6 chief economic development specialist, said these projects, totaling more or less P77 billion are under the Public Investment Program (PIP) 2017-2022.

PIP is a companion document of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 which embodies the “Build, Build, Build” program.

“Build, Build, Build”, which will cost around P8 trillion, includes the legacy infrastructure projects of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte when his term ends in 2022.

“The core investment program of PIP includes the big ticket projects and they selected and publicized only 75 projects nationwide. If you divide 75 to 18 regions that is an average of four projects. And here in Region VI, we got three,” Altura said.

The Iloilo airport project was part of a package drawn by the Department of the Transportation and Communications (DOTC) during the time of former President Benigno Aquino III for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of five major airports in the country under the Public-Private Partnership scheme.

But only one bidder responded to the offer, resulting in failure of bidding.

Altura said the DOTC (now Department of Transportation or DOTr) decided to unbundle the five individual projects but will still be implemented under the PPP scheme.

Meanwhile, Altura said the Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge project is going to be processed by the NEDA Central Office Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) for the conduct of the feasibility study.

He said that during the Aquino administration, the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) committed to conduct a feasibility study for the Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge.

“When the new administration came in, there were negotiations with the Chinese government who are looking at extending the bridge to Negros and even the whole of Visayas. However, there has been no result of the study yet,” he said.

NEDA Assistant Secretary Mercedita Sombilla said they are confident that these projects will be completed before the president ends his term.

NEDA-6 Regional Director Ro-Ann Bacal said these are priority projects that the government is committed to implement.

“These projects are critical to make sure that the goals, objectives and target of PDP are achieved,” she said.

Altura said the projects will also be included in the Regional Development Investment Program of Western Visayas.


Meanwhile, the proposed revival of the Panay Railways was not included in the Build, Build, Build list.

Bacal said the project has to undergo a thorough study because of its huge cost.

Instead of a railway, Bacal said they are considering the construction of an expressway on the Iloilo-Capiz railway line.

“We started talking to business groups and they expressed apprehensions on the multiple handling cost when it comes to the railway. They are thinking of an elevated expressway from Iloilo to Capiz,” she said.

Bacal said everything is in conceptual stage and will still undergo brainstorming within the regional level and to the national level.

“We’ve been asking our representatives in the Congress and even the local leaders on their thoughts about the idea of having an expressway or railway,” the director said. Louine Hope Conserva/The Daily Guardian

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SSS formally opens its newly-relocated branch in Capiz


ROXAS, CAPIZ - The Social Security System (SSS) formally opened its newly-relocated branch office in Roxas City on June 28, 2017, serving about 2,450 employers and more than 33,500 members and pensioners in 578 barangays.

As the provincial capital of Capiz, I think it is our job to create bigger branches to accommodate the increasing number of SSS members and employers in Western Visayas,” SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said.

The recently-upgraded branch office is now located at the ground floor of CityMall Roxas along Arnaldo Boulevard. Meanwhile, SSS has also established a service office (SO) in Robinson’s Place Roxas, which is also under SSS Roxas branch.

Among the full-range of services offered by SSS Roxas are issuance of social security (SS) number; receipt and processing of member and employer data change request; receipt and processing of benefit claims and salary loans; receipt and processing of E-R3 and E-ML2; receipt of web registration and resetting of account; and receipt and processing of Annual Confirmation of Pensioners (ACOP).

With an average of 983 transactions per day, SSS Roxas created additional facilities such as Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card capture, E-center, tellering facility, medical evaluation and bayad enter.

Results of our customer satisfaction surveys suggest that SSS has to further improve our facilities and services in Visayas branches. That’s why the current management does not only focus on the branch premises and facilities but also on the timeliness of service and better staff accommodation,” Dooc added.

The formal branch blessing and inauguration of SSS Roxas branch is part of the PCEO’s Regional Visit to Iloilo and Roxas from June 27 to 29, 2017. Other activities include branch visit and employees’ forum.

In a related news, SSS Roxas branch is under the Western Visayas Group 2 which also includes Antique, Iloilo Central, Iloilo-Molo, and Kalibo. As of first quarter of 2017, the Western Visayas Group 2 had total collection contributions of P388.83 million, which is higher by 27 percent from the P320.02 million total from the same period last year.

Representing Governor Tony del Rosario and provincial government of Capiz during the event were Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Ronnie T. Dadivas and Business and Sports Consultant Mrs. Carmen Andrade.

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)

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