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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Leptospirosis cases up in Capiz

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ROXAS City – Cases of leptospirosis in Capiz went up drastically in the first seven months of the year.

From only three cases in 2017, the number rose to 34 so far this year, data from the Capiz Epidemiological Surveillance and Response Unit showed.

Of the 34 cases, seven led to death.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects both humans and animals, according to the World Health Organization.

Humans become infected through direct contact with the urine of infected animals or with a urine-contaminated environment, like flooded areas.

Early this month, heavy downpours brought about by the enhanced southwest monsoon hit some areas in Western Visayas, including Capiz.

The leptospirosis bacteria enter the body through cuts or abrasions on the skin, or through the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and eyes, WHO added.

In the early stages of the disease, symptoms include high fever, severe headache, muscle pain, chills, redness of the eyes, abdominal pain, jaundice, hemorrhages in the skin and mucous membranes, vomiting, diarrhea, and rashes.(PN/Glenn Beup)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

DOT-6 reaffirms support to Cinekasimanwa

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THE Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 6 in partnership with Western Visayas Filmmakers Network launched the 6th Cinekasimanwa; Western Visayas Film Festival and 3rd edition of the Western Visayas Film Grant on July 6, 2018 at the University of the Philippines Visayas Cinematheque.

New rules, regulations/mechanics, entry forms, submission requirements of the Western Visayas Film Grants 2018 were discussed and a symbolic transfer of responsibilities between the present organizers and the province of Capiz highlighted the launching.

DOT-6 Regional Director Atty. Helen J. Catalbas said she looks forward to discovering and meeting new talented Ilonggo filmmakers to compete this year. She said the two batches of film grantees have exceeded expectations.

“Cinekasimanwa: Western Visayas Film Festival has the full support of DOT Region-6 as a powerful tool in the promotion and development of the best and emerging destinations in the region while providing opportunities to the grassroots-level. The first and second batch of grantees has fulfilled their task to produce a story that creates a deep connection between the viewer and the places being showcased as local setting or backdrop of the films,” Catalbas said.

Catalbas is also happy to note that the province of Capiz, as one of the strongest advocate of arts, culture, and heritage in the region, will host the Western Visayas Film Festival this year.

Capiz has been an active partner of DOT Region VI in all its endeavors including the Cinekasimanwa. Capiznons have always been proud of their culture and heritage as depicted in their works of art. This is Capiz’s moment. We will support it the same way we have during the first five Cinekasimanwa Film Festivals,” Catalbas added.

Cinekasimanwa 6 is on December 1-7, 2018 in Capiz and December 8-10, 2018 in Iloilo City. (KJS/The Daily Guardian)

Capiz, Bacolod jins reap medals in SoKor world tilt

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CAPIZ’S PRIDE. Mary Chelsea Joan Hinola, Mark Joefel Fabraquel and Rove Marie Erpelua show the medals they won during the World Taekwondo Culture Expo in Muju, South Korea. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOVEN VENANCIO VIA CAPIZ AKSYON NEWS CENTER
TAEKWONDO jins from Capiz and Bacolod showed their wares by bagging eight medals – including seven golds – during the World Taekwondo Culture Expo in Muju, South Korea.

Mark Joefel Fabraquel of Capiz Commercial School took home two gold medals in poomsae and kyorugi event. Mary Chelsea Joan Hinola of Capiz National High School also had two golds in poomsae and kyorugi.

Rove Marie Erpelua of Capiz State University Main Campus, meanwhile, failed to sweep her events – she won gold in kyorugi but settled for bronze in poomsae.

Jerik Joseph Paiwas, a Grade 5 pupil of the Education Training Center School I in Bacolod City, took home two gold medals in kyorugi and poomsae.

Taekwondo jins from Iloilo City – siblings Elaine Margaret and Elizabeth Marie Borres, Roivic and Roices Decafe, and Niesha Kariz Pequierda – bagged 10 medals.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City congratulated Paiwas, a resident of Barangay Villamonte in the city, on his achievement.

“Aside from being an excellent athlete, Paiwas is known to his parents and teachers as a loving, responsible, diligent, and respectful child,” the city council said in a resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito.

Having attained such a “remarkable” feat at a young age, Paiwas “[serves] as an inspiration to other student-athletes in Bacolod City and the rest of Negros Occidental.”

“The City of Bacolod is very proud of his accomplishment considering that this has brought pride and honor to all of us by showing other countries how competitive our country is in the field of taekwondo,” the resolution read.

Kyorugi is a demonstration of sparring while poomsae comprises basic attack and defense motions associated with the martial art.

The World Taekwondo Culture Expo from July 12 to 17 drew around 1,000 players from Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, and the United States. (With Mae Singuay/PN)

Monday, July 2, 2018

More trees planted at Capiz arboretum

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Capiz governor Antonio del Rosario (right) and vice governor Esteban Evan Contreras II plant an apitong tree at the provincial arboretum during the June 25 Arbor Day celebration in Roxas City. An arboretum is a place where trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes.

ROXAS City – At least 80 native and sporadic trees were planted at the “work-in-progress” provincial arboretum in the Capiz Provincial Park.

The planting of the trees was part of the June 25 Arbor Day celebration in the city.

The trees – which includes fruit-bearing, beach and upland species – are seen to “beautify and transform” the park into an outdoor learning space from being a mere strolling site.

“Sixteen majestic trees that were found to be significantly connected to the province’s municipalities are also in the arboretum,” said provincial government arboretum development consultant and Philippine native trees enthusiast Dr. Harold Buenvenida.



Governor Antonio del Rosario led the early morning planting of trees, citing the province-wide “One In One Project” of the Capiz Environment and Natural Resources Office (CaPENRO). The project aims to plant one million trees in a day.

We are happy and proud that you are the first local official in the country to initiate the ‘museum’ of living Philippine native trees project,” Buenvenida, a botanist, said.

The arboretum is CaPENRO’s contribution to government efforts aimed at saving native trees from extinction and possible forest regeneration of the tree species.

In Barangay Milibili, there is also a “Hortus Botanicus,” a site were endemic plants are housed. They are properly labeled and arranged according to families. (With a report from the Philippine Information Agency/PN)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

‘Capiz has 1,000 blood donors a month’

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ROXAS City – The province-wide voluntary blood donation has registered an average of 1,000 blood donors every month from January to May 31 this year.

Records from the Philippine Red Cross Capiz Chapter showed that a total of 4,982 blood units have been collected through various mass blood donation activities in the past five months.

Capiz targets to collect 7,934 blood units this year.

“The number is about 25 percent higher than the accomplishment in the same period in 2017,” said Donor Recruitment Officer Ketch Armiza of Red Cross-Capiz.

Four towns in the province have already reached their respective blood unit target, which is one percent of each municipalities’ total population.

These are Cuartero, Jamindan, Pontevedra, and Dumalag.

In the barangay level, there are already 44 villages that have reached their targets.

Last year, Red Cross-Capiz registered a record-breaking 11,315 blood units from 244 mass blood donations all over the province.

The mass donations were organized by local government units, barangay councils, schools, religious and socio-civic groups, media entities, and national government agencies.

Armiza said last year’s collection was equal to 1.44 percent of Capiz’s total population. (With a report from PIA/PN)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

‘Capiz army camp makes good tourist attraction’

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ROXAS City – The camp of the 3rd Infantry Division (ID) makes a good tourist attraction in Capiz, according to Gov. Antonio del Rosario.

In his speech during the 44th founding anniversary of the 3ID on May 10, del Rosario said the camp is “so enchantingly beautiful which can keep every visitor’s spirit at peace with the world.”

I note with pride that you occupied the third largest military reservation in the country and one of your greatest responsibilities is keeping the military reservation free from exploitation of unscrupulous people,” del Rosario added.

The governor said he is “confident” that the Army will be the provincial government’s partner in “implementing environmental programs and keep the military reservation a haven of wild trees, plants and beautiful waterfalls.”

The Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office in 2012 had a talk with 3ID top officials to make the camp an ecotourism area which would promote the rich cultural heritage of the people at the military reservation.



The camp, spanning over 33,310 hectares, has been declared a military reservation through Presidential Proclamation No. 67 and Jamindan Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 19.

It covers the the municipalities of Jamindan and Tapaz in Capiz and Lambunao in Iloilo. It is inhabited by various indigenous communities.

The camp is a wildlife sanctuary and has at least five waterfalls. (With a report from PIA/PN)

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Capiz residents to plant one million trees in one day

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Capiz residents 12 years old and above will plant a million trees on June 25, which was declared by Capiz Governor Antonio del Rosario as Provincial Arbor Day.

Emilyn Arboleda Depon, acting Capiz provincial environment and natural resources officer (Capenro), said that "literally everyone" from 17 local government units "will go up just to plant trees simultaneously."

"Our priority is public land: those classified as timber land, those covered by our integrated social forestry beneficiary. We are open to privately owned land, as most (lands) in the mountains of Capiz (are) already registered to a private person," Depon told Rappler.

She added that the owners of these private lands "may enter into a memorandum of agreement with the provincial government of Capiz, that their area is available for planting, and that they will not be able to cut those trees planted, unless they ask for a permit to cut from the Capenro office."

Depon then lamented that most children today "are no longer aware of our Philippine native trees." They are more familiar with mahogany, gmelina, neem, rather than kamagong, yakal, apitong, narra, talisay, tindalo, red and white lawaan, duguan, ipil, and banaba.

"We advocate the use of Philippine native trees for our reforestation program, our saving Philippine native trees," she said.

The seedlings will be provided by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, the Philippine Coconut Authority, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and other partner agencies and private sectors. However, the provincial government also has fruit-bearing trees and native trees.

"As much as possible, we do away with mahogany, because it is only good for tree plantation, but not for reforestation," she also said.

In an earlier interview quoted by the Philippine Information Agency, Depon said the project aims to "make a difference in the battle against climate change." – Rappler.com

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