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Sunday, June 10, 2018

‘Capiz has 1,000 blood donors a month’

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’


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


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." –

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Panay river project gets env’t certificate

ROXAS City – The Panay River Basin Integrated Development Project seen to address the perennial flooding problem in Capiz got its Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC).

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) regional director Jose Roberto Nuñez revealed this during the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office’s (PDRRMO) thanksgiving ceremony last week.

Having secured the ECC, the multimillion project can now proceed with its detailed engineering design.

“The construction activities and the groundbreaking will happen in the third quarter of 2019,” said Nuñez.

According to the OCD regional head, the National Irrigation Administration informed him about the granting of the ECC last month.

In January, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council approved a resolution requesting its national counterpart to fast-track the implementation of the river project.

Aside from addressing the flood problem, the river project will also serve as a source of water for irrigation, potable water and hydroelectric power, among others. (With a report from PIA/PN)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Green Archers vs. Hercor Jaguars in Capiz caging tiff

UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball runner-up De La Salle University Green Archers will test the mettle of Hercor College Jaguars in an exhibition match 3 p.m. on April 14 at the Capiz Gym in Roxas City, Capiz.

Newly appointed Green Archers head coach Louie Gonzales said the tune-up game will help the team prepare for UAAP Season 81.

“This is part of our build-up for the upcoming UAAP season,” Gonzales said. “Gusto ko muna ibigay iyong full trust ko sa current players. We still have a competitive lineup pa naman.”

Among Gonzales’ key players in the exhibition match are Kib Montalbo, Andrei Caracut, Aljun Melecio, Leonard Santillan, Jose Go IV, and Justine Baltazar.

Also in the Green Archers’ roster are Gab Capacio, Ramil Tero, Justine Baltazar, Joshua Gonzales, rookie Brandon Bates, and returnees Mark Dyke and JBoy Gob, who both sat out last season.

Not in Green Archers’ lineup are the trio of Ricci Rivero, Rashleigh Rivero and Brent Paraiso, who were on leave as they are still finishing various off-court commitments.

Jaguars will be fielding its collegiate team, which is also gearing up for tournaments later this year.

Admission to the Green Archers-Jaguars exhibition match is free./PN

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Winners of Jovita Fuentes voice tilt feted in Roxas City, Capiz


Winners of the 4th Jovita Fuentes Voice Competition were named in formal ceremonies in Roxas City, Capiz, where National Artist for Music Jovita Fuentes was born.

In the female category, first placer was Mheco Joy Manlangit. Jasmin Salvo was second and Angelica Benipayo third.

In the male category, Radnel Ofalsa won first place. John Pitas took second place and Jose Mari Avato third.

Acclaimed tenor Arthur Espiritu was head of the jury with soprano Camille Lopez Molina, music writer Pablo Tariman, music teachers Bimbo Muyuela and Sr. Sr. Asuncion Evidente, D.C.

Competition collaborating artist was Dr. Michelle Nicolasora with baritone Joseleo C. Logdat as artistic director and Dr. Raul C. Navarro as competition chair.

In his welcome remarks, Navarro pointed out that the competition has allowed music lovers to know the greatness of the great Capizena in the person of Fuentes.

“Truly, talent knows no race as the Maestra transcended the limits of our geographical locus, and captured the world of music with the magnitude of her abilities as an opera singer and pedagogue. Through this competition, we in the organizing committee are discovering that the Filipinos are excellent musicians and artists to which this competition acts as a venue to highlight their vocal talents.”

Fuentes passed away on Aug. 7, 1978 at the age of 83.

The competition for singers at the collegiate level was initiated by the Santa Isabel College Manila in association with the Daughters of Charity, United Capizeños Foundation, Gerry Roxas Foundation, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and Roxas City Museum, represented by Cheryl Anne del Rosario, who briefed jury and contestants about the arts activities in Roxas City.

Del Rosario told the Inquirer that Roxas City is the hometown not just of Fuentes but also of National Artist for Theater Daisy Hontiveros Avellana and noted piano pedagogue Rosario Picazo, the first teacher of pianist Cecile Licad. –CONTRIBUTED


Azarcon, Loy lead gold winners in PSL Capiz Leg

Philippine Swimming League president Susan Papa leads the awarding ceremonies with Provincial Sports and Business Affairs Consultant Carmen Andrade and Kiwanis Angel Wings president Ronald So. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Promising tankers Wilse Jude Azarcon of Capiz and Atilla Pia Isabela Loy of Poseidon Estancia bannered the gold medal winners in the 133rd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series – Kiwanis Club of Kapis Angel Wings Swimming Challenge on Sunday at the Villareal Stadium Swimming Pool in Roxas City, Capiz.

Azarcon dominated the boys’ 12-year 50m butterfly in 30.35 seconds, beating Jennuel Booh De Leon of Aklan (31.25) and teammate Carl Joseph De Emoy (32.88), who settled for silver and bronze respectively.

For her part, Loy topped the girls’ 15-over 200m Individual Medley with a time of three minutes and 5.67 seconds to outclass silver medalist Maia Allana Ross Sumile (3:44.00) and bronze medalist Judi Segotier (3:57.39).

Also winning gold medals were Jade Ladrillo in girls’ 13-year 200m IM (2:53.50), Joan Perlas in girls’ 8-year 50m butterfly (48.75), Arabella Sumile in girls’ 10-year 50m butterfly (48.78) and James Michael Young in boys’ 15-over 100m butterfly (1:34.22).

Earning gold medals in their respective events were Melrose Aleligay (girls’ 14-year 200m IM), Remogenes Sobretodo (boys’ 13-year 200m IM), Lucio Cuying II (boys’ 14-year 200m IM), Samantha Jamelarin (girls’ 7-year 50m butterfly) and Kate Roberto (girls’ 9-year 50m butterfly).

The other gold medallists were Josh Lee Matorres, Keefe Yvange Alba, Lance Nathan Magno, Samantha Lachica, Arianne Minao, Joana Amor Cervas, Adrienne Aquillo, Michael Lozada and Alexia Lozada in the event supported by The Manila Times.

We really have a lot of talented swimmers in different parts of the country. We just need to go to the provinces to give them a chance to showcase their talent. And this competition is a good venue for them since we will be selecting swimmers for international competitions,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

Slots for the 2019 Summer World University Games in Naples, Italy are up for grabs as well as berths for international tournaments in Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, US and United Arab Emirates.

We would like to thank Provincial Sports and Business Affairs Consultant Carmen Andrade and Kiwanis Angel Wings President Ronald So for hosting this competition,” added Papa.


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