More pregnant women use birthing clinic

More pregnant women use birthing clinic

By: Alex A. Lumaque

ROXAS City – More than a hundred pregnant women gave birth at the birthing clinic of the City Health Office (CHO) here from March to June this year.

“We even have eight normal deliveries in a day,” said City Health Officer Dr. Amelita Robles.

A total of 94 deliveries were recorded in April-June 2011.

Robles said the birthing facility is not totally free but charges an affordable fee of P3,500 for every normal delivery to sustain its operation.

She said the patients can save a lot especially if they are PhilHealth members as the facility is Philhealth accredited.

4 Capiz fuel retail outlets accept Pasada cards

4 Capiz fuel retail outlets accept Pasada cards

By: Jemin B. Guillermo

ROXAS City – Capiz jeepney drivers can avail their fuel assistance through four fuel retail outlets here.

Department of Energy Supervising Engineer Rey Maleza said four liquefied petroleum products (LPP) retail outlets in Capiz are accepting the Pantawid Pasada cards under the government’s Public Transport Assistance Program (PTAP), commonly known as Pantawid Pasada Program.

As of July 11, Maleza said Avenue Caltex Super Station located on Kilometer 1, Roxas City, A&J Petron Service Station in Mambusao town, Mirola Petron Service Station in Roxas Avenue, Roxas City and Lawaan Petron Super Service Station in Crossing Seminary, Lawaan, Roxas City are the accredited points of sales (POS) in Capiz.

De Lima, Mendoza keynote PPI events

De Lima, Mendoza keynote PPI events

JUSTICE Secretary Leila M. de Lima revealed to publishers and editors her department’s three priorities to improve the country’s justice system during the Philippine Press Institute’s (PPI) 15th National Press Forum last June 22 at Traders Hotel Manila.

De Lima said their programs include improvement of the disposition rate at the preliminary investigation level, improvement of the conviction rate, and eliminating corruption and enhancing integrity within the ranks.

De Lima, who was keynote speaker of the forum, said that she hopes this “doable wish list” would be realized at the end of her term.

But she also told her audience the sobering reality that “nothing has changed – journalists are still being kidnapped and killed as fast as the speed of modern information technology.”

LTO focuses on road safety

LTO focuses on road safety

By: Elsa S. Subong

FOR the Land Transportation Office, it is not hunger or illnesses but accidents which are the major causes of deaths nowadays.

LTO-6 Director Gerard Camiña said in a radio interview that road safety is now the centerpiece of their operations.

He said Assistant Secretary Virginia Torres has directed all LTO branches to take road safety as their blueprint for the Reform Agenda of “Matuwid Na Daan” the Decade for Action on Road Safety.

“This is part of LTO’s framework of ROAD to Change,” Camiña said.

ROAD to Change is Reform, Organizational Empowerment, Advocacy and Development, where the agency is embarking on greater consciousness of its franchise services, review of existing processes and the use of technology in fast issuance of licensing cards.

3 dynamite fishers arrested in Carles

3 dynamite fishers arrested in Carles

THE Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force’s relentless campaign against illegal fishing activities remains strong with the recent apprehension of three fishermen engaging in dynamite fishing in the marine waters of Brgy. Cabugao Sur, Gigantes Island in Carles, Iloilo.

The suspected illegal fishers were identified as Armando Bung-aw, Martin Romaldo, and Gener Romaldo, all of Sitio Bantigi, Gabi, Carles. They were apprehended around 5pm of July 12, 2011.

Recovered from their possession were two kilos of dynamited fish and a motorized banca equipped with air compressor and diving paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, 14 more fishing vessels were apprehended by the Bantay Dagat during its operations in San Dionisio, Concepcion and Carles from June 28-July 7, 2011 for violation of laws and ordinances against illegal fishing.

Package of benefits for city’s senior citizens

Package of benefits for city’s senior citizens

By: Lydia C. Pendon

THE Iloilo City government is planning a package of benefits to registered senior citizens on top of the monthly cash allowance given to them by the national and city governments.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the city government and SM Cinema will soon draw a memorandum of agreement to give free movie passes to senior citizens every Tuesday. The free movie program will be launched on August 25 during the Charter day celebration of the city.

Ilonggo Senator Franklin M. Drilon is set to give financial assistance to the city senior citizens for their hospitalization at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC).

Fines for illegally parked vehicles suspended but…

Fines for illegally parked

vehicles suspended but…

By: Lydia C. Pendon

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said drivers and owners of illegally parked vehicles in the metropolis will not be penalized until end of this month.

In a meeting with the transport sector Wednesday, Mabilog said no penalty will be exacted on vehicles caught for illegal parking but the violator will be issued with a warning ticket.

The mayor also created a Traffic Review Committee to look into the complaints of jeepney and taxi drivers who will challenge the citation ticket issued by the Traffic Management and Transport Regulation Office (TMTRO).

The five-members committee will be meeting once a week and will be composed of the city legal officer, chairman of the committee on transportation in the City Council, TMTRO chief and presidents of two transport groups.

Restoration of old Iloilo capitol underway

Restoration of old Iloilo capitol underway.

THE restoration of the old Iloilo capitol is now underway after its architectural perspective was approved by the provincial government.

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. said architect and Pavia Vice Mayor Guillermo Hisancha has presented to the perspective and they are now rushing the program of work for the bidding process.

Gov. Defensor said the provincial board has already an approved initial budget of P20 million to be used to start the exterior restoration.

Uncle suspect in ex-prosecutor’s death

Uncle suspect in ex-prosecutor’s death

By: Tara Yap

A FORMER prosecutor was literally hammered to death inside his house Wednesday.

Atty. Arsenio Villalobos, 52, was found dead by his mother Trinidad past 6pm at his house at Brgy. San Pedro in Jaro, Iloilo City.

According to Jaro PNP chief P/S Insp. Joseph Almaquer, Villalobos succumbed to five blows on the head.

Almaquer said a bloodied knife and a hammer were also recovered from the victim’s hand. However, he found it impossible for Villalobos to inflict his own wounds, ruling out suicide in the case.

The Jaro PNP is currently looking at Ramon Ocampo, the victim’s uncle, as one of the primary suspects.

Ocampo and Villalobos live in the same house after both have been separated from their families. Ocampo was last seen with the victim.

Del Rosario Jr.: Education and entrepreneurship

Del Rosario Jr.: Education and entrepreneurship

(The Daily Guardian is running a series on the speakers of the 1st Iloilo City Business Summit themed “Innovative and Sustainable Development for Growth” on July 29, 2011 at the Kalantiao Hall of Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center. TDG is a media partner of the summit.)

RAMON R. del Rosario, Jr. is the president and chief executive officer of PHINMA Corp. (formerly Bacnotan Consolidated Industries, Inc.) and Philippine Investment Management, Inc., two affiliated companies with investments in education, housing, energy, business process outsourcing, hotels, financial services, and steel roofing.

He is also vice-chairman of Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp., chairman of the educational institutions under the PHINMA Education Network– University of Pangasinan, University of Iloilo, Araullo University, and Cagayan de Oro College, and of Microtel Inns and Suites (Pilipinas), Inc., United Pulp and Paper Co., Inc., TA Renewable Energy Corporation, AB Capital and Investment Corporation, Toon City Animation, Inc., PHINMA A&E Outsource Corp., and PHINMA F&A Outsource Corp.

He also serves on the Boards of Directors of Ayala Corporation, Holcim Philippines, Inc. and Roxas Holdings, Inc., which are listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange, and of other PHINMA companies.

Del Rosario served as the Philippines’ secretary of finance under President Fidel V. Ramos from 1992 to 1993. He served previously as chairman and chief executive officer of AsianBank Corp., chief financial officer of San Miguel Corp. and director in Petron Corporation, Meralco and Ayala Land, Inc..