PNoy distributes land to farmers

PNoy distributes land to farmers

By: Jemin B. Guillermo

ROXAS City – A total of 124 Capiceño farmers finally got to own the land to till after receiving their certificates of land ownership from President Benigno S. Aquino III during his recent visit to Capiz.

The farmer beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program from different municipalities expressed gratitude to the government for granting them ownership of the land they till.

Marilou Clarito, who represented the farmer beneficiaries for Pontevedra and Pilar, Gelma Delino for Dao and Dumalag, Rolando Demingoy for Maayon, Arjin Reapor of Tapaz, and Gerardo Dice of Sigma, personally received the CLOA from the President during the distribution of assistance on social services here.

Capiz guv thanks PNoy for projects

Capiz guv thanks PNoy for projects

ROXAS City – “The trust and confidence of the people of Capiz and Roxas City will always be with you.”

This was the message of Capiz Governor Victor A. Tanco to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III during his visit here Tuesday.

Tanco extended his gratitude in behalf of the people of Capiz for the numerous projects the President delivered for the province.

President Aquino personally distributed 33,386 Philhealth Cards to selected beneficiaries from different municipalities in the province.

Capiz cops to join ‘fun run’

Capiz cops to join ‘fun run’

By: Alex A. Lumaque

ROXAS City – An early morning fun run will be conducted by the Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO) July 16 as part of the Police Community Relations (PCR) celebration this month.

PO3 Donna Asmod, CPPO public information officer, said the activity dubbed “Fun Run 2011” will start at the Roxas City public plaza up to Baybay Beach.

“About 200 policemen, all criminology students and civilians will join the fun run,” added Asmod.

The month-long observance is in consonance with Presidential Proclamation (PP) No. 764, which declares the month of July of every year as PCR Month.

Gov. Tanco is 2011 UPV Outstanding Professional

Gov. Tanco is 2011 UPV Outstanding Professional

ROXAS City – Capiz Governor Victor A. Tanco was chosen by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association Inc.-Iloilo Chapter as this year’s University of the Philippines-Visayas (UPV) Outstanding Professional for Public Service and Governance.

The UPV Outstanding Professional Awards is given to any UP graduate residing and working in Western Visayas who made outstanding achievements in their chosen field.

Criteria for the said recognition include the nominee’s professional practice, advocacy, community service, volunteer works, leadership and membership to other organizations and awards, citations and honors received.

Flashflood hits Estancia

Flashflood hits Estancia THE Philippine Red Cross was one of the first non-government organizations to provide relief goods to victims of the flash flood in Estancia which destroyed four homes and displaced more than 60 families. THREE hours of heavy rains resulted in the displacement of 68 families at Sitio Pototan, Brgy. Cano-an in Estancia, […]

Illegal drugs remain rampant in Boracay

Illegal drugs remain

rampant in Boracay

By: Tara Yap

PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA 6) confirmed that illegal drugs continue to proliferate in the world famous beach destination Boracay.

Atty. Ronnie Delicana, PDEA 6 chief legal counsel and designated spokesperson, said the interception of a cargo with 70 grams of shabu Monday at the Caticlan Airport only confirmed that drug traders are still keen in delivering illegal drugs to Boracay even with the prying eyes of law enforcers.

“But they were caught before they can even deliver and sell it,” Delicana said.

Delicana explained that the shabu was worth approximately P1 million based on the prevailing street price in Boracay, which is more expensive in urban centers across Western Visayas.

Flores ‘lecture’ leaves SP speechless

Flores ‘lecture’ leaves SP speechless

By: Florence F. Hibionada

YESTERDAY’S regular session opened up with contrasting privilege speeches. And closed with a privilege hour also in contrast.

From a lengthy interpellation and extensive reaction generated by the privilege speech of 5th district Board Member Jett Rojas, it was total opposite for 1st district’s Gerardo Flores.

The topic was practically the same – the gun ban in northern Iloilo. Rojas was against it. (See related story). Flores was for it. In fact, the former general took time to “lecture” colleagues following what he said were moves by Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and Anilao Mayor Ma. Theresa Debuque to “belittle” the gun ban.

49 nabbed in 5th district for hot guns

49 nabbed in 5th district for hot guns

By: Tara Yap

THE Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) has arrested 49 people in northern Iloilo for illegal possession of firearms since January 2011.

This was disclosed by S/Supt. Gil Lebin Jr., IPPO director, amidst claims by Police Regional Office (PRO 6) that unregistered gun owners are freely roaming the fifth district and spreading lawlessness.

C/Supt. Cipriano Querol Jr., PRO 6 director, imposed last week the gun ban on eight towns in the 5th district – Ajuy, Balasan, Batad, Carles, Concepcion, Estancia, San Dionisio and Sara – to curb the alleged proliferation of firearms and lawlessness.

According to PRO 6 data, there are 23,573 loose firearms in Iloilo province, including 607 unregistered guns in the fifth district, roughly 3% in the entire province.

Mabilog allays fear of airport squatters

Mabilog allays fear

of airport squatters

By: Lydia C. Pendon

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog here has instructed the Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office (ICUPAO to conduct a follow-up survey of the remaining families of informal settlers at the 23-hectares Megaworld property at the old Iloilo airport in Mandurriao district.

The city mayor wanted the remaining families to avail of the awarded homelots at the 3-hectare relocation site bought by Megaworld Corp. more than two years ago in Brgy. Lanit, Jaro district for the 334 affected families at the old airport site.

In a dialogue conducted at his office Wednesday, Mabilog said he wanted to help the affected families with relocation sites and eventual development of the site as a decent housing subdivision.

TSUNAMI PRONE

TSUNAMI PRONE. While no tsunami warning was raised in the aftermath of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake last July 12, a seismic hazard map of PHIVOLCS revealed that Iloilo City and coastal towns of Guimaras and eastern Negros Occidental may be hit by a tsunami if an 8.2 magnitude earthquake occurs in the Negros trench, the […]

Firearms ban my derail Robredo’s confirmation

Firearms ban my derail

Robredo’s confirmation

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

AN Ilonggo congressman threatened to derail the confirmation of Interior and Local Government Sec. Jesse Robredo if he does not withdraw the gun ban imposed by the PNP on the 5th district of Iloilo province.

Rep. Ferjenel G. Biron (4th district, Iloilo) said he can block Robredo’s confirmation since he is a member of the House of Representative’s contingent to the Commission on Appointments (CA).

“Sec. Robredo must direct the PNP to withdraw the suspension of the permit to carry firearms outside of residence (PTCFOR) or his appointment will be put on the line,” Biron said.

Biron also opposed the gun ban in the 5th district saying it did not pass through consultations with mayors and other officials of the eight affected towns.