DA: Close monitoring Of bird flu resurgence

By: TW Villavert

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) in Western Visayas called on the public not to panic on the reported resurgence of the dreaded bird flu virus in neighboring countries because the livestock division of the DA is closely monitoring the situation.

Dr. Leriza Baldopenos, regional health coordinator of DA 6, said that Western Visayas and the rest of the country remain bird flu-free.

“Our quarantine and port inspectors are still on guard to prevent the possible entry of agricultural products from neighboring countries identified to have the resurgence of the disease, and our DA Central Office is also informing us on banned agricultural products from bird flu positive countries,” Baldopenos said.

Museo Iloilo to Host 2011 Visayas Art Awards Exhibition

MUSEO Iloilo announces that ten winning artworks by Visayan artists will be on exhibit beginning September 9.

These ten artworks were adjudged the best from more than 100 works entered by Visayan artists from Negros, Panay and Cebu to the Philippine Art Awards (PAA).

The PAA is distinguished as the premier and most important visual art competition nationwide. It is expected that some artists from Iloilo are included in this years’ “winners pool”.

For more than 15 years, PAA has become a platform for Filipino artists to be recognized nationally and regionally. Some of the winners have emerged to become important, with their works being part of the collections of museums in Asia. Others are also now being much sought-after in the busy art markets of Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai among others.

Antique dengue cases down by 78 percent

By: Pilar S. Mabaquiao

SAN JOSE, Antique – The Antique Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) reported a decrease in dengue cases by 78 percent this year for the months January to August 31 compared to the same period in 2010.

Teresita Vergara, supervising sanitary inspector of PHO, disclosed that the Antique Provincial Disease Surveillance and Response Unit registered a total of 184 dengue cases from January to August 2011 (with one death in January), a huge drop in number compared to 838 cases in the same period last year.

This accounts for the collaborative efforts of families, communities, schools, local officials and concerned agencies who in their own way helped in the dengue control and prevention program, said Vergara.

The people became more aware of their roles in the fight against dengue as they cannot afford to risk the lives of their own family members, thus they volunteered to take part in cleaning the surroundings, Vergara stated.

MANGROVES

MANGROVES. Personnel of Bago City Police Station led by Supt. Simeon L. Gane Jr. together with PO2 Agustin Alicante and PO1 Jene Masanit plant mangroves at Punta Playa, Barangay Poblacion, Bago City. (NOPPO photo)  

RH GAB

RH GAB. From left, Arlene Joy Pet of Bingawan Women’s Federation, Population Commission VI Regional Director Vicente Molejona, Elizabeth Angsioco of Democratic Socialists Women of the Philippines, and Preslou Glory Genovate of Aksyon Kababaihan.  

PACKAGING CHALLENGE

PACKAGING CHALLENGE. Angel Buñag, managing director of Investor Relations Global Inc., is challenging Ilonggo entrepreneurs in the pasalubong industry to repackage its product from being a common consumer product into a mass-produced industrial product. Buñag was the keynote speaker during the Basic Packaging Solution Seminar at Central Philippine University (CPU) Tuesday. (Tara Yap)  

The ten candidates

THE ten candidates vying for the title of MassKara Queen 2011 were presented to the local press, , September 5, 2011 at the Ricardo Hall of L’Fisher Hotel by ABS-CBN TV 4 with executive producer, Carmela Arcolas Gamboa, herself a beauty titlist, and Barney Molina also of ABS-CBN TV 4-Bacolod. (Dustin Mijares photo)  

Capitol saves P1.5M in purchase of 5 ambulances

  THE Iloilo Provincial Government has saved P1.5 million in the purchase of new ambulances for the five district hospitals recently. Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said the savings could be attributed to the competitive bidding being practiced by the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC). BAC vice chairman, Atty. Dennis Ventilacion said the Approved Budget for […]

119 overloaded trucks nabbed

A COMPOSITE team of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) apprehended 119 trucks in its month-long operation against violators of Republic Act 8794 or the Anti-overloading Law in August.

Rosalinda Vacante, representing DPWH 6 in the composite team, said that most of the apprehensions were in Iloilo with 42; followed by Capiz with 33, Aklan, 22 and 11 each in Negros Occidental and Antique.

Operations in Negros Occidental were affected by the bad weather condition.

The composite team made use of portable weighing scale following the decommissioning of the weigh bridge.