President Noy in Capiz today, to distribute P171-M aggie aid

President Noy in Capiz today,

to distribute P171-M aggie aid

By: Alex A. Lumaque

ROXAS City – A total of P171.37 million for various food security and rice self sufficiency projects will be released by President Benigno S. Aquino III to Capiz and different local government units (LGUs) during his first presidential visit here July 12.

Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco Sr. will receive the Certificates of Award from the President.

In support to the Rice Self Sufficiency Program, DA will provide various varieties of registered and upland rice seeds to farmers identified by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) in coordination with municipal agriculturists.

Repair and rehabilitation of existing warehouses and storage facilities in seven sites to be managed by irrigators associations will also be provided with P1.34 million to increase its storage capacity to 3,750 bags. This assistance is in support to Community Seed Banking.

During the awarding rites, DA regional director Larry Nacionales will give a briefing on various agriculture projects up for the province.

The department will also provide three units of combine harvester and two units of transplanter for its farm mechanization priority program to increase productivity of rice farms. This is a 70-30 counterparting scheme in which the department shoulders 70% of the cost (P4.620M) of the farm equipment while the 30% is the counterpart of the provincial government.

New law protects disaster volunteers

New law protects disaster volunteers

By: Jaime S. Cabag Jr.

HERMAN Saraza decided to join an emergency communications group to live his dream of serving others in need, especially during emergencies.

Saraza is witness to calamities that hit his community at Brgy. San Jose, San Miguel, Iloilo and performed his work as a disaster volunteer.

This volunteerism is shared by many other individuals in Iloilo who, like Saraza, are members of other volunteer groups working with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) or their respective local government units or private and community organizations.

Saraza is the operations officer of volunteer emergency communication group SMARTCOM which stands for St. Michael Action and Rescue Team of Communicators, Inc.

The local emergency group does not only provide communication support but also performs rescue operations.

Now, accredited community disaster volunteers are recognized and protected by Republic Act No. 10121 (Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010).

Zaldy pins brother, father to massacre

Zaldy pins brother, father to massacre

Cutting his ties with his family, former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Zaldy Ampatuan has pinned down his father Andal Sr. and brother Andal Jr. to the gruesome murders in 2009 that brought the country high in the impunity index.

Zaldy said he is willing to turn state witness and is willing to wait until the court hears his testimony. He also asked Malacañang to give him and his family security, knowing the consequences of his actions.

“Willing po ako mag-testify, sabihin kahit sino man ang involved, magulang ko man o kapatid, at kahit sino man involved para sa ikakalutas ng problemang ito at pawang katotohanan lamang ang aking sasabihin. (I’m willing to testify and speak the truth, even if my testimony will involve my father and brother),” he said.

He has signed an affidavit attesting to his father’s and brother’s roles in the murders.

Andal Jr., in particular, was the one who planned the murders from day one, he alleged. The Ampatuan patriarch, on the other hand, was present during the 2 meetings prior to the November 23 murders, he said.


WALKING, TEXTING COP—A police officer (center) keeps on texting while on foot patrol in La Paz, Iloilo City. The gun ban in northern Iloilo has surprised many, especially local chief executives. The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP-Iloilo Chapter) will meet today to discuss its stand on this issue. (Photo by Tara Yap)  

e-EDPMS to enhance monitoring of essential drugs

e-EDPMS to enhance monitoring of essential drugs By: TWVillavert MONITORING of essential drugs and their corresponding prices will be easier as soon as the Department of Health (DOH) through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implements the e-Essential Drug Price Monitoring System or e-EDPMS Delia Tarrosa, head of the Licensing and Regulatory Enforcement Division of […]

DA-6 to distribute agri equipments

DA-6 to distribute agri equipments THE Department of Agriculture (DA) will distribute farm equipments in various provinces throughout the country in line with the agency’s farm mechanization. Manuel Olanday, regional coordinator of Agri Pinoy Rice Program in Western Visayas, said the DA will be distributing in the region 244 units of hand tractors, 11 units […]

Aklan marks new direct int’l flight

Aklan marks new direct int’l flight By: Venus G. Villanueva KALIBO, Aklan – The province of Aklan received another direct international flight, Zest Air with the route Taipei-Kalibo. According to Roselle Q. Ruiz, provincial tourism operations officer, the flight from Taipei landed direct at Kalibo International Airport (KIA) on July 10 carrying a total of […]


CHANGE OF COMMAND. Outgoing 3rd Civil Military Operations Battalion chief Maj. John Andrada (left) shakes hand with incoming battalion chief Maj. Antonio Tumnog (right) during the change of command rites at Camp Delgado Monday presided by Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista (center). Bautista gave Tumnog marching orders to pursue non-combatant stance in winning insurgency. (Photo by […]

Synoptic Station may operate before year end

Synoptic Station may

operate before year end

THE Iloilo Synoptic Office of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Service Administration (PAGSA) has finally found a home following the closure of its weather station here due to lack of space for its office and facilities months ago.

Engr. Rowen Gelonga, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), said the Department of Agriculture (DA) has granted a space for PAGASA to establish its office at the former’s Western Visayas Integrated Agricultural Research Center (WESVIARC) in Brgy. Hamungaya, Jaro district.

Gelonga said he witnessed last month the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between PAGASA supervising officer Niel Servando and DA regional executive director Larry Nacionales relative to the site.

“I think anytime soon the PAGASA will start its construction,” he said as he credited Rep. Jerry P. Treñas for requesting a bigger budget for the office and for the DA to accommodate PAGASA.

Drug suspect nabbed

Drug suspect nabbed By: Francis Allan L. Angelo A SUSPECTED drug pusher was arrested Monday afternoon by members of the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO). Supt. Noel Lamsis, SOG chief, said they arrested Joel Jimenez, 33, during a buy-bust inside his house at 10A Blumentritt Street in Brgy. Muelle […]

Phl lacks effective population management program – Guv

Phl lacks effective population

management program – Guv

GOV. ARTHUR DEFENSOR SR. inducts the new set of officers of Association of Population Officers and Workers Region 6 (APOWR-6) headed by Ms. Yolanda P. Barcenilla during the 2nd Regional Population Congress at Iloilo Grand Hotel July 11. (ECGarcia)



ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. acknowledged the lack of effective population management program in the country today.

Defensor issued the statement amidst the raging debates regarding the passage of House Bill 4244 otherwise known as Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011.

Speaking before more than a thousand population officers and workers during the 2nd Regional Population Congress held at Iloilo Grand Hotel yesterday, Defensor stressed that there is a need to educate “our people on how to be effective participants in population management.”

“We badly need an effective population management program to arrest and control population growth and to stop the danger of extreme poverty and want in the country,” said Defensor, pointing out that the “country’s population continues to grow, yet our land area remains the same or worse becomes reduced.”

‘SPACE TIME’ Neptune, 5 other planets out for ‘sightseeing’


Neptune, 5 other planets out for ‘sightseeing’


By: Florence F. Hibionada

ATTENTION all stargazers, outer space aficionados and even just the regular night-outers.

Take your positions beyond midnight tonight, get binoculars and telescopes ready and be prepared to be amazed with a space view 165 years in the making.

This, as the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced visibility of planet Neptune and planet Uranus.

Certain to be an extraordinary sightseeing experience, PAGASA acting Administrator Nathaniel Servando disclosed details in PAGASA’s July “Astronomical Diary.”

“At 1:00 a.m. (of July 12), Neptune and Uranus will be glowing at magnitude +7.8 and +5.8. They will be located 53 and 31 degrees above the east-southeast horizon, and will lie among the stars of the constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer and Pisces, the Fish, respectively,” Servando in an official news release obtained by The Daily Guardian (TDG) said.

This as planet Neptune completes its first orbit of the Sun since the September 23, 1846 discovery of German astronomer Johann Galle.