Monday, July 21, 2014

Sugilanon Ni Tita Linda

Dayuyon (Tidal Wave)
 ni Tita Linda

          Si haring Neptuno ro guinakilaea ko mga griyego nga diyos it kadagatan. Imaw ro naga buyot ko tanan nga kutob sa idaeum it dagat.
Isaeang adlaw, may hakita imaw nga kahayag sa ibabaw it tubi. Hakita man ni prinsesa Serena. Bo-ot nga masayuran ni prinsesa Serena kon ano rato. Lingid sa ka-aeaman ko anang ama, nagpanaw imaw agod  sundan rong kahayag, hasta nakaabot imaw sa Roxas boulevard. Rikara nagdungka ro barko.
Abo nga hakita imaw sa ibabaw nga mo-paeang nana hakita. May nagapamunit sa bato nga anang guin panaguan. Hakita imaw ko binatilyong si Rod. Nagsinggit si Rod it “Kataw! kataw! may kataw sa may tubi”. Nagpaeapit ro mga tawo. Guinpalibutan rong bato. Nageonip ro mga coast guard ag nadakpan nanda si Serena. Na-ila nga makalibre si Serena ogaling owa imaw maka libre sa mga coast guard.
            Samtang sa idaeum it dagat hay nagkasangag man rong tanan sa pagkaduea ni Serena. Guin mandu-an ko hari ro tanan nga siyokoy nga usuyon ro prinsesa. Kun indi hikita, kamatayan rong kabaylo sa andang kapaslawan. Sa pagpamati ko andang dueongan, guin sundan nanda rong guin agyan ni Serena. Tama eamang ro andang pag-abot ay guina karga eon si Serena sa isaeang ka patrol car.
Guin kumpas nanda ro andang baston. Umalsa rong tubi sa eawod. Maeagko nga humbak rong eumapaw sa Roxas Boulivard. Abo nga saeakyan ro nasamad. Duro mang kabuhi rong naduea. Sige rong kompas it baeod sa mga Baraka ag kab-aeayan. Samtang nagahumbak, andang guin bo-oe si Serena ag pumanaw. Pag-abot sa palasyo, nangayo it patawad si Serena sa anang amang hari.
        Tumaliwan ro mga dinag-on, bumisita si Serena sa anang guin halinan. Sayod imaw nga abo nga kabuhi rong naduea. Naila imaw nga makabaeos. Nagbalik imaw sa Roxas Boulivard. Madahan eon imaw nga nagapaniid agod indi imaw makita.
Sa lugar nga guinapamunitan, may hakita imaw nga eaeaki, may kaibhan nga unga nga maisot. C Rod, sangka amang mahugod, ag mayad-ayad gid it pamatasan. Naga talikod rong eaeaki ngani owa nana hakita rong pagbutang it mga perlas sa anang aeat. Pag-uli ko eaeaki nga owa it iba kundi si Rod, nakita nana ro mga perlas. Nagduda imaw nga ratong kataw ro nagta-o kana.

Nagmanggaranon si Rod ag anang pamilya. Owa nakasayod rong tanan kon siin imaw nakabo-oe ko anang manggad. Ro isaeang ka manogpamonit o pigadong tawo basta mayad-ayad it binuhatan, mahimo mang mag-angkon it manggad. /MP


Higher Level Of Disaster Preparedness Need
by Ernesto T. Solidum

July is declared National Disaster Preparedness Month as per RA 10121 or National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. This is the gist of the weekly Kapihan sa Aklan forum discussed recently at NVC Carmen Hotel. The guests are Larence T. Cadunggan, PRC-CDDRR Project Coord, Errol R. Ordines, PRC Europe Aid Proj. Officer, Arcely P. Pelayo, PRC Aklan Chapter Administrator, Clamrence Racquel R. Abada, PRC Chapter Operation Head, Terrence June Toriano, MDRRMG KALIBO and Galo I. Ibardolaza, PDRRMC.
Ms. Abada disclosed that the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to engage its resources on rehabilitation of typhoon Yolanda victims. Now on its 8th month, a number of international and domestic donors supply missing gap in terms of food, medicine and funds turning peoples’ lives from despair to hope. The worse hit areas like Libacao, Balete, and Madalag are assisted by Spanish Red Cross, Finish Red Cross, Lezo - Air Asia, New Washington-International Red Cross. The model core shelter project is found in New Washington while school buildings in Libacao are rehabilitated, averred Ms. Abada.
“We empower communities in coping with disaster since the extent of damage and response could be area-specific”, said Mr. Ordines. Presently, we are piloting three (3) municipalities, Kalibo, Tangalan, and Malinao covering 15 barangays all financed by the European Union.
On the other hand, an integrated community school-based disaster preparedness is being implemented in Kalibo (Bakhao Norte and Sur, and Mobo) and Numancia (Aliputos, and Joyao-Joyao) reported Mr. Gadunggan. The funding comes from the Finish Red Cross. The planned expansions are Tangalan (Jawili, and Panayakan), and Ibajay (Laguinbanwa, and Aslum). The program includes training of volunteers in disaster preparedness, blood donation, supply of equipments and mitigation projects like mangrove reforestation.
Mr. Toriano cited Kalibo’s model Emergency Alert System (EAS) using coded signs to alert residents of impending disaster like typhoon and floods. Red means all MDRRMC personnel are on standby alert/call. Yellow, personnel inform public on current status of impending disaster; use megaphone on mobile car to address target residents on pick-up places and evacuation center. Green is to go on force evacuation to safety of higher ground.
Mr. Ibardolaza underscored the capacity building of LGU’s in preventing loss of life in any calamity. As Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), the 5 percent disaster fund is for training of volunteers and acquisition of vital equipment like flatboats, first aid kit, megaphone, and others.
PRC is traditionally the undisputed leader in dispensing relief and rescue operation until the enactment of RA 10121. Nevertheless, Ms. Pelayo said that PRC is still in the forefront of disaster management especially during the first three (3) days of emergency period namely: giving first aid and food assistance. They have organized themselves into a brigade called “Cross 143” composed pf 43 volunteer members in a community. Trainings are conducted in the barangay on topics like identifying hazard, first aid, disaster action plan and emergency drills.
Dr. Jasper Tallada, Philrice Consultant and Engineer revealed that based on their agrometeorological studies, for the past 3 years typhoon pattern has shifted from Luzon to Mindanao. This means that if the landfall is Northern Mindanao it will skim past Leyte and Samar before traversing Cebu, Negros and Panay Island and unleashing its fury on population centers and highly urbanized areas. Notable ones that pounded Mindanao and the Visayas are Sendong- 2011, Pablo- 2012 and Yolanda- 2013. Sendong and Pablo did not affect Panay, but Frank (2008) and Yolanda devastated Aklan Province in terms of unprecedented losses of life and property.
Despite our preparation against natural calamities everyone must pray that typhoon, flood, earthquake, storm surge and tsunami may not be severe as to blast us to kingdom come. For instance in Kalibo, Mr. Toriano confides that 90 percent of the municipality is flood prone and expose more people to higher risks. The same is true with Numancia who shares full impact of raging Aklan river. Data show that 9 out of 17 towns in Aklan are vulnerable to heavy flooding. A civil defense siren costing P1.5 million will be purchased by LGU Kalibo but has an effective range of only 1.5 kms.
Geohazard map released by Mines and Geosciences Bureau shows earthquake fault line running from the hinterlands of Madalag and Malinao straight up to Poblacion Ibajay. As a proactive stance centuries-old churches in Tangalan and Numancia, Gabaldon/Suner type school buildings of Kalibo and Ibajay must be inspected for structural integrity. The waterworks towers of Kalibo and Makato must also be included since those structures are about 50 years old and disused for a considerable period.
Biblical concept that we are living in these last days is amplified as more natural disasters, diseases, hunger and man-made calamities afflict mankind. Logically we must plan and build disaster resilient homes, buildings and public infrastructure. Inability to meet stringent standards especially the poor must lodge in evacuation centers where food and medical assistance are provided. Indeed a higher level of disaster preparedness and funding must be implemented based on the experience of typhoon Frank and Yolanda.

Hence, the needs for disaster preparedness. /MP

Entrepreneurial Forum

Illegal And Crimes On The Rise

The Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO), Kalibo, Aklan, has provided the Madyaas Pen a “Comparative Statistics” of its performance for the first six months (January – June) of 2014 compared to same period in the year 2013.
In January – June 2013, the APPO has conducted 19 operations, while in January to June this year, APPO conducted 49 operations. This is 300 percent above or three (3) times more than last year’s accomplishment of the same period.
This year, APPO arrested 67 persons involved in illegal drugs pushing and using. This is also three times or 300 percent higher than the 23 persons arrested last year of similar period.
Moreover, APPO confiscated four (4) firearms while there was none last year.
As of June this year, the APPO confiscated 55.54 grams of shabu with an estimated value of P655,372 and 1,166.88 grams of Marijuana valued at P64, 167. For the same period last year APPO confiscated 13.46 grams of shabu valued at P158,828 and 0.02 grams of Marijuana valued at P10.00.
With the above statistics, it shows that illegals and crimes are rising in the Province of Aklan. This is in spite and despite of some 47 initiatives APPO has approved and being implemented under the leadership of Police Provincial Director Sammuel C. Nacion. He unfolded these 47 police projects during Nacion’s presentation on the “Performance Governance System Report” during the recent Regular Session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan.
On the matter of police brutality, Director Nacion did not fare well in my assessment in his answer to the question of Hon. Plaridel M. Morania regarding the alleged victim Reggy Rose of police brutality. Rose is now in the hospital.
Director Nacion was very careful in his answers. It is a matter of professional ethics, which a superior must observe to protect a colleague and or subordinate in public. He may invite a subordinate who committed wrong doings in his office to do the dressing down to him /her without anybody’s knowledge. He may only praise the subordinate in public.

PNP Arrives After 35 Minutes

In the middle of the night, Friday last week, I was sleeping sweetly in my house in Badio, Numancia, Aklan. However, I was awaken by the intense barks of my dogs. I listened carefully what was happening outside. The dogs continued barking . I carefully opened my bedroom door and peeped outside. I saw nobody. The dogs continued barking. I went to the ladder to look in the ground floor. Suddenly, a teen age boy appeared quivering and wet. I told him to keep distance and told him to sit down.
I asked him, “Why are you here? What do you want? Who are you and where are your companions?”
I did not understand his answers. He pretended to be out of his mind. Perhaps, his answers are according to the briefings of his handler.
He was dressed in black t-shirt and trouser, inside out and all wet. I gave him t-shirt and trouser so he can feel comfortable. His old clothes were placed inside a bag I gave him.
I reported and called the Numancia PNP for assistance. The police arrived, in an ambulance, after 35 minutes waiting, three (3) of them. The police told me, “we have no police car”.
The boy, 17 years old was in police custody for two (2) days and two nights. He was released after I forgave him, being a minor. He is a minor somebody maybe using him as instrument to steal.
To the parents, please take care of your children. You must be responsible. To the property owners, kindly watch over it.

 P36 Million Savings

During the recent session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan, it was revealed that there is an accumulated savings of money out of Internal Revenue Allotment from years 2006 – 2013. It was revealed further that 80 percent or P28.8 of the P36 million were budgets for agricultural development.
It was revealed further that of this savings, P3 million was intended for irrigation purposes; P12 million was intended for the establishment of demonstration farms in various barangays of Aklan. Other parts of the savings were intended for the development and production of high value crops like mango, abaca, seaweeds and fishes among others.

The concerned officials responsible in the management of agriculture projects in Aklan must be able to explain why there are huge amount of savings out of the budget for the agricultural development. Our farmers and other Aklanons deserve their explanations. /MP 

DA Grants Miagao P2.5M For Farm To Market Road

DA Grants Miagao P2.5M For Farm To Market Road
Miagao Mayor Macario N. Napulan, center, receiving the check worth P2.5 million for farm to market road.

Miagao Municipal Mayor, Dr. Macario N. Napulan could not help but thank the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office 6 through Regional Technical Director Joyce S. Wendam for the grant of P2.5 million for the construction of farm-to-market road (FMR) project during the conduct of the Agricultural Information Caravan and Technology Forum at JRBB Hall, Miagao, Iloilo recently.
The amount taken from the DA’s Grassroots Participatory Budgeting will be used for the road rehab and FMR construction of Brgy. SitioGinesPalaca-Tugura-ao road, Brgy.Igbugo-Cawayananroad, and Brgy. PungtodMonteclaro-Sibucao road sections.
With the most number of barangays in the whole country, Miagao has more than half of its total land area devoted to agriculture which are planted to rice, corn, peanuts, bulb onion, mango, cacao, coffee, banana, legumes, root crops, tomato, eggplant and other high value commercial crops. Last year, Miagao has reached 13,635.12 metric tons (MT) production with 151 percent sufficiency level.
“The only way for this municipality to progress is through agriculture that is why we are enjoining the farmers to be adoptive to the agricultural technologies and to organize themselves into associations which will give them access to different programs of the DA,” said Mayor Napulan.
The FMR project will benefit farmers, fisherfolks and local residents of Miagao according to Dr. Wendam. She encouraged the participants of the information caravan to convert at least five percent of their area into organic agriculture sites.
Dr. Wendam suggested to Mayor Napulan to pass a municipal ordinance on organic agriculture program and to create a local technical committee in their town in order for them to access the various organic agriculture projects such as the construction of an organic trading post which will accommodate the bulk of organic inputs and products of farmers in Miag-ao.
Through the DA-Philippine Rural Development Program, more infrastructure projects will be extended to the municipalities. Thus, Dr. Wendam emphasized to the local government unit and farmers the need to organize and register their association. She also suggested to submit feasible project proposals. 

DA 6 technical staff provided farmers agricultural technology updates and information about the various programs of the agency. Farmers also received production guide materials, corn seeds, farmers record book among others. /MP

DA 6 Gives 5,000 Fruit Trees Seedlings To Barotac Viejo

DA 6 Gives 5,000 Fruit Trees Seedlings To Barotac Viejo
by: James Earl E. Ogatis

To intensify production of high value crops and utilize idle upland areas, the Department of Agriculture (DA) 6 gave some 5,000 fruit tree seedlings to the municipality of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo recently.
Director Larry P. Nacionales of DA 6 said that the seedlings were part of the commitment of Secretary Proceso J. Alcala during his visit to the municipality last May 8 this year.
"Secretary Alcala saw the potential of growing fruit trees in the municipality and emphasized on the demand in the current market these days." explained Nacionales.
“The fruit trees were produced from DA 6 research outreach stations based at Sta. Barbara, Iloilo, Sigma and Dumarao, Capiz,” Nacionales reported.
The fruit trees were composed of 2,200-jackfruit, 1,500-mango, 500-guyabano, 300-marang, 200-pomelo, 200-kamunsil and 100-rambutan.
The seedlings were turned over to Mayor Niel Tupas III of Barotac Viejo. It will be planted at the municipal integrated farming system techno-demo farm located at barangay Nueva Invention.
Mr. Miles Ganzon, municipal administrator said that some of the seedlings will be distributed to barangay officials for planting in their respective barangays.
"This will ensure maintenance and survival of the seedlings and are expected to bear fruits in five years time", Ganzon assured.
Aside from fruit trees seedlings, Secretary Alcala also committed 10 kg. hybrid peanut seedlings from Region 2.
This was also given to the municipality for propagation at barangay San Antonio communal garden. The produce will be distributed to interested farmers in the municipality. /MP

Who Betrays Public Trust?*

Who Betrays Public Trust?*
*The recent privilege speech of Hon. Rudson Mayor, member of Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan is published below. Hon. Mayor has requested Vice Gov. Gabriel V. Calizo-Quimpo to resign from her position as Vice Governor and presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan. Did the Vice Governor  betray public trust?
Hon. Mayor’s privilege speech is published for your reading pleasure, analysis and opinion on the above question. Editor

Madam Presiding Officer, my colleagues in this Chamber, Press and Broadcast Media, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Ro Art. XI, Section 1 ko atong 1987 Constitutuion hay mahayag ag nagahambae: “Public office is a public trust”. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice and lead modest lives.
Gindugangan pagid ra ro mahayag nga provision ko atong Contitution it Section 2 of R.A. 6713, “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees” – Declaration of Policies nga nagahambae, “It is the policy of the State to promote a high standard ethics in public service. Public officials and employees shall at all times be accountable to the people and shall discharge their duties with utmost responsibility, integrity, competence, and loyalty, act with patriotism and justice, lead modest lives, and uphold public interest over personal interest”.
Madam Presiding Officer, ro provision ko aton nga Contitution ag aton nga mga laws hay mahayag nga “public office is a public trust” nga nagakahulugan nga ro empleyado ag opisyales it gobyerno hay dapat magsirbi it tama sa pumueoyo nga ipaibabaw ro public interest ko personal interest, ag ro empleyado o opisyales it gobyerno nga indi makasunod, naga violar o naga betray ko public trust hay owa it rason nga magtinir o magpadayon it serbisyo sa gobyerno.
On this principle, I accused Vice Gov. Gabrielle Calizo-Quimpo of betrayal of public trust and urge her to resign as Vice Governor and Presiding Officer of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to restore the trust, respect and confidence of the People of Aklan, to the legislative body of the province, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan.
One may asked, why is Sp Mayor accusing the Vice Governor of Aklan of betrayal of public trust and urge her to resign? Akeanon nga nagapaeamati, ro sabat kara hay simple eang.
Vice Gov. Quimpo was elected together with SP Mayor under “KUSOG” in the May 2007 Election. Pagpungko ni Vice Gov. Quimpo ag si SP Mayor bilang miyembro it Sangguniang Panlalawigan ko July 1, 2007, si SP Mayor hay miyembro ko Committee on Laws, Rules and Ordinance, representing the Minority Party with Hon. Selwyn C. Ibarreta as Chairman and Hon. Plaridel M. Morania as Senior Committee Member, daywang ka abogado.
Sa pagpungko ni Vice Gov. Quimpo bilang Presiding Officer ag ni SP mayor ko july 1, 2007, ro practice ag rekomendasyon nga ginasunod ko mga ordinansa o resolution nga nabaton sa Sanggunian nga halin sa mga nagkasari-sari nga munisipyo hay LAID ON THE TABLE nga ginsuportahan ni SP Mayor.
Sa pagsuporta ni SP Mayor ko rekomendasyon nga LAID ON THE TABLE, naghambae si SP Mayor nga dapat nga ro sekretarya (Secretary Bandiola) magpangayo it legal opinion sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) ko tama nga interpretation o aplikasyon ko provision sa Section 56 ko Local Government Code nga nagahambae nga aksyonan ko Sanggunian sa sueod it 30 days, pagkabaton it ordinansa o resolution halin sa mga munisipyo, ay kon indi ma-aksyonan ko Sanggunian sa sueod it 30 days, the ordinance is presumed consistent with law and valid.
Ow kasayod ro Miyembro it mga Sanggunian mana man ro Sekretaryo, Odon Bandiola nga si Vice Gov. Quimpo hay nagpangayo gali it opinion sa DILG ko tamang interpretasyon ag application ko 30 days from receipt of the ordinance, ag ro DILG hay nagtao it DILG Legal Opinion No. 60, Series of 2008 dated July 25, 2008 bilang sabat sa opinion nga ginpangayo ni Vice Gov. Quimpo herself.
Ginklaro sa DILG Opinion No. 60 dated July 25, 2008 nga ginpadaea kay Vice Gov. Quimpo bilang sabat ko opinion nga ana nga ginpangayo, nga si-in ro DILG hay nagsabat it klaro nga ro 30 DAYS PERIOD IS ABSOLUTE AND IS NOT INTERRUPTED BY THE INTERVENING ACTIONS TAKEN IN BETWEEN BY THE BODY SUCH AS REFERRALS TO COMMITTEE MEETINGS/HEARINGS, PUBLIC HEARINGS, PERIOD OF DEBATES, AMENDMENTS, ETC. Guinhambae pa sa DILG Opinion No. 60 dated July 25, 2008 nga ro phrase “TAKE ACTION” on the part of the Sanggunian within the prescribed period fixed by the law should be construed as either approval or disapproval of the ordinance.
Mahayag pa sa adlaw nga ko 2008 hay nakasayod eon si Vice Gov. Quimpo nga ro 30 days period is absolute, ham-an gintago ni Vice Gov. Quimpo sa Miyembro it Sanggunian nga bilang onga na eon, o ham-an owa igpasayod ni Vice Gov. Quimpo kay Hon. Ibarreta o kay Hon. Morania agod sa rato napondo eon ro rekomendasyon ko Committee nga LAID ON THE TABLE, hay ro paghuyap ko 30 days from receipt of the ordinance by the Sanggunian is absolute.
Ham-an gintago ni Vice Gov. Quimpo sa Chairman ko Committee on Laws, Rules and Ordinance, Hon. Selwyn Ibarreta, sa SP secretary ag sa Miyembro it Sanggunian bilang mga onga ni Vice Gov. Quimpo?
Sa pagtago ni Vice Gov. Quimpo ko DILG Opinion No. 60 dated July 25, 2008 nga ana nga ginpangayo, sa sekretaryo it Sanggunian, sa Chairman it Committee on Laws, Rules and Ordinances, nagpadayon ro saea nga aksyon ko Sanggunian sa mga ordinansa nga habaton halin sa mga munisipyo nga LAID ON THE TABLE hasta 2nd week of June 2014, nga nasayuran ni SP Mayor ro DILG Opinion No. 60 dated July 25, 2008 nga gin-attached ni Vice  Mayor Madeline Ang Regalado sa andang Motion for Reconsideration ko DISAPPROVAL ko KALIBO ORDINANCE No. 2013-11, “An Ordinance Strengthening the Grant of Franchise (MTOP) – Certificate of Public Conveyance for Motorized Tricycle for Hire and Authorizing the Business Operation Thereof, Repealing Existing Laws and Ordinances Inconsistent Thereto” nga APROBADO eon ko January 26, 2014 by operation of law for failure of the Sanggunian to act on the ordinance sa sueod it trenta diyas nga ginamando it law.
Sa pagtago ni Vice Gov. Quimpo ko DILG Opinion No. 60 dated July 25, 2008, sa Chairman, Committee on Laws, Rules and Ordinances, SP Secretary Bandiola ag Miyembro it Sangguniang Panlalawigan, ginbutang ni Vice Gov. Quimpo ro Sanggunian sa mabahoe nga embarrassment ag kahuy-anan, ay nagpadayon ro Sanggunian it obra it saea hasta makaron nga dapat napondo ko 2008.
May mga ordinansa siguro ro ibang munisipyo nga disaprobahan ko Sangguniang Panlalawigan nga dapat approbahan pagtaliwan nga owa it aksyon ro Sanggunian sa sueod nga makalipas ro trenta diyas from receipt.
Ngani, siguro ro natabo sa DISAPPROVAL ko Kalibo Ordinance No. 2013-11 hay bugna man it aton nga maka-ako para makorehan ro padayon nga saea nga gin-obra it Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa pagtago ni Vice Gov. Quimpo ko DILG Opinion No. 6 dated July 25, 2008.
If Vice Gov. Quimpo cannot be honest with the Members of the Sanguniang Panlalawigan, nga bilang ana eon nga mga onga, how can she be honest with the people of Aklan?
Raya ro kabangdanan kong ham-an SP Mayor is accusing Vice Gov. Quimpo of betrayal of public trust.
Sa kapalpakan ag kahuy-anan nga natabo nga gin-obra ni Vice Gov. Quimpo, kinahang-ean nga indi eon ipadayon ro 45 milyones nga gina-utang it probinsya para ipaubra it Legislative Building nga bukon gid man it kinahangean, kundi kapritso eang ni Vice Gov. Quimpo.
Owa it rason nga mag-utang ro Probinsya it 45 Milyones para ipatindog eang it Legislative Building sa convenience ko atong Bise Gobernador ag dose ka Miyembro it Sangguniang Panlalawigan, nga ro atong kasimanwa hay nagakalisod ay abo pa ro owa haeos makarekober ko atong masakit nga na-agyan sa typhoon “Yolanda”.
Kon do gina-utang nga 45 milyones hay ibakae it mga gamit para sa atong hospital, mga bueong, o ipatindog nga building dugang sa aton nga Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital ay para sa pumueoyo, una si SP Mayor magatindog ag magsuporta, but surely, bukon it para ipatindog it Legislative Building ay bukon pagid it kinahangean sa makara.

Saeamat, and I am ready for interpellation kon may naila nga magpangutana. /MP

World War I and Source of Future Major Conflict

World War I and Source of Future Major Conflict
by Gemar S. Fernandez

On July 27, 1914, the world will commemorate the centennial anniversary of World War I. According to some historians, WW I is considered the Great War of human history. For the first time, many nations were involved and formed their alliances. In that war, nations used land, air and naval warfare. The war destroyed men, treasure and empires and contorted those that survived. It gave birth to new and unexpected forces.
The war broke out in 1914 because the elaborate safeguards men had built to prevent war were less strong than the divisive forces pulling nations apart. Despite the many efforts made to preserve peace in the 1900’s, European nations during these years stood on a powder keg. When a spark was struck to the powder, all men’s hopes and plans for peace were exploded.
The modern world of 21st century, when eventually everyone will be free and well educated and where the old vested interest of aristocratic armies who had made a faith of military virtues will be dispossessed, and where all nations were free from foreign rule or oppression and where free and economic growth had made everyone secure may experience another conflict. Still the world is not free from future war.
Richard Javad Heydariana a specialist on Asian Geopolitical/Economic Affairs quoted, “South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) is the future source of Major Conflicts. In his reports he stated:
“While it is true that South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) disputes have been a permanent feature of regional affairs for some decades, recent years have been particularly disconcerting. Since 2009, China has stepped up its para-military patrols in the area, with growing reports of Chinese surveillance vessels “harassing” among others, Filipino as well as Vietnamese ships and fisherman.
In mid 2012, the Philippines and China came dangerously close to an armed conflict over Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) in the South China Sea. By mid 2013, China pushed the envelope even further, with Chinese para-military vessels allegedly aiming to overrun Philippine Military fortifications in the Second Thomas Schoal in that South China Sea.”
The Department of National Defense announced that next year, fighter jets and naval equipment will arrive in our country. Above all, the Philippines has been negotiating a new Defense Fact with the United States, just to defend the territory with dignity and integrity.
The Philippines also sought to legally challenge China’s Territorial claims in South China Sea by filling arbitration case with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), just to resolve the Maritime dispute through peaceful means but China will not cooperate.
The creation of International Law is more reliable safeguard of peace. There had always been rules and procedures, eagerly accepted and agreed to, that governed the relations among governments. In the last few generations, these rules had been expanding and taking on a more formal quality. International Law is coming more and more to list the things that governments could and could not do in their dealings with foreign nations. They could not confiscate the property of foreigners without due process. They could not invade the embassies of foreign states. They could not seize the ships of foreign nations. If all nations that involved in the dispute in South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) will follow the international Law, there will be peace and stability in the region.
Instead of sending battle ships that are facing with each other and waiting to fire, nation should send professional skill diplomats, the men who are trained in handling international relations. They are like plumbers, they stop leaks before the house could be flooded, they open clogged drains before the effluvia could produce epidemics. And modern minded people, the enlightened, educated, prosperous people who could have no interest in war, their skills would be all the more efficacious.
I hope that the lesson from the First World War should be learned and never forgotten.

There is a saying that “History repeats itself” but we should not forget the catastrophic effects of the First World War, and hope and pray that those things will never happen again. /MP

GMA Kapuso Foundation Distributes School Supplies To Students

GMA Kapuso Foundation Distributes School Supplies To Students

In line with the opening of the school year, GMA Kapuso Foundation, the socio-civic arm of GMA Network, made the rounds in different parts of the country to distribute backpacks complete with school supplies via its long-standing Unang Hakbang Sa Kinabukasan project.

Compared to last year, the project even increased its number of beneficiaries from 75,000 to 76,000 grade one students this 2014. Distribution to 1,747 schools nationwide took place all throughout May until the first week of June.

“Our hope is to continuously expand the reach of the project and extend help to more underprivileged students particularly in far-flung provinces,” shared GMA Kapuso Foundation EVP and COO Mel Tiangco.

The Foundation visited a total of 32 provinces in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and the NCR: Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte, Oriental Mindoro, Abra, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Palawan, Zambales, Quirino, Aurora, Benguet, Iloilo, Antique, Leyte,  Cebu, Bohol, Davao del Norte, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, North Cotabato, Zamboanga, Zamboanga Sibugay, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Davao Oriental, as well as Quezon City, Caloocan, Navotas, Valenzuela, and Aklan.

Launched in 1997, the project aims to motivate students to put greater value on education by addressing the lack of basic learning materials, which is considered to be one of the primary reasons behind the high rate of drop out among elementary school students.

Its partners include the Department of Education’s Bureau of Elementary Education, Ever Gotesco, and Go Tong Foundation. /MP



Vice President Jejomar C. Binay and the Home Guaranty Corporation (HGC) did not receive any funds from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), said HGC President Atty. Manuel R. Sanchez.
“We have not received nor asked for P2.243 billion from DAP,” Sanchez said.
Recent reports stated that Binay, chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), received DAP funds through HGC and the National Housing Authority (NHA).
“The reports are apparently intended to malign the Vice President’s name as part of the demolition job against him,” Sanchez said.
He clarified that the amount, which was allegedly reflected in the Department of Budget and Management’s records, corresponds to the appraised value of the ‘air rights’ above the Philippine National Railway (PNR) track from Buendia in Makati to the junction of Samson Road in Caloocan.
“What we are asking for is proper compensation for our transfer of the PNR air rights to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). We bought it; it is only right that we get paid in return once we transfer it,” Sanchez said.
“We were surprised when we read the reckless reports claiming we got more than P2 billion when in fact, we have received no payment so far,” he added. 
As head of the housing sector, Binay serves as ex-officio chairman of the NHA Board and is not involved in the agency’s operations. 
As for HGC, the Vice President acts as ex-officio vice-chair of the Board while the Secretary of the Department of Finance functions as the ex-officio chairman. 
The ‘air rights,’ along with other assets, was conveyed to HGC in March 2003 after the agency paid the P1.38 billion obligation to investors of the failed Sariling Pabahay sa Riles (SAPARI) project. Aside from the P1.38 billion guaranty call payment, HGC also shouldered the P1.083 billion project expenses. 
The SAPARI was a joint-venture project among PNR, NHA, New San Jose Builders, Inc., and HUDCC. Funding for the project was raised through the issuance of bonds called Asset Participation Certificates (APC), backed up by a pool of assets as security. HGC was mandated to guarantee the payment of the certificates.  
There were insufficient funds to redeem the APCs when they matured. When the guaranty call was made in November 2000, HGC, as guarantor, paid all obligations to the investors who bought the APCs. The asset pool, which included the ‘air rights,’ was conveyed to HGC in payment of the guaranty call. 
HGC published the asset for sale in 2012 to recover its exposure in the SAPARI project. The ‘air rights’ is a crucial component in the development of the ongoing SLEX-NLEX road connector project. Considering the value of the ‘air rights’ to the project, it was deemed in the best interest of the government that the asset remains state-owned. 
HGC withdrew the ‘air rights,’ appraised at P2.2 billion, from public auction for transfer instead to the DPWH to be used in the road connector project. /MP

Senate Finance Committee Summons Abad To Explain DAP

Senate Finance Committee Summons Abad To Explain DAP

Sen. Escudero
The Senate Committee on Finance has summoned Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad to explain before a public hearing scheduled for July 21 the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
          The committee hearing is the continuation of the previous proceedings by the Senate that were suspended out of courtesy to the Supreme Court, which was then deliberating the various challenges questioning the legality of the DAP. The high court declared parts of the government’s spending mechanism “unconstitutional”.
          Senator Chiz Escudero, chairman of the finance committee, has directed the secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to submit to the Senate panel the complete list of all the Special Allotment Release Orders or SARO that were disbursed under the DAP, including “projects/purpose and the amount of the releases.”
          “You have been asking us which among our programs and projects were funded by the DAP… This is what we have been asking the DBM too since our last committee hearing: where is the list?” Escudero pointed out.
          Escudero wanted Abad to clarify reports that the total disbursed funds under the DAP amounted to P372 billion, which did not tally with the list provided by the budget department. “What DBM gave to the committee only amounted to over P200 billion.”
          According to Escudero, he would also ask Abad to identify the fund releases under the DAP that were considered unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
          “If we want to scrutinize the DAP releases under the guidance of the SC decision, we need all the papers that only DBM can provide. We are entering the budget season and on the part of the finance committee, we are carefully studying the court decision to ensure that the next budget we will be crafting and approving will be compliant with the Supreme Court decision on the DAP,” Escudero said. /MP



Vice President Jejomar C. Binay last week said he supports calls for the full disclosure of all projects funded by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
In a speech during the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Manila, the Vice President said “full disclosure is a good starting point” to prove “good faith” by those who conceived and implemented the controversial program.
“Let me state as a lawyer that the question of accountabilities of government officials would have to be reckoned as part of the legal and logical consequences of this groundbreaking decision. As you all know, the Supreme Court (SC) has placed the onus of proving ‘good faith’ on those who conceived and implemented the DAP,” Binay said.
“But where do we start? For me, good starting point would be to make available to the public all the projects funded by DAP. This is after all, consistent with the tenets of full transparency that is the cornerstone of the Aquino administration. I do hope my colleagues will reconsider a reported decision to withhold the release of the so-called DAP list,” he added.
Binay said he also supports the proposal of some sectors for an independent audit of DAP funds.
“And this should be done as soon as possible,” he said.
The Vice President said that speaking as a lawyer, the SC decision and the separate concurring opinions are “rather clear, if not brutally frank, on the matter of accountability.”
“There is no room to speculate or look for hidden clues in the decision of the high court,” he said.
Binay also called for a continued vigilance on the so-called Napoles scam.
“It is essential that we see this cleansing of government to its just conclusion – public service without taint of self-interest, without a tinge of deception and political persecution,” he said.
Meanwhile, Binay also expressed disbelief over recent sentiments that life was better during Martial Law.
“It is a sentiment I will not accept. Yes, there was peace and quiet, but it was, to paraphrase a famous expression, the peace and quiet of the graveyard,” he said.
“I will never trade one day of freedom for all the illusory trappings of tranquility obtained through force under the dictatorship,” the Vice President added. /MP

SP Honors Aklanon Young Filipino Fide Chess Master

SP Honors Aklanon Young Filipino Fide Chess Master
By Odon S. Bandiola

Photo shows the chess sensation with (front row left to right) SP members Nelson D. Santamaria, Harry C. Sucgang, Precious Day, Vice Gov. Gabriel V. Calizo-Quimpo, Mr. Yusi Seraspi-Yecla,  Hon. Apolinar Cleope, and Provincial Sports Development Officer IV Franklin L. Quimpo. Second row (left to right) SP members Emmanuel Soviet Ruisiadela Cruz, Lillian Q. Tirol, Mrs. Jeoralin Ame Yecla, and Hon. Ramon S. Gelito.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Aklan took time to heap praises and accolades to 8-year old Precious Day AmeYecla during this body’s 21st Regular Session held on June 25, 2014.
Precious Day, a Grade III pupil in St. Dominic School of Kalibo, bagged gold and silver medals in the chess standard category and two (2) more silvers in the rapid and blitz categories during the June 4-12, 2014 15th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championship, 8 years under. The tournament was held at Cotal Central, Macau, China, Precious Day Ame was one among the youth chessers who represented the Philippines in the distaff side.
The Aklanon girl chesser placed second during the April 21-22, 2014 Grand Finals National Age Group Chess Championship held at San Antonio, Quezon Province. She finished champion in the National Age Group VisayasLeg Elimination held at Robinson’s Cybergate Center, Old Airport, Bacolod City on April 4-6, 2014.
In the National Youth Chess Championship 1st Elimination Leg on January 24-26, 2014, Precious Day Ame emerged champion.
On September 27-29, 2013, during the National Chess Championship, the Aklanon girl woodpusher emerged champion, followed by a second place finish in the Grand Finals National Chess Championship on Nov. 27-Dec.1 held at PSC, Vito Cruz, Manila, her ticket to the National World Youth Championship held at Dubai on Dec. 17-29, 2013.
Precious Day Ame used to dominate provincial and regional chess tournaments in Aklan and in Western Visas.
She has now the lone distinction as the Youngest Woman FIDE Chess Master of the Philippines.
During the June 23, 2014 flag raising ceremony at the Provincial Capitol, Precious day was conferred a Certificate of Recognition by Governor Florencio T. Miraflores, Cong. Teodorico T. Haresco, Jr. and Vice Gov. Gabrielle V. Calizo-Quimpo.
Precous Day is one among the three siblings of spouse Yusi Seraspi Yecla of Polo, Banga, Aklan and Jeoralin Ame Yecla of Mobo, Kalibo, Aklan.
She’s the product of the AIFA nursery school, her kinder classes at Wadeford School until Grade I. She transferred to St. Dominic School on her Grade II. Precious day Ame top her classes from nursery to Grade II. /MP

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sugilanon ni Tita Linda

Ro Kaisog Ni Daniel
Ni Tita Linda Belayro

Ro hari it Babylon hay nagdamgo. Ogaling sa pagbugtaw nana hay indi man nana matandaan ro anang damgo. Agud matukiban ra damgo, guin patawag nana ro mga mangin aeamon it palasyo. Ogaling owa guid sanda nakatugma. Sa kaakig it hari, guin manduhan nana ro anang sueoguon nga ipapatay ro mga mangin aeamon.
Pero guin pakita it Diyos kay Daniel ro damgo it hari ag kon ano rong kahueugan. Guin sugo ni Daniel nga indi ipapatay ro mga mangin aeamon. Imaw ro matugma kong damgo eakip ko anang kahueogan. Suno kay Daniel, nagakahueogan nga rong evanghelio hay igato-on sa tanan. Si Jesus ro mangin hari sa tanan nga tawo sa kalibutan.
Malipayon rong hari sa anang habati-an. Guin obra nga pinuno si Daniel. Umabot rong tiyempo nga nagbaylo eon rong hari. Imaw si haring Darius. Nagpili imaw it mga kaeaeakihan nga makabulig kana. Si Daniel ro anang guinpili nga mangin pinuno. Abo nga owa naila kay Daniel nga andang pinuno. Duro ro nahaikaw kana, Busa nagplano sanda kon mauno makabaeos kay Daniel.
May batasan si Daniel nga magpangamuyo it tatlong beses sa sang adlaw. Hakita ra it mga kaibahan nana. Nag-adto sanda sa hari ag nagpaobra it pabando nga owa it tawo nga magto-o sa ibang Diyos kundi sa hari eamang. Kon sin-o ro madakpan hay pagasilotan. Nagpasugot rong hari ag guin pabando sa bilog nga kaharian rong kasugu-an. Owa magpundo si Daniel sa pagpangamuyo. Hadakpan imaw it mga tawo ag guindaea sa hari. Nasubo guid ro hari ogaling owa imaw it mahimo tungod imaw rong nagobra kong kasuguan.
Guinperiso si Daniel sa kulungan it mga liyon. Pagkataliwan it pilang adlaw, ko isaeang gabi-i, nagpu-asa rong hari. Indi imaw makatueog. Pagkaaga, agahon pa imaw nga nagbisita sa kulungan it liyon. Guin tawag nana si Daniel. Nagsabat si Daniel. Suno kay Daniel, nakalibre mat-a imaw sa mga liyon ay guinbutangan it busae rong bibig it mga liyon ko anang guina patihan nga Diyos. Nalipay rong hari.

Halin kato, nagpabando ro mahae nga hari nga kilaeahun rong Diyos ni Daniel. Ag imaw eamang rong pagasambahon it mga tawo. /MP


By Janica Anne L. dela Pena

Through the urgent request of Hon. Florencio T. Miraflores, Provincial Gov. of Aklan, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan  (SP) of Aklan approved Supplemental Budget No. 1 appropriating P200 million  for various infrastructure projects. The approval of Appropriation Ordinance No. 001, Series of 2014 was done during the Aklan SP’s 22nd Regular Session.
The P200 million supplemental budget will be spent for the construction of the office of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan – P45 million; for the construction of commercial building and academic center (Phase II) – P30 million; for the purchase of maintenance/construction/dredging Equipment – P80 million; for the improvement of capitol main building (Phase IV) – P25 million; for the improvement of the Trade Hall building – P12 million; and for the improvement of the Cagban Terminal Building, Caticlan, Malay – P8 million.
Citing its urgency for passage, Governor Florencio T. Miraflores endorsed the supplemental budget for SP approval which will be funded out of the proceeds of loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).
It was on November 6, 2013 when the Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved Resolution No. 126, Series of 2013, granting the authority to Governor Miraflores to negotiate and enter into a contract of loan with the Land Bank of the Philippines at a total amount of P200 million for various infrastructures and purchases of equipment.
The provincial government of Aklan has a standby credit facility to the total amount of P650 million with the LBP.
During the said regular session, SP member Lilian Q. Tirol stated that the executive and judiciary buildings have been already constructed leaving the legislative building behind. She also added that it’s about time to construct the office of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan since it will not only benefit the 13 SP members but the whole constituency in the municipalities of Aklan.
SP member Plaridel M. Morania, one of the longest staying members in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, said that it is urgent to construct an office for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. “Records are being lost every time calamity or typhoon strikes since there is no proper place to keep the records safe in the present office; that the construction will provide each SP member his/her own office for them to be accessible to his/her constituents of the Province,” Morania pointed out.
The construction of the legislative building is appropriated with the total amount of P45 million out of the total loan proceeds.

After a long discussion, the presiding officer, Vice Governor Gabrielle V. Calizo-Quimpo divided the house on the issue. The Ordinance was passed with a final vote of 9 to 1. It was only SP member Rodson F. Mayor who voted “no”. /MP

PAPI Schedules National Press Congress In Cebu

PAPI Schedules National Press
Congress In Cebu

The Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI) has set its 19th National Press Congress on February 19-21, 2015. It will be held at the Sacred Heart Center, along Jakosalem Avenue, Cebu City.

PAPI Cebu Chapter, led by its President, Engr. Greg Sineneng will host the congress. It will banner the theme, “Forward to ASEAN Integration.”

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), composed of 10 member countries, will see full integration as one economic community next year. Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam composed the ASEAN.

According to PAPI president Luis T. Arriola, the discussion topics during the media event will revolve around the theme, particularly on how the integration of ASEAN into one common market of some 600 million consumers, will impact on, and affect the local community newspaper publishing industry.

The event’s program will formally open on February 19 at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon and progress on to its traditional Fellowship Night. The session on February 20 will last only up to 2:00 p.m. after which interested participants will be treated to a free tour of interesting places around Cebu City the whole afternoon. Optional tours, for a fee, will be available for interested delegates the following day, February 21.

The interested participants desiring to avail of discounted round trip plane fares to and from Cebu may book their tickets in advance, PAPI Treasurer and Conference Director Nelson Santos suggested. /MP

Foliage Plants

Foliage Plants

Araucaria Heterophyllla
Common Name: Norfolk island pine
Description: This is a straight tree with symmetrical branches and needle like foliage. The tree grows very slow, but eventually reaches a height of ten feet.
Temperature: 60 degrees.
Light: Bright light
Water: Allow the top of the soil to dry out between thorough watering/drenching.
Humidity: Low level.
Pinching and Pruning: None needed.
Fertilizer: Once a year.
Soil Contents: Common indoor all-purpose mix.
Propagation: Very difficult, although one can try using leader cuttings.
Pests and Diseases: Stem or Root Rot
Common Name: Caladium
Description: Caladium are famous for their extraordinary colourful leaves. One to two feet in size, the leaves can be green, red, yellow or pink.
Temperature: 75 degrees.
Humidity: High level.
Pinching and Pruning: Trim off faded leaves and cut off any dead foliage regularly.
Fertilizer: Fertilize every two weeks during growth period.
Soil Contents: Common indoor all-purpose mix.
Propagation: Seeds, tubers. For tubers, remove them from the container when the plant dries out and place them in peat moss in a cool location until summer. approaches. Then divide the tubers and place in small pots in a warm, moist area.
Common Name: Spider plant
Description: Features long, thin green and white leaves. “Baby” plants spring up from the ends of the mother plant’s stems.
Temperature: 65 to 75 degrees.
Light: Bright light
Water: Keep soil evenly moist at all times.
Humidity: Normal level.
Pinching and Pruning: Rotate plant regularly.
Fertilizer: Every two weeks.
Soil Contents: Common indoor all-purpose mix.
Propagation: Division, plantlets. For plantlets, simply cut them off and root in water or peat moss.
Pests and Diseases: Scale, Salt Damage.
Common Name: Flame nettle, painted leaf plant.
Description: Velvety leaves with many different colors mark this popular plant. The leaves are often scalloped, and the small blue or white flowers sometimes form at the end of summer.
Temperature: 70 degrees
Light: Bright light
Water: Keep soil evenly moist throughout the year.
Humidity: High level.
Pinching and Pruning: Pinch off flowers and growing tips regularly to prevent leggy growth.
Fertilizer: Fertilize every two weeks.
Soil Contents: Common indoor all-purpose mix.
Propagation: Stem cuttings, seeds.
Pests and Diseases: Mealybugs, White Flies.
Common Name: Dumb cane.
Description: A popular houseplant possessing large, speckled green and cream colored leaves. The sap from the cane like stems, if eaten, can result in paralysis of the vocal cords.
Temperature: 65 to 75 degrees
Light: Bright light
Water: Allow the top of the soil to dry out completely between watering.
Humidity: Normal level.
Pinching and Pruning: Remove dead foliage immediately and keep leaves free of dust.
Fertilizer: Fertilize every two weeks during growth period.
Soil Contents: Common indoor all-purpose mix.
Propagation: Root stems and cuttings in sand.
Pests and Diseases: Rarely bothered
Common Names: False Aralia, Thread leaf.
Description: An element looking plant with finger-like, bronze-green leaves. Features a single stem which often reaches up to six feet in height.
Temperature: 65 to 70 degrees
Light: Bright light
Water: Allow the top of the soil to dry out between thorough watering.
Humidity: High level.
Pinching and Pruning: None needed.
Fertilizer: Fertilize monthly.
Soil Contents: Common indoor all-purpose mix.
Propagation: Cuttings.
Pests and Diseases: Aphids, Mealybugs, Scale.
Common Names: Dragon trees, Complant.
Description: A very contemporary tree. Dracaena is a member of the lily family. Its palmlike appearance can be most striking, especially with the taller varieties, which sometimes grow as high as 20 feet tall.
Temperature: 65 to 75 degrees
Light: Bright light
Water: Keep soil moist.
Humidity: Normal level.
Pinching and Pruning: Cut off brown tips.
Fertilizer: Fertilize every two weeks.
Soil Contents: Common indoor all-purpose mix.
Propagation: Stem cuttings or top of plant.
Pests and Diseases: Rarely bothered.
Common Names: Tree ivy, Fat lizzie, Botanical wonder.
Description: A very tall plant which resembles over grown ivy, Fatshedera is actually a hybrid between Fatsia japonica and Hedera helix.
Temperature: 55 to 65 degrees
Light: Bright light
Water: Keep very moist at all times.
Humidity: High level.
Pinching and Pruning: Pinch off growth tips and tie branches to a trellis every six month.
Fertilizer: Fertilize monthly during growth period.
Soil Contents: Common indoor all-purpose mix.
Propagation: Root cuttings in water.
Pests and Diseases: Botrytis Grey Mold
Fatsia Japonica
Common Name: Japanese aralia
Description: The leaves of this plant resemble over-sized maple trees. Waxy, green leaves are sometimes speckled with white.
Temperature: 65 degrees
Light: Filtered light
Water: Keep soil evenly moist during growth period, but allow soil to dry out between watering during dormant period.
Humidity: Normal level.
Pinching and Pruning: Prune leaves back to the stalk when plants grow unwieldy.
Fertilizer: Fertilize every two weeks except in wet season.
Soil Contents: Common indoor all-purpose mix.
Propagation: Seeds, stem cuttings.

Pests and Diseases: Rarely bothered. /MP