Executive Order No. 23, Series of 2011 mandates the DA-DAR-DENR initiative to develop a National Greening Program (NGP) in cooperation with DepEd, CHED, DSWD, DBM, private sector and other stakeholders. NGP targets 1.5 billion indigenous species to be planted on 1.5 million hectares for a period of six (6) years from 2011 to 2016.
The cogent reason is that the Philippines once a big time log and timber exporter has only 24 percent remaining forest cover. It is now suffering from widespread loss of ecosystem areas including biodiversity maintenance, carbon sequestration, watershed protection and local community’s ability to harvest timber and non-timber forest products.
Actually, the country has eight (8) million hectares of denuded and idle forest lands vulnerable to intense national disasters as flush floods, water shortages, soil erosion, and landslides. A recent study by the Conservation International said that only about four (4) percent of Philippine forests remain as natural habitat for many endemic species.
For the last four (4) decades, DENR’s approach to reforestation is adoption of exotic species such as gemelina, mahogany and acacia mangium. Extensive areas were developed for these species from Aparri to Jolo on perceived economic and environmental values. At the same time, it is addressed to tackle massive poverty in the countryside. Alas, for like other “imports” such as Taiwan catfish, golden kuhol or golden apple snail, MAWA hybrid coconut, and others have been an exercise in failure and frustration. Definitely, exotic tree species have limited environmental and social benefits.
The assessments could not be established by any observer since the planted gemelina and mahogany trees have no competitors in sight. Hence, planting of intercrops like bananas, coffee, cacao, ginger is impossible. Various plant parts like leaves, fruits and flowers are laden with toxic compounds and poisonous to insects, birds and mammals. Of course, goats out of starvation are often seen nibbling young leaves and ripe fruits of gemelina but livestock raisers are dismayed. The animals are stunted or become sickly. This breakdown in the food chain is responsible for fast disappearance of birds, lizards, fruit bats and bees.
The key to restoration is rainforestation or planting of native tree species like Dipterocarps while providing forest-dependent communities with additional sources of livelihood. Recommended indigenous for planting are narra, guijo, kamagong, red and white lawaan, tindalo, yakal, and molave. Altogether, there are 3,600 species of forest trees to choose from. The program is backed by the Rainforest Restoration Initiative, a network of national and international supporters. Rainforestation is a well researched, cost effective and widely applicable method of planting native tree species in order to achieve a wide variety of management objectives which are: production, restoration/protection and urban enhancement.
Production is applied in areas where timber harvesting and other forms of resource extraction are permitted. Restoration/protection is designed for areas where the objective is to protect or restore the ecosystem. Urban enhancement is adopted to create favorable micro habitat and promote the appreciation of native trees in urban areas.
Native tree species nurseries could be found in Brgy. Centro Norte, Pandan, Brgy. Aningalan, San Remegio and Brgys. Imparayan and Luna, Sibalon all in the province of Antique. The planting materials available based on latest website are narra, tindalo, molave, salong, and apitong among others. Their prices are very reasonable.
How do DENR
Aklan fare in the NGB?
Penro Ivene D. Reyes has a target of 502 hectares in 2011, 1,444 hectares in 2012 and 1,847 hectares in 2013. Aklan has planted 502 hectares, 1,534 hectares and 1,863 hectares respectively or accomplished 103 percent of target. The DENR Aklan is composed of two (2) Forest Districts which are Kalibo, CENRO and Boracay CENRO.
In its annual report for FY 2012, Kalibo CENRO relied mostly on the cooperation of DepEd teachers and pupils who planted agro-forest trees like jackfruit, lanzones, talisay, acacia. In Madalag and Batan, PO’s and NGO’s planted mangrove trees and narra. In the same period, CENRO Boracay stakeholders like Rotary Club, BFI, PNP, PA, and PN planted acacia, mountain agoho, gogo, Badlan, and narra.
The 2013 data show a surge in seedling production by Economic Research and Development Services (ERDS) cooperators. A total of 33,640 seedlings of indigenous species and 30,000 seedlings of fruit trees were produced and planted by 16 PO’s (9 for Boracay and 7 for Kalibo). Congratulations and more power! /MP
English Dictionary has not been able to explain the difference between the two words “COMPLETE” and “FINISHED”. Some people say there is no difference between “COMPLETE and “FINISHED”, but there is.
When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE and when you marry the wrong woman you are FINISHED! When your wife catches you with another woman you are COMPLETELY FINISHED and when your wife likes shopping so much you are FINISHED COMPLETELY!!!
In Asean, especially next year, you are complete if you have prepared properly like if you have joined the AKLAN FORUM. But you are finished if you have not. And completely finished if you had not even given it a thought or do any preparation. (The ASEAN Economic Integration 2015 will be effective next year.)
Are You The Winner? The Loser? The winner is always part of the answer. The loser is always part of the problem. The winner always has a solution. The loser always has an excuse. The winner says, ‘let me do it for you”. The loser says, “that’s not my job”. The winner sees an answer for every problem. The loser sees a problem for every answer. The winner says, “It may be difficult but it is possible”. The loser says, “it may be possible but it is too difficult”. The winner says, “Can, can”. The Loser says, “Cannot, cannot”. The winner says, “I’m possible”. The loser says, “Impossible”. The winner sees the light. The loser sees the night. The winner says, “Never say die”. The loser always say, “Die, die.” So, the winner wins. And the loser loses. Your choice?
ENGAGE ROTARY CHANGE LIVES
Past President Megs Lunn reported, “Rotary International District 3850 (Panay, Negros Occidental and Western Mindanao) and District 3830 (Makati, CALABARZON areas plus Palawan) will rendezvous at our beautiful island, Boracay for the annual gathering of thousands of busy Rotarians.
D3850 Governor Mark Anthony Ortiz and District 3830 Governor Robert Kuan are very excited to make things happen for both districts. Rotarian delegates from these two districts will invade the island for a combo of Rotary learning and Rotary fun on March 6-9, 2014 at the Boracay Crown Regency Hotel & Convention Center, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan.” /MP
The Mending Faces, the volunteer group based in Colorado, USA with the mission to repair cleft lip and cleft palate was in Kalibo on February 10-13, 2014. Composed of 48 members, the group arrived on February 8, 2014. They were welcomed at Kalibo International Airport by Rotary Club of Kalibo (RCK) members, with their transportation provided by the provincial government.
They did surgery for free on 63 patients at Dr. R.S Tumbukon Memorial Hospital from February 10-13, 2014, a great help for the patients whose families could not afford the plastic surgery, not to mention the fact that there is no plastic surgeon practicing in Aklan. Aside from the corrective surgery, some members of the group also did an outreach activity: a dental hygiene demo and distributed dental hygiene kits to the following schools as coordinated by our club: Jawili Integrated School, Tangalan; Daja Norte Elementary School, Banga; and Gen. F. Castillo Memorial School, Kalibo.
As a big gesture of appreciation, RCK and the Aklan Provincial government jointly hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner/Valentine Party for them on Feb. 13, 2014 at Nenette’s Garden. Dr. David Charles, Mending Faces President, expressed their appreciation to their local partners, RCK included, who made things run smoothly during their mission. It was a relaxing evening of good food, good fun and good company. It was indeed a blast! With many dancing talents uncovered!
In behalf of RCK, “from the bottom of our hearts, “Thank you, Mending Faces!!”, said Dr. Magayanes. She also express her “endless thanks to the Rotarians who were at the airport to welcome them, who went with Mending Faces in the outreach activity, who worked behind the scenes in ensuring things run smoothly during their mission, who definitely brightened our Thanksgiving Dinner/Valentine Party with their presence.” /MP
Gov. Florencio T. Miraflores, in his State of the Province Address (SOPA) delivered during the 4th Regular Session of the 16th Sangguniang Panlalawigan on February 5, 2014, underscored the various laudable poverty alleviation and social welfare programs the social welfare agencies in the province implemented.
Miraflores reported that the Pantawid Pampamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) has already covered 26,485 households in Aklan as of 2013 with a total cash grant releases of P356.317 million intended for health and education of children of poor families.
Under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), covered are 4,255 beneficiaries at a cost of P20.9 million. In the towns of Libacao and Madalag alone, 6,172 beneficiaries are already covered with total disbursements of P26.6 million under the KALAHI-CIDSS of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Miraflores said.
The Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) which randomly covers the towns of Batan, Ibajay, Makato, New Washington and Tangalan with its sub-projects will benefit 19,795 beneficiaries at a cost of P49.5 million.
In the Elderly Week Celebration last year, families of senior citizens who died received a total of P110,000 burial assistance, the different able citizens availed of medicine and hospitalization financial assistance of P1 million worth of Provincial Disable Affairs Office building.
Under the indigency program of the Office of the Provincial Governor, last year, a total of 2,132 indigent Aklanons confined at the provincial hospital availed of financial assistance worth P3.74 million.
The Office of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development served a total of 82,350 families in the aftermath of super typhoon “Yolanda” whose dwellings had been totally or partially damaged.
Some 450 day care workers in Aklan had availed of cash incentives worth P1.3 million in 2013.
Miraflores said that Aklan will continue to maintain the Comprehensive Center for Women, Crisis Intervention and Child Protection Units and Social Welfare Desks. He also reported the near completion of the construction of the Aklan Youth Center building. /MP
The Supreme Court (SC) approved recently the public disclosure of assets statements of judges and justices, but guidelines for such release will have to be discussed in a special en banc session first.
All SC justices, except for Lucas Bersamin and Diosdado Peralta who were both out for a pre-scheduled lecture, approved the move to disclose their statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) for 2011.
The decision to disclose their SALN effectively nullifies the SC’s May 2, 1989 resolution during the time of then Chief Justice Andres Narvasa, who was appointed to the High Court by the late President Corazon Aquino.
The 1992 resolution required court officials to submit their respective SALN before the Office of the Clerk of Court, and which made it unlawful for any person to obtain or use any statement filed under Republic Act 6713, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, for (a) any purpose contrary to morals or public policy, or (b) any commercial purpose other than by news and communications media for dissemination to the general public.
“Let’s not forget, precedent-setting ang ginawa ni CJ Corona to issue a waiver (Corona’s signing of the waiver was a precedent setting),” acting SC spokesperson Gleo Guerra said when asked whether the court’s decision to release the SALN of justices had anything to do with ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona’s call for other top government officials to also issue a waiver on the confidentiality of their bank accounts, which was an issue raised during his impeachment trial.
Guerra said disclosure of justices’ full SALN was a “collective decision” of the court and not just an initiative of Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, who was then acting Chief Justice following Corona’s ouster by a majority vote of the 23-member Senate.
She said, meanwhile, that the justices also resolved to take up during the June 19 session the issue of whether Corona is entitled to get his benefits despite his impeachment.
Corona was convicted by the Senate impeachment court for failure to declare in his SALN his $2.4 million worth of dollar and P80-million peso deposits, which he said were co-mingled funds of his family and his wife’s family-owned Basa-Guidote Enterprises, Inc. funds. /MP
“In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.” - TACITUS
An Iloilo-based journalist and former official of the provincial government has launched an on-line petition asking Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to resolve cases in the P10-billion “pork barrel” scam involving high government officials in less than one year.
Stating that “delays cause injustice and deepen the culture of impunity for corruption,” Manuel Mejorada posted the petition on change.
Mejorada, inducted by Pres. Corazon Aquino as president of the Iloilo Press and Radio Club in 1990, stated in his petition, to wit: “WHEREAS, the media exposes on the P10 Billion Pork Barrel Scam involving Senators, Congress People and NGOs put up by Janet Lim-Napoles have rocked the entire nation, causing grief, shock and anger among its citizens over this grand theft of the public treasury in a country where more than 70 percent of its people live in abject poverty;
“WHEREAS, such corruption have taken deep root in the country’s institutions over a period of time, and the perpetrators have grown emboldened to continue with their activities under the “Matuwid na Daan” government of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III because only a handful have been prosecuted and convicted;
“WHEREAS, while due process is a sacred right for those accused, complainants, too, are entitled to see a speedy and just resolution of their grievances and complaints, and the delays in the resolution of cases which often take years in the Office of the Ombudsman tilt the balance in favor of the corrupt;
“WHEREAS, it is not only the complainants who are affected by the unreasonable delays in the conduct of preliminary investigations by the Office of the Ombudsman, but the respondents as well if they are innocent of the charges, because for as long as the cases are pending, they hang over the heads like swords of Damocles;
“WHEREAS, the most effective deterrent to corruption is swift punishment for those who are guilty without giving up their right to due process;
“WHEREAS, in many instances, elected officials are absolved of their offenses and go-scot free from their administrative liabilities because of the delays that result in the cases being overtaken by their re-election, in which case the Aguinaldo doctrine set down by the Supreme Court becomes applicable;
“WHEREAS, the basic principle of the Rule of Law is jeopardized by these delays, and there is now an urgent need for the Office of the Ombudsman to impose deadlines on the resolution of cases that are brought before this Honorable Body;
“NOW, WHEREFORE, we respectfully PETITION the Honorable Conchita Carpio-Morales to impose a deadline for One (1) Year from the time the issues are joined and resolve the cases based on the evidence on record; at no instance should the cases go beyond a period of three (3) years from the time of filing. (Signed) Manuel P. Mejorada, Villa San Lorenzo Subd., Lapaz, Iloilo City” /MP
For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.
One day I had lunch with some friends. Jim, a short, balding golfer who was about 90 years old, came along with them---all in all, a pleasant bunch.
When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Jim who said, “Ice Cream, please. Two scoops, chocolate.
I wasn’t sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast. “Along with heated apple pie,” Jim added, completely unabashed.
We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time.. But when our orders were brought out, I didn’t enjoy mine.
I couldn't take my eyes off Jim as his pie a-la-mode went down. The other guys couldn't believe it. They ate their lunches silently and grinned.
The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Jim. I lunched on white meat tuna. He ordered a parfait.
I smiled. He asked if he amused me, I answered, “Yes, you do, but also you confuse me. How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible?”
He laughed and said “I’m tasting all that is possible. I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should. But life’s so short, my friend, I hate missing out on something good.
This year I realized how old I was. (He grinned) I haven’t been this old before. So, before I die, I’ve got to try those things that for years I had ignored.
I haven’t smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many trout streams I haven’t fished. There’s more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead.
There are too many golf courses I haven’t played. I’ve not laughed at all the jokes. I’ve missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes.
I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace.
I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most.
I haven’t cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again.
So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I’d say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart’s desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired.”
With that, I called the waitress over. “I’ve changed my mind, “I said. “I want what he is having, only add some more whipped cream!”
Kato anay nga inadlaw suno sa mga katigueangan, may isaeang ka tuburan (waterfalls) sa barangay Mahayhay, sakup it Laguna. Guina pangayaw it mga turista rondayang tuburan. Rikara man naga eaba ag naga paligos ro mga kadaeagahan sa Mahayhay.
Ro manami sa tuburan hay guina halintuead sa belo it nobya kon magtubod paadto sa ubos.
Ogaling, owa eot-a makaron rondayang tuburan. Kon paalin naduea, hayra ro estora kara. Samtang naga linaba ro mga kadaeagahan ko isaeang agahon ngaron, may nagtaeang nga isaeang ka binatilyo sa tuburan.
May hakita imaw nga daeaga, si Viola ro anang ngaean. Na ingganyo imaw sa ka anyag it daeaga. Umpisa kato, permi nga naga bisita ro binata sa daeaga hasta nagsumpaan sanda nga maghigugma anan mientras may naga tubod nga tubi sa tuburan.
Sa owa man magbuhay, may nag abot nga isaeang ka daeaga halin sa syudad. May pagka moderno ro babaye sa tanan nga pag hueag. Ko pilang adlaw, nga nag taliwan sa andang pagkilaea, may sekreto gali nga kaila sa eaeaki. Sa isaeang pagtipon-tipon, guin hilong ko babaye si Medardo. Sa kahilongon, owa imaw kasayod ko anang guin obra. Hasta hakita sanda ko agahon ngaron nga nag eobog kaibahan ko babaye nga parehong hilong. Naakig si Viola kay Medardo. Nag away sanda ag isaeang adlaw, hakita eang ro patay nga eawas ni Viola nga naga eotaw-eotaw sa tuburan.
Pagkakita ni Medardo, nag eompat imaw sa mataas nga bato ag tumama ro anang oeo sa mataeum nga bato busa na nina, dayon namatay. Pareho sanda nga nag eotaw-eotaw sa tubi hasta naagahon. Pagkaaga, nakita it mga tawo nga owa eot-a it tubi ro tuburan. Maskin owa eot-a ro tuburan, ogaling nangin saksi sa isaeang ka putli nga paghigugma nga hasta makaron una sa tagipusuon ko mga pomoeoyo it mahayhay. /MP
Some 80 indigenous people of Sitio Nagpana, Brgy. Lipata, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo graduated in the season-long training on Integrated Farming System (IFS) with the theme “Development of Upland Area through Integrated Farming System,” February 18.
Through the season-long training, farmers are able to utilize their upland areas in the propagation of different high value commodities such as vegetables, banana and coffee.
The department of Agriculture (DA) 6 technical staff, Edgar C. Oyson, encouraged farmers of the indigenous group to conserve the abundant natural resources in order to maintain sustainability in both agricultural and community sectors.
“The learning you have gained from the three-month long IFS training should be communicated and shared to the larger community through proper implementation of technologies and cultural practices,” said Oyson.
Barotac Viejo Municipal Mayor Niel C. Tupas III announced that the roads of Sitio Nagpana will be concreted this year.
“This would ease the transportation and delivery of agricultural products and inputs from farm to market and vice versa,” stressed Mayor Tupas.
Representative from the Department of Education 6 had mentioned during the graduation regarding their proposal to implement the Alternative Learning System (ALS) through the DA’s School On-the-Air Program. /MP
Senator Chiz Escudero is pushing anew for the passage of proposal he put forward to decriminalize libel, including online libel which constitutionality was upheld early this week by the Supreme Court.
Escudero has first put the proposal in 2007 to decriminalize libel and the provisions that define and penalize libel under Article 355 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC).
Now that the High Tribunal has ruled on the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cyrbercrime Prevention Act of 2012, Escudero saw the need to pass his proposed legislation seeking to repeal laws that consider libel a criminal offense in order to guarantee freedom of expression.
“The Philippines, as a country deemed democratic and developing, cannot rest on its antiquated laws that run detrimental and contrary to the exercise of freedom,” Escudero said. “Decriminalizing libel accords greater protection to freedom of speech and expression.”
He added: “If we take away the threat of fear of incarceration and restraint of liberty, we encourage a strong print media to continuously provide a mechanism that promotes transparency over the excesses of government and other entities.”
According to Escudero, the existence of libel in Philippine laws is hurting the country’s global press freedom ranking, which has dropped in recent years from 147 out of 179 countries in 2013 and 140 in 2012 based on the World Press Freedom Index.
Last year, the senator introduced Senate Bill No. 126 to amend the cybercrime law by removing its online libel provision. In Senate Bill No. 127, which Escudero reintroduced, he is seeking anew the repeal of Article 355 of the RPC to decriminalize libel committed by writing, printing, airing on radio or any similar means.
Escudero said the two proposed bills, while seeking to scrap criminal penal provisions, did not completely remove the remedies provided under existing laws against media abuse and irresponsible reports.
“I respect the decision of the High Court but there still lies a pressing need to pass the amendments removing the criminal provisions of libel as a crime.“ These bills are only consistent with my long-time position to decriminalize libel from our statutes and just retain civil liabilities just so we also ensure that the exercise of our freedom of expression comes with equal responsibilities,” Escudero said.
More Benefits For Solo Parents
Senator Chiz Escudero pushes strongly to provide further benefits and support on top of what is already provided in Republic Act 8972 (Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000) should be given to solo parents to lessen the burden of raising children alone and to ensure that their children are given the opportunity for a better future, Senator Chiz Escudero said.
Escudero, chairman of the senate committee on finance pushed, for the passage of this proposal through Senate Bill No. (SBN) 121 which seeks to provide additional support and benefits to solo parents such as discounts from purchases of baby’s milk, food and food supplements, clothing and medical supplies.
“There are already benefits provided for by RA 8972 but we take into account the challenges of economic realities single parents face. But this proposal does not discount either the effects it may entail to businesses, employment and other economic activities.”
Escudero said the proposal is worthy of evaluation and deliberation as all stakeholders “may be able to strike a balance between profitability and social responsibility.”
Under the bill, the following proposals shall be granted to any solo parent employee who has rendered service of at least one year:
- parental leave of not more than seven working days WITH PAY (in addition to leave privileges under existing laws)
- ten percent discount from all purchase of clothing and clothing materials for the child from conception until 2 years old
- fifteen percent discount from all purchases of medicines and other medical supplements/supplies for the child from conception until 5 years old, and
- basic personal exemption from individual income tax in the amount of fifty thousand pesos (P50,000.00) in addition to the existing exemption a solo parent may claim.
The bill also proposes that any solo parent as defined by law shall be entitled to the issuance of a solo parent ID by the municipal or city social welfare officer.
Any employer who fails to provide the benefits mentioned in this amended act shall be penalized with a fine of P50,000.00 or a one year imprisonment or both.
Any subsequent violation carries a P200,000.00 fine or a two year imprisonment or both.
Any person who abuses the privileges of this proposed act, on the other hand, shall be punished with imprisonment or a fine of P50,000.00 or both. /MP
“The Role of the Academe in the ASEAN Economic Integration 2015” is the theme of the 66th Annual College Festival & Foundation Day celebration of the Northwestern Visayan Colleges (NVC) scheduled on February 28 – March 1, 2014.
It is not only in the customs, culture and tradition among Pilipinos especially Aklanons, but it is embedded in their way of life to celebrate important events like birthday, wedding and foundation day. It is a tradition as well in the NVC to celebrate its annual festival and foundation day.
This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme which appears simple but it underwent a composition process until it was finally agreed. The theme is crafted to send messages of love, care and preservation of our biosphere through education, culture and arts. Moreover, the theme also conveys a message of international cooperation in the field of education, and the national and regional economy.
All the activities during the festival are geared toward education and economic related activities such as: Amazing Race in Math, Teaching Demo Festival for Education, Book Talk Contest, Inter Section Skills Olympic for HRM, Forum on K to 12 for High School, Performance Information Edition, Cultural Shows Presentation, Blood Letting, and Coronation of Ms. NVC Sweetheart and King of Hearts 2014.
The foundation day celebration also serves as the application of knowledge learned as the students formulate the program, activities, and implement it with merely minimum guidance and supervision from NVC faculty, parents and administration. This is “NVCians in the lead”.
Indeed, the 66th Annual College Festival & Foundation Day will serve to truly reveal the “State of the College” to the NVC Board of Directors, Administration, Faculty and the students. This will give more strength, resources, and resolutions for the NVC to further assist the nation, Aklan in particular, in the production of high quality manpower resources to develop a more peaceful, progressive and desirable place to live, AKLAN! Hence, NVC is determined to perform its role in the successful ASEAN Economic Integration 2015.
Calendar of Activities
On Tuesday, February 27, there will be a goodwill games between Central Philippine University and Northwestern Visayan Colleges for both boys and girls. This will be held in the CSQ Gymnasium, Estancia, Kalibo.
On Friday, Feb. 28, there will be a Thanksgiving Mass at CSQ Gymnasium, Amazing High Heel Race and Laro ng Lahi. ASEAN 2015 Forum Seminar will simultaneously take place at Carmen Hotel, Poblacion, Kalibo.
In the afternoon, Parade and Review in honor of Miss NVC Sweetheart & King of Hearts 2014 will be held. The parade over, civic program and playground demonstration will be done at Pastrana Park, Poblacion, Kalibo.
On Saturday evening, March 1, coronation program will be held at CSQ Auditorium, Estancia, Kalibo. /MP
Note: This column will be devoted for true love stories so that others who may read this may elicit good lessons from the experience of those who are ahead of them. A love story selected and published will be awarded one year subscription to Madyaas Pen or its equivalent in cash. The true names of the story sender maybe withheld. The love stories below are submitted by two college students studying in Kalibo, Aklan.
My Love Is Sort of Magic
They say, “Love at first sight is not true, because one can’t really love someone he/she doesn’t know”. But this is what I felt the first time I saw AL. I called that love at first sight.
It happened a couple of years ago when I decided to join a charismatic choir. My cousin invited me to be a part of this group. On that day, I was sitting on the chair inside of the room while we’re all waiting for other members to come. I was looking outside of the room until I saw a guy who was walking through the door. I didn’t know why all of a sudden there was a sort of magic that happened. It seems my world stops when I saw him. My heart beats fast. I feel like there is a butterfly in my stomach. I knew it’s kind of weird feeling but I can’t help it.
I ended up that day looking at him all day long. I don’t know why did I felt that way. Day after day, we became friends. I knew much more of him. AL is a kind guy. He is quiet and has a good sense of humor. He always crack jokes. He is a religious person and really loves his family which made me fall in love again. I knew that he doesn’t like me and of course he doesn’t even know about my feelings for him. I felt that AL loves my best friend so I always tease them. I was the one who made a way so that my best friend noticed AL. In short, I served as a “bridge”.
But a few months ago, it seems, everything has changed. AL is always texting me. He always buy me some snack. On the following day, I was shocked when AL confessed about the feelings he have for me. “He loves me”. He proposed love. I already loved him even before. I answered him with a yes, that I do love him too. I was so happy that time and yet wondering because I thought he did love my best friend, Celia But he explained and told me that he didn’t love Celia.
I can’t sleep on that day. I felt like I’m on the cloud nine. We’re happy together and always end up the day with full of laughter. I really want to hang up with him always and I promised to myself that this is the guy that I will cherish forever.
When I became a college student, I really need to study and stay in Kalibo with my cousin. This diminished the time AL and I spent daily. Although we’re far from each other, we always exchange messages.
However, after one year, everything has changed. He became cold. Every time he got mad with me, it took a month before he calls me back.
We’ve been together for two years until April 9, 2012 when he gave up. He broke up with me. He was tired of our relationship. Because we didn’t have time to each other, he decided to let me go. We both cried! I knew it really hurts but I believed that someday, in a right time and in a right place we will meet again. I and AL remain single. He doesn’t have a girlfriend. We still communicate with each other. We are friends. My love for him will never fade. I know we are meant to be. God will give him back to me. I will never forget him and I believe he is my destiny. As of now, I will not mind it because true love waits.
My Parents Love Story
My mother was a hardworking person. She started working at the age of 16. She finished late in high school because of financial problem. She is a breadwinner of the family. They are five siblings. Her parent died due to old age.
When my mom decided to pursue her study, she applied for a job in a fast food chain to support her everyday needs in school. She started as a cook. It was in this food chain my mother met my father.
My father is also a breadwinner of the family. They are nine siblings. He pursued his study and completed a 2 year course in computer science. When he first met my mother, something sparked between them. Meanwhile, they decided to become best friends then turned lovers after four years.
After graduation, my mother decided to go back to Cebu. My father supported whatever her decision then because he believed in a saying of “meant to be” they well. He promised mother that whatever happens, he will always take care of her.
After a couple of years, my father decided to propose to my mother. He went to my mother’s province in Cebu together with his parents. Few months after his proposal, they decided to tie the knot. They lived happily ever after. We are nine brothers and sisters. The first baby of mom was a twin, four girls and five boys, I’m the youngest in the family.
They have many hardships in life but they are strong surviving it together. They are thankful to God Who made them meant to be together and forever.
My parents now are in our province in Cebu. I stay now with my eldest brother in Malay, Aklan. He supports me in my studies. /MP
National Irrigation Administration (NIA) data show that it cost the government P80,000 just to irrigate 1.0 ha. of riceland in 1995. After almost two decades, this figure could be doubled today. Considering food security particularly rice self-sufficiency of present and future generations, the Department of Agrarian Reform along with DA, DENR, NIA and LGU crafted a joint policy to regulate the conversion or land use reclassification. The rationale is to prevent the whimsical and arbitrary decision covering lands under Strategic Agricultural and Fisheries Development Zone (SADZ) and network of Protected Areas for Agricultural and Agro-Industral Development (NPAAD).
Any formal request addressed to the Director, Regional Center for Land Use Planning and Policy Implementation includes 25 pertinent documents which are: 1. true copy of Original Certificate of Title, 2. True Copy Current Tax Declaration, 3. Project Feasibility Study, 4. Joint Venture Agreement between Landowner and Developer, 5. Narrative Description of Development Plan, 6. Proof of Financial and Organizational Capability of the Developer, 7. Socio-Economic Cost Benefit Study, 8. MARO Certification, 9. Housing Land Use Regulatory Board Certification, 10. DA Certification, 11. DENR Certification, and 14 others. Depending upon the speed of accomplishing different forms/papers, processing and follow-up, it would take any applicant 6-12 months to complete the documents. In addition, a filing fee of P1,750 and inspection fee of P5,000 must be paid before action on the application starts.
The regulatory form of the government unit is decidedly stringent but well placed. This is embodied in Local Government Code of 1991. The Sangguniang Bayan is empowered to pass a resolution declaring certain areas either agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial or institutional. Once confirmed by the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator of a town, the proposed area falls inside declared zone, the Building official issues the building permit.
Under the scheme, landowners and property developers manage to convert large tracts of fully irrigated ricelands to other uses because of inherent loopholes. The favorite targets are lands adjacent to national, provincial, barangay and access roads of NIA. Landowners could withhold the planting of rice at least for 3 year period. Flaunting the law is rampant because no landowner or property developer has ever been prosecuted or convicted in court. Popular belief is that buildings and other infra development are parts of progress and stability.
In reality, they may not be rightfully conclusive. For instance, KIA runway expansion of 500 x 200 meters going to Tigayon effectively affects 100 hectares of fully irrigated riceland. The planned Kalibo circumferential road commencing from Pook, Kalibo to Kalibo Bridge 2 at Tigayon and from Mina, Lezo to Dumga, Makato will entail a total distance of 11.4 kms. Highway financed from a loan by World Bank will have a width of 20 meters. Again the proposed road will traverse barangay roads of prime riceland in Carugdog, Lezo and Calangcang, Makato. The existing 6 meter wide will be expanded three (3) times. That the total ricelands affected by highway project and runway expansion is 319.0 hectares.
As of August 16, 2011, DAR provincial office data show that a total of 28 landowners and property developers have converted their agricultural lands to other uses. The aggregate area of 277.3 hectares is located in Malay, Nabas, Kalibo, Makato, Lezo, Banga, Batan, New Washington and Numancia. The majority have proposed land use for commercial, tourism, residential and institutional purposes. The biggest investor is Akean Resort Corporation in Nabas with an area of 117.6 hectares whose interest is tourism and recreation.
One cannot begrudge the socio-economic benefits of the circumferential road project to tourists, traders, commuters and cargo trucks passing the Republic Nautical highway. What is more damming and insidious than seeing in the near future is the unbridled construction of residential, commercial and industrial establishments along the infra facility. This scenario is happening right now along the superhighway linking Kalibo to Caticlan that is being widened to 4 lanes and modernized.
With hundreds of hectares of prime lands gone to infra development through legal and illegal conversions, Aklan will become rice importer. Out of 17,120 hectares, only 6,712 hectares or 39.0 percent is irrigated. Moreover, population pressure and modernization, irrigated areas will shrink. Who cares?
There is still the smuggled rice from Vietnam and Thailand coming by the shiploads every week according to Agaton Ubero, Deputy Customs Commissioner. But rice costing P5.00 more per kilogram is getting beyond the reach of poor households. With livelihood and shelter gone due to supertyphoon Yolanda, the poor are living in hovels or makeshift shelters, (while the Aklan SP is determined to construct a luxurious and magnificent SP building).
Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said that provinces like Iloilo, Zamboanga del Sur, Negros Occ. Quezon, Cebu and others may be growing but their poorest families are being left behind. The main reason is that the growing sector does not require the goods or services that the poor can provide.
Aklan is a billionaire province, yet it has 26,485 households 4P’s beneficiaries or 158,910 Aklanons at six members per household. This number is 1/3 or about 30 percent of Aklan’s population. This is deplorable, unsustainable and abets indolence. It is best under the circumstances to balance infra and tourism development with that of agriculture and fisheries since they are the primordial lifeblood of Philippine economy.
Presently, Boracay tourism may be booming but until now the Department of Tourism has not come up with a research study on its carrying load capacity. Area is teeming with 28,369 native and migrant population (NSO May 1, 2010). Why do we concentrate on a small island of roughly 1,000 hectares when it is actually “dying” due to congestion and over development? It is high time to re-examine our values and review the priorities. /MP
A British national from Scotland, Mr. Ricky Abott granted 13 fishing boats to 13 families in Brgy. Tambak, New Washington, Aklan. The distribution was held at Brgy. Tambak on Tuesday afternoon, February 18.
Ricky is married to an Aklanon from Kalibo, the former Miss Jasmin “Jaja” Suñer. Of the 13 units of boats, 8 are brand new while 5 are newly repaired. All the 13 boats are equipped with 6-7 horse power brand new engines and other fishing gears.
According to Ricky and Jaja, they were deeply touched and felt sorry for the devastation as a result of Typhoon Yolanda. They thought of ways and means how to rehabilitate the typhoon victims. Since they are good musicians, they held fund raising concerts to raise funds for the typhoon victims. Thank God for they raised some good amounts.
Ricky and Jaja arrived in Kalibo on Jan. 29. After going around Aklan to see the extent of the damage, they decided to donate fishing boats in Brgy. Tambak. While almost all houses in Tambak were destroyed, Ricky and Jaja decided to purchase fishing boats for if they will help reconstruct their houses, the money is not enough and they will need livelihood. Hence, they decided to give fishing boats. With those fishing boats, they can fish, earn money for food and reconstruct their houses. In the selection of recipients, Ricky and Jaja was assisted by Hon. Dennis Magno, Brgy. chairman of Tambak. /MP
Oras eon sa pag unga ni Mirasol. Hakibot do paltera tongod kapid rong natawong eapsag. Sambilog hay normal apang ro sambilog hay isda rong kautod, isaeang ka sirena. Guinbutang sa dueang rong eapsag nga si Almira. Hasta hin-uno baea imaw magatener sa dueang? Agod nga mabuhi, guindaea imaw sa dagat maskin masakit sa baeatyagon ni Mirasol. Adlaw-adlaw, guinabisitahan nanday Carmela ag Mirasol si Almira sa isaeang ka mabahoe nga bato.
Malisod guid ro pangabuhi nanday Mirasol. Mahugod imaw ogaling paeahilong ro anang asawa. Kada pagkita nanda kay Mirasol hay guinataw-an sanda it isda ag raya ro guinabaligya nanda agod ibakae it pagkaon.
Isaeang adlaw, hakibot si Mirasol kat guinsueang imaw agod mag-adto sa guba nga tulay. Nahueog ro anang asawa sa kahilungon ag namatay. Pagkatapos it eobong guindaea si Carmela sa syudad agod idto kuno patun-on ko anang tiya. Samtang naaywan si Mirasol nga solohanon, guinsuguid nana rong tanan kay Almira.
Idto sa syudad, owa man guinpatun-a si Carmela kundi guin obra nga kabulig. Bo-ot imaw ipaasawa sa manggaranon apang may edad nga sa ea-eaki. Owa naila si Carmela ogaling owa imaw it mahimo sa anang tiya. Guinsampit imaw ko magueang nga mamasyar sa may boulevard. Sa mga maeagko nga bato, may naaninag imaw nga babaye nga nagapaligos nga kahitsura nana. Nakabatyag imaw it kahidlaw kay Almira. Kat gusto imaw abusuhan ko eaeaki, eomompat imaw sa tubi ag nag eangoy paadto sa babaye nga anang hakit-an nga owa it iba kundi si Almira. Abu gid ro anang kalipay. Guintaw-an imaw it mga perlas, agod ibaligya ag gamiton nanda nga mag-ina sa negosyo.
Nakauli si Carmela. Nagpa tindog sanda it baeay ag negosyo. Samtang nasunog rong baeay ko anang tiya ag namatay man rong magueang eon nga eaeaki. Nagmasakit ro andang lola ag tongod may bueawanon nga baeatyagon ro mag-ina, guinbuligan nanda agod makapanibag-ong kabuhi. /MP
The total occupied housing unit in Aklan in 2010 went up to 115,086 from the 2000 figure of 86,600, or an increase of 32.9 percent or 28,486, the result of the 2010 Census of Population and Housing shows.
Single house is the most common housing unit occupied with 96 percent, followed by duplex type with 1.7 percent, multi-unit residential with 0.8 percent, and commercial/industrial/agricultural building with 0.4 percent.
Housing units in Aklan with outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa decreased from 52.4 percent in 2000 to 43.4 percent in 2010. Occupied housing units with roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw went down to 49.9 percent in 2010 from 64.5 percent ten years ago. This shows, according to Provincial Statistics Officer Blas M. Solidum, that the number of occupied housing units with walls and roofs made of strong materials increased during the 10 year period 2000 – 2010. However, seven in 10 occupied housing units in Aklan needed minor repair or no repair at all. Each housing unit occupies a floor area of 10-19 sq.m. (or 108-209 sq.ft) with an average occupants of 4.3 per occupied housing unit.
On the other hand, of the 116,123 households in 2010, three out of five households (or 68.0 percent) lived in lots they owned or amortized. The proportion increased from 2000 figure of 60.7 percent.
Moreover, 23.8 percent of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of owners, while 6.7 percent rented the lots that they occupied, while 1.0 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owners.
The 2010 Census of Population and Housing was undertaken by NSO in May 2010 to take inventory of the total population and housing units in the Philippines and collect information about their characteristics as basis for the formulation of policies and programs for the country’s development. /MP
The average Consumer Price Index (CPI) in Aklan for 2013 registered at 136.9 index point. This is higher by 6.0 percent compared to 2012 figure of 130.9 index, according to the National Statistics Office-Aklan.
The month of December registered the highest index of 141.6, while the month of May has the lowest with 135.1 index points. In last year’s CPI, October has the highest index of 133.7, while the month of February has the lowest index at 128.0.
Likewise, the average inflation rate in Aklan increased by 1.0 percent from 2012 figure of 3.6 to 4.6 percent in 2013. The highest inflation rate was recorded in December with 6.5 percent, followed by February and March with 6.0 percent. The lowest inflation rate was apparent in October with 3.4 percent mark.
Among the commodity groups, Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco had the highest inflation rate in 2013 posted at 26.4 percent. According to NSO, the implementation of RA 10351 or Sin Tax Law triggered the inflation rate to shoot up.
The next with higher inflation rate was Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages with 5.3, HWEG and Other Fuels with 4.6 and Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Maintenance of the House with 3.9 percent.
CPI is an indicator of the change in the average retail prices of fixed basket of goods and services purchased by the households relative to a base year.
It shows how much on the average, prices of goods have increased or decreased from a particular reference period. /MP
In line with the Community - Based Disaster Risk Reduction Program in Aklan, a Memorandum of Partnership & Agreement, Turn Over of Response Equipment & Red Cross 143 Volunteer Mass Induction Ceremony was held in Ibajay, Aklan on Friday afternoon, February 14, 2014. Atty. Ronquillo C. Tolentino, chairman, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Aklan Chapter signed in behalf of the Red Cross. Aklan and Gov. Florencio Miraflores signed in behalf of LGU Aklan.
The signing ceremonies was witnessed by Mayor Lourdes M. Miraflores of Ibajay, Mayor Gene Fuentes of Tangalan, Mayor Jozyl Isidore Templonuevo of Numancia, and Vice Mayor Madeline Regalado who represented Mayor William Lachica of Kalibo.
It is in three municipalities where special projects on Disaster Risk Reduction Program are in place which are assisted by the Finnish Red Cross in the form of equipments and training of Red Cross volunteers.
The projects are located in brgys. Bulwang and Aliputos, Numancia; Mobo and Bakhaw Norte, Kalibo; Jawili and Panayakan, Tangalan; and another three barangays in Ibajay. /MP