Thursday, March 25, 2010

Villar, Roxas Top UP Diliman Mock Elections


Sen. Manny Villar of the Nacionalista Party topped the third and final leg of the UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity’s Boto ng Iskolar ng Bayan: UP Mock Election Series 2009-2010.

Villar garnered 2,866 votes or 33.8 percent of the total votes cast by 8,468 students in 25 colleges in UP Diliman in what the organization proclaims as by far the largest mock elections held in the campus. The university has a total of 22,597 students in its Diliman campus.

The NP standard bearer bested Liberal Party’s Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino by 12.7 percentage points after the latter placed second with 1,787 votes or 21.1 percent of the total number of respondents.

Sen. Richard Gordon placed third with 1,317 votes or 15.5 percent.

Former Defense Secretary Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro, who topped the last mock election, placed fourth with 646 votes or 7.6 percent of all those who participated in the mock elections.

According to the organizers, the question asked was, "If elections were held today, who would you vote for president and vice president?"

Villar is an alumnus of UP Diliman, particularly in the College of Business Administration where he earned his bachelor and master’s degrees.

In the first leg of the Mock Elections held last September 2009, Villar placed second while he placed third in the December 2009 Mock Elections.

The mock elections were held from March 2 to 16, 2010.

In the race for Vice President, Senator Mar Roxas was the runaway lead with a commanding 2918 or 34.46 percent of the total votes, topping MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando who came in second with 1262 or 14.90 percent of the total respondents.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay came in third with 907 or 10.71 percent of the votes, while Senator Loren Legarda came in fourth with 673 or 7.95 percent of the votes.

The organizers of the mock elections also asked those who participated in the polls to indicate if they were registered voters or not. After the tally, a total of 5,893 said they were registered voters.

Among the registered voters, Villar still topped the mock elections with 2451 or 28.94 percent of the votes, followed by Aquino with 1611 or 19.02 percent of those who participated.

In the vice presidential race, Roxas again emerged as the victor among registered voters with 2550 or 30.11 percent of the votes, followed by Fernando with 922 or 11.71 percent of the votes.

The fraternity made use of stratified random sampling in determining the veracity of the results, and in order to ensure its scientific accuracy in the open voting system. This time around there were 378 participants, in accordance to the population sample drawn out by the mathematical formula derived from the total population of the Diliman Campus segregated per college. Out of the said 378 participants, the fraternity spearheaded the scientific analysis by straw polling method and extracted the participants for the survey making use of the said statistical method With nationalism as one of the fraternity’s highest goals, this series of mock elections sought to heighten the awareness of the UP Diliman community of the importance of exercising the right to suffrage for the upcoming 2010 national elections.

By virtue of the marked and substantial increase of the voters who actively participated in this year’s elections, and the impact of the activity on the national consciousness, the UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity has once again captured the active interest of the UP students, and tapped into their collective abilities to become catalysts of humanitarian service to the Filipino people.

(If the Filipino voters possessed the characteristics interest, and concerns of the UP Diliman students, this result of mock election series is a reliable predictor who will be the president and vice president of the Philippines beginning July 1, 2010.) /MP

Entrepreneurial Farmer


Ambrosio R. Villorente
Criminology At ASU
Aklan State University (ASU) New Washington, campus is now offering the degree in Criminology. Perhaps ASU wishes to graduate criminology experts to apprehend illegal fishers and loggers of trees in the swamp.

ASU New Washington may have forgotten its primary mandate to develop scientific and progressive fishers of its students and graduates.

Criminology courses are well taken care off by private colleges and universities in the Philippines. The criminology course offering is available in Aklan. ASU should as well spend its limited resources for which it was originally founded and for the real needs of the Aklanons. Why undertake and spend resources for courses the private sector can best do?

In 2008, ASU New Washington graduated 210 or 10 percent of all ASU graduates in all campuses.

In Banga campus, the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Sciences also graduated 123 or 6 percent of the total graduates in 2008.

It seems that ASU Banga is failing to attract the youth to pursue courses in Agriculture of various disciplines. ASU management badly needs methods and attractions to persuade the Aklanon youth to pursue courses in Agriculture for which the university was founded.

2nd Anniversary

Anniversary comes every year and Kapehan Sa Aklan is not an exception. Our warm welcome to all our guests, visitors, friends, and the tri media of Aklan in behalf of the Kapehan.

Two years ago, we launched Kapehan Sa Aklan at "Kusina Sa Kalibo". Time seems quite short. For tonight, we are now celebrating our 2nd anniversary. Why do we celebrate? We celebrate because our spirits are filled with excitement of the past two years. We feel great for the best is yet to come for the Kapehan Sa Aklan.

Kapehan is creating awareness and appreciation of issues and concerns having been discussed. It praises for whom they are due. It reminds when officials renege to perform their functions and responsibilities.

There are no holds barred discussion every Saturday morning con-cerning pertinent problems until a win-win solution is reached. Kapehan Sa Aklan was launched and now in the orbit. It is serving the purpose for its creation. It is now a by-word in the Province of Aklan. Hence, it is worthy to proceed to its journey under the inspiration, motivation and support of my boyhood friend Johnny Dayang. All the Aklanon journalists who are popularly known as members of the tri-media are identified with the Kapehan. They belong. For the last two years, they have well supported it.

"Give me flowers when I can still smell its fragrance and while I can enjoy its color", said a famous author.

Therefore, tonight, we will also offer tribute to a man we all love and esteem. He is the man of all seasons and of all professions. But among others, and above all, he is a journalist, Atty. Ronquillo "Kel" C. Tolentino.

On behalf of the Aklan Press Club, Inc. and the members of the Tri-media in Aklan, may I welcome you all warmly to the 2nd Anniversary of the Kapehan Sa Aklan and to our tribute to Atty. Kel Tolentino. Mabuhay! Cheers! Welcome! /MP

Kalibo Celebrates 113th Martyrs Day

Congresswoman Cynthia Villar of the lone district of Las Piñas City graced the 113th commemoration of the XIX Martyrs of Aklan. She was introduced by Kalibo Mayor Raymar A. Rebaldo as guest of honor and speaker.

The commemorative program which lasted until noon of Tuesday, March 23 was held at the Aklan Freedom Shrine, the common grave of the XIX martyrs in D. Maagma Street, Poblacion, Kalibo.

Before the program, a civic military parade was held following the Holy Mass celebrated at St. John the Baptist Cathedral, Poblacion, Kalibo. The parade was one of the longest where Aklan Provincial officials and employees, the municipality of Kalibo officials and employees, students from both private and public schools, barangay officials of Kalibo, employees of the national government offices, members of the military and police forces and civic organizations participated.

Cong. Villar, in her speech, spoke about the heroism of Gen. Francisco Del Castillo and the XIX Martyrs of Aklan. She then spoke highly of her beloved husband, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and former Senate president Manuel Villar. She related how the Villar fought poverty until today when Villar is now a billionaire. She assured the descendants of the XIX Martyrs and those present that the votes for a Manny Villar and his triumph in the May 10, 2010 election will end poverty.

Gov. Carlito S. Marquez and Cong. Joeben T. Miraflores were not able to attend the 113th commemorative program. They were represented by Atty. Diego M. Luces, provincial administrator of Aklan. /MP

Aklan Golds In WVRAA Meet 2010


Valeriano, Andrade Lead Amazing Aklan

by DENNIS E. BONTOGON

Most awarded gold medalists Ma. Jessa Valeriano and Alyssa Marie Andrade share the limelight among Region VI athletes at the close of the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet 2010 held on March 14 to 18 at the newly reconstructed Aklan Sports Complex in Calangcang, Makato, Aklan.

Secondary girl runner Valeriano, the pride of Western Visayas Academy, Nabas rushed four gold medals in 800m at 2:22.55, 1 500m with 4:56.37, 3 000m for 10:53.75 and completed 4x400 relay in 4:18.20.

"Athlete No. 264 is such a superb runner and with good condition," commented by a spectator to Valeriano.

For elementary girls’ athletics, Andrade of Dumaguit Elementary School, New Washington swept three gold medals in long jump at 5.02m, posted 10.92m for triple jump and 13.13sec in 100m run.

Other gold medalists in athletics are runner Mary Cris Tabiolo of Ochando ES, New Washington marked 27.06sec in 200m; javelin thrower Jerremay Rubias from Tangalan ES, Tangalan; and Janine Paroginog of Bag-ang Magpag-ong National High School, Batan untouched the bar at 1.40m high jump.

Team Aklan Arnis athletes grabbed the overall champion dominating both Anyo and Full Contact competitions with 15 points.

Rainier Paolo Vallijo of Regional Science High School (RSHS), Old Buswang, Kalibo kept four gold medals in solo baston individual and group category, double baston group anyo events and full contact in bantamweight (over 47k-51k).

Vendelle Magdael of RSHS ruled pinweight (over 43k-47k) division and solo/double baston group anyo events.

Jeremiah Estrada of RSHS staged in featherweight (over 51k-55k) division and solo/double baston group anyo category.

Joe Mark Antonio from Gaudencio A. Vega NHS, Nalook, Kalibo took flyweight (43k and below) division.

In boxing, Aklan still reigned bagging overall title. Aklan’s favorite Macky Delfin made a back-to-back gold medal. Delfin, a pride of Ibajay Academy, went home with golds last year WVRAA and 2009 Palaro.

Noriel Pellio, of Solido NHS, Nabas also made a back-to-back and a silver medalist in 2009 palaro. Another Nabasnon, Raymund Salmingo, from Union NHS boxed in 39kg.

The undefeated volleyball elementary boys clinched championship title with impressive 4-0 streak. Team Aklan Valley players are Mike Louiz Rondael, the Team Captain, Raenmon Josef Panlilio, R B Solanoy, Ramon Hei Solidum, and Raeven Zomil all from Nabas ES; Jovencio Nalayog and Reynel Jude Niñofranco of Madalag ES; Edison Dalida from Batan ES; Junejay Sucgang of Caiyang ES; Niño Reo Lanciso from Libacao ES; Ace Jefre Saludo of Caticlan ES; and Mark Ryan Parcon from Kalibo ES.

"…truly amazing Aklan…I’m very happy with the results", said Dr. Victorina S. Laroza, DepEd Aklan Schools Division Superintendent, in a radio interview.

Collectively, the outstanding performance of athletes both in elementary (172.5 points) and secondary (171.5 points) sealed Aklan on third rank (344 points) in over-all standing of WVRAA Meet 2010.

Individual gold medalists’ events are automatic qualifiers to compete for the Palarong Pambansa 2010 to be held in Tarlac Province on April 11-17. Selection process is now taking place for the team events. /MP

Cooperatives Losing Favor With Aklanons


by ERNESTO T. SOLIDUM
Cooperatives development in the province of Aklan could be a disaster as resuscitation efforts to revive the majority of the outstanding cooperatives is beyond help. Records from Provincial Cooperatives Development Authority (CDA) headed by Mr. Jones Arieta revealed that as of March 22, 2010 only 71 or 11.8 percent of the 597 have updated their registration status.

Standard operating guideline requires that all bonafide cooperative organizations should submit their annual financial statements duly certified by a public accountant. Deadline for their submission on the current year is March 22. Failure to comply means psychological defeat on the war against hunger and deprivation which grip 41 percent of the total population.

Heavy casualties come from municipalities of Ibajay, Buruanga, Makato, and Nabas. Among the reasons listed are financial and technical problems easily solved by open mindedness and dialogue. Unfortunately, this is fully exploited by parties concerned.
Meanwhile, Kalibo tops the list of active coops to date with 18. A far lean number is seen in the following areas: Lezo – 3, Libacao – 2, Madalag – 8, Malay – 9, Malinao – 4, Numancia – 6, New Washington – 3, Tangalan – 2, Altavas – 4, Balete – 3, Buruanga – 6, and Ibajay – 2.

The closure of the Cooperatives Rural Bank of Aklan (CRB) in 2008 triggered domino effect of struggling cooperatives where coop majority conducts financial transactions. It should be recalled that the present status of the bank is under receivership of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Organizational dysfunction could also be attributed to lapses in institutionalizing safeguards from CDA particularly the hiring of financial/technical personnel. Presently, only two staff members and a clerk run the provincial office since the time when majority of the listed coops were registered in 1991.

Critical support services on promotion, development, and research components are provided by Provincial Cooperative Office (PCO) under the Office of the Governor. Ms. Lilian R. Rey, Chief of PCO however, is simply overwhelmed by huge number of unsupervised cooperatives.

Ms. Edna S. Villanueva, Project Development Officer says they remain committed to strengthen the Provincial Government Employees Development Cooperative since they organized it in 2007. The 593 members had a paid up capital of P1.5 million.

On high mortality rate of cooperatives, Mr. Jones Arieta said that all existing coops are governed by the principle of subsidiary where their management functions are independent, self regulating, and goal oriented. With the closure of CRB, Arieta disclosed that other commercial banks could be tapped by its Board of Directors.

RA 9520 created the CDA. It was signed into law in 2008 purposely to uplift the socio-economic condition of people in the rural countryside. A universal principle is we reap what we only sow. Clearly, anger and frustration could only be seen on the faces as dreams are smashed by human greed. /MP

Banga Candidates For May 2010 Election


The official candidates in Banga, Aklan for the May 10, 2010 elections for Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Sangguniang Bayan members are as follows:

There are three candidates for Mayor who are Dr. Mercedes Dalida Imperial – BPP; Antonio Tumaob Maming, Sr. – LMWPP; Melanio Malacaman Rentillo – LK CMD.

There are three candidates for Vice Mayor who are Jufrey Gomez Derequito – BPP; Gelacio Rebaldo Guarino – LK CMD; and Joseph Pierre Raz Teodosio – NP.

There are 24 candidates for the eight positions of SB members. They are Margarito Rebustes Andrade – BPP, Jimmy Dela Cruz Beltran – NP, Roselyn Guarino Calibuyot – NP, Joselito Besana Fernandez – NP, Errol Nabor Fuentes – BPP, Stanley Leigh Gonzales Macahilig – LK CMD, Manuel Raz Masangya – NP, Jan Amacio Masigon – BPP, Jonna Iguban Morales-Torres – LK CMD, Rosemarie Seraspi Piolo – NP, Bryan Puela Quimpo – LK CMD, Josel Manzanares Rata – LK CMD, Ardin Raquin Recio – BPP, Noel Lipana Redison – LK CMD, Giovanni Remudo Relator – BPP, Joven Morales Resusta – NP, Edward Sauza Retiro – BPP, Paulino Zausa Retorico – NP, Eduardo Garcia Revesencio – LK CMD, Vicente Rodrigo Seraspi, Jr. – LK CMD, Rodolfo Roque Sta. Maria – LK CMD, Florencio De Jose Teodosio – BPP, Helario Seraspi Yecla, Jr. – NP and Ramon Cerezo Zante – BPP. /MP

Candidates Viewpoint


Sen. Roxas On The Supreme Court Decision
On The Appointment of Chief Justice
"The Liberal Party and I, and almost certainly the vast majority of the Filipino people, are deeply alarmed by the Supreme Court’s decision to grant President Arroyo the power to appoint the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court at this late stage in her term.
"It scares many of our people that even on a very crucial issue of consti-tutionality and decency in government, the Justices of our Supreme Court would bow to the mighty powers of this President who has bent the rules and even our Constitution to suit her whims. It sends a chill into our people’s hearts that a scenario of a failure of election could really happen, especially now with automation of the elections under question by many sectors and experts.

 "We must rely on our faith in the principles and processes that give democracy its lifeblood. We shall appeal this decision. We shall fight, within the bounds of decency — bounds that the current administration seems to care little for — so the people’s will prevails.

"The prohibition on appointments during the election period was designed to ensure a sitting President will not influence the elections. And the prohibition imposed on an outgoing president to name the head of constitutional bodies, especially a body as sensitive as the Supreme Court, was put in place precisely to guard against the kind of abuse being exhibited now, especially in this case where it can be used to protect Mrs. Arroyo if she ever leaves office on June 30 because of her Administration’s involvement in numerous irregularities.

"With this decision, one of the most sacrosanct rule governing our democracy — that of co-equal branches of government serving as a check and balance to each other — has been thrown out the window. It sends a foreboding message to the people whose faith in the democratic system has been tested too many times, yet has never wavered.

"Whoever rules now makes the rules. The blindfold of Lady Justice has now been stripped off, and she is now being coerced to tip her scales in favor of President Arroyo and her clique who intend to keep power at all costs.

"This is not how a democracy is supposed to work. Mangling the spirit of our constitution to serve the whims of the present administration sets a dangerous precedent: Where once we had a glimmer of hope for the return of decency’s reign, now that glimmer has dimmed considerably. Future generations of Filipinos will now have to live under a system where the strong and mighty defines what is right and wrong.

RP Needs Network To Check
Human Rights Abuses - Villar
Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Manny Villar last week called for strict monitoring of the implementation of human rights policies adopted by the govern-ment and treaties ratified by the Philippines.

 Villar’s appeal was prompted by the 2009 report of Freedom House, a New York-based human rights group, classifying the Philippines as only a "partly free" nation in 2008 due to several controversies in the human rights field and unfavorable developments in the political arena.

 In 2005, the group’s "Freedom in the World" annual report categorized the Philippines as "free."

 To address the human rights problem, Villar said he would propose the creation of a network of government and independent groups that will monitor human rights compliance and abuses committed by law enforcers and members of the national security force.

"If we are serious in dealing with extra-judicial killings in the country, we must raise the awareness that the Philippines absolutely adheres to the highest standards of protecting the people’s rights at all times," Villar said.

 Villar maintained that the Philippine society is ruled by law and not by the barrel of the gun, but deplored this is hardly achieved.  He said it would take a tested leader to ensure a peaceful environment through observance of human rights.

 The NP standard-bearer also said discussions on the Human Security Act of 2007 should be held regularly in order to avoid misinterpretations of the law. The Human Security Act makes terrorism a crime and allows authorities to arrest terror suspects without warrants and temporarily detain them without charges. /MP

Aklan Governor, Congressman and 12 Mayors Support Gibo


Gilberto Gibo C. Teodoro of the Lakas CMD responds to questions raised by different sectors during a recent public forum held at the ABL Sports Center, Kalibo. Dr. Ambrosio R. Villorente, president of the Aklan Press Club, Inc., moderated the forum. (RI VIDAL photo)

Gov. Carlito S. Marquez and Rep. Joeben T. Miraflores led dozens of local officials in giving their full backing to Lakas Kampi CMD standard bearer Gibo Teodoro, saying that he is the "most qualified presidentiable" among the current batch of presidential candidates.

Their support was announced during a forum on Monday at the ABL Sports Complex during a multi-sectoral forum organized by the Kasangga partylist.

Aside from the Aklan governor and congressman of the lone district of Aklan, Presidential Assistant for Western Visayas Raul Banias said that 12 of Aklan’s 17 mayors have also declared their full support for Gibo.

These are the mayors in the municipalities of Altavas, Banga, Batan, Buruanga, Ibajay, Lezo, Libacao, Madalag, Nabas, New Washington, Numancia, and Tangalan. (The mayors of Balete, Malay, Malinao, Makato, and Kalibo support other presidential candidates.)

"Both Gov. Marquez and Cong. Miraflores held Gibo with high regards, admiring his accomplishments, education, and his concrete plans for the
country," said Banias.

Aside from the forum, Gibo also graced the opening of the West Visayas Association Athletic Meet in the Municipality of Makato. He visited the campuses of Aklan State University, Aklan Catholic College , and Aklan Polytechnic College.

Banias said that during those visits, Aklanons who came to see Gibo, most especially the students, received him with warm reception and were at awe of his intelligence and youthfulness.

GIBO 2010 media bureau director, lawyer Mike Toledo said, "the warm welcome accorded Gibo in Aklan is the latest proof of the ever growing support for Gibo from across the country."

"What we saw in Aklan gives us confidence that Gibo’s ratings in surveys will continue to surge," said Toledo , who is also Gibo’s spokesman. "He has been continuously gaining the public’s confidence, especially after they hear about his impressive credentials and his proposed platform of government for the country." /MP

DAR Aklan Fortifies Women’s Desks


The gender and development advocates of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Aklan gathered for a planning conference on March 12, 2010 at Café Latte, in Kalibo to review the Gender and Development Operational Directives for 2010.

Some 50 employees and agrarian reform beneficiaries from selected agrarian reform communities agreed to strengthen its campaign in the elimination of violence against women and children in their respective communities and in the workplace. It was noted that the increasing trend of crimes in Aklan and the barangays have reached the attention of CARP implementers especially in cases where the victims are children or agrarian reform beneficiaries themselves.

Atty. Daniel Y. Martelino, PARO II pledged to support the training and information drive in DAR ARCs to address such issues. Atty. Nadia Marie T. Obordo, DAR Legal Officer stressed the legal basis and the agency’s commitments locally and internationally such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

She also welcomed the passage of the Magna Carta of Women which fully prescribed to the rights and privileges’ of the rural women in consonance with the CARP Extension with Reforms. The conference concluded with a challenge from Mr. Numeriano M. Cordova, Jr. to ensure that in all the plans and programs of DAR-Aklan, gender and development are mainstreamed. /MP

DA 6 Intensifies Hybrid Rice Production


by James Earl E. Ogatis



Compact Hybrid Rice Field Day. Manuel O. Olanday, Regional GMA-Rice Program coordinator challenging the hybrid rice farmers of Barbaza, Antique to increase yield per hectare, strengthen their organization  and be an agri-entreprenuer in order to cope with high production inputs and low prices during harvest season. Also in Photo are (from left) Mayor Faith Francisco, Mun. Agriculturist Vicente Lataquin, Vice Governor Rhodora Cadiao, Alma Gorero of ATI and Jocelyn Manalo of Prov’l Agriculture Office.

The Department of Agriculture, RFU 6 will intensify hybrid rice production among compact rice cluster areas this coming wet season to cope with the production losses brought by the long dry spell or El Niño in the region.

Director Larry P. Nacionales said that using hybrid seeds will significantly increase yield per hectare compared to using inbred seeds. Hybrid rice varieties can produce an average yield of 4.7 to 8.0 metric tons per hectare while inbred rice varieties can only produce 2.3 to 4 metric tons per hectare.

"We are now ensuring the availability of hybrid and certified seeds requirement of Western Visayas as early as of this time for us to be ready to provide our farmers the seeds they need at the onset of the wet season cropping," Nacionales assured.

The DA-RFU 6 has conducted seven hybrid rice compact technology demonstration farms to showcase the potential and different hybrid rice varieties to the farmers.  These techno-demo farms are situated at Brgy. Bungca, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo ; Sta. Barbara, Iloilo ; Dumalag, Capiz; Malinao and Tangalan, Aklan and brgy. Capoyuan, Barbaza, Antique. It was observed that farmer-cooperators of these techno-demo farms got an average yield of 5.2 metric tons per hectare.

Hybrid rice also commands good price because of its aroma, long grain and good eating quality. Mr. Eladio O. Magtulis of barangay Capoyuan, Barbaza, Antique testified that using hybrid seeds increases his production by four percent with the application of PalayCheck technology. Mr. Benhur Salvador another hybrid rice farmer-cooperator stressed that he would always plant hybrid seeds even if it entails high production inputs because high yield and production can also be expected.

Meanwhile, Manuel O. Olanday, Regional GMA-Rice Program Coordinator stressed the importance of cluster farming approach, unity and cooperation among the farmer-members in order to access government support and interventions in the agriculture sector. He challenged the farmers to increase yield per hectare through the use of hybrid seeds and sustain rice sufficiency level of the region this year.

As of March 12, 2010, DA 6 was able to distribute 1,586 bags of hybrid seeds with 880 bags to the province of Iloilo , 527 bags to Aklan and 179 bags to Capiz. A total of 15,257 bags of certified seeds was also distributed, the bulk of which to the province of Iloilo with 5,917 bags, Negros Occidental – 4,171 bags, Capiz-3,048 bags and Aklan-2,121 bags. All these are for the 2009-2010 cropping season.

Mr. Olanday stressed that there is still seed subsidy for first time users of hybrid rice seeds and those who have only planted it for two cropping season while those who have already planted hybrid rice for three (3) cropping seasons or more are not entitled to this subsidy. 

A subsidy of PhP 1,000.00 for the one bag of hybrid rice seeds (15-20 kg/bag depending on the variety) will be given to qualified farmers based on the masterlist of farmers from the local government units./MP

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Aklan Separation Celebration


After the WRAA meet, the Province of Aklan is facing again another big event, the 54th Aklan Anniversary Celebration, the separation from Capiz province.

The officials respon-sible for the various activities in the celebration has calendared the event for the period April 5 – 30. This, however, is the Inter Municipalities Basketball Tournament.

For the period April 12 – 17, basketball shootout at ABL Sports Complex will be held. There will also be played Bowling, Badminton, Dart, Table Tennis, and Volleyball.

These games when played according to the respective rules will promote physical fitness, teamwork, camaraderie and understanding. It will improve personnel morale.
There will be a Regional Agri-fair on April 21 – 27. Among which are the 11th Piña and Fiber Festival, Aklan Horticultural Society, "Tsibugan Sa Kapitolyo", and free Anti – Rabies vaccination.

There will be a motorcade and opening program in the afternoon at the ABL Sports Complex. The night of April 21 is DepEd Night which will feature folk singing and live band.

On April 22, Wave Breaker will be launched in Mabilo, Kalibo. This is under the leadership of the office of the Provincial Agriculturist and Aklan Environment Officer.
Wave Breaker appears like a Jack Stone made of steel bars, sand and cement. It can prevent sea waves, and minimizes soil erosion if not stop among others benefits. There is concert at the park and dog show.

A Memorandum of Agreement in Barangay Baybay, Makato will take place on "Lambaklad", then launching of it in the afternoon.

April 24 will be a busy day as Tricoderma Laboratory will be launched in Nalook, Kalibo in the morning. After lunch, cooking demonstration at Goding Ramos Park, will take place sponsored by Culinary Center and San Miguel Corporation Products. There is Pla Pla Cooking Contest followed by the Revival Night with live band.

On April 25, Aklan Day, there will be a thanksgiving mass at St. John The Baptist Cathedral. The holy mass over, civic and military parade follows from Pastrana Park, Poblacion, Kalibo to Goding Ramos Park, Capitol, Kalibo. After the parade, flag raising ceremonies follows and then the Commemorative Program at ABL Sports Complex.

In the evening, the Outstanding Aklanons 2010 will be honored in a program. Their selection is on going.

The Aklan anniversary celebration 2010 continues up to April 27. On Monday, April 26, there will be Fiber Forum to be hosted by Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) and Fiesta Bonanza, Palocebo, Pig Catching, and Bingo sponsored by Bmeg.
April 27 is Farmers’ and Fisherfolks’ Day. There will be mass graduation of farmers, awarding of winners in vegetable productivity contest, best LGU Booth and Fair and many other activities.

Indeed, going over the activities of the 54th Aklan Anniversary celebration, more activities are designed for the farmers and fishermen. May this will serve as the beginning of giving attention to the most depressed and oppressed group of peoples of the Philippine society. /MP

Entrepreneurial Farmer


Ambrosio R. Villorente
Congratulations!
Congratulations to the Municipality of Nabas under the leadership of Mayor Romeo M. Dalisay for representing the Province of Aklan to the "One Visayan, One People, One Destiny "sadsad" festival. The affair was held in Roxas City on March 11, 2010.
With 47 dancers and drummers from Barangay Buenasuerte, Nabas known as "Tribu Banggoy", they were highly applauded during their performance in Villareal Stadium. These performers were the winners during the "Bariw" festival last May 2009 during the religious fiesta in honor of their Patron St. Isidore, the Worker.

Madyaas Pen likewise salutes and sincerely congratulates the town of Numancia for bringing home the National Award as "Best OTOP Implementor". OTOP means one town one product, a government project under the Department of Trade.

Led by its Mayor, Hon. Elverita T. Templonuevo, they humbly received the prizes of P220,000 cash and a huge trophy during the award ceremonies held in the Philippine Trade Center, Roxas Boulevard, Metro Manila.

Mayor Templonuevo was accompanied by Hon. Jerome Vega – Barangay Chair, Camanci Sur, former Mayor Ernesto I. Templonuevo, Ms. Brenda Marte – Municipal Agricultural Officer, and Ms. Racel I. Gomez – president, Numancia Vermicast Producers MPC.

ASU Alumni

The Aklan State University (ASU Main) Alumni Association will hold their annual alumni homecoming on April 24, 2010. There are several activities being prepared this grand homecoming.

Leading this 2010 affair are the Golden Jubilarians, BRHS class 1960 and the Silver Jubilarians, AAC classes of 1985.

In connection with the preparation, the ASU Main Alumni Association Officers will hold a meeting at 4:30 in the afternoon of Monday, March 22 which will be held in the ASU Cafeteria, Banga. Those interested to attend the meeting are wholeheartedly welcome.

To be discussed are the schedule of activities during the homecoming affairs. The tentative activities during the one day affair are thanksgiving mass at St. Joseph Parish Church; motorcade around Poblacion, Banga; Short Program; Fellowship/Lunch, election of officers for 2010 – 2012; Parlor Games; Ballroom Dancing; and Search and Coronation of Miss Alumni 2010.

Those interested may contact: Tel. No. (036) 267 – 5040; 268 – 6238; 265 – 3206; or CP No. 09266733070 during Mondays to Fridays from 0900 – 1700 hours.

New President

Aklan State University is in search for a new president. The term of Dr. Benny Palma has expired on Dec. 31, 2009. Dr. Palma is now OIC president of ASU pending appointment of a new president.

These interested must be 60 years or younger, and must have earned a doctoral degree in a university preferably in the field of agriculture.

Early Closing

The 2010 WVRAA meet ended one day ahead of schedule. It was expected the games will end on Friday, March 19, but the smooth implementation of schedule of games enabled the early conclusion of the games. The availability of playing games enhanced early conclusion of the meet too.

Congratulations to the DepEd Aklan for the well managed WRAA meet, especially to Mr. Mary Ann Lopez, the overall coordinator of the WVRAA meet. Congratulations to the various WVRAA committees and to all Aklanons.

Aklan is really "Amazing Aklan". Everybody cooperated from the start until its closing. There was no untoward incident recorded as WVRAA related. The opening ceremonies were excellent. It displayed the best of Aklan, its uniqueness, and proved the truth that Aklan’s Sr. Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Festival is the mother of all festivals in the Philippines.

Except for the delayed tabulation result in the search and coronation of Mr. and Miss Palaro, that Sunday night was marvelous. The songs and dances, the lights and sound are highly the showcase of Aklanons. The events are worth repeating.

2nd Anniversary

The Kapehan Sa Aklan will celebrate its 2nd Anniversary on Saturday evening, March 20. It will be held at Hernani’s Mix ‘n Match Restaurant, Kalibo.

The Kapehan for the last two years, engaged in a no holds barred discussion of events and its analysis, local governance, community project affecting the Aklanons. It has bounded local media entities and the practicing journalists as it is serving to promote camaraderie and understanding among them.

The principal highlight is a tribute for Atty. Ronquillo Conanan Tolentino as a journalist, public servant, lawyer, educator, historian, and political leader. /MP

WVRAAM 2010 Experience Amazing Aklan

by CHRISTY ANN NAVARRA

The last time the Province of Aklan hosted WVRAA meet was in January 1995, I was in grade III then. Now, I am a college graduate to witness the 2010 WVRAA meet, after 15 years. It excites me to think that WVRAA meet is being held once again here in Aklan. I’m determined not to let the chance pass without witnessing its opening ceremonies on March 15.
The program started with a very impressive production number. A fabulous showcase of Aklan’s major attractions featuring the piña fiber, presented through a stunning fashion show; the colorful Ati-Atihan dances to the beats of the drums in brilliant costumes; the higante parade of the towns of Tangalan, Malinao, and Nabas that added fascination, the pride of Aklan. Nothing beats the captivating wonders of Boracay island paradise that capture the hearts of the world. God is so good and Aklan is very blessed.
The Province of Aklan and its people are boastful during the day showing their best with the newly constructed Aklan Sports Complex in Calangcang, Makato. Recalling my first WVRAAM experience way back in 1995, the idea of sports complex facilities consisting of the grandstand, the offices, the courts, the lawn, swimming pool, track and field for athletics, archery and football fields were figments of my imagination. After 15 years, the Sports Complex is experiencing a drastic make over. A complex for sports development is indeed realized.
Aklan is a fast developing as an economic province in Western Visayas. With the growth of business and tourist over the years, Aklan has become imperative for visitors who keep coming back. It has been said over and again how amazing Aklan is. Beyond the sand, the sound and the fiber, are the Aklanon brand of courtesy and hospitality.
Watching the showcase of Aklan’s major attractions impressed me so much and I’m sure most of the spectators would agree with me. We couldn’t help but sigh, "Wow!" Who won’t be proud to be an Aklanon? We are so blessed for such a wonderful gift. A gift of magnificent tourist spots, rich culture, very passionate people and government officials who unified in order to bring out the best of the province and its people.
Yes, behind great performances is a promised story realized. It definitely endures great risk. As if there’s no room for mistakes and frustrations. Just give in the best notwithstanding the priceless time, efforts and sacrifices rendered by the people behind the event. In the end, it’s in taking risk that one enjoys the happiness of success.
Aklan’s various array of attractions never cease to amaze me. I found myself staring and stunned realizing how grateful I am for being an Aklanon. I became a fan of my very own province.
For me, this event is a celebration of Aklanon people’s defining attitudes and cultural identity portrayed in the face of adversity is beauty that radiates from within. Aklan is simply amazing!
Indeed the vision of the late Governor Corazon L. Cabagnot is about fulfilled. She started Calangcang Sports Complex, Governor Carlito S. Marquez completes it. Cabagnot defeated Marquez in the local election of May 1992 for the position of Governor of Aklan, but Marquez completed a project heavily criticized Cabagnot started.
Now, Calangcang Sports Complex is highly appreciated by the Aklanon and the athletic delegations from Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, and Guimaras. /MP
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“Amazing Aklan”: WVRAAM 2010 Opens


Blessing and cutting of ribbon of the Aklan Sports Complex, Calangcang, Makato, Aklan in the afternoon, March 13. In the pictures are Rev. Fr. Isauro David, Cong. Joeben Miraflores, Gov. Carlito S. Marquez, and other officials of Aklan.
















by Dennis E. Bontogon

The Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet 2010 Opening Program was held sunny mid-morning on March 15 bringing Amazing Aklan’s best into a spectacular production show of socio-cultural diversity anchored on spirituality of unity among Aklanon stakeholders.

About 3,000 delegates clad in colorful uniforms making the Aklan Sports Complex an arena of Western Visayas’ best and budding athletes to enliven the theme "Sports, Give Way for Peace and Prosperity".

"One of you (referring to all athletes) could be a Manny Pacquiao. Just believe in your dreams."

These were the words of Atty. Gilberto "Gibo" C. Teodoro, Jr., the guest of honor and speaker of WVRAAM 2010. He was introduced by Aklan Governor Carlito S. Marquez who emotionally unfolded the real Gibo whom he wanted "as a son".

Gibo, attributed to the importance of sports not just by winning but the total person in a "sound mind and a sound body".

Atty. Emilio B. Abelita, Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Department of Education, delivered his inspirational words reminding the athletes: to take the spirit of fare play and to preserve the integrity of the game" addressed to the technical officials.

Welcome messages were given by Dr. Victorina S. Laroza, DepEd Aklan Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) and Municipality of Makato Mayor Ramon S. Legaspi, Jr., and Aklan Congressman Florencio T. Miraflores. Dr. Corazon B. Polohan, Chief Resource Mobilization/Special program projects and Dr. Corazon P. Brown, Asst. Regional Director hoisted the WVRAA banner.

The Delegation Banners were raised by their respective delegation heads: Antique Gov. Salvacion Z. Perez and SDS Dr. Myrna C. Castillo; Guimaras SDS Ms. Irma M. Ganela; Iloilo SDS Ms. Dr. Raymundo Lapating; Negros Occidental; SDS Mr. Rizalino S. Tortosa; Capiz, SDS Dr. Eveleth C. Gamboa; and Aklan, Gov. Carlito S. Marquez and SDS Dr. Victorina S. Laroza.

Macky Delfin of Aklan, a gold medalist in boxing Palaro 2009, together with five athletes representing their delegations lighted the urn. Recitation of Athlete’s Oath of Amateurism followed.

Dr. Julieta B. Braga, Regional Coordinator – Task Force on School Sports and Special Events, led the Oath of Officiating Officials.

Dr. Corazon P. Brown declared the Formal Opening of WVRAAM 2010 with a bang.
Playground Demonstration show-casing "Wow Philippines Dances" of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with about 1,500 participants concluded the opening program. /MP

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Antique and Negros Grab Mr. & Ms. Palaro 2010



by Leilanie R. Francisco




Mr. & Ms. Palaro 2010 during the Search and Coronation program are shown above. Mr. Palaro is Jeremi Jorge U. Laureta of Antique and Ms. Palaro is Jessa Costelo of Negros Occidental.


Kalibo, Aklan, 14 March 2010 – Jeremi Jorge U. Laureta, 15, of St. Anthony’s College High School, Antique and Jessa Costelo, 16 of Bata National High School, Negros Occidental bagged the Mr. and Ms. Palaro titles respectively in the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet 2010.

Laureta and Costelo bested 4 other candidates based on their intelligence, appeal, attire and special talents.

"I did not expect to win for this is my first time to join a pageant like this", said Jeremi, a taekwondo player.

Laureta received special awards which are Best in Festival Costume, Best in Talent, and Best in Interview. Costelo was also awarded with Best in Sportswear and Best In Formal Attire.

Named first runners-up were Purita Leorcelle R. Duldoco of Antique and Joseph Stephen Janeo of Iloilo.

The second runners-up were Jeremiah B. Estrada from Aklan and Zen Delos Reyes from Iloilo.

Other special awards went to Ms. Purita Leorcelle R. Duldoco - Best in Festival Costume, Ms. Ma. A’Rose Olive Joy M. Martinez of Aklan – Ms. Congeniality, Mr. Micho Santillan of Negros Occidental – Best In Sportswear, Joseph Stephen Janeo of Iloilo – Best in Formal Attire, and Mr. Congeniality.

Mr. and Ms. Palaro will represent Western Visayas in the Palarong Pambansa sometime in April of 2010. /MP

Balete Candidates For May 2010 Election


The official candidates in Balete, Aklan for the May 10, 2010 election for Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Sangguniang Bayan members are as follows:

There is only one candidate for Mayor who is Teodoro Venus Calizo, Jr. – NP and one candidate for Vice Mayor who is Roman Recidoro Villaruel – NP.

There are 8 candidates for the eight positions of SB members. They are Inocentes Fernandez Bantigue, Jr. – NP, Crispino Palmon Beltran, Jr. – NP, Apolinar Cortes Cleope – NP, Joselito Cortes De Los Reyes – NP, Ciriaco Tolentino Feliciano – NP, Patrick Felipe Lachica – NP, Peter Cariscal Recidoro – NP, and Sylvia Villanueva Yasa – NP. They are all winners. They have no opponent /MP

Nabas Represents Aklan in One Visayan at Roxas City


Tribu Banggoy of Buenasuerte, Nabas, Aklan represented Aklan in the recently held One Visayan, One People, One Destiny held on March 11, 2010 at Roxas City, Capiz during the "sadsad" festival.

Some 47 dancers and drummers from Buena-suerte, Nabas, Aklan who were performers of Tribu Banggoy in the traditional Nabas Bariw Festival showed their awesome and most applauded performance at Villareal Stadium, Roxas City, Capiz during the gathering of three Visayan regions (6, 7 & 8). The participants showcased their respective festivals.

The performers and the festival were introduced by this writer, the Information Officer, designate of LGU Nabas, Aklan.

Bariw festival is held every 14th and 15th of May in celebration with the Religious Fiesta in honor of Patron St. Isidore, the Worker in Nabas.

This festival started in 2003 at the time of former Mayor Gladys P. Garcia through the initiative of incumbent Mayor Romeo M. Dalisay. He was then SB member and chairman on Social Activities. The Nabas Tourism Officer designate is Mr. Dhen M. Roquero.

Bariw festival aims at promoting Nabas’ tourism potentials and cottage industry products like hats, mats, bags, and other decorative materials made of Nabas bariw plants.

The affair is for two days with Mardi Grass, a Street dancing competition involving folks from the town’s 20 barangays. All participants are dressed with various colorful bariw costumes accompanied by drums and other indigenous instruments.

Tribu Banggoy is a champion for two consecutive years in street dancing and presentation categories. Also in the Higante Parade held on January 13, 2010, one of the highlights of the Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Festival Kalibo, Aklan. This group was awarded the second prize. Behind the success of the said group are the relentless efforts of the barangay council headed by their Punong Barangay Felix Palomata with the full support of barangay kagawad Margaret Z. Casidsid who served as coach. Tribu Banggoy, keeps up the good works and good luck to the forthcoming 7th Annual Bariw Festival of Nabas on May 14 – 15, 2010. /MP

Strengths and Weaknesses of Pacquiao, Clottey


DALLAS , Texas – Joshua Clottey pales in comparison to Manny Pacquiao in terms of strengths and weaknesses from the point of view of the dean of world boxing commentators, Bert Randolf Sugar, who reiterated his analysis with colleagues and experts during the final press conference of "The Event" at the Gaylord Texan hotel in Grapevine March 11.

Sugar said, "Pacquiao possesses faster hand speed—the frequency of his punches registering pinball machine-like numbers on the Compu-Box punch meter long with greater foot speed and lateral movement."

Clottey, he said, is "a naturally heavier, physically stronger fighter than Pacquiao and could enter the ring at least 10-12 pounds heavier than the smaller Pacquiao."

Clottey also has an "excellent defense, one he himself says is ‘not easy to crack.’ With his elbows in close and his hands held high, almost as if he were hiding behind a wall, he reminds boxing experts of Winky Wright."

Pacquiao’s ability to throw punches in bunches, almost asfastasyoucanread this, will challenge Clottey’s defensive skills, Sugar observed.

"With one-punch knockout power as illustrated by his devastating two-round destruction of Ricky Hatton and attested to by his ‘slugging’ average of .717, with 38 knockout punchers of the past, like Sugar Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Rocky Graziano—Pacquiao hits harder than Clottey and will present a test for Clottey’s supposedly ‘iron’ chin."

Clottey, on the other hand, possesses an excellent job, said Sugar. And with a 3-inch reach advantage, should be able to reach Pacquiao.

A determined fighter, Clottey, who, in the words of one reporter, has "indefatigable will power." Like his countrymen, Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, and Ben Tackie, Clottey will be there, in front of Pacquiao, pressuring him for most of the fight, Sugar pointed out. 

Sugar said the native of Accra , Ghana who now resides in Bronx , New York , "possesses good chin whiskers, having never been stopped and put down only once—that by Cotto on a jab he walked into in the first round of their fight."

Pacquiao gets stronger as the rounds progress, registering later round stoppages of Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Angel Cotto, having worn both down in earlier rounds.
 
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Pacquiao’s amazing ability to leap divisions in a single bounce will be put to a test against the bigger and stronger Clottey, who looks as if he were born at 147 pounds, warned Sugar.

"Although Pacquiao has rarely had to move backwards in his previous fights, he will now have to adapt to Clottey’s constant forward movement and pressure, needing to give ground before coming forward, a change in style for him. "Pacquiao’s style is one built of offense, offense, and more offenses, not one built on defense. He tends to come charging in, with his hands held low and his chin raised after he punches, giving Clottey an inviting target.

"When Pacquiao misses, he is sometimes off-balance, his body moving faster than his feet can carry him, leaving him susceptible to Clottey’s counters.

"In previous fights there has been a question of Pacquiao’s focus. Now, with Manny having declared for political office in the Philippines and the election just eight weeks away, the question of his focus on his fight surfaces once again."

Clottey, on the other hand, is a one-dimensional fighter, fighting in a straight line with little or no side-to-side or head movement, said Sugar.

"Like all forward-moving pressure fighters Clottey takes his share of incoming punches, something he is more than willing to accept, almost as if feeding off of them.
"Clottey has a passive defense, taking his time blocking shots on his gloves and elbows before countering which, if done too often, will put him at a decided disadvantage against the far more active Pacquiao.

"While stamina doesn’t seem to be a question for Clottey, his ‘killer instinct’ may be questionable as witnessed by his performance against Miguel Cotto where he grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory by merely pawing at the half-blinded Cotto in the closing rounds in a game of cat and mouse as Cotto ran away with a split decision win."

(Did these observations surface on the March 14 Pacquiao-Clottey fight?) /MP

Sugilanon Ni Tita Linda


Tita Linda Belayro
Phaeton, Onga It Haring Adlaw
Si Phaeton hay isaeang ka binatilyo nga mortal nga onga ni Apollo sa isaeang ka babayeng si Aurora. Raya ro guina pabugae ni Phaeton sa anang mga amigo. Tongod sa anang kakulitan ag pagka bugaeon, owa imaw kapan-o nga guina hibaygan imaw ko anang mga kahampang. Bu-ot nana nga mapamatud-an sa anang mga amigo ro pagiging onga gali ni Apollo.

Isaeang adlaw, nag eaong si Phaeton sa anang ina kon mahimo imaw nga maka bisita sa kaharian ko anang ama. Bu-ot nana nga masayuran kon matuod guid nga onga imaw ni Apollo. Guin sugtan mat-a imaw. Sa owa magbuhay, nakaabot guid man imaw sa puetahan it sueod nga imaw ro trono ko anang ama. Sadyaan guid ro palasyo ni Apollo. Sumueod imaw sa pihak nga puetahan. Sa anang pag tan-aw, ro atop it sueod hay ivory nga guina punihan it mga gae-um ag silak ko adlaw. Sa trono naga pungko ro anang ama nga may bisteng lila ag may bueawan nga korona sa anang oeo nga naga igpat sa silak it adlaw.

Naghibayag ro hari pagkakita kay Phaeton. Guin sampit si Phaeton nga magpaeapit. "Ano ro imong kinahangean Phaeton? pangutana ko anang ama. Guin tipon anay nana ro anang kaisog ag maghambae, "Bu-ot ko malang masayuran kon baea minatuod mo guid ako nga onga," baeos ni Phaeton. Sa pagkakita kana ni Apollo, guin hakus imaw ag guin pangutana kon ano ro anang pangayo.

"Bu-ot ko kunta nga kon mahimo hay maka padaeagan ako it karwahe bisan sang adlaw eamang. Sa paino-ino ni Phaeton hay ipakita sa anang mga amigo ro pruweba nga imaw hay onga it Haring Adlaw.

Masubo nga nag-pasugot ro anang ama. Sayod imaw nga owa guid it nangahas nga mag-buyot ko renda sa pag-padaegan ko karwahe it adlaw. Guin bilinan eamang nana ro anang onga nga hugtan eang ro pagbuyot ko renda ag pasugtan eang ro pagdaeagan ogaling indi dapat mag eapit sa mga kabukiran o katamnan tongod masunog ra kon magpaeapit sa adlaw. Guin sakyan ni Phaeton ro karwahe.

Ko una hay tayuyon ro daeagan it karwahe tongod agahon pa eang. Ogaling, pag-abot it udto ro adlaw, ro eana nga guin pahid kay Phaeton para indi imaw masunog hay amat-amat nga nag init ag indi nana matakuran ro kakatoe ko anang eawas. Busa napa kaeot imaw ag habatyagn ko karwahe nga iba ro anang pagbuyot. Nag umang ro daeagan it karwaheng adlaw hasta nag eapit sa mga kabukiran ag mga katamnan.

Indi eon mapunggan ni Phaeton ro pagdaeagan ag abo eon ro kasamaran nga nahimo ko karwaheng adlaw. Nag umang ro mga Diyos ag Diyosa it Olympus. Guin suguit ro tanan kay Jupiter. Pagkasayod ni Jupiter, guin tawag nana si Apollo sa nahanabu ko anang onga. Hapilitan nga guin haboy nana ro anang kilat agod mapundo ro pag dinaeagan sa owa it dereksyon ko adlaw. Nawasak ro karwahe ag nahueog si Phaeton sa eawod. Owa malipod ro tanan kay Apollo ogaling olihi eon ro tanan. /MP

Provincial Legislation, Daunting Challenge For Women’s Rights


by ERNESTO T. SOLIDUM
Kapehan guests at Smokehauz Resto & Bar on March 13, 2010 discussed the topic, "Prov’l. Legislation Program of Aklan." Hon. Daisy S. Briones, SP member and last termer re-electionist, and Hon. Lilian Q. Tirol, SB member of Kalibo and now Sangguniang Panlalawigan candidate. Both are running under the Tibyog-Kusog party leadership (Eastern Sector) of Gov. Carlito S. Marquez. There was no explanation why other candidates invited failed to come.

Atty. Ronquillo C. Tolentino said that pursuant to Section 468 of RA 7160 or Local Government Code, the SP has the following powers, duties and functions: a) Approve ordinances and pass resolutions necessary for an efficient and effective provincial government, b) generate and maximize the use of resources and revenues for the develop-ment plan, program objectives and priorities of the province as provided for under Section 18 of this Code, c) grant franchise, approve the issuance of permits, licenses or enact ordinances levying taxes, fees, and charges upon such conditions and for such programs intended to promote general public welfare, d) approve ordinances which shall ensure the efficient and effective delivery of basic services and facilities, and e) exercise such other power and functions as may be prescribed by law.

Hon. Briones concurrently holds the Committee Chairmanship on Women, Children and Family Welfare. She is also a committee member on health, population and human resource. An optometrist by profession, she is considered a veteran legislator and public servant. Her advocacy is championing the rights of women, children and family. She co-authored the Gender and Development Code with Atty. Ronquillo C. Tolentino, and the Aklan’s Children’s Code.

Perhaps, the reason why the Philippines is behind in socio-economic development is because our women are treated as second class citizens, said the lady board member. Under Gender and Development Code, women’s rights and privileges are equal with men.

This is the abiding principle behind the UN declaration of International Women’s Day that falls every March 8 of each year.

Progress in our economy is correlated to the progress of women in society. Women should strive for higher education, technology and income in order to be empowered. Key to this endeavor could be significant investment in education and scholarship grants to deserving students.

Hon. Tirol summarized her programs of legislation by the acronym GETWACE. G–governance, E–education for all, T–tourism, W–women and family welfare, A–agricultural productivity, C–capital support and E–environmental protection.

She is very passionate about public service as repository of trust and confidence, education as key to improve social status, tourism development for Ati-Atihan and Boracay, women and family welfare to be comprehensive and universal, agricultural productivity for food security, capital for liberal financing and environmental protection by conserving and expanding our forest cover.

A suggestion by Atty. Tolentino is for SP Aklan to pass a resolution to declare March 8 of every year as public holiday. Well on first thought, this is welcome idea knowing fully that this is in consonance with the basic principle of the UN body.

The problem is our long list of national and local holidays that are not even properly observed. A good look at it is how Independence Day celeb-ration that epitomizes/liberation from tyranny and oppression and embracing the portals of freedom consists of flag rising ceremony, wreath laying, minimal civic parade and bland speeches.

At local level, the liberation of Panay, Gov. Evelio Javier Day and XIX Martyrs Day that tend to surprise people why schools and offices are closed on above occasions. On top of it all is the week long religious fiestas and local foundation anniversaries.

Presently, we have massive poverty and hunger problems according to Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, top adviser of Ms. Arroyo. He said that 25.47 million families live on P1,200 per month, rose to 27.6 million in 2006. Given an average economic growth in the last four decades, it would take 37 years for the poor to get out of poverty, Salceda said.

Meanwhile, Margarito Teves, Secretary of Finance averred that our outstanding national debt of P4.4 trillion as of Oct. 2009 means that each working age Filipino has a share of P75,000.

In a developing country, the people must be productive and hardworking rather than tolerate whimsical/capricious holidays. It should be noted that the US has only three holidays celebrated with much enthusiasm and funfare which are Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yet the US is a superpower.

While women constitute a significant percentage in the labor force, discrimination against them abounds. Obviously, this has to do with maternity leave, male chauvinism and sexual offenses. In an economy where un/underemployment are rated high, more women are underpaid and first to be laid off.

Atty. Ronquillo C. Tolentino raises a thorny and controversial issue on taxation that by legislative fiat, SP engages in every three years. Taxation for development is indeed necessary to finance programs and projects deemed important for progress and stability. Revenue allocation is 25 percent for barangays, 40 percent municipal, and 35 percent provincial. Nevertheless proposed ordinance covering taxation, levy, and all others are subjected to public hearings/consultation. It should be underscored that political campaign by local candidates according to Comelec officially started on March 26. /MP

Provincial Legislation, Daunting Challenge For Women’s Rights


by ERNESTO T. SOLIDUM
Kapehan guests at Smokehauz Resto & Bar on March 13, 2010 discussed the topic, "Prov’l. Legislation Program of Aklan." Hon. Daisy S. Briones, SP member and last termer re-electionist, and Hon. Lilian Q. Tirol, SB member of Kalibo and now Sangguniang Panlalawigan candidate. Both are running under the Tibyog-Kusog party leadership (Eastern Sector) of Gov. Carlito S. Marquez. There was no explanation why other candidates invited failed to come.

Atty. Ronquillo C. Tolentino said that pursuant to Section 468 of RA 7160 or Local Government Code, the SP has the following powers, duties and functions: a) Approve ordinances and pass resolutions necessary for an efficient and effective provincial government, b) generate and maximize the use of resources and revenues for the develop-ment plan, program objectives and priorities of the province as provided for under Section 18 of this Code, c) grant franchise, approve the issuance of permits, licenses or enact ordinances levying taxes, fees, and charges upon such conditions and for such programs intended to promote general public welfare, d) approve ordinances which shall ensure the efficient and effective delivery of basic services and facilities, and e) exercise such other power and functions as may be prescribed by law.

Hon. Briones concurrently holds the Committee Chairmanship on Women, Children and Family Welfare. She is also a committee member on health, population and human resource. An optometrist by profession, she is considered a veteran legislator and public servant. Her advocacy is championing the rights of women, children and family. She co-authored the Gender and Development Code with Atty. Ronquillo C. Tolentino, and the Aklan’s Children’s Code.

Perhaps, the reason why the Philippines is behind in socio-economic development is because our women are treated as second class citizens, said the lady board member. Under Gender and Development Code, women’s rights and privileges are equal with men.

This is the abiding principle behind the UN declaration of International Women’s Day that falls every March 8 of each year.

Progress in our economy is correlated to the progress of women in society. Women should strive for higher education, technology and income in order to be empowered. Key to this endeavor could be significant investment in education and scholarship grants to deserving students.

Hon. Tirol summarized her programs of legislation by the acronym GETWACE. G–governance, E–education for all, T–tourism, W–women and family welfare, A–agricultural productivity, C–capital support and E–environmental protection.

She is very passionate about public service as repository of trust and confidence, education as key to improve social status, tourism development for Ati-Atihan and Boracay, women and family welfare to be comprehensive and universal, agricultural productivity for food security, capital for liberal financing and environmental protection by conserving and expanding our forest cover.

A suggestion by Atty. Tolentino is for SP Aklan to pass a resolution to declare March 8 of every year as public holiday. Well on first thought, this is welcome idea knowing fully that this is in consonance with the basic principle of the UN body.

The problem is our long list of national and local holidays that are not even properly observed. A good look at it is how Independence Day celeb-ration that epitomizes/liberation from tyranny and oppression and embracing the portals of freedom consists of flag rising ceremony, wreath laying, minimal civic parade and bland speeches.

At local level, the liberation of Panay, Gov. Evelio Javier Day and XIX Martyrs Day that tend to surprise people why schools and offices are closed on above occasions. On top of it all is the week long religious fiestas and local foundation anniversaries.

Presently, we have massive poverty and hunger problems according to Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, top adviser of Ms. Arroyo. He said that 25.47 million families live on P1,200 per month, rose to 27.6 million in 2006. Given an average economic growth in the last four decades, it would take 37 years for the poor to get out of poverty, Salceda said.

Meanwhile, Margarito Teves, Secretary of Finance averred that our outstanding national debt of P4.4 trillion as of Oct. 2009 means that each working age Filipino has a share of P75,000.

In a developing country, the people must be productive and hardworking rather than tolerate whimsical/capricious holidays. It should be noted that the US has only three holidays celebrated with much enthusiasm and funfare which are Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yet the US is a superpower.

While women constitute a significant percentage in the labor force, discrimination against them abounds. Obviously, this has to do with maternity leave, male chauvinism and sexual offenses. In an economy where un/underemployment are rated high, more women are underpaid and first to be laid off.

Atty. Ronquillo C. Tolentino raises a thorny and controversial issue on taxation that by legislative fiat, SP engages in every three years. Taxation for development is indeed necessary to finance programs and projects deemed important for progress and stability. Revenue allocation is 25 percent for barangays, 40 percent municipal, and 35 percent provincial. Nevertheless proposed ordinance covering taxation, levy, and all others are subjected to public hearings/consultation. It should be underscored that political campaign by local candidates according to Comelec officially started on March 26. /MP