Saturday, April 24, 2010


Congratulations ASU (Main) Alumni
The Capiz Farm School (CFS),Banga Rural High School BRHS), Aklan Agricultural College (AAC), Aklan State College of Agriculture (ASCA), and Aklan State University (ASU) main alumni association held their homecoming the whole day, Saturday, April 24 centered on the theme: "Alumni Beyond the Environment".

The homecoming started with the Thanks-giving Mass at the St. Joseph Parish Church, Banga, Aklan concelebrated by Rev. Fathers Charles V. Isagan, Victor A. Salido, and Efren F. Gicole.

The mass over, the alumni held a motorcade around Poblacion, Banga up to Linabuan Sur and returned to the ASU, Banga. All the alumni present joined in a fellowship program held at the Amphitheater which started with the invocation, the singing of the Philippine National Anthem followed by the singing of the BRHS and ASU hymns.

Dr. Ambrosio R. Villorente who led in the preparation and implementation of the 2010 homecoming activities welcomed those present. According to the Registration Committee chair, Ms. Daylinda R. Rigodon, those present represented 32 years graduates with Batch1960 – Golden, and Batch 1985 Silver Jubilarians.

In his message, Dr. Benny A. Palma, ASU president informed the alumni of the progress attained by ASU in his presidency. He also discussed the dis-advantages of graduates not only of ASU, but all other Philippine colleges compared with graduates of other countries who spent more years in schools and colleges. Philippine college graduates spent less years in schools than of the other countries.

Director Remelyn R. Recoter, Batch 1979 and now Regional Technical Director of the Department of AgrIculture discussed the causes of global warming and its effects to humanity. According to her, the Earth is just leased to the present generation and it must be returned to the future generation in a perfect condition. Her message was in line with the homecoming theme: Alumni Beyond the Environment.

Three retrospections were given. Mr. Marvin J. Teodosio, BRHS class 1960 talked of "Golden Memories". Ms. Mary Ann A. Ramos of AAC High School Class 1985 – "Silver Thoughts" in a power point presentation, and Dr. Emelyn D. Elias, BSHT Class 1980, "Pearly Reflections".

Sumptuous foods were served in a pot luck lunch. The day activities ended after the election of officers for 2010 – 2012.

The affair was continued at Teodosio Park, Poblacion, Banga in the evening with the Induction of Officers and Coronation Program.

Dr. Ambrosio R. Villorente, BRHS 1952 again welcomed the alumni present. Dr. Benny A. Palma sworn in to their respective positions the 2010 – 2012 officers who are: Atty. Ariel B. Gepty –president; Engr. Roberto J. Teodosio – vice president; Ms. Evelyn I. Dela Cruz – secretry; Ms. Daylinda R. Rigodon – treasurer; Ms. Bliss L. Arboleda – auditor; Ms. Mary Ann A. Ramos – business manager; and Dr. Ambrosio R. Villorente – public relations officer.

The members of the Board of Directors are Andrew P. Legaspi, Edilberto L. Solidum, Sonia M. Lao, Doven C. Lachica, June Igharas, Chito L. Nabor, Conrado D. Ricafuente, Jr., and Michelle M. Tan.

Ms. Nobelyn Navarra Nacor was crowned Ms. Alumni 2010. Ms. Marjorie Kimpo Paraiso and Ms. Marites Ruzgal Jorque were crowned first and second runners up respectively. The coronation program grossed P32,000.

In his inaugural speech, Atty. Gepty pledged to complete the construction of Alumni Home in the ASU Campus which was started by Past President Roberto Teodosio. "I hope the Alumni Homecoming in 2011 will be held in the Alumni Home", Gepty vowed.

Congratulations to the 2008 – 2010 alumni officials for the preparation and implementation of the 2010 General Homecoming. It was an affair to remember.

Madyaas Pen wishes them the best of everything. May they continue doing the best practices learned, and may they will be always in the lead especially in the fields of farming, fisheries, and engineering for which the University was originally founded. /MP

Entrepreneurial Farmer

Ambrosio R. Villorente

Confusing Road Signs

A road sign posted in Barangay Jumarap, Banga portion of the highway before entering Poblacion, Banga reads "Iloilo – 144 Kms." Walk for another 200 meters toward Poblacion, Banga and another road sign reads" "Iloilo – 147 Kms."

How come after walking for 200 meters toward Iloilo the distance increased by three (3) kilometers? What is the interpretation to this? Who placed these two (2) confusing road signs? Can we claim Aklan particularly its highway is globally competitive? May the DPWH Aklan correct this confusing road signs.

For government vehicles, the driver traveling that road may claim three (3) kilometers more traveled for gas and meal allowance.

Hazard Structure

That structure in front of the Kalibo Pilot Elem. School, Poblacion, Kalibo is traffic hazard both to motorists and pedestrians. The structure occupies one half of the road which impedes the circulation of vehicles and dangerous to people walking there, to passengers and cargos.

I learned these from two (2) Kalibonhon practicing architects. According to them, they will never do similar design for any area. That may have been designed by any engineer but not an architect. They both recommended for its demolition to prevent the occurrence of accident and save lives and properties.

Recommends Organic Farming

In Guimaras, Gov. Felipe Hilan Nava is recommending the application of organic farming to Guimaras farmers. According to Nava, organic farming is easy and cheaper to implement. He urges his farmers to transform their farmlands into vegetable gardens.

"Guimaras is not all mangoes", Nava pointed out. He instructed his provincial agriculturist to create a community based vegetable gardens using organic technology.

For one thing, organic farming is one great strategy to fight global warming.

Climate Change Challenges

The global problem on climate change should serve as a challenge for entrepreneurs to become productive as there is a high demand on products made of light and durable materials.

Patis Tesoro, president of the Katutubong Pilipino Foundation, Inc. said in her keynote speech during the opening program of the 11th Aklan Piña and Fiber Festival, one of the highlights of the 54th Aklan founding anniversary.

Tesoro and Ms. Ming Ramos led the revival of the piña fiber industry in Aklan and put it in the global map of fashion and creativity.

With their efforts, two major players and 35 entrepreneurs are already engaging in the export of fiber products not only made of pina fabrics but also of abaca (Manila hemp), raffia and other natural fibers. /MP

Aklan Piña & Fiber Festival Features Aklanon’s Creativity and Versatility

The 54th Anniversary of the Province of Aklan is being highlighted, among other activities, by the weeklong Aklan Piña & Fiber Festival (Fiber Fest) on 21 – 27 April . The main venue is The Trade Hall, Capitol Site in Kalibo, Aklan. The Opening Program and the Theme Unveiling were held on 21 April at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

The Fiber Fest is featuring Aklanons creativity and versatility in producing premium quality products: piña, abaca, and raffia loomwoven fabrics and fashion accessories; gifts, furnishing, and decorative crafts; processed meat and fish products, bakery, and confectionary products; and ornamental plants, potted plants, and cutflowers. There are also various kinds of fruits, vegetables, marine products, and livestock meat.

Other exhibits are: 1. Contemporary Lifestyle Setting of Living Spaces, 2.One-Town-One Product (OTOP) booths of all 17 municipalities of Aklan, and 3. Agri-Aqua products of community-based organizations and agencies

Guests and visitors are enjoying the festive mood of the Fiber Fest at Tsibugan sa Kapitolyo with nightly dinner and entertainment events at the Provincial Capitol Grounds. Gastronomic, native and gourmet foods are being made available and served by local restaurants and concessionaires amidst live bands’ music.

The Fiber Fest is also a showcase of public and private partnership (PPP) led by the Provincial Government of Aklan, with the Congressional District Office, the Department of Trade, Fiber Industry Development Authority, the Aklan Piña Manufacturers and Traders Association, Inc., the Hugod Aklanon Producers Association, Inc., and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. – Aklan Chapter.

This year’s VIP guest is Ms. Patis P. Tesoro, President of the Katutubong Filipino Foundation, Incorporated. Congressman Florencio T. Miraflores and Governor Carlito S. Marquez, who was represented by Atty. Diego M. Luces in the opening program, are leading the provincial officials and the people of Aklan in the celebration and festivities. /MP

Aklan Piña & Fiber Festival Features Aklanon’s Creativity and Versatility

The 54th Anniversary of the Province of Aklan is being highlighted, among other activities, by the weeklong Aklan Piña & Fiber Festival (Fiber Fest) on 21 – 27 April . The main venue is The Trade Hall, Capitol Site in Kalibo, Aklan. The Opening Program and the Theme Unveiling were held on 21 April at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

The Fiber Fest is featuring Aklanons creativity and versatility in producing premium quality products: piña, abaca, and raffia loomwoven fabrics and fashion accessories; gifts, furnishing, and decorative crafts; processed meat and fish products, bakery, and confectionary products; and ornamental plants, potted plants, and cutflowers. There are also various kinds of fruits, vegetables, marine products, and livestock meat.

Other exhibits are: 1. Contemporary Lifestyle Setting of Living Spaces, 2.One-Town-One Product (OTOP) booths of all 17 municipalities of Aklan, and 3. Agri-Aqua products of community-based organizations and agencies

Guests and visitors are enjoying the festive mood of the Fiber Fest at Tsibugan sa Kapitolyo with nightly dinner and entertainment events at the Provincial Capitol Grounds. Gastronomic, native and gourmet foods are being made available and served by local restaurants and concessionaires amidst live bands’ music.

The Fiber Fest is also a showcase of public and private partnership (PPP) led by the Provincial Government of Aklan, with the Congressional District Office, the Department of Trade, Fiber Industry Development Authority, the Aklan Piña Manufacturers and Traders Association, Inc., the Hugod Aklanon Producers Association, Inc., and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. – Aklan Chapter.

This year’s VIP guest is Ms. Patis P. Tesoro, President of the Katutubong Filipino Foundation, Incorporated. Congressman Florencio T. Miraflores and Governor Carlito S. Marquez, who was represented by Atty. Diego M. Luces in the opening program, are leading the provincial officials and the people of Aklan in the celebration and festivities. /MP

Aklan Piña & Fiber Festival Features Aklanon’s Creativity and Versatility

text and photo by AMBROSIO R. VILLORENTE
The 54th Anniversary of the Province of Aklan is being highlighted, among other activities, by the weeklong Aklan Piña & Fiber Festival (Fiber Fest) on 21 – 27 April . The main venue is The Trade Hall, Capitol Site in Kalibo, Aklan. The Opening Program and the Theme Unveiling were held on 21 April at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

The Fiber Fest is featuring Aklanons creativity and versatility in producing premium quality products: piña, abaca, and raffia loomwoven fabrics and fashion accessories; gifts, furnishing, and decorative crafts; processed meat and fish products, bakery, and confectionary products; and ornamental plants, potted plants, and cutflowers. There are also various kinds of fruits, vegetables, marine products, and livestock meat.

Other exhibits are: 1. Contemporary Lifestyle Setting of Living Spaces, 2.One-Town-One Product (OTOP) booths of all 17 municipalities of Aklan, and 3. Agri-Aqua products of community-based organizations and agencies

Guests and visitors are enjoying the festive mood of the Fiber Fest at Tsibugan sa Kapitolyo with nightly dinner and entertainment events at the Provincial Capitol Grounds. Gastronomic, native and gourmet foods are being made available and served by local restaurants and concessionaires amidst live bands’ music.

The Fiber Fest is also a showcase of public and private partnership (PPP) led by the Provincial Government of Aklan, with the Congressional District Office, the Department of Trade, Fiber Industry Development Authority, the Aklan Piña Manufacturers and Traders Association, Inc., the Hugod Aklanon Producers Association, Inc., and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. – Aklan Chapter.

This year’s VIP guest is Ms. Patis P. Tesoro, President of the Katutubong Filipino Foundation, Incorporated. Congressman Florencio T. Miraflores and Governor Carlito S. Marquez, who was represented by Atty. Diego M. Luces in the opening program, are leading the provincial officials and the people of Aklan in the celebration and festivities. /MP

Noynoy’s Sister Viel Campaigns In Aklan

One of the sisters of presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino, Ms. Viel Aquino-Dee visited Aklan to help win more Aklanon votes for the Noynoy-Mar tandem for the presidential election on May 10. Viel was accompanied in her sortee by a senatorial candidate, Yasmin Busran-Lao.

They were accom-panied in their round in Aklan by Ms. Vicky Ramos-Antonino, Miss Jindra L. Demeterio, Atty. Harry Sucgang, and volunteers for Noynoy. Viel held press conference at Sampaguita Garden, visited Pink Sisters, the Fiber & Agri fair and the town of Lezo.

Vice Mayoralty Debate Enhances Voter Decision

The legislative agenda of Kalibo’s four Vice Mayoralty aspirants was the focus of public attention during April 17, 2010 weekly Kapehan held at Smokehauz Resto & Bar. Guests were Hon. Madeline A. Regalado (Bigkis Pinoy), Hon. Gregorio R. Malapad (Tibyog), Atty. Immanuel L. Sodusta (Independent) and Mr. Roberto Mejis (Independent).

Each candidate was given 15 minutes constructive speech on his/her accomplishments, proposed legislative program and qualification. It was followed by interpolative questions from opposing parties for clarification and emphasis. Later, speakers were further grilled by media practitioners on other issues that may diffuse emotional tension.

Atty. Ronquillo C. Tolentino mentioned that there are no hard and fast rules in this debate. Exchange of legislative agenda, personal view-points and interest provide better guide for voters to choose from among the best candidates.

First to take the podium was Atty. Sodusta. He is an active law practitioner for 17 years, member of Board of Directors and later President of Akelco, legal counsel of rural banks, DAR and law professor in a college of law.

His legislative agenda is focused on Kalibo as futuristic World Class City (ISO Certified), progressive and modernized but its foundation built on hard work efficiency. He acknowledged he has no background and experience in legislation but believed he is aptly compensated for by his stint in Akelco where corporate policies are impacting 103,000 household consumer members. This is also reinforced by the Pagbag-o team of no nonsense agenda listing from A to Z.

Atty. Sodusta believed that the fundamental basis to change human nature is education. Prospect of effectively solving and deterring crimes could be facilitated through the internet or Information Technology.

The second speaker was Hon. Gregorio Malapad. He has 15 years experience in legislative work having occupied key positions in the Kalibo Sangguniang Bayan (SB) committees like Budget, Finance, Ways & Means, Rules & Ordinances, Games & Amusements, and Economic Enterprise. An accountant by profession and good in public relations, he was able to muster enough support for the passage of vital ordinances like Municipal Revenue Code, Traffic Code, Solid Waste Management, and Market & Slaughterhouse Ordinances.

The Tibyog party has a 10 point political agenda designed to be proactive and cost-effective to the people we serve. Malapad asserted that Kalibo has one of the best Executive agenda in the Philippines and will just continue this legacy.

Malapad recalled that when he entered the non-career service in 1992, the annual budget of Kalibo was P3 million under Mayor Allen S. Quimpo. In 2010, with sound fiscal policy, it has grown to P175 million under Mayor Raymar A. Rebaldo.

The third speaker was Hon. Madeline A. Regalado. She is a two termer Kalibo SB member having been elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2007. A teacher by education, she married a businessman Atty. Wilberto Regalado. She calls herself constructive fiscalizer. A minority party member, she chairs the Senior Citizens, Women & Children’s Welfare committee with professional aplomb.

Regalado subscribes to the dictum that public office is a public trust. Democracy must be properly addressed to by observance of human rights especially free speech, fiscal transparency particularly Kalibo Ati-Atihan Management Board, performance driven, no political patronage, and refusal to acquire loans saying this is unnecessary and counterproductive.

Priorities of Bigkis Pinoy is focused on three priority agenda which are: immediate relocation of dumpsite, completion and implementation of comprehensive drainage system and modernizing the wet market and slaughterhouse.

The fourth speaker was Mr. Roberto Mejis. He is a BSC holder and has started a post graduate course in MPA. From 1987 – 1995, he worked with government agencies – the DA and DOH. He has significant experience as chairman, Lupong Tagapamayapa in Barangay Poblacion, Kalibo for 19 years. He is a Regional Awardee for exemplary service and dedication mostly by doing volunteer work.

In the field of legislation, he hopes to be spokesperson of the urban poor’s interest and goals. There may be no need of introducing new policy directions since the existing laws and ordinances are pretty adequate. What is more important is the political will to implement them without fear or favor.

While our next door neighbor China is heavily wired through the internet, the Philippines is still in the dark ages of computer literacy. Preempting or combating crimes through the internet is most effective if there is community participation definitely not an exclusive domain of PNP operatives alone. Basically, this is a crippling setback in our peace and order agenda that strives to harness Information Technology.

Hon. Madeline Regalado as member of Finance Committee has aired accusation to incumbent Finance Committee chair Greg Malapad of deliberately ignoring her by not sending proper notice during Committee hearings. This is downright rude if not absurd. Mr. Malapad clarified that presently, they have two Finance Committees namely: The Executive and Legislative. Obviously, only the Executive Committee is active while the Legislative is inactive or non-functional. Relevant questions: How on earth could you pass the Municipal Revenue and Market and Slaughterhouse Codes without approval and endorsement of the Legislative Finance Committee? Aren’t the minority party members like Regalado entitled to participate or at least discharge her nominal function? Indeed we have ample evidence of partisan politics at its worse in Kalibo today.

Hon. Greg Malapad said his legislative agenda will also focus on elimination of political divide once he assumes the Vice Mayoralty post. He means the people will close ranks, forget their party affiliation and begin the task of town building. A guaranteed success requires harmonious partnership in and among different branches of government so he needs more commitment, not to petty partisan strife and undue criticisms. We hope this does not refer to Hon. Regalado who is partial to constructive criticisms.

This is my first time to know that Kalibo has a P175 million annual budget. Even if 55 percent is spent for administrative expenses, there is still P78.75 million for economic development and social services. This includes the Internal Revenue Allotment. Hon. Malapad said that LGU Kalibo has a good credit standing with financial institutions hence, his fervent desire to secure more loans to finance the needed infra projects like public market and slaughterhouse.

There must be a debt cap or moratorium to loans like the five (5) percent of total annual budget as a precaution to governmental excesses. More than ever, there is the need to operate on a balanced budget and eschew deficit spending. Some fiscal analyst even goes for line budgeting which is more detailed and proven effective.

Generally, Vice Mayoralty debate was very productive. It provided excellent mental exercise in legislative governance. As expected, the voting population gained additional information to base whom to vote on May 10. /MP

NCCA Holds International Dance Workshop and Festival

by Joyce Morales – Toriaga
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the National Committee held a DANCE XCHANGE 2nd Philippine International Dance Workshop and Festival in Roxas City, Capiz on April 14-20, 2010 with the theme: "Cultural Connectivity Through Dance". The workshop and festival is in partnership with the Province of Capiz and Sigmahanon Foundation for Culture and the Arts. That event was the Philippine celebration of the International Dance day in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 154 declaring the last week of April as the "National Dance Week".

Dance Xchange is also one of the banner projects of the Philippines as the ASEAN Cultural Capital for 2010-2011. It aims to strengthen international dance network, showcase the unique dances of each country to facilitate cultural understanding, provide venue for interaction and facilitate learning among dancers, directors, dance teachers, and choreographers, and dancers to stage their work.

Almost 700 par-ticipants nationwide attended the dance gathering from Sulu to Batanes and 10 other foreign dance companies like England, Hongkong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia I and II, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and the United States of America.

The author is deeply privileged to be a part of that workshop, and eight (8) other participants who are Joel V. Patenio of the District of Numancia, Pedrito Mabasa of the district of Makato, Randy Bagac and Edwin Masangcay of the District of Ibajay, Teresa Prado of the District of Malay, Ryan Lopez a dance choreographer of Kalibo and two (2) other secondary teachers.

The daily activities were overwhelming but so tiring as we were moved to participate each time because of the eagerness to learn other foreign dances and the culture of different countries. We were even more excited to witness more events and series of festivities as they featured talents and performances of different variations every night after workshop.

It was a rare opportunity for teachers like me to have witnessed such workshop as it may help them in staging school children with multiple intelligence in schools or even perform through different occasions if possible.

The NCCA is linked with other agencies and institution like DepEd, CHED, Department of Tourism, TESDA and several local government units and schools. Being with the DepEd in the District of Banga, the author grabbed the opportunity to be a part of that dance gathering. I may have spent for myself certain amount but it was worth paying anyway. That was a very substantial event so far.

I really appreciated the performances of Philippine Normal University Kislap Singing Dance Troupe, Quezon City Ballet/Halili-Cruz Dance Company, Technological University of the Philippines Kalinangan Dance Troupe, HWA YI Ethnic Dance Center, Powerdance, University of Cordillera Dance Troupe. Samleyaw Dance Company, Poseidon Dance Theater, the Big Dance Company of England, Alan and Becky Dance Group of Hongkong, Senju Kabuki Dance Company of Japan, Mira Dance Company of South Korea, Badan Budaya Universiti of Sarawak, and Aswara Dance Company of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, South and North Indian Classical Dances performed by Singapore group, the Lanyang Dancers of Sri Lanka, and Jack and Kathleen Villari in the Who and Who at the American Dance theater of the united States of America.

I believe that there will be a 3rd Dance Xchange workshop next year and hopefully DepEd Aklan can at least send more participants to this workshop. We are still waiting for more information as to where and when the next workshop will be held.

To the Festival Director, Dance Xchange and Head of the National Committee on dance Mrs. SHIRLEY HALILI-CRUZ, and the members of the committees, the Roxas City Based Working committees, thanks and congratulations for all the colorful showcases. It was a great job! /MP

Sugilanon Ni Tita Linda

Ni Tita Linda Belayro

Suba It Jordan Ag Pueang Dagat
Pareho nga mahayga sa mga pumueoyo rondayang tubi sa daywang ka suba. Ro tubi sa Jordan hay guina paligsan, guina eabahan ag guina pasabsaban it mga hayop. Ro Pueang Dagat hay guina agyan it mga sakayang dagat agod makatabok sa pihak nga banwa. Ro pueang dagat hay makasaysayan sa mga Israelitas tongod sa raya ro guin pihak ni Moises paagi sa anang gamhanan nga baston agod makatabok ro mga Israelitas sa naga eagas nga mga Ehiptimo. Ko olihi, guin tawag ra nga patay nga dagat bangod sa sobrang kainit. Busa, owa it mga isda ag ibang tanum nga nakatubo kara.

Ro suba nga Jordan hay imaw ro guin bunyagan kay Hesukristo paagi kay Juan de Bautista. Makasaysayan sa mga Hudiyo ro suba nga Jordan tongod sa rikara nagpahayag ro Diyos Ama kay Juan de Bautista paagi sa limog nga naghalin sa eangit nga si Hesukristo ro anang bugtong ag nahamut-an nga onga. Dayon nag-kunsad ro Espiritu Santo paagi sa isaeang ka salampati.

May kina iya rondayang tubi sa daywang ka suba. Ro patay nga dagat hay naga binaton eamang ko tubi halin sa suba it Jordan ogaling owa it guina iligan, busa nangin mahigko ro tubi ag naga init tongod naga tipon eamang ro tubi. Samtang ro suba it Jordan ay maatag sa patay nga dagat. Anang guina padaeagan ro dagat ko tubi halin sa kabukiran, busa malimpyo ag maeamig ro tubi.

Kon ipaanggid sa tawo, ro suba nga Jordan hay maatag ag anang guina panao ro grasya nga anang nababaton. Samtang ro patay nga dagat hay tawong sueok ag hakog. Ro anang bu-ot hay mag binaton eamang. Owa naila mag-amot ko anang grasya nga nababaton. Siin ka sa daywang ka tubi ngara? /MP

Aklan Participation In The Palaro 2010, Its Triumph

Athletics Girls Elementary

Athletics Team Girls Elementary – Champion
Alyssa Marie Andrade Highest Pointer Girls Elementary

Triple Jump Record Breaker Gold Medal
Long Jump Record Breaker Gold Medal
100 Meters Gold Medal
4x100 Meters Gold Medal

Marycris T. Tabiolo 4x100 Meters Gold Medal
4x100 Meters Silver Medal
Jerry May Rubias Discus Throw Silver Medal

Izza Marie Lourdes D. Masangkay Team Tie Silver Medal

Jeril C. Panado Team Tie Bronze Medal

Ralph Lorence G. Salsona Bronze Medal


ARNIS TEAM – Overall Champion

Rainier Paolo Vallejo Team Event Single Weapon Gold Medals
Jeremiah Estrada Team Event Double Weapon Gold Medals
Vendelle Magdael

Rainier Paolo Vallejo Individual Event Double Weapon Silver Medals
Rainier Paolo Vallejo Individual Event Single Weapon Bronze Medals

Vendelle Magdael Pinweight Division Gold Medal
John Fretche Bautista Extra Lightweight Division Gold Medal
Jeremiah Estrada Featherweight Division Bronze Medal

Jessa Valeriano 800 Meters Gold Medal
1,500 Meters Silver Medal
4x400 Meters Relay Bronze Medal
Raymund Salmingo Mosquito Weight Division Bronze Medal

Ramon Leonardo F. Lumibao Gold Medal
Best Scorer
Best Blocker
Best Spiker
Reuben N. Inaudito Gold Medal

Aklan Arnis Team Bags Championship In Palaro 2010

by Maristelle De Tumbagahan
Rainier Paolo Vallejo, Vendelle Magdael and Jeremiah Estrada grabbed the Gold Medals in the Anyo Team Competition both in the Solo Baston and the Double Baston events earning the highest points right on the first day of the Palaro. Team Leader, Rainier Polo Valleo, also made waves in the Likha Anyo (Individual) Com-petition winning the Silver Medal in the Double Baston Event and the Bronze Medal in the Solo Baston Event.

The carefully planned strategies of coach Renegerio Vallejo, Jr. and trainer Alejandro Arca paid off in the Full Contact (labanan) competitions adding more points for the Team. Vendelle Magdael won the Gold Medal in the Pinweight Division, John Fretche Bautista won the Gold Medal in the Extra Lightweight Division and Jeremiah Estrada won the Bronze Medal in the Featherweight Division.

The Aklan Arnis Team earned 44 total points for the WVRAA, garnering for them the championship (champion points-15). The NMRAA team earned 23 total points, placing them 1st runner up (champion points – 10) and the BRAA Team 20 total points, placing them 2nd runner up (champion points – 7). /MP

Aklanon Athletic Champions Shine In Palaro 2010


Led by Alyssa Marie Andrade, the highest pointer in Athletics Girls Elementary, Aklanon athletes made their marks and grabbed the limelight in the Palarong Pambansa 2010 at Tarlac Recreational Park, San Jose, Tarlac.

Alyssa Marie set new records and nailed four golds which made Western Visayas the overall champion in Athletics girls – Elementary. A palaro first-timer, Andrade of Dumaguit Elementary School, New Washington, Aklan ruled the elementary athletics with a record breaking leap of 50.7 meters in long jump and erased Angeline Cabrera’s mark of 4.9 meters. It also wiped away Irin Balauran’s records of 10.42 meters by setting a 10.80 meters mark in triple jump. She also stole two more golds in 100 meters dash and 4x100 meters relay.

Adding more points for WRAA Team is Maricris T. Tabiolo of Ochando Elem.School who along with Andrade earned one (1) gold in 4x100 meters relay and one (1) silver in 4x400 meters relay.

Jerry Mae Rubias of Tangalan Elementary School also contributed one (1) silver in Discuss throw.

Andrade, Tabiolo and Rubias collectively earned 38 points which helped Western Visayas grab the overall championship in Athletics Girls Elementary.

Meanwhile, Jessa Valeriano of Western Aklan Academy also made her name in Aklan Sports Roll by collecting three medals in Athletics Girls Secondary – one gold in 800 meters, one silver in 1,500 meters and one bronze in 4x400 Meters relay. Valeriano was the only one from the Aklan Secondary Athletics Team who brought home the bacon for the province.

"Indeed, the 3-month training conducted by the DepEd Aklan and the all out support of the provincial government headed by Gov. Carlito S. Marquez have contributed much to the remarkable achievements of the Aklanon athletes," a coach said. /MP

Aklan Rabies Diagnostic Laboratory Opens at ASU

by Sally R. Villasis
The Aklan Rabies Diagnostic Laboratory of the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) of Aklan State University is now duly accredited by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI). It has been assessed by a qualified peer review panel from the National and Regional Offices of Bureau of Animal Industry and found to meet or even exceeded the established basic standard requirements for rabies facility and technical delivery for the veterinary rabies diagnostic services.

The issuance of certification for the laboratory is pursuant to recognized accreditation criteria and subject covenant to comply with the accrediting body’s standards.

The Rabies Diagnostic Laboratory, under the supervision of Dr. Cecilia T. Reyes, Dean of SVM, with technical support of Dr. Molly L. Naigan, SVM-Extension and Community Services chairperson, provides rabies diagnostic services to 17 municipalities with statistical approximation of about 93,912 dogs in Aklan. The main diagnostic tool is direct Fluorescence Antibody Test. Preliminary tests like the use of ANAGEN Test kit had been performed but this will not be used as the official standard test result available for the clients.

According to Dr. Naigan, the facilities will be of great help for the people in the Province of Aklan and the nearby Provinces in Western Visayas. Instead of going to Manila or Iloilo, the services are available in Banga. He said that dogs which have bitten humans will be subjected to observation for two weeks, before it will undergo the Fluorescence Antibody test.

The rabies diagnostic project is made possible in partnership with the Provincial Government of Aklan, Local Government Unit of Banga, Regional Rabies Diagnostic Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Unit VI and Aklan State University. /MP

Aquino: Joc Joc Bolante Will Be Rejected in Capiz

Roxas City, Capiz: Liberal Party standard bearer Senator Noynoy Aquino is confident voters in Capiz will reject former agriculture undersecretary and gubernatorial bet Jocelyn Bolante, whom he said must account for his involvement in the P728-million fertilizer fund scam.

Aquino told reporters here that Capiz province is a "battleground" between "black and white," with Bolante, who is allied with NP bet Manny Villar, representing alleged corruption under the Arroyo administration.  

Bolante had been linked to the P728-million fertilizer fund scam where he allegedly diverted the funds to the campaign kitty of then administration presidential candidate Gloria Arroyo in the 2004 elections.

He said that should Bolante win, it may put the Philippines in the Guinness list of world records. But Aquino said he believes that voters know right from wrong and that a victory by the close Arroyo ally would be impossible.

He also said that in case of an unlikely win, Bolante should still be held accountable for his role in the scam.

"He cannot be above the law. There should be no ifs, buts, and wherefores. If you committed a crime you should pay the price," Aquino said. /MP

Prayer Vigil For HOPE On May 10 Election

The Philippines National Police (PNP) Aklan held a Prayer Vigil at Camp Pastor Martelino, Buswang New, Kalibo, Aklan in the morning of Wednesday, April 21.

The Prayer Vigil aims to seek the intervention of God that the election to be conducted on May 10 will be honest, orderly, and peaceful (HOPE) national and local elections all over the Philippines including Aklan.

The Prayer Vigil was a whole morning activities that started at six o’clock in the morning with the opening of Ecumenical Services. PSupt Venerando B. Gordon, deputy provincial director of Aklan Provincial Police Office (PPO) gave the opening remarks. He was followed by Ecumenical Prayer of Rev. Father Frederick Malacas – Catholic, Pastor Wynie Fenete – Baptist, and Imam A. Abdul Halin Dumpa – Islam.

PSSupt. Epifanio A. Bragais, Provincial Director, Aklan PPO gave his message.

There were three rites held: the Baptist Rite, Muslim Rite, and Catholic Rite. The Baptist rite consisted of opening songs, words of God, and prayer.

Muslim rite consisted of recital from some verses of the Holy Qur’an, reflection, group reading of the Holy Qur’an, and Dua prayer.

The Catholic rite consisted of opening song of Aklan PPO choir, praying the Holy Rosary, Novena to Mother of Perpetual Help, and concluding prayer.

The closing of Ecumenical Services included a song sang by Aklan PPO choir, message of PINSP Belshazzar T.Villanoche and prayer led by Rev. Fr. Ulysses Dalida, Rev. Cesar Indelible and Imam Abdul Halin Dumpa. It ended with the closing song "Heal our Land". /MP

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Arroyo Must Stop Blaming Critics For Negative Survey Rating: Binay

United Opposition (UNO) vice presidential candidate Jejomar C. Binay has told Malacañang to stop blaming critics for Mrs. Arroyo’s very bad satisfaction rating in a recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

"They should stop blaming the opposition and the media. She has no one to blame but herself. As the song goes, nobody, nobody but you Mrs. Arroyo,’" Binay said.

"Her negative 53 percent rating is the outcome of public outrage over the scandals, the disrespect for the law, and the misery she inflicted on the poor through such oppressive measures as the Expanded Value Added Tax (EVAT)," Binay added.

The survey, conducted from March 19-22, showed that only 16 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with Mrs. Arroyo while a whopping 69 percent were dissatisfied with her performance, thus resulting to a net satisfaction of -53 percent.

This is a 15 percent drop from -38 percent in December 2009, surpassing her previous record low rating of negative 50 posted in July 2008.

"Had this embarrassing rating of a national leader happened in the United Kingdom or Japan, it could have led to resignations. But here (in the Philippines), Mrs. Arroyo is blaming everyone else except herself," Binay said. Binay cited the scandals that have plagued the Arroyo administration, such as the NBN-ZTE broadband deal, excessive travel spending, the P728-million fertilizer scam, and the World Bank suspension of its $232 million loan for road improvement due to collusion and corruption. 

He also noted the country’s continued rise in the ranks of the world’s most corrupt nations, unresolved extrajudicial killings, the merciless slaying of journalists in Maguindanao, attempts to coddle political allies who run afoul of the law and the massive cheating in the 2004 presidential election.

"The problem is that officials of this (Arroyo) government think they can get away with abusing the people. The nation has never witnessed such blatant disregard for the rule of law, and the rampant graft and corruption in the government as in the past nine years. And they always get caught with their hands in the cookie jar," said Binay.
"If Malacañang wants somebody to blame for Mrs. Arroyo’s lack of popularity – if they want to pin this on anyone, they only have to look at their boss," he said.

The opposition leader said their campaign has consistently focused on issues.

"Our campaign plat-form is simple. Good governance, social equity, peace and order and economic development. Has this government been able to deliver these? I guess that is the only barometer that needs to be considered now," Binay said May the experiences and the lessons learned in the last nine (9) years of the Arroyo administration be the basis the voters will use in their choices of candidates for the national, and local elections on May 10, 2010.

The Philippines and the Filipino people may not be able to withstand the hardships and jeopardies the nation has been suffering in the Arroyo government./MP

Entrepreneurial Farmer

Ambrosio R. Villorente
Abandoned DepEd Lot In Numancia

The Department of Education (Deped) Aklan has abandoned a piece of land allocated for the construction of its Division Office.

The land is of substantial area situated in Poblacion, Numancia adjacent to the Numancia Integrated School, Numancia. It is at the right side of the road going to the Municipality of Makato.

According to Ms. Amor Magdaluyo, the sum of P2 million was already spent by the government. Today, the would be Division Office Aklan, DepEd is virtually abandoned with concrete posts, grasses and shrubs.

What has impeded the continuation of the project? The location is ideal, big enough for a DepEd division office.

To relocate the DepEd office from Kalibo to Numancia will spell progress. It will decongest Kalibo as people who will transact business with the DepEd will just proceed to Numancia a four kilometers away from Kalibo. People from10 municipalities will be benefited like Madalag, Malinao, Lezo, Numancia, Makato, Tangalan, Ibajay, Nabas, Malay, and Buruanga. The seven (7) which are Kalibo, Banga, Libacao, New Washington, Altavas, Balete and Batan will just add four kilometers travel.

Anyway, the Aklan Sports Complex is located in Caeangcang, Makato, a good justification to relocate the Division Office of DepEd to Numancia.

For one thing, DepEd office will be away from the hustle and bustle of a big municipality like Kalibo.

Prayer Vigil

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Aklan will hold a Prayer Vigil, Hope 2010 on April 21. It will be held from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM at the Aklan Provincial Police Office, New Buswang, Kalibo.

The Prayer Vigil, according to PSSupt. Epifanio A. Bragais, Jr. aims to attain honest, orderly, and peaceful elections which is initiated by the PNP in coordination with the Comelec, NGO’s and different religious group to seek the blessing of the Almighty God for an honest, orderly, and peaceful election.

The same prayer vigil will be repeated simultaneously in all the 17 towns of Aklan on April 28.

Leganes Carabao Mangoes

The municipality of Leganes will soon be exporting ‘carabao’ mangoes, after an Extended Hot Water Treatment System for Quarantine and Disinfestation and Disease Control of ‘Carabao’ Mango Fruits is available.

The facility will be operational by June, said the Department of Agriculture official.

The hot water treatment facility will enable mango growers in the region to export their products. It is noted that only mangoes that have undergone the EHWT process are allowed to enter the US market.

Non-EHWT processed mangoes, could only managed to penetrate the Japanese and Asian mango trade.

The entire process includes putting the mango fruits in crates and dipped in the Hot Water Tank at 48 degrees centigrade for 15 minutes. It will then undergo air cooling for 10 minutes and dipped in the hydro-cooling tank for 30 minutes and left to dry before packing.

The EHWT can treat two tons of mangoes for eight hours.

Likewise, the facility will also have a packing house, so that the mangoes will be given proper packaging that will conform to accreditation requirements for export.

The equipment was fixed and test-run by Dr. Kevin F. Yaptenco and Engineer Emmanuel Amatorio of the University of the Philippines Foundation .

UPLBF is currently working with the IMGC and the DA representative to make sure the hot water treatment facility will be able to meet the mango processing demands.
The EHWT belongs to the Iloilo Mango Growers Cooperative at Cagamutan Sur, Leganes, Iloilo and being managed by Edwin Brasileño. (PNA) /MP

Gordon In Aklan

Picture above shows chairman Richard Gordon (4th from left) turning over the symbolic key to the Rescue Ambulance to Dr. Ambrosio R. Villorente, PRC Aklan Vice Chairman. Others in the picture (l to r) are Ms. Chita Heap, Hon. Madeline Regalado, Ms. Cecille De Lemos, Gordon, KaliboVice Mayor Nilda Tambong, Dr. Villorente, Ms. Sepalina Peralta, a Red Cross volunteer, and Ms. Remia Donguines.

Senator Dick Gordon, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and now a candidate for president of the Philippines campaigned in Aklan on Wednesday, April 13.

Gordon arrived Kalibo from Roxas City, Capiz at noon. He was met by Atty. Filemon C. Fernandez and other political leaders of Aklan. They went around Kalibo stopping at several shops and stores in Kalibo to shake hands with the vendors and shoppers and to greet them. Gordon and party ate lunch inside the Kalibo Public Market. He went to some radio stations in Kalibo to extend his messages to Aklanon listeners via the air lanes.

Gordon then went in a long motorcade to Numancia where he paid a courtesy call to Mayor Elverita T. Templonuevo and conducted a dialogue with the people present especially with the Numanciahanons.

During his elementary school days, Gordon was one of the pupils of Atty. Filemon C. Fernandez at Letran College, Manila.
On behalf of Atty. Ronquillo C. Tolentino, chairman of the Board of Directors, PRC Aklan chapter, Dr. Ambrosio R. Villorente welcomed Sen. Gordon in the PRC office, Kalibo. Other members of the BOD who welcomed Gordon are Atty. Plaridel M. Morania, Vice Mayor Nilda Tambong, Hon. Madeline A. Regalado, Ms. Sepalina Peralta, Mr. Ernesto Melgarejo, Ms. Remia Donguines, Ms. Lucy Gomez represented Dr. Victorina Laroza, and Ms. La-o represented Engr. Cabigas of DPWH.

Ms. Arcely Pelayo, PRC Aklan administrator and the members of her staff, Red Cross volunteers were also on hand to welcome PRC chairman Gordon.

In a short message, Gordon recollected the assistance he extended to Aklan during the typhoon Frank disaster. The latest donation is a brand new Rescue Ambulance just delivered to PRC Aklan Chapter.

Before his election as senator in 2004, Gordon was Mayor of Olongapo City, Administrator of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, and Secretary of the Department of Tourism. He is also chairman of Board of Governors, Philippine Red Cross. He represented the Philippines as Director of the International Red Cross. /MP

WSAP Holds Gender, Environment, and Development Conference

by Grechelle Gay G. Magbanua
ILOILO CITY - The Women’s Studies Association of the Philippines (WSAP) recently conducted the 8th National Conference with the theme centered on Gender, Environment and Development held at the University of the Philippines-Visayas (UPV) City Campus from April 8th until the 10th.

The three day conference aimed to engage academicians, development workers, local government officials and policy makers on the issues of Gender, Environment and Development, as explained by Dr. Zenaida Reyes, president of WSAP.

Speakers from the universities and local government units from the different regions in the country participated in the event. One of the speakers is Engr. Remelyn Recoter of the Department of Agriculture (DA) who discussed the El Nino situation in the Visayas. Other speakers presented their topics with the aid of video documentaries and presentations.

According to Dr. Maria Helen Dayo, secretary of WSAP, some 100 participants attended the event. The conference was conducted in cooperation with the staff from the host university and the UPV Gender and Development Program Working Committee.

Recoter is now the DA Regional Technical Director, Region 6. She was Training Superintendent II of the Regional Training Center, Agricultural Training Institute, Banga, Aklan. /MP

Poll Bets Vow Spending More For OFWs

MAKATI CITY—THREE candidates gunning for the presidency promised if elected, they will throw cash and strike deals with labor receiving countries in relation to overseas employment of Filipinos.

However, former Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. and Senator Manuel Villar– failed to identify where they would get the money since any of them will have to contend with a yawning budget deficit.

It was only Senator Richard Gordon who was specific in identifying sources of cash for his proposed $30-billion provident fund for overseas Filipino workers.

Gordon promised to "link up" the private pension fund manager Social Security System with the Government Service Insurance System. The money, he said, will be managed by professional finance managers. He didn’t identify these managers.

The candidates bared their platforms for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at a forum in January, weeks before the formal campaign period, now on its height, began.

Teodoro, the standard-bearer of the ruling coalition of three political parties said that overseas migration is a "reality that we should not ignore," given the touted economic benefits the country gets from overseas workers.

In return for "importantly contributing" to the country’s foreign exchange, stimulating domestic consumption and contributing a considerable percentage of our GNP, the government should provide the OFWs with "portable social security benefits" and strengthening institutions aimed at assisting distressed OFWs, he said.

Cumulative remittances of overseas Filipinos coursed through banks were stronger-than-expected in 2009, growing year-on-year by 5.6 percent to US$17.3 billion, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) executive Diwa C. Guinigundo said in a statement.
In 2008 figures showed that OFWs sent home P141.9, billion, 76 percent of which were through formal channels.

Teodoro said he would buffer up the coffer of the foreign affairs department. "We should enhance the DFA’s capability to take care of them by augmenting its resources", said Teodoro.

Under the 1995 Migration Workers’ and Overseas Filipino Act, the DFA is tasked with providing legal assistance and repatriating OFWs facing legal cases and other problems abroad.

For 2009, the department received P230.9 million (roughly US$5 million at US$1=P46) ) for the "Implementation of RA 8042" heading - which covers legal assistance out of the department’s total budget worth P12.6 billion.

The DFA had received P236.7 million for that heading in 2008, up from P87.7 million in 2007. The department’s total budget for 2008 was P10.2 billion. This year, the government allocated P12.5 billion for the DFA.Teodoro also suggested that the government enters into bilateral agreements with Middle Eastern countries such as Syria, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia-where many Filipino workers are deployed.

He said, the government should emulate the Canadian model of bilateral agreements that emphasizes giving equal benefits for workers from both signatory nations, avoiding workers having to pay for their overseas employment, and training the workers to be deployed to the other country.

"We should (use) the Canadian model where there are three principles: parity of labor benefits, no employment costs and an exchange leverage impact program," Teodoro added.

Villar claimed if elected president his OFW program will focus on providing "safety nets" for Filipino workers. He recommended repatriating all OFWs who are stranded in other countries due to labor and judicial problems.

He said the government will pay for their trip home by using money from a repatriation fund.

So that the government and the OFWs can have an idea which country does not treat well our OFWs, Villar recommended the foreign affairs depart-ment, OWWA, and POEA identify "problem areas and problem professions" and then come out with specific solutions.

If the OFWs know about these kinds of information, they can know who they can talk to if they face a problem there, Villar added.

Records from Migrante advocacy group show that as of December 2009, 300 OFWs require immediate repatriation from their host countries. The workers abused and exploited by their employers are mostly based in the Middle East. Almost half of them were caregivers or domestic helpers.

A cursory look at Villar’s record as senator showed he authored or sponsored 13 bills on OFWs. In April 2008, he filed a bill recommending the government sets aside a P1-billion repatriation fund for OFWs in distress. The bill was substituted at the committee level along with 10 other bills.

Villar also suggested that if elected president, he would first visit Saudi Arabia, where 1.04 million OFWs are estimated to work there as of 2007. This action, he said, will show a "good message" that the government is concerned about alleviating the OFWs’ problems on protection from abuse and assistance during times of distress.
Gordon, Bagumbayan Party standard bearer, also wants that OFWs be deployed only if their minimum monthly wage in other countries is set at $400 and that migrant workers’ capabilities be uplifted.

"Migration has become an important issue and it is important that the Philippine government should adopt a very aggressive policy ensuring (that our overseas workers are well compensated financially), Gordon said.

"They should not be seen as domestics, but as governess, tutors if you will," the former Subic Freeport administrator added. /MP


Shipping, Tourism Industry Players Rate GMA High

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan, April 15 Players in shipping and tourism industries would surely give Ms. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo a positive rating should survey firms take time to seek their views, according to Caticlan Port Administrator Niven Maquirang,
"Unknown to many these two considered it a legacy of Ms. Arroyo the establishment of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH). This project boosted the operation of the shipping industry consequently contributing to the growth of the tourism industry," said Maquirang.

The SRNH project was recommended by a Japanese firm after conducting a feasibility study.

Started in early 2000, the SRNH now has become a major and cheaper mode of trans-port of local tourism and transfer of goods in the country side.

To date, some 12 trips are made to Boracay Island daily. Also notable is the return of the Negros Navigation trip Caticlan-Manila.

Aside from the Negros Navigation, other vessel companies that also operate are the Montenegro Lines, Starlight Ferry and Super Shuttle Ferry.

The Department of Tourism also attested that the SRNH has increased the number of domestic tourists visiting this resort island.
DOLE Introduces ‘Entreprenurse’ Program In W. Visayas

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Iloilo City is eyeing the establishment of a cooperative that will accommodate nurses in Western Visayas who are yet to find jobs.

DOLE assistant regional director Crispin Dannug said the initiative, dubbed as "Entreprenurse" first launched in Davao City, is one of their responses to address the employment needs of the increasing number of nurses.

In 2009 alone, there were about 160,000 nurses all over the country who were unemployed, he said.

Dannug said that they are now establishing core groups, composed of 15 members each starting with Aklan. Similar group is also organized in Capiz and Iloilo this week and another one in Bacolod City next Monday.

The group will have to undergo through the process of cooperative build up, he said.
Once in place, the DOLE will support the cooperative in the purchase of equipment and maintenance of their small clinic cum office.

"Under the Nursing Act, they can have their own independent practice for a fee. They can do this individually but they can also do this collectively through a cooperative," he added.

Dannug said that the cooperative can now dispense nursing services as allowed under the Nursing Act, which will be further defined with the support of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA).

"We project that by the end of three months all the list of services will be available," he added.

He added that the initiative is exciting because it’s the first time that there will be a cooperative of nurses.

Ex-chief Justice Favors Advance Voting for Mediamen

Former Chief Justice Silvestre Bello favored advance voting for mediamen who will be covering the upcoming 2010 automated elections.

Bello was in Aklan Wednesday as part of his campaign sortie in Panay Island.
"The media should have a full focus in monitoring the automated election since this is the first time in history. /MP

Batan Candidates For May 2010 Election

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

There are two candidates for Mayor who are Delfina Romo Ramos,– LK-CMD, and Dante Tulio Reyes – PMP. There is one candidate for Vice Mayor who is Jayner Laurente Demeterio – LK-CMD.

There are 17 candidates for the eight positions of SB members. They are Rene More Bantaran – PMP, William De Pedro Bautista – LK CMD, Sheba Villanueva Bolivar – LK-CMD, Cezar Concepcion Cortes – LP, Leonardo Duran Damian – PMP, Rolinda Sucgang David – PMP, Eugenio JB Sucgang Fulgencio, Jr, - NP, Henry More Lachica – PMP, Sofronio Abelarde Matias – PMP, Virgilio Barrios Patricio, Jr, - PMP, Medardo Salazar Placer – I, Susan Bermudo Roderos – PMP, Jairus Salazar Concepcion – NP, Norberto Parco Salvador – LK CMD, Adonis Balbino Sarceno – LK CMD, Miranda Jacinto Sucgang – PMP, and Gloria Pacis Sugapong – LK CMD. /MP

Sugilanon Ni Tita Linda

Si Stan Ag Si Jex

May mag amigo nga naga pa indis-indis paagi sa pag paabu-abo it sumueonod. Samtang naga tikang sanda, nag-hambae si Stan, "Paabu-abo kita it sumueonod?" Pag agi nanda sa isaeang ka eskwelahan, habatian nanda nga naga kanta ro mga unga, naga sueat, ag naga basa ro mga estudyante. "Akon ron sanda tanan", hambae ni Jex.

Pagguwa nanda sa eskwelahan, hakita nanda nga may mga onga nga naga padueong sa computeran. May iba pa guid nga naga hampang it baraha sa may ‘waiting shed’. "Akon man royon tanan", ako ni Stan.

Nag agi man sanda sa simbahan. Hakita nanda ro mga tawo nga naga eohod sa pag pangadi. "Tan-awa, akon ron sanda", hambae ni Jex kay Stan. Ogaling may isaeang ka sulterito nga nag takaw ko bag ko sambilog nga deboto nga owa makapan-o.

"Eaum mo tongod sa simbahan hay naga pangadi tanan ro tawo?" hibayag ni Stan. "May akon pa gali maskin sambato eang".

Pag eampas nanda sa simbahan, hakita nanda ro pamilya nga malipayon. Naga hampang ro ina ag ama sa andang mga onga. "Sigurado nga imo guid ron", hambae ni Stan.

Ogaling hakibot sanda nga may naga linagsan. Ro tatay anang guin eagas it talibong ro anang onga samtang naga sunod ro anang asawa. Hilong ro tatay ag nag away sanda ko anang onga. "Hay anyo ron?" pangutana ni Stan. "Hay imo ron!" sabat man ni Jex.

Nakasayod kamo kon sin-o si Stan ag si Jex? Sanda ra hay si Satanas ag si Jesus Christ. Kanyo kamo madampig? Kay Jex o kay Stan? /MP

Native ‘Hito’ Driven To Visual Extinction


Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur – The native hito can barely, if ever, be found.

Years of pesticides use in rice fields has driven what used to be a popular dish into what is feared its virtual extinction – at least hereabouts.

"I am breeding back the native hito," says Teodoro Cruz, the enterprising fish farmer behind Golden Fish Farm in Bgy. Inawayan in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

"And I am crossing it with several kinds of hito, the product of which I hope to patent somedy," he discloses.

Three kinds of hito are raised in the country: the native variety (Clarias macroephalus), the Taiwan or Thai hito (C. batrachus) and the African one (C. gariepinus).

The African variety is the most commercially viable, explains Cruz, because it is three times bigger than its native cousin.

Here, it is sold live, kept by vendors in aquariums displayed along busy roads. More than a dozen restaurants specialize in different recipes for African hito, among them crispy breaded hito and the kare-kare with a twist: cooked in coconut milk, curry and red hot chili peppers.

The African variety is highly recommended because it is readily sold in markets and restaurants, Cruz says.

He knows of what he speaks. The Golden Fish Farm is a full-time research and development hito hatchery. It is a major supplier of African hito, tilapia and carp finger-lings to fish farms in Sirawan, General Santos City; Sulop, Davao del Sur; and Davao del Norte.

The fish farm-located six kilometers away from the Davao Fish Port in Toril, Davao City – also produces selected varieties of hito, tilapia, carp, paco, goldfish and other fresh-water aquarium fishes.

Golden fish farm is now processing deboned hito fillet. "These are hito ready for cooking," Cruz explains." We intend to make the farm a processing plant for deboned hito and tilapia and make it a center for deboned bangus after training personnel for the livelihood."

"I accept only trainees that pass my standards," he says. "Among other things, they must know how to measure a fish pond, how much water is there and so on. Then they can undergo training."

"I wish the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will conduct such on-site trainings to augment my production and research expenses," Cruz adds.

Again, he knows what he is talking about, having had a fruitful experience with the country’s premier science body. The Golden Fish Farm facility used for training was established with DOST assistance.

Today, training semi-nars include extraction of eggs from female and testes from male hito, injection of hormones into female hito, and harvesting and pond management – all to increase production.

The training seminars are only a fraction of what Cruz does best – run a highly efficient hatchery and earning what he calls "handsomely" in the process.

His farm is so successful that it mass produces hito and tilapia, supplying supermarket chains in Davao City. "Both hito and tilapia are in demand in this part of the country," he explains.

Previously, his fishpond facilities were not very successful. In 1990, when he heard about the DOST’s Science and Technology Program for Mindanao that empowers small and medium enterprises through financial assistance, he immediately went for it and applied for one.

Through the program, DOST Region 11 assisted Cruz to build concrete ponds and water canals. He acquired quality breeders over a period of six years.

Since then, Cruz invested in other breeders such as different varieties of hito, freshwater prawns, bangus, and other imported fishes such as the highly priced koi (an aquarium fish) and paco (a plant-eating relative of the piranha which feeds on kangkong).

He also purchased breeders from Cotabato, Bacolod City, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, and Pangasinan.

"Hatchery engineering is necessary to improve production of marine and brackish water fish," Cruz points out. "Developing the facility would further improve hatchery management practices."

Resource management is his expertise – Cruz is an agriculture graduate of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, specializing in soils and agricultural engineering.

A native of Pangasinan, he came to Mindanao in 1960 to work for an agricultural firm. In 1962, he established the Kabukiran Agricultural Enterprises in Davao City for his wife Salud, who is a chemist.

Today, because of the DOST seed money, Cruz is into contract-growing. He sells 1,000 to 1,500 fingerlings of hito to fish farmers. Four months later, he buys their produce.

"I buy the live hito at P80 per kilo and sell them in Davao at P90," he says, adding, the aim is to evaluate the performance of the fingerlings by assisting farmers in harvesting and marketing.

"What we are doing is to keep on studying," Cruz explains.

And so he does. One of his current projects is to develop organic pesticides to reduce infestations of brackish and freshwater snails. So far, without success; "it needs further studies," he explains.

But Cruz is optimistic about a natural and chemical free fungicide that prevents fungi attacks on fingerlings. "We have tested two varieties of tubli," he says.

Tubli roots yield a toxic substance called rotenone that has been used for more than 40 years as an insecticide. This time, Cruz feels he has a winner. /MP

ACI Alumni Prioritizes Tree Planting


The Aklan Central Institute (ACI) Alumni Batch 1964 held a meeting at the office of the principal of Makato Integrated School (MIS), Makato, Aklan just recently.

Some 26 alumni headed by Ad Hoc chairman of ACI Batch 1964 Ms. Lourdes V. Tesoro, MIS Principal II, attended the meeting. They agreed on various plans of activities for approval by a group of alumni to arrive home from Manila this April.

Among the planned activities are: salo-salo/get together party at Boracay; Ballroom dancing at ABL Memorial Hall; home visit to houses of considered Most Outstanding Batch 1964 Alumni; and tree planting at ACI campus.

Tree planting is prioritized to plant jack fruit. "Eangka" trees remind them of their High School days where they enjoyed its shade without fear of danger from hanging abundant fruits attracting lovers of nature.

Ms. Tesoro preferred jack fruit trees not only of its lovely shade but for its being a food plant to feed hungry stomach while it serves as anti pollutant/wind break. It produces durable lumber for the future generation. More than 50 potted seedlings are available, heartily given free by Engr. Eldred P. Tumbokon, son of the late Prof A. Tumbokon of Tina, Makato.

According to Ms. Tesoro, planting jackfruit needs 50 sacks of compost as organic fertilizer, and four years incentive fee for care taker. These requirements will be the priority agenda in the next meeting with the presence/attendance of alumni from Manila headed by Engr. Wilma Triste Barrameda.

It is hoped the Alumni Golden Homecoming tentatively scheduled on May 11, 2014 will be most memorable event enjoying to see langka trees that abound ACI campus to remind them of their happy high school days when they were young and free. /MP

Cordial Gubernatorial Debate

A constructive political debate envisions fair and balanced discussion of candidates’ vision/opinions on various issues of common interest to the people they hope to serve. The weekly Kapehan special edition on Gubernatorial debate was held on April 10 at Aklan State University, Industrial Technology Convention Hall, Kalibo. The lone guest speaker was Atty. Leovigildo "Lovell" T. Mationg (Independent).

Incumbent Gov. Carlito S. Marquez (Kusog–Tibyog) in a letter read by Mr. Odon S. Bandiola, moderator mentioned his request not to participate in the debate since he has tangible record of accomplishments done for the people of Aklan for the last six years. His program for the third term continues a tradition of leadership by example and consensus. Virtually, the Administration gains can speak for itself particularly the passage of Annual Development Investment Plan, Billion pesos Provincial Budget, Environmental Code, Tourism Code and State of Provincial Address says Gov. Marquez.

Atty. Mationg has served the power sector (Akelco) for 12 years until 2001 as member of Board of Directors (BOD) and later its General Manager. He ran for congressman in the lone district of Aklan in 2001 but lost to incumbent Vice Gov. Billie Calizo – Quimpo.

The lone Makaton-on contender maintains that he never suffered from personal credibility and accountability gap in his public life. He is passionate against trumped up charges dismissing them as politically motivated while heading the multi million pesos NEA controlled power project. For the record, he has resisted moves to increase power rates in order to protect poor consumers. "At that time, my monthly pay was P18,000 as manager. Today, a member BOD receives P20,000 aside from stupendous allowances," Mationg pointed out.

He subscribes to the adage that the only thing that is permanent in this world is change. Atty. Mationg is banking on Aklanons to change for the better. "Owa’t ginaga-id sa kapobrehan", a popular slogan of Gov. Marquez has backfired. The bitter truth is that "Mga Akeanon gina eansang sa kapobrehan", probably referring to the present 41 percent poverty incidence from 32 percent six years ago.

"Gov. Marquez virtually failed in his mission to uplift the masses from poverty. To ensure victory, he masterminded the creation of United Leadership Coalition of Kusog & Tibyog parties. In this scenario, voters have no choice hence, democracy is dead in Aklan." (It isn’t dead since he is now a candidate.)

Atty. Mationg unveiled his seven (7) point agenda of provincial governance which are: Health and medical services – priority access to the poor or underprivileged. Universal health care for all families, b) Poverty alleviation – program/projects for economic livelihood, c) education – strengthened provincial and municipal school boards, d) peace and order – full implementation of existing laws and ordinances, c) infrastructure – investment in roads and bridges, irrigation, school buildings and others, f) environment – solid waste management in both urban and rural areas, and g) social services – include women and children’s groups, senior citizen, disabled persons, and others.

Corruption is now a common by-word and expediency in our political forum. The main reason is that our country has become the most corrupt in Asia and 12th in the world according to the Hongkong Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, Ltd. This is our cheap homegrown product of good quality but is not exportable. Aklan is not spared of this deadly scourge threatening foreign investors. Given this grim assessment, let us join hands to reverse the cruel hand of fate.

The list of abominable crimes allegedly committed by the present administration are the following: Medical supplies and equipment at provincial hospital being supplied by a crony of Gov. Marquez, P70 million fund under garnishment from jetty port, Caticlan; thirty percent SOP for public works contract, P500 per square meter real estate sale to Asea One Power Corp. from an original cost of P10.00 per square meter, property owned by Gov. Marquez.

The lone oppositionist decried big government’s intrusion into private education development by directly competing in its Nursing decree program tie-up with ASU Banga. Atty. Mationg charged that the Administration of Gov. Marquez has usurped and stifled private education initiatives rather than discharge its mission of providing assistance, guidance and moral support for their growth and sustainability. Affected schools are St. Gabriel and Aklan Polytechnic Colleges that are struggling with increasing operating cost and modernizing its facilities.

Obviously, what is happening here is that the above issues cannot be clarified simply because Gov. Marquez chose to inhibit himself from the debate. Probable remedy could be to file charges before a proper court such as the Ombudsman. (But this is election campaign season.) Meanwhile, it is up to Aklanon voters to decide and investigate for themselves the truth of these allegations.

Atty. Mationg at the moment may be basking on his opponent’s weakness. But one thing remains of his tarnished image which he admits: being ousted from Akelco by its BOD. It would have been different had he filed his resignation earlier to save face. Nevertheless, he considers all these are trials in life, a blessing to him and his family.
It is lamentable that agriculture, fisheries and tourism were overlooked by the speaker which are considered the main economic engine of growth of Aklan. He should have given serious consideration to the dwindling agricultural productivity and tourism entrepreneurship in Boracay controlled by foreigners and non Aklanons. Consequently only a minuscule percentage of total labor force is left to Aklanons.

Tri media coverage of the special edition were RGMA Superadyo, IBC Radyo Budyong, Kalibo Cable TV and local tabloids. It is significant that several text messages addressed to Atty. Mationg on specific issues were received and duly answered. Due to lack of time, some questions were not answered. Indeed, it was a healthy and welcome event although non-confrontational. Nevertheless we hope to hear from the side of Gov. Marquez a clarification of issues above raised in the future edition of Kapehan Sa Aklan. /MP

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Collecting Amusement Taxes

Sponsored by Hon. Rodson F. Mayor and Hon. Plaridel M. Morania, both members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Aklan, the SP approved Tax Ordinance No. 2010 – 001. This is "An Ordinance Amending Article F, Chapter II of Provincial Tax Ordinance No. 3, Series of 1993, An Ordinance Levying Taxes, Fees, Charges and Other Impositions, Prescribing Penalties for the Violations of Its Provisions."

The tax measure was approved during the SP Tenth Regular Session held on March 25, 2010 at Capitol, Kalibo, Aklan. The said ordinance is unanimously approved by the 10 members of the SP present presided by Vice Gov. Gabrielle V. Calizo-Quimpo. Those present are Hon. Daisy S. Briones, Hon. Plaridel M. Morania, Hon. Rodson F. Mayor, Hon. Jean O. Rodriguez, Hon. Selwyn C. Ibaretta, Hon. Jose S. Yap, Hon. Ramon S. Gelito, Hon. Wilbert Ariel I. Igoy, Hon. Teody M. Masangya, Sr., and Hon. Jun Rey I. Tordecillas. The three members absent were Hon. Nemesio P. Neron, Hon. Pedro M. Garcia, and Hon. Gerick M. Templonuevo.

This tax measure is duly attested by Vice Governor Gabrielle V. Calizo-Quimpo and approved by Gov. Carlito S. Marquez after Mr. Odon S. Bandiola, SP secretary, certified as to its correctness.

The tax ordinance is approved in accordance with RA No. 7160 which empowers a local government unit to levy an amusement tax. Moreover, RA No. 9640 has reduced the imposable amusement tax from 30 percent to only 10 percent. The law was approved on July 28, 2008.

However, the rate of amusement tax being imposed and collected by the Province of Aklan is still 30 percent based on the provision of Section 140 (a) of RA No. 7160. This tax is imposed or collected from the proprietors of theaters, cinemas, concert halls, circuses, boxing stadia, and other places of amusement.

In view of the approval of RA 9640 which reduces amusement tax to only 10 percent, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan has duly amended Tax Ordinance No. 3, Series of 1993. This will conform with the provisions of RA 9640.

Hence, upon its approval, the provincial government of Aklan will now levy an amusement tax of 10 percent only on incomes of theaters, cinemas, concert halls, circuses, boxing stadia, swimming pools, resorts, gymnasium, video houses, internet cafes, disco houses, bingo houses, and cockpit arenas.

Of course, theaters have closed. But with the reduction of amusement tax from 30 to 10 percent, it is hoped collection will increase.

Tax collectors need to exert much effort in tax collection which requires among others utmost honesty. Cockpits must pay the right amount of tax. Cockpits along the roads add more hazards to both pedestrians, passengers, and motorists. Cockpits add more travel time. Cockpits pollute the air with noise.

There is a perception that cock fighting is cruelty to the birds. Others believe it enhances love of birds for play and gambling.

Circus was popular 50 years ago, but not anymore today. Computation of tax base on entrance fees to amusement centers is easy to compute. But what about the income from consumables? How will the tax collectors compute the 10 percent levied for drinks, food and the use of facilities such as computers, printers in internet café?
Maybe, these will be specifically spelled out in the Implementing Rules and Regulations. /MP

Entrepreneurial Farmer

Ambrosio R. Villorente
Skew Curricular Priority of ASU
In the afternoon of Thursday, April 8, Aklan State University, Banga campus held its Commencement Exercises at Amphitheater, Banga. Some 677 students graduated including those 40 in the High School laboratory.

Scrutinizing the graduates, the College of Agriculture Forestry and Environmental Science (CAFES) graduated 99 as follows: two with a masteral degree; 16 BS in (Animal Science); 2 (two) BS in (Agricultural Economics); five (5) BSA (Agricultural Extension); seven (7) BSA (Crop Science); three (3) BSA (Soil Science); one (1) BSA (Agricultural Engineering); one (1) BS in Agricultural Technology.

Some 44 graduated with degree in Home Technology (nutrition) and 13 major in Home Technology. Two finished Diploma in Home Technology.

Comparing the number of graduates with that of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), it is quite small. SAS graduated 284 broken down as follows: Bachelor of Science in Nursing – 131; Associate in Health Science Education – 141. The College of Veterinary medicine graduated 19 Doctors of Veterinary Medicine.

In the School of Management Science, 30 completed Master of Public Administration, 45 Bachelor in Office Information Management; and 87 Associate in Office Information Management.

The College of Teacher Education produced two (2) Doctors of Philosophy; seven (7) Master of Arts in Education, and 62 Bachelor of Secondary Education.

Looking at the number of graduates, the School of Arts and Science has the biggest number of outputs. The production is almost 39 percent of the whole ASU main campus. The "Flagship" CAFES has only produced 99 graduates or less than 10 percent of the total graduates.

If the enrollment in agricultural courses has diminished, what could be the reasons of its dwindling popularity? Is it cause by the values of agriculture among the Aklanons? Is Agriculture the least glamorous among the parents who advise their children to give agriculture the least of their priority? Are the children convinced that agriculture courses just simply do not suit them?

On the other hand, do the alumni of agricultural courses of various disciplines not serve as inspiration to them that the youth today simply evade their footsteps? Is ASU in a position to provide ample motivation to enroll in courses of agriculture?

The ASU management needs to discover the reasons why enrollment in CAFES is continuously diminishing. This is a huge challenge to ASU Board of Regents management, faculty and staff.

It must be remembered that since 1916 when Capiz Farm School was founded, transformed to Banga Rural High School, Aklan Agricultural College, Aklan State College of Agriculture, and finally to ASU, the major priority was and still is agriculture; agriculture to develop farming and fishing in Aklan into a most progressive and lucrative industry.

But ASU appears to be aloof from the Aklanon people. For the last 10 years of ASU existence, no Aklanon was appointed member of the Board of Regents. Under the ASU charter, two Aklanons are mandated to be members of the Board of Regents who will articulate the aspirations of the Aklanons in the ASU policy making body. But the Commission on Higher Education has until today, not implemented that provision in the ASU charter.

Aklan has twin provincial program: Agriculture and Tourism. I have yet to see alumni of the ASU who are leading in farming and fishing. Where are they? Our seed growers and traders today are not graduates of agriculture.

The ASU Board of Regents and management must review its policies and curriculum offerings so that they can respond effectively to the needs, aspirations, and problems of Aklan province and its people. After this is done, the skew curricular priority may have been corrected. /MP

An Invitation

All graduates are cordially invited to the CF, BRHS, AAC, ASCA & ASU (main) to join and enjoy the fun, fellowship, and camaraderie in the Annual Alumni Homecoming on April 24, 2010.

For details, contact Dr. Ambrosio R. Villorente at tel. No. (036) 265 – 3206 or 268 – 6238, CP No. 09266733070 e-Mail:

Gubernatorial Debate

Atty. Leovigildo Mationg, candidate for governor in the Province of Aklan in the May 10, 2010 election delivering his constructive speech during the Kapehan Sa Aklan Debate held on April 10 at ASU Kalibo Cafeteria, Andagao, Kalibo.

Mationg presented his 7 points agenda for his program of government in case he will be given the mandate of the people as provincial governor of Aklan. According to him, he will administer the provincial government of Aklan observing honesty as a personal virtue with utmost integrity.

Kalibo’s New Marker Draws Criticism Than Goodwill

Above is the imposing edifice Mayor Raymar A. Rebaldo calls it "PLAZOLETA" Banawa Ni Datu Bangkaya. The place is a portion of Arch. Gabriel M. Reyes St. Is there an imprimatur from the Kalibo SB and other offices concerned for the construction and naming the area Plazoleta?

The man standing (right) appears to be Datu Bangkaya with his right hand raising the Sr. Sto. Niño in front of the Kalibo Pilot Elementary School rotunda. Was Bangkaya living during the arrival of the Spaniards?

The rotunda in front of the Kalibo Pilot Elementary School sports a new concrete marker titled, "Plazoleta, Banawa ni Datu Bangkaya." This 20 foot tree stump design structure towers over the middle portion of Arch. Gabriel M. Reyes St., leading to Pastrana Park, Kalibo Cathedral, Aklan Catholic College, St. Gabrielle Hospital and several commercial establishments.

While the structure does not carry any image, the name Banawa ni Datu Bangkaya symbolizes imperialism and dominance. Their oppressive and warlike nature was so pervasive (Rajahs Suliman, Sikatuna and Lakandula) that they rivaled Spain’s colonization for almost 400 years. Even the defunct Code of Kalantiao now reduced to legend by the National Historical Institute exhibited undue human cruelty and crude dispensation of justice. Until the 16th century, Visayas and Mindanao formed part of the Shri-Visayan Empire based in the Sultanate of Sulu. Muslim intransigence for the last four decades seriously eroded the peace and development process hemorrhaging the nation billions of pesos and hundreds of human lives annually.

On the other hand, Aklan which was still part of Capiz province before 1956 had an outstanding church leader, Arch. Gabriel M. Reyes. His bust statue serenely stands beside the street named in his honor at Marian High School. Quite inadvertently we are pitching one of the pillars of the Catholic Church to a Muslim Governor for Kalibonhons’ allegiance and patronage, quite an unprecedented case.


What is the big fuss about the recent project of Mayor Raymar A. Rebaldo? Well, according to a Spanish–English dictionary authored by Carlos Castillo and Otto F. Bond, plazoleta means a small square or court. In short, it is a mini plaza where one enjoys the ambience of flowers, ornamentals, statues, benches, sheds, mini playground and canteen and others. These amenities neither exist at present nor less likely to occur in the future because road section crams with vehicles and people especially during school/office days. The area in the vicinity of Magsaysay Park and DepEd Division Office is a vital road section that could not be closed to traffic during rush hours.

Definitely, plazoleta, a Spanish term is out of context and consistency with an extinct Aklanon word "Banawang" for "banwa". Most likely, it can be misconstrued to be referring only to Kalibo when the territorial jurisdiction of Datu Bangkaya covered the entire province of Aklan or "Minuro it Akean".

Emotional Tension

Understandably, it is pejorative and there is emotional tension in the air. Obviously, the only way to appease detractors can be one of the following: a) dismantle the whole structure, b) opt for a constructive name, "Welcome to Kalibo, Home of Piña, Abaca & Raffia. Acclaimed World’s Best & Versatile Natural Fibers", and c) relocate the bust statue of Arch. Reyes from this present location. Nevertheless, this is a product of local legis-lation, autonomy and image building. Obviously what is most important is reaching a consensus.

Mr. Terence Toriano, Radio Broadcaster of Community Broadcasting Info System said that the Office of the Municipal Mayor has initiated a plan to inform and educate the public on this recent landmark. However, Ms. Sumra C. Rojo, Curator Museo it Akean denied any collaboration between her office and LGU Kalibo in the construction of this edifice.

Whatever the reaction on this issue, we hope it is solved amicably in the interest of historical and cultural perspective. After all, we are ardent subscribers to the free market exchange of ideas and goodwill. /MP