Thursday, August 19, 2010

Business, Govt Vow Cooperation In Land Reclamation Project

The Aklan provincial government and the Boracay Foundation Incorporated (BFI) vowed cooperation to settle concerns raised over the implementation of the P260 million reclamation project at the Caticlan Jetty Port in Malay, Aklan.

Earlier, the BFI has filed an opposition with the Department of Interior and Local Government against the planned project, saying they are not consulted in the process of seeking legal permits over the project considered by the provincial officials of Aklan as their economic pump priming activity.

Niven Maquirang, Caticlan Jetty Port administrator, said that the Aklan provincial government is bent on pursuing the project. He welcomes recommend-ations coming from the business sector of this resort island.

The vow for cooperation developed during the face off of both the BFI, the Malay local government and Aklan provincial government representatives during the recent Sangguniang Panla-lawigan session in Kalibo.

"The fund for the Marina project will come from the proceeds of bond flotation approved by the Local Government Unit Guarantee Corporation (LGUGC).

The Environment Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Philippine Reclamation Authority had issued clearances for the project to push through," said Maquirang.

For their part, Loubelle Cann, the BFI president, wanted to call the Aklan provincial government and other agencies to conduct intensive environmental impact studies to determine the proposed Marina project as environmentally safe.

"We are not against development projects. We just wanted to be sure the proposed project benefits all sectors," said Cann.

The Malay municipal council has also submitted two resolutions rejecting the proposed provincial government project to be established in their own turf.

"Instead of creating a new establishment in Caticlan, the Aklan provincial government should just strengthen the existing Caticlan Jetty Port being managed by the province," said newly-elected vice mayor Ciceron Cawaling.

Antique Policeman Is RP’s Outstanding Cop

A police non-commissioned officer (PNCO) assigned at the Tobias Fornier Police Station in Antique was chosen as one of this year’s 10 Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS), an annual project of the Metrobank Foundation in partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Data from the information office of the Antique Police Provincial Office (APPO) stated that SPO2 Joey V. Castillon was chosen from among the 100 nominees nationwide.

He will receive P250,000 cash prize and a trophy during the award ceremony slated at the end of August in Malacanang Palace. President Benigno Simeon Aquino III is scheduled to grace the occasion.

Castillon is with the PNP for 14 years, assigned with the Police Community Relations (PCR) office.

During his stint, he organized the "Bantay Daray-ahan" where he tapped the support of fisherfolks in the protection and preservation of the marine sanctuary in Tobias Fornier town.

The project also raised the awareness of the local folks on their role in environmental protection.

Castillon likewise conducted massive information drive among students and the com-munity against global warming and disaster preparedness.

Castillon’s active participation in various community activities was also recognized as Best Police Community Relations Officer for 2008 and 2009.

The awardee in thanking the Metrobank Foundation for the award said that the recognition will surely boost the image of the Antique Police.

The cash prize will be deposited in a bank for the future expenses of their children. (PNA) /MP

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