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Friday, July 25, 2014

Blood donors help save lives – Aklan Red Cross



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

To ensure that blood is available for patients, the Aklan Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) has appealed for more volunteer blood donors.

On average, the Aklan Red Cross is collecting 4,600 units of blood yearly from donors, the PNRC local administrator Arcely Pelayo said. 

She stressed the Aklan chapter needs 5,000 blood units on hand or about one percent of Aklan’s population.

“If those people who get blood from us when they need will bring their own blood donors to replenish the supply, (I think) we don’t have shortage of blood units in Aklan,” Pelayo said.

As of now, the Aklan Red Cross as a blood collecting unit, has enough supply of lifesaving blood, regardless of blood types, for patients in need.

Blood is available especially for victims of serious accidents or major surgery who often need more units of blood at a time.

Pelayo said Aklan Red Cross, government agencies and private institutions are also conducting regular blood-letting activities for an adequate supply of blood and its components.
  
People willing to donate blood in the coming days or weeks can visit the Aklan Red Cross at F. Quimpo Street in Kalibo, Aklan.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Red Cross is working on to upgrade the local chapter as blood bank, which could process each unit of whole blood into several components – plasma, platelets and red blood cells.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Plans to push Kalibo integrated transport hub underway



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL


The local government of Kalibo is pushing ahead to address the traffic problem despite reports that Unitop General Enterprises, Inc. purchased the future location of the integrated transport hub.

Municipal Planning and Development coordinator Engr. Marlo Villanueva said the centralized transport terminal for buses, jeepneys and vans for eastern Aklan routes was envisioned as an economic enterprise by the local government of Kalibo.

But the project’s original plan and design has not materialized after Unitop came in and bought the property located across the Kalibo fire station office along Jaime Cardinal L. Sin Avenue (formerly Quezon Avenue).

Villanueva said Unitop plans to construct a three-storey commercial building and a separate parking area in its one-hectare property. 

He said talks with Unitop for a public-private agreement have started to explore the possible long-term plans for Kalibo to handle the growing mass transport needs.  

The local officials of Kalibo, as of now, are also expected to make a visit in Sta. Cruz in Laguna on how the latter benefited by leasing the parking area of Unitop.  

Kalibo mayor William Lachica said he is not losing hope since negotiations are in the works with Unitop property owners in leasing out the parking area.

Lachica said his administration is pursuing an integrated transport policy to address the traffic management concerns and to serve passengers coming from and going to the eastern part of Aklan to the capital town of Kalibo. 

A transport hub requires larger investments if the local government plans to build an accessible proposed terminal to the riding public with organized parking area for buses and other vehicles, shops, canteen and amenities.  

The integrated transport facility targets to deal with the ‘sprouting’ and formation of terminals for buses, PUVs, mini-buses, vans and tricycles plying the towns of Libacao, Altavas, Balete, New Washington and Banga near Crossing Rotanda.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Police ask witnesses to speak up on alleged police brutality

BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL


Authorities are urging any witnesses to surface and tell their story on the alleged police brutality against a drug suspect in Aklan.

Senior Inspector Eugenio Dionisio Jr., chief of Aklan Provincial Internal Affairs Service (PIAS), has appealed on probable witnesses to surface for the ongoing investigation on Reijie Rose alleged mauling incident last week in Barangay Tigayon in Kalibo, Aklan.

Amid efforts to determine the policemen’s administrative liabilities, Dionisio revealed that the investigators on the case believed that there are likely witnesses of the incident.  So far, a lone witness in Barangay Tigayon here spoke with PIAS investigators which could help to progress the investigation. 

However, Dionisio refused to give the details of the statements of the witness. He also appealed for several individuals to come forward and to cooperate with what they know and may have about Rose mauling. 

The 27-year old suspect claimed he was mauled by operatives of Aklan Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG) early morning of July 13 in Barangay Tigayon during a buy-bust operation.

Rose was charged for illegal possession and selling of suspected shabu, however, he strongly denied the allegations.  

Initial police reports of the incident said Rose sustained injuries when he resisted the arrest and attempted to flee the operatives.

Rose, who was taken in a Iloilo hospital last July 19 for medical treatment, has to submit also his affidavit or the details of the incident to the authorities.

Dionisio said PIAS is working round the clock to investigate and substantiate the evidences for possible filing of administrative charges.  If the investigating officers found probable cause to indict the respondents for grave misconduct, a moto propio investigation report will be given to Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS)  6 in Iloilo City.

He also assured Reijie and his family, saying, “kun ano matuod duyon aton nga paguwa-on,” of the investigation of PIAS, a separate and independent body of the Philippine National Police. 

“To the family of Rose, (let us) trust the PIAS since our investigation is impartial, fair and objective to determine the facts and circumstances of the incident. Whoever committed the offense, we will file an appropriate administrative case,” he said. 

Anyone with information or who can assist about this incident is asked to contact the PIAS office at Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO) in New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan on 272-1008. 

For their part, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and the Commission on Human Rights conducted their separate probe days after Rose was treated at the provincial hospital in Kalibo, Aklan for serious injuries to his head, knee and face.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Boracay Dragons frisbee team on US Tour


BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The Boracay Dragons Frisbee team of the Philippines will be seeing action in a series of US Tour beach ultimate frisbee events

Boracay Dragons in Maryland for the US tour
The US Tour is as part of their preparations for the 2015 World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) World Championships of Beach Ultimate in JBR Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Travelling around the world is nothing new to the players. 

Boracay Dragons, which finished with a silver medal twice, first in Brazil in 2007 against Australia and the last one against USA in Italy in 2011 in the WFDF Beach Worlds, will hit three states in their US tune-up events.  

The US Tour will bring the team to the 22nd annual W2BU (Wildwoods Beach Ultimate) in Wildwoods, New Jersey on July 26 to 27. The tournament takes place on Schellenger Avenue with over 400 teams competing in the action-packed frisbee tournament.

From New Jersey, the team will travel to Illinois to play for the 14th annual Ultimate Chicago Sandblast, a two-division beach ultimate frisbee tournament, held at Montrose Beach, Chicago, Illinois on August 1 to 3. The Boracay Dragons will compete in Game Division against 800 world-class players from 32 teams.

Drazba XXI from Chicago, Illinois is the defending Game Division champion.

Then, the Boracay Dragons will be heading to Maryland, Washington DC for the Ocean City Beach Classic in Downtown Ocean City on August 9 to 10.  The tournament is expecting 30-50 teams for the Open and Recreational Divisions.
 
Boracay Dragons brought a team of world-class frisbee players for the US tournaments. They were James Parcon Yap, Dominick Famorcan, Karen Cabrera, Michelle Delos Santos, Paul Richie Mariano, Kristian Guerrero, David Libo-on III, Wendell Jefferson Go, Wendell Simbulan, Benjamin Parcon Yap, Christopher Jude Lee, Tara Parvus and Dalidig Sumndad.