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Friday, February 27, 2015

Proposed 2nd legislative district in Aklan now in plenary




BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
 


The bill creating a new district in the province of Aklan is now for plenary debate in the 16th Congress. The House measure authored by Aklan solon Teodorico Haresco, Jr. finally passed the committee level, more than a year it was filed. 

The Local Government committee, chaired by Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr. (1st District, South Cotabato), approved House Bill No. 112 last February 12. 

House Bill No. 112 provides for the reapportionment of the lone legislative district of the Province of Aklan.

Barely months before the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the May 2016 presidential and local elections, the measure should be approved by Congress and Senate this year. 

If signed into a law by President Benigno Aquino III, the reapportionment of the district brings to two the number of legislative districts in the province.

The bill by then Aklan Rep. Florencio Miraflores was refiled by Haresco on July 7, 2013 after it was stalled in second reading in the Senate in 2012. 

Under Section 5-3, Article 6 of the Constitution, a minimum population of 250,000 is required for a local government unit (LGU) or clusters of LGUs to be declared a congressional district. Each district should be composed of a “contiguous, compact, and adjacent territory.”

Aklan has a total population of 535,725 based on the 2010 census of population and housing issued by the National Statistics Office.
The municipalities of Kalibo, New Washington, Altavas, Batan, Balete, Madalag, Libacao and Banga will comprise the First Legislative District.

The Second Legislative District will be composed of the towns of Malay, Buruanga, Ibajay, Nabas, Lezo, Malinao, Numancia, Makato and Tangalan.

Last February 10, the Government Enterprises and Privatization joint with Transportation (Technical Working Group) also approved House Bill No. 113 in style creating the Aklan Airport Authority. 

The technical working group (TWG) was co-presided by Rep. Jesus Sacdalan (1st District, North Cotabato), chair of the Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization and Rep. Al Francis Bichara (2nd District, Albay), Vice Chair of the Committee on Transportation.

They referred the bill authored by Haresco to the Committees on Appropriations and Ways and Means for the consideration of the bill’s appropriations and tax provisions.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DSWD assures full shelter assistance to Yolanda victims



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office assured the recipients in the province of Aklan that they will receive in full the emergency shelter assistance (ESA). 

Rosario Sanagustin, DSWD Social Welfare Officer IV Protective Services Unit, said typhoon Yolanda victims will be receiving P30,000 for those whose houses were fully destroyed and P10,000 for those with partially-damaged dwellings.

Sanagustin debunked reports that recipients of totally damaged houses will receive only P20,000 assistance to accommodate other typhoon victims excluded from the list of beneficiaries.
 
“Hindi gid kamu magpasugot na ibanan ang P30,000 or ang P10,000 nga assistance para sa totally or partially damaged houses,” she said in an interview by RMN DyKR Straight to the Point program.

In Kalibo, DSWD has started to distribute the P10,000 shelter assistance for partially damaged houses to 9,294 beneficiaries in 16 barangays.

The assistance will be used to purchase housing materials for the repair and reconstruction of their damaged houses.

Sanagustin said the Typhoon Yolanda survivors who lost their homes can still be considered second priority if they are not included in the master list of beneficiaries.

“Kadto lang sila sa Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) nila para sa second priority kag magpalista kung partially or totally damaged. Para mavalidate na sila kag mapangayuan sang budget,” she said.

“Hindi na sila magpabiktima dahil nabiktima na sila sang Typhoon Yolanda. If ever pangayuan kamo sang commission mag file kamo complaint na notariado kag ipadala sa ombudsman.”

DSWD regional office also urged town officials to submit their supporting documents as specified by Memorandum Circular No. 24 or the Guidelines for ESA Implementation in ‘Yolanda’-Affected Areas to avail the shelter assistance. 

PNP ready for Boracay confab of chief justices

BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Security preparations are in full swing for the delegates of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Chief Justices summit meeting in Boracay Island.

Boracay Island will host for the first time this year’s meeting from March 1 to 3 for chief justices in Southeast Asia.
 
To ensure security, the 105-strong personnel of Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) will be augmented by policemen from municipal stations.

Some 70 to 80 policemen from the municipal police stations would be deployed for the conference to augment BTAC’s personnel, according to Police Officer I Jane Vega, assistant public information officer of Aklan Police Provincial Office. 

Cops will be oriented and briefed on security preparations at Camp Pastor Martelino on Wednesday before their deployment in Boracay Island.

In Boracay, they will be deployed also for police visibility at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa, hotels and vital installations in coordination with Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Army, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, other national security units and forced multipliers.

Aside from the Philippines, delegates from Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam are coming here in Boracay Island. 

The conference will bring over 500 participants including chief justices of ASEAN member nations and ASEAN Law Association officials and members.

Prior to Boracay meeting, the delegates will attend the ALA general assembly in Makati Shangri-La Hotel and workshops on the legal challenges of ASEAN Integration, international law, legal education and profession, trade and investment and business law from February 25 to 28.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Akelco acting manager ready for the challenge



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

A low profile employee has taken a new role and the challenge to lead the Aklan Electric Cooperative (Akelco).

Pedro IV Nalangan assumed last week the position of acting manager of the sole power distributor in Aklan, including the Boracay Island, and the northern towns of Antique.

Last February 9, Nalangan accepted the challenge of the board of directors to serve the member-consumers of Akelco as officer-in-charge.

Nalangan, former logistics manager of Akelco, assumed the post on February 16 while outgoing acting Akelco manager Engr. Roger delos Reyes will be the assistant general manager for operations. 

“Ang sitio electrification program supported by Department of Energy and the Department of Budget and Management will be our first priority.  Ginapadayon natun ang electrification program para ang mga sitios na maeayo hay maiwagan,” he said in an interview by Bombo Radyo Kalibo.

Nalangan said he will also raise the campaign to lower the systems loss of the electric cooperative.  

“I don’t expect that the board of directors will designate me as Akelco acting manager. Ako abi hay low profile nga employee. Maeapit eon man ako ga-retire,” said the 58-year old Nalangan. 

Nalangan also appealed to member-consumers to pay their electric bills on time to avoid disconnections.

“Magbayad kita it atung electric bills on time para ang Akelco maka makabayad man sa mga power generators,” he stressed.