Thursday, April 17, 2014

Aklan’s outstanding municipal treasurers, taxpayers named

BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL


Five out of 17 municipal treasurers are recipients of the outstanding local treasurers' awards on the occasion of the 58th year anniversary of the province of Aklan.


The provincial government of Aklan will recognize the outstanding treasurers on April 24 for their efforts, contributions and competence in fulfilling the mandate of public service. 

The top five performing municipal treasurers are Dediosa Dioso of Malay, Aklan followed by Elsa Tabuena of the capital town of Kalibo. Froilan Redison of Banga, Aklan ranked third, Angelyn Rubias of Tangalan in fourth place and Shirley Timbas of Makato placed fifth. 

The outstanding corporate and individual real property taxpayers for calendar year 2013 are also honored by the provincial government. They are Royal Four Seasons Corporation (Kalibo), Ramas Uypitching and Sons, Inc. (Numancia), Heirs of Asuncion Maravilla (Makato), Aristotle Tirol (Tangalan), Petron Corporation (Ibajay), Panay Power Corporation (Nabas), DMCI-PDI Hotel Inc. (Malay) and Alma Morland (Buruanga).

Other awardees are Anita Rescate (Lezo), Caluda Jayme (Malinao), Loreto Gonzales, Jr. (Madalag), Ulysses Ruiz (Libacao), Smart Communications, Inc. (Banga), Emerald dela Rosa (Balete), Mary Luz Leong (Altavas), Jayner Demeterio (Batan) and Panay Power Corporation (New Washington).

The provincial government is also giving due recognition to the Hall of Famers – Teodoro Calizo, Jr. of Balete, Aklan; Carlito Marquez of Banga, Aklan; HEVA Management and Development Corporation of Kalibo and Makati Shangri-La Hotel and Resort Corporation of Malay, Aklan. 

Top leaders of the province led by Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores, Aklan Vice Governor Gabrielle Calizo-Quimpo and Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco, Jr. will grace the awarding ceremony to be held at the Provincial Capitol Building lobby. 

The over-all chairperson of the 2014 Search for Outstanding Municipal Treasurers and Taxpayers is Provincial Treasurer Suzette Pioquid. The members are Rey Villaruel, Nida Melgarejo and Jocelyn Reyes.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PRC-Iloilo goes to Aklan for “On-The-Road Program”



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)-Iloilo has announced the schedule of its “On-The-Road Program” in Aklan this April.

PRC regional director Lily Ann Baldago said the agency will offer services such as acceptance of applications of licensure examination and initial registration for professional teachers and other professionals and renewal of Professional Identification Cards (PIC).

The schedule is on April 22, 23 and 24 at the local Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) office at L. Barrios Street in Poblacion, Kalibo, Aklan.

Speaking to Barangay 92.9 Super Radyo Kalibo, Baldago said the examinees and applicants will no longer need to go in PRC-Iloilo to process their papers.

“Ang PRC ‘On-The-Road’ is part of the services ng agency namin. Kami ay pumupunta sa mga locations na malapit sa workplaces ng mga stakeholders, ng mga kliyente namin,” she said.

“Tatlong araw sa Aklan sa pagtanggap ng aplikasyon sa licensure examination sa teachers at iba pang propesyon, sa mga repeaters. Tatanggap din kami ng application for renewal of expiring Professional Identification Cards within one year.”

Baldago said “the applicant could claim the renewed Professional Identification Cards at the mobile outreach service in Aklan. This is the commitment of PRC under chairperson Teresita Manansala and President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to expedite the needs of professionals.”

The regional director also stressed that PRC will be conducting pilot testing of its printing of Professional Identification Cards in Roxas City this week. Once implemented, applicants in Aklan and nearby provinces will be able to claim their IDs on April 22 to 24.

PRC-Iloilo has scheduled ‘On-The-Road Program’ at the Provincial Capitol Building in Roxas City, Capiz from April 14 to 15. 

“There will no collection of fees sa PRC ‘On-The-Road’ program sa Aklan. Mga 400 applicants ang maserved natin araw-araw itong program,” Baldago added. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boracay first aid stations, assistance centers set on Holy Week


Boracay-Malay Red Cross volunteers and government law enforcement agencies are ready to ensure the safety and security of visitors in the famous island of Boracay this Holy Week and the rest of the summer season / PHOTO BY BOY RYAN ZABAL


BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

As tourists continue flocking to Boracay Island, volunteers and rescue responders of Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Boracay-Malay and government law enforcement agencies will offer assistance this Holy Week.

From April 16 (Holy Wednesday) to April 19 (Black Saturday), four first- aid stations will be set up in Boracay’s main tourism area – the White Beach and the Cagban jetty port during the observance of Semana Santa. 

Aside from medical assistance, free drinking water stations will also available through Boracay Island Water Company. 

The four first-aid stations manned by PNRC Boracay-Malay personnel and volunteers will be on duty from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Cagban jetty port in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, in front of Epic Boracay in D’Mall in Barangay Balabag, near Astoria Boracay in Station 1 and beside the Station 3 outpost in Barangay Manoc-Manoc. 

Public is also reminded by PNRC Boracay-Malay to call its hotline 199 or (036) 288-2068 or (036) 288-3066 of the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center in case of emergency.

Also for public safety, police assistance desks and centers are placed in strategic areas to respond to emergencies and to give assistance to travelers. 

Police will also deploy more personnel to intensify their mobile and foot patrols in areas of convergence in the resort-island, the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center said.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Kalibo PNP receives motorcycle units from Kasafi

BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Two motorcycle units were formally accepted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) here on Monday morning. 


Kalibo chief of police Superintendent Aden Lagradante and Kalibo deputy chief of police Inspector Benny Jones Mendoza received in behalf of Kalibo police station the Yamaha 150cc motorcycle units from Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi).

Kalibo chief of police Superintendent Aden Lagradante (second from right) and Kalibo deputy chief of police Inspector Benny Jones Mendoza (left) formally accepted the brand-new motorcycles units from Kasafi volunteer Boy Ryan Zabal


The newly donated motorcycle units worth P130,000 were  part of the proceeds of this year’s Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan festival, according to Kasafi chairman Albert Menez.


The two brand-new motorcycle units will boost the capabilities of the region’s Most Citizen-Friendly police station in its intensified anti-crime campaign.


Superintendent Lagradante, for his part, thanked Kasafi for its show of support in the mobility street patrol of the Kalibo policemen.


Last January, the Kalibo police was also a recipient of a brand new patrol vehicle from SafeAir Corporation to enhance police mobility and service to the public.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Aklan prepares warm welcome for PSL leg series swimmers

Manila Times

Preparations for the 56th edition of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Series dubbed as the 1st Ted Haresco Jr. Swimming Cup are in full swing in Kalibo and Malay in Aklan.

The competition will be hosted by Aklan Swimming Team headed by its President Kokoy Soguilon. The regular swimming event will be held at the Aklan Sports Complex on April 26, and the open water category on April 27 in Boracay.

PSL President Susan Papa is working hand in hand with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Boracay Malay Chapter which will handle the logistics of the open water competition.

Papa visited the training venue of the Red Cross for a series of tutorials involving young swimmers from Aklan Red Cross Chairman Nieva Mendoza wants more Aklanon to participate in an open water competition.

“With the assistance of Philippine Swimming League, we are now aiming, from the goal of 2,000 children to the ambitious triple the number of children that will learn on how to swim and in the future save lives of others as well. So that others may live and be aware,” Mendoza said.

Elena Tosco Brugger, Chairperson of the PRC Youth Boracay-Malay chapter, said: “Think and dream big. We’ll start with baby steps, one kid at a time to make a difference in the lives of our future generation.”

“The joint cooperation between PRC Boracay Malay Chapter and Philippine Swimming League will promote sports tourism in the No. 1 tourist destination in the country.

PSL is happy that more young kids are involved in swimming and that is our main objective to have a healthy citizenry and help the state that more kids put into scholarship,” added Papa.

The PRC is conducting massive tryouts for the young Aklanons in preparation for the open sea water to be held in Station 2.

The PSL, the national sports association for swimming by Federation of School Sports of the Philippines and an affiliate of the Federation International Sports University, holds the longest grassroots development program in the Philippines.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Boracay exodus - Holy Week security tightens, ports under tight watch



 BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Caticlan port administrator Niven Maquirang is closely monitoring and coordinating with the government multi-agencies during Holy Week observance of tourists and visitors to Boracay Island.

Maquirang said the Caticlan and Cagban ports are ready for the surge of passengers and tourists to the resort-island. He is expecting 70,000 vacationers and passengers this coming Holy Week in Boracay. 

Security in Caticlan and Cagban ports has been very tight to ensure the safety of thousands of travelers. Public assistance centers manned with medical personnel were also put up in preparation for the Holy Week. 

“Naka set up na tayo and coordinated with Philippine National Police, Maritime command, Philippine Coast Guard, tourism office, medical team from the Philippine National Red Cross and the municipal hospital for the Semana Santa,” he said. 

Coast guard patrols will also monitor vessels and motorized boats for safe travel to the island provinces of Mindoro and Romblon. 

Security will be posted round the clock and passenger help desks will be ready to assist the passengers in anticipation of the increased volume of travelers in the port area.

Port authorities are reminding the passengers to be wary of their belongings as thousands make their way to Boracay Island or to Mindoro Island and to their home provinces in the Visayas and back.

Malay PNP also deployed additional policemen in major roads leading to Caticlan airport and port for maximum police visibility and safety of the public.