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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Security plan in place for Kalibo Ati-Atihan opening salvo

BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The security plan for the forthcoming Kalibo Ati-Atihan opening salvo on October 24 will be implemented by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Chief Inspector Pedro Enriquez, chief of Kalibo police, said 227 policemen and force multipliers will secure the safety of visitors and merrymakers and will maintain the peace and order in opening salvo venues.

Enriquez will deploy 56 uniformed policemen from Kalibo PNP, 35 Field Training Program (FTP) cops, 60 Kalibo Auxiliary Police (KAP), 16 uniformed personnel from Aklan Public Safety Company and 60 barangay tanods for the Ati-Atihan salvo. 

Twelve Police Assistance Centers (PAC) in strategic locations manned by uniformed policemen and auxiliary personnel will also be established.

The PACs are Rizal Street corner Fortunato Quimpo Street (PAC1), Rizal Street corner XIX Martyrs Street (PAC2), C. Laserna Street corner XIX Martyrs Street (PAC3), C. Laserna Street corner Archbishop Reyes Street (PAC4), C. Laserna Street corner Regalado Street (PAC5), S. Martelino Street corner Regalado Street (PAC6) and Pastrana Street corner Regalado Street (PAC7).

Police assistance centers will be set up also in XIX Martyrs Street corner Pastrana Street (PAC8), Archbishop Reyes Street corner Pastrana Street (PAC9), Archbishop Reyes Street corner L. Barrios Street (PAC10) and two PACs in Kalibo Magsaysay Park.

Enriquez said mobile patrols and emergency response team from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office will be on guard in the Ati-Atihan salvo.

Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi) chairman Albert Menez said hundreds of visitors and devotees are expected to join and to witness the ‘Sadsad, Tamboe Salvo’ – a sneak peek of the 2015 Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Festival. 

A mass offering at Cathedral Parish of Saint John the Baptist at 3 p.m. followed by the Ati-Atihan opening salvo program at Kalibo Pastrana Park at 4 p.m. will highlight the celebration.  

Thirty-one street dancing tribes and groups will also join the street dancing and sixteen finalists of Mutya it Kalibo Ati-Atihan 2015 will be presented to the public, according to Menez.

In the evening, DJ Ace Ramos and Bahaghari reggae band will be featured at the ‘Foam Party’ at Kalibo Magsaysay Park starting at 6 p.m.

Aklan prosecutor junks complaints vs drug suspect



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The Aklan Provincial Prosecutor has dismissed two complaints filed by the police against a drug suspect.

In a two-page joint resolution, Deputy Provincial Prosecutor Reynaldo Peralta, Jr. cited the insufficiency of evidence to indict Reijie Tafalla Rose for the crime of direct assault and resistance and disobedience to a person in authority.

The two charges were lodged against Rose by Police Officer 3 Allan Dela Cruz for violations of Article 148 and  Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code.

The 27-year old Rose was arrested by operatives of Aklan Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG) in the early morning of July 13 at Barangay Tigayon, Kalibo, Aklan. 

Rose was charged for illegal possession of 12 sachets of suspected shabu and selling of drugs under Sections 5 and 11, Article II of Republic Act No. 9165.

In his affidavit, Rose said the police want to gain leverage for having filed separate administrative and criminal cases against the arresting operatives of PAIDSOTG. 

The drug suspect claimed he was “beaten black and blue” by the apprehending officers and was admitted at Aklan provincial hospital for treatment for head, right and knee injuries. 

He is presently detained at the provincial jail in Barangay Nalook in Kalibo, Aklan. 

After the buy-bust operation, police said Rose resisted and ran when he was being handcuffed at Barangay Tigayon.

When Rose stumbled and fell on the ground, Police Officer 1 Lloyd Raymundo and a police asset tried to help him but the suspect kicked them. 

Later, they grappled until the police finally contained Rose. The suspect was then brought to Villa Salvacion in Barangay Andagao in Kalibo, Aklan for a follow-up drug operation, about four kilometers away from Barangay Tigayon. 

Police said, “while they were inside the police vehicle, Rose pushed the door of the vehicle and tried to run, but PO1 Raymundo suddenly closed the door and accidentally hit the head of Rose.”

In an earlier interview, Rose said he was texting and sitting alone in a motorcycle in front of a wake when the operatives approached and began to choke him. 

They also hit his genitals, after which, he shouted for help from bystanders in the wake, but the operatives allegedly continued to hit him a number of times in the face.

When they were in Barangay Andagao, Rose said he fled on foot when the operatives left him sitting inside a vehicle. 

He was then chased by two operatives, who allegedly pointed their guns to him and kicked his chest, when he was entirely subdued.

“It was unclear how Rose resisted and assaulted the police. General statements that Rose resisted and ran away from the police are insufficient to establish probable cause that Rose disobeyed any lawful order of a person in authority or his agent,” said Peralta in the joint resolution approved by Provincial Prosecutor Ma. Maya Bien Mayor-Tolentino on October 8.

Peralta also noted that “the allegation that Rose kicked PO1 Raymundo and the police asset is not supported with evidence as no medical certificate is presented to prove any injury.”

Aside from Dela Cruz and Raymundo, four other officers of PAIDSOTG led by Police Inspector Wilfredo Hofilena, Police Officer 1 Rolando Dano, Police Officer 2 Lovely Joy Raut-Raut and Police Officer 2 Gil Resoles are facing summary hearing for alleged police brutality with the Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS) in Iloilo City.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Aklan to establish MDR-TB treatment center



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

In line with its campaign against tuberculosis, the provincial government Aklan is planning to establish a Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) Satellite Treatment Center at the Aklan provincial hospital.

The establishment of the treatment center at Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH) in Kalibo, Aklan will help MDR patients to avail of adequate facilities and services to fight tuberculosis. 

MDR patients are presently availing the treatment in Capiz and they have to stay for the daily monitoring and medication. The treatment normally last between 18-24 months at an estimated cost of P350,000 per MDR patient. 

Last May, the 17 municipalities and Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores pledged their commitment to support Local TB Control Program for a significant reduction in TB prevalence in the province in consonance with the Philippine Plan of Action to Control Tuberculosis (PhilPACT) 2010-2016.

Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, Jr. said the cure rate of the common pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) in Aklan has risen last year to 91% from 77% in 2010 and a 90 percent annual case detection rate in 2013.

Aklan also has 24 accredited and certified Directly-Observed Treatment Shortcourse (DOTs) facilities.  

MDR-TB is developed during treatment of fully sensitive tuberculosis when the course of antibiotics is interrupted and the levels of drug in the body are insufficient to kill 100 percent of bacteria, according to Wikipedia.

Cuachon said there are also plans to establish remote smearing sites in GIDA areas and increase involvement of public/private sector hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories and clinics, DOTs MDs.

Tuberculosis is a disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobeacterium tuberculosis that is mainly acquired by inhalation of infectious droplets containing viable tubercle bacilli. Infectious droplets can be produced by coughing, sneezing, talking and singing. 

Coughing is generally considered as the most efficient way of producing infectious droplets.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

8,000 job openings in Aklan job fair - DOLE


Jobseekers trooped in Kalibo, Aklan for the job fair sponsored by DOLE in partnership with Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores and Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco, Jr. / PHOTO AKLAN PROVINCE

BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The job fair slogan says it all, “sama-sama, hanap-trabaho, para Todo Asenso.’

More than 8,000 job openings abroad and in the domestic market were up for grabs in the Aklan job fair on Friday. 

Jobseekers attended the one-day job fair of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with the provincial government of Aklan and the Congressional District Office of Aklan at ABL Sports and Cultural Center in Kalibo, Aklan.

Around 28 establishments and participating employers offered in-demand employments in hotels and restaurants, retail, transport, health and wellness, food industry, information technology, construction sectors, automotive, human resources and business process outsourcing (BPO) in the government-backed job fair. 

Sea-based and land-based employments and opportunities were also offered by licensed recruitment agencies for interested jobseekers.

Samples of the job vacancies include spa therapist, front desk officers, public attendant, masonry/carpenter, waitress, customer service representative, bar captain, cook, room attendant, electrician, company driver and kitchen helpers.

Job openings were also available for vessel administrator, lifeguards, linen attendants, healthcare associates and technical support representatives for BPOs, aircon technician, stockman/bagger and promo/merchandiser in malls, security supervisor, telephone operator and chef de cuisine.

Meanwhile, the AMA Computer Group also partnered with the provincial government of Aklan for the establishment of an AMA branch and a call center in the province.

A memorandum of agreement was signed between Engr. Arnel F. Hibo and top Aklan officials led by Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco, Jr. and Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores during the job fair. 

Hibo, AMA Education System first vice president and cluster head, said the partnership is mutually beneficial to Aklanons and the company.

Aklan Products Expo 2014 in SM City Iloilo opens on October 23



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
 
Innovative products of micro-small and medium enterprises will be showcased in Aklan Product Exposition 2014 from October 23 to 29 at The Event Center of SM City Iloilo.


With the theme “Spreading the Wings of Enterprise Development,” thirty-four exhibitors coming from Aklan will showcase and promote their top-quality processed meat and bakery products, abaca and pina fiber, health and wellness products, hand-woven handicrafts, fashion wearables, gifts and housewares.


The product expo opening will be graced by top officials of the province of Aklan, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and local exhibitors.  

The products were developed by Aklan entrepreneurs  through the SME Roving Academy (SMERA) and Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) - Product Innovation and Development activities. 


Gracing the opening and ribbon cutting program at 2 p.m. on October 23 are Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores, Aklan Vice Governor Gabrielle Calizo-Quimpo, DTI-Aklan provincial director Diosdado Cadena, Jr., Amelia Rentillo of Hugod Aklanon Producers Association, Inc. and Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco, Jr.


The weeklong Aklan Product Expo 2014 is an initiative of DTI-Aklan provincial office in partnership with entrepreneurs of Hugod Aklanon Producers Association, Inc. and the provincial government of Aklan to feature Aklan’s finest and unique products to a lot of buyers in neighboring provinces.  


Business hours at SM City Iloilo start at 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The product exposition runs until October 29, 2014.


Since 2007, the Aklan product expo is one of the longest running trade fairs at SM City Iloilo that provided huge opportunities for exhibitors to display their best products and to generate sales.