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Monday, April 20, 2015

Security tightens ahead of Boracay APEC meetings



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will tighten security in Boracay Island ahead of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial meetings next month.

Senior Inspector Frenzy Andrade, acting chief of Boracay police, said security measures and plans across Boracay Island are in place in coordination with law enforcement agencies. 

Two ministerial meetings in Boracay Island will be held from May 10 to 24, one of the island’s high-profile international events in decades.

Andrade said closed-circuit security cameras will be installed in the beach front and strategic areas by the municipal government of Malay and the PNP to beef up security.

Over the last three months, Task Group-Boracay, BTAC, auxiliary police and Salaam police volunteers are also conducting regular patrols in the front beach in the lead-up to APEC meetings. 

Minors are rounded up for violation of the curfew ordinance while brochures of illegal tour guides and commissioners with overpriced sea sports activities are confiscated. 

Apart from beach patrols, Andrade said the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) is adopting a 12-hour duty rotation for its 103-personnel in preparations for the APEC meetings here. 

PNP is tapping an additional 200 police force to safeguard the international event, the summit venues and billeting areas where the delegates are staying, he added in an interview by RMN DyKR Kalibo. 

Police and military forces will be assigned also in intelligence support, traffic and monitoring.  Security sub-task groups are also created to ensure the safety and security of all delegates from Asia-Pacific countries. 

Last week, Chief Superintendent Josephus Angan, police regional director held a meeting with the Committee on Security, Peace and Order and Emergency Preparedness in Boracay for the APEC preparations.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Negosyo Center in Aklan to help MSMEs



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The Negosyo Center in Aklan, which will be housed at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-Aklan Provincial Office, will operate starting April 24, said DTI-Aklan provincial director Engr. Diosdado Cadena.

The one-stop shop center along Veterans Avenue, Kalibo, Aklan was established by DTI to assist businesses and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Republic Act (RA) 10644, also known as Go Negosyo Act, seeks to establish Negosyo Centers in all provinces, cities and municipalities nationwide through public-private partnership. RA 10644 “An Act Promoting Job Generation and Inclusive Growth through the Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises” is authored by Senator Bam Aquino.

Cadena said the first Negosyo Center in Aklan will provide assistance for entrepreneurs for their business registration, consultation services, trainings and workshops and information packages to the SMEs and businesses. 

To support the growth of MSMEs, the Go Negosyo would be linked to the Philippine Business Registry System (PBRS), a government project that integrates the services of all agencies for easier and faster registration of businesses by entrepreneurs.
Cadena said permit and license-issuing agencies such as Bureau of Internal Revenue, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Securities and Exchange Commission and Social Security System and other industry organizations to facilitate registration are also linked with Go Negosyo Center. 

“This will be the first negosyo center outside of the regional office. Gin improved ang mga facilities na magatutok sa grassroot or municipal levels to put up enterprises. We have business counselors that would help the entrepreneurs. Pati how to apply for loans with banks, the MSMEs are guided in our Negosyo Center,” he said.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

“Agri-Kultura sa Aklan” on April 21 to 26



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Let’s go Agri-Kultura sa Aklan.

The six-day event will have free technical seminars for agriculture and fishery sectors, display and sale of high-value crops, livestocks, farm implements and equipments and talibong making. The fair coincides with the 59th Aklan Anniversary celebration from April 21 to 26.

Emmanuel Soviet Russia dela Cruz, chairman of Aklan Sangguniang Panlalawigan committee on agriculture, said the event aims to encourage organic farming, introduce urban and container gardening, spread and share new and available technologies to the community and to instill the importance of the agricultural sector in the food security program.

The fair also aimed to strengthen the strong partnership of the provincial government and the private sector.

“Agri-Kultura sa Aklan” is sponsored by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) in collaboration with the Office of Provincial Veterinarian (OpVet) and Harbest AgriBusiness Corporation. 

Interested participants will be trained by agri-tech teams on game fowl health care management, urban gardening for leafy vegetables, art of bonsai making, fisheries forum, babuyan na walang amoy by ProNatural Feeds Corporation, organic farming by Victory Global and organic vegetable production.

Livestocks such as piglets, turkeys, darag and native chickens, rabbits, muscovy and peking ducks are for sale. Fresh vegetables, farmers produce for the farmer and fisherfolks market and farm machineries from Kubota are also available.

“May actual talibong making man. Blacksmiths are also selling sanduko ag sanggot. We could also order our own specifications it talibong ag bara, tigib, daras ag sanggot,” Dela Cruz said.

Around 18 exhibitors from Iloilo, Tangalan, Mindoro, Makato, Banga, Negros and Manila are confirmed to join the fair to be held at Goding Ramos Park Capitol Grounds.

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores is the guest speaker for the “Agri-Kultura sa Aklan” opening program on April 21.

DepEd-Aklan honors 10 outstanding teachers


Winners of 2015 Search for Aklan's Ten Outstanding Mentors (ATOM) with Dr. Jesse Gomez, Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco, Jr. and Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores / PHOTO BY EDSELYN BIRAY-DEPED AKLAN

BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The Department of Education (DepEd)-Division of Aklan has recently recognized the winners of 2015 Search for Aklan’s Ten Outstanding Mentors (ATOM).

ATOM which began in 2014 is being implemented by DepEd in partnership with Razon Tumbocon-Haresco Foundation headed by Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco, Jr. in recognition of the hard work of Aklan’s school teachers for their exemplary and dedicated service and leadership in teaching profession. 

DepEd Aklan has 19 school districts in 17 municipalities. This year, the 10 all-female awardees were elementary and secondary teachers from seven school districts. 

Three awardees came from the Districts of Kalibo I and II, Makato and Altavas had two each and Ibajay West, Malinao and New Washington with one each.

The ATOM awardees were Master Teacher II Gemma Nicolas of Kalibo Pilot Elementary School (District of Kalibo I), Master Teacher I Gloria Remaneses of Linabuan National High School (District of Kalibo II), Master Teacher I Nelda Tumbokon of Kalibo Elementary School (District of Kalibo II), Teacher III Analyn Perez of Dina-ut Elementary School (District of Altavas) and Master Teacher I Kanalee Castuciano of Altavas Elementary School (District of Altavas).

Other awardees were Master Teacher II Lucilyn Villanueva of Sta. Cruz Elementary School (District of Ibajay West), Master Teacher II Buenafe Casugbu of New Washington Elementary School (District of New Washington), Teacher III Adelia Manares of Anselmo B. Legaspi National High School (District of Makato), Master Teacher II Susan Bertuldo of Makato Integrated School (District of Makato) and Master Teacher I Rita Hilda Feliciano of Malinao School for Philippine Craftsmen (District of Malinao).

All winners received plaques of recognition and P10,000 cash from Haresco. 

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores, Haresco and Aklan Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Jesse Gomez led the conferring of awards during the awarding ceremonies held at Gov. Augusto B. Legaspi Sports and Cultural Center in Kalibo, Aklan on April 17.

It was attended by hundreds of teachers from the different schools in Aklan. Before the ceremony, the first 100  teachers/officials to arrive in the event venue also received P500 each from Haresco.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Aklan SP asks court to junk case for TRO of Kalibo gov’t



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The Office of Aklan Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) on Thursday has asked the regional trial court to dismiss the civil action filed by the municipal government of Kalibo. 

Last April 8, the municipality of Kalibo represented by mayor William Lachica filed a petition asking the regional trial court to issue a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Aklan SP resolution.

Aklan SP Resolution No. 100 series of 2015 declared the General Fund budget of P190.500-million under Appropriation Ordinance No. 2014-19 and the General Fund-Municipal Economic Enterprise Development budget for P52.293-million under Appropriation Ordinance No. 2014-020 inoperative in its entirety last March 25, 2015.

On April 16, the Office of Aklan Sangguniang Panlalawigan, through Provincial Legal Officer Lee Manares, filed the urgent motion to deny the issuance of temporary restraining order and the writ of preliminary injunction in favor of the municipal government of Kalibo under Special Civil Action Case No. 10046 before Branch 5 of the Regional Trial Court. 

Manares, in his five-page urgent motion to deny issuance of TRO in favor of municipality of Kalibo, said “the TRO and/ or injunction cannot amend, modify and repeal the Aklan SP resolution and could be made as a basis to authorize the disbursement of funds from the disallowed appropriation ordinances.”

“The courts should avoid issuing a writ of preliminary injunction which, in effect, would dispose of the main cause without trial and would to result to a prejudgment of the main cause,” he added.

On Thursday also, Kalibo Municipal Legal Officer Buenas Aires Celi Dela Cruz-Rivera pointed out “the issuance of the Aklan SP resolution is a continuing prohibition on the part of the Municipal Treasurer not to disburse funds from all the items of appropriations in the 2015 annual budget of Kalibo. This continuing prohibition constitutes an urgent and paramount necessity for the issuance of the writ to prevent serious damage in the operations of Kalibo.”

“The motion mainly resorted to technicalities when it argued that the alleged act sought to be enjoined by the municipality of Kalibo was already consummated or accomplished considering the receipt of Resolution No. 100 series of 2015 which declared the appropriation ordinances as inoperative in its entirety, is effective and executory,” part of the six-page opposition filed by the municipal government of Kalibo on April 16.

Dela Cruz-Rivera further said, “the non-issuance of TRO will also restrain the town of Kalibo to implement its projects including national funded infrastructures. The resort to technicalities will further delay the fate of the operations of the municipality of Kalibo and will ultimately frustrate public interest.”

AFFECTED PERSONNEL
Some 285 job order personnel assigned in vital services, including 19 staff from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, 76 Kalibo Municipal Auxiliary Police, 12 parking aides and 27 personnel of the solid waste management program, are affected by the ‘reenacted budget’. 

Nine personnel in charge of maintenance of engineered sanitary landfill and 10 Kalahi-CIDDS support staff will be affected also.