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Friday, August 29, 2014

Aklan PHO spearheads drive vs measles, polio



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The Provincial Health Office (PHO)-Aklan is pushing for a month-long free supplemental measles and polio vaccination in Aklan this September.

The nationwide mass immunization of Measles Rubella and Oral Polio Vaccine meant to protect all children aged zero to five, whether or not they have been vaccinated in the past. The free immunization program will start September 1 through 30 in barangay health centers and in vaccination posts.

Rural health workers, nurses, doctors and midwives target to immunize 66,107 children 9 months to five years old below for a dose of measles vaccines, which is 11.5 percent of Aklan’s population.

The campaigns also hoped to reach 77,604 children aged 0 to below 5 years old for drops of oral polio vaccine or 13.5 percent of Aklan’s population.

Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, Jr. said the multi-vaccine campaign will give extra protection for the children against preventable viral illnesses. 

“Every three years, the Department of Health (DoH) had supplemental measles immunization aside from the routine immunizations. But in spite of those campaigns, regions in the country have measles cases from November last year up to January this year,” he said.

In 2013, PHO-Aklan recorded 442 measles cases in Aklan. It launched an outbreak response immunization program for day care center and elementary pupils and high school students to contain the increasing number of measles cases in the province. 

High number of measles cases was reported in the towns of Kalibo, Ibajay and Malay, including Boracay, the PHO-Aklan said. 

From January to July, the province of Aklan has 83 suspected cases of measles, way below the number of cases last year.  

PHO-Aklan said the immunization campaigns last year only reached 80 percent. To achieve the 95 percent coverage targets, mobile immunization teams from rural health units in the 17 towns of Aklan will also conduct door-to-door immunization strategy among children for measles-rubella and polio.

After the mass immunization, nurses in rural health units will carry out rapid coverage assessment in high-risk communities and far-flung barrios to determine those children who have yet to avail the supplemental and routine immunization programs.

The nationwide massive immunization drive is expected to immunize 11 million children for measles and 13 million children against polio, the Department of Health (DoH) said.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Aklan chess player off to World Chess championships



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Eight-year old Precious Day Ame Yecla will represent the country in the world chess tourney after she won the 2014 National Youth Chess Championships grand finals Girls 9 held from August 22 to 25.

FIDE chess master Yecla, a grade 3 pupil of Saint Dominic School of Kalibo, Aklan, finished full point ahead of the field with four points followed by Princess Louise Oncita with 3 points, Arianne Pearl Caalim (1.5 points), Kelsey dela Cruz (1 point) and Joellyn Pineda with 0.5 point. 

Yecla is the highest-rated player in the five-player field with ELO rating of 1830. 

The chess tournament in PSC Administration Building in Vito Cruz, Manila was organized by National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission  (PSC).

Precious Day is the youngest daughter of Joeralin Ame-Yecla of Mobo, Kalibo, Aklan and Yusi Seraspi Yecla of Polo, Banga, Aklan.

Yecla will spearhead the country’s campaign in the FIDE 2014 World Chess Championships on September 18 to 30, 2014 in International Convention Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. It is organized by the South African Chess Federation. 

Yecla also represented the Philippines and bagged gold and silver medals in the Girls 8-under standard and rapid chess categories of the 15th ASEAN+ Age Group Championships at the Cotai Sands Conference Centre in Macau, China from June 3 to 12.

Six Aklan cops face summary hearing on alleged brutality



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Not four, but six police officers of Aklan Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG) were involved in the alleged brutality against an arrested drug pusher in Kalibo, Aklan. 

The six uniformed police officers were recommended by the Provincial Internal Affairs Service (PIAS) for summary hearing for allegedly mauling 27-year old Reijie Rose last July 13.  

PIAS Aklan chief Senior Inspector Eugenio Dionisio Jr. said he will submit the case folder containing the pre-charge evaluation report to Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS) 6 in Iloilo City this week. 

Pre-charge evaluation is a process to determine the existence of probable cause based on the allegations on the complaint and supporting evidence.

Two weeks after the incident, Police Inspector Wilfredo Hofilena, chief of Aklan PAIDSOTG; Police Officer 3 Allan dela Cruz; Police Officer 1 Lloyd Raymundo and Police Officer 1 Rolando Dano were initially named as respondents by evaluator-on –the-case Police Officer 3 Pelegrino Palomar, Jr. 

Police Officer 2 Lovely Joy Raut-Raut and Police Officer 2 Gil Resoles were also included in the pre-charge evaluation report based on the submitted affidavit of Rose. 

“How Rose was mauled, manhandled and where he was brought by the police officers from 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. of July 13 were detailed by him in his affidavit. Alicia, her mother, also executed her affidavit,” Dionisio said. 

‘NOT YET GUILTY’
For all administrative cases, the summary hearing officer of RIAS has at most sixty days to resolve the case  and within thirty 30 days for the disciplinary authority also to render a decision/approval based on the recommendation of the hearing officer.

Upon receipt of the case folder, the summary hearing officer will issue summons to the police officers within three days.  The respondents will be required also to file their answer within five days from receipt of the summons.

If they failed to submit their answer within five days, it will be considered a general denial of the offense by the respondents. The summary hearing officer will then summon the complainant and the police officers for the pre-hearing conference which should be completed within two days.  

The marking of evidences, hearing dates for the hearing proper and number of witnesses will be determined also during the pre-hearing conference.  

The respondents may be dismissed, demoted from the service if found guilty.

‘BUY-BUST OPERATION’
Rose is facing charges for illegal selling and possession of suspected shabu after he was apprehended by PAIDSOTG in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Tigayon, Kalibo, Aklan on July 13.

He was brought at Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital for treatment for multiple injuries secondary to mauling with facial bone fracture, abrasion hematoma on left forearm, upper lip, multiple abrasions on right elbow, right and left knee and superficial hematoma face. 

On July 18, Rose was transferred to a Iloilo City hospital for medical examination. He is now presently detained at the provincial jail in Barangay Nalook, Kalibo, Aklan. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It’s final: Kalibo Ati-Atihan fest from January 9 to 18, 2015



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Devotees of Senor Sto. Nino de Kalibo and visitors for the Ati-Atihan festival celebration next year got all their wishes.

Rev. Fr. Ulysses Dalida, administrator of Diocese of Kalibo, said the Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan festival dates or events will be celebrated as scheduled despite the visit of Pope Francis to the country in January 2015.

Pope Francis will visit the disaster-hit areas in the Visayas from January 15 to 19, 2015 while the Ati-Atihan festivities are celebrated from January 9 to 18, 2015. 

Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Festival Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi) chairman Albert Menez said the papal visit to the Philippines will be meaningful also to the devotees, balikbayans and visitors of Ati-Atihan festival.

Two weeks ago, netizens rally behind the festival celebration and the visit of Pope Francis as the stories started going viral and widely shared in the social media. 

A netizen said “mas mayad don nga iya imaw sa country while we are celebrating too our devotion... mas ma-appreciate na pa do atong pagtoo.”

“Tuloy nyo na sa dating original scheduled on January 9 to 18, 2015.....See u soon mga Aklanons in Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival !.....Naka-booked na kami sa airlines at hotel-reservation, since March 2014 pa.”

A balikbayan also stressed “ang hirap magbook para lang sa dates na ito. Nakabook na kami ng flights. Nakafile na rin ng leave.

“If ever, the Pope can possibly visit Aklan and witnessed the Sto. NiƱo Ati-Atihan festival.” 

“Umagiman ro bagyo, depression, Hapon ag guerra,  owa gid ha papundo ro pag kasadya naton sa adlaw ko mahae nga Sto. Nino. Indi eon kinahangean nga i-isdog ro celebrasyon it fiesta ni Sto. Nino.” 

Kalibo mayor William Lachica and vice mayor Madeline Regalado had supported the ‘popular’ call to celebrate the Ati-Atihan festival next year from January 9 to 18. 

Ati-Atihan festival dubbed the ‘Mother of All Philippine Festivals” in honor of Senor Sto. Nino is a religious and tourism festival held annually in Kalibo, Aklan.