Abiera said FIC means a child has been immunizedagainst polio, Hepatitis B, and other childhood diseases. Integrated Provincial Health Office-Antique urges parents to have their children immunized with polio vaccine due to the reemergence of the viral disease in the country. PNA “We, however, believe there are still childrenwho were not able to have their full immunization last year and so weencouraged parents to cope with their missed immunization,” Abiera said, addingthat children, who missed their polio immunization, could still have it untilfive years old. He said parents should carry out stricthygiene among their children like hand-washing before and after eating. “We are now strengthening our routinevaccination so that the children when they reach 1-year-old, would become fullyimmunized children (FIC),” he added. He added the target was a projected figurebased on the data provided by the Philippine Statistics Authority. “Our target last year was 16,280 1-year-oldchildren but health workers reported only 9,191 FIC,” Abiera said. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Integrated ProvincialHealth Office (IPHO) in this province urges parents to have their childrenimmunized with polio vaccine due to the reemergence of the viral disease in thecountry. Provincial health officer Dr. Leoncio AbieraJr. on Wednesday said parents should bring their children to rural healthcenters for vaccination. Last year, a total of 9,191 children aged one,were considered FIC in Antique. “We know that the mode of transmission onpolio is fecal-oral so children have to really practice hand-washing,” addedAbiera.(With a report from PNA/PN)
ILOILO City – Tomorrow, Sept. 29, isPresident Rodrigo Duterte’s deadline for local government units to reclaimpublic roads being used for private ends. However, according to the Departmentof Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6, road clearing operationsshould be sustained to ensure no obstructions would make a return to publicroads and sidewalks. “Kasiif iwanan ito ng mga local officials,ang tendency babalik itong mga na-clear natin.Ang mga sidewalk vendors, pag wala tayong monitoring, ang tendency magbagablik,” said Iglesia. DILG also reminded all city andmunicipal mayors that they have the power to discipline village chiefs who arenegligent or uncooperative in the clearing efforts. In a statement yesterday, DILG’scentral office in Metro Manila announced its teams will be visiting localgovernment units (LGUs) for an assessment of their compliance. “It doesn’t mean tapos na ang roadclearing after the deadline. This is a continuing responsibility of all thelocal officials down to the barangay level. Itotalaga ‘yung trabaho,” said Director Ariel Iglesia. He also reminded local officials toprohibit illegal parking on public roads. In fact, said Iglesia, the President’sroad clearing order was just a reiteration of existing laws, rules andregulations that local government officials should have been enforcing. “Under the Local Government Code, youare the primary disciplining authority over your Punong Barangays, therefore,we urge you to utilize your powers – without fear or favor – whenever necessaryand make them accountable for their performance,” the DILG said./PN “Those who are found to benon-compliant will be issued show cause orders by (DILG) Secretary (Eduardo)Año before their names are submitted to the President,” according to the DILG. “We will form a team to validate theroad clearing after the deadline. Members will be from the Bureau of FireProtection, Philippine National Police, civil society organizations, and DILG,”said Iglesia. The department earlier warned thatlocal officials who fail to comply with the president’s directive would facesanctions ranging from a reprimand, suspension, to dismissal from the service.
Most of the diseases and healthconditions the elderly suffer in the region are hypertension, diabetes and bodyaches. De Guzman said elders in the regionentertained themselves through joining church organization, groups and playingsocio-recreational games. Among those discussed during theprogram were physical exercises, activities and food essential for maintainingwellness. Revolving around the theme “Healthyand productive aging starts with me,” the DOH-6 guided the elderly on how tolive a healthy and fit lifestyle. Cristina de Guzman, DOH-6 regionalprogram coordinator for health and wellness, said the elderly sector was givenhealth priority programs from the government. “It is good that they have theseactivities because we want them to become productive,” she added. Around 300 senior citizens gathered ata mall in Mandurriao district for the celebration of the Elderly Filipino Weekon Oct.1. “For those who may be diagnosed withhypertension or with diabetes, we have free medicine accessed at healthcenters. For them to access the medicines, they have to be registered for theirmaintenance and they have to consult every three months for the management oftheir diabetes and hypertension,” de Guzman said. “They should also drink more water forthe maintenance of good health and for them to cleanse. It is very importantthat every day, they have regular bowel movement,” she added. Around 300 senior citizens gather at a mall in Iloilo City to celebrate the Elderly Filipino Week on Oct. 1. CRISTINA DE GUZMAN/PNA Aside from the DOH, the Department ofSocial Welfare Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Departmentof Labor and Employment and Social Security System updated the participants oftheir programs.(With a report from PNA/PN) “We are grateful for them because theyhave done a lot for this country. We cannot afford that our elders are sick. Wewant them to enjoy life and the fruits of their labors as retirees,” de Guzmansaid. De Guzman said it is also importantthat elders take in less salt, sugar and oily food. She added the elderly should alsovisit their dentists regularly to maintain healthy teeth and gums essential asthey take in food. “It is good that we have people herefrom the government. This is much appreciated and it makes us feel that we arerecognized in the little things that we do,” Engr. Rodrigo Naval, president andchairman of the city’s Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of thePhilippines said. ILOILO City – The Department ofHealth-Western Visayas (DOH-6) assured the government is looking after thehealth and wellness of the elderly sector.
Boncato, who handles the agency’stourism regulation, coordination and resource generation, said Boracay’stourism receipts posted P45.8 billion in the first nine months this year. Over380 accommodation establishments with 14,111 rooms were accredited by the taskforce. “We are looking into several areas,primarily in enforcing the existing laws and regulations all over the island.We have a steady decrease in the number of violators since the opening lastOctober,” he said. “We have an average of 5,696 touristsarriving a day. It is a steady flow in the number of tourists coming in Boracaysince the reopening. The arrivals are driven primarily by foreign tourists fromAsian markets – China and Korea. We hope the establishments will take advantageof the busy season in the last quarter,” added Boncato.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) He added the Department of Tourism(DOT) is coordinating with tour officials in producing information materialswritten in different languages to spread the regulations of the island to localand international tourists. “We have to strengthen thecommunication for foreign markets for them to understand why we have toimplement the efforts to protect and preserve Boracay Island,” Boncato said. The island also reclaimed its title asthe Best Island in Asia for 2019 by the Conde Nast Traveller magazine a yearafter it was temporarily closed for rehabilitation. Boncato added the task force inBoracay is on its way of fulfilling its commitment in the rehabilitation periodas the Department of Public Works and Highway’s road constructions in theisland will be completed before May next year. The DOT was recently recognized by theprestigious Japan Tourism Award for its “socially advanced initiatives” in therehabilitation of the island by pursuing a cohesive effort to implement itsphysical, environmental and social recovery. MALAY, Aklan – Tourism undersecretaryArturo Boncato Jr. said authorities will continue to sustain the government’srehabilitation efforts in Boracay Island here.
Out of 19 free patents distributed,seven came from Barangay Tigmamale, five from Buluangan I, four from Bunsod,and one from Buganayan, Cansilayan and Pandanan, the DENR-6 said. DENR-6 Regional Executive DirectorFrancisco Milla Jr. said that the Handog Titulo Program was a sustained effortof the agency that delivered full ownership of land titles to thebeneficiaries. The 95-year-old Apolonia Trabucan of Baluangan I, Valderrama town, Antique receives a free land title during the launching of the Central Antique Convergence Area in the town on Nov. 8. DENR-6 The distribution was led by LoneDistrict Rep. Loren Legarda, Gov. Rhodora Cadiao, Milla, Livino Duran ofTechnical Services, Jesse Vego of Management Services, and ProvincialEnvironment and Natural Resources officer Andres Untal. The Handog Titulo Program was in linewith the 10 priority programs of DENR secretary Roy Cimatu on Improved LandAdministration and Management – to alleviate poverty and to spur socio-economicdevelopment.(With a report from DENR-6/PN) A total of 21.3985 hectares or 213,985sq.m. of agricultural land within Valderrama town were successfully distributedto its beneficiaries as part of the Handog Titulo Program of the Department ofEnvironment and Natural Resources (DENR-6) in Western Visayas. SAN JOSE, Antique – The CommunityEnvironment and Natural Resources-Belison recently distributed a total of 19free patents for agricultural lots during the launching of the Central AntiqueConvergence Area in Valderrama town in the province.
Another former bus driver, RommelJardeleza, claimed they were being obliged to pay for the damage their busessustained from road mishaps. “Perowala sila sang may ginapakita sa amon ngadeath certificate kon sin-o nga empleyadoang napatay. Nakabutang lang sa amon payslip ‘death contribution,’” hesaid. In his case, said Jardeleza who was adriver at Vallacar for six years before he resigned, he was made to shoulder 50percent of the estimated P188,000 damage that his bus incurred from anaccident. ILOILO City – Labor issues are furthercomplicating the leadership tug-of-war at the Bacolod City-based VallacarTransit, the country’s biggest transport company that operates the popularCeres buses. This Vallacar Transit terminal for its popular Ceres buses in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City is the biggest in Panay Island. Labor issues are further complicating the leadership tug-of-war at Vallacar Transit, the country’s biggest transport company. Disgruntled company workers raised several issues that included payroll deductions, among others. IAN PAUL CORDERO He eventually resigned, saidJardeleza, without receiving benefits. Gil Tabares, president of Vallacar’sdisplaced workers numbering about 60, said another deduction in their salary isthe P100 “death contribution.” Tabares said drivers are also beingunreasonably required to wash their bus units. “Konnaghambal dayun ang management nga bayran man lang ang ginakuha para sameal allowance, kontani nagbalon na langkami para wala na deduction,” said Villegas who resigned last year. This is actually money taken fromtheir daily collection for meals, said Villegas, and this is deducted fromtheir salaries. Onecame forward and articulated his colleagues’ concern. Rolens Villegas,conductor for six years of a Ceres bus plying the Iloilo City-Carles, Iloiloroute, demanded that the company reimburse their “line cash advance.” Disgruntledcompany workers raised several issues yesterday. These included payrolldeductions, “unjust” separation pay, “illegal” dismissal, workers beingpressured to do “voluntary” resignation, and non-disclosure of collectivebargaining agreement. “Ibaliknila ang ginkuha nila sa amon,” said Villegas. Backedby the progressive labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, these formerworkers called for a press conference yesterday at Gonzaga Hall of CentralPhilippine University and urged the Vallacar management to address theirconcerns. He also wondered why this deduction istermed “line cash advance” in their pay slips and not “meal allowance.” “Ti,mabiyahe kami 2 a.m. Mag 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. kapoy nakami, mabasa pa kami sang tubig,” hesaid. The Vallacar Transit management couldnot be reached for comment as of this writing./PN
The Project Management Office of 10Min 10 said a ceremonial planting of a Katmon tree was held at the ProvincialCapitol grounds here. This was a positive developmentconsidering that in the past four years, 10M in 10 partners have planted around7.7-million trees in Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental way ahead ofschedule, said Frances Ariola, public relations specialist of geothermal powerleader Energy Development Corporation (EDC). The 10M in 10 is a private sector-ledmovement that aims to unite, inspire and encourage people to plant, grow andprotect 10-million trees in 10 years to re-green the Negros Island, accordingto its Project Management Office.(With areport from PNA/PN) To mark their fourth year anniversary,the movement honored partners whose contributions have allowed the greeningproject to reach almost eight-million native trees planted in less than halfthe number of years targeted to attain its goal. The EDC initiated the greeningmovement in 2015, partnering with the Department of Environment and NaturalResources, other government agencies, non-government organizations and privateinstitutions to embark on a massive forest restoration by planting nativetrees, she added. Professor Marlo Mendoza and ProfessorPastor Malabrigo Jr. from the College of Forestry and Natural Resources of the Universityof the Philippines-Los Baños have graced the event. “The partners’ commitment andcontinuous tree-growing efforts are the reason behind the Movement’s deeperroots. Our shared re-greening experiences within the past four years, alongwith the increasing amount of groups and individuals who express their interestto be part of 10M in 10 only reflect that the idea of uniting for a greenerNegros has taken root within each of us,” said Pinky Medina, head of the 10M in10 Project Management. BACOLOD City – The 10 Million Trees in10 Years (or simply 10M in 10) for a Greener Negros Movement on Thursdayreported an 85-percent survival rate of the millions of indigenous trees it hasplanted on the island. The highlight of the celebration wasthe recognition of the 10M in 10 partners, who planted over 10,000 trees thisyear as their contribution towards achieving the movement’s three main goals:to help protect and restore the watersheds, improve biodiversity and buildresilient communities in Negros Island. Around 100 partners attended thecelebration, representing various stakeholder groups such as governmentagencies, local government units, academic institutions, businesses, media,non-government organizations, and other concerned groups and individuals. Certificates were also granted topartners who were able to maintain at least an 85-percent survival rate oftheir planted trees.
Gatchalian filed Senate Bill 176 or theSubscriber Identity Module Registration Act last year where end-users ofprepaid SIM cards would be required to present a valid identification card andsign a control-number registration form issued by the SIM card’s serviceprovider. Prior to that, Phivolcs repeatedlywarned the public against spreading fake news during natural disasters such asearthquakes and tsunamis. “Nakitanatin nitong mga nakaraang araw na habang nagsisikap tayong panatilihing ligtasang ating mga kababayan, may ilan namang sadyang nagpapakalat ng malingimpormasyon na lalo namang nagiging sanhi ng kalituhan at pag-aalala,” saidGatchalian. MANILA – The implementation of the SIMcard registration law will be a better tool to combat disinformation sownthrough SMS services, especially during natural disasters, Sen. SherwinGatchalian said. On Monday, the Philippine Institute ofVolcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) denied online rumors that an Alert Level5 – signifying that a hazardous eruption was in progress – had been raised onTaal Volcano. Gatchalian said in a press statementover the weekend that implementing mandatory registration for those usingprepaid SIM cards could help authorities track down fake news mongers. However, Gatchalian assured the publicthat their cellular information would still be kept private in accordance withthe constitutional right to privacy and applicable laws./PN
ILOILO – It’s open season again for fishing inthe Visayan Sea. The three-month fishing ban from November 2019to February 2020 was lifted on Sunday, Feb. 16. The three-month closed season in the VisayanSea is observed yearly to allow herrings, mackerels and sardines to spawn. Thegoal is to make fishing sustainable in the Visayan Sea, said Aparri. BFAR Region 6 observed no problems in itsenforcement of the fishing ban. Aparri said there were no violations. But BFAR-6 director Remia Aparri remindedfishermen to harvest fishes the legal way. The ban covered herrings, mackerels andsardines. Now fishermen could catch them again, according to the Bureau ofFisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 6. She cited the cooperation extended by localgovernment units in northern Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Capiz./PN Do not use dynamites, fine mesh nets or activefishing gears that destroy the seabed, said Aparri. The northern seaboard of Iloilo province iscovered by the yearly ban. The following towns face the Visayan Sea: BarotacNuevo, Anilao, Banate, Barotac Viejo, Ajuy, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Batad,Estancia, Balasan, and Carles. The three-month fishing ban from November 2019 to February 2020 was lifted on Sunday, Feb. 16. PN FILE Also included the ban are Roxas City, Pilar,Pontevedra, President Roxas, and Panay in Capiz province; and northern NegrosOccidental’s EB Magalona, Victorias City, Manapla, Sagay City, Cadiz City, andEscalante City. The Visayan Sea, one of the country’s largestfishing grounds, is surrounded by the islands of Panay to the west, Negros andCebu to the south, Masbate to the north, and Leyte to the east.
The 40-year-old Joeraldine Pelobello of BarangaySara-et, Himamaylan City was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around11:30 a.m. on March 9. BACOLOD City – No bail bond wasrecommended by the court for the temporary liberty of a rape suspect arrestedin Barangay Mabini, Escalante City, Negros Occidental. Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Amy Alabado Avellano of the Regional Trial Court Branch 58 inSan Carlos City dated Feb. 26, 2020. The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of the Escalante City police station./PN