Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Force Multipliers in Boracay, on standby mode for island’s security

Written by Bert Dalida

The Force Multipliers on the island of Boracay are now on standby.

According to Boracay PNP Deputy Chief Police Inspector Kennan Ruiz, the force, including the Malay Auxiliary Police or MAP-Boracay, Kabalikat Civicom, Kabayan, Guardians, Coastguard Auxiliary, Army Reservist and the Tourism Regulatory Enforcement Unit or TREU is now on alert.

Last week, they have all agreed on an effective set up for the Island’s security, especially during the midnight celebration later.

Furthermore, the Boracay PNP is looking forward to an orderly and peaceful welcoming of 2014.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

BFI, wishes Boracay a happy and peaceful year

Written by Bert Dalida

A happy and a peaceful new year

This is what the BFI or the Boracay Foundation Incorporated wishes Boracay as 2013 ends to welcome 2014.

According to BFI President Dionesio “Jony” Salme, it is just right to include in our prayers the island’s joy and peacefulness for the coming year, and to maintain or even surpass targeted tourist arrivals.

This is as few negative effects were experienced by Boracay’s Tourism due to Super typhoon Yolanda in the previous month.

Salme added that may there be no accidents that will occur as Boracay celebrates and welcome the New Year.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Friday, December 27, 2013

Philippine Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter, all geared up for the New Year celebration

Written by Christy Dela Torre

In line with the New Year’s celebration, the Philippine Red Cross  Boracay-Malay Chapter is now geared up to be of service to guests and locals alike.

According to PRC Boracay-Malay Chapter Deputy Officer John Patrick Moreno, they are all set, particularly for December 31st and on the New Year’s Eve.

In fact, he added, their nurses are on standby and they will also patrol the beach area from station 1 to 3 which will start at 10 pm to 12 midnight.

Their lines are open for those who need assistance or rescue.

The PRC Boracay-Malay Chapter can be reached through hotline number 199 or 282-2068 and for cell phone users, 036-288-2275.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Thursday, December 26, 2013

“Post Christmas Celebration, Authorities Preparing for the Upcoming New Year Celebration in Aklan”

Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

After the Christmas celebration, authorities are now preparing for the upcoming New Year Celebration in Aklan.

Included in those busy preparing is the Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO) which continue to tighten security on major areas in the province visited by crowds of people.

The prohibition of firing of guns in welcoming the New Year is included in the APPO’s campaign.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Health Office of Aklan is making preparations for possible victims of firecrackers, and for its “Oplan Iwas Putok” which it carries out yearly.

On the other hand, the Local Government on different towns of Aklan is busy in reminding residents to be careful in celebrating the New Year.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

HRP Boracay, extends gratitude to those who assisted the church this Christmas season

Written by Bert Dalida

The Holy Rosary Parish or HRP in Boracay extends its gratitude to those who helped or have given them assistance this Christmas season.

HRP Team Ministry Mediator Father “Nonoy” Crisostomo thanked those who assisted in decorating the church particularly on Christmas Eve.

Father Nonoy is also gladdened by the support shown by the members of the youth ministry and by offering a presentation during the Nativity Mass.

The priest also noted how families on the island displayed their oneness in celebrating and recognizing the true essence of Christmas and the love for Jesus Christ Himself.

After Christmas, the parish is now getting ready to welcome 2014 on the New Year’s celebration

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

About 5 sacks of sands and small corals, confiscated at Caticlan Airport

Written by Bert Dalida

White sands confiscated at the Caticlan airport have already been returned to the beaches of Boracay.

This is what Municipal Auxiliary Police or MAP Deputy Chief Rodito Absalon has confirmed, regarding the more or less five sacks of sands and small corals that were recovered from the mentioned airport last week.

According to Absalon, the sands and corals were confiscated from local and foreign tourist on the island who took them as souvenirs.

Airport employees recovered sands placed in plastic water bottles while some corals were seen inside the bags.

In line with this, Absalon reminds the tourists that taking sands and corals from the island’s beaches is strictly prohibited.

Meanwhile, the MAP is still looking for an appropriate area to put the confiscated corals back.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

2014 Ati-atihan Celebration in Boracay, planned and more organized

Written by Mackie Pajarillo

There will be a more organized and well planned Boracay Ati-atihan celebration in 2014.

According to LGU Malay Chief Tourism Officer Felix Delos Santos, the plan for the said celebration has already been finalized during Friday’s meeting of the Municipal Tourism office, Balabag Baranggay Council led by Hon. Lilibeth Sacapaño and the Holy Rosary Parish Boracay led by Team Ministry Moderator Father “Nonoy” Crisostomo.

The celebration he said, aims to portray to the public Boracay’s devotion to Sr. Sto. Niño and to promote the tradition and culture to the tourists.

Delos Santos said, although the Boracay Ati-atihan will be celebrated the way people are used to, it will be a little different.

This difference he explained is in line with the contest which will be divided in 4 categories.

These are the Tribal Category, Balik-ati Category, Commercial/Modern category, and the individual Category.

The festival will be celebrated next year on January 9 until the 12th which is the highlight of the 2014 Boracay Ati-Ati celebration.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Friday, December 20, 2013

Illegal Commissioners, still a dilemma for DOT

Written by Gloria Villas

The increasing number of illegal commissioners on the island of Boracay is still a dilemma for the Department of Tourism.

According to DOT Boracay Officer-in-Charge Tim Ticar, the said issue is considered a headache for the agency as uncertified commissioner increase in number everyday and goes about deceiving foreign and local tourists.

More so that it is the holiday season and more tourists are expected to flood Boracay.

In line with this, Ticar calls upon the local government to rigorously implement the regulation against illegal commissioners.

Meanwhile, the DOT OIC advised the guests to be cautious particularly to those who don’t have any proper documentation.

Ticar added, it would be better if they visit the DOT’s office, so that they themselves will show or suggests the best activities in the island.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

DOT Boracay, confident with the security Boracay PNP provides

Written by Gloria Villas

Subsequent crime incidents have occurred in the country this holiday season.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) Boracay however is confident with the security that the Boracay Police is implementing on the island.

In the previous days, Metro Manila has been attacked by the likes of “Martilyo Gang,” a group of men suspected to have robbed a jewelry shop inside a mall using hammers, a case which is not impossible to happen in Boracay.

According to DOT Boracay OIC Tim Ticar, they alongside the authorities are conducting meetings and are continuously monitoring the island to ensure its security, particularly for tourists, especially this Christmas season.

Meanwhile, after the incidents, the government has reminded the police force to stay alert, in particular, areas frequented by many people.

At this time, the Boracay Police are more watchful than ever to protect both the tourists and the general Public.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Public in boracay alerted related to alleged “portugese man-of-war”

Written by Bert Dalida

The public in Boracay had been alerted by the Malay Agriculture’s Office (MAO) regarding an alleged “Portugese Man-of-War”.

This is in connection to the alleged report received by the MAO that a tourist had fell victim to a “Portugese Man-of-War” or Physalia physalis recently at the sea of Malay.

According to the MAO, the victim who was stung by the “Portugese Man-of-War” sent a picture to their office, and their office right away conducted an investigation.

A Physalia physalis is siphonophore or marine creature that floats and has venomous tentacles and most of the time mistaken to be a jelly fish.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Entry of heavy equipments, does not all go thru the transportation office

Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

Not all equipments entering Boracay Island goes through the Malay Transportation Office (MTO).

This was learned after alleged illegal construction equipments that entered the island were discovered on Thursday, December 12.

According to Malay Transportation Officer Cezar Oczon, there are those who get permit at the Mayor’s Office of the Local Government of (LGU) Malay in order for their equipments to be allowed to enter Boracay.

On the other hand, Oczon said the entry of vehicles is illegal, if for example, a permit has been secured for ten (10) vehicles and additional number of vehicles without permit has been added.

He added that the permit they issue is meant for the equipment or equipments to operate only inside the resort to whom the permit has been issued and its operation on the Main Road of Boracay is highly prohibited.

The said vehicles could also be impounded by the LGU of Malay if a permit could not be right away secured and P2, 000 penalty be paid.

Meanwhile, Oczon said the heavy equipments were able to enter the island on Thursday, December 12 because allegedly the construction of New Coast Boracay is being rushed.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

LGU Malay, to provide financial assistance to 6 Yolanda stricken towns in Aklan

Written by Jay-ar Arante

The Local Government of Malay will be providing financial assistance to six towns in Aklan that were heavily affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

The SB Malay has previously tackled this matter after Yolanda’s onslaught last November.

The Order of Business during the council’s session yesterday included the resolution which states the LGU’s giving of financial assistance to 6 towns in the province.

The towns to receive Php100,000 each are Banga, New Washington, Libacao, Altavas, Balete, and Batan from the 5% calamity fund of the Municipality of Malay.

In line with this, the SB Malay will have a second and final reading for the approval of the said financial assistance.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Boracay PNP’s Bike Patrollers, on a shifting schedule

Written by Bert Dalida

The Boracay PNP’s Bike Patrollers will be on a shifting tour of duty.

This is what Boracay PNP Deputy Chief Police Inspector Fidel Gentallan has said in relation to the augmentation of the force and police visibility this holiday season.

The influx of more and more tourists is expected, and so they need to beef up the security against any form of crimes.

In line with this, Gentallan said, the officers on patrol, including police on bikes, will be on a shifting schedule.

Officers will be deployed and will be visible in different areas in the island.

A number of BTAC members have undergone a bicycle training last June at Camp Delgado in Iloilo.

The said training included the proper use of bikes while responding to crimes, using a gun while on the wheels and many others.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

First day of the Night masses, joyfully celebrated in Aklan

Written by Jay-ar Arante

Despite the power outages in a number of baranggays in the province, the Aklanons still joyfully observed the first of the 9-day night masses.

This is as many Aklan Electric Cooperative or Akelco lines damaged by Yolanda are still yet to be repaired.

Church goers nearly overflowed most of the parishes, particularly in Kalibo where over a thousand of people have said to have attended the service.

In spite of calamities, especially the super typhoon, the faith of the public seems to have strengthened even more.

The residents still eagerly woke up very early in the morning to attend the traditional evening mass.

Meanwhile, aside from checkpoints, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has also deployed more personnel to ensure the safety and security of the public.

Yesterday, December 16, the Filipino’s “9-day Christmas countdown” has commenced.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

DTI, monitoring prices of products for “Noche Buena”

Written by Gloria Villas

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) had started monitoring prices of Noche Buena products for the coming Christmas.

According to DTI Aklan Provincial Director Diosdado P. Cadena, Jr, posters of Suggested Retail Price (SRP) are being given to big and small businesses in order for these establishments to follow the correct prices implemented by the DTI on Noche Buena products.

Christmas lights and other decorations to be used for Christmas are also being closely monitored.

Cadena also made a reminder it should be made sure that Christmas lights have Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) to avoid fire and faulty electric wiring.

He added that the buying of goods, gifts and preparations for Christmas should be done early to avoid the crowd at markets.

A reminder was also made to the public to be intelligent in buying for the upcoming celebration and if there are problems on the products bought, their office should be contacted.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Yearly Christmas lights, re-launched for public viewing in the Kalibo Town

Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

The Christmas lights were re-opened for public viewing in the town of Kalibo.

It was 4PM when a program was conducted wherein it was led by the local government unit of Kalibo and the Provincial Government of Aklan.

Kalibonhon performs variety of presentation for the thousand viewers.

However as the night faints crowd has become has arrived further.

The countdown started at around 7 PM to lighten up the Plaza (park) that was accompanied by a fireworks display that last for minutes.

The crowd was amazed by the opening of the Christmas lights in the town.

Although the electricity supply wasn’t enough in the province, the local agencies and the establishment’s owner have made the people feel the presence of the Christmas Season.

Meanwhile, the Aklan Electric Cooperative (AKELCO) is on its continuous repair on the rotten poles in Aklan to put back the glow on Aklanon’s Christmas time of year.

Translated by Carla N. Suñer

Monday, December 16, 2013

AKELCO, won’t increase electric rates like MERALCO

Written by Mackie Pajarillo

The Aklan Electic Cooperative (AKELCO) will not be increasing their electricity rates.

This is what Engr. Joel Martinez, Assistant General Manager for Akleco Engineering Department said in line with the public speculations that it would increase its rates just like what happened in Manila.

Although AKELCO has previously announced that they will have spiking rates these coming months, Martinez clarified that this will only be temporary .

He said that if the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines or NGCP’s power supply will go back to normal, so does the regular rates in the province, particularly in Boracay.

NGCP’s supply was cut off due to the super typhoon, and the electric supply for Boracay, Buruanga, Caticlan and the whole Malay comes from a Diesel Power Plant.

Meanwhile, Manila Electric Company or MERALCO increases rates this December due to the use of diesel fuel from power plants brought along by the shutting down of the Malampaya Natural Gas Facility.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

DTI Aklan, on continuous monitoring of prices in the Province

Written by Gloria Villas

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Aklan is strictly monitoring the price freeze implemented on areas heavily affected by the typhoon.

According to DTI Aklan Provincial Director Diosdado P. Cadena Jr., they will continue their monitoring which was started last November 11 until January 10, 2014.

Cadena said that Section 6 of Republic Act 7581 states that prices of basic necessities in areas affected or have experiences calamities will be placed under an automatic price control.

In line with this, the DTI reiterated that traders should not take advantage and those caught will be penalized accordingly.

DTI Aklan had previously issued a list of Automatic Price Control (APC) for basic necessities under its jurisdiction.

Cadena added, their department’s personnel are continuously monitoring the prices of the basic products around the country.

The Provincial Director also encouraged the consumers to report any violation of the mentioned rule to the DTI or other agencies in the government assigned to watch over the prices such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agriculture.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Saturday, December 14, 2013

AKELCO, apologizes to stockholders in Boracay in line with rotational power supply

Written by Gloria Villas

The Aklan Electric Cooperative (AKELCO) apologizes to the stockholders in Boracay because of the rotational power supply in the island.

According to AKELCO Asst. General Manager, Engineer Joel Martinez, the NGCP or the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is only giving them temporary information as to when the supply of electricity on the island will be back to normal.

AKELCO has previously assured that the electricity will be normally functional on December 10, which apparently didn’t happen and people are making do with its rotating supply.

Martinez explained, this will depend on the job of NGCP’s linemen and as to when the repairs will be finished.

The AKELCO Asst. General Manager added that they will be hearing the latest update from the NGCP today.

Meanwhile, he encouraged their members and consumers to report if there are any AKELCO personnel taking any form of payment just so a certain area could be supplied with electricity.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

DTI calls appeals for action to the alleged price increase of meat, chicken and pork in the Island

Written by Jay-ar Arante

The alleged price increase of meat, chicken and pork in the Island of Boracay appeals for an action.

According to DTI Aklan Provincial Director Diosdado P. Cadena Jr.

If the said report do have enough evidence from the complainants wherein an alleged price increase are done by the sellers, it will be lend first to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Directly he said that there is no jurisdiction to lead the investigation since it belongs to the bracket of the Department of Culture or the local government.

Aside from the DTI, there are some agencies that are also assigned to monitor the market price such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Department of Health or (DOH).

Cadena added that this particular issue in the market belongs to the accountability of the local government and the Mayor.

The following are also liable to investigate; Treasurers Office of the LGU, PNP, DA, and is allowed to implement the prosecution act.

It also calls for the consumers to inform the DTI or other concerning government agencies whenever the price increase will be caught.

Meanwhile, Cadena appealed to the sellers not to take advantage and increase the burden of the residents that are affected by the Typhoon Yolanda.

Translated by Carla N. Suñer

Some billboards and signages in Boracay destroyed during typhoon Yolanda, still in disrepair

Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

Some billboards and signages in Boracay destroyed by typhoon Yolanda are still unrepaired.

The matter has made residents of the island worried since according to them these could cause accidents and problems to tourists.

The mentioned billboards and signages had previously been noticed by the Town Council of Malay for being too dangerous specially some were low.

Included in the signages that had not been repaired are owned by some banks and some establishments.

By press time, no action had been taken by the establishment owners after the matter was tackled at the Town Council of Malay.

Meanwhile, Residents are saddened that more than a month had passed since typhoon Yolanda struck yet no action had been taken on the matter.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Live Bands and parties at Boracay’s long beach, to be sorted out

Written by Bert Dalida

Last Tuesday a number of residents in Baranggay Balabag thought that there will be a concert.

This is as the Malay Auxiliary Police placed their confiscated live band equipments on the stage at the plaza Monday night.

This followed after the LGU Malay implemented the Municipal Ordinance No. 183 Series of 2003 at Municipal Ordinance No. 132 Series of 2000.

The said ordinances stated that tables and chairs are only allowed to be placed on the beach front from 5pm to 6am.

Aside from tables and chairs, putting up fixtures, equipments and furniture is prohibited.

In line with this, Boracay Island Chief Operation Officer Glenn Sacapaño confirmed that there were 4 establishments that have violated the mentioned ordinances from December 1st, which included the confiscated equipments.

Sacapaño explained to the violators the importance of the said laws and said that live bands and parties at the island’s long beach will all be sorted out on 2014.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

2 Sea Turtles in the custody of a boatman in Boracay, confiscated

Written by Jay-ar Arante

Two sea turtles have been confiscated from the custody of a boatman in Boracay Island.

This is after the authorities discovered that the said boatman is keeping 2 hawksbill turtles on his motorboat used for island hopping.

According to Marine Biologist Felix Balquin of the Malay Agriculture’s Office, the sea turtles, which were in the care of the boatman for quite a while, were confiscated through the joint efforts of the PNP Maritime and “Bantay Dagat” or “Sea Patrols.”

Balquin said that one of the hawksbill turtles is 31 cm. long and 20 cm. wide, while the other measures 27 cm in length and 22 cm.

The sea turtles were immediately brought to the Malay Agriculture’s Office (MAO) to check its condition before returning them back at sea.

Meanwhile, Balquin added, they will not be filing a case against the boatman since he coordinated and cooperated with the authorities to surrender the hawksbill turtles.

The Hawksbill Turtle is a type of sea turtle known for its distinct beak-like mouth and is considered to be an endangered species.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Thursday, December 12, 2013

CENRO takes action on a Resort in Boracay that violates the Moratorium heights and requirements

Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

CENRO takes action on a resort that has violated the moratorium and ordinance of SB Malay in relation to the height requirements of constructing building in  Boracay.

According to Sharon Teodosio of the CENRO Boracay, they are monitoring monthly in the island to check on the buildings.

One of the violator was said to be a hotel in station 2 wherein it reached to 6 stories height building.

The CENRO Boracay immediately corresponds with the local government of Malay for further action.

It was determined that it have violated the moratorium of the LGU Malay and the height requirement of a building which is supposed to be 4 stories.

Due to the action done by the CENRO and the authorities, the management of the said have asked permission to allow them on expanding their hotel.

Teodosio hereby  said that the request was sent in the Regional Office of the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR).

Translated by Carla N. Suñer

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

PHO to launch “Safe Christmas for Children”

Written by Jay-Ar M. Arante

The Aklan Provincial Health Office (PHO) will launch a campaign against using explosives this holiday season.

According to Aklan Provincial Health Office (PHO), the safe Christmas for Children campaign is to avoid children from having wounds otherwise to cost death due to the usage of explosives in line with the celebration of Christmas and the upcoming New Year.

It was determined that this kind of program was first launched by the Department of Health (DOH) wherein it has shown a sneak preview of their ‘Iwas-Papurok Dance’ to encourage the public not to use explosives.

In relation to this, the Provincial Health Office will be having a meeting on December 12, wherein it will be held in Iloilo for the said campaign.

Conversely, the DOH driven the local government units (LGUs) to organize such community fireworks display or a safer merry making this Yuletide Season and the individual must keep away from using explosives.

Translated by Carla N. Suñer

Security deployment for the Ati-atihan Festival in Boracay, currently shuffled

Written by Jay-Ar M. Arante

The BTAC is currently shuffling the deployment of the security in Boracay for the yearly celebration of the Ati-atihan Festival on January.

PNP Deputy Chief Police Inspector Fidel Gentallan said that they are just waiting for the decision from the local government of Malay and Boracay Action Group Adviser/Consultant Leonard Tirol for the said preparation.

It was determined that the celebration will be stunning in the island of Boracay due to the tourism promotion.

Gentallan added that the Boracay Action Center will be on their all support on this certain occasion in Boracay for it will be saddened by the tourists.

Meanwhile, the Ati-atihan Festival was knowned to be the Mother of All festival in the country in line with the celebration of the Senior Sto. Niño that is being celebrated in the town of Kalibo.

Translated by Carla N. Suñer

Monday, December 9, 2013

Aklan PHO: Avoid oily, fatty and salty food this Christmas

Written by Jay-Ar Arante

Avoid eating oily, fatty and salty foods.

This is what the Aklan Provincial Health Office (PHO) advices the public in relation to the celebration of parties this holiday season.

According to Aklan PHO Officer Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr., it is important to be aware of what you are eating during Christmas parties particularly those that will put your health at risk and may lead to killer diseases such as hypertension and heart problems.

Cuachon added, not only food but alcohol intake during these occasions can also be a big health risk factor.

The doctor also advised the public to instead prepare complete and “well-balanced” food with vegetables and fruits on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Thieves being prepared for by the BTAC near Christmas time

Written by Gloria Villas

The Boracay Police is preparing for thieves.

According to Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) Chief of Intelligence and Operation Section, P/Insp. Keenan Ruiz, this early the police are making preparations for those who are planning to carry out crime especially stealing.

The preparation is because Christmas is near and the increase of foreigners and even local tourists going to Boracay is expected.

Allegedly, together with the increase in the number of tourists is the influx of tourists who have plans to steal from fellow tourists.

Related to this, Ruiz said the Boracay PNP will assign many “Secret Tourism Police” who will watch over crowded places.

Aside from this, the “Theft and Robbery” section at BTAC will still be on alert to focus on theft cases.

Meanwhile, Ruiz also reminded thieves and those who have plans to steal in Boracay that many noble jobs exist that they can apply for instead of involving themselves in crimes.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Friday, December 6, 2013

Banks in Boracay, alert on possible recurrence of ATM scammers’ modus this December

Written by Christy Dela Torre

Aiming to deter the recurrence of ATM skimming incident last June, the banks in Boracay are now ensuring a tight inspection on their ATM machines.

More so that this is the month of December and many of their clients have money withdrawal transactions.

According to Metro Bank Boracay Branch, their head office sends them weekly reminders that include the security of the ATM.

They are also conducting a daily monitoring and check up of the machines, and ensuring that they are alert for any untoward modus.

Meanwhile, Metro Bank reminds its clients to cover the ATM Encrypting PIN Pad when punching in their pin numbers and to keep their receipts.

This is to keep the scammers from looking at possible ways to target them as a victim.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

DepEd’s Christmas Party cancellation in favors parents

Written by Jay-Ar M. Arante

Some parents are in favor of cancelling the Christmas Party in Elementary and Secondary schools in the Province of Aklan.

It is after typhoon Yolanda has hit Visayas, almost a month have past.

It is what after DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro set up a meeting in the Division Office of Aklan proclaiming that there will be no Christmas party in all the public Schools in Aklan.

Luistro added that Aklan was not just the only province that was affected by the typhoon Yolanda has no Christmas Party hence, the entire country.

It was also distinguished that many children fails to attend classes due to the damage left by the Yolanda in their houses.

Aside from this, the Department of Education (DepEd) was also having difficulties on those roof that has took off in some schools, and some that are wrecked due to the fallen trees.

Meanwhile, the DepEd imposed that instead of spending for food in the Christmas party in schools, it ought to be rendered to those that are in need or donate to the victims of the Super typhoon Yolanda.

Translated by Carla N. Suñer