Saturday, October 12, 2013

LTO, trains police and traffic enforcers in using breathalyzer machines

Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

The land Transportation office (LTO) trained police and traffic enforcers in Region VI on how to use a breathalyzer machine.

This is in line with the republic act signed by President Benigno Aquino III last May 27, which is an Act Penalizing Persons Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Dangerous Drugs, and Other Similar Substances.

According to LTO Regional Director Dennis Singson during his visit in Bacolod City, its implementation has already started on September 21.

Under the training, Singson said, that police and traffic enforcers are being taught on the proper use of gadgets such as the breathalyzer machine and how to conduct a sobriety test.

The enforcers are also being taught on how to identify the legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) ceiling.

The BAC is the ratio of alcohol in the blood measure d by the breathalyzer.

Meanwhile, LTO Aklan considers this as good news as it would greatly help in lowering the number of accidents caused by alcohol intoxication.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

130 Applicant drift on the first day filing of COC in Malay

Written by Gloria T. Villas

Almost 130 applicants have drifted on the First day filing of Certificate of Candidacy at the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Malay.

According to Malay Comelec Election Officer II Elma Cahilig, this is for the preparation for the 2013 Barangay Elections.

Six aspirants have filed for the Barangay Captain for the island of Boracay while there are three for Caticlan.

Cahilig confirmed that two are going to compete for Barangay Manoc-manoc.

These are incumbent Brgy. Capt. Abram Sualog, and former Brgy. Capt. Joel Gelito.

Furthermore, Capt. Lilibeth Sacapaño will have no opponent in Barangay Balabag, while, Brgy. Capt. Hector Casidsid, former Barangay Capt. Anselmo Casidsid, and past Brgy.Councilor Menirva Sicoy will be competing.

Moreover for Caticlan,  Brgy. Capt. Juliet Aron, Incumbent Brgy. Councilor Virgie Reyes, and Ernesto Dela Torre were leading on the filing.

Translated by Carla N. Suñer

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Former BFI President, Loubelle Cann will now take to her final resting place

Written by Jay-Ar Arante

Former Boracay Foundation Inc, (BFI) President Loubelle Cann will now take to her final resting place.

According to BFI, there will be having a mass at around 9:00 in the morning at Immaculate Conception Parish Church, Batan, Aklan.

It is heard that some members of the BFI were going to attend the said burial and it is expected that Malay Mayor John Yap will also be there.

Aside from it, Loubelle’s friend from Boracay will be present as well.

On the other hand, the municipal government of Malay, the Boracay Foundation Inc. and other stakeholders in the world-famous island resort paid tribute to the businesswoman and environmentalist Loubelle Cann, who recently died of cancer on September 27, 2013.

It was during her term that the group fought for several environmental advocacies, particularly the opposition to the reclamation project of the provincial government.

Cann served as president of the foundation for two years and served as a board of director for almost 10 years.

Translated by Gloria Villas

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Campaign on clean environment, reiterated by Balabag Brgy. Captain Lilibeth Sacapaño

Written by Gloria Villas

The cleanliness of Boracay was reiterated by Balabag Brgy. Captain Lilibeth Sacapaño.

This was allegedly related to their more strict enforcement on proper waste segregation.

According to the Brgy. Captain, the cleanliness of the surroundings is one of the things Boracay can be proud of which can be the reason that tourists will continue to visit.

Sacapaño admitted that it will be appalling for tourists if they visit and they arrive at a filthy Boracay.

Meanwhile, one of the things currently being looked after is the regulation of the rapid building of houses just anywhere.

A related concern on this is the possibility that the said houses would not have sewer connection and therefore would need to be compelled to get a permit from the Municipality.

It is also being planned by Sacapaño to meet with every Village employee of the island in order to strengthen the campaign about garbage.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

DILG Aklan, no notification from PNOY on the remaining SK fund yet

Written by Jay-ar Arante

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Aklan haven’t received any notice from President Benigno Aquino III regarding the remaining fund of the SK or the youth council.

According to DILG LGOO 6 Lynette Urquiola, they are just waiting for the President’s order and decision on what to do with the SK’s remaining fund since their term is about to end.

It is possible she said that the fund will go to the Baranggay’s treasury in case its government will have no project to use it to.

Urquiola added that some of the SK budgets were used in trainings, livelihood projects, and Brgy. Games, depending on how many percent are required to finance the certain activity.

Meanwhile, Urquiola said they will immediately release a report whenever the president hands down his decision regarding this matter.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

SB Malays worries to the damage roads of Boracay

Written by Jay-ar Arante

The Sangguniang Bayan of Malay worries to the ruined road, mostly on the areas of Balabag and Manoc- manoc.

SB Member Jupiter Gallenero said on the session meeting on Tuesday morning, that some of the roads of Boracay are not in a good condition.

He also said that it should be fixed to look good, particularly the peak season is about to come.

Gallenero added that the bricks starting from the main road way to police station going along the entrance of the front beach are in actual fact damaged.

In the meantime, the Sangguniang Bayan of Malay wants to call for the attention of the DPWH, including the other officials of the said village for a committee hearing next week.

The councilors are now trying to figure out, if the governments do have an actual budget intended for the DPWH for the roads of Boracay, as well as the LGU Malay.

Consequently, SB Member Floribar Bautista said that the roads on the Island must be given attention and not only the tourism.

Translated by Carla N. Suñer

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Establishments that abided with the 25+5 meter set back, to receive a certificate

Written by Bert Dalida

The establishments that have fully abided to the 25+5 meter set back in Boracay are going to receive a certificate.

The said certificates are set to be awarded by the Boracay Redevelopment Task Force (BRTF) and the LGU Malay tomorrow through an awarding ceremony.

According to the BRTF, the first 21 establishments who fully complied with the set back will be given a COC or Certificate of Compliance.

The COC is an important requirement for the processing of building permits, zoning, occupancy and business permits.

The local government of Malay has previously given the resorts and other establishments until August 28 to voluntarily demolish structures that are within the 25+5 meter easement in Boracay

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Note:  Awarding ceremony was re-scheduled to November 5 or 6 2013 with notice of postponement from BRTF

Monday, October 7, 2013

Boracay, celebrates the feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

Written by Bert Dalida

"To Honor and Celebrate"

These are what will gather the devoted Catholics in the island of Boracay on Monday.

The Parish will congregate to give Honor and to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
In line with this, a mass was scheduled at every baranggay on the island which has started last September 28 and will conclude on the day of the feast itself.

The Boracay parish also confirmed the arrival of Kalibo Bishop, Most Rev. Bishop Jose Corazon Tala-oc who will be the presiding priest and will provide the homilies on the eve of the celebration.

Meanwhile, a mass will also be held later at 5:30 in the afternoon.

Although this isn’t the same occasion as the feast in baranggay Balabag during May, the church encourages the whole island to take part in commemorating the founding anniversary of the parish.

The feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary is being celebrated every 7th of October.

Tranlsated by Shelah Casiano

DOT: Korean Tourist Arrival in Boracay retains leading

 Written by Jay-ar Arante

Koreans,are  still leading on the list of the  tourists that arrives in Boracay.

It is what DOT Boracay Officer-in-charge Tim Ticar confirmed with regards to the news that the Island was dominated by the Chinese tourist rather than the Korean arrivals this year.

He said that those who comes from Korea are still in the rank 1, with the total number of 18,132, and that who’s coming from China only got 18,070  of arrivals this month for vacation.

It was comprehended that the target of the Department of Tourism for the 1.5 million tourist arrival this year is getting close to achieve.

Ticar believed that the said number is halfway reached for the reason that they already listed almost 1 million tourist entries in the Island since January this year.

Thus, the peak season is coming, and the DOT Boracay expects that thousands of tourist is about to arrive.

Translated by Carla N. Suñer

Arrival of Kalibo Bishop Jose Corazon Talaoc on the feast of HRP, gladdened Boracaynons

Written by Mackie Pajarillo

The people of Boracay were gladdened by the arrival of Kalibo Bishop Jose Corazon Talaoc on the feast of the Holy Rosary Parish Boracay (HRP).

According to Sister Candice, member of the Mother Butler’s Guild, they were happy and warmly received the Bishop who, even with his busy schedule, has made time to attend the celebration of the anniversary of the parish.

Bishop Talaoc arrived in the island last Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Bishop was also the main celebrant and provider of homily on the mass that was held early this morning at 8 o' clock which followed the procession.

The founding anniversary of the parish is being celebrated during the 7th of October.

Translated by Shelah Casiano