Saturday, November 30, 2013

Aklan PHO, preps for the Worlds AIDS Day celebration on December

Written by Jay-Ar Arante

The Aklan Provincial Health Office is now preparing for the celebration of the Worlds AIDS Day on December.

As one of their advocacies, the Aklan PHO will be conducting a beauty contest on December 1st in Kalibo.

On the said beauty contest, the participants are to share the ways on how to avoid the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) through their talents and answers on interviews or the Q & A.

The event will be attended by Doctors from different areas in Aklan to educate and disseminate to the masses particularly the youth, the information and knowledge about the condition.

The PHO has been conducting like activities annually to further explain AIDS and HIV and to make it clearer to people, how to avoid and deal with it.

In line with this, the province has recorded 24 cases of the condition for 2013.

The PHO meanwhile, would like to inform the public of the provincial hospital’s free treatment hub for those who wish to get themselves checked.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

BFP constantly monitoring to prevent blaze in the Island of Boracay

Written by Gloria Villas

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) persists its monitoring to prevent blaze in the Island.

This is in relation to the continuous brown out in Boracay, wherein the residents use candles and traditional lights.

According to FO1 Joseph Buriel of Boracay Fire Department, the reminders and awareness to the masses is constantly being made to avoid such incident.

In relation to this, the BFP Boracay calls for the attention of the public to be careful in using candles particularly putting it away from the curtain and should avoid placing it at the top of the table.

It is what frequently   being reminded to the masses that’s using candles since the electricity haven’t yet gets back totally in the island.

Therefore he said that, stumbled candles in the light materials, once gusted by the wind are the usual cause of the blaze.

Translated by Carla N. Suñer

DSWD Aklan Made It Clear: It Does not Give-away Damaged Relief Goods

Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Aklan made it clear that they do not give damaged relief goods.

This is amidst circulating news that there had been rice with molds received by residents affected by the typhoon.

According to the DSWD Aklan, their relief rice originates from their Regional Office in the province of Iloilo.

Allegedly, they had not seen damage or molds on the rice that they give to the residents of the province.

The DSWD also gave assurance that they carefully check relief goods before handing them out for the safety of recipients.

The DSWD also said if ever the news that is currently circulating regarding the damaged relief goods is true the goods did not directly come from them.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Setting up of Tables and Chairs at the Beachfront, to be Tightened

Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

The setting up of tables and chairs at the beach front will be tightened starting December 1 based on the community advisory sent by the LGU of Malay.

The municipality will strictly implement the Municipal Ordinance No. 183 Series of 2003 and the Municipal Ordinance No. 132 Series of 2000.

It is stated in the mentioned ordinances that setting up of tables and chairs at the beach front will be from 5 in the afternoon until 6 in the morning of the following day.

Aside from the tables and chairs, the placement of any equipment, furniture, and the setting up and placement of any property will be strictly regulated.

Related to this, cooperation is being asked from establishment owners by the LGU of Malay in order to re-promote tourism in Boracay after it was affected by news regarding typhoon Yolanda and the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Friday, November 29, 2013

Ordinance regulating fire dancers in the island, passed

Written by Christy Dela Torre

An ordinance that would regulate fire dancers in Boracay has already been passed.

This is what SB Member Frolibar Bautista has confirmed in relation to the rules that the said tourist entertainers should abide with.

Bautista however clarified that the law he had passed isn't only for the fire dancers but also for the establishments operating the activity.

The said ordinance includes the guidelines and regulations that must be implemented and followed.

The SB Member explained that it cites the places, such as the vegetation area, where the activity is allowed to be performed.

The fire dancers are also reminded not to perform at the beach line and pathways to avoid causing distractions to tourists.

If there should be a need to perform at the beach, a platform is required to avoid polluting the white sands.

Bautista also reiterated that the fire dancers are not being robbed off of their jobs, instead this is to help them organize it.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Wounded sea turtle resides in the custody of MAO

Written by Jay-Ar Arante

A wounded sea turtle was found at Station 1 Boracay on Thursday morning wherein it is currently under the custody of the Malay Agriculture Office (MAO).

According to Philippine Coastguard PO1 Arnel Sulia, a pump boat operator found the injured sea turtle floating near the shoreline and has its wound on the left side of its fin at around 10:30 in the morning.

Meanwhile the operator urgently asked for the assistance of the the Malay Auxiliary Police (MAP) in order to bring it in a safer place.

The MAP informed the Red Cross and the Municipal Agriculture Office for the proper disposition of the said turtle.

Upon the investigation of the bantay-dagat, it was determined that the specie experienced mistreatment form the fishermen.

Sulia added, it may be probable that it was just reached within by some naval vehicle near the Island of Boracay to cause its wounds on the left fin, as it was then allegedly driven on the lower portion of the beach.

The sea turtle is undergoing through medication and is continuously monitored by MAO.

Translated by Carla N. Suñer

Thursday, November 28, 2013

BLTMPC, no plans in adding more traditional trikes in Boracay

Written by Gloria Villas

The Boracay Land Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BLTMPC) has no plans in adding more traditional tricycle units in Boracay.

According to BLTMPC Board of Director Enrique Gelito, the local government has long been planning to replace the traditional trikes with Electric Tricycles or E-trikes on the island.

In fact, he said, of the 575 traditional units, 200 have already applied to acquire an E-trike.

Gelito added that old tricycle units are still allowed to operate as long as its new and efficient, if not then they will be replaced.

Meanwhile, the BLTMPC continues to purchase more e-trikes from different suppliers in the country.

The BLTMPC and the LGU Malay aims to replace the traditional units to lessen the pollution.

There are about 10 e-trikes operating in Boracay at the moment.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Yapak winning candidates to take Oath on Thursday

Written by Gloria Villas

The winning candidates of Brgy. Yapak, Boracay will be having an oath taking tomorrow.

According to Barangay Kagawad Elect Redentor Apolonio.

The oath taking will be held in front of Malay Mayor John Yap, at 9:00 am at the municipal hall.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday is the submission of the SOCE or their Sworn Statement of Contribution and Expenditures for the winning candidates in the village/Barangay.

It was anticipated that the deadline of the submission of SOCE is at 5 pm today, wherein those that are able to submit will be going to take over of the position on December.

The candidates that will be taking oath tomorrow are  Yapak Barangay Captain Hector Casidsid, Redentor Apolonio, Marlyn Villaresis, Gilda Sacapaño, Lenny delos Reyes, Jay Villanueva, Anita Solano and Tito Arcibal for the position of Barangay Kagawad.

Translated by Carla N. Suñer

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Akelco, may increase rates in the coming months

Written by Jay-Ar Arante

The Aklan Electric Cooperative (Akelco) may increase their electricity rates in the coming months.

This is if the NGCP won’t be able to finish their repairs on the transmission lines damaged by Yolanda.

If this will be the case, Akleco will continue to obtain electricity  from the GBPC or Global Business Power Corporation, a diesel power plant in Nabas, Aklan which presently provides electricity to Malay and Boracay.

Meanwhile, based on Akleco’s advisory, their rate could reach up to 13.87 pesos per kilowatt hour, as the GBPC power plant uses crude oil.

In line with this, Akleco encourages its consumers to be thrifty enough with electricity usage.

Akelco has been purchasing electricity from different power suppliers for a continuous service for their clients.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

CENRO Boracay, reminds the public of tree planting to avoid climate change

Written by Mackie Pajarillo

“For now, planting trees is the solution seen to avoid climate change”.

This is what CENRO BOracay Officer Norman Dy Lebelo said in relation to the worries of people in the Island.

This is according to the observations of some that many trees have been uprooted following typhoon Yolanda.

Lebelo however assured that the government through their agency is conducting activities and or programs to answer this dilemma that may cause climate change.

The CENRO officer calls upon the masses to help in planting trees on the Island or to join related activities organized by the department or other agencies.

He added that their office is open to those who wish to ask for seedlings and this are not for sale.

Meanwhile, Lebelo explained that planting trees also depends on the area or the soil; he said a fast growing seedling if plant on an unsuitable place will cause to wither eventually.

In line with this, the CENRO includes this matter in their assessment to ensure the successful growth of the tree.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

HRP Boracay’s Father Nonoy Crisostomo, reminds people of meaningful Christmas Party celebrations

Written by Bert Dalida

The Catholic Church in Boracay now reminds its congregation of a meaningful celebration.

And this is in relation to the many Christmas Parties that will be celebrated on the coming month.

According to Team Ministry Moderator, Father Nonoy Crisostomo of the Holy Rosary Parish Church, the Christmas Parties this year will be very much different because of the Filipino’s experience during super typhoon Yolanda.

Nonetheless, the Priest clarified, that this should not stop us from celebrating, and that we should think of our countrymen who were heavily affected by the typhoon.

With this, he said, that we should give help to the victims to make them feel the essence of Christmas.

Father Crisostomo also reminded those affected and has survived to give thanks to the Lord while celebrating the Christmas party.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Yolanda’s overall damage in Aklan, almost 2 billion pesos; recorded deaths, 13

Written by Gloria Villas

Super typhoon Yolanda’s overall damage in the province of Aklan reached up to more than 2 billion pesos, while there are 13 recorded deaths.

This is what the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has confirmed yesterday.

In line with this, the PDRRMC is now vitally moving for the Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan for those affected.

According to PDRRMC Staff, Jayfree Jizmundo, the local government and international organizations have been conducting meetings for the said plan.

The agency targets to conduct the Recovery and Rehabilitation from November 28, 2013, where 17 towns in Aklan affected by the typhoon will be given aid.

Meanwhile, the PDRRMC extends its gratitude to the United Nations (UN) and other agencies that are constantly providing help.

At the moment, relief operations are continuously conducted for all Yolanda victims in Aklan.

Translated by Shelah Casiano