Saturday, April 5, 2014

PRC, to set First Aid Stations on different areas in Boracay for Holy Week

Posted April 5, 2014 as of 9:00am
Written by Jay-ar Arante

The Philippine Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter will be setting up four first aid stations in Boracay as preparations for the Holy Week.

According to Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter Safety Service Officer Christine Tejada, the stations will be distributed to major areas such as shopping  destinations like D’mall, the Cagban Jetty Port, Station 1, and the beach front.

Tejada said that they are conducting this annually to readily respond to the vacationers’ first aid needs.

The Safety Service Officer added that they will be assigning 2 nurses for each station together with their volunteers.

Meanwhile, the first aid stations will be on alert from 8am to 6pm starting next Monday, April 14 until the first week of May.

Some of the expected patients are those suffering from vertigo or lightheadedness, hypertension, body pains, and heat stroke brought about by the very warm weather.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Commuters in Boracay, gladdened by an ordinance regarding picky tricycle drivers

Posted April 5, 2014 as of 8:00am
Written by Jay-ar Arante

Commuters in Boracay are glad after the Office of the Mayor released an ordinance in line with tricycle drivers’ who are choosy when it comes to passengers.

This followed after complaints of how some tricycle drivers’ are picky with passengers to serve causing difficulties to local commuters’ transactions.

Based on the advisory passengers who experiences such treatment can contact the mayor’s office to complain.

Meanwhile, students on the island are also affected by this system as it took them hours and hours waiting for a tricycle that would take them.

Many of the drivers in the island would opt having foreign tourists as passengers as they would earn more from them.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

PHO-Aklan, warned against heat stroke during the Holy Week

Posted April 4, 2014 as of12:00nn
Written by Gloria Villas

Do not forget to bring an umbrella and a bottle of water to avoid heat stroke while visiting the church.

Since many people are expected to go to church during the Holy Week, this was the reminder of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Aklan to the public to avoid heat stroke.

Provincial Health Officer II, Dr. Victor Sta. Maria of PHO Aklan said this also needs to be done during vacation when people usually go to the beach for sun bathing.

Meanwhile, the DOH advised beach goers to use sun block for protection from ultraviolet rays of the sun.

According to Sta. Maria, heat stroke occurs when the human body is under the extreme heat of the sun for long hours.

The symptoms according to him are thirstiness, dizziness, vomiting, headache and low blood pressure.
Furthermore, heat stroke can lead to fainting or seizure, which could further lead to a state of coma if not right away given proper treatment.

In the previews week, a Chinese national had a heat stroke in Boracay Island while walking at the front beach.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Friday, April 4, 2014

Public Hearing on Base Market Values for Boracay and Malay, to be conducted Friday

Posted April 3, 2014 as of 5:00pm
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

A Public Hearing on Base Market Values for Boracay and Malay will push through tomorrow.

This is after stakeholders in the mentioned area asked for another separate hearing regarding the matter.

With this, the Provincial Council or Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Aklan, through the request of Governor Florencio T. Miraflores, will conduct a public hearing in the island of Boracay tomorrow morning.

The said hearing is for the review and approval of the Revised Schedule of Base Market Values of real properties in Aklan, particularly on the real properties of Malay and special base valuation for Boracay and Caticlan which is within the proposed 2015 General Revision by the Provincial Assessor’s Office.

Meanwhile, the same public hearing has been conducted in different municipalities in Aklan to hear out opinions and concerns of tax payers in line with the passage of the new ordinance on tax payment.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Aklanon MVP of the UAAP Men’s Volleyball Tournament, to be honored by the Provincial Council

Posted April 3, 2014 as of 12:00nn
Written by Gloria Villas

The Aklan Provincial Government is extremely glad that an Aklanon was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the recently concluded UAAP Season 76 Men’s Volleyball Tournament.

Related to the matter, a resolution was proposed at the 12th Regular Session of the Provincial Council of Aklan, sponsored by all the members of the council, to give tribute to Reuben Nemis Inaudito.

Inaudito is a member of the National University (NU) Bulldogs that dominated the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Volleyball Tournament match to retain their championship crown.

The NU Bulldogs dominated at the finals against Ateneo de Manila University with 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 27-25 win in the culmination of the 76th Season of the UAAP men’s volleyball on March 5, 2014 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Included in the tough opponents of the NU Team Skipper Reuben Inaudito was Rookie-MVP of Ateneo, Mark Espejo.

Inaudito is from Numancia Aklan and is a varsity player of the National University.

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) volleyball tournament is being held every 2nd semester of the school year. The tournament started in 1938.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spread of “rabies” this summer season, worries PHO Aklan

Posted April 2, 2014 as of 6:00pm
Written by Jay-ar Arante

The Provincial Health Office is worried of a possible spread of rabies this summer season.

According to the agency, rabies usually attacks on the onset of summer where dogs tend to be irritable because of extreme heat.

With this, the PHO reminds the public, particularly the parents to watch over their children and to prevent them from playing with stray dogs especially those that appears restless.

The health agency also suggests having their pet dogs vaccinated to avoid the virus.

The PHO also advised that when bitten the wound must be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

The dog’s movement and or condition must be observed for any signs of rabies infection such as restlessness and or anxiousness until it dies.

Those who were bitten must be brought to the nearest clinic or hospital for proper medication.

Meanwhile, in Boracay many stray dogs can still be observed roaming around, and may pose danger to tourists and locals alike.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Expenses for the 25+5 meter easement in Boracay, wants to be known by Town Council Member Floribar Bautista

Posted April 2, 2014 as of 3:00pm
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

Town Council Member Frolibar Bautista is interested to know the amount spent by the Task Force on the 25+5 meter easement rule in Boracay.

This was expressed by Bautista in his privilege speech on the 9th Regular Session of the Town Council of Malay on Tuesday, April 1.

This is allegedly because the demolished structures which violated the 25+5 meter easement rule of the Boracay Redevelopment Task Force (BRTF) of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Malay is not yet at one hundred (100%) percent.

Meanwhile, he also wants to know the infrastructures that are included in the seven (7%) percent that violated the 25+5 meter easement rule and have not been demolished, where they are located, and who own them.

In addition, Bautista is requesting from the Task Force a report or idea on what happened to the seven (7%) percent that was not included in the demolition implementation.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DA, named 3 Aklan Agri-technologist as Best Extension Workers

Posted April 1, 2014 as of 12:00nn
Written by Gloria Villas

The Department of Agriculture recognized 3 Agri-technologists from the province of Aklan.

Alice Rebuelta and Neniveh Ron of Kalibo and Dominador Rasco Jr. of Banga were awarded Outstanding Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs).

The AEW Award is one of the most prestigious awards given by the Department of Agriculture to employees who were exceptional in the mentioned field.

In line with this, Banga, Aklan, which is the province’s primary supplier of rice, was also dubbed as “DA’s Rice Achievers Awardee” for Western Visayas.

Aside from the award, the said municipality also received 1 million pesos from the agency.

Meanwhile, one of the awardees, Neniveh Ron said that the prize money will be used for the growth and development of rice plantations in Aklan.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

MS Super Star Aquarius, arrived Tuesday morning

Posted April 1, 2014 as of 12:00nn
Written by Bert Dalida

The Cagban Jetty Port was a bit crowded Tuesday, April 1.

The change in the movement of people to and from the island was also noticeable.

Aside from this, the tighter security at the mentioned port was also visible because of the increased number of stationed police, coastguard, maritime police and army.

The noticeable state of affairs was because on Tuesday, April 1, the awaited, MS Super Star Aquarius arrived carrying tourists.

Like expected, it was before 5 in the morning that the cruise ship arrived which was carrying about one thousand (1, 000) passengers. The number included tourists and its crew members.

It was learned that the passengers of MS Super Star Aquarius had been scheduled to visit areas of interest in the island, like the long beach, Ati Community, D’ Mall Boracay and other places.

Meanwhile, authorities had made plans to make sure of the security of tourists until the departure of the ship at 3 in the afternoon.

On the other hand, the local government of the province of Aklan is hoping that the tourists will be happy in their visit to Boracay.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Different agencies of Aklan, re-joined forces for the revisit of MS Super Star Aquarius in Boracay

Posted March 31, 2014 as of 12:00nn
Written by Bert Dalida

MS Super Star Aquarius is to revisit the Island of Boracay.

For this, the different agencies of the government of Aklan joined forces to prepare.

On a meeting which took place on Saturday, March 29, the provincial government of Aklan, together with the Department of Tourism Boracay sub-office, MARINA, Maritime Police, Boracay PNP, Philippine Coastguard and others confirmed readiness for the security of the mentioned ship.

Jetty Port Administrator, Nieven Maquirang expressed gratitude on the readiness of the agencies.

Meanwhile, the mentioned agencies will not be making major changes on their preparations for the arrival of MS Super Star Aquarius.

It was learned that the mentioned cruise ship is expected to arrive and is set to bring tourists to Boracay on Tuesday, April 1 at 5 in the morning and will leave at 3 in the afternoon.

MS Super Star Aquarius first visited Boracay in November 2013.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus