Tuesday, April 21, 2015

16th Piña and Fiber Festival starts today in Aklan

Posted April 22, 2015
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

The 16th Aklan Piña and Fiber Festival is taking place today through five-day trade show.

According to a report, this will provide opportunities for small and medium entrepreneurs (MSEs) of Aklan Piña Mantra Inc., the Aklan Horticulture Society and the Hugod Aklanon Producers Association, Inc. to promote their products.

The event will again offer its popular 17 municipality’s vendor’s marketplace, fiber arts, best products such as abaca, piña and raffia loom woven fabrics, bakery, souvenir items, pasalubong products, fashion accessories, health and wellness products. 

Furthermore, the province will celebrate the Aklan anniversary with civic and military parade, agri-link trade show, Tsibugan sa Kapitolyo, talibong festival, farmer and fisherfolk day, inter-department sportfest, agri-trade showcase of local government units and community-based organizations, dog show, Gov. Florencio Miraflores Basketball Cup, garden show, among others.

Several music bands will be having their performances every night in the Capitol grounds as well.

The event is one of the highlights of the weeklong 59th Aklan anniversary held annually in April pursuant to Republic Act No. 1414 signed by President Ramon Magsaysay.

Apprehending minors in Boracay spur drop in crime stats

Posted April 21, 2015
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) is enthusiastically touting a great drop in overall crime this past eight days.

BTAC OIC Police Senior Inspector Frensy Andrade proudly says, “The reduction especially in theft incidents is because of their hand in hand operations to apprehend minors looting at the front beach.”

“We are pleased having a zero (0) theft incident this week” He said.

On the other hand, Andrade explained that those captured minors and children in conflict with the law were being turn-over to Social Welfare and Development Office (SWDO) for proper actions.

Since that He himself was personally witnessed a theft incident which a minor is involved, he said that other than beggars and illegal commissioners, one of their focus is also has led to this year’s double-digit drops in burglaries and other types of theft.

Thus, these reductions have caused the drop in the overall crime rate, which consists mostly of property crimes.

Castillo: DA is prepared for El Niño

Posted April 21, 2015
Written by Gloria Villas

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is putting in place measures that will reduce rice production risks due to El Niño, especially in upland and rain-fed areas.

DA Aklan Head William Castillo said that although El Niño is here, “we are prepared and it will not turn out to be the sum of all our fears.”

He assured the public that the department is prepared for the effects of the prevailing mild El Niño in the province of Aklan even as it praised farmers who have meticulously conserved water ahead of the weather phenomenon that is expected to extend the dry season.

El Niño, the irregular rise in the temperature of the Pacific Ocean, is accompanied by below average rainfall.

Over the past few months, Castillo assumed that they has been calling on farmers and the general public to conserve water as a precautionary measure in case the country experiences a prolonged dry spell.

“It is wise and nice that farmers conserved water. It made them ready,” he said.

Meanwhile, DA and National Irrigation Administration (NIA) are now working hand in hand to completely prepare this dry season.