‘More projects for Roxas City next year’


ROXAS City — People in this city should anticipate more projects and social services next year, Mayor Angel Alan Celino said in a press conference yesterday.

He said he plans to transfer jeepney and bus terminals and construct additional roads and bridges.

On the other hand, Councilor Julius Abela said the city government plans to convert the old Philippine Railway in Barangays 9, 10 and 11 proceeding to Adlawan, into parallel roads to ease traffic congestion on Roxas Avenue.

Abela is the chair of the Committee on Rules and Ordinance, and Good Government.

Councilor Erwin Sicad, chair of the Committee on Zoning and Land Use, vowed to strictly implement zoning ordinance by transferring junkshops and videoke bars from city proper to other areas.

He also vowed to revive the city’s Incentive Tax Ordinance to give tax relief to new investors here.

Apart from the projects, the city will also have a new legal officer next year.

Acting City Legal Officer Luvim Amores wanted to venture to a different lucrative job, according to Celino.

Meanwhile, Celino said his administration remains transparent.

Earlier, Celino told local business sector here that he is not “anti-business.”

He admitted, though, that he was initially uncomfortable facing this city’s business sector due to his “hangover” on the elections in May this year.

But the mayor has come to his terms and said his acts must transcend politics.

During the May 2010 elections, most of the big-time businessmen here supported the reelection bid of then Mayor Vicente Bermejo of the Ugyon Kita Capiz. But Celino, under the Liberal Party, defeated him by a 686-vote margin.

“I am now extending my hand for reconciliation,” said Celino, addressing business sector representatives during a consultative meeting sponsored by the Joint Chamber Office of the Roxas City Chinese Chamber of Commerce Inc. and the Capiz Halaran Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CHCCI).

“I am actually a business-friendly mayor. I was the author of the Roxas City Investment Code way back in 1995,” he said./PN


Police joins campaign against firecrackers


ROXAS City — Senior Supt. Renato Gumban, director of the Capiz Police Provincial Office, ordered police units in the province to join the “Iwas Paputok” campaign of the Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development 6.

Police officers and personnel should include the campaign in their tri-media interviews, barangay dialogue, symposium and school/barangay/house visitations, among others, he said.

Reports said Region 6 ranked No. 3 in terms of the number of firecracker victims last year.

With this, Gumban encouraged the public to support the campaign of the DOH.

“Let us not allow (firecrackers) ruin our celebration and the future of our children,” said Gumban.

Posters courtesy of the DOH containing a photo of an injured hand and with bold texts “IPAHILAYO SA DISGRASYA ANG MGA BATA. WALA SANG BATA NGA MAGPALUPOK. GINADILI-AN ANG PAGBAKAL, PAGBALIGYA KAG PAG-GAMIT SANG PALUPOK KAG PASIRIT SANG MGA BATA” are currently being distributed.

They are posted inside schools, malls and markets, among other places in the province.

Gumban also said the Philippine National Police will observe precautionary measures during the New Year celebration.

Prior to the New Year, the muzzles of the firearms of police personnel in the province will be sealed./PN