Deed of donation from Ongs ready


ROXAS City — The deed of donation of a two-hectare land supposedly for the new area of the provincial hospital was already prepared.

With this, the transfer of the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital (RMPH) is likely to happen, according to Gov. Victor Tanco.

Tanco earlier thought about transferring RMPH to a wider and more accessible place, as part of improving the provincial government’s health services.

This was after the Ong family, represented by businessman Jose Neri Ong, earlier expressed willingness to donate a lot in Brgy. Lawaan here.

Last week, a group led by Provincial Administrator Jose Villanueva and some provincial health officials had a study tour in Metro Manila and Batangas province to look into the health facilities of government hospitals there.

According to Villanueva, a hospital like that in Quezon City would be best for Capiz.

Tanco said the provincial government has some P37 million intended to improve the provincial hospital.

This fund, he said, will also be augmented by the amount from the P683-million credit loan with the United Coconut Planters Bank.

Tanco said P100 million from the credit facility could be used to finance the construction of a new hospital building in Pueblo de Panay, Brgy. Lawaan.

He said improving the province’s health services is one of his administration’s priority projects.

The present site of RMPH is not anymore suitable to the public that needs health assistance.

Aside from being located in the business center of the city, the place is small where the parking space for vehicles is limited.

The governor said the provincial government is planning to sell the area to investors. The proceeds could be used for other projects, he added.

Another plan is selling the property to the city government for its proposed Roxas City Hospital./PN


Media men to train on health reporting

ROXAS City — Media men in the province will undergo training on health training today.

The three-hour session is dubbed “Reporting on Health: Techniques and Tips for Local Media Practitioners of Capiz.”

The training is open to all media men in the province who would like to be more aware of the national and local health situation, according to Dr. Samuel Delfin, provincial health officer.

It also aims to improve the local media’s skills on reporting issues on health, he said.

Dr. Delfin believes that with proper training to program communicators in partnership with the local media, various health programs could be better understood.

The session will be sponsored by the Provincial Health Office in coordination with the Department of Health and the USAID – Health Promotion and Communication project.

Journalists and communication experts from Probe Media Foundation Inc. will be invited as speakers for the training, Dr. Delfin said.

“The media practitioners have played a vital role in informing the public about government programs especially on health for the welfare of the Capiceños,” he said, urging local media practitioners to join the event. (Jemin B. Guillermo/PIA/PN

Man with illegal firearm nabbed


ROXAS City — A man was recently arrested for illegal possession of firearms.

Police said Sofronio Yap, 34, of Purok I, Brgy. Libas here violated Presidential Decree 1866.

With the help of the Civilian Volunteers Organization (CVO) and a Libas village councilman, Sofronio was arrested after creating trouble near the police outpost in the barangay.

The CVO recovered from Yap a 12-gauge shotgun and a 28-inch bolo. He was believed to be drunk, police said.

Yap is currently under the custody of the Roxas City police.

In another story, authorities arrested a man for soliciting bets for an illegal numbers game.

Sixty-one-year-old Alfredo Antonio of Brgy. Legaspi Ilawod here violated Presidential Decree 1602, police said.

Police recovered from the suspect a pocket notebook with written number combinations for 
“Pick 3,” a ballpen and a P100 bill believed to be a bet collection.

Antonio was brought to the city police station./PN



Man shot dead

ROXAS City — A 24-year-old man was shot at the wake of a relative in Sapian, Capiz recently. He died.

Police said Jonifer dela Cruz of Brgy. Agatatacay, Sapian succumbed to several gunshot wounds on the body.

He was brought to the Mambusao District Hospital in Mambusao, Capiz.

Dindo Gallardo, also of Sapian, allegedly shot the victim.

He fled after the incident. Police suspect old grudges might have been the motive of the shooting. (Felipe Celino/PN)

Truck hits tree; 4 hurt

ROXAS City — Four persons were injured when the cargo truck they were riding accidentally hit a mahogany tree and subsequently fell on a slope in Dumalag, Capiz recently.

Police identified the victims as Jelson Falco of Brgy. Tanza Gua here; Jovane Barres and Edgar Limboy of Brgy. Ilaya, Ivisan, Capiz; and Sherwin Sarabia of Aklan province.

The victims were onboard a ten-wheeler truck loaded with sand and gravel, SPO2 Edmundo Febrada of the Dumalag police station said.

They were rushed to the Capiz Emmanuel Hospital here.

The truck owned by Joel Bajada of Brgy. Dayao here was damaged. (Felipe Celino/PN)

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