Capitol denies recall of 
PHO OIC’s appointment


ROXAS City — Provincial Capitol officials denied recalling the appointment of Dr. Sam Delfin as officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

Gov. Victor Tanco did not cancel the installation of Dr. Delfin as PHO OIC, chief legal officer Jose Villanueva said during a press conference the other day.

Villanueva, concurrent provincial administrator, described the spreading reports as “wrong notions.”

The governor, Villanueva said, stood on his decision to appoint Dr. Delfin being the most qualified person for the position.

What was recalled instead was Tanco’s recommendation to the Provincial Board to confirm Delfin as PHO chief, he said.

“(The governor) wants first to defer Dr. Delfin’s confirmation… there is something to be ironed-out before we give the appointment papers for scrutiny by the Provincial Board,” he said.

Meanwhile, the chief legal officer denied that the governor was pressured and that politics was behind the “mess.”

Dr. Delfin is still the PHO OIC, Villanueva reiterated.

Dr. Delfin was appointed as PHO OIC eight months ago after former PHO chief Dr. Jarvies Punzalan went abroad./PN

Prov’l SK fed chair campaigns
vs illegal drugs


ROXAS City — The Provincial Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation chair urged Internet café operators and school officials to join the fight against illegal drugs.

Illegal drug proliferation is a serious threat among the youth, the future and the hope of the Fatherland, Zoe Maria Felipe Herrera said during the Provincial Board’s session on Wednesday.

Herrera sponsored a resolution encouraging Internet café operators, as well as private and public school officials, to come up with a computer screensaver or wallpaper out of an anti-illegal drugs slogan.

“As SK chairman, it is my duty to help protect the future of my fellow youth and ultimately of the province of Capiz,” said Herrera.

“We are in a constant battle against forces that lead the young generation toward a wrong perspective of life and citizenship of the state,” he said.

Herrera added that if nothing was done against these “forces,” “you will lose us… your hope, your future.”

Herrera is the SK chair of Brgy. Dapdapan and of the Sapian town. He is the son of Provincial Board Secretary Zoe Herrera Jr.

A fourth-year high school student in the Filamer Christian University, Herrera ran unopposed during the SK elections in October last year./PN


Capiceños assured of enough rice supply

ROXAS City — Despite the recent flood that affected some palay plantations in Capiz, the province still has sufficient supply of rice.

Capiceños need not worry about any rice shortage so far, according to information officer Jose Davila Jr. of the National Food Authority (NFA) in Capiz.

As of January 17, the rice stock inventory of Capiz reached 258,152 bags which could last for 40 days, Davila disclosed.

The rice inventory for commercial stocks including those in the households account to 143,456 bags, which could likewise last for 22 days, Davila said.

Farmers have also started delivering and selling their palay produce in NFA warehouses in the province, he added.

“Although some palay plantations were affected by flood due to the heavy rains late last year, especially in low-lying areas, Capiz has still enough rice supply,” said Davila.

Some towns in the province have started harvesting palay, he added. (Jemin B. Guillermo/PIA/PN


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