Acting city legal officer resigns


ROXAS City — Atty. Luvim Dalisay Amores resigned as acting city legal officer last week. She said she will concentrate on law practice.

Amores tendered her resignation before Mayor Angel Alan Celino that took effect on January 1.

Replacing her will be Atty. Faustino Rojas, one of the known legal luminaries in the province.

Celino appointed Amores as acting city legal officer upon the former’s assumption in July last year.

Due to her lack of five years of legal practice, Amores was only appointed in an acting capacity.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) requires five years of law practice for someone to be appointed as a government legal officer.

During her six-month stint, Amores was criticized for having not met the requirements of the CSC.

Amores prepared about four criminal charges filed by this city government against former Mayor Vicente Bermejo before the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged anomalies.

Some department heads and village officials were also tagged in the charges.

Amores is a graduate of the Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion College of Law.

She worked at the Capiz Provincial Capitol when Bermejo was governor./PN


More Capiceños get anti-filariasis treatment

ROXAS City — More than half of Capiceños aged two years and older availed themselves of the second round of filariasis mass drug administration (MDA) in the province.

The MDA has been conducted since October 11 last year as part of the campaign to make the province filariasis-free.

Based on the Provincial Health Office’s (PHO) January 3 records, the MDA coverage on filariasis elimination program registered 352,005 individuals given with a single dose of a combination of Diethylcarbamazine Citrate and Albendazole.

“But the figure will increase as additional reports from the municipalities are being tabulated,” said PHO Public Information Officer Jeoffry Espiritu.

Capiz has a total population of 701,664, according to the National Statistics Office’s 2007 Census.

The MDA for filariasis was launched by the PHO in November 2009 in support to Executive Order No. 369 that declared November as mass treatment period for filariasis in established endemic areas.

Also in 2009, the Department of Health has declared Capiz as the 41st endemic province in the country.

Filariasis is a disease caused by worms transmitted to humans through bites of infected female mosquitoes.

It may manifest as recurrent fever, enlarged lymph nodes and urine with color similar to rice washing.
Provincial health authorities said the disease can lead to enlargement of the thigh, leg, breast or scrotum if untreated.

Taking medicines will stop the progression of the disease and prevent its transmission to others, health officials said. (A. Lumaque/PIA/PN)