Sugar central blamed on fish kill


ROXAS City — Residents of Brgy. Dulangan, Pilar town blamed the Capiz Sugar Central for the fish kill that occurred in the river in the village.

Most village residents already fear having no more source of food and livelihood after the fish kill, Merlinda Almorin of Sitio Cantel said.

Folks from the barangay’s four sitios — Lahab, Bato-bato, Siha and Cantel — have fishing as their source of living.

The incident was allegedly caused by the garbage being dumped by the sugar central in the river.

The molasses allegedly being dumped by the sugar central may have contaminated the river, according to Dulangan Barangay Captain Robinson Benigla.

But Flora Mae Calmorin of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) doubts that the fish kill was caused by the contamination due to molasses.

Calmorin claimed that the water in the area has a low salinity, which may have killed the fishes.
The province’s Aqua Laboratory is not capable of examining and determining the water’s salinity as it is only intended to examine red tide, she said.

Calmorin asked the residents to bring the sample of the river water to the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center in Tigbauan, Iloilo for an examination.

The residents already brought up the problem to the local officials and asked for their help./PN

 PhilHealth conducts forum for members

ROXAS City — The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) conducted a forum for its members to know the different aspects of health insurance.

The positive response of the participants, who were active during the discussions, is overwhelming, according to PhilHealth-Capiz Service Office information officer Mary Jane Amigo.

Amigo said the member’s forum was the Capiz office’s highlight of PhilHealth’s 16th founding anniversary as well as of the National Health Insurance month in February.

“The event was an opportunity for both the members and service providers to know the latest updates about the program and a chance to listen to problems and issues affecting them as members,” she said.

Among the participants were heads of offices and liaison officers from local government units and national government agencies, the private sector, individually paying members, barangay captains, beneficiaries’ sponsored programs and lifetime members.

All the government and private hospitals in the province were likewise well-represented, she added.

During the forum, PhilHealth 6 public relations officer Larry Tabsing said the agency will launch this year a standardized set of reimbursement for 22 common medical and surgical cases being availed of by its members in accredited hospitals nationwide per announcement of PhilHealth President Dr. Rey Aquino.

Tabsing said among the 11 medical cases that will soon be paid on a case rate basis are dengue 1 and 2, pneumonia 1 and 2, essential hypertension, cerebral infarction and hemorrhage, acute gastroenteritis, asthma, typhoid fever and newborn care package.

Surgical cases include radiotherapy, dialysis, normal deliveries and deliveries by caesarian section, appendectomy, cholecystectomy, hysterectomy, dilatation and curettage, thyroidectomy, herniorrhapy and mastectomy, he said.

On the other hand, PhilHealth-Capiz head Joe Frederick Diaz said more Capiceños have already been enrolled in the government’s health insurance program.

Diaz said in 2010, a total of 187,627 Capiceños were enrolled in the agency’s health insurance program, of whom 15,938 belongs to the government; 31,296 from the private sector; 87,267 for indigency sponsored program; 35,103 for individually paying members; 5,307 under the lifetime membership; and 12,716 overseas Filipino workers. (Jemin B. Guillermo/PIA/PN)

PPA-6 supports Anti-Red Tape Act

ROXAS City — The Parole and Probation Administration 6 (PPA-6) strongly supports the Anti-Fixers Campaign pursuant to Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.

This was disclosed by PPA-Capiz public information officer Wilfredo Gallenero in a press release submitted to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) – Capiz Information Center here.

Also, a poster in Hiligaynon informing the public that PPA services are free as well as contact information about the office is displayed in conspicuous areas for the information of the public, he said.

“The Roxas City Parole and Probation Office has also included the campaign in our tri-media information dissemination activities,” noted Gallenero.

The campaign is spearheaded by the Civil Service Commission and the Office of the Ombudsman.

It defines a fixer as any individual, whether or not officially involved in the operation of a government office or agency, who has access to people working therein, and whether or not in collusion with them, facilitates speedy completion of transactions for pecuniary gain or any advantage or consideration.

Violation of the Anti-Fixer’s Law carries a penalty of up to six years imprisonment or a fine of P200,000, or both. (Alex A. Lumaque/PIA/PN

Bus hits 5-yr-old girl

ROXAS City — A five-year-old girl was accidentally hit by a speeding bus in Tapaz town the other day.

She was Gabrielyn Gallenero of Brgy. Malitbog, Tapaz, according to PO3 Joseph Gallenero of the Tapaz police station.

A Ceres bus drive by 44-year-old Ferdinand Gomez sideswiped the victim when she was about to cross the road, police said.

Gallenero, a kindergarten pupil, sustained injuries in the different parts of her body.

She was brought to the Ricardo Provido Sr. Hospital in Calinog, Iloilo but was later transferred to the Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City for further medication.

Gomez voluntarily surrendered to the Tapaz police. (Felipe Celino/PN

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