GOV. Victor Tanco Sr. (3rd from left) speaks before the members of the Provincial Development Council during the meeting at the Provincial Capitol yesterday. Listening were Provincial Board member Jeffry Layo (right), Roxas City Mayor Angel Alan Celino and the representative of 1st District Rep. Antonio del Rosario. FELIPE V. CELINO/PN
PDC oks P825-M annual investment program
BY FELIPE V. CELINO
ROXAS City – The Provincial Development Council (PDC) approved the province’s Annual Development Program for next year worth P825,153,047.14 yesterday.
Led by Gov. Victor Tanco Sr., the PDC approved the budget during a meeting at the Governor’s Hall in the Provincial Capitol.
Of the budget, P571,826,398.64 will come from the General Fund; P130,485,386.50 from the Development Fund; P7 million from the Special Education Fund; and P115,841,262 from the External Fund.
Local officials and representatives from the different sectors in the province attended the meeting.
In his speech, Tanco said he is renewing his 100-percent commitment to public service.
“We will continue to double our efforts, and our achievements and accomplishments,” said Tanco.
The governor is confident that with continued support and cooperation from supporters, he and his administration will never fail.
Tanco was reelected to a second term with a margin of more than 60,000 votes.
He said he will continue to work for and inspire Capiceños with the help of his guiding principle, “Pag-ulikid: Labi sa Tanan ang Tawo,” and the vision of a “captivating Capiz.”
His first term was marked with good governance founded on a five-point development agenda — vibrant economy, quality and relevant education, eco-tourism hub, healthy Capiceños and adequate infrastructure support system.
Tanco’s administration has reaped a number of recognitions, particularly in the areas of health and tourism.
Among these is a special award for complying with World Health Organization (WHO) standards during the 1st National Awards for Good Governance in Medicines given on January 26.
Under Tanco’s administration, Capiz was also recognized as “Garantisadong Pambata Champ” for Western Visayas for outstanding accomplishments in children’s welfare programs.
It also earned six awards in the field of tourism, including the
“Outstanding Culture-Friendly Local Government Official,” “Regional Director’s Award” for the governor, and the “Best Provincial Tourism Officer” for Alphonsus Tesoro./PN
SINCE AUGUST 30 nabbed for illegal gambling
BY FELIPE V. CELINO
ROXAS City – A total of 30 persons were arrested for illegal gambling since August, police said.
This after Senior Supt. Renato Gumban, director of the Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO), declared war against illegal gambling during his first command conference on August 25. We are now getting substantial results, Gumban said.
Police said they arrested the highest number of suspects (18) in this city.
Roxas City was followed by Dao town with five; Dumarao with three; Panitan, two; Cuartero, one; and Jamindan, one.
Those arrested were caught soliciting bets for illegal numbers games such as Pick 3, Small Town Lottery and “daily double,” police said.
Formal charges were already filed in courts of the suspects’ respective localities, said Gumban. Police personnel here also ran after those involved in card games, illegal cock fighting and tumbo, he said.
The information campaign against illegal gambling through the Police Community Relations (PRC) in city and municipal police stations complemented the intensified police operations, he said.
PCR personnel are also encouraging the public to support their drive by using the Isugid mo kay PD hotline 0929-899-4458.
It is a 24-hour hotline manned by operations personnel that accommodates reports on illegal activities.
All reports will be given prompt action by the CPPO, Gumban said.
Curtailing illegal gambling in the province is possible if Capiceños remain as active partners of the police, Gumban said./PN