Stolen Nuestra Senior Sto. Niño de Romblon Image Set to Return Home, Feb. 9

The image of Nuestra Senior Sto. Niño de Romblon will return home after 22 years.

The Sto. Niño image which was believed to yield miracles was stolen in 1991 at the St. Joseph Cathedral. The lost image landed on the hands of an antique collector from an antique dealer based in Aklan.

Sto. Niño de Romblon lost image found in AklanWhen the antique collector bought the Sto. Niño image, the gold crown was already missing. It was Fr. Joebert Villasis, a friend of the collector, who asked Professor Jun Mijares of Aklan Catholic College for confirmation if it was the stolen Sto. Niño de Romblon. It turned out that it really is.

Archbishop Jose Corazon Talaoc of Kalibo, Aklan, a former bishop of Romblon, shared that the image will be brought back home on February 9.

It will be a momentous event for the people of Romblon to welcome a significant religious symbol that was once lost and found.


Romblon to Host Regional Athletic Meet in February

MIMAROPA - Regional Athletic Meet 2013More than 2,000 participants from various delegations of Palawan, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon will compete in the biggest sports event in the region, the Regional Athletic Meet which will transpire on February 19 to 23, 2013.

Romblon will be the host province this year. This will be the second time that the Regional Athletic Meet will be held here. It was in 2009 when the province hosted the said event which happened in Odiongan.

The athletic meet will be held at Romblon National High School. This will be another momentous event for the young athletes of MIMAROPA as they are set to achieve bigger heights after the Regional Athletic Meet.



No oil spill in Romblon – Coast Guard

Real Admiral Luis Tuason Jr.
Rumors said that an oil spill has took place in Tablas Island, Romblon, but the Philippine Coast Guard said that the rumors are not true – there is no oil spill in the island.
It is testified by PCG officer-in-charge and vice commandant for operations Rear Admiral Luis Tuason Jr. He made it clear to the public that the rumors spreading are all wrong.
Tuason also said that the Coast Guard in Romblon conducted a foot patrol along the shoreline of Sugod village in San Agustin to ensure that no oil can be found.
Coast Guard Romblon personnel will continue to monitor the oil spill boom, Tuason addded.
M/T PSC Matibay encounteed big waves and strong winds at Romblon due to Tropical Storm Ofel (Son-Tinh) that brought out the certain issue. However, the captain decided to anchor in Carmen Bay, Tablas Island, to avoid wreckage of the machine. It was a safe decision for all that the oil spill was prevented. It could have happened, though, if the captain did not decide to anchor in the nearest bay.
“The crew later reported to Coast Guard Detachment in San Agustin that while anchored, they experienced (a) heavy swell, strong winds and (were) incapable of maneuvering out from shallow water and by October 25, M/T PSC Matibay was reportedly half submerged while Barge Kayamanan III ran aground about 150 to 200 meters away from its present location,” the Coast Guard said.
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MCC approves programs for Looc

The Millineum Challenge Corporation, an American Advertising Agency, granted a 5.4M contract to the municipal government of Looc to be allocated for projects and further beautification of four barangays in the said municipality.

The barangays include Balatucan, Tuguis, Manhac, and Pili. The barangays proposed for health centers, water system, and the development of the farm-to-market roads.

As MCC  approved such grant, the local government also gave an P810,000 contribution for the said projects.

Also, an earlier program was initiated to 12 barangays of the municipality called the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum-Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA), under the Kalahi-CIDSS program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

A mini-gallery composed of the barangay’s sub-project proposal with pictures were displayed in this program.

The MIBF is a strategy for community empowerment through localized decision-making. It is a venue for the Barangay Representation Teams (BRTs), who are volunteers of KALAHI-CIDSS, to present their sub-project proposals and choose which among the community projects will be prioritized. The forum participants will choose what they think is the most viable and feasible based on the criteria set by the KALAHI-CIDSS volunteers themselves.

MCC Washington Associate Director from the Department of Compact Operations Michelle Inkley said she was thrilled to know what sub-projects the barangays have proposed.

Meanwhile, Ernesto Panes, the Acting Mayor, said that he was honored that the guests graced the event. “Malaki ang pasasalamat namin dahil bahagi kami ng Kalahi-CIDSS. Napakalaking tulong ito sa amin dito sa Looc.” (We are truly grateful for being part of Kalahi-CIDSS, this is truly a big help here in Looc).



Romblon StateU SSC partakes bloodletting activity

RSUThe Supreme Student Council (SSC) of the Romblon State University organized a bloodletting project at the campus’s quadrangle and at the Community Outreach Center, Dec. 11.

The activity was initiated by Alice Fetalvero, chairperson of the Romblon Provincial Blood Council, with the cooperation of the local government of Romblon, particularly from Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo and also from Dr. Arnulfo de Luna, RSU president.

The bloodletting aims to open the minds of the students to help save the lives of other people by donating blood. It also aims to encourage fellow students to share the same advocacy of helping those in needs, and to participate in every activity conducted.

The activity started at 8 o’clock in the morning and ended at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.



A Malaria-free Romblon for 2013


The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that the province of Romblon is now malaria-free as of the month of December from its further investigation and experiment August of the current year.

According to the research of the department, there have been no cases of malari in the province because of the strong advocacy of the present administration in preventing the spread of this deathly disease. Furthermore, the local government of Romblon has its newest program entitled, “Traveling Net Campaign” that would control the malaria promulgation.

The national advocacy against malaria had for its theme, “Saving Lives, Preventing Deaths, and Sustaining Against Malaria.” It was based on the Long-Lasting Insecticide-Treated Net or LLIN which symbolizes the malaria control program in the local and international areas.

According to Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo, the campaign against the disease was prioritized by the local government that resulted to a higher level of awareness to the residents to ensure their safety from the mosquitoes carrying malaria fever.

The program aims to: 1. acquire support from other local provinces to strengthen the campaign; 2. massive awareness for the residents about the infectious disease and how to treat it immediately as well as to prevent it in the first place, and; 3. help one another destroy the mosquitoes’ habitat to control their reproduction.

Meanwhile, according to the LLIN organizer, the campaign was similar to Tony Blair Foundation for the information dissemination strategy that reached mainland Africa to fully stop, or control, the malaria infection.


‘Run for the vulnerable’ isasagawa sa pangunguna ng Red Cross

PRCROMBLON, Romblon, Dis 20 (PIA) — Nakatakdang isagawa ng Philippine Red Cross Romblon Chapter ang takbuhan na tinaguriang “Run for the Vulnerable” sa Disyembre 22, ala singko ng umaga na magsisimula sa Romblon Public Plaza.

Sa panayam ng PIA-Romblon kay PRC Chapter Service Representative Gary T. Dela Cruz, Fund Raising, Disaster Management Service, Safety Services and International Humanitarian, sinabi nito na sa pamamagitan ng pagbabayad ng rehistrasyon sa naturang takbuhan ay makakaipon sila ng pondong ibabahagi sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Pablo. Ang perang makakalap nila sa aktibidad na ito ay ibibigay ng Philippine Red Cross sa mga kababayan natin sa Mindanao.

“Isa lamang itong maliit na paraan ng sakripisyo at paglalaan ng maikling panahon para makatulong sa mga kababayan nating biktima ng kalamidad,” ayon kay Dela Cruz.

Para sa mga nais sumali, ang registration fee ay P20 lamang para sa mga batang nasa elementraya, P30 sa mga kabataang nasa high school, Para sa mga nais umanong sumali, ang registration fee ay P20 lamang para sa mga batang nasa elementraya, P30 sa mga kabataang nasa high school, P100 sa mga nasa kolehiyo at P150 na may kasamang T-shirt sa mga adult o empleyado.

Sa mga nais maging bahagi ng proyektong ito ng PRC, maaari silang magtungo sa opisina ng Philippine Red Cross sa Brgy. Capaclan, Romblon, Romblon o kaya ay maagang pumunta sa Romblon Public Plaza sa araw ng Sabado upang sila’y makapagparehistro. (LBR/DM/PIA-IVB/Romblon)

DOST aid to local biz in Romblon reach P6.414M

DOSTODIONGAN, Romblon, Dec 26 (PIA) — The Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (Setup) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has funds worth P6.414 million to 21 Romblon micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in 2012. The funds are aimed to provide innovation system support to the MSMEs.

Among the beneficiaries were Libertad Women’s MPC (P75,000), Marquez Marble Craft (P250,000), S&Y Herbal Products (P235,000), Gabute’s Musical Instruments (P215,000), Popoy’s Miki Manufacturing (P180,000), Sammy Woodpecker Furniture Shop (P300,000), Rose Delicacy (P250,000), and Y2JB Haberdashery (P400,000). These amounts came from part of the 2011 Setup budget for Romblon.

In 2012, the program underwent several changes. The program director, Usec Carol M. Yorobe, authorized the regional directors to approve Setup projects amounting to P2 million. With this development, Director Ma. Josefina P. Abilay of DOST Mimaropa fast-tracked the review and approval of regional proposals, thus project proposals from Romblon and other provinces were acted upon promptly. In July, the checks for the following were released: MD Homeworks (P488,000), St. Cletus Casketry (P300,000), Sibuyan Ferro Woodcraft (P482,000), Lilec Native Delicacies (P160,000), and Kaven Shoes (P400,000).

The next batch of releases came in October for the following: Bread and Baker’s Haven (P600,000), Aquel Iron Works (P255,000), Lanibee Food Haus (P300,000), and JM Romblon Siopao (P100,000). Finally the last batch of releases came in December with the handover of checks to Sta. Maria Arts and Crafts (P359,000), Gacu’s Rewinding and Injection Pump Calibration (P95,000), Steve and Jade Junkshop (P370,000), and Mama’s Yami Deli Foods (P600,000).

The Setup innovation system support was provided for productivity improvement through process mechanization for the different firms mentioned. Equipment needed by the different firms for speeding up work or improving the quality of output were purchased under the program. Product quality enhancement through the provision of packages and labels were also included under the program. Moreover, institutional support like the provision of training and consultancies were also provided to firms that needed them. The program proponents hope that with increased productivity of the MSMEs, more folks in Romblon would be employed by the assisted firms. On a national scale, this would translate to more Filipinos getting jobs.

Romblon now has 47 Setup-assisted firms, second in number only to Occidental Mindoro in the Mimaropa region. The Mimaropa Region is one of the leading regions in terms of number of Setup projects. For 2013, the Romblon Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) targets another 11 Setup beneficiaries with an allotted fund of P5.2 million. To avail of the program, firms must be operating for at least three years and are duly registered as legitimate business enterprises. The PSTC hopes to have at least two Setup-assisted projects per municipality by 2015. The assistance is payable in three years without interest. The Romblon PSTC records the highest repayment rate in the region, which proved what Secretary Mario G. Montejo of DOST says “Investment in technology pays”. (Contributed by Dr. Bilshan F. Servañez/DM/LBR/PIA-IVB/Romblon)