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Educational assistance forms now available at GSIS Antique

SAN JOSE, Antique- Application forms for educational assistance is now available at the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Antique branch. Likewise, it can also be secured from the internet through the GSIS website.

Leo Frigillano, Manager, GSIS Antique in an interview said, they started accepting application forms for the said education assistance last May 7 and they will continue to accept the said application forms until December 28, 2012.

This will give members the choice on when they will avail of such assistance, he added.

Recently, the GSIS launched its educational assistance program following the announcement of President Benigno S. Aquino III on Labor Day that the fund is available in the amount of Ph11.2 billion Educational Assistance Fund from Social Security System and GSIS.

Frigillano said, the educational assistance program is open to all active members of the pension fund, regardless of salary grade. They are entitled to Php 4,000, payable in five years at six percent interest rate.

GSIS further disclosed that the monthly payment is only Php20.00 through salary deduction, and the first payment of the loan will start three months after the grant.

Applications forms should be submitted per agency or by batch to facilitate easy processing with transmittal from the office concerned.

“The way the processing is going on, considering the bulk of the application forms, where Antique has more than 1,000 applicants (in about 4 days of accepting the application) it will take us about 5 days of processing and three to five days before it can be credited to the ATM/ e-card account of the member applicant,’ the source added.

Frigillano assured that they are doing their best to accommodate all applications forms as fast as they could so that it can be released to members on time.

P260-M irrigation projects in Antique underway

SAN JOSE, Antique- The construction of P260 million worth of irrigation projects in Antique is underway even if funds are yet to be released to the winning contractors.

This is according to Engr. Randy Alipis, Acting Division Manager, National Irrigation Administration, Antique Irrigation Management Office.

“While the documents for release of funds are still on process, contractors for the project took the initiative of starting to make use of the good weather (sunny weather), so that the projects will be done on time,” said Alipis.

“The rainy months of June and July, will certainly delay construction work and it will adversely affect the farmers who badly need the irrigation system for their farmlands. Summer months are the best time to work double time” he explained.

NIA disclosed that the P260-million fund is intended for several communal irrigation systems (CIS) from the towns of Anini-y to Libertad, covering about 3,700 hectares of farmlands involving at least 7,000 small farmers.

“When repair/rehabilitation work is completed, we expect an increase in cropping intensity from 140 percent in a year to 200 percent,” the source said.

In addition, Alipis disclosed that this project is a big boost to the food security program of government particularly because Antique has been a surplus province in terms of rice production.

On the other hand, NIA Regional Manager Gerardo P. Corsiga and Administrator Antonio S. Nangel have committed to farmers during their visit to Antique sometime in March to speed up the repair/rehabilitation of NIA projects in Antique.

With this, Alipis appealed to farmers/irrigators associations to participate in the implementation of projects in their areas and watch closely the quality of the work, to ensure that structures confirm with the standard set.

The local government officials are also encouraged to designate point persons in the monitoring team, Alipis concluded.

Antique to speed up implementation of DDR plans

SAN JOSE, Antique- The Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) recently met to discuss ways to speed up the implementation of disaster preparedness and mitigation programs.

Governor Exequiel B. Javier, chairperson of the Council, issued a directive to concerned provincial departments and agencies members of the council to fast track the implementation of infrastructure projects and training programs particularly in communities vulnerable to disasters and calamities.

“Those projects funded under the 2011 calamity fund should be given priority,” Javier stressed.

For 2011, Antique has more than P36 million calamity fund, of which 70 percent or about P25 million goes to projects and activities geared towards disaster preparedness and mitigation, while the remaining 30 percent (P11 million) goes to the special account of the provincial government as quick-response fund.

Provincial Planning and Development Officer Juliana Cepe, in charge of monitoring the fund utilization, said that most of the programs were already awarded to winning contractors or suppliers.

Among the major projects funded under the 70 percent calamity fund are infrastructure projects, such as roads and bridges as emergency lifeline, evacuation centers, core shelter projects, barangay sites areas where people need to be relocated, desilting, rechanneling, and construction of river controls and procurement of emergency response equipment and communication facilities.

Community disaster preparedness training and DRRMC capacity building on rescue operations are also included.

PDRRMC has also turned over P1.2 million to Philippine National Red Cross as counterpart fund for their foreign funded projects also in disaster risk reduction.

Javier enjoined municipal and barangay officials to help in its implementation and monitor the quality of projects, to ensure that these strictly follow the standard set for any construction or supplies and materials needed.

Antique dads petition DOTC to use local airport as flight destination

SAN JOSE - A resolution has been passed by the local Sangguniang Panlalawigan requesting Secretary Manuel A. Roxas of the Department of Transportation and Communication to recommend that the Evelio B. Javier Domestic Airport located at San Jose de Buenavista, Antique be the flight destination of local airlines in the country.

In the document ,it states that a lot of Antiqueños come and go to Manila several times a month for business transactions, aside from personal purpose which need urgent action.

Including the province of Antique in the flight destination of local airlines in the country would also encourage investors and tourists to come and visit the place which would surely contribute to added income for the province.

Antique has an existing airport with facilities that has been upgraded and improved and also evaluated as technically ready for operations. In fact in 2004, the Asian Spirit and later, ZestAir had its flight operations in the said airport, servicing passengers from Antique to Manila and vice versa.

However, due to lack of passengers patronizing the airlines, it resulted to losses to the airline companies and eventually, airline operations ceased.

But present developments such as the transfer of Iloilo airport to Cabatuan made most Antiqueños value the advantage of having a flight operation in Antique because of the travel distance and cost to Iloilo airport.

To assure passenger patronage, the members of SP on motion by Rosie A. Dimamay and seconded by all municipal mayors and their constituents in the province, pledged to support and patronize the Antique-bound flights to and from Manila in order to have sustainable airport operations.

Further, businessmen are also encouraged to support this move because after all they are the ones who will be most benefited by this petition.

DTI gears for ’Balik Eskwela Diskwento Sale’

SAN JOSE, Antique- The Department of Trade and Industry is preparing for the launch of this year’s "Balik Eskwela Diskwento Sale."

“Balik Eskwela Diskwento Sale aims to generate savings to parents and students as well, in anticipation of the opening of classes,” said DTI Provincial Director Jose Divinagracia.

Divinagracia enjoined everyone to take this opportunity and avail of discounts and other promos. “Any amount we can save, can go a long way in buying other important needs,” he said.

In a recent meeting of DTI and participating stores, the said big discount sale in Antique is slated May 15-20.

This year’s grand sale event will be in the form of in-house Diskwento Sale, to give participating stores leeway to design their own mechanics of giving discounts to items on sale, explained Engr. Lynna Joy Cardinal, Trade and Industry Development Specialist of DTI Antique.

Promo can come in the form of discounted prices, giveaways, and tie-ups, Cardinal added.

The sale will not only cover school supplies, but also uniforms, other dry goods. There are restaurants who are also participating in this Balik Eskwela Diskwento Sale.

DTI is expecting more than 15 participating stores to include big department stores and those located at the business park, San Jose.

"We bank on the cooperation of Antique Chamber of Commerce and Industry who are very supportive of this undertaking," said Cardinal.

In addition, massive information dissemination in partnership with the members of the media is being undertaken to reach many consumers as we can particularly those who have more children going to school.

Participating stores are putting up tarpaulins so that consumers could easily tell which stores are joining the promo.

DILG official rallies Antiqueños to up the bar of public service

SAN JOSE,Antique- An official of the Department of Interior and Local Government called on public servants to excel in providing service to the public.

"It is not enough that the delivery of public service is good neither is it enough that public officials are trustworthy but rather public servants should be an epitome of both, we should all be in synch with the President's thrust's and vision for a 'matuwid na daan' Assistant Secretary Nariman A. Ambolodto, ASEC for Muslim Affairs and Special Concerns who represented DILG Jesse M. Robredo as guest of honor during the grand opening program of the 'Tiringbanay Festival 2012', a yearly celebration of the homecoming of San Josenhons working or studying here or abroad.said.

On the same occasion, Former Congresswoman Cynthia Villar was also in town to represent Sen. Manny Villar who happens to be an adopted son of San Jose. In a short message she gave, Villar encouraged women entrepreneurs to try and make use of available local materials for bags, baskets and other usable items for added income and livelihood. She also promoted the use of the water lily if there are any in the area because it is not only a source of income but will also help in the doclogging of canals and esteros.

The local government unit has lined-up exciting activities starting April 6 to May 2 for foreign and tourist alike to relish and enjoy. At present, the Mardi gras competition reels-off with participating groups from the barangays and some schools. On May 1- fiesta day is the Ati-ati competition with an invited performer from Iloilo to join in the exciting presentation. The week-long affair will be capped with a search for Lin-ay kang San Jose at the EBJ gymnasium.

This year's festival theme "San Jose: Make it happen!" is to honor San Josenhons who made a difference in their chosen fields here and abroad.