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Aklan to award re-greening, beautification contest winners

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (12 February) -- The province of Aklan is set to award its second batch of winners of the Re-greening and Beautification Contest from the eastern and western part of the province on February 16 at the ABL Sports Complex.

Supervising Tourism Operations Officer of Aklan Roselle Q. Ruiz said the awarding will be held to coincide with the first anniversary of "Concert at the Park", launched last year on Valentine's Day.

The re-greening and beautification contest was launched in November 2008 as part of Aklan's rehabilitation project to beautify Aklan's roadsides after the province was struck by Typhoon Frank, destroying roadside trees and ornamental plants along the roadsides.

It was also launched to serve as attraction for tourists passing along the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) from Caticlan, Malay to Cabangila, Altavas, the provincial boundary.

Aklan Governor Carlito Marquez, main proponent of the project, will lead in the awarding ceremonies.

As in the first contest, there are two sets of winners - 1 for the eastern town of the province and another for the western part municipalities.

For the eastern part, 1st prize winner is Barangay Calizo in Balete; 2nd prize, Barangay Feliciano, Balete; and 3rd prize, Barangay Camanci of Batan. These barangays will receive P50,000, P35,000 and P20,000 respectively.

For the western side, first prize is Barangay Tagas of Tangalan while Sta. Cruz Bigaa in Lezo placed second and 3rd prize, Poblacion Malinao.

For the residential category, winners include Mary Claire de la Cruz of Libas, Banga; second, Luzviminda Estimada of Jumarap, Banga, and 3rd, Mateo Soncuya of Libas, Banga. For the western side, respective winners are Ernesto B. Salondico of Barangay Nagustan, Nabas, 1st prize; Ramonito S. Rebustes, 2nd; and Rally F. Saba of Brgy. Gibon, 3rd. These winners will receive a plaque of recognition and cash prizes of P15,000, P10,000 and P5,000 respectively.

Consolation prize winners for barangay category and residential category will also be awarded.

The re-greening and beautification project is also seen as beneficial to the environment. According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources here, trees and ornamental plants held absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants. In time for dry spells and El Niņo, the roots of the trees, ornamental plants and flowering shrubs help hold water and moisture in the soil. (PIA)

Cagayan de Oro allots 98 common poster areas

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (12 February) -- At least 98 common poster areas (CPA), 36 in District I and 62 in District II, have been identified by the Commission on Elections in the city relative to this year's May 10, national and local elections.

These CPAs which are mostly located in public places of the city will now cater to the needs of the national and local candidates who are running in the May elections as provided in Republic Act No. 9006.

Otherwise known as the "Fair Election Act," RA 9006 calls for the holding of free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections through fair election practices, Atty. Gina Luna Zayas-Sabio, City Election Officer, said.

Candidates or political parties can exclusively post, display or exhibit their election propaganda in the CPA to announce further their candidacy which they themselves will erect at their own expense and allowed to be put up only in public places, such as plazas, markets, barangay centers and the like where they can be readily seen or read.

Meanwhile, Sabio said the Comelec has ruled out that there should only be at least one (1) CPA for every 5,000 registered voters and an additional CPA for every increment of the same number of registered voters, thereafter.

Cagayan de Oro's has a total of 289,772 registered voters clustered in 358 precincts from the established 1,703 precincts for the city's 80 barangays, she added. (PIA 10) [top]

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