The national government allocated an amount of one million pesos for
the DA-Municipal LGU Counterparting for Agricultural Development Projects. After the
signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on the matter between Director Dennis B. Araullo of
DA Regional Office IV and Mayor Jory F. Faderanga of Banton, Romblon, the municipality
received the first release of P150,000.00 through Mr. Simplicio F. Fabonan, municipal
agricultural officer, who represented Mayor Jory Faderanga in the awarding in the presence
of Gov. Eleandro Jesus F. Madrona and other provincial officials last October 16.
Per project proposal, P907,700.00 will be for the construction of
farm-to-market roads and the remaining P92,300.00 will finance the local farmers
banana planting contest. The road project will link the three beneficiary barangays of
Togong, Banice, and Balogo with the Strategic Agriculture and Fisheries Development Zone
(SAFDZ) to the Poblacion which is the trade center of the municipality and where a feeder
port is presently undertaken.
Once finished, the road will strengthen agriculture and fisheries
sector by providing easy access to agricultural inputs and markets, improve delivery of
basic social and economic activities totaling 299 households or 1,316 residents which
represent 20% of the total population of Banton to be directly benefited by the project,
mostly marginal farmers and fishermen.
The banana planting contest will be opened to all interested
farmers, Mr. Fabonan told this writer in an interview.
A. Faz, Sr.
CHILDRENS MONTH OBSERVED
Childrens month of October is always observed in the island-municipality of Banton,
On October 19, the event was celebrated with
many simple but meaningful activities which were cooperatively participated in by all day
care children, day care service parents group, and day care workers.
In the morning, a parade around the town was
held which started and wound up in front of the towns Public Theater. Some Nutrition
Scholars from the barangays and municipal officials and employees joined in the activity
wherein the units muses were the main attractions of the day.
After the parade, a short program followed
which had the following numbers: prayer led by DCW Lucia Ferrera, pambansang awit- DCSPG
Brenda Lee Fabic, opening remarks- Mrs. Jackie Malakas. Interesting numbers were
contributed by Day Care Workers from the different barangays.
The celebration and program was highlighted
with the speech of Mayor Jory F. Faderanga.
After the lunch break, parlor games were held
to the delight and happiness of the care children.
A. Faz, Sr
ROCKIES HURDLE BOARD EXAMS
results of the latest teacher board examination recently released by the Professional
Regulation Commission (PRC), some Bantoanon examinees hurdled the teachers board
Bantoanon board passers in the Elementary Level are Revic F. Fababeir, Arsor F.
Fadriquela, Ethel F. Fadriquela, Josephine F. Faminial, Grace F. Faminialagao, Lemuel F.
Festijo, Celeste F. Feudo, Arlene F. Fajarillo, Cherry Rose Fedelin, Ilbert F. Fietas,
Dona Graziel Fiecas, Neorelyn F. Faderogao, and Maribel F. Macagaling.
FADRI CALLS CONFERENCE ON LPPMS
Another activity which marked the celebration
of the 101st anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service in Banton, Romblon was the exit
conference called by MGOO Decoroso F. Fadri. Attended by all municipal, provincial, and
national officials and employees in the third floor of the Municipal Building, the
conference was on Local Productivity Performance Measure System (LPPMS).
The LPPMS, according to Mr. Fadri,
is a system of measuring the productivity and performance of a local government
Also, it is a tool of measuring the
delivery of basic services of an LGU to its constituents, he further said.
Mr. Fadri informed the conferees of the
performance rating of the LGU for the year 2000 and that the survey results were 1) low
revenue collections of the municipality and 2) the absence of investors. To improve the
performance, the following were recommended, to wit: 1) completion of the Comprehensive
Land Use Plan of the municipality, 2) undertaking of a tax codification study by
revising/adopting a new local revenue code, 3) development of legislative agenda that are
attainable and effective, and 4) undertaking a codification of municipal ordinances. It
was further recommended that at least 50% of the suggestions be attended to.
After all the important topics were thoroughly
discussed, an open forum followed whereby the conferees gave reactions and made
clarification on some doubts on the Local Productivity Performance Measure System.
A. Faz, Sr.
OFFICIALS ATTEND TOURISM ASSEMBLY
In support of the development of the tourism industry and in
preparation for making Banton a tourist destination, two municipal officials attended the
7th Southern Tagalog Tourism Council Assembly which was held at Evercrest Golf Club
Resort, Inc. at Nasugbu, Batangas last October 19.
Inspired by Mayor Jory F. Faderanga, Engr. Leovigidldo Ferranco and
Mrs. Nerry Fesalbon, municipal engineer and municipal budget officer-personnel officer
designee, respectively, left for Batangas for the seminar a day before the said gathering.
Represented in the assembly were the CALABARZON provinces composed of
Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon. The other delegates came from the MIMAROPA
island provinces of Mindoro Oriental, Mindoro Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan and
In an interview with one of the local attendees to the said meeting,
the occasion was quite successful and was highlighted with the discourse of Sen. Noli de
Castro, Chairman of the Committee on Tourism of the Senate, who was the guest speaker. He
was introduced to the assembly by Ex-Gov. Rodolfo A. Valencia of Oriental Mindoro, STTC
Gov. Hermilando I. Mandanas of Batangas warmly welcomed all the
participants to the eventful occurrence.
Another highlight of the event was the signing of the Twinning
Agreement between the Southern Tagalog Tourism Council represented by Chairman Valencia
and the Central Visayas Regional Tourism Council chaired by Ms. Agnes A. Magpale.
The signing was witnessed by Sec. Richard I. Gordon of the Department
of Tourism, Gov. Mandanas, Dir. Louella C. Jurilla, Dir. Patria Aurora Roza, and Mayor
Raymundo Apacible of Nasugbu, Batangas.
The theme of the assembly was Partnership, Unity, Excellence in
A. Faz, Sr.
FEDERATION SPONSORS TOURNAMENT
The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation in
Banton, Romblon will sponsor a Yuletide Basketball Tournament in the said locality on
20-24 and 27-29 December 2001.
According to Hon. Argie F. Festin, SK
Federation President, all interested teams have been invited to join the sports contest,
and the deadline for submission of entries is on 15 December 2001.
The prizes at stake are as follows: Champion
P5,000.00; 1st runner-up P4,000.00; 2nd runner-up P3,000.00;
3rd runner-up P2,000.00; Consolation P500.00 and Best in
Team registration fee-P200.00
Meanwhile, copies of the rules and regulations
of the tourney have been posted in conspicuous places in all barangays of the municipality
for the information and guidance of all participating teams.
A. Faz, Sr.
Fr. Theody Saluba, SVD was ordained to
priesthood on December 14, 2001 at the Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City. He is among
the twelve members of the Santinig / Trinitas Class.
Fr. Theody, eldest son of Mr. Pedro Saluba and
Mrs. Emily Ferranco, was born and had his primary schooling in Banton. They later on
settled in Odiongan where he finished high school. He was graduated from the Manuel L.
Quezon University with a bachelors degree in computer science. Prior to entering the
seminary, he worked for four years as a programmer / consultant and part-time instructor.
He had his formation in the Christ the King
Seminary, Pope John XXIII Training Center, SVD Holy Spirit Novitiate, Divine Word College
of Tagbilaran and in the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City.
INDUCTS NEW SET OF OFFICERS
The Southern California Romblonians
Association (SCRA) held its Christmas celelebration and induction of officers on Saturday,
December 8. Inducted to office were: President: Ethel Fabonan-Gibson, president;
Dion Fradejas and Eli Molo Barrientos, vice-presidents; Grace Casillas, secretary; Eve
Fradejas, treasurer; Amador Felipe, auditor; Rose-Fabonan-Mesa and Bernie Festin, PROs;
Christine Perito, teens muse; Karen Fradejas, Krystal Soules and Theresa Fradejas,
princesses; Potenciana Mortel, seniors muse; and the following members of the Board
of Directors: Bernie Festin (Sta. Fe), Eddie Osorio (Ferrol), Angeline Mortel (Sta.
Maria), Carling Fallarcuna (Simara), Lily Tansiangco (Sibuyan/Magdiwang), Apple
Barrientos (Romblon) and Dr. Elpidio Fonte (Banton).