Quarterly News Roundup

Volume 5. No 1



by: Abner Faminiano

Towards a New Era in Bantoanon Culture and Tourism








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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.

-Romulo A. Faz, Sr.


          The National Children’s month of October is always observed in the island-municipality of Banton, Romblon.

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 town’s 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.

 Romulo A. Faz, Sr


 Per results of the latest teacher board examination recently released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), some Bantoanon examinees hurdled the teachers’ board examination.

The 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.

 The News Correspondent



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 unit.”

“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.

 -Romulo A. Faz, Sr.


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 Aurora.

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 Chairman.

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 Tourism.”

 -Romulo A. Faz, Sr.


          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 Uniform-P500.00

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.

 -Romulo 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 bachelor’s 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.


            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, teen’s muse; Karen Fradejas, Krystal Soules and Theresa Fradejas, princesses; Potenciana Mortel, senior’s 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).

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