Province of Antique
Where the Mountains meet the sea. The Rising Star of Western Visayas
According to the United Nations, the coronavirus pandemic is the most challenging crisis the world faces since the Second World War. Here in the Philippines, the impact of the crisis is very prevalent in that thousands of Filipinos are already infected by the disease. Some have died but thank God, many are recovering.
The health crisis had made a big change to our lives that led us to start living in a new normal that I didn’t even imagine. But we need to comply and follow. This is not just for our safety, but for the safety of our family and the whole community.
But this pandemic is much more than a health crisis. As it devastated our social life and our economy making thousands of people lose their jobs, business, and income specifically those who are in Manila. The considered epicenter of the pandemic where the highest number of COVID-19 cases is recorded in the Philippines.
The disease spreads rapidly that I, my self, fears for my health. But this could not be compared to how my heart broke when I learn about the clamor of the Antiqueños who were stranded in Manila fearing for their health and worrying about their financial situation. And I know and my heart tells me so that I need to help those Antiqueños to go back home.
Many had questioned my decision. But like a mother who always wants to make sure that my children are in good condition especially at the time of a health crisis I prefer to follow my heart.
News & Updates
Strict enforcement of fishery laws brings abundance catch to Antiqueño Fishermen
From the start of January 2022 Antiqueño local fisherfolks were overjoyed by the huge influx of fishes, juvenile Bilong-bilong/moonfish, skipjack tuna, sardines, dalusan or frigate tuna, and tangigue, in the waters of Antique.
According to Provincial Agriculturist Mr. Nicolasito Calawag, starting January 1, more than 20 tons of various fishes were caught all over the province.
Calawag said that the supply of fish has become abundant in every municipal coastal waters because of the strict enforcement of the Provincial Ordinance No. 2016-118, an ordinance creating the Provincial Anti-illegal fishing coordinating board (PAIFCB) and the Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force (PBDTF) under the administration of Governor Rhodora Cadiao and Vice Governor Edgar Denosta.
He further said that the implementation of the said ordinance was also supported by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Maritime Command Group, and the Philippine Coast Guard -Antique.
“Pasalamat gid kita sa administrasyon ni Governor Rhodora Cadiao, Vice Governor Edgar Denosta and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members for passing the ordinance nga maga bantay kang mga illegal fishing in the municipal waters natun rugya sa Antique.”
Due to strict implementation of the said ordinance, which also prohibits the operation of the commercial fishing boats within the municipal waters, local fishermen are now benefiting the abundant supply of fishes.
“Amo ron dya ang epekto tungod strikto natun nga gina paimplementar ang ordinansa. There is no commercial fishing boats in the municipal waters kon may rugyan ga take kita necessary action. That’s why our local fishermen have enough catch.”
It can be recalled that last 2020 Governor Cadiao together with the provincial board and concerned national agencies signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)for the operationalization of PAIFCB and PBDTF to further strengthen the resource protection and coastal fishery law activities in the province.
As a result, there were commercial fishing boats apprehended and penalized by the provincial government of Antique. (P.I.O. BARCEBAL)
Photos from Flord Nicson J. Calawag
Tanuman Festival During Biniranyan
According to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) the seven (7) associations that participated in the Tanuman Festival 2021 earned almost Php one (1) million.
NHA gives P5 million cheque to the Provincial Government of Antique
The National Housing Authority represented by District Manager AR. Jesus G. Fantilaga along with Josephine Bayoneta and Michelle Patrimonio extended a cheque amounting to P 5,000,000 for Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) of the province.