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Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index


The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) was developed by the NCC through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) with the assistance of the INVEST Project of USAID. City and municipality data used in the CMCI were voluntarily submitted by the RCCs. Itfeatured a record number of 136 cities and 399 municipalities, up from 122 cities and 163 municipalities in the pilot run in 2013. For Romblon, topping is Odiongan followed by Looc, San Fernando, Cajidiocan, Alcantara, Romblon and Calatrava, respectively.

Economic Dynamism scores were based on data on the size and growth of the local economy as measured by business registrations, capital, revenues, and occupancy permits; capacity to generate employment; cost of living; cost of doing business; financial deepening; productivity; and presence of business and professional organizations. Government Efficiency scores were based on data on transparency scores, economic governance scores, local taxes and revenues, local competition-related awards, business registration efficiency, investment promotion, compliance to national directives, security, health, and education. Infrastructure scores were based on data on existing road network, distance from city/municipality center to major ports, Department of Tourism-accredited accommodations, health infrastructure, education infrastructure, basic utilities, infrastructure investments, ICT connection, ATMs, and public transportation.

Ona Inaugurates New Hospital Buidings in Romblon


Odiongan, Romblon - Secretary of Health Enrique T. Ona, with Romblon Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo, Vice Governor Jose R. Riano and Congressman Eleandro Jesus F. Madrona, alongside regional and provincial officials, unveiled the new buildings at the Romblon Provincial Hospital, constructed under the Department of Health's (DOH) Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP).

The objective of the HFEP program is to upgrade health facilities and provide training to health professionals, and improve access of people to quality health care services. It also aims to enhance the delivery of basic, essential, and specialized health services in the community.

The hospital was upgraded and modernized under the DOH-HFEP program with an allotment of P138,243,162.27 in 2010 and 2011 for Phase 1 of the project. It included the repair of the emergency room and intensive care unit, and the construction of a two-storey building for patients' wards, surgery and obstetrics, out-patient department, x-ray and additional offices for hospital staff. In 2012, it received an additional P118,499,301 and P140,000,000 for Phase 2 of the project.

In his inauguration speech, universal health care champion Ona stressed that health is part of the major strategy for poverty reduction and inclusive growth which shall be felt by the poorest of the poor.

'Government hospitals are for the people and if one does not like to be admitted or conf?ned in such facilit?es, then there must be something wrong. In short, whether it is a government or private hospital, it must be best for all - the services must be the same, the facilities must be, in terms of diagnosis and curative aspects, must be the same. This concept is affirmed today, that public hospitals are not dilapidated but presentable,' Ona said.

The health chief was hailed 'Father of Modern Health Facilities of the Philippines' by the newly-appointed DOH-MIMAROPA Regional Director, Dr. Eduardo Januario.

The Romblon Provincial Hospital is a Level 1 health facility, with a 75-bed capacity and a 63 percent bed occupancy rate. It is operated by the provincial government of Romblon.

According to hospital records, there were a total of 4,883 admissions in 2013, excluding the newborn. It also administered a total of 378 newborn screening tests, and discharged a total of 4,749 patients (alive). It provided in-patient service to a total of 17,250 patients. It caters to an average of 45 patients daily.

Among its existing ancillary services includes a clinical laboratory for blood services, pharmacy, diagnosis, and x-ray and ultrasound services.

'We thank the national government through the DOH for supporting our health programs especially facility development which is a vital necessity for a geographically isolated and disadvantaged area (GIDA) like the archipelagic province of Romblon,' said Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo, a medical doctor himself.

'One of our top priorities is health as embodied in our program H.E.A.R.T. - health, education and environment, agriculture, revenue generation, tourism, transparency and true public service - all for the people of Romblon towards sustainable and inclusive development,' added Firmalo.

Lone district of Romblon Representative Eleandro Jesus F. Madrona expressed his happiness that Firmalo managed to encourage private doctors to become consultants for Romblon's hospitals.

'We need this kind of facility and we want our people to have the best health care through this facility towards a better life and we will support any measure that will increase the salary rates of our doctors,' Madrona said.

Madrona assured that the funding for the Phase 3 of the hospital shall be appropriated in the 2015 national budget.

With a population of 289,867, Romblon is one of the provinces under DOH Region IV-B. According to the region's 2013 Vital Health Indices, the province has a 19.68% (5,706) live birth and 5.32% (1,541) death rate. The leading causes of mortality in the province are heart diseases, pneumonia, cancer, cerebro vascular accidents, and hypertension.

'This hospital is the symbol of hope for the people of Romblon - proof of the Aquino administration's commitment to the universal health care program for all,' said Hospital Chief Dr. Benedict Anatalio.

Also inaugurated were the Romblon Blood Collection Unit and the Conference Hall.

Other personalities present during the ceremonies were the vice mayors of Romblon, barangay officials of Odiongan town, Provincial Health Officer Ederlina Aguirre, and various health workers in the province.

Roxas Inaugurates DILG projects in Romblon


Odiongan, Romblon - Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas visited Romblon yesterday (April 4) to inaugurate three major projects, including the P9-million Provincial Convention Center in Odiongan town, funded by the DILG's Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).

The DILG chief said local officials of Romblon were able to match the P7 million of the PCF subsidy, effectively doubling it. Out of this total of P14 million, P9 million was spent for the convention center while the balance of P5 million was utilized to fund six other projects in different towns throughout the province.

Credit: Paul Jaysent Fos/Romblon News

"Ang mga proyekto na ito sa Odiongan at iba pang lugar sa Romblon ay patunay na patuloy na bibigyan ng pagkilala ng Pangulong Aquino ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na nakikiisa sa tuwid na daan," Roxas said.

"Ang mga biniyayaang munisipalidad ay nakapasa sa criteria ng Seal of Good Governance ng DILG bago sila mabigyan ng PCF. Ang ibig-sabihin nito, nakapagpakita sila ng transparency, accountability, at good governance, kaya sila kinikilala," he added.

Credit: Paul Jaysent Fos/Romblon News

Aside from the provincial convention center (also called the 'Farmer's Training Center), the DILG chief inaugurated the P1 million Odiongan Covered Court which was completed through the P1 million cash incentive under the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award given by the DILG. Odiongan was chosen as regional winner for the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award in 2011.

Later, Roxas inaugurated the opening of the concretized Formilleza Street in Odiongan which is also a recipient of P1-million in PCF for having passed the Silver Grade Seal of Good Governance earlier this year.

The DILG chief led the ceremonial awarding of PCF checks to eight Romblon mayors from the towns of Banton, Cajidiocan, Calatrava, Corcuera, Look, Odiongan, San Augustin, and Sta. Maria.

Credit: Paul Jaysent Fos/Romblon News

'This activity recognizes the excellent performance in local governance of said mayors," Roxas, who personally awarded the big replicas of the PCF checks, said.

Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo expressed his gratitude to the DILG chief for visiting Romblon during the annual fiesta of the province's business hub, Odiongan.

'As Romblon continues to move forward on the right path of sustainable development, we thank our national government for recognizing our efforts in good local governance,' Firmalo said.

'We commit to adhere by the highest standards of public service which is inclusive and genuine because Romblomanons deserve what is due to them - a healthy environment, best education, sustainable agriculture, high revenue, and transparency in governance,' he added.

Firmalo stressed that the provincial government will strive to be one of the best in the MIMAROPA region - the destination of choice.

Joining Roxas were Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali and Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez who also graced the 2014 Paraw Regatta, a banca sail competition pre-event for the annual Kanidugan Festival. They also visited the Odiongan Public Market and the on-going Provincial Agri-Trade Fair.

San Jose Celebrates Carabao Festival


March 15: 1st Carabao Island Bike-A-Thon
March 16: Civic Parade and Barangay Night
March 17: LGU
March 18: Parish Night
March 19: Carabao Festival (Street Dancing) and Miss Carabao Island Tourism

For more information please contact:
San Jose Tourism Office (0928 727 0653,

Provincial Tourism Office (Tablas and Carabao Islands)
(0998 318 5890 / 0915 561 4761)

*The Tablas Tourism Office would like to thank
PRINTADOS (Concept and Design) for all the print ads for Carabao Festival.
PRINTADOS offers the following services:
Digital and Silk screen T-shirt printing, Panaflex, Photo Editing, Personalized Graphic Design and Business Cards.
For more information please contact:
James F. Fajarito (0946 240 3774)

BIR Job Openings


The BIR is looking to fill newly opened positions due to the recent rationalization plan.

Updated Quickstats for Romblon Province


Here is a PDF of Romblon Province's updated quickstats courtesy of the NSO:

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Marvelous Marble


"ROMBLON, Romblon Island - This solid island of high-grade marble is like a person with split personality: it is rich, it is poor; it is promising, it is unforgiving; on one side, 15 barangays with beautiful and powdery white-sand beaches; on the other side, 16 barangays of quarry sites."

"The island has a solid foundation of immaculate white marble, an inexhaustible stock of expensive stone that can make the province one of the richest in the country if local companies can harness the backyard mining into a major industry."

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An Island of Miracles


"ROMBLON, Romblon - People attribute miracles to the 432-year-old statue of the child Jesus, the Sto. Nino of Romblon, which occupies a central role in the lives of residents in this central Philippine island."
"Its arrival in Romblon in 1582 was the first miracle that people re-enact every year with elaborate preparations, sending the whole island into a festive mood of street dancing, praying, street parade and a sea procession that takes several hours to finish."

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Former Romblon prof, DOST's Most Outstanding Provincial S&T Director


"A former professor of statistics and agricultural engineering at the Romblon State University was adjudged as the best provincial science and technology (S&T) director of the entire Department of Science and Technology (DOST) system during the Outstanding Provincial S&T Director awarding ceremony at the DOST Executive Lounge in Bicutan, Taguig City recently."

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(Photo by Ceajay Valerio, S&T Media Service, DOST-STII)

A homecoming festival for Sto. Nio in Romblon


What else could highlight this year's Biniray Festival in Romblon than the return of the 400-year-old image of the Nuestra Seor Sto. Nio? After 22 years, the statue, stolen from the St. Joseph Cathedral, has come home for its feast.

(Photo by Kati Burg)
"We are really happy and thankful that we have the original one back," said Msgr. Ernie Fetalino of the Diocese of Romblon.
The 12-inch tall, wooden statue is a replica of the Sto. Nio of Cebu. It was stolen in December 1991 when the cathedral in Romblon town in Romblon was undergoing renovation.
To push through with the festival that happens every second week of January, the diocese replaced the image with a replica.

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First Daigon 2013 from December 15 - 23


We would like to invite everyone to the First Daigon 2013 from December 15 to December 23!
This event is a joint project of the Provincial and Municipal Government with the theme ''Gab-I it Pangupong''.
This is also a fund raising activity for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda, specifically for the citizens of Capiz to recover their normal way of living.
Daigon will be also our own way of celebrating Christmas with the NGOs, NGAs and Private Organizations. There would be a parade with floats, lanterns and chorales. It is a showcase of talents, creativity, artistry and resourcefulness. This event will open the awareness and involvement of Odionganons to be One Community and One Family which is what really Christmas is all about.


December 15
Lighting of Giant Christmas 6:00 PM
Christmas Tree and Latern Contest

December 16 Chorale Presentation 6:00 PM

December 17
Chorale Presentation 6:00 PM

December 18
Chorale Presentation 6:00 PM

December 19
Chorale Presentation 6:00 PM

December 20
Chorale Presentation 6:00 PM

December 21
Chorale Presentation 6:00 PM

December 22
Chorale Presentation 6:00 PM

DAIGON 2013 December 23
Float Parade 4:00 PM
Gab-i it Pangupong 6:00 PM

For more information please contact us thru:
Mobile (Smart): 09983185890
Mobile (Globe): 09155614761
or visit the Office of the Governor Extension in Odiongan.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Post Typhoon Announcement


Public Announcement


PESO: Attention College Graduates 19-26 years old


The PHIL-NIPPPON TECHNICAL COLLEGE (PNTC). in coordination with the PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT SERVICES OFFICE will conduct a program orientation and qualifying examination at 8:00am on November 12, 2013 at the AUDIO-VISUAL ROOM, ROMBLON STATE UNIVERSITY (Odiongan, Romblon). Successful examinees will be interviewed the next day, November 13, 2013.


You could be the next PNTC GRADUATE (Study Now Pay Later Program) to AVAIL of valuable internship in JAPAN.

For inquiries contact: Ms. Alice C. Fetalvero

Provincial PESO Manager, Office of the Governor

Odiongan, Romblon - 09998890816



Job Opening for Male Production Operator(for pre-fabricated houses)


18-30 years old/single * At least 5'4" * At least High School Graduate


Documents: Diploma/HS Card/Transcript of Records

NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate

NBI Clearance

SSS Number

For Inquiry: Ms. Alice C. Fetalvero

Provincial PESO Manager, Office of the Governor

Odiongan, Romblon - 09998890816

Romblon elected officials take oath


The Team PNoy coalition, composed of the Nacionalista Party (NP) and the Liberal Party (LP), won a landslide victory in the May elections.

Lawyer Eleandro Jesus Madrona, an NP stalwart, was re-elected congressman for his last term in the House of Representatives. He garnered over 75 percent of votes cast and beat former governor Natalio Beltran III of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

Sworn into office by Gov. Eduardo Firmalo, Madrona pledged to continue his service for the barangays, the youth and the poor.

"For the first time in the history of the province, there is neither majority nor minority nor opposition in the province. We will work as a team, as we promised our people. We are committed to work for our development and to fully serve our constituents," he said.

Firmalo, of the LP, was also re-elected, garnering over 75 percent of the total votes cast against UNA's Bernie Fondevilla. The governor took his oath before Madrona.

"In just three years, our province reached financial and economic stability, promoted transparency and good governance receiving praises and awards at the regional and national levels. We are one team from congress down to our barangays, we shall continue to go forward through agricultural development, food security and eco-tourism - all these toward sustainable development," he said.

Sworn into office by Judge Edwin Buffe, businessman Jose Riano of the LP was proclaimed vice governor after he trounced his predecessor, Manuel Madrid of the NP, and independent candidate Jose Cesar Cabrera.

"I am not actually the victorious one because you, as a people, won for the future of the province of Romblon for the success of the coalition is the success of Romblomanons," said Riano in his inaugural speech.

The members of the provincial board - Samuel Romero, Anthony Rugas, Abner Perez, Nelson Lim, Felix Ylagan, Juliet Fiel, Venizar Maravilla and Andrew Fondevilla - also took their oath.

Guest Post: Giant Clam Restocking


Giant clams are the largest bivalve mollusks, hermaphroditic (both male and female reproductive organs), filter feed, and have symbiotic organisms living in its mantle, zooxanthellae. There are 8 species of giant clams (7 of which are found in the Philippines). Threats include natural predation, poaching, siltation, wave action, bleaching, and irresponsible actions of humans.

SIKAT Inc. has taken action to address these threats by working with the Romblon Municipal Department of Agriculture and local fisherfolk. Together they protect giant clam populations in the waters surrounding Romblon Island under Philippine Republic Act 9147 "As an Act Providing for the Conservation and Protection of Wildlife Resources and their Habitats, Appropriating Funds therefore and for other Purposes".

Local divers working with SIKAT participate by collecting giant clams from outside the marine sanctuaries and centralizing them in one location so they can be better monitored by the Bantay Dagat (Community-based Coastal Law Enforcement Team). This also increases the likelihood that the clams will reproduce, since they are being restocked closer together. Each clam is tagged and the growth is monitored regularly.A giant clam found in the coastal waters of Ginablan outside of the established sanctuaryVolunteer divers with SIKAT Inc. collect giant clams to be measured, tagged, and placed inside the marine sanctuary to be protected and monitoredGiant clams are measured and tagged under the water if they are attached to the substrate to prevent stress and harm to the giant clamsIf giant clams are able to be brought to the surface, the community helps measure and tag the giant clams before restocking them into the sanctuaryThe breeding cycle area depends on the number of giant clams. Four giant clams are placed in sandy or silty substrate at five meter intervals along a transect line. They are organized by species, and within each species, the sperm and eggs should come from different clams to promote high genetic diversity

State of Local Governance Performance


"Highlighted in this report is your LGU's performance in four (4) areas of governance: (1) Administrative Governance, (2) Social Governance, (3) Economic Governance, and (4) Environmental Governance. A special report is included to determine how the fundamentals of good governance such as Participation, Transparency, and Financial Accountability are valued in the LGU. It is to note that the LGU's performance was assessed based on the responses of the LGU's Team to the questions provided into the LGPMS database. A Performance Scale is used to identify areas with excellent performance and areas for improvement. A perfect scale of 5 denotes excellent performance while performance scales of 1-4 indicate areas for improvement. Although scales of 3 and 4 are relatively high, there are areas which can still be improved on. All these are explained in detail as you read the entire report."

Click on the links below to download the corresponding report (PDF format):

Economic Governance Environmental Governance Valuing Fundamentals of Governance Administrative Governance Social Governance

Q1-Q2 2012 Receipts and Expenditures


Our province's reciepts and expenditures for the first half of 2012. You can view a larger copy by clicking on one of the images below. 1st quarter expenditures image2nd quarter expenditures image

Award of Commendation


According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, Romblon ranked #1 in Economic Enterprise Collection among the provinces in Region IV-B! Sulong, Romblon!

Romblon AVP and Music Video


Here is an audio-video presentation about romblon province. And also a music video of Sulong Romblon, composed by Dan Fabella, conducted by Marc Famini, and performed by the Romblon Capitol Chorale.

Full Disclosure of Reports


Romblon Province's full disclosure of reports posted to DILG MIMAROPA website. Click on the links below to download the corresponding PDF file:

ADF:Appropriations, Allotments, and Obligations as of June 30, 2012Fund Utilization Report as of June 30, 2012Items to Bid (1st and 2nd Quarter 2012)

UPDATED: Invitation to Bid


Active Bidding Invitations for June 30 to July 30. Click on the links below to download the corresponding Bid Notice Abstracts (PDF format): Agnaga-Calabogo RoadCompletion of Covered CourtSABLAYAN-phase ISABLAYAN-phase IISABLAYAN-phase IIISitio Aglumyum Road RehabilitationGuimpingan Road RehabilitationLonos Road ConcretingHospital-Lupa Road RehabilitationRepair-Improvement of Malipayon HospitalSDH Maternity Halfway HousePalje Road RehabilitationSDH Renovation-RoofingTaguilos-Marigondon-Lubang Road ConcretingRenovation of Tablas District Hospital

NSO: Romblon Quickstat (May 2012)


An update of the most requested statistics for Romblon courtesy of our local NSO branch. Click on the image to view/download:

Receipts and Expenditures Q1 2012


This post is on behalf of the people at the Provincial Treasurer's Office who have made our first quarter receipts and expenditures available. You can view a larger copy by clicking on the image below. expenditures image

The Last Wild Place


Many of the scenes in the teaser trailer of this new reality show feature our province prominently, notably Mount Guiting-guiting and Banton, as well as Romblon island.

Romblon: 2012 Heritage Province


Romblon has been declared by the Subcommission on Cultural Heritage (SCH) of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts as 2012 HERITAGE PROVINCE! Romblon is the first to be officially designated as Heritage Province in the country by the NCCA. The NCCA shall assist in the identification, preservation, and development of Romblon's cultural properties and heritage sites over a 3-year period. Sulong, Romblon!