The leader at the helm of Roxas City, Capiz is one who likes to dream and accomplish those dreams for the city.
Born on 5 May 1958, Mayor Angel Alan Celino is the eldest among the four children of successful businessm
an Angel Celino and former Leonidas Badoy. His other siblings are Shane, Hazel and Troy. The mayor has two sons - Jericho Angel (now serving as his executive assistant); and Jordan Angel, a registered nurse.
His Student Years
The mayor took his primary education at the Loctugan Elementary School and spent his high school at the St. Mary’s Academy of Capiz. He obtained his mechanical engineering degree from the University of San Agustin.
In 1970, he studied at the St. Pius X Seminary. From 1998 to 2002, he took up Law at the Colegio dela Purisima Concepcion.
His Political Career
Earlier on, he has shown passion to serve the poor and the needy.
In 1995, he was elected Roxas City councilor, a post he would later occupy for three terms. At the end of his term in 2004, he ran for vice mayor under a different party and won the post hands down.
But like a prodigal son, he went back to his original party, the Liberal Party, before the May 10, 2010 elections. The LP took him under its wing “with open arms” for the City’s top post-seen as the most hotly-contested mayoralty race in the City has ever seen.
Shortly after he assumed office, Mayor Celino crafted his own governance agenda carried in the acronym HOPE, which stands for Health, Opportunities, Peace and Order, and Environment. He also launched his battle cry “For A Change (Pagbag-o)” which enjoins city bureaucrats and residents to “change their ways for the better”. His presence at the city’s seat of power provides hope and inspiration especially to those who have seemingly lost faith on the nobility of public service.
In his one year and seven months into office, the following are his significant accomplishments for Roxas City:
• "Red Orchid Award" by the Department of Health (DOH) - for its effort s in trying to achieve a “100 percent tobacco-free environment”
• "Top Performer in the National Tuberculosis Control Program" and "Outstanding Implementor of Measles Rubella Supplemental Immunization Activity" by the DOH - during the DOH’s 2011 Awarding and Recognition of Partners and Stakeholdersheld at the Sarabia Manor and Convention Center in Iloilo City in December 2011
• "Reopening of the Birthing Clinic at the City Health Office" last March 2011 - to provide mothers with good doctors, nurses and midwives on a 24-hour basis where only PhP100 is charged for a normal delivery in the birthing clinic when the mother is a PhilHealth card holder
• "Botika ni Alan sa Barangay" outlets - put up in Barangays Culasi, Loctugan, Cagay, Libas, Dumulog, Dayao and Bolo to afford indigents free medicines
• Conceptualized a feeding program for pupils in Roxas City’s 47 barangays - has benefitted more than 5,000 pupils where a mobile feeding program is also being conducted at the Sitio level from time to time by the PR Office
• First local government unit to give a 50-percent coverage to dengue patients - when the dengue outbreak happened in July 2011, with Roxas City paying subsidies to the hospitals
• More than 8,000 PhilHealth cards were distributed to the indigents during the City’s 60th Charter celebration - next target of the mayor for PhilHealth cards distribution are the tricycle drivers
• Some 1,000 barangay health workers have availed themselves of an allowance of PhP1,000 regardless of their political affiliations
• Food Carts or the so-called Nego-Karts were given by Mayor Celino to 20 ambulant vendors in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment
• On 15 February 2012, the Roxas City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) won the "Best PESO Award in Western Visayas" - under Milagros Barquin, the office received a computer with its accessories from the DOLE to be used for its National Skills Registry System (part of a prize of the Roxas City)
• In the area of peace and order and police matters, he created the 22-member Special Weapons and Tactics(SWAT) team or unit of the Roxas City Police Station
• A bakery business was also put up to provide livelihood to persons with disabilities - where buns produced by the bakery are used in Mayor Celino’s feeding program; so-called Pan de Alan bakery project was re-launched on 20 December 2011 (bakery can be found at Stall No. 19, Paseo de Catheral and is under the supervision of Cynthia Besana of the CSWD)
• The Food for Work program was launched to augment the incomes of families displaced from their livelihood due to factors, like climate change - families from Barangays Dumulog, Baybay, Tanque and Barra have been provided with free food supply in exchange for community services, like the cleaning up of esteros and canals
• Inmates at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) have also become beneficiaries of Mayor Celino’s hollow-block making program - the mayor recently turned over a check worth PhP200,000 to be used by the inmates in their livelihood program
• The Mayor also gave away a "trisikad" unit to each of the five teenagers whom he chanced upon at the Arnaldo Boulevard for their livelihood
• A "Caravan ni Alan" was conducted in seven barangays to bring government services to the people
• Out-of-school program for youths who were enrolled in the Sharing Computer Access Locally and Abroad (SCALA) program - where out-of-school youths are learning about computer operation while developing their personalities, talents and skills which they can use in applying for jobs
• Various infrastructure projects, like roads and drainage systems - through the City Engineer’s Office; the mayor has also accepted a lot donation from the Ong family for the integrated transport terminal in Barangay Lawaan (project aims to decongest traffic in the city proper); the putting up of a new city police station building on the same site is also underway.
• The Mayor has intensified its tax collection campaign - by tapping the services of Certified Public Accountant Carmen “Baby” Andrade (as a result, the city’s tax collection has reached PhP43,044,932.52 as of January 2012, higher by PhP8,835,911.72 compared to last year’s collection of PhP34,209,020.80
• The City Agriculture Office has intensified its BantayDagay operations - reporting 11 apprehensions for various illegal methods of fishing, like trawl and "hulbot-hulbot"; has also saved endangered marine species
• Relocation of junk shops in Barangay Cagay - considered eyesores
The Roxas City government under Mayor Celino has also launched its fifth eco-tourism site, the Palina Greenbelt Ecopark, in Barangay Cagay, some 5 km. from the city proper. The Ecopark, a recipient of an initial P250,000 fund from Mayor Celino, offers mangrove tour, river tour, fishing and beach swimming.
For his second year as this City’s chief executive, Mayor Celino vows to pursue the following: 1) Philhealth coverage for tricycle drivers; 2) a new integrated transport terminal in Barangay Lawaan; 3) a sanitary landfill in San Jose; 4) Hortus Botanicos' development as this city’s major tourist attraction, seafood restaurants along Panay River and in Balay Kapisnon; 5) relocation sites for informal settlers in Barangays Culasi and Tanza, and 6) maintenance of roads and improvement of barangay day-care centers.
There is no stopping Mayor Alan from changing the face of Roxas City. From being the Garden Center of Panay, Seafood Capital of the Philippines, Cleanest and Greenest Component city in Region VI, and Home of Disciplined and God-fearing People, Roxas City is becoming a livable place under Mayor Celino’s stewardship.
The people of Roxas City supports this wonderful endeavor for the benefit of all!