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ICC PHASE 2 KICKS OFF

Hilmarc’s withdraws from bidding

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

IS THE company that tendered the lowest bid for the second phase of the P1-billion Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) capable of undertaking the project?

The question surfaced after WERR Corporation International was declared the lowest responsive bidder of the ICC Phase 2 project which has an approved budget of P187.602 million.

The bidding was held October 20, 2014 at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office.

Muntinlupa City-based WERR was declared the lowest responsive bidder after tendering P166.094 million for the project.

The second responsive bidder is JD Legaspi Construction which tendered P178.388 million while HSO Construction Corp.’s bid was P179.991 million.

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Super vendors threaten to strike vs. DOTC order

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

VENDORS at the Iloilo Terminal Market or Super are up in arms against an administrative order imposing stiffer fines on illegal and out of route public utility vehicles (PUVs).

Dante Mangalisan, interim president of the Super Market vendors group, said the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 of the Department of Transportation and Communications and two other agencies affected their livelihood.

Mangalisan said the order prevented PUVs from ferrying goods and buyers to Super, putting a dent on their income.

Under the JAO, provincial PUVs cannot go beyond the terminals and enter the city skirts, lest they will be penalized by as much as P1 million for violating their route assignments.

The vendors threatened to hold a strike by refusing to pay their rental fees for at least two months.

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Megaworld aims to make Iloilo City PHL’s bike capital

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park (IBP) will be the official home of the annual Iloilo Bike Festival in the next 10 years.

This, as Megaworld and the Iloilo City government joined forces to hold the annual bike festival from 2015 until 2024.

The partnership was sealed through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Friday, October 24 between Megaworld represented by Senior Vice President Jericho P. Go and the Iloilo City government represented by Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

The partnership aims to boost the Ilonggos' healthy lifestyle, road-sharing culture as bike lanes emerge in the city and public safety practices.

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By: Venus G. Villanueva

KALIBO, Aklan – Physically and mentally fit Aklanons who wish to work with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) can now have their chance to do so by taking the Penology Officer Examination on August 12, 2012 in Iloilo City.

According to Ma. Cynthia P. Aranas, Director II of Civil Service Commission (CSC) Field Office-Aklan, the examination is open for incumbent personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, personnel of Provincial and Sub-Provincial Jails and other interested applicants.

Aranas said successful examinees will be conferred the Penology Officer Eligibility, considered appropriate to second level ranks in the jail management and penology and functionally related services only, except for ranks under the Philippine National Police (PNP).

To pass the test, the examinee should get a grade of at least 80, according to Aranas.

Aranas said interested applicants can now file their applications at the CSC Regional or Field Officers.

Incumbent employees of the BJMP, on the other hand, may file their applications at the BJMP Regional Office.

“Application forms are available at the CSCROs/FOs and can also be downloaded at www.csc.gov.ph.

To qualify, applicants must be a Filipino citizen; must be of good moral character; must be mentally and physically fit; must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness or addiction to drugs and must not have been dishonorably discharged from the service.

A waiver for height requirement will be granted to applicants belonging to cultural communities, subject to submission of certification of membership to a cultural community issued by the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), the CSC emphasized.

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Tragic refrain

October 25,2014 12:48 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

ANOTHER Filipino died in the hands of a US serviceman. This is a tragic refrain to the never ending abuse and mistreatment Filipinos suffered since American troops landed in Philippine soil more than a century ago. Read more...

Festival notes-2

October 25,2014 12:46 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

DURING the Media Night at GT Hotel on October 18, Councilor Jun Gamboa announced that the budget for media had already been approved. That was a surprise to most and they asked who got what and each said “not me”.  Read more...

Love should motivate all our actions

October 25,2014 12:44 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel Reading: Matthew 22,34-40

OUR GOSPEL reading this Sunday invites us to search our heart to determine what really motivates us in everything that we do. It is quite easy to lose sight of what is essential when we do and think about so many things simultaneously. Read more...

Double speak

October 25,2014 12:42 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

THERE are confusing actions which President Benigno Aquino should rethink: turning a blind eye on the PNP chief Purisima, and the Commission on Appointment’s promotion of officers implicated in the massacre of journalists in Maguindanao among others. Read more...

Much given, much expected

October 25,2014 12:40 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE are all familiar with that gospel lesson that those who have been blessed and gifted much, much is also expected and demanded. “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Lk 12,48) Read more...

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