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WV economy slows down

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

WESTERN VISAYAS’ regional economy slowed down in 2013 due to a substantial slump in the agriculture, hunting and forestry and fishing (AHFF) industry.

Slower growth in the industry and service sectors also led to a sluggish growth in the gross regional domestic product (GRDP), from 7.7 percent in 2012 to 4.1 percent last year.

The GRDP is the aggregate value of goods and services produced in a specific region.

Data from the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) showed that Region 6’s AHFF sector further contracted from 0.1 percent in 2012 to negative 3.3 percent in 2013.

The data is ironic since Western Visayas is primarily an agricultural economy.

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1,400 sacks of NFA rice seized from warehouse

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided early Thursday morning a warehouse in Leganes, Iloilo containing “re-bagged” government rice.

The NBI operatives confiscated around 1,400 sacks of rice from the National Food Authority (NFA) being repacked as commercial rice.

NBI-6 special agent John Katipunan said they chanced upon 12 workers transferring what was believed to be NFA rice into commercial sacks inside the warehouse at Barangay Napnud.

The warehouse is registered in the name of Dennis de Vicente, a businessman from San Enrique, Iloilo.

De Vicente or any of his representatives was not around when the raid was conducted.

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Malnutrition still bugging Antique

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ANTIQUE still tops the list of provinces in Western Visayas with the highest number of malnourished children.

A report from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) said Antique’s malnutrition prevalence hit 8.78 percent in 2013.

In 2012, the province also posted the highest prevalence of malnutrition in Western Visayas at 9.49 percent.

The National Nutrition Council (NNC-6) linked malnutrition in Antique to poverty, low income of parents and mothers still resorting to bottle feeding rather than exclusive breastfeeding.

On the upside, the FNRI report said the malnutrition rate of Western Visayas among children 0 to 5 months old showed a minimal decrease from 20.2 percent in 2012 to 19.1 percent in 2013.

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the avenue


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

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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Stuck fishbone

August 01,2014 02:10 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE replica of the Bacolod City Government Center at the northern terminus of Araneta Street is a fishbone stuck in the throat of Monico Puentevella that despite fervent efforts remains embedded.

Syjuco gaining national prominence vs P-Noy

August 01,2014 02:08 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” Nelson Mandela

WAS it a mistake to pick on Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco for being a foe in politics?

Or is Syjuco the easiest whipping boy among all the minions identified with former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo?

Cockpit blinders

August 01,2014 02:06 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“THEY were watching it as they would a cockfight, interesting but not something that’d change their lives,” sociologist. John Carroll, SJ recalls thinking on the eve of People Power 1. At a barricade behind Camp Aguinaldo, “residents of the poor neighborhood drifted into the streets, waiting to see what’d happen.”

Most Despised Deputy Ombudsman

August 01,2014 02:04 AM

By: Peter G. Jimenea

We just want Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales to learn of our disgust at her decision in this case. In 2001, the Iloilo City Government agreed to float a bond of P120 million for the construction of 413 low-cost houses for city employees. It was cornered by the PNB for an interest of P5 million, thus converting it into a P125-million loan. Read more...

So young and so ...

August 01,2014 02:02 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

JED PATRICK E. Mabilog is definitely one of the wealthiest public officials in the country today. Only 48 years old, he has a net worth of P68,341,622.41 based on his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for the year ending December 31, 2013. He has been in public service for only nine years. He is an example of how public office has enriched its occupant. Read more...

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