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Can former GM make miracles at MIWD?

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

AT 80 YEARS old, returning Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) general manager Moises Molen Jr. could hardly qualify as “miracle worker.”

But the MIWD board of directors chaired by Dr. Teodoro Robles is willing to bet on Molen’s experience and track record as main ingredients to put things in order at the water district.

Robles said Molen appeared sprightly and decisive when they met the latter for an interview.

“He is 80 years but he is still strong and quick to make decisions,” Roble said.

Seven persons, including a former MIWD manager and two insiders were considered as permanent general manager but Robles said Molen appeared the most qualified and willing to assume his old post.

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Priest on BBL: First things first

By: Louine Hope Conseva

A KEY leader of the Catholic Church in Iloilo has apprehensions on the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Monsignor Meliton Oso, chairman of the Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center (JASAC), expressed his doubts on the BBL in a briefing and forum on the proposed law Tuesday.

“I do not know what to think right now whether I will say yes or no. I am here because I want to understand it,” he said.

Oso cited the case of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which according to him is a “failure.”

“It is a very corrupt country and corruption was replaced by ARMM. We have to look into how they use the funds that will be given to them,” he said.

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DBM: PEI now performance-based

By: Louine Hope Conserva

TRUE to its name, the productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) for state workers will be based on the actual performance of the recipient.

This, after President Benigno Aquino III issued Executive Order 181 which sets "the one-time grant of the PEI (is) equivalent to either P5, 000 or one month basic salary as of 31 May 2015."

Alfonso Bedonia, Department of Budget and Management (DBM-6) regional director, said the EO is based on Joint Resolution No. 4 passed by Congress on the salary standardization law.

“PEI is a guarantee benefit given to employees. They want all compensation to be performance-based,” said Bedonia.

Agencies need to meet three requirements on the performance aspect:

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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

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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The comprehensive water ordinance of Pavia

July 01, 2015 03:38 AM

By: Edgar Mana-ay

Last June 8, 2015 the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Pavia, Iloilo unanimously passed Regulation Ordinance No. 2015-07: “AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE EXTRACTION OF SURFACE WATERS FROM CREEKS AND RIVERS, Read more...

Who is the true Filipino?

July 01, 2015 03:34 AM

By: Atty. Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco, LL.M

FILIPINOS always ask this question in November because on the 30th of this month we commemorate the birthday of the quintessential nationalist, Read more...

New sugar industry-11

July 01, 2015 03:26 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

BECAUSE of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program that parceled off farm lands into small units, most of the sugar lands today are undersigned for sugar cultivation. Read more...

#LoveWins, Human Society Loses

July 01, 2015 03:22 AM

By: Robert Z. Cortes

BY NOW no one has not seen those rainbow-colored #LoveWins memes. Or those rainbow-colored hearts that Twitter tacked on to the hashtag to celebrate the victory of same-sex marriage in the Land of the Free. Read more...

Master of living and working piety

July 01, 2015 03:16 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

LAST June 26 was the feast of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. It also was the 40th anniversary of his death in Rome, his transit to heaven in 1975. His cause for canonization was opened soon after his death, Read more...

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