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‘BIGGEST LOSERS’

Small businesses vulnerable to wage hike

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE newly-approved P11.50 wage increase in the region could lead to closure of small businesses, a top official of the Iloilo Business Club said.

IBC Executive Director Lea Lara said that the salary increase is giving undue pressure, especially on the operations of small businesses.

“Here in the city we are more into retail businesses. They are concentrated on services and consumer goods. So they really suffer especially that the competition is fierce,” said Lara.

Lara said that last year, they have received information that some retailers have opted to close following the wage increase.

“Their compliance will really suffer. Those who employ more workers, their benefits will also be affected,” she added.

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Biron denies meeting with political nemeses

By: Louine Hope Conserva

FORMER 4th district congressman Ferjenel Biron shot down reports that he met with members of the Tupas clan to talk politics in the city and province of Iloilo.

Talks have been swirling that Biron sat down recently with former Iloilo governor Niel Tupas Sr., his son Iloilo City Councilor Nielex Tupas and former Iloilo City congressman Raphael “Paeng” Lopez-Vito.

But Biron quickly dismissed the report.

“No meeting happened. I was even wondering where that information came from but let me assure you that we didn’t meet,” Biron said in an interview with Bombo Radyo-Iloilo.

Biron said he does not have any reason to meet with the Tupases and Lopez-Vito.

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Molo parish offers ‘Shroud’ to devotees

By: Reina Tacardon and Paolo Arnaldo

THE faithful can find a special way of reflecting on the passion and death of Jesus Christ at the St. Anne Parish Church in Molo, Iloilo City.

Rev. Fr. Espiridion R. Celis Jr., Molo parish priest, said they introduced the icon of the Holy Shroud of Turin for the first time in Iloilo City to provide a more meaningful and profound way of observing the Holy Week.

The Shroud is believed to be the burial cloth which was used to wrap Jesus Christ’s remains. Imprinted on the linen cloth are the face and body of the Christ.

Fr. Celis said the icon was donated by an unnamed donor “with a magnanimous heart” from Iloilo.

“Adopt the wound that was caused by your sin. Kiss it... so that, it will not hurt.”  Fr. Celis said as to the significance of the shroud.

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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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April 01, 2015 01:12 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

I APOLOGIZE for shifting the subject of this column. I promised yesterday to continue with the contract between Energreen and CENECO which I hoped to put to a temporary close. In an effort to keep the momentum I overlooked that this is the last day of work and issue. On Holy Week we contemplate on our state as sinners in need of repentance and atonement to gain God’s forgiveness. Anyway we shall continue on Monday with Energreen and CENECO when the world wakes up to a new day and new challenges. Read more...

Illegal drugs, not prostitution, is No. 1 problem in schools

April 01, 2015 01:10 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Addiction isn’t about substance—you aren’t addicted to the substance. You are addicted to the alteration of mood that the substance brings.” – Susan Cheever

SAD to say, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has failed to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs in many campuses.

Classes have closed but not a single drug pusher that catered to university and college students was apprehended. Read more...

Dimas and Gestas of today

April 01, 2015 01:08 AM

By Ranie Z. Jangayo

IT SEEMS that the two thieves named Dimas and Gestas who were also crucified with Jesus Christ are still with us today.

Dimas and Gestas are not actually named in the Bible. However, an apocryphal book by Nicodemus, which Bible scholars date to the 4th century AD on the Biblical timeline, names the repentant or good thief as Dysmas or Dimas and the one who mocked Jesus as Gestas. Read more...

Lee Kuan Yew and a system that works

April 01, 2015 01:06 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

THE legacy of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has undeniably transformed Singapore, bereft of natural resources, from a struggling small island into one of the world’s most prosperous countries.

His message could have been misread by authoritarian leaders like President Paul Kagame of Rwanda who is seeking to change the constitution to extend his term. Read more...

Go IPEd (The Indigenous Peoples Education)

April 01, 2015 01:04 AM

By: Elena P. Gonzaga

Regional IPEd Focal Person

WESTERN Visayas has a significant number of indigenous peoples learners mapped by the Schools Divisions IPEd Focal Persons.

One of the features of the K to 12 Basic Education is culture-responsive and culture-sensitive, integrative and contextualized, relevant and responsive.  Read more...

Is the pope a Christian?

April 01, 2015 01:02 AM

By:Garry Willis

AT A RECENT I talk I gave about Pope Francis, a man asked me, “Why do more non-Catholics like the pope than Catholics do?”

He was wrong,  A Pew poll two months ago found that 90 percent of Catholics like what the pope is doing—and the number is even higher (95 percent) among the most observant, Mass attending Catholics. The percentage of non-Catholics who view the pope favorably does not get above the 70s. Read more...

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