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P710M in DAP money for WV

State universities, colleges got DAP funds, too

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

MORE than P700 million from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) were released to various project and institutions in Western Visayas.

The accounting of DAP funded projects so far is based on the statements from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Senate President Franklin Drilon.

The latest list of institutions that received DAP funds are the seven state universities and colleges in the region which were allocated a total of P50 million.

Based on records from the DBM-6 regional office, P3.2 million was given each to the Guimaras State College, the Aklan State University, the Iloilo State College of Fisheries, the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic College and the Northern Negros State University.

West Visayas State University got the biggest allocation of P17 million.

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RPT hike report out by August 5

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo JR.

THE committee on ways and means of the Iloilo City Council will render a final report on the proposed real property tax (RPT) increase next month.

Councilor Plaridel Nava, committee chair, said he can no longer wait for the result of the talks between the business sector and city hall officials on the RPT issue.

Whether or not the two sectors agree on the proposed tax increase, Nava said he will make his report on the matter during their regular session on August 5.

The dialogue between the business sector and the City Hall’s local finance committee was one of the outcomes in the second public hearing on the RPT increase Friday last week.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog proposed the meeting in a bid to convince businessmen on the necessity and benefits of the increase.

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Search for the 100 millionth Pinoy kicks off

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

“WHAT future awaits the 100 millionth Pinoy?”

This is the question posed by the Population Commission (POPCOM-6) as the country’s population approaches the 100 million mark.

In a statement, POPCOM-6 said the Philippines will become home to 100 million Filipinos on July 27, 2014 at 12:06 a.m.

The forecast is based on the 2010 population projections set by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

On the same date, the population of Western Visayas will total 7,518,063, based on the population growth rate of 1.35

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SM City Iloilo is in partnership with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for the celebration of National Disaster Consciousness Month.

The month long celebration kicked off last July 1-7, 2012 when the Iloilo City Emergency Responders(ICER) set up an exhibit featuring the group’s up-to-date facilities ready to be used in times of disaster.

Last July 10, The Department of Health conducted a Basic Life Support, Cardio Pulmonary and First Aid demo at the Event Center which was open to all shoppers interested to learn these life saving techniques.

The lead agency of the celebration, Office of Civil Defense VI, will hold a poster making and essay writing contest on July 30 at the Event Center.

This year’s theme is “Ligtas na Bayan: Maunlad na Pamayanan”.

 

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Hard sell

July 23, 2014 01:58 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

THE Aquino government had hatched another pork barrel program called the “Bottoms Up Budgeting” in which it allocated P10 billion to be handed over to “poor” municipalities all over the country. Supposedly, the fund will augment the meager resources of these LGUs and enable them to deliver more services to their constituents. But this is a poor disguise for a political gimmick to sell Mar Roxas, the likely candidate of the Liberal Party for President, to municipal mayors. Read more...

Tell us who your friends are

July 23, 2014 01:56 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Neutral men are the devil's allies.” – Edwin Hubbel Chapin

THE front pages of all the newspapers, headline news of all TV and radio networks yesterday said it all! Read more...

Headline overload

July 23, 2014 01:54 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

SIMULTANEOUS newsbreaks triggered the headline overload.

The antigraft court suspended Sen. Jinggoy Estrada for 90 days at his pork barrel scam trial. Detained Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Bong Revilla hold their breaths for similar suspensions. Read more...

Callousness

July 23, 2014 01:52 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

“IF YOU live in a graveyard too long you stop crying when someone dies,” someone quipped.  The quote is a figure of speech effectively pointing out moral callousness. Thanks to our visual artists and poets who portray such messages to our struggling society.

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When banks fail-5

July 23, 2014 01:50 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

SINCE last Wednesday, people had been asking me for the name of the bank which Joe Marie Sy charged for damages and why Sy complained only now when the alleged scam happened since 2008.

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