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.
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.
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