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MIWD pushes new bulk water project

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

THE Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) said it will push through with the bidding of the new bulk water supply project which seeks to augment its supply by 5,000 cubic meters (cu. m.) daily.

In a statement, Amarylis Josephine Castro, MIWD officer-in-charge, said the Bids and Awards Committee is set to conduct the bidding for the project on December 29, 2014.

Dubbed as the Bulk Water Supply Project for MIWD, the 10-year undertaking aims to bring in fresh supply of potable water to MIWD at injection point area/s based on specified water quality and quantity standards.

“Day one of delivery will be within four months after the issuance of Notice to Proceed (NTP).  This will be ground water sourced,” the MIWD statement said.

The injection point area of the bulk water supply project is along the 400 millimeter (mm) and/or 600mm diameter transmission line traversing the villages of Cabolo-an Norte and Abilay, Oton; San Jose, San Miguel; Barangay Jibao-an, Pavia in the province of Iloilo; and Hibao-an Norte to Hibao-an Sur, Mandurriao in Iloilo City.

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Energy sector projects help Customs overshoot target

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) in Region 6 surpassed its collection target for 2014 in just 6 months thanks to energy-related projects in the region.

Atty. Ernelito Aquino, BOC District 6 collector, said their actual collection from July to December 15, 2014 totaling P991.267 million exceeded their 2014 target of P843.983 million

Aquino attributed their performance to the importation of construction materials and equipment for the expansion project of Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC) and two wind farm energy power projects in the region.

PEDC, a subsidiary of Metrobank Group’s Global Business Power Corp. (GBPC), is operating a 164-megawatt coal-fired power plant in La Paz, Iloilo City. It is expanding its capacity by putting up another 150-MW power plant in the same site.

According to Aquino, PEDC imported an estimated P1.444 billion in materials and equipment.

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Mayor, Liga president clash over building

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-Iloilo) has meddled in the conflict between the mayor and Liga ng mga Barangay president of Sta. Barbara.

Mayor Dennis Superficial and Liga president Tim Padilla clashed last December 19 over the use of the Liga Hall.

Superficial arrived with three policemen and locked the second floor of the building where the Liga holds office.

The mayor accused some of Padilla’s personnel of unauthorized use of the building.

But Padilla said the Liga pays the salaries of the personnel aside from giving them consent to use the building.

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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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Sugar accounting–6

December 23,2014 01:10 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

NOW that the Bicameral Committee of the two Houses of Congress has already approved a reconciled version of the Sugar Act, the likelihood of its becoming law is already certain. However, the Congress had gone into recess and so the final approval of the measure by the two Houses has to wait for the resumption of session in January 2015. Read more...

Pope Francis' visit: Security nightmare

December 23,2014 01:08 AM

By: Jess Dureza

DURING my call to former President Fidel V. Ramos recently in his Makati office, he wondered what kind of security contingency measures were in place for the Pope's visit. He recalled how "Operation Bojingka" of foreign terrorists from the Middle East planning to assassinate Pope John Paul during his visit in the Philippines in the 1970s, was timely discovered and aborted.  Read more...

The power of prayer

December 23,2014 01:06 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

ASK, AND you will receive. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened to you. For the one who asks, receives. The one who seeks, finds. The one who knocks, enters. If you, with all your sins, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to anyone who asks him!  Read more...

We pray amid poverty in Christmas

December 23,2014 01:04 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Silent night! Holy night! Guiding star, lend thy light!” – J. MOIER

CAN prayers save us from poverty?

Will there be a miracle if we pray hard for gifts and for Santa Claus and his reindeer to knock on our doors this Christmas season?

Francis Galton, the progenitor of human genetics, said in his 1872 Statistical Inquiries into the Efficacy of Prayer, that he could find no evidence that prayer is effective. Read more...

Finding our anchor

December 23,2014 01:02 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

NO matter how dynamic our life may be, we somehow know that we need an anchor. We just cannot go on with our life without a purpose, without some knowledge of where we come from or what life is all about. We just cannot be too open to anything without some principles to guide us, some norms and criteria to follow. Read more...

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