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LGUs in WV got P1B from DAP

By: Louine Hope Conserva

LOCAL government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas got P1 billion out of the P144 billion released through the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Alfonso Bedonia, Department of Budget and Management (DBM-6) regional director, said the DAP funds were released to the LGUs between 2011 and 2013.

Bedonia said the funds was directly deposited in the bank accounts of the LGUs and were used to subsidize “soft” or social projects.

“These were spent on scholarships, hospital medication of indigent patients and livelihood programs. They were also used to augment the Priority Development Assistance Fund of senators and congressmen as well as to subsidize the funding of the Department of Public Works and Highways,” Bedonia told The Daily Guardian on Air last Saturday.

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Did DAP stimulate the economy?

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE administration of President Benigno Aquino III implemented the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) with the aim of stimulating the Philippine economy through massive public sector spending.

In a list provided by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), some P144.37 billion was released through the DAP to fund a total of 116 projects.

An article published in Manila Standard said that of the 116 projects, at least 20 projects worth P53 billion did not have substantial impact on the economy.

The list revealed that P342 million went to the state-owned People’s Television Network to support its operational requirements, P294 million was used for computer networks for public schools under the Department of Education, P250 million for the construction of library and archives building on the House

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What to feed APEC visitors?

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

DIPLOMATIC protocols dictate certain food menus and service for delegates to two Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in September and October 2015 in Iloilo City.

But visitors will certainly try Ilonggo cuisine, thus it is imperative that they get the best service restaurants could offer.

Lea Lara, executive director of the Iloilo Business Club (IBC), said they have rolled out trainings on international cuisine, diplomatic protocol and customer service early this year in preparation for the APEC meetings.

“These trainings were conducted with Canada’s LGSP-LED (Local Government Support Program-Local Economic Development) project assistance. As the date (of the ministerial meetings) nears, there will be more trainings,” Lara said.

The trainings were sponsored by the IBC and the Department of Tourism (DOT) in collaboration with the Iloilo Hotel Restaurant and Resort Association (IHRRA).

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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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Congressional control over the purse

July 28, 2014 12:32 AM

By: Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr.

A BILL HAS been introduced in the House of Representatives proposing to remove the power to allocate the Judiciary Development Fund from the Chief Justice to Congress. Read more...

The value of a child’s life

July 28, 2014 12:30 AM

By: Labay2x

A VERY concerned resident and father of Iloilo City sent us this snippet of wisdom:

As we have all noticed, some streets of Iloilo City have been painted with a lot of white lines of all shorts, i.e. broken, unbroken, white, yellow lines etc. Doubtful remains however, what these lines mean and if the meaning is understood by all car drivers. Read more...

With a clear conscience, PNoy need not worry

July 28, 2014 12:28 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

WE all know how deadly rabies is. But it need not be so scary when government is sincere and zealous about its prevention program. However, when government sleeps on this obligation, a lot of dogs can go rabid without immunization.  Read more...

The enmity between the Israelis and the Palestinians

July 28, 2014 12:24 AM

(Part I)

By: Engr. Edgar Mana-ay

THE horrible war between the Israeli army and Hamas the dominant Palestinian group in the coastal enclave of Gaza is now a major concern of the UN and other world leaders because it may escalate into a major war in the Middle East if other Arab nations join in the fray. Read more...

Offensive defense

July 28, 2014 12:22 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

OFFENSE is considered to be the best defense. President Benigno Aquino III appears to believe in this tactics as he launches his offensive against the Supreme Court and at the same time telling the nation he will accept the decision of the Court. Whether indeed he will respect the SC decision on his motion for reconsideration or not is uncertain taking into account his intransigence.  Read more...

‘Be gentle but firm’

July 28, 2014 12:20 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

COL. ROMEO S. Sua (Retired) was laid to rest yesterday. But his memory will forever be chiseled in the hearts and minds of his family, friends, comrades-in-arms, farmers and constituents in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. Read more...

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