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Amid sluggish agri-fisheries

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE ECONOMY of Western Visayas expanded in 2014 despite sluggish performance in the agriculture sector.

Data from the National Statistical Coordination Board -Philippine Statistics Authority (NSCB-PSA) indicated that the region’s Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) accelerated from 3.4 percent in 2013 to 4.9 percent in 2014.

The latest data on GRDP, which is the sum total of services and goods produced in the region, was released in a news forum July 29 at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center.

The NSCB data showed that the industry propelled the GRDP growth as it accelerated from 9.6 percent in 2013 to 14 percent last year, primarily due to construction projects in both public and private sectors.

The service sector, which comprised 57.6 percent of the region’s economy, registered a slight increase from 4.5 percent to 4.8 percent.

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COA warns city hall: Secure documents

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Commission on Audit has implicitly admonished some offices of the Iloilo City government on their claims that they no longer have copies of the documents covering the transactions for the procurement of the 9 newly acquired traffic lighting systems.

In her reply dated July 29, 2015 to Councilor Jason Gonzales, who requested for these documents, State Auditor IV Maricel Alojado stressed that these offices are supposed to maintain file copies of these documents.

“These offices are supposed to maintain file copies of the requested contracts and documents either as a matter of procedure  or as required by the New Government Accounting System (NGAS) for LGUs on the preparation and distribution of copies of documents,” she said in her letter.

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SP to invite city execs despite boycott order

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE PROBE body of the Iloilo City Sangguniang Panlungsod, headed by Councilor Jason Gonzales will still invite the department heads to their next hearing even as Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has already ordered them not to attend it.

“This invitation is important because due process requires that both sides be heard. If they then would not come, they could no longer blame us for not having their side when we make our conclusions and recommendations,” vice chair of the SP inquiry Councilor Plaridel Nava said.

“In this next meeting, whose date we will still decide on Friday, we will tackle the pricing and costings of the traffic lights. We will be inviting contractors, aside from the department heads, in the know about traffic lights,” Nava added.

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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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Planting evidence

July 31, 2015 03:18 AM

LET’S PURSUE a little bit more my earlier column on the warning to police officers. This is not only for our uniformed personnel, police and army but also for us ordinary citizens. Read more...

Fiscal regime for mining industry urgently needed

July 31, 2015 03:22 AM

(Official statement of Bantay Kita, a coalition of organizations pushing for transparency and accountability in the extractive industry. It is affiliated with Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Coalition. Read more...

If Mar Roxas is endorsed, Drilon's bid for VP will die

July 31, 2015 03:18 AM

"The greatest risk is really to take no risk at all. You've got to go out there, jump off the cliff, and take chances." – Patrick Warburton

By: Alex P. Vidal

NEW YORK CITY – Senate President Frank Drilon was right when he quipped that rumors he would be running for vice president once DILG chief Mar Roxas was endorsed by

Beware, Grace!

July 31, 2015 03:08 AM

THE POLITICAL lord of the First District applied (was it done in jest?) to become the campaign manager of Grace Poe in Iloilo. The lord made this known to the lady senator during her most recent visit in Iloilo. Read more...

Freedom of Information Bill: in its death throes?

July 31, 2015 03:02 AM

By: Walden Bello

SOME say that the president’s not mentioning the Freedom of Information Bill as a priority during his last State of the Nation address last Monday was the nail in the coffin of this piece of legislation.  Read more...

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