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Probe on L300 purchase looms

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City Council is looking for compelling reasons to investigate the plan of the Office of the City Mayor to buy three L-300 vans from an exclusive distributor for P2.7 million.

Councilor Jason Gonzales, committee on good government chairman, said they have to determine several factors before conducting the investigation.

“I have yet to find out what procurement method was used, then act accordingly,” Gonzales said.

The probe is likely to focus on the statement of General Services Office (GSO) chief Joren Sartorio before the council last Tuesday that two Mitsubishi L-300 vans were “already delivered” by Avescor Motors Inc., an exclusive supplier of Mitsubishi cars, to the mayor’s office.

Sartorio later changed his statement before the media saying that the vans were “on loan” from the supplier. He also assured that the arrangement will not affect the bidding of the three L-300 vans.

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DBM nixes budget for City Hall’s electric bills

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) barred the Iloilo City government from paying electricity bills incurred in 2012 and 2013 using funds from the 2014 budget.

The DBM shed light on the issue after Councilor Joshua Alim sought clarification on the payment of electric bills incurred by the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) from 2012 to 2013.

The LEEO, which manages public markets and the slaughterhouse, owes some P15,344, 549.90 in unpaid power bills covering the period of December 2012 to June 30, 2014.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog asked the council to pass a resolution to use part of P66.2-million appropriations for electricity in the 2014 budget to pay LEEO’s debts.

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Capiz, NegOcc MERS-CoV free

By: Dolly Yasa and Felipe V. Celino

HEALTH officials in Capiz and Negros Occidental declared their respective provinces free of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV).

This, as the 10 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who may have been exposed to MERS-CoV tested negative for the virus.

The OFWs were part of the 21 Western Visayans who flew on an Etihad Airlines flight from the United Arabs Emirates. Also in the same flight was a Filipino nurse who initially tested positive for MERS-CoV.

Dr. Ernell Tumimbang of the Negros Occidental health office said the six OFWs who were quarantined have been cleared of the virus and allowed to go home.

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By: Pilar S. Mabaquiao

SAN JOSE, Antique – Student organizations in Guintas National School, Hamtic, Antique joined the nationwide movement for tree planting for the National Greening Program.

More than 200 students members of Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O) and Students Supreme Council of the said school joined the tree planting activity on Wednesday.

About 600 seedlings of fruit and timber trees were planted in about 1.5 hectares planting site near the school.

Aside from the students, the Parents Teachers Association, barangay officials from Guintas, Dangcalan and Linaban and neighboring barangays also joined in the activity.

Leila Butiong of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and NGP coordinator for the town of Hamtic said the tree planting activity is part of the series of activities instituted by CENRO San Jose and the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist of Hamtic in support to NGP.

The town of Hamtic has targeted five hectares as tree planting site under the Tree Park project and has already planted on more than four hectares.

Four schools in the town are supportive of this program, namely the General Leandro National School in Fabrica, Gov. Julio Macuja National High School in Caridad, Guintas National School and University of Antique-Hamtic Campus.

Nelda Eustaquio, adviser of YES-O, and Principal Jose Angel Cordero appealed for community support to this program by providing tree guards, watering the plants during summer months and keeping stray animals away from the site.

This is to ensure 100 percent survival of the trees, said Cordero.

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