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Boracay loses P165M to China travel ban

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE travel ban issued by China against the Philippines bled the tourism industry of Western Visayas, particularly Boracay Island.

Atty. Helen Catalbas, Department of Tourism (DOT-6) regional director, said around 7,000 to 8,000 Chinese tourists cancelled a total of 20,000 room bookings in Boracay between September 13 and September 15.

The bookings covered the lodgings of Chinese tourists from September 13, 2014 to March 2015.

Catalbas said Boracay resorts and establishments may have lost P150 million to P165 million because of the cancellations.

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Councilor Acap defends daughter on traffic woes

By: Wenceslao E Mateo Jr.

THE father of the concurrent operations chief of the Transport Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMTRO) defended his daughter from accusations that the traffic situation worsened under her leadership.

City Councilor Lyndon Acap, vice chairman of the council’s committee on transportation, said the accusations levelled by transport groups at his daughter Donna Lyn Acap are “baseless.”

To prove his point, Acap presented during their regular session the TMTRO’s performance report for January to August 2014.

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CREBA pushes reforms to sustain growth in real estate

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

REFORMS to ensure the sustainability and growth of the real property sector will be tackled during the 23rd National Convention of the Chamber of Real Estate & Builders’ Associations, Inc. (CREBA) in Iloilo City next month.

CREBA, the largest organization of the country’s major real estate and housing industry players, will hold its national convention on October 15-18 and will coincide with the celebration of the national housing month.

In a statement, CREBA Chairman Charlie A. V. Gorayeb said “investment and real estate activity in the country is expected to stay robust; investors will continue to see residential,

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SP suspends Maasin mayor

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Iloilo approved the three-month suspension of Maasin town Mayor Mariano Malones for simple misconduct.

Malones’ suspension was approved during the regular session of the SP Tuesday as the board adopted the recommendation of the committee of the whole which investigated the administrative case filed against the mayor.

Malones was charged with simple misconduct for his refusal to implement the order of the Civil Service Commission to reinstate Elsa Maternal, former assistant human resource management officer of Maasin.

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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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Will cops behave if they get a P50,000/monthly pay?

September 17, 2014 12:58 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Let me be clear - no one is above the law. Not a politician, not a priest, not a criminal, not a police officer. We are all accountable for our actions.” – Antonio Villaraigosa Read more...

Growing in our faith

September 17, 2014 12:56 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE need to understand that as the very beginning of our life with God, our life in the Spirit which is a supernatural life more than just a natural life, our Christian faith has to be taken care of, nourished and developed to full maturity. Read more...

Iloilo city’s problem with urban congestion
September 17, 2014 12:54 AM
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
WITH the passage of the ordinance creating the Iloilo City Senior Citizens and PWDs Council last Sept. 9, the concerns of these two sectors, I am sure, may already be properly attended to. Read more...
Bully

September 17, 2014 12:52 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

IT WAS a confrontation that was bound to happen.

Senate President Franklin Drilon is not a man who takes criticism lightly. He takes any issue dwelling on his integrity as a personal affront.

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Piecemeal war

September 17, 2014 12:50 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

POPE FRANCIS last week commemorated World War I with Mass at the Military Monument of Redipuglia, Italy. Beside it is the cemetery where 14,500 Italian soldiers are buried. Read more...

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