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DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE

LTO gears up for anti-drunk driving law enforcement

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) 6 reiterated its reminder to motorists: “don’t drink and drive.”

Or “if you drive, don’t drink.”

LTO-6 regional director Mario Singzon said he would advise drivers to dropping the usual “one for the road” drink or “it will cost you a fine of at least P20,000 and a 3-month imprisonment.”

Singzon made the warning as he announced that LTO-6 already acquired 5 breath analyzers, or breathalysers, for the enforcement of the Republic Act 10586 (Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013).

A breathalyser is a device which estimates blood alcohol content (BAC) from a breath sample.

He admitted, though, that the five units won’t be enough given LTO-6’s wide area of jurisdiction.

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Gorriceta, Mondejar clash on honesty

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE political rivalry of 2nd district Rep. Arcadio Gorriceta and Iloilo Board Member June Mondejar has focused on the issue of honesty.

This, as Gorriceta wrote the office of Iloilo Vice Governor Raul “Boboy” Tupas and all members of the provincial board last Monday to present the documents relative to the proposed concreting and rehabilitation of 11 provincial roads in the second district.

The documents include a letter dated Nov. 3, 2013 from District Engineer Honorato Saldua of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) addressed to Gov. Arthur Defensor relative to the proposed road projects of Gorriceta.

The letter asked the provincial government for an update on the ongoing concreting of the provincial roads for them to assess the remaining portion to be included in the congressman’s proposal.

Another document dated Nov. 18, 2013 was the reply of Provincial Engineering Office Head Gracianito Lucero to the letter of Saldua.

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Antiqueña tops 2014 Bar Exam

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

A NATIVE of San Remegio, Antique topped the 2014 Bar Examinations.

Irene Mae Berano Alcobilla, who graduated from West Visayas State University with a degree in Political Science, studied law at the San Beda College in Manila. She got an 85.5 percent score to top one of the toughest examinations in the country.

In a radio interview Thursday, her father Rito shared his family’s happiness with Irene’s success.

Though his wife and one of their six children cannot share the happiness as they died during Typhoon Frank in 2008, he said he is grateful to God for the blessing, and to his two seafarer siblings who helped finance his daughter’s studies.

On Wednesday, a day before the result of the Bar was released, Irene posted in her Facebook, “I declare that tomorrow my dream will come true in Jesus name. Amen.”

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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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Boracay

March 27,2015 01:12 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

The first time I set foot on Boracay was August 1985. I was on assignment for Asiaweek Magazine, the Hongkong-based news magazine patterned after Time (it was later acquired by Time). Its editors heard about the grumblings of local residents about “over-development” on the island and sent me to investigate. Read more...

Money, money, money

March 27,2015 01:10 AM

Isn’t there a ditty or song about money making the world go round? But more than the world it infects, money also makes peoples’ heads go round and round. Scenes of humanity’s idolization of money are everywhere. It seems that the more money one has, the better his or her life. That is the delusion we are made to believe. Money becomes a god but as human experience attests, money cannot buy happiness. Oftentimes they make people unhappy, empty and sad. Read more...

What happened to the ‘Triple A’ slaughter house of Iloilo City?

March 27,2015 01:06 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

A READER of this paper was surprised to learn that the Iloilo City slaughter house or abattoir in a 1.1-hectare complex in Barangay Tacas, Jaro is not even accredited.

That story appeared in this paper in its March 17, 2015 issue. Read more...

Iloilo sugar planters should’ve lobbied in congress

March 27,2015 01:04 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“That’s what mayors do. They lobby Congress to provide resources for their city.” – Maxine Waters

TRAFFIC gridlock is worsening in the Bonifacio Drive, City Proper due to the on-going road-widening construction project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) from the foot of Forbes Bridge (the bridge that connects Iloilo City Proper to the districts of La Paz and Jaro across the Iloilo River). Read more...

Offer ‘excess’ classrooms for K to 12 use – study

March 27,2015 01:02 AM

AMID the apprehension of some sectors and leaders over the viability of the K to12, state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) released a timely policy note offering possible solutions to some of the challenges cited by the reform program’s critics. Read more...

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