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City Hall spends P600K monthly for EAs’ pays

By: F. Allan L. Angelo and Maricyn A. De los Santos

THE Iloilo City government spends more than P600,000 pesos monthly for the salaries of the executive assistants (EAs) and other coterminous appointees of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

Mabilog tapped 17 EAs who carry out responsibilities that are separate from that of City Administrator Norlito Bautista who receives a hefty P59,028 monthly.

A list of Mabilog's EAs and their corresponding salaries are now circulating on social networking site Facebook.

Former city councilors Perla Zulueta, EA on finance, and Ely Estante, EA on markets, are paid P42,652 each.

Zulueta helped defend the proposed increase in real property taxes before the stakeholders, particularly the business sector which opposes the move.

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Kagawad, wife falls in drug bust

By: Angelica L. Tapalla

A BARANGAY kagawad in Dumangas, Iloilo was arrested for illegal drug peddling Thursday morning.

Senior Insp. Charlie Sustento, Dumangas police chief, said Rolando Domejes Sr. and wife Jenny were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Pulao, Dumangas.

Sustento said that among their recoveries are three sachets of suspected shabu, a caliber pistol with six magazines, digital and manual weighing scales, suspected drug paraphernalia, a gun silencer and assorted ammunitions.

Court records gathered by the police indicated that the couple were charged with violating the old anti-dangerous drugs law (Republic Act No. 6425) in Iloilo City.

“Because of their cases in Iloilo City, they were forced to migrate to Dumangas,” Sutento said.

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Capiz schools repairs still in the doldrums

By: Angelica L. Tapalla

THE repair and rehabilitation of some 300 schools in Capiz damaged by super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013 remain uncertain because of funding and bidding concerns.

This, as the Department of Education’s (DepEd) division office in Capiz have yet to complete the second round of validation on the damaged schools.

Wilfredo P. Reoyo of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) on Wednesday said that personnel from DepEd Central office arrived Tuesday to conduct a revalidation on the schools.

DepEd central and division offices also had a closed-door meeting regarding the rehabilitation project in the area.

Reoyo said he cannot give any further statements at the moment as they need to discuss the issue.

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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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PNoy should not forget what Ninoy died for

August 22, 2014 02:35 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

I REMEMBER Tony “Ton” Masculino (God bless his soul!) as a colleague at Bombo Radyo sometime in the 80s after the Edsa Revolution. I had a two-month stint with Bombo then, before I moved out to join the print media where I believed I was more at home. Read more...

Muddy water

August 22, 2014 02:27 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy


I THOUGHT that the waters of Baciwa are just murky and dirty and the water agency needs a lot of cleaning up. Now it is muddy and the remedy for all its muck is a total overhaul. Read more...

Salaries of city hall big cats

August 22, 2014 02:18 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Salary stories are intrusive. Do you ask your neighbour what they earn for their job?” – Nicole Kidman Read more...

Profligacy, to the max

August 22, 2014 02:04 AM

By: Manuel P. Mejorada

My good friend, Perla S. Zulueta, must have been misinformed when she insisted during a public hearing last week that the Mabilog administration isn’t profligate and Read more...

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