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ICC PHASE 2 KICKS OFF

Hilmarc’s withdraws from bidding

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

IS THE company that tendered the lowest bid for the second phase of the P1-billion Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) capable of undertaking the project?

The question surfaced after WERR Corporation International was declared the lowest responsive bidder of the ICC Phase 2 project which has an approved budget of P187.602 million.

The bidding was held October 20, 2014 at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office.

Muntinlupa City-based WERR was declared the lowest responsive bidder after tendering P166.094 million for the project.

The second responsive bidder is JD Legaspi Construction which tendered P178.388 million while HSO Construction Corp.’s bid was P179.991 million.

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Super vendors threaten to strike vs. DOTC order

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

VENDORS at the Iloilo Terminal Market or Super are up in arms against an administrative order imposing stiffer fines on illegal and out of route public utility vehicles (PUVs).

Dante Mangalisan, interim president of the Super Market vendors group, said the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 of the Department of Transportation and Communications and two other agencies affected their livelihood.

Mangalisan said the order prevented PUVs from ferrying goods and buyers to Super, putting a dent on their income.

Under the JAO, provincial PUVs cannot go beyond the terminals and enter the city skirts, lest they will be penalized by as much as P1 million for violating their route assignments.

The vendors threatened to hold a strike by refusing to pay their rental fees for at least two months.

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Megaworld aims to make Iloilo City PHL’s bike capital

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park (IBP) will be the official home of the annual Iloilo Bike Festival in the next 10 years.

This, as Megaworld and the Iloilo City government joined forces to hold the annual bike festival from 2015 until 2024.

The partnership was sealed through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Friday, October 24 between Megaworld represented by Senior Vice President Jericho P. Go and the Iloilo City government represented by Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

The partnership aims to boost the Ilonggos' healthy lifestyle, road-sharing culture as bike lanes emerge in the city and public safety practices.

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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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Tragic refrain

October 25,2014 12:48 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

ANOTHER Filipino died in the hands of a US serviceman. This is a tragic refrain to the never ending abuse and mistreatment Filipinos suffered since American troops landed in Philippine soil more than a century ago. Read more...

Festival notes-2

October 25,2014 12:46 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

DURING the Media Night at GT Hotel on October 18, Councilor Jun Gamboa announced that the budget for media had already been approved. That was a surprise to most and they asked who got what and each said “not me”.  Read more...

Love should motivate all our actions

October 25,2014 12:44 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel Reading: Matthew 22,34-40

OUR GOSPEL reading this Sunday invites us to search our heart to determine what really motivates us in everything that we do. It is quite easy to lose sight of what is essential when we do and think about so many things simultaneously. Read more...

Double speak

October 25,2014 12:42 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

THERE are confusing actions which President Benigno Aquino should rethink: turning a blind eye on the PNP chief Purisima, and the Commission on Appointment’s promotion of officers implicated in the massacre of journalists in Maguindanao among others. Read more...

Much given, much expected

October 25,2014 12:40 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE are all familiar with that gospel lesson that those who have been blessed and gifted much, much is also expected and demanded. “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Lk 12,48) Read more...

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