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P710M in DAP money for WV

State universities, colleges got DAP funds, too

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

MORE than P700 million from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) were released to various project and institutions in Western Visayas.

The accounting of DAP funded projects so far is based on the statements from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Senate President Franklin Drilon.

The latest list of institutions that received DAP funds are the seven state universities and colleges in the region which were allocated a total of P50 million.

Based on records from the DBM-6 regional office, P3.2 million was given each to the Guimaras State College, the Aklan State University, the Iloilo State College of Fisheries, the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic College and the Northern Negros State University.

West Visayas State University got the biggest allocation of P17 million.

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RPT hike report out by August 5

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo JR.

THE committee on ways and means of the Iloilo City Council will render a final report on the proposed real property tax (RPT) increase next month.

Councilor Plaridel Nava, committee chair, said he can no longer wait for the result of the talks between the business sector and city hall officials on the RPT issue.

Whether or not the two sectors agree on the proposed tax increase, Nava said he will make his report on the matter during their regular session on August 5.

The dialogue between the business sector and the City Hall’s local finance committee was one of the outcomes in the second public hearing on the RPT increase Friday last week.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog proposed the meeting in a bid to convince businessmen on the necessity and benefits of the increase.

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Search for the 100 millionth Pinoy kicks off

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

“WHAT future awaits the 100 millionth Pinoy?”

This is the question posed by the Population Commission (POPCOM-6) as the country’s population approaches the 100 million mark.

In a statement, POPCOM-6 said the Philippines will become home to 100 million Filipinos on July 27, 2014 at 12:06 a.m.

The forecast is based on the 2010 population projections set by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

On the same date, the population of Western Visayas will total 7,518,063, based on the population growth rate of 1.35

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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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Hard sell

July 23, 2014 01:58 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

THE Aquino government had hatched another pork barrel program called the “Bottoms Up Budgeting” in which it allocated P10 billion to be handed over to “poor” municipalities all over the country. Supposedly, the fund will augment the meager resources of these LGUs and enable them to deliver more services to their constituents. But this is a poor disguise for a political gimmick to sell Mar Roxas, the likely candidate of the Liberal Party for President, to municipal mayors. Read more...

Tell us who your friends are

July 23, 2014 01:56 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Neutral men are the devil's allies.” – Edwin Hubbel Chapin

THE front pages of all the newspapers, headline news of all TV and radio networks yesterday said it all! Read more...

Headline overload

July 23, 2014 01:54 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

SIMULTANEOUS newsbreaks triggered the headline overload.

The antigraft court suspended Sen. Jinggoy Estrada for 90 days at his pork barrel scam trial. Detained Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Bong Revilla hold their breaths for similar suspensions. Read more...

Callousness

July 23, 2014 01:52 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

“IF YOU live in a graveyard too long you stop crying when someone dies,” someone quipped.  The quote is a figure of speech effectively pointing out moral callousness. Thanks to our visual artists and poets who portray such messages to our struggling society.

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When banks fail-5

July 23, 2014 01:50 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

SINCE last Wednesday, people had been asking me for the name of the bank which Joe Marie Sy charged for damages and why Sy complained only now when the alleged scam happened since 2008.

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