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‘YOUNG MOMS’

Teen pregnancy in city swells

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

TEENAGE pregnancies are most prevalent in the coastal barangays of Iloilo City, according to the City Population Office

Citing the result of their 2014 survey, city population officer Marilyn Ramos said 346 teenage girls from Arevalo and Molo districts became pregnant.

The survey covered females between 10 and 24 years old.

The results also showed that teenage pregnancy ballooned from 2,049 cases in 2013 to 2,351 last year.

Most of the pregnant teenagers are 15 to 19 years old, the survey result indicated.

Ramos noted that coastal barangays in Arevalo and Molo are dotted with eateries and drinking joints where young girls work as service staff members.

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Crab meat factory empowers PWDs

By: Louine Hope Conserva

A CRAB meat canning factory in Concepcion, Iloilo employs mostly persons with disabilities (PWDs).

More or less 90 percent of the roughly 100 personnel of Saravia Blue Crab, Inc. are deaf-mute.

Saravia’s canning factory on D.B. Oñate Street, Concepcion was inaugurated Wednesday.

Most of the factory workers are from Concepcion and nearby towns.

Saravia president and CEO Alfonso Gamboa said their workers have the skill and keen sense of smell that are critical to guarantee high quality of canned crab meat.

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WV’s most wanted man nabbed in Cavite

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

ONE of the most wanted persons in Western Visayas was arrested Tuesday evening in Dasmariñas, Cavite City.

Remy “Totong” Bonete, 58, who hails from Concepcion, Iloilo, was collared at his house in Block 22, Peridot St., Diamond Village in Barangay Salawag, Dasmariñas.

Bonete, who fled seven years ago, was driving a passenger tricycle when members of the Iloilo City Police Office - Special Operations Group (ICPO-SOG)/ MWP Tracker Team led by Inspector Ramiro de Jose caught him.

He was arrested for two counts of murder in Criminal Case Numbers 06-65435 and 06-65436.

The warrant of arrest was issued by Judge Gloria Madero of the Regional Trial Court Branch 29, Iloilo City on March 31, 2009.

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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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Stained honor

March 05, 2015 01:04 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE President refuses to apologize to the nation and to the bereaved families of the 44 PNP Special Forces victims in Mamasapano. In fact, nobody is apologizing although everybody expressed sympathy for the deaths. While the 44 dead police officers are hailed as heroes, the fact is that their deaths could have been avoided and nobody is apologizing. Read more...

The pope did not blink

March 05, 2015 01:02 AM

By: John Allen/Boston Globe

BY NOW, one thing ought to be clear about Pope Francis: Faced with attempts to hobble his reform efforts through character assassination of his reformers, this pope doesn’t blink. Read more...

A new but deadly designer drug

March 05, 2015 12:58 AM

By: Edgar Mana-ay

A NEW but deadly synthetic LSD (known in the streets as N-Bomb; also officially named by drug enforcement agencies as 251-NBOMe) is one of several hundred designer drugs that have emerged worldwide in the past six years. Read more...

Lakbay Aral and the Iloilo Liga experience

March 05, 2015 12:56 AM

By: Limuel S. Celebria

SEVERAL years ago, I chanced upon the opportunity to observe Iloilo’s Liga ng Barangay provincial congress and it was quite a revelation. It was certainly not the pure junket some critics tout it to be. Read more...

We almost didn’t have the ‘Money’ vs ‘Pacman’ duel

March 05, 2015 12:54 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Better late than never is poor consolation for the man who has lost the opportunity of a lifetime.” – Henri Matisse

WE almost missed it again. Read more...

The Christian triumph is not triumphalism

March 05, 2015 12:52 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

CHRISTIAN life is a triumphant life. Victory is assured because Christ has conquered sin and death, and has converted our mortal curse into an eternal glory with him in heaven, and even aspects of this glory while still here on earth.

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