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‘Four villains’ ratting on Jed?

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

A CITY councilor claimed that “four villains” within the circle of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog are to blame for the latter’s woes.

In an interview with Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo Thursday, Councilor Plaridel Nava said these four villains are the cause of problems and issues of corruption being attributed to the present administration.

Nava made the revelation as they questioned alleged “ghost employees” and non-existent task forces at the City Hall.

The controversy also surfaced as the City Council approved Supplemental Budget No. 5 which included salaries for casual employees who are mostly assigned to the task forces.

“Not us - me and Councilor Joshua Alim - as we have shown the mayor our full loyalty to him. In fact, in questioning Supplemental Budget No. 5,

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Red tide in Isla Gigantes

By: Louine Hope Conserva

FOLKS who love to eat shellfish from Isla de Gigantes in Carles, Iloilo must refrain from indulging in their favorite fare due to the red tide toxin.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) issued the warning as the coastal waters around Gigantes Island tested positive for the toxin.

Test results from the BFAR indicated that the paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxin level in shellfish samples from Gigantes is 45 – 104 µgSTXeq/100q/100g of shellfish meat.

The safe regulatory limit for red tide toxin is 60 µgSTXeq/100g.

BFAR National Director Asis Perez issued an advisory last October 17 refraining the public from eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting and marketing of shellfish from the area.

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Health offices gear up vs. Ebola

By: Louine Hope Consevrva

HEALTH offices at all levels are in close coordination to prevent the entry of Ebola virus in the country.

Dr. Maria Socorro Quiñon of Iloilo Provincial Health Office said local, regional and national health agencies are now on alert.

“Just like any communicable diseases, the Department of Health central office informing us if there is a suspected person under investigation (PUI) in the region. Our disease surveillance officers in the region and province are helping each other,” she said.

Upon the advisory of the Health Emergency Management Bureau, a person suspected of contracting Ebola virus will be subjected to 21-day quarantine period.

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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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