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Civil works pricier than traffic lights

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City Councilor Plaridel Nava said the civil or construction works of the P29-million traffic lights system in the city cost more than the gadgets themselves.

Citing figures in documents he secured, Nava noticed that the construction of platforms and installation of steel foundations of the traffic lights cost more or less 500,000.

“Aside from the questionable price per traffic lights set, the civil works cost the city a lot,” Nava said.

He also noticed that one of the contractors rented a boom crane four times for the installation of traffic lights in four areas.

“They could have rented the crane for the four sites instead if four separate rentals to save money. They spent more or less P500,000 also,” Nava added.

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CPP-NPA leader questions arrest

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE topmost leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) in Panay Island questioned her arrest by a joint PNP and military operation August 1 in Molo, Iloilo City.

Maria Concepcion “Concha” Araneta-Bocala, who turns 65 on August 6, was arrested in a rented house at Juntado Subdivision, Calumpang village, Molo.

Bocala, the CPP-NPA-NDF secretary general of Komiteng Rehiyon Panay (KRP), was arrested for murder in Criminal Case No. 1494 filed with the Regional Trial Court Branch 2 in Kalibo, Aklan and a rebellion charge in Antique.

The PNP-AFP team also arrested Bocala’s nephew Joseph Cariaga, 34, and their househelp Annielyn Soldevilla, 39.

Authorities placed a P7.8-million reward for Bocala’s arrest based on the joint DND-DILG Reward List No. 14-2012 dated Nov. 12, 2012.

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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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Changing names

August 03, 2015 03:28 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

A PERSON who wants to change his name, gender or marital status has to go through the judicial process because a name means a lot regardless of what the poet William Shakespeare says about a rose smelling just as sweet by any other name. Read more...

Why support the anti-dynasty bill

August 03, 2015 03:20 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

AS A believer in Freedom and Democracy and the Dignity of Man, I have always opposed dictatorship or a monarchical rule, and the rule of political dynasties in the regional or local levels. Read more...

The MRT is the state of our nation

August 03, 2015 03:18 AM

By: Malou Tiquia

TO ANY Juan dela Cruz, a government is defined by the basic services and social justice it provides. After all, government is there to fulfill a social contract as Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau wrote centuries ago. Read more...

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