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Tupas defends Green Core contract

By: Louine Hope Conserva

FORMER Iloilo governor Niel Tupas Sr. said he did not personally gain from a controversial contract with an independent power producer.

Tupas said his administration followed to the letter the electric power purchase agreement they entered with Green Core Geothermal, Inc.

Tupas made the reaction after the Office of the Ombudsman indicted him and three other capitol officials for graft for allegedly overpaying some P4 million to Green Core for unconsumed electricity.

The power purchase deal was meant to energize the proposed Iloilo Multi-Purpose Convention Center (IMPCC) which did not materialize.

The provincial government under Tupas eventually paid P5.88 million to Green Core even if the capitol’s actual consumption was only valued at P1.88 million.

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Oil, energy firms top importers of Region6

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

OIL and independent power producers are among the top 10 importers in Western Visayas, accordion to the Bureau of Customs (BOC-6).

Atty. Ernelito Aquino, BOC-6 district collector, said oil firm Seaoil Philippines is the region’s top importer after paying some P601 million in import duties from January to November 2014.

Aquino said Seaoil imported a total of P2.88 billion worth of gasoil, mogas and unleaded gasoline.

Trans Asia Renewable Energy Corp. paid P360.68 million in duties for the imported equipment and materials in its wind energy project in Guimaras.

Iloilo City’s sole independent power producer, Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC), paid P188.6 million for imported coal and construction materials and equipment for its ongoing expansion project.

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DOH: Beware of toxic toys

By: Angelica L. Tapalla and Louine Hope Conserva

THE Department of Health (DOH-6) reminded Christmas shoppers to be careful in buying toys for kids as these might be laced with toxic materials.

Delia Tarroza, chief of the DOH-6’s Regulatory and Licensing Enforcement Division, said consumers must be aware of the materials used in toys they will buy.

“Nowadays, many parents and gift givers aren’t aware of the dangers posed by these innocent-looking playthings,” Tarroza said DOH-6 Chief Regulatory and Licensing Enforcement Division, Delia Tarroza said.

Tarroza particularly warned against toys that may cause choking, strangulation, laceration, poking and chemical exposure risks to young children.

The DOH official said many toys in the market today contain harmful ingredients such as bisphenol-A, brominated flame retardants,

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October 24, 2012 12:18 AM

ENJOY A WACKY and wicked Halloween at SM City Iloilo on October 31, 2012.

The event is open to all girls and boys, 3-12 years old.

Interested participants may register and purchase a ticket worth P250 from October 15-31, 2012 at Jollibee, SM City Iloilo, SM Delgado and SM Jaro branches.

A ticket is inclusive of two (2) SM bottled water, Jollibee Meal good for two (2) persons, one (1) Ride-All-You-Can tag of SM Storyland, Mascot Show, Games and Prizes

Contestants may join in any of the following categories: Cutest Costume, Spookiest Costume and Wackiest Costume. Prizes at stake for each category are: 1st Prize-5,000 worth of SM Gift Certificates, 2nd prize-2,500 worth of SM Gift Certificates, 3rd prize-1,500 worth of SM Gift Certificates.

Costumes will be judged according to Visual Impact-30% ,Creativity-30%, Adherence to theme-30% and Stage presence-20% for a total 0f 100%.

All SM Supermalls employees, its affiliates, anchors, organizers and advertising agencies up to              the second level of infinity and consanguinity are not qualified to join this competition.

The Halloween Costume Contest is brought to you by: Cadbury, Jem Junior, Bibo, Jollibee, SM Foodcourt, SM Storyland and Picture City.

Meanwhile, other exciting events are in store for shoppers to enjoy.

On October 27, Anigumi Joukai Halloween Cosplay Party will color the stage with their beautiful costumes, 3pm at the Toy Kingdon area.

The Pavia Dog Lovers Association will hold the Bow Wow Wacky Dog Show on October 28, 2pm at the Toy Kingdom area.

A trick or treat activity is also in store for kids on October 31 10am to 3pm, wherein they can get treats from SM mall tenants.

To document your experience at SM, you can also post your wackiest Halloween photo with SM City Iloilo background and win special prizes, through the Wacky photo contest from October 27-31.

Celebrate your Halloween with SM because everything’s here for the family to enjoy!

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Graciano Lopez Jaena inspires Ilonggo journalists

December 19,2014 12:54 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.” – Tecumseh

THE REASON why Ilonggos are so proud and probably the most-inspired journalists in the country in this generation is Graciano Lopez Jaena. Read more...

Trash and more

December 19,2014 12:52 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

BACOLOD CITY is awash not just with cash but also with trash. Yesterday I said that something smells but it is not just the reported hefty “bonus” that some members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod reportedly got for the rapid approval of the Real Estate Tax hikes. Three million pesos of intelligence and therefore unaccountable funds can really make the SP move even doing away with legal requirements for such an ordinance. In that sense the councilors got the cash and lot owners and developers got the trash. Read more...

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