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Who is the real TMTRO chief?

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

WHO really heads the Iloilo City Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMTRO)?

Drivers and transport groups have been asking this question following complaints on the “worsening” traffic situation of the city.

Donna Lyn Acap, daughter of City Councilor Lyndon Acap, was appointed TMTRO operations chief after Engr. Jose Tengco fell ill three months back.

Drivers consider Acap a newbie and “inexperienced” in traffic management.

Acap’s assumption as the TMTRO concurrent head is a surprise as she surpassed Rhodora Katipunan, TMTRO administrative officer, who has more experience and authority over enforcers.

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House probe on oil spill cleanup set October 9

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE House committee on energy will conduct an ocular inspection and hearing on the oil spill cleanup in Estancia, Iloilo on October 8-9.

Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynalodo Umali, committee on energy chairman, informed Gov. Arthur Defensor that they will conduct an on-site briefing and ocular inspection in Northern Iloilo on October 8 and a public hearing on October 9 at the provincial capitol.

Defensor requested the congressional hearing following allegations of irregularities in the P87.2-million oil spill clean-up contract awarded to Kuan Yu Global Technologies, Inc.

The cleanup was conducted after an offshore power barge owned by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) spilled bunker fuel on the beaches of Estancia and neighboring towns at the height of typhoon Yolanda last year.

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IPPO chief decries murder raps vs. 2 cops

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Iloilo Police Provincial Director (IPPO) said it is disappointed with the murder case filed against two Dumangas police officers.

“It is totally unfair and a complete injustice,” said Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas, IPPO director.

Salinas is referring to the case of SPO4 Rey D. Castro and PO3 Aaron G. Gaton of Dumangas Municipal Police Station who are accused of murder for shooting to death Arlie Decolongon in Dumangas in January 2014.

The murder rap was filed by Arlie’s siste, Margie V. Decolongon.

Castro “surrendered” to Salinas after receiving his warrant of arrest. He claimed that the shooting incident happened in the line of duty.

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By: Lilibeth A. French

THE REGIONAL Achievement Tests for this school year in Western Visayas will go on, according to Department of Education 6 Regional Director Mildred Garay.

Garay said that the Dep-Ed in consultation with the different school division superintendents has decided to go on with the holding of the RAT for this school year 2011-2012 to assess the performance of the schoolchildren and to know which subject area needs to be improved on.

She said the order of Education Secretary Armin Luistro to discontinue the conduct of the Regional and Division Achievement Tests will take effect next school year 2012-2013.

In his DepEd Order No. 7, Luistro has ordered the discontinuation of all scheduled RAT and DAT or any similar assessment tools used by the regions and the divisions in the public system beginning school year 2012 to 2013 with the start of the transition phase in the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum.

Luistro said in his directive that the “National Achievement Test held March every year shall be the sole assessment tool that will be recognized in measuring the performance of pupils and students attributing to the performance of individual schools, municipalities, congressional districts, school city divisions, provinces and region.”

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Will cops behave if they get a P50,000/monthly pay?

September 17, 2014 12:58 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Let me be clear - no one is above the law. Not a politician, not a priest, not a criminal, not a police officer. We are all accountable for our actions.” – Antonio Villaraigosa Read more...

Growing in our faith

September 17, 2014 12:56 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE need to understand that as the very beginning of our life with God, our life in the Spirit which is a supernatural life more than just a natural life, our Christian faith has to be taken care of, nourished and developed to full maturity. Read more...

Iloilo city’s problem with urban congestion
September 17, 2014 12:54 AM
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
WITH the passage of the ordinance creating the Iloilo City Senior Citizens and PWDs Council last Sept. 9, the concerns of these two sectors, I am sure, may already be properly attended to. Read more...

September 17, 2014 12:52 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

IT WAS a confrontation that was bound to happen.

Senate President Franklin Drilon is not a man who takes criticism lightly. He takes any issue dwelling on his integrity as a personal affront.

Piecemeal war

September 17, 2014 12:50 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

POPE FRANCIS last week commemorated World War I with Mass at the Military Monument of Redipuglia, Italy. Beside it is the cemetery where 14,500 Italian soldiers are buried. Read more...

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