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Sugar industry faces competitiveness challenges

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said it is keen on pushing for the sustainability of the sugar industry with looming trade liberalization in Southeast Asia.

SRA led a public consultation with sugarcane industry stakeholders yesterday at the Iloilo Grand Hotel to discuss the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10659 or the Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2015 (SIDA).

Maria Regina Bautista-Martin, Sugar Regulatory administrator, said the consultation is aimed at strengthening the law to improve the sugar industry in the country.

Martin said the forum is also in preparation for the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTRA) Agreement which kicked off this year.

“The problem now is that there will be a free trade of products which are cheaper compared to those in the country. So we really need to sustain our sugar industry. We need to be prepared,” she said.

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GIFT issue divides Guimaras dads

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

TOP leaders of Guimaras don't see eye-to-eye on the controversial Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal (GIFT) project.

Governor Samuel Gumarin on Thursday slammed the civil case filed by Vice-Gov. Vicente de Asis against top Iloilo City officials and Double Dragon Properties Corp. in a bid to halt the project.

The lawsuit filed with the Regional Trial Court sought the rescission of the joint venture contract between the City Hall and Double Dragon aside from the issuance of a temporary restraining order and injunctions.

Gumarin said he and the executive department have nothing to do with the case.

“We did not sanction the filing of this case, as we prefer negotiation. In fact, we are in the midst of it,” he added.

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Cabbie nabbed for mulcting chatmate with nude photos

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

A TAXI driver was arrested Wednesday evening for allegedly spreading nude photos and threatening to expose sensual videos of his girlfriend if she fails to pay him P250,000.

Members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI-6) collared Marcelo Cercado, 53, of Barangay Acuit, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, at the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan town.

According to Atty. Ramelo Quinto of NBI-6, Cercado has been acquainted with the 33-year complainant, a teacher from Davao City, for several months already.

The two met each other through Smart Uzzap, an all-in-one unlimited messaging service that lets users stay seamlessly connected across multiple communication channels like IM, SMS, Email, Chat.

They began as textmates, and later as chatmates, until they had an affair nurtured over the internet and text messages.

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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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Raps for top cops

May 29, 2015 03:46 AM

THE blazing headline was unexpected because we all thought that the case involving several top officers of the Philippine National Police and some of their men had already been resolved and relegated into the pages of criminal history. But there it was – the headline for the opening of the week:  Multiple raps filed vs. 36 police officers, prosecutor. Read more...

Restore the sense of penance

May 29, 2015 03:42 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

LET’S do something about this grave concern. We cannot deny that we are losing the genuine sense of penance. It’s a word that nowadays hardly figures in the vocabulary of the people, especially the young.
But we, of course, have to be optimistic about this. No matter how ugly things look at the moment, there is always hope. Read more...

Will more cockpits stop illegal cockfights?

May 29, 2015 03:36 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City councilor Lyndon Acap, committee on games and professional sports chairman, said the only way to stop illegal cockfighting is to have more cockpits in the city. Read more...

Hypocrisies and disturbing situations

May 29, 2015 03:34 AM

By: Ronie Ticaya

FILIPINO culture is weird, yeah? We say we care for the poor kid but we still continue humiliating him in social media. Why is that?

The sight angers us, it was troubling and we feel sorry for the kid but we kept on sharing his photo to the rest of the world nonetheless. Read more...

Crowfunding Trend in Entrepreneurship

May 29, 2015 03:30 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

CROWDFUNDING is a new form of financing for start-up entrepreneurs, an online platform that can raise funds from many donors.

The donors are usually friends, family members and those who trust in one’s cause. For the donors’ generosity, the fund campaigners remunerate through perks that are non-monetary—the type of reward usually allowed so far. Read more...

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