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MIWD reviews status of Maasin watershed, cites bad practices

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) is reviewing the status of the Maasin watershed which is the main source of potable supply.

MIWD board chairman, Dr. Teodoro Robles, said they formed a Watershed Committee to look into the “bad practices” in managing the area.

In an interview with The Daily Guardian On Air last Saturday, Robles cited that the area is planted with trees not suitable for the watershed’s health.

“We found out that bamboo trees were planted in the area, which absorb large amounts of water.  And there were mahogany trees in the vicinity which only pollute the soil,” said Robles.

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Landfill project stuck in limbo

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE contractor of the P200-million Iloilo City sanitary landfill in Mandurriao district has yet to start working three months after it was issued the notice to proceed.

General Services Office (GSO) head Joren Sartorio said contractor Sta. Clara International/Persan Joint Venture has yet to submit eligibility requirements to the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) which is funding the landfill project through a loan facility.

The City Hall awarded the landfill contract to the joint venture in January 2015.

Sartorio said the City government is ready to release the standard 15 percent mobilization fund to the contractor to kick-start the project if the bank’s requirements are satisfied.

The proposed landfill will be established on a 3.3-hectare lot at the Calajunan dumpsite in Mandurriao.

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DOH:  No politics in medical aid release

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Department of Health (DOH-6) denied that politics has mired the utilization of their medical assistance program (MAP) to indigent patients in Iloilo province.

The health department made the clarification after Vice Gov. Raul “Boboy” Tupas accused his brother Rep. Niel “Jun-Jun Tupas Jr. of pressuring the chiefs of hospitals in the 5th district to prioritize the latter’s supporters in the release of the MAP.

Vice Gov. Tupas said he learned of the alleged pressure exerted by his brother during his meeting with the chiefs of the Barotac Viejo District Hospital (BVDH), the Sara District Hospital (SDH) and the Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan last April 13.

Dr. Remia Nacanaynay, point person of MAP, said the social workers accept all patients, provided that they are indigent or poor.

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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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Deep wells

April 20, 2015 02:01 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

 

I GOT reactions from the internet on the column (4/13-14/15) on “Tuubiig!!!” Radio commentaries also mentioned the turbid water that came out the Bacolod City Water District pipelines last week. As usual the Read more...

Which prevails, JAO or the city ordinance?

April 20, 2015 02:14 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

A CURIOUS fellow Christian wondered why Mary, mother of Jesus, was allowed to marry “very young” – our readings say she got married at age 15 to Joseph who was already over 50 years old – yet today’s women in the Philippines are not allowed to marry unless at least 18 years of age. Indeed, why? Read more...

Green business matching event

April 20, 2015 02:25 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

One of the key global challenges in the 21st century is how to address climate change and reduce green house gas emissions (E.E. Smith & S. Perks in “A Perceptual Study of the Impact of Green Practice Implementation on Read more...

Ignorance

April 20, 2015 02:31 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

UNTIL NOW, there is still widespread ignorance among Ilonggos about the magnitude of the corruption that is devouring our city, and how it deprives tens of thousands of our people in terms of basic services and opportunities for economic upliftment. Read more...

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