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‘SUPER DRY’

Iloilo City vulnerable to El Niño, drought

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ILOILO City is likely to suffer from prolonged drought due to the El Niño phenomenon expected to last until June 2016.

Elisea “Bebet” Gozun, Climate Resiliency Team Leader of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) BeSecure Project, said Iloilo City will experience below normal rainfall from October 2015 to January 2016.

“Even though you are still experiencing rainfall, you have to be conscious that you will have less water,” Gozun said during a forum at the Grand Hotel in Iloilo City, August 26.

According to a study of the Manila Observatory presented during the forum, the mean daily temperature in Iloilo City will increase by 1.1 to 2.4 °C (degrees Centigrade) in 2025 and 1.5 to 4.0 °C in 2050.

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Dry spell affects 8,000 has. of farms

By: Louine Hope Conserva

The extended El Niño phenomenon could affect more or less 8,000 hectares (has.) of agricultural lands in Iloilo province, according to the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

Engr. Jesus Datoon, NIA-6 Engineering and Operations Division Manager, said of the 35,000 has. of agricultural lands served by the National Irrigation Systems, only 27,000 has. are actually irrigated due to the extended El Nino and the repair of the Sta. Barbara Irrigation Dam starting October.

“With the repair, we will be suspending delivery of water from the dam. The repair of facilities for the whole systems area will affect about more than 2,000 has. of agricultural lands in the towns of Sta. Barbara, Pavia and Leganes until May next year,” he said.

The repair worth roughly P250 million includes rehabilitation of the main canal and other dilapidated facilities.

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What is I-ACT really up to?

By: F. Allan L. Angelo and Maricyn A. De los Santos

A CAUSE-oriented group or hodge-podge of political has-beens and wannabes?

Political observers raised their eyebrows with the emergence of the so-called Ilonggo Alliance for Change and Transparency (I-ACT) one month before the official filing of candidacy in October.

I-ACT was unveiled August 31 at Westown Hotel in Mandurriao, Iloilo City to pressure the government to act on alleged questionable projects in the city.

“We want to pressure the local government and the government offices concerned to perform their duties,” said Dr. Marigold Gonzalez, one of the convenors and the daughter of the late Iloilo City congressman and Department of Justice secretary Raul Gonzalez.

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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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What INC gained

September 02, 2015 03:28 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

FOR THE first time within our memory, the Iglesia Ni Cristo rallied on the street on a political issue. The reaction of the ordinary citizens and the netizens was mostly against INC action. Read more...

Reflections

September 02, 2015 02:15 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

IF there’s anything that should elicit the strongest passion in us, it should be the desire to be like God. This simply corresponds to God’s greatest commandment as articulated by Christ himself: “You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.” (Lk 10,27) Read more...

More of the same?

September 02, 2015 03:10 AM

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Tony Abbott once said: Political parties don't work when people just announce what they are doing and expect everyone else to follow.

And announcement was the only feat of the so-called Ilonggo Alliance for Change and Transparency (I-ACT) during its unveiling August 31.

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