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Probe on L300 purchase looms

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City Council is looking for compelling reasons to investigate the plan of the Office of the City Mayor to buy three L-300 vans from an exclusive distributor for P2.7 million.

Councilor Jason Gonzales, committee on good government chairman, said they have to determine several factors before conducting the investigation.

“I have yet to find out what procurement method was used, then act accordingly,” Gonzales said.

The probe is likely to focus on the statement of General Services Office (GSO) chief Joren Sartorio before the council last Tuesday that two Mitsubishi L-300 vans were “already delivered” by Avescor Motors Inc., an exclusive supplier of Mitsubishi cars, to the mayor’s office.

Sartorio later changed his statement before the media saying that the vans were “on loan” from the supplier. He also assured that the arrangement will not affect the bidding of the three L-300 vans.

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DBM nixes budget for City Hall’s electric bills

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) barred the Iloilo City government from paying electricity bills incurred in 2012 and 2013 using funds from the 2014 budget.

The DBM shed light on the issue after Councilor Joshua Alim sought clarification on the payment of electric bills incurred by the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) from 2012 to 2013.

The LEEO, which manages public markets and the slaughterhouse, owes some P15,344, 549.90 in unpaid power bills covering the period of December 2012 to June 30, 2014.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog asked the council to pass a resolution to use part of P66.2-million appropriations for electricity in the 2014 budget to pay LEEO’s debts.

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Capiz, NegOcc MERS-CoV free

By: Dolly Yasa and Felipe V. Celino

HEALTH officials in Capiz and Negros Occidental declared their respective provinces free of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV).

This, as the 10 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who may have been exposed to MERS-CoV tested negative for the virus.

The OFWs were part of the 21 Western Visayans who flew on an Etihad Airlines flight from the United Arabs Emirates. Also in the same flight was a Filipino nurse who initially tested positive for MERS-CoV.

Dr. Ernell Tumimbang of the Negros Occidental health office said the six OFWs who were quarantined have been cleared of the virus and allowed to go home.

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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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By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

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By: Luis V. Teodoro

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