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New MIWD board tries to break impasse with FLO Water

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE new set of Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) board of directors said they are trying to break the impasse with one of its bulk water suppliers.

Dr. Teodoro Robles, new MIWD board chairman, said they have met with businessman Rogelio Florete Sr., owner of FLO Water, to discuss the dispute between the latter’s firm and the water district.

In an interview with The Daily Guardian on Air last Saturday, Robles said Florete has agreed to their proposal of  diverting the undelivered 10,000 cubic meters daily (CMD) to the transmission pipe of Prime Water Ventures Inc., another bulk water supplier of MIWD.

“Mr. Florete agreed to our proposal. We might start the experiment this week,” said Robles, who is also the president of the Central Philippine University.

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200 cops to secure Candelaria fiesta

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

TWO hundred policemen from different police offices in Western Visayas will augment the Jaro, Iloilo police in securing today's religious fiesta in honor of Nuestra Señora Dela Candelaria (Our Lady of Candles).

Senior Inspector Herbert Ballego, Jaro police chief, said the additional police force came from Aklan, Capiz, the city and province of Iloilo, and Guimaras.

With the large number of devotees and visitors, Ballego said the 40 policemen assigned at the district are not enough to maintain peace and security during the fiesta.

Aside from devotees who will flock the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, which has been declared a National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles, cockfight enthusiasts will also storm the Iloilo Coliseum for the renowned Candelaria derby.

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Estante blames vendors on ‘chicharon yarn’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

AN Iloilo City official blamed meat owners and vendors for the proliferation of chicharon or cracklings made from large intestines of slaughtered pigs which has been declared unfit for human consumption.


Former city councilor Ely Estante, executive assistant on markets and slaughterhouse, said abattoir personnel should not be blamed for the proliferation of chicharon in markets and restaurants.

“This could happen when owners of pigs slaughtered at the city’s slaughter house would sneak them out back to the market and sell to manufacturers of pork chicharon.  The intestines that the slaughterhouse is able to retain are, burned and buried,” Estante said.

But Councilor Armand Parcon insists that slaughterhouse workers sell large intestines of pigs to vendors who cook chicharon.

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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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February 02, 2015 02:29 AM

By: Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr.

DURING his recent inaugural visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis enthralled millions of people, both young and old, man or woman, regardless of their religious orientation. Read more...

Some notes on poverty

February 02, 2015 02:28 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

IT’S obvious that we have to do all we can to combat bad poverty. That’s the poverty that dehumanizes us, that undermines our dignity as persons and as children of God. Anything that stands in the way of what we ought to be, both in the natural level and with respect to our supernatural destination, should be rooted out.

Its PNoy’s buck

February 02, 2015 02:26 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

ON TOP of the table of US President Harry Truman is this notice: the buck stops here. The President as the highest official of the land takes full responsibility for actions taken by his subordinates especially if these operations were undertaken or implemented with his direct knowledge and specific authority. He cannot pass it on. Read more...

The future of petroleum energy

February 02, 2015 02:24 AM

By: Edgar Mana-ay

In June of 2014, the price of crude oil in the world market was $110 per barrel (one barrel is 159 liters). By January 2015, price had nosedived to only $48.69 per barrel or a reduction of more than FIFTY PERCENT! Read more...

Bruised ‘Boy Ex’ still waiting for Michael Buffer

February 02, 2015 02:22 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting.” – Joyce Meyer

EXEQUIEL “Boy Ex” Javier knows he had been knocked out.

The referee had already ruled him unfit to continue. Read more...

The 44 SAF members died for peace; let us not fail them

February 02, 2015 02:20 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

WE are saddened by the tragic fate of 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the PNP, who were ambushed and massacred by still unverified forces during an anti-terror operation last Jan. 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Read more...

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