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WV economy slows down

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

WESTERN VISAYAS’ regional economy slowed down in 2013 due to a substantial slump in the agriculture, hunting and forestry and fishing (AHFF) industry.

Slower growth in the industry and service sectors also led to a sluggish growth in the gross regional domestic product (GRDP), from 7.7 percent in 2012 to 4.1 percent last year.

The GRDP is the aggregate value of goods and services produced in a specific region.

Data from the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) showed that Region 6’s AHFF sector further contracted from 0.1 percent in 2012 to negative 3.3 percent in 2013.

The data is ironic since Western Visayas is primarily an agricultural economy.

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1,400 sacks of NFA rice seized from warehouse

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided early Thursday morning a warehouse in Leganes, Iloilo containing “re-bagged” government rice.

The NBI operatives confiscated around 1,400 sacks of rice from the National Food Authority (NFA) being repacked as commercial rice.

NBI-6 special agent John Katipunan said they chanced upon 12 workers transferring what was believed to be NFA rice into commercial sacks inside the warehouse at Barangay Napnud.

The warehouse is registered in the name of Dennis de Vicente, a businessman from San Enrique, Iloilo.

De Vicente or any of his representatives was not around when the raid was conducted.

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Malnutrition still bugging Antique

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ANTIQUE still tops the list of provinces in Western Visayas with the highest number of malnourished children.

A report from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) said Antique’s malnutrition prevalence hit 8.78 percent in 2013.

In 2012, the province also posted the highest prevalence of malnutrition in Western Visayas at 9.49 percent.

The National Nutrition Council (NNC-6) linked malnutrition in Antique to poverty, low income of parents and mothers still resorting to bottle feeding rather than exclusive breastfeeding.

On the upside, the FNRI report said the malnutrition rate of Western Visayas among children 0 to 5 months old showed a minimal decrease from 20.2 percent in 2012 to 19.1 percent in 2013.

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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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Stuck fishbone

August 01,2014 02:10 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE replica of the Bacolod City Government Center at the northern terminus of Araneta Street is a fishbone stuck in the throat of Monico Puentevella that despite fervent efforts remains embedded.

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Syjuco gaining national prominence vs P-Noy

August 01,2014 02:08 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” Nelson Mandela

WAS it a mistake to pick on Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco for being a foe in politics?

Or is Syjuco the easiest whipping boy among all the minions identified with former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo?

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Cockpit blinders

August 01,2014 02:06 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“THEY were watching it as they would a cockfight, interesting but not something that’d change their lives,” sociologist. John Carroll, SJ recalls thinking on the eve of People Power 1. At a barricade behind Camp Aguinaldo, “residents of the poor neighborhood drifted into the streets, waiting to see what’d happen.”

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Most Despised Deputy Ombudsman

August 01,2014 02:04 AM

By: Peter G. Jimenea

We just want Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales to learn of our disgust at her decision in this case. In 2001, the Iloilo City Government agreed to float a bond of P120 million for the construction of 413 low-cost houses for city employees. It was cornered by the PNB for an interest of P5 million, thus converting it into a P125-million loan. Read more...

So young and so ...

August 01,2014 02:02 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

JED PATRICK E. Mabilog is definitely one of the wealthiest public officials in the country today. Only 48 years old, he has a net worth of P68,341,622.41 based on his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for the year ending December 31, 2013. He has been in public service for only nine years. He is an example of how public office has enriched its occupant. Read more...

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