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MERS scare grips Bacolod

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The public went into “panic-buying” of surgical masks after it was reported that a Korean student is under observation for suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) infection.

The Korean was admitted at the Doña Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) here after manifesting symptoms of the dreaded viral disease.

Dr. Julius Drilon, CLMMRH chief, clarified the issue in a press conference yesterday.

“There is no positive result,” he said.

Dr. Carmela Gensoli, officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Health Office, said they are awaiting the results of the patient’s swab samples which were sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila.

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Guv: Don’t count me out yet

By: Louine Hope Conserva

Makandidato pa ako (I’m still running).”

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. has this to say to people who pounded the heavens with prayers that he will not recover from his recent medical operations.

Defensor underwent angioplasty on May 18 and cholecystectomy or removal of gallbladder on May 20.

He returned to work on June 11, just in time for the Independence Day Celebration and vin d’ honneur the next day.

Defensor, however, worked at home so he can rest.

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Village chief defies demolition order

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

TE Iloilo City Task Force Anti Squatting and Illegal Structures (ASIS) will push through with the demolition of eight “squatter” homes in Lapuz district today, July 3, despite the defiance of the barangay captain.

Engr. Robert Dumanil, Task Force ASIS chief, said they will seek police assistance should Punong Barangay Maricon Sumpio of Alalasan, Lapuz block the demolition.

Dumanil said Sumpio told him that she will oppose the demolition “no matter what happens.”

The village chief said the eight families were evicted from a private lot and they have no place for shelter.

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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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Negative progress

July 03, 2015 03:28 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE TITLE is a contradiction in terms. When we speak of progress, we mean moving forward or into something better, therefore positive. Most often we can see only growth without realizing the negative results of this apparent progress. Read more...

Coast Guard warning on waste dumping in oceans

July 03, 2015 03:22 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) warned against the dumping of non-biodegradable wastes like plastic, toxic wastes and other harmful substances in the ocean or any body of water in the country under its maritime jurisdiction. Read more...

Fact–or hypothesis?

July 03, 2015 03:16 AM

By: Juan Mercado

BLESSED Mother Teresa of Calcutta may be canonized next year, forecasts a top Catholic Church authority. Hold it, cautioned a Vatican spokesman. That’s just a hypothesis—for now. Read more...

Can a lousy sex life be a ground for annulment?

July 03, 2015 03:14 AM

By: Reeza Singzon

IN THIS installment, we answer a question sent by an interested reader: Can a lousy sex life be a ground for annulment of marriage? Read more...

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