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NGCP to shut down Panay facilities for maintenance

By: Louine Hope Conserva

AN 11-HOUR blackout will hit Panay Island on Sunday as the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) implements maintenance works on major facilities in the island.

The blackout will happen from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and will affect parts of Iloilo, Antique, Capiz and Aklan, including Boracay Island.

Michelle Visera, corporate communications and public affairs officer of NGCP-Western Visayas, said they will shut down the following transmission lines and facilities for maintenance works: 138 kilo-volt (kV) Dingle-Panit-an line; 138kV Panit-an – Nabas line; 69kV Nabas-Sapian line; and 69kV Nabas-Avon line.

The shutdown will affect the full franchise areas of Iloilo III Electric Cooperative, Antique Electric Cooperative, Aklan Electric Cooperative and Capiz Electric Cooperative.

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Double Dragon faces hefty fines

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE private firm constructing the Gumaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal (GIFT) project in Parola, Iloilo City will be made to pay heavy fines for putting up a mall and a fuel station sans permits.

Iloilo City Engineer Roberto Divinagracia said the fines are consequence of the Notice of Illegal Construction his office issued against to Double Dragon Properties, Inc. last March 25.

“We have learned that it (Double Dragon) has been constructing structures at the Gumaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal project without any building permit. So, we issued the notice for illegal construction,” Divinagracia told The Daily Guardian.

Divinagracia said if Double Dragon applies for the building permit, it will pay the application cost of more or less P300,000 and a 25% surcharge.

“On second notice, which we will issue on Monday, April 20, the surcharge is already 50% and will balloon to 75% on the third notice; and 100% on the fourth notice,” he added.

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Ileco manager sacked over bank acquisition

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

A GENERAL manager of an Iloilo-based electric cooperative and a former official of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) are facing criminal charges for the alleged anomalous acquisition of the Express Savings Bank Inc. (ESBI) in 2009.

In a statement, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found probable cause to indict former officials of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), corporate executives of WELLEX Group Inc. (WGI), Forum Pacific Inc. (FPI) and ESBI.

Indicted are former LWUA officials Prospero Pichay Jr., Eduardo Bangayan, Aurelio Puentevella, Enrique Senen Montilla III, Wilfredo Feleo, Daniel Landingin, Arnaldo Espinas; WGI executives Dee Hua Gatchalian,

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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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Frightening prospect

April 18, 2015 01:12 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

LARGE scale corruption in government is threatening to return with a vengeance. Under the present dispensation, big time corruption in government suffered a tremendous setback.  Read more...

Market to the people

April 18, 2015 01:10 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

“BRINGING the market to the people” is the motto of the newly-opened Lopue’s Panaad which was inaugurated last April 15. As the name suggests, Read more...

We are called to show the world that Jesus is truly alive!

April 18, 2015 01:08 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA


Gospel Reading: Luke 24,35-48

THE account in this Sunday’s Gospel may seem hard to interpret and its message, difficult to understand,

Red alert for accountability

April 18, 2015 01:06 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

THAT ASSOCIATE Justices Jose Reyes, Jr. and Francisco Acosta of the Court of Appeals sixth division stopped the preventive suspension order of Read more...

Mayweather’s formula of success: Grace under pressure

April 18, 2015 01:04 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“If I’m scared and I’m a coward, why do you guys want to see me fight?” – Floyd Mayweather Jr Read more...

Victorious in defeat

April 18, 2015 01:02 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

THAT may sound funny, or a literary oxymoron, but in the lives of saints, in the life of Christ himself, yes, there can be victory in what may largely be considered as defeat.

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