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Negros Island Region won’t hurt WV economy

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE proposed Negros Island Region (NIR) will not hurt the economy of Western Visayas, an official of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-6) said.

"Life goes on here in Panay and Guimaras without Negros Occidental. Indi man gid magtahaw ang pag-uswag diri sa aton (Progress won’t slow down here in Western Visayas)," said Atty. Raul Anlocotan, NEDA-6 assistant regional director.

“We pursue our economic growth and the boom is already there. Wherever we go, we see buildings sprouting in major highways and we see developments not only in Iloilo City but in Guimaras, Northern Iloilo and particularly in Northern Panay and Boracay,” he added.

The NIR aims to lump Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental into one administrative region.

Negros Occidental comprises more or less 32 percent of the more than 2 million population of Western Visayas the region. It is also one of the largest producers of sugarcane aside from rich its tourism potential.

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Tupas, Causing clans back Raul?

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ILOILO Vice Governor Raul “Boboy” Tupas is claiming that he has the support of his mother, siblings and the rest of their relatives in his plan to run for 5th district congressman.

Citing his conversations with clan members, Raul said he believes they are with him in his quest for the fifth district congressional seat.

Raul’s decision to run next year put him at loggerheads with his brother Rep. Niel “Jun-Jun” Tupas Sr. who anointed his wife Atty. Yvonne Angeli Lee as his successor.

Raul said their mother, former Barotac Viejo mayor Myrna Causing-Tupas advised him to pursue his plan.

“Her advice is ‘If you have decided, campaign hard because you will win’,” he said.

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Inmates tightlipped on BJMP deaths

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE investigation of the deaths of two inmates in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) District Jail in Barangay Ungka, Jaro, Iloilo City hit a snag with the silence of other inmates.

For now, investigators are sure of one thing: the deaths of Kristian Buivan and Lenin Gerd Salvalosa were not suicide.

Chief Inspector Herbert Ballego, Jaro police chief, said they got no revealing statements from the interviews they conducted among the inmates.

“We elicit nothing from them that could be a big help in the investigation. This might take a while,” Ballego said.

With police facing a blank wall, Ballego said they would seek information from “outside” the jail facility.

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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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Salvation by Grace

May 23, 2015 04:42 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

A SERIOUS dilemma is threatening to rip the Liberal Party (LP) apart.  How the party handles this quandary could spell its demise or ensure its survival in the post-2016 political landscape.

LP is the current party in power but with national elections less than a year from now, its dominance could end unless its presidential candidate wins the contest. The presidency is the single most important position at stake in the 2016 election. Read more...

First navy chief

May 23, 2015 04:40 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

UNKNOWN to most people in Negros or perhaps the Philippines, the first commander of what is now the Philippine Navy is from Himamaylan, Occidental Negros. In this town on May 17, 1843 was born Pascual Ledesma, the first head of what is to become the Philippine Navy.  Read more...

Forgiving presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives

May 23, 2015 04:36 AM

Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA


Gospel Reading: John 20:19-23

THE Lord appeared to his disciples on many occasions after his resurrection from the dead. In our Gospel passage this Sunday, we see him manifesting himself once again to them and doing two very particular and significant gestures: Read more...

Digong Duterte and criminals in the ruling classes

May 23, 2015 04:34 AM

By: Rene Saguisag

DAVAO'S Digong Duterte wants the corrupt killed.

But the human rights community, marginalized as it may be, may perceive Digong himself a criminal. He deserves due process which he seems to deny the nonentities he is charged with having been dispatched to the Promised Land.

Vigilantism presents its own set of problems.

Forget belongingness

May 23, 2015 04:32 AM

By: Jenny Serfino

“MAY good come out of this tragedy.”

This is a line from a text message sent to the media by Antonio Cesar Servando, the uncle of one of my young kababayans, who died a year ago because all he wanted was to belong to a fraternity, like I once did. These words serve as an inspiration for the story I’m about to tell. Read more...

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