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MIWD evaluates five private firms

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

THE Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) said it is evaluating the various unsolicited proposals of private companies that want to help improve its services.

Amarylis Josephine Castro, MIWD acting manager, said the proponents include the Pangilinan-led MetroPac Water Investments Corp., Manila Water Company, Inc. of the Ayala Group, Boracay Tubi System, Inc., and Tubigan.

Castro said their offers range from raw water supply, non-revenue water or a combination of both which could improve MIWD’s services.

The proposals are now being studied by the MIWD joint venture committee headed by Engr. Arnold Laurente.

“We have to make sure that the proposals are advantageous to MIWD and the consumers.

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Ilonggos urged to be entrepreneurial

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ILONGGOS need to think of investment before savings.

This is the trait that we should develop for us to level with the developments in Cebu and other parts of the world, according to Ilonggo business executive Rex Drilon II.

“We actually have more than the Cebuanos. And we are both kuripot (frugal). Only that Cebuanos are entrepreneurial in nature while Ilonggos keep their money under the mattress rather than invest it,” Drilon told The Daily Guardian on Air over Aksyon Radyo last Saturday.

Drilon, vice chairman of the Iloilo Economic Development Foundation Inc. (ILED), said the organization was envisioned to promote investment and tourism in Iloilo.

“Ten years ago, we realized that Iloilo is being overtaken by other cities. However, we are not convinced that we are inferior as with other cities.

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Malones cries ‘political harassment’ in latest case

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE series of cases filed against him is a form of “political harassment,” according to Mayor Mariano Malones of Maasin.

Malones is currently facing two charges – an administrative case filed by Elsa Maternal; and falsification of public documents and graft and corruption filed against him and two others by Winefredo Maternal, Elsa’s brother.

“Madugay pa ang 2016 Election pero diri sa banwa sang Maasin wala untat ang eleksyon (The 2016 election is still far but in Maasin, the election never stops),” Malones said.

On Friday last week, the mayor received a resolution from the Office of the Ombudsman charging him of falsification of public documents and graft and corruption relative to the controversial procurement of a garbage compactor truck donated by Japan.

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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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The Bangsamoro sub-state

September 15, 2014 12:49 AM

By: Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr.

TO THE unfamiliar, an Islamic state conjures up fear and alarm causing cold running down one’s spine. But it simply means a government that is ruled by Muslim canonical law based on the Koran. Read more...

Pride, prejudice and politics in Philippine sports

September 15, 2014 12:48 AM

(Last of 2 parts)

By: Antonio P. Contreras

FOR Thais, the steady supporting hands of the state enable their athletes to compete. For us, we have to rely on the mercy of private donors, and we beef up our ranks with naturalized players, to convert the enormous talents we have among us in many events, into actual medal counts wherever they can be found. Read more...

The Golan Heights escape – An example of valor and integrity of the Filipino soldier

September 15, 2014 12:46 AM

By: Edgar Mana-ay

WITH the recent spate of “hulidap,” ambushes and extortions perpetrated by our law enforcers (police and army alike), it is a paradox and an ambiguity that Filipino military personnel behave impeccably with valor and integrity when assigned in foreign lands. Read more...


September 15, 2014 12:44 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

OUT of curiosity, I spent half an hour last Saturday reading the “testimonies” supporting Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog who nominated himself to be “World Mayor”. It’s a popularity contest by online voting with no criteria on what is a “World Mayor”. At once, the emptiness of this title becomes apparent. That’s the reason it never was taken seriously by all Philippine mayors, except one. Read more...


September 15, 2014 12:40  AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

A RETREAT master once told us that we are the sum of our decisions. Each day we are faced with a situation in which we have to make a decision. In this case we weigh and choose our options and whatever is the result of this choice we have to gain or grit from it.   Read more...

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