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COA raps overflowing, underused prisons in W. Visayas

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE ideal ratio of jail personnel to inmates is 1:7 but the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Region 6 is has to grapple with 1:40 ratio.

Lack of jail personnel is one of the main factors why some Western Visayas jails are cramped while others are unused, said Senior Superintendent Rex Delarmente, BJMP regional director.

In a 2014 report released by the Commission on Audit (COA) last week, it was learned that the region has seven detention facilities that are overpopulated by 393 percent each while six others are unused.

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Opposition defends standoff with mayor

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

"THIS is not about politics. This is about checks and balances."

This was the retort of the vice mayor and several Sangguniang Bayan member of Maasin, Iloilo to the accusations of Mayor Mariano Malones that they caused the delay in salaries and other financial obligations of the town.

Vice-Mayor Rene Mondejar and SB members Inocencio Velasco, Ritchelle Mondejar, Vicente Albacete, and Romulo Joquino Sr., Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) president, explained their side on the impassé over the town’s finances.

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Militants, cops clash in Iloilo City

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

STONES were hurled while policemen tried to protect themselves as more than a thousand protesters from different towns of Iloilo and other parts of Panay held a rally along Rizal Street, Jaro, Iloilo City October 4.

The rallyists, carrying the banner "People's Forum on APEC 2015," were composed of members of different militant groups including Bukluran ng Progresibong Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (BPMP) and Alab Katipunan, among others.

They staged the rally to condemn the ongoing APEC Food Security Meeting at the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).

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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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Who is in the majority?

October  05, 2015 03:32 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

A POLITICAL group, in the legislature for instance, may count less, thus numerically in the minority, but then as a Republican senator once said: “If you act like you’re in the minority, you’re going to stay in the minority.” Read more...

Let's stop bellyaching; we don't need Rio

October  05, 2015 03:24 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

"You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball." – Bobby Knight


NEW YORK CITY -- So what's the big deal if we wound up second to China in the recently-concluded 2015 FIBA Asia Men's Championship in Changsha City, China on Sept. 23-Oct. 3? Read more...

Where’s the sugar?-3

October  05, 2015 03:18 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LAST WEEK’S reports say the Bureau of Customs intercepted another P10 million worth of smuggled sugar. The Bureau is expecting more and it is good that it has brought the Sugar Anti-Smuggling Office or SASO on board to help. This task force is being financed by the industry and is expected to have the industry interest as its prime obligation. Read more...

The missionary today

October  05, 2015 03:12 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

SOME drastic updating of our understanding of what a missionary is is now in order. We should not get stuck with the common textbook idea that a missionary is usually a priest or nun who goes to a far-away place and literally starts a settlement there. Read more...

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