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RTC orders attachment of MIWD properties to arbitration case

By: Louine Hope Conserva

METRO Iloilo Water District (MIWD) assured normal operations despite the order of the Regional Trial Court Branch 39 to attach its properties and funds to an ongoing arbitration case over its bulk water supply agreement (BWSA) with FLO Water Resources Iloilo Inc.

MIWD legal counsel Roy Villa told The Daily Guardian that they already filed a Petition for Review on the RTC order with the Court of Appeals August 25.

“It is subject to the condition that it is limited only to disposition of properties and shall not disrupt the water district’s cash and other financial obligations,” Villa said.

In a decision dated August 7, 2015, RTC Judge Victorino Oliveros Maniba Jr. issued a Writ of Preliminary Attachment against the properties and funds of MIWD amounting to P100,035,538.35.

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14 Capitol offices lose net services for unpaid bills

By: Louine Hope Conserva

FOURTEEN offices of the Iloilo provincial capitol are temporarily disconnected from the World Wide Web for failure to pay their bills for eight months.

The disconnection which took effect August 26 affected the Governor’s Office (eight connections); Legal Office (six connections); Provincial Treasurers Office (six connections); Cooperative Office (two connections); Tourism Office (three connections); Provincial Assessor’s (four connections); Population (three connections); Commission on Audit (four connections); Bayad Center (five connections); Accounting Office (four connections); General Services Office (seven connections); Sangguniang Panlalawigan (four connections); Human Resource Management and Development Office (four connections) and Provincial Agriculture’s Office (six connections).

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NCIP gives final consent to megadam project

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has granted final consent to the construction of the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II in Calinog, Iloilo.

In its resolution dated August 11, the NCIP Board of Commissioners approved the issuance of the Certification Precondition (CP) to the National Irrigation Administration (NIA-6) which signals the start of the megadam project.

The project affects 16 Indigenous People’s communities distributed in 16 barangays of Calinog.

It involves construction of three dams – Jalaur High Dam, Jalaur After Bay Dam, and Alibunan Catchment Dam.

The project will be funded by an P8.9-billion loan from the Korean Export-Import Bank and P2.2 billion from the national government.

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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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SRA order assailed-2

August 28, 2015 03:20 AM

By Modesto P. Sao-noy

THERE ARE reports that the planters belonging to the Asociacion Agricola de Bais y Tanjay, Inc. sent a letter to Administrator Regina Martin of the Sugar Regulatory Administration informing her that they refuse to sell out their right to conversion of their “A” sugar to “B”. Read more...

Business of opportunism

August 28, 2015 03:22 AM

THE press conference organized by Mayor Rene Cordero of Estancia, Iloilo in Iloilo City on August 26 to clarify controversies besetting the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) to his constituents raised more questions than answers. Read more...

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