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Visayas wary of low power reserve

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

ENERGY officials placed the Visayas grid under “yellow alert” due to lower power reserves.

But Iloilo City’s sole power distributor said the metropolis is insulated from the problem because of the presence of a coal-fired power plant in LaPaz district.

Based on the latest monitoring of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines on Friday, Visayas has an available supply of 1,609 megawatts (MW) against 1,516MW demand, leaving the contingency reserve at 93MW.

The Department of Energy (DOE) said the ideal reserve is 100MW.

The NGCP defines a “yellow alert” as a grid condition where the total energy reserve is less than the capacity of the largest plant online.

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Anti-narcotics cops undergo drug test

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

PRACTICE what you preach.

Policemen assigned at anti-narcotics units of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) underwent a surprise random drug test this week.

Around 30 policemen were made to report at the ICPO headquarters from Wednesday to Friday for a supposed conference.

But once they arrived at the office, personnel of the Regional Crime Laboratory (RCL) asked for their urine sample.

“This is part of our internal cleansing program. It will be hard for us to go against drugs if there are users, or even pushers, at the very core of our anti-drug campaign,” said ICPO OIC-director, Senior Superintendent Khasmir Disomangcop.

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Mandurriao school principal to stay put

By: Wenceslao E.Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City Schools Division denied the demand of some parents to transfer Dr. Lynette Trinidad, Mandurriao Elementary School principal, to another school.

Dr. Nelly Valerio, Schools Division Superintendent, said the timing of the transfer is ill-advised.

“Dr. Trinidad will not be transferred because the School Year is about to end. The grading cards and other official school documents have already been signed and Dr. Trinidad has to oversee the preparation of the National Achievement Test, graduation, promotion activities and submit forms needed for graduation Transfer is not a solution to the problem at hand,” Valerio explained to the mediation committee handling the case.

The city schools division received two complaints against Dr. Trinidad in 2014.

Rogelio Cortez filed his plaint in August 2014 while Reyland Vergara, et al, lodged their case in November 2014. The cases, however, dragged to March this year.

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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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A tale of two mayors

March  28, 2015 12:58 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

THE Philippines maybe in the 21st century but the socio-political structure of the country resembles that of ancient China or Japan.

Warlordism abounds and many parts of the country had been carved out as fief of notorious feudal overlords.   Read more...

K to nowhere

March  28, 2015 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

FOR THE highly, ivy-league educated people the K-12 educational system is the key to high-paying jobs or big business. Their models are, of course the economically advanced nations.

For the great masses of Filipinos, the K-12 system is the key to nowhere as many of them would simply be unable to move on to the next educational ladder. This is not of their own choosing but the force of circumstance of their lives. Read more...

Is Pacquiao now richer than Mang Inasal’s Injap?

March  28, 2015 12:54 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“I want the people of the Philippines to be happy, even if they have nothing.” – Manny Pacquiao

THE Daily Guardian publisher Lemuel Fernandez estimated the worth of Manny Pacquiao to be somewhere between P5 to P10 billion.

“I think he is now richer than Edgar Sia,” said Lemuel, who watched Pacquiao steamroll Shane Mosley via 12-round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 7, 2011. Read more...

Jesus is still put on trial and condemned today

March  28, 2015 12:52 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA


Gospel Reading: Mark 15,1-19

IT IS TRADITIONAL to read a long account of Christ’s passion and death at the outset of the Holy Week. The intention, certainly, is that of enabling us to participate more fully, in a spiritual sense, in the Lord’s suffering and this, in turn, should help us prepare for the Easter joy. Thus, we are led step by step and guided into the Paschal mystery as we meditate on Jesus’ last moments in this world – from his being arrested, tried, condemned, mocked, Read more...

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