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PEDC expansion ahead of schedule

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE expansion of the coal-fired power plant in Iloilo City is way ahead of its schedule, according to a top official of Global Business Power (GBP) Corp.

GBPC Executive Vice President Jaime Azurin told the Iloilo media Wednesday that the expansion of its subsidiary Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC) is 6 percent ahead of their schedule.

PEDC operates a 164MW coal-fired power plant in La Paz, Iloilo City. It is putting up another 150MW power plant which will be completed in July 2016.

Azurin said that the expansion plant is 27 percent completed against the 21 percent completion target.

“Five months after the construction, the first pile of the boiler area was successfully driven into the ground, marking the start of the civil works. Last Monday, we were able to raise the first column,” Azurin said.

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Capitol executive mum on suspension

By: Louine Hope Conserva

A TOP Iloilo Capitol official is mum on her suspension after the Office of Ombudsman filed cases against her and former governor Niel Tupas Sr. for the alleged payment for unconsumed electricity from an independent power producer.

Assistant provincial accountant Sandra Bionat said she has yet to receive the suspension order.

“This is a political office so it is hard to comment publicly. Whatever we say might be used against us,” she said.

She said once the order has been issued, she will comply with it.

“As a government employee we will abide by the justice system. We have to comply with government rules and regulations,” she said.

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‘Last call’ for de la Cruz, Villalobos

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City Council committee investigating the alleged anomalies at the Iloilo Terminal Market will wrap up its investigation if the two remaining witnesses who have yet to appear in the probe refuse to attend the next hearing.

Councilor Plaridel Nava issued the last call to Zenia de la Cruz, wife of former Local Economic Enterprise Office chief Vincent dela Cruz; and market employee Fedelyn Villalobos.

De la Cruz and Villalobos have never attended any of the four hearings set by the City Council.

“They better come for the next hearing, which is already the fifth. Otherwise, we will be compelled to already wrap up the investigation and make our report on our findings and conclusions, along with our recommendations to the plenary,” he said.

The next hearing has been set in January 2015.

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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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Moral question

December 18, 2014 12:58 AM

THE graft case hurled against former Iloilo governor Niel Tupas Sr. and three others relative to the electric power purchase agreement entered into by the provincial with Green Core Geothermal, Inc. should serve as a warning to the incoming board of directors of the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD).  Read more...

Losers and losers

December 18, 2014 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IT SEEMS that during the last week, the news focused on losses and losers. The manager of Central Negros Electric Cooperative was sacked for losses. Then the director of the Bacolod City Water District was ousted by the court due to controversial water losses. Read more...

No to death penalty!

December 18, 2014 12:54 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

AS TO THE recurring call to restore the Death Penalty in the country, I maintain my opposition to it.

We understand the argument of the proponents – either we give the criminals continued liberty to get us or our loved ones, or we do away with them permanently to keep us safe.

For Whom the Bell Tolls? Defensor’s Hemingway solution to MIWD vacuum

December 18, 2014 12:52 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.’s use of authority and influence to arrest the impending vacuum at the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) Board of Directors can be called as the Hemingway Solution. Read more...

Appetite for communion

December 18, 2014 12:50 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

ONE prayer that holds great meaning to me and that I learned soon after a dramatic personal conversion many, many years ago is what is called Spiritual Communion.
This can be said, of course, in different ways, but the one I learned was the one used by St. Josemaria Escriva, Opus Dei founder. Read more...

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