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CITY HALL DENIES MALVERSATION RAPS

By: Wenceslao E Mateo Jr.

TOP Iloilo City Hall officials denied any irregularities in the P16-million unliquidated cash advances (CAs) of some officials.

The Commission on Audit (COA) is poised to file malversation raps against certain City Hall officials for their failure to settle the cash advances since 2011.

City Legal Officer Daniel Dinopol said they are apt to believe that “nobody ran away or misused the cash advances they made for official travel or special programs or projects.”

“They must have just failed to make their liquidation reports (supported by receipts and all other documents validating their expenses) for reasons they can justify or explained by the Accountant,” Dinopol said.

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COA nixes anti-rabies vaccine deal

By: Florence F. Hibionada

THE Commission on Audit (COA) disallowed the Iloilo City government’s purchase of anti-rabies vaccines worth P234,249.11.

The reason: the supplier has no license to operate and the deal is believed to be overpriced.

The company in question is Foodwealth Agro-Vet Trading which supplied the anti-rabies vaccines in June 2013.

COA revealed its findings on the latest Annual Audit Report on Iloilo City.

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Heavy equipment, fire gears go ‘missing’ from City Hall

By: Florence F. Hibionada

THE Commission on Audit (COA) wants full accounting of P12.5 million worth of equipment and other items that went missing in the Iloilo City Hall.

The latest Annual Audit Report (AAR) on the Iloilo City government listed the items missing from the City Hall’s inventory books:

-6 motor vehicles and heavy equipment;

-26 pieces of office equipment;

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MIWD welcomes COA probe

By: Florence F. Hibionada and Louine Hope Conserva

THE Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) board welcomes the “immediate and extensive” investigation by the Commission on Audit (COA) on their operations.

This, as the COA central office directed COA-6 Regional Director Evelyn Reyes to act on the request of the Iloilo City Council to probe the water district

The probe seeks to determine the income and expenditures of the water district.

The City Council earlier passed Resolution No. 2014-427 declaring MIWD a failure and ordering COA to investigate its financial status.

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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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Why Drilon should accept Syjuco’s challenge to a debate

September 23, 2014 02:35 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.” – Nelson Mandela Read more...

A thousand cuts

September 23, 2014 02:31 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“DEATH by a thousand cuts” is an apt phrase to sum up Sunday’s 42nd anniversary of the imposition of martial law. Read more...

Living with a holy man

September 23, 2014 02:25 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

I AM referring to Bishop Alvaro del Portillo (March 11, 1914-March 23, 1994), first successor of St. Josemaria Escriva as head of Opus Dei. He will be beatified in Madrid on September 27. Read more...

Risky drinks and drugs prevention programs in schools

September 23, 2014 02:18 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

HOUSE Bill 4021, if approved into law, will ban the selling of soft drinks, fruit-based drinks, energy drinks and coffee in schools. Schools that will violate the ban may be fined P100,000 for every violation. Read more...

Sabah revisited

September 23, 2014 02:09 AM

By: Jesus "Jess" Dureza

KOTA KINABALU – I haven't been to KK for many years. But I liked what I saw when my Malaysian Airways Flight MH 803 docked on the bay bridge. Read more...

Academia’s isolation

September 23, 2014 02:04 AM

By: Rex Sorza

I COLLECTED several books from the World Conference of Science Journalists in Montreal about a decade ago and my favorite was the Blue Book of the University of Read more...

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