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NFA-Iloilo in hot water

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

OFFICIALS of the National Food Administration (NFA) in Iloilo will be made to explain why government grains ended up in a private warehouse in Leganes, Iloilo.

Secretary Francis Pangilinan, Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, and NFA Administrator Arthur Juan arrived in Iloilo Friday to inspect the warehouse of Dennis Devicente where 1,047 sacks (not 1,400 as reported earlier) of NFA rice were discovered.

Devicente is also the owner of Rescha Marketing which has an NFA license for warehousing, transporting, retailing and wholesaling of rice.

Members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI-6) regional office raided Devicente’s warehouse at Brgy. Napnud, Leganes Wednesday after receiving tips that NFA rice were being diverted and re-bagged in the area.

According to the NBI, they got a lead on Devicente's warehouse after they saw three Elf trucks coming out of the NFA warehouse in Jaro, Iloilo City around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Iloilo town officials caught dozing, texting during SONA

By: Louine Hope Conserva

TWO officials of San Dionisio, Iloilo were caught sleeping and texting while Pres. Benigno Aquino delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 28.

Photos published in The Philippine Star last July 30 showed Vice Mayor Jhun Albania in deep slumber while Sangguniang Bayan Member Roger Niel Lopez was busy sending text messages from his phone.

Albania admitted that he fell asleep before and during the President’s speech due to exhaustion from their travels in Luzon.

“We entered the plenary between 1:30 and 2 p.m. and the speech began at 4 p.m. So while waiting for the president’s speech, I admit that I fell asleep. During his delivery, there were also instances that I fell asleep,” Albania said.

Albania said he was exhausted after travelling from Ilocos to Metro Manila.

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Endangered shells seized

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THREE persons were arrested Thursday evening for transporting a truckload of endangered shells in Batad, Iloilo.

The suspects were identified as Christopher Mancia, 31, of Barangay Punao, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental and driver of the Isuzu Elf truck (license plate YFJ-462); Cipriano Umbrero, 53, San Julio Subdivision, San Carlos City; Rene Boy Rusiana, 38, of Barangay Rizal, San Carlos City.

Combined elements of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) intelligence branch, PNP Regional Maritime Office and Batad Police Office, together with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) intercepted 95 sacks of helmet or “budyong” shells and smooth top shells in a checkpoint at Brgy. Batad Viejo.

An inventory of the seizure showed that the hoard included 1,708 pieces of budyong shells and 616 pieces of smooth top shells. Both shells are considered endangered, according to BFAR.

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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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Hits and misses

August 02, 2014 02:08 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

Last Monday, the entire nation was glued to television or radio sets to listen to the fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Noy. Unlike the previous Sonas, this one was eagerly awaited by the people in the light of recent political development in the country.

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Silver bullet

August 02, 2014 02:06 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“ERADICATION of poverty is not just about getting to zero,” explains United Nations Development Program administrator Helen Clark. “It’s also about staying there.” That’s the main thrust of the 2014 Human Development Report’s: “Sustaining Progress: Reducing Vulenrabilities and Building Resilence.” Read more...

Tiempo muerto

August 02, 2014 02:04 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

AUGUST is considered the beginning of “tiempo muerto”. This term is mainly applied to Occidental Negros and specifically to the sugar industry. Literally, this means dead season and is used to describe the situation in the sugarcane fields of the province when work ceases. That means workers dependent on the hacienda or cane fields have no work.  Read more...

Human capacity to feel compassion

August 02, 2014 02:02 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel Reading: Matthew 14,13-21

JESUS “saw a large crowd and he took pity on them and healed their sick” (v.14). The verb used in the original Greek version of this verse is “splagchnízomai” (“to be moved with pity or compassion”). Read more...

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