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‘Four villains’ ratting on Jed?

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

A CITY councilor claimed that “four villains” within the circle of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog are to blame for the latter’s woes.

In an interview with Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo Thursday, Councilor Plaridel Nava said these four villains are the cause of problems and issues of corruption being attributed to the present administration.

Nava made the revelation as they questioned alleged “ghost employees” and non-existent task forces at the City Hall.

The controversy also surfaced as the City Council approved Supplemental Budget No. 5 which included salaries for casual employees who are mostly assigned to the task forces.

“Not us - me and Councilor Joshua Alim - as we have shown the mayor our full loyalty to him. In fact, in questioning Supplemental Budget No. 5,

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Red tide in Isla Gigantes

By: Louine Hope Conserva

FOLKS who love to eat shellfish from Isla de Gigantes in Carles, Iloilo must refrain from indulging in their favorite fare due to the red tide toxin.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) issued the warning as the coastal waters around Gigantes Island tested positive for the toxin.

Test results from the BFAR indicated that the paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxin level in shellfish samples from Gigantes is 45 – 104 µgSTXeq/100q/100g of shellfish meat.

The safe regulatory limit for red tide toxin is 60 µgSTXeq/100g.

BFAR National Director Asis Perez issued an advisory last October 17 refraining the public from eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting and marketing of shellfish from the area.

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Health offices gear up vs. Ebola

By: Louine Hope Consevrva

HEALTH offices at all levels are in close coordination to prevent the entry of Ebola virus in the country.

Dr. Maria Socorro Quiñon of Iloilo Provincial Health Office said local, regional and national health agencies are now on alert.

“Just like any communicable diseases, the Department of Health central office informing us if there is a suspected person under investigation (PUI) in the region. Our disease surveillance officers in the region and province are helping each other,” she said.

Upon the advisory of the Health Emergency Management Bureau, a person suspected of contracting Ebola virus will be subjected to 21-day quarantine period.

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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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Ilonggos fear poverty more than Ebola

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By: Alex P. Vidal

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Festival notes

October 24, 2014 03:30 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THERE are several observations in the holding of the MassKara Festival culled from talks with friends, mostly in media. The intent is not to criticize Read more...

Unnoticed crisis

October 24, 2014 03:21 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

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Blind idolatry and the irrational elites

October 24, 2014 03:08 AM

By: ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS

(The author is a former dean of De La Salle University. He is currently a full professor of political science at De La Salle University.) Read more...

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