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MIWD, MetroPac launch joint venture

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) has granted “original proponent” status to a private firm which made an unsolicited proposal for another bulk water supply (BWS) project.

Amarylis Josephine Castro, MIWD spokesperson for joint venture (JV) projects, said the latest move means that the water district will enter its first JV project with Metro Pacific Water Investments Corp. (MetroPac).

MetroPac is the water investment arm of businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan who has controlling interests in water, telecommunications, power distribution and generation and toll ways.

The firm’s unsolicited proposal involves the “rehabilitation, refurbishment, upgrading, replacement, operation and maintenance of MIWD’s existing water treatment plant in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo and groundwater deep wells in San Miguel, Pavia, Oton and Cabatuan.”

It also offered treatment, supply and/or delivery of bulk treated water to MIWD through existing facilities and render necessary technical services or assistance to the water district.

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Atria lacks occupancy, business permits - BPLO

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) claimed that the City government has yet to issue occupancy and business permits to tenants of Atria Park in Mandurriao district.

BPLO head Norman Tabud revealed the information after the canopy in one of Atria Park’s wings collapsed Sunday evening due to strong winds and heavy rains.

Fierce southwest monsoon (habagat) induced by tropical storm Egay which battered northern Luzon is believed to have toppled the canopy.

Tabud said his office only issued certifications that the applications for business permits of Atria tenants are on process.

The BPLO chief said the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) has yet to issue occupancy permits to the tenants.

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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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New sugar industry-12

July 07, 2015 03:42 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE primary purpose of the Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2015 is to “establish productivity improvement programs.” Read more...

Why change the Constitution?

July 07, 2015 03:34 AM

First of two parts

By: Reynato S. Puno

(Speech at a symposium on constitutional reforms, June 29, 2015, University of the Visayas, Cebu City. This was first posted in the official Facebook page of the author who is a retired Supreme Court Chief Justice)

HISTORY repeats itself, so the adage goes. I hardly paid attention to this adage when I was young. Read more...


July 07, 2015 03:28 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

“FEW things are impossible to diligence and skill…Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance,” said Samuel Johnson. Read more...

Taking the cudgels

July 07, 2015 03:26 AM

A LEADER is expected to step in when the situation goes out of hand.

That is one way of reading the decision of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to personally learn the ropes of traffic management. Read more...

Is there such a thing as a legal sex change?

July 07, 2015 03:22 AM

By: Atty. Bruce V. Rivera

THE ISSUE of transgender rights has always been a sensitive topic even to someone within the community.

Contrary to popular belief, a gay is different from a transgender. Gays are men who have sex and relations with other men. Read more...

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