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August 9,2013 12:27 AM

By: Dolly Yasa

Bacolod City – The provincial government of Negros Occidental is expecting that the Negros First Cyber Center will be completed next year after the loan needed to complete its phase 2 passed the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. noted that the project will not be completed this year as scheduled by “maybe early next year”.

He said the Monetary Bank of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas must approve first the additional P157.5-million loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines.

The remaining P22.5 million needed to complete the P180 million will be sourced from the savings of the provincial government.

“Then we will have the bidding and the construction of the Phase Two,” the governor said, adding this would take about four months.

Marañon assured that the programs and projects of the provincial government will not be affected even if some of the portion of the unrestricted funds will be aligned to fund the Cyber Center.

“It will only delay some of the projects but it will not be affected,” Marañon said.

Meanwhile, the governor disclosed he already submitted that proposed Supplemental Budger No. 2 to the SP amounting to P114,384,651, which will be appropriated from the General Fund and P33,718,830 from the Economic Enterprise.

 

 

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It might have been

November 27, 2014 01:10 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

AN ENGLISH essayist once wrote, “of all the saddest words ever said, the saddest are these: it might have been.”

Indeed of the so many words we have said and the deeds we have done, the ones we regret eventually turned out to be words and deeds that could not have been said or done at all. Read more...

'Naming and shaming is what we do': Speaking truth to power is an Asian value

November 27, 2014 01:08 AM

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By: Sheila Coronel

(Adapted from keynote address at Uncovering Asia: The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, November 24, 20014, Manila)

TWENTY-five years ago, the term “investigative reporting” was little known in Asia. The media landscape was dominated by pliant newspapers, insipid TV news programs and journalists who saw themselves as mouthpieces of government. Read more...

‘Ilonggos are not corrupt; I am proud to be an Ilonggo’

November 27, 2014 01:06 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“There is no compromise when it comes to corruption. You have to fight it.” – A. K. Antony

WHILE others claim they felt “ashamed” when Iloilo was recently referred to as “a bird’s nest of corruption”, the former economic planning chief of the Iloilo provincial government said the issue did not shake his faith in the Ilonggos. Read more...

Bicycle Lanes
November 27, 2014 01:04 AM
By: Rolf Dieter Harder
SOME time ago I read the article about the bicycle lanes in your news paper. I thought, “Wow, what a great idea, a step to cleaner air in Iloilo City.”
Recently I spent some time with my family in a European country with bicycle lanes, where I worked and lived for several years. The idea of bicycle lanes is a relatively new thing, but what had these European countries in place before starting with bicycle lanes? Well, quite a lot. Read more...
The new pharisaism

November 27, 2014 01:02 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

IN writing this column, I wish to make the caveat that the topic is meant to clarify matters and to warn us of certain dangers that we may not be aware of. It’s not to condemn anyone or any group, but simply to point out that there are occasions when we think we are doing right when in fact we are doing wrong in the eyes of God. Read more...

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