Mayor hits BM for ‘ghost employees’
By: Louine Hope Conserva
A MUNICIPAL mayor accused a member of the Iloilo provincial board of maintaining alleged ghost employees in his office.
Maasin Mayor Mariano Malones dropped the accusation on Board Member Emmanuel “Manny” Gallar in retaliation to the latter’s alleged link to an administrative case against the mayor.
Elsa Maternal filed the administrative case against Malones before the provincial board for “illegally terminating” her as the town’s assistant human resource management officer.
Material bought the case to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the latter issued a decision in her favor her and ordered her reinstatement.
Maternal sought the help of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan citing its power to recommend the suspension or dismissal of local government officials as stipulated in the Local Government Code.
Pandac residents offer compromise on Deca 3
By: Angelica L. Tapalla
A FORMER vice-mayor of Pavia, Iloilo vowed to support his neighbors at Brgy. Pandac against the construction of a purported high-density housing (HDH) project in their village.
Former Vice-Mayor Guillermo Hisancha, an internationally-renowned architect, said they are not buying the justifications set by 8890 Housing Development Corp. (HDC) which is proposing to put up Deca III at Brgy. Pandac, Pavia.
In a public hearing at Pandac Elementary School last Sunday, Deca Homes assistant general manager Glenn Romanillos said they will construct single-attached houses with a lot area of 80 to 100 square meters (sq. m.) and a floor area of 38-52 sq. m.
Hisancha said the design does not matter as the project is still a form of high-density housing.
“The 100-sq. m. lot proposal is not acceptable because it is still high density housing. Their previous proposal of row house is super high density,” Hisancha said.
K to 12 may lead to jobs mismatch
By: Louine Hope Conserva
THE effects of the K to 12 education curriculum on the manpower potentials of Western Visayas is a major challenge in the investment promotion efforts of the business sector.
Under the new curriculum, college enrollees are expected to drop in 2016 during the transition period from a 10-year curriculum to a 12-year program.
It is estimated that over a million students then will be in grade 11 in 2016 when they would have been enrolled as college freshmen.
In 2017, enrollment will roughly double to 2.06 million to 2.324 million because two years of senior high school will be running simultaneously.
Iloilo Business Club Executive Director Lea Lara said the challenge on the part of the business industry is to match the skills of high school graduates with the demands of investors.