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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.

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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.

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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.

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It can be traced back to the juicy position of the Secretary of Labor during the time of former Pres. Corazon Aquino. It could have been for King Arthur but then Executive Secretary Drilon gave it to Ruben Torres. Now you know what that means!

But in politics there are no permanent friends or enemies only permanent interest. Thus, I predict the eventual reconciliation of the two Ilonggos before the upcoming 2013 election. This is not good, however, for Niel Tupas Sr. who had long planned his return to the Kingdom by the River as governor.

The entry of Defensor with the Liberal Party could be good for Sen. Drilon. This may also be an assurance of his solid political leadership among kingpins and warlords of the province. What about its consequences? I just hope this beautiful dream is not a nightmare for others.

Once Gov. Defensor decides to join the Liberal Party, for sure, as a precondition, he is entitled to seek reelection. Because of the equity of the incumbent, this would surely deprive the elder Tupas his dream of a comeback and rule once again the Kingdom by the River in 2013.

This is a dream comes true for King Oca of the First District if the Defensor-Garin tandem remains unbroken until 2013. King Oca knew that he lagged behind King Niel in the competition for expansion of political empires in the province.

The Tupas family has control of the Fifth District and their patriarch has gained a foothold in the Fourth. This was proven in the last election when Niel Sr. ran for congressman against Cong. Ferj Biron. But the parameter of King Oca’s turf is only confined in the First District of Iloilo.

Without Tupas’s interference, the unbroken Defensor-Garin tandem in 2013 elections would ensure the warlord from the First District that in the event King Arthur resigns in 2016, a member of the Garin family could eventually become ruler of the Kingdom by the River.

This is not good for King Niel Sr. But peace must stay that Sen. Drilon must offer an appointive but enticing position the King will accept. If not, another option is to run for Congress in the Fourth District against Mayor Hernan Biron Sr. or son Biron Jr..

There is a growing public belief that the planned transfer of Gov. Defensor to the Liberal Party is the handiwork of King Oca. He is probably alarmed by the expanding empire of King Niel in the province and fears its affect on his foothold in the nearby municipalities of his turf. In fact, Lex Tupas, the youngest Tupas son, has already invaded the city as member of the city council.

No wonder if all the Garins will join the fray in 2013 to stay in tune for 2016. King Oca may field his wife or daughter-in-law for vice governor and/or board member vice versa. His vice governor son Richard may settle for mayor of Guimbal and his daughter Sharon, mayor of the town will run for Congress.

If the transfer of Defensor to the Liberal Party pushes through, King Niel has no choice but to abide with the ruling on “equity of the incumbent.” The Tupases are now “in sequenter” - not in the proper order of succession. King Niel may run for Congress in the Fourth District, but is the prize at stake in that war more worthy than the Capitol battles he has been fighting?

Here’s something for coffee habituates. A neophyte politician wants to challenge Cong. “Boboy” Syjuco but failed to get the nod of Sen. Drilon who prefers Mayor Kadz of Pavia, Iloilo. So he went straight to the temple of gods at the northern part of the island for blessing. A bright boy indeed, good luck Jojo!

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The effect of ME Law enforcement on education, employment and safety

September 02,2014 12:58 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

THE latest survey conducted on 25 higher education institutions (HEIs) in Western Visayas offering engineering programs showed that the engineering discipline ranked 5th among the 10 disciplines in higher education in terms of enrolment.

Out of four traditional engineering programs, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering ranked 3rd in terms of enrolment and graduates. Read more...

Rain in Spain

September 02,2014 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

“THE rayn in Spayn staiys maynly in the playn”. Remember this cockney English in the musical “My Fair Lady” and the tongue twisting comedy? Well, the rain in Spain did not stay mainly in the plain. It did not rain in Spain at all. It was all sunny there last week and the roar was not from the thunder but the voices of football fans. Read more...

Transition curve?

September 02,2014 12:54 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

BRAZIL today loses less than 6,000 square kilometers of forests – down from 20,000 a decade back, the Economist reports. It spearheads the Amazon Region Protected Areas which is 20 times Belgium’s size. This is the “transition curve, a turning point in a seemingly irreversible deforestation.”  Read more...

Widow’s Mite Village by Jake

September 02,2014 12:52 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

A VISIONARY friend from San Diego California, Jacob “Jake” R. Quimpo, enlightened me with his philanthropic project—the Widow’s Mite Village. The concept comes from the Biblical allusion in Luke 21: 1-3 which tells of Jesus commending a widow for giving in the temple treasury all she had to live on.  Read more...

‘I can forgive but I can’t forget’

September 02,2014 12:50 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee

WHAT happened to Virgilio Orquiola early morning on August 31, 1996 or 18 years ago will forever be etched in his memory. Read more...

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