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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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Iloilo’s Gay Fairest crowned Miss Gay Philippines-Universe 2012

STATUESQUE Ilongga gay stunner Erriz Erikha Lanceta bagged the much-coveted star-studded Miss Gay Philippines-Universe 2012 crown held recently at the cool Teatrino Greenhills.

Lanceta, a multi-awarded sultry beauty expert, who is at 5’10” tall, bested 23 other lovely gay hopefuls from around the country. Coming close is Ms. Philippines-World Stephie Zanora of Cebu City, followed by Ms. Earth Michelle Biñas of Sultan Kudarat, Ms. International Bem Bem Radaza of Cagayan De Oro City and Bacolod City’s Crystal Elizalde as Ms. Asia Pacific.

Other than winning the crown, Lanceta also bagged the Best in Swimsuit award. Meanwhile, Biñas took home the Best in National Costume and Best in Gowns awards and Elizalde was cited as Ms. Photogenic.

The stellar members of the Board of Judges were former beauty queens Ms. World 1st runner-up Evangeline Pascual, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe titlists Peachy Veneracion and Maria Ysabel Lopez, the reigning Ms. Earth Athena Imperial, veteran actress Liza Lorena, Lani Lobangco and movie director Boboy Tan.

Now on its 33rd edition, the Miss Gay Philippines beauty pageant was founded and produced annually by famed celebrity columnist Chito Alcid.

“Ms. Gay Philippines beauty pageant is not produced to glorify gays. This is a platform for them to further develop their personality, how to be more productive gays, to be professional in dealing with people, to have positive outlook in life, remind them the importance of moral values and their relationship to society,“ stated pageant producer Chito Alcid.

2012 Ms. Philippines-Universe Erriz Erikha Lanceta will represent our country to the Ms. Gay-Universe 2012 beauty pageant in Thailand this coming November.


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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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