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DBM: DAP funds subsidized LGUs

By: F. Allan L. Angelo and Louine Hope Conserva

LOCAL government units in Western Visayas received subsidies from the national government via the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM-6).

It is also possible that DAP funds may have been used during the 2013 election season in the form of assistance to indigents, pupils and students.

Citing their own data, DBM-6 Regional Director Alfonso Bedonia said some of the DAP releases were intended as financial subsidies to priority programs and projects of the LGUs.

“Most of the provinces (in Western Visayas) have DAP releases. These are used to augment their existing programs for scholarship, hospitalization of indigent patients and other health services,” Bedonia said.

Bedonia said they cannot yet ascertain the specific nature of the projects in Western Visayas which were funded by DAP. They are also tracing the exact years that the DAP funds were released to the LGUs.

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DPWH to meet contractors on lack of warning devices

By: F. Allan L. Angelo and Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City District Engineering Office (ICDEO) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will meet contractors of road projects in the city following complaints of construction areas that lack early warning devices (EWDs).

Engr. Rodney Gustilo, ICDEO chief, said he always reminded the contractors to use proper EWDs to avoid accidents involving pedestrians and motorists, especially at night.

Ideal EWDs include blinkers and enclosures that are visible to drivers and pedestrians. The contracts of government infrastructure projects stipulate that funds must be allocated for the installation of warning devices.

But the most common warning implements used by contractors are yellow tapes and bamboo contraptions with a sign.

Gustilo said the usual excuse offered by contractors is that residents steal their EWDs, thus they resort to makeshift warning signs.

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Casino shakedown continues

By: Louine Hope Conserva

MORE questions are being raised against the operation of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.’s (PAGCOR) casino in Iloilo City despite having secured a temporary business permit.

Iloilo City Councilor Lyndon Acap, committee on games and amusement chairman, said they might issue a Resolution of No Objection (RONO) to the casino operating out of Amigo Terrace Hotel if it complies with all the requirements.

The Iloilo City Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) recently issued a temporary business permit to the PAGCOR casino.

But Councilor Plaridel Nava said the council cannot issue the RONO to PAGCOR for violating the city’s zoning ordinance.

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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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July 24, 2014 03:04 AM

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

ON MONDAY, July 28, the country (or whoever is interested) will be glued once again to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of their number one public servant, President Benigno Aquino III. Read more...

Carabao stories

July 24, 2014 02:50 AM

By: Modesto Sa-onoy

There’s an old popular story of a man who was brought before the judge accused of stealing a carabao. He pleaded innocence explaining that he Read more...

Constitutional Crisis? Did it not start with the SC Ruling?

July 24, 2014 02:47 AM

By: Melinda Quintos De Jesus

CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS would be the outcome, some say, of President Aquino’s decision to file a motion for reconsideration of the High Court’s ruling on DAP. Read more...

Coral reefs: going, going, gone?

July 24, 2014 02:39 AM

By: Henrylito D. Tacio

THE Coral Triangle Initiative, founded in 2009, is composed of six countries, namely: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor Liste.  Covering 5.7 kilometers of oceans and coast, it is considered the Read more...

No politician will declare war vs sidewalk vendors

July 24, 2014 02:30 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Illegality will never solve the problem of political lawlessness.” Emanuel Celler Read more...

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