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Biz sector, City Hall haggle on RPT hike

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

THE Iloilo Economic Development Foundation (ILED), Inc. is negotiating with the Iloilo City government for a more acceptable rate of increase on the Real Property Taxes (RPT).

Former tourism secretary Narzalina Lim, ILED president, confirmed that they met Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog early Sunday morning to discuss the RPT hike.

ILED is an umbrella organization of business leaders and institutions which aims to promote Iloilo as an investment hub.

Lim said Mabilog promised to review the proposed 50 percent increase on the assessment level of the RPT computation and come out with a win-win solution for both the City government and business sector.

“I hope all turns out well for the sake of both sides. There are always solutions if both sides are willing to listen and compromise,” Lim said.

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Three firms eyeing MIWD

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

WHILE Iloilo City leaders dabble in endless discussions on the privatization and takeover of the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD), three companies already set their sights on the water district.

A source privy with ongoing talks said one interested company has a proven track record on water production and distribution in highly urbanized centers.

Another firm is expanding from property development to power generation and water supply sectors.

The third company is also engaged in water distribution in a popular tourist destination in the country.

The source withheld the names of the companies pending the negotiations.

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Igbaras village has 210 suspected chikungunya cases

By: Louine Hope Conserva

A BARANGAY in Igbaras, Iloilo pushed for the declaration of a state of calamity on their village after 210 of the 1,800 residents were suspected to have contracted chikungunya.

Barangay Captain Ferdinand Esmeralda of Jovellar said they declared their village under the state of calamity last Saturday, August 16.

Igbaras Mayor Vicente Escorpion said the declaration will be submitted to the Sangguniang Bayan for approval.

Escorpion said the number of victims is equivalent to 96 households in Jovellar which has a total of 420 households.

“The symptoms reported were similar to that of chikungunya such as high fever, joints pains and rushes,” Escorpion said.

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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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Where blows the RPT wind?

August 20, 2014 01:58 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Secretary to the Sangguniang Bayan of Kabugao, Apayao has recently written the Secretary of the Iloilo City Sangguniang Panlungsod for assistance to locate one of their “long-lost” natives. Read more...

Collateral damage

August 20, 2014 01:56 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

THE UNSAVORY part of my work as an anti-corruption crusader is seeing career public officials suffer the dire consequences of allowing themselves to be manipulated or pressured to do as their politician bosses bid them to do. Read more...

Charter Change and term extension

August 20, 2014 01:54 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

“WHEN the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan (Proverbs 29:2).” Read more...

Murky waters

August 20, 2014 01:52 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

NOW THAT the Local Water Utilities Administration has stepped into the controversy plaguing the Bacolod Water District, it should better hurry up and put an end to this fiasco, otherwise Monico Puentevella will blame the continuing controversy for his other failures. Read more...

Chikungunya? Help!

August 20, 2014 01:50 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.” William Osler

IF INDEED it is true that there was a suspected outbreak of Chikungunya disease in five Iloilo towns, then there is reason for us to press the panic button. Read more...

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