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By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE P11-BILLION Jalaur River mega dam project in Calinog, Iloilo remains unsafe from earthquakes despite its distance from a major fault line in Panay Island.

In a statement, the Panay-Guimaras Indigenous People’s Network (PGIPNet) said the 11-kilometer distance of the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project (JRMP II) from the West Panay Fault is no assurance that it is earthquake proof.

The group issued the statement in reaction to the assurance issued by Senator Franklin Drilon last Monday that the dam and reservoir of JRMP are earthquake proof citing a fault certification from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs).

Drilon said the Pantabangan dam is less than 10 kilometers from a major fault but it has yet to be destroyed by earthquakes.

PGIPNet said the Philvolcs document is not assurance because it only states the distance of the dam site from the West Panay Fault but it did not certify that the project is safe in case of strong earthquake from the fault.

The group said the West Panay Fault recorded one of the strongest temblors in Philippine history in 1948 at magnitude 8.3. The quake damaged 55 churches in Panay Island, 17 of which collapsed while 20 suffered cracks beyond repair.

The 1948 quake also destroyed 50 percent of houses in Antique were ruined and killed two persons.

“Elders of Tumandok (indigenous people) of Calinog, testified that ‘after the war a very strong earthquake that lasted a week ‘flattened’ rivers and creeks. Furthermore, they said the name ‘Calinog’ means that the place frequently experiences ‘linog’ or earthquake,” the group said in a statement.

A party-list group has initiated a congressional inquiry into the JRMP’s safety.

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Provincial board wants DSWD director on next ESA hearing

March 30,2015  01:12 AM

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Iloilo provincial board will again invite the regional director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to attend the next hearing on the controversial Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for typhoon Yolanda survivors.

Board Member June Mondejar said they want to have DSWD-6 Director Evelyn Macapobre answer all the allegations on the delayed release of the ESA. Read more...

Hilot, paltera banned from delivering babies in city

March 30,2015  01:10 AM

By: Wencslao E. Mateo Jr.

HILOTS and palteras could lose their livelihoods to an ordinance requiring baby deliveries only at health facilities such as birthing clinics and hospitals.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Liezl Joy Zulueta-Salazar was approved last March 24 and is awaiting publication before it is fully implemented.  Read more...

IPPO, ICPO gears up for Holy Week

March 30,2015  01:08 AM

By: Angelica L. Tapalla

POLICE in the city and province of Iloilo are gearing up for a busy Holy Week.

The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) launched Oplan Summer Vacation and Oplan Semana Santa to stem crimes and enhance security.

According to IPPO Director Cornelio Salinas, their campaign aims to reduce crimes during the Lenten season and summer vacation. Read more...

Fire hits boarding house

March 30,2015  01:06 AM

By: Angelica L. Tapalla

A FIRE razed a boarding house at Barangay San Jose, San Miguel, Iloilo Saturday afternoon.

The fire, which erupted around 4:14 p.m., totally gutted the two-storey house.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said the house was burned to the ground as it was mostly made of light materials. Read more...

Lad pummelled to death

March 30,2015  01:04 AM

By: Angelica L. Tapalla

A MAN died after his friend allegedly hit him in the head with a blunt object at Brgy. Jibao-an, Pavia, Iloilo Saturday.

Police identified the victim as John Moises, 34, of the said village.

Police said the incident happened after Moises figured in an argument with his pal Iasiah Gustilo.

Prior to the incident, Mioses and Gustilo were allegedly playing cards in a wake when the two argued over the game. Read more...

The Investigation Reports on Mamasapano

March 30,2015  12:56 AM

By: Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr.

HOW should the people deal with the investigation reports on the Mamasapano Massacre that cannot reveal the whole truth as a result of efforts to shield the President and to enable the stalled Bangsamoro peace process to move forward?

No, I am not talking about the MILF report, which many have dismissed as insulting to the dignity of Filipinos and desecrating the honor of our fallen heroes. Read more...

Energreen contract-4

March 30,2015  12:54 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IT IS disgusting that some people, including politicians are trying to “cash in” on the Energreen issue. Documents given to me one week ago this day have very revealing information. Aside from this source another also confirmed that there is an effort to bleed Energreen by either creating or riding on this controversy, not the least of which Energreen created. Read more...

Dogs

March 30,2015  12:52 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

THE first time I heard about the city dog pound was about two months ago when dog lovers in Iloilo City raised the issue of the “tambutso” as the method for killing stray dogs that the City Veterinarian’s Office rounds up every once in a while.

The “tambutso” method is nothing but death by asphyxia, or suffocation. It is a modern yet crude imitation of the gas chamber that Adolf Hitler used to murder on a large scale the Jews in Europe during World War II. Read more...

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