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Molen nixes MIWD buyout

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

THE returning general manager of Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) shot down proposals to sell the water district to the private sector.

General Manager Moises Molen Jr. said there are legal impediments to the proposed full privatization of MIWD.

Molen said Presidential Decree No. 198 and its subsequent amending laws does not provide for the full privatization of water districts.

“What is more ideal is concession with the private sector. MIWD will enter into a contract with a private sector partner which is willing to run the water supply and distribution services. The water district will still exist as a regulator. When the contract expires, the supply distribution services will revert to the government,” he said.

MIWD is currently evaluating an unsolicited offer from a private firm to enter into a public-private partnership to improve its production side through a bulk water supply agreement.

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Village chief tolerating ‘professional squatters’?

By: Lara Jeunesse I. Villaruel

THE Iloilo City Task Force on Anti-Squatting and Illegal Structure (ASIS) questioned the move of a village chief to allow eight alleged professional squatters from erecting shanties on what used to be a squatters’ area in Lapuz district.

Engr. Robert Dumanil, TF ASIS executive director, said Barangay Captain Maricon Sumpio of Alalasan village in Lapuz may have violated Memorandum Order 98-202 of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The order directed governors, mayors and barangay captains to adopt measures to curtail the proliferation of squatters and mendicants in their communities.

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TIEZA faces suit for ICC furniture deal

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

THE Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) will face a new graft case if it pushes through with the bidding for the acquisition of furniture and fixtures for the almost P1-billion Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).

Former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada said he will sue the TIEZA headed by its chief executive officer Mark Lapid if the bidding happens on July 8, 2015.

Based on the invitation to bid posted in TIEZA’s official website (www.tieza.gov.ph), the approved budget for the procurement of ICC furniture and fixtures is P17.082 million.

The opening of the bids shall be on July 8, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the TIEZA BAC Secretariat office in Makati City.

Mejorada said the bidding “is a face-saving move on the part of the Department of Tourism and TIEZA to make the P700-million facility operational by September this year when three APEC events are scheduled in Iloilo City.”

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Killer hunting

July 02, 2015 03:44 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

WE HEARD the police say they will hunt down the killer(s) of the late Board Member Renato Malabor and his body guard, Leody Jomilla. Of course what is there to say but to track down and get the killers? Read more...

More amused than pained

July 02, 2015 03:38 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

I, OF COURSE, was pained when I learned about the US Supreme Court decision on the so-called “same-sex marriage” (SSM). But as I started going through the pertinent articles, including parts of the decision, sorry, but I started also getting more amused than pained. Read more...

Alim defends VP Binay on ‘attacks’ vs PNoy

July 02, 2015 03:36 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

VICE President Jojemar Binay’s supporter in Iloilo City, Councilor Joshua Alim has defended the VP in his speech calling the Aquino administration as “inept and insensitive” to the people’s needs. Read more...

Should PH seek provisional measures from U.N. vs China

July 02, 2015 03:32 AM

By: Ellen Tordesilas

(The author is an Antiqueña journalist in Metro Manila who writes for Malaya, Abante and VERA Files)

AS CHINA continues its massive reclamation and construction in areas surrounding the seven reefs that it occupies in the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea, the Philippines can only watch helplessly. Read more...

Comeback ‘kid’

July 02, 2015 03:26 AM

EXPERIENCE and familiarity are the two main advantages of Moises Molen Jr. as returns as general manager of the beleaguered Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD).

His age might be an issue against him but the MIWD board of directors and Mr. Molen himself think otherwise. Read more...

The implications of the US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage to a gay lawyer

July 02, 2015 03:24 AM

By: Atty. Bruce V. Rivera

LIKE ANY other gay person in the world, I was one of those who applauded the US Supreme Court when it came out with its Decision to uphold the validity of gay marriages all over the United States. Read more...

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