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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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By: Lilibeth A. French

THE DEPARTMENT of Education (DepED) in Region 6 will conduct a two-day conference-workshop on the revised criteria for the selection of Brigada Eskwela Best School Implementors from April 25 to 26 in this city.

Dr. Eden Deriada said the activity will be participated by some 150 Adopt-A-School Program/Brigada Eskwela coordinators, selected elementary and secondary school principals, and district supervisors from the 18 divisions of the region.

Aside from updates on the revised criteria, Deriada said the activity will provide a venue to ask and hear the experiences and best practices of participants in implementing the program in their respective schools.

Since 2004, the DepEd has been recognizing the Brigada Eskwela Best Implementors through the Adopt-A- School program.

The ASP Secretariat has revised the criteria as a result of the consultation meeting with the ASP Regional Coordinators in November last year at Cebu City and as part of its effort to further improve the selection process, according to a DepEd press report.

The revised criteria will be implemented this school year 2012-2013.

In a national awarding held last year, two schools from the region were recognized as Brigada Eskwela Hall of Fame awardees after they were chosen as Best School Implementors in the region for three consecutive years. These are the Minuyan Elementary School of Murcia in Negros Occidental and Maayon National High School in Maayon, Capiz.

Brigada Eskwela, also known as the National Schools Maintenance, ensures that public schools in the country are ready for the opening of school year in June through the support and cooperation of all education stakeholders both from the private and public sectors. This year, it will be held from May 21 to 26.

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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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