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‘P11.50 wage hike insulting’

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The P11.50-increase in the daily wage of workers in Western Visayas is not enough to buy even a small bottle of mineral water, according to a labor representative to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB).

To protest what he claimed as an “outrageous and shameful’ increase, said Wennie Sancho said he did not sign Wage Order 22 mandating the increase.

“If they granted a daily wage increase of at least P25, I would have signed the new wage order,” he said.

Sancho said the order is “a document of oppression: because it perpetuates the poverty of people.

“It is not even enough to buy a small bottle of mineral water. It is like giving crumbs, if not alms, to beggars, it is an insult to the dignity of workers and is demeaning and dehumanizing,” he added.

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Controversial principal asked to face accusers

By: Wenceslao E.Mateo Jr.

THE committee on education of the Iloilo City Council has invited the controversial principal of the Mandurriao Elementary School (MES) to a hearing set for 1p.m. today at the SP Conference Room on the 6th floor of Iloilo City Hall.

City Councilor Jason Gonzales, committee chair, said he wants to hear all sides to the allegations against Dr. Lynette Trinidad, MES principal.

Trinidad is facing charges from some parents for unbecoming acts like uttering foul words in front of the students and teachers.

Should she attend the hearing, Trinidad will face the complainants “in a dialogue to shed light on the

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Megaworld opens Iloilo office, The Palladium showroom

By: Louine Hope Conserva

TO GET closer to its Ilonggo clients, giant real estate developer Megaworld opened its Iloilo office at the fourth floor of Richmonde Tower in Iloilo Business Park (IBP) in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Jennifer Palmares-Fong, IBP head of marketing, said the new office signifies their commitment of quality service to their clients and investors.

“Megaworld envisions and offer only the most desired, dream-like and near-perfect investment opportunities at Iloilo Business Park as a township of tomorrow, not only for Ilonggos but for visitors and businessmen who are willing to experience the grandeur of the original yet future-driven Queen City of the South,” said Fong during the blessing last Saturday.

Simultaneously, Megaworld also opened its new showroom for The Palladium at the first floor of Richmonde Tower.

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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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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...


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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