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PEDC has best offer to coops

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

PANAY Energy Development Corp. (PEDC) offered the cheapest power rate to electric cooperatives, according to the Panay-Guimaras Power Supply Consortium (PPSC).

Engr. Wilfred Billena, PPSC president and general manager of Iloilo Electric Cooperative (ILECO) 1, said no other supplier matched the offer of PEDC, a subsidiary of Metrobank Group’s Global Business Power Corp. (GBPC), when they advertised their need for future power supply.

GBPC-PEDC operates a 164-megawatt (2x82MW) coal-fired power plant in LaPaz, Iloilo City and is currently constructing its third unit with a 150MW capacity.

Aside from ILECO 1, the PPSC is also composed of ILECOs II and III; Antique Electric Cooperative; Aklan Electric Cooperative; Capiz Electric Cooperative; and Guimaras Electric Cooperative.

On September 23, 2013, GBPC-PEDC made an initial offer of P5.1160 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to PPSC.

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Tax amnesty hikes province’s RPT take

By: Louine Hope Conserva

PERHAPS Iloilo City can learn some lessons on tax collection from its counterpart in the province.

The Iloilo provincial government increased its real property tax (RPT) collection in the first half of 2014 after implementing a tax amnesty.

This runs in contrast to Iloilo City’s plan to increase RPT values in order to shore up its coffers and fund social and infrastructure projects.

Based on data from the Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO), the Capitol has already collected a total of P231,105,989.95 from January to June 2014, higher by P58,256,267.14 compared to P172,849,722.81 collected in the same period last year.

The collection so far is 68.2 percent of the province’s target RPT collection for 2014 pegged at P338,690,727.48.

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Stiffer fines await careless, rude drivers

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE latest set of traffic rules issued by transportation authorities will also punish irresponsible and discourteous drivers.

The joint administrative order issued by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) are imposing higher penalties on reckless, rude and abusive drivers.

Even the operators are not spared as they could also be fined up to P15, 000 or have their franchise cancelled for overcharging or undercharging; refusal to render service to the public or convey passenger to destination; and failure to provide proper body markings, among others.

For the first offense, the operators will be fined P5,000. The second offense will result in P10,000 fine and impounding of the vehicle for 30 days.

The third and subsequent offenses will result in P15,000 fine and cancellation of the certificate of public convenience (CPCs).

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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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Gaining from APEC

July 30, 2014 02:12 AM

THE holding of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Iloilo City should not be a one-time, cosmetic affair for Ilonggos.

In fact, it should bring the kind of change in attitude that we have been longing for. Read more...

Fish shortage on the loom

July 30, 2014 02:10 AM

By: Henrylito D. Tacio

IF WITHIN five to ten years from now you won’t see fish anymore in your plate or restaurant menus, don’t be surprised.  Blame the current surging population for that. Read more...

Old scam, new suit

July 30, 2014 02:08 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

ARE WE being set up for another in the unending series of farces that bedeviled the coconut levy and impoverished millions of small farmers?

Look at the 7 April 2014 draft order before President Benigno Aquino. “Providing Administrative Guidelines for the Utilization of the Coco Levy Assets” proposes privatization of what’s left of the levy, after the Marcos dictatorship’s plunder. Read more...

Game changers

July 30, 2014 02:06 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

A LOT OF events are unfolding world-wide. Each day we get chilling news that we wonder what the world is going into.

Even in the Philippines we see game changing events, triggered mainly by President Benigno Aquino. Read more...

Change

July 30, 2014 02:05 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

I DIDN’T watch the President’s State of the Nation Address last Monday. I knew that I would only be frustrated with listening to a fresh round of rhetoric on “matuwid na daan”. During the last four years, the President has relied heavily on theatrics to convey streams of false depictions of reform and change. I wasn’t mistaken. Read more...

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