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Iloilo City resident under MERS watch

A RESIDENT of Iloilo City who arrived last April 8 from Middle East is under observation for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) infection.

City Councilor Carlos Guarin, Liga ng mga Barangay-Iloilo City president, said the punong barangay of the village where the patient lives informed him about the said person after the City Hall ordered the monitoring of individuals who recently returned from the Middle East.

“He (patient) is already confined in a hospital. We are awaiting the results of the swab test,” Guarin said.

Attempts to contact the barangay captain were to no avail until late Tuesday afternoon.

The city resident arrived ahead of the 21 Western Visayas residents who boarded an Etihad Airline flight along with a Filipino nurse who initially tested positive for MERS virus.

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Cop in drug bust got fair warning

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE police officer who was arrested in a buy-bust operation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Monday afternoon was warned by his superior officer to avoid dabbling in the illegal drug trade.

Senior Police Inspector Tranquilino Querubin Jr., Arevalo police chief, said he learned of PO1 Charlie Balsomo’s alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade a week after assuming the helm of Arevalo PNP station.

Balsomo, who served as warrants and subpoena officer of Arevalo, and former cop Avelino Ane were arrested in a PDEA buy-bust in Oton, Iloilo.

The agents recovered from the duo 11 sachets of suspected shabu.

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L300 deal snags budget approval

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

AN ILOILO City Hall executive admitted before the City Council on Tuesday that a potential supplier “lent” two L300 vans to the city government while they are preparing the bidding process for the acquisition of similar units.

But Joren Sartorio, General Services Office (GSO) chief, assured that the actuation of Avescor Motors, Inc., an exclusive distributor of Mitsubishi cars, to lend the two van units to the City Hall will not influence the bidding.

The controversy came to light as the council discussed the P7.415-million Supplemental Budget (SB) No. 1 which Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo, appropriations committee chairman, presented for approval during their regular session.

The supplemental budget included Item 5-A which allocated P2.7 million for the purchase of an L300 van for “peace and order purposes.”

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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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April 23, 2014 02:10 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE order of the Department of Agrarian Reform for Francis Cabuga of Metro Safari for the illegal conversion of awarded land under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program is a light in the dismal story of defiance of our laws.

That DAR took time to issue the order can be excused but we know also that the distance between the issuance of order and the enforcement of the law takes a lot of time. Read more...

‘Transparency’ mocked

April 23, 2014 02:05 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

A BASIC tenet in government procurement is transparency. Nothing about a government transaction should be concealed to show to everybody that everything is above-board. To achieve this purpose, Congress even enacted a law called the “Government Procurement Reform Act” and even put into effect a system utilizing the Internet. It’s not perfect, but the intention is there: make every aspect visible to avoid suspicion and encourage the widest dissemination of transactions involving procurement. Read more...

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