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Two kids rescued from ‘hellish ordeal’

By: Ranie Z. Jangayo

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Iloilo provincial office is under fire for the manner it handled the case of two children believed to be abused by their adoptive mother.

The Daily Guardian sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in rescuing the two children after concerned individuals brought the matter to this paper last September 6.

TDG learned of the ordeal of Toto (not his real name), 8; and Nene (also not her real name), 4, in the hands of their foster mother from persons close to the family.

The former nanny of the victims said she personally witnessed the alleged abuse committed by Jane (not her real name) against the victims.

The nanny said the kids were treated like animals.

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Discounts pushed to attract tourists to Boracay

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Department of Tourism (DOT-6) is proposing discounts on transportation and accommodations to stop Boracay Island from bleeding revenues due to the travel ban imposed by China.

DOT-6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas pushed the proposal in a letter to local officials and stakeholders in Aklan province.

Catalbas said she wrote Aklan Rep. Teodorico T. Haresco, Governor Florencio T. Miraflores, Malay Mayor John P. Yap and stakeholders of hotels and resorts in Boracay to offer short term solutions to the problem.

Catalbas made the appeal following the massive cancellations of room bookings in Boracay and international flights from China to Kalibo International Airport.

“While our National Government officials are working hard to address International issues affecting the Tourism Industry of the Philippines, we have to do something on the ground here in Boracay,” she said.

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Ferry tragedy blamed for dwindling number of Koreans

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE tragic sinking of the Sewol Ferry in South Korea last April may have discouraged Koreans from going to Iloilo and other parts of the Philippines.

This, as the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported a drop in the number of Korean students who visited Iloilo.

Bienvenido R. Regala, BI-Iloilo head, said they recorded a 15 % decrease in the number of Korean students enrolled in schools in the province.

Regala said only 800 students enrolled in August 2014, compared to 1,400 last year.

“When I asked the liaison officers, they would reason that the drop was due to the sinking of the Sewol Ferry last April which caused fear among Koreans in sending their students outside their country,” he said.

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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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Garin, Valencia ‘no’ votes reek of 2016

September 18, 2014 12:56 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.” – Alexander Hamilton

WE DON’T kick a person who is already down and politics is addition. Read more...

Who’s missing?

September 18, 2014 12:54 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

NO POLITICIAN will ever miss the opportunity for photo ops especially if the snap will go into print, front page at that. So when the picture of the politicians who went to Macau for what is billed a “weekend of bonding” hit the front page, I immediately went through the line-up. But what struck me was not who were there but who were not.   Read more...

Standing Room Only?

September 18, 2014 12:52 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

WHAT do you do when all seats are taken?

The Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan and Malaysia control real islands in the South China Sea. “China came very late to this party and missed out on all the good real estate,” wrote  British  Broadcasting Corporation’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in “China’s Island Factory.” So, it is creating, through reclamation, new islands. Read more...

Mae Paner, PNoy and the politics of performance

September 18, 2014 12:50 AM

(1st of 2 parts)

By: Antonio P. Contreras

(The author is a former dean of De La Salle University)

AND WE thought Daang Matuwid is an objective reality, a non-negotiable standard, an impersonal rubric that has to be pursued regardless of who may be its friends and its enemies. Read more...

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