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Mar Roxas plays cat and mouse with media, ducks ESA anomalies

By: Jennifer P. Rendon and Dolly Yasa

JOURNALISTS got a taste of interior and local government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II’s “snobbish” side during his sorties in the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod this weekend.

Roxas, the standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party in the 2016 elections, was in Iloilo City September 3 for the Visayas Congress of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) at Kalantiao Hall of Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center.

After his speaking engagement, Roxas led the ceremonial awarding of P7 million to Iloilo province for winning the 2015 Seal of Good Local Governance.

Seven Iloilo journalists then staged an “ambush interview” with Roxas, who traces his roots to Capiz, to get his thoughts on local issues.

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El Niño could propel demand for power

By: Louine Hope Conserva and By Lara Jeunesse I. Villaruel

PANAY Electric Co. (PECO) sees a nine percent spike in demand for electricity in Iloilo City at the height of extended El Niño phenomenon.

Engr. Randy Pastolero, PECO vice president for operations and general manager, said they are formulating contingency measures to counter the effects of prolonged drought on consumers and their system.

Pastolero said solar power could augment their supply on top of their traditional sources.

PECO has been in talks with several renewable energy firms in a bid to purchase electricity from so-called clean sources.

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TIEZA: Convention center will be ready for APEC

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) said it will soon resume the postponed bidding of the audio-video and lighting system of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).

TIEZA Chief Operating Officer Mark Lapid said the bidding was originally scheduled August 24 but it was deferred for technical reasons.

“We postponed it because we hired a sound engineer to verify and make sure that the equipment we bought is right. But right now we will push through the bidding again. We will be posting it this week,” Lapid said during the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Visayas Island Cluster Meeting in Iloilo City September 3.

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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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Mar’s cat-and-mouse with media

September 05, 2015 03:26 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

MAR A. ROXAS knows he has to build mileage in his home region to make a formidable fortress that would deliver to him millions of votes in next year’s presidential elections. Read more...

False charity-3

September 05, 2015 03:26 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LAST SATURDAY, I quoted Fr. John Perricone who wrote that “the obligations of charity are always discharged within an exquisite order, principally stamped by humility.” Read more...

Having ears to listen and mouth to proclaim our faith

September 05, 2015 03:22 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA


Gospel Reading: Mark 7,31-37

TOWARDS the end of the baptismal rites in the Roman Catholic Church we have the so-called “Prayer over Ears and Mouth” or “Ephphethah.” The celebrant touches the ears and mouth of the child (or of the adult candidate to be baptized) with his thumb, saying: “The Lord Jesus made the deaf hear and the dumb speak. Read more...

First-hand account of corporate misbehavior

September 05, 2015 03:12  AM

By: Lucell Larawan

THE New Technology, Work and Environment journal by Wiley & Sons Ltd. published an explosive case of suicide survivor Tian Yu, a victim of an unconscionable workplace. In an article entitled, “A Suicide Survivor: The Life of a Chinese Worker.” Read more...

The losers

September 05, 2015 03:02 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

LAST WEEK, millions of commuters in Metro Manila, already groaning at the terrible traffic situation of the metropolis, further suffered traffic torture when thousands of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members(20,000 at its peak) staged a protest action at EDSA.  Read more...

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