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Civil works pricier than traffic lights

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City Councilor Plaridel Nava said the civil or construction works of the P29-million traffic lights system in the city cost more than the gadgets themselves.

Citing figures in documents he secured, Nava noticed that the construction of platforms and installation of steel foundations of the traffic lights cost more or less 500,000.

“Aside from the questionable price per traffic lights set, the civil works cost the city a lot,” Nava said.

He also noticed that one of the contractors rented a boom crane four times for the installation of traffic lights in four areas.

“They could have rented the crane for the four sites instead if four separate rentals to save money. They spent more or less P500,000 also,” Nava added.

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CPP-NPA leader questions arrest

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE topmost leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) in Panay Island questioned her arrest by a joint PNP and military operation August 1 in Molo, Iloilo City.

Maria Concepcion “Concha” Araneta-Bocala, who turns 65 on August 6, was arrested in a rented house at Juntado Subdivision, Calumpang village, Molo.

Bocala, the CPP-NPA-NDF secretary general of Komiteng Rehiyon Panay (KRP), was arrested for murder in Criminal Case No. 1494 filed with the Regional Trial Court Branch 2 in Kalibo, Aklan and a rebellion charge in Antique.

The PNP-AFP team also arrested Bocala’s nephew Joseph Cariaga, 34, and their househelp Annielyn Soldevilla, 39.

Authorities placed a P7.8-million reward for Bocala’s arrest based on the joint DND-DILG Reward List No. 14-2012 dated Nov. 12, 2012.

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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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Changing names

August 03, 2015 03:28 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

A PERSON who wants to change his name, gender or marital status has to go through the judicial process because a name means a lot regardless of what the poet William Shakespeare says about a rose smelling just as sweet by any other name. Read more...

Why support the anti-dynasty bill

August 03, 2015 03:20 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

AS A believer in Freedom and Democracy and the Dignity of Man, I have always opposed dictatorship or a monarchical rule, and the rule of political dynasties in the regional or local levels. Read more...

The MRT is the state of our nation

August 03, 2015 03:18 AM

By: Malou Tiquia

TO ANY Juan dela Cruz, a government is defined by the basic services and social justice it provides. After all, government is there to fulfill a social contract as Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau wrote centuries ago. Read more...

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