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MIWD taps Maynilad for water supply augmentation

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Metro Iloilo Water District said it tapped Maynilad Water Services, Inc. to augment water services in its service area.

In a press conference Monday, MIWD board chairman Teodoro Robles said they asked Maynilad to send its water tankers to Iloilo.

Maynilad is one of the private firms handling the water supply and distribution in Metro Manila.

Robles reported that one of their water tankers is already dilapidated.

“We have purchased another tanker two years ago but it has yet to be approved. That is why we are asking the assistance of Maynilad,” Robles said.

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Double Dragon stops GIFT works

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

DOUBLE Dragon Properties Corp. has stopped working on the Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal (GIFT) Project at Parola, Iloilo City since Friday last week.

Laborers confirmed the work stoppage when The Daily Guardian visited the site noontime Monday.

A certain Nathan, who works as a carpenter, said they were advised to stop working and pack up for Roxas City where the contractor also has another project.

Nathan said around 150 workers were deployed for the GIFT project which started February this year.

The work stoppage happened after Double Dragon received a copy of Resolution No. 2015-201 passed by the City Council requesting the contractor to meet with councilors Monday.

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Tupas bros’ tiff heats up

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ILOILO Vice Governor Raul “Boboy” Tupas was allegedly kicked out during the release of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) in Concepcion town gym Monday.

Leading the distribution were Concepcion Mayor Millard Villanueva, 5th district Rep. Niel “Jun-Jun” Tupas Jr. and his wife Yvonne Angeli C. Lee.

Boboy and Jun-Jun are at loggerheads with each other because of politics.

The vice governor, who is planning to run for 5th district congressman, said Villanueva talked to him and told him that Jun-Jun does not want him in the program.

Hambal sa akon ni Mayor gintagaan siya instruction ni Jun-Jun nga hambalon ako nga indi ako maghambal. Ikaduwa indi magstart ang program kun ara ako (The mayor told me that Jun-Jun does not want me to speak in the program. Second, the program will not start with my presence),” said the vice governor.

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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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Sugar shortage

April 21, 2015 01:12 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

ANYBODY who has gone to the store since last week to buy sugar knows that sugar is either three or four pesos more costly than the other week. The news also announced on several occasions not only the price spikes but it even projected that sugar prices will go up by as much as P6 a kilo. Read more...

Beware of heat stroke

April 21, 2015 01:10 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“The stroke of death is as a lover’s pinch, which hurts and is desired.” William Shakespeare

FEUDING Bacolod City politicians, Mayor Monico “Nyok” Puentevella and Rep. Evelio “Bing” Leonardia, are expected to meet again in Las Vegas, Nevada during the Fight of the Century between Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. on May 2. Read more...

The quest for divine mercy

April 21, 2015 01:08 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

I HAVE started to read Pope Francis’ document called, Misericordiae vultus (The face of mercy) that announces the Jubilee Year of Mercy that will begin on December 8 this year, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and will end on November 20, 2016, Solemnity of Christ the King. Read more...

Truth hurts

April 21, 2015 01:06 AM

WE UNDERSTAND if Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. sounded sentimental (and irritated) when asked about the statement of Dr. Ted Robles, chairman of the Metro Iloilo Water District board, that the Maasin watershed is mismanaged. Read more...

Mei Magsino

April 21, 2015 01:04 AM

By: Ellen Tordesillas

(The author is an Antiqueña journalist in Metro Manila who writes for Malaya, Abante and VERA Files)

MEI Magsino once told a foreign reporter interviewing her on the challenges journalists who take on the powerful face in the Philippines, “The list of murdered journalists here is too long. I have to survive.I don’t want to become another statistic.” Read more...

Conflicting issues on the K-12 implementation

April 21, 2015 01:02 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

ON MAY 9, 2015, a “SUSPEND K-12 FAMILY DAY” activity will be held at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Metro Manila. This will be participated by various sectors from all walks of life against the implementation of K-12 program of the government.  Read more...

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