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EMB-6: It’s safe to swim in Boracay

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) assured tourists that the waters of Boracay Island are still safe for swimming.

EMB-6 Regional Director Jonathan Bulos made the assurance following reports of high coliform bacteria levels in the island resort.

Bulos said the report referred to the mouth of the drainage system located in the back portion of the island known as Bulabog Beach.

The coliform bacteria level recorded at the back beach area is 47,460 most probable number (mpn) per 100 millimeter (ml), which is way higher than the safe standard level of 1,000 mpn/ml.

“Tourists do not swim in that area as it is for non-contact sports like jet skiing and wind surfing,” Bulos said.

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Ombudsman orders Bautista to reply to vendors’ group

By: Wencslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Ombudsman Visayas has ordered Iloilo City administrator Norlito Bautista to reply to the request of the Iloilo Central Market vendors for the financial statements of public markets.

“Kindly direct your reply to Mr. Donasco within five (5) days from receipt of this letter, copy furnished this Office,” wrote Deputy Ombudsman Visayas Paul Elmer M. Clemente.

The Ombudsman’s letter to Bautista was dated Feb. 17, 2015.

Rex Donasco, president of the Association of Stall Owners and Transient Vendors (ASTRAVEN) of the Iloilo Central Market, said he received his copy of the letter on, Friday, Feb. 26.

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Vendors doubt new LEEO head’s capability

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

KEY leaders of market vendors’ groups doubt the skills and capability of the next head of the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO).

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog earlier announced that he will appoint his executive assistant for political affairs, Ariel Castañeda to head the LEEO.

Castañeda said he has yet to receive his appointment papers.

Dante Mangalisan, president of the Millenium Supermarket Vendors Association (MILSUMVA), said Castañeda lacks the experience to manage the seven public markets in the city.

“He will not make a good LEEO head mainly because of this lack of experience,” Mangalisan said.

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By: Edson J. Bañares

STARTING FEBRUARY 1, applicants for the PNP entrance and promotional exams scheduled on April 29 can access the On-Line Exam Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) of the National Police Commission.

Napolcom vice chair and executive officer Eduardo U. Escueta said the innovative project is the answer to the perennial problem of both civilian and police officers who have been bearing the long queues during the exam application period.

Under the new system, applicants are required to utilize the on-line system to request the Napolcom regional offices for their schedule on the filing of examination application after which they will personally appear only at the date assigned to them, with their printed on-line confirmation letter and other required documents.

The period for on-line scheduling is on February 1 to 13, while February 14 to March 16 is set for the filing of application.

Applicants for the PNP Entrance Exam are required to bring the printed letter-reply confirming the scheduled appointment, duly accomplished form (Napolcom Form 1-A) and Index card provided by the office, three recent and identical 1”x1” colored ID pictures with white background and with complete name tag, examination fee of P400, one legal-sized window envelope with P12 worth of mailing stamps, applicant’s transcript of scholastic records or diploma, and authenticated birth certificate.

On the other hand, applicants for the PNP Promotional Exam are required to bring the following, printed letter-reply confirming the scheduled appointment, duly accomplished form (Napolcom Form 1-A) and Index card provided by the office, two recent and identical 1”x1” colored ID pictures with white background and with complete name tag, one legal-sized window envelope with P12 worth of mailing stamps, certified true copy of attested appointment, plantilla appointment or absorption order, and report of rating/certification issued by the Napolcom Central office, CSC Certificate of Eligibility and/or PRC Board certificate.

The examination fees for the PNP promotional exam are P400 for the Police Officer Exam, P450 for Senior Police Officer exam, P500 for the Police Inspector exam and P600 for the Police Superintendent examination.

The applicants for the PNP entrance exam is required to wear plain white t-shirt (with or without collar) or white polo shirt, dark pants and shoes and a GOA Type B or patrol shirt are required of applicants for the PNP promotional exam.

Napolcom will not accept walk-in applicants who have not gone through the OLEASS. 

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Defensor: Lucero is an honest man, some of his men aren’t

March 03,2015 01:04 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.” – George Washington

ILOILO Governor Arthur “Art” Defensor Sr. described Engr. Gracianito Lucero, chief of the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO) as “an honest man.”

“Honest ini sia nga tawo. Dugay ko na ini sia kilala. I trust this man, but not some of his men. Damu gid man dira kawatan kag gina pa imbistigar naton ina (He is an honest man. Read more...

Sugar men vs. BIR - 2

March 03,2015 01:02 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THERE is irony in the recent controversial withholding tax that the BIR demands under the Rules and Regulations (11) it promulgated last year. For the first time ordinary farmers are confronted with the intricacies of paying their taxes, a chore that was routine to the sugarcane planters of the past but for today’s agrarian reform beneficiaries it is confounding, daunting and formidable.  Read more...

2015 commencement exercises advisory

March 03,2015 12:58 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

THIS year’s graduation rites in the elementary and secondary levels are scheduled either on the 26th or the 27th day of March 2015.

The theme for this year’s graduation is “Saktong Buhay: Sa De-kalidad na Edukasyon Pinanday” which highlights the importance of quality education in forging a decent future for the Filipino youth.  Read more...

Be both orthodox and compassionate

March 03,2015 12:56 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

THESE two are often seen to be incompatible with each other or that, at least, they don’t get along well. That’s the challenge, since they are supposed to be together. One of them cannot be without the other.

To be orthodox is usually seen as being strict, old-fashioned and traditional, narrow-minded and intolerant, quite attached or even fixated with doctrinal correctness, while to be compassionate is held as being open-minded, tolerant, adaptive, innovative and sensitive to pastoral realities, sometimes carried to the extreme. Read more...

About giving

March 03,2015 12:54 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

I HAVE pondered about the prevailing spirit of stinginess among people nowadays. When many of them give, they do it on the premise of quid pro quo.

The expectation for due remuneration makes giving look like handing a bank check for a gracious smile from the recipient: obviously, the smile for them should translate into dollars as much as possible or they would not give. Read more...

Enlightened

March 03,2015 12:52 AM

IT has been three weeks since Mayor Rolando Distura of Dumangas, Iloilo dared to approve the development plans of the seven contractors who will undertake the NHA-funded housing projects in their town if the Sangguniang Bayan does not take action on the matter. Read more...

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