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Visayas wary of low power reserve

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

ENERGY officials placed the Visayas grid under “yellow alert” due to lower power reserves.

But Iloilo City’s sole power distributor said the metropolis is insulated from the problem because of the presence of a coal-fired power plant in LaPaz district.

Based on the latest monitoring of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines on Friday, Visayas has an available supply of 1,609 megawatts (MW) against 1,516MW demand, leaving the contingency reserve at 93MW.

The Department of Energy (DOE) said the ideal reserve is 100MW.

The NGCP defines a “yellow alert” as a grid condition where the total energy reserve is less than the capacity of the largest plant online.

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Anti-narcotics cops undergo drug test

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

PRACTICE what you preach.

Policemen assigned at anti-narcotics units of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) underwent a surprise random drug test this week.

Around 30 policemen were made to report at the ICPO headquarters from Wednesday to Friday for a supposed conference.

But once they arrived at the office, personnel of the Regional Crime Laboratory (RCL) asked for their urine sample.

“This is part of our internal cleansing program. It will be hard for us to go against drugs if there are users, or even pushers, at the very core of our anti-drug campaign,” said ICPO OIC-director, Senior Superintendent Khasmir Disomangcop.

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Mandurriao school principal to stay put

By: Wenceslao E.Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City Schools Division denied the demand of some parents to transfer Dr. Lynette Trinidad, Mandurriao Elementary School principal, to another school.

Dr. Nelly Valerio, Schools Division Superintendent, said the timing of the transfer is ill-advised.

“Dr. Trinidad will not be transferred because the School Year is about to end. The grading cards and other official school documents have already been signed and Dr. Trinidad has to oversee the preparation of the National Achievement Test, graduation, promotion activities and submit forms needed for graduation Transfer is not a solution to the problem at hand,” Valerio explained to the mediation committee handling the case.

The city schools division received two complaints against Dr. Trinidad in 2014.

Rogelio Cortez filed his plaint in August 2014 while Reyland Vergara, et al, lodged their case in November 2014. The cases, however, dragged to March this year.

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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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A tale of two mayors

March  28, 2015 12:58 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

THE Philippines maybe in the 21st century but the socio-political structure of the country resembles that of ancient China or Japan.

Warlordism abounds and many parts of the country had been carved out as fief of notorious feudal overlords.   Read more...

K to nowhere

March  28, 2015 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

FOR THE highly, ivy-league educated people the K-12 educational system is the key to high-paying jobs or big business. Their models are, of course the economically advanced nations.

For the great masses of Filipinos, the K-12 system is the key to nowhere as many of them would simply be unable to move on to the next educational ladder. This is not of their own choosing but the force of circumstance of their lives. Read more...

Is Pacquiao now richer than Mang Inasal’s Injap?

March  28, 2015 12:54 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“I want the people of the Philippines to be happy, even if they have nothing.” – Manny Pacquiao

THE Daily Guardian publisher Lemuel Fernandez estimated the worth of Manny Pacquiao to be somewhere between P5 to P10 billion.

“I think he is now richer than Edgar Sia,” said Lemuel, who watched Pacquiao steamroll Shane Mosley via 12-round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 7, 2011. Read more...

Jesus is still put on trial and condemned today

March  28, 2015 12:52 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA


Gospel Reading: Mark 15,1-19

IT IS TRADITIONAL to read a long account of Christ’s passion and death at the outset of the Holy Week. The intention, certainly, is that of enabling us to participate more fully, in a spiritual sense, in the Lord’s suffering and this, in turn, should help us prepare for the Easter joy. Thus, we are led step by step and guided into the Paschal mystery as we meditate on Jesus’ last moments in this world – from his being arrested, tried, condemned, mocked, Read more...

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