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Tupas defends Green Core contract

By: Louine Hope Conserva

FORMER Iloilo governor Niel Tupas Sr. said he did not personally gain from a controversial contract with an independent power producer.

Tupas said his administration followed to the letter the electric power purchase agreement they entered with Green Core Geothermal, Inc.

Tupas made the reaction after the Office of the Ombudsman indicted him and three other capitol officials for graft for allegedly overpaying some P4 million to Green Core for unconsumed electricity.

The power purchase deal was meant to energize the proposed Iloilo Multi-Purpose Convention Center (IMPCC) which did not materialize.

The provincial government under Tupas eventually paid P5.88 million to Green Core even if the capitol’s actual consumption was only valued at P1.88 million.

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Oil, energy firms top importers of Region6

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

OIL and independent power producers are among the top 10 importers in Western Visayas, accordion to the Bureau of Customs (BOC-6).

Atty. Ernelito Aquino, BOC-6 district collector, said oil firm Seaoil Philippines is the region’s top importer after paying some P601 million in import duties from January to November 2014.

Aquino said Seaoil imported a total of P2.88 billion worth of gasoil, mogas and unleaded gasoline.

Trans Asia Renewable Energy Corp. paid P360.68 million in duties for the imported equipment and materials in its wind energy project in Guimaras.

Iloilo City’s sole independent power producer, Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC), paid P188.6 million for imported coal and construction materials and equipment for its ongoing expansion project.

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DOH: Beware of toxic toys

By: Angelica L. Tapalla and Louine Hope Conserva

THE Department of Health (DOH-6) reminded Christmas shoppers to be careful in buying toys for kids as these might be laced with toxic materials.

Delia Tarroza, chief of the DOH-6’s Regulatory and Licensing Enforcement Division, said consumers must be aware of the materials used in toys they will buy.

“Nowadays, many parents and gift givers aren’t aware of the dangers posed by these innocent-looking playthings,” Tarroza said DOH-6 Chief Regulatory and Licensing Enforcement Division, Delia Tarroza said.

Tarroza particularly warned against toys that may cause choking, strangulation, laceration, poking and chemical exposure risks to young children.

The DOH official said many toys in the market today contain harmful ingredients such as bisphenol-A, brominated flame retardants,

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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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Fire them

December 21,2014 12:58 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

THE holiday spirit of Filipinos was wrecked this week with a discovery that shocked and outraged the nation. Notorious drug lords had carved out an enclave in a highly secured government facility. Add sex, drugs, guns and money and the result is an exceedingly embarrassing scene for the government. Read more...

Citizens fight back

December 21,2014 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IT IS AN axiom in our system of government that sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them, from the consent of the governed.

When governments depart from this, the citizens have the right and the duty to take the governments to task. Read more...

Drug lords Co, et al won’t name Iloilo, Bacolod cohorts

December 21,2014 12:55 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“I used to have a drug problem, now I make enough money.” – DAVID LEE ROTH

EVEN if they will kill him, authorities can’t force big time drug lord Peter Co to name his associates in various regions all over the country, even if he and 19 other fellow drug lords have been transferred from the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters. Read more...

Need for faith to overcome our fears and doubts

December 21,2014 12:54 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA


Gospel Reading: Luke 1,26-38

IT HAS often been said that modern man lives in an age of anxiety, fear, dread, etc., and this is true. Until thirty-five years ago or so, for example, anxiety was not included in the diagnostic category of mental illnesses. Today its scope is becoming more and more pervasive, going beyond distinctions of age, gender, culture, nationality, and so forth. Read more...

Master of adoption and adaptation

December 21,2014 12:52 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WITH Christmas, we are somehow reminded of that beautiful and awesome truth that God loves us so much that in spite of our sins and unworthiness, he continues to love us by adopting us as his children and adapting himself to our condition so we can have a way to be like him and to regard him as our Father. Read more...

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