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City Hall officials face raps for unliquidated cash advances

By: Florence F. Hibionada

TOP Iloilo City Hall officials are facing malversation charges for unliquidated cash advances (CA) for confidential and intelligence funds totaling more than P16 million since 2011.

The filing of possible malversation raps is part of the 22 “Significant Findings” of the Commission on Audit’s (COA) Annual Audit Report (AAR) on the Iloilo City government dated September 15, 2014.

The filing of charges is hinged on an agreement between COA and the city officials that accountable officers can be charged for malversation of public funds if they cannot settle their cash advances.

The unsettled CAs included P2.8 million released in 2011 and another P13.6 million released from 2012 to 2013.

COA called out 58 City Hall officials over the unliquidated CAs as the audit body’s central office has yet to issue a Credit Advice.

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COA demands return of P16.5M ‘illegal bonus’

By: Florence F. Hibionada

THE Commission on Audit (COA) called on all 1,689 Iloilo City Government officials and employees to return over P16.5 million in “illegal Christmas bonuses.”

Released in December 2013, state auditors discovered overpayments of P10,000 to each recipient following verification of City Hall’s “bonus documents.”

Five persons were held primarily liable led by City Administrator Norlito Bautista.

While he was one of the top 5 liable persons, COA described Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog’s “nature of participation” only as recipient.

Bautista will bear most of the blame for having approved the payment and “certified that charges are necessary and lawful and under his direct supervision.”

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DOT-6 pins hopes on emerging, domestic markets

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Department of Tourism (DOT-6) regional office is banking on the domestic and emerging markets to fill in the void left by the Chinese tourists in Boracay Island and the rest of Western Visayas.

Atty. Helen Catalbas, Department of Tourism (DOT-6) regional director, all is not lost for Boracay.

“There is no fear that the region, particularly Boracay, cannot recover,” Catalbas said.

Catalbas said the interventions they initiated will help Boracay recover the more than P500 million it lost to Chinese tourists who cancelled their reservations.

The Chinese cancelled their bookings until next year after China issued a travel advisory discouraging its nationals from travelling to the Philippines.

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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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Emergency powers and the power emergency

September 22, 2014 03:09 AM

By: Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr.


RECENTLY, the President pompously declared before the Filipino community and business leaders in Europe that “The Philippines has not merely weathered the economic storm.” He assured them that “We are now navigating calm waters.” Read more...

Lifestyles check

September 22, 2014 02:59 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy


NOBODY has come out against the proposal to check the lifestyles of policemen, including their officials yet. Top brasses have for years been linked to various anomalies that show a betrayal of their oaths of office. Read more...

World Mayor (Part 2)

September 22, 2014 02:46 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

WHEN President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) two months ago, he made mention of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog as a “young and upcoming” leader as part of the emerging Read more...

The cross as good news

September 22, 2014 02:37 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala


WE have just celebrated the feasts of the Exaltation or Triumph of the Holy Cross (September 14) and of Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15). It’s a good occasion to remind ourselves and to spread the good news about Read more...

Iloilo City’s traffic problems

September 22, 2014 02:10 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

I AGREE with Ms. Lea Lara (of the Iloilo Business Club) that traffic, understood to be the movement of vehicles and people on the roads, could be a problem, but it need not really bother us beyond repair. Read more...

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