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Coal fuels W. Visayas export-import sector

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

TOTAL exports and imports of Western Visayas grew exponentially grew because of coal trading.

Citing data from the Bureau of Customs, the Philippine Statistics Authority-National Statistical Coordination Board (PSA-NSCB) said the export sector sustained its growth from 2011 to 2013.

“Total export of Western Visayas continued to increase, from 3 million metric tons (MT) in 2011 to 3.4 million MT in 2012, posting an increment of 14.0 percent. In 2013, an increase of 9.4 percent was recorded with a total export of 3.7 million MT,” the PSA-NSCB report said.

Coal in bulk remained to be the top export commodity of Western Visayas accounting for 80.5 percent in 2011; 93.7 percent in 2012; and 92.8 percent in 2013.

The major export destinations in 2013 were China (85.7 percent), Thailand (11.1 percent) and India (3.2 percent).

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BM Garin riles at Passi City project

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ILOILO Provincial Board Member Ninfa Garin of the 1st district hit another project which she thinks should be appropriated to her home district.

Garin directed her ire at Department of Agriculture (DA) assistant regional director Joyce Wendam relative to the P263-million road concreting project in Passi City funded by the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP).

Wendam said they picked Passi City as it satisfied the requirements.

“The qualified areas are those typhoon-affected municipalities and with commodities such as swine, native chicken and goat,” Wendam said.

The project involves the concreting of 28 kilometers of provincial road which passes through 11 barangays from Imbang Grande to Tagubong.

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Wanted: Multilingual APEC tourist guides

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ONE of the major challenges faced by the Iloilo City Tourism Office in connection with the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit ministerial meetings is how to acquire tourist guides who can speak in different languages.

City Tourism Officer Ben Jimena said the tourist guides should be fluent in the languages of APEC delegates who will visit Iloilo City late next year.

“We will not be able to serve them well unless we know how to speak their languages,” Jimena said.

Iloilo City will host two APEC ministerial meetings – the Small and Medium Enterprises ministerial meeting on Sept. 21-25, 2015 and Food Security meeting on Sept. 28 to Oct. 6, 2015.

The SME meeting will be attended by 700 delegates while the weeklong Food Security meeting will bring in some 900 delegates.

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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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Rethinking the ‘Trial by Publicity’ rule

August 23, 2014 01:10 AM

By: Luis V. Teodoro

IN ONE more demonstration of the Philippine military’s incapacity for anything resembling objective judgment, which results in its chronic inability to distinguish between victims and victimizers, the retired generals of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, through the Association of General and Flag Officers (AGFO), their 800-strong organization, decried what they said was the “trial by publicity” that their cohort Jovito Palparan Jr., has been getting. Read more...

Enemy within

August 23, 2014 01:08 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

IT IS A strange development that in the twilight years of the administration of President Noy Aquino, it embarks on the path of the self-destruction. It enjoyed high popularity ratings in the last four years, an enviable feat considering the turbulent nature of Philippine politics, so why lose all? Read more...

Iloilo sex workers can’t change career overnight

August 23, 2014 01:06 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.” – Steve Martin

SEX WORKERS are not supposed to beg for customers openly in public like beggars and street children. Read more...

Mark it

August 23, 2014 01:04 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LAST August 11, the Papal awardees assisted Very Rev Felix P. Pasquin unveiled and blessed the marker at the San Sebastian Cathedral commemorating the visit of St. Pope John Paul II. He then read the message of Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra who was unable to attend on doctor’s orders. Read more...

Need to help the Church during her earthly pilgrimage

August 23, 2014 01:02 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel Reading: Matthew 16,13-20

HOW DO you react every time you hear about scandals in the Church? What attitude do you assume? Do you immediately entertain the thought of abandoning her and of transferring to a different church instead? Do you limit yourself to criticizing church leaders? Read more...

Need to help the Church during her earthly pilgrimage

August 23, 2014 01:02 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel Reading: Matthew 16,13-20

HOW DO you react every time you hear about scandals in the Church? What attitude do you assume? Do you immediately entertain the thought of abandoning her and of transferring to a different church instead? Do you limit yourself to criticizing church leaders? Read more...

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