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Mar Roxas plays cat and mouse with media, ducks ESA anomalies

By: Jennifer P. Rendon and Dolly Yasa

JOURNALISTS got a taste of interior and local government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II’s “snobbish” side during his sorties in the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod this weekend.

Roxas, the standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party in the 2016 elections, was in Iloilo City September 3 for the Visayas Congress of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) at Kalantiao Hall of Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center.

After his speaking engagement, Roxas led the ceremonial awarding of P7 million to Iloilo province for winning the 2015 Seal of Good Local Governance.

Seven Iloilo journalists then staged an “ambush interview” with Roxas, who traces his roots to Capiz, to get his thoughts on local issues.

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El Niño could propel demand for power

By: Louine Hope Conserva and By Lara Jeunesse I. Villaruel

PANAY Electric Co. (PECO) sees a nine percent spike in demand for electricity in Iloilo City at the height of extended El Niño phenomenon.

Engr. Randy Pastolero, PECO vice president for operations and general manager, said they are formulating contingency measures to counter the effects of prolonged drought on consumers and their system.

Pastolero said solar power could augment their supply on top of their traditional sources.

PECO has been in talks with several renewable energy firms in a bid to purchase electricity from so-called clean sources.

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TIEZA: Convention center will be ready for APEC

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) said it will soon resume the postponed bidding of the audio-video and lighting system of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).

TIEZA Chief Operating Officer Mark Lapid said the bidding was originally scheduled August 24 but it was deferred for technical reasons.

“We postponed it because we hired a sound engineer to verify and make sure that the equipment we bought is right. But right now we will push through the bidding again. We will be posting it this week,” Lapid said during the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Visayas Island Cluster Meeting in Iloilo City September 3.

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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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Mar’s cat-and-mouse with media

September 05, 2015 03:26 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

MAR A. ROXAS knows he has to build mileage in his home region to make a formidable fortress that would deliver to him millions of votes in next year’s presidential elections. Read more...

False charity-3

September 05, 2015 03:26 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LAST SATURDAY, I quoted Fr. John Perricone who wrote that “the obligations of charity are always discharged within an exquisite order, principally stamped by humility.” Read more...

Having ears to listen and mouth to proclaim our faith

September 05, 2015 03:22 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA


Gospel Reading: Mark 7,31-37

TOWARDS the end of the baptismal rites in the Roman Catholic Church we have the so-called “Prayer over Ears and Mouth” or “Ephphethah.” The celebrant touches the ears and mouth of the child (or of the adult candidate to be baptized) with his thumb, saying: “The Lord Jesus made the deaf hear and the dumb speak. Read more...

First-hand account of corporate misbehavior

September 05, 2015 03:12  AM

By: Lucell Larawan

THE New Technology, Work and Environment journal by Wiley & Sons Ltd. published an explosive case of suicide survivor Tian Yu, a victim of an unconscionable workplace. In an article entitled, “A Suicide Survivor: The Life of a Chinese Worker.” Read more...

The losers

September 05, 2015 03:02 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

LAST WEEK, millions of commuters in Metro Manila, already groaning at the terrible traffic situation of the metropolis, further suffered traffic torture when thousands of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members(20,000 at its peak) staged a protest action at EDSA.  Read more...

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