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MIWD, MetroPac launch joint venture

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) has granted “original proponent” status to a private firm which made an unsolicited proposal for another bulk water supply (BWS) project.

Amarylis Josephine Castro, MIWD spokesperson for joint venture (JV) projects, said the latest move means that the water district will enter its first JV project with Metro Pacific Water Investments Corp. (MetroPac).

MetroPac is the water investment arm of businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan who has controlling interests in water, telecommunications, power distribution and generation and toll ways.

The firm’s unsolicited proposal involves the “rehabilitation, refurbishment, upgrading, replacement, operation and maintenance of MIWD’s existing water treatment plant in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo and groundwater deep wells in San Miguel, Pavia, Oton and Cabatuan.”

It also offered treatment, supply and/or delivery of bulk treated water to MIWD through existing facilities and render necessary technical services or assistance to the water district.

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Atria lacks occupancy, business permits - BPLO

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) claimed that the City government has yet to issue occupancy and business permits to tenants of Atria Park in Mandurriao district.

BPLO head Norman Tabud revealed the information after the canopy in one of Atria Park’s wings collapsed Sunday evening due to strong winds and heavy rains.

Fierce southwest monsoon (habagat) induced by tropical storm Egay which battered northern Luzon is believed to have toppled the canopy.

Tabud said his office only issued certifications that the applications for business permits of Atria tenants are on process.

The BPLO chief said the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) has yet to issue occupancy permits to the tenants.

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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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Selective justice of DPWH and PCA

July 08, 2015 02:38 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

SOME administration people ridiculed Manny Pacquiao for attending the launching of the United Nationalist Opposition (UNA) Party of Vice President Jojemar Binay in Makati City over the weekend. It even irked them to see Pacquiao sit right next to the Vice President. Read more...

Bacolod flood

July 08, 2015 02:34 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

FLOODING is a way of life for communities that have not prepared for the onslaught of unusual volume of water. Read more...

New technologies can lead to self-inflicted bondage

July 08, 2015 02:28 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE have to be masters, not slaves, of the new technologies. But to attain that goal, we have to realize that we are getting into a new ball game, with different set of rules, Read more...

Involving the youth in disaster risk reduction thru NSRC

July 08, 2015 02:24 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

THIS month of July 2015 we are observing the National Disaster Consciousness Month, with the theme “Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa”. Read more...

Why change the Constitution?

July 08, 2015 02:20 AM


By Reynato S. Puno

(Speech at a symposium on constitutional reforms, June 29, 2015, University of the Visayas, Cebu City. This was first posted in the official Facebook page of the author who is a retired Supreme Court Chief Justice)

WILL we see an end to this interminable fight between the President and Congress?

What the Philippine U.N. case vs China is not

July 08, 2015 02:16 AM

By: Ellen Tordesilas

(The author is an Antiqueña journalist in Metro Manila who writes for Malaya, Abante and VERA Files)

CONTRARY to what many think that the Philippines case against China in the Arbitral Court of the United Nations Commission on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) will clarify who owns what or which of the reefs in the Spratlys, it won’t. Read more...

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