GUV HAS POWER TO RELEASE WRAA FUNDS: No need for SP nod for problematic fund transfer scheme

INSTEAD of pressuring the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and demoralizing Ilonggo athletes to suit his political purpose, Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. should try harder in looking for ways to release funds for the province’s participation in the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) games in February 2019. After getting stumped on the rehiring of contractual and […]

Speaker Arroyo on sentimental visit to legacy projects in WV

By: Gail T. Momblan HOUSE Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo went around Western Visayas on Jan 18, 2019 to check her priority projects when she was President from 2001 to 2010. Arroyo visited and got updates on the Bacolod-Silay International Airport in Negros Occidental, Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo; and Dumangas roll on-roll off (Ro-Ro) Passenger […]

Raps filed vs PDEA, cops who raided Odicta kin

A STRING of criminal and administrative charges was filed against members of the operating team who raided and arrested the in-laws of slain suspected Western Visayas drug lord Melvin Odicta, Sr. The family’s matriarch, 84-year-old, Candelaria Regalado, formally accused 8 agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and 6 members of the PNP Regional […]

NO OTHER REMEDY? Guv mulls withdrawal from WVRAA games

By: Gail T. Momblan ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. will not risk releasing funds to athletes and coaches who will join the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) sans authority from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP). Defensor needs the SP’s nod to sign the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Education (DepEd) before the P20.379-million assistance for […]

Climate change stalls Iloilo’s rice yield target

By: Gail T. Momblan THE 1-million-metric ton (MT) rice yield target remains elusive for Iloilo’s agriculture sector due to the consequences of global climate change. Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) head Ildefonso Toledo said the 1-million metric ton (MT) rice yield target remains elusive because of uncontrollable weather conditions, among others. “From 2006-2007, this was already the time when […]

2018 was a peaceful year for Region 6 – PNP

THE year 2018 was a peaceful period for Western Visayas, according to the Police Regional Office (PRO-6). Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, Western Visayas police chief, reported the achievement to field commanders during the traditional New Year’s Call on Jan. 16, 2019 at the PRO-6 headquarters in Camp Martin Delgado, Iloilo City. “Undeniably, 2018 was a […]

‘STOP FUND TRANSFERS’ COA: Defensor admin lacks sports dev’t investment plan

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo and Gail T. Momblan ANOTHER day, more “scare tactics,” arm-twisting, and propaganda. After the contractual workers, job hires, and janitors, the administration of Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. is now using young athletes to force the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to approve the 2019 budget. This time, the governor’s son, Board Member […]