Seniors hail new loading, unloading policy for PUJs

DISTRICT presidents of various senior citizens associations in this city welcomed the approval of the ordinance providing exemptions in their favor, as well as persons with disabilities (PWDs) and pregnant women, in the loading and unloading policy for public utility jeepneys (PUJs).

Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) chief Emilia Drilon said the senior citizens are very thankful for the passage of the ordinance that reduced their problem of walking to their destination because of its far distance from PUJs’ designated loading and unloading area.

In fact, the Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of the Philippine (FSCAP) Iloilo Chapter she said is writing a letter to Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog expressing their thanks for his support in their welfare and for promoting their request to the City Council.

Congress judiciary not doing a good job against corruption – survey

MANILA – A nationwide online survey has revealed that at least 90 percent of respondents believe that the Congress and judiciary are not doing a good enough job in the fight against corruption.

According to one of the online surveys conducted under the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP), 80 percent of respondents believe that Congress and the judiciary have major roles to play in the fight against corruption.

However, less than 10 percent believe that they are doing a good job so far.

Around 90 percent likewise said government needs to work more closely with ordinary citizens to increase transparency and reduce corruption.

“Many have already acknowledged the importance of the people being the boss – but how do we all move beyond the rhetoric and actually get ordinary citizens involved?” said PPTRP director Alan Davis in a statement released Friday.

APPRECIATED

APPRECIATED. Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco Sr. (left) receives a plaque of appreciation from TESDA – Capiz director Victor G. Gallego and Capiz TESDA Schools Association (CAPTESA) president, Dr. Rochellir Dadivas for the provincial government’s support to Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program in the province during the CAPTESA Day August 17 at the […]

MAYOR EVELIO LEONARDIA

MAYOR EVELIO LEONARDIA (5th from L) hands a MassKara mask to  DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson (3rd from L) as souvenir during the inauguration of the flyover at the Lacson-Circumferential Road junction yesterday. With them in photo (L-R) Evelyn Barroso, regional director of DPWH Region VI; Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer of the 3rd District of Negros Occidental, Phillippe […]

AZKALS IN GUIMBAL

AZKALS IN GUIMBAL. (From left) Ian Araneta, Emilio “Chieffy” Caligdong, Guimbal Mayor Christine Garin, AAMBIS-OWA party-list Rep. Sharon Garin, Roel Gener and Ángel Guirado pose prior to giving free football clinic to 100 students in Guimbal town Friday. (Tara Yap)  

2010 poll recount in city starts August 31

  By: Florence F. Hibionada ALL is set on the recount of ballots that sealed the win of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Iloilo City Lone District Representative Jerry Treñas. This, as the legal counsel of Mabilog and Treñas confirmed the scheduled revision with opening of ballot boxes and manual recount firmed up. […]

Querol: Criminals will return in northern Iloilo

  By: Francis Allan L. Angelo THE Police Regional Office (PRO-6) expects criminals to return to Northern Iloilo with the lifting of the suspension of permits to carry firearms outside of residence (PTCFOR). This is the reason why Task Force ‘Kalinong’ (Peace) will continue its operations in northern Iloilo despite the recall of the gun […]

Syndicates abducting kids for their internal organs?

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

STORIES of men who roam Iloilo City and other areas onboard a van to abduct kids for their internal organs is spreading like wildfire.

But police said they have not received any complaint or intelligence report on the existence and operations of the organ trafficking gang.

A family in Brgy. Baluarte, Molo, Iloilo City said suspicious looking men tried to abduct a high school student recently. Luckily, the boy and his friends were alert enough that they were able to flee before the men could reach them.

Similar stories were also heard in Guimaras, particularly of a child who died recently and was found to have missing organs during the embalming procedure.

Guimaras marine environment shows traces of recovery after 2006 oil spill

By: Elsa S. Subong

THERE are traces of recovery in the marine environment in the province of Guimaras five years after the largest oil spill happened on August 11, 2006.

It can be recalled that the oil tanker MT Solar I, carrying two million liters of tanker fuel, sank off the coast of Guimaras and Negros Occidental, causing about 200,000 liters of fuel to pour into the strait.

The oil spill adversely affected the waters of the Visayas seas, considered as a rich fishing ground where supply of fish for the entire country come from, according to the then National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).

Guimaras Gov. Felipe Hilan Nava said he was happy to note that the marine environment is recovering even if the process takes a gradual pace.