Tilting Pavia bridge will be passable in August – DPWH

By: Tara Yap

DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6) assured the public that the tilting bridge in Pavia, Iloilo will be passable by August.

DPWH-6 acting regional director Edilberto Tayao disclosed to The Daily Guardian that DPWH-6 itself will lift the tilting P5-million Tulay ng Pangulo and enable residents to cross the villages of Cabugao Norte and Sur that is divided by the Tigum River.

Tayao said that while DPWH-6 is still waiting for funds for the actual repair, it has sent to the area a crane to lift the bridge.

Suspected number one drug pusher eludes arrest

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE NUMBER 1 suspected illegal drug pusher in Iloilo eluded arrest during a joint operation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-6) and the Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) in Carles, Iloilo Tuesday evening.

Noly “Boy Amo” Tiope, a native of Brgy. Camambugan, Balasan, was nowhere to be found during the entrapment operation conducted by PDEA agents, Carles police and members of the IPPO anti-illegal drugs task force.

Tiope tops the PDEA watch list of alleged drug pushers in Iloilo province.

Private prosecutor in Corona impeachment trial faces oral defamation raps in Aklan

BORACAY Island – A private prosecutor during the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona faces disbarment and grave oral defamation charges at the Kalibo Regional Trial Court in Aklan.

The complainant is Netherland national Johann Jacob Philip Van Der Tak, 65, and a resort owner in this island.

Tak said he filed the grave oral defamation charges against lawyer Roberto Eugeno Cadiz at the Aklan Provincial Prosecutors Office Tuesday.

He will be filing a disbarment case against Cadiz at the Supreme Court anytime soon.

6 barangay kagawads, SK chair in Sara resign

Six barangay kagawads and a Sangguniang Kabataan chairman (SK) in Barangay Gildore, Sara, Iloilo have submitted their resignation due to the non-payment of their honorarium.

The resignation of the barangay officials and SK chair was an offshoot of their complaint against Barangay Gildore village chieftain Patricio Alcantara Jr. for the non-payment of their two-month honorarium.

The village chief admitted withholding the honorarium of six barangay kagawads and SK chair, explaining that they were not helping and participating in productive undertakings like the construction of the village chapel.

City Hall vows to intensify feeding program for children

THE CITY government is stepping up its intervention measures to curb malnutrition among daycare pupils here aged three to four years old.

This, after the Iloilo City Nutrition Office reported some 2,000 children aged 0 to 6 that are either undernourished or malnourished.

“An aggressive implementation of feeding program is being done together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD),” Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said.

Mabilog said daycare kids are fed everyday when they go to school from Monday to Friday.

Capitol tree planting in Passi City July 14

ALL IS SET for the second year of the Action for Regreening and Transformation (ART) to be held on Saturday (July 14, 2012) in the riverbanks of Lamunan River along barangays Agtambo, Sarapan and Bayan in Passi City.

Around 50 organizations have already registered to be part of the activity.

Participants will assemble at Jaro Plaza while take-off time will be at 7 a.m.

Iloilo Provincial Environment and Natural Office (Penro) chief Soledad Sucaldito said 5,000 seedlings of Narra, Toog, Tapiyay, Bakan, and Jackfruit will be planted during the activity.

Gab on how to utilize disaster funds ongoing

By: Jaime S. Cabag Jr.

THE REGIONAL Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) started meeting with stakeholders in disaster management from the local government sector in Western Visayas for a symposium, July 11-14 on the utilization of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Fund.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) regional office here said the forum in Boracay, Malay, Aklan will be attended by disaster risk reduction and management officers, accountants, budget officers, and auditors from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Guimaras and officials of OCD, RDRRMC and provincial DRRMCs.

Tourist arrivals in Iloilo understated

By: Tara Yap

ILOILO WILL institutionalize tourism statistics.

Gilbert Marin, provincial tourism officer, said it is one of the main goals and action plans of the on-going 1st Iloilo Provincial Tourism Summit.

“This will give us a clear picture of how many tourists have visited and will visit Iloilo,” Marin said.

Atty. Helen Catalbas, acting regional director of Department of Tourism (DOT-6), has earlier expressed disbelief in low number of tourist arrivals in Iloilo province.

‘Passenger bill of rights won’t affect travel industry’

THE proposed Air Passenger Bill of Rights is not seen to have an adverse effect on the travel industry, Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez said on Wednesday.

In an interview with ANC, Jimenez said the significant growth in travel in the Philippines in recent years has exceeded expectations, but it has also caused problems such as runway congestion.

“The DOTC has set out, through Sec. Roxas, a very sensible direction to restore balance in the way we treat each other in the travel industry. No one had counted on this kind of surge and we need to expand capacity of our airports. In 2011, we had 27.9 million domestic trips and as recently as 2008, we only had 8 million. It is very timely we started talking to each other – the airlines, the government, the passengers, to understand what the new game plan would be,” he said.

ePLDT sells Philweb equity for P4.275B

ONLINE gaming firm Philweb Corp. and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) on Wednesday reported signing a share purchase agreement to the tune of P4.257 billion earlier in the day.
The deal calls for PLDT wholly owned unit ePLDT Inc. to hand over it 27 percent equity in Philweb, according to a joint statement PLDT and Philweb submitted to the Philippine Stock Exchange.
Covered by the agreement was 397.892 million shares or 27 percent of Philweb’s total outstanding capital.
The transaction in four installments is expected to be fully consummated at the end of 2013, with the first tranche to be executed at P10.70 per Philweb shares this Friday.

Country must watch rising peso – official

THE Philippines does not need further rate cuts to boost its economy in the face of global headwinds, but it should monitor more closely the impact of a stronger peso on exports, the economic planning chief said on Wednesday.

The peso has gained 4.6 percent so far this year to become emerging Asia’s best performing currency. While it lowers imported inflation, a strong peso is bad news for exporters already hurting from slowing demand globally and families of overseas Filipino workers who rely on monthly remittances for their daily sustenance.

“I don’t think there is need for more,” Arsenio Balisacan, economic planning secretary, told reporters when asked if there was room to lower policy rates after a total of 50 basis points in cuts earlier this year.

WOMEN’S CENTER

CENRO Cadiz City leads the inauguration of its Women’s Center on June 13, 2012, in line with the DENR 25th Anniversary and this year’s Environment Month with the theme “Green Economy: Does it include you?” Cadiz CENRO Andres T. Untal said the Center shall provide an ambient venue for women, including other stakeholders, especially in […]

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