WHERE IS DAP?: No Comelec exemption for Capitol’s DAP funds, documents show

A FORMER capitol executive and freelance journalist said there is ample ground to criminally and administratively sue Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. for committing graft and for violating the Omnibus Election Code. Manuel “Boy” Mejorada said documents provided by Office of the Provincial Administrator Raul Banias and other departments that released Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) […]

‘POWER TUG-OF-WAR’: Biz club asks Congress to keep Ilonggo consumers in mind

THE Iloilo Business Club (IBC) appealed to Congress to put Ilonggo consumers on top of their minds in choosing the company that will distribute power in Iloilo City. Congress is currently deliberating on two franchise applications. One is the franchise renewal of Panay Electric Company (PECO), the existing distributor in the city. Its 25-year franchise […]

ECC suspension on compliant Boracay businesses lifted

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) lifted the suspension on the environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) of compliant businesses weeks before the reopening of Boracay Island. In Memorandum Circular 2018-16 dated Oct 5, 2018, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu authorized the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)-6 to lift the suspension of ECCS of all complying hotels […]

‘Stop using refillable butane canisters’

THE Department of Energy (DOE) has called on the public, particularly here in Western Visayas, to stop using refillable butane canisters. Rodela Romero, Assistant Director of DOE’s Oil Industry Management Bureau, made the call during the “Power 101” seminar in Iloilo City on Wednesday. In a follow-up interview, Romero said refillable butane canisters are commonly […]

17 spider derby ‘bettors’ nabbed

By: Gail T. Momblan SEVENTEEN men are currently detained at the police station of Leganes, Iloilo after being caught betting on a spider derby (pa-upas damang). After receiving reports and monitoring the gamblers for months, the Leganes municipal police arrested the suspects in an anti-gambling operation at Barangay Lapayon, Leganes afternoon of October 11, 2018. Senior […]

A BRAND OF ITS OWN: Dinagyang Festival earns patent

THE Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) is now the sole owner of the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival brand after its patent registration with the Intellectual Property Rights Office of the Philippines. IDFI member Joy de Leon said the patent entitles the foundation to proprietary rights over Dinagyang-related elements like its logo and name. “Any use or […]