Is chastity possible?

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

THE answer, of course, is a resounding Yes! It’s God’s will in the first place. And He will always give us the means necessary. He does not design us for it and just leave us alone to do whatever we can. He gives us the means in abundance.

One Visayas vs corruption

By: Florence F. Hibionada

REGIONAL directors of various government agencies in three Visayas regions alongside top government executives will gather for another round of anti-corruption convention.

Aimed at coming up with unified strategies to meet corruption “head-on,” Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol confirmed the event.

Members of the Visayas Executives Council of Leaders (VECL) and the Visayas Resident Ombudsmen Council of Leaders were called to the meeting.

“The 3-day convention will be hosted by the Assembly of Resident Ombudsmen in Region 6 and the Regional Association of National Government Executives (RANGE VI),” Apostol said in a letter to delegate-government officials.

Gov’t execs, ombudsmen slate confab

By: Jaime S. Cabag, Jr.

ILOILO CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA) – The Visayas Council of Leaders, Inc. (VECL) and the Visayas Resident Ombudsmen Council of Leaders, Inc. (VROCL) in partnership with the Office of the Ombudsman for the Visayas (OMB) will hold the 11th Visayas Convention of Regional Executives and Resident Ombudsmen on Aug. 17-19 at the Sampaguita Gardens Resort in New Washington, Aklan.

The three-day convention will be hosted by the Assembly of Resident Ombudsmen and the Regional Association of National Government Executives (RANGE) of Region 6.

Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol said the activity was conceived to provide the participants with opportunities to contribute their share in the prevention of corruption.

Int’l flights for Dinagyang 2012?

By: Lydia C. Pendon

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said he will meet with the owners of Cebu Pacific Air to work out direct flights from Hong Kong to Iloilo in time for the 2012 Dinagyang festival.

Mabilog said the heavy passenger traffic at the Iloilo airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo, especially during the Christmas holidays until February, deem it necessary to develop Iloilo and absorb international flights.

The Iloilo Airport, which boasts of international standards, does not cater to international flights as tourists, particularly Chinese, Japanese and Koreans, prefer to land on the Aklan and Caticlan airports en route to Boracay Island.

Mabilog said the Iloilo airport is ready and available for foreign passengers, overseas Filipino overseas contract workers (OCWs) and balikbayans who wish to have a vacation and enjoy the Dinagyang festivities.

Aquino ‘ironing out details’ on FOI Bill

THE Freedom of Information Bill might not be on the agenda when President Benigno Aquino III meets members of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) on Tuesday, August 16. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the President is asking for more time to study and iron out the details of a Freedom of Information Bill. He […]

City Hall to honor outstanding Ilonggos

By: Lydia C. Pendon NINE outstanding Ilonggos who made their mark and exemplary contributions and services to the country will be honored during the highlight of the 74th Iloilo City Charter Day. The awarding will be held during the Mayor’s Ball at the Grand Ballroom of Iloilo Grand Hotel. Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog will lead the […]

Gun ban lifted

  By: Tara Yap THE PNP national command has lifted the controversial gun ban in northern Iloilo but security patrols in the area will continue. Supt. Ranulfo Demiar, PNP 6 designated spokesperson on the gun ban, confirmed that Camp Crame has recalled the suspension of the permit to carry firearms outside of residence (PTCFOR) on 8 […]

Defensor welcomes lifting of gun ban

  ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. welcomed the lifting of the gun ban in eight Northern Iloilo towns. Defensor has maintained that the controversial suspension of Permit to Carry Firearms Outside Residence (PTCFOR) in the towns of Ajuy, Balasan, Batad, Carles, Concepcion, Estancia, San Dionisio and Sara was devoid of factual basis and lacks consultation […]

WHO to help fight leptospirosis

  By: Francis Allan L. Angelo THE World Health Organization (WHO) will help Iloilo province in staving off the rising cases of leptospirosis infection. Dr. C.K. Lee, leader of a WHO team that visited Iloilo last week, said they will provide logistical support to the provincial government to control the dreaded infection caused by rat […]