1,160 Ilonggo youth to benefit from GIP

By: Lilibeth A. French A TOTAL of 1, 160 youths in the province of Iloilo will benefit from the Expanded Government Internship Program of the government. GIP aims to provide opportunity for youth a hands-on experience of working in various government agencies which they could use when they later decide to be part of the government […]

CPU offers new academic courses

CENTRAL Philippine University (CPU) will offer new courses starting June 2012. Among the new programs seen to provide competitive careers to future professionals are Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management, Diploma in Environmental Resource Management and Technology with Solid Waste Management, Diploma in Agriculture with majors in Crop Science […]

P104M to be released to sugar workers – DOLE

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Director Ponciano Ligutom  of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has confirmed yesterday that the P104-million Social Amelioration Fund is up for release for sugar workers in Western Visayas during the closing of the milling season.

Ligutom said the release may take place in August to September this year – an average of P207 per worker depending on the production of the sugar planter or hacienda.

Ligutom said they are closely monitoring the release of the funds to the sugar workers.

He also disclosed that every year, the Social Amelioration Fund is given through the planter’s associations to the planters who in turn release it to the sugar workers.

Mirasol, Yulo sign covenant of peace

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The two contending parties in the 5th District special elections, Binalbagan Mayor Alejandro Mirasol and his nephew, Provincial Board Member Dino Yulo yesterday signed a peace covenant as their commitment to ensure an honest, orderly, peaceful and credible elections.

This, as Atty. Jessie Suarez, provincial supervisor of the Comelec here, advised the two candidates to hold their respective supporters from being emotional and not use gutter language in their respective campaigns.

The peace covenant was an initiative of the Joint Peace Security Coordinating Council.

Witnessing the signing are Col. Oscar Lactao, commanding officer of the army’s 303rd Brigade, S/Supt. Allan Guisihan, PNP provincial director, Imam Omar Betita, head of DAR AL-DIKR Islamic Call & Guidance Center here.

‘Negros Island training ground for NPA rebels’

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – A top-ranking military official claimed that in Negros Island is a training ground for future cadres and redfighters of the New People’s Army for Bohol.

Col. Francisco Patrimonio, commanding officer of the 302nd Brigade based in Negros Oriental, citing revelations of two NPA members who recently surrendered to them, rebels who have been recruited from militant sectoral groups were brought from Bohol to the hinterlands of San Carlos City for field exposure and training.

The 302nd Infantry Brigade used to be assigned in Bohol, prior to its deployment to Negros Oriental. It was declared by the Armed Forces of the Philippines last year as “insurgency-free”.

DOT: Doubling of taxi fare needs careful study

  By: Tara Yap THE PROPOSAL of the Association of Taxi Operators in Panay (ATOP) to double the charge of taxi fare for trips outside of Iloilo City must be further studied. This was the position of Atty. Helen Catalbas, acting regional director of Department of Tourism (DOT-6). “It should not be implemented hastily and […]

Ayala Land renews commitment in Iloilo

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo LEADING developer Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) is bringing its landmark projects to Iloilo as part of its forays in Visayas-Mindanao areas. ALI senior vice president and head of Vis-Min group Emilio Jesena Tumbocon said they develop integrated use projects in promising growth areas like Iloilo. Tumbocon, whose mother is from […]

Canadian water management experts to grace 1st Philippine River Summit

THREE Canadian water management experts are coming over to grace during the 1st Philippine River Summit with the theme, “My River, My Life”, May 30 – June 1, 2012 at the Centennial Resort Hotel and Convention Center, Alta Tierra Village, Jaro, Iloilo City.

The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI)-Philippines is hosting the visit of Mr. Fred Eisenberger, president and chief executive officer of CUI who will speak on “Waterfront Development” during the Plenary Session on May 30; Mr. Gary Wilkins, water management specialist of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority who will talk on “Improving Tigum-Aganan Watershed Planning Approach to Metro-Iloilo Guimaras: Sustainable Bioregion Initiative”; and Ms. Kerry Freek, editor of Water Canada Magazine who will also tackle “Water Resources Management Approaches”.

Wilkins and Freek will speak during the afternoon Parallel Sessions on May 31, 2012.

Estancia, Carles fishers sign manifesto vs. illegal fishing

ALL COASTAL towns in Northern Iloilo have now expressed all-out support to the provincial government’s campaign against illegal fishing.

Following the footsteps of fisherfolks from the towns of Concepcion, San Dionisio, Ajuy, Banate and Batad, fisherfolks from Carles and Estancia have also issued separate manifestos declaring that they would no longer engage in illegal fishing activities, particularly “hulbot-hulbot” and dynamite fishing.

Carles Mayor Arnold Betita endorsed to Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. the manifesto signed by 35 fisherfolks from his town yesterday (May 28).

While, Estancia Mayor Rene Cordero forwarded to the Office of the Governor the manifesto of 12“hulbot-hulbot” operators Friday (May 25) last week.

Village chief shot dead

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo A VILLAGE chief in Cabatuan, Iloilo was shot dead 2am Monday. Punong Brgy. Felix Muel Jr. of Brgy. Pamuringao Proper, Cabatuan died of two gunshot wounds in his chest and neck. The shooting happened at the village’s public plaza during a benefit dance held for the closing of the summer […]