Gov’t steps up fight vs media killings

By: Gail T. Momblan THE government has committed its full involvement in solving cases of media killings and violence in the Philippines, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) said. Undersecretary Jose Joel Sy Egco, PTFoMS Executive Director, said the country improved in the global impunity index for journalists for its relentless efforts in the fight […]

Cabatuan town is Iloilo’s best PESO

By: Gail T. Momblan THE municipality of Cabatuan was hailed as the best Provincial Employment Services Office for 2017. Cabatuan bested 11 other nominees – Alimodian; Balasan; Barotac Nuevo; Barotac Viejo; Conception; Igbaras; Oton; Santa Barbara; Tubngan; and the component city of Passi. The municipality of Oton placed second while Barotac Viejo landed in third spot. […]

Sta. Barbara river irrigation to benefit 1K farmers

By Gail T. Momblan SOME 1, 266 farmers will benefit from the rehabilitation and improvement of Sta. Barbara River Irrigation System (SBRIS). The rehabilitation is expected to boost rice productivity of farmer beneficiaries specifically improve the average cropping intensity from 162 to 200 percent; increase irrigated area from 2,239 to 2, 289 hectares during wet […]

PhilHealth-6 stands with management amid ‘mafia’ issue

By: Gail T. Momblan STATE social health insurer Philippine Health Insurance Corporation’s (PhilHealth) regional officers expressed their support for the current management, which is confronted with the so-called “mafia” issue. The “mafia” includes officers who are under investigation for different violations of civil service rules and pertinent laws. Dr. Roy Ferrer, PhilHealth acting president and Chief […]

Ilongga child wins national exemplary award

By: Gail T. Momblan A 14-YEAR-OLD Ilongga won first runner-up honors in the 2018 Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children national level. At her age, Kaitlinn Cayne Lubrico of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo already stood up against poverty, illiteracy, garbage issues, deforestration and illegal drugs. Kaitlinn cited that the transfer of the Iloilo International Airport in towns […]

Retired jail guard falls in drug sting

A FORMER Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) personnel was arrested in a police anti-narcotics operation in La Paz, Iloilo. Retired Senior Jail Officer 2 (SJO2) John Demafelis, 53, of Alta Tierra Village, Jaro, Iloilo City, was arrested 2:45 p.m. Tuesday near a convenience store at Barangay Divinagracia. Senior Inspector Dadje Delima, Leganes police […]

PhilHealth urges hospitals to seek ‘expanded care’ accreditation

By: Gail T. Momblan THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) urged hospitals in Western Visayas to seek the expanded primary care benefits or ePCB accreditation. The ePCB covers more target beneficiaries, providers, disease conditions and benefit inclusions, according to Dr. Israel Francis Pargas, acting senior vice president for PhilHealth’s Health Finance Policy Sector. The Primary Care […]