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Miriam: ‘I’m running for president’

Ilonggo Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Tuesday, October 13, announced that she is running for President in the 2016 elections. Santiago made the announcement during the launch of her book, “Stupid is Forever More”. The 70-year old senator said, “I’ll disappoint a lot if I don’t do that.” According to her, she have already gotten […]

PhilHealth in WV tops in membership coverage

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in Western Visayas has a higher coverage rate than the national average. According to Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros-Baraquel, Board Member, Health Care Providers’ Sector of PhilHealth for years, Region 6 leads the way in terms of membership coverage even higher than the national percentage. As of June 30, Region […]

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Peanut butter vendor running for Iloilo governor

A peanut butter vendor is running for governor of Iloilo in the 2016 elections. Diopito Mateo Gonzales, 50, from Barangay Binalud,  Alimodian town  filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) yesterday, October 12, at the Provincial Office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in La Paz district, Iloilo City. Gonzales was the first and the only […]

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DSWD-6 names regional winners of 2015 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-6) recognized families in the region that stood out in this year’s search for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) model families. The family of Raymundo and Teresa Calipusan from the town of Tobias Fornier, Antique province was named as grand winner of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya (regional level). During […]

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APEC boosts WV’s tourism sector

Lawyer Helen J. Catalbas, regional director of the Department of Tourism (DOT-6), said the entire Western Visayas (WV) region benefited from Iloilo City’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. Catalbas is positive that the region’s tourism sector will further boost after the APEC meetings that took place in the city from September 21 […]

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Comelec in Iloilo ‘all set’ for COC filing

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the province of Iloilo is “all set” for the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the 2016 polls. Lawyer Elizabeth Doronila, provincial election officer, said their office is ready to accept COCs starting October 12 to 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to her, Comelec-Iloilo accommodates […]

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Drilon: Iloilo mega dam to ‘enhance’ PH’s food security

The P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project II (JRMP II) in Calinog town, Iloilo will “enhance” food security in the country, said Senate President Franklin Drilon. Drilon is expecting a turnaround in the growth of the agriculture sector of Western Visayas once the mega dam project becomes operational. The Ilonggo senator noted that in 2014, the […]

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APEC delegates experience slow internet connection in Iloilo City

Slow Internet connection was experienced during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Iloilo City recently. Junel Ann Divinagracia, executive director of the APEC Iloilo Organizing Committee (IOC) , said sessions of APEC at the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) were affected by delayed transmission of data caused by slow Internet connection in the city. The […]

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SK Reform bill approved; anti-dynasty provision adopted

The proposed bill seeking to reform the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) has been approved by the bicameral conference committee of Congress on Tuesday, October 6. The House of Representatives is expected to ratify the bill within the week. Once ratified, the bill will be sent to President Benigno Aquino III for signature. Under the consolidated bill, […]

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DA wants GM farming to be part of high school, college curriculum

The Department of Agriculture (DA) wants to integrate genetically-modified (GM) farming in the curriculum for high school and college students. Dr. Saturnina Halos, Chair of the Biotechnology Advisory Team of the Department of Agriculture (DA), said, “We are set to train teachers, especially those who are in agriculture-based provinces, on GM farming next year.” This move, […]

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