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Japs set to salvage sunken tanker; 'It was a very seaworthy ship,' shipping exec says

Underwater inspection is up this week in the accident site of Petron chartered M/T Solar 1, some 15 nautical miles south of Guimaras island.

Team Everest, RP-UN group, Army soldiers pool in town for the job

Massive containment and clean-up efforts in the Province of Guimaras will now see a diverse and "all-star cast" volunteers as members of the Team Everest join and assist locals to do the job.

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PGMA in Guimaras
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President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, accompanied by Presidential Adviser for Visayas Rafael Coscolluela, personally inspects the area in Sto. Lusaran, Brgy. Lapaz, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras that was reached by the oil spill during her visit to the province over the weekend.

Greenpeace scores Petron for haphazard handling of oil sludge

Environmental group Greenpeace scored Petron Corp. for the supposed haphazard handling of drums of bunker oil sludge collected from the shores of Guimaras barangays affected by the oil spill.


Group to conduct economic research on oil spill damage formed

The Economy and Environment Program for South East Asia (EEPSEA), a research secretariat/network based in Singapore is providing research funds for a group of researchers from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) to determine the costs of the damage caused by the oil spill from M/T Solar 1 tanker chartered by Petron to transport 2 million liters of bunker fuel oil to Mindanao. The tanker sunk 32 kilometers south of Guimaras, within the Panay Gulf, due to strong waves and unfavorable weather conditions on August 11, 2006.

Petron ups 'cash-for-work' fee to P300

Petron Corp. will increase from P200 to P300 the daily take of residents helping in the clean-up drive which the giant oil company has initiated. This was agreed upon by top officials of Petron Corp. and government officials when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presided the meeting of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) in Guimaras Saturday.

Ilonggos plant 21T seedlings in nationwide simultaneous activity

Some 21,000 tree-seedlings covering the 469 kilometer-stretch of major highways in Western Visayas were planted in Friday's launching of the 3,439 kilometer-Green Philippine Highways project of the government.

Top cops arrest Guimaras brgy capt for 4 counts of rape

Operatives of the Regional Intelligence Office (RIO) arrested a barangay captain of Guimaras following arrest warrants issued on four counts of rape.


Arroyo orders Petron, government agencies to speed up oil spill clean up

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered Petron Corp. and different government agencies composing the Task Force Guimaras for an immediate waste disposal program for the collected oil sludge washed up on the shores of Guimaras.

Coscolluela on political leaders: It's time to move on

Western Visayas Presidential Adviser Rafael Coscolluela said that it is now time for political leaders to move on and work on the priority projects of the government that needs their attention.

New scheme on PhilHealth checks releasing

Members and hospitals who have refund from PhilHealth can now claim their checks directly from PhilHealth Service offices covering their areas.

RDC visits proposed site for Kasla Plantation at 3ID

Regional Development Council (RDC) chairperson Governor Salvacion S Perez of the Province of Antique and party visited Camp Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz Wednesday to inspect the proposed site for jatropha (Kasla) plantation in line with the government's efforts to ease the country’s dependence on imported crude oil. 3ID offers about 3,000 hectares for Kasla plantation.

Expanding versatility of coconut brightens industry landscape

"A lot of opportunities are unfolding in the coconut industry."


Corruption and our nation
Anything Under the Sun
West Visayas, Beautiful and Wonderful (2)
Consumers Domain
Petron oil spill and other stories
Without the Whitecoat
The duty to serve in the municipality
Bridging the gap
The Philippine government under the Japanese
Comprehending the 'Bolivarian Revolution' 2
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Unusual Channel
Love triangle
Celebrating 100 Years of Golf in the Philippines
The Iloilo Golf and Country Club Inc., home of the Sta. Barbara Golf Course which is the oldest existing golf course in the Philippines, is celebrating its centenary in 2007. Click here to visit the website


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There is an issue on what to name the new airport in Cabatuan... what do you suggest? Why?


oil spill devastated place

Images of an oil spill devastated place

This photo mosaic capturing the different scenarios in the coastal barangays of Nueva Valencia, Guimaras following the worst oil spill disaster that hit the country came from the pictures taken by TNT's resident photographer A.Chris Fernandez as well as from contributions from the Task Force Sunrise, Canadian Urban Institute and some news wires.

  IHS Class '56 Scholarship Program, Inc.,

IHS Class '56 Scholarship Program, Inc., awards scholarship grants to deserving students of INHS

After the flag ceremony of the Iloilo National High School last August 22, 2006, the IHS Class '56 Scholarship Program, Inc. represented by Atty. Nicolas Sonalan, Program Chairman and President, together with Mrs. Joanah G. Combong, Program Treasurer, and Mrs. Wilsonia C. Palomero, Chairperson, Program Screening Committee, awarded Certificates of Scholarship.