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Mass evacuation up in two Guimaras brgys?

Mass evacuation is reportedly underway in at least two barangays in the Province of Guimaras following an Executive Session with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. As such, hundreds of families will be ordered out of their homes with Army soldiers in the island-province said to implement the forced evacuation starting today (Wednesday).

Guimaras health officials looking at possible oil spill-related death

Health officials of Guimaras will look deeper into the death of a two-year-old child to know if it was related to the oil spill.

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MT Solar I
Photo of the ill-fated MT Solar I of the Sunshine Maritime Development Corp. taken on March 30, 2006. The 998-ton oil tanker was commissioned by Petron Corp. to ship 2 million liters bunker oil from its refinery in Bataan to Zamboanga but sank off the Guimaras Strait on August 11 due to stormy weather. Efforts to retrieve the vessel is still on the works in order to stop the further spillage of the hazardous oil.

Oil spill impact in tourism, manageable—Durano

Department of Tourism Secretary Ace Durano said the impact caused by the oil spill on the tourism industry of Guimaras is "manageable" since only seven out of the 24 beaches in the island are affected.

Durano did not categorically identify the seven affected beach resorts.

Petron's report identified several barangays in the towns of Nueva Valencia, Sibunag and San Lorenzo as affected by the oil spill.


Requirements for PhilHealth claims

Review is one of the units under the Claim Processing Division that scrutinizes everything, from every documents submitted to support a claim. So, reviewers may ask for additional documents in order to prove age and relationship, the reason claims are returned to hospital or member for compliance.

Exam, interview slated for wannabe 'Girls and Boys' officials

The Rotary Club of Iloilo City has scheduled the examination and interview for high school students who want to experience the power and responsibility of elected and appointed government officials.

Maki: Proving she walks her toque

Chef Pauline G. Banusing of Iloilo City has done it again.


Petron belies reports on company’s reluctance to give livelihood

Petron Corporation yesterday denied reports they have issued a statement during the joint committee hearing of the Senate and Congress Monday in Manila that they will not give livelihood to the residents of Guimaras towns affected by the oil spill.

Pack-a-Darag winning entries in focus

To further strengthen the advocacy campaign for the Darag native chicken, the Darag IEC Team of the Western Visayas Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESVARRDEC) has launched the Pack-a-Darag Contest, a packaging competition to showcase the creative packaging of Darag native chicken delicacies.

TESDA honors Judy with ‘Kabalikat Award’

Representative Judy Jalbuena-Syjuco (Second District, Iloilo ) was honored as among this year's recipient of the 2006 Kabalikat Award of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

PVO to hit target before year ends

The Iloilo Provincial Government is determined to achieve its goal in vaccinating 80 percent of the entire dog population in the province of Iloilo before the year ends.


Oil spill: A crime against humanity
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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Street blues

Res Gestae

Q & A and 8-11 tragedy


Florence and Erly's joint birthday bash

Florence and Erly's joint birthday bash
Double the celebration, double the fun

It was truly a fun-filled evening for the braver of souls who came to be part of the joint birthday bash for The News Today (TNT) Correspondent Florence Hibionada and Editor Erly Garcia.

  Miguel Cordova

Afrique's expands and cooks up to perfection

Starting a restaurant business and make it the career of your dreams may seem a ludicrous conviction of achieving prosperous profits from the food enterprise. Not only that the rivalry of sprouting food service industries are obstinately tough, to sustain a wide patronage can also be demanding in today's highly competitive environment.