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Militants to mobilize Guimaras folk to push for re-floating of sunken tanker

While the National Disaster Cordinating Council (NDCC) recommended for the siphoning of the remaining bunker oil from the sunken MT Solar 1, militant groups have formed an alliance to push for the retrieval of the vessel which lies 640 meters below sea level off Guimaras island.

Stockpiles of oil sludge dumped on the shoreline blamed for high level of toxins

Stockpiles of collected oil sludge and debris dumped along the affected barangays in Nueva Valencia and Sibunag, which are yet to be barged out by Petron Corp., are blamed for the high level of toxins which caused respiratory illnesses among the residents.

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Coastal Cleanup
A.Chris Fernandez
Senior Insp. Federico Silvestre (right), Precinct Commander of Arevalo Police Precinct, briefs the residents before the start of the coastal cleanup along the shoreline of Calaparan last Saturday. Below, volunteers from various organizations join the International Coastal Cleanup celebration spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Petron welcomes criminal charges

Petron Corporation said Friday that its officials will face the criminal charges filed by a Guimaras official over the oil spill.

"We will not run away. Petron is 40% owned by the Philippines. It is not a multinational company that would just fold up and run away. We will not do that," Petron spokesperson Carlos Tan told The News Today, as he maintained that they have not been remiss in their job.

Before yesterday's press briefing by the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council, Tan declared, "We will face all charges."


DA-DOH join forces on bird flu preparation

The Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Unit (DA RFU) 6 and the Department of Health (DOH) 6 join forces on the conduct of Avian Infuencia (AI) or Bird Flu Preparedness and Response Planning Workshop for the provinces of Aklan and Antique agricultural and health technicians. The four-day workshop which started on September 12, 2006 was divided into two seetings wherein the first two days was attended by participants coming from Antique and the remaining two days from the province of Aklan.

Petron given 10 days to come up with sludge disposal site

Authorities gave Petron Corporation a ten day period to be able to provide a treatment site for the oil sludge gathered in the ongoing clean up operations in Guimaras.

City dad lobbying for port operations?

City Mayor Jerry Treñas belied reports that Councilor Jose Espinosa III lobbied to him for the return of the port operation at Muelle Loney wharf to the Espinosa clan after the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) decided to bid the port operations.

DOH urges public of continued vigilance against dengue

Despite the decreasing trend of dengue cases in the region and no indications of clustering or outbreaks, the Department of Health - Center for Health Development in Western Visayas (DOH - CHD WV) advised the public anew to continue their vigilance and careful observance of sanitation for their own safety.


DILG cites Pavia barangay tanods

The group of Barangay Tanods of Brgy. Aganan, Pavia was declared as the Most Outstanding Barangay Tanods in Western Visayas for this year 2006 winning P10,000 and a plaque of recognition.

Gov't to expand low-priced medicine program to break cartel

Philippine International Trading Corporation and PITC Pharma Inc. Chairman Roberto Pagdanganan said today the government will expand its low-priced medicine program to break the drug cartel operating in the country before 2010.


Representative-to be Malou Arroyo-Lesaca an ally of Tupas family
Anything Under the Sun
Guimaras -the Emerald Isle -6
Consumers Domain
The relevance of IMF & World Bank
Without the Whitecoat
"PCOM without borders"
Bridging the gap
Capiz (Roxas City) in 1903
Let kindness overflow
Unusual Channel
The cream of the crop
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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Rational Insanity

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Continue the SELDA spirit

Health @ Heart

Coconut Oil: Good or bad?

Res Gestae

Morale booster


The butcher

Running Man

Deadlier than smoking


Forest guards

Guarding Mt. Porras in Sibalom, Antique

Sibalom, Antique -- It could be way past the celebration of International Biodiversity Day (May 22) but for some 40 men and women who have just completed their advance paralegal training course here, every day is biodiversity day. As they are in fact volunteer forest guards who watch over the Sibalom Natural Park (SNP) and everything else inside it--like the Raflesia Speciosa, one of the world's biggest flower and the "tarictic" or the Visayan hornbill, an endangered bird.


Semiosis, Independent Artist Inc's 4th Exhibit

The artist constantly have the power to evoke various thoughts and interpretations even with just a single stroke. Often they are predominantly designed to uniquely interpret the underlying messages as a form of social interaction whether it be as an effect of unvoiced revolution, reprisal of emotions, discontentment towards the fragmentary system implemented in the society or tacit sensitivity on social issues.