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2 hospitals, Ilonggo docs in Philhealth 'watchlist'

Government's Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) has now publicly disclosed strengthened and widened investigation on significantly huge claims of cataract cases in Western Visayas.

Hospital exec warns media critics: 'Don't tread waters you are not supposed to tread. Get your facts straight'

Reports of fraudulent claims in cataract cases in Western Visayas has now brought into the limelight hospital executive Evangeline Camarista-Johnson. Chief Executive Officer of at least three private hospitals under three different corporations, Johnson met members of the local media on the controversial issue of cataract cases and the claims made with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC).

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Dr. Evangeline C. Jonhson
Dr. Evangeline C. Jonhson, Chief Executive Officer of Saviour International Hospital, gives members of the media lecture on responsible journalism in the wake of the controversy linking Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital in Bacolod City, which she also heads, to the alleged rip off of state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth)

Opthalmologists lament cataract controversy

The Philippine Academy of Opthalmology (PAO) said it has been trying hard to stop what it sees as unethical practices in cataract operations paid by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).

But it blamed PhilHealth for the continued unethical practices of ophthalmologists especially in Western Visayas.

"We have been trying to get PhilHealth to impose the necessary sanctions for years but it seem there is lack of political will to do so," said Dr. Maria Dominga Padilla, PAO national president, in a text message.

Dr. Mary Katherine Rivera-Francia, PAO Western Visayas chapter president, said the practice of cataract operations being investigated by PhilHealth "has put the whole profession in a bad light."


Proponent assures environment-friendly coal power plant

Taiwan-based Formosa Heavy Industries Corp. (FHIC) vows to bring clean coal technology here in Iloilo City in the event the proposal for a coal-fired power plant is approved by the city government.

DENR moves to save Btac. Viejo watershed

As part of the initial steps of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the devolution of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) functions to the Local Government Units in support to the Green Philippines Program, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the DENR and the LGU of Barotac Viejo for a Co-Management of a 99.16-hectare small watershed located at Brgy. Rizal, Barotac Viejo, just recently.

Coconut infestation a national concern, says DA exec

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap yesterday said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo already signed an executive order to contain and eradicate the coconut pest Brontispa Longgissima which has attacked coconut plantations in the country.

City dad to lead probe on 'tampered' ordinance

City Councilor Erwin Plagata, chair of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) committee on transportation, is bent on conducting an investigation on the alleged tampering of City Ordinance 132 which allows public utility jeepneys under the Metro Iloilo Development Council (MIDC) access to the city routes


Yap vows to help city finish abattoir

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap vowed to help the city government finish the construction of its AA abattoir in Barangay Tagbac, Jaro.

Capiz town police station gets citizen-friendly award

Roxas City -- The police station in Ivisan, Capiz has been awarded by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) – Regional Office 6 as among the most citizen-friendly station for the municipal category in the region.

Capiz cops conduct symposium in schools

Roxas City -- A series of symposia was conducted by the Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO) in view of this year's observance of the Crime Prevention Week last September 1 to 7.


Anything Under the Sun
Ilongga suffragettes
Consumers Domain
Suspension of NBN project not enough
Without the Whitecoat
The hypocrisy of the Oath
Bridging the gap
Early postal services in Iloilo
Memories that bless and burn
Health @ Heart
Scary data on smoking risks


A Victim of Southern Injustice

/By Philip S. Chua, M.D.

The shelved National Broadband Project

/ By Chef Palocci

A triumph of justice and the rule of law?

/ By Perfecto R. Yasay Jr.

Being Estrada'd

/ By Luis V. Teodoro

'Come home Dad'

/ By Brave One

Hemorrhagic dengue fever

/ By Boni L. Lee

Coffee Thursdays Just Brewing Thoughts:
I write because…

/ By Paolo Carreon

After Erap's conviction at Sandiganbayan, now what?

/ By Rhea B. Peñaflor

Bona fide TEXT:
Early visita iglesia

/ By Nicfranz C. de los Reyes

Chastity education vs. sex education

/ By Fr. Roy Cimagala

Eye Opener:
Indefinite suspension of ZTE project

/ By Rodolfo P. Gumabong

Treasures at the end of the rainbow

/ By Kathy M. Villalon

Young Voice:

/ By Maria Reylan M. Garcia

Blessed Assurance:
How to release your burden

/ By Karen Mae Barredo

Rational Insanity:
Two poems

/ By Bryan Mari Argos


The Officers and Members of Photgraphic Society of Iloilo

Photographic Society of Iloilo turns 27

The Photographic Society of Iloilo turned 27 and it held two events. The opening salvo, which was a photographic contest and exhibit was held last Sept. 8, 2007 at Newpost General Luna Street, while the main night was held last Sept. 15 at the Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center.

----------------------------------------The Royal Eagles and the Guardian Brotherhood, Inc.

The Royal Eagles and the Guardian Brotherhood, Inc.

An eagle, as it takes flight, is determined on its goal. That's why among the birds, it's considered as the king of the sky. Just like the unwavering commitment of the Royal Eagles Rescue Volunteer Brigade, Inc. on their goal to serve the community through volunteerism.

----------------------------------------The Belfry, an Iloilo landmark

The Belfry, an Iloilo landmark

The belfry, campanario, or belltower is a given fixture of every Catholic church. It houses the bells, which basically toll the hours, call the people to mass, and announce important events.



----------------------------------------Lapida season once more

Lapida season once more

The hammer and chisel have started to make music again. This morning, as the Miagao jeepney I took slowed down near Oton plaza hoping to pick up more passengers, I noticed a familiar sound–a pleasant kind of hammering. Ah, lapida makers. The season has arrived.



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