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November 26, 2007, Iloilo City, Philippines
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Guv vetoes 2 major cuts in supplemental budget

For the first time in his more than six years in office Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas Sr. exercised his veto power over the appropriation ordinance passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

SP recently passed Appropriations Ordinance No. 2007-07 approving nearly P20 million of the P23.9 million supplemental budget asked by the Office of the Governor.

SP clips guv's gas expense, office supplies, job hires

Members of the 9th Iloilo Sanggunian Panlalawigan (SP) headed by Vice Governor Rolex Suplico made a major cut and attempted to install a "spending guideline" for Governor Niel Tupas Sr.

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Central Market Rain
Vendors inside the Iloilo Central Market suffer inconvenience every time heavy rains occur. Apparently, the public market needs rehabilitation.

DILG sets training-workshop for SK officials

City Councilor Julienne "Jam-Jam" Baronda may face administrative charges in the event she will push through with her training-workshop for newly-elected Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairmen in the city.

Parcon said the training-workshop would violate the guidelines of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on the conduct of SK federation elections.


Icada prexy: Sentiment on traffic experiment not related to politics

Iloilo City Alliance of Drivers Association (Icada) President Nick Dalisay clarified that the position paper they recently submitted to City Councilor Erwin Plagata calling for an end to the ongoing traffic experiment was just an expression of their sentiment and is not in any way associated with politics.

DND, AFP thank students for gifts, letters to gov't troops in Basilan

Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Hermogenes Esperon on Friday thanked the students of Assumption Iloilo for the gifts, letters and money that they sent to government troops in Basilan last month.

Iloilo is RP's first Gawad Kalinga province

The province of Iloilo has been declared as a Gawad Kalinga province by virtue of a resolution passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Search for outstanding police is on

A cash prize of P200,000.00 and a trophy are at stake with the annual Metrobank Foundation's Search for Country's Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS).


P85-M educ'l assistance set for indigenous students

The government is set to allocate some P85 million for a scholarship program for indigenous indigenous folks next year.

PGMA orders provision of more comfort rooms in port terminals

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to oblige the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to build more comfort rooms and coffee shops in all port terminals in the country for the convenience of hundreds of passengers who usually get stranded during bad weather and tropical storms.

Biotech Week is observed last week of November

"Biotechnology sustains increased crop yields and farm productivity enhances the quality, value and sustainability of crops for food and other uses that are complementary to modern agriculture," President Gloria Macapagal said as she declared the last week of November of every year as National Biotechnology Week.


Bridging the gap
The early development of boat-building in Panay
A brighter day for little Jane
Health @ Heart
Robotic Radiosurgery; Gamma Knife vs. Cyberknife
Consumers Domain
Opinions and Opinions
Without the Whitecoat
Food supplements: Business or cure?
Anything Under the Sun
Baptists in Panay


Faking it

/ By Kathy M. Villalon

Eye Opener:
Origin of place names (2)

/ By Rodolfo P. Gumabong

Up the ante

/ By Jo Martinez-Clemente

Young Voice:
Francis and Ester

/ By Maria Reylan M. Garcia

The Black Box Challenge 2007

/ By

Rational Insanity:
Binukot: Revisiting Western Visayas' only indigenous group

/ By Bryan Mari Argos

In memoriam: Mariannet Amper

By Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz

Political censorship

By Luis V. Teodoro

Text Messages: Boon or Bane?

By Minviluz S. Fayo, MA Ed.

The face of poverty

By Antonio C. Abaya

Seeing God's face

/ By Fr. Roy Cimagala

Coffee Thursdays Just Brewing Thoughts:
Death on a Thursday

/ By Paolo Carreon

bonafide text:
Flocking like birds

/ By Nicfranz C. de los Reyes

Res Gestae:

/Francisco B. Lindero Jr.

Bull's Eye:
Trisikads are back


Hablon exposure

More Hablon exposure

It's good to see that our designers have been embracing hablon in their collections. Through this, our indigenous materials are fully utilized, thereby giving boost to the livelihood of many hablon weavers in the province.

Five of Iloilo's top designers participated. They were Bo Parcon, Angelette Borja Ragus, Eric de los Santos, Claire Jarantilla, Jaki Peñalosa and PJ Arañador.


---------------------------------------- Niño Caram

Niño Caram: A future public servant

" My family said the politics is really chaotic. But it's fine with me. I really like it" I remembered Niño Caram as an achiever based from what I've read about him. So, after we were introduced by a common friend, Troy, I knew that this soft-spoken yet direct young man is definitely going to make it to the pages of The News Today.


----------------------------------------PJ Aranador

PJ Aranador's summer collections bared

PJ Arañador, international lifestyle designer, wants a headstart. Thus, he launched his Summer 2008 collection at the SM City Carpark last Nov. 10, 2007. His exciting collection came in the colors orange, purple, blue, green, white, camel brown and metallics.

----------------------------------------Rita Carla Fernandina Opolencia-Peña

Gentle-natured Rita

"Tolerance helps us live harmoniously in this world despite the diversity." The name Rita Carla Fernandina Opolencia-Peña is not new to us. After all, she had been queen of the famous Jaro Fiesta in 2005 and daughter of Rito Carlos "Judgee" Lopez-Peña and Sarah Opolencia-Peña.


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