W. Henry Streegan
The Text2Teach Alliance was formally launched yesterday at the New Government Center with the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement by Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, Department of Education-Division of Bacolod City, duly represented by its Superintendent Ma. Gemma M. Ledesma and Ayala Foundation, Inc., represented by its president, Maria Lourdes Heras-De Leon and its Senior Director, Rowena J. Lopez.
The rationale behind the undertaking is that the education divide is widening, especially among children in their developmental years, leaving a vast majority of youth without access to educational opportunities, adding to the already compounded challenges faced by the Philippine education system;
Summative evaluation results conducted by the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Educational Development (NISMED) and by the University of the Philippines Demographic Research and Development Foundation (UP DRDF) showed that over-all impact of the Text2Teach project intervention is statistically higher learning gains in Math, Science and English;
Mr. Frank Gaisano (center), Super Metro Chairman of the Board with NDB Editor in Chief Pert Toga (left) and NDB Consultant William Hentry Streegan during the Mall’s formal opening last Thursday, August 15, 2013 at the The District North Point, Ayala Mall, Talisay City.*(NDB photo)
With the expenses on misused loans and PORK BARREL FUNDS amounting to billions of pesos, are there also alleged crooks in BACIWA?
Looking back through the years, we recall that BACIWA got in our P500 million which would allegedly streamline the utility corporation and henceforth ensure the efficient delivery of water devices!
We, residents of Villa Ramos Subdivision, Inc. have not had any water, nay a drop, for the last six days. We have had to buy water at P10.00 per container as the supplies have "closeconnections" with BACIWA and are able to get their water readily!
NDB, considering the ramifications and possible disruption of services of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative, had an exclusive interview with Engr. Edward Gasambelo, considering this experience and expertise.
Gasambelo is the past president of CENECO, a very successful profess-ional, who is a duly licensed whose company is involved in numerous business activities in the Visayas Region.
He stated, "R.A. 10531, otherwise known as National Electrification Administration Reform Act of 2013, is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3389 and House Bill No. 6214 which was finally passed on February 4, 2013 and signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on May 7, 2013. Its Implementing Rules and Regulations is covered by the Department of Energy Circular No. DC 2013-07-0015 entitled PROSCRIBING THE IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS OF R.A. 10631 which was published in the July 29 issue of a national daily, The Philippine Star, and, that the agency that would implement, the IRR would be the National Electrification Administration (NEA)."
The passage of Republic Act No. 10531, otherwise known as the NATIONAL ELECTRIFICATION REFORM ACT of 2013 will create a BOMBSHELL which is going to test the asset of DELICADEZA among those who will be seriously affected!
The Implementing Rules and Regulations, covered by DC 2013-07-0015 is in itself a classic publication that spells out the qualifications of those who would want to be a Director of the cooperative, in the near future. This will mean that henceforth, the aspirants to the position must be well equipped mentally and morally!
One of the salient features of the ACT as provided for in its IRR are so stringent that anyone who would wish to contest it MUST FILE THEIR APPEAL WITH THE stringent of APPEALS and could only be acted upon after the posting of a bond that would cover all liabilities and expenditures that would be incurred relative to its adjudication! The IRR further specifies that should a TRO be requested for, that such a TRO should not exceed SIXTY DAYS!
Thousands of well-wishers greeted Msgr. Vic Rivas on his birthday last Saturday, August 10, 2013.
The well-wishers came from all over the province who trooped to the Redemptorist Church along B.S. Aquino Drive. Most prominent among them were members of the Christian Family Movement, Kabankalanons, students and faculty members of the University of St. La Salle, La Consolacion College, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos and Kabankalan City College. Also, public officials from Silay City, Bago City and other towns and cities.
Msgr. Vic Rivas and some of his well-wishers.
The last presidents of our country have the penchant of lying, basically because they failed to live up to their campaign promises during the electoral campaign!
One of the purveyors who is guilty of this SICKNESS is His Excellency, President Benigno Aquino III!
During the electoral campaign in 2010, Aquino, in reply to the question on what is his stand on the Freedom of Information (FOI) proposed bill, answered, "I am for the passage of the Freedom of Information measure as it jibes with my stand of encouraging the MATUWID NA DAAN. He said that he would wish to eradicate graft and corruption in government affairs. He added that the tenure of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was marked with a sickening spate of graft and corruption because whistleblowers and concerned citizens could not look into government dealings as they were all CONFIDENTIAL. Thus, according to Aquino, graft and corruption was very rampant during the previous dispensation!
The fact that the Freedom of Information was not enacted during his first year in office, DOES HIS NON ACTION MAKE HIM AN OUT AND OUT LIAR?
The Chamber of Real Estate & Builder’s Association (CREBA) of the Philippines sponsored yesterday the one-day Visayas Housing Summit which was held at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort Hotel in Bacolod City.
CREBA officials and members from Iloilo, Aklan, Cebu, Negros Occidental and their national organization coordinated the activity which was also attended by public officials of Bacolod and Silay cities as well as provincial representatives.
President Steven Brian L. Jison of the Negros Occidental Chapter called the conference to order, welcomed and acknowledged the guests from all over the country.
National EVP Noel M. Cariño, chairman of the 40th CREBA anniversary delivered an inspiring message which previously focused on the important role of their national and local offices in making relevant information available to all their members as well as the general public.
The Cebu Council-Boy Scouts of the Philippines recently held the induction of officers which was held at the Cebu Cultural Center, UP Lahug, Cebu City.
Inducted into office were: Governor Hilario P. Davide III as Honorary Chairman with Augusto W. Go as President Emeritus, and, Pedro C. Son as Vice Chairman Emeritus.
Three BSP Stalwarts. (L-R) W. Henry O. Streegan, Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide, III and Hernando O. Streegan, Cebu Councl Chairman.
Installed into office were: Hernando O. Streegan, Council Chairman; Joseph M. Baduel 1st Vice Chairman; Amadeo V. Seno, 2nd Vice Chairman with Galdino V. Varona as Council Treasurer; Oscar C. Canton as Council Asst. Treasurer, and, Manuel P. Legaspi as Council Auditor.
The headline of the Philippine Star national daily, stated, "LOCAL EXECS FACE EMPTY COFFERS!" This news item magnifies the fact that many local government units, throughout the country, may have absconded with the local funds or misused them, leaving no financial resources for the incoming local officials!
Among the victims thus far identified as FLAT BROKE are: Bacolod City, Mizamis Oriental, the City of Manila, and the Province of Cebu!
The newly elected public officials of these LGUs have been forced to adopt stringent measures in order to be able to cope with the needed funds so that they can effectively operate their offices as well as to be able to provide the essential services for their constituents.
Bacolod City is in dire financial straits as according to certain city officials, Mayor Puentevella can barely implement his promised programs and projects because of the lack of funds.