April 20, 2012


Posted in business/investments/economy, economy, energy/power, environment, Iloilo news, infrastructure tagged , , , , , at 9:38 am by Wadda F

Construction to start next year

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE PROPOSED 200-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Concepcion, Iloilo is on track in time for calls to put up additional electricity sources in the light of the acute power shortage in Mindanao.
Iloilo Provincial Administrator Raul N. Banias said he met with top officials of Palm Concepcion Power Corp. (PCPC) in Metro Manila to discuss development status of the proposed coal-fired power plant project.
A former mayor of Concepcion, Banias was instrumental in helping DM Consunji, Inc. (DMCI) Power Corp., the original proponent of the plant, in getting public acceptance for the power plant.
Although the Department of Environment and Natural Resources already issued and environmental compliance certificate (ECC) to the project sometime in 2007, DMCI did not initiate construction after failing to secure power supple agreements with distribution utilities in Western Visayas.
In November 2010, A. Brown Co., Inc. (ABCI), through subsidiaries Palm Thermal Consolidated Holdings Corp. and Panay Consolidated Holdings Corp., bought DMCI Power Corp.’s proposed coal-fired power plant in Concepcion. The new owners then formed subsidiary PCPC to spearhead the future construction and operation of the plant.
ABCI is the investment arm of businessman Walter Brown which is primarily engaged in the business of real estate development but has interests in power, property development and investments in other companies.
In February 2012, A. Brown announced that it has tapped BDO Capital and Investment Corp. to arrange the project debt financing requirements of the Concepcion coal plant.
ABCI said it plans to spend $200 million or roughly P8.5 billion for the project. Phase one of the power plant will be commissioned in the third quarter of 2015 while the second phase will go online in the fourth quarter of 2016.
With this development, the Department of Energy (DOE) has reclassified the Concepcion project from “indicative” to “committed”, which allows the proposed plant to be listed among the projects that will be constructed next year.
The energy department said the PCPC project will be finished in time for the projected power supply shortage in Visayas in 2015 “given the target commissioning of your project are by 3rd quarter of 2015 (phase I) and November 2016 (phase II).”
Banias said PCPC is set to have its financial closure next month aside from evaluating the Engineering Procurement and Conception (EPC) proposals of firms that bid for the construction of the project.
ABCI also tapped Canadian construction firm SNC-Lavalin Inc. for the plant’s engineering works.
SNC-Lavalin is global leader in engineering and construction in the fields of hydroelectric, nuclear and thermal power generation, power system studies, power sector reform, transmission and distribution projects.
SNC-Lavalin will provide detailed engineering that will include review and evaluation of EPC specifications, system’s design parameters and operating features and development of conceptual layouts, among others.


November 14, 2011

Norwegian looking for Ilongga mom

Posted in human interest, Iloilo news, journalism/media tagged , , , , at 6:49 pm by Wadda F

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A NORWEGIAN citizen who was born in the Philippines is looking for his biological Filipina mother 27 years after he was with a hospice which later put him up for adoption.

Arnold Penida Loriega, 27, wants to return to his roots and find his mother, Merlie Lazapin Penida (Loriega) to thank her for giving him up which led him to a better life in Norway.

The Daily Guardian learned of Loriega’s case through a production staff member of Tore Stromoy, one of Norway`s famous and experienced television hosts/producers for the Norwegian Broadcasting NRK.

Based on a email sent by staffer Cathrine Astad, Stromoy hosts a popular program in Norway which helps people reunite with their ancestors and biological family members.

Astad said Stromoy decided to help Penida find his biological parents in the Philippines, particularly in Iloilo, the reason why they south TDG’s help.

Based on a set of documents and brief provided by Stromoy’s team to TDG, Loriega’s mother is Merlie Lazapin Penida who was born in Iloilo in 1951. She lived with her grandmother in Iloilo until she left for a town nearby to work as a housemaid.

On July 30, 1976 she got married in Iloilo to Arnold’s father, Alfredo Caro Loriega who was born in 1946.

Arnold was born to Merlie and Alfredo on October 20, 1984 at the Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila. Two days later, Merlie and one Sister Rebecca Vasquez, DC of Asilo de San Vicente de Paul went to Hospicio de San Jose and gave him away for adoption.

A report by Hospicio de San Jose showed that Merlie gave up her son due to poverty and she wanted her child to have a good life.

Merlie’s last known address was 1272 Carola St., Sampaloc, Manila where she might have been working as a house maid.

For any information that could lead us to the whereabouts of Alfredo Caro Loriega and Merlie Lazapin Penida Loriega, please contact this writer at 0921-8079193 or call The Daily Guardian at (033) 321-6124 or (033) 508-2692. You may also email us at thedailyguardianwv@gmail.com and francisallanangelo@gmail.com.

August 29, 2011


Posted in crime/peace and order, Iloilo news, Philippine laws and jurisprudence tagged , , at 7:37 pm by Wadda F

It’s good to know that Judge Amalik Espinosa exonerated Mr. Ninoy Lumaniog of any involvement in the notorious bukas kotse gang. The truth shall set you free…

Below is a copy of the court decision:


‘Brace for expansion of New Iloilo Airport’

Posted in business/investments/economy, economy, Iloilo news, infrastructure, tourism, transportation/traffic tagged , , , , , at 7:33 pm by Wadda F

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

PASSENGER traffic at the new Iloilo airport has been increasing that it might reach its full carrying capacity before 2015, an official of the Iloilo Business Club (IBC) said.

Ma. Lea Victoria Lara, IBC executive director, said air transport officials are bracing for the increase in passenger traffic of the new airport in Cabatuan-Sta. Barbara towns.

Citing discussions with airport officials and feasibility study of the airport, Lara said the airport’s maximum carrying capacity is projected at 1.5 million by 2015.

But as of 2010, the Air Transportation Office already recorded 1 million arrivals at the airport. It is projected that the new airport will hit the 1.5 million mark this year.

Lara said increased number of airlines and the airport’s international standards could be factors in the surge in passenger traffic of the airport.

For example, ZestAir, a new player in the airline industry which offers low price fares, is occupying the check-in counter reserved for the airport management.

“At the check in counter, we can already see proof of increased traffic which also translates to more passengers going to Iloilo. The airport also has night landing equipment and can accommodate wide-bodied planes which have more carrying capacity,” Lara said.

Lara said the hike in airline passengers to Iloilo is an indication that the city and province are fast becoming havens for investors and visitors.

The IBC official said they hope that air transport agencies can address the growing traffic in the airport to maintain the convenience and comfort it presently offers.

The increase comes in the heels of plans to bring in chartered international flights to Iloilo, particularly tourists from China and Korea.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), which manages airports in the country, allotted P43 million for the repair and improvement of the various facilities at the airport, which caters to 21 flights a day from Manila, Cebu and Davao as major destinations.

The New Iloilo airport was inaugurated on June 13, 2007 and opened to commercial flights on June 14, 2007. It was a replacement to the old Iloilo domestic airport in Mandurriao, Iloilo City which served Iloilo for more than 50 years.

The airport is the first to have modern, latest technology, belonging to Category F, as determined by the International Civil Aviation (ICA) Organization. This means that the airport is accredited as a qualifier for international standards.

The new airport project was inaugurated by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on January 25, 2004 in Cabatuan, the primary site of the airport. The airport project was funded with a P6.2-billion loan from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

Physical construction work on the airport started April 14, 2004 with the original expected deadline of completion in June 2007, although the expected deadline was moved to the first quarter of 2007.

Taisei-Shimizu Joint Venture was the contractor for the project, with Phil-Japan Airport Consultants, Inc. managing it and serving as the government’s consultant to the project.
The project was completed in March of 2007, ahead of schedule but overshot its budget. Its final cost jumped to around P9 billion.

DA-6 to rice farmers: Beware of other pests

Posted in business/investments/economy, disaster and calamities, disaster preparedness and mitigation, economy, environment, Iloilo news tagged , , , at 7:25 pm by Wadda F

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

ASIDE from rats, the Department of Agriculture (DA) also raised concerns on the presence of other pests which could affect rice yield in Western Visayas.

In an interview with Serbisyo Publiko hosted by Councilor Perla Zulueta over Sky Cable Sunday, DA-6 regional director Larry P. Nacionales said they noticed blights caused by fungi and bacteria in several rice farms during their inspection of various areas in Panay.

Nacionales said the sudden surge of rats and blights in rice fields could be attributed to climate change, particularly continuous rains.

“If we don’t prepare for these pests, our production this year might be affected,” Nacionales said.
Blights are either fungal or bacterial infection of a plant’s leaves which could affect its ability to produce food and develop.

Western Visayas posted a whooping 60% increase in rice production from January to June 2011 compared to the same period last year. The corn sector also posted a 40% growth in production this year.

But Nacionales said these achievements might go down the drain if farmers are not careful in their planting culture and habits.

Although rat infestation surged this year compared to previous years, Nacionales said the pest damaged less than 1% of Iloilo’s rice farms.

Rat infestation is also blamed for the sudden increase in leptospirosis infection in Iloilo, a disease which can be contracted after contact with water contaminated with rat urine.

Notwithstanding the pests, Nacionales said 2011 is a good year for rice farming due to sporadic rains even during the summer season.

“Of the 309,212 hectares of rice land in the region, around 60% is rainfed that’s why we expect bumper harvest this year. We even have standing crops in April which is supposed to be in the summer or dry season,” he added.

Nacionales said they encourage barangay-based action groups against rats and pests. The method will require members who will monitor fields for pests then report infestations to the municipal agriculture offices for action.

June 5, 2011

National athlete needs money for premature baby’s survival

Posted in sports at 8:04 pm by Wadda F

ASIAN Games gold medalist Rene Catalan needs financial help for his premature baby who weighs only 1.6 kilos. (Contributed photo)

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

AN ILONGGO wushu athlete is in dire straits as his prematurely born child requires a badly needed operation to survive.

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January 2, 2011

2010 in review

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:44 pm by Wadda F

      <p>The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:</p>
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    <p align=”center”>The <em>Blog-Health-o-Meter&trade;</em> reads Fresher than ever.</p>
    <h2>Crunchy numbers</h2>
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  <p>About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year.  This blog was viewed about <strong>29,000</strong> times in 2010.  If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.</p>

  <p><p>In 2010, there were <strong>7</strong> new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 928 posts. There were <strong>4</strong> pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 323kb. </p>
    <p>The busiest day of the year was January 7th with <strong>197</strong> views. The most popular post that day was <a style=”color:#08c;” href=”Live” _mce_href=”http://scrimgeour.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/live-from-iloilo-updates/”>Live”>http://scrimgeour.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/live-from-iloilo-updates/”>Live From Iloilo! updates</a>.</p>

    <h2>Where did they come from?</h2>
       <p>The top referring sites in 2010 were <strong>en.wordpress.com</strong>, <strong>facebook.com</strong>, <strong>search.conduit.com</strong>, <strong>google.com</strong>, and <strong>goiloilo.com</strong>.</p>
        <p>Some visitors came searching, mostly for <strong>iloilo news</strong>, <strong>iloilo city</strong>, <strong>river</strong>, <strong>banate iloilo news</strong>, and <strong>savannah iloilo</strong>.</p>
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   <h2>Attractions in 2010</h2>
   <p>These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.</p>

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     <a style=”margin-right:10px;” href=”Live” _mce_href=”http://scrimgeour.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/live-from-iloilo-updates/”>Live”>http://scrimgeour.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/live-from-iloilo-updates/”>Live From Iloilo! updates</a> <span style=”color:#999;font-size:8pt;”>January 2010</span>           
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     <a style=”margin-right:10px;” href=”CHILD” _mce_href=”http://scrimgeour.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/child-prostitutes-abound-in-boracay/”>CHILD”>http://scrimgeour.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/child-prostitutes-abound-in-boracay/”>CHILD PROSTITUTES ABOUND IN BORACAY</a> <span style=”color:#999;font-size:8pt;”>October 2009</span>           
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     <a style=”margin-right:10px;” href=”WILL” _mce_href=”http://scrimgeour.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/will-the-ilaga-rise-again/”>WILL”>http://scrimgeour.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/will-the-ilaga-rise-again/”>WILL THE ILAGA RISE AGAIN?</a> <span style=”color:#999;font-size:8pt;”>August 2008</span><br>1 comment           
        <div style=”clear:left;float:left;font-size:24pt;line-height:1em;margin:-5px 10px 20px 0;”>4</div>
     <a style=”margin-right:10px;” href=”MURDER” _mce_href=”http://scrimgeour.wordpress.com/2008/08/04/murder-in-savannah/”>MURDER”>http://scrimgeour.wordpress.com/2008/08/04/murder-in-savannah/”>MURDER IN SAVANNAH</a> <span style=”color:#999;font-size:8pt;”>August 2008</span>           
        <div style=”clear:left;float:left;font-size:24pt;line-height:1em;margin:-5px 10px 20px 0;”>5</div>
     <a style=”margin-right:10px;” href=”Hiligaynon” _mce_href=”http://scrimgeour.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/hiligaynon-dialect-to-dominate-dinagyang-ilonggo-arts-festival/”>Hiligaynon”>http://scrimgeour.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/hiligaynon-dialect-to-dominate-dinagyang-ilonggo-arts-festival/”>Hiligaynon dialect to dominate Dinagyang Ilonggo Arts Festival</a> <span style=”color:#999;font-size:8pt;”>January 2010</span><br>1 comment

November 26, 2010

Children laws hamper police work vs TBS gang

Posted in crime/peace and order, Iloilo news, Philippine laws and jurisprudence tagged , , , , , at 9:41 am by Wadda F

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

PRESENT laws governing children in conflict with the law are affecting efforts by law enforcers to bring them to justice for the crimes they committed.

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‘They bathed with blood of victim’

Posted in crime/peace and order, Iloilo news, Philippine laws and jurisprudence tagged , , , , , at 9:37 am by Wadda F

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

SIMILAR to satanic cult rituals, members of the notorious TBS-13 bathed themselves with the blood of a taxi driver who hailed from Guimaras province. Read the rest of this entry »

‘San Enrique 17’ cleared in illegal firearms case

Posted in 2010 elections, crime/peace and order, Iloilo news, Philippine laws and jurisprudence tagged , , , at 9:34 am by Wadda F

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE Iloilo Provincial Prosecutor’s Office (IPPO) dismissed the criminal charges against the so-called “San Enrique 17” who were accused of carrying illegal firearms last May 10 elections in San Enrique, Iloilo.

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November 24, 2010


Posted in Iloilo news, journalism/media, Philippine laws and jurisprudence tagged , , , , , , , at 11:03 pm by Wadda F

By Francis Allan L. Angelo/The Daily Guardian/November 25, 2010

YESTERDAY’S display of arrogance by the management of Metro Iloilo Water District towards legitimate media practitioners is an insult to democracy and a big slap on the Aquino administration which acknowledges the public as its boss.

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Posted in crime/peace and order, Iloilo news, Philippine laws and jurisprudence tagged , , , , , at 10:53 pm by Wadda F

Beware of TBS gang

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE Police Regional Office (PRO-6) warned parents and schools to prevent student hooliganism following the death of a taxi driver in the hands of three teenage gangsters Tuesday.

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MIWD management defiant, courting contempt

Posted in business/investments/economy, economy, Iloilo news, Philippine laws and jurisprudence, water tagged , , , , , at 10:46 pm by Wadda F

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE management team of Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) will not recognize the board of directors despite a court order restraining the interim board.

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Coal plant’s ambient air within standards

Posted in business/investments/economy, economy, energy/power, environment, health, Iloilo news tagged , , , , , , , at 10:42 pm by Wadda F

By Tara Yap

THE ambient air quality within several villages surrounding the 164-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Ingore, La Paz, Iloilo City is normal.

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Bomb scare alarms Iloilo town

Posted in crime/peace and order, crisis management, Iloilo news tagged , , , at 10:38 pm by Wadda F

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A PACKAGE mistaken for a bomb caused alarm in the town of Cabatuan, Iloilo Wednesday afternoon.

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Hostage drama wounds tanod

Posted in crime/peace and order, crisis management, Iloilo news tagged , , , at 10:33 pm by Wadda F

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A MAN believed to be suffering from unstable mental condition held hostage his own aunt and four others and wounded a barangay tanod (village watchman) in Molo, Iloilo City early Wednesday morning.

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RTC stops interim board of MIWD

Posted in business/investments/economy, economy, Iloilo news, local governance, Philippine laws and jurisprudence, water tagged , , , , at 12:06 am by Wadda F

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE board of directors of Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) that was ousted a week ago regained their seats after the Regional Trial Court issued a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) against the “interim board” installed by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA).

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November 23, 2010


Posted in crime/peace and order, Iloilo news tagged , , , , at 11:57 pm by Wadda F

Number of robberies this year now 14

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A MEMBER of a teenage gang was arrested Tuesday morning for the killing of a taxi driver Tuesday early morning in Arevalo, Iloilo City.

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Gorriceta admits writing letter maligning Tupas

Posted in 2010 elections, Iloilo news, politics tagged , , , at 11:53 pm by Wadda F

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

NO big deal.

This was the justification of Mayor Arcadio H. Gorriceta of Pavia, Iloilo on the letter which he sent to the sister of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III as regards the Tupas family and the appointment of the regional presidential assistant.

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Letter discredits Tupas before Aquinos

Posted in 2010 elections, Iloilo news, politics tagged , , , , at 11:50 pm by Wadda F

 By Francis Allan L. Angelo 

MAYOR Arcadio Gorriceta of Pavia, Iloilo declined to comment on the letter which put down one of their own within the Liberal Party (LP) as regards the appointments of key officials in President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s administration.

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