Archive | June 2012

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Rice QR should be extended


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER Decades under trade liberalization have resulted in the surge of agricultural imports in the local market, which have led to unprecedented bankruptcy of farmers and the country’s food insecurity. This situation will get even worse if the rice QR extension does not push through because of US opposition, IBON warned. (http://ibon.org/ibon_articles.php?id=235) […]

Right not-to-worship


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER Rep. Mong Palatino (Kabataan Partylist) quickly withdrew his bill prohibiting the use of government offices for religious worship after flaks rained on it. Palatino’s bill, which also prohibits the display of religious icons in public offices, seeks to prevent the dominant religion’s monopoly in the use of government facilities. However, […]

K+12 better called K9


By Pet Melliza/ the Beekeeper One need not look far to conclude that DepED’s “K+12” be better renamed “K-9” if only to remind us of dogs.  Youth and students, teachers and parents are up in arms against it. And for reasons. K+12 is useless. Take the primary school at Brgy. Tubang, Maasin, Iloilo: it has […]

Dingle town: lesson on self-reliance


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER Dingle has a collection of heavy equipment that makes it an envy of other local government units (LGUs) including Iloilo City which belongs to the league of “highly urbanized cities” in the Philippines. The city, 33 kilometers south of Dingle, despite its billion-peso plus annual budget is so decrepit that […]

Ilonggo lives not for sale: reminder to Drilon


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER Sen. Franklin Drilon is concerned for Iloilo but we are befuddled by his knee-jerk reaction to progressive groups who don’t sing hallellujah to his lobby to build a mega dam in Jalaur River, Calinog, Iloilo.  Rep. Nery Colmentares (Bayan Muna Partylist) is calling for a congresional inquiry on the safety […]

Rod and Emerson ‘farming on air’


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER A downpour June 5 evening delayed for one hour my rendezvous with cold light beer in a nearby store. But it was one night to remember after I turned on the radio. It was anchors Rod Teczon’s and Emerson Labrillazo’s baritone voices that popped out of the box airing a […]

City slaughterhouses public health risks


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER I’m a resident of Iloilo City but still ignorant of traffic regulations. A loading/unloading zone now becomes a ticket zone later. That happened to the Mandurriao-Iloilo jeepney which stopped at the front of the Consing ancestral house in Molo, fronting the plaza and the Catholic church. The place has been […]