Iloilo City PPP projects attract investors

first_imgILOILO City – A modern slaughterhouse.Rehabilitation of public markets. A waste-to-energy facility. The citygovernment wants these multimillion-peso projects realized through public-privatepartnership (PPP). “We will retain the ground floor forthe vendors. We will protect social issues. The investors may be free as to howtall they will decide to go up with their development,” he said. A motley of investors, too, have showninterested in rehabilitating the public markets, said Treñas. An investor also signified interest ina modern mass transport system for the city such as a rapid bus transit,according to the mayor. Four months ago, in August, the citygovernment entered into a memorandum of agreement with the PPP Center forassistance in realizing these three priority undertakings. This scheme, said Treñas, would free aportion of the city government’s budget for social projects beneficial topeople. “A premier city like us should nothave an abattoir where animals are butchered on the floor. We can’t say meatfrom our slaughterhouse is safe when the facility is incapable of slaughteringanimals the right way,” said Treñas. On the other hand, in rehabilitatingthe public markets Treñas clarified the small vendors will continue to stay intheir stalls. “We need to enter into PPP. It willensure revenues for the city government. Our markets are also in deplorablestate. We want to have the best public markets in Western Visayas,” Treñassaid. “Angaton sanitary landfill solid wastemanagement program (waste-to-energy project), ang terms of reference napadalana sa ila (PPP Center) kag ginahulatna lang naton ma-finalize ang ibannga mga programs. Amo man sapublic markets and slaughterhouse,” said Treñas. He stressed the importance of having abetter slaughterhouse. “What we want is for Iloilo to have anefficient and modern mass transport, be it a bus or a tram or whatever,” saidTreñas./PN The city’s markets are not meetingtheir target collections and suffering from congestion, clogged drainagesystem, leaked roofs as well as flooding. On the other hand, the waste-to-energyproject for the city’s sanitary landfill in Barangay Calajunan, Mandurriaodistrict has attracted four interested companies, he revealed. PPP has been considered an option andbest solution to implement priority infrastructure initiatives amid budgetaryconstraints. The modernization of the city’sslaughterhouse in Barangay Tacas, Jaro district has the most number ofinterested investors – seven, said Mayor Jerry Treñas. The Center espouses the PPP scheme – acontractual agreement between the government and a private firm targetedtowards financing, designing, implementing, and operating infrastructurefacilities and services traditionally provided by the public sector.last_img read more

Stone’s squad looking to avenge blowout against Illinois

first_imgMany athletes know that learning from your mistakes will help improve your performance. This Thursday, the women’s basketball team will be hoping to learn from their mistakes that caused them a loss to Illinois early in the season.In that game just over three weeks ago, Illinois jumped out to a 16-point lead midway through the first half and never looked back. Wisconsin ended up suffering its worse loss of the season 84-54, and it all took place at the Badger’s home court at the Kohl Center.Illinois was unstoppable in that game as they finished 57 percent from the field and an astounding 11-of-16 from behind the arc.”Well, we hit a buzz saw when [we met last time],” head coach Lisa Stone said of the game. “They were obviously hot and made a ton of three’s on us. We had trouble getting through staggered screens the last time we played them. But they came in off a disappointing loss and then took it at us, and they’ve not won a game since they played us.”Now that doesn’t mean that they’re not capable,” Stone continued. “They’re having a nice year, and hopefully we can play much better defense on the perimeter.”The Badgers will have to contend once again with 5-foot-8 senior guard Janelle Hughes, who leads the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game. She has come out strong her senior year after coming off the bench all of last year. Hughes had 15 points in the last meeting, and the outside shooting of her and Lori Bjork burned the Badgers.The duo combined to go 9-of-13 from the three-point line, which all but sealed the Badgers fate. “They’ve got a terrific freshman in Bjork and great leadership, a senior point guard and a senior inside that really are leading the charge,” Stone said. Bjork had a career-high 24 points to lead all scorers in that earlier matchup, tallying five of those 11 made three-point shots. Another Illini who had a stellar game last time the two teams met is senior point guard Maggie Acuna, who got a record of her own in that game when she recorded 16 assists. That number was not only a school record but also the high mark for assists in a game ever at the Kohl Center. Now, things look different for the Badgers when they head to Champaign.The once strong Illinois team has been struggling as of late. Illinois started the season hot in conference play at 4-1 but has now lost six straight contests.Illinois now sits at 4-7 in conference but 12-10 overall.In all fairness to Illinois, they faced all the teams in the top half of the Big Ten standings, excluding Iowa, in just the past three weeks. That includes two matchups with last year’s national runner-up, Michigan State. And the Illini, whose last five games are to teams ranked lower than them in conference, can possibly finish .500 in conference play if they can defeat the Badgers.For the Badgers getting out to a strong start will be key to victory, as they were never able to catch up after falling behind so far in the last game.”If we’re not hitting and we’re hurrying all the time, we’re going to be playing from behind the whole game,” Stone said. “That’s the type of mentality that we have to have, because that’s the way you’re going to win games.”The only Badger to get into double figures in the last game was Jolene Anderson, who had the team high with 16 points. The team as a whole shot just 37 percent, but the return of Janese Banks to the starting lineup should bolster the offense.Banks, the team’s second leading scorer, came back slowly, coming off the bench originally. Since then, she has gotten to start again and she has produced in a big way.The sophomore guard has combined for 29 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in just the last two contests.Wisconsin will definitely need her to help not only on offense but to contain the outside shooting if they have any hope to come away with a win. The last time Wisconsin defeated Illinois was two years ago on their home court, and they hope to accomplish that feat again Thursday at Assembly Hall in Champaign.last_img read more

Timmer Named Honorable Mention All-MVC

first_imgSAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University sophomore Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) has been named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s men’s basketball honorable mention All-MVC team.Timmer, a guard, has started all 30 games to date and led the Bulldogs with 16.9 points per game this season. That total ranks as the third-highest in the MVC and is currently the highest season-long scoring average by a Bulldog since the 2001-02 season.In addition to his 16.9 points per game, Timmer has averaged 2.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from the three-point arc.He has scored 20 or more points in a game nine times this season and 19 points in five other games, including a career-high 30 points against DePaul. The honor is the third MVC postseason accolade of Timmer’s career. As a freshman he was named to the MVC All-Newcomer and All-Freshman teams. Throughout the course of this season, he has been named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week a league-high five times.Timmer and the Bulldogs begin MVC Tournament play on Thursday, March 3, as the No. 10 seed against seventh-seeded Missouri State. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more