ILOILO City – The Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (IB) applaudedthe action of Igbaras town for declaring the Communist Party of thePhilippines-New People’s Army “persona-non-grata” on Jan. 30. Igbaras was the first town in the province this year to pass a resolutionthat declares communist-terrorists as “persona non- grata,” according to 61stIB commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara. “I am also encouraging other local government unit in the province totake a bold step against this group now, and don’t let them enter your peacefulcommunity,” Batara said. He assured the local officials of Igbaras that the army will lendsupport in its mission to end local communist armed conflict. He urged local officials to carry on with helping the government in itsfight against insurgency. “Let us start our 2020 right. The terrorists are no longer significantand we do not want our children and the children of our children to become the nextvictims of their selfish and bloody armed struggle. Let’s do our share in makingthem forever irrelevant,” Batara said. The resolution was passed by Igbaras Municipal Peace and Order Council,led by Mayor Jaime Esmeralda, in support of the Executive Order 70, which aimsto institutionalize the whole-of-nation approach in ending local communistarmed conflict activities.(With a reportfrom PIA/PN)
DES MOINES — A state senator from southeast Iowa wants to adjust the financing for students who attend school outside the district in which they live.It’s called “open enrollment.” For 30 years, Iowa parents have been able to enroll their kids in public school districts outside the one in which they live. Senator Tom Greene, a Republican from Burlington, says it’s “a real financial issue” for districts that are losing students.“I think open enrollment is here to stay,” Greene says. “It’s not going to change and I understand that, but what I want to do is change the funding mechanism.”Greene is proposing that the home district — where the student lives — keep of 12 percent of the “per pupil” spending for each student who “open enrolls” into another district. Green says that means all the state and federal tax dollars would follow a student to the other school, but the taxes paid by local property owners would stay put. Green says sending property tax dollars to another district is “taxation without representation.”“The Burlington School District totally surrounds the West Burlington School District. The West Burlington School District has 800 and 900 students; 53 percent of those students reside outside the boundaries of the West Burlington School District,” Greene says. “A huge amount of money comes into the West Burlington School District from outside, but those taxpayers have no say in how that money is spent. That’s my biggest concern.”Before his election to the state senate, Greene was a member of the Burlington School Board and served as its president.