THE Ilonggos laud the performance of 12 government agencies surveyed to have sincerity in fighting corruption, but also slam seven agencies with low sincerity ratings.
The Social Weather Station (SWS) survey results on corruption in government agencies were presented to the public last November 19, 2012 covering the 2009 and 2012 surveys with only Metro Iloilo as first time interviewed with 100 respondents in 2012.
WITH the list of affected families already complete, the Iloilo City Government has readied the relocation houses for the affected informal settlers who are living along the Iloilo River.
Wilfredo Jurilla Jr., chief of the Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office (Icupao), reported to City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog the said validation of the families affected by the ongoing rehabilitation and upgrading of the Iloilo River.
LIVESTOCK industry players and other entrepreneurs were challenged to make full use of the renovated and expanded “Double A” government-owned slaughterhouse in Barangay Tacas, Jaro in Iloilo City.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the government, through the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) under his department, spent P40 million for the renovation of the slaughterhouse for full “Double A” standards in providing safe and quality meat for the consumers.
OFFICIALS of five barangays in Iloilo City are going to Japan in November for a 10-day training on disaster risk management.
The training, sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), CityNet and the Iloilo City Government, in partnership with Makati City Government and City Disaster Cluster, is set from November 20 to 30 in Yokohama, Japan.
OMBUDSMAN Conchita-Carpio Morales has finally approved another order on the multi-million Iloilo City Housing scam involving a legal officer of the Iloilo City Hall and eight others.
Morales agreed and backed up the extensive findings and recommendations of a top Graft Investigation and Prosecution officer.
GRAFT charges against Iloilo City Lone District Representative Jerry Trenas, businessman Melchor Tan and City Treasurer Katherine Tingson were temporarily “set aside” over the city housing project brouhaha.
With at least P130 Million in wasted City Hall funds, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales agreed on an earlier Ombudsman recommendation that called for reinvestigation of the trio.
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is eyeing the regreening of both sides of the diversion road in Mandurriao district and establish a greenbelt by planting trees and beautifying the two to three-kilometer stretch fronting SM City shopping mall.
Supported by Ilonggo Senator Franklin Drilon, the project is envisioned to take off early next year and will also have a bicycle lane in the sides of a four lane road.
SENATOR Franklin M. Drilon is supporting the move of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to start the ball rolling for the privatization of the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD).
Admitting to bite the bullet when the time comes for drastic action on MIWD, Drilon said what is happening now at the local water district needs a very strong political will to resolve its internal problems.
TWO entries from the province of Iloilo were included in the list of finalists in the first eGov Awards of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines.
Salvacion Sibonga, chief of Information and Communication Technology Management Division (ICTMD), said she got this information from the eGov Awards Secretariat which informed her through e-mail that the two entries were included in the awarding slated on November 23, 2012 at Enchanted Kingdom in Laguna.
ILONGGO Senator Franklin M. Drilon will lead the launching and inauguration of development projects in Iloilo City today, Friday, November 16, 2012 as partial fulfillment of his promises to the Ilonggos and supported by President Benigno Aquino III.
Drilon, accompanied by City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and lone city Representative Jerry P. Treñas, will lead in the groundbreaking ceremony of the P200-million Iloilo fishport breakwater project of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional field office here has issued a Guide for Media Practitioners on the Reporting and Coverage of Cases Involving Children based on principles and guide for use of the media.
The media guide is a product of the Special Committee for the Protection of Children and a symposium for social media ethics was held November 14 in this city in coordination with area-based standards network Panay I cluster.
THE Department of Health (DOH) has embarked on a five-year national tobacco control strategies to arrest and reduce smoking and second-hand smoke from cigarettes.
Dr. Ivanhoe Escartin, director of the National Tobacco Control Coordinating Office (NTCCO), National Center for Health Promotion of DOH, said the 2011-2016 national program will focus on compliant laws and policies aim to the reduction of smokers and second-hand smokes.
An official of the City’s Task Force (TF) said they are focusing on the proliferation of mobile internet cafes mostly operating in barangay houses without a business permit.
The proliferation of mobile internet cafes without business permits mostly operating in barangay houses will be watched closely, an official of the City’s Task Force (TF) said.
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) report showed the province of Iloilo posted the most number of cases involving children in conflict with law (CICL) in Western Visayas from January to October 2012.
The DSWD said that out of the total 50 cases in Iloilo, 21 of which involving boys, followed by 17 in Negros Occidental, 6 in Capiz, 4 in Aklan and 1 each in Antique and Guimaras.
ILOILO Provincial Information and Community Affairs Office (PICAO) Department Head Nereo C. Lujan’s piece entitled, “Fray Botod” bagged the championship award during the 2012 Dr. Graciano Lopez Jaena Poetry Contest or Paindis-indis sa Binalaybay held at SM City in Mandurriao.
The poem was delivered by Mia Keen P. Resano, a fourth year student of West Visayas State University (WVSU)–Integrated Laboratory School in La Paz, Iloilo City.
MEGAWORLD Corporation, owner of the more than 23 hectares premier lot in Mandurriao district where the old Iloilo airport was formerly located, has donated 1.7 hectares for the construction of a state-of-the-art Iloilo convention center.
A lot deed of donation was signed on Tuesday at the Marriot Hotel in Manila between the multinational corporation and the Department of Tourism (DOT). This will pave the way for the construction of the proposed P450-million convention center in the city.
ILOILO City legal officer Jose Junio Jacela said everything is ready for the construction of the P135-million Parola ferry terminal project of the Double Dragon Properties.
He said he asked Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog not to rescind the contract of Double Dragon and that the construction of the project must go on.
THE Iloilo City slaughterhouse in Barangay Tacas, Jaro district that was recently upgraded into a Double A abattoir will be opened for full operation and inauguration on Friday, November 16.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said that according to the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the upgrading of the P40-million worth slaughterhouse was completed.
LOCAL government officials participated in a good governance program conducted in the Civil Service College of Singapore last November 5 to 9, 2012.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the Singapore training model will help create an atmosphere like that of Singapore where workers are proud to serve and work for the local government.
MAYOR Jed Patrick Mabilog has deferred the ground breaking rites for the P135-million Parola ferry terminal building project from its scheduled start of construction in November 11.
The mayor said he has to seek other legal opinions to review the legality of contract between the City Government and Double Dragon Properties, which won the bidding for the terminal and commercial buildings to be constructed at the old Rotary Park in Parola, Iloilo City.
THE Dinagyang Festival will be performed in Singapore in June 2013 as the Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Minda Calaguian-Cruz issued an invitation to showcase Iloilo City’s best practices.
Aside from capturing the prestigious honor as the Best Tourism Event of the Philippines Hall of Fame awarded by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP), Dinagyang was already performed in the United States and Guam.
REPRESENTATIVE Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco (2nd district) is warning his supporters and the general public against “peddlers of lies” and critics he likened to a Nazi propagandist.
Heard over Bombo Radyo, the Ilonggo lawmaker was reacting to information about a political opponent who is making the rounds in the district and spreading rumors.
THE Iloilo Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) temporarily suspended the giving of financial assistance to indigents starting Friday.
PSWDO chief Dr. Neneth Pador said their funds have already been depleted and they are still waiting for the approval of the Supplemental Budget 2 by the Provincial Board (PB).
REPRESENTATIVE Jerry Treñas said the accusations and attacks from his political foes are desperate moves aimed to destroy him as the May 2013 midterm election nears.
Treñas said he is not anymore surprised to hear accusations of alleged misuse of public funds, after father and son Raul Sr. and Jr. Gonzalez lodged a Request for Assistance (RAS) with the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas on Wednesday.
TWO Ilonggo authors will launch an environmental book at the Camiña Balay nga Bato in Arevalo district on November 16.
Dr. Jurgen H. Primavera and R.B. Sadaba’s book “Beach Forest Species and Mangrove Associates in the Philippines” describes 140 species of coastal plants and their importance for coastal protection as greenbelts, bioshields, ornamental, medicinal and other traditional uses, biotech, industrial applications and reforestation.
A TOTAL of 1,600 beneficiaries under the Seal-Employment Assistance sa Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program will avail of P5,000 each financial assistance before the end of 2012.
Representative Jerry Treñas (city lone district) said the financial assistance came from his congressional priority development assistance fund (PDAF) coursed through the city social welfare development office (CSWD).
THE second survey team from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) will arrive on November 10-13, to conduct site visits in the district hospitals of Aleosan, Balasan and Calinog as preliminary activities for the proposed project dubbed ABC Hospital Enhancement Program.
The Koica representatives will be conducting site visits and meet with construction companies or contractors and the concerned local government unit (LGU) officials.
ILOILO CITY was identified as a pilot area in the Visayas for the implementation of a policy toolkit on climate change and clean energy project for local government units (LGU).
The project is envisioned to aid LGUs in developing policies and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions from the urban transport sector.
THE Senate Committee on Local Government will look into a proposed measure declaring two churches, three plazas, central business district, and Fort San Pedro as heritage and tourist spots in Iloilo City.
The committee acknowledged Wednesday the receipt of the City Council Resolution 2012-983, requesting the Senate to approve House Bill 5495 filed by Iloilo City lone district congressman Jerry Treñas.
CLOSE to 500 scholars of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) in the Fifth District of Iloilo received their certificates Wednesday.
It was attended by Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. with Tesda provincial director Tony June Tamayo, Department of Agriculture director Raul Tupas, and officials of Barotac Viejo led by Mayor Niel Tupas III.