CO-CHAIRMAN Guillermo Luz of the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines said that Iloilo City may have learned its lessons from the onslaughts of super typhoon Frank in 2008 which resulted to zero casualty and minimal damages during the devastation of typhoon Yolanda.
Luz said Iloilo quickly recovered from its losses, recognizing the effective disaster and risk reduction management and preparedness of the city.
ILOILO City is bracing up for more development investments in 2014 and 2015 as the city was selected by big industry players in the Philippines.
City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the developments showed the city’s business attraction and trust of big investors to elevate the city as a big player soon.
ILOILO City councilor Nielex Tupas said a solar power plant investor of a US-based company is eyeing to invest in the city by bringing in new technology, facility, and infrastructure on solar power.
“If this will push thru, it will be great for the city,” Tupas said.
THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has assured the restoration of power in all areas in Western Visayas before Christmas, December 25.
Elmer Cruz of NGCP said the corporation together with the Department of Energy, National Electrification Administration, and other concerned agencies are committed to bring back the power, particularly in Panay Island served by the Visayas Grid.
THE Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP) donated P4.9-million worth of assorted medicines and anti-tetanus vaccines for thousands of typhoon survivors in Iloilo City on Friday.
PHAPCares Foundation Inc. Managing Director Edgar Posadas, who was accompanied by Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Rosario T. Cabrera, turned over the medical supplies to Provincial Administrator Dr. Raul Banias at the Office of the Governor.
THE Provincial Government of Iloilo honored Friday its highest taxpayers and top performing municipal treasury and assessment services for 2012.
The awarding ceremony, initiated by Provincial Treasurer’s Office headed by Dr. Melba Sullivan, was held at Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City with Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. as guest speaker.
EVERYTHING is in place for the staging of Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City from January 25 to 26, 2014.
City tourism officer Ben Jemina said the festival will feature the Kasadyahan mardi gras without competition with prizes among the participating groups from Western Visayas.
THE Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMTRO) has drafted a traffic plan for vehicles passing the main central business district or Calle Real along JM Basa St. in Iloilo City.
The City Council adopted a resolution for the pedestrianization of a street span from corner Arroyo St. or the Plazoleta Gay until corner Mapa St. at the Freedom Grandstand.
AN EXPERT from the University of the Philippines (UP) urged officials to leave the mangroves alone, despite the oil surrounding it in Estancia, Iloilo.
Expert scientist Dr. Rex Sadaba said the mangroves will eventually grow on its own despite the oil surrounding it.
INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has reiterated the warning on local government units not to allow any building or housing construction 40 meters from the shoreline on a high tide mark.
A PRIVATE sector in Iloilo City committed P40.4-million worth of donations for “Adopt a Fisherman” program that will help restore the livelihood of those affected by typhoon Yolanda.
Of the total amount, about P21 million will come from an anonymous donor and P15 million will come from Concern Worldwide, an international charity dedicated to help poor people anywhere else in the world.
THE Department of Health (DOH) in Iloilo City has embarked on a new strategy to lessen victims of firecrackers this year.
DOH is combining both scare tactics and positive approach to remind the people, especially the children, to lessen victims of firecrackers that claimed 71 cases with 12 amputations in 2012, said DOH regional director Marlyn Convocar.
THE Department of Health (DOH) in Iloilo City is advising everyone to be moderate in eating, especially fatty foods, drinking of beer and hard liquor and using firecrackers during the holiday season.
DOH Regional Director Marlyn Convocar said that persons with heart disease and high blood pressure should avoid fatty foods and hard drinks in Christmas parties.
THOUSANDS of jobseekers trooped to the Iloilo Provincial Capitol lobby as early as 7 a.m. on Wednesday to seek opportunity in the Job Fair organized by the Public Employment Service Office (Peso).
Peso-Iloilo manager Francisco Heler Jr. said 69 firms participated in the job fair offering over 4,000 job opportunities.
VILLAGE chiefs will have an expanded role in keeping peace and order in their respective areas after Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and the Iloilo City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Icadac) authorized them to enforce ordinances in anti-littering, anti-smoking, and in anti-illegal drug proliferation.
A village chief will be the one to issue a citation ticket to violators, while the barangay anti-drug abuse council (Badac) will lead the campaign against illegal drugs.
ILOILO City will celebrate the Dinagyang Festival 2014 in a simple, yet meaningful celebration considering the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda last November 9.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said that Ilonggos lost more than P9 billion in infrastructure, agriculture, and fisheries in northern Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Antique.
ILOILO City’s Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) will be the subject of a congressional inquiry, said lone district Representative Jerry P. Treñas.
Treñas said the city must have continuous and enough water supply from the MIWD, but after more than a decade, good water service remains elusive and not reaching the intended concessionaires.
FIFTEEN fishermen from Victorias City, Negros Occidental were arrested recently while the rehabilitation and relief operations were ongoing in typhoon-hit towns in northern Iloilo.
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said the erring fishermen were caught using trawl fishing within the municipal waters of Concepcion on November 28, based on the report of Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force. The report said the illegal fishermen were onboard five motor bancas namely “Dodot, Jessa 1, 2, 3, and 4.”
OFFICIALS and employees of the Iloilo City Government decided not to hold their Christmas party and, instead, donated the P500,000 fund to the marginal fishermen in northern Iloilo who were victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog on Monday turned over the financial aid to lawyer Dennis Ventilacion, Provincial Capitol legal officer, for the purchase of fishing boats, including marine engines and fishing gears.
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has a yearly pledge to help the city’s more than 2,000 sidewalk vendors during the Christmas season by opening up the Calle Real or the whole stretch of JM Basa St to sell their wares from December 7-31.
Mabilog said an executive order will be released soon to allow the vendors to occupy the main sidewalks of Calle Real without any charge from the City Government as his own Christmas gift to them.
ILOILO City was selected as one of six cities in the country to undergo a survey aimed to revisit the government’s strategies developed for dengue control and prevention.
Aside from Iloilo City, the other cities are Quezon City, San Pablo City, San Fernando, Pampanga, Cebu and Davao.
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is increasing its annual budget for supplemental feeding of children in 2014, from P1 billion to P4 billion to include out of school youths, persons with disability, and pregnant women.
Lawyer Dulfie Shalem, of the DSWD Protective Services Bureau, said the expanded supplemental feeding is expected to feed almost 200,000 children in day care centers and the development of early childhood as a positive human capital investment of the government.
A TOTAL of 3,000 job vacancies in the province of Iloilo and abroad are up for grabs in the province’s annual job fair set on December 4, Wednesday, at its Provincial Capitol grounds.
SOME 9,000 marginal fishermen in northern Iloilo towns are assured of fishing boats, marine engines and fish nets through donations from private individuals and the National Government.
The “Adopt a Fisherman” project launched by the Iloilo Provincial Government had started to help the marginal fishermen who lost their fishing boats and gears to Typhoon Yolanda last November 8.
THE first wave of selected 2,500 beneficiaries from municipalities in the typhoon-hit Western Visayas had started working under the “Cash for Work” program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
DSWD Assistant Regional Director Joel Galicia said his agency has an available funding of P5.2 million for beneficiaries in five provinces of the region.
THE Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Western Visayas has reported a total of P9.61-billion worth of damages three weeks after super Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan) hit the region.
Regional Director Rosario Cabrera of the Office of Civil Defense reported that a total of 619,823 families (2,812,095 persons) were affected and 242,957 houses were destroyed while 253,346 were damaged.
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said Thursday that the local disaster risk reduction management fund worth P74.1 million will cover the activities of the city’s disaster risk management council for 2014.
Mabilog said the fund will cover the quick response and relief operations, disaster preparedness, prevention and mitigation, and recovery and rehabilitation for the whole year.
THE City Government of Iloilo is bracing up for a fully computerized business permit and license processing for less than eight hours by start of 2014.
The business permit and licensing office at the City Hall is currently on dry run for the digital processing of permits.
THE Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) in Iloilo is launching its third lantern-making competition that still encourages people to change their ways of disposing and managing their wastes.
The contest is open to all public secondary schools in the Province of Iloilo.
CASH donations for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Iloilo province has reached P5,616,501.70 as of November 28, said Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.
Of the cash donations, Defensor said P2,200,523.65 was deposited to the province’s trust fund account at the Land Bank of the Philippines, while the remaining amount was personally handed over to him. “We were very touched and grateful to our benevolent donors as cash donations continue to pour,” Defensor said while assuring that each centavo will be properly accounted for.