Red tide alert up in Iloilo

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 05:35 p.m.

ILOILO Vice Governor Raul Tupas warned the public on Thursday against consuming shellfish from the coastal waters of Gigantes Island in Carles, as the waters tested positive for red tide toxin.

Tupas also urged the fishermen to refrain from gathering, transporting and marketing shellfish from the area. He issued the warning following the latest shellfish advisory from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Director Asis Perez.

Village chief’s resto bar ordered removed

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 05:34 p.m.

THE Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has advised a barangay captain to cease from occupying and using an area at the Iloilo River as a restaurant and bar.

The Cenro order, dated September 12, 2014 and issued to barangay captain Jolly Penasales of Barangay Rizal, La Paz district, also directed the village chief to remove all structures or improvements introduced in the area at his own expense.

City joins campaign vs spread of Ebola virus

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 05:32 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government and the City Health Office (CHO) joined the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Department of Health in a worldwide campaign for health advisory on Ebola virus control.

Dr. Mae Delmo, of the CHO, said the campaign will cover citywide information drive, health tips and other useful information to protect the family and community from the spread of Ebola virus.

Lesser supplemental budgets in 2015

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:55 p.m.

MAYOR Jed Patrick Mabilog has instructed Iloilo City’s finance team to incorporate all mandatory obligations in drafting the proposed 2015 annual budget to veer away from supplemental budgets and realignments of budget.

Mabilog admitted he is not comfortable in running after a budget good for six months only, as was the usual practice in the past to be augmented by supplemental budgets within the year.

Calinog IPs restless over delay of JRMP

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:54 p.m.

THREE organizations legitimately representing the interests of the indigenous people in Calinog, Iloilo namely the Council of Elders, Hugpong Jalaur and the Calinog Indigenous People’s Organization (CIPO) are restless over the delay implementation of the P11.2 billion Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP).

CIPO president Renato Casinao said Wednesday they are going to submit a manifesto to the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor expressing their restlessness over the delayed implementation as they celebrate the IP Day on October 29.

Families get housing support from European NGO

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:54 p.m.

URBAN poor families in Iloilo City will be taught how to construct their own houses by European non-government organization, Hilti Foundation.

Bruno Walt, managing director of Hilti Foundation, said they are building 20 duplex housing units for beneficiaries to be selected by the Homeless People Federation. Each unit will accommodate two families.

City eyes houses made of bamboo

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 07:12 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government and three other groups have launched Bamboo Housing Site at the Uswag Subdivision, San Isidro Relocation Site in Jaro district.

Base on the memorandum of agreement signed Tuesday, October 21, Iloilo City, Homeless People’s Federation of the Philippines (HPFP), Technical Assistance Movement for People and Environment, and Hilti Foundation will implement urban poor housing construction with the use of local materials like bamboo.

City, TMTRO to apply maximum tolerance to vehicle parking

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 07:11 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government, especially the Traffic Management and Transportation Office (TMTRO), will exercise maximum tolerance on vehicle parking of businessmen along the central business district.

Councilor Plaridel Nava, chairman of the City Council’s committee on transportation, said the basis of prohibition against on-road parking lies in five city regulation ordinances since 2009.

Council approves 51.6M supplemental budget

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 07:11 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council has approved the supplemental budget worth P51.64 million to fund the continued implementation of various programs and projects for October 2014.

Councilor Eduardo Penaredondo, chairman of the City Council committee on appropriations, said the amount also include payment for electric bills for the month of April 2014 amounting to P5.28 million and payment of landline telephone bills for September and October 2014 amounting to P660,000.

Jaro officials support firm selection

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 08:02 p.m.

MAJORITY of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) members in Jaro, Iloilo City support the council’s decision in selecting Marielle Recreation Center as provider of local fair and rides at the Jaro Plaza in December 2014.

ABC district president Eva B. Palmejar said their final selection of Marielle Recreation Center owned and managed by Marivic Yunque Gallenero was based on two approved resolutions of ABC Jaro.

City to pay accumulated power bills

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 08:00 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government will pay the accumulated power bills with Panay Electric Company (Peco) amounting from P70 million to P80 million this year, Councilor Eduardo Penaredondo said.

Penaredondo, chairman of the City Council committee on appropriations, said the finance team of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is collating all the arrears to be paid, including the payment for the 2013 payables encompassing mostly of payables to the Peco.

City gears for total plastic ban

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:00 p.m.

ILOILO City is gearing for a total ban in 2018 following the recently signed implementing rules and regulations (IRR) by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

City councilor Nielex Tupas, the main proponent of Regulation Ordinance No. 2013-403, said the ordinance regulates the use of non-biodegradable plastic used as wrappers, bags, and packages for establishments within the city.

Pedestrianization program attracts visitors

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 09:59 p.m.

THE Iloilo City’s pedestrianization program every Sunday afternoon at the Calle Real has attracted visitors and has showcased the Ilonggo cultural presentations of different schools.

The Sunday program started with a Zumba exercise and followed by the cultural presentations with the old heritage buildings as backdrop to the delight of revelers.

Second leg of Greeneration kicks off

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 09:57 p.m.

THE Climate Change Commission launched Thursday the second leg of Greeneration in the Visayas with more than 800 students from Iloilo joining as participants.

Climate Change Commission vice chair Lucille Sering said that Greeneration is a nationwide campaign designed to raise awareness among the youth on the fundamentals of climate change and make them active partners of the government in its efforts to keep communities safe from the adverse impacts of climate change.

Another direct flight to Roxas City opened

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 08:27 p.m.

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) regional office in Iloilo City welcomes another direct flight of TigerAir Philippines from Manila to Roxas City, Capiz as additional direct flights to boost the local tourism industry.

DOT Regional Director Helen Catalbas said the maiden flight is slated on October 23, 2014 by TigerAir and a fitting program will be held by the airline in partnership with DOT.

PNP posts reduced crime volume

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 08:26 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police regional office has reported a significant reduction in crime volume through the implementation of various crime prevention and crime solution initiatives and best practices initiated by the policemen in Western Visayas.

Police Chief Superintendent Josephus Angan, Director of Police Regional Office-Western Visayas, said the focus is on the reduction of crimes and increase in crime solution and clearance efficiency.

Council acts on animal welfare

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 08:38 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council is supporting the project of the Animal Welfare Association (AWA) by expanding the coverage of the Rabies Control Council to be known as the Rabies Control and Animal Welfare Council.

Committee on Rules chair, Councilor Joshua Alim, said the expanded council came about after AWA chairperson Anna Marie Grace Rivera-Wharton wrote the City Council for support on their goals and projects for CY 2014.

MTCC to share 75% of court clearance fees

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 08:37 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council unanimously approved an ordinance setting aside 75 percent of the revenues derived from court clearance fees for the maintenance and other operating expense and capital outlay for the judges of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC).

In a regular City Council session on October 14, Committee on Ways and Means chairperson, Councilor Plaridel Nava, said there is no existing legal impediment against the ordinance in sharing the court clearance fees with the local judges in spending for needed supplies and equipment in their salas.

Bus firm opens new terminal in Arevalo district

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 08:36 p.m.

A NEW Ceres bus terminal will soon rise at Mohon-Sto. Domingo area in Arevalo district, Iloilo City to accommodate public utility vehicles and buses plying the southern part of the province, especially those going to Antique province and southern Iloilo towns.

The Iloilo City Council session approved on Tuesday the ordinance that grants Vallacar Transit Inc. to establish and operate a bus terminal.

Unicef donates P18M to Iloilo

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 05:44 p.m.

THE United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has donated P18.69 million to Iloilo province as part of their plan to build better communities for children and their families in areas ravaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

The donation was made following the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and Unicef Representative to the Philippines Lotta Sylwander.

CSWDO to assist families of 2 drowned teeners

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 07:20 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog instructed the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) to give assistance to the families of the two teenagers who drowned during a flashflood last Friday, October 10.

The victims were identified as Anthony J. Quebral, 15, and John Paul Obaredes, 16.

Windmill project destroys main roads of Guimaras

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 07:19 p.m.

SAN LORENZO, Guimaras -- Circumferential provincial roads in at least four barangays in San Lorenzo and two barangays in Sibunag town were destroyed due to a windmill project of Trans-Asia Renewable Energy Corporation (Tarec).

Heavy equipment and vehicles destroyed the roads in Barangay Zaldivar to Barangay Pina to Barangay Suclaran in San Lorenzo.

Western Visayas barangay tanods hailed

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 07:17 p.m.

NO NATION can progress without genuine peace.

This is the idealism that Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. would like the performing peacekeepers to understand during their awarding ceremony held in SM City Iloilo on Monday.

Seniors receive P3.8M social pension in 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 07:06 p.m.

A TOTAL of 648 elderly in Iloilo City aged 77 years old and above and considered target beneficiaries in the Social Pension Program for indigent senior citizens will receive a total of P3.8 million annual allotment in 2014 divided in four quarters.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Western Visayas office said the 106 target beneficiaries in the first quarter were allotted P159,000. The number of beneficiaries was expanded to 135 in the second quarter with P263,500, and there were 138 beneficiaries in the third quarter with P316,500.

Rehab of 33 youth offenders ongoing

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 07:05 p.m.

ABOUT 33 youth offenders and children in conflict with law (CICL) are currently residents of the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in Barangay Concordia, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.

Center head Julian Ledesma said the rehabilitation process is ongoing in collaboration with several government agencies and private institutions for 12 residents aged 16-17 years old, and 21 with ages 18 years old and above.

Insurgency still a problem in Capiz, Iloilo

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 06:46 p.m.

TWO provinces in Panay Island remain affected by the communist insurgency problem, a military official said Thursday.

Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division Commander Major General Rey Leonardo Guerrero said his men are flushing out communist rebels in remote areas of Capiz and Iloilo, as well as in Negros Occidental, to solve the problem.

Guimaras embarks on agri-tourism project

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 06:05 p.m.

BUENAVISTA, GUIMARAS -- Barangay Suclaran is opening its Harvest Festival on October 12 to showcase to visitors its agricultural products and the tourist attraction, the windmills of Guimaras.

Joneline Tanaleon of the Guimaras provincial tourism office said the festival is expected to start the agri-tourism program in the whole island province.

Council backs Mabilog’s bid in World Mayor Award

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 06:04 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council has passed a resolution on October 7 supporting the bid of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog in the search for the 2014 World Mayor Award.

Mabilog is among the seven candidates from the Philippines included in the list for the international award.

Council honors late Ilonggo senator

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 06:30 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council unanimously passed an ordinance declaring October 29 and thereafter as Senator Rodolfo T. Ganzon Memorial Day to commemorate the death anniversary of the late Ilonggo senator who had brought honor and recognition to the city.

Authored by Councilor Nielex Tupas, the ordinance will rename a memorial circle built in 2005 in front of the Iloilo City Community College in Molo district as the Rodolfo T. Ganzon Memorial Circle.

Legislative inquiry into water tank project sought

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 06:29 p.m.

ILOILO City Councilor Plaridel Nava is seeking a legislative inquiry into the suspected defective water tank component of the P230-million new river port complex in Barangay Progreso, Lapuz.

The port complex caters to the needs of fastcrafts going to Bacolod City and back and the roll-on roll-off (roro) vessels going to Palawan, Cagayancillo, Masbate and Metro Manila.

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