City Council notes slow work of river bridge project

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 08:46 p.m.

THE slow construction of a new river bridge has caught the attention of Iloilo City Council members after half of the Iloilo River was filled with land to make way for the new bridge.

The river bridge is constructed along Muelle Loney connecting Arroyo Street in the city proper to Barangay Progreso in Lapuz area.

DOT leads micro-tourism enterprises for Apec 2015

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 08:45 p.m.

SOME 200 entrepreneurs engaged in retail and micro-tourism enterprises will participate in a one-day seminar spearheaded by the Department of Tourism (DOT) on December 11 at Seawind Resort in Boracay Island.

DOT-Western Visayas Regional Director Helen Catalbas said the seminar entitled “Lakbay Turo Para sa Micro-Tourism Enterprise Program” is one of the priority projects in preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) 2015 meetings.

PhilHealth includes HIV-Aids patients in coverage

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 08:45 p.m.

THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) has included medicines of HIV-Aids outpatients in its insurance coverage with P30,000 assistance per year or P7,500 per quarter.

The Department of Health (DOH) said the medical assistance is intended to purchase retroviral for patients to help them prolong their lives.

9 dynamite fishers charged

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 08:44 p.m.

THE Iloilo Provincial Government, through the Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force, has sought to prosecute nine fishermen who were arrested for dynamite fishing in the province recently.

A complaint for violation of Section 86 of Republic Act 8550 (Unauthorized Fishing or Engaging in Other Unauthorized Fisheries Activities) has been filed against the fishermen at the Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Barotac Viejo.

Iloilo may lose Apec hosting due to ICC issue

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:59 p.m.

ILOILO City may lose the chance to host an important international event should the main venue, the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC), may not be finished on time for the two ministerial meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) in September and October 2015.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Director Edilberto Tayao admitted this after a failed bidding for the second phase of the ICC held last October 20.

DOH gears up for zero Aids-related deaths

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:58 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) is gearing up for a call toward "zero Aids-related deaths, zero new HIV infections and zero stigma by 2015," an official said Monday.

Dr. Elvie Villabos, head of infectious diseases and EOH Cluster of DOH-Western Visayas, said the call is being made in time for the World Aids Day celebration on December 1.

Drilon backs Garin on Ebola issue

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 08:25 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon had come to the rescue of Acting Health Secretary Janet Garin and underscored the urgent need to address the growing misinformation and misunderstanding about the dreaded Ebola.

Drilon said the flak received by Garin when she went to Caballo Island last week to check on the situation of 133 quarantined peacekeepers highlighted the need to step up information campaigns about Ebola.

P14-B infra budget for WV in 2015

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 09:49 p.m.

WESTERN Visayas has an allotment of P14 billion for infrastructure projects in 2015, said Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Director Edilberto Tayao.

The amount will be divided among the six provinces of the region to fund public infrastructures, namely, the provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Guimaras and Negros Occidental and cities in the region.

Garin bats for correct information on Ebola

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 09:48 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) is calling for correct and proper information about the dreaded Ebola virus amid report of a Senate hearing on the visit of DOH Acting Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin in Caballo Island to see the situation of quarantined peacekeepers there.

Garin and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. have come under fire for not wearing protective equipment while visiting the 133 Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia, an Ebola-stricken country, last November 16 in Caballo Island.

Guv cites BSPO’s ‘sense of volunteerism’

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 09:46 p.m.

ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. reiterated his commitment to the welfare of the more than 2,000 Barangay Service Point Officers (BSPO) in the province, as he expressed full appreciation to the BSPO’s “sense of volunteerism.”

Defensor made the pronouncement during the huge gathering of BSPOs at Punta Villa Resort in Arevalo, Iloilo City on Thursday for the BSPO Congress 2014 organized by the by the Provincial Population Office (PPO).

Iloilo convention center construction underway

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 06:31 p.m.

CONSTRUCTION of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) in Iloilo City continues despite the controversy brought by charges of overpricing of the yet to be finished building designed specifically to host two ministerial meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) next year.

DTI honors 3 Bagwis awardees

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 06:30 p.m.

THE Department of Trade and Industry in Western Visayas has awarded three outstanding business firms in the region all belonging to DTI accredited Service and Repair Shop under Category V.

DTI Regional Director Wilhelm Malones said the DTI Bagwis, formerly DTI certified establishment program, gives due recognition to establishments that uphold the rights of consumers while practicing responsible business where consumers get the best value for their money.

City declares mediaman persona non grata

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 08:11 p.m.

ILOILO City Council has declared mediaman-blogger Manuel Mejorada as "persona non grata" or unwelcome for his malicious imputations of corruption that "caused dishonor to public officials in the city."

In a resolution filed during the regular session on November 18, Councilor Eduardo Penaredondo pointed to Manuel Mejorada as the one who uttered the scurrilous words during the Senate Blue Ribbon investigation held on November 13 despite admission of no evidence to back-up his allegations.

P43-M supplemental budget approved

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 08:11 p.m.

ILOILO City Council has approved Supplemental Budget (SB) 7 amounting to P43.03 million to fund the continuing implementation of various projects and programs of the City Government, including the telephone landline bills for November and December 2014.

Councilor Eduardo Penaredondo, chairman of the committee on appropriations, said there will be a last supplemental budget for 2014 in the month of December to finish all payable accounts of the City Government.

DOH ups alert on Ebola virus

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 09:59 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) has included Western Visayas, especially Iloilo, in the massive information campaign and health advisory on the dreaded Ebola virus currently attacking and killing more than 2,000 persons in West Africa.

However, major entry points in the region, such as the Kalibo and Caticlan airports in Aklan province and the Iloilo international airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo, still lack the necessary equipment, like thermal scanner to determine the thermal body temperature of a passenger from West Africa and other parts of the world suspected with cases of Ebola.

Yolanda emergency aid to be done by January

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 09:59 p.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it will finish by end of January 2015 the distribution of P30,000 to families whose houses were destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda and P10,000 for those who houses were damaged.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, who was in Capiz last week, said that those living in unsafe zones will not be given an emergency shelter assistance (ESA). Instead, the local government unit and DSWD will have to work out on the establishment of a relocation site.

CPU hosts 4th regional organic agri-fair

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 09:58 p.m.

CURRENT trends and strategies on organic food production and technology were among the highlights in Monday's opening of the 4th Regional Organic Agri-Fair Seminar and Exhibits.

With the Central Philippine University (CPU) as returning host, the weeklong event is led by the school in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Western Visayas office.

Drilon assures more projects to Iloilo

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 05:47 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon has assured more projects to Iloilo but cautioned Ilonggos, especially his detractors, to be more circumspect in filing cases against Cabinet secretaries or those who have the capacity to give out projects.

Drilon was referring to Iloilo mediaman Manuel Mejorada, his former staff who filed cases of plunder against him and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) Administrator Mark Lapid and their staff in the construction of the P700-million Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).

Council drafts persona non grata resolution vs mediaman

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 05:47 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council is drafting a persona non grata resolution against local mediaman Manuel Mejorada for alleging that the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center is highly overpriced.

Councilor Liezel Zulueta said on Tuesday that she is willing to spearhead the resolution drafted by Councilor lawyer Eduardo Penaredondo to show the indignation and natural reaction of the Ilonggos against Mejorada’s statement that Iloilo is a bird’s nest of corruption.

DOT starts Christmas countdown

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 05:46 p.m.

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) in Western Visayas, joined by regional offices in Central and Eastern Visayas, will participate in the Christmas countdown that will showcase tourism products and services.

The “Countdown to Christmas: Celebrating the Regions,” will be held at the DOT Makati lobby on November 17-21 and November 24-25.

Property owners given 60 days to appeal new RPT rate

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 07:57 p.m.

PROPERTY owners in Iloilo City were given 60 days to appeal their new real property tax (RPT) rate with the local board of tax assessment appeals after receiving their notice of new zonal valuation to be implemented by January 2015.

City Assessor Nelson Parreno said it is the right of every property owner to appeal and to have due process, but they must pay first their real property taxes under protest.

Globe launches mobile recycling program to help Aklan

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 07:56 p.m.

GLOBE Telecom launched Thursday in Iloilo City the Globe Project 1 Phone that aims to combat the indiscriminate dumping of e-waste such as obsolete and unwanted electronic and electrical devices.

Carmela David, project manager of Globe Project 1 Phone, said the program is designed to create awareness on proper e-waste disposal and to promote sustainability.

DSWD pushes for completion of 610 houses in 2015

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 07:55 p.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Western Visayas is pushing or the completion of 610 houses for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that devastated northern Iloilo and Capiz in 2013.

DSWD regional information officer May Rago-Castillo said that Regional Director Evelyn Macapobre turned over last week some housing units to the beneficiaries at Barangay Tacas, Pontevedra, Capiz.

5 Visayas youth groups vie for nat’l tilt

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 06:05 p.m.

FIVE youth organizations in Visayas were selected as finalists in the nationwide search for “Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (Tayo) Awards” of the National Youth Organization.

The selected youth groups were from the University of San Agustin Little Theatre and Asclepius in Iloilo City, Livable Cebu and Rescue Assistance Peacekeeping Intelligence Detail (Rapid) in Cebu City, and Kwaderno in Negros Occidental.

Rice awareness on

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 09:16 p.m.

FOOD outlets in Iloilo City, especially fastfoods, school and government cafeterias, are enjoined to participate in the National Rice Awareness Month by serving nutritious brown rice and rice mix.

Brown rice contains high amount of protein, fiber, vitamin, minerals and antioxidants than the white milled rice.

Councilor slams 13-year-old ordinance as anti-poor

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 09:16 p.m.

A LAWYER councilor in Iloilo City has slammed a 13-year-old city ordinance that violates the fundamental right of an individual to be presumed innocent unless guilty in a court of law aside from being patently anti-poor.

City councilor Plaridel Nava said that when a person arrested for violation of any local or national law, the tendency of the arresting officer is to serve a citation ticket and to pay the corresponding fine at the city treasurer’s office.

Land banking for informal settlers urged

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 09:15 p.m.

CITY councilor Joshua Alim, chairman of the SP committee on urban poor, is urging city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to indulge in land banking and assure relocation sites for the city’s burgeoning landless urban poor and informal settlers.

Alim said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has assured an initial P50 million for the construction of houses for the informal settlers under its pro-poor core shelter program provided the city government offers a land counterpart for the relocation site.

DOT gears up for PWDs accessible tourism

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 07:40 p.m.

THE Department of Tourism-Western Visayas is gearing up for accessible tourism awareness program for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in all tourism facilities and destinations in the Philippines.

DOT Regional Director Helen Catalbas said, that in line with the agency’s commitment to promote a barrier-free tourism industry, the Office of Tourism Standards and Regulations, DOT central office, the regional office, and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) will conduct a two-day seminar workshop on November 17 and 18, 2014 at the Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City.

10 youth groups qualify for Tayo 12 finals

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 07:40 p.m.

TEN youth organizations in the Visayas qualify for the finals in the 12th Search for the 10 Accomplished Youth Organizations.

The Visayas leg started Monday, November 10, and will end today, November 11, at the Sarabia Manor, Iloilo City with finalists from Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Cebu, and Leyte.

Clarificatory hearing on market issues set

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 06:24 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council will proceed on Thursday the clarificatory hearing and investigation on the alleged anomalies and irregularities at the city terminal and central markets.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog earlier cautioned the City Council against duplication of investigation, saying that he may not allow employees under the executive offices to become resource persons.

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