EO issued to postpone road parking bill

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:54 p.m.

ILOILO CITY Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has issued an executive order calling for the non-implementation of the anti road parking ordinance in the city today, November 1.

Mabilog said he considered the Filipino tradition in celebrating All Saints' Day for remembering their dead and the influx of people at the cemeteries by bringing their own vehicles.

Supporter: Wrong facts on Drilon’s bashing

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:54 p.m.

A SUPPORTER of Senate President Franklin Drilon in Iloilo City has branded the recent accusations against the official before the Ombudsman as reeking with wrong facts and data gathered somewhere.

Former city vice mayor Victor Facultad said the facts of Ilonggo newspaper columnist and blogger and former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada are wrong about the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) in this city.

City columbarium project soon

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:45 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government will pursue the columbarium project by next year, as the City is scouting for a suitable site, said Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

He stressed that his administration is not abandoning the project but is waiting for an appropriate time and place for it, which is expected to decongest the city’s three public cemeteries.

Mayor supports council probe into markets

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 06:47 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is giving his all-out support to the forthcoming investigation on reported anomalies and irregularities in all city public markets to be conducted by City Council.

The investigation is spearheaded by the City Council committee on markets and slaughterhouse headed by Councilor Rodel Fullon Agado, who said they will start at the terminal market.

Assistant head to take care of river cleanliness

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 06:46 p.m.

THE unnamed but soon-to-be appointed assistant department head with a Salary Grade (SG) 24 at the Office of the City Agriculturist will have a specific function for his appointment -- to help in the cleanliness and orderliness of the Iloilo River.

The assistant department head will watch the river by ensuring that no illegal structures will be put up in the riverbanks, especially now that Iloilo City is bracing up its hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation two ministerial meetings next year.

Measles outbreak in Iloilo under control

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 08:46 p.m.

THE measles outbreak in Barangay Trangka, Maasin, Iloilo has stabilized, according to the latest report of the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (Pesu) of the Iloilo Provincial Health Office.

All of the patients who suffered from measles have been treated accordingly following the surge of cases on the 41st morbidity week (October 5-11) in the village. There has been no fatality.

DPWH, City to ink MOU on infra coordination

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 08:45 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) District Engineering Office are set to collaborate with each other regarding implementation of public works projects within the jurisdiction of the city.

The consensus was arrived at to erase future disagreements and misunderstanding on local and national projects being implemented in the city without proper coordination with the local government unit.

10 vie for Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2015

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 08:44 p.m.

A TOTAL of 10 ladies will vie for the Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2015 crown during the January 21, 2015 pageant and coronation night at the University of San Agustin gymnasium.

Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2015 committee Alex Soncio said the beauty and brain search is one of the top drawers during the annual Dinagyang Festival celebrated in Iloilo City in the fourth week of January.

Council to start probe into market anomalies

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 08:44 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council's committee on markets and slaughterhouse will start its comprehensive and serious investigation by November 13 on the reported anomalies and irregularities at the central and terminal markets.

Councilor Rodel Fullon Agado, who chairs the committee, said he is hoping Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog will support the move because the people of the city need answers on questions regarding irregularities allegedly perpetuated by some City Government employees and officials, including some market vendors.

Budget solely for electric bills payment passed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 08:41 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council passed the P25.8-million Supplemental Budget 6 solely for partial payment of electric bills with the Panay Electric Company (Peco).

Councilor Eduardo Penaredondo, chairman on appropriations committee, said the payment covers three months, from May to July 2014, of arrears on the electric bills of the City Hall and streetlights.

Iloilo is recipient of Citynet, Jica equipment

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 08:40 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government is a recent recipient of tools and equipment from the Citynet Yokohama Project Office and Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) to be used by five pilot barangays in Jaro district in their disaster awareness and mitigation programs.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the joint collaboration on a three-year project since 2012 will focus on community-based adaptation and resiliency against disasters (CBARAD) implemented in barangays Balabago, Buntatala, Calubihan, Dungon A and San Isidro, all in Jaro.

City slaughterhouse posts high income recovery

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 07:13 p.m.

THE Iloilo City slaughterhouse is fast recovering in the 2014 collection from its dismal income performance in 2012 and early 2014, said City Administrator Norlito Bautista.

He said a report submitted by slaughterhouse officer-in-charge Dolores Trabasas showed the increase in 2014 is due to a new client, WJ Mark Taleon, bringing in an average of 25 hogs every other day at the city abattoir located at Tacas, Jaro district.

Old downtown areas up in heritage conservation summit

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 07:12 p.m.

ILOILO City is hosting the third Heritage Conservation Summit starting October 24 to 26 to discuss and exchange knowledge on revitalizing old downtown areas and best practices in heritage conservation in historic old quarters and districts in the Philippines.

Tax exemption limit on Christmas perks assured

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 07:11 p.m.

ILONGGO Senate President Franklin Drilon has assured millions of public and private employees an increased take-home pay this Christmas, including bonuses and other benefits through the tax exemption limit.

In a radio interview with a local radio station in Iloilo, Drilon said a bill will be passed before the end of this year, incorporating a tax exemption limit on the 13th month pay and other benefits to help wage earners enjoy the holidays.

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.

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