Apec committee assures Iloilo hosting even without ICC

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 07:07 p.m.

THE Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec)-National Organizing Committee had assured the hosting of Iloilo City of two Apec ministerial meetings in September and October this year even if construction of the main venue Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) is not finished on time.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said that NOC head Ambassador Marciano Paynor and his staff were in the city early this week to see and evaluate other possible venues for the meetings, and were impressed with what they saw even with or without the ICC.

Mayor wants reforms at terminal market

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 07:06 p.m.

MAYOR Jed Patrick Mabilog had met with officials of the City Treasurer’s Office, City Council, human resources and budget office to discuss reforms and change practices at the Iloilo terminal market.

The terminal market has been the site of recent investigations and irregularities perpetuated by some personnel at the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) supervising the seven city public markets.

City eyes daycare children’s role in anti-smoking drive

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 07:05 p.m.

ANOTHER innovative approach and strategy in the comprehensive anti-smoking campaign in Iloilo City is to tap children in daycare centers as instrument to advise their parents against smoking.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the anti-smoking advocacy will start from the daycare centers up to the university level, as the city braces for a total smoke-free urban center.

Iloilo City bans plastic shopping bags

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 07:27 p.m.

STORE owners and street vendors in Iloilo City have been ordered to stop using plastic bags to pack their goods.

The ban was imposed after the implementing rules and regulation (IRR) of the city's Non-biodegradable Plastic Shopping Bag Ordinance were released.

Mabilog affirms loyalty to President

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 07:26 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog reiterated his loyalty to President Benigno Aquino III during the anniversary of the Edsa Revolution on Wednesday.

"The Edsa had served its purpose in bringing back democracy to the country and we have to follow the 'tuwid na daan' momentum. Whenever the President is, I will follow him for our goal is for honest and clean society," Mabilog said.

Iloilo to host Asean anti-smoking workshop

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 07:26 p.m.

THE 3rd Asean Anti-Smoking Workshop will be held in Iloilo City May 15-18 in recognition of the city's efforts to fight tobacco use.

Taking part in the workshop are more than 300 delegates from different cities in the Asean.

City to implement daytime parking ban

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 07:25 p.m.

STARTING February 25, the Iloilo City Government will impose a daytime ban on parking.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the no-parking period will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

8 government workers may face sanctions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 07:44 p.m.

EIGHT Iloilo City Government employees may get administrative and criminal sanctions for their involvement in the terminal market anomaly.

Those recommended for possible sanctions are City Administrator Norlito Bautista, Marcela Ymalay of the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO), LEEO market supervisors Wenona Jaudian and Enrique Billena, job hire Fedelyn Villalobos, market-in-charge Ely Sumaray, local revenue officer Zenia de la Cruz, and relieved LEEO chief Vincent de la Cruz.

Iloilo is elephantiasis-free

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 07:44 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) has declared Iloilo as a lymphatic filariasis-free province as a result of its successful mass drug administration since November 2008.

Lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, is a painful and profoundly disfiguring disease causing temporary or permanent disability, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Erring city market employees face cases at Ombudsman

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 08:18 p.m.

CHARGES of dishonesty, falsification of public documents and concealing of facts and information will be filed before the Ombudsman Visayas against at least nine Iloilo City Hall employees.

Rodel Fullon Agado, chairman of the City Council's market committee, said the committee is finishing the report on the charges that will be discussed during the council's regular session on Tuesday.

5 Iloilo councilors for Binay but still back local LP bets

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 08:17 p.m.

THE five Iloilo City councilors who have announced their support for Vice President Jejomar Binay's presidential bid will continue to back incumbent Representative Jerry P. Trenas, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III, who are all from the Liberal Party (LP).

"We are only for Binay for president and definitely, we are not for his political party. There is only one we are supporting in the opposition but in the local level, we are in full support for the incumbent solon, city mayor and vice mayor," said one of the five councilors, Rodel Fullon Agado of the PMP party.

Paraw Regatta sails high at Iloilo Strait

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 08:16 p.m.

MORE than 50 sailboats joined the 43rd Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival, considered the biggest sailboat race in Asia, last Sunday.

The race, held at the city's Villa Beach, is one of the events serving as a run-up to the Ministerial Meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) in September and October.

Drilon leads int'l parliamentarian seminar on human rights

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 08:15 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon will be the lead convenor in the two-day regional seminar on human rights for Asia Pacific parliamentarians in Manila.

The seminar, which starts Thursday, will tackle "Translating international human rights commitments into national realities: The contributions of parliaments to the work of United Nations Human Rights Council."

City to use 2 sites for ‘wine of honor’ rites

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 07:48 p.m.

ILOILO City is preparing two venues for the gala vin d’honneur (wine of honor) of the Independence Day celebration, which will be held on June 12, 2015.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) is being prepared to host the celebration, which will be led by President Benigno Aquino III with 75 foreign ambassadors and chiefs of foreign missions in the Philippines.

No coup d'etat threat in Iloilo, Guimaras

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 05:38 p.m.

TOP police officials in the provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras said there is no threat of a coup d’etat in the provinces.

Police Sr. Supt. Ricardo de la Paz of the PNP provincial command in Guimaras and Sr. Supt. Cornelio Salinas Jr. of the PNP provincial command in Iloilo said their respective provinces are peaceful and there is no reported jitter or rumor of a police uprising.

Iloilo mega dam project 6 months delayed

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 08:40 p.m.

THE construction of the P11.2 billion mega dam project in Calinog, Iloilo is delayed by six months pending the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) approval on the second memorandum of agreement that details the demands of affected indigenous people in the project site.

Project Engineer Jesus Datoon of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) said his agency could not start the actual construction of the Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP) without the NCIP certification.

Iloilo City bags Hall of Fame Award in anti-smoking initiative

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 08:38 p.m.

ILOILO City is now in the Hall of Fame as it bags another award from the Department of Health for the city’s anti-smoking initiatives.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Councilor Joshua Alim, who is the chairman of the Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (ICAST), and ICAST Executive Director Inigo Garingalao will receive the plaque of recognition in a ceremony at the SMX Convention Center in Metro Manila on Friday, February 20.

Council okays vehicle clamping agreement

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 08:38 p.m.

THE City Council has approved a memorandum of agreement with a private firm to fully implement the traffic regulation project on clamping of parked vehicles in regulated city streets.

In a regular session on Tuesday, February 17, Councilor Plaridel Nava, chairman of the committee on transportation, said the council imprimatur will pave the way for full clamping implementation starting February 25.

City eyes regulation of illegal call centers

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 06:32 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is eyeing to include in an executive order the regulations on illegal call centers that proliferate in the internet shops in the city.

Ben Palma, of the Task Force on Internet and Gaming Center, Anti-Piracy and Pornography, said the mayor’s executive order will augment the full implementation of Regulation Ordinance 2001-185, which regulates the internet shops and to give more teeth and strengthen the task force in regulating the computer shops.

LTO eyes La Paz school to study traffic rules

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 06:31 p.m.

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Western Visayas is planning to conduct an information campaign on traffic rules and regulations in one school in La Paz district, Iloilo City.

LTO Regional Director Dennis Singson said he started the traffic education in one school in Cebu and students have an appreciation of traffic rules, especially in urban centers.

Pavia lot ‘not economically viable’ as reloc site

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 06:26 p.m.

MAYOR Jed Patrick Mabilog nixed the idea of converting the city-owned seven hectares lot into a relocation site for the burgeoning informal settlers in Iloilo City, saying it is not economically viable.

The site is the abandoned low-cost housing project in Ungka, Pavia, Iloilo that the City Government is currently selling at P2,500 per square meter as recommended by the Commission of Audit (COA).

Clamping of parked vehicles starts February 25

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 06:25 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government will fully implement the traffic regulation project on clamping of parked vehicles in regulated city streets starting February 25, said an official.

Cuncilor Plaridel Nava, chairman of the City Council committee on transportation, said the project is a joint venture agreement with 3L Corp. at no cost to the City Government but with a sharing scheme of 70 percent for the private corporation and 30 percent for the city on fines paid by owners of vehicles caught illegally parked. Tires of the illegally parked vehicles will be clamped.

City readies Chinese New Year celebration

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 06:25 p.m.

ILOILO City, the first to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Western Visayas, is gearing up for the sixth-year celebration in the year of the Wooden Goat.

The celebration is spearheaded by the Iloilo Chinese Chamber of Commerce under president Francis Sio and implemented by the Sun Yet Sen High School.

Drivers asked: Respect authorities

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 08:39 p.m.

ILOILO CITY -- There is an urgent need to professionalize drivers, especially those using public utility vehicles, and to change their behaviors in giving due respect to the authorities.

Assistant Secretary Emerson S. Carlos, chief of operations of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), said Wednesday that drivers must recognize traffic rules and respect the authority of the local government units in implementing rules and regulations within their jurisdictions.

4 City Hall workers dismissed from service

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 08:38 p.m.

FOUR employees at the city population office of the Iloilo City Hall have been dismissed from service after they were caught falsifying public documents.

City Administrator Norlinto Bautista said the employees used fictitious documents to avail of the Dinagyang Promo discounts and free tablets and mobile phones from Globe Telecom Inc. last January.

43rd Iloilo Paraw Regatta set

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 08:37 p.m.

MORE than a hundred colorful sailboats known as Paraws will sail the seashore of Iloilo City on Sunday to kick off the 43rd Iloilo Paraw Regatta.

The event, which is the oldest traditional craft event in Asia and the largest sailing event in the Philippines, will be celebrated on February 21 and 22, 2015.

Ombudsman dismisses case vs Treñas, 3 ex-councilors

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 10:41 p.m.

THE Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed the administrative case filed against Congressman Jerry Trenas and three former city councilors over a housing project in Barangay Ungka, Pavia, Iloilo sometime in 2002.

The Ombudsman has dismissed the charges against Treñas when he was elected as the city mayor in 2004 and 2007 elections and the cases against former city administrator Melchor Tan, former city engineer Edwin Bravo who resigned from the City Government in 2003, and city treasurer Katherine Tingson.

Housing project to benefit JRMP beneficiaries

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 10:40 p.m.

A PACKAGE of housing subdivision awaits the beneficiaries of the Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP) as soon as the second agreement is signed before the end of March 2015, an official from the Calinog Indigenous People’s Organization (Cipo) said.

Renato Casinao, president of the Cipo, said they are preparing for the full implementation of the P11.2-billion worth multi-purpose project as their benefits are being assured by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

No takers yet for Pavia housing lot

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 10:39 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government is still looking into other options to dispose the more than seven-hectare lot in Barangay Ungka, Pavia as there are no takers yet of the area for the P130 million abandoned low cost housing project owned by the city.

City Administrator Norlito Bautista said the city had initiated the selling of the lot at P2,500 per square meter as recommended by the Commission on Audit. At least two bidders showed initial interest to buy the lot but failed to pursue the transaction, he said.

Lack of dentists hamper oral health program

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 06:16 p.m.

THE lack of government dentists has hampered the implementation of an oral health program, especially in Western Visayas, Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Regional Director Ma. Paz Corrales said Monday.

Corrales said the DOH regional office has only 28 government dentists deployed throughout the region when the crucial need is 44 dentists. The region has only a total of 122 public.

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