Anti-polio drive launching set

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:28 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) is launching in Iloilo City the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) project for Western Visayas as a component of the universal health care program in the country by setting funds of some P211 million from the sin taxes.

In a media forum held Wednesday, October 1, 2014, DOH Undersecretary Janette Garin said the IPV project will take over the oral polio vaccine project and continue the anti-polio drive by combining three vaccines with IPV to strengthen the program against the debilitating disease.

WV goes 85% in anti-measles rubella drive

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:27 p.m.

ILOILO CITY – Western Visayas was able to snatch 85 percent accomplishment in the measles rubella vaccination and 81 percent in the oral polio vaccination campaign.

DOH Regional Director Marlyn Convocar reported the accomplishment of Ligtas Tigdas regionwide drive with 729,743 vaccinated as against the 862,971 eligible population for the snit-measles rubella.

City mulls ban on drag racing

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:25 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is planning the ask the cooperation of the City Council by passing a regulation ordinance banning all types of drag racing in any area within Iloilo City.

At the same time, the city chief executive will be asking the City Council to pass a resolution lowering the speed limit of vehicles plying city streets from 110 kilometers per hour to some 80 kilometers per hour or lower.

Delivery van for slaughterhouse rejected

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 07:15 p.m.

THE delivery van delivered on Monday for the use of the Iloilo slaughterhouse was rejected.

A technical team from the city and National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) found it not acceptable and not within specification. It is the first of the three units ordered by the City Government from supplier Tough Truck.

Bidding set for Iloilo convention center phase 2

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 07:14 p.m.

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is preparing to offer for competitive bidding the second phase of construction of the Iloilo Convention Center worth some P200 million, as phase 1 is set for completion in October 2014.

DPWH Regional Director Edilberto Tayao said phase 2 is funded from the agency’s 2014 GAA budget that will cover the building finishes, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and fire protection features.

PhilHealth covers all senior citizens

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 07:13 p.m.

THE Senate is pushing for the upgrading of social services extended by the government to all its senior citizens through a mandatory PhilHealth coverage by amending Republic Act 7432 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

Senator Franklin Drilon said that Senate Bill 712 calls for mandatory coverage and all senior citizens would only present valid IDs to avail of PhilHealth coverage for their medical expenses.

Streets covered by on-road parking ordinance

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 06:51 p.m.

COUNCILOR Plaridel Nava has named the streets in Iloilo City that are covered by amended ordinances on road parking that started in 2009 through City Regulation Ordinance 2009-216 authored by former councilor Erwin Plagata.

The succeeding ordinances amending the first ordinance are 2013-338, 2013-384, 2013-479, and 2014-325 principally authored by Nava in a move to help keep Iloilo a traffic-free city.

Calinog IP elder a ‘national living treasure’

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 06:49 p.m.

THE Senate unanimously adopted a resolution commending the 13 Gawad ng Manlilikha ng Bayan awardees as national living cultural treasures for their contribution in promoting the country’s cultural heritage and their dedication to promote and safeguard the nation’s rich intangible heritage.

One of those commended was Federico “Tay Pedring” Caballero, a member of the Tumandok Bukidnon, an elder and clan leader of the indigenous people (IP) community in the hinterlands of Calinog, Iloilo.

Palace no objection on Enrile's hospital arrest

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 04:05 p.m.

MALACANANG has no objection on the hospital arrest granted by Sandiganbayan for Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Saturday that the Palace always follows the decisions of the court handling the pork scam cases, especially when it comes to detention of the suspects.

UNDP, CFO move to protect emigrants

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

THE Swiss government is giving assistance to Filipino migrants and their dependents and is granting a $230,000 or roughly P10 million to the Philippines through the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO).

The Philippine government has a counterpart fund of $37,000 for a joint project sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

New RDC chair eyes bridge connecting Iloilo, Negros

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 10:45 p.m.

THE newly installed chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC), the highest planning body of Western Visayas, is eyeing the construction of a bridge connecting Iloilo in Panay Island to Negros Island.

RDC chair and Negros Occidental Alfredo Marañon took his ceremonial oath before Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. on September 26 at the RDC-National Economic Development Authority building in Iloilo City before members of the council composed of provincial governors, high urbanized city mayors, component city mayors, capital town mayors, heads of government line agencies and representatives of the private sector.

Construction of Iloilo convention center moves on

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 10:43 p.m.

THE construction of the P700-million Iloilo Convention Center moves on after Congress approved last week the 2015 national budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) that includes the P200-million budget for the second phase construction.

DPWH Regional Director Edilberto Tayao announced that all issues regarding the construction of the convention center had been ironed out during the budget hearing and even Kabataan party-list Representative Terry Tidon approached to congratulate him on the project with funds to be taken out from the General Appropriations Act of DPWH.

Slaughterhouse moves to become Double A abattoir

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 09:12 p.m.

THE Iloilo City slaughterhouse is moving effectively to become a Double A abattoir certified by the National Meat Inspection Council (NMIC) of the Department of Agriculture.

City Administrator Norlito Bautista said they are slowly but effectively addressing the problems at the slaughterhouse in order to make it more competitive and efficient as a revenue maker for the City Government.

Negros guv to take oath as new RDC chair

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:43 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. will take his oath of office and deliver his inaugural address during the 3rd Quarter RDC-VI meeting on Friday.

The ceremony will be at the newly-renovated Regional Development Council (RDC) VI Conference Hall at the Neda-VI Building, Fort San Pedro, Iloilo City.

Climate change project targets community of practice

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:42 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog welcomed participants to the presentation of the proposed Knowledge Management (KM) Communication Strategy and Community of Practice held September 24, 2014 at the Sarabia Manor in the city.

The Philippines Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP) takes off in this southern city with one-day seminar workshop for stakeholders organized by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) among beneficiaries of the World Bank-funded Philippines Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP).

Senior citizens get automatic health insurance

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:41 p.m.

A MANDATORY health insurance coverage to all Filipinos 60 years old and above regardless of social and economic status was approved by the Senate on third and final reading this week.

In a Bombo Radyo interview on September 22, Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said that Senate Bill 7120 sponsored by Senator Teofisto Guingona III seeks to provide automatic Philippine Health Insurance coverage to all senior citizens.

City Council asks DPWH to blacklist contractor

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 09:42 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council has asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to blacklist the contractor who abandoned a road reblocking and widening project in Jaro district after only finishing 35 percent of the project more than a year ago.

Councilor Rodel Fullon Agado, chairman of the City Council committee on infrastructure, said that Manila-based Arcenwe Construction abandoned the road project at Commission Civil St. since last year after destroying the old road that led to traffic congestion in the particular road stretch.

IPs interzonal cluster assembly set

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 09:40 p.m.

THE Hugpong Jalaur Alliance and Calinog Indigenous People Organization are set for the September 30 interzonal cluster assembly for five critical IP communities in some villages in Calinog, Iloilo.

The assembly will be held in support to the government's Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP).

Pan de Azucar Island to be declared ‘rabies-free’

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:09 p.m.

THE Iloilo Provincial Government is planning to seek the declaration of Pan de Azucar Island as a rabies-free area in 2015 to boost the island’s tourism.

Dr. Darel B. Tabuada of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) said the island has no incident of rabies so far this year and they “want to keep it that way.”

COA uncovers over P16M in City Hall cash advance mess

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 05:12 p.m.

UNSETTLED. Unliquidated.

These summed up the top two principal findings of state auditors on the 2013 operations of the Iloilo City Government.

COA to City Hall: ‘Return P16.5M illegal bonus’

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 05:11 p.m.

THE Commission On Audit (COA) called on all officials and employees of the Iloilo City Government to return over P16.5 million in "illegal Christmas bonuses."

State auditors discovered the overpayment of P10,000 for each recipient following verification of City Hall’s “bonus documents.”

Mayor meets with market vendors anew

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:24 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and members of the Market Committee will hold another dialogue consultation with legitimate central market vendors on Wednesday, September 24, as part of his continuing consultation with market vendors held every last Wednesday of the month.

City Administrator Norlito Bautista said the dialogue hopes to bring out apprehensions of legitimate vendors and their right to space if the new central market be built in the same area.

Repaired boiler, new delivery van at slaughterhouse

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:23 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government has ordered the repair of two boilers and the purchase of one delivery van to ferry the cleaned mead from the abattoir to the markets, following complaints from meat processors on the defective boilers and delayed delivery from the slaughterhouse at Tacas, Jaro district.

City Administrator Norlito Bautista said the repaired boiler is now operating at the slaughterhouse since evening of Wednesday, September 17, while another one is still being repaired.

DOF plans heritage preservation in Iloilo

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

THE Department of Finance (DOF) is set to implement its multi-million peso Iloilo Heritage and Urban Renewal Project for the preservation of heritage sites in Iloilo City.

Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said the Iloilo Customs House and its surrounding area will undergo major restoration and renovation as part of the ongoing efforts to preserve the city’s heritage sites.

China travel ban affects Boracay tourism

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:20 p.m.

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) in Iloilo City said China’s travel ban for the Philippines is affecting the tourism industry in Boracay.

DOT regional director Helen J. Catalbas said the travel ban affected massive cancellations of more than 20,000 hotel room bookings of Chinese tourists from September 13, 2014 to March 2015 and approximately lost some P165 million in Boracay alone.

Media firm readies boat race at Iloilo River

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 08:58 p.m.

BOMBO Radyo Iloilo readies its 2014 edition of the famous boat race along the Iloilo River this coming Saturday, September 20, by showing off the river as a best place for water sports in Western Visayas.

Bombo Radyo station manager Henry Lumawag said the Bombo Radyo and Star FM Baroto Race will give tribute to the Ilonggo rowers using the ordinary wooden boats locally known as “baroto.”

Guv inaugurates teen center in Mina

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 08:57 p.m.

GOVERNOR Arthur Defensor Sr. inaugurated on Wednesday, September 17, the first of the 14 multi-purpose teen centers slated to open this year inside Mina National High School (MNHS) in Mina, Iloilo.

A short program organized by the teachers of MNHS preceded the blessing and inauguration of the multi-purpose teen center.

Creation of local youth dev’t council mulled

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:28 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council approved on first reading the report on a proposed ordinance creating the city's Local Youth Development Council as presented by the committee on youth and sports development chaired by Councilor Nielex Tupas.

The committee report was presented on Tuesday, September 16, during the City Council regular session by Councilor Julie Grace Love Baronda, as Tupas is the temporary presiding officer of the body.

Traffic office notches P5.3M fine in 8 months

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:27 p.m.

THE Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMTRO) was able to get P5.384 million from fines collected from erring drivers from January to August 2014.

Donna Lyn Rose Acap, TMTRO officer-in-charge for Operation, showed to the committee on transportation this week the total collection performance for apprehended and released drivers licenses in eight months as compared to P5.124 million collected for the same period in 2013.

Infra committee to conduct project inspection

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:27 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council committee on infrastructure will conduct on Thursday, September 18, an ocular inspection of at least four major ongoing road projects implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Committee on Infrastructure chairman, Councilor Rodel Fullon Agado, said that he wrote to DPWH district Engineer Rodney Gustilo, requesting for such ocular inspection of road projects in the city.

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