ILOILO will have its second coal-fired power plant by May 30, 2016.
Groundbreaking rites held on Friday will pave the way for the start of the construction on July 2014.
ELECTRIC cooperatives in Yolanda-stricken areas in the Visayas are enjoined to apply for rehabilitation funds at the National Electrification Administration (NEA).
President Benigno Aquino III ordered the release of P3.9 billion rehabilitation funds for the power cooperatives.
GOVERNOR Arthur Defensor Sr. is confident that the province can reach the desired 9,000 boat donations for the fishermen affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Iloilo province.
“Since there has been an overwhelming response from the private sector, we are very confident that we can reach the target,” Defensor said.
A LAWMAKER said the Senate will deliberate on the extradition treaties with the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Spain and India.
Senate President Franklin Drilon said the international agreements need ratification from the Senate and the legislative process must now proceed on affirming these treaties.
THE Iloilo Electric Cooperative Inc. (ILECO III) has applied for a Yolanda Recovery and Rehabilitation Program subsidy from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).
The subsidy amounting P242,166,731 will be spent for the repair and full rehab works to energize the franchised towns covered by the cooperative.
MORE than 1,000 bicycle riders from different local government units in Iloilo province is set to join the 1st bike festival on March 30, 2014.
City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the bike festival will showcase the city tourist attractions and will promote biking as a major sports tourism activity.
THE House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability will lead an inquiry on March 6 into the mess spawned by water shortage in Iloilo City and other towns covered by a franchise to serve by Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD).
A TOTAL of 36 fishermen from oil spill-hit towns of Batad and Estancia in Iloilo province were seized for illegal fishing.
The fishermen were caught engaging in Danish Seine fishing in two separate operations at 2.22 kilometers off Gigantes Island and 4.35 kilometers off Sicogon Island in Carles town.
A TOTAL of 57 students of the Iloilo City Community College (ICCC) are recipients of the special fare assistance program of the City Government.
Under the program, selected students will be given a special identification card. Public jeepneys involved in the program will have stickers on their front shields and will accommodate only two students at a given time for free transport ride.
THE Iloilo City Council is amenable to a proposed ordinance renaming the La Paz Maternity and Reproductive Health Center into Iloilo City Maternity and Reproductive Health Hospital.
But Councilor Lyndon Acap said there are requirements of the Department of Health that have to be complied before the center can be upgraded into a city hospital.
THE Ilonggos will be given the chance to air their side and commitment on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) economic integration in 2015.
The Regional Development Council and National Economic and Development Authority will sponsor a forum on the Asean Economic Community 2015 on March 11 at the Smallville 21 Hotel.
THE 10-weekend experimental program on pedestrianization of the Calle Real in Iloilo City will end by Sunday, March 9, but Councilor Jason Gonzales is eyeing a permanent program through a regulation ordinance by March 30.
Gonzales said the pedestrianization program every Sunday afternoon will become a sustainable project designed for the eventual restoration and public appreciation of the Calle Real as the city’s main commercial district.
THE remaining 80 families who evacuated due to oil spill in Barangay Botongon, Estancia can return home anytime this week, said Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. following his inspection of the village on weekend.
“The condition of the affected area has improved and you can no longer smell the bunker fuel,” he said.
THE Metro Iloilo Water district (MIWD) is looking for a new general manager to take over the position vacated by Le Jayme Jalbuena after the Board of Directors sacked him for “loss of trust and confidence.”
In a unanimous decision, the board ordered Jalbuena’s dismissal effective February 28 after evaluation of his options in serving his 90-day suspension starting January 3, 2014.
ILOILO City is hosting the third leg of national exhibition and launching competition of the Metrobank Arts and Design Excellence (Made) Awards that seek to discover outstanding local talents in arts and design.
Noell El Farol, national president of Made Network of Winners, said the exhibition started February 27 at SM City Iloilo and will run for one week to encourage the application of local artists to the competition.
THE Iloilo City Government, National Housing Authority (NHA), and Gawad Kalinga signed last February 28 a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the “estate management and social preparation” of 1,000 relocatees at the Iloilo Rivers Plains Subdivision Phase I in Barangay Lanit, Jaro.
Senate President Franklin Drilon led the MOA signing, together with Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, NHA Administrator Chito Cruz and Jose Luis Oquiñena of Gawad Kalinga.
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog relieved Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) Market Supervisor V Vincent de la Cruz and reassigned him to perform executive duties at his office.
The order, done through Memorandum Order 47, Series of 2014, was issued in the exigency of public service, as the Market Committees is conducting market inspections in the seven public markets in the city, starting at the Iloilo terminal market.
ILOILO first district Representative Oscar Garin Jr. represents the Philippines in a seven-day tourism summit in Berlin, Germany.
A neophyte in Congress, the Ilonggo lawmaker was chosen along with Bohol Representative Rene Relampagos, chair of the House Committee on Tourism.
SENATOR Franklin Drilon graced the groundbreaking of the P700-million worth Iloilo Convention Center and bared other projects for the province on Friday.
The groundbreaking rites of the convention center was held at the Megaworld property in Mandurriao district.
TOURISM Infrastructure Economic Zone Authority (Tieza) Administrator Mark Lapid said Friday that Tieza will support the tourism projects in Iloilo City.
Lapid, during the groundbreaking rites of the Iloilo Convention Center on Friday, said the upgrading of the plazas of Jaro, Mandurriao, Arevalo and Plaza Libertad and the Jaro Belfry will also be funded by Tieza as stated in an approved bill of city lone congressman Jerry P. Treñas.
THE Department of Tourism in Iloilo will offer visitors city tours through Iloilo River.
Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Helen Catalbas said Friday that DOT will implement projects composed mostly of city tours that will showcase the Iloilo River.
TEN houses were razed while three other structures were partially damaged in a fire that hit a slum area around 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Barangay San Antonio in Iloilo City’s Molo District.
Reports said the fire originated from the house of Jose Torres and rapidly spread to the neighboring houses mostly made of mixed and light materials before the fire truck from nearby Molo Fire Station arrived to put out the blaze.
A TOTAL of 88 persons are set to leave Iloilo City next month after they were hired for Saudi Arabia.
The 88 new hires are part of the 179 people who applied for work at the Public Employment Service Office (Peso) of the Iloilo City Government.
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development in Western Visayas (DSWD 6) has reaped awards during the Program Review and Evaluation of National Government programs held recently in Legaspi City, Albay. Of the 17 regions in the Philippines, DSWD 6 tied with DSWD-Zamboanga Peninsula for the first place in the absorption rate category.
ILOILO – Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. is looking at the possibility of installing a permanent task force to ensure the continuous implementation of the province’s anti-overloading law.
The governor came up with the idea after the moratorium order of DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson’s on the implementation of the revised anti-overloading law (Republic Act 8794) expired on January 31, 2014.
THE collections from seven public markets in Iloilo City fall short of his expectation, said Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.
The mayor also said the market collection system must be strengthened and organized.
THE preparation is ongoing for the Asia Pacific Economic Council (Apec) Ministerial Meetings in Iloilo City but the final decision on the hosting will be handed down by March 2014.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the decision of the national organizing committee on whether Iloilo City will be hosting the Apec meetings will be in by next month after the final evaluation of all preparations in different areas of the country.
THE Western Visayas Region continues to attract more tourists, as tourist arrival has surpassed its target in 2013.
Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Helen Catalbas said a partial total of 3,322,433 arrivals have been reported for Western Visayas in 2013 from its six provinces and two urbanized cities.
THE Department of Tourism (DOT) in Western Visayas region will launch a grand home-grown tourism attraction campaign in Iloilo City on Sunday, March 2, 2014 as it unfolds the “Experience Western Visayas First” tourism drive for local and national tourists especially the Ilonggos.
DOT Regional Director Helen Catalbas said the campaign will be highlighted by a grand parade starting 1 p.m. at the capitol grounds to the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand where a program will be held.
CONSTRUCTION of the Iloilo Convention Center, a multi-million peso government project in Iloilo City that aims to serve as an international venue for world-class conventions, is on time and ready to host the Asia Pacific Economic Council (Apec) Ministerial Meetings in October 2015.
Senate President and Iloilo native Franklin M. Drilon made the assurance adding that the full construction is set to start with a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday morning, February 28, 2014.