GOVERNMENT employees who have not received their additional allowance from the City Government from the month of May this year can now have a sigh of relief as their city allowances will be released starting next week.
The City Council enacted an ordinance this week approving Supplemental Budget No. 4 that provides P45.26 million to fund development programs and projects including the cost of living allowance (COLA) worth P8.5 million of National Government officials and employees based in the city.
A TRAFFIC aide in Iloilo City died on duty after he was hit by a delivery truck on Corner Iznart and Delgado Streets around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday.
Miguel de Asis Jr., 51, a resident of the village of Caingin, La Paz district, was on his afternoon and night shift duty when he was rammed by the truck driven by Gilbert Segunla, 19, a shopping bagger who was practicing to drive during the incident.
SOME 4.4-million poor Filipinos are expected to benefit from the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the government as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) proposes P64.7 billion for next year.
Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, during the budget briefing of her agency at the House of Representatives, said that of the proposed budget, P108.9 billion will be spent to finance the CCT program. The amount is 3.4 percent higher than this year's allocation.
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has said he supports the move of Representative Jerry P. Treñas to privatize the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD).
Mabilog said he is putting aside his early call for MIWD to give its water distribution function to the City Government amid complaints and protests against the water district and the prevailing water shortage.
THE Iloilo City Health Office said cleanliness is an effective way to drive away and eradicate dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
Dr. Urminico Baronda said the best weapon against the spread of mosquitoes is cleanliness of the surroundings and of the household by destroying the breeding places of mosquitoes.
A SOCIAL welfare and development officer is pushing for the establishment of two care centers -- one for the abused women and children and the other for the indigent dying people in Iloilo City.
Alfredo Villanueva, of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Iloilo, said although the City is maintaining the Dalayunan Center for children in conflict with the law and juvenile teenagers, there is no center that could be used exclusively for abused women and children.
MORE than 1,000 indigenous people (IPs) in three villages of Calinog, Iloilo have said they want to be co-owner of the Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP II).
The IPs are living in the highland barangays of Garangan, Masaroy, and Agcalaga, in Calinog, where the P11.2-billion mega dam project is being constructed.
THE Iloilo City Council approved Tuesday the proposed increase in the assessment levels of real properties to take effect starting January 1, 2015.
Councilor Plaridel Nava, chairman of the committee on Ways and Means, presented the committee report on the second and final readings that call for a 30 percent increase on residential, agricultural, commercial, industrial and mineral lands.
THE City Government has honored six best employees who have shown dedication and commitment to the service during a Mayor's Ball, highlighting the 77th Charter Day celebration last August 25.
MAYOR Jed Patrick Mabilog will bring to Marikina City the Iloilo City experience in river management.
The 2nd International River Summit will open on November 19-21 at the Marikina Hotel and Convention Center with a theme “Reviving Rivers, Rebuilding Civilization.”
FORMER Iloilo City councilor Perla Zulueta affirmed that the City Government is financially stable and its financial obligations and loans had not breached the required mark to declare it as bankrupt.
Zulueta, currently a member of the city’s finance team, cautioned the business sector not to believe on announcement of critics that the city is on the verge of bankruptcy as it needs the RPT money to pay its obligation.
THE ILOILO City Council has approved a regulation ordinance that prohibits any form of solicitation for prostitution in the city and will impose penalties for violators.
THE completed new terminal for fastcraft and roll-on-roll-off (roro) vessels will be inaugurated on September 5 at Barangay Progreso, Lapuz in Iloilo City, said Senate President Franklin Drilon after the project’s dry run last August 15.
The more than P200-million project was put up by the National Government, particularly the Philippine Port Authority (PPA), in a move to decongest the Muelle Loney side of the Iloilo River wharf and clean the river.
THE issue over the alleged overpriced cakes given to senior citizens in Makati City on special occasions (like birthdays or senior couples' silver wedding anniversaries) was not true, the Makati City Government said Friday.
City administrator Eleno Mendoza said the cakes were purchased at only P306.75 each and not P1,000.
THE local business in Iloilo City here is seeking a last minute and final discussion on the proposed real property tax (RPT) increase with the City Government finance team next week.
City Councilor Plaridel Nava, chairman of the city council committee on ways and means, said the appeal was relayed by Leah Lara, executive director of the Iloilo Business Club (IBC) to have a final discussion with the local finance team and executive assistant Perla Zulueta.
THE Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo will receive P791 million for repairs and expansion of the facility in time for the country’s hosting of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) ministerial meetings in 2015.
The amount is part of the P13.3 billion under the proposed P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget which the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) will use to speed up the repairs and rehabilitation of 13 airports in the country.
ILOILO – The Philippine National Police, with the support of Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., is seeking to liberate 82 barangays here from the influence of illegal drugs by the end of the year.
Iloilo Provincial Police Office Director Senior Superintendent Cornelio Salinas wishes to achieve the goal through the effective crackdown of high-profile illegal drug personalities in the province.
THE Iloilo City Government is preparing to present the new and revised schedule of zonal valuation of real properties to the City Council for approval and confirmation.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the new schedule of zonal valuation was agreed after three public hearings and a roundtable discussion with representatives of the local business sector.
A TOTAL of 29 pupils in nine public and private schools in Iloilo City recently bagged awards in four international Mathematics competitions held in China.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog gave each student a certificate of recognition for bringing home the honor of representing Iloilo City in the world stage of Mathematics. The mentors and the schools were also lauded.
THE City Government, in coordination with the private sector and government agencies, is holding the First Baby and Mon Expo 2014 with a search for Mother and Child 2014 and Best Star Baby 2014.
The two-day exposition will start with a caravan on Tuesday, August 19, with an opening program at the Robinsons mall.
THE Department of Health (DOH) will launch next month an immunization drive to combat diseases like German measles and polio, a DOH official said.
Dr. Renilyn Reyes of the DOH-Western Visayas said the diseases have started reemerging in the Philippines, particularly in Western Visayas provinces like Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, and in Negros Occidental.
THE Iloilo City Government is hoping to implement the proposed new schedule of zonal valuation on real properties on January 1, 2015 in the city.
The City Government had not implemented the new market values on real properties since 2006 and will only implement the new assessment levels after nine years in consonance with a memorandum circular from the Department of Finance calling for a new zonal valuation on real properties every three years.
ILOILO City will host the third National Heritage Conservation Summit on October 24-26, 2014 to be participated by some 200 participants from various parts of the country.
The summit, themed “Revitalizing Historic Downtowns”, will discuss the current state of heritage conservation and best practices in historic old quarters, districts and downtown revitalization in the Philippines and Asia.
THE Iloilo City Council has approved an ordinance calling for a deed of donation by and between the City Government and the National Museum, relative to the donation of the old Jaro municipal hall for the establishment of a Regional Museum extension office in the city.
City councilor Joshua Alim said on Tuesday that the old building is presently occupied by the Jaro police, which will be transferred to a nearby building.
THE additional allowance given by the Iloilo City Government to national government officials and employees is not mandatory but only subjected to availability of funds certified by the city treasurer, a city hall official said.
City budget officer Ninda Atinado made this explanation to the national employees, especially public elementary and high school teachers who complained of not receiving their additional allowance from the city since May 2014.
REPRESENTATIVE Jerry P. Treñas of Iloilo City’s lone district is enthusiastic that several Ilonggo congressmen are supporting his resolution strongly urging the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) and the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) to initiate the process of privatization of the local water district.
Treñas said his House Resolution No. 1363 was anchored in a 2010 Castalia Report funded by the World Bank entitled “Assistance to Metro Iloilo Water District in exploring option for the provision of water supply and sanitation services.”
INCUMBENT Iloilo City officials have received a high satisfaction rating in the survey conducted last month by the Random Access Consultants Inc. (Raci).
Based on the survey conducted from July 25 to 28, Ilonggos gave Senate President Franklin Drilon the highest approval rating with 79.8 percent, followed by Representative Jerry P. Trenas with 76.3 percent, City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog with 69.3 percent, and Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa with 44.7 percent.
THE Iloilo City Legal Office has suggested at least four options to help solve the water crisis, as bulk water supplier Flo Water Resources Inc. cut off its supply to the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) on Monday, August 11, for the second time in three days.
City Legal Officer Dan Dinopol said the City Council will have a say in the options that require full cooperation of all constituents, including filing a resolution to fast track the water distribution system.
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has assured that the City Government is willing to take over the responsibility of distributing water to concessionaries in the city should the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) gives the function to the local government unit (LGU).
“We are willing and we are ready to take over the distribution function to more than 20,000 concessionaires and other LGUs covered by the MIWD franchise may follow the same,” said Mabilog after being informed that Flo Water Resources In and Prime Water Ventures stopped supplying water to MIWD last August 9.
THE National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has officially declared the Central Business District (CBD) or the Calle Real right in the heart of the city as a heritage zone and historical landmark.
NHCP Chairperson Dr. Serena Diokno said that Calle Real joins Silay City in Negros Occidental as the only two declared heritage zones in the Visayas.