DPWH readies bidding for ICC Phase II

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 06:08 p.m.

THE Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) is set to conduct the second bidding for the Iloilo Convention Center’s Phase II on January following the soon-to-be completed construction of the center’s Phase I.

The contractor of the ICC is finishing up the construction of ICC’s Phase I consisting of the whole building by early January 2015.

PH pursues peaceful arbitration with China

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 06:05 p.m.

THE Philippine Government has filed a peaceful arbitration case to the international court regarding the claim of China over the country’s territory at the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

Arbitration is a peaceful and internationally accepted means of settling territorial disputes.

Power firm positive to reach 1,000 MW by 2018

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:21 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL from the Global Business Power Corp. (GBPC) said the company is positive to breach beyond 1,000 megawatts (MW) power in the Visayas Grid by 2018 following the construction of another power plant in Iloilo City.

GBCP Executive Vice President Jaime Azurin said Wednesday in the city’s media fellowship that GBCP, the main firm of two energy generation plants in Iloilo City, is building another coal-fired power plant in Iloilo City with 150 MW slated for commissioning by 2016.

DENR: No siltation at the Iloilo River

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 05:27 p.m.

THERE is no siltation at the Iloilo River caused by the construction of a new bridge linking the city proper to Lapuz district, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said.

DENR-Environmental Management Bureau regional director Jonathan Bulos said in a press conference on Tuesday that the 8th bridge over the Iloilo River is under construction until 2015 with the supervision by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Ordinance on Iloilo River waste pushed

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 05:26 p.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is proposing a new ordinance by the Iliolo City Council to mandate business establishments and houses along the Iloilo River to dislodge their septic tanks every three to five years.

Environmental Management Bureau chief Jonathan Bulos said the committee on the environment is currently studying an ordinance whose primary concern is to protect and preserve the 15-kilometer stretch of the Iloilo River.

DOT spearheads CineKasimanwa 3 film fest

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:01 p.m.

THE Department of Tourism (DOT)-Western Visayas will spearhead the third film festival featuring full length and short film works of Ilonggo filmmakers in 2015.

DOT Regional Director Helen Catalbas announced the plan after the successful showing of CineKasimanwa 2 that featured short films by Ilonggo filmmakers in Iloilo City from December 8 to 13, 2014. The films were shown at SM City Cinema 1, Cinematheque UPV and Cinematheque Iloilo at B & C Square.

Health office braces for Iwas Paputok

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:00 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH)-Western Visayas is bracing up for lesser or zero casualties for the New Year celebration with an “Iwas Paputok” celebration.

DOH Regional Director Marlyn Convocar said in the New Year celebration in 2014, 67 injuries were reported, including 16 eye injury, 12 blast and burn injury with amputation, and 35 blast and burn injury with no amputation.

Iloilo volunteer workers to receive P3,500

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 06:52 p.m.

THE Iloilo Provincial Government will start releasing P3,500 cash gift for each of the 14,000 barangay service volunteers on Monday, December 15.

Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said the cash gift will be released by cluster, with certain towns identified as payment centers, for the convenience of the volunteer workers especially those coming from far-flung areas.

City media brings Christmas cheer to women inmates

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 06:51 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Hall Press Corps will once again bring Christmas cheers to more than 100 women inmates at the Iloilo City Police Office holding center on December 18.

This year, the city media is celebrating its 16th year of gift giving.

Iloilo intensifies operation vs drugs in La Paz

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 06:51 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) is intensifying its drug operation dragnet in La Paz district by concentrating in seven villages to flush out illegal drug pushers, couriers and financiers.

ICPO Chief Ruperto Floro said the seven La Paz villages are Barangays Aguinaldo, Rizal, McArthur, Divinagracia, Rizal Lapuz, Alalasan and Punong.

Iloilo village may face DILG sanctions

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 06:51 p.m.

THE village of Cubay in Jaro district, Iloilo City may face sanctions from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) after its officials failed to submit an annual development budget plan for 2015.

Councilor Eduardo Penaredondo, chairman of the committee on appropriations, said they are waiting for Cubay barangay captain Renato Villegas to submit the annual development plan and local budget for the year 2015 since last week to beat the deadline by December 15.

4 schools selected for Dinagyang food aid program

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 07:54 p.m.

FOUR public elementary schools and two barangays hosting the housing resettlement sites of Iloilo City's thousands of informal settlers will be recipients of the Dinagyang food aid program for school children and Dinagyang medical mission, respectively.

The food aid program and medical mission will be conducted as part of the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival slated on January 2015.

P19.7M relief aid for typhoon-affected families out

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 07:52 p.m.

A TOTAL of 88,526 families or 349,267 individuals affected by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) in Western Visayas were served with food packs over the weekend after they evacuated in identified evacuation centers.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office reported that the bulk of distribution was in the province of Iloilo with 25,866 food packs distributed: 13,000 in Aklan; 2,050 in Antique; 3,609 in Negros Occidental; 1,850 in Capiz; and 1,176 in Guimaras.

Dinagyang to feature national festival costume expo

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 07:20 p.m.

ALL roads will lead to Iloilo City on January 23-25 next year as the famous Dinagyang Festival reels on its 47th yearly edition of the premier tourist and cultural heritage attraction in the country.

Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation chairman Ramon Cua Locsin said the edition will introduce the First Philippine National Festival Costume Exposition.

Central market revitalization by next year

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 07:20 p.m.

REVITALIZATION of the Iloilo City central market may be possible by middle of 2015, as the new terms of reference (TOR) will set the pace for the selection of a private developer and investor for the development of the Iloilo City central business district revitalization project under a joint venture agreement.

City Legal Officer Dan Dinopol said the TOR, approved by the City Council last Tuesday, December 9, will be forwarded to Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog for evaluation.

Recommendation on erring market employees passed

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 07:19 p.m.

THE Personnel Complaints and Administrative Investigation Board submitted its disciplinary recommendation to Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog against five personnel of the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) in reference to recommendations of the Market Committee.

Board chairman Leo Elivencione, chief of the Human Resource Management Office, said the recommendations submitted last December 5 were based on the revised rules of the Civil Service Commission on administrative offenses that cover grave offense punishable by dismissal from service, less grave offense punishable by six months to one year suspension for the first offense, and dismissal from service for the second offense, and other light offense with lesser administrative sanction.

No privatization of central market

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 09:02 p.m.

THE Iloilo City central market will not be privatized as its operation, management and maintenance, as well as of all other business establishments at the ground floor will be retained by the Iloilo City Government.

This development came out after the City Council approved a committee report on the amended Terms of Reference (TOR) for the selection of a private developer and investor for the development of the city’s Central Business District Revitalization Project under a joint venture.

City Hall workers to receive P20,000 each

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 09:01 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council has approved Supplemental Budget 8 amounting P88.11 million, the bulk of which will fund the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) of P30.8 million for more than 1,700 regular employees at P20,000 each.

Councilor Eduardo Penaredondo, chairman of the City Council appropriations committee, said the supplemental budget was approved by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

TOR to set pace for central market revitalization

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 07:53 p.m.

THE new terms of reference (TOR) will set the pace for the selection of a private developer and investor for the development of the Iloilo City central business district revitalization project under a joint venture agreement.

There is no bidding yet for the selected investor, said City Planning and Development Officer Jose Roni Penalosa during the open consultation and public hearing conducted for the market vendors on Monday.

Development council to tackle 7 projects

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 07:53 p.m.

THE Regional Development Council (RDC) in Western Visayas will tackle seven major infrastructure projects and social development issues affecting the government and the populace this week.

The National Economic Development Authority regional office said the meeting will take place in San Jose, Antique on Tuesday and will be hosted by the Antique Provincial Government through Governor Exequiel Javier.

Over 30,000 people now in evacuation centers

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 05:50 p.m.

MORE than 30,000 people are now on pre-emptive evacuation in Iloilo province as of Saturday afternoon.

The pre-emptive evacuation was ordered by Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. since Thursday afternoon in an effort to attain zero casualties when Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) hits the province from Sunday to Wednesday.

Iloilo under state of imminent danger

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 07:53 p.m.

ILOILO City is bracing for Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) as the state weather bureau declared Iloilo as in the storm's direct path by Saturday, December 6.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the City Government is all set to face challenges, and pre-emptive evacuation was declared on priority coastal barangays from Arevalo district up to the city center.

CineKasimanwa 2 opens film fest in Iloilo

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 07:52 p.m.

THE second film festival featuring full length and short film works of Ilonggo filmmakers will reel on Monday, December 8, until Saturday, December 13, in Iloilo City to once again show off the presence of filmmakers in Western Visayas.

CineKasimanwa festival director and programmer Elvert de la Cruz Banares said the film festival will be opened at the SM City Cinema 1 with an epic four hours film “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Lav Diaz.

Mobile payment for transactions launched

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 06:45 p.m.

THE United States Agency for International Development (USAid) and the Iloilo City Government launched Thursday the first Online Business Registration System, Mobile Money Payment, and the Virtual Investment Promotion Center of the City Government.

City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the launching will enhance the online Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS) with real mobile payment services for the business tax and will provide better technological solutions for faster, more efficient and convenient options to the citizenry in transacting with the city government.

CA rejects Syjuco’s bid to stop JRMP

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 06:45 p.m.

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has rejected the bid of former Iloilo second district congressman Augusto Syjuco to stop the P11.2-billion worth mega dam Jalaur River Multipurpose Project (JRMP) in Calinog, Iloilo.

The CA did not issue a Temporary Environmental Protection Order (Tepo) against the project asked by Syjuco to back up his Writ of Kalikasan plea issued by the Supreme Court.

Apec organizer unfazed by ICC controversy

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 06:43 p.m.

THE local organizer committee of the Asia and Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit in Iloilo City is unfazed by the continuous attacks on the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).

Junel Ann Divinagracia, executive director of the local organizing committee, said the city is committed to host the assigned two Ministerial Meetings slated on September and October 2015.

City approves P1.69-B budget for 2015

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 07:40 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council has unanimously approved the P1,696,399,917 annual executive budget of the city’s general fund for 2015.

The fund covers personal services like the full appropriation for Magna Carta for health workers covering 25 percent of the basic salary and the full appropriation for mandatory optional retirees, among others.

34 Visayan lawmakers support ICC construction

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 07:39 p.m.

THIRTY four congressmen in the Visayas have expressed their support for the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC), the proposed site of two Ministerial Meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) in 2015.

Iloilo City Representative Jerry P. Treñas said 34 lawmakers from the Visayas region belonging to different political affiliations have signed last week a three-page manifesto of support and unity for the ICC.

Palace not turning back on Apec

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 11:04 p.m.

THERE is no turning back on the Philippine hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) in 2015, as this is a commitment of the Philippine government, said Presidential Communications Operation Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma.

“President Benigno Aquino III opened on Monday, December 1, the Apec formal launching and kick-off in Manila while Albay will host the informal senior ministerial meeting on December 8-9, 2014, as indication of full speed ahead for the Apec,” said Coloma during his visit to Iloilo City Tuesday.

Iloilo suspends car pass system for 1st, 2nd towns

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 11:03 p.m.

DUE to clamor of market vendors at the Iloilo terminal market to allow entry of public utility vehicles (PUVs) from the province of Iloilo, the City Council has suspended the car pass system for all PUVs coming from the first and second towns of Iloilo.

Councilor Plaridel Nava admitted that the council listens and succumbs to the wishes and needs of the market vendors so as not to kill the business activity at the terminal market, which is considered a major drop center or bagsakan of agricultural products and goods from outside the city.

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