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.

City readies relocation site for 115 houses

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 08:55 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government is readying a 1.2-hectare site in the village of Sambag, Jaro district for the relocation site of 115 houses set to be demolished from a private-owned land in Bolilao village, Mandurriao.

Wilredo Jurilla, chief of the Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office (Icupao), said the court ejection order put a deadline on Monday, September 15, for all the houses squatting at a private land of Closante Corp.

Slaughterhouse repair of boilers underway

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 08:53 p.m.

THE Iloilo City mayor ordered the immediate release of P200,000 for the repair of two boilers that bogged down the city slaughterhouse in the village of Tacas, Jaro district for more than a week.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the slaughterhouse was not yet turned over by the National Meat Inspection Commission (NMIC) of the Agriculture department because there are still many deficiencies to be fixed.

Historic Calle Real to be presented as case study

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 06:46 p.m.

ILOILO City’s Calle Real will be presented as a case study in the upcoming National Heritage Conservation Summit 2014 from October 24 to 26, 2014 at the University of the Philippines Auditorium.

Some 200 participants composed of historians, heritage conservationalists, academe, and other concerned individuals will converge in the city to participate in the summit and discuss the revitalizing of old downtown areas and best practices in heritage conservation in historic old quarters and districts in the Philippines including recent development and challenges faced in the conservation of heritage.

Calinog IPs oppose Jalaur River project

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 06:45 p.m.

ELDERS belonging to Indigenous People of Calinog, Iloilo are still oppsing the Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project II (JRMP II) for fear of their lives, crops, and animals.

Liberato Castor of Barangay Masaroy, Eladio Legarion of Barangay Garangay, and Enrico Castor of Barangay Alibunan said they were not informed by representatives of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) of any meeting or public hearing regarding the JRMP II project to be put up in their area high up in the Calinog mountains.

City under state of mourning for ex-DOJ chief

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 09:02 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has issued an executive order declaring the city under the state of mourning from September 10 to 12, 2014 following the death of the late former Justice Secretary Raul M. Gonzalez Sr.

DPWH: Iloilo Convention Center not overpriced

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 08:59 p.m.

DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways Regional Director Edilberto Tayao said the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) in Iloilo City is within standards and is not overpriced.

Tayao made the statement after Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon filed a resolution calling for an investigation on the ICC which costs P700 million, saying it is overpriced.

Iloilo awaits approval of P262-M road project

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 08:51 p.m.

THE Iloilo Provincial Government awaits the decision of the World Bank on their proposed rehabilitation of a road in Passi City, the longest in the Visayas region.   The proposed road concreting is expected to cost P262,968,249 where 80 percent will come from the World Bank and rest would be the counterpart of national and local government.

Council okays closure of batching plant

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

ILOILO CITY – The batching plant and stockyard of a private contractor awarded with several public works contracts was ordered closed immediately to protect the environment and the health and welfare of the surrounding communities.

The City Council has approved a resolution calling for the immediate closure of the batching plant and stockyard of Roprim Construction at Quezon St. in Arevalo district.

WV below target in anti-measles drive

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

ILOILO CITY – Western Visayas is below the target of at least 30 percent accomplishment for one week in the nationwide immunization campaign on “Tigdas German measles and oral polio vaccine” but is considered among the highest in Visayas and Mindanao.

Dr. Renilyn Reyes of the Department of Health regional office said the region scored 23 percent accomplishment on September 1-8, 2014.

Supporters to pay tribute to Gonzalez

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 08:10 p.m.

SUPPORTERS of the late former Justice secretary Raul M. Gonzalez Sr. will pay their last tribute to Gonzalez in Barangay Quintin Salas, Jaro district, Iloilo City, from September 10 to 13.

Gonzalez’s remains will be brought to his residence in Barangay Quintin Salas for his supporters and friends to pay their last tribute to him.

Senator assures more dev’t projects for Iloilo

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 08:55 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon has assured Ilonggos, especially in the city and province of Iloilo, of more development projects and infrastructures before the term of President Benigno Aquino III expires in 2016.

Drilon, who was in Iloilo City on Friday (September 5), led the inauguration of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) P230-million roll on-roll off (roro) facility and passenger terminal building in Barangay Progreso, Lapuz.

New river port to decongest Muelle Loney

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 08:51 p.m.

FAST-CRAFTS going to Bacolod and back and roll on-roll off (roro) ships plying the Iloilo-Manila route and to Palawan said goodbye to the century-old river port at the Muelle Loney side to transfer across the Iloilo River at Barangay Progreso, Lapuz.

A P230-million roro facility and passenger terminal building was inaugurated on Friday, September 5, to start the transfer and operations of the fast-crafts and roro vessels in the Lapuz side.

All set for inauguration of new river port

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 09:26 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon, to be assisted by Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Juan Sta Ana, will lead in the inauguration and blessing of the P230-million new river port complex in Lapuz area along the Iloilo River on Friday, September 5.

To be managed by the PPA, the P230-million project will cater to the needs of fast-crafts going to Bacolod City and back, as well as the roll-on–roll-off (roro) vessels going to Manila, Cagayancillo and Palawan.

Ordinance banning bikini open shows proposed

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:28 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council is proposing an ordinance banning the bikini open and other indecent shows and activities in the city and providing penalties thereof, said Councilor Liecel Zulueta-Salazar.

Introducing the proposal on Tuesday's regular session, Salazar said the City Council deemed it proper to undergo second and final reading in next week’s session for all city councilors to be present.

Council for senior citizens, PWDs approved

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:27 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council has approved the creation of the Iloilo City Senior Citizens and People with Disability (PWD) Council to strengthen the cause of the marginal sector in the city.

Main proponent, Councilor Armand Parcon, brought the cause of the sector to the attention of the City Council during Tuesday's regular session, citing the need for a specific ordinance to champion the cause of senior citizens and PWDs and safeguard their needs and interests.

Int’l body readies development framework for 2020

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:26 p.m.

A GLOBAL service provider and leading advocate of sexual and reproductive health for all is calling all governments to establish by 2015 a new international development framework that includes sexual and reproductive health as essential priorities.

Dr. Jonathan David Flavier, national executive director of the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) and staunch advocate of the program, said the International Planned Federation (IPPF) Vision 2020 is a 10-point agenda and call to action started by the eight Millennium Development Goals in the year 2000.

Low cost housing up in Iloilo

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 06:32 p.m.

THE World Bank has tapped the Iloilo City Government and other National Government agencies to draft a plan for low cost housing units in Western Visayas.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the plan will focus on the theme “No Ilonggos without a roof by 2025” as a housing plan for homeless Ilonggos 10 years from now.

Mayor orders towing of abandoned vehicles

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 06:31 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has ordered members of Task force Asis to remove abandoned vehicles on the streets of Jaro, Lapaz to lessen traffic congestion.

TF Asis chief Engr. Roberto Dumanil said there are at least 50 old vehicles that constrict the streets’ passageways.

Unicef to distribute anti pre-marital sex manuals

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 06:31 p.m.

THE United Nations International Children Fund (Unicef) will distribute manuals to discourage pre-marital sex to teenagers in Yolanda-hit areas in Visayas.

The Unicef has recognized the rising cases of teenage pregnancies in the country and has selected the municipality of Sara in Iloilo; Ivisan and Capiz in Panay Island; and two other towns in Samar and Leyte.

Employees to get 2-month allowances

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:28 p.m.

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.

Iloilo traffic aide killed on duty

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:27 p.m.

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.

Gov’t proposes P64.7B for next year’s CCT program

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:01 p.m.

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.

Mabilog backs move to privatize MIWD

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 07:54 p.m.

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.

CHO: Cleanliness an effective repellant vs dengue

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 07:53 p.m.

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.

DSWD officer pushes for 2 care centers

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 06:13 p.m.

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.

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