Mabilog orders monitoring of illicit call centers

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 09:00 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has ordered the close monitoring of illicit call centers operating as internet shops to avoid payment of the mandatory business permit and license.

Mabilog instructed the Task Force on Internet and Gaming headed by Ben Palma to closely monitor the operation of internet shops in the city after receiving a complaint letter from the operator of a legitimate call center office based in Mandurriao district.

600 families to get houses in Passi City

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 09:00 p.m.

A PROPERTY developer is providing houses to 600 families who are victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Passi City.

Guillermo Choa, chairman of Property Company of Friends or Pro-Friends, said his company has bought 10 hectares of land stretching from Barangay Kinagaringan Pequeno in Passi City to Calinog town, Iloilo.

Over 2,000 farmers in W. Visayas get machineries

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 08:59 p.m.

MORE than 2,000 farmers from Western Visayas received Friday farm machineries from the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The turnover of farm machineries worth P75,298,024.50 was held at the Western Visayas Integrated Agricultural Research Center (WESVIARC) in Jaro district, Iloilo City.

Apec org committee readies side-event sites

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 06:24 p.m.

THE local organizing committee of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) is busy preparing for possible side events sites in Panay Island and Guimaras for more than 1,000 delegates after the two ministerial meetings in Iloilo City.

Similarly, Iloilo City first lady Marivic Mabilog, congressional spouse Rosalie Sarabia and Iloilo provincial first lady Cossette Defensor are preparing an itinerary of possible tourist and commercial attractions in the city and province, including truly Ilonggo delicacy sites, to spouses of the international Apec delegates.

COA assistance sought over land valuation

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:25 a.m.

THE Iloilo City Government is seeking the assistance of the Commission on Audit (COA) in land valuation of the old slaughterhouse land property along the Iloilo River in San Jose, Molo district.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said a group of Singaporean and Australian investors are interested to buy and develop the more than 3,000 square meters area of the old slaughterhouse along the river.

Another international summit set in Iloilo City

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:24 a.m.

AFTER hosting the 1st International River Summit in 2012, Iloilo City will host another international event to be participated by 53 countries in the world.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog announced the city hosting of the 2015 Urban Environmental Accord (UEA) Summit slated on September 15-17, closely on the heels of the city hosting of two important Ministerial Meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec).

Electricity bill downloaded to villages

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:24 a.m.

THE Iloilo City Government will start this January the downloading of payment for electricity consumption in each 180 barangays, said Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

The City is paying some P6 million to P7 million each month for electricity consumption primary in streetlights, barangay halls, basketball and barangay gymnasiums.

Council sees emerging tour guiding industry

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:23 a.m.

ILOILO City is fast emerging as a tourist haven and there is a need of good and well-informed tour guides to show-off the city’s tourist sites and services, Councilor Jason Gonzales said.

Gonzales' statement came after several foreign tourists who availed themselves of tour guiding services of some students recommended by the Iloilo City Community College (ICCC) said they were satisfied with the kind of service they get.

DOT launches new promo campaign in WV

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 07:36 p.m.

THE Department of Tourism (DOT)-Western Visayas is launching a new campaign for the region through its radio program “Tourism Academy On Air” on February 2.

DOT Regional Director Helen Catalbas said the “Experience Western Visayas First Rehiyon ko, Ipabugal ko!” is the newest tourism promotion that aims to encourage and inspire the Ilonggos to get involved in DOT’s campaign by having a selfie or a group photo of tourism destinations in the region.

ICC construction to be finished before Apec

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 07:36 p.m.

THE construction of the P700-million Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) will be completed before the hosting of two Ministerial Meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) in September and October 2015.

“I will not allow anyone or any Ilonggo to stop the construction of ICC,” said Senate President Franklin Drilon during the highlight of the Dinagyang Festival on Sunday, January 25.

School-based groups bag Dinagyang Festival awards

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 07:35 p.m.

SCHOOL-based groups once again showed prowess in the Dinagyang Festival competitions in the ati-ati and Kasadyahan mardi gras, and dominated the annual Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City.

Iloilo City National High School's Tribu Panayanon notched its third year by winning the ati tribe competition and pocketing P175,000 cash and trophy.

Mayor orders termination of 3 traffic enforcers

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 06:59 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has ordered the termination from service of three traffic enforcers of the Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMTRO) after random tests showed they are using illegal drugs.

Mabilog also instructed the three to seek rehabilitation at the Western Visayas Medical Center and the City will help them in their rehab.

Telco unleashes all-out party at Dinagyang 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 06:56 p.m.

EVERYTHING goes in the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City, as this weekend promises an all-out party of music and colors for partyphiles and the family.

Joe Caliro, Globe head for retail transformation and management, said the explosion of colors at the Iloilo Dinagyang 2015 celebration will surely bring to life the "Next Act: Dinagyang 2015" that focuses on art, community and technology initiative.

Taekwondo group, Iloilo City to hold contest

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:19 p.m.

THE Philippine Taekwondo Association and the Iloilo City Government will hold an international competition which will be participated by different countries starting next month.

The delegation led by Secretary General Monsour del Rosario and the City Government of Iloilo signed Thursday a memorandum of agreement (MOA) stating that the Asia Pacific Taekwondo Invitational Championship will start from February 23 to March 1, 2015.

Other venues eyed for Independence Day`s `wine of honor`

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:18 p.m.

THE City Government of Iloilo is preparing at least five alternate venues for the Independence Day's traditional "vin d’honeur" in case the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) is not finished on June 12, the day of the celebration.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the alternative venues are Punta Villa, Royal Garden, Nelly's Garden, Diversion 21 Hotel, and the Iloilo Provincial Capitol museum.

Gun ban starts today

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 06:49 p.m.

THE Police Regional Office-Western Visayas is implementing the gun ban as election period for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) starts Thursday until March 2, 2015.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Regional Director Dennis Ausan said that the Police Regional Office- Western Visayas (PRO-6) will strictly implement the gun ban policy during the SK election slated on February 21, 2015.

Dinagyang 2015 promises more fun, religiosity

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 06:46 p.m.

THIS year’s 47th edition of Iloilo Dinagyang Festival promises more fun, color, pageantry, culture, religion and a taste of history as the city unfolds its premier tourist attraction for three days this weekend.

More than a million revelers are expected to troop down city streets to dance and have fun as drum beats reverberate through the air by enticing everyone to shout “Viva Señor Sto. Nino” in veneration of the festival’s patron saint.

Council passes new loading, unloading ordinance

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 07:24 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council has passed a new ordinance for public utility vehicles' loading and unloading areas to strengthen the traffic system in the city.

Councilor Plaridel Nava, chairman of the council's committee on transportation, said the new ordinance will rectify the errors of the old loading and unloading areas with the advent of recent traffic system in the city such as the installation of traffic lights, construction of the flyover, road-widening, among others.

Senate to discuss sustainable economic growth laws

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 07:23 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon said economic measures aiming to improve the nation’s business climate and its fiscal and economic policies top the Senate’s to-do list for 2015.

Drilon said, as part of their list of economic reforms, the upper chamber will combine numerous fiscal and non-fiscal incentives and subsidies to foreign and domestic investors so that the Philippine government can avoid redundancies and revenue loss.

DOH accepts nominees for 2015 OHLAA

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 07:23 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) is now accepting nominees for the 2015 Outstanding Healthy Lifestyle Advocacy Awards (OHLAA).

OHLAA recognizes city and municipal government units, government, non-government and professional organizations, business/commercial establishments and academic institutions for their exemplary work in advocating preventive measures against non-communicable diseases (NCD).

Anti-smoking, littering laws up for Dinagyang

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 06:51 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has reiterated his instructions not to suspend the implementation of the anti-smoking and anti-littering ordinances.

Mabilog ordered to pursue the implementation of the ordinances even during the celebration highlights of Dinagyang Festival 2015 this week.

25% penalty on late payment of business tax

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 06:51 p.m.

THE Iloilo City business permit and licensing office (BPLO) is set to impose 25 percent penalty on late payment of business tax due after the deadline set on January 20, 2015.

This was announced by Norman Tabud, chief of the BPLO, after instructing his office personnel to attend to late applicants for renewal of business permits by allowing office hours until 9 p.m. of January 19-20.

Kasadyahan groups to stay in 11 public schools

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 03:13 a.m.

SOME 1,300 participants to the Kasadyahan slated on January 24, 2015 in Iloilo City are to be billeted in 11 city public elementary schools with their arrival starting January 20 until departure on January 25, 2015.

The Division of Iloilo City Schools reported that the city-based participants did not seek billeting accommodation but only those from outside of Iloilo City.

12 sports events during Dinagyang 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 08:23 p.m.

AT LEAST a dozen sports events will be held in Iloilo City during the month of January in time for the Dinagyang Festival 2015.

Moises Salomon of the city sports office said of the 12sports events, at least five are international competitions.

19 schools to vie in Dinagyang drum, bugle and lyre tilt

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 08:23 p.m.

A TOTAL of 15 elementary schools and four high schools in Iloilo City and Iloilo province will vie for the 2015 Dinagyang Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika Competition on January 23 at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand.

Iloilo City Schools Division Superintendent Nelly Valerio said the participants will attend the parade formation from the Provincial Capitol to the Freedom Grandstand to render their performance of 10 minutes each.

MIWD resumes work at diversion road

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 09:24 p.m.

THE Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) has resumed its work of laying down the water pipes as approved by the new board of directors after Senate President Franklin M. Drilon gave the go signal to start the works abandoned two years ago by the water district.

City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said he had witnessed the promise of the new board of directors to finish the water pipes laying at the more than two-kilometer stretch of the diversion road to connect with the new business triangle in Mandurriao district.

Mayor backs probe on plaza 'irregularities'

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 09:23 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has welcomed the move of the City Council in probing the reported irregularities at the Jaro Plaza during major events and celebrations.

Mabilog said he also wanted to strengthen the organized activities at the plaza to add income to the city coffers, but those incharge must be circumspect in their activities not to be detrimental wit the goals of the City Government.

2 city mayors to get award during Dinagyang

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 09:22 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said two city mayors of Mindanao will be awarded as Iloilo Dinagyang Warriors during the Dinagyang 2015 celebration.

Mabilog said Tacurong Mayor Lina Montilla and Koronadal Mayor Peter Miguel will be awarded as Iloilo Dinagyang Warriors in a ceremony at the Freedom Grandstand on January 25, while their festival tribes will perform their native dances during the ceremony.

City Council to probe city slaughterhouse irregularities

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 02:32 p.m.

NEXT to be investigated by the Iloilo City Council acting as a committee of the whole are the reported anomalies and irregularities perpetuated at the city slaughterhouse located in Tacas, Jaro.

Floor leader Joshua Alim said that they will investigate next the slaughterhouse after the City Council wrapped up its investigation on the reported anomalies at the terminal market here.

BFAR to seed Iloilo River with tilapia, bangus fry

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 02:31 p.m.

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office in Iloilo has committed to disperse high salinity tilapia frys and milkfish bangus fingerlings at the Iloilo River every quarter this year.

Edna Janeo of BFAR reported to the Iloilo River Development Council the plan of seeding 40,000 tilapia frys and 20,000 bangus fingerlings at the area fronting the Esplanade to make the river more economically viable to fishermen.

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