DENR launches new greening program in Iloilo

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 09:17 p.m.

ENVIRONMENT and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje launched on Thursday a new urban greening program along two new major highways in Iloilo City to be planted with Golden Shower and Fire trees.

The DENR chief was accompanied by Senate President Franklin Drilon and Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog in launching the new program by planting trees along the road at Centro Verde in Mandurriao district.

Esplanade, a field trip destination for pupils

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 09:16 p.m.

THE Division of Iloilo City Schools of the Department of Education has chosen the Iloilo River Esplanade as a field trip destination of pupils in 54 public elementary schools here.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog announced that he approved the request of the Division of City Schools through Division Superintendent Nelly Valerio to allow the elementary pupils to go to the Esplanade scheduled every Saturday.

Iloilo City to host UEA Summit in 2015

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 09:16 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has announced the hosting of the city for the Urban Environmental Accord (UEA) Summit slated two weeks before the Ministerial Meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) on September 2015.

Mabilog said the UEA Summit is participated by more than 200 cities all over the world in encouraging environmental protection and preservation of urban centers. The last summit was held in Texas, United States of America in 2013.

Senate to pass 4 bills on education

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 05:29 p.m.

THE Senate is set to approve four bills that will increase and democratize access to education despite the absence of three senators charged on the pork barrel scam, Senator Franklin Drilon said Monday.

During the Upper House session in Iloilo City, Drilon said the Senate will pass on third and final reading Senate Bill Nos. (SBNs) 2274, 2272, 2212, and 2275.

Engineers vow to finish JRMP II on time

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 05:28 p.m.

ENGINEERS of the National Irrigation Administration-Western Visayas (NIA-6) have vowed to finish on time the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) in Calinog, Iloilo province.

During the orientation and consulatation workshop last week, NIA 6 engineers said the project is within the timeline and they are working closely with Korean expert counterparts on the design and modernization plans.

Ilonggo unity ‘needed’ for successful APEC hosting

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

ILONGGOS are agog in the selection of Iloilo City as an important site for two high level Ministerial Meetings during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) conference hosted by the Philippine government and to be participated by 21 countries in Asia and the Pacific rim.

Iloilo City, aside from five other regions, has been chosen to host the SME Ministerial Meeting to be held on September 21 to 25, 2015 to be participated by 700 delegates.

Agrarian scholarship grads thankful to CARP

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

A TOTAL of 410 children of agrarian reform farmer beneficiaries in Western Visayas have successfully graduated from their four-year college courses under a 10-year Programang Agraryo Iskolar (PAI) by producing seven Magna Cum Laude and 30 Cum Laude graduates.

DAR Asst. Reg. Dir. Gideon Umadhay Jr said the scholarship program started in 2003-2004 and ended this school year 2013-2014 as the last batch of agrarian reform scholars produced 4 Magna Cum Laudes and 15 Cum Laudes.

DAR races to complete land distribution in WV

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

ONLY 25 percent of the 25,000 hectares targeted for land distribution by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Western Visayas was accomplished five months before the deadline by end of December 2014.

However, DAR Reg. Dir. Alejandro Otacan said his office is determined to accomplish and finish the target distribution in the region by the end of the year as everything is ready for distribution to farmer beneficiaries.

Guv lauds SC for upholding ban on ‘hulbot’ fishing

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 04:58 p.m.

ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. lauded Wednesday the Supreme Court (SC) for upholding the ban on using Danish seine or “hulbot-hulbot” fishing in the Philippine waters.

Defensor, who proposed the ban, said the decision of the High Tribunal strengthens their campaign against the destructive fishing gear, especially in northern Iloilo where illegal fishing remains a concern.

IP Council of Elders slam oppositionists to JRMP II

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

ILOILO CITY – The chairman of the council of elders of the indigenous peoples community here has slammed those opposing the implementation of the Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP) Stage II.

“Those persons claiming to be indigenous people are only selfish for themselves by opposing the implementation of the (JRMP) Stage II and not for the benefit of the whole IPs living in the Bukidnon indigenous cultural community in three upland barangays in Calinog, Iloilo,” said Leopoldo Caballero, a tumandok and chieftain of the indigenous cultural community in the area.

Iloilo readies tourism sites, food for APEC 2015

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

ILOILO CITY is ready to serve the food needs of delegates of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial meetings in 2015 as well as the tourism sites the delegates wanted to see in the city, said city tourism officer Benito Jimena.

Mayor: No deadline on RPT hike

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 09:20 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government does not intend to impose immediately the new schedule on zonal valuation of real properties, and definitely, there is no deadline for real property tax (RPT) increases, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said.

The RPT hike is proposed to be implemented by January 2015.

Apec meetings to be held in Iloilo, 5 other areas

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 09:19 p.m.

IT'S final! Iloilo City will host two important ministerial meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) in 2015 out of six regions in the country.

A communication from the Office of the President through Director General Marciano Paynor Jr. detailed the hosting of Iloilo City of the SME Ministerial Meeting with 700 delegates on September 21-25, 2015, and the Food Security Week, a high level policy dialogue on Food Security and the Blue Economy and related meetings with 900 delegates, on September 28 to October 6, 2015.

DA honors 11 reg’l Gawad Saka awardees

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 09:19 p.m.

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) office in Western Visayas will honor 11 outstanding individuals and groups as awardees of the Regional Gawad Saka Award 2014 on July 30 in glittering ceremonies at the Iloilo Midtown Hotel.

DA Regional Director Larry Nacionales identified the awardees in different categories, and three will compete for the national awards in Metro Manila by October this year.

Iloilo City unfazed by power crisis

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 09:25 p.m.

MAYOR Jed Patrick Mabilog said on Wednesday that Iloilo City has enough power supply unlike in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

Mabilog said isolated brownouts are not a problem for two privately-owned power generating plants located at Barangay Ingore in La Paz district.

DAP-funded projects in Western Visayas mostly completed

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 09:24 p.m.

ILOILO CITY – Projects funded by the Disbursement Acceleration Fund (DAP) of President Benigno Aquino III in Western Visayas region are mostly completed and used by the recipients, according to Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Director Edilberto Tayao.

Tayao said the DAP releases were also intended as financial subsidies to priority programs and projects of the local government units to augment existing programs for scholarship, hospitalization and other health services.

51 illegal fishers nabbed

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 09:24 p.m.

ILOILO – The Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force apprehended 51 fishermen using “hulbot-hulbot” (Danish seine) in two separate operations held in Ajuy and Carles this week.

Of the arrested fishermen, 13 were caught on Wednesday evening in Ajuy and the rest were caught Thursday in Decaña and Naburot Islands in Carles.

TOR assures no privatization of city market

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:35 p.m.

THE newly drafted Term of Reference (TOR) governing the redevelopment and revitalization of Iloilo City’s Central Market through a joint venture agreement assures no privatization provision for the ground floor area of the place.

City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said that hopefully, the TOR as a vital document to serve as guide in the market redevelopment and revitalization, will put a stop to privatization talks as no privatization will happen in the central market.

Marathon hearings held on Writ of Kalikasan over JRMP

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:34 p.m.

THE Court of Appeals is conducting marathon hearings since early this year over a petition for the Writ of Kalikasan and subsequent issuance of a temporary environmental protection order (TEPO) against the Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project Stage II.

The petition was filed by former Iloilo Representative Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco.

PNP all set for Sona, INC centennial celebration

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 06:50 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy more than 10,000 police personnel to provide security and to ensure the peace and order during the State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno Aquino III, a police official said Wednesday.

PNP Public Information Chief Reuben Theodore Sindac said the PNP Super-Task Force "Kapayapaan 2014", which is composed of four task forces has been activated under the supervision of The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) headed by Police Director Carmelo Valmoria.

DOH awards Sandugo regional winners

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 08:10 p.m.

FIFTY winners composed of individuals in the government and private sector were awarded on Tuesday for their involvement in the Sandugo blood-letting campaign in Western Visayas.

DOH Regional Director Marlyn Convocar said the awardees lead by example on the campaign to save lives through blood-letting and donation.

Councilors unite for ‘progressive’ San Enrique

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 08:09 p.m.

ILOILO – Some 152 councilors in the 28 barangays of San Enrique vowed to uphold transparent and corrupt-free governance for the improvement of their impoverished hometown.

The group known as the “Barangay Councilmen’s Association of the Philippines,” aims to achieve a progressive San Enrique through the effective delivery of basic services in the barangay.

KOICA revisits remote hospitals in Iloilo

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 08:08 p.m.

ILOILO – The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) sent two construction managers on Monday to revisit the recipients of their Iloilo Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA) Health System Strengthening Project.

Joon Bahng of Hanyang University and Su Chan Lee of Hyundai Asan, an arm of South Korean conglomerate Hyundai Group, will monitor the status of the upgrading of Dr. Ricardo S. Provido Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Calinog, Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian and Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan.

Population commission to search for 100Mth Pinoy

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 08:08 p.m.

WHAT future awaits the 100 millionth Pinoy?

On July 27, 2014 at 12:06 a.m., it is estimated that the Philippines will become a home for 100 million Filipinos, according to the 2010 population projections by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

LTFRB, LTO step in city traffic mess

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:36 p.m.

THE Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) have stepped in to help solve the worsening traffic situation in Iloilo City.

The move was also made to impose the implementation of a Joint Administrative Order (JAO) of the two government agencies as lead implementors of the traffic system in Iloilo City and the rest of the country.

Kin of slain farmer cry for justice

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:34 p.m.

THE family of the farmer killed by members of a military unit in the village of Mayang, Iloilo last Thursday consulted the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to call for justice.

Consolacion Larbo, the victim’s mother, said they are bringing the case to the CHR and the village council to file a resolution that states that the victim is a civilian and not a member of the New People’s Army (NPA) or any rebel group.

Bizmen firm in not paying RPT hike

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 07:28 p.m.

BUSINESSMEN coming from eight organizations in Iloilo City and other property owners are steadfast in their early decision not to accept and pay the increases on real property taxes (RPT).

“We have confidence in your leadership and the wisdom to foresee the greater benefits of an investor-friendly business climate where people have jobs and quality of life. All the business groups have worked alongside with you these past years to fulfill the people vision of Iloilo and we hope we can still count on your support to keep the city’s cost of doing business down,” Ma. Lea Victoria Lara of the Iloilo Business Club (IBC) said in her letter dated July 18, 2014 to City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

City to go after dubious transactions at market

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 07:28 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has vowed to file charges against people who have anomalous transactions at the city central market.   Mabilog said he will not hesitate to file the charges against City Hall employees, including employees of the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO), and other private persons found to have committed violation of the law and the local government code, specifically on public market operation.

Iloilo braces for first waste-to-energy project

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 07:27 p.m.

EVERYTHING is set for a joint venture agreement on the P1.3 billion solid waste-to-energy project at the Calajunan dumpsite, Mandurriao district, Iloilo City.

Councilor Plaridel Nava, chairman of the City Council committee on ways and means, said the equipment, including big boilers and turbines, are set to be sent to Iloilo City in October this year.

Guv still backs JRMP II project

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 07:26 p.m.

ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. continues to support the P11.2 billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage (JRMP) II at Calinog town despite opposition from various militant groups.

“This is the only project that can give us absolute assurance that the city and province of Iloilo can have sufficient and safe potable water,” said Defensor during the second stakeholder’s forum and memorandum of agreement signing held at the Provincial Capitol on Friday.

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