Iloilo City is ‘financially stable’

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 06:09 p.m.

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.

Council seeks to regulate prostitution

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 06:08 p.m.

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.

Fastcraft, roro new terminal inauguration on Sept. 5

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 06:07 p.m.

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.

Makati gov’t denies overpriced cakes

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 05:06 p.m.

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.

Biz group seeks final discussion on RPT

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

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.

Iloilo airport gets P791-M expansion

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

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.

Police eye 82 drug-free villages in Iloilo

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 09:35 p.m.

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.

City to present real property tax hike proposal

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 09:41 p.m.

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.

29 pupils bag international Mathematics awards

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 09:40 p.m.

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.

Iloilo holds First Baby and Mom Expo 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 09:40 p.m.

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.

Nationwide immunization drive starts in Sept.

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 07:54 p.m.

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.

City hopes to implement RPT hike in 2015

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 07:52 p.m.

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.

City braces for heritage conservation summit

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 09:47 p.m.

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.

Regional museum up in Iloilo City

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 09:46 p.m.

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.

City allowance to national employees ‘not mandatory’

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 09:45 p.m.

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.

Ilonggo solons support MIWD privatization

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 09:44 p.m.

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 leaders get high satisfaction rating

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 06:16 p.m.

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.

Legal office suggests options for water crisis

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 06:15 p.m.

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.

City willing to distribute water

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 11:36 p.m.

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.

Calle Real joins Silay as heritage zones in Visayas

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:03 p.m.

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.

NCCA opens cultural grants for 2015

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:02 p.m.

THE National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has sounded the call for submission of project proposals for competitive grants in 2015.

The grants encourage cultural and art groups, academic institutions, local arts organizations and non-government organizations involved in culture and arts to submit and beat the deadline by August 31, 2014.

Drilon pushes online voting for OFWs in 2016 polls

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:01 p.m.

SOME 10 to 12 million overseas Filipinos working or residing in other countries are urged to participate in the 2016 Presidential Elections through the use of the internet to register and vote without leaving their jobsites or residences abroad.

Ilonggo Senate President Franklin Drilon bared this while in Iloilo last week by urging the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to adopt all the necessary technologies to empower the overseas Filipinos such as the immigrants, seafarers and Filipino students abroad qualified to vote.

Market body verifies stall owners

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 04:54 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Market Committee verified Thursday, August 7, the exact owners and occupants of the meat section located at the market’s groundfloor.

Committee member and city legal officer Dan Dinopol said they were able to determine the legitimate vendors occupying the stalls and tables at the market.

CHO on alert vs rainy season diseases

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 04:53 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Health Office is on alert against the reemergence of diseases during rainy season.

City health officer Dr. Urminico Baronda said these diseases are influenza, leptospirosis, and dengue.

Guv inaugurates 19 classrooms in Lambunao

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 04:53 p.m.

ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. inaugurated Thursday 19 new classrooms at the Lambunao East Campus of Lambunao National High School (LNHS).

Of the 19 new classrooms, eight came from the Philippine Amusement and Games Corporation (Pagcor), six from Third District congressman Arthur Defensor Jr., and five came from Defensor.

Firms offer P7B for MIWD rehab

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 07:19 p.m.

TWO Manila-based corporations are offering a joint venture agreement amounting to an initial P7 billion for the major rehabilitation and expansion projects of the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD).

Leandro Pantaleon, consultant of firms Kyro Prime Holdings and China CAMC Engineering Co. Ltd., said a team authorized by the two firms have conducted data gathering on Tuesday, August 5, to check the MIWD’s capability to supply potable water to its more than 30,000 concessionaires in Iloilo City and the towns of Pavia, Sta Barbara, Cabatuan, Maasin, and parts of Oton and Leganes.

Mass confirmation set Saturday in Jaro district

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 07:18 p.m.

A MASS confirmation is set Saturday, August 9, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles at the Jaro Parish in Jaro district.

The activity aims to help 45 recipients aged 12 to 42 years old coming from various villages in Iloilo City to complete their sacraments of baptism.

Makabayan bloc points to Palace harassment

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 07:17 p.m.

BAYAN Muna regional head Hope Hervilla said Malacañang has started harassments against members of the Makabayan bloc in Congress as an aftermath of their filing impeachment cases against President Benigno Aquino III.

Tomas Calderon, regional coordinator of a non-government organization Movement for People Empowerment, filed Monday, August 4, a complaint for violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Law against Bayan Muna Party-list Representative Neri Colmenares.

Iloilo City to suspend car pass system

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

THE City Council of Iloilo passed a resolution requesting City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to suspend temporarily the car pass system to allow all passenger vehicles from the towns of Alimodian and Sta. Barbara to enter the city from 12 midnight to 9 a.m. daily.

The Council also passed another resolution to authorize the Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office to recall all the 100 car passes given to the Iloilo province.

City council asks Senate to probe NFA mess

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:32 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council requested the Senate Committee on Agriculture chaired by Senator Cynthia Villar to conduct an investigation in aid of legislation on the reported bust of a warehouse in Napnud, Leganes caught rebagging more than 1,000 bags of National Food Authority (NFA) rice stock into commercial rice to be injected to the public markets.

The warehouse is owned by businessman Dennis de Vicente and the bust was conducted July 31, 2014 by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in close coordination with NFA.

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