Council rejects drivers’ objection over PUJ pass

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:40 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council’s committee on transportation has rejected the objection of a group of drivers on the proposed ordinance limiting the issuance of public utility jeepney (PUJ) car pass to only four for each town.

A total of nine transport organizations covering some 1,000 jeepney passenger units in seven municipalities in southern Iloilo signed a resolution expressing in strongest terms their objection to the proposed city ordinance which was authored by Councilor Plaridel Nava.

DSWD readies social pension for senior citizens

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:39 p.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD) in Western Visayas is all set to start validating at least 11,873 senior citizens who will each receive a monthly social pension of P500.

The new validation to start in May 2014 will also focus on 940 families in need of special protection in Western Visayas under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program-Families in Need of Special Protection (MCCT-FNSP).

2014 Gawad Parangal awardees hailed

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:37 p.m.

LOCAL chief executives and social workers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao were recognized during the 18th National Social Welfare and Development Forum and General Assembly in Iloilo City on Wednesday.

Among the outstanding government leaders were Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and Quezon Governor David C. Suarez.

City council okays P7.4M supplemental budget

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:51 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council has approved without cut the P7.415-million General Fund Supplemental Budget No. 1 for 2014 but rejected the Local Economic Enterprise (LEEO) Supplemental Budget No. 1 amounting P15.34 million as payment to the Panay Electric Company (PECO) for electricity consumption from December 2012 to June 2013.

Appropriations committee chairman Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo said the supplemental budget will include the fund for capital outlay for Peace and Order Program in the purchase of three new units of L-300 vans totaling P2.7 million.

DPWH execs told to explain cutting of trees

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:50 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council is inviting Reg. Dir. Ediberto Tayao and other Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officials to a meeting on Tuesday, April 29, regarding cutting of trees at the center island along Gen. Luna highway.

Councilor Plaridel Nava said the interaction will hopefully settle some issues on the implementation of DPWH projects in the city and the seeming disregard of DPWH on proper coordination with city officials.

Police use social media vs crimes

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:49 p.m.

THE police regional office in Western Visayas has turned to social media like Facebook, Twitter and the PRO6 official website to step up crime prevention and solution in a move to gain respect and trust of the general public towards the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Police regional information officer, Inspector Grace Borio, said the initiative was recommended by regional chief Chief Superintendent Josephus G. Angan in bringing police services closely to the people by providing the netizens an easy venue for communication and sharing of essential information.

RAFI awards takes off in Iloilo City

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:48 p.m.

THE prestigious Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) Triennial Awards based in Cebu City will accept nominations from Iloilo City for the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual and the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution with a Nominations Caravan Forum on Wednesday, April 23 at the Camiña Balay nga Bato in Arevalo district.

City alert up on Mers-Cov

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 08:54 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council reconvened Monday to discuss the report on the entry of 18 Ilonggo overseas Filipino workers (OFW) last April 15 through the Iloilo international airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo.

The OFWs were in the same flight with a male Filipino nurse from the Middle East before the Holy Week and suspected to be suffering from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers-Cov).

230 students work in City Hall

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 08:53 p.m.

A TOTAL of 230 college students in Iloilo City started working Monday in the different offices of the City Hall and Barangay Halls as part of their summer jobs.

Ma. Elena Benitez, chief of the Public Employment Service Office (Peso), said the program aims to provide an opportunity to the students in knowing the work in the City Hall.

PPA launches program on vessel entrance, clearance

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 08:51 p.m.

THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) launched Monday its project on quality management system on vessel entrance and clearance which will take effect on April 28, 2014.   PPA Iloilo Port manager Manuel Boholano said the unveiling of the PPA quality policy will enhance the quality of services at the Iloilo Port Complex in Loboc, Barrio Obrero with an efficient cargo vessel entrance and available space clearance for port users.

Defensor conferred ‘most outstanding gov’ in PH

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 08:47 p.m.

ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. will receive recognition Wednesday after he bagged the “most outstanding governor” award in the Philippines in the field of social services.

The recognition is the result of the annual search by the Association of Local Social Welfare and Development Officers of the Philippines Inc. (ALSWDOP), said Provincial Social Welfare officer Neneth Q. Pador.

18 Ilonggos in Mers-Cov virus watch

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 05:32 p.m.

HEALTH officials in Iloilo City are keeping watch of 18 Ilonggos who flew in last Tuesday with an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) exposed to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (Mers-Cov).

All travelers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on board Etihad Flight EY 0424 are being tracked, confirmed Dr. Glenn Alonsabe of the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office 6 (Western Visayas).

Iloilo River eyed as anchor in city tours

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:00 p.m.

THE Department of Tourism in Western Visayas (DOT) is eyeing the Iloilo River as an anchor of all city tours in Iloilo City.

DOT Regional Director Helen Catalbas said the inclusion of the river in all city tours notched a sustained implementation from January 2013 to December 31, 2016 and beyond.

Tesda allocates P91.3-M for calamity rehab

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:57 p.m.

THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Western Visayas (Tesda) has allocated P91.3 million for emergency response, rehabilitation and recovery for 7,510 beneficiaries in 2014.

The amount will be spent for trainings of beneficiaries in several livelihood and entrepreneurial skills to help them recover and cope up from the destruction brought by calamities in the region.

Iloilo City enhances anti-smoking regulation

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 08:01 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government is putting more teeth on the implementation of its anti-smoking ordinance by providing a comprehensive measure starting with owners of business establishments.

The prohibited acts include the absence of “No Smoking” signage in the entrance and inside the establishments; providing ash trays in tables within the No Smoking area; knowingly allowing, abetting or tolerating smoking any tobacco or using electronic devise system, shishia and the likes; designating smoking area within the building or establishment; and selling or allowing minors to smoke in their establishments.

City joins seminar on tobacco control policy

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 08:44 p.m.

ALL village chiefs in Iloilo City will join a seminar on tobacco control policies today, Tuesday.

Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task (Icast) Director Iñigo Garingalao said the city is aiming for a total smoke-free area with the implementation of Republic Act 9211 or an act regulating the packaging, using, selling, and advertising of tobacco products.

Iloilo to host Apec’s food security confab

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 08:42 p.m.

THE food stores in Iloilo City are ready to cater to the 1,500 guests of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) 2015 conference as the city is set to host the Ministerial Conference on Food Security from October 15 to 17, 2015.

The Department of Tourism-Western Visayas (DOT-6), the City Government of Iloilo and the Iloilo Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Association (Ihrra) will be on the frontline in food presentation for Apec delegates, who are mostly composed of Muslim country representatives.

Asean integration good for telco industry

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 08:39 p.m.

THE coming integration of 10 member-countries in the Asean for a common market and production base is good for the country’s telecommunication industry, said Globe Telecommunication President Ernest Cu.

In an interview during the Globe annual stockholders meeting in Metro Manila last week, Cu said his company is at par or even excellent than the telcos of other Asean countries.

Mayor: Amended business code not retroactive

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 07:57 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has clarified that the proposed amendments to the Local Investment Incentives Code for the business sector in this city is not retroactive to old investments already in place.

Mabilog said the proposal seeks to attract and benefit new investors which will in turn, provide job opportunities to the local labor force and additional revenues and taxes to the city government.

Mabilog: No cutting of trees included in DPWH request

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 07:54 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) request for road widening along Gen. Luna highway in the city does not include cutting of trees at the center islands.

He said the request of DPWH Regional Director Edilberto Tayao is for road widening of the street span from four to six lanes.

Guimaras wind power project takes off

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 07:54 p.m.

THE proposed wind power project in Guimaras was recently endorsed by the Regional Development Council (RDC) as a priority development project of the Western Visayas.

The 54-megawatt wind power project is spearheaded by the private sector particularly Trans-Asia Corp. under the Phinma Group headed by President and chief executive officer Ramon del Rosario Jr.

Run raises P70,000 for Yolanda survivors

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 07:53 p.m.

MORE than 700 runners in the province of Iloilo joined the "Dalagan sa Kaadlawan" run for a cause on Wednesday, raising P70,376 for Yolanda survivors.

The fun run aims to collect funds for at least five families in Concepcion town, whose houses were destroyed by the super typhoon in November last year.

Koica's health project up for Iloilo

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 07:52 p.m.

THE Iloilo Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (Gida) Health System Strengthening Project will now be implemented in the province following the arrival of the project’s field manager on Friday.

Yon Hee Yang of Hyundai Asan Co. Ltd. has been commissioned by the Korea International Cooperative Agency (Koica) to complete the project’s management consultation service in 15 months from April 11 this year.

Iloilo honors outstanding Ilonggos

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 07:51 p.m.

THE Provincial Government of Iloilo recognized Friday the outstanding Ilonggos who excelled in the field of education, arts, good governance and disaster response.

The first group of awardees were the winners of The Many Faces of the Teacher 2013, a search for teachers who have shown extraordinary commitment to their profession, organized by Bato Balani Foundation.

50 Tesda graduates get starter kits

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 07:50 p.m.

FIFTY graduates of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) received starter kits from the Provincial Government during the 113th celebration of Iloilo’s founding anniversary Friday.

Public Employment and Services Office (Peso) chief Francisco Heler said the starter kits, worth P180,389, came from the Department of Labor and Employment-Western Visayas (Dole-6) as part of the agencies tripartite agreement.

12,000 people ready for Bayani Challenge

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:09 p.m.

TWELVE thousand volunteers in Iloilo City are ready for a massive clean-up drive and construction of 34 Gawad Kalinga housing units at the San Isidro relocation site in Jaro district on Saturday, April 12.

The clean-up drive and construction of GK houses is part of the Bayani Challenge spearheaded by Gawad Kalinga.

Village officials urged to install CCTV cameras

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:08 p.m.

BARANGAY officials in Iloilo City were urged to install their own close circuit television (CCTV) cameras to help deter criminalities and monitor the peace and order situation in their areas.

Councilor Nielex Tupas said the proposal has met the implied approval of Liga ng mga Barangay president Carlos Guarin to level up the communication technology in the city villages.

Search on for Rafi triennial awards

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:07 p.m.

NOMINATIONS are now open for the 6th RAFI Triennial Awards for the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual and the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution from December 15, 2013 to May 31, 2014.

Mel Yan of RAFI said the Triennial Awards is conferred every three years to honor men, women, and organizations, who bring about change in the lives of the privileged in various groups and communities in the Philippines.

Iloilo vies for bike-friendly city

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 06:17 p.m.

ILOILO City is vying to become a bike-friendly city by promoting the use of bicycles for daily transport to work and school or simply for leisure.

The City Council committee on transportation held Friday, April 4, the proposed ordinance filed by councilor Jose Efrain Treñas requiring government and non-government buildings with existing parking spaces to provide a safe bicycle parking zone.

City mayor warns vs presence of rob gang

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 06:17 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has instructed the city police office to be on alert following reports that some members of the “Martilyo” and the Ozamis robbery gangs are in the city.

Last week, the Martilyo Gang struck a jewelry shop at the Mall of Asia in Metro Manila and carted away millions of pesos worth of jewelries.

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