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.

Bantay Dagat nets 33 illegal fishers

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 06:16 p.m.

THE Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force recently arrested 33 illegal fishermen in northern Iloilo.

The fishermen were onboard six fishing boats namely, Michel, Triple-J 2, JS1, JS2, AJ, and Jacent Cris.

78.8-M Yolanda aid up for 21 Iloilo towns

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 06:15 p.m.

AN INITIAL P78.8-million aid from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will soon be given to 21 municipalities that are affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda in Iloilo City.

Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said the fund will be released upon the signing of memorandum of agreement between the municipalities concerned and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) within the month.

Mayor orders draft plan on city gov’t complex

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 07:48 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has instructed the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) to draft a plan for the Iloilo City Government Complex.    The city legal office was earlier tasked to draft a lease to own agreement with the Philippine National Railways (PNR) for the city to use the 2,385-square-meter lot adjoining Ker and Co. Ltd.

City orders liquor ban on Good Friday

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 07:47 p.m.

THE City Government of Iloilo City will ban the sale of liquor and other intoxicating liquid in all city plazas on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, as the whole nation observes the Lenten Season.   City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said an executive order will be issued soon to implement the liquor ban.

City joins DOH call for safe street food

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 07:47 p.m.

ILOILO City is joining the campaign of the Department of Health (DOH) on safe street food even during the summer season, said city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.   Mabilog said that food safety is a must to guarantee that the food will not cause harm to consumers when it is prepared and eaten on the streets.

Farmers taught organic farming

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 07:45 p.m.

LEADERS of 556 farmers associations in Iloilo province were taught the basics of organic farming in line with the province’s goal to achieve food security during the 9th Farmer’s Congress held at Pavia town on Thursday.

Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., the event’s guest speaker, said farmers should now learn the latest technology in agriculture to improve production and income.

All set for Iloilo’s 113th founding anniversary

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 07:44 p.m.

ALL is set for the 113th founding anniversary of the province of Iloilo.

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., along with the member of the Provincial Board, will lead the Ilonggos in planting 5,000 mangrove propagules on Saturday at 7 a.m. in Barangay Parara, Tigbuan town.

DOH ups alert vs summer diseases

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:31 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas has alerted the public against six diseases during the summer season due to intense summer heat and drastic climate change.

The six common summer diseases, dubbed as “6S,” are sore eyes, sun burn, sipon at ubo, suka at tae, sakit sa balat, and sakmal ng aso (dog bite).

Iloilo City to join Bayani Challenge

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:30 p.m.

ILOILO City will gather 12,000 volunteers to help in the clean-up drive and construction of houses in the city as part of the Gawad Kalinga’s Bayani Challenge.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the GK’s Bayani Challenge in the city is slated from April 12 to 15.

NIA clarifies issues surrounding Jalaur dam

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:29 p.m.

THE National Irrigation Administration (NIA) clarified Wednesday the issues on the implementation of the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project (JRMP) II in Calinog town, Iloilo City.

One of the issues that was clarified was the report that the high dam could kill thousands of people because the project sits on top of an active fault line in the region–West-Panay fault.

Council tackles purchase of city hall adjoining lot

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 07:27 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council has referred the intention of the City Government to purchase the adjoining lot owned by Ker and Co. Ltd. to the council’s committee on rules to study and recommend terms and conditions of the lot sale agreement.

The City Council will give authority to City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to sign the purchase documents of the 3,063-square meter (sq.m.) lot amounting to P35 million for a staggered payment of P11,670 per square meter.

City accepts 10-year plan on river water quality

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 07:26 p.m.

THE City Council of Iloilo has approved a resolution filed by Councilor R. Leone Gerochi in accepting the Iloilo-Batiano River Watershed Water Quality Management Area and the implementation of its 10-year action plan.

In a regular session on Tuesday, April 1, the City Council asked an explanation from City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) officer Noel Hechanova to define the action plan on water quality of the connecting rivers of Iloilo and Batiano.

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