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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE Iloilo City Government has started closing the open dumpsite in Barangay Calajunan, Mandurriao district to start the construction and establishment of a P297-million sanitary landfill (SLF) project funded by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).
Joren Sartorio, chief of the general services office (GSO), reported to Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog the move in compliance with Republic Act 9003 and City Regulation Ordinance 2004-149 or the Environmental Code of Iloilo City by prescribing the proper handling of liquid and toxic wastes.
SENATE President Franklin Drilon has endorsed the immediate participation of the private sector for efficient potable water distribution service in the franchise areas of the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD).
He said it is imperative for the water district to supply water to its concessionaires dictated by its mandate.
AS PART of his commitment to improve their welfare, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. has named the first person who will further the cause of persons with disability (PWD) in this province.
Starting this year, 60-year-old Mario Abaygar, a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in Western Institute of Technology, will be the focal person who will oversee all the programs for PWDs in Iloilo.
THE forthcoming celebration of National Independence Day in the municipality of Sta Barbara, Iloilo on June 12 is expected to be gloomy without the traditional “vin d’honeur” or "Wine of Honor" participated by members of the diplomatic corps.
The tradition was affected due to the accusations against the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) as grossly overpriced.
A PROPOSED revitalization and site development of the more than 2,000 square meters Sunburst Park in downtown Iloilo City is up for deliberation at the Iloilo Batiano River Development Council.
The proposed project is part of the Liveable Cities Design Challenge submitted by Architect Dolly Zoluaga that focuses on “Iloilo City: A Vibrant Experience of Culture, History and Heritage.”
THE Department of Tourism (DOT) in Iloilo City has assured the completion of an express elevator at the City Hall to be in place before the two international meetings start in September and October 2015.
DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez, who visited the City Hall last year, promised to put up the express elevator in time for the Ministerial Meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec).
A GROUP of Korean investors are interested to develop the more than 3,000 square meters area of the old slaughterhouse along the Iloilo River in Molo district.
Kwan Yu Beng and Henry Teo attended the Iloilo Batiano River Development Council meeting on Friday to show off a project proposal for a mixed use commercial area along the Carpenter’s Bridge to enhance the Iloilo River conservation.
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has welcomed the appointment of four new members of the board of directors of the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) signed by Iloilo Governor Arthur D. Defensor last month.
Mabilog said he is pinning lots of hope for the new board to work for the resolution of problems besetting the local water district. He is also positive that the new directors are qualified persons who will look after the welfare and interest of the consumers rather than their own.