Iloilo starts bidding for slaughterhouse upgrade

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 06:19 p.m.

ILOILO City is upgrading its slaughterhouse, and is looking for a contractor to do it.

The city's bids and awards committee will start entertaining bids for the project, which has a P5-million budget, City Administrator Norlito Bautista told reporters Monday.

3 river establishments get demolition reprieve

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 06:17 p.m.

THREE business establishments squatting on the banks of the Iloilo River were given until April 30 to dismantle their structures.

The establishments were to have been demolished by the end of this month, but Iloilo Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog gave them a reprieve.

Drilon’s high poll rating ‘proof’ of Ilonggos’ trust

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 06:16 p.m.

THE high approval rating of Senate President Franklin Drilon is proof he enjoys the full trust and confidence of Ilonggos, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said.

The latest Pulse Asia survey showed Drilon with a public approval rating of 49 percent, two percentage points higher than his rating last November.

Council allows Army in city

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:04 p.m.

MILITARY men will be visible in some barangays in the city after the Holy Week to conduct civic-military operations.

The City Council in a resolution passed Tuesday supported the civil military operations of combatants from the 82nd Infantry (Bantay Laya) Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division.

Study: Students frequent lodging houses for sex

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 06:15 p.m.

A SURVEY conducted by Mass Communication students of the West Visayas State University among 100 taxi drivers in Iloilo City showed a high incidence of premarital sex among college and high school students, and even among elementary pupils.

A report on "Survival Sex in Iloilo City" by Professor Ma. Rosario Victoria de Guzman during a City Council committee hearing also showed the rampant survival sex for pay, especially during midterm and finals seasons.

Other bids for parking regulation project awaited

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:01 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government's bids and award committee is waiting for other bids for the project to tow and clamp illegally parked cars.

Only one company, 3L Corp., has entered a bid for the project.

Mayor amenable to One Island-One Region concept

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 07:59 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog welcomes to the One Island-One Region concept proposed by officials of Negros Island.

Mabilog said he sees no problem with the concept because in Negros Occidental are also called Ilonggos and there is brisk trade between Iloilo and Bacolod and the rest of the Panay provinces.

15 outstanding student leaders to be recognized

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 07:25 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government will recognize 15 outstanding and graduating high school student leaders in a ceremony on March 26 at SM City Iloilo.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the “Ang Batang Lider” recognition is the only official award given by the City Government to outstanding student leaders of Iloilo City who are graduating from high school in city-based colleges and universities, private schools and public schools.

2 establishments ordered closed

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 07:24 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has ordered the immediate closure of two business establishments for having no business permit.

Mabilog said the Basil Talabahan along the diversion road, although sitting on a private lot, has not applied for a business permit and locational clearance to legitimize its operation.

Mayor orders close review of housing beneficiaries

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 07:23 p.m.

MAYOR Jed Patrick Mabilog has ordered the Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office to closely review and validate beneficiaries and informal settlers who availed themselves of the city’s housing units at the relocation sites.

Allegations on favoritism and misrepresentation erupted last week in the awarding of housing units at the River Plains Subdivision Phase 1 in Lanit, Jaro to not qualified beneficiaries but related to village chief Rammy Guintibano of Barangay Camalig, Jaro.

Army: Soldiers in Iloilo villages on civic mission

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 06:34 p.m.

THE Army soldiers in five villages in Iloilo City are doing civic action work and are not combatants as charged by an urban poor militant organization.

Lieutenant Colonel Enriqueto Deocadez Jr., commander of the 82nd Infantry Battalion of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, explained the presence of his troops at a press briefing Monday.

Tourist wave continues in Western Visayas

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 06:33 p.m.

WESTERN Visayas continues to lure foreign tourists with a total of 61,082 arrivals recorded for the first month of 2015.

The visitors arrived at the Iloilo International Airport in 567 direct flights from Hong Kong and Singapore, according to the Department of Tourism's (DOT) regional office.

Housing for police in Bacolod

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 06:32 p.m.

A TOTAL of 508 housing units in Barangay Feliza in Bacolod City were raffled off to police and non-uniformed personnel of Police Regional Office in Western Visayas.

The raffle was held last March 17 by the Regional Shelter Board.

USAid provides P63M in post-Yolanda education support

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 06:31 p.m.

THE United States Agency for International Development (USAid) provided an additional P63 million and school equipment for 19 disaster-stricken 19 municipalities in Iloilo, Capiz and Bohol.

A statement from the US Embassy in Manila said USAid Mission Director Gloria D. Steele witnessed the signing of an agreement last March 9 between the municipal mayors, school principals and Synergeia Foundation, USAid's implementing partner for the Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE) Project, which will help elementary public schools recover from the calamities.

ICC target soft opening on June 12

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 07:31 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon has ordered to fast-track the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) in time for the target soft opening slated on June 12 in celebration of the Philippine Independence Day.

Drilon said President Benigno Aquino III will lead the flag-raising ceremony at Sta. Barbara, Iloilo on June 12, the first time for the Independence Day celebration to be held outside Manila.

Anti-noise measure pushed

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 09:11 p.m.

THE City of Iloilo is working on an ordinance that intends to curb the noise pollution in the city by regulating the volume from different sound sources.

Councilor Plaridel Nava, author of the proposed ordinance said the measure will be regulating the volume of sound system, karaoke, juke box and the like.  

Disaster volunteers share best practices

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 09:10 p.m.

FOREIGN and local volunteers in Western Visayas will on March 24, 2015 to share best practices and experiences about their work that other volunteers can learn from.

This sharing session is the first of its kind to be held in the region sponsored by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA), an attached agency of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).

Military presence in Iloilo City clarified

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 05:57 p.m.

THE military has assured residents of Iloilo City they should not be alarmed by the presence of soldiers in their community.

General Rey Leonardo Guerrero, commander of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division ID PA based in Jamindan, Capiz, said the soldiers are doing civic action work in coordination with the police.

Women migration issues up in forum

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 05:56 p.m.

ISSUES addressing gender, sexuality, reproductive health, human rights, HIV/Aids in the Philippines will be taken up at a forum on Women Migrants on March 25 at the Neda-RDC Hall in Iloilo City.

The forum is organized by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) in Western Visayas and is part of the the observance of “Women’s Role in History Month.”

Senate pays tribute to 14 women achievers

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 05:55 p.m.

FOURTEEN women achievers, including an Ilongga marine scientist and conservationist and an all-woman mountaineering team, were honored by the Senate in celebration of Women’s Month this March.

Senator Pia S. Cayetano introduced the resolution, which seeks to honor the economic, political and social achievements of Filipina women while calling for greater gender equality in the society.

Council acts to curb illegal ‘extra service’

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 07:04 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Council has passed an ordinance regulating the operation of local massage clinics, sauna baths and spa establishments and providing penalties thereof.

Councilor Lyndon Acap, chairman of the committee on health, sanitation and hospital services, said the ordinance is necessary, citing some establishments are providing extra services to clients, which is tantamount to prostitution.

Home deliveries a big no in Iloilo City

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 07:03 p.m.

ALL pregnant women are prohibited from delivering their babies at home and are mandated to deliver at health facilities, public and private birthing clinics and hospitals.

Councilor Liezl Joy Zulueta-Salazar, chairperson of the City Council committee on women and family relations, said the City Council approved an ordinance mandating pregnant women to deliver at the birthing clinic or health facility, prohibiting home deliveries, restricting the practice of traditional birth attendants such as hilot or paltera skilled birth attendants, and strictly imposing newborn screening (NBS) in all newborns by providing fees and penalties for violations thereof.

City to provide police vehicles for Apec meet

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 06:58 p.m.

THE Iloilo City Government will turn over 16 new motorcycles and six other vehicles to the city police to be used as security escort for delegates attending the two ministers meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec).

The police will receive the vehicles on March 25.

Hotels, restaurants urged to upgrade services for Apec meetings

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 06:56 p.m.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is calling on hotels and restaurants to upgrade their services in preparation for the two ministerial meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) the city will host this year.

Mabilog said chefs, food servers and hotel staff need to be trained for the two events.

Demolition of river resto set

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 05:50 p.m.

THE Iloilo City's Task Force Against Squatting and Illegal Structures will demolish on March 20 the river restaurant owned by a village chief in Barangay Rizal, Lapuz.

The Iloilo-Batiano River Development Council recommended the demolition of the illegal restaurant, owned by Rizal barangay captain Jolly Penasales and located at the mangrove swamp along the Iloilo River, saying it restricts the flow of the river and add to heavy river siltation.

DOH alerts public vs summer diseases

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 05:50 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH)-Western Visayas has alerted the public against summer diseases as the hot season is fast approaching.

Dr. Elvie Villalobos, of the DOH regional office, said that parents and the general public must be alerted against the proliferation of sore eyes, sunburn, cough and colds, vomiting and diarrhea, skin disease, and dog bites.

Pavia, Iloilo hosts accredited organic farm in Panay

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 05:49 p.m.

THE only accredited organic farm in the island of Panay that produces high-value farm products, fruits, meat and poultry is located along the Tigum River in Pavia, Iloilo.

A venture of Iloilo City-based businessman, Engr. Johnny Que, the farm was established in 2002 and now boasts of 31 hectares devoted to organic farming and a hands-on training center for farmers who wanted to know more about organic farming.

Drilon eyes higher fines vs crimes

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 09:37 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon is seeking major changes in the 85-year-old Revised Penal Code by adjusting the amounts of imposable fines in determining the criminal liability for various crimes committed.

Drilon, who was in Iloilo over the weekend, said his Senate Bill 2680 seeks to amend the law that was enacted in 1930, as the penalties and fines are no longer commensurate to the crimes committed.

Iloilo taxi operators slam rate cut

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 07:17 p.m.

TAXI operators in Iloilo City have joined the move of the Metro Manila-based Philippine National Operators Association in filing a motion for reconsideration to stop the implementation of the P10 cut in flag-down rate.

Perfecto Yap, president of the Association of Taxi Operators of the Philippines (Atop) Iloilo chapter, said the March 6, 2015 order of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is a reversible error in mandating a provisional reduction of P10 on the existing flag-down rate of P40 of all taxi services nationwide.

Antique wants a slice of tourism pie

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 07:16 p.m.

THE Province of Antique is practically begging to give them a chance to show off their natural and man-made tourism attractions, which for several years remained in oblivion.

“Kami naman,” cries newly installed Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao during the first anniversary celebration of “Experience Western Visayas First” held in Iloilo City by the Department of Tourism-Western Visayas last Sunday, March 8.