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Renovated WVSU cultural center unveiled

WESTERN VISAYAS State University’s (WVSU) Cultural Center was unveiled last week after the completion of a P50-million rehabilitation project.

Visayas tightens watch on entry of pork products

LOCAL GOVERNMENTS and the regional offices of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Visayas have been tightening measures on the entry of pork and processed pork products amid the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak in several Luzon areas.

Guimaras told to turn to agriculture as tourism drops 74% in...

ILOILO CITY -- Local government units (LGUs) in Guimaras have been advised to develop agriculture for the time being pending the resolution of disrupted boat service to the island province which caused tourist arrivals to drop 74% in August.

Group seeks higher pay for private teachers

THE Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) will propose a bill that will increase the salary of private school teachers.

Iloilo organic farms take root amid burgeoning health market

FARMERS in Iloilo have been shifting to organic farming, with growers being gradually sold on the challenging method’s health benefits and potential for charging more for their produce.

Dutch planners hoping to make Iloilo more cycling-friendly

URBAN PLANNERS from the Netherlands are hoping to make Iloilo City more sustainable by making it more friendly to cyclists.

Organizer eyes bigger Dinagyang Festival

THE organizer of Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival promises a grander festival this year by featuring more merry-making instead of the usual visual presentations.

SMC mulls unsolicited proposal for Panay-Guimaras bridge — Drilon

SAN MIGUEL Corp. (SMC) is interested in investing in Iloilo as it looks to submit an unsolicited proposal for the construction of the bridge that will connect Panay to Guimaras, according to Senator Franklin M. Drilon.

Seven die after boat sinks off Boracay

SEVEN members of a rowing team from Boracay island died after the boat they were practicing in sank off the island in Aklan province on Wednesday morning, according to a police report.

San Miguel breaks ground on P6.7-B Iloilo brewery

SAN MIGUEL Brewery Inc. (SMB) on Friday broke ground on its P6.7-billion brewery that is expected to jump-start development in Leganes, a suburb in the north of Metro Iloilo City.

City eyes PPP for sidewalk vendors

THE CITY government is preparing long-term development plans for sidewalk vendors who recently got evicted from the metro, according to Jeck C. Conlu, who heads the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office.

Mayor, six others face coercion raps

ILOILO City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas and six other officials under his administration are facing criminal and administrative charges for allegedly harassing a city hall employee by coercing him to pin down his boss.

Iloilo City, Ayala partner on training

THE Iloilo City government and the Ayala Foundation Inc. have partnered to train teachers, school heads and youth leaders in the city.

Disaster risk agency eyes sea rescue plan

THE Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council plans to craft a template for sea rescue operations in Region 6.

PECO asks: Why hasn’t MORE Power started setting up its own...

PANAY ELECTRIC Company, Inc. (PECO), which has re-filed an application before Congress for the renewal of its franchise to distribute power in Iloilo City, has questioned the capability of its competitor, MORE Electric and Power Co. (MORE Power), to set up its own network.

Iloilo City sets up digital info kiosk

ILOILO CITY — A digital information kiosk has been installed at the Iloilo City Hall, a step towards the local government’s goal of becoming a “smart city.”

Iloilo City vendors given until Monday to vacate sidewalks

ABOUT 1,500 sidewalk vendors in Iloilo City have been ordered to vacate their spots by today, Sept. 9, in line with the national government’s directive to clear roads and public spaces from all obstructions.

9 establishments closed: No more bar curfew, but Iloilo City gets...

NINE ESTABLISHMENTS have been shut down by the Iloilo City government for violations of Executive Order (EO) No. 46, which regulates bars and other leisure spots.

Iloilo City to start building P38M command center this year

THE ILOILO City government is set to begin construction this year of a P38-million command center for security, traffic, and emergency response.

Lone STL operator in Iloilo says it cannot afford conditions for...

RED SUBAY Gaming Corp., the sole Small Town Lottery (STL) operator in the province of Iloilo, is unlikely to resume operations as it cannot meet the conditions set by the Philippines Charity and Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Restored UP Visayas main bldg., Iloilo’s 1st City Hall, officially opens

ILOILO CITY — The opening of the restored main building of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), which served as Iloilo’s first government hall, adds to the roster of historical and cultural attractions here.

PECO given until Aug. 28 to reply to MORE Power’s opposition

PANAY ELECTRIC Co., Inc. (PECO) has filed its motion for reconsideration to an Iloilo court’s decision allowing MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) to take over its assets.

Innovate Iloilo movement plans October summit for start-ups, investors

INNOVATE ILOILO, which hopes to make Iloilo City an innovation hub by 2030, is organizing its first conference which will feature a business-matching activity for start-ups and investors.

Iloilo judge issues gag order vs MORE Power, PECO

THE JUDGE now handling the expropriation case filed by MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) against Panay Electric Co., Inc. (PECO) has issued a gag order against both companies to stop their representatives from publicly commenting on the case.

City council asserts legality of transport hub inside Megaworld Iloilo Business...

THE ILOILO City council has declared the transport hub inside Megaworld Corp.’s Iloilo Business Park legal based on local regulation and as confirmed by the legal office.

Iloilo court rules in favor of MORE Power in expropriation case...

ILOILO CITY -- A Regional Trial Court (RTC) has granted the petition of the Razon-led MORE Electric and Power Corp. to take over the assets of Iloilo City’s long-time power distributor, Panay Electric Co. (PECO).

Drilon pushes for construction of Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge

SENATE MINORITY Leader Frank M. Drilon, who hails from Iloilo, is helping push for the immediate construction of the Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge, citing its urgency in light of the Aug. 3 Iloilo Strait tragedy.

Motorboat economy: People cheer the resumption of services after 3-vessel mishap

WHEN AUTHORITIES lifted the suspension of motorboat operations between Iloilo City and the island province of Guimaras last Tuesday, they cited “passengers” as the main consideration for the decision.

Iloilo City council to review franchises granted to 3 water distributors

THE ILOILO City council passed a resolution on Tuesday seeking a review of the legality of the franchises granted by the previous council to three water distributors.

Iloilo-Guimaras passenger motorboats back in operation

THE MARITIME Industry Authority (MARINA) lifted on Aug. 13 the suspension of motorboat operations between Iloilo City and Guimaras, with certain conditions imposed.

Guimaras economy reels from Iloilo Strait tragedy

THE ISLAND province of Guimaras, with its white beaches and sweet mangoes, provides the perfect tropical complement to Iloilo City’s urban and cultural tourism attractions.

Iloilo City council to conduct separate probe on sea tragedy

THE ILOILO City council will conduct its own inquiry “in aid of legislation” on the Aug. 3 sea tragedy where three pumpboats capsized and 31 people died.

Iloilo-Guimaras Strait tragedy highlights need to refine protocols

THE NEED to clarify and strengthen protocols on the suspension of motorboat trips as well as emergency response coordination has been put on the spotlight following Saturday’s mishap at the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait wherein three boats capsized and claimed the lives of at least 28 people.

25 confirmed dead as 3 boats capsize in Iloilo Strait

TOURISTS, TEACHERS, and children were among the 25 people confirmed dead after three boats capsized at the Iloilo Strait on Saturday afternoon.

Home of endangered Visayan species struggles with limited funding

A P30,000 monthly food budget would cover the standard nourishment needed by 54 animals — mostly endangered and vulnerable species endemic to the Visayas — housed at the Mari-it Conservation Park in Lambunao, Iloilo.

Transport groups oppose P2P buses between airport and Megaworld transport hub

SEVERAL TRANSPORT groups have questioned the operations of premium point-to-point (P2P) buses in Iloilo, particularly those plying the route between the Megaworld Transport Hub in Iloilo City to the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan town.

Iloilo province plans to become MICE destination

ILOILO CITY -- Government agencies, the private sector, and local government units (LGUs) in Iloilo province have completed a three-year plan to become a major meetings, incentives, conferences/conventions and exhibitions (MICE).

DoH cautions against long-term school suspensions amid dengue outbreak

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) is not keen on proposals to declare long-term class suspensions in the Western Visayas amid the dengue outbreak in the region.

Duque says reconsideration of Dengvaxia vaccination program not on the table

AMID THE declaration of a nationwide dengue alert, Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said the Department of Health (DoH) is not considering just yet a possible revival of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccination program.

Megaworld eyes P2-B sales from new office tower

ILOILO CITY — Megaworld Corp. expects to generate P2 billion in sales from its newly launched office tower in Iloilo Business Park (IBP).

Rural health centers tasked to serve as hydration units in dengue...

RURAL HEALTH Units (RHUs) in Western Visayas have been directed to serve as hydration centers for possible dengue-afflicted patients but do not exhibit such warning signs as abdominal pain and persistent vomiting.

Dengue outbreak declared in Iloilo City following all 5 provinces in...

A WEEK after all the five provinces in Western Visayas declared a dengue outbreak, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas followed suit on Monday as he expressed alarm over the increasing number of cases in the region’s center.

Dengue emergency unit set up as hospitals struggle with high number...

THE Philippine Red Cross has set up a dengue emergency medical unit at the Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan as both government and private hospitals in Iloilo struggle with the high number of dengue patients in need of medical attention.

Dengue deaths reach 94 in Western Visayas

NINETY-FOUR people have died of dengue in Western Visayas — the region with the highest number of cases — as of July 19, according to data from the Department of Health-Center for Health Development-Region 6 (DOH-CHD-6).

Western Visayas health sector in full force for dengue response

THE HEALTH sector in Western Visayas, which registered the highest number of dengue cases amid a nationwide dengue alert declaration, is focusing resources to respond to patients.