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Iloilo City seeks P230M fund from TIEZA to spruce up 5...

THE ILOILO City government is asking the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) for a P230 million fund to rehabilitate five public parks next year.

DoT positioning Western Visayas for food tourism

WITH Western Visayas considered a possible focus of food tourism, the Department of Tourism (DoT) is now gearing up to promote the region’s farms as possible destinations.

New and old

An air conditioned modern jeepney, one of the first units that started operating this month, serves the ITGSI-Jaro-City Proper route in Iloilo City alongside old ones.

High Court halts Mandaluyong RTC ruling vs MORE franchise

ILOILO CITY — The Supreme Court (SC) has temporarily blocked the decision of a regional court in Mandaluyong that declared as void and unconstitutional some provisions of MORE Electric and Power Co.’s (MORE Power) new congressional franchise covering Iloilo City.

Iloilo City aims for fully digitized business permit transactions by 2020

THE ILOILO City hall is aiming to automate transactions by 2020, including the payment for business permits and other fees.

Passi City wants to be home of Iloilo’s 2nd airport

PASSI CITY, located in the central part of Panay Island, is proposing to host the second airport in Iloilo province, to be built either through national funding or a public-private partnership (PPP).

Guimaras hoping to market mangoes at Japan festival

GUIMARAS hopes to market its mangoes in Japan at a festival where a delegation from the province will deliver a cultural performance.

Iloilo City roads bright with lanterns made by BJMP inmates

ILOILO CITY’S major roads are decorated for this year’s Christmas season with 1,600 lanterns, locally called parol, made by jail inmates as commissioned by a public-private partnership.

Iloilo worried power dispute clouding investment climate

ILOILO CITY -- Business leaders said the dispute between the two utilities over the right to provide the city’s power supply could damage Iloilo’s reputation as an investment and tourism destination, and asked regulators to intervene.

SMEs, retail sector to feel blow from minimum wage hike, say...

RETAIL BUSINESSES along with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are likely to feel the blow from the higher minimum wage rates in Western Visayas that will take effect on Nov. 26.

Iloilo City aims for UNESCO Creative City tag under food category

ILOILO CITY is aiming to be part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network -- joining Baguio and Cebu, the only two Philippine cities in the group -- through the food category.

MORE Power to join Iloilo City auction for PECO’s assets

MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) has expressed interest to join the Iloilo City government’s planned auction of the assets of its rival firm, Panay Electric Co. (PECO) on Dec. 12.

Iloilo to auction P90M PECO assets with unpaid property taxes

THE ILOILO City government is putting up for auction today, Nov. 12, the assets of Panay Electric Co. (PECO), which have unpaid real estate taxes for two years. Mayor Jerry P. Treñas on Monday said the City Treasurer’s Office will proceed with the sale of the assets valued at P90 million.

Iloilo mountain coffee growers among province’s top producers

ILOILO CITY -- In the forests of the remote mountain village of Nagpana in Iloilo province, coffee shrubs have long been growing wild in abundance.

Court strikes down policy against tarpaulin cover on Iloilo-Guimaras boats

A COURT in Iloilo City has struck down the government’s policy prohibiting motorboats plying the Iloilo City–Guimaras route from using tarpaulin or canvass covers to protect passengers from the sun.

Guimaras targets 100,000 tourists in year-long campaign after boat accidents

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism-Western Visayas (DoT-6) has launched a new campaign to bring in at least 100,000 visitors to Guimaras Island, which suffered a major setback following the boat accidents in August.

Iloilo students invent devices that can help rural communities

ILOILO CITY — Two groups of high school students from Iloilo have created devices that would be useful to rural communities, and they have made it the global judging round of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge.

DTI tells Iloilo SMEs: Be online, target millennials

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Iloilo province is urging small- and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) to have an online presence and target millennials to expand their markets.

Iloilo transforming public walls and spaces into art scenes

BLANK PUBLIC walls in Iloilo City have been designated as canvasses for local artists as part of the city government’s support for a more vibrant art scene.

DoST signs marine transport research tie-up in W. Visayas

THE DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology (DoST) has tied up with universities in the Western Visayas to develop modern seagoing vessels that meet international safety standards.

Western Visayas minimum wage set to increase in November

ILOILO CITY -- Minimum wage rates in Western Visayas are expected to increase before the end of the year following the regional board’s approval.

NRC taps Iloilo City to be resilience model

ILOILO CITY has been chosen by the National Resilience Council (NRC) as the first local government unit for assistance towards becoming a model for safety and sustainability.

Iloilo and Davao ramp up MICE marketing

A ROADMAP for the meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions (MICE) sector was launched in January 2018, providing a program for its development as a major contributor to the tourism industry.

‘Meet you in Iloilo’

Earlier this month, Iloilo formally launched its “Meet you in Iloilo” campaign, a P50-million program specifically targeted to promote the city as a MICE destination.

DTI underscores sustainability in barangay rounds for SMEs

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Iloilo province has so far covered 78 barangays with 8,714 participants in its capacity-building program for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) outside the urban areas.

Iloilo City plans inclusion of bicycle infrastructure in land use update

THE ILOILO City government will include bicycle lanes and other related infrastructure in its ongoing review and updating of its Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).

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.