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#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/27/20)

ILOILO City’s finance committee will present this week a fund realignment and economic measures program as the local government braces for the delayed collection in local taxes that cover about 60% of its annual budget.

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LOCAL leaders whose areas have been declared under low or moderate threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) feel the pressure of ensuring stricter implementation of guidelines as they prepare to relax restrictions under the “new normal” by May 1.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/23/20)

Electric co-ops blast Solar Para Sa Bayan’s recent rate hike in Mindoro CONSUMERS in an Occidental Mindoro town have raised concerns on the alleged recent...

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/21/20)

THE National Water Resources Board (NWRB) vowed to maintain its increased water allocation to the two concessionaires in Metro Manila, the area in the country with the highest number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/14/20)

FOUR out of 12 mega quarantine facilities in the National Capital Region for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients have been completed, Bases Conversion Development Authority President and Presidential Adviser on Flagship Programs and Projects Vince B. Dizon said.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/13/20)

THE MAKATI City government has warned that violators of quarantine rules and the mandatory wearing of face masks outside homes will be fined with up to P5,000 and jail time.

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THE TWO passenger vessels of shipping and logistics provider 2Go Group, Inc. that will be used as quarantine facilities for returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are now ready for use, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said.

Iloilo City extends lockdown to April 30, others keep open-ended policy

ILOILO City is extending its lockdown to April 30 following confirmed local transmission cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Mayor Jerry P. Treñas announced...

LGUs allowed to buy own COVID-19 test kits

LOCAL government units (LGUs) have the authority to buy their own test kits for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to Health Secretary Francisco...

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/01/20)

THE Kiangan Billeting Center inside the police national headquarters has been temporarily converted as a quarantine facility for officers who are considered patients under investigation (PUI) and persons under monitoring (PUM) for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Markets go mobile, mini

THE PASIG Mega Market, a centralized trading area of food and other basic provisions similar to what is typically found in every town around the country, was being readied Sunday night for more entry restrictions.

Guimaras turns to online selling to dispose of mango harvest

MANGO season in Guimaras finds growers denied their usual markets this year because COVID-19 has restricted tourist movements and cancelled fiestas and trade fairs.

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HEALTH and local government officials of Cagayan have given assurance that the district hospitals around the province are ready to handle suspected COVID-19 cases with isolation rooms set up and medical workers briefed.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (03/18/20)

THE INTEGRATED Bar of the Philippines (IBP) will release early half of the 13th month pay and salaries of its national office employees located in the National Capital Region while Luzon is under enhanced community quarantine due to the novel coronavirus disease.

Local governments a step ahead with community quarantine declarations

SEVERAL LOCAL governments around the country — mostly major cities, provinces, and even some municipalities — have declared a community quarantine to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the new coronavirus that has infected 140 Filipinos as of March 15.

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTUAL workers will be compensated during the community quarantine period in Metro Manila, Senator Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva said on Saturday evening.

COVID-19 Regional Updates: Visayas

THE NEGROS Oriental provincial government has assured that contact tracing was immediately launched Wednesday night upon confirmation of a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patient in the capital Dumaguete City.

COVID-19 Regional Updates (03/11/20)

THE PANGASINAN provincial board has passed a resolution ordering village leaders along with the youth representatives to suspend “activities that could draw crowd in their respective localities” to avoid potential community transmission of the new coronavirus disease known as COVID-19.

Iloilo City mayor to meet barangay leaders after 46 villages fail...

ILOILO CITY Mayor Jerry P. Treñas is meeting village leaders this week after 46 areas failed in the assessment for compliance to the national government’s road clearing policy.

Iloilo town ventures into silk production to meet demand of traditional...

LOCAL SILK yarn production is not enough to meet the needs of weavers around the country, especially with the renewed appreciation for indigenous designs. “Right now, the silk yarn that we are producing cannot meet the demand of the weavers, that is why we are encouraging more farmers to venture in this production,” Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA)-Western Visayas Regional Director Evelyn B. Cagasan said in a recent interview as they announced a pioneering project in Lambunao.

COVID-19 regional updates

ILOILO CITY Mayor Jerry P. Treñas has issued an order prohibiting ships from China and its administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, from entering ports in the city amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

PECO moves to stop takeover of power assets

PANAY ELECTRIC Co., Inc. (PECO) has asked the Court of Appeals in Cebu to stop the take over of its power distribution assets in Iloilo City by MORE Electric and Power Corp. after a local court issued a writ of possession in favor of the Razon-led company.

MORE Power starts PECO assets takeover

ILOILO CITY — Razon-led MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) started taking over the distribution assets of Panay Electric Co., Inc. (PECO) in Iloilo City Friday following a local court order granting its petition for a writ of possession.

Antique bans new coal-fired power plants

CONSTRUCTION OF new coal-fired power plants in Antique is now banned following an ordinance passed on Feb. 21 by the provincial board.

Iloilo angling for MICE market with more halal establishments

ILOILO CITY -- The Iloilo business sector will start developing halal-friendly establishments and food manufacturing to support its campaign to capture a bigger share of meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE).

Pototan gets disaster-resilient school building

A DISASTER-resilient building has been turned over to a secondary school in Pototan, one of the flood-prone towns in Iloilo.

House panel approves Iloilo ecozone and free port bill

ILOILO CITY -- A bill creating the Metro Iloilo Special Economic Zone and Freeport Authority has been approved at committee level in the House of Representatives.

29 patients under COVID-19 monitoring in Western Visayas discharged after negative...

TWENTY-NINE persons under investigation (PUI) in Western Visayas tested negative for the COVID-19 and have been discharged from hospital, the Department of Health-Center for Health Development in Western Visayas (DoH-CHD 6) reported on Friday.

Bacolod City urged to hasten mobilization of barangay response teams as...

AS THE national government imposes travel restrictions and line agencies undertake strict monitoring of entry points, local governments should focus on organizing their barangay health emergency response teams (BHERTs) to serve as the first line of defense against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) said.

Davao City completes swine culling operations; Davao del Sur rolls out...

THE DAVAO City Veterinarian’s Office (CVO) has completed the culling of pigs in two villages with confirmed cases of the African Swine Fever (ASF), but the movement of pigs and pork products remains restricted to avoid another outbreak.

Over 38,000 kg of pork, products seized at Western Visayas main...

QUARANTINE AUTHORITIES continue to implement strict screening measures at airports and seaports in the Western Visayas Region to protect the hog industry from the African Swine Fever (ASF), with the ban on pork and pork products extended to those coming from the Davao Region in addition to the entire Luzon mainland.

DoT, Boracay hotel sector to plan room discounts for domestic market...

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism-Western Visayas (DoT-6) office will meet with the region’s industry stakeholders, starting in Boracay, to map out marketing strategies and possible room rate discounts to spur domestic travel.

Tourist destinations restrict entry amid coronavirus threat

LOCAL POLITICAL units of areas with popular tourist destinations are imposing restricted entry rules amid the continued threat of the novel coronavirus.

Iloilo province readying hospital, waste-to-energy proposals for PPP

ILOILO PROVINCE is preparing the concept notes for five projects being proposed for public-private partnership (PPP) implementation.

Iloilo hotels, restaurants see minimal nCoV impact as local travelers keep...

THE SERVICES sector in Iloilo, particularly hotels and restaurants, are seeing minimal impact from the novel coronavirus (nCoV) threat as the industry relies more on the local travel market.

RDC to endorse Iloilo-Capiz-Aklan expressway for feasibility study

AN ELEVATED expressway that will connect the provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, and Aklan will be endorsed by the Western Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC) to pave the way for a feasibility study.

LGUs told to equip local workforce for Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridges construction

THE NATIONAL Economic and Development and Authority (NEDA)- Western Visayas regional office has called on local governments to build up a workforce that can be tapped for the anticipated construction of the Panay-Guimaras-Negros interisland bridges.

Japan offers to help Manila screen coronavirus strain

JAPAN has offered to help the Philippines screen a new strain of coronavirus that has killed more than a hundred in China and sickened thousands more, the Health department said on Wednesday.

3rd judge inhibits from PECO-MORE case

ANOTHER JUDGE at the Iloilo Regional Trial Court (RTC) has inhibited herself from the expropriation case filed by new player MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) against Panay Electric Co., Inc. (PECO), citing ties with the latter’s owners.

Home rental sector gets boost from Dinagyang Festival

ILOILO CITY -- The demand for accommodations during this year’s Dinagyang Festival highlighted the growing vacation home rental sector in Iloilo City, and the local government will now be looking into the regulation of these types of accommodations.

Maasin bamboo industry highlighted in Iloilo festival

ILOILO CITY -- The town of Maasin, Iloilo, which is being positioned as a center of the bamboo industry, supplied most of the kiosks for this year’s Ilonggo Food Festival in a bid to highlight the town’s design talent.

DoT calls on food SMEs, start-ups to expand; GrabFood launches service...

LAST WEEK’s launching of GrabFood delivery services in Iloilo City and the neighboring towns of Pavia and Oton is an opportunity for start-ups and small- and medium-scale enterprises in the food sector to expand as well as help boost culinary tourism, according to the Department of Tourism’s (DoT) Western Visayas head.

Flight attendant with Wuhan travel discharged from hospital but under monitoring

THE 24-year old flight attendant who was unwell and had a cough following travel in Wuhan, China, the ground zero of the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, has been discharged from hospital but will continue to be monitored, according to the Aklan Provincial Health Office (PHO).

Local governments at the front lines of UHC implementation

FORTY-FIVE-year-old Melodina Hugo is the go-to person when family members and relatives, especially those from the remote Paquibato district, get seriously sick and need to be brought to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City, the biggest government-owned hospital in Mindanao.

3 Chinese quarantined from Kalibo airport already cleared

THE THREE Chinese nationals quarantined after showing signs of high body temperature upon arrival at the Kalibo International Airport in Aklan have all been cleared and released.