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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.

Mayor pursues PPP scheme for Iloilo City abattoir

FOUR COMPANIES have expressed interest in the Iloilo City abattoir improvement project, which is being planned to be placed under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme, according to Mayor Jerry P. Treñas.

P2P buses from Iloilo to Caticlan Airport, other Panay destinations launched

POINT-TO-POINT (P2P) buses between Iloilo City and the different airports within Panay Island will start services Friday, and other routes to Antique and Roxas City in Capiz will soon be opened for franchise applications.

Iloilo province to declare state of calamity to address dengue outbreak

THE EXECUTIVE Order (EO) issued last July 6 by Iloilo Governor Arthur R. Defensor Jr. declaring a dengue outbreak in the province will be submitted to the provincial board this week to serve as basis for the declaration of a state of calamity.

Razon’s firm stopped from taking over PECO assets

A MANDALUYONG court has declared sections of the law that granted Razon-led MORE Electric and Power Corp. a franchise as a distribution utility in Iloilo City as void and unconstitutional for infringing on the right of the area’s existing electricity distributor Panay Electric Co., Inc. (PECO) to due process and equal protection of the law.

Coffee, cacao growers in Iloilo targeted for cluster development

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) is pushing for the development of cacao and coffee in Iloilo, where several towns and cities have been identified as priority areas for the industry clusters strategy.

Western Visayas targets 6.5% in GRDP growth led by agriculture, fisheries

WESTERN VISAYAS is aiming for at least 6.5% growth in gross regional domestic product (GRDP) growth this year, from 6.1% in 2018, with regional officials hoping to focus their efforts on the agriculture and fisheries sectors, which have been affected by the dry spell due to El Niño.

Iloilo artist made famous through social media never gave up on...

LARRY M. Casinao -- who recently touched the hearts of netizens after photos of him painting on the sidewalk of Jaro Plaza uploaded by student Sal Molinos went viral on social media -- used to go house-to-house to peddle his artworks.

MPIC-led firm takes over Iloilo water distribution

ILOILO CITY — Metro Pacific Water (MPW) and Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) formally started of operations of their joint venture company Metro Iloilo Water (MIW).

Hearing on PECO-MORE Power expropriation case resumes July 2

HEARING RESUMES Tuesday, July 2, on the expropriation case filed by MORE Electric and Power Co. (MORE Power) for Panay Electric Co. Inc.’s (PECO) assets.

DoST tells Western Visayas schools to explore AI

THE WESTERN Visayas Region has the potential to become a hub for the science and technology sector due to the strong research and development performance of its state universities and colleges (SUCs), according to Department of Science and Technology (DoST) Secretary Fortunato T. dela Peña.

DoH raises alarm over rising death toll due to rabies in...

THE DEPARTMENT of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Western Visayas called on the public to immediately seek consultation after being bitten or even just scratched by a cat or dog as the number of deaths due to rabies has been increasing in the region.

Iloilo power firm PECO sues city councilors, 2 others

ILOILO CITY — Panay Electric Co., Inc. (PECO), the embattled power distributor in lloilo City, filed a criminal case against two outgoing councilors and two other persons for allegedly damaging the company’s reputation.

DepEd-Western Visayas eyes study-work program to address high dropout rate in...

THE DEPARTMENT of Education-Western Visayas (DepEd-6) is looking into piloting a program in Antique that will allow secondary school students to study and earn a living at the same time.

‘Innovate Iloilo’ roadmap aims to tap technology, science for better local...

THE DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology (DoST) and stakeholders in Iloilo City are working on the “Innovative Iloilo” plan, a roadmap towards better governance using science, technology and innovations (STI).

DTI launches capacity-building program for Iloilo MSMEs

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Iloilo said it launched a capacity-building program for small entrepreneurs at the barangay level.

Expropriation hearing continues on July 2 as Iloilo court denies PECO’s...

THE REGIONAL Trial Court Branch 37 in Iloilo City has set on July 2 the continuation of the hearings on the application for writ of possession of MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power), after it denied Panay Electric Co.’s (PECO) plea to stop the proceedings.

Deaths due to dengue in Western Visayas more than double to...

DENGUE CASES in the Western Visayas Region rose to 8,613 in Jan-May this year from 2,886 in the same period 2018, with deaths more than double at 48 from 23, based on the data from the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DoH-CHD)-Region 6.

Incoming mayor assures no tax on real estate, permits on watch

ILOILO CITY Mayor-elect Jerry P. Treñas has outlined his governance plans for the next three years to the business community, including an assurance that there will be a moratorium on real property and business tax increases.

FLo Water cuts off supply to MIWD amid dispute

FLO WATER Resources Inc., one of the bulk water suppliers of Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) that delivers 15,000 cubic meters daily, has temporarily cut off supply since June 5 amid a dispute over fines relating to water quality.

Israeli envoy explores cooperation opportunities in tech, agri during Iloilo visit

ILOILO CITY — Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz visited Iloilo earlier this week to explore cooperation opportunities in line with its goal to strengthen ties with the Philippine through local partnerships in the regions.

Muslim entrepreneurs in Iloilo, some from Marawi, relish peace and order

FOLLOWING THE celebration of Eid’l Fitr on Wednesday, the Iloilo United Muslim Community thanked the people of Iloilo for treating them with respect.

MORE Power-PECO expropriation case hearing set June 13

THE ILOILO City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 37 will start hearing on June 13 the application for writ of possession filed by MORE Electric and Power Corp.

Iloilo airport expansion proposal up for NEDA review after CAAP approval

THE PROPOSED expansion of the Iloilo International Airport takes a step forward after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) granted an original proponent status (OPS) to the unsolicited proposal submitted by the Villar Group of real estate magnate Manuel B. Villar, Jr.

PECO says expropriation hearings ‘premature’ without ruling on MORE Power’s franchise

ILOILO CITY’S power distributor, Panay Electric Company, Inc. (PECO), said it would be “premature” for the Iloilo Regional Trial Court (RTC) to proceed with the hearings on the expropriation of its assets by its competitor, MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power), without a ruling on another case filed before the Mandaluyong RTC.

Iloilo court to proceed with PECO-MORE Power expropriation hearings

THE ILOILO Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 37 has denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Panay Electric Company, Inc. (PECO) against the hearings on the expropriation case filed by More Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power).

Business hub ready for Iloilo’s shift to MICE tourism

ILOILO CITY -- Megaworld Corp. is aiming to make its Iloilo Business Park (IBP) the new city center as Iloilo’s tourism sector shifts more towards the MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) segment.