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New Barotac Viejo irrigation facility to be developed for tourism, aquaculture

THE NEWLY-OPENED P993.3 million Barotac Viejo Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) will be further developed for aquaculture and farm-tourism.

State of calamity recommendation to be submitted to Iloilo provincial council...

THE RECOMMENDATION to declare a state of calamity in the entire Iloilo province is expected to be submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial council) on Monday, April 22, following an assessment that about 22% of the 117,000 rice farmers have been affected by the prevailing El Niño phenomenon.

Iloilo City eyes Australian study grants for employees after envoy’s visit

ILOILO CITY Mayor Jose S. Espinosa III wants the local government’s regular employees to explore study grants in Australia following a visit last week...

P2.6B Panay east-west road project 25% done, target opening still by...

THE PANAY East-West Lateral Road project, which links Antique to central and northern Iloilo and Capiz, is 25% done and the target opening is by 2022, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Iloilo to represent PHL in Quanzhou international brand expo

A GROUP of exhibitors from Iloilo is representing the Philippines in the 5th Quanzhou Maritime Silk Road International Brand Expo (MSREXPO) on April 18-21, showcasing local food, textile, and other fashion products.

Lambunao allocates P9M for interventions after town declares state of calamity...

LAMBUNAO IS the second town in Iloilo province to declare a state of calamity due to El Niño and the municipal government is tapping P9 million from its emergency fund to assist affected residents.

Boracay indigenous community to train as produce supplier

A DEVELOPMENT plan is being prepared for the 3.2064 hectares of land initially awarded to the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization (BATO) last year, with the indigenous community being positioned as suppliers of fruit and vegetables for the tourism industry.

Iloilo City wants to tap barangay officials for misting operations to...

THE ILOILO City Health Office (CHO) wants to tap barangay officials for continued misting operations to combat mosquito-borne diseases, especially dengue.

Fire Prevention Month: 77 fire incidents highlight need for community-level fire...

THE ILOILO City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) recorded 77 fire incidents with one fatality in March, observed as Fire Prevention Month in the country.

3 more Iloilo towns could be placed under state of calamity

THE ILOILO Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) is looking into the possibility of declaring the towns of Lambunao, Janiuay, and Cabatuan towns under a state of calamity due to the prevailing El Niño phenomenon.

Tahum Pop Up Festival: Things and stories of beauty

ILOILO CITY -- Creators of some of the best Philippine products -- local crafts, home and lifestyle items, food, jewelry and fashion products -- converged in Iloilo City late February for the first Tahum Pop Up Festival.

DAR offers to mediate after cease order vs Ayala Land-SIDECO venture...

THE DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has offered to mediate between the Federation of Sicogon Island Farmers and Fisherfolk Association (FESIFFA) and the joint venture of Sicogon Development Corp. (SIDECO) and Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) over alleged breaches of contract on the development of Sicogon Island.

Manila Water unit, Tubig Pilipinas bag Iloilo project

ILOILO CITY — Manila Water Philippine Ventures, Inc. (MWPV) and Tubig Pilipinas Group, Inc. (TPGI) have been granted a franchise by the local council to establish and operate a water distribution system in parts of Iloilo City.

Dealing with El Niño

ABOUT 30% of the 110,000 rice farmers in Iloilo province have been affected by the prevailing El Niño phenomenon, and the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) is already anticipating that it would not be able meet the one million metric ton (MT) target production this year.

Iloilo hospitals, city gov’t prepare alternative water sources amid dry spell

THE ILOILO City government has started prepositioning 39 water delivery trucks in anticipation of reduced water supply amid the prevailing dry spell that is expected to continue until June or August. Mayor Jose S. Espinosa III said in an interview Friday that these trucks will be deployed to the identified 38 “susceptible barangays.” The city government is now planning the distribution scheme as well as sources for the potable water supply, including private companies and the fire brigades. Mr. Espinosa also appealed to the public to be more prudent on water use even if there is no shortage yet. “Save on water,” he said.

Iloilo health officials step up chickenpox monitoring

THE ILOILO Provincial Health Office (PHO) is stepping up the monitoring of chickenpox cases after 35 students in one primary school were recorded to have been infected since January.

Sweden eyes expanded business, academic relations with Iloilo

SWEDISH AMBASSADOR to the Philippines Harald Fries said he is on a mission to link Swedish businesses with areas outside the National Capital Region as well as strengthen tourism and academic relations between the two countries.

Measles claims 5 lives in Western Visayas

MORE THAN one month after a measles outbreak was declared in Western Visayas, the number of suspected cases in the region stood at 1,317 as of March 15, with five deaths attributed to the preventable disease.

MIB assures steady water supply in Iloilo City amid El Niño...

METRO ILOILO Bulk Water Supply Corp. (MIB) said its ongoing upgrade of treatment facilities, which is expected to be completed by end-March, will ensure stable supply in Iloilo City amid the dry spell due to El Niño.

PECO gets 20-day TRO vs MORE Power

THE MANDALUYONG Regional Trial Court Branch 209 approved on March 13 Panay Electric Company, Inc.’s (PECO) petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against More Electric and Power Co. (MORE Power), effective for 20 days.

Megaworld gets Iloilo City council nod on transport hub proposal

THE ILOILO City council has approved Megaworld Corp.’s proposal to build and operate a transport hub within its 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park in the Mandurriao district.

Dry spell destroys almost 25MT of rice in Iloilo

ILOILO province, the fifth largest producer of rice in the country and the top in the Visayas, has lost 24,692 metric tons (MT) of the crop due to the prevailing dry spell brought about by the El Niño phenomenon.

MORE Power files expropriation case vs PECO

ILOILO CITY — The legal battle for power distribution in Iloilo City continues as More Electric and Power Co. (MORE Power) filed on Monday an expropriation case to acquire the assets of current distributor Panay Electric Co., Inc. (PECO).

Comelec-Iloilo City cracks down on illegal campaign posters

MORE THAN three weeks since the start of the 2019 campaign period for national candidates, hundreds of illegal campaign posters were removed in Iloilo City.

S. Korea-backed project for Panay upland farmers may be replicated elsewhere

ILOILO CITY -- A five-year program seeking to turn Panay’s upland farmers into direct distributors of their produce will be replicated in other parts of the country, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said.

Dengue cases in Iloilo up at 669 in Jan-Feb

THE NUMBER of dengue cases in Iloilo province stood at 669 as of March 2, according to the Iloilo Provincial Health Office, much higher than the 171 reported for the full year 2018.

PECO seeks TRO against MORE Power takeover of Iloilo franchise

PANAY ELECTRIC Company, Inc. (PECO), which is poised to lose its 95-year power distribution license in Iloilo City, is seeking a temporary restraining order (TRO) order barring the takeover of new entrant MORE Power and Electric Co. (MORE Power).

Iloilo City to undertake coastal rehabilitation program

THE ILOILO City government, inspired by the rehabilitation initiatives in Boracay and Manila Bay, is launching its own coastal cleanup in 26 villages stretching from Barangays Bitoon, Jaro to Santo Niño Sur, Arevalo.

Iloilo City gets P14.3M of sports equipment from PSC

THE PHILIPPINE Sports Commission (PSC) donated P14.3-million worth of facilities and equipment to the Iloilo City government following its successful hosting of the Batang Pinoy 2019 Visayas Qualifying Leg last Feb. 24-March 2.

BPO investors worried by Iloilo power uncertainty

NEW INVESTMENT in the information and technology industry in Iloilo City, particularly the business processes outsourcing (BPO) sector, could slow down due to the unresolved arrangements for the city’s power distribution.

FPOP-Iloilo’s community center targets people at risk of HIV

THE FAMILY Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP)-Iloilo Chapter has set up a community center aimed at assisting those at risk of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in Iloilo City.

MORE Power promises Iloilo businesses lower rates

MORE Power and Electric Co. (MORE Power) said it will provide lower power rates when it takes over the concession from Iloilo City from the current power distributor, Panay Electric Co. (PECO).

Panay food terminal seen lowering costs for Iloilo market vendors

The regionwide Panay Food Center and Terminal in San Miguel, Iloilo is not a threat to the public markets in Iloilo City and will lower costs by doing away with the need to travel to distant suppliers, a city official said.

Measles cases rise to 688

THE number of suspected measles cases in Region 6 increased to 688 as of February 22, 2019, according to the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DoH-CHD)-6.

Museum of Philippine Economic History: Displaying stories of trade, merchants, and...

ILOILO CITY -- Economics is not exactly an exciting subject matter.

Iloilo invited to send delegation to China’s ‘Maritime Silk Road’ expo

ILOILO CITY entrepreneurs have been invited to visit Fujian province in China by officials from the municipality of Quanzhou, to participate in the Quanzhou Maritime Silk Road International Brand Expo.

SKorea-backed Panay terminal cuts out the middleman for farmers

SAN MIGUEL, ILOILO -- Upland farmers in Panay now have a direct link to consumers with the completion of the P11.8-million Local Food Terminal (LFT) here, which also has a solar-powered cold storage facility.

Iloilo City eyed as premiere MICE destination by 2021

ILOILO CITY is being positioned as a primary meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) destination in the country under the Department of Tourism’s (DoT) three-year marketing plan.

DoH sees drop in measles cases by next month

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) foresees that measles cases will begin to decrease by next month as they further strengthen their vaccination programs in partnership with other government agencies as a response to the outbreak.

Iloilo town gets P55M flood protection

THE P55-million flood control project intended to protect residents from the overflowing of Barotac Viejo River in Barangay Poblacion Ilawod has been completed, the...

Inter-agency group formed for tighter watch on illegal drugs passing through...

THE SEAPORT Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group for the Western Visayas Region (SIADITG-VI) has been formed to tighten the watch on illegal drugs that come through seaports in Iloilo, once tagged by the President as one of the worst narcotics areas in the country.

Village plans to build statue of dead whale as reminder of...

BARANGAY GABI, where the body of a dead Sei whale species (Balaenoptera borealis) was spotted near the shore, plans to build a statue of the creature to serve as a constant reminder of the importance of marine resource protection.

Iloilo City wants better port facilities for cruise ship tourism

AFTER HOSTING almost 800 Japanese tourists who came via the MV Pacific Venus vessel for the Dinagyang Festival weekend last Jan. 25-27, Iloilo City is now planning to undertake improvements in its port facilities to attract more cruise ships.

Security measures tightened in Iloilo worship sites, airport

PROMPTED BY the recent terror attacks in Mindanao and the alleged presence of members of Islamic State-inspired groups in Iloilo City, Mayor Jose S. Espinosa III has ordered increased police visibility in places of worship.

Dinagyang Festival eyes Philippine tour

ILOILO CITY — Organizers of the city’s annual Dinagyang Festival are planning to bring the street dance performers on a nationwide tour this year to promote Ilonggo culture.