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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.

Iloilo City launches ‘Traffic Discipline Zone’ to ease congestion

A TRAFFIC management campaign for the stricter implementation of road rules has been launched in Iloilo City to address the congestion in the growing urban area.

Iloilo City mayor warns businesses without permit face closure starting Jan....

BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS in Iloilo City without a valid permit by January 21 will face automatic closure, the mayor warned.

Virginia Farms interested in Iloilo slaughterhouse operation

CEBU-BASED Virginia Farms Inc. is interested in investing for the upgrade and operation of the Iloilo City slaughterhouse into a Double AA classification under the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS).

Work starts on four Metro Iloilo flyovers worth P1.2 billion

ILOILO CITY -- The construction of four flyovers in the Metro Iloilo area, at a total cost of P1.2 billion, starts this week with completion targets of the end of 2021, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Iloilo City extends ban on pork from Luzon

THE ILOILO City government has extended the ban on pork and by-products from Luzon until June to ensure that the city’s swine industry remains free from African Swine Fever (ASF).

Dinagyang Festival teaser set Friday

THE 14 groups that will compete in two events in this year’s Dinagyang Festival will give a sneak peak of their dance performances on Friday, Jan. 10, during the opening salvo of Iloilo’s biggest annual fiesta, to be held at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand.

Iloilo City eyes regulation for online businesses, food trucks

THE ILOILO City Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) sees the need to come up with local regulation for online businesses and food trucks as the number of such enterprises is on the rise.

Iloilo City prepares to bid out infra projects for this year

CONSTRUCTION OF several buildings and the rehabilitation of public markets and plazas are among the top priorities of the Iloilo City government this year and bidding for the projects are already being prepared, according to Mayor Jerry P. Treñas.

Agriculture damage in Western Visayas estimated at P265M

DAMAGE to the agriculture sector of Western Visayas due to typhoon Ursula (international name: Phanfone) has exceeded P265 million as of Jan. 3 with more than half accounted for by rice crops and facilities, according to the assessment of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 6 (DA-RFO).

GBP wooing industries to Iloilo City with untapped off-peak power supply

ILOILO CITY — Global Business Power Corp. (GBP) is wooing four industrial companies to set up shop in Iloilo City to maximize the available power supply during off-peak hours.

In typhoon’s aftermath, Capiz underscores need for Panay River Basin project

THE ENTIRE province of Capiz was flooded, with water rising to as high as five meters in some areas, after typhoon Ursula (international name: Phanfone) dumped rain across the Visayas and parts of Luzon islands last Christmas.

Typhoon death toll rises to 28, agri damage over P600M

THE DEATH toll from typhoon Ursula (international name: Phanfone) has risen to 28 as authorities continue to take stock of the devastation in central areas of the Philippines.

Iloilo City to offer mass transport project for PPP

ILOILO CITY -- Mayor Jerry P. Treñas wants to set up a mass transport system in Iloilo City and is looking for a private investor that will partner with the local government.

Confiscated ham at Kalibo airport positive for ASF

A CANNED ham confiscated from a passenger at the Kalibo International Airport about three weeks ago has tested positive for African Swine Fever (ASF), the Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office reported.

Iloilo City considering extended prohibition on pork from Luzon

THE Iloilo City Veterinarian’s Office said it is planning to make permanent or at least extend the 90-day ban on pork and by-products from Luzon.

Pototan: Town of rice and lights

EVERY CHRISTMAS season for over two decades now, the town of Pototan, considered as the rice granary of Panay island, puts on a grand lights display that has also earned it the title as the region’s Christmas capital.

Shrine for PHL revolution’s hero-journalist Lopez Jaena eyed as added cultural...

GRACIANO Lopez Jaena is recognized as the first Filipino propagandist who rallied and sought Philippine independence from Spain alongside national heroes Jose Rizal and Marcelo H. Del Pilar.

Iloilo airport to enhance communications system further in emergency situations

THE ILOILO International Airport tested its response time, preparedness, and interoperability in handling a bomb explosion incident through a full-scale simulation exercise over the weekend.

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.