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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.

PECO gets provisional authority to continue power distribution in Iloilo

PANAY ELECTRIC Co., Inc. (PECO) has been granted provisional authority by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to continue operating in Iloilo City as the company’s certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) expires Saturday (May 25).

More Power inks PSA with AboitizPower unit

MORE Electric and Power Co. (More Power), which is poised to take over the power distribution in Iloilo City, has signed another interim power supply agreement (PSA) with one of the country’s largest power producers, Aboitiz Power Corp.

MORE Power prepares for power distribution takeover amid court battles with...

MORE ELECTRIC and Power Co. (MORE Power) has started ground preparations for taking over the electricity distribution service in Iloilo City despite pending court cases, while its top official said they are very open to an amicable settlement with competitor Panay Electric Co., Inc. (PECO).

DoE says gov’t takeover will be last resort in Iloilo City’s...

ILOILO CITY — Department of Energy (DoE) Undersecretary Felix B. Fuentebella has assured residents here that they are monitoring the power distribution tug-of-war between two companies and that the government will be ready to step in should the situation lead to a breakdown in supply delivery.

Lessons from a 104-year-old voter in Iloilo

THE HOT weather and congested voting precincts did not stop the elderly of Iloilo from exercising their right and responsibility to vote in last Monday’s midterm polls.

Rep. Treñas wins as Iloilo City mayor

REPRESENTATIVE JERRY P. Treñas of the lone district of Iloilo City will be serving next as mayor after he defeated his brother-in-law, incumbent Mayor Jose S. Espinosa III in Monday’s elections.

Reforms’ fate at stake in today’s polls

RESULTS of today’s midterm elections will give a clearer picture of how secure remaining economic and other structural reforms, as well as business-friendly local initiatives, will be in the last three years of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term, analysts and business leaders said in separate interviews late last week.

Weaving new life into Iloilo’s hablon

ILOILO CITY -- Connie M. Atijon, a master weaver of Iloilo’s hablon cloth, believes that the younger generation can be enticed to appreciate and keep alive the fading tradition.

Air Force delivers election paraphernalia in remote barangays in Tapaz

THE PHILIPPINE Air Force (PAF) delivered election paraphernalia and personnel in three far-flung villages of the town of Tapaz in Capiz last week, and remain on standby for other possible support needed for the May 13 midterm elections.

Modernized jeepneys to start plying Iloilo City next week

THE FIRST 12 modernized jeepneys of the Iloilo City Alliance Operators and Drivers Transport Cooperative (ICAODTC) will start operating next week, with an initial four routes to be served.

Iloilo City council grants water distribution franchise to Lucio Tan firm

ILOILO CITY’S Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has approved another water distribution franchise, this time to New Earth Water System, Inc. (NEWS), a subsidiary of Lucio Tan-controlled Boracay Tubi System, Inc.

DoH reminds on health risks as Iloilo City hits highest heat...

ILOILO CITY recorded its highest heat index since 2010 at 48°C last May 2, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) reported based on its local weather monitoring station.

Iloilo SMEs at China expo seeks gov’t help to reach int’l...

ILOILO CITY -- An Iloilo City delegation participating in the 5th Quanzhou Maritime Silk Road International Brand Expo in Fujian, China last month cited the need for more government help for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) venturing into international experts.

Iloilo City council calls on water distributors to waive minimum fee...

THE ILOILO Sangguniang Panlungsod (city council) passed a resolution last April 30 calling on the city’s two water distributors to waive the minimum rate amid the prevailing water shortage due to El Niño, especially for consumers who are unable to fully draw the minimum 10-cubic meter (cu.m) supply per month.

Iloilo strengthens ‘bike-friendly city’ campaign

THE ILOILO City government, supported by the private sector, is holding the 6th Iloilo Bike Festival from May 1 to 5 as it strengthens its campaign towards becoming a “bike-friendly city.”

Western Visayas economy seen to bounce back after 2018 slowdown due...

ILOILO CITY — The six-month temporary closure of Boracay Island last year contributed significantly to the slowdown of Western Visayas Region’s economic growth, but a recovery is expected despite the regulated entry for tourists and stricter rules now being implemented on the island resort.

Iloilo City eyes investments, trade links with Quanzhou after international expo...

ILOILO CITY — Officials from Quanzhou, a major port city in China’s Fujian province, are returning to Iloilo City with potential investors and to discuss possible direct trade links between the two cities.

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.