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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.

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.