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DTI brings ‘Doing Business in FTAs' campaign to Iloilo City
- Thursday, May 23, 2013
- (PNA), JBP/AJP/MADS/VLO
ILOILO CITY, May 23 (PNA) -- Recognizing Iloilo City as one of the next wave cities in the country, the Department of Trade and Industry conducted “Doing Business in Free Trade Areas” information campaign recently at the Hotel Del Rio here.
Stakeholders from both private and public sectors were briefed on how a business can take advantage of the seven existing FTA agreements the government has with ASEAN member-countries and with Japan, New Zealand, Australia, China and India.
Bureau of Export Trade Promotion Director Senen Perlada encouraged small businesses in the region to take advantage of these agreements maybe not as direct exporters but as indirect exporters supplying quality materials to established firms which are already global players.
“It is important for the big brothers and small brothers play its role,” he said.
“The SMEs have to really integrate because that’s the only way they can be integrated into the global economy,” he added.
He noted that the Philippines is already part of the global supply chain, thus, “the important thing for SMEs is to link to be part of that supply chain, maybe not as direct exporters but as indirect exporters supplying quality materials.”
“For local producers, network with those companies that are already in the global supply chain, introduce your product, otherwise, it’ll be difficult to do it by yourself. Eventually, when you are strong enough, you can do it on your own,” Perlada said.
Being an agricultural region, Perlada encouraged entrepreneurs to look into all possible product they can develop and improved from “buko” or young coconuts.
He said “buko” is faring well in the United States of America, Canada, European Union and Japan.
“The people here have to look in every opportunity for ‘buko’ – from water to ‘bunot’ to everything, that is a great product which has good opportunities in all aspects,” he said.
To date, the Philippines is a signatory to a number of Free Trade Agreements, namely: Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement; ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement; ASEAN-India Free Trade Area; ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Area; ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement; ASEAN-China Free Trade Area; and ASEAN Free Trade Areas.
Products exported in these countries include agri- produce like bananas, mangoes and pineapples; aquamarine products like shrimps and prawns, yellow fin tunas and smoked fish; coconuts and by products; minerals; chemicals; machinery; metals; among others.
FTAs are economic blocs by which member countries remove tariffs on goods exported from signatory countries.
"Fiestas in the City" depict colorful festivals in Western Visayas
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013
- By Leonard T. Pineda I (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)
ILOILO CITY, May 22 (PIA) -- The parade of festival sagala and fiesta queens will highlight the celebration of “Fiestas in the City”, a week-long event showcasing the colorful festivals in Western Visayas.
Lawyer Helen Catalbas, Department of Tourism-6 (DOT-6) Regional Director, said that DOT, in cooperation with SM City Iloilo, has lined-up daily special events from May 20-25 to promote the richness of West Visayan culture and the talent of the Ilonggos in one setting.
Catalbas said that foreign visitors and local tourists can catch a glimpse of the much-anticipated parade of maidens featuring local festival queens under floral arches in the Sagala of Festival Queens on May 25, 2:00 PM at the SM City Events Center.
Festival queens from Iloilo City and Passi City and from the municipalities of Badiangan, Cabatuan, Igbaras, Lambunao, Leganes, Oton, Pavia, San Miguel, Sta. Barbara, Tigbauan, and Tubungan will take part in this Santacruzan-inspired event.
The DOT said that aside from the Sagala of festival, other scheduled activities include Fiesta Cuisine on May 22, Moda Filipiniana, a fashion show of Filipiniana-inspired gowns and barongs on May 23, and the Mayflower Sagala on May 24.
“Fiestas in the City”, which started in 2002, is Iloilo’s oldest continuous tourism celebration held inside a mall. It has evolved into one of Iloilo’s premier tourism celebration.
The DOT said that the celebration of “Fiestas in the City” depicts the historical and religious significance of the rich and diverse heritage, culture, and the spirit of the Ilonggos.
DepEd: There is more to Brigada than repair, clean-up
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013
- By Lilibeth A. French (JCM/LAF/PIA6)
ILOILO CITY, May 21 (PIA6) -- Education stakeholders in this city were urged to go beyond doing minor repairs and clean ups and help schools in jumpstarting their other projects such as Gulayan sa Paraalan and tree planting, among others as the five-day Brigada Eskwela started Monday, May 20.
The call was made by Division of Iloilo City Schools Division Superintendent Nelly Valerio during the regional launching and kick-off program of the 2013 Brigada Eskwela held at the Jaro National High School (JNHS) in the district of Jaro.
Valerio said Brigada Eskwela is part of the desire to ensure that children will have access to clean classrooms and schools on June 3 unlike in the past years where children are the ones doing the cleaning and classes would formally start two weeks after.
She added that since the program was launched ten years ago, children return to a clean classroom and classes start right away that signals that students and pupils are now required to be in school.
Brigada Eskwela also symbolizes harmonious partnership between the public and the private sector, according to Valerio as she encouraged volunteers, organizations and other stakeholders to also register and take part in the Brigada Eskwela activities of other city schools.
She likewise thanked the regional office of the DepEd in Western Visayas for choosing the Division of Iloilo City, particularly the JNHS as the regional venue of the kick-off program for this year’s Brigada Eskwela.
In her message, JNHS Principal Belinda Dinopol expressed hope that the launching activities will radiate to each and every school campus in the division, in the province and in the region so that each classroom and each campus will be prepared to receive students come June 3.
She also emphasized that the focus of this year’s Brigada Eskwela is the greening of the campus and hoped that this will become a year-long activity for each administrator.
A caravan participated in by more than 50 vehicles which started at the Division of Iloilo City was held before the program at the JNHS followed quickly by a tree planting activity led by DepEd 6 Director Mildred Garay.
The participation of the Philippine National Police mascots added attraction during the caravan and program inside the JNHS.
Iloilo media undergo entrepreneurial training
- Monday, May 20, 2013
- (PNA), HBC/AJP/LCP/VLO
ILOILO CITY - Core members of the Iloilo City Hall Press Corps and Capitol Press Corps recently underwent a one morning session on "Media Entrepreneurial Skills Training on Cassava Delicacies" held at the Department of Agriculture (DA)regional office.
DA Reg. Dir. Larry Nacionales said the skills training will enable media participants to embark on small scale business and enhance livelihood opportunities.
The last entrepreneurial skills training for the local media was conducted in 2004 and the latest was held May 17, 2013.
Experts from the rural improvement club served as mentors in sharing knowledge on the many uses of cassava including cakes and many delicacies at a short time and minimal cost.
Juvy Gaton, DA regional information officer, said the local media from different radio stations, televisions and print media participated in the training on cooking and making many cassava recipes.
Cassava is a year round root crop and abounds in Western Visayas.
It can be made into pichi-pichi and espasol which the local media participants trained how to make, Other cassava recipes are puto, ginataang cassava leaves, steamed cassava cup cake, suman, cheese cake, fries, cassava cake, cue, bibingka, steamed cassava cake with coconut custard topping, shrimp stick, with sweet banana, with garlic lime sauce, pie, with tapioca pearls, upside down cake, butter cake, polvoron, cuchinta, chippy, pinipig cookies, nilupak, cassava balls, jolly rol l and many more.
Got HIV? Seek help – DOH
- Sunday, May 19, 2013
- BY LEO LUTERO (PN)
ILOILO City – The Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas is encouraging people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to seek help.
The first step, however, is for individuals to know if they are HIV positive. This can only be determined through an HIV antibody test.
The test is available for free at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao district here and at the Social Hygiene Clinic in Brgy. Tanza, said Charity Perea, DOH regional coordinator for sexually transmitted infections.
There are available anti-retro viral drugs to help people with HIV prolong their lives and improve their quality of life, Perea also said.
Since 1994, 60 deaths due to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) have been recorded by DOH in Western Visayas.
HIV causes AIDS. HIV attacks the immune system and damages the body’s ability to fight infections.
According to Perea, most of the deaths came from the sector of overseas Filipino workers; they were infected due to unprotected sex with multiple partners.
Today, DOH Region 6 will commemorate the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at the Freedom Grandstand as part of the government’s effort to raise public awareness on HIV/AIDS.
DOH is advising people to practice the following to avoid HIV/AIDS:
- being faithful
- correct and consistent use of condoms
- don’t use drugs, and
- early detection or treatment.
At 3 p.m. today, there will be a special Mass at the Jaro Cathedral, followed by a motorcade to the Freedom Grandstand.
The Philippines is one of the nine countries left with a rising number of HIV infection cases, DOH revealed.
Dr. Cynthia Cabangal, an Ilongga who has worked in the Bahamas where AIDS is has become an epidemic, warned that the disease may take months or even years to produce symptoms.
She also said the symptoms are too generic and if one feels he or she is at risk, a test should be sought right away.
Dr. Rey Celis, chairman of the HIV AIDS Core Team of WVMC, said only one has died in their facility due to AIDS.
Treatment for the disease includes lifelong medications currently available for free at WVMC until 2014 when it will be replaced by an HIV/AIDS PhilHealth package amounting to P30,000 per year of support, Celis said.
1st Pamunit Sports Fishing Festival kicks off Saturday
- Saturday, May 18, 2013
- (PNA), HBC/AJP/KMDRAHEIM/VLO
ILOILO CITY, May 18 (PNA)-- Anglers dunked their fishing rod in the clear blue sea of Oton for the ever first Pamunit sports fishing festival, held at Anhawan Beach Resort and Spa in Oton, Iloilo Saturday.
The event is jointly held by the Pamunit Festival Association, Inc., the Department of Tourism Region VI and Municipality of Oton.
With the theme, "Sports fishing: Emerging Medium for Tourism and Marine Ecosystem Conservation and Protection", the President of Pamunit Festival Association, Inc. Manuel "Bong" Sanagustin advocates the importance of fishing, its discipline and its being a unique hobby.
“I am happy that the people who are gathered here today made this event possible, making it a humbling experience for me and making a difference for the better,” Sanagustin quoted.
Also Atty.Helen J. Catalbas, DOT VI Regional Director, said “Now that the Pamunit Sports Fishing festival officially gained its own identity other than that of the angling competition during Paraw Regatta, this event would further promote the tourism attraction in Western Visayas (WV).
The festival also aims to promote international cooperation and, adding to that, the APEC 2015 is one of the possible hosting events by 2015 of the DOT, though a massive planning is still on-going.
“It is something to be proud of considering that WV has three wonderful fishing spots - Boracay in Aklan, Iloilo City and Bacolod City”, Atty. Catalbas added.
WV also aims to have one million tourist arrivals and 3.6 domestic tourist arrivals by 2015.
A Tribe performance of Tribu Papulo Malaca, champion of the Katagman Festival 2013 performed and kept the audience excited during the opening of the two-day fishing festival.
The festival will also showcase Iloilo's best foods, beach football and a dive exhibit.
The awarding ceremony will be tomorrow, May 19,2013 at 7 PM still in Anhawan Beach Resort and Spa in Oton, Iloilo.
Megaworld taps award-winning int’l design ﬁrm for Richmonde Hotel Iloilo
- Friday, May 17, 2013
- BY RAYMART ESCOPEL (PN)
ILOILO City -- After announcing the expansion of its premier development here, the 72-hecatre Iloilo Business Park, Megaworld continues to make waves.
Yesterday, it revealed a partnership with Gettys, an award-winning US interior design ﬁrm, for Iloilo’s ﬁrst luxury brand hotel – Richmonde Hotel Iloilo.
Gettys will be Megaworld’s partner in conceptualizing the hotel’s facade, grand lobby and interiors, restaurant and guest rooms.
According to Ariane Steinbeck, Gettys managing director and principal, the P50-million Richmonde Hotel Iloilo will have one of the region’s agricultural crops – sugarcane – in the design concept.
“The theme will be incorporated throughout the space through color, texture and ﬁnishes,” Steinbeck said.
The overall idea is to have a dynamic yet relaxing environment where both hotel guests and locales can indulge in luxury at reasonable prices.
Megaworld First Vice President Jericho Go said Megaworld commissioned Gettys because of its excellent record in designing some of the world’s ﬁve-star hotels and resorts.
This partnership is a testament to Megaworld’s commitment of providing truly world-class developments to the people of Iloilo and Western VIsayas as a whole, Go stressed.
A respected name in the interior design industry for 25 years, Gettys is behind the design of renowned ﬁve-star hotels such as The Peninsula Hong Kong; Hyatt Regency in Cancun, Mexico; Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai; The Ritz Carlton in Miami, Florida; Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago; Westin Golf and Spa Resort in Abu Dhabi; Shangrila Hotel in Beihai, China; and Hard Rock Hotel in Macau.
Richmonde Hotel Iloilo will have 151 guest rooms and luxurious amenities, including a restaurant and deli which will serve Ilonggo dishes, function rooms which can house around 120 guests, a business center, fitness gym and a 50-meter lap pool with its own pool bar.
It will occupy eight ﬂoors of the 12-storey Richmode Tower. The ﬁrst three ﬂoors will be ofﬁce spaces and will eventually house the country’s biggest Business Process Outsourcing companies.
The luxury hotel will be completed in time for Iloilo’s hosting of one of the side meetings of
the Asia-Paciﬁc Economic Cooperation Summit in 2015.
Iloilo City govt schools open doors to poor students
- Thursday, May 16, 2013
- (PNA), HBC/AJP/LCPENDON/VLO
ILOILO CITY, May 16 (PNA)-- Two city government-operated schools opened their doors Thursday to poor but deserving students to avail themselves of free education in college and in vocational and technical courses.
Mathilde Octavio, administrator of the Technical Institute of Iloilo City, said the Molo campus is now accepting enrollment of students in two-year courses Construction, Electrical and Automotive Technology with free tuition and other needs subsidized by the city government here.
On the other hand, the TIIC Bo.Obrero campus is now accepting enrollment for short term courses for three months in Sewing, Hotel and Restaurant Servicing, Beautician, Culinary, and other short courses.
The city government-run Iloilo City Community College is currently accepting enrollment of 240 college student graduates of Iloilo City high schools for the 2013-1014 school year to take up four-year courses on Bachelor of Science in Travel Management and Bachelor of Science in Office Management.
Dean Catalina Sanico of the community college said the baccalaureate courses started in 2012 and the first enrollees of 195 students are now on their second year.
The school has also additional nine new teachers who have masteral or doctorate degrees to augment the increasing student population of the college.
Sanico said the school although run by the city government, is also charging a very minimal tuition fee of P100 per unit on the two courses.
The incoming students were pre-selected and have already taken the entrance examination last month.
There is no more need for an entrance examination for TIIC students.
The only requirement include their high school card Form 138, barangay clearance, barangay certification as being indigent of the city, four pieces 1x1 photos, six pieces passport size colored photos in white background, medical certificate, birth certificate from the National Statistics Office and a long, white folder.
Octavio reported that several graduates of TIIC Molo are now working abroad, specifically in Qatar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Others are in businesses with repair shops employing workers.
Both Sanico and Octavio said that city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has taken steps to enhance and improve the schools with additional classrooms, tools and equipment.
A sports gymnasium across the community college and a school bus for Travel Management students are being prepared before the end of this year.
Gov’t bets sweep all posts in Iloilo City
- Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 am
- By Jennifer Rendon (The Philippine Star)
ILOILO CITY, Philippines – Candidates of Team PNoy in this city have swept all elective posts in Monday’s balloting.
Re-electionist Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Rep. Jerry Treñas got fresh mandates after defeating their opponents, businessman Rommel Ynion and former congressman Raul Gonzalez Jr.
Incumbent Vice Mayor Joe Espinosa III also triumphed over his opponent, councilor Jeffrey Ganzon.
Re-electionist Lex Tupas topped the race for the Sangguniang Panglungsod. Other winners were Love Baronda, Jason Gonzales, Joshua Alim, Jay Treñas, Lyndon Acap, Eduardo Peñaredondo, Lee Zulueta, R. Leone Gerochi, Armand Parcon, Rodel Fullon Agado, and Plaridel Nava.
In his Facebook page, Mabilog thanked “everyone who supported us and made the choice in giving us the chance to be of service to our fellow Ilonggos and our beloved City of Iloilo.”
Jeffrey Celiz, Mabilog’s political liaison officer, said the results of the city’s elections where their entire slate won is a reaffirmation of the Ilonggo people’s indomitable will. Nation ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1
Despite the nasty exchange of words between his supporters and Mabilog’s camp, Ynion has conceded.
“Let me be the first to congratulate my opponent, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, for winning in these midterm elections. The people have spoken and we should respect their collective will,” he said.
Ynion asked his supporters to refrain from pinning the blame for their defeat on their refusal to buy votes.
“Vote buying is against the principles for which we stand and we can never engage in that. Let us be graceful in defeat as well as in all the small victories we achieved in this campaign,” he added.
Biron concedes Iloilo governorship to incumbent Defensor
- Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 3:16 pm
- By Karen Bermejo, Nestor P. Burgos Jr. (Inquirer Visayas)
ILOILO CITY—Iloilo Representative Ferjenel Biron of the United Nationalist Alliance has conceded defeat to re-electionist Governor Arthur Defensor of the ruling Liberal Party in Iloilo’s gubernatorial race.
“I congratulate Gov. Art Defensor Sr. for his victory. I wish him all the best. We respect the decision of the Ilonggo electorate. We thank our leaders and supporters all over the province who risked their lives and limbs for our cause of bringing real change in Iloilo. We fought a principled fight and ran a reform-driven race. It is time to unite for the betterment of our beloved province of Iloilo. Thank you and Good bye! God bless us all,” Biron said in a post on his Facebook account at 11:47 a.m. Tuesday.
Defensor dominated the count in the first 16 towns that transmitted the results of their voting early Tuesday morning.
Results from the 16 towns transmitted to the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC) showed that Defensor won in 13 towns, while his close rival, outgoing Fourth District Congressman Ferjenel Biron won in the three towns.
Defensor dominated in the towns of Barotac Viejo, Guimbal, Pavia, Badiangan, Banate, Tubungan, Zarraga, Mina, Tigbauan and San Miguel while Biron got higher votes in the towns of Pototan, Lemery, Batad, San Rafael and Anilao.
Partial and official results showed that Defensor garnered 137,801 votes while Biron had 88,236.
Independent candidate Serapio Camposano got only 1,045 in 16 towns.
Jessie Suarez, Iloilo provincial Commission of Elections (Comelec) officer, said the delay in the transmission of election returns was due to heavy rains in some areas of the province and some malfunctioning precinct count optical scan machines.
Millions of voters expected in Western Visayas
- Monday, May 13, 2013
- By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY, Iloilo—An estimated four million voters in Western Visayas region are expected to exercise their right to suffrage today, May 13, midterm polls.
Atty. Renato Magbutay, regional director of Commission on Elections (Comelec-6), said the region is the fifth largest in the nation. Western Visayas has a total of 4,049,640 registered voters.
The province of Negros Occidental and its capital city of Bacolod has the most number of registered voters with 1,574,784. It is followed by the province and city of Iloilo with 1,270,100 registered voters.
Capiz province and its capital city of Roxas have 457,379 registered voters. Aklan province and its capital town of Kalibo have 328,642 registered voters.
Antique province and its capital town of San Jose have 318,214 registered voters. The island province of Guimaras and its capital town of Jordan have 100,521 voters.
Iloilo residents have to vote from among 48 candidates for congressional representatives, 14 for governor, 14 for vice governor, 139 for provincial board member, 32 for city mayor, 28 for city vice mayor, 328 for town mayor, 295 for town vice mayor, and thousands for city and town councils.
Better fire station service seen with new fire truck
- Sunday, May 12, 2013
ILOILO City – With a modern fire truck from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Iloilo City Fire Station is expected to perform well during fire emergencies.
The brand new Rosenbauer fire truck here is one of the two fire trucks given to Western Visayas from the 38 first batch of fire trucks purchased by DILG to further enhance fire protection services nationwide.
The fire truck given here cost P17,500,000. It was acquired through a soft loan from the Austrian government payable in 17 and a half years.
Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 6 Public Information Section head, Insp. Stephen Jardeleza said the other new fire truck will be serving the Bacolod City Fire Station.
On the next batch, BFP Region 6 will get another fire truck for the Roxas City Fire Station in Capiz.
The Rosenbauer fire truck is a 1,000-gallon capacity with a 240 horsepower water-cooled main engine and connected to the water pump via power-take-off (PTO).
It has a seating capacity of seven and can discharge 2,400 liters of water per minute.
The modern fire truck has also a strong water cannon that can push water up to 62 meters horizontally and 24 meters vertically – equivalent to an eight-storey building.
It has two minimum-sized rubber hoses that are very useful for rapid deployment while bigger and longer hoses are being laid out.
These rapid deployment hoses are mounted in the rear portion and can also use chemical fire suppressant that is very useful for chemical fires.
The fire truck has also a complement of different hose sizes including forcible entry tools, and suction hoses.
P.5M to jumpstart school’s e-library
- Saturday, May 11, 2013
ILOILO City – In consonance with her former high school’s thrust in keeping up with educational strides, a US-based gynecologist and obstetrician donated P594,772 to the Iloilo National High School (INHS) for its e-library.
Dr. Joy Zerrudo-Seldera of INHS Class 1963 donated the amount in cash to the INHS through its principal, Dr. Nordy Siason Jr., on April 2013 so it can be used to jump-start the INHS e-library, “an electronic or online library where one can have access to books, journals, novels, articles, or any other information over the internet.”
Dr. Zerrudo-Seldera, the 2013 commencement speaker of INHS, graduated first honorable mention and Outstanding Student Leader in 1963 and soon after graduation, proceeded to Paramus, New Jersey as an American Field Scholar from 1963 to 1964.
She graduated cum laude from her BS Premed course at the University of San Agustin and was an entrance scholar at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center where she finished her Doctor of Medicine degree.
After passing the medical board, Dr. Zerrudo-Seldera had her post internship at St. Peter’s Hospital in New York and her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at St. John’s Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.
INHS Principal Siason says he is truly grateful for the thoughtfulness and generosity of Dr. Zerrudo-Seldera and the Class of 1963 for helping the INHS maintain its reputation as one of the country’s most outstanding public high schools.
Dr. Zerrudo-Seldera, a native of Panay, Capiz, has been in medical practice since 1981 and is a member of various medical associations and organizations in the United States.
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