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198,360 daycare kids to get free meals


ILOILO City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 6 is ensuring that children beneficiaries of the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) this year will receive free nutritious meals when schools open in June.

Salvacion Gayoma, SFP focal person, said the processing of documents for the release of funds to local government units covered by the program has already started.

DSWD allotted P309,441,600 for SFP this year targeting 198,360 children.

These children are scattered in 5,620 daycare centers of 133 local government units.

SFP aims to improve knowledge, attitude and practices of the children, parents and caregivers through intensified nutrition and health education, among others.

Gayoma said the hot meals consisting of rice and viand will be served during snack or meal time for 120 days.

These will be prepared by the parents using indigenous food or locally produced food but following the menu recommended by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute.

Now on its fifth year of implementation, SFP has helped improve and sustain the nutritional status of target children beneficiaries in the region, said Gayoma.

“But it is not only the children who learn good eating habits and good values in the process but also the parents who take turn preparing and cooking meals,” said Gayoma.

Under the program, parents are encouraged to attend Family Development Sessions for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries and Parent Effectiveness Seminar for those who are not members of 4Ps where nutrition is among the topics.

New loading, unloading areas up


ILOILO City – New loading and unloading zones are up in the city, confirmed Councilor Plaridel Nava.

The city government has been painting street markings and erecting signages that indicate new proper loading and unloading areas over the past weeks.

Some drivers said there should be no apprehensions until all the streets are marked, but Nava insisted that they should be ready.

“Gasugod na kita panakop sa wala ga-load sa insakto nga areas,” said the chairperson of the city council’s committee on transportation.

“Biskan iban wala pinta, pero may signage,” he said. “Nahambalan naman na sila nga daan because naka-committee hearing na. Mga liderato sang ila mga associations nakabalo na.”

Nava said leaders of various city loop transport groups, among others, were consulted during committee hearings before the ordinance was passed.

In January this year the city council revised the “loading and unloading ordinance,” changing up to 60 percent of the traffic scheme to cope with the demands of the traffic system.

Motorists and commuters complained about “worsening” traffic congestion since new traffic lights around the city became operational.

Nava himself noted that flyovers and traffic lights seemed to have worsened traffic congestion due to their proximity to jeepney stops.

As approved in January, these major changes will take effect:

• At the frequently jammed Bonifacio Drive, the loading and unloading zone will be transferred from Casa Plaza to Cabalum Western College. • The loading and unloading zone in front of 168 Allegro on Iznart Street will be moved in front of Banco de Oro Iznart Branch. • There will be no more loading and unloading zones along Infante Street beside the University of the Philippines Visayas and in front of Cristina Colonade Building in La Paz district. • The jeepney stop in front of Hua Siong College of Iloilo will be removed. It will be transferred in front of Land Bank of the Philippines up to Dainty Restaurant, and from Socorro Drug Store to Hormillosa Building.

Pre-registration for Labor Day job fair starts April 25

By Lilibeth A. French (JSC/LAF-PIA6 Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY, April 24 (PIA6) - - The Department of Labor and Employment 6 (DOLE 6) will conduct a pre-registration for the upcoming Labor Day Job and Livelihood Fair starting this Saturday, April 25.

The pre-registration desk at SM City Iloilo will be opened from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. until April 30.

DOLE 6 Information Officer Amalia Judicpa said the pre-registration shortens the application process since applicants need not queue up anymore in the registration area and shop for prospective jobs.

Judicpa said applicants who have pre-registered can proceed directly to the hiring officers for interview as they were already given the lists of participating companies and job vacancies that fit their qualifications.

She reminded applicants to bring their pre-registration slip and shopping/job list when they go to the job fair venues here which are SM City Iloilo and Amigo Terrace Mall on May 1.

As of April 23, some 30 companies have already signified their participation in the one day job fair so far, 17 are local and 13 are overseas.

The said companies are expected to bring around 24,866 job vacancies, of which 2,011 are local and 22,855 are overseas.

In-demand jobs for local employment are accountants, customer service representatives, customer service associates, technical support representatives, tutors, marketing officer, sales consultants, and store managers.

For overseas employment, some of the job vacancies are household service workers, cleaners, waiter, engineer, operator light equipment, and computer technicians, among others.

The Job and Livelihood Fair will kick off the activities lined up by the DOLE 6 and partners for the celebration of the 2015 Labor Month celebration in Western Visayas.

World Bank, Bangladeshi execs cite Iloilo City's good governance


ILOILO CITY, April 23 (PNA) -- World Bank (WB) and Bangladeshi executives were impressed of Iloilo City’s good governance which creates continued economic development in the metropolis.

This was WB’s assessment of Bangladeshi Officials' Visit to Philippines for the South-South Knowledge Exchange on Urban Management and Resource Mobilization March 23-28.

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog welcomed the citation as another manifestation of the city’s good governance which other governments in the country and even abroad can follow to effectively serve their constituents.

“The delegates are impressed with the growth of Iloilo City and your ability to attract and sustain local and international investments,” WB’s Senior Urban SpecialistChristopher T. Pablo wrote Mabilog.

“During our de-briefing session, the delegates were keen to share some of the lessons that they have gained in their dialogue with you -- they note that it is not necessarily difficult if this is coupled with transparency and accountability,” noted Pablo.

The visiting officials credited the City Government’s ideal kind of leadership supported by the community.

“Good local governance requires making decision that are politically unpopular but morally right; and collective local governance, such as your 'Do Day Program' for community cleaning, is an effective platform for promoting city ownership by the people,” the WB top official cited.

The city’s successful experience may soon be copied and implemented in foreign lands.

“The participating mayors are hopeful that they can replicate, even at a smaller scale, some of your good practices and principles in their respective constituencies,” Pablo shared.

The WB expects more partnerships with Iloilo City in terms of learning best practices.

“We think that we have initiated a good platform for knowledge sharing and we are hopeful that there are further opportunities to sustain this exchange between Iloilo City and Bangladeshi Urban Local Bodies under the World Bank funded Municipal Governance and Services Project,” stressed Pablo.

Pablo also congratulated Mabilog for being recognized as one of the Top Five Mayors of the World which he said, “is a testament to the very good work that you and your staff have done for Iloilo City.”

“I would like to thank you and your staff on behalf of my team at World Bank and members of Bangladesh delegation for your hospitality in hosting us at your office, for personally attending to the delegation and sharing your governance strategy and experience in leading Iloilo City to its current status as one of the premier cities of the Philippines,” said Pablo.

“We also extend our appreciation for the efforts of your staff, particularly the City Tourism Office, for their hospitality and for enthusiastically showcasing the best of Iloilo City within a limited amount of time,” he added.

Iloilo City has now 7 administrative districts

By Lydia C. Pendon [(PNA), CTB/AJP/LCPENDON/VLO]

ILOILO CITY, April 22 (PNA)-– The city council here has enacted on Tuesday, April 21, an ordinance establishing seven administrative districts in the city of Iloilo covering all 180 city barangays by legally recognizing the district of Lapuz as distinct and separate from La Paz district.

The administrative districts are Arevalo with 13 barangays, Molo with 25 barangays, Mandurriao with 18 barangays, City Proper with 45 barangays, La Paz with 25 barangays, Jaro with 42 barangays, and Lapuz with 12 barangays.

Main proponent, city councilor Lyndon Acap who is the chairman of the Committee on Zoning, Housing and Land Development, said the territorial jurisdiction of each administrative district shall follow the city assessor’s mapping survey of territorial boundaries and will be followed as the basis of territorial boundaries and jurisdiction of the barangays.

The city mayor, at his discretion, may assign duly elected city councilors to supervise the said administrative districts and the ordinance shall take effect immediately upon approval by the city council.

Historical Commission to unveil marker of Ilongga heroine


ILOILO CITY, April 21 (PNA) -- The National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the city government here will unveil a marker for an Ilongga heroine, one of Iloilo’s revolutionary leaders during the Spanish colonial period.

A heritage marker that will remind Ilonggos of the heroism of Patrocinio Gamboa will be installed at her house at the Commission Civil Street in Jaro district on April 30, in time for the commemoration of her 150th birthday.

Gamboa was one of the founders of the Comite Conspirador that later became the Comite Central Revolucionario de Visayas or the Central Revolutionary Committee of the Visayas.

She and several women of Molo district sewed the flag that was raised during the inaugural ceremony of the revolutionary government on November 17, 1898 at the municipality of Sta. Barbara.

Gamboa, also known as “Tia Patron,” personally brought the flag to Sta. Barbara by outwitting Spanish guards as she and Lt. Honorio Solinap made the enemies believed that they were a quarreling husband and wife.

The flag was wrapped around her waist and covered with her garments.

Annually, the town of Sta. Barbara commemorates the event through its festival dubbed as “Cry of Sta. Barbara.”

Gamboa died on November 24, 1953 and her remains are now buried at the Balantang National Shrine which used to be Balantang Veteran’s Cemetery in Quintin Salas, Jaro.

Weeklong bike festival to gather some 5,000 bikers to Iloilo City


ILOILO CITY, April 20 (PNA) – Some 5,000 bikers are expected to join the second Iloilo Bike Festival slated April 27-May 2, 2015 as the city continues to aspire to become a bike-able walkable metropolis.

The activity that supported by the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) and Megaworld Iloilo aims to promote Iloilo as a safe and bike friendly city, promote the share-a-road movement encourage Ilonggos to commute via biking and raise Ilonggos awareness on the benefits of biking on health, safety and environment concerns.

Also it seeks to create awareness of the attraction of the local tourism circuits as a biking route, promote and implement road safety ordinances for bicycles and promote to Ilonggos the workability of the new bike lanes.

The weeklong event will feature various kinds of bike-related events.

Among the highlights are the 120-kilometer race slated May 1 that will be participated by some 200 bikers and the fun ride with around 5,000 biker-participants the next day.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has been pushing for a road sharing with pedestrians and bicycle or motorcycle riders.

The Office of the President has recognized this city’s Esplanade and bike lanes during the launch of Bayanihan sa Daan Awards and recognition ceremony Malacanang in November last year.

Iloilo City also hosted the 1st National Bicycle Day Visayas Fun Ride in 2014 which saw some 2,000 bikers from all over Panay Island having a fun-filled tour around the metropolis.

Robinsons Place Jaro to highlight Iloilo’s bests

By Raymart Escopel / LBG (PN)

ILOILO City – Scheduled to open on February 2016, Robinsons Place Jaro will feature modern architectural designs and operations highlighting the city’s urban landscape and culture.

The soon-to-open Robinsons Place Jaro will be composed of large window glasses providing mall shoppers and goers a panoramic view of the surrounding areas, said Robinsons Mall general manager Arlene Magtibay.

Among the sites to be viewed at Robinsons Mall Jaro include the heritage houses in the district of Jaro, the Jaro Cathedral, the Graciano Lopez-Jaena Park, the Jaro Public Market and the Queens Pension House.

Aside from its modern architectural design, Robinsons Place Jaro also boasts its five world-class cinemas with seats allotted for persons with disability (PWDs).

The mall will also be featuring Iloilo’s best local restaurants and delicacies, giving importance to the culture and local cuisine that Iloilo is known for.

“We try to tap them (local entrepreneurs) and bring them to the mall because they are the ones who add flavor to the entire development; and then as regards to the market, we try to fit every locality we get into,” said Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) Vice President for Commercial Center Division LulayAlano.

“While some other malls concentrate on bringing foreign brands, for us, it’s always a combination of both local and the usual national brands,” she added.

Aside from Robinsons Place Jaro, RLC is also set to open three more new malls in the different parts of the country in the next two years including Robinsons Place General Trias on March 2016; Robinsons Place Tagum on December 2015, and its biggest development outside Manila, Robinsons Galleria Cebu on September 2015.

Alano noted that the new Robinsons Malls Robinsons Malls will be bringing the modern urban malling lifestyle to the said progressive localities, ensuring a satisfying, delightful, and enjoyable malling experience.

Iloilo City eyes railway project

By Joel Locsin / LBG (GMA News)

Iloilo City is eyeing a railway project that could connect it to neighboring provinces in Panay Island in Western Visayas.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is hoping the project can take off within this year or next year, according to an entry on the city's Facebook page.

“If it happens now or next year, good. And if it’s impossible, it will stay as a dream,” he said.

The city government cited the commitment of Public-Private Partnership Center executive director Cosette Vargas Canilao for the project.

Such a commitment plus the city government's support can make the project possible, it added.

Iloilo City envisions the railway system as a transportation for local and international tourists discovering Panay Island.

Potential tourists can use it to tour Iloilo City with its River Esplanade, Guimaras with its beaches, Aklan with its Boracay Island, and Antique with its hot and cold springs, it said.

The railway project has the potential to make Panay Island "an instant tourist destination in just one ride," it added.

Tree planting to mark national rural improvement club day on April 22


ILOILO CITY, April 17 (PNA) -- Homemakers and housewives are expected to come out of their abode as they join the national simultaneous tree planting activity in celebration of the rural improvement club (RIC) day this April 22.

The club which is composed of homemakers and housewives decided to hold the activity in Leon, known for its Bucari village that has been dubbed as the “Little Baguio” of Iloilo.

Representatives from each province of Western Visayas are slated to gather in Iloilo where they are expected to do a camp out in preparation for the big day.

Aside from the said activity, members of the club are being taught of value-adding into their projects. Some of them engage in handicraft making and baking, among others.

Iloilo City to hold "Yugyugan" on Int'l Dance Day

By Leonard T. Pineda I (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY, April 16 (PIA) --- The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has selected Iloilo City as one of the places to hold a dance rally to drum up awareness on cultural heritage.

The event dubbed “Yugyugan para sa Kultura ng Bayan” slated on April 29, 2015 is in line with the celebration of the International Dance Day and National Dance Week.

Annie Divinagracia-Sartorio, assistant secretary for National Committee on Dance of the NCCA, said that dance rally will also happen simultaneously in other selected sites including Angeles City in Pampanga, Baguio City, Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro City, Batangas City, and Manila.

“The Yugyugan will be participated in by hundreds of dancers who will dance simultaneously at 6 p.m. with other dancers in other parts of the country,” she said.

She said that about 19 dance companies and school troupes have confirmed their participation in the dance rally that will be held in two venues in Iloilo City – SM City and Calle Real.

“The Yugyugan is also a venue for dancers and dance artists to express their passion on the promotion of culture and the arts as the event advocates for cultural heritage preservation,” she said.

The NCD choreographed two to three movements to about 100 performers who will perform uniform movements during the countdown to the Yugyugan.

Sartorio said that they have also invited about 500 artists here who will take part in the dance rally.

The Yugyugan event in Iloilo City is in partnership with the city government of Iloilo and SM City Iloilo.

The International Dance Day celebration was created under the auspices of UNESCO in Paris and held all over the world by the International Theater Institute (ITI) on April 29.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Dance Week is celebrated every fourth week of April every year as declared by Proclamation No. 154, to bring together dancers to demonstrate and realize the function of dance in the society and in the rest of the world.

Iloilo City PESO gears to update skills registry system


ILOILO CITY, April 15 (PNA) -- The city government here through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) is gearing to update its database of skilled workers as part of the national skills registry system (NSRS) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

PESO manager Ma. Elena Benitez said that they are waiting for colleges and universities (SUCs) in the city to submit the names of their graduates together with their contact information. The information will be provided to agencies and companies that will be asking for their profile.

Last year, she disclosed that 10 SUCs have provided them with information.

Benitez said that the NSRS is effective, especially in terms of job placement for hospitality management level.

Graduates who fit into the qualification are directly being contacted by employers and agencies, she added.

Benitez added that agencies that are interested to secure their registry system are encouraged to just write her office.

City awards 50-year lot usufruct to fire volunteer group


ILOILO CITY, April 14 (PNA) –- The city government here has awarded a city-owned 1,000-square meter lot in Barangay East Timawa, Molo district through a usufruct agreement for 50 years to the Iloilo City Action Group (ICAG) volunteer fire brigade.

Charles Ho, president of ICAG, said the lot, located just behind their depot and garage, will be used to house additional firefighting equipment and 11 running vehicles and to host a continuing training program for volunteers.

The first fire fighting volunteers in this city are composed mostly of Filipino-Chinese businessmen and their children. ICAG was initially given an initial 1,000-square meter lot to transfer from their original site near the SM Delgado area. A new road aptly called the ICAG Street was built and opened up new area in the barangay.

Ho said that with the additional space, they can now move faster with their vehicles and do firefighting volunteer work as their contribution to the city government’s growth. Similarly, Ho said they are willing to help deliver water ration as well as cleaning and flushing the city public markets.

On the other hand, city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the city government is planning to move and transfer the depot and site of the city Bureau of Fire Prevention (BFP) office in the vacant area near the ICAG.

Negotiations are ongoing with the Philippine National Railways (PNR) to award its vacated lot fronting the Iloilo River along Muelle Loney. As soon as PNR allows the land transfer to the city, the city fire station will immediately transfer to the ICAG St. site in Molo district.

203 indigent students to benefit from SPES program

By Perla G. Lena [(PNA), CTB/AJP/PGL/VLO]

ILOILO CITY, April 11 (PNA) -- The city government here will employ 203 indigent students under the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) program in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Ma. Elena Benitez, head of the city government’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO), said that the successful applicants will render a 20-day duty to do clerical works at the various offices of the City Hall starting April 20.

They also have SPES babies who are qualified to render 30-day duty and are recipients of the program for two to three years already.

They will be paid P287 a day with the city government shouldering 60 percent of their remuneration and DOLE for the remaining 40 percent that will go directly to the school.

However, if they have already paid their school obligation then they just need to submit a certificate of full payment to DOLE or to the PESO so that their money will be deposited to their cash card.

Benitez said that the program gives priority to indigent students and out-of-school youths who are interested to pursue their studies.

National PRISAA Games 2015 sports competition heats up on Day 1 (Sports)

By Virgilio L. Orquiola [(PNA), CTB/AJP/VLORQUIOLA]

ILOILO CITY, Apr.12 (PNA)- Amid the early morning summer heat, the competition during the Day 1 of this year’s National PRISAA Games 2015 heat up in the track oval of Iloilo Sports Complex (ISC) in Brgy. Magsaysay, Lapaz, Iloilo City over the weekend.

Baltazar Buot, National PRISAA’s athletics assistant tournament director, said competition in track and field events among athletic delegations coming from various regions in the country took off this morning in the track oval of the ISC here.

The morning events include the 3,000 meter Girls and 3,000-meter Women’s final. Other track and field events were the 800- meter Girls trial, 800-meter Women’s trial, 800-meter Boys trial, 800-meter Men’s trial; trial runs for the 100-meter Girls, 100-meter Women, 100-meter Boys, and 100-meter for Men.

Afternoon games saw competitions in the Long Jump for Girls and Women’s final and Long Jump for Boys and Men’s final; trial runs in Girls, Women, Boys and Men in 400 meter dash; and, 3,000-meter STP for Boys and 3,000-meter STP for Men’s finals.

Meanwhile,ball games and other sports disciplines in this year’s National Private Schools Athletic Association Games 2015 hosted by Iloilo were held in various sports venue elsewhere in the city and province of Iloilo.

The Iloilo Sports Complex presently undergoing rehabilitation work particularly the football field and other sports facilities in an effort to meet international standard for future hosting of international sports competition.

The National PRISAA Games 2015 held here was formally opened yesterday afternoon with invited key speaker Senate President Franklin Drilon as well as host province Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. and city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog who delivered their respective inspirational speech before the thousands of officials and athletic delegations from various colleges and universities throughout the country including Iloilo audience.



Tight security for 5,000 delegates

ILOILO City – With over 5,000 participants from across the country, the 2015 National Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Meet opens today amid tight security.

Iloilo is the overall defending champion this year.

Sixteen regions with more or less 200 private schools are vying for top honors in 18 sports disciplines up until April 16.

The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) has been inspecting the 13 billeting private and public schools since early this week. Police Assistance Centers (PAC) were also set up in each of them.

This is the third time Iloilo is hosting the national event. The first was in 1992 and the most recent was in 2007.

Secondary and tertiary level participants are billeted in schools but others are staying in pension houses and hotels. Policemen have been posted in these areas.

Iloilo City will defend its championship titles particularly in athletics, volleyball, swimming, table tennis, and softball (secondary and tertiary levels).

Last year’s National PRISAA was held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

Majority of the sports events will be held at the University of San Agustin but the Iloilo Sports Complex and the sports facilities of Central Philippine University, Iloilo Doctors’ College, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, Citisports Badminton Court and La Paz Plaza will also be utilized.

“The athletes and coaches are secured,” said Senior Superintendent Kashmir Disomangcop, city police director.

Security is round-the-clock. Policemen have the support of barangay tanods.

Sports events include baseball, basketball, softball, football, sepak takraw, volleyball, beach volleyball, boxing, chess, athletics, dance sports, karatedo, lawn tennis, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, and weightlifting.

Cultural competitions will also be held – vocal solo on April 13 and duet on April 14, and Mutya ng PRISAA on April 15 at the University of San Agustin.

Mobile patrols and motorcycle cops will be securing the sport venues.

Policemen in plain clothes are being mobilized, too.

Venues outside Iloilo City are Barotac Nuevo and Santa Barbara football fields for football games.

Ilonggo Senate President Franklin Drilon will be the speaker on the event’s opening ceremony today at the Iloilo Sports Complex at 3:30 p.m.

According to Western Visayas PRISAA Technical Committee member Ive D. Sta. Ana, Iloilo was chosen by the national board over other cities that applied for the hosting, including Cebu City. The city’s improved peace and order situation was a key consideration.

Sta. Ana also said Iloilo schools’ facilities were also considered.

The National PRISAA president is Dr. Ralph Pador, administrator of the Iloilo City-based John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University.

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