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Iloilo bags 2nd Seal of Good Housekeeping
- Saturday, March 8, 2014
- (Jezza A. Nepomoceno, Capitol News/PN)
ILOILO — The provincial government here has once again been recognized by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for excellence in good governance and transparency.
DILG named the province one of the recipients of the 2012 Seal of Good Housekeeping Award, the second received by Iloilo since Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. assumed office in 2010.
“We are very happy that our efforts to institutionalize reform here are being recognized by no less than the DILG,” Defensor announced in a press conference in his office.
The Seal of Good Housekeeping is awarded to local government units that successfully meet the requirements of the full-disclosure policy, have exemplary standards of frontline services and procurement, and proven to have no adverse or disclaimer audit findings by the Commission on Audit.
Defensor said the award will allow the province to access national government programs like the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) Program, now called Grassroots Participatory Budget Process; Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan or PAMANA; Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig Para sa Lahat or SALINTUBIG; and Special Local Road Fund.
BUB is “participatory governance in action.” It encourages partnership between the local government and civil society.
It also urges the citizens to articulate their needs to the government and pinpoint the projects responsive to their needs.
PAMANA, on the other hand, is a peace and development program in conflict-affected areas, as well as communities covered by existing peace agreements.
SALINTUBIG is designed to provide water supply systems to waterless municipalities all over the country, while the Special Local Road Fund is for the development of various road networks in the countryside.
Defensor has not yet decided which among the national programs the province will avail.
In a letter to Defensor, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas II said that, this year, the Interior department will scale up the Seal of Good Housekeeping to the Seal of Good Local Governance.
The “new Seal,” Roxas said, will cover a much wider scope of local government performance — good financial housekeeping, disaster preparedness, social protection for the basic sector, business-friendliness and competitiveness, environmental compliance, law and order, and public safety.
34 Families get new homes from GK, Fly Ace
- Friday, March 7, 2014
- By Leonard T. Pineda I (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)
ILOILO CITY, March 7 (PIA) --- The Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation Inc. (GK) and Fly Ace Corporation are joining hands to build new homes for 34 families in Brgy. San Isidro, Jaro, Iloilo City.
In the Fly Ace-GK village groundbreaking rites held Friday, GK Iloilo Head Mary Rose Cacho said that this partnership with Fly Ace Corporation affirms that the GK spirit continues to grow in the business sector.
Fly Ace Corporation is a leading importer and distributor of food and beverage products in the country.
“The Fly-Ace GK village is already the fifth one in the San Isidro relocation site and it has become obvious that our hope for a homeless-free society by 2024 will happen,” she said.
Dorothy Sobrevega, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources of Fly Ace, said that the project is part of their organization’s newly launched community service responsibility program “Hearts at Work”, which aims to help others specially the needy.
She said that the vast devastation brought upon by super-typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas area late last year motivated the corporation and its employees to reach out and help here.
She also said that the Fly Ace-GK village in Iloilo is a way for the organization to give back to a community where it operates.
Cacho shared that Fly Ace also donated 25 boats for the fisherfolks in northern Iloilo which showed the corporation’s love and affection for the Ilonggos.
DOT-6 cites increased tourist arrivals, expenditures in WV
- Thursday, March 6, 2014
- By Elsa S. Subong (JSC/ESS-PIA6 Iloilo)
ILOILO CITY, March 6 (PIA6) -- The figures of tourist arrivals and tourist expenditures in Western Visayas for 2013, are reportedly partial data, but already encouraging, according to the Department of Tourism here.
Atty. Helen Catalbas, DOT-6 director, said in a radio interview, that the numbers will increase after all reports are consolidated.
For 2013, DOT recorded 3.322,433 arrivals, exceeding the target of 3,192,328.
Catalbas said with the increase also went the increase in tourist expenditures in the region to a staggering P74.4 billion with the province of Aklan as the top earner at P39.1 billion, factored in by the famous Boracay island..
She added to explain that tourism spending consists of goods and services, like food, accommodation, tour and shopping, purchased or paid for by tourists.
Following Aklan among the provinces and cities in the region, are Iloilo City, with P10.2 billion in tourist receipts; Negros Occidental with P10.2 biilion; Bacolod City, P9.2 billion; Capiz, with P2 billion; and, Iloilo Province with P1.7 billion.
Rounding up the record are Guimaras with P1 billion and Antique with P315.1 million.
Catalbas said that with the launching of the regional tourism campaign “Experience Western Visayas First”, more tourists are expected to visit any part of the region in the days to come.
DOT to conduct food safety seminar for street vendors
- Wednesday, March 5 , 2014
- By Leonard T. Pineda I (JSC/LTP-PIA6 Iloilo)
ILOILO CITY, March 5 (PIA6) --- The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Western Visayas will conduct a free seminar dubbed “Street Food Kulinarya” focusing on food safety and handling slated on March 10 to 11, 2014.
Lawyer Helen Catalbas, DOT-6 Regional Director, said that the seminar aims to train numerous street food vendors occupying the pavement and sidewalks in Iloilo City on food safety and handling.
“This endeavor is in support of the Iloilo City’s pedestrianization program which allows people to walk on the road stretch to enjoy the many heritage buildings of the City Proper along Calle Real,” said Catalbas.
She said that the seminar will also highlight Ilonggo delicacies to cater to both local and foreign tourists traversing Calle Real.
The DOT official said there will be two scheduled sessions in a day – 8:00 AM to 12:00 NN for the morning session, and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM for the afternoon session. It will be held at DOT-6 Office Conference Room, Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City.
The seminar includes lectures on Kulinarya Program, Sanitation Permits and other concerns such as Health Certificates and Sanitation Standards, Iloilo Street Food Festival, Inventory of dishes/sellers, Food Safety and Handling, and Budgeting and Business.
The second day of the seminar is for hands-on cooking demo per product, food presentation, food service, and table setting workshop.
Reputable resource speakers and chefs are invited to help DOT-6 in conducting the seminar.
Catalbas said that this seminar on the essential safety of street-vended food is a first in Iloilo City that continuously attracts more visitors to come over.
She added this kind of government intervention is necessary to ensure safety of such foods especially for the visitors and tourists to have a memorable and lasting great experience.
Maternity clinic up as city reproductive health hospital
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014
- (PNA), LAP/AJP/LCPENDON/VLO
ILOILO CITY, March 4 (PNA) -– The city council here is amenable to a proposed ordinance renaming the La Paz Maternity and Reproductive Health Center into a full-fledged Iloilo City Maternity and Reproductive Health Hospital.
However, city councilor Lyndon Acap said there are certain requirements of the Department of Health which need to be complied with before the center is upgraded into a city hospital.
Acap, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod committee on health, sanitation and hospital services, said the center is currently being reconstructed by the city government and the workforce composed of doctors, nurses and midwives have transferred temporarily to the city hospital annex at the Western Visayas Medical Center since last year.
Construction of the maternity hospital is expected to be completed within 2014 so that full operation starts as a reproductive health hospital specializing in child and maternal health, birthing, new born screening and other maternal and child health services, among others.
In his committee report as the second and final reading to the city council, Acap stressed that primary health care requirements of the DOH must be complied with before full hospital operation status.
The city has funds of P25 million for the center upgrading. Also, equipment donations from the DOH and other private donors are forthcoming.
- Monday, March 3, 2014
- By Leonard T. Pineda I (JSC/LTP-PIA6 Iloilo)
ILOILO CITY, March 3 (PIA6) --- The Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation Inc. (GK) will assist residents lead a holistic community life in the Iloilo River Plains Subdivision Phase I project in Brgy. Lanit, Jaro, Iloilo.
Gawad Kalinga, represented by its Executive Director Jose Luis Oquiñena, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the endeavor with Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, National Housing Authority (NHA) Atty. Chito Salazar and Lanit Kapitbahayan Association President Enrile Sierra.
GK, a non-stock and non-profit foundation, is undertaking the role of building communities in depressed areas with the primary objective to become catalysts in uplifting the quality of life of the poor through the Gawad Kalinga program.
The MOA stated that GK shall create a Caretaker Team together with the city government and NHA.
Gawad Kalinga shall organize communities into GK Kapitbahayans or GK neighborhood associations, deliver program on values formation to the beneficiaries, implement the “Kasunduan” approach as prescribed by the team, and mentor community leaders towards self-governance.
Under the “Kasunduan”, the residents in the relocation site are expected to follow rules set by the GK Caretaker team and lead a holistic, dignified, integrated, and sustainable community life.
Before residents can transfer to the Lanit relocation site, they would have to undergo 12 sessions of values formation that include love of self, being brother’s keeper to their own community, and love of God and country.
The Iloilo River Plains Subdivision project is the biggest NHA project in Iloilo which can accommodate some 1,000 families in the GK-inspired relocation site in Lanit, Jaro.
DOLE's Gov't Internship Program now open
- Sunday, March 2, 2014
- By Lilibeth A. French (JCM/LAF/PIA6)
ILOILO CITY, March 2 (PIA6) - -The Department of Labor and Employment 6 (DOLE 6) is now accepting applications from poor young workers interested to have jobs under the Government Internship Program.
DOLE 6 Director Ponciano Ligutom said GIP is open to high school or voc-tech graduates aged between 18- 25 years old who want to pursue a career in government.
Ligutom said the agency has earmarked some P63 million for the stipend of the interns who will be paid 75 percent of the existing minimum wage in the region which is P287 for a period of 6 months.
Interns will also be entitled to a one-time enrolment in GSIS for a coverage of P100,000 and will be issued a certificate of completion upon fulfillment of the Agreement.
Ligutom said interns will be assigned in DOLE offices, other government offices and local government units where some programs of the government are being implemented.
Specifically, they will be asked to assist in the implementation of DOLE programs such as the Child Labor-Free Barangay Program and the National Skills Registry System. They will also assist personnel and staff of public schools and local government units.
Through GIP, DOLE intends to fast track the implementation and monitoring of its programs and projects related to employment facilitation and social protection. The said programs and projects including GIP contribute to the goal of President Benigno Aquino which is inclusive growth through massive job generation and substantial poverty reduction.
Interested applicants may visit the DOLE provincial and regional offices and submit their applications containing the following requirements: transcript of record, certificate of graduation in case of voc-tech graduate; and certificate of Indigence from the Barangay.
DSWD-6 garners awards for 4Ps implementation
- Saturday, March 1, 2014
ILOILO CITY, March 1 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Western Visayas got several awards for its implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
Alma Estember, Information Officer for 4Ps, said that DSWD-6 and DSWD-9 tied as first placers in the utilization and rate of obligation of Pantawid funds for 2013.
The DSWD-6 placed second in the category of “Regions with Highest Payout Rate” award covering the cash grant releases made in 2013.
It also ranked third as “Best Performing Region in Capability Building Implementation” based on training participation rate, number of trained participants and number of trainings conducted.
“The award is an indication of hard work, support and cooperation of the personnel who have shown dedication and commitment,” DSWD-6 Director Evelyn Macapobre said.
For 2013, DSWD-6 was able to obligate about P200 million for the 4Ps implementation, and processed and released P1.9 billion cash grants to 4Ps beneficiaries, covering the period from November to December 2012 and September to October 2013.
As to capability building trainings, DSWD-6 conducted three for 4Ps beneficiaries, four for program partners and five for program staff.
No air pollution in Iloilo City
- Friday, February 28, 2014
- By Elsa S. Subong (JCM/ESS/PIA-Iloilo)
ILOILO CITY, Feb. 28(PIA) – The ambient air of Iloilo City is not polluted yet, according to the Environment Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Engr. Ronald Limwa, Chief of Air Quality System, DENR-EMB, said that based on the 2013 total suspended particulates revealed by the roadside monitoring system posted in La Paz this city, the ambient air did not exceed the quality standard for pollution from motor vehicles.
Other than the roadside monitoring system, the DENR-EMB has also set up a continuous ambient air monitoring system at Central Philippine University in Jaro.
The site in CPU, according to Limwa, represents the general ambient of Iloilo City as it covers the urban and rural areas, where pollution has undergone dispersion, with the surrounding areas experiencing widespread development.
The monitoring system in CPU considers several other perimeters of chemical pollutants, which include benzene, sulphur, ozone, among others, not only motor vehicles.
Limwa said that while generally not polluted, ambient air in Iloilo City, at times, exceeds standards because of several road constructions in different areas and the improvements undertaken in structures along the diversion road.
“These constructions should be regulated and not prolonged,” Limwa said.
Establishments with constructions cover their areas with nets to contain dust particles and other pollutants.
He also said that levels of pollution can vary within a given period because of contributory factors which may come not only from motor vehicles, but from certain human activities including burning of wastes and on-going constructions.
In an orientation held with the Metro Iloilo Airshed Governing Board and the Technical Working Groups, DENR-EMB Regional Director Jonathan Bulos said that with the mandate of the Clean Air Act (RA 8749), the agency is gathering together representatives from multi-sectoral groups to contribute to the effective implementation of the law.
He added that though air pollution is not yet alarming in Iloilo City, there should already be projects and activities undertaken to make the public and the stakeholders aware of possible concerns and rally them to participate.
The governing board and the TWGs said during the same orientation that major proponents of sources of air pollution should be called as resource persons every now and then for preventive and collaborative actions against pollution.
PESO Iloilo City facilitates employment of 88 persons abroad
- Thursday, February 27, 2014
- (PNA), LAP/AJP/LCPENDON/VLO
ILOILO CITY, Feb. 27 (PNA) -– The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of the Iloilo City Government here has facilitated the direct hiring at one time only of 88 persons for deployment at the new McDonald’s fast food center in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog was enthusiastic of the employment opportunities given to some residents of this city and said he is looking forward to more deployment for work abroad of the local working force.
PESO Manager Ma. Elena Benitez said the deployment of city workers is made possible by YHMD Int’l Manpower Services Inc., a registered recruitment agency by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) and the Department of Labor and Employment.
The recruitment agency demands no placement fee and processing fee and the recruited first batch out of 179 applicants will leave by early March for Riyadh KSA.
The recruitment is ongoing for 50 general maintenance personnel, 30 assistant managers, 500 service crews, 50 star party hosts and 200 delivery men with valid driver’s license.
The contract is two years renewable with a starting salary of P14,000 with free food, accommodation, transportation, medical tests in Saudi and free residence certificate.
Benitez said the PESO is currently updating its registry of pool applicants in different positions ready for the recruitment agencies to conduct personal interviews with applicants.
CSC to conduct PAL seminar
- Wednesday, February 26, 2014
ILOILO CITY, Feb. 26 (PIA6) - - The Civil Service Commission 6 conduct the Policies on Appointments and Leave Seminar (PALS) to provide participants with the basic competency on appointments and leave administration.
The PALS will take place on March 5-7 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel here.
The three-day seminar will focus on the basic how to’s in the preparation and processing of appointment documents, simple computation of leave credits and creation and maintenance of leave cards.
CSC-6 Director IV lawyer Rodolfo Encajonado said the commission conducts programs to enhance the capabilities of public servants in their areas of work in line with its strategic objective of developing competent and credible servants in his letter to heads of offices and agencies.
Target participants of the program include newly-appointed/designated HR practitioners or administrative personnel with zero or very limited knowledge on appointments processing and leave administration.
Encajonado is encouraging heads of offices to send the name of their participants through the confirmation slip sent and fax it through CSCRO6 fax number (033) 321-2667 or email at cscro6.hrd.@gmail.com on or before February 28, 2014. Registration fee is P3,500 per participant.
Construction of Iloilo Convention Center starts Friday
- Tuesday, February 25, 2014
- (PNA), FPV/AJP/LCP/VLO
ILOILO CITY, Feb. 25 (PNA) – Construction of the Iloilo Convention Center, a multi-million peso government project for world-class conventions and conferences, is set to start on Friday.
Senate President Franklin Drilon, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor and city lone district Congressman Jerry P. Treñas, together with Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson and officials of the Department of Tourism and Tourism Infrastructure Enhancement Zone Authority (DOT-TIEZA) are set to lead the ground breaking rites.
Drilon assured that the Center will be ready in time for the hosting of Iloilo of the Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) Ministerial Meetings in October 2015.
Drilon has said the construction cost of about Php700 million of the convention center has been downloaded by TIEZA and DPWH.
Another Php200 million will be downloaded by the winning bidder in the provision of amenities such as CCTV cameras, kitchen, furniture, airconditioning units and others.
The project is a public-private partnership and a private corporation will operate and maintain the convention center upon winning the bid set by TIEZA.
Designed by noted Ilonggo architect William Coscoluella defining the innate Ilonggo features such as the paraw sailboats and Dinagyang Festival, the building is being constructed by Hilmarcs Construction Corp. for a period of one year and six months.
Power and water supplies are already in place and Megaworld Corp. is about to complete two five star hotels in the area as well as other hotels in the city, in preparation for the accommodation of some 3,000 delegates from 21 countries in Asia-Pacific region.
TESDA6 to implement P48M community-based programs
- Monday, February 24, 2014
- By Lilibeth A. French (JCM/LAF/PIA6)
ILOILO CITY, Feb. 24 (PIA6) - - Some P48 million worth of community-based training programs funded through the Grassroot Participatory Budgeting Process or formerly Bottom Up Budgeting approach will be implemented in the different local government units in Western Visayas this year.
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) 6 Director Yolanda Porschwitz said the budget was already approved and is now available to fund the various community-based trainings identified and determined by the members of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) of the different LGUs last year.
Poor and marginal groups who do not have access to formal trainings in the different barangays of the region are among the target of these community-based training programs such as health care services, massage, carpentry, automotive servicing, food processing, among others.
The training program is also expected to spawn livelihood for the trainees to improve their income and productivity.
Porschwitz said TESDA 6 has started consultations with the LPRATs in the municipal levels in line with the identification of projects and preparation of the budgets for 2015 using the GPBP.
During the consultation, the agency presents their programs and helps LGUs in determining projects which are needed by their constituents and are aligned with TESDA’s mandate for training and assessment and the corresponding budget requirements.
The proposed projects will then be subjected for review and validation of the Regional PRAT before submission to the National Anti Poverty Commission.
The Department of Budget and Management will release the fund directly to TESDA for the approved GPBP projects which are also endorsed by the civil society and other stakeholders.
TESDA is among the 11 agencies covered by the GPBP which is part of the efforts of the present administration to ensure transparency and accountability and to attain the Philippine Development Plans of inclusive growth and poverty reduction.
For this year, Porschwitz said TESDA has also set aside some P73.9 million for the implementation of Training for Work Scholarship Program and another P56.6 million for its new program dubbed Special Training for Employment Program or STEP here in Western Visayas.
Leganes, Tigbauan teams defend Paraw Regatta titles
- Sunday, February 23, 2014
- By Monessa G. Caoyonan [(PNA), CTB/AJP/MGC/VLO]
ILOILO CITY, Feb. 23 (PNA)- Paraw teams from Leganes and Tigbauan, Iloilo had defended their titles in Paraw Regatta’s category A and B in Sunday's edition of the 42nd Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival held in Brgy. Sto. Nino, Villa Resort, Arevalo here.
Paraw entry LD owned by Wennie Demetillo of Brgy. Camangay, Leganes, Iloilo bagged the category A winner while entry Cheryl owned by Federico Tantiado of Brgy. Parara Sur, Tigbauan also captured the category C title.
Both winners received cash amounting to P 50,000 and P 100, 000, respectively.
Other winners in the category A with a waterline length ranging from 16 feet and below are Mitch Angel owned by Michael Anthony of Tigbauan, 2nd place (P 30, 000); Piranha 3 owned by Benito Gordoncillo of Brgy. Camangay, Leganes, 3rd place (P 18, 000); Arlyn 1 and Arlyn 2 owned by Orlando Demetillo of Brgy. Camangay, Leganes, took 4th and 5thplace with P 15, 000 and P 13, 000 cash, respectively.
Top five winners who received consolation prizes and with P 5, 000 cash were entries Joseph owned by Rogelio Gareza of Guimbal, 6th place; Nene RB owned by Rogelio Gareza of Guimbal, 7th place; Jolina owned by Rolando Tajanlangit of Tigbauan, 8th place; John-John owned by Oscar Espinosa of Arevalo, 9th place and Jance owned by Felizardo Sarmiento of Leganes, 10th place.
Entry Joftman V3 2 owned by Nicanor Gad of Sambiray, Malay, Aklan topped in the category B or those with waterline length ranging from 16.1 feet up to 22 feet. Gad received P 75, 000 cash prize.
Other winner entries were Naknak also owned by Gad, 2nd place (P 50, 000 cash); Cherilyn owned by Federico Tantiado of Tigbauan, 3rd place (P 20, 000), Princess Mae owned by Pablito David Jr. of Leganes, 4th place (P 15, 000); Nina, Isiah and Maxx owned by Hector Espinosa of Arevalo, 5th place (P 12, 000); Transporter owned by Ariel Lim of Malay, Aklan, 6th place (P 10, 000); Jen-Jen owned by Cezar Espinosa of Arevalo, 7th place (P 9, 000); Althea faith owned by Rolando Tajanlangit of Tigbauan, 8th place (P 8, 000); Discovery owned by Jeocelen Prado of Malay, Aklan, 9th place (P 7, 000) and Eurasia owned by Jonathan Antinopo of Calaparan, Arevalo, 10th place (P 7, 000).
In Category C or those with waterline length ranging from 16 feet and up, entries Marjhonec and Maxx owned by Hector Espinosa of Sto. Nino Sur, Arevalo and Kristine owned by Oscar Espinosa, also of Arevalo got 2nd and 3rd place with P 75, 000 and P 50, 000 cash prizes, respectively.
There were around 63 sailboat entries in the three categories.
Paraw Regatta Foundation Chairman Manuel Villa Jr. said the classic sailboat race here attracts business tourism and considered as the biggest event in the country.
DFA inaugurates new consular office in Iloilo
- Saturday, February 22, 2014
- By Lilibeth A. French (LAF/PIA6)
ILOILO CITY, Feb. 22 (PIA6) - - Ilonggos can now experience a world-class consular service with the inauguration of the new regional consular office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) based in this city inside Robinson’s Place - Iloilo on Friday, February 21.
“We expect that the relocation of the DFA in this new site will not only make our office more accessible, convenient and closer to the public but will also provide world-class consular service to the residents of Iloilo and neighboring provinces and islands,” said DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis who led the inauguration ceremony.
The DFA Regional Consular Office-Iloilo was formerly located in a modest building at Yulo St. in this city.
Seguis cited a recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Station that showed 52% of the respondents find DFA satellite offices in the malls as very helpful.
In October 2011, the DFA has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Robinsons Land Corporation for the latter’s hosting of DFA regional consular offices in various provinces of the country.
Seguis said the cooperation is in pursuit of President Benigno Aquino’s administration policy of a public-private partnership.
The DFA regional consular office in the 3rd level of Robinson’s Place-Iloilo is the 6th consular office hosted by Robinson. The five other DFA consular offices inside Robinson Malls are in San Fernando, Pampanga; General Santos in North Cotabato; Lipa City in Batangas; Robinson’s Galleria in Quezon City; and Bacolod City in Negros Occidental.
Mr. Irving Wu, Regional Operations Director of Robinsons Land Corporation in Luzon said more DFA regional offices will be opened in Robinsons malls in the next few months such as in Palawan, Pangasinan, Dumaguete, Butuan, and Isabela.
Wu said the hosting of the regional consular offices is a centerpiece of Robinsons mall’s Lingkod Pinoy Center that aims to bring in one roof the satellite offices of key government agencies that deal heavily with the public.
DFA Office of Consular Affairs Assistant Secretary Wilfredo Santos said that as RCO-Iloilo begins its operation in Robinson’s Place, it is their hope that the Ilonggos will be able to avail of their efficient passport services in a more convenient and comfortable location.
RCO Iloilo averages 5,696 passports per month in 2013 ranking it the fifth most productive consular offices among the Department’s 19 regional consular offices.
The inauguration was attended by Assistant Secretary for Personnel and Administrative Services Melita Sta. Maria-Thomeczek, Assistant Secretary Teresita Barsana, Senior Specialist Noel Servigon, Asst. Passport Director Siegfred Masangkay, RCOCC Head Flordeliza Delos Santos and RCO-Iloilo OIC Sheila Marie Tiu.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Governor Arthur Defensor, heads of various government agencies and officers of Robinsons Land Corporation also graced the event.
DOT: Getting tourists' confidence important
- Friday, February 21, 2014
- By Leonard T. Pineda I (LTP/PIA-Iloilo)
ILOILO CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA) -- The Department of Tourism (DOT)-6 has urged national government agencies and local government units here to join efforts and work harder to retain the tourist market confidence in Western Visayas.
Lawyer Helen Catalbas, DOT-6 Regional Director, said that Western Visayas has been experiencing dramatic increase in tourist arrivals so it is necessary to sustain the momentum of the tourism industry.
Catalbas said that in 2011, the number of recorded tourist arrivals reached 2.4 million and this figure was surpassed by the 2012 record which hit 3.09 million tourist arrivals.
“The dramatic increase was brought by massive promotion and cooperation of the tourism sector, government agencies, private sector, and the local communities in the region,” she said.
The DOT official said that it is necessary to fill the 20,000 hotel rooms, tour buses, restaurants, and other tourism establishments in the region so investments put up by the private sector would not go to waste.
She said that cities and provinces in Region 6 should be competitive and improve on their tourism areas so that they will be above other tourism destinations in the country.
She also said that there is a need to come up with a marketing strategy to develop and market the region’s tourist spots and create new tourist destination circuits.
She added that the main target of tourism is to create improvement in the lives of people by providing more jobs and business opportunities.
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