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Iloilo City News January 2016
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- Sunday, January 10, 2016
- (PNA), RMA/PGL/LCPENDON/CBF
ILOILO CITY, Jan. 5 (PNA) –- The city council here wants to compel private subdivision and housing developers to implement the 20 percent earmarked for socialized housing projects in compliance with the provisions of Republic Act 7279, or the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992.
A proposed ordinance creating the balanced housing project of Iloilo City was presented for first reading during Tuesday’s regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP). It will be subjected to an extensive deliberation and possible public meeting and consultation with the stakeholders such subdivision owners and land developers.
Proponent city councilor Jose Efrain G. Treñas said there was an urgent need for the land developers and subdivision owners to comply with the law that called for the development of an area for socialized housing equivalent to at least 20 percent of the subdivision area or total subdivision cost.
This will be upon the option of the developer, within the same city whenever possible, and in accordance with the standard set by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and other existing laws.
The city government is aware that some of the subdivision developers in Iloilo City were able to get housing credits from the HLURB for their 20 percent balanced housing compliance in other cities and municipalities in the Visayas, which enable them to get licenses to sell.
Treñas said that in order to sustain the housing development of the city in favor of the middle class and the underprivileged families, there is a need to provide a mechanism that would compel the developers to implement the 20 percent socialized housing project through enactment of a regulation ordinance.
It is the policy of the city government to adopt a continuing housing and resettlement program which will make available at reasonable an affordable cost decent housing to its constituents, Treñas said.
The city’s homeless urban poor is estimated to be over 10,000 families as of end of December 2015.
- Saturday, January 9, 2016
- By Lilibeth French (JCM/LAF/PIA6-Iloilo)
ILOILO CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA6) - - The National Food Authority (NFA) in Iloilo has exceeded its palay procurement target by 200 percent for 2015.
The agency was able to buy some 224,913 bags of palay or about 124,913 more of its 100,000 bags target for the year.
NFA-Iloilo Manager Erna Abello said this accomplishment is very far from their accomplishment in 2014 where their palay procurement was very low.
“We are proud of our accomplishment last year, our warehouses are now full of palay, so anytime we could mill and these bags of palay are locally procured from our farmers,” said Abello.
She attributed the significant increase to the deligence and dedication shown by personnel especially those involved in the mobile procurement where some has to stay for about four days in far-flung areas of the province just to serve the farmers.
Also, to the intensified campaign on palay procurement undertaken by the agency, higher buying price and incentives given to farmers.
Based on current survey, the price of palay in the market is at P15/kilogram while the government’s buying price is at P17.00/kilogram with additional incentives of 20 centavo per kilogram for drying, 20 to 50 centavos per kilogram for delivery and 30 centavos per kilogram for Cooperative Incentive Fee.
Abello said for the first semester of 2016 it is expected that the demand for NFA rice is lower due to abundant supply in the market, however, the demand is expected to rise by May or June, during the lean months.
Currently, the rice stock inventory in the province is at safe level that will last for 135 days, according to Abello.
- Thursday, January 7, 2016
- (PNA), LAP/PGL/LCPENDON/CBF
ILOILO CITY, Jan. 7 (PNA) -- The Iloilo Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Association (IHRRA) will feature the best of Ilonggo foods during the Dinagyang food festival on January 21-24 along its traditional site in Delgado Street beside the Amigo Terrace Hotel.
Happy Abenir, spokesperson of IHRRA, said that their 35 members are ready to present the best Ilonggo cuisine and other Filipino dishes to the Dinagyang revelers. The association is a perennial partner of the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation in presenting the best of Iloilo City during the famous Dinagyang Festival.
Abenir said the open site has been their food festival venue every year since the Dinagyang started some 48 years ago. IHRRA was able to convert a portion of Delgado St. into a family area with festival atmosphere during the nightly food trip.
Families and their visitors including foreign tourists patronized the place as they enjoy the open ambience, music and camaraderie.
Abenir said that San Miguel Corp. will provide the nightly live band music in a stage at the end of strip. All food fair participants compose of restaurants, eateries and hotels will have to decorate their stalls and vie for prizes as they present their best Filipino food at reasonable prices.
- Friday, January 8, 2016
- (PNA), FPV/PGLENA/CBF
ILOILO CITY, Jan. 8 (PNA) -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is hoping to develop a port for cruise ship this 2016.
Atty. Helen Catalbas, regional director of DOT in Western Visayas, said that they are targeting the Iloilo City International Port in Loboc, Lapaz and another one in northern Iloilo for the project.
Catalbas disclosed that they are just waiting for the recommendation of foreign cruise consultants who came here to make an assessment of the commercial port in Loboc and other potential facility.
“We are excited to know if which part of Western Visayas is feasible and have greater opportunity to be developed,” she said.
However, prior the plan will be pushed, they still have to engage the local government unit (LGU) and other stakeholders to a consultation to get their opinion on the utilization of their port for visiting cruise ships.
Cruise ships during their call usually stay from six to 12 hours.
The regional director disclosed that the Royal Caribbean is looking for a destination that could cater 4,500 to 6,000 guests. Even Boracay Island can only accommodate 3,000, she said.
The Royal Caribbean she added is even interested to partner with a private investor or local government unit in the establishment of a port.
- Wednesday, January 6, 2016
- (PNA), FFC/PGL/PR/CBF
ILOILO CITY, Jan. 6 (PNA) -- The Gender and Development Unit of the Province of Iloilo and the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Iloilo Ilang-Ilang are now accepting nominations for “Ang Ilongga: A Search for Outstanding Community Woman Leader.”
Nomination forms are now available at the Provincial Planning and Development Office, where GAD Unit is located, or at the Office of the Governor, 3rd floor of Iloilo Provincial Capitol Building, Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City.
First of its kind, the search aims to recognize one extraordinary indigenous woman community leader who made significant contributions to the empowerment of her fellowmen.
The search is specifically looking for a woman who created a positive change in the society through her dedication and selfless act of service.
That woman may be in the field of community justice, peace and order, health and wellness, education, culture and arts, entrepreneurship, agriculture, fisheries and forestry, and disaster risk reduction and management.
“We are doing this to recognize women leaders with extraordinary accomplishments who have created positive change and sustainable solutions to issues and concerns affecting their communities,” explained Carol Salvatierra, 2016 president of JCI Iloilo Ilang-Ilang.
Nominees should be Filipinos who are at least 18 and bonafide residents of 42 municipalities and one component city of Iloilo.
She must also be an emerging community leader who may or may not be working with people’s group or civil society organization.
Nominees will be screened by a panel of judges to be determined by the organizers based on the following criteria: leadership (30 percent), women empowerment (20 percent), community and civic involvement (20 percent), and social impact (30 percent).
Upon review of entries, 10 candidates will be shortlisted. All shortlisted candidates will be scored and ranked using a validation form.
The search committee will then choose the top five finalists who will be subjected to final interview, onsite validation and background investigation.
The entries for this search should be submitted to GAD-Iloilo on or before January 29, 2016.
The awarding ceremony for this search will be among the highlights of the upcoming 115th founding anniversary of Iloilo on April 11, 2016.
Ang Ilongga: A Search for Outstanding Community Woman Leader is launched one year after the provincial government partnered with the non-government organization on “All About Her,” a program that aims to provide sustainable solutions to the needs of women, especially on health, legal rights and economic development.
JCI Iloilo Ilang-Ilang, Inc. is an all-female chapter of the Junior Chamber International composed of young active citizens in Iloilo who are in the fields of law, medicine, business, psychology, human resource and the like with a common goal to provide development opportunities that empower women and the youth to create positive change.
- Tuesday, January 5, 2016
- (PNA), RMA/PGL/PR/CBF
ILOILO CITY, Jan. 5 (PNA) --Iloilo City is sustaining the momentum in terms of major accomplishments this 2016.
Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog encouraged City Hall employees to continue supporting the programs and projects which garnered prestigious awards and make them sustainable.
Iloilo City got the Plaque of Sustainability for having exemplified commitment in raising the standards of accountability, transparency and improved service delivery, thereby pursuing the ideas of Excellence in Local Governance (EXCELL) Awards 2015 by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-6).
This after Iloilo became a Hall of Famer as Best Performing City in Region 6. The City Government was also a consistent champion in administrative, social, economic and environmental governance.
Mabilog asked Ilonggos to cooperate and support the initiatives to make the metropolis livable, safe and peaceful for residents, visitors, and investors.
- Monday, January 4, 2016
- (PNA), FFC/JSV/PGL/LCP/CBF
ILOILO CITY, Jan 4 (PNA) -- The Iloilo City Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) is considering some changes in the requirements for business permits given the redundancy of some qualifications.
BPLO chief Norman Tabud, however, said this move is being considered only after this year's national and local elections.
The current requirements for business permit application include barangay clearance, fire safety clearance and CCTV clearance for high risk businesses.
Tabud, however, noted that small and medium enterprises (SMEs), especially those located in malls, public markets and the variety stores, need not submit fire safety and CCTV clearances.
He said these are not necessary for mall locators because the mall and market managements are the ones required to submit these.
He also pointed out that SMEs are not high risk businesses.
Thus, he stressed the need for the City Council to take a serious look on this to facilitate more business-friendly processing.
Meanwhile, Tabud said his office would be open even on weekends until January 20 to cater to business permit renewal applications.
He said business owners who will not be able to meet the January 20, 2016 deadline will have to pay a surcharge and a 25 percent penalty.
Tabud is optimistic on the increase of business permits and licenses this year after noting the big jump of applications, at about 2,000, over the 13,000 permits issued in 2015.
Processing of permits for new businesses will start in February 2016.
- Sunday, January 3, 2016
- BY MAY GRECIA-RAGO (DSWD-6/PN)
ILOILO City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 6 lauded the city government here for being friendly to the elderly.
“What Iloilo City has done is commendable. It used its own resources to help the elderly,” said Judith Tanate, focal person for the elderly, during the recent Senior Citizens Congress here.
According to Tanate, the city government adopted the national government’s scheme of providing pension for the elderly by serving more senior citizens.
“We hope that more local government units will follow,” said Tanate.
Under its own social pension program, Iloilo City provides a stipend of P500 per semester to each of the identified 5,000 eligible senior citizens here.
A total of P5 million is allotted every year.
Eligible are elderly who are not catered by DSWD, 65 years old and above, not receiving pension or regular support from immediate relatives.
- Saturday, January 2, 2016
- (Iloilo City PIO/PN)
ILOILO City – Preparations have started for the 44th Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival on the third week of February 2016.
The Iloilo Paraw Regatta Foundation, Inc. (IPRFI) and the city government has signed a memorandum of agreement for the festival’s staging.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said public-private partnership will ensure the success of the oldest traditional sailing event in Southeast Asia and the country’s best sports tourism event.
IPRFI president Ronald Raymond Sebastian said they expect a more exciting and more colorful showcase and tribute to Ilonggo seafaring traditions and talents as they gather many participants and wider support.
Sebastian said they target a P2-million fund for the hosting even as the city government allotted P1.6 million for this year’s edition.
IPRFI has tapped universities such as John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, St. Therese MTC Colleges, West Visayas State University and Iloilo Science and Technology University, among others and groups like Jaycees and Iloilo Watercraft Association to organize, support and participate in series of special events showcasing Ilonggo sports, arts, culture and heritage.
The week-long festivity will feature slalom competition, main paraw race, cultural shows, poster-making, miniature paraw-making, food-and-cook fest, photo contest and exhibit, beauty pageant, trade fair, painting contest, bike tour, fishing tournament, beach sports, and watersports.
- Friday, January 1, 2016
- By Lydia C. Pendon
THE 6.9 hectare lot owned by the Iloilo City Government located in Barangay Ungka, Pavia, Iloilo was finally sold to the highest bidder at P3,167 per square meter way above the Commission on Audit suggested price of P2,500 per square meter.
The total bid price of P220.8 million of International Builders Corporation (IBC) chaired by businessman Alfonso Tan was also over the bid price of P215.2 million of SM Prime Holdings Inc. at P3,088 per square meter in a negotiated bid opening held December 7, 2015.
City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog signed the deed of sale with IBC as bid winner through a resolution passed by the City Council last December 24, 2015.
The Pavia lot was a site of a former City Government low cost housing project earmarked for City Hall employees.
The project was scuttled during the time of former city mayor Jerry Trenas after the contractor abandoned the P135 million project. It was found out that the materials used in the housing construction were substandard.
The City Council rescinded the contract during the tenure of Mabilog and efforts failed locate the contractor.
Mabilog, with the help of the City Council, started negotiations for the sale of the lot in Pavia with the help of COA. Two biddings failed and the City Government resorted to negotiated sale.
Mabilog said the lot sale proceeds will mostly go to construction of development projects and payment of past city loans.