Iloilo City News September 2016

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South Korea ‘gift’ to Iloilo: P300-million medical facilities

By Tara Yap

Iloilo City — The South Korean government has turned over P300-million ($7 million) worth of medical facilities to hospitals in Iloilo province.

South Korean Ambassador Kim Jae Shin led the ceremonial turnover for Iloilo Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area Health System project at Aleosan District Hospital last Tuesday.

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said the facilities funded by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) are mainly to strengthen neonatal and obstetric facilities of district hospitals and rural health centers.

Included in the project are the Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian town, the Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan town and the Ricardo S. Provido Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Calinog town.

KOICA also funded the acquisition of medical equipment, hospital beds and sent several Iloilo health personnel to train in Korea.

Iloilo Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said the project aims to reduce maternal and child deaths in the province’s 42 towns and component city.

DILG-Iloilo encourages barangays to hold Barangay Assembly on October 9


ILOILO CITY (PNA) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Iloilo is encouraging the 1, 721 barangays in the province to join the synchronized conduct of the Barangay Assembly on October 9.

DILG-Iloilo officer-in-charge provincial director Aurelio M. Ticorda, said that Barangay Assembly is a very important activity as it will help the public to properly understand the priority thrusts of the national government.

With the theme “Para sa Isang Tunay na Pagbabago, Mag-MASID, Makisali at Makiisa sa Isang Maka-MASAng Asembleya,” Ticorda pointed out that all barangay officials are encouraged to focus their discussions on the issues on illegal drugs.

“Last year, our barangay officials were discussing about illegal drug issues but this time we want it to be massive because that is the thrust of the national government,” he said.

Specifically, village chiefs are encouraged to deliver their State of the Barangay Address (SOBA), which will include the reports of accomplishments of 1st semester of 2016 and updates on the ongoing programs, projects and activities.

Other activities include the reporting of Barangay Full Disclosure Policy (BFDP), the implementation of the MASA-MASID program of the DILG or “Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga,” which engages the community in the fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption and Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan, which discusses the involvement of faith-based organizations in project monitoring and evaluation in promoting transparency and good local governance.

Ticorda further said that barangay officials are also encouraged to discuss peace and order, laws on social protection, solid waste management and disaster preparedness.

He assured that DILG will conduct monitoring to all the barangays to assure that they are conducting the Barangay Assembly.

The Barangay Assembly day on October 9 is also part of the 25th anniversary of the Local Government Code celebration this year.

Iloilo City PESO serves 10T job seekers


ILOILO CITY, Sept. 28 (PNA) -- The Iloilo City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) has served more than 10,000 workers who were hired here and abroad during the first seven months this year.

PESO, through job fairs and referrals, was able to employ or deploy some 10,760 jobseekers for both local and overseas jobs as of August 2016 compared to 4,941 applicants in August 2015.

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog stressed the increasing employment rate manifested the City Government’s successful initiatives and efforts in providing access and delivering more opportunities to the Ilonggos.

The city’s employment rate soared to 92 percent in April as a result of regular conduct of job fairs, according to data from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-6).

Mabilog encouraged more job seekers to register for skills matching to available work opportunities at PESO at 5th floor of City Hall.

PESO chief Ma. Elena A. C. Benitez said job fairs addressed employment needs of the people which are significant in combating criminality and poverty.

For four straight years, Iloilo City topped the list in Western Visayas by garnering 31.70 percent or 75,503 accomplishment rate vis-à-vis its targeted 238,211 working population from Oct. 2010 to May 31, 2016 of the National Skills Registry Program (NSRP) of DOLE-6.

NSRP is a database on available manpower and their corresponding expertise which serves as easy guide for companies in looking for competent and skilled human resources.

Mabilog and Benitez recently received recognitions from DOLE-6 acting regional director Salome O. Siaton.

Iloilo City to open online portal for overseas Filipino workers


ILOILO CITY, Sept. 27 (PNA)-- An online portal that will serve overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be made available by the city government here in partnership with the Commission of Filipino Overseas (CFO).

The e-governance project of the CFO under its migration and development (M&D) initiative will “provide mechanisms to effectively mainstream migration and development at the local level and will feature initiatives specific to Iloilo City.”

The project will be named Balinkbayan: “Overseas Filipinos’ One –Stop Online Portal for Diaspora Engagement.”

The CFO will provide the city government with website hosting facilities for the localized BalinkBayan page for one year.

The city government will provide, manage and maintain the database and main information system of the webpage and update its contents.

“This website will enable this city to keep track of our local overseas workers and more efficiently provide them assistance,” said councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo, chair of the committee on rules of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, in pushing a resolution giving authority to Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to sign an agreement with the CFO during Tuesday’s regular session.

Earthquake drill to boost Iloilo City's preparations for 2017 ASEAN Summit


ILOILO CITY, Sept. 26 (PNA) -- This quarter’s earthquake drill in Iloilo City that will be held simultaneous nationwide will boost the city's readiness as it is poised to host several meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in 2017.

The drill set this Wednesday will be held at the Megaworld where some 800 to 1,000 participants are expected and the city campus of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas with around 500 participants.

Melissa Banias, chief of the capability building section of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Western Visayas said that they first thought of choosing pilot sites from the municipalities but Iloilo City requested to hold it here in consideration of the summit.

The drill during the second quarter was also held at the Megaworld, where some 2,000 workers joined, and at the Jaro National High School.

Banias said the previous drill showed the readiness of schools in times of earthquake. Although there are companies that have put in place their quick response teams and contingency measures in times of calamities.

"The Department of Education has already institutionalized the conduct of earthquake drills," she added.

The quarterly earthquake drill is mandated by the National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).

Meanwhile, a team from the national organizing committee is currently in this city for a three-day coordination meeting and ocular visits of possible engagement sites and specific arrangements for the meetings such as airport facilities, hotel accommodation, conference venues and tourism destinations for the 2017 ASEAN summit.

Iloilo City accredits 10 NGOs

By Elsa S. Subong (JCM/ESS/PIA-Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY, 20Iloilo Sept(PIA)—The Iloilo City government accredited 10 non-government organizations here to be its partners in governance.

The city council said that these NGOs were registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other relevant government agencies.

These NGOs are Taos Puso Foundation, Inc., Creative Community Foundation, Family Planning organization of the Philippines-Iloilo Chapter, Signpost Philippines, Inc., Iloilo Children Welfare Foundation, Inc., Association of Differently-Abled Persons in Iloilo Multipurpose /cooperative, Iloilo CODE NGOs, Inc., Network for Social Development NGOs, Inc., Association of Disabled Persons in Iloilo, and Process foundation-Panay.

The city council said the accreditation enables the BGO to be member of any local special bodies, in the city government, including the Health Board, School Board, Peace and Order Council, and Local Development Council among others.

The applications of these NGOs were evaluated by the Committee on Rules, Ordinances, Styles, Justice and other Legal Matters, of the city council, chaired by councilor Ed Penaredondo. “The accreditation is in accordance with the DILG memo circular no. 2016-07 which provides the rules on the process of accreditation,” Penaredondo said.

He added the city council will also try to look into the membership of civil society organizations in the city governance as soon as possible.

NYC holds consultation on proposed youth development plan in Iloilo City

By Cindy B. Ferrer [(PNA), LAP/PGL/CBFERRER/CBF]

ILOILO CITY (PNA) -- National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson Cariza Seguerra on Friday led the Western Visayas leg of the series of consultations for the crafting of the 2017-2022 Philippine Youth Development Plan (PYDP).

The consultations that will cover 18 regions in the country aim to gather inputs from representatives of youth organizations and national government agencies.

Around 50 youth participants from the five provinces of this region joined the one-day consultation in Iloilo City.

The formulation of the PYDP shall apply an inclusive process and identify key issues facing the youth, opportunities, enabling conditions and proposed strategies and policies which government, other duty bearers and stakeholders further create and provide and the role of Filipino youth as right-holders and duty-bearers.

Sequerra assured that the will reach the office of the President.

“I will personally make sure that this reaches the President and that he will sign this,” she said.

As mandated by law, the PYDP shall provide policy and program direction for the development and participation of the Filipino youth in nation-building.

PYDP is a companion document of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, which will serve as a guiding framework for a unified action among youth and youth-serving groups, agencies and other institutions in pursuit of youth economic and social activity.

She added that a lot of problems among the youth that will be addressed if PYDP will be included in the country’s development plan.

Seguerra mentioned that teenage pregnancy, reproductive health issues and lack of education are among the major challenges of today’s youths.

NYC have already conducted consultations in Cebu City, Baguio City, Butuan City, Zamboanga City, Cotabato City, San Fernando City, La Union, Bacolod City, Cagayan De Oro City, Legaspi City, Calamba City, Tuguegarao City and Davao City.

STI, HIV testing clinic for MSMs, transgender people to open in Iloilo City


ILOILO CITY, Sept. 23 (PNA) – A clinic dedicated for prevention, testing and treatment services of sexually transmitted infection (STI) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) will open in this city next month.

The “5/11 Klinika Ilonggo” that will be situated at the city’s social hygiene clinic in Barangay Tanza, City Proper was designed for males having sex with male (MSM) and transgender people, according to city health officer, Dr. Bernard Caspe.

The clinic will operate from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. to accommodate those who work during the day or would rather seek the services at night for the privacy that they need.

“These hours are customized for specific clients based on what works better for their schedule,” he said.

Male having sex with male (MSM) has been cited as the most prevalent mode of HIV transmission. The regional office of the Department of Health (DOH) here said that 40 percent of HIV cases were acquired from homosexual relationships; 30 percent, heterosexual; and 30 percent were bisexual.

The clinic will be officially launched on October 3, 2016.

Iloilo City named as one of 'BPO Next 10 Markets'


ILOILO CITY, Sept. 22 (PNA) -- Iloilo City has caught the eye of a consulting firm as next investment center for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector as growth expansion started to shift to the countryside from saturated big capital cities.

“The robust demand for office space from BPO industry is changing the landscape of a number of cities. Pinnacle Research cited industry sources who are now gearing up for the ‘Next 10 Cities.’ With the push of President Rodrigo Duterte to disperse spending and growth, development of these ‘Next 10 Markets’ is likely to happen sooner,” the company said in its Market Insight for third quarter.

These cities are Baguio City, Davao City, Dumaguete City, Iloilo City, Lipa City, Metro Bulacan (Baliuag, Calumpit, Malolos City, Marilao and Meycauayan City), Metro Cavite (Bacoor City, Dasmariñas City and Imus City), Metro Laguna (Calamba City, Los Baños and Sta. Rosa City), Metro Naga (Naga City and Pili), and Metro Rizal (Antipolo City, Cainta and Taytay).

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said the citation affirmed the city’s growing reputation as ideal investment destination, boosted by big pool of manpower, conducive business climate, competitive cost, best built infrastructure, established utilities, peace and order, local tax incentives, streamlined permit processing, and good governance making the metropolis among the most business-friendly in the country.

He hoped the promotion will attract additional locators to settle and expand here to create more employment opportunities for the Ilonggos and generate multiplier effects to the local economy to benefit many people.

Iloilo City was recognized Center of Excellence for Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) operations by IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines (BPAP) and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

BPO companies are choosing healthy demographics and relatively developed infrastructures as key criteria, Pinnacle said.

Apart from office spaces, these markets would probably experience developments of residential and commercial-retails spaces, and perhaps, hotel rooms as well, it added.

The new IT-BPM Roadmap 2017-2022 is scheduled to be made public by October.

While the industry in the past decade has been phenomenal, experts are saying that the growth in the next five years would range between 12-18 percent, or two to three times the world’s average of six percent annually, Pinnacle forecasted.

Buoyed by this continuous growth, real estate developers are relentless in building and delivering office spaces. It is still a landlord’s market, and given the low vacancy, rents have been increasing and albeit plateauing in recent months. The initial fear of softening rents may still be averted due to brisk demand, the realty advisor stated.

Pinnacle Real Estate Consulting Services, Inc. provides a full range of services to buyers, real estate lenders and investors with a team of experienced professionals dedicated to enhancing the value of clients’ investments throughout the Philippines.

DOT-6 reaches out to film enthusiasts in Western Visayas


ILOILO CITY (PNA) -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) 6 here is currently conducting a five-day film tourism and outreach caravan in the region mainly to reach out to film enthusiasts in Western Visayas who wanted to join the 2016 CineKasimanwa: Western Visayas Film Festival.

Festival Director and Programmer Elvert de la Cruz Bañares said that they are currently visiting filmmakers, film teachers, film writers, out of school youth and other interested people to join them.

“Inquiries this year triple than the inquiries for the past years. This means that there are so many people who wanted to submit their films,” he added.

The film tourism and outreach caravan already started here in Iloilo today. The series of caravans will continue in the province of Antique on September 21; Aklan, September 22; Capiz, September 23; Guimaras, September 24 and in Bacolod City on September 25.

“Through this, we want our filmmakers to understand our film festival,” Bañares said,

“We want them to know that the films are not only about stories and culture, this is about tourism because tourism is culture,” he added.

The fourth CineKasimanwa: Western Visayas Film Festival is scheduled on December 1 until December 10 of this year.

The week-long film festival will showcase various films specifically Opening and Closing Films, Competition Films / Short Film Grants Program, 8 Film Classic in Restored High Definition, Short Films for and by Children, Non-Competition Films, International Films, Expanded Cinema and New Media and Inspirational Films.

Last year, DOT was able to gather 112 local short and full-length films that were produced by local filmmakers from the different provinces of Western Visayas making CineKasimanwa as the largest regional festival out of the 13 regional festivals in the country in 2015 in terms of the number of audience attendance, films, satellite screenings and venues.

Iloilo city gov't further fast-tracks permit processing


ILOILO CITY, Sept. 20 (PNA) -- The Iloilo City Government is fast-tracking the release of permits in the shortest possible time of an hour and a half for the approval of all documentary requirements and release to applicants.

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said the further streamlining is in response and compliance with the call of President Rodrigo Duterte for faster release of documents to transacting public.

The Duterte administration ordered release of papers to clients the soonest time possible and at the maximum of three working days.

Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) chief Norman Tabud said they sat down with concerned offices to thresh out stumbling blocks in the smooth flow of paper trail.

BPLO, City Planning and Development Office, City Engineer’s Office, City Treasurer’s Office, and Bureau of Fire Protection will streamline permit processing with a new system that is more effective and efficient.

Tabud said BPLO can release permits in 30-45 minutes provided all requirements are complete.

He noted they are close to achieving the target of 2,000 new businesses expected to be registered this third quarter, which is on top of the 16,000 businesses renewed.

Western Visayas hosts this year’s Philippine foresters convention


ILOILO CITY, Sept 19 (PNA) -- Western Visayas hosts this year’s national convention of the Society of Filipino Foresters Inc. (SFFI), Sept. 19-21, 2016 at Iloilo Convention Center.

The four-day convention which started Monday and will run until Sept. 21, gathered about 1,200 registered foresters all over the country.

“We are promoting the science of forestry and this conference is being held to update our members of the current technologies and best practices in forestry programs,” said SFFI National Council President Tommy Valdez.

With this year’s theme:"Advancing Sustainable Forest Management to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals", discussions emphasizes Forest Landscape Restoration Mechanisms, Mining Rehabilitation through Forestry, and Carbon Neutral Program.

Other topics include Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Policy Advocacies, SDG Implementation Mechanisms and SDG Opportunities for the Forestry Profession.

Currently, Valdez said that one of the things that their organization was working on was passing a bill on Sustainable Forest Management that had been pending in the Congress.

SFFI is one of the founding organizations of the Council for the Built and Natural Environments under the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations (PFPA), and serving as the only nationwide organization of professional Filipino foresters open to the more than 10,000 Registered Professional Foresters.

Livino Duran, SFFI Region 6 president, meanwhile hopes that through the various workshops and discussions, the foresters and forestry professionals will be equipped with the current and useful tools in serving their respective organizations and areas.

The national convention is in line with the 68th anniversary of SFFI.

IPO satellite office now in Iloilo

By Elsa S. Subong (JCM/ESS/PIA-Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY (PIA)—The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has a satellite office in Iloilo City and it is urging the public to avail of its services.

The office is located at the Ground Floor of the Department of Trade and Industry, at J.M. Basa St., Iloilo City.

A press release from DTI said that the IPO is encouraging entrepreneurs, writers, inventors and researchers to access the services, like trademark registration, copyright deposits, industrial design, utility models, invention and patents filing.

These services are made available so that an IP-inspired culture of innovation and creativity will prevail in the region.

The IPO-Philippines is the lead agency tasked to manage the Intellectual Property System in the country, protecting and securing the rights of scientists, inventors, artists and other gifted citizens of their intellectual property and creations.

Marian Bebit, IP Satellite Office field operations specialist, said that an invention, an original design, a practical application of a good idea, a mark of ownership and literary and artistic works are all creations or products of human mind and intellect.

“All these are collectively referred to as intellectual properties,” Bebit said, adding that as such, IP allows its owners or creators, control, recognition and commercialization.

She said that the pulic is free to get in touch with her regarding the IPSO services, at telephone number 033-3350149/09260325620.

Korean volunteers take a glimpse of Iloilo rural development


A TOTAL of 28 Korean Saemaul volunteers of Yeungnam University from the Republic of South Korea visited the regional office of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) in Iloilo City last August 24 to look over the Western Visayas Socio-Economic Situationer in fostering knowledge exchange with development partners.

The visit to Neda was one of the activities of Korean Saemaul volunteers in their annual Saemaul Spirits Student Exchange Project in Iloilo held August 23- 30.

It was an opportunity for the students to be immersed in rural communities in the Philippines, particularly in Iloilo province, and introduce Saemaul Undong – the Korean theory on rural development anchored on the spirits of diligence, self-help and cooperation among communities.

The Yeungnam University (YU) exchange project in Iloilo was made possible through the Philippine Saemaul Undong, Province of Iloilo and the NIPSC-Lemery Campus which served as the main country host organizations.

Neda Assistant Regional Director Raul Anlocotan, along with the Neda staff, received the 28 Korean Saemaul volunteers of YU-Department of Saemaul Studies and International Development led by their Department Head Professor Yangsoo Yi.

The Korean Saemaul volunteers later had dialogues with participants from Aklan State University, Capiz State University, Iloilo Science and Technology University, Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College and West Visayas State University to commence possible partnerships in the future.

BFAR eyes 1,643-hectare expansion of seaweed farm in Western Visayas


ILOILO CITY, Sept. 16 (PNA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is eyeing the expansion of the seaweed industry in Western Visayas citing its potential in providing sustainable supplemental livelihood and as a potent weapon against global warming.

BFAR Western Visayas regional director Remia Aparri said that instead of engaging in illegal fishing, more farmers are interested in establishing seaweed farms because they have a market for their produce.

A validation is now ongoing for the potential areas of expansion that include five hectares in Aklan, 1,300 hectares in Antique, 298.5 hectares in Guimaras, 29.5 hectares in Iloilo and 10 hectares in Negros Occidental.

One of the focused areas is Barangay Gogo in Estancia in northern Iloilo where five hectares have been developed. There are also seaweed farms in San Dionisio and Carles towns.

BFAR has also extended assistance to 32.5 hectares of seaweed farm in the area in 2016.

To date, some 2,955.09 hectares of seaweed farm exist in Western Visayas. BFAR is providing assistance to 87.5 hectares.

A seaweed farmer gets BFAR support for one-eighth of every one hectare farm.

The existing farms include 115 hectares in Guimaras, 5.59 in Aklan, 2,650 in Antique, 165 in Iloilo and 27.5 hectares in Negros Occidental.

Aparri disclosed that since two years ago, the bureau has appropriated some PHP10 million a year for assistance to seaweed growers.

Aside from serving as alternative and sustainable source of livelihood for farmers, seaweeds can also help arrest climate change because they aid in carbon sequestration.

They also help in the population growth of fish because they provide shelter to these species, Aparri added.

Iloilo City is pilot site for Clean Air Asia certification


ILOILO CITY, Sept. 15 (PNA) -- Iloilo City was chosen as among five pilot sites for Clean Air Asia (CAA) Certification initiative launched last month at the 9th CAA Better Air Quality Conference and 17th International Union of Air Pollution Prevention Association (IUAPPA) World Clean Air Congress in Busan, South Korea.

“This citation is a recognition of our conservation efforts in maintaining air quality in the metropolis. This is a manifestation of our growing reputation as ecologically-friendly, healthy and livable city,” stressed Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog.

The certification is an innovative voluntary draft standard that will recognize the actions that cities take to address air quality.

“It is anticipated that there will be three levels. The bronze level, which will be piloted in five cities before being opened to wider participation – Baguio, Iloilo and Santa Rosa in the Philippines, Malang in Indonesia, and Kathmandu in Nepal – are targeted at the capacity building level,” Clean Air Asia said in a statement.

Cities will be assessed based on the level of effort they make relative to their resources. Improving air quality translates into healthy citizenry. It also helps cities save money and use resources more effectively, said CAA.

“In addition to improvements in air quality, there were economic incentives for cities involved in the initiative, with certification reaping huge rewards,” said Jamie Leather, senior transport specialist of Asian Development Bank.

“Cities involved in this certification will certainly be able to demonstrate their commitment to anyone who wants to invest in those cities,” she added.

This has also a sound economic rationale, helping investors to link air quality with profitability measures and disclosure requirements, and enabling them to use certification status as a decision-making factor in selecting suppliers and locating new facilities.

Cities will be recognized for taking actions in four areas: (1) identifying core personnel to take actions forward; (2) understanding the sources of air pollution; (3) assessing air quality and impacts; and (4) addressing air pollution.

Three areas will need to be demonstrated: (1) the impact of control measures undertaken; (2) that the impacts of air pollution are considered in economic and development decisions; and (3) that new stakeholders are engaging in supporting solutions.

“Clean Air Certification is a way to build momentum to meet clean air targets through widespread and international recognition of innovative and impactful city action,” said Cities Clean Air Partnership Program Director Katharine Thoday.

“The focus is on actions cities can take to address air quality, not on absolute air quality levels,” she added.

Cities will be required to submit agreed upon evidence against actions at fixed intervals.

Evidence will be reviewed administratively by CAA.

When more specific technical experience is needed, the evidence will be reviewed by relevant Working Group members. Achievement of the standard required will result in certification. If it is not met, feedback will be provided.

The draft standard had been developed with input from a representative group of stakeholders, including city networks, air quality management specialists, pollution researchers and practitioners, and economic and development experts, said CAA Deputy Executive Director Glynda Bathan-Baterina.

Certification is in line with International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labeling (ISEAL) Alliance’s Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards, and a number of Working Groups – Air Quality Governance and Assessment, Measuring the Impact of Control Measures, and Urban Development – have been established to inform the continued development of criteria, she added.

The scheme is supported by a Knowledge Platform that will highlight the actions taken by cities and stakeholders.

“Cities will upload evidence based around common indicators allowing for easy sharing of information. Other city stakeholders will be able to find information relevant to them and highlight the actions they are taking to support city targets,” Bathan-Baterina said.

“Clean air in cities is a competitive factor because if we go into cities that do not have clean air, we have to invest a lot of money. Having a certification scheme that is sustainable for investments in clean air is a key competitive advantage for cities,” said Mathias Miedreich, President Asia, Faurecia Emission Control Technologies.

CAA’s Cities Clean Air Partnership provides concrete support to move cities progressively towards cleaner air. It is supported by International Environmental Partnership, an environmental collaboration program established by Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan and United States Environmental Protection Agency aimed at assisting agencies and organizations around the globe to strengthen their capacity to manage the environment and protect human health.

Organizing council sets ocular visits to Iloilo for 2017 ASEAN meeting


ILOILO CITY, Sept. 14 (PNA) -- A team from the National Organizing Council (NOC) of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is set to conduct a coordination meeting and ocular visits on Sept. 26 to 28.

ASEAN 2017 NOC Director General for Operations Marciano A. Paynor Jr, in a letter addressed to Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, informed the latter that the council has chosen Iloilo City as one of the sites for the meetings.

“I hope that you would welcome this opportunity to host these meetings in your city which will have a critical role in the national hosting. The Philippines shall host as part of its endeavor to intensify community building through enhanced regional cooperation and integration among its member countries,” he said.

The meetings that will be convened by various lead government agencies will be attended by high-level delegates such as ministers and senior officials.

The coordination meeting and ocular visit will help determine the possible engagement sites and specific arrangements for the ASEAN meetings such as airport facilities, hotel accommodation, conference venues and tourism destinations.

Meanwhile, Mabilog encouraged the support of the Ilonggos in the preparation as he mentioned that the “good news manifests our growing reputation as ideal convention destination.”

The city already experienced successful global hosting that attracted thousands of delegates and visitors of several meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in 2015.

ASEAN is composed of 10 member-countries that include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

ESDA gathers, consults TVET stakeholders in WV

By Lilibeth A. French (JSC/laf/PIA6 Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY (PIA6) - - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority 6 conducted a region-wide consultation on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform Development Agenda and Skills Needs Priorities with its various stakeholders in the region.

TESDA Deputy Director for General Policies and Planning Rosanna Urdaneta, in her message, read by Director Luz Victoria Amponin, said that it is imperative that the new TVET directions and priorities be communicated and advocated to the agency’s partners and cooperators, knowing fully well the important roles that the various TVET stakeholders play in the success of implementing TVET programs and services.

“This is being true to our vision of being the leading partner in the development of Filipino workers with world class competence and positive work values,” said Urdaneta.

She said the Regional Partnership Forum and Consultation on TVET Reform Development Agenda and Skills Needs Priorities is an avenue to engage their stakeholders and partners in making the TVET reform and development agenda more relevant and attainable.

The TVET Reform and Development Agenda in the next six years and beyond was crafted by TESDA and it is embodied in the TVET for Poverty Reduction Framework which was presented to the participants. The framework is envisioned to guide TESDA in the formulation of policies, programs and strategies for the entire TVET sector. It will also guide the formulation of the next cycle plan, the National Technical Education and Skills Development Plan, 2017-2022 for which TESDA has been mandated to formulate.

Urdaneta said the inputs of the participants in the discussions and the workshops are vital to aid them in crafting the necessary policies and program guidelines.

Participants were also provided updates on the current situation of TVET and program accomplishments in the region.

DOLE 6 OIC Director Salome Siaton also briefed them on the Human Resource Road Map in the country and in the region before the workshop held in the afternoon.

More than 200 TVET stakeholders including local government unit leaders/representatives, industry groups, Non Government Organizations, People’s Organizations, sectoral groups, TVET associations, regional and provincial TESDCs and national government agencies representatives attended the event on September 9 here which was capped by the signing of commitment to partnership.

CSC 6 kicks off ‘Government Express at the Mall’ in Iloilo City


ILOILO CITY, Sept. 12 (PNA) -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) here in Western Visayas opened the 2016 “Government Express at the Mall” which aims to give the public the opportunity to have access to various front line services starting today until Thursday.

The four-day event, which is one of the activities in line with the 111th foundation anniversary of the CSC, gathered 26 government agencies at the SM City Mall here.

Leo Jamorin, CSC-6 OIC chief for Public Assistance and Liaison Division, said that the government express at the mall is a “one stop shop” for the government front line services where mall goers could inquire or process some transactions to the participating government agencies during mall hours, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Specifically, participating agencies include the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Social Security System (SSS), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), among others.

“We are inviting all mall goers to grab the opportunity to have access to the various frontline services until Thursday,” Jamorin said.

The “Government Express at the Mall” has been a project of the CSC for several years already as part of its inception commemoration.

This year’s theme for the anniversary is “Sigaw ng Lingkod Bayani: Malasakit Para Sa Taumbayan, Kapwa Kawani, at Kalikasan”, which activities are meant to instill compassion with action for health, the environment, deserving public servants, and the Filipino public who are the clients of government service offices.

The highlight of the celebration here in the region will be the Honor Awards Program on September 15 wherein 12 government employees and officials will be recognized as regional winners and who will be vying for the national award.

Go Negosyo and DTI to kick off mentoring program in Zambo and Iloilo


THE Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry will kick off its "Mentor Me program" on September 14 in Zamboanga and Iloilo cities.

It will conduct the proram in Zamboanga at the DTI office located at the 2nd floor VH Wee building Veterans Avenue.

The speakers will be Vix Madlangbayan for the entrepreneurial mindset and values formation and Carlo Calimon for marketing and marketing trends.

In Iloilo City, it will also be held at the trade and industry office in JM Bsa-Peralta streets.

The speakers will be Willy Arcilla who will discuss on marketing and marketing trends and Ping Sotto on entrepreneurial mindset and values formation.

Mentor Me is a series of mentoring sessions supervised by the Negosyo Centers all over the country. This program is under the Kapatid initiative of Go Negosyo and DTI and its coming to cities all over the Philippines this September and October.

CSC offers one-stop shop of gov't frontline services


ILOILO CITY (PNA) -- The transacting public is encouraged to avail of the fast and accessible services made available by various government agencies through the ‘government express at the mall’ facilitated by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) here.

The ‘government express at the mall’ slated Sept. 12-15 at the SM City here will be participated in by 26 government frontline services, according to the CSC press statement.

The activity is part of the annual celebration of Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, now on its 116th year.

The series of events started with a fun run over the weekend and will culminate Thursday next week with the awarding of regional winners for the Honor Awards Program (HAP).

This year’s celebration anchors on the theme “Sigaw ng Lingkod Bayani: Malasakit para sa Taumbayan, Kapwa, Kawani at Kalikasan.”

Offices joining the ‘government express at the mall’ include the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources RO6, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Cooperative Development Authority, Commission on Higher Education, Civil Service Commission;

Departments of Agriculture, Interior and Local Government, Labor and Employment, Social Welfare and Development, and Tourism;

Government Service Insurance System, Home Development Mutual Fund, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, Iloilo City Government, Land Transportation Office, National Food Authority, National Irrigation Administration, Philippine Statistics Authority, Philippine Health Insurance Corp.; and

Philippine National Police, Securities and Exchange Commission, Social Security System, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Region VI Association of Government Retirees, Inc., and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

'Bayan Ko Linis Ko' gets gov't support

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

ILOILO CITY, September 9 (PIA) --- National government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs) here pledged support to the National Clean-Up Activity under the “Bayan Ko Linis Ko” program on September 17, 2016.

The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)-6 said that the program will involve all sectors in Western Visayas including NGAs, LGUs, non-government organizations, academic institutions, civil society groups, private sector, among others.

EMB-6 said that the national clean-up activity aims to promote cleanliness in coastal and inland waterways, esteros, creeks, public places, parks, schools, churches, public and private establishments and all other areas nationwide.

Likewise, the program will mobilize all LGUs in the country for a one-day clean-up with the participation of all sectors in the society.

The “Bayan Ko Linis Ko” program also strengthens the implementation of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Meanwhile, EMB-6 said that the Iloilo City government has pledged the participation of the 180 barangays of the city in the nationwide clean-up program.

Aside from the barangays, the clean-up will also be conducted in seven public plazas, three public cemeteries, Esplanade 1 and 2, and in Adopt-an-Estero areas.

The month of September is declared as “National Clean-up Month” as per Proclamation No. 244 Series of 1993.

DTI, city government eye share service facility to assist MSMEs


ILOILO CITY (PNA) --A shared service facility will be made available by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Iloilo City with the city government here serving as cooperator of the project.

Atty. Mary Joan V. Montaño, head of the city’s local economic and investment promotion office (LEIPO), said the project aims to improve the competitiveness of MSMEs by providing them with machinery, equipment, tools, systems, skills and knowledge under a shared system.

A usufruct agreement for the project to kick off is now being readied for signing, awaiting the authority from the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) for Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to sign for and on behalf of the city government.

Under the agreement, the DTI will provide the more than half a million pesos worth of tools, equipment, furniture and furnishings and other SSF project-related facilities that will be managed by the city government.

Montaño said the project will boost the efforts of the city government to entice more investors even as without the SSF it has already made available services like business consultation, knowledge management services and business registration facilitation.

Iloilo City allows registration of births outside birthing facilities


ILOILO CITY, Sept. 7 (PNA) -- Children who were born outside of a health facility or not attended by a licensed physician or midwife can now be registered at the Iloilo City civil registrar’s office.

Councilor R. Leone Gerochi during Tuesday’s regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) was able to generate the support of his colleagues for his ordinance that will allow the registration of births in Iloilo City even if they are not delivered in hospitals or maternity clinics and births that are not attended by a medical officer or a midwife.

The piece of legislation was passed amid an apprehension that it would be in conflict with Regulation Ordinance 2015-163 mandating pregnant women to deliver at birthing facility and restricts the practice of traditional and skilled birth attendants. The ordinance carries with it a penalty of Php5,000 and imprisonment of 30 days for offenders to include parents and "hilot" and skilled attendants.

“It is not contradictory. Anytime the city can file case to encourage mothers to give birth in lying-in clinics,” he explained.

Gerochi, also a lawyer by profession, explained that many parents are seeking assistance on the registration of their children who were born under the said circumstance.

“There is an increasing number of births in the city that are not registered by reason that such deliveries were not made in hospitals or maternity clinics and not attended by physicians,” he stated.

He stressed that children are not at fault for having born under such conditions.

Under the newly-passed ordinance that bears objection from two members of the city council, the barangay secretary shall be responsible for preparing documents that will be submitted to the civil registrar’s office.

The ordinance will take effect after a 10-day publication in a paper circulating in this city.

Iloilo to host visit of British parliamentary leaders


THE Iloilo City Government is set to host a two-day visit of around 10 British parliamentary leaders on September 21-23, according to city tourism officer Junel Ann Divinagracia.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog welcomed the recommendation of Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III for the city to host members of the British parliament to see the city’s best practices especially its grassroots programs.

The British parliamentarian leaders are also expected to look into the projects of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and may hopefully recommend their own system of social services.

Divinagracia said the visit is a good chance of Iloilo City in showing off its best practices and the ongoing progress of Iloilo to the British parliamentarians and to provide a venue for discussions on mutual coordination program especially on best practices in tourism, health, education and social economic development.

Iloilo City is considered a liveable and peaceful city in the country.

It is the regional center of Western Visayas aside from being recognized as the educational center in the Visayas by hosting several colleges and universities as well as schools for special studies.

Divinagracia said residents, hotels, restaurants, public markets, and public transport are encouraged to welcome the British parliamentary leaders and show off the true Ilonggo hospitality.

MSMEs to embark on green initiatives for business


ILOILO CITY, Sept. 5 (PNA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry regional office here, supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zussamenarbeit (GIZ), will spearhead a forum for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Western Visayas to highlight the gains of the Promotion of Green Economic Development (ProGED) Project before it finally culminates in December 2016.

The event seeks to inspire the MSMEs to support and sustain the implementation of the initiatives beyond ProGED.

DTI Western Visayas director Rebecca Rascon said the forum to be held in this city on September 6-7 will be graced by DTI undersecretary for regional operations group (ROG) Zenaida C. Maglaya and GIZ ProGED project manager Dr. Volker Steiugerwald.

DTI information officer David Sinay said the forum entitled “Accelerating the Promotion of Green Economic Development,” will likewise be a venue for MSMEs to share their stories and the positive results of adopting green initiatives in their businesses.

Technical sessions and discussions will be held on green practices especially along the key environmental hotspots namely energy, water, solid waste, natural resource, pollution, transport and material consumption.

Aquathlon, duathlon visit Subic, Iloilo

By Jasmine W. Payo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

A PAIR of multisport events rolls off this month in Subic Bay and Iloilo City.

The Philippine Aquathlon Championships 2016 gets going on Sept. 11 at Camayan Beach Resort and Ocean Adventure in Subic Freeport, before action heads to Iloilo City with the National Duathlon Championships 2016 “Race for the Iloilo River” on Sept. 18 at Esplanade 1.

Veteran duathletes Mirasol Abad, Miscele Gilbuena, Bigboy Estevez and John Chicano banner the field of the event.

The aquathlon race, billed as the kick off for the Philippine Youth Olympic Games Qualifying Series, also serves as the national championship for several divisions including the youth, juniors and para athletes.

Elite and age-group duathletes must conquer the 8.5K run- 40K bike-6K run distance, while sprint racers face a 6K run-20K bike-2.6K run challenge. The standard aquathlon features a 2.5K run-1K swim-2.5K run distance, while the sprint has a 1K run-600m swim-1K run course.

Registration deadline for the events sanctioned by Triathlon Association of the Philippines (Trap) is set on Sept. 7.

Entry fees are pegged at P1,500 (youth), P2,000 (junior), P2,000 (individual age group) and P3,000 (two-man relay). For inquiries, e-mail or call 7108259 or 3996598.

DTI-Iloilo conducts packaging and labelling consultancy to MSMEs


ILOILO CITY (PNA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Iloilo conducted earlier this week a two-day Packaging and Labeling Consultancy to 15 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

The participants comprised 13 food processors and two from the Wearables and Homestyle sector.

Design and graphic artist Ares Balcarse ran a short discussion about the basics and importance of packaging and labeling of products.

The participants were more enlightened on the impact of the package, labels and logo to the customers aside from simply introducing their product to the market.

Balcarse highlighted that branding is like “mind conditioning” the consumers to prefer and buy their products.

Meanwhile, the sample products of the MSMEs were also assessed by Balcarse and provided suggestions on the appropriate packaging materials and labels.

Representatives from Allied Pacific Packaging Solutions Corporation were also given the chance to share ideas on proper packaging, labeling and branding products wherein they presented their packaging services to the MSMEs and showed samples of their developed items.

DTI-6 to hold forum on accelerating ProGED


ILOILO CITY (PNA) -- The Department of Trade and industry in Western Visayas will conduct a two-day forum to highlight the gains of the Promotion of Green Economic Development (ProGED) Project before it finally culminates in December 2016.

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region will be the participants of the September 6 to 7 forum.

The forum, entitled “Accelerating the Promotion of Green Economic Development,” will be a venue for MSMEs to share their stories and the positive results of adopting green initiatives in their businesses.

“We want to inspire other MSMEs to apply green practices in their businesses in order to improve their companies’ competitiveness,” said DTI-6 OIC-Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon.

Technical sessions and discussions on green practices especially along the key environmental hotspots namely energy, water, solid waste, natural resource, pollution, transport, and material consumption will be conducted during the activity.

DTI Undersecretary for Regional Operations Group (ROG) Zenaida C. Maglaya and GIZ ProGED Project Manager Dr. Volker Steiugerwald are expected to grace the activity and inspire the businesses to support and sustain the implementation of the initiatives beyond ProGED.

The forum will be held at the Hotel del Rio in Iloilo City. The activity is conducted in cooperation with the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zussamenarbeit), DTI’s partner organization for the project.

Iloilo City gov't invites tour operators, travel agencies from Asian countries for ‘familiarization tour’


ILOILO CITY (PNA) -- The Iloilo City government invited tour operators and travel agencies from 10 Asian cities for a “familiarization tour” as part of their plan to add more international charter flights at Iloilo International Airport.

City Tourism Officer Junel Ann Divinagracia disclosed that most of the target cities are from China and South Korea which are reached by three-hour flying time from the Philippines.

“We have come up to this because we want to add more international flights later on,” she said.

She added that they are expecting 10-15 tour operators and travel agencies to join the tour. Currently, there is already a list of invited tour operators that have confirmed their attendance.

The City Tourism Council, Iloilo Convention and Visitors Bureau and several establishments in Iloilo City have also expressed support to the familiarization tour.

The said tour will be conducted this September.

Currently, Divinagracia said that they are already finalizing their plans and talks with the invited tour operators.