Boracay boosts lifeguards’ skills as tourism peak season nears

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan, March 17 (PNA) — The local government unit (LGU) of Malay is continuing the capacity building training for lifeguards of the island. Executive Assistant IV Rowen Aguirre, who serves as Boracay Island administrator, said the continued training of lifeguards is part of their preparations for the tourist peak season in April and […]

UK PM trade envoy lauds development of Iloilo

By Perla G. Lena ILOILO CITY, March 24 (PNA) — More than three decades since he last visited Iloilo, United Kingdom Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Philippines Richard Graham was all praises for the development of the city when he landed at the airport Friday morning. Graham and the other members of the British […]

British envoy urges Iloilo students to avail of UK’s Chevening scholarship

By Cindy B. Ferrer ILOILO CITY, March 24 (PNA) – – British Ambassador Asif Ahmad on Friday urged the students in this city to avail of the United Kingdom’s government scholarship. Speaking before students of the University of Iloilo, Ambassador Ahmad introduced the Chevening Scholarship program, which aimed to develop professionally and academically future leaders, […]

6 living war veterans in Panay get recognition in Liberation Day

ILOILO CITY, March 18 (PNA) — Six living World War II veterans in Panay island, who are now above 90 years old, were recognized during the 72nd Anniversary of the Liberation of Panay, Guimaras and Romblon, Saturday. Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) administrator Retired Lt. Gen. Ernesto Carolina, during his speech, underscored the contribution of […]

Over 300,000 4Ps beneficiaries in Western Visayas benefit from P600 rice subsidy

By Cindy B. Ferrer ILOILO CITY, March 20 (PNA) — About 317,960 household beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Western Visayas, including Negros Occidental, would benefit from the Php600 rice subsidy, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here. DSWD-6 regional project coordinator for Pantawid Jonathan Anteza on Monday […]

Antique destination attracts more Boracay tourists

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan, March 20 (PNA) — Tibiao, a thriving eco-tourism destination in Antique province, is attracting more visitors from the more popular Boracay Island. “We are now receiving more tourists from Boracay,” said Flord Nicson Calawag, former tourism officer of Antique and also the owner of the newly-opened Calawag Mountain Resort in Barangay Tuno, […]

Php30-B projects initially proposed for ROLL IT fundingin Western Visayas

ILOILO CITY, March 20 (PNA) — The regional technical working group (RTWG) of the Roads Leveraging Linkages for Industry and Trade (ROLL IT) program, a convergence program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), will meet this week to further evaluate projects for possible inclusion […]

Iloilo City takes part in Guam anti-smoking gabfest

ILOILO CITY, March 9 (PNA) — Iloilo City will be at the forefront of World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region’s ProLEAD Module 2 workshop under the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance. Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog announced that Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (ICAST) Executive Director Iñigo Garingalao will represent the city as resource […]

ECC taps village execs to raise awareness on employees compensation program

ILOILO CITY, March 10 (PNA) — The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) has tapped the support of barangay (village) officials in raising the awareness of the working population on benefits they are entitled to avail on top of their Social Security System (SSS) or Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) entitlement. […]

Iloilo City hosts ‘Kooperabalitaan sa CDA’ on March 14

ILOILO CITY, March 10 (PNA) — Iloilo City will host for the first time the “Kooperabalitaan sa CDA,” a venue where concerns affecting cooperatives is being tackled, on March 14. Kooperabalitaan sa CDA was conceptualized wayback in 2016 to build and promote the image of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and promote as well cooperatives […]

USAID cites impact of four-year Be Secure project in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY, March 10 (PNA) — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) underscored the impact of its four-year Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) project in Iloilo in Friday’s “close out” activity held in a hotel here attended by representatives from local government units, water districts, academe and other […]

Hybrid rice seen to boost rice production in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY, March 13 (PNA) — The Iloilo Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) is hopeful to reach one million metric tons (MT) of rice production this year as the acceptance of hybrid rice among farmers in the province is already high. On Monday, provincial agriculturist Ildefonso Toledo said that the use of hybrid rice variety is […]

5.4-magnitude earthquake hits Panay island

The United States Geological Survey reported that a Magnitude 5.4 earthquake with the epicenter 10 kilometers east northeast of San Remigio town in Antique. The tremor was also felt in the province and city of Iloilo and on Boracay Island at the northern tip of Panay Island as well as Negros Occidental. Witnesses said the […]

80 houses for the Homeless could last for 50 years

Thanks to the Homeless Peoples Federation, Hilti Foundation, Base Foundation UP in the Visayas, Swiss Government and all other partners. The house could withstand earthquake as it is bolted and resilient to flooding because of its second floor. The City government provided 5,000 sq meters of land to make about 80 houses. The City government […]

Mabilog underscores support of national government to Iloilo City

ILOILO CITY, May 4 (PNA) — The national government has poured in some P10 billion worth of infrastructure support to this city not to mention the P100 million that was directed for various anti-poverty projects. This was underscored by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog during the recent unity walk here that saw the convergence of the […]

PRC serves more than 5,000 during mobile services in Western Visayas

ILOILO CITY, May 4 (PNA) — The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) here has served around 5,595 for its various services during their conduct of mobile services during the first quarter of 2015. Joy Jalbuena of the PRC said that the mobile service was conducted in various provinces of Western Visayas where they accepted documents on […]

Iloilo to pamper senior citizens this love month

ILOILO City, Feb. 10 (PNA) -– More than 250 senior citizens of Iloilo will be treated this month through a newly-crafted program of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) dubbed as ART, or Asikaso, Respeto sa mga Tigulang (Care and Respect for the Elderly). Dr. Neneth Pador, PSWDO chief, said the program tentatively […]

Little egrets top list of migratory birds in Western Visayas

ILOILO CITY, Feb 10 (PNA) — The white-winged creatures that we usually see on the fields called Little egrets (Egretta garzetta) top this year’s list of Asian Waterbird Census 2015 that was conducted throughout Western Visayas in January 2015. In its regional census report, the Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS) under the […]

Iloilo rehab plan up for President Aquino’s approval, says gov

ILOILO CITY, July 8 (PNA) — Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. on Monday announced that the proposed P27.4-billion recovery and rehabilitation plan is now up for President Benigno Aquino III’s approval. This, after the Cabinet Cluster on Rehabilitation (CCR) approved and endorsed the plan following the presentation of the governor last Friday. The governor flew to […]

65 applicants hired-on-the-spot in Iloilo job fair

ILOILO CITY, July 3 (PNA) — There were 65 applicants who were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) by the participating companies at the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) job fair held Wednesday at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol lobby. The job fair had a total of 1,601 applicants — 616 males and 985 females. PESO chief Francisco Heler said […]

2 LGUs express support to Sicogon development plan

ILOILO CITY, July 1 (PNA) –- Two local government units (LGUs) have unanimously passed resolutions supporting the immediate development of Sicogon Island as a tourism landmark destination in the northern part of Iloilo province. The two LGUs are Carles and Estancia that will directly benefit from the development of Sicogon Island when pushed through. Carles […]

Illegal fishing costs folk P105K in fines

ILOILO CITY,July 03 (PNA)– The city government here gets a share of 70 percent while the barangays get 30 percent from real property tax collection as provided for in the local government code. The proceeds of the basic real property tax, including interest thereon and proceeds from the use, lease or disposition, sale or redemption […]

City gets 70%, brgy 30% share from real property tax

ILOILO CITY,July 03 (PNA)– The city government here gets a share of 70 percent while the barangays get 30 percent from real property tax collection as provided for in the local government code. The proceeds of the basic real property tax, including interest thereon and proceeds from the use, lease or disposition, sale or redemption […]

Expanded Pantawid Pamilya in WV availed off by 3,359 kids

ILOILO CITY, July 4 (PNA)– The Expanded Pantawid Pamilya program has been availed off by 3,359 children of indigent families in Western Visayas during its first year of implementation, according to Department of Social Welfare and Development Assistant director Joel Galicia. Galicia said that the Expanded Pantawid is still being implemented in WV this year […]

DSWD set to release 2nd quarter social pension in Iloilo City

ILOILO CITY, June 30 (PNA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development is set to release the second quarter social pension for the 8,704 beneficiaries in the amount of P19,900,500. DSWD Assistant Director Joel Galicia said that they are about to release to indigent social pensioners their benefits amounting to P500 per person per […]

Monument for fallen Ilonggo heroes, soldiers eyes

ILOILO CITY, June 30 (PNA) — Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog here is planning to put up a monument at the Jaro Plaza with names of fallen Ilonggo soldiers who died in defense of the motherland and local heroes long forgotten by history. “We are going to preserve their memories with their names written in the […]

Kalahi-CIDSS expands projects to 117 towns in Western Visayas

ILOILO CITY, June 30 (PNA) — The Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) will be expanding more projects to 117 municipalities in Western Visayas in response to the devastation caused by last year’s Typhoon Frank. Kalahi-CIDSS deputy regional project manager Leo Quintilla said they already received so many letters […]

VP Binay to keynote IBP Joint Eastern and Western Visayas Convention in Iloilo City

ILOILO CITY, June 26 (PNA) — Vice President Jejomar Binay will be keynote speaker of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Joint Eastern and Western Visayas Convention tomorrow, June 27 at Hotel del Rio, this city. Atty. Von Lovell Bedona, IBP Western Visayas governor, said in an interview Thursday that they expect around 260 […]

President Aquino to inaugurate P4-B infra projects in Iloilo City

ILOILO CITY, June 26 (PNA) -– President Benigno Aquino III accompanied by Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, will lead the inauguration and inspection of some P4 billion worth of infrastructure projects here on Friday, starting around 9 a.m. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said this is the first time the city became a recipient […]

DENR, PIA launch climate change advocacy drive in Western Visayas

ILOILO CITY, June 26 (PNA) -– The regional offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) jointly launched an advocacy campaign on climate change mitigation and adaptation advocacy campaign in Western Visayas on Wednesday in this city as part of the national campaign on climate change. Dr. […]

Student leaders launch ‘Adopt a School’ project in northern Iloilo

ILOILO CITY, June 24 (PNA) — Student leaders in the country who attended the 9th National Congress in this city on June 19-23, spearheaded by the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (ESCAP), launched a “Adopt-a-School” project for disaster stricken schools in northern Iloilo. ESCAP secretary general Ruevin Serrano said the project is in close […]

Iloilo City SP okays P72.73-M supplemental budget

ILOILO CITY, June 24 (PNA) -– The Sangguniang Panlungsod here has unanimously approved the General Fund Supplemental Budget No. 2 for 2014 in the amount of P72.73 million with funds mostly taken from the 2013 budget surplus of P39.7 million. Other funds will come from the unimplemented projects and unexpended balance of P13.2 million; excess […]

President Aquino to inaugurate various projects in Iloilo

ILOILO City, June 25 (PNA)-– President Benigno Aquino III will visit Iloilo this coming Friday, June 27, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. announced Wednesday. Defensor said the President is coming upon the invitation of Senate President Franklin Drilon to inaugurate various projects in Iloilo. These projects include the widened Diversion Road or formally known as […]

NIA starts PHP1-B irrigation project in northern Iloilo

ILOILO CITY, May 9 (PNA) -– The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has started construction of almost P1 billion project cost of a small reservoir irrigation project (SRIP) in the upper farming area of Barangay Nueva Invencion in the municipality of Barotac Viejo in northern Iloilo. Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, who was here Thursday, […]

DOE assures 285MW additional power by 2016

ILOILO CITY, May 9 (PNA) -– The Department of Energy (DOE) has assured additional 285 megawatts (MW) of power interconnected with the Visayas Grid once the two coal-fired power plants in Iloilo are commissioned and made operational by June 2016. Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, who is an Ilonggo, graced the laying of time capsule […]

Philippines beat Chinese Taipei, 2-0, in AFC President’s Cup

ILOILO CITY, May 09 (PNA) — The Philippine Football Team routed Chinese Taipei in the ongoing AFC President’s Cup held on Thursday evening at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City. The Philippine team is represented by Ceres-La Salle Football Club which blanked Chinese Taipei’s Tatung Company, 2-0. Patrick Alcala Reichelt scored […]

Defensor reiterates support to Sicogon development

ILOILO CITY, April 24 (PNA) –- Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. has reiterated his support to the proposed development of Sicogon island in Carles, Iloilo believing it would further make northern Iloilo province an attractive tourist destination. Defensor, in an interview Wednesday, said that he is inclined to provide whatever would be required to push the […]

Garin prioritizes road widening in Iloilo 1st district

ILOILO CITY, April 24 (PNA) – Iloilo First District Congressman Oscar “Richard” Garin said that he is prioritizing road widening in his district. Garin, in an interview, said that all national roads in the first district have already been concretized during the term of his wife, former Congresswoman Janette L. Garin who served from 2004 […]

BAC bidding rules to be applied strictly in city purchase of vans

ILOILO CITY, April 24 (PNA)-– Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III here, concurrent officer in charge of the city mayor’s office, assured that proper bidding rules will be observed by members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) in the purchase of three units of Mitsubishi FB vans amounting to some P2.7 million. Espinosa said the […]

Php 30- M crop insurance premium for WV typhoon-damaged farmers launched

ILOILO CITY, April 25 (PNA)– The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) under the Department of Agriculture launched Friday an insurance program for crop lands in Western Visayas with an allocation of Php 30 million for full insurance premium subsidy for marginalized farmers and fisherfolk whose agricultural crops and livelihood were damaged by typhoon Yolanda last […]

Iloilo vice gov thanks cop chiefs, health officers for services during ‘Yolanda’

ILOILO CITY, April 25 (PNA) -– Iloilo Vice Governor Raul C. Tupas thanked the chiefs of police (COPs) and their personnel and the health officers for their services during the height of super typhoon “Yolanda”. “Today is the celebration of commitment and responsibility,” Tupas said Friday. The vice governor led the distribution of certificates of […]

LTFRB strictly implementing road safety in Region 6

ILOILO CITY, April 22 (PNA) — The Holy Week is gone, but the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Western Visayas (LTFRB R-6) is not letting up on its austere drive to unmask public utility vehicles not abiding by government-set rules on road safety. LTFRB Region 6 Director Romulo Bernardes said he is standing […]

SP invites DPWH officials to explain cutting of trees

ILOILO CITY, April 22 (PNA) –- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) here is inviting Regional Director Ediberto Tayao and other Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officials to a meeting on Tuesday, April 29 regarding cutting of trees at the center island along Gen. Luna highway. City councilor Plaridel Nava said the SP-DPWH interaction will […]

City council okays P7.4-M supplemental budget

ILOILO CITY, April 22 (PNA) -– The Sangguniang Panlungsod has approved without cut the P7.415 million General Fund Supplemental Budget No. 1 for 2014 but rejected the Local Economic Enterprise (LEEO) Supplemental Budget No. 1 for 2014 amounting to P15.34 million as payment to the Panay Electric Company (PECO) for electricity consumption from December 2012 […]

PPA eyes ISO certification on vessel entrance, clearance

ILOILO CITY, April 21 (PNA) -– The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has launched its project on quality management system on vessel entrance and clearance on Monday with full implementation on April 28 by paving the way for an ISO certification of excellence. PPA Iloilo Port manager Manuel Boholano said the unveiling of the PPA quality […]

Iloilo airport privatization underway- NEDA

ILOILO CITY, April 21 (PNA)– A plan to privatize the Iloilo International Airport into is underway. National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Region 6 Director Ro-Ann Bacal who made the disclosure said the privatization plan was intended to gain ground maximizing services as inboundand outbound flights, both local and foreign, are on the upswing. One of […]

City hall gives summer job to 230 students

ILOILO CITY, April 21 (PNA)– The city government and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) are jointly fielding a total of 230 college students to the different offices of the Iloilo City Hall and barangay halls to work for 20 days during the summer season starting April 21, 2014. Ma. Elena Benitez, chief of […]

City enhances anti-smoking regulation

ILOILO CITY, April 15 (PNA) -– The city government here is putting more teeth to the implementation of Regulation Ordinance 2013-348 by providing a comprehensive anti-smoking measure starting with owners of business establishments. A recent letter signed and approved by city Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to the business owners called for awareness on the importance […]

3 Iloilo LGUs ink deal on Coke-TESDA women empowerment program

ILOILO CITY, April 15 (PNA) -– This highly urbanized city on Tuesday signed with two other local government units in the province of Iloilo a tripartite memorandum of agreement with Coca-Cola Philippines and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for the empowerment of women through training on entrepreneurial skills. Signatories to the MOA […]

Grammy award winner to perform in Boracay

BORACAY ISLAND, Malay, Aklan, April 15 (PNA) — Grammy award winning disc jockey (DJ) Cedric Gervais, 34, is expected to perform in this resort island on May 3-4 to promote environmental awareness. Pia Miraflores of the Boracay Foundation Incorporated (BFI) said Gervais will be performing at the Epic Station Bar. He will be accompanied by […]

DA-BFAR aids over 500 fisherfolk in Capiz

ILOILO CITY, April 15 (PNA) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) enabled more than 500 fisherfolk of Pilar, Capiz to revive their fishing livelihood through its “Ahon: Sampung Libong Bangka para sa Dalawampung Libong Pamilya” rehabilitation initiative. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, DA 6 Regional Director Larry […]

Iloilo breaks new Guinness world record for largest flaming image

ILOILO CITY, April 15 (PNA) — Rain could not even hamper placing the Philippines, particularly Iloilo’s name, again in the Guinness Book of World Records for lighting up a total of 56,680 candles on a 20-hectare vacant lot located within the Savannah City in Oton, Iloilo, Monday night. The lighted candles were formed by thousands […]

Pacquiao win symbolizes Filipino capability to excel

MANILA, April 13 PNA) — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Major Gen. Domingo Tutaan Jr. said on Sunday the decisive win of Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao over American Timothy Bradley symbolizes the Filipino’s capability to excel and rise in any challenge. “The AFP shares with the Filipino people the victory of […]

DOLE-6, partner agencies sign MOA for educational video showing

ILOILO CITY, April 14 (PNA) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6 Office recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with its partner institutions for the airing-showing of the Labor and Employment Education Services (LEES) here. The MOA signing was done between officials of DOLE and the Narita Electric Center, Weesam Express, […]

‘Tubong-Tubong’ project benefits 4 conflict areas in Panay island

ILOILO CITY, April 14 (PNA) –- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 6 convergence of services “Tubong-Tubong” with Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other various government and non-government organizations will benefit four conflict areas in Panay island. Tubong-tubong also means “bayanihan” where the agencies pool their resources and complement their programs […]

LTFRB “Anti-Kalbo Gulong” operation in Western Visayas

ILOILO CITY, April 14 (PNA) — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Western Visayas (LTFRB R6) is so hell-bent on securing lives andlimbs during the Holy Week that public utility transport vehicles failing to adhere to its standards will be prevented from leaving terminals. LTFRB Region 6 Director Romulo Bernardes confirmed that the […]

More cops deployed to beach resorts, other crowded areas this summer

ILOILO CITY, April 14 (PNA) — The Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) here has put in place security measures for Oplan Summer Vacation. IPPO director Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas said they will be putting up police action centers where most people converge for immediate response in case of contingency. Salinas said it is expected that […]

Iloilo is food-ready for APEC 2015

ILOILO CITY, April 14 (PNA) -– Business establishments catering to the food industry in this southern city are ready to serve some 1,500 guests and delegates to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015 conference with Iloilo City hosting the Ministerial Conference on Food Security slated on October 15-17, 2015. The Iloilo Business Club and […]

RDC-6 endorses 54-MW Guimaras wind power project

ILOILO CITY, April 10 (PNA) — The Regional Development Council in Region 6 (RDC-VI) has endorsed the 54MW-San Lorenzo Wind Power Project in Guimaras province as a Priority Development Project of Western Visayas during its recent meeting at the Smallville 21 Hotel, this city. The RDC-VI, presided by NEDA Regional Director Ro-Ann A. Bacal, passed […]

Fire wipes out 4 hectares of forest in Aklan

ILOILO CITY, April 10 (PNA)– Some four hectares of forest land has been wiped out by fire in Barangay Nabaoy, Malay, Aklan. FO3 Franklin Arobang of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Boracay said a certain Catherine Fulgencio has called up their office about a fire in progress early Tuesday afternoon atop the mountain area in […]

Boracay undergoing ‘selfie’ development

BORACAY Island, April 10 (PNA) — This resort island is undergoing ‘selfie’ development in order to ensure environmental sustainability, said by an official of the Boracay Redevelopment Task Force. Mabel Bacani, of the redevelopment task force, said that the current summer ‘selfie’ shots are trending both with local residents and tourists coming here. “We took […]

Iloilo brgys urged to put up CCTV cameras

ILOILO CITY, April 10 (PNA)-– Barangay officials of 180 barangays in this city are being urged to install and put up their own close circuit television (CCTV) system to help deter criminality and monitor the peace and order situation in their respective areas. City councilor Nielex Tupas said the proposal has met the implied approval […]

Anti-vandalism teams created

ILOILO CITY, April 9 (PNA)- The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) has mounted anti-vandalism teams tasked to run after vandals in six city districts and focus will be on graffiti which appears to be on the upsurge as evidenced by ugly and nonsensical markings scribbled on government and privately-owned structures. ICPO Director Ruperto Floro Jr. […]

Agriculture, water are Iloilo’s major concerns

ILOILO CITY, April 9 (PNA)- With the sun’s scorching fury showing no signs of abating, Department of Agriculture Region 6 executive director Larry Nacionales has exhorted farmers to grow maize and banana as good substitutes for rice this summer as they can thrive on little water, unlike rice which is water-intensive. Although rice stocks this […]

Iloilo PDRRMC expects no strong storm surge due to ‘Domeng’

ILOILO CITY, April 8 (PNA) –- Iloilo Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Executive Officer Jerry Bionat said he expects no strong storm surge will be caused by tropical depression “Domeng” once it sweeps through the province. ”This will not be like typhoon Yolanda,” Bionat said. He said that the forecast strength of […]

Boracay tourist arrivals up 19% in Q1

ILOILO CITY, April 8 (PNA) — The Department of Tourism-Boracay has registered a 19 percent increase in the number of foreign tourists vacationing in the island of Boracay during the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period early last year. DoT-Boracay officer-in-charge Tim Ticar said his office has recorded a total of 202,731 […]

350 trainees avail of TESDA skills training in Iloilo’s 1st district

ILOILO CITY, April 08 (PNA)– Some 350 deserving beneficiaries coming from 10 towns in the First District of Iloilo will avail of the skills training courses of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) this month. The program will be under the Special Training for Employment (STEP) which is open to high school students […]

Defensor leads Iloilo’s 113th anniversary kick off celebration Monday

ILOILO, April 7 (PNA) – Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. led Iloilo’s 113th anniversary kick off celebration Monday by inspiring provincial government employees to continue on their noble service for the government. Defensor, who delivered a message in a program right after a mass for the weeklong celebration for the province’s 113th founding anniversary, said […]

TESDA to launch STEP in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY, April 7 (PNA) -– Iloilo First District Cong. Oscar Garin and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) officials will have grand launching Tuesday of the Special Training for Employment (STEP) at the Guimbal Gymnasium here. Garin, in an interview, said that the program is congruent to his poverty alleviation thrust for […]

Iloilo agri office puts up measures to protect farms from pests

ILOILO CITY, April 7 (PNA) — Amidst heightened concerns of pestilence in Iloilo province, the Iloilo Provincial Agricultural Office (IPAO) has buckled down to work by instituting measures aimed at battling the menace of pests which normally turn aggressive during the summer months and, thus, protect rice fields from swarming rice black bugs and rats. […]

Ex-barangay chieftain, son arrested in Capiz raid for cache of firearms, ammos

ILOILO CITY, Apr. 06 (PNA)- A former village chief and his son have been arrested for hiding a cache of high-powered firearms and ammunitions at their house in Brgy. Astorga, Dumarao, Capiz. The arrested suspects were former punong barangay Danilo Larario, 55, and his son Ryson Larario, 29, both residents of Brgy. Tina, Dumarao town. […]

Fire turns Mt. Upaw in San Dionisio, Iloilo into a virtual ’inferno’

ILOILO CITY, Apr. 05 (PNA)-A fire of still undetermined origin rendered big portion of Mt. Upaw in San Dionisio, Iloilo into a virtual inferno Friday afternoon. It was reported that the fire which started 2:00 p.m. on Friday destroyed almost 50 hectares of forest land wherein residents living in barangays near the foot of Mt. […]

DOLE Iloilo to re-launch ECC program

ILOILO CITY, April 2 (PNA) –- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is re-launching Thursday the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) program among employers and workers at Sarabia Manor Hotel here. DOLE Regional Dir. Ponciano M. Ligutom said that the ECC is an attached agency of their department that ensures the implementation of the Labor […]

DSWD6 pours in P384M for livelihood aid to Yolanda survivors

ILOILO CITY, Apr. 02 (PNA)- THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-6) will implement a P384 million-worth of livelihood projects for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. Dubbed as Cash for Work for restoration and rebuilding of community livelihood assets, the project will fund farm- to-market road restoration, dredging of irrigation canals, repair of public market, […]

Students interested to avail of SPES can approach PESO

ILOILO CITY, April 2 (PNA) — Students interested to avail of the Department of Labor and Employment’s Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) can approach the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of their respective local government units. DOLE Regional director Ponciano M. Ligutom said that the SPES program is now ongoing in Western Visayas […]

NIA clarifies issues surrounding Jalaur dam

ILOILO CITY, April 2 (PNA) — Hoaxes and other issues surrounding the implementation of P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project (JRMP) II in Calinog town here were clarified Wednesday in a stakeholders’ meeting held at the Provincial Capitol. One of these issues is the report that the high dam could kill thousands of people because the […]

DENR clarifies area razed by fire not timberland

ILOILO CITY, April 1 (PNA) –- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that the area razed by fire in Barangay Buaya in Sicogon island, Carles, Iloilo is not timberland as has been reported earlier. Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Salvador Manglinong, in an interview, said he immediately sent a team to […]

City accepts 10-year action plan on river water quality

ILOILO CITY, April 1 (PNA) -– The Sangguniang Panlungsod here has approved a resolution filed by city councilor RLeone Gerochi in accepting the Iloilo-Batiano River Watershed Water Quality Management Area by Iloilo City and the implementation of its 10-year action plan. Gerochi is the chairman of the SP committee on environment and an environmental advocate […]

Gov. Defensor thanks, hails BSPOs’ heroism

ILOILO, March 31 (PNA) -– Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. honored the thousands of Barangay Service Point Officers (BSPOs) in this province on Monday for their countless acts of courage and selflessness during the onslaught of super typhoon “Yolanda” last year. “Although you, too, suffered from the typhoon, you continue to help and serve your fellowmen […]

25-kilometer bike lanes mulled – Iloilo Bike Festival

ILOILO CITY, Mar. 31 (PNA)– After gracing the highly successful first Iloilo Bike Festival last Sunday, March 30, 2014 in this city, Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog are one in saying the bicycle lanes must be extended to cover more mileage and not just concentrate in this city. Drilon […]

Fisherfolks association in Iloilo receives aid

ILOILO City, April 1 (PNA) — Punta Lacaran Fisherfolks, a small association of fishermen in Dumangas town in Iloilo, has received financial assistance from Senator Allan Peter Cayetano. Cayetano personally handed the P100,000 cash to the president of the association, Jose Puti Jr.. The assistance which is part of the launching of his Presyo, Trabaho, […]

DSWD allocates P309M for 2014 SFP

ILOILO CITY, Mar 31 (PNA)–The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has allocated P309,441,600 for the implementation of the Supplemental Feeding Program (SFP) that would benefit day care children. DSWD Regional Office 6 Sally Gayoma said the allocation is intended for pre-schoolers who would be attending classes at the Day Care centers throughout the […]

DOLE’s emergency employment benefits 1, 623 Yolanda victims

ILOILO, Mar 28 (PNA)-–A total of 1, 623 “Yolanda”-affected victims across Western Visayas have benefited from the emergency employment program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 6. According to DOLE-6 Assistant Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, they have released a total of P7, 072, 912. 80 from the very start of the implementation […]

London School of Business and Mgt. forges ties with Guimaras State College

ILOILO CITY, Mar 28 (PNA)–The London School of Business and Management has forged partnership with Guimaras State College and two other schools in offering management courses to college students in Western Visayas. John Fairhurst, Managing Director and Academic Principal of the London School of Business and Management, came here Thursday to formally launch their new […]

Army urges NPA to follow Bangsamoro example

ILOILO CITY, Mar 28 (PNA) –The Philippine Army on Friday urged the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, to follow the example of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) after the peace signing with the government. The MILF on Thursday signed a peace agreement with the government […]

Iloilo Muslims rejoice over peace deal

ILOILO CITY, Mar 28 (PNA)–Celebratory cheers emanating from various Muslim groups around the country were met with the same enthusiasm by jubilant members of the 3,000-strong Muslim community here with the historic signing of the Philippines-Bangsamoro Peace Deal on Thursday. Sammy Haji Manan, spokesman for the Iloilo Muslim Community echoed the sentiments of his Muslim […]

Families of 10 Yolanda casualties receive financial assistance

ILOILO CITY, Mar 28 (PNA) –Families of 10 casualties during the height of typhoon “Yolanda” were finally able to receive P10,000 financial assistance each from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Thursday. Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. and Vice Governor Raul C. Tupas assisted personnel of the Office of Civil Defense […]

DSWD food pack distribution grand total P1.04B

ILOILO CITY, Mar 27 (PNA)–Super typhoon “Yolanda” displaced so many families in Western Visayas that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) had to implement three waves of food pack distribution reaching a grand total of P1,041,875,296 from November 8, the day when the super typhoon Yolanda hit the provinces in the region. Each […]

11 police chiefs commended for illegal drug campaign in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY, March 27 (PNA) — The Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) commended 11 dedicated chiefs of police in the province for their intensified campaign against illegal drugs in their respective areas of responsibility during the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) forum at the Grand Hotel Thursday. The awardees include Insp. Rey Legaspi of Pavia […]

Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries attend ‘Saving a Marriage’ session

DUMANGAS, Iloilo, March 27 (PNA) — Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program here recently attended a session on ‘Saving a Marriage.” Clad in their t-shits bearing Pantawid Pamilya logo, husbands and wives attended the session handled by Pastor Jimson Mortel of Philippine General Council of Assemblies of God. The session, a monthly activity called Family […]

IPPO lauds Bingawan for being the first to be declared drug-free town

ILOILO CITY, Mar 27 (PNA)–Iloilo Police Provincial Office Dir. Cornelio Salinas has lauded the local government unit of Bingawan headed by its Mayor Matt Palabrica to have his town be declared as a drug-free municipality. Salinas said that the town of Bingawan in the third district was the first to be declared in the province […]

Concepcion’s fishermen receive new fishing boats

ILOILO CITY, Mar 27 (PNA) –Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. has personally turned over 833 fishing boats to fishermen in Concepcion town on Wednesday as their start-up livelihood four months after typhoon “Yolanda” totally destroyed their source of income. Of the number, 700 fishing boats were turned over to Brgy. Tambaliza while 133 fishing boats were […]

WV’s seaports under tight monitoring for illegal drugs

ILOILO CITY, March 27 (PNA) — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-6 (PDEA-6) is currently tightly monitoring all seaports in Western Visayas, particularly those with Roll-on/Roll-off (roro) vessels as summer season starts. This as the agency confirmed that seaports are still the major entry points of illegal drugs in the region. There are 17 major seaports […]

City steps up intervention for 2015 NAT

ILOILO CITY, March 27 (PNA)-– The city government here starts an intervention program for both private and public schools in this city for the 2015 national achievement test (NAT). In a meeting with the Iloilo City School Board held Wednesday, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said a special budget will be set aside to finance the […]

LGUs train on climate change software

BY: LEONARD T. PINEDA I Wednesday 26th of March 2014 ILOILO CITY, March 26 (PIA6) — Some 30 participants from the local government units of Dumangas, Passi City, and Zarraga in Iloilo trained recently on the use of Climate Change Exposure Database (ClimEx.DB) software to better equip them on disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation. […]

Teachers, students thankful for NGCP’s school building donation

ILOILO, March 26 (PNA) -– A blessing is how the principal of Lincud Elementary School (LES) in Barangay Lincud, Dingle described the P2.64-million worth three-classroom building which was donated to them by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). Principal Jocelyn A. Palmaria expressed gratitude to the said company as the completed facility was […]

Ilonggo bike enthusiasts aim for special lane

ILOILO CITY, March 26 (PNA) — Ilonggo bike enthusiasts aim to materialize their dream of having a special bike lane all throughout the six districts of this city as the city government will be hosting the very first Bike Festival on Sunday. Bike Festival director Ronald Sebastian said the event aims to promote healthy lifestyle […]