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 […]

Kim’s Bob: A Taste of Korea in Iloilo

Filipinos especially Ilonggos are known to be very hospitable and usually welcomes something or someone new with open arms. That is why when the number of Korean tourists, students and businessmen skyrocketed, Iloilo adapted to change and a lot of Korean restaurants were put up. One of the most popular and most visited is Kim’s […]

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 […]

Iloilo City Political and Socio-Economic History

Brief History A. Origin of Name The name “Iloilo City” was derived from “irong-irong”, a reference to the native word “irong” which means “nose”. The name took after the nose-like configuration of the main settlement area during the pre-Spanish period as so shaped by the Iloilo River. Chinese traders who frequent the area and who […]

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. […]

Racso’s Woodland Resort: Visiting Mother Nature

Located along the road of Guimbal is another favourite destination in Iloilo.  Racso’s Woodland Resort is owned by Oscar Garin who comes from a prominent political family in the province of Iloilo. As a matter of fact Racso is an anagram and actually Oscar if you read it backwards. This popular destination is a blend […]

A Trip to Guimbal

Guimbal Iloilo, another town in the province of Iloilo, provides a number of beaches, vacation destinations, and venues for a variety of fun activities you and your friends or family will surely enjoy. To get there, you can board a Guimbal jeepney at Iloilo “Super” Terminal. The fare is about Php 50.00 from the centre […]

Allan’s Original Talabahan

Longing for bits of heaven from the ocean but do not have the budget to go to a fancy seafood restaurant? Well, there is one place that will solve your tummy problem but will not add more damage to your wallet issues. Get in an Oton jeepney for only Php 12.00 and head to Allan’s […]

Villa Rica Palamunitan

Tired of the typical weekend getaway at the beach or in a night club? Try something out of the routine and visit Villa Rica Palamunitan. Palamunitan is an Ilonggo term for fishing place. This 2 year-old laid back area with cottages elevated from a big pond filled with fresh water fishes is open from 9 […]

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 […]

Visit San Joaquin

To the south of the province of Iloilo, the last town is that of San Joaquin, the gateway to the province of Antique. This province, although far from the city, has a lot to offer. From the city, you can take a San Joaquin bound jeepney in Iloilo “Super” Terminal, It will take you to […]

Tigbauan Church: A Churrigueresque Church

Having been colonized by Spain for more than three centuries, the presence of undoubtedly beautiful churches is not new in Iloilo. Aside from the world-renowned Miag-ao Church, there are other churches that you should not miss in the province. One of which is the San Juan Sahagun Parish Church in the town of Tigbauan, Iloilo. […]

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 […]

Anhawan Beach Resort and Spa

Because of its location, Anhawan Beach Resort and Spa is one of the most visited resorts in the province of Iloilo. It is just a 30- minute drive or even less from the city – making it the top choice of families and group of friends or even by people who wants to have some […]

Garin Farm: A Perfect Escape to Nature

Tired of looking at tall buildings and starless skies? Need a place to revisit and fully embrace Mother Nature? Then I just know the place for you. One warm Sunday, I took a two-hour ride from the city of Iloilo to San Joaquin, which is the last town in the south of the province. For […]

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, […]