Boracay resorts plan to hike room rates

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan – The plan to increase their respective accommodation packages is a prerogative of Boracay stakeholders, says the general manager of the Aklan Electric Cooperative (AKELCO).

“It is entirely up to the resort owners themselves to increase their prices. On our part, it is difficult for us to apply for the tourism rates at the Energy Regulatory Board because of the rigid process,” said AKELCO manager Chito Peralta.

Reports said that resort owners here were planning to increase their respective room rates to as much as 10 percent to cope with the increasing electricity rates offered by AKELCO, the lone power distributor in the province.

Peralta said that AKELCO power rates are still competitive with that of nearby Roxas City and Antique provinces.

Bill declares four areas as city’s official tourist spots

A BILL is now in Congress that will classify four areas here as official tourist spots of the metropolis.

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog expressed full support to House Bill No. 4957 authored by Lone District Rep. Jerry Treñas that will declare as “legislated tourist sites” the Jaro cathedral, Molo church, Central Business District (CBD) and Fort San Pedro.

“We are thankful to Cong. Treñas for pushing this bill because this will mean a lot to our tourism industry and to our economy. We want more tourists to come to our city, see its many beautiful places and ultimately invest here,” Mabilog said.

The local chief executive is looking forward to a lot of developments in the aforementioned places once they are officially tagged as this city’s tourist spots.

Lapuz District proposal gets City Hall backing

By: Lydia C. Pendon

THE Iloilo City Hall assured assistance to village chiefs of Lapuz as they push to complete the process of becoming the seventh district of the city.

On December 17, 2008, the city council passed Ordinance No. 894 dated creating a separate district of Lapuz to pave the way for the establishment of police and fire substations.

Recently, Liga ng mga Barangay-Lapuz president Ricardo Diño Sr. of Bo. Obrero sought the help of the City Hall to recognize their community as a distinct and separate district.

Iloilo City is composed of 180 barangays in the districts of Jaro, LaPaz, Iloilo City Proper, Molo, Arevalo and Mandurriao.

Riverbank families assured of relocation

By: Lydia C. Pendon

THE National Housing Authority (NHA) will finalize its commitment to some 1,000 riverbank families to spend some P144 million for the development and construction of decent low cost houses for them.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said NHA’s commitment will be formalized during a meeting of the Iloilo River Development Council today at Hotel del Rio.

Senator Franklin M. Drilon and Mabilog will lead the meeting.

Mabilog said the city is preparing a five-hectare relocation site at Brgy. Lanit in Jaro for the families affected by the ongoing rehabilitation and clean-up of the river.

Cemetery committee formed

By: Lydia C. Pendon

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog recently created the Iloilo City Cemetery Committee to improve services of city-owned public cemeteries.

The committee is headed by Mabilog with City Councilor Lyndon Acap (chairman of the City Council’s committee on health and sanitation) as vice chairman.

The executive director is Mabilog’s political liaison offer Jeffrey Celiz and members are the city environment and natural resources office, city engineer’s office, city health office, civil registrar’s office and other aligned city offices.

The committee will study the columbarium and crematorium projects of his administration and plan the improvement of city public cemeteries at Tanza and Delgado Streets, La Paz and part of Jaro cemetery.

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Heritage bldg owners need council permit for renovation

By: Lydia C. Pendon

THE Iloilo City Cultural Heritage Conservation Council (ICCHCC) has identified a total of 26 heritage buildings located at the central business district (CBD) heritage zone along JM Basa and Iznart streets here as protected by a city ordinance.

Jose Roni Peñalosa, city planning and development officer, said the 10-year revised comprehensive land use plan (CLUP) covering the period 2011-2020 seeks to protect the heritage buildings and regulate the renovations, demolition and conversion of the existing buildings into new trade or commercial buildings.

“We wish to correct the wrong impression that building owners could not rehabilitate or demolish their buildings. Reconstruction is definitely allowed but the building owners must retain the historical façade without sacrificing the heritage value of the building,” Peñalosa said.