Climate change stalls Iloilo’s rice yield target

By: Gail T. Momblan THE 1-million-metric ton (MT) rice yield target remains elusive for Iloilo’s agriculture sector due to the consequences of global climate change. Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) head Ildefonso Toledo said the 1-million metric ton (MT) rice yield target remains elusive because of uncontrollable weather conditions, among others. “From 2006-2007, this was already the time when […]

2018 was a peaceful year for Region 6 – PNP

THE year 2018 was a peaceful period for Western Visayas, according to the Police Regional Office (PRO-6). Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, Western Visayas police chief, reported the achievement to field commanders during the traditional New Year’s Call on Jan. 16, 2019 at the PRO-6 headquarters in Camp Martin Delgado, Iloilo City. “Undeniably, 2018 was a […]

‘STOP FUND TRANSFERS’ COA: Defensor admin lacks sports dev’t investment plan

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo and Gail T. Momblan ANOTHER day, more “scare tactics,” arm-twisting, and propaganda. After the contractual workers, job hires, and janitors, the administration of Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. is now using young athletes to force the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to approve the 2019 budget. This time, the governor’s son, Board Member […]

Capitol commentators asked to report SP’s accomplishments

By: Gail T. Momblan ILOILO provincial Board Member Domingo Oso requested the Capitol’s information officers to discuss other programs and departments of the provincial government instead of focusing on the chief executive alone. Oso relayed the request to the four anchors or hosts of the “Balita Halin sa Kapitolyo,” a weekly block time program aired over […]

Tribe dances will mirror Ilonggo culture, practices

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo THE performances of groups competing in the Dinagyang Ati Tribes Competition will mirror Ilonggo cultural practices and tradition. Annie Sartorio, judging committee chair of the festival, said the performing tribes will have the freedom to choose and base their choreography from the 14 Ilonggo cultural practices suggested by the committee. According to Sartorio, […]

Dinagyang organizer warns public against ticket scalpers

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo THE Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) warned the public against buying overpriced tickets from scalpers and illegal resellers. Joy de Leon, deputy assistant to IDFI President Ramon Cua Loczsin, said the public should only buy tickets from authorized sellers. “Buy only from authorized sellers. They are stage and ticket committee members nga gina-allow sang Dinagyang […]

Malacañang probes plaints vs Capiz guv

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Malacañang has acted on two administrative complaints filed against Capiz Gov. Antonio del Rosario for alleged graft and gambling inside a casino. Complainant Essex Quintia of Poblacion Ilaya Dao, Capiz said he filed the cases against del Rosario for allegedly violating Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) and Memorandum […]

Lack of janitors due to bidding failure

By: Gail T. Momblan ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. earlier blamed the delayed approval of the 2019 budget for the lack of janitorial services at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol. Without the janitors, Defensor said Capitol employees and officials, especially opposition board members who “stalled the budget,” should take the cudgels of cleaning their offices, particularly the comfort […]

‘BITOKON’: More than half of school kids in Iloilo have worm infection

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo MORE than 50 percent of schoolchildren in Iloilo province have parasitic worm infection, according to the Department of Health–Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Western Visayas. John Den Billones, Medical Technologist and Program Coordinator of DOH-CHD 6, said Iloilo Province has the highest number of prevalence rate in Helminth or parasitic worm […]