City cannot grant water, sanitation franchise – DILG

THE Iloilo City government, through the City Council, has no power to grant a water and sanitation franchise to private firms, according to the opinion of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). “Local Governments are bereft of authority to grant water and sanitation franchise,” said Undersecretary Austere Panadero in DILG Opinion No. […]

Board members enlightened on MIWD’s water rate hike petition

MEMBERS of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Iloilo said they understood why Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) wants to increase its rates. In a public consultation on March 21, 2018 at the SP Session Hall, Board Member Domingo Oso, chairperson of the Committee on Transportation, Communication and Public Utilities, said it is reasonable for MIWD to […]

Antique ‘bar’ pusher killed in buy-bust

A PERSON who allegedly peddled drugs in Antique nightspots was killed in another anti-narcotics operation late evening of March 20, 2018. Rowell Sumugat, 33, a resident of Barangay Baladjay, San Remegio, Antique, allegedly resisted policemen during the buy-bust operation at Barangay Bia-an, Hamtic town. A native of Compostela Valley in Davao del Norte, Sumugat had […]

Councilor hopes Joe III, Jerry will settle ‘rift’ soon

ILOILO CITY Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo looks forward to a peaceful end to the “rift” between Mayor Jose Espinosa III and lone district Rep. Jerry Treñas. Peñaredondo, the majority floor leader of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, said he welcomes the initial talk between the two political giants, weeks after Treñas announced his intent to run for mayor […]

Town council wants to stop ‘substandard’ housing project

THE Sangguniang Bayan of Concepcion, Iloilo wants to stop the construction of the alleged substandard P290-million housing project being implemented by the National Housing Authority (NHA) for Yolanda survivors. SB member Mark Villaruz said the concerned committees will meet on March 21, 2018 to draft a resolution requesting Mayor Millard Villanueva to issue a stoppage […]

City’s online transactions halted after website hacking

ONLINE transactions of the Iloilo City government are temporarily suspended after its website was hacked last week. Mayor Jose Espinosa III told reporters on Mar. 19, 2018 that the hacking affected the online processing of renewal of business permits. The hacker/s named “Iloilo Blackhat” penetrated the taxpayers’ dashboard and obtained personal information of an estimated […]