Mayor says kiosks around Jaro Plaza will not cause traffic

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo DESPITE mounting public complaints, Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa is convinced that kiosks standing on the highway outside Jaro Plaza will not lead to traffic jams. Espinosa said that the Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMTRO) already studied the situation last year. “Gintun-an na naton sang TMTRO sang last year kag gin-balik ta lang kay nakita naton nga it […]

FAKE NEWS?: Online photos of proposed new grandstand not the official design

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo THE Iloilo City Engineer’s Office (CEO) clarified that pictures of the proposed plans for the new Freedom Grandstand (now renamed as Dinagyang Grandstand) circulating online are not the official designs. Architect Reina Gregorio of the CEO’s Planning Division said the picture circulating via social media was just one of the unsolicited proposals […]

‘YOU’RE FIRED’: Duterte tags Bacolod councilor, top police official in illegal drugs

BACOLOD City – President Rodrigo Duterte named a Bacolod City Councilor, the police chief here, and four other police officials as alleged protectors of the illegal drug trade. Mr. Duterte arrived here unannounced evening of Jan 12, 2019 to attend the birthday of Leo Rey Yanson, whose family owns Cere Bus operator Vallacar Transit Inc., […]

AFTER BORACAY, MANILA BAY: More tourism sites will be rehabilitated

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo ASIDE from the proposed rehabilitation for the Manila Bay, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is also eyeing different tourism sites in the country. DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Juan Miguel Cuna said that the department is now working on different tourism sites like El Nido, Panglao, Siargao and Puerto […]

Three nabbed on first day of gun ban enforcement

THREE persons were arrested on the first day  of the gun ban enforcement in Western Visayas, Jan 13, 2019. At around 12:45 a.m. Sunday, Antonio Francisco, 45, of Barangay Canajaban, Calinog, was arrested at a checkpoint in Barangay Poblacion Centro, Calinog. Members of the Calinog Police Station, together with the town’s Commission on Election (Comelec) […]

Dinagyang Grandstand a temporary name – mayor

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo The newly-constructed Iloilo City Dinagyang Grandstand welcomed locals, tourists and guests during the opening salvo of the 51st Dinagyang Festival on January 11, 2019. During the blessing ceremony of the new grandstand, Mayor Jose Espinosa III said he coined the name, “Iloilo City Dinagyang Grandstand” temporarily to highlight the much-anticipated Dinagyang Festival […]

‘SHADY MATTER’: ‘Admin errors’ raise doubts on 2019 budget, invest plan

By: Gail T. Momblan DISCREPANCIES in the Iloilo provincial government’s 2019 Annual Investment Plan (AIP) are enough to raise question marks on the contents of the 2019 executive budget. Thus, Vice Gov. Christine “Ting-Ting” Garin said the appropriations committee should carefully study every detail of the budget and apply necessary corrections. The discrepancies refer to certain […]

Capitol landscaping hits snag

By: Gail T. Momblan THE multimillion-peso redevelopment project of the Iloilo capitol complex is behind schedule, prompting the governor’s office to issue a termination notice to one of its contractors. Provincial Engineer’s Office chief Gracianito Lucero confirmed that a notice to terminate contract was issued to Roprim Construction, which is responsible for Package 2 of the Capitol […]

Sunburst park to boost Iloilo City’s tourism

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo ANOTHER famous historical landmark in Iloilo City was again restored to its old glory. The renovated Sunburst Park, originally known as “Plaza de Aduana,” is expected to help boost Iloilo City’s tourism activities and contribute to the locality’s economic growth and sustainability. Senator Franklin M. Drilon, who initiated the Sunburst Park development, […]

CAPITOL NEWS OR PROPAGANDA?: Information office grilled on P10-M budget

By: Gail T. Momblan FROM the purveyor of news, the Public Information and Community Affairs Office (PICAO) of the Iloilo provincial government is now the news after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) grilled its head on their operations and performance. In fact, the committee on appropriations headed by Board Member Dorothy Paes said they will “recheck” the […]