CLUP draft public hearing Aug. 5

THE Iloilo City Government will conduct a public hearing on the draft document of the 2010-2020 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) / Zoning Ordinance on August 5, 1-5pm. The hearing will be held at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall on the second floor of the Iloilo Terminal Market (De Leon Wing), Mabini-De Leon Streets, Iloilo […]

Funds for relocation site assured

By: TW Villavert

SENATOR Franklin Drilon assured he will work with the National Housing Authority (NHA) to secure a P100-million budget for the construction of 1,000 housing units for informal settlers who will be affected by the clearing and rehabilitation of the Iloilo River.

Drilon said “we will build 1,000 housing units in order to relocate informal settlers along the five creeks which are tributaries to the Iloilo River”.

The dredging activity is aimed at reviving Iloilo River and make it effective in relieving Iloilo City of flooding.

“The dredging of the river will not be effective unless we remove the informal settlers and clean up the river’s tributaries,” Drilon said.

Drilon said the P100 million budget for the housing units is on top of the P44 million which the City Government needs for the development of the relocation site. Each housing unit is estimated to cost P100,000.

Drug gang to rescue suspected pusher?

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) asked help from the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) to secure a suspected drug dealer who was wounded in a raid Tuesday morning.

PDEA legal counsel Ronnie Delicana confirmed that they requested the ICPO to send police officers to the hospital where Carlo “Jong-Jong” Balledos is confined to beef up his security.

Delicana said they taking extra caution in securing Balledos because of his status but belied reports that an illegal drug syndicate is either out to rescue or eliminate him in the hospital.

Balledos, who is the number 5 suspected drug dealer in Iloilo City, was wounded in a shootout with PDEA agents during a raid on his home at Zone 5, Brgy. Veterans Village, Iloilo City Proper the other day.

PDEA recovered 41 sachets of suspected shabu inside Balledos’ house and a caliber .45 pistol. They also arrested Soledad “Daday” Bayog, 26, and Febe Hilado who were inside the suspect’s house during the raid.

PHL expects demand for abaca to push export earnings

INDUSTRIALIZED countries importing abaca pulp and cordage for use in biodegradable coffee cups is expected to lift the country’s export earnings from abaca by P5 billion this year, up 13.6-percent from last year’s figures.

Biodegradable cups have been gaining popularity in the US, Russia and Germany, enhancing the demand for raw material, the Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) said on Tuesday.

“The trend now is to go natural,” said FIDA administrator Cecilia Gloria Soriano. “The hazard of using non-biodegradable products has prompted developed countries to seek alternatives. Germany, for instance, will gain much in their carbon footprint swapping if they declare the use of natural fibers in their products.”

Soriano added that inquiries from Brazil and other European countries have already reached FIDA. Those countries plan to use abaca for automobile composites, the FIDA administrator said.

Abaca fiber sells for $1,200 per metric ton on average, but unlike other fibers used in car production — such as sisal and kenaf which are 40 percent cheaper than abaca — it is stronger and more resilient.

CEB holds seat sale to ASEAN

THE Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific slashes fares from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, Jakarta, and Saigon from July 27 to July 29, 2011 or until seats last, for travel from September 1 to October 31, 2011.

Passengers can buy seats from Manila to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) for the Lite Fare of P1,288. Discounted fares from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, and Jakarta are also available for as low as P1,488.

Lite Fares are CEB’s trademark low fares which allow travel savings of as much as 72% on international flights, and 63% on domestic flights. Guests can enjoy travel savings when they avail of Prepaid Baggage Allowance upon booking.

“This seat sale will be most enjoyed by our guests who want to discover the unique sights and sounds distinct to ASEAN. We encourage everyone to book their travels within the off-peak season so they can enjoy our trademark low fares and grab the best deals in accommodations and tours in our most popular ASEAN destinations,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

CEB flies ten times weekly from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, daily from Manila to Saigon, four times weekly from Manila to Jakarta, and thrice weekly from Manila to Brunei.

This seat sale also covers discounted fares from Manila to Guangzhou as low as P1,488, and from Manila to Osaka as low as P2,088.

Letter from ‘Kuya Eddie’

By: Alex P. Vidal

EDDIE Alinea is a model father.

As president of the Sports Communicators Organization of the Philippines (SCOOP), a fraternity of sportswriters in the Philippines, I have worked with him in various local and international events.