lloilo City’s Negosyo Center coordinators undergo training workshop ILOILO City
The city of Iloilo under the leadership of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog continously provides an environment that is attractive to investors. They see the city as business friiendly, a city with infrastructures that support business, social programs that uplifts the lives of the people. A safe and peaceful city and a city with huge talent pool.
Iloilo City won P3-million fund for the much-coveted Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) during the recognition and awarding which highlighted the culminating activity of 25th anniversary celebration of Local Government Code (LGC) at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Oct. 27. Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said the award affirmed the City Government's outstanding good governance and excellent delivery of social services to the people. "We continue to find ways to promote and improve our work in good governance. It is only through unity and cooperation in implementing our programs that we can attain our dreams for Iloilo City," stressed Mabilog. The city was among 306 out of 1,600 local government units (LGUs) that have passed the test of good local governance with notable performance and service delivery set across several areas following assessment based on upgraded criteria from March to September.
At least 750 local and international runner-tourists are coming to Iloilo City for the 40th Milo Marathon National Finals on Dec. 4.
Three initiatives of the Iloilo City Government got the attention of other local government units (LGU) as best practices they could replicate during the Exchange Workshop for LGU Integrity Circle Representatives under the Partnership for Integrity and Jobs Creation or Project i4J held Sept. 13-14 in Metro Manila.
A pioneer real estate developer here of more than two decades affirmed Iloilo City’s continuing potentials and prominence in the field of property industry. “With the region’s robust growth of 8.3 percent in 2015 and a strong construction boom underway, Iloilo City is considered one of the most business-friendly cities in the country,” Sta. Lucia Land Inc. (SLI) said in a disclosure to Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) Sept. 16. Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said the company’s latest expansions manifested investors’ confidence to the city’s conducive business climate being credited to increased consumer spending, accessibility, new growth areas, peace and order and big pool of manpower. Local Economic and Investment Promotions Officer Mary Joan Montaño said real state is a thriving industry in the metropolis with major players like SLI trusting Iloilo City with their businesses. “We are committed for long term growth in the Philippines especially in emerging cities and provinces like Iloilo. We have invested here for the past two decades and we will continue to invest and contribute to nationwide development because the Philippines is our home,” stated Jeremiah Pampolina, SLI vice president for corporate planning and investor relations. SLI is investing more in booming Iloilo, considered one of the most progressive in the country in terms of economic growth and urban development being driven by trade, commerce, finance, technology, medical tourism, education and industry. The Sta. Lucia Group has been one of the pioneer real estate developers since 1995 with its first project called Metropolis Executive Village covering 511,637 square meters of land development. Now, under the listed vehicle SLI, the following major expansion projects are underway in Jaro district. The 172-hectare Green Meadows is the first residential lake community with plans to develop it into a regional hub with a community mall, mid-rise condominium and BPO office buildings. The 6-storey Soto Grande Iloilo full-hotel development with a total of 149 units is now under construction to service the needs of business and tourists, along the newly built national highway making it an ideal hub for building a home, creating jobs and business and welcoming tourists foreign and domestic. The 51-hectare Metropolis Executive Village residential community with five villages will be expanded with additional six hectares to offer to loyal and deserving customers. The 3-hectare Nottingham Villas townhouse project consists prime commercial areas and residential townhouse units.
The Office of the City Assessor recently ordered its personnel assigned to the appraisal and assessment divisions to conduct field work and inspect all electric posts or poles, and electric meters owned by Panay Electric Company, Inc. (PECO) which is a private corporation that operates as a public utility engaged in energy distribution in Iloilo City. This is in full accord with the Supreme Court (SC) Ruling (G.R. No. 166102) dated August 5, 2015 in the case of Manila Electric Company vs. The City Assessor And City Treasurer of Lucena City. “The SC ruling on the said case is very favorable considering that it will generate more revenues for the City of Iloilo which will redound to the benefit of its constituents,” said City Assessor Nelson Parreño. It is noteworthy that Sec. 199 (o) of Republic Act 7160 (R.A. 7160), otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991 defines “Machinery” as machines, equipment, mechanical contrivances, instruments, appliances or apparatus which may or may not be attached, permanently or temporarily, to the real property. It includes the physical facilities for production, the installations and appurtenant service facilities, those which are mobile, self-powered or self-propelled, and those not permanently attached to the real property which are actually, directly, and exclusively used to meet the needs of the particular industry, business or activity and which by their very nature and purpose are designed for, or necessary to its manufacturing, mining, logging, commercial, industrial or agricultural purposes. Pursuant to the recent SC decision, the following facilities: (a) transformers; (b) electric posts (or poles); (c) transmission lines; (d) insulators; and (e) electric meters, may qualify as “machinery” and are not exempted from real property tax under the Local Government Code. The said Code further provides in a clear manner that these “machineries” though not attached permanently to the real properties of PECO are actually, directly and exclusively used to meet the needs of their business of distributing electricity. (Iloilo City PIO)
Iloilo City caught the interest of Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III in terms of show window of productive partnerships.
Some seven members of the British Parliament will be visiting Iloilo City to see for themselves the best practices in the metropolis on Sept. 19-23.
The Iloilo City Government has started Sept. 1 the operations of rehabilitation and treatment for drug dependents in Community Change Centers called The Crossroads in each of the city’s seven districts.
“Iloilo City is the best place to live in the country,” stressed Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael D. Sueno.
Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog received a Service Award for Business from the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce during a ceremony in New York City, United States of America June 6. Mabilog was cited “for distinguished service promoting businesses for the City of Iloilo in particular and province of Iloilo in general.” The citation was conferred by Chamber President Michael Nierva. Mabilog stressed the recognition is a manifestation of the city’s strong promotions to sell the metropolis as top tourism and investment destination to the rest of the world. He hoped the award will help bring in more tourists and prospective investors to the city. The NYC-based chamber has been serving the Filipino and American business community for over 90 years. (Iloilo City PIO)
The City Government is seeing a solution to the water problem being experienced by metro residents with the inauguration of a new transmission pipeline of the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) in Leganes town all the way to Ungka, Pavia, Iloilo on Tuesday.
The Iloilo City Government is recognizing this year’s latest addition to the growing list of outstanding Ilonggas during the awarding ceremony on April 21 starting 4pm at Robinsons Place Iloilo. Under its Gender and Development (GAD) Program, together with the Committee on Women and Family Relations of City Council and GAD team, the City Hall will award The Outstanding Women of Iloilo City (TOWIL) 2016. The 14 awardees in their respective categories are Dr. Joyce Wendam – government service; Azucena Tabuyoc – volunteerism/community service; Atty. Pauline Grace Buñol-Alfuente – professional services; Rosana Alfaras – non-government organization/civic organization; Runelyn Jamolo – media, journalism and public information; Judge Guilljie Delfin-Lim – judicial service; Engr. Helen Sotomil – science and technology; Kristin Treñas – culture and arts; Angelina Manajan – religious sector; Jeralvy Yanson – protective service; Analyn Porras – differently-abled persons; Lorna Dalipe- Gellada – education and academe; Filamie Aguillon – business/entrepreneurship; and Odette Carmina Larot Rio – sports. TOWIL aims to give due recognition to the women who have manifested exemplary performance in their particular field of profession that significantly contributed to the city’s development. “This is our way of honoring extraordinary Ilonggas who made big difference and created positive change in their chosen careers,” said Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog. The criteria cover leadership skill – 20 percent, commitment – 20 percent, women empowerment – 30 percent, and community and civic involvement – 30 percent.
ILOILO CITY – Persons involved in illegal drugs were assured of treatment and rehabilitation during the anti-drug awareness drive conducted by the Task Force on Anti-Drug Abuse and Education in nine waterfront barangays here from Feb. 26 to Mar. 4.
ILOILO CITY - The City Government has received a Mobile Dental Clinic (MDC) from the Department of Health (DOH) that will bring quality dental treatment to Ilonggos who may otherwise have no access to this essential healthcare.
ORO CHAMBER , Cagayan De Oro Chamber of Commerce and Development INC is in Iloilo city for their annual planning. They chosen the city of Iloilo to see and learn what the city has done to achieved such tremendous development.They have chosen Iloilo city for their executive planning session as a benchmark city.
ILOILO CITY – This city continues to be a magnet for investors in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry as it welcomes its first for 2016. Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog hailed the entry of WNS Global Services, with location at the Iloilo Business Park. “Investors’ confidence is very high due to the favorable business climate here, especially on peace and order, the excellent governance and human resources that we offer, and the over-all dynamism of Iloilo,” he said. The company has many requirements for a location and Iloilo City has delivered. “WNS is excited to announce the opening of our new delivery center in Iloilo, the Philippines,” said Keshav Murugesh, WNS’ Chief Executive Officer. “This new delivery center will enable WNS to tap a talent-rich, client focused resource pool, which will be instrumental in helping us meet the growing and evolving needs of our clients,” he added. The company joins the current 45 BPOs here that employ 20,000 full time personnel. WNS is a leading global Business Process Management corporation that offers business value to more than 200 global clients. It combines operational excellence with full expertise in key industry verticals, including banking and financial services, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, media and entertainment, retail and consumer packaged goods, telecom and diversified businesses, shipping and logistics, travel and leisure, and utilities. (LMSinay / Iloilo City PIO)
ILOILO CITY – The City Government is urging the youth to take part in activities that will help promote a more disaster resilient metro.
Smooth-sailing preparations have started for the successful staging of 44th Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival which will highlight on third week of February 2016, following the signing of Memorandum of Agreement by the Iloilo Paraw Regatta Foundation Inc. (IPRFI) and City Government Dec. 14.
ILOILO CITY – Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog called for a united stand against illegal drugs as he maintained the strong position of the City Government during a press conference at City Hall on Friday, Dec. 11.
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog stressed that local authorities were winning the war against illegal drugs, making the Iloilo “the third least drug-affected city in the country.”
ILOILO CITY – A total of 27 new facilitators have undergone the Training of Trainers on Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Assessment (PCVA) of water resources and hazard mapping in the city organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Be Secure project Dec. 8 to 10.
Iloilo City won second place in the national Rafael M. Salas Award getting P150,000 cash prize after winning the regional contest receiving P50,000 incentive of the population and development citation given by Commission on Population (Popcom).
ILOILO CITY – Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog underscored the importance of training for tanods as the barangay’s first line of defense against crimes and emergencies.
Iloilo City Hall offices and employees will be transformed into a Masquerade Balloween in celebration of Halloween on Oct. 30. They are enjoined to participate in various activities such as Office Decoration Contest: Story Land; Masquerade Balloween Costume Contest; and Halloween “Trick or Treat” activity. Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said the annual endeavor promotes unity and cooperation among employees, families, loved ones and the public in support of the city's programs. Offices have started decorating their respective areas for the Story Land of their choice while front desk personnel will be encouraged to wear masks in character or donned costume during the judging on Oct. 28. Children, grandchildren and relatives of City Hall employees, whose age are 3-6 years old should bring photocopy of Birth Certificate until Oct. 23 at City Population Office for first 100 registrants for Masquerade Balloween. Trick or treat awaits children on Oct. 30 from 11am to 12nn. (Iloilo City PIO)
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Iloilo City Office in coordination with the City Government, Liga ng mga Barangay and Association of Barangay Secretaries, held an Orientation-Workshop on Batas Kasambahay (RA 10361) participated by the barangay secretaries from the city’s seven districts recently.
Age-old Ker & Co. building will be restored to house the district offices of Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP) while a new multi-purpose hall will be constructed at the back inside the 3,000-square meter property purchased by the City Government.
ILOILO CITY – The city government, headed by Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog, received the Blue Certification Level II from the Office of the Ombudsman with no less than Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang presenting the award in a ceremony held here October 1.
I’m greatly delighted to join you this morning as you begin your two-day National MSME Summit, and I heartily welcome all the delegates from the various MSME Development Councils all over the archipelago to one of the country’s top destinations today - the City of Love, Iloilo City!
Iloilo City got P50-million assistance for public schools for the implementation of Senior High School program in 2016. Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog stressed the support is a manifestation of the city’s public high schools’ readiness to implement the K to 12 program of the national government. He signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the League of Cities of the Philippines and the Asia Foundation, relative to the project "Coalition of Cities” for Senior High School Implementation 2016. There are only 20 selected cities in the country that will benefit from the educational development initiative. (Iloilo City PIO)
The Iloilo city government is offering 15 free viewing venues and hoping for a “zero-crime” rate during Pacquiao-Mayweather fight on Sunday, May 3 live from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
In celebration of the National Labor Day, the Iloilo City Government organized a Unity Walk early morning on May 1.The Unity Walk will start 7am from three designated areas: Plaza Libertad, Iloilo Provincial Capitol and near the University of Iloilo –PHINMA with the meeting place at the Freedom Grandstand. “The Unity Walk is the symbol of Iloilo City in honoring all the laborers. Unity of labor force has brought a progressive city,” stressed City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog. The endeavor will be participated by an estimated 10,000 people from various sectors. “It is to tell everyone that the community is united”, said Mabilog. A Job Fair spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment will also be conducted at SM City and Amigo malls. (Hazekiah Parreňo, PIO Intern)
The seven-day activity of 2nd Iloilo Bike Festival culminates with fun ride of thousands enthusiasts on May 2 which showcases road sharing and safety in the metropolis.
A bigger and tougher national dragon boat race awaits spectators at Iloilo River in Muelle Loney April 18 with excitement starting 6am with elimination races and main event peaking at 9am.
Iloilo City has been nominated for the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2016, a biennial international award that honors the outstanding contribution of cities towards the creation of livable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities worldwide.
ILOILO City – Investors’ confidence to this city remains high as they project it into becoming a center for investment.
Philippines Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) Chief Operating Officer Roel Refran has high hopes that five to 10 years from now, the influx of investments in Iloilo City will further boost.
The Iloilo City Gender and Development (GAD) Team highlights Women’s Month with health and wellness program for a hundred women at Barangay Monica on March 25 at 8am-3pm.
Aspiring basketball superstars will showcase their playing skills in the Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA’s 3rd Regional Selection Camp which kicks off at the Ateneo de Iloilo in Mandurriao district March 7-8 starting at 9am.
The Iloilo City Government under its Gender and Development (GAD) Program, together with the Committee on Women and Family Relations and the city gender and development team, is launching the search for The Outstanding Women of Iloilo City (TOWIL) 2015.
The City Government has committed to hold international sports events every year to firm up Iloilo City’s bid to be the sports capital of the Philippines.
Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog sees a lot of economic opportunities with the planned opening of direct flights from Iloilo City to China and South Korea next year.
Iloilo City is celebrating its 13th Chinese New Year which falls on Feb. 19 with a grand parade on Feb. 20 starting 3pm from Bonifacio Drive all the way to Chinatown in Iznart Street for a cultural show at 5pm and world-class fireworks display at 8pm.
Commendations flooded for Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog after winning the Top 5 World Mayor 2014 by the City Mayors Foundation, an international think tank dedicated to promoting strong and prosperous cities as well as good local governance.
Iloilo City impressed a top economic expert in the country while saying that development growth in this metropolis is comparable to highly-urbanized centers of Manila and Cebu. “In a recent visit to Iloilo, after two years of not seeing the city, I have come to conclusion that Iloilo City and surrounding areas (Metro Iloilo) can become “Empress City of the South,” competing closely with Cebu in growing at above-average rates,” noted economist Dr. Bernardo Villegas. “In fact, it is highly probable that Metro Iloilo can grow at rates higher than 12 percent per annum, as US.-based Filipino economist Norman Madrid has been proclaiming in his writings and speeches in recent weeks,” Villegas stressed in his column published in Manila Bulletin’s Jan. 26 edition.
Iloilo City hosts global environmental summit Sept. 15-17
Korean, Mindanao sister cities feted at Dinagyang fest
To accommodate the increasing number of spectators, the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) will mount five stages during the 2015 Dinagyang Festival on Jan. 23-25. IDFI President Ramon Cua Locsin said that an additional stage will be put up at the intersection of Delgado and Mabini streets. The performance areas will now include Freedom Grandstand (Stage 1), Iloilo Provincial Capitol (Stage 2), Delgado-Mabini Streets (Stage 3), Quezon-Ledesma Streets (Stage 4) and Iznart Street (Stage 5). Ticket prices are as follows : P1,200 for right wing extension of Stage 1; P1,000 for main stage and P800 for extension at Stage 3; P1,200 for main stage and P1,000 for extension at Stage 4; and P1,200 for Stage 5. The Iloilo Capitol stage is reserved for guests of the provincial government. The 2015 Dinagyang Festival is managed by the triumvirate composed of the Iloilo City Government, San Jose Parish Church and IDFI. This year’s celebration with the tagline ‘Sum it up to the top!’ anchors on the theme “Senor Santo Nino: Hope of the Poor.”
Iloilo City topped the list of skills registrants for job matching and summer jobs offered to poor but deserving youth, as cited by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-6). Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog stressed the recognition manifested the City Government’s initiatives and efforts in providing access and delivering more employment opportunities to the Ilonggos.
Iloilo City will be hosting the 3rd Smoke-free ASEAN Regional Workshop on “Building the Alliance of Smoke-free Cities in the ASEAN Region’ on May 20-21. Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog stressed the global gathering will showcase the city’s growing reputation as healthy lifestyle and wellness hub, tourism haven and convention destination.
the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will ultimately bring two-pronged benefits to the metropolis.