ILOILO CITY Development and Tourism:
Development Updates

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

ICTO gears to introduce "Digital Certificate" project to Iloilo

A technology that will ensure signatures affixed in documents are genuine will soon be made available in Iloilo by the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO), an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

ICTO director for Visayas 1 cluster Frederick D. Amores said that they hope to launch the digital certificate project within the year.

He said the digital certificate will be introduced to government officials who are signatories in various documents such as local chief executives and directors.

Upon registration, a special code will be embedded into their documents such that by a mere click, a security certificate will appear, thereby affirming that the signature is real. One has to have access to the internet to verify the signature, he said.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Iloilo City recipient of 7 tourism road projects

This southern highly urbanized city is a recipient of seven tourism road projects under the Department of Tourism–Department of Public Works and Highways (DOT-DPWH) Convergence Program.

DOT Regional Director Helen Catalbas said the parties will soon sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) concerning the national-local government cooperation. The parties to the MOA are Catalbas for DOT Region 6, Regional Director Edilberto Tayao for DPWH Region 6 and City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog for LGU Iloilo City.

The MOA aims to ensure the efficient execution of local road projects under the DOT-DPWH Convergence Program through close coordination between the two national government agencies and the LGU concerned during the planning, implementation (including pre-construction and construction/improvement works/activities), maintenance of the completed local road projects (including repair and rehabilitation) and monitoring and evaluation covering their outputs (physical works) and outcomes (impact).

The local road projects within the jurisdiction of the City of Iloilo included in the DOT-DPWH Convergence Program for Fiscal Year 2015 and covered by this agreement are rehabilitation/concreting of:

1. Donato Pison St., Brgy. San Rafael leading to Iloilo City Tour
2. Heritage Sites, Mandurriao, Iloilo
3. Pavement Cuartero St., Brgy. Cuartero leading to Iloilo City Tour
4. Heritage Sites, Jaro, Iloilo City; Arguelles St., Brgy. Arguelles leading to Iloilo City Tour
5. Heritage Sites, Jaro, Iloilo City
6. Benedicto St., Brgy. Benedicto leading to Iloilo City Tour
7. Heritage Sites, Jaro, Iloilo City
8. Compania-Fundidor St., Molo leading to Iloilo City Tour
9. Heritage Sites, Iloilo City
10. Magdalo St. leading to Iloilo City Tour
11. Heritage Sites, La Paz, Iloilo City and
12. Upgrading, widening and improvement of Iloilo City-Tacas Road, Iloilo City.

These road projects were proposed by Iloilo City Lone District Cong. Jerry P. Treñas who also authored R.A. 10555, which declares certain sites in Iloilo City as Heritage Sites.

These road projects are leading to Iloilo heritage sites, and are aimed to facilitate tours and ease traffic conditions.

Under the MOA, DOT will provide technical assistance to the LGU staff to improve their capacity on techniques for monitoring and evaluation of project outcomes and impact, such as tourist arrivals, related businesses, employment and income, technical assistance in providing baseline data for the monitoring and evaluation plan and share with the LGU, and the DOT monitoring reports on the project outcomes.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Presisdent Aquino: To inaugurate Iloilo Convention Center in September 2015

President Benigno Aquino III will inaugurate the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) on September 14, 2015.

Senator Franklin Drilon confirmed that Aquino will be coming here in Iloilo during the inauguration.
 “It is sure,” Drilon said.

The ICC will be the venue for another Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting here in Iloilo on September 21 until October 8 this year.

The construction of the 700-milllion ICC started last January 2014. Drilon said that the ICC is now 99.8 percent finished.

Last July 23-24, Iloilo hosted the Strengthening Capital Market and Infrastructure Development meeting of APEC. There were a total of 100 delegates from different countries who came to attend the meeting.

This coming September, some 200 delegates are expected to attend another meeting.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

City Council Approves Resolution Requesting DPWH to put up Bike Lane along Gen. Luna Street

The city council here (August 11) regular session unanimously approved a resolution requesting the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office to make good of its promise and commitment to provide safe bike lanes along the busy Gen. Luna Street.

Proponent city councilor Jay Trenas said that the road widening project of DPWH succeeded in decreasing the width of the center island by uprooting several trees and cementing almost one meter on each side. However, Trenas said only two lanes on side of the street are being utilized and DPWH did not increase the number of lanes on both sides.

The city councilor also said that DPWH regional director Edilberto Tayao committed to turn the half-baked road widening project into a win-win situation by turning this into a bike lane instead by adhering to Sec. 9 of Executive Order 774 of 2008.

Trenas said his proposal is to convert these one meter side of the street into a bike lane starting from Sarabia Manor Hotel up to corner Quezon Street in order to make the city a walkable and bikeable area as more people are now into biking for fun, exercise and livelihood.

The one meter road area could be painted with a straight line depicting the bike lane. Trenas said he is following up the project with district engineer Rodney Gustilo of DPWH.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Local government asks Malacañang to declare Aug 25 as holiday in Iloilo City

The city government here has sought the declaration of August 25 as a special non-working holiday in Iloilo City to allow Ilonggos the opportunity to celebrate and participate in activities lined up for the 78th Charter Day anniversary of this local government unit (LGU).

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said that they are still waiting for the action of Malacanang on their request, thus for now he could not declare whether or not it’s going to be a holiday.

“We could not pre-empt but we already sent the letter,” he said.

In 2011, President Benigno S. Aquino III authorized Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa to sign Proclamation No. 203 declaring August 25 as a special non-working day in Iloilo City.

Iloilo City was declared as a Charter City by virtue of Commonwealth Act No 158 signed on July 16, 1937 but it was in August 25 of the same year when the cityhood was inaugurated.

Meanwhile, the mayor said that among the highlights of the celebration would be the Charter Day parade, recognition of top 50 taxpayers, honoring of city hall’s outstanding employees and the Mayor’s Ball.

Atty. Christian Drilon, who ranked second in the 2014 Bar Examination will be the guest of honor, he added.

Iloilo City to re-establish friendship relationship with Qingdao, China

A delegation from this city led by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog leave for China last Tuesday August 4 to re-establish a friendly relationship with Qingdao City as well as make a pitch on proposed establishment of direct flights from Xiamen to Iloilo.

Mabilog shared that wayback 2006, former lone district Rep. Raul Gonzales Jr and former city mayor now Rep. Jerry P. Treñas accompanied by representatives from the Chinese business groups went to Qingdao to establish a business relationship.

However, along the way the relationship was lost after this city failed to send a representative to Qingdao to witness the Olympic Games in China upon the latter’s invitation, the mayor said.

The invitation came in time when this city was badly hit by typhoon Frank in 2008, he explained.

In 2014, the Chinese consul based in Cebu who is from Qingdao worked out the re-establishment of the friendship ties.

After the Qingdao trip, the group joined by 19 representatives of Chinese business groups will proceed to Xiamen where a direct flight to and from Iloilo is being pushed.

“So we took the opportunity to make a pitch for these particular direct flights,” he said.

Mabilog noted that 90 percent of the Chinese communities here have roots from Xiamen. They looked forward to the realization of the direct flights last quarter of 2016.