ILOILO CITY Development and Tourism:
Development Updates

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

SM plans to build Park Inn by Radisson in Iloilo


SM Prime Holdings Inc. might start the construction of Park Inn by Radisson hotel soon (4th phase of their project) here in Iloilo City after the completion of their 3rd phase project which is the twin tower BPO building beside Injap tower.

Park Inn by Radisson Iloilo will be a 150-room hotel which will reportedly rise at the back of SM City Iloilo adjacent to SM Southpoint Dining Strip. It is seen to complement the mall and keep up with the booming hotel industry in the city.


Friday, September 09, 2016

First Solar Plant in Western Visayas Inaugurated

The first solar power plant established in the province of Iloilo and the entire Panay and Guimaras islands was formally inaugurated on last Thursday September 8, 2016.

Governor Arthur Defensor Sr was joined by Miag-ao Mayor Macario Napulan in gracing the inauguration of the 5.67 megawatt solar power plant of Cosmo Solar Energy Inc. (CSEI) in Brgy. Narat-an, Miag-ao.

CSEI President and Chief Executive Officer Rodolfo Golez, Jr. said the power plant, albeit small and startup, embodies the realization of a dream and the Filipino spirit of passion, craftsmanship and hard work.

He said the project was conceptualized in 2012 and with the help and support of the local government of Miag-ao and the province of Iloilo it has come to reality.

Golez recalled that they have encountered many hindrances along the way but because of the encouragement from Defensor and his business partners, he was able to overcome the obstacles.

Defensor thanked Golez and his group for investing in renewable energy in the province. He said solar power plants are a big help in addressing climate change.

Napulan also thanked CSEI for choosing the municipality of Miag-ao as the site of their project.
He said their municipality is proud to host the first ever solar power plant in this part of the country.

Golez disclosed that they have invested PHP745 million for the establishment of the solar power plant which sits on a 15-hectare property in Miag-ao.

He said CSEI is also planning to put up another solar power plant in the adjacent property which is already part of the town of San Joaquin.

Golez said the second phase intends to provide an additional 6.5 MW of solar power into the national grid.

The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded CSEI with a 25-year solar energy contract for the development of the facility.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

65th Miss Universe pageant 2017 will be held in the Philippines

The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that Miss Universe grand coronation night will be held in the Philippines early next year

The announcement was made on last July 28, 2016 at a press conference in Makati City by Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. 65th Miss Universe pageant will be on January 30, 2017 (Sunday, January 29th in the USA).

The Department of Tourism Secretary has revealed the locations for next year’s highly anticipated event. Along with this recent announcement, Tourism Secretary named the provinces of Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, and Vigan as Miss Universe 2017 itinerary locations. MORE INFOS HERE

According to the information gathered recently, Miss Universe 2017 contestants are set to arrive in the Philippines on January 13, 2017. The candidates are expected to stay in the country for a couple of weeks, until the pageant concludes on January 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

It also reported that Steve Harvey is also set to return as the pageant’s host. Previous reports have confirmed that Harvey still has a multi-year contract to fulfill with the Miss Universe Organization.

Teo said she assured the President that the government will not shoulder any of the expenses, which will amount to $11 million.

The tourism chief also confirmed that Japanese billionaire and Tiger Resort chief Kazuo Okada, as well as the country's richest man, Henry Sy, are among the sponsors.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Construction of 9.1 Trillion Euros "High Speed Bullet Train" to the Philippines will be funded by European Leaders

Filipinos travelling to the provinces and relying on an airplane and a passenger ship are a thing of the past. Another alternative means of modern transportation is the planned construction of a "High-Speed Bullet Train" that can be used once it has been placed on the entire Philippine Archipelago.

A budget of 9.1 Trillion Euros is being allocated by the European Leaders to become a bullet train line system a reality for the Filipino people that will connect Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The entire construction of the railway line system including the bullet train will be financed by the European Financial Intermediary, this is according to Retired Colonel Rodrigo Bonifacio.

High Speed Rail (HSR) delivers fast, efficient transportation. Commuters can save time, energy and money. HSR is extremely reliable and operates in all weather conditions. HSR is not subject to congestion, so it operates on schedule everyday without delay especially during rush hour and peak travel times.

HSR spurs the revitalization of cities by encouraging high density, mixed-use real estate development around the stations. HSR also fosters economic development in second-tier cities along train routes. HSR link cities together into integrated regions that can then function as a single stronger economy. HSR also expands visitor  markets and tourism while increasing visitor spending.

Better connectivity now at Iloilo Airport

The Iloilo Airport now promises better digital connectivity for travelers with the upgrade provided by PLDT and Smart Communications, a wireless subsidiary.

A press release from Smart said that this firing up of Smart Wifi will significantly improve the digital experience of travelers using the airport terminal.

With a bandwidth of up to 1 gigabit per second, Wifi users will have the best customer experience whether surfing the web or keeping connected with home or office while on travel.

“In this digital age, data connectivity is important. Especially when one is on the go,” said Eric r. Alberto, EVP for PLDT/Smart and President and CEO, ePLDT,

“With Smart Wifi, travelers get to enjoy a seamless digital experience for more productive and meaningful journeys,” Alberto added.

The installation of Smart Wifi in the Iloilo Airport came in the heels of similar events in Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City, Misamis Oriental’s Laguindingan Airport and Bacolod City’s Silay International Airport.

The Iloilo, Bacolod, Laguindingan and Davao airports are among the key transport hubs identified for the installation of Smart Wifi to bring the internet into the hands of more Filipinos all over the country.

“A tourist’s impression of a country is largely based on the first and last experience of his destination,” said Department of Transportation Undersecretary Roberto Lim during the deployment in Davao City’s airport.

He added that Smart Wifi contributes to improving this experience and the success of having them come and visit again.

The Iloilo airport is the country’s fourth busiest airport and is regarded as one of the most beautiful airports, serving the provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras as well as the general area of Panay Island, and is an alternative gateway to the Manila-NAIA and Mactan-Cebu International Airports.

Smart Wifi will also be expanded to cover more public areas, like city halls, schools, hospitals, and establishments such as malls, restaurants, and coffee shops, amidst the increasing demand for more wifi hotspots in the country.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

“Smart” metering soon to be available in Iloilo City

Soon,Panay Electric Company (PECO), which holds the franchise to distribute power in this city, will soon be embarking on “smart” metering. “Accurate reading of meter readers has always been a contention between the consumer and the utility,” said Randy Pastolero, assistant vice president of PECO.

With the proposed automated metering scheme project, the reading of the meter will be done electronically right at the PECO office. It also has the capability to auto-reconnect and auto-disconnect without going to the site, he explained.

The project is spread in seven years and in 10 years PECO is planning to acquire 50,000 new meters.

Part of the project also is the prepaid metering that will work similar to prepaid cards used by telecommunication networks.

The plan as he cited the electric utility’s efforts on improving the “reliability” of its service.

It now has a usable capacity of 137 megawatts as against the peak demand of Iloilo City that happens only during the hottest period of the year, which is 107 megawatts.

Pastolero said that power outages in the city have been reduced by around 600 minutes this year.

“We have reduced number of outages through time and we aim to definitely reduce it further in cooperation with our power generators and suppliers,” he said.

PECO recorded some 14,000 minutes of power outages in 2010 down to more than 2,000 minutes in 2015.

Source: PNA