ILOILO CITY Development and Tourism:
Development Updates

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Plan for removal of Jalandoni flyover eyed

Iloilo city councilor Plaridel Nava has reiterated his recommendation to remove the Jalandoni flyover fronting the University of San Agustin along Gen. Luna Street in the city proper as one crucial moves to help decongest traffic in this city.

Nava, chairman of the City Council Committee on Transportation, said he had proposed that this flyover be removed and relocated to other areas of concern such as the busy intersection of the widened diversion and Jalandoni street in Jaro or at the diversion and El 98 street.

The Jalandoni flyover at the intersection of Gen. Luna and Jalandoni streets was built during the time of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo under the Presidential Bridge Program costing more than PHP300 million.

He admitted he had written city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog in October 2014 about the worst traffic situation in the city and pointed to the Jalandoni flyover as one identified sources of traffic congestion. The public transport very seldom uses the flyover and the vehicles passing through the structure interlock with the opposite vehicles and creating a bottleneck at the foot of the flyover.

Obviously, the project has been installed without a scientific study and with no definite purpose. Unlike in the Infante flyover, the Jalandoni flyover has no road intersections which need express road lane, the city councilor said.

He also said there is no need for a legislative action on this and an executive decision in the interest of public welfare and public convenience will suffice.

Similarly, the result of the first multi-sectoral transport summit conducted in February 11, 2015 also pointed to the Jalandoni flyover as a major factor in traffic congestion and recommended its removal. The transport summit aims to find way and means to solve the imminent traffic problems in the city and to adopt measures to improve the traffic system, Nava added.

Thursday, June 11, 2015



 Special Replay Coverage with
The President of the Republic of the Philippines..
(June 12, 2015)
Sta. Barbara, Iloilo City

President's Speech during the briefing on
Various Infrastructure Projects in Iloilo
(June 11, 2015)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Iloilo River Esplanade phase III to start soon

The Iloilo River Esplanade project that has reinvigorated the environmental consciousness of Ilonggos, as well as their interest in healthy living, will be expanded as it enters phase 3.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said on Thursday, May 21, when he briefed media from Manila who participated in a familiarization tour of Iloilo, that phase 3 of the Esplanade will be put up in Muelle Loney near Iloilo City Hall.

Phase 3 will include the Muelle Loney Bridge being constructed that will give access to the new Iloilo Fastcraft Terminal facility in Brgy. Progreso, Lapuz. It will also have a proposed Iloilo River Promenade which will serve as walkway and new leisure area for people before crossing the bridge.

The Iloilo River Esplanade is a flagship project under the Iloilo River Development Project. The phase 1 of the project was funded through the P70-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Senate President Franklin Drilon who spearheaded the efforts to restore the river to its natural condition, a sanctuary to seabirds, native fish and wild mangroves.

Esplanade 1 located in the district of Mandurriao is now a byword not only to Ilonggos but also to visitors as they could not leave the city without visiting the longest linear park in the country. This one-of-a kind esplanade was designed by renowned architect Paulo Alcazaren.

The phase 2 of the project covering 2.6 kilometers at the other side of Esplanade 1 is now nearing completion. Also, the clean-up and restoration efforts of the Iloilo river supported by Congressman Jerry Trenas, Mabilog, national government agencies, non-government organizations and other stakeholders lead the way to more developments in the city.

Mabilog said that for this initiative, the city received recognitions from the Office of the President and national and international organizations.

Iloilo’s historic old capitol to open on May 29

The Casa Real de Iloilo or the old capitol of Iloilo will have its soft opening and blessing on Friday (May 29). Vice Governor of Iloilo Raul C. Tupas said the soft opening is in preparation for the June 12 Independence Day celebration because the building will be used for the visit of President Benigno Aquino III for the Vin d’Honneur .

“The soft opening of our old capitol will be just a very simple activity wherein there will be invited people that will come to witness the opening,” Tupas said.

Among the expected people to attend the opening will be the capitol employees, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) and the department heads. Tupas also said that it will be an honor to the province of Iloilo and to Ilonggos because this will be the first time that the celebration of Independence Day will take place outside Luzon.

The provincial government of Iloilo is also inviting the governors and vice governors in Western Visayas to witness the flag raising event in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. The old capitol will first be used by the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) for their 23rd National Council Convention (NCC) on May 30.

The delegates of the national convention will come from the 97 councils all over the country which will be composed of the central board members, council presidents, council executives, young adult representatives and GSP headquarters senior staffs. “The Girl Scouts Council of Iloilo requested that they will be using the Casa Real de Iloilo for the celebration of their 75th anniversary,” Tupas said.

Implementation of JRMP II set this November 2015

The Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project II (JRMP II) is ready to fully take off with the National Irrigation Administration having complied with requirements and the funding entities having given the clearances. NIA-6 Regional Manager Gerardo Corsiga told media in a press conference, May 21, that they are holding a forum on the same day to exhibit the support from all stakeholders and boost the transparency of the project.

“We would like to show in this forum that everything about the project has been through the right process,” Corsiga said. The People’s Forum is part of a continuing process of consolidating the support of the beneficiaries and directly affected communities. It also presented the processes and experiences in the various stages, like Free Prior Informed Consent consultations, Land Acquisition and Resettlement Planning, and along the Institutional and Environmental Aspect.

The forum had for its inspirational speaker Senate President Franklin Drilon, who assured the participants, that he will “leave no stone unturned” for the project to be completed. He said that as the time table goes for JRMP II, the dam will start construction in November this year and will reach completion in a span of four years. “The Jalaur Dam is the most important, the biggest project in the history of the province,” Drilon said.

“This is also the biggest project of the NIA in the country, and the biggest under the Aquino administration, so it must be completed,” Drilon said. He added that the project must be given the opportunity to be finished because it is critical in the agricultural development of the province and ro improve the lives of the farmers in Iloilo.

The Senate President said that agriculture has been contributing about 25 percent to the economy of Western Visayas. He, however, noticed that rice production in the province has declined the past few years and if this continues, the poor people would increase. “So I tried to push this project to create more employment and increase rice production,” he further said.

“From a production of 140,000 metric tons, we aim for 350,000 metric tons per year,” Drilon said. He thanked the Korean government for the funding support and the forum participants, representing all sectors supporting the JRMP II, which he refers to as the “game changer” in the region.

The project costs P11.2 billion through the Korean Exim Bank, intended primarily to provide water for irrigation for 22,340 hectares in the 25 municipalities in Iloilo province.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Guimaras wind farm set for inauguration

The 54-megawatt wind farm in San Lorenzo, Guimaras is set for inauguration on March 27. Danielle R. Del Rosario, head, Corporate Affairs of Trans Asia Renewable Energy said the event would showcase the strong partnership of Trans Asia and its stakeholders in its desire to “bulk up the country’s generating assets towards sustainable electricity supply.”

The Trans Asia Renewable Energy Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trans Asia Oil and Energy Development Corporation, operates the wind farm.

The San Lorenzo Wind Farm showcases 27 wind turbines with a generating capacity of 2 MW each, and started delivering power to the grid on October 7, 2014, with the commissioning of the first three wind turbines.

Del Rosario said that since its completion, the wind farm was able to consistently deliver 100 percent of its capacity to the grid.

The blessing will be ushered in by a Eucharistic Celebration at 9 a.m., after which messages from representatives of the PHINMA and the DOE, the local government units will be delivered.