ILOILO CITY Development and Tourism: Development Updates




Thursday, February 20, 2014

Apec inspection team lauds Iloilo preparation

A TEAM from the Asia Pacific Economic Council (Apec) organizing committee was impressed with the preparation made by the Iloilo City Government for the 2015 Apec meeting, said City tourism officer Ben Jimena.

A meeting with the local organizing committee was held Wednesday, February 19, at the Nelly’s Garden in Jaro district to present and evaluate the local preparation.

Jimena said the inspection team was impressed with the Iloilo Convention Center being constructed at the Megaworld property at the old Iloilo airport in Mandurriao district.

One of the concerns being raised during the meeting was the expansion and renovation of the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. Senate President Franklin M. Drilon earlier said that the local airport will be expanded with modern facilities, including closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) also assured budget for the Iloilo airport’s improvement to be completed before the October APEC conference, including the improvement of city plazas and parks.

Among the local concerns discussed were the conference facilities, hotel accommodation for some 1,000 delegates, infrastructures, road network from the Iloilo airport to the venue site, security, evacuation plan and disaster preparedness, and tourism attractions, among others.

Meanwhile, Megaworld also offered its newly-constructed Richmonde Hotel and another hotel, Marriot Courtyard, to accommodate the delegates from 21 countries.

Iloilo City has bid out to host some meetings of APEC in October 2015 and initially, the committees on Transportation and Food Security were temporarily assigned to the city.

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

16 traffic lights installed this 2014

A total of 16 traffic light junctions will be installed this year 2014 in different areas of the city in a move to help solve the burgeoning pedestrian and traffic problems in the metropolis.

City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the traffic lights project was started in the last Quarter of 2013 with four installations along corner Ledesma-Mabini street, Infante and Gen. Luna and at the city proper with the help of a private corporation.

Four more traffic lights will be installed along Jalandoni Delgado, infront of the University of San Agustin, corner Delgado Valeria street and at Huervana, La Paz district this first quarter of the year. The amount for the traffic lights installation will come from the P15 million funds earlier diverted from the not so feasible fountain project at Plaza Libertad.

Mabilog said the city is committed to install all the 16 traffic light projects. However, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said it will install the traffic lights along the widened diversion road going to the international airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo.

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Iloilo City braces up to become a major sports destination

The City of Love is bracing up to become a major sports destination in this part of the country, according to city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

The city's chief executive said Iloilo City is preparing to host several sports activities to complement the upcoming Iloilo Dinagyang Festival.

Mabilog said that the city is fast becoming a venue for major sports activities in the country and there is a need for a permanent sports arena for these activities.

A sports arena is being considered to be built at a city lot in San Pedro, Molo district or to be adopted by the Department of Education (DepEd) in one of its city land properties.

Mabilog said he is targeting that the sports arena or sports complex will be realized through a public private partnership (PPP) or from the city sports fund within the year.

This month of January, sports events will start with a triathlon during the Dinagyang Festival from the municipality of Oton to the city proper. The Dinagyang will also see sports events such as golf, beach volleyball, tennis, chess, boxing, basketball and others.

A group from Barcelona, Spain has visited the city recently and committed to put up bleachers at the football field in La Paz district. Similarly, the city is set to host the Asian taekwondo competition in the month of August.

Iloilo City has already several national and international athletes in different sports disciplines. The city mayor said he is looking at a sports venue as his next major project in 2014-2015.

Source: PNA

Friday, December 13, 2013

Miss Dinagyang 2014 chair reveals preparations

An Ilonggo Fashion Designer Mr. Alex Soncio and chair of the upcoming Miss Dinagyang 2014, has revealed details of the event in a press conference held at Iloilo City Hall.

The designer said that the final date for the much awaited pageant will be on the 22nd of January next year.

Unlike this year’s colorful “Neon” theme, the eyes of the crowd next year will be filled with the black and white couture of the ”Broadway-themed” event.

Mr. Soncio also confirmed that 2012 Miss Universe 4th runner up, Venus Raj, Miss International 2005, Precious Lara Quigaman, and Mister International 2013 4th runner up Gil Wagas and other distinguished personalities will be the judges of the pageant.

The event will be covered live by Sky Cable and will be held at the University of San Agustin Gymnasium. This season, the organizers of the contest will provide wide-screens outside of the university along Jalandoni Street to ensure that the people who cannot be accommodated inside the gym can still watch and witness the spectacle happening inside the gym.

The candidates have recently returned from a photo shoot in Boracay last November 30 for their campaign and advertisements.
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Saturday, December 07, 2013

Iloilo City braces for more Developments in 2014 to 2015

This southern city is bracing up for more development investments in 2014 and 2015 as Iloilo City has been selected by big industry players in the country.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said these developments showed the city’s business attraction and thrust of big time investors to elevate the city as a big player soon.

Last week, Duty Free Philippines opened at the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. By middle of 2014, the first Ayala hospital in this city will be opened to serve the public.

Before 2014 ends, Ayala stores will be opened in the city and by early 2015, Puregold Iloilo will open its doors in the city.

Before the end of 2014, the multi-billion peso investment of Megaworld Corp. located at the 23-hectare old airport property will be opened to include the high-end Richmonde Hotel and Marriot Courtyard Hotel.

The city is also bracing for the construction of a multi-million peso International Convention Center at the Megaworld property to host international conferences and other theater arts performances.
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Solar Power eyed in Iloilo City

A solar power plant investor of a US-based company is eyeing to invest in this city by bringing in new technology, facility and infrastructure on solar power.

City councilor Nielex Tupas disclosed that an American investor came to his office recently to signify interest in investing here. If this will push thru, it will be great for the city, Tupas said.

The city dad said he had advised them to visit the office of city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog including the offices of the city environment and natural resources, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Energy to get more information on the proposal.

Tupas said that with the reality and existence of Climate Change and that “we saw and felt its ill effects already, a renewable source of energy such as solar power is a very welcome development.”

The city councilor was a participant to this year's Climate Change seminar at the International Leadership Academy in Germany and the local Climate Change seminars in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan and in Caliraya, Laguna.

He is also the main author of a regulation ordinance on non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags in Iloilo City.