ILOILO CITY Development and Tourism:
Development Updates

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.

50 US Marines to participate in Balikatan 2015

Fifty marine soldiers under the United States Pacific Command will be in Yolanda’s hardest hit town of Tapaz as well as Jamindan, Capiz to participate in the week-long Balikatan 2015 starting April 7.

Major Ray Tiongson, Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division spokesman, said that the American marines will conduct disaster response training in Jamindan and preventive health seminar in Tapaz with the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and Capiz Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council attending.

Civilians particularly health workers will also be involved as part of the humanitarian assistance of the US government.

Tiongson stressed that the Balikatan would provide purely training and seminar for the around 300 participants in terms of disaster risk reduction whenever there would be calamities and on preventive health.

The US Marines will also be putting up a school building with two classrooms starting this week in Barangay Taft in Tapaz. It will be turned over last week of April during the closing of the Balikatan.

Also, the US Marines will conduct assessment of the Iloilo International Port and Iloilo Airport by next month. They are also scheduled to make a courtesy call to Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Iloilo to Xiamen direct flights up in 2016

Direct flight services from Iloilo to Xiamen, China will be launched via AirAsia Airlines by September 2016.

This was the special announcement of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog during the Chinese New Year grand cultural show last Feb. 20 at the Iloilo Chinatown at Iznart Street.

“AirAsia’s commitment is that starting next year, 2016, by September, they are going to launch the first Iloilo direct flights to Xiamen, China,” he announced.

He said that 80 percent of Chinese-Filipinos from Iloilo City are from Xiamen, China.

“Aside from that, AirAsia also committed to have direct flights from Iloilo to Incheon, South Korea by the last quarter of next year,” he said.

At present, the Iloilo International Airport caters to direct flights for two international destinations – Hong Kong and Singapore via Cebu Pacific Air.

There are three flights weekly for Hong Kong while two flights in a week are scheduled for Singapore.

Iloilo is country’s next sports capital

With the successful hosting of the recently concluded Asia-Pacific Taekwondo Invitational Championships, Iloilo City vowed to hold more sports events every year in a bid to be the country’s sports capital. In a media release, City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said that the city can be one of the sport destinations in the Philippines.

“Our hosting of this international taekwondo tournament is our way of making it known to the world that we are ready for big events like this,” he said.

He pledged the city government’s all-out support to the planned yearly hosting of global sports competitions, aside from staging local and national events like the dragon boat race, basketball tournaments, and triathlon, among others.

“The hosting of the taekwondo invitational championships is actually the first to be done by a local government unit outside Metro Manila,” he said.

A total of 11 teams from seven countries namely Vietnam, Mongolia, Guam, Korea, United States, Japan, and the Philippines participated in the said competition. The sports event took place at SM City Events Center from Feb. 28 – March 1, 2015.

DOH-6 mulls health centers in malls

The Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas is planning to put up health centers in shopping malls this year to cater to more troubled adolescents. DOH-6 Regional Director Dr. Marlyn Convocar said the proposed health centers in malls target adolescents aged 15-19 years old who find it uncomfortable to visit rural health units to seek help.

She said that these teenagers who need support especially those pregnant ones tend to reject the idea of going to local health facilities to avoid being subjects of gossips.

“Since we have breastfeeding areas in the malls, we plan to put-up counseling sites where adolescents can visit to seek for help,” she said. She said that there is already one mall in the city that has agreed to the proposal and they are also convincing other malls to join in this endeavor.

The DOH official also said that they are establishing a call center here which is open 24/7 to address public health needs particularly among the teenagers.

“They can call anytime to seek advice on smoking, drugs, alcohol, teen pregnancy, and suicide which are typical issues that should be addressed immediately,” she said.

She said that adolescence is a critical phase when teenagers are beset with problems such as pregnancy.

“In the region, we even have the youngest adolescent who got pregnant at the age of 10,” she said.

She added that there is a necessity to apply new innovations to reach out to this young sector and address their health issues and concerns.

Iloilo City brings arts via streets and jeepneys

The City Tourism Office here is set to launch the project dubbed “Arte sa Kalye” this year to showcase art via streets and jeepneys.

City Tourism Officer Benito Jimena said that this project is an attempt to bring art to the streets, to make a scene, and to create fanfare on the road. “The project aims to make the street scenes of Iloilo reflect the local way of life and promote tourism through the arts,” he said.

He said this is a collaboration of the various sectors in preparation for the influx of visitors for the upcoming hosting of big and significant events in the city.

“With the relentless development of the metropolis, this drive will complement the vitality of the place and strengthen our claim as center of culture, arts, and heritage,” he said. The project will utilize two media – the jeepneys and the streets including other structural configurations.

For jeepneys, artworks will be painted on bodies of jeepneys which are the popular public transport in this southern city. Meanwhile, three-dimensional designs will be put up on the streets, parks, and walls that will create illusionary images and draw interest of the public to artistic talents.