ILOILO CITY Development and Tourism:
Development Updates

Friday, November 26, 2010

Mayor assures brownout-free Iloilo City by January 2011

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog here is optimistic that the city will be brown-out free by January 2011.

Mabilog said that the city will be able to address its power crisis now that the coal-fired power plant is operating. He said that once the power plant goes into full operation, the electricity woes of the city will be gone.

He admitted that investors are wary of investing in areas where power is a main concern. Still he assures that with the power plant, more business groups will be coming in to invest in the city.

The 164-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Barangay Ingore, La Paz, Iloilo City is the first commercially viable coal-fired power plant in Western Visayas. Likewise, the plant has successfully synchronized its system with the grid of Panay Electric Company (PECO), the city only power distributor.

The mayor hoped that investors will now proceed with their business expansion now that the city will be capable to provide the power needs of their growing business.

Source: PNA

Chinese-Filipino Friendship Arch

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog (2nd from right) and Rep. Jerry Treñas (3rd from right) lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the Chinese-Filipino Friendship Arch at Plazoleta Gay Thursday. Joining them is Iloilo City Vice Mayor Joe Espinosa III, (3rd from left), Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Iloilo (FCCCI) president Dr. Roland Uy, (center) and FCCCI honorary president Felipe Uygonco (right). Related story in Community page.

Photo of Tara Yap from The Daily Guardian

Thursday, November 25, 2010

City’s real property tax collection seen to reach P200M in 2010

The real property tax collection of this City is projected to reach P200 million this year, according to City Assessor Nelson Parreño as he attributed it to the efficient collection effort of the City Treasurer Office (CTO).

Parreño said the two offices are working in tandem such that the higher collection can be achieved if the Assessor’s Office did well with its assignment.

The real property tax is one of the highest sources of fund for the city government here next to the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and business tax.

Meanwhile, the ongoing computerization is expected to fast track the processing of needed documents at the Assessor’s Office.

Parreño said most of the data have already been encoded.

“Hopefully after this year or next year, we could come up with a better system,” he assured.

The City Assessor’s Office offers documents for the transfer of tax declaration, certified true copy of tax declaration and assessment of real properties, among others.

The computerization system is a grant by the Land Management that was acquired during the incumbency of former mayor and now congressman Jerry P. Treñas.

It is a 50-percent grant and 25 percent local fund and 25-percent loan.

Source: PNA

Friday, November 19, 2010


LONG power outages may now be mitigated as the region’s first-coal fired power plant is currently generating 50% of its capacity after successfully synchronizing its system to the grid and Panay Electric Company, Iloilo City’s lone power distributor.

Panay Energy Development Corporation (PEDC), which operates the 164-MW coal plant composed of two units, disclosed yesterday that its first unit was already generating 42-megawatts.


Source: The Daily Guardian

P17.5 BILLION Jalaur project funding in nat’l budget

PART of the P17.5-billion “private public partnership” (PPP) fund can be used in the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project (JRMPP) of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

Senator Franklin Drilon, Senate finance committee chairman, said the PPP fund can be used for several purposes in the implementation of the project.


Source: The Daily Guardian

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

IPO moves to protect inventors in WV

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is set to protect the works of inventors in Western Visayas by bringing government services direct to the people in the provinces.

IP Philippines Director General Ricardo R. Blancafor said the local inventors are now assured of protection and safety of their works with the opening of its seventh satellite office in Iloilo City on November 17. The launch was held in the Region 6 headquarters of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Blancaflor, an Ilonggo, said his office has previously opened six other branches in Angeles, Baguio , Bicol, Cebu, Davao and Legazpi to accept applications for trademark and patent registrations over brand names and inventions.

The protection of intellectual property such as patents, trademarks and copyright is key to successful business. Registration of an invention, innovation, design or brand gives the owner recognition and control over the commercialization of his intellectual property, according to Blancaflor.

Intellectual Property (IP) is an effective business tool that will boost the competitiveness of businesses in Region VI. Small and medium-sized enterprises also need to protect their IP through registration.

During the launching program, Certificates of Registration were awarded to 7 business enterprises while a utility model registration was awarded to a platform energy saving switch assembly for an electric flat iron made by Cirilo Tañedo of Mandudrriao, Iloilo City .

Registered by IP Philippines are the logo Iloilo ’s Finest and Device of the Iloilo Small and Medium Enterprise Development (SMED) Foundation Inc. headed by Valerie Maravilla; logo of the Original Biscocho Haus Special Homemade Delicacies; logo of Pink Guava and Device of Johnny Que; logo of Committed to Your Health” of Medicus Philippines Inc; logo of Uswag and Device consisting of the words “Uswag and representation of coconut fruits held by two open hands”; and photographic stenciling device of the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology.

A memorandum of understanding with key institutional partners was drawn up by IP Philippines and a patent drafting course for faculty members and a basic orientation seminar for small and medium-sized enterprises was held on the day of the launch.

Source: PNA

Intellectual Property Philippines opens satellite office in Iloilo City

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP Phils.) on Wednesday opened a satellite office here in Iloilo City.

The opening of the satellite office was led by IP Phils. Director General Atty. Ricardo Blancaflor, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional director Dominic Abad and DTI provincial director Wilhelm Malones.

Blancaflor said that the office in Iloilo City will help local inventors and talents to register their works and inventions faster and easier.

Director Blancaflor had urged inventors, individuals, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to register their patents and trademarks immediately. He said that this is to avoid copyright infringements as well

Blancaflor, an Ilonggo himself, said that intellectual properties should be registered either through patents, trademarks and copyrights. It will help the owners gain royalty payments and income once their works have been commercially produced.

Abad said that having a satellite office in Iloilo City is a great blessing since there are several inventors in Iloilo City and Western Visayas.

He added that DTI will also help in the campaign for Ilonggo inventors to register their original intellectual works at the IP Philippines office.

The IP Phils. satellite office in Iloilo City is the seventh branch all over the country. Other satellites are in the cities of Angeles, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Legaspi, and Metro Manila.

The office in Iloilo City is located at the ground floor of the DTI building on Iznart Street.

Source: PNA

Monday, November 15, 2010

Iloilo City ranks 98th in world’s Top 100 Outsourcing Cities

Iloilo City ranked 98th in the world’s Top 100 Outsourcing Cities study conducted by services globalization and investment advisory firm Tholons.

The metropolis also made it to the list of 50 “Aspiring Cities” around the globe vying to become ideal hubs for business process outsourcing (BPO) investments.

The 2010 Top 100 Outsourcing Cities list “is not only a reflection of the current competitiveness and stature of cities in the global outsourcing landscape but provides insight to the future potential of locations in addressing emerging trends and demands in services globalization.”

This was the assessment of Global Services, a media platform which connects buyers and service providers in the global IT services and BPO industry, according to a statement posted on its website.

Last year, the Global Services-Tholons research team ranked Iloilo City as third in the “Top 10 Aspirants” which have potential to improve as “emerging global outsourcing cities” in the coming years.

The aspiring cities have still a lot to do to develop and facilitate outsourcing activities, the Global Services assessed.

Meanwhile, the cities of Manila and Cebu are already “established” in the Top 10 by ranking fourth and ninth, respectively.

The cities of Davao and Bacolod also fared as “aspiring” by ranking 69th and 100th, respectively.

Another 40 list of global cities are considered “emerging” BPO centers.

Tholons first conducted surveys and interviews with service providers and buyers to determine trends in delivery and consumption of outsourced services in specific destinations as well as market and labor sizes, and identify the expansion strategies of service providers.

The secondary research includes country economic information gathered from historical data from governments, trade bodies, and global institutions; government's publicly released data used to present macroeconomic; and market assumptions and analyses from data such as annual reports, industry bulletins, and trade publications.

Source: PNA

Two districts for Iloilo City by early 2011

Iloilo City lone district Rep. Jerry P. Treñas expressed hope that the city will have two districts by the first quarter of 2011.

Treñas said the bill creating another district within the city has been approved in its first two readings by the Lower House of the 15th Congress in its plenary session.

The bill is about to be deliberated for final reading in the Lower House and is now with the House Committee on Local Government of the Senate, Treñas added.

Meanwhile, Treñas said he will seek the help of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., who chairs the Committee on Local Government, to allow the city to have congressional districts.

He said Ilonggo Senator Franklin Drilon has promised to support the redistricting.

Treñas is also optimistic that Senate will pass the bill soon.

Congressman Treñas said under the redistricting bill, the districts of Jaro, La Paz and Mandurriao, with a total of 97 barangays, will compose the First Congressional District.

While the Second Congressional District will be composed of the barangays in the City Proper, Molo and Arevalo, which has 83 barangays.

Iloilo City has 180 barangays.

Treñas said with two congressional districts, Iloilo City will have two congressmen, one city mayor, one vice mayor and eight city councilors for each district.

This will also allow bigger budget for the city especially that it is poised for bigger economic activity in the coming years, he added.

Source: PNA

Friday, November 12, 2010

Iloilo coal-fired power plant starts operation next week

Iloilo City lone district Rep. Jerry P. Treñas here said that the first commercially viable coal-fired power plant in Western Visayas will start its operation next week.

Treñas said that the 164-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Barangay Ingore, La Paz, Iloilo City will start its operation on November 17.

He added that officials of the Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC), owner of the coal-fired power plant, assured him that within 10 days they would be able to generate power in full blast so as to provide the power needs of the city.

Earlier, the power plant had a test-run using diesel bunker oil only. The power plant conducted another test-run Thursday using coal now that its stock has arrived, he said.

He also said that PEDC officials have installed safeguards within the perimeter of the plant so as to make sure that the environment and the people are protected.

Meanwhile, Trenas said he will personally see to it that the price of electricity in the city will be adjusted according to the rate approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

He said that with the power plant, power rates will definitely go down.

He added that he will make sure that Panay Electric Company (PECO) who has inked an agreement with PEDC follows the new power rate strictly.

Treñas hoped that the coal-fired plant will totally address the severe power shortage in Iloilo City. He said the power plant is much needed especially since investors are keen on the city's capability to provide power for their growing business.

Source: PNA

ILECO II plans to buy add'l power to ensure a blackout-free Christmas season

The Iloilo Electric Power Corporation II (ILECO II) plans to buy additional power from the Salcon Power Corporation to ensure that there will be enough power supply during the Christmas season.

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. told a press conference Thursday that during their meeting with the ILECO II on Wednesday, they have discussed the plan to buy 3-5 megawatts of power from Salcon Power Corporation which has bought the power plant in Dingle, Iloilo from the National Power Corporation.

Gov. Defensor said that the ILECO II contemplates to also buy biomass from Steven Chan who owns the Central de Azucarera de San Antonio based in Passi City to further increase the power supply that is being needed by the municipalities such as New Lucena, Zarraga, Dumangas, Mina, Janiuay, Badiangan, Bingawan, San Enrique, Duenas and Dingle that are consumers of power distributed by ILECO II.

The biomass from the Azucarera if pushed through could supply the power for 2-3 months until such time that the coal-fired power plant in Brgy. Ingore, La Paz, Iloilo city could already operate.

“We have to do everything to mitigate the lack of power and ensure that there will be no blackout during the Christmas season,” Gov. Defensor said.

Source: PNA

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mooon Café in SM City Iloilo

Where’s the next best place to eat in Iloilo? Mooon Café would be a “thumbs up”. Most regarded for its distinct, off-the-hook food at peso-worthy prices, Mooon Café has successfully stood out among a bushel of restaurants in Iloilo City risking their way up to win the urbane and finicky Ilonggo market.

This popularity most likely started with the amusing Mexican-inspired theme. You walk in and are immediately greeted by the staff in cute Mexican outfits. You look around and are pleasantly amused by the colorful paintings and fixtures. You take a deep breath and are tickled by hints of Jalapeños and the next thing you know, that sizzling meal is making its way to your table. This rare and awe-inspiring restaurant, which first started out as a nook in Guadalupe, has been delighting the City of Love diners at Robinsons Paseo Iloilo and now, at SM City Iloilo Southpoint.

According to Bunny Pages, CEO of Pages Holding Inc, “The core concept of Mooon Café was already well-established when our family took over its single branch from the previous owner in 2007. Our inspiration was to further create a restaurant brand that would stand out in the market as unique but inexpensive Mooon Café. Our good food, inexpensive prices, colorful and dynamic ambience earned us a wide range of clientele, from young teens to the mature cluster.”

As part of their vision, the Pages family aggressively focused on growth to let other people experience the same satisfaction that the first outlet in Guadalupe is known for. In a span of three years, they were able to expand the single branch to eleven branches and counting. Seven company-owned outlets and four are franchised. Opening early 2011 are Bacolod, Davao, Ormoc and Tacloban.

Source: The News Today

Groundbreaking for city college set December 8, 2010

The groundbreaking rites for the proposed Iloilo City Community College is set on December 8 and it is hoped that the school could open in the next school year, Councilor Jeffrey Ganzon said.

Ganzon, now acting mayor, said that based on his feasibility study, the city college will accommodate 270 students in its first year.

“Three courses will be offered and there will be two sections per course. One section will be composed of 45 students,” he said.

Ganzon said he will turn over his proposals to Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog for his recommendations and to fast track the implementation of the project.

“If the mayor will accommodate my proposal, well and good but if not, I trust everything to him as long as it is for the good of the project,” he said.

The P25-million city college will rise on the 869-square meter lot of old BFAR building site in San Pedro, Molo district through the donation of Ilonggo tycoon Edgar Sia, head of the Injap Foundation Inc.

Ganzon said he is the sole author of the proposed City Community College in tribute to his father, the late Senator Rodolfo Ganzon, also a former city mayor.

Former Councilor Erlinda Liberiaga had also pushed for the establishment of the city college but there has been no committee report authored by Liberiaga adopted by the City Council, based on his inquiry with the Sangguniang Panlungsod, Ganzon said. “I don’t care whoever is claiming to be the author. (What’s important) is the proposal was approved during the time of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and I’m very happy that the city community college will serve its purpose,” he said.

Source: The News Today

Monday, November 08, 2010

Iloilo infra projects get RDC-6 infracom endorsement

The Regional Development Council Committee on Infrastructure has called on the Department of Public Works to prepare proposals/feasibility study for Suspension Bridge connecting Zamora-Muelle Loney Street in Iloilo City Proper to Loboc in Lapuz, Technical assistance for a Drainage System Master Plan for Iloilo City, and an Integrated Transport Master Plan for Iloilo City.

The committee made the call during its regular meeting presided by its newly elected chairperson Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

In a press release, NEDA-6 said the committee also passed a resolution re-endorsing to the RDC-6 the construction of the Iloilo City Circumferential Road.

This infrastructure, earlier endorsed under the Metro Iloilo Road Network Development Master Plan, is a 14-kilometer road forming an arc from its starting point in Arevalo district, passing through the four barangays of oton and two barangays of Pavia.

The circumferential road also runs along the south bank of the jaro floodway, connecting to the Iloilo coastal Road.

Meanwhile, the committee also endorsed the two proposed flyover projects in Bacolod City, under the French Government Assisted Mega bridges for urban and Rural development Project.

Source: PIA

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Iloilo schools urged to produce competitive graduates

The Iloilo Federation for Information Technology (I-FIT) is looking forward to an increase in the human resource need of the information technology (IT) industry, especially those engaged in the business process outsourcing such that schools situated even outside of the city have already been urged to produce competitive graduates to fill in the demand.

I-FIT executive director Joven Tansi cited that Iloilo is fast becoming an emerging destination in the Philippines and has ranked fourth among the country’s next wave cities.

Most of those who are hired are from city-based colleges and universities but the projection is that there would be a shortage of graduates to meet the labor force demand of the industry.

At present, there are about nine BPOs operating in Iloilo employing around 3,000 Ilonggos.

Starting January next year, another call center is about to open here which is expected to open seats to accommodate some 3,000 employees.

Also two infrastructures are being readied here, the Plazuela de Iloilo and the Ayala to meet the demand of locators.

Tansi said the plan is not just to concentrate on city schools but to move away from the city and prepare the schools and universities there to meet the influx of the industry.

Source: PNA