ILOILO — An official of the state weather bureau urged the public to prepare themselves for a prolonged El Niño which will likely threaten the economy of the country, especially this rice-producing province. “We need typhoons in the Philippines. Dapat magdasal tayo (we must pray) since a mature strong El Niño is now present in the tropical Pacific Ocean,” said Engr. Oscar Tabada, officer-in-charge of Pagasa-Visayas.
ILOILO - The Philippine National Police purchased 42 new patrol vehicles to beef up police visibility in areas prone to crimes and ensure responsive police precincts in rural areas here. According to Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., the new logistic support will boost the capability of municipal police force to respond to crime incidents and to hunt down criminals.
The two "super hulbot" fishing vessels, F/B Star Princes and F/B Grand Princes, from Bantayan Island, Cebu that were apprehended by the Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat operatives at the vicinity of Antonia Island, Carles on Oct. 5, 2015. The 34 crew of the said fishing vessels were charged with illegal fishing cases in court on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015.
Provincial Development and Social Welfare Office (PSWDO) chief Dr. Neneth Q. Pador addresses the participants of the Children’s Summit held at the Casa Real de Iloilo on Monday, October 12, 2015. The summit gathered more than around 150 high school students and parent leaders from all over the province.
ILOILO - About 1,500 marginalized farmers in this province will no longer rent for hand tractors and threshers every time they plant and harvest their rice fields. Rentals will soon be eliminated once the 130 hand tractors and 65 rice threshers from Italian Development Cooperation are procured and turned over to 130 agricultural cooperatives.
ILOILO - The provincial government, through its Gender and Development (GAD) Unit, is now on the process of documenting and packaging a number of “good practices” that contributed to the reduction of gender disparities and inequalities in Iloilo. The documentation of success stories and lessons learned is part of the production of knowledge products showcasing Iloilo’s compliance to 2009 Magna Carta of Women (MCW).
ILOILO — The provincial government here increases the budgetary requirements needed in its contingency plan for El Niño by P6-million or from initial P226.90-million to P233.07-million. Based on record, the province is expected spend most of this funds to agriculture wherein a total of P94.7-million is allocated to minimize possible damage in crops (P80.6-million), fisheries (P7-million) and livestock (P7-million).
ILOILO — As lead implementers, employees of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol have been instructed to segregate their waste in compliance to Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. Mandated by Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., a memorandum order has been issued requiring all employees to practice solid waste management by adopting the Trash in a Bottle: An Alternative Recycling Technology on Plastics (ART on Plastics) starting this month.
It is a very unfortunate event. I sympathize to the Consul General of China and we wish for his speedy recovery. We are very much concerned because the Consul General showed special interest in the development of the province of Iloilo. He has serious plans on how the Chinese government can be a partner in our progress.