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Comelec wants SK, barangay polls postponed

Comelec wants SK, barangay polls postponed

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is considering postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in October this year. Juan Andres Bautista, Comelec chairman, said they will recommend to Congress the postponement of the October polls to avoid “election fatigue.” “We have this so-called election fatigue. We don’t want to have too many elections in […]

Dengue cases in Iloilo City soar to 212

Dengue cases in Iloilo City soared to 212 in the first four months of 2016. The number was more than double the 89 cases recorded in the same period last year, data from the City Health Office (CHO) showed. With the onset of the rainy season, Dr. Urminico Baronda of CHO once again reminded the […]

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DOT-6 lauds Guimaras’ Manggahan Festival

Lawyer Helen J. Catalbas, regional director of the Department of Tourism (DOT-6), lauded the staging of this year’s Manggahan Festival in the island-province of Guimaras. “The festival improved a lot this year. I was impressed,” Catalbas said in a media interview. She noticed the huge number of local and tourists who took part in the […]

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Iloilo police prepare for all-out war vs illegal drugs

The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) assured the public of intensified crackdown on illegal drugs following the pronouncement by presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte of an all-out war against illegal drugs. “Expect more drug operations in the province,” said IPPO Director Senior Superintendent Roderick Augustus Alba. Recently, Alba held a closed-door conference with Special Operations Unit […]

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Water shortage affecting businesses in Iloilo City

Businesses in Iloilo are experiencing water shortage caused by an El Niño-induced drought, according to the Iloilo Business Club (IBC). “The shortage of water is the major problem being faced by our businesses here now,” IBC Executive Director Lea Lara said. The city and province of Iloilo are currently under a state of calamity due […]

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DPWH-6 rushes drainage projects in Iloilo City

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Western Visayas is rushing up the completion of the comprehensive drainage plan of Iloilo City before the onset of the rainy season. According to DPWH district engineer Rodney Gustilo, construction workers are rushing up the P547-million drainage projects in City Proper, Molo and La Paz districts. […]

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Drilon to prioritize institutionalization of 4Ps

Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said the institutionalization of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) will be among his priorities once he starts work in the 17th Congress in July. The 4Ps is a conditional cash transfer (CCT) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It “provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor, […]

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Golez to push through with Dumangas economic zone

Mayor-elect Ronaldo Golez said the proposed 50-hectare economic zone in the town Dumangas will push through. Golez, in an interview with Iloilo Metropolitan Times, said he has been supporting the project, which was planned long ago. “The realization of this project is a big boost to the economy not only of Dumangas, but also of […]

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478 drug personalities arrested in WV

A total of 478 drug personalities were nabbed in Western Visayas from January 1 to May 16 this year, the Police Regional Office (PRO-6) said. The province of Iloilo had the most number of arrests at 216.  It is followed by Iloilo City, 80; Capiz, 76; Aklan, 48; Antique, 39; and Guimaras 16. Superintendent Gilbert […]

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Prices of school supplies in Iloilo ‘stable’

Prices of school supplies in Iloilo are “generally stable”, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). “Majority of the school supplies here have the same suggested retail prices (SRPs) as last year,” the DTI-Iloilo said in a press release. To guide consumers on their purchases, the DTI’s Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) […]

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