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Iloilo City – The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. (IDFI) vowed to return Dinagyang Festival to its “original form” as it celebrates its 51st year in 2019.

“After 50 years, we are all challenged to make sure that Iloilo Dinagyang Festival remains true to its core as the Ilonggo’s way of thanksgiving thru merry-making,” IDFI president Ramon Cua Locsin said.

The IDFI has organized the 1st Iloilo Dinagyang Rhythm and Vibes Conference for choreographers, musical directors, dancers and tribe managers, among others at Diamond Jubilee Hall, Sept. 26, as they prep for the festival slated in January 2019.

Locsin said the IDFI, Iloilo City Government and San Jose De Placer Parish are united to uphold the values of history and legacy of the festival tradition.


The Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (ICAST) has conducted anti-smoking awareness campaign to 84 public elementary and high schools, and private schools in the metropolis.

ICAST director Iñigo Garingalao said the initiative is part of the “Kabataang Ilonggo naga Sikway sa Sigarilyo” and “Pag-Ulikid sa Pamantan-on” program of the City Government where students are taught on the ill effects of smoking and related laws and city ordinances. Continue reading ICAST COVERS 84 SCHOOLS IN ANTI-SMOKING DRIVE


The Iloilo City Government has planned to put up a Business One-Stop-Shop (BOSS) at third floor of City Hall this year to provide ease to those who are processing their permits.

Mayor Jose Espinosa III has also planned to automate the renewal of permits.

Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) head Norman Tabud said the BOSS establishment is in line with the Republic Act 11032 or Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018. Continue reading ILOILO CITY HALL EYES BUSINESS ONE-STOP-SHOP


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Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III vowed to continue the relentless campaign against illegal drugs, and this time, with the help of a mascot nicknamed “Tito Mayor Joe III”.
Espinosa said he personally funded the creation of mascot which will be visiting 52 public elementary and 14 high schools in the metropolis to educate children on the ill effects of illegal drugs.
“I have promised the President that we will have relentless campaign against illegal drugs and that the programs are being continued. And because we want to reach all schools, we created Tito Mayor Joe III which is a strategy to easily catch children’s attention,” Espinosa said.
Espinosa said he was inspired by the concept of teaching children effectively when he participated in an Earth Hour event to save electricity and reduce emissions.
“There was a short presentation wherein this child was taught to turn off the lights to save carbon footprints. Imagine, that simple deed had caused big contribution to our planet. That is why Tito Mayor Joe III will be going around to teach our students to say no to drugs because it could contribute to the formation of their childhood,” he added.
The mascot was introduced to the public during the Senior Citizen’s Day Aug. 23 as part of the 81st Charter Day celebration.
Meanwhile, Espinosa encouraged barangay officials to submit their required Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) reports.
“Do your job as elected public officials. When the law requires you to pass the BADAC, do your job for our people,” Espinosa said.
He noticed that some barangay officials are not submitting their BADAC reports. (Merianne Grace Ereñeta/Iloilo City PIO)


The Iloilo City Government has planned to put up a Multi-Purpose Hall which will serve as bigger venue for various sports and theater events in the metropolis.
Mayor Jose Espinosa III said he hoped to start the project construction after all the documents have been processed including the loan to be secured for funding requirements.
“It was already planned during the previous administration. I am really hoping that this will be put into reality because we want to provide our residents and athletes a venue where they can practice and play various sports,” Espinosa said.
He noted the first plan was to build the facility in the City Government’s property located at San Pedro, Molo, however, the soil is soft and the development would entail a big amount of money. The second option was to convert the Iloilo Terminal Market wherein the ground floor will serve as market and the upper floors will be the gym. 

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“However, it is not conducive and there will be no parking area. We foresee to put it at La Paz plaza which is considered as a sports plaza. The style will be an Art deco to conform with the structures of La Paz district,” Espinosa explained.
The 7,000-seat building will be situated in the 5,000-square meter land inside La Paz Plaza.
Espinosa said the City Government is having a hard time finding venues for national events being held in the metropolis such as basketball and volleyball tournaments, thus, it will address the concerns.
“It can serve as basketball court like the MOA Arena. It will also host offices. I also dream of putting a stable boxing area for our boxers with rings. There will be gym for Taekwondo, Jujitsiu, Arnis, as well as Theater Arts stage,” Espinosa said. (Merianne Grace Ereñeta/Iloilo City PIO)

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