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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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Iloilo City was hailed most improved metropolis in the country during the 6th Regional Competitiveness Summit at Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City Aug. 16.

Iloilo City won First Place Most Improved Local Government Unit (LGU) Highly Urbanized City in the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) Awards 2018.

“It’s a very significant award for the city considering that we were number 32 last year, and moved to number 11 this year,” stressed Mayor Jose Espinosa III. Continue reading ILOILO CITY MOST IMPROVED IN PH

NEWS BITS – 11th CITYNET Disaster Cluster Seminar

“Thank you for inviting us to this beautiful city and I am very happy to be here. I am from the City of Yokohama and we engage in the city to city cooperation. It’s been really good experience for us to cooperate with Iloilo City and have a very good job together. I’ve never been in Iloilo before, but I heard and read what you did during these years and I am very excited to be here and see what are you doing. And the most important thing is share our experiences together. I think it is a very good way to see what you did and share good experiences to participants.”

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NEWS BITS – 11th CITYNET Disaster Cluster Seminar

“I would like to thank Mayor Joe Espinosa and the City Government of Iloilo for your warm hospitality and hosting of this important seminar and giving all of us the opportunity to embrace various ideas and experiences for building a truly resilient city. Iloilo City has always been at the forefront to adapt new initiatives and we have certainly enjoyed coming back again.”

-Kendra Hirata, Director, CITYNET Yokohama

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