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.”

Continue reading NEWS BITS – 11th CITYNET Disaster Cluster Seminar

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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The Iloilo City Government through Local Economic Investment and Promotions Office (LEIPO) conducted a Packaging and Labeling Workshop to 40 Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) July 3.

“The presentation of a product has a lot to do with attracting customers. We, Ilonggos, are very competitive when it comes to business. This workshop will surely help you learn the most recommended labeling and packaging strategies,” Mayor Jose Espinosa III said. Continue reading 40 MSMEs TRAINED ON PACKAGING


The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) launched the connectivity sites of Pipol Konek or the Free Internet Access in Public Places Project in Iloilo City recently.

There were 25 sites in the metropolis where the wi-fi connection can be accessed, including Jalandoni Memorial National High School (NHS); R.G. Hechanova NHS; Ramon Avanceña NHS; Iloilo Science and Technology University; Mandurriao NHS; Iloilo NHS; Iloilo City NHS; Jaro NHS; SPED-ISEC; La Paz NHS; TCT-AR Foundation Integrated School; Fort San Pedro NHS; Melchor L. Nava NHS; Bo. Obrero NHS; Santo Rosario Health Center (HC); Barrio Obrero HC; Iloilo City Proper HC; Jaro II District HC; La Paz District HC; Arevalo HC; Iloilo City Public Library; Iloilo City Pier; Plaza Libertad A and B.
Each user will be given a minimum of 256 kilobits per second (kbps) and maximum of 2 megabits per second (mbps).