ILOILO CITY TEENAGE PREGNANCY CASES DOWN 15%

The Iloilo City Population Office (CPO) posted a decrease in teenage pregnancy cases in the metropolis in 2017 compared to that of 2016.

Last year, CPO recorded 583 teenage pregnancy cases which were lower by 108 cases or 15.62 percent from 691 cases in previous year.

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CITY GOV’T TO GIVE CASH AID TO 200 COLLEGE SCHOLARS

Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III initiated an educational financial assistance program that will support incoming college freshmen from low income families to finish their studies in schools of their choice.

The program will accommodate 200 beneficiaries for school year 2018-2019. Each recipient will receive P1,000 per month or P5,000 every term.

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ILOILO CITY RESUMES TRAFFIC APPREHENSIONS

Iloilo City Government through Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) has resumed issuing Temporary Operator’s Permit (TOP) on May 2 following three months of suspension pending the new copies from National Printing Office.

TOPs are being issued to drivers and conductors of motor vehicles who violated traffic rules and regulations.

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50 MSMEs TO JOIN 3-DAY TRADE FAIR AT JARO PLAZA

The Iloilo City Government in partnership with Produkto Lokal will hold a Trade Fair at Jaro Plaza Bandstand starting 4pm on May 25-27.

“Mayor Joe III Espinosa’s Pag-Ulikid program aims to bring social services closer to the people. He also advocates for ‘Invest, Invest, Invest’ to strengthen the business climate in the city as well as promoting micro- entrepreneurs. That is why the City Government partners with them for this three-day Trade Fair,” Local Economic and Investment Promotions Office (LEIPO) head Ritchel Gavan said.
Produkto Lokal is being run by the Youth First Initiative which gathers micro-entrepreneurs and provides them with venue where they can display their products for selling.


The activity will gather 50 exhibitors who belong to food, non-food, and farm sectors.
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ILOILO CITY GOV’T LAUNCHES INFO SERVICE DELIVERY NETWORK

As part of Iloilo City Government’s “Pag-ulikid Program”, the Iloilo City Information Service Delivery Network (IISDN): Hugpong nga Pag-ulikid sa Pamatan-on was launched at Bo. Obrero covered gym April 24.

The IISDN refers to the network of facilities, institutions, and providers within the city, health and social system offering information, training, and core packages of health and social care services in an integrated and coordinated manner. Continue reading ILOILO CITY GOV’T LAUNCHES INFO SERVICE DELIVERY NETWORK

PAG-ULIKID SANG SYUDAD, PAG-ULIKID NI MAYOR – THOUSANDS AVAIL OF FREE GOVERNMENT SERVICES IN BARANGAYS

Iloilo City Government headed by Mayor Jose Espinosa III officially launched its “Pag-Ulikid sang Syudad Program” which brought free services to barangays of San Juan, Molo and Tanza Baybay, City Proper April 21.


Thousands trooped to San Juan in the morning, and Tanza Baybay in the afternoon, where the City Health Office (CHO) and Dental Health Division offered dental and medical services, and circumcision.
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Paraw Regatta

Paraw Regatta Festival or Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival is an annual festival held in February in the Villa de Arevalo district, Iloilo City, Philippines. Its main event is a sailboat race in Iloilo Strait that features the Paraw, a Visayan double outrigger sail boat. It is the oldest traditional craft event in Asia and the largest sailing event in the Philippines. It is one of Iloilo City’s tourism events along with the Dinagyang Festival, Kasadyahan Festival, Chinese New Year festival and La Candelaria Fiesta. The Iloilo Paraw Regatta began as a half-day sailboat race but is now a multi-day, multi-event festival.
The Paraw race course is a 30 kilometres  long, running up the coast of Panay and then down the coast of Guimaras, before returning to the finish at Villa Beach. Participating paraws are categorized based on the waterline length of the boat and further classified according to their sails as “unpainted” or “painted”. The sails are painted with colorful designs.

The first race started in 1973 with the mission to preserve the historic value of the paraws. It is held every 3rd weekend of February at Tatoy’s Manokan, Sto. Nino Sur, Villa, Iloilo City. Today, the event has grown from being a boat race to a festival with various interesting activities.

The Ilonggos take great pride in the celebration of a long and illustrious history, and, as such, so do the sailors and master craftsmen that continue the preservation of the old ways since the creation of this province, and its Hiligaynon birthright.

Dinagyang Festival

Dinagyang began after Rev. Fr. Ambrosio Galindez, the first Filipino Rector of the Agustinian Community and Parish Priest of the San Jose Parish introduced the devotion to Santo Niño in November 1967 after observing the Ati-Atihan Festival in the province of Aklan. On 1968, a replica of the original image of the Santo Niño de Cebu was brought to Iloilo by Fr. Sulpicio Enderez of Cebu as a gift to the Parish of San Jose. The faithful, led by members of Confradia del Santo Niño de Cebu, Iloilo Chapter, worked to give the image a fitting reception starting at the Iloilo Airport and parading down the streets of Iloilo.

In the beginning, the observance of the feast was confined to the parish. The Confradia patterned the celebration on the Ati-atihan of Ibajay, Aklan, where natives dance in the streets, their bodies covered with soot and ashes, to simulate the Atis dancing to celebrate the sale of Panay. It was these tribal groups who were the prototype of the present festival.

In 1977, the Marcos government ordered the various regions of the Philippines to come up with festivals or celebrations that could boost tourism and development. The City of Iloilo readily identified the Iloilo Ati-atihan as its project. At the same time the local parish could no longer handle the growing challenges of the festival. 
Dinagyang was voted as the best Tourism Event for 2006, 2007 and 2008 by the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines. It is the not the only one festivals in the world to get the support of the United Nations for the promotion of the Millennium Development Goals, and cited by the Asian Development Bank as Best Practice on government, private sector & NGO cooperatives.