5 Ilonggos represents PH in 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Youth Experience and International Project Talks

ILOILO – Five Ilonggos were invited by the Wonju City and Gangwon-do Saemaul Undong Center in Republic of Korea to represent Philippines in 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Youth Experience and International Project Talks.

The project talks opened yesterday (February 7) and will end on the 13th.  The Philippine delegation is composed of Saemaul Filipino Youth Volunteers from Lemery, Iloilo namely: Kennie Aposaga, Christopher Geaga, Antonio Apelacio Jr., Jeanne Michaella Anthonette Nanquil and August Melody Andong, the Team Leader and the Philippine Saemaul International Development Project Coordinator. Continue reading “5 Ilonggos represents PH in 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Youth Experience and International Project Talks”


Iloilo inks MOA with Kaya-FC 

ILOILO – Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. is signing a memorandum of agreement with Paul Antoine Tolentino, the general manager of Una Kaya Futbol Club Inc., today to make this province their home for future games.

Defensor and Tolentino will sign the agreement at 12:00 noon in the Governor’s Boardroom in Iloilo Provincial Capitol.

Under the agreement, the provincial government will make available the Iloilo Sports Complex as Kaya-FC’s home stadium for trainings and games for Philippine Football League 2018. Continue reading “Iloilo inks MOA with Kaya-FC “

Saemaul Undong in Iloilo turns 4

ILOILO – Philippine Saemaul Undong, a movement inspired by the success of South Korea, celebrated its fourth foundation anniversary on Tuesday through sharing of best practices from two villages in Oton and Lemery.

Punong Barangay Antonio Masculino Jr. of Abilay Sur, Oton shared how their church and community infrastructures like irrigation canals, pathways and vegetable gardens were completed using “dagyaw” system.

An effective way to boost morale and ownership, dagyaw system means that able residents agree to provide their labor for free to construct a project. Continue reading “Saemaul Undong in Iloilo turns 4”

Capitol offers plant now pay later plan for cacao, coffee farmers

ILOILO – Thousands of coffee and cacao planters here may opt to venture into plant now pay later plan to sustain their livelihood and increase their household income.

Crops Division Chief Winnie Grabato of the Provincial Agriculture’s Office explained that the plan, which is payable for three years, has two options for farmer partners.

The first option offers discounted rate of payment for planting materials should they pay in cash. The discount varies depending on the survival rate of cacao or coffee. Continue reading “Capitol offers plant now pay later plan for cacao, coffee farmers”

Medipeace completes ambulances for Iloilo district hospitals

ILOILO – Medipeace, a global healthcare non-government organization based in South Korea, has completed its donation of ambulances for the 12 district hospitals here.

Medipeace President Dong Youb Suh and Representative Hyemi Kim turned over the key of the last three ambulances for Iloilo during the flag-raising raising ceremony held at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol parking area on December 11.

The three ambulances were for Dr. Ricardo S. Provido Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Calinog, Dr. Ricardo Y. Ladrido Memorial District Hospital in Lambunao and Federico Roman Tirador Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Janiuay. Continue reading “Medipeace completes ambulances for Iloilo district hospitals”

Capitol releases P56.1M cash gift to volunteer workers

with reports from Fatima Jane Villarias

ILOILO – In gratitude of their dedication to service, over 5,000 volunteer workers here have started to receive their cash gift from the provincial government over the weekend.

Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. authorized the release of the cash gift amounting to P56.1-million through Executive Order 380 issued on December 4, 2017.

Receiving P4,000 each, the volunteer workers are composed of Barangay Health Workers, Barangay Service Point Officers, Day Care Workers, and Barangay Nutrition Scholars in 1, 721 villages in the province. Continue reading “Capitol releases P56.1M cash gift to volunteer workers”

Capitol opens Christmas tree, lights   

ILOILO – Christmas is finally in the air here at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol now that the whole building is decorated with Christmas lights, lanterns and festive symbols.

Dancing light-emitting diode bulbs and parols envelop the historic Casa Real de Iloilo and the surroundings of the new Capitol building attracting city residents and local tourists at night.

The compound is open until 10:00 PM since the ceremonial switching on of lights and giant Christmas tree on December 4, 2017.

A sound system playing Christmas carols and photo booth adjacent to the fountain are also put in place in the lower ground floor of the Capitol.

Officer-in-Charge Aaron Raymundo of the General Services Office said they spent about P1.5-million for the Capitol’s Christmas décor and fireworks display.

“We also got five corporate sponsors and six individual donations to help us decorate every corner of the building and compound,” said Raymundo thanking the sponsors’ generosity and cooperation.

From December 16 until 24, the Capitol’s Christmas lights will be switched on to guide the faithful attending the traditional Simbang Gabi at 4:00 AM in nearby churches.

The lights will stay overnight on December 24 for Christmas, December 31 for the New Year and on January 7 for the Feast of the Three Kings.

Light of Peace

Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said the Christmas lights aim to inspire and remind the public that there is hope in the dark.

“I grew up in the farm and there was no electricity in Mina. We only had electricity when I became a lawyer. Back then, I could still recall mother instructing me to light the kerosene lamp, telling me and my siblings – ‘even if we don’t have food, there should be light’,” he said.

At that time, people wanted access to electricity that brings light to their homes. But now, we seek a different kind of light – a light for real peace, he stressed.

He expressed concern that “peace is moving farther away from us” after the government ended its peace negotiation with Community Party of the Philippines –New People’s Army.

He then urged the public to unite in this turbulent time and to personify the spirit of Christmas by creating positive changes in Philippine society.