first_imgIlonggo senator Franklin Drilon. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “It has a strategic and accessiblelocation – Iloilo has major connections to domestic destinations and directlinks to Singapore and Hong Kong,” Drilon./PN In 2017 and 2018, Iloilo hosted atotal of 46,000 participants in various meetings, conventions, trade fairs andexhibits. And for the first half of 2019, the Iloilo Convention Center was hostto almost 80,000 MICE participants, he added. Promoting Iloilo as a MICE center isexpected to contribute significantly to Western Visayas’ development, too, saidDrilon. She added, “Hindi lang masarap ang pagkain but there are so many places tovisit.” Drilon said he is confident that thecampaign will succeed, saying that Iloilo has all the makings of an excellentMICE destination. ILOILO City – Iloilo as a MICE(Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) hub is seen open moreopportunities to further boost the local tourism industry, drive investmentsand development, and create jobs. Iloilo has contributed significantlyto the attainment of Western Visayas of its high regional Gross DomesticProduct (GDP) growth rates in the last five years. The region’s GDP grew by 9.4percent in 2015; 8.4 percent in 2016; 10.4 percent in 2017; and 6.1 percent in2018.center_img “It is one of the few cities in thecountry that could host large-size conventions such as the Asia-PacificEconomic Cooperation and Association of Southeast Asian Nations summits,”Drilon said. “It will significantly contribute tothe economy and in the process, improve the lives of our people,” according toIlonggo senator Franklin Drilon who graced yesterday’s launching of the “Meetyou in Iloilo” MICE campaign at the Iloilo Convention Center in Mandurriaodistrict. It aims to draw more tourists, businessvisitors and exhibitors to Iloilo City. For her part, Tourism secretaryBernadette Romulo-Puyat said, “What makes Iloilo City a unique MICE destinationis its rich in history, heritage and culture providing enriching experiences todelegates, and adding value to their stay.” Iloilo’s hospitality industry is alsobooming as the tourist arrivals in the province have doubled in the last fiveyears, from 627,000 in 2013 to 1.24 million in 2018, according to Drilon. The P50-million campaign includes abasket of incentives, promotions and related tourism packages in partnershipwith various tourism stakeholders.last_img read more

first_imgBACOLOD City – Negros Occidental islosing millions of pesos due to the delayed construction of majorinfrastructure projects, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz bared. Diaz cited the delay in the completionof Negros Food Terminal (Pala-Pala) at the North Capitol road and themulti-purpose building being built next to the National Bureau of Investigationoffice at Aguinaldo Street in this city. Diaz together with other provincialgovernment officials will meet the contractors of the food terminal andmulti-purpose building to discuss the delays. He also noted the unfinished NegrosFirst Residences and the Mambukal Convention Center Hotel at the MambukalResort in Murcia. center_img “We will urge them to hasten completion of these projects,” he stressed. As for the Capitol-operated hotel, Diaz said it is still under construction and the elevator has not been fully completed. “We expect it to be fully operational in the summer next year,” he added. Meanwhile, the Mambukal Convention Center Hotel is currently being assessed for durability./PNlast_img read more

first_imgThe 26-year-old resident Julio Parejasustained hack wounds on the body, a police report showed. Bacolod City – A man washacked in Barangay Balingasag, Bago City, Negros Occidental. According to police investigators,Pareja was on his way home when Maquiling hacked him on Dec. 25. But the motivein the incident was not immediately established. Police identified the suspect as35-year-old resident Jun Troy Maquiling.center_img Pareja was rushed to the Bago CityHospital but was later transferred to the South Bacolod General Hospital herefor medical treatment.     Officers of the Bago City policestation conducted a manhunt operation against Maquiling, who fled after theincident./PNlast_img read more

first_imgILOILO – The provincial governmenthonored a traffic aide of the Iloilo City government for returning the lostcheck of a provincial government employee. Photo courtesy of Balita Halin sa Kapitolyo/Facebook The check indicated it belonged tocapitol employee Michael Raymond Dela Cruz and issued by the ProvincialTreasurer’s Office. It had the signature of Atty. Suzette Mamon, provincialadministrator. Jonji Belarma, 36, of Barangay Tap-oc,Molo, Iloilo City received a certificate of commendation from Gov. ArthurDefensor Jr. yesterday. Belarma, who started working as citytraffic aide just five months ago, decided to turn it over to the capitol’sHRMDO./PN This was on top of the cash rewardthat Belarma received from the provincial government’s Human ResourceManagement and Development Office (HRMDO). Belarma found the check while manningthe flow of vehicles on Muelle Loney Street at the back of the provincialcapitol on Jan. 21.last_img read more

first_imgThe boy was rushed to the Teresita LopesProvincial Hospital in Silay City where the attending physician pronounced him“dead on arrival.” Resident Sandro Obaldo discovered theboy’s body floating in the river 20 minutes later. BACOLOD City – A 15-year-old boy wasbelieved to have drowned in a river in Barangay E. Lopez, Silay City, NegrosOccidental. Police said the victim went out swimmingwith his companions around 9 a.m. on Feb. 9. Officers of the Silay City policestation have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PNlast_img read more

first_img“DOH recognizes the need to institutes responsive strategies and mechanisms that will enable the community and service providers to cope with psychosocial issues brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic,” Te assured Western Visayans. Physical distancing. Self-isolation. Working from home. Loss of social contacts. These experiences during this long period of community quarantine could sink some people into loneliness and depression, and even suicide, according to the Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas. “We need to strengthen not only our physical health but also our mental health,” said Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, medical coordinator for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases of DOH Region 6. * It is okay to feel not okay. In situations of extreme stress, one can expect not to feel okay. * 41-year-old-male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 108) * Taking or venting feeling to somebody you trust is helpful to overcome negative feelings due to stress. * 43-year-old-male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 118) * 28-year-old-male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 101) Meanwhile, Dr. Bernard Argamosa, a psychiatrist at the National Center for Mental Health, said the number of calls they received has increased during quarantine months with over 2,000 calls from March to May. * A healthy lifestyle can help maintain positive mental health during this time (such as daily exercise, eating healthy food and good sleep). “If a family member’s health is compromised, there is a feeling of helplessness, even economic instability. These are the common worries and anxieties today,” said Te. Te said Patient No. 130 was a repatriated overseas worker. * Talking to mental health professionals is okay. People should not be afraid of feeling judged and stigmatized for doing so. But there was good news, too, yesterday. Te said six more COVID-19 patients recovered. They were the following: Feeling isolated and lonely during this time is a normal reaction, Te stressed but some people may be having a hard time adjusting. “Talagang napaka-importante ang mental health. Itong pandemiya na ito 8is just 10 percent medical, it’s 90 percent psychological. Pwede kang maging asymptomatic, pwede kang hindi tamaan, pero ‘yung effect sa ‘yo napakatagal,” said Argamosa as reported by state-owned People’s Television Network. Te said the COVID-19 pandemic challenges not only individuals but families and communities. * Engage in helpful activities that can help you enjoy and relax. She shared some ideas from the Philippine Council for Mental Health that DOH also recommends. Among these are the following: As to the three new COVID-19 cases in Western Visayas, Te said these were a 32-year-old-male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 128), 28-year-old-male from La Castellana, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 129) and 61-year-old-male from Arevalo, Iloilo City (Patient No. 130). The region now has 130 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Three new ones were recorded yesterday by DOH-6. * 27-year-old-male from Bago City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 99) * 27-year-old-male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 86) ILOILO City – How do you keep your sanity in the time of pandemic? “They are all asymptomatic and naka-facility quarantine,” said Te. Taking care of one’s health is thus important, she stressed. * 38-year-old-male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 116) Here’s the latest breakdown of the 130 cases: Aklan, six; Antique, 14; Capiz, six; Guimaras, zero; Iloilo province, 21; Negros Occidental, four; Bacolod City, 10; Iloilo City, 19; and repatriates, 50. The region’s recovered COVID-19 cases rose to 94. Its deaths due to the disease still stood at 11./PNlast_img read more

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan – The municipal government of Malay, Aklan is offering financial rewards to those who will capture stray dogs and cats in the world-class Boracay Island. A dog roams in the beaches of Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan in this undated photo. The municipal government is offering rewards to those who will capture stray dogs and cats in Boracay. “Magtutulungan ang mga ahensiya ng gobyerno sa disposal ng mga nahuling aso. Halos 3,000 ang bilang ng aso sa Boracay. Dadagdagan natin ng 100 cages at aayusin ang reward system sa mga huhuli sa mga stray dogs. Kasama (rin) dito ang mga pusa dahil napakarami rin sa Malay,” he added.The catcher teams are doing rounds in a bid to reduce the number of stray dogs and cats in the island. The captured animals are impounded at a sanitary landfill in mainland Malay. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN)s These stray animals continue to roam the streets and beaches of the island, causing health hazards to tourists and residents.Acting mayor Frolibar Bautista said volunteers will be paid P200 for catching a stray dog and P50 for a stray cat. He has also established a task force to manage these captured animals.Under Municipal Ordinance No. 92, stray animals found roaming freely in the beaches and other public places of Boracay should be caught, impounded or disposed by authorized agents or barangay officials. The mayor said he will strengthen the implementation of the existing municipal ordinance and intensify rabies vaccination. He also encouraged pet owners to be responsible.last_img read more

first_img“Our frontliners are now at the point of being consumed. Let us help and rally around them by staying at home and observing strictly our health protocols,” says Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental. PIO NEGROS OCCIDENTAL “I know that you are already drained, not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally,” he added. Lacson said mankind was unprepared for the ongoing health crisis which thrust health care workers “into the battlefield where the full strength of the enemy confronts” them. Lacson made the call Tuesday afternoon as he acknowledged the exhaustion of health care workers in carrying out their duties during the pandemic. The two groups of medical doctors recommended that Bacolod, the capital city of Negros Occidental, be placed under enhanced community quarantine for at least two weeks again to limit the movement of people in order to contain the virus and prevent its spread to a level of high community transmission, which would be, according to them, more difficult to handle. Instead, they suggested implementing stricter enforcement of health protocols, aggressive tracking and improvement of the monitoring system and declaring of localized lockdowns in areas where community transmission is monitored. As of Tuesday afternoon, this province had almost 550 confirmed cases of COVID-19.center_img Local business leaders, however, opposed the proposal, saying they are already experiencing the negative impact of the economic downturn due to the quarantine measures imposed earlier. BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson urged Negrenses to show support behind this province’s medical frontliners who continue treating patients infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Late last month, the Canlaon Medical Society and the Negros Occidental Medical Society have expressed their alarm on the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in this city and this province due to local transmissions. “To all Negrenses, our frontliners are now at the point of being consumed. Let us help and rally around them by staying at home and observing strictly our health protocols,” the governor stressed. Strictly enforce the minimum health standards, including physical distancing and wearing of masks, the local business leaders added. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

first_imgOver the weekend, Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats made the following statement regarding the president’s request for Congressional authorization of the use of military force in Syria:“The president’s decision to set a ‘red line’ with Syria while failing to have a long-term strategy in place unfortunately has left the U.S. without any good options. I am pleased, however, that President Obama is seeking authorization from Congress for potential military action in Syria so the American people can have a voice in this debate. I will be traveling across Indiana next week to hear from Hoosiers so I can take their views back to Washington. I will continue to urge the administration to work with our friends and allies on a comprehensive strategy to address the broader challenges throughout the region.”last_img read more

first_imgBatesville 7th grade escaped with a 33-29 win over Crosstown Rival St. Louis school.Batesville was up 11 at half and scored only 4 points over the last 8 minutes of the game.  Batesville was led in points by Cooper Williams with 10, Trey Heidlage with 6, and Sam Haskamp with 5.  Defensively, Heidlage did a great job defending St. Louis’s top scorer.  Luke Belter was a monster on the glass recording 11 rebounds. Alex Westerfeld came off the bench to provide a spark with 5 rebounds and 4 points.  Sam Haskamp also led the team with 5 deflections.“Our offense is very inconsistent. We’re moving the ball and getting open looks, but we’re having trouble making those shots.  We still have work to do defensively, but it’s getting better.  The lack of practice time over the last week is showing up in the games so we desperately need to work on more fundamentals to get better for January.”  Batesville Coach Eric Feller.BMS will be in action Thursday night vs Sunman Dearborn.Submitted by Batesville Coach Eric Feller.Batesville 8th beat St. Louis 51-31.1Q – 11-10 SLS; 2Q – 22-20 SLS; 3Q – 37-27 BMS.A very impressive 2nd half of team play led the Bulldogs to victory.BMS had (8) players score in the game. They were led by Isaac Barker with 18 points, Dylan Flannery 8 points, while Jayden Beal and Lane Westerfeld each had 6.BMS improves to 3-5 on the season.SLS was led by Meyers with 13 points and Siefert had 6.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Giesting.The St. Louis 8th Grade Cardinal basketball team hosted cross-town rival Batesville Monday night by the score of 51-31.The Cardinals played a fantastic first half of basketball, leading at half-time 22-20.  Starters Stuart Lamping, Kyle Siefert, Jack Kellerman, and Chandler Meyers sparked St. Louis’s offensive attack in the first two quarters.  Gavin Koester played well defensively off the bench, forcing a few Batesville turnovers.Despite the halftime lead, Batesville held the Cardinals to just 9 second half points with pressure defense and solid shooting.Meyers led the Cardinals with a season-high 13 points and played his finest overall game of the season.The boys return to action Wednesday night, hosting St. Bartholomew.Submitted by STL Coach Jon Temple.last_img read more