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What the Year of the Wood Horse means for Iloilo City

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Many people say that the Year of the Wood Horse is a year of “blessings in disguise” – a phrase commonly associated with bad incidents that produce good results. But for Iloilo City, the Year of the Wood Horse will usher in more foreign and national investments that will translate to more employment for Ilonggos.
“According to Feng Shui, the spirit of the horse is very active. It brings good luck, opportunities and good prospects to our country,” said Felipe Uygongco, president of the Iloilo Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
“Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is a good mayor and he is the kind of person who believes in zodiac signs. So, we have lined-up many investment opportunities. There are foreign and national companies that are coming to Iloilo. It’s a good prospect for continued progress,” Uygongco added.
Among them are 300 Filipino-Canadians who are going to Iloilo this year. Uygongco said they promised to invest in Iloilo City because of the peace and order situation here. “They h…

Courageous mom saves family

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Disaster preparedness lecture helped  Pantawid Pamilya mother save her family DAO, Capiz -- Cristina Bendoy, 33, of Brgy. Manhoy in Dao, Capiz packed essentials such as flashlight, food and clothes when she and her family needed to evacuate their home to avoid the heavy rains and powerful wind brought by super typhoon Yolanda.
Community risk reduction and preparedness is one of the things that Cristina learned in the Family Development Sessions (FDS) of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. FDS, conducted once a month, serves as a venue where topics on effective parenting, husband and wife relationships, child development, laws affecting the Filipino family, gender and development and home management are discussed. In one of the sessions, beneficiaries were taught to be disaster-ready – a very useful topic as the Philippines is prone to typhoons and other disasters. So when typhoon Yolanda made a landfall on November 8 in Western Visayas and other parts of the country, Cristina and her f…

Emerging from the shadows

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The strong winds and rains brought about by mega typhoon "Yolanda" have disconnected power lines in many areas in the Visayas, leaving residents going about their daily lives in darkness for several weeks.
But thanks to a project called Liter of Light, about 2,000 solar light bulbs made of plastic bottles in Tacloban and Cebu were installed, giving residents a glimmer of hope in their condition.
Just recently, Kara David of News To Go under GMA Network, interviewed Illac Diaz, executive director of Liter of Light.
Here’s the transcript of the interview, as emailed by GMA Network.
KARA: CONGRATULATIONS FOR ALL THE GOOD THINGS THAT YOU DO FOR OUR COUNTRY
Illac: Sa dami ng bagyo na tumatama, dapat tayo nangunguna sa solusyon at ideas dahil lagi nangyayari. At dapat long term, di lang immediate - pagkain, medicine, tubig - kundi long term. Swerte dahil ang liter of light, pwede maging massive implementation sa area na nangangailangan ng kuryente.
KARA: YUNG BAGO PA LANG ITONG LITER OF…

How to prevent a measles outbreak in Iloilo

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The Department of Health appeals to all parents to have their children vaccinated against measles amid an outbreak of this contagious viral disease in Western Visayas, specifically, Aklan recently.
Dr. Renilyn Reyes, medical specialist of DOH-Center for Health Development, said that as of January 7, 2014, there are 240 confirmed measles cases in the region, with 80% of the cases are in the province of Aklan and the rest are sporadic cases in Iloilo City and Bacolod City, among others.
The measles outbreak in Aklan started in July 2013 with two children dying from pneumonia, one of the complications.
“Sixty to 70% of the victims were not immunized while 20 to 30% were immunized but had a one-shot vaccine failure or there were just some of them who did not develop antibodies after vaccination,” Dr. Reyes said.
She added that while this is a childhood disease, measles has afflicted not only children but also adolescents and adults in Aklan.

ILOILO AT RISK She added that Iloilo City is a…

Human trafficking victims in WV get help

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At least 47 victims of human trafficking in the region were provided with financial assistance totalling to P423,500 in the year 2013 by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office 6 (DSWD 6).

The assistance provided was part of the Recovery and Reintegration Program of the agency to help those who were victimized by human trafficking for them to be able to bring back their lives to normal and avoid falling victims to the crime again.
Of the total amount of assistance released, P380,000 was for livelihood assistance; P21,000 was for support for victims/witnesses; P15,000 was for shelter and transportation assistance and P7,500 for skills training of the victims.

Records of the DSWD 6 show that 26 of the human trafficking cases were forced labor, 13 were sexual exploitation, six were cyber pornography and two were cases of prostitution. It also reveal that most of the victims of sexual exploitation were girls 18 years old and below while majority of forced labor vi…

Integrated farming at home

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At the heart of Sitio Pajo, Barangay Napnud in the town of Leganes, Iloilo stands a 2,800-square-meter house and lot that is a haven to a lush garden of flowers and plants, an orchard full of fruit-bearing trees and aviary of love birds owned by the Tolones family.

After being exposed to the sun while walking along the road before reaching the Tolones abode, you will find refuge in the cool air provided by the plants as you enter the compound. The greens are also soothing to tired eyes. If you are lucky, you will see butterflies flying about in this little paradise.
“My brother and I inherited the plants from my mother. It was our generation that started selling plants as a business,” said Araceli Tolones, who is also president of the Leganes Garden Club.

Tolones said she wakes up as early as 3 a.m. and tends to the plants. She also brings some of them for selling at the Leganes Garden Club station at the town plaza.

Farther back and beside the garden is an aviary filled with African…

Missing kin located after 16 years through Listahanan

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Poverty and family misunderstanding prompted her to leave home. Sixteen years later, Jenaline Antipatia Burgos returned home with no memory of what happened years back.

Jenaline was 17 years old when she went to Manila to work as househelp for a family in Valenzuela City. After five years, she moved to Quezon province when she got pregnant with her boyfriend to start a family. Her relatives in Barangay Rizal, Oton, Iloilo never heard from her again.

 On December 22, 2013, still mourning the death of her youngest child, Jenaline came home. She has in tow her common-law husband and their four children.

“(I am happy because I am able to come home and see my family again,” the now 34 years old housewife said.

Jenaline does not remember everything that happened before she moved to Quezon province. When she returned here in Iloilo, her relatives have to introduce themselves to her and tell her stories to refresh her memory. Her kin believed this was the reason why she never get in touch w…

Marian Rose Mission gives Ilonggos better future

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Charity, the practice of benevolent giving and caring is what the Marian Rose World Mission has been doing since their existence. The Marian Rose World Mission is an international organization helping individuals around the world. Their mission is to provide quality health care, education, and livelihood programs to all people in the community that are in dire need.


Through the years the Marian Rose World Mission has helped changed the lives of thousands of individuals in many parts of the world. Focusing on health and wellness, the group sends out their volunteers around the globe to offer medical services.In the Philippines, specifically in Iloilo City, the Marian Rose World Mission partners with St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo, LIG Global Foundation and the City Government of Iloilo to conduct a free medical and surgical operation to persons who cannot afford it themselves starting January 7-10, 2014. A group of foreign volunteers comprising mainly of doctors and nurses are coming here…

Business strategy: customer trust

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Customer trust should now be part of branding strategies necessary for building a good experience as good product, fair pricing and excellent service.
This is according to Martha Rogers, Ph.D., founding partner of customer-centric management consulting firm Peppers & Rogers Group and co-author of nine customer strategy books during the fourth Enterprise Innovation Forum of Globe Business – Enterprise Group.


The following are excerpts from her keynote speech during the event:

Shift in centricity
In recent years, there has been a shift in business focus: it’s all about product centricity versus customer centricity. Instead of getting just market share, I would rather focus on one customer at a time for my business. I can’t overemphasize the importance of thinking about the customers.
If our goal is to sell more stuff, then we will always have to compete on price – that is based on the “market share” strategy. However, if what we do is to add value to our customers’ lives, then we end up …