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P-NOY DECLARES SEPT 25 A NATIONAL HOLIDAY FOR 'EID'L ADHA' (Feast of the Sacrifice)


SEPTEMBER 15 -Mindanao's first ever "pink mosque," located in Datu Saudi town in Maguidanao, built by Mayor Samsodin Dimaukom. Philstar/John Unson President Benigno Aquino III has declared September 25 a regular holiday nationwide in observance of Eid'l Adha. Aquino signed on Tuesday Proclamation No. 1128 which noted that Eid'l Adha is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam. According to the website of Aquino's office, Eid'l Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, commemorates the willingness of Abraham to obey God. September 25 falls on a Friday, meaning Filipinos will have a long weekend next week. Aquino said the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos recommends that the observance of Eid’l Adha in the Philippines be on September 25 based on the Islamic Calendar and the declaration made by Saudi Arabia’s highest religious authority. This amended the agency's earlier recommendation to observe the occasion on September 24.FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Tsunami alert up in 20 Philippine provinces following Chile quake


SEPTEMBER 17 -Police patrol a debris strewn street in Valparaiso, Chile, after a tsunami, caused by an earthquake hit the area, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. A magnitude-8.3 earthquake hit off Chile's northern coast, causing buildings to sway in Santiago and other cities and sending people running into the streets. Authorities reported one death in a town north of the capital. Pablo Ovalle Isasmendi/AGENCIA UNO via AP
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) on Thursday raised tsunami alerts in 20 provinces following a magnitude 7.9 earthquake near the coast of Chile. "An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicenter within minutes to hours," PHIVOLCS said in a statement. The coastal communities of the following areas are advised to wait for updates: Batanes Group of Islands Cagayan Ilocos Norte Isabela Quezon Aurora Camarines Norte Camarines Sur Albay Catanduanes Sorsogon Northern Samar Eastern Samar Leyte Southern Leyte Surigao del Norte Surigao del Sur Davao Oriental Davao del Sur Davao Occidental The PHIVOLCS clarified that no evacuation is in effect. FULL REPORT ..RELATED -Strong quake shakes Chile, some tsunami flooding along coast Click Link below.....

ALSO ICC OPENS: Drilon lauded PNoy leadership as he detailed the saga of the Iloilo Convention Center


SEPTEMBER 14 -President Aquino views the Iloilo Business Park Township scale model at the ceremonial launch of the Iloilo Business Park and the inauguration of the Richmonde Hotel Iloilo in Manduriao, Iloilo City Monday (Sept. 14). The Iloilo Business Park is a 72-hectare township, with Richmonde Hotel and the Iloilo Convention Center as its initial developments. Also in photo are Megaworld Corp. chairman and CEO Andrew Tan; Senate President Franklin Drilon; Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr.; and Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas. (Photo by Rolando Mailo/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
The Iloilo Convention Center, built primarily in time for the country's hosting of the 2015 APEC Summit but earlier hounded by controversy, was inaugurated Monday by President Benigno Aquino III. The project's tireless promoter, Senate President Franklin Drilon, was on hand and described its completion as "mission impossible" of the administration. In his speech at the opening ceremony furnished the media, Drilon said, "In Iloilo, we have proven that there are no impossible dreams if political leaders have the political will. There are no impossible dreams if the private sector and our people will stand in solidarity with us, in the pursuit of our development goals," Drilon said. The Senate President was tasked to introduce Mr. Aquino but instead of the usual one-liner introduction for this ritual, he delivered a speech detaling the saga of the convention center which at one point became subject of a Senate Blue Ribbon hearing. A graft complaint for alleged overpricing against Drilon and several others was also filed at the Office of the Ombudsman, which dismissed it for lack of evidence. Drilon said in his speech that projects like the ICC that will bring jobs and prestige to Ilonggos are only possible if political leaders “have the political will, the heart of a warrior, and nerves of steel to make things happen.” Drilon credited President Aquino’s leadership for making the rebirth of Iloilo possible. READ MORE...

ALSO: PNoy led inauguration of Iloilo Convention Center


SEPTEMBER 14 -President Aquino at the inauguration of the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City. Official Gazette PH
President Benigno Aquino III led on Monday the inauguration of the controversial P700-million Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).
Aquino opened the state-of-the-art convention facility located on a 1.7-hectare lot in Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The ICC became controversial last year after former provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada Jr. alleged that the structure was overpriced and implicated Senate President Franklin Drilon, an Ilonggo. Mejorada accused Drilon of conspiring with a supposedly favored contractor to rig the bidding of the project. Mejorada alleged that W.V. Coscoluella and Associates, which designed the building, was awarded a contract without a public bidding and that construction was overpriced by P488 million. Drilon was charged with graft before the Office of the Ombudsman in October 2014, but the charge was dismissed for lack of merit. READ MORE...

ALSO: ILOILO INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER


THE BUILDING: Face to face with the ‘city of love’ highly-anticipated modern Iloilo Convention Center, a very important infrastructure project rising in Iloilo Business Park, the metropolis vibrant business township. Now complete and ready to hold the APEC side events this 2015. It can accommodate 3,700 audience all in one stunning venue for international events
. READ FROM BEGINNING BELOW...

ALSO: APEC preparations on track


SEPTEMBER 19 -Asia -Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015 logo
- Preparations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in November are on track, with Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo still on board as he decided to stay in his post until yearend, Malacañang said yesterday. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said a good number of APEC leaders have confirmed attendance to the summit, but she would not reveal who they are until everything was final. As far as the events are concerned, Valte said the host would have to worry about two aspects: the leaders’ security and their logistics, and the substantives or initiatives that the Philippines would push during the meetings with leaders of 20 economies in Asia Pacific. “First, on the hosting, so far it’s going well… We are past the halfway mark already,” Valte said. “Preparations are not just underway, our practice for that is continuous.” The renovation of Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is also about to be completed as construction rushes to beat the Sept. 30 deadline. The renovation includes the improvement of the presidential lounge for the heads of state who will be arriving for the summit. NAIA Terminal 1 manager Dante Basanta said workers are also testing the water and sewerage system in the ramp area. READ MORE...RELATED, RECTO urged govt to bare APEC flight disruptions


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE:

PNoy declares September 25 a holiday for Eid'l Adha


SEPTEMBER 15 -Mindanao's first ever "pink mosque," located in Datu Saudi town in Maguidanao, built by Mayor Samsodin Dimaukom. Philstar/John Unson

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015,
(PHILSTAR) By Louis Bacani - President Benigno Aquino III has declared September 25 a regular holiday nationwide in observance of Eid'l Adha.

Aquino signed on Tuesday Proclamation No. 1128 which noted that Eid'l Adha is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam.

According to the website of Aquino's office, Eid'l Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, commemorates the willingness of Abraham to obey God.

September 25 falls on a Friday, meaning Filipinos will have a long weekend next week.

Aquino said the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos recommends that the observance of Eid’l Adha in the Philippines be on September 25 based on the Islamic Calendar and the declaration made by Saudi Arabia’s highest religious authority.

This amended the agency's earlier recommendation to observe the occasion on September 24.


PHILSTAR

Tsunami alert up in 20 Phl provinces following Chile quake By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated September 17, 2015 - 12:39pm 2 1233 googleplus1 0


Police patrol a debris strewn street in Valparaiso, Chile, after a tsunami, caused by an earthquake hit the area, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. A magnitude-8.3 earthquake hit off Chile's northern coast, causing buildings to sway in Santiago and other cities and sending people running into the streets. Authorities reported one death in a town north of the capital. Pablo Ovalle Isasmendi/AGENCIA UNO via AP

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) on Thursday raised tsunami alerts in 20 provinces following a magnitude 7.9 earthquake near the coast of Chile.

"An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicenter within minutes to hours," PHIVOLCS said in a statement.

The coastal communities of the following areas are advised to wait for updates:

Batanes Group of Islands Cagayan Ilocos Norte Isabela Quezon Aurora Camarines Norte Camarines Sur Albay Catanduanes Sorsogon Northern Samar Eastern Samar Leyte Southern Leyte Surigao del Norte Surigao del Sur Davao Oriental Davao del Sur Davao Occidental The PHIVOLCS clarified that no evacuation is in effect.

RELATED: Strong quake shakes Chile, some tsunami flooding along coast


INTERAKSYON.COM (TV5 PORTAL)

PNoy leads opening of Iloilo Convention Center By: Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com September 14, 2015 6:58 PM InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5


President Aquino views the Iloilo Business Park Township scale model at the ceremonial launch of the Iloilo Business Park and the inauguration of the Richmonde Hotel Iloilo in Manduriao, Iloilo City Monday (Sept. 14). The Iloilo Business Park is a 72-hectare township, with Richmonde Hotel and the Iloilo Convention Center as its initial developments. Also in photo are Megaworld Corp. chairman and CEO Andrew Tan; Senate President Franklin Drilon; Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr.; and Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas. (Photo by Rolando Mailo/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA – The Iloilo Convention Center, built primarily in time for the country's hosting of the 2015 APEC Summit but earlier hounded by controversy, was inaugurated Monday by President Benigno Aquino III.

The project's tireless promoter, Senate President Franklin Drilon, was on hand and described its completion as "mission impossible" of the administration.

In his speech at the opening ceremony furnished the media, Drilon said, "In Iloilo, we have proven that there are no impossible dreams if political leaders have the political will. There are no impossible dreams if the private sector and our people will stand in solidarity with us, in the pursuit of our development goals," Drilon said.

The Senate President was tasked to introduce Mr. Aquino but instead of the usual one-liner introduction for this ritual, he delivered a speech detaling the saga of the convention center which at one point became subject of a Senate Blue Ribbon hearing. A graft complaint for alleged overpricing against Drilon and several others was also filed at the Office of the Ombudsman, which dismissed it for lack of evidence.

Drilon said in his speech that projects like the ICC that will bring jobs and prestige to Ilonggos are only possible if political leaders “have the political will, the heart of a warrior, and nerves of steel to make things happen.”

Drilon credited President Aquino’s leadership for making the rebirth of Iloilo possible.

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"Your Excellency, it is only during your administration that we have seen significant infrastructure development and the rapid economic expansion of Iloilo. We, Ilonggos, are profoundly grateful for your unrelenting support," Drilon emphasized.

All the developments in Iloilo, including the construction of the ICC, seemed remote and impossible five years ago, Drilon recalled.

He cited among these developments the construction of the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project.

The ICC will not only boost Iloilo’s reputation “as an impeccable location for convention, but will raise the profile of Western Visayas,” Drilon said, pointing to ICC’s selection as the venue of three upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meetings, from September 21 to October 6.

"We built the ICC because we recognize the convention sector’s immense potential to contribute to tourism growth, and consequently, to the economic expansion of the Iloilo province and the Western Visayas region," said Drilon.

The Senate chief is confident that Iloilo's hosting of the APEC Ministerial Meetings will create a positive ripple effect on the tourism industry not only of Iloilo but of the entire region.

“In 2013, Western Visayas had 3.5 million tourist arrivals, the highest among the 15 regions in the country. Of the six provinces in the region, Iloilo had 20 percent share of the tourist arrivals. With the ICC, we are confident that we can see a significant increase in the numbers,” he noted.

The ICC will promote Iloilo as a premier tourist destination and highlight its rich cultural heritage, he added.

The ICC is one of the two world-class government-owned convention centers in the country. The other one is the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).


PHILSTAR

PNoy opens Iloilo Convention Center (philstar.com) | Updated September 14, 2015 - 12:55pm 3 143 googleplus0 0


President Aquino at the inauguration of the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City. Official Gazette PH

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III led on Monday the inauguration of the controversial P700-million Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).

Aquino opened the state-of-the-art convention facility located on a 1.7-hectare lot in Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

The ICC became controversial last year after former provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada Jr. alleged that the structure was overpriced and implicated Senate President Franklin Drilon, an Ilonggo.

Mejorada accused Drilon of conspiring with a supposedly favored contractor to rig the bidding of the project.

Mejorada alleged that W.V. Coscoluella and Associates, which designed the building, was awarded a contract without a public bidding and that construction was overpriced by P488 million.

Drilon was charged with graft before the Office of the Ombudsman in October 2014, but the charge was dismissed for lack of merit.

READ MORE...

Two stories high with a floor area of 11,832 square meters, the ICC can accommodate over 3,000 guests. It will be used as one of the venues for some high-level ministerial meetings of this year's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.

The construction of the ICC began in 2013 and was based on a design inspired by Iloilo’s Dinagyang and Paraw festivals.

Aquino also joined the ceremonial launch of the Iloilo Business Park and Richmonde Hotel Iloilo. - Louis Bacani


WIKIPEDIA

ILOILO INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER


The Iloilo Convention Center will be the main venue of three APEC meetings in September and October.

Iloilo Convention Center General information

Type: Convention Center
Location: Iloilo City, Philippines
Construction started 2013 Cost 747 million
Technical details: Floor count 2

Iloilo Convention Center is a state-of-the-art convention center in the Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Philippines.

It's construction was completed in September 2015 in time for the APEC 2015 hosting. It is built on a 1.7-hectare of lot in the district of Mandurriao donated by the Megaworld Corp.

The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority allocated P200 million for the construction of the convention center, while another P250 million was sourced from the Priority Development Assistance Fund of Senator Franklin Drilon.

Design The state-of-the-art convention center designed by Ilonggo architect, William Coscolluela. The design was inspired by Iloilo’s Dinagyang and Paraw Regatta festivals.

The paraw is a native double outrigger sailboat in the Visayas region, used in the annual Paraw Regatta Festival sailboat race.

Abstract designs of the famous Dinagyang Festival are featured on the glass walls of the center. It is a two-storey structure with a total floor area of 11,832 square meters.

The main hall on the ground floor has a 3,700-seat capacity and 500-seat function rooms on the second floor. A rooftop of 1,500 sqm is available for outdoor functions.

Inauguration


Face to face with the ‘city of love’ highly-anticipated modern Iloilo Convention Center, a very important infrastructure project rising in Iloilo Business Park, the metropolis vibrant business township. Now complete and ready to hold the APEC side events this 2015. It can accommodate 3,700 audience all in one stunning venue for international events.

President Aquino III led the inaguration on September 14, 2015. Senator Franklin Drilon who was instrumental in the realization of this project introduced the president and also gave his message.

Congressman Jerry Trenas, Governor Arthur Defensor, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog led the local officials who welcomed President Aquino

Also in attendance are Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson and Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez whose departments contributed to the project construction.

APEC Meetings

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015 meetings scheduled at the center include:

1. Small and Medium Enterprise ministerial meeting on September 21–25

2. Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum on September 22–23

3. High-Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and the Blue Economy and Related Meetings on September 28 to October 6, 2015


PHILSTAR

APEC preparations on track By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 19, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015 logo

MANILA, Philippines - Preparations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in November are on track, with Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo still on board as he decided to stay in his post until yearend, Malacañang said yesterday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said a good number of APEC leaders have confirmed attendance to the summit, but she would not reveal who they are until everything was final.

As far as the events are concerned, Valte said the host would have to worry about two aspects: the leaders’ security and their logistics, and the substantives or initiatives that the Philippines would push during the meetings with leaders of 20 economies in Asia Pacific.

“First, on the hosting, so far it’s going well… We are past the halfway mark already,” Valte said. “Preparations are not just underway, our practice for that is continuous.”

The renovation of Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is also about to be completed as construction rushes to beat the Sept. 30 deadline.

The renovation includes the improvement of the presidential lounge for the heads of state who will be arriving for the summit. NAIA Terminal 1 manager Dante Basanta said workers are also testing the water and sewerage system in the ramp area.

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Regarding substantive issues, Valte said the Philippines has pushed for a number of initiatives but the adoption would take a long process because all the member-economies would have to agree.

“We have a very strong push to help our micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). So all our initiatives, in all of the meetings… what is being pushed on the Philippine side would be how to help Filipino MSMEs to be able to integrate and penetrate the global value chain,” she added.

Valte also said Domingo agreed to delay his resignation from the Department of Trade and Industry until after the APEC summit.

Domingo was quoted in reports as saying he had spoken with President Aquino on Tuesday and he acceded to Aquino’s request for him to stay until the end of the year.

“As far as DTI is concerned, for the ministerial (meetings) or the Cabinet secretary-level meetings – there is one that always involves DTI under Secretary Domingo, which is the Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial (meeting). That’s going to be five days in Iloilo next week. – With Rudy Santos

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RECTO urged govt to bare APEC flight disruptions By Vito Barcelo | Sep. 20, 2015 at 12:01am

Senator Ralph Recto on Saturday urged the administration to inform the public of flight disruptions during the arrival of the 21 heads of state that will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference in Manila in November to avoid congestion and inconvenience to the travellers.

Unless the government does something in advance to advise the public of APEC dignitaries, a repeat of airport congestion will occur similar to that when Pope Francis flew into town, the senator said.

“We closed the airport for hours. When His Holiness left, we shut down the airspace above NAIA for almost half a day. And that was for one head of state only. How much more if 21 heads of state would descend on our congested, single-runway airport at the same time?” Recto asked.

He said that foreign heads of state will be arriving with an air fleet in tow, like US President Barack Obama with his decoy Air Force One and escorts.

“Surely there will be commercial flight disruptions, although this has not been formally announced yet. The information about possible flight delays and no-fly zones is being embargoed for security reasons,” he said.

Despite this limitation, what government can do immediately is to advise the public about domestic and international flight disruptions on Nov. 18 to 19, when the APEC leaders are in town.

The senator said that the details can come later but what is important is that the advisory is made public this early for the sake of air travellers so that they can feel free to make adjustments to their itinerary.

“We all know that travel is complicated—from flight bookings to airport transfers to hotel reservations—that disrupting one will trigger a chain of disruptions.

For example, OFWs need to report to work on a given date or our seafarers must catch the connection to where their ships are berthed. A few hours delay will wreak havoc on their travel timetable,” he said.

Every November, NAIA handles about 85,000 arriving and departing passengers daily. If the window of disruption stretches to just 72 hours, close to a quarter-million travellers will be affected.

An airmageddon can be avoided and handled well and even muster the support of the public so long as they are not caught unaware, he added.


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