WHAT’S THE PLAN?
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - Senate President Franklin Drilon (fourth from left) checks the construction plan of an underpass and a small park along the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue in Iloilo City. Drilon was in the city yesterday to inaugurate the eight-lane Diversion Bridge. The long stretch of the avenue is being widened in preparation for the city’s hosting of two ministerial meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. Also in photo are (from left) Engr. Al Fruto of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Public Works regional director Edilberto Tayao, Rep. Jerry Treñas and contractor Jojo Ang.
BURSTING AT THE SEAMS
DOL FAJARDO/PN - This passenger jeepney bound for Maasin, Iloilo is “flowering” with passengers. Where are Iloilo City’s traffic enforcers? This photo was taken at the transport terminal in Barangay Ungka, Jaro district. The Land Transportation Office prohibits this practice that endangers the lives of passengers.
BEST OF FRIENDS
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - What has caught the attention of this dog? His curious “pawrent” wants to know, too. Both joined a recent fun run to mark World Rabies Day at Megaworld Avenue in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The activity aimed to raise public awareness on the importance of eliminating rabies. Hundreds of dogs of various breeds and their owners joined.
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - (From left) Megaworld head of public relations and communications Harold Geronimo, Iloilo Business Park head of marketing Jennifer Palmares-Fong and Megaworld senior vice president Jericho Go unveil an artist’s perspective of The Palladium, the giant developer’s fifth residential condominium in Iloilo City. The Palladium, at 22 storeys, it will become Western Visayas’ tallest residential tower.
WHERE ARE HIS PARENTS?
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - A street child sleeps on the sidewalk in downtown Iloilo City. There are many like him. Out of school, they roam the city’s streets begging for alms. Street children are generally thin, untidy, undernourished, and hardly equipped to survive the hazards of everyday living and working on the streets. Some of the hazards they face include sickness, physical injuries from motor accidents, street fights, harassment from extortionists and police, sexual exploitation by pedophiles and pimps, exposure to substance abuse and even sexually transmitted diseases.
BACOLOD CITY PIO PHOTO - Mayor Monico Puentevella grooves to the beat during the opening of the 35th MassKara Festival yesterday at the Bacolod City public plaza.
TOP MOSAIC MAKER
DA REGION 6 PHOTOS - (Below) Maetrix Gonzales (right) of Oton Central Elementary School wins the World Food Day On-the-Spot Mosaic-making Contest of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 6. With her are (from left) Perla Flores and Babes Magno of DA central office information division; Engr. Ian Senobin of DA Region 6, one of the judges; and Juan Getuliano. Gonzales and her coach, Romel Mediavilla, will represent Western Visayas in the national level on Oct. 10 at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Diliman, Quezon City. At right is her winning creation.