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This Week in Iloilo (February 2 to 8, 2020)

Travel tip: Always wear a mask as a means of protection against the novel coronavirus!

By: Karen Bermejo | February 02, 2020
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Good news: There are no closed roads anymore since the Dinagyang Festival is already over! This week also has pleasant weather that's great for touring the beautiful spots in the City of Love. But if you'll go around, wearing protective masks is advised in light of the novel coronavirus from China. A stricter check-up process is also observed in airports and ports due to the warning. Meanwhile, if you don’t want to go out but want to tasty Ilonggo food, you can now have them delivered to your hotel or place through GrabFood. Read on for all the updates in Iloilo!

Weather: Pleasant with some morning rain

This week’s weather will be less hot, which is perfect for a stroll around the city [1]. The beginning of the week will have some morning showers, but the rest of the day is expected to be pleasant. Light rain in the evening can also be expected in some places during the latter part of the week. With a generally pleasant weather that's perfect for touring various spots in the city, you can visit old churches, colorful streets, and picturesque mansions in different districts of the city. You can also go museum hopping, walk along Iloilo Esplanade, or check out the vibrant shopping districts.

Traffic News: More flyovers eyed

As the economic center of Western Visayas, it’s no wonder Iloilo is a busy city. Apart from that, various business districts in the city continue to expand. With this development come more people and businesses, which also means more traffic. Due to this, the Department of Public Works and Highways is looking to put up two new flyovers to ease the traffic buildup in the busy streets of the city. The DPWH plans to put up the flyovers at Jibao-an in Mandurriao district and Buhang in Jaro. Currently, the agency is conducting consultation activities with various stakeholders.

Travel Update

Alert versus novel coronavirus

With the spread of the new virus from Wuhan, China, the Iloilo Provincial Government has strengthened its precautionary measure activities [3]. The provincial government recently released an executive order “to implement strict quarantine procedures and other disease prevention and control measures” in airports. Aside from airports, inspection, clearing, and checking of foreign vessels in Iloilo ports are also advised. Those with symptoms of the disease are also monitored. Wearing masks in public areas and proper hygiene is recommended.

Tourism News: GrabFood starts Iloilo operation

Ilonngos may now also enjoy the service of GrabFood [4]. The food delivery service has started its operation in Iloilo City during the celebration of the Dinagyang Festival. They have partnered with various local establishments such as Jo's Chicken Inato, Local Coffee, Netong's, Lar's Buko Batchoy Eatery, Floyd Famous BBQ, and JD Burger Project, among others. With the launch of the service, Ilonggos and tourists can now enjoy their favorite Ilonggo food at the comforts of their home or hotel. As part of its launching promo, a P100 discount can be enjoyed by customers for their first five orders.

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About Karen Bermejo
Karen is a writer, a traveler, and a volunteer. Her ultimate dream is to travel the world, master a foreign language, and learn how to swim. To keep her sanity while chasing her dreams, she’s scaling mountains on weekends.
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