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Following Iloilo Cityโ€™s inclusion in the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network as Creative City of Gastronomy, a measure creating a permanent body that focuses on and ensures the advancement, expansion and promotion of the Ilonggo food culture is being proposed.

Authored by City Councilor Rex Sabaria, the proposed ordinance specifically pushed for the creation of Iloilo City Gastronomy and Food Industry Development Council.

It was passed on first reading during the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) on Feb. 21, 2024.

โ€œWHEREAS, being recognized throughout the world, the prominent distinction demands added commitment from the City Government, the private sector, and all other stakeholders for a united and concerted effort to achieve sustainable gastronomic development and excellence within the City and Province of Iloilo,โ€ the proposed ordinance read.

As its mandates, the Council shall be the primary body responsible for the regulation and imposition of industry standards in every level of the value chain in the food industry within Iloilo City.

It shall likewise be the body primarily responsible for the development of the Ilonggo food culture through policy-making efforts, or through the implementation of programs, activities, and projects (PAPS).

Under it, the council will be chaired by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treรฑas, with MICE Director Salvador Sarabia as co-chairperson, and Iloilo Hotel Restaurants and Resorts Association (IHRRA) president as vice chairperson.

The members, meanwhile, will include the chairpersons of the SP committees on Markets and Trade; department heads of the City Agriculturist Office (CAO), City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), Local Economic Development and Investment Promotion Office (LEDIPO), Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO), City Architect’s Office and Public Information Office, as well as the Panay Organic Producers Association chairman.

The Council will also include honorary members such as the regional directors of the Department of Tourism VI, Department of Agriculture VI, and Department of Science and Technology VI while the appointed members are one representative each from the local agriculture and food production industry, food storage and logistics industry,food processing and manufacturing industry, food distribution and marketing industry, food servicing industry, and two renowned Ilonggo Chefs.

To recall, in the pursuit of celebrating the Ilonggo food culture and achieving sustainable tourism development, the SP passed Resolution No. 2021-885 declaring Iloilo City and Iloilo Province as the Food Haven of the Philippines.

Treรฑas likewise issued Executive Order No. 030 series of 2023, creating and organizing the Iloilo City Gastronomy Council, which has commenced the Iloilo City Government’s bid to be recognized as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.

It was on October 31, 2023 when Iloilo City was designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, solidifying its identity as a gastronomic haven and duly recognized by the world for its culinary heritage and excellence. (Iloilo City PIO)

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