Cebu City News
Bohol graduates top October 13-CS Prof, Sub Prof exams
- Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1051386304045
- Friday, December 6, 2013
- By Minerva BC Newman
CENTRAL VISAYAS, December 6 (PIA) – Graduates from the University of Bohol (UB) and Bohol Island State University (BISU) are this year’s top passers of the Civil Service Career Service professional and Sub Professional examinations conducted on October 13, in Cebu City, Dumaguete City and Tagbilaran City Test Centers.
In a media release, Civil Service Commission (CSC-7) regional director, Karen Litz Zerna proudly announces the regional top 10 passers led by Francis Paul J. Butal, an AB Economics graduate from the Ateneo de Manila Quezon City and had his LLB/MBA at the University of Bohol ranks First Place in the Career Service Professional Examination.
Ms. Jhurica May B. Binangbang, a BSED-English student from Bohol Island State University (BISU) ranks First Place in the Career Service Sub Professional Examination.
The top 10 passers in the Career Service Professional in Region-7 are: Francis Paul J. Butal, Kyle L. Maamo, Raissa Mae F. Palcis, Louie M. Diaz De Rivera, Neil Christian O. General, Mary Loise F. Dumayac, Filner F. Deles, Salve Marie Concepcion V. Vega, Joan Victoria D. Ondong, Januelle C. Rontos and Kimberly Nicolai G. Villalon.
Meanwhile, the top 10 passers in the Career Service Sub Professional in Region-7 are: Jhurica May B. Binangbang, Clarince Joyce L. Doroy, Evangeline A. Yrat, Judelyn N. Jamil, Rhea Fe Milkee M. Asehan, Ivy T. Dahiroc, Rhyz Faith P. Oclarit, Alen Joel R. Pita, Maria Fe D. Asombrado, and Jeff Rey S. Deguit.
According to Zerna, 941 passed the Professional level out of the 7,216 who took the exam translating to a 13.04% passing rate.
On the other hand, 167 examinees passed the Sub Professional level, which is equivalent to a 12.72% passing rate, Zerna added.
On December 9, at 8:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. the CSC-RO7 will conduct an Orientation on Government Personnel Recruitment and Selection and Awarding ceremony conferring certificates of recognition to the top 10 passers in Central Visayas.
Zerna added that a similar activity will also be done for passers from the test centers in Dumaguete City on December 16 and Tagbilaran City batches on December 9-12.
For more details, please call the Examination Services Division of the CSC-7 at (032) 253-9050, 414-7488 and 414-7676. (mbcn/PIA7 with reports from CSC-7)
P300M wiped out
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/12/05/p300m-wiped-out-317195
- WThursday, December 5, 2013
- By Elias O. Baquero and Flornisa M. Gitgano
AROUND P300 million worth of government infrastructure in Cebu Province’s fourth district fell apart when typhoon Yolanda struck last Nov. 8, Rep. Benhur Salimbangon said yesterday, based on an initial assessment.
“I am very frustrated because I spent several years to find ways to accomplish the construction of school buildings, covered courts and barangay halls, among others, but what we have prepared for many years were destroyed in only three hours,” the district congressman said.
Tomorrow, Myanmar’s President Thein Sein and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala will visit Bantayan Island and meet with the mayors in the three towns there, to understand better the rehabilitation challenges ahead.
The Cebu Provincial Government has pledged to help revive the poultry farms of Bantayan, which used to supply the bulk of eggs in the Visayas.
In a separate interview, Gov. Hilario Davide III said he appointed Baltazar Tribunal Jr., one of his consultants, to head the task force that will oversee the rehabilitation of northern Cebu towns badly hit by Yolanda.
When the typhoon struck almost a month ago, it hit land twice in northern Cebu—in Daanbantayan town and Bantayan Island. At least 73 persons died in Cebu, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.
But while northern Cebu’s death toll was far lower than in Tacloban, Guiuan and other areas, its infrastructure and agriculture losses are also massive.
Congressman Salimbangon said at least 181 barangays were affected, or about 48,450 families consisting of 219,265 individuals. He said 54,678 houses were destroyed, while 13,689 houses were damaged.
In a related development, the Cebu Provincial Board asked the Cebu Port Authority to repair immediately the loading ramp, roofs and windows of the two terminal buildings in Santa Fe, Bantayan, which the typhoon damaged.
A resolution drafted by PB Members Ribomapil Holganza, Joven Mondigo Jr., and Sun Shimura was passed by the PB during their regular session.
“The destruction of the second loading ramp has resulted in delays in off-loading relief goods and the back loading of cargo trucks carrying said materials,” a part of the resolution read.
Cebu, particularly the Mactan Air Base, has become a hub for the delivery of international and government aid to the affected regions.
So far, some P881 million worth of relief goods have reached affected communities, said the NDRMMC’s situation report yesterday.
But the needs are immense: about P17 billion worth of infrastructure was damaged, along with about P17 billion worth of agricultural crops and equipment. The NDRRMC said the death toll rose to 5,719 yesterday, with 26,233 injured and 1,779 still missing.
Help from banks
Some four million persons were displaced from their homes, and more than 76,000 continue to live in evacuation centers.
To get a better grasp of the damage in northern Cebu, the president of Myanmar and the agriculture secretary will fly by helicopter tomorrow morning, escorted by Governor Davide. They will meet with the mayors of Madridejos, Santa Fe and Bantayan.
Cebu Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera said the survey will follow a short arrival ceremony in Mactan.
Natera said the provincial agriculturist has been collecting and validating data from each town’s municipal agriculturist regarding the crop damage.
In a press release, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Mary Rose Vincoy said the governor may also request the banks, cooperatives and government funding agencies to waive some of their requirements and offer longer loan payment terms for the borrowers who survived the typhoon.
In the Bantayan towns alone, some P174.72 million worth of livestock were lost.
Vincoy also said the egg industry will take a long time to recover, considering that the houses of the poultry farm owners were damaged and they have not yet fully recovered from typhoon Frank last 2008.
The Province thanked the World Society for the Protection of Animals for working with the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association and Provincial Veterinary Office in assisting the badly affected towns.
The Provincial Veterinary Office will conduct a massive vaccination drive in the northern towns to prevent the spread of animal diseases.
Salimbangon, for his part, said he is coordinating with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Public Works and Highways, DA and the private sector on what to do to alleviate the situation.
He said he has the assurance of the Department of Budget and Management that the fourth district will get its share of the P14.6-billion supplemental budget that Congress approved last week for rehabilitation.
“At present, the typhoon survivors cannot survive without support. That’s why I did not attend Congress sessions for three weeks now because I am looking for ways how to help them,” Salimbangon said.
DTCC dancers bag 7 golds in HK
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/540063/dtcc-dancers-bag-7-golds-in-hk
- Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
- By Jade S. Violeta
Cebuano ballroom dancers unleashed another mighty performance abroad as the Dancesports Team Cebu City (DTCC) collected four more gold medals last Sunday in the final day of the Asian Dance Sports Council’s 21st International Dance Teachers Association’s IDTA Cup at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong. DTCC’s latest gold medal hoard brings its overall haul to seven gilts, five silvers and two bronze medals in the two-day event. The indefatigable Eleonor Hayco once again bannered DTCC’s powerful performance as she and partner Bjorn Torreon shone the brightest in the Teacher-Student category’s Standard event. Hayco, winner of the Senior Standard and Latin awards in the 2003 Dancesport National Championship at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City and the Masters 1 Latin and Standard FATD National Capital DanceSport Championships in 2004 in Canberra, Australia, gave DTCC two more gold medals after she and partner, Davin Unabia ruled the Teacher-Student 4’s Latin category and the Adult B’s Latin event. Also emerging as multi-gold medalists for DTCC is the pair of Jimmy Noel and Elizabeth Zets, who ruled in the Teacher-Student 3’s Latin contest and in the Adult 3’s Latin competition. DTCC’s other golds were collected by the pairs of Ronald Ruiz and Jocelyn Versteeg (Adult D Standard) and Marlon Segismar and Luzviminda Poiters (Adult D Latin). DTCC’s five silver medals were won by Noel and Zets (Adult 3 Standard), Unabia and Hayco (Teacher-Student 3 Latin), Segismar and Poiters (Grade D Latin), Romeo Cialbo and Poiters (Teacher-Student Standard) and Ruiz and Versteeg (Grade D Standard). Winning bronze for Cebu City are the pairs of Noel and Zets (Teacher-Student 3 Standard) and Segismar and Poiters (Adult C Latin). Other events featured in the two-day dancefest are the Junior and Youth age group competitions in Latin and Standard’s Under-16, Under-12, Under-10, Under-8, Under-6 and Under-4. The top three winners in the amateur and professional divisions took home US$500, US$250 and US$120 respectively, while the 4th to 6th placers got US$60 each.
Cebu’s tent city still needs latrines, water supply – DSWD
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/539693/cebus-tent-city-still-needs-latrines-water-supply-dswd
- Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
- By Carmel Loise Matus
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The tent city for Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) evacuees in the South Road Properties (SRP) is supposed to be ready for occupancy this week, according to the pronouncement of authorities here. But Ester Concha, chief of the Cebu City Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS), said that as of Tuesday, the site was still in the process of getting latrines and water supply. Concha told the Philippine Daily Inquirer she found this out when she inspected the one-hectare site for the tent city on Tuesday. The area is part of the three-hectare City Hall block at SRP. Some 30 tents out of the 120 tents that the Philippine Red Cross has promised to put up have been put in place. Concha said these would house the 79 families or 318 individuals now staying at the evacuation centers in this city. There are still four evacuation centers in the city. These are the Tinago Sports Complex, Cogon Ramos Sports Complex, Guadalupe Gym and the Capitol Parish Gym. Last week, a 30-man team from the PRC inspected the site at the SRP. The ongoing filling, compacting and levelling of soil in the area have temporarily stopped while the tents were being installed. The PRC has promised to give away 150 tents. Each tent is 5.5 meters by 4.2 meters and can house one family. The Tent City will have its own water and electricity supply. It will have a playground for children, meeting hall, cooking and dining area, comfort rooms, shower rooms and washing area. Meanwhile, Concha said the Cebu City DSWS has recorded an increase of Yolanda transients in Cebu City, following the closure of the evacuation centers in Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City. Concha said she would meet with the respective social welfare heads of the two cities to discuss how the other cities could help the transients. “It would be unfair if only Cebu City takes care of all (the evacuees). I thought we’re helping each other,” she pointed out. As of Tuesday, Concha said they have monitored 90 transients returning to Tacloban and other places in Eastern Samar. She said the evacuees might have heard that their area has been slowly recovering from the calamity that hit them.
Cebu City legislator questions P100M aid to law enforcers, firemen, judges
- Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/75991/cebu-city-legislator-questions-p100m-aid-to-law-enforcers-firemen-judges
- Monday, December 2, 2013
- By Philippines News Agency
CEBU CITY -- A Cebu City councilor has questioned the proposed P100-million financial assistance to be given next year to policemen serving in the city, maritime police, National of Bureau of Investigation (NBI) personnel, firemen, and judges.
Cebu City Councilor Margarita Osmeña, chairperson of the council’s committee on budget and finance, said the city is “so generous.”
“But can we afford it?” she asked.
The council asked if the city government has enough money for the release of the incentives, considering that it has even failed to release their allowances for the last six months of this year.
The almost P100-million incentive allowance forms part of the proposed P10.5-billion budget of the executive department for next year.
Of the amount, at least P72 million will be given as incentive allowance to the 1,473 personnel in the different law enforcement agencies.
The amount covers the P2,000 monthly allowance of 907 personnel at the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), 25 maritime police, 19 Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) personnel detailed at the Operation Second Chance, 23 BJMP personnel detailed at the Cebu City Jail, and 30 from the CCPO’s Crime Laboratory.
It also includes the allowances of the NBI director at P8,000 monthly, NBI executive director at P7,000, 19 NBI investigators at P5,000, CCPO director at P8,000, and two assistant CCPO assistant directors at P7,000.
The P72 million also covers the P2,000 monthly allowance of 301 police personnel and 134 personnel at the city jail who were not included in the 2013 budget.
It also includes the P35.3-million budget that will cover the proposed P2,000 increase of their allowances for next year.
Some P4.1 million, on the other hand, is being proposed to cover the P2,000 monthly allowance of 170 firemen and P8,000 monthly allowance of the city fire marshal.
The executive department also plans to increase their allowances by P2,000 in 2014, which will cost the city P4.1 million.
As for the judiciary, the legislative body learned that P25 million will be given as incentive allowance to its members.
This includes the allowances of eight justices in the Court of Appeals at P45,000 per month, four clerks of the appellate court at P15,000 a month, 23 Regional Trial Court (RTC) judges at P35,000 a month, 24 RTC clerks of courts at P15,000 a month, nine judges of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) at P30,000, 10 MTCC clerks of courts at P15,000, and five RTC social workers at P2,500.
City Hall to open one-stop shop at IT Park
- Source: http://www.philstar.com/cebu-news/2013/12/02/1263326/city-hall-open-one-stop-shop-it-park
- Sunday, December 1, 2013
- By Kristine B. Quintas/GMR
CEBU, Philippines - The city government is set to open a one-stop shop at Cebu IT Park to cater the general public who may acquire business permits and job requirements.
This was after the Cebu City council has authorized Mayor Michael Rama to enter into and sign the deed of donation between the Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corporation.
The measure was proposed by councilors Nida Cabrera and Roberto Cabarrubias.
The corporation owns and operates the 70 square meters office space at 7th floor of Cebu Holdings Center, Cebu IT Park, which will be donated and be utilized as one-stop shop, through the city’s Information and Communication Technology/Business Processing Outsourcing Council in cooperation with different agencies.
The space is approximately P44 thousand per month, corresponding to the list rental rate published by the corporation.
The one-stop shop will be serving the locators of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) hub, its clients and employees, as well as the general public who may obtain permits and other business or job requirements from PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig Fund, SSS and other agencies.
Emilio Tumbocon, CPVDC chair of the executive committee, said “the use and occupancy shall be granted by the corporation as a donation to the city government.” (FREEMAN)
Check ‘relief’ trucks: DSWD
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/11/30/check-relief-trucks-dswd-316387
- Saturday, November 30, 2013
- By Elias O. Baquero and Justin K. Vestil
CEBU -- Law enforcers were urged on Friday to check the documents of vehicles whose drivers claim to be delivering relief goods on the government’s behalf.
Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) made the suggestion, while local authorities tried to figure out if a shipment of some 16,000 rice sacks, intercepted in Cebu, was indeed legal.
The DSWD said it didn’t ask for the shipment, which was supposedly bound for Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors in Isabel, Leyte.
Also on Friday, an official of the National Food Authority (NFA)-Central Visayas said that the shipment, worth about P24.9 million, was covered by a shipping permit issued by their regional office in Bulacan.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC), however, said that five persons in Cebu have claimed ownership of the grains, but have yet to present proof.
Three weeks after Yolanda, the challenge of delivering food and rebuilding supplies to survivors remains massive. Some 3.8 million persons have been displaced; more than 219,000 of them continue to live in evacuation centers, reported the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday.
At least 5,598 have been confirmed dead, with 26,136 injured and 1,759 missing, the NDRRMC also said.
Isabel town in Leyte, the supposed destination of the intercepted grains, is one of the areas hit hard when Yolanda struck last November 8.
But in an interview, DSWD Regional Director Jabagat said she has not given a requisition slip to the supposed consignee of the multi-million-peso rice shipment.
She revealed it was only on Friday that her agency was informed about the shipment being held by the BOC.
Jabagat explained that while they accept relief goods from international groups, they have to provide requisition permits for those who will be delivering relief goods to affected areas.
But if the shipment was delivered by a private group, the DSWD has no power to stop it, she added.
Jabagat also added that if the local government unit of Isabel, Leyte had indeed asked for the rice stocks, there was no need to do so, since three designated warehouses in Guiauan in Samar, Tacloban and Ormoc in Leyte have enough rice and relief stocks for all the typhoon survivors.
In a separate interview, NFA regional public information officer Ma. Lucila Rosales revealed her office received a fax message from Bulacan that the shipment has a shipping permit.
Rosales said that the consignee can use the shipping permit issued by NFA-Bulacan to explain their shipment to the customs bureau.
But she added that their agency wants to know why the shipment stopped first in Cebu when it was supposed to go directly to Isabel town.
She admitted they have no capability to determine whether the shipment was indeed intended for relief efforts.
Meanwhile, officials of the BOC led by District Collector Roberto Almadin revealed that five persons in Cebu City showed up at his office to claim ownership of the shipment.
But they failed to submit the necessary documents covering the rice shipment, he said.
Major Camilo Cascolan Jr., chief of the customs police, said he has recommended the issuance of a Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD).
But lawyer Dante Maranan, Port of Cebu chief of staff, said they’ve extended the deadline for documents until Monday.
Cascolan revealed that the rice was believed to have been imported from Vietnam.
The BOC plans to submit rice samples to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) based in the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños to find out if the grains were imported or sourced locally.
The BOC had earlier intercepted the shipment while it was aboard the MV Queen of Joy, docked at Pier 2 in Cebu City.
The shipment, containing about 154,997 rice bags, was reportedly intended for the relief operations of the Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer Corp. for the municipality of Isabel. (Sun.Star Cebu)
School asks City aid for buildings
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/11/29/school-asks-city-aid-buildings-316194
- Friday, November 29, 2013
- By Princess Dawn H. Felicitas
THE Cebu Normal University (CNU) is asking the Cebu City Government for financial assistance for the repair of their school, which has been damaged following the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.
The repair is expected to cost at least P19.7 million.
In a letter to Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, CNU President Marcelo Lopez said the amount will cover the labor and materials needed for the repair and rehabilitation of their five damaged buildings.
This includes the College of Teacher Education Building (P9.8 million), College of Nursing Building (P3.7 million), College of Arts and Sciences Building (P1.3 million), Applied Science Academic Building (P900,000) and University Library Building (P4 million).
Based on the inspection conducted by the City’s Office of the Building Official (OBO), Lopez said the teachers education building has been declared unsafe, thus, it needs major repair.
The four other buildings, he said, is still usable, but needs minor repair.
In an estimate for the repair works prepared by CNU, the P9.8 million needed for the repair of the College of Teachers Building will cover the P7.5 million for the materials and P2.28 million for the labor.
The P3.7 million, on the other hand, for the repair of the College of Nursing Building will cover the P2.88 million for the materials and P813,600 for the labor.
For the College of Arts and Sciences Building, the P1.3 million will cover the P1 million for the materials and P340,000 for the labor.
As for the Applied Science and Academic Building, the P900,000 will include P630,000 for the materials and P252,000 for the labor.
For the library, the P3.9 million needed will cover the cost of materials amounting to P2.85 million and P1.14 for the labor.
The repair and rehabilitation of the school’s five buildings include ceiling works, painting works, masonry works, steel works, electrical works, repair of the doors and windows, and purchase of cabinets and furniture.
Sought for comment about the matter, Mayor Michael Rama said the City would be willing to help CNU repair its damaged buildings.
“But that will not be too soon because we still have to build our own hospital. I hope they will understand,” he added.
The Cebu City Medical Center was also damaged and has been declared unsafe for occupancy following the earthquake.
The mayor ordered the demolition of the hospital’s building so a new, bigger and modern hospital will be built. The project is expected to cost P1.5 billion.
In his regular news conference yesterday, the mayor said CNU can tap the National Historical Commission, saying that their school have historical significance.
They can also tap the National Government since the school is a state university, he said.
A copy of Lopez’s letter to Labella has been forwarded to the City Council.
During their regular session on Wednesday, the legislative body referred Lopez’s letter to the Office of the Mayor for appropriate action.
Pregnant woman, 3 others arrested in shabu tiangge raid
- Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/11/28/13/pregnant-woman-3-others-arrested-shabu-tiangge-raid
- Thursday, November 28, 2013
- By Edgar Escalante, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas
CEBU -- Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided a suspected shabu "tiangge" in Barangay Pulangbato, Cebu City on Wednesday.
Four persons, including a pregnant woman, were arrested.
However, the target of the raid, suspected big-time drug pusher Rodelio Minoza alias Tatay Dillo, was able to elude arrest.
Police recovered from the suspects a grenade, six sachets of shabu and drug paraphernalia.
Barangay councilor Leonila Lllaguna said they had long reported to authorities Minoza's alleged illegal drug activities.
The NBI said it will file cases of illegal possession of drugs, maintaining a drug den and possession of explosives against the suspects.
Thoughts on the SRP controversy
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/535961/thoughts-on-the-srp-controversy
- Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
- By Fernando Fajardo
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama wants to sell the South Road Properties or SRP lots now and use the proceeds for his projects. In response to Mike, former city mayor Tommy Osmeña says no! On this issue, I have another idea which is different from Tommy’s but not necessarily similar to Mike’s. But before I proceed, let it be known that from 1988 to 1994, I was the assistant director of the National Economic Development Authority or Neda in Central Visayas where I also served as Secretary of the Regional Development Council (RDC) QQex-officio, the Neda regional office being the technical arm of the RDC. It was during this time when the Metro Cebu Development Project was put into motion with funding from the Japanese Yen Loan Package. Former governor Emilio Osmeña chaired the RDC from 1988 to 1992 and Tommy from 1992 to 1995 after which he opted to forego his last three-year term as mayor of Cebu City to devote more time to the MCDP in another capacity. From 1990 to 1999, I was also managing the AusAid assisted Central Visayas Water and Sanitation Project or CVWSP where the board was also chaired by whoever sits as RDC Chair. Working under him, I knew how Tommy worked and how he treated people whom he can fully trust. As long as things were done properly, he did not interfere with my job. I also knew, however, that when Tommy fixes his mind on one thing, it is hard for anyone to change that position. I would not be surprised, therefore, if Tommy will not take positively what I have to say here now. But this is a free country and as a long time resident of Cebu City, I believe I also have my right to say my piece on matters of great importance to the people here. Even before the new controversy I heard Tommy saying for some time already that to sell the SRP lots now is wrong because in the future the price of the SRP lots will rise as soon as the initial development by SM and Filinvest (in lots sold previously when he was mayor) will be completed. That is true but that is counting only the revenue side. There is also such a thing as opportunity cost of not selling. First, when SRP lots are sold, there will be money available immediately which when invested in securities will also earn money for the city. That is, if the proceeds of the sale are kept intact and only the income from securities is used for whatever projects Mike wants to undertake. That is one income foregone if the sale is not done. Rational as we humans are, we always prefer cash today than the same cash tomorrow. Second, when a sale is made, the buyer will now start paying property taxes to the city and that could be another big amount of money foregone if the sale is prevented. Third, once sold, the property can be developed immediately for whatever purpose the buyers have in mind. That means creating more jobs during construction and when finished more jobs can still be created and income generated for ordinary workers aside from bringing in more business and real estate (from improvements) taxes to be collected by the city government once the projects are completed and start operating. Again more jobs, income and taxes being realized today are more preferable than what are still to come tomorrow. Finally, once the projects in the newly sold lots at SRP are completed and starts operating, there will now be more multiplier effect coming as more business will also turn up and prosper elsewhere in the city in tandem with the progress of the SRP through backward and forward linkages. Tommy also says that if the SRP lots are sold now it may just end up like the Cebu City North Reclamation that remains underdeveloped until now as the lot buyers are content mainly with the expected rise in value of their lots as the city continues to progress. Tommy need not worry about that because actual development within a certain period can be made as condition for the sale with penalty provision if the condition is not met. Now which is greater, the expected bonanza that comes with higher property values when the sale is delayed or the immediate flow of income from investment in securities and the increase in employment, income and taxes and other multiplier effects foregone if the SRP lots are not sold? This we cannot tell easily but that is also precisely why local government executives should at least understand the concept of benefit-cost analysis and hire experts to do it before any important decision is made. To be frank about it, local governments have nothing more to support their decisions (even for big projects like the Cebu International Convention Center, for example) than the drawing of the architect and the accountant or budget officer’s work and financial Plan (WFP). Without benefit-cost analysis or feasibility study to determine the project’s net present value (NPV), benefit-cost (B/C) ratio and financial and economic internal rate returns (FIRR an EIRR), and many other aspects of viability, making a decision on projects involving a lot of money is like going to casino. In the casino, the verdict is that the losers outnumber the winners. But wait, what is my position on the issue? To me the best strategy is not to sell at all any of the SRP lots which should have been applied since the start. I am for no sale because the SRP, as a special economic zone, may just be leased by lot buyers to investors or if the zone management also sets up its own buildings, they can lease the building spaces to investors, particularly for footloose industries with foreign capital, in order to make it less expensive and attractive to investors. I mentioned manufacturing industries because that was the SRP’s original intention—to house them as part of the overall strategy of the country to industrialize, the lack of which is now seen as one of the reasons we are left behind by our neighbors. It was not the original intention of the SRP to be developed in
Three Tacloban city jail escapees recaptured in Cebu, vigilance advised for Cebu folk
- Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/337185/news/regions/three-tacloban-city-jail-escapees-recaptured-in-cebu-vigilance-advised-for-cebu-folk
- Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
- By VC, GMA News
At least three of more than 100 inmates who escaped from the Tacloban City Jail at the height of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)'s fury last Nov. 8 were recaptured in Cebu province.
But with the development, the Provincial Regional Office 7 asked Cebu residents to be wary of "new faces" in their neighborhoods lest they are the other escapees.
The PRO-7 announced the recapture of the three escapees, state-run Philippine Information Agency reported.
For now, it said police in the region are working to make sure the escapees do not mingle with evacuees from Yolanda-hit areas who went to Cebu.
It said police in the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Cebu, who are processing the evacuees, are also taking pictures to help identify the jail escapees.
Meanwhile, Central Visayas police head Chief Superintendent Danilo Constantino appealed to the public to help locate the other escapees.
"Be observant of new faces in your localities," he told Cebu residents.
Mayor to Cebu gov: Fire aide or resign
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/534319/mayor-to-cebu-gov-fire-aide-or-resign
- Monday, November 25th, 2013
- By Victor Anthony V. Silva, Correspondent
Medellin Mayor Ricardo Ramirez yesterday called for the resignation of Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III for committing “acts against humanity” and for lacking control over his people. But the governor is taking criticisms to his administration’s disaster response in stride, saying allegations of gross inefficiency “will be investigated” and that Capitol’s handling of supertyphoon Yolanda aid distribution “is devoid of political color.” Ramirez is disgruntled over the way the provincial government handled the relief distribution in northern Cebu and said Davide must take responsibility being the “top man.” Gross inefficiency “He doesn’t deserve to be the governor a minute longer, not even a barangay captain,” said Ramirez, citing what he said was a series of acts showing gross inefficiency and politicking on the part of the provincial government. He said that he will have this issue investigated by the Ombudsman. Ramirez’s complaints included discrepancies between the number of relief packs the town received and the number the provincial government claimed to have given. He also cited issues against Provincial Chief Security Officer Loy Madrigal and inconsistencies in documents from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, among others. Ramirez claimed that days after typhoon Yolanda hit the town of Medellin, the municipality only received 50 sacks of relief goods for 750 families. Ramirez said that the Capitol claimed to have given 30,000 relief packs to them but the municipality has recorded receiving only a total of 8,000 packs. Ramirez demanded documentary proof of the number the Capitol claimed to have given Medellin and the other towns. “The distribution should be fair,” said Ramirez. He also claimed that Madrigal ordered the province-owned truck bringing relief goods meant for Medellin to be redirected to the Bogo City command center supposedly to be assigned escorts since it is a policy that no vehicle may travel to disaster-stricken areas without security escorts. Ramirez asked why the Capitol was so concerned about security from Bogo to Medellin when the trucks left Cebu City to Bogo without escorts. Mishandling The mayor said he may change his mind about getting the Ombudsman involved if Davide would be man enough to fire Madrigal whom he believes is one of those behind the mishandling of goods for Medellin. “If Davide is half the man I expect him to be, then he should have the guts to fire Madrigal, otherwise, he should just resign,” he said. Davide however is brushing aside Ramirez’s call. “We assure everyone that relief operations have been implemented in a transparent and judicious manner, devoid of political color.” Ramirez said that the relief goods arrived two days later than the date it was supposed to arrive. He said that they are still trying to locate the 15 tents that Provincial Social Welfare Officer Evelyn Senajon sent for Medellin, because they received tarpaulin sacks instead. A copy of the PSWDO’s Requisition and Issue Slip showed erasures. The request slip indicated several relief packs intended for Medellin but beside it was a handwritten “Madridejos” crossed out. He was also made to sign a delivery receipt for bottles of water that bore the name of a hardware store. Ramirez is a member of the One Cebu Party, whose gubernatorial bet Pablo John Garcia lost to Davide in the May 2013 polls.
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/533757/go-pacman
- Sunday, November 24, 2013
- By Correspondent Edison delos Angeles and AP report
Even for an hour or two, hundreds of typhoon evacuees in Cebu and Lapu-Lapu cities’ evacuation centers can take their minds off their troubles and enjoy watching for free the live telecast of Manny Pacquiao’s comeback fight today. Two large TV screens will be set up in the sports complex of barangay Tinago in Cebu City where 250 displaced residents from Leyte are staying. “The free screening is only for them as well as for our volunteers and donors who helped the evacuees inside the complex,” said Joel Garganera, incoming barangay captain. In Lapu-Lapu City, Mayor Paz Radaza also put up TV screens for free public viewing of the Pacquiao-Rios fight in the city’s four evacuation centers in barangays Looc, Mactan, Suba-Basbas and Babag. Pacquiao is dedicating this fight to the country and victims of supertyphoon Yolanda. Gratitude Anthony Hermosilla, 45, of Palo, Leyte together with his wife and five children was among the families staying in the Mactan covered court. His family arrived on a Navy boat in Lapu-Lapu City last Wednesday. “Nagpasalamat gyud mi dako sa Lapu-Lapu city han ila bulig sa amon (We are thankful to Lapu-Lapu City government for their help to us),” Hermosilla said. At least 500 individuals occupy evacuee centers in Lapu-Lapu city, most of them staying in the covered courts. Other barangay residents can watch the live TV screening, said Jonji Gonzales, the mayor’s spokesman. CINEMAS, hotels, PAY-PER-VIEW Meanwhile, cinemas in Cebu malls also offer live screening of the fight for P400 to P500. SM City Cebu charges P500 for watching in Cinema 7 and SM City Consolacion Cinema 3. This is the same ticket price as in the previous Pacquiao fight. In Ayala Cebu, a ticket to watch the fight in Cinema 2 will cost P400. Ayala Cinema manpower supervisor Beth Dayday said more than 50 percent of the tickets were sold by Saturday noon. Skycable Cebu offers pay-per-view to subscribers at P999. Rajah Park Hotel in Cebu City has free screening for their in-house guests who buy at least P200 worth of food in the restaurant. The Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino in Cebu City offers free screening for special guests by invitation. Tacloban too In Tacloban City, cable operators and GMA 7 also set up TV screens in the Astrodome, near a church, and in other landmarks to broadcast live Pacquiao’s comeback fight. The Pacquiao-Rios fight in Macau will also be viewed live on the grounds of Tacloban City Hall. About 300 families or 1, 464 evacuees are still taking shelter at the Astrodom. “We are doing this so that even for an hour or so, our people can forget the misery brought to us by Yolanda,” said Tacloban City Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin said. Yaokasin said he hoped the Filipino boxing icon would win the match as this would “inspire our people during this time of tragedy.” Supertyphoon Yolanda left more than 5,000 people dead or missing.
3 repacking volunteers caught for theft attempt
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/11/23/3-repacking-volunteers-caught-theft-attempt-315166
- Saturday, November 23, 2013
- By Rebelander S. Basilan
THREE minors, who allegedly tried to steal relief goods from a repacking center in Mandaue City last Wednesday night, were turned over to the police.
The boys, ages 16, 14 and 12, volunteered at the repacking center set up by the National Government at the Cebu International Convention Center.
According to the police, the boys ended their shift past 11 p.m. At the exit gate, a staff worker of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) 7, checked their bags and saw canned goods and sachets of coffee.
Nila Fidellaga, Tesda regional information officer, said personnel at the registration desk were alerted after other volunteers noticed the boys' bulging bags.
Lera Momogan, 35, a Tesda employee assigned at the exit, saw eight canned goods and 14 sachets of coffee from the boys' bags.
PO2 Earl Famador, desk officer of Centro Police Station, said the minors, all residents of Barangay Tipolo, were turned over to Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Famador said the boys will undergo diversion programs. Their parents will also be required to attend parenting sessions before they can get their children back.
Fidellaga said they have requested police personnel to watch over the assembly lines at the repacking center to prevent theft.
She said Tesda personnel accepts any volunteer to the repacking.
“We cannot really tell if a volunteer is sincere or has other intentions. That's why we have police officers watching the assembly lines,” Fidellaga said.
She said they ask volunteers, during their orientation, to be vigilant and report any suspicious actions of fellow volunteers.
“We ask for their help in guarding the goods,” she said.
Rama: I know what I’m doing with SRP
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/532521/rama-i-know-what-im-doing-with-srp
- Friday, November 22nd, 2013
- By Doris C. Bongcac
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said he’s in the best position to decide how to manage both the city’s finances and its centerpiece project, the South Road Properties (SRP). Since the SRP was created to generate employment opportunities in the city, he doesn’t see anything wrong if his administration would sell more lots for profit and to fund City Hall’s operations. “Are they now the mayor? Do they know what they are doing?” Rama said in reaction to opposition to his move to repeal the ordinance that requires City Council approval for SRP lot sales. Former mayor Tomas Osmeña, former city administrator Nigel Paul Villarete and Joel Marie Yu of the Cebu Investment Promotions Center (CIPC) all said the ordinance protects the SRP from unauthorized transactions. Cebu City still owes the Japanese government about P5 billion for its SRP debt which is payable until 2025. It is scheduled to pay an amortization of P567.76 million this year. Development project The proposed sales of lot 8-B where the San Pedro Calungsod templete is located is also expected to raise P5.4 billion which will cover half of Rama’s 2014 budget proposal of P10.5 billion. Villarete told the City Council during Wednesday’s public hearing that the SRP is “not a real estate project” but a development project funded by ODA (Official Development Assistance). He said the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) and the Japanese government only authorized the disposal of lots to take care of the city’s loan amortization and to spur the city’s economic development. Villarete warned the council against displeasing the Japanese government if they violate the terms of the loan agreement. “We do not want a situation where the use of the SRP is for the internal revenue generation of City Hall,” he said. Speculators “I should not be listening to them,” said Rama who is bent on making new sales of SRP lots next year. Councilor Alvin Dizon called for an executive session on Dec. 18 so the council could be briefed on the provisions of the SRP loan contract. Osmeña said while the city government needed money, the Rama administration has to be “intelligent” in selecting its buyers to avoid speculators. He said he doesn’t want to the SRP to end up like the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City which was sold to speculators and remained undeveloped up to this time. Osmeña said if the Rama administration will be a little patient, they should wait until after the completion of the SM development project at the SRP in order to sell the lots.
CIPC may close due to money woes
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/531619/cipc-may-close-due-to-money-woes
- Thursday, November 21, 2013
- By Doris C. Bongcac
Unresolved funding problems may force the Cebu Investments Promotions Center (CIPC) to close shop in a few months. The P5.4 million assistance from the Cebu City government, which was not released to the CIPC this year, makes up 85 percent of the center’s funding requirements, said Joel Mari Yu, CIPC managing director. The center had to reduce the number of its office staff from nine to four. “We have been totally deprived of funding from the city,” Yu told the City Council yesterday. Yu appeared as one of the speakers in a public hearing of a proposed ordinance by allies of Mayor Michael Rama in the council that seek to repeal City Ordinance 2332 which “protects the South Road Properties (SRP) from unauthorized dealings.” 4 new investors Despite their financial problems, Yu said, CIPC managed to bring four new BPOs to Cebu with a promise of 5,000 new jobs in the last months of the year. Yu said that CIPC was not created to cater solely to the marketing needs of the SRP or the Cebu City government. He said they were created to market Cebu and bring investments here. “I think we have done a marvelous job over the past 20 years. We have made Cebu the greatest foreign destination outside of the Calabarzon,” he said. However, he said if Mayor Rama sees fit to withdraw financial support from the CIPC because their goals are incompatible then he would not insist.
Cebu City judges to hold hearing in jails
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/531071/cebu-city-judges-to-hold-hearing-in-jails
- Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
- By Ador Vincent S. Mayol
Justice cannot wait. Judges in Cebu City have recently decided to resume court hearings more than a month after the Oct. 15 earthquake that rendered the Cebu Palace of Justice structurally unsafe. Regional Trial Court (RTC) Executive Judge Soliver Peras said hearings for detention prisoners will be conducted on a rotation basis inside the jail facilities. Court proceedings for other cases shall also go on in tents at the parking lot of the Palace of Justice. Peras said they have yet to seek clearance from the Supreme Court but court proceedings may likely start in the first week of December. “We’re now sending notices to the parties so we can start hearing cases. While some judges will conduct hearings inside the jail, others have to do it in tents. If there’s a so-called ‘justice on wheels,’ we also have a ‘justice on tents’,” he told Cebu Daily News yesterday. Peras appealed for available tents which they will use as temporary courtroom for all 22 RTCs in Cebu City. One branch — RTC branch 16 — has already set up an improvised courtroom using tents and tarpaulins at the parking area. “We need additional tents,” said Peras who thought of requesting the Cebu provincial government to likewise close the road at the back of the Palace of Justice for traffic. Peras said they have not heard a word yet from the Supreme Court as to where they shall transfer after the Palace of Justice was deemed “unfit for occupancy” due to the structural damage caused by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15. Judges are considering as its temporary courthouse the Quimonda I.T. Center located along Don Sergio Osmeña at the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. But no contract between the judiciary and the building owners has been made as of now. Peras said judges and court employees have to go to the jail facilities to hear cases of detention prisoners. At the Cebu City Jail, he said there is only one improvised courtroom while the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center has about two to three vacant rooms. At the Maghaway Jail in Talisay City, there is one improvised courtroom but Cebu City judges may conduct hearings on three vacant courtrooms at the Talisay City Hall of Justice. RTC Judge Meinrado Paredes said they have no choice but to resume hearing cases so that justice will be served.
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/530137/extending-hospitality
- Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
- By Cebu Daily News
It has been 11 days since the catastrophe that was supertyphoon “Yolanda” and while there have been small, encouraging signs of recovery in northern Cebu, Tacloban City and other parts of Eastern Visayas, the exodus of evacuees from the typhoon-hit areas continues unabated. Hence, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama’s call for Metro Cebu local government units (LGUs) to sit down and offer their areas to accommodate the survivors doesn’t only make sense but is critical if Cebu City wishes to avoid further congestion of its already limited living space. For now Cebu City has more than 1,000 evacuees housed in different barangay halls and gyms. In barangay Tinago, the number of evacuees swelled to more than 100 and barangay chairman Joel Garganera said they could only make room for 300 to avoid crowding them in quarters like so much cattle. The cost of accommodating the evacuees would surely place a strain on barangay Tinago’s resources and by extension, the Cebu city government. Yet Rama said the city is prepared for that eventuality and even told department heads in their meeting that he expects the number of evacuees to swell to 10,000. He also agreed to a proposal by the Philippine Red Cross to allocate a small portion of the South Road Properties for a tent city that could accommodate 10,000 of these evacuees though that remains to be seen. Which is why it is high time that other Metro Cebu LGUs do their share in housing these evacuees and extend whatever help they can. Mandaue City, which was initially perceived as being slow to accommodate the evacuees, had prepared a barangay hall to house some of them while a Mandaue-based company prepared to house the families of their workers based in typhoon-hit Tacloban City. Lapu-Lapu City offered to host 1,000 evacuees and the Cebu provincial government deployed trucks filled with relief goods and personnel to the northern Cebu towns. So everything is being done by both government and the private sector to help both Cebuanos and other typhoon survivors. Still, the problem of housing these evacuees for a projected six months or longer should be addressed this early by the Metro Cebu LGUs so that services and programs to their constituents who weren’t affected by the typhoon would still be sustained despite the admittedly added strain to their resources brought by the necessity of supporting the daily needs of the evacuees. It would take time for power to be fully restored in Leyte province, the Department of Energy said. While water supply and some ATM outlets have become operational, the survivors aren’t returning to the affected areas any time soon. It’s best for Metro Cebu LGUs to plan now how to house their guests without sacrificing services to their constituents, who are also giving their share in helping the survivors.
Delivery of relief goods up north turns tragic for driver, donors
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/11/18/delivery-relief-goods-north-turns-tragic-driver-donors-314286
- Monday, November 18, 2013
- By Davinci S. Maru
A TRUCK loaded with relief goods for the typhoon victims in northern Cebu towns figured in an accident early Saturday morning, killing the driver and injuring two others.
The truck driven by Leonido Laurente rear-ended another truck in Barangay Dawis Norte in Carmen town past 5 a.m. last Saturday, a police investigator said.
Laurente, 49, of Barangay Taytay, Danao City died from severe injuries in the different parts of his body.
PO3 Juan Joromo of Carmen Police Station identified the other victims as Warner Pasasadaba and his wife Kristine, who were in the truck driven by Laurente. The couple is from Barangay Quiot-Pardo, Cebu City.
The Mitsubishi Fuso Canter truck (GPX-609) driven by Laurente was heading toward northern Cebu to deliver relief goods.
When it reached Dawis Norte, a Mitsubishi Fuso Dropside truck was on full stop. Its driver Felimon Cerencio, 40, of Barangay Tingub, Mandaue City went out to check the tires of the vehicle.
“Mao ‘to nagbanga,” Joromo told Sun.Star Cebu.
The victims were rushed to Cebu Provincial Hospital in Danao City, where Laurente died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
The other victims also received treatment for their injuries.
Joromo said the truck driven by Laurente was damaged, but both parties agreed to settle the matter amicably.
In a phone interview, the policeman said a lot of trucks and other vehicles had been going to northern Cebu to deliver relief goods to families affected by typhoon Yolanda.
“Kusog kaayo sila ug padagan kay magda ug hinabangan… Ang uban mag-ilogay kay puros gadali (The drivers over speed because they are carrying relief items…. They overtake each other because they’re all in a hurry),” Joromo said.
Yesterday, a long line of private vehicles headed north were noticed as people delivered food, water and other aid to 13 towns where Yolanda wiped out crops and left a trail of flattened homes.
Meet moved to Cebu
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/business/2013/11/17/meet-moved-cebu-314232
- Sunday, November 17, 2013
- By sunstar.com.ph
FOLLOWING the devastation wrought by the earthquake in Bohol, the 6th annual SummIT of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) originally set in Tagbilaran City next month will be staged in Cebu City on Nov. 28 to 30 at the Cebu Parklane International Hotel.
This was announced by SummIT organizers, who decided to transfer the venue of the annual event to give Bohol enough time and space for its recovery and reconstruction efforts.
“We’re very sorry the event would not push through in Bohol as scheduled,” NICP president Wit Holganza said. “Tagbilaran would have been a great host for the SummIT, but we had to change the venue as we don’t want to be an added weight on the shoulders of the Bohol Provincial and Tagbilaran City governments.”
Holganza added that the change of venue would allow the LGUs to concentrate mainly on their recovery and rebuilding efforts.
With the change of venue of the 6th NICP SummIT, the Cebu Educational Development Foundation for Information Technology (Cedfit), as the ICT Council of Cebu, has accepted the challenge of being the new host.
Wilfredo Sa-a, managing director of Cedfit, accepted the responsibility right after coming back from a relief trip to Loon, Bohol, and seeing the devastation in one of the worst hit towns.
“Cebu was very lucky to have been spared from the widespread damage,” Sa-a said. “We should help Bohol in any way we can.”
This year’s NICP conference is co-organized by the Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communications Technology Office and bears the theme: “Innovation in Governance, Education and Tourism for ITpreneurs.” (PR)
Sun.Star Cebu wins CMMA
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/breaking-news/2013/11/16/sunstar-cebu-wins-cmma-314009
- Saturday, November 16, 2013
- By JC Cahinhinan/Sunnex
MANILA -- Sun.Star Cebu won Friday its third Best Investigative Report during the 35th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) in Pasay City.
This year’s entry, “Greening Cebu: Help or Hazard?” is a three-part report on the reforestation program in Cebu and management of sustainable environmental resources.
It was published in April this year.
Cherry Ann Lim, Sun.Star Cebu managing editor for special pages and features, said misconceptions and the dearth of information have contributed to mistakes being committed in the name of environmental preservation.
“We hope that through this special report, we were able to provide more clarity on the issue so that our community may be able to plot a better way forward,” Lim said.
Sun.Star Cebu’s other entry, “Warm World: Perils, Challenges of Climate Change,” was also a finalist in Best Investigative Report category.
Sun.Star Cebu’s previous entries that won in the prestigious event were “Squatters and the City,” which discussed Cebu City’s housing program for the poor in 2009, and “OFW in Crisis: Peril at Work, Havoc at Home,” which tackled the travails of the overseas Filipino workers in 2010. (JC Cahinhinan/Sunnex)
22 parishes in northern Cebu to get aid
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/11/15/22-parishes-northern-cebu-get-aid-313828
- Friday, November 15, 2013
- By Justin K. Vestil
CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma has ordered 28 Metro Cebu parishes to “adopt” 22 parishes in northern Cebu that were hit by super typhoon Yolanda last Nov. 8.
In a press conference yesterday, Palma said the adoption will quickly facilitate the recovery of parishes in the towns of Daanbantayan, Medellin, Bantayan Island and the Camotes group of islands, Tabogon and Bogo City.
He identified the Metro Cebu parishes that will participate in this program as the Sto. Rosario Parish in uptown Cebu City, the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Barangay Punta Princesa, Our Mother of Perpetual Help-Redemptorist Parish in Barangay Camputhaw and the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Barangay Guadalupe, among others.
Palma said that for now, they still don’t have a full picture yet of the damage suffered by the parishes in the north.
Power of paper
He said repairing damage churches can wait, as their focus is to ensure parishioners in the affected areas will receive assistance, such as food and water.
Palma said he was relieved that none of the priests of northern Cebu parishes were injured.
He also urged the faithful to pray for the safety of people living in typhoon-ravaged areas and to keep their faith amid the calamity that hit them.
Aside from helping northern Cebu parishes, the Archdiocese of Cebu has also sent more than P1 million worth of relief goods to victims in Samar and Leyte.
Last Nov. 8, super typhoon Yolanda, with wind speeds of more than 300 kilometers per hour, struck Samar, Leyte and northern Cebu.
The current death toll is over 2,000.
300 evacuees welcomed in barangay Tinago’s new sports center
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/527153/300-evacuees-welcomed-in-barangay-tinagos-new-sports-center
- Thursday, November 14th, 2013
- By Jucell Marie Cuyos and Norman Mendoza
They were given meal packs of fried chicken and pancit. Last night they slept on mats on a clean floor of a covered basketball court. Drinking water, lights, and toilets ensured they would do more than survive. Compared to the wasteland that typhoon Yolanda had turned her home in barangay Baras in Palo, Leyte, the brand new sports complex in barangay Tinago, Cebu City was a sanctuary. “Nakahilak gyud ko pag abot dinhi. Daku kaayo ko ug pasalamat sa mga Cebuano sa warm welcome, Lahi ra kaayo ni sa akong gi gikanan,” said Emma Elnido, a 46-year-old private school teacher. (I cried when we arrived. Thank you so much to the Cebuanos for the warm welcome. This is so different from where we came from.) Elnido was part of the first batch of 90 evacuees brought yesterday to the gym after they arrived on a C-150 plane from Tacloban. About 1,000 evacuees from Leyte and Samar, – the elderly and injured were given priority – started arriving at the Mactan Airbase since Saturday. With their homes wiped out, the mass evacuation has raised the question of who will receive the waves of evacuees, some of whom may stay indefinitely. OUR BROTHERS, SISTERS Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said the city would find ways to accommodate them. “We will have to attend to this somehow. I encourage all LGUs (local government units) to also be available. These are our brothers and sisters. We cannot drive them away,” he said. He ruled out the Cebu City Sports Complex since it will be used next month for a regional athletic meet of different schools. Mandaue City said it can accommodate some evacuees in a government shelter for a few days, then bus them to different towns and cities in mainland Cebu. “We’ll do that to reunite them with their relatives in Cebu,” said City Administrator James Abadia. An apartment owner, Cris Dotillos in Consuelo Village, Mandaue city, is opening his doors to 20 evacuees from Tacloban for free lodging, said Roger Paler, information officer. Lapu-Lapu City hasn’t identified a site yet but officials said the city shares in expenses of feeding evacuees, medicine and other needs of evacuees who arrive at the Mactan Air Base. Some are ferried up to bus terminals and given bus fare to reach their chosen destination. URBAN CHALLENGE With its hands full with disaster-response activities, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) wrote Mayor Rama on Monday asking to use the Cebu City Sports Center as a temporary evacuation center.
The urban barangay of Tinago took up the challenge. Joel Garganera, incoming Tinago barangay captain, said 300 persons could stay in the new sports complex without getting congested. The spillover will have to be assigned at the nearby Cogon Ramos sports complex. The Tinago complex has eight cubicles which evacuees could use as a comfort room and dressing room, aside from four portable toilets from the city government. Garganera ordered three tents set up outside for use as a mess hall. A water tank was also installed. A playhouse from the barangay hall was brought in for the children. Tinago social workers played with them as part of a stress-debriefing exercise. There are plans to set up a TV. Meals, mats and blankets are being supplied by the DSWD. “Nalipay kaayo ko kay secure kaayo mi diri,” said Elnido. (I’m very happy because this is a safe place). Still nursing a swollen face, which was hit by storm debris, the teacher, arrived with 12 other relatives. They are waiting for her husband, a third daughter and two more nieces to arrive in Cebu so they can all travel to Manila where they have relatives. Her two young children, still traumatized by their near-death experience, won’t leave her side. The entire block in their neighborhood was wiped out, she said. “Dili na mi gusto mo balik sa amoa. Siguro unya na. Pero dili pa karon,” she said crying. (We don’t want to go back. Maybe later, but not now.) Hunger and fear for their security made them decide to fly to Cebu on board C130 planes that transport goods from Cebu to Tacloban City. Looting of food has started, she said. There was still no power in Tacloban City and barangay Baras in Palo, Leyte which they left on Friday. Elnido said they heard reports that NPA rebels had started stealing food from stores in the public market in Tacloban. “Maulaw unta mi sa kawat sa Tacloban kay taga didto sad mi pero tinuod man,” she said. (We would be too ashamed to steal in Tacloban because we have roots there but yes, it’s happening.) As of Tuesday, when they left Tacloban, they had not received any relief goods. She said the national government should have handled that and not relied on local authorities, who were also victims. They lined up from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with hundreds of people at the Tacloban airport for a free ride on board the military planes to Cebu. She said they didn’t dare leave the line even when it rained or they may lose their spot.
Doctors Without Borders: It's a logistical nightmare
- Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/11/13/13/doctors-without-borders-its-logistical-nightmare
- Wednesday, November 13, 2013
- By ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA - Damaged roads and airports are preventing emergency teams from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) from helping thousands of victims of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
In its latest bulletin, MSF said a 23-man emergency team has been in Cebu City since Saturday, November 9. The group is planning to go to Tacloban, Tanauan, Panay, Negros, Guiuan, and possibly Bantayan and north of Palawan.
"It’s a logistical nightmare. Transport links to the area have been seriously disrupted, which has made access particularly difficult. Tacloban airport is badly damaged and roads are blocked by debris," the MSF said.
It said bad weather on Tuesday prevented the team from flying from Cebu to Tacloban as the plane was grounded.
"The airport in Cebu is seriously congested – our cargo planes currently in the air will most likely have to divert to Manila because it will not be possible to land in Cebu," the group said.
An MSF medical team consisting of 2 doctors and an orthopaedic specialist is trying to get to Tacloban, a town devastated when the typhoon first struck the coast
The team will support a hospital that is still functioning, and to support provision of medical care to the injured at the city’s airport.
The MSF is strengthening its team from 23 men to 102-107 staff including doctors, nurses, surgeons, logisticians, psychologists and water and sanitation experts in the next few days.
"It is important that people receive treatment as soon as possible to avoid complications and infections. There are lots of dead bodies and management of this is an issue. Outbreaks of diseases are also an issue, such as tetanus, leptospirosis (a parasitic disease, contracted from floodwater carrying infected animal waste – see note at end), and diarrhoea-related diseases."
The group said medical structures in the typhoon-affected areas have been damaged or destroyed, with medical equipment and supplies washed away.
There is also massive lack of information on the situation in rural and remote areas.
The MSF is also sending tons of medical and relief items, which will arrive in Cebu within the next few days in nine cargo planes – four from Dubai, two from Belgium, one from Panama, one from the Netherlands and one from France.
The humanitarian cargo includes medical kits for treating the wounded, equipment for medical consultations, tetanus vaccines, relief items such as tents and hygiene kits, water and sanitation equipment and, if needed, an inflatable hospital.
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/lifestyle/2013/11/12/speed-tripping-313396
- Tuesday, November 12, 2013
- By Luis A. Quibranza III
SOMETIMES, one feels the need for a good rush. Sure, a city mall would be a cool place to drop by to chill. But there are times when a person desires a little bit of an adrenaline push.
Here in the city of Cebu, there is “karting” to feed that need.
Since its popularity in 2001, karting in Cebu has been a consistent and available pastime for speed junkies to get their game on. Where else to go here in Cebu, but at Kartzone—a go-kart rental and racing school located at F. Cabahug St., Cebu City, owned and operated by a local corporation made up of karting enthusiasts.
Karting is basically a racing sport. Professionals tune up their own personal karts for organized sport races, while amateurs and guests can basically drop by and race with the provided rental karts. Here specifically at Kartzone, its main feature would be the 600-meter clockwise. According to Kartzone, this track design has been touted as “one of the toughest race tracks in the Philippines.” “Tight and twisty,” the design allows racers to challenge each other quite closely and have lots of fun.
Is it affordable? If one were to tackle karting as a sport, it sure needs a hefty investment. But according to local professional racers, buying brand new equipment is not always the best way to start that speed spark plug in you. Some pros today used to invest in secondhand equipment first because there is so much more to learn in the start. But that’s for the pros.
If you’re just the type who prefers to let out steam after a week’s work, then the rentals are relatively affordable. Contrary to the belief that speed racing is some sort of reckless endeavor young kids are involved with on asphalt roads, karting actually ushers a learning of safety, discipline and promotes quick, correct decision making. The fitness aspect is also very high. Kartzone management likens karting to “wrestling with a bull for at least ten minutes straight.”
“That’s how it feels to be handling a kart travelling around a hundred kilometers per hour.”
Safety of course is a priority here at Kartzone. All racers, besides being briefed of racing rules and regulations, are required to wear safety gear as well. The racing karts are maintained daily, the track is certified within the standards for a full-blown racing circuit, and track marshals are deployed on the racetrack to make sure all drivers are aware of any concern that may arise.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Kartzone invites everyone to try karting. But due to the physical nature and demands of the sport, people with medical conditions like heart or back problems are advised to seek medical clearance before racing. Expectant mothers as well are prohibited from karting.
But other than that, expect to be addicted to the speed, rush and thrill of racing.
It doesn’t cost thousands of pesos for an individual to enjoy a friendly race, and it is something worth trying. Unlike fixed rides, every drive down the race track is a different experience.
Cebu needed for relief work
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/11/11/cebu-needed-relief-work-313165
- Monday, November 11, 2013
- By Flornisa M. Gitgano, Justin K. Vestil and Kevin A. Lagunda
CEBU CITY -- Government plans to set up its logistics center in Cebu for the delivery of badly needed food, water and other essentials to communities still reeling from super typhoon Yolanda.
Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, in a televised briefing last night, also announced that San Juanico Bridge is now open, which would allow the delivery of more help from Luzon.
But while Metro Cebu and southern towns have been spared, towns in the northernmost parts of the province still lack relief goods and a way forward: funds and supplies to rebuild thousands of flattened houses and to fix damaged schools and town halls.
The death toll in Cebu is now at least 48, but the estimates in areas like Leyte are now at 10,000, possibly more.
As of last night, the national government listed 229 dead, 45 injured and 28 missing, but the reports from many other towns have yet to come in.
In the meantime, the weather bureau is keeping an eye on a low-pressure area that could form into a cyclone as it approaches the Philippines. Rain showers and thunderstorms were forecast for Tacloban, Cebu and Iloilo tomorrow and Wednesday.
Nedz Saletrero said that as of 5 p.m. yesterday, the low-pressure area was still in the Pacific Ocean but it appears to be heading on the same path as super typhoon Yolanda. Saletrero works with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is calling for volunteers to help repack relief goods, so that these can be ferried or airlifted to Leyte and Samar.
Supt. Renato Dungan, the Central Visayas Police Regional Office’s (PRO) information officer, said at least 48 died in Cebu. (As of last night, however, only 37 have been listed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or NDRRMC.)
One person died in Bohol, Dungan added. At least five persons are still missing in Cebu and 31 are injured.
Dungan said the Central Visayas police has sent 66 personnel from the Regional Public Safety Batallion (RPSB) 7 to Tacloban City, where they are expected to help restore order.
PRO 7 Director Danilo Constantino sent at least 100 police personnel to Bogo City, San Remigio, Daanbantayan, Tabogon, Borbon and Bantayan Island.
These towns still had no electricity yesterday, said Cebu Provincial Police Office Office (CPPO) Director Noel Gillamac.
An unconfirmed number of their personnel are also typhoon victims, Gillamac said. But the police have managed to assist in clearing roads of debris.
Two days after the typhoon struck, Gillamac could finally reach the towns’ police chiefs by phone, as signals from two telecommunications companies improved.
Special forces were also deployed to contain looters in Tacloban, the devastated provincial capital of Leyte, while the United States announced it had responded to a Philippine Government appeal and would send military help.
“Tacloban is destroyed. Some people are losing their minds from hunger or from losing their families,” high school teacher Andrew Pomeda, 36, told Agence France Presse.
Authorities are struggling to understand the magnitude of the disaster, let alone react to it, with the regional police chief for Leyte saying 10,000 people were believed to have died in that province alone.
“We had a meeting with the governor and, based on the government’s estimates, initially there are 10,000 casualties (dead),” Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria told reporters in Tacloban.
“About 70 to 80 percent of the houses and structures along the typhoon’s path were destroyed.”
The horrifying estimates came as rescue workers appeared overwhelmed in their efforts to help thousands of survivors across a 600-kilometer stretch of islands through the central Philippines.
If the feared death toll of above 10,000 is correct, Yolanda would be the deadliest natural disaster ever recorded in the Philippines.
Yolanda moved out of the Philippines and into the South China Sea on Saturday, from where it tracked toward Vietnam.
Although it weakened out at sea, more than 600,000 people were evacuated in Vietnam ahead of its expected landfall today. (Sun.Star Cebu)
Truckload of relief goods attacked in Tanauan, Leyte
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/breaking-news/2013/11/10/truckload-relief-goods-attacked-tanauan-leyte-313042
- Sunday, November 10, 2013
- By sunstar.com.ph
CEBU CITY -- A group of unidentified men attacked Sunday a truckload of relief goods supposedly for 25,000 families affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Leyte province.
Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon said in a television interview that the men mobbed the relief goods when the truck passed by Tanauan Bridge.
The truck, he said, carried food items and water, among other goods, to be distributed to about 25,000 families when the attack happened Sunday.
Gordon said he tried to call the police but nobody answered his calls. He appealed to law enforcers to help locate the attackers and recover the stolen items.
Tanauan is one of the areas badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte province. A number of families have been displaced in the area, while several structures and houses were damaged.
The town is located just kilometers away from Tacloban City, where scores have been reported dead two days after Yolanda’s landfall. (Sunnex)
Action resumes today
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/sports/2013/11/09/action-resumes-today-312936
- Saturday, November 9, 2013
- By Iste S. Leopoldo
ALTHOUGH three events were held yesterday, the rest of the events 23rd Cebu City Olympics will resume today after it was suspended since Thursday due to super Typhoon Yolanda that has caused serious damages in Cebu.
According to the Department of Education (DepEd) sports consultant Ricky Ballesteros all games will resume today and that all the coaches, school sports coordinators were advised to call the tournament managers regarding the venues of the tournament.
This is because there are some events that will have to change venues as some, expecially the basketball courts, were turned into evacuation centers during the storm.
The Cebu City Sports Center on the other hand suffered minor damage. “The roof was affected but it remained intact. That’s the only damage at the sports center,” said Ballesteros.
Archery, futsal and volleyball were held yesterday as their venues were not affected by the typhoon.
In volleyball, the boys reigning champion team of Abellana National School (ANS), which is eyeing for a three-peat beat Pardo National High School, 25-13, 25-22 to take its second straight victory in the tournament.
ANS head coach Karem Datig said he hopes they will reach the finals and expects a duel against the gritty University of San Carlos (USC), who easily won against Don Sergio Osmena Memorial National High School (DSOMNHS) via default in bracket B and currently holds a record of 2-0.
“We were dethroned by USC in the Milo Little Olympics, but this time we will make sure to protect our dominance in this tournament.
I have confidence in my team that they can deliver what is expected of them and will get the chance to play in the CVIRAA and represent CVIRAA in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa,” said Datig.
ANS, which is spearheaded by Ulyross Lopez, won a silver medal in the 2012 Palarong Pambansa and a bronze medal in the 2013. The team banks on Lopez owing to his deep experience. He was a member of the Philippine team that saw action in the 5th ASEAN Schools Games 2013, which won a bronze medal.
“We hope to improve that in 2014,” said Datig.
In the other result, Don Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) thrashed Apas National High School (ANHS), 25-10, 25-12.
In the secondary girls division, defending champion of Southwestern University easily took a victory after Pit-os National High School defaulted the match. Last year’s runner-up St. Theresa’s College (STC) thrashed Pardo National High School, 25-5,25-11 to sport a 2-0 record .
USC crushed ANS, 25-13, 25-6 in Bracket B, while the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) defeated Ramon Duterte Memorial National High School (RDMNHS), 25-6, 25-8.
Games will resume today both in the secondary and elementary division and it will be the final day for the elimination round.
BFP defies City Hall eviction order
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/523083/bfp-defies-city-hall-eviction-order
- Friday, November 8th, 2013
- By Doris C. Bongcac
Sirens were sounded and all fire trucks rushed towards the Bureau of Fire and Penology (BFP) building along N. Bacalso Avenue. But the fire bureau’s regional office was not on fire. Government firefighters and its employees formed a human barricade in support of their regional director, Senior Supt. Ma. Luisa Hadjula who has engaged Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama in a standoff after the mayor asked the fire bureau to vacate their building. A confrontation ensued between Hadjula and the City Hall team led by City Market Administrator Raquel Arce, who was tasked to serve the eviction order issued by Rama. “I will file a case against you. This is our property. This is our building. We are the owners of the building. This is our fire station. You have no respect,” Hadjula told the City Hall team Arce told Hadjula that they will have to enforce the mayor’s order. “Bakit kayo ganyan? Hindi kayo maka tao (Why are you like that? You’re not compassionate),” Hadjula replied. Hadjula asked Arce, whom she accused of trespassing, to leave the BFP building. Police personnel were on hand to secure the area and stepped in to pacify both camps. Hadjula called for assistance and a few minutes later nine firetrucks coming from as far as San Fernando town in the south and Consolacion in the north arrived. One fire truck blocked the main entrance of the BFP building to prevent city firetrucks from leaving the area. Three city-owned dump trucks parked near the sidewalk to load confiscated stuff. Due to the standoff, ambulances were unable to enter the BFP compound which is temporarily housing the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC). Patients were brought in on wheelchairs. Rama wanted to use the BFP building as a temporary hospital after the Oct. 15 earthquake. The right wing of the BFP building is occupied by the regional office while the left wing is used by the city fire department. The city fire department already moved to the Parian substation to allow the CCMC to use a portion of the BFP building. Hadjula yesterday called on Dr. Gloria Duterte, CCMC chief, to ask that they share four offices on the left wing to accommodate 40 personnel under the special response unit. She told Duterte during her morning visit that they needed space for their responders since they were also on red alert for “Oplan Yolanda.” Meetings were held until noon but Mayor Rama turned down Hadjula’s request. Instead of using part of the BFP’s left wing, Rama said the firefighters could occupy the gym of the Cebu City Sports Center. Hadjula insisted that the sports center space is not enough for them. Despite the mayor’s refusal, she ordered her personnel to set up their quarters on the second floor of the BFP left wing. She also warned her personnel against accepting any communication coming from the city government. “We are not under the mercy of the local (government). We are under the mercy of the national (government),” she said.
'Yolanda' barrels toward Visayas
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/11/07/yolanda-barrels-toward-visayas-312516
- Thursday, November 7, 2013
- By Justin K. Vestil, Oscar C. Pineda, Razel V. Cuizon and Rebelander S. Basilan
ALL classes are suspended in Cebu today and tomorrow as the community braces for Yolanda, which threatens to be the most powerful typhoon to hit Cebu in 23 years.
“I am suspending classes tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday in all levels in the entire province of Cebu, whether the storm comes or not. Mas maayong mangandam ta (It’s better for us to prepare),” Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said.
Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes appealed to owners of private companies to open available buildings to evacuees, saying the barangays’ gyms will hardly protect them from the wind and rain.
In Cebu City, the council declared the city under a state of preparedness.
When Yolanda entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility around midnight, she packed maximum winds of 195 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph, the weather bureau reported.
Moving at 30 kph
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pag-asa) said the typhoon approached east of Surigao del Sur and could be 423 kilometers east-southeast of Eastern Samar tonight.
Yolanda is moving west-northwest at 30 kph.
As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, Pag-asa raised storm signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds expected in 36 hours) in 13 areas. These are all of Samar, Leyte, Biliran Island, Camotes Island, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat, Siargao Island, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte and the northern part of Surigao del Sur.
Classes resumed only last Monday after a nearly three-week break, while communities in Bohol and Cebu began to recover from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck last Oct. 15.
One worry is that Yolanda’s rains and gusts could further weaken or destroy homes and public buildings already damaged by the quake, or trigger floods and landslides in vulnerable communities.
Local officials waste no time in suspending classes and ordering the early evacuation of neighborhoods at risk, like those living on the banks of rivers or on the shores.
Governor Davide met with contractors and utility companies to discuss their preparations for the typhoon, which has provoked comparisons to Ruping, which struck in 1990.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza and Mandaue City Mayor Cortes instructed barangay officials to inform their constituents about the impending typhoon and to prepare evacuation centers.
Radaza ordered the evacuation of residents in coastal areas tonight. School buildings, covered courts and barangay halls will be used as evacuation centers.
Mandaue Cortes, for his part, urged private institutions to allow their employees to prepare for the typhoon and stay with their families.
City Hall offices, except those offering crucial services, will be closed today and tomorrow. Those in the City Engineering Office, Accident Control and Emergency Rescue Team, Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue and City Health Office will continue to report for work.
“I asked barangay captains to ensure that they evacuate their residents to safer grounds. We discourage the use of gyms,” he said, adding that school buildings will be made into evacuation centers.
He said personnel will be deployed to monitor the Butuanon and Mahiga Rivers. Barangay captains will determine when their residents should be evacuated.
Cortes met with members of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council yesterday afternoon. In Cebu City, Mayor Michael Rama did the same with the city’s disaster management teams.
Mayor Radaza said she instructed Lapu-Lapu’s barangay officials to list down families that need to be evacuated so the City Social Welfare Services can prepare the relief goods.
Mandaue City Police Office Chief Petronelli Baldebrin said each of the six police stations will have two rescue teams, each with eight members. The police headquarters will also have nine rescue teams. Baldebrin said the teams would start monitoring their areas last night.
“We requested the City to provide us with search and rescue essentials like flashlights, life vests and ropes,” he told reporters.
At the Capitol, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) will open its command post today for Yolanda. They’ll be based on the second floor of the legislative building.
The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) already prepared 3,000 bags of relief goods for quick distribution, just in case.
PSWDO head Evelyn Senajon said each pack contains coffee, noodles, assorted canned goods, rice and bottled water.
All trucks and pick-ups are on stand-by starting today.
The Capitol has distributed 54 trucks to the barangays, towns and component cities, ready to hit the field for rescue and clean-up operations.
Mayor Erwin Yu of Tudela, Camotes said the town and its 11 barangays are prepared. The elderly and children started seeking shelter yesterday inside churches and schools not damaged by the recent earthquake.
The town, he assured, already installed generator sets in their police office, to make sure it has a way to communicate with the rest of Cebu.
In Cebu City, Mayor Rama said he suspended classes today and tomorrow, because it would be too risky to let the children attend classes today.
“It is better to be over-prepared than not to prepare at all,” he said.
While City Hall employees are required to report for work today, Rama urged the private companies to allow their employees not to work to let them prepare their households.
As Yolanda (known abroad as Haiyan) crossed open sea, it grew stronger, said Pagasa Mactan bureau chief Engr. Oscar Tabada.
According to Pagasa’s report, Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas will be windy today with overcast skies and light showers.
Jhomer Eclarino, one of Pagasa’s weather specialists, said Yolanda is expected to make landfall in Samar and Leyte Provinces by Friday, probably between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cebu City Police Office Director Senior Supt. Noli Romana said the PNP has activated its rescue and emergency response unit.
The local disaster risk reduction management council (LDRRMC) and the Parks and Playground Commission started trimming and pruning trees yesterday, to minimize damage.
The city has also indentified evacuation centers such as schools, church, gym and barangay halls.
Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Rhea Mar Angtud said the City can use all the classrooms, except those damaged by the earthquake, as evacuation sites.
The City is also monitoring all the rivers. Atty. Jose Daluz III said. Those living near the Mahiga River will be asked to evacuate before it overflows.
Health centers in Bulacao, Basak Pardo, Tisa, Labangon, Guadalupe, Pasil, Parian, Mabolo, Talamban and Carreta were also activated and will stay open 24 hours.
Mystery surrounds Toledo, Talisay blasts
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/521359/mystery-surrounds-toledo-talisay-blasts
- Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
- By Edison delos Angeles
An explosion that was followed by tremors in an upland barangay on the border of Toledo and Talisay cities remains a mystery even to an expert from the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). Robinson Giorgio of Phivolcs said they already ruled out the possibility that the explosion came from a nearby mining company’s operations. He said the explosion could have been caused by natural gas though this has yet to be verified. But residents didn’t see any holes with fumes or noticed foul odor emanating from the area. Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak asked the Phivolcs expert to come over to check the suspected site of the explosion. Giorgio said another possibility is that the sound was caused by a “localized” quake. “Earthquakes would always produce sounds, a very low-pitched sound, especially when the person is near the source,” he said. The Phivolcs expert said he needs more time to determine the real source of the sound and tremors in the area. Tumulak said barangay Manipis is adjacent to barangays Sinsin and Buot-Taup in Cebu City. The barangays have sent their watchmen to check the area. The series of explosions and ground shaking has further heightened fear among residents who were still reeling from the effects of the Oct. 15 earthquake. Authorities plan to let the residents undergo stress debriefing. Blasting The explosions and tremors were first experienced Monday morning and resulted in the cancellation of classes in both elementary and high school in the area. At 8 p.m. that same day, another loud sound from below the ground was heard. Toledo City police chief Insp. Michael Anthony Bastes tried to verify if the sound originated from the mining sites of the Carmen Copper Corp., formerly Atlas Mining. “My men came home after I sent them to verify the report. They informed me that Atlas did not have any blasting activities that evening,” Bastes said. This ruled out the mining site as the source. At 5 a.m. and at 10 a.m. yesterday, the residents reported hearing explosions. Talisay City Councilor Danny Caballero rushed to the site yesterday. He was told that a loud sound was heard at 5 a.m. “It cannot be from the mining site. Who would do blasting at dawn?” Caballero said. One barangay health worker said the blast was deafening and followed by a tremor. Manipis barangay chairman Ben Cabiluna, who lived all his life in the area said the explosion didn’t sound like it came from blasting activities of the mining company. “I was born here and live here. I’ve heard blasting sounds from Atlas before but the sound we heard last Monday and today were different,” he said. Caballero said the residents don’t want to stay in their houses anymore. “I am now contacting the social workers to arrange for a debriefing,” the Talisay City councilor said.
Quake-damaged schools' classes held in tents, sports buildings
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/11/05/quake-damaged-schools-classes-held-tents-sports-buildings-312175
- Tuesday, November 5, 2013
- By Oscar C. Pineda, Princess Dawn H. Felicitas and Rebelander S. Basilan
MANY teachers and students of public elementary and high schools in Cebu tried to hold classes inside tents and sports buildings after a two-week break because their classrooms were damaged by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Oct. 15.
Teachers said it was difficult to conduct lectures because they could hear what was going on in other classes. They also did not have blackboards.
Classes had to be conducted in shifts, which had grown shorter—from eight to four or six hours—to accommodate more sections.
After the flag ceremony in some schools, students were briefed what to do during an earthquake.
In Mandaue City, worried parents accompanied their children back to school yesterday.
Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said Gov. Hilario Davide III had asked the provincial engineer and Schools Division Superintendent Arden Monisit to prioritize the repair of damaged school buildings.
She said Capitol will buy tents that can be used by schools while undergoing repair.
At Tejero Elementary School, some of classes were divided into three shifts instead of two: the first is from 6 to 10 a.m.; the second is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and the third is from 1 to 5 p.m.
Maria Thelma Rosales, assistant principal, told Sun.Star Cebu that the four-storey Grade 5 building, the second and third floors of their four-storey Grade 1 and 4 buildings and the second floor of their administration building have been declared unsafe following the earthquake.
“If we don’t have three shifts, some students would not have classes,” said Rosales.
Tejero Elementary School has 3,100 students. Out of its 74 classrooms, 50 have been damaged by the earthquake, said Rosales.
Nine classes for Grades 4 and 5 are held inside the barangay sports complex.
Maricel Colina, a Grade 4 teacher, said the situation is not conducive for learning.
“Nagpabasa ko sa akong mga studyante, nagpabasa sad ang pikas nga klase so nagyagaw gyud. Di gyud pwede nga ing-ani kay way makat-unan ang mga bata (I let my students read, but the next class would do the same. It’s too noisy. The students would not learn anything),” she told Sun.Star Cebu.
Colina said she will ask higher officials of their school to put up divisions in the sports complex.
A LOUD explosion in the mountain barangay of Manipis, Talisay City yesterday sent residents into panic and disrupted classes, which have just resumed after a break that was extended to two weeks because of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Oct. 15.
“Nangangha mi. Abi namo og linog napud (We were shocked. We thought it was another earthquake),” said village chief Pedro Cabiluna to Sun.Star Cebu.
Upon Cabiluna’s request, teachers advised the 300 students of Manipis Elementary School and Manipis National High School to go home.
Talisay City Councilor Danny Caballero, together with the police, went to the Manipis, located about 13 kilometers from the city proper, to investigate the blast.
Caballero said the explosion occurred past 9 a.m. and was followed by another one at 10 p.m. No one was reported injured and no property was damaged, but the explosions frightened residents.
Cabiluna said residents suspect the explosions was caused by dynamite blasts related to mining in Toledo City.
“Makadungog mi sauna mag-blasting sila pero dili ing-ato kakusog (We heard mining blasts in the past but not that loud),” he said.
Mining operations sometimes use dynamite blasting to break rocks.
PO2 Dennis Onasin of the Talisay City Police Station, one of the responding police officers, said they will talk to the management of the mining company to verify if the explosions were caused by their operations.
The Toledo City Police Station called Carmen Copper Corp. to ask about the explosion, but the mining firm denied it.
“Dili man daw sa ila gikan. Wala sila nag-blasting (They did not cause the blast,” said Chief Insp. Michael Anthony Bastes, the city police chief.
In the absence of blackboards, she said, they will use visual aids.
The situation is the same at Labangon Elementary School.
Charito Velasco, principal, said 10 Grade 6 classes were held inside the barangay sports complex because the earthquake damage 14 out of the school’s 72 classrooms.
At Gothong Memorial National Highschool, classes were held under tents provided to them by the City Government's Local School Board.
Benedicta Arcilla told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday that six fourth year classes and three second year classes were conducted in the makeshift classrooms.
Gothong, she said, cannot use 43 out of its 78 classrooms.
Mayor Michael Rama visited public schools in Bulacao, Inayawan, Pardo, Quiot, Punta Princesa, Mambaling and Basak, as well as the Don Vicente Rama Elementary School.
Classes in the schools were held inside tents and sports buildings, he said.
The mayor instructed the local school board to repair all the classrooms damaged by the earthquake before the year ends.
At the Mandaue City Central School, one of the biggest schools in the city, parents stayed at the waiting area until classes were dismissed.
Arlene Mulle said she wanted to be around for her two sons, ages nine and 14, if an aftershock ever occurred.
The 36-year-old housewife said the Oct. 15 earthquake left her youngest son traumatized. “Kung mu-aftershock, mugakos dayon nako (When there's an aftershock, he would hug me),” she said.
Despite the threat of aftershocks, the school had full attendance yesterday.
In Lapu-Lapu City, pupils underwent a debriefing session after the flag-raising ceremony.
“The teachers let the students share their experience of the earthquake,” said Dr. Eduardo Ompad, superintendent of Department of Education (DepEd) Lapu-Lapu City Division.
At the Mandaue City Central School, pupils were told what to do if an earthquake occurs.
With 19 classrooms unfit for occupancy, principal Aliena Quimque said Grade 1 and 2 pupils had to be divided into morning and afternoon classes.
Quimque said the classrooms, which were previously occupied by 15 sections, were declared unsafe by engineers from the City and DepEd central office.
The Mandaue City Police Office also set up help desks in selected schools, including the City Central School.
Teachers yesterday briefed the affected students of the changes.
Grade 1 and 2 pupils were divided into two schedules. The first schedule is from 7 a.m. until noon, while the second is from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The rest of the grade levels will have normal classes.
Quimque said they will have to hold Saturday classes or extend class hours to make up for the lost school days. “It will depend on the decision of the higher offices,” she added.
In Lapu-Lapu City, some classes, including Basak and Marigondon Elementary Schools, had to be conducted in shifts and were held inside sports buildings.
Ompad said 52 classrooms need repair following the earthquake.
Aside from schools, Capitol will also supply two tents for each of the 16 hospitals damaged by the Oct 15 earthquake.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Board (PB) adopted a resolution urging mayors to require the retrofitting of all buildings older than 10 years.
Mayor crafts the rules – Carillo
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/520063/mayor-crafts-the-rules-carillo
- Monday, November 4th, 2013
- By Doris C. Bongcac, Chief of Reporters
Technicalities have prevented the Cebu City government from implementing its “No Plastic Bag Saturday Ordinance” almost one year after the local law was approved. Councilor Gerardo Carillo wants the propriety of the City Council’s drafting and approval of the ordinance’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) reviewed by the committee on laws of the City Council. He said that the passage of the IRR which mentions that the ordinance should take effect after Mayor Michael Rama affixes his signature may be contradicting the approved ordinance which states that the regulation should be implemented six months from its approval by the City Council. Carillo said that as procedure, the Office of the Mayor is the implementing body of the approved ordinances so it should be the one to draft the IRR. “Passing the IRR (of the No Plastic Saturday Ordinance) may set a precedent. The ordinance is a law and should be implemented. No IRR can amend a law,” he said. The City Council approved the “No Plastic Saturday Ordinance” penned by then Councilor Edgar Labella and Councilor Nida Cabrera on December 2012. The ordinance was supposed to be up for implementation after six months. It provides for the imposition of a P2,000-fine against violators during the first year of its implementation. Fines will be increased to P5,000 and may be coupled with six months imprisonment or cancellation of the business permit during the second year of its implementation. But the previous council, of which Carillo was not yet a part of, decided to pass an IRR that would serve to guide in the implementation of the ordinance that will prohibit commercial establishments and vendors from using plastic bags on Saturdays. Carillo assumed office as a member of the City Council on July 1. Cabrera moved for the final approval of the IRR in last Wednesday’s session but Carillo opposed it. “We will be contradicting ourselves,” Carillo said. He told the council that passing an IRR should best be left to the executive department to do if necessary. Carillo said that as for the “No Plastic Saturday Ordinance,” it lacked a provision which mentions the need to have an IRR. In lieu of an IRR, the executive and legislative departments could instead create an oversight committee that would oversee its implementation.
What’s best site for new hospital?
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/519521/whats-best-site-for-new-hospital
- Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
- By Ricky Poca
Another issue has erupted between Cebu City Hall and the regional office of the Bureau of Fire Protection over the city government’s move to recover the lot occupied by the fire department on N. Bacalso Avenue so it can be used as a temporary hospital for displaced patients of the Cebu City Medical Center. The fire department said it would disconnect water and electric supply since the bills were being paid by the BFP. Some fixtures, including toilet bowls, were already removed. I find the fire department’s actions insensitive and totally ungracious. They forget that the land is owned by the city government. The building will only be used temporarily for displaced patients of the damaged CCMC. Besides, the mayor is assigning the BFP another area in the Cebu City sports complex. The mayor is is left with no other option but to file a civil case against the fire department to vacate the area. I think the BFP which is under the Department of Interior and Local Government should give way to more crucial services needed by the people. They have another area to relocate. But it is also important for both parties to hold a dialogue in the hope that this issue can be resolved amicably.
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The new group called Care CCMC led by Dr. Shawn Espina is in the drawing board planning things for a new CCMC. Shawn, a surgeon, is the younger brother of two architects – Omar Maxwell, who is former dean of the College of Architecture and Fine Arts of the University of San Carlos and past District Governor of Rotary International 3860, and Joseph Michael or “Yumi,” the present dean of CAFA. With this connection, Shawn has gotten the cooperation of the university’s CAFA to help design a new 1,000-bed city hospital. I was informed by Shawn that what they want to be decided now is the proposed site of the hospital so they can immediately start to work on a design proposal. This has attracted the interest of some sectors because many people are suggesting possible locations. One location that is being considered is the old Ramos public market which is in the middle of the city and near other hospitals. Another area being seriously considered is lot in the South Road Properties (SRP) but this may not be ideal. I remember a map presented by environment advocates showing that in 20 years time, the coastal area would be submerged because of the effects of Climate Change. Besides, the SRP has no drainage system, no electricity and no water connections. There are no roads that cut across the huge tract of reclaimed land. A third option is the present location of CCMC in Natalio Bacalso Avenue but this time an expanded area that includes the fire department across the road and the site of the Citilink terminal. I don’t know if the total area is big enough for a modern 1,000-bed hospital. The old CCMC building is not recommended for retrofitting because it doesn’t pass the standards set by the current building code. With the city’s present population of 1.5 million, compared to less than 600,000 people 45 years ago when the CCMC was built, the existing building does not meet today’s needs. Besides, Cebu City residents deserve a world class, state-of-the-art public hospital that can compare with a private hospital. Cebu City, the queen city of the south, deserves a better medical facility just like Makati City, in order to serve the people better.
20T passengers cramp south bus terminal
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/11/02/20t-passengers-cramp-south-bus-terminal-311730
- Saturday, November 2, 2013
- By Flornisa M. Gitgano and Justin K. Vestil
MORE than 20,000 passengers have trooped to the Cebu South Bus Terminal in the past two days to spend All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in their hometown.
Terminal administrator Vicente Dejoras Jr. said problems only occur when buses are delayed arriving in the terminal.
These can often be attributed to mechanical problems buses encounter when traveling back to the city, said Loy Madrigal, provincial chief security officer.
When a bus is delayed, passengers have to endure a long wait and the heat inside the terminal, he said.
Dejoras said passengers started arriving en masse last Thursday.
Yesterday, the terminal was full of people by 4 a.m. People and bus flow didn’t normalize until 1 p.m.
For security, 47 policemen and 60 security personnel, who were assigned in two shifts, were deployed at the terminal.
The police and military also provided two K9 dogs.
Some 17 personnel from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and more than 20 medical personnel were also on stand-by.
Since Monday, 18 pickpockets have been arrested inside the terminal.
Meanwhile, Dejoras said they used the rear portion of the terminal to accommodate more passengers.
He said they also provided lanes were passengers waited for their turn to get inside the bus.
He thanked bus operators, drivers and conductors for heeding his request not to pick up passengers outside the terminal.
Once on their way, though, passengers had to endure bumper-to-bumper traffic from the town of Minglanilla to Barangay Perrelos in Carcar City yesterday.
No traffic enforcers
The traffic jam reportedly began around 11 a.m.
It may have been caused by a motorcycle accident in Barangay San Isidro, San Fernando.
Alejandro Carao was taking his wife and daughter to Cebu City, when they were rear-ended by Jesson Girasta’s motorcycle. Girasta was bringing Basilia Yntong, a midwife, to a relative’s house when the accident happened.
PO2 Jose Claire Palagtiosa of the San Fernando Police Station clarified that the traffic was also caused by the many tricycles that crossed the highway to get to cemeteries located along or near the road.
When he learned about the situation, Carcar City Mayor Nicepuro Apura told Sun.Star Cebu he immediately deployed policemen to man traffic at the highway.
He told them to direct small private vehicles to take a detour at San Vicente St. and exit at the diversion road heading to Dr. Jose Rizal St.
Bigger vehicles, such as buses, plied the normal route toward the Carcar Rotunda.
Aside from the traffic being heavy, it was also slow moving, Apura said.
Also yesterday, police officials led by Police Regional Office 7 Director Danilo Constantino inspected cemeteries in southern Cebu.
They observed that no one was assigned to man traffic on the national highway.
DepEd 7 resets Cviraa
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/sports/2013/11/01/deped-7-resets-cviraa-311671
- Friday, November 1, 2013
- By Marian C. Baring
THE Department of Education Region 7 decided to postpone the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (Cviraa) to Dec. 14 to 18, two weeks after its original schedule.
The entire Bohol and Cebu suffered the brunt of the 7.2 magninude earthquake last Oct.
11 and have felt the more than 2,000 aftershocks thereafter.
Facilities have been damaged and although host Cebu is capable of hosting, many student-athletes have been displaced. School and training have been postponed and the victims, especially those from Bohol, are still on their road to recovery.
“We want to give the earthquake victims a chance to recover,” said Resource Mobilization, Special Programs and Projects Division-7 chief Vivian Ginete during their meeting among division heads last Friday.
Ginete said that there were divisions like Bohol, Tagbilaran and Cebu Province that suggested to just move the regional meet in February next year.
Ginete however said that they need to spend the regional meet budget within the year.
“They wanted to move it to February but we can’t hold the event past 2013 because the budget has to be spent this year,” said Ginete.
Because the schedule was moved, it will no longer be in conflict with the playdate of the Milo Little Olympics national finals, which was scheduled to end on the day the Cviraa was supposed to start.
The Cviraa is the regional competition that will determine the players that will represent Central Visayas in the national meet, the Palarong Pambansa, set in the summer of 2014.
Meanwhile, the Cebu City Olympics will go on as scheduled on Nov. 6-10 at the Cebu City Sports Center.
Organizer Ricky Ballesteros said that they decided to push through with it because the venues were found to be fit to be played on after the earthquake.
“The initial shock of the strong quake has slowly dissipated. The Cebuanos are starting to get used to the aftershocks as these start to get weaker. But we are dealing with kids and we have to constantly remind them of the safety measures in case there will be tremors during the games,” said Ballesteros.
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