Cebu City News
Carcar City photo and video entries candidate to CBMS Awards
- Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=2441394011176
- Thursday, March 6, 2014
- By : Ferliza C. Contratista
CEBU CITY, March 5 (PIA) --- Carcar City is calling Cebuanos to support its video and photo entries for a national awarding body.
Candice Acuna, Carcar City Information Officer, said their entries for the advocacy video and photo was chosen as candidate for the 3rd Community Based Montitoring System-Philippines Special Awards.
CBMS is a program adapted and implemented jointly by the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) with the City of Carcar.
Its goal is institutionalizing a community-based monitoring system to generate baseline data for poverty diagnosis, planning, and target monitoring.
“Carcar City is one of the first cities in the Philippines to adapt the CBMS. We need everyone’s support for the online voting,” Acuna said.
In order to vote, one must ask to join the Facebook account of CBMS International Network Group, then like the entries of LGU Carcar City for Best CBMS Advocacy Video and Best CBMS Photo.
The online voting period is from February 25 until March 25 at 10 pm.
There are three entries for the Best CBMS Advocacy videos by LGUs and 22 entries for the Best CBMS Advocacy Photos.
CBMS is one of the tools developed in the early 1990s to provide policymakers and program implementers with a good information base for tracking the impact of macroeconomic reforms and various policy shocks.
It is an organized way of collecting information at the local level for use of local government units, national government agencies, non-government organizations, civil society and development partner agencies for planning, program implementation and monitoring. (rmn/FCC/PIA Cebu)
Cebu City Development Programs Involve Dredging (The Philippines)
- Source: http://www.dredgingtoday.com/2014/03/05/cebu-city-development-programs-involve-dredging-the-philippines/
- Wednesday, March 5, 2014
- By : dredgingtoday.com
An official from the Cebu City Engineering District of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Region 7 said that they plan to implement some P404.2 million worth of projects in the city this year. District Engineer Fernando Cruz said the projects include the P289.5-million concreting and widening of the Don Serging Osmeña Ave. which is under contract with WT Construction. He added that among projects to be implemented this year are the P15-million reconstruction and rehabilitation of a damaged national road, including drainage on M.C. Briones St.; P7.6 million for Arellano Blvd.; P5 million for the arterial road on N. Bacalso Ave.; P20 million for the dredging of Subangdaku River at the boundary of Cebu City and Mandaue City; P8.19 million for flood control along Inayawan River; and P900,000 for the maintenance of Sanciangco Bridge. Cruz also said that all preventive maintenance projects will be done at night to avoid congesting traffic.
Cebu Customs report P209-M collection
- Source: http://manilastandardtoday.com/2014/03/04/cebu-customs-report-p209-m-collection/
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014
- By : Junex Doronio
CEBU CITY, Cebu – Amid the ongoing reforms to curb smuggling and corruption, the Bureau of Customs Port of Cebu continued to meet its collection target , with a surplus of more than P209 million last month.
Port of Cebu district collector Roberto T. Almadin said they were able to collect a total of more than P1 billion or exactly P1,151,778,228 in the face of its collection target of P941,989,000 for the month of February this year.
“We are happy that we met our target last month,” Almadin said.
It was noted that since Almadin assumed office three months ago, he has instituted reforms in the Cebu port district to discourage misdeclaration and undervaluation of goods.
Last January, which is considered a lean month, the Port of Cebu also collected more than one billion pesos as against its target of P997 million and realized a surplus of more than P53 million.
The BOC Port of Cebu has set a target collection of P12.4 billion this year or P3 billion more than what it collected last year.
Almadin noted that this year’s revenue target is 43 percent higher than their P8.7 billion target last year.
Last November, Cebu ranked sixth nationwide in revenue collection by generating more than P9 billion of its P8.7 billion target. Junex Doronio
Women Safety Module says forms of violence include emotional, economic
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/03/03/women-safety-module-says-forms-violence-include-emotional-economic-331091
- Monday, March 3, 2014
- By : Kevin A. Lagunda
A DAY before Valentine’s Day in 2012, a public prosecutor went inside a mall in Cebu City with her sister and daughter.
The prosecutor later noticed her former boyfriend following them. Manuel (not his real name) later tried to hug her, to no avail.
He continued to follow them.
Manuel then grabbed the prosecutor by the arm when they were already outside the mall. Manuel forced her estranged lover to go along with him, but the prosecutor pulled away.
After she found out that Manuel’s marriage was not yet annulled, the prosecutor ended her relationship with him.
The mall incident pushed the prosecutor to charge Manuel with a complaint for violating Republic Act (RA) 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004.
“I was really assuming he would be the man I would spend the rest of my life with, and he initially gave me every reason to expect that that was what he wanted also,” the prosecutor said in her affidavit.
The Philippines celebrates Women’s Month every March. RA 9262 was enacted on March 8, 2004 to protect women and children suffering from domestic violence.
Under RA 9262, a woman can file a complaint even if she was not physically abused.
The Women Safety Module, produced after the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) in 2008, states that the forms of violence are physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, and economic abuses.
“Emotional and other forms of non-personal violence are the most common types of spousal violence. One in seven ever-married women experienced physical violence by their husbands while eight percent experienced sexual violence by their husbands,” the NDHS reported.
Violence against married women “tends to decline as husband’s age increases, education increases, and wealth quintile increases.”
The NDHS further reported that violence against women are prevalent in Central Visayas, Caraga region, and Soccsksargen.
The prosecutor’s case against Manuel was among the 162 cases filed in different court branches in Cebu City in 2013 by her fellow prosecutors under the justice department.
The highest number of cases was filed in August last year with 21, while the lowest was in October with five.
There were 16 cases filed in court in January, 14 in February, 14 in March, 19 in April, 13 in May, 10 in June, 17 in July, 16 in September, 8 in November and 9 in December.
In 2012, 192 cases of violations of RA 9262 were filed in courts.
The law states that violence against women and their children refers to “any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or against a woman with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom he has a common child, or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which result in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.”
Meanwhile, the 2008 NDHS revealed that one in five women aged 15-49 experienced physical abuse since age 15.
It further stated that “14.4 percent of married women have experienced physical abuse from their husbands; and more than 37 percent of separated or widowed women have experienced physical violence, implying that domestic violence could be the reason for separation or annulment.”
NDHS further reported that at least there was “one in 25 women age 15-49 who have ever had sex ever experienced forced first sexual intercourse the law to be effective.
According to NDHS, only “one in three women who experienced physical/sexual violence reported having physical injuries such as cuts, bruises or aches.”
“More than 10 percent reported to have suffered eye injuries, sprains, dislocations or burns, and about the same proportion reported that they attempted to commit suicide.
GUESS | What is the country's oldest street? Clue: It's in Cebu
- Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/81809/guess--what-is-the-countrys-oldest-street-clue-its-in-cebu
- Sunday, March 2, 2014
- By : InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5
CEBU CITY -- Local businessmen are helping revitalize trade and commerce on Colon Street, the Philippines’ oldest street, and other areas in the city’s downtown area. And Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama praised the businessmen for their efforts.
Among the businessmen commended by Rama were Jose “Dodong” Gullas, chairman of The Freeman newspaper and executive vice president of the University of the Visayas; Valeriano “Bobit” Avila, whose family owns a chain of movie houses; and the Gaisanos, whose chain of stores in the city’s downtown area is making Colon a place of trade and commerce.
Rama also thanked lawyer Augusto W. Go, owner of the University of Cebu (UC); Aboitiz Group, which operates City Savings Bank; the Lhuillier clan; and the rest of the businessmen who invested millions of pesos along the oldest street in the country.
Rama said the local businessmen played a vital role in the city’s revitalization program and bringing back the old and historic Colon.
“My deep appreciation to the Avilas, Gullas, Go, Gaisano, Aboitiz, Lhuillier, and other entrepreneurs that never lost their trust in Colon,” Rama said.
Rama said he was happy to see the revitalization in the downtown areas and the restoration of the “glorious, classical, and magnificent downtown color.”
Rama initiated the downtown revitalization program, which aims to light up the whole stretch of Colon, maintain peace and order, promote clean and green program, improve the traffic flow, regulate the vendors, and boost business in the area.
He said he wants to restore and bring back what was Colon before as the city’s major trading hub and the center of commerce and industry.
Siblings fall in Carcar drug bust
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/03/01/siblings-fall-carcar-drug-bust-330810
- Saturday, March 1, 2014
- By : Davinci S. Maru
A SUSPECTED big-time drug dealer, his sister and a companion were arrested by authorities during simultaneous raids in Barangay Poblacion I, Carcar City, Cebu at dawn yesterday.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7 Director Lyndon Aspacio said that Jay Camotes, 36, is a major drug player in Carcar City who allegedly owned a squad of goons.
“Parang ang tingin nila may stronghold sila sa area (They behaved as if the area was their stronghold). They couldn’t be arrested or touched,” he said.
About 50 operatives from PDEA 7 and Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) 7 conducted the joint operation at 3 a.m. using search warrants against Jay and his sister Joan, 46.
They rounded up the suspects, who were caught by surprise, in less than one minute to avoid a gunfight with Jay’s goons, Aspacio said.
Regional Trial Court (RTC) 7 Branch 10 Judge Soliver Peras issued the warrants last Feb. 20.
Samuel Barcelonia, 56, of Barangay Campo 6, Talisay City was slightly wounded after he attempted to resist the agents. He was described as Jay’s errand boy.
“Nakipagbungo sa amin (He resisted) and he tried to reach for the firearms,” Aspacio said.
Jay, together with his companion, was caught in his house while Joan got arrested in their ancestral house, located nearby on P. Del Corro St.
Seized from Jay were two medium packs of shabu believed to be worth P50,000; a .45 pistol; a 12-gauge shotgun; two 9mm live bullets; an improvised lighter; weighing scale; two high-capacity magazines with 18 live bullets; four live bullets for a shotgun; a KG9 magazine with two live bullets; and more than P5,000, believed to be drug proceeds.
Joan, on the other hand, was caught with a 9mm pistol with seven live bullets, a .38 revolver and drug paraphernalia.
Aspacio, during the interview, said they confirmed that Jay hired goons after five of them ran away, apparently sensing the presence of authorities.
He said they have been monitoring Jay and his sister, who is also allegedly involved in selling drugs, for two months. They were considered high-value targets.
Aspacio said the suspects mainly operate in Carcar City, but their patrons were from other areas. The PDEA 7 is also monitoring other suspected drug personalities in the city.
With the siblings’ arrest, he said the volume of drugs in Carcar City will be affected momentarily. “But eventually, other players will come in and cover yung naiwan niya (what was left open),” Aspacio said.
Jay, when interviewed by reporters, denied the allegations. “Wala ko kahibaw nganong naa ko ana. Natog ra man ko sa balay (I don’t know why I’ve been accused of these things. I was just sleeping at home),” he said.
Last 2010, he was arrested after being accused of masterminding the killing of a Filipino-Chinese businessman in Carcar City.
Complaints for possession of illegal drugs and illegal possession of firearms will be filed against the suspect.
Caught at home
In a separate operation, another suspected drug pusher was arrested by police during a buy-bust in Barangay Poblacion, Cordova, Cebu yesterday morning.
Confiscated from Geno Pilapil were a large pack and 15 small packs of alleged shabu, worth at least P100,000 in street sales.
The Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Raidsotg) of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 conducted the operation at 7 a.m. outside Pilapil’s house.
Senior Insp. Henrix Bancoleta of Raidsotg told Sun.Star Cebu they bought a small sachet of shabu worth P200 from the suspect.
When Pilapil noticed he was dealing with a police decoy, he ran into the room and locked his door. The raiding team caught him inside.
During an interview, the suspect said he resorted to selling drugs after his grandmother who owned a resort in Lapu-Lapu City passed away.
“Mao man kuno ‘toy mosuporta nila (He said they had depended on their grandmother),” Bancoleta said. Pilapil will face complaints for illegal possession and selling of drugs.
‘Relocate port, build bridge’
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/02/28/relocate-port-build-bridge-330604
- Friday, February 28, 2014
- By : Razel V. Cuizon
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) to transfer the international and domestic ports in the City to pave the way for the plan to build a third bridge and to decongest the area.
“This is about time and it has been long talked about, the port has to be relocated,” Rama told reporters. Rama sees the need to disperse the traffic of people coming in and out of the City everyday. He also hopes that CPA was able to observe that the port area is already congested of vessels.
“Traffic of people is already inevitable,” Rama said.
Talks have been done before and Rama is looking at either Consolacion or Liloan as the area for the new ports. The are now ship yards in the two towns.
The works for the third bridge will also be easier since there will be lesser vessels passing through the proposed area.
Rama plans to build the bridge linking Cebu City to Cordova and will pass through Shell Island.
If the plan to transfer the ports pushes through, Rama suggested that the CPA should use the old area as docking area for the big vessels, such as cruise ships that will bring in tourists.
To recall, several plans and suggestions to have the seaport relocated was also presented.
Rama’s suggestion to transfer the seaports came after he shared with the newly-appointed US Ambassador to the Philippines, Philip Goldberg, the plan to build the new bridge.
Goldberg made a courtesy visit to Rama last Wednesday.
He also insisted that the proposed third bridge should be in Cebu City.
“I hope they will all be thinking that Cebu City is a hub,” Rama added.
Rama also shared several projects, which include the on-going works to rebuild the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).
The Mayor said he hopes Goldberg can visit the patients of CCMC currently housed in the headquarters of the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) so he could see the situation himself.
9 CH job-order workers may have to wait longer for pay
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/02/27/9-ch-job-order-workers-may-have-wait-longer-pay-330433
- Thursday, February 27, 2014
- By : Razel V. Cuizon
A MOVE of the Cebu City Council is delaying further the release of salaries of 20 job-order (JO) personnel assigned at the Suba Fish Port and Community Scouts Center.
During its session yesterday, the council moved to ask for two separate resolutions authorizing the hiring of the workers and charging under the City’s account their salaries of the 20 workers.
The 20 employees have yet to claim their salaries for 10 months amounting to P1.2 million. They have been working unpaid since April last year as detailed security at the fish port.
Councilor Margarita Osmeña, chairperson of the committee on budget and finance, said that if the council approves the two resolutions, the City will then find funding for the payment of salaries.
Aside from the two resolutions, the council also approved the measure to augment funds in the City’s accounts to guarantee that there will be future sources of fund for salaries.
Councilor Nendell Hanz Abella, who chairs the ad hoc committee, had recommended the payment of the workers’ salaries. The council had formed the ad hoc committee to look into the employment of Jos, including their job description and actual work.
Abella said the 20 JOs should be paid since they already rendered their services to the City Government.
As to suggestions to appoint the JOs as casual employees, Osmeña said it cannot be realized since the City will exceed in the 45-percent limit in a year for its personnel services.
Osmeña, however, said she has already asked the Human Resource Department Office to clarify the matter.
Councilor Sisinio Andales, for his part, suggested hiring the JOs as casual employees since they have been working for the City for more than six months.
Buzz: Unmet expectations in local Edsa rites
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/02/26/buzz-unmet-expectations-local-edsa-rites-330373
- Wednesday, February 26, 2014
- By : sunstar.com.ph
-- MIKE’S WISH LIST. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama was invited to, and attended, the Edsa celebration at Cebu Capitol last Tuesday. He was among the prominent guests seated in front row on the stage. But he wasn’t able to get near President Aquino and couldn’t get in a word edgewise about any of his wishes for the City. He didn’t even get to sit at the brunch in the office of the governor. But then except for Gov. Junjun Davide, who among the local political personalities did?
Who were able to join the “inner circle” during the visit at Capitol? Maybe not Toledo City Mayor Sonny Osmeña, the former senator. How about Tomas Osmeña, who’s neither mayor nor congressman but a close pal of DILG Chief Mar Roxas?
DANTES’S PERFORMANCE. A disappointment to star watchers was movie star Dingdong Dantes who was supposed to play Fidel V. Ramos at the “Salubungan.”
In getup and props, he didn’t look like FVR. In movement and mannerism, he didn’t resemble a bit the former Marcos chief of staff. No cigar and cigar chomping, no Ramos “jump.” Clearly, he didn’t even try. In a movie playing FVR, he would’ve been a total flop. He looked and acted like Dingdong Dantes carrying the Philippine flag.
-- LOCAL EDSA PERSONALITIES. There were few Edsa revolt personalities in Cebu at the ceremony, such as Antonio Cuenco and Mocring Barcenas, but the public didn’t see them. If they were on stage, they must have been covered by the people on the front row; if they were not up there, they must have been lurking somewhere.
They should’ve been given some recognition putting them where the public could see them. Their names were not even mentioned by the emcees. Instead, those up front were the President’s subalterns who had not been at Edsa Manila or even in Cebu when Cory Aquino called for civil disobedience.
Symbols and songs at Edsa ceremony
YELLOW AND HAND SIGNS. There were a lot of yellow shirts and dresses but they were in the crowd. Most of those on stage (including Governor Davide, Vice Mayor Agnes Magpale and Mayor Rama) were in non-yellow.
But the “L” or “Laban” sign was used by all those on stage, including the mayor who’s identified with non-Liberal Jojo Binay.
Dantes, Sen. Bambam Aquino who played Butz Aquino and Butz (who were beside one another on the stage) hoisted the clenched fist, not the “L” sign.
BARBED WIRE. Senator Bambam carried a circled barbed wire at the “Salubungan,” or a replica of it, as it looked harmless. Someone in the crowd loudly asked if Bambam would put it on P-Noy’s head.
SONGS. “Bayan Ko” and “Magkaisa” were sung by a choral group to accompany some features of the celebration, including the mass waving of the “L” sign.
Few netizens in the audience knew that “Magkaisa” was composed by Vic Sotto, now senator who inserted the online libel provision in the Cybercrime Prevention Law.
Demolition of CCMC building starts
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/02/25/demolition-ccmc-building-starts-330086
- Tuesday, February 25, 2014
- By : Princess Dawn H. Felicitas
THE Cebu City Government yesterday began demolishing the 45-year-old Cebu City Medical Center on N. Bacalso Ave.
The city hospital building was declared unsafe for occupancy after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.
During the ceremony that marked the start of the demolition of the old hospital, the Cebu Court of First Instance (CFI) Cooperative gave Cebu City Hall P1 million for the construction of a new hospital.
The demolition of the old hospital had to be undertaken by the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) as the CCMC ad hoc committee has yet to find a private contractor that will do the job free of charge.
DEPW deployed two heavy equipment to the site—one backhoe and one backhoe loader-and started tearing down the entrance of the CCMC building.
DEPW Head Jose Marie Poblete said a private contractor would get the job done faster.
He added that since DEPW does not have the necessary equipment and technical expertise for such undertaking, it would take them more than three months to complete the demolition.
The CCMC ad hoc committee wants to have the demolition completed in three months because it wants to build the new hospital this year.
CCMC chief Dr. Gloria Duterte said they were sad to see the CCMC building demolished. She considered it her home for 33 years.
“It's just so unfortunate that the hospital has been damaged,” she said.
Teresita Figuracion, 62, cried when the backhoe tore down the entrance of the hospital. She has been chief of housekeeping at CCMC for five years.
“Makahilak gyud ko kay gipangga ug gimahal ko man na sauna pa (I can’t help but cry. I loved that hospital),” she said.
Both CCMC officials, however, welcome the building of a new hospital, which would give better service to city residents.
The City Government launched the “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” campaign to raise funds for the new hospital. Yesterday, City Hall received P1 million from Cebu CFI Cooperative chairperson Esperanza Garcia, a retired judge.
The City has raised more than P11 million so far.
“Thank you to all those who donated. Your peso may just be a peso now but tomorrow it will be a hospital for everybody," Mayor Michael Rama said during the turnover.
Rama said he will meet with the City Council this week to determine how much can be allotted for the hospital project under the first supplemental budget for this year.
If he has his way, Rama said, he would allot P1 billion for the new CCMC. But he said he will listen to the suggestions of the councilors as City Hall has other priority programs and projects.
February 24 is a holiday in Cebu City
- Source: http://cebufinest.com/february-24-is-a-holiday-in-cebu-city/
- Monday, February 24, 2014
- By : Justin K. Vestil
Pursuant to the Republic Act 7287, February 24 of every year is declared as a special non-working holiday in the City of Cebu.
The holiday which is known as Cebu City Charter Day, in commemoration of its foundation anniversary was approved on March 24, 1992.
Looking back, it was on February 24, 1937, when the City of Cebu was born by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 58 through the initiative of Don Vicente Rama, the father of Cebu City Charter.
The then municipality of Cebu who was under the Cebu Provincial Government became an independent Chartered City known as “Cebu City” which was inaugurated as the third city of the Philippines, after Manila in 1571 and Baguio in 1909.
This year, the City of Cebu now headed by Mayor Michael L Rama will be turning 77 on February 24 Monday with series of week-long activities lined-up for the celebration.
In addition, the following day February 25, 2014 Tuesday which is an EDSA Revolution or People Power Anniversary is declared as a special holiday but for schools only, based from the Proclamation 655.
To get the complete list of holidays in 2014, check Ready, get set, plan your vacation for 2014 Philippine Holidays post.
‘Portuguese’ hacker hits Cebu City website
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/02/23/portuguese-hacker-hits-cebu-city-website-329851
- Sunday, February 23, 2014
- By : Princess Dawn H. Felicitas
CEBU City constituents who want to check out the official website of the City Government for information and news updates will not be able to access it for the meantime after it was defaced by a hacker who claimed to be a Portuguese.
The City’s website has not been accessible for the past two days.
Public Information and Office Chief Carlo Dugaduga said he did not understand why the website will have to be hacked when the information being posted are not “classified information,” but only City Hall activities, news updates and projects that are subject for bidding process.
“These are information mandated by law to be posted on the local government unit’s website. Unsa man ila makuha kung i-hack na nila (What will they get from hacking the website),” he said.
He said the City’s website also contains copies of ordinances passed by the City Council.
It also provides information of the City’s elected officials, history, landmarks and tourist spots, among many others.
Dugaduga hopes that the hacking of the website will be addressed by the Management Information Computer System (MICS).
MICS Head Conrado Ordesta III, in a separate interview, said he did not know the City’s website was hacked.
He, however, said he will have the matter immediately addressed by his technical staff today. He said his office will try to fix it within the day.
This is already the second time that the City’s website was hacked.
The first incident happened on Dec. 27, 2012 by a certain HighTech Brazil Hack Team. MICS was able to restore the website the following day.
Cebu posts P391-M earnings
- Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/cebu-posts-r391-m-earnings/
- Saturday, February 22, 2014
- By : Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.
Cebu City, Cebu — The Cebu provincial government earned a total of P391 million from local taxes, operating and miscellaneous revenues and economic enterprises in 2013, or nearly P60 million higher than its earnings in 2012.
The amount is a substantial part of revenues which came to a total P2.2 billion, including the province’s Internal Revenue Allotment share, but excluding funds denominated as special education fund totaling P71.9 million and a P97.1 million trust fund last year.
Provincial Treasurer Emmanuel Guial attributed the increase in Cebu’s own earnings to the expansion of the Larsian Food Park at the Fuente Osmeña, which earned P6.1 million, along other such top earners as taxes collected by the province sand on sand, gravel and other quarry resources.
Guial credited the rise in income from quarry resources to the provincial government’s strict implementation of the Provincial Code and assiduous monitoring work conducted by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) inspection team headed by lawyer Chad Estella and Civil Security Unit Chief Loy Madrigal.
Cebu’s district hospitals also earned P145.5 million in 2013 compared to the P92 million in the previous year. Provincial Health Office (IPHO) Chief Cynthia Genesolango said the increase in income is a “good” sign that many patients are now availing of the district hospitals’ services.
The province has continuously been enrolling indigent beneficiaries with state health insurance provider Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) every year. For 2014, the province is allotting P150 million for Philhealth insurance alone.
Genosolango said the poorest of the poor, as identified by the National Housing Targeting System, will automatically become PhilHealth beneficiaries in the province, with coverage to be expanded to include the “near poor.”
The province is seen as minimizing financial risk if it enrolls constituents under PhilHealth, that is, instead of spending its cash resources for every patient’s medical bills, it will resort to having the government’s health insurance entity pay for such bills.
In addition, all of Cebu’s district hospitals are PhilHealth accredited, which means premiums paid by the Capitol will be reverted back to it as reimbursement by PhilHealth to the hospitals.
10 families displaced by Talisay City blaze
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/02/21/10-families-displaced-talisay-city-blaze-329434
- Friday, February 21, 2014
- By : Justin K. Vestil
TEN houses were destroyed in a fire outside of the old Tabunok Public Market in Talisay City around 1 a.m. yesterday.
Talisay City Fire Marshal Randy Mendaros said they have yet to determine the cause of the blaze, but nearby residents claimed that a candle may have started it.
Mendaros said the cause of the fire cannot be faulty electrical wiring as most of the houses don't have electricity connection.
FO2 Eduardo Abadiano of the Talisay City Fire Department some of the houses were also used as stalls.
The fire spread quickly as the houses were made of light materials.
Fire investigators, led by FO3 Omar Andrew Segovia, pegged the damage caused by the blaze at about P50,000.
In a GMA 7 Balitang Bisdak report, some of the fire victims blamed one of their neighbors who allegedly left a lighted candle.
Talisay City public information officer Vince Monterde said the City Social Welfare Office (CSWO) is assessing the needs of the fire victims so that City Hall would know how much financial aid will be given to them.
He said the affected families are temporarily staying at the Tabunok Sports Complex.
10 houses razed in Tabunok market, Cebu fire
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/breaking-news/2014/02/20/10-houses-razed-tabunok-market-cebu-fire-329281
- Thursday, February 20th, 2014
- By : MST Sports
CEBU -- A fire razed ten residential houses in Barangay Tabunok, Talisay City early Thursday.
Talisay City Fire Officer 3 Omar Segovia said they received the alarm at 1:17 a.m. The fire was put out after two hours, at 3:10 a.m.
Segovia said most of the owners of the destroyed houses, which were made of light materials, are vendors of the old Tabunok public market.
Segovia said there were no recorded casualties or injuries.
Some residents in the fire-hit area said the fire allegedly started at the house of Lavilla Lopez.
The city fire bureau, however, said they are yet to call Lopez and other witnesses.
Colleague, partner recalls Archival’s wit, humor, guts
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/02/19/colleague-partner-recalls-archival-s-wit-humor-guts-329254
- Wednesday, February 19, 2014
- By : Jujemay G. Awit
LAWYER Noel Archival once called a judge an addict in open court, remembered Councilor Gerardo Carillo, who delivered a privilege speech remembering his fellow lawyer and “kompare.”
It so happened that Archival, some years ago, questioned the authenticity of the shabu presented in court as evidence. The judge tasted the evidence and Archival yelled that the judge is an addict.
“The entire gallery burst into laughter. He was actually trying to emphasize that the accused must be presumed innocent until proven otherwise,” Carillo said in his privilege speech.
Carillo shared that Archival is the godfather of his kids and, in turn, he was also asked to become the godfather of one of Archival’s children. The two met as law students.
With the privilege speech, Carillo also moved to condemn the brutal killing of his compañero, which was passed on mass motion.
Other motions were to extend condolences to the family of Archival while also urging the Philippine National Police “to conduct a no-nonsense investigation of the death of Atty. Archival.”
The slain lawyer is the younger brother of Councilor Nestor Archival.
The councilor did not attend the regular Council session yesterday.
Mayor Michael Rama also condemned the “treacherous” killing of the lawyer.
But he refused to admit that peace and order in Cebu is already alarming.
Rama, though, gave importance to an integrated law enforcement in the entire Cebu.
He has tasked the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) to help in the investigation even when it is no longer the City’s jurisdiction.
The killing of Archival also brought to light the risk involved in being a lawyer.
Both Rama and Carillo are lawyers.
“I did not rise in this podium just because Noel is a friend or because he is Nestor’s brother, but because he is a lawyer just earning his keep; he is a professional trying to represent his clients in the courts of law,” said Carillo in his privilege speech.
“Lawyers like Noel are often misunderstood. Our passion to represent our clients often earns the ire of the adverse party.”
Carillo remembered some of the lawyers killed in the past years like Atty. Jubian Achas on Jan. 22, 2013, shot by Canadian John Pope, who also shot to death.
Other shooting incidents that killed lawyers include Assistant Cebu City Prosecutor Patrick Ian Osorio in 2009, Atty. Richard Sison in 2008 and Atty. Arbet Sta. Ana-Yongco, the private prosecutor in the parricide case against cult leader and former congressman Ruben Ecleo Jr., in 2004.
Incidentally, Archival was a defense lawyer in the Yongco murder case.
Cebu lawyer killed in ambush
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/breaking-news/2014/02/18/cebu-lawyer-killed-ambush-328951
- Tuesday, February 18, 2014
- By : Davinci S. Maru, Jill Tatoy-Rabor, Jujemay G. Awit and Linette Ramos Cantalejo
CEBU (Updated) -- A Cebuano lawyer who handled high-profile criminal cases was killed, together with his aide and driver, after they were ambushed on the national highway in Barangay Coro, Dalaguete, Cebu Tuesday afternoon.
Lawyers Noel Archival, 52, and his companions were heading back to Cebu City from Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental, where they attended a court hearing, when their attackers peppered Archival’s black Ford Escape with bullets before 2 p.m.
The assailants rode separate red and black four-wheel-drive pickup trucks and flanked the lawyer’s sports utility vehicle before firing shots.
Archival and his aide Edu Miñoza died on the spot and had multiple gunshot wounds, police said.
Driver Alejandro Jaime was declared dead on arrival at 4:33 p.m. in the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City.
Paolo Cortes, the lawyer’s other aide, was also hit in his left arm and confined in a hospital.
At least 31 bullet holes from an M16 Armalite rifle marked all sides of the SUV (YGE-240). Seven empty shells and two deformed slugs were found 20 meters away from the vehicle.
“We can’t conclude yet. We still have to dig up,” Inspector Rico Emperwa, head of the Dalaguete Police Station, told reporters when asked what could have motivated the attack.
Emperwa believes the assailants waited for Archival’s group; the ambush took place fewer than four kilometers away from the police station.
2 vehicles used
A report over dyAB Radyo Patrol 1512 said that Archival had just come from the Regional Trial Court Branch 38 presided by Judge Cenon Voltaire Repollo. He attended a hearing on a pawnshop robbery in Dumaguete City, where some P8 million was involved.
The aide Cortes, when interviewed by police, said the red pickup truck was ahead of them while the black vehicle was behind them.
Suddenly, they were cornered and the assailants fired, forcing the driver to stop 20 meters away from where the attack began, near a cliff.
The assailants then sped toward Cebu City.
Emperwa and his personnel responded to a call for help and saw Archival lying lifeless on the backseat.
“Friend mi niya tungod sa pagkita namo sa korte kapila. Nahibong ko nganong na-ingani siya (He became a friend after we kept seeing each other in court. I’m shocked that this has happened to him),” the police chief said.
Cortes was seated beside Archival while Miñoza had the front seat.
Emperwa said he immediately informed his superiors of the attack and alerted neighboring police stations to keep a lookout for the getaway vehicles.
Cortes and Jaime, who were still conscious when police arrived, were rushed to Cebu City in an ambulance, escorted by two policemen.
Emperwa said that Archival and Miñoza were declared dead by Dr. Jose Edgar Alonzo, the municipal health officer.
“Wala’y tawo mabuhi kung utok nigawas na (No one could have survived that; their brains were already exposed),” he said when asked why Archival and Miñoza were not brought to a hospital.
Emperwa, during the interview, said the narrow stretch of highway, though somewhat secluded, was not crime-prone.
A 44-year-old woman, who wished not to be named, told Sun.Star Cebu she heard gunshots that prompted her to check. She saw the vehicles and thought it was a convoy, but one of the drivers kept on honking his horn.
When she and a few others opened the SUV, they saw Archival, who was groaning in pain. “Naglingolingo pa man to iyang ulo sa kasakit (He was shaking his head and apparently in pain),” she said.
Jaime could no longer talk.
Cortes pulled out his mobile phone from his pants and called someone about what happened to them.
“Gitira mi. Wa ko kabawo asa mi. Patay gyud si Attorney (We were attacked. I don’t know where we are. Attorney died),” she said, quoting Cortes.
A team from the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) arrived in Coro before 5 p.m.
During the inspection, they recovered a 9mm firearm loaded with 11 live bullets under the driver’s seat.
“Wala gyud sila kasukol (They didn’t fire back),” Emperwa said. Some P36,000 cash was also recovered from Archival’s left pocket.
At 6:30 p.m., personnel from St. Francis Funeral Homes arrived and removed the remains.
Dalaguete Mayor Ronald Allan Sesante went to the crime scene and said he will urge witnesses to help in the investigation.
The recovered empty shells will be subjected to a ballistic test in the Police Regional Crime Laboratory.
The driver, Jaime, and the other aide, Cortes, were brought to the Dalaguete District Hospital but transferred to a hospital in Cebu City.
Jaime died before reaching the hospital, said Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Noel Gillamac.
Gillamac said that Cortes is now in stable condition.
“My men are now getting his statement to know what happened,” said Gillamac.
“Police are roaming around in interior barangays to check if the vehicle used was abandoned. But so far wala man (the police haven’t seen it),” said Gillamac.
Task Group Archival was formed on Tuesday.
Central Visayas Police Regional Office (PRO) Director Danilo Constantino also directed constant checkpoints in the southern towns of Cebu.
The task group will be headed by the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) aided by the Criminal Investigation and Detection group (CIDG), Police Crime Laboratory, and the Provincial Investigation and Detection Management Branch (PIDMB).
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama directed the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) to help in the investigation.
As of 5:30 p.m. yesterday, Rama said, a team from CCPO was en route to Dalaguete.
Shortly after the ambush, Councilor Dave Tumulak also activated the Command Control Center.
Tumulak told Sun.Star Cebu he was trying to coordinate with operatives from the Dalaguete Police Station so that he can have the correct identification of the getaway vehicles.
Last night, Tumulak and his team reviewed images of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras of Cebu City to see if there were images of the getaway vehicles. The City’s CCTV cameras record the whole day and have at least a month’s worth of memory stored.
While Rama directed the city police to go to Dalaguete, he discouraged Councilor Archival from going to Dalaguete, considering that the motive behind the killing has not been determined.
“The police will be giving me a blow-by-blow account of the investigation. I’m also in contact with Nestor and I’ve asked him to stay put. We don’t know what’s on the minds of the perpetrators,” said Rama.
Councilor Archival’s colleagues in the Council were shocked by the death of his brother.
“I’m shocked by the untimely and violent death of my compadre, Noel, who was one of the best lawyers in criminal cases. Although he sometimes cracked jokes inside the courtroom just to lighten the seriousness of cases during trials, he is a great loss to the profession,” Councilor Sisinio Andales said.
Councilor Margarita Osmeña said she would pray for the Archivals. She said that her husband, former mayor and representative Tomas Osmeña, was among the first to comfort Councilor Archival.
Councilor Roberto Cabarrubias also took the time to announce on his Facebook account the death of Atty. Archival, while also sending his condolences to the family.
He described Atty. Archival as “a famous lawyer” in Cebu City. (Sun.Star Cebu)
Cebu remains PAL Interclub favorite
- Source: http://manilastandardtoday.com/2014/02/17/cebu-remains-pal-interclub-favorite/
- Monday, February 17, 2014
- By : MST Sports
CEBU Country Club will be without two of its key players, but remains the favorite to win the 67th Philippine Airlines Interclub golf team championships in two courses in Bacolod City.
Mark Dy and Lloyd Jefferson Go won’t be around when the Cebuanos gun for a third straight championship, but eight teammates will return for another shot at the title.
Dy has turned pro, while Go is in the United States on a golfing scholarship.
CCC general manager Jeric Hechanova, who will make his debut in the seniors’ event next week, said despite the absence of Dy and Go, they still have a strong chance of holding on to the crown.
“We still have the eight regulars. There are three players fighting for the two remaining slots and all of them are as good as the regulars,” Hechanova said.
As far as course familiarity is concerned, Hechanova said CCC has the advantage over the Manila-based squads.
“After all, the grass and the greens at CCC are similar to Marapara and Binitin,” said Hechanova, referring to the courses that will be used for the tournament.
Coming back to play for CCC are playing captain Ramontito Garcia, Gen Nagai, Jovi Neri, Carl Almario, Marko Sarmiento, Andre Borromeo, Eric Deen and Bayani Garcia.
The Cebuanos beat rising Alabang Country Club by 16 points at home last year.
Working seamlessly to create a community
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/lifestyle/2014/02/16/working-seamlessly-create-community-328655
- Sunday, February 16, 2014
- By : Jenara Regis Newman
A whole new community is rising at 32 Sanson Road, Lahug, Cebu City. Being developed by Rockwell Land Corporation of the Lopez Group, 32 Sanson by Rockwell sits on a 3.2 hectares of land on which will rise five residential towers. The development will have 70 percent open space and, for the use of its residents, it will also have two club houses, a function room, gym, game room, two swimming pools, a multi-purpose court, a children’s playground and a jogging path.
Chosen to design and develop this community is Gallego Architects, headed by Eduardo B. Gallego, a Cebuano, who studied architecture at the University of San Carlos and at the Cebu Institute of Technology (now a university).
He worked for six years, from 1984 to 1990, as an architect in the Washington, D.C. area for several American Design Firms.
Asked why he came back to the Philippines, he replied: “It was a great experience (working for American firms) and I learned a lot. I had no intention of spending the rest of my life in a foreign land. After all, there is no place like home. Practicing architecture in the Philippines is still more challenging and rewarding as most homes are still custom designed.”
Gallego says he was always fascinated by architecture because it “is probably the only profession where one is able to exercise all his artistic talents. An architect not only designs the space but can also design the furniture, the artwork, accessories and other components of a project. What I find very interesting is how space, colors and the setting affect people’s behavior. This aspect I try to feel and grasp when designing spaces.”
Though he has designed bigger projects, he said he finds 32 Sanson by Rockwell “one of the most interesting. Remember it’s not just about designing condominium buildings. It’s about designing an entire community that goes with it.”
Gallego works with a team of architects, which includes his daughter Mirella. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, she took her undergraduate studies and master’s in architecture at the University of South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She says to some degree, her father’s being an architect influenced her in taking up architecture.
As she relates, “On occasion I would go with him to visit the project sites and was amazed at how ideas drawn on paper are transformed into tangible objects.”
She has been working with her father for two years and so she has been involved in many projects. Of her father’s work style, she says: “Dad involves everyone in the office when it comes to design. He values everyone’s inputs and believes in teamwork.
He also allows everyone to grow as an architect.”
For 32 Sanson by Rockwell, Mirella says she is involved in all aspects of an architectural firm, “from design to administrative matters.”
With a father-daughter team working seamlessly with each other (and with other architects as well), 32 Sanson by Rockwell is bound to rise beautifully, a new and vibrant community that will be a great addition to the city of Cebu.
PBA to parade imports in Charter Day caging
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/sports/2014/02/15/pba-parade-imports-charter-day-caging-328555
- Saturday, February 15, 2014
- By : Rommel C. Manlosa
THE Cebuanos will get the first glimpse of capabilities and readiness of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup imports when they see action in the 77th Cebu City Charter Day Cup on Feb. 21 to 23 at the Cebu Coliseum.
The games will shift to Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex on Feb. 22 and will be back at the Cebu Coliseum on Feb. 23.
Alaska Aces is welcoming back the services of the 6’9” Robert Dozier, who helped them win the title last year; Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters is playing with the 6’8” Richard Howell; while GlobalPort Batang Pier will play with the 6’9” Evan Brock.
The fourth team, an amateur commercial team – the Taguloan/Natumolan Tigers is brewing some surprises but listed the 6’11” center Jean-Marie Mpouma in its line-up.
Israel to conduct workshop on disaster preparedness
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/02/14/israel-conduct-workshop-disaster-preparedness-328257
- Friday, February 14, 2014
- By : Flornisa M. Gitgano and Princess Dawn H. Felicitas
AFTER providing medical assistance in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), a team from Israel will return to Cebu to conduct a disaster-preparedness workshop for officials from different government sectors.
Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Menashe Bar-On visited Gov. Hilario Davide III and informed him about the workshop yesterday.
Bar-on was accompanied by Honorary Consul to Israel Emily Chioson.
Based on a press statement, the workshop will be about response principles and decision-making in tactical and operational level on disaster and mass casualty incidents.
According to the official website of the Capitol, the program is worth US$30,000, but it will be at no cost to the Province.
Three Israeli disaster-preparedness experts will conduct the five-day Disaster and Mass Casualty Incident Preparedness and Management workshop, which will start on March 2.
Up for discussion
Bar-on said the workshop will involve provincial and local disaster risk reduction and management officers, members of the army, police, fire brigade and hospital staff.
Among the topics that will be discussed are national disaster response, event site management, command and control in disaster, media and mass communication in disaster, triage and medical management in disaster, forensic medicine, and victim’s identification and legal consideration.
Aside from lectures, the workshop will also have table top drills and simulations.
“It is something we believe that if disaster happens in the future, the coordination, how to do, where to be, which language to speak between each other, it can save more lives,” Bar-on said.
Davide said he instructed Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Neil Angelo Sanchez to coordinate with the Israel Embassy.
“Pasalamat ta sa (We thank the) Israeli Government, to Ambassador Bar-on, for sharing their knowledge and expertise,” the governor said.
Few weeks after Yolanda struck last Nov. 8, the Israeli Defense Forces set up a field hospital in Bogo City to help injured survivors.
They also left their equipment when they left the country.
Bar-on also inspected the condemned Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) to see how his government can help in its rebuilding.
In his regular news conference yesterday, Mayor Michael Rama said Bar-on took a look at the CCMC, which sustained heavy damage and was declared unfit for occupancy after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Cebu and Bohol last Oct. 15.
Rama, who accompanied Bar-on, said he was able to brief the ambassador on what happened to the hospital.
He said the ambassador was only able to see the damage outside, adding that he did not allow the latter to enter as it was dangerous.
The mayor also brought the ambassador to the City’s temporary hospital at the Bureau of Fire Protection.
Meanwhile, Rama said he wants to meet members of the legislative body so the City can already identify funds to cover the cost of the building of a new hospital.
The new hospital will be a five-story building that can accommodate 409 beds. It’s expected to cost at least P1 billion.
The City has already raised some P11 million for the project through its “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” fund drive.
Rama reminded the council that the matter is urgent, after learning that the project’s site development plan has not yet been approved.
In its Feb. 12 session, Councilor Lea Japson withdrew her resolution that seeks to approve the site development plan, saying the CCMC ad hoc committee still has to comply with more paper work.
The mayor said the committee should comply with all requirements before work on the project starts.
3 killed, 10 hurt as van collides with truck in Cebu town
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/577660/3-killed-10-hurt-as-van-collides-with-truck-in-cebu-town
- Thursday, February 13th, 2014
- By : y Jhunnex Napallacan
CEBU CITY—Three persons, including a 10-year-old boy, were killed while 10 others were injured on Thursday morning when the van they were riding collided with a truck in Argao town, about 67 km south of here. The L300 van was loaded with 12 passengers, mostly persons with disabilities and some children from the towns of Oslob and Dalaguete who were heading to a hospital in Cebu City for a medical check-up. PO3 Bernie Lao, Argao police investigator, said the van’s driver, Mandy Espares, was overtaking a tricycle along the national highway in Barangay Talaga, Argao about 7 a.m. But the road was slippery, causing the van to swerve to the other lane and to collide with a 10-wheeler truck that was heading to Dalaguete town to haul coal, said Lao. Two women –Guillerma Belandres, 35, and a resident of Dalaguete town, and Rosalinda Laurente, 42, of Oslob town – were pronounced dead on arrival at the Isidro Kintanar Memorial Hospital in Argao, said Lao. Diether Caracol, 10, also of Oslob, died an hour later in the same hospital, he added. Belandres and Laurente were reportedly escorting their relatives who were PWDs to a hospital in Cebu City for checkup. Ten others were hurt, including the van’s driver. But Espares was not brought to the hospital because his injuries were minor. He was, instead, placed in police custody pending filing of the charges.
‘Salamog’ - Bicol food hits Cebu market
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/feature/2014/02/12/salamog-bicol-food-hits-cebu-market-327925
- Wednesday, February 12, 2014
- By : sunstar.com.ph
DURING the 2014 colorful celebration of the Sinulog in Cebu City, a new product -- Salamog -- made its entry into the consciousness of the people of Cebu and of the Sinulog pilgrims.
Located at the corner of Mango Avenue and Echaves St., its Sinulog stall attracted many people and its streamer called out to those on the move to come to its stall to mix and enjoy a convenience meal of tasty Bicol food. And the people came in droves and ate all the limited stock prepared to test its market acceptance.
"Salamog" is a Bicol word meaning cooked rice mixed usually with parts of pork adobo, fish, laing or gulay na santol left in the pan and is sensational with hot "Bicol express." Served in handy packs, it is a complete meal that may be eaten wherever one desires.
Salamog aims to fill the need of people to eat anywhere they may be during the season and afterwards.
Creator of this product is Mrs. Clara B. Cabaero whose experience in cooked foods started with her popular "Kusina Tagala" in Ermita, Manila, in the 1960s. The favorite in a place teeming with employees, the Kusina Tagala had to close when her husband who was assigned to Cebu in 1966 decided to bring along his entire family of 11 children to Cebu.
After the Sinulog, Salamog continues to be available for people who like good food, cheap at P59 per box, and is available at the worksite by arrangement or at convenient Salamog stop-and-go points soon to be established in the city. Minimum orders of fifteen (15) lunch boxes can be delivered free of charge within the central business district of Cebu city.
City keeps giving aid to Yolanda survivors
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/02/11/city-keeps-giving-aid-yolanda-survivors-327696
- Tuesday, February 11, 2014
- By : Flornisa M. Gitgano and Rebelander S. Basilan
MANDAUE City officials led by Mayor Jonas Cortes turned over checks to four local government units in Leyte Province yesterday, three months after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck.
Meanwhile, 12 barangays in Bantayan, Cebu that depend on fishing are on their way to recovery after a non-government group distributed financial assistance to fix bancas damaged by typhoon Yolanda.
With a mix of government funds and private sector support, the 16 million persons affected by Yolanda in more than 12,300 barangays continue to pick up the pieces.
When the super typhoon struck last Nov. 8, it killed at least 6,201 persons and injured 28,626. At least 1,785 remain missing, according to the Jan. 29 report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Yolanda also destroyed P19.5 billion worth of infrastructure and P20.2 billion in crops and agricultural equipment.
The Bantayan Island Association of Hotels, Resorts, Bars and Restaurants helped fishers’ associations repair at least 625 boats, so far, under their Back to Sea project.
For his part, Mayor Cortes handed yesterday some checks to Ormoc City Mayor Edward Codilla, Kananga Mayor Elmer Codilla, Isabel Mayor Gregorio Cerillo and Albuera Mayor Ramon dela Cerna.
Ormoc received the biggest aid with P600,000. The towns of Kananga and Isabel received P300,000 each, while the town of Albuera got P250,000.
Tacloban City and the towns of Alang-Alang and Palo sent representatives to claim their checks at the Mandaue City Hall last December.
The City gave P600,000 to Tacloban, P300,000 to Palo and P250,000 to Alang-Alang. Ormoc’s Codilla, in an interview, said the City Government has now received almost P7 million in financial aid, including the amount from Mandaue City.
“We will use the cash aid to purchase a lot for the relocation of homeless typhoon survivors,” he said.
Codilla said that his family also donated a 50-hectare lot to a Taiwanese foundation for the relocation of all informal settlers.
The Tzu Chi Foundation will build houses on the lot, as well as schools, a public market and a church. The foundation will start constructing houses next month.
The Ormoc City Government will need P2.1 billion for its rehabilitation program. That amount includes P1 billion for social services and P614.2 million for infrastructure.
Kananga Mayor Elmer Codilla, a brother of the mayor of Ormoc, said the Municipal Government will spend the cash donation on shelters.
“We are thankful to Mayor Jonas Cortes. We appreciate any cash donation, big or small,” he said.
The typhoon damaged P198.7 million in infrastructure in Kananga, home to 62,000 people. More than 8,000 houses were destroyed and more than 4,000 were damaged, affecting 15,000 families.
Among the donations the town has received were 750 shelter kits from the Swiss Government.
The typhoon affected the livelihood of Kananga residents, majority of whom depend on sugarcane, rice, copra and abaca farming. The damage to agriculture was pegged at P127.1 million.
In Isabel, Mayor Cerillo said the Municipal Government will add Mandaue’s cash aid to the P2 million it received from the City Government of Mandaluyong for the purchase of an ambulance and garbage compactor.
The typhoon damaged P43.8 million in government infrastructure in the town.
Cerillo said they also plan to buy four tractors for their farmers, who either lost their carabaos to the typhoon or sold them.
With many coconut trees toppled by the typhoon, Cerillo said they will assist affected farmers in growing sweet potatoes, which they can supply to a bio-ethanol producer in the town.
Albuera’s Dela Cerna said the cash aid will help them repair their public market. They also plan to provide booths at the public market to vendors who lost their homes in Ormoc.
The typhoon damaged P437.3 million in infrastructure and agriculture in Albuera. It destroyed more than 5,000 houses and damaged almost 5,000 others, affecting more than 12,000 families.
Dela Cerna said they will implement the 40-meter no-build zone, but they may not be able to build a new municipal hall and a gymnasium, which stand within the zone, just yet.
“What we will do is to stop the construction of more structures within the zone,” he said.
Mayor Cortes was accompanied yesterday by Councilors Jimmy Lumapas, Diosdado Suico, Beethoven Andaya, Demetrio Cortes Jr., Elstone Dabon, Nenita Ceniza-Layese and Editha Cabahug.
The City has given P9.4 million in financial aid to 22 local government units in Cebu and Leyte.
Since an earthquake struck Bohol and Cebu last Oct. 15, the private sector has also stepped up to raise funds for relief goods and rebuilding supplies.
In the case of Bantayan, Allan Monreal said that the association of hotels, resorts, bars and restaurants meant to show that they cared not only about their businesses, but the entire community.
A seminar led by the group was conducted yesterday for different fishers’ groups, which was held in the Bantayan Island Nature Park and Resorts in Sta. Fe town.
Monreal and Francisco Martinez Pacheco Jr., owner of the Bantayan Island Nature Park and Resorts, said they thought of the project while discussing how they could help the fishermen.
Monreal said there are already 1,118 members of the project. He said they have submitted documents to the Securities and Exchange Commission for the approval of a new organization, Damgo sa Kaugmaon, Inc. (Dreams for the Future) that will officially handle the Back to Sea project.
The business association, which had looked for donors, began by giving P50,000 to one organization; they required the beneficiaries to liquidate that first tranche, before adding to the amount.
Michel Lim, project coordinator, explained that the fishers’ groups will just pay back half of the P50,000. Their payments, however, will go back to their association, for use as capital in other livelihood projects.
During the seminar, the Philippine Cultural Group of Michigan donated P60,000 to the Back to Sea project.
Members of the Humanitarian Aid Project Philippines, Inc. were also there and shared tips on how fishers can start alternative sources of income.
Barangays Talisay, Ocoy and Hilantagaan of Sta. Fe are already covered by the project. So are Atop-atop, Guiwanon, Bantigue, Suba, Sungko and Tamiao in Bantayan town.
Officials of the Sungko Fishermen Association received their second cash assistance of P50,000 during the event.
The barangays that joined from Madridejos are Kaungcod, Malbago and San Agustin.
Barangays Ticad, Kabac and Sulangan of Bantayan and Barangay Tarong of Madridejos would also like to avail themselves of the project.
Luis Mansaga, a representative of the fishers’ group of Barangay San Agustin, Madridejos, said they have already repaired 25 boats.
Reynaldo Batuhan of Barangay Talisay, Sta. Fe recalled that about five families evacuated to his house when the typhoon hit. He had placed his boat on higher ground, but Yolanda still wrecked it.
He thanked the donors and officials of the association of resorts, hotels, bars and restaurants in Bantayan for helping him and others resume fishing.
Circulate clean money, deposit unfit bills - BSP
- Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1121392021655
- Monday, February 10, 2014
- By : Rachelle M. Nessia
CEBU CITY, Feb. 10 (PIA) --- Most Filipinos have a penchant for keeping clean, crisp notes and using instead the crumpled, worn out bills in their everyday transactions.
However, it should be the other way around, according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
“BSP wants the clean notes to circulate and the unfit ones should be deposited in the bank. The public should make this a habit,” said Atty. Ma. Lux Berciles, BSP-7 Regional Director.
Berciles noted that Filipinos tend to keep the crisp bills in their wallets and use the unfit or mutilated bills when making their payments.
A bill is considered unfit if it is crumpled, contains markings, heavily creased, soiled, and has a rag-like appearance.
Mutilated bills, on the other hand, are notes that have been torn and joined together with adhesive tape, damaged, defaced or perforated, scorched or burned to the extent that it is frail and brittle, split edgewise, and lost all the inscribed signatures.
Circulating the fit notes are also one way to easily detect counterfeit money.
“If dunot na kaayo ang kwarta, dili na visible ang security features (When a bill is already too damaged, its security features are hardly visible),” said Hazel Arante, BSP-7 Bank Officer 1.
The central bank officials also discouraged the practice of stapling money which is common among tellers and cashiers.
“Bills should not be stapled. From time to time, we conduct seminars and briefings to tellers, especially new ones, to tell them that they shouldn’t continue with the habit of marking the bills and stapling them,” said Berciles.
Those in possession of unfit notes can have it deposited in their bank accounts, or have it exchanged at central bank.
Mutilated notes, on the other hand, can only be exchanged with BSP and not in any other banks.
BSP in Cebu regularly retires billions of unfit notes, a process where unfit notes are punched with holes and shredded.
“Next to Manila, Cebu is the hub, holding the largest money circulation,” said Berciles.
Meanwhile, Berciles stressed that the ten-peso bill is still legal tender amidst reports that they are no longer being accepted.
“This is a misconception. We get to receive from the banks crisp ten-peso bills because they thought it’s no longer accepted, but it’s still legal tender,” said Berciles.
She added that although the central bank has stopped printing the ten-peso bill, it has not yet been demonetized. (RMN/PIA Cebu)
Former ‘sex victim’ arrested in human trafficking operation
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/02/09/former-sex-victim-arrested-human-trafficking-operation-327507
- Sunday, February 9, 2014
- By : Davinci S. Maru
AT 14, Stephanie Reynes became a victim of human trafficking.
While still a freshman in high school, she was prostituted by a woman who sold her to an old American inside a hotel in an upscale district of Cebu City.
Ten years later, Reynes became a pimp herself.
Police arrested her last Saturday in a shopping mall, in an operation against the flesh trade.
Poverty, Reynes said, pushed her into human trafficking. Her husband’s meager income can’t support their two children, ages two and four.
Reynes fell in an entrapment conducted by operatives of the Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RAHTTF) of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 last Friday night in Mandaue City.
Eleven people, including four minors, were rescued by the police. They had allegedly been sold for P8,000 each, in exchange for sex.
Insp. Sheryl Bautista, deputy chief of the RAHTTF, said that young victims of human trafficking are prone to end up recruiting women and children themselves for commercial sex.
“Na-expose naman sila gud. Naa na sila’y idea unsaon (Their exposure gives them an idea how it works),” she told Sun.Star Cebu.
Without proper guidance and strong support, Bautista said, these young survivors could fall into the same trap, what with the lure of easy money.
She said Reynes was among the suspected pimps they were monitoring after they learned she was allegedly trafficking minors.
Through a police decoy, the police got a contact number of Reynes and asked her to bring 11 people to their meeting.
When Reynes accepted the P64,000, the amount in exchange for the services of the victims, she was immediately arrested.
The 11 persons she brought with her were referred to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The minors, three girls and one boy, are all 16.
Reynes, detained at Subangdaku Police Station, said it was her first transaction after she got encouraged by her former classmate.
“Giingnan ko nga go na lang kay basin mao na ang swerte nato (This person told me to go ahead because we might get lucky),” she said.
She said she didn’t know many of the girls, who were brought to her by her classmate.
She was promised at least P500, but wasn’t sure if it was the amount per head or for the whole group.
Inside the detention cell, Reynes narrated she was abused by her uncle and entered prostitution without her jobless parents’ knowledge.
At home, she hid her ordeal from her family. In school, her classmates envied her provisions.
Reynes, however, didn’t finish high school and only got up to her sophomore year, which limited her job options.
She then met her live-in partner and got pregnant at 19. She stayed home to care for the family, trying to leave the past behind, but the bills kept piling up.
Her children are now being cared for by her mother-in-law, while her partner is trying to find a way to get her out of jail.
“Gusto lang gyud ko makakita sa akong mga anak. Gimingaw na ko nila (I just want to see my children. I miss them),” Reynes said.
A criminal complaint for violating Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 will be filed against her before the Mandaue City Prosecutors’ Office today.
Fatal road crashes in Cebu, Pampanga
- Source: http://www.tempo.com.ph/2014/02/fatal-road-crashes-in-cebu-pampanga/#.UvYLv2KSzRk
- Saturday, February 8, 2014
- By : (Mars W. Mosqueda Jr., Franco Regala)
BOLJOON, Cebu – Three female graduating high school students were killed while three others were injured when a car rammed into a bridge and then hit six students in Barangay Poblacion, this town, Thursday afternoon. SPO3 Roderick Roma of the Boljoon Police Station said the Toyota Vios car driven by Aldemer Salaani, 26, a medical representative, was on its way to Cebu City after crossing Dumaguete City when it hit the gutter of a bridge in Barangay Poblacion.
After hitting the gutter, the car bounced back and hit six female high school students of Boljoon National High School, throwing them under the bridge. Three of the students – Judy Ann Lomera, 17; Christy Mari Estella, 18; and Joan Marie Romero, 16 – were killed in the accident. All of them were supposed to graduate this March. The crash was so hard that five of the six high school students were thrown down the bridge and into the river, police said. Police investigator Roma said the injured students and the driver were rushed to the hospital for serious injuries. The police said the car was running at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour while approaching the bridge. The driver, Roma said, lost control of the steering wheel, resulting in the accident. Over in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, a man died while four others were injured after their car fell from a collapsed portion of a bridge near Porac SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) exit at about 3:40 a.m., Thursday, police said. Police identified the fatality as Justinian Licnachan, 54, a lawyer. He was declared dead on arrival at Mabalacat District Hospital at about 7:40 a.m., Thursday. Injured were James Larkin “Mokong” Panitio, driver, 29; Rolen Bagoyboi, 32; Jayson Maayon, 41; and James Panitio, 45, all residents of Mayoyao, Ifugao. They were brought to Medical City at Sto. Emtierro, Sto. Cristo in Angeles City.
“Girl Rising” free screening at Cebu Normal University
- Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1121391742815
- Friday, February 7, 2014
- By : Rachelle M. Nessia
CEBU CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA) --- A special screening of “Girl Rising,” a feature film on the power of education, will be held today, 5:00 p.m. at Cebu Normal University.
“Girl Rising” is a ground breaking film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform families and girls around the world, according to Marilou Flores, Coalition for Better Education (CBE) executive director.
Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robins, the film tells the story of nine girls living in the developing world, “ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams,” according to the film’s synopsis on girlsrising.com.
The girls’ stories are told by celebrated writers and voiced by renowned actors, such as Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Liam Neeson.
Flores said the film aims to deliver a “simple, critical truth: educate girls and you will change the world.”
Records show that around 150 million girls around the world are victims of sexual violence and 50% of victims of sexual assaults are girls 15 years old and below.
Childbirth is the top cause of death in girls aged 15 to 19, based on records from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
“It cannot be denied that one of the marginalized sectors in the society nowadays is girls in this age level,” said Flores in a letter.
The free screening is a result of a partnership between Intel Philippines and Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development (FIT-Ed) in collaboration with CBE.
CBE is a private organization advocating for equal access to education for girls worldwide. (RMN/PIA Cebu)
2 South Korean fighter jets refuel in Cebu airport en route to Indonesia
- Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/80203/2-south-korean-fighter-jets-refuel-in-cebu-airport-en-route-to-indonesia
- Thursday, February 6, 2014
- By : Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com
MANILA, Philippines - A pair of fighter jets of the Republic of Korea Air Force landed at the airport in Cebu City on Wednesday for refueling en route to Indonesia, an officer of the Philippine Air Force said.
“I’m not authorized to give details about that but all I know is that they had to land there to refuel. This pair of aircrafts was in transit to Indonesia, I think for delivery because Indonesia has ordered such aircraft from South Korea,” the source said.
He said he has no idea when the two T-50 Golden Eagle aircrafts landed and when they will take off to continue their journey to Indonesia.
But according to a “Philippine Defense Forum” post dated February 3, 2014, the aircrafts arrived at the airport at “04:55.47 PM.”
Two T-50 aircrafts had been involved in air crash incidents killing at least three Korean pilots - one unit in December 2012 and another during the first quarter of 2013.
The T-50 is an advanced jet trainer of the South Korea Air Force which is of similar platform as the FA-50 “Golden Eagle” that the Philippines’ Department of National Defense has been negotiating to procure for the Philippine Air Force.
The FA-50 is being touted as a lead-in fighter trainer and a light fighter aircraft. It is manufactured by the Korean Aerospace Incorporated (KAI).
The government is planning to buy 12 units of FA-50 but President Benigno Aquino III has yet to approve the project which is estimated to cost some P18.9 billion.
One of the main issues holding back the procurement is the 52 percent down payment being asked by KAI, which is way too high from the 15 percent allowable amount set by the Procurement Law.
The project is seen to boost the air patrol capability of the PAF especially in the West Philippine Sea where China is using its aerial and naval might to claim territories which are obviously within the Philippines’ 200-mile exclusive economic zone such as the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) in Palawan which are located at the heart of the Spratly Islands.
Mayor: P100M infra projects will be implemented
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/02/05/mayor-p100m-infra-projects-will-be-implemented-326724
- Wednesday, February 5, 2014
- By : Jujemay G. Awit and Linette Ramos Cantalejo
CEBU City will get more than P100 million in infrastructure projects in preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit next year.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama made the announcement after being informed by Apec 2015 National Organizing Committee director general Marciano Paynor Jr. that another inspection will be held this week.
Meanwhile, Rama proposed to widen Archbishop Reyes Ave. and decongest roads in Barangay Mabolo in preparation for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in 2016. The mayor mentioned the proposal in a meeting with Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma and other church officials last Monday night.
He assured church officials that the City Government will be active in the preparations for the IEC.
The Apec inspection team will be led by Ambassador Ma. Angelina Sta. Catalina, deputy general for the conference management and services.
Cebu lost the bid to host the Apec heads of state summit, but it has been shortlisted as possible venue for some smaller meetings.
“We are aware that an ocular visit was also held last year by a bigger contingent,” read Paynor’s letter to Rama. “The team aims to tackle the brass tacks and delve into more particular issues like hosting, aiming to synchronize the national objectives with that of the local units.”
Meanwhile, Rama said Undersecretary Lourdes Ong of the Internal House Affairs Office approved his request to use the Malacañang sa Sugbo as command center for Central Visayas.
Rama wrote to Ong to formalize his request to use the building and promised to preserve it as a heritage structure.
During an interaction yesterday with editors and officials of newspapers and radio and TV stations, Rama tackled issues like traffic management, drainage and the South Road Properties (SRP).
Michelle So, Sun.Star Cebu executive editor and Superbalita editor-in-chief, asked the mayor about traffic and the construction of more buildings.
He said he wants to have master plans for traffic and drainage.
When asked about the SRP, Rama admitted that the City Government has yet to recoup its investment on the project.
“We have not been meeting the goal of employing 80,000 people and we have not recouped what we spent on the property, which ought to be converted to public service,” he said.
He said the earnings from SM Prime Holdings and Filinvest Land Inc. have not offset the P5 billion that City Hall made in loan payments for the reclamation project.
Aside from improving road and traffic conditions during the IEC, Rama promised that the City will allow organizers to use the site of the thanksgiving mass for the canonization of San Pedro Calungsod at the SRP.
The IEC is expected to draw at least 15,000 delegates to activities at the Pope John XXIII Seminary in Barangay Mabolo.
Rama said traffic situation in the area has to be improved. “There may not only be 15,000 people there, it could be as many as 50,000… There will only be one entrance and one exit, so we have to decongest the area,” he added.
He said the private sector should be involved. Business owners along Archbishop Reyes Ave. might be asked to give up portions of their properties if the road will be widened.
Rama said it may not be necessary to wait for the Department of Public Works and Highways to prioritize the widening of the roads in the area, since the City and the private sector can work together.
During his meeting with Palma, Rama assured archdiocese officials that the City will also provide support in terms of maintaining peace and order, and traffic management during the congress.
He also assured them that the City will help organizers meet their deadlines, specifically in terms of permits and other documentary requirements they might need.
“When you talk about a Eucharistic Congress, culture and arts and even tourism will also be involved… so the City Government should not just be on the sideline. It should participate in the preparations,” Rama told a news conference yesterday.
The congress will draw participants from all over the world, and may have Pope Benedict XVI and other Vatican officials as guests.
4-year-old girl dies in flames
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/02/04/4-year-old-girl-dies-flames-326562
- Tuesday, February 4, 2014
- By : sunstar.com.ph
CEBU CITY -- A four-year-old suffered severe burns and died when a fire damaged her family’s house in Barangay Punta Princesa, Cebu City at noon Monday.
The Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP)-Central Visayas received the alarm at 12:45 p.m. and declared the flames under control at 1:08 p.m.
About 12 hours before that fire, another blaze hit a house and a sedan in Barangay Tapilon, Daanbantayan town.
The fire in Bayabas Extension, Barangay Punta Princesa broke out in an interior portion, where Estella Jean Romero, 4, reported played with her brother Ralph Robin, 5.
Fire investigator Emiliano Daño said there was no electrical connection on the second floor, where the children played.
Two houses were damaged, with about P50,000 worth of properties lost.
In an interview, Estella Jean’s father, Mike, said he was fixing his motorcycle on the street just 15 meters away from the house.
The child’s mother reportedly went to a neighbor’s wake.
“Maayo pa wala to nako biyai. Wala sad ko magtuo nga ma ingon ato (I shouldn’t have left them there. I never expected this to happen),” said Mike.
Barred by smoke
George Herbella, Ella Jean’s uncle, first noticed the smoke and tried to save his niece but could not go up to the second floor because of the thick smoke.
“Dako na kaayo ang kayo sa taas lisod na kaayo sak-on (The fire had gotten too big and it was too difficult to go upstairs),” said Herbella.
Mike also tried to save his daughter, but it was too late.
He said there was no electrical connection on the second floor.
Investigator Daño said it didn’t take long to put out the first-alarm fire, but they have yet to confirm what caused it. All they know for now is that the fire appeared to have started where the children were.
The child’s family rushed her to a hospital, but she was declared dead.
Aside from Mike’s house, Edito Bepito’s house next door was also damaged.
No one home
In Sitio Pangpang, Barangay Tapilon, Daanbantayan, the fire started at 12:10 a.m. PO3 Victor Avenido of Daanbantayan Police Station said the blaze broke out in the house of Leo Caballa, 54. It spread and burned a white Nissan Sentra (GGA-417) owned by Danilo Montana, which had been parked on the premises.
Avenido said that the homeowner was away, reportedly attending a fiesta celebration in the neighboring barangay of Agujo.
“Wala gyu’y tawo kay iyang mga anak pud nilakaw (His children were away, too, so there was no one home),” he told Sun.Star Cebu.
When Caballa returned home, he found his bungalow reduced to rubble. He told the police that a neighbor that he had fought with could have started the fire.
“Gisunog daw sa iyang kontra (He suspects an enemy started it),” the police officer said.
Police are also not discounting the possibility that an appliance that had been left plugged could have started the fire.
The fire damaged at least P50,000 worth of properties. (JTR/DSM/Sun.Star Cebu)
5 in capsized boat rescued after 40 hours at sea
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/573110/5-in-capsized-boat-rescued-after-40-hours-at-sea
- Monday, February 3rd, 2014
- By : Jhunnex Napallacan
CEBU CITY, Philippines—Five persons, including a Korean, were rescued on Sunday morning after 40 hours of floating at sea after their pump boat capsized during the onslaught of Tropical Storm “Basyang” on Friday. They were rescued at 7 a.m. by two fishermen—Mario Soringa and a certain Gonzaga—who saw them clinging to the capsized pump boat in the waters off Barangay (village) Onion, San Francisco town, on Camotes Island, Cebu province. But Julius Ferilla, 30, and one of the Filipino survivors, filed a complaint against Korean Ho Geol Ga, 26, for hurting him and the crew of the pump boat during their 40-hour ordeal at sea. The three others rescued were boat owner Stimson Suello, 50; his son Eron, 18; and nephew Jemson, 22, all from Sitio (subvillage) Kalas-agan, Santiago, in San Francisco. Ho Geol, his parents Kion No Ga, 55, and Kyougae Lee, 52, and older brother In Geol Ga were in Camotes to tour the island. Storm signal On Friday, they insisted on sailing despite the anticipated onslaught of Basyangto Cebu, which was placed under Storm Signal No. 2, because they had a flight to catch on Saturday. PO3 Christopher Tura, investigator of the San Francisco police station, said the Koreans asked Stimson Suello to bring them to Danao City and paid him P4,500. When Ferilla learned about the trip, he asked that he be included and would just pay his share of the pump boat rental. The group gave Stimson Suello P2,500 in deposit. While sailing in strong winds and rough seas on Friday afternoon, Stimson Suello told Tura that Ho Geol Ga suddenly transferred to the other side of the boat, causing the pump boat to tilt and capsize. Ho Geol Ga’s parents and older brother were first rescued by a fisherman in Danao on Saturday morning. Tura said the fisherman’s boat could not accommodate all eight passengers. But when Coast Guard personnel searched for the remaining passengers on Saturday afternoon, the five could not be found. About 7 a.m. on Sunday, two fishermen on board separate pump boats found the five survivors holding on to the capsized boat. The survivors were already weak after floating in the waters for two nights. “They ate seaweeds found in the sea because they were so hungry,”Tura quoted Stimson Suello as saying. The five were brought to Maningo District Hospital but were released after their checkup. Complaint Tura said they brought the three Suellos to their homes in Barangay Santiago while they turned over Ferilla and Ho Geol Ga to the Coast Guard detachment in San Francisco. But Ferilla filed a complaint in the police station, claiming that Ho Geol Ga was violent during their ordeal at sea. Ferilla claimed that Ho Geol Ga hit Stimson Suello and the other crew members with a flashlight while they were clinging to the capsized boat. At 7 a.m when the pump boats of the two fishermen arrived, Ho Geol Ga suddenly kicked Ferilla’s back because the Korean wanted to jump to the rescue boat ahead of the others. Ferilla said he was thankful that he was able to hold on to the outrigger of the boat. Tura said the Korean’s behavior might have been affected by the accident. He said the 18-year-old Eron Suello was also emotional following his rescue. “He kept on crying because he thought they were going to die, Tura said.
Editorial: Empowering BCPCs
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/opinion/2014/02/02/editorial-empowering-bcpcs-326361
- Sunday, February 2, 2014
- By : sunstar.com.ph
ACTIVATE more than the barangay to protect children.
An official of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) called for the activation of Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children (BCPCs) to flush out those who exploit children and other minors.
In a Jan. 30 article, Justin K. Vestil of Sun.Star Cebu reported that DSWD children’s welfare specialist Emma K. Patalinghug urged barangays to use the BCPCs as watchdogs for exposing or preventing crimes committed against minors, such as cyberpornography and cybersex.
As frontliners, the BCPCs have advantages over other government officials. They can conduct regular surveillance and tap other residents for information about suspicious illegal activity. Increased vigilance, aggressiveness and community action result in crimes against children being reported, victims rescued and other interventions made.
However, as local residents, BCPC members run into a conflict of interest when they or their relations are involved in the crimes they are supposed to prevent.
Thus, to be a genuine guardian and advocate for children and youths, the BCPC must be its first convert.
Yet, in many barangays, the BCPC exists in name only.
Article 87 of Presidential Decree (PD) 603 (Child and Youth Welfare Code) mandates the creation of a local council for the “survival, development, protection and participation” of children and youth in the community.
However, given the rise of violations against minors’ rights, many barangay officials must be reoriented and retrained to identify and appreciate the importance of the Children Development Plan.
The integration of this plan into the Barangay Development Plan is necessary for budget allocation and implementation of barangay-led initiatives to bring about the “survival, development, protection and participation” of children and youth.
Yet, given the networks and resources sustaining cybersex operations and human trafficking, BCPCs need also to be linked to a support system of city governments, line agencies and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) that can counter the forces exploiting minors, as well as help victims recover and move on.
According to Patalinghug, it is not only Cordova that needs to monitor in light of reports of home-based cybersex operations. All barangays must be vigilant in protecting children and youths, given the lure of profits, easy access to technology, the dubious safety of homes, and the difficulty of exposing perpetrators hiding in private abodes.
Much can be learned from Bantay Banay, a nationally and internationally recognized program that institutionalized the family and community watch, which mainstreamed gender and development in governance.
When Lihok Pilipina organized Bantay Banay in 1992, gender and domestic violence affected six out of 10 women in Cebu City. According to a paper uploaded on www.acl.ac.uk, Lihok Pilipina and other stakeholders rescued domestic violence from being an invisible crime—brushed off as “family trouble” by authorities who ignored battered women and even returned them to their partners, who continued to batter them—by using this four-pronged strategy:
Getting the community involved. In organizing communities, Bantay Banay discussed “family trouble” with women initially, later with men. Support groups were formed to discuss laws on the family code, abuse and legal assistance. The discussions taught stakeholders that the victims did not want to go to lawyers; they just wanted the violence to stop. At the community level, the Bantay Banay learning was that: “The community can stop actual violence, call the police, make referrals, and do mediation efforts that are sustainable at their level.”
Interagency collaboration was needed for many services that the community could not provide: medical-legal check-up, mediation, recording of the incident in the blotter, immediate shelter for victims and post-crisis intervention. Aside from community groups and NGOs, other crucial participants are the police, medical practitioners, city governments and line agencies. Gender sensitivity trainings, sharing and feedbacking, and monitoring of referrals were carried out through the interagency networks.
The coming out of more victims helped make gender and domestic violence an issue that was not just personal and family-related. Violence against women (VAW) became an issue of governance.
This mainstreaming resulted in city governments passing a Gender and Development Code and allocating resources for programs and activities that advocated gender sensitivity, rescued victims and reoriented batterers.
From barangays to all stakeholders, community awareness and action are crucial for uprooting crimes against children and youths.
Cebu opens Ronda campaign
- Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/sports/2014/02/01/cebu-opens-ronda-campaign-326057
- Saturday, February 1, 2014
- By : Iste S. Leopoldo
TEAM Cebu/Philippine Air Force (PAF) will be up for a tall order as they face not only the country’s best riders but seven foreign teams as well in the opening of the 2014 LBC Ronda Pilipinas.
The race will start with a 66-kilometer criterium at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.
Team Cebu/PAF is composed of team captain Warren Davila, Elmer Navarro and Lito Atilano with new members such as Tomas Martinez, Oscar Rindeole and Joseph Millanes.
According to team manager Amis Urgel, the three other members he recruited are veterans who are used to riding in mountainous areas.
“The three new members are all from Tarlac and they are very familiar with the route especially going to Baguio, where the three legs will be. I am confident that the team can improve last year’s overall finish especially as the six of them have been training together as a team since November,” said Urgel.
Last year, the team finished seventh overall in the 16-stage contest.
Urgel added that this year, they will be competing with seven international teams-- the CNN Cycling Team, Singha Cycling Team, Malaysia national team, Taiwan, Team Gusto, Uijeongbu team of South Korea and the Dutch Global Cycling Team.
Race director Ric Rodriguez said this year’s event is an exciting and challenging edition with the presence of the foreign teams.
“Expect a battle royale in this year tour,” said Rodriguez.
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