Cebu Province to buy P1.96M satphones for 51 LGUs
- Saturday, March 8, 2014
- (PNA), CTB/EB/
CEBU CITY, March 8 (PNA) -- Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said the provincial government will buy some P1.96 million worth of satellite phones and distribute them to Cebu’s 51 towns and cities for easy reach during disasters.
Davide said telecommunications provider Smart Communications is offering a SmartSAT package at P38,500 each.
Davide said the province will subscribe to the SmartSAT package which is inclusive of a special satellite SIM with an initial airtime credit load of USD225 or around P10,000, valid for one year.
He cited the importance of communication, recalling that a day after typhoon Yolanda hit northern Cebu on Nov. 8 last year, he inspected Bantayan Island and other northern towns.
Davide thanked Smart public affairs manager Jane Paredes for lending him a Smart satellite phone at that time.
He said the satellite phones allowed him to contact town officials even when communication lines were down.
Davide said he is having second thoughts about including the cities of Talisay and Mandaue in the distribution of satellite phones, because these cities are close enough to reach even if telecommunication lines fail.
Both cities are adjacent to Cebu City, the seat of the provincial capitol.
Mactan airport body open to improvement of Bantayan, Camotes airports
- Friday, March 7, 2014
- By Eddie O. Barrita [(PNA), CTB/EB/]
CEBU CITY, March 6 (PNA) -- An official of the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) has expressed willingness to discuss the improvement of the airports in Sta. Fe town in Bantayan Island and San Francisco town in Camotes Island.
MCIAA General manager Nigel Paul Villarete said the airports are owned by the provincial government and were operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) under a memorandum of agreement.
However, he said, CAAP stopped operating the two airports after the MOA expired last January 2013.
The airport in Sta. Fe accommodates small private airplanes for chartered flights while the airport in San Francisco is unused.
President Benigno S. Aquino III, who visited Bantayan Island recently, pledged to help the development of the airport in Bantayan Island to make it a tourism center.
Sta. Fe Mayor Jose Esgana said he told President Aquino that the Sta. Fe airport was a legacy of the president’s mother, the late president Corazon Aquino and former Sta. Fe mayor Rizalino Esgana Sr., Mayor Esgana’s father.
Esgana has been hoping that the one-kilometer runway of the Sta. Fe airport will be fully developed.
He said only 400 meters of the runway is cemented.
Earlier, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said he wants the airports of the two islands developed.
”If the Province will decide to pursue it, then we will certainly entertain that and we will discuss that,” Villarete said.
Villarete said there has to be a discussion on the ownership, operation and control of these airports.
He said the navigation and air traffic will still be controlled by CAAP regardless of who operates the airport.
“As far as the law is concerned, we are supposed to operate all the airports of the Province of Cebu, but that does not discount the fact that anybody, any private sector or even the Province of Cebu may opt to operate an airport, but with our consent,” he said.
Villarete said a public-private partnership might be a good idea.
PDRRM to have new chief
- Thursday, March 6, 2014
- By Flornisa M. Gitgano
CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III announced he will appoint Task Force Paglig-on Chief Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. as head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) office starting May.
He said PDRRM Officer Neil Angelo Sanchez’s contract will end in May.
“Tribunalo’s forte is disaster preparedness,” Davide said.
Meanwhile, the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) gave the Provincial Government P1 million as financial assistance to typhoon Yolanda survivors in northern Cebu.
Davide said he wants the Task Force Paglig-on to be merged with PDRRM.
The multi-sectoral task force servers as coordinating body for post-Yolanda rehabilitation and recovery activities in northern Cebu.
- No complaints
The governor said he has no complaints against Sanchez’s performance, but he did not tell reporters if he has other plans for the incumbent PDRRM officer.
Davide said Tribunalo ran for Balamban municipal councilor in 2013 and lost so he cannot be appointed to a government position. But this ban, he said, will be lifted in May.
Sanchez said in a separate interview that Davide informed him about Tribunalo’s future appointment last Monday yet.
“I respect his plan, his decision... (His) move is for the betterment of the Province,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez said he is willing to work under Tribunalo, become a consultant on peace and order or be assigned to the Provincial Health Office. He added that if he would be appointed in a department where he feels ineffective, he would resign.
Tribunalo said he is willing to work with Sanchez.
Before joining the Capitol, Tribunalo was advisor on disaster risk management and climate change adaptation program of the nongovernment organization Plan International.
Yesterday, MCIAA General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete turned over a check for P1 million to Davide. He said MCIAA extended the same assistance to Leyte.
Davide said the financial assistance given will be used to buy more construction materials so survivors can rebuild and improve their houses.
Mandaue, Tudela ink sisterhood ties
- Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:00 am
- By Flor Z. Perolina (The Freeman)
CEBU, Philippines - The Mandaue City government and the municipality of Tudela in Camotes Island yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding for a sisterhood relationship.
Tudela Mayor Erwin Yu, Vice Mayor Greman Solante and their municipal councilors were in Mandaue City yesterday afternoon for the MOU signing with Mayor Jonas Cortes in the session hall of the City Hall.
The idea of a sisterhood pact came from Solante after the Mandaue City officials visited Camotes last Jan. 28 to extend financial assistance to the four towns of the said island which were totally devastated by last year's super typhoon.
Solante informed Cortes that most of their constituents are presently working in Mandaue City.
After both government units agreed for the forging of the sisterhood pact, the municipal council of Tudela then took the initiative and passed a resolution expressing their intention to establish sisterhood relationship with Mandaue City.
In return, the Mandaue City Council approved last Feb. 24 a resolution authored by City Councilor Diosdado Suico expressing the pleasure and acceptance in good faith the intention of the town of Tudela to establish the sisterhood.
The areas where both government units will be closely working on include economics, tourism and education.
Earlier, the town of Tudela received a P300,000 financial aid from the Mandaue City government. Officials from the town said they will use the amount to tend their one-hectare cacao nursery. They said as a manufacturing city, Mandaue can benefit from the products of this cacao nursery.
Other towns in Camotes which received financial aid from the city were Poro, P300,000; Pilar, P300,000; and San Francisco, P400,000.
Cebu attracts another oil exploration firm
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014
- By Eddie O. Barrita [(PNA), CTB/EB/]
CEBU CITY, March 4 (PNA) -- Cebu has attracted another oil firm, China International Mining Petroleum Company Ltd. (CIMPCL), which will start drilling for oil in the southwestern town of Alegria, Cebu next month.
Vladimir Gerchikov, CIMPCL manager in the Philippines, said they are working with Polyard Petroleum Company Ltd.
He said they already have a contractor willing to conduct the drilling in the mountain barangay of Montpeller, Alegria, some 120 kilometers south of Cebu City.
Gerchikov said the local government supports the oil exploration activity.
“Our project is one of the major projects for Cebu and the people of Cebu will highly benefit in case we will have commercial quantity of oil,” he said.
Earlier, Australian firm Gas2Grid announced plans to conduct oil flow tests in the southern town of Aloguinsan in the next few months.
Dennis Morton, Gas2Grid managing director, said if there’s a commercial quantity of oil, the firm will file an application with the DOE to operate and develop the field for 25 years.
Gas2Grid had announced that the DOE approved its application to declare Malolos 1 an oil discovery.
Department of Energy (DOE) Visayas Director Antonio Labios said the test flow will determine the commercial viability of the discovered oil.
City to mark day for health workers
- Monday, March 3, 2014 12:00 am
- By Garry B. Lao (The Freeman)
CEBU, Philippines - The Talisay City government has adopted Republic Act 10069 or an Act Declaring May 7 of each year as Health Workers' Day.
To better celebrate the occasion, the city council approved a resolution asking the Cebu provincial government for financial assistance in the amount of P225,000.
City Councilor Francis Richard Aznar, chairman of the committee on health, said the community health workers are dedicated individuals "who function along a continuum ranging from individual and communal development to service delivery promoting community improvement and social justice."
"They link people to health care information and services," Aznar said.
"In upholding the legacy of service, community health workers as basic health service providers to the grassroots level will be recognized for their immense accomplishments," read the resolution approved recently by the council.
Aznar said the one-day celebration is the city government's initiative to give recognition to health workers' "utmost care and dedication" to Talisaynons in providing basic health services.
Specifically, the city government is asking for financial assistance from Governor Hilario Davide III in the amount of P75,000 and P50,000 each from Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, Provincial District Board Members Raul Alcoseba and Julian "Teban" Daan for the celebration.
Last 2010, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed R.A. 100691 that declares May 7 of each year as Health Workers' Day.
The act enjoins all the heads of government health facilities, offices and instrumentalities, including government-owned and controlled hospitals and local government health units, and employers in the private sector to give employees sufficient time to celebrate Health Workers' Day.
The law refers to health workers as persons engaged in health and health-related work regardless of their employment status, including medical, allied health professional, administrative and support services personnel, and those employed in hospitals, sanitaria, health infirmaries, health centers, rural health units, barangay health stations and clinics and such other health-related establishments owned and operated by the government or its political subdivisions with original charters or by the private sector.
Nearly 3.3 million tourists visited Central Visayas last year despite quake, ‘Yolanda’
- Sunday, March 2, 2014
CEBU CITY—A total of 3,292,606 foreign and domestic tourists visited Central Visayas last year, despite the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu provinces last October 15 and Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) that devastated Eastern Visayas last November 8, according to a Department of Tourism in Region 7 (DOT 7) report.
The figure represents a 12.45-percent increase from the 2.9 million visitors recorded in 2012 and surpassed the original target of 3.03 million tourists for 2013.
DOT 7 Regional Director Rowena Montecillo said domestic tourism fueled the growth in arrivals, specifically in the fourth quarter, when the temblor and super typhoon hit the region.
Total domestic-tourist arrivals in Central Visayas grew by 13.13 percent to 1,980,155 in 2013 from 1,750,385 the year before, while foreign-tourist arrivals increased by 12.28 percent to 1,304,233 last year from the 2012 figure.
Cebu had the biggest number of tourist arrivals with 2,462,794, followed by Bohol (338,763), Negros Oriental province (457,618) and Siquijor (33,431).
Arrivals from South Korea, still the region’s top tourist market, grew by 17.13 percent from 449,856 in 2012 to 526,920 last year, while arrivals from the United States grew by 10.46 percent to 115,093 last year from the 2012 figure.
Arrivals from China slightly grew by 0.96 percent to 54,421, while arrivals from Australia rose by 19.69 percent to 40,692.
Arrivals from Taiwan grew by 27.57 percent to 25,734, while arrivals from Canada grew by 55.63 percent from 16,535 in 2012 to 25,734 in 2013.
Germany logged 25,435 arrivals; the United Kingdom, 25,021; and France, 20,462.
Arrivals from Russia, considered an “opportunity market,” grew by 25.48 percent to 15,227.
Montecillo said the growth of these top markets stemmed from the aggressive tourism campaigns both in the local and international travel markets.
DOT 7 is targeting 3.6 million arrivals this year, 4.4 million for 2015 and 5.8 million for 2016.
US envoy turns over 1,500MT of rice to DSWD-7, WFP
- Saturday, March 1, 2014
- (PNA), LAP/EB/
CEBU CITY, Feb. 28 (PNA) -- United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg turned over 1,500 metric tons of rice to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Region 7 and the World Food Programme (WFP) Thursday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, in his visit to typhoon-devastated Tacloban City last December, announced that the US Government would deliver 5,000 metric tons of rice for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which pummeled central Philippines last November 8.
Another 3,500 metric tons are expected to arrive in March.
The donation can feed 500,000 people for a month, according to a press release of the US Embassy in Manila.
“This assistance signifies once again the commitment of the American people to be a partner in rebuilding the lives of so many affected by Typhoon Yolanda,” Goldberg said.
When the rest of the rice assistance arrives, the US Government will have donated a total of 8,400 tons of high-quality rice to typhoon survivors.
“We are hopeful that this contribution will help put food on the table, and help prevent acute malnutrition especially among children,” said Gloria Steele, mission director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
DSWD 7 Director Mercedita Jabagat and WFP Deputy Country Director Asaka Nyangara were present during the turnover ceremony at the J. King Warehouse Complex on A.C. Cortes Ave., Mandaue City.
Jabagat said the DSWD has so far spent P2 billion for the food packs distributed to typhoon survivors.
DOH allots P10M for upgrading of Olango Island hospital
- Friday, February 28, 2014
- (PNA), LAP/EB/
CEBU CITY, Feb. 28 (PNA) -- The Department of Health Central Office has allotted P10 million for the upgrading of the Lapu-Lapu City-operated hospital in Olango Island.
Lapu-Lapu City Health Officer Dr. Rodolfo Berame said the city has been the recipient of the grant from the DOH under the Government Health Facility Upgrading Project this year.
Berame said that the beneficiary of the funds will be the Santa Rosa Community Hospital in Olango Island, a half an hour boat ride from Lapu-Lapu City.
But Berame said there is a need for a memorandum of agreement between the city and the DOH to be signed as basis for the release of funds.
Berame asked members of the city council to authorize Mayor Paz Radaza to accept the funds on behalf of the city government of Lapu-Lapu.
Berame said about P7 million was also released by the DOH to the same hospital last year, which was used in the construction of its building.
He said the release of the new funds this year will help improve the services of the Santa Rosa Community Hospital for Olango Island residents.
The hospital in Olango Island serves residents in eight barangays and three neighboring islet barangays of Lapu-Lapu City.
Koreans eye doing business in Cordova
- Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:00 am
- By Jose P. Sollano (The Freeman)
CEBU, Philippines - Korean investors are interested to put up tourism-related businesses in Cordova town citing its good potential for doing business.
Bong Hwan "Charlie" Cho, president of Cebu Korean Association, Inc. told The FREEMAN that at present, a considerable number of Koreans are wanting to invest in the town.
Cho, the son-in-law of Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy, said that those Koreans who signified their interest were engaged in businesses related to tourism.
He cited the potential of a marine sanctuary in Gilutungan Island to attract more visitors to visit in the town.
In preparation for the influx of tourists, Cho said the municipal government of Cordova will put up a tourism center.
Earlier, Mayor Adelino Sitoy said that tourists provide big contribution to the town's annual income.
The mayor hopes that it will continue this year with the increasing number of tourists, most of them Koreans.
He assured that the municipal government will provide them the basic services and security while in the town.
Cebu gov eyes several projects for PPP with Japanese investors
- Wednesday, February 26, 2014 8:10 am
- (Philippines News Agency)
CEBU CITY -- Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III has proposed several projects in Cebu for public-private partnership (PPP) to Japanese investors through the Asia Public-Private Partnership Institute (APPI).
Davide, who has just arrived from a six-day trip to Saitama Prefecture, Japan, said he met with Saitama Prefecture Gov. Kiyoshi Ueada and APPI Director Sam Tabuchi.
Davide said among the projects are the proposed trans-axial development project, the highway from Daanbantayan to Santander, and the upgrading of provincial hospitals.
Ueda had invited Davide for the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Cebu provincial government, Saitama prefecture, and the University of San Jose-Recoletos in Cebu City.
The MOA involves Saitama sending professors to Cebu to instruct graduating engineering students and to provide hands-on training.
Once this training program is realized, Davide said he plans to develop sisterhood relationships with Saitama.
Davide said Tabuchi, who teaches PPP at the graduate school of the economics department at the Toyo University, also offered to help the Cebu provincial government.
“He (Tabuchi) requested me to write him what kind of projects we have planned they can provide assistance in terms of technical advice and proposals,” Davide said.
Davide said he will send Tabuchi, who is also the APPPI Center’s vice chairman, a list of the Capitol’s proposed projects so the latter’s students can conduct a study and come up with recommendations.
President Aquino marks EDSA People Power anniversary in Cebu
- Tuesday, February 25, 2014
- (PNA), FPV/PCOO/UTB
CEBU City, Feb. 25 (PNA) -- For the first time in Philippine history, the country commemorated the anniversary celebration of the EDSA People Power Revolution outside Metro Manila led by President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday.
With the theme: “Kapit-bisig Tungo sa Pagbangon,” the President decided to commemorate the historic bloodless revolution in Cebu, City, one of the areas hit by earthquake and strong typhoon last year.
In his speech, President Aquino said it is appropriate to celebrate the EDSA anniversary in Cebu recalling that the province was one of the places that resisted Martial Law under the Marcos regime.
“Talaga hong buong buo sa loob ng mga Cebuano na kung ano ang tama, at kung paano dapat labanan ang mali, at parang malaya na nga ho ang Cebu…Para sa akin ho, kung sasabihin natin kung ang huling yugto o huling kabanata ng pakikipaglabang maibalik ang demokrasya ay nangyari sa EDSA, puwede nating sigurong masabi, ang unang yugto, nag-umpisa naman sa Cebu,” he said.
He added that Cebu served as the bulwark of his late mother former President Corazon Aquino when she was planning to launch a civil disobedience campaign against Marcos dictatorship
“…Panatag po ang aking loob, na dahil nasa Cebu ang aking ina, siya ay nasa mabuting kamay, pangangalagaan ng mga Cebuano. ‘Yung mga nagtatangka ng masama, hindi magtatagumpay dahil nandoon siya sa piling ng ating mga masugid na kakampi,” he said.
The President stressed that it is time to recognize the contribution of other provinces that demonstrated resistance against the Marcos dictatorship such as Cebu and Davao.
He, meanwhile, clarified that all key players in the 1986 People Power revolution were invited by the EPPC amid issues on the changed of the venue for the anniversary.
One of the considerations stressed by the government in holding the EDSA commemoration outside Manila was to spare commuters along the major thoroughfare from heavy traffic as various government infrastructure projects have already been started in the metro.
Ogie Alcasid popular singer and EDSA People Power Commission Commissioner performs "Pilipinas ay Babangon" and "Ang Galing ng Pinoy" during the Salubungan. Actor Dingdong Dantes led the military contingents as he played the role of then Armed Forces deputy chief of staff Fidel Ramos while Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV led the civilian contingents as he played the role of his uncle, former senator Butz Aquino.
President Aquino arrived at the Cebu Provincial Capitol at 8:20 a.m. He was accorded with full military honors and was followed by the flag-raising ceremony.
The President was welcomed by Executive Secretary and EDSA People Power Commission (EPPC) Chairman Paquito Ochoa Jr., Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III, Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces Chief Emmanuel Bautista, and Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima.
Also present during the event were Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma.
The prayer, meanwhile, was recited by various religious groups representatives including Father Arnold Abelardo; Mr. Lukman Abdulrachman, representing the Muslim community, Dr. Aladdin Ubpon, Imam, representing the Muslim community, Reverend Joe Steven Berdin, Conference Minister United Church of Christ in the Philippines representing the Evangelical Churches and Mr. Vincent Tan, representing the Roman Catholic community.
The President flew to Bantayan Island in northern Cebu, one of the areas damaged by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda last year, after the EDSA commemoration. He also visited Leyte and Eastern Samar to check the progress of the government’s rehabilitation efforts.
Capitol invites Cebuanos to EDSA fete tomorrow
- Monday, February 24, 2014 12:00 am
- By Gregg M. Rubio Michael H. Braga /RHM (The Freeman)
CEBU, Philippines - The Cebu Provincial Government is inviting the Cebuano people to witness the Salubongan, or the reenactment of the EDSA People Power Revolution, tomorrow at the Capitol grounds.
Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera said the event is open to all those who want to join, and encouraged the people to wear can wear yellow shirts.
Yellow is the favorite color of Cory Aquino, the widow of Philippine hero Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. who was catapulted to the presidency by the memorable event.
“It is historic for Cebu to host the celebration 28 years after the EDSA event in 1986,” said Natera.
President Benigno Aquino III, Ninoy and Cory’s son, is expected to deliver a speech during the activity.
Since the president is attending, security would be tight, with the portion of Osmeña Blvd. from Fuente Osmeña rotunda to the corner of N. Escario St. and the portion of N. Escario Street, from the corner of M. Velez St. to that of Gorordo Ave. would be closed starting at the noon today until the end of the activity tomorrow.
Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale earlier said they are expecting at least 5, 000 people.
Aside from the president, his cousin Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, cabinet secretaries, and business group leaders are also expected to join in the celebration.
Actors Ogie Alcasid and Dingdong Dantes are also coming to add glamour to the celebration.
Natera said everything is set for the commemoration, which will be held in Cebu for the very first time.
“So far, the EDSA People Power Commission has been satisfied with the preparations. It will be the first time for the Davide administration to host an event like this but preparations are going on smoothly,” she said.
The event would start with a flag raising at 8 a.m., followed by Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III’s welcome address and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr.’s opening remarks. President Aquino would then deliver his address.
The Salubongan, where civilians give flowers to soldiers in EDSA during the bloodless revolution, would happen next.
Dantes would portray the role of then Philippine Constabulary (now Philippine National Police) chief Fidel V. Ramos during the Salubong.
In the reenactment, Dantes, together with the “military”, would march from the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish (Capitol Parish) three blocks away to the Capitol grounds.
On the other hand, Senator Aquino and 3,000 University of Cebu, Cebu Normal University, and Cebu Technological University students would act as “civilians” and start their march from the vicinity of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-7 office also to the Capitol grounds, where the two groups would meet and give each other flowers and miniatures of Philippine flags.
After the celebration, the president would then visit Bantayan town, one of the worst hit areas of super typhoon Yolanda, before going to Palo, Leyte.
Capitol department heads and working committees are convening today for a coordination meeting.
Davide, who just arrived from Japan, inspected the preparations at the Capitol yesterday, would lead the meeting.
Also, Provincial Chief of Security Loy Madrigal disclosed that access to the Capitol building is controlled starting today, while parking at the Capitol grounds tomorrow would no longer be allowed.
He, however, said those people in the guest list can gain access to the parking area.
He added that the Civil Security Unit would be working with military personnel and Presidential Security (PSG) Group in securing Capitol premises and controlling crowd.
Also, Director General Jose Mari Oquiñena of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) appealed for respect and cooperation, acknowledging the possibility of protesters coming to the event.
EDSA anniversary rites to be held in Cebu
- Sunday, February 23, 2014 5:56 pm
- With a report from Carine Asutilla (ABS-CBN News Cebu, ABS-CBNnews.com)
MANILA -- This year's anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution will be held in Cebu, which, according to Presidential Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma, was an important opposition stronghold during the tumultuous martial law period.
Coloma added that the traditional "Salubungan," a reenactment of the meeting of the military and civilians on the historic EDSA highway, which was an important turning point during the People Power revolt, will also be held in Cebu.
This comes after President Benigno Aquino III decided to visit the country's disaster-hit provinces as part of the annual commemorations of the 1986 uprising that led to the downfall of then President Ferdinand Marcos.
Prior to the celebration in Cebu, Aquino will visit Cateel in Davao Oriental, one of the places severely affected by Typhoon Pablo in 2011. Coloma said the President will check on the rehabilitation process in the area, as well as the condition of the newly-built communities.
Aquino will also visit Loon in Bohol to check on the condition of the residents four months after the deadly earthquake hit the province.
After the commemoration of the People Power revolution, Aquino will head to Bantayan Island, one of the places in Cebu that was severely damaged by Typhoon Yolanda.
From Bantayan, the President will go to Guiuan, Eastern Samar and Tanauan, Leyte. He will also check on the projects of the Department of Health in Tacloban before going back to Manila.
On Monday, a wreath-laying and flag-raising ceremony will be held at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, to be led by former President Fidel V. Ramos, one of the heroes of the EDSA Revolution. He will be joined by EDSA People Power Commission vice chairman Jose "Titoy" Pardo.
The event will officially open the celebration of the 28th anniversary of the EDSA revolt.
Cebu is ready
Some 3,000 students from the University of Cebu, Cebu Normal University and Cebu Technological University will join the reenactment for "Salubungan" on February 25 in Cebu. The students will represent the civilians who marched and met with the Philippine military.
Provincial Capitol's spokesperson, Ethel Natera said the students will be led by Senator Bam Aquino and will march from Osmeña Boulevard to Cebu Capitol grounds.
Meanwhile, 800 members of the Central Command will march along with YesPinoy Foundation chairman and actor, Dingdong Dantes, from the Capitol parish to the Capitol grounds.
The symbolic giving of flowers and flaglets by the civilians to the members of the Military will be done in front of the Capitol.
Natera said the event will start promptly at 8 a.m. as the President needs to leave early. Aquino is expected to be in Bantayan Island at 10 a.m. before leaving for Palo, Leyte.
Undersecretary Jose Mari Oquiñena of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said they are already in the polishing stage in their preparations, although the concerned offices will still have to meet on Monday for a final briefing.
Cebu Province registers higher income last year
- Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:00 am
- By Liv G. Campo (The Freeman)
CEBU, Philippines - The province earned P391 million in 2013, almost P60 million higher than what it logged two years ago, according to a report released by the Capitol’s website www.cebu.gov.ph.
Acting provincial treasurer Emmanuel Guial said in the same report that last year’s local income is higher than 2012’s P335 million.
Guial said the total figure includes earnings from local taxes, operating and miscellaneous revenues and from Capitol’s economic enterprise.
Including its Internal Revenue Allotment, Capitol’s income reached P2.2 billion, excluding the P71.9 million special education fund and the P97.1 million trust fund.
Guial attributed last year’s increase of local revenues to the additional income generated from Larsian, a barbecue center near Fuente Osmeña, which expanded last year. He said Larsian’s total revenue in 2013 alone was pegged at P6.1 million.
The provincial officer also said the mining operations (sand and gravel and quarry activities) also contributed to this increase. He said the strict monitoring of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office and the Civil Security Unit of the Provincial Revenue Code have helped in this development.
Even district hospitals have also given considerable revenues to Cebu’s coffers, he said.
Last year, district hospitals generated P145.5 million for the province, up from P92 million registered for 2012.
Cebu annual economic briefing, investment forum set this month
- Friday, February 21, 2014 12:00 am
- By Ehda M. Dagooc (The Freeman)
CEBU, Philippines - The Cebu Business Club (CBC) will be hosting its 4th Cebu Annual Economic Briefing and Investment Forum this coming February 28 at the City Sports Club Cebu.
National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) director-general and socioeconomic planning secretary Arseño Balisacan will be the forum’s lead speaker. He will give a briefing on the performance of the economy and its future outlook.
Despite the series of natural disasters that hit the country in the latter part of the year, the economy expanded by 7.2 percent, improving from the 6.8 percent achieved in 2012.
The forum will try to make participants understand what made possible this creditable performance of the country, and where we stand now with respect to our neighbors in the ASEAN and the rest of East Asia.
According to CBC president Dondi Joseph, the forum will also answer questions on what sectors contributed most to growth, are these sources of growth desirable when viewed for their sustainability and capacity to achieve inclusive growth, what challenges still remains and how are we to confront these pressing challenges.
“In the first three years of the present administration, what lessons have we learned in our national development effort? What are the salient features of the updated Philippine Development Plan and how do we measure the success of its implementation? More importantly, what are we to do with our high unemployment and poverty rates that prevail across the different sectors of the economy and areas of the country,” Joseph said.
More inputs on the subject will also be given by Dr. Karl Chua, World Bank Senior Country Economist to the Philippines, together with the reactions from responsible officials of the local business groups here in Cebu. Capping this event is a presentation on the performance of the Philippine Stock Market and its Outlook to be given by Mr. Leonardo Arguelles, Jr., President and CEO of Unicapital Securities, Inc.
In its fourth year now, this event is organized by Cebu Business Club with Cebu Holdings, Inc. and Unicapital Securities, Inc. in cooperation with the Cebu and Mandaue Chambers of Commerce and Industries, Bosconian International Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Economics of the University of San Carlos. Interested participants from business, government, academe and other groups are welcome.
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