Cebu News

From Portal to The Philippines
Jump to: navigation, search

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Regions | Philippine Provinces | Philippine Cities | Municipalities | Barangays | High School Reunions


Share your Photos

Cebu Realty

Philippine News

Province of Cebu - Archived News

Cebu metro.jpg
Aerial View of Metro Cebu
Give the gift of Smile.gif
In as few as 45 minutes a child or anyone can be saved from a lifetime of pain, shame and isolation. You can give them a chance to go to school, make friends and have a bright future. For as little as 100 pesos you can help provide a surgery for a child suffering from a cleft palate or cleft lip(harelip).

One act of random kindness at a time.

Visit our website: B.O.S.S.


Gov. Davide says Cebu ready for second round of APEC meetings


CEBU CITY, Oct. 7 (PNA) -- Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III Wednesday said the province is all set for the second round of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) senior ministerial meetings which will start Thursday, October 8 and run until October 14.

Davide, who heads the local APEC organizing committee, said the provincial government will host a dinner for the delegates.

Davide said the security preparations for the international event are also in place.

He said they made sure that the venues and the hotels where the delegates stay will be secured.

The meetings will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City and Shangri-La Mactan Island Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.

Some 700 delegates are expected to attend these meetings.

Earlier, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 said it has deployed more than 2,000 officers Monday to secure the APEC venues.

Senior Superintendent Rey Lyndon Lawas, PRO 7 deputy director, said they also beefed up the security of malls where some of the 700 delegates will possibly visit for entertainment and refreshment.

Lawas said mall security heads were called for a meeting Tuesday at the PRO 7 on how to deal with delegates and their contingents.

Lawas said tourist spots in Cebu and other parts in Central Visayas are already secured, as some delegates are expected to visit these areas.

PRO 7 Director Prudencio Tom Bañas has declared a full alert status in Cebu, suspending leaves of absence of police personnel.

Davide said the Cebu-based Armed Forces of the Philippines-Central Command, the navy and coast guard personnel will also augment the police.

2,000 cops to secure venues of another APEC meet in Cebu


CEBU CITY, Oct. 6 (PNA) - - The Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 said more than 2,000 police personnel will be deployed to secure some 700 delegates who will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, which will again be held in this province starting on Thursday, October 8.

PRO 7 Director Chief Superintendent Prudencio Tom Bañas said they cut the number of police personnel who will secure the venues from the more than 3,000 deployed during the APEC meetings last August.

He attributed this to lower number of venues namely the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City and Shangri-La in Lapu-Lapu City.

He said the security plan for the event has been mapped out by PRO 7 and the APEC national organizing committee.

On Monday, PRO 7 raised a full alert status in Cebu, prohibiting any police officer from taking a leave of absence.

Bañas said there will be no major traffic rerouting in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu since traffic will not be disrupted unless a convoy of APEC delegates will pass by.

The second wave of APEC meetings will end on October 14.

Foreign firm eyes 520MW solar project in proposed PHP80B Cebu trans-axial highway


CEBU CITY, Oct. 5 (PNA) -- A foreign company which has expressed interest to fund the construction of the proposed PHP80-billion Cebu transaxial highway has proposed to build a 520-megawatt solar project in the province.

In a press statement, YEC International Engineering Services said it will fully fund and handle the engineering, procurement and construction of the solar project.

“Each of the 52 municipalities and cities of the whole Province of Cebu shall be allocated 10 megawatts and these shall be duly interconnected. The solar project is deemed to address the Cebu power crisis by 2016,” the press statement reads.

YEC International is proposing to fund the 300-kilometer transaxial highway which traverses the whole length of Cebu island from Daanbantayan town in the north to Santander town in the south.

The highway has other strategic built-in components including water supply, agro-environmental developments, preservation and management of watershed areas, development of economic zones and reclamation areas.

The initial total project cost estimated at PHP80 billion will also cover urban and master planning, architectural design, and the subsequent procurement of road-right-of-way, construction, and operations in partnership with the Cebu provincial government.

YEC International will partner with KMV Creation, a Philippine-based architectural company, and Barons Singapore to handle urban and master planning.

Adolf Yankee Calijan Genis, president of YEC International, partnered with UK-based international firm for this massive undertaking.

Cebu Provincial Board Member Grecilda Sanchez said solar power is one of the built-in project components of the transaxial highway, a pet project of her late father, former Cebu Vice Governor Gregorio Sanchez.

Sanchez said the transaxial highway will be built at no cost to the Cebu provincial government through the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

DepEd exec says country needs ‘new literacy’ in digital age


CEBU CITY, Oct. 4 (PNA) -- An official of the Department of Education (DepEd) said the country needs a “new literacy” in this digital age.

DepEd undersecretary Dina Ocampo said that while majority of the country’s population can now read and write, around 60 to 70 percent are not well-versed in “new types of literacy” which allow learners to become more competitive.

Ocampo, who was in Cebu over the weekend to attend a three-day National Literacy Conference, said there is a growing focus on new literacy due to the emergence of digital technology.

But she said there are still people who refuse to adapt to new technologies.

“There are still some people who think that technology is the enemy. Technology is a tool for learning,” Ocampo said.

But even with emerging technologies, critical thinking is still needed to adapt to new ways of learning, she said.

Ocampo said new literacy will help learners, especially young ones, to prepare for the future.

“Aside from learning basic reading and writing, learners must be educated when it comes to how they would manage their finances, to learn history and culture, how to handle social media and even how to decide properly when it comes to politics,” she said.

Ocampo believes DepEd and all other sectors, whether government or non-government, must help teach this type of new literacy to the public.

CCCI aims to synchronize Cebu promotion with LGUs

By Ehda M. Dagooc (The Freeman)

CEBU, Philippines - The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced yesterday that it is going to institutionalize its partnership with the Cebu City and Cebu provincial governments to effectively host a growing number of international inbound trade missions.

CCCI president Ma. Teresa B. Chan said that the chamber will also allocate a small budget and a team for trade mission hostings considering that "the entire world is now looking at the Philippines, including Cebu."

"If there was no need for this focus before, now we have to join hands with the government [city and province] because international trade missions with serious intent to explore Cebu, is growing," said Chan in an interview yesterday.

CCCI will closely coordinate with the Cebu City and Cebu Province, and other local government units within the province, to set up a more organized investment and promotion system and procedure.

Recently, Chan said Cebu hosted different international trade missions such as from Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Israel, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Spain, among others.

"More are coming, so we have to be well prepared. We have to synchronize our promotion of Cebu with the LGUs," she said.

Earlier, Chan announced that the Chamber will build an official partnership link with the International of Chamber Commerce in Asia, opening higher chance for members to enter the core of Asian trade trail.

Chan recently met with Lee Ju Song, Regional Director, International Chamber of Commerce Asia, during one of the APEC Summit meetings participated by the private sector.

"We discussed about the official affiliation of CCCI to the International Chamber, that may soon happen," said Chan.

According to Chan, although the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is already affiliated with this Singapore-based global business organization, it is still important for CCCI to make a specific partnership link to provide its members clearer, easier linkage pathway amid the pressure of globalization.

This move, Chan said is part of the chamber's active entry to the international business landscape, even beyond the "premises" of ASEAN region.

Asean youth experience ‘fun in the Philippines’

By Katlene O. Cacho

MALAYSIAN tourism student Noor Zahidah Jamalus, 26, had a great time exploring Cebu and Bohol in the past days.

She and 42 delegates from 10 countries in Southeast Asia toured the countryside attractions of Bohol and Cebu’s historical sites as part of the Philippines’ first hosting of the six-day ASEAN Plus Three Tourism Youth Summit, which started Monday.

A first time visitor to the Philippines, Jamalus said she was pleased with the country’s hosting—warmth hospitality, wonderful attractions, great food and more importantly smiling people.

“I’ve been dreaming of coming to the Philippines. So when I was invited to join the summit, without second thoughts I said yes. True enough, I had so much fun. Your tourism campaign ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ is really evident in everything from people, places and products,” Jamalus told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

She added that what pleased her the most was how the tourism stakeholders in the province took care of them—being Muslims. “I am well-pleased at how they handled our stay here, such that everything is all in place, from food to Qibla, the direction we should face when we pray during salat (the ritual prayer of Muslims performed five times daily in a set form). We no longer took out our compass because everything was already in place,” Jamalus said.

In Bohol, the delegates visited the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary. They also had lunch at the Loboc River Cruise, which was the first green river she saw in her life. The delegates also had tree planting activity at the Bohol Biodiversity Complex and experienced an adrenalin-rush at the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park.

Last Thursday, the group arrived in Cebu and toured the University of San Carlos and went around Cebu’s historical sites.

The ASEAN Plus Three Tourism Youth Summit is an offshoot of the Asean Plus Three Tourism Coooperation Work Plan 2013-2017 adopted during the 12th meeting of ASEAN+ China, Japan and Korea Tourism Ministers in January 2013 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Philippines and Thailand were selected as lead country coordinators on the convening of the Asean Plus Three Tourism Students Summit.

The past two tourism student summits were held in Bangkok and Pattaya, Thailand.

Jamalus believes the youth plays a critical role in enhancing Asean’s potential as a single tourism destination. She said summits like this help them understand each member-country’s culture better and determine which aspects in tourism that need to be raised in the higher level.

“It is really possible to come together as one and discuss the many pressing concerns of the tourism sector as one regional bloc. Although, we each concentrate on developing our own tourism potentials we also need to work as one as we market our destinations as a one united region,” said Jamalus.

During their group presentation, Jamalus group presented the need to create standards in home-stay programs, theme-parks and Asean Mice venues. They also saw the need to come up with a collective tourism campaign for the entire Asean community; connect all countries in Asean to facilitate seamless travel; deploy money changers and automated teller machines; and creation of Asean passport and Asean-lane priority to Asean members; increase exposure in the travel mart, among others.

While he welcomed the proposed initiatives of the students, Alex Macatuno, chief Policy Formulation and International Relations Division of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Asean already has a campaign called “The Southeast Asia: feel the warmth” that positions the 10 Southeast Asian countries collectively as a highly desirable tourism region.

Travelling through these 10 Asean nations offers “unlimited variety in terms of culture, landscape, people, flora and fauna, food, handicrafts, entertainment, shopping, recreation and excitement.”

Likewise, each member countries, according to Macatuno, contributes $30,000 to support and sustain the tourism campaign. He pointed out though that he will raise the proposal to create standards for theme-parks to higher officials.

Asked how the youth can help in marketing the Asean as a tourism destination, Jamalus urged the youth to explore the Asean region first before crossing other international borders.

“We’ve got plenty of interesting sites and experiences in the Asean which you can’t find in other foreign countries. Say, for example the balut, you have here. You surely can’t find that one in the US,” she said. “There are plenty of things that a tourist can do in the Asean. The region as well has a lot of offerings.”

And when exploring the Asean region, Jamalus also encouraged young travelers to take photos and blog or write stories about the interesting sites they visited, food they tasted, people they met and activities they did and post them all in social media platforms so people around the globe would know more about the Asean region.

Data obtained from the website of Asean Tourism, international tourists visiting Asean member states reached 97.2 million in 2014 up by three percent from 2013.

Likewise, intra-Asean travel, the main growth engine of tourism in the region, recorded over 50 percent share of total international tourists visiting Asean, which is attributed to the operationalization of the Asean Open Skies Agreement.

DOT 7 Director Rowena Montecillo hopes that the tourism youth summit attended by 13 delegates from the Philippines will create more interest among the youth and will make them more active in participating in the tourism programs of the government.

“Number shows that there is an increase in the number of youth travelers and Asean saw the need to in making them aware that they are an important sector not only as travelers but involving them in the region and their respective country’s tourism programs,” said Montecillo.

As for Jamalus, she said she will definitely come back to the Philippines. “The Philippines is a wonder. I’m not satisfied with my short-stay here, I want to see more places. I want to experience other parts of your country,” she said.

Cebu Capitol funds PHP33.28M worth of projects in southern Cebu


CEBU CITY, Oct. 1 (PNA) -- The Cebu provincial government has funded some PHP33.28 million worth of infrastructure projects in southern Cebu, an official said.

Engr. Bobby Lim of the Cebu Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) said the projects included school buildings, water supply system and roads.

Lim said the projects are expected to be completed before July 2016.

Of the total amount, PHP20.5 million went to the concreting of roads in the towns of San Fernando, Argao, Alegria and Alcoy.

The roads, Lim said, will be seven meters wide.

The projects also included the construction of two-classroom school buildings in six schools.

The new school buildings, which cost a total of PHP8.55 million, will rise in Kagsing Elementary School and Mangaco Elementary School in Ginatilan, Calangcang Primary School in Badian, El Pardo Elementary School in Boljoon, Zaragosa National High School in Badian and Cansaloay High School in Oslob.

The projects also include the PHP2.24-million water supply project in Argao’s Barangay Gutlang and the PHP1.99-million Farmers Trading and Multi-Purpose Center in Barangay Tumalog, Oslob.

The provincial government has also funded PHP88.55 million worth of in-road works and school buildings worth PHP7.23 million in northern Cebu.

Incentives for all businesses

By Jeandie O. Galolo

FISCAL incentives granted by the Board of Investment (BOI) to registered companies also stretches out to micro, small, and medium enteprises (MSMEs), a key official reminded local companies.

“We are encouraging everybody to go into this. BOI is not pro-big, nor is it pro-small. It’s pro-business,” said BOI Investments Assistance Service Director Domingo Bagaporo, in a press conference held yesterday at the Harold’s Hotel on the Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) Roadshow and Investment Awareness Seminar.

From 2010 to 2014, there were 1,200 BOI-registered projects in the country. Thirty-three percent of them or close to 400 are MSMEs. Currently, there are more than 3,000 BOI-registered projects nationwide, and more than 200 of them are in Cebu, according to BOI Cebu Officer-in-Charge Philip Torres.

BOI-registered businesses can avail of fiscal incentives, particularly those that venture into the identified “priority sectors.”


Under the IPP for 2014-2016, eight priority sectors were keyed out, namely: manufacturing, agribusiness and fishery, services, economic and low-cost housing, hospitals, energy, public infrastructure and logistics, and PPP projects.

BOI incentives, according to Bagaporo, are on a per project basis of the company. There are 3,000 projects registered with the BOI and are currently availing of the incentives.

The incentives typically include income tax holiday from four years to a maximum of eight years, depending on whether the activity is considered pioneering or not.

Registered projects also have the privilege of importing capital goods free of duties, among other incentives.

In return for these privileges, Bagaporo said companies with BOI-registered projects have to submit annual reports to the BOI and fulfill the terms and conditions of their registration.


For companies whose businesses are not part of the eight priority sectors, Bagoporo said they may still avail of the incentives if they are involved in export activities.

In addition, those who are involved in businesses covered under special laws can also avail of the incentives, like those involved in renewable energy projects.


Priority investment areas determined by the Regional Board of Investments of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) can also avail of BOI’s incentives.

Bagaporo said that while BOI requires a handful of requirements for BOI registration, he assured the board will assist the applicants in the entire process.

One of the initiatives is the signing of memorandum of agreements (MOA) with four government agencies, namely: the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Department of Tourism (DOT), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to help facilitate the issuance of licenses and endorsements with these specific agencies.


Bagaporo added that BOI will soon sign MOAs with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), and the Department of Energy (DOE).

He is optimistic that more MSMEs will register with BOI and avail themselves of the fiscal incentives.

While the present IPP identified only eight sectors, the official said the list is subject to review yearly. Businesses involved in non-priority sectors may submit a position paper, so the board can make studies and consider including the sector in the list.

In the past 27 years, this is the first time that the IPP was rolled into a three-year plan, according to Bagaporo. Normally, the IPP changes yearly, but a three-year plan was undertaken to ensure “continuity, consistency, and predictability”--factors, according to BOI, that are seriously considered by domestic and foreign investors.

The 2014-2016 IPP will, however, be reviewed annually. The BOI-drafted IPP is a product of multiple consultations with government agencies and the private sector.

The present IPP’s theme is focused on “Industry Development for Inclusive Growth.” Hence, MSMEs are vital to participate and avail of the BOI incentives.

Participation of SMEs in the Asia Pacific economies in the global trade been the a topic visited in the recent Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in the Philippines.

MSMEs account for over 97 percent of all enterprises and employ over half of the workforce across APEC economies. MSMEs contribute significantly to economic growth, with SMEs’ share of GDP ranging from 20 percent to 50 percent in the majority of APEC economies. However, they account for only 35 percent or less of the direct exports.

The 21 APEC-member economies established the Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) to push interventions for SMEs, particularly micro enterprises, for them to take part in global and regional trade through direct export of goods and integration in global value chains.

CCCI organizes IP seminar


WITH Cebu as the growing melting pot of business amidst the present economic integration, the role of technology in social and economic welfare has been viewed as crucial in the protection of intellectual property rights and sustaining the economic gains of Cebu and the Visayas region.

As the engine of Cebu’s business growth towards global competitiveness, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) will hold an awareness seminar entitled “Know Your Rights: Intellectual Property 101 – What every business should know about intellectual property” on Oct. 9, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Golden Peak Hotel, Escario St., Cebu City. Experts from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO-PHIL) will grace the event.

CCCI has been the innovation and technology support office franchise grantee of the IPOPHIL since 2012. It will provide assistance to any organization seeking protection for their creation and innovation (the new drivers of world economy) in partnership with the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR).

The seminar will be an excellent opportunity for the participants to learn that IPs generated is vital in the dissemination and commercialization of knowledge and technology.

Registration fee is P500 inclusive of snacks and certificate. For more information, one may contact Mariel Destacamento of CCCI at 232-1421 to 24 local 109.

Cebu continues to draw in tourists from new markets

By Ehda M. Dagooc (The Freeman)

CEBU, Philippines- Despite China’s not so rosy economy, Cebu is still getting an increasing number of Chinese tourists as well as leisure travelers from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia.

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa general manager Nicholas Smith said Cebu’s diverse tourist offering, from culture, heritage, and natural resources, continue to draw in tourists from emerging markets into the province.

Shangri-La, which is the largest five-star resort facility in Cebu, with 530 rooms, noted an encouraging booking index from China, HongKong, Singapore, Australia, as well as United States, and Europe.

According to Smith, while the tourism trade in Cebu is largely fueled by Korean and Japanese visitors, other nationalities are slowly discovering Cebu, as fresh destination of choice.

Smith mentioned that the continuous move of airline companies opening up direct flights from Cebu to international routes like PAL's long haul flight from Cebu to Los Angeles and vice-versa, and Cebu Pacific's active stance in connecting Cebu to countries like Japan, Taiwan, China, among others are the important boosters pulling up Cebu's ability to lure leisure and Even corporate tourists.

The promising tourism market in the province prompted the 23-year old resort to spend another round of renovations this year, particularly to improve the facilities of its premium accommodation enclave, the 186-room Ocean Wing.

Smith added the market's demand has changed and expectation for constant upgrading and achieving the highest standard is core to the well-informed world travelers.

Simultaneous to its move to modernize the look, service, and amenities within the sprawling five-star resort, Smith said offering and services would also highlight on providing stay and dining experience with strong local touch, which means the 530-room resort will promote Cebuano food favorites.

Moreover, the resort will also conceptualize unique and tailor-made events and adventures that will feature the culture, natural resources and destinations within the province, including farm-to-table, and sea-to-table dining set-up.

He said Cebu has a fantastic attraction mix, as it is not only becoming the "darling" of leisure seekers, but also business-related events, with strong come-on as MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibition) destination.

Smith believes that Cebu’s hosting of the APEC Summit will provide long term benefits for tourism.

As an expat, who is only on his fifth-week in Cebu, Smith immediately noticed Cebu's fantastic aura as a destination, mentioning the fisherman's village, the 15th century church in Danao City, the impressive whale-shark destination in Oslob and other must-visit places within the province.

Town to have solar power plant

By Flornisa M. Gitgano

STABLE power supply and employment opportunities await residents in Daanbantayan town following the groundbreaking ceremony of a 25-hectare solar power plant that will be constructed there.

The CeKO Solar Farm Systems Corp. will place 80,000 solar panels in a private property in Daanbantayan.

The groundbreaking was held last Friday headed by Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro, Vice Mayor Gilberto Arrabis, Jr., CeKO Solar Chairman Yong Soo Lee, CeKO Solar Philippine President Jessie Tundag.

“The area is not agriculturally viable. It has flat terrain which is perfect for a solar farm,” Tundag said.

The construction of the solar power plant will be done immediately. It is expected to be operational in June 2016.

The solar panels will have a total power generation of 43,800 megawatts per year.

Its panels can last up to 30 years.

Among the advantages of the solar panels are stability of power supply, economic development, reduction of the effects of carbon dioxide, promotion of renewable energy and job opportunities.

Lee said the solar power plant in Daanbantayan will be one of the attractions of the municipality as this is the first in Cebu.

In Daanbantayan, Corro said the average consumption of the residents in his town is 2.5 megawatts per day.


He said the solar power plant will provide base load and additional power supply to Cebu considering that there is an increase of power demand.

Corro said the solar panels will generate power that will pass through the grid of National Grid Corp.

“The power that will be generated by the solar panel will pass through the grid. Cebeco and other power distributor can distribute this renewable energy,” he said.

The mayor said the construction of the power plant will be beneficial to them in terms of taxes and job opportunities.

Corro estimated that 200 to 300 residents in the town will be employed just for the construction and civil works alone.

Bulletin boards

Job hiring for the construction of the solar power plant will be placed in bulletin boards of Daanbantayan public employment service office or barangay halls.

“It would be very beneficial to us and to the country in terms of investment opportunities on renewable energy,” Corro said. For his part, Arrabis assured the investors that their investment will not be wasted.

LGUs to include PWDs in their disaster management plans

By Oscar C. Pineda

PERSONS with disabilities (PWD) are now considered in the disaster risk reduction management plan of every local government unit, Capitol disaster czar Baltazar Tribunalo said.

This, as disabled people’s organizations (DPO) have mapped out their disability-inclusive disaster risk-reduction (DiRR) plan for UN Disaster Day.

Aloy Cañete, executive director of Alternative to Development (A2D) project, said the old view in disaster preparedness plans was how to rescue PWDs during calamities.

“We are persons with abilities, wala lang mi tagai og opportunity nga ma-train (We are not trained),” Cañete quoted one complaint of PWDs.

They said they want to have a major role in disaster preparedness planning.

Cañete said their goal is to put in the mainstream the DiDRR in all disaster risk-reduction programs.

A non-government research group for A2D and the provincial disaster risk reduction management office (PDRRMO) called all Cebu’s disabled people’s organizations (DPO) and non-government organizations yesterday to a DiDRR network meeting to prepare for the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Originally, the celebration was on the second Wednesday of October until UN fixed the date on Oct. 13, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) website stated.

Their suggested activities for the launching of Cebu DiDRR Network are programs, press conferences, film showings, visual exhibits and performances of children with disabilities.

They are also discussing the possibility of radio guesting as a pre-launch activity.

“One of the most significant findings of a pioneering UN global study on persons with disabilities and disaster shows that 85.57 percent of respondents from 137 countries state that they have not participated in any community disaster risk reduction and management process currently in place in their own communities,” read a UNISDR 2014 study.

Cañete said the government often overlooks PWDs in planning for disaster preparedness.

“They really need to have a family preparedness plan, which is supported by a community preparedness plan,” Cañete said.

In their meeting last July 28, one of the key issues discussed was Tribunalo’s concurrence that deaf people from disaster assistance team (DDAT) can share their expertise.

The PDRRMO chief, who admitted that this was never a part of their protocol, suggested that PWDs group can teach them how to prioritize disabled persons in their search and rescue operations.

He said they can also teach the community to be PWD-friendly.

Cañete cited an incident in one of the towns during typhoon Yolanda, where a mentally impaired member of a family was left behind while the whole family evacuated to safer grounds.

Upon their return, their mentally impaired family member was still alive, saved by his iron cage that stopped a falling tree from crushing him to death.

Central Visayas workers to get pay hike

By Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - Workers in the Central Visayas will get a P13 increase in their daily take-home pay, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported yesterday.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the regional wage board in Cebu approved an order granting pay hike to local workers.

“Once the wage order approved by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) takes effect, the current P340 daily minimum wage will become P353,” Baldoz said.

The wage order, she said, covers minimum wage earners in Metro Cebu, including the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Talisay, Naga, Carcar and Danao as well as the cities and municipalities of Compostela, Consolacion, Liloan, Cordova, Minglanilla and San Fernando.

The pay hike does not apply to other areas of Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor.

Baldoz said the wage hike would help improve the workers’ purchasing power.

Earlier, the Alliance of Progressive Labor and Associated Labor Union filed separate petitions seeking a P145 and P92 across-the-board wage increase, respectively.

The wage hike was approved following a series of public hearing conducted by the RTWPB.

Shangri-La sees growth with new airline routes

By Katlene O. Cacho

A FIVE-star resort hotel is banking on new direct flights to Cebu to capture new markets.

While Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa has been enjoying good growth from its usual markets, general manager Nicholas Smith said improvements in air connectivity to Cebu is allowing them to penetrate more and new markets.

He cited Philippine Airlines’ new route from Cebu to Los Angeles by March 15, 2016 and Cebu Pacific’s Cebu-Taipei (Taiwan) route in December 17 this year as new potential growth areas, including Australia, a continent Cebu Pacific is keen on adding frequencies, on the back of the growing passenger market.

To prepare for this growth, Smith disclosed that renovation plans of the resort’s Ocean Wing (186 rooms) is in the process of finalization. Shangri-La recently upgraded the resort’s lobby lounge and Tides restaurant to keep up with the changing preferences of hotel guests.

“There is a demand for change. (With the advent of new technology and online platforms) there are some certain standards that people expect and we are addressing that,” said Smith, who has been in Cebu for more than a month now. His prior assignment was in Shangri-La in Shanghai, China, where he stayed for five years.

Smith said under his management, he will make Shangri-La’s Mactan more customer service-centric while putting emphasis on a “local touch” in all of its services. He also wants update their food and beverage offerings.

“Shangri-La’s Mactan serves all segments in the market, from walk-in guests, honeymooners, leisure to Mice (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions). We will continue to upgrade the level of services we have, especially that we are known to all of these facets. We will make every day of our guests more interesting, given the fact that we are situated in an already interesting tropical environment,” said Smith.

“Moreover, we’ve got strong 700 employees here who can share insights of how Cebu can still be presented,” he added.

Shangri-La’s Mactan enjoys a mix of foreign guests from Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia, US and Europe. Local guests, on the other hand, are growing, with families and friends staying at the resort during long breaks or weekends.

Following the resort’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Financial Ministers Meeting two weeks ago, Smith is confident the resort will get more Mice bookings in the coming months.

“The APEC Summit was fantastic. We have demonstrated that we are a top class facility for business and Mice events,” he said.

Smith added the resort is now preparing for the next round of APEC meetings next month. Its Christmas activities are also in place.

PNoy signs law creating Cebu's seventh legislative district

By Louis Bacani

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III has approved a law creating a new legislative district in the province of Cebu.

Aquino signed on September 18 Republic Act (RA) 10684 creating Cebu's seventh legislative district by reapportioning the current second legislative district.

The new district will be composed of eight municipalities: Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara, Moalboal, Badian, Alegria, Malabuyoc and Ginatilan.

The current second legislative district will now be composed of seven municipalities: Argao, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Santander and Samboan.

The reapportionment of the second legislative district will commence in the next national and local elections after the effectivity of RA 10684.

The Commission on Elections has been tasked to issue the necessary rules and regulations to implement the newly signed law, within 30 days upon its approval.

Japanese hotel chain to open 583-room inn at JCentre Mall

By Katlene O. Cacho

ASIDE from pouring in huge investments for their tourism business, the Uy family is also keen on growing its hotel, office and condominium towers in Mandaue City.

Early next year, Cebu will have an additional 583 hotel rooms with the completion of Toyoko Inn, a new business hotel in JCentre Mall, said Justin Uy, president of Everjust Realty Development Corp., the developer of JCentre Mall.

A signing ceremony was held in February 2014 between Japanese top business hotel chain Toyoko Inn and Uy, also president of Profood International Corp., at the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. Under the agreement, the new hotel building in Mandaue City will be leased to the Toyoko Inn Group for 25 years.

Toyoko Inn is a chain of no-frills business hotels and is the largest business hotel chain in Japan. As of 2012, it had 238 hotels in Japan and six in Korea.

Moreover, Everjust Realty will also embark on a simultaneous construction of the second tower that will house office and apartelle spaces and the three condo towers next year.

The planned condo project is in partnership with a Japanese investor. While the project is still in the planning phase, each tower, according to Uy, will have 30 floors each, with 200 units per tower.

Uy said the company is eager to forge partnerships with Japanese investors because Japan is the next big market to tap after Korea. Improved connectivity with the presence of more direct flights between Cebu to key cities in Japan is also an added advantage to boost business partnerships with Japanese investors.

Meanwhile, Uy who also runs Profood, the largest Philippine-based dried fruit producer in the world, reports “good business” despite the economic woes in China and in other global markets. The firm grows an average of 10 percent annually.

“We are doing good. Our main problem is not the market but the supply of raw materials,” said Uy. “We don’t have enough supply of fresh mangoes in the country to serve the global demand.”

Profood needs a thousand tons of mangoes every day. “It is during mango season that we mostly don’t have problems with the supply but after the season that’s where we encourage more farmers to plant more,” said Uy.

Profood sources 35 percent of its mangoes from Luzon, 40 percent from Mindanao and 25 percent from Visayas.

However, what blocks farmers to plant more is the unavailability of financial resources to grow their plantation. “We help provide the capital for them but it should be the government assisting them,” he said.

Profood is present in 52 countries. It now produces 15 types of processed tropical fruits. The company has four plants all over the Philippines —Bulacan, Iloilo, Cebu and Davao. Profood maintains 11 brands.

Its mango juice, which carries the name Philippine Brand, is among the products offered by an online shop in Fujian, China.

Cebu Province Archived News

The older news reports are kept here.

Personal tools

Philippine Provinces
Philippine Cities