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Cebu City hosts OTOP design conference

By Minerva Newman

CEBU CITY – About 200 designers, micro/small and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs), field experts, market specialists, design specialists, OTOP hub operators are in Cebu City for the National One Town, One Product (OTOP) Design Conference.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Director for |Central Visayas Asteria Caberte said the conference aims to brief product designers commissioned the OTOP projects on new design trends, packaging standards, labeling requirements, intellectual property, market trends and business outlook.

“Creative product design has always been a challenge in improving the local OTOP,” Caberte told Manila Bulletin.

According to Leon Flores, OTOP Program manager and conference director, DTI wants to adopt the OTOP concept in all local government units.

Flores said there are 20 OTOP stores/hubs in all regions in the country except in Regions 4B, 8, 11 and 12.

The very first OTOP store opened in September 2018.

“In 2018 we assisted 7,151 MSMEs with 5,211 products from OTOP improved and developed which generated sales of P1.097 billion,” Flores said.

This year’s national conference was designed to provide essential information for local designers that can be used to enhance the marketability of OTOP offerings and provide a coordinated look and design direction in the areas of packaging.

He said DTI has a budget of P89 million for the OTOP program, P34.93 million of which is for product development and P33.14 million is for marketing and market access.

Caberte explained that the program enables localities and communities to determine, develop, support, and promote products or services rooted in its local culture.

Cebu start-up sells ‘plantable pencils’

By Gresheen Gift Libby (/bmjo)

Cebu City, Philippines—Instead of throwing away used up pencils, why not plant them?

A Cebu-based start-up is making this possible by selling pencils that contain seeds which can be planted once the pencils are used up.

The pencils are products of Eco Hub Cebu, which was put up by Mary Rose Arnejo, a former college instructor from the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U), in October 2018.

Arnejo said that she first saw the plantable pencil concept from Sprout World, which is the first company to produce the product.

These plantable pencils are regular pencils that are tipped with gelatine capsules that contain seeds of different varieties of plants such as mint, citronella, and sili (chili pepper).

The plantable pencils can be ordered through the Eco Hub Cebu Facebook page at an introductory price of P20.

Arnejo said that at the moment, they are sourcing their products from abroad. But they are planning to partner with a local community in order to be able to locally produce the pencils and to provide more job opportunities.

“Currently we only do the assembly of the pencils. But we’re looking at producing all parts locally so we can help more people have income,” she said.

Arnejo hopes that this unique product won’t just be a short-lived craze.

“We hope this is not another fad that will fade as instantly as how it escalated,” Arnejo stressed. “We do not need another fad. Rather, we need sustainable practices integrated into our daily activities.”

Arnejo explained that Eco Hub Cebu was put up to help the public switch to an eco-friendly lifestyle.

“I’ve noticed that the majority of our kababayans do not switch to eco-friendly lifestyle because they find the eco-products costly. (Example, the metal straw set that time was at P400) That’s why I came up with a start-up which will marry affordability with sustainability so people don’t have to choose between the two,” she said.

MCWD tests water in schools before classes start

By Delta Dyrecka Letigio (/dbs)

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Personnel of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) are conducting free water testing to various elementary schools in Cebu City in preparation for the start of classes on June 3.

According to Charmaine Kara, MCWD spokesperson, the free water testing is conducted to ensure that school children will be able to “enjoy” potable water when classes start.

“We choose the schools with the highest populations. We are doing this to ensure that the water is potable from the tap because the tap water will be used by the children when they brush their teeth or wash their water containers,” said Kara.

The MCWD laboratory scientists were at the Barangay Banilad Elementary School to kick-start the activity on Wednesday afternoon, May 29.

The results are expected to be out within three to five working days and areas with infected water will be treated immediately.

She said that this had been an annual program of MCWD, their contribution to the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Brigada Eskwela, which would call on the community to help prepare the schools for the pupils and students.

The MCWD will not only check for the potability of the water in the schools but will also check on the pipelines for any leaks to be repaired immediately.

For schools with privately owned wells, the MCWD will also get water sample for free water testing.

As for schools with two water supplies, MCWD and a private well, the MCWD discourages mixing the water from the different sources so it would be easier to trace the source in case of contamination.

Kara also said that MCWD would deliver water for the schools with the supplies greatly affected by the dry spell and would continue to do so until it would normalize.

Since the El Niño, the water supply for mosts schools had only been at ground floor level, and MCWD said the school would have to obtain a cistern and a pump to bring the water up to other levels.

The MCWD will also begin taking samples from Talamban National High School, Talamban Elementary School, Barrio Luz National High School, Lahug Elementary School, and Tejero Elementary School.

Other public schools will also be looked into for quality control including the Cebu Central School, Labangon Elementary School, and Tisa II Elementary School.

With this activity, the MCWD hopes that water will now be safer to use for the pupils and students in Cebu City.

Globe launches myBusiness Corner in Cebu

By Luel Galarpe (PNA)

CEBU CITY -- Globe Telecom unveiled its Globe myBusiness Corner in Cebu on Tuesday at the Globe Store in Ayala Center Cebu here.

Cleo Santos, sales head for Globe myBusiness, said the special corner -- the first in the Visayas and Mindanao area and the fourth to be opened nationwide -- will specifically cater to the needs of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) in Cebu.

Santos said Globe has recognized the full potential of MSMEs in the Philippines that's why they are setting up special myBusiness Corners in different parts of the country.

According to Santos, MSMEs account for 99.5 percent of the total business operations in the country and are a major contributor to the growth of the Philippine economy.

The Globe myBusiness Corner features an interactive space for MSME entrepreneurs where they can have special one-on-one consultation sessions with MSME experts to help them in their digitalization journey.

"We want our MSMEs to have easy access to business solutions. Since the Globe Store is a major touchpoint for inquiries and is considered a trusted business channel hub, it plays a critical role in serving our MSMEs," Santos said.

Also introduced during the launching was Robot "GIO" (Globe Information Officer), who will be asking entrepreneurs a series of questions that would help them identify their business' digital level.

Globe myBusiness is also offering internet connection and mobile plans to help entrepreneurs fast-track their business' tech-savviness.

"As the MSME arm of Globe, it is myBusiness' goal to help every enterprise reach its full potential. Through Globe myBusiness Corner and our MSME experts, we hope we can guide entrepreneurs towards success," said Santos.

Free talks, tartanilla rides as Cebu City celebrates heritage week from May 28 to 31

By Immae Lachica (/celr)

CEBU CITY, Philippines — It’s going to be an interesting week here in the Queen City of the South as the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC) celebrates the first ever Cebu City Heritage Week.

Lined-up activities from May 28 to May 31 include native games, stories of myths and fables, tartanilla rides, museum visits and heritage talks, according to Bryner Diaz, officer-in-charge of the Cultural and Historical Affairs Office (CHAO).

“This is actually mandated by City Ordinance 2327 declaring the Last Friday of May as Gabii sa Kabilin or Night of Heritage. The said ordinance was amended by Ordinance No. 2474 declaring the last week of May as Cebu City Heritage Week,” said Diaz.

On May 28, Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m until noon, “Duwa nga Kinaraan” will be held at the Plaza Independencia.

In Duwa Kinaraan, children from ages 9 to 12 years will be able to experience playing games such as sungka, dama, takyan, tubig-tubig and kadang-kadang. Participants are required to register at the Fort San Pedro.

After playing games, head to the Public Library for “Urang Angkay” to hear stories of myths and fables of Cebu City from 1:00 p.m until 3:00 p.m.

On May 29, Wednesday, feed your mind with heritage talks by Architect Melva Java on “Cebu’s Heritage Architecture” from 10 a.m. to noon and Dr. Erlinda Alburo’s session on “Cebu Language as Heritage ” from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Along with these activities, the city government is also hosting the Osmeña Boulevard Heritage Tour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 29 and 30.

On May 30, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, attend an ultimate throwback Thursday session with Dr. Joy Gerra as she talks about the History of Cebu.

Pasiyo sa Kabilin on May 30 and 31 will give you an opportunity to visit some museums and historical landmarks in Cebu City including Fort San Pedro, Plaza Independencia, Magellan’s Cross, Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, Cebu Archdiocesan Museum, Plaza Hamabar, Colon Obelisk, Cebu Heritage Monument, and the community behind Fort San Pedro.

Optional sites to be visited are the 1730 Jesuit House, Yap-Sandiego House and Casa Gorordo.

Diaz said Pasiyo sa Kabilin will have four sessions; two on May 30, Thursday, and another two on May 31, Friday. The tours will happen from 8 a.m. to noon, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“These are guided tours. If the participant wants to enter the museums, he/she would need to pay the entrance fees. The tourism office will provide tour guides,” he told CDN Digital.

Completing your Cebu City Heritage Week experience are the free tartanilla rides on May 3o to 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Plaza Independencia.

Interested participants can go to the following sites to register for the specific activities:

• Fort San Pedro: Duwa sa Kinaraan
• CHAC Office (Rizal Memorial Library and Museum Building): Heritage Talks, Osmeña Boulevard Heritage Tour
• Cebu City Public Library: Urang Angkay
• Tourism Office (): Pasiyo sa Kabilin and tartanilla rides ND

Except for the museum entrance fees, all these activities are free on a first come, first serve basis.

Revisiting Cebu’s rich history


IT was like traveling back in time for 93-year-old Celsa Zamora, who participated in the Gabii sa Kabilin 2019 last Friday night, May 24.

Celsa, accompanied by her daughter Joy Zamora, said the event made her remember her teenage years.

Though she couldn’t walk anymore because of her age, Celsa didn’t feel tired since she enjoyed watching the performances, as well as listening to the music that reminded her of her past.

“Lingaw gyud kaayo ko (I’m having a great time),” Celsa said with a smile on her face.

Joy, who is 40, said it was their first time to join heritage night.

Joy said her friend, who is in charge of the museum at the St. Theresa’s College (STC), introduced her to the event.

She and her mother became interested because they had always wanted to go to the museums in Cebu City.

Joy said the heritage night is very significant since it teaches participants about Cebu’s rich history.

“Sakto gyud nga kabilin ang tawag ani (event) kay mga treaure gyud sa Cebu ang gipakita (They were right in calling this event heritage because it showcases Cebu’s treasures),” she said.

Joy and Celsa were waiting for a taxi outside the Halad Museum since they were meeting Joy’s friend at STC. The Zamoras are from Dalaguete town. They only came to the city to experience “heritage night.”

Celsa and Joy were among the many participants who witnessed the different performances and exhibits of the 18 participating sites.

At the Museo Sugbo, sarok-weaving from the northern town of Consolacion, pot-making from the southern town of Sibonga and the art of tattooing were highlighted. At the Halad Museum, Cebuano music was played.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Navy invited members of the public to look at its ship docked at the Aduana Port.

Capt. Romeo Rosales, Navy chief-of-staff, said they agreed to join the event because they wanted to give the public a glimpse of what their lives are like inside the vessel.

“Through this, we can show to the people the security we are doing, especially here in Cebu,” said Capt. Joe Patrick Martinez, deputy commander of the 3rd Civil Relations Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, adding that the ship is armed.

During her speech in the opening program, Cebu City Councilor Margot Osmeña said she hopes this event will continue as a way of reminding the people about Cebu’s rich history.

This year’s theme is “Setting Sail” to mark the arrival of five ships from Spain, which started the colonization of the archipelago by the Spaniards for over 300 years.

Various competitions were held, including best blog or vlog and best photo for adults and trivia games for children.

Gabii sa Kabilin, which is on its 13th year, is an annual event wherein people get to visit various museums and heritage sites in one night.

It is organized by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Culture and Heritage unit in partnership with local government units.

British envoy to help improve Cebu City library

By Dale Israel (Editor: Leti Z. Boniol)

Amazed at the innovations of the Cebu City Public Library, British Ambassador Daniel Pruce said they were now working on how their government could help improve the 24-hour facility.

During his visit to Cebu on Thursday, May 23, Pruce took note of the movies being shown in the library at night, which were drawing attention from its patrons.

He said he was looking into the showing of British short films during the movie nights at the Library.

“They have midnight cinema shows and short films. I think it is a great way of bringing people into the library outside of usual hours,” Pruce said during a media briefing.

“(It is) demonstrating how the library can not only be a great repository of books but also of … other cultural activities,” he added.

” … we might have access to many British short films that might be suitable for one of those midnight screenings,” he said.

Aside from access to British short films, Pruce said they were also coordinating with non-government organizations in Cebu City on how they could help improve the materials inside the library.

Pruce was in Cebu City for the first time for a meeting with several stakeholders, including the promotion of tourism to British visitors.

He said an increasing number of British tourists were visiting Cebu. There was also a growing British community in the city.

He discussed with local media ways to expand the British government’s campaign on Media Freedom and Responsibility.

The British Ambassador also went to the Mactan Cebu International Airport, whose construction was done with British experts.

He also dropped by Cebu Provincial Police Office for a meeting.

The concept to open the Library all day was a request through social media to Mayor Tomas Osmena from a student in 2018.

The mayor immediately gave in to the request and provided the library services 24/7 since then.

CGBP to launch best programs in Cebu

(SunStar Cebu)

THE Center for Global Best Practices (CGBP) will bring its best programs to Seda Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu City on June 19-21, 2019.

The CGBP granted the clamor of business owners and decision-makers based in the Visayas for more world-class trainings.

On June 19, the Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines will be discussed by a lecturer, including the changes brought by the law.

On the same day, there will be a lecture on the essential Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations issued from 2017 until the early part of 2019.

The second program on June 20 will tackle the best practices in implementing effective business controls.

Participants are expected to learn the best practices in designing and implementing controls that would help them safeguard their business assets, enhance the integrity of their financial reports and protect them from business operational risks.

The other discussions include the best practices in financial processes and controls, operational policies and good business examples.

Accountants attending the event will earn points as their presence will be credited to their continuing professional development requirement.

On June 21, a master class on writing the minutes of meetings will be held. The attendees will be informed about the legal guidelines on the meetings as mandated by the SEC.

The programs are open to the public and interested participants are encouraged by CGBP to avail of the early bird rate. Seats are limited and pre-registration is required.

CGBP is an accredited training provider of the Civil Service Commission.

To see CGBP’s complete list of its SEC-accredited programs such as the best practices in corporate governance, sustainability reporting, certification course for compliance officers, implementation of parliamentary procedures in meetings and other programs, visit its website at

CGBP can be also reached through its Manila lines: (+632) 842-7148/59 and 556-8968/69, and Cebu lines: (+6332) 512-3106/07.

Students develop online app to ease parking space woes

By Immae Lachica (celr)

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Are you finding it hard to find a parking space in Cebu?

Three students from the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR) may just have the answer to your parking woes through an online application prototype called “CarSpace.”

Noel Daniel Seldura, 26, Kevin Cerdon, 24, Jesury Thomas Gadiane, 24, are sophomore students taking up Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) at USJR who make up the team that developed CarSpace.

Eric Magto, the team’s mentor, said it took them three months to finish the prototype.

“CarSpace is a mobile application for drivers having a difficulty of looking for a parking space. We observed that there’s a difficulty in looking for a place to park,” says Magto.

This feat enabled the team to earn the top plum in the Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP), a technology competition organized by Smart Communications that aims to provide college students with the platform to create innovative applications that solve consumer pain points.

The USJR students bested 19 other teams hailing from different schools around the country after a rigorous screening process and a boot camp during the 15th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards.

The awarding ceremony was held on May 10, 2019, at Discovery Primea Hotel in Makati City.

The team took home a cash prize of P 300,00.

Magto says they only included parking lot owners, residential houses and owners of unutilized lots to provide parking spaces.

He says they did not include establishments such as malls and other commercial spaces in the app as it was not feasible for their start-up project during the time of development.

Magto says users only need to download the app and then check the nearby parking spaces and check the corresponding fees for the parking spaces.

But users may have to wait for two years before the app will be available for public download because the students said will still focus on experimenting on CarSpace.

Magto says the students will make the CarSpace prototype as their Capstone project for their thesis.

With an innovative project like this, let’s hope we don’t have to wait for two years for this app to be available.

Crossing our fingers!

Capitol to forego construction of P91 million parking building

By Rosalie O. Abatayo (/bmjo)

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Capitol will no longer pursue the construction of the proposed four-storey parking building pegged at P91 million.

Provincial General Services Office (PGSO) head Jone Siegfred Sepe, vice chairman of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), said they recommended to the Office of the Governor to forego the project and let the incoming administration decide if it will be implemented.

Governor Hilario Davide III, in a separate interview, said he favors the embargo of the project in order to leave it to the discretion of the new administration whether the project is still necessary.

The parking building, which was originally pegged at P84 million, has undergone three failed bidding since 2018. The contractor of the first bidding in 2019 had lapses in its technical requirements while the winning bidder in the second bidding last February 2019 failed in the post qualification process after the technical working group found that it has incurred beyond allowable delays in its other projects with other government agencies.

This March, the BAC opened a negotiated bidding for the project but also failed because all the bid offers were above the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC), which is P91 million.

Read more: Following delays, construction cost of Capitol’s 4-storey parking building may increase

Sepe said the bidders cited that the increase in the cost of materials for the project makes it hard to complete the edifice for only P91 million.

“We submitted the project plan to the Provincial Engineering Office for review [of the proposed budget] and they saw that a new adjustment may be needed,” said Sepe.

However, since the term of the officials in the BAC will be ending as the new administration comes in on June 30, Sepe said it is more prudent to let the new set of BAC members decide on the fate of the building to prevent it from falling in a crossover.

Cebu City underpass to open in June for private vehicles

(Business World)

THE UNDERPASS project along Natalio Bacalso Avenue, which is seen to ease road congestion in the southern part of Cebu City, will open by June for private vehicles while authorities discuss possible new traffic schemes in the area.

Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) Operations Chief Francisco Ouano told The Freeman that last week’s temporary two-day opening of the underpass showed improved traffic flow.

Mr. Ouano said they will coordinate with the Department of Public Works and Highways regional office for a possible new traffic scheme in the south district, including whether to allow buses and mini buses to utilize the underpass.

These public utility vehicles currently use the Cebu South Coastal Road. Public utility jeepneys, as planned, will utilize the northbound and southbound side roads. Mr. Ouano said they will hold a dry run to observe traffic flow before the official opening.

‘Philippines-Australia Friendship Day’ celebration heads to Cebu City


THE last days of summer are here and the Australian Embassy is giving Cebuanos a chance to celebrate it in style at the Philippines-Australia Friendship Day festival.

The Embassy is bringing a taste of Australia to Cebu with some fun activities at Ayala Center Cebu.

“Each year we take the Philippines-Australia Friendship Day celebration to a different city, and this year we are heading to Cebu,” said Australian Ambassador Steven J. Robinson AO.

On May 25, take a stroll down Melbourne’s Hosier Lane while browsing the retail, education and travel fair at the mall’s Activity Center. Shop for sweet Australian table grapes, ice cream and healthy snacks while checking out the best travel deals to Australia. Take that first step to realizing your dreams of an Australian holiday or overseas study by attending the study and visa information session beginning at 2 p.m. Join in on fun trivia games and get a chance to win Australian goodies.

Head to The Gallery at 4:30 p.m. for the community fashion parade where Cebu’s young and stylish will walk the runway for Cotton On, Ever New, Quicksilver, Roxy, BYS Cosmetics, Anthill and C&C. Afterward, head on to The Terraces for a free concert featuring homegrown talent Sepia Times, one of Sony Music Philippines’ newest artists. Then cap off the day by watching Australian short and feature films under the stars also at The Terraces.

Shoppers at Ayala Center Cebu will also get a chance to win two roundtrip tickets to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney via Qantas.

This year’s Philippines-Australia Friendship Day is part of the larger Australia Now celebration across Asean.

Philippine Chemistry Congress goes to Cebu


CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu will become the center of the country’s chemistry world as the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas (Chemical Society of the Philippines) in cooperation with the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies (PFCS) hosts the 34th Philippine Chemistry Congress on May 28 to 30, 2019.

The Congress with the theme “CHEMbisyon 2019: Kimiko Para sa Sariling Bayan” will be held at the Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center, Lahug, Cebu City. Over 1,500 delegates, including local and international scientists, are expected to gather for the event to tackle research for inclusive development.

“This year’s theme “Kimiko Para sa Sariling Bayan” is a call for our greater involvement in confronting the challenges our country is facing,” said Glenn V. Alea, Ph.D., PFCS President.

“The things chemists do may not always seem to be accessible and relevant to the ordinary Filipino. We have to come forward, communicate, participate in setting directions and work together to bridge gaps and play a greater role in national development,” he added.

The Congress will feature prominent national and international experts who will deliver ten plenary lectures, fourteen keynotes, 110 oral presentations, and 188 poster papers. Participants will come from 12 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and The US.

Alea said the Congress’ various plenary and parallel sessions are meant to inspire participants with the latest research and developments, expand their networks with fellow scientists and professionals in the academe, industry, and government, as well as engage with productive discourse with other delegates.

There are plenary sessions on chemistry and food security and bionanotechnology. The two day sessions also features parallel sessions on food chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, analytical and functional film, environmental chemistry, forensic chemistry, surface chemistry, photochemistry, nanoscience, computational phychem, #Nagbalik-Chemistry, inorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical education, analytical labs, and natural products chemistry, among others.

Leon M. Payawan, Jr., Ph.D. President of Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas, said the Congress also emphasizes its being a youthful event by using the hashtag #34PCCMillenialVers2019. Over 80 percent of participants and members of the organizing committee are millenials born in 1981 and after.

“It is my hope that the millennial generation will take on the cudgel, and stand on the ‘shoulders of giants’ for the advancement of the Philippine chemistry community!” said Payawan.

For inquiries and registration, you may visit their official website at

Hikvision, surveillance products expert, sets up shop in Cebu

By Marc Cosep (/dbs)

In their dedication towards progress and innovation, Hikvision, the world’s largest supplier of surveillance cameras, launches its new office here at the Queen City of the South — Cebu.

The move is part of their plan to strengthen their presence in the country with new innovation and technology ranging from security cameras to other surveillance products like drones.

By opening an office in Cebu, Ray Wu, general manager at Hikvision Philippines, said that Hikvision would be able to strengthen their relationships with partners giving them the service and attention they would need.

Their office will be opened on May 23, at the FLB Corporate Center at the Cebu Business Park.

With their most up-to-date and comprehensive product solutions like 8K cameras topped with their new advance Artificial intelligence (AI) and other video recording devices, Wu aims to position themselves as the top-ranking players in the country’s security market.

Right now, Hikvision continues to maximize their presence covering the 17 regions in the country with their Cebu office as their latest addition.

As an international brand, its products are also being enjoyed across 150 countries with 46 international and regional subsidiaries and branch offices including 85 branches throughout mainland China. Its outstanding capabilities and performance in the security and video surveillance industry have been recognized by leading analyst and firms globally.

Hikvision was ranked as the No. 1 worldwide complete video surveillance and products provider for seven consecutive years (2011-2017) by IHS Markit, a London-based global information provider formed in 2016.

They were also ranked No. 1 in the Security 5D by a&s Magazine from 2016-2017.

New Strategies

During the the event in Cebu, Hikvision also shares its strategies to continue staying on top of the game.

“AcuSence” products with false alarm filters and “ColorVu” cameras with 24-hour color monitoring for the for small- and medium-size businesses (SMB) are now in the pipeline.

Higher resolutions and better low-light performance products are also in the works including AI Technology and Vertical Solutions for intelligent business operations and small cities.

Integration of video surveillance access control and expanded application of thermal products for perimeter protection will soon make its way to their products.

As Hikvision gears towards a successful 2019, Wu hopes for a more better service and increasing partnership through more expansion projects in the country.

Cebu City senior citizens to receive P2K on Saturday

By Delta Dyrecka Letigio (/dbs)

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City senior citizens are expected to receive the third tranche of their senior citizen allowance on Saturday, May 18, at their respective barangay halls.

According to Lourdes Limpangog, acting city director of the Senior Citizen’s Affairs, at least 75,000 registered senior citizens might get their April and May financial assistance worth P2,000 in the barangays.

If the senior citizen fails to get the financial assistance tomorrow, they are given 10 days to collect the money at the City Treasurer’s Office.

Limpangog said that the distribution must be inside a government building of the barangay and the distribution would start from 8 a.m. to noon.

For those who are not capable of receiving their financial assistance, the money will be delivered to their houses if they were registered to be with disability.

At least 4,000 senior citizens will have their financial assistance delivered to their households since they can no longer go to the barangay halls.

The seniors, who will be claiming their financial assistance, must bring their senior citizen identification (ID) cards and another original ID in order to claim the money.

The registered senior citizens in Cebu City are entitled to a P12,000 financial assistance from the city government. Registration for which are done in the Senior Citizens Affairs Office.

“I highly encourage that they (senior citizens) get their financial assistance tomorrow so they will not have to go to the City Hall to claim. We brought the service to the barangays for their convenience,” said Limpangog.

Limpangog also reminded the senior citizens that they would need to personally claim the financial assistance as any form of authorization letter would not be honored by the city.

City to award P65-million garbage deal to firm


THE Cebu City Government is set to award the P65-million contract for its solid waste disposal to the operator of the private landfill in Barangay Binaliw.

Ronald Malacora, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) chairman, said ARN Builders passed the post- qualification process that they conducted.

Malacora said they were not able to award immediately the contract due to the election ban on government procurement.

ARN Builders placed the lowest calculated bid of P647.59 per ton of garbage disposed compared to the P675 per ton bid that Jomara Konstruct Corp. placed.

The City has a budget of P70 million for the garbage disposal starting July but it saved close to P5 million after ARN Builders placed a lower bid price.

After the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill was closed, the City has been outsourcing its garbage collection.

Starting July, the City will no longer outsourced its garbage collection and the Department of Public Services (DPS) will directly throw the wastes to a private landfill.

The set up is the reason why the City will also purchase additional 21 trucks that will be used for garbage collection.

This year, DPS only allocated P201 million for the hauling of garbage that covers from January 1 to June 30 only since the City will already dispose directly its garbage to the private landfill on July.

Cebu City police and rescuers conduct bomb explosion simulation

By Morexette Marie B. Erram

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Law enforcers and rescue units in Cebu City conducted bomb-explosion simulation exercises in front of Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral on Tuesday noon, March 12, 2019.

The simulation exercises last around 30 minutes. It was participated by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CCDRRMO).

Superintendent Alfeche Batuan, deputy city director for administration of CCPO, said the simulation exercises were intended for law enforcers and rescuers to refresh their skills on responding to disasters, such as bomb explosions.

“We also conducted this one (bomb explosion simulation) especially after what happened in Jolo, Sulu,” said Batuan.

Batuan said the drill was generally smooth but noted that several areas needed improvement.

“We needed improvements sa communication department. We found out that we needed a centralized communication center para tanan communication nato naay tarong nga system,” he added.

Below are photos during the drill:

Cebu City to release P10-M to address drought

By Luel Galarpe (PNA)

CEBU CITY – The city government is set to release PHP10 million to initially address the water supply problem in mountain villages that are now experiencing the effects of mild El Niño.

City Agriculture Department (CAD) officer-in-charge Apple Tribunalo, in an interview Monday, said they are now preparing the release of the PHP10 million after receiving reports that some farmlands in the mountain barangays have already cracked due to the dry spell.

Tribunalo said they have also received reports that some of the water springs in elevated areas have dried up.

“We have already sent a team to the upland barangays to assess the situation and we will continuously monitor these areas,” Tribunalo told the Philippine News Agency.

She said the PHP10-million budget will be used for the purchase of water containers and drums for storage, power sprayers, water pumps, and water hoses for irrigation to help the affected farmers and livestock raisers in the mountain barangays.

If the hot temperature continues and no rain will occur in the coming days, Tribunalo said they will wait for the assessment of the weather bureau before a state of calamity can be declared.

Should the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) classify the mountain barangays as drought-affected, Tribunalo said they will then put these areas under state of calamity.

The PAGASA classifies an area as drought-affected if the average rainfall is less than 60 percent for three consecutive months.

“In the event a state of calamity will be declared in the mountain barangays, an additional PHP15 million will be released from the city’s disaster funds for the affected villages,” Tribunalo said.

She said she hopes the dry condition in the upland villages would not worsen and damage the vegetables and crops in the coming days.

Tribunalo is also hoping that the farmers and livestock raisers in these areas would implement the water- and moisture-conservation techniques that the CAD had taught them to apply during the dry season.

The 29 upland barangays expected to be affected by the mild El Niño are Adlaon, Babag, Cambinocot, Guba, Kalunasan, Lusaran, Malubog, Pit-Os, Sapangdaku, Tabunan, Agsungot, Bacayan, Binaliw, Bonbon, Budlaan, Buhisan, Busay, Pulangbato, Pung-ol Sibugay, Sinsin, Sirao, Sudlon I, Sudlon II, Tagbao, Taptap, Mabini, Pamutan, Paril, and Toong.

5 thousand to clean Lahug river

By Odessa O. Leyson (/GAN,The Freeman)

CEBU, Philippines — Around 5,000 volunteers will be helping the Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CCENRO) in clearing the Lahug River from waste.

CCENRO Head Ma. Nida Cabrera said there are numerous schools in the city that assured to join the cleanup activity today.

These schools include the St. Theresa’s College, Don Bosco College, Southwestern University and Abellana National School.

However, Cabrera could not give a definite number of students that will be taking part in the river cleanup.

“Nag-expect mi nga mas daghan karon sa Lahug River kay naa’y mga eskwelahan niapil, so wala pami kibaw pila ang gikan sa schools,” she said.

The other volunteers are from business process outsourcing (BPO), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and business establishments.

The river rehabilitation and restoration will start at 6:30 a.m.

The activity is led by CCENRO along with the Environmental Management Bureau, Department of Public Services and other concerned agencies.

Cabrera said the 5,000 volunteers will be assigned in five stations. In the station 3 and station 5 are workers from City Hall.

The other stations are composed of private volunteers. Every station has Barangay Environmental Officers (BEOs) that will guide and lead the clean-up drive.

CCENRO will also install bio-fences along the stretches of these rivers. These bio-fences, which are made of recycled plastic bottles that are wrapped in fishnets, will trap garbage that will strew the rivers.

The Lahug River is 16 to 17 kilometers long which covered the Barangays Tejero, Tinago, and T. Padilla.

Based on their initial assessment, Cabrera admitted that the Lahug River has more trash compared to Bulacao River.

She said most of the households situated in Lahug riverside don’t have septic tanks. The wastes of these residents reportedly go directly to the river.

“Lahug, grabe ang problema mi karon diha. Basin sa gipang-invite for technical conference, wala’y mga CR, riverside of Lahug, mostly wala’y CR. Naa’y CR pero diretso sapa,” Cabrera said.

Right now, there is an ongoing profiling of waste contributors in the river so that CCENRO can meet with them to address the problem.

CCENRO is also planning to establish septic tanks in the area so that residents’ waste will no longer go to the river.

“Naa nami nakontak nga mo-provide nato tanke ibutang didto, kalot and semento takuban siya. Limpyo na ang mogawas na tubig. Ga-expect ta ang mga lugar nga walay kasilyas butangan ana,” Cabrera said.

She said those waste contributors will be called for a technical conference at City Hall to educate them in proper waste disposal.

“Issuehan citation ticket for technical conference. Gitagaan og higayon nga mahibaw sila nga mao ni angay buhaton and dili angay molabay diretso sa basura,” Cabrera said.

The next river cleanup activity will be on March 16 at the Guadalupe River.

Routes Asia 2019 opens in Cebu City today

By Irene R. Sino Cruz (/dcb)

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Over 800 delegates are expected to attend this year’s Routes Asia held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

The delegates include 100 airline executives, 20 airport representatives and 30 tourism authorities.

The speakers scheduled for today’s session include Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. Andrew Aquaah-Harrison and Routes brand director Steve Small.

The topics will include the future of Asia Pacific air transportation and hub development and self-connection.

In an interview with Cebu Daily News Digital, Small explained that they chose Cebu as the venue for Routes Asia 2019 because of several factors. These include the opening of the new international terminal of Mactan Cebu Airport and the presence of hotels that could accommodate the delegates.

Cebu City Sports Commission to continue offering free Summer Grassroots Sports Training Program

By Mars G. Alison (/bmjo)

CEBU CITY, Philippines – After a successful outing in the Batang Pinoy 2019 Visayas Qualifying Leg, the Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) will continue to identify athletes with potentials through its Summer Grassroots Sports Training Program, which will kickoff on April 10, 2019.

Athletes who represent Cebu City in the Batang Pinoy, a talent identification program of the Philippine Sports Commission, mostly have trained or volunteered under CCSC’s grassroots program.

One of them is 13-year-old Aldrener Añora Igot, Jr. who bagged all the six gold medals that Cebu City got in the archery competition in the recently concluded Batang Pinoy 2019 Visayas Qualifying Leg in Iloilo City.

Igot trained under CCSC’s grassroots program handled by Ma. Teresita F. Beltran.

In fact, most of Cebu City’s archers are products of the CCSC grassroots program.

At the moment, CCSC executive director Gayle Grace Dico said they will be offering the same sporting events for training and the same venues.

“For now we have nothing new but perhaps later on we will add [new] venues,” said Dico.

Training on offer will be for basketball, archery, air rifle, aris, badminton, beach volleyball, boxing, chess, muay thai, dancesports, futsal, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat, scrabble, sepak takraw, softball, baseball, table tennis, taekwondo, touch rugby, track & field, volleyball, weightlifting, wushu and gymnastics.

The training will be open for kids aged six years old to 18 years old.

Venues for the training will be in North District Schools and South District Schools.

North District Schools include the Cebu City Central School, Hipodromo Elementary School, Lahug Elementary School, Mabolo Elementary School, Tejero Elementary School, Zapatera Elementary School, Bo. Luz Elementary School and Talamban Elementary School.

In the south are Don Vicente Rama Memorial, Elementary School Gym, Pardo Elementary School, Mambaling Elementary School, Labangon Elementary School, Punta Princesa Elementary School, Guadalupe Elementary School, Inayawan Elementary School, San Nicolas Elementary School, Opra Elementary School, Tisa Elementary School and at the Cebu City Sports Institute.

As always, the training is free of charge and is not only for Cebu City residents. Those from the towns can also join the training.

Last year, about 10,000 showed up for the trainings and Dico said they’re expecting more or less the same number this year.

For more information about the Summer Grassroots Sports Training program, those interested can call the CCSC office at 520-8839.

Asia’s biggest aviation forum takes off Sunday in Cebu

By Carlo S. Lorenciana (/JMD, The Freeman)

CEBU, Philippines — Over 800 delegates, including aviation bigwigs, are converging in Cebu this Sunday through next week for the 2019 Routes Asia, as the southern economic powerhouse looks to become a bustling aviation hub in Asia.

Asia's biggest route development forum is taking place at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino from March 10-12.

Cebu is hosting the 17th Routes Asia for the first time at a time of rapid growth in its aviation industry, following the opening of its modern passenger terminal last year.

Steve Dicdican, general manager at the state-run Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority, said the airport's privatization has seen it a robust growth recently.

“The opening of the new international terminal follows a highly successful privatization, positioning the airport for rapid growth and making MCIA a model for other airports in the Philippines and throughout Asia as potential PPP (Public Private Partnership) opportunities are evaluated,” Dicdican said.

He said the airport further looks to develop more routes "that are responsive to tourism and economic growth of the province, region and country.”

The Routes Asia conference provides unique insight into some of the most crucial factors currently affecting aviation across the Asia-Pacific region.

The three-day event offers delegates further opportunities to hear from senior figures from the spheres of route development, airline network planning, airport and destination marketing, among others.

Across a series of panel debates, keynote addresses and a training session led by expert route development consultancy ASM, attendees can expect to expand their industry knowledge and gain exclusive insight, notably into the future plans of two of the region’s leading carriers during CEO keynote interviews.

These sessions will open the floor to Jaime J. Bautista, president and COO of Philippine Airlines, and Lance Y. Gokongwei, CEO of Cebu Pacific Air, who will share their traffic growth strategies, fleet order plans and international route expansion forecasts.

Underpass now 87% complete

By Odessa O. Leyson (The Freeman)

CEBU, Philippines — After a year and almost six months of construction, the P638-million underpass along N. Bacalso Avenue, Cebu City is now 87 percent complete.

During the site inspection yesterday, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-7 Assistant Regional Director Engr. Mario Montejo said the project’s construction is on track since it is within the contract period.

He said WT Construction Inc. is now concreting the underground walls of the underpass after they have completed the boring of piles.

“As of now, 87 percent ang accomplishment. So, gamay nalang, substantially completed na. Then sa ilawom ang pavement and sige ta concrete ta sa wall, then phasing nalang,” Montejo said.

He said the contractor is also done with the installation of pumping stations of the underpass which are used to pump out water to the drainage system.

DPWH-7 Project Engineer Roy Dela Cruz said the contractor is now working on the walls, which are reinforced by conventional steel rods, steel mesh, or fibers.

The final work will be the putting up of concrete slab once the base part is finished.

“We expected by the end of March mahuman siya, however tungod sa mga rainy weather sa December 2018, naa pa’y typhoon, na-stalled siya gamay,” Dela Cruz said.

Montejo said the contractor has committed to finish the piling of works by the end of this month but due to the bad weather conditions, it was not able to comply.

But he emphasized that the contract period of WTCI is until May 2019 as they expected that the underpass project will be operational.

“On track pata, supposed to be the first commitment of the contractor is this month, but because of some delays, naa’y mga change orders, mausab-usab man gud ni tungod sa gagma’y kakulian. Na-target nato by May, end of May,” Montejo said.

Once the underpass will be open to vehicles, it will alleviate the traffic congestion in the south district.

Montejo said all southbound and northbound vehicles can utilize the underpass project. Those who would pass F. Llamas Street will have to access the side roads.

In August 2017, there is a monstrous traffic in the south district due to the construction of the underpass project.

At the comment section of The FREEMAN Facebook account, there are netizens who are doubtful that the underpass would really address the traffic.

Some of them slammed the authorities for causing traffic in the main thorough fares.

“Pagsure mo uy. Sige lang mo saad. Wala baya ninyo, tan-awa ang traffic diha kada adlaw. Purwesyo na kaayo mo sa mga taw,” Edgar Lacno commented.

At present, the traffic scheme in the south district is the southbound and northbound side roads are available to public utility jeepneys (PUJs) and private vehicles.

Identified diversion routes are also accessible to traffic such as Ganciang St., Caimito St., F. Llamas St., and others.

All buses, mini buses and delivery trucks will access the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR).

Horrendous traffic usually occurs during peak hours which are from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. based on the assessment of Cebu City Transportation Office.

Meanwhile, Montejo said that after the construction of the underpass, they will proceed with the road widening of both lanes.

The legal department of DPWH-7 is negotiating with the affected structures so that they can implement the road widening on June.

“Ongoing ang negotiations, mo-resort na kung dili sila modawat sa offer nato, market value ang offer. Og dili gyud, mo-resort ta to expropriation, adto ta sa korte mo-deposit,” Montejo said.

The road widening project worth P17 million will be funded by the national agency.

The widening measures 400 meters in length and six meters in width.

Cebu City Gov’t to purchase 19 buses worth P152M


A TOTAL of 19 brand new big buses worth P152 million will be purchased by the Cebu City Government.

The bids and awards committee (BAC) is scheduled to hold a bidding for the purchase of the buses on Tuesday, March 5.

BAC head Ronald Malacora there are two interested bidders already that signified to join the bidding.

The buses will be used to augment the current free transportation that the city has been extending to the public, particularly to the business process outsourcing (BPO) workers.

“We will deploy that buses to transport passengers in areas where there are many passengers who are having a hard time catching a ride during peak hours,” Malacora said.

Since last year, the city has been providing free rides to the public, particularly to BPO workers for their safety considering that they work mostly during night time.

Malacora said this will be the first time that the city will purchase buses since most of its buses are donated.

At present, the city has 15 buses that are running.

“These are several years old buses already and maintenance is already high but we will still deploy these buses aside from the new ones that we are about to buy,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malacora said five interested bidders signified interest to participate during the re-bidding for the purchase of P232.5 million worth of garbage compactor trucks.

Although BAC has already recommended to award the contract to Hino Motors, but Mayor Tomas Osmeña rejected it because he wanted more suppliers to participate the bidding.

Malacora said they will conduct another bidding on March 12.

The city plans to purchase new compactor trucks to save from paying huge amount in its garbage hauling fees.

DVMF eyes rabies-free Cebu City as it gears up for Rabies Awareness month

By Immae Lachica (/END)

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City as a rabies free city.

This is the goal of the city’s Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries (DVMF) as it prepares for this month’s Rabies Awareness celebration.

Dr. Alice Utlang, head of DVMF said to Cebu Daily News Digital that they had been are doing a series of free vaccination around the city to slowly hit their target to make Cebu City completely rabies free.

Dr. Utlang also said that this would be the second year that they would be using the HSI MDV (humane society international mass dog vaccination) application.

She said that this application had helped them monitor the number of dogs in a barangay.

DVMF took pride in the improvements that they had been doing, and looking back, Dr. Utlang told Cebu Daily News Digital that Cebu City had come a long way in the efforts of eradicating rabies cases.

From being the No. 2 ranked city in the country for most number of cases of rabies in 2017, the city’s moved down to 8th spot in 2018.

This is because of DVMF’s efforts in doing information education campaigns, free vaccinations in barangays, house to house vaccination and even consultations for all dog and pet owners.

To celebrate Rabies Awareness Month, on March 4, Monday at the Plaza Sugbo grounds there will be an opening salvo with a short program of what is in store for all pet owners to take part for this month’s celebration of Rabies Awareness Month.

“Gi-awhag nako ang tanan nga mo avail sa atong mga libreng pagpabakuna sa atong mga iro aron kita maluwas sa kaso sa rabies” said Dr. Utlang.

For this year, there has only been one case of rabies that has been recorded by DVMF.

Cebu City to give P150 subsidy to each graduate of the 126 public schools in the city

By Delta Dyrecka Letigio (/dbs)

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Graduates of all public elementary and high schools in Cebu City are expected to each receive a P150 subsidy this March for their graduation rites.

Councilor Joy Young, deputy mayor for scholarships and education, told Cebu Daily News Digital that they decided to grant the subsidy because of the Department of Education (DepEd) memorandum, issued in March 2018, that disallowed the schools from collecting fees from students for commencement exercises.

Young said that each of the elementary and senior high school graduate of the 126 public schools in the city would receive the subsidy.

“We are just finalizing the MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) between DepEd and the city to seal the deal,” said Young.

DepEd will distribute the subsidy to the different schools in the city, he said.

“Congratulation to the graduates! Thank you for your hard work,” said Young.

Meanwhile, Young said that he was supporting the proposal of DepEd to replace the graduation rites with a moving up ceremony for Grade Six “completers,” which was announced in the DepEd Memorandum No. 025 on Friday, March 1.

“If you look at it logically, elementary pupils will still go to high school. They will not graduate until Grade 12,” said Young.

He said parents should not spend so much for the graduation of these pupils and save the money for their high school education instead.

DepEd however clarified today, March 2, that the proposal has still to be reviewed by its executive committee.

“Should this be approved, DepEd assures all concerned that this will be announced with sufficient lead time. Apologies are extended for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused,” said the memo signed by Secretary Leonor Briones.

Cebu City Public Library’s newest offering: Korean Basic Language Class 101

By Immae Lachica (/dcb)

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Following the success of their free Japanese language class offerings, Mayor Tomas Osmeña said that the time has come for the city government to also teach basic Korean language to interested Cebuanos.

But the city’s latest offering will only be held for a day and will only accommodate the first 50 registrants.

“If you do not make (it to) the cutoff, don’t worry. Other classes will be scheduled soon as well as classes in Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin, and German ,” Osmeña said in a Facebook post at noontime today, March 3.

Recognizing the high demand for Korean language classes, Mayor Osmeña posted an announcement on his Facebook page today that the Cebu City Public Library will be also hosting a free introductory Korean language class that is scheduled next weekend in partnership with WeTalk Inc., a teaching, learning and consultancy firm.

“Walay subtitles imong K-drama?” said the mayor’s post while inviting Cebuanos to register for their Korean language class offering.

Osmeña’s post said that classes will be held at the library’s second floor area from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 9, Saturday.

Online registration can be made through this link

But the advisory “KOREAN BASIC LANGUAGE CLASS 101. Sorry, all slots are taken. Please Follow our Facebook Page, to get updates for other class schedule” was posted when Cebu Daily News Digital tried to access the link at 2 p.m. today or two hours after the mayor made his FB announcement.

Many of the 296 individuals who commented on the mayor’s FB post complained that all the 50 slots were already taken while others request for the holding of free French, Spanish and Mandarin classes among others.

Osmeña said that they are now studying the possibility of opening other foreign language classes at the city library in the coming days.

Cebu City Council to mull measure banning single-use plastic in the city

By Delta Dyrecka Letigio (/elb)

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Single-use plastics may be no longer be seen in Cebu City in the next three years if the proposed measure to completely ban the use of these kinds of plastic materials in supermarkets and other business establishments n the city will be passed by the City Council.

The city government is currently implementing a measure that prohibits business establishments, particularly groceries and supermarkets, from packing grocery items in plastic bags every Wednesday and Saturdays, as provided under Ordinance 2343 implemented in 2012 and amended in July 2018.

Mayor Tomas Osmeña, in a memorandum on July 3, 2018, has also banned single-use plastic and use of styrofoams in all the offices of the city government effective August 1, 2018.

But if the proposed ordinance authored by Councilor Eduardo Rama, Jr. and Councilor Raymond Garcia will get the nod of the City Council, there will be a total ban of single-use plastic in Cebu City.

Garcia told Cebu Daily News Digital that the ban of plastic shopping bags in the city every Wednesdays and Saturdays is no longer enough to address the garbage problems of the city, since discarded plastic bags have been clogging canals and rivers, which have also led to severe flooding in the city during the rainy period.

“Dili na enough ang two days ra. It’s time that stop using single-use plastic,” said Garcia.

Garcia said his proposed measure will be up for discussion in next week’s council session, where it will be decided when to schedule the public hearing for the measure.

Garcia, however, said a total ban on single-use plastic will need to be implemented in phases, or a period of about three years, to give business establishments and manufacturers time to produce their own non-plastic packaging materials.

He said that in the first year, their target is to ban plastic shopping bags and straws, which he said are not necessities since consumers have easy access to alternatives such as eco bags and reusable straws.

Garcia also said that the implementation will need the cooperation of businesses as plastic materials are widely used in the manufacturing industry.

“Imong candy wrapper, plastic. Imong sudlanan sa sliced bread, plastic. Halos tanan gibutang sa plastic,” said Garcia.

Garcia hoped that the ordinance will be passed by the council after a public hearing.

City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) head Nida Cabrera welcomed the move, saying a total plastic ban in the city would likely reduce plastic wastes by 10 percent.

Plastic wastes — shopping bags, straws, utensils, plastic cups, and bottles, among others – comprise 26 percent of the total garbage collection in the city, according to Cabrera.

But since the proposed ordinance would only prohibit single-use plastic, other plastic wastes may still be collected even after the ordinance has been fully implemented.

Garcia hoped that people would support the ordinance despite the inconvenience it may cause to people.

“People need to get their priorities straight. We need to think of our environment,” said Garcia.

Cebu-based developer investing in four residential building projects

By Irene R. Sino Cruz (/dcb)

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Banking on the growing demand for residences here, Cebu-based developer 858 Mega Properties is investing millions of pesos in four residential building projects.

Serafin Uy Jr., president of 858 Mega Properties Inc., said the company will be spending about P800 million for four projects. These projects are Vistana Pearl Residences, Vistana Diamond Townhouses, Vistana Emerald Tower and Vistana Gold Island Resort & Residences.

Uy said they decided to venture into real estate development because they see bright prospects in the market.

He said the company first ventured into real estate development when they constructed the Vistana Ruby Residences at Junquera Extension, Cebu City. The company started construction of the project in 2014 and completed it in 2016.

They were able to sell all units of Ruby Residences in nine months, said Uy.

Uy, an engineer, explained that the family-owned company decided to go full blast by putting in money in their projects when they saw the sales performance of their first project.

The company’s second project is Vistana Pearl Residences, an eight-story midrise condo project located along Sikatuna Street, Cebu City, beside the Zapatera Elementary School. This project broke ground on June 8, 2017.

The target market comprises mostly students and parents who have children studying in Cebu City since it is quite near the universities.

Vistana Pearl has 65 studio and five one-bedroom units. It features a swimming pool, a fitness gym, a children’s playground, a multipurpose hall, a function room and a commercial area at the ground floor.

To assure residents of sufficient security, the building will have CCTV cameras, two high-speed card-key elevators and individual unit intercom to the front desk.

The unit will have 60×60 ceramic tiles, granite kitchen top, kitchen cabinets, stainless sink, 30×30 ceramic bathroom tiles and many other amenities.

Butch Guillen, president and chief executive officer of BG Summit Realty, expressed optimism over the project, saying they already sold several units. BG Summit Realty is the marketing arm of 858 Mega Properties.

Another ongoing project is the Vistana Diamond Townhouse, a nine-unit townhouse project located at Peace Valley, Barangay Capitol Site, Cebu City.

Two other projects on the pipeline are the Vistana Diamond Tower, an 18-story residential condominium in Capitol Hills, and Vistana Gold Island Resort Residences that will be constructed in Olango Island.

The Olango residential project will include 16-units duplex villa residences, two units of presidential villas with own pool, and an eight-unit two-story townhouses with a common pool.

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