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THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) 7 reported that this year’s slots for trainees are almost three times higher compared to 2011.
WHILE the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod is only less than three months away, the process for his companion in the Marianas Islands, however, remains unclear.
Fr. Diego Luis de San Vitores was the Spanish Jesuit priest who died with Calungsod on April 2, 1672 and was beatified in 1985.
THE Omaya quadruplets of Argao town, Cebu have already got their names. However, they are all still under intensive care at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC).
According to the latest medical bulletin, the 21-day-old infants are all admitted at the VSMMC pediatrics intensive care unit (Picu) under the care of Dr. Senny Marie Zamora.
CEBU CITY – Labangon village chief Victor Buendia will try one more time to stop the splitting of Guadalupe and announced on Tuesday his plan to go to the Supreme Court (SC).
He will ask the SC to nullify Republic Act (RA) 9905, the law that will create Barangay Banawa-Englis. It was drafted by former congressman Antonio Cuenco (Cebu City, south district).
CEBU CITY -- A promise to upgrade the international airport in Mactan, Cebu was among the things President Benigno Aquino III mentioned in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) last Monday.
Consultants for the building of a new airport terminal want to go a step further, recommending that the private sector jointly manage the facility under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program.
ONE of the Rallos heirs sued three Court of Appeals (CA) Cebu Station justices for issuing a preliminary injunction that stopped the release of P133 million to the family, as compensation for a property that is used as a barangay road by the Cebu City Government.
Lucina Rallos, one of the heirs of the late Fr. Vicente Rallos, filed last July 20 a petition for indirect contempt of court before the Supreme Court (SC) against Justices Gabriel Ingles, Pamela Ann Maxino and Carmelita Manahan.
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 yesterday suspended the permit it gave the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), allowing the cutting of nine century-old acacia trees between the cities of Naga and Carcar, Cebu.
Despite this, a grandson of the governor who initiated the planting of the trees in the early 1900s threatened to file a case against anyone who will cut them.
FILIPINO bishops have the option to have a list of political candidates to support, which will include politicians who back the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church, said a retired bishop.
Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal told reporters yesterday the option for a dialogue is closed, and that the government is pushing for the same family planning programs in a different way.
VICE President Jejomar Binay vowed to return to Cebu to help Gov. Gwen Garcia fight moves to remove her from office.
“Pagka-sususpindihin si Gov. Garcia, sinisiguro ko po sa inyo, ako mismo sasama ako sa inyo rito sa pagkontra (I will be with you in supporting Garcia),” Binay told a crowd in Liloan, Cebu last 21.
JULY is the month of the Soca (State of the City Address), Sopa (State of the Province Address) and Sona (State of the Nation Address). Up next, Soba, or State of the Barangay Address.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama encouraged barangay officials yesterday to deliver a Soba and report to the people their accomplishments for the year.
A LIFE-SIZE wooden statue of Blessed Pedro Calungsod is being sculpted in the town of Paete, Laguna Province.
Its features are based on the descriptions of Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal.
FORMER Danao City vice mayor Ramon “Boboy” Durano IV as the runningmate of One Cebu Party’s gubernatorial bet Rep. Pablo John Garcia (third district) next year?
Apparently, Gov. Gwen Garcia found the idea interesting. “I think to many, (it’s) a welcome development,” she said.
CEBU City saw a 112-percent increase in dengue cases this year, compared to the same period last year.
While the 1,627 cases since January sound alarming, Mayor Michael Rama found consolation that there were only seven casualties compared to the eight deaths last year from 765 cases.
THE 17-year-old boy who admitted he “accidentally slashed” the throat of his 21-year-old girlfriend in Minglanilla will be charged with frustrated homicide.
The suspect, with the guidance of his lawyer Rowell Juban, opted not to avail himself of his right to file a counter-affidavit during the inquest conducted by Prosecutor Marlon Atillo yesterday morning.
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 confirmed it gave the go-signal to cut nine out of 25 century-old acacia trees to pave the way for the ongoing road widening project from the City of Naga to Carcar City.
DENR 7 spokesperson Eddie Llamedo clarified that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 got clearance to cut the trees because they were reportedly “defective” and “could pose a danger to the public.”
CEBU City Budget Officer Nelfa Briones yesterday said they submitted last Friday the proposed Supplemental Budget (SB) 2 to the City Council.
But she clarified the proposed SB2 is only P237.49 million, not P380 million as earlier reported by another local paper.
EVERY morning, after the flag ceremony, Carolina Ambray gathers her students to remind them of their tasks for the day. Some will bake bread and deliver them to their clients, while others will go to the market to buy ingredients for the foods they sell at lunchtime.
Explaining the tasks usually requires much effort. Ambray’s students have intellectual disabilities.
IN A speech as long as a full-length movie, President Benigno Aquino III asked Congress to pass higher taxes on cigarettes and liquor, as well as a law that will help government get a bigger share of income from mining.
He drew the longest applause when he recommended “responsible parenthood” as an answer to long-standing backlogs on schools, books and other needs for education.
CEBU CITY – Did Cebu Capitol officials benefit from the Balili lot purchase?
The man who facilitated the acquisition of the property, which led to the indictment of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and seven others for graft cases, maintained that no public official received commission from the purchase.
THERE are 3,131 senior citizens who have not yet received the first tranche of the P7,000 financial assistance this year.
Last June, the Cebu City Hall distributed P3,000 each to 47,872 senior citizens, according to the records of the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (Osca).
AFTER two decades of being on opposite ends of the political spectrum, the camps of Rep. Eduardo “Eddiegul” Gullas (Cebu, 1st district) and former Talisay City mayor Dehlia Bacaltos-Tiu have forged an alliance for next year’s elections.
This was revealed by the congressman’s grandson, Gerard Anthony “Samsam” Gullas, yesterday.
VICE Gov. Agnes Magpale is willing to sit as governor if Gov. Gwen Garcia is suspended over the graft and technical malversation cases filed against her.
And everything is already in place for the month-long founding anniversary of the Province, which kicks off on Aug. 6. “Implementation na lang (it just needs to be implemented),” Magpale said.
BOARD Member Thadeo Ouano of the sixth district formally informed Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia about his move to the Liberal Party at the Provincial Capitol yesterday.
Lawyer Rory Jon Sepulveda, Capitol spokesperson, said it will affect the One Cebu Party, but assured that they can come up with a credible organization in the sixth district.
CEBU’S high-ranking church officials have asked the Cebu City Government to declare a part of the South Road Properties (SRP) as a heritage site.
The request of Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma and Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal is connected with the celebration of the national thanksgiving mass at the “templete” at the SRP on Nov. 30, 2012 after the canonization of the country’s second saint, Blessed Pedro Calungsod.
MORE than 20 people have been apprehended by the City Environment and Sanitation Enforcement Team (Ceset) after the Cebu City Government implemented the total smoking ban in City Hall’s Executive and Legislative buildings, including at the Plaza Sugbu.
This is in relation to the full implementation of City Ordinance 2286, or the Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of the City of Cebu, as amended.
“IT WAS neither half moon nor last quarter moon.”
This was what Bella Ruby Santos’s lawyer, Julius Ceasar Entice, told prosecution witness Richard Bansuan during the cross-examination yesterday in the sala of Regional Trial Court Branch 16 Judge Ester Veloso. The hearing was for the defense’s petition to allow Santos to post bail.
FOR slashing the throat of his 21-year-old girlfriend in Minglanilla last Friday, a 17-year-old boy will be charged today.
Alex (not his real name for being a minor) will face frustrated homicide at the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor’s Office, according to lawyer Reynan Oliva, agent of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7.
A FIRE destroyed two houses and a building in a scrap yard in an interior portion of Lower Cagudoy, Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City yesterday afternoon.
The Lapu-Lapu City Fire District received the alarm at 1:24 p.m. and controlled the fire at 1:32 p.m., three minutes after the first fire truck arrived in the area.
RESIDENTS of Cebu’s sixth district will get to test their congressman’s view that projects, whether local or national, get done faster in a district whose political leaders are united.
“At the end of the day, we will all be united from Cordova, Mandaue City and Consolacion, and we will all work together for progress,” said Rep. Luis Gabriel Quisumbing, who recently joined the Liberal Party (LP).
THE ordinance banning corporal punishment in Cebu City will not be implemented yet.
This, after the City Council has decided not to override just yet Mayor Michael Rama’s veto on the Cebu City Ordinance Promoting Positive and Non-Violent Discipline of Children.