Pay for doctors ‘2 months late’

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 01:06 a.m.

CEBU -- What was supposed to be a budget hearing turned into a venue for the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to air their concerns on the processing of salaries of doctors and other medical workers.

Salaries of the doctors and other medical personnel have been delayed for two months, said Dr. Cynthia Genosolango, head of the PHO. Sometimes, the delay stretches up to three months, said some district hospital chiefs who also attended the hearing.

Pay for doctors ‘2 months late’

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

WHAT was supposed to be a budget hearing turned into a venue for the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to air their concerns on the processing of salaries of doctors and other medical workers.

Salaries of the doctors and other medical personnel have been delayed for two months, said Dr. Cynthia Genosolango, head of the PHO. Sometimes, the delay stretches up to three months, said some district hospital chiefs who also attended the hearing.

DENR 7 allows LGU to cut 79 trees, including native species, for track oval

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has allowed the cutting of 79 trees, including native tree species, to pave the way for the construction of a track oval at the City of Naga Central School.

Trees that were covered by the cutting permit, issued last Oct. 23 by the DENR, included some narra and mahogany.

PH, WB ink pact for BRT funding

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 12:58 a.m.

THE Philippine Government signed a loan agreement with the World Bank for the implementation of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, the Department of Finance said yesterday.

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima inked the agreement on behalf of the government on Oct. 14.

‘Pusher’ with P6M drugs charged

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) charged an alleged big-time drug pusher before the Office of the City Prosecutor yesterday morning.

Supt. Romeo Santander, City Intelligence Branch (CIB) chief, said they filed a complaint against Joseph Erson Opena for violating Sections 5 (illegal selling of drugs) and 11 (illegal possession of drugs) of Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Elderly couple nabbed for drugs

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 12:06 a.m.

AT LEAST P52,000 worth of drugs were seized from an elderly couple at past 5 a.m. last Friday in Barangay Media Once, Toledo City, Cebu.

Marcelo Traya, 60, and his wife Delia, 60, were arrested at their home by the Toledo Police Station led by Insp. Jolito Labra.

PRO 7 deploys all personnel for holidays

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:58 p.m.

THE police force in Central Visayas are on full alert today for the observance of All Saints’ Day and for tomorrow’s All Souls’ Day.

Chief Supt. Prudencio Bañas, Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 director, said all leaves of police personnel are canceled so they can be deployed to cemeteries, bus terminals and sea ports.

City Hall awards 4 centenarians

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:53 p.m.

FOUR centenarians received P100,000 each from the Cebu City Government yesterday as incentive for reaching the age of 100.

Even though they have difficulty walking, Maxima Cabilao of Barangay Kamputhaw, Paulina Sy of Barangay Kasambagan and Cristina Abella of Barangay Ermita claimed their P100,000 cash gift during the culmination activity of the senior citizens’ month held at the Cebu City Coliseum yesterday.

DENR 7 files case against father, son for ‘developing’ timberland

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 yesterday filed criminal charges against two people who are allegedly illegally occupying a parcel of land classified as timberland in Consolacion town, Cebu.

Consolacion town environmental officer Danilo Capangpangan and forester Raul Pasoc filed the complaint before the Office of the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor accusing Amado Sumibi Sr. and son, Amado Jr., of violating Section 69 of the Revised Forestry Code.

CH to close Doña Pepang cemetery

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government will be closing the Doña Pepang Cemetery to the public days after All Souls’ Day.

The closure, which will take effect starting Nov. 15, will pave the way for the City’s beautification and development of the oldest cemetery in the city into a public park.

Suspect in Mandaue store heist falls to cops

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

ONE of the suspects in the robbery of a store in Barangay Cabancalan, Mandaue City last week was arrested by police last Thursday morning.

Police are also investigating Ponciano Villamor’s possible involvement in the recent heists of two gas stations in the city.

Man, 19, killed after ‘shootout’ with cops

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:42 p.m.

A 19-YEAR-OLD man was killed after allegedly engaging in a shootout with City Intelligence Branch (CIB) operatives of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) at 11 p.m. last Thursday on M.J. Cuenco Ave., Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City.

Interpol schools BFP on chemical-disposal

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:41 p.m.

THE International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 7 held an anti-terrorism exercise at the Police Regional Office 7 grounds in Cebu City yesterday morning.

Regional Intelligence Division Chief Pablo Labra II said that the exercise is part of the preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit next year as Cebu is expected to host some of the meetings.

Woman gets life

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

A 39-YEAR-OLD woman was convicted yesterday of qualified trafficking almost four years after she was arrested for helping run a prostitution den in Barangay Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City.

Sun.Star Cebu wins 2 in CMMA

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:22 a.m.

SUN.STAR Cebu took home Best Investigative Report and Best News Photograph honors at the 36th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) last Wednesday in Pasay City.

“Cordova: Cybersex Capital?” was named Best Investigative Report in the country during ceremonies held at the GSIS Theater on Roxas Blvd.

2M suffer ‘catastrophic expenses’

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

ABOUT two million people or two percent of the 100 million Filipino population are spending 40 percent of family income for “catastrophic expenses” in a situation where members are suffering from dreaded diseases like cancer and heart attack.

RTC dismisses damage suit vs. 3 policemen

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

REGIONAL Trial Court Judge Simeon Dumdum upheld the dismissal of the damage suit a bus company filed against three policemen and a councilman from Samboan town, Cebu over alleged illegal arrest and seizure of its bus in 2008.

Dumdum upheld the decision of the Municipal Trial Courts in Cities, which dismissed the complaint filed by D’Rough Riders Inc., which sought for damages and attorney’s fees against police officers Marlon Gumabao, Edward Keith Barrameda, Henry Roda and town councilor Elmer Tocao.

Only 30 LGUs have contigency plans to be followed when disaster strikes

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:16 a.m.

ABOUT 30 out of 51 local government units in Cebu have started crafting contingency plans for calamities, said provincial disaster risk reduction management officer Baltazar Tribunalo Jr.

But most of these plans are “oido-oido” or drafted based on assumptions instead of scientific risk assessment studies, he said. Some northern Cebu towns have this type of plans, he added.

Authorities probe hospital fire, promise to get it done in 30 days

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:15 a.m.

FIRE investigators are looking at the possibility that the fire at the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital last Tuesday night was caused by faulty electrical wiring or welding work.

Chief Insp. Rogelio Bongabong Jr., fire marshal of the Cebu City Fire Department, said they are getting more witnesses who can help shed light on the incident.

4-day traffic rerouting on

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:14 a.m.

TRAFFIC around the 11 cemeteries in Cebu City was rerouted yesterday and will last until Sunday, in observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

At the Pardo Cemetery, Dela Victoria St. and Sabellano Road will only be open to pedestrian traffic. A designated parking area will be established on J. Tabura St. and at the offset bay on N. Bacalso Ave.

‘Let’s DOH It’ official dies from organ failure

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

FORMER senator and Department of Health (DOH) secretary Juan Flavier succumbed to multiple organ failures brought about by pneumonia yesterday at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City. He was 79.

Roby Alampay, Flavier’s son-in-law, said Flavier was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. while confined in Intensive Care Unit. He was surrounded by his wife Susan and their four children and their respective families.

Disputed wall to remain standing with 20-day TRO

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

REGIONAL Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Soliver Peras yesterday issued a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) barring Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI), Megawide Construction Corp. (MCC) and the Cebu City Government from destroying the perimeter wall the Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corp (CPVDC) built on W. Geonzon St. at the Asiatown IT Park.

Cebu, Mandaue to check abattoir

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government and Mandaue City Government will jointly inspect Cebu City's slaughterhouse next week.

This, following Mandaue City's move to bill Cebu City over P2 million in real property tax for operating the abattoir in Mandaue's jurisdiction.

Navy awards personnel

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:10 a.m.

AS PART of its 37th founding anniversary, the Naval Forces Central (Navforcen) recognized some of its men and partner individuals and agencies for their continuing efforts to accomplish their mission in the Visayas.

"This is our way of recognizing the efforts of our men and women in service who responded during major calamities that hit the Visayas last year until the present," said Commodore Bayani Gaerlan, Navforcen commander.

Man dies, 3 injured in motorbike collision

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:09 a.m.

A MAN died while three others were injured after the motorcycles they were riding on collided in Barangay Budbud, Barili, Cebu last Wednesday afternoon.

PO1 Rommel Patalinghug of the Barili Police Station identified the casualty as Roger Lungkad, 35, of Barangay Balao.

Hubby ‘hits, kills’ wife with broom

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:09 a.m.

A LAUNDRY woman died after her husband allegedly hit her with a broomstick last Wednesday morning in Sitio Banker 2, Barangay Baring, Carmen, Cebu.

Clarita Bejoc, 46, was rushed to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) after she collapsed from a head injury.

400 kids spook City workers; dogs help

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

SOME 400 children went trick or treating at Cebu City Hall yesterday, two days before the celebration of the All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day.

Department of Social Welfare Services (DSWS) Chief Ester Concha said the activity is in line with the celebration of the children’s month this month.

‘Strike out lawyer’s appeal’

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:07 a.m.

FOLLOWING the inconsistency of the complaint filed by lawyer Reymelio Delute in the grave misconduct and abuse of authority case against several Cebu City officials, the City Legal Office filed another motion to strike out from the records some portion of his appeal that was earlier filed last Oct. 15.

Buzz: Binay could KO or get himself KO’d in debate

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

HERE’S WHY...

... VICE PRESIDENT JOJO BINAY APPEARS GENUINELY CONFIDENT he’ll give Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV a beating in their scheduled debate. That must be the reason he was the one who challenged Trillanes, who accepted it without seriously looking at the odds.

Higher airport fees will start on Nov. 1, MCIAA tells council

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 01:11 a.m.

THE Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) cannot heed the request of the Cebu City Council to delay an increase in the passenger service charge (PSC), which is scheduled on Nov. 1.

MCIAA General Manager Paul Villarete, who appeared before the council yesterday, said, though, that the increase for departing domestic passengers will be staggered.

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