Council urged to pass measure regulating bldgs.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 11:05 p.m.

THE executive department of the Cebu City Government wants the legislative office to sponsor a measure that will regulate the maintenance, upkeep, repair and removal of abandoned, damaged and dilapidated buildings.

In a proposed ordinance drafted by the City Legal Office, the City must require the repair, renovation, demolition or removal of buildings that are unfit for occupancy due to abandonment, dilapidation and defects which increases the risk of fire and other accidents to avoid endangering the public.

2nd eco-park opens in Olango

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 11:04 p.m.

MORE tourists may soon flock to Olango Island with the launch of an eco-tourism park where one can watch tropical fish in aquariums and stay overnight in a tent, among other activities.

More than 20 families stand to benefit directly from Lapu-Lapu City’s latest community-based eco-tourism program in Sitio Asinan, Barangay Sabang, said Jimmy Glomar, officer-in-charge of the Lapu-Lapu City Cooperative and Livelihood Resource Center.

Yolanda survivors to get cash

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:32 p.m.

THE survivors of typhoon Yolanda who lost their homes in northern Cebu last year will receive cash aid for housing materials by the first quarter of 2015 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Survivors with damaged houses will receive P10,000 each while those whose houses were destroyed will receive P30,000 each.

Coop council elects officials

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:31 p.m.

THE Provincial Cooperative Development Council (PCDC) has elected its interim officials prior to the election of permanent officials in January.

Elected as PCDC interim chairman is Provincial Board (PB) Member Jude Thaddeus Sybico. Elected as vice chairman is Divina Aya-ay representing Coop-Natco.

Man delivering sand, gravel in Balamban electrocuted

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:31 p.m.

A TRUCK boy was electrocuted while delivering sand and gravel in Barangay Buanoy, Balamban, Cebu, last Friday afternoon. Artles “Esboy” Manabat, 23, of Barangay Pangdan, Naga City died from burn injuries, police said.

The victim was on a truck driven by Sofronio Selle, which was delivering sand and gravel inside Jose Maria Village in Sitio Kamanggahan I.

Mine firms told: be typhoon-ready

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:01 p.m.

THE Department of Energy (DOE) urged coal mine operators to secure their workplace for typhoons to prevent landslides.

DOE Visayas Director Antonio Labios said that before a typhoon comes, they send reminders to coal mine operators to ensure that their facilities and equipment are strong enough to survive the weather.

Court gives man 10 yrs. for stealing car items

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:01 p.m.

REGIONAL Trial Court Judge Soliver Peras convicted a man from Cebu City for stealing several items inside the vehicle of a businessman in 2011.

Peras, who is also the Cebu City RTC executive judge, found Raffy Catubig guilty of theft and sentenced him from six to 10 years in jail.

SK elections moved from 2015 to 2016

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:00 p.m.

REP. Benhur Salimbangon (Cebu, 4th district) yesterday said the House of Representatives has approved on final reading to move the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election from the original proposal of February 2015 to October 2016.

The SK election was supposed to be held last Oct. 28, 2013 together with the barangay elections but it was stopped by President Benigno Aquino III pending review of several complaints that SK chairmanships in cities and municipalities were dominated by sons, daughters and relatives of barangay captains, mayors and other officials.

Flash flood, landslide warnings up in Eastern Visayas

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 08:59 p.m.

CEBU -- The state weather bureau said Saturday that possible flash floods and landslides may occur over Eastern Visayas due to a low pressure area (LPA).

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 p.m. weather bulletin that the LPA was located at 170 kilometers (km) east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

Gift of drugs, hair dye tossed inside prison

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 01:06 a.m.

AN UNEXPECTED Christmas gift landed in the garden of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) last Thursday night.

Inside, a guard found prohibited drugs wrapped in foam and a plastic bag, with a greeting on a small piece of cardboard.

Mayor wants development council to ask Malacañang for aid to build CCMC

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 01:04 a.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama has asked the City Development Council (CDC) to persuade Malacañang to extend financial help for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

During the full council meeting yesterday, Rama urged the CDC to adopt a resolution asking the Office of the President and the Department of Health to donate P1.5 billion for the project.

DENR awards City Hall’s efforts to let 261 residents own land

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

FOR distributing 261 land titles this year, the Cebu City Government received an award from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The DENR central office in Manila recognizes City Mayor Michael Rama’s “sincere and remarkable support…(to) the local government unit for its systematic effort in land titling.”

‘Take custody of 16-year-old girl’

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) is asking the mayor of Sogod, Southern Leyte to assume responsibility for its 16-year-old female constituent who has become famous for her run-ins with the law here in Cebu.

PWC chairperson and Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale yesterday said she wrote Sogod Mayor Imelda Tan to also ask the municipal or provincial government to conduct a diversion program on Josephine (real name withheld).

Seek help for troubled teen, women’s desk chief suggests

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:59 a.m.

Davinci s. maru Sun.Star Staff Reporter

THE 16-year-old girl who has earned the monicker “beautiful shoplifter in Cebu” ran away from home in Southern Leyte last November and her family didn’t know where she was until they were told about her latest run-in with the law.

Fire chief eyes new gear, stations

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:58 a.m.

BEFORE she retires next year, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 7 Director Senior Supt. Ma. Luisa Hadjula said she intends to undertake the upgrading of firefighting gear and the repair of old fire stations in the region.

She said that the private sector and local governments will help the BFP 7 attain this target. Earlier this week, she said, the BFP 7 received two fire trucks from a private donor.

City prosecutor sues man, woman for ‘pimping’ women to policemen

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:56 a.m.

TWO suspected pimps will face trial on trafficking charges.

Assistant Cebu City Prosecutor Ruso Zaragosa found enough evidence to indict Frankie Arnaiz Basera and Celine Ligtas Medrano with violation of Republic Act (RA) 10364, or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

Restructure loan before 2015-Rama

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:54 a.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants the foreign loan for the South Road Properties (SRP) restructured before the year ends.

The mayor said he will ask the City Council to conduct a special session to authorize him to tap the help of a private bank for the financial scheme.

Airline’s gift of flight to kids

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

AN AIRLINE company flew 30 children yesterday to three cities as a Christmas treat in time for its inaugural flights to Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.

The children from the SOS Children's Village, Batang Opon, The Children of Cebu Foundation and the Tambayan Center for Children's Rights were also a given a tour in their destinations.

Cebu City fails to show tax exemption papers

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:52 a.m.

THE CEBU City Government has yet to prove its tax exemption in operating an abattoir in Mandaue City.

Lawyer Regal Oliva, treasurer of Mandaue City, said he will send another letter demanding the neighboring city to pay tax after it failed to submit documents required for tax exemption.

Ex-guard ‘hired’ to kill Lapu-Lapu cop arrested

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

A 53-YEAR-OLD former security guard tagged as a suspect in the killing of a police officer in Lapu-Lapu City was arrested by police last Thursday morning.

Police detained Virgilio Zapanta Franco Jr., a resident of Barangay Buaya, Lapu-Lapu City, after a .357 revolver with ammunition and a hand grenade were allegedly found inside his bag in Sitio Humay-Humay, Barangay Gun-ob around 11 a.m.

Buzz: Furry family members

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:50 a.m.

MORE than 200 Twitter users were outraged on seeing a photo of a man, a woman and their dog taking shelter from the eaves of a building as typhoon Ruby hit the Visayas last Saturday night.

The woman, who appeared to be in her 50s, said they were not allowed at a nearby evacuation center because of their dogs. The couple have four dogs, which were huddled on the same sidewalk on M.J. Cuenco Ave., Cebu City.

Closing Doña Pepang ‘not job of mayor’

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:49 a.m.

FORMER Cebu City congressman Tomas Osmeña asked the court to reconsider its decision denying the petition he filed for the issuance of a temporary restraining (TRO) order on the development of the Doña Pepang Cemetery.

A case was filed before the court by Osmeña in his capacity as taxpayer against Mayor Michael Rama and the City Council for its plan to convert the old cemetery into a public park.

Bike crash hurts cop

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

A ROOKIE policeman who is on the field training program (FTP) was injured in a motorcycle accident in Barangay Poblacion III, Carcar City, Cebu at dawn last Thursday.

PO1 Hilarion Ramirez Ramos, 28, of Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City sustained injuries in different parts of his body.

Bus fare cut eyed

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:09 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- Commuters in Cebu Province who rely on buses and mini-buses may soon benefit from lower fares.

Whether or not the lower fares can take effect in time for the holiday travel rush depends on the Capitol, bus operators’ associations and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

CH seeks dismissal of case

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 02:40 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government asked the court for the dismissal of the case filed by former mayor Tomas Osmeña against Mayor Michael Rama and the City Council over the development of the Doña Pepang Cemetery.

In a petition that City Hall submitted to the Regional Trial Court Branch 9 dated Dec. 8, City Legal Office Chief Jerone Castillo said that the civil action filed by Osmeña should be dismissed because the case is not filed by the real party in interest.

Dole 7 still has no ruling on fatal fall of painter

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 02:39 a.m.

DIRECTOR Exequiel Sarcauga of the Department of Labor and Employment 7 yesterday referred to their technical safety section the documents submitted by three firms in connection with the construction accident resulting to the death of a painter and injuries of two others last week.

The firms are Sonyu Painting Specialists, Asec Construction and Development Corp. and Aseec Construction Management Group, which are involved in the construction of the FLB Business Center at the Cebu Business Park in Cebu City.

Lawyers should ask SC to prevent trial delays

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 02:36 a.m.

THE Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) yesterday urged lawyers, especially in Cebu, to ask the Supreme Court to minimize trial delays by strengthening court procedures to expedite the disposal of cases.

During its 37th quarterly meeting at the Marcelo H. Fernan Press Center in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, the CCPC passed a resolution encouraging the community press to “help curb impunity through vigilance against conditions that promote it.”

Teacher ‘screws’ head, dies

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 02:30 a.m.

A 34-YEAR-OLD public school teacher allegedly committed suicide by stabbing his head with a screw driver inside his sister’s room in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City last Wednesday night.

Grantfil Parantar, a teacher of Gun-ob National High School, had bouts of hallucination before his alleged suicide past 11 p.m., said SPO2 Manolito Abellanosa.

Beautiful girl does it again

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 01:21 a.m.

"JOSEPHINE", a beautiful young woman, has captured the attention of social media users, but not for the right reason.

Last August she was accused of stealing items worth P10,000 from a boutique in Mandaue City, where she earned the monicker “the beautiful shoplifter in Cebu.”

Cebu City sends team to help E. Samar

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 01:20 a.m.

A TEAM of 58 people from the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CCDRRMC) arrived in Catbalogan, Eastern Samar yesterday to help the area get up after typhoon Ruby damaged it.

Ruby, which hit Eastern Samar last Dec. 6 and other parts of the Visayas and Luzon after, damaged at least P1.04 billion worth of crops and farmlands, according to the National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council.

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