Locals prepped to avoid casualties during calamities

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

THE implementation of an early warning system, a communication protocol and evaluation procedures will lead to zero casualty during typhoon and other disasters.

During the “Building Disaster Resilient Communities” training yesterday, Cedric Daep, head of Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office, said these three criteria will help the community avoid calamities during calamities.

Public reminded of true essence of ‘Araw ng Kagitingan’ by mayor

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government commemorated the 72nd “Araw ng Kagitingan” yesterday, highlighting the contributions of the country’s war veterans and modern heroes.

Mayor Michael Rama, during his speech, said everyone should know the real essence of the celebration and should appreciate small acts of heroism.

Metro Cebu braces for Domeng’s arrival

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:44 p.m.

OFFICIALS in the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu remain on alert, as tropical depression Domeng maintained its strength as it neared Mindanao yesterday.

The Mandaue City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management will convene again this morning to plan evacuations with Domeng expected to bring rains in the next few days.

Yolanda-hit towns: ‘Please send help’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:39 p.m.

CEBU -- Five months after Yolanda, the wait for funds from the National Government continues.

Four town mayors in Cebu confirmed in separate interviews that after doing the required paperwork, their towns still hope to get the funds they need to prepare resettlement sites and to fix houses and public structures.

DENR suspends transport of firewood, charcoal

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:36 p.m.

FIREWOOD and charcoal are no longer allowed to leave five towns in western Cebu.

This as the Department Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 imposed a moratorium on the processing and issuance of transport documents for firewood and charcoal from Tuburan, San Remegio, Tabuelan, Asturias and Balamban.

DOST awaits approval of proposal to build light train

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:35 p.m.

THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is proposing to build a light centrally powered rail transit (LCRT) in Cebu City.

If the Cebu City Council approves the proposal, the DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIDRC) will build a five-coach prototype that will run a selected route in the city.

In the eye of the storm: survivors’ tales

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:35 p.m.

RESIDENTS of Sitio Naba, Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City thought a fire had broken out in their neighborhood. However, it turned out to be a tornado sweeping through their area and leaving them, literally, without a roof over their heads.

Among the 38 structures affected by the tornado that struck the sitio last Tuesday afternoon were the Badjao Fellowship Church headed by Pastor Boger Jermany and the house of 71-year-old Ammarain Basarain.

Another study on CIP transfer to be conducted

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:32 p.m.

THE Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) will conduct a feasibility study on the transfer of the Cebu International Port (CIP) from Cebu City to Tayud, Consolacion before the end of the Aquino administration.

A barber and his living canvas

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

NESHELL Dacalos is a cut above the rest.

Aside from his usual fare of cutting and trimming hair, the 33-year-old barber makes a living turning semi-bald heads into works of art.

DOH 7 urges patients to tap P1 consultants

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:27 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) 7 said it cannot regulate doctors’ fees but physicians ought to give consideration to indigent patients.

DOH 7 Assistant Regional Director Laksmi Legaspi reacted to complaints that some doctors charge astronomical fees.

FLI: SGV audit shows payment to Cebu City

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:27 p.m.

FILINVEST Land Inc. (FLI) said it has so far given the Cebu City Government P300 million as share from the sale of condominium units at the South Road Properties (SRP).

The amount is part of the total of P1.95 billion that FLI has turned over to the City Government since the 2009 signing of a joint venture agreement for the development of condominium units at the SRP.

Ombudsman launches stylebook

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:25 p.m.

LIKE journalists, anti-graft investigators and lawyers also need a stylebook to help enhance their “legal draftmanship skills.”

The Office of the Ombudsman recently launched its stylebook that will serve as a “desk reference” for ombudsman lawyers and investigators on grammar, punctuation and principles on legal draftsmanship.

CSBT prepares for Holy Week, maps out security measures

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:22 p.m.

SECURITY preparations for the Holy Week are already in place at the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT), said assistant terminal manager Eddie Dusaban Sr.

“Di gyud kasud ang dautang elemento (Bad elements won’t be able to enter),” he said. Dusaban expects that passengers will start crowding the terminal on Holy Wednesday.

3 lay people to join Siete Palabras panel

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:22 p.m.

IN celebration of the Year of the Laity, the Archdiocese of Cebu invited lay people to speak in this year’s Siete Palabras or Jesus’ seven last words.

According to the Bag-ong Lungsoranon, the Archdiocese’s official newsletter, this year’s Siete Palabras will focus on the role of the laity in the modern Catholic Church.

Mandaue City launches first collapsiblepolice outpost

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:19 p.m.

THE Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) inaugurated its first collapsible police outpost last Thursday at the busy intersection of U.N. Ave. and Plaridel St., as part of its anti-crime drive.

Mayor Jonas Cortes, who graced the activity, said putting up police outposts can help deter crimes as it allows police officers to be more visible in the streets.

Rama wants inventory of structures at pier area

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:18 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants an inventory of all private properties along the area managed and operated by the Cebu Ports Authority (CPA).

The stretch managed by CPA has seven piers.

‘Ask firms to install CCTVs with clearer footage’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:16 p.m.

POLICE Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Danilo Constantino wants business establishments to have security cameras with clear footage to ensure the fast solution of crimes, should they be victimized by criminal elements.

Constantino said he may suggest this to local government officials due to the series of robbery incidents involving unidentified suspects.

Shootings in Cebu City, Cordova leave 3 men dead

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

THREE people were killed in separate shooting incidents in Cebu City and in Cordova town last Tuesday.

In Cebu City, the first attack happened in Barangay Carreta at 9 p.m.

Buzz: Is Palace spying on opposition, critics?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

THE banter among some Manila journalists these days, a Bzzzzz source says, is whether one is being spied upon by Malacañang. It’s “some badge of honor, an affirmation” that a journalist is critical and important enough to deserve surveillance: “Are you bugged? No? Then you don’t deserve their attention.”

The conversation item has spread since the news broke that Malacañang bought P139 million worth of equipment for ISAFP, its intelligence arm.

Woman leaves dead fetus in church trash bin

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:13 p.m.

AT 10 a.m. yesterday, a fetus around six to seven months old was found lifeless in a trash can at the Birhen sa Regla Church in Lapu-Lapu City.

It was wrapped in a diaper inside a plastic bag.

Boy loses hold of floater, drowns in Mactan Channel

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:12 p.m.

A 20-YEAR-OLD man was found floating under the Marcelo Fernan Bridge yesterday morning, a day after he went missing while swimming in the area.

Police identified the fatality as Jayson Maloloy-on, a resident of Sitio San Roque, Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City.

Less plastic, less flooding: Lapu mayor

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:11 p.m.

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Paz Radaza said she will support an ordinance banning the use of plastic shopping bags in the city.

Radaza, in a press conference last Wednesday, said plastic bags are to blame for the city’s flooding since they clog drainage.

Man crashes into stray dog, dies

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:10 p.m.

A BUREAU of Jail Management and Penology officer assigned at the Bogo City Jail fell off his motorcycle on a concrete road in Barangay Malingin, Daanbantayan, last Monday night.

Al Ereckson P. Cardiente, 26, a resident of Barangay Agujo, Daanbantayan, hit a stray dog crossing the street.

Charged flashlight causes Alcoy fire

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

FIRE broke out and razed the house of Delio Gingging, 51, last Tuesday morning in Barangay Pasol, Alcoy, Cebu.

The fire was reportedly caused by an overcharged flashlight that was left plugged in Gingging’s house.

Local DRRM units urge public to be alert, heed preemptive evacuation advice

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:01 a.m.

ALTHOUGH tropical storm Domeng has already weakened into a tropical depression, local government units in Cebu have directed their local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) units to be ready.

The Cebu City Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) is still on full alert today.

Emergency team expands scope to save more lives

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:59 p.m.

WHEN volunteers of the Basak Pardo Emergency Rescue (BPER) get on their ambulance, they have only thing in mind: to save lives as swiftly as possible.

They consider themselves as ordinary citizens who are lucky to have the chance to help the community.

SC ruling on RHLaw disappoints Catholic leaders

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:58 p.m.

CATHOLIC Church officials in Cebu are disappointed with the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to declare the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, except for some provisions, constitutional.

In a GMA 7 Balitang Bisdak interview yesterday, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal said he was sad because he expected the decision to lead to more “anti-life and anti-family” laws.

Brit, 73, faces plaint for ‘molesting’ 3 kids

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

AN ELDERLY British national was arrested last Monday by the police for allegedly molesting three girls inside his room in Barangay Perrelos, Carcar City, Cebu.

The police filed yesterday a complaint for violating Republic Act (RA) 8353, or the Anti-Rape Law of 1997, in relation to the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act against Stanley James Lamb, 73, before the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor's Office.

Ombudsman clears NHA officials of charges

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:44 p.m.

SEVEN officials of the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Cebu City have been absolved of allegations that they demolished a portion of the landowner’s house without a court order in 2009.

The Office of the Ombudsman Visayas dismissed for lack of evidence the criminal and administrative charges against Gavino Figuracion, NHA project manager; Higino Adille, principal engineering; Grace Solis, community relations chief; Helen Arevalo, estate management supervisor; Elena Galeon, senior community relations officer; and Hermes Jude Juntilo, senior engineer.

CH to Infinity: ‘Your days are numbered due to lewd shows’

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

CEBU City Hall fined a KTV bar P10,000 after the City Anti Indecency Board (Caib) confirmed that some of its dancers perform practically naked in front of their patrons.

City Administrator Lucelle Mercado, also chairperson of Caib, informed the management of Infinity KTV Bar of its violation through a letter dated April 7, 2014.

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