CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants to form a group that will manage some streets in the downtown area during the holidays.
Rama expects Sanciangko, Pelaez, Leon Kilat and Colon Streets to be busier than usual in the coming weeks, with shoppers going to commercial centers there.
WINNERS of the 2013 barangay elections who have not yet submitted their Statement of Contribution and Expenditures (Soce) could not assume office tommorrow.
Provincial Election Officer Ferdinand Gujilde said non-winning candidates might face administrative charges if they also fail to submit their Soce.
SIMULTANEOUS operations and continuous monitoring were conducted in certain areas in a mountain barangay in Cebu City that have been identified to have drug-peddling problems.
Chief Insp. Romeo Santander, head of the Cebu City Police Office’s (CCPO) City Intelligence Branch (CIB), pointed this out following observations on the resurgence of illegal drugs problem in Barangay Pulangbato after four people were arrested having a pot session last Wednesday.
A WOMAN allegedly shot her drunk husband during a fight outside their house in Barangay Can-asujan, Carcar City last Thursday night.
Mila Saura reportedly had enough of her husband Perry’s violent tendencies, said Police Officer 1 (PO1) Dennis Cabajar of the Carcar City Police Station.
A 17-YEAR-OLD boy will face trial after he was charged by the Naga City Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly stabbing to death a 16-year-old boy at the city’s bay walk.
Naga City Prosecutor Napoleon Alburo found enough evidence to indict Mario Canonigo with murder, a violation under the Revised Penal Code.
LIKE humans, animals also need to be relieved of stress caused by the recent calamities, a veterinarian said.
Mandaue City Veterinarian Dr. Daisy Penetrante urged pet owners to look out for symptoms of stress in their dogs or cats, saying pets may become aggressive because of stress.
CEBU CITY -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cebu is investigating a shipment of rice worth P23.9 million that arrived in Cebu from Manila that is said to be for distribution to Yolanda survivors in Isabel, Leyte.
Neither the Central Visayas Region offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and National Food Authority (NFA) are aware of such a rice distribution in Isabel.
THE case involving 24 retailers violating the price freeze in Bantayan has been resolved after respondents signed undertakings to comply with the prize freeze, Department of Trade and Industry-Cebu Provincial Office (DTI-CPO) director Nelia Navarro said yesterday.
No new prize freeze violators were recorded.
THE bidding for the privatization of services at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) yesterday had a high turnout with seven pre-qualified bidders in attendance.
The seven bidders are: the airport consortium of Manuel V. Pangilinan’s Metro Pacific Investment Corp. (MPIC) and John Gokongwei’s JG Summit Airport Holdings Inc.; AAA Airport Partners led by the consortium of Aboitiz Group and Ayala Corp.; Filinvest Land Inc.-Changi Airports International (CAI) Consortium; Premier Airport Group, a consortium of SM Investments Corp. and Flughafen Zurich AG; GMR Infrastructure Limited-Megawide Consortium; San Miguel and Incheon Airport Consortium; and First Philippine Airports, a consortium of the Lopez Group and the Wellington International Airport of New Zealand.
THE Central Visayas Police Regional Office (PRO) is conducting an investigation that some policemen are allegedly protecting drug pushers in Barangay Pulangbato, Cebu City.
Supt. Pablo Labra II, acting head of Police Regional Intelligence Division, said they were informed of the allegation and are validating it.
EIGHT days had passed since he arrived in Barangay Tinago gym in Cebu City, Deorico “Jaja” Cabuello Jr. had decided to go out.
He said he won’t go home in Barangay San Isidro, Santa Rita, Samar because he is at odds with his father, Deorico Sr.
THE Cebu Normal University (CNU) is asking the Cebu City Government for financial assistance for the repair of their school, which has been damaged following the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.
The repair is expected to cost at least P19.7 million.
SOME 46 families in 10 barangays of Cebu City were given financial assistance by the City Government after their houses were affected by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.
Of the total number of beneficiaries, records of the Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) showed that two families were given P10,000 each since their houses were destroyed by the earthquake.
REP. Luis Gabriel Quisumbing (Cebu, sixth district) welcomed the approval of a supplemental budget by the House Committee on Appropriations for rebuilding efforts in areas devastated by the recent earthquake and typhoon.
The committee last Wednesday approved House Bill 3423, which appropriates P14.6 billion to help areas affected by the Oct. 15 earthquake and the Nov. 8 typhoon to recover.
A 19-YEAR-OLD pregnant woman in Barangay Sacsac, Dalaguete, Cebu was taken into police custody yesterday following the mysterious death of her three-year-old stepdaughter.
Maria, 3, died when brought to a hospital. Police said the girl’s body bore many contusions.
FARMERS in Bantayan Island can now return to farming after they were given assorted vegetable seeds and fertilizers as part of the Cebu Provincial Government’s rehabilitation efforts.
About 400 farmers from the towns of Sta. Fe, Bantayan and Madridejos accepted the seedlings that were provided by the Capitol and public and private groups.
A SUSPECTED masiao general coordinator was arrested by law enforcers during a raid in Barangay Luz, Cebu City Wednesday night.
Confiscated from Victor Mondenido were gambling paraphernalia and machines, and P50,990 cash believed to be gambling proceeds.
A DAY after the Nov. 27 deadline set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), several individuals who ran in last month’s barangay polls failed to submit their statements of contribution and expenditures (Soce).
The Comelec gave all candidates in last Oct. 28 barangay elections one month to submit their Soce.
REP. Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas Jr., (Cebu, first district) administered the oathtaking of 28 barangay chiefs and 196 councilors in the City of Naga, Cebu last Wednesday.
In a speech, Gullas assured that his support for the barangays will remain despite the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
TWO defeated candidates in the barangay elections in Cebu City have filed separate election protests alleging that the October 28 polls were marred by irregularities.
Alexander Ibarita, who ran for barangay captain of Bonbon and lost to Eduardo Cabriana, filed the poll protest before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC).
A TALISAY City councilor urged his colleagues to give up 30 of their 45 job-order quotas so that City Hall can cut cost.
In a privilege speech last Tuesday, Talisay City Councilor Doroteo Emit said that quota provided to him and other city councilors from City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes had turned into a burden rather than a boon.
CEBU CITY -- Nearly P900 million worth of crops and livestock were lost in Cebu when Yolanda hit several northern towns nearly three weeks ago, a report from the Provincial Government showed.
The numbers are expected to rise, however, because the report is still incomplete.
THE Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has found the Cebu City Government's South Road Properties (SRP) and Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) projects to be “unsatisfactory.”
Jica, which funded the 300-hectare SRP, tapped Sanshu Engineering Consultant to evaluate the projects.
AN airport official said he expects to see attractive offers in this afternoon’s bidding for the privatization of Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) services.
MCIA General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete said the airport has proven to be an “exceedingly viable” venue for public-private partnership (PPP) projects.
SEVERAL Cebuano artists will perform in a benefit concert in Bogo for the typhoon survivors this Saturday.
The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the lead convenor, will hold the “#BangonSugBogo: Everyone’s a Hero” concert at 5:30 p.m. in the city’s plaza.
CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III urged businessmen to heed the announcement of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that prices of basic commodities should remain steady.
Earlier, the DTI declared a price freeze in the province and towns affected by typhoon Yolanda.
TO GET their minds off their harrowing experiences during the earthquake and the typhoon, pupils in Mandaue City will undergo stress debriefing through story-telling activities.
The Mandaue City Public Library will organize story-telling activities in time for the celebration of the National Book Month.
CEBU City’s sister-city, Haarlemmermeer of the Netherlands, wants to help rebuild the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), too.
Representatives from Haarlemmermeer visited Cebu City last Monday and dropped by the Office of Councilor Mary Ann de los Santos, the chairperson of the “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” program of the City to rebuild CCMC, which has been abandoned after the Oct. 15 earthquake.
THE restoration of power in Eastern Samar and Leyte may be done partially during the Christmas holidays because of the support of the China National Grid Co., the technical partner of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).
THE City Governments of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu will not hold a Christmas party for their employees so the funds intended for the activity may be used to help typhoon-ravaged areas.
But Mayor Paz Radaza, in a press conference yesterday, said the City will still organize a Christmas party for 3,000 children on Sunday.