CEBU CITY -- Almost 200 houses were burned in the fire that swept through three sitios in Barangays Carreta and Tejero, in this city on Tuesday afternoon, damaging an estimated P1 million worth of properties.
The fire forced employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to evacuate their wards from an orphanage and move to their other building across the street.
THE Cebu City Council is inclined to approve only P5.8 billion for next year’s budget, nearly 50 percent short of the P10.5-billion proposal of the executive branch of the City Government.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama could not keep his dismay hidden. “Ipa-usap na nila (They can shove it),” he said.
IF YOU feel hot these days, blame humidity, not temperature.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the average temperature in the country is 31 degrees Celsius but the air feels warm due to high humidity.
THE organizers of next year’s Sinulog will increase the prices of all tickets for the grand parade by P200.
This way, the Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) can give financial assistance to contingents who can’t make it to the festival after being affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
THE Mandaue City Government yesterday inaugurated the Cubacub-Casili road that serves as an alternative road going to Consolacion.
The two-lane road is called D.L. Bihag Street.
THE Municipality of Bantayan lost P4.3 billion because of Typhoon Yolanda last Nov. 8.
Speaking before the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) briefing at the MIP Lounge of Mactan Cebu International Airport, Municipal Councilor Edgardo Layese and Tourism Consultant Vince Escario said the total damage estimate includes destroyed houses, school buildings, municipal and barangay infrastructure and crops.
BOGART may be gone but snakes that give massages have become the latest attraction at the Cebu City Zoo.
Bogart, a Bengal tiger, was the zoo’s bestseller. But Bogart died early this year.
THE Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) will open tomorrow the financial proposals for the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport expansion project, the first airport public-private partnership (PPP) project of the Aquino administration.
MCIA Authority General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete of Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) said that when the public bidding was conducted by DOTC last Nov. 28, two envelopes were dropped by the seven participating bidders.
CEBU City judges and court personnel will meet today to iron out issues surrounding their transfer to a temporary courthouse.
Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10 Judge Sylva Paderanga said she initiated the dialogue to tackle the court workers’ apprehension and fears about their temporary courtrooms.
THE Cebu City Legal Office will seek the reversal of the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) ruling that ordered the Cebu City Government to pay P2.5 million as tax refund to the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).
Atty. Gerone Castillo, City Legal Office chief, said he was surprised by the recent development, considering that the Local Board of Tax Assessment Appeals and the Central Board of Tax Assessment Appeals (CBTAA) have already ruled in favor of the City regarding the matter.
TWO men were killed in a shooting incident in Daanbantayan, Cebu last Monday.
The victims were identified as Ricky Lauron, 38, and Harry Neri, 40. Both men died on the spot.
DUMANJUG Vice Ma-yor Efren Guntrano Gica and Councilor Joshua Dacumos filed another administrative complaint against Mayor Nelson Garcia and five other councilors before the Provincial Board.
Earlier, Gica filed a grave abuse of authority case against Garcia for allegedly usurping the power of the vice mayor after Garcia appointed Emmylou Cabonilas as the new Sangguniang Bayan (SB) secretary last June 26.
SECURITY in the Capitol building’s lobbies where relief goods are stored has been tightened following reports of pilferage by an insider.
Guards are doing more rounds, while the security office is constantly monitoring these areas through the closed-circuit television camera.
CANDIDATES under the Alayon Party got a “mirisi” from the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) presidency in towns and cities.
Cebu Rep. Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas Jr. (Cebu, first district) said he was satisfied with the results of the ABC elections last Monday.
TALISAY City Vice Mayor Romeo Villarante has urged the City Government to suspend the proposed transfer of meat vendors from the Tabunok Public Market for humanitarian reasons.
Villarante made the appeal after the City Engineering Office recommended to evacuate the public market’s meat section after they found significant damage in one of the its foundations and other supporting structures.
MAYOR Michael Rama is planning to give cash gifts to the more than 4,000 employees of Cebu City Hall.
He made the announcement over the weekend during his speech during the annual Cebu City Sports Olympics at the Cebu City Sports Center.
THE anti-graft office junked the criminal and administrative charges filed against a village chief and seven councilors, who were accused of refusing to issue a barangay clearance to poultry operators in Sibonga, Cebu.
Sarah Jo Vergara, graft investigation and prosecution officer, dismissed for lack of evidence the graft and misconduct charges against Bato Barangay Capt. Cirila Montera and Councilors Joel Uy, Espelita Sordilla, Ruel Sultan, Virgilio Cabal, Abundio Rodriguez, Rosario Bacaling, and Corazon Mabanta.
A MAN allegedly responsible in a series of robberies and the killing of an estate broker was apprehended by the police on Monday dawn.
Suspect Sandy Kho, 32, was arrested in a checkpoint in Lapu-Lapu City.
THE Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 will start inspecting manufacturers and vendors of firecrackers and pyrotechnics to ensure the safety of the products in the market this Yuletide season.
Chief Supt. Danilo Constantino, PRO7 director, said they will not hesitate in filing charges against those caught selling firecrackers and pyrotechnics without the required licenses or permits from the government.
ABOUT 1,000 senior citizens in four barangays received the Mandaue City Government’s year-end financial assistance yesterday.
During the ceremonial distribution at the City Sports and Cultural Complex, Mayor Jonas Cortes promised that the City will increase the annual cash aid from P1,000 to P2,000.
CEBU CITY -- At least 52 public health facilities were damaged in northern Cebu by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), according to the Department of Health (DOH).
The agency estimated the cost of damage to the health facilities at P26.08 million. In the island of Bantayan alone, the cost of damage was estimated at P10.7 million.
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued notices of violation to 58 retailers, who allegedly violated its price freeze order in Central Visayas.
DTI 7 Director Asteria Caberte said the violations were noted during the monitoring of department’s provincial offices.
BULACAO Barangay Captain Raul Cabañero is Talisay City's new Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president while in Mandaue City, Subangdaku village chief Ernie Manatad earned a second term to represent the barangays in the local legislative council.
Cabañero, a known ally of the Alayon party, won by a margin of only two votes over Linao Barangay Captain Ofelia Ylanan, who is associated with the ruling party in Talisay City. Cabañero got 12 out of 22 votes.
ONLY 24 families from Eastern Visayas who evacuated to Cebu City after typhoon Yolanda are willing to transfer to the tent city at the South Road Properties (SRP).
Some of the families are hesitant to live there because they still fear the sea, said the City Government’s Department of Social Welfare Services (DSWS) chief Ester Concha.
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reminded the mayors of cities and municipalities in Central Visayas it’s a violation to issue building permits for projects within the 20-meter easement zone along foreshore lands.
MORE than 200 barangays devastated by typhoon Yolanda have not yet received construction materials, according to the data from Capitol’s rehabilitation group, Task Force Paglig-on.
Consultant Baltazar Tribunalo Jr., who heads the task force, said they are now focusing on these barangays.
GOVERNMENT leaders yesterday said the partnership between private and public sectors is an effective way to combat corruption in the country.
Stakeholders should fight corruption “from roots to its fruits,” said Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale.
THE Cebu Provincial Anti-illegal Fishing Task Force intercepted some P200,000 worth of fish suspected of being caught through dynamite fishing in Barangay Don Pedro, Bogo City.
Provincial Chief Security Loy Madrigal, who headed the operation, said they stopped two trucks loaded with the fish on separate occasions last Saturday.
The MGB team found two cracks on the ground that were caused by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Oct. 15.
MGB also recommended that the barangay put up signs and barriers to warn people about the landslide-prone area.
THE PNP Regional Crime Laboratory Office 7 announced yesterday it has identified five bodies, which were recovered from the sunken mv St. Thomas Aquinas passenger ferry, through DNA matching.
The crime laboratory can now release the bodies to their families, nearly four months after the ferry sank during a collision with the Sulpicio Express Siete cargo vessel last Aug. 16.