CEBU - The Cebu Provincial Government is considering the option of donating the 93-1 lots to Cebu City residents.
Both Governor Hilario Davide III and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama want to settle this long-running issue during their terms, but still have to discuss the details of going about it.
CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma advised against crucifixion and other extreme forms of penitence.
In a press conference last Tuesday, Palma reminded the faithful that there are simpler ways to express one's faith during Holy Week, such as fasting, abstinence and giving alms to the poor.
VISIONARY Emma de Guzman visited yesterday the Q-Park in Buluang, Compostela, where thousands of pilgrims around the country are expected to spend their Holy Week.
De Guzman, accompanied by a small group that included Norkis Group of Companies Chairman Norberto Quisumbing Jr., prayed at the park’s Stations of the Cross, as has been her practice every Holy Week since 2007.
ALL hospitals in Central Visayas are on alert status this Holy Week, according to the Department of Health (DOH) 7.
Since some Filipinos are known to practice self-flagellation and crucifixion during Holy Week, DOH 7 Director Jaime Bernadas urged local government units to prepare their medical units to ensure that penitents get immediate treatment.
SUSPENDED Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Garcia said it is “moot and academic” for the Provincial Board to tackle the town’s 2014 budget ordinance because the town already implemented the budget for this year.
Earlier, Provincial Board Member Grecilda Sanchez asked Acting Mayor Efren Guntrano Gica to submit another annual budget ordinance during the session last Monday.
THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 yesterday lodged administrative charges against five Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 officers before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas.
Lawyer Max Salvador, NBI 7 chief, filed the complaints accusing the policemen of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards Act and gross misconduct.
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 yesterday filed criminal charges against seven officials of WT Construction Inc. over the disappearance of 79 trees on S. Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City.
Anastacio Cabalejo of the DENR's Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) filed a complaint before the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office against WT project-in-charge engineer Adolfo Quiroga; WT president Irene Te; WT vice president Willy Te; WT secretary Julie Te; their treasurer Juanita Te, Mary Grace Te and Mary Joy Te.
TRAFFIC congestion, petty crimes, and a huge influx of passengers are among the problems the police expect tomorrow in observance of the Holy Week.
Yesterday, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 led by Senior Supt. Orlando Ualat, deputy regional director for administration (DRDA), inspected the terminals and seaports.
RELIGIOUS devotees now have a handy guide to heritage churches in Cebu with the initial release of the VisitaIglesia mobile phone app. The app is available for free download for Android phones and tablets from the Google Play Store.
THE retable of St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Carcar City is undergoing repairs since the earthquake damaged it last year.
In a statement, Fr. Brian Brigoli said the repairs started in January.
THE Cebu City Government took the passion play on stage this year.
Public Information Office and Protocol Office Supervisor Jojo Labella headed the staging of the Passion play for four nights at the Fort San Pedro.
A HUSBAND was arrested for allegedly mauling his wife after he reportedly caught her chatting with another man on Facebook in Barangay Luz, Cebu City at 1 a.m. yesterday.
Mary (real name withheld), 46, sought the help of the barangay tanods in arresting her husband.
THE Department of Health (DOH) said it will no longer pursue its plan to reclaim ownership and management of district hospitals, but instead would help local government units (LGUs) in improving the services of the facilities.
District hospitals were created by DOH but were devolved to the LGUs in 1992 when the Local Government Code was implemented.
A CEBU City Hall employee collapsed while attending a recollection initiated by the Office of the Mayor last Tuesday night.
Joy Sanchez, who is assigned at the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO), was sharing during the recollection how she got closer to God when she was diagnosed with cancer.
NO MORE mangroves died about three months after the oil spill in Cordova town.
The University of the Philippines Visayas Oil Spill Response Program (UPVOSRP) headed by Dr. Rex Sadaba, which is assessing the impact of the oil spill, reported this development yesterday to Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III. They were accompanied by a representative from 2GO.
THE Cebu City Government has retrieved P13.38 million worth of items from the demolished Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).
This, as the CCMC ad hoc committee targets to start the realignment of Panganiban St. after Holy Week to the back of CCMC to pave the way for the integration of the new hospital building with that of the Bureau of Fire Protection and the City Traffic Operations Management.
AN operative assigned in the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 was injured after he arrested a robber, who was caught in the act robbing a jeepney passenger yesterday morning in Barangay Carreta, Cebu City.
Insp. Delfin Bontuyan was injured on his left arm when he grappled for a knife carried by robbery suspect Narciso Medina.
THE Mandaue City Council has placed a fire-stricken sitio in Barangay Tingub under a state of calamity to release aid to fire victims.
In its session last Tuesday, the council approved the recommendation of City Social Welfare Services (CSWS) Head Violeta Cavada for the City to allocate P763,200 from calamity funds for cash and food assistance to residents of Sitio Tondo affected by the fire last April 2.
APAS Barangay Captain Ramil Ayuman has asked the Cebu City Government to come up with a permanent solution to the flooding in Sitio San Miguel.
Ayuman made the call yesterday as the flooding in the area has not yet subsided for more than two weeks, despite the action taken by the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) in pumping the water out using suction equipment.
IF not for a child, a 56-year-old trisikad driver would have drowned in a river in Tuburan town, Cebu last Monday.
Norberto Cabañero was driving his trisikad early morning of April 14. He stopped by the bridge in Barangay Languyon and decided to lie down and slept.
TWO security guards in the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) who took note of the vehicles entering or leaving the compound helped the authorities build the case against suspected killers of lawyer Noel Archival.
One of the guards, in an affidavit, said that sometime in the first week of March, a gray Mitsubishi Strada was driven out of the compound in Lahug, Cebu City around 9 p.m.
CEBU CITY - Five officials of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) Central Visayas now face criminal complaints for their alleged involvement in the ambush that killed lawyer Noel Archival and two of his staff members.
CEBU International Convention Center (CICC) will no longer be the venue for the Asia Pacific Economic Council (Apec) conference next year and the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in 2016.
This was revealed by Gov. Hilario Davide III yesterday. He said he does not want the repair of the CICC to be done haphazardly.
THE Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) will construct 17 facilities for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) before the GMR-Megawide consortium will start constructing a new passenger terminal.
The new facilities will cost some P800 million.
A PREGNANT woman was robbed by three men in Barangay Ermita, Cebu City last Monday afternoon. What they didn’t know was their victim was a policewoman.
When they fled, PO1 Vel Anne Magpantay chased after them. With the help of tanods in the area, she arrested two of the suspects.
SOME one million households in Central Visayas will be surveyed next month to find out who and where exactly the poorest families in the region are, and whether or not the number of poor households has gone up since 2009.
When the first Nationwide Household Assessment was conducted five years ago, there were 314,654 poor families in Region 7.
REFLECT on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma urged the faithful. Don’t spend the Holy Week in the beach.
“Holy Week is not really a vacation week. Choose another time to go to the beach.
THREE members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday landed in a police detention cell after one of them allegedly pointed a gun at a security guard during a drinking session at a bar on Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City.
Private First Class Leand Bryce Nemil Aujero, 26, may be charged with grave threat for pointing a gun at security guard Garido Calinawan Ampong, 46.
ABOUT 180 barangay fire volunteers in 18 Cebu City urban barangays received yesterday an allowance from the City Government.
This is the first time that City Hall gave allowances to volunteer barangay firefighters.
THE Province is asking the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to allow Capitol employees to avail themselves of the home emergency loan program (Help).
The program is supposed to be for GSIS members who were affected by the Nov. 8, 2013 super typhoon Yolanda.