Warning ignored; boat runs aground

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

CEBU (Updated) - Why did the captain of a motor banca with more than 50 people aboard ignore an advisory for small vessels not to leave Cebu’s port last Friday afternoon?

“There was no typhoon signal in Cebu at that time but there was a gale warning, that is why small ships were advised not to sail,” said Rear Admiral William Melad, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Central Visayas chief.

Helping hand

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:58 p.m.

A GROUP of farmers in Bogo City, Cebu is getting help from the Provincial Government to upgrade the value of goats’ milk by producing and exporting goats’ milk soap.

Goat-raising is one of the six farm products listed in the Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP), one of the requirements of the World Bank (WB) in releasing the P27.48-billion soft loan scheme for the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

Strong current sweeps off, kills boy

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:58 p.m.

A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy died after he was swept away by the river current in Sitio Comon, Barangay Daanlungsod, Medellin, Cebu last Friday afternoon.

Anthony dela Peña Torino was swimming in the river along with six other children past 2 p.m. when the incident happened, police said.

Ex-south bus terminal chief rapped

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:57 p.m.

THE Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor indicted former Cebu South Bus Terminal manager Vicente Dejoras Jr. for allegedly demanding to have sex with a businesswoman in exchange for not closing her stalls inside the terminal.

Assistant City Prosecutor Fatima Asjal-Maadil found evidence to charge Dejoras with acts of lasciviousness before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities.

Lessons learned from 1998 theft at Cebu City Treasurer’s Office

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

LOCAL government units (LGU) should deposit collected funds to their authorized depository banks daily and tighten internal controls.

Cebu City Budget Officer Marietta Gumia said this yesterday when asked about the lessons the City Hall learned when, in 1998, three pay officers from the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) stole millions of money from state coffers.

Measure calls on businesses to hire seniors

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

THE elderly in Cebu City may soon have the chance to work even after they retire after a move to require all business establishments in the city to hire senior citizens was pushed before the legislative department.

“It is common knowledge that some members of this sector are still physically and mentally capable to perform tasks that some young adults perform,” said Councilor Gerardo Carillo, the ordinance’s proponent.

Warning ignored

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:42 p.m.

WHY did the captain of a motor banca with more than 50 people aboard ignore an advisory for small vessels not to leave Cebu’s port last Friday afternoon?

“There was no typhoon signal in Cebu at that time but there was a gale warning, that is why small ships were advised not to sail,” said Rear Admiral William Melad, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Central Visayas chief.

Capitol extending aid to farmer’s group in Bogo City to market goat product

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:40 p.m.

A GROUP of farmers in Bogo City, Cebu is getting help from the Provincial Government to upgrade the value of goats’ milk by producing and exporting goats’ milk soap.

Goat-raising is one of the six farm products listed in the Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP), one of the requirements of the World Bank (WB) in releasing the P27.48-billion soft loan scheme for the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

Strong current sweeps off, kills 9-yr.-old boy

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:39 p.m.

A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy died after he was swept away by the river current in Sitio Comon, Barangay Daanlungsod, Medellin, Cebu last Friday afternoon.

Anthony dela Peña Torino was swimming in the river along with six other children past 2 p.m. when the incident happened, police said.

Ex-south bus terminal chief rapped

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:38 p.m.

THE Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor indicted former Cebu South Bus Terminal manager Vicente Dejoras Jr. for allegedly demanding to have sex with a businesswoman in exchange for not closing her stalls inside the terminal.

Assistant City Prosecutor Fatima Asjal-Maadil found evidence to charge Dejoras with acts of lasciviousness before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities. Bail was set at P12,000.

Lessons learned from 1998 theft at Cebu City Treasurer’s Office

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:37 p.m.

LOCAL government units (LGU) should deposit collected funds to their authorized depository banks daily and tighten internal controls.

Cebu City Budget Officer Marietta Gumia said this yesterday when asked about the lessons the City Hall learned when, in 1998, three pay officers from the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) stole millions of money from state coffers.

Measure calls on businesses to hire seniors

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:36 p.m.

THE elderly in Cebu City may soon have the chance to work even after they retire after a move to require all business establishments in the city to hire senior citizens was pushed before the legislative department.

“It is common knowledge that some members of this sector are still physically and mentally capable to perform tasks that some young adults perform,” said Councilor Gerardo Carillo, the ordinance’s proponent.

Divers discover rare seahorses

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:35 p.m.

DIVERS have captured on camera two rare species of seahorse in the Philippines that had previously never been seen before in the country’s seas.

The photographs of a weedy pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus pontohi) and Severn’s pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus severnsi) were submitted to the iSeahorse website (www.iseahorse.org), which gathers sightings from the public, and have been verified by the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) Project Seahorse as the first records of these species in the Philippines.

1 killed as truck plows 4 bikes

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:34 p.m.

A PUMPCRETE truck hit a concrete wall then plowed four motorcycles in Barangay Poblacion Oriental, Consolacion last Friday night, killing one and wounding two, including the truck driver.

PO1 Raymond Lleve, traffic investigator of Consolacion Police Station, said the accident took place at 7:29 p.m. when the brake of the truck (GHE 809) driven by Abelardo Galupe malfunctioned.

PRO 7 to check background, lifestyle, wealth of personne

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:33 p.m.

HIGH-RANKING officials of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 approve of the lifestyle check for all personnel for transparency and accountability.

Senior Supt. Conrado Capa, PRO 7 deputy director for operation, said the check will determine who are living beyond their means and whose way of life is not proportional to their net worth.

Feasibility study for power plant

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

THE SPC Power Corp. will hire a “reputable” international consulting firm to conduct the feasibility study for a new coal-fired power plant.

This, as the company awaits the formal turnover of the Naga Power Plant Complex (NPPC) from the government.

Ex-south bus terminal chief rapped

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

THE Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor indicted former Cebu South Bus Terminal manager Vicente Dejoras Jr. for allegedly demanding to have sex with a businesswoman in exchange for not closing her stalls inside the terminal.

Assistant City Prosecutor Fatima Asjal-Maadil found evidence to charge Dejoras with acts of lasciviousness before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities. Bail was set at P12,000.

Capitol to find work for child of couple in Bogo accident

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 01:29 a.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Government will find work for the daughter of the couple whose motorcycle was hit by a Capitol-owned pickup truck issued to then chief security officer Loy Anthony Madrigal.

Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera said looking for a job for 19-year-old Leslie Niña Mirambel, a graduate of a two-year computer course, is apart from the other forms of assistance that Capitol has extended to the family.

‘Imagine 300T barrels of rain’

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:57 a.m.

SO MUCH rain fell in Cebu for 14 hours starting late Wednesday night, that it was as if 300,000 barrels of water were dumped over two of its busiest cities.

To prepare for “new normal” events like last Thursday’s floods, Cebu’s cities and towns need to consider building small dams or catchment areas, and to make rainwater harvesting part of their development plans, officials said.

Boulders fall on road, hut in upland village

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:55 a.m.

A BOULDER fell on the pigsty of an elderly couple in Barangay Camp 4, Talisay City before dawn yesterday.

Vicente Marayan, 80, and his 84-year-old wife, Juliana, said they were lucky they decided to stay inside their hut in Sitio Bogo around 4 a.m.

Sibonga VM replaces suspended mayor

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

THE southern town of Sibonga, Cebu has a new mayor.

Vice Mayor Cirilo Apuda replaced Mayor Lionel Bacaltos as acting mayor last Sept. 15, while the latter is serving a three-month suspension for simple misconduct.

Sonny O on Magpale’s ‘early campaigning’

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

VICE Gov. Agnes Magpale is busy roaming around Cebu Province to campaign for governor.

That’s what Toledo City Mayor John “Sonny” Osmeña said in his speech during yesterday’s inauguration of the 82-megawatt expansion coal-fired power plant of Global Business Power and Toledo Power Corp.

Woman charged for attack against mother on Internet

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

A WOMAN who allegedly maligned a single mother in a social networking site was the first person to be charged before the Cebu City Regional Trial Court for violating Republic Act (RA) 10175, or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Call center agent hit by vehicle, dies

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:45 a.m.

A CALL center agent died after he was hit by an unidentified vehicle in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City last Thursday night.

Victim Marjon Duran, of legal age, sustained severe head injuries, which caused his death.

SRP’s drainage must be linked

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

A MOVE that seeks to require all locators at the South Road Properties (SRP) to connect all their drainage lines is being pushed by a Cebu City official.

This, after the Mambaling access road was inundated by knee-deep flood water following a heavy downpour last Thursday.

TV ex-talent accused of rape

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

A FORMER television network talent was accused of rape by a 35-year-old woman whom he met in a bar in Cebu City yesterday.

John, 28, a magician who had previous shows in a television network in Manila, visited Cebu City for an official business.

Oliva no longer Toledo City treasurer

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:29 a.m.

TOLEDO City Mayor John “Sonny” Osmeña yesterday said he relieved City Treasurer Ofelia Oliva and asked the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) for her replacement.

The mayor clarified that it had nothing to do with the robbery at the City Treasurer’s Office earlier this month, but he did not give a categorical reason why he wanted Oliva out.

Group provides rocking chairs for the elderly

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:28 a.m.

SILYA Foundation, in partnership with Ayala Center Cebu, is offering rocking chairs to senior citizens in Cebu.

Tito Lorete Alcala, the foundation’s founder, said they’ve donated 400 rocking chairs around the country.

Minors tagged is SSS burglary

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:28 a.m.

THE Social Security System (SSS) branch in Barangay Guizo, Mandaue City was burglarized yesterday dawn, allegedly by youngsters.

The office lost four netbooks worth P94,000.

Rafi, LGUs sustain school rehab

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

TWELVE local government units (LGUs), including typhoon Yolanda-affected areas in the Province, signed yesterday a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) for the rehabilitation of dilapidated school buildings.

Rafi also awarded three LGUs--Asturias, Tuburan and Bantayan--for working with Rafi in the latter's School Rehabilitation Program (SRP).

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