MALNUTRITION among pre-school children in Central Visayas has steadily decreased in the last 10 years, from a rate of 13.77 percent in 2004 to 5.54 percent last year.
But gains in the campaign to eradicate malnutrition should not make government and families complacent, an official of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) 7 said.
FIVE former Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 officials hit back at five National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 officers for allegedly fabricating evidence to make it appear they conspired to ambush lawyer Noel Archival and his two aides last February.
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 yesterday said they will evaluate the feasibility study on Talisay City Mayor Johnny V. delos Reyes's plan to convert Mananga River into a "Mananga Water Park" once they receive it.
Dr. Eddie Llamedo, DENR 7 spokesman and public information officer, said they'll only do this provided that all environmental laws, rules and regulations are fully complied with.
SOME 2,000 delegates are expected to converge in Cebu for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit next year.
Ma. Angelina Sta. Catalina, deputy director general for conference management services under the Office of the President, said four of the 21 meetings will be held in Cebu in August, September.
TRAFFIC Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) Chief Edwin Ermac yesterday urged jeepney drivers to report traffic enforcers who collect bribes.
Reacting to allegations that some traffic enforcers collect P20 daily from jeepney drivers, Ermac said formal complaints should be made so Team can investigate.
THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 is joining other law enforcement agencies in the crackdown on a new drug called "Green Apple," which is reportedly sold to students and party-goers.
Atty. Max Salvador, NBI 7 director, told reporters yesterday that his office received reports about the sale of the drug here in Cebu City.
REGISTRATION for Cebu's biggest dance competition is now open.
Bangga sa Sayaw: Metro Cebu Edition challenges all aspiring hip-hop dance groups to vie for the grand prize of P50,000 and a feature in Sun.Star Bisdak Magasin.
TWO years after the permit to cut the trees was issued, seven century-old acacia trees on the highway in the City of Naga have yet to be cut.
City of Naga Mayor Valdemar Chiong yesterday urged the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 to remove the trees, saying it is their job to do so.
IN his 18 years in the police service, SPO1 Reynaldo Solante had his fair share of troubles and bad luck.
He almost died, sanctioned and got estranged with his wife.
THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 is looking into the allegations against a recruitment agency accused of duping about a hundred jobseekers.
Atty. Max Salvador, NBI 7 director, said they received the first complaint last July 15 against the agency, which he refused to divulge pending the result of the investigation.
TWO establishments in Cebu City are being investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 for allegedly hoarding rice.
NBI 7 Director Max Salvador did not reveal to reporters the names of the business firms pending the outcome of the inquiry.
THE coastal barangays in Cebu City will now be the focus of the Police Coordinating Advisory Council's (PCAC) campaign against illegal drugs.
This is because the coastal areas are possibly used as transition points for illegal drugs from one local government unit to another, said PCAC chairperson and Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella.
AN early afternoon fire gutted two houses in an interior portion of Barangay Looc, Mandaue City yesterday.
No one was reported injured.
MEMBERS of the Cebu first district's Alayon Party confirmed yesterday that they are supporting Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Mar Roxas for president in 2016.
They said they are also supporting the reelection bid of Cebu Gov. Hilario "Junjun" Davide III.
TRAFFIC enforcers in Cebu City as well as street sweepers and employees of the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) will soon be donning reflectorized vests and gloves.
Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella ordered the General Services Office (GSO) yesterday to buy 500 reflectorized vest and gloves for the workers so they will be visible while at work.
THE Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CCDRRMC) received more requests for pruning of trees with the weather disturbances expected to hit the country.
The disaster council is closely monitoring upland barangays identified to be susceptible to landslides following heavy rains and strong winds experienced the past days due to the southwest monsoon (habagat).
MORE than 600 students, faculty members and alumni of the Talisay City College (TCC) opposed the appointment of City Engineer Gamaliel Vicente Jr. as acting college president.
Based on the manifesto they signed last July 19, representatives of the local college called upon Talisay City Mayor Johnny delos Reyes to replace Vicente as acting president.
TALISAY City Councilor Socrates Fernandez asked the anti-graft office to reverse its decision suspending him for three months for simple neglect of duty.
In his motion for reconsideration, Fernandez cited the Aguinaldo Doctrine as his basis in asking the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas to lift the order suspending him for 90 days without pay.
JEEPNEY drivers and operators marched again yesterday morning, this time in Mandaue City, to protest against increased penalties for transportation-related violations.
Several commuters bound for work and school got stranded, but the Mandaue City Government quickly deployed vehicles offering free rides.
CEBU City Councilor Gerardo Carillo supports the House bill that seeks to give solo parents additional benefits, such as discounts when buying milk and food for their children.
Carillo said the bill will benefit not only the single parents, but also their children.
CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III is willing to lend Capitol’s chainsaws to cut down century-old trees along the Naga-San Fernando highway.
Davide said that when a tree fell in San Fernando in the past, it was Capitol that cleared the highway for the safety of motorists and pedestrians.
A 50-year-old man and his 15-year-old daughter were hacked by their relative in Barili, Cebu last Sunday afternoon.
Ceriaco Labora, 49, allegedly got angry at his brother-in-law, Melchor Fat, after the latter asked him to open the windows of their house.
DUMANJUG Mayor Nelson Garcia filed an administrative complaint against Vice Mayor Efren Guntrano Gica for allegedly tampering with a P11,435 restaurant receipt to bloat the amount to P21,435.
RICE retailers in Cebu received complaints that some of their colleagues are limiting the sale of National Food Authority (NFA)-issued rice to the public.
Among allegations that consumers had raised is that some of their members are only selling NFA rice with 25 percent broken grains that cost about P32 per kilo despite an agreement with NFA to sell two rice varieties to the public.
CEBU CITY -- Typhoon Henry hasn’t left the country, but another low-pressure area is emerging in the Pacific Ocean and is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this weekend.
Engr. Oscar Tabada of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in Mactan said Monday that the new weather disturbance will be called “Inday” once it enters Philippine territory.
TWENTY-TWO local government units (LGUs) in the province have yet to establish a disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) office.
Jose Salvador Jr., local government division chief of the Department of Budget and Management, said this might be because the LGUs have a problem keeping the office operational in the succeeding years.
THE House of Representatives has again approved the bill creating a seventh district in Cebu Province.
The new district will be composed of towns that currently belong to the second district. These are Ginatilan, Malabuyoc, Alegria, Badian, Moalboal, Alcantara, Ronda and Dumanjug.
HE Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu City Chapter condemns House Bill (HB) 4738, which seeks to abolish the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF), which was created 30 years ago.
IBP Cebu City Chapter president Atty. Elaine Bathan said they will pass a resolution opposing the bill authored by Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas, an ally of President Benigno Aquino III.
COMPOSTELA town has a new police commander.
Chief Insp. Fructoso Lim was designated yesterday by Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) as officer-in-charge of Compostela Police Station.
ACTING Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella wants enforcers of the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) to be given accident insurance.
This came after two traffic enforcers figured in an accident over the past days, one of which resulted to death.