Lesser supplemental budgets in 2015

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:55 p.m.

MAYOR Jed Patrick Mabilog has instructed Iloilo City’s finance team to incorporate all mandatory obligations in drafting the proposed 2015 annual budget to veer away from supplemental budgets and realignments of budget.

Mabilog admitted he is not comfortable in running after a budget good for six months only, as was the usual practice in the past to be augmented by supplemental budgets within the year.

Calinog IPs restless over delay of JRMP

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:54 p.m.

THREE organizations legitimately representing the interests of the indigenous people in Calinog, Iloilo namely the Council of Elders, Hugpong Jalaur and the Calinog Indigenous People’s Organization (CIPO) are restless over the delay implementation of the P11.2 billion Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP).

CIPO president Renato Casinao said Wednesday they are going to submit a manifesto to the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor expressing their restlessness over the delayed implementation as they celebrate the IP Day on October 29.

Families get housing support from European NGO

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:54 p.m.

URBAN poor families in Iloilo City will be taught how to construct their own houses by European non-government organization, Hilti Foundation.

Bruno Walt, managing director of Hilti Foundation, said they are building 20 duplex housing units for beneficiaries to be selected by the Homeless People Federation. Each unit will accommodate two families.

DOTC: Metro subway system costs 3 times more than LRT

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:30 p.m.

DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said Wednesday that it would be more expensive if National Government will pursue the construction of a subway rail system to ease the daily traffic burden in Metro Manila.

During the hearing at the House of Representatives, Transportation Undersecretary Rene Limcaoco said that based on the agency's past studies, a new Metro Manila subway line will cost two to three times more than a regular elevated light rail system, which is currently applied in the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Lines 1 and 2 and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3.

P.7M illegal drugs seized

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 04:14 p.m.

ABOUT 100 grams of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) with a street value of P700, 000 was seized following a buy-bust operation conducted by operatives of the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) at Palanca Road, Barangay 12 in Bacolod City around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The operation also resulted to the arrest of two suspected drug pushers Rey Steve Esteban alias "Tibo," 46, of Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City and Randolf San Luis, 34, of Bago City.

PDC ExeCom endorses P20-B Bacolod-Silay airport expansion

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 04:05 p.m.

THE Executive Committee of the Provincial Development Council (PDC) of Negros Occidental endorsed to the Regional Development Council (RDC) the P20-billion Bacolod-Silay Airport Expansion Project during its meeting at Nature's Village Hotel in Talisay City Tuesday.

The PDC endorsement will be submitted to the Provincial Board for concurrence, said Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante.

Capitol allots P800M for health services

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 04:04 p.m.

HEALTH services will get the biggest slice of the P2.6-billion budget of the Province of Negros Occidental for 2015, the proposed budget submitted by the Governor's Office show.

Second Distict Board Member Salvador Escalante, chairman of the committee on finance, budget and appropriations, said that based on the proposed budget for 2015, P800 million will go health services.

Palawan with highest dengue, malaria cases in Mimaropa

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 02:28 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) in Mimaropa reported Wednesday that Palawan has been found to have the highest number of dengue and malaria cases in the entire Region 4-B.

Records of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) showed that Palawan had the most number of patients in the region with 1,146 dengue cases, and 342 cases of malaria from the period of January 1 to October 18.

Pemberton transferred to Camp Aguinaldo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:04 a.m.

MANILA (4th Update) — The United States military turned over Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino to Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Wednesday, easing a looming irritant over his custody, officials said.

P400B needed to keep Cebu dry

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:15 a.m.

CEBU - Government will have to spend around P400 billion to solve the flood problem in Cebu City. The flood control master plan alone costs P65 million.

The bulk of the amount, though, will go to expropriating land.

Rama defends P25M intelligence fund

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:14 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government needs P25 million for intelligence and surveillance work of law enforcement agencies and other activities related to peace and order, the mayor said.

Mayor Michael Rama defended yesterday the significant increase in the intelligence fund under the proposed annual budget for 2015.

Group turns over school facilities

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:13 a.m.

A NON-GOVERNMENT organization (NGOs) turned over yesterday more than 200 classrooms and day care centers in four towns in northern Cebu that were hit by typhoon Yolanda last year.

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) repaired and built 229 classrooms and day care centers in Daanbantayan, Sta. Fe, Madridejos and Bantayan.

796 families receive P10T each from PRC

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:12 a.m.

THE Philippine and Japanese chapters of the Red Cross yesterday extended financial assistance to 796 residents in Daanbantayan who have yet to repair their houses after these were damaged by typhoon Yolanda almost a year ago.

Military flags down farmers for 'safety precaution'

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:06 a.m.

ABOUT 700 farmers from the eastern part of Misamis Oriental on board six dumptrucks did not arrive on time to attend the National Peasant Day held at Kiosko sa Kagawasan (Freedom Kiosk) in Divisoria on Tuesday because they were allegedly flagged down by the military in Medina town, Misamis Oriental.

Farmer Eduardo Quidet said their convoy of dumptrucks, owned by the Provincial Government, was stopped by the army's 58th Infantry Battalion (58IB) checkpoint in Barangay Maanas, Medina around 8 a.m.

City Council blamed for delayed aid on fire victims

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:05 a.m.

BLAME it on the late approval of the 2014 executive budget by the Cagayan de Oro City Council.

This was the response of the City Social Welfare and Development office after City Councilor Leon Gan Jr. raised the issue on the delay of the distribution of assistance to families affected in a May fire early this year.

OFW model families recognized

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:03 a.m.

BEING an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) - earning a living in another country for the economic wellbeing of the family - takes a lot of considerations to balance the existence of loved ones, where the upkeep of the family is assured despite the physically distance.

Stories of broken families, children into drugs, squandered remittances, among others, are the sad realities that some OFWs have suffered.

BRT think tank wants updated data, study

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

THE technical working group (TWG) for the implementation of the P10.6-billion Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Cebu City is pushing for the reevaluation and reassessment of the feasibility study for the project.

In an interview yesterday, City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) executive director Rafael Yap, a member of the BRT-TWG, said the study has to be reviewed because it was based on data collected by the World Bank in 2008 yet. Some data were collected in 2012, he said.

DOJ opinion on titled lots ‘unchanged’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

ALMOST a year after typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas, the National Government has yet to decide what to do with proposed resettlement sites that are not covered by titles.

Secretary Panfilo Lacson, head of the Office of Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR), said his office asked other government agencies to consider areas that are covered only by tax declarations as relocation sites for Yolanda survivors.

Magpale testifies vs. ‘cult leader’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:50 a.m.

AFTER the hearing on the petition for bail filed by alleged cult leader Casiano Apduhan yesterday afternoon, he talked with his lawyer Paulino Labrado inside the sala of Regional Trial Court (RTC) 59 in Toledo City.

Labrado comforted his client saying, “Sagdi lang, ang gaba di magsaba (Don’t worry, there will be punishment).”

Retired judge fined P100T for delays in resolving cases

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:49 a.m.

THE Supreme Court (SC) has slapped a retired judge from Cebu with a fine of Pl00,000 for his failure to resolve 191 cases on time before his retirement.

The SC’s en banc found Benedicto Cobarde, former Regional Trial Court Branch 53 judge in Lapu-Lapu City, guilty of “undue delay” in rendering the decision.

Share Pedro’s blessings, devotees told

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

IN THE second anniversary celebration of St. Pedro Calungsod’s canonization yesterday, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma reminded the faithful to share their blessings with everyone.

In his homily during the pontifical mass held at the St. Pedro Calungsod Chapel at the South Road Properties (SRP), Palma said that other people must also enjoy the blessings that Cebu has received after Calungsod’s canonization.

Town treasurer suspended for not issuing receipts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:44 a.m.

THE deputy ombudsman for the Visayas has suspended Pinamungajan Treasurer Ursula Managaytay for one month and one day without pay for not issuing official receipts for the cash bond deposit she received from market stallholders.

President of Market Vendors Association of Pinamungajan Jeffrey Lingad and secretary Aniceta Tejamo filed a misconduct complaint against Managaytay for issuing acknowledgment receipts, instead of official receipts, when she collected security deposits for market stalls.

Cebu ‘ready’ for Ebola

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

THE Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) 7 will buy two thermal scanners to fight the threat of Ebola virus.

In a press conference of the Department of Health (DOH)’s Task Force Ebola Virus Disease yesterday, health officials said that in Cebu they are prepared for a possible Ebola virus outbreak.

Brother-cops ‘maul’ siblings

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

TWO siblings, identified as policemen, allegedly mauled a woman and her brother outside their home in Barangay Biasong, Talisay City last Friday.

Sitty Amiaza Lao, 27, claimed that PO2 Francisco Ricafort and his younger brother, PO1 Bernille Ricafort, beat her and her brother, Abdul Mohammed, over a conflict between their children.

Unregistered buses can go on operating

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

OWNERS of colorum buses with pending applications for franchises to legalize their operations can continue plying their routes without fear of apprehension.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) suspended the enforcement of a provision under the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 until Nov. 30.

Cebu City claims court victory over Citicenter demolition

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government gained an initial victory over its conflict with the residents of the CitiCenter Commercial Complex in Barangay Kamagayan.

Regional Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Soliver Peras denied the petition filed by the residents to stop the City from clearing the area.

Armed Alimaongs stir fear in mountain brys.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

ARMED men who are reportedly members of a tribe are allegedly going around the mountain barangays in Cebu City to recruit members and threaten farmers to get them to surrender their land.

Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, chairman of the Police Coordinating and Advisory Council (PCAC), said the village chiefs of six mountain barangays sought their help after men armed with knives and firearms were seen there in the past weeks.

Raids on two houses yield P90T shabu, 2 drug suspects

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

ABOUT P90,000 worth of suspected illegal drugs were seized in two raids conducted by the operatives of the San Nicolas Police Station last Monday.

The first operation was conducted at 11:30 a.m. in Barangay Suba, Cebu City when station commander, Insp. Chuck Barandog, implemented a search warrant against 42-year-old drug suspect Gregorio Abala.

Buzz: Red flags up in Delute complaint

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

ATTY. Reymelio Delute who has filed a complaint with the Office of the President against Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Vice Mayor Edgar Labella, along with 12 councilors, over the P20,000 per person calamity fund granted to City Hall officials and employees, is making the case murkier than it looks.

At first, he filed the case of grave misconduct and grave abuse of authority against some officials who didn’t take part in the approval of the ordinance or received the money and didn’t include some public officials who did.

DILG asked to Suspend Rama, Labella

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:33 a.m.

PENDING the resolution of the administrative case he filed, lawyer Reymelio Delute has asked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7 to place Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella under preventive suspension.

Delute filed an administrative case against Rama, Labella and 12 other city councilors for granting P20,000 calamity assistance to City Hall officials and employees last year.

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