Pay for doctors ‘2 months late’

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 01:06 a.m.

CEBU -- What was supposed to be a budget hearing turned into a venue for the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to air their concerns on the processing of salaries of doctors and other medical workers.

Salaries of the doctors and other medical personnel have been delayed for two months, said Dr. Cynthia Genosolango, head of the PHO. Sometimes, the delay stretches up to three months, said some district hospital chiefs who also attended the hearing.

Pay for doctors ‘2 months late’

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

WHAT was supposed to be a budget hearing turned into a venue for the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to air their concerns on the processing of salaries of doctors and other medical workers.

Salaries of the doctors and other medical personnel have been delayed for two months, said Dr. Cynthia Genosolango, head of the PHO. Sometimes, the delay stretches up to three months, said some district hospital chiefs who also attended the hearing.

DENR 7 allows LGU to cut 79 trees, including native species, for track oval

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has allowed the cutting of 79 trees, including native tree species, to pave the way for the construction of a track oval at the City of Naga Central School.

Trees that were covered by the cutting permit, issued last Oct. 23 by the DENR, included some narra and mahogany.

PH, WB ink pact for BRT funding

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 12:58 a.m.

THE Philippine Government signed a loan agreement with the World Bank for the implementation of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, the Department of Finance said yesterday.

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima inked the agreement on behalf of the government on Oct. 14.

‘Pusher’ with P6M drugs charged

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) charged an alleged big-time drug pusher before the Office of the City Prosecutor yesterday morning.

Supt. Romeo Santander, City Intelligence Branch (CIB) chief, said they filed a complaint against Joseph Erson Opena for violating Sections 5 (illegal selling of drugs) and 11 (illegal possession of drugs) of Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Elderly couple nabbed for drugs

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 12:06 a.m.

AT LEAST P52,000 worth of drugs were seized from an elderly couple at past 5 a.m. last Friday in Barangay Media Once, Toledo City, Cebu.

Marcelo Traya, 60, and his wife Delia, 60, were arrested at their home by the Toledo Police Station led by Insp. Jolito Labra.

PRO 7 deploys all personnel for holidays

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:58 p.m.

THE police force in Central Visayas are on full alert today for the observance of All Saints’ Day and for tomorrow’s All Souls’ Day.

Chief Supt. Prudencio Bañas, Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 director, said all leaves of police personnel are canceled so they can be deployed to cemeteries, bus terminals and sea ports.

City Hall awards 4 centenarians

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:53 p.m.

FOUR centenarians received P100,000 each from the Cebu City Government yesterday as incentive for reaching the age of 100.

Even though they have difficulty walking, Maxima Cabilao of Barangay Kamputhaw, Paulina Sy of Barangay Kasambagan and Cristina Abella of Barangay Ermita claimed their P100,000 cash gift during the culmination activity of the senior citizens’ month held at the Cebu City Coliseum yesterday.

DENR 7 files case against father, son for ‘developing’ timberland

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 yesterday filed criminal charges against two people who are allegedly illegally occupying a parcel of land classified as timberland in Consolacion town, Cebu.

Consolacion town environmental officer Danilo Capangpangan and forester Raul Pasoc filed the complaint before the Office of the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor accusing Amado Sumibi Sr. and son, Amado Jr., of violating Section 69 of the Revised Forestry Code.

CH to close Doña Pepang cemetery

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government will be closing the Doña Pepang Cemetery to the public days after All Souls’ Day.

The closure, which will take effect starting Nov. 15, will pave the way for the City’s beautification and development of the oldest cemetery in the city into a public park.

Suspect in Mandaue store heist falls to cops

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

ONE of the suspects in the robbery of a store in Barangay Cabancalan, Mandaue City last week was arrested by police last Thursday morning.

Police are also investigating Ponciano Villamor’s possible involvement in the recent heists of two gas stations in the city.

Man, 19, killed after ‘shootout’ with cops

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:42 p.m.

A 19-YEAR-OLD man was killed after allegedly engaging in a shootout with City Intelligence Branch (CIB) operatives of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) at 11 p.m. last Thursday on M.J. Cuenco Ave., Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City.

Interpol schools BFP on chemical-disposal

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:41 p.m.

THE International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 7 held an anti-terrorism exercise at the Police Regional Office 7 grounds in Cebu City yesterday morning.

Regional Intelligence Division Chief Pablo Labra II said that the exercise is part of the preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit next year as Cebu is expected to host some of the meetings.

Flavier, Baguio boy, 79

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:10 p.m.

A MODEL in the family and in public service.

This was how Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan described Juan Flavier, the famous "Mr. Let's DOH it", who died Thursday afternoon.

La Trinidad links with Israel

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:52 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ephraim Ben Matityau has opened doors to an exchange here.

In a visit to the Benguet State University (BSU) Matityau offered scholarships to train students, farmers and agriculturists on agro-forestry and transfer mechanized farming technology.

Food safety, a must in AFTA implementation

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:50 p.m.

FOOD safety practices should be locally and globally compliant to be able to compete in the ASEAN Integration 2015.

Presidential Communications Operations Office secretary Sonny Coloma through assistant secretary for Internal Management Cathryne Jonne Licudine-Dalen emphasized the importance of ensuring food safety during the Philippine Food Safety Forum held in the Summer Capital Monday.

2 more dialysis patients seek help

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:48 p.m.

THE complications of kidney failure has become so debilitating that Agustin Gayao, a 55-year-old patient from Apugan, Irisan Barangay here has been on oxygen support for months now.

Recently, his doctor increased his lifetime hemodialysis treatment schedule from three to four times a week. He now also needs a commode as helping him to and from the comfort room detached from their house at Irisan Barangay here has become too strenuous because of his weak heart.

Coops want to own, run Agus-Pulangui power plants

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:13 p.m.

BELIEVING it can help stabilize the power situation in Mindanao, the cooperative sector has bared plans to acquire the Agus-Pulangi hydroelectric power plants (HEPs).

Challenges such as the liabilities that may come in running these HEPs will not stop the cooperative members from taking interest in their acquisition, said regional director Orlando Ravanera of the Cooperative Development Authority-10 (CDA-10).

RTA yard crammed with seized vehicles

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:13 p.m.

THERE is hardly a space left at the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) compound in Barangay Kauswagan due to the hundreds of impounded motorcycles and a handful of four-wheeled vehicles that are stored there, according to RTA chief Jose Edgardo Uy.

Uy said most of the confiscated motorcycles, numbering about 500 units, and an assortment of bus, jeepneys, motorelas and cars, had either figured in road accidents or traffic violations.

Pamintuan shuts down city MRF

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:01 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has directed local environment officers to shut down the city's materials recovery facility (MRF) in Barangay Pampang here.

The mayor said that starting November 1, the City Government will no longer accept waste from barangay garbage haulers and workers.

Morales optimistic of CDC projects for Mabalacat

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 09:58 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The City Government of Mabalacat led by Mayor Marino Morales is hopeful Clark Development Corporation's (CDC) infrastructure projects will push through next year.

According to Morales, the perimeter road at Barangay Dau, which stretches up to SM City Clark, has been given priority by CDC and is expected to ease traffic congestion along MacArthur Highway in Mabalacat City.

Aspiring writers push campaign vs corruption

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 09:55 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Youth make up the majority of the population and can play an important role in combating corruption in the Philippines.

This was the key message that resonated during the "Lunduyan 2014: 15th Luzon-wide Student Press Convention," held October 20 to 24 at the Department of Education Regional Educational Learning Center, Angeles City, Pampanga.

9-day All Souls’ Day starts in Guagua town

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 09:46 p.m.

GUAGUA -- Residents of this town's Betis District take the commemoration of All Souls' Day in a more religious and meaningful significance with nine days of masses for the souls of the dead celebrated at the Saint James the Apostle Parish and visiting the tombs of their relatives to light candles after each afternoon mass.

3 nabbed in Sta. Rita buy-bust

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 09:45 p.m.

STA. RITA -- Three men were arrested Tuesday following a buy bust operation conducted by the Sta. Rita Municipal Police Station (MPS) at Barangay San Basilio, this town.

Police Senior Inspector Michael Masangkay, chief of Sta. Rita police, said the arrest was part of their efforts to put an end to the vast illegal drugs operations in the town.

Mindanao mayors push for bigger share of IRA

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 09:18 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Municipal mayors from Mindanao are pushing for the amendment of the Local Government Code provision on the internal revenue allotment (IRA) to allow a bigger fund share for the poor municipalities of the country.

The issue was raised during the three-day 2014 Mindanao Cluster Island Conference (MICC) organized by the League of Municipalities Philippines (LMP) at Oxford Hotel Convention Hall, Clark Freeport, Pampanga.

Porac students graduate from short term courses

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 09:14 p.m.

PORAC -- Dozens of students from various sectors here graduated from the short-term courses offered at the Porac Manpower Training Center in cooperation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) over the weekend.

Mayor Condralito dela Cruz led the graduation of the graduates of short-term courses in Hair Dressing, Beauty Care, and Cookery courses.

SM City Pampanga holds monster fun run

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 09:12 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- In celebration of Halloween, more than a thousand runners, trained and amateur alike, joined the Monster City Fun Run Thursday evening held at the SM City Pampanga Amphitheatre.

The 5-km sprint within the mall’s perimeter plus an obstacle course inside the zombie-filled Amphitheatre was a huge success. Already on its second year, this year’s celebration of Halloween was surely one of the seasonal events the kabalens are anticipating for.

Cops all set for 'Undas'

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 08:34 p.m.

THE Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) deployed policemen starting Friday in cemeteries to ensure the peaceful and solemn observance of “Undas” or All Saint’s and All Soul’s Day in the city.

ZCPO director Angelito Casimiro said at least 700 policemen have been deployed in all of the 33 cemeteries, both public and private, in this city.

Troops complete disaster training

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 08:33 p.m.

A TOTAL of 40 personnel from the Zamboanga del Sur-based Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion have completed a 20-day Disaster Response Operations Training (DROT) training, an official announced.

Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Alvin Luzon said those who completed the training held from October 6 - 27 comprised of four officers and 36 enlisted personnel.

IDPs complete meat processing training

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 08:24 p.m.

A GROUP of Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) can now start a small business to earn a living while they are still recovering from dislocation caused by the 21-day September 2013 siege in Zamboanga City.

This came about after the group of 16 IDPs have received livelihood Starter Kits when they recently completed four-day training on Basic Meat Processing in this city.

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