Marañon bares Western Visayas RDC agenda

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 01:36 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Monday that his top priorities as chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC) of Western Visayas include pushing for the equitable share of the region in the National Government's project funding and the realization of the Negros-Panay Bridge.

"Congressman Albee Benitez has the actual figure of the actual equitable share for the region. We have been getting meager share from the National Government's funding for projects," the governor said.

‘Land reform extension should focus more on support services’

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 01:35 p.m.

ANY extension in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp) should focus more on support services for the farmer-beneficiaries, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. reiterated Monday.

He said that for so long, it has already been proven that farmer-beneficiaries have not sustained tilling the lands given to them because of lack of government support.

VM: Hike in land taxes needs study

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 01:35 p.m.

VICE Mayor Greg Gasataya, who is the acting mayor while Mayor Monico Puentevella is abroad, said on Monday that he has not yet received the official request of the mayor regarding his proposal to increase the real property taxes.

It was announced earlier by the mayor that imposing an increase in the land taxes is his priority so that the city will have additional funds for its development projects.

Negros conservation group gets assistance from Czech Republic

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 01:34 p.m.

THE Czech Republic is extending at least P1-million funding support to the Talarak Rescue and Conservation Breeding Center in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental to support efforts for protection of endangered bird species in the Philippines.

Ambassador Jaroslav Olša Jr. recently signed a contract for the partnership with Talarak Foundation Inc. president Fernando Gutierrez.

Western Visayas cop charged

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 01:34 p.m.

A PERSONNEL of Western Visayas Police Regional Office (PRO) is facing charges for disobedience to a person in authority and resisting arrest filed by the police Monday morning before the City Prosecutor’s Office.

Cop eyed as suspect

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 01:34 p.m.

A POLICEMAN is being eyed as one of those who shot a construction worker at Bangga Gardenville, Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City Sunday evening.

Police identified the fatality as Johnny Jaud, 27, construction worker, a resident of Purok San Roque, Barangay Tangub.

Raps filed vs 3 who stabbed cop

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 01:33 p.m.

THE three suspects who stabbed a policeman are facing charges for direct assault upon an agent of person in authority, frustrated homicide, and attempted homicide filed by the police Monday before the City Prosecutor’s Office.

Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 10:21 a.m.

WASHINGTON (Updated) — The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in Syria, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war has given the brutal militant group a safe haven.

Laguindingan airport expansion seen in 2015

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:43 a.m.

EXPANDING the Laguindingan Airport facilities and runway is expected to be implemented anytime in 2015, an airport official said Monday.

Laguindingan airport manager Engr. Jose Budiongan said the expansion will be for the airport’s cargo building, terminal, and runway.

NorMin to continue supplying livestock in PHL

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

NORTHERN Mindanao will continue to supply livestock to the rest of the country while an increase in export is seen as the integration of the 10-member Southeast Asian countries get headway in the coming years.

Engr. Roxana Hojas, Department of Agriculture in Region 10 assistant director for operations, said with the continuing uptrend of livestock inventories in the region, northern Mindanao can easily address the supply and demand situation, particularly of the poultry products.

Bizman mulls filing case anew vs city gov’t

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

BUSINESSMAN James Giam may have won a case he filed against the city government, but he is considering on suing the city for the second time in connection with the conditional donation of his 2,180-square meter property in Barangay Gusa.

Giam waged a legal battle against former mayor Vicente Emano, who represented the city government, when the latter transferred the terminal for eastbound jeepneys from Giam’s property to the Agora commercial complex.

Bomb scare suspends classes at MSU-IIT

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

ILIGAN CITY – A state university in Barangay Tibanga here has suspended Monday its classes after it received information that there was a bomb inside its premises.

The administration of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) ordered the students to leave their classrooms due to a bomb threat.

Army troops recover suspected NPA war items

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

DUMINGAG, Zamboanga del Sur – Military troops under the 32nd Infantry Battalion of the Army and the Philippine National Police (PNP) recovered assorted war items in their joint operation at the hinterland village of Saad in Dumingag town in Zamboanga del Sur province on September 16, 2014.

Capt. Israel Galorio, Civil Military Operations officer, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro by phone Monday, September 22, that while the troops were on foot patrol in broad daylight they noticed two civilians carrying torn and worn sacks which the latter allegedly dumped beside a residential house.

DA employs programs in conflict-vulnerable areas

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

PROGRAMS aimed at addressing the root causes of underdevelopment in conflict-vulnerable areas have been undertaken by the Department of Agriculture in northern Mindanao (DA 10) to bring the government closer to the people.

Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana), of which the DA is implementing, is a national government’s framework and program for peace and development in conflict-affected areas (CAA) as well as communities covered by existing peace agreements.

Maritime Week 2014 promotes effective implementation

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

COASTAL cleanup, bloodletting and safety drills are going to highlight this year’s Maritime Week in the region which kicked off on September 22, 2014.

The Maritime Week aims to promote effective implementation on rules and guidelines as set by the various agencies involved.

Flames destroy appliance store, lodge

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:59 p.m.

A FIRE gutted a three-story building at the corner of Osmeña Blvd. and Sanciangko St. in Cebu City yesterday morning, destroying an appliance store and a motel.

The Cebu City Fire Department pegged the property damage at more than P500,000. It received the alarm at 4:37 a.m. and firefighters declared the fire under control after 25 minutes.

Filipino seafarers could lose jobs in EU ships if PH training schools fail audit

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:57 p.m.

EIGHTY thousand Filipino seafarers employed by European vessels could lose their jobs if training facilities in the Philippines fail international standards.

The European Maritime Safety Agency (Emsa) will conduct a final audit by the end of this month or early next month to determine if the Philippines complies with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for seafarers.

Town mayor sues foreigner for building fence at airport

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

STA. Fe Mayor Jose Esgana sued a British national who built a fence around the town’s airstrip in the island of Bantayan.

The mayor filed charges of malicious mischief, usurpation of real right and real property and direct assault of a person in authority against 44-year-old Christopher Paul Alexander.

Creating gabion dams to prevent floods

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:55 p.m.

MANDAUE City Mayor Jonas Cortes wants to sit down with officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to tackle measures against flood.

During a coastal cleanup last Saturday, Cortes asked DPWH to study the possibility of building dams in upland areas to prevent runoff water from going down to low-lying areas.

Public urged to help fight v. online libel

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:54 p.m.

ASPIRING journalists and Internet users are urged to help mainstream media oppose libel, which an activist lawyer called an “enemy of democracy.”

“Unless it is completely repelled, the rich, the powerful, the dishonorable, the thieves, the corrupt, and the liars will always use it (online libel) to infringe on our rights to criticize,” Atty. Harry Roque told a forum.

OFW who died abroad ‘did not commit suicide’

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:52 p.m.

FOUL play was involved in the death of a Cebuano air-conditioning unit technician in Saudi Arabia last July.

Results of the autopsy conducted by Dr. Rene Cam of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 revealed that Michael Villacojer died from massive bleeding due to a laceration in the right kidney.

‘Leave endangered animals alone’

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:51 p.m.

WILDLIFE traders should verify if the animals they intend to sell are not threatened or endangered, said an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Maritime urges boat owners to register or suffer penalties

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:49 p.m.

THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has urged all owners and operators of passenger-cargo motorized banca to register their vessels or face huge penalties if these meet accidents at sea.

Marina 7 Director Nanette Villamor-Dinopol said that if they cannot afford the fees, they may avail themselves of the special registration facility called “poor motorized banca owners” with registration fee of P800 only.

City to help parents of dead baby in VSMMC case

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

THE parents of the baby who was allegedly decapitated upon birth in the delivery room of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) met with Mayor Michael Rama yesterday.

This, after the mayor said that the City Government is willing to help the family if they choose to pursue legal action against the hospital management.

Rama named ‘people’s manager of the year’

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama has been named “People Manager of the Year” for the public sector category by the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP).

The award recognizes “the best human resource practitioner” in the public sector or government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCC) in the country, especially those who have contributed largely to the development in the field of human resource (HR).

City registrar transfers to new, 4-story building

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government inaugurated a new four-storey building of the City Civil Registrar’s Office yesterday.

The P30-million facility located at the back of the City Health Department (CHD) in Barangay Carreta was funded by the supplemental budget of the City in 2010 yet.

Buzz: Magpale for governor in next elections?

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

CEBU Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale might run for governor in 2016. That’s what Toledo City Mayor John “Sonny” Osmeña is in effect accusing the vice governor of doing: making several trips all over the province to seek reelection in 2016, not for vice governor but for governor.

Ex-councilman, 18 others busted

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:41 p.m.

NINETEEN people were arrested in five police operations between Saturday and yesterday, with the authorities confiscating some P45,000 worth of shabu.

One of those arrested is former Panugnawan, Medellin councilman Buenaventura Diaz, 37.

Health dept. gears for registry

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:40 p.m.

TRAININGS have been organized for regional health personnel in charge of the regional registry system that will collate health statistics.

This is in line with the order of the Department of Health (DOH) for public and private health facilities nationwide to create a registry system for non-communicable diseases, injuries, and others.

Higher-ups review cops’ use of car

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:39 p.m.

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 is reviewing the recommendation of the Cebu City Police Office (CPPO) to charge three police officials with less grave neglect of duty.

Chief Insp. Noli Cernio, Senior Insp. Elisandro Quijano and Insp. William Alicaba were accused of using an impounded car during their stints as Theft and Robbery Section (TRS) chief.

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