P8.8M released to upgrade SMEs tech application

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 09:40 p.m.

PALO, Leyte -- The National Government released this year some P8.8 million to upgrade the technology application of 25 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Eastern Visayas.

Civil Service to continue anti-red tape watch

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 09:39 p.m.

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) will continue to conduct Anti-Red Tape Act (Arta) Watch in Eastern Visayas.

CSC Regional Chief Personnel Specialist Eleonor Garcia said the commission, as one of the lead implementers of the Arta of 2007, has consistently taken bold step in making sure that the intent and objective of the law gets across the bureaucracy and the public.

Lawmaker warns public vs groups using his name

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 09:39 p.m.

LEYTE Provincial Board Majority Floorleader Carlo Loreto warns the public to be vigilant against groups using his name in committing criminal acts.

He made the appeal after some law enforcers from Baybay City were victimized by a group whose one member pretended to be Loreto and asked for a load from the law enforcers.

Lawmaker urges P10k bonus for teachers

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 04:13 p.m.

A LEGISLATOR representing teachers in Congress is calling on the Aquino government to extend the P10,000 extra year-end bonus to teachers employed by local governments and volunteer kindergarten teachers.

ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio made this appeal after President Benigno Aquino III recently announced that the national government will give employees a P10,000 Performance Enhancement Incentive (PEI) to be released on December 15. The amount is on top of the 13th month pay and cash gift of employees.

Cebu lawmaker dared to prove RH allegations

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 04:06 p.m.

HOUSE Deputy Speaker and Cebu Representative Pablo Garcia has "consistently failed" to prove his allegations that foreign lobbyists are behind the divisive reproductive health (RH) bill pending in Congress, one of his colleagues and fellow senior lawmaker said Monday.

"The allegation of a United States multi-million peso lobby fund for the enactment of the RH bill is an old yarn which is destitute of factual basis," House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman said in a press statement.

Aquino hits Supreme Court during justice summit

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 02:24 p.m.

MANILA (3rd updated 4:13 p.m.) – President Benigno Aquino III pulled all the stops on Monday and proceeded to criticize Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona in front of other justices and lawmakers during the first National Criminal Justice Summit.

Aquino lambasted Corona, an appointee of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, for apparently losing his impartiality regarding several decisions he made including those concerning Arroyo.

Pacquiao formally takes lieutenant colonel rank

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 12:18 p.m.

MANILA (Updated 12:15 p.m.) -- Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Representative Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao was officially elevated to the rank of lieutenant colonel Monday at the Philippine Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Pacquiao was given the donning of rank ceremony to "publicly recognize" his promotion to the next higher grade in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Reserve Force.

Court extends Arroyo’s stay at posh hospital

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:56 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was allowed to stay in an upscale private hospital until Friday while renovations are being made at the presidential suite of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) where she will be detained.

The Pasay City court hearing Arroyo’s poll sabotage case issued the decision on Monday.

P300M in infra projects in 4th district delayed

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:47 a.m.

MACABEBE -- The collapse of the Colgante Bridge, which links Apalit, Macabebe and Masantol towns, has delayed the implementation of more than P300 million in various infrastructure projects in the fourth district.

This was bared by fourth district Representative Anna York P. Bondoc-Sagum during a consultation meeting with officials of Department of Public Works and Highways-Central Luzon, municipal council, and barangay chairmen of Masantol and Macabebe over the weekend.

Ex-mayor: No black propaganda from us

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:46 a.m.

MABALACAT — Former Angeles City mayor Francis Nepomuceno denied allegations that his camp has been staging black propaganda questioning the legality of current Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan’s win during the 2010 elections.

“Manahimik ku pin [I am keeping silent],” Nepomuceno said in a chance interview here.

Sinukwan fest to highlight Kapampangan food, churches

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:45 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- More than the colorful street dancing competition, the upcoming Sinukwan Festival is set to highlight native Kapampangan food and the facades of historical churches in Pampanga.

Engr. Marni Castro, chairman of the Sinukwan Festival 2011 executive committee, said the “Pistang Pamangan Kapampangan” will open on December 9 while the exhibit on the facades of historical churches in Pampanga will open on December 10.

Mayor issues order to rid bars of minors

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:44 a.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan issued an executive order (EO), which is expected to prevent bar owners from hiring minors.

Pamintuan’s EO 35 stipulates that applicants are required to secure clearances from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) before they are issued health certificates by the City Government.

City employees to get ‘extras’ for Christmas

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:44 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Thousands of employees of the City Government here are bound to have a merry and bountiful holiday season as they get some “extras” on top of their Christmas bonus.

This was disclosed by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, who told Sun.Star Pampanga the regular bonus of City Hall employees is within the budget of the City Government and may be released by mid-month.

Mabalacat council sets budget approval on Dec. 14

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:42 a.m.

MABALACAT -- A municipal councilor here said the council slated the approval of the town’s 2012 budget, amounting to P527 million, on December 14.

Councilor Froilan Galang, Municipal Council Education and Labor Committee chair, said they hope to pass the budget ordinance before the council takes a holiday break.

Peace prize founder impressed with Duman Festival, Arti.Sta Rita

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:41 a.m.

STA. RITA -- Gusi Peace Prize organizer Barry Gusi was impressed by the Duman Festival and this town’s theater group Arti.Sta Rita that he has passed on a public invitation for the group for the possibility of performing in one of their events in Manila.

Gusi, who was guest during the 10th Duman Festival here Saturday night, said he was delighted with the group and publicly commended the theater group after their performance in front of the Sta. Rita Parish Church here.

Real estate firm joins greening bandwagon

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:34 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pioneer real estate sales and marketing firm CG Garcia has joined the bandwagon to protect the environment and help avert climate change and global warming.

Over the weekend, about 40 sales agents and brokers of the 52-year-old firm planted some 100 “Alibangbang” trees in an area in Barangay Malpitic, which is barren and strewn with cogon.

Treatu Ima at Arti to stage musicale on Apung Ceto

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:34 a.m.

STA. RITA -- The Teatru Ima at Arti will be staging a musicale in honor of the life and ministry of San Fernando Archbishop Paciano Aniceto (Apung Ceto) in January according to Andy Alviz, the group’s creative director.

Alviz made this announcement during the 10th Duman Festival here Saturday night.

Binay graces Ravenna Homes opening

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:33 a.m.

MABALACAT -- Aimed at providing better housing options to Kapampangans, the Major Homes Inc. (MHI) has formally launched its Ravenna Homes over the weekend.

The launching ceremony was graced by Vice President Jejomar Binay, also the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.

Power coop, bizmen oppose power hike

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:18 a.m.

CENTRAL Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) and businessmen in the province are opposing another rate increase pegged at P0.044 per kilowatt hour (kwh) being asked by power generator Kepco SPS Corporation (KSPC).

Ceneco president lawyer Arnel Lapore said such increase will be too much.

Mayor: DILG should resolve Escalante-police rift

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:17 a.m.

MURCIA Mayor Andrew Montelibano said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) should come in and settle the rift between the officials of Escalante City and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Montelibano said the Association of Chief of Executives (ACE)-Negros will have a meeting on December 8 and that is when the issue may be discussed by the group.

Council secretary files complaint vs vice mayor

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:15 a.m.

BACOLOD City Council secretary Nilo Alejandrino filed a complaint against Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson for barring him from going to his office after he was meted a 60-day preventive suspension without pay.

Alejandrino filed the complaint for oppression and abuse of authority before Police Station 4 recently.

Informal settlers now at new relocation site

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:12 a.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia, Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson and some members of the City Council braved the heavy rains Sunday in time for the official opening of the city’s relocation site at Vista Alegre.

Leonardia said this is an occasion very significant to them on top of the numerous projects being undertaken by his administration.

NPA weakens in Negros

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:10 a.m.

COLENEL Oscar Lactao, commander of the 303rd Brigade of the Philippine Army, said the New People's Army (NPA) in Negros has weakened with the reduction of about a platoon or 40 armed members in its forces.

From four platoons, there are now only three platoons of NPA left in the province, according to Lactao.

Dead security guard found in building's stockroom

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 09:57 a.m.

THE cadaver of a security guard believed to have been killed by suspected robbers was recovered inside the stockroom of La Purisima Building at the corner of Locsin-Cuadra Sts., Bacolod City, last Saturday.

The victim was identified as Marlou Jomoles, 42 of Barangay Mabini, Cadiz City.

Councilor: New relocation site a social justice program

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 09:56 a.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Caesar Distrito said Sunday that the readiness of the new relocation site to accommodate the urban poor shows the City Government under the leadership of Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia cares for them.

He said it shows the Leonardia administration’s utmost priority and concern to the looming housing problem in the city.

Official urged to conduct plebiscite

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 09:56 a.m.

RESIDENTS in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City petitioned Bacolod Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia and the City Council to pass a resolution for the conduct of a plebiscite and to appropriate funds thereof to give effect to City Ordinance No. 37, Series of 1987.

The ordinance has long been enacted during the administration of late Amado A. Parreno Jr. but not implemented after the new sets of officials took over the administration.

Awards welcome, but we need tax breaks: awardee

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 01:03 a.m.

CEBU CITY – Getting an award for being a diligent taxpayer is a good thing, but what Cacharel Sepra really needs is a tax break.

Cacharel received an award as the best taxpayer among the city’s vendors on behalf of her mother Corazon, who she said was too shy to attend the 2011 Taxpayers’ Night of Cebu City.

Cebu mayor recruits bets for 2013

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 12:57 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- Mayor Michael Rama told barangay officials of the city to aspire for higher positions and start preparing for the 2013 elections.

Rama, speaking at the 2nd General Assembly of the Barangay Councilors’ League of the Philippines (BCLP)-Cebu City Chapter Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel, said those who want to run for higher office in 2013 can submit their names to him.

City will spend less by using Agsungot rather than Consolacion facility: company

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 12:56 a.m.

DESPITE the appeal of the village chief, the developer of the proposed private sanitary landfill in Barangay Agsungot, Cebu City will push through with the implementation of the project.

Cebu Eco Ventures said they don’t see any reason for them to stop.

Designate firecracker use zones, DOH advises local governments

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 12:54 a.m.

TO PREVENT accidents, the Department of Health (DOH) 7 recommended that all local government units designate a place where firecrackers can be lit.

The DOH 7 formally launched their firecracker injury prevention campaign dubbed “Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction” or Apir—yes, the same thing Filipinos say when asking a friend for a high five.

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