Group protests planned tuition hike

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 11:46 p.m.

PROTESTS against tuition increase continue this time by Anakbayan from University of Mindanao (UM) last February 21.

“Aside from tuition, the school is intending to raise laboratory fees despite complaints that there are some fees being paid but not used by most students like the internet laboratory and Dynamic Education fee,” Jaymac Canceran, spokesperson of Anakbayan UM chapter, said in a statement.

Vice mayor: Slay suspect shouldn’t be released

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 11:45 p.m.

DAVAO City Vice Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte challenged anyone who wants the suspect in the killing of a nurse freed on claims that he is a minor to file for a writ of habeas corpus instead because no way will he allow the suspect’s release.

He said it is better for the suspect, Carlo Maduyag Millado, to stay behind bar.

Impeachment court to deliberate on inviting Justice

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 10:24 p.m.

MANILA – Senator-judges will deliberate Monday on whether to invite a Supreme Court (SC) associate justice to testify on deliberations in the grant of an injunction on a government travel restriction on Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Prosecutors see testimony from SC Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as a "nail in the coffin" for impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Health department hires nurses, midwives

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 10:02 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) is hiring 511 nurses and 180 midwives under the department's Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service (RN-HEALS), a top health official announced.

DOH Regional Director Dr. Aristides Tan said the nurses and midwives will be hired next month for deployment in different parts of Zamboanga Peninsula.

Social Welfare department: 4Ps has no registration fee

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 10:01 p.m.

DEPARTMENT of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Teodulo Romo has warned the public against groups using the government's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps to exact money from people.

Romo issued the warning after his office has received report that a group claiming to be a non-government organization (NGO) is collecting P40 to P50 purportedly for membership recruitment fee for 4Ps.

Palace: Government doing its best to cushion oil price hikes impact

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:42 p.m.

MALACAÑANG said Sunday that the Aquino administration has been trying to do its best to cushion the impact of the rising oil prices.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the government has been providing assistance to the sectors, which are greatly affected by the oil price hikes.

Oca to run for guv only if…

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:11 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said he will run for the gubernatorial post in Pampanga in 2013 for some conditions.

“Taya ku nung taya kayu (I will only put my bet on it if you do),” Rodriguez said in response to his supporters’ clamor for him to run for governor.

Group studies eco-tourism park for development

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:10 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – A group of professionals pursuing Masters in Public Management at the Ateneo De Manila University School of Government is studying on site the Nabuclod Eco-Tourism Adventure Park in Floridablanca, Pampanga for further development.

The Ateneo Gandhi Group (Local Planning and Development) led by the National Telecommunications Commission regional director Azor Sitchon, paid Governor Lilia Pineda a courtesy call at Capitol on Friday afternoon to share the team’s plans.

Village leaders oppose ordinance regulating clearance fees

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:10 p.m.

ANGELES CITY – Some barangay officials here are opposing a proposed ordinance that regulates the imposition of barangay clearance fees by barangay councils.

Balibago Chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac described the ordinance as ultra vires or beyond the powers of the City Council as it will amend Section 152 (C) of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code.

Bizman welcomes progress in Clark airport

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:09 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT – Businessman Rene Romero said the progress at the Clark International Airport is a welcome development, including launch of budget flights by some low-cost carriers and the acquisition of a P1-billion loan to fund the expansion of the existing passenger terminal.

“We are not against it (acquisition of loan). They should get outside source of funds,” Romero said.

Officials inaugurate community bridge

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:08 p.m.

PORAC — Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda led the inauguration of the Barangay Señora community bridge here that was constructed through the initiative of Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz.

Dela Cruz said the bridge will greatly help in the facilitation of efficient travel for community and commercial vehicles coming in from Angeles City and eastern barangays of the town. The bridge has been recently destroyed by flood waters here.

Councilor denies seeking chairmanship

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:06 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Willie Rivera has denied reports that he will run for barangay chairman in the entertainment district of Balibago here.

Rivera, a third-termer councilor, also reacted to reports that he is politicking with his several controversial ordinances on the tricycle operations regulation, the regulation of the imposition of barangay fees by barangay councils, and others.

Cordillera army faction scored

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 08:30 p.m.

THE Regional Legislative Coordinating Committee (RLECC) is currently investigating a faction of the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) allegedly setting up illegal structures inside the Baguio Dairy Farm.

In a report to RLECC chairman and Police Regional Office Cordillera Chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalong last February 23, a splinter group of the CPLA led by former Bucloc, Abra mayor Mailed Molina is allegedly occupying two parcels of land inside the government property, which is also a subject of a legal battle between a government agency and an indigenous people’s clan.

John Hay firm denies hand in missing documents

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 08:28 p.m.

JOHN Hay Management Corporation President Jamie Agbayani denied allegations of a whitewash of evidence for the loss of documents supporting complaints filed against her.

JHMC Melody Brawner retorted to allegations of a whitewash, saying, “In fact, as early as January 21, 2012, or a day after the alleged Ombudsman complaint was released to the media, Agbayani ordered JHMC’s Finance Manager Miriam Mosuella to check the completeness of said documents detailed in the complaint.”

Baguio’s top cop readies for promotion

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 08:26 p.m.

MAYOR Mauricio Domogan told reporters Monday that he is aware of Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Chief David Lacdan’s upcoming promotion.

Domogan lauded Lacdan’s good performance that made him eligible for rank promotion and a new assignment in the Philippine National Police.

Bishop Cenzon’s concert for a cause on March 9

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 08:25 p.m.

BISHOP Carlito Cenzon, the Singing Priests of the Diocese of Baguio and Benguet and the Knights of Columbus Council No. 15221, Holy Family Parish Council, Bakakeng will hold a retro and variety concert for a cause on March 9 at the Baguio Convention Center.

The concert will also feature the Singing Judges of Baguio and Benguet, with the special participation of Cordillera’s best artists and from the media: Ingrid Payaket, Dhodie De Guzman, Lourdes Gomeyac, and Art Tibaldo, among others.

Benguet university focuses on theater arts

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 08:25 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Benguet State University is focusing on theatre arts.

Last week, thespians gathered for the 6th Tanghal Festival backed by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Luzon Arts and Culture Network Inc., Datu Lubay Center Inc., Dap-Ayan Ti Kultura iti Kordilyera, UP-Tanghalang Bayan ng Kabataan sa Baguio and Tanghalang SLU.

Council calls for ‘Monro 8’ legislative inquiry

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 08:24 p.m.

ALLEGATIONS on the growing incidence of sexually trafficked women in Baguio caught the attention of City Council’s lady legislators as they called for the conduct of a legislative inquiry on the matter.

In a proposed resolution introduced by Councilor Perlita L. Chan-Rondez, and co-authored by Councilors Betty Lourdes Tabanda, Philian Louise Weygan-Allan, and Karminn Dinney Yangot, several concerned personalities in Baguio City have been invited to attend the next regular session of the City Council and shed light on the alleged growing incidence of sexually trafficked women.

SSS offers another loan amnesty to members

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 08:23 p.m.

BANGUED, Abra -- The Social Security System (SSS) is offering another round of a loan amnesty to its members effective April 2.

Benedicta Garcia, branch manager of SSS-Bangued Branch, said the next round of loan amnesty program is intended for the SSS members whose loans have been paid but were not remitted by their employers. In this case, a 100 percent penalty is waived.

Palace assures security during Arroyo visit to Iggy's wake

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 06:41 p.m.

MALACAÑANG respects the Pasay City Regional Trial Court’s (RTC) decision to allow Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to attend the wake of her brother-in-law, late Negros Occidental Representaive Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, in an interview over a state-run radio station, also assured that necessary security will be provided to the lawmaker, who has been under hospital arrest for an electoral sabotage case.

Aquino signs Kindergarten Education Law

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 05:40 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a bill requiring five-year-old children to take up Kindergarten in preparation for entry to Grade 1, Malacañang said on Sunday.

The Chief Executive has inked Republic Act 10157 or the Kindergarten Education Law on January 20 and formal announcement of its passage will be held on Monday in a ceremony in Malacañang Palace.

Drilon bill converts state hospitals into state firms

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 05:07 p.m.

A BILL converting 26 national hospitals into government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) has been filed at the Senate in a bid to let them generate revenues to subsidize medical care for the poor.

Under the bill authored by Senator Franklin Drilon, the boards of trustees of the hospitals will be allowed to enter into contracts, invest in equipment and property, and borrow money on their own.

Illegal recruiters ‘sending’ OFWs to Syria amid, repatriation

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 02:30 p.m.

AMID the ongoing repatriation efforts of the Philippine government, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) continue to be deployed illegally in war-torn Syria.   Recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani bared this, as he called on the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) to step up in addressing the problem.  

Summer classes offered for out-of-school children, youth

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 01:53 p.m.

THE Department of Education (DepEd) has invited out-of-school children and youth to attend summer classes where lessons are delivered in an alternative mode using learning-friendly teaching strategies.   Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the alternative delivery mode (ADM) summer program aims to provide more inclusive approaches and wider strategies to address concerns on access and quality of education in elementary and secondary levels in the country today.

PAL workers to rally at Senate Monday

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 12:57 p.m.

MEMBERS of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (Palea) will troop to the Senate Monday noon to call on senators to allow testimony on Philippine Airlines (PAL) platinum privilege cards.

In a press statement, the group said its "members will distribute makeshift platinum cards to passers-by in allusion to the privilege extended by PAL to Chief Justice Renato Corona."

Court hears Arroyo appeal for 3-day 'vacation'

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 11:58 a.m.

A PASAY City court is set to hear Monday a modified request by the camp of Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to visit the wake of her brother-in-law, the late Negros Occidental Representative Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo.

The hearing scheduled at 8 a.m. will tackle Arroyo’s amended appeal seeking the court to allow her to stay in her residence at La Vista subdivision in Quezon City, where the wake will be held, from March 1 to 3.

PB campaigns for metro body

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 12:49 a.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Board (PB) requested all towns and component cities to support the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB), as it prepares for a Mega Cebu plan.

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, in a press conference Thursday afternoon, commended PB Member Thadeo Ouano for his resolution, which the PB recently passed on mass motion.

Cebu City honors families that contributed to its development, growth

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 12:49 a.m.

ALL clans honored by Cebu City, except the Abellanosas, sent representatives to accept their awards during the 75th Charter Day celebration last Friday night.

City Councilor Rodrigo Abellanosa declined Mayor Michael Rama’s invitation to represent the Abellanosa clan and accept the recognition.

Cordova eyeing 2 recla projects?

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 12:48 a.m.

THE Municipal Government of Cordova had plans for two reclamation projects.

The Philippine Earth Justice Center Inc. (PEJC) made the discovery by chance.

Wagas to oppose re-canvassing

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 12:48 a.m.

FORMER mayor Richie Wagas will oppose the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc’s order to canvass again tomorrow the election returns (ERs) of the May 10, 2010 polls in Compostela, Cebu.

These are presumed to be fake and should be authenticated first, said the former mayor.

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