Diplomat assures continuous support to Iloilo agriculture

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 08:01 p.m.

KOREAN Ambassador Lee Hye Min has assured his country’s continuous support to the agriculture sector of Iloilo with the inauguration and turnover of some P150-million rice processing complex (RPC) project in Barangay Amamaros, Pototan, Iloilo, on Friday.

Construction of the modern integrated rice processing complex through the Korean International Cooperation Agency (Koica) was started in December 2010. It was completed a year after, to house modern machines and technology in improving rice production efficiency, storage, drying and processing system.

Magellan landing in Homohon island re-enacted

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 05:38 p.m.

THE Homonhon Island in Guiuan, Eastern Samar celebrated Friday the 491st anniversary of the Magellan landing in the island, which led to the discovery of the Philippines.

Friday’s celebration was highlighted by a commemorative mass and a re-enactment of the historic landing at sitio Cantilado in Barangay Pagbabangan.

Army in full alert vs possible rebel attacks

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 05:37 p.m.

THE 8th Infantry Division (ID) of the Philippine Army hoisted its security level into full alert status following the recent attacks of the New People’s Army (NPA) against government troops.

This is also in anticipation of the series of atrocities that will be staged by the rebels before they celebrate their 43rd anniversary.

Community removal of crown-of-thorns starfish launched

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 05:36 p.m.

THE Provincial Government of Southern Leyte launched Friday the community removal of crown-of-thorns starfishes that have been damaging corals in diving sites of the province.

The activity aims to encourage villagers to take part in the removal of poisonous starfish that damaged coral reefs in many towns of the province.

Councilor: Check how prepared city is for kindergarten policy

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 05:26 p.m.

TACLOBAN City Councilor Jerry Uy recently raised a motion to the chair of the City Council’s committee on education as to how prepared the city is with regard to the full implementation of kindergarten this coming school year.

Although Uy expressed his gratitude to the new law allowing children at five years old undergo kindergarten as a mandatory stage in basic education in the next school year, he expressed apprehension as regards the preparedness of the city schools division of the Department of Education (DepEd).

Comelec okays 5th district special polls

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 09:24 a.m.

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in an en banc session Thursday night approved the holding of special elections in the fifth district of Negros Occidental to address the vacancy after the death of Representative Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo.

A source from the Comelec confirmed that the election body set the special election in the fifth district on June 9.

Electric firm asks candidates to file COC early

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 09:23 a.m.

THE screening committee of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) urged candidates for Board of Directors in the three districts of the electric cooperative to file their Certificates of Candidacy (COC) early.

Cheryl Tortal, public information officer of Ceneco, said only reelectionist Zenaida Lacson of District III has filed her COC with the screening committee.

LGUs urged to install CCTV cameras

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 09:23 a.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued a memorandum encouraging local authorities to avail themselves of the closed circuit television technology or CCTV in support of peace and order initiatives and of public safety objectives.

The Memorandum Circular No. 2012-38 dated February 22, 2012 signed by DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo was addressed to all local government officials.

No date yet on Barangay Lipat-on special polls

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 09:22 a.m.

NEGROS Occidental Commission on Elections (Comelec) Supervisor Jessie Suarez said there is no date yet for the special elections for Barangay Lipat-on in Calatrava town.

Suarez issued the statement amid reports from a local official that the special election was set on April 14.

Police: Rally vs oil price hike peaceful

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 09:22 a.m.

THE protest rally staged by transport groups in Bacolod City against oil price hike is generally peaceful, a police official said Thursday.

Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Director Ricardo De la Paz said uniformed and plainclothes personnel of BCPO were deployed in different areas of Bacolod to secure the peace and order during the protest rally by cause-oriented groups who wanted to air their opposition against oil price hikes.

2nd witness identifies slay suspect of councilor

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 09:21 a.m.

THE suspect in the killing of Ilog Councilor Antonio Gequillana Jr. was positively identified Thursday by a second witness during the hearing of the case at the Regional Trial Court Branch 53 in Bacolod City.

Police Superintendent Santiago Rapiz, Task Force Gequillana head, said the prosecution presented their second witness, a tricycle driver whose name is being withheld, who positively identified the suspect Ryan Gatoc.

Bus falls in Cebu, hurts 29

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 01:20 a.m.

CEBU CITY (Updated) -- Twenty-nine passengers were injured, nine of them badly, in a bus accident in Barangay Mainit, City of Naga Thursday morning, after it tried to overtake three dump trucks.

A 10-wheeler truck on the other lane hit the bus, causing it to swerve and fall into a gutter.

Protecting life in the fast lane: review of bus drivers’ pay urged

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 01:10 a.m.

SOMETIMES, competition can be a risky business.

“When you take it too seriously, it will certainly affect your work,” said 42-year-old bus driver Roosev elt Sohot.

NSCB poll shows Filipinos’ happiness comes from family and religion, not sex

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:45 a.m.

MOST Filipinos find happiness in family, religion and health.

This was the result of a survey conducted by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) to determine the sources of happiness of average Filipinos.

‘Statistics can guide local governance’

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:42 a.m.

STATISTICS can take local government units a long way, in terms of proper governance and environmental management.

This was pointed out by National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) Secretary General Romulo Virola, who presented socio-economic statistics that form part of the country’s revised or rebased national accounts, in Cebu City yesterday.

Groups oppose oil price hikes

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:40 a.m.

MEMBERS of various militant groups, drivers and operators of public utility vehicles yesterday staged a demonstration in Cebu City to denounce recent oil price hikes. 

Protesters carrying placards and banners marched from the Fuente Osmeña to the Department of Energy (DOE) 7 office on Osmeña Blvd.

Couple killed in ambush

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:39 a.m.

A COUPLE was gunned down by motorcycle-riding men in Villa Magallanes in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City last Wednesday night.

Revenge is being eyed by the police as a possible motive in the ambush-slay of Petronelo Wagas, 37, and his live-in partner Esie Villegas, 40. They suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

‘Dislike’ video of American draws mixed reactions

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:38 a.m.

“IF YOU plan to stay in the Philippines for a long time, be prepared to be pissed off.”

This is what Jimmy Sieczka, an American who has been living in Cebu City for the last three years, said in his 25-minute video, which has been circulating in social networking sites.

Council seeks advice on P133M

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:37 a.m.

THE Cebu City Council wants the Commission on Audit (COA) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to issue an opinion regarding the payment of P133 million by the City Government to the heirs of Rev. Fr. Vicente Rallos for using the family’s property for road-right-of-way.

This was the decision made by Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) councilors, who compose majority of the City Council, during their meeting Wednesday night, said Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young.

Groups throw support behind lawyer facing criminal complaint

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:35 a.m.

CAUSE-ORIENTED groups have joined forces and signified their support to lawyer Gloria Estenzo-Ramos, following the charge filed by Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia against her.

In a press conference yesterday, the groups, which included environmentalists, anti-mining advocates and fisherfolk supporters, described their move as “defending environment defenders.”

BOPK ‘to retain control’ of powerful committees

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:34 a.m.

THE Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) will hold on to the powerful and important committees in the Cebu City Council, Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young declared yesterday.

Young said the four members of the minority—City Councilors Edgardo Labella, Jose Daluz III, Eduardo Rama, and Ronald Cuenco—will either be transferred and head other committees or will not hold any committee chairmanships at all.

Margot sees need for more house parents

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:33 a.m.

CEBU City Councilor Margot Osmeña sees the need for additional house parents and social workers for Operation Second Chance, a facility for children in conflict with the law (CICL).

The councilor, who is a member of the facility’s management board, pointed out that the number of house parents and social workers in Operation Second Chance is not enough to handle some 170 children in the center.

CG turns over P900T worth of assorted seized items

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:32 a.m.

ABOUT P900,000 worth of assorted firearms and explosives were turned over by the Philippine Coast Guard-Cebu to the police’s Firearms, Explosives, Security Agencies and Guards Supervisory Section (Fesagss) yesterday.

The assorted items were confiscated by the Coast Guard in the previous year. These included two high-powered guns with magazines, 13 pieces of caliber .38 revolvers amounting to at least P160,000, and firecrackers amounting to P48,000.

Barangay Lahug to have its own commercial center in July

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:31 a.m.

A SATELLITE market will be built soon in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City as negotiations between the Provincial Government and the barangay officials are underway, with the help of Mayor Michael Rama.

The commercial center, which is a five-story building that will accommodate at least 150 vendors, is expected to be finished by July this year.

3 Dabawenyas are Datu Bago 2012 awardees

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:18 a.m.

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao City Government in its 75th Araw ng Dabaw celebration conferred the Datu Bago award to an entrepreneur and two educators for their outstanding service that has contributed to the growth and development of the city.

The three awardees were cited for having served as a model of excellence and an inspiration to the Dabawenyos and for demonstrating exemplary competence and dedication to help achieve city's development.

Mayor told to reinstate 3 employees

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 11:56 p.m.

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) Central Office has ordered Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano to reinstate the three City Hall employees he earlier reassigned and dismissed to their original post.

In the order, the CSC said Ricardo Valerio, Dennis Naive and Melchor Luna are not duty-bound to report to their new assignment order, which is outside of their original ranks and position.

Retired police lost P86,000 to robbers

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 11:55 p.m.

A RETIRED police officer lost at least P86,000 cash to robbers on Tuesday dawn in Sitio Kiamo, Barangay Dayawan, Villanueva town in Misamis Oriental.

Police Chief Inspector Surki Sereñas, chief of Villanueva Police Station, identified the victim as retired Senior Police Officer 4 (SPO4) Edgardo Pedrosa, 58, of Barangay 57, Cabalawan, Tacloban City.

Protest caravan vs oil price hike in Oro peaceful

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 11:54 p.m.

THE protest staged by transport groups in Cagayan de Oro on Thursday may have fell short of expectation as only around 50 individuals participated, based on police estimates.

Police Senior Inspector Ariel Philip Pontillas, station commander of Police Station 1 in Divisoria, said the protest was deemed peaceful, which was participated by only at least 50 persons belonging to the Solidarity of Transport Alliance in Region X-Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytors Nationwide (Starex-Piston), Kilusang Mayo Uno and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan).

Bidding for traffic light system to start next month

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 11:50 p.m.

THE City Government is set to start in April the bidding for the modern traffic light system in the city.

Mayor Vicente Emano said the modern traffic light system comes with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

Bukidnon, Cebu seal sisterhood pact

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 11:49 p.m.

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon – A ‘sisterhood agreement’ was officially signed here last week that aimed to strengthen the ties of the provinces of Bukidnon and Cebu.

The signing was held in celebration of the Bukidnon province’s 95th Founding Anniversary.

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