Province kicks off 445th Founding party

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

THE Cebu Province today will start the month-long celebration of its 445th Founding Anniversary.

With the theme “Pag- tambayayong Lig-onon, Kalambuan Ipadayon,” today’s flag ceremony will be led by Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale. The mayors and vice mayors will also raise their respective flags.

Slain man's wife accuses cop as behind shooting

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

A SLAIN man’s wife alleges that the man riding a motorcycle who shot her husband in front of her is a police officer.

Leilani Vergara whose husband Godwin, 37, was shot dead in front of a bar in Tomas Saco–15th streets in Barangay Macasandig around 1 a.m. Thursday, July 31.

HR victims claims for Martial law compensation

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

AROUND 300 people holding on to their priority numbers waited for their names to be called during the visit of the Human Rights Violations Victims Claim Board (HRVVCB) on July 31.

The claims board came to accept the applications of those rights victims or relatives of victims during the martial law.

Red Cross needs more blood donors

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

WITH the looming scarcity of blood supply in the city, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) here has called on eligible donors in the region to contribute to prevent the impending blood shortage needed for transfusions.

Dr. Myra Yee, PRC-Mindanao blood blank manager, said there is a relatively increasing demand of blood banks in city.

DSWD 2015 budget seen to improve delivery of services

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

BUDGET for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) next year could further enhance its capability to meet its mandated thrusts addressing calamities after disasters but also in lowering poverty incidence in the country.

DSWD Assistant Secretary Javier Jimenez said that the budget of more than P100 billion, the social welfare would be able to address its logistical needs and minimize its dependence with the private sector in the delivery of its services.

Agri slows NorMin’s growth in 2013

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

NORTHERN Mindanao’s economy, which is agriculture-based contributed to the dipped in the slow growth last year and worsened by the deceleration in the industry and service sectors.

The data on the region’s economic growth as presented by the Philippine Statistics Authority-10 (PSA) showed a growth of 5.6 percent in 2013 owing to the decline in the industry and service sectors. The growth in 2012 was at 7.2 percent.

Study Ironman routes, adjust schedules, avoid road rage

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:59 p.m.

CEBU - The Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) advised motorists Thursday that it will redirect the vehicular traffic on Sunday for the Cobra Ironman 70.3 event.

According to an advisory, the entire stretch of S. Osmeña Blvd. to Legaspi Ext. all the way to the South Coastal Road tunnel in the South Road Properties to Talisay City will be closed from 5 a.m. to 12 noon.

2 kids ‘used for sex’

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:52 p.m.

CEBU - Two kids, aged 14 and 17 years old, were removed from the care of two men who allegedly used them for sexual intentions in separate incidents.

The 14-year-old girl was living with a 33-year-old man who passed her off as 18, the age of consent and no longer considered a minor. The 17-year-old boy, an orphan, accused his uncle of letting him use drugs and perform sexual acts.

Capitol, GK inspect ‘burglarized’ storage room

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

A GROUP from the Capitol yesterday inspected a room in the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) where relief goods were stored following a reported burglary.

Gawad Kalinga (GK) Cebu head Antonio Florendo pointed out to Capitol officials, Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino, a hole in the ceiling of the storage room.

DPWH vows to plant 8T mangroves

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:03 p.m.

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 has agreed to replace 79 trees that disappeared during an ongoing road rehabilitation project at the Sergio Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City last April.

Butane refillers threatened with closure

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:01 p.m.

THE Davao City Business Bureau warned business establishment owners, regardless of its capital, to stop selling butane canisters refilled with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or face revocation of business permit or closure of establishment.

Business Bureau officer-in-charge lawyer Lawrence D. Batinding said the city added teeth to its policy against refilled butane due to rampant unsafe practices on the use and sell of butane canisters as containers for household LPG.

Ex-Davao representative Nonoy Garcia dies

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:01 p.m.

FORMER Davao City representative Manuel "Nonoy" Garcia (2nd District) passed away Thursday morning, July 31, at Rufino Cardinal Santos Hospital in Mandaluyong City due to heart attack.

Davao leaders remember Garcia, 82, as one of Davao politicians who devoted his life to public service.

No major surgeries at CCMC

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:00 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government has identified four alternative hospitals for indigents who need major surgeries or have serious medical cases.

This, after the accreditation status of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) was downgraded by the Department of Health from a level 2 to a level 1 facility.

Suspected rebel charged with arson

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:00 p.m.

THE suspected New People's Army (NPA) member who was previously charged for multiple crimes is facing charges anew, this time for burning down a truck owned by a farming company in Calinan, Davao City on January 24.

Man charged with homicide

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:59 p.m.

A MAN is facing homicide charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after he was accused of killing the live-in partner of his cousin at Amparo Village in Lasang, Davao City on March 11.

Charged for homicide is Boyet Antoque who was accused of shooting down Chito Cañamo at his residence. Prosecutor Marte Melchor Velasco of the Davao City Prosecution Office found probable cause to charge Antoque based on the complaint of the victim's mother Iluminada.

Children’s Legal Bureau charges relatives of ‘trafficked’ minor

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:59 p.m.

TWO mothers from Lapu-Lapu City were charged before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor yesterday for allegedly trafficking their children to an Australian national.

The Children’s Legal Bureau (CLB) charged Cecile and Anna Marie (full names withheld) with violating Section 6(c) in relation to Section 4(a) of Republic Act (RA) 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons) as amended by RA 10364 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons).

Aboitiz project right on track

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:59 p.m.

ABOITIZPOWER assured its stakeholders and customers that the ongoing construction of the 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant of its subsidiary Therma South Incorporated (TSI) in Binugao-Toril, Davao City and Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur will be completed on schedule within the first half of 2015.

This despite 49 of its 61 foreign workers were arrested on July 24 after the Bureau of Immigration (BI)-Davao found out that some don't have proper working permits.

Voters urged to register early

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:58 p.m.

COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) in Davao Region urged the voters to register early and not wait for the deadline set in October next year.

Comelec-Davao estimated a total of 64,237 applicants transacted with the office since May 6, 2014; of them 22,697 were newly-registered in the region and 18,087 have been validated through biometrics.

PMA exams set August 3

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:58 p.m.

THE Philippine Military Academy (PMA) will hold its entrance examination on Sunday, August 3, in three testing centers in Eastern Mindanao.

Speaking at the AFP-PNP press conference at Royal Mandaya Hotel Wednesday, PMA officer-in-charge and entrance exam proctor Major Ronaldo Sarmiento, said the testing centers will be at Rizal Memorial Colleges in Davao City, Agusan National High School in Butuan City, and Camp Evangelista Patag of the 4th Infantry Division in Cagayan de Oro City.

Adopt-a-riverbank project launched

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

TO PRESERVE more watersheds in Davao city, the Watershed Management Council (WMC) is calling for the participation of stakeholders in its Adopt-a-Riverbank Project launched on Thursday.

The project, headed by Interface Development Interventions (Idis) in coordination with WMC, aims to gather stakeholders to plant trees along banks of streams and rivers.

Anti-smoking task force to intensify drive vs violators

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

THE Davao City Anti-Smoking Task Force will intensify its anti-smoking drive in public markets and cockpits after receiving reports that smoking violations are common among vendors and cockfighters.

Task force head Dr. Domilyn C. Villareiz said they will request the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) to deploy an officer in public markets to issue citation tickets to any violator of the anti-smoking ordinance in the next three months.

No coup d' etat plot in Mindanao

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

THE head of the Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) dismissed any destabilization plot against the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

Speaking for the area under his command, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz III of the EastMinCom said that the Aquino administration has been delivering what it promised for the modernization of the AFP.

Capitol: Poultry farms caused spread of flies

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:51 p.m.

YOLANDA Village in Bogo City will welcome 34 families on Saturday.

City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. invited Gov. Hilario Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale yesterday to grace the turn over of 34 houses on Aug. 2.

Buzz: Mayor Radaza wishes charges will go way

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:49 p.m.

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Paz Radaza still has to give a substantial answer to the charges filed against her: one, in the Girl Scouts case where PDAF money intended for the GSP Cebu Chapter landed in a personal bank account of a former congresswoman, and two, in the alleged fictitious loans made by a rural banks. She was the treasurer of the GSP Cebu chapter and head of the rural bank that shut down because of alleged bogus loans. The two cases involved millions of pesos.

1 hurt as glass falls from building in San Juan

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:40 p.m.

A PEDESTRIAN was hurt on Thursday and three vehicles were damaged when a piece of glass fell from the 32nd floor of a condominium building in San Juan City, a police official said.

Senior Inspector Virgilio Santiago of San Juan police said Alfredo Nanza was passing in front of the One Beverly Place Condominium in San Juan, near Greenhills shopping mall, when a glass window from the building's 32nd floor, the unit being occupied by the Alexandrite Realty Corporation, fell and struck him in the nape.

LTO set to issue standard vehicle plates

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:31 p.m.

THE distribution of standard plates to vehicle owners in Zamboanga City will start in August, said a top official of the Land Transportation Office.

LTO Regional Director Aminola Abaton said 5,000 to 10,000 standard vehicle plates will be distributed.

Environmental tour set

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:30 p.m.

A CONSORTIUM of environmentalists, peace advocates and church-based organizations are holding a six-day environment tour in the province of Zamboanga del Sur.

The activity, dubbed as Philippine Learning Tour, will be spearheaded by the People's Defense of Patrimony Against Destructive Large-Scale Mining, Environmental Plunder and Development Aggression (Protect)+ADs- Advocates for Peace (AdPeace)+ADs- and, church-based organizations.

PMA sets entrance exam

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:29 p.m.

THE Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the country's premier military school, is set to hold its annual entrance examination on Sunday, August 3, in the different parts of the country.

Army's 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Officer-in-Charge Captain Franco Suelto said there are three designated testing centers within the area of jurisdiction of the Army division.

Negros Oriental JOs not paid for 2 months

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 09:45 p.m.

SOME job order (JO) workers of the Provincial Government in Negros Oriental have aired their sentiments over delay in payment of their salaries for two months.

Sources, who requested anonymity for security reasons, said that since the renewal of their contracts last June 30, they did not receive their salaries for the month of July and August. They, though, continue their tasks as prescribed under their contracts, which will expire on December 31, 2014.

Guiao: We’ll push for Clark’s development

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 09:31 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Despite the absence of a clear-cut policy statement on the further development of Clark Freeport and the Clark International Airport during President Benigno Aquino III's recent State of the Nation Address, Representative Joseller Guiao said Thursday that he and other core stakeholders will still push for the development of the premier hubs.

Weeks before Aquino's Sona last Monday, the camp of Guiao wrote Malacañang asking if there would be at least a "mention of a clear policy statement" on the development of Clark.

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