Iloilo River eyed as anchor in city tours

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:00 p.m.

THE Department of Tourism in Western Visayas (DOT) is eyeing the Iloilo River as an anchor of all city tours in Iloilo City.

DOT Regional Director Helen Catalbas said the inclusion of the river in all city tours notched a sustained implementation from January 2013 to December 31, 2016 and beyond.

Tesda allocates P91.3-M for calamity rehab

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:57 p.m.

THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Western Visayas (Tesda) has allocated P91.3 million for emergency response, rehabilitation and recovery for 7,510 beneficiaries in 2014.

The amount will be spent for trainings of beneficiaries in several livelihood and entrepreneurial skills to help them recover and cope up from the destruction brought by calamities in the region.

Padaca focused on clearing self from graft charges

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 05:53 p.m.

COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Grace Padaca said it was not her intention to undermine the independence of the Sandiganbayan when she cited immunity from suit in her appeal to stop the proceedings of her graft and malversation cases.

“This is not a challenge as to the independence of any branch of government. But this is a fundamental issue, which appears to be unresolved and is still unclear. That is why we feel that the matter should be threshed out fully,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.

DOTC chief apologizes for warm temperature at NAIA-1

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 05:50 p.m.

DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya apologized on Wednesday to the public for the poor airconditioning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1), explaining that the warm temperature is an effect of the ongoing rehabilitation works at the airport.

Abaya appealed for patience and understanding.

Nearly 700,000 ship passengers leave ports for Holy Week

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 05:36 p.m.

CLOSE to 700,000 shipping passengers have already sailed for various parts of the archipelago as the Holy Week exodus continues on Wednesday.

Philippine Coast Guard Public Affairs Commander Armando Balilo said that the number of sea travelers has risen to 656,152 since the agency placed all units on heightened alert last week.

Lee, Olarte to face tax evasion probe at DOJ

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 04:55 p.m.

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) will hold on April 28 its first preliminary investigation hearing on the multi-million peso tax evasion charges recently filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against businessman Cedric Lee and doctor-lawyer Leo Olarte.

Handling prosecutor Allan Stewart Mariano earlier scheduled the hearing on April 11 but Lee's camp sought for postponement.

1 killed, 15 wounded in airport road crash

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 02:59 p.m.

A COLLISION between a Nissan Urvan and a public utility jeepney at an intersection of Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road in Barangay Efigenio Lizares, Talisay City Tuesday morning claimed the life of a passenger and injured 15 others, police said.

Village chief backs sealing off drug-affected Brgy. 2

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 02:59 p.m.

BARANGAY 2 village chief Richard Barber said on Tuesday he supports the plan of the Bacolod city police to seal off his barangay against the entry of illegal drugs.

Mambukal Resort fully-booked for Holy Week

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 02:58 p.m.

THE Capitol-run Mambukal Resort in Murcia town, one of the premier tourist destinations in Negros Occidental, is fully-booked for the Holy Week break.

Abang Lingkod, 8 villages partner for ‘Linis Estero’ drive

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 02:58 p.m.

THE Abang Lingkod, a partylist organization headed by its No. 1 nominee Stephen Paduano, and eight barangays in Bacolod City are joining hands for the implementation of the “Linis Estero” clean-up drive to help save major rivers and waterways in the city.

‘Stop construction of resort until permits are secured’

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 02:57 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Council committee on laws, ordinances and good government, chaired by Councilor Caesar Distrito, has recommended that businessman Rey Francis Cabuga of Mushroom Realty Development Corporation and his co-owners must comply with pertinent laws and secure all the necessary permits for the construction of their resort in Barangay Punta Taytay, Bacolod City.

Bacolod education summit set April 21

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 02:57 p.m.

TO REVIEW and strengthen the educational competitiveness of Bacolod City, the City Government in cooperation with the Bacolod Division of the Department of Education (DepEd), will hold a day-long Education Summit on April 21 at the Bacolod Pavillion Hotel.

Robber electrocuted

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 02:56 p.m.

A SUSPECTED “akyat-bahay” (house burglar) was killed when he was electrocuted in a house at Purok Riverside, Barangay Bata, Bacolod City Tuesday morning.

Highway Patrol guards helped task force

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 02:23 a.m.

TWO security guards in the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) who took note of the vehicles entering or leaving the compound helped the authorities build the case against suspected killers of lawyer Noel Archival.

One of the guards, in an affidavit, said that sometime in the first week of March, a gray Mitsubishi Strada was driven out of the compound in Lahug, Cebu City around 9 p.m.

Christians invited to observe solemnity in Lent

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 01:56 a.m.

ARCHBISHOP Antonio Ledesma SJ, head of the archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, is inviting Christian churches in the city to join the Roman Catholics in observing the solemnity of the Holy Week.

Ledesma said the Lenten season is not exclusive for the Roman Catholics but is open to other Christian denominations, as well.

Bangus ‘safe for consumption’ amid red tide

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 01:55 a.m.

BALINGASAG town mayor Alexis Quina has reiterated his assurance that the locally produced milkfish or bangaus is safe for human consumption contrary to rumors circulating in Northern Mindanao recently.

“The thing speaks for itself,” he said.

Groups urge to hasten Bangsamoro Basic Law draft

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 01:55 a.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Civil society organizations in Mindanao appealed to various interest groups and individuals to think twice about their threats to drag the upcoming Bangsamoro Basic Law before the Supreme Court.

“We humbly appeal that this should not be done for purposes of legal calisthenics and to merely prove an academic point; that would be a very scary adventure,” read a statement from the Mindanao Civil Society Organizations Platform for Peace (MCSOPP).

Damage in Oro fire pegged at P1.5M

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 01:54 a.m.

A FIRE razed down 15 houses inside Yaba compound in Corrales street in Cagayan de Oro City early Tuesday morning, April 15.

Roy (not his real name) was awakened by a loud explosion that echoed all over the compound. He saw a large smoke followed by an abrupt blaze minutes later. “Ga-syagita na ang mga tao so nibangon ko,” he said.

Security in Oro terminals tightened for Lent

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 01:53 a.m.

THE increasing numbers of passengers in the various terminals around the city has forced the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) to impose tighter security though conducting continued inspections on travelers and their belongings this Holy Week.

Police Senior Inspector Ivan Viñas, chief at Police Station 3 (PS3) in Agora, revealed that even in the past week, they have been providing 24-hour security at the bus terminal and inside the buses. Inspections are being conducted by policemen both in uniform and civilian clothing.

NBI links cops to Cebu lawyer's death

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

CEBU CITY - Five officials of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) Central Visayas now face criminal complaints for their alleged involvement in the ambush that killed lawyer Noel Archival and two of his staff members.

Dole job fair awaits grads on May 1

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:04 a.m.

EMPLOYMENT prospects are bright for new graduates this year.

The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) announced hundreds of job vacancies await those who come prepared for the agency’s annual Labor Day Jobs Fair on May 1.

Memorandum of agreement eyed to protect Mt. Pulag

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:03 a.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - Government agencies are moving to protect a sacred mountain.

The Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR) is drafting a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) outlining measures to protect Mount Pulag.

Hotels prepare for tourist influx

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:02 a.m.

MANOR Hotel at Camp John Hay launched on Sunday a week of activities to provide entertainment to residents and tourists alike this Holy Week.

Manor Hotel’s executive assistant to the general manager Wilma Memorial said the event was created as a one-stop vacation for guests. The event started with a Palm Sunday mass at the 19th Forest Lodge.

Village receives sewing machines from labor office

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:01 a.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) turned over sewing machines and materials to Barangay Dizon Manzanillo as part of its industrial sewing livelihood project.

With a total cost of 265,875.00, the machines are part of the Dole livelihood grant to the barangay women's organization.

Tesda offers scholarships, trainings

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:00 a.m.

THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is calling for applicants for training in Slaughtering Operations NC II under the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and for the 4th National Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) assessment and certification (NATCAC) of workers.

In a letter to Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Tesda Provincial Director Angela Gabriel called on interested individuals who have not availed of the TSWP from 2006 to 2013.

Guv: Pepeng victims’ relocation in LT’s hands

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:59 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Governor Nestor Fongwan said it is the responsibility of the government of this capital town to look for a relocation site for victims of typhoon Pepeng.

To this day, those rendered homeless by typhoon in 2009 are still without proper housing.

Ifugao offers college aid to indigents

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:58 p.m.

LAGAWE, Ifugao -- The Provincial Government is set to recruit more than 100 indigent college scholars for school year 2014-2015.

Juliet Taguiling, supervising administrative officer, said that the province has provided a total of 185 slots for the Tertiary Education Assistance Program (TEAP). The scholars should come from different barangays and special economic zones (SEZ) of the province.

Ifugao town strengthens solid waste body

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:58 p.m.

HUNGDUAN, Ifugao -- Mayor Hilario Bumangabang has issued Executive Order Number 1 series of 2014 reorganizing and strengthening the Municipal Solid Waste Management Board (MSWMB) to address the garbage problem in the municipality and achieve an ecologically-balanced environment.

Bumangabang said he made the directive to address the increasing amount of garbage, posing a threat to the general welfare and health of the people and the town's natural beauty.

Kalinga police forms anti-crime task force

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:57 p.m.

TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- The Kalinga Provincial Police Office (KPPO) recently organized the Oplan Kalinga Task Force for the joint operations of the Philippine National Police, Army and national support units against criminality in the province.

KPPO OIC Senior Superintendent Victor Wanchakan said “the Oplan sets the guidelines and procedures relative to the efficient and effective intensified anti-criminality campaign, and other operations in response to the increasing crimes perpetrated by lawless elements.”

Arraignment of rebel leader moved anew

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

THE arraignment of one of the most wanted New People's Army (NPA) member in Davao Region accused of abducting three Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) personnel in Barangay Tambobong, Baguio District Davao City in 2012 was rescheduled anew after one of the lead prosecutors in the case was absent during the hearing Tuesday.

Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16 Judge Emmanuel Carpio reset the arraignment for Roberto Castillote, alias Ka Bobby, on May 8 after Prosecutor Victoriano Bello Jr. went on-leave during the supposed arraignment Tuesday.

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