Friday, August 26, 2011 - 01:29 a.m.
CEBU CITY (Updated) -- A six-seater Cessna plane with three persons on board dove in the waters off a beach resort in Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City at 10:46 a.m. Thursday.
Three hours later, a pump boat carrying Koreans on their way to dive capsized near the islet of Nalusuan in the adjacent town of Cordova.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 01:28 a.m.
THE Infrastracture Development Committee (IDC) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) yesterday discovered that classrooms built by the private sector are much cheaper than those built by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
In their meeting at the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) yesterday and presided by IDC Chairman Emmanuel Rabacal, the DPWH and the Department of Education (DedEd) were made to explain the costs of schoolbuilding projects in the region and why they still failed to address the lack of classrooms.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 01:09 a.m.
WORK at Monterrazas de Cebu, an upscale subdivision development in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu, has been suspended for almost a month, costing Genvi Development Corp., its developer, millions in the process.
Genvi Development, however, begged off to quantify the amount.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 01:08 a.m.
EIGHT “tipsters” received P24,000 from the Cebu Provincial Government as reward for providing information that led to the arrest of suspected human traffickers.
They were recipients of the Capitol’s Witness Protection and Tipster Program.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 01:07 a.m.
STATE auditors ordered Naga City consultants, job-order and Department of Education (DepEd) personnel to refund the P2.6 million productivity enhancement incentives they received in 2010 as they are not entitled to any.
This was merely one of the “deficiencies” that the Commission on Audit (COA) saw when its staff examined the financial status and properties of the City of Naga.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 01:06 a.m.
THE Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 7 added more economic indicators to the factors it will consider when deliberating on the petitions for across-the-board increase on Aug. 31.
The wage board decided to move the deliberation of the wage increase petitions to the end of this month and discussed yesterday instead the ground rules for discussions on the matter.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 01:05 a.m.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants the Commission on Audit (COA) to set “black and white” guidelines on the giving of financial assistance to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the conduct of national and barangay polls.
The mayor said City Hall has been giving financial help to the Comelec for some time, to defray election expenses.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:49 a.m.
MANILA -- The government weather bureau hoisted Thursday evening storm signal number 3 in some parts of Luzon as Typhoon Mina (international codename: Nanmadol) maintained its strength as it moves westward.
Weather forecasters said Mina might graze some parts of Northern Luzon, particularly the provinces of Isabela, Cagayan and Northern Aurora, which are now under storm signal number 3.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:47 a.m.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama is not keen on attending the public forum set today for the two flyovers to be implemented in the City, but the Council will be represented.
Rama questioned the purpose of his attendance. “I already made a statement. What will it (attending) serve? So that they will put it there that Mayor Rama attended and then they will still proceed?”
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:42 a.m.
CEBU City Vice Mayor Joy Young yesterday called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to improve the present education system before implementing the K to 12 Basic Education Program.
In a forum yesterday, Young said he supports universal kindergarten, but the additional two years in high school should “be put off until we are ready.”
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:40 a.m.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama said his predecessor and the Cebu City Council are fond of criticizing his administration but urged them to do so with documents rather than words.
As to the criticism on the budget prepared, Rama told his detractors to let former Cebu City treasurer Ofelia Oliva answer the allegations.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:39 a.m.
THE Barili Municipal Council passed a resolution urging the Provincial Board and the Ombudsman to conduct separate investigations on the vehicular incident in Barangay Balao that killed 10 people and left more than 50 injured.
Vice Mayor Marlon Garcia said a letter was sent to them by a former Barili councilor who authored the Barili Traffic Code.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:38 a.m.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama described his five-day travel to China as nice, exciting and fruitful.
Rama visited cities in Fujian Province such as Wuhan and Quanzhou where he was impressed by the “profoundness” of its science and technology.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:37 a.m.
DEAD twin fetuses were found floating on the river in Barangay Pulang Bato, Cebu City last Wednesday afternoon.
A male and a female fetuses, about seven months old, were seen by a passer-by, Amparo Legaspi, floating in the river.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:36 a.m.
THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 yesterday said about 10 fixers who victimized public utility vehicle operators of nearly P1 million are now in hiding because warrants of arrest will soon be issued against them.
In a press conference, LTFRB 7 Director Ahmed Cuizon said it’s now time the public must stop patronizing fixers and instead transact directly with the LTFRB.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:35 a.m.
THE anti-graft body has dropped the graft charges a taxi operator filed against two officials of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) over the issuance of taxi franchise applications.
The alleged misdeeds committed by Romulo Bernardes, former LTFRB 7 director, and Jose Douglas Sanson, the agency’s Transporation Development Office chief, were too trivial, said Graft Investigator Sarah Jo Vergara.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:34 a.m.
AN environment protection advocacy network is calling on manufacturers to identify the chemical content of all products to help parents identify items that contain harmful levels of toxic substances.
“There is no place that is 100 percent safe,” said Dr. Visitacion Antonio, a Manila-based pediatrician and toxicologist.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:31 a.m.
A MANDAUE City Hall worker has been suspended for a month without pay after he was found guilty of misconduct for failure to liquidate on time his cash advances of P180,000.
The Office of the Ombudsman said Jim Balansag, bookkeeper I detailed in the Realty Tax Division of the Mandaue City Treasurer’s Office, violated the provisions of government auditing laws and the state auditor’s memorandum circular.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:21 a.m.
MANILA -- National carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has sent termination notices to about 2,600 workers as it starts outsourcing jobs such as catering and passenger handling amid losses, a company official said.
The government-backed outsourcing program, however, will be challenged today, August 26, before the Court of Appeals by the ground workers union PAL Employees Association (Palea).
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:09 a.m.
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is eyeing three more tax evasion cases this year following the filing charges against a power utility firm before the Department of Justice.
BIR-Cordillera Administrative Region Director Eduardo Bajador did not disclose the identities of the tax evaders pending verification about the businesses and transactions of these persons.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:08 a.m.
STAKEHOLDERS in the local tourism industry converged at the Baguio Country Club to formulate ways to empower the sector.
Baguio Conventions and Visitors Bureau chairman Anthony de Leon led the two-day summit.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:07 a.m.
MAYOR Mauricio Domogan thanked President Benigno Aquino III for promising to help revive Baguio City’s tourism industry.
The President, in a short speech at Burnham Park last August 19, said he released more than P500 million for the rehabilitation of Kennon and Naguilian Roads and Marcos Highway.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:06 a.m.
MAYOR Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday afternoon opened the ‘102th Baguio Day Anniversary’ week-long celebration with a native prayer.
In the prayer, the local chief executive asked for the blessings that Baguio shall remain with its unique natural endowments as world-class tourist destination.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:06 a.m.
PHILIPPINE Army recruits, mostly from the Cordillera Region, are undergoing Candidate Soldier Course conducted by the 5th Infantry Division in Camp Melchor F. dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela.
Brigadier General Mario Mendoza, who was the keynote speaker during the opening program last August 2, told the 123 new candidate soldiers that they were chosen from among thousands of aspirants during the pre-qualifying phase of the recruitment process.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:05 a.m.
AMBUKLAO hydroelectric power plant, owned and operated by SN Aboitiz Power, is set to operate at full capacity by October.
SN Aboitiz Power vice president for communications Mike Hosillos said by October all three units of the Ambuklao facility will start feeding power to the Luzon grid.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:05 a.m.
ITOGON, Benguet - Coffee wine, a unique wine pioneered by entrepreneurs from Tublay, is gaining popularity and expected to become one of the favorite products in the Cordillera region.
Vice Mayor Noel Ngolob said even without any promotions, the coffee wine gained adherents from local wine drinkers.
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:04 a.m.
DAGUPAN CITY — Some 600 private schools in Ilocos Region are against a proposed law in Congress setting aside the "no permit, no exam" policy adopted by various educational institutions throughout the country.
Dr. McArthur Samson, president of the Association of Private Schools Colleges and Universities (APSCU) Ilocos Region, met with heads of private schools in the region recently in Sison, Pangasinan, where they signed a resolution vehemently opposing the measure.
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 11:38 p.m.
THE hearing on Maguindanao massacre case ended early Thursday due to lack of prosecution witnesses and after a police report that served as evidence was not photocopied.
Defense lawyers informed Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes that they have yet to photocopy the three-inch thick police report earlier presented by the prosecution.
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 11:38 p.m.
MALACAÑANG on Thursday said the deadline for submission of nominations for the officers-in-charge (OIC) for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) is only until Friday, August 26.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda urged those who are interested for the positions to submit their respective applications and nominations for the available positions in the region.
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 11:37 p.m.
THE National Police Commission (Napolcom) on Thursday struggled to explain to senators how it came up with specifications for Light Police Operational Helicopters (LPOH) that the police bought in 2009.
Senator Panfilo Lacson, at the hearing on the alleged anomalous purchase of second-hand choppers by the Philippine National Police (PNP), said Napolcom based its specification on wrong data.