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Duterte picks OP's Michael Pastores Ong as new appeals court justice

Philippines Star - Sun, 2022-10-09 10:42
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed an official of the Office of the President as the new Court of Appeals associate justice.
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Enabling access to advanced healthcare in rural Philippines through satellite technology

Cebu Sun.Star - Thu, 2022-07-07 08:00


The Pangutaran District Hospital, once just a primary healthcare facility, is now a 25-bed government hospital with field health accreditation.

FOR years, rural healthcare in the Philippines has been affected by a lack of connectivity. This has been exacerbated with the recent Covid-19 outbreak, further highlighting a need for greater investment in technology for rural healthcare facilities.

As technology has advanced rapidly worldwide, the way we live and communicate has fundamentally changed. Primary sectors such as healthcare, government and trade are increasingly reliant on connectivity. This global uptake has also highlighted inequities and gaps within the roll-out of technology, particularly in rural areas. In the Philippines, where 52 percent of the population live in rural areas, access to sufficient internet continues to leave behind people in the “last mile.”

Consider Pangutaran, a remote island with a population of approximately 30,000. Access to the island involves a five-hour boat ride to the mainland, which is approximately 60 km away. The island is too remote for fiber broadband access, which means that a reliable and fast connection through fiber is off the cards for its residents. If we look at healthcare, the local district hospital has been severely impacted by a lack of reliable internet connectivity. Despite undergoing a major infrastructure upgrade to accommodate a growing population, the technological resources still lagged far behind, unable to accommodate the health needs of the community.



Transpacific Broadband Group, Inc. is a local internet service provider partnered with Singapore-based satellite operator Kacific.

That’s where satellite connectivity comes in. Using satellite technology, Kacific has been able to provide an alternative to fiber that is reliable, fast and cost-effective for rural, remote areas. The first Ka-band HTS satellite, Kacific1, was launched in 2019 as a geostationary satellite. Kacific’s Ka-band technology and spectrum has been reshaping satellite technology in recent years, since it delivers higher-throughput bandwidth using smaller antenna sizes, meaning higher upload and download speeds compare to C-band and Ku-band. Powered by Ka-band technology, Kacific’s broadband service was implemented in the Pangutaran District Hospital putting an end to the community’s connectivity struggles.

Kacific, through their local internet service provider, Transpacific Broadband Group Inc. (TBGI), can offer internet speeds of up to 40mbps for residential and 120mbps for enterprise customers. Unlike dial-up or Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL), the internet connection remains fast and stable once the service has been installed. Thanks to technological advances put in place by Kacific, the impact of inclement weather on the signal strength is less significant, allowing consistent speed and stable communication even during a typical rainy season in the Philippines. Finally, Kacific’s satellite service is value for money, and easy to set up. With a small satellite dish, deployment becomes faster and cheaper for both businesses and local customers in rural areas.



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For hospitals like Pangutaran District Hospital, this new-found internet connectivity is a game-changer. Doctors and nurses now can utilize digital tools to offer higher standard of care. Better connectivity means everyone in the hospital is able to reliably send radiology studies to a centre in Davao for analysis, as well as make Zoom calls across the country and even all the way to Singapore. It also enables doctors to gain rapid access to information that can aid in the diagnosis process, developing treatment plans, or offering telemedicine.

Internet connectivity has a ripple effect. As care providers can offer a more interconnected, higher standard of service to their patients, now the people of Pangutaran also have more options and better services available right in their hands when it comes to healthcare. This change, in turn, contributes to the overall quality of life, as people have more power to take better control of their health.



High-speed, easy-to-install and cost-effective satellite solutions like VSAT powered by Kacific give remote areas better opportunities to thrive through the help of stable internet connectivity.

Satellite technology has given rural communities a better alternative to traditional connection services and has filled the gap where no or very limited internet coverage is currently available. Empowered by reliable broadband internet through Kacific1 satellite, rural hospitals can foster high level healthcare with improved quality of care, timeliness and efficiency. For local people, this is a new dawn, giving them hope and peace of mind.

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CCPO welcomes appointment of Sinas to city advisory board

Cebu Sun.Star - 55 min 12 sec ago
THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has welcomed the appointment of former Police Regional Ofice 7 director and retired Philippine National Police Chief Debold Sinas as the new adviser of the city's peace and order council.

Mayor Michael Rama introduced Sinas during the flag-raising ceremony at the Cebu City Hall on Monday, July 4, 2022, regarding the latter's appointment.

Some netizens, however, expressed apprehension through the social media that Rama's appointment of Sinas might bring back killings in the city.

The CCPO, however, embraced Sinas’ appointment as they knew already the quality of a leader in Sinas especially in maintaining peace and order and in pursuing of criminals.

Lieutenant Colonel Maria Theresa Macatangay, information officer of CCPO, said the presence of their former leader will greatly help in police operations especially in enforcing order in the city.

"I believe his presence in the Cebu City Hall will provide a very good backdrop and foundation to whatever police initiatives that may be done in order to improve peace and order here in Cebu City," Macatangay said.

In June 2018, Sinas became the police chief of Central Visayas for more than a year and during his stint he initiated the one-day Simultaneous Anti-Criminality and Law Enforcement Operation (Sacleo) involving all police units across the region where many drug personalities and criminals were arrested, while others got killed for allegedly resisting arrest.

Macatangay explained that only those criminals and those involved in the illegal movement would be afraid of Sinas because he is known to be efficient in law enforcement.

"So if you are law abiding citizen, you respect the law, you respect the authorities, I don't think there's a need for you to fear anyone at all and more so our dear General Debold M. Sinas." Macatangay added.

It can be recalled that when Sinas retired from service in March 2021, he became the undersecretary to the Executive Secretary of former President Rodrigo Duterte.

Macatangay admitted that Sinas is still active in giving ideas to the city's police force, especially on the campaign against illegal drugs and criminality.

Among the controversial operation carried out by Sinas was "Oplan Sauron," in which several most wanted persons and alleged members of the New Peoples Army in Negros Oriental died after allegedly resisting the police.

The former police general will serve as an adviser to the city's peace and order council and will head the civilian "Task Force Kasaligan' to enforce Covid-19 protocols and assist the police in fighting crimes in the city. (With TPT)

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Government eyes full F2F classes implementation in November

Cebu Sun.Star - 1 hour 51 min ago
PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. announced Tuesday, July 5, 2022, that the government is targeting to fully implement face-to-face classes nationwide in November this year.

In a Malacañang press briefing Tuesday afternoon, Marcos said Vice President Sara Duterte, who also heads the Department of Education (DepEd), has proposed the full implementation of the in-person learning during their first Cabinet meeting held Tuesday morning, July 5.

“We talked about Sara’s announcement that we have a plan for full face-to-face by November this year,” Marcos said.

He added that by September, the government will start the “phased schooling.”

“So by early November, 100 percent attendance na ang mga bata,” he added.

He said he told the DepEd and other agencies to implement the plans quickly, but he assured that the government has been carefully considering all its moves.

“I told them let's get this done quickly. We are careful but we are always in a hurry,” the President said.

The DepEd said in May 2022 that around 73.28 percent of the total number of public schools in the country has already been deemed qualified for the face-to-face classes.

As of May 26, DepEd said 34,238 schools have been nominated for the face-to-face classes. Of this number, more than 33,000 are public schools while 1,174 are private schools. (LMY)
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Balamban cityhood, legalizing church annulment among PJ's 10 priority bills

Cebu Sun.Star - 2 hours 21 min ago
DEPUTY speaker and Cebu Rep. Pablo John "PJ" Garcia (Cebu, Third) has submitted 10 house bills (HB) during the first week of the 19th Congress, including a proposed measure seeking to convert the midwestern Cebu town of Balamban as a component city.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Garcia also submitted HB 1019 which aims for provinces to get a fair share in the proceeds of real property taxes imposed by components cities.

He also submitted HB 1020, which seeks to transfer the power to declare a state of calamity in a local government unit to the local chief executive.

He also filed HB 1021, which seeks to legalize church annulment or dissolution of certain marriages.

Other bills that Garcia filed are HB 1022 or the Government Mobile Applications Act; HB 1023 or the Cooperative Banking Act; HB 1024 or the Smart Cities and Municipalities Act; HB 1025 or the Healthy Living Act; HB 1026 or the Tourism Rebound Act; and HB 1027 or the Protecting the Practice of Law Act.

Garcia said his proposed bills are part of his legislative agenda to support Visayan development, strengthen local governance, boost educational, health and economic systems; and improve access, quality and administration of justice. (JKV, PR)

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Seawall now protects Guiuan residents from storm surges

Cebu Sun.Star - 2 hours 28 min ago
THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed a seawall that will protect residents affected by super typhoon Yolanda in Barangay Pagnamitan, Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

The 252-meter structure will protect the residents from storm surges and flash floods, which brought great destruction and mass deaths in the country in 2013.

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck the Visayas on November 8, 2013, killing at least 6,190 people and damaging or destroying over 1.14 million homes nationwide. Storm surges caused most of the deaths.

In a statement Monday, July 4, 2022, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the seawall cost P29.64 million and now "safeguards around 237 families, government buildings and nature reserves or protected areas."

“This project has allowed residents to sleep peacefully at night, especially in the occurrence of heavy rains, knowing that the seawall will serve as a barrier from big waves that can take away lives and destroy properties such as houses, buildings, and other local facilities situated in the barangay,” said DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan.

Guiuan is vulnerable to storm surges as it is bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the Surigao Strait, and on the west by the Leyte Gulf.

The DPWH also announced that the bridge component of the project, the Pagnamitan Bridge, will begin construction this year.

This would improve access along the Guiuan-Sulangan Peninsula Road and widen the waterways to reduce flooding in the area.
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Lapu-Lapu mayor supports barangay, SK polls postponement

Cebu Sun.Star - 3 hours 12 sec ago
LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard "Ahong" Chan said Tuesday, July 5, that he supports the call to suspend the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) that is scheduled to happen on December 5, 2022.

In a news forum Tuesday, Chan said having two elections in one year will be too expensive for the government since the country is still suffering from the effects of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

"We cannot afford to do (two) elections in one year. That is very expensive, especially right now, we are facing the pandemic... Grabe ang kwarta nga nang gawas," said Chan.

Ferdinand Gujilde, regional election attorney of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Central Visayas, said that only an act of Congress can suspend the BSKE.

Gujilde added that the Comelec is only doing its mandate since there is a law that specified the schedule of the BSKE.

The BSKE can be rescheduled by Congress, unlike the national and local elections, which have fixed dates as stated in the Constitution.

"Ang amo gyud mindset is madayon siya but if Congress would later say that it would reset, then we have no other choice but to abide," said Guijilde. (IRT)

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Lapu-Lapu mayor pushes for separate province for Mactan

Cebu Sun.Star - 3 hours 4 min ago
CEBU Island may be divided into two separate provinces should Lapu-Lapu Mayor Junard "Ahong" Chan's plan to establish the Province of Mactan will push through.

Chan said during a news forum Tuesday, July 5, 2022, that this was the dream of the late Secretary Adelino “Addy” Sitoy, who also served as mayor of Cordova.

According to Chan, this move will be beneficial for the development of the two local government units.

"Dako kaayo na siya og ika tabang, nga para siguro ma picture out nako ang Lapu-Lapu, if they will become a Province of Mactan, siguro that will be the next little Singapore," said Chan.

Chan added that he will ask his wife, Lapu-Lapu City lone district representative Cindi Chan, to lobby for this measure in Congress.

The composition of the proposed province will also make Olanggo Island into a separate municipality and elevate Cordova town into a component city of the new province, he said. (IRT)
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Barangay and SK polls: 168 join first day of voter registration in Talisay

Cebu Sun.Star - 3 hours 11 min ago
A TOTAL of 168 individuals have registered on the first day of registration for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Talisay City, Cebu.

Lawyer Charisse Faith Sojor, election officer of Comelec Talisay, said she is expecting a turnout of 500 registrants every day until the registration period ends on July 23.

The registration for Barangay and SK elections is held at the satellite Comelec office on the second floor of Starmall in Barangay Lawaan.

Sojor said they chose Starmall as their registration venue since it has enough space to accommodate more registrants than their office at the Talisay City Hall. (BBT, TPT)

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Senior citizen shot dead in Barili

Cebu Sun.Star - 4 hours 39 min ago
A 74-YEAR-OLD woman was shot dead by his neighbor inside her house in Sitio Malingin, Barangay Gunting, Barili, Cebu on Tuesday morning, July 5, 2022.

Staff Sergeant Erwin Alviso, investigating officer of Barili Police Station, identified the victim as Melchora Aligato Bayadog, of Sitio Malingin, Barangay Gunting.

The suspect was Joel Saplaag, a construction worker and resident of the same village.

Alviso told SunStar Cebu that the incident was reported to police around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday by Crisiolo Superales, a barangay police officer.

Police investigation revealed that the victim and the suspect had verbal altercation on July 1 after Bayadog planted a Napier grass near the suspect’s house.

Bayadog’s husband Crescencio, 72, said that around 4:50 a.m. of July 5, he was about to prepare for breakfast when he saw the suspect at the back of their house. The suspect then pulled off the window’s curtain and fired at Bayadog.

The victim was hit in the back. She was brought to Barili District Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Saplaag fled the area after shooting Bayadog.

Barili police have launched a pursuit operation against the suspect. (GDC)

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Albert Alocillo to handle coaching duties for UST in PBA D-League

Cebu Sun.Star - 4 hours 44 min ago
The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers will have veteran Cebuano coach Albert Alocillo as the team’s head coach in the upcoming 2022 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup.

Competing under the banner of Builders Warehouse, the proud Growling Tigers are looking to build their skills up in time for Season 85 of the UAAP later this year. After a dismal Season 84 that saw them miss the Final Four, the Cebuano coach will be calling the shots as the team tries to march back up the UAAP ladder.

Alocillo brings with him plenty of credibility and coaching chops. He previously acted as head coach for the University of Southern Philippines Panthers and Don Bosco in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) before moving on to join the coaching staff of UST.

“I’m feeling blessed and excited. I can feel the hand of God lifting me up to this position. I never thought about this. I am just sincere in serving the team whatever is the result after every tournament,” said Alocillo.

“It’s every coach’s dream to be in this prestigious kind of league. I feel honored, pressured, and at the same time, excited for this wonderful challenge. It’s a big responsibility, but me and the coaching staff and the boys are just joyful to showcase what we have,” Alocillo added.

Veteran forward Sherwin Concepcion and up-and-coming Cebuano guard Nic will spearhead UST’s D-League campaign Cabañero.

While Alocillo takes over for UST, the team’s previous head coach Jinino Manansala will call the shots for Adalem Construction-St. Clare in the D-League.
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Ex-Batangas vice governor nabbed for VAWC, illegal arms raps

Philippines Times - 6 hours 7 min ago

MANILA - The Philippine National Police-Anti Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) arrested a former vice governor of the province of Batangas on charges of violence against women and children (VAWC) and illegal possession of firearms.

In a statement on Monday evening, ACG officer-in-charge, Brig. Gen.

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3 'scammers' posing as PNP OIC Danao nabbed

Philippines Times - 6 hours 37 min ago

MANILA - Three persons are now facing cybercrime charges for posing as Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge (OIC) Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., on social media in an attempt to defraud individuals.

In a statement Monday night, Brig. Gen. Bowenn Joey Masauding, PNP-Anti Cybercrime

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Embraer to fast-track delivery of 'Super Tucano' spare parts: PAF

Philippines Times - 6 hours 40 min ago

MANILA - The parts and components needed for the repairs of the damaged Embraer A-29B "Super Tucano" attack aircraft are now being manufactured and will be shipped to the country to expedite its repair, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) said on Tuesday.

"They are being manufactured as we speak,

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Blackwater rookie Ato Ular named PBA Player of the Week

Cebu Sun.Star - 6 hours 55 min ago
Blackwater Bossing’s rookie big man Ato Ular has been a huge reason why the team is surging in the ongoing PBA Season 47 Philippine Cup. And for that, he has been named as the league’s Player of the Week for the period of June 29 to July 2.

After going through a miserable stretch over the past few seasons, Blackwater has turned things around and is in third place in the standings with a 4-1 card, trailing only powerhouse teams San Miguel Beer (6-1) and Barangay Ginebra (5-1).

And while the team had a bevy of heroes to thank for the impressive showing, Ular has risen to the occasion and made the biggest difference for the franchise so far. The hardworking Ular, a second-round draftee from Letran, made heads turn in his first five games, highlighted by a huge double-double in a dramatic 90-89 win over contender Meralco.

The notable performance earned the 6-foot-4 forward from Tarlac the Cignal Play-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week.

Ranged against the veteran frontline of Raymond Almazan and Cliff Hodge, Ular did not back down and finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds – both conference highs – while shooting 7-of-13 from the field.

Ular also delivered in the crunch for the Bossing, hitting the game-tying basket in the last 48 seconds, before setting a solid screen for teammate Baser Amer, who drained the game-winner to beat his former team.

The Blackwater player thus became the first rookie to win Player of the Week citation this season, and the first freshman to achieve the feat since Northport’s Jamie Malonzo did this in the last Governors’ Cup.

The 13th pick in the last draft, Ular is also the first Bossing to be hailed as POTW since Ray Parks earned the honor in the first week of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup as he makes an early case for the Rookie of the Year plum.

“Lagi kong pinagha-handaan kapag may game. Sobrang aga ko lagi sa court, nagsho-shooting at nag gi-gym. Pinagha-handaan ko lagi. Kung pinagha-handaan man ako, mas pinagha-handaan ko sila,” said the determined neophyte.
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Man killed, girlfriend wounded due to jealousy

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 14 min ago
A 40-YEAR-OLD man was stabbed dead, while his girlfriend was wounded in an attack believed to have stemmed from a love triangle.

The incident took place in East Binabag, Barangay Tayud, Consolacion town, northern Cebu around 10:50 p.m. on Monday, July 4, 2022.

Staff Sergeant Ruel Aquino, investigating officer of Consolacion Police Station said that victims Ranilo Goc-ong, of Barangay Santa Cruz, Liloan and his girlfriend Christel Mae Silaya Bacus, 26, of Barangay Tayud, Consolacion were heading towards Liloan town on board a motorcycle when they were flagged down and stabbed several times by Bacus' live-in partner Norwel Cabaña.

The suspect immediately fled after the incident.

The victims were brought to the Eversley Child Sanitarium Hospital in Mandaue City, but Goc-ong was pronounced dead on arrival by attending physician.

Goc-ong succumbed to several stab wounds in the body, while Bacus sustained stab wounds in her right abdomen.

Aquino cited jealousy as the motive behind the incident.

Consolacion police are now conducting a hot pursuit operation against the 38-year-old suspect, who hails from Barangay Tungkay, Toledo City, midwest Cebu but currently residing in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City. (GDC, TPT)
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New DILG chief welcome to join drug raids: PNP

Philippines Times - 7 hours 38 min ago

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomed the gesture of support of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin "Benhur" Abalos Jr. to its anti-drug campaign following his pronouncement to join anti-narcotics operations.

"Actions like these are certa

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Delivery of Israeli-made missile launchers seen before year-end

Philippines Times - 7 hours 47 min ago

MANILA - The Philippine Air Force on Tuesday (PAF) announced that the first two of three SPYDER air defense missile systems will be delivered by the last quarter of this year.

"The SPYDER Philippines Air Defense System is very much on time, delivery will be earlier than scheduled (January 202

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PAF eager to work with new admin for modernization efforts

Philippines Times - 7 hours 54 min ago

MANILA - The Philippine Air Force (PAF) will coordinate and work with the new administration to ensure that the service's modernization will continue without fail.

"We will continue to work, and help the new leadership make the pronouncement a reality, our Technical Working Group is working r

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ITCZ to bring rains over some parts of PH

Philippines Times - 8 hours 24 min ago

MANILA - The intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) will bring rains over some parts of the country, the weather bureau said Tuesday.

Aldczar Aurelio of PAGASA said a low pressure area (LPA), embedded along the ITCZ, has developed inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. It was last track

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