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Grand Land to pour P6b into VisMin plans

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 12 min ago

THE real estate arm of the Gaisano Grand group pledged to invest at least P6 billion for housing projects and tourism establishments over the next three years in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Tina Pestaño, vice president for sales and marketing in Grand Land Inc., said part of the company’s expansion will be the launch of two condotels in the town of Oslob and in Mactan Island, as well as a mass housing project in the town of Minglanilla.

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From senior high to BPO? ‘Leap’ to prepare learners

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 12 min ago

TO ENSURE a continued supply of BPO workers in the next two years, the Cebu IT-BPM Organization (CIB.O) is working with the Cebu City Government, academe and IT-BPO players to roll out training software for call centers among public senior high schools.

In an interview, CIB.O Managing Director Wilfredo “Jun” Sa-a Jr. said they are targeting senior high school students as the new workers for the BPO industry, as they are already supposed to be employable after finishing the new, two-year senior high program.

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Dalaguete’s vegetable farmers to get P18M loan

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 12 min ago

VEGETABLE farmers in the town of Dalaguete will receive P18 million in loan support from the Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol gave this assurance during his visit to Cebu last Friday, when he met with agriculture stakeholders in the province and consulted stakeholders in the mango industry, followed by a quick visit to the modern waste processing facility in the City of Naga and a trip to Dalaguete.

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Extension until Sept. 30 only for banks, BSP clarifies

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 12 min ago

WE TAKE exception to the article “Last-ditch effort for NDS holders” in the Business Section of SunStar Cebu published on Aug. 17, 2017, which stated in the second paragraph, “Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Cebu Director Leonides Sumbi said banks can accept NDS notes until Sept. 30.”

This should have been stated as “…banks can exchange New Design Series (NDS) notes with BSP until Sept. 30.”

Relative to this, we reiterate that:

Acceptance of the old (NDS) banknotes from the public for exchange with the New Generation Currency was only until June 30, 2017.

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Employers question 20% cap, changes in work terms

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 12 min ago

THE Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) has expressed concerns again over certain provisions in 25 pending House of Representatives bills on the issues of contractualization and workers’ security of tenure.

The ECOP Technical Working Committee met last Aug. 17 to further firm up the association’s position over “questionable or objectionable prescriptions” in some of these House bills pending deliberation before the House committee on labor and employment.

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Report or drop P4T, brys. told

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 44 min ago

THE Cebu City Office on Substance Abuse and Prevention (Cosap) is giving 37 barangays until Wednesday to submit their weekly peace and order reports for August, or risk the cancellation of their tanods’ P4,000 monthly cash allowance from City Hall.

Cosap Executive Head Garry Lao said that as of Aug. 20, 43 out of 80 villages in the city have already submitted their reports.

“We’re now consolidating the reports. Although there are still quite a few that have yet to pass (their reports), everything’s running smooth so far,” he said.

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‘Firm should submit papers’

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 44 min ago

CEBU City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella has echoed the opinion of the City Legal Office that the City Government cannot pay a private engineering and architectural firm P33.3 million for its services in the construction of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), unless it can produce the necessary documents.

In an interview last week, the vice mayor said that unless Espina, Perez-Espina & Associates can produce the notice of award signed by the city mayor and the resolution on the procurement of services from the Bids and Awards Committee, the City has no basis to pay the firm.

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Palma condemns killing of boy, 17, in illegal drug bust

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 44 min ago

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma condemns the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos.
The 68-year-old prelate also hopes that justice will be served for the senior high school student, who was killed in an anti-illegal drug operation in Caloocan City last week.

Delos Santos reportedly pleaded with the policemen before he was killed.

Palma said that while he continues to support the national government’s war against illegal drugs, he criticizes some of the procedures chosen by law enforcers, which he considers already “out of bounds.”

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Police arrest 2 men for sexual assault

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 44 min ago

TWO men were arrested in separate incidents for alleged sexual assaults in Consolacion and the City of Naga, Cebu.

At 4:30 a.m. yesterday, Warlito Lapiz, 32, was arrested for allegedly molesting a 37-year-old woman in Barangay Jaguimit, Naga City.

Lapiz, a resident of Barangay Patag in Naga, allegedly barged inside the victim’s house and touched her private parts.

The victim shouted for help. Her neighbors then reported the incident to the village watchmen, who later caught the suspect.

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‘Cybersex operator’ falls

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 44 min ago

CHRISTY Mae Arriesgado cried after learning that she cannot post bail, saying she has a one-year-old daughter to take care of.

“I want to get out of here,” she said.

The 20-year-old high school dropout was arrested in an entrapment by authorities for allegedly operating a cybersex den in a run-down wooden house of her father’s aunt in Sitio Salvage, Barangay Looc, Lapu-Lapu City last Friday morning.

Two 14-year-old girls were rescued and turned over to the city’s social welfare office.

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Councilor wants retirement pay for brgy. officials

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 44 min ago

AN ORDINANCE that seeks to provide retirement gratuity pay to elected barangay officials in Cebu City is being pushed at the City Council.

Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia said he filed the proposed measure because under the Local Government Code, retirement is not part of the barangay officials’ enumerated benefits.

He said that providing retirement benefits, allowances and other emoluments to village officials is not prohibited.

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Firm improves brgy. road in Toledo City

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 44 min ago

THE 5,843 residents of Barangay Don Juan Climaco Sr. (formerly Barangay Magdugo) in Toledo City now enjoy a concrete road that spans 260 meters in Sitio Panog that was once sludgy and accident-prone.

The P3.3-million project was completed in two months and was turned over to the barangay last July 26 after the blessing.

The improvement of the barangay road will benefit the residents, especially the students and local farmers of Barangay Don Juan Climaco Sr. and neighboring Barangays of Cambang-ug, Media Once, General Climaco, Canlumampao, Puting Bato and Bagakay.

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Group marks 105th feast of St. Candida

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 44 min ago

HAMONIOUS and angelic voices filled the archdiocesan Shrine of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus last Aug. 9, when the faithful celebrated the solemn mass for St. Candida’s 105th feast day. An unveiling of the image followed.

For the first time in the Philippines, St. Candida Maria de Jesus’ image has been finally enshrined. Since her canonization in October 2010, there has been no image of her in the country.

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Medical center opens new ward

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 44 min ago

THE Mendero Medical Center in Barangay Pitogo, Consolacion, Cebu launched its Mitsumi-Generali ward last Aug. 4.

Dr. Samuel Mendero III, Mendero Medical Center director, said that the Mitsumi-Generali ward was made through the partnership between Mendero, Mitsumi, and Generali Philippines.

“We are committed to bringing the highest level of healthcare. With every new addition to our hospital, we’re building up a one-stop shop that delivers all the health care needs for the people of northern Cebu,” said Dr. Mendero.

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Road accident hurts 7 people in Borbon

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 44 min ago

SEVEN persons were injured in a two-vehicle collision in Sitio Magdolinog, Barangay Poblacion, Borbon at 8 p.m. last Saturday.

Those who were hurt were Leian Montegrande, 17; Rosa Tejano, 55; Lovejoie Tejano, 19; Angel Blanquero, 19; Gerald Abajar, 17; Cedric Haroy, 5; and Eddie Tejano.

Montegrande was driving her motorcycle when she hit the tricycle driven by Eddie on the opposite lane.

Montegrande had no passengers. Investigation showed that Montegrande failed to notice the tricycle as it had no headlights.

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Elderly woman finds dead fetus under a bridge

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 44 min ago

A DEAD fetus was found under the Kinalumsan Bridge on N. Bacalso Ave., Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City last Saturday morning.

The fetus, which was around six to seven months old, was found by a 60-year-old woman who lives in the area at 10 a.m.

The resident noticed a yellow plastic bag on the side of the river while weaving coconut leaves. She looked inside and saw the dead fetus.

She then called the police and asked for assistance.

Personnel of the Mambaling Police Station responded to her call and brought the fetus to a funeral home. (JOB)

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CCPO holds training for barangay tanods

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 44 min ago

A TRAINING about basic procedure in arresting drug personalities and rescuing minors will be conducted by Cebu City’s Police Station 6 for the tanods of Barangay Sawang Calero.

Chief Insp. Keith Andaya of the San Nicolas Police Station said that police and tanods will start the implementation of national laws and city ordinances like curfews in the barangays next week.

Andaya said the Commission on Human Rights 7 and the Department of Social Welfare and Development 7 are helping them conduct the workshops and trainings for the tanods. (JOB)

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Weekend shooting kills 1 man, injures another

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 44 min ago

A 20-YEAR-OLD man died while his companion was wounded in a shooting incident in Barangay Yati, Liloan at 11:30 p.m. last Saturday.

Police identified the fatality as Royet Membreve.

His friend Nico Cabahug Apas, a suspected drug pusher, landed in the hospital after he got hit in the right elbow.

Four small packs of suspected shabu were recovered from his possession.

Suspect Francis Xavier Bontol, 19, fled after the incident. Supt.

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Mass comm students unite against fake news

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 54 min ago

NOW that nearly everyone has access to social media, there is no doubt that mass communication is in peril, largely because of the proliferation of fake news. Every day, we see how people distort the truth and pass it off online as “news.”
As a new decade unfolds for the Cebu Alliance of Mass Communication Students (CAMS), the new set of officers hope to accomplish a lot in making 2017 a year of fun learning and service to the public by defying fake news.

Episodes of exhibition 

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Pinoy words and expressions

Cebu Sun.Star - 7 hours 54 min ago

Our native tongue speaks a lot about us as a nation. Communication through a language we call our own strengthens the bond between fellow Filipinos. It’s just sad that many of us continue to look down on the Filipino language (yes, you could enumerate former classmates and current students who abhor or find difficulty in tackling their Filipino subjects in school).

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