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PBBM sugar import plan to protect consumers, farmers: Concepcion

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 20:08
MANILA - Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion supports the plan of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to import up to 150,000 metric tons (MT) of sugar only if the supply is depleted by October.Concepcion also backed the President's decision to block the 300,000 MT suga
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Police killed in ambush in Bayawan City

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 20:07
A POLICE officer was killed in an ambush by still unidentified suspect past 4:50 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2022 in Sitio Ipil-ipil, Barangay San Roque, Bayawan City in Negros Oriental.

The victim was identified as Police Corporal Rey Ambo, of the 705th Mobile Company Regional Mobile Force Battalion Central Visayas.

The Bayawan City police received a call from a concerned citizen regarding the shooting incident in the area.

Bayawan City Police led by Police Chief Master Sergeant Archer Birjes immediately responded to the area where they saw the victim's body lying next to his motorcycle. (AYB)

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1K narra trees planted at Northern Negros Natural Park

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 20:05
BACOLOD CITY - Stakeholders from various sectors have planted 1,000 narra trees at the Gawahon EcoPark in Victorias City, Negros Occidental as part of the events marking the 17th year of the Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP)."We would like to thank our partners for making
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1K narra trees planted at Northern Negros Natural Park

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 20:05
BACOLOD CITY - Stakeholders from various sectors have planted 1,000 narra trees at the Gawahon EcoPark in Victorias City, Negros Occidental as one of the events marking the 17th year of the Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP)."We would like to thank our partners for making t
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Only 20% of target population gets 1st Covid booster dose in CV

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:57
CENTRAL Visayas is still far from hitting its vaccination target of 50 percent of the people eligible for booster shots against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) within the first 100 days of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s administration.

As of August 11, 2022, only 20.02 percent or 695,971 individuals 18-59 years old had received the first booster dose, data from the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH 7) showed.

Central Visayas has 3,476,662 targets for the first booster shot. These are people considered fully vaccinated against Covid-19, which means that they had received the primary series.

Cebu Province had the lowest vaccination rate among the four provinces and three highly urbanized cities (HUCs) in the region, at 15.03 percent or 183,956 individuals vaccinated.

The province, however, has the highest target number of eligible individuals to receive the first booster shot, at 1,223,612.

Siquijor had the highest vaccination rate at 32.79 percent or 16,382 individuals vaccinated.

It, however, had an eligible population of only 49,956 aged 18-59 for the first booster dose.

As for senior citizens, Central Visayas has vaccinated 23.14 percent or 94,057 of the 406,420 targeted for the first booster dose.
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Rainwater impounding facilities mulled to prevent Cebu floods

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:56
THE Cebu City Government is eyeing to construct rainwater impounding facilities as a possible solution to the city’s flooding problem during heavy rains.

Councilor Jerry Guardo, chairman of the committee on infrastructure, told SunStar Cebu on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, that research is now being conducted to determine feasible areas for the proposed project.

The water that will be stored in the facility can be sold to the Metropolitan Water District (MCWD) for processing to make it potable, he said.

“We are also aggressively conducting research studies for the possible construction of the impounding facility. Ang tubig gikan sa bukid, maka-identify ta og lot nga didto sila i-impound,” said Guardo. (We can identify a lot where the water from the mountains will be impounded.)

Aside from MCWD, the city government is also opening its doors to private partners willing to build the water impounding facility.

Guardo also said the city government is now enforcing the ordinance that requires those who apply for a building permit to include rainwater tanks in their structures.

The councilor explained that this can reduce the volume of water that will go directly to the drainage system during downpours.

“The water stored in the rainwater tanks can be recycled to be used in watering the plants or for washing vehicles,” Guardo said in Cebuano.

Guardo added that the size and number of water tanks that should be installed are calculated based on the area of the structure.

The installation of rainwater tanks was made mandatory through an ordinance passed in 2006, but this was not fully implemented due to a lack of personnel in the Office of the Building Official to monitor its enforcement.

City Ordinance 2103 requires proponents of residential, commercial, and industrial building projects with project cost exceeding P250,000 to construct rainwater tanks or cisterns on their properties.
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Bulakenyos urged to relearn province's cultural history

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:49

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan - Governor Daniel Fernando called on residents to look back on the province's rich cultural history as they celebrated the 444th Bulacan Foundation Day on Monday.

During the simple celebration held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium here, Fernando asked his constituents

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Espina: Transformations

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:48
We all undergo some transformations in life. I have been having (?) interactions with some whose lives metamorphosed successfully.

The Filipinos are indeed “pliant like bamboos.” So versatile, that they can blend easily with any culture shift from one job or lifestyle to the other. Their success stories are as writer Jose Garcia Villa delineated in his short story, “footnotes to youth!”

“In My Diary” has recorded a few of them.
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Cebuano finds redemption in purpose and passion

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:45
Tattoo artist Boots Brandon agrees that there is not a single formula to success.

He proudly looks at his new tattoo shop at Crossroads in Banilad, Cebu City, with the support of friends and family who have followed his journey into becoming one of the city’s known tattoo artists.

Boots has definitely come a long way since his earlier days as a jeepney barker in Cebu.

“Setting up shop in Crossroads is a dream for me. Crossroads has excellent parking—it’s the best place for a tattoo shop,” he said.

And what a dream he is living. At 36, Boots has gone through thick and thin to where he is at present. From the early days of struggling on finding his path and purpose in life, he now owns and manages a tattoo studio located in the lifestyle arcade. He named his shop “Redeemed Tattoo,” a reminder of the numerous times when he thought of giving up, and all the personal struggles he had to endure before getting to where he is today.

“I first started out as a skateboarder until my friend recommended me to work in a tattoo shop,” he shared of his humble beginnings. First, he did henna tattoos before learning the ropes of tattooing. Boots practiced more until he eventually fell in love with the art. He ventured and hung out in various tattoo shops in the city while honing his tattoo skills.

“My whole life, I was surrounded by art,” Boots shared.

Today, Boots now has a team of over five tattoo artists, and Boots shared that he plans to expand his brand.

“I want the brand to become even bigger,” he said, adding that Redeemed Tattoo will be releasing their own clothing line shortly after its grand opening.

Being in the business for over eight years, Boots has learned how he wants to present his shop as well as improve their customers’ experience before and after entering the store.

In spite of his achievements, Boots never forgets to give back. Another factor which contributed to the success of Redeemed Tattoo was the number of people that Boots helped through the years, and the friends he has bonded with through their passions for tattooing.

Forward to the future, his goal remains the same: Help those who mean the most to him.

Redeemed Tattoo is located in Crossroads, Banilad and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Iloilo City prepares as dengue cases continue to rise

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:44

ILOILO CITY -The city government is preparing a hydration area in Barangay Sooc, Arevalo district as cases of dengue here continue to rise, already reaching 748 with one death since January this year, or 181.2 percent higher as compared with the 343 cases in the same period last year.

Of the

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DOST trains Catanduanes villagers on improved vinegar production

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:43

LEGAZPI CITY - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Bicol through its Catanduanes provincial office has conducted technology assistance training for vinegar production in Bagamanoc town.

In an interview on Monday, Engr. Marie Grace Molina, DOST Catanduanes director, said the tra

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Mendoza: Different routes for TNT, SMB

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:43
TNT has advanced but not San Miguel Beer.

While the Tropang Giga survived a bruising game to defeat the Magnolia Hotshots in an extremely physical 87-74 win, the Beermen bowed to the Meralco Bolts in a 96-92 squeaker before an unbelieving crowd that again included Sen. Bong Go at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

TNT clinched the Best-of-7 series, 4-2, in the process proceeding to the Finals of the PBA Philippine Cup, arguably the league’s most prized trophy.

But more importantly, the victory gave the Tropang Giga a chance to defend the crown they won last year in the “Bacolor Bubble” in Pampanga.

In advancing, TNT yielded just the third quarter in the Sunday shebang, 21-18, finishing strong as it limited Magnolia to just 19 points in the final quarter while unloading 27 points in the same period.

As a bonus, the Tropang Giga got a big lift, rest-wise, as they will now have the luxury of enjoying an extended vacation before they plunge into another grueling race-to-four affair possibly starting on Friday, Aug. 19.

TNT’s Finals opponent will be the winner of the Game Seven decider between San Miguel Beer and Meralco on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

This materialized after the Beermen blew a 16-point lead, succumbing to the nearly game-long brutal defense of the Bolts that was backed up by the timely sniping of former Rookie of The Year Aaron Black.

From being limited to a mere six points in Game 5 on 2-of-11 clip from the field, Black, the gallant son of long-time Meralco coach Norman Black, fired 17 points on Sunday.

The younger Black put Meralco safely ahead by sinking a free throw, 93-90, with 8.3 seconds left, spearheading a 12-2 run in a blistering Bolt comeback from 10 points down in under two minutes left in the game. Aaron’s last two free throws made it a final 96-92 win for the Bolts.

“I’m happy that he took over the game today,” said the elder Black of his son.

So stupendous was the Bolts’ Black-inspired final push that they held the Beermen scoreless for four minutes in the homestretch, with SMB’s last two harmless points coming from the line through CJ Perez with 6.3 seconds left—and the game gone.

“Our backs were against the wall,” said Aaron. “I’m glad that we came together as a team to live another day.”

It’d be a war on Wednesday at the Cubao Big Dome.
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CCPO 'ready' to increase police visibility

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:42
THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) is ready to deploy police personnel on the streets after Mayor Michael Rama ordered it to increase round-the-clock visibility.

Rama reminded the CCPO that this was the case in previous police administrations.

The mayor first brought up the subject after a Grade 10 scholar was fatally stabbed during a robbery in Barangay Bulacao on the night of August 6, 2022.

He said police personnel should be seen on the streets along with their patrol cars to discourage criminals.

Lieutenant Colonel Maria Theresa Macatangay, CCPO information officer, said they are prepared to follow the mayor’s orders and deploy police personnel in the barangays along with members of Task Force Kasaligan and barangay tanods.

“We’re hearing the directive of the mayor loud and clear and right now our operations are creating a strategy to able to deploy the necessary number of personnel on the streets, with the existing number of personnel that we have right now,” she said.

She admitted that the CCPO is currently undermanned. She said they only have a little over 1,000 police personnel with over 800 deployed on the streets. The rest are in the office or are close to retirement.

She said that it has been years since the CCPO’s numbers have been augmented, while the city’s population has steadily grown.

Macatangay said the police to population ratio in Cebu City is 1:2,000, while the national standard is 1:500.

However, despite the lack of manpower, she said the crime volume in the city is low, attributing this to the CCPO’s non-stop drive against illegal drugs and wanted persons.

However, Macatangay said they are waiting for the Police Regional Office Central Visayas to augment the CCPO’s manpower with members of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion Central Visayas who are still training in Sibonga. (AYB, PJB)

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Santisima stops Osawa, sole PH winner in Japan

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:42
JEO Santisima once again proved that he’s still a world class talent following an impressive stoppage win over fellow former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa at the Edion Arena in Osaka to become the only Filipino to walk away with a win on Aug. 14 in Japan.

Santisima and Osawa didn’t need a feel-out round and started the fight at a frenetic pace. Both fighters were looking to knock each other’s heads off.

The 26-year-old Santisima dropped Osawa with a left hook to the jaw in the third round. Osawa beat the referee’s count and continued to fight on.

Santisima finally ended the 37-year-old Osawa’s night with a counter left hook that dropped the Japanese veteran near the ropes. The referee didn’t bother to count and immediately stopped the fight at the 1:56 mark of the fifth round.

Santisima, the No. 15 ranked featherweight by the World Boxing Organization, bounced back from his loss to Joet Gonzalez in March and improved to 22-4 with 19 knockouts.

Osawa saw his four-fight streak end and dropped to 37-6-4 with 21 knockouts.

“I fought on the enemy’s turf and it was not wise to let the judges decide the fight. The game plan was really to finish the fight within the distance. Coach Michael Domingo had a great game plan and I executed it well. Props to Osawa for a great fight. I am very grateful to ZIP-Sanman for this opportunity and dedicate this win to my countrymen,” said Santisima, who was one of six Pinoy warriors that saw action in two different venues in Japan.

Tomjune Mangubat, in the meantime, suffered a fourth round stoppage in the hands of Masanori Rikiishi in an Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation super featherweight title bout also at the Edion Arena.

Riikishi stopped Mangubat with a counter left uppercut that dropped him on his back. The referee didn’t bother to count and immediately waved it off at the 2:45 mark.

Mangubat suffered his second straight defeat and fell to 15-4 with 12 knockouts, while Rikiishi won his 10th straight bout and is now 12-1 with seven knockouts.

Over at the Central Gym in Kobe, three-time world title challenger Jonathan Taconing, Ranelio Quizo, Jun Blazo and Jonathan Almacen all lost their respective fights.

Taconing (29-5-1, 22 KOs) lost to former world champion Ryuya Yamanaka (18-3, 6 KOs) by unanimous decision; Quizo (10-3, 3 KOs) also bowed down to Kazuki Anaguchi (3-0, 2 KOs) by unanimous decision; Blazo (16-7-3, 12 KOs) was knocked out by Takahiro Tai (4-1, 4 KOs) in the third round; and Almacen (7-6-3, 2 KOs) was stopped by Shunpei Odagiri (1-0, 1 KO) in the sixth round.
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Tell it to SunStar: Walden Bello’s arrest: Continuation of a restrictive space for free expression in the Philippines

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:40
The Asia Democracy Network denounces the arrest of former congressman, former vice presidential candidate, and rights activist Walden Bello on 8 August 2022 on two counts of cyber libel charges.

The charges and arrest are emblematic of the difficult situation for freedom of expression and dissent in the country which has remained unresolved for the longest time.

These types of restrictive tactics should have no space in a democracy. Laws like the cyber libel continue to be a tool abused as a political weapon to silence and oppress political opposition, and expressions of dissent to power.

We are gravely concerned about the continuation of such a culture of persecution, harassment and intimidation in the Philippines.

Freedom of expression is to be guaranteed and protected in a democracy.

The arrest of Walden Bello is a sad indication of the Marcos-Duterte administration’s willingness to compromise on democratic values for political conveniences.

The civil society of Asia calls on the Philippine Government to drop the case against Walden Bello, and work on addressing the fundamental problems causing hindrance to the full realization of freedom of expression in the Philippines.
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Wenceslao: Failed promises

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:35

In the last elections, Alan Peter Cayetano promised voters that he would work to give P10,000 to every Filipino family affected by the crisis we are in if he won for senator. He won. He even used Robin Padilla in one of his election spots on TV. Padilla also won.

Recently, I got interested in looking down the comments section of articles to find out if readers mention the Cayetano promise no matter the topic. And I smile every time somebody does so. Some commenters do find ways to introduce the topic even if the discussion is about another issue.

A wise guy even came up with a meme showing a P10K bill with Cayetano’s face printed on one of its faces.

This has so gone viral that some commenters have started hitting back by claiming that those posting comments on the Cayetano promise merely want easy money. But one time, I did read a comment supposedly from Cayetano’s wife explaining the process of approving congressional bills and the length of time that passes before a bill becomes a law. The Cayetano promise needs such a law to be realized.

Meanwhile, the last presidential election conjured another still unrealized promise. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. promised to work to reduce the price of rice to P20 per kilo. Bongbong is now our president. Yet the price per kilo of “Ganador” white rice is currently hovering at more than P50.

Of course, nobody believes that such a reduction could be done. Which means that the Marcos Jr. promise should go the way of former president Rodrigo Duterte’s 2016 promise to ride a jetski while carrying the Philippine flag to stake our claim to contested islands in the West Philippine Sea. Before Duterte’s term ended, however, he already said he was merely joking re that jetski promise.

Which brings me to what Philippine elections have become. With the current proliferation of fake news and historical revisionism, it has become a matter of time before politicians would come up with promises that are impossible to fulfill. The pastor of a religious group in the Philippines has even upped the ante, sort of, by claiming he is the appointed son of God. One can really be blasphemous in this day and age.

Can Cayetano fulfill his promise of working to give P10K to every Filipino family? He can if he files a bill to this effect and get the support of his fellow senators so it would be passed. A similar bill needs to be filed in the Lower House and processed. Cayetano should convince lawmakers that the government has money for it.

Bongbong’s promise is, of course, the one that is more difficult to fulfill.

One can’t just reduce the price of rice without affecting Filipino farmers whose earnings have long been affected by rice importation and the plummeting price per kilo of palay. The lack of government support is also obvious. In the city of Carcar, rice fields are being converted to commercial use, something that is not limited to that city.
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Senators vow support for DPWH flagship projects

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:33

MANILA - Senators are confident that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) under Secretary Manuel Bonoan will continue and improve on the projects of its former chief and now-Senator Mark Villar.

During a public hearing on Monday conducted by the Committee on Public Works, Senato

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Antique town livestock raisers open own meat shop

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:25

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique -Members of the Sibalom Livestock and Poultry Raisers Association (SILPRA) have opened a meat shop at the public market of Sibalom town so they could dispose of their hogs as meat due to the decrease in demand.

SILPRA president Elma Pena said in an interview Mo

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Antique town livestock raisers open own meat shop

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:25

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique -Members of the Sibalom Livestock and Poultry Raisers Association (SILPRA) have opened a meat shop at the public market of Sibalom town so they could dispose of their hogs as meat due to the decrease in demand.

SILPRA president Elma Pena said in an interview Mo

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Baguio health office opens Covid self-test reporting platform

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:24

BAGUIO CITY - To be able to assist those who use Covid-19 self-testing kits who turn positive for the virus, the health services office of the city government here has opened a platform that will allow an individual to report his condition.

Aileen Refuerzo, chief city information officer, told the Philippin

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