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BBM, Sotto meet to discuss drug prevention, rehab program

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-06-07 20:16

MANILA - President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and outgoing Senate President Vicente Sotto III recently met to discuss the latter's proposals to reform drug users.

Sotto confirmed in a text message Tuesday night that he presented his "Drug Abuse Prevention and Correct Rehabilitation

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Pickleball fever hits Cebu

Cebu Sun.Star - Tue, 2022-06-07 20:09
The sport of pickleball is relatively unknown to the country but thousands of miles away, in the United States, pickleball has gained a lot of ground and has become the fastest growing sport there amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Cebu City Sports Commission, along with Cebu Pickleball Association and Global Pickleball Ambassador Rodel Chiu, hopes that Cebu will be infected by the pickleball craze as they’ll introduce the sport to Cebu this month through the Pickleball Fever 2022 event on June 15 at the G2G Sports Center on Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City and on June 25 and 26 at the City Wing Atrium in SM Seaside City Cebu.

“We are giving them an alternative sport. It will be a good cardio exercise and great group dynamics. The beauty of sport is that it’s inclusive to gender and age and that it’s fun to play. Anybody can pick up a paddle and hit the pickle ball. We hope that Cebu becomes ‘Pickleball Capital of the South.’ We hope to bring it to every barangay and take this to another level,” said Chiu, who is on a Philippine tour to promote the sport.

The Pickleball Fever 2022 features Chiu, pickleball juniors pro player Raphael Chiu and international pickleball instructor Ken Cuaderno. They will be having a clinic for intermediate and advanced players, hold exhibition games and have a beginners’ demo and fundamentals.

“It is a very popular sport in America that we will bring here. This month is very important because we will introduce pickleball with the arrival of our Filipino friends from America. The goal is to help promote the fast-growing sport in America here in Cebu. We will introduce the sport this month. Almost all ate not familiar with the sport yet. We’ll let the Cebuanos see it and try it, that’s why we’ll be in the malls. It’s easy to learn if you have a background in racket sports. Hopefully it will boom. We’ll see if there will be a pickleball craze,” said CCSC chairman John Pages.

Cebu Pickleball Association’s Arnel Arsenal believes that Pinoys are built for pickleball with our size and agility.

“We Filipinos are agile and can easily adapt. We have a huge potential to compete at a high level in this sport.”
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Limpag: Nadal: Simply amazing

Cebu Sun.Star - Tue, 2022-06-07 20:09
Down 3-1 in the second set and after Casper Ruud had just broken Rafael Nadal for the second time, one of the commentators, John McEnroe I think—pointed out that at that point in the match, none had been able to hold serve at love.

Nadal, the 21-time grand slam champion, then promptly held his serve at love to make it 3-2, prompting one of the commentators to reply to McEnroe, “there you go!”

Rafa did it. The 36-year-old, who was already the oldest to reach the Roland Garros final, strung up five straight games to win the second set, 6-3, and move a win away from a record-extending 22nd grand slam. Ruud, who was only three years old when Rafa made his pro debut and was only seven when the Spaniard won his first French Open, couldn’t find an answer in the third set.

At one point, McEnroe was already offering pointers on how to return Rafa’s serve when he was already up 3-0 in the third with the young finalist unable to find any answers. There were times when Ruud, a Nadal academy product, had the upperhand in the rallies, but Rafa somehow managed to find a way.

“He’d just re-set the rally,” one of the commentators said after a forehand near the net sent Ruud guessing the other way.

I wanted Ruud, who prior to the finals could name every single player Nadal defeated in his 13 French Open champion, to win a set or even two to extend the match. But against his idol and mentor, the 23-year-old looked every bit the student he was.

I stayed on for the trophy presentation and unlike in the Australian Open, when he tallied Grand Slam title No. 21, there was no post-match interview. But, as McEnroe pointed out, Nadal was more than used to it with 13 previous trophy presentations and answered all the questions that were unasked.

One of the most important statements that I think he said was when he pointed out that as long as he is able, he will fight to the last point and that he’s looking forward to defending the title next year.

That’s important because just a month ago in the Italian Open, concerns about his foot raised questions on whether he could compete in France.

Now, he has three weeks to rest before Wimbledon and whether he joins a few tuneup events remains to be seen. What is interesting though is that at 36, the Spaniard can go for the calendar slam.

At 36! Wow!
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Yaw-Yan Ardigma reopens for business

Cebu Sun.Star - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:55
Following its closure during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Yaw-Yan Ardigma Cebu reopens for business today, June 8, on the fourth floor of the Coast Pacific Downtown Center across the University of Cebu Main Campus.

“It was really hard during the pandemic because contact sports weren’t allowed. That wasn’t the only problem that arrived, we also had problems financially for the rent. That’s why I decided to temporarily close the gym,” said Yaw-Yan Ardigma Cebu founder and chief executive officer Benigno “Ekin” Caniga Jr.

“So now, we are in the new normal. That’s why I decided to reopen the gym. This is really my passion, the martial arts life. This is the start of my new journey in martial arts.”

Yaw-Yan Ardigma Cebu is one of the premier martial arts gyms in Cebu. Caniga Jr. is the pioneer of mixed martial arts (MMA) here in Cebu and has developed talented MMA fighters that have fought in country’s and Asia’s biggest MMA organizations, the likes of ONE Championship and URCC.

Yaw-Yan Ardigma is known as “Arnis Pandigma” or what the late Grandmaster Napoleon “Nap” Fernandez, the Yaw-Yan creator, called “furykane.” Ardigma movements are patterned to that of the arnis stick. Ardigma is one of the three major Yaw-Yan revisions by Fernandez.

Caniga Jr. announced that enrollment for the summer clinic is still ongoing.

The summer clinic offers courses like MMA, Muay Thai/Kickboxing, Arnis/Eskrima, Boxing Fitness and Yaw-Yan Combat (practical self-defense).

The Yaw-Yan Ardigma Gym is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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Kin of worker who died in plant wants NBI 7 to conduct investigation on incident

Cebu Sun.Star - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:52
THE family of the factory worker who died while cleaning a pulverizing machine at a food and beverage manufacturing plant in Mandaue City is accusing the plant’s management of refusing to cooperate in the investigation on his death.

Bonifacio Corilla, the father of factory worker Stephen Corilla, told SunStar Cebu on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, that they are seeking the assistance of the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI 7) in order to seek justice for his son’s untimely death.

Bonifacio further claimed that officials of Universal Robina Corp. (URC), owner of the plant, had never approached them nor provided assistance to them following his son’s death.

Stephen, 32, was reportedly cleaning the pulverizing machine at URC’s plant in Barangay Tabok, Mandaue City on Thursday, June 2, when he was accidentally killed after someone turned on the machine while he was still inside it.

Bonifacio said he was still in shock following his son’s death.

Bonifacio last saw his son alive two weeks ago.

He recalled how Stephen was so excited to work at the URC plant as a contractual employee. Stephen wanted to make use of his experience as he had a plan to work abroad, Bonifacio said.

Autopsy report

Bonifacio said he had demanded URC to provide them with Stephen’s autopsy report but the plant had never provided him with a copy.

Police also had a hard time investigating the incident as URC officials refused to allow them to enter the plant’s premises without prior approval from their management.

Bonifacio’s daughter, Bevz, said in a Facebook post that she plans to seek justice for her brother’s death and urged authorities to investigate the people behind the incident.

Bevz claimed that Stephen would not have ended up cleaning the plant’s pulverizing machine if not for one of the plant’s supervisors who allegedly ordered him to do so even though it was not her brother’s job.

Stephen is a resident of Sitio Tac-an, Barangay Budlaan in Cebu City. He left a wife and three children ages 12, 7, and 5 years old.

In its statement issued on June 6, URC confirmed Stephen’s death inside its plant.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of one of our third-party workers due to an incident at the workplace that is now being investigated. We are fully cooperating with the authorities in this effort. Our prayers and condolences go to his loved ones. Through his agency we have reached out to the bereaved family to offer our assistance,” it said.
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Dengue cases in CV continue to rise; health execs urged public to be vigilant

Cebu Sun.Star - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:52
HEALTH officials in Central Visayas are urging the public to be vigilant in combating dengue cases.

This as the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH 7) announced that dengue cases in the region have risen to 4,623 with deaths now at 38 from Jan. 1 to May 28, 2022.

Only 820 cases and four deaths were reported in the same period last year.

Dr. Ronald Jarvik B. Buscato, director for DOH 7’s National Aedes-Borne Viral Diseases Prevention and Control Program, told reporters on Tuesday, June 7, that majority of dengue cases and deaths were reported in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Talisay and the municipality of Minglanilla.

But Buscato clarified that while the current number of dengue cases is already a cause for concern, they consider it as a normal scenario since dengue cases often increase every three years.

Buscato added that the start of the rainy season could also contribute to more dengue cases.

Low fatality

Dr. Eugenia Mercedes R. Cañal of DOH 7’s Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (Resu), said that while they are still tackling the increasing number of dengue cases in the region, she said they have achieved lowering the case fatality rate (CFR) in the region.

She said the DOH 7 has targeted the CFR to be at one percent or below. The current rate is at 0.8 percent. CFR is the proportion of individuals diagnosed with a certain disease but end up dying due to the sickness.

But both Buscato and Cañal emphasized that the region’s dengue situation could worsen if the public remains complacent.


Cañal also urged public officials to intensify dengue surveillance at the community level.

“It is actually the epidemic year (for dengue cases). As early as now, we see the rise in the number of cases. So it is high time to become vigilant,” Buscato said.

For her part, Cañal said: “We just have to intensify our surveillance for dengue cases especially in the community because most of our cases came from the hospital. There were individuals who got themselves tested but then they opted not be admitted because they only experienced mild symptoms.”

Cañal also urged those with early signs and symptoms of dengue to immediately seek medical intervention.

Buscato also reminded all the local government units to continue their anti-dengue activities and intervention program to minimize risk of an outbreak.

DOH 7 Director Dr. Jaime Bernadas urged the public to implement the 4S strategy in combating the dengue threat such as conducting search and destroy activities for potential breeding grounds; implementing self-protection measures against the dengue mosquito; seek early consultation for those experiencing signs and symptoms; and saying no to indiscriminate fogging.
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More than 4M in CV now fully vaxxed vs. Covid

Cebu Sun.Star - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:49
MORE than four million people in Central Visayas had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as of Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Officials of the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH 7) said they still need to fully vaccinate around 1,862,125 people in the region. The region’s target population for vaccination is 6,572,250.

Dr. Jaime Bernadas, DOH 7 director, told reporters on Tuesday, June 7, that despite vaccinating more than 70 percent of their target, their job of vaccinating all eligible citizens in the region is far from over.

Bernadas said they will pursue the people who have yet to be vaccinated and those who have yet to receive their boosters.

Due to the emergence of more infectious variants of Covid-19, Bernadas said they raised the vaccination coverage to 85 percent.

Of the region’s four provinces, Siquijor has the highest vaccine coverage at 91.52 percent. It is followed by Bohol Province with 71.55 percent; Cebu Province, 65.44 percent; and Negros Oriental, 57.15 percent.

Low vax rate

On other hand, Dr. Van Phillip B. Baton, who heads DOH 7’s Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Disease program, admitted that there are still some areas that still have low vaccination rates ever since the beginning of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign last year.

Baton said they already identified and targeted three localities in Negros Oriental with low vaccination coverage. These are Guihulngan, Siaton and Santa Catalina.

Baton said one of the possible reasons for low vaccination coverage is the distance between the vaccination sites and the barangays were low vax rates were noted.

“In summary, we need to pay close attention to the two provinces of Negros Oriental and Cebu, particularly more on Negros Oriental. We will need to improve the number,” Baton said.

Bernadas said they will continue to strengthen the surveillance and monitoring system in the barangay and municipal level in responding not only to Covid-19 virus but also to other diseases.

With this, he urged the local government units to be consistent in their strategies in giving incentives, especially to the senior citizens and those who are yet to receive the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
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Record-breaking 'life on' blood drive launched in South Korea, now in PH

Cebu Sun.Star - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:47
THE supplies of blood have dramatically decreased during the pandemic in many countries including the Philippines, according to the Philippine Red Cross Cavite Chapter.

With the restrictions lifted, mobile blood donations are gradually being held again this year in response to the growing need for blood reserves.

Last May, the Philippine Red Cross Cavite Chapter and New Heaven New Earth (NHNE) Church of Jesus Philippines kicked off the “Life-ON: Life Sharing Blood Donation Campaign.” A total of 65 bags of blood were collected during the first wave of donations held in Silang, Cavite.

The campaign was first launched by the headquarter church of NHNE in South Korea, participated by over 18,000 church members and non-government organization volunteers, the largest group blood donation recorded in the country. This resolved the national blood shortage that has been ongoing since the beginning of this year, according to the Blood Management Center of the Korean Red Cross.

During the early stage of Covid-19 pandemic when there was no vaccine available yet, the recovered members from the group also participated in the nationwide blood plasma donation drive while suffering from the aftereffects of Covid-19. The collected 6,000 plasma donations were used for the development of a treatment for the severely infected patients.

“Through your organization, we were able to widen the coverage of the participants and prospective blood donors. Blood donation is an act of altruism so we are really expecting individuals to donate blood because blood cannot be manufactured,” said Rowell Jarin, the understudy to the chapter administrator and donor recruitment officer of PRC Cavite Chapter.

“Donating blood is something that should be innate to us as humans because this is our service to our fellowmen and of course, to our God,” Jarin added.

According to Jarin, the largest blood donation drive they facilitated, along with other chapters of PRC, collected over 600 bags of blood with 269 coming from the Cavite chapter.

PRC Cavite Chapter and NHNE Philippines officially signed partnership through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on June 1, 2022. The MOU aims to establish a framework of cooperation particularly in the blood donation campaign and in holding volunteer training.

Instructor Harold Recio of NHNE Philippines said in an interview: “We hope that this campaign would reach the hearts of every Filipino and create a wave of helping and caring for one another, especially during this challenging time. We are encouraging everyone to join this campaign and help save lives together.”

Organizations who are interested in joining the campaign can schedule their blood donation drive by cooperating with the nearest blood service facility to their area. Individuals may also schedule their blood donation through the Blood Donation Tool on Facebook.

Donors who joined the campaign posted their photos on social media using the hashtags #LifeON #LifeSharingBloodDonationCampaign #WeAreOne.

New Heaven New Earth Church of Jesus, headquartered in Gwacheon, South Korea, is contributing to the communities through volunteer activities including plasma and blood donations. For joint donation drives and partnerships, you may contact NHNE Philippines at 09637823973 or via email:
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Filipinos urged to disregard politics, support agri under BBM

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:45

MANILA- A united action among stakeholders in the country is needed for agricultural stability in the coming months, under the incoming administration of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., an official of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Tuesday.

In avirtual presser, A

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Filipinos urged to put aside politics, support agri under BBM

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:45

MANILA- A united action among stakeholders in the country is needed for agricultural stability in the coming months, under the incoming administration of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., an official of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Tuesday.

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Drug-clearing program in villages boosts campaign in W. Visayas

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:42

ILOILO CITY - The Barangay Drug Clearing Program (BDCP) of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has made a huge impact on the anti-drug campaign in Western Visayas after it was strengthened under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

"With the BDCP we have rallied the f

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La Union poll bets sign post-election peace covenant

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:41
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union - Several candidates in the recent local elections in the province of La Union have signed a pledge of support and commitment to maintaining peace and order.In a phone interview on Tuesday, Lt Col. Dennis Ballitoc, La Union Police Provincial Offic
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Cebu City solon wants tablets instead of books for each schoolkid

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:36

CEBU CITY - Cebu City North District Representative-elect Cutie Del Mar on Tuesday said it is high time to consider full digitalization of learning modalities by providing a tablet for each learner instead of letting them carry loads of books from their homes to their schools.

Del Mar said al

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Antique to plant endemic trees to mark Environment Month

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:32

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique - At least 400 seedlings of endemic trees will be planted in San Remigio town on Thursday to replace those which failed to survive during the last-tree planting event held during the Earth Day celebration last April 22.

The tree-planting event in Antique provin

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Comelec reminds local candidates on SOCE June 8 deadline

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:30

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is reminding local candidates in Antique during the May 9, 2022 elections to beat the June 8 deadline for the filing of their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE).

Antique Election Supervisor Wil Arceno, in

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Single mom takes leap of faith with 'Balik Probinsya' program

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:24

MANILA - Angelie Montibano was in her early 20s and out of college when she left Negros Oriental province with dreams of a successful life in the Big City.

She luckily found employment at once as a timekeeper in a construction company.

Later on, she got pregnant and raised her daughter,

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Lakers officially hire Darvin Ham as new head coach

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:18

ANKARA - The Los Angeles Lakers has officially announced the hiring of Darvin Ham as their new head coach.

Ham, 48, was formally introduced by the Lakers at a press conference at UCLA Health Training Center on Monday.

The 28th coach in Los Angeles Lakers history, Ham previously worked a

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Go tells Robles: 'See Mindanao for yourself'

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:18

BANAYBANAY, Davao Oriental - Senator Christopher Lawrence Go urged journalist Raissa Robles Tuesday to visit Mindanao so that she "can see it for yourself and be the judge."

Go issued the invitation following Robles' demeaning and inaccurate statements about Mindanao, suggesting that the ent

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Bonifacio Monument Circle closed on Independence Day

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:17

MANILA - The Bonifacio Monument Circle and adjacent roads in Caloocan City will be closed to motorists beginning midnight of June 12 for the commemoration of the 124th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Philippine Independence.

In a traffic advisory on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Manila Dev

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DA urges UN to ensure open Agri trade amid inflation

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-06-07 19:15

MANILA - Following earlier warnings of the "looming global food crisis" as well as the continuing global inflation, the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesdayurged the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) to push for sustained worldwide market trades for agricultural produc

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