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BFAR-3 trains Tarlac folk, fishers to 'revive' inland waters

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:53

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Central Luzon (BFAR-3) has equipped fishermen as well as residents of San Clemente, Tarlac with the necessary skills and knowledge on how to invigorate inland bodies of water to sustain fish production.

BFAR-3 Regi

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Antique health authorities go on house-to-house drive vs. dengue

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:47
SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique - The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) is conducting house-to-house health information advocacy and sanitation surveillance due to the increasing dengue cases in Antique.IPHO personnel Sheree Vego said they have strengthened their ad
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New solon vows to revive proposed Negros Island Region

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:47

BACOLOD CITY - Efforts to revive the Negros Island Region (NIR) is expected to continue in the next administration as Negros Occidental fifth district congressman-elect Emilio Bernardino Yulo expressed support for the proposal in the House of Representatives.

"I have made the commitment to su

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C. Visayas LGUs told to ramp up booster vaccination vs. Covid-19

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:47

CEBU CITY - Amid a lower booster jab rate in Central Visayas during the election season, local chief executives in the region were urged to ramp up booster inoculation against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

"A booster will ensure that the immunity of a person is maintained in order to r

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PRRD signs law fixing 'tour of duty' of AFP chief, major posts

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:44

MANILA - President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed a new law that sets the term of the chief of staff and other senior military officers holding key positions in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to three years.

Republic Act 11709, signed by Duterte on April 13, sets a fixed three-year

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Official vows to track down Lanao Sur poll disruptors

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:39

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said it will go after the perpetrators of poll-related violence that caused "failure of elections" in 14 villages in Lanao del Sur province.

In a virtual public briefing on Monday, Comelec commissioner George Garcia said extra security

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Official vows to track down Lanao Sur poll disruptors

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:39

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said it will go after the perpetrators of poll-related violence that caused "failure of elections" in 14 villages in Lanao del Sur province.

In a virtual public briefing on Monday, Comelec commissioner George Garcia said extra security

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CLI to pour P8B in fresh capital for Cebu projects

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:28
PROPERTY developer Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) is pouring in an estimated P8 billion in fresh investments for Cebu this year.

During the first quarter investors’ and analysts’ briefing on Monday, May 16, 2022, Jose Franco Soberano, the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said this new investment will finance three projects in Cebu—a P2 billion residential project in Danao, P4 billion mixed-use Pristina North project and P2 billion residential development in Casuntingan, Mandaue City.

CLI has set aside P13 billion for capital expenditures to fund new purchases and other expenses, of which P2.6 billion was spent in the first quarter including P500 million for landbank.

Soberano said the Danao expansion is a CasaMira project located along the highway and will be part of a complex with a retail component. The project is scheduled for launching in the third quarter of this year.

Pristina North, on the other hand, is another mixed-use development that CLI will embark on in partnership with Erramon Aboitiz.

Soberano said the company will introduce a mid-rise residential development in a more than five-hectare property inside the Pristina North complex. CLI is set to launch this new project toward the end of the year.

“These three projects are still in the various stages of planning,” said Grant Cheng, the company’s chief finance officer.

First-quarter earnings

The Cebu-based developer ended the first quarter with a revenue growth of 53 percent to P3.56 billion from P2.3 billion in the first quarter last year with all business units registering stellar performance.

The surge in revenues was driven by real estate sales from a number of projects that have been increasing over the years. These have resulted in greater construction progress and consequently, higher revenue recognition.

Moreover, construction was in progress due to catch-up measures during the Covid-19 pandemic and is now in full swing in the listed company’s 15 VisMin sites. Sales take-up also surged to P4.5 billion or 36 percent more than the first quarter 2021’s P3.3 billion.

CLI’s rental revenues improved by 28 percent and are attributable to increases in lease contracts and new tenants in the newly completed Latitude Corporate Center. Hotel revenue grew fourfold with the reopening of local and international borders, reviving trade and tourism.

Management fees

Meanwhile, CLI’s property management arm posted a 34 percent hike in management fees from newly completed projects.

“We are pleased that we began the year strong with robust sales and swift construction pickup of new projects,” CLI chairman and chief executive officer Jose Soberano III told the local bourse. “We are on track to hit our growth target of at least 20 percent. We remain ready to make the most of opportunities presented by the fast-recovering VisMin economy.”

To date, CLI has sold 89 percent of all its projects in the various stages of development across VisMin. Completed projects are 96 percent sold; ongoing developments, 86 percent sold; and those launched in the first quarter of 2022, 80 percent sold.

CLI is also expected to collect over P12 billion take out value from strong turnover of newly completed projects such as MesaTierra Garden Residences in Davao, Latitude Corporate Center and 38 Park Avenue in Cebu, MesaVerte Residences and Velmiro Heights CDO in Cagayan de Oro and MesaVirre Garden Residences in Bacolod.
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DPWH Region 8 notes 19% feat in first 4 months

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:25
TACLOBAN CITY - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office here has recorded a 19.2-percent accomplishment during the first four months of the year as it rushes to complete PHP43 billion worth of infrastructure projects this year.The January to April
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Pushing for ROTC has nothing to do with DepEd position: Sara

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:15

DAVAO CITY - Presumptive Vice President Sara Z. Duterte said Monday that pushing for the mandatory Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) among the youth has nothing to do with her becoming the new Department of Education (DepEd) secretary.

In January this year, Duterte said she would propo

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NegOcc explores more ways to revive tourism industry

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:12

BACOLOD CITY - The Negros Occidental provincial government launched its first tourism fair in two years on Monday as it explores other ways to attract more tourists to recover from the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Dubbed the Lakbayanihan Tourism Fair 2022, the

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Teachers, poll workers to get add'l pay for extended duty

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:11

MANILA - Teachers who served additional hours as poll workers during the May 9 elections will receive an additional honorarium, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday.

In the Laging Handa press briefing, Comelec Commissioner George Garcia said the Comelec en banc has alr

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Teachers, poll workers to get add'l pay for extended duty

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:11

MANILA - Teachers who served additional hours as poll workers during the May 9 elections will receive an additional honorarium, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday.

In the "Laging Handa" press briefing, Commissioner George Garcia said the Comelec en banc has already a

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ICT-BPM summit to tackle work-from-home issue, hopes new admin to adopt hybrid model permanently

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:09
THE work-from-home (WFH) scheme currently being implemented in the business process management (BPM) space will take center stage in one of the discussions during this year’s information and communications technology (ICT)-BPM Summit happening in June.

Joslyn Canon, vice chairperson of the Cebu Business Month 2022, admitted that the mandatory return to work order after April 1, 2022, by the government posed challenges to the IT-BPM sector.

“The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) took the side of the BPM players and was able to extend the WFH arrangement until September, hoping to buy time,” said Canon. “We are hoping that the next administration will pass laws and regulations and make the hybrid arrangement permanent.”

Ryan Tan Yu, CBM 2022 ICT-BPM chairman, confirmed that they will include the WFH concerns of players during the ICT-BPM summit on the back of the attrition rate issues faced by the companies.

Prior to the April 1 deadline, there were already calls from certain sectors for the continued adoption of flexible or off-site work arrangements for the IT-BPM sector without them losing their tax perks, which is a privilege of registered business enterprises (RBE) operating in special economic zones or freeports.

Typhoon damage

The Cebu IT-BPM Organization specifically has appealed to the government to allow the Cebu-based IT-BPM firms to continue their WFH setup until July as some support infrastructures have not been fully restored since the devastation of Typhoon Odette on Dec. 16.

“Even if fully downgraded to Alert Level 1, the industry may not be able to achieve the desired full operational capacity given the current telco and related infrastructure situation, among other factors that surround the industry’s ecosystem, such as but not limited to: public transport readiness, especially during graveyard shifts as IT-BPM companies operate on a 24-hour basis; availability of enough boarding houses, and decent dwellings to accommodate the throngs of people coming back to work in Cebu,” the Cib.O said in its position paper in March.

Peza said it continues to support the hybrid work setup.

“We hope the new administration will address these WFH concerns immediately so we can finally put a stop to all these worries and frustrations. This is our appeal together with our locators and workers,” said Peza Director General Charito Plaza in a statement.

IT-BPM companies that cannot immediately return to office even after April 1 can request a letter of authority (LOA) from Peza with the needed requirements.

“We are just going back to the regular ratio of our hybrid work model arrangement of not more than 30 percent WFH ratio. Currently, Peza has issued 444 LOAs to registered IT-BPMs and RBEs,” said Plaza.

“Our investors also put their decisions temporarily on hold to register with us because aside from the upcoming change in our administration, our government has yet to issue the Strategic Investment Priority Plan,” she added.

But by returning to work, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III explained that IT-BPM firms would be helping not only the economy recover but also micro, small and medium enterprises that provide support to these companies, such as convenience stores, food and service providers and transport services in the respective ecozones’ vicinity. Fully opening up will also help the economy bounce back from the pandemic and offset the external risks spawned by the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Currently, there is no official lifting yet of the state of the calamity which is valid until September 2022.
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Wenceslao: Moving on

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:08
The elections are over. Most of the candidates I supported lost in the balloting. I don’t know whether this was because of digital cheating or massive vote buying or not. But I take it that ultra-right thinking is still dominant in the country, especially among the masses. I thought we would go the way of the United States in this election, with the voters there finally getting rid of Donald Trump, although his kind of thinking can still be felt there.

Although they lost, I say the forces aligned with Vice President Leni Robredo have shown a willingness to stay the course, this time as a foundation, a non-government organization or NGO. I think this is the correct way to go. The spirit of volunteerism and the propagation of liberal democratic values by the pink movement during the campaign period should not be wasted. But that needs a strong leadership that Robredo seems to be willing to provide.

I was a youngster brimming with idealism when Ferdinand Marcos Sr. established his dictatorship by declaring military rule in 1972. In this, the second coming of the Marcoses, I am already a sickly senior citizen and family man. I could no longer do the things I did when I was younger, which means that my participation in nation-building is already very limited. But I can still help an NGO succeed. I still have some talents to contribute.

But I would no longer bother myself with how the government is run. The majority deserve the leaders they vote into office. Let these leaders do their thing while I shut off and do things mainly for me and my family. I don’t want to be stressed out in the next six years. This, after all, is what retirement is all about.

But I would like to join the planned Angat Buhay NGO especially if it focuses more on the idea of helping one another. Bayanihan, after all, is what our country urgently needs. The bayanihan that was at the core of the pink movement should be put to good use. I hope its purpose would not be diverted by the influence of trolls. Let these trolls focus on helping the government that they voted into office. The pink movement must not be distracted or stressed out.

On July 1, the details of what the Angat Buhay NGO will look like will be divulged. I am excited mainly because we haven’t seen a kind of movement like this before. A self-help group that embraces the whole nation, one that espouses liberal democratic values, is unprecedented. I really hope that it succeeds.

Moving on from an electoral defeat is difficult. But if the losers do not tarry long from the anguish brought about by the defeat and find ways to speedily rechannel and refocus their energies, the pain would be momentary and the wound won’t be deep. Moving on won’t be difficult.

I am more excited now on what the future holds for the pink movement and no longer worrying about what will happen to the country in the next six years.
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PH adds 9 more gold medals in SEA Games

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:07
THE Philippines added nine more gold medals in the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Vietnam over the weekend.

Olympian Ernest Obiena won the gold in the Men’s Pole Vault after setting a SEA Games record of 5.40 meters. Another Olympian, Carlos Yulo bagged his second gold medal after topping the Men’s Artistic Floor event in Gymnastics, beating Singapore’s Terry Wei-An Tay and Vietnam’s Trinh Hai Khan. Kim Mangrobang also won her second gold in the tournament after dominating the Women’s Individual Duathlon event, beating Malaysia’s Tahira Zaid and Indonesia’s Zhara Aprillia.

The Philippines also got two gold medals in the Jujitsu event. Margarita Ochoa won the Women’s -48 KG event, while Annue Ramirez topped the Women’s -62 KG event.

Samantha Cantanan beat Singapore’s Maxine Wong to win the gold in the Women’s Individual Foil event of Fencing.

The team of Aleah Finnegan, Chiara Andrew, Charlie Manzano, Lucia Guttierez, Kursten Lopez and Ma. Christina Onofre-Loberanes won the gold medal in the Women’s Artistic Team event in Gymnastics. Finnegan also grabbed her second gold medal after winning the Women’s Artistic Vault event.

Agatha Wong beat Vietnamese Tran Thi Minh Huyen and Tran Thi Kieu Trang for the gold medal in the Women’s Taolu Taijijian event in Wushu.

Wong also bagged a silver medal in the Women’s Taolu Taijiquan event.

Kyla Richardson won a silver in the Woneb’s 200 meters event, while Hokkett delos Santos also grabbed the silver in the Men’s Pole Vault event. The other silver medalists were Carlo Angelo Pena in the Men’s -62 KG in Jujitsu, Noelito Jose Jr. in the Men’s Individual Epee in Fencing, Finnegan in the Women’s Artistic All-Around in Gymnastics, and Nathaniel Perez in the Men’s Individual Foil in Fencing.

The Philippines is now in third place in the medal tally with a total of 67 medals from 16 gold medals, 19 silver medals and 32 bronze medals.

Vietnam is still at the top with 102 medals, while Thailand is second with 63 medals.
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PCG deploys newest ship in sea exercise with Indonesia, Japan

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 17:02

MANILA - The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has deployed its newest and largest vessel, BRP Teresa Magbanua, on Monday to participate in the Regional Marine Pollution Exercise (MARPOLEX) 2022 in Indonesia next week.

In a send-off ceremony, PCG Admiral Artemio Abu said BRP Teresa Magbanua will b

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Poll body to proclaim winning senators Wednesday sans ranking

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 16:51

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will proclaim the 12 winning senators on Wednesday but their final ranking can't be determined yet pending the result of the special polls in Lanao del Sur on May 24.

The Lanao polls will no longer alter the composition of the 12 winners.


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PrimaryHomes opens new, bigger office in Bohol

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 16:49
PRIMARYHOMES Inc. (PHI), the trusted and award-winning property company in the Visayas, has opened a new and bigger office in Bohol on the second level of Island City Mall on April 30, 2022.

PHI first opened in the province in 2011 and launched its first residential project — Royal Palms Uno, the first in the Royal Palms series, in April 2012 in Panglao Island.

Since then, the company has earned the trust of the Boholano market and is highly endorsed by Boholano real estate agents.

This, and the accelerating opportunities in real estate in Bohol have propelled the company to build an impressive portfolio of projects such as Royal Palms Dos, Royal Palms Tres, Richwood Homes, Royal OceanCrest, Royal Palms Quatro — all in Panglao Island; and Colorado Homes in Baclayon.

The office will serve as PHI’s Bohol headquarters and will offer a bigger space for the group’s partners and agents, to connect with and address the needs of the increasing client base in the province. Likewise, it will make available hundreds of properties around the Visayas under the company’s different brands.

“As a customer-driven brand, we are very excited to offer our partners here a much-improved space and to our Boholano clients, a comfortable place as we take them through their home buying journey,” PHI president Stephen Charles Liu said.

The opening of the new office coincided with the launch of Royal Palms Quatro, the company’s latest project in Panglao, and solidified the premier developer’s presence in one of the country’s fast-growing economies.

The PrimaryHomes office at the Island City Mall is open Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. To start the home buying journey in Bohol, one may also call 09176261530 or visit (PR)
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Gov't troops overrun NPA lair in Surigao Norte

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 16:48

BUTUAN CITY - Troops under the Army's 30th Infantry Battalion (30IB) overran a communist New People's Army (NPA) lair following an encounter in the peripheries of Barangay Pungtod, in Bacuag town, Surigao del Norte, Sunday.

In a statement Monday, 30IB said soldiers were deployed to check on

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