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4,000 security personnel to be deployed for Pasigarbo sa Sugbo

Fri, 2022-08-12 16:58
UP TO 4,000 police and emergency rescue personnel will be deployed to provide security during the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo festival next Sunday, August 28, 2022, the Cebu Provincial Government announced through its Sugbo News portal.

The joint personnel from the Cebu City Police Office, Cebu Police Provincial Office, disaster risk reduction and management office, traffic management office and emergency response team in Cebu City will be assigned along the parade route on Osmeña Boulevard and at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC), where the staging of the festival queen competition will be held.

The awarding of winners will be done on the second day, August 29, also at CCSC.

During the meeting of event stakeholders at the Capitol, the Visayan Electric also assured of uninterrupted electric power supply, especially at CCSC where the grand showdown competition will be held.

The Philippine Coast Guard Central Visayas also offered to ferry the four contingents from Camotes Group of Islands, as well as the three contingents from Bantayan Island.

The Capitol also planned to shut down cell phone signals and install signal jammers at the CCSC as part of its security measures, just like what the Cebu City Government did during the Sinulog festival. (ANV, TPT)

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Verbal attacks lead farmer to shoot fellow in Aloguinsan

Fri, 2022-08-12 16:25
A 23-YEAR-OLD farmer who could no longer bear the verbal attacks shot his 75-year-old neighbor in Purok 3, Barangay Esperanza, Aloguinsan town, midwest Cebu around 7:45 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2022.

Staff Sergeant Marvin Hubahib, desk officer of Aloguinsan Police Station, identified the victim as Exequiel Yami, 75, also a farmer, and the suspect as Ricardo Dequiado.

Yami was brought to Carcar District Hospital after sustaining two gunshot wounds. He is now in stable condition.

Hubahib said the suspect got mad at the victim, as the latter would always reprimand him every time he brings his carabao to a pond in front of the victim's house.

"Ang biktima nagkaon atubangan sa ilang payag, niagi ang suspek kuyog sa iyang kabaw. Iyang gibadlong ang suspek nga di patugyawan sa tabay pero nagkalalis ni sila, dayon nikuha ang suspek sa iyang armas," Hubahib said.

(The victim was eating in front of their hut when the suspect passed by along with his carabao. He then told the suspect not to bring the animal to the pond, but they argued and the suspect got a gun.)

The victim said he reprimanded Dequiado because of the unpleasant smell of his carabao's feces at the pond.

He added that the water in the pond could no longer be used for flushing toilets, watering the plants and other purposes after being contaminated.

The suspect fled after the incident and is now being hunted by the police.

The police, however, were not able to recover the empty shells from the scene. (GDC, TPT)

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PCL Lapu-Lapu Chapter elects new officers

Fri, 2022-08-12 15:15
THE Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Lapu-Lapu City Chapter elected City Councilor Jan Vincent “Janvi” Dela Serna as president on Thursday, August 11, 2022.

Dela Serna expressed his gratitude to his party mates, led by Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan, for their trust and support.

“I am over the moon. I feel extremely honored for the trust that my fellow City Councilors have in me, electing me as president of the Philippine Councilor League-Lapu Lapu City Chapter. I will take on this role seriously, with the welfare of all the Oponganons constantly in mind (and heart),” Dela Serna told SunStar Cebu on Friday, August 12.

Dela Serna currently chairs at least three committees in the City Council, namely: Committee on Games and Amusement; Committee on Sports Development; and Committee on Police, Penology, Fire, and Civil Military Relations.

This is his second term as city councilor in Lapu-Lapu under the slate of Chan that won a landslide victory in the May 9 elections.

Meanwhile, Councilor Emilio Galaroza Jr. was elected as vice president, while Councilors Annabeth Cuizon and Linda Susan Baring were elected as secretary-general and treasurer, respectively.

Councilor Jorgen Book was the PCL chapter’s auditor, while Councilors Celestino Aying and Councilor Eugene Espedido were elected as PRO and business manager, respectively.

Elected chapter directors are Councilors Marciano Alforque, Efren Herrera, Joseph Pangatungan, Climaco Tatoy Jr., and Nelson Yap.

Chan administered the oath of the newly elected PCL Lapu-Lapu City Chapter officers.

The councilors selected their PCL chapter officers with the Department of the Interior and Local Government City Director Jonah Pino, along with ex-officio member Laika Tampus and Sangguniang Panlungsod Secretary Frank Limpangog, who presided over the conduct of the election.

This was also conducted in the presence of PCL National President Handy Lao, PCL national secretariats Anabella Estonactoc and Myrna Comerciante, and Olongapo City Councilor Gina Perez. (MKG)

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Mandaue to deploy e-buses soon

Fri, 2022-08-12 15:13
MANDAUE City will soon implement the use of electric buses following an ordinance approved by the Mandaue City Council that mandates using environment-friendly transport units to address the city's environmental problems.

Edwin Jumao-as, Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) head, told reporters on Friday, August 12, 2022, that they are now coordinating with transport operators in the city to conduct a transition period for using electric buses.

Jumao-as said they mandated operators to have at least one electric bus out of 15 units deployed along routes in Barangays Cabangcalan, Cansaga, Tintay, and along Hernan Cortes St. soon.

Jumao-as said this is to ensure they would master operating the electric buses should the City Government mandate them to transition fully into using such.

The electric buses will be fully airconditioned and have a seating capacity of 25 persons. The fare for it would be slightly higher than the regular buses, but Jumao-as said they have not discuss about it yet.

These buses will still observe the color coding policy.

“We also remind our operators to follow the color coding policy so they will not have trouble renewing their franchise,” said Jumao-as.

Also on Friday, August 12, one of the transport operators had a dry run with the bus supported by Get Philippines, one of the City Government's partners, to supply electric buses.

On April 25, the City Council approved Ordinance 15-2022-1710, authored by Councilor and Chairman of the Committee of Transportation Jimmy Lumapas, requiring Mandaue City to use electrically operated transport vehicles to address environmental issues and climate change.

Jumao-as said the use of electric buses would help address the city's flood problem, as well as the environment.

Flooding has been a problem in some areas in Mandaue City. On August 4, some villages were flooded following heavy rains. (HIC)
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La Salle, Marinerong Pilipino surge ahead in PBA D-League semis

Fri, 2022-08-12 14:14
The EcoOil-La Salle came alive in the fourth canto to thwart the Adalem Construction-St. Clare, 89-74, in Game One of the 2022 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup semifinals on Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Schonny Winston put up 24 points, four assists, three rebounds, and three assists to power the Green Archers to the easy win and move a victory away from advancing to the championship series.

CJ Austria was also crucial for EcoOil-La Salle's 11-2 fourth quarter pullaway that gave the Archers a 71-55 cushion. He scored eight of his 15 points in that stretch, on top of his seven boards.

Kevin Quiambao commandeered the team's defense and finished with 18 points, six rebounds, four blocks, and three dimes off the bench, while Mark Nonoy had 15 points on 3-of-5 shooting from deep.

"We tightened up on defense," said coach Derick Pumaren, as his side broke off from a 52-all deadlock and finished the third quarter on an 8-1 blast to take a 60-53 edge. La Salle kept on coming and stretched the lead to its biggest at 21 points, 78-57.

In the first game, Marinerong Pilipino also moved a win away from a return trip to the Finals after they took down the Apex Fuel-San Sebastian, 74-66 in the other semifinal series.

Juan Gomez de Liano ignited the Skippers' early 21-8 assault that set the tone for the dominant win. Marinero led by as much as 17 points, 72-55. The University of the Philippines playmaker led the way with a near-triple-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists as Marinerong Pilipino aims to make it back to the championship series after finishing as the runner-up in the 2019 Foundation Cup.

Arvin Gamboa chimed in 15 points, five boards, two assists, and two blocks, Jollo Go scored 14, and Adrian Nocum nabbed 12 points and seven rebounds for the Skippers.

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Dancing inmates back

Fri, 2022-08-12 13:39
TOURISTS and even ordinary Cebuanos can soon watch the live performances of the world-famous dancing inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) again.

Despite the heavy rain, around 800 inmates took center stage as they gracefully danced to different songs in front of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and other high-ranking government officials in Central Visayas on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.

Garcia said they plan to bring back the regular public viewing of the inmate’s performances after it was halted in 2016.

The governor said they are still coordinating with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology for the schedule of the performances which the general public can witness.

Garcia added that the provincial government is already preparing a tourism package that will include the dancing inmates.

“We are still preparing the (tour) package itself because we have to adopt... Sa present circumstances and atoa pud tan-awon you know (the) lessons that we have learned adtong primero aron atoa pa ning ma enhance puhon sa mga turista,” said Garcia.

(Under the present circumstances, we need to look at, you know, the lessons we have learned from our previous staging, so that we can enhance this offering for our tourists.)

Garcia also mentioned that they will schedule certain dates when the family members of the dancing inmates can also watch the performances in CPDRC.

The persons deprived of liberty were taught their dance moves by Dancesport Team Cebu led by renowned Cebuano choreographer Edward Hayco.

According to Hayco, the inmates had been practicing three hours every day for three weeks just for their comeback performance on Friday.

“We are very impressed with their dancing skills because one thing is your skill but another thing is your eagerness, passion, and love of the gift of dancing,” said Hayco.

The theme of their dance presentation aims to create an impact on the international community about the talents of the dancing inmates and the Cebuanos in general.

“The music has to have an international flavor and energy. We want to shout out to the world what Cebu is. We are proud of what we are doing. We are proud of our inmates and we want to project that to the world,” Hayco said.

Savings and skills

After the performance, the Cebu Provincial Government donated kits containing basic commodities as tokens for the inmates of CPDRC.

The Cooperative Bank of Cebu (CBC) and Technical Education And Skills Development Authority (Tesda) also allowed the inmates to experience their services such as opening a savings account and availing of free skills training.

Passbooks were given to 107 inmates so they could already start depositing in their savings account in CBC.

The governor said this initiative will allow inmates to deposit money that they can earn through donations from the public who will witness their dance performances.

There was also a ceremonial distribution of Tesda scholarship certificates for free skills training in bread and pastry production and hilot massage.

The leader of the inmates known as alias Tako (name withheld for privacy) said they are happy about the rebirth of the dance performances.

“Nangandam mi og maayo. Nagpasalamat mi sa governor nga nabalik among sayaw sa mga binalanggo,” said Tako. (We prepared well for this. We thank the governor for resuming the dance performances of the inmates.)

Tako added that before, there were around 3,000 dancing inmates, but many had already been freed and most of them were very good dancers.

According to Tako, no one forced them to dance since it is a form of exercise and dancing can also entertain them while they are locked in prison.

When it began

The dancing inmates was the brainchild of Byron Garcia, the governor’s brother, during his stint as Capitol consultant on security over 10 years ago.

Dancing made the CPDRC inmates an international phenomenon on the video-sharing website YouTube after they danced to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” drawing national and foreign media to the CPDRC to cover the 1,600 inmates the jail had then.

The video of their “Thriller” routine, uploaded by Byron on YouTube on July 17, 2007, landed fifth on Time magazine’s top 10 most viewed videos on the Internet in 2007.

Other tunes the inmates danced to were “Electric Dreams,” “I Will Follow Him” and “Hail Holy Queen” of the movies “Sister Act” and “Sister Act 2,” “Ice, Ice Baby,” “Cannon in D,” “Rico Mambo,” “You Can’t Touch This,” “Gloria” and “Crank That.”

Because so many people wanted to see the inmates dance, Byron scheduled every last Saturday of the month CPDRC’s open house when the public could watch the inmates dance.

However, amid innuendos that certain personalities might have benefited from the fame of the dancing inmates, and pending the institution of a better system to account for the donations received for the performances, the governor issued on Jan. 28, 2010, a memorandum stating that all CPDRC-related activities would now be handled by her as jailer.

With the memorandum, Byron bid his inmates goodbye. In February 2010, the governor did not renew Byron’s contract as Capitol consultant on security.

Byron was credited for the dancing inmates at a time CPDRC prisoners were known for starting riots. The dancing was instituted as a form of exercise for the inmates. He first uploaded videos of their dance performances in 2006.

In December 2011, during the signing of a sisterhood agreement between Cebu Province and Busan, South Korea, Busan City Mayor Nam-Sik Hur expressed interest in replicating the program of Cebu’s dancing inmates after Capitol arranged a special viewing of the dance performance of the inmates.

In the same month, then tourism secretary Ramon Jimenez called the dancing inmates one of the “most incredible tourist attractions on earth,” after witnessing a presentation at the CPDRC.

The once-a-month shows, offered free of charge to the public, continued under Garcia’s successor as governor, Hilario Davide III, in 2013 until 2016, when issues of overcrowding, smuggling in of cellphones and laptops, and the plying of the illegal drug trade inside the provincial jail erupted.

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Cebu dancing inmates are back

Fri, 2022-08-12 13:39
THE world-famous dancing inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) took the center stage again when they performed Friday, August 12, 2022.

Despite the downpour, around 800 inmates graciously danced to the tune of different music in front of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and other high-ranking government officials in Central Visayas.

The persons deprived of liberty were taught by Dancesport Team Cebu led by renowned Cebuano choreographer Edward Hayco.

Garcia said they are planning to bring back the regular public viewing of the inmate's performances after it was halted in 2010.

After the performance, the Cebu Provincial Government donated kits containing basic commodities as a token to the inmates of CPDRC.

The Cooperative Bank of Cebu and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) also allowed the inmates to experience their services, such as opening a savings account and availment of free skills training. (SunStar Philippines)

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Worker lands in jail for stealing bottle of chlorine worth P61

Fri, 2022-08-12 10:03
A SANITATION worker for a food manufacturing firm in Compostela town was arrested after he tried to sneak out a bottle of chlorine worth P61 from their plant on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.

When local police asked him why he committed the crime, Florito Pelit, 28, said he only did so because he wanted to disinfect the rainwater stored in the concrete tank in his residence so it can be used by his two children.

SunStar Cebu withholds the name of the firm pending its comment.

Lt. Andrew Rellanos, Compostela Police Station chief, said Pelit, a resident of Barangay Don Gregorio Antigua, Borbon town, was about to go home after his work when Jubert Luchavez, the firm’s security guard, conducted a routine inspection on their exiting employees at 5:11 p.m.

Upon checking Pelit’s belongings, Luchavez found a bottle of chlorine hidden in the former’s lunchbox.

The bottle of chlorine was believed to have been stolen from the firm’s housekeeping department, where Pelit is employed.

Rellanos said when they confronted Pelit, the latter became emotional and sought for his employer’s forgiveness.

Upon hearing Pelit’s reason, Rellanos even offered the firm to pay the P61 for the bottle of chlorine.

Despite the police official’s gesture, officials of the food manufacturing firm is reportedly determined to sue Pelit.

“Naluoy pud mi niya kay dunay mga anak. Gamiton lang daw ang chlorine sa gipundong tubig sa uwan. Mitabang mi sa paghangyo nga bayaran ang P61 pesos nga chlorine, pero wala mosugot ang management,” Rellanos said.

(We took pity on him as he has two children. He said he would use the chlorine for the rainwater stored in their concrete rainwater storage tank. We even helped him ask the company to allow him to pay for the P61 chlorine, but the management refused.)

Pelit is set to be charged for qualified theft. Rolly Caburnay, the firm’s head of security, will serve as complainant.

This was not the first time that the firm had encountered such an incident.

Caburnay told SunStar Cebu that in the past, one of their employees was also sued by the company for stealing hotdogs worth P30 just as he was about to leave work.

The employee offered to pay for hotdogs he had stolen but the the company refused the gesture.
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Employee lands in jail for stealing chlorine worth P61

Fri, 2022-08-12 10:03
AN EMPLOYEE of a food manufacturing company in the northern Cebu town of Compostela was arrested for trying to sneak a bottle of chlorine worth P61 out of the establishment.

Lieutenant Andrew Montesclaros Rellanos, chief of Compostela Police Station, identified the suspect as Florito Puyos Pelit, 28, married, of Sitio Camanggahan, Barangay Don Gregorio Antigua, Borbon town, northern Cebu, a sanitation employee of the manufacturing company.

Pelit was about to go out of the company premises after his duty at 5:11 p.m. Thursday, August 11, 2022, when he was intercepted by security guard Jubert Cayangnong Luchavez, 39, of Purok Daghol, Barangay Guinsay, Danao City, after a bottle of chlorine was found in his bag during a routine inspection.

The chlorine was believed to be a cleaning supply at the company's housekeeping department.

Pelit was turned over to the police after the incident. He will be facing a charge of qualified theft. (GPL, TPT)

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Starkwood Properties Inc.-2009 downs MJT-2008 for first win in SHAABAA

Fri, 2022-08-12 09:16
Starkwood Properties-2009 took down the Marjaztin Glass Trading & Construction-2008, 83-70, to nab their first victory in Division B of the 25th Sacred Heart Ateneo Alumni Basketball Athletic Association (SHAABAA) last Wednesday at the Magis Eagles Arena inside the Ateneo de Cebu campus in Mandaue City.

The win bumped 2009’s record to 1-3 while 2008 plunged to 0-3 for the season. 2009 seized control of the match in the second canto as they turned a slim 22-17 lead into a sizable 42-27 advantage at halftime. From there, they would stretch their lead to a high of 26, 62-36, before cruising to the victory.

Kyle Valmoria led 2009 with 26 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists, while power forward Niel Benedicto added 18 points—including a spectacular shot that he made while sitting down in the shaded lane—seven boards, four assists, a steal, and a block.

OJ Cimafranca paced 2008 with 24 points, while Ed Macasling, back in action after a knee injury, added 16 markers.

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Ateneo de Manila wins World University Basketball Series championship

Fri, 2022-08-12 09:02
The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles capped off their Japan sojourn with a championship as they defeated Tokai University, 68-59, to bring home the World University Basketball Series crown on Thursday at the Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium in Tokyo.

The win was hardly without any tough moments as the Blue Eagles’ once-formidable 15-point lead was sliced down to just six, 59-65, in the last 29 seconds. However, Kai Ballungay and Cebuano guard Sean Quitevis put the finishing touches on the victory with several clutch free-throws.

Dave Ildefonso led Ateneo with 14 points, six boards, and two assists, while Josh Lazaro added a near-double-double of eight points and 13 boards. Big man Geo Chiu also filled up the stat-sheet with six points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks.

The victory was a nice momentum-booster for the Blue Eagles, which is preparing to bounce back in the UAAP after losing the title to the University of the Philippines earlier this year.
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Working smart: How far can your internet connection take you?

Fri, 2022-08-12 08:00
GONE are the days when working non-stop will get you to the top. Nowadays, as life gets more complex, the real way to succeed is to work smart.

Working smart means using one’s strength to reach their goals in the most efficient way possible while maximizing different tools and trends to their advantage. And one of the essential tools that smart workers rely on to keep in touch and accomplish work on a daily basis is the internet.

More than just having an internet connection at home, smart workers understand that it’s critical to choose the right speed, reliability, and affordability for their day-to-day online activities.

With SKY Fiber’s Super Speed Plans, individuals have access to unlimited broadband plans that are swak for both their speed needs and budget, eliminating frustrations and financial burden in their work and life.

We asked a SKY subscriber from Cebu City how an internet connection that is swak to their lifestyle helps them work smarter every day.

Accomplishing tasks efficiently

As a working mom and wife, Arvy Enjambre-Lopez has to juggle her job as an executive financial advisor and tend to her family’s daily needs. At the height of the pandemic when everyone had to stay at home, Arvy was worried about how she would continue working now that she has household duties 24/7.

“Going online and talking on Zoom was unheard of before,” she said. “‘What’s going to happen to my clients?’ ‘How will I visit them?’ were questions I asked myself, but the transition was made easier for me because I had a reliable internet service provider.”

Arvy’s fast internet speed allows her to accomplish deliverables swiftly and on time. Connecting with clients through video calls isn’t a struggle too because the stable connection feels as if they are face-to-face and could wrap up meetings much quicker.

Once her work for the day is completed, she’s able to devote her time to paying the bills, cleaning the house, or helping her daughter with her online classes. She feels more productive and accomplishes more things in a day as compared to before.

Seamless communication As a financial advisor, Arvy services several clients all over the country and staying connected with them is crucial to her job. But instead of making disruptive regular calls or check-ins, she made it a point to simply be readily available when she’s needed.

When her whole family began using the internet simultaneously, it worried her if she would still be able to immediately answer clients’ queries and hold meetings without lagging issues.

Fortunately, the WiFi Mesh included in SKY Fiber plans eliminates dead zones in any room and distributes the internet signal evenly around the house.

Arvy remarked, “My daughter goes online, my husband goes online. There are three iPads, three laptops, three iPhones and more devices connected to the internet all at the same time, and to my surprise, we don’t experience any lag at all.”

Balancing work and play Grinding on work all day without taking time to relax can lead to burnout. Arvy strives to strike a balance so that she can be a better employee, wife, and mother.

One of the things she loves about her internet subscription plan is that they can bundle it with cable for their home entertainment needs. “I get cable and internet and add-ons that let me access streaming apps easily, and to think, this is one of the most basic plans SKY Fiber offers,” she shared.

The cost of maintaining this internet and cable-bundled subscription doesn’t take up a lot of their budget too. Because of this, they get to allocate the rest of their budget to other leisure activities or more important expenses.

Overall, Arvy gets to work more efficiently with an internet connection that gives her the right amount of speed at an affordable price. This saves her both time and money, allowing her to also prioritize her family and personal goals in life.

Finding your swak internet plan is important if you want to work smart and elevate your lifestyle. If you’re still searching for the perfect home internet plan that is “swak sa speed, sulit sa budget,” consider SKY Fiber.

The 30Mbps Plan costs P1,299 per month and you’ll already get a free WiFi Mesh device which eliminates dead zones in the home. The speed is also boosted up 45Mbps until October 31 so that you can experience faster speeds without shelling out more money.



There are also options that combine SKY Fiber unli broadband plans with a SKYcable HD TV plan, two free WiFi Mesh devices, and a SKY Evo digibox for streaming apps, so that your family can make the most of your subscription. You can go for the affordable 40Mbps Plan (boosted up to 65Mbps until October 31) which includes 16 HD and 52 SD channels for P1,699 per month.

Interested to subscribe? Check out mysky.com.ph/skyfiber and apply online. If you submit an online application for a 50Mbps Plan or higher, you can treat yourself and your family with up to P400 free Greenwich e-GCs until September 30. S
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The success of Acer Day 2022: The Green Mark Concert

Fri, 2022-08-12 01:56
ON August 8, 2022, Acer Day 2022 ambassadors, led by P-pop kings SB19 performed to a huge crowd at the SM MOA Arena but what made the event even more special is that the Acer Day 2022: The Green Mark Concert was for a good cause—to help save the environment.

The event was a huge success and made the good kind of noise from start to finish. #AcerDay2022 trended locally and worldwide on Twitter and has over 2.4 million views on TikTok!

Instead of selling tickets to the concert, Acer enjoined fans to do sustainable acts, such as buying products from Acer’s sustainable line, Aspire Vero; donating to GreenEarth Heritage Foundation, and collecting cleaned, washed, and dried plastic waste and dropping them off at The Plaf, a social enterprise that recycles plastic.

The Acer Day 2022: The Green Mark Concert raised Php1.38M for the GreenEarth Heritage Foundation and 20 metric tons of plastic waste compensation for The Plaf.

The phenomenal group SB19 opened the show strong with Acer’s song “Live It Up”, followed by charismatic P-pop group Kaia who performed “Kaya.”

Singer-songwriter Adie serenaded the audience with “Mahika” and “Paraluman” while the lovely Janina Vela performed her latest song, “Hello Stranger.”

Predator Gaming Philippines ambassadors and musicians CLR, Awi, and Yow had a jam session while indie rock band SUD performed their hit songs, “Baliw” and “Sila.”

Parokya ni Edgar led by Chito Miranda partied with the audience with the group’s timeless hits, “Buloy,” Para Sa Iyo,” Harana,” Halaga,” “Inuman Na”, and “Your Song.” Lucky audience members got to perform with them for “Pangarap Lang Kita” and “Bagsakan.”

Finally, SB19 did not disappoint fans who waited all day by performing their debut song “Tilahula,” hit songs “What?,” “SLMT,” and “Mapa.” They also closed the show with their new song for Acer titled “Make Your Green Mark,” co-written by the group’s very own Pablo. Watch the “Make Your Green Mark” music video here.

Other Acer and Predator ambassadors such as Alodia, Een Mercado, Kang Dupet, Amara, Burg, TNC Predator, ArkAngel Predator, Team Secret, Kuya Nic, Chibiby, and Team Payaman were also present to celebrate Acer Day 2022.

“We are happy that this year’s celebration was a huge success but our mission to protect the planet is not over yet. You can still join the 21-day #MakeYourGreenMark Challenge and do your part to help save the environment just as Acer has done with its green initiatives,” said Acer Philippines General Manager Sue Ong-Lim.

Guests and fans can find out how to make their green mark just like their favorites by taking a look at this link.

To relive moments from Acer Day 2022 and to learn more about the 21-day #MakeYourGreenMark Challenge, fans can follow Acer on its social media platforms: @AcerPH on Facebook, @acerph on Instagram, and @acerphils on Twitter or go to www.acer.com. (SPONSORED CONTENT)
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13 Lapu-Lapu drug surrenderers receive livelihood aid

Thu, 2022-08-11 22:43
ONLY 13 of the more than 800 graduates of the Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBDRP) in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu were given livelihood assistance on Thursday, August 11, 2022.

Garry Lao, head of the City of Lapu-Lapu Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Closap), told SunStar Cebu that they are the first batch of drug surrenderers who completed the CBDRP and given a cash aid from the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) since Mayor Junard "Ahong" Chan assumed office as local chief executive in 2019.

He said 12 of the graduates are from Barangay Subabasbas, which is among those that were already declared as drug-cleared barangay by the Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing Program, while the other one is from Barangay Talima.

They were granted cash assistance amounting to P5,000 each for their Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), said Lao, adding it would depend on the recipients as to what business they would like to explore.

Lao said about 844 drug surrenderers have so far completed the CBDRP since 2019 up to present.

He emphasized, however, that those who have undergone the city's CBDRP could not directly receive the livelihood assistance once they graduate.

"Moagi una siya og mga rekisitos, mga pamaagi kon kinsay makadawat or assessment (It has to go through a process to assess who will receive the assistance)," he said.

This, he added, is aimed to determine whether the surrenderers could handle the assistance, or if they are appropriate enough to be given such.

He noted that after graduating from the six-month-long CBDRP, the drug surrenderers will still be monitored by the CSWDO twice a month.

Lao said there are 192 pending applicants or CBDRP graduates who are undergoing assessment for the SLP: Marigondon (34), Baring (62), Babag (12), Basak (67), and Buaya (17). (MKG)
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13 drug rehab program graduates get assistance

Thu, 2022-08-11 22:43
AT LEAST 12 drug users from Barangay Subabasbas and one from Barangay Talima who graduated from the Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBDRP) were granted livelihood cash assistance from the Lapu-Lapu City Social Welfare and Development (CSWDO).

Closap executive director Garry Lao said the CSWDO granted a total of P65,000 worth of livelihood assistance to the 13 drug surrenderers who have completed and graduated from their CBDRP.

Each of the graduates received P5,000.

Lao said the 13 graduates from the CBRP are now undergoing an Aftercare Program by the CSWDO, which assesses the graduates to be able to avail themselves of its sustainable livelihood programs.

"The program of the City Government, through the CSWDO, is a big help for them to provide additional income for their families and of course, to get rid of engaging in illegal activities," Lao said.

CSWDO-livelihood focal person Michael Espinosa said the 13 were the first batch of surrenderers who received the cash aid. (PR)
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400 homes gone in 3 days

Thu, 2022-08-11 21:57
AFTER three days of relentless clearing operations, the Cebu City Government has cleared about 400 of the 600 illegal structures encroaching on the Kinalumsan River.

The structures were situated along a two-kilometer riverbank in Barangays Duljo-Fatima and Mambaling, Councilor Jerry Guardo told SunStar Cebu Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.

Guardo said the clearing team did not encounter any resistance as some of the affected residents voluntarily demolished their structures.

The clearing operation was conducted in line with the order of Mayor Michael Rama to reclaim the three-meter easement zone in all waterways in the city, he said.

This will also allow the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to fast-track its implementation of various flood control projects in the city.

According to Guardo, there is a simultaneous clearing operation all around the city but they are giving priority to Kinalumsan River since there are 200 structure owners who did not vacate despite having been paid to leave already by the government.

“In Kinalumsan, there are 200 structure owners who have already received the financial (assistance) but have not totally vacated (the area). That is why we are forced to implement the clearing operations,” said Guardo.

However, Guardo also admitted that there are still a few affected residents who have not received the cash aid but that the city government is already hastening the release of the financial assistance.

Guardo said 20 families have not received the assistance, but they are currently sheltered in Basak San Nicolas Elementary School and are being assisted by the city government.

The demolition team also encountered structures that are built on private lots, but Guardo said they are dealing with them separately.

Guardo assured that the private lot owners will also be compensated once the land value is determined along with the size of the property that will be affected.

The campaign of the government will not stop at the clearing operations but continue with making sure that the residents don’t return and build new structures along the river, said Guardo.

Once the area is cleared, Guardo said roads will be built that can be accessed by the public as shortcut routes.

The city government will also deploy personnel who will act as “river watchers” and implement laws that aim to maintain the cleanliness of the rivers, he added.

After clearing the Kinalumsan River, the city government will then focus its operations on the Guadalupe and Lahug Rivers, Guardo said.

Last Aug. 5, Rama ordered the removal of at least 2,000 structures along rivers and waterways in the city to prevent casualties during heavy rains following the Aug. 4 downpour that caused flooding and the overflowing of several rivers in the city.

The rains also caused floods in several areas in Mandaue City, particularly the flood-prone areas where at least 171 families had to be evacuated.

Mandaue City

The Mandaue City government, however, has not yet decided on the resumption of the clearing of illegal structures located within the three-meter easement zone in the city’s riverbanks despite the pouring rain that recently hit Cebu in the last two weeks.

City Administrator Jamaal James Calipayan told SunStar Cebu on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, that they stopped clearing the three-meter zones when the Covid-19 pandemic started in 2020. But some structures were taken down during the pandemic, especially those affected by ongoing flood control projects.

Among the areas where they conducted clearing were Centro-Tipolo Creek, Ibabao-Estancia Creek, Casili-Consolacion Creek (Cubacub area), Basak Creek, Cansaga Bridge (mangrove area), with Mahiga Creek and the Butuanon River as their top priorities.

Calipayan said they would conduct a new assessment to determine the number of existing illegal structures within these danger zones.

Data from the Housing and Urban Development Office (Hudo), however, show that there were 1,161 families illegally situated along the Butuanon River and 714 families along the Mahiga Creek in 2013 but that these numbers have dropped to 839 families in Butuanon and 597 families in Mahiga in 2022.

Other areas also saw significant drops in informal settlers from 2013 to 2022, such as Centro-Tipolo from 622 to 318, Mactan Channel from 719 to 616, and Basak Creek from 235 to 195 families, after the city government’s successive clearing operations.

Ibabao-Estancia, from having 171 families in 2013, was also cleared. But Casili-Consolacion Creek remained with 13 families, while Cansaga Bridge had an increased population of informal settlers from 174 to 180 families in 2022.

All in all, the areas had been cleared of a total of 1,266 out of 4,563 households so far, which is about 27 percent of their target.

Mandaue Mayor Jonas Cortes said earlier he aimed to clear these river areas to prevent casualties and accidents during calamities as part of the city government’s rehabilitation program.

He said they would establish nature parks in these areas once cleared to prevent informal settlers from returning.

Vincent Gay Aquino, Hudo head, said about 1,200 of the informal settlers affected by the clearing operations, particularly in Mahiga and Butuanon, had already relocated to the housing project the city government had allotted for them in 6.5 Zone Ahos in Barangay Paknaan.

Others availed themselves of the Balik Probinsya program by the City Social Welfare and Services, where beneficiaries who wish to return to their provinces receive P10,000 in financial assistance.

To convince the remaining informal settlers to vacate these danger zones, Aquino said they had initiated a nine-year Local Shelter Plan, which started in 2021 and will run through 2029, to provide more shelters and relocation sites. They are now coordinating with key shelter agencies to fund the housing.
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Nearly 1M tourists visit Central Visayas; return to pre-pandemic levels eyed in 2025

Thu, 2022-08-11 21:52
ALMOST one million foreign and local tourists visited Central Visayas in the first half of 2022, auguring well for the country’s tourism industry, which aims to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2025, tourism officials said.

Some 962,418 tourists visited the region from January to June, of whom 889,315 were locals and 73,103 were foreigners, Tourism Undersecretary Shahlimar Tamano said during the “Go Explore Cebu: Tourism Summit” held in Cebu City on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022,

Tamano, who is concurrent regional director, said this development proves that the revival of the tourism industry in the region is underway.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) aims to increase the number of visitors to the region by 300,000 before the year ends. Central Visayas groups Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

“Central Visayas is ready and open for tourism... And we’re excited in the coming days under the new administration and new Secretary (Christina Frasco) of the DOT,” said Tamano.

Apart from Cebu, the province of Bohol is also a favorite tourist destination in the region.

During the tourism summit held at SM Seaside City Cebu, Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco projected that the Philippine tourism industry will return to its pre-pandemic levels in 2025 after peaking at more than 12 percent contribution to the country’s gross domestic product before the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020.

Last March, Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the Philippines recorded 16.9 million international arrivals in 2019, before pandemic restrictions brought arrivals down to 3.6 million in 2020, and further down to 1.4 million in 2021.

Frasco said the Philippines currently ranks sixth in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Region and 75th in the world in the ranking of the most visited countries in terms of tourism.

“Considering the beauty and quality of our offerings, as well as the warmth of our people, we are not simply satisfied with regaining our sixth position and 75th global position. We want our standing to far exceed the present position,” Frasco said.

Challenges

The DOT has identified the following as the major challenges faced by the tourism sector: limited gateway access, lack of tourism infrastructure, inadequate attention on health and safety concerns, and the significant economic decline in the industry.

To address these challenges, Frasco said the agency will employ three major strategies: Connectivity, Convenience, and E(Quality).

Connectivity will focus on the DOT collaborating with the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Transportation, and the Department of Information and Communications Technology for the enhancement and construction of highway, bridges, airports and seaport facilities, and improvement of internet connectivity.

Convenience will focus on easing travel restrictions and ensuring uniformity of protocols, enhancing overall tourist experience, introducing tourist service centers, and improving medical and health facilities.

Finally, the secretary said that under E(Quality), the DOT will revisit the accreditation policy, ensuring that the standards of quality in the tourism industry will be followed. (ANV / TPT, EHP)
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Cebu City moves closer to using ‘crypto coin’

Thu, 2022-08-11 21:33
THE Cebu City Government will soon be using a recently developed “crypto coin” as a way to promote cashless payments at City Hall.

This after city officials and proponents announced that C Pass Inc., a Cebu-based joint venture that has an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the city government to develop a stablecoin for use in financial transactions, has entered the third stage of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) vetting process for Virtual Asset Service Providers.

“Once the process is completed, C Pass Inc. will begin to issue its stablecoin C Peso and launch its app-based and web-based electronic wallet that will enable users to purchase, send, receive and swap cryptocurrency and fiat money,” explained C Pass Inc. treasurer Charlie Seo.

It uses the same system employed in Korea and has a one- is-to-one crypto to fiat value, meaning one C Peso is equivalent to P1.

Not affected by currency fluctuation, inflation

Because it is stable, the value of the coin does not change regardless of currency fluctuation and inflation.

This makes it advantageous for people, including low-income Filipinos, overseas Filipino workers remitting money to family, tourists and foreign investors, said Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia, in a statement sent to SunStar Cebu on Thursday, August 11, 2022.

Online bank transactions

Garcia noticed that some transactions in City Hall involve people who are abroad and who already have ready access to cryptocurrency but still prefer online bank transactions which are viewed as less secure, more time-consuming, and involve fluctuating interests and fees.

“Plain and simple, at the outset, we wanted a cashless system. But there are many platforms out there. So, we welcome any and all forms of cashless transactions such as GCash, Paymaya, C Peso, etc. We want something stable, convenient, secure and cost-efficient. Anything that makes us more business friendly,” Garcia said.

Convenience

Beyond transactions at City Hall, issuing the C Peso is also convenient for those who want easy access to buying, selling and trading cryptocurrency, particularly Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP and other stablecoins, said C Pass’ Seo.

People, Garcia added, can buy and load onto their digital wallets, and then use them in remote transactions conveniently and safely using either a web-based or an app-based remittance system.

In an interview following the signing of its April 2021 MOU with the City, C Pass Inc. director Kim Jae-won said their stablecoin C Peso is based on Ethereum’s blockchain technology.

Kim said their technology will “contribute to and revitalize the economy in Cebu City” and sees opportunities for its wider use, beyond making City Hall payments.

He foresees its use in foreign direct investments and trade.

City connects with GCash

Meanwhile, Garcia announced that recently met with electronic money issuer giant GCash to discuss integrating the company’s technology for real property and business tax payments.

“In terms of convenience for taxpayers and, given the lessons learned from the pandemic, cashless is really the way to go, and we are committed to looking for the best arrangements for our stakeholders,” said Garcia, who was head of the Cebu City Council’s local finance committee prior to becoming vice mayor. (PR)
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Editorial: Penalizing political turncoats

Thu, 2022-08-11 21:33
Deeply entrenched in Philippine political life are political dynasties. Each province, each city, each municipality has a family that dominates the political setting or two sets of opposing families vying for power.

The other common feature in the Philippine political setting is the practice of turncoatism after elections. Filipinos saw this after the elections of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016 and President Benigno Aquino III in 2010: Several politicians jumped to Duterte’s PDP-Laban and Aquino’s Liberal Party, making the two presidents’ respective parties dominant forces during their terms. After they stepped down from Malacañang, their parties became dwarves.

Several lawmakers have filed bills to penalize turncoatism, among them then senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Franklin Drilon. But none of their bills became law.

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who’s now a senior deputy speaker of the House, filed on June 30, 2022, House Bill (HB) 488 or the Political Party Development Act of 2022, aiming to restrict and penalize turncoatism and reform political parties.

Section 13 of Arroyo’s proposed law states that politicians who change their party affiliation one year before and one year after any elections would have forfeited the elective position they are running for or the post they have been elected for.

These are the penalties for a political turncoat: Disqualification from running for any elective position in the next succeeding election immediately following the act of changing political party affiliation; disqualification from being appointed or from holding any position in any public or government office for three years after the expiration of the current term/office; disqualification from assuming any executive or administrative position in the new political party; and refund of any and all amounts received from one’s former political party, plus a 25 percent surcharge thereon.

It is doubtful if Arroyo’s bill will get the nod of her fellow lawmakers who mostly, if not all, have changed political parties in the course of their careers. In her long political career, the 75-year-old daughter of the late President Diosdado Macapagal has changed affiliations and forged alliances with other parties, too.

The provision in the 1987 Constitution banning political dynasties has not been enforced because it still needs an enabling law, and not a bill has been passed. The reason is clear as day: the Philippine Congress is dominated by members of political clans.

So it is highly unlikely that lawmakers, some of whom—if not all—have been turncoats, would pass HB 488, which they can view as a piece of joke. Granting Arroyo’s bill becomes law, a politician can still sneak around it: by changing parties two years before or after elections.

Dynasties and turncoatism show the immaturity of Philippine politics. Politically mature Filipinos could only wonder if they could see a seismic change in local and national politics in their lifetime.
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Malilong: Growing old

Thu, 2022-08-11 21:31
You know you’re getting old, my favorite law professor Teddy Almase once told me, when you start missing some steps that you used to make even with your eyes closed around the house. It starts with your eyesight, former Talisay City mayor Delia Bacaltos Tiu said on another occasion, and it goes downhill from there.

I had sage advice about getting old. Nobody taught me what it was like when you got there.

I turned 70 this year. Along the way, I had angioplasty, dealt with a volatile blood pressure that hovers between 170/100 when I am upset and 140/90 on a good day, and struggled recognizing faces 20 meters away (Delia was right; my eyesight was the first sense that failed me).

I have had trouble remembering names (“chicharon” and “microwave” are a particular challenge; I wrote those in Notes on my phone). Once, I cursed loudly while talking to a friend, prompting her to ask what was wrong. When I told her that my phone was missing and I was in a rush for an appointment, she replied, “I didn’t know you had a second phone.” I laughed softly in embarrassment. I also decided to buy a second phone.

It’s a case of attention overload, my wife tries to reassure me. The phrase has since become my mantra and my refuge.

Wednesday night, at the 80th birthday party of a dear friend, I found myself seated among friends my age. Dodong Montecillo was a nurse at the former Southern Islands Hospital until his family migrated to the US. He came home to mark his milestone in the company of family and friends.

“Friends” included the people at my table, who played basketball with Dodong in the Cebu Professionals’ Basketball Association (Cepba) in the seventies and the eighties. A former varsity player, Dodong was a fierce competitor; he was the eldest of the Montecillo Sisters whose nicknames (Titing, Nonoy, Undo and Dodong) read like a glossary of Cebuano pet names. Montecillo Sisters was a joke; they were more like the Bruise Brothers of the Detroit Pistons in the mid- to late eighties. No quarter asked, no quarter given.

Except for former University of the Visayas Lancer Zotico Tan, Edmund Sanchez and the brothers Evan and Roy Ortiz, those at our table are long past our Cepba playing years. Former University of San Carlos Warrior Sessum Asignar and Ernie Gacayan and former University of San Jose-Recoletes Jaguar Roland Soque probably haven’t touched a ball since the turn of the century. Cebu Institute of Technology’s Boy Omega tried playing once but did not return because it was not the Cepba basketball he knew.

As usually happens among friends who have not seen each other for some time, our conversation started with “how are you?” Are you diabetic, taking maintenance meds, have had Covid and other health issues? Then it turned to “how are they?” Who were the friends who have died, who are bedridden or wheelchair-bound, who have Alzheimer’s, who have prospered and who are down on their luck, and who are not talking to each other?

Talks like those used to depress me but that night they did not. In fact, they don’t anymore. I’m comfortable where I am, with my age. Dodong is 80 and there he was dancing to his heart’s content with his grandchildren. Life is good.
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