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Moises: Should I reach out to my ex?

Sat, 2022-07-02 16:17
SANDRA: Hi Singlestalk. I’m in a six-month relationship with an officemate. My ex left for Dubai three years ago. We cut the cord in 2020. We couldn’t keep up with the demands of a long-distance relationship. We parted just through chat. I was so mad I didn’t even want to talk to him over the phone. Recently, I learned that he’s in town for a vacation for two months now. Honestly? I want to say sorry. Is it wise to reach out and have our closure?

DJ: You’re now in a relationship. Why do you still want to talk to your ex? Personally, I can’t help but be a little skeptical. Sure, it sounds like it was a tumultuous breakup. You were not waltzing away from the relationship with a champagne glass in hand, toasting to your new life. Staying away, to me, still is the better path.

You are already in a relationship. What’s its status? Being secure about it is crucial before you make any move. There’s a difference between a healthy and unhealthy communication with your ex. A lot of it has something to do with your current relationship status. If it’s still in the adjustment period, being in touch with your ex is a tricky move. Even if your ex has moved on. There may still be some unresolved emotions lurking within you. However, if the current relationship is thriving and there are no romantic feelings involved, communication with your ex may not make your boyfriend feel antsy when your phone vibrates.

Why do you want to reach out? One of the most important aspects in determining whether or not you should reach out to your ex is your motivation. If you want to see him so badly, it’s tough to remain objective. Breakups are always emotional. And raw emotion makes it hard to discern your motives for contacting your ex. Technically, you already broke up. Your ex is no longer your partner or even necessarily your friend. What kind of closure are you looking for? Reaching out can potentially open again what should remain closed. What do you want to happen? Are you hoping for a tearful reunion? Do you want to hash out what went wrong? But is your ex still willing to talk? Don’t you think he has his reasons why he remains disengaged? It’s been two months.

You can say what happened was not a cut-and-dried endeavor where you broke up, moved on, and went about your life. You did not have a chance to even talk. Speaking to your ex, on the flip side, can also keep your wounds from healing. Particularly if you still romanticize about the past. You might only be extracting the moments of the relationship you want to remember. It can obscure the valid concerns that led to the breakup. This email is just the beginning. I suggest you continue to seek support of family and friends you know who want the best for you. Go over all the emotions, concerns, fears and the rest of it. You can also write him a letter. Let it all out. But don’t send it. That way, you can express your emotions without involving your ex. I tried this before and it worked.

Breakups are never easy. You have created a space in your brain while you were together for your ex to act as a romantic partner. This space is not easily reassigned. It’s like breaking an addiction. It’s normal to want to dip back for more. You can consider, however, forging ahead with a friendship when both of you have already healed. Till then, I think it works better if you cut yourself off the source. Don’t rush just because he is in town. When you’re ready, you’ll know.
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Drug den dismantled, 4 drug suspects nabbed in Tejero

Sat, 2022-07-02 15:30
A drug den was dismantled during a buybust operation in Sitio Laurente, Barangay Tejero, Cebu City past noon on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

The joint elements from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA 7), Criminal Intelligence and Detection Group in Central Visayas and other police units conducted the buybust operation that led to the arrest of Jerecho Bascon, 48, allegedly a drug den maintainer, and drug den visitors Ronnie Rosos, 31; Leandro Duterte, 20; a construction worker; and Mitchell Leah Liquido, 42.

Confiscated during the operation were two packs of suspected shabu weighing around 11 grams with an estimated value of P74,800, buy-bust money, and drug paraphernalia.

Leia Alcantara, spokesperson of PDEA 7, said this is the first buybust operation that they conducted under new President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

She said they received information from concerned residents about the illegal drug activity of Bascon prior to the drug raid.

Cases for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the suspects. (BBT, TPT)
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Panunumpa, Pag-aalay, Panata: Mayor Lani Cayetano hits the ground running on Day 1

Sat, 2022-07-02 13:55
ONLY minutes after she was formally sworn in on Thursday, June 30, as the City's chief executive, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano hit the ground running by visiting programs that embody her administration's three priorities: health, economic development, and peace and order.

Mayor Lani checked the Taguig Love Caravan in Barangay Balagtas Covered Court, Lower Bicutan, where Taguigeños benefited from free medical and dental services such as checkups, wellness checks, lab tests, and dental extractions. Mayor Lani herself first launched this program in 2010.

She also expressed her intention to continue to improve the health programs developed by her predecessor, Mayor Lino Cayetano, especially those that seek to combat Covid-19.

As part of her administration's economic development thrust, Mayor Lani visited the Work for Pay Orientation at RP Cruz Elementary School, which was attended by more than 200 poverty alleviation program beneficiaries from Barangays New Lower Bicutan, Lower Bicutan, Hagonoy, San Miguel, Tuktukan and Bambang. The Work for Pay initiative is a Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged (Tupad) Workers of Department of Local Employment aimed at families affected by the pandemic but who are not among the national government's ayuda beneficiaries.

The Tupad program was funded under Bayanihan 1 and 2, which were passed when now-Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Mayor Lani were serving their terms in Congress.

In the peace and order arena, the Taguig chief executive met with Taguig chief of police Robert Baeza and Barangay Captain Pedrito Bermas at the Western Bicutan barangay hall, as she laid down her plans to ensure Taguig remains a safe city.

Earlier in the day, Mayor Lani said in her speech during her Panunumpa at the Sen. Renato “Compañero” Cayetano Memorial Science and High School, that her administration would continue the efforts of the past administration in fighting against Covid-19; expanding the economic development and employment in the City, and strengthening peace and order by conducting dialogues with stakeholders on how to intensify the anti-criminality efforts in the City.

"With the overwhelming victory of our slate lie a million dreams and and a million lives that look up to us for leadership and guidance. Mga ginigiliw kong Taguigeño, handa na ako bilang lingkod-bayan po ninyo, handa na po akong paglingkuran kayo bilang Punong Lungsod ng Taguig. Nawa ay handa na rin po kayong samahan ako," she said.

After the Panunumpa, Mayor Lani led a dedication ceremony in City Hall dubbed Pag-aalay attended by all department heads and employees. Mayor Lani dedicated the City Hall and their work to God, as the center of their administration’s service in the city.

Mayor Lani also signed her first executive order which institutionalizes a faith-based values-oriented leadership in the City. Under Executive Order No. 2022-ko01 Series of 202, Mayor Lani sought to establish a moral uprightness and values formation program ensuring that all Taguig employees continue to serve Taguigeños with honesty and integrity as a "God-centered and people-oriented" local government

The EO also lays down the administration’s zero tolerance for any form of corruption.

After the City Hall ceremony, Mayor Lani proceeded to the Taguig Love Caravan, Tupad Work For Pay Orientation, and the peace and order meeting with barangay officials and the local police.

Concluding her day-long activity, an inaugural celebration called Panata gathered all elected officials in the city as they vowed to fulfill their duty to God, country, and countrymen by serving the people wholeheartedly, regardless of their social status. SPONSORED CONTENT
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88% of PH sees rising Covid cases; positivity up too

Sat, 2022-07-02 13:30
NEARLY nine in 10 areas in the Philippines are currently experiencing a rise in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, with 57 areas being flagged by the Department of Health (DOH) for recording positive growth rates in the last two weeks.

“National and all regions observe continued case increases in the recent weeks with 88 percent of provinces, HUCs (highly urbanized cities), and ICCs (independent component cities) across all island groups showing positive growth in cases,” said the DOH in its latest national Covid-19 situationer report.

It noted how the average daily reported cases have gone up to 914 for the period of June 25 to July 1, from 599 for June 18 to 24.

The Octa Research has also recorded an increase in Covid-19 positivity rates of several provinces in the country, including Cebu, Dr. Guido David said Friday, July 1, 2022.

David said Cavite registered the highest increase in the positivity rate, which was from 5.9 percent on June 25 to 13.2 percent on June 29.

From a 6.0 percent positivity rate on June 25 in the National Capital Region (NCR), it rose to 7.5 percent on June 29.

The positivity rate of Batangas increased from 5.6 percent to 6.6 percent, Benguet from 3.2 percent to 6.0 percent, Iloilo from 5.7 percent to 6.9 percent, Laguna from 7.6 percent to 8.8 percent, and Pampanga from 5.9 percent to 7.7 percent.

The positivity rates of these areas have surpassed the five percent benchmark set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The positivity rate of Bulacan, Cebu and Davao del Sur also went up to 4.0, 3.5 and 3.3 percent on June 29, respectively, from 2.9, 2.8 and 2.1 percent on June 25.

The positivity rate refers to the number of people testing positive for coronavirus after getting tested.

On Thursday, June 30, the DOH recorded 1,309 fresh Covid-19 cases, the highest single daily tally since Feb. 25.

The country currently has 7,871 active Covid-19 cases.

The DOH flagged 32 Luzon areas, 14 Visayas areas, and 11 Mindanao areas showing positive growth in cases in the recent one and two weeks.

In the Visayas, flagged were Iloilo City, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Cebu, Lapu-Lapu City, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Tacloban City, and Biliran.

Central Visayas

Central Visayas had 392 Covid-19 active cases on June 30, 2022.

Based on the Covid-19 tracker of the DOH in Central Visayas, Cebu Province had the most number of active cases among the provinces at 67 active cases, followed by Negros Oriental with 38, and Bohol with 21.

The top 10 local government units in Cebu Province with the most number of active cases were Talisay City (15), Consolacion (5), Minglanilla, Danao City, and Liloan (4 each), Naga City (3), Carcar City and Toledo City (2 each), and Argao and Cordova (1 each).

For Cebu’s highly urbanized cities, Cebu City topped the list with 211 active Covid-19 cases, followed by Mandaue with 38 cases and Lapu-Lapu City with 17 cases.

For June 19 to 25, the DOH 7 reported 202 new Covid-19 cases with daily average of 29 cases, which is 132 percent higher than the cases from June 12 to 18.

For healthcare utilization, 26.3 percent or 360 of 1,368 non-ICU beds were utilized while only 7.5 percent or nine of 120 ICU (intensive care unit) beds were used as of June 25. Of the Covid-19 admissions, 37 individuals were considered severe or critical cases. (SunStar Philippines)

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New Cordova mayor bares 10-point plan

Sat, 2022-07-02 13:25
CORDOVA Mayor Cesar Suan has announced his 10-point agenda for the town as he begins his three-year term as local chief executive.

During his inaugural speech outside the Municipal Hall on Friday, July 1, 2022, Suan said his agenda includes infrastructure development; health and sanitation; support for all activities of women, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer), single parents, fraternities, sororities, senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and the religious sector; disaster preparedness; youth and sports; environment and business; peace and order; tourism and education; and basic services.

For infrastructure, Suan plans to finish the circumferential road and demolish the old market in Barangay Poblacion and turn it into a roundabout to ease traffic congestion in the town.

Suan also vowed to finish the construction of the new market which was initiated by former mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho in Barangay Catarman.

Suan said he will finish the project with the help of Sixth District Rep. Daphne Lagon and Ako Bisaya Party-list Rep. Sonny Lagon and Cebu Provincial Board Members Glenn Anthony Soco and Thadeo Jovito Ouano. They were all present during the inaugural session of the newly elected officials of Cordova.

Suan also expressed gratitude to Sitoy-Cho for the new market project that is nearing completion.

The new mayor also promised to repair within a year all the barangay gyms that were damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette last December 2021.

Suan said they will also look for ways to solve the leg-deep flooding in Barangay Buagsong.

Health services

The mayor said medical missions will be held every month and additional doctors will be hired.

Suan also assured his constituents of free maintenance medicines for those who have diabetes and high blood pressure which will be distributed in the households through the barangay health workers (BHWs).

His administration is also eyeing to put up an animal bite center that will offer free vaccination for cats and dogs, and free anti-rabies injection for persons bitten by dogs.

In the area of sanitation, Suan said they will buy additional garbage trucks, provide toilet bowls in the barangays, and put up shared toilet facilities in the puroks.

Suan also promised to provide offices for the different religious sectors in the municipal hall and provide activities for the LGBTQ community during Pride Month.

Single parents, women, and PWDs are assured of livelihood under the new administration, said Suan, while sororities and fraternities will be supported by the local government.

Disaster and preparedness

The Suan administration promised to purchase small fire trucks that can pass through narrow roads and install water tanks in far-flung areas of the barangays.

Suan also assured that barangays will be given a generator each along with other equipment to prepare for calamities.

He said assistance during calamities will be given to constituents regardless of political color and even if the calamity has not yet hit the town.

Suan promised to develop the Marine Gilutongan Sanctuary and protect the sea.

Basic services

As they aim to improve Cordova, Suan said they will review the system for faster transactions, particularly in requesting for business permits and electrical permits, among others as they plan to create a one-stop shop.

Under the Suan administration, the release of aid to individuals in crisis situations will be fast as well, he said.

Suan assured the tanods and all barangay employees, including BHWs, that they will soon have an increased allowance.
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Government supplies ‘missing’ in town hall

Sat, 2022-07-02 13:20
THE new administration of Cordova town will make an inventory of furniture inside the Mayor’s Office after some government belongings were reportedly taken by the camp of defeated former mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho.

“This will be part of the inventory because we are currently looking for several things such as hundreds of chairs that we lend to those holding wakes and for barangay activities. As of now, we have not seen even just one,” said Cordova Mayor Cesar Suan in Cebuano.

Suan said he did not expect that the previous administration would move out things from inside the Municipal Hall as these are government property.

While he has no tables and chairs in the office yet, Suan said he has no qualms staying in a makeshift office so as not to hinder public service.

Suan is currently holding office at the Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall.

SunStar Cebu reached out to Sitoy-Cho, but she did not give a statement as of press time.

Suan expressed his happiness that he was accompanied by his supporters and lawyers when he assumed office on Thursday.

The new mayor said they had a smooth transition on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. The transition team of Sitoy-Cho had turned over documents that Suan’s team has yet to review.

In his inaugural speech on Friday, July 1, Suan hoped that the day would be the last day of animosity towards the camp of Sitoy-Cho.

He wanted reconciliation. So he urged his supporters to extend a hand of friendship and start the healing process.

“Dili ko kamo hangyoon kon dili ako kamong orderan nga suruya ang inyohang kontra sauna (I am not just asking you but ordering you to visit your former enemies),” he said.
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2 of 3 Nigerians accused of faking govt. IDs, documents post bail

Sat, 2022-07-02 11:45
THE Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor’s Office has requested for deportation proceedings against three of the four Nigerian nationals who were arrested in June this year for allegedly falsifying government identification cards and documents.

This after the criminal charges against the suspects identified as Augustine Onyekachi Nkwocha, also known as Arlaed Klean Frank, 40; Tosin Samuel Oguntuye, also known as Philip, 30; Chibuike Joseph Nwokoro, also known as Felix, 31, were upheld by the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor’s Office.

The cases filed against the three suspects include six counts of falsification by private individuals and use of falsified documents under Article 172 paragraph 1 of the Revised Penal Code, additional 16 counts of the same case against Nkwovha as well as 16 counts of illegal use of aliases under Republic Act 6085 against him.

According to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Cebu District Office, the recommended bail for all the cases is P2 million, and so far, only Nwokoro and Oguntuye were able to post bail.

Deportation proceedings

“All the three accused were also endorsed to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for verification as to their identities and immigration status,” the NBI said, in a press statement sent to reporters on Friday, July 1, 2022.

“It was further requested that deportation proceedings be initiated against them for being undesirable aliens due to involvement in illegal and criminal acts here in the country,” it added.

The suspects were among the four arrested on June 13 in a private subdivision in Barangay Agus, Lapu-Lapu City for allegedly falsifying government identification cards and documents.

Arnel Pura, agent-in-charge of the NBI Cebu District Office, however, told SunStar Cebu Saturday, July 2, that they cannot be deported pending hearing of their criminal cases, adding this will only be made possible after their final conviction in the court of law.

Fourth suspect released

Pura said the fourth one, who is a priest, was not included in the charge since they were not able to recover any falsified documents from him. They also found no evidence that he conspired with the three other Nigerian nationals to commit the crime.

Pura said the priest was released from NBI’s custody following his arrest but was endorsed to the BI.

The priest was eventually released by the BI after it was found that that his immigration papers are in order.

The agent-in-charge earlier said the fake IDs and documents were supposed to be used to open bank accounts for money transfers that the accused would use for their online scams.

They reportedly copied the IDs of Philhealth, Bureau of Internal Revenue and NBI on Colon Street, Cebu City. (PR)
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Deportation of 3 Nigerian nationals with fake docs sought

Sat, 2022-07-02 11:45
THE Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutors Office has requested for deportation proceedings against three of the four Nigerian nationals who were arrested in June this year for allegedly falsifying government identification cards and documents.

This after the criminal charges against the suspects identified as Augustine Onyekachi Nkwocha, also known as Arlaed Klean Frank, 40; Tosin Samuel Oguntuye, also known as Philip, 30; Chibuike Joseph Nwokoro, also known as Felix, 31, were upheld by the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutors Office.

The cases filed against the three suspects include six counts of falsification by private individuals and use of falsified documents under Article 172 paragraph 1 of the Revised Penal Code, additional 16 counts of the same case against Nkwocha as well as 16 counts of illegal use of aliases under Republic Act 6085 against him.

According to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Cebu District Office, the recommended bail for all the cases is P2 million, and so far, only Nwokoro and Oguntuye were able to post bail.

“All the three (3) accused were also endorsed to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for verification as to their identities and immigration status,” NBI press statement sent to reporters on Friday, July 1, 2022, reads.

“It was further requested that deportation proceedings be initiated against them for being undesirable aliens due to involvement in illegal and criminal acts here in the country,” it added.

The suspects were among the four arrested in June 13 in a private subdivision in Barangay Agus, Lapu-Lapu City for allegedly falsifying government identification cards and documents.

Arnel Pura, agent-in-charge of the NBI Cebu District Office, however, told SunStar Cebu Saturday, July 2, that they cannot be deported pending hearing of their criminal cases, adding this will only be made possible after their final conviction in court of law.

Pura said the fourth one, who is a priest, was not included in the charge since there were no falsified documents from him and conspiracy was also not established against him.

Pura said the the priest was released from NBI custody but endorsed to the BI, however, the latter was released after it was checked that that his immigration paper is in order.

The agent-in-charge earlier said the fake IDs and documents were supposed to be used to open bank accounts for money transfers that the accused will use for their online scams.

They reportedly copied the IDs of Philhealth, Bureau of Internal Revenue and NBI in Colon Street, Cebu City. (MKG/PR)
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Candle vendor found dead in Carcar

Sat, 2022-07-02 10:52
A 65-year-old candle vendor was found dead near the Hall of Justice in Carcar City, Cebu on Friday morning, July 1, 2022.

Lieutenant Colonel Ardioleto Cabagnot, chief of Carcar City Police Station, identified the victim as Virgilio Barliso, of Barangay Can-asujan, Carcar.

Cabagnot said that the son of the victim, Ronald Barliso, reported the incident in their station around 5:30 a.m. on Friday.

The victim's wife, Prudencia, told responding policemen that she noticed that his husband had unusual snoring while they were sleeping near the main gate of the Hall of Justice.

She then woke him up but the victim was already unresponsive.

The wife also said that his husband had no history of illness nor experienced any discomfort prior to the incident.

Cabagnot said that the couple were selling candles with the main gate as their dwelling place as they had no home.

Cabagnot concluded that no foul play was involved in the death of the victim. (GDC, TPT)
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New, old leaders take oath of office

Fri, 2022-07-01 20:42
Here are some highlights of the oath-taking ceremonies organized by incoming officials in Cebu just before they formally assumed office on July 1, 2022:

NEW LAPU REP. Lapu-Lapu City Lone District Rep. Maria Cynthia “Cindi” Chan (center) says her oath of office before Regional Trial Court Lapu-Lapu City Executive Judge Joseph Stephen Ignacio during the city’s oathtaking ceremony at the Jpark Resort & Waterpark in Barangay Maribago on Monday, June 27, 2022. Chan’s bible bearer is Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan. CEBU CITY’s MAIN MEN. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama (rightmost) shakes the hand of new Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia after the latter took his oath during the city’s oath-taking ceremony on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Beside Garcia is his wife, Julienne; followed by his mother, Ninette; his father, former Cebu City Mayor Alvin Garcia; and his brother, Jerald.

GOVERNOR FOR FIFTH TIME. Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia (center) takes her oath before Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Geraldine Faith Econg during One Cebu Party’s mass oath-taking ceremony in Cebu City on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, having received the mandate to serve a fifth term as governor. With Garcia are her siblings, children and in-laws.

HOUSE REPS. Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia (center) poses for a photo with Cebu’s congressional and party-list representatives before One Cebu’s mass oath-taking ceremony in Cebu City on Tuesday, June 28. 2022. With Garcia are (front row, from left) her brother and Deputy Speaker Pablo John Garcia (Cebu, Third), Rep. Emmarie Ouano-Dizon (Mandaue City), Rep. Janice Salimbangon (Cebu, Fourth), Rep. Rhea Mae Aquino-Gullas (Cebu, First); (back row, from left) Ako Bisdak Party-list Rep. Sonny Lagon, Rep. Daphne Lagon (Cebu, Sixth) and Rep. Peter John Calderon (Cebu, Seventh).

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Cebu City solons seek monorail, port infra, Mega Cebu authority

Fri, 2022-07-01 20:41
ON THEIR first day in the 19th Congress, Cebu City’s two solons filed bills to establish the Mega Cebu Development Authority (MCDA).

North District Rep. Rachel Marguerite “Cutie” del Mar and South District Rep. Eduardo Rama told SunStar Cebu Friday, July 1, 2022, that they had filed separate measures for the creation of the MCDA.

According to Rama, he had not seen the version of del Mar, but he would coordinate with her so the bill would be enacted into law.

Rama’s and del Mar’s bills have the same title, “An act creating the Mega Cebu Development Authority, prescribing its functions and duties, and providing funds therefore.”

Rama said he would also file a bill to create additional legislative districts in Cebu City, but the congressman said he would provide the details once the bill was pushed.

Meanwhile, del Mar also filed 12 bills that focused on the mass transport system, infrastructure, freedom of information, and barangay affairs.

Del Mar’s House Bill (HB) 82 aims to “strengthen the right of citizens to information held by the government,” while HB 139 provides for “the venue of the criminal and civil action in libel cases against community journalists, publications or broadcast stations.”

The congresswoman will also push for the construction of a light or metro rail transport system or monorail transport system in Cebu City as stipulated in her HBs 134 and 135.

Through HB 140, del Mar also seeks the construction of a circumferential road from Cebu City’s north district to the south district.

Del Mar also filed HB 136 that seeks to provide for the “construction of skyway overpass and tunnel underpass under the three most congested road sections in the first district of Cebu City.”

Other bills del Mar filed were HB 128, which would allow and regulate the use of motorcycles as public utility vehicles; HB 141, which would convert four barangay road sections into national roads; and HB 138, which would “provide for the establishment and construction by the Cebu Port Authority of an additional international container terminal.”

For barangay affairs, del Mar’s HB 82 aims to establish the magna carta for barangays, while HB 133 provides amendments to certain sections of the law which postponed the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

The congresswoman will also push for the renaming of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport to Lapu-Lapu City International Airport through her HB 137.
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Editorial: United Cebu City

Fri, 2022-07-01 20:15
As he wants Cebu City to achieve a “Singapore-like” progress, Mayor Michael Rama somewhat has extended a laurel of peace to his political opponents when he called for unity.

This as the mayor, now on his third non-consecutive term, said in his inaugural speech on Thursday, June 30, 2022, that he was aiming to transform the city to become “clean, green, orderly and disciplined.”

Sounds like Singapore indeed.

Attaining a Singapore-like status could be done if Cebu City is united, which could mean no more obstruction at the City Council if Rama’s administration and his allies propose certain projects that they deem beneficial for the residents.

Rama’s call certainly echoed that campaign battlecry of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

As for Singapore, the city-state was struggling in the 1960s with “limited resources, a small domestic market, and high unemployment. Living standards were low, with most residents living in crowded, unsanitary slums,” according to a 2016 World Bank article. But now, the city-state is a different picture: it is a success story–a “result of an innovative and carefully executed vision that looks at all aspects of urban development in a cohesive way. Singaporean leaders and urban planners have integrated land use, housing, transport, and natural resources management into one coherent, long-term strategy so they can work in sync and reinforce each other.”

The Singaporean economic miracle was engineered by Lee Kuan Yew, the city-state’s first prime minister, serving between 1959 and 1990.

A 1988 essay by American environmental scientist Donella Meadows is titled “Singapore leads the good life under a benevolent dictator.” The “benevolent dictator” is, of course, Prime Minister Lee, who died in 2015. Meadows, also an educator, wrote: “Singapore just doesn’t fit the world’s categories. It’s a dictatorship with free speech, no fear, and no corruption. It’s an economy that uses capitalist means to attain socialist ends. Singapore University scholars call it a “meritocratic, elitist, Confucianist, bureaucratic state.”

Some of the details shared by Meadows in her essay were about workers being required by Singapore to save 25 percent of their salaries. “Their employers match that amount (after the recession of 1985, the employers’ share was cut to 10 percent). The workers can claim the money only after the age of 55. This enormous forced savings rate is one of the secrets of Singapore’s incredible economic growth. The money goes into a Central Provident Fund, with which the government builds roads, schools, hospitals, and especially housing.”

Rama’s talk about achieving Singapore-like status was full of optimism. He said it is not far-fetched as President Marcos Jr., Vice President Sara Duterte and the incoming leaders of Congress are all his allies.

The mayor’s aim is noble. Residents must support his administration’s projects as long as they can benefit from them but they must not be content with dole outs. Residents must demand projects and services that can bring good to them in the long term.

The mayor must also be reminded that uniting for Cebu City’s progress does not mean the City Council must act like a rubber-stamp body for his projects. Councilor Nestor Archival is right when he said the opposition councilors would support Rama’s programs that they see as beneficial for their constituency; however, he said the opposition councilors will continue serving as fiscalizers—they will continue to check if the programs carry disadvantages to the city and its people.

To reach Rama’s Singapore-like dream, the city does need the voices of fiscalizers in the City Council and all city leaders must put the public interest above themselves—they must heed Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, who said they must be faithful to God and people. No hidden agendas.
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Tell it to SunStar: Stop vegetable smuggling

Fri, 2022-07-01 20:14
As vegetable smuggling in the country worsened, the Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women has joined the broadening call of food producers and consumers demanding President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to decisively end it, lay down a concrete solution and hammer smugglers or economic saboteurs with the full force of the law.

Last March at the Senate hearing, it was exposed that high-ranking government officials and politicians were involved in smuggling vegetables from China, reaching a value of P539 million.

The peasant women group said that this resulted in the loss of livelihood and bankruptcy of many farmers, particularly from the Cordillera region, Nueva Ecija and Occidental Mindoro.

Moreover, as Marcos Jr. who appointed himself as agriculture secretary and who has friendly relations with China, the peasant women group stressed that being vigilant will be a major task of the Filipino producers and consumers.

Amihan said in a statement that aside from holding the smugglers accountable and stopping the smuggling, the vegetable farmers should be provided product subsidies including the farm inputs, post-harvest facilities, and others. Even before the pandemic, vegetable farmers decried the rotting of tons of vegetables due to low farm gate prices. Moreover, the burden of transportation costs due to the high prices of gasoline put them in a disadvantageous position.

Based on the minutes of the Senate hearing, due to the smuggling of vegetables, the farmers suffered, such as Benguet farmers losing 20-40 percent of their orders from 2021 to the present, and an estimated value of P2.5 million per day; depressed farm gate price of carrots to P7 per kilo from the usual P95 per kilo, amid its cost is P25 per kilo; in March, Nueva Ecija and Occidental Mindoro farmers threw away their onion harvest due to low farm gate prices at P30 per kilo. They said that on carrots and onions alone, China was the established origin as it produced 47 percent and around 30 percent of the global production, respectively.
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Young guns power Erco to 3rd place

Fri, 2022-07-01 20:03
ERCO-Bro FC finished third place in the San Carlos City Negros Football League Charter Day Invitational Football Men’s Open after a 3-2 win over Club De Los Hermanos De Futbol (CDLH) in the battle-for-third match on July 2, 2022 at the San Julio Realty Inc. Football Grounds in San Carlos City.

John Clyde Vitualla scored in the 22nd, followed by Kiann Partosa in the 50th and Pomeroy Veloso in the 75th.

Erco-Bro FC finished as the third seed after the elimination round with seven points from from two wins, a draw and two losses.

CDLH finished as the top seed with 10 points and was followed by San Carlos City Negros FC as the second seed with eight points and Nofa (Abante Negrense) as the fourth seed with six points.

Erco-Bro FC lost to San Carlos City Negros FC, 3-1, in the semifinals, while Nofa upset CDLH, 3-0, in the other semifinals match.

Erco-Bro FC is mentored by coach Marjo Allado along with Garry Garciano. The team is composed of Vitualla, Partosa, Veloso, Joseph Kei Ceniza, Alberca Reymart Cubon, Jose Antonio Salazar, Peter John Quillo, Jeremy Laro, Paul Vincent Mapula, Rafael Angelo Gorre, Glen Thomas Ramos, Friedrich Mercader, Agustin Rafael Roa, Yuan Reña, Dietre Dakay, Christian Paez, Churchill Jubac, Deomar Caruscay and Julian Cabatingan.
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Megawide sees improvement in MCIA’s international traffic

Fri, 2022-07-01 20:01
INTERNATIONAL passenger traffic is expected to increase at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) as travel restrictions further ease, Megawide Construction Corp. said on Friday, July 1, 2022.

“In the airport segment, the company is expecting a boost in international numbers at MCIA, particularly with the opening of the thrice-weekly Cebu-Istanbul route via Turkish Airlines and the return of the daily Cebu-Dubai route via Emirates,” Megawide, the Filipino private operator of the airport together with India’s GMR Group, said in a statement.

The firm said the continuing recovery at MCIA “is punctuated by the recent dismissal of the Anti-Dummy Law case” filed against directors of Megawide’s airport subsidiary, GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC).

The company officially received the omnibus order last June 27, explaining that the dismissal of the case was necessitated by the enactment of Republic Act 11659 or the Public Service Act, which was signed into law last March 21, 2022, which clearly excluded airport operations and maintenance from the definition of a public utility.

This therefore removed the applicability of the nationality restriction to GMCAC.

In the first four months of 2022, the country’s second busiest airport recorded a 134 percent increase in passenger traffic, owing to the recovery in air travel.

Official data showed MCIA accommodated a total of 656,130 domestic and international passengers from January to April this year.

This was a huge increase from 280,759 total passengers it recorded in the same period last year.

During the four-month period, MCIA posted a 139 percent increase in domestic passenger traffic to 595,037 and 89 percent rise in international passenger traffic to 61,093.

Meanwhile, Megawide also reported it is also proceeding with Phase 1 of its revitalization of Cebu’s 100-year-old Carbon District under a 50-year joint venture with the Cebu City Government, as the prototype for its urban renewal concept.

“Despite our losses, we stayed true to our values and our pursuit of inclusive development through infrastructure. The journey has not been easy, and we thank you for keeping us going through 2021 towards our vision of A First-World Philippines,” Megawide chief executive Edgar Saavedra said.
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PH total debt slightly declines to P12.50 trillion in May

Fri, 2022-07-01 19:50
THE Philippine government’s total outstanding debt settled at P12.50 trillion as of the end of May, 2.1 percent lower compared to the previous month, the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) reported Friday.

BTr said the decrease was due to the repayment of provisional advances from the central bank.

Out of the total debt stock, 30.7 percent was sourced externally while 69.3 percent were domestic borrowings, it said.

Official data showed domestic debt for the month stood at P8.67 trillion, which is 3 percent lower compared to the April figure.

External debt was at P3.83 trillion, 0.1 percent higher than the previous month.

“The increment in external debt was attributed to the impact of local and foreign currency fluctuations against the USD,” the BTr said.

The peso has been depreciating the past week, its weakest in years, breaching the P55 level to the dollar in recent trading days.
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Ladrada, Tesoro try luck abroad

Fri, 2022-07-01 19:49
PINOY prospects Lorenz Ladrada and Jestine Tesoro are seeing action oversees on July 2, 2022.

Ladrada faces Dana Coolwell in an eight-rounder at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia; Ladrada is fighting for the first time abroad and gunning for his second straight win.

The 25-year-old Ladrada, who once trained at the now-defunct ALA Gym, is looking for his second straight win. He is off a unanimous decision win over Jason Buenaobra in Parañaque City last Dec. 4, 2021.

Coolwell is looking to bounce back after suffering a split decision loss to Ender Luces last April 13 in Queensland. Ladrada is 11-2-1 with three knockouts, while Coolwell is 7-2 with five knockouts.

On the other hand, Tesoro takes on former amateur standout Kenji Fujita in a six-round fight at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Tesoro is coming off a huge majority decision win over veteran Lorence Rosas last March 12 in Parañaque City.

Fujita made his successful pro debut last March 25 in Tokyo with a sixth-round technical knockout of Motosuke Kimura.

Fujita is one of Japan’s top bantamweights in the amatuer ranks, wherein he racked up over 150 wins. Tesoro is 6-3 with two knockouts, while Fujita is 1-0 with a knockout.
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IBF Champion Cuarto defends belt in Mexico

Fri, 2022-07-01 19:49
International Boxing Federation (IBF) minimumweight champion Rene Mark Cuarto makes his second world title defense on July 2, 2022 against Mexican challenger Daniel Valladares in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Both Cuarto and Valladares tipped the scales at the minimumweight limit of 105 pounds during the weigh-in on July 1.

The 25-year-old Cuarto will be defending his belt for the first time overseas after fighting his two previous world title fights in the Philippines against his nemesis Pedro Taduran.

Cuarto dethroned Taduran of the IBF belt with a unanimous decision in 2021 in General Santos City. The two had a rematch early this year and Cuarto won via a sixth-round technical decision in Digos City, Davao del Sur.

Meanwhile, Valladares dropped down from light flyweight to minimumweight to challenge Cuarto.

Valladares, rated No. 3 by the IBF, won his last three contests.

He stopped unheralded Abraham Gonzalez in the fourth round and former youth champion Julian Yedras in the third. He also beat Jose Javier Torres via unanimous decision.

Valladares, who hasn’t fought for close to a year, challenged Taduran for the same belt in 2020. The fight ended with a draw.

Valladares has also fought and beaten Pinoy pugs, with the likes of former world champion Merlito Sabillo and world-ranked Christian Araneta.

Cuarto is 20-2-2 with 11 knockouts, while the 28-year-old Valladares is 25-3-1 with 15 knockouts. He is one of the last two current world champions of the Philippines after Johnriel Casimero and Nonito Donaire Jr. lost their world titles this year. World Boxing Council featherweight king Mark Magsayo is the only other remaining Filipino world champion. He’s set to defend his title on July 9 against former world champion Rey Vargas in San Antonio, Texas.
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Fabiosa & Villamor: Cariad

Fri, 2022-07-01 19:22
The BBC reports that the Intellectual Property Office of Sweden granted trademark registrations for: (1) “cariad,” the Swedish word for “love;” (2) “hiraeth,” a Swedish word loosely translated to “longing;” and (3) “Welsh cake.” All three trademark registrations were issued to a candle maker for its candles products. The registrations have been criticized by candle makers who complain that they have candles which bear the word “cariad” and can no longer sell them. A spokesman of the Welsh IPO said that all three trademarks met the criteria for registration and that: “Trademark applications are assessed on their individual merits, taking into account factors such as the trademark itself, and the goods and services intended for protection. Any third party who wishes to challenge a trademark after it has been registered can do so.”
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E-wallet giant GCash eyes to offer more insurance products

Fri, 2022-07-01 19:21
MOBILE wallet giant GCash is beefing up its insurance product portfolio via GInsure.

In a recent media briefing, GCash announced it will be expanding its insurance product offerings in the third quarter this year to address the evolving needs of its customers.

“Coming very soon, we’ll be having GInsure for business. This is our way to enable and empower micro, small and medium enterprises to now finally avail themselves of insurance for their employees at a fraction of the cost with all of the different plans and policies from our different partners,” said GCash head of new business Neil Trinidad.

GCash will also introduce insurance for travel, education, life variable universal life and cyber protection.

These products are timely especially since travel and tourism is back while face-to-face classes are gradually being implemented in various parts of the country. GCash also sees the need to offer cyber protection insurance on the back of the rising exposure of consumers online.

Trinidad said they will be onboarding more partners to make these insurance products readily available to more Filipinos whatever their financial standing.

Already, GInsure offers insurance products for personal accidents, medical services, car insurance, income loss, online shopping, bills, cars and pets.

“Most Filipinos realized they need insurance when it is too late. Now, a recent study by the Philippine Life Insurance Association in April 2022 showed that more and more Filipinos are open to availing themselves of insurance. In fact, 67 percent of the Filipinos surveyed are open to buying health insurance products because of the pandemic,” Trinidad said.

GCash, which is operated by Mynt, Globe’s fintech arm, offers financial services like savings, loans, and even investment.
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