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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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‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ opens today in Cebu

Fri, 2022-07-01 19:02
“EVERYTHING Everywhere All At Once” is now showing in over 80 cinemas in the Philippines.

Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the film is a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure about an exhausted Chinese-American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who can’t seem to finish her taxes.

These days, filmmaker Daniel Kwan says, much of art is broadly struggling to confront two things: “One is this feeling of everything happening all at once—how can you put that in a story in a way that is meaningful? And the other is climate change.”

“This project came out of our own anxieties about living in the modern world, and I think everyone I know is trying to capture that,” Kwan says.

The feeling was already there when they were writing it in 2016, before the Trump era and the pandemic. “We already felt overwhelmed. And, and as we were writing it, we were like, ‘Oh my God, what is happening? It’s getting worse—how could it possibly get worse than this?’” Kwan says. “Everyone is trying to process that feeling, the backdrop of doom, the backdrop of chaos.”

Daniels don’t have a grand answer to a radical new path, but “Everything” at the very least offers a simple hope in response to the chaos. “One of the most powerful things you can do for someone is to pay attention to them,” Kwan says.

For Evelyn who is played by Michelle Yeoh, she has to confront a multiverse on the brink of collapse—an extreme manifestation of the sensory overload that the modern world is increasingly defined by—to see the family that has always been there. “You have to go to the end of the world to find out what really matters to you: your daughter, your husband—would you make another choice?” Michelle Yeoh ponders.

It is a question and a reminder of sorts for the audience, too: to see what’s in front of you, to reach out, to be kind.

That’s what the film became in part for the Daniels themselves. “I would love if audience members take away the idea that kindness can be a powerful way to fight. I think telling this story definitely made us reflect on the idea that,” Daniel Scheinert says, slipping into a “Bill and Ted” voice, “like, Oh yeah, kindness—sick!”

Now, Filipinos can catch this one-of-a-kind film with their loved ones, especially their moms! (PR)
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Coloring the space with Mezzo Hotel

Fri, 2022-07-01 18:59
“EVERYTHING Everywhere All At Once” is now showing in over 80 cinemas in the Philippines.

Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the film is a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure about an exhausted Chinese-American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who can’t seem to finish her taxes.

These days, filmmaker Daniel Kwan says, much of art is broadly struggling to confront two things: “One is this feeling of everything happening all at once—how can you put that in a story in a way that is meaningful? And the other is climate change.”

“This project came out of our own anxieties about living in the modern world, and I think everyone I know is trying to capture that,” Kwan says.

The feeling was already there when they were writing it in 2016, before the Trump era and the pandemic. “We already felt overwhelmed. And, and as we were writing it, we were like, ‘Oh my God, what is happening? It’s getting worse—how could it possibly get worse than this?’” Kwan says. “Everyone is trying to process that feeling, the backdrop of doom, the backdrop of chaos.”

Daniels don’t have a grand answer to a radical new path, but “Everything” at the very least offers a simple hope in response to the chaos. “One of the most powerful things you can do for someone is to pay attention to them,” Kwan says.

For Evelyn who is played by Michelle Yeoh, she has to confront a multiverse on the brink of collapse—an extreme manifestation of the sensory overload that the modern world is increasingly defined by—to see the family that has always been there. “You have to go to the end of the world to find out what really matters to you: your daughter, your husband—would you make another choice?” Michelle Yeoh ponders.

It is a question and a reminder of sorts for the audience, too: to see what’s in front of you, to reach out, to be kind.

That’s what the film became in part for the Daniels themselves. “I would love if audience members take away the idea that kindness can be a powerful way to fight. I think telling this story definitely made us reflect on the idea that,” Daniel Scheinert says, slipping into a “Bill and Ted” voice, “like, Oh yeah, kindness—sick!”

Now, Filipinos can catch this one-of-a-kind film with their loved ones, especially their moms! (PR)
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The first five things to check out at the First 5 Sports Lounge & Café

Fri, 2022-07-01 18:55


“Great vibes, great food, great sports,” is the motto the First 5 Sports Lounge & Café lives by. This sports lounge is one of the best Cebu has to offer, and here’s a list of the first five things you should check out when you drop by First 5.

The great food (and extra spicy hot sauce)

The First 5 Sports Lounge & Café offers a diverse menu of great food choices. In fact, one of the specials customers love ordering for “pulutan” or bar chows is the First 5’s crispy pig’s ears,” which tastes amazing, especially when paired with the First 5’s extra spicy hot sauce. If you’re a lover of spicy food, you may have just met your match.

The family-friendly fun

While most sports bars go for a more risqué approach to their staff’s uniforms, First 5’s staff wears custom-made black-and-white shirts that help them stand out from the crowd—and references the traditional referee’s outfit.

This was one of the changes Christopher and First 5 general manager Justin Ramas brought to the establishment upon its reopening. Establishing itself as a family-friendly sports lounge makes it a great place for hanging out with the people you care about.

The Jordan clock

The Jordan clock is perhaps the most iconic sight found at First 5. It is a fully-functioning clock that uses original Air Jordan shoes to tell the time—from Air Jordan I to Air Jordan XII.

This collection of Air Jordan shoes was donated to First 5 by none other than its chief executive officer and president, Christopher Yu, who admits that he has another Jordan clock at his house made up of the left pairs of the shoes displayed at the First 5.

The sports references

It wouldn’t be a sports bar without a handful of sports references in its décor, and the First 5 doesn’t disappoint. From original and signed jerseys to action figures and other sports memorabilia, you can really tell that the staff at the First 5 knows its stuff, especially when you see its most prominent work of art: The floor-to-ceiling mural of renowned sports personalities around the world.

Most of the memorabilia displayed at the First 5 comes from Christopher Yu’s personal collection. He says his wife jokes around about how he turned the sports bar into his own personal “man cave.”

The camaraderie

Whether you’re a sports fan or not, it’s easy to get swept up by the electrifying rush of a crowd as they rally for their team. The First 5 has been witness to several live sporting events that streamed through its screens, and the results have always been the same: camaraderie.

Despite the concept of opposing teams in sports, the First 5 Sports Lounge & Café provides a venue for sports fans and enthusiasts alike to come together and be united within its walls. S
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EXPLAINER: Minority in Cebu City Council complains that P1.2B extra budget and changes in P8-B Carbon Market deal were pushed and shoved. BOPK slams alleged haste, wrong procedures, failure to study big-ticket measures on 15th Sanggunian's last day.

Fri, 2022-07-01 18:31
LAST Wednesday, June 29, before the 15th Cebu City Sanggunian permanently adjourned, two important ordinances involving billions of pesos in public money were approved, with the minority BOPK complaining of excessive haste and no time to read and discuss the proposals. They are:

[1] Supplemental Budget #2, appropriating P1.2 billion for what then Majority Floor Leader Raymond Alvin Garcia called "necessary and urgent expenses," including P54 million for the city's Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS), P125 million for garbage management through Department of Public Services (DPS).

Then councilor Garcia, now city vice mayor and Sanggunian presiding officer, talked of nurses, aides and other medical frontliners whose salaries must be paid, along with seniors, persons with disabilities and deceased persons who must be given cash assistance.

[2] Supplemental agreement with Megawide, which would correct defects of the original joint venture agreement entered into by the City and the developer.

Garcia said it is urgent as it is "advantageous" to the City, with Megawide Construction Corporation raising its capital from P5.5 billion to P8 billion and agreeing to pay City Hall P50 million on the first year, instead of a graduated escalation.

SB #2 ON 'SPEED TRAIN.' No councilor used the phrase but it may be apt description of the vehicle carrying the proposal to appropriate P1.99 billion from general funds and P52 million from trust accounts for additional expenses not covered by the general budget for 2022 and supplemental budget #1.

The mayor's proposal was brought before the City Council in a special session on June 24, discussed in budget hearings by the committee on budget and finance headed by Garcia on June 27, and passed en banc on June 29, or in just three working days.

ARCHIVAL'S BEEF ON SB #2. Minority Floor Leader Nestor Archival Sr. pointed out, in the case of SB #2, the alleged absence of first reading; no formal ordinance, just committee reports; no clear sourcing of funds, particularly on trust funds; and lack of documents they wanted to see, such as the signatures of the treasurer and the accountant.

Councilor Joy Pesquera, who succeeded a Barug councilor and ran and won under Barug, said the mayor's proposal served as first reading and the committee report as second reading. As to the speed, which floored Archival, Alvin Dizon and their colleagues in the minority, Pesquera said House rules allow second and third reading in one and the same day. True or not, no one from the minority disputed her argument on procedures.

Archival also didn't reply to a purported certification from the treasurer and accountant, read by Garcia, regarding the availability of trust fund, which, as cited by Pesquera, may be converted to general fund once its purpose is served.

SLIP ON MEGAWIDE EXTRA MOA. The supplemental agreement on the Carbon Market modernization project was lumped with a number of measures that were approved "in an omnibus manner," a quickie of a procedure that would enable a bunch of proposals to pass through without individual scrutiny. They were deemed approved after then presiding officer Dondon Hontiveros banged the gavel.

When Archival wanted to talk about the supplemental MOA on Carbon, it was already late. He had to move for reconsideration, which required a two-thirds vote and he didn't get.

'NGANO MAN JOY?' Archival managed to talk against the way things were done, despite Pesquera's and Councilor James Cuenco's reminder that the vote on the BOPK councilor's motion was still being taken. Such as:

[] The councilors didn't read the 70-plus pages of the JVA on the Megawide deal, now they're not given time to read the supplemental MOA. (Something like, "Wa ta kabasa sa JVA, karon di ta pabasahon sa MOA.")

[] He (Archival) was being silenced, obviously by the majority, when he was the movant of the motion to reconsider: "pareha ta'ng elected councilors" and "nganong di man ko nimo pasultihon, Joy, nga ikaw may pinaka-ngilngig dinhi." (The second remark was said on live microphone while the session was suspended for a one-minute recess.)

NUMBERS RULE and it did in last July 29's farewell-Sanggunian-15 session. In the separate votes on Supplemental Budget #2 and the Supplemental MOA on the Carbon Market modernization, the will of majority Barug prevailed over minority BOPK's wish for time to study the two ordinances.

The Sanggunian approved the multibillion-peso measures without the thorough review the minority wanted. On the Carbon Market MOA, for one, most councilors didn't have the chance to check out how much of the new agreement complied with the adopted MOA they passed in September last year.

Last Wednesday's quashing of opposition moves could be a preview of the new -- the 16th -- Sanggunian, in which Barug -- with a 12-against-four win in the councilors' race plus their Barug vice mayor -- enjoys an even tighter control of the City Council.

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Pads Dragon Boat team to paddle for success in Florida

Fri, 2022-07-01 17:28
AFTER making history as the fastest paradragon boat team that joined the International Dragon Boat Federation-Dragon Boat World Championship in Pattaya, Thailand in August 2019, the Philippine Accessible Disability Services Inc. (Pads) Adaptive Dragon Boat team is once again bracing for another title, this time in the upcoming IDBF 13th Club Crew World Championships, which will be held in Sarasota, Florida, USA on July 18-26, 2022.

Pads Adaptive Dragon Boat team manager John Paul Maunes told SunStar that they have been preparing for this race since the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic started.

Since May 2022, the team has been training twice a day, six days a week with the actual supervision of their head coach, Ma. Ailene Padrones.

They assess and monitor each athlete's conditioning, nutrition and weight limit through the guidance of their sports medical officer, Dr. Bong Adorable, in partnership with Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

"We make sure that the spiritual and mental preparation of each athlete [is] aligned with our goals. We wanted to maintain a high morale and confidence coming to the world championships," Maunes said in a virtual interview with SunStar Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

"We are truly blessed to be under the guidance of a great coach under the brilliant mind of Coach Ailene Padrones of the Philippine Air Force PAFCMOG through the endorsement of the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF)," he added.

Padrones, for his part, said that as they started their training earlier this year, even when she was still in Manila, she finds ways to oversee the team virtually.

"...[earlier] this year, nagstart na ng training ang team, even nasa Manila ako, ina-assist ko sila through the training programs na binibigay [ko]. [In return], they keep sending videos to me para mai-correct ko po ang technique nila," Padrones said.

The Cebuano paddlers aim to have an exemplary performance as the competition nears.

Padrones said that by representing the Philippines, the team can bring pride and glory to the country. They want to show the world that Filipinos excel in dragon boat racing.

In order to realize their goal, the team is working as one. They have been doing intensive trainings these days in preparation for the race.

Padrones said that everyone must be present at 4 a.m. at their training area in Pajara Park, Barangay Umapad, Mandaue City. The formal training starts at 4:30 a.m. with a warm-up and land training workout for an hour. Their boat training lasts for two hours.

Because of personal necessities of the paddlers to support themselves and their families, they have to take a pause and resume their training at 5 p.m. every day.

But behind their fiery souls are struggles the team members are trying to conquer.

Maunes said they have been striving to make their competition successful, stressing that one of their challenges is finding sponsorships and support from local government units, as they lack funds.

"We sent letters already to Cebu City Government, Talisay City [and] Lapu-Lapu City but we still have to get their response," Maunes said.

He added that they are on debt just to sustain their needs for transportation expenses.

Maunes also said that he is struggling in terms of managing his time for himself, his family and Pads.

According to him, since Pads is a non-profit organization, managing the finances of the team is quiet a big challenge for him.

Maunes appealed the local government units of Cebu and national agencies to support them in their upcoming battle.

"I am calling our local government, national agencies and generous sponsors to support the financial needs of our athletes who have been working hard and sacrificing a lot to bring pride and glory to our country and to our cities. May they get the moral and financial support they deserve," said Maunes.

Despite being in a tight spot, the paddlers have not lost hope, as they showed eagerness to win in the US competition.

A rookie paddler, Police Staff Sergeant Sidney De Jesus Alisoso, 34, from Talisay City, said that because of what happened to him, he was drawn closer to Pads and was given the opportunity to join the team as a paddler.

Alisoso lost his leg after he was shot during a buy-bust operation.

He said that before the shooting incident, he was an athletic person, so losing his leg deprived him from doing any other sports.

"I [was] invited by [one of the members] of Pads to join the paradragon boat. That's why I immediately joined the dragon boat because for me, it's another sport to fit my situation," Alisoso said.

Alisoso added that being part of the team was not easy for him at first, but he was able to cope with other senior paddlers. He has been paddling for about six months already and he is one of the members who will compete in Sarasota.

Arnold “Kap A” Balais, the team captain and one of the pioneers of the dragon boat team, said he is proud of the team.

He said being challenged physically is “not a reason to stop doing your passion.”

Kap A thanked Maunes and Reynante Mangayao, co-founder of Pads, for their vision to help persons with disability.

Maunes called on differently-abled individuals who are afraid to show their abilities in sports to come out.

"Daghang maayong tao pareha sa Pads nga willing mo tabang ninyo kung ikaw willing nimo tabangan imohang kaugalingon. Kung nakaya sa Pads, makaya sad na ninyo. This is the new normal. Gone are the days, we still hide under the shadows of our own disability. Come out in the open. Go out there and play," Maunes said. (Jeanie Mea Pitor, CNU intern)
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3 'Salisi gang' members charged

Fri, 2022-07-01 17:21
THE three members of "Salisi gang" who were arrested by Sawang Calero police on Saturday evening, June 25, 2022, for victimizing a dried fish stall owner in Taboan Public Market in Cebu City have been charged with theft by the Sawang Calero police.

Police Major Eraño Regidor, chief of Sawang Calero Police Station 6, said they already submitted the papers to the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office.

The three "Salisi gang" members identified as Mark Anthony Tabjan Rosales, 31; Macmac Garcia Mendoza, 32; and Rovilyn Tabjan Rosales, 40, all residents of Kagitingan, Tondo, Manila, were nabbed after they allegedly duped dried fish stall seller Maria Luz Matara, 45, at the Taboan Public Market, of her earnings worth around P348,000 that she kept in her shoulder bag.

Regidor said there were already several individuals who visited their police station, claiming that they too were victimized by the group and that they were also willing to file charges against the suspects.

"Someone came here and we advised them to file a case against the suspects," said Regidor.

Regidor added that the suspects are indeed members of a big syndicate because they could easily get a lawyer and pay their bail in court.

“Dako ni nga grupo kay dako man sila'g income (from swindling). Sindikato man ni. Organized ni, dili kay sila ra ni, daghan man ning grupoha, naay financier, naay mobayad og pyansa. Ang ako ganing nadunggan, cash bail gani dili surety,” according to Regidor.

(It's a big group because they have a big income (from swindling), it's a syndicate, an organized one, because aside from them (3 suspects) there are a lot of groups. They have financier who will pay the bail. I've even heard of cash bail and not surety.)

Regidor did not believe that the group has local contacts in Cebu, whom he said they will also try to establish. (AYB, BBT, TPT)

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The Relentless Rizaly: From SM Foundation scholar to SM Prime accounting manager

Fri, 2022-07-01 16:59
TWENTY years ago, high school student Rizaly Lim and her four siblings would watch in awe every time they pass by the construction of the first SM City in her hometown Sta. Rosa, Laguna. All five children, packed in the tricycle their father rides for a living, were all excitedly looking forward to happy family weekends they would be spending at the huge mall.

Today, after graduating Summa Cum Laude through a scholarship from SM Foundation, Rizaly is now a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) working as accounting manager for the head office of SM Prime Holdings, a leading property developer in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

From SM Foundation scholar to SM Prime accounting manager

At a young age, Rizaly was headstrong about getting her family out of poverty. She shares, “My father was the only one who worked for our family, and because we were a large family, his daily earnings as a tricycle driver were never enough.”

Rizaly finished high school at the Balibago National High School as class valedictorian in 2005 and was already sending applications for other college scholarships when her teacher asked the top 10 students to go to SM City Sta. Rosa for an interview with SM Foundation.

“Sa umpisa, hindi po ako naniwala kasi bago pa lang sa amin noon ang SM City Sta. Rosa,” she recalls. She proceeded of course, driven by the one goal of finishing college and helping her family. “Gusto ko rin po makapag-aral at makapagtapos noon. Maka-work at makatulong sa family.”

A few exams and interviews later, SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI) went to visit her and her family at home to inform them that she will be receiving a full scholarship with monthly allowance until she finishes her course.

In 2010, Rizaly graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy. She went on to pass the Philippine CPA Board Exams on first try in October 2010. The assistance of SMFI, she said, went beyond tuition and allowances. “With full scholarship grants and monthly allowances, as well as the opportunity to work at SM Store during our summer and Christmas vacations, the SMFI scholarship has enabled me to help my family financially.”

'I am the master of my fate'

While other parents were buying their college kids the latest Nokia phone back in the summers of 2000’s, Rizaly’s father gave her and her siblings weekly assignments to accomplish during the summer vacation. “Our late father instilled in us the love of reading and the value of studying,” she shared. “During summer, he would assign us English words and their meanings to memorize and asked us to recite these to him.“

Then there's the memorization of motivational poems and speeches, one of which stuck with her for life: “It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” She shared that this last stanza of “Invictus” by W.E. Henley had kept her motivated to look past the limitations of her circumstances and focus on her personal goals.

Career at SM

SM Foundation was established in 1983 by Henry Sy, Sr. and Felicidad T. Sy as the heart of the SM group. It has established programs that are focused on nurturing and caring for underserved communities where SM is present. It supports and empowers host communities through education, healthcare, shelter, disaster response, sustainable agriculture, and care for persons with special needs.

To date, SM Foundation has assisted more than 8,000 college and technical/vocational students, and has donated over 100 school buildings with a total of 334 classrooms built across the country.

Nurturing the graduates extends beyond the classroom as SM Foundation also provides job opportunities across the different companies of the SM group. The foundation organizes a Career Fair specifically designed for its scholars.

From the Career Fair organized by SM Foundation, Rizaly was able to get job offers from three companies – among which was SM Prime Holdings, one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia that offers innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities with the development of malls, residences, offices, hotels and convention centers. It is also the largest, in terms of asset, in the Philippines.

I still want to level up

“I haven't accomplished much yet, but I value what I have already accomplished and received so far,” said Rizaly, referring to the highest honors she has received in high school and college, becoming a CPA, and being promoted to manager in within only a few years of her work at SM Prime. “These are just a few of the accomplishments for which I will be eternally grateful. I'm also proud of my daily achievements at work, such as fulfilling particular duties assigned to me. They make me happy and proud of myself, and they inspire me to do better.”

“Ang mga dating pinapangarap ko lang, nagagawa ko na ngayon,” Rizaly said as she related how she has been able to travel to Taiwan for vacation and do the tri-city tour of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. But her biggest dreams, she said, remain centered on her family: to provide better for her family by sharing with them what she has now. “Nothing is simple. Nothing is easy. Hindi ko naman to straight line lang na na-achieve. Life is full of challenges. Just stay strong, keep the faith and always give your best effort.” (PR)
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Man nabbed for threatening to kill wife in Carcar

Fri, 2022-07-01 16:17
A 22-YEAR-OLD man was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill his wife with an improvised gun (pugakhang) in Carcar City, southern Cebu on Friday noon, July 1, 2022.

The Carcar police, together with Police Staff Sergeant Camia Codo from the city's Women and Children Protection Desk, arrested the suspect identified as Anmar Sasuman Encabo in his house in Sitio Saay, Barangay Can-asujan, Carcar based on a complaint from a barangay worker.

The Carcar Police Station reportedly received a call from the barangay worker that Anmar and his wife, Dayan, 22, were having a quarrel at the basement of their house, with the former trying to kill the latter with a pugakhang earlier at 11 a.m.

The suspect did not show any resistance when the police asked him to surrender.

The police recovered the suspect's pugakhang with three live ammunition.

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USC marks start of Diamond Jubilee celebration

Fri, 2022-07-01 15:52
UNIVERSITY of San Carlos (USC) marked Friday, July 1, 2022, the start of a year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary or Diamond Jubilee celebration as a university.

The charter anniversary is celebrated every 25 years.

It was on July 1, 1948 when the Colegio de San Carlos (CSC) assumed the status of a university and became USC upon the authority the Department of Education had granted.

Then Education Secretary Manuel V. Gallegos issued USC the authority 74 years ago in a one-page letter dated April 6, 1948.

At that time, the Society of the Divine Word (Societas Verbi Divini, or SVD) had administered CSC for 14 years upon the invitation of then Cebu Archbishop Gabriel Reyes.

On August 9, 1934, SVD took over the administration of CSC from the Congregation of Mission (Vicentians).

Through the administration taken over by SVD, USC President Fr. Narciso A. Cellan Jr. led the Carolinian community to start Friday, July 1, the university’s 75th celebration.

Cellan said there are some programs lined up for the whole year leading to its 75th anniversary. One of which is the formal launching of the year-long charter anniversary celebration.

"On the 19th of July, there will be a bigger celebration which is the formal launching. There is also an opening mass. So the 19th of July will mark the beginning of our year-long celebration," he told SunStar Cebu.

“This is a one year celebration but the implication of this one year celebration will go beyond the year-long celebration," he added.

In his homily, Fr. Rogelio Bag-ao, SVD, stressed the importance of charter anniversary celebration.

"This Jubilee celebration is in fact, a call or a requirement of the old testament, so that people will become free, so that there will be a change again in their management, relationship as a people, and they will be again one people worshipping the same God," he said.

USC, through the years, has played a pivotal role that helped shape Cebu and the rest of the country through quality Christian education, research work, and community extension services.

Cellan said he is hoping that through this celebration, the Carolinian will strengthen efforts and raise funds for educational projects.

"Part of this celebration is really an effort to strengthen our solidarity as a community but also raise funds so that our educational projects in teaching and in research and infrastructure will be supported... We hope that we will be strengthened in our efforts, understanding that Carolinian education more than anything else becoming more relevant given the current situation," he said.

"We are still facing many challenges, many difficulties, pandemic, the impact of super typhoon Odette, flexible online learning, war on Ukraine that causes fuel rising...We are still providing so many things to prepare and address for," he added.

Cellan welcomed the university’s 75th year-long anniversary with the tagline UShapeCebu, as USC continues to make impacts, he said. (Ryan Megabon, CNU intern)

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Ex-church guitarist nabbed for rape

Fri, 2022-07-01 15:32
A FORMER church choir guitarist and fruit vendor was arrested on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, after he allegedly raped the live-in partner of his son in Barangay Bitoon, Dumanjug town, southwest Cebu.

Operatives from the Anti-Kidnapping Group Visayas Field Unit (AKG 7) headed by Lieutenant Zozimo Ravanez Jr. arrested the 56-year-old suspect identified as Joe (not his real name), a widower from Barangay Bitoon, at the Birhen sa Regla Parish church in Barangay Poblacion, Lapu-Lapu City around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

Ravanez said the victim alleged that Joe sexually abused her in his house around 6 p.m. of January 3, 2022 while her partner was not around.

Ravanez said the suspect fled after knowing that a case has been filed against him and went into hiding at the house of his relative in Lapu-Lapu City.

Ravanez said they were able to trace the victim by introducing themselves through text as his fellow church choir members in Dumanjug.

Ravanez added that they also texted the suspect that the priest in Dumanjug was already looking for him as they had no guitarist for their choir and that they would meet him at the Birhen sa Regla Parish church to discuss more about the matter, to which the suspect agreed.

Ravanez said they immediately arrested the suspect when he arrived based on an arrest warrant issued by Judge Bernardito Malabago of RTC Branch 95 in Barili on June 28, 2022.

During police interrogation, the suspect described the accusations against him as baseless, saying he could not commit such crime being a servant of the church.

He added that the victim was just dictated by his son to make the accusations to get even with him after he reported his son to the police for his illegal drug activity.

His son was arrested and imprisoned for three months from March to June 2022.

The suspect will be facing three counts of rape in court. (GPL, TPT)

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Liloan cityhood, Camotes airport among Duke Frasco’s priorities

Fri, 2022-07-01 15:17
CEBU Representative Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco (Cebu, Fifth) filed several proposed measures during the first hour of the 19th Congress on Thursday noon, June 30, 2022, including a house bill (HB) that will convert his hometown, Liloan, into a component city.

Aside from the proposed Liloan Cityhood bill, Frasco also filed HB 103 which will establish a domestic commercial airport in the town of San Francisco, Camotes Islands.

He also filed HB 104, which seeks to declare the privately-owned Cebu Safari and Adventure Park in Carmen town as a nationally-recognized tourist spot and to appropriate funds for that purpose.

Frasco also filed HB 101, whick seeks to increase compensation and provide other benefits to barangay health workers (BHWs).

Other bills he filed are HB 100 which seeks the establishment of dialysis clinics in all national, regional and provincial hospitals and to provide free dialysis treatments to indigent patients; HB 102 which seeks to regulate the sale of caskets by funeral establishments to ensure availability of affordable caskets; HB 105 which seeks to declare the Santiago Public Beach in San Francisco, Camotes Islands as a tourist destination; and HB 107 which seeks to upgrade the Cebu Provincial Hospital in Danao City into a Level 2 general hospital, increase its bed capacity and upgrading its professional health care services and facilities

Support for Gwen's face mask EO

Frasco also filed House Resolution 1, expressing strong support for Executive Order 16, series of 2022 issued by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia rationalizing the wearing of face masks making it optional in well-ventilated and open spaces within the Province of Cebu.

Records at the Bills and Index Services of the House of Representatives showed that Frasco filed his proposed measures between 12 noon and 1 p.m. of June 30. (JKV, PR)
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Proposed Liloan cityhood, Camotes airport among Duke Frasco's priorities in Congress

Fri, 2022-07-01 15:17
CEBU Representative Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco (Cebu, Fifth) filed several proposed measures during the first hour of the 19th Congress on Thursday noon, June 30, 2022, including a house bill (HB) that will convert his hometown, Liloan, into a component city.

Aside from the proposed Liloan Cityhood bill, Frasco also filed HB 103 which will establish a domestic commercial airport in the town of San Francisco, Camotes Islands.

He also filed HB 104, which seeks to declare the privately-owned Cebu Safari and Adventure Park in Carmen town as a nationally-recognized tourist spot and to appropriate funds for that purpose.

Frasco also filed HB 101, whick seeks to increase compensation and provide other benefits to barangay health workers (BHWs).

Other bills he filed are HB 100 which seeks the establishment of dialysis clinics in all national, regional and provincial hospitals and to provide free dialysis treatments to indigent patients; HB 102 which seeks to regulate the sale of caskets by funeral establishments to ensure availability of affordable caskets; HB 105 which seeks to declare the Santiago Public Beach in San Francisco, Camotes Islands as a tourist destination; and HB 107 which seeks to upgrade the Cebu Provincial Hospital in Danao City into a Level 2 general hospital, increase its bed capacity and upgrading its professional health care services and facilities

Support for Gwen's face mask EO

Frasco also filed House Resolution 1, expressing strong support for Executive Order 16, series of 2022 issued by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia rationalizing the wearing of face masks making it optional in well-ventilated and open spaces within the Province of Cebu.

Records at the Bills and Index Services of the House of Representatives showed that Frasco filed his proposed measures between 12 noon and 1 p.m. of June 30. (JKV, PR)
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1,195 modern jeeps now plying CV streets

Fri, 2022-07-01 14:53
OVER 1,000 modern public utility vehicles (MPUV) have been deployed in Central Visayas under the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) of the administration of former President Rodrigo Duterte.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Central Visayas (LTFRB 7) Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. said on Friday, July 1, 2022, that majority of the 1,195 modern jeepneys are now plying Cebu’s streets.

Duterte stepped down from the presidency at nune of June 30, 2022, as President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. took his oath as the country’s 17th president.

Montealto said when he assumed his post as LTFRB 7 director in August 2018, not one modern jeepney was operating in the region.

He commended Duterte’s administration for providing over 1,000 MPUV units in just four years to help address lack of transportation in the country.

Only 2K traditional jeeps left

Montealto said Central Visayas had 6,000 traditional jeepneys before, but the number was reduced to 2,232 after the PUVMP program was launched.

He said the government had given operators who gave up their old units for the modern jeepneys P160,000.

The LTFRB 7 chief also told SunStar Cebu Friday, July 1, that the base fare for traditional jeepneys in the country is now P11, while P13 is set for modern jeepneys.

This came after the LTFRB Central Office approved the P2 provisional increase in fare nationwide. (PAC / LMY)
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1,195 modern jeepneys now plying Central Visayas streets

Fri, 2022-07-01 14:53
OVER 1,000 modern units of public utility jeepneys have been deployed in Central Visayas under the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) of the administration of former President Rodrigo Duterte, an official said Friday, July 1, 2022.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-Central Visayas Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. said majority of the 1,195 modern jeepneys have now been plying the streets of Cebu.

Duterte stepped down from the presidency noon of June 30, 2022, as President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. took his oath as the 17th president of the country.

Montealto said when he assumed his post as LTFRB-Central Visayas director in August 2018, not one modern jeeoney was operating in the region.

He commended Duterte’s administration for providing over 1,000 units in just four years to help address lack of transportation in the country.

He said Central Visayas had 6,000 traditional jeepneys before, but the number was reduced to 2,232 after the PUVMP program was launched.

He said the government had given operators who gave up their old units for the modern jeepneys P160,000.

He also told SunStar Cebu Friday, July 1, that the base fare for traditional jeepneys in the country is now P11, while P13 is set for modern jeepneys.

This came after the LTFRB Central Office approved the P2 provisional increase in fare nationwide. (PAC/LMY)

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P4.4-B drugs seized; crime rate down under Duterte leadership

Fri, 2022-07-01 13:58
AROUND P4.4 billion worth of illegal drugs were confiscated in Central Visayas, while the crime rate dropped since former President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office six years ago.

Based on the data released by the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO 7) from July 1, 2016 to June 26, 2022, a total of 55,574 drug personalities were arrested and 614,216.29 grams of shabu with a street value of P4,176,670,772 and 2,373,839.93 grams of marijuana worth P284,860,791.60 were confiscated by police in 40,227 anti-illegal drugs operations.

Following the intensification of the campaign against illegal drugs under the Duterte administration, the crime volume across the region has also dropped significantly.

The successful police-initiated operations in the city and provincial police offices and support units in the region resulted in a 22 percent reduction in crime volume every year.

The crime against property that most often occur among other crimes has decreased by 25 percent, with only 1,803 cases in six years.

As to the internal cleansing program of the Philippine National Police (PNP), about 90 police officers were dismissed from service, 28 were demoted, while 217 have been suspended since July 2016.

"PRO 7 vowed to go after erring policemen as part of the PNP's internal cleansing program which aimed to produce a professional, dedicated, and disciplined police force," said PRO-Central Visayas Director Brigadier General Roque Eduardo Vega.

Vega urged his subordinates to continue the PNP’s already well-established programs against crime in the Central Visayas as part of their mandate.

Vega thanked Duterte for the support, such as providing the police with brand new equipment and raising their salaries.

Now under the administration of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., Vega promised to give their full support to the new leader.

Vega said they would support whatever PNP programs Marcos would want to implement especially in the campaign against illegal drugs, which is an ongoing problem faced by the society. (AYB, TPT)

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4-month feeding program campaign launched in Barangay Subangdaku

Fri, 2022-07-01 13:25
BARANGAY Subangdaku in Mandaue City has launched a 120-day feeding program campaign for malnourished children as the whole world celebrates in July the Nutrition Month.

Rebecca Colina, barangay councilor and chairman of Subangdaku’s committee on health, told reporters during the launching Friday, July 1, 2022, that the feeding activity is annually done and starts in July.

The 120-day feeding program is Subangdako's way of defeating malnutrition in the community.

Under the program, malnourished children in the barangay identified by health personnel through a survey are given food packages that include fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food to help them achieve the ideal weight for their age for 120 days (four months).

The food packages will be delivered straight to their houses by the assigned barangay health officer in their area.

Colina said they had identified about 15 children, originally from 18 in 2021, who are malnourished. These children have ages one to four years old.

They will be monitored by barangay health officials right after the end of the feeding campaign to check for any changes, such as if they have already improved their weight, said Colina.

Once the children achieve the standard weight for their age, they will be removed from the list of beneficiaries for the feeding program, Colina added.

Colina and the rest of Barangay Subangdako officials urged people, particularly the parents of the malnourished children, to attain a healthy lifestyle the best way they can, especially for their children.

"Proper nutrition is really important for our children, especially this rainy season. Good health comes with good nutrition," said Mona Manatad, barangay councilor and the committee on environment chairman.

Malnutrition is one of the prevalent problems in the Philippines.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) revealed deaths caused by malnutrition increased by almost 40 percent for the January to October 2021 period, one of the highest on records.

The PSA cited poverty as one of the main reasons for malnutrition in the country.

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Cebu City poll offices to hold satellite registration in malls

Fri, 2022-07-01 12:59
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Cebu City will be conducting satellite voter registration inside malls starting Monday, July 4, 2022.

The satellite voter registration is aimed at attracting new voters to participate in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on Dec. 5, 2022.

Marchel Sarno, who serves as Cebu City North District election officer, said on Friday, July 1, that the Comelec has decided to conduct off-site registration since its offices cannot accommodate the volume of registrants.

Sarno, a lawyer, said the registration will end on July 28.

Aspiring voters living in Cebu City’s North District may visit the Time Square Mall in Barangay Talamban from July 4 to 6, Robinsons Cybergate Cebu from July 7 to 9, and Robinsons Galleria Cebu from July 18 to 23. In the south district, the Comelec will open its registration site at the SM Seaside City Cebu from July 4 to 16 and at Robinsons Galleria Cebu from July 18 to 23.

While registrations are happening off-site, Sarno said their office won’t accommodate any application for voter’s registration. But services such as the releasing of voter’s certificates and other transactions will continue, Sarno added.

Rules

Comelec Resolution 10798 states that upon registration, the applicant should personally appear before the election officer and present any identification document that bears the person’s photograph and signature.

These include the National ID, employee’s ID, postal ID, student’s ID, NBI clearance, passport, and barangay certification with photo.

The individual who intends to register must also be a resident of the Philippines for at least one year.

The person must also be a resident of the barangay where he or she wants to vote for at least six months immediately preceding the barangay elections.

The resolution also states that a Filipino citizen of “at least 15 but not more than 30 years of age and residing in the barangay for at least six months on or before Dec. 5, 2022,” may register as a voter for the SK election.

Despite suggestions to suspend the barangay and SK elections, Sarno said the Comelec should continue to perform its mandate and one of which is to prepare for the polls.

Last December 2019, former President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11462, which sets Dec. 5, 2022 as the schedule of barangay and SK elections.

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Satellite registration in Cebu City malls for barangay, SK elections

Fri, 2022-07-01 12:59
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Cebu City will conduct satellite voter registration inside malls for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) on December 5, 2022.

Cebu City North District Election Officer Marchel Sarno said Friday, July 1, that Comelec has decided to conduct off-site registration since their offices cannot accommodate the volume of registrants.

According to Sarno, the registration for the BSKE will begin on July 4 until July 28.

Aspiring voters for the north district may visit the Time Square Mall from July 4 to 6, Robinsons Cybergate Mall on July 7 to 9, and Robinsons Galleria on July 18 to 23.

In the south district, the Comelec will open a registration site at the SM Seaside Mall from July 4 to 16 and Robinsons Galleria from July 18 to 23.

Under Comelec Resolution 10798, upon registration, the applicant should personally appear before the election officer and present any identification document that bears the person’s photograph and signature.

These include the National ID, employee’s ID, postal ID, student’s ID, NBI clearance, passport, and barangay certification with photo. (IRT)
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USAID co-launches Central Visayas health referral system manual of operations

Fri, 2022-07-01 12:15
THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its ReachHealth project, and the Department of Health Central Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH-CVCHD) recently launched the second edition of the regional health referral system manual of operations.

The manual contains guidance on implementing the region’s upgraded referral system, ensuring strong collaboration among healthcare providers, local governments, and other healthcare organizations.

It draws on the lessons learned from the 2015 edition and adapted to the current realities and needs of the stakeholders.

Since 2015, the regional referral system has helped more than 3,000,000 people from the Central Visayas access quality primary care services and lifesaving telemedicine.

USAID supported the DOH-CVCHD in reviewing its referral system processes and writing, editing, and publishing the 2nd edition of the manual.

“USAID stands proud to be part of this endeavor towards seamlessly providing healthcare for Filipinos. Rest assured, USAID will continue to work with the DOH CVCHD and its partners in further strengthening the region’s health system in pursuit of the vision of the UHC Law,” said USAID Philippines Office of Health Deputy Director Dr. Yolanda Oliveros.

The updated manual also reflects the bold innovations of the DOH CVCHD in realizing functional health referral systems at the regional, provincial, and city levels – pioneering electronic referrals, 711 Healthline, and life-saving telemedicine services.

In his message as read DOH-CVCHD Assistant Regional Director Dr. Sophia Mancao, Regional Director Dr. Jaime S. Bernadas said, “This knowledge product is a powerful tool in operationalizing our upgraded health referral systems. It is a heartfelt reminder that securing people’s health leads to creating healthy and progressive communities – the ultimate goal of AmBisyon Natin 2040.”

Since 2019, USAID has worked with the national and local governments in preparing for the implementation of the Universal Healthcare Act through technical assistance and policy guidance. (AP)

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