CEBU CITY (3rd Update) -- At least eight people have been reported dead after a motorized passenger banca bound for Camotes Island in Cebu sank off Ormoc, Leyte on Thursday, officials confirmed. Lieutenant Christopher Gamet, operations officer of Coast Guard District (CGD) Eastern Visayas, said that M/B Kim Nirvana, owned by Joge Bung Zarco, was carrying 173 passengers when it capsized around 12:10 p.m. just minutes after it left Ormoc port for Pilar, Camotes. The banca has a capacity of 178 people.
JESSICA Soho advised new graduates: Stay in Cebu and share your knowledge. The multi-awarded broadcast journalist and TV host was at the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu to encourage graduates to practice their craft in Cebu. Soho, a Mass Communications graduate of UP Diliman, was the keynote speaker of UP Cebu’s commencement rites this year. UP Cebu Dean Liza Corro, in her speech, said that this year has the most number of graduates with honors—six Magna Cum Laude and 57 Cum Laude graduates.
THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 agents raided a firing range in Lapu-Lapu City last Saturday, after receiving a complaint that the establishment allegedly used government-issued bullets. Lawyer Augusto Eric Isidoro, NBI 7 assistant director, said they have identified the alleged suppliers, one of whom is a military officer. Undercover agents noticed the bullets issued for the military were sold to foreigners and locals. The agents were also reportedly offered with the bullets, added Isidoro.
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is willing to survey all waterways in Cebu City, in support of plans to clear their three-meter easement of illegal structures. But there should be a request from the Cebu City Government, an official said. “As of this time, we have not received a formal request on the intention of the Cebu City Government to demolish illegal structures within the three-meter easement. This will keep our communities who live along the riverbanks safer against flooding,” said Dr. Eddie Llamedo, DENR 7 information officer.
MORE than 7,000 access points across the Philippines will benefit from the government’s P1.4 billion free WiFi project and Cebu has been identified as the top priority area in the Visayas. “This July, Free Wi-Fi will actually be piloted in areas in Cebu, along with areas in Metro Manila and Davao City,” said Monchito Ibrahim, Deputy Executive Director of the Department of Science and Technology Information and Communications Technolocy Office, who was in Cebu yesterday for the Cebu ICT-BPM Conference held at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel.
IBM Philippines pledged to bring more jobs in software development support services this year, saying it is time the country went beyond business process management (BPM). Luis Pineda, president and general manager of IBM Philippines, believes the country can handle deep-skilled work because of a highly trainable talent pool.
THE next six months is shaping up to be an exciting time for Cebuanos. SM Seaside City, the region's most-awaited and grandest mall destination, is projected to open by the end of November. Hans Sy, president of SM Prime Holdings Inc., revealed this today during the tenant preview of the P7.5-billion, five-level mall located in the South Road Properties. “It's a lot of work but I believe we will make it,” he told reporters. Features
A GIRL, 19, and her four-year-old nephew died after a dump truck rammed into a house with a sari-sari store in Barangay Cantabaco, Toledo City yesterday noon. Moments before that, driver Johnrey Sarita, 29, jumped out of the Fuso truck when he realized its brakes had failed, but the truck ran over his right foot, an initial investigation revealed.
TOURISM stakeholders in Cebu are coming up with a sustainable integrated tourism brand for the whole province in a bid to strengthen Cebu’s footing as a premier tourism destination. The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and proponents of the Mega Cebu project conducted a branding workshop yesterday with global brand strategist Jacqueline Alexis Thng to brainstorm the appropriate tourism branding for the province.
A PROPOSED multi-billion casino resort in Lapu-Lapu City will create more than 6,000 jobs and help the city attract more tourists and earn more revenues, Mayor Paz Radaza said. A US investment group and a Macau-based gaming operator have expressed their intent to build a 14-hectare casino resort in Barangay Mactan. The Sino-American Gaming Investment Group and the Macau Resources Group Ltd. will reportedly shell out $650 million or roughly P28 billion to build the Mactan Leisure City. Their target is to open it in 2017.
A THREE-WAY gubernatorial fight looms in Cebu Province. The One Cebu Party yesterday said it is “seriously considering” fielding former three-term governor Gwendolyn Garcia as its candidate for governor in 2016. One Cebu Secretary General Pablo John Garcia said the party believes that Gwen will be a formidable candidate, considering her track record and vote-getting abilities.
LEFT unattended by their parents who were at work, two young boys drowned in the seawaters off Ginatilan town yesterday. Another child who went for a swim off Talisay remained missing. The two from Ginatilan, brothers ages three and five years old, were found floating lifeless near different shores. The other child has not been found yet after he plunged under a bridge in the South Road Properties (SRP) in Talisay City around 3 p.m.
A BUS system in Cebu City has hit a roadblock, before actual work on its road lanes or stations could begin. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Visayas denied the tree-cutting permit application prepared by proponents of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which is set to be implemented in 2018. At least 300 trees on N. Bacalso Ave. and Osmeña Blvd. stand to be affected by the bus system. Aside from the BRT, three other government projects, mostly road widening, also failed to get their tree-cutting permits from DENR 7.
With Shanice Kae O. Suarez USJ-R Mass Comm Intern A GRAY Mazda 2 sedan fell 35 feet below as it was navigating a steep road coming from a resort in Sitio Garahe, Barangay Busay, Cebu City at around 3 p.m. today. Three women and three children ages 10, 11 and 13 were injured after the car fell off a cliffside and overturned on its way down, with the rear portion of the vehicle landing on the road first. As the car was on its way down, one of the children and two women fell from the vehicle and landed in the nearby river.
MOTORISTS taking the South Road Properties (SRP) are warned to brace for heavier traffic in the area over the weekend. On May 16 and 17, the seaside lane of the SRP will be closed for the Vios Cup Season 2—Cebu Leg while the other lane will be converted to a two-way street for north- and south-bound vehicles. “Only light vehicles are allowed to pass at the SRP. The seaside portion of the south coastal road, from Mambaling Trunk Road up to El Prado Road, shall be closed,” read the traffic advisory of the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom).
INFORMATION Technology (IT) workers in Cebu receive higher average salary than their counterparts anywhere else in the country, even surpassing that of Metro Manila, an online job site reported. JobStreet.com, in its 2015 Cebu Salary Report that was presented yesterday to the local press, said fresh graduates in Cebu working in IT and computer software get paid an average of P25,483 a month. This is P1,534 higher than what a fresh graduate with the same specialization receives in other parts of the country.
THE boxing hysteria settled down. Reality sank in. Moving on doesn’t happen overnight but somewhere in between silence and post-match musings, lost bets and curses are slowly lost to history. Eventually, people will go back to the norm of daily existence. The Filipino contender is loved no matter what, torn rotator cuff and all. Acceptance is the best pacifier.
[INITIAL] Some P3.8 million worth of shabu were confiscated by authorities during a buy-bust in Sitio Cogon, Barangay Labangon, Cebu City at 4 p.m. today, May 11. Rodolfo Tabasa, 52, was arrested in the operation conducted by the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) in coordination with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7 and Punta Princesa Police Station. Superintendent Romeo Santander, CIB chief, said Tabasa is allegedly the cohort of Clarissa Ricablanca, who was the subject of the buy-bust.