63 graduate from ‘unaccredited’ courses

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:17 p.m.

THE 63 students from four courses questioned by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) 7 graduated yesterday as the Talisay City College (TCC) held its eighth commencement exercise.

A total of 838 graduates from six courses received their diplomas.

OCD 7 urged to release cash aid

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:15 p.m.

A YEAR and five months after they lost their limbs struggling to survive the 2013 earthquake, two Boholanos received P5,000 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7.

Salome Israel, 24, lost her right arm when she was pinned down by a wall of her home in Tubigon when Bohol was rocked by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Oct. 15, 2013.

City preps 10-month security, traffic plan

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:14 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government has prepared a ten-month security plan in preparation for the activities in the coming months.

Mayor Michael Rama convened the 11 police stations in the city, jail officers, firefighters and traffic managers last Thursday in a command conference.

Cortes to village officials: declog drains, prevent flood

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:14 p.m.

MANDAUE City Mayor Jonas Cortes urged barangay officials to have their drains checked to help prevent floods come rainy season.

Cortes said officials should take advantage of the sunny days to remove trash clogging the drains and assess whether or not their barangays need more drains to fight floods.

Buzz: The go-to man

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:12 p.m.

LIKE every organization, political families have someone they can rely on to implement difficult tasks or jobs that they don’t want to deal with. More often than not, these jobs are threatening to the image of the known figure in the family or organization.

In organizations, the “go-to” person for these type of jobs are those who have the least to lose in terms of reputation. They are known to be determined, decisive and, often, unemotional.

Advocates keep hope alive for peace

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:01 p.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Hope springs eternal for peace advocates amid new challenges buffeting the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that was forged a year ago on Friday.

Cloudy weather until March 30

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:44 p.m.

TO THOSE who plan to go to beaches this weekend, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) advised that the weather will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers.

Women groups form peace action plan

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:43 p.m.

VARIOUS women peace advocates gathered Friday to create an action plan pushing for peace in Mindanao.

Women's group: Peace `goes beyond the president`

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:42 p.m.

ISSUES on peace "goes beyond the president," an official of the Women's Peace Table said Friday.

"Our view is that, this peace agenda goes beyond the president kahit sinong president yan may obligasyon na itaguyod ang kapayapaan it just so happen that it is President Aquino who initiated this, sa amin beside the point yun. It goes beyond the question of the president," said Aurora Javate de Dios, Co-convener of the Women's Peace Table and executive director of Miriam College's Women and Gender Institute, during the Mindanao All Women Conference press briefing at Seda Hotel.

Adlawan appointed RTC Branch 13 judge

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:41 p.m.

THE cases lodged before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 13 in Davao City are expected to be decongested as Rowena Apao-Adlawan was officially appointed as presiding judge recently.

A source from RTC Branch 13 who requested anonymity said Adlawan took oath before RTC-Davao City Executive Judge Pelagio Paguican on March 12.

More benefits for prosecutors mulled

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:38 p.m.

THE Regional Prosecutor for Davao said they may propose for additional health benefits for all the prosecutors in the country claiming that fiscals may have more health risks as most of them are overworked.

Regional Prosecutor Antonio Arellano, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, expressed concern over the shortage of health benefits despite their existing hospitalization assistance program through the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth).

IBP-Davao has new president

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:38 p.m.

THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Davao City Chapter will have a new president effective on April 1.

Outgoing IBP-Davao City Chapter president Jose Edgar Ilagan, in a memo posted at the IBP Lounges at the Hall of Justice in Ecoland, named lawyer Marie Dinah Tolentino-Fuentes as the incoming president whose term will take effect on April 1 and will end on March 31, 2017.

Summit to tackle Bangsamoro law

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:13 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III announced on Friday the holding of a National Peace Summit that will discuss the importance of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Water rationing continues

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:08 p.m.

THE water district in Zamboanga City clarified that it never stopped delivering water to transitory sites, specifically Masepla in the village of Mampang, east of this city.

The Masepla Transitory Sites I and II house a total of 898 families consisting of 4,732 individuals, who were among the thousands of families displaced during the 21-day September 2013 siege.

City ready for Earth Hour observance

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:07 p.m.

ALL is set for this city’s participation on Saturday evening in the observance of Earth Hour 2015, a global call to action for energy efficiency and conservation.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has issued an executive order which enjoins the residents and the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco's) support in this year’s observance of Earth Hour.

Auxilliary force to protect water firm

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:06 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA City Police Office (ZCPO) Director Angelito Casimiro has proposed the activation of a Special Cafgu Active Auxiliary (SCAA) to secure this city’s watershed from intruders.

Casimiro’s proposal came after his personnel have monitored people entering the Pasonanca watershed area from the Zamboanga City-Zamboanga del Norte border to cut down trees.

Council allows Army in city

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:04 p.m.

MILITARY men will be visible in some barangays in the city after the Holy Week to conduct civic-military operations.

The City Council in a resolution passed Tuesday supported the civil military operations of combatants from the 82nd Infantry (Bantay Laya) Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division.

Mayor to BCDA: ‘Honor the 19 conditions’

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:36 p.m.

THE 19 conditionalities set under Resolution 362 must be honored.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan stressed there is no reason the 19 conditionalities will no longer be considered valid just because the contract between the Bases Conversion Development Authority and Camp John Hay Development Corporation has been rescinded.

Baguio council rejects Beneco's EVRP

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:23 p.m.

THE Early Voluntary Retirement Program (EVRP) must first be approved before implemented.

This was the firm stand of the City Council of Baguio on the EVRP of Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco), which started March.

Sagada to offer shuttle rides on Lent

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:16 p.m.

SAGADA, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE -- This coming Lent, Sagada offers shuttle rides from the main town and vice versa to attractions frequented by tourists, especially Sumaguing Cave.

To prevent hordes of cars from plying the already narrow streets of Sagada, local vehicles will instead service visitors to their destinations and those who don’t like to walk.

‘Harsher measures’ eyed in Sapang Balen clean-up

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:08 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The local government here, through the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) will implement stricter measures in dealing with the problems of illegal structures and dumping of waste along Sapang Balen Creek.

Sapang Balen creek is one of the major waterways of the city and it cuts across seven barangays. A large number of illegal structures were built on it and residents along the river banks wantonly throw away their garbage in the waterway.

Launching of Lubao hot air balloon festival successful

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:07 p.m.

LUBAO -- The occasionally blowing strong winds were not enough to keep the biggest hot air balloon festival in Southeast Asia from launching Thursday at the Pradera Verde, Barangay Prado in this town.

Event organizer Noel Castro said this year’s Lubao International Balloon Festival exceeded the previous one in terms of the number of tourists and hot air balloons.

PamCham looking at more infra for pedestrian, road safety

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:06 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) is working closely with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for more infrastructures that would ensure the safety and convenience of motorists and pedestrians.

This was bared recently by PamCham president Jess Nicdao during the groups 48th general membership meeting at King’s Royal Promenade in Bacolor town.

Senator: Probe corrupt governors, mayors

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:05 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Senator Aquilino Pimentel III wants corrupt governors and mayors to be investigated.

Pimented stated that he has had enough of the widespread dishonesty or fraudulent conduct among local government units (LGUs), which emerged as having the most number of graft and corruption cases filed by Office of the Ombudsman last year.

Sun.Star Pampanga scribe to get US academic fellowship on environment

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:00 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Sun.Star Pampanga staff reporter Ferth Vandensteen Manaysay has been selected to participate in the United States government-sponsored Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellows Institute on Environmental Issues, which will take place from May 5 to June 6 at the East-West Center (EWC), Hawaii, United States.

Legarda: Support Earth Hour

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:00 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Senator Loren Legarda has urged the public to support the global movement to simultaneously switch off lights for one hour on March 28 (Saturday), 8:30 p.m. local time, in observance of the 2015 Earth Hour.

"The Earth Hour campaign shows us what each citizen can do. It tells us that every individual is capable of protecting our planet. Small acts cannot be underestimated because these small acts, when put together, create big changes," Legarda said.

Aquino to Filipino-Chinese businessmen: Share profits to workers

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 06:17 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III called on Friday the Filipino-Chinese businessmen to increase workers' wages and to continue to pay the correct taxes.

Aquino said that the true path to sustained profit and growth lies in empowering the workers.

Aquino seeks help of Tagle, others to push for BBL passage

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 06:10 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said Friday that he has invited citizen leaders to help improve the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) amid strong criticisms against it following the Mamasapano incident.

Congress urged to channel P7.7-B SK funds to anti-hunger projects

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 05:19 p.m.

SENATOR Ralph Recto is urging Congress to channel some P7.7 billion in Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) funds towards anti-hunger projects.

The senator made the call after President Benigno Aquino III signed into law last Wednesday a measure postponing the SK elections to October 2016.

Church hits EDC’s proposal for NNNP

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:28 p.m.

THE Diocese of Bacolod is against any attempt of geothermal producer Energy Development Corp. (EDC) to explore the North Negros Natural Park (NNNP), another protected area in the province.

In a pastoral letter released by the Diocese of Bacolod on Thursday, Bishop Vicente Navarra said “the people have already learned their lessons the hard and painful way.”