Quake prompts mayor’s order

A QUAKE that struck minutes before 10 a.m. yesterday prompted Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to order the faster construction of emergency exits in public schools.

It was fortunate, Rama said, that most schools were no longer holding classes when the earthquake occurred.

Shabu worth P2M seized from ex-con

AT least 200 grams of suspected shabu worth P2 million were seized from an ex-convict during a buy-bust on A. Lopez St. in Barangay Calamba, Cebu City last night.

Operatives of the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) and Pasil Police Station arrested Arman Jaca, 25, who allegedly sells shabu to small-time dealers and users in Calamba.

Cebu City Mayor Rama won’t allow bike runs unless conditions are met

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants no more bike runs in the city unless organizers meet several conditions.

The mayor said he was “upset” over how the bike run went during the Earth Hour celebration last Saturday night, especially at the Fuente Osmeña area.

Laguindingan airport seen as busiest regional air transport hub

THE arrival of a huge airliner at Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental is seen as a sign of the airport's potential as the region's busiest regional transport facility.

A Cebu Pacific Air Bus A320 operated by Tiger Air landed Sunday night at Laguindingan, the first time a wide-body commercial jet arrived there.

Alert raised in Oro for Holy Week

WITH the start of Holy Week, Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) has increased security especially in crowded places like the Guadalupe Shrine in Barangay Agusan and in Malasag in Barangay Cugman.

Police Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, spokesperson of Cocpo, said security has been tightened at pilgrimage sites.

Nutrition Council taps LGUs to promote nutritional change

THE National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Northern Mindanao is pushing for "replication strategy" by engaging outstanding performing local government units (LGUs) to serve as coaches and mentors.

LGUs that produced positive results on nutrition have been recognized through the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA), the highest award on nutrition in the country.

Sagada faces tourism woes

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- A tourism boom has hit the tourist town of Sagada in Mt. Province.

Tracey Santiago, head of secretariat of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Philippines said the influx of tourists in Sagada is giving locals a tourism problem.

4 patay sa engkwentro

GITUOHANG sakop sa New People’s Army (NPA) ang tulo ka mga lalaki nga nakabsan sa kinabuhi human sa engkwentro nga nahitabo niadtong Domingo sa buntag sa boundary nga bahin sa Mantibugao, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, ug Purok-9, Barangay Casinglot, lungsod sa Tagoloan Misamis Oriental.

Si Police Chief Inspector Dante Encarcion, kinsa hepe sa Manolo Fortich Municipal Police Station, niingon nga mipahigayon og combat operation ang mga kasundalohan ubos sa tropa ni First Lieutenant Lorefel Judaya niadtong Domingo mga alas 8:00 sa buntag dihang adunay naengkwentro sa maong dapit nga gituohang mga sakop sa NPA.

LTO mibawal sa driver pag-inom

HUGOT nga gipanawagan sa Land Transportation Office (LTO)-Northern Mindanao ang mga driver sa nagkadaiyang pampublikong sakyanan nga gidili kanila ang pagmaneho nga ubos sa ilimnong makahubog.

Kini ang gibutyag ni LTO-Northern Mindanao Director Hilarion Olip ug miingon nga aduna silay breath analyser ning panahona nga makasulti kung ang usa ka driver lango ba sa ilimnong makahubog.

Lalaki nga missing napalgang patay

PATAY na nga napalgan ang usa ka lalaki nga missing sukad pa niadtong adlawng Biyernes sa Barangay Tambaling, siyudad sa El Salvador, Misamis Oriental.

Si Police Inspector Mohamed Artur, kinsa deputy station commander sa El Salvador Police Station, miila sa biktima nga mao si Eleazer Alon, hingkod ang edad, lumad nga taga Pampanga ug nilangyaw lamang sa dapit kuyog ang mga higala.

One way scheme up in Kennon Road

TO LESSEN traffic congestion, Kennon Road will be open for one-way traffic only from April 1 to 3.

While trip from Manila was made faster because of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, going up to Baguio was made slower because of the different road construction done in the city.

Fongwan alarmed over Sto. Tomas fires

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Governor Nestor Fongwan is alarmed over a series of forest fires in the province.

The governor is asking the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to furnish his office with the official report of damages inside Sto. Tomas forest.

Safety in sea travel

THE Philippine Coast Guard Davao Station has stepped up measures to ensure safety of sea travelers who are spending the Holy Week and summer vacation on the Island Garden City of Samal.

Other than close monitoring of motorized boats servicing the Davao City Samal/Talikud Island route, the Coast Guard is also set to deploy more than 50 personnel in various jetty ports in the city as part of its Operation Ligtas Byahe Kwaresma 2015.

Honor student hurt in landmine blast

A GRADUATING honor student failed to attend the school's commencement exercises after she was critically hurt in a landmine explosion that hit sitio Totoy in Barangay San Jose, Monkayo, Compostela Valley last week.

Fighting for her life at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Davao Regional Hospital in Tagum City is 12-year-old Marcelyn Domicillo, a consistent honor student at New Totoy Elementary School in Monkayo.

32 NPA rebels yield since January

AT LEAST 32 members of the New People's Army (NPA) surrendered to government authorities since January this year, the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) reported.

Eastmincom spokesperson Colonel Romeo Brawner said two of these 32 surrendered recently, contributing to the six percent reduction of the NPA strength in Eastmincom areas.

In Maleldo rites: No crucifixion for foreigners

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Foreigners are banned from joining the annual crucifixion rites on Good Friday in Barangay San Pedro Cutud, this city, said officials of the 2015 Maleldo (Holy Week) committee.

PamCham boosting partnerships for development

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) recently disclosed of its efforts to boost growth and prime countryside development.

PamCham president Jess Nicdao, during the group’s general membership meeting, said that the chamber is in continuing talks with development partners and government agencies focusing on aspects of investments, economy, heritage and environment.

Trader to San Fernando: Remove tricycles from major roads

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) vice chairman Rene Romero has called on the City Government of San Fernando to exercise political will and remove tricycles here using major highways citing regulations and safety reasons.

NGCP linemen conduct hotline maintenance

AS PART of its continuing efforts to minimize power line shutdown and efficiently serve customers, power grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has been deploying its linemen to conduct hotline or live line maintenance work.

4.9 nga linog miuyog sa Cebu, Bohol

USA ka magnitude 4.9 nga linog ang nitay-og sa Sugbo, Bohol ug ubang lugar sa Kabisay-an kagahapon.

Ang mga tawo nangahadlok ug nag-iyahay og panggawas sa mga opisina, balay ug ubang estruktura dihang nabatyagan ang paglihok sa yuta alas 9:47 sa buntag.

Angeles village is DILG's showcase in regional assembly

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay Cutcut of Angeles City is the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Central Luzon's Regional Showcase Barangay for the first semester of 2015.

Booby trap kills militiaman, injures 2

A MILITIAMAN was killed while two others were wounded in a booby trap explosion perpetrated by the New People's Army (NPA) rebels in South Cotabato.

Colonel Romeo Brawner Jr., Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) spokesman, said the incident took place around 7 a.m. Sunday in the village of Poblacion, T'boli, South Cotabato.

Zambo Norte health program got a boost from Unicef

THE health program of the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Norte got a boost from the United Nation Children's Fund (Unicef), an official said.

Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Uy said this came about after the Unicef donated 479 boxes of medical supplies to his office.

City opens P75-M sanitary landfill facility

THE City Government's sanitary landfill facility worth P75 million and located in the village of Salaan starts operation Tuesday, March 31.

Engineer Reynaldo Gonzales, Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources chief, said the first cell of the sanitary landfill, which has an area of 2.3 hectares, can be used for a three-year period.

Nabutha’g landmine kritikal

KRITIKAL ang kahimtang karon sa usa ka dose anyos nga estudyante human mabuthi og landmine nga nahitabo Marso 24 didto sa Sitio Totoy sa Barangay San Jose sa Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

Tungod sa hitabo, wa na katambong ang biktima sa iyang graduation day sa maong adlaw.

Liog sa 9 anyos giabis sa sekyu

MAG-ATUBANG og kasong pagpatay ang usa ka security guard human nga giabis ang liog sa usa ka 9 anyos nga anak sa iyang kapuyo alas 2 sa kaadlawon kagahapon.

Naila ang biktima nga si Jun (di tinuod nga ngalan), molupyo sa Block 14, Lot 28, South Villa, Maa, siyudad sa Davao.

Mag-asawa gipusil, patay

PATAY na nga napalgan ang mag-asawa human dungan nga gipamusil alas 4:45 sa hapon, Dominggo, didto sa Purok 3, Barangay Colasas, Paquibato District.

Mga biktima mao sila Rico Jimenez ug Maricel Jimenez, pulos hamtong ang pangedaron ug nagpuyo sa dapit.

All-out offensive vs BIFF over

MANILA (Updated) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ended on Monday its all-out offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), AFP chief-of-staff Gregorio Pio Catapang said.

Iloilo starts bidding for slaughterhouse upgrade

ILOILO City is upgrading its slaughterhouse, and is looking for a contractor to do it.

The city's bids and awards committee will start entertaining bids for the project, which has a P5-million budget, City Administrator Norlito Bautista told reporters Monday.

3 river establishments get demolition reprieve

THREE business establishments squatting on the banks of the Iloilo River were given until April 30 to dismantle their structures.

The establishments were to have been demolished by the end of this month, but Iloilo Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog gave them a reprieve.