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P26M Infra Projects Inaugurated in Ginatilan

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Governor Hilario P. Davide III, Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and 7th district Congressman Peter John Calderon inaugurated more than P26 million worth of infrastructure projects in Ginatilan town, southwest Cebu on Tuesday.

The infrastructure projects include a P22 million road widening and concreting in Barangay Mangaco, an upper village whose residents are mostly farmers, and two multi-purpose centers in the barangays of Anao and Poblacion.

Constructed at over P2 million each, the multi-purpose centers can be used as evacuation shelters and can host public gatherings such as graduation ceremonies, and fiesta activities, among others.

The infrastructure projects in Ginatilan were made through the collaboration of Congressman Calderon and the Cebu Provincial Government.

“Ang maayong karsada timaan nga ang usa ka lugar milambo. Kami sa provincial government ug ni Congressman Calderon dili mohunong sa among mga paningkamot aron mahatagan og tinuoray nga serbisyo ang katawhan sa lalawigan,” Davide said.

Mangaco Barangay Captain Loreto Balansag could find no words to describe his happiness.

“Mora nig milagro ang nahitabo sa among barangay,” Balansag said, adding that the cemented road would ease the farmers’ travel in bringing their harvest to the town center.

The 2.2-kilometer road stretches from lower Mangaco to Sitio Tulawgan. Calderon promised to give additional P5 million next year to extend it farther.

“Ang gobyerno mangita og mga pamaagi aron molambo ang panginabuhi sa mga tawo. Ug kaning inyong karsada nagpakita nga atong gobyerno nagpakanaba sa panginahanglanon sa kabus,” Calderon said.

The 7th district Congressman emphasized the importance of unity—from the national government down to the barangay—in order to bring progress easily to the people.

“If we are united, the best will come. It is imperative that all stakeholders complement each other,” he said.

For her part, Magpale said that the Davide administration works hard to make inclusive growth trickle down to the marginalized sector.

“This may be the era of infrastructure but what I’m sure of is that this is the era of satisfying the needs of the Cebuanos especially the poor and those living in far-flung areas,” she said.

For progress to be meaningful, Magpale said, it should be felt by the underprivileged.

“Walay layo nga barangay nga dili namo sak-on ug baktason sa gobernador haron paghatod sa serbisyo sa probinsiya kay ang kalambuan sa matag sugbuanon magsugod sa kabus,” she added.

Distribution of armchairs

Aside from the inauguration of projects, the group also led the distribution of 1,150 plastic armchairs to different elementary and high schools in Ginatilan, Badian and Moalboal towns.

“One of the best ways to improve and make our educational system effective is to make the students comfortable. This can be achieved by providing the school with facilities such as classrooms conducive for study and armchairs,” Davide said in his speech in Badian National High School.

This year, the provincial government is targeting the construction of at least 60 school buildings that has two classrooms aside from giving school supplies to kindergarten up to grade 6 pupils, which started last week in Consolacion town.

Magpale, on the other hand, described the day as a “happy journey” since it allowed her to visit remote areas and meet teachers and students who are close to her heart being a former professor.

“Being in public service, every day is always a day to remember and an opportunity to serve the people particularly the poor,” she said.

Also present during the Tuesday’s activities were Provincial Board Members Christopher Baricuatro and Jerome Librando, both representatives of the 7th district.

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C. Visayas No. 3 with Most Number of Drug-Infested Barangays

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Central Visayas came up third in the list of regions in the country with the most number of barangays heavily affected by illegal drugs.

This was confirmed by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – Central Visayas (PDEA-7) Director Emerson Margate on Thursday.

Margate said that according to the list furnished them by the PDEA Central Office, the National Capital Region is on top, followed by Region 9 or the Zamboanga Peninsula.

Central Visayas has 3,003 barangays and 2,229 of these are drug-affected, which is why the PDEA-7 is intensifying its operations, Margate said.

The PDEA-7 director said they are now doing every possible means to rid the region of the drug menace and asked the public to give them enough time to complete their mission, considering that they have to cover 800 barangays per year until the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends in 2022.

Aside from their aggressive operations in apprehending suspected drug traffickers, pushers and users, Margate said they are also intensifying their proactive approaches and demand-reduction campaigns by conducting information drives and meetings or “pulong-pulong” in the barangays.

Despite the shortage in manpower, Margate said they have been able to apprehend several drug pushers. In fact, the PDEA-7 seized a total of PHP8 million worth of drugs last month, he added.

Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Sr. Supt. Joel Doria said this is also a big challenge for the CCPO even as the different police stations, the Drug Enforcement Unit, and the City Intelligence Branch have been making arrests every day with no let up.

Police Regional Office-7 or PRO-7 (Central Visayas) Director Robert Quenery, for his part, said the drug problem in the region has really been a huge challenge in his leadership.

Based on the feedback of his intelligence personnel, Quenery said they have already identified all the drug dealers in Central Visayas and they would likewise intensify Oplan Tokhang.

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Cebu City Turns 81 Next Week

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Cebu City, dubbed the “Queen City of the South”, will celebrate its 81st Charter Day Anniversary on February 24.

Greggy Senados, of the Cebu City Public Information Office, said on Saturday that several activities have been lined up for this year’s celebration with the theme: “Cebu City @ 81: Tomorrow must be Better than Today”.

Ushering in the celebration is the observance of “Arts Week” on February 19-22 at the historical Plaza Independencia.

“Arts Week” is spearheaded by the Cebu City Cultural and Historical Affairs Office (CCCHAO).

The Cebu City Agriculture Department will also hold an awarding for Outstanding Farmers on February 21 at the Crown Regency Hotel as part of the Charter Day Anniversary celebration.

The “Serbisyong Sugbuanon” program, which brings the services of the Cebu city government closer to the people, will be held every last Friday of the month. On Feb. 23, it will be at the Plaza Sugbo fronting the Cebu City Hall.

The program is regularly held in the different barangays of Cebu City, but Mayor Tomas Osmeña decided to make it one of the highlights of the celebration and hold it in front of the City Hall this Friday, Senados said.

On the big day on February 24, there will be a thanksgiving mass, flag-raising ceremony, and parade and review in the morning at the Cebu City Hall.

The recognition of Young Sugbuanon Exemplary and Action-Driven Leaders (YOUSEAL) Awardees 2018 and Outstanding Cebu City Government Employees will immediately follow after the ceremonial activities at Plaza Sugbo.

The recognition program is being facilitated by the Cebu City Youth Affairs Office.

In the evening of February 24, the Awarding of Outstanding Individuals and Institutions as well as Posthumous Awardees with Testimonial Dinner will be hosted by the City at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Barangay Lahug.

The 81st Charter Day Anniversary celebration, which will be observed as a holiday in Cebu City, is spearheaded by the Office of the Mayor, CCCHAO, and the Department of Manpower Development and Placement.

The Municipality of Cebu, which was then under the Cebu Provincial Government, became an independent Chartered City known as “Cebu City” on February 24, 1937 by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 58.

Cebu was already considered a city during the Galleon Trade as it was then called “La Ciudad de Santissimo Nombre de Jesus,” or “The City of the Most Holy Name of Jesus,” making Cebu as the oldest city in the Philippines.

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Capitol Launches Youth Reporters Corps

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Close to 80 youths from different towns and cities in Cebu province participated in a seminar-workshop organized by the Provincial Government that aims to empower the youth to take part in nation-building by learning how to be bearers of good news.

Dubbed as the Capitol Youth Reporters Corps seminar-workshop, the 3-day event organized by the Provincial Information Office, in partnership with the Provincial Youth Commission, was jam-packed with different activities.

Among the activities were discussions from speakers from the media industry who shared their expertise in their respective fields.

The speakers included Ainjeliz de la Torre-Orong for News Writing; DYAB’s Angelica Saniel for Radio Broadcasting; Vic Kintanar for photojournalism; ABS-CBN’s Joworski Alipon for TV Broadcasting; Max Limpag for Writing for Social Media; and Jason Baguia for Media Ethics.

Social media star Dave “Dodong Dave” Quirante also shared to the youth participants his experience in social media.

Marie Leolie Ursal, 18, from Barili town, said she learned a lot from the workshop, particularly on how to effectively make use of the broadcast medium.

Another participant, 20-year-old Alvin Duazo, said they hope to apply their learnings in the workshop as they look for different kinds of stories in their respective municipalities.

“We wish to replicate this in our town to level up awareness in multi-media communication,” said Duazo, vice president of the Consolacion Youth Organization (CYO).

Floreza Alpuerto, PIO’s supervising officer who represented the information office’s OIC Mark Tolentino, said the aim to have a Capitol Youth Reporters Corps is to build the capacity of the youth from the grassroots to gather, prepare, and report news according to journalistic standards.

Youth reporters who will show “exemplary diligence and commitment to delivering news about development in their localities” will be recognized monthly and in an awarding ceremony by the end of year, said Alpuerto.

In his message to the youth, Bhobby Nacorda, head of the Provincial Human Resource Management Office, urged the youth to make use of their talents and skills in the best way.

Nacorda quoted writer Ivern Ball, saying “Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch,” and encouraged the youth to find their sense of purpose, which in this case he said is to be guardians of the truth.

Anthony Dacalos, the Planning and Operations head of the Provincial Youth Commission, said that the activity with PIO is just one of their many partnerships with different offices and agencies to ensure that they can provide as many activities to the youth as possible.

Dacalos, who represented PYC’s head James Canoy during the workshop, assured that they have more projects in the pipeline for the youth of Cebu.

Just a week before the Capitol Youth Reporters Corps training, the PYC also launched a campaign on responsible use of social media.

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DepEd Receives Computer Equipment from BPOs

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Seven schools in Cebu received the initial batch of computer units from the business process outsourcing (BPO) companies based here in this city.

This is part of the Malasakit Tech2Teach program which provides computer units to public schools in far-flung areas to help implement the Department of Education (DepEd) computer education program.

According to Engr. Roberto Varquez, consultant of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV), these schools were pre-identified by DepEd.

He said this initiative came up after they learned that the BPO companies change their computer units from time to time and it ended up being unused.

“We found it sayangWorkable pa ang units. OPAV thought of utilizing this,” he told reporters in an interview.

DepEd has identified the end-users as those that are in Grade levels 4, 5, and 6 since computerization program of the department is limited only to high school.

Varquez revealed that elementary schools are only provided with six computer units for their use.

The seven schools in Central Visayas are among the 20 schools initially identified by OPAV to become recipients.

Varquez said they intend to give 1,000 units for the first phase and another 1,000 units for the following year.

On Monday afternoon, the DepEd Central Visayas Regional Director Juliet Jeruta received the initial computer units from companies Tech Mahindra, Qualfon, and Accenture in a ceremonial turnover done in the presence of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Cabinet officials including DepEd Sec. Leonor Briones.

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