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Underground Train Included in MCIA Second Runway Project

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The Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will become the first to have an underground railway system in the country once the unsolicited 50-year master plan proposed by a private company meets the approval of the government.

Andrew Acquaah Harrison, chief executive advisor of GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMAC), said the subway would serve as passageway for transportation that ferries passengers from one terminal to another.

Harrison met with Governor Hilario P. Davide III on Tuesday to discuss GMAC’s P209-billion plan for additional development in MCIA and the firm’s offer for a 50-year contract extension.

GMAC won the contract in 2014 in a 25-year concession deal to operate the MCIA passenger terminal.

GMAC’s plan includes the construction of a second runway, third terminal and the management of airside facilities operation.

“I’m looking forward for the realization of this project. I believe this will spur economic growth for Cebu,” Davide said expressing his support for the second runway in MCIA.

Harrison said the MCIA long-term development plan would ensure that congestion experienced by passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila would not happen in Cebu.

On a positive note, Davide advised GMAC to present their offer to other stakeholders including business groups, heads of local government units, and non-government organizations such as the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB).

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Based on the consortium’s study, the infrastructure improvements will increase MCIA’s capacity to handle passenger’s traffic up to P50 million a year. According to Harrison, increasing MCIA’s capacity would make Cebu a viable gateway for foreign tourists coming to and from the Philippines.

“Located geographically at the center of the Philippines, Cebu could easily feed the needs of foreign tourists going to its neighboring provinces as well as Mindanao,” Harrison said.

With the new runway, Harrison said, international airline companies in Manila would be attracted to open direct flights from Cebu to the US, Europe and elsewhere.

“Because of space constraints, the NAIA can no longer make expansion projects. Airline companies will soon be looking for other options,” the chief executive advisor said.

Many foreign tourists who used NAIA as their entry point are usually heading to Visayas and Mindanao, Harrison said adding that these airline companies are just looking for the right infrastructure.

“This project will help Cebu diversify, catering tourists from different countries. We also wanted this to become another successful project under public-private partnership,” said Harrison.

In 1991, MCIA became an international airport whose structural design can accommodate P4.5 million passengers annually.

GMAC executive said that in its current projection, MCIA will be catering up to P10.5 million passengers this year.

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) Board recently approved the resolution for the construction of a second runway.

If approved by the national government, the project will be done in three phases and will commence next year. It will become operational by 2030.

Airport facilities will undergo rehabilitation from 2018 to 2021. The reclamation and construction of the second runway is set between 2022 and 2030, while the construction of a third terminal will be done from 2036 to 2039.

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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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DSWD 7 jump-starts 2018 Adoption Consciousness Celebration

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD) Field Office 7 through its Adoption Resource and Referral Section (ARRS) held an opening salvo of the 2018 Adoption Consciousness Celebration with the theme “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin!” (Spread unconditional love through Legal Adoption).

Around 200 individuals coming from different participating agencies and child caring agencies have attended the kick-off activity on Monday, February 13, 2018 which comprises a motorcade that started from Plaza Independencia on the way to SM City Cebu where the opening program was held.

During the program, there were also series of dance and song presentations of children from different partner child caring agencies such as the Asilo de la Milagrosa, Albert Schweitzer Familienwerk Foundation, Franciscan’s Children Home and NORFIL foundation.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations Shalaine Marie Lucero during her welcome remarks for the opening salvo of Adoption Consciousness Celebration 2018, encouraged all parents to start educating their children the value and importance of adoption. This is to help adopted children in school or in the community to be completely accepted and understood by other children.

“Many of the communities are still not able to accept and understand adoption. This is why it is important that parents should be advocates in promoting the value and importance of adoption to their children and other people in the community,” said ARDO Lucero.  

ARDO Lucero has also expressed gratitude to foster parents and adoptive parents who bravely took the challenge in providing a nurturing environment to adoptees conducive to their physical, mental, social and emotional health growth.

DSWD 7 have successfully placed a number of children into legal adoption, locally and internationally.

Two adoptees of the successful child placements that DSWD 7 have made had their inspiring testimonies during the short program of the opening salvo.

An adopted child also positively highlighted during her testimony that with the nurturing environment of adoptive families, being an adopted child doesn’t make you any less loved nor does it make you any different from those children living with their biological parents.

As DSWD VII celebrates Adoption Consciousness Week, the department strongly aims to encourage couples interested in adopting a child to visit the field office, undergo the legal process of adoption and avoid simulated birth adoption to stand with the theme: “Spread unconditional love through legal adoption.”

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New Digital Radio Equipment to Address Communication Problem in Cebu City Police Force

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Communication for police operations in the far-flung areas in Cebu City will no longer be a concern after the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) received a new set of digital radio system from a Chinese donor.

CCPO Director Senior Supt. Joel Doria told reporters in an interview that this will now address their problem in communicating with their police force assigned in the mountain barangays.

He specifically made mention of their detachments in Agsungot, Sudlon, and Busay, where they previously encountered difficulty in reaching them due to the absence of mobile signal in the said areas.

Considering po na wala tayong signal ng cellphone at saka yung mga radio natin hindi nila kaya, ito pong dinonate nila are digital radio Hytera, very effective kahit na nasa mountain barangay tayo at saka nasa city. Kaya yun (Considering that we don’t have any cellphone signal in the area and our existing radios do not have this capability, these donated digital radio with brand name Hytera, are very effective even if you are located in a mountain barangay and we are here in the city. It is capable to do that),” Doria said.

He added that this will help them in their internal security operation and monitoring in the mountain barangays.
He plans to give this to their mobile force company.
Doria together with Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Ronald dela Rosa received one set of the radio equipment from Winnie Chang of the Philippine Qi-Pao Cultural Association.
This consists of one digital trunking repeater, five units of digital mobile base terminal, and 20 units of digital portable terminal.
Doria said they have done a test on the equipment on Sunday and they were able to communicate their policemen at Barangay Agsungot.
“Before, nahirapan tayo considering meron tayong detachment sa mountain barangay. Kung kailangan natin reinforcement, mahirapan tayo. Kapag may complain at tumawag tayo, mahirap din silang tawagan.  Because of this communication, mapapabilis ang ating serbisyo ngayon,” he added.
The turnover of the equipment was done during the launching program of the Malasakit Center at the Vicento Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) on Monday afternoon.
The occasion was graced by no less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and other cabinet officials.
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