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February 1, 2013 Top Stories:

  • PNoy denies any standoff in Cebu province
  • Feature: Priest expresses environmental advocacy through music
  • Free seminar on employees compensation program slated
  • PNoy: Filipinos are world-class shipbuilders
  • PNoy calls on Cebuanos to support admin senatorial slate
iCebu: Sinulog 2013 Grand Parade

PRO7 reports election gun ban accomplishment for January

By Ferliza C. Contratista

CEBU CITY, Jan 31 (PIA) -- Police Regional Office-7 (PRO7) recorded 27 firearms confiscated and 27 persons arrested for the whole month of January since the start of its implementation.

P/Supt. Armando Radoc, head of the Police Community Relations Office PRO7, said 18 days after the full implementation of the election gun ban last January 13, there were 27 firearms confiscated and 27 persons arrested in the entire Central Visayas.

According to the data provided by PSinsp. Sandley Sabang from the Regional Operations Division, majority of the cases reported were from Cebu City Police Office (CPPO) which netted 12 firearms and 10 persons arrested. READ MORE

Nat'l gov't to adopt community-driven approach in poverty alleviation

By Juju Manubag-Empuerto

CEBU CITY, Jan 31 (PIA) – The national government will adopt a community-driven approach in its poverty alleviation efforts in 2013.

This after the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) chaired by Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III gave a green light on the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) during its meeting last January 18.

The NCDDP will use the anti-poverty approach developed through Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) and will also apply the lessons learned in the implementation of the various CDD programs of the other national government agencies. READ MORE

Phl, Cebu remain source, transshipment area of smuggled wildlife

By Ferliza C. Contratista

CEBU CITY, Jan 31 (PIA) -- The Philippines remains to be both a source and trans-shipment area in coastal and wildlife trafficking.

Atty. Crisgel Ryan Ang Cruz, senior officer of the Asean Wildlife Enforcement Network (WEN) said in a recently-held forum in Cebu that the Philippines is both a transshipment area and a source of trafficked coastal and wildlife species.

Cruz, who was one of the speakers of the forum on Wildlife and Fishery Intelligence and Investigation, said that wildlife items from neighboring South East Asian countries continue to pass the different ports in the Philippines after these were purchased by wealthy consumers outside the region. READ MORE

Search for Outstanding public officials, employees on

By Juju Manubag-Empuerto

CEBU CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA) -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announces that the search for the 2013 Outstanding Public Officials and Employees is now open.

CSC is inviting all government agencies and instrumentalities to produce and post the 2013 Search tarpaulins in their offices’ façade to help raise awareness on the search.

Government offices are also encouraged to nominate deserving public officials and employees in their agencies.

There is no limit to the number of nominees. READ MORE

Certified list of 2013 candidates now at Comelec website

By Ferliza C. Contratista

CEBU CITY, Jan 29 (PIA) -- Cebuanos can now access the official list of candidates for the Province of Cebu at the website of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Comelec Provincial Director Lionel Castillano said voters can now access the full list of candidates from the provincial contenders down to the Municipal Councilors.

Castillano said one only need to log on to and click on the List of Candidates icon found at the upper left side of the page. READ MORE

[PHOTO] Management Conference

PTV 4 Cebu Station Manager Alex Rey Pal on the 2nd day of PIA - 7 Management and Staff Conference Work & Financial Plan 2013 - 2014 at the Plaza Maria Luisa Inn, Dumaguete City on January 23, 2013. (VVV/PIA CEBU)

FEATURE: Devotee City, a symbol of Cebuano hospitality

By Ferliza C. Contratista

The Philippines being the only and oldest Christian country in Asia is rife with religious activities that also serve as economic avenues for the residents and traders.

In Cebu, the feast of the city’s patron Sr. Sto. Nino paved the creation of a grand festival, the Sinulog, where crowds have been growing annually in attendance.

But long before the Sinulog became the Mother of all Festivals in the Philippines, people from all over the province and nearby islands were already devotees of the Sto. Nino and always made it a point to join the simple procession. READ MORE

Weekly Info Blast Roundup:

  • Acting Gov. Magpale to move to Gov's office after inventory & acting ViceGov Daan will occupy her office.
  • IBP Cebu will elect its new set of officers on Feb. 23, according to incumbent VP Atty. Mae Elaine Bathan
  • Since start of gun ban from Jan.13-30, no violations recorded from Siquijor, Bohol & Lapu-Lapu City
  • Majority of firearms confiscated, persons arrested since start of gun ban in Cebu were reported from Cebu Prov'l Police Office
  • Police Reg'l Ofc-7 in Cebu recorded 27 firearms confiscated & 27 persons arrested since start of gun ban period
  • Police Reg'l Ofc-7 in Cebu recorded 27 firearms confiscated & 27 persons arrested since start of #gunban period.
  • For the month of February there is only one holiday, February 25 EDSA Anniversary, a special holiday for all schools. There will be no classes on that day and school personnel working on that day shall be paid in accordance with the rules for pay on special non-working holidays.

The Department of Budget and Management announced the release of P4.83 billion to cover the retirement benefits of 54,660 retirees of the Philippine National Police (PNP). The total release will support pension payments for retired policemen from January to March 2013.

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