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Hope and life emerge amid drug war deaths

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A MEDAL AND A ROSARY. These are the precious gifts that Cebu Archbishop Jose  Palma gave to each of the  25 drug surrenderers who, after six months, cleaned themselves of drug addiction and graduated from the barangay-based drug rehabilitation program. The event was commemorated with a Mass officiated by Palma at the San Roque Parish in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City.

They surrendered and lived to tell their stories. And to these men and women who, only months ago, could not even imagine giving up a life of drugs, it was a day like no other. Wearing green shirts with a scripture text proclaiming a rebirth in Christ, at least 25 individuals who were once enslaved […]

Posted: February 17th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Drug surrenderers to help rebuild fire-damaged Marigondon school building

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Drug surrenderers were among the 200 laborers sent by the Lapu-Lapu City government to help rebuild the Marigondon Elementary and High School building that was destroyed by fire on Feb. 15. Structures of the burned school building could still be used but it would need to undergo retrofitting first, said Engineer Allan Pedrigal, Lapu-Lapu City […]

Posted: February 16th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

BFP codes for love

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Bureau of Fire Protection Central Visayas Valentine event (L-R) F01 Crislor W. Sosas; FO1 Jellianne Faith G Dionio; BFP-7 Regional Director Senior Superintendent Samuel Tadeo; F01 Edem Marie Negrido; F01 Jaenafe Rodriguez; F01 Ludel Namoco and F01 Deidre Marie T. Marikit. (CDN PHOTO/CHRISTIAN MANINGO)

IT was a different kind of Valentine’s Day celebration at the Bureau of Fire Protection office in the region (BFP-7) on Tuesday, as employees traded their government uniforms for civilian clothing that would reveal their relationship status. A memorandum, signed by BFP Fire Chief Bobby Barbuelo on February 7, assigned a color code to be […]

Posted: February 14th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

School hit by fire sets up makeshift classrooms; classes to resume on Feb.15

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Makeshift tents were already set up inside the compound of Maribago Elementary and High School in Sitio Datag, Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City to accommodate students who were displaced by a fire that gutted their classrooms early on Tuesday morning. The school’s stage and covered court were also cleared for the establishment of additional makeshift classrooms […]

Posted: February 14th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Classes in Maribago suspended after fire damaged 12 classrooms

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  An early morning fire damaged 12 classrooms at the Maribago Elementary and High School located at Sitio Datag, Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City. Classes remained suspended while firefighters do overhauling at the fire site, said school principal Basilio Aying. The fire broke at 6:42 am and damaged a kindergarten, 6 elementary and five high school […]

Posted: February 14th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Butane explosion injures owner’s son

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  A butane canister that caught fire damaged a house located inside the Bella Vista Subdivision in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City on Monday afternoon. Damage caused by the 30-minute fire was pegged at P300, 000. SFO1 Hadjiluden Samonte of the Lapu-Lapu City Fire Department said that house owner Concesa Zapanta used a butane stove while […]

Posted: February 13th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Fire damages four houses in Banilad

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Fire destroys a house in Sitio Marober, Barangay Banilad, Mandaue City. (CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON)

Four houses were damaged after a fire broke out at 3:55 p.m. on Monday in Sitio Marover, Barangay Banilad, Mandaue City. The fire allegedly started at the house of Evelyn Magallano. SFO3 Arnold Lao, chief of operations of the Mandaue City Fire Dept., said that an unattended cooking using a butane stove caused the fire. […]

Posted: February 13th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Fire damages 2-storey house in Consolacion

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Cebu City–A two-storey house was damaged by fire that hit at 6:59 a.m. in 2nd Batch Barangay Pulpogan in Consolacion, 21.1 kilometers north of here. SFO1 Byron Casela said a concerned citizen tipped them off that a suspected drug addict started the fire. The investigators are still on site to confirm the report. The fire […]

Posted: February 13th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Fire damages structures in Umapad dumpsite

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Fire damages at least 11 structures within Umapad dumpsite in Mandaue City. (MANDAUE CITY PIO)

CEBU CITY—Fire destroyed 11 structures inside the dumpsite in Barangay Umapad in Mandaue City on Friday morning. No one was reported hurt in the fire that broke out at 9 a.m., said Umapad barangay captain Nelson Rubio . Initial investigation showed that the fire started after a resident left the garbage that he was burning […]

Posted: February 10th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

P4.4M for fire victims

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THE Mandaue City government released P4.4 million for the financial assistance of the New Year’s eve fire victims in Barangays Guizo and Maguikay in Mandaue City last Thursday and Friday. Violeta Cavada, head of the Mandaue City Social Welfare and Services Office (CSWSO), said yesterday that the 624 families already received their cash assistance from […]

Posted: February 3rd, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »