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Repatriated OFWs get livelihood package from DOLE


  Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday offered a package of services from the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) WELL program to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) repatriated under the Saudi amnesty program. WELL stands for Welfare, Employment, Livelihood and Legal Assistance which will give OFWs a chance to work and sustain their families. […]

Posted: April 18th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

The sound of (bamboo) music


Near the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in downtown Cebu City, passersby can hear music wafting through the air. The soothing sound comes from an instrument called the bamboo xylophone, locally known as “gabbang.” A closer look, and a middle-aged man is seen playing the crude instrument. He has made the streets, in this part of the […]

Posted: February 25th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Still productive


The arrests of Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz’s trusted aide Joselito Arellano, the two other men accused of selling two large packs of shabu worth P29 million wrapped in a paper bag, and two women selling shabu in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City last week are undoubtedly major victories in the seemingly never-ending war on illegal drugs in […]

Posted: December 21st, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »

Blind asks for accessible relocation area


THE blind community have lived in Barangay Apas for decades and have flourished for years in their different livelihoods, such as providing massage services. But when the fire razed their houses, they are faced with possible relocation in Barangay Kalunasan, a mountain village in Cebu City, accessible only to motorcycles-for- hire, more popularly known as […]

Posted: December 11th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

UNHAPPY WITH KALUNASAN RELOCATION PLAN: Apas fire victims start to rebuild


For fear of losing their slots, about 50 fire victims in Barangay Apas have returned to the fire site on Friday morning and began rebuilding homes without the permission of the Cebu City government. Eric John Catalya, 28, a resident of the place, told Cebu Daily News that some of the fire victims have decided […]

Posted: December 9th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

Protecting Environmental Rights and their Defenders


Miracles are provided by Nature to all of us but we haughtily take them for granted, as if our home planet owes us these services. How can we possibly exist without the air, water, land, trees, the living resources and inter-connected ecosystems that are given us for free and which unfortunately humans have put a […]

Posted: December 4th, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »

Restoring vibrant oceans


Each 21st day of November is observed globally as World Fisheries Day. There were many activities to highlight the significance of fisheries as important source of animal protein in our diet, and livelihoods of fishers and coastal residents, not excluding the women who are very much involved in post-harvest activities. Of course, the plight of […]

Posted: November 27th, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »

YOLANDA STATUS REPORT: More work to be done, 3 yrs after


Government agencies have completed 74 percent of all Yolanda rehabilitation projects in Central Visayas after three years, but an official of the regional National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-7) said a lot remains to be done. Based on data obtained by Cebu Daily News, 2,169 out of the 2,796 projects worth P12.61 billion undertaken by […]

Posted: November 8th, 2016 in Headlines,Special Feature | Read More »

The fate of our fish


We all agree that fish is a very important source of food for us and marine resources. It is a major provider of livelihood and economic and recreational opportunities for millions, apart from its nutritional benefits. But our fisheries face tremendous challenges. The fish population is in rapid decline due to many factors — illegal […]

Posted: October 16th, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »

Rethinking 4Ps goal


There is merit to Sen. Cynthia Villar’s proposal to redefine and redirect the targets of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps from health and education to livelihood and education. In redirecting the 4Ps target from health to livelihood, the senator noted that the Department of Health through PhilHealth had already expanded insurance coverage either […]

Posted: September 14th, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »