This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, April 26, 2016.
Comelec ban hampers Capitol aid for El Nino
THOSE affected by the El Nino phenomenon in Cebu province will have to wait for aid as Cebu Province can’t give any, pending a clearance from the Commission on Elections. Due to the election period, there is a ban on the distribution of relief assistance. Last April 8, Gov. Hilario Davide III asked Comelec Manila for an exemption from the ban so it can provide assistance to those affected by the drought in Cebu, which has declared a State of Calamity due to the drought.
There was no update on his request as of April 25.
The election ban has slowed down our relief efforts in the midst of the calamity. Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reducation and Management Office head Baltazar Tribunalo Jr.
Think before you post: DepEd to teacher.
A PHOTO of a student answering an exam on a banana leaf instead of a paper has landed a teacher in trouble. Jhesa Balbastro of Bohol was forced to answer a spelling test on a banana leaf since her family had no money to buy school materials. Her teacher, Maria Ana Doroy, took a photo and posted it on Facebook, calling it inspiring. That photo caught the attention of ABS-CBN, which included Balbastro in the final presidential debate.
However, Department of Education officials in Bohol aren’t amused.
It doesn’t happen in Bohol that our students would write on banana leaves no matter how poor we are. Think, think, think before you post. Be responsible in the use of social media. Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos, Bohol Schools Division superintendent
PB approves P27B Cebu-Cordova bridge
The Cebu Provincial Board has approved the joint venture agreement between the Cordova Municipal Government and the Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp. (MPTDC) for the P27-billion Cebu-Cordova Bridge Project.
The 8.25-kilometer third bridge will connect Cebu City to Cordova. Work is planned to start in late 2017 and is expected to be completed by 2020. The Cebu City council already approved the project.
Cordova already broke ground for the project in January 2015. Worsening traffic in Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue has amplified calls for the building of a 3rd bridge to link Mactan Island to mainland Cebu.
President Aquino to visit Cebu again
PRESIDENT Benigngo Aquino III and his Liberal Party allies will visit Cebu again tomorrow for a pre-Labor Day campaign sortie for local LP allies and the proclamation rally of BOPK candidates. Aquino will visit Mandaue City, Capitol, Cebu City and Talisay. This is the third time that Aquino has visited Cebu during the election period.
However, Talisay City mayor Johnny delos Reyes, who was formerly allied with LP, said only a few supporters will be attending the rally in Talisay.
Mingaw lagi na. Kun adto siguro sila sa merkado basin tapukan pa sila. Ako na nang gitugyan ni Gullas kay siya man ang pinangga sa LP. Tagsa-tagsa naman mi’g tugkaran. Talisay City Mayor Johnny delos Reyes.
Other Cebu News:
Cebu Business News.
Cebu Sports News.