This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, March 10, 2016.

DENR: Mactan beaches are safe.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources finally spoke up and said the beaches in Lapu-Lapu City are safe. William Cunado, the chief of the Environmental Management Bureau, said the presence of colifrom bacteria does not mean an area is polluted.  Last year, some beaches registered above normal colifrm levels for certain months but Cunado said this is due to the high volumne of people flocking to the beach.

If the level is above normal from January until December, then it is polluted, but if it spikes for a certain month only, then it’s not polluted. William Cunado, DENR 7 EMB chief.

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Freeman: DENR clarifies report on coliform levels of Mactan beaches.

Cebu Daily News: Mactan beaches safe and clean for swimming.

Sun.Star Cebu: Report on coliform threatens tourism industry in Lapu-Lapu City.

Castro faces trial.

Controversial prosecutor Mary Ann Castro faces two counts of direct assault and malicious mischief for her stunt Monday night at the PRO 7. Castro, with six others, tried to destroy the door of a police office where the live-in parter of her estranged husband was staying.  She was released after posting P34,000 bail and promised to file counter-charges against the police, who accused her of biting one officer. Castro filed libel charges against her husband’s live-in partner after the latter accused her of stealing a vehicle in an Facebook post.

Instead of protecting the complainant, they are protecting the accused. Cebu City assistant prosecutor Mary Ann Castro.

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Sun.Star Cebu: Castro released on bail.

Cebu Daily News: Cops to build ‘airtight’ case against controversial prosecutor.

Cebu Daily News: Sister blasts Castro for trauma on two nephews.

Freeman: Court denies Castro’s petition for habeas corpus.

Cebu City to hire street dwellers.

The Cebu City Government and DSWD 7 will team up to give jobs to street dwellers in the City. The program, aimed to hire 2,000, will give the street dwellers a regular salary, overtime pay and free accommodation.

With or without experience, everyone can apply. They don’t necesarily have to be the one to do the construction work, they can just assist. This way, these street dwellers will not have to sleep on the sidewalks. Betty Ganub, Cebu City Anti-Mendicancy Office head.

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Sun.Star Cebu: City, DSWD put up jobs program for street dwellers.

Freeman: Construction companies to hire 2,000 street dwellers through jobs program.

Other Cebu News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Rama eyes free medicine for senior citizens.

Sun.Star Cebu: Two contractors want bidding for VSMMC projected stopped.

Sun.Star Cebu: Ma refutes report on son’s suicide.

Freeman: Guingona to sponsor bill on Mega Cebu.

Freeman: Comelec 7 head admits agency ‘not ready’ for May polls.

Cebu Daily News: Davide denies conducting loyalty check for LP in Cebu.

Cebu Daily News: Woman faces charges after stabbing five-year-old child in Church.

Cebu Business News.

Sun.Star Cebu: New player in auto industry eyes ‘countryside market.’

Sun.Star Cebu: Policies, poor infrastructure foil entry of foreign direct investments to PHL.

Freeman: Beauty market in Cebu expands.

Freeman: Despite 22 percent increase in 2015, BIR still misses ‘large taxpayer’ target.

Cebu Daily News: Bankers group assures public PHL banks safe from hackers.

Cebu Daily News: Aboitiz Group reports four-percent decline in profits.

Cebu Sports News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Danao City to send 35 kids to national grassroots program for triathlon.

Freeman: Group eyes bigger Tayud futsal tournament.

Cebu Daily News: Cebu City adds two gold medals in PNG swimming.