Ayala Malls Central Bloc holds jobs fair

With Ayala Malls Central Bloc set to open in the next few weeks, the mall and its tenants held a jobs fair in Ayala Center Cebu to sign up employees.

The jobs fair opened yesterday at the Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, who opened the fair, said it would provide much-needed work opportunities for Cebuanos. He asked the mall and its locators to prioritize Cebu City residents as a way to help uplift their lives.

The fair will end tomorrow, October 8.

CAREER FAIR OPENING. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella leads the opening of the jobs fair to sign up workers for the Ayala Malls Central Bloc. With Labella are (from left) Ayala Malls VisMin Head Clavel Tongco, Ayala Center Cebu General Manager Bong Dy, and Ayala Malls Central Bloc Operations Manager Mabel Peñas. The career fair will be held from October 7 to 8 at the Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu.

CAREER FAIR OPENING. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella leads the opening of the jobs fair to sign up workers for the Ayala Malls Central Bloc. With Labella are (from left) Ayala Malls VisMin Head Clavel Tongco, Ayala Center Cebu General Manager Bong Dy, and Ayala Malls Central Bloc Operations Manager Mabel Peñas. The career fair will be held from October 7 to 8 at the Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu.

In opening the event, Labella said that Cebu City is booming and he hopes the opportunities can be spread among its residents.

The jobs fair makes available hundreds of openings for stores that will open in Ayala Malls Central Bloc at the IT Park. Job openings range from cashiers, engineers, plumbers, technicians, service crew, office workers, admin staff, among many others.

The jobs fair is conducted in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment, Public Employment Service Office, and the Department of Manpower Development and Placement of the Cebu City Government.

Ayala Malls Central Bloc jobs fair

Cebu News Digest for Jan. 7, 2016: Thousands join Walk With Jesus to mark start of Fiesta Señor; ‘desperate love’ led to baby’s kidnapping; budget war continues in Cebu City Council

Love, faith, and politics: these are the themes of today’s Cebu news digest. Here’s what you need to know this morning of Thursday, January 7, 2016:

Thousands join dawn Walk With Jesus to mark start of 451st Fiesta Señor celebration of Sinulog 2016

The religious celebration of the Fiesta Señor started early this morning with a penitential walk by Sto. Niño devotees from the Fuente Osmeña rotunda to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño.

Reports indicate a huge turnout of devotees. Police said at the start of the walk that 11,000 turned out for the opening activity. Cebu City Traffic Office operations head Joy Tumulak, however, told a The Freeman journalist after the walk that 300,000 people joined it. He credited the huge turnout to good weather and the early arrival of some International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) participants.

The walk ended with a mass at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño presided over by rector Fr. Jonas Mejares. For the first time in the last few years, devotees were able to see the basilica’s restored belfry, which was damaged by the 2013 earthquake.

Businessman Mario King and wife Haydee King were installed as the Hermano and Hermane Mayores to lead Fiesta Señor church activities.

Walk With Jesus 2016
WALK WITH JESUS. The penitential walk from the Fuente Osmeña rotunda to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño marks the start of the religious celebration of Sinulog 2016. (Photo by Anthony Leuterio)

‘Desperate love’ led woman to kidnap newborn; parents to file charges

Desperate love drove 26-year-old Melissa Londres to steal a newborn baby so she could present it to her boyfriend as theirs, and thus prolong their strained relationship. Now facing kidnapping charges, Londres begged for forgiveness from the parents of Baby Prince Nino Celadenia, whom she kidnapped at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

She denied she stole the baby at first but broke down when her own mother, Mary Jane, arrived at the detention camp.

“I beg forgiveness. Sorry, I had no bad intentions against the baby. I took him because I was afraid my boyfriend would leave me. He was my first love. He really took care of me,” she said.


Budget war marks start of the year at the Cebu City Council

The Cebu City Council spent the first session of 2016 the way they did the final sessions of 2015, fighting over the budget. The majority bloc insisted the 2016 budget–at P6.4 billion–was legally passed after acting Mayor Edgardo Labella, of Team Rama, returned the budget ordinance to the council citing it lacked the required number of votes to be valid.

“His (Labella’s) inaction within 10 days means that the approved annual budget is deemed approved. The budget office should be required to enforce the 2016 annual budget.”
Councilor Sisinio Andales



Cebu headlines
CEBU HEADLINES. Today’s frontpages of Cebu Daily News and Sun.Star Cebu.

Mistake found in Capitol bidding for heavy equipment

The Provincial Board ad hoc committee on the bids and awards committee found discrepancies on the bidding for the multi-million heavy equipment deal the Capitol intends to buy, an error which could prevent the governor from getting the authorization to sign the P250.6 million contract with ConEquip Phils Inc.

“The committee found that there were some technical issues. Number one is the computition of the TWG, which is erroneous. This leads us to conclude nga possible nga ang technical working group is not competent.”
PB member Grecilda Sanchez

Issues were raised against the bidding after the BAC awarded the contract to ConEquip, which submitted the highest bid, at P250.6 million.


Sun.Star Cebu: Capitol BAC TWG admits mistake during bidding for heavy equipment

Other Cebu headlines

» Sun.Star Cebu: Balik Cebu lures Filipinos from all over globe


» Sun.Star Cebu: Cassava meals kills 6-year-old boy in Dumanjug; brother, sister still under medical observation in hospital


» The Freeman: Public reminded on how to prepare for Sinulog 2016: bring umbrellas, water, and snacks


» The Freeman: Task force formed for Sinulog route


» The Freeman: Cebu City Assistant Prosecutor Mary Ann Castro tells highway patrol unit: Return vehicle or I’ll sue you


» Cebu Daily News: UP lot survey halted; no one filing lawsuit


» Cebu Daily News: Case seeking freeze of SRP lots sale elevated to Court of Appeals


» Cebu Daily News: All set for ‘Walk with Jesus’


Business headlines

» Sun.Star Cebu: BIR-13 exceeds revenue target by P400 million, collects P25.8 billion in 2015


» Sun.Star Cebu: Slugging demand, security stymieing consumer tech growth


» The Freeman: OFWs, tourism to benefit from daily Cebu flights to Dubai

“Some of our establishments here are Middle Eastern tourists’ friendly. Restaurants and hotels’ food outlets too are servingHalal food preparations already.”
Tourism Congress vice president Alice Queblatin

» The Freeman: Taxpayers reminded to file income tax returns ahead of April deadline


» Cebu Daily News: DTI to strengthen small businesses, aid exporters


» Cebu Daily News: Tourism sector ready for Middle East tourists


Sports Headlines

» Sun.Star Cebu: 5th All-Women Ultra-Marathon registration opens today


» Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu backs national pro football league


» The Freeman: Yayoy hosts darts tournament


» The Freeman: Pilots showcase basketball skills in first invitational basketball tournament


» Cebu Daily News: Alaska Aces evens series with GlobalPort


» Cebu Daily News: Guiao, Belga fined P20K


Cebu News Digest for Jan. 5, 2016: Fake nurse steals baby; Cebu City forced to re-enact budget after impasse; tension breaks out in talk between UP, fire victims

Here’s what you need to know this Tuesday morning, January 5, 2016:

VSMMC baby abduction
ON CCTV. Yesterday’s abduction of a newborn inside the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center was caught on security camera. (Screengrab of video posted by Aksyon TV 5 reporter Ryan Sorote)

Woman poses as nurse, abducts baby in Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center

A woman posing as a member of the staff of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center snatched two-day old Prince Nino Celadenia yesterday. Wearing hospital scrubs but with no identification, the woman was seen thrice in the hospital’s CCTV before leaving the hospital at 12:07 p.m.

Jonathan Celadenia, the 27-year-old father, said the suspect asked them whether their child had his anti-dengue shot already. The mother, Jayve, accompanied the woman to the laboratory area but stayed outside the door and two minutes later, the suspect was seen in another area of the hospital, alone with the baby.

The police are not sure of the motive in the abduction and doubts a syndicate is behind its as it is the first of its kind.

Infant abducted inside gov’t hospital A two-day-old baby boy was abducted by a woman posing as a nurse inside state-owned Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu, Monday, Jan. 4. This is the CCTV footage of the suspect leaving the hospital with the baby. [Video|VSMMC] Cebu Kapatid

Posted by Ryan Christopher Sorote on Monday, January 4, 2016



Cebu City to use re-enacted budget for 2016

Due to an impasse in the passing of the 2016 budget, Acting Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella said they will operate with the 2015 budget as their guide so they can continue with daily operations.

In a 9-3 vote, the council approved the P6.7 billion budget for 2016, considerably lower than the P13.4 approved for last year. However, Labella said with 18 members of the Council, 10 votes are needed to approve the budget.


Tension breaks out between UP, fire victims

Three dozen policemen had to be deployed to help diffuse tension between the University of the Philippines and the 530 fire victims of Sitio Avoacado, Lahug. UP Cebu dean Liza Corro asked for police assistance after the school tents were removed by Cebu City personnel last Sunday. The school is also planning to block the plan of the City to reblock the site.
Sun.Star Cebu: Tension aborts meeting about fire site, settlers
Cebu Daily News: Who will spend for relocation site: UP Cebu or City Hall

Other Cebu headlines


» Sun.Star Cebu: Business taxes to rise to P1.5B from P1B


» Sun.Star Cebu: Lapu-Lapu City Treasurer’s Office extend office hours


» Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes vows transparency in last six months in office


» The Freeman: Priests told: no weddings, funeral mass during IEC closing event


» The Freeman: PB Member Sun Shimura wants re-bidding of controversial Capitol project


» Cebu Daily News: Capitol to vote after Sinulog on P250M equipment contract


» Cebu Daily News: Judge urges Cebu City to act on pedestrian safety near Qimonda IT Park where the courts are located

Cebu Business stories

» More businesses registered but lower capitalization in 2015, reports DTI


» Tourism, business stakeholders work on guidelines for Cebu’s brand

“The tourism core group of CCI will be introducing guidelines on the usage of brand. It will also encourage all stakeholders to use the brand.”
CCCI president Ma. Teresa Chan


» Going local keeps exporter relevant

“All export sectors, except electronics, are feeling the softening of the global market and while we wait for the global market recovery…we turn to our strong domestic market to cope with losses.”
Central Seafoods Inc. owner Nelson Bascones


» The Freeman: Sole proprietorships in Cebu hit 15-year high in 2015


» The Freeman: Attrition rate in BPO firms slowing down


» Cebu Daily News: Gaisano Vicsal ties up with South Korean bank


» Cebu, Lapu-Lapu City start processing business permits


Sports Headlines

» Sun.Star Cebu: Ex Cebu college stars face off in PBA semis


» Sun.Star Cebu: Cebuano eyes 270-kilometer journey by sea


» The Freeman: Pacquiao wants retired heavyweight in Bradley fight undercard


» Cebu Daily News: Pogoy to receive Pivotal Player award


» Cebu Daily News: Cebuano Gao to compete in PHL Amateur Open


Cebu City issues notice of award for Cebu-Cordova Bridge

Acting Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has issued the notice of award for the Cebu-Cordova Bridge Project to the Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp. (MPTDC). With the notice, the company can now start processing the permits for the construction of the bridge.

“Please be informed that you have been awarded the project for the formation of a Joint Venture Agreement with the City Government of Cebu and the Municipal Government of Cordova for the financing, design, construction, implementation, operation and maintenance of an 8.55 km toll road to be known as the Cebu-Cordova Bridge, including the construction of the connections to Cebu City and Cordova, the main bridge, structure, viaduct, causeway and roadway,” Labella said in a letter to MPTDC chief executive officer and president Ramoncito Fernandez, The Freeman reported.

Cebu-Cordova Bridge 3rd bridge
CEBU-CORDOVA BRIDGE. An earlier iteration of the plan for the 3rd Cebu bridge. (Image taken from Regional Development Council website)

Cebu-Cordova Bridge proposal

Cebu City Committee on Awards member Mary Rose Salvatierra told The Freeman no other bidder submitted a challenge to the MPTDC proposal. She said the notice of awards was supposed to have been released in the second week of December but various incidents, including Mayor Michael Rama’s 60-day suspension last December 10, delayed the release.

Salvatierra said MPTDC can now start processing permits for the project like getting clearances from the Philippine Coast Guard and the Cebu Ports Authority.

Construction of the third Mactan bridge is expected to start in the first quarter of 2016, said Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy.

Under the latest proposal, the Cebu-Cordova Bridge will span eight kilometers from the mouth of the Guadalupe River to Shell Island and then Cordova town. It will have a toll plaza and causeway. The bridge is projected to cost P27 billion, higher than the initial estimate of P17 billion.

Need for 3rd Mactan bridge

The project broke ground On January 1, 2015. The project will be undertaken under a build and operate scheme with Cebu City and Cordova getting a share of the toll that will be collected from users of the bridge. An estimate placed the toll for bridge users at P55.

Cebu Daily News, in a news report published in January 2015, said the Cebu-Cordova Bridge could be opened to the public as early as 2018. A 3rd Mactan bridge is seen to ease crippling traffic in the existing 2 bridges and their surrounding areas in Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue Cities.