Seares: Markets chief Raquel Arce apologizes to Councilor Archival multiple times for her ‘harsh’ words. P1.2B extra budget ‘on bullet train’; move to delay City Council special session foiled.

TO DELAY SESSION OR NOT. A special session of the Cebu City Council called by Mayor Mike Rama Friday, June 24 approved to refer to the committee on finance supplemental budget #2 for P1.2 billion. That sailed through quickly but the question whether the special session would be improper if not illegal — because it […]

Free rides in Cebu City at rush hour

THE Cebu City Government will provide free bus rides for those who have difficulty getting a ride home during rush hour.Mayor Michael Rama directed Councilor Phillip Zafra to begin the free rides on Friday, June 24, 2022.In a virtual press conference Friday, Rama said the City Government has 19 green buses and two coasters that […]

RDC 7 proposes increase in cost of BRT, container port projects

THE Regional Development Council in Central Visayas (RDC 7) has recommended increasing the costs of two already approved big-ticket infrastructure projects in Metro Cebu.National Economic Development Authority (Neda) Central Visayas director and RDC vice chairperson Efren Carreon said these projects are the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and New Cebu International Container Port (NCICP).Currently, the […]

Editorial: Surviving is essential

Do not hold your breath. Many Filipinos are not surprised to hear there will be another round of price increase in petroleum products this week.This is the third straight week that gas prices went up and spiked the costs of daily needs, from fare to food.For less than a kilometer, the e-bike fare of Jessa […]

Free rides for provincial buses extended until June 26

THE national government’s Libreng Sakay program will continue in three provinces in Central Visayas, including Cebu, until June 26, 2022.The announcement was made by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Central Visayas (LTFRB 7) on Friday, June 18.Eduardo Montealto, LTFRB 7 director, told SunStar Cebu that only provincial buses operating in Cebu, Bohol […]

Año: Cebu ordinance on optional mask wearing ‘defective’; Gwen undeterred

DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said Tuesday, June 14, 2022 that the ordinance passed by the Cebu Provincial Council which makes the wearing of face masks optional in open and well-ventilated areas in the province has “no legal basis and considered defective.”Año said he is consulting his legal team for […]

Mike taps ex-councilor as traffic board head

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama has appointed former city councilor Rico Rey Francis “Koko” Holganza as chairman of the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) Board.Rama told reporters Tuesday, June 14, 2022, that he wanted Holganza for the position in order to bring “sanity” to the city’s traffic situation, including educating motorists of their responsibilities.Another reason […]

Thank you, Cebuano athletes

CEBUANO medalists in the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games were welcomed by the Cebu City Government and the Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) with a Grand Homecoming at the City Wing Atrium, SM Seaside City Cebu on Saturday afternoon, June 11, 2022.The 31st edition of the sporting conclave was held in Hanoi, Vietnam this year […]

PRO 7, CPPO chiefs clash over face mask rule

TWO high-ranking police officials in Central Visayas have opposing views on the executive order issued by Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia that makes the wearing of face masks in open and well-ventilated spaces in Cebu Province optional.Brigadier Gen. Roque Eduardo Vega, chief of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO 7), issued a statement on Saturday, […]