World Architecture Day: Mandaue—PH city with Green Building Ordinance adopting BERDE system—leads the way

The current health crisis may have distracted us from older problems that have plagued many cities in the world today. One of these is environmental degradation resulting from several malpractices. To counter the consequences of our abuse of nature and its resources, we initiated some actions toward being “friendlier” to Mother Earth. Being “green-minded” is […]

EXPLAINER: Cebu City Council wants to find out Mayor Labella’s true state of health, invites him to next session. DILG says only the courts can decide if mayor refuses disclosure.

WHAT JUST HAPPENED. The Cebu City Sanggunian Wednesday afternoon, September 29, passed a resolution “inviting” Mayor Edgardo Labella to its next regular session on October 6, also a Wednesday. It will be the second City Council invitation to the mayor whose latest medical leave — his seventh since he assumed office — is to expire […]

EXPLAINER: Saavedra wants City Council to ‘appoint’ VM Rama as mayor. It cannot. But it can look into Labella’s frequent leaves and C.A. Casas’s authority.

WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE. Last September 8, Crisologo Saavedra, who calls himself “an advocate against corruption and protector of taxpayers,” filed a letter-complaint with the Cebu City Council, asking it to investigate Mayor Edgardo Labella for his frequent leaves of absence and his administration’s bidding on a P248-million traffic light systems and the second phase of […]

Anti-graft council created amid probe on state corruption

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) on Friday formed a new inter-agency task force to bring its campaign against graft and corruption to the lowest level of the government, as the administration faces questions over allegedly anomalous deals.   More than 40 agencies under the Executive branch signed a memorandum of agreement to form the National Anti-Corruption Coordinating Council, […]

EXPLAINER: Proposed MOA limits properties Cebu City is bound to deliver for Carbon Market project. Land tops issues in lawsuit vs. Megawide-City P5.5B joint venture.

THE land that the P5.5-billion modernization of Carbon Market in Cebu City will use comprises not just the site of the present markets but also other adjacent and nearby lots. The problem is that 90 percent of the land is allegedly not owned by the City Government or, perhaps more accurately, most of the land […]

EXPLAINER: City Council adopts proposed MOA to ‘cure’ defects of Carbon Market deal and asks Labella to renegotiate. Will mayor push for new terms? If he does, will Megawide agree?

WHAT JUST HAPPENED. The Cebu City Sanggunian in its regular session Wednesday, September 1, 2021, decided to submit to Mayor Edgardo Labella a proposed MOA or memorandum of agreement aimed to “cure” defects in the joint venture agreement (JVA) of the City with Megawide Construction Corp. on developing Carbon Market. In effect, Mayor Labella and […]

Omar Choucair, Trintech CFO, Accepted into Forbes Finance Council

DALLAS, TX / ACCESSWIRE, Aug 24, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Trintech, a leading global provider of integrated Record to Report software solutions for the Office of Finance, today announced its CFO, Omar Choucair, has been accepted into Forbes Finance Council, an invitation-only community for executives in accounting, financial planning, wealth and asset […]

EXPLAINER: Suspected multimillion-peso loss prompts Cebu City Council to seek multi-agency probe on garbage payment. ‘Plunder… alleged plunder,’ says Rama.

AT A GLANCE, WHAT’S UP. The Cebu City Council Thursday, August 19, in a resolution passed without objection, asked the Visayas Ombudsman and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and police, with Commission on Audit (COA), to investigate suspected overcharging and bloating of figures in the payment for garbage hauled by a private contractor. Vice […]

Bzzzzz: We didn’t know Cebu City Council members got new cars under 2021 P10-B budget. Mayor Labella tells Sanggunian he’ll be back Aug. 19.

Mike to end acting role MAYOR Edgardo Labella will be back as Cebu City mayor Thursday, August 19, thus ending his medical leave and Vice Mayor Mike Rama’s stint as “extended acting mayor.” Labella has been on medical leave four times, the last one starting last July 14, just 13 days after he returned to […]

EXPLAINER: Councilors suspect volume of garbage collected was bloated, Cebu City paid contractor Docast/JJ and J millions more than it should have. Sanggunian pushes inquiry.

THE Cebu City Council has been looking into alleged violations of the private contractors, Docast/JJ and J Construction and General Supply, which won the P420-million contract to haul garbage in the city for 2021. Most of that money has been wiped out — only P27 million left, as of the last week of July, five […]

EXPLAINER: Three floors of CCMC to open for Covid surge. As councilors call P2.8-B building ‘very expensive,” list project flaws, ask for plans, other information.

TO AUGMENT the number of hospital beds for Covid-19 patients amid the third surge of infections in Cebu City, Acting Mayor Michael Rama announced at a press-con Monday, August 2, he had ordered, among others: (a) the use of Abellana National School rooms as a “mega stay-in” facility”; and (b) the opening of three floors […]

Bay to Bay: Synergies between San Francisco Bay Area and China’s Greater Bay Area

HONG KONG, Jun 25, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – A research report identifying synergies and collaboration opportunities between the San Francisco Bay Area and China’s Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) was published and presented at a webinar today by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, based in San Francisco, and the Hong […]

EXPLAINER. Using Cebuano-Bisaya: 7 takeaways on language in ordinances and sessions of local legislatures. Saggunians required by law to translate approved ordinances, resolutions.

[1] FILIPINO, ENGLISH AS OFFICIAL LANGUAGES. The 1987 Constitution (Art. XIV, Section 7) states: “For purposes of communication and instruction, the official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and, until otherwise provided by law, English.” Perhaps because of that provision, there is no mention anymore of language that shall be used in Congress or a […]