Tell it to Sunstar: Onion shortage

By Reni M. Valenzuela We don’t need onions like we need oxygen. We can’t survive without oxygen. Other than the argument “the government has no option but to import onions” and the reasons why he said it, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. must have some legitimate reasons why he finally approved the Department of Agriculture’s […]

Only 2 typhoid cases left in Barili

ONLY two typhoid cases remain active in the town of Barili, southwestern Cebu, almost a month after patients in their district hospital and the town’s infirmary exceeded the full bed capacity following a sudden spike of cases there.As of July 20, 2022, Barili’s Public Information Office reported through a social media post that only two […]

ILO finds only 6% of domestic workers enjoy social protections

THE International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Thursday that only about 6% of domestic workers worldwide have access to comprehensive social protections. The remainder lack “access to the full range of protections, covering medical care, sickness, unemployment, old age, employment injury, family, maternity, invalidity, and survivors’ benefits,” the ILO said in a statement, citing a […]

Briones: Safer commute

The disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic may have temporarily derailed the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program, which the Department of Transportation (DOTr) launched in June 2017, but it’s safe to say that it’s back on track.Just look around.Air-conditioned buses ply routes within the metro, albeit they can only be found on main thoroughfares. […]

Carvajal: Wellspring of progress

There has never been any doubt about our ability as a people to innovate. The problem is more like our essentially colonial culture puts a premium on traditional ways as practiced by school, government, business and religious bosses. It discourages a critical attitude towards traditional systems or ways of coping with our reality. In short, […]

UP, DLSU dispute last final spot

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines (UP) and De La Salle University (DLSU) collide one more time, locking horns in a win-or-go-home semifinal duel to dispute the last finals ticket and the right to challenge reigning champion Ateneo in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 84 at the Mall of Asia Arena. With only […]

Only 16 barangays in Mandaue have active Covid-19 cases

ONLY 16 barangays in Mandaue City remain to have active Covid-19 cases as of March 21, 2022.These include barangays Banilad, Basak, Cabancalan, Cambaro, Canduman, Casili, Cubacub, Ibabao-Estancia, Jagobiao, Maguikay, Mantuyong, Pakn-a-an, Subangdaku, Tabok, Tipolo, and Umapad.Dr. Ligaya Lakambini Dargantes, head of the city’s Vaccination Operations Center (VOC), however, could not yet disclose the data per […]

Patafa: Obiena out for 31st SEA Games

OLYMPIC pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena was not included on the list of athletes the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) endorsed for the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games this May in Vietnam.The development drew the ire of Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, who could only shake his head […]

Surge in creative travel packages seen as more destinations reopen

WITH the reopening of the country’s borders, tourism stakeholders will need to come up with unique and exciting travel packages and itineraries to offer to foreign tourists.Alfred Reyes, president of the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC), said tourism players will face tougher competition as global borders have started to reopen.“The industry players […]