Converge to provide fast, reliable internet in airports including MCIA

FIBER broadband network provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc. has partnered with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and airport operators to extend free public wifi services in the passenger terminals of nine international and domestic airports across the country. On Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, Converge signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the DOTr, Civil Aviation […]

Civil society groups, environmentalists call for review on all recla projects

A GROUP composed of civil society organizations and environment advocates wants the national government to review 758 reclamation projects in the country, including the 145 being implemented in Cebu. Members of the Save Cebu Movement gathered at the University of the Philippines Cebu campus on Saturday morning, Nov. 5, 2022. They want to protect the […]

DepEd drops masking, just as Covid hits nearly 4,000 school-age children

MORE than two months since School Year 2022-2023 opened and saw the return of face-to-face (F2F) classes, almost 4,000 school-aged children have been hit by coronavirus disease (Covid-19), according to the Department of Health (DOH) Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. The news comes after the Department of Education (DepEd) issued an order Wednesday allowing the voluntary […]

Bangsamoro public works ministry: All hands, equipment deployed in storm-hit areas 

ALL available manpower and equipment have been deployed in Maguindanao and other areas in the Bangsamoro region affected by flooding and landslides since the weekend, the autonomous region’s Ministry of Public Works (MPW) said.   “In times of calamities like this, MPW is doing its best to help alleviate the situation. We utilize our people and […]

Solon questions ample preparations as public schools return to full face-to-face classes 

ELEMENTARY and high school students in public schools are returning to full face-to-face classes on Wednesday after more than two years of online or blended learning due to the coronavirus pandemic, but a solon representing a teachers’ party-list group said the government has not provided enough support for a safe return to physical classes.       “Face-to-face […]

Cascolan defends appointment as health exec amid flak

NEWLY designated Health Undersecretary Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, a retired national police chief, has defended his appointment amid criticisms, saying health management is “not limited to medical knowledge.”   A health workers’ group and opposition lawmakers denounced President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s choice of Mr. Cascolan, citing his lack of qualification.  Mr. Cascolan told One News […]

US extends COVID-19 public health emergency declaration

REUTERS WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday extended the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic’s status as a public health emergency for another 90 days, thereby preserving measures like high payments to hospitals and expanded Medicaid. The extension was announced by US Health Secretary Xavier Becerra on Thursday. Last month, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., […]

Landbank vows full support for public transport programs

THE Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) renewed its commitment to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to fully support programs that provide more efficient, convenient and modern public transportation to Filipino commuters. During a courtesy visit on Sept. 2, 2022, Landbank president and chief executive officer Cecilia Borromeo met with DOTr Secretary Jaime J. Bautista […]

Mandaue, Lapu starts to go cashless

BUSINESS establishments in the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu have initiated efforts to provide customers the option for digital transactions and cashless payments. In Mandaue City, around 60 stalls at the Mandaue City Public Market have started accepting payments through Gcash. In a report provided by the Mandaue City Public Information Office on Friday, Oct. […]

Low NEDA review threshold seen deterring investment in local projects

INVESTORS seeking to build local government transport infrastructure are deterred by the low threshold for triggering mandatory National Government review, a feature of the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) law, a Senate committee hearing heard. “No foreign investor would endeavor to enter because there seems to be a legal obstacle here… While (local government units) have autonomy, in reality […]

Overloaded PUVs ‘tolerated’ in Talisay as traffic body focuses on managing road congestion

SEVERAL public utility buses that pass through Talisay City are overloaded, especially during rush hour.Jonathan Tumulak, head of the City of Talisay Traffic Operation Development Authority (CT-Toda) shared this observation on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.Tumulak said this has been happening since face-to-face classes resumed in August.However, he said his office has tolerated the practice since […]

Standing passengers allowed long before LTFRB order

THE Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) has been allowing standing passengers inside public utility vehicles (PUVs) long before the order of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) came out Monday, September 26, 2022.CCTO executive director Paul Gotiong told SunStar Cebu Wednesday, September 28, that they had lessened the capacity restrictions to PUVs but […]

Standing passengers allowed in PUVs in Alert Level 1 areas

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has allowed public utility vehicles (PUVs) in areas under the least restrictive Alert Level 1 classification to have standing passengers.In a statement on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, the LTFRB said that under Memorandum Circular 2022-070, public utility bus (PUB) and modern public utility jeepney (MPUJ) Class 2 […]

Palace catering area scored  

A CONGRESSMAN has criticized the Marcos government for spending taxpayer’s money in building a catering area at the presidential palace.  “While the Marcos family is busy building a new catering area for their extravagant parties using the people’s taxes, the Philippine peso recently hit an all-time low and commuters bear the brunt of public transport […]

Private school enrollment drops in CV

THE Department of Education (DepEd) Central Visayas has acknowledged a low enrollment turnout in private schools for the school year 2022-2023, citing the parents’ financial difficulties as one of the main reasons for the decline.As of September, only about 200,000 enrollees were listed by private schools in the region, while about 1.8 million were enrolled […]