Gwen rejects ‘Bakuna Bubble’

CEBU Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia does not agree with the “Bakuna Bubble” approach of the Cebu City Government incentivizing the Covid-19 vaccination program that limits only to vaccinated individuals access to some air-conditioned establishments in Cebu City. In a press conference held in Boljoon during the Caravan of Provincial Government Services on Sept 16, Garcia said […]

Tabada: Labyrinth

Don’t judge the book by its packaging. Yet, for the first time in five decades, I hesitated to unwrap a book, so enamored was I with the brown kraft paper wrapped around it like a drape of seaweed. I used to believe one discovered a book by happenstance: the stars aligned; actual bills, not receipts, […]

Libre: Goodbye for now

I had finished writing my column for this issue on September 14, 2021. But that won’t come out, as I’ve decided to write another one. On September 15, I received an email from SunStar Cebu executive editor Michele So that reads, “It is with regret that we are indefinitely suspending “Free Verse” effective after September […]

DTI flags digital gap among businesses

A TRADE department official has flagged a potentially worsening digital gap among enterprises in the Philippines, pointing to the need for policies that address the divide.  Philippine firms that have adopted high-level technologies in their operations are usually large enterprises, exporters, and firms with foreign direct investment, Trade Undersecretary Rafaelita M. Aldaba said at a […]

UREEQA Announces New Qards Campaign, Staking Pools and Tier Structure

ONTARIO CA, Sep 16, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – UREEQA (www.ureeqa.com), a blockchain platform for protecting, managing and monetizing creative work, today announced several exciting new programs that are designed to generate considerable returns and benefits for the budding platform’s community members, as well as a substantial bump in the URQA token. UREEQA […]

Talisay brings vax efforts to brgys

WITH more of their citizens still not getting their Covid-19 jabs, officials of the Talisay City government are resorting to bringing their vaccination efforts closer to the people. Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas Jr. told SunStar Cebu that with only few people coming to their four vaccination centers, they have started to implement […]

Business groups denounce proposal to criminalize remarks on public officials’ net worth 

FOUR BUSINESS groups denounced a proposal of the Ombudsman to criminalize commentaries on the net worth of government officials, highlighting the importance of promoting integrity in government and the value of good governance in attracting investments.    “We… oppose the proposal because the SALN (statement of assets, liabilities and net worth) is part of a system […]

Former procurement office head says contract on pandemic supplies aboveboard 

A FORMER head of the Budget department’s Procurement Service, who is now with the Office of the Ombudsman, said the purchase of pandemic supplies such as face shields and face masks last year that are currently under scrutiny by Congress were above board.    Overall Deputy Ombudsman Warren H. Liong, a former director of the Procurement Service of the […]

Roque slams UP officials for opposing his ILC bid  

PALACE SPOKESMAN Herminio “Harry” L. Roque, Jr. on Wednesday slammed officials of the country’s premier state-run university for opposing his nomination to a United Nations body responsible for codifying international laws.   In a statement, Mr. Roque criticized the assessment of the University of the Philippines Diliman Executive Committee that he is unfit to have a seat in the […]