Comelec: Unvaccinated can vote in 2022 elections

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) confirmed that registered voters who remain unvaccinated can cast their votes during the national elections that will take place on May 9, 2022. Cebu Provincial Election Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano told Sunstar Cebu that being unvaccinated cannot affect the individual’s right to vote. “That would be unconstitutional,” said Castillano. Article […]

BBM, Sara seek Gwen’s support

FORMER senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio openly courted Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia during the Governor’s Night of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) held at the Social Hall of the Cebu Provincial Capitol Friday, November 26, 2021. Marcos jokingly said in his speech that he was there, […]

Medilines Distributors:  Growing, aging population drives healthcare growth

MEDICAL equipment distributor Medilines Distributors, Inc. is gearing up to grow as healthcare spending is expected to continue its upward trend, the company’s chairman said. “We believe that there will always be demand for medical products, in as much as there will always be a patient needing care,” Medilines Distributors Chairman Virgilio B. Villar said […]

Apor free rides to continue

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has assured that the “Libreng Sakay” program for healthcare workers, medical frontliners, essential workers and Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR) will continue for as long as there are government funds. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade made the assurance during the inauguration of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority’s six-story corporate building […]

Espinoza: The vaccination lags?

It’s disheartening to know that there are two million of unspent Covid-19 vaccines in Central Visayas when there are many people (I know of some here in Cebu) who have not been vaccinated because there is not enough vaccine when they go to the vaccination centers. We know there are people who are more scared […]

DOH warns of Covid transmission during campaign

THE Department of Health (DOH) 7 warned that the increased mobility of politicians and their supporters in the runup to the May 2022 elections could increase transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). DOH 7 Director Jaime Bernadas said they are ramping up vaccinations before the election period and political rallies would be allowed. “Because […]

DoLE’s cash-for-work program in QC under probe for alleged irregularities

THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) are looking into alleged irregularities in the implementation of the cash-for-work program for displaced and disadvantaged workers in three districts in Quezon City. In a news briefing on Monday, DoLE’s Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Director Maria Karina Perida-Trayvilla said […]

Gwen refutes DOH 7 data

CEBU Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, said there remained less than 5,000 active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the Province to contradict reports based on official Covid-19 statistics from the Department of Health (DOH 7). As of Aug. 23, she said the Province has recorded a total of 29,197 cases, of […]

J&J, PBSP to roll out training programs to fight TB  

JOHNSON & JOHNSON Philippines, Inc. (J&J) and business-led non-government organization Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) have partnered to train healthcare workers in addressing tuberculosis (TB) cases at the community level, based on updated guidelines from the Department of Health.    “The public health system was focused on COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] and our fellow Filipinos largely had to stay home. […]

Police probe burials without a permit

THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) is looking into reports that a public cemetery in the city has been burying the dead even without the proper documentation which includes a permit from the Cebu City Health Department. CCPO Deputy Director for Operations Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla stressed that there is a process that needs to […]

Editorial: A year since ‘gahi’g ulo’

A year passes since President Rodrigo Duterte’s swipe at the Cebuanos for being “gahi’g ulo” (hard-headed) after seeing footage of “nonchalant” citizens’ movement in the time of quarantine. A supposed minion echoed the strike in a press conference later, and the Cebuanos had it, the backlash burst forth on social media. To recall, in June […]