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A clean, safe fiesta

The Fiesta Señor, Cebu’s annual feast in honor of the Holy Child Jesus, begins at dawn tomorrow with a “Walk With Jesus” procession from the Fuente Osmeña Circle to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño.

Posted: January 8th, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Earthquake-proof buildings

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Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III is correct in saying that repair of the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) needs to be done posthaste. The center will be used in the meeting of world leaders in the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit and of Catholic delegates to the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) The [...]

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Silver lining

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After what went through in 2013, coming up with a 2014 wish list should not be difficult. The enormous damage brought by disasters in 2013 that hit a crescendo with supertyphoon Yolanda – the strongest storm to hit land in recorded history, the Oct. 15 7.2 magnitude earthquake, the MNLF-Misuary faction seige of Zamboange in [...]

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Road to peace, the common good

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A fresh year began when midnight struck, but we cannot deny that 2014 will grow old very soon especially when work and classes resume and we find ourselves facing the same old problems. How shall we proceed in the year ahead? Pope Francis in his message for today’s World Day of Peace, an occasion to [...]

Posted: January 1st, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Looking forward

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Shortly before the world was due to exit the year 2013, a 4.3 magnitue aftershock hit Cebu and neighboring Bohol. The mid-afternoon tremor of Dec. 30 reminded us again of our vulnerability to the elements and Nature’s primal power. While the world hails Pope Francis and the legacy left by former leaders like Nelson Mandela, [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Rizalist serenity

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Dr. Jose Rizal, whose 117th death anniversary we commemorate today is reputed to be among the more peaceable heroes in our struggle for self-determination. Rizal wielded not the bolo that has become symbolic of Andres Bonifacio but the pen to mirror in fiction like “Noli Me Tangere” and in nonfiction like “Letter to the Young [...]

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Creative revenue raising

There’s practically little choice for Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama except to sign the over P5 billion budget passed by the Cebu City Council rather than sit it out and expect his administration to operate on the same budget for next year.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Pope: Help and protect Philippines

Pope Francis called for peace in his Christmas message Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world), delivered from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

A season of hope

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle pointed out the obvious when he said that disaster victims understand the real meaning of Christmas.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Creative fund management

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Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and his managers should be prepared to answer queries of auditors about creative fiscal management. The City Council, as well, will have some explaining to do in their decison to approve P20,000 as “calamity assistance” to over 4,000 employees of the city government. Officials, by the way, will happily benefit [...]

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Bonus woes

With the Capitol giving a  P20,000 yearend  bonus to  its employees,   Cebu City Hall staff  are left to wonder what they would receive for their own. Some fancy budget footwork is needed to pull off generosity which City Mayor Michael Rama is proposing to the City Council as a supplemental budget for “calamity assistance” at [...]

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News,Global Pinoy,Learning | Read More »

Toughing it out for the holidays

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The Energy Secretary’s promise that power would be restored in typhoon-hit areas by Christmas eve was too good to be true. This was confirmed by the Visayan Electric Company (Veco) pronouncement that brownouts in Metro Cebu would continue until supply from Leyte is normalized when power plants are repaired, a job that private power producers [...]

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Lofty goal

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Zero corruption is a lofty goal set by the Ombudsman in the Visayas when it marked the 2013 International Anti-Corruption Day at Camp Lapu-Lapu last Monday. Proof of how tall is the order is the discovery of unauthorized fees being collected from carnival operators in the South Road Properties (SRP). The Cebu City Treasurer’s Office [...]

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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