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LinGaP sa Masa Reaches More Poor Patients in Central Visayas



Arnel Alemorin receives his medicines for chemotherapy from the pharmacy staff.

About 6,345 indigent patients who are confined in or receiving out-patient treatment in six hospitals in region 7 have availed the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) “Lingap at Gabay Para sa May Sakit” (LinGaP sa Masa) in 2017.
This is equivalent to Php 81,063,883.03 amount disbursed by the Field Office.

When it started in March 2017, the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City was the first regional partner-hospital in Cental Visayas that implements the free medicine assistance program which is funded under President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Socio-Civic Projects Funds.

The program is also implemented in other four regions, namely NCR, regions 3, 6 and 11.

Initially known as “Libreng Gamot Para sa Masa” the assistance was limited only to free medicines.

The program guidelines were later amended so that it would be more accessible to clients in need.

The LinGaP sa Masa now caters other medical needs like prosthetics, assistive devices and laboratory procedures.

In October 2017, DSWD-7 expanded its engagement in Bohol Province through the partnership with the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH) based in Tagbilaran City.

To reach more indigent patients, the DSWD-7 added four more hospitals namely the Talisay City District Hospital in Brgy. San Isidro, Talisay City, St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital in Brgy. Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City, Eversley Child’s Sanitarium and General Hospital in Brgy. Jagobiao, Mandaue City and Don Emilio Del Valle Memorial Hospital in Brgy. Bood, Ubay, Bohol.

This was made possible in coordination with the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) and the Department of Health (DOH) Region 7, which have to establish a One-Stop-Shop Malasakit Center in the six partner-hospitals.

The DSWD-7 had already set-up desks and deployed social workers in the partner-hospitals to immediately assist clients in availing of the program.

One of the beneficiaries, Arnel Alemorin, 33 years old, a cancer patient seeking medical care at VSMMC, finds hope amidst the burden confronting him right on.

He discovered his illness in 2014 and had minor operations to prevent it. However, the illness has recurred.

“Nagpa-opera ko niadtong August 2017 og after two months nagsugod naku sa akong chemotherapy (I had my major operation last August 2017 and after two months I underwent chemotherapy),” Arnel emphasized that he spent his separation pay from work for his operation.

“Dili naman ko komportable nga motrabaho ato tungod sa akong sakit mao nga niundang nalang ko isip sales representative (I was no longer comfortable working at that time because of my illness so I just quit from my job as a sales representative),” Arnel said as he was diagnosed with malignant eccrine poroma in his lower extremity, a rare type of skin cancer arising from sweat glands.

Arnel was referred by his relative who is also a cancer patient to avail of the LinGaP sa Masa of DSWD.

“Sa ikaduhang chemotheraphy session nako mao sad ang una nga pag-avail nako aning programaha og mikabat to ug Php 28,000.00 tanang tambal nako (In my second chemotherapy session, it was my first time to avail this program and it totaled to Php 28,000.00 for all my medicines),” Arnel added.

“Dako gyud niini nga tabang sa ako kay kung sa laing organization limited rapud ang mahatag dili ang tanang medisina nga gikinahanglan (This is a big help for me because if it is in other organization, it would just be limited and they cannot provide all the medicines needed),” said Arnel matter-of-factly.

Arnel already accepted his fate and lift it all to God.

“Karon nga naa nay mga proyekto ang gobyerno sama niini nga maka-avail og libreng tambal labi na ang mga kabus murag aduna gyud tsansa nga maayo ko sa akong sakit (Now that the government has this program which poor people can avail of free medicines, there is a big chance that I can be healed of my illness),” with great hope he said.

Inspired by the government support through the LinGaP sa Masa program, Arnel vowed to finish his three remaining chemotherapy sessions.

Arnel is more inspired to get better for his family especially that a baby girl was added to their growing family last year.

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Capitol Distributes P6M-Worth of Cattle Squeezer, Abattoir Equipment



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Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III on January 16, 2018 turned over to various LGUs components of meat dressing equipment and squeeze chutes worth P5.673 million, prompting Cebu as the first provincial government to provide its LGUs with this type of machinery.

In a talk during the formal turn-over ceremony, Davide revealed that giving out these chutes is among the Capitol’s archetypal feat, as this is the ‘first time’ they dispense a huge cattle handling facility with a dimension of 2 x 3 x 10 meters.

A squeeze chute is a strongly built stall for safe holding of cattle, horses or other livestock while they are examined or given veterinary treatment.

The cage will provide for safety of the animal and the people attending it because the close-fitting crush ensures that the animal stands “stock still”.

In line with the Provincial Veterinary Office’s Artificial Insemination (AI) Program, these cattle crush will minimize the risk of injury to both the animal and the operator while an AI operation is performed.

Provincial Veterinarian Mary Rose Vincoy said the chutes, which costs around P188,000 each, will speed up implementation of the AI program as genetic improvement of livestock will become fast and easy.

During the ceremony, a veterinarian demonstrated how to squeeze-in a huge 20 month old Red Brahman inside a squeeze chute. While pressed inside the crusher, one can milk the cow, examine its front legs, hind legs, neck or subject the cow in heat to AI procedure.

Moreover, Department of Agriculture (DA)-7 Regional Technical Director Joel Elumba said the Capitol’s move is responsive as Central Visayas’ economy is mainly driven by poultry and livestock. Elumba is among the guests in last Monday’s ceremony.

Elumba explained that while the DA is just starting to include the chutes in its budget, the Capitol is already proceeding with its distribution.

“Karon pa maoy pagsugod pag-apil (squeeze chute) sa budget sa Department of Agriculture, pero ang Cebu naa na,” said Elumba.

Davide and members of the Provincial Board (PB) members present turned over 23 squeeze chutes, five viscera inspection tables, 20 live weight weighing scale, five evisceration platform and 51 tattoo slapper with ink.

Present during the ceremony were Sogod Mayor Lissa Marie Durano-Streegan, Marilyn Wenceslao of Santander, Erwin Yu of Tudela, Mariano Martinez of San Remigio, Lito Creus of Malabuyoc, and Nicepuro Apura of Carcar city.

Vice mayors Greman Solante of Tudela, Richard Streegan of Sogod and agriculture officers of recipient LGUs also attended and claimed their equipment.

Also present were PB members Celestino Martinez III, Jerome Librando, Christoper Baricuatro, Horacio Franco III and Jude Sybico.

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8990 Holdings Launches P2-B Cebu Mid-rise Condo Dev’t




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Listed mass housing developer 8990 Holdings Inc. expects to generate Php2 billion in sales from its second mid-rise condominium development in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City, as it expands its footprint in high growth areas across Visayas and Mindanao.

8990 Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer Willie J. Uy said continued strong demand prompted the company to launch Urban Deca Homes Tisa 2, which it would spend around Php800 million for its development until 2021.

Urban Deca Homes Tisa 2 will have 21 four-storey buildings served by elevators. Each building will have an average of 70 units or a total of 1,392 units for the entire project.

Its first project in Tisa has already been sold out..

“Urban Deca Homes Tisa 1 was well-received by the market due to its affordability combined with a great view of the mountains on one side while overlooking Cebu City and the sea on the other side,” said 8990 Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer Willie J. Uy.

The company is allotting Php3 billion for capital expenditures this year for the development of more mass housing projects, both vertical and horizontal, as it aims to help the government reduce the huge housing backlog of 5.9 million units.

Uy said revenue growth now depends on how fast they can secure permits to sell because they have already bought the land that they need and demand continues to be strong.

8990 Holdings still has a land bank of about 554 hectares, although it will continue to purchase land but less aggressively as it just needs to replace those that it will use for development.

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Sinulog 2018 Draws 1.4-M Crowd




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More than 1.4 million revelers crowded the streets of Cebu City for this year’s Sinulog Grand Parade on Sunday.

Newly-installed Police Regional Office-7 Director, Chief Supt. Robert Quenery, made the crowd estimate around 3 p.m. when the people’s turnout was at its peak.

Communication again became a problem as the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) re-implemented a city-wide signal shutdown from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. but the signal was fully restored by 9 p.m.

Organizers and police used two-way hand-held radios for communication.

Quenery said the signal shutdown had to be implemented to ensure the safety and security of Sinulog revelers, guests and participants.

The Sinulog 2018 Grand Parade started at around 8 a.m. was participated in by 30 contingents, including those from out of town — Pangalao of Panglao (Bohol), Buyugan of Abuyug (Leyte), Tribu Kalivungan of North Cotabato, and Katbalogan of Samar and Leyte.

Several showbiz personalities from Manila joined the Grand Parade such as “Kapamilya” stars Maja Salvador and Bea Alonzo.

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A Grand Finale, which was a musical presentation of the old and future Cebu, and a fireworks display culminated the Fiesta Señor celebrations.

No untoward incident was reported during the Sinulog Grand Parade, said Quenery minutes before the parade ended at the Cebu City Sports Center.

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Cebu Landmasters Eyes P7-B Reservation Sales This Year




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Listed property developer Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) targets to hit Php7 billion in reservation sales this year, up 52 percent from Php4.58 billion posted last year.

CLI attributed its exceptional performance last year mainly to newly-launched residential projects, which are now almost fully sold.

“In 2018, we will continue to expand our footprint in the Visayas and Mindanao, and develop projects that respond to the growing market in these areas,” CLI chief executive officer Jose Soberano III told the local bourse.

The company will launch this year 20 new developments, among them two residential subdivisions, three residential condominiums, three offices, one hotel and one industrial park in Cebu; two residential condominiums and a hotel in Bacolod; and a residential condo in Iloilo.

It also plans to fortify its foothold in Mindanao where it will launch two residential subdivisions and one residential condominium in Cagayan de Oro, while a central business district and two residential condominiums will be unveiled in Davao.

The upcoming projects boost CLI’s total number of projects to 66 from 46 last year, as it continues to strengthen its brand in its niche markets.

Soberano is confident of meeting performance targets set for the year and beyond.

The company targeted to book Php1.7 billion in profit and Php5.3 billion in revenue in 2018.

It expects that hikes in household income resulting from the newly approved package 1 of the Duterte government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law will be channeled to housing.

CLI said government spending in infrastructure was also expected to unlock land values outside Metro Manila and stimulate business in the countryside.

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