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Subangdaku Chief Pushes for Children’s Welfare and the Environment



Barangay Captian Ernie N. Manatad

Before Ernie Manatad was elected barangay captain, Subangdaku was known for its “carton girls” and a dumpsite for garbage.

“Our challenge before was the illegal disposal of garbage. In the past, there were piles of garbage everywhere. It really was a mess. But we are already over that,” said Manatan in an interview with MCN.

Another headache he inherited when he assumed as barangay captain in 2010 were the “carton girls.” These were young girls from the neighboring barangays who were prostituted in Subangdaku. Carton girls because the deal was consummated in a dismantled carton box.

“They were so young. What a pity, really. Some of them were made to do hand-jobs to taxi drivers for a few pesos,” recalled Manatad.

But all that is now history in Subangdaku. How he did it? Manatad said he posted barangay tanods in areas where the illegal activities were done and sent the out-of-school youth (OSY) back to school.

The barangay has OSY scholars who are given free lunches, school supplies, uniforms and shoes to sustain their schooling.

“They are also monitored. We also give intervention classes to the parents, for good parenthood,” Manatad said.

As to the problem on garbage, the barangay chief said it took him six months to finally solve it. He said that since he could not just endlessly collect the waste as people still generate more of it each day and it is crippling the barangay funds, he decided to “change the mindset of the people.”

He said he started educating his constituents on proper waste disposal. He has also deployed eco wardens and inspectors to monitor the areas and penalize those who are caught throwing garbage improperly. The barangay also passed the Barangay Revenue Code, which slaps environmental fees to private firms for their excess garbage. It is only P1,000 per truck, but Manatad said last year, they earned P400,000 from garbage fees, which is better than not getting anything at all. He said each year the barangay allocates at least P1.8 million for the garbage truck’s gasoline alone, plus the wages of the garbage collectors, eco wardens and those in charge of the field. But at least, he said the garbage fees can offset that expenses.

Manatad was also proud to share that when President Duterte implemented “tokhang”, his barangay was among the first to respond to it.

“We were among the first barangays who created community-based drug rehabilitation program. We partnered with Dilaab Foundation and other sectors like the Rotary Club. We partnered with them to sustain the program,” he said.

The program has 25 surrenderees he said.

As for infrastructure, Manatad was able to improve the barangay hall, which looks like a mini town hall.

He also set up security programs for crime prevention.

“We organize communities to make them resilient and become active in crime prevention,” he said.

Subangdaku has been consistently in the top-10 performing barangays, a recognition given by the Cebu Province.

With its P21 million budget for this year, Subangdaku is considered as the city’s top-earning barangay, a far cry from its P9 million per year before Manatad was the chief.

Manatad said they have become a highly urbanized village, brought about by the spill-over of Cebu City’s development, which means more income for the barangay and job opportunities for the people.

Before his term ends, he said he plans to provide the barangay a complete ambulance with medical personnel, a command center for the emergency responders and a river park where families can enjoy the view of Mahiga River and sit in public benches.

He said Mahiga, which used to smell of dead rats, has already been cleared of illegal structures and garbage.

“One day we will plant trees along the river. Put up benches for everyone to sit, to make it a good place for families to bond. Because I will be out here soon and I want people to remember me that it was their Kap. Ernie who gave them back the river,” he said.

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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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