2nd SAP payout set next week

2nd SAP payout set next week Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon (The Freeman) – July 1, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines —  The second tranche of cash assistance under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) is expected to be distributed next week, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). “Distribution of digital payment is expected to start next week,” …

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As various sectors back OPAV Chief: Pres. Duterte still trusts Dino

As various sectors back OPAV Chief: Pres. Duterte still trusts Dino CEBU, Philippines — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque dispelled rumors that Secretary Michael Dino, of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV), will be replaced following an online petition calling for his resignation because of alleged corruption. Roque said Dino still has the trust and confidence …

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In Cebu City: Stringent restrictions still needed

CEBU, Philippines —  For Secretary Carlito Galvez, Cebu City still needs “stringent restrictions” moving forward as the city’s current quarantine classification, enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), ends today, June 30. Galvez is chief implementer of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases. “We don’t want to preempt the pronouncements ng presidente pero nakikita namin na kailangan pa talaga ng stringent …

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PRO chief to public: Report police abuses

PRO chief to public: Report police abuses Iris Hazel Mascardo (The Freeman) – June 30, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines —  Following reports about alleged police intimidation incidents on social media, Police Regional Office (PRO)-7 Director Albert Ignatius Ferro has urged the public to formally file a complaint against police abuses. “If those that have been abusive, just report …

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Jail term, fine await ECQ violators

Jail term, fine await ECQ violators CEBU, Philippines —  Violators of the general/enhanced community quarantine protocols in Cebu City may soon get more than just dancing the Sinulog or rendering community service. This as the City Council has approved an ordinance imposing fine and imprisonment against those who violate the rules during public health crisis. Among the prohibited activities …

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AFP sends medical team to Cebu City

AFP sends medical team to Cebu City Iris Hazel M. Mascardo (The Freeman) – June 29, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines has sent a medical team to Cebu City to help in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 crisis. Nine doctors, 10 nurses, and 13 medical aides led by Major Maria Adesitas …

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Cuenco succumbs to COVID

Mary Ruth R. Malinao (The Freeman) – June 28, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines — Former congressman and now Cebu City Councilor Antonio Cuenco became the latest victim who had succumbed to COVID-19. His son, former city councilor James Anthony Cuenco, had confirmed the news through a Facebook post. “My family and I wish to let you know that my …

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Cebu City logs 2nd highest daily rise in COVID deaths

Cebu City logs 2nd highest daily rise in COVID deaths CEBU, Philippines — Cebu City has recorded around 20 deaths for the second day in a row. It logged 17 deaths linked to COVID-19 yesterday, the second highest number of fatalities the city has experienced in a single day since lockdown was imposed in March. On June 25, the …

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