This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, April 26, 2016.

DRY SPELL. Cebu Province has declared a state of calamity due to the drought but it can't release financial aid due to Comelec restrictions. (Photo from
DRY SPELL. Cebu Province has declared a state of calamity due to the drought but it can’t release financial aid due to Comelec restrictions. (Photo from

Comelec ban hampers Capitol aid for El Nino

THOSE affected by the El Nino phenomenon in Cebu province will have to wait for aid as Cebu Province can’t give any, pending a clearance from the Commission on Elections. Due to the election period, there is a ban on the distribution of relief assistance.  Last April 8, Gov. Hilario Davide III asked Comelec Manila for an exemption from the ban so it can provide assistance to those affected by the drought in Cebu, which has declared a State of Calamity due to the drought.
There was no update on his request as of April 25.

The election ban has slowed down our relief efforts in the midst of the calamity. Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reducation and Management Office head Baltazar Tribunalo Jr.

READ: Cebu Daily News: Lack of Comelec action on Capitol’s request hampers aid to drought victims.

Think before you post: DepEd to teacher.

A PHOTO of a student answering an exam on a banana leaf instead of a paper has landed a teacher in trouble. Jhesa Balbastro of Bohol was forced to answer a spelling test on a banana leaf since her family had no money to buy school materials. Her teacher, Maria Ana Doroy, took a photo and posted it on Facebook, calling it inspiring. That photo caught the attention of ABS-CBN, which included Balbastro in the final presidential debate.

However, Department of Education officials in Bohol aren’t amused.

It doesn’t happen in Bohol that our students would write on banana leaves no matter how poor we are. Think, think, think before you post. Be responsible in the use of social media. Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos, Bohol Schools Division superintendent

READ: Cebu Daily News: Teacher in trouble for posting photo of student using banana leaf in exam

PB approves P27B Cebu-Cordova bridge

The Cebu Provincial Board has approved the joint venture agreement between the Cordova Municipal Government and the Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp. (MPTDC) for the P27-billion Cebu-Cordova Bridge Project.

The 8.25-kilometer third bridge will connect Cebu City to Cordova. Work is planned to start in late 2017 and is expected to be completed by 2020. The Cebu City council already approved the project.

Cordova already broke ground for the project in January 2015. Worsening traffic in Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue has amplified calls for the building of a 3rd bridge to link Mactan Island to mainland Cebu.

READ: Cebu Daily News: Provincial Board OKs P27-billion third bridge

President Aquino to visit Cebu again

PRESIDENT Benigngo Aquino III and his Liberal Party allies will visit Cebu again tomorrow for a pre-Labor Day campaign sortie for local LP allies and the proclamation rally of BOPK candidates. Aquino will visit Mandaue City, Capitol, Cebu City and Talisay. This is the third time that Aquino has visited Cebu during the election period.
However, Talisay City mayor Johnny delos Reyes, who was formerly allied with LP, said only a few supporters will be attending the rally in Talisay.

Mingaw lagi na. Kun adto siguro sila sa merkado basin tapukan pa sila. Ako na nang gitugyan ni Gullas kay siya man ang pinangga sa LP. Tagsa-tagsa naman mi’g tugkaran. Talisay City Mayor Johnny delos Reyes.

READ: Freeman: PNoy to visit Cebu for the third time in election period.

Other Cebu News:

» Sun.Star Cebu: Tension mars demolition in Mabolo

» Sun.Star Cebu: BFAR reports P47.7 damage due to El Nino

» Sun.Star Cebu: Del Mar, Abellanosa post lead in Sun.Star survey

» Sun.Star Cebu: Davide, 14 others, face raps for aid distribution

» Sun.Star Cebu: Pelaez sees victory due to drop in Lapu’s voting population

» The Freeman: Rama faces raps for administering oath on ‘known drug personality’

» The Freeman: Cops nab 12, P3.2M worth of shabu in drug bust

» Cebu Daily News: Carreta officials vow to close coal plant in case of violations

» Cebu Daily News: City Hall to distribute water in Budlaan

» Cebu Daily News: Series of robberies in Bogo City worry businessmen

Cebu Business News.

» Sun.Star Cebu: Megaworld expects more BPOs to relocate to Mactan

» Sun.Star Cebu: Party list sees malls opening own petrol stations

» The Freeman: Cebu furniture industry hopes to exceed target

» The Freeman: MCIA posts 14 percent increase in passenger volume in first quarter of 2016

» Cebu Daily News: New master plan hopes to boost logistic sector

» Cebu Daily News: C. Lhuillier offers product for climate change adaptation

Cebu Sports News.

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cebuano jungolfer bags spot in world championship

» The Freeman: Filipino Flash stays humble, downplays lofty billing

» Cebu Daily News: Cebuanos lead Batang Gilas in 71-point rout of Laos


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