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July 29 is a holiday!

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(CEBU CITY - Public Information Office) Pursuant to the Presidential Proclamation Number 826, July 29, 2014 Tuesday is declared as a regular holiday throughout the country.

The holiday is based on Republic Act 9177 declaring Eid'l Fitr or Feast of Ramadhan as a regular holiday in respect for our Muslim brothers and sisters. Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim World for three days after the end of the month of fasting.

President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III signed the proclamation today, July 14, Monday, 15 days prior to the said holiday.

Furthermore, the proclamations states that, "In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Tuesday, 29 July 2014, as a regular holiday throughout the country." (By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados/Cebu City PIO)


PWDs in Cebu City receive cash aid!

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(CEBU CITY - Public Information Office) To address the needs of the persons with disabilities or PWDs in this Queen City of the South, the Cebu City Government headed by Mayor Michael L Rama has extended a financial assistance to the 9,268 PWDs from the city's 80 villages.

The city will provide Php5,000 cash aid to the PWDs for one year. This year the first tranche amounting to Php2,000 will be given on July 17 Thursday for the 46 villages in the North District, and on July 18 Friday for the 34 villages comprising the South District. 

In an interview with the BARUGG News, Dr. Ester Concha, head of the city's Department of Social Welfare and Services or DSWS has shared that the distribution will be conducted by the disbursing officers from DSWS and the City Treasurer's Office which will be escorted by the policemen from the Cebu City Police Office. 

Concha further underscored that the distribution will be conducted on a first come, first serve basis in the respective barangay sports complex or gymnasiums, barangay halls or any convenient place in the barangay for the convenience of the beneficiaries sans going to city hall, adding that for the bedridden they will personally hand in the cash aid to the houses of the beneficiary. 

Each beneficiary will only present their PWD Identification Card for them to claim their financial assistance, Concha reiterated adding that Mayor Rama wanted to have the distribution today and tomorrow in line with the celebration of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. 

Maria Regner, 52, from Barangay San Roque who is one of the beneficiaries has shared that, "Pasalamat gyod mi sa city government hilabina kang Mayor Rama kay nakadawat nami ug hinabang ug naa nami ikapalit ug tambal ug bugas, (We are thankful to the Cebu City Government especially to Mayor Rama because we received the financial assistance, we can now buy medicine and rice)." 

Maria who is a blind person and was accompanied by husband Jose upon claiming the cash aid further shared an advice to fellow PWDs to use well the amount they receive in the right way and not for gambling and vices. She used her thumb-mark in claiming the cash aid as she has difficulty in writing her signature. 

For Romuar Araneta, 36, one of the PWDs in Barangay Tinago for suffering a dwarfism , he finds the program laudable as it helps them for their needs. He said, "Pasalamat mi nga naa ni nga programa kay naa nami dugang ipalit ug bugas, sud-an ug bayad sa utang. Manghinaot ko nga ipadayon ni kay dako ni ug ikatabang namo. (We are thankful because there is a program like this, we have other source for us to buy rice, viand, and to pay for our debts. I hope that this program will be continued because it is really of great help to the PWDs)." (By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados/Cebu City PIO)

1st Sinegugma short film tilt screening set this Saturday!

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(CEBU CITY - Public Information Office) With the aim to revive the Cebuano film industry, the Cebu City Government headed by Mayor Michael L Ramathrough the Public Information Office or PIO and the Cebu City Youth Development Commission or CCYDC launched the 1st Sinegugma Short Film Festival. 

Bearing the theme, "Gihigugma ko ang akong Barangay, Gihigugma ko ang akong Syudad," a workshop was conducted last May 31 to June 1 this year for budding film-makers from the 80 villages comprising this city. The participants were grouped to produce a short film that will be screened on July 19, Saturday at 5 o'clock in the afternoon until 8 o'clock in the evening at the Cebu City Social Hall, Fourth Floor of Legislative Building in Cebu City Hall. 

In an interview with the BARUGG News, Festival director Marlon Douglas Hofer pointed out that the screening will be open for free to everyone and that considering the limited space in the venue, at least two white screens and enough chairs will be provided at the lobby of the Legislative Building in Cebu City Hall to accommodate the audience. 

At least 10 Cebuano Short Films will be screened of which seven are official entries to the tilt while the three are just guest short films. Official entries included the Balay by Barangay Capitol Site; Aninag by Barangay Sirao; Grotto by Barangay Apas; Prends Porever by Barangay Guadalupe; Bato Lata by Barangay Kinasang-an; Brad by Barangay Kamputhaw; and Kanbas by Barangay Budlaan. 

More so, the guest short films are the Aftershock by Remton Zuasola, Diabetiko by Francis Mumar and Kinit by Hofer.

The Sinegugma short film tilt will be judged by Councilor James Anthony Cuenco, actress Suzette Ranillo, National Commission for Culture and the Arts Cinema director Bambi Beltran, Cebu Archdiocese Monsignor Titing Ancajas, Viva Entertainment representative Miss Chiqui Lastierre, and TV5 Cebu Entertainment director and editor James Philip Lao. 

Winners will be revealed and awarded after the screening and the cocktails. Grand winner will receive a Php15,000 cash, certificate and trophy; 2nd and 3rd placers will get Php10,000 and Php5,000 respectively and also with certificates and trophies. The finalists will get a consolation prizes of Php1,000 each. Best Director and Best Screenplay will get Php2,000 each while for Best Actor and Best Actress will go home with Php1,000. 

Moreover, participants of the said workshop will be receiving their certificate of completion during the activity that will serve as their graduation. Everyone are welcome to partake in the activity, be there when it happens. (By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados/Cebu City PIO)

Rain reigns, CCMC groundbreaking rages!

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(CEBU CITY - Public Information Office) The rain yesterday morning July 15, 2014 Tuesday has failed to stop and hamper the scheduled groundbreaking ceremony of the new Cebu City Medical Center or CCMC as it turned-out to be a huge success.

The activity which was held at the same site of the People's Hospital along N. Bacalso Avenue this city kicked off with a Eucharistic celebration officiated by Monsignor Roberto Alesna.

Cebu City Mayor Michael L Rama together with other city officials, department heads and village chiefs led the ceremonial groundbreaking. He was thankful to everyone who attended the activity and likewise encourage to help in the "Piso Mo Hospital Ko" fund-raising campaign for the rebuilding of the People's Hospital.

The city's chief executive also cited that for his 22 years in the city government he never seen much of government at CCMC, adding that it lacks love especially with the plan of his predecessor to sell the hospital.

For the uninformed, following the advice of the Structural Engineers here and from Manila who re-inspected the hospital, CCMC is declared off limits and subject for demolition and rebuilding after sustaining serious damages during the October 15, 2013 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Central Visayas area.

The hospital's services are temporarily placed in the nearby Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP7) Building along N. Bacalso Avenue to cater the medical needs of its patients while BFP was transferred to the Parian Fire Station and Cebu City Sports Center.

Looking back, on February 24 this year, the ceremonial demolition of the 52-year-old hospital was conducted. It marks the start and pave the way to rebuild a modern, state-of-the-art, and world-class yet affordable public hospital.

The People's Mayor wanted to rebuild the hospital for the poor on its current site through the public-private partnership initiative. The city council has initially approved 300 Million pesos from the city's coffers to help kick off the construction of CCMC.

The 10-storey new People's Hospital is slated for completion in 2015. An estimated of more than One Billion Pesos is eyed to help rebuild the hospital and for those who want to help just drop by any Banco de Oro branches and deposit the money in account number 0026800-79333 under the name "City of Cebu-Trust Fund" or visit Cebu City Mayor's Office, First Floor, Executive Building in Cebu City Hall.

The city has also launched the "Piso Mo, Hospital Ko" fund-raising campaign to help rebuild the CCMC. To date the city has collected more than 15 Million pesos from various donations. Several pledges from various individuals and organizations are also popping in for the realization of the worthy project.

Furthermore, if you will extend your help and donation, make sure that the container bears the ''Piso Mo, Hospital Ko" campaign poster and/or the official seal of Cebu City Government. The fund raising campaign is still ongoing in various locations. (By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados/Cebu City PIO)


Weather Update

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(CEBU CITY - Public Information Office) As of 11am weather bulletin of weather state agency PAG-ASA today July 16, 2014 Wednesday, the eye of Typhoon "Glenda" with International Name "Rammasun" was located based on all available data and Subic Radar Station at 35 km Southeast of Subic, Zambales or the vicinity of Bagac, Bataan (14.6°N, 120.4°E).

The typhoon has slightly weakened and is now over Bataan moving towards West Philippine Sea. It has a maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph and forecast to move Northwest at 25 kph.

#GlendaPH is expected to cross Subic, Zambales this morning and exit the Luzon landmass by noon today. By tomorrow morning July 17, 2014 Thursday it will be at 450 km West of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Public storm warning signal is hoisted in the following areas:

A.) SIGNAL #3 with winds of 101-185 kph is expected in at least 18 hours:
Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bataan, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, LubangIsland, Pangasinan, and Metro Manila.

B.) SIGNAL #2 with winds of 61-100 Kph is expected in at least 24 hours:
LaUnion, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Southern Aurora, Quezon, Laguna, Batangas, and northern parts of Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro.

C.) SIGNAL #1 with winds of 30-60 Kph is expected in at least 36 hours:
Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Quirino, rest of Aurora, Camarines Norte, Marinduque, rest of Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro, and Calamian Group of Islands.

Public Storm Warning Signals elsewhere are now lowered. Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signal #3, #2, & #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal #3 and #2 are alerted against storm surges of up to 2 meters.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 15 - 25 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within the 500 km diameter of the typhoon. Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into seaboards of Visayas.

The public and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 PM today.

As of this update, Pag-asa has seen heavy rains over portions of Cebu City which may persist within 2 hours. With this, Cebu City Mayor Michael L Rama has declared an EARLY DISMISSAL OF CLASSES for Public Schools throught Cebu City only before 3PM today. Night High Schools will have no classes and PRIVATE Schools are encouraged to do the same. Keep posted for updates and stay safe. (By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados/Cebu City PIO)

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