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CCENRO implements city's sustainable environmental ordinances

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CebuCityPIO: The Cebu Cty Environment and Natural Resources Office (CCENRO) is basically a new department in the city government which was created through City Ordinance No. 2234 with an office located at the second floor of Ramos Public Market, Cebu City.

Engr. Randy Navarro, the OIC Head of CCENRO shared that the office is mandated to functions as the implementing arms of various sustainable environmental ordinances of the city and to take charge of the information, research, planning, implementation, management, monitoring, enforcement and its evaluation program. 

CCENRO also caters to various services, projects and activities pertaining to environment such as urban forestry management and development, which includes tree planting and tree growing, integrated solid waste management system, water treatment, air pollution, energy conservation and management, water resource management, and noise pollution.

Navarro also sets as member of the various special bodies that deals with the management of the solid waste and the protection and preservation of the environment such as the Solid Waste Management Board, Coastline Management Board, Cebu City Rivers Management Council, Hillyland Management Board and Cebu City Mining Board among others. 

Here are the various city ordinances and laws that covers CCENRO's mandates, to wit:

City Ordinance No. 2243 - An ordinance requiring all persons operating or doing business within the teritorial jurisdiction of the city of cebu for the mandatory submision of the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (ESAP) upon securing or renewing business and or mayor’s permit and providing penalties for violation thereof (Please see sample of complied sheet). The CCENRO and the City Treasurer’s Office played a major roll of this ordinance. Program implemented August 2013.

City Ordinance No. 2343 – An ordinance regulating the use and sale plastic shopping bags every Saturday of the week in Cebu City. IRR yet for the approval of the city council but 90% of the selling businesses in the city already complied the law.

City Ordinance No. 2241 –The comprehensive anti smoking ordinance in the city of cebu thereby consolidating city ordinance 990entitled: An ordinance prohibiting the smoking of cigarettes, cigar, pipe or tobacco inside public utility vehicles in cebu city; ordinance 2128 as ammended intitled: “An ordinance prohibititng the smoking of cigarettes, cigar, pipe or tobacco inside public utility vehicles in ceby city” and ordiance 1895 entitled: “An ordinance regulating cigarettes, cigar, and pipe smoking within the confines of private or public places or establishments in cebu city.

City Ordinance No. 2031 – An ordinance requiring all individuals to disposed domestic waste using resepective receptacles(Biodegradable waste, Non-biodegradable waste, Recyclables, and Hazardous waste) and the proper disposal of waste on the the respective day of collection (like Sundays, Mondays, Wedenesdays, Thursdays, Fridays for biodegradable waste and Tuesdays and Saturdays for non-bio).

City Ordinance No. 1361 – An ordinance requiring to clean sorrounding areas 5.0 meters from the nearest unenclosed residences, vendor stalls and comercial establishments ; to put-up proper waste receptacle for unclosed residences, vendor stalls and comercial establishments; spitting, urinating, and defacating in public places, littering, posting grafitti, posters, handbills on walls, scatterign garbage from reciptacles, no proper receptacle for animal drawn vehicles and non-collection of animal discharges by the owner.

The Republic Act 9003 – Also known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. Waste segregation and reduction through composting and recycling with a materials recovery facility in the barangay.

Together with the Solid Waste Management Board, CCENRO will soon be submitting to the DILG Cebu City the Cebu City 10-Year Solid Waste Management Plan for the year 2014 to 2024. (PR w/ elite)


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CebuCityPIO: There are many reasons why many micro and small enterprises fared disadvantageously compared to the larger enterprises in terms of business ventures’ performance and foremost of these are the lack of skill in managing the financial affairs of those ventures and insufficiency of capital.

Financial literacy along with other business skills is necessary in the conduct of business today. Education and formal training in the technical fields of business, particularly accounting, finance, marketing, and law are essential in today’s competitive times. 

These entrepreneurs need a minimum level of competence in handling or managing their finances such as monitoring of profit and loss, cash planning and control and access to source of low interest funding or loans to be able to succeed. A poor financial plan and poor management can be major causes of new business failures. The lack of financial planning together with poor financial practices can destroy a business, even if a good market opportunity exists.

In celebration of the Cebu City MSMED Week on July 21-25, 2014, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) headed by its President, Ms. Tess B. Chan together with the Cebu City MSMED Council, chaired by Hon. James Anthony R. Cuenco and in cooperation with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas – Cebu, the Cebu Bankers Club and participanting financial institutions: Land Bank of the Philippines, Bank of the Philippine Islands, BPI Family Savings Bank, Rizal Banking Corporation, Development Bank of the Philippines, Philexim, Cebu CFI Community Cooperative and many others, as partners will conduct a Business Seminar-Workshop on Financial Management for Micro an Small Enterprises and Access to Microfinance on July 24, 2014 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Cebu Banking Hall. Institutions offering financial access to micro & small enterprises will be participating in this event, thus, providing a platform for knowledge sharing and showcasing of different products/services that are available today.

This activity will kick off and pave the way to the series of seminars and workshops that the chamber shall undertake this year to develop and strengthen the capabilities of the micro, small and medium enterprises, thereby, providing more opportunities towards growth and sustainability in light of the impending economic integration of the ASEAN economies by 2015. 

Expected outcomes of these activities are the following:

Basic Financial Education to empower both the intellect and morale of the micro and small entrepreneurs by introducing them on the basic measurement of income that will help them make more timely and wiser decisions for their enterprise.
Low Cost Funding for the needs and circumstances of the micro and small entrepreneurs, with loan packages with smaller annual interest rates compared to the existing ones while maintaining the inherent advantages of informal transaction like flexibility of loans, payment period and loanable amount. 
Provide Linkages to help respond to the needs of the micro and small entrepreneurs.


In consonance with the Philippines Magna Carta for MSME under Republic Act No. 9950 which enjoins LGUs to declare a week in July as MSMED Week with activities promoting MSMEs’ empowerment, the city government of Cebu will conduct the Cebu City SMEs Caravan on July 21-26, 2014 aimed to build capability and enhance competitiveness of MSMEs in Cebu, thereby increasing their contribution to the economy and generate more jobs.

These activities are all designed to support, assist, and uplift micro, small, and medium enterprises in Cebu City and are open to all MSMEs who maybe interested of the different trainings and seminars.
Date ACTIVITY Implementing Person / Agency 
July 21, 2014 Enterprise Development Seminar DTI
July 22, 2014 (AM) Food Safety Training DOST
July 22, 2014 (PM) Energy Management System DOST
July 24, 2014 Seminar-Workshop on Financial Management and Access for Micro and Small Enterprises CCCI
July 25, 2014 Enhancement of MSMEs’ Competitiveness in Greening Strategies c/o Hon. Nida Cabrera

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)
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