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Cebu City is Child-friendly LGU!

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CEBU CITY, Philippines - This Queen City of the Philippines has achieved another milestone with the recognition in the national level as child-friendly local government unit.

The City of Cebu was conferred with the 'Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance' by the Council for the Welfare of Children of the Department of Interior and Local Government or DILG for its commitment in promoting child rights such as survival, development, protection and participation.

In an interview with the BARUGG News, DILG Cebu City chief lawyer Danilo Almendras shared that the recognition was given last September 17, 2014 to various LGUs nationwide and that they only get the framed-certificate early this month of April from the DILG Main Office.

Almendras further enthuses that they did not receive any invitation to get the award during the awarding ceremony, adding that they opted and handed it to the Cebu City Government through the Cebu City Commission for the Welfare and Protection of Children headed by its executive director Engr. Ma. Suzanne Ardosa last April 8 this year.

Now on its second year, the 'Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance' bore the theme, “Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society For, By, and With the Children”.

Being one of the awardees, this city will compete for the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Cities under the independent component city category this year. (Cebu City Public Information Office PIO/Greggy Jiggs P. Senados) Photo credits posted with permission: DILG Cebu City


Rama orders immediate evacuation of families living in landfill

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CEBU CITY - Mayor Michael L Rama ordered the immediate evacuation of people living in the premises within the closed Inayawan Landfill within 24 hour period after seeing the necessity to secure their lives from any eventualities.

"I already directed that within 24 hour, we will be getting all these people out from the danger zone, we cannot wait because nature (disaster) can just come anytime" Rama said.

Rama stressed that the area is already under emergency crisis situation like a "volcano ready to erupt" or there is an element of clear and present danger thus action has to be undertaken right away.

He immediately created a task force addressing this "imminent danger" which is to be lead by Engr. Rolando Ardosa with Atty. Jade Ponce, Atty. Collin Rosell and Capt. Lutherlee Ignacio-Soon with a representative from the City Legal Office.

Rama cited provisions from Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010" how calamity situation will have to address with a mayor can pursue a decisive action and not to wait for eventualities to happen.

Rama enumerated possible evacuation center to be considered like the barangay sport center, schools and open spaces in the barangay but it will be for the task force to determine where they can be accommodated. (elite)


Cebu City nominated for the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2016

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The Embassy of the Republic of Singapore has nominated the City of Cebu for the Lee Kuan Yew World city Prize 2016 (LKYWCP). The LKYWCP is a biennial international award that honours the outstanding achievements and contributions to the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world.


The LKYWCP is Co-organized by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore and the Centre for Liveable Cities.


Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 10:07

Rama to Fire Victims: Always Pray

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CEBU CITY, Philippines - Always pray. Mayor Michael L Rama repeated this several times as he urged the fire victims of Sitio Mansanitas in Barangay's Cogon Pardo and Inayawan this city to pray to God always.

fire_cogonThe People's Mayor pointed out that in whatever situation we have to always pray to our Creator, adding that amid the recent fire last Easter Sunday that razed 55 houses and affected 148 families there is still a miracle for no one was hurt in the incident.

Rama was applauded several times in his message during the "City Hall at Your Doorsteps" program held at Inayawan Elementary School this Tuesday morning April 7, 2015. He gained the loudest applause when he said, "Kami nanganhi kay gipangga mo namo, (We came here because we care for you)", adding that re-blocking has started to prevent another fire and that financial assistance and housing materials will be given as soon as possible.

He reiterated that the "City Hall at Your Doorsteps" will be conducted for three days in the Gymnasium of Inayawan Elementary School citing that this is a 'Civic Action' outreach program of the city to provide free basic services from the 22 departments comprising the Cebu City Government for everyone.

In an interview with the BARUGG News, Emma Gidocos, 55, married with 3 children and among the 605 individuals who are affected by the fire shared that, "Pasalamat gihapon mi sa Ginoo nga walay kinabuhing nakalas ug dako pod among pasalamat kang Mayor Rama kay wala mi pasagdi. Nanghinaot mi nga makabalik ug tukod sa among balay nga naugdaw (We are still thankful to God that no lives were lost and we are also thankful to Mayor Rama that we are not taken for granted. We are hoping to rebuild our burnt house."

For Araceli Rusiana, 33, she stressed that the city government is doing their job well for helping us immediately, adding that it is better to be hit by a typhoon than the fire and even with our hard situation as we are back to zero we still trust God for us to recover from the tragedy and will not lose hope (Maayo pa mabagyohan kaysa masunogan, bisan lisod among sitwasyon kay back to zero, mosalig lang gihapon sa Ginoo nga makabangon sa trahedya ug balik ug dili mawad-an sa paglaum).

Furthermore, the mayor enthuses that together with our prayers let us be united to build life and live life with the spirit of Barangayan, Bayanihan and Boluntarismo. He wrapped-up his message with a prayer. (Cebu City Public Information Office PIO/Greggy Jiggs P. Senados)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 09:23

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