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  • Editorial: A tremor and some questions

    THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) listed the tremor that struck at past 9 a.m. yesterday and whose epicenter it located at eight kilometers southwest of Buenavista town in Bohol as a 4.7 magnitude earthquake.

    It wasn’t as strong as the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit mainly Bohol and Cebu in October 2013, but it was enough to bring back the memories and the worries.

  • Valle: Maguindanao woes

    IT IS always easy to talk about our perceptions and our beliefs when we are free to do so. And when we openly express our aspirations, we are exposed to different reactions, but that is understandable. People would even tend to be critical of the position that we have adopted.

    It’s the same with how we react to other people’s beliefs and aspirations. I am referring to people who attempt to make us see their point and expect us to be amenable to it.

  • Cabaero: Quake preparedness test

    MORE people now have an idea of what to do and where to go when an earthquake strikes compared to two years ago.

    When tremors were felt in Cebu yesterday morning, Monday, people in office buildings moved to the ground floor and outside while those inside their homes gathered loved ones in case they would have to rush to the doorway or out.

  • Malilong: Dysfunctional CCMC organization

    THE joke is that when a client loses his case, it is because he has a bad lawyer. If, on the other hand, a doctor loses his patient, it is because it is God’s will.

    Another one: a lawyer’s mistake is visible through prison bars while that of the doctor is buried six feet under.

    I’m sure that Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, a lawyer, has heard these jokes but I’m not certain if he intended a third one by appointing two people – a doctor and a lawyer, as you must have guessed -- to head the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

  • Seares: Which BBL will peace council sell to us?

    WHAT exactly is the job of the Peace Council that President Aquino announced last March 27, whose members include former Supreme Court chief justice Hilario Davide Jr. from Cebu?

    Text of the executive order creating the council was still to be released. News stories quoted the president's speech, not any document.

    One broadsheet story said the council would "spearhead" a national discussion of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) "to help people understand the proposed autonomous law that would establish a new autonomous region for Muslims in Mindanao."

  • Niñal: Heroes moving up

    WE were at the 3rd floor of the Mariners’ Court at the Pier 1 area for our 4-year-old’s Moving Up ceremony when yesterday’s 4.8-magnitude earthquake had the building swaying and producing a rumbling, guttural sound.

    This sound is familiar to us earthquake veterans. Thanks to the Bohol quake and its aftershocks. It’s like the sound that you make in your throat, with the back of your tongue touching the soft palate, or when you drink water in one big gulp after another. Only this sound doesn’t come from any part of your body but from deep down into the building’s foundations and beyond.

  • Tell it to Sun.Star: What about the small schools?

    I WATCHED Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro and Commission on Higher Education (Ched) Commissioner Ma. Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista brim with enthusiasm on television as they assured the public of government’s preparedness to implement the K to 12 program by 2016.

    They mentioned the enormous amount of money that has been and will be allocated for it. Which is good.

  • UC to open med school in June

    A NEW medical school will open in Cebu this year.

    The University of Cebu (UC) School of Medicine will open in June, and tuition discounts await top college graduates who will pursue medicine in the university.

    UC Chancellor Candice Gotianuy yesterday announced the opening of the medical school in the UC-Banilad Campus.

    She also announced that the UC Medical Center will also start operating in May this year, providing a good learning venue for the university’s medical students.

  • Mayors, Capitol, Rafi sign MOA

    TOWN and city mayors under the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB) yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Capitol and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) for its road map projects.

    National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) 7 Director Efren Carreon said they have two options for funding assistance: development assistance from foreign agencies and the National Government.

    Carreon said foreign- and national-funded projects must get an endorsement from the Regional Development Council (RDC) and must pass through the Neda Board in Manila.

  • First batch graduates from Carcar college

    A CHOREOGRAPHER and a parish youth council member were among the pioneering batch of graduates in Carcar City College last Saturday, and both are proud to be the only degree holders in their clan and family.

    Daniel Amistad, 20, a choreographer from Barangay Liboron, is third in a brood of five and the only degree holder in the family and among cousins on his mother and father’s side.

    Archie Bacolod, 20, from Barangay Bolinawan, is also third in a brood of six and a worship committee head in their parish youth council.

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