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Campaign for youth’s voice in 2013 elections launched

YOUTH leaders in Davao City gathered to launch a campaign to register the youth’s voice in the coming elections.

“One of our objectives is to encourage our fellow youth, especially to the new voters, to register for the coming 2013 polls,” said Niel Brene Lopez, regional coordinator of Kabataan party-list in Southern Mindanao. Read the rest of this entry

Comelec gears up for last day of registration

ANTICIPATING a mad rush of people still wanting to register, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has issued rules on how Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) will handle them on the last day scheduled Wednesday, October 31.

Based on Comelec Resolution 9542, the commission en banc stressed that it is determined not to extend further the registration period, including the closing time of 5 p.m. Read the rest of this entry

Cebu City picked ‘green growth driver’

CEBU CITY — Local business leaders and a Cebu City official were encouraged by the recent World Bank (WB) report citing this city as one of the three Asean cities touted to be the world’s green growth drivers. “It is very encouraging to note that Cebu has been picked by WB as green growth drivers.

Poll body approves 5 more senatorial bets

FIVE more certificates of candidacy have been given due course by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), bringing the number of qualified individuals to run for the Senate post in next year’s polls to 32.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the commission en banc has given due course to the COCs of lawyer Samson Alcantara of the Social Justice Society (SJS) party and independent candidate Ricardo Penson. Read the rest of this entry

Mayor thanks Bacoleños for world-class MassKara

MAYOR Evelio Leonardia thanked the people of Bacolod for their unity and cooperation in making the 33rd MassKara Festival a success and for transforming it into a world-class festival.

No less than the international news channel Cable News Network (CNN) named Bacolod’s MassKara Festival as “one of the 12 best things in the Philippines,” he said.

“Thank you to all sectors for your cooperation. With all your support, we have transformed the MassKara into an icon of the Philippines and a world-class festival,” Leonardia said in his message at the closing rites of the 22-day celebration at the Bacolod public plaza last night (Oct. 22). Continue reading –>

Police: MassKara Festival celebration peaceful

THE 33rd MassKara Festival celebration was generally peaceful, with no major incidents recorded in different festival sites in Bacolod City, the police said Tuesday.

Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Director Ricardo De la Paz said several policemen were deployed in different festival sites to maintain the peace and order and to secure the safety of MassKara revelers, especially at the Bacolod Public Plaza and Lacson Street.

He said six persons were apprehended for theft, while three were nabbed for hold-ups, nine for physical injury, and 22 for alarm and scandal. Continue reading –>

MassKara foundation asked to restore aesthetics of public plaza

BACOLOD City Councilor Sonya Verdeflor has asked the Silver MassKara Festival Organization Inc. to ensure the full restoration of the aesthetics of the Bacolod Public Plaza, which was used as a festival site of the 33rd MassKara Festival.

The Bacolod City Public Plaza, a historical landmark of the city, was used as one of the festival sites of the recently concluded MassKara Festival. Continue reading –>

Lawmaker runs unopposed for a third term

FOR a politician who was just thinking of running for yet another term, suddenly being yanked out and made to battle against a congressman who carries the name of a highly-respected local leader, Davao City’s Rep. Isidro T. Ungab is not doing bad.

Ungab chairs the ways and means committee of the House of Representatives, and those who know how the legislative body works will say he’s indeed not doing bad at all; and that is an understatement. Read the rest of this entry