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Health committee defers approval of smoking ban

By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent THE Committee on Health, headed by Councilor Ma. Lourdes Gaane, has deferred the approval of the proposed ordinance to ban all cigarettes and vaping in the city. This after committee member Councilor George Goking cautioned Gaane that a total ban might introduce more harm than good. ...

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XU director tackles local dev’t planning

Governance and Leadership Institute director Dr. Dixon Yasay of Xavier University served as one of the resource persons at the recently-concluded Development Legislative Enhancement Course attended by more than 150 local legislators from all over the country. Yasay facilitated the learning exercises on local development planning and fundamentals of local ...

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50,000 indigents to get health care insurance

By LITO RULONA Correspondent SOME 50,000 indigents in the city could now avail a PhilHealth program that will cover the costs of hospitalization and medicine, the chief of the newly formed City Hall’s Health Insurance Office (CHIO) announced. Dr. William Bernardo, CHIO newly-appointed department head said they assured the initial ...

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Balikatan strengthens defense partnership

After 12 training days in the Philippine summer heat, thousands of service members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military finished this year’s rigorous Balikatan training exercise and now stand more prepared to respond to terror threats and natural disasters in the region. Philippine and U.S. forces ...

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XU: LGU is key to dev’t

In her welcome remarks at the 3rd Local Legislative Enhancement Course conducted by the Governance and Leadership Institute (GLI) of Xavier University, Engr. Gail dela Rita, assistant to XU’s vice-president for social development, emphasized to the participants that “local government is the key to development.” Dela Rita shared that in ...

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Implementation of waste segregation to start today

By LITO RULONA Correspondent The city government will be implementing the provisions of Republic Act 9003 –– Ecological Waste Management Act of 2000 –– the segregation of waste starting from the source or from the household in every barangay in the city today. City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office ...

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Indie film premiers in two Mindanao cities

By LITO RULONA Correspondent An independent film titled “Bubog,” (shards) held its premier cast in two cities in Mindanao –– Cagayan de Oro and Davao City last Wednesday evening. The film is directed and written by journalist and independent filmmaker Arlyn dela Cruz showing the government’s effort in the ongoing ...

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Council body seeks additional funds for better juvenile facility

By LITO RULONA Correspondent The City Council Committee on Social Services is seeking more funds to establish a wider and better facilities for Bahay Pag-asa of the city to protect Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL). City Councilor and Committee Chairman Reuben Daba said they need more funds to ...

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