CEBU CITY (PNA) - The Cebu City Government has completed new roads in the mountain barangays worth at least P45.7 million. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama on Thursday turned over the second batch of road concreting projects to 12 barangays. These are located in Barangays Budlaan (P9.5 million), Mabini (P3 million), Paril (P6.3 million), Cambinocot (P3 million), Lusaran (P3 million), Adlaon (P3 million), Taptap P3 million) and Malubog (P3 million) in the north district and Barangays Tabunan (P3.3 million), Sudlon 1 (P3.3 million) and Sinsin (P3.3 million) in the south district. The completion of these roads means farmers in these areas won't have a hard time anymore transporting their goods to the city proper.


KALIBO, Aklan (PNA) - The Sunwest Water and Electric Company (SUWECO) plans to invest P2.8 billion for the construction of hydropower project in Libacao, Aklan. Chito Peralta, general manager of the Aklan Electric Cooperative (AKELCO), said they are expected to sign a memorandum of agreement with the SUWECO representatives and the local government of Libacao for the project. If the plan pushes through, SUWECO will be registered as one of the huge investors in the province of Aklan outside Boracay Island. "It is not yet certain, however, as to how many megawatts of electricity the SUWECO could produce in Libacao," said Peralta.


CEBU - The Cebu Provincial Board (PB) has asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to monitor telecommunication companies offering bundled services to correct and come up with the true billing for their subscribers. Provincial Board Member Thadeo Ouano sponsored the resolution that exposed the "unreflective billings" of telecommunication companies of the services actually availed of by the subscribers. The PB approved Ouano's resolution. Ouano stated that he personally noticed the unsound practice of the telecom companies that "offered bundled services, which is a mix of a telephone line and Internet services at different rates depending on the speed of the Internet service." (Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.)


ILOILO CITY (PNA) - The Iloilo Provincial School Board (PSB) will be funding 300 contractual teachers this school year. Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. said the PSB has an initial funding of P17 million that will be used for the salaries of these teachers for the first six months of the school year. He would again seek for the additional budget of P17 million to complete the needed P34 million for the whole school year. The governor said these teachers, who signed their contract of services with the provincial government and the Department of Education (DepEd) Thursday morning, will be receiving a basic salary of P10,000 per month.


MACTAN, Cebu - In a move to strengthen the blogging community in Cebu, the Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. (CBSi) organized the first Social Media Day in Cebu last June 30, following its general assembly and election of officers in May. The Social Media Day-Cebu, which was held in Mactan Isla Resort & Spa, featured four experienced speakers who shared their expertise to help improve the skills of Bloggers. The event was hosted and moderated by lawyer-blogger Ethelbert Ouano. Twenty-eight bloggers attended the Social Media Day-Cebu. Other groups in the social media community also joined the event, including Cebu Blog Camp, Fashion Bloggers Group, and I Luv Cebu. (Malou M. Mozo)