Salvor firm bogged down by vessel
THE salvor company hired to recover the
capsized vessel MV Maria Angelica Grace is trying to drag the boat
to a deeper portion of the Mactan channel to enable them to re-float
and set it upright.
Capt. Winiel Azcuna, Philippine Coast
Guard-Cebu Station commander, said Uni Orient Pearl Venture Inc.
tried to pull the vessel near the Cabahug wharf towards the shipyard
80 meters away but the water level was too shallow.
Almost two months after MV Maria
Angelica Grace capsized in Cabahug wharf has yet to be salvaged as
the salvor company shifted to another alternative in refloating the
The Cabahug wharf's operation was
hampered after the vessel capsized last March 11 due to waves caused
by passing fast crafts.
After the vessel is refloated, Azcuna
said the cargo will be retrieved and the area cleaned. Reporter
Jucell Marie P. Cuyos
Cebuanos urged to monitor cyber-porn
THE Provincial government is calling on
Cebuanos to report cyber-pornography cases in their areas to
eliminate the rising incidence of prostitution involving minors in
Acting Cebu Gov. Agnes Magpale said the
Provincial Women's Commission which she chairs wants to develop a
network of contacts who can report to them any cyber-pornography dens
operating in their areas.
She said the Capitol could give cash
rewards to tipsters who can lead authorities to these dens.
The Department of Social Welfare and
Development (DSWD) earlier called on Asean countries to campaign for
a cyber-prostitution free region.
During the opening ceremony of the 2nd
ASEAN Conference in Tagbilaran City, Social Welfare and Development
Secretary Dinky Soliman said governments should help their youth
overcome their poverty and achieve self-sufficiency.
She said the advances in technology
also ushered in predators who exploit women and children for profit,
locking them up in dens for further abuse.
“The victims of cyber pornography and
cyber prostitution don't think of freedom, but cages. They wish for
protection for their rights and an end to a cycle of poverty and
abuse,” Soliman said. Correspondent Renan Alangilan
Geo-hazard maps in Cebu towns,
ABOUT 221 barangays in four cities and
five towns in Cebu were covered in a geohazard assessment and mapping
done by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR.
The geohazard maps prepared by the MGB
identify which sitios in Cebu province area are critically prone to
landslides and flooding.
MGB Regional Director Loreto Alburo
said these maps will help local government units prepare their own
evacuation and relief programs.
In Lapu-Lapu City, 30 barangays will be
mapped including 42 and 27 barangays in Danao and Mandaue cities due
to their rising population.
Also covered were Compostela and Liloan
towns with 17 and 14 barangays, Consolacion and Cordova towns with 21
and 13 barangays, Barili town and Carcar City with 42 and 15
Alburo said senior teams will also
locate possible relocation sites in each barangay, city or town.
Correspondent Renan Alangilan