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SPOTLIGHT VISAYAS: Daily news and latest updates from central Philippines

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SPOTLIGHT VISAYAS: Daily news and latest updates from central Philippines

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Visayas, in central Philippines, is smallest of the main island groups both in terms of total land area and population. It has only 16 provinces, grouped into three regions. While the Visayas accounts for only 20% of the country’s population, two of its regions are among the five most populous in the country. It is home to the most vote-rich province, Cebu, historically considered the Philippine capital in the larger south.    

Spotlight Visayas brings you developing stories and special features from the regions of Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas.  

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LATEST UPDATES

Cebu City needs housing for 20,000 informal settler families 

Mayor Mike Rama plans to build 200 to 300 medium-rise buildings for families displaced by river-clearing operations before the end of his term in 2025.

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John Sitchon

Bacolod doubles its COVID-19 vaccine target but lags on booster goals

Bacolod City has provided full COVID-19 vaccine coverage to 518,972 individuals, double its target of 257,332 for persons between 18 and 59 years old, the Department of Health Western Visayas (DOH 6) said on Thursday, October 6.

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Families separated as hundreds flee military, NPA clashes in Negros Occidental

More than a hundred families fled their homes in seven Himamaylan City villages in Negros Occidental on Thursday, October 6, as the Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade pursued New People’s Army rebels following an early morning encounter.

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Inday Espina-Varona

FAST FACTS: Ormoc City’s October 8 plebiscite

FAST FACTS: Ormoc City’s October 8 plebiscite

Court starts bail hearings for 9 cops accused in Calbayog mayor’s slay

Security is tight outside the Calbayog City Hall of Justice as marathon hearings begin.

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Jazmin Bonifacio

Bacolod shuts down 15 stalls at famous ‘Manokan Country’ due to unpaid rent

Bacolod shuts down 15 stalls at famous ‘Manokan Country’ due to unpaid rent

‘Ayuda’ for laid off Mactan Export Processing Zone workers

Ryan Macasero

Widow of cop slain with Calbayog mayor rues withheld insurance claims

The family of Police Master Sergeant Rodeo Sario, who died with Calbayog City mayor Ronaldo Aquino in an ambush on March 8, 2021, cannot avail of his government insurance benefits until the court resolves the murder charges filed against other police officers.

“Hindi pa po namin natatanggap ang death claims mula sa kanyang insurances, hanggang dyan sa office ng PNP (Philippine National Police), dahil ang iba ay inaantay pa kung ano ang kalalabasan ng kaso,” Sario’s wife, Ann, told Rappler on Friday, September 30.

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Jazmin Bonifacio

Over 4,000 workers in Mactan export hub lose jobs

Over 4,000 workers in Mactan export hub lose jobs

UP Cebu students and teachers protest against red-tagging of Marlo and Leo Malagar

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