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Run for scholars set

Friday April 8, 2016

The Home Run 2016 with the theme “Run to Build Their Future” will be held on April 23. The run is organized by the Primary Group of Builders, through its Primary Structures Educational Foundation Inc. (PSEFI), to raise funds for the foundation’s technical training scholarship program. The program offers free courses in welding, masonry, plumbing, carpentry and housekeeping, among others, to out-of-school youth and adults and persons with disabilities. Women empowerment is also an advocacy of the foundation. According to Paulette Liu, chief operating officer of PSEFI, “Increasing the number of women in the construction industry is really a hurdle, a challenge, since there’s still a lot of resistance, but I think we should give them the opportunity as well.” The PSEFI-SKILLS boasts of having trained the first batch of female heavy equipment operators for bulldozers and cement mixers at construction sites, not just in Cebu, but other parts of the southern Philippines as well. The foundation also takes pride in having produced no less than two thousand competent and globally competitive tech-voc students since it was founded in 2008. The run has three categories: 3k, 6k and 12k. The run begins at 4:30 a.m. at the Cebu Business Park along Sumilon Road. Registration is ongoing until April 18 at the Primary Homes office on the second level of SM City Cebu, or at RUNNR in Ayala Center Cebu. Registration fee is P250 for the 3k, P350 for the 6k and P450 for 12k. The fee is inclusive of  singlet, bib, snacks and giveaways. /Ateneo de Zamboanga University Intern Pristine Janielle Padua  

2nd RC Goldline Run set April 24

Friday April 8, 2016

The 2ND RC Goldline Half-Marathon will be held on April 24 starting at the Sumilon Road of the Cebu Business Park in Cebu City. Around 2,500 runners are expected to answer the starting gun of the race which will also have 3-kilometer, 6k and 12k distances. Organizer and RC Goldline president Christian Paro-an, also the overall chairman of the upcoming Cebu Business Month, said proceeds of the running event will be used to help in the clean-up campaign of Cebu City’s waterways. “It’s a bigger and better running event,” said Paro-an in yesterday’s launching at the Bayfront Hotel. “We decided to come up with a beneficiary for this running event so that we can somehow give back to the community.” Cash prizes, medals and gift packs from sponsors are at stake for the top finishers. The champion in both the all-Filipino men and women’s half-marathon will get P5,000 each, while the second and third placers will take home P4,500 and P4,000, respectively. In the 21k battle among foreigners, only the champions in the male and female classes will win P5,000. Registration fee is pegged at P600 for 21k, P500 for 12k, P400 for 6k and P350 for 3k. Entry forms are available at all RC Goldline branches in Cebu. (CEBU DAILY NEWS)  

Run to fund poor kids’ future

Wednesday March 30, 2016

The Primary Homes Inc. (PHI) will hold the sixth edition of its annual fun run—Home Run 2016—on April 23 at the Sumilon Road, Cebu Business Park. The running event, with the theme “Run To Build Their Future,” will be for the benefit of Primary Structures Educational Foundation Inc. (PSEFI), a non-stock, non-profit organization. The PSEFI is under the trade name School of Knowledge for Industrial Labor, Leadership and Service (Skills). All the proceeds of the event will go to PSEFI-Skills and will be used by the foundation for the technical training of their scholars, who are mostly out-of-school youths, out-of-school adults and other marginalized sectors of the community. Last year, the event was able to raise around P400,000 for the foundation. Paullette Liu, the COO of PSEFI, said the run will help open opportunities for people who are part of the marginalized sectors of the community. She said the PSEFI now has 400 scholars and students. “I invite the runners to join us on this run and help make a difference. By registering, they can help the scholars,” she said. Funds The organizers said that for this year they are aiming to raise P500,000 for the beneficiaries. “If we will get more this year, we will be more than happy and will allocate that for our senior high program,” she said. Race director Joel Baring of Sports and Fitness Enthusiasts (Safe) said that there are 1,500 to 2,000 slots available for the race. Last year, they had 1,400 runners. Runners The fun run is open to all runners and will have the men’s and women’s 3-kilometer, 6K and 12K categories. All the 12K finishers will each receive a medal while the 6K finishers will each get a tag. For the employees and business partners of PHI, there are added divisions to choose from—the 3K duo, 3K quad and 6K duo. Baring said a total of P50,000 cash prize is at stake. He said they will be using the same route as last year’s. The event will also have Pinoy games, dance and zumba activities. Registration Registration fee is at P250 for the 3K, P350 for the 6K and P450 for the 12K, inclusive of race singlet, race bib, snacks and giveaways. Registration starts today and entry forms are available at the PHI SM office at 2nd level of SM City Cebu and Runnr Store at Ayala Center Cebu. (SUN.STAR CEBU)  

Venue away from Sinulog route: Cebu Business Park music fest gets nod

Thursday January 1, 1970

The Cebu City government has approved the special permit application for a music festival at the Cebu Business Park tomorrow, as the venue is beyond the 300-meter radius of the Sinulog grand parade route. It is one of three events that City Hall is allowing this Sunday. Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office head Nagiel Bañacia said the Plus63 music festival was given the green light after the organizer submitted its  disaster management plan for the event, which is required so they can link with the city's emergency resources. Among others, the plan must stipulate all the organizer's security measures, including their emergency equipment. "We will know unsay naa nila diha while they are holding the event. As (part of the) disaster team, mahibawo mi unsay primero ipadala if an incident will occur, and above all, we know naay friendly forces ngadto, i-link gyud nato sa gobiyerno," he told reporters yesterday. Aside from the disaster management plan, the organizer was also asked to choose a venue that is appropriate for their event, one which does not cause traffic congestion. "Atong gi-require nila, they identify the risk and threats sa ilahang activity, then pag-identify unsay imong control measures. Number one, eradicate, macontrol nimo kini nga risk…, strategies to control bombing, who is responsible, kinsa ang emergency responders," Bañacia said. He said that aside from the music festival, "Sinulog Invasion" at the South Road Properties, and Paintensity in The Greenery were also given approval by the mayor. The application for permit to hold a boxing event at Mango Square along Gen. Maxilom Avenue, however, was denied, while Hyper Wonderland, which would be held along Escario Street, did not seek any approval from the city. Bañacia earlier said the city would cancel the business permit of those who would defy the order not to hold parties along the Sinulog route or within a 300-meter radius. On the other hand, at least nine mobile detention cells are now ready for use against drunks and unruly Sinulog revelers during the grand parade. The Bureau of Jail and Management and Penology and Cebu City Police Office are helping the city with the mobile detention cells to maintain peace and order. The Sinulog parade will start from Imus Road, to General Maxilom Avenue, to Fuente Osmeña, to Osmeña Boulevard and to Cebu City Sports Center for the ritual presentation. (FREEMAN)

Colliers: Strong BPO, remittances to drive Cebu’s retail sector

Thursday January 1, 1970

METRO Cebu’s dynamism as a major retail hub is poised to continue amid robust business and knowledge process outsourcing, tourism, and strong overseas Filipino workers’ (OFW) remittance, said a property management and research firm. “Despite the substantial increase in retail stock since 2008, overall vacancy remains low as the additional supply is offset by a continuously expanding local economy, which effectively boosts Cebuanos’ disposable income,” said Colliers International Philippines in a statement on Tuesday. As of the first quarter of 2017, Colliers said Metro Cebu’s retail stock stood at around 1.01 million square meters (sq.m.) of leasable space, or more than double the metro’s retail supply in 2008 of 465,000 sq.m. Retail vacancy during this period was at 2.2 percent from two percent recorded a year ago. Over the next 12 to 36 months, retail space in Cebu will further expand. Among those expected to be completed this year are Il Corso of Filinvest at the South Road Properties and NorthDrive Complex of local developer Elin Land in North Reclamation. The projects, once completed, will deliver an estimated 44,000 sq.m. of leasable space. Other retail projects in the pipeline are Ayala Land’s Ayala Mall at Central Bloc located in Cebu IT Park that will bring in 42,000 sq. m. of leasable retail as well as Ayala Land and Aboitiz Land’s Ayala Mall at Gatewalk Central in Mandaue City offering more than 110,000 sq. m. of leasable area. The Gatewalk Central mall will be anchored by a Landmark department store. Gerard Padriga, general manager of Colliers International Cebu office said overall vacancy at the end of this year will hover between two percent and four percent. Currently, Cebu’s average retail rents range from P230 to P980 per sq.m. per month, or an increase of about three percent compared to year-ago rates. “Colliers sees rental rates growing at the same pace over the next 12 months,” the firm added. Central Visayas, where Cebu serves as the financial capital, recorded an annual economic expansion of 7.2 percent from 2014 to 2016, making it among the fastest growing regions in the country. During the same period, gross domestic product (GDP) per capita or the proxy for individual income, grew by an average of 5.5 percent per annum. “This robust macroeconomic environment effectively boosts Cebu households’ propensity to consume,” Colliers said. (JOG)

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