More than P5 billion worth of projects were approved and endorsed by the Cebu City Development Council. Several National Government agencies want to implement these projects in the city next year.

Fifteen people were rescued from a banca that capsized between Camotes Islands and Danao City yesterday.

Meanwhile, once the agreement is signed in the next two weeks, Geonzon St. in Barangay Apas, Cebu City will be opened, giving Filinvest Land Inc.-managed Cyberzone Cebu Tower and Cebu Asiatown IT Park more access roads.

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Photo credit: Jeffrey James Pacres (Creative Commons photo on Flickr)

Photo credit: Jeffrey James Pacres (Creative Commons photo on Flickr)

CDC endorses P5B for Cebu City projects

Included in the P5 billion budget are:

P3.37 billion from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Cebu City Engineering District,
P1.5 billion from the Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu City Division
P114.7 million from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Cebu

The projects will now be endorsed to the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 for their approval. Once approved by RDC 7, it will be forwarded to the National Government for inclusion in its 2016 annual budget.

But before the projects were approved, Cebu City Councilor Margarita Osmeña asked whether the projects were reviewed. She said the Cebu City Government opposed some National Government projects in the past.

She said a review would help government avoid a duplication of projects.

“It is really very embarrassing that we will forward this to the RDC and then there are questions there raised by our very own local government unit. It is awkward. We should have one voice.” — Cebu City Councilor Margarita Osmeña

Mountain of garbage threatens houses in Inayawan

A big mountain of trash is threatening to collapse on 20 houses near the landfill in Sitio Dumpsite, Barangay Inayawan, according to Inayawan Barangay Captain Lutherlee Ignacio-Soon.

Soon visited City Hall yesterday to ask for help in relocating affected families.

“Delikado na gyud nga matumbahan ang mga balay ug mga tawo kay naa’y construction nga seawall near sa area and gipangkuhaan og bato ang foundation and napahak ang luyo sa landfill.” — Inayawan Barangay Captain Lutherlee Ignacio-Soon

The mountain of trash is up to 4 stories high, said Solid Waste Management Board chairman Jade Ponce.

15 saved from banca that capsized between Camotes, Danao City

An unregistered banca with 15 persons on board capsized between Camotes Islands and Danao City before dawn yesterday.

Philippine Coast Guard-Central and Eastern Visayas Commander Enrico Evangelista said the banca left Camotes at 5:30 p.m. last Sunday and capsized around 4 a.m. yesterday.

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) 7 said that unless any of the passengers files a complaint, they cannot ask the banca operator to explain because the vessel wasn’t registered with them.

Cebu Province, 2 property developers in agreement over wall dispute

The wall separating Cyberzone Cebu Tower from the Cebu Asiatown IT Park in Barangay Apas, Cebu City will soon be torn down and will have three access roads leading to the IT Park and Gov. Cuenco Ave.

“Once this agreement is signed in the next two weeks, Geonzon St. will be open to Filinvest.” — Provincial Board (PB) Member Peter John Calderon

The PB approved two related resolutions authored by Calderon, authorizing Gov. Hilario Davide III to sign a memorandum of agreement with FLI and the other agreement with CPVDC.

The agreement with CPVDC is “for the provision of pedestrian and vehicular access for ingress and egress to and from the property as well as to and from Cebu IT Park.”

Also, the Cebu Provincial Government will ask the Cebu Property Ventures that manages IT Park to withdraw the case it filed against Cebu City and FLI for their plan to destroy the wall and open Geonzon St.

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: 10% of inmates in the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center overstaying and are crowding the jail, says official

Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City Government permit to build new Cebu City Medical Center to expire in July but City Hall still has to bid out project; official says they will beat deadline

Cebu Business headlines:

The Freeman: Domestic flights down 10% in Central Visayas

The Freeman: BIR has good programs but lacks dissemination

Sun.Star Cebu: Smart Prepaid kicks off ‘Live All Out’ summer promotions

Sun.Star Cebu: DTI asks industry, academe to work on design programs

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