This is the roundup of news stories that came out in local publications today, Feb. 16, 2016.
A BUSINESS leader is encouraging the private and public sectors to stop complaining about the traffic situation but instead start on working on alternative solutions while the repair of the Mandaue-Mactan bridge is ongoing.
Ma. Teresa Chan, the president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said one of the most favored solutions so far is to increase the number of barges that ply the Mactan channel to ferry passengers and goods. She also added that these solutions should have been addressed before the repair of the bridge started.
Let’s not make anymore so much fuss about it but think of ways to mitigate the consequences. Ma. Teresa Chan, CCCI president.
Consolacion’s bid for cityhood delayed.
Consolacion will have to wait three more years to be converted into a city after the requirements for cityhood was changed by the League of Cities n the Philippines.
From a population of 50,000 and an income of P50 million, the requirements were raised to 150,000 and a minimum income of P100 million for three straight years. As of 2010, Consolacion has 106,000 residents and collected P105 million last year.
So, if we will be able to collect more than P100 million in 2016, and another more than P100 million in 2017, that will already be three successive years and we will qualify for cityhood by 2018. Consolacion mayor Teresa Pepito Alegado.
Make money from garbage.
THE local environment office is urging local governments to partner with investors to set up landfills in their areas, thus saving them from the financial drain of putting up their own. Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office chief Chad Estella estimates a one-hectare landfill will need P1 million for the setting up of a barrier that prevents toxic substances from leaking.
A lot of investors are coming in because they see garbage as a potential money-maker. They intend to convert it into energy. Chad Estella, Penro chief.
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