This the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, Feb. 12, 2016.

30-DAY RELIEF.  Commuters who pass through the Mandaue-Mactan bridge get a relief after authorities decided to allow two-way traffic for a month.

30-DAY RELIEF. Commuters who pass through the Mandaue-Mactan bridge get a relief after authorities decided to allow two-way traffic for a month.

One-month reprieve

Motorists who pass through the Mandaue-Mactan bridge will get a reprieve for a month after authorities decided to allow two-way traffic while repairs are limited to the sidewalk.

The sidewalk repair, which will last for a month, will have a team of 30 workers who can complete one side in two to three weeks. Authorities were criticized when the repair started and the bridge was limited to one-way traffic when the repair was limited to the sidewalk only. Worse, motorists who pass by the bridge only saw a few workers involved in the repair.

The key here is proper coordination. The result to that is better information dissemination to the public. Sixth district rep. Luigi Quisumbing.

Read: Mandaue, Lapu officials agree on two-way scheme for one month for first bridge.

Cebu Daily News: Davide to convene Bridge Management Board to solve traffic issues.

Freeman: LGUs, private sector brace for bridge traffic.

City Hall faces fine

Cebu City Hall may have to pay a fine if it fails to pay the P188M amortization it owes the Landbank of the Philippines for its South Road Properties Loan.

The majority block is asking the executive department to come up with a supplemental budget to cover the two P188M amortization payments, but councilors allied with the mayor proposed a P2.8 billion supplemental budget in 2015 that wasn’t approved.

It is because we can afford to pay. Even if we pay off the entire loan, we still have excess funds. City administrator Lucelle Mercado.

Read: Budget impasse in council may lead to Cebu City paying LBP fine.

Cebu Daily News: Cebu City face P2M daily fine if it fails to pay SRP loan.

Councilor wants probe on Team Rama gathering.

A dance contest and fund-raising event for the Cebu City Medical Center that became a gathering for Team Rama and UNA supporters has irked a councilor allied with the BOPK. CCMC held a Cebu City Open Hip-hop showdown at Robinsons Galleria last Feb. 11, where barangay officials allied with Team Rama were invited to join.

A letter written by UNA invited officials allied with Team Rama to bring 100 of their close supporters. They were promised free food and beauty products for attending the event which served as the first “gathering in the run up to the presidential campaign.”

The Civil Service Commission prohibits government funds from being used for political purposes. Supposedly, government employees should not engage in partisian politics but it’s very clear they are using City Hall employees to push for their political ambitions. Cebu City Councilor Sisinio Andales.

Read: BOPK, Rama fight over Dance Party.

Other Cebu News:

Sun.Star Cebu: Driver of dump truck that killed DPWH worker goes missing in hospital.

Sun.Star Cebu: Mactan utility firm proposes solar power for first bridge.

Sun.Star Cebu: Palma urges prayers for health workers during World Day of the sick.

Freeman: Cops arrest 26-year-old for bringing firearm in court building.

Freeman: Sen. Sotto to push for upgrade of public hospitals.

Cebu Daily News: School guard earns internet fame with singing talent.

Cebu Daily News: Top notcher urges students to learn outside the classroom.

Cebu Daily News: DPWH wants more lights in bridge to minimize accidents.

 

Cebu Business News:

Sun.Star Cebu: Chong Hua puts up P5-billion hospital in Mandaue City.

Sun.Star Cebu: Expert urges coffee farmers to inject tourism concepts in their farms.

Freeman: Pilipinas Shell to have long awaited IPO after national elections.

Cebu Daily News: Cebuano retailers starting to lose out on Manila, foreign competitors.

Cebu Daily News: Metro retail eyes five-year expansion involving 100 stores.

 

Cebu Sports News:

Sun.Star Cebu: STC football team keeps Cviraa futsal crown with shootout win over Mandaue City.

Freeman: USJ-R basketball team gets rare treat after meeting Golden State Warriors trainer.

Cebu Daily News: Cebu City seals 24th straight overall crown in Cviraa.

 

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