Cebu News Digest: April 15, 2015: P116.2 million for security of 2 international events; cedulas worth P50,000 missing from Cebu City Hall

The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) is asking the Cebu City Government for P116.2 million to fund security preparations for two international events that will be held in Cebu in the next few months.

Seventy families living in Inayawan landfill, meanwhile, were advised to transfer from what Cebu City officials deem as a danger zone.

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Here are top stories for today, April 15, 2015:

P116 million for security preparations for APEC Summit, IEC

Saying that equipment and mobility of the city’s police force will be “very important” in preparation for the International Eucharistic Congress and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, the CCPO is asking the City Government for P116.2 million.

The money will be used to buy 120 cars and motorcycles (P101.2 million) and equipment (P15 million). In detail:

  • 50 bullet-proof helmets (P1 million at P20,000 per unit)
  • 50 bullet-proof jackets (P2 million at P40,000 per unit) for the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) team and the Motorcycle Riding Unit (MRU)
  • 50 M16 rifles (P7.5 million at P150,000 each) for the use of the SWAT and the MRU
  • P50 bullet-proof jackets for the Mobile Patrol Group (MPG)
  • 60,000 9mm ammunition (P1.32 million at P22 each)
  • 50,000 units of 5.56mm ammunition (P1.45 million at P29 each)
  • one reloading machine
  • 30 multi-purpose vehicles for the MPG (P45 million at P1.5 million per vehicle)
  • 50 motorcycles for the SWAT (P14.5 million at 290,000 each)
  • two units of 4×4 SUVs
  • 30 motorcycles for the Traffic Patrol Group (P18 million at P600,000 each)
  • five units 4×4 SUVs (P11.5 million or P2.3 million each) for Police Stations 4, 7, 8 and 9, and for the City Public Safety Company
  • three sedans (P6.6 million at P2.2 million each) for the police assigned to the South Road Properties

“The CCPO is in dire need of support from the local government unit since the equipment being issued by the Philippine National Police national office is very minimal and not able to cope with the logistical requirements of this police office.” — CCPO officer-in-charge Marciano Batiancela Jr.

Councilor Dave Tumulak, chairperson of the City’s Peace and Order Program, said the items will be reviewed to confirm whether these can be charged to the P400.5-million budget of the City this year for peace and order.

APEC, IEC security

SECURITY. The Cebu City Police Office says equipment and mobility will be “very important” in preparation for the International Eucharistic Congress and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit that will be held in Cebu in the coming months. (Creative Commons Photo by the US Defense Department)

10 stubs of ‘cedulas’ worth P50,000 lost in City Hall

The Cebu City Government is investigating the loss of 10 stubs of community tax certificates (CTC) worth about P50,000. Ten City Hall employees will face an investigation, according to City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas, who said they will not take the incident lightly to prevent it from happening again.

Cuevas said the stubs were lost in January but it was discovered only recently by one of the City Treasurer’s Office’s liquidating officers. Two employees have been reported to the Waterfront Police Station, she said.

“I want them to know that this office means business. Kung makasala sila, they have to answer for it.” — Cebu City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas, as quoted by Sun.Star Cebu

A pile of risks face families living in Inayawan landfill

Because 70 families living in Inayawan landfill are facing the risks of fire, trash slide, storm surge and poor sanitation, they will have to go.

The recommendation is based on the result of the inspection conducted by the disaster team last month after Inayawan Barangay Captain Lutherlee “Lot-Lot” Ignacio-Soon requested them to assess the area.

“It’s really risky for residents there. The pile of garbage is really high. There is also the risk of methane buildup that can cause combustion especially with the summer heat.” — Councilor Dave Tumulak, head of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC)

“People should not live there. It’s inhuman for society to allow that to continue. It’s hazardous to health and poses danger to life and limb.” — Jade Ponce, head of the Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB)

For several long-time residents, though, they didn’t feel their lives were in danger at all.

A Korean firm’s unsolicited proposal to develop the landfill as a P3.5 billion commercial mixed-use project at no cost to the city is being reviewed by a joint-venture selection team in City Hall.

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