Number coding in Cebu? LTO offers to help solve Mandaue traffic; Church monitors priest accused of molesting girl: Cebu News Digest: July 21, 2015

IS NUMBER-CODING THE SOLUTION? The chief of the Lapu-Lapu City traffic office is proposing number-coding or color-coding to deal with the traffic gridlock in Metro Cebu. (Creative Commons photo by Dominique Bergeron)

The head of the Lapu-Lapu City Traffic Management System (CTMS) suggested trying number-coding or color-coding to deal with the traffic gridlock in Metro Cebu. CTMS Chief Frank Brazil also suggested increasing regulations on the sale of vehicles. “More people are buying cars but our roads are not getting wider.” — CTMS Chief Frank Brazil, according…

‘Very hot days’ ahead: PAG-ASA warns; Cebu City wants closer traffic coordination with Mandaue: Cebu News Digest: July 20, 2015

EXPECT HOTTER DAYS AHEAD, that is the advice of the weather bureau to the public.

It will be “very hot: in the days ahead, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) warned the public. PAG-ASA Visayas Director Oscar Tabada told Sun.Star Cebu the rains toward the end of the month and in August and September will be shorter. He said people should learn lessons from the latest El…

Cebu City, Province rank 3rd most competitive in nationwide award: Cebu News Digest: July 17, 2015

AWARD. Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III (center) leads Capitol officials in getting the award for being among the country’s most competitive provinces. (CAPITOL PHOTO)

Both Cebu City and Cebu Province did well in the Third Regional Competitiveness Summit yesterday. Cebu City was named 3rd most competitive highly-urbanized city and the 2nd most competitive in the infrastructure category. Cebu City ranked after Manila City and Makati City. Cebu Province, on the other hand, was third in the Most Competitive Province category after Davao Del Sur and Misamis Oriental.

Mandaue road repairs done by yearend: Luigi; Rama asked to spare trees – Cebu News Digest: July 16, 2015

MANDAUE TRAFFIC. Road works in Mandaue City has caused an unprecedented traffic gridlock in the city. (Screens from the Mandaue City Traffic FB page)

Cebu 6th District Representative Luis Gabriel Quisumbing said the traffic congestion in Mandaue City will ease by yearend with the completion of major road repairs. Quisumbing said he wrote the Department of Public Works and Highways to ensure projects are finished within deadline. He said DPWH assured him they will be doing 3 shifts in…

Businessman shot dead in downtown Cebu City ambush; Rama asks: how do we solve traffic? Cebu News Digest: July 15, 2015

COLON AMBUSH. Businessman Jaime Blas Villaceran was killed in an ambush at the intersection of Colon St. and Osmeña Blvd. past 7 a.m. yesterday. (Photo posted on Facebook by FB user Rik Rik Onartsipac)

Businessman Jaime Blas Villaceran was killed in an ambush at the intersection of Colon St. and Osmeña Blvd. past 7 a.m. yesterday, shortly after he dropped of his two daughters at school. He was 36. Villaceran was driving a Toyota Hi-Ace Grandia and was about to stop for a red light when two men on…

Workers ask for P145/day salary increase in Central Visayas: Cebu News Digest – July 14, 2015

TOKEN INCREASES. The Cebu Labor Coalition accused the Central Visayas wage board of merely granting workers token pay increases. (Creative Commons Photo by Jocelyn Kelly)

A labor group filed a petition yesterday for an across the board P145 increase in the daily wage of Central Visayas workers. The Cebu Labor Coalition (CELAC) filed the petition with the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 7. The wage board last increased salaries in Central Visayas in November 2014, according to a…

Mandaue to test 1-way traffic on some roads; Rama to investigate P4,244 per bottle rubbing alcohol buy – Cebu News Digest: July 13, 2015

MANDAUE TRAFFIC PLAN. Mandaue traffic officials are proposing the designation of some streets in Mandaue City for one-way traffic.

Mandaue City is considering a 60-day dry run of a traffic plan that will have some roads designated for one-way traffic in an effort to ease the gridlock in the city. A resolution authorizing the traffic experiment is being finalized and will be sponsored by Councilor Elstone Dabon, who is the chair of the committee…

Fake medicines seized in raid on Cebu pharmacies; Fernan bridge to be closed for repairs; Tomas to sue Rama – Cebu News Digest: July 10, 2014

EXPECT HEAVY TRAFFIC when the DPWH closes the Marcelo Fernand Bridge for repairs. (Creative Commons Photo on Flickr by Jeff Secondes)

Authorities raided five pharmacies in Cebu yesterday and seized boxes of what the National Bureau of Investigation described as counterfeit pharmaceutical products of Unilab. The pharmacies were identified as Twin Star and ERX in Cebu City; Lodith in Barangay Paknaan, Mandaue City; T and A in Barangay Tabunok, Talisay City; and Purchaser in Barangay Poblacion,…

Missing Korean diver found dead; utility post falls, kills boy in Tinago: Cebu News Digest July 7, 2015

Missing Korean diver Heo Seung Yung was found dead on the shores of a coastal village in San Francisco, Camotes Islands at 5 a.m. on Wednesday. Heo, who was 43, reportedly took off his diving gear to swim to shore and ask for help after being at sea with Baek Seung Kyoon and Kim Eun…

2 of 3 Korean divers found alive; call center agent shot dead in IT Park: Cebu News Digest: July 8, 2015

SEARCH. Divers plot their search plan for Korean divers who went missing. Two have been found in Camotes Island. (Photo by Fritz Menguito)

Two of the 3 Korean divers who went missing after diving in Mactan Island have been found alive more than 80 kilometers away in Camotes Island. A coast guard official said the divers were carried away by strong current when they went diving in bad weather in Punta Engaño. Lt. James Reyes, the Public Information…

Man shot in IT Park; classes in Cebu suspended on certain APEC meeting dates; Korean divers still missing: Cebu News Digest for July 7, 2015

A shooting was reported early today in the IT Park in Lahug. Posts on Facebook by various users reported that the victim was shot in front of the i1 building. No other details were available as of the writing of this article but below are some posts on the incident. Some Facebook posters at the…

Cebu News Digest: Feb. 3, 2015: Citom to motorists: Avoid S. Osmeña Blvd.; 17 shipowners in Cebu cut passenger, cargo fares; 6 hospital workers under investigation for cadaver gnawed by rats

Following the long congestion last the weekend, the Cebu City Government partially opened a part of the S. Osmeña Blvd. but still advised motorists to avoid it. With the steady drop of fuel prices since June, 17 shipowners, including banca operators, in Cebu have filed their notices to lower passenger and cargo fare. The fare…

Global Voices Summit in Cebu to tackle citizen media, freedom of information, Internet activism, other issues

Some of the latest issues on citizen media, freedom of information, digital security, indigenous languages and multilingualism online, and internet activism will be tackled in a two-day international summit initiated by Global Voices in Cebu City. The Global Voices Citizen Media Summit, to be held from January 24-25, 2015 at the Cebu Provincial Capitol, will…

MyStory: A confused mind is like murky water, here’s how to find inner peace

If you wander around the city, you might notice some people in stretchy pants slinging a yoga mat on their backs. They are called yogis or people who do yoga. They are indeed a common sight here in Cebu. They are mostly students and professionals who find time to practice before or after their work.…

Cordova’s bakasi and other bounties from the sea

Text and Photos by Boboi Costas The bakasi (saltwater eel) thrives abundantly in the town of Cordova, Mactan Island, a 45-minute drive from the city of Cebu. In taxonomic classification, eels belong to the Muranidae family which includes 200 species in 15 genera. In Buwagsong, Cordova, a local fishing community; the bakasi is a prized…