Cebu News Digest: April 30, 2015: DPWH to close tunnel on SRP for repairs; World’s largest floating bookstore makes comeback in Cebu

MV Logos Hope. (Creative Common photo on Wikipedia)

You can expect additional vehicular traffic soon in areas near the tunnel on the Cebu South Coastal Road, which will be temporarily closed for repairs. Not far from the tunnel, the world’s largest floating bookstore will return to Cebu on May 5 and will be docked at the Malacañang sa Sugbo berth in Pier 1.…

Cebu News Digest: April 27, 2015: Pope ‘less likely’ to join IEC 2016 in Cebu; grand Kaplag reenactment today, heavy traffic expected in downtown Cebu City

Lumad Basakanon, shown here performing during the Sinulog Grand Parade last January in Cebu CIty, wins second place in Aliwan.

Since the Pope already recently visited the Philippines, he is less likely to visit Cebu next year for the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), according to a Vatican envoy. Still, the Cebu Archdiocese remains hopeful that the Pope will consider attending the congress. This afternoon, a grand staging of the Kaplag reenactment or the discovery of…

Cebu News Digest: April 25, 2015: Ongoing Kadaugan Street Party in Lapu ends tomorrow night, re-enactment on Monday; Public warned: Cebu temperature may continue to rise in May

The search for Reyna Bulakna 2015 is one of the events leading up to the reenactment of the battle between Datu Lapu-Lapu and Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan called Kadaugan sa Mactan. Photo shows Reyna Bulakna 2015 bets with Mayor Paz C. Radaza. (Photo taken from Mactan Post)

There’s another reason to be merry with the ongoing Kadaugan Street Party in Lapu-Lapu City. With the suspension of the ordinance against drunk behavior in public areas, revelers can drink beer this weekend without fear of getting arrested. The current scorching heat caused by summer and the El Niño is already taking a toll on…

Cebu News Digest: April 24, 2015: Underground pass on N. Bacalso Ave.?; Water supply critical due to dry spell

Shown on the map is the general area of the proposed underground pass on N. Bacalso Avenue.

To solve the worsening traffic in Cebu City, there are plans to build a P750-million underground pass on N. Bacalso Ave. It will be a four-lane pass for two-way traffic stretching 700 meters from Muslim Mosque on N. Bacalso Ave. to the corner of Cabreros St. Still in Cebu City, work on S. Osmena Blvd.…

Cebu News Digest: April 23, 2015: DOTC awards Cebu BRT contracts to Korean firm; CV has low rice sufficiency

An artist's perspective of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Cebu.

Kunhwa Engineering & Consulting was awarded with the contract for the detailed engineering design and construction supervision of the Bus Rapid Transit system project in Cebu City. According to the Department of Agriculture (DA) 7, Central Visayas only has a 34-35 percent rice sufficiency, which means that only about 2.4 million of the 6.8 million…

Cebu News Digest: April 22, 2015: Police identify man caught scratching cars on video, Cab driver returns P254T

Police already know the identity of a man caught on security camera scratching cars parked in South Central Square, Lawaan, Talisay City. An officer said the man has psychological problems. Meanwhile, a cab driver returned P254,208 to a passenger who left the money in his taxi. After the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)…

Cebu News Digest: April 21, 2015: 50 areas in Cebu City, Talisay City suffer from water shortage; hospital wastes piling up

SAVE WATER, the Metropolitan Cebu Water District is asking the public.

The water district announced yesterday that there is low supply in some areas in Cebu City and Talisay city. But an official said this wasn’t unusual during summer and they anticipated this. Hospital wastes, meanwhile, have been piling up because the company that collects these still has to renew its permits. Meanwhile, with his highly-anticipated…

Cebu News Digest: April 20, 2015: Rama wants more roads, bridges in SRP; Despite plane crash, Sta. Fe to make skydiving tourist attraction

SRP photo taken on August 21, 2013. (Creative Common photo on Flickr by Kathy Woolbright Darza)

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama wants six infrastructure projects, which include building of bridges and widening of roads, at the South Road Properties (SRP). Sta. Fe town in Bantayan will continue to make skydiving its newest attraction to foreign and domestic tourists, despite a weekend accident involving a chartered plane. Are you planning to buy…

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

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)

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…

Cebu News Digest: April 14, 2015: P5 billion worth of Cebu City projects approved, endorsed; mountain of trash threatens Inayawan houses

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

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…

Cebu News Digest: April 13, 2015: For P10M-P15M, Lapu to install CCTV cameras near bridges, sites soon; Mandaue residents trade trash for food

The Archdiocese of Cebu spearheads pilgrimage tours to Archbishop Camomot's tomb and shrine in Carcar City, Cebu as part of moves for his beatification.

Due to the surge of foreign and local tourists in recent years, the Lapu-Lapu City Government is planning to install surveillance cameras in at least 18 areas within the year in time for the APEC Summit in Cebu. In Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City, at least 100 individuals recently received grocery items from the Mandaue City…

Cebu News Digest: April 10, 2015: Alleged police extortion in Minglanilla, Talisay; PB requests gov’t agencies to prioritize hiring teachers affected by K to 12

Truckers carrying vegetables from Dalaguete complain about alleged extortion in Talisay and Minglanilla.

Some policemen allegedly flag down trucks carrying vegetables from Dalaguete and collect a “tong” of P200 from the drivers in exchange for road passage. Meanwhile, the Cebu Provincial Board is requesting concerned government agencies to prioritize and facilitate the employment of teachers and non-teaching staff who will be ‘displaced’ during the implementation of the K…

Cebu News Digest: April 9, 2015: Cebu City to hold ‘dance rally’ on International Dance Day on April 29; SM offers to develop SRP roads, proposes tax credits in exchange

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. offers to develop SRP roads in exchange for tax credits.

Cebu-based performers have something to look forward to after the National Committee on Dance (NCD) of the National Commission for Culture and Arts has selected Cebu City has one of the places to hold a dance rally to promote the country’s heritage sites. In exchange for tax credits, SM Prime Holdings expressed willingness to develop…

Cebu News Digest: April 8, 2015: PB approves recla project in Cordova; Cebu City needs P1B for new classrooms for K to 12

Mayor Adelino Sitoy, shown here during a recent event in Cordova, says SM Prime Holdings will finance the P138 billion reclamation project in the town.

The Provincial Board (PB) approved a resolution that authorizes Cordova town to carry out a P138-billion reclamation project under a public-private partnership agreement. The Cebu City Government’s Local School Board (LSB) seeks the National Government’s help—and funds worth almost P1 billion—for the full implementation of the K to 12 program starting next year. Are you…

Cebu News Digest: April 7, 2015: Public warned: Days to get hotter; Year-round brgy. festivals in Cebu City?

HOTTER DAYS AHEAD. Pag-asa is asking people to brace for hotter days. (Creative Commons photo: Takeshi Kawai)

After Cebu recorded its hottest day so far at 33.6 degrees Celsius last Black Saturday, Pagasa (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) Mactan Weather Station said the temperature is expected to rise in the coming month. A Cebu City barangay official, meanwhile, says there was nothing wrong in his use of a government car…

Cebu News Digest: April 6, 2015: 57 homes in Cogon Pardo lost to fire on Easter Sunday; Mandaue mulls trash collection at night

Mandaue City plans to do its garbage collection at night to escape the daytime heat and traffic.

On Easter Sunday, several families in Sitio Mansanitas, Barangay Cogon Pardo in Cebu City lost their homes to fire. Considering the heat, less traffic in the evenings and with most people at home after work, Mandaue City is planning of having garbage collectors do their daily rounds at night. Are you planning to buy a…

Cebu News Digest: April 2, 2015: Typhoon Chedeng to hit PH on Black Saturday, public told to be alert; P3M worth of ukay-ukay seized in Mandaue

Pag-asa 4 a.m. weather advisory estimates eye of Typhoon “‪#‎ChedengPH‬” at 980 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar.

Typhoon Chedeng is expected to make landfall in Central and Southern Luzon on Black Saturday. Cebu may experience a rainy weekend. National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 agents seized yesterday P3 million worth of used clothing or ukay-ukay in Barangay Looc, Mandaue City. Are you planning to buy a condo unit or thinking of investing…

Cebu News Digest: April 1, 2015: Penitential bike ride to push through; Banks to public: Complete transactions today; 300 containers of smuggled rice to be auctioned

Banks advise their clients to complete bank transactions today before the four-day Holy Week break starts on Thursday.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama approved a bike run organized by Sugbo Bikers despite his announcement to put bike runs in main city roads on hold. Banks in Cebu advised their clients to complete bank transactions today before the four-day Holy Week break starts tomorrow. The Bureau of Customs in Cebu will auction more than…

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Cebu News Digest: March 30, 2015: Public urged: Do more beyond Earth Hour; 250T nurses ‘needed’ in Germany

Cebu City officials led by Mayor Michael Rama mark Saturday's Earth Hour celebration at SM City Cebu.

Some government officials recommended actions that the public can do beyond last Saturday’s Earth Hour. About 250,000 nurses are needed in Germany in the next five years, according to health care matching company Care.com Europe founder and chief executive officer Steffen Zoller. Are you planning to buy a condo unit or thinking of investing in…

Cebu News Digest: March 26, 2015: DBM: Cebu City exceeded cap for debt payments; Palma to PNoy: Apologize to Filipinos for Mamasapano incident

INSPECTION. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama inspects construction of the new Lorega public market. (Photo taken from Cebu City Government website)

For Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, there is nothing wrong if President Benigno Aquino III has to apologize for his role in the tragic incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao almost two months ago. Cebu City, meanwhile, exceeded the limit on debt payments in its 2015 budget, according to the Department of Budget and Management. The Commission on…