This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, July 4, 2016.
You thought Friday’s flood was bad? Brace for more as storm approaches
JUST three days after a monstrous traffic jam caused by an hour-long heavy downpour, Cebuanos were advised to get ready for more heavy rainfall as tropical storm Butchoy enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility. Cebu and Mandaue—which suffered the worst of the floods last Friday—are already preparing their disaster response. Pag-asa said 217.7 mm of rainfall hit Cebu on July 1 and 2, which already exceeds the average for the month of July, which is 202 mm.
“On Tuesday, we will be on red alert. No more personnel on off duty. All personnel 24/7 on standby.” — Mandaue City’s DRRMC Chief Felix Suico
- Cebu Daily News: Cebu braces for more floods as storm approaches.
- Freeman: Mandaue City clears clogged canals in preparation for storm.
Mandaue, Cebu implement flood solution methods
After getting hit by one of the worst floods in recent memory, Mandaue City and Cebu City are implementing various methods to address the perennial problem. Cebu City is planning to add more water catchments in 28 mountain barangays, to stem the flow of water downtown, while Mandaue City will continue to dredge creeks and waterways. It has also banned the use of plastic in the city.
“Instead of having so much water like what happened last Friday, the catchments will serve as basins. The streaming water will likely be lesser.” — Engr. Josefya Ylanan, Cebu City Department of Engineering and Public Works head
- Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu wants more water catchments to control flooding.
- Cebu Daily News: Tomas says Rama blocked implementation of drainage master plan.
Quisumbing wants strict implementation of traffic rules
Mandaue City mayor is encouraging traffic enforcers to be strict in implementing traffic rules and to report to him those who use his name to get away with violations, even if these are his family members. Mandaue City is notorius for its traffic jams for years, worsened by the various road repairs being done in the city and rampant violations by PUJs and private cars.
“If anyone commits a violation and uses my name and you report it, I will give you a reward. If you catch my car or any of my family committing a violation and issue a citation, I will give an even bigger reward.” — Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing
- Freeman: Quisumbing wants enforcers to go hard against traffic violators, including officials, family members.
- Cebu Daily News: Quisumbing promises rewards for enforcers who do their jobs well, and swift actions against those who don’t
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