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Cebu News Digest for Feb. 15, 2016: 2012 study shows traffic in Cebu costs P132M/day; Congress fails to tackle Mega Cebu bill; Bus firm eyes new routes for Robinsons.

A study by a Japanese agency done in 2012 found that traffic in Metro costs businesses P132 million in lost man-hours. The four-year old study, done by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, only highlights the effect of the traffic situation at present, which has been worsened by various road projects in Mandaue City.

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This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications on Feb. 15, 2016.

Cebu traffic costs P132 million a day, says 2012 study

Cebu traffic
COSTLY TRAFFIC. A study by JICA done in 2012 shows traffic in Cebu is worth P132 million per day in lost man-hours.

A 2012 study by a Japanese agency found that traffic in Metro costs businesses P132 million in lost man-hours. The four-year old study, done by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, only highlights the effect of the traffic situation at present, which has been worsened by various road projects in Mandaue City.

When my guests found out about the traffic last Tuesday, they all canceled our meetings. We lose business because our clients do not want to spend two hours stuck in traffic. Roy Lotzof, Cebu Leads Foundation Inc. president.

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Mega Cebu runs out of time in current Congress

The bill that would have created the Mega Cebu Development Authority filed by nine Cebu legislators has ran out of time to be passed into law by the 16th Congress due to the election period. Neda 7 assistant director Dioniso Ledres Jr. said MCDA would have spurred economic growth and generated jobs. The bill will be tackled in the next congress and has already been approved at the committee level in Congress.

This means we are one step closer to the creation of the MCDA. Evelyn Nacario-Castro, Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center executive director.

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Bus company wants Robinsons route

A local bus firm is seeking Cebu City’s endorsement of their offer to the LTFRB for additonal routes that would serve the new Robinsons Galleria Cebu. KMK, which has routes from Naga City, Minglannila and Talisay going to SM City Cebu, wants additional units that would serve Northern and Southern Cebu City going to the new Robinsons mall.

In our thrust to improve accessibility of Robinsons Galleria Cebu, we are amenable to this proposal subject to terms and conditions acceptable to Robinsons Land Cop. and Cebu City KMK Transport Corp. Floramie Vega, RGC Regional Operations Manager.

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Cebu Daily News: Bus firm seeks Cebu City’s help in getting approval for new routes for Robinsons

Other Cebu News:

Sun.Star Cebu: CCMC contractor confident of meeting four-floor target of City Hall for Charter Day celebration.

Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue City Council approves PHL’s first pro- LGBT ordinance.

Sun.Star Cebu: Councilor Wenceslao wants City to put up water conservation program.

The Freeman: No partial closure of Mandaue-Mactan bridge until MCWD pipes are repaired.

The Freeman: Comelec reminds candidates to refrain from giving freebies during rallies.

The Freeman: Activists plan protests as 400 schools increase fees.

Cebu Daily News: LTRB 7 to come up with updated fare matrix for Cebu City.

Cebu Daily News: Cubana restaurant loses P100,000 to burglars.

 

Cebu Business News:

Sun.Star Cebu: Mactan Hotel offers ‘local touch’ to entice more tourists.

Sun.Star Cebu: 1,909 Lapu-Lapu Rural Bank depositors file claims with PDIC.

The Freeman: Business leader says Cebu will benefit from ongoing infrastructure projects.

The Freeman: Retailers group in Cebu says entry of foreign, national brands has weakened local retailers.

Cebu Daily News: DOST urges businessmen to support local startups.

Cebu Daily News: DTI backs five-year road map for coffee farmers.

 

Cebu Sports News:

Sun.Star Cebu: Athletes overcome lack of facilities, support, win gold medals in regional meet.

The Freeman: Moralde beats Cebu’s Sabalde to win vacant WBF international crown.

Cebu Daily News: Naga City shows it can be a future sports hub in Cebu.

 

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