Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama wants to put up a government complex at the South Road Properties (SRP) and turn the current City Hall into a museum. Still at the SRP, a month-long cleanup has recovered 75 tons of garbage.
Meanwhile, City Hall is set to hold another bidding for the construction of the Cebu City Medical Center.
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Here are the top stories for today, January 31, 2015:
Mayor Rama wants to move City Hall to SRP, turn current building into museum
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said he is considering moving City Hall to the South Road Properties and building a complex there for government offices. Rama said he will then convert the current City Hall into a museum.
Rama directed SRP Management Office head Roberto Varquez to tap architects to plan and design a government complex at the SRP.
With no modern museums in Cebu City, the current City Hall building will be an ideal venue because of its proximity to historical landmarks like the Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, Basilica del Santo Niño, Plaza Independencia and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.
Rama said transferring City Hall to the SRP will also help decongest traffic in downtown Cebu City.
- The Freeman: Rama wants to move City Hall to SRP
- Sun.Star Cebu: City Hall complex to rise at the SRP?
City Hall prepares for another bidding for new Cebu City Medical Center
The Cebu City Government is preparing documents for the rebidding for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC). The new CCMC will be a 10-storey facility with 409 hospital beds.
City Hall is rebidding the construction after Mayor Michael Rama declared the previous bidding a failure. Rama wants the new bidding “to address issues raised pertaining to the initial bidding and to avoid or preclude any suspicion of favoritism and anomalies.”
Rama said that instead of the initial project amount of P300 million, the city will pour in an additional P300 million for the project. The initial P300 million was taken from the first supplemental budget last year and the added P300 million will be sourced from the P13.4 billion city budget this year. The project also has an additional P45 million in budget raised through a fundraising campaign
- Sun.Star Cebu: City prepares for another bidding for new hospital
- Cebu Daily News: Cebu City to rebid CCMC project
- The Freeman: Rama orders rebidding of CCMC construction
75 tons of trash taken from SRP waters
Garbage has been building up underwater at the South Road Properties for more than 13 years, Bantay Dagat Director Ranulfo Sebusa said. Last year, volunteer divers and environment officials found a mountain of trash that rose 15 feet.
Sebusa said the divers found garbage had already covered the coral reefs and there were fish that got trapped inside plastic bags.
A cleanup “Scubasurero” cleanup program that started in December and will end today retrieved 75 tons of garbage that have now been dumped at a sanitary facility in Consolacion. The program cost City Hall P1.8 million.
- The Freeman: 75-ton trash retrieved from SRP’s waters
2 more Cebu City councilors return P20,000 calamity aid
Two more Cebu City councilors have returned P20,000 calamity assistance they received in 2013, it was learned yesterday.
Cebu City Councilors Mary Ann de Los Santos and Roberto Cabarrubias gave back the P20,000 calamity assistance they received in 2013, which was recently issued with a notice of disallowance by the Commission on Audit (COA).
City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas told reporters de los Santos returned the money last Thursday while Cabarrubias returned his last year.
Cabarrubias said returned the money even before the COA notice because of the case filed against them for receiving and approving the release of the fund.
“Lain ang opinion sa public sa among pagdawat ato nga assistance maong ako nalang giuli… Nangutang pa ko aron ibayad og balik ang P20,000 aron lang gyud way masulti ba kay public officials baya mi.” — Cebu City Councilor Roberto Cabarrubias
Councilors Alvin Dizon, Eugenio Gabuya Jr., Sisinio Andales, Nida Cabrera and Nestor Archival also returned their calamity assistance earlier this week.
- Sun.Star Cebu: 2 councilors return P20T to City Hall
Bodies of 2 SAF men from Cebu scheduled to arrive today
The remains of PO1 Windel Candano of Dumanjug town and PO1 Romeo Cempron of Consolacion town are scheduled to arrive early today. The two are among the 44 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) who died in an operation in Maguindanao.
The two will be given arrival honors at the airport before SAF operatives escort their bodies to their homes, according to Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas spokesman Superintendent Renato Dugan.
Yesterday, 800 people, mostly police officers, staged a “sympathy walk” from the IT Park to the PRO-Central Visayas headquarters on Osmeña Blvd.
Members of the Kaisang Bisig, the 2009 police academy class to which 3 of the slain police officers belonged to, shaved their heads to express sympathy to the families of their batchmates.
“As a president, even if I want to get mad, I cannot allow myself to be driven by emotion. I cannot make careless decisions. If I allow anger to dominate, rather than resolving the problem, we will just worsen it.” — President Benigno Aquino III
“How do we honor the great 44? Bawi nalang tayo sa mga criminals. Wala naman ditong MILF so we can honor the great 44 by going against illegal drugs, criminals, and human traffickers.” Senior Supt. Conrado Capa
- Sun.Star Cebu: Bodies of 2 SAF men from Cebu due today
- The Freeman: Probe sought into encounter
- Cebu Daily News: FOR HEROES
- Cebu Daily News: PNPA Class 2009 shave heads for fallen batchmates
Other top Cebu news stories:
Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue City set to close Cebu City slaughterhouse for failing to submit documents required for tax exemption
Sun.Star Cebu: MCIAA to build ‘replacement’ buildings for Philippine Air Force to set stage for demolition of structures needed for Terminal 2 construction to start
Sun.Star Cebu: 3-day anti-crime drive by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 7 nets 13 suspects, P1 million worth of illegal drugs, guns
Sun.Star Cebu: 9 local governments get P2 billion in financial assistance to residents affected by Super typhoon Yolanda
Sun.Star Cebu: Department of Health sends team to investigate death of patient in Mandaue City Hospital; husband earlier accused hospital of giving his wife wrong medication and causing her death
Cebu Business Headlines
The Freeman: BIR admits to lack of manpower to go after “underground” traders
Sun.Star Cebu: Construction, real estate industries to continue posting high growth, says economist
The Freeman: Veco targets 5% growth this year