Church officials said the construction of the pavilion for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) that will be held in Cebu City next year is “halfway done” and that the construction work is “ahead of schedule.”

Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) has 307 bench warrants for private and public vehicle drivers with unsettled traffic violations. It served seven warrants yesterday and will serve more next week.

Meanwhile, traffic improved significantly in the North Reclamation Area (NRA) when Logarta Street was opened to two-way traffic between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Here are the top stories for today, March 14, 2015:

TOP STORIES. The front pages today of Cebu's 3 English dailies.

TOP STORIES. The front pages today of Cebu’s 3 English dailies.

Building for IEC halfway done

The P550-million Eucharistic Pavilion will be used for the gathering of the religious during the 51st IEC in January 2016.

But once the gathering is over, the facility will be used as a pastoral center and a new minor seminary for the Archdiocese of Cebu. It would also serve as the “biggest evacuation center” in Cebu.

“I was a bit anxious in the past but when I saw the development in the Pavilion, I’m now very excited about the forthcoming event. From all angles, people know that we are prepared.” — Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma

“Cebu is making a miracle, beyond human effort.” — Archbishop Piero Marini, president of the IEC (words were echoed by Palma)

Under a memorandum of agreement, contractor Duros Development Construction fully shouldered the cost of building the pavilion in exchange for usufruct rights over part of the seminary property for 25 years.

The Eucharistic Pavilion is now 50.8 percent complete. The estimated completion date is in September this year.

Citom shows it means business, serves arrest warrants

Citom served seven warrants yesterday to drivers who have unsettled traffic violations. It will serve more warrants, which were issued by Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 7 Judge Francisco Seville Jr., next week.

It has 307 bench warrants for private and public vehicle drivers.

“We prioritized the serving of bench warrants to private vehicle owners to show that they are not exempted.” — Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) operations chief Jonathan Tumulak

Common traffic violations included disregard of road signs, making wrong turns and parking on no-parking zones.

Meanwhile, at least eight erring taxi drivers were reported to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-7 for refusing to comply with the provisional taxi fare decrease.

Sun.Star Cebu: Citom looks for erring drivers
The Freeman: 8 erring cabbies reported in one day – LTFRB-7

2-way flow on Logarta ‘improved traffic’

Citom noted that that traffic improved in the NRA when Logarta St. was opened to two-way traffic between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The new adjustment is the third one implemented by Citom for the NRA. Implemented starting last Thursday, it coincides with the truck ban, giving opportunity for more light vehicles to pass the NRA.

However, jeepney passengers are confused with the several changes made in the rerouting plans since March 5 when traffic in the North Reclamation Area was disrupted by rehabilitation work on the S. Osmeña Road.

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Anwar Ahmad on the Mamasapano tragedy: ‘Focus on peace’
The Freeman: Palma: Church still one despite different opinions
Cebu Daily News: Korean Consulate in Cebu set to open
Cebu Daily News: Balili estate lawyer: Keep me out, I didn’t receive a centavo
The Freeman: Illness downs 20 in Toledo

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: PLDT offers custom deals for SMEs

Sun.Star Cebu: PH lags in digital banking in Asia, says survey

The Freeman: Bankers appeal for BSP to accept damaged notes

Sun.Star Cebu: New packages want tourists to go ‘beyond picture-taking’

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