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Cebu News Digest for March 9, 2016: Lapu-Lapu denies presence of bacteria in beaches; LTFRB cuts taxi fare; Fiscal Castro goes berserk

What bacteria? Lapu-Lapu denies presence of bacteria in beaches

Lapu-Lapu City health officer Rodolfo Berame belied a report by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources that there is a presence of fecal bacteria in its beaches.

Berame said some beaches did not pass the water sampling done in 2011 and 2012 but all have passed the tests since 2013 conducted by Talsiay Water Lab, a DOH accredited private water-testing laboratory. The DENR- Environmental Management Bureau recent found fecal bacteria but Berame said the office didn’t reply when he asked where the samples were taken.

I was really wondering why EMB said some resorts tested positive. They all passed. Rodolfo Berame, Lapu-Lapu health officer.

Read: Freeman: Lapu-Lapu releases lists of resorts that passed water sampling tests.

The LTFRB has cut taxi fares. (Creative Commons Photo)
The LTFRB has cut taxi fares. (Creative Commons Photo)

LTFRB cuts taxi fare

COMMUTERS finally get a break as the LTRFB has ordered a permanent taxi flagdown rate of P30 for the first 500 meters and increased the coverage of the succeeding charges from P3.50 for the next 300 meters to P3.50 to the next 500 meters. This means that a five-kilometer trip now costs P61.50 under the new rate instead of P92.50 under the old rate. However, the waiting time of P3.50 for every 120 seconds was reduced to P3.50 for every 90 seconds.

The recalibration for taxis with plate numbers ending 4, 9, and 2 will be in April, and May for those ending in 5, 0, 7. The rest will have their recalibration scheduled in June.

We are also considering the drivers, esepcially during traffic hours. They can no longer say na they won’t earn anything due to traffic because waiting time has been adjusted. Antonio Enrile Inton Jr. LTRFB board member.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: LTRFB slashes taxi fare.

Cebu Daily News: New rates mean passengers pay more during rush hour.

Assistant Prosecutor Castro goes berserk in PRO 7

Controversial Cebu City assistant prosecutor Mary Ann Castro is in the news again after being accused of breaking into the office of the Regional Special Operations Group at the PRO 7 and attacking the live-in girlfriend of estranged husband Ledegreco Sanchez.

Castro also allegedly bit Maricel Raffinan Gregory and other police officers before she was arrested.

What she did to was too much. She cam inside the office. She was accusing the police of hiding Gregory. Supt. Rex Derilo, Regional Intelligence Division acting chief.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Castro, 4 men, arrested for destroying door of RSOG office.

Cebu Daily News: Castro to cops: I am the legal wife here and I am being harassed.

Freeman: Castro files writ of habeas corpus after getting arrested.

DOH warns of dry season diseases

With summer fast approaching, the Department of Health is warning the public to be wary of illnesses the hot weather may bring. Among those common summer illnesses are sunburn, stomach ailments, flu, sore eys, rabies and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Ideally, the safe time to be exposed to the sun is up to until 9 a.m. only, and in the afternoon, from 4 p.m. onwards. Dr. Joanri Riveral, DOH 7 medical specialist.

Read: Freeman: DOH warns of dry season diseases.

Other Cebu News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Autopsy shows 15-year-old murder victim wasn’t raped.

Cebu Daily News: Town in shock over killing of 15-year-old student.

Sun.Star Cebu: Mike orders transfer of shelter for night dwellers.

Sun.Star Cebu: Contractors who fail to finish projects on time face fines.

Cebu Daily News: Hangar contractor to comply with DOLE requirements.

Cebu Daily News: Only 95 of 865 redundant poles removed by telcos.

Freeman: Vice governor defends Capitol’s program for seniors.

Freeman: Despite snub, JVR stays with LP.

Cebu Business News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Economist sees positive outlook for PHL.

Sun.Star Cebu: DTI urges franchising sector to tap government workers.

Cebu Daily News: Mactan airport in short list for Routes Asia awards.

Freeman: Pricey, slow internet service hinder growth of tourism sector.

Freeman: Ayala Corp. completes 18-megawatt solar power farm in Negros.

 

Cebu Sports News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City hosts major golf tournament.

Cebu Daily News: Coach Tab impressed with Magis Eagles.

 

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