The traffic gridlock in Mandaue City is “unbearable” with 9 ongoing road projects that started just this summer. At least four, according to the Cebu Daily News, will be completed in 2016 yet.

“With the simultaneous road work going on, what relief can passengers and motorists look forward to?” — Cebu Daily News said in its report.

Mandaue City is trying out designating 2 roads for one-way traffic. The experiment is scheduled for 60 days. Cebu City is looking into rerouting jeepneys during peak hours in August and September, when Cebu will host APEC meetings.

“The clock is ticking for transport and traffic officials to figure out how to ensure smooth road movements by August 2 for the Ironman 70.3 international triathlon, and Aug. 23, the first of a series of APEC meetings.” — Cebu Daily News

Cebu City and Mandaue City are scheduled to coordinate rerouting plans, likely this Friday. Local organizers are also scheduled to hold the final meeting on that day for APEC preparations.

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LEFT BEHIND. The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says workers have been left behind by the country’s robust economic growth. (Creative Commons photo on Flickr by Adam Cohn)

Increase daily pay by P92, ALU-TUCP asks wage board

Saying that workers have been left behind by 4 straight quarters of robust economic growth, the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) filed a petition seeking a P92 per day salary increase for workers in Central Visayas.

“The workers are being left behind. The remaining months of the Aquino administration have to tackle vigorously inequality in order to make this fabled economic growth inclusive.” — ALU-TUCP in a press statement

“Our economic growth comes from OFW (overseas Filipino workers) remittances. If BPO (business process outsourcing) companies, which are already giving high salaries, will be required to pay an additional P92 per day per worker, that will kill the industry.” — Businessman Robert Go, president of the Philippine Retailers’ Association, according to Sun.Star Cebu

The petition is the second to be filed this month, with the Cebu Labor Coalition asking for an across-the-board increase of P145 to the daily pay

The minimum pay in Central Visayas ranges from P275 to P340. In the National Capital Region, minimum are P444 to P481.

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2 women lose P600,000 in cash, various items to “laglag barya” gang

Virginia Yu and Manilyn Maranga Mar lost more than P600,000 in cash and items to a “laglag barya” gang in two incidents in Lapu-Lapu City and Mandaue City last Monday.

Yu, manager of Visayas LAnd in MEPZ 1, was leaving the parking lot in Marina Mall at 4:30 p.m. when a man knocked on her car to tell her that coins and keys had fallen out of her vehicle. Yu went out of her car to check but found nothing. When she returned to her car, she found that she had lost her Samsung S5 worth P36,000, Sony Experia Z3 worth P35,000, Chanel bag worth P40,000 and wallet containing P45,000 cash, credit and debit cards, as well as government identification cards.

Mar, on the other hand, just bought medical kits at a pharmacy on A.S. Fortuna St. corner Hernan Cortes St. when a man knocked at the back of her car and told her something had fallen out. Mar got out after initially ignoring the man and found some items on the ground. When she returned to her car, she found that she had lost her shoulder bag worth P15,000. The bag contained an Apple iPhone 6 (P34,000), a Samsung Note 1 (P30,000), a small pouch with P7,000 cash and three bank checks for P234,000, P111,500, and P32,000. She also lost a Louis Vuitton wallet worth P59,000 containing P2,000 cash, credit cards and ATM cards, driver’s license and other important documents.

Footage from a security camera showed three men and a woman conspired to steal Mar’s belongings.

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Vendors at South Bus Terminals accuse City Hall workers of harassment, abuse

Vendors outside the South Bus Terminal said members of Cebu City’s Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification Enhancement (PROBE) team were abusive and violent when they cleared the sidewalk outside the terminal last June 14. One female vendor said 3 PROBE members forcefully held her down to the ground like she was “a drug suspect.”

“Some were smiling while we begged them not to destroy our merchandise. We’re not criminals. We weren’t selling shabu. We weren’t selling anything illegal. In fact, we had not paid for the merchandise.” — vendor Rocelyn Tanguilan, according to Sun.Star Cebu

PROBE Chief Raquel Arce denied the allegations. She said her office merely implemented a request by the City Council to act on the complaints of pedestrians and motorists regarding ambulant vendors who obstruct the sidewalk.

“Those are all lies. There would be no issue here if only they heeded the ‘no vending’ policy in that area. Why will they insist on selling on a very narrow and busy sidewalk and put pedestrians at risk?” — PROBE Chief Raquel Arce

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Report about fake rice “nonsense,” says official of grains retailers group

Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado, who is also the vice president of the Grains Retailers Confederation (GRECON), described as nonsense the reports of fake rice being sold in the market.

She said it would be more expensive to produce fake rice than to sell the actual grains.

“Kinsama’y mag-fake rice oy nga mas mahal man ang ingredient ibutang ngadto sa rice aron na mahimo siya’ng fake rice. There is no logic in doing it.” — Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado

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Other Cebu News Headlines

» With oil prices down, transport group looks into cutting fares by P.50

» Malacañang keeps Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Garcia suspended

» Woman hit by utility pole in Lahug accident dies

» Tomas Osmeña loses bid to stop Cebu City Government from converting Doña Pepang Cemetery into public park

» VECO to get rid of wires through another underground power line project on Osmeña Boulevard

» Maritime security task force all set for APEC summit

Cebu Business Headlines

» BIR collection in Cebu and Bohol for first half of 2015 hit P11.6 billion, 11.03 percent short of P12.9 billion target but higher by 7% than last year’s

» El Niño brings concerns on increase in food prices

“Food prices can go up, but this will be offset by other products mainly because of the cheap fuel products.” — National Economic and Development Authority 7 Director Efren Carreon, according to Sun.Star Cebu

» Dusit International to open 5 more hotels in the Philippines

» Hotel official says Philippines needs to work on tourism infrastructure

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