10-year, P92-million rehab of Monad shoal; Workers seek P142 increase; CCMC construction hits snag–Cebu News Digest for June 17, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local papers today, June 17, 2016.

COSTLY. An environmentalist group says rehabilitation of Monad shoal will last 10 years and cost P92 million.
COSTLY. An environmentalist group says rehabilitation of Monad shoal will last 10 years and cost P92 million.

Rehab of damaged shoal to cost P92 million

Rehabilitation of the coral reefs damanged by the grounding of M/V Belle Rose will cost almost $2 million (or P92 million) and take up to 10 years. The estimate was given by environmental lawyer Benjamin Cabredo of Philippine Earth Justice, who also added the ship must be removed from the area immediately.

We have to lighten the vessel…we’re in a hurry because it wastes time and they still have to wait for weeks before the sea level rises. Benjamin Cabrido of Philippine Earth Justice Center.

Read: Freeman: Rehabilitation of Monad shoal to last 10 years, cost P92 million.

Cebu Daily News: Coast guard fears more damage if stranded vessel not remove immediately.

Sun.Star Cebu: NGO fears stranded vessel in Malapascua may break apart.

P140 wage increase.

Five labor groups in Region 7 filed a petition for wage increase before the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board. Dole 7 will now conduct review of the economic conditions if it warrants a wage increase, which the business sector opposes. The minimum wage in Metro Cebu is P353, and the last increase was granted last Oct. 10, 2015, at P13 per day.

We have the lowest inflation rate in years. Because we have low inflation rate, prices of basic commodities have not gone up. The increase should not be that big, if there’s a need. It is already too much and it will also kill the economy. Robert Go. Philippine Retailers Association-Cebu president.

Cebu Daily News: Business group says P140 increase will kill economy

Freeman: Labor groups file P140 wage increase

CCMC building permit hits a snag.

The building permit for the new Cebu City Medical Center, which is already under construction, won’t be issued unless ownership of the lot where the public hospital is built is resolved. The Office of the BUilding Official suspended the processing of the building permit of the 10-storey, P1.5 billion project due to ownership issues of the 4,000 square-meter lot.

It has a lot number but other details are not available. The subject lot is supposedly part of the road but it has been part of the footprint of the building. So we have to look into this. Acting OBO chief Josefa Ylanan.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Building permit for P1.5 billion CCMC hits a snag.

Freeman: CCMC building faces new problems.

Other Cebu News.

Sun.Star Cebu: ABC officials in Cebu City warns cops against arrest officials who defied Margot’s memo

Sun.Star Cebu: Cops score another hit, nabs P1.6M worth of shabu in buy-bust

Sun.Star Cebu: Lack of funds forces MCWD to shelve 7 dam projects

Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu identify seven flood prone schools

Sun.Star Cebu: PRO 7 head wants lifestyle checks on cops

Freeman: PDEA nabs 26-year-old with P1.6 million worth of shabu in Carreta bust

Cebu Daily News: City Hall to suspend construction of CCMC building

Cebu Daily News: Acting OBO chief says some Cebu City schools have no building permit

Cebu Daily News: 30 truck firms want changes in rules on quarrying in Cebu Province

Cebu Business News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Tourism stakeholders in Cebu vow support to new DOT chief

Sun.Star Cebu: Hyundai opens new dealership in north reclamation area

Cebu Daily News: MCIA touts compliance of labor laws

Cebu Daily News: Tourism advocate urges business sector to improve customer service to get ahead of competition

Freeman: Brand expert advises local tourism stakeholders to let go of traditional methods

Cebu Sports News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Olympian Tabal to bring mosquito net to fight Zika

Sun.Star Cebu: BAP to send provincial teams to international meets

Freeman: Pinoy Aquaman scores another feat

Cebu Daily News: Tabal starts training for Rio Olympics

Cebu Opinion.

Wenceslao: Abu Sayaff to pose challenge to Duterte’s peace and order stance

Malilong: Is Margot Osmena’s order illegal?

Tundag: The irony of Noynoy considering martial law

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