The head of the Lapu-Lapu City Traffic Management System (CTMS) suggested trying number-coding or color-coding to deal with the traffic gridlock in Metro Cebu. CTMS Chief Frank Brazil also suggested increasing regulations on the sale of vehicles.
“More people are buying cars but our roads are not getting wider.” — CTMS Chief Frank Brazil, according to Sun.Star Cebu
The Land Transportation Office (LTO), meanwhile, offered to help address Mandaue City traffic. LTO 7 Director Arnel Tancinco said they will first determine how many vehicles use Mandaue City’s main roads during specific hours. The data will help determine the number of enforcers needed to be fielded in specific areas. LTO will also include in report recommendations on the use of traffic signs.
On the implementation of number-coding or color-coding, Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue chief Glenn Antigua said this might backfire.
“It might encourage people to buy more cars, and that will only worsen traffic.” — TEAM chief Glenn Antigua, according to Sun.Star Cebu
Sun.Star Cebu: LTO offers to help
Church officials closely monitoring priests accused of molesting 16-year-old girl
The Archdiocese of Cebu is closely monitoring a priest in Aloguinsan, Cebu accused of molesting a 16-year-old girl inside his car.
Cebu Archdiocesan spokesperson Msgr. Joseph Tan said they also received complaints from the priest’s parishioners in the St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Aloguinsan. The priest has denied the allegation, according to Msgr. Rey Penagunda, the vicar general assigned to look into the complaint.
Tan said the priest will undergo a canonical investigation, the result of which will be submitted to the Vatican. But he assured that even with this church investigation, the Archdiocese will cooperate with legal proceedings.
Sun.Star Cebu: Priest who ‘molested’ girl closely monitored
Cebu to get P1.5 billion worth of road projects
Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said the Department of Budget and Management approved the setting aside of P1.5 billion for provincial roads. Capitol sought funding for provincial roads to help boost Cebu tourism.
Davide said Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson sent him a message saying the P1.5 billion will be given to DPWH 7. Davide said he will provide more details in his State of the Province Address next month.
- Sun.Star Cebu: P1.5B worth of road projects in province get DPWH nod
- The Freeman: Province may get P1.5B worth of infra projects
Piso-piso campaign raises P13 million for International Eucharistic Congress
The campaign to raise funds for the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) has gathered P13 million of its target of P20 million. The Piso Para sa Misa ng Mundo (PPMM) campaign is meant to gather donations to help in Cebu’s hosting of the IEC in January 2016.
Organizers project that they will need to spend P250 million for the IEC. Msgr. Joseph Tan, media liaison officer of the IEC, said 2,000 of the 5,000 delegates who registered online have already paid the registration fees.
Sun.Star Cebu: ‘Piso-piso’ raises P13M for religious congress
PNP Central Visayas to field more police officers on the streets
Following an order by the new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, police will deploy more officers on the streets in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.
Police Regional Office 7 Director Prudencio Tom Bañas said workers at the headquarters will be assigned to the streets to increase police visibility.
“In line with the directive, we will make plans that our own people here in the regional headquarters will go to the streets in the different cities in Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.” — PRO 7 Director Prudencio Tom Bañas, according to The Freeman
Bañas, himself, will help patrol downtown Cebu City.
The Freeman: More cops on the streets
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“I’m confident we will not have difficulty in hiring talents for this type of services because for one, Filipinos are highly-trainable and quick learners.” — Scott Johnson, Azpired BPO chief executive officer.