Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama wants six infrastructure projects, which include building of bridges and widening of roads, at the South Road Properties (SRP).

Sta. Fe town in Bantayan will continue to make skydiving its newest attraction to foreign and domestic tourists, despite a weekend accident involving a chartered plane.

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SRP photo taken on August 21, 2013. (Creative Common photo on Flickr by Kathy Woolbright Darza)

SRP photo taken on August 21, 2013. (Creative Commons photo on Flickr by Kathy Woolbright Darza)

5 new bridges in SRP?

Rama is eyeing five new bridges that will connect SRP to different barangays in Cebu City, particularly:

  • Barangay Ermita
  • Barangay Duljo-Fatima
  • Barangay Inayawan
  • Poblacion Pardo
  • Basak San-Nicolas

In anticipation of traffic congestion in the future as more investor developments are expected to rise in the property, Rama wants:

  • Widening of Jaca St. in Barangay Inayawan
  • Building of a bridge to connect Inayawan to the SRP
  • Widening of Mambaling Access Road

To make these infrastructure projects happen, re-blocking some affected areas in these barangays may be required.

Rama already ordered SRP Management Office chief Roberto Varquez to study this proposal two months ago.

Currently, only two points are accessible for those who want to go to SRP.

“Additional access roads is always good. In the future you want to disperse entry points para dili magka-bottleneck ang mga lugara.” — Rafael Yap, executive director of Cebu City Traffic Operation Management

Skydiving newest attraction in town

Skydiving in Sta. Fe was introduced only before the Holy Week by a group called Cebu Skydiving, with the sport attracting local and foreign tourists willing to pay P18,000 each, according to Sta. Fe Mayor Jose Esgana.

This, despite last Saturday’s accident.

Esgana clarified that there was no plane crash involving a Cessna plane rented by skydivers that supposed crashed at the tip of the runway in Sta. Fe airport.

He said there was only an emergency landing, after the plane’s engine malfunctioned and its propeller slightly damaged. There were no injuries.

The incident, according to the mayor, won’t deter them from pursuing skydiving as a tourist attraction.

“Skydiving has a really big impact on our tourism industry here in the town. The activity can invite more tourists here.” — Sta. Fe Mayor Jose Esgana

CIDG team to hunt 3 former Highway Patrol policemen accused of killing lawyer Noel Archival

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 is going after 3 former Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 officers charged with the killing of lawyer Noel Archival and his two aides in an ambush in Dalaguete.

Last week, the court issued a warrant against former HPG 7 director Supt. Romualdo Iglesia, former HPG 7 Special Operations Team chief Insp. Joselito Lerion and PO1 Alex Bacani.

Supt. Fermin Armendarez III of CIDG 7 said they are verifying reports the 3 are in Bohol, where Lerion is said to come from, but he said this was unlikely. He said they are likely to be in Luzon.

“Dili sila daling mailhan kay daghan tawo didto. Daghang sad kataguan unlike diri (They can’t be easily identified there because there are lots of people there. They also have several possible hideouts unlike here).” — Supt. Fermin Armendarez III, as quoted by Sun.Star Cebu

Iglesia, Lerion and Bacani have been charged with multiple murder cases for the killing of Archival, his aide Candido Miñoza and driver Alejandro Jayme during the ambush in Dalaguete Cebu, on February 18, 2014.

They were relieved from their HPG 7 posts last year.

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