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Cebu News Digest: March 10, 2015: MCWD assures no water shortage during dry season; Heavier traffic felt in Mandaue City

Due to the dry season, Buhisan Dam is now at a “critical level” but the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MWCD) assured consumers that there is sufficient water supply.

After the rerouting plan at the North Reclamation Area was carried out, Mandaue City’s traffic congestion become heavier compared to Cebu City whose traffic condition is described as “manageable.”

Some taxi drivers and operators in Cebu refuse to follow the P30 flagdown rate, calling the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 order unreasonable. The board urged passengers to report these taxi drivers.

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Buhisan Dam
The Buhisan Dam is at ‘critical’ level due to the dry season. (Creative Commons photo by LeylanR.)

Here are the top stories for today, March 10, 2015:

As dry season starts, Buhisan Dam is drying up

MCWD confirmed that the Buhisan Dam is drying up and is already at a “critical” level. The dry season has just began.

There will be no water shortage, MCWD assured, because it gets additional water from the Carmen Bulk Water Supply Project. Buhisan Dam is not the main water source of MCWD.

From the usual 7,000 cubic meters of water per day, Buhisan Dam now only produces 3,000 cubic meters of water per day.

“On our own, we define it as a critical level, but we would like to assure the consumers nga di gyud maapektuhan ang ilang supply even if modugay pa ang dry season (that their supply will not suffer, even if the dry season lasts long).” –MCWD public affairs manager Charmaine Rodriguez-Kara

Still, MCWD is asking the public to conserve water, such as by recycling water to flush toilets.

Traffic in Mandaue heavier than in Cebu City

Cebu City Traffic Operations Management Executive Director Rafael Yap said that heavier traffic congestion is felt in Mandaue City while the traffic in Cebu City had turned “manageable” after the rerouting plan at the North Reclamation Area was implemented.

Hence, there is a need for coordination between the traffic organizations of the two cities. The identified bottlenecks are found along Ouano Avenue near the Aboitiz Football Field.

“It is unfortunate that Mandaue City is suffering the brunt of traffic impact, but this is simply reality. We (Mandaue City and Cebu City) both agreed that roads need to be repaired. We both agreed that it is an urgent necessity. We both agreed that it is for APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation).” –Cebu City Traffic Operations Management Executive Director Rafael Yap

Some taxi drivers refuse to give P10 rate cute

Some taxi operators and drivers in Metro Cebu did not follow the order of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 to lower the flagdown rate from P40 to P30, saying it was unreasonable.

The Metro Cebu Taxi Operators’ Association (MCTOA) under Chairman Richard Cabucos and Cebu Integrated Transport Service Cooperative (Citrasco) under Chairman Benjamin Ryan Yu said that on their behalf, the Philippine National Taxi Operators’ Association (PINTOA) has filed a motion asking LTFRB to reconsider the flagdown rate cut.

MCTOA and Citrasco have passed resolutions supporting the motion for reconsideration filed by PINTOA.

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Cebu News Digest: March 5, 2015: Heavier traffic expected in North Recla today; Former law student, old case surface vs. Ronda vice mayor

Heavier traffic is expected along the North Reclamation Area starting today, as some public vehicles on the S. Osmeña Blvd. route will be diverted as concreting work continues.

A former law student claims that Vice Mayor Jonah John Ungab of Ronda town is father of her child. She filed a sexual harassment case against the politician. Pearl, the vice mayor’s wife, is facing charges for attacking lawyer Jiecel Tiu with a baseball bat last week over allegations of infidelity.

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S. Osmeña Blvd
This stretch of road will be closed to vehicles coming from Mandaue City. Motorists coming from the Mandaue City side of the North Reclamation Area will have to turn right to the access road going to the Aboitiz football field.

Here are the top stories for today, March 5, 2015:

Traffic rerouting today

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 will start implementing the next phase of its road-widening project on S. Osmeña Blvd.

This is expected to cause heavier traffic along the North Reclamation Area (NRA), prompting the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) to advice the public to leave their houses earlier than usual to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

Here are some route changes:

  • Public utility jeepneys (PUJ) with route number 12I, or those bound for SM City Cebu from Barangay Labangon, and 03Q jeepneys from Barangay Mabolo will not be allowed to use Cabahug St., the road between the Total gas station and the City-owned Block 27 lot in NRA.
  • 12I jeepney drivers will have to turn left to Kaoshioung St., left to A. Soriano Ave. then back to Kaoshioung St. and proceed to their usual route while 03Q jeepneys will be asked to take J. Luna St. and turn right to Humabon St. toward the SM PUJ terminal and back to their usual route.
  • Vehicles coming from the Mandaue City side of the NRA will have to turn right to the access road going to the Aboitiz football field and turn left to Logarta St. before turning right on either F. Cabahug St. or Kaohsiung St.
  • Trucks going inside the Cebu International Port will be directed to take Logarta St. and turn left to Cabahug St. and cross S. Osmeña Blvd. to enter the port.

Private vehicles bound for Mandaue City may pass through S. Osmeña Blvd. since the northbound lane is open to vehicular traffic. Those coming from Lapu-Lapu City may take the ferry.

Another incident against Ronda vice mayor surfaces

Ronda Vice Mayor Jonah John Ungab’s former law school student filed a sexual harassment case against him last December. She posted a “Dear John” message on her Facebook account saying she would pursue her complaint which is about to be resolved by the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office.

Prosecutor Ma. Theresa Casiño confirmed that the case is now due for resolution.

In the earlier investigation, Ungab denied the 27-year-old woman’s allegations that she was forced to have sex with him when he, as her law professor in Southwestern University in 2013, refused to release her grades.

In response to this development that happened after his wife, Pearl Ungab, attacked lawyer Jiecel Tiu with a baseball bat last week over allegations of infidelity, the vice mayor wants to maintain his silence.

Meanwhile, Tiu wants the court to suspend proceedings in the slight physical injuries against Pearl Ungab, while her bid to pursue a more serious case against the vice mayor’s wife is being reviewed.

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