Cebu News Digest: April 13, 2015: For P10M-P15M, Lapu to install CCTV cameras near bridges, sites soon; Mandaue residents trade trash for food

Due to the surge of foreign and local tourists in recent years, the Lapu-Lapu City Government is planning to install surveillance cameras in at least 18 areas within the year in time for the APEC Summit in Cebu.

In Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City, at least 100 individuals recently received grocery items from the Mandaue City Government in exchange for giving their recyclable trash.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Cebu is recommending that locals and tourists include in their summer itinerary a visit to the tomb and museum of Archbishop Teofilo Camomot.

To prevent incidents of heat stroke, the Cebu City Council requested two agencies to put up water and blood pressure stations in public bus and jeepney terminals in the city.

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Here are the top stories for today, April 13, 2015:

CCTV cameras seen to boost investor confidence

The Lapu-Lapu City Government is now studying proposals of different closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera suppliers that will help them install surveillance cameras in different areas in the city, including the Mactan Liberty Shrine and the junctions next to the first Mactan-Mandaue Bridge and the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.

According to the officials, these CCTV cameras that will be set up in crucial areas like the airport road and the public market will help boost investor confidence in the city.

The cameras, which as estimated to cost P10 million to P15 million, is targeted to be in place by the second or third quarter of the year.

Mandaue launches exchange project to reduce waste

During a launching of a garbage exchange center in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City, at least 100 residents traded 20 sacks of recyclable trash for grocery items.

The exchange center is part of the City’s effort to reduce the volume of garbage collected in the city by 10 percent. The City collects 460 tons of garbage every day.

“This is one effective way of getting the cooperation of every individual in solving the problem of indiscriminate throwing of garbage.” –Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes

Mandaue City allocated an initial P500,000 for the groceries. It is implementing the project in partnership with Sulong Mandauehanong Kabus Inc. and a local recycling company.

Barangay Subangdaku was chosen as a pilot area for the project, which will later be rolled out in the 26 other barangays.

Archbishop Camomot
The Archdiocese of Cebu spearheads pilgrimage tours to Archbishop Camomot’s tomb and shrine in Carcar City, Cebu as part of moves for his beatification.

Archbishop Camomot’s tomb, museum open to visitors on Thursdays

To spread information about the life of Archbishop Teofilo Camomot who may yet become the next Filipino saint, the Archdiocese of Cebu has ordered all of its vicariates to organize regular pilgrimage tours to Camomot’s tomb.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said the “Duaw Camomot” will be part of the Archdiocese’s support for the cause for Camomot’s beatification, now pending before the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome.

The Vicariate of the Most Holy Rosary will organize the tour in the home of the Daughters of St. Therese in Barangay Valladolid, Carcar City starting on Thursday this week

Council asks for water, blood pressure stations

The Cebu City Council has requested the Metropolitan Cebu Water District to provide free potable water stations in public bus and jeepney terminals and the Department of Health and City Health Department to set up blood pressure stations in all terminals in the city.

“One of the risk factors for the development of heat stroke includes inadequate water intake especially in hot environment and the precautions to take to prevent heat stroke is to drink extra fluids and to be conscious on the rise of the body’s blood pressure.” –Cebu City Councilor Alvin Dizon (in a resolution)

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Cebu News Digest: April 6, 2015: 57 homes in Cogon Pardo lost to fire on Easter Sunday; Mandaue mulls trash collection at night

On Easter Sunday, several families in Sitio Mansanitas, Barangay Cogon Pardo in Cebu City lost their homes to fire.

Considering the heat, less traffic in the evenings and with most people at home after work, Mandaue City is planning of having garbage collectors do their daily rounds at night.

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Here are the top stories for today, April 6, 2015:

138 families lose homes

Instead of relaxing, at least 138 families or 570 individuals in Sitio Mansanitas, Barangay Cogon Pardo, Cebu City found themselves sifting through the rubble after a fire hit their part of the neighborhood.

Due to the inaccessibility of the area, fire fighters were not able to immediately stop the flames from spreading. They received the call for help at 12:05 p.m. and, with the area being closely packed, raised it to a third alarm right away. Connecting at least 15 hoses to reach the site, the fire fighters took 30 minutes to get the flames under control.

Damage to property was pegged at P200,000.

According to Cogon Pardo Barangay Captain Harry Eran, a reblocking plan that was planned before may now be implemented to prevent the same incident from happening again.

No heat, less traffic at night

Citing the heat that can make a worker unproductive and less traffic in the evenings, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes is thinking of having garbage collectors do their daily rounds at night.

He also pointed out that more garbage can be collected at night with most people at home who can attend to their household wastes when the collectors arrive.

He is finalizing the plan with the Department of General Services and the Solid Waste Management Office.

This is part of the process of implementing new programs to better manage waste. Mandaue City collects an average of 460 tons a day.

The City also plans to put up exchange centers where one can get grocery goods in exchange for trash that can be recycled. Barangay Subangdaku is chosen as a pilot area for this project. An initial budget of P500,000 has been allocated.

Mandaue City
Mandaue City plans to do its garbage collection at night to escape the daytime heat and traffic.

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The Freeman: Bigger grant for city scholars mulled
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Cebu News Digest: March 24, 2015: 6 armed men rob P1.9M from bingo club; Police to heighten security during Holy Week; Concreting of A.S. Fortuna St. to be completed on May 26

In less than 25 minutes under broad daylight, six armed men robbed an electronic bingo outlet in City Time Square on Mantawi Drive in Mandaue City.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 announced that the concreting in A.S. Fortuna Street will be completed on May 26.

Expecting rise of local and foreign tourists in Bantayan Island and of workers going home to their provinces during Holy Week, the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) will set up measures to heighten security during that period.

Here are the top stories for today, March 24, 2015:

E-Bingo Club robbery an inside job?

After robbing E-Bingo Club in the City Time Square yesterday afternoon, six armed men fled on board two motorcycles, carting away almost P2 million in cash.

E-Bingo Club
The E-Bingo Club in City Time Square along Mantawi Drive in Mandaue City was robbed last night by six armed men. (Photo taken from City Time Square Facebook page)

Part of the cash (P1.156 million) came from the club’s vault and the rest from the club’s income for three days (P794,137).

The robbers had locked the seven employees of the club—the security guard, two cashiers, gaming head and three attendants—inside the comfort room. One of the robbers carried a .45 pistol while another carried a KG9 pistol.

Then they fled in the direction of Barangay Subangdaku.

The police received a call for help at 2:14 p.m. Because the robbery looked thoroughly planned, they are not discounting the possibility that someone working inside the bingo place may be involved with the robbers.

CPPO to deploy more police personnel

The CPPO will deploy 120 police personnel in Bantayan Island during the Holy Week due to the increase in the number of tourists going there.

They are also bracing for traffic problems with workers expected to go home to their provinces during the period. Traffic problems may also come in the form of some other towns having activities along the highway during the Holy Week.

“We discourage activities that are done along the highway kay makapasamot sa traffic.” — CPPO Director Senior Superintendent Noel Gillamac

Several factors delay road concreting on A.S. Fortuna Street

Since February 15 last year, commuters and motorists have endured the traffic caused by the ongoing road concreting along A.S. Fortuna Street.

But it wouldn’t be long, as DPWH 7 announced that the concreting in A.S. Fortuna Street will finish on May 26.

“Our construction has been delayed because our work during the day is sometimes being cut due to the heavy volume of vehicles passing by.” — DPWH 7 Project Inspector engineer Reymond Catalunia

Another cause for the delay is the movement of pipes owned by the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) to safer ground to ensure that water supply in Cebu City and some parts of Mandaue City is not cut off.

TOP CEBU HEADLINES. The front pages of Cebu's 3 English dailies.
TOP CEBU HEADLINES. The front pages of Cebu’s 3 English dailies.

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Cebu News Digest: March 20, 2015: P10M worth of ‘ukay-ukay’ seized in Mandaue; Talisay City College in trouble over courses

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 seized in a raid about P10 million worth of used clothing in Barangay Paknaan, Mandaue City yesterday.

The Commission on Higher Education (Ched) 7 called the attention of Talisay City College after its officials reportedly failed to get government accreditation for four courses they offered.

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Here are the top stories for today, March 20, 2015:

‘Illegal importation’

NBI raided what is considered as one of the biggest warehouses of used clothing in Mandaue City.

The agents arrested Korean national Jonghoi Goo and his secretary Cecil Belocura and held for questioning four other men from the trucking agency.

During the raid, NBI caught caught Goo’s men unloading 500 sacks worth P20,000 each, which contained used shoes and apparel, from a cargo container and a mini-dump truck without plate numbers. They denied knowing that Goo’s business was illegal.

Goo and Belocura will be facing complaints for allegedly violating RA 4653, which prohibits the commercial importation of used clothing to safeguard the health of the Filipino people and maintain “the dignity of the country.”

Have courses accredited or graduates will suffer

Ched 7 said that the Talisay City College (TCC) has to accredit its courses immediately or its graduates could suffer for its lapse. Some students of these courses are set to graduate on March 27.

TCC’s caretaker Dr. Edgar Martinez said that the four courses they offered are legal.

These four courses that are being questioned over their lack of accreditation are Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, Master in Public Education, and Master of Arts in Education, and Doctor in Education.

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Eagles’ Nest offers convenient home in heart of Metro Cebu

With traffic worsening in Metro Cebu, it has become highly desirable to live close to the workplace and the children’s schools.

Eagles’ Nest, a project of premier property developer Primary Homes, Inc., provides owners with the convenience of a home located in the heart of the metropolis.

Primary Homes aims to “PLEASE” with its new residential condominium along H. Abella St., Barangay Canduman, Mandaue City, citing the Perfect Location, Enriching Amenities, and School Endorsement by Sacred Heart-Ateneo of Eagles’ Nest as alternative living arrangement for its students.

Eagle's Nest condominium
The Eagle’s Nest residential condominium in Canduman, Mandaue City provides a convenient residence in the heart of the metropolis.

A unit at Eagles’ Nest, which is just beside the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu campus, allows owners to cut down on the time and cost of travel to their children’s school and the business centers in the cities of Mandaue, Cebu, Lapu-Lapu as well as Cebu’s international airport in Mactan.

Eagles’ Nest units

The residential condominium features two units: modular studio (22 square meters) and two-level loft (32 square meters). The units come with finished floors and walls, kitchen sink and countertop, and tiled toilet and bath complete with bathroom fixtures.

Studio Unit Eagle's Nest
A model studio unit of Eagle’s Nest by Primary Homes.

Owners get the added benefits of 24-hour security through a closed circuit television (CCTV) and top-of-the-line fire alarm and sprinkler systems.

At Eagles’ Nest, outages wouldn’t be so much of a problem as the residential condo will have 100 percent back-up power.

The condominium’s three elevators provide ease of access to the units, and the indoor parking makes it convenient for car owners. A warm welcome awaits visitors in the modern reception and lobby area.

In further support of condo residents and to add value to their investments, Primary Homes sets aside commercial spaces in Eagles’ Nest. These will be leased out to, among others, food establishments, a laundry shop, and a convenience store.

Investment events

To explain this development better to prospective investors, Primary Homes will host an exhibit at the upper ground floor entrance (between Pizza Hut and McDonald’s) of SM City Cebu from March 17-30, 2015. Its sales team will be at hand to answer any questions about the Eagle’s Nest residential condo.

Eagle's Nest loft unit
An artist’s perspective of the loft at Eagle’s Nest, a residential condominium development by Primary Homes.

From March 20-21, 2015, Primary Homes will put up a sales booth and give out flyers about the project during the elementary and high school graduation activities of the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu. This will be at the school’s arena.

Watch out also for the Investment Opportunity Meeting scheduled this March 27. It will be from 5 p.m. onwards, with the venue to be announced later.

Primary Homes is a top developer of large-scale housing projects, condominiums, and other residential projects in Cebu.

Among its projects are the upscale subdivisions Argao Royal Palms in Argao, Astele in Lapu-Lapu City, and Pinecrest Residences in Cebu City as well as high-end condominiums Avalon and The Penthouses at Woodcrest Residences.


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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