Cebu News Digest for Feb. 9, 2016: Traffic chaos due to bridge traffic; Rama returns after suspension; Cops ready to secure national bets

TRAFFIC DISASTER. Commuters spent hours on the road early this morning for trips that should take only minutes after DPWH decided to close half of the old bridge.

COMMUTERS in the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue spent hours on the road today, the first working day after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) decided to close one lane of the old bridge. Complaints were rife on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter and over radio stations against the monstrous traffic jam that occurred because of the closure. Some commuters reported taking two hours to go to Mandaue from Lapu-Lapu.

Cebu News Digest for January 4, 2016: Mandaue unveils plans to ease traffic; no permits for wild Sinulog parties, 7 Cebu schools named centers of excellence, development

MANDAUE TRAFFIC. The new executive director of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue has announced plans to ease the traffic gridlock in the city.

Here’s what you need to know this firs Monday morning of 2016. The top Cebu news headlines for January 4, 2016.
Mandaue City announces plans to ease traffic

The Mandaue City Government is looking into ways to lessen the monstrous traffic prevailing in the city, according to Florentino Nimor Jr., the new executive director of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (TEAM).

Mandaue traffic “unbearable,” commuters complain; ALU seeks P92/day salary increase: Cebu News Digest: July 22, 2015

LEFT BEHIND. The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says workers have been left behind by the country's robust economic growth. (Creative Common photo on Flickr by Adam Cohn)

The traffic gridlock in Mandaue City is “unbearable” with 9 ongoing road projects that started just this summer. At least four, according to the Cebu Daily News, will be completed in 2016 yet. “With the simultaneous road work going on, what relief can passengers and motorists look forward to?” — Cebu Daily News said in…

Number coding in Cebu? LTO offers to help solve Mandaue traffic; Church monitors priest accused of molesting girl: Cebu News Digest: July 21, 2015

IS NUMBER-CODING THE SOLUTION? The chief of the Lapu-Lapu City traffic office is proposing number-coding or color-coding to deal with the traffic gridlock in Metro Cebu. (Creative Commons photo by Dominique Bergeron)

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…

‘Very hot days’ ahead: PAG-ASA warns; Cebu City wants closer traffic coordination with Mandaue: Cebu News Digest: July 20, 2015

EXPECT HOTTER DAYS AHEAD, that is the advice of the weather bureau to the public.

It will be “very hot: in the days ahead, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) warned the public. PAG-ASA Visayas Director Oscar Tabada told Sun.Star Cebu the rains toward the end of the month and in August and September will be shorter. He said people should learn lessons from the latest El…

Cebu City, Province rank 3rd most competitive in nationwide award: Cebu News Digest: July 17, 2015

AWARD. Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III (center) leads Capitol officials in getting the award for being among the country’s most competitive provinces. (CAPITOL PHOTO)

Both Cebu City and Cebu Province did well in the Third Regional Competitiveness Summit yesterday. Cebu City was named 3rd most competitive highly-urbanized city and the 2nd most competitive in the infrastructure category. Cebu City ranked after Manila City and Makati City. Cebu Province, on the other hand, was third in the Most Competitive Province category after Davao Del Sur and Misamis Oriental.

Mandaue road repairs done by yearend: Luigi; Rama asked to spare trees – Cebu News Digest: July 16, 2015

MANDAUE TRAFFIC. Road works in Mandaue City has caused an unprecedented traffic gridlock in the city. (Screens from the Mandaue City Traffic FB page)

Cebu 6th District Representative Luis Gabriel Quisumbing said the traffic congestion in Mandaue City will ease by yearend with the completion of major road repairs. Quisumbing said he wrote the Department of Public Works and Highways to ensure projects are finished within deadline. He said DPWH assured him they will be doing 3 shifts in…

Workers ask for P145/day salary increase in Central Visayas: Cebu News Digest – July 14, 2015

TOKEN INCREASES. The Cebu Labor Coalition accused the Central Visayas wage board of merely granting workers token pay increases. (Creative Commons Photo by Jocelyn Kelly)

A labor group filed a petition yesterday for an across the board P145 increase in the daily wage of Central Visayas workers. The Cebu Labor Coalition (CELAC) filed the petition with the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 7. The wage board last increased salaries in Central Visayas in November 2014, according to a…

Mandaue to test 1-way traffic on some roads; Rama to investigate P4,244 per bottle rubbing alcohol buy – Cebu News Digest: July 13, 2015

MANDAUE TRAFFIC PLAN. Mandaue traffic officials are proposing the designation of some streets in Mandaue City for one-way traffic.

Mandaue City is considering a 60-day dry run of a traffic plan that will have some roads designated for one-way traffic in an effort to ease the gridlock in the city. A resolution authorizing the traffic experiment is being finalized and will be sponsored by Councilor Elstone Dabon, who is the chair of the committee…