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‘Only OPD is open for now’

By Niñachleo Saplad

ONLY the out-patient department of the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital (CDUH) can accept patients following the fire that hit the medical facility Tuesday night.

Engr. Oscar Tuazon, CDUH hospital administrator, said in a Balitang Bisdak interview said that the out-patient department, located at the back of the hospital building, may accommodate those who need to have x-rays taken and perform basic check-ups.

CDUH management postponed surgeries that were scheduled yesterday, as they were still fixing electrical connections and cleaning up.

Some hospital employees were seen yesterday cleaning the affected areas and moving equipment needed by the more than 200 patients who had to be transferred to other hospitals.

Cebu City Fire Marshall Rogelio Bongabong said they estimated a total of P100,000 worth of structural damage in last Tuesday’s fire, which was raised to a first alarm.

Bongabong went back to CDUH to investigate the cause of the fire, which reportedly started in the linen department.

Apology

Dr. Potenciano Larrazabal III, CDUH medical director and head ophthalmologist, wrote in his Facebook account that only the basement of the medical facility was damaged in Tuesday’s fire, and that management hopes to resume operations as soon as possible.

Larrazabal apologized for the inconvenience experienced by the patients and their families, but assured that all are safe after the fire that broke out at 8:11 p.m. Tuesday.

“We are truly sorry for the inconvenience experienced by the patients and their loved ones. We thank God no one was hurt during the process of evacuation. We will try our best to get things up and running soon,” he wrote.

Larrazabal said patients were transferred to CDUH’s sister hospitals, including North General Hospital, South General Hospital and Mactan Doctors’ Hospital. Some patients were also brought to nearby medical centers, such as Chong Hua Hospital, Velez Hospital, and Visayas Community Medical Center.

Rescue

While CDUH is still inoperational, only patients and their family members may be allowed to go inside hospital premises to process their bills and recover their belongings.

Ikay Aplicado, 27, a resident of Barangay Labangon, Cebu City and a patient, went to CDUH yesterday to get her medicines.

“We didn’t panic because we saw many rescue teams,” Aplikado said.

Donna Mangonon, 21, one of the nurses assigned in the ICU, was among those who helped move patients out of the building.

“I was already off-duty then but when I learned about the fire, I rushed to assist the patients,” she said.

Aid to firemen

Yesterday, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama reiterated the need to equip the fire department of the city.

“We have to proactively address the need to upgrade our fire department,” Rama told reporters.

Rama has proposed a bigger budget for the fire department next year.

Under the proposed P19.1-billion budget for 2015, some P200 million will be set aside for the city’s law enforcement and fire department.

“We are attending to their physical and mobility needs that is why we are giving them assistance,” he said.

Bongabong said the lack of breathing apparatus made it difficult for them to go inside CDUH.

“There was thick smoke coming from he the building but we didn’t have enough breathing apparatus so only a few of us were able to enter,” he added.

If Rama’s proposed allocation for the fire department would be granted, it will cover the purchase of new equipment such as ladder fire trucks and special suit for the firemen, and rehabilitation of Parian Fire Station and different fire sub-stations, among others.

“The fire department should level up because we have become a skyscrapers city,” he added.

Larrazabal said Tuesday’s fire was the third and “worst incident” to hit CDUH since it was erected in 1972.

The first happened in the 80s and the second occurred when a fuse box caught fire when typhoon Yolanda struck the Visayas last year. (Sunnex/JTR/RVC/Niñachleo Saplad)






Bike lanes soon in Cebu City

By Princess Dawn H. Felicitas

CEBU (Updated) - After several deferments, the Cebu City Council finally approved Wednesday the ordinance establishing shared priority bike lanes or bike-friendly zones in the city.

The ordinance known as “The Tindak Sugbo Lanes Ordinance,” filed by Councilor Nida Cabrera, was passed during the council’s regular session.

Cabrera, chairperson of the council's committee on environment, said there is a need to establish shared priority bike lanes in the city to ensure the safety of bikers.

The council, she said, also hopes to promote cycling as an alternative mode of transportation to reduce pollution, address global warming and slow down climate change.

Global warming

Emission of greenhouse gases by motorized vehicles and industries is a major contributor to global warming and climate change.

Cabrera said the ordinance establishes shared priority bike lanes, which can be used by motorized vehicles if there are no cyclists using them.

The ordinance provides that a 1.5 meter-wide space on the rightmost part of certain city roads will be designated as shared priority bike lane.

The streets where these lanes will be established will be determined by the Tindak Sugbo Board. The board will be composed of the mayor, the heads of the committee on environment and committee on laws, the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom), the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

It will also include five members from bikers’ group, a transport organization, a representative of the civil society and a representative of the business sector.

Signs

DEPW, together with the DPWH and Citom, will be responsible in establishing traffic signs for the bike lanes.

Commercial establishments and other structures for public use are also required to provide bike racks or parking facilities for the bikes.

The ordinance also provides for a set of rights and obligations for cyclists. Cyclists have to make appropriate hand signals while making a turn on a road, make audible signal before overtaking, and make sure that their bicycles are equipped with brakes, lights and reflector.

Cyclists who are 18 years old and below must wear helmets.

The ordinance also requires bicycle owners to register their bikes and obtain biker’s permit. Registered bicycles should have license plates.

The bike license and registration will be issued by the City Government after paying a corresponding fee to the City Treasurer's Office. The amount will still have to be determined by the Tindak Sugbo Board.

Prohibition

The ordinance prohibits motorized vehicles or anyone from obstructing the bike lanes and staying closer than three feet from cyclists on the bike lanes.

Cyclists, on the other hand, are not allowed to drive while intoxicated. They are not allowed to do stunts on the bike lanes or to hold on to other vehicles on the road.

Those who will be found violating the ordinance will have to pay a fine of P500 for the first offense, P1,000 for the second offense, and P1,500 for the third offense.

Establishments that fail to establish bike racks may not be able to renew their business permits until they have complied with the measure.

The council's passage of the bike-lane ordinance yesterday was welcomed by the bikers.

Ryan Noval, head of the Critical Mass Cebu, described the ordinance as a victory. He said bike groups have been lobbying for the establishment of bike lanes for more than three years.

Noval is asking motorists to respect the bike zones. He said cyclists are road users too.

The ordinance will take effect 15 days after its publication in a newspaper of local circulation.

Capitol eyes to give seniors aid, too

By Liv G. Campo/JMD (The Freeman)

CEBU, Philippines - The Cebu Provincial Capitol wants to give cash assistance to the senior citizens starting next year.

This was revealed by Provincial Board Member Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba during the Senior Citizen’s Day celebration last week.

Alcoseba told the senior citizens that the planned cash assistance, which is to be given annually, will be sourced out from the 2015 Annual Budget, through a supplemental budget.

Alcoseba said they are already requesting all the local government units in the province to update them with the list of their senior citizens for budgeting.

For the part of the senior citizens federation, Lorenzo Moscoso, president of Provincial Federation of Senior Citizens Association of Philippines-Cebu, said they look forward for Alcoseba’s news to come true.

He said that while their fellow elderlies in Cebu City are receiving regular cash assistance, many of their members have been asking when they will get similar benefit as well.

Moscoso, in an interview with the Cebu Public Information Office, said that when this happens, it proves that Capitol is also giving importance to them.

Cities ready for transport strike

By Princess Dawn H. Felicitas

CEBU -- Some 68 vehicles are ready to be deployed by the Cebu City Government today for the transport strike being led by the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston)-Cebu.

The Talisay City Government, on the other hand, will send out four buses, including two owned by Mayor Johnny De los Reyes, while Mandaue City has at least 10 vehicles, including a coaster and L300 vans. Lapu-Lapu City has three vehicles on standby.

Officials of the four cities said the vehicles will be ready as early as 6 a.m.

Greg Perez, Piston Cebu coordinator, said that starting 8:30 am today, about 300 members of their group from Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Cebu City will converge in Barangay Maguikay and will conduct a march to the LTO 7 office in Cebu City.

They will hold a rally from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to continue their protest against Joint Administrative Order 2014-01, which imposes a new schedule of fines for traffic penalties.

Cebu City

Meanwhile, Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC) presiding officer Councilor Dave Tumulak said 28 of the vehicles will be the City’s Kaohsiung buses.

Cebu City’s vehicles will deployed in Barangays Bulacao, Labangon, Guadalupe, Mabolo, Lahug, Talamban and in Colon, among others.

If there will be more passengers that will not be served by the buses, Tumulak said some 40 barangay vehicles are on standby.

He said they will be monitoring the city’s major roads at the City’s Command Control Center in Barangay Mambaling.

Tumulak believes, though, the strike will not affect a huge number of commuters considering that today is already the start of the semestral break.

However, for those that will be hitting the road, Tumulak asked the public to have maximum tolerance.

Talisay City

Vince Monterde, Talisay City public information officer said the two JVR buses will be stationed in Tabunok and at the Talisay city hall.

One bus will ply Natalio Bacalso Ave. and the other to the South Road Properties.

Two tourist buses owned by the City Government will also deployed in case more will be stranded.

Monterde said that while they were informed that only Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Cebu City will be affected by the rally today, they will still deploy their buses to help affected commuters.

Mandaue City

Edwin Ermac, chief of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue City, said the City’s vehicles will be outside the city hall starting at 6 a.m.

Commuters bound for Cebu City may avail themselves of free rides. They will be brought to SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu and Foodland in Barangay Banilad.

“We are coordinating with our counterparts in Cebu City to take passengers from those three pick-up points,” he said.

Ermac said the vehicles will bring those bound for northern towns up to SM Consolacion, while those going to Lapu-Lapu City will be brought to the corner of A.C. Cortes and Plaridel St.

Lapu-Lapu City

In Lapu-Lapu City, Frank Brazil, chief of the City Traffic Management System, said he will send personnel to observe the roads.

The vehicles will be deployed once they notice several stranded commuters. Brazil, however, said he believes the protest will not affect Lapu-Lapu badly, as there are fewer members of Piston in the city.

Piston’s Perez, on the other and, also clarified that not all routes in Metro Cebu will be affected by the rally as only 10 percent of Cebu’s transport sector will participate.

‘Bumpy ride’

By Princess Dawn H. Felicitas


SEVERAL kinks need to be ironed out for the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (CBRT) to succeed, according to a Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) consultant on the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board.

Rene Santiago, a transport and traffic specialist, shared his insights after reading the project’s feasibility study prepared by the World Bank.

“I predict it to become an P11-billion failure, mainly for the institutional factors, less on technical aspects,” he told Sun.Star Cebu.

According to the study, Santiago said, the government will hire a private contractor to operate the transport service and maintain the buses for a fixed fee.

Aside from operating the transport service, DOTC also needs to coordinate with other agencies for the re-working of the roads, road-right-of-way (RROW) acquisition for road widening and modifying traffic signals in the intersections, he said.

And unlike public utility jeepneys (PUJs), whose income is based on the number of trips made and number of passengers served, CBRT contractors will have no incentive to be efficient, he said.

“If the CBRT system entity operates them, expect them to degrade for lack of maintenance, like what is happening to MRT-3, LRT-1 and LRT-2,” he said, referring to the Metro Manila Rail Transit.

But before the project can be implemented, Santiago said new routes must be opened and existing roads must be widened.

He said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 has been advised to help the DOTC project management office on the matter.

Santiago also saw the need for Congress to create a CBRT authority that will have all the powers stipulated in the study.

He said a mere President’s executive order cannot grant all these powers nor can DOTC form a government corporation, registered under SEC and subject for approval by the Government-Owned Or –Controlled Corporations governance board.

In either case, the CBRT will not have the franchise to operate, he said.

“It is not clearly defined in the feasibility study, but (it) appears to be a copy of the British system where asset ownership is separated from operation,” he said.

He said in Europe, the government owns all of the transit system’s assets. It is tax-free and fully subsidized.

“The operator must earn its keep, hence subsidy is isolated and performance can be required,” Santiago said.

Boundary

But here in the Philippines, he said, mixing asset ownership and operation, as in the case of the Light Rail Transit Authority and the Philippine National Railway, blurs the subsidy boundary.

Santiago also said jeepneys and multicabs will have to be phased out to realize the premise of the CBRT’s exclusive operations on route. Only the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has the power to do this, upon the orders of DOTC.

In 2011, he said, the Ayala Group proposed a BRT to run along Ayala Ave. in Makati City. No government outlay or funding would be needed since the Ayala Group would finance it. However, they wanted the government to phase out the jeepneys plying the busy thoroughfare.

DOTC did not act on the proposal, so the plan was shelved, Santiago said.

Santiago is also civil engineer and the infrastructure planner of the Jica study team on the 2013 Roadmap for Transport Infrastructure Development for Metro Manila study and was a member of the master plan team for the Metro Manila Urban Transport Integration study in 1998.

Learning

When sought for reaction, Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) Executive Director Atty. Rafael Yap said the CBRT will not commit the same mistake.

What happened in Metro Manila will not necessarily happen here, he said.

He said the DOTC has created the National Steering Committee for BRT (NSCB) that will study policies cited in the feasibility study for local adaptation.

As for creating a CBRT authority, he said it’s time-consuming.

Yap said there are other options being studied to acquire these powers without having to go through Congress.

Yap said the granting of a special franchise for the CBRT is within the power of the LTFRB. He said this is being discussed by the DOTC and the regulatory board.

He said institutional requirements like the enactment of Congress, franchise, separation of asset and operation, as recommended in the feasibility study, are being discussed by the NSCB.

“(The) Cebu City Government is working very close with DOTC,” he said As for phasing out PUJs, Yap said social management is the highest priority in this project.

“World Bank has come up with operational policies that will mitigate the project’s impact,” he said.

Some drivers may be absorbed as employees in the CBRT, he said. Others will be trained for new skills, while others will be assigned in another route.

Street children get ‘spiritual aid’ from policeman

By Kevin A. Lagunda

SPO3 Isagani Ceniza started as a patrolman for the Integrated National Police (INP). He used to carry a gun while he chased after criminals in Cebu City.

That was 26 years ago, and the INP has since become the Philippine National Police after merging with the Philippine Constabulary.

Yesterday morning, Ceniza led a group of five children in a prayer under the Mambaling flyover.

He wasn’t armed.

Ceniza, a member of the Cebu City Police Office’s (CCPO) community relations, also had a book with stories of Jesus Christ. He began explaining to the children.

“Ang atong Ginoo dili mangawat, dili mag-rugby (Our God does not steal, does not sniff rugby),” he told them.

After the catechism, the police officer gave them snacks.

Official assignment

Most of the kids pick trash like empty bottles and cans in the streets that they sell in a junk shop. When they earn enough money, they buy a pack of cigarettes or solvent, said Ceniza later in an interview.

“Kon mobiya ko nila ug ako silang pasagdan, malipay si Satanas (If I leave them, Satan will be happy),” said the 53-year-old.

He said preventing them from leading a life of crime is better than arresting them.

Senior Supt. Noli Romana, CCPO director, transferred Ceniza from the CCPO’s public safety unit to community-related duties last March.

He instructed Ceniza to spread the gospel to children and to prevent them from indulging in vices.

Both Romana and Ceniza are born-again Christians.

“The children are part of the community,” said Ceniza. “Ingon si (Jose) Rizal ang kabataan maoy paglaom sa atong nasod (Rizal said the youth is the future of our country). Ato gyong agakon para magtubo sila nga dili (We should guide them so they will not grow up as) menace sa (to) society.”

Facebook post

Solitario Julio Santiago posted photos of Ceniza preaching to street children on Facebook, a social networking site.

“Happened to pass by this policeman giving lectures to street children and apostolic work. Immediately took some photos. May your tribe increase, Sir! Keep up the good work and my snappy salute to you!” wrote Santiago on his account.

Aside from Ceniza, another police officer is also doing evangelical duties in uptown Cebu City.

Ceniza started spreading the gospel at the Fuente Osmeña last March before transferred outside the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

“It will be a problem for the government and the police if the children will be neglected in the streets,” he said in Cebuano.

In September last year, Ceniza was in the limelight after he returned a bag containing over P100,000 in cash and jewelry to a woman.

He considered the discovery inside a taxi as his first test as a born-again Christian.

Ceniza said he only spends two hours with the children every day, but he hopes they will remember his teachings.

Next step

At night, he monitors the children.

When he sees one of them sniffing a solvent or smoking, he approaches them, confiscates the bottle containing rugby or cigarette and preaches to them again.

“Kon makakita ko nila nga mag-ingon ana mas madasig ug mainit ko nga moalagad gyod ko sa mga bata sa katuyoan nga mahunong ilang mga bisyo (I’m encouraged to preach to them when I see them sniffing a solvent or smoking a cigarette so they will stop),” he said.

He said he likes being an evangelist, adding that he won’t stop until he retires in 2017.

Ceniza, who has two daughters, admitted having vices in the past.

He found his faith last year when he and his wife Maria Gina read the Bible to drive away evil spirits they believed resided in their house.

“I think it was a way of the Holy Spirit to draw us near to God,” he said in Cebuano. “I plan to study to become a pastor this January. My wife is already studying. We will be classmates.”

7 Pinoy restos in Cebu City perfect for family Sunday lunches

By Line Arias (HangingRice.com)

SUNDAYS were not just time for church, when I was growing up. It was also considered the de facto family day in our household. Both of my parents were working then, so it's usually the only day the entire family can be together. Decades later, and with many of our family members seemingly scattered all over the globe, my father and I still treat every Sunday as family day. Sometimes, we even spend it with my sister and her daughters.

Unlike before though, we usually don't have enough time now to go home and cook before lunchtime flies right by. So these days, my family and I typically eat out for lunch on Sundays. During all these weekly epicurean excursions, I discovered that Cebuanos are really lucky. Why? Because we have such nice restaurants serving authentic Filipino food right here in our city, that's why.

Case in point, here are seven restaurants that serve some of the yummiest Pinoy dishes in the city at the moment.

1. Hukad/Golden Cowrie

Quite a popular restaurant chain in the city, they have three branches that I know of -- one on Salinas Drive, one in SM City Cebu, and one in Ayala Terraces named "Hukad." They're most popular for their crispy pata, tuna fingers, and unlimited steamed rice. But the item in their menu I'm most probably obsessed with is the budbud with tsokolate syrup. It's just scrumptiously addictive.

2. Chika-an

Another popular restaurant chain, Chika-an actually has a branch right across Golden Cowrie on Salinas Drive. Personally, I think the two food places have a lot of similarities, especially with regards to their menu items. But hey, I think many of Chika-an's desserts are certainly worth a try -- their turon and bibingka, for instance.

Chika-an also has branches in Parkmall and SM Northwing.

3. Max's Restaurant

There's probably no one in the country that doesn't recognize this restaurant. Local TV stations have been playing their "Sarap to the bones" jingle for decades, after all. But ads and other marketing shticks aside, the place does serve great and affordable Filipino dishes. And aside from their yummy chicken and other local dishes, they now serve a dessert platter that's definitely as delicious as it looks.

Max's Restaurant has branches in SM and Ayala malls.

4. Gerry's Grill

True to its name, this resto's forte is grilled food. Their various seafood dishes are definitely something you should try. And do you know that they also have branches in Singapore, Qatar, and the US? As a matter of fact, Gerry's Grill was one of the first Filipino restaurants to make it to Singapore. Here in Cebu, they have branches in Ayala Terraces and SM Northwing.

5. Laguna Garden Cafe

Another great Filipino restaurant, Laguna Garden Cafe can be a bit pricey compared to other food places in the city. However, with their venues' charming ambiance, prompt service, and really delicious dishes, the dining experience there is certainly worth the pretty penny you may dish out for it. And I happen to know that they have excellent inun-unan and tortang talong. You definitely should try them.

Laguna Garden Cafe can be found in Ayala Terraces.

6. Grand Majestic

This restaurant is as grand as its name, especially now that the place just got a sort of "face-lift." But contrary to the "newness" of the place, Grand Majestic has actually been serving Cebuanos for decades. Unlike other restaurants though, it serves buffet meals and can be a bit pricey. But if you can spare the pesos, and if it's for a special occasion, dining at Grand Majestic will certainly not be a disappointment.

7. Lantaw

If you relish watching beautiful natural views while dining, then this is the perfect place for you. Taking their restaurant's name to heart, branches of this delightful food place are either by the sea, or up in the mountains, where you can witness Cebu's lovely city lights. They have branches in Cordova, SRP, and Busay.

Don't miss a taste of their Lantaw express. It's among the yummiest and most unique dishes in their menu.

Yes, you can certainly opt for other cuisines, but Pinoy food is just hard to pass up sometimes. And if it's a special Sunday, all the more reason to treat yourself and your family to some yummy Filipino food, don't you think?

Cebuano is fastest

By Iste S. Leopoldo and Richiel S. Chavez

MIKE Lawrence Lopez of Abellana National School becomes the Batang Pinoy Visayas Qualifying Leg’s fastest man winning Cebu City’s first gold medal topping the century dash yesterday at the Kalibo Sports Complex in Aklan.

Lopez and teammate Jrict Ray Talicug pulled off a 1-2 finish from the tracks, but it was swimmer Michael Ichiro Kong of the University of Cebu (UC), who was the most productive on the first day of competitions after winning two of the four swimming gold medals.

Team Cebu City had a total of five golds in the first day of competitions Lopez clocked 11.11 seconds and bested opponents in the 100-meter run for Team Cebu City’s first gold. Talicug took the silver after an 11.26 finish.

Jan Dean Durano of University of San Carlos Basic Education had 11.26m in the boys’ shot put event to take the bronze medal, while Seth Pilapil marked 1.60m in the high jump to nab another bronze medal.

As off press time, hurdle, 4x100m relay, 200m run, long jump, high jump, and shot put events were being played.

Cebu City athletics head coach Ilde Banzon said this staging is one of the biggest Batang Pinoy Visayas qualifier as it attracted more than 1,000 participants in the athletics event alone.

Athletes 15 years old and below from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province, Aklan, Samar, Leyte, Cebu Province, Cebu City, Bohol, Dumaguete and Negros Oriental are competing for the spot for national finals.

Kong, on the other hand, a high school senior, finished first in the 200m backstroke and 200m butterfly events of the boys’ division.

“We hope that we can win more gold medals in the remaining events and retain dominance in the Visayas Leg,” said UC swimming head coach Rolando “Lando” Alvarez.

In the girls division, Karen Mae Indaya collected one gold medal in the 200 meter backstroke, while Justin Reign Garrido topped the 50m breaststroke.

Shane Allyne Pareja chipped in a silver medal in the 50m breaststroke and a bronze in the 400m freestyle.

Alvarez said that Kong will be competing in the 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly and in the 100m backstoke, while Indaya will be competing in the 100m back, 200m IM, 400m IM and 800m freestyle.

Meanwhile, the 3-on-3 girls’ basketball team of Cebu Province are on a hot streak, after beating Team Cebu City, 19-14, and routed Aklan Group A, 21-10.

The Cebu Province holds a clean 2-0 win lose slate.

Cebu City officials to meet today

By Mechelle P. Florita/LPM (The Philippine Star)

CEBU, Philippines - Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama will have a meeting today with the City Hall’s officials involved in the clearing of Mahiga Creek.

Among those officials called for the meeting are City Administrator Lucelle Mercado; Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification and Enhancement team chief Raquel Arce; Cebu City Engineer Jose Marie Poblete; and Cebu City River Management Council head Jose Daluz III.

Rama said they will discuss issues on how to deal with the problems besetting the Mahiga River.

Earlier reports said the mayor has been urging the officials of Mandaue City government to immediately demolish the footbridges over the creek.

He said these footbridges only hinder the flow of the water that will only cause flood during heavy rain.

“That (bridges) is not supposed to be there. That could be an added obstruction of the waterways all of that will have to be (removed). The bridges have been causing a lot of trouble at the same time because that will bring people to have access and build and build and build,” he said.

Last week, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes said he was disappointed with Cebu City government for blaming Mandaue City over the flooding problem.

“Nahimo ming recipient sa tubig. Don’t blame us, (instead,) tabangi mi. Wa ko makig-away sa Cebu City ha, I’m just telling them what should be done. Mao ra gyud na akong hangyo ni Mike — enough is enough, stop blaming Mandaue,” Cortes said.

Cortes said Cebu City’s slaughterhouse that lies along the river at the North Reclamation Area will be affected once they will implement the easement law.

In order to settle the problem, Daluz said the CCRMC and the Mandaue City officials will have a meeting tomorrow.

Early this month, Mandaue City implemented the demolition of houses along Mahiga River in Sitio Mahayag, Barangay Subangdaku.

Cebu City distributes land titles to 105 urban poor families in six barangays

By Princess Dawn H. Felicitas

MORE than a hundred urban poor families in six barangays in Cebu City received yesterday the titles to the lots they are occupying. The families are beneficiaries of the City Government's socialized housing program and Republic Act (RA) 10023 or the law that authorizes the issuance of free patents to unregistered public lands.

The families who received their titles under the City's socialized housing program, particularly for the Slum Improvement and Resettlement, are residents of Barangays Kasambagan (17), Pasil (19) and Alaska, Mambaling (3).

Free patent beneficiaries, on the other hand, are residents of Barangays Tinago (16), Duljo Fatima (16), and Bulacao (34).

During the turn over ceremony yesterday, Mayor Michael Rama challenged the property owners to take care of their respective lots.

To die for

“Ang titulo ampingan, pakamatyan, di duwa-duwaan (Take care of your land titles, die for it if you must),” he said. “This is only the beginning of beginnings. Take care of this ownership. This is your gateway to prosperity and a bright tomorrow for your children and grandchildren.”

Rama said that more families would gain ownership of their home lots because the Land Management Council (LMC) aims to turn over about 1,000 titles to urban poor households before the year ends.

He said, though, that he doesn't know how the LMC will meet the target, considering that they have so far released less than 200 titles.

The LMC released 59 titles to urban poor families in Tinago and Duljo Fatima in February this year.

LMC chairman Jade Ponce said that if the council cannot meet its target this year, it will work harder next year.

He said processing the titles takes time as these still have to go through the Land Management Authority, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, among others.

Dream

In an interview, Emiliano Pojas Sr., 56, one of the beneficiaries, said he is thankful to the City for giving him the title for the 84 square-meter lot occupied by his family in Duljo.

“Saunang panahon pa gyud ko nangandoy nga maka-titulo. Dako kaayo akong kalipay (I’ve dreamt of this for some time. I am so happy),” he said. Pojas has been living in Duljo for 32 years.

Pojas said that he will leave the lot to his eight children.

Mely Encarnacion, 78, a resident of Tinago, also thanked the City Government.

Encarnacion said she started in 1998 yet to obtain the title of the lot her family occupied in the last 57 years.

Under RA 10023, families occupying unregistered public lands are qualified to receive titles if they have been living in the area for more than 10 years. Aside from that, they should have no other properties.

Under the socialized housing program of the City Government, residents can secure titles for their home lots if they had fully paid their amortization to the Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor.

CITOM budget covers traffic signal upgrade

By Kristine B. Quintas /RHM (The Freeman)

CEBU, Philippines - Over 40 percent of the proposed Cebu City Transportation Office allocation under the proposed 2015 annual budget is for improvement of the city’s traffic signalization.

The City Transportation Officer Rafael Christopher Yap said P150 million has been earmarked for the construction and enhancement of traffic signals.

In a recent resolution, the CCTO (formerly CITOM) Board said there is a need to upgrade and update the current “obsolete” system, considering that the Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System was acquired way back in 1991, or 23 years ago, under the Metro Cebu Development Project-3.

CCTO’s proposed total allocation for next year was pegged at P357.81 million, which includes funds for personnel services (P124l.39 million), maintenance and other operating expenses (P42.66million), and capital Outlay at P190,750,000.

Apart from traffic signalization upgrade, part of the capital outlay would go to the development of CCTO’s impounding area at the South Road Properties amounting to P23 million.

The proposed capital outlay allocation likewise includes funds for the purchase of clamps (P7.25 million), traffic barriers (P5 million), and communication equipment (P3.5 million); fabrication of 3M pedestrian railings (P1 million); and feasibility design for the CITOM building (P1 million).

Part of the MOOE was also for the miscellaneous traffic management services cost (P13 million) and for maintenance of traffic lights system (P2.23 million).

P10 million has also been appropriated for reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings, other supplies and materials for road signs maintenance (P5 million), and anti-smoke belching operations materials (P265,186).

Cebu achieves Zumba record

By Caecent No-ot Magsumbol / BRP (The Freeman)

CEBU, Philippines - The Queen City of the South broke one world record but fell short of another du-ring yesterday’s attempt to set multiple world records in one day. Two more attempts have yet to be submitted to the Guinness World Record headquarters in London for validation.

Pink Formation and Zumba Class

The first world record attempt was the largest human pink formation in the parking lot of SM City Cebu.

However the 6,611 participants were 237 less to break India’s record of 6,847 participants. The pink ribbon symbolizes breast cancer awareness.

Participants who joined in the pink formation were the same ones to join the attempt for the biggest Zumba class which followed shortly. The pink formation record attempt fell short because many who went for both attempts did not know they had to wear a pink shirt and a pink headscarf to join the pink ribbon attempt.

“Everything was perfect. The people here are so amazing and so lively. They just fall short on numbers on the largest human pink ribbon formation,” GWR adjudicator Provin Patel told The FREEMAN.

However, the Zumba class that followed did break the previous record of a Zumba class involving 6,671 participants achieved at the Peoples’ Plaza, Necklace Road, Hyderabad, India, last September 15, 2012. A total of 8,232 participants coming from all ages and walks of life participated in Cebu’s attempt yesterday.

Guinness required at least 30 minutes of non-stop basic Zumba for the attempt to be declared successful, according to the official time keeper Joel Baring of Sports and Fitness Enthusiasts. Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in the 90’s which involves dance and aerobic elements and event martial arts.

ARCHERY TILT/LESSON

Two other GWR attempts were made at the Cebu City Sports Center —the largest archery tournament with 13,102 participants and the largest archery lesson with a total of 754 students. The current record holder for the world’s largest archery tournament is with the National Archery in the Schools program of the USA with 9,426 established May of last year.

The archery world record attempt, a brainchild of national team mainstay Dondon Sombrio, started two years ago, but had to be shelved mainly because of super typhoon Yolanda and the earthquake.

Even before Guinness could formally declare Cebu City to have broken archery records, Simon Wee, an international judge/jury and council member of the World Archery Asia said, the Cebuanos have already become a model on grassroots development in archery in the world.

“I didn’t expect this one to be this big. I will definitely present this to the World Council and make this an example for Asia and the rest of the world,” said Wee.

Wee also said Cebu City can even add another GWR record out of the two-day archery event; the largest archery tournament using a PVC bow.

Cebu City mayor Michael Rama said that the GWR attempts only prove that Cebuanos are achievers, not only in local, but in the international scale.

“This is one proof that we are a city of achievers. Not only of simple accomplishments, but on a higher level. We aim not only of simple things, but even to the point of achieving Guinness World Records,” said Rama.

CCSC chairman Edward Hayco said the world record is only a means to promote sports and fitness to the grassroots. With that, CCSC is looking at establishing the world records for the largest arnis and scrabble tournament in the future.

Cebu’s other world records

The world’s largest dance class and largest board game tournament (chess) were also broken in Cebu City in attempts initiated by the Cebu City Sports Commission involving mainly public students. The record for most firework rockets launched was also broken in Cebu City through the efforts of Pyroworks International Inc.

Prior to that, Cebu City also had the biggest dance class also initiated by the CCSC in 2009 with 7,770 individuals, however that record was eclipsed by 9,223 participants in an event organized by Athena, the national Israeli council for the advancement of women in sports in Tel Aviv, Israel, last April 30, 2010. The dance class was exclusive for women.

First BRT coordination meeting held

By Jean Marvette A. Demecillo/JMO (The Freeman)

CEBU, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communication is expected to disclose later this year or early next year the engineering and consultancy firms that would provide a detailed engineering design for the Bus Rapid Transit system in Cebu City.

This was revealed by the city’s ‘transport czar, lawyer Rafael Yap, also the head of the City Traffic Operation Management during the meeting of the project’s Technical Working Group.

“Ang detailed engineering design gyod atong gihuwat but there are also equally important studies like the social management study that deals with the impact on the jeepney drivers, conductors, operators and commuters,” he said.

The detailed engineering design will identify and quantify all the essential works needed to implement the BRT and of the transport and procurement for construction services, including the infrastructure related design and station design.

On the question as to who will run the BRT, Yap the DOTC with the assistance of the city government, will determine the institution that will receive the mandate through an executive order.

“There have been recommendations based on the feasibility studies, but this is subject to finality pa man,” Yap said.

Among those present in the meeting were representatives from DOTC, NEDA, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Education, Department of Labor and Employment, and Movement for Livable Cebu.

MLC expressed earlier that it wants the BRT to traverse busy streets from Bulacao-Pardo and pass through N. Bacalso Avenue, P. del Rosario, New Imus road, M.J. Cuenco Avenue all the way to M.C. Briones and to Cabancalan, Mandaue City.

BRT’s original design will pass four intersections: Osmeña Boulevard/Colon Street, V. Rama Avenue/M. Velez Street, M.J. Cuenco Avenue/J. Luna Avenue; and Gorordo Avenue/Salinas Drive. Pocket lanes will be built in different locations in the city.

Yap said MLC was appeased upon hearing another development that favors their proposal.

“Na-appease ang MLC kay nakahibaw sila that there is already similar proposal which is the high quality public transport sa SRP (South Road Properties) that will address their specific demand,” he said.

SM is in proper coordination with DOTC for the full implementation of the high quality public transport starting February next year since its mall at SRP will be operational by the last quarter of 2015.

While the bus-based transport is closely similar to the BRT, there are some differences like non-segregated lanes.

“Basta, this is the first demonstration of a good public transportation in the city,” Yap said.

The proposed route of SM’s project is from the SRP’s end in Minglanilla town down to the coastal area and to the Plaza Independencia, North Reclamation Area, North Bus terminal and to the Cebu Doctors University intersection in Cebu City.

Yesterday’s coordination meeting with stakeholders was carried out after approval of the World Bank and the National Economic and Developmental Authority. The next coordination meeting is slated middle of next month.

PDIC raises P23.9-M from sale of closed bank properties

By ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA – A total of P23.9 million was raised from the sale of commercial and residential properties owned by closed banks in a public bidding conducted by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC).

The PDIC said 14 properties, which were all owned by closed banks, were sold and generated a premium of P2.08 million as against the properties' aggregate minimum disposal price of P21.82 million.

The public bidding was held on October 9 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Regional Office in Cebu City.

The bidding, PDIC’s third for the year, offered a total of 131 properties located in the provinces of Cebu, Negros Occidental, Quezon and South Cotabato.

Proceeds from the sale of the properties are credited to the funds held in trust for the closed banks and are used to settle claims of creditors and uninsured depositors. Payment to these parties is subject to the rules on concurrence and preference of credits.

The PDIC, as liquidator of closed banks, regularly conducts public biddings to dispose non-financial assets. Properties not sold during the bidding are available for negotiated sale or may be bidded out again.

Interested buyers are encouraged to visit the PDIC website at www.pdic.gov.ph http://www.pdic.gov.ph/ and use the PDIC's Property Finder for information on available inventory of assets for sale.

Prospective buyers may also call the Asset Management and Disposal Group at (02) 841-4650 for inquiries on available assets.

Cebu one of best cities for retirees

By AJ dela Torre /RHM (The Freeman)

CEBU, Philippines - Cebu City has been named as one of the top Cosmopolitan Cities to retire in outside the United States.

An article published yesterday in the website “Investopedia” showed that Cebu City is one of the cities outside the US recommended for people to retire in.

According to the article, for people wanting “a cosmopolitan lifestyle while living abroad without the high price tag of a big U.S. city,” Cebu City is one of the best cities to choose.

“Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines, has all the traditional modern conveniences and is located close to beautiful beaches and lush mountains. It’s one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, and is the main center of commerce, education, industry and trade in the region,” it said.

Cebu City was picked second to Buenos Aires in Argentina for those “looking for a change of scenery, new cultural experiences and a lower cost of living during retirement” away from the U.S.

“While tranquil beaches and quaint, quiet towns are what many people envision for retirement, it’s not the only option. Larger cities offer modern conveniences and plenty of recreational and volunteer opportunities, as well as good transportation systems, healthcare, restaurants, shopping and cultural offerings,” the article added after revealing its top 10 pick for the best cities around the world to retire in.

Investopedia describes itself as a “premiere resource for investing education, personal finance, market analysis and free trading simulators” with the aim of “educating the world about finance.”

Overall, it described the Philippines as the country known for “its vibrant culture, hospitality, natural attractions, tropical climate and friendly, English-speaking population, including a substantial expat community.”

The country, Investopedia said, has the second-lowest cost of living, based on the International Living’s Global Retirement Index, where expat residents are offered with ample incentives.

It also mentioned that “good, affordable healthcare is available in nearby Manila.”

Cebu City edged Chiang Mai, Thailand; Cuenca, Ecuador; Malaga, Spain; Montevideo, Uruguay; Ottawa, Canada; Panama City, Panama; Penang, Malaysia; and Vienna, Austria.

Cebu congregation observes quake anniversary

By Ador Vincent S. Mayol (Inquirer Visayas)

CEBU CITY, Philippines—At least 1,000 people gathered at the Basilica del Sto. Niño in downtown Cebu City Wednesday morning to mark the first anniversary of the earthquake that destroyed the church’s century old belfry and killed 12 persons in Cebu.

The faithful stood in silence for a minute, lit candles and offered prayers and chants during the 8 a.m. Mass at the basilica’s outdoor pilgrim center.

“Together we mark this day with prayers of remembrance, of healing and guidance,” said Fr. Jonas Mejares, rector of the basilica who presided over the Mass with a dozen of concelebrating priests.

“The images of the tragedy of Oct. 15, 2013 are still so vivid in our mind and senses,” he added. “As we look back, we remember the lives of those who died so tragically.”

Amid the gloom, Mejares urged the people to “upgrade your faith” and to move on.

“The earthquake that we experienced last year was a test of faith. Let us be reminded that God’s ways are not our ways, and that His plans are not our plans. We could not fully understand God. But we know that He’s one with us in our sufferings,” he said.

Mejares, who is called the singing Augustinian priest, ended his homily by singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

The Basilica del Sto. Niño has been closed to the public since the earthquake but daily Masses continue in the quadrangle of the Pilgrim Center in front of the church.

Pre-restoration activities, which include the installation of scaffoldings, braces and shoring to shield the people from falling debris and to protect the structure itself from further damage, are in progress under close supervision of the Agustinian fathers and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

The big challenge now is to restore the belfry, which was completed in 1740.

In 2015, the Agustinian fathers, who supervise the basilica, will celebrate the 450th year of the finding of the Sto. Niño image in the ruins of a village in Cebu, the presence of the Agustinian friars in the Philippines, and the 50th anniversary of the church’s title as a “minor basilica” designated by the Vatican.

The basilica is home of the image of the Sto. Nino de Cebu, which was given as gift by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan to Cebu’s Queen Juana in 1521.

The current structure was built in 1735 and completed in 1740.

Mejares said he hoped to re-open the basilica by the end of November or the first week of December 2014.

“We just have to cordon off the area near the belfry. But the church will be re-opened to the public,” he said.

Cebu Chess holds first kiddie tourney

(Sun Star Cebu)

CEBU’S top kiddies chess players will have their hands full this weekend as the Cebu Chess Masters unfolds the two-day 1st Kiddies Inter-School Team Tournament this Saturday and Sunday at the Robinsons Cybergate Event Center.

The event, held in cooperation with Robinsons Cybergate and the Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (Cepca), will hand out P30,000 in cash prizes to the top three teams and individual board winners.

The champion squad of five players will receive P6,000 in cash prizes together with the championship trophy and gold medals for the team members, P4,000 will be given to the second best team and a silver medals each to the players and P3,000 and a bronze medal to each member will go to the third placer.

The top three board finishers will also get cash prizes and corresponding medals as well as the top alternative player and the best female performer.

This tournament is open to elementary students aged 14-years old and below, and will follow a time control of 25 mins. plus 10 secs. increment for each player of the team to finish the game.

Registration is now on going, contact Eduard de la Torre at 0932-8622-010 or at the Cebu Chess Masters at Tel. No. 266-8966.

On Sunday, National Master Merben Roque who was crowned champion in the recently concluded 1st Sagay City Open Chess tournament and co-champion of the Brgy. Taft Mindanao Open Chess Tournament will hold a simultaneous games for players to test their skills against a certified winner.

Council to study DEPW’s P70M project; DPWH 7 warns firms vs. illegal tapping

By Elias O. Baquero and Princess Dawn H. Felicitas

TO determine if they can really solve the city’s flooding problem, the Cebu City Council will tackle today the Department of Engineering and Public Works’ (DEPW) P70 million worth of dredging and declogging project for rivers, creeks and waterways.

The matter, which is covered by a resolution by Councilors Noel Wenceslao, Roberto Cabarrubias, Hanz Abella and David Tumulak, was filed during their Oct. 8 regular session.

However, the council decided not to approve the resolution yet because of several concerns raised by some of the councilors.

The P70-million declogging and dredging project is supposed to be the emergency flood control projects that DEPW seeks to undertake after the city was declared under a state of calamity due to the flood that hit in September.

During their session, Councilor Eugenio Gabuya said the City will just be wasting money if it will continue with the dredging and declogging projects.

“We’ve been doing several dredging projects before and wa gyud nasulbad ang baha. Mag-dredge ta pero kung mag-uwan mapuno ra pod dayon ang mga sapa (Dregding did not solve flooding, the rivers still overflow),” he said.

The Tagunol river, for one, Gabuya said has been dredged by the City Government many times but added that its surrounding area are still being flooded when there is a heavy downpour because there are no outlets where the water can freely flow.

Because of this, Gabuya said the City should expand instead the culverts of the city’s drainage lines.

Councilor Gerardo Carillo answered that dredging and declogging projects are not really the ultimate solution to the flooding problem in the city.

“But it is one of the solutions,” he said. Carillo said that in the past, Barangay Pahina San Nicolas was easily flooded by the Estero-Parian Creek during the rain while Barangay Mambaling was easily flooded by the Kinalumsan River.

This is because the creek and the river were heavily silted, he said.

“While I agree that we need a comprehensive solution to the flooding but this (dredging and declogging) is very immediate. This needs attention,” he added.

But Councilor Alvin Arcilla echoed the statement of Gabuya. In the past year, he said, the City has implemented a P45-million dredging and declogging project, but the flooding problem has still not been addressed.

Also, Arcilla questioned the resolution, saying it doesn’t have a contract yet and it did not specify the scope of work that will be conducted.

Based on the proposed resolution, it only outlines the equipment that will be rented by the City for the declogging and dredging project.

Of the P70 million, P35 million will cover the works for the north district, particularly for the Estero-Parian waterway (P5.1 million), Lahug River (P12.7 million) and for the Mahiga Creek (P7.2 million).

The remaining P35 million will be spent in the south district, particularly for the Guadalupe River (P17.2 million), Kinalumsan River (P13.3 million) and Tagunol waterway (P4.45 million).

Because of this, the council decided to hold first an executive session today.

Those that have been invited to appear before the council are the engineers of the DEPW.

Warning

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 warned business establishments, industrial firms and subdivision developers to refrain from dumping wastes on government drainage systems, otherwise they will face prosecution.

DPWH 7 Director Ador Canlas said the dumping of waste by various establishments, which are illegally connecting their sewerage to their drainage systems, are often the cause of floods during raining days.

Canlas said DPWH 7 has organized teams to inspect establishments without sewerage systems and are illegally connecting to the government agency’s drainage system.

“We want to remind them that DPWH drainage systems were designed to absorb rainwaters from the roads only and its capacity do not include waters from buildings and subdivisions,” Canlas said.

He advised building owners and real estate developers to build water catchments to store rainwaters, which they can use for washing vehicles, watering the plants or cleaning the toilets.

“With water catchments, you can prevent floods and reduce water bills,” Canlas said.

The estero (waterways) always overflow to the Cebu City’s North Reclamation Area during rainy days, including the area around SM City, because of obstructions of the flow of water, such as illegal concrete bridges, illegal encroachment of buildings and siltation.

One of the alleged existing concrete bridge was built by a shipping company along T. Padilla St. near the corner of Serging Osmena Ave., Cebu City.

However, District Engineer Fernando Cruz of the DPWH Cebu City Engineering District, said they have no jurisdiction over the illegal bridge because T. Padilla is a city street.

Cebu City hall sources said the Office of the Building Official (OBO) issued a building permit upon the recommendation of the former city planning and development officer who is now an official of Mactan Cebu International Airport.

Canlas said all the questions on illegal concrete bridges along city streets must be addressed to the City Government.

Character training set for CCPO men

By Bryner L. Diaz, JMD (The Freeman)

CEBU, Philippines - In order to address the numerous controversies and issues involving police officers assigned in the city, Cebu City Police Office is set to conduct Character Aptitude and Development Enhancement Training among its members.

The chief of Police Community Relations Branch, Chief Inspector Enrique Belciña, said City Director, Senior Superintendent Noli Romana, called key officials of CCPO for an emergency conference on Friday.

One of the subjects tackled during the conference was the launching of CADET program.

The program aims to revisit the police’s moral values that have been taught to them from their parents while they were young.

Belciña added that aside from that, the PCR plans to conduct seminar on how to handle their finances.

“Kinahanglan nga dili molapas ang gigasto sa usa ka polis sa iyang kinitaan, unya di sad siya magpataka og loan kung dili gyud kinahangalanon,” Belciña said.

“Dagko man og sweldo ang polis… Sa PO1 lang, ang ilang sweldo is from P19,000 to P20,000 a month,” he said.

He said if a police officer does not know how to handle money, they might end up out of budget every month and might think something foolish.

Cebu City police officers will also undergo Basic Human Rights Seminar as part on the CADET program, Belciña said.

He emphasized that police officers should know the basics of human rights to ensure that in every police operations, no rights will be violated by the law enforcers.

“Di malikayan nga ma-apektahan gyud ta, pero ang nagpabadlong gamay ra man na sila. Ato lang himuon sa PCR kutob sa atong mahimo aron matabangan ang atong kauban nga kapolisan,” he added.

They are doing this program, according to Belciña, not only to help the police officers but also to their families who will be directly affected if a police officer will be dismissed from service.

Although there is no definite date when the program will start, Belciña said it would be anytime sooner.

The first batch will be composed of two police officers coming from 11 police stations and of the special units and the seminar will be conducted at Camp Sotero Cabahug, Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City.

Engineering district offices in Metro Cebu focus on flood control projects

By Elias O. Baquero

ENGINEERING districts of the Department of Public works and Highways (DPWH) 7 plan to pour most of their resources into drainage and flood control projects next year.

District Engineer Nicomedes Leonor Jr. of the Cebu 2nd Engineering District said that about P300 million worth of projects for 2015 are related to flood control.

The 2nd Engineering District covers the cities of Talisay, Naga and Carcar and the towns of Minglanilla, San Fernando and Sibonga.

Leonor said the district’s proposed drainage projects for next year include that for the public market in Poblacion, Carcar City worth P8 million; in front of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) office in Bulacao, Talisay City worth P10 million; P10 million for Linao, Talisay City; P10 million for Tunghaan, Minglanilla; and P14 million for Calajo-an and Pakigne, both in Minglanilla.

All of the 6th Engineering District’s proposed P455.014-million budget for 2015, on the other hand, will be used for flood control and drainage projects.

Ongoing

The districts oversee the implementation of ongoing drainage projects in their areas.

In the 6th Engineering District, there is the P28.7 million worth of drainage projects in the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue.

These projects include the construction of flood control systems along the Mactan Circumferential Road in Lapu-Lapu City, which were completed last Sept. 27 and Oct. 4.

The 6th Engineering District covers the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue and the municipalities of Consolacion and Cordova.

Engineer Fernando Cruz said the Cebu City Engineering District is implementing drainage improvement projects worth P5.6 million on Archbishop Reyes Ave.-N.G. Escario St.; another on Arellano Blvd. worth P7.1 million; and the P19.6-million widening of the Canduman Bridge over Batuanon River along Gov. Cuenco Ave.

Hindrance

DPWH 7 Director Ador Canlas said the proposed projects are meant to address flooding problems in Metro Cebu.

In another development, Cruz requested the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) to demolish its concrete fence and guard house on Arellano Blvd., Cebu City to avoid further delays on the road project in the area.

Cruz said the road concreting of Arellano Blvd. is 90 percent completed but work has been hampered by informal settlers who occupy sidewalks and gutters and the CPA structures.

He said that before the project began, DPWH paid disturbance compensation but the settlers merely transferred to the other side of the road.

Canlas said CPA General Manager Edmund Tan promised to discuss with him the Arellano Blvd. concreting project.

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