This is the roundup of news stories that came out in local publications today, Feb. 16, 2016.

START ACTING. The president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging the private and public sectors to work on alternative solutions to the traffic problem.
START ACTING. The president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging the private and public sectors to work on alternative solutions–like increasing the number of ferries–to ease the traffic problem in Metro Cebu.

A BUSINESS leader is encouraging the private and public sectors to stop complaining about the traffic situation but instead start on working on alternative solutions while the repair of the Mandaue-Mactan bridge is ongoing.

Ma. Teresa Chan, the president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said one of the most favored solutions so far is to increase the number of barges that ply the Mactan channel to ferry passengers and goods. She also added that these solutions should have been addressed before the repair of the bridge started.

Let’s not make anymore so much fuss about it but think of ways to mitigate the consequences. Ma. Teresa Chan, CCCI president.


Cebu Daily News: Stop complaining, start working on traffic mess.

Freeman: CPA eyes public beaches as temporary ports for ferries.

Sun.Star Cebu: MCWD submits new proposal to bridge contracter for waterpipes under Mactan bridge.

Consolacion’s bid for cityhood delayed.

Consolacion will have to wait three more years to be converted into a city after the requirements for cityhood was changed by the League of Cities n the Philippines.

From a population of 50,000 and an income of P50 million, the requirements were raised to 150,000 and a minimum income of P100 million for three straight years. As of 2010, Consolacion has 106,000 residents and collected P105 million last year.

So, if we will be able to collect more than P100 million in 2016, and another more than P100 million in 2017, that will already be three successive years and we will qualify for cityhood by 2018. Consolacion mayor Teresa Pepito Alegado.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Mayor confident Consolacion will meet requirement to become City in 2018.

Make money from garbage.

THE local environment office is urging local governments to partner with investors to set up landfills in their areas, thus saving them from the financial drain of putting up their own. Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office chief Chad Estella estimates a one-hectare landfill will need P1 million for the setting up of a barrier that prevents toxic substances from leaking.

A lot of investors are coming in because they see garbage as a potential money-maker. They intend to convert it into energy. Chad Estella, Penro chief.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Penro: Only 6 of 51 cities, towns operate sanitary landfill.

Other Cebu News:

Sun.Star Cebu: Citing mock poll findings, Comelec wants faster transmission of results.

Sun.Star Cebu: Mayoralty candidates tangle over P600M fund for Carcar City.

Sun.Star Cebu: Court returns donated lot to Cebu City, asks for bigger allocation in SRP.

Freeman: Binay, Winston sign UNA-One Cebu partnership.

Freeman: LTFRB asks CCTO to measure PUJ routes so it can upgrade 11-year-old fare matrix.

Cebu Daily News: Local drug body wants all candidates to take drug tests.

Cebu Daily News: Ched to host dialogue between ‘two SWU schools.’

Cebu Daily News: Province receives 18 new counting machines.

Cebu Business News:

Sun.Star Cebu: 11 Turkish companies eye transfer from China to Cebu.

Sun.Star Cebu: New DTI chief eager to share new ideas for Cebu.

Freeman: Economist blames lack of political will for Cebu’s inefficient transport system.

Freeman: DOST sees 40 percent growth in BPO industry.

Cebu Sports News:

Sun.Star Cebu: Tabal teams up with Japanese coach in quest for Olympic berth.

Freeman: National triathlon series returns to Danao City.

Cebu Daily News: Cebuana leads F2 Logistics in PHL pro volleyball league.


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