Cebu LGU eyes closure of construction firm over bunkhouse collapse

admin   •   March 8, 2018   •   3077

Search and retrieval operation to the site where a 4-level bunk house of a construction firm collapsed.

CEBU, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña plans to order the closure of J.E. Abraham C. Lee Construction and Development Incorporation following the collapse of its bunkhouse last Tuesday that killed five workers and wounded more than a hundred others.

“We’re going to stop his business, not only his bunkhouse,” said Mayor Osmeña.

“They’re doing this to maximize their profits by bringing outside labor as if we do not have construction workers in the city,” he added.

Local authorities discovered that the construction company has no permit to build the bunkhouse which could not accommodate a huge number of people.

The city’s building official, Engr. Josefa Ylanan said, “He has to make things legal, secure first the necessary permit.”

Based on the report of the Cebu City Treasurer’s Office, the said company also failed to pay taxes worth more than P260, 000.

The J.E. Abraham Construction is set to submit an incident report to the Department Of Labor And Employment and to the Office of the Building Official

Authorities are looking into the possible occurrence of an earthquake and the bunkhouse’s lack of clamps as possible causes for its collapse. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

Road closure for 30th SEA Games torch run in Cebu, Nov. 16

Marje Pelayo   •   November 15, 2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The southbound lane of the South Road Properties in Cebu City will be temporarily closed on Saturday (November 16) to give way to the 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games) torch run.

The six-hour closure will start at 2:00 PM from F. Vestil Street in front of SM Seaside towards the Boundary Bridge in Cebu and Talisay City.

Meanwhile, two-way traffic will be allowed on the northbound lane to accommodate motorists going to and from Cebu City and Southern Cebu.

Over 30 traffic personnel will be deployed in the area to secure the orderly flow of vehicles and prevent congestion.

Around 6,000 runners are expected to join the 5-km stretch run that will mark the official opening of the regional meet. – MNP (with reports from Gladys Toabi)

UNESCO hails Cebu City as new ‘creative city’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 31, 2019

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has hailed Cebu City as one of the ‘creative cities’ in the world.

UNESCO has designated 66 new cities from around the globe in celebration of World Cities’ Day on October 31.

There are now a total of 246 members that joined the Organization’s Network of Creative Cities.

“All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy,” says UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. “This favors political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations.”

Cebu is the second city in the Philippines that has been designated as a creative city by UNESCO after Baguio City.—AAC

Mont Blanc glacier feared to be on brink of collapse

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 25, 2019

Italian authorities in the northwest region of Courmayeur, Aosta closed roads and evacuated mountain huts on Wednesday (September 25) after experts warned that part of a glacier on Mont Blanc could collapse.

According to officials, about 250,000 cubic meters of ice threatens to come down in the form of ice avalanches from the Planpincieux glacier along the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif, after technical structures of the Safe Mountain Foundation registered an acceleration in the displacement rate of the glacier that has reached a speed of 50-60 centimeters per day.

The Mayor of Courmayeur, the nearest town and a major ski resort, decided to close roads in the Val Ferret on the Italian side of Mont Blanc and mountain huts in the Rochefort area were evacuated as a precaution.

According to local authorities, there was no threat to residential areas or tourist facilities but residents have been informed of the possible scenarios in case of collapse.

The rise of global temperatures due to global warming is causing mountain glaciers to melt and the retreat of polar ice sheets.

The problem is affecting the Mont Blanc massif, Western Europe’s highest mountain range, containing eleven major independent peaks, each over 4,000 meters in height. (REUTERS)

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