Road closure for 30th SEA Games torch run in Cebu, Nov. 16
Marje Pelayo • November 15, 2019 • 321
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)
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
The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Region-7 (NTWPB) has ordered bus operators in Cebu City to provide their drivers and conductors a fixed monthly salary plus other benefits including overtime pay, night differential and other incentives.
NTWBP Region-7 secretary Grace Carreon said that the directive aims to avoid the “boundary system” which often leads to accidents as drivers are forced to work long hours.
“DOLE Department Order 118-12 was issued because of safety considerations that’s why we will give premium to the safety measure,” she added.
Under the boundary system the driver pays the vehicle’s owner/operator a fixed amount commonly called “boundary”, for the use of the unit. Whatever he earns in excess of that amount constitutes as his income.
Chris dela Calzada has been a bus driver for 18 years. He often works overtime but never earns enough to provide for his family.
“Minsan malaki ang kinikita, minsan wala, minsan wala kaming naiuuwi sa amin kasi depende sa dami ng pasahero, (Sometimes the pay is enough but other times we take home nothing. It depends on the number of passengers)” he said. Dela Calzada is looking forward to the implementation of the directive for the assurance of a monthly income.
Bus operators who cannot provide minimum wage and benefits to bus drivers and conductors can no longer renew their franchises.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Ryan Mallari)
Water supply shortage is not only being experienced in Metro Manila and Rizal, but also in Metro Cebu.
Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) Spokesperson Charmaine Rodriguez-Kara said, “The supply shortage is caused by the lowering of the water table and pollution of sources due to septic waste and long-term use of fertilizers.”
Kara revealed that even without El Niño, the MCWD is only serving 43% of the Metro Cebu’s requirements due to the insufficient supply and fast increasing demand.
The Jaclupan and Buhisan dams, have been supplying water for the MCWD customers in Compostela and Talisay areas.
Currently, the water production of Jaclupan has been reduced from 33,000 cu. m. to 23,400 cu.m per day, while Buhisan has decreased from 5,000 cu.m. to 1,000 cu.m. per day, which resulted in a total deficit of 13,600 cu.m. per day.
Among the areas affected by the lowering of Buhisan Dam water level, include, elevated parts of Banawam Horseshoe Drive, Capitol Site, Oppra, Ipil-ipil, Camputhaw, Clavano, Sambag 1, Sambag 2, F. Ramos B. Rodriguez, Juana Osmeña, Pier Area, North Reclamation Area, MJ Cuenco Ave., M. Velez
Meanwhile, Jaclupan facility’s reduced production has affected the elevated areas of Talisay City, and downtown Cebu City.
MCWD has 450,000 cu.m. water demand per day from its customers, but it is now only capable of supplying 228,000 cu.m. daily.
This prompted the said water concessionaire to implement rotational water interruption. It also came up with a plan of building up an additional 4 wells as its short-term solution. Its management is also planning to have a major dam project as its long-term response to the problem.
The MCWD expects the shortage to continue until June this year. — Freema Salonga-Gloria
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